Political Economy category archive
When Republicans say the country “can’t afford” something, what they mean is, “our rich backers don’t want to contribute to the society that made them rich.”
Don Langrehr points out the irony in pretending to honor labor on Labor Day even as those who labor face persistent penury. A snippet:
Many of the larger employment sectors — and the overvalued prices of their companies’ stocks — are wholly dependent on abundant low-wage workers. As we casually dine at Olive Garden, conspicuously consume with Amazon Prime, and unconsciously cruise in and out of drive-thru windows, we fail to recognize the transformation that has occurred: our server class has aged and grown poorer over the last several decades. When over 40 percent of the labor force does not have access to a $400 emergency fund, we have regressed to a post-modern age of indentured servitude.
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Thom explains to a caller that, in the United States at least, race can’t be isolated from other issues.
David discusses the Trump administration’s moves to allow greater use of asbestos while limiting the ability to study its dangers.
In related news, Element Television, the only company to assemble televisions in the U. S. (from imported parts, mind you), is in danger of closing because of Donald Trump’s stupid trade war. (I just bought one of their machines; the words in the product description that made the sale were, “This television has none of the features of a smart TV.” Every electronic thing else tries to spy on me; I don’t need a TV that does too.)
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Thom explains how Republicans are nibbling away at the common good.