Richard Eskow reminds us that what the mainstream media peddles as "centrism" and "bipartisanship" is just plain old corporatism. Whether the "liberal" media will sell Mr. not-Cuccinelli's victory as a triumph of corporate "centrism" I don't know, but I know what they won't tell us: that he only won by three points because he just doesn't offer the voters very much. Nor will they tell us that Chris Christie burnishes his "bipartisan" reputation with a lot of help from all the corporate Democrats in New Jersey's legislature.
Jesse Eisinger notices that everybody in Washington seems to be wondering what to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but nobody in Washington is proposing making Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac part of the government again, even though that seemed to work pretty well for a few decades. And, oddly enough, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are currently owned by the taxpayers as a result of the 2008 bankster crash, so our government wouldn't have to change anything. And I bet a lot of people who've spent the last 30-plus years trying to get rich quick think stability ain't so boring anymore.
Surprise, surprise -- health insurance corporations have been sending misleading letters to their customers in an attempt to lock them into unnecessarily-expensive insurance plans, when those customers would almost certainly do better on the federal health exchanges. Key quotation from one customer: "People who are afraid of the ACA should be much more afraid of the insurance companies who will exploit their fear and end up overcharging them." I wonder why the big nightly news programs aren't eating all this up. Wait, no, I don't.
Sen. Sherrod Brown joins Sens. Harkin, Begich, and Sanders in pushing to expand, not cut, Social Security benefits. And he gets in a dig at our miserable elites: "The Serious People — with a capital S and a capital P — all have really good pensions and good health care and good salaries...Raise the cap. There are ways we can bring a lot of money into Social Security. Some Democrats are a bit cowed by the Serious People." But don't be sad, Republicans -- maybe in 2018, your corporate front groups can raise more than $40 million for Mr. Brown's opponent, since Josh Mandel couldn't beat him in 2012 with that much money.
Finally, just in case you thought all union folk were as nice as me, the president of Hawaii's police union says "you would have to kill me" before he'd enforce a gay marriage bill. No, Mr. Maafala, we wouldn't have to kill you -- just fire you, and then replace you with someone who has more respect for the law.