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veen  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "What bothers Americans about the federal tax system?"

My eyebrows were raised to grand new heights when I got an email the other day from the USDOT. They are making work of Biden’s Executive Order sixtys...13985 and are asking people for input. The goal is to, quote, “ pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.”

If you’d given me the EO to read, I’d probably dismiss it as a bunch of feel good aspirations that are hard to make concrete. But the reality is that I got an email that basically said “every federal agency is given the task to start assessing equity and we could use help with that”, which is a fantastic concrete first step at addressing inequalities. It makes my euro-socialist soul ecstatic to hear them pursuing exactly what I think is sorely lacking in governmental policy - the proper consideration for structural, serious inequalities and the role that the government must have in preventing or reducing them.

But yeah - “equity” is a word only serious leftists care about, as far as I can tell. The makers of food deserts & forced car-dependance being told to take deep, serious look in the mirror about their contributions to inequality? You bet that’s a turn for the left.

kleinbl00  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm reminded that there were 91 million people in Russia in November 1917. 200,000 of them were Bolsheviks, up from 24,000 the previous February. Yet they overthrew a monarchy hundreds of years old and set out on a ruthless geopolitical experiment that lasted 74 years.

It kinda feels like the good ol' boy network was totally cored out by Trump and the new guy is basically going "Hey lefties we got money come talk us out of it." Any previous administrative handover would have included a lot of negotiation and revolving-door diplomacy between the mutual members of the good ol'boy network because a mandarin is a mandarin and ideologues rarely get to work more than four years at a time. But those guys are gone, man. Anyone with any professional aspirations took early retirement.