State Auditor General Gene DePasquale returned to his native Pittsburgh last week to shill for increasing the government-mandated minimum wage. He says hiking it $2 per hour, to $9.25, would, in part, lessen the burden on taxpayer-funded public relief programs. Considering such a hike would destroy jobs, hurt minorities the most and increase the public burden, Mr. DePasquale deserves lumps of coal and buckets of clinkers for public policy malpractice. ... Chile has taken a deucedly leftist turn, returning former President Michelle Bachelet (2006-10) to office. But this time, she's a socialist who ran on a platform of jacking up corporate taxes to make higher education “free.” But as Investor's Business Daily reminds, that will actually increase the cost of education while lowering its quality. Socialists never learn. ... John Podesta, Barack Obama's newest senior hatchet man, er, adviser, brought in to bail out the president's flagging second term, likened House Republicans to “a cult worthy of Jonestown.” Mr. Podesta, an old Bill Clinton hand, later apologized. But the GOP should not accept his apology. Instead, it should use his words against him in next year's midterms, highlighting how “progressives” really practice “civility.” ... R.J.O. Intermediate School in Kings Park, N.Y., removed the most significantly religious lyrics of “Silent Night” during this month's fifth-grade chorus performance — so as not to offend those of other faiths. But remember, there's no war on Christmas.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- The regulatory state: EPA picks a fight
- Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
- A manger’s light
- Ford City’s solution: Good side to cop cuts
- Holiday Gift Club: The spirit of the season
- The Kathleen Kane chronicles: New and serious questions are being raised about the Pa. attorney general
- Greensburg Laurels & Lances
- An NLRB ambush
- Union ‘fairness’: The dues racket
- Pension reform should not be linked to a natural gas extraction tax
- Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes