What To Expect From Centrists

I have made my thoughts known about what I think of so-called “centrists”……not a big fan of the term…but for those that missed my past posts…..

 
As an example I will use the civil rights fight John Clyburn (this will get me into trouble for attacking an icon like him)….this is about bowing to cash in opposition to progress……
James Clyburn is a Dixiecrat on almost every issue except segregation, and even then he repeatedly chided the Civil Rights Movement for “going too far.” His pivotal endorsement of Obama said more about Obama’s real political character than Clyburn’s. But say this for the Dixiecrats of old, they based their politics largely on conviction, debased convictions to be sure. Clyburn follows the money (He’s pocketed more than $1 million from the health “care” lobby alone). He is one of the premier transactional politicians of our time, a contract killer hired to protect the agenda of corporate America.
 
(Jeffery St. Clair)
He is an example and by NO MEANS a solitary figure….this is how progress comes to a halt….bowing to cash and lobbyist.
 
Cash buys even civil rights icons….so how can we get anything done in the nation?
 
When will this era of buying government come to an end?
 
To answer my own question….since I am an old fart….not in my lifetime….greed is more powerful than  allegiance to country and its people.
 
This has to end.
 
We need dedicated representatives….not toadies standing in the payday line at lobbying firms.
 
But that is a pipe dream as long as dark money is throwing in the direction of our politicians….federal funding is the answer.
 Corporation can give all they desire but t would go into a fund and not in the pockets of individuals….
 
Money has given rise to the idiocy of today…..and only the loss of that cash will stop the spread of the political cancer we are suffering with now.

A complaint filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission accuses 18 super PACs—which dumped over $200 million into races from 2017 to 2020—of deliberately misleading voters by concealing their connections to the major party political action committees that financed them.

“Voters have a right to know when big money is flowing into their elections from D.C.-based groups hiding their agendas and funding behind fake names,” said Adav Noti, senior director of trial litigation and chief of staff at Campaign Legal Center (CLC) Action, and former associate general counsel of the FEC, in a statement.

“The vast scope of this illegal concealment should prompt swift investigation and a firm crackdown by the FEC,” he added.

 
Even Progressives are not at all pleased with the antics of these Centrists….

House Democrats from both sides of the political spectrum are finding it hard to contain their annoyance at their 10 colleagues threatening to topple President Joe Biden’s entire agenda — for no real reason. 

The centrist group claims that Americans can’t wait a moment longer for the hard infrastructure upgrades, and that the bipartisan bill shouldn’t be used as a “political football.” 

 
I have been told by friends that I may be a bit too hard on the Centrists (Moderates)….but his says I am not…..
With Democrats clinging to just an eight-seat majority in the House of Representatives, even a small number of defectors can hold up the party’s legislative agenda. That reality was on vivid display last week, when nine moderate Democrats threatened to vote no on moving forward with Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget resolution unless the House first voted to pass the Senate’s bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure package.
 
We need a government of the best people….not the best people money can buy….and Centrists are owned by the dollars from Lobbyists and corporations.
 
In this political climate in the US Centrists are holding Progress up because they are paid to do just that.
 
As my earlier posts prove just how pathetic these people are…..and how the nation needs reps with balls and not those that worship money.
 
Why are Dems so ineffectual?
 
Easy answer….
 
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It is just that easy to explain.
 
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Closing Thought–30Jul21

Polls are notoriously wrong….take the elections of 2016 and 2020….wrong.

This poll taken shows that those cowards that cower to Trump and basically supported the insurrection of 06 January may have a tough time in the mid-terms….

Even moments after a mob of extremist supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election, a number of Republican lawmakers—during the joint Congressional session acknowledging then-President-elect Joe Biden’s victory—proceeded with objections to electoral votes in swing states Trump lost.

Some Republican lawmakers—like now-former Senator from Georgia, Kelly Loeffler—revoked their intended objections after the rioters shattered windows, ransacked offices, beat police officers, and breached the Senate floor, calling for the execution of any lawmaker they saw as disloyal to Trump.

Others—like Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri—continued with their objections, and have since continued to downplay the severity of the riots and absolve themselves of their culpability.

This is where the Republican party began to splinter in its mostly unconditional allegiance to Trump. Who stood up to the mob? Who proceeded to amplify the same lies that had endangered the lives of their colleagues only an hour before?

Which principles would Republican voters side with in the next election?

That last question remains unanswered, and people are divided in their predictions.

https://secondnexus.com/new-republic-eichenthal-poll-certification

We Americans can only hope that for once a poll may be accurate…..but then it is a poll and they have been useless in the past as a predictor.

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The Senate Of One

The US Senate (equivalent to the House of Lords) is now owned by one person, Joe Manchin, the backbench senator from West Virginia.

Today the Senate is a 50/50 tie and a Dem president of the Senate is the tie breaker….and now a Dem has stepped up to be the king maker.

Manchin is a conserv and as such does not want many of the issues before the Senate to move forward….voting rights, infrastructure to mention a few.

He is holding progress up for his own personal glory…not about the moving the country forward.

All eyes are on Manchin and not the issues….the media has created this political slug and he is basking in the spotlight.

Manchin didn’t rise into a pivotal position on the Hill. He fell into it. I’ve watched him for 20 years or so and have yet to detect any particular skill set. He’s not a gifted orator. He’s not a tactician or strategist. He doesn’t come up with new ideas or even repackaged old ones. Unlike his predecessors Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller, Manchin hasn’t been able to redirect stream of federal money and infrastructure projects into his destitute state. Mainly, he’s perfected the role (let’s refrain from calling it an “art”) of being a loud-mouthed impediment to progressive policies and exploiting that position for his personal advantage, which means more and more airtime. Lately, he’s been booked on more FoxNews shows than Glenn Greenwald.

Manchin is, it must be said, one of the vainest members in an institution renowned for its vanity. He delivers populist rhetoric with freshly manicured nails. Like most politicians, Manchin has contempt for the people who elected him and whose interests he must pretend to represent. But he doesn’t try to conceal his disdain. He can openly act as an agent of austerity in front of the very people in most desperate need of federal assistance, without a quiver in his voice. Most politicians blame people for their own suffering. But only a few, like Manchin, see their role in the prolongation of human suffering as a badge of honor.

(Jeffery St. Clair)

Manchin only has ears for donors and the people of this country be damned.  Manchin is so self-absorbed that he may not even realize how useful a stooge he is or who he is being used by and to what end. Manchin doesn’t mind being used, as long as he still gets the credit.

Why would I say this?

Easy!  Look at the Dem programs that he is against.

“It then lists all of the items Manchin has promised to oppose, including the idea of eliminating the filibuster, the For the People Act, and packing the Supreme Court,” CNBC noted. “It then shows everything the group believes Manchin should oppose, including Biden’s infrastructure plan and the union-friendly PRO Act.

A dark money group funded by right-wing billionaire Charles Koch has been actively lobbying Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to keep up his opposition to the For the People Act, a sweeping voting rights bill that would expand ballot access and crack down on the kind of secretive spending that has made the deep-pocketed Koch network such a powerful force in U.S. politics.

CNBC reported Tuesday that Americans for Prosperity recently “launched a website titled West Virginia Values, which calls on people to email Manchin ‘to be The Voice West Virginia Needs In D.C. — Reject Washington’s Partisan Agenda.'”

“It then lists all of the items Manchin has promised to oppose, including the idea of eliminating the filibuster, the For the People Act, and packing the Supreme Court,” CNBC noted. “It then shows everything the group believes Manchin should oppose, including Biden’s infrastructure plan and the union-friendly PRO Act.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/08/manchin-only-moved-corporate-donors-says-bowman-koch-backed-group-lobbies-against

He would oppose most major Dem proposals and wishes…..

See what dark money can buy….a sitting senator from the liberal side of the Senate.

What is it they say about money?

This is why I call him a coward and a political slug.

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The Manchin Two Step

The political coward, Joe Manchin, that slug that has held up a great voting rights bill because he wants to play games and be the darling of the media.

Now he has an offering to make this all bi-partisan (a worthless hope and a stalling tactic)…….

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia earned the wrath of fellow Democrats earlier this month when he announced that he wouldn’t back a major election-reform law. Now, ahead of next week’s vote, Manchin has put a compromise in play. Coverage:

  • Manchin released a lengthy list of reforms he does support in the For the People Act, as well as in the separate bill known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Read his list in full via Politico. It includes things that will please and anger both Democrats and Republicans.
  • For example, Manchin wants to ban partisan gerrymandering, which Vox explains is “a high priority for both small-d democrats and large-D Democrats, who want to prevent the GOP from seizing control of the House of Representatives with rigged congressional maps.” Also good news for Democrats: He backs automatic voter registration, a mandated 15 days of early voting, and the designation of Election Day as a holiday, per the AP.
  • On the other hand, Manchin supports new voter ID requirements backed by Republicans, and he would give state officials more leeway in their ability to remove names from voter rolls, per Politico.
  • A big sign that Manchin’s proposal is seen as acceptable to the progressive wing of the Democratic party: Stacey Abrams said Thursday that she likes it, reports NBC News. “What Sen. Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks that we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography,” said the prominent voting-rights advocate. “And those provisions that he is setting forth are strong ones that will create a level playing field, will create standards that do not vary from state to state, and I think will ensure that every American has improved access to the right to vote despite the onslaught of state legislation seeking to restrict the access to vote.”
  • Senate Democrats were expected to huddle Thursday to discuss strategy ahead of the vote, reports the Hill. Manchin made clear he would support the legislation if revised, which would mean unanimous Democratic support. But the bill will likely still be doomed because Republicans could kill it with the filibuster rule—and Manchin remains opposed to scrapping the filibuster.

All the protest to his change of heart.

This is a lameass compromise….he knows that it will go no where in the Senate….so this is just his attempt to stay in the spotlight…..Manchin tryig to calm opposition to his thinking and stay in the bright light of media reporting.

But for those that actual give a sh*t here is the Manchin compromise on voting rights

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/20892337-manchin-compromise

Sorry to say but this will go unread…..sadly there are not that many that care enough to check the ‘compromise’ out…..and there is the problem….massive APATHY!

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Insurrection Update

As promised I refuse to let the in-bred morons that stormed our Capitol go under reported…..this is the latest I have seen on the plight and the excuses of those cowards that assaulted our republic.

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I began this IST series with this long read…..https://lobotero.com/2021/06/04/insurrection-update-2/

First I would like to give my props to those that are hunting down these traitorous pigs….

The revolution was televised. Or at least live-streamed. And now a network of online amateur sleuths is dedicated to identifying those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. In a profile at Bloomberg Businessweek, David Yaffe-Bellany talks to several of these “sedition hunters” about their mission to pore over endless hours of video and still images and set up databases for cross-referencing, all as volunteers. “Every person brings a piece of the puzzle together,” says one of them, Chris Sigurdson of Canada. “People are only able to really hone in on somebody based on the work that everyone else is doing.” The 58-year-old, with time on his hands amid the pandemic as an out-of-work actor, set out in January to identify a rioter who doused officers with chemical spray. The FBI cited Sigurdson’s tweet about his work when it arrested a Texas man weeks later.

Another such sleuth is a stay-at-home mom in the Pacific Northwest who has annotated roughly 100 hours of video. She tells Yaffe-Bellany she now watches the video on mute to avoid burnout from the rhetoric. Another puts on classical music for the same reason. The crowdsourcing appears to be making a difference: The FBI saw a 750% increase in calls and tips to its main hotline immediately after the riot, and it is still receiving about the twice the normal amount. A spokeswoman says such tips have helped in “dozens” of cases, and the FBI continues to ask for help in identifying people in photos. The story also addresses a potential dark side—the dangers of vigilante justice or of people being mistakenly identified. “When you do it publicly, there’s just a lot more that can go wrong,” says an exec with the Anti-Defamation League. Read the full story.

Now let’s look at those in-bred morons that thought this action was a good idea.

One insurrectionist is trying to whine his way into the history books….claims he was the victim om 06 January…..

While 140 police officers may have been injured and maimed, five people died and millions of dollars in damage to a historic building was done, one lawyer for an insurrectionist is claiming that his client was the real victim.

Many of those who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 are employing the excuse that they were dragged into it after they were duped by a cult of right-wing media. Anthony Antonio’s lawyer claimed last month that he suffered from a rare disease that only afflicts those who watch Fox News: “Foxitis” or “Foxmania.”

In that case, Antonio’s lawyer claimed that his client was radicalized to attack the U.S. Capitol after watching Fox News for six months. He then started “believing what was being fed to him” by the conservative network and President Donald Trump.

https://www.rawstory.com/capitol-attacker-blames-q-cult/

He participated in the insurrection and he is the victim…..as my friend Pete would say ‘bollocks’.

A man from one of Chicago’s richest suburbs was arrested and charged Tuesday with unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol and engaging in disorderly conduct on Jan. 6. 

Christian Kulas, 24, of Kenilworth, wore a Burberry coat and a Keep America Great cap as he documented his movements around the Capitol grounds and inside the building in a series of Instagram stories, federal authorities alleged in court documents. He faces two misdemeanor charges, which carry significantly lesser sentences or penalties than criminal counts.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/capitol-riot-burberry-coat_n_60c0358be4b0b03d151c9023

Throw the book at this twat. 

Now for the good news….

The Oregon legislature that let insurrectionists into the Oregon Capitol has been expelled….

Republican lawmakers voted with majority Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to take the historic step of expelling a Republican member who let violent, far-right protesters into the state Capitol on Dec. 21, the AP reports. Legislators said on the House floor that this could be the most important vote they ever cast. They then proceeded Thursday night to expel an unapologetic Rep. Mike Nearman with a 59-1 vote, marking the first time a member has been expelled by the House in its 160-year history. The only vote against the resolution for expulsion was Nearman’s own. Rep. Paul Holvey, a Democrat who chaired a committee that earlier Thursday unanimously recommended Nearman’s expulsion, reminded lawmakers of the events of Dec. 21, which were an eerie foreshadowing of the much more serious Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol.

Nearman said he let the protesters in because he believes the Capitol, which has been closed to the public to protect against spread of the coronavirus, should have been open. The assault happened during a peak of the pandemic. But even Republicans said the crowd outside the Capitol that day was not made up of constituents who wanted to peacefully engage in the democratic process. Some were carrying guns. Some shouted false QAnon conspiracy theories about Democrats kidnapping babies. They carried American flags, banners for former President Trump, and a sign calling for the arrest of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. They broke windows, assaulted journalists, shoved police, and sprayed officers with bear spray. Nearman also faces two misdemeanor criminal charges and has said he will seek a trial by jury.

Misdemeanor charges?

I think that his actions are a bit more serious than a whack on the pee-pee.

Charges have been filed against the leaders….

Dozens of members of two prominent far-right organizations—the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers—have already been slammed with conspiracy charges surrounding the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Add a third group onto that pile. Prosecutors filed a federal indictment on Thursday accusing six California men—including four said to have ties to the Three Percenters, an anti-government militia group—of conspiring to impede police or otherwise disrupt Congress’ confirmation of the 2020 election results, the Washington Post reports. Charged with conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, and other unlawful entry charges are Alan Hostetter, 56; Russell Taylor, 40; Erik Warner, 45; Felipe Antonio “Tony” Martinez, 47; Derek Kinnison, 39; and Ronald Mele, 51. Warner is the only one alleged to have entered the building.

The indictment says the group mapped out their DC trip, with the intent to “fight” and satisfy then-President Trump’s call to push back against the election results in Joe Biden’s favor, per ABC News. Some of the defendants sported tactical gear, the indictment adds, while at least one carried a knife while grappling with police in front of the Capitol. The top two defendants—Hostetter, an ex-cop turned yoga instructor, and Taylor, a well-off graphic designer—ran a group called the American Phoenix Project, “founded to fight the ‘fear-based tyranny’ of coronavirus-related restrictions,” the New York Times reports. The outlet adds that it’s not only the first time that any Three Percenters have been hit with conspiracy charges, but also the first time that charges have been brought against anyone involved with the planning of the event.

Finally there is the section I will entitle “Trump Family Values”……

Lara Trump could be in legal jeopardy after suggesting vigilante violence while being interviewed by Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro

Trump said residents of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California may need engage in extra-legal violence against people perceived to be immigrants from south of the border.

“And I don’t know what you tell the people that live at the southern border,” she said. “I guess they better arm up and get guns and be ready — and maybe they’re going to have to start taking matters into their own hands.”

https://www.rawstory.com/lara-trump-2653362450/

What is the old saying?   Words have consequences?

These in-bred morons need that proverbial book thrown at them and they should suffer the maximum penalties for their actions om 06 January if they are found guilty.

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Are Voting Rights A Dead Issue?

With all the voter suppression tactics making the rounds in most states….there was hope to put the brakes on this suppression but one coward in the Senate will do mall he can to help the GOP take away your right to vote…..that coward is Manchin.

A key Democratic senator says he will not vote for the largest overhaul of US election law in a generation, leaving no path forward for legislation that his party and the White House have portrayed as crucial for protecting access to the ballot. “Voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen,” Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia wrote in the Charleston Gazette-Mail. He wrote that failure to bring together both parties on voting legislation would “risk further dividing and destroying the republic we swore to protect and defend as elected officials.” Among dozens of other provisions, it would require states to offer 15 days of early voting and allow no-excuse absentee balloting, the AP reports

Democrats have pushed the legislation as the antidote to a wave of restrictive state voting laws, many inspired by former President Trump’s claims of fraud in his 2020 loss. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has pledged to bring the election bill to a vote the week of June 21. But without Manchin’s support, the bill has no chance of advancing because Republicans are united against it. In appearances on Sunday news shows, Manchin stressed his reasons for opposing the bill, including his view that it is too broad. “I think it’s the wrong piece of legislation to bring our country together and unite our country and I’m not supporting that because I think it would divide us further,” Manchin said. He added that lawmakers should instead focus on revitalizing the landmark Voting Rights Act, which was weakened by a Supreme Court decision in 2013.

How does voter protection “further divide the country”?

This back bencher has his moment to shine and he is playing it for all it is worth……a minor Senator has the power to hold up the protection of your right to vote…..

How much does it pay to betray the people of the United States?

He is a political slug that deserves ridicule.

Centrists are the bane of progress…..they the bane of progress….Dems cling to a long dead issue of bi-partisanship…..instead of moving the country forward they remain in the past and deluding themselves continuously.

Kinda pathetic!

If Manchin has his way then kiss your vote good-bye.

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Enemies Of State

The Senate wanted a 50/50 split of members on the 01/6 Commission….the Dems caved…..the Senate wanted 7 members of the GOP….the Dems caved…..and then after all that….the Senate voted against the establishment of the commission as a ‘personal favor’ for McConnell……bi-partisanship my ass!

The bill to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol attracted the support of six Republican senators Friday, but it wasn’t enough. The vote was 54-35, Politico reports. No Democrat was opposed, so the procedural vote would have needed 10 GOP votes to reach the 60 required to keep the measure alive. Two Democrats and nine Republicans didn’t vote at all, per CNN. The legislation had already passed the House. Republican Sen. Susan Collins was trying to put together a compromise but failed. Lobbying by the family of fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick on Thursday also could not move Republican opponents, who used a filibuster to stop legislation for the first time in 2021. Some GOP senators said they feared the commission’s findings could be used against them in the midterm elections next year.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell lobbied his members harder to stop the commission as the vote neared. “They’d like to continue to litigate the former president, into the future,” he said of Democrats, per the AP. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Friday that the Republican leader is hurting “any chance we have to be bipartisan.” The country needs the commission, Manchin said, per NBC. “It’s just pure raw politics,” he said. “And that’s just so, so disheartening.” Sen. Lisa Murkowski criticized fellow Republicans. “We just can’t pretend that nothing bad happened, or that people just got too excitable. Something bad happened,” she said. “And it’s important to lay that out.” Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech that “Donald Trump’s big lie has now enveloped the Republican Party.”

My two US Senators voted nay….(go figure….two Trump acolytes)…..

Senate Republicans, including Mississippi’s delegation, on Friday blocked the creation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Six Republicans voted to advance debate on the commission, but the final 54 to 35 vote fell six votes shy of the 60 votes needed to prevent a procedural filibuster.

https://mississippitoday.org/2021/05/28/mississippi-senators-block-january-6-commission/

Mississippi Reps have proven to me that they are the cowards I have always thought them to be.

Dems need to flush the idea of bi-partisanship down the political toilet where it belongs.

There is always a ‘Presidential Commission’ to get to the bottom of the 01 January insurrection, right?

Nope not according to Pelosi….

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ruling out a presidential commission to study the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, telling House Democrats on Tuesday that having President Biden appoint a panel is unworkable even after the Senate blocked an independent probe last week. Pelosi laid out possible next steps after Friday’s Senate vote, in which Senate Republicans blocked legislation to create an independent, bipartisan panel to investigate the siege by former President Trump’s supporters, the AP reports. She proposed four options for an investigation of the attack, according to a person on the private Democratic caucus call who spoke on condition of anonymity.

  • The first option, Pelosi said, is to give the Senate another chance to vote on the commission. Six Republicans voted with Democrats to move forward with the bill, and a seventh missed the vote but said he would have backed it. That means Democrats would only need support from three additional Republicans to reach the 60 votes needed for passage. The commission would be modeled after a highly respected panel that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • The other options involve the House investigating the attack, meaning the probes would be inherently partisan. Pelosi suggested that she could appoint a new select committee to investigate the siege or give the responsibility to a single committee, like the House Homeland Security panel, which wrote the original bipartisan bill to create the commission. Alternately, Pelosi said committees could simply push ahead with the investigations that are already underway.
  • But the speaker said she believed a commission appointed by Biden—an idea pitched by some in her caucus after Friday’s Senate vote—was “not a workable idea in this circumstance.” It is unclear why she holds that view.

Pelosi’s comments come as members of both parties have pushed for a deep dive into the insurrection, which was designed to interrupt the presidential electoral count and was the worst attack on Congress in two centuries. The White House has not yet said whether Biden would appoint a commission without Congress.

Appears that Congress is the country’s worst enemy…..the “true” enemy of state.

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“Letting The ‘Terrorists’ Win”

That was a statement made by a Dem when asked about the pro-democracy move in the party.

A Dem said that?

Yes he did and he is Manchin from West Virginia.

Sen. Joe Manchin won praise from the Daily Caller and Fox News contributors while infuriating voting rights advocates on Tuesday with his suggestion that scrapping the filibuster and passing sweeping, popular pro-democracy reforms would spark a second insurrection just months after a right-wing mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.

The West Virginia Democrat’s comments came in a wide-ranging interview with Vox. With an evenly split upper chamber in which Vice President Kamala Harris breaks tie votes, the party’s most conservative senator plays a key role in advancing or thwarting the legislative efforts of President Joe Biden and Democratic congressional leaders. In contrast to his discussions with Republicans about Biden’s infrastructure proposal, Manchin publicly insists he is “not a roadblock” to the president’s agenda.

The For the People Act, which passed the Democrat-controlled House in March and is backed by Biden, aims to modernize voting registration, restore the Voting Rights Act, end gerrymandering, increase election security and campaign transparency, empower small donors, and implement various ethics reforms. A wave of voter suppression bills introduced this year by GOP state lawmakers has bolstered demands for enacting it.

https://www.rawstory.com/joe-manchin-filibuster-2652802054/

Why would anyone especially a democrat be opposed to any pro-democracy legislation?

“Letting the ‘terrorists’ win?

So to him expanding voting and promoting voters rights is a creation of ‘terrorists’.

Only terrorists are d/bags like Manchin that would kill positive legislation for his own ego and pocketbook….his pursuit to be more than he will ever be.

It is a worthless spineless corporate tool….that is more about his coffers than the people of this country….typical to ALL politicians….cowardice runs rampant in the parties.

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Liz In The Cross Hairs

If you follow politics then you bare aware of the problems that Liz Cheney is having with the cowards in the GOP……and now the leader of House Repubs is not the only party leader is gunning for Liz ……now the number 2, Steve Scalise, that Tea Party dullard that has NO idea to be a governing politicians….all he has a bedfellow (take that anyway you choose) of Trump and that ilk within the GOP.

The tide turned more sharply against Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday with the No. 2 House Republican publicly calling for her ouster from her post over her continuing criticism of former President Trump. Rep. Steve Scalise, the House GOP whip, said via a statement that he’s in favor of New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik taking over Cheney’s post. From the statement, per the AP: “House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda, and Elise Stefanik is strongly committed to doing that, which is why Whip Scalise has pledged to support her for [House Republican] Conference chair.” More:

  • Axios calls the endorsement “a new escalation in House Republicans’ internal feud over Cheney” and observes that “the rift has threatened to derail Republicans’ chances of taking back control of the House in the 2022 elections.”
  • The AP notes that Stefanik, 36, is a big Trump backer, and one who now flies above the rest of the pack of potential replacements for Cheney thanks to the Scalise endorsement. But Axios cites data from FiveThirtyEight that shows Cheney voted in line with Trump’s positions 92.9% of the time, to Stefanik’s 77.7%.
  • The Hill reports there are gender politics at play in the decision to remove and replace Cheney, the highest-ranking woman in the GOP leadership and the sole woman on Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s leadership team. “It’s an awkward reality for a party vying to win back female suburban voters in next year’s midterm elections, at a time when there are fewer than three dozen women in the 212-strong GOP conference,” observes the Hill. Replacing her with Stefanik or another woman would mitigate some of that.
  • Kicking Cheney out of her No. 3 post would require two-thirds of the 212 House Republicans voting in favor to do so, and the process could begin as soon as next Wednesday. Fox News notes that in a secret February ballot, she cleared that 145 to 61. “That showed she had more rank-and-file support than the public battle would have suggested,” it observes, “but the animosity level has risen.”
  • The view of Stephen Collinson at CNN: “In the Hunger Games that is the House Republican Conference, Cheney was effectively pushed by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who made the opposite choice regarding fealty to Trump. … McCarthy’s trip to visit Trump at Mar-a-Lago weeks after the mob attack sent a clear signal that he sees the route to recapturing the House next year going through millions of Trump’s voters.”
  • The Wall Street Journal editorial board observes that “the better part of political prudence would be for Ms. Cheney to ignore Mr. Trump”—but that’s easier said than done, as “Trump won’t ignore her. He issued four statements on Monday and three of the four were attacks on fellow Republicans, including one on Ms. Cheney. She may be ousted because she is daring to tell the truth to GOP voters—and at personal political risk.”

Steve Scalise is a spineless politician that has no principles only carries water for the morons that worship Trump.

Never thought I would ever be on the side of Cheney on anything….but I applaud her spine and her principles….and she proved that she will kowtow to the Orange buffoon from Florida…..

Liz Cheney does not hold back in a new Washington Post op-ed, in which she declares that the GOP has reached a “turning point” and must decide, as history watches, whether to remain faithful to the Constitution. Her words come as former President Donald Trump renewed his insistence that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy did an about-face, reversing course from his initial stance, following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, that Trump was responsible for the mob attack. “I am a conservative Republican, and the most conservative of conservative values is reverence for the rule of law,” Cheney writes. That means it’s well past time to accept the election results.

She calls for a three-part plan for Republicans: back Justice Department investigations into Jan. 6, “support a parallel bipartisan review by a commission with subpoena power to seek and find facts” into the attack, and go back to the “genuinely conservative” principles they stand for, rather than continuing to be taken in by Trump’s “cult of personality.” None of this means she’s veering to the other side—she calls out “the ridiculous wokeness of our political rivals, the irrational policies at the border and runaway spending that threatens a return to the catastrophic inflation of the 1970s”—but she believes Republicans can only move forward if they back away from Trump. “History is watching,” she writes. “Our children are watching.” Full column here.

I seldom agree with Cheney on much but I will give her props…..a GOPer with a spine…..

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Centrists–The Brake Of Progess

The news keeps telling us about the ‘centrist’ that are searching for bi-partisanship…..my question is why?

For decades there has been no cooperation between the parties other than a few cases that is hailed as good……and yet nothing changes….so how good was the cooperation?

I have made my thoughts on Centrists known here on IST….

 
 
We have a new president with a progressive agenda (that title is debatable)…..and the Centrists are working to defeat anything he may try….especially on the taxation thing…..
 
Biden has an ambitious infrastructure plan….of course the Repubs in the Senate will fight any progress of this bill….
President Joe Biden set about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan on Thursday, deputizing a five-member “jobs Cabinet” to help in the effort. But the difficulty of his task was made clear as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vowed to oppose the plan “every step of the way,” per the AP. Speaking in Kentucky, McConnell said he personally likes Biden and they’ve been friends a long time. But the president will get no cooperation from the GOP, which objects to the corporate tax increases in the plan and says they would hurt America’s ability to compete in a global economy. “We have some big philosophical differences, and that’s going to make it more and more difficult for us to reach bipartisan agreements,” the Republican leader said
This Biden plan is a jobs creator and yet Dems, those Centrists, will be a wrench in the works because they want tax cuts for the rich….

A small but potentially influential group of House Democrats on Tuesday threatened to oppose an emerging climate and infrastructure package if it does not restore a tax deduction that overwhelmingly benefited the richest households in the country.

The state and local tax (SALT) deduction was capped at $10,000 as part of the 2017 Republican tax-cut legislation, a change that prompted outcry from centrist blue-state House Democrats who represent the higher-income, higher-tax areas that were disproportionately impacted by the limit. The House voted to suspend the cap in 2019—a move opposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other prominent progressives—but the effort died in the then-Republican Senate.

Now, with Democrats in control of the upper chamber, several lawmakers are using their leverage in the narrowly Democratic House to try to force a full repeal of the SALT cap into upcoming legislation. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimates that 62% of the benefits of repeal would go to the richest 1%.

In a joint statement late Tuesday afternoon, Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) declared that they “will not accept any changes to the tax code that do not restore the SALT deduction and put fairness back into the system.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/31/centrist-democrats-panned-demanding-revival-major-tax-break-rich

Once again these ‘moderates’ are protecting the rich and the country be damned.

Then there is the Senate Dems, especially Joe Manchin, who is a so-called Centrists that will also block his parties plans to protect the rich…..

Senate Democrats need all 50 members of their caucus to band together to pass bills that don’t have any GOP support. So, in theory at least, any senator could constantly force the party to bend to their will.

In reality, though, only Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is using that power. He’s already blocked President Biden’s nominee to run the White House Office of Management and Budget, and he forced congressional Democrats to make changes to the economic stimulus bill before he would provide his needed “yea” vote. Manchin is also opposing proposals embraced by the Biden administration and most congressional Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour and to mandate background checks for nearly all gun sales.

Why Joe Manchin Is So Willing And Able To Block His Party’s Goals

Just another example of just how badly the system is broken.

Only a handful in Congress are pushing for progress….the rest are trying to preserve the status quo….to protect the rich and the country is only a secondary thought.

This country will forever be locked in this downward spiral as long as these political cowards hold the power to put the brakes on progress.

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