Caitlin Flanagan, “The Madness of Cesar Chavez” – thought I linked to this already. From the article: In harvest season, the temperature will climb to over 100 degrees many days, and the rubbed velvet of the spring will have given way to a choking dust. Almost none of the workers breathing it will have a union contract, few will be here legally, and the deals they strike with growers will hinge on only one factor: how many other desperate people need work. California agriculture has always had a dark side.
Jay Cost, “What Would Jimmy Do?” – from the article: Of course, the Democratic party’s left wing paid no mind to these limits. They demanded the passage of the Humphrey-Hawkins full employment bill, a massive hike in the minimum wage, a comprehensive national health care policy, and more. They also dragged their heels on Carter’s effort to make the government work better at what it was doing – giving him grief over welfare and job training reform. And the labor unions frequently balked at Carter’s efforts to keep the country from being pulled further into the wage-price spiral. Yet, on most of these items, Carter stood up to his own party, and he paid the political price for it.
‘Money blurts’ help drive fundraising – there’s a big difference between campaigning and governing. The fact gimmicks like this are helping people get elected should scare everyone. We need serious candidates, not sound bites.
Dave Gilson, “What Parents Can Learn From Prison Guards” (h/t thag, I think) – from the article: Another familiar example: “I’m not going to tell you again!” This phrase, Thompson says, “is almost always a lie. You will say it again, and possibly again and again!” And there’s the old parental fall-back, “Because those are the rules!” It only encourages resistance, says Thompson.