Daily Archives: August 31, 2019

Why Are Hong Kong Protesters Asking Trump for Help?

When I first saw The Real News Network video Why Are Hong Kong Protesters Asking Trump for Help?, I thought I was hearing an unbiased report on Hong Kong.

I have since read part of The Gray Zone article Behind a made-for-TV Hong Kong protest narrative, Washington is backing nativism and mob violence.

Now I don’t know what to believe. Reading the comments on The Real News Network video, I see a lot of dissent from that article.

Uber and Lyft just lost another battle in California

VOX has the article Uber and Lyft just lost another battle in California.

If AB 5 passes the full Senate, it would essentially disrupt a business model championed and cherished by Silicon Valley. Uber, Lyft, and other app-based gig companies rely on hundreds of thousands of independent contractors to give rides, deliver food, and complete other tasks.

Reclassifying them as employees would change everything.

Gig workers would get labor protections and benefits that all employees get, such as unemployment insurance, health care subsidies, paid parental leave, overtime pay, workers’ compensation, paid rest breaks, and a guaranteed $12 minimum hourly wage. And, perhaps more importantly, they would be able to unionize.

It is unfortunate that so many progressives think nothing of using Uber, Lyft, and the other services. They don’t seem to make the connection between the cheap prices and the suppression of wages for the drivers. Walmart and Amazon have the same attraction for people on a budget. I know I should go easy on the customers. I know I have the privilege of not needing to save money this way. This gig economy is the way the oligarchs entice poor victims to take part in crushing the poor.

Bernie Sanders teases plan to eliminate billions in medical debt

CNN has the article Bernie Sanders teases plan to eliminate billions in medical debt

The outline explains that the full plan will address the components of the 2005 bankruptcy bill that “made it much more difficult to discharge medical debt” and “trapped families with medical debt in long-term poverty.” It also promises to “make sure that no one’s credit score is negatively impacted by unpaid medical bills.”

CNN may not have any institutional memory about this bill but Google can supply that memory. The new bankruptcy law and you was published October 17, 2005.

What you should know about the law, which will make it tougher for consumers to clear their debts.

WikiPedia has a nice article Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act. Here is a mention of Joe Biden’s involvement.

The increase in Republican majorities in the Senate and House after the 2004 elections breathed new life into the bill, which was introduced in its current form by the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa.[17] According to George Packer in his book The Unwinding, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, and Hillary Clinton helped pass this bill.[18] (Of the three, however, only Biden voted for the final bill. Dodd voted against, and Clinton did not vote.[19])