State Rep. Joe Markosek, D-Monroeville, says the Republican effort to change the prevailing-wage law "is nothing more than a burden for the workers of Pennsylvania who are trying to make ends meet." Gee, Joe, what about the taxpayers who pay the government-inflated price to appease our elected officials' union masters• ... "Global warming" is having such a pervasive effect (ahem) on the Earth that new research shows snowfall in the Sierra Nevada has remained consistent for 130 years. And the amount of snow in these mountains has not decreased over the last 50 years, the climate cluckers' supposedly worst warming period. All together now -- "Throw another log on the fire, honey. It's cold outside." ... Government Motors' Chevy Volt is selling so well (double ahem) that the Obama administration has upped the per-vehicle taxpayer subsidy from $7,500 to $10,000. Each Chevy Volt, which sells for $40,000 and whose average buyer has an average income of $170,000, already had a taxpayer subsidy of $250,000. And we really wonder why today's kids have so much trouble understanding basic economics?