About Americans not having maternity leave: It's true, we don't. I'm in high school, and my science teacher was working on HER DUE DATE because she can't afford to miss a day. The only reason she hasn't given birth on the classroom floor is because we got a student teacher last class. I asked her how much time she and her husband would take off to spend with the baby, and she said she has 9 sick days left. That's all she's spending. Not even 2 weeks with her child before she works again.
Breaking: Major Parties Surprised at Results of Own Incompetence
The major parties are apparently “reeling” from various losses made to UKIP in the local elections last night.
To which I can only say: what are you all so surprised about? You bloody started it! How can you believe you can spend years and years race baiting, locking people up for being a bit foreign, whipping up fear about immigration and promising to “crack down” on stuff that isn’t a problem and you can’t do anything about, before people would believe you? What sort of message did you think sticking someone like Phil Woolas in charge of borders would send? What message do you think deporting Yashika Bageerathi sends? If you think it isn’t “if you agree with UKIP you’re right” then you’ve fundamentally misunderstood your own job and should go have a long think about precisely why someone so stupid should be allowed to keep doing a job they are clearly very bad at.
How can you think you can keep up a nudge-nudge-wink-wink connection with the racist geriatrics in your party before they get poached by someone who’s going to give a more distinct voice to their ill-informed fears and prejudices?
How long did you think letting hack tabloid myths about bendy bananas, the EU banning chips, and immigrants nicking swans go uncorrected would work for you? How long did you think you could ride that wave of ignorance into an electoral result of “ohh better vote Labour/Tory because it’s safe and they’ll protect us from the nasty forrins,” before a party came along whose raison d’etre was “the forrins are all nasty” to piss on your chips?
You’ve been lying to people and those lies have taken root, and now suddenly it’s not so nice for you any more, is it? You stupid fucks. You did it to yourselves and I’ve not an ounce of sympathy for your crocodile tears about UKIP stealing votes from you.
From the White House on down, the myth holds that fatherhood is the great antidote to all that ails black people. But Billy Brooks Jr. had a father. Trayvon Martin had a father. Jordan Davis had a father. Adhering to middle-class norms has never shielded black people from plunder. Adhering to middle-class norms is what made Ethel Weatherspoon a lucrative target for rapacious speculators. Contract sellers did not target the very poor. They targeted black people who had worked hard enough to save a down payment and dreamed of the emblem of American citizenship—homeownership. It was not a tangle of pathology that put a target on Clyde Ross’s back. It was not a culture of poverty that singled out Mattie Lewis for “the thrill of the chase and the kill.” Some black people always will be twice as good. But they generally find white predation to be thrice as fast.
The minimum wage is $7.25/hour — in constant dollars, that’s less than a third of the $50 a week these corrupt politicos were being paid in 1934. That’s $290 a week and only $15,000 a year.
And yet every day in America, people making three times as much, or ten times as much, line up for their chance to lecture these low-income workers on the merits of thrift, frugality and personal responsibility. Get rid of your cable subscription, they say. Keep your tires properly inflated. Turn the lights off when you leave the room, lower the thermostat, bring a bag lunch, learn to cook rice and beans, and check some Dave Ramsey books out of your local free public library.