Even though the last midterm elections were a disaster for America, several approved ballot measures suggest that common sense is still alive and kicking. I’m convinced the current swing to the right is mostly a problem of low turnout and too much corporate cash. It doesn’t reflect the real mood of the country.
Take, for instance, the fact that voters in the red states of Alaska, Nebraska, South Dakota and Arkansas approved minimum-wage hikes—even though their Republican Congressmen have been blocking such a law. Voters in Massachusetts, meanwhile, approved one of the country’s most progressive sick leave measures.