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Perspectives For “Progressives”

As regular readers of this blog may guess, I haven’t been too fond of “progressives,” or “The Left,” as they call themselves.  Back about 5 years ago, they got tagged here (and a few other places) as “frustrati,” “emoprogs,” and “purity trolls.”   Why have I been so … irritated … by them?  It’s not their ideals.  It’s not even their anger at the lack of progress on some fronts, or even their disappointment with some (or all) of the Democratic Party.   Surprisingly, I sometimes share them.  What irritates me is they aren’t doing anything to change any of that except to bitch about it, and even worse, assume that every place in the country is just like where they live.

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Turns Out Your Issue Wasn’t Important

To say this election was a disappointment for me is an understatement.  Over the past few months, I’ve been inundated with political messages, as well as reading huge numbers of posts and articles about the issues that were important to various groups.  Voting rights, women’s rights, climate change, green energy, healthcare, the economy, immigration, and various others.  All of which, if you read both the mainstream media as well as the left blogs, were key issues with voters on the left, were at stake in this election.   If you looked at the polls, supposedly Democratic candidates were on the winning side of those issues with a majority of the population.  There’s just one problem:  The Republicans won.

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Mid-Week Musing

As the long-term readers here are aware, I become scarce about this time of year, and remain that way until November.    My work takes me out into the field for the next several months, and my time, opportunity, and inclination to write blog posts takes a major hit.   A week from now, that cycle is going to start again.  Besides the usual workload, I am once again breaking in a new assistant, which means even less time.  Now, on to the other stuff.

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A Zoo Or Park Is Not Nature

Recently the state environmental department announced plans to control an introduced species, which is on the verge of becoming seriously invasive.   In the areas where it’s currently established itself, it caused serious damage wetland and aquatic plants, has displaced – and often attacks – native species, created public health hazards, and injuries to the public.  Once confined to a relatively small area of the state in limited numbers, over the past few years it has spread to new areas, and numbers are increasing.  The state plans to reduce this population in the wild to zero over the next ten years.  Pretty open and shut, right?  Not really, since all such plans have a “public comment period” attached to them, and there’s a good percentage of people against it.

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Some Things Don’t Change … Unfortunately

I wrote this post almost 4 years ago, and decided to update it in light of the failure to pass extended unemployment benefits.

I’ve spent a while reading statements from various right-wing politicians – Rand Paul being one of the more prominent – that extended unemployment benefits are a bad thing.  You see they may increase the deficit, and (gasp!) they may cause people to put off taking low-level, low-paid jobs!  There seems to be two major core assumptions:  That the extension of the benefits decreases people’s willingness to look for work; and that there are plenty of jobs available, if only those lazy unemployed would just take them.  To back up their case, they’ll come up with an apocryphal business owner whose minimum wage jobs are just going begging, because the unemployed won’t take them.

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