Friday, April 8, 2016
Resistance is fertile.
Getting Out Of The Vote: Campaigning for his wife in Philadelphia, Bill Clinton says Black Lives Matter activists are defending murderers . He also defended Mrs Clinton's use of the word “super predators” to describe black youth. This was all part of his attempt to explain that his signing the draconian mandatory sentencing bill that has decimated black youth was a necessary compromise with the Republicans, the same sort of necessary compromise Hillary says will be needed to further gut welfare and whittle away at Social Security. No wonder that a McClatchy-Marist poll shows Sanders edging Clinton nationally, 49% to 47%. She has been wrong on the Iraq invasion, the financial crisis, free trade, mass incarceration, domestic surveillance, police brutality, debt and income inequality, among others. That's also why 25% of Sanders voters will not back Clinton if she's the nominee.
Free College Now: The US Department of Education reports that more than 40% of Americans who borrowed money from the government to go to college are not paying or are behind on repaying the $200 billion they owe. This is not quite what Sanders has in mind when he advocates tuition-free public colleges.
Fear And Loathing: The elite in Washington and on Wall Street are deeply worried that Trump's rejection of America's ubiquitous and continuous foreign military interventions and his openly dismissing the claimed recovery will embolden the proletariat to demand better.
Roll Model: When the Catholic Dioceses of St. Louis wanted to illustrate the power and scope of Catholic leadership in the area, one of the twelve men they chose to feature was former Bishop Robert Flynn who was convicted in connection with sex abuse in the church.
Castor Oil: Economists (and oligarchs and CEOs and politicians) keep justifying “free trade” agreements by pointing out that these treaties have resulted in “huge improvements in living standards among the poor in the developing world.” Maybe so, but decades of stagnating wages and vanishing jobs may have boosted corporate profits, but they haven't put food on the table in Detroit. Time to stop the nonsense and find a way to encourage others without harming our own.
Short Form: One of the most convincing arguments if favor of higher estate taxes is Donald Trump.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:23 AM