The National Association of Manufacturers endorses the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" "free" trade deal, and conventional wisdom holds that other "business groups," like the reactionary U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will follow. And then our politicians will reassure themselves that they actually listened to the people. Put six beers in any one of them and he might confess that he listened to "the people that mattered."
Ben Ho makes "the conservative case" for solar power subsidies. But too many of today's reactionaries who inaccurately call themselves "conservative" won't hear it, because, for them, "conservatism" means nothing so much as doing whatever big corporations want. OK, perhaps I'm oversimplifying -- it also means hating gays and women.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to hike the minimum wage for state university workers to $15/hour, as he did last year for New York City fast-food workers. The SUNY board still has to approve, of course, but is it possible we'll one day stop thinking of this Governor Cuomo as Cuomo the Lesser? I had never considered that before.
A New York Times look into Trump family history digs up this nugget: during the 1980s, Mr. Trump cut off health care benefits to his extremely sick grand-nephew, and said he did it because "I was angry that they (the boy's parents) sued." In a sane and moral society, such a story would finish a Presidential candidate. But in this sick, immoral, and decadent society, Mr. Trump's votaries will praise him for his straight talk. And then he'll praise their energy! And then the "liberal" media will cover all of this as if it would be of any interest to a sane person.
Finally, one of the Oregon "militia" members currently occupying the Melheur national wildlife refuge says that "the Black Lives Matter movement" doesn't "get any backlash, not on the level that we're getting." And thus he indulges in the two great right-wing pastimes: ignoring everything that's going on around you, and feeling sorry for yourself.