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November 23, 2023

Maybe an off day to bring this up, but I can't help wondering if we Dems just aren't thinking big or bold enough?

The BS the RWers are doing to try and tie every meaningful piece of business in the House to some half baked set of spending cuts is stupid. BUT, I do think the level of national debt is troubling to many AND not in the nation's best long term interest. I keep thinking a bigger, bolder, more comprehensive and long term plan to begin to fully cover the national budget yearly and pay down long term debt would be good for the country AND could boost the view of the Dems over the Repugs in the eyes of many. Rather than nit pick a few spending cuts and raise a few taxes almost no one cares about, how about a much bigger plan over say at least ten years that is more comprehensive and has a real trend line to lower the debt? It is hard when you want to protect SS, Medicare and the Defense budgets, but it is doable and I think a case for less corporate welfare and tax breaks can be made and would be popular among voters. A bonus for many would be simplifying the tax code. I could go on and on but I really think that it would enhance Biden's and the Dems 2024 election chances. Similarly, I think a new comprehensive and meaningful change to border control and immigration could undercut the Repugs use of that issue as well.

October 29, 2023

Glad Pence is out. He was my biggest fear if Trump impeachments had ousted him.

Unlike Trump, Pence actually knows how to govern effectively. And he is such a right wing tool that I saw him as far more dangerous than Trump as he could have, assuming Repugs had both houses of Congress, gotten things done, not just be a blathering annoying airbag. I must give him credit for doing the right thing in certifying the election results for Biden, but glad to see him fade out as a candidate.

October 9, 2023

Is it time to ban most non biodegradeable plastics or at least come up with non toxic formulations?

From the great Pacific Garbage Patch, to micro plastics in our groundwater and now, found in clouds over mountains in Japan (and I would assume elsewhere), I am thinking it is time to start restricting plastic, or really any synthetics, that has lasting affects on our health and the environment. I know it would be a huge restructuring of how we do business as businesses, governments and individuals but it seems completely out of hand and dangerous for our future on the planet.

August 17, 2023

Has anyone found an online way to engage in sensible discourse with any Republicans?

I enjoy DU very much but I feel like we are all preaching to the choir here many times. Most of my neighbors are Republicans and most have had enough of Trump but for obvious reasons are not automatically thrilled with Biden either. They are folks one can have a political disagreement with without being disagreeable or ending up in an unending feud over politics. I am wondering though if any DUers have found an online avenue to chat with GOPers that are at least open to dialog and what sites that may be ?

June 16, 2023

Heading to the Security Clearance store for my Top Secret Compartmented Intelligence clearance.

They must do them over the counter now as I think I just read in my news feed that Judge Cannon gave Trump's attorneys until June 20th to get their TSCI security clearances. When I got my clearance many years ago there was this crazy months long due diligence process by multiple government agencies to make sure I was of solid standing and unimpeachable character so not subject to bribery or other coercion to give up the secrets with which I was going to be entrusted. Not sure how that squares with the judge's timeline and the people she thinks should be getting a clearance.

February 16, 2023

So when are the wingnuts going to connect the Chinese balloons to the OH train derailment??

Maybe I am just missing it but surely someone can connect the dots and assert that before we shot them down one of the balloons fired a micro hypersonic missile that bent the train track and caused the derailment. And of course the Chinese have hacked into all train and other shipping manifests so they know exactly which shipments have the most risky cargo that they can hit to cause the most danger and terror. Woooo...you waskelly wabbit!

December 9, 2022

Could Manchin be considering following Sinema?

I don't know how much WV politics parallels AZ but have to think Joe is assessing his options given the new reality as well. Sinema was pretty low key about things but Joe seemed to relish a place in the spotlight.

December 9, 2022

Didn't think anyone could out crazy the MAGAts....see the QAnon Queen

I guess I don't read enough in the right places. Short version-- QAnon woman in Canada has declared herself Queen of the World and has been appointing regional leaders. This includes a King of America-- Donnie is probably p***ed about this-- it's not him, it's a guy in Arizona. The "King" says he has been taking out the leaders of the global elite involved in the giant pedophile ring. How could I have missed all this? Just when I thought the MAGAts had the final word in defining crazy. Sad to see this is even spreading to Canada. Beginning to think this is a viral disease not just politics gone awry. I thought Canada would be about the last sane country on the planet but guess not.

Article if you care to read: https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3pjwj/qanon-queen-of-canada-romana-didulo-king-feud

December 6, 2022

Lindsey Graham: "It's just a matter of time until somebody comes across that southern border & kills

a bunch of Americans because they are a terrorist." Yeah, Lindsey. And it will be even less time before some undiagnosed, unhinged young male who can all too easily get military grade weapons and all the ammo he wants will drive up to a school or church or major public event and kill a bunch of Americans. Just a suggestion Lindsey, do the math on number of Americans killed, injured or traumatized as a result of a misguided reading of the 2nd Amendment vs. those killed by foreign terrorists. Just for once, it would be nice to get your facts and the priorities straight you slimy groveling wingnut!

December 2, 2022

Curious why Jeffries suggests "serious investigation" into Tara Reade's allegation against Biden...

... as an early act in his new leadership role? It was painful to read but as I thought about it, not only the stand up thing to do but also smart political timing as right after mid terms and well in advance of 2024 and before the Repugs can say it was their idea. Just worry what the House Republicans in the ascendancy will do with it but that will likely be what it is with or without Jeffries raising the issue. Of course, they will be all about Hunter's whatever and they can't focus on more than Trump farts and one other thing so it will be a challenge for them.

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