Category Archives: economic collapse

The ‘millionaires against a $15 minimum wage’ club


“There’s a lot of peeps don’t mind believing the end is near, so long as it ain’t too near. The Apocalypse is a comfort to them. The alternative is to walk around thinking we might be able to patch things … Continue reading

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The year of ‘You can’t make this stuff up’


Asked to summarize 2020 in one phrase, humorist Dave Barry wrote “Four Seasons Total Landscaping.” Perfect. Donald Trump’s wacko coup attempt, along with the Covid-19 plague, dominated the news late in the year, and nowhere was the Trump legal team’s … Continue reading

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Is this progress? A show of hands, please


Swamp Rabbit whistled to summon the birds and beasts of the ponds, mudflats and woodlands. “Listen up, critters,” he shouted. “Here’s what’s happening.” He read aloud from a list of calamities that have made 2020 a landmark year: Twin plagues … Continue reading

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‘Reaching across the aisle’ into the void


Swamp Rabbit was happy for our former president. “That new book he wrote is a bestseller. Most of them critics like it, too.” I shrugged. “It’s a doorstopper that lists for forty-five dollars. I read an excerpt. I like Barack … Continue reading

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Uh-oh, a blue mirage!


Swamp Rabbit was doubled over laughing at me for having thought the 2020 elections might generate a wave that would sweep Democrats to victory even in some former Confederate states that were, according to the pollsters, trending blue. “Hahaha, you … Continue reading

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Only a blue wave can detox the U.S. Senate


Tomorrow is Election Day, but Swamp Rabbit and I are still arguing. Will a blue wave crash down on the Orange Contagion? Will the Democratic victory be large enough to discourage Trump from contesting it? Large enough to turn the … Continue reading

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Not to belabor the obvious, but…


I called up Elizabeth Warren’s Labor Day message and said, “Check it out, Swamp Rabbit. Woody Guthrie could have written it.” Today’s a federal holiday because on the eve of the 20th century, machinists, carpenters, and people who worked in … Continue reading

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The odds look good, but don’t bet your house yet


“It ain’t just because them rats are still on Trump’s ship,” Swamp Rabbit said. “It’s because they look so comfortable there. They ain’t scared the ship’s gonna sink. They’re reserving deckchairs.” The neofascist spectacle of the Republican National Convention had … Continue reading

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Too late for rats to flee Trump’s ship


Swamp Rabbit was reading about the House panel that was grilling Louis DeJoy (nickname Joy Boy?), the megadonor appointed by Trump to wreck the U.S. Postal Service. “How come you ain’t watching it on TV?” he said. “It’s got a … Continue reading

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How much are essential workers worth?


I heard caterwauling: “I’m gonna have to throw all this trash into the swamp if they don’t pick up soon. The frogs and the possums ain’t gonna like that.” Swamp Rabbit was standing outside his shack, jamming empty beer cans … Continue reading

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