Senators Come And Senators Go

Closing Thought–09Mar21

And speaking of going……

It seems that the more conservative of the GOP are turning tail and running for the hills to hide from a revenging Trump.

Roy Blount of Missouri is the latest Repub to throw in the towel…..

Roy Blunt on Monday became the fifth Republican senator to announce that he’s calling it quits. The 71-year-old Missouri lawmaker said in a tweeted video that he will not seek reelection in 2022. Axios notes that Blunt is the fourth-ranking Republican in the Senate, and it ticks off the previous four GOP senators to announce their pending retirement: Richard Shelby of Alabama, Rob Portman of Ohio, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Blunt was elected to the Senate in 2010, and prior to that he served as House GOP whip, notes Politico.

“After 14 general election victories—three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections—I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” Blunt said in his statement, per the Washington Post. He vowed to his constituents that he would “finish strong.” The Post notes that Blunt didn’t explicitly state his reason for stepping down.

I am sure he is leaving to “spend more time with my family”…..that one is as tired as our foreign policy.

Not to fret he will be part of the revolving door….from Congress to lobbyist.

Are these slugs leaving because they do not want to defend their undying support for Trump….or maybe it is their actions in Congress that fly in the face of the needs of the people in their state…..

My advice is that in 2022 the DNC needs to funnel cash into those states and try to win at least 3 of the 5 open seats in the US Senate….

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A New Conservation Corps?

Oh goody!

There are very few people left that remember the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC)…..

Just a small reminder…..

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a work relief program that gave millions of young men employment on environmental projects during the Great Depression. Considered by many to be one of the most successful of Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, the CCC planted more than three billion trees and constructed trails and shelters in more than 800 parks nationwide during its nine years of existence. The CCC helped to shape the modern national and state park systems we enjoy today.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC, with an executive order on April 5, 1933. The CCC was part of his New Deal legislation, combating high unemployment during the Great Depression by putting hundreds of thousands of young men to work on environmental conservation projects.

The CCC combined FDR’s interests in conservation and universal service for youth. As governor of New York, he had run a similar program on a smaller scale.

https://www.history.com/topics/great-depression/civilian-conservation-corps

What brought about my history lesson was something I read that Pres. Biden was planning….

Now, as the ongoing pandemic has wrought the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, Roosevelt’s public jobs programs are back in the spotlight. As part his recent climate policy spree, Biden announced the establishment of a “Civilian Climate Corps Initiative” that could harness the energy of the very generation that must face – and solve – the climate crisis by putting them to work in well-paying conservation jobs.

After Biden’s omnibus executive order, the heads of the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture and other departments have 90 days to present their plan to “mobilize the next generation of conservation and resilience workers”, a step toward fulfilling Biden’s promise to get the US on track to conserve 30% of lands and oceans by 2030.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/09/biden-new-conservation-corps-new-deal

This could help save Americans from having to live in their car…..

But is it a good idea?

Just a thought….Pres. Obama had an idea to help this nation back in 2009……https://lobotero.com/2009/04/22/7071/

Sadly that plan was a flop.

Why was it a “flop”?

The young cannot tear themselves away from the Kardashians or social media to be in service to America.

Will Biden’s plan also meet with failure?

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Is The Minimum Wage Dead?

The pandemic bill passed the House and included a $15 minimum wage section….and then it went to the chamber of rich f*cks known as the US Senate…..and like all other good ideas…..it dead.

The Dems caved to the cowards in the party…..and here are those COWARDS for all to see…..

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Remember their names for their next election…..

The political drama began with that idiot Ron Johnson of Wisconsin that wanted the bill read aloud for the record……

Before President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill can be voted on by the Senate, all 628 pages had to be read aloud by clerks. That was Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s idea, USA Today reports. He said he doesn’t like much of what’s in the bill, so it’s important to delay the vote so Americans can learn its contents. “So often we rush these massive bills,” Johnson said. Polls show broad public support for the bill, so Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said reading the provisions aloud, which began Thursday at 3:21pm, per the New York Times, was fine with him and that there would eventually be a vote. “No matter how long it takes, the Senate is going to stay in session to finish the bill this week,” the majority leader said, per the Washington Post. The vote might not take place until the weekend. So how long did it take? Fox News reports the reading concluded at 2:05am Friday.

At least Bernie tried to save the $15 but as usual the Dems made the difference…..it failed…..

Sen. Bernie Sanders tried again for a $15 federal minimum wage Friday but was undercut by a handful of Democrats. On a 58-42 vote—though the final count could change—the Senate rejected an attempt to slip the minimum wage increase into President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, the Hill reports. (Sanders was trying to find a way around this decision by the Senate parliamentarian.) After falling two votes short, Sanders said he’ll try something else. “If anybody thinks that we’re giving up on this issue, they are sorely mistaken,” he said. “The American people understand that we cannot continue to have millions of people working for starvation wages.” Sen. Joe Manchin, who’s in position to decided the fate of a lot of legislation, was among the Democrats who voted against Sanders’ measure.

The others were Sens. Chris Coons, Kyrsten Sinema, Jon Tester, Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, and Tom Carper. Independent Angus King sided with them. Sinema said she backs raising the minimum wage but wants it debated on its own, apart from pandemic relief, per Politico. A spokesman for the organization Justice Democrats criticized the group of senators for telling “millions of essential workers earning poverty wages that they are ‘heroes’ but they don’t deserve a $15 minimum wage.” A Senate candidate in next year’s election, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, said “every single senator who voted against a $15 minimum wage today should be forced to live on $7.25 an hour so that they can demonstrate to all of us how it’s possible.

Remember their names!

For those that want more depth analysis…..https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/05/here-are-8-democrats-who-just-joined-gop-vote-down-sanders-15-minimum-wage-amendment

I am sure that with this failure Bernie will lead the way for future attempts…..

Sad that a pack of rabid idiots that have more money than most of us….cannot bring themselves to help out working families.

Maybe these twats should have to work for $15 an hour for six months……time to rid ourselves of the Senate and go to a unicameral system……maybe then progress can be made to move this country forward.

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Revisit AUMF

AUMF? Authorization for the Use of Military Force

This is the go ahead and attack when ever it is needed (?).

But who decides when to invoke?

Biden ha decided that it is time to revisit the AUMF (something that I applaud)…..

In the face of a new push in Congress to revise the Executive Branch’s war powers, the White House is signaling it is willing to cooperate on the issue.

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). The legislation would repeal  two authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF) for Iraq, the 1991 AUMF passed for the Gulf War, and the 2002 AUMF used for the Iraq invasion.

“We are committed to working with Congress to ensure that the authorizations for the use of military force currently on the books are replaced with a narrow and specific framework that will ensure we can protect Americans from terrorist threats while ending the forever wars,” Psaki wrote on Twitter.

One AUMF not addressed in Kaine’s bill is the 2001 AUMF that was passed for the war in Afghanistan and kicked off the War on Terror. The 2001 AUMF is by far the most abused and is still used today to fight ISIS, a group that didn’t exist when it was passed.

White House Open to Revising War Powers

As part of this revisit….Biden has ordered a temporary use of drones…..

President Biden has imposed temporary limits on drone strikes, and covert raids in country’s outside of major war zones as the new administration reviews the policies left by the Trump administration.

The limits mean the CIA and military must get permission from the White House before they carry out drone strikes or raids in places the US does not have a major military presence, like Somalia and Yemen. The limits don’t apply to Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan.

The Biden administration has not announced these limits. The move was reported this week by The New York Times and The Washington Post. According to the reports, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan imposed the limits on January 20th, the day President Biden was inaugurated.

Biden Orders Temporary Limits on Drone Strikes Outside of War Zones

Another decision that I applaud.

Now the decision has been made to revisit the AUMF then maybe it would be a good idea to do this thing right…..

Longtime advocates for a more peaceful U.S. foreign policy expressed cautious optimism Friday following news that President Joe Biden intends to work with Congress to repeal some of the authorizations that have enabled decades of unending U.S. war and military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that Biden seeks to “ensure that the authorizations for the use of military force currently on the books are replaced with a narrow and specific framework that will ensure we can protect Americans from terrorist threats while ending the forever wars.” 

The statement was a remarkable departure from previous administrations. The United States has been continuously at war ever since every member of Congress except Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) voted for the post-9/11 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that empowered then-president George W. Bush to invade Afghanistan in October 2001 and launch the worldwide so-called “War on Terror.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/05/we-need-make-sure-its-done-right-peace-advocates-welcome-biden-move-limit-war-powers

The problem is the M-IC has a strong voice in Congress and deep pockets….that is a lethal combination for a defeat of any revision to the AUMF.

Just to let you know…..

The paper, “Capitalizing on conflict: How defense contractors and foreign nations lobby for arms sales,” details how a network of lobbyists and donors steered $285 million in campaign contributions and $2.5 billion in lobbying spending over the last two decades, as well as hiring more than 200 lobbyists who previously worked in government.

The amount of money at stake is immense, both at home and abroad, the center states on its website, OpenSecrets.org. Not only is a significant portion of the Pentagon’s $740 billion annual budget spent on weapons, the report explains, but American defense firms agreed to sell $175 billion in weapons to other countries over the last year. That includes deals to sell $23 billion in F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and drones to the United Arab Emirates, and billions more in sales to Taiwan and Saudi Arabia, it adds.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/03/07/how-biggest-arms-manufacturers-steer-millions-influence-us-policy.html

Sadly I do not expect much of a change from the powers that be….war is great business……Biden will go with the flow from the past.

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