Political fall out from Covid-19 pandemic

Short spiked vulgarians?

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Looks like Covid-19 has finally taken down its first member of the US Legislature, incoming Republican congressman Luke Letlow of Louisiana.

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Oh, I’m sure it was comorbidities and not the hoax-virus.

/s

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Asshole Trumpists are already trotting out the baseless conspiracy theories, as asshole Trumpists are wont to do.

He doesn’t seem to have been an especially horrible or pro-Trump by Republican standards, but he was holding indoor maskless rallies and talking about how important it was to reopen the economy ASAP so there is that. Still a helluva lot of legislators who have been asking for it way worse than this guy though.

41 with two young kids. I hope this helps his colleagues wake the fuck up.

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If only. Spine-ectomies are hard to reverse.

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Since he wasn’t sworn in yet, I believe this means there has to be another election for his seat.

He didn’t die while in office.

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Sadly, while his transgression doesn’t qualify for a cigarette and blindfold, somehow this Covidiot remains a sitting member of provincial parliament. That said, any blow to political fortunes of the fools in power in the province is something I observe with smug satisfaction.

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Well, my goodness… the virtual pillory continues… it’s just a shame we have found the virtual equivalent to rotten tomatoes; an annoyed tweet just doesn’t land with the same satisfying, messy splat… :tomato:

The news here has been maintaining summary stories just to keep track of the list.

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Eschaton

Friday, January 08, 2021

Jerbs

-140K, unemployment at 6.7%.

“We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country” -Jason Furman, last April, as Very Serious Economists were already rallying to blunt any further economic help by convincing people that the light of Recovery Summer was just around the corner at the end of the tunnel.

Welcome to the long Recovery Winter.

Atrios at 10:06

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Okay, this is wild.

Obviously jobs have been lost and jobs have been gained each month, and the net has always been negative. But in December, “net” losses…were all women?

Of course some men lost jobs in December and some women became employed, but taken as separate groups, men saw tiny gains in employment, and women big losses.

I’m trying to sort through various scenarios explaining this, none of them pleasant, of course.

I suspect our shitty measures of what constitute being employed vs unemployed vs not counted at all may have something to do with it.

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Yeah. I don’t know why you find that shocking, given that most of us are still employed in service industries. Of course women lost more jobs. There is still the stupid idea that men are the sole bread winners and that that’s the ideal of humanity. :woman_shrugging:

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Add in women are disproportionately responsible for childcare, and virtual learning along with closures of daycare centers have put a premium on them staying home.

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This is not shocking generally:

But the trend direction line for December is. Statistical anomaly? Christmas seasonal work ending? Pandemic/Republican driven haitus in EOA scrutiny? Collapse of specific industries? All of the above?

The last of course having special ramifications, as the sort of low income service industry you reference is more likely to be “essential”, both figuratively and literally.

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This will not serve him well.

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I’m sure there’s a way to make that point without sounding like an out-of-touch douchebag…

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Maybe- but only douchebags place themselves in position of losing their money over supporting a violent coup.

I do have sympathy for regular folks having economic difficulties- people like him? Sorry- we’re fresh out of it.

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Are we still talking about Yang here? I hadn’t heard anything about his support for the coup.

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Nope. Just responding to that comment.

Yang seems like a good guy to me. His statement was just bonkers while running for Mayor of NYC.

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