The Thursday wrap
Sayeth Secretary of State John Kerry: “We need to say no to politics of the lowest common denominator and simple slogans and start making real choices that protect the interests of our country.” So what's wrong with President Obama? ... And one can only wonder what's wrong with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. He wants to one-up President Progressive and raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. He repeats the usual liberal talking points about helping “working families.” Never mind that raising the government wage floor would eliminate tens of thousands of entry-level jobs because their beneficent government, by fiat, priced them out of the market. ... The Justice Department's own research arm concludes that requiring background checks for more gun purchases actually could lead to more illicit sales, reports ABC. And the National Institute of Justice report also concludes that banning “assault weapons” would have little effect on gun killings because such weapons are responsible for only a limited proportion of those crimes. So why does the Obama administration keep pushing for both? ... Went USA Today's front-page headline on Monday: “In Washington's latest budget war, collateral damage could be huge.” Actually it's the truth that's taking a beating, as the provenance of the “sequester” is debated. Despite what President Obama now says, it was Mr. Obama's doing, on the advice of incoming Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. And that's not from any conservative think tank. That's from the left-leaning Bob Woodward.