Monday Open Thread

“Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.”

–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

9 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. kwtree says:

    I went looking for “good news” today, and came up with this April 2021 Harvard poll that shows:

    Attitudes among young people (18-29) show that they are more politically engaged, approve of Biden’s job performance, (and they know he won the election), and most striking to me, most are hopeful about the future. 

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      What a relief!

      That is good news since they will turn out en masse and vote Democratic next year, tipping the Senate in favor of the Democratic Party, and saving the House.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        Maybe the young will turn out … but the 2021 general elections did not show a tremendous surge of young voters in local and state elections.  In fact, as Newsweek pointed out,

        Preliminary estimates suggest that just one in four voters under 30 cast a ballot in this year's Virginia's statewide elections. Some drop off in voting after a presidential election is normal, but the precipitous decline this year is even lower than the youth participation rates in 2013 and 2017. For youth to show up at lower rates than previous gubernatorial years while overall turnout was higher is an avoidable embarrassment.

        • notaskinnycook says:

          I wouldn't put too much stock in the turnout from just a couple of states' off-off-year elections. And the last couple of years have been such a hot mess generally, that a lot of people just let it fly right past them. I think next year will be a much better barometer of participation overall. Just the same, GOTV efforts matter more than ever to combat the right-wingers' cynicism.

  2. davebarnes says:

    November 22, 1975 – Juan Carlos is declared King of Spain following the death of Francisco Franco.

  3. MattC says:

    And I am stuck in the airport because I wouldn’t enter the terminal where workers are striking for the simplest of reasons.

    New pay structure that reflects that the workers have not seen any increase for five years and health insurance that never costs the worker more than 34% of a workers pay.

    Company offered a variable increase where some workers get almost 12% increase spread over the next 4 years, in a 7 year contract – workers asked for 14% spread over the next 3 years. For health care, in a way that should anger so called “conservatives” everywhere, company offered Medicaid application forms.

    There a thousand ways to get home to DC from Phoenix by Thursday. But this strike should be completely unnecessary.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      That reminds me of stories I heard years ago about Walmart. They underpaid their employees and had the forms to apply for social assistance in the breakroom so the state could make up the difference. And some people wonder why I’d only be caught dead in one.

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