Republicans aren't Scrooges--they're much worse.


By Trump-era standards, Ebenezer Scrooge was a nice guy.

It’s common, especially around this time of year, to describe conservative politicians who cut off aid to the poor as Scrooges; I’ve done it myself. But if you think about it, this is deeply unfair to Scrooge.

Why our editor in chief spoke out against Trump, and why the conversation must continue.


EDITOR'S NOTE: "Rudy the Red-Nosed Grifter, a new spin on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," came in a fund-raising email from Public Citizen. The author is Robert Weissman, Public Citizen president. Happy holidays! 

You know Bill Barr and Bannon, the Pencer, and ’Vanka

McConnell the stupid, Don Jr. and Bolton

But do you recall

Trump’s most rotten lackey of all?


Rudy the Red-Nosed Grifter

Has a very shiny face


I recently found my way back to church. A dear friend was going to be speaking to her congregation about the giving nature of her daughter, an 18 year-old girl who died a few short months ago, and I wanted to support her by being there in the pews. I got there early. I slipped quietly into the back row. And I waited for the service to begin.

By LAURA CLAWSON, for Daily Kos Labor

Donald Trump, Wednesday in Michigan: “Look what I’ve done for steel. I mean, the steel is back. We taxed all the dumb steel coming in from China and other places, and US steel mills are doing great — they’re expanding all over the country, and they were gonna be out of business within two years the way they were going.”

By LAURA CLAWSON, for Daily Kos Labor

If you’ve been in the workforce since 1979, how much have your wages gone up? If you’re a little younger, how much have the wages for a job like yours gone up in those years? I bet it’s not 157.8%—unless, of course, you’re in the top 1%.