How the South Skews America – Michael Lind – POLITICO Magazine

In practice, however, much of what sets the United States apart from other countries today is actually Southern exceptionalism. The United States would be much less exceptional in general, and in particular more like other English-speaking democracies such as Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were it not for the effects on U.S. politics and culture of the American South.

I don’t mean this in a good way. A lot of the traits that make the United States exceptional these days are undesirable, like higher violence and less social mobility. Many of these differences can be attributed largely to the South.

How the South Skews America – Michael Lind – POLITICO Magazine

I saw a woman at Dallas-Fort Worth International yesterday wearing a shirt with the outline of Texas and the word “Secede” on it.

Free Market Welfare

Nearly three-quarters of the people helped by programs geared to the poor are members of a family headed by a worker, according to a new study by the Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California. As a result, taxpayers are providing not only support to the poor but also, in effect, a huge subsidy for employers of low-wage workers, from giants like McDonald's and Walmart to mom-and-pop businesses.

Working, but Needing Public Assistance Anyway

Few things anger me as much as wildly profitable corporations pushing their costs onto taxpayers, then using the savings to lobby against things like minimum wage increases and unionization efforts.

The Deserving Few

An analysis of compensation data publicly released by Equilar shows little correlation between CEO pay and company performance. Equilar ranked the salaries of 200 highly paid CEOs. When compared to metrics such as revenue, profitability, and stock return, the scattering of data looks pretty random, as though performance doesn't matter. The comparison makes it look as if there is zero relationship between pay and performance.

Eric Chemi and Ariana Giorgi: The Pay-for-Performance Myth

Love the trend line.