Good news, everyone: President Biden has rolled back a Trump-era regulation which only allowed students defrauded by for-profit colleges, meaning those students can now get full relief. The previous Administration loved itself some for-profit colleges, as you know -- remember Trump University and you'll know why! But when you've proven in a court of law that a for-profit college stole your money, you should get it back. I mean, that's just law and order.
Ho hum, our "liberal" media is all pearls-aclutch about all that infrastructure spending President Biden wants to do, fearmongering about "red ink" and the inflation we haven't had for 40 years. Thus we are reminded, again, that Our Glorious Elites regard any spending that might actually help people as "dangerous," while any spending that helps big corporations is "necessary" if not "harmless." And remember when they predicted runaway inflation would be the result of the 2009 stimulus? Bunch of fucking Carnacs, they were.
In a related note, the Biden Administration apparently wants to pass smaller bills so that it can "set the table" for a giant infrastructure bill later on this year, but I think that's a big mistake, and not just because Republicans have been blocking the mildest reforms for years. I mean, I could almost see their point if creating jobs and building bridges and building out enewable energy were all hard sells to the American people, but they're not. People like jobs, and stuff that works, and not polluting their entire planet. And, really, you're going to have to ram it down these Republicans' throats sooner or later; might as well do it sooner.
ProPublica reminds us that only one state, Arkansas, will put you in jail if you fall behind on your rent -- but, after extensive ProPublica reporting on the matter, that could change. The bill in question might have trouble passing a Republican-dominated government, but still, the lesson here is that good journalism works. Cynics want you to believe nothing works anymore, but cynicism is evil, and its practitioners are also evil, whether they think so or not.
Stop me if you've heard this one before, but Zoom got a tax bill of exactly zero dollars in 2020, despite its profits increasing 40-fold, from around $16 million in 2019 to $660 million. How do they do it? Largely by paying their executives in stock options, which "aren't income" as long as the executives don't redeem the options, and now they're asking for "help" in how to spend all their extra money! No doubt we can think of a few ways to help them do that, but this is exactly the sort of thing that should be against the law in a law-and-order nation. I bet Our Glorious Elites fight it tooth and nail if Joe Biden ever gets in his head to agree with us.
Finally, the Biden Administration appears to have hit its 100-million-vaccine-shots-in-100-days goal about 42 days early. You need two shots of these vaccines for them to be fully effective, and too many Americans still can't get shots, but all in all this underpromise/overdeliver thing might actually catch on. It sure is an improvement over his predecessor's overpromise/pretenddeliver/yell at everyone who points out you haven't delivered philosophy.