“Anytime you have a group that feels as though it’s headed toward generational demise, it lashes out. It puts up a fight. It refuses to give up what’s theirs.” Those are the words of David Brooks who currently writes an opinion column for the New York Times. I must admit I have only read one of his books and usually do not read his column. Perhaps I should.
Things do not look good for the Democrats as we approach the summer of the mid-terms. There is the curse of the party in control of the White House, (lost seats in 17 of the last 19 mid-terms), there is nothing that can be done about that. The other major factor is the perception of the economy. That is largely due to misinformation and ignorance. Economics is boring and I am one of the rare few who actually find it (at least somewhat) interesting. There is nothing I can do about that. The misinformation which forms perspective is another matter and today I want to do my bit to counter it with some straight language you don’t need an economics degree to understand.
I often ponder which state has the craziest Republicans. To truly determine that I’d have to analyze words and actions right down to the state legislative level and I simply lack sufficient resources to do a credible job of that. Today I want to submit four nominees after reading Catherine Rampell’s op-ed entitled, Red states are now paying people not to get vaccinated, in the Washington Post.
Employers are experiencing challenges filling job vacancies. If you listen to the right wing media you won’t know what the major underlying reasons are. They boil down to what I will call the 2 C’s: compensation and conditions.
The concept of a national guaranteed minimum income has been around for some time. It gained a lot of popularity in conjunction with Andrew Yang’s 2020 Democratic presidential campaign. Like most I have for a long time dismissed it as too far out. I’m having some second thoughts.