A place for Democratic activists to commiserate

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I had to do something more.

If you’re like me, you’re growing increasingly frustrated over the inability of Democrats to address the growing threats to our democracy. We thought we had dodged a bullet when Biden was elected and the Democrats took Congress. Now, I’m more scared than ever.

Under the circumstances, I couldn’t just sit back and do nothing. But what can I do? In this era of social media becoming more and more influential, we need to expand our presence there. As a result, I have set up a new Youtube channel, Democratic Activist.

I hope this channel…


America is a big place

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President Biden has set an ambitious goal for his covid vaccination program: a 70 percent vaccination rate among all Americans by the Fourth of July. This vision statement is Biden’s latest after his administration has smashed all the prior goals it has set for itself. Talk about underpromising and overdelivering!

The reason Biden has chosen 70 percent as his goal appears to be that this is the arbitrary number epidemiologists have proposed at which we will achieve “herd immunity.” This goal can be achieved through people surviving an infection, thus generating natural immunity to the virus, or through vaccination. …


Actually banning abortion will be a shock to a lot of people’s systems

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The self-styled abortion foes are on the verge of a great victory. With Trump’s historic three Supreme Court appointments, an anti-choice majority that has demonstrated little respect for precedent is firmly entrenched on the Court.

Brett Kavanaugh, for example, overturned an established precedent in Edwards v. Vannoy. He took this step despite the fact that none of the litigating parties had asked him to do so. Kavanaugh even stated in his opinion that there are no watershed rules in law, upending the common law idea of stare decisis, the idea that we can rely upon previous decisions of the Court…


Time to get back in the saddle!

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I woke from a needed nap the other day to pick up my phone and read an article from The Atlantic, generally an activity I enjoy. My eyes were drawn to an article by Peter Wehner titled “The Road to Political Violence.” It was a bad choice. I got out of bed afterward, totally depressed, with all the good work of my nap undone.

Unfortunately, the media is replete with pessimistic articles about the pending demise of American democracy. Paul Krugman wrote in The New York Times about the “Banality of Democratic Collapse,” arguing that the careerism of Republican politicians…


Unions, poverty and children, oh my

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In the United States, when we want to discourage certain behaviors, we can either make it explicitly illegal, or make it so unpleasant and inconvenient that it may as well be illegal. This article is about the second kind of quasi-legal mandate.

Interestingly, the law recognizes that quasi-legal behavior can be an issue. For example, in landlord-tenant law, there is a concept called “constructive eviction.” The idea is that if the landlord can’t get rid of tenants legally, the landlord can make the tenants’ life so unpleasant that the tenants will just move out on their own. Shutting off utilities…


The New York Times drops the ball again

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Fox News was just about gushing. The “left-wingNew York Times had published an article described as an “‘unflattering’ behind the scenes of Biden White House.” Oh my. The libs have been owned agin.

The article described a White House where Biden’s “folksy demeanor” belies a “short fuse and an obsession with details.” Apparently, Biden is guilty of… “gasp”… taking his job seriously.

His apparent crime, according to the article, is taking his time making decisions, consulting experts, and considering multiple points of view. Sometimes, he even agonizes over decisions for days. He is really kidding himself. What does he…


Organized labor is the only group who can get past the filibuster

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It’s hard to overstate the relationship between unions and the Democratic party. Having worked in the trenches of Democratic politics, I can assure you that the question at most labor unions is not whether to support the Democratic candidate, but which Democratic candidate to support and how much to give. This relationship between Democratic office-holders and labor unions exists almost from the first time the politician decides to run for office. As a result, there are few groups who are harder to say no to for a Democratic politician than labor unions.


How increasing the minimum wage would actually increase employment

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When I was practicing law, clients would often tell me “I couldn’t sell my house.” To that statement, I had a stock response: “Yes you could sell your house. You can always sell your house. The question is whether you can sell it for the price you want.”

The recent whining we are hearing from the business community reminds me of that statement. To their whine that they can’t hire enough employees to operate, the immediate rejoinder should be “at the price you’re willing to pay.” …


I’m ashamed of my profession

Britney Spears slaving away. Wikipedia.

Last night, my wife and I sat down to watch the Britney Spears documentary produced by The New York Times called “Framing Britney Spears.” I must admit that I expected to see some light entertainment, enjoying the escapism that our celebrity culture often provides us.

What I did not expect was my actual reaction: embarrassment and outrage. After all, in this era of economic inequality and democracy in jeopardy, can the plight of a rich, beautiful, young star be all that salient?

In fact, it is. I was so upset after watching the documentary that I had trouble falling asleep.


Biden is in danger of making the same mistake as his former boss

President Joe Biden taking the oath of office. By Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Wikipedia.

Ah compromise.

Somehow, this procedural approach to negotiation has been elevated to a policy goal by some who lack conviction. Democrats, of course, always quick to try to make people happy, jump when offered a “compromise” which is often nothing more than a watered-down version of what is really needed.

The latest gambit by a few “moderate” Republican Senators, only one of whom voted to remove Trump from office, is nothing more than “less.” Rather than Biden’s $1.9 trillion proposal, they suggest a coronavirus relief bill of only $650 million. Why $650 million? Why not $1.9 trillion? …

Michael Greiner

Mike is an Assistant Professor of Management for Legal and Ethical Studies at Oakland U. Mike combines his scholarship with practical experience in politics.

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