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  • Mar 18, 2021 02:57 PM
    Last: 7mo
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    There doesn't appear to be a cap on the number of dependents allowed, but there is a big difference with the 3rd stimulus check because there is a "hard cap" on who qualifies. Individuals who earn $80,000 or more, HOH who earn $120,000 or more, and couples who earn $160,000 or above will not only be ineligible for a 3rd stimulus check, but they will also get no money for any dependent(s).

    That still won't effect the vast majority of people, but it certainly will make it so some people who got the first two stimulus checks won't be getting a third.

  • Mar 22, 2021 04:07 PM
    Last: 7mo
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    Housing prices are getting out of control and making it so more and more people will never be able to afford one. I consider myself extremely lucky because I married someone who bought her house a number of years ago, but I have no doubt that if I were still single it would be quite difficult to save up the amount of money I'd need for a down payment, especially in the town I live in.

    What can be done to help people who have no realistic shot of saving up enough money to afford a home? I don't want to go back to the days leading up to the housing bubble in 2008-2009 where NINJA (no income, no job, no assets) loans brought our economy to it's knees, but what we have now isn't working either.

  • Mar 22, 2021 03:44 PM
    Last: 7mo
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    I honestly don't think there's much appetite for another check anytime soon. The Democrats can only use budget reconciliation a handful of times and I have a feeling they are going to use it for an infrastructure package next. Things could change if there's another huge wave and cities and states have to begin shutting back down, but I wouldn't hold your breath for a 4th check anytime soon.
  • Mar 22, 2021 01:31 PM
    Last: 7mo
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    I don't have any kids, but I'm 100% in favor of anything that helps reduce childhood poverty. I really hope Congress will be able to get their act together and make this permanent.
  • Mar 20, 2021 01:01 PM
    Last: 7mo
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    We are on the cusp of having enough vaccine for everyone in America to at least schedule their appointment to get one. And when that happens I think we should reevaluate how we get shots into every Americans arms. Instead of mass vaccination drives that require huge resources, I think we should at least consider focusing a good chunk of resources on local pharmacies throughout the country.

    The way I look at it is there's a pharmacy within walking distance for the vast majority of Americans and they are already staffed by qualified professionals who could easily administer the shot.

    To me, it's a no brainer to send a ton of vaccines directly to pharmacies throughout the country, especially the J&J shot that doesn't require any special refrigeration.

  • Mar 12, 2021 12:32 PM
    Last: 7mo
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    President Biden announced in a nationally televised speech that all people aged 18 and older should be able to schedule their shot by May 1, with a goal of a return to some sense of normalcy by the July 4th holiday, saying "“if we do our part, if we do this together, by July the 4th there’s a good chance you, your families and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout and a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day.”

    While this is great news, the President did remind us that we will need to continue doing our part to control the spread by continuing to wear a mask and practicing social distancing while out in public. Things won't get back to normal overnight, but the light at the end of the tunnel is certainly starting to get brighter.

    This is much earlier than I had ever dreamed, but it seems to be entirely possible if we all work together to get as many people their shots as quickly as possible. So mask up, wash your hands, and get your shot when it's your turn. If we all do that then we just might be able to have a great celebration on July 4.

  • Mar 02, 2021 04:19 PM
    Last: 7mo
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    The 3rd stimulus bill working its way through Congress doesn't just contain another stimulus check for the vast majority of Americans.

    While these checks are certainly helpful and welcome for many Americans, expanded weekly unemployment benefits have been a lifeline for individuals and families during these challenging times. Thankfully, this stimulus bill will ensure the additional weekly unemployment benefits will continue at least through August 29, 2021. Not just that, but the weekly benefit will increase from $300 to $400.

    I personally think this is far more important than individual stimulus checks because it will provide people out of work for no fault of their own some sense of financial stability during these difficult days. This additional weekly check will help ensure the rent/mortgage is paid, water and heat stay on, and food stays on the table.

    Let's just hope that we can get this across the finish line before anyone experiences a lapse in their benefits in the coming days.

  • Oct 05, 2020 04:27 PM
    Last: 1yr
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    The debate certainly lacked the vitriol of the first, but I still found it interesting to watch.

    I was impressed with how Senator Harris conducted herself throughout the debate. She was thoroughly prepared and held her own when the Vice President tried to talk over her during her time, pushing back with "Mr. Vice President, I'm speaking. I'm speaking." I imagine that won her praise from both female and male voters who cringe when a male tries to talk over a female.

    I also can't help but talk about the fly that landed on Pence's head and stayed there for more than two minutes! It's never a good thing for an incumbent when one of the most memorable takeaways from the night is a common housefly.

    All in all, I think it was a much more civil debate than the first one between former Joe Biden and Donald Trump. I personally don't think many minds were changed, which hurts the Trump campaign more than Biden's.

  • Oct 02, 2020 02:22 PM
    Last: 1yr
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    J.K.Logic Wrote:

    Trump, first lady experiencing 'mild symptoms' after testing positive for coronavirus

    So far reported that Trump and Melania are experiencing mild symptoms, meaning not asymptomatic. That seems to suggest a delay with the 2nd debate. But we shall see.

    I hate saying this, but I have a hard time believing anything official that comes out of the White House. Part of me thinks they would have hidden his diagnosis had Hope Hick's diagnosis not been leaked.

    I would be shocked if the second debate goes ahead as planned, especially since this virus can take weeks to pass through someone even in the best of cases.

  • Aug 11, 2020 05:38 PM
    Last: 1yr
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    Former Vice President Joe Biden picked California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 Presidential election. The pick marks the first time in history an African-American female will be nominated for vice president by a major political party.

    Senator Harris has been in the Senate since January, 2017 and was the Attorney General of California before that. She's the second African-American woman ever to be elected to the Senate. Ms. Harris is known as a pragmatic left-of-center Democrat who is solidly on the left on most issues, but willing to negotiate with political adversaries to advance certain pieces of important legislation, most recently as being a leader in the recent criminal justice reform legislation President Trump signed into law.

    Personally, I think this is a safe and smart pick for Mr. Biden. She is a savvy politician who almost certainly won't be able to be painted as too "extreme" by those on the right. I have a feeling the ticket is going to be a force to be reckoned with.

    What does everyone else think of Biden's pick? Do you think it was a good choice or should he have gone with someone else?