“It’s gone for good. And if some politician told you otherwise, they were lying to you. And I won’t do that. Now, the reason why jobs like yours have disappeared isn’t just because of cheaper labor in some other country. Primarily, it’s technology. Technology allows one person to do what used to take ten. Now, that might be great for the economy, but it’s not for you, or your family. Now, a moment ago, Melissa asked me what it was like to become president overnight, and I told her it was the scariest moment of my life. It doesn’t even compare to what you’re going through, sir: the fear of not knowing if you can provide for your family. Not since the Industrial Revolution has our economy gone through such a dynamic transformation. We need solutions. So here’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna create a public-works program that’s gonna deal with the failing infrastructure issues around the country, and anyone who has lost a manual-labor manufacturing job in the last four years because of this changing economy - their names will go to the top of the list for these new jobs. But I also want to create programs at every public college and university across the country so unemployed workers can become educated in these new and emerging technologies. And I want you to know that I believe that the American government has a responsibility, not just to maintain, but create opportunities for the American people, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Like, standing ovation much? I think Designated Survivor just earned iself a place on my ‘favourite fictional political moments’ list, just after the very beginning of Newsroom and Peter Quinn’s angry speech about the Middle East.
Maybe if real politicians spent less time watching day-time TV and talking to one other and more on well-written fiction, things could actually change for the better.
Join us with Oreo the Smol Panda as we take a light-hearted look at some serious topics, discuss and do our best to listen to the hearts of all those with something to say.
It would mean the world if you can reblog this, I want to make this a regular thing or at least hear some thought on it… basically, I will take relevant asks, comments, or ongoing topics and have my fluffy little buddy talk about it objectively.
Much more to come very soon, thank you all!
“Yes I am ready to news please” ~Oreo the Smol Panda
When you, dear reader, see that italic line at the end of a brief obit saying ‘a fuller obit will follow,’ that line is actually pronounced, 'Some poor so and so like Bruce or me is sitting, sweating, rapidly becoming more alcoholic by the minute, tearing his or her graying hair out, trying to get that full obit online in a matter of minutes.’
Margalit Fox (with Bruce Weber), New York Times obituary writers
*shakes the dormant Newsroom fandom* I JUST WALKED PAST BJ NOVAK ON THE STREET THIS MORNING AFTER REWATCHING “WKODHIB” LAST NIGHT HE WAS WEARING WIRELESS EARBUDS and ALSO THE OTHER DAY I WAS SITTING IN THE PARK AND SAW THOMAS MATTHEWS (who played sweet, simple Martin) TALKING WITH A FRIEND what a month
-We’re seventh in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy. 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined.