This is Chris Hayes' last Up show. Steve Kornaki will take Hayes' place, while Hayes moves to the 8pm time slot replacing Ed Schultz. Kornaki is a Hayes look alike, smart as a whip and personable, so no one will really notice the change unless they're paying close attention. However, the five people who watch Ed Schultz will realize halfway through the show that Chris Hayes is someone else. The five Schultz viewers will not understand anything Hayes says, so Hayes will have to rely on Uppers going to the new time slot, which should be a benefit for all since Uppers aren't really morning people.
This morning's show's first segment was about NY politics, and I started to look for a Scooby-Doo rerun, but decided to see how they'd talk about NY's problem with vanishing middle-class workers. They said a lot of stuff that statist government officials say. NY government need to tax the rich, then do something else to the rich, then make the rich, new companies pay their fair share, then do something else to the rich, and so forth. Taxes have surpassed 50% for the "rich", and this includes middle class businesses. Hayes said there's some questionable research showing that higher taxes don't run off the "billionaires". Nothing runs off billionaires, but, it seems to me, that if NY is experiencing a flight of middle class workers, this might be because government interventions, costly rules and regulations, high taxes and a generally unfriendly business environment are all running off middle class businesses and preventing start-ups. They touched on this, but then didn't correct what they said earlier about taxes -- no, taxes might not run off billionaires, but they run off the real engine of economic growth -- small businesses.
I can't believe that Hayes didn't see this clearly and lead the conversation to how the NY government officials should stop intervening, taxing and regulating businesses. Increasing the minimum wage to $10 dollars or so isn't the answer, geniuses. The problem is NY government.
The next panel was about LGBT rights and the upcoming Supreme Court hearing on DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act. Yes, DOMA is unConstitutional. The different conversations from LGBT activists led me to believe that striking down DOMA is a small victory -- they want much more. As I listened to them, I got the distinct impression that these leaders of the movement have a lot to lose if solutions come too fast. When Hayes mentioned that the young conservatives he speaks to have no problem with same sex marriage, the LGBT activists rejected this possibility, saying that the Right will always be their opponents.
In a libertarian society, government would have no say-so regarding marriage, and all contractual relationships would be protected by law, so all couples and partnership arrangments could make their own rules and regulations regarding their private relationships by simply writing them out and agreeing to abide by them. I imagine this libertarian society would have strong, enforcable laws against any coercion in the private sector against LGBT individuals, not because they are part of the LGBT community, but because they are part of the American community under our Constitution which protects their rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
I have a feeling, though, that this libertarian society still wouldn't satisfy some leaders of the LGBT movement, or some leaders of practically all special interest movements. These people make their living and receive their identity from being victims and having powerful opponents to demonize. I'm sure not all the leaders of the special interest movements are like this, maybe just a handful, but I've seen enough to know that there are some who would never be satisfied -- they don't want equal opportunity and fair play -- they want advantages and for others to be punished. So, to distinguish themselves from the unhealthy charlatans, I would recommend to the LGBT leaders on UP this morning to start showing more hope for change and acknowledgement of libertarian principles to be applied widely.