Like most couples, one of us is the person handling the money. In our case, that’s me. I call it “paying the bills” but I should call it “ducking the corporate fist”.
This morning, my duck-the-fist-list included activating a debit card that I received as a rebate, signing up for a class action so that I can get a few bucks in a few months because my insurance company colluded to fix prices and got caught, and dealing with an airline that decided to change my itinerary to add another connecting flight (which I specifically avoided by paying more for the ticket in the first place).
I’ll preface this by saying that I’m a privileged guy and most of this is just an annoyance rather than a serious issue. Still, I think one of the superpowers that Democrats get from small-dollar funding is the ability to run against stuff like this, and then fix it, because we shouldn’t be beholden to corporate contributions.
I realize that Republicans and corporations will squeal like stuck pigs, but fixing this stuff is not that complicated. Why shouldn’t we just outlaw rebates? They’re just a weaselly way for a corporation to advertise a discount that they don’t really want to give. Why the fuck is anti-trust and other consumer protection being done by class action lawsuit? The overhead here is enormous. Class-action lawyers make millions, and millions more are sucked down by third parties distributing the ridiculously small individual settlements. How about this instead: have anti-trust and consumer protection laws and enforcement with teeth. And, my sweet Lord, when we de-regulated airlines that didn’t mean that they could revert to a state of nature where any fee or fuck you is allowed, because freedom.
I could go on and on, but I need to call the airline again since they didn’t return my call in the promised 52 minutes after I made it. Their time: precious. My time: expendable.