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  • Sep 22, 2020 03:41 PM
    Last: 2hr

    First off - I am a firm proponent of Presidential debates. Even with a divided and seemingly intractable electorate, Presidential Debates provide both major party candidates an equal, apolitical stage to try to convince the American people that they deserve to be elected President. That's a good thing, especially during politically tumultuous times.

    Vice Presidential debates, on the other hand, don't really make sense to me. At least not anymore. How many people out there have changed their mind on who they will vote for after watching a Vice Presidential debate? I'm sure you can count the number of people who have done so in any recent election on one hand.

    Another reason I'm not a big fan of having a Vice Presidential debate is because the Vice President, Constitutionally, has no power outside of casting tie-breaking votes in the Senate. Their sole job is to be the President's cheerleader to toe the line. It's not like they will use the debate to offer critiques of their boss (or potential boss) or anything.

    This then begs the question of why we continue to have Vice Presidential debates. I'd be much more in favor of adding a fourth Presidential debate than continuing to have a Vice Presidential debate.

    I'm interested if anyone else agrees with me or if I'm overlooking something here. Do you think we should keep having a Vice Presidential debate or should we do away with it and potentially add a fourth Presidential debate?

  • Aug 18, 2020 01:14 PM
    Last: 1mo

    Former First Lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, delivering the speech from her home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The former First Lady didn't hold back in her speech, even going so far as to warn the American people that “[I]f you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change.”

    Her 2016 DNC speech has been remembered by her declaration of "when they go low, we go high," but her 2020 DNC speech will be remembered for how dire a warning she cast about the future of our country if President Trump were to be reelected. She even turned the President's words back on him after he dismissively brushed aside a question about his handling of various crises in the country by saying "it is what it is." In response, the former First Lady said "He [President Trump] cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is."

    To be honest, I think this was exactly the speech that Democrats and left-of-center independents needed to hear. I wouldn't even be surprised if some moderate Republicans took it as a breath of fresh air. She tugged at our heartstrings by lamenting how divided (and exhausted) we have become as a country and how she believes that Joe Biden is the only person who can begin to heal the deep emotional divide this country is going through.

    I understand there are a wide range of political opinions out there and respect all of them, but you have to try really hard to dislike the former First Lady. There's a reason she's the country's Most Admired Woman. She is basically "America's Mom."

    Did you get a chance to watch her speech? What did you think of it? If you haven't had a chance to watch it yet, you can do so below.

  • Aug 11, 2020 12:59 PM
    Last: 1mo

    The year 2020 has brought a lot of unique and unprecedented things along with it, with the most recent example being the first ever "virtual" convention of a major political party. Instead of the usual raucous and party-like atmosphere of conventions past, this 2020 Democratic National Convention will feature speakers delivering their speeches from the safety of their home towns which will be broadcast to homes throughout the country. The convention will be broadcast nightly during a two-hour prime time slot from August 17th to the 20th.

    A who's who of speakers including former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State John Kerry, Michelle Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and dozens of other big names are set to deliver speeches which will culminate with Joe Biden's acceptance speech on Thursday, August 20. Biden's yet-to-be-announced running mate will be speaking on Wednesday, August 19.

    I honestly have a feeling this will be an interesting national convention. Since it is broken into two-hour sections each night, the likelihood of attracting a large audience is high. Not just that, but the possibility of an embarrassing "floor fight" between the various factions of the Democratic Party is now a virtual (no pun intended) impossibility. For those two reasons alone, I believe the convention will be largely successful. The only unknown right now is who Biden will pick as his running mate.

    Are you planning on tuning in for the 2020 Democratic National Convention? If so, who are you most excited to watch give their speech? I'm looking forward to hearing former President Obama, Michelle Obama, and the various other rising stars in the party. I'm also anxiously waiting to see who Biden picks and, obviously, to see his speech accepting the nomination on Thursday night.

  • Aug 08, 2020 07:01 PM
    Last: 1mo

    I just can't help but think that this is blatantly unconstitutional and destined to be bogged down in court immediately. Congress has the power of the purse strings and President's can't just waive a wand and create law. They also can't force states to spend money.

    My worry is that this is going to get dragged out for weeks or possibly even months before both sides are able to come to a compromise.

  • Jul 31, 2020 01:17 PM
    Last: 2mo

    The additional $600-a-week unemployment benefits Americans have been receiving the past few months is set to expire at the end of the day, with Congress miles apart from striking a deal to reinstate them. That's bad news for the hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of Americans currently receiving the additional weekly support.

    I'm not going to sugarcoat anything here. This is going to hurt everyday Americans no matter their political affiliation or region of the country they live in. This money has helped people unemployed for no fault of their own keep food on the table, pay their rent on time, and continue to have the lights on.

    This lapse will have a lasting impact even if the Congress eventually is able to strike a deal and retroactively deposit whatever funds someone lost during the impasse. That's because rent and many bills are due now. A retroactive payment doesn't help much if a tenant is evicted or if their lights or water are turned off.

    I feel I should offer what I personally think will happen. (To be clear - I am offering my own opinion here). Senators are going to hear from their constituents over the weekend. By early next week it will become nearly impossible for the Senate to continue dragging their feet over this. They may move to do a standalone unemployment extension bill that doesn't include a stimulus check or anything else, which the House will almost certainly reject. Then the Senate will move to pass a bigger relief package that is far less than what the House passed. Another 3-5 days of negotiations with the House will follow before a final package of around $2 trillion is passed.

    All the while, Americans who relied on the additional $600/week to help keep a roof over their head and food on the table will be watching from the sidelines.

  • Jul 28, 2020 03:44 PM
    Last: 1mo

    Senate Republicans introduced their long awaited bill meant to address the ongoing economic uncertainty throughout the country, agreeing that another round of stimulus checks to the vast majority of Americans is needed.

    Dubbed the HEALS Act, the $1 trillion legislation calls for another round of checks to be sent out using the same income thresholds as the first round of checks. The additional $500 per dependent is also included, but this time it is extended to all dependents, including college students and adult dependents.

    One major difference with the House HEROES Act is that the Senate bill will reduce the additional weekly unemployment benefits from $600 to $200/week, which would be paid out until an individual state creates a new unemployment system that would pay up to 70% wage replacement for unemployed individuals.

    On the fact of it, the House and Senate seem to be miles apart, but I honestly think they are far closer than we're being led to believe. When it comes to the stimulus checks, they are basically on the same page. Then I can certainly see room for compromise with the additional weekly unemployment insurance. After that, the House and Senate will each have to give and take a bit on all the other aspects of their bills. If I were a betting man, a final bill totaling around $2 trillion will pass both houses and be sent to President Trump for his signature.

    What do you think about the Senate bill? Is there anything you like better than the House version or are you more in favor of the legislation passed in the House?

  • Jun 23, 2020 06:01 PM
    Last: 3mo

    I honestly have a hard time believing that we're four months in to this crisis and we still don't have a uniform face covering policy for all 50 states. The virus doesn't care if you live in a big city or small town; it's a virus.

    Someone who lives in a big city can visit a small town an unwittingly bring the virus with him or someone who lives in a small town can visit a big city and unwittingly spread the virus because she came down with it at a gathering in her small town.

    It still amazes me that so many people look at this as a "big city" problem. It's not. Residents in a small town in my home state found that out the hard way when a single church service led to at least 236 cases.

    Wearing a face covering isn't a political issue; it's a "being a decent human being" issue. If you're out in public and can't maintain social distance then cover your face. You don't need to if you're out on a walk in a big park, but do need to if you're at a grocery store. It's not that hard!

  • Jun 24, 2020 12:25 PM
    Last: 3mo

    The guidance from the highest levels of the scientific community has been abundantly clear for months now - wear a face covering in any public indoor space and when you can not maintain social distancing in an outdoor setting.

    The reason we should all wear face coverings in public is quite simple: face coverings help prevent you from spreading your germs to others and help others from spreading their germs to you.

    Airborne particles spread "mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).?" It can also spread by pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, so wearing a cloth covering in public, even if you feel perfectly fine, can help protect others as well as yourself.

    As this CDC drawing shows, wearing a face covering helps prevent particles from freely spreading when you talk or cough.

    woman wearing face covering, with a detail showing how the cloth barrier helps to contain respiratory droplets that she exhales

    The CDC and Surgeon General Jerome Adams have also released a video which teaches us how to make a face covering out of items we can all find in our home:

  • May 12, 2020 03:44 PM
    Last: 3mo

    It appears the Senate is in no rush to pass a second round of stimulus checks and hasn't even entered into informal negotiations with the House to reach a consensus that would be able to pass both chambers. Republican leaders in the Senate have signaled they don't expect any new aid to be passed before mid-July at the earliest. So, if you were hoping for a second stimulus check then you will unfortunately be waiting for another month at a minimum.

    It is possible the situation will change and Senate Republicans will move to act earlier, but for now they appear more than happy to wait until mid-July before acting.

  • May 28, 2020 07:38 PM
    Last: 3mo

    If you haven't received your stimulus check yet then you may want to check the Get My Payment portal on IRS.gov to see if you've already received one but accidentally threw it away or shredded it. Don't worry if you did because you certainly wouldn't have been the only person to do so.

    That's because the check card the Treasury Department and the IRS mailed out appears to be junk mail to a lot of people and isn't clearly labeled (in many peoples opinion) to notify the recipient that it is official US mail. That prompted a number of people to discard their stimulus checks without knowing what they were doing.

    Don't worry though. If you did accidentally throw it out you can request a paper check to be mailed to you.