It is highly unlikely that McDonald’s corporate elite were quaking in their boots when a horde of Fight for $15 derelicts descended on the company’s headquarters in Oakbrook, Illinois. Most of us were working that day so we couldn’t join in on the fun. Besides, protesting for higher pay is for idiots. There are better ways to occupy your time that will achieve the same thing. The problem is that it takes some effort.
John Boehner made another plea to repair the Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday, damning the agency because:
This isn’t run-of-the-mill incompetence. It is arrogance – arrogance that allows our veterans to be lied to, ignored, and, frankly, left to die.1
In the talk a lot, but do little fantasyland of Washington the course of events can easily be changed by political opportunities that have nothing to do with the job at hand. As the National Defense Authorization Act was shepherded through the House last week, the application of the feared anti-immigrant label changed a debate that had absolutely nothing to do with immigrants and everything to do with perpetuating a Democratic lie.
There is not much that shocks me, but my jaw bounced off the top of my desk when I read President Obama’s “society’s lottery winners”1 remark made during a discussion on poverty and class segregation. Is he trying to convince us that he is so humble he doesn’t realize he is one of those winners and has helped make segregation worse?
Loretta Lynch parroted the newest Obama administration slogan as she made her case for the Justice Department’s slice of the federal budget. Appearing before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday, she spoke of the ”trust that must exist between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.”1
America’s self-proclaimed champion1 just made an announcement that the media seemed to think was news. I can’t imagine why. Of course Hillary Clinton is going to change America by pandering to the very lowest level of society, people who aren’t citizens and can’t legally vote for her but have family and friends who will. Is this how we want our first female champion to begin changing America? Absolutely not, but it is the change America is eventually going to get if enough ask for it.
Don’t blame Jeh Johnson. It’s not his fault. As Homeland Security Secretary overseeing Obama’s absurdly reckless immigration policies Johnson is tasked with an impossible, even offensive job. He has to justify DACA to everyone from oversight-obsessed senators to the president to the American people. He has to explain how his agency is doing everything imaginable to make this Oval Office abomination work. We should give Johnson a pass. He’s just doing his job.
We weren’t watching the fruits of a Great Society in Baltimore. Citizens behaved like terrorists. Public officials said the wrong things. A city burned, but cities can be rebuilt. Restoring respect is not that easy.
Rubio is wrong. The problem is not that we don’t have the right people running America. The problem is that the people pulling the strings hold us hostage to politics. No matter who wins the presidency next year, if that person is savvy enough to pull off an election victory then they also know they will have to play the same game that every president plays. They are going to work with Congress to hold you hostage because that is how the system works.
Corrupt politicians are not the ones who do the most damage. Sure, they undermine our confidence in government and stir up lots of anger and resentment, but once we root them out and the gears of justice start cranking we get rid of them. It’s not like we haven’t had lots of practice.
Who plans to grow up to be an everyday, average American? This country has always looked down on average, or at least we did until the word stopped meaning what it sounds like. That’s because politicians lowered the bar on average so they can claim that more Americans need help. The new goal for many Americans, like the workers engaged in the Fight for 15, is staying below average and using the government to get by.