Something else you may not have known about the COVID relief bill: it hikes some fairly arcane taxes on rich folks and big corporations. They're not the sort of tax hikes you can explain to your uncle in 30 seconds, but they represent progress, though I sympathize with Rep. Doggett (D-TX), who complains that the bill could have done more. But Politico writes this article like taxing the rich and corporations more directly is somehow politically risky, more than eight years after Barack Obama said flat out that the rich need to pay more in taxes and still won re-election, and more than two years after all the Republicans' tax-cuts-for-the-rich didn't help them keep the House.
Nobody asked him, but Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) supports the Bessemer Amazon workers in their attempt to unionize -- but only because Amazon "wage(s) culture war against working-class values," and by "working-class values" he means right-wing values. That means if workers at, say, Chick-Fil-A want to unionize, they'll get no help from Marco Rubio, since Chick-Fil-A isn't "wag(ing)" a "culture war" -- or, more precisely, wages the culture war Mr. Rubio prefers. But seriously, if you don't want Amazon "canceling" right-wing publishing or treating its workers badly, you should keep Amazon from getting that big in the first place! And that notion utterly escapes Mr. Rubio in his op-ed, which must be why he describes Amazon as an "oligopoly" rather than a monopoly. Would it be piling on to say that corporations (not just the "woke" ones!) literally pursue "adversarial relations between labor and management" as a matter of policy, but Mr. Rubio only blames labor laws for that? No, it would not.
Stephen Semler at Speaking Security theorizes that President Biden didn't issue Executive Orders curtailing the Department of Defense's 1033 program (which sends military weapons to local police departments) after getting pressured by the National Association of Police Organizations (or NAPO). A right-winger might call this "special interests getting more say than everyone else," except that said right-winger would approve of the result (not that he'll ever give Mr. Biden credit for it, a lesson I really wish Democrats would have learned by now). Now would also be a good time to remember that ending the 1033 program is just a step on the way to demilitarizing our police.
A UMass-Amherst study finds that Black Lives Matter protests actually decrease police killings of black folks -- by close to 17 percent, on average, in municipalities with protests versus those without. Why, it's almost like public pressure works! So when your "I'm an independent, I listen to both sides" friend asks "why are they still protesting?", you can point to tangible progress as a reason. (If they then say "I bet rioting and looting go up after BLM protests," demand proof! They won't have it -- they'll only have their "independent" attitude, which is not proof.)
In a peripherally-related matter, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) says he "wasn't concerned" about violence from pro-Trump protestors on January 6 because "those were people who love this country," but if Mr. Trump had won and "tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa" protestors had descended on D.C., then "I might have been a little concerned." The enterprising Democrat who runs against him in 2022 can attack him two ways: first, by reminding everyone that Ron Johnson thinks black folks hate America, and second, by reminding Trump supporters that Ron Johnson said Joe Biden won. Does that seem uncivil? Well, when has Ron Johnson ever earned civility?
Finally, I really shouldn't be bothering with such people, but I can't help but notice that when Tucker Carlson describes a heretofore-obscure New York Times writer as a "powerful (person) claiming to be powerless" and a "deeply unhappy narcissist," one could more aptly use those two phrases to describe Tucker Carlson himself! That's how it is with right-wingers -- they call you weak because they're weak, they call you stupid because they're stupid, they call you dramatic because they're dramatic, and they call you full of rage because they're full of rage. "I know you are but what am I?" is really the best response to a right-winger anymore.