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Friday Talking Points -- Biden Introduces His American Jobs Plan

[ Posted Friday, April 2nd, 2021 – 18:00 UTC ]

So, let's see... Joe Biden has been in office for over two months, and the only scandal to emerge from the White House so far has been from First Dog Major Biden. While over in Republicanland, Representative Matt Gaetz reportedly not only had sex with a 17-year-old minor while using the illegal drug ecstasy, but he also paid her online (possibly through a setup on a "sugar daddy" dating site); and not only took nude photos of all his conquests (which apparently included a naked hula-hooping video), but actively shared them with other congressmen on the floor of the House of Representatives. He's now under federal investigation for possible sex trafficking. But he has retained his seat on all his House committees, since Republicans are now noticeably more in favor of "due process" than they are whenever Democrats are in trouble. So could someone please remind us, once again, exactly which party is supposed to be the "party of family values"? After all, they used to brag about it so loudly....

Salacious and criminal Republican behavior aside, however, there was some really good news this week, as President Joe Biden travelled once again to Pennsylvania (a key swing state) to unveil the first of two parts of his "Build Back Better" blueprint. The first initiative, the "American Jobs Plan" weighs in at $2.3 trillion, an eye-popping amount even by Washington standards. The next round will likely be almost as large (reports are the total package will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 trillion). Biden will raise $3 trillion in additional taxes to at least partially pay for his ideas, with the first such increases proposed solely for the business community.

This is not going to be an easy lift, of course. As House Democrat Emanuel Cleaver put it, after expressing his belief that the American Jobs Plan will pass the House: "I don't mean it will be approved easily and people will be laying outside on the grass while the vote's going on, sipping on iced tea. It's going to be hard work." He's probably right.

Republican opposition, at least so far, has been rather anemic and unfocused. Mitch McConnell immediately panned the plan, stating he felt confident that the idea would get no GOP support. But really, all the Republicans have in the way of a counter-argument is: "raising taxes on anyone at any time for any reason is bad," and "replacing lead pipes and paying to boost broadband access for all is somehow left-wing socialism and should be feared." They're left simultaneously trying to argue that increasing the deficit/national debt is bad, but also that it is equally as bad to attempt to pay for anything through tax increases. In other words, they have taken the position that partisan gridlock and inaction in Washington is somehow better for the public than all the things Build Back Better would accomplish.

That's a pretty weak political position to be in, it should be noted. At least, these days.

Biden, on the other hand, has all sorts of good things to point to in the plan, in order to sell the public on the idea. And the public's already largely with him, if the polling is correct. Call it a continuation of Biden's redefinition of the term "bipartisan" to mean: "widespread support from voters across the spectrum" rather than: "what Mitch McConnell's caucus will vote for."

Here's just a partial rundown of how well-received Biden's plan already is:

The latest Morning Consult/Politico poll finds that "voters broadly support this expanded notion of infrastructure, with measures like increasing housing options for low-income families garnering the support of 70 percent of registered voters, including 87 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans."

Gosh, it's just like Biden's COVID-19 stimulus package. Republicans in Congress are dead-set against it, but a lot of their own voters think it is a fine idea.

This article also included the most stunning thing the poll revealed:

The bill is more popular with the tax hikes than without them. "57% of voters say they'd be more likely to support Biden's infrastructure plan if it were funded by tax increases on those making over $400,000," the poll found. "47% of voters say they'd be more likely to support the $3 trillion proposal if it were funded by increases to the corporate tax rate." Only 27 percent support infrastructure without tax hikes, which appears to be the GOP's stance. A plurality of Republican voters (42 percent) -- well short of a majority -- favor that approach. (Remember the good old days when Republicans cared about debt?) Among independents, 52 percent support the plan with tax hikes while only 26 percent support an infrastructure bill without them.

The media, it seems, are caught in a Republican framing of policy that does not match reality. There is not a hue and cry over a mammoth infrastructure bill. To the contrary, it is super popular. And Republicans might want to stop harping on the tax increases: Those make the bill even more popular.

Pretty tough to fight that, when your own party's cupboard of ideas is so laughably bare. Biden, meanwhile, is rightfully comparing such an investment in America's future to the halcyon days of the Baby Boom, in the 1950s and 1960s. Back then, Republicans were completely on board with paying for infrastructure improvements -- even those that wouldn't bear fruit for years. It was all seen as investment in the country's future, which is exactly how Biden is pitching his plan now.

Biden's big challenge is going to be whether he can keep up the sense of political urgency which allowed him to pass the COVID-19 relief bill so fast. Some are predicting that the infrastructure bill (or bills) might take six months, or even the rest of this year to accomplish. That would slow Biden's entire agenda down if it does happen.

But maybe things will move faster than that. There will be a period of outreach to moderate Republican senators, one assumes, since Biden's entire reason for splitting his initiative into two parts was that the first part -- the American Jobs Act -- could maybe, possibly get 60 votes in the Senate. All of the most contentious stuff (including tax hikes on high-income individual taxpayers) was put into the second part of the plan, which is designed to pass the Senate through budget reconciliation rules (only 50 votes needed).

But Biden won't get suckered in to endless negotiations only to wind up with a weaker bill that Republicans still won't vote for. He's already proven that with how he passed the COVID bill, and the White House chief of staff has already indicated that -- should it become necessary -- the president will be just fine with moving the entire package through the Senate with reconciliation. This was a big warning to the GOP, obviously.

After the window for bipartisan Senate support closes, though, Biden will have to move this massive imitative through Congress as fast as possible, in order to begin tackling all the other important things on his agenda. This may be challenging, because any large must-pass bill is going to attract all sorts of things not initially envisioned (translation: all the D.C. lobbyists are champing at the bit to get a piece of the pie). So we'll see how long the whole process takes. But at least here at the start of it all, the prospects look pretty good.

Let's see, what else is going on? The economy added over 900,000 jobs last month, in a sign that people getting vaccinated is jump-starting the economy already. We've still got a long way to go to get back to the pre-pandemic highs, but adding close to a million jobs a month is going to get us there a lot faster, that's for sure.

The Iowa Democrat who had been challenging the certified election result in her House district (she lost by only six votes, out of hundreds of thousands cast) by appealing directly to the House itself has now dropped her effort and conceded the race to the Republican. Republicans were (quite laughably) already crying foul, essentially saying: "Well, OK, we tried to overturn Biden's election, but hey you guys do it too!" Rita Hart dropping her challenge will avoid all of that, going forward.

The trial of the policeman accused of murdering George Floyd began this week, and is already taking up an immense amount of news coverage. This will be a long trial (probably lasting a whole month), so everyone should really pace themselves a bit.

Vaccination is getting more and more popular, with the most recent poll putting the public's willingness to get vaccinated at 74 percent -- just under the 75 percent figure many use as the minimum for herd immunity. That is good news indeed, especially considering this figure was at a low of only 50 percent back in September.

In a related story, Sarah Palin has now tested positive for COVID-19. Initially, she was one of the ones on the anti-mask bandwagon, painting the whole thing as some sort of Democratic plot to undermine Donald Trump. Now, however, she's singing a different tune, and is encouraging everyone to -- you guessed it -- wear masks. It's amazing how catching the disease can change people's minds, isn't it?

And let's end on a positive note, because it has been a rather amazing week for marijuana reformers. Two states -- New York and New Mexico -- passed laws through their legislature which will legalize recreational marijuana for adults. One state is teed up and ready to be next, after Virginia's legislature passed such a measure but the governor is demanding changes so that it can happen sooner than previously scheduled.

If all three states join the growing recreational legalization movement, it will mean over one-third of the states will have done so -- a milestone of sorts. It is tough to get an accurate count of how many states this is, currently, because the voters of South Dakota passed a legalization referendum, but it is currently tied up in the state courts. The other states which have already legalized: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and Washington D.C. Even without counting South Dakota, that still adds up to 16 states plus D.C., or 17 out of 51 jurisdictions. One-third down, two-thirds to go!

 

Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week

Since Congress is off on yet another one of their many multi-week vacations, there wasn't a lot to choose from this week. Which is why we're just going to hand another Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award to President Joe Biden, for the first part of his infrastructure plan rollout.

We admit, we were not early fans of Joe Biden (way back in primary season). We considered him to be far too compromising and incrementally-minded than we wanted to see in a Democratic presidential candidate. But as we will also freely admit, Biden has been pleasantly surprising us ever since he took office. He has chosen bold over compromising and transformative over incremental, in both of his first two major legislative initiatives. For once it is the White House who decided: "That's too small -- make the bill bigger," to put it another way.

Not everybody's completely happy with the plan in the Democratic Party, but all can begrudgingly admit it certainly is an impressive step in the right direction. Progressives got five times more spending on green initiatives than any previous proposal, but they are arguing that this still falls woefully short of what is required. Moderates got more tax hikes included, so the bill is more fiscally responsible. But on both sides of this spectrum, there isn't any truly contentious issues that both sides are lining up as opposites on. There is no ideological objection to taxing the rich from the progressives (far from it, in fact -- progressives are actually upset that Biden didn't tax the rich more, since he rejected Elizabeth Warren's "wealth tax" proposal), or any major objection to spending on green energy from the moderates, in other words. This could make passage of the whole package a lot easier -- both sides may have things they grumble about, but both will likely in the end vote for it. Biden's plan is not the New Green Deal or solely a roads-and-bridges bill, but both sides seem content enough at how things turned out.

What both sides can agree upon is that the total amount to be spent is impressive indeed. Rather than going small in an attempt to convince Republicans in Congress to vote for it, Biden went big instead. By doing so, he is proposing government infrastructure investment on a scale not seen since the 1960s. If even two-thirds of it manages to pass, it will still wind up being historic.

For all of this, and for an impressive rollout as well, Joe Biden more than deserves this week's Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week.

[Congratulate President Joe Biden on his White House contact page, to let him know you appreciate his efforts.]

 

Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week

Um... "Bad dog, Major!"

Nah... dogs gotta be dogs, and all of that.

We really don't have a strong candidate for the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award this week, since the only one we do have is so minor as to not rise (or sink) to that level. So we're going to put the main award back on the shelf for the week (and, as always, if we've missed someone obvious, please make your own nominations in the comments).

The minor case was the news that the chief of staff for Deb Haaland, newly-minted Secretary of the Interior, was forced to accept a demotion this week. Here's the not-so-sordid story:

The White House is removing the Interior Department's chief of staff, Jennifer Van der Heide, who recently planned a 50-person indoor party at the agency that the White House ordered canceled, and is moving her to a senior counselor job at the agency, according to two Biden administration officials.

The White House's Cabinet affairs office ordered that party, which was intended to celebrate Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's confirmation, to be called off amid fears it could become a superspreader event, as Politico first reported late last week.

There were also concerns about the political optics of holding the event as the Biden administration urges the American public to continue to take the coronavirus seriously.

Senior Biden administration officials voiced their reservations about the event, which was going to be held in the Interior Department's library, and the White House then stepped in before invitations could be sent out.

One Biden administration official said that "the party was the thing that broke the camel's back" and was the "latest lapse in judgment" on Van der Heide's part in her new job, which she started on Jan. 20. The official also said that the party planning expedited the job switch, which had been in the works before the kerfuffle. A White House official said that it was always intended for Van der Heide to move to a different role after setting up the department. Another administration official said that unspecified other issues precipitated the move.

So we suppose Van der Heide deserves at least a (Dis-)Honorable Mention award, for being so blind to the optics of holding a big party right now, but as we said it just didn't seem to rise to the level of the MDDOTW award.

 

Friday Talking Points

Volume 612 (4/2/21)

Before we get to the talking points, we have to mention some late-breaking news (which occasionally happens while we are writing the rest of this up). Another deadly attack happened at the U.S. Capitol today, which resulted in the death of one Capitol Hill policeman and the hospitalization of another. Thankfully, it was just a lone guy with a car and a knife, so the damage was limited. Also thankfully, the Capitol is a lot better protected now than it was at the start of January. In other semi-related news, two Capitol officers are suing Donald Trump for their injuries on January 6. More power to them.

Also late-breaking was the news that Major League Baseball has officially decided to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta this year, in protest of Georgia's new Jim Crow 2.0 law. The only way state Republican legislatures will ever do the right thing is if they get hit where they hurt the most -- in the pocketbook. So we applaud the players, who were instrumental in demanding the All-Star Game be held anywhere but Georgia.

With all of that being said, let's just get right to this week's talking points, a somewhat-mixed bunch, but with at least one theme.

 

1
   Nothing to do with fraud

A Kinsley gaffe happened in Georgia this week, as the governor said the quiet part out loud.

"The Republican Party's continuing assault on voting rights -- especially for minority voters -- continues, as more and more Jim Crow 2.0 laws are either introduced or passed, in statehouses across the country. Republicans in Georgia, who went first in this parade of shame, tried to convince everyone that they were only passing the law to deal with all that pesky (and completely non-existent) 'voter fraud,' but this week Governor Brian Kemp admitted what was really going on, stating: 'A lot of this bill is dealing with the mechanics of the election. It has nothing to do with potential fraud or not.' Got that? We simply have to pass this law because we flat-out lied to our voters about election fraud, and then they all started believing in the non-existent fraud, so we of course had to assuage their feelings by passing a law that, by the governor's own admission 'has nothing to do with election fraud.' There's some serious fraud going on here, but it has nothing to do with the voters and nothing to do with elections -- it is all coming from within the Republican Party itself. As Kemp just admitted."

 

2
   Overreach? Backlash!

Hopefully, at any rate....

"The frenzy of Jim Crow 2.0 legislation has not only continued, it has increased. We're now up to (by one count) 361 laws proposed by Republicans in 47 states which would all restrict voting or make voting harder in one way or another. Most of these are just like Georgia's -- they don't even pretend to deal with fraud in any way. They're just blatant attempts at voter suppression. Black and Brown voter suppression in particular. But you know what? This time around, people are paying attention. And when any party overreaches to the point of attempting to rig an election, sometimes the voters express their displeasure by delivering a huge backlash in the next election. We're obviously hopeful that that's the way voters in Georgia and all the other states will react. Throw the bums out, and let's make voting easier again, instead of dreaming up new ways to make it harder."

 

3
   Ignoring the will of American voters

This was rather eye-opening.

"Republicans are obviously worried about the For The People Act (otherwise known as H.R. 1). In a leaked phone call between a policy advisor to Mitch McConnell and 'the leaders of several prominent conservative groups -- including one run by the Koch brothers' network,' they all had to face the grim conclusion that it wasn't even worth spending the money for an ad campaign against the bill, since, quote, in private, they concede their own polling shows that no message they can devise effectively counters the argument that billionaires should be prevented from buying elections, unquote. One of the people on the call was 'a senior Koch operative' who ' said that opponents would be better off ignoring the will of American voters and trying to kill the bill in Congress.' That one line should run in every single Democratic ad both in support of this bill and for any Democratic candidate during the midterm elections, because it sums up Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republicans' attitude perfectly. This is all the Republican Party has left to stand for, folks -- ignoring the will of American voters."

 

4
   Friendly fire

The issue is even getting hot within the Democratic Party. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is the only Democratic senator not to co-sponsor the For The People Act. He could be the key vote, if it comes down to changing the filibuster rules to pass it. So far, he's been only lukewarm at best, and has given lip service to an effort to get bipartisan support for the measure. This is, obviously, impossible, yet Manchin has yet to admit it. And Representative Jim Clyburn -- the third-highest-ranking member of the House leadership -- is getting more than a little righteously annoyed. Here is what he had to say about his fellow Democrat this week:

I'm insulted when [Senator Joe Manchin] tells me that it's more important to maintain a relationship with the minority in the U.S. Senate than it is for you to maintain a relationship with the minority of voters in America. That's insulting to me. Since when do their rights take precedence over your fellow Democrat [Raphael] Warnock, who saw his state just pass laws to keep him from getting re-elected? And you're going to say it's more important for you to protect 50 Republicans in the Senate than for you to protect your fellow Democrat's seat in Georgia? That's a bunch of crap.... The issue of civil rights and voting rights, these constitutional issues, should never be sacrificed on the altar of the filibuster. I've been saying that for a long time. I don't understand why we can't see that my constitutional rights should not be subjected to anybody's filibuster.

 

5
   The mark of the beast?

Sigh. Here we go again. We wrote about this earlier in the week, as well.

"Republicans are now on the warpath over the proposed idea of a 'vaccine passport,' because, well... who knows these days... because they want to continue their perfect streak of being absolutely wrong about absolutely everything throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic? That's the only thing I can figure. Before anyone at home believes Republicans for an instant, please consider: any such 'passport' or vaccination identification app on your phone will be entirely voluntary and will certainly not be the only way to prove you've been vaccinated. People already get an official card from the C.D.C. when they get their shots, so this proof already exists and does not require anyone to do anything. So, please, everyone, let's all just calm down a bit, shall we?"

 

6
   I didn't vote for it, but I'll gladly claim credit for it

Another blatantly false attempt by a Republican to rewrite himself as the hero of the story.

"Representative Madison Cawthorn happily tweeted out the news to his constituents that a whole bunch of federal money would be coming home to his district, from the COVID-19 relief bill. The big problem with this, of course, is that Cawthorn, like the rest of the Republicans, voted "No" on the bill. So he's now bragging about a bill he tried to kill. That's pretty hypocritical, but sadly enough he's not the only Republican to attempt this trick. Try to rewrite history though they might, the voters know that this was passed by Democrats, as Republicans fought hard against it. Nice try, Madison."

 

7
   Mr. Family Values

We mostly refrained from using Matt Gaetz as a poster child for Republicans behaving badly this week (mostly because we felt it was too easy a shot to take), but we have to at least point this one out.

"You know Matt Gaetz? The pro-Trump House Republican from Florida? The guy who is being investigated by the F.B.I. for sex trafficking across state lines, paying an underage girl for sex, showing naked hula-hoop videos to other GOP members on the House floor, and taking ecstasy during his sexual excesses? That guy? Recognize him? Well, as it turns out, a few years back Congress passed an anti-sex-trafficking bill with overwhelming bipartisan support. Except there was one Republican who decided to vote against it. His name? Matt Gaetz. His vote makes a little more sense, now, I suppose, as revolting as it is to contemplate."

-- Chris Weigant

 

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Cross-posted at: Democratic Underground

 

63 Comments on “Friday Talking Points -- Biden Introduces His American Jobs Plan”

  1. [1] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Chris,

    Call it a continuation of Biden's redefinition of the term "bipartisan" to mean: "widespread support from voters across the spectrum" rather than: "what Mitch McConnell's caucus will vote for."

    Love, love, love this! If Biden keeps at this redefining process, it could have major and positive impacts, over the course of eight years and well beyond, on everything from countering Republican-inspired voter suppression efforts to a general strengthening of American democracy and the prospects for regaining America's global leadership role. In other words, just precisely what I had always expected from a long hoped for Biden presidency. :)

  2. [2] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Oh! Another MIDOTW award for Biden! Very nice ...

  3. [3] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    As for legalizing weed, well, it's already legal in my neck of the woods and has been for a long while now, as you know.

    And, lately, I've been checking the whole scene out - been under some bad influences of late. Ahem. And, then, there's all of your columns, too, you understand. So, there's that.

    Anyways, I'm discovering that I don't really like smoking it, even though, I hasten to add, I've developed some very fine technique in a relatively short period of time with minimal bad experiences. For me, though, I'm thinking edibles are the way to go ... :-)

  4. [4] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    Biden will have to move this massive imitative ...

    [snip]

    (translation: all the D.C. lobbyists are champing at the bit to get a piece of the pie).

    i think you meant "initiative" rather than "imitative," but am nonetheless pleased that you're finally beginning to acknowledge the massive potential of pie.

    JL

  5. [5] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    @cw[tp4],

    don't you think that qualifies manchin for most disappointing?

    JK

  6. [6] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    whoops!

    JL!

  7. [7] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Who Are You?

  8. [8] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    It's for times like this that I wish I knew how to do a proper link. :)

  9. [9] 
    Bleyd wrote:

    Texas recently expanded the eligibility for the covid vaccine, and I was lucky enough to get scheduled for my first dose on Sunday!

  10. [10] 
    goode trickle wrote:

    The only bone I have to pick is with TP 5.

    Vax passports will be required if you want to travel to somewhere other than here. It has already started...

    I also predict that cruise lines (at least in the start up of cruise resumption) will require vaccination as many of the Caribbean destinations will require them, and if EVERYONE is VAX'D then the risk of having to quarantine an entire vessel is reduced and as such risk is also reduced... and they can go to other places (full disclosure, I will never go on a commercial cruise, I did plenty on grey ones with lots of airplanes that never stopped anywhere.) Just sayin'.

    To the point of my disagreement, if the party of the Grand Ole of Pederast and Panderers wants to argue that such passports are unconstitushy, they can roundly and soundly go futue ipsom; the dems need to pull on the big kids pants and point out that the people arguing that they are being "canceled" have no problem canceling other peoples rights and also have not been full participants in the fight to bring the pandemic to heel.

    Given all that I have been involved with to make it possible for US to cross the finish line of this pandemic I am a firm believer of a slogan I came up with, "if you want the benefits of #herdcommunity, participate in #herdimmunity". If you can't due to medical reasons that's one thing and it can be worked out, but the sour milk cries of the right demanding that they get to participate in being allowed to roam about without participating should be met with a resounding "futuere!".

    I look at it kind of like, if it is ok to make it harder to vote, it should be harder to move about if you won't immunize....

  11. [11] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    MDDOTW-
    There is an article at The Daily Poster titled "Corporate Dems Show Progressives How to Play Hardball"
    about some Deathocrats threatening to withhold their votes unless the SALT caps are removed which would provide most of the benefits to the wealthy.

    That's going to spawn more than just a fifty person party.

  12. [12] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    A 4 trillion dollar jobs plan?

    If it is anything like any other jobs plans over the years it will be done backwards by providing incentives to businesses and wait for that to trickle down to the masses which usually arrives as too little too late.

    4 trillion would be a good start on providing a BMI to stimulate business from the masses up instead of the other way around.

    When citizens have money to spend businesses will be where they spend it.

    We may even be able to "save" a trillion or two on unemployment benefits, housing assistance, etc. and all the money spent on administration of those programs that the BMI will make unnecessary that can also be used to pay for BMI.

    Come to think of it, the Deathocrats proposing another useless jobs bill designed to prop up a failed system and treat the symptoms of that failed system instead of providing a solution to the problem is an even more egregious disappointment then the Deathocrats in comment 11.

    Wake up. Wise up. Rise up.
    Get Real.
    Get Credible.

  13. [13] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    NYpoet (5)-
    Yes. That qualifies Manchin for most disappointing consideration. But it also qualifies him for most impressive.

    Most impressive because he is the only Deathocrat opposing it.

    Most disappointing because he is opposing it for the wrong reasons.

    The few good things in it are severely outweighed by the bad. It is another red herring of proposing solutions to the symptoms rather than addressing the real problems to eliminate the symptoms.

    By the time it is passed (if it ever is) it will be watered down enough to be no more effective than McCain/Feingold or other alleged reform legislation that has been touted in the past as a solution and turned out to be a fraud.

    "Hey McFly, what's that on your shirt?"

  14. [14] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Is everyone up for a fun CW Sunday Night Music Festival and Dance Party tomorrow night?

    Guess we didn't decide on a theme so we can play our favourites ...

  15. [15] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    [1]

    Yep. And I sincerely hope that Joe keeps racking up the MIDOWs, yea, verily.

    I would've nominated DINO Sen. Manchin for MDDOTW, but I have a feeling that he'll pickup a bunch of them in the days and weeks to come.

  16. [16] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    As many here seem upset with voter suppression efforts, how about the Deathocrat in Nevada sponsoring a bill that would double the amount of signatures needed for third parties to get on the ballot?

    Or is that okay because the suppressed voters would not be voting for Deathocrats?

  17. [17] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    @liz,

    in honor of biden's jobs plan, i'll be sharing employment-related tunes.

    preview:

    https://youtu.be/ysKhbaLyIFw

  18. [18] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    i also propose that failing any other proposed theme, the default should be something related to the content of CW's FTP column.

  19. [19] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    bummer

  20. [20] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    NYpoet (17)-
    The only thing job related to Biden's jobs program is the snow job Deathocrats are trying to pull off selling it.

    Why would you want to honor something that Liz correctly identifies as a bummer?

  21. [21] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Don, that's not what my 'bummer' was referring to. Ahem.

    I was bummed out by the suggestion that we should set the default theme for our CW Sunday Night shindigs to something related to CW's FTP columns when that is precisely what these Sunday Nights are most decidedly NOT about. :)

  22. [22] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Speaking of which, I hope you'll be here tonight with your favourite playlist, what you're listening to these days ...

  23. [23] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    ... and playing!

  24. [24] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I'll be here very early ... or very late ... so get things started if you like!

  25. [25] 
    C. R. Stucki wrote:

    Re the overwhelming popularity of Biden's economic stimulus/rebuild/etc. plans, paid for by other people (all the high earners).

    Wow!! Whoda ever seen THAT coming??!!

  26. [26] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    @crs,

    whether earned or not, the wealthiest among us are the only ones left in our society who can afford to pay more than they already do (which also happens to be a smaller percentage of their income than the rest of us, and an exponentially smaller percentage of their wealth).

    if you think that's unfair to all those sad and unfortunate heirs and heiresses and their lobbyists, here is the world's saddest song played on the world's smallest violin.

    https://youtu.be/PEnJbjBuxnw

    JL

  27. [27] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    25,26-
    The alleged overwhelming popularity of Biden's plans has nothing to do with the merits of the plans.

    Religion in this country is at least very popular but that doesn't make God real.

    Maybe the pollsters are just not asking the right people or using the right questions.

    As for how to pay for it, when an economic system is set up where some profit greatly while others have to work for less than a living wage out of desperation for survival so they are vulnerable to being exploited to create the opportunity for others to profit greatly, it doesn't seem unreasonable to require those that profit greatly from that system to at least bear the cost of providing relief to those hurt by the system.

    Of course we could as in comment 12 create a better system.

    And we pay for it using the savings in comment 12 along with a progressive flat tax.

    (Numbers just for explaining the principle)
    After a 20,000 dollar per year BMI the first ten thousand earned is income tax free. All income based taxes (unemployment, Social Security, medicare,etc.) are rolled into to the one progressive flat tax as the BMI will eliminate the need for separate taxes and programs. All deductions are eliminated.

    The second ten thousand is taxed at 1%.
    The next ten thousand is taxed at 2%.
    This continues until it reaches whatever the maximum tax rate would be on all income over that amount.

    This would level the playing field between employers and employees which is the only way to have to true free market when it comes to jobs.

  28. [28] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    Oops. Left out that employers will no longer be required to pay the employers share of unemployment, social security, medicare, etc. taxes.

    And if we add M4A then employers will no longer have to provide health insurance either.

    All they will have to do is run their business and pay their employees with much less "paperwork" and expense that has nothing to do with actually running their business.

  29. [29] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    So, for my part of the festiviities this evening, I have chosen a theme ... tunes that make me feel real good. Heh. See y'll later!

  30. [30] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Tunes that aren't by PRiSM, I mean ... they do exist, you know. :)

  31. [31] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    yes, life can be a bummer sometimes.

    https://youtu.be/RRh0QiXyZSk

  32. [32] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Thanks Joshua, for getting this party off to a great start!

    Welcome, everyone, to the CW Sunday Night Music Festival and Dance Party where we leave the fun of political commentary aside and trade it in for even greater fun with our favourite tunes. Which, of course, may be as political as we wish ...

    I'll start my part off with a song from a German band, the Scorpians, that's been stuck in my head today ...

    No One Like You!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLEqRIsgl6A

  33. [33] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Rock You Like A Hurricane ...

    Another favourite Scorpions tune,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yP1tcy9a10

  34. [34] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Funnily enough, I was not a big fan of the big rockstar hair of the eighties, with one exception, of course, which was done anyway by the end of 1980.

    By the time Bon Jovi came on the scene with Livin' On A Prayer I couldn't stand to even look at Jon, much less listen to his music.

    Then, when the Crush album came out around 2000 I rediscovered this band and loved their early stuff, hair and all, too!

    And, now, Livin' On A Prayer is my all-time Bon Jovi favourite ...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDK9QqIzhwk

  35. [35] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Not a huge GNR fan but I do like listening to many of their songs, none more so than this one which came out around 1987, Sweet Child O' Mine ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlEuo9aR7Qo

  36. [36] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    The Rolling Stones' exhibition, UNZIPPED is coming to my town, Kitchener, downtown at theMuseum, November 30, 2021 to February 27, 2022. Tickets on sale now!

    But, you'll have to know someone to get into the Voodoo Lounge!!!

    Start Me Up, I'll never stop ...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IOL-VT-WnE

  37. [37] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    More Stones ... Miss You, wish you were here!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxlTx8mmJEA

  38. [38] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Here's a full album to enjoy from the Cooper Brothers out of Ottawa,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BS6Xk56-D8

    They have that kind of southern California rock sound and, indeed, they have been confused with the Eagles. Enjoy!

  39. [39] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    here's some more boredom for you:

    https://youtu.be/MOXrhsyIlG0

  40. [40] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Here's a little something to snap you outta your funk,

    I like to rock; some like it hot, baby; I like it you like it; I like to rock! in the unemployment line or wherever ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlcY_enzwmI&list=RDGMEMJQXQAmqrnmK1SEjY_rKBGA&start_radio=1

  41. [41] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Love, love, love this emotional performance of Landslide by Fleetwood Mac ... can you feel the love between Stevie and Lindsey ... rumour has it that Lindsey might be coming back to the band, thanks to Stevie ...what a pair!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM7-PYtXtJM

  42. [42] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    And, then there's Loverboy!

    Turn Me Loose

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnHm4ro_l8s

  43. [43] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Any Roxette fans out there?

    Here's Joyride!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCorJG9mubk

  44. [44] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Here's a heads up to a great podcast from Vancouver on Pacific Northwest Radio ... it's called Green Beans, Mushroom Soup and Strawberry Ice Cream and it's hosted by Marc Gladstone, current keyboardist for PRiSM (soon to be back in the studio to record some new music!!!) and cousin to the orginal PRiSM keyboardist, John Hall.

    It's a lot of fun, great commentary and music and this episode focuses on new music from some artists you may know and some you may not know but it's all good!

    https://gbms-and-sic.captivate.fm/episode/the-cutting-edge-fall-2020

  45. [45] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    In keeping with the Vancouver area and Mushroom Studio,
    here is Jerry Doucette and Mama Let Him Play ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwsqoTugSK8&list=RDMM&index=20

  46. [46] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    What!? We're only at #45? Come on, let's go you party-poopers!

  47. [47] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Speaking of new music from classic artists, here is Al Harlow of PRiSM fame and his new solo single, Let It Go ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrJXWWql-xc

  48. [48] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:
  49. [49] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    okay, here's something for you liz. i had the good fortune to play on the same stage as this amazing artist when she was just a teen:

    https://youtu.be/HAnngh_mwtA

  50. [50] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    American Woman - the Guess Who with the incomparable Burton Cummings

    Fun fact - this song was composed and first sung right here in Kitchener at a curling rink which is now a hardware store in which there is a plaque commemorating the birth of American Woman

    Hope you are able to watch this video - let me know if it's not available ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkqfpkTTy2w

  51. [51] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Love, love, love this great Canadian band, Steppenwolf, and Magic Carpet Ride ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPE9a_epmWw

  52. [52] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    in case you didn't catch it, here's more inez:

    https://youtu.be/I5ocIVlW68E

  53. [53] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Very nice! Wonderful voice ... and, nice comment, Joshua!

  54. [54] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Mama Is A Rock - great song and lovely video!

  55. [55] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Tom Lavin and the legendary Powder Blues Band at the Montreax Jazz Festival ... Tom was with PRiSM for their debut self-titled double platinum album before forming the Powder Blues Band ... Enjoy a full concert!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjtbe8oMgrc

  56. [56] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Well, I just watched that whole show for the first time and thet's a wrap for me. I mean, how do you follow a show like that!

    Keep rockin' 'til midnight, left coast time ...

    Take care and stay safe!

  57. [57] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Well, shoot. Ya stumble in at 2222 and all the East Coasters are done.

  58. [58] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    So, where the heck were you earlier in the evening??

  59. [59] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I'm still ready to go - what have you got!?

  60. [60] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I meant to send this one out to Kick...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqpARf8vtz0

  61. [61] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Oh, and I still have tickets for 'Queen: It's A Kind Of Magic at the Centre In The Square in Kitchener for June 5th ... we'll see ... we're not dealing with COVID in the most effective way at the moment ...

  62. [62] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    ONe of these old days, MtnCaddy, I will surprise you with my fabulous link etiquette ... :)

  63. [63] 
    Kick wrote:

    Elizabeth Miller
    60

    I meant to send this one out to Kick...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqpARf8vtz0

    Nice... thank you. Axl Rose sings Bob Dylan. :)

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