The AFL-CIO puts out a report finding that CEO pay went up much, much faster than inflation in 2021, and while normally I’d ask how much CEO wages went up in previous years, when CEO salaries go up more than twice as fast as inflation and nearly three times faster than worker wages, that’s really all you need to know right there. They said income redistribution would wreck this great nation – and they were right! So stop listening to the pundits telling you worker wages drive up inflation.
A Democratic politico comes up with a way to beat Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: feed right-wing news sources with stories about how Mr. DeSantis has been insufficiently right-wing. But, off the top of my head, I can’t think how he’s done that, and though the right-wing capacity for rage seems endless, I can’t imagine right-wing media outlets wanting to conspire with Democrats to oust Mr. DeSantis, since he trafficks in the rage that keeps the cycle of doom going. All of this, of course, supposes Democrats really want to depose him. Too many of them are asking why not keep raising money off him? as we speak, a strategy that has never led to disaster before! I’ve got a better idea: run a candidate who’ll do things with their power.
It “May Surprise You” “What the Bible Actually Says About Abortion” – i.e., nothing directly, and both pro- and anti-choice forces can find Biblical quotations that support their cherished position, plus Jesus’s own feminism continues to impress! – but facts about the Bible won’t impress any right-wing Christians; they don’t read the Bible so much as imagine the Bible already agrees with them. I’d prefer a Bible that didn’t agree with me on everything, just like I prefer to hold and practice values that inconvenience me.
Science puts out a study that instructs us, among other things, that about 20% of Americans think violence in defense of one’s political aims is A-OK, nearly half of Americans think a Civil War is coming, and, dig this, 40% prefer “having a strong leader” to “preserving democracy.” That last one, especially, is a stupid choice – there is no law of physics that says “democracy” and “strong leadership” are incompatible, though you need strong leaders who will let the popular will lead them. So, not Kyrsten Sinema, then.
And not Pete Buttigieg, either: Matt Stoller creates a giant Goofus and Gallant strip about certain Biden Administration officials and their attitudes toward monopolies, and he finds our Treasury Secretary wanting, as he is. Dig how Mr. Buttigieg says his office has concluded “ten separate investigations” on airline refunds! The whole country is talking about how bad airlines are treating them, and he unfurls a typical right-wing trick, hoping you’ll think “concluding an investigation” and “doing something” are the same thing! Anyway, how about we start promoting Jonathan Kanter and Rohit Chopra as Presidential timber? Because those two know what they’re doing. Or is “knowing what you’re doing” not sexy enough?
Finally, ho hum, Trudy Busch Valentine’s family farm has hosted at least two fundraisers for Missouri U.S. Senate Republican candidates, although Ms. Busch Valentine is running for Senate herself, as a Democrat! And her family’s ties to Republicans go considerably deeper than that! In a sane and moral world, this news would finish Ms. Valentine’s campaign – particularly since her main opponent, Lucas Kunce, would be a much better candidate! – but we live in a sick, immoral, and decadent society where we can never underestimate Democratic politicos’ ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.