Thursday, June 9, 2016

On Having Fun with the Find Function

I haven't read Rebecca Traister's profile of HRC. It may very well be worth reading. But I just plugged in the following words to see if any of them show up in the piece. None of them did: 

1. Honduras

2. refugees
3. deportation
4. prison 
5. criminal justice reform
6. DOMA (That's a little low. But "gay", "lesbian", "transgendered", and "LGBT" aren't in there either.)
7. Iraq
8. Syria
9. abortion
10. Planned Parenthood
11. Afghanistan

I did scroll through, past her meeting with the Sandy Hook family (good for her), past the comparison to old Leia (gag), past the boring list of her favorite TV shows (which actually does make her more likable in my eyes), and I got to this paragraph:

"When Clinton rolled out a progressive set of policies for families at her May events in Lexington and Louisville, her explanation went something like this: We need a national system of paid family leave because too many women don’t even get a paid day off to give birth; workers don’t have a federal requirement for paid sick days; meanwhile, many dads and parents of adopted children don’t get any time off at all, and sons and daughters don’t get time to take care of aging parents. We also need to establish voluntary home-visiting programs, where new parents, especially those facing economic adversity, can get assistance in learning how to care for their children and prepare them to succeed in school, thus taking aim at unequal outcomes in the earliest years. Relatedly, we need to raise wages, because two-thirds of minimum-wage workers are women, which has an impact on single-parent and dual-earning homes and, when combined with high child-care costs, inhibits women’s ability to earn equal benefits, save for college, and put away for retirement. Minimum-wage workers currently spend between 20 and 40 percent of their income on child care; Clinton has a plan whereby no family would pay more than 10 percent on child care, but she also believes we need to increase pay for child-care providers and early educators, who in some places are paid less than dog trainers and who have their own families to take care of. All of this is tied to the need to strengthen unions and make health care more affordable through revisions to the Affordable Care Act as well."

This will be our media and president for the next four-eight years. Both could be better. Both could be a lot worse.

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