Closing Thought–11Mar21

If you are an insomniac like me then you have seen the ads on the tube for “My Pillow” (an expensive waste of cash)……the owner and hawker for “My Pillow” is one Mike Lindell, a rabid Trump supporter…..like his idol Trump Lindell has been thrown off Twitter…..and now he has a new idea but one that you cannot sleep on…..

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, the Trump ally who was barred from Twitter for spreading election-related conspiracy theories, plans to launch his own social-media site.

The platform could launch within a month, Lindell said on Charlie Kirk’s podcast on Friday.

“Every single influencer person on the planet can come there. You’re going to have a platform to speak out,” Lindell said, adding, “It’s not just like a little Twitter platform.”

He said he’d been working on the site for four years.

(businessinsider.com)

He was barred from Twitter in January, and in February both YouTube and Vimeo pulled down a two-hour film called “Absolute Proof” that he’d made about the election. Lindell claimed in the podcast that 140 million people had viewed the film.

This would give Donald the Orange a new avenue to spew his hatred and disgusting puke.

Any thoughts?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

 

Always A Naysayer

The checks will soon be issued and sent out to Americans that deserve a break from the problems this pandemic is creating.

As with any good news there is always a naysayer that has to rain on the parade…..

New COVID relief payments of $1,400 will be landing in Americans’ bank accounts soon, but Megan McArdle makes the case in a Washington Post op-ed that the checks are a bad idea. She’s all in favor of the government helping people and businesses in genuine need during the pandemic, but she has a problem with so many of these checks going to fully employed people who don’t need the money. It’s a needed stimulus, you say? Not quite in this case, she writes. We’re in the midst of a “supply shock,” not a “demand shock” marked by plunging consumer confidence. Stimulus can help the latter. But “giving money to someone who still has their job doesn’t make them more likely to go out to dinner if the reason they’ve stopped going out is that they’re afraid of the deadly virus.”

The relief money accounts for $420 billion of the relief package, roughly 20%, and it is the most “indefensible” part of the measure, writes McArdle. Small businesses, for example, could use a lot more help, but the stimulus bill delivers little on the front. Instead, most of this money will likely pile up in people’s bank accounts because they still don’t have a lot of ways to spend it. “It’s bad policy now and a dangerous precedent for the future,” writes McArdle. “And it may well do more to seed the next economic crisis than to fix the current one.” Read her full column.

There seems to always be a “Debbie Downer” with any good news…..someone just has to pee in our Post Toasties…..

Personally the bill does more than all of the “other guy” policies.

All indications are that this one bill will do more for the economy than anything since 1982…..so objections are just silly.

Then there is the “C**T of the Congress” (sorry if that is offense but it is the only word that comes to mind when her name is mentioned), Rep, Taylor-Greene……

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) repeatedly claimed on Wednesday that Americans have been “enslaved” by a COVID-19 relief bill that she claims provides “reparations” for Black farmers.

After Greene made her fourth motion to adjourn Congress, she retreated to her congressional office to record a 14-minute Facebook video for her followers. In the video, she blasted Republicans who are “annoyed” with her adjournment stunts.

“I hope you are not disappointed in your Republican representative,” she said. “And if you do find out that they voted no with the Democrats, I hope that you call them up or email them or call their office or send them a letter and let them know how you feel about them voting no.”

https://www.rawstory.com/marjorie-taylor-green-reparations/

Just another worthless Repub with the IQ of a garden slug (that is being unfair to the slug)

Thoughts?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Your Check Is On The Way

It is official!

But first…..

75% of Americans support the American Rescue Plan. 0% of the GQP voted for it.   Remember!

The House passed the final version of the Covid-19 Rescue bill and now the president will sign it and make a speech.

A Congress riven along party lines approved a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday, as President Biden and Democrats claimed a triumph on a bill that marshals the government’s spending might against twin pandemic and economic crises that have upended a nation. The House gave final congressional approval to the sweeping package by a near party line 220-211 vote precisely seven weeks after Biden entered the White House and four days after the Senate passed the bill without a single Republican vote, the AP reports. GOP lawmakers opposed the package as bloated, crammed with liberal policies, and heedless of signs the crises are easing.

Most noticeable to many Americans are provisions to provide up to $1,400 direct payments this year to most adults and extend $300 per week emergency unemployment benefits into early September. But the legislation goes far beyond that, with initiatives making it one of the biggest federal efforts in years to assist lower- and middle-income families. Included are expanded tax credits over the next year for children, child care, and family leave—some of them credits that Democrats have signaled they’d like to make permanent—plus spending for renters, feeding programs, and people’s utility bills. The measure also includes hundreds of billions for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, schools, state and local governments, and ailing industries from airlines to concert halls.

After the signing ceremony Biden will do what all presidents do….he will take a victory lap…..

The White House began highlighting the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill immediately after it gained final congressional approval on Wednesday, wasting no time in selling the public on President Biden’s first legislative victory. The West Wing began an ambitious campaign to showcase the bill’s contents while looking to build momentum for the next, perhaps thornier, parts of the president’s sweeping agenda. Biden will sign the bill into law on Friday, but the White House didn’t wait, turning the bill signing into a three-day event. The president tweeted moments after the House of Representatives passed the bill that “Help is here—and brighter days lie ahead.” The White House also released a slickly produced video touting the passage, and Democrats on Capitol Hill staged an elaborate signing ceremony.

 

 

Biden will make the first prime-time address of his presidency on Thursday to mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdowns and will use the moment to pitch toward the future and how prospects will be improved by the aid package. Biden and other veterans of the Obama administration say they are determined to avoid repeating the mistakes from more than a decade earlier, when the administration did not fully educate the public about the benefits of its own economic recovery plan. “We didn’t adequately explain what we had done. Barack was so modest, he didn’t want to take, as he said, a ‘victory lap,’” Biden said last week. This time, Biden “will be hitting the road, the vice president will be hitting the road, the first lady will be hitting the road” to promote the bill, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

This should go a long way to establish Biden as a good president…..at least for a time.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

More Biden Foreign Policy

I have made my thoughts known on a Biden foreign policy before and after he was elected…..https://lobotero.com/2021/02/08/biden-on-foreign-policy/ ……(Thoughts about a candidate Biden foreign policy contained in this post)

Step back in time some 20 years and a statement made by then Sen. Joe Biden…..”In short,” said the senator, “Congress decides whether to make war, and the president decides how to do so…. We have been told that the congressional debate on war could tie the president’s hands or limit his discretion….. Exactly right. Americans once lived under a system where one man had unfettered choice to decide by himself whether we could go to war or not go to war, and we launched a revolution to free ourselves from the tyranny of such a system.”

And yet he goes against his own principle and ordered a strike as his first foreign policy action.

In his first foreign policy speech he states that “diplomacy is back”…..which is just another slogan…..

“Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy,” President Biden told a happy crowd at the State Department soon after taking office. “We must start with diplomacy.”
 
In the four weeks since making that speech, Biden has bombed Syria, failed to begin talks with Iran, and given Saudi Arabian leaders a pass for murdering a journalist who lived in Washington. He seems likely to repudiate the accord under which American troops must leave Afghanistan in May. If this is diplomacy, what would militarism look like?
 
But not to worry Biden never intended to end these wars of continuation….since becoming president Biden has surrendered to the M-IC…..
 
The report that Biden’s new defense budget will look a lot like the old defense budget brought sighs of relief to defense hawks who’d spent the last two years prepping for deep cuts in military outlays, reflecting the economic cratering that has accompanied the global pandemic as well as growing unease over the “Trump bump,” which saw defense expenditures rise by $100 billion over three years. “With slim Democratic majorities in the House and Senate and resistance among moderate Democrats to cutting defense significantly, a major reduction in the budget is unlikely,” a Center for Strategic and International Studies paper recently noted.
 
Nothing has changed with a new president….and Biden like most Dems in Congress are signing on to the “War Party” mentality…..
Why does the Democratic Party want the Cold War back? Senator Mark Warner and Representative Adam Schiff tell us that Russia is the destroyer of democracy at home and abroad. Vladimir Putin, in their view, is seeking more than reasonable elbow room in Eastern Europe. He aims to subvert and conquer America. In a podcast conversation with Nancy Pelosi after the January 6 Capitol riot, Hillary Clinton said she would “love to see” Trump’s phone records from that day to find out if he was consulting with Putin. This fantastical supposition was greeted by Pelosi with instant credulity: “All roads lead to Putin.”
Where would they be without an enemy? These Democrats have already formed an implicit alliance with Republicans Liz Cheney, Tom Cotton, and Nikki Haley, as well as assorted media friends of the war party dating back to Iraq, such as Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin. There are reasons to hope that Joe Biden’s foreign policy team will have a sounder balance, but the dramatis personae thus far leave an uneasy impression. Susan Rice, a careerist of the foreign policy elite who stopped just short of the highest rung under Barack Obama—having been denied promotion to secretary of state, owing to her association with the Benghazi disaster—has been put in charge of domestic policy. Yet she is hardly likely to stay away from the discussions that interest her more. Antony Blinken at the State Department, Jake Sullivan at the National Security Council, and Samantha Power as head of the US Agency for International Development will administer democracy-promotion initiatives that in the past have been known to include shipments of “armed doctrine.”
 
If you thought there was a chance that the US would step back from war with the election of a new president then you will be sadly disappointed…..and our troops continue to be deployed multiple times just to keep the profits flowing.
 
Nothing has changed and our endless wars continue.  Just look at Biden’s cabinet…..stacked with hawks…..
 
Now aren’t you glad you voted for Biden.
 
We need a renewed antiwar movement…..time for these wars and interventionism to end.
 
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“lego ergo scribo”