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  1. about 5 hours ago on Ted Rall

    Just as a side note: although some of the scarcity out there is hoarders (who the heck hoards toilet paper in response to to a respiratory illness? They planning on making disposable facemasks with that or something?) a lot of it — such as the sudden sellouts I’ve seen of cake mix, lunchmeat, lettuce, and bread — is just people realizing that they’re going to be eating at home 3 meals a day, with little to no restaurant activity, for the next few weeks if not months; no school lunches for the kids, no more picking up a sandwich on your lunchbreak or swinging by to get takeout on the way home from work. And, of course, with extra time on their hands, people are willing to cook and bake, so flour and cake mix and milk and eggs are hot sellers. (It’s almost like the largely-unnecessary 8-hour workday, plus commute time, robs people of their ability to live well, and they are now taking it back when they have the chance. Nah, couldn’t be. That would suggest deep flaws in capitalism itself.) Nobody hoards green peppers or lettuce, they just don’t keep — but they sold out around here when orders came down to practice social distancing.

    (Well, okay, Bob the Angry Flower hoarded fresh tomatoes in strip 198. But that was both fictional and satiric.)

  2. about 6 hours ago on Ted Rall

    There’s this thing called the Electoral College, and it renders individual votes largely moot. In 2016, if there had been 100,000 of me, all somehow registered to vote, and we had all voted the same way, it would have made no difference to where my state’s EC votes went. Since the candidate that people like you thought was so brilliant last time lacked the mental capacity to actually read the Constitution, or for that matter to notice how the previous Clinton-affiliated candidate lost in 2000, presumably you do, too.

    There is no point in a choice between Trump and Biden. Biden already showed us that he prefers far-right Supreme Court justices — that’s how we got Clarence Thomas. He wants to follow Trump’s lead and install a bunch of his billionaire cronies in high positions in the government. He thinks that any social spending at all is too expensive, and that any attempt to improve anything is “pie in the sky” — but that the $30 trillion we’re feeding into the stock market to protect the rich before the end of the month is perfectly okay. He’s also polling so badly among the young and among Independents — the constituencies that the Democrats need to win in order to actually beat Trump — that he is pretty much guaranteed to lose. (Old people, who are voting for him in the primaries, overwhelmingly break for Trump overall.)

    It’s a really sad commentary on the state of the Democratic Party that the best possible thing that could happen to us is that Joe Biden’s statement that he doesn’t have any symptoms of coronavirus would turn out to be a lie, like most of everything he’s said in public for the last month, and he would withdraw.

  3. about 15 hours ago on Ted Rall

    Trump is a machine politician. He could not possibly have been elected without the Republican machine, and he is loyal to it. Just because that wasn’t his career beforehand — he was a grifter and swindler, instead — doesn’t make him better.

  4. about 17 hours ago on Ted Rall

    We became doomed, I am convinced, when the Democrats made Hillary Clinton the nominee in 2016. We didn’t have to have Sanders, but the best-before date on the Clintons was 1996 — they’ve been electoral poison ever since. But the Boomers think that if we get a Clinton back in the White House, we’ll get a cargo cult 1990s and they can relive their happiest days. They’re killing us all.

  5. about 17 hours ago on Ted Rall

    That’s because Biden is basically Trump, with a faint blue tint. He wants the status quo — billionaires in charge, the rest of us die to prop them up. He can’t coherently oppose Trump’s policies because ultimately he stands for the same thing to within a few percentage points. He still thinks your healthcare should be tied to your job, even now. He still thinks that any actual improvements would be “too expensive” even after apparently approving of the government throwing $30 trillion into the stock market to protect the rich. (By contrast: eliminating all existing student debt: $1.5 trillion. Eliminating all existing medical debt: less than $1 trillion.) His stated goal is to restore us to where we were in 2015 — which is to say, when people were so fed up with the world that Trump was able to run a successful campaign by just railing against the status quo.

    Biden supporters are completely delusional. If he does indeed get the nomination, Biden is going to lose so thoroughly to Trump that you won’t even be able to complain about the electoral college this time.

  6. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    When the Clintons decided they could chase right-wing votes by killing off welfare and claiming the tax savings.

  7. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    (Oh, sorry, that last was meant as a reply to DonPoole. Did not notice that the reply box didn’t switch back after posting a comment.)

  8. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    The Democratic Party has systematically been destroying the careers of younger politicians for decades now. Gen X and younger have pretty consistently tried to move the party to the left, and the Clinton types who have been in charge since 1992 deliberately primary against them, refuse them funding, and if necessary side with Republicans to keep them from winning. Centrists have poisoned the party and destroyed its future, and it was deliberate.

  9. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    You mean the guy who still thinks everybody’s healthcare should be tied to their jobs? Absolutely guaranteeing that we will never really be prepared for a pandemic? The guy is a fool and a tool of the 1%, always has been, always will be.

  10. 1 day ago on Ted Rall

    The government can run Amtrak just fine — the service sucks because the government isn’t permitted to own the tracks, and so everything has to be arranged around industrial and commercial trains, which are never permitted to be late because of Amtrak.

    As for Italy: after Trump and Biden ran them down, it turns out we’ve had to buy respirators from them because our wonderful capitalistic private health system didn’t have enough to meet demand, while the greater New York metropolitan area — where Trump lived, you know, the city proper and the counties bordering it, and across state lines in New Jersey — has more than half of the cases in the country, and is about to have a massive surge in deaths over the next week.