June 23, 2010
The Overton Window A Thriller Glenn Beck Threshold/Simon & Schuster: 336 pp., $26
March 16, 2014 |
Last week President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to revise regulations determining which workers qualify for federal overtime protections, a move that was presented as a way to increase income for some lower-wage workers. It's not. In reality, it's a matter of basic fairness. The issue begins with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which established the national minimum wage for most workers and guaranteed overtime pay for more than 40 hours of work a week. But the law also allowed overtime exemptions to be set by the Labor Department.
October 5, 2008
Has anyone addressed policy implications of firms becoming "too big to fail" ("Bailout could aid firms that buy troubled banks," Sept. 29.)? It appears that a threshold exists, beyond which a firm can now expect government intervention in the event of failure. This will only encourage more reckless risk-taking, since the government will provide a safety net of credit. The taxpayer appears to be held hostage: There seems to be no option but to support a bailout to avoid a far greater calamity.
April 25, 2009 |
Facebook will adopt new rules governing the social network even though the turnout for a vote fell well short of a minimum threshold. The rules specify that users own their information, not Facebook. An earlier attempt to push changes led to user confusion and protests over who controls the personal information people share on the site. More than 600,000 of Facebook's 200 million regular users voted over the last week, with nearly three-quarters in favor of the changes. Facebook had set a minimum threshold of a 30% voter turnout for the vote to be binding.
July 31, 2012
Re "Hollywood trying to avoid villain role in film violence," July 28 There is a difference between portraying evil and crossing the threshold into celebrating it; the "Dark Knight" franchise represents the latter, in my opinion. Other films that crossed this threshold - "A Clockwork Orange,""Natural Born Killers" and"Taxi Driver" - all employed a certain recklessness in their depiction of violence and have stirred the psyche of boundary-less individuals to perpetrate violence.
January 8, 2008 |
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said there were "an amazingly low number" of violations in a weekend election that returned him to office, but the opposition cited widespread fraud and vowed to fight the outcome in court and on the streets. With more than 85% of precincts counted, Saakashvili, a close U.S. ally, won 51.94% of Saturday's vote, narrowly clearing the 50% threshold for a first-round victory, the Central Elections Commission said. His main challenger, Levan Gachechiladze, had 25.19%.