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Tweet of the Afternoon

https://twitter.com/itsJeffTiedrich/status/1443961550944014336

right now some Deplorable with a persistent cough is driving a crappy car on crumbling roads past abandoned storefronts to a low-paying job and pumping his fist and going "hell yeah!" as he hears on the radio about how Biden's infrastructure bill is in danger of failing

Do Americans Know What a Massive Ripoff American Life Really Is?

Sorry if this was posted before. Should be required reading, imo.

https://eand.co/do-americans-know-what-a-massive-ripoff-american-life-really-is-8804aa6b65fa

I’ve recently moved to the States — shudder — for a year or two. And I’m shocked at how expensive just life is. For no good reason at all.

When I put my economist hat on, a fact becomes clear to me. American life is a gigantic rip-off, one of the world’s biggest, and that’s why America is now effectively a country of poor people, and that makes it a nation of angry, cruel, and selfish ones, too.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start over. American life is the biggest ripoff in the world. Or at least one of the biggest, in the top five, certainly. Just…existing. It costs way, way more than it should. So much so that America cannot ever move forward as a society. So, trapped in a cycle, which economists call a “poverty trap,” Americans now stay poor.

Americans don’t quite get this, though. Why would they? They’ve never lived anywhere else. So let me give you a few examples which, especially if you’re American, might be illuminating. We’ll begin with basic bills, and then zoom out from there.

An anti-vaxxer wises up

https://twitter.com/davidmwessel/status/1440258271374233600?s=20

Barf

Saw my first "Pompeo 2024" bumper sticker today.
Of course, he was driving like an asshat.

Today's rally from the Washington Post:

A sparsely attended rally in support of the mob that overran the U.S. Capitol began Saturday, as dozens of demonstrators gathered within view of the building where five people lost their lives amid a pro-Trump riot on Jan. 6.


Greatest cake ever?

&t=75s

Liberty means being a big baby and never having to do anything you don't wanna do even if it....

hurts or kills other people. Goo goo ga ga - Thomas Jefferson


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