Saturday, May 16, 2009

Elizabeth Warren on Bill Maher

Here's Bill Maher's illuminating interview with Elizabeth Warren from last night's Real Time. The title of the video below is apt.

MIchael Steele Says Gay Marriage Will Hurt Small Businesses

Today in Georgia Michael Steele made the argument that legalizing gay marriage would hurt small businesses. Here's his reasoning:

"Now all of a sudden I've got someone who wasn't a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for. So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money."

This is essentially like saying that we shouldn't have ended slavery because it would inevitably cost plantation owners more. It's true, but sometimes equal rights are expensive.

Your Weekly Address from the President

Two pillar of a new foundation: Clean energy and health care.

"I have always believed that it is better to talk than not to talk; that it is far more productive to reach over a divide than to shake your fist across it. This has been an alien notion in Washington for far too long, but we are seeing that the ways of Washington are beginning to change."