Limerick from Skip Tenczar
The Donald says they’re being treated unfairly,
Those who insurrected fiercely and squarely.
It’ll be his campaign theme
And a Facebook meme:
Elect me and I’ll pardon ‘em – just dare me!
We talk with our team of guests: Stephen Pimpare, Alexander Sammon, Paul Glastris. We discuss the jobs report, which was released Friday. This appeared to be a surprise to the media, because it was so strong. They have been reporting only dire news about the administration. It appears that the labor market is strong, and the economy is improving tremendously (at better than 6% annual rate). However, there is still low union density, so it is questionable if workers will reestablish the unions (despite popular sentiment) to previous levels.
We also talk about possible topics for the State of the Union speech that Biden should use. Suggestions were: cite the many successes so far, and urge all to be brave for the future.
We discuss how the economy is stabilizing, mostly due to the American Rescue Plan, passed last year.
We need to connect public education to readiness for work. This is somewhat controversial, because education should not make workers more compliant, less informed. Deeper philosophical questions underlie this: what is the purpose of education?
The US is experiencing assaults on public education at present, with reactionaries attempting to kill it. Most Americans like public schools, but the schools are being drained of funds, through various methods: vouchers, ‘scholarships’, etc.
We also touch on the makeup of our courts, especially the Supreme Court.
We note that accountability for actions/inaction during crises is critical.