My daughter Maya is a smart kid. She listens intently. She remembers details. She’s starting to understand how to filter out the stuff that doesn’t matter from the stuff that does. For an eight-year-old there’s a thin line between knowing a lot and knowing it all. She’s not always on the right side of that line. There are also some consistent messages in our house and, “You speak up for yourself and demand what’s fair” is one of them and she’s certainly taken that to heart.
We butt heads. A lot. I’m in my 40s. I have the most patient, supportive spouse in the world. We’re financially stable. I’m in the best possible situation and it’s still hard! …
The economy is the #1 issue for Republicans. It’s also where the public generally supports the President. In the beginning of the year consumer confidence was high. People felt good about the economy before the pandemic.
So I took out the pandemic. I’m comparing Trump’s first 3 years to Obama’s last three. I have some charts and a few notes on what I’m seeing in the data. A lot of people have chosen to judge the President as if it’s 2019 and the economic impact of the pandemic didn’t happen. I’ll oblige them.
I want to start with two HUGE caveats. …
There’s a point I don’t think a lot of people consider. But I think it’s important.
Donald Trump hates you.
You, personally. You, the person who is reading these words. Whoever you are. Even if you went to his rally and heard him speak. Even if you lined the street to cheer as he passed. Even if you went to the airport to wave a banner. Even if you shared memes on Facebook saying he’s great. All of you. Donald Trump hates you.
And I don’t just mean that we keep hearing stories about how he thinks people in the military are stupid losers or how he thinks black people are too stupid to vote for him or how he thinks Christians are dumb or how he thinks people come from shithole countries. …
I wasn’t going to write about the debate. It was a big event. Thousands of pieces have been written about it. What could I say that’s original? I agree that it wasn’t fun. I agree that it was also hilarious.
But everybody said that. There are a few points that jumped out to me that I just haven’t seen anywhere else. I wanted to share a few.
· We had a debate for President taking place amid a pandemic, the nation’s economic collapse, national protests demanding racial justice and increases in violent crime. The Moderator wanted to act like it was normal times and then feigned shock when it went off the rails? Baby, we’ve been off the rails. …
Donald Trump would not be President if there wasn’t an Electoral College.
Mitch McConnell would not be Senate Majority Leader if not for a Senate that values some votes more than others.
Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and whoever’s next, Ivanka Trump, I guess, owe their jobs to the lack of free and fair elections in America.
A few thoughts about Democracy in America.
At the Presidential Level
A man at work died.
It was a few weeks ago.
I didn’t know him well. I’d met him. He’d worked there a long time. We’ve said “Hello” but not much more.
They spoke about him on a big conference call. They were kind. They talked about what a good worker he was. How he made the team better. How he was nice at work. That he did a good job on some projects.
They talked about this man, who lived a full life cut far too short, about him being an employee.
It made me sad.
Did he have a spouse? Children? Siblings? What made him happy? What made him laugh? What made him cry? Did he donate his time or money to anything? Who was he? …
So of course, I’m “Negative Nancy”, but I don’t buy these robust rebound stories that we’re seeing.
They all rest on a few basic assumptions that I just don’t think are true.
1. The US economy was healthy before the pandemic hit
2. Americans are resilient people who work together toward common goals
3. Corporations want to make sure their employees are happy and fulfilled
Here’s the FRED chart showing labor force participation rate.
On that first point, the economy wasn’t so hot in February either.
We know the 2008 recession drove a bunch of people to the gig economy but look at that graph! We apparently also had 5MM people just exit the workforce completely. They’ve been out of work so long it didn’t even count as unemployment anymore. We went from 67% participation to a steady 63%. Millions of people stopped working and looking for work. They opted out. Now we’re at 61%. I don’t think we’re seeing 63% anytime soon, let alone 67% from the 90s. That great recovery and great economy left millions of Americans behind. …
There’s no reforming this.
There’s no sensitivity training or community outreach or listening sessions or picnics or backpack giveaways that’s fixing this.
Every single day for weeks we’ve had protests, discussions, civil unrest, articles, songs, videos, interviews demanding justice, police accountability and the recognition of our basic humanity. They responded by shooting a man in his back, without hesitation, 8 times in front of his children.
The specifics don’t matter. They don’t. We’ve done this for months. We’ve done this for years. You know the details. You know the stats. You know the anecdotes. You know the names.
I’m tired of this. I’m tired of having to cross my fingers in the hopes that this widespread viewing of black pain will be the one that makes a difference. Hoping that a family watching their child get shot over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over again on social media might save another child somewhere else. …
Brian Kemp is the Governor of Georgia. You know him best as the bumbling idiot currently suing the Mayor of Atlanta for daring to keep her citizens safe.
But it’s important to remember why he’s Governor. He cheated. More to the point, he worked hard to make sure people who don’t like him couldn’t vote. Since he’s an awful person without a real constituency, that’s a lot of people to disenfranchise. But for the first time in his life, Kemp actually put in some effort.
· 53,000 voters were removed from the voting rolls because Kemp decided their signature on the voter form didn’t match the signature from the…
When I say that my life matters and you say all lives matter, I hear, “Ask nicely.”
When you say that you support the goal but not the kneeling, I hear, “Ask politely.”
When you say you support the cause but not the looting, I hear, “Ask civilly.”
When I say that there’s racism and you tell me we’ve come so far, I hear, “Wait patiently.”
What you’re seeing in these streets is a people tired of asking. This is a people tired of waiting.
If your support of my humanity is contingent upon how polite I request it then I’m not talking to you anyway. …