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polarbear4
polarbear4

thanks, benny!💜🐸💜

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orlbucfan

The Religious Right freaks have been doing that for decades. 🙁

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jcitybone

If the parliamentarian didn’t let minimum wage in, I not sure how she will let immigration in, but who knows, it’s all political.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/09/politics/immigration-reform-budget-reconciliation/index.html

A group of economists urged congressional leadership to add a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants to a budget reconciliation bill, arguing that it would bolster the US economy, according to a letter obtained by CNN.

The more than 50 economists, including former President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser Jason Furman, cited research and studies underscoring their analysis that immigration revisions would increase wages and productivity across the US economy, including creating jobs and lifting families out of poverty.

The letter adds to the growing chorus of immigrant advocates and Democratic lawmakers who want to prove that including immigration revisions in any budget reconciliation legislation would have budgetary effects and as a result should be included in the final version of the bill.

It’s a massive gamble for a party that has been promising to deliver on immigration restructuring for more than a decade, but key advocates argue that it is the last hope — potentially in this Congress — for anything to pass.

“A pathway to citizenship is a key component of a just, equitable, and robust recovery; and, as aforementioned, granting a pathway to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans will bring expansive economic benefits to communities across the country –while having a significant impact on the federal budget — not only for the individuals directly affected, but for the larger systems — families, and the workforce — that they comprise,” the letter reads.

By passing an immigration measure using budget reconciliation, Democrats can approve it using a simple majority in the Senate, with all 50 Democratic senators voting in favor of it and Vice President Kamala Harris likely being the tie-breaking vote.

But first, Democrats need to get the approval of Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, who is responsible for advising the chamber on how its rules, protocols and precedents operate.

MacDonough could reject the immigration provisions if she finds they don’t have a real impact on the country’s overall budget.

Under the rules of reconciliation, included provisions must either raise revenue or add to the deficit, and that impact cannot be merely “incidental.” It’s an untested question whether immigration revisions will meet those criteria.

jcitybone

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Don midwest
Don midwest

You might think I am crazy pushing ivermectin. My wife and sister in law do think I am off my rocker, on another crazy quest like the Bernie campaign.

Well, it has gotten more interesting

FLCCC and their website have a video interview of Paul Marik, the founder of flccc.net in which he says over and over again that they are lying about ivermectin. Paul is the most published ER doctor with over 500 articles and over 40,000 citations.

this is on youtube for now and since they have censored flccc material in the past, it might go away.

flccc has a weekly update and last evening featured two cases of ivermectin being forced on the hospitals for end of life situations and the patients survived. Force was from the courts.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Am I being blocked or is this a new feature that one has to continually reply to I’m Not A Robot? It takes me a while to write these comments

polarbear4
polarbear4

have to log in.

Don midwest
Don midwest

thanks — can see how seldom I am here these days

polarbear4
polarbear4

sometimes I don’t login because I get bumped off so much that it gets to be six of 1/2 dozen of the other.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Trial Site News posted an article about a case where the family went to court to get ivermectin administered to a dying patient who had been given all the approved drugs but the hospital fought it tooth and nail until the patient died.

https://trialsitenews.com/texas-appellate-panel-overturns-district-courts-order-to-treat-covid-19-patient-with-ivermectin-patient-dies/

Here is the comment I posted to the story

FLCCC has a weekly update on their effort to bring ivermectin into regular use for Covid 19

The update last night, Sept 8, featured two cases where the families had to get a legal injunction against the hospital to force the hospital to administer ivermectin. In both cases the critically ill patient survived.

That video will be posted on the flccc.net website in a while. Maybe today.

Watching this one can see that the hospitals in these two cases would have been complicit to murder by not administering the drug.

The attorney and an MD involved in these two cases were also there reminding us about the decision to fight ivermectin by the alphabet agencies, FDA, NIH, CDC, WHO, and Big Pharma, and the media, and politicians is for a reason. If they had admitted that there was a treatment for Covid 19 with repurposed, off the shelf drugs, then the EUA for the expensive Big Pharma drugs would be subject to liability.

Now the hospitals and their doctors are being forced by government regulations to only follow accepted NIH policies which don’t include ivermectin.

As this article points out these many issues have now converged on the desk of Joe Biden and the democratic party which has for the most part been part of the vaccine only solution.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Biden admin going all out in vaccine strategy

Most vac states in US have highest growth of Covid

Israel has one of highest levels of vac and one of the highest levels of growth

Since there are other therapies that need to be taken along with vac — the big pharma companies realize this and are going full out to duplicate ivermectin, and the government is giving them big bucks, at some point other treatment protocols will be available

in the mean time the lack of trust in institutions, death, long covid, and the dems could loose the election over this because lingering covid could trash God, oh, my mistake, the economy

wish USA good luck with this one

or as many have said, the biggest medical experiment in history

the FDA “approval” went around official procedures

UK against child vac

oh well, …..

orlbucfan

This country has been sliding backwards for over 50 years.

berniecats
berniecats

I’m super uncomfortable with pushing Ivermectin. Linking to stuff on the internet makes it more unlikely for me to take it seriously.

wi63

I’m on the fence as well, Reading what DM is posting + his links but also doing a lot of surfing and reading as well -just dont know yet

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/09/09/tax-these-moochers-top-1-dodge-163-billion-taxes-each-year

A Treasury Department report released Wednesday estimates that the richest 1% of Americans are responsible for more than $160 billion in unpaid taxes per year, a finding that comes as Democratic lawmakers are working to bolster IRS enforcement capacity in their emerging reconciliation package.

Authored by Natasha Sarin, the deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department, the new report argues that “today’s tax code contains two sets of rules: one for regular wage and salary workers who report virtually all the income they earn; and another for wealthy taxpayers, who are often able to avoid a large share of the taxes they owe.”

Each year, according to the Treasury analysis, the top 1% of earners in the U.S. don’t pay $163 billion in taxes they owe by law. The bottom 10% of earners, by contrast, account for less than $3 billion in unpaid taxes annually.

Persistent tax dodging by the wealthiest people in the country has resulted in a staggering $7 trillion “tax gap”—the difference between taxes owed and taxes the federal government actually collects. Earlier this year, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called the tax gap “really shocking” and said the administration is looking to take “meaningful steps” to close it.

“The sheer magnitude of lost revenue is striking: it is equal to 3% of GDP, or all the income taxes paid by the lowest earning 90% of taxpayers,” Sarin writes. “The United States collects less tax revenue as a percentage of GDP than at most points in recent history, in part because owed but uncollected taxes are so significant.”

The Treasury report notes that unlike ordinary taxpayers, the wealthiest Americans “have the ability to tap into the services of accountants and tax preparers who help shield them from bearing their true income tax liability” using a range of complex avoidance tactics. Because congressional Republicans have starved the IRS of crucial funding in recent years, the agency is ill-prepared to crack down on rich tax cheats.

“Currently, an understaffed IRS, with outdated technology, is unable to collect 15% of taxes that are owed, and a lack of resources means that audit rates have fallen across the board, but they’ve decreased more in the last decade for high earners than for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) recipients,” Sarin observes. “For the IRS to appropriately enforce the tax laws against high earners and large corporations, it needs funding to hire and train revenue agents who can decipher their thousands of pages of sophisticated tax filings.”

The agency “also needs access to information about opaque income streams—like proprietorship and partnership income—that accrue disproportionately to high-earners,” Sarin adds.

The Biden administration has proposed investing an additional $80 billion in the IRS over the next decade to update the agency’s technology, hire more enforcement staff, implement new reporting requirements, and ramp up audits of the rich and large corporations. Last week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the administration’s plan would raise $200 billion in new revenue over a ten-year period.

Predictably, Republicans have vocally opposed increasing the IRS budget, as have right-wing political organizations bankrolled by ultra-wealthy Americans.

Pointing to the Treasury Department’s new report, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) tweeted Wednesday that the rich “spend money convincing the public that a single mother working three jobs advocating for free child care is the problem while they take and threaten our systems by cheating and benefiting from unchecked power.”

“I say tax these moochers,” Tlaib wrote.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, echoed that message.

“At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, we can no longer tolerate a rigged tax system that allows the top 1% to avoid $163 billion in taxes that they owe,” Sanders said. “Yes, we will demand that the 1% pays its fair share and we will use that revenue to invest in working families.”

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

I love the way Rashida puts it – “… tax these moochers”. But I could also see her using another word for moochers. Lol.

polarbear4
polarbear4

they are learning from Nina’s mistake.

orlbucfan

Nina better be running for office next year. pb4, I volunteered to do postcards for Anna Eskamani’s re-election next year. 🙂

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/571421-democratic-leaders-betting-manchin-will-back-down-in-spending-fight

Democrats are racing ahead with a $3.5 trillion spending package that would boost funding for social programs and raise taxes despite rumblings from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) that he might not support legislation with that price tag.

Democratic leaders are betting they can pressure Manchin to back down on his push for spending that’s closer to $1.5 trillion or $2 trillion.

In doing so, they’re essentially daring Manchin and other moderates like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to vote against the eventual budget reconciliation package, knowing that the base would erupt in anger over any Democratic lawmakers who buck the party on such a high-profile vote.

Senate and House committees are scrambling to reach consensus on sections of the so-called human infrastructure bill under their jurisdictions by Friday, and Democratic staff working on the legislation haven’t received any indication that it will be pared back to appease Manchin.

Progressive activists warn that if the bill falls well below the $3.5 trillion target set by Senate and House leaders, there will be significant backlash.

A senior Democratic staffer said Senate and House committees, which face an end-of-week deadline to finish their elements of the reconciliation package by the end of this week, haven’t received any indication the final version will be pared down from the $3.5 trillion top-line spending goal laid out in the budget resolutions passed last month by each chamber.

“We’re working our asses off,” said the aide. “All we’re doing is working. We have been under orders to get to agreement with our House counterparts by close-of-business Friday.”

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has primary jurisdiction over the reconciliation process, says the spending target agreed to by congressional Democrats already represents a significant compromise with moderates.

“The overwhelming majority of members of the budget committee — and I think a good 80 or more percent of Democratic members of the Senate — supported a $6 trillion bill,” Sanders said of the spending number he originally floated ahead of the budget debate.

Sanders argues that $3.5 trillion is what needs to be spent on transforming the nation’s energy economy to address climate change and “dealing with the needs of the working class.”

“To my mind, this bill at $3.5 trillion is already a major, major compromise. And at the very least this bill should be $3.5 trillion,” he said Wednesday.

Democratic strategists warn of a backlash from the party’s base if the legislation — which includes substantial spending on long-term care for the elderly and disabled, an extension of the child tax credit, funding for expanded child care and significant investments in renewable energy sources — falls well below $3.5 trillion.

“The reaction from progressives, which is already being indicated, would be very bad. People would be very disappointed,” said Mike Lux, a Democratic strategist.

jcitybone

In the Senate, all roads lead to Joe Manchin.

The West Virginia Democrat and his staff have been engaged for weeks in intensive negotiations with the chairs of key Senate committees ahead of his party’s release of a sprawling bill to expand the social safety net, laying down his demands on a wide-range of issues: health care, education, child care and taxes, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks.
And Manchin is making clear he won’t cave on aggressive climate provisions sought by many Democrats, throwing a wrench in his party’s efforts to make the bill key to combating global warming.

With Democrats needing every vote in their caucus to get the bill through the Senate along straight party lines, Manchin has received more attention than any other Democrat, even as others — like Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema — have also balked at the $3.5 trillion price tag. Indeed, as committee chairs have held regular meetings with their members over the summer recess to shape key provisions of legislation under their jurisdiction, they often will later have individual meetings with Manchin, even if he doesn’t serve on their respective committees.

As she met with her members on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Washington Sen. Patty Murray, who chairs the panel, also talked privately with Manchin to hear his concerns about provisions on free community college and universal pre-K — issues that are also central to President Joe Biden’s agenda. Her staff has since been in contact with Manchin’s aides, while Murray has been in constant communication with other members as well.

Manchin and his staff have been in consistent talks with Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden of Oregon, a committee where the two powerful Democrats have clashed over several key provisions central to financing the proposal, including on corporate tax hikes, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Wyden has had weekly Zoom meetings with his committee members on individual areas of their proposal, but has made sure to have regular talks with Manchin — either with him directly or through his staff.

And Manchin has engaged in long discussions with rank-and-file Democrats as well, including Sen. Michael Bennet over the Colorado Democrat’s push to broaden and bolster the child tax credit, which the West Virginian wants to bring down to a level far lower than what many in his party want, multiple Democrats said.

On education, Manchin is trying to limit the Democrats’ efforts to provide universal pre-K and tuition-free community college. He’s talked to

Democrats about limiting the number of Americans eligible for pre-K by setting income thresholds, while also discussing ways to measure students’ performance for community college assuming their tuition is paid for over two years. And on health care, Manchin has suggested substantially reducing funding for home-care services, a key priority of many Democrats.

The talks underscore the challenges ahead for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who needs to win over Manchin but also avoid provoking a revolt among progressives — particularly in the House — who are already balking at the West Virginia’s private suggestion to bring the price tag of the overall bill down to around $1.5 trillion. And without Senate passage of the reconciliation bill, House progressives are warning they’ll derail the Senate’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan that Manchin was central in negotiating.

“The idea of a $1.5 trillion price tag being sufficient to accomplish those goals for the people is fanciful,” Rep. Mondaire Jones, a progressive Democrat from New York, said on CNN.

orlbucfan

Not all the GOPuke Senators love the tRump stupes. Quite a few want to be re-elected next year. Bernie and Schumer are sending signals that there could be surprises in these votes coming up.