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Peter Molenaar

Vikings Fans Against the Bills

By PETER MOLENAAR

The emotional roller coaster ride might be stimulating, but one wishes our team would just blow them out of the water (so to speak) and be done with it. Evidently though, the magnitude and intensity of our collective prayer does manifest a material force on the field of play. In the end, the ‘blue wave’ prevailed against all manner of falsehood.

Get this: EVERY HOUSE REPUBLICAN VOTED AGAINST ENDING BIG OIL PRICE GOUGING. Who then is responsible for inflation?

Closer to home, General Mills hiked its prices five times since June of 2021, and the company saw its net earnings climb 32% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year. Excuse us for not believing that Governor Walz was responsible! However, while canvasing in Blaine under the banner of Teamsters Local 120, I did encounter a couple who insisted that Democrats foster pedophilia. Hopefully, repetition of a ‘big lie’ to the “master race” is not as effective as it once was.

In point of fact, congressional Democrats have introduced several bills that would help curb corporate price gouging. Some examples include the Price Gouging Prevention Act, the Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act, the Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act, the Emergency Price Stabilization Act, and my favorite: the Ending Corporate Greed Act (Bernie Sanders).

Yet, for the time being, big corporations will continue to take advantage of working Americans, when in fact, excess profits would be better spent on workers’ wages, and/or, holding prices in check. Sadly, it appears that another ”crisis of overproduction” (i.e., an economic recession or depression) is on order.

On the other hand, Vikings fans are now familiar with the power of a collectively focused prayer. Going forward, I suggest we focus this new found power upon the People Before Profits vision of socialism. No doubt, with public ownership of the means of production, we would all be able to pay our Bills.

Author’s note: the Viking’s “miraculous” week 10 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills is said to have been “one for the ages.”

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