Author Barbara Garson describes how this economic "recovery" has seen full-time jobs converted into part-time jobs. She's got anecdotes, but also figures: it's taken many years longer than normal to recover lost jobs, over half of new jobs are part-time jobs, all while profits are way, way up for corporations. (Note, also, that she explains this without using the word "Obamacare," which is what the "liberal" media usually blames the phenomenon on, when they look at it at all.)
Another day, another report about cable news pundits and their conflicts of interest. Long story short: the folks you see on cable news often have day jobs (nice work if you can get it!) doing PR for corporate clients, on issues important to their corporate clients that they just so happen to be discussing on cable news. And surprise! FAIR describes many more conflicted liberals than conflicted conservatives in their report -- even if folks like Lanny Davis and Harold Ford hardly seem like liberals.
Another angle on the student debt problem: state colleges actually focus more on financial aid for the well-off more than for the poor. Why? Right-wingers would call it simple math: if you give $12,000 to four students of some means instead of one poor student, you can collect four full tuitions instead of one -- which, naturally, leaves more poor students to the mercy of student loan debt. Right-wingers would say so what? Those colleged can do what they want except, well, they're state schools, so they really kinda have to do what we want.
Jim Hightower describes how big corporations are trying to solve the "tasteless tomato" problem. Does it involve helping citizens grow tasty tomatoes of their own choosing in their own backyard, or adopting the techniques used by small, local farmers who make tasty tomatoes all the time? Of course not -- it involves genetic manipulation of the bland tomato grown first and foremost to withstand cross-country transportation, never mind what the consequences might be. The good news? This means the corporations fear local tomato growers, which means local tomato growers must be doing good.
Finally, Florida Gov. Rick Scott postponed an execution earlier this week, apparently so the State Attorney General could kick off her re-election campaign that same night. Then Mr. Scott actually made things worse by saying he "did not know the reason" Ms. Bondi asked that he postpone the execution. So we have a choice: we can either believe he doesn't take his job seriously, or he doesn't take his job seriously. (Would it be piling on to note that he attended a fundraiser for his own re-election campaign once he didn't have an execution to manage?)