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Atrios wrote:

Also too, the Washington Post, which is owned by the richest man in the world who likely believes that the work that his executives do in 24 hours is so much more valuable to the world than his rank and file staff, should probably recuse itself on the matter of the size of the stimulus checks. Sure, it would have been nice to prevent Jared from getting $2000. But then the Post would have to stop writing about how Pelosi was engaging in political theater by trying to get more stimulus money for desperate Americans for 8 months. Golly, what might have happened if the Post hadn’t neglected the stimulus package until the last moment? What kind of public support might they have generated for getting it right?

Cynicism is ok as long as it’s regular people getting the shaft. But as soon as we start to consider rescinding the immorally bankrupting tax cuts for the Bezos class, we’re all just trying to get attention.

Austerity is coming. It better not fall on me. I lost my livelihood in the last round and I used to be a member of the educated elite who should have been in Obama’s pocket. But the truth is, if you don’t make a living off your investments, you ARE the working class. And if it can happen to hundreds of thousands of over educated STEM professionals who research molecules that turn into life saving drugs for stuff like, oh, I don’t know, cancer maybe, then it can happen to A-N-Y-O-N-E.

Yes, even WaPo readers could live out their senior years in poverty.

So zip it, editorial board. Zip it good.

5 Responses

  1. Completely agree. This WAPO editorial shows just how out of touch the mainstream media is from the average American. Perhaps, if they had begun the push on Senate Republicans on June 1, 2020, there might have been a better outcome, but it was much more important to ensure that there was adequate coverage of the Trump campaign, and the Democrats in disarray.

  2. The “mainstream” media is more or less merely Conservatism Lite these days, and applying Occam’s Razor, I would guess it’s mainly because the owners and higher-ranking employees of the MSM don’t want their taxes raised, either.

    Are there any bigger, whinier, more obnoxious crybabies on the planet Earth than affluent-or-richer, but mediocre, white Americans facing the prospect of a tax increase?

    (Reminder: I am a non-elite white American.)

    However, let us never forget the first and foremost reason why MSM and wingnutty propaganda works so well on non-affluent white Americans:

    Plus, due to the accidents of technological progress in agriculture, and the resulting economic changes, the nincompoops described in DXM’s text above are disproportionately concentrated in the low-population states, which hold disproportionately great political power under our system.

    The Electoral College and the 2 Senators Per State rules were not so crazy back when they were invented, when the majority of people still lived in the countryside and worked the soil for a living. The mismatches of population and representation were lesser things back then. Of course, they have outlived whatever virtue they might once have had.

  3. Of course, we must not overlook the fact that of the 28 states where Benedict Donald won, 25 of them use ES&S voting machines.

    https://www.rawstory.com/voting-machine/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6243

    Including TX, FL, and NC–those big red states which the Dems were hoping might flip to blue this time.

    Also including all of Maine, home of Susan Collins, who was thought to be vulnerable this time.

    Things that make you go “Hmmm…”

  4. Off topic: Well, 2020 is going to be an @$$hole to the very end, it seems.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/12/30/dawn-wells-dead-covid-19-gilligans-island-star-82/4090958001/

    May she rest in peace.

  5. I want to congratulate anyone out there who voted Republican in Senate races; you made sure that you would not get the $2,000 that you would have gotten, had the Democrats controlled the Senate. However, you did get $600, and that, plus the utter joy you must feel in “owning the libs,” will have to make up for it. Your Republicans in the Senate will make sure that there are no more stimulus packages, unless the money goes to the very wealthy. You are on your own. You voted for a bunch of ultra-rich social darwinists who think that they re superior to you, and that is why they are ultra-rich,and you are poor and need $600, which is money they light their cigars with. They’re going to need your help next Tuesday in Georgia, and in many more upcoming elections, so be sure to go out and vote for more Republicans up and down the ballot. They might even toss a dime or two to you, the way that Rockefeller used to throw dimes to the masses. You have no freedom at all, you can barely put enough food on the table, but they tell you that they are protecting your freedoms, and you believe them. Congratulations to you.

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