Biden And Police Reform

Yet more shootings and deaths of black people it is a never ending story for the media.

First of all he (Biden) promised to limit the amount of military grade stuff….and yet Instead, police are on track to get more military hardware under Biden than they did under Trump…

Did you read that?

MORE military hardware than under Trump…..that promise went down the toilet.

There is an attempt to reign in the runaway police incidents…..

The George Floyd Act……HR120…the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act……

This bill addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. It includes measures to increase accountability for law enforcement misconduct, to enhance transparency and data collection, and to eliminate discriminatory policing practices.

The bill facilitates federal enforcement of constitutional violations (e.g., excessive use of force) by state and local law enforcement. Among other things, it does the following:

  • lowers the criminal intent standard—from willful to knowing or reckless—to convict a law enforcement officer for misconduct in a federal prosecution,
  • limits qualified immunity as a defense to liability in a private civil action against a law enforcement officer or state correctional officer, and
  • authorizes the Department of Justice to issue subpoenas in investigations of police departments for a pattern or practice of discrimination.

The bill also creates a national registry—the National Police Misconduct Registry—to compile data on complaints and records of police misconduct.

It establishes a framework to prohibit racial profiling at the federal, state, and local levels.

The bill establishes new requirements for law enforcement officers and agencies, including to report data on use-of-force incidents, to obtain training on implicit bias and racial profiling, and to wear body cameras.

If you would like to familiarize yourself with the scope of this bill….then I can help with that….

This bill passed the House and now it has to contend with the gutless, spineless cowards in the US Senate….and we know just how that will go now don’t we?

Biden also talked about a Police Oversight Commission……establishment of a police oversight commission in his first 100 days was one of President Biden’s campaign promises, the administration now says that such a commission would be unnecessary given the amount of existing research on police practices.

  • Instead, the White House wants to focus its energy on passing police reform legislation.

What they’re saying: “Based on close, respectful consultation with partners in the civil rights community, the administration made the considered judgment that a police commission, at this time, would not be the most effective way to deliver on our top priority in this area, which is to sign the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act into law,” Susan Rice, director of the Domestic Policy Council, told Politico.

  • “This matter is much too urgent for delay, and Congress is by far the more appropriate venue to consider changes in law regarding police accountability,” said Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
  • Civil rights groups had also expressed concerns that an ongoing research project by a White House commission could be used as an excuse to defer passing legislation by lawmakers reluctant to support police reform, per Politico.

Well they have decide to throw this idea down the toilet…..and focus on reform…..

Focus all you want….the Senate will prevent any and all reform from ever seeing the light of success.

So we will continue to have the police doing what they always do…..they choose the gun over rational thought…..more people will die and the cycle of deaths, protests, and more deaths will continue.

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Can It Happen Again?

This post is about the insurrection of 06 January and the breach of the Capitol building by protesters (rioters).

Was that a once in a lifetime incident?

A recent poll showed that most Americans think it is a distinct possibility….

A broad majority of Americans say that political violence in response to election results is likely in the United States in the next few years, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.

Overall, 71% say political violence in response to election results is at least somewhat likely, including 34% who believe it is very likely. The expectation that elections will lead to violence also cuts across party lines (78% of Democrats, 70% of independents and 65% of Republicans describe it as likely).
There is far less partisan agreement over whether American democracy took a blow due to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Overall, 62% are concerned that the attack weakened American democracy. But a political divide was evident: Among Democrats (79%) and independents (64%), most say they are concerned that it weakened democracy, but just 36% of Republicans feel the same.
 
A possibility….and yet Repubs think that a riot that produced numerous injuries and even deaths is over played by the MSM…..

Over half of Republicans and Republican-leaning adults said they believe the Capitol riots are getting too much attention, according to a new Pew Research Center survey on Americans’ views on the January 6 insurrection. 

In the poll, 54% of Republicans said they think too much attention is being paid to the riots, while 33% said they think the right amount of attention is paid and 11% thought that too little attention is being paid.

Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning respondents, 40% think too little attention is being paid to the deadly violence and only 8% think the riots are receiving too much attention. 

https://www.businessinsider.com/54-percent-republicans-capitol-riots-getting-too-much-attention-survey-2021-3

Seriously?

Is the breach of the Capitol by idiots waving Trump flags is overplayed?

Most Americans think that the insurrectionists should be punished for their part in this riot…..

A new survey out Thursday reveals that a strong majority of Americans think it’s important for federal law enforcement to prosecute the right-wing extremists and Donald Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol on January 6.

While 18% of Americans said it is somewhat important to do so, a wide majority—69%—said it is very important, Pew Research Center found.

Both Democrats and Republicans were clear that prosecution of the rioters is at least somewhat important. Half of Republicans said it is very important, and 29% said it is somewhat important.

Democrats, in contrast, were more likely to say it’s very important. Eight-six percent of Democrats expressed that view, compared to 9% who said it is just somewhat important.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/19/poll-large-majority-see-prosecution-insurrection-rioters-very-important

But will they?

Personally I think that the American people need to be reminded every day about this breach……least we forget……we should never forget that our republic was under attack from within by mental midgets that were lead their by a megalomaniac that we had as president.

And I think they should be ALL punished….jail and fines as heavily as can be admissible.

I think it could happen again…..as long as the disruptive element in the Congress keeps spreading lies and egging the overweight in-bred morons on to action.

Why do I think something like the breach could happen again?

Because of the dialog and the fact that many Americans do not think it was an act of violence against the government..

It’s been almost three months to the day since the Capitol attack, and in its wake, former President Trump and his allies, as well as members of the conservative media, have “publicly painted a picture of the day’s events jarringly at odds with reality,” as Reuters puts it. That narrative has apparently been heard and absorbed by a good number of Republicans, as evidenced by the latest Reuters/Ipsos survey. In the online poll of just over 1,000 US adults on March 30-31, about half of Republicans surveyed believe the Jan. 6 riot was mostly nonviolent or caused by activist factions on the left “trying to make Trump look bad.” That contrasts with the 80% of Democrats and 60% of independents who don’t believe the attack was “mostly peaceful.”

Among the GOPers surveyed, 60% also believe Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him, with that same number of Republicans hoping he’ll make another presidential run in 2024. That latter group conflicts with the 60% of Americans overall who don’t think Trump should run again, per the survey. Still, Trump remains perched at the top of the GOP, with the poll showing that 8 in 10 Republicans continue to see him in a favorable light. “Republicans have their own version of reality,” says Vanderbilt University political science professor John Geer. “It is a huge problem. Democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires evidence.” Insider cites a Pew poll from early March of 12,000 US adults that also queried respondents about the Capitol attack. In that survey, 54% of Republicans thought the riot was being given too much attention, compared with 8% of Democrats; 28% of Americans overall felt that way.

So what do you think?

Is it overplayed by the media?

Should we forgive and forget?

If we forgive what assurances do we have that the morons will behave like true Americans?

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Voter Rights And Suppression

All Americans have the right to vote….but about 43 states out of the 50 are trying to change that dynamic…..basically it is the GOP trying to avoid any defeats…..not what is best for the people of their state and the country…..it is all about party over country.

Some may ask….how could this happen?

It began in the where else….the South.

A little historic perspective……

George White of North Carolina served two terms in Congress between 1897 and 1901. He was the only Black member during those years, and he would be the last Black person elected to the U.S. House for nearly another three decades.

North Carolina Democrats made certain of that. A new state constitutional amendment, ratified in 1900, required passage of a literacy and education test before registering to vote, as well as pre-payment of a poll tax. By 1904, the number of registered Black voters in North Carolina had plummeted to nearly zero.

https://www.salon.com/2021/03/18/racist-gerrymander-north-carolina/

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

Before you agree or disagree with these bills at least read them and know what is in them…..or do what most Americans do….go to social media and get lies and misinformation….it is your choice.

Personally I believe it you are a citizen and over 18 years old then you should be able to vote without any restrictions from scared old white guys that are treading water on their control of this nation.

You may ask how this is even possible the violation of the peoples right to vote…..

We thought with the passing of the Voter Rights Act we had made it possible for ALL Americans to exercise their right of vote……if so how can this suppression move by conservs be possible?

You want someone to blame for the attack on our rights then look no further than the Supreme Court…..

How could this be you may ask.

Georgia’s voter restrictions were dashed into law Thursday by Republicans shaken over recent election losses and lies about fraud from former President Donald Trump, yet the measures also developed against a backdrop of US Supreme Court decisions hollowing out federal voting rights protection.

In another world, before the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, Georgia would have had to obtain federal approval for new election practices to ensure they did not harm Blacks and other minority voters.
And at another time, before the Roberts Court enhanced state latitude in a series of rulings, legislators might have hedged before enacting policies from new voter identification requirements, to a prohibition on third-party collection of ballots to a rule against non-poll workers providing food or water to voters waiting in lines.
But the conservative court has increasingly granted states leeway over how they run elections.
As the justices have turned away challenges to state policies, they have expressed sympathy for local officials who face potentially intrusive federal regulation and protracted litigation. Led by Roberts, the court has also dismissed concerns about the consequences for minority voters as it has curtailed the reach of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
“Our country has changed,” Roberts wrote in the Shelby County landmark, “and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions. … (V)oter registration and turnout numbers in the covered states have risen dramatically in the years since.”
 
This is what we get when ‘political activists’ are put on the highest court in the land…..we get rulings that will strip us of our rights….slowly but steadily.
 
Time for some changes to the way the Supreme Court is staffed……when the court is making laws doing the job that has been set aside for the legislative branch of government. 
 
They should be upholding the law not making it.
 
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The Future Of Infrastructure

A new week and another deadly shooting!

I have written that the infrastructure of the US is in dire straits…..and our new president has a plan for this problem……his solutions I have written about recently…..https://lobotero.com/2021/03/05/our-failing-infrastructure/

The news is that a bold infrastructure policy could be a giant economic boost….

During the Trump years, the phrase “Infrastructure Week” rang out as a sort of Groundhog Day-style punchline. What began in June 2017 as a failed effort by The Donald’s White House and a Republican Senate to focus on the desperately needed rebuilding of American infrastructure morphed into a meme and a running joke in Washington.

Despite the focus in recent years on President Trump’s failure to do anything for the country’s crumbling infrastructure, here’s a sad reality: considered over a longer period of time, Washington’s political failure to fund the repairing, modernizing, or in some cases simply the building of that national infrastructure has proven a remarkably bipartisan “effort.” After all, the same grand unfulfilled ambitions for infrastructure were part and parcel of the Obama White House from 2009 on and could well typify the Biden years, if Congress doesn’t get its act together (or the filibuster doesn’t go down in flames). The disastrous electric grid power outages that occurred during the recent deep freeze in Texas are but the latest example of the pressing need for infrastructure upgrades and investments of every sort. If nothing is done, more people will suffer, more jobs will be lost, and the economy will face drastic consequences.

Since the mid-twentieth century, when most of this country’s modern infrastructure systems were first established, the population has doubled. Not only are American roads, airports, electric grids, waterways, railways and more distinctly outdated, but today’s crucial telecommunications sector hasn’t ever been subjected to a comprehensive broadband strategy.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/03/15/bold-us-infrastructure-plan-should-be-great-economic-equalizer

After the pandemic the infrastructure should be priority one…..for once it starts failing and failing big then all of the country comes to a standstill…..

The problem with a successful infrastructure plan will be the Senate…..you know that part of the government where good bills and plans go to die.

But there may be an solution to this problem….

 
 
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speak after a press conference on Capitol Hill on December 20, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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  • Democrats may use the budget reconciliation mechanism to pass upcoming bills, Politico reported
  • The mechanism would allow Democrats to pass infrastructure and drugs bills with no GOP votes. 
  • It was used to pass the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, upsetting Republicans and even some Democrats.

Democratic leaders are considering bypassing Senate Republicans again to pass bills on infrastructure, green energy and drug pricing using the budget reconciliation process, Politico reported Sunday.

Top Democrats increasingly believe that Senate Republicans are determined to block President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda, and that they would have to use the budget reconciliation mechanism to get major bills passed.

https://www.businessinsider.com/democrats-may-bypass-senate-gop-to-pass-infrastructure-bill-politico-2021-3

Sounds like a plan….if they will not engage in actually debate….then leave their butts behind and let them whine.

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So You Hate The Green New Deal

There is lots of push back on the idea of the Green New Deal….from destroying the oil industry to socialism to well you probably have your on opinion….mine is that it is beyond time for this type of legislation.

I could quote you all sorts of facts and stats on why it is needed or all the good it could do….but instead of boring you tom death with stats how about some real life examples of the good…..

An Arkansas school district finds funds to give teachers a pay raise…..

Our hero is Michael Hester, who some years ago became the superintendent of the Batesville School district in Independence County, Arkansas. He faced the problem that his district was underfunded and the teacher pay was in the bottom quarter for the state. Teachers kept resigning because they could not live on the pay. The American custom of supporting local schools mainly with local taxes means that poor communities have poor schools, which is not right.

Since 2018, Hester’s project has saved the school $1 million in utilities costs.

What comes next is the kicker. Hester used the savings on his district’s utility bills to give the teachers bonuses, ranging from $3,000 to as much as $15,000 a year.

He says he no longer has the problem of teachers resigning because of poor pay, and applications to teach in his district have risen.

https://www.juancole.com/2021/03/arkansas-district-teachers.html

Just one example of how a Green New Deal can effect education as well as other aspects of American society.

Still think the Green New Deal is an ugly duckling?

Bet the teachers in Batesville, Arkansas would strongly disagree.

But if you would like information on the Green New Deal….then I suggest you read the bill before you condemn it…

Click to access BILLS-116hres109ih.pdf

But not to worry….this may never get past the Senate…..don not blame the GOP totally….if blame needs assigning then I would do so for Manchin a Democrat….

President Joe Biden campaigned on a climate policy plan that included, as its backbone, a clean electricity standard (CES) that would push the US electricity sector to net-zero carbon emissions by 2035. Given how important electricity is in cleaning up other sectors of the economy, the CES is arguably Biden’s single most important climate policy promise.

Figuring out whether he will be able to make good on that promise necessarily involves an inquiry into the beliefs, motivations, and intentions of one man: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.

Manchin is the hinge. He is the Senate Democrats’ 50th vote, the signal that other caucus “moderates” follow. Every Democratic legislative effort will, in the end, rely on his support. There’s no way around it.

https://www.vox.com/22337863/joe-manchin-biden-climate-change-senate-clean-energy-standard

Go figure…..a Senator that has deep ties to coal and he would crap on cleaning up the environment….go figure

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Spring Forward

It is that time of the year when we go through that totally worthless exercise of changing to Daylight Savings Time…..

I have been calling for an end to this silliness that does nothing to improve the country or the people…..well finally someone is trying to do something other than bitch about the changes…..

If you hate losing an hour of sleep each spring owing to daylight saving time, we have good and bad news. The bad news is that most Americans will still have to move clocks forward one hour at 2am Sunday. The good news is that “momentum for ending the time change is stronger now than ever before,” one “time activist” tells USA Today. Fifteen states—Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming—have enacted legislation to make daylight saving time a permanent practice, rather than one observed only from March to November. That would mean no more switching of the clocks twice a year, which messes with our circadian rhythms and reportedly leads to an increase in fatal auto accidents. Yet none of the aforementioned states can have their way without federal intervention.

Under the Uniform Time Act of 1966, states have two options: to switch to DST on a particular day or stick with standard time—usually observed from November to March—throughout the year, as is done in Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation, following a decades-old federal exemption, per KNXV), Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Georgia could soon join that group as a bill requiring year-round standard time has passed the state Senate in the absence of a federal amendment. But Florida Sen. Marco Rubio hopes that amendment will come soon. He’s reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act of 2019, which would allow for year-round daylight saving time across the country, per WTSP. However, it and the similar Daylight Act have “stalled in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce,” per USA Today.

This has my support.

About damn time someone address this utter silliness.  A moronic practice that needs to go away.

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Why Is There No Accountability?

This goes back many many years….ever wondered why when police kill someone they seldom pay for their action? (Yes I know not all the shootings are for no reason so cool your goddamn jets and read the post)

981: the number of people in the US shot and killed by police in 2020.

That is right….about 2% of all police killings come with a penalty for their action….

Ever wonder why? (I ask again)

In the US, police almost never face serious criminal charges for an on-duty shooting or killing.

Since 2005, 126 police officers have been arrested for murder or manslaughter due to an on-duty shooting, according to data from Philip Matthew Stinson, a criminal justice expert at Bowling Green State University who has been tracking the data for years. That amounts to fewer than eight prosecutions a year.

About 1,000 fatal police shootings are reported each year in the US — so the arrest rate is around 1 percent, never higher than 2 percent. Some, perhaps most, shootings are justified. But the number of police officers prosecuted “seems extremely low to me,” Stinson told me. “In my opinion, it’s got to be that more of the fatal shootings are unjustified.”

Of those 126 officers, just 44 were convicted (with 31 cases still pending). Many of those convictions came on lesser charges: Just seven officers have been convicted of murder in police shootings since 2005, with their prison sentences ranging from 81 months to life. The remaining 37 were convicted on charges ranging from manslaughter to official misconduct, in some cases serving no prison time.

After the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, as the Black Lives Matter movement grew more prominent, there was an uptick in prosecutions: From 2005 to 2014, about five police officers were prosecuted a year. Starting with 2015, the average is up to roughly 13 a year — meaning cops are now prosecuted in less than 2 percent of fatal shootings, up from less than 1 percent. And convictions have increased from fewer than three a year before 2015 to more than three since 2015.

But that’s still a tiny fraction of fatal police shootings. “It’s very low,” Stinson said. As for the increase in prosecution numbers: “I don’t see systemic change.”

https://www.vox.com/21497089/police-prosecutions-black-lives-matter-breonna-taylor-george-floyd

Sadly this will never cease for the people we elect do not care about the justice they preach…..

There are ideas to improve things (not that they will ever be enacted)…..https://lobotero.com/2020/06/08/8-point-plan-to-end-police-brutality/

Every American should be appalled at the amount of police violence that goes unchecked….but that would not fir the pathetic narrative they want us to believe.

There is a bill in Congress that would make all allegations public…..

State, local, and federal governments have spent billions of dollars over the past decade settling police misconduct cases, which include everything from deadly shootings to neglect. For example, the Louisville Police Department paid out $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in her home in March.

But most settlements don’t make the news and law enforcement agencies are not uniformly required to make that information publicly available.

As a result, taxpayers in many localities are left to their own devices to ascertain how much of their money goes towards police settlements, and to what degree state and local government budgets are impacted by the payments is unclear. Also often obscured are important details about the people involved — what happens to the officers who commit misconduct, particularly when cases don’t receive national attention, and who the people affected by negative police action are.

https://www.vox.com/22174400/cost-police-misconduct-act-beyer-allegations-settlements-public

Let’s get behind this bill to make accountability mean something.

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“Unity”

Now here is a word that is getting a workout.

I personally am tired of the redundancy.

A wishful thinking at best.

We now have a new president and the hard work to heal the country will begin.

That is the narrative that the Biden admin is trying to get the country to embrace.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday, Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, made it clear that all those who conspired with Trump to overturn the election, including Republican Senators Josh Hawley (Missouri) and Ted Cruz (Texas), would be welcome at inauguration proceedings on January 20.

Klain told host Jake Tapper that it was “more important” that those who attended the inauguration listen to the “message Joe Biden will have for the country… and that’s going to be the message of moving this country forward. It’s a message of unity. It’s a message of getting things done.”

Klain added, “There are people in both parties we can work with to move this agenda forward.” He said that Republicans might “disagree with us on a lot of things, on tax policy, health care, whatever. But we are going to try to work hard with people in both parties.”

A fine sentiment and is needed…..however I think that it is just that….a sentiment….

Can this nation truly heal from the Trump debacle that some call his presidency?

Seriously?

About 34% of the American people approve of the Trump presidency…that breaks down to about 3 in 10 people support Trump….that does not sound like any unity is on the horizon..

In case your math sucks…..that is about one third of the nation.

Sorry but the wish for unity is an idle hope that is far from reality.

In his inauguration speech Biden used the word “unity” several times….

“The rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, that we must confront and will defeat.” It “requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in democracy: unity. Unity.”

I know many Americans are calling for unity and hoping we can come together in a rainbow and unicorn moment….it ain’t happening people!

All the division that Trump fed in this country is still there.  About 47% of American still worship the ground he walks on….do you think they will have a change of heart?

I do not!

His presidential pardons have released the people that will be most influential to him in his future endeavors….whatever those will be.

Take Congress…he still has Trump loyalists still in place to do his bidding.

I mean even the GOP is split on Trump….if Trump makes good on his mode of revenge the formation a “Patriots Party” the GOP could be destroyed from within.

I have wanted to see the Republicans find a new path but I do not think the Trump Road is the way to go….although the party has been heading in the Trump direction since 1980.

Unity is just another word for nothing else to use.

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Gone But Not Forgotten

The good news is that Trump is NO longer the leader of a free world…he may be gone from DC but his legacy will remain.

A recent poll shows that Trump’s final approval rating was a record low of 34%…..but that matters not for Trump will do what he always does…..take revenge on those that opposed him.

He will not be president just how could he exact his revenge?

First he will target the Republicans that turned on hm throughout his presidency…..he has sycophants but not all were on-board with is lunacy he called his presidency.

You may ask….how can he take revenge on those how wronged him?

Since he has such support with the old white guy wing of the party….he has thoughts of forming a competing party, the Patriot Party…..

“Mr. Trump discussed the matter with several aides and other people close to him last week, the people said. The president said he would want to call the new party the ‘Patriot Party,’ the people said,” reported Andrew Restuccia. “Mr. Trump has feuded in recent days with several Republican leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), who on Tuesday said Mr. Trump deserved blame for provoking the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Polls show Mr. Trump retains strong support among rank-and-file GOP voters.”

“It’s unclear how serious Mr. Trump is about starting a new party, which would require a significant investment of time and resources,” continued the report. “The president has a large base of supporters, some of whom were not deeply involved in Republican politics prior to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign.”

https://www.rawstory.com/trumps-new-political-party/

This could prove hurtful to the GOP….for Trump has in his pocket many mega-donors…..he also has some influential people in Congress as well…like McCarthy, Jordan, Gaetz, Gohmert, Hawley, Cruz just to name a few.

Patriot?

Seriously?

They stand in opposition to most of what the Constitution brought to America….how can that be patriotic?

Words do not make a patriot!

These sycophants will make sure that unity is NOT on the agenda for the Biden Administration.

My thought is….let them go ahead…..that would virtually destroy the GOP and its strangle hold on this country…..which might be a bad idea.

But reality tells me that the GOP will work hard to keep its far right slugs within the party.

By all means…please make the Patriot Party a reality…..put all the crazies in one party.

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Does The Middle Class Really Exist?

It did once but it no longer has the same meaning as in the past.

When I was young there was always the meme that if you work hard and do the right thing you will find yourself living the American dream…..living in the Middle Class.

Sadly that seldom came true after about 1970…..the American people found greed and all its evils….and they liked it.

I have been telling my readers the loss of the Middle Class for years.(sadly few would listen)…..

https://lobotero.com/2018/11/09/wheres-that-middle-class/

https://lobotero.com/2017/06/14/who-or-what-killed-the-middle-class/

https://lobotero.com/2009/12/05/where-has-the-middle-class-gone/

There are many others but you need to look around IST on your own…..

That mythical place called the Middle Class…..sorry but it NO linger exists….

Delia did everything right. She went to college, she got a teaching degree, she found a reliable job, and she got married. She and her husband had two kids. “We followed the traditional path to middle class and economic security,” she told me. “Or so I thought.”

As a teacher in New Jersey, Delia, age 41, makes around $115,000 a year; her husband, who works as a carpenter, makes $45,000. Their $160,000 combined family salary places them firmly in the American middle class, the boundaries of which are considered to be two-thirds of the US median household income on the lowest end and double that same median on the highest, and adjusted for location. (According to the Pew Middle Class Calculator, Delia’s household income places her family in the “middle tier” along with 49 percent of households in the greater tri-state area.)

To most people, $160,000 sounds like a lot of money. “Middle tier” sounds pretty solid. So why does Delia feel so desperate? She’s able to put $150 a month into a retirement account, but the family’s emergency savings account hovers at just $400. Going on vacation has meant juggling costs on several credit cards. “I don’t feel like I’ll ever have a day that I won’t be worried about money,” she said. “I’m resentful of my partner for not making more money, but more resentful of his crappy employer for not paying him more.”

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/22166381/hollow-middle-class-american-dream

And yet the GOP and Centrist Dems keep trying to sll the antiquated idea of a Middle Class.

Do Not Believe It!

Look around and tell me what you see.

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