— 85 percent of Americans favor requiring employers to offer paid sick leave.— 80 percent favor requiring employers to offer paid leave to parents of new children.— 71 percent support raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.— 68 percent support raising taxes on those making more than $1 million per year.— 66 percent say money and wealth in this country should be more evenly distributed among more people.— 57 percent say government should do more to reduce the gap between rich and poor.
Do you favor or oppose giving the president authority to negotiate international trade deals that Congress can only approve or disapprove, but not change?Favor: 42Oppose: 55
“China is trying to stack the deck on international trade. And America must respond if we’re to stay No. 1,” the narrator says. “Predictably, the liberals and labor unions advocate weakness abroad. But conservatives need to stand up for American jobs and rebuild U.S. credibility around the world by passing the trade promotion authority.”
Apparently one way to win conservative support for this trade deal is to say it’s a good way to stick it to liberals and unions…
* KEEPING TRACK OF ALL THE GOP CANDIDATES: The Associated Press offers a helpful scorecard. Officially in the race: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina. Almost in the race: Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry.
And the fact that Jeb Bush and Scott Walker — probably the two most serious candidates — are seen as merely “waiting for their moment” to enter, when they have actually been running for months, and raising money all along, only underscores the absurdity of the whole spectacle.
* JEB TO ‘OFFICIALLY’ ANNOUNCE ON JUNE 15TH: Jeb Bush tweets out the news of his impending “announcement.” How much money has he raised as an “undeclared” candidate thus far?
* AND RICK PERRY STEPS FORTH TO SAVE AMERICA: Today Texas governor Rick Perry will officially enter the presidential race. His announcement video declares that he is here to save America from its current “weakness abroad” and a “slow recovery” at home. His number one selling point — that he is a proven leader — suggests, perhaps, that he sees his governance of Texas as a blueprint for rescuing the country.
In one bit of good news for Perry, he seems to have gotten through the taping of his announcement video without another relapse into brain freeze.