You may have heard that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), desperately trying to convince everyone he cares about poverty, fingered "lazy men" from the inner city as a main cause of poverty. But Jamelle Bouie at The Daily Beast reminds us that redlining and blockbusting did more to force black folks into inner-city poverty than any imagined "culture that doesn't value work." By the end, you might even think the "culture that doesn't value work" belongs to our elites.
Wisconsin Senate passes bill ending early voting on weekends. Republicans claim the bill would "level the playing field" for rural areas that can't afford early voting on weekends, though pretty much any sentient life form would immediately ask why they didn't just "level the playing field" by helping rural areas get more early voting. No doubt they'll answer WE'RE BROKE!!!!!, especially since they just passed another budget-busting tax cut. Gov. Walker hasn't said whether he'll sign the bill, which calculated indecision I'm sure will be overly praised by the "liberal" media. (The Senate passed a few other crappy bills, too. What a shame Wisconsin Democrats have stopped recalling them.)
Erica Eichelberger at Mother Jones lists ten things the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has done for America since its inception in 2011. You'll recognize the first few as "things that led to Our Ongoing Economic Armageddon that the banksters can't do anymore," and it's nice to know someone might crack down on payday lenders, which Congress won't do now that the banksters want to get in on it.
RNC Chair Reince Priebus says that fewer Presidential debates in 2016 will "strengthen" the Republican Party. If I were a Republican, I'd probably agree, and probably even for good reasons. But he also says "this time around, we're going to pick the moderators." He thinks that was the problem? No, the problem was that Republican Presidential candidates were either out of their damn minds or trying to pander to voters who were out of their damn minds. We needed no moderator with real or imagined "liberal bias" to see that.
Speaking of which, possible Republican 2016 Presidential candidate Ben Carson thinks America is a lot like Nazi Germany these days. No, you haven't missed our government gassing Jews and Gypsies and turning them into soap -- for Mr. Carson, it's all about the "PC Police," who are not an actual police force with actual guns, or even an actual organization. "We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe," he opines. Where was he when "liberal" media punditoids routinely called anti-war Americans traitors and terrorist sympathizers, I wonder? Is he only moved to speak out when bigots feel too ashamed of themselves to air their bigotry? Let's never speak of this man again, even if he runs for President.