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Sunday Evening Owls: Time for DC to get its personal star on the flag and vote within the Home and Senate

At a rally on Wednesday, President Donald Trump urged his supporters to march to the same Capitol and face lawmakers, reiterating false claims that the 2020 elections were stolen from him. Many of his embittered supporters within a few hours penetrated the halls of Congress. In the past few days, residents, lawmakers and observers from other parts of the world have asked how such a security breach could have occurred. This week's calamity, however, was not a logistical misstep or simple Law enforcement error. It was just a logical result of Trump's twin passions: helping to provoke his base anti-democratic lies and exhausting authoritarian control he considers populations to be available. In this case, the district had no real voice in the Capitol and no real autonomy to defend its own streets without federal approval.

Lots of local lawyers saw Wednesdays Attempted coup – in which five people died, including a police officer – as further evidence that DC should be a state. The Capitol attack was carried out by "people who were deceived by political leaders that there was election fraud, (but) what they opposed is mythical fraud," said Josh Burch, Neighbors United co-founder for DC Statehood. told me. "The real deception is that we call ourselves democracy and yet the people deny our representation in capital politics." Now, after a day of chaos and fear, all Americans have a clearer window on whether to grant DC statehood. (…)

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“I am encouraged that our police and guards were able to take control. I am upset that 706,000 District of Columbia residents did not have a single vote at this convention yesterday, despite their officials risking their lives to defend democracy. "
~~Muriel E. Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D. C., January 8, 2021

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To see the Confederate flag march through our Capitol by a riotous mob means to recognize again that the bloody injustices that sparked our civil war have not been fully accounted for by this nation. By far not.

– Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 10, 2021

BLAST FROM THE PAST

At Daily Kos that day in 2020– No 145,000 new jobs are reported created in the last month. If typical, almost half of them pay low wages:

Low unemployment is a good thing. At least it does reduce some suffering. The fact that over the past three years what began as a difficult ascent from a deep hole under President Barack Obama has continued is not unfortunate just because Donald Trump is now occupying the White House. However, the situation is much more differentiated than can be seen from a balance sheet of those who worked for at least one hour during the survey period on the well-being of the working population. (…)

One important nuance is: how many of these millions of workers are making decent money in these now abundant jobs, part-time or full-time?

The office reported that average wages for all workers rose 3 cents an hour in December, and wages for manufacturing and non-regulatory workers rose 2 cents an hour. Last month it was reported that from November 2018 to November 2019 the real (i.e. inflation-adjusted) average hourly wage increased by 1.7%. This was combined with one to decrease in the average working week, which meant that real average weekly earnings fell by 0.6% during this period, resulting in an increase in real average weekly earnings of 1.1% over the previous year. Weak in every way. In one economy in particular, we are told that almost every day is booming. Furthermore, average wages distort reality as higher incomes raise the average and make wealth appear broader than it actually is.

A Brookings Institution report published in November noted in his analysis The 53 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 are considered "low wages." That is 44% of all employees. Your median hourly wage? $ 10.22. Average annual income? Over $ 18,000. Well above the federal minimum of $ 7.25, which hasn't changed in a decade, and has fallen in value to $ 6.05, which is by no means a living wage in most of the country.

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