|Our young people think most corporations are owned by people like Mr Burns|
The Left is turning up the volume on their narrative. They are force-feeding glib explanations that blame conservatives for the disasters caused by Leftist policies, glib explanations. These glib explanations create Victim-Aggressor-Rescuer triad, create anger and stoke feelings of envy.
It seems to me that we will be challenged by Progressive tools when we least expect it. Consequently, it is good to have a few "scripts" tucked away that address core-issues and will knock the challengers off-balance. They do not expect resistance and are unprepared for cogent argument.
Furthermore, those fifteen second repartees are excellent for convincing those people who are still considering the evidence and are still sitting on the fence.
I took the liberty of underlining the sentence that I see as the kill-shot. If you can only remember one line, remember the underlined sentence.
Mrs ERJ went to one of the post-offices in the metro-Lansing area last week. She was approached by a young man with a clip-board. "Have you signed the petition to raise the minimum wage" he asked.
"No point in it, young man. It just drives prices up and young workers are no better off than before. And the higher prices are tough on those of us who are on fixed incomes" Mrs ERJ responded.
"No, you don't understand. We just want the money that the rich corporations are hoarding. Differences in payscales are not equitable. They have to share it so everybody can have a decent life" the young man asserted.
"Frankly, young man, I am very happy to pay a brain-surgeon more than the person making my Subway sandwich" Mrs ERJ responded.
"Yes, but that is not a living wage. Nobody can have a decent life on those wages and everybody deserves a decent life" he shouted.
Mrs ERJ briefly considered asking him if babies who were about to be aborted "deserved a decent life" but decided the question was inflammatory.
"Making sandwiches at Subway shouldn't be a career. It is a job with flexible hours that gives people the opportunity to make a few bucks while they upgrade their skills. Either that, or it is a part-time job for a retired person or a mostly-stay-at-home mother"
The kid gave Mrs ERJ a dirty look and stalked off to look for easier prey.
"Dirty, rotten, corporate bastards are price-gouging and that is what is driving up the price of gasoline. There needs to be a law..."
There already are laws. The RICO statutes specifically outlaw collusion in the setting of prices. If you have proof of collusion then send it to Biden's Justice Department and to the local newspaper.
The primary objection seems to be that gas stations raise the cost of gasoline between gasoline deliveries. Key point: they have to charge the replacement cost of what they are selling if they are to stay in business. It is irrelevant that they might have paid $4 a gallon for the last load of gas. If it jumps to $5 a gallon and they charge $4 then they cannot refill their underground tanks. The only thing worse than expensive fuel is no fuel.
Really, the only opportunity that a gas station has for price gouging is after every other station in town has run out of fuel. Then you can make a credible case for gouging. But really, if you had the last ticket for a super-hot concert...would you have any moral twinges at selling it for 10X what you paid if some other music lover was willing to pay that much out of their own free-will. Asking for a friend.
Gas was cheap under Trump because A.) Covid B.) He was buying gas from the Russians
|From Gasbuddy website. Trump, before Covid circled in red. Trump, during Covid response circled in yellow. Biden to the right of the yellow highlighted area.|
The United States has NEVER bought any significant amount of oil, gasoline or natural gas from Russia or the Soviet Union. Ever. Full-stop. Total non-factor.
Baby formula shortage is a ploy by greedy corporations to drive the prices up so they can make more money
The implication is that there are warehouses filled with baby formula and corporations are waiting for a total feeding frenzy before releasing it to the market.
See comments regarding collusion in the second paragraph under Price-gouging.
A variant on this argument is that the manufacturers of baby formula are waiting for the US government to invoke the War Powers Act so the "dirty, rotten, greedy, rat-bastard corporations" can avoid the cost of follow Federal Safety protocols and make more money. I suspect that in the long run they would lose any short-term gains to the class-action law suites they would be hammered with. You might want to Google "Johns-Manville asbestos" to see how that worked out.
The reason there is a baby formula shortage is because poorly written and arbitrarily applied regulations make it impossible for new players to enter the market.
Universal, single-payer healthcare
"Everybody deserves access to high-quality health-care"
Yes, the healthcare system in the United States is irrational and confusing and expensive. By-and-large, it is also pretty darned good quality and we have doc-in-a-boxs in adequate numbers east of the Mississippi. People who complain about how hard it is to get to a doctor rarely have problems driving 70 miles to visit a casino or attend a pro sporting event. And the trip to the casino is nearly always more expensive than visiting Dr. Gupta at the DIAB.
So who decides if a trans-gender operation is funded while a 45 year-old diabetic parent who needs a kidney is not? Who makes those decisions? Will there be somebody local that you can present your case to or will it be controlled by anonymous bureaucrats in Washington D.C.? Single-payer translates into "bureaucrats who are not answerable to the people they are presumably serving."
Furthermore, will cash-payment be outlawed under single-payer? "Single-payer" implies that payment can only be disbursed (and therefore accepted) from the Federal government. You might be financially capable of paying for a doctor's visit out-of-pocket but will they be allowed to accept it? I recently had the experience of visiting a doctors office and we lacked a single insurance document. They were on the verge of cancelling our appointment (10 minutes before we were scheduled). When I suggested that we could pay-out-of-pocket the receptionist was unsure on how to make that happen. We got a deer-in-the-headlights stare.
Comments will be appreciated, especially if you can offer simple challenge questions that really will make people step back and examine their assumptions. We cannot win the hearts and minds of our young people by telling them what to think. We need to throw bread-crumbs on the ground that lead them to "Ah-ha!" moments.