Whew, so many comments to go through! And I can’t believe that I had to read through about 90% of it before somebody finally mentioned one of the key failings of the Electoral College, so I’ll restate it here – right now, even most of the big states go ignored thanks to the Election College. Why would either side waste their efforts in California, New York, Texas, etc., since the final outcomes in those states are largely a foregone conclusion. Under the current system, the swing states get inundated and the remainder of the country gets ignored – most small states included. There would be far more reason to campaign in, say, Boise or Cheyenne without the Electoral College than there is with the Electoral College.
And the notion that without the Electoral College we would have one-party rule and would have had a run of Clinton-Clinton-Gore-Gore-Obama-Obama-Clinton-Clinton is incredibly naive. Given that the populace is rarely satisfied, national political preference tends to act like a pendulum. Obama was able to win the presidency because his candidacy was preceded by 8 years of Bush. Trump won in part because his candidacy was preceded by 8 years of Obama. The only way we’d have a single party win term after term would be if the populace was actually happy with that party. And that would be bad because…?
We’ll survive climate change, but it will increase income disparity – poorer people will be devastated and rich people will profit handsomely by mitigating the trillions of dollars in damage. Just as there’s more money to be made with an unhealthy population, there’s more money to be made with an unhealthy planet.
Yet it will all matter for naught – the Rump’s supporters will still worship him and the Republicans will still enable him and protect him from consequences for his actions. And each conviction will enhance tRump’s victimhood and boost enthusiasm for his re-election.
Excellent comparisons. Personally, I do believe quite strongly in the power of the market, but in the perfect market, not the free market. Those who argue for the free market claim that if regulations are lifted, corporations will do the right thing because they know that it would be fiscal suicide to do the wrong thing. But history clearly shows that to be a load of bunk – corporations are essentially obligated to do whatever yields the greatest return for its investors, and can actually be sued by their investors if they put trifling issues such as the health of our planet or the well-being of its workers over more important issues such a profit. Under a free market, they’re not held liable for harm to others and are not only allowed to do whatever enhances the bottom line, but are compelled to do so. However, under Adam Smith’s perfect market, they would be liable for their harm to others (and would be rewarded for their benefits to others) AND consumers would be provided with perfect information. In Adam Smith’s day, perfect information would mean that consumers would know the costs of competing products, but in the information age that would mean that consumers would know whatever is most important to them – not only cost, but reliability/quality of a product, and/or how a company’s workers are treated and/or paid, and/or the environmental impact of a product’s manufacture, etc., etc. I say we bring on the perfect market and let consumers “vote” with their dollars; government’s role should them be to make sure that externalities are properly addressed and to ensure that there is complete transparency / perfect information about all products that are being sold. THEN corporations would likely truly be compelled to choose to do the right thing.
“scant few”?! tRump has hordes who worship him and hang on his every babbling word. Their numbers may not be strong enough for him to win the popular vote in 2020, but they could well be strong enough for him to win the Electoral College again, or at least get close enough that he and his enablers can successfully challenge the results. Yes, we need to vote the jackass out, but DO NOT underestimate him or his supporters. He may not be intelligent, but he is crafty. Ousting him from the Whitest House will be akin to trying to keep squirrels out of your bird feeder – it will likely be far, far more difficult than one would think.
I’d buy a lot of the hideous knick-knacks that are depicted in this strip, with Lilian the Leprechaun likely included. Many of Agnes’s possessions and creations are so grotesque that they’re charming!
I typically would agree with you, BUT… (1) Visiting my elderly parents, one of whom can’t drive and the other of whom has no night vision, it’s reassuring that they have options if they don’t have anything to make for dinner or simply want a night off from cooking (not that they’d order from Taco Bell). Some people have limited mobility through no fault of their own. (2) Some delivery recipients aren’t lazy; they’re simply busy and it makes more sense to pay for delivery than to spend time traveling to and fro. (3) Doing food deliveries via bicycle in downtown DC is about the most fun I’ve ever had whilst working. Biking as a means of general transportation has its perks, but biking as quickly as you can in order to make a buck while providing good service is exhilarating. It’s an awesome gig option, I’d do it even if I was rolling in dough, and I’m glad that the opportunity exists. (4) Packaging aside, it’s gotta be more environmentally friendly to have 1 person making 10 deliveries than to have 10 people driving to restaurants to pick up food. It’s only a net environmental loss if a driver is delivering food to people who otherwise would have walked or taken transit to grab their grub.
Yup. Always carrying a towel would get honorable mention.
Nice pipe dream, but we’re stuck with The Rump for at least 2 more years, but more likely 6. With a Repugnant Senate and SCOTUS, Donnie will face no consequences in the next 2 years. Odds of him being ousted in 2020 are slim – (1) Dems will rip each other to shreds in the primaries, drain one another’s coffers, and hand ammo to tRump; (2) Donnie and the Repubs are willing to play dirty and are better at simple messaging – fears over immigration, abortion, gun control, and socialism will win A LOT of votes; (3) The Democratic Party is incompetent; (4) the Electoral College is challenging to overcome; and (5) Americans are idiots. Even if tRump loses, he won’t go quietly – he’ll challenge the results, and the Repubs have SCOTUS and the critical governors’ offices on their side. (On a side note – check out represent.us – they offer a strategy that might have a slight chance to restore democracy in this country.)
Yet such blatant mislabeling will be one of the key factors that will likely lead to tRump being re-elected. If you think that tRump’s unpopularity and litany of legal liabilities will ensure a Dem Presidential victory in 2020, then you’re as just as deluded as tRump is. Not only will the dozens of Democratic candidates rip each other to shreds and drain one another’s coffers in the primaries, but the Republicans have been the champions of the sound byte long before hopping into the cesspool with tRump. tRump was able to successfully portray honest news as “fake” thanks to the acceptance of news having a “liberal bias.” The made-up notion of “death panels” struck an early death blow to support for the ACA. The label “death tax” helped turn the common person against an estate tax that only impacted the richest of the richest. They’ll continue to win the sound byte, and fear mongering over the “evils” of socialism will help keep tRump in office and either keep the Repub majority in the Senate or minimize Democratic gains.