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Retirees, blame Joe Manchin…

Well…with the way he’s acting on the infrastructure bill, you would think Joe Manchin was a damn repub….just yesterday, it was reported that Manchin is a hard no on the 3.5 trillion dollar bill that would start fixing all of the neglect of the infrastructure that has happened over the past 50 years…and that bill also includes expansion of Medicare to cover vision, hearing, and dental care…so retirees, when you buy hearing aids, buy eyeglasses, or have a filling or extraction or bridge done…and you pay for it out of your pocket, you can thank Joe Manchin….and the sick thing is that he won’t even say why..even when this idiot is told that it will be paid for by raising taxes on the rich and corporations…oh, that’s why…Manchin is in the pocket of business and he has been told that he will vote against any rise in taxes on them….so, again, business screws over the working people who keep them in business because the are greedy as hell and just want to use infrastructure for free since many of them pay no taxes at all…so that means you and I are building roads and bridges for these pricks to use as they laugh and count their money. I sure hope there will be a progressive challenger to Manchin to give the people a real voice for a change…think what could be accomplished if a real dem sat in Manchin’s seat…geez…

Can’t think of a topic….

Well…yeah, I’m running late today and there really is no reason for it other than I’ve spent the past hour looking for a topic and no luck…I could talk about the infrastructure deal that the repubs are supposed to have “taken over” to push it over the finish line but we all know they will drag that out until it dies of natural causes since they don’t want anything to pass that will help people other than the rich and I can’t understand why Schumer is going to let that happen….this bullshit emphasis on “bipartisanship” is so damn naive or just plain stupid that I can’t remember being so mad at the dems  running the show…just dump the repubs and do it through reconciliation so you’ll only need 51 votes…you’ve given the repubs every thing that they wanted and they haven’t given anything…just like every damn time you try to negotiate with these pricks and you end up passing a repub bill…what about the people who voted for you? Don’t they get anything for all the work they did to put you there? At least Nancy Pelosi is taking a wait and see attitude about this bill since she knows that no repub can be trusted and she won’t sign on to anything if it doesn’t achieve dem goals…so Chuck, listen to Nancy this time…hey, I did find a topic….should I change the title? Nope…let’s leave it and confuse everybody….

So now they’re the tax cheat party…

Well…with the dems doing everything they can to pass the infrastructure bill and think of ways to help pay for it, one of which was to give more funding to the IRS so they could go after the rich tax cheats that steal hundreds of billions of dollars every year by not paying their taxes. But today, we found out that the repubs are now the pro tax cheat party since they refuse to agree to have the rich tax cheats pay their fair share….it is one of the millions of “red lines” that they say they won’t allow to be crossed…and all of those millions are about raising revenue…they prefer to have their big donors have the ability to cheat or they will stop giving them money….and they can’t have that…or fairness in taxation….can’t have that…or these rich cheats paying one penny more…can’t have that….you get the idea. Now, it’s damn time for dems to act like dems, tell the repubs to go to hell and pass this bill without them since the repubs never negotiate in good faith and everyone knows that but we keep treating them like honest brokers…and they just can’t be trusted…geez…

Joe is finally wising up…

Well…it’s nice to see that Joe Biden is finally wising up to the modern republicans and is going to go it alone to try to get his infrastructure plan passed….just yesterday he gave up trying to “negotiate” with them and I think he is finally realizing that they don’t give a damn about making American lives better, they just want to make sure he isn’t successful…no matter who it hurts. I think Joe needs to forget all of the times in the past when he could work across the aisle…back when repubs were semi sane and at least tried to look like they cared about people other than the rich….but the crazy has taken over the party and ignorance now is a badge of honor as is lying, cheating, and stealing…oh, and hate…can’t forget the hate that oozes out of every one of those slimy bastards…so, good on ya, Joe…now try to get the other Joe to listen to you and act like a dem for a change….Manchin is almost as bad s the damn repubs…geez…

It’s a trap!

Well…how many of you knew that was a often repeated line from Star Wars? This time it applies to the repub response to the infrastructure bills that the dems are proposing…while the dems have included repealing the repub tax cuts for the rich to pay for it…the repubs have made it a key to their plan to raise taxes on the middle class and poor by instituting user fees that hit those groups the hardest as a percentage of income….and the dems are letting them go on about not repealing the rich people tax cuts as they prepare to go it alone after the repubs will invariably blow up the negotiations over Joe’s insistence that no one making less than 400k a year will have their taxes raised…and that is the trap that has been set by the dems…they know that the repubs will never allow their pet tax cuts for the rich to end and they are going to allow them to whine and bitch about it for a while…as the dems then plan to go it alone to pass this popular bill repealing the tax cuts that the public wants and then will hammer the repubs with it in the 2022 election…all the while emphasizing that the repubs tried to block the plan…pretty subtle and effective…and mcconnell is going to  lose this one bigly….

They’re just not serious…

Well…with all of the talk of “bipartisanship” in trying to get an infrastructure renewal bill through the senate, you just have to look at the repub proposal to see they are not serious…almost 3 times smaller that what the dems have proposed and and with a hard no on any increase in revenue…so that means that any money spent on the serious problems we have in this country will have to be offset by cuts to other programs that are already operating at severely reduced levels….and they go on to whine about the tax increases on the rich and corporations that the dems propose to pay for their bill lying that it will mean a loss of the jobs created by their tax cuts when every damn study has concluded that the only thing the tax cuts did was make the rich richer and allow corporations to buy back their stock…no damn jobs created at all. They all know that and yet they keep lying and lying…another reason why their proposal is just not serious…but the modern repub party doesn’t operate on facts or the truth as evidenced by the hundreds of voter suppression laws based on the big lie of voter fraud that just doesn’t exist….and now an infrastructure proposal that they think is “enough” is based on hypocrisy…they never asked to pay for trump’s huge tax cuts for the rich but now it is their reason for being….I say leave them behind and fix this country without them…after all, 70% of the country support Biden’s proposal and want it passed…even 50% of repubs want it done…so do it…

Mitch is not too smart…

Well…with the revelation of Joe’s infrastructure plan that would spend another 3 trillion dollars to fix everything that the repubs have left go to rot to give tax breaks to the rich, it appears that old mitch mcconnell is not the master tactician that he has been said to be…just the other day, old mitch came out and gauranteed that not one repub would vote for the bill in the senate…I don’t think that is the smartest thing he could have done; giving away his tactics and freeing up Joe to just ignore everything that mitch has to say and taking his case directly to the American people….after all the bill is pretty popular with both dems and repubs that are not in congress and the thing they like the most is having the rich and corporations pay for it. Again, I have to ask..”who the hell are repubs representing anymore?” It sure isn’t their constituents in the polls that have been done since more than half of the repubs want this bill to go through…and who can be against fixing the crappy roads, bridges, and everythnig else? I know the repubs are against it because they have been told to be by their corporate masters but corporations don’t vote and the way the repubs are pissing them off with their voter suppression bills across the country, the dollars could be drying up just as they have started to in Georgia….and Texas is next. I don’t think the repubs have realized that times have changed and the dems have changed…we are not going to believe the stalling and lies anymore and we’ll go on without them if we have to…and it’s about damn time….

Joe has a spine…

Well…as time goes on, I am getting happier with Joe and how he’s handling the presidency….after repairing the broken vaccine system that the idiot trump left him and getting almost 150 million shots in arms by today, and then going big on the covid recovery plan to the tune of 1.9 trillion dollars ( that I still haven’t seen a dime of by the way) and now starting to work on infrastructure that has been ignored since the moronic tax cutting that started with Reagan, Joe is showing a spine behind that smile…especially when it comes to trying to get the repubs to come along and help with getting this country going again….I wonder why they are still trying to play by the obstruction playbook when the entire country wants to get things going, including almost 60% of repubs? Just the other day, Joe made the point to them that they could do something good for the country by working with him to repair the crumbling roads, bridges and electrical grid…along with helping more people who are struggling with child care and the new normal of working from home that requires high speed internet everywhere across the country….or he will do it with just the dems so get off your hands and pitch in in that folksy way that you just can’t get mad at…although the repubs are doing their best to do just that, playing to their ever shrinking base. It’s pretty damn nice that we have a functioning government again with competent people running it….but the repubs will never admit that….they are just too stupid or cynical to get onboard…geez…

More republican nonsense…

Well…I’ll bet you’re getting tired of my pointing out the nonsense that comes daily from the repubs, but someone has to do it and I really, really wanted to point this one out since it is so representative of the contempt the repubs have for the unemployed in this country. Instead of working on a real jobs bill that will help put people back to work, (and let’s not confuse the tax cut nonsense they are pushing for a jobs bill), the repubs in the house are going to waste the better part of a day this week on a resolution that will affirm that the “official” motto of this country is “In god we trust”. Yep, folks, I’m not making this up…in this one fell swoop, and in a bow to their evangelical base, these idiots are telling the 20% of us non-believers that there is no place for us here unless we allow the majority to force this bit of nonsense on us. When are we, as a country, going to stop voting for these do nothings whose only purpose in life is to make sure that the economy stays in the tank so Obama can’t get credit for it. And now, in an article that I just read….none of the senate repubs are going to vote for necessary infrastructure spending since it will be paid for by a tax of .7% on those whose incomes are over a million dollars a year. So, the rest of the nation is left to suffer crumbling roads, bridges, and schools just so the repubs can protect the unconscionable wealth of the 1%. I think their time is gonna come…to quote Led Zeppelin…geez….

More Snyder taxes on the people…

Well…the latest move by our gov here in Michigan is another slap in the face for the working people here…in case you haven’t heard, his latest proposal to transfer all of the tax burden here to the people of Michigan comes in the form of a proposal to pay for all of the road improvements that are sorely needed by raising the fee to register a car here by $160 per car. Yep, you heard it right…he wants to install another regressive tax on individuals in this state that can’t even afford what the fee is now…and this will be in addition to the current fees that can run upwards of $200 per car. All of this to raise 1.4 billion dollars that is necessary to fix our roads….all this after he raised the taxes of everyone but corporations…all of this after he gave away 1.3 billion dollars to corporations to create jobs…and guess who doesn’t own cars? So, all of the damage being done to the roads by trucks that carry to goods for corporations is going to be paid for by you and me? What does he want next….for us to build factories and offices for them? Oh, that’s right…we’re already doing that with the 1.3 billion in tax cuts that you and I are paying for….can you say class warfare again? Geez…

Where are the jobs Governor Snyder?