All That Voter Suppression

The giant news these days is of course and trial that is boring as watching flies mate and the attempts by Red states to suppress voter rights.

And now we can add the death of the UK’s Prince Phillip for endless analysis and reporting.

I have once again given my thoughts on these attempts….https://lobotero.com/2021/03/30/voter-rights-and-suppression/

On cue the Dems are scrambling to try and end all these attempts to suppress…..with HR1 and S1……

Once again I provide links to these bills for those interested…..

The Dems are trying to make the exercise of one’s rights easier (as it should be)…..here are the two bills, one from the House and the other from the Senate….

Click to access BILLS-116hr1pcs.pdf

And from the Senate….

Click to access SIMPLE-SECTION-BY-SECTION_S.-1%20Final.pdf

The Dems should be applauded….right?

After all they are united in their opposition to all this voter suppression attempts by the states GOP…..

Not so fast…..

Democrats have publicly united around a legislative response to Republican efforts to roll back voting access in various states — a bill called the For the People Act.

Known as HR 1 in the House, where it passed in early March with only a single Democratic defection, and S 1 in the Senate, where it’s co-sponsored by every Democrat except West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, it’s a bill that Democrats and allied outside advocates argue is urgently necessary to save the country not only from voter suppression, but also from gerrymandering and the malign influences of big and dark money in politics.

“If our democracy doesn’t work, then we have no hope — no hope — of solving any of our other problems,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said last month. “We will fight and fight and fight to get this done legislatively. Failure is not an option.”

Beneath this public unity, however, some in Democratic and electoral policy circles have misgivings about the bill, however well-intentioned it might be. Jessica Huseman recently wrote at the Daily Beast about a set of objections to one section of the bill from election administrators, who said, under cover of anonymity, that it contains various poorly written and confusing requirements that could be difficult or even impossible to implement. (Democratic aides say they’re working on addressing those concerns.)

https://www.vox.com/22346812/voting-rights-bill-hr1-for-the-people-act

Once again the Dems prove to me that they are a pack of spineless slugs…we need to get rid of the old farts that are costing Americans their rights and privileges.

Then there is the other voter suppression….gerrymandering.

More than half of the states in the U.S. are at “extreme risk” of congressional districts being drawn to unfairly favor one party, according to a new analysis of state redistricting processes by RepresentUs, a non-partisan advocacy group focused on election reform.

Why it matters: The states at risk of gerrymandering — a process the group says can produce “rigged maps” include battlegrounds like Texas, Georgia, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

The big picture: This year’s redistricting process is already more chaotic than usual. And the outcomes could boost one party’s political candidates for a decade.

  • “It’s really just open season in a way that it never has been,” RepresentUs CEO Josh Silver told Axios.
  • That’s due in large part to Supreme Court rulings since the last census that block partisan gerrymandering lawsuits from federal courts and ended requirements for some states to get their maps pre-cleared by the Justice Department.

https://www.axios.com/gerrymandering-states-partisan-redistricting-elections-3ead2a0a-3876-4e85-aaa1-f80efd76daad.html

Make NO mistake….voter suppression is real and no amount of attempting to justify the act will make it right.

They will succeed if we do not bring this affront to our right of vote to a halt.

We need younger representatives and there needs to be term limits so these slugs can go home and “spend time with their families”….

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Can Policies Change?

We all are aware of the policies that the ‘other guy’ put into place….policies that stank of racism and bigotry…..but now that we have a new guy sitting in the ring of power can he or his minions in the Congress change those policies?

They can but time is running out….

Ever hear of the Congressional Review Act?

No?

Ask and thou shalt receive.

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) enables Congress to disapprove a final rule issued by a federal agency. A rule disapproved using this mechanism is not only nullified; the agency is also prevented from reissuing a “substantially similar” rule in the future unless Congress authorizes it to do so via subsequent legislation. Congress generally has 60 days to review rules, but there is a provision that also allows an incoming Congress to review the last 60 days of rules issued during the previous Congress.

The Dems and the new president do not seem to be interested in changing some of the policies…..

Undoing many of the policies of his predecessor is one of President Joe Biden’s top priorities. In early February, Biden even got a little defensive about all the executive actions he was taking in his first days in office to halt policies set by President Donald Trump. “I’m not making new law,” he said Feb. 2. “I’m eliminating bad policy.”

But as easy as it sounds on the campaign hustings or in a 30-second political ad, it’s complicated to overturn rules from earlier administrations. There is one tool, however, that Biden and the Democratic Congress could use to undo the policies the Trump administration left behind. A little-used law called the Congressional Review Act allows a new administration with a like-minded Congress to fast-track the repeal of regulations and other executive actions with simple majority votes in both chambers and no filibuster in the Senate.

https://www.alternet.org/2021/03/trump-policies/

As the deadline of 60 days is quickly drawing to an end….why has the Dems in Congress or for that matter Biden called for the use of CRA?

Why?

If crappy policies from the ‘other guy’ can be overturned why are the Dems dragging their feet.

As usual we get lots of rhetoric and little action.

Can you now see why I called them all gutless and worthless?

To be fair to the Dems they are considering the use of CRA (a fact that I learn after writing this post)….but only on a Trump era energy policy….

Senate Democrats are eyeing an obscure federal law as means to permanently overturn Trump-era regulations on methane, a chemical compound that makes up natural gas.

https://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/mar/25/democrats-eye-congressional-review-act-permanently/

I applaud this effort….but why stop there?

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Who Put This D/Bag In Charge?

That ultra-conservative Dem, Sen. Manchin (D-WV)has found his obstructionist footing….first he did not want the $15 minimum wage included in the Covid-19 package and it was taken to secure the votes Dems needed…..now he is thumping his well owned chest over the bill Biden will put forth on Climate…..

Sen. Joe Manchin said he may block Joe Biden‘s climate change and infrastructure package unless Republicans are allowed more influence during negotiations.

Mr Manchin, who describes himself as a “moderate” Democrat, carries an important vote in the near evenly-divided Senate. He wants to see Republicans have more say in the negotiations than they did in the $1.9tn coronavirus stimulus discussion.

Democrats managed to pass the coronavirus stimulus using reconciliation, which only requires a simple majority. Mr Manchin said he refused to use reconciliation to pass the climate and infrastructure package.

“I am not going to get on a bill that cuts them out completely before we start trying,” Mr Manchin told Axios.

Who does this political coward think he is?

Why does the Majority leader, Sen. Schumer, allow this grandstanding?

Best answer to that question is Schumer is scred to death that if he pushes Manchin he will jump parties and make McConnell the leader yet again.

If the Dems had a larger majority then Manchin would be just another back-bencher with no power at all.

Another scenario is Manchin knows that anything Biden tries to do will be blocked by the Repubs in the Senate….this way he looks like the hero trying to find that elusive lie of “bi-partisanship”

He is doing this to make the coal industry happy and to make him appear as a “peacemaker”.

Not to cover that he would be screwing the people of West Virginia out of good jobs…the people he was sworn to work for and their best interests….on this topic he fails miserably.

Manchin has been waiting his whole senatorial career to have this much power….and Schumer is a spineless slug to allow this one person to control bills in the Senate….a Senate that the Dems control by one vote.

Schumer is afraid that a senate this close can be torpedoed by one defection to the GOP and Manchin is the perfect ilk to do so.

How long will his obstructionism be tolerated by the Dem leadership?

Are they so afraid of him that they allow this backwoods yahoo to dictate the bills that will be considered?

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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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The Minimum Wage Debate

The biggest debate since the new president too his throne in the ivory tower is that of a raise in the minimum age to $15…..Arkansas’ senator wants to scale it back to $10 per hour….but in Arkansas the minimum wage is $11….so is he trying to back peddle the wage for all including those in his home state of Arkansas.

There are some spineless Democrats that will not go along with people earning a decent wage…..

Senate Democrats are facing internal divisions over efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, which could result in the proposal being watered down or jettisoned from the coronavirus relief bill.

The wage hike is part of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal, and it has the support of powerful progressives in both chambers and members of leadership.

But because of the 50-50 Senate split, proponents need to win over every Senate Democrat. That’s setting up a fight over the wage increase as they craft the final version of the relief package.

“I support the increase in the federal minimum wage to the $15 level. I think it’s way overdue that we change it. And I think it would be a good thing to do. There may be other members, even on the Democratic side, who have some concerns about it,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/537464-minimum-wage-push-sparks-democratic-divisions

The whole minimum wage debate is fake….that simple…..

Capitalism’s “conservative” defenders yet again oppose raising the minimum wage. They fought raising it in the past much as they tried to prevent the Fair Labor Standards Act (1938) that first mandated a U.S. minimum wage. The major argument opponents have used is this: setting or raising a minimum wage threatens small employers. They may collapse or else fire employees; either way, jobs are lost. What is conveniently assumed here is a necessary contradiction between minimum wages and small business jobs. That assumption enables opponents to claim that not setting a legal minimum wage, like not raising it, saves jobs. The system thus presents very poorly paid workers with this choice: low wages or no wages.

“Liberals” in the United States have mostly accepted the assumption of that contradiction, the necessity of that final choice. However, they try to demonstrate that the social gains from a higher minimum wage would exceed the social losses from the reduced employment they admit. Their idea, in effect, is that a higher minimum wage would increase demand for goods and services. Any workers fired because of the minimum wage would be rehired elsewhere to meet the rising demand. Countless empirical studies by conservatives and liberals yield, as usual, correspondingly conflicting conclusions.

The Fake Debate Over a Minimum Wage

With conservs like the Dem Manchin the raise could be in jeopardy…..so if this coward gets his way is there a Plan B to combat the corporate stoolies like Manchin?

The budget tool that Democrats are using to steer Biden’s plan through Congress without GOP support, known as reconciliation, is laden with thorny restrictions waiting to ensnare the $15 minimum wage boost they’ve added to the next tranche of coronavirus relief. The wage increase is also running into strong headwinds from two influential Senate Democratic centrists, Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who are both resistant to enacting the sweeping policy change through the powerful budget process.

The White House and Democratic leaders have been waiting to see how the Senate’s parliamentarian, its official adviser on procedural matters, opines on the wage increase. Both Democrats and Republicans are expected to meet with the parliamentarian on Wednesday to argue their case. Her ruling could follow soon after the arguments.

In the meantime, Democrats are already weighing several options to try to save the wage hike from fully imploding and make it more palatable for moderates in their own party — from whom congressional leaders need lockstep support in order to muscle the Covid-19 aid package through the Senate with a simple majority vote before unemployment benefits expire for millions of Americans in mid-March.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/22/democrats-minimum-wage-increase-plan-470860

I do not believe that a compromise should be had…..go big and demand people get a living wage….something the Dems have been promising for decades and never come through with a plan.

Now is the time!

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An Ultimatum For Greene

I recently wrote a post on a new Congresswoman from Georgia….who spends her time promoting conspiracies theories from QAnon…..she will be a throne in the side of the Congress for the next two years…..

For those that missed my post on this person……https://lobotero.com/2021/02/01/a-c-word-comes-to-congress/

Since the GOP seems to have NO intention to stop this person’s lunacy the Dems have stepped up…..

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says he plans to have a “conversation” with GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene—but that’s not enough for House Democrats, who want the Georgia lawmaker to be kicked off of committees because of her support for or endorsement of wild conspiracy theories. Politico reports that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has given McCarthy an ultimatum, saying Democrats will take action to remove Greene from her slots on the House Education Committee and House Budget Committee if Republicans don’t do it themselves within 72 hours. In social media posts before she was elected in November, Greene supported claims the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings were staged. She also voiced support for QAnon and endorsed executing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose Florida district is near Parkland, was among a group of Democratic lawmakers who introduced a resolution to strip Greene of her committee assignments, NBC reports. Greene “cannot be entrusted to make education and budget policy” if she is going to deny the reality of school shootings, Schultz said. “The House has to be able to take actions to police its own membership.” Democrats are also discussing going through the House Rules Committee to remove Greene from the panels. Democrats say they don’t trust McCarthy to take action against Greene—especially not after she received a supportive phone call from Donald Trump over the weekend. In Monday tweets strongly reminiscent of the former president’s postings, Greene blamed “the DC Swamp and the Fake News Media” for the controversies.

Nice to see that Pelosi and the Dems have stepped up.

I never thought that this ‘person’ would back down from any criticism…..and she has not yet…..

He didn’t name her, but Mitch McConnell on Monday issued what is being described in multiple outlets as a “scathing” rebuke of controversial GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. And she then shot right back. The statements:

  • McConnell: “Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country,” said the Senate minority leader, per the Hill. “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”
  • Greene: “The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully,” Greene tweeted in response. “This is why we are losing our country.”
  • Context: In another statement, McConnell voiced support for House No. 3 Liz Cheney, who is facing a revolt from the right because she voted to impeach former President Trump, reports CNN. Taken together, the two statements “amounted to a rare step by the most powerful Republican in Washington to insert himself into an increasingly ugly intraparty feud,” per the New York Times.
  • Pressure on McCarthy: All of this raises pressure on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is scheduled to meet with Taylor Greene this week. Democrats say if he doesn’t remove her from committees, they will force the issue in a rare move, but Taylor Greene says she has Trump’s full support after speaking with him this weekend. No matter what he does, McCarthy risks further dividing the House GOP conference, which the Hill notes is “already embroiled in a civil war on where to turn next in a post-Trump era.” McCarthy also will oversee a conference meeting Wednesday about Cheney. As of Monday night, it was unclear how he would proceed on either front, reports the Politico Playbook.

AS I thought the GOP has not done anything at all…..their latest meeting on this situation…..

House Republicans are under quite a bit of pressure to discipline Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for her rhetoric around far-right conspiracy theories and false claims of election fraud, but they ended Tuesday by taking no action, Politico reports. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met privately with the freshman lawmaker for about an hour and a half Tuesday night, the AP reports, and he then called an emergency late-night meeting of the House GOP Steering Committee. But the meeting concluded with no decision made on what to do about Greene, including whether to strip her of her committee assignments or reassign her. (Democrats have threatened to move on that themselves if Republicans won’t.) “We are going to be working through some things,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said upon leaving the building.

The committee could meet again Wednesday, the same day the entire contingent of House Republicans are meeting to debate whether Liz Cheney, who voted to impeach Donald Trump, should be booted from her leadership job. Meanwhile, the controversial Greene news continues to come in: In a previously unreported 2019 video, Greene mocks a survivor of the Parkland school shooting in Florida the year prior, NBC News reports. David Hogg, now 20, “is very trained. He’s like a dog. He’s completely trained,” Greene said in an interview with a Georgia gun group. She called Hogg, then a teenage gun safety advocate, an “idiot” who “only talks when he is scripted.” Hogg responded by saying Greene, who has made statements in the past suggesting the Parkland school shooting as well as the one at Sandy Hook were hoaxes, should be expelled from Congress.

Will be interesting to see just how far and what will be said with this move.

My question is….who has the balls to call her on her bullshit?

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“For The People Act”

A new admin is now in control and the first thing the Dems did in the House was to re-introduce the For The People Act” (H.R.1)…..

But what is it?

To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.

Read the whole proposed bill here…..https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1/text

Democratic leaders who will soon take charge of the U.S. Senate announced Tuesday that the For the People Act—a far-reaching package of democracy reforms—will be the first bill introduced, a clear signal of the incoming majority’s top priorities.

“From a violent insurrection at the Capitol to the countless attempts to silence the vote of millions of Americans, attacks on our democracy have come in many forms,” said incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “Senate Democrats are committed to advancing real solutions and fighting to uphold the core tenets of our constitution, which is why we are announcing today that the first bill of the new Congress will be the For the People Act.”

Schumer’s remarks came in a joint statement with Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the bill’s lead sponsor, Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who vowed that “as the incoming chair of the Rules Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal elections, a number one priority will be to make voting easier and more secure and to halt the flood of special interest and dark money that is drowning out the voices of the American people.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/19/senate-democrats-prove-democracy-reform-top-priority-putting-people-act-first

I love the sentiment but how far do you think this will go….especially in branch that is owned by big money and lobbyists?

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Is One Term Enough?

The news these days….is mostly speculation….

Trump has been beaten…..what can we say about his one term presidency?

President Trump is a commanding presence in the public arena of 2020, but what about a century from now? In a New York Times op-ed, NPR’s Steve Inskeep takes the long view and suggests that Trump’s presidential legacy will be relatively minor. Trump appears on track to be viewed by future historians less as a proactive president in his own right than as “the reaction to a game-changing president—Barack Obama,” writes Inskeep, the author of books on 19th-century American history. “Something like this is true of many presidents,” he adds. “A relative handful enact lasting change, while others respond to them.” In Trump’s case, he rose as a candidate with fierce attacks on Obama and continued them as president.

Trump, of course, will leave his imprint on the nation, including with his tax cuts, his Supreme Court picks, and his unprecedented use of social media. Controversies such as his efforts to ban Muslims from entering the country will surely be dissected in future history textbooks. But Trump’s failure to win a second term doesn’t bode well in terms of his place in history. “In those same textbooks, President Trump may be a minor player in the larger story of a democracy grappling with demands for a more equal society—an era marked by the election of Mr. Obama, the first Black president,” writes Inskeep. (Read his full column.)

What can we say about the one term presidents?

Donald Trump is officially a one-term president, the first to fail a reelection bid in nearly 30 years. But history shows his loss isn’t surprising, given the circumstances.

One-term presidents used to be a lot more common. Take the period between 1837 (when Andrew Jackson’s second term ended) and 1860, for example — no president served more than one term. And between 1900 and 1932, we had seven presidents, only one of whom served two full terms. (Some died in office, some lost reelection, and some chose not to run for another term.) But in the modern era, presidents have increasingly left office because term limits prevent them from staying, not because the voters have turned them out.

What Makes A One-Term President?

I have heard a rumor that Joe Biden would only serve one term and give his VP a chance to continue the Obama legacy…..the talking point is his age…..how creditable is this gossip?

We can go to the words of the nominee himself about a second term…..

President Trump has suggested Joe Biden has slipped mentally. Age is a fair issue, Joe Biden says in a new interview. “I think it’s a legitimate question to ask anybody over 70 years old whether or not they’re fit and whether they’re ready,” the Democratic presidential nominee says. Trump is 74, and Biden would be taking office at age 78. Biden’s answer to doubters: “Watch me.” Biden addressed the issue in an interview to be broadcast Sunday night, ABC reports. Interviewed with his running mate, Kamala Harris, Biden said, “Look at us both, what we say, what we do, what we control, what we know, what kind of shape we’re in.” Asked what it meant when he suggested he’s a transition candidate, Biden said it didn’t mean he would be a one-termer. He “absolutely” is open to serving two terms, he said.

The “transition” reference was about Democratic failures in “building the bench” in state offices, Biden said. The nominee said his goal is to “make sure when this is over, we have a new Senate, we won back statehouses, we’re in a position where we transition to a period of bringing people up to the visibility that they need to get to be able to lead nationally. And that’s about raising people up.” Harris laughed off Trump’s insults in the interview, per the Guardian, as attempts to distract from “the harm” he’s doing to the country. In an recent opinion piece on CNN, Lincoln Mitchell pointed out the dangers of coming into office as a lame duck. If Biden makes clear he’s only in for one term, Mitchell writes, Harris becomes the frontrunner for 2024, and “Democratic unity will not last long.”

Oh Joe!  Please do not run in 2024….after four years the country will have had enough of the dinosaur policies of the Dems.

And Kamala will be not that much better either……she is just an extension of the Old Fart policies of Bubba Clinton.

Can we please get some fresh ideas for 2024…..PLEASE!  Before it is too late!

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A Democratic Mandate

A few days after it was apparent that Biden had won the 2020 election all the pundits were clamoring about a Dem mandate and that the country could go about healing from the Trump years.

Personally I think it was BS I did not believe the prediction and still think it was nothing more than a vote against Trump not that the country was ready for a change.

The questions that arise now are simple enough: what caused Trump to lose the election, and to what extent did Americans vote for Biden, as opposed to voting against Trump? Answers to these questions emerge from a careful examination of pre-election polling and Edison’s national exit polling, the latter of which surveyed both in-person and mail-in/absentee voters to collect information on voters’ demographic backgrounds and their political and economic motivations. What we find is that mass anger at racial injustice, the disaster of Covid-19, and the depressed economy that accompanied it, were all chief difference makers in the election outcome.

Election 2020: a Democratic Mandate or a Vote Against Trump?

The closing days of the campaign the polls were showing that Biden had  a large lead over Trump in most states….and yet when the counting is done it is about the same as usual….candidates in about n5% of each other…..

So the polls were massively wrong yet again.

Again these so-called “momentary looks” at the election cycle…are made up crap to drive the news reporting not an accurate look at the campaign.

And millions are spent trying to convince the viewers of whatever paradigm they are pushing……

My thought is there is NO mandate…..and unless the Dems change their path they will go down in defeat in 2022 and in 2024…..

Bookmark this post and check me to see if I have indeed predicted the election outcome in the next two votes.

Sadly this nation is in poor shape and I do not think that it can be healed in 4 years….if not then we can start this silly cycle all over again….unfortunately Biden is doing very little to change this country for the better…..

Today, after a contentious election and with the results of the presidential race still uncertain, we are all now looking down at the ground. It’s been four years since Donald Trump dropped the buttered toast of our democracy onto the floor.

After four years face down in the dirt, can our democracy be picked up, dusted off, and restored to some semblance of integrity?

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/11/04/us-democracy-four-year-rule

I know…I know….we got that idiot out of the White House…..great….but what will the new guy bring to the country?

So far I see NOTHING new and appears he is trying to remake the Obama years with his personnel….Under Biden we’re set to experience four years (if he lasts that long) of negative creep, a steady recrudescence of the same policies–economic, social, environmental and military–which led us to into the very quagmire where nearly all of us are now inexorably sinking.

Biden is a politician who is unlikely to disappoint his followers for the simple reason that he has few truly devoted adherents and offers them little of substance. Mostly, he delivers on small things, tiny symbolic acts that serve to mask the broader betrayals of movements and aspirations he claimed to represent but never had any real interest in. Unlike Obama, idealism was never Biden’s calling card. His entire career he has sold a brutal brand of pragmatism behind a dental implant smile.

I agree it is early….but the outlook gets dimmer by the day…and we still over a  month from the new dude taking the oath.

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Nothing Changes With Democrats

The world owes Donald Trump thanks. But for him, our next president would be Donald Trump, and “moderate” Democrats – spineless defenders of the pre-Trumpian status quo and of the interests of the kinder-gentler wing of the ruling class — would have done even more harm than they did.

Needless to say, this is not how liberal media see it. As soon as the election was called, they went on the offense. Within a day or two, watching MSNBC and CNN became unbearable, worse even than listening to NPR or reading the drivel of most New York Times and Washington Post columnists.

Stephanie Rule, Claire McCaskill, Dana Bush and a few others were among the first to go on the attack, but within hours and with very few exceptions, they all followed suit – blaming not themselves and their politics, but the politics of leftists within the Democratic fold for the fact that the “blue tsunami” they were all expecting failed to materialize.

Damn Moderates

As I type the Dem candidate, Joe Biden, is winning the presidency….but to be fair it is not over yet……that is not over in Trump’s tiny mind…..

The Dems have proven that they remain spineless after 50 years of snuggling up to corporate cash…..gutless and spineless to the end.

The Dems are once again looking for someone to blame because they lost some seats……like in 2016 it was my fault because I voted Green that Hillary lost…..not that she was a horrible candidate that had NO feel for the voter just a sense of entitlement…like her crooked husband.

The public overwhelmingly supports Medicare For All…..the Green New Deal….Minimum wage increase…..etc etc…..even FOX News is reporting that …..Election Day exit polling showing that 72% of voters favor transitioning to a “government-run healthcare plan.”

That is Progressive and yet the Centrist keep trying keep the health industry in the loop and profitable.  Once again these Centrist illustrate why Hillary lost and why they are becoming a political dinosaur that is due for extinction.

But the Centrists are whining and blaming….

In a heated caucus-wide conference call on Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other centrist Democrats in the U.S. House reportedly blamed lost congressional seats on the redistributive agenda advanced by the party’s progressive members, with Majority Whip James Clyburn warning that running on “socialized medicine” will result in losing the two runoff races in Georgia that could give the party a Senate majority.

“Polls consistently show a majority of the U.S. electorate [is] considerably to the left of both party leaderships… on issue after issue—the environment, electoral reform, [and] Medicare for All,” said Jacobin’s Luke Savage, less than 72 hours before the Democratic Party establishment recycled its attacks on popular progressive policies following a underwhelming showing at the ballot box. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/06/centrist-house-democrats-attack-medicare-all-fox-news-poll-shows-72-voters-want

The Progressives in the House are pushing back on the attacks from the do-nothing Centrists…..

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not directly address comments made in Thursday evening’s House Democratic caucus call on Friday, but in an extensive Twitter thread the congresswoman discussed multiple reasons for rejecting centrist Democrats’ claims that the embrace of progressive policies led to lackluster election results for the party. 

Support for broadly popular policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All and relentless canvassing by progressives in the House—even when Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign declined to campaign in key states—were among the factors which helped unapologetic progressives win elections this year, the New York Democrat tweeted, while centrist candidates lost or came close to losing. 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/06/ocasio-cortez-dismisses-centrist-attempts-blame-left-dem-losses-calling-party-listen

This is why I like these Reps…they do not mince words and go to the heart of the problems.

Keep in mind that Progressives worked hard for Biden and if he does what I think he will and turn his back on them then they will make them, Centrists,  pay in 2022 and 2024.

The evident defeat of Donald Trump would not have been possible without the grassroots activism and hard work of countless progressives. Now, on vital issues—climate, healthcare, income inequality, militarism, the prison-industrial complex, corporate power and so much more—it’s time to engage with the battle that must happen inside the Democratic Party.

The realpolitik rationales for the left to make nice with the incoming Democratic president are bogus. All too many progressives gave the benefit of doubts to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, making it easier for them to service corporate America while leaving working-class Americans in the lurch. Two years later, in 1994 and 2010, Republicans came roaring back and took control of Congress.

From the outset, progressive organizations and individuals (whether they consider themselves to be “activists” or not) should confront Biden and other elected Democrats about profound matters. Officeholders are supposed to work for the public interest. And if they’re serving Wall Street instead of Main Street, we should show that we’re ready, willing and able to “primary” them.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/11/06/progressives-made-trumps-defeat-possible-now-its-time-challenge-biden-and-other

Centrists are pussies that have their corporate handlers best interest at heart not the people of this nation….and yet they blame everybody but themselves for their poor showings at the polls.

As usual Dems were cocky and overconfident and blew their advantage by embracing the wrong policies……by basically shrugged off all policies with the exception of “Beat Trump”……they, Centrist, need a message….something they have not had for decades…the Progressives have that message and maybe it is time to pull Centrists heads out of corporate asses and embrace some true issues.

A memo to the Democratic Party from four progressive organizations outlines how through a number of unforced errors in an attempt to appeal to conservatives and moderates rather than the more forward-looking Democratic base, the party allowed the loss of a number of congressional seats—and now risks further alienating the racial justice organizers and working-class voters who helped deliver President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 

The memo (pdf) from Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, New Deal Strategies, and Data for Progress comes a week after centrist Democrats including House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) explicitly blamed progressive policy proposals such as Medicare for All, far-reaching police reform, and a fracking ban for congressional losses.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/11/memo-democrats-2020-elections-show-progressive-vision-not-centrist-restraint-winning

Since the Centrists will be in control we can look for NO progress on any issue that means anything to the nation.

A memo to the Democratic Party from four progressive organizations outlines how through a number of unforced errors in an attempt to appeal to conservatives and moderates rather than the more forward-looking Democratic base, the party allowed the loss of a number of congressional seats—and now risks further alienating the racial justice organizers and working-class voters who helped deliver President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. 

The memo (pdf) from Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, New Deal Strategies, and Data for Progress comes a week after centrist Democrats including House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) explicitly blamed progressive policy proposals such as Medicare for All, far-reaching police reform, and a fracking ban for congressional losses.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/11/memo-democrats-2020-elections-show-progressive-vision-not-centrist-restraint-winning

You asked for a policy-less DNC and now you have it…..

Do Not Bitch And Whine….this is what you wanted.

BTW…I will be cruising blogs and looking for those that supported Biden when they start bitching…I will be there to remind them that I TOLD THEM SO!

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