Astounding that the US government has an official policy of spending more than they have to on life savings drugs, because donor profits are more important.

Even more astounding is that the American people aren't smart enough to do anything about it.

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Either Grim or I, or both, must be hallucinating. This blog by Grim cannot be about something real. Because if it were, it would mean that, all of a sudden, labor politics in this country are stating to make any sense whatsoever in real life.

After all, the union movement, with all their many and sometimes serious flaws, is a pillar of Democracy in advanced industrial societies. The working class is large, its members special circumstances mean special needs that mean special rights, such as the right to bargain for adequate pay and conditions in exchange for doing the work they do. Is this even American? What would Ronald Regan have said about it?

Are the Democrats turning into the party of the working class? What will happen to the moderates, what are they going to do when faced with this unprecedented situation? After they have been for so long controlling things in that party and also all out for Globalization and for how, incidentally, this helps keep this class in its place?

No, this cannot be true: its members were always destined to labor in underpaid, mostly service jobs, the industrial ones that could pay well being shipped to Burkina-Faso and points beyond, where companies that set up headquarters there pay no real taxes, just excuses, but do employ people for what elsewhere would be seen as laughable wages were it not for the equally laughable low standard of living and those in government there are just fine with all this and smiling all the way to the bank. While here, in the remaining places offering employment with few and meagre benefits, workers have bee keeping their heads down and gritting their teeth, with "Retrenchment" and "Downsizing" as the menacing and bloodthirsty Scilla and Charybdis monsters between which they have had to navigate their collective bargaining weakness for more than forty years. That is well over one generation and, depending on how one reckons these in years, could be even two. So get real!

The one bright hope for right now is the Supreme Court. Let's trust its fearless majority to take care of this abomination very, very soon. Otherwise, Right-To-Work States' Republican citizens: The night may be dark, but the dawn is arriving! Keep the faith and wait! The Second Coming of Donald J. Trump is also at hand!

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It just hit me that at the end of thr Biden presidency someone will write a post mortum akin to Jeffrey Goldberg's "The Obama Doctrine" and inevitably in that article will be a juxtaposition of Obama's success in meeting his rhetoric of hope and change against Biden's success in being "the most progressive president in US history" While I think both are full of crap, I must admit that when I read something like this it makes me wonder if all along Joe Biden wasn't more the equal to Obama's soaring rhetoric than Obama.

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