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  • Oct 05, 2020 04:27 PM
    Last: 5mo

    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: 5mo
    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: 6mo

    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?

  • Jul 31, 2020 01:17 PM
    Last: 7mo
    I have to admit that I'm surprised this wasn't able to be hammered out before the deadline hit. Congress, for all their faults, had previously been able to come together for the greater good. I just hope the adults in the room can come together and work something out because millions of people are depending on them to do just that.
  • Jul 28, 2020 03:44 PM
    Last: 6mo
    JaredS Wrote: 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.

    It's so frustrating that we already pretty much know what's going to happen yet still have to go through this dog and pony show. Dem's want $3 trillion and Rep's want $1. Let's call it an even $2 trillion and get help to the people who desperately need it right now.

    JaredS Wrote: 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?

    I like the House legislation better because it addressed so many more critically needed things in order to jump start our economy (in my opinion), but I don't think the House ever really believed their legislation would become law. It was just a starting point for negotiations with the Senate.

    What I'm most frustrated about is that we've known for weeks that the Senate was eyeing the $1 trillion number, so what took them so long to do what everyone expected in the first place? Negotiations with the House, at best, will take a minimum of one week after the Senate passes their version. That's just way too long when tens of millions of Americans rent is due in four days.

  • Jun 24, 2020 01:48 PM
    Last: 8mo

    Talks of a second stimulus check have begun to ramp up in recent days, well over a month after the House of Representatives included another round of stimulus checks in their HEROES Act. While the Senate didn't outright reject another round of stimulus checks, they did reject outright large portions of the $3 trillion bill.

    That's where things have stood for the past month, but recent comments by President Trump and other high-level Republicans appear open the door for new negotiations over a second round of stimulus checks. When asked whether there will be another stimulus package, President Trump was unequivocal, saying "[W]e will be doing another stimulus package. It'll be very good, it'll be very generous."

    While it's true that some of President Trump's advisers and Senate Republicans don't have much interest for a second round of direct checks to the American public, that doesn't mean there won't be one, especially since President Trump all but guaranteed there will be one.

    So, it may take a few weeks of negotiations between Republicans and then some more time for Democrats and Republicans to come to a compromise, but a second round of stimulus checks seems a lot more likely than it did even a week ago.

    Stay tuned.

  • May 13, 2020 04:08 PM
    Last: 9mo
    J.K.Logic Wrote: That is really important to know and quite honestly I am very surprised this isn't a more talked about issue in the country right now. With tens of millions unemployed and with so many getting health insurance through their employers, I would have thought this would be just as discussed and worried about as stimulus checks and unemployment. Maybe I am missing something... either way, good share. Thanks for the info.
    I am, as well. I have a feeling a lot of people have no idea they and their families may be eligible for Medicaid, especially if both parents are unemployed. And even if someone doesn't qualify for Medicaid, there's a good chance they could get some subsidies to help pay for health insurance through Obamacare.
  • May 12, 2020 03:44 PM
    Last: 9mo
    J.K.Logic Wrote: So now we wait for the Senate to negotiate with House Democrats for about another month or so.. I mean if this didn't even have a chance at really passing into law, why not be more aspirational? I know this bill was already $3 trillion, but if its just a way to show what they want, I don't understand why they didn't push for anything extreme, just to make a point. Like better/bigger student loan forgiveness, and/or bigger/monthly stimulus checks, or paycheck protection for ALL employees.

    That's a really good point. I wonder if it is because they may have lost more moderate House Democrats in purple districts if they went much further? While the loudest voices in the caucus are more progressive, there are plenty of quiet middle-of-the-road Democrats who are quite moderate in both temperament and their political philosophy.

    Fourteen Democrats voted against the bill that wound up passing, so I wonder if Speaker Pelosi did try to go further but realized she would lose even more votes and then wouldn't have enough votes to pass the bill.

  • May 11, 2020 07:50 PM
    Last: 10mo

    Color me skeptical that the only motivation behind this proposal is to get money into peoples hands now and not, as I suspect, a backdoor way to raid the Social Security Trust Fund well before it is scheduled to run out of money (if nothing is done) in 2034 .

    I tend to take things to the extreme when I think about cost, so let's hypothesize that 150 million (roughly half) of Americans wind up taking this hypothetical $5,000. With so many Americans out of work right now, I don't think that is too crazy of a number to put out there. That would instantly deplete the trust fund of $750 billion. That is nearly 1/3 of the entire trust fund vanishing overnight. And if large swaths of the economy continue to stay closed then money won't be flowing back into the trust fund in any meaningful way anytime soon.

    Not just that, but this additional $5,000 doesn't address current Social Security recipients, many of whom were struggling to survive on their current Social Security benefits before the global economic shutdown. If this proposal were to become law then their modest benefits would undoubtedly be cut.

    I'm not saying I have the right answer and I don't envy our leaders who have to figure out a compromise to get badly needed help to hundreds of millions of people, but raiding the Social Security Trust Fund isn't the answer.

  • May 11, 2020 03:08 PM
    Last: 10mo

    I don't really have much of a problem with the IRS having a deadline for people to enter their direct deposit information, but it is absolutely unacceptable to make the people who are in limbo for no fault of their own and can't enter their direct deposit information to wait even longer.

    I understand that we're in the throes of a once in a generation emergency, but people are suffering and making them wait for their stimulus check because the IRS is unable to get their act together infuriates me.