Opinion | To Fix the Nation’s Woes, Tax Wealth

An annual wealth tax, levied on those with assets of more than $50 million, could solve a number of festering problems, from raising revenue for pandemic relief to slowing a democracy-disrupting concentration of power. It’s an idea whose time has come.A wealth tax would reverse more than a half-century of tax cuts for the wealthiest households and put a brake on the build-up
— Read on www.commondreams.org/views/2021/03/28/fix-nations-woes-tax-wealth

Opinion | Mitch and Elaine Aren’t Bothered By Their Own Hypocrisy

Birds of a feather will flock together.— Robert Burton, The Anatomy of MelancholyThe marvelous thing about Mitch McConnell is that he’s unaffected by juxtaposition. Of course it was just a coincidence—his comments about the Biden stimulus package that, he said, uses taxpayer dollars that encourage people not to work, and the Inspector General’s report about the activities of
— Read on www.commondreams.org/views/2021/03/28/mitch-and-elaine-arent-bothered-their-own-hypocrisy

Further | Apocalypse Cruz | Opinion

With the staggering cynicism and “performative assholism” that is the GOP, a bunch of opportunist jackals dressed up in Rambo cosplay costumes and went to the Rio Grande to highlight the “Biden Border Crisis” that isn’t, cruising on machine-gun-laden boats to protect them from all those huddled kids. In a hushed, ludicrous video from the wild, Cancun Cruz, morphing into a
— Read on www.commondreams.org/further/2021/03/26/apocalypse-cruz

Struggling with Bad News

Struggles and Bad News

I’ve been struggling with my breathing these last few days due to the combined effects of seasonal allergies, COPD, and living in an apartment with horrible air quality. The fucking Bradford Pear trees should finish their annual pollen assault in a week or so, and we’ll be moving into a new apartment on Friday. COPD remains an issue that I’m dealing with as best I can because I want to avoid another hospital stay.

Speaking of hospital stays, my health problems seem absolutely insignificant compared to our friend in Pennsylvania. He is dealing with cancer and just had his car totaled in an accident. Thankfully, he was ok other than a badly bruised shoulder from the impact. To make his life worse, he called last night to let us know he was back in the hospital due to bleeding in his stomach, which is not a good thing.

His visiting nurse told him to either go to the hospital or due at home. So much for bedside manner, but I’m glad it worked and that he did go to the hospital. Today I will text him and hope for a speedy recovery for him. He has far too much to deal with for any one person to handle. His situation makes what I am going through seem game by comparison.

Hal and I would do anything we are asked to help our friend. The worst part is that there isn’t really anything we can do to help. If this COVID thing goes away soon enough, we will go to visit him, but no one can predict when the COVID situation will go away.