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orlbucfan

T and R, Ms. Benny!! ❄️☮️😊👍 I love your Fat Tuesday image. 😊👍

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/538940-biden-extending-mortage-relief-moratorium-on-foreclosures

The White House on Monday announced a program to extend mortgage relief and a moratorium on home foreclosures through June as thousands of Americans continue to struggle to keep up with payments during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a housing affordability crisis,” the White House said in a statement. “Now, homeowners will receive urgently needed relief as we face this unprecedented national emergency. Today’s action builds on steps the President took on Day One to extend foreclosure moratoriums for federally guaranteed mortgages.”

The joint effort between the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, and Agriculture will extend the foreclosure moratorium for homeowners, keep open the mortgage payment forbearance enrollment window and provide up to six months of additional mortgage payment forbearance, in three-month increments, for borrowers who entered forbearance on or before June 30.

Those protections were set to expire on March 30.

jcitybone

https://pascrell.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=4610#

Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, and Reps. Andy Levin (D-MI-09) and Katie Porter (D-CA-45) unveiled the Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2021 (H.R. 1068), legislation to close one of the most egregious loopholes in the federal tax code.

“Over the last four years, our tax system has continued to become more unfair. Our two-tier tax code, with one code for working class Americans, and another full of special breaks for the people at the very top, has destroyed public confidence in our tax structure that must be restored,” said Rep. Pascrell. “Our system always been based on the principle that we ask more from those who have more. The carried interest loophole has allowed private equity tycoons to pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. This year, millions of Americans are struggling to survive and are entitled to a fairer tax system. This loophole has survived too long and we are going to push hard to see that it is finally closed.”

“Closing the carried interest loophole is the right thing to do, in terms of basic fairness and fiscal soundness,” said Rep. Levin. “Wall Street bigs should not pay lower tax rates than nurses and teachers. Let’s close the carried interest loophole now as we work to build a tax system where everyone can feel good about paying their fair share and working people no longer carry too much of the load.”

“The carried interest loophole is a windfall for elite private fund managers that does nothing for American families,” said Rep. Porter. “While Orange County families have been squeezed by the Trump tax law, Wall Street bankers have continued to exploit this loophole to line their pockets at taxpayers’ expense. I am proud to join my colleagues Bill Pascrell and Andy Levin to lead this bill that would end this corporate giveaway and promote tax fairness.”

orlbucfan

How about closing all the loopholes enacted since 1981, if not before? These FRightwing greedballs knew exactly what they were doing. Go check out Viguerie and Weyrich.

jcitybone

Especially for PB

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Too cute

polarbear4

wild things. you make my heart sing. ty

orlbucfan

👏👍

magsview

Thank you jcitybone- four cubs!

At the end there was a larger (slightly!) one backing up a super-tiny one, precious.

NYCVG

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9262397/How-California-Florida-took-different-approaches-ended-result.html

This is a very startling article from the UK. The numbers and data provided show that the disease rate and death rates per 100,000 people are pretty much the same in Florida and California.

The Big difference is that the Florida economy is thriving. People are Leaving NY and CA and arriving in FL.

Many NY Banking Giants are moving their corporate headquarters to Miami.

Yesterday, the Head of the New York Stock Exchange—–the world’s biggest stock exchange—-said she is contemplating a move to Florida. Brexit destroyed London’s primacy in Europe and Covid has done that for NY.

NYC, in case you haven’t heard, what seems apparent to my eyes, is not coming back in the way people who say “NYC always comes back” mean.

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polarbear4

the last beautiful refuge of scoundrels.

jcitybone

That article fails to mention that Republican controlled Florida has from the start been massively under reporting their COVID cases and deaths

Here’s one article about this.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/12/florida-covid-data-whistleblower-ron-desantis.html

Perhaps you’ve heard in recent days of the extent to which Florida’s government has limited public health data about the COVID-19 pandemic at the expense of the health of the state’s residents. Indeed, Florida’s government, under the leadership of Gov. Ron DeSantis, has provided an object lesson during this pandemic in the how both whistleblower protection statutes and the First Amendment fail to provide adequate protection to government employees who want to blow the whistle.

Over the past several months, the DeSantis administration has engaged in a variety of stratagems to suppress truthful information and disseminate falsehoods about the pandemic. Yet, save for Rebekah Jones—who says she was sacked in May as the Department of Health’s Geographic Information System manager for refusing to manipulate the Sunshine State’s COVID case numbers and is now under state investigation over messages she sent urging others to speak out—few, if any, state employees have stepped forward as whistleblowers. Perhaps most disturbing: For reasons that have not yet been explained, starting on Oct. 24 and continuing through the Nov. 3 general election, the state ceased including long-backlogged COVID-related deaths in its daily death counts. The state resumed including these numbers on a consistent basis on Nov. 17—two weeks after the national election. Thus, for over three weeks, the Sunshine State systematically underreported COVID deaths in a way that made the numbers look rosier than they actually were.

The DeSantis administration’s efforts to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative were not limited to significantly underreporting the state’s COVID deaths: They extended to suppressing data regarding COVID spread in public institutions such as public schools, hospitals, and prisons. Moreover, in September, DeSantis imposed a code of silence on state health department employees in an effort to minimize the public’s appreciation of the pandemic’s risks. The department went silent on social media from September to November regarding the mortal risks associated with COVID—but continued to post about anodyne topics such as flu vaccinations, the risk of lead poisoning, and the benefits of regular hearing tests. In addition, county health department spokespeople were prohibited from speaking out about the COVID epidemic—at least until after the Nov. 3 election. So too, a state COVID task force organized by Florida’s Surgeon General Scott Rivkees met a few times this spring and then quietly disappeared into oblivion.

Florida’s state government owed its residents accurate, truthful, and timely information about the risk that COVID-19 presented to the public’s health. However, the state government instead worked to minimize the danger that the virus presented to the state’s population. Yet, since May, no one within the state government has stepped forward to call foul on these efforts.

NYCVG

Oh. That may explain it.

magsview

There has been an exodus from CT to Florida that has been going on for years.

orlbucfan

Groan….😡🤬🌴💚🐊

NYCVG

The House moves to finalize the next stimulus package.

“House Democrats are barreling toward passage of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic relief package, with a vote on the final legislation expected by the end of the month.

Committees have been meeting remotely for the past two weeks during the House recess to haggle over the details of Mr. Biden’s proposal, with the budget and rules committees expected to be the last two panels to finalize the legislation in the coming days.

In its current form, the stimulus legislation would provide billions of dollars for schools and small businesses, bolster unemployment benefits through the fall, deliver a round of $1,400 direct payments to individuals and provide for a gradual increase in the federal minimum wage to $15.

Faced with a lapse in unemployment benefits beginning in mid-March, lawmakers hope to have the legislation passed through the House by the end of February, before sending it to the Senate. House Democratic leaders scheduled a series of phone calls this week for committees to brief rank-and-file lawmakers about the details of the emerging legislation.”

So…. the recess doesn’t mean that all work has come to a stop?

This excerpt is from the NY Times.

NYCVG

More from The NY Times:

“The president plans to fly to Milwaukee on Tuesday to participate in a CNN town hall, where he will most likely outline specifics of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan, including sending $1,400 checks to individuals who meet certain income thresholds. On Thursday, Mr. Biden will travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to tour a Pfizer manufacturing site and meet workers producing the coronavirus vaccine.”

orlbucfan

Hope they have plenty of meds to prop his semi senile azz up.

polarbear4

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