You know what we could all use today? Some good news! Luckily, New Jersey Senator and very handsome man Cory Booker is here with some!

Today, Booker announced plans for a Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act, which would guarantee a full-time federal government job paying at least $15 and providing health care and paid sick/family leave for any adult that needs one. This would start with a three year pilot program in 15 local areas, selected by the Department of Labor, and, if successful, be expanded throughout the United States.

Expanded nationally, this would ensure that every American who wants a job has a job, and that they have a job they can survive on -- something that yes, people ought to be entitled to.

There are other benefits as well. If the government were to guarantee $15 an hour jobs with benefits to everyone who wanted them, private sector employers would have to raise their wages and benefits in order to attract and keep employees. It would also provide a counter to the unfortunate fact that employers are more likely to hire white employees and non-disabled employees, and provide jobs for those who have been cut out of the job market due to discriminatory hiring.

The Act is based on ideas long advocated by economists Mark Paul, William Darity, Jr. and Darrick Hamilton, and pushed for by Jesse Jackson during his presidential run in 1984.

As Dylan Matthews of Vox points out, a similar program in India, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, was found to not only increase household earnings for low-income households, both in the private and public sector, but also to increase employment overall in the private sector.

This sounds counterintuitive, right? Shouldn't a program like this decrease employment in the private sector? Shouldn't all those private businesses, now practically forced to pay higher wages to their employees, hire fewer people? But the thing is, this program meant that more people had more money to spend than they did previously, and when people have more money to spend, businesses need more employees and can afford to pay them.

Would a program like this be expensive? Yes, it would! The plan proposed by Paul, Darrity and Hamilton for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates its cost at $543 billion a year. This cost, however, would be offset by the boost to the economy (which would increase tax revenue) as well as a decrease in the funds needed for social programs. Additionally, these jobs would likely be jobs that benefit all Americans -- providing childcare, infrastructure development and other things that would improve our way of life. Essentially, it would pay for itself in the end.

This is a smart thing for Booker to be doing, especially if he plans to run in 2020 as we all assume he will. His close ties to Wall Street, support for school vouchers and vote against importing cheaper prescription drugs from Canada has cost him serious progressive street cred. In fact, the whole prescription drug thing led me, personally, to call off our wedding entirely. Which was very sad because we would be such an attractive couple.

By embracing Medicare-for-all and programs like this one, Booker balances his act and broadens his overall appeal. Being as beloved (and handsome) as he is, he's also in a unique position to advocate for a few progressive ideas here and there in a way that won't totally piss off and alienate centrist/mainstream Dems. In fact, I've got my fingers crossed that he'll start pushing for an end to at-will employment next. GO, CORY, GO!

This is a good and exciting idea, and that's something the Democrats need to be doing a lot more of if they want to kick Trump the fuck out of the White House in 2020. While there are many lessons to be learned from the horror of 2016, one of them is that progressive ideas are not as vastly unappealing as centrists have been insisting they are lo the past... since NAFTA, at least. It's time to start getting creative and a little radical and presenting ideas that people can get seriously jazzed about. We all need that light at the end of the tunnel right now.


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Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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