The Dems have finally taken a political scalp: Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder, currently the CEO of the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardees, dropped out of the confirmation process yesterday after it became clear that Republicans were abandoning him. The issues that hurt him included his hiring of an illegal immigrant housekeeper, claims (since retracted) by an ex-wife that he had physically abused her, claims (not unique to Carl's Jr. among fast food companies) that there were unhappy workers there, and of course the feminists who absolutely hated very racy fast food ads like this:
Here's a short news segment about the charges against Puzder by his ex-wife, which Oprah Winfrey kindly supplied to all members of the US Senate:
Donald Trump through a small wrench into the so-called "peace process" in the Middle East but it's not nearly as significant as some on the fringes of both sides are suggesting.
Jeanette Vizguerra has been in the country illegally for more than 20 years. She was convicted of (or maybe plead guilty to) having a fake Social Security number (but not using somebody else's number.) When it became clear to her that ICE was looking to deport her, despite her having three American-born children, she took sanctuary in a Denver church. Another very tough case, probably not great politics for Donald Trump, but probably not nearly as bad as "immigrants' rights" activists believe or hope." Here's their big media event on Wednesday.
A listener e-mailed me to say I'm too insensitive. I wrote Thursday's Ross Report about my reaction:
I got an e-mail from a listener yesterday. She complimented me for being honest and insightful before moving on to say that she figured that if we sat down for a conversation she’d probably find me a bit too insensitive.
This made me cry a little bit, and my wife actually asked me what was wrong.
For the record, if you believed that last sentence, even for a tiny fraction of a second, well, you know…
In one way, it’s odd to hear from a listener that I’m insensitive. After all, I’m the guy who’s often said on air that it’s important to remember that government policies impact real human beings, not just numbers on a spreadsheet.
But here’s the thing: I think there’s way too much sensitivity going on around here. I mean way way way WAY too much.
Some say I have to care how people feel, especially how minority groups or LGBT folks or immigrants feel. They tell me that my “privilege” as a white guy, a straight white guy, means I owe it to the world to be more sensitive.
But that’s a bunch of bull-hockey.
I don’t mean that I’m just a selfish SOB who doesn’t care about anybody but myself and my family, though that’s not entirely wrong.
I mean that well-intended public policy, especially economic policy, almost always ends up hurting the people it’s supposed to help, and everybody else, because reason and experience are replaced by feelings.
If I can quote the great philosopher, Damon Wayans, homey don’t play dat.
If that means I’m insensitive, I plead no contest, and I urge all of you to be much more insensitive too, at least when it comes to politicians who tell you they just want to help people.