The Growing Education Income Gap

College-educated workers are now the largest share of the workforce, a new study finds, after gaining the bulk of the jobs in the recovery.

Source: College-Educated Workers Now Dominate the Labor Market – Real Time Economics – WSJ

A sobering article.

Here is the question: does the growing income divide suggest that everyone needs a bachelor’s degree to have positive long-term prospects? Or is the real solution something less obvious and more complex?

It is now time to have a serious discussion in this country about offering choices to our kids at the secondary school level that will either prepare them for academia or prepare them to become civil servants, tradespeople, artisans, and craftsmen.


Brexit and Racism

Plenty of late-night voices have weighed in on Brexit. But Samantha Bee’s Monday night take really got interesting when she got into the effects of the referendum’s success on British society—namely, the empowerment and (at least self-perceived) normalization of white supremacists. Racial and ethnic slurs on social media and in the real world, along with calls to “get out of our country” and even a “make Britain great again,” have threatened minority populations in one of the world’s great strongholds of diversity.

Source: Samantha Bee Explains Why Brexit Is Really About White Supremacy

I was good and ready to hate this clip. I am not a fan of Samantha Bee, who strikes me as aught more than a professional attention-monger and Jon Stewart wannabee pumping out glandular lefty hyperbole to get cheap laughs from everyone living on the blue side of the aisle.

But this clip may be the best thing she’s done since starting her show. Please ignore the headline. Bee does not say that Brexit is all about white supremacy.

She has the intelligence to understand that Britain’s history with the EU is fraught and complex. She does not mention, but surely understands, the fundamental miscalculations made by Eurocentrists in their quest to turn an economic union into a single polity of two dozen states. She acknowledges the social and economic disruption caused in Britain by the unprecedented (since 1066, anyway) immigration it has experienced. And she reminds us of the growing dissatisfaction among the working-class and middle-class in Britain with the uneven distribution of the benefits of globalization, and a frustration with political elites.

So she does not say that the Brexit vote is all about white supremacy. Her key point is this: whatever the reasons for the Brexit vote, it has given Britain’s vocal minority of racists and xenophobes the mistaken impression that half of their country agrees with them.

And that’s the kicker: whatever other reason you might have to vote for or against Donald Trump, you must acknowledge that by voting for him you are aligning yourself with some of the meanest, most ignorant pond-scum among our fellow citizens, and in so doing reinforcing their belief in the legitimacy of their baseless hatreds.

Watching the video, the one American – aside from Donald Trump – who looks really foolish in all of this is Van Jones. Bee shows one of Jones’ videos, and he is almost hyperventilating in his angst about how Brexit means that the door is wide open for Jim Crow (or worse) to return to America.

Jones is proof that there are those in America who reduce the Brexit to a battle between white supremacy on the one hand a liberal inclusiveness on the other, not in an effort to tell the truth, but in order to hijack the issue for their own narrow political ends.

To her credit, Bee resists going down that road. She seems to understand that the way to steer America clear of its darkest future is not to attempt to drag the nation to the opposite extreme, but to forge a consensus around the center. One can only hope that such reasonable voices dominate the American dialogue in the months remaining before the election.


Europa in Extremis: Scottish Independence Revives

Scotland’s first minister says a second independence referendum is “highly likely” after the UK voted to leave the EU.

Source: Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon says second Scottish independence vote ‘highly likely’ – BBC News

Secessionism is a virus. The United Kingdom has it in a very bad way. The pangs for independence are resurfacing in Scotland, and now Northern Ireland appears ready to punish Britain for dragging it out of the EU – or at least to use Brexit as an excuse for a departure.

Britain continues its fall off the world stage.


Labour turns on Corbyn in the UK

Two Labour MPs submit a motion of no confidence in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn following the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

Source: Labour MPs submit Corbyn no confidence motion – BBC News

A little silver lining on a day laced with dark clouds. Radicals should have a voice, not a veto, and Corbyn is better suited as Labour’s voice from the fringe than a potential national leader.

That said, Parliament is now rudderless, suggesting that this is no time for those of us in the US who are powerfully conscious of our nation’s influence on the world stage to cast a vote for someone unable or unwilling to use that influence to stabilize a shaky planet.

John Kasich’s Missed Opportunity with Women

Source: John Kasich tells women to avoid drunken parties so they don’t get raped.

If you dive past this headline and go back to the source material, you must acknowledge that there is some common sense in what Governor Kasich is saying. I’d tell my own daughter the same thing.

But there is shared culpability here. As a conservative, a person of faith, and the father of a son, I believe that a man has a singular responsibility to contain his urges, to understand that despite the behavior of one’s peers that it is not acceptable to take advantage of a woman, and that indeed he is obliged to take upon himself the responsibility to protect women from harm or offense. I believe that a man who does not do those things is not only no gentleman, he is a thug, aught better than an animal, and should be treated as such.

Naturally, women should minimize their vulnerability. But the preponderance of culpability lies with the aggressor, and as fathers, teachers, clergy, and society, we must start teaching our young men to behave like gentlemen or suffer the consequences.

This was not a “blame the victim” moment to the degree that Slate makes it out to be – Kasich did speak at length about the importance and value of campus policies to protect women, and channels for them to receive justice.

At the same time, I was deeply disappointed that he did not take that one additional step – to point out that while women are not excused from their need to exercise caution, men are never excused from their obligation to protect the vulnerable. He could have made the point that these tenets of personal responsibility – for ourselves and for each other – are fundamental parts of the American character too often ignored by the proponents of nanny statism, and by students of our universities. That would have been a home run.

But in failing to address the totality of the situation, he played into the hands of those who contend that the GOP is waging a war on women, and he made his hamstringing of Planned Parenthood look like the actions of an elected moralist rather than a leader for all Americans.

A disappointment. And another clue why he failed to capture the imagination of even those of us on the right who see ourselves as moderate. I’ll be thinking about Kasich’s failed campaign a lot today as my state goes to the polls.

Jeff Immelt and Bernie Sanders

Sanders says that he is upset about GE’s operations abroad — as though a company that has customers in more than 180 countries should have no presence in any of them. He never mentions that we are one of the United States’ prime exporters, annually selling in excess of $20 billion worth of American-made goods to the world. Nor does he mention that our sales around the world support our manufacturing base here at home, along with the thousands of U.S. companies in our supply chain. You want to cause big problems for our suppliers — many of whom are small and medium-size businesses — and their workers? The surest way would be to pull out of those countries and lose those customers.

Source: GE CEO: Bernie Sanders says we’re ‘destroying the moral fabric’ of America. He’s wrong. – The Washington Post

While the op-ed in the Washington Post is an obvious creation of some deft public relations folks, I applaud Mr. Immelt for engaging in the debate.

At the same time, Mr. Immelt should not be disingenuous. He must grant that he has been among the most determined in his efforts to draw subsidies and assistance from the government, and that this puts him – and his company – in the crosshairs of a growing bipartisan movement to put an end to government subsidy and commercial favoritism.

The rest of us must grant that, as a company, GE has done the good things that Mr. Immelt enumerates, most notably employing lots of Americans, building new factories in the USA, making stuff that extends human life, cutting greenhouse emissions, making transportation more efficient, and exporting $20 billion of American products each year, all in the face of competition from places like China where the government coffers are wide open to local companies seeking to squash GE and firms like it.

Thus GE’s challenge is not the Senator from Vermont. It is to accept that it is operating in a new era, one in which it must face and defeat global competitors without the aid of subsidies from the American people.

Our greatest challenge is not GE – we can end corporate welfare with unity, determination, and the stroke of a pen, as we must and as we will. Our real challenge is going to be facing the onslaught of companies from places like China, companies who service a dream of a planet humbled and answerable to Beijing.

Susan Sarandon would take Trump over Clinton

If Bernie Sanders fails to get the Democratic nomination, Susan Sarandon isn’t sure she’ll vote for Hillary Clinton. She even said Monday that Trump could be the better option.

Source: Susan Sarandon: Trump Might Be Better for America Than Hillary Clinton – The Daily Beast

I have always believed that when you point a finger at the other guy to blame him, you point three fingers right back at yourself. Thus, as a conservative, I have aimed a disproportionate share of my criticism in this forum at the Right in an effort to provoke reflection, self-awareness, and change that will make us once again the source of practical, intelligent governance and progress.

There has been no greater barrier to governance in the past eight years than ideology. It so happens that ideologically-based obstruction has been a greater factor on the Right during a Democratic administration.

But this election cycle should make clear to every thinking individual on both sides of the political spectrum that the Right has no monopoly on obstructive orthodoxy. Case in point: Susan Sarandon. To suggest that “Trump might be a better option