Don’t these people have editors?

Wealth taxes have always been politically controversial. Both Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren proposed ongoing levees on wealth while they were running for president, applied every year, as part of a broad program of reducing economic inequality.

They were going to build an embankment around wealth? Bury it, Jimmy Hoffa style, underneath one? Drown it?

13 thoughts on “Don’t these people have editors?”

  1. I was walking down the Levee with my head hanging low,
    Looking for my sweet mama but she ain’t here no more,
    Thats why Im crying Mississippi heavy water blues.

    Lord, Lord, Lord, Im so blue, my house got washed away,
    And im crying “how long for another pay day”,
    Thats why im crying Mississippi heavy water blues.

    Im sitting here looking, at all of this mud,
    And my girl got washed away in that Mississippi flood,
    Thats why im crying Mississippi heavy water blues.

    I hope she come back, some day kind and true,
    Ain’t no one satisfy her like her sweet papa do,
    Thats why im crying Mississippi heavy water blues.

    I think I heard a moan, on the Arkansas side,
    Crying how long before sweet mama arrive,
    Thats why im crying Mississippi heavy water blues.

    Im in Mississippi, with mud all in my shoes,
    My girl in louisiana with those high water blues,
    Thats why im crying Mississippi heavy water blues.

    Got plenty of muddy water, dont need no water cold,
    I need some sweet mama to send me daddy love,
    Thats why im crying Mississippi heavy water blues.

    Nothing but muddy water, as far as I could see,
    I need some sweet mama, come shake that thing with me,
    Thats why im crying Mississippi heavy water blues.

    Listen here you men, one more thing I’d like to say,
    Ain’t no womens out here, for they all got washed away
    Thats why im crying Mississippi heavy water blues.

    Lord, Lord, Lord,
    Mississippi shakin’,
    Louisiana sinkin’,
    The whole towns a shrinkin’,
    Robert Hicks is Singin’,
    Thats why im crying Mississippi heavy water blues.

  2. We’re in “Tweedledum” territory now, where words mean whatever one wants them to mean. How ever did these incoherent (& frequently innumerate) people get elected? Are they really “the best you can get” politicians, or, as it seems, just stumble-bums with more money than sense?

  3. “A onetime assessment of the 5 percent at the top would do wonders”: onetime – my left foot.

  4. Levees and Supermarket observations – Morrisons today 17:30

    – 1 Bag of Flour for sale: 16 Kg Morrisons Bread Flour £9 – no yeast for sale
    I imagine Morrisons’ in-store bakeries selling less than usual as they won’t let customers in

    – 3 1kg Gram Flour
    – Pasta & Rice ~40%
    – Pizza: Chilled ~10%, Frozen ~25%
    – Baked Beans ~60% but 4 packs only
    – Crisps etc still ~3%
    – Fresh fruit and veg, mostly normal two exceptions: mushrooms & onions

    Staff: oldies gone, <25 replacement till girls different every visit – leveeing or sacked for xyz with no pay?

  5. ‘Both Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren proposed ongoing levees on wealth’

    Kill the rich; take their stuff. Get Bernie and Betsy first.

    Decadence. The rich attacking the rich. But Bernie and Betsy are as relevant has Harry and whatshername now.

  6. “Harry and whatshername now”: there was a reference in this morning’s Tel to ‘Cash and Harry’. I liked that.

    What did Mainwaring say to Private Pike? Wasn’t it “stupid boy”?

  7. “Don’t These People Have Editors?” – I suspect that the answer in many cases is now either “no” or “not in any meaningful sense”. As the old media continues to lose its audience due to increased competition from internet sources and a loss of public confidence due to its own failures, it tries to stay afloat by cutting costs. That means getting rid of specialist reporters who know a particular subject in detail and the layers of fact-checkers and sub-editors who would once have filtered out the most egregious errors. The trend is towards newspapers and the established television channels becoming little more than content aggregators that rely on cheap know-nothing young writers and social media narcissists churning out clickbait, edited by slightly older know-nothings who were doing exactly the same thing a few years ago.

  8. AndrewZ, the problem began in the 1980s when the consultant class told businesses they didn’t need middle management. My factory went from 7 levels of management to 3. One of the plants burned to the ground because of it. One of the things the second level did was enforce housekeeping.

    Publishers cut editors. Their journalists were competent adults, and didn’t need anyone looking over their shoulder. It has taken longer, but their plant is burning down.

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