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Biden our time until 2022 and 2024: Suffering Without End Reloaded???
James Comey is the worst. THE WORRRRRRRRRST. He floats the idea that Joe Biden should pardon trump to heal the country. Fuck him forever.
AIt's just tits and dragons. - Ian McShane on Game of Thones
TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP .... yeah, he's a cancer on this country.

You know what I'd also like to hear a lot about? Gigantic tax increases for billionaires, confiscation of overseas of wealth, and regulatory overhauls of our taxation system. Increasing the funding (by a factor of 10x-20x) for whatever division of the IRS investigates tax fraud by high earners seems like a great day one investment.

Going after a disgraced Trump seems like a great inroad to get all those balls rolling. He's the posterchild for every form of financial malfeasance there is.
I wish I could say Republicans will find Greene embarrassing, but she's the future of the party:

Quote:On Newsmax just now Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced she will be “filing articles of impeachment on Joe Biden” on Jan. 21.
Biden will no longer be taking an Amtrak train to Washington for his inauguration because of security concerns:
(01-14-2021, 03:50 AM)Iron Maiden Wrote: I wish I could say Republicans will find Greene embarrassing, but she's the future of the party:

Quote:On Newsmax just now Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced she will be “filing articles of impeachment on Joe Biden” on Jan. 21.

Go ahead.  It will die in committee.  Im curious what her charges would be though.
(01-14-2021, 08:05 AM)JMurdoch Wrote:
(01-14-2021, 03:50 AM)Iron Maiden Wrote: I wish I could say Republicans will find Greene embarrassing, but she's the future of the party:

Quote:On Newsmax just now Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced she will be “filing articles of impeachment on Joe Biden” on Jan. 21.

Go ahead.  It will die in committee.  Im curious what her charges would be though.

Didn't you just read the post above you?  Biden will no longer be taking an Amtrak to the inauguration.  So he's an elitist liar, for starters.
Unsurprisingly, the 60 votes Biden needs for his stimulus bill likely won't be there, meaning he'll have to go through the reconciliation process (which takes longer and can only be used so many times).

Quote:Washington Post economics reporter Jeff Stein said Thursday that the incoming Biden administration is eyeing the passage of an economic stimulus bill with some Republican support, but the chances are "really, really small."

"The Biden people are hoping to pass this bill through what's called regular order" under which the evenly split chamber would need at least nine GOP votes, Stein noted in a Hill.TV interview Thursday.

"Now, that would allow them to move more quickly, and would allow them to save what's called the reconciliation vehicles that only require 51-vote support, but that could take longer, it could take months or weeks to do," he added. "So what they're hoping right now is, maybe if they have a slightly lower price tag, they can do this in a bipartisan way and then they can come back and do their other plans with just 51 votes."

Co-host Krystal Ball went on to ask Stein about the likelihood of attracting enough GOP support, particularly amid longstanding Republican opposition to including state and local stimulus in an economic package.

"I feel like the odds of the requisite number of Senate Republicans supporting this for them to get to 60 is really, really small," Stein replied. "You need nine Senate Republicans at a time when the party will be facing new pressure to withhold votes from the incoming administration."
Looks like we're getting something big tonight:

Quote:NEWS: Biden will present a $1.9T stimulus plan tonight
Here are the details of the $1.9 trillion package Biden is unveiling.

There will be another spending initiative further down the road.

Quote:President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled the details of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package designed to support households and businesses through the pandemic.

The proposal, called the American Rescue Plan, includes several familiar stimulus measures in the hope the additional fiscal support will sustain U.S. families and firms until the Covid-19 vaccine is widely available.

Here’s what Biden calls for:
  • Direct payments of $1,400 to most Americans, bringing the total relief to $2,000, including December’s $600 payments
  • Increasing the federal, per-week unemployment benefit to $400 and extending it through the end of September
  • Increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour
  • Extending the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums until the end of September
  • $350 billion in state and local government aid
  • $170 billion for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education
  • $50 billion toward Covid-19 testing
  • $20 billion toward a national vaccine program in partnership with states, localities and tribes
  • Making the Child Tax Credit fully refundable for the year and increasing the credit to $3,000 per child ($3,600 for a child under age 6)
The plan is the first of two major spending initiatives Biden will seek in the first few months of his presidency, according to senior Biden officials.


Quote:Under Biden's plan, the phaseout for the $3,600 child benefit is $200K for single parents and $400K for married couples, as in HEROES. Benefit would last for 1 year


Quote:Two big health coverage proposals in Biden's emergency relief package:

An increase in ACA subsidies and extension to the middle class by capping premiums at 8.5% of income.

A temporary subsidy of COBRA continuation coverage for people who have lost job-based insurance.

Subsidizing COBRA continuation coverage has support in the business community and could attract Republican votes. Anything that builds on the ACA will be a heavier lift in a bipartisan deal.
Biden's new Twitter account:

Quote:Folks — This will be the account for my official duties as President. At 12:01 PM on January 20th, it will become @POTUS. Until then, I'll be using @JoeBiden. And while you're here, follow @FLOTUSBiden @SenKamalaHarris @SecondGentleman and @Transition46.

Quote:How have the politics of deficits changed in this pandemic? The @USChamber is out with strong praise for Biden's $1.9T rescue plan.

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I agree with AOC here.  I understand the $1,400 is factored in with the $600 that already passed last month, but a few things:

1. Dems are always terrible at messaging, and they will absolutely struggle to explain to people how they got $1,400.  I can already see the MAGA's at work: "Trump wanted more money!"

2. $2,000 checks would still pass.

3. More money would probably pass too.  Hell, since that $2,000 is technically Trump's ask, best him here by going with $2,250 or something.

Quote:Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says Dems should pass $2K on top of the $600 from December, rather than add $1,400 to get $600 to $2K. 

"$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400,″ @AOC tells us
I'll take a fuckin' vaccine and they can keep their 2k.
At the moment, some of Biden's welfare expansions expire after one year, which might just be to get Republicans on board before the real work begins (because Republicans won't budge, of course):

Quote:1) imo, the headline details of the Biden plan are mostly good. But some of the best parts (including the CTC) consist of expansions of the welfare state that expire after just 1 year. Guess the idea is to try to get Republican support by making them mere "relief" measures...

2) instead of permanent social reforms. Which is alright I guess, if the whole "we're giving Republicans a chance to get onboard" thing is just a gesture meant to let moderates say they tried (as the inclusion of a $15 wage + this reporting suggests). Otherwise, very very dumb
Learn from past mistakes, please:

Quote:Obama’s economists told him he needed a massive stimulus to dig out of the financial crisis. Rahm used cuss words to make sure it was well under $1 trillion, and the party has never fully recovered from the political fallout of the misery they left unabated.

And it kind of seems like they are, even if I'm a little iffy on those aforementioned one-year expirations:

Quote:Biden and his team over the last few weeks have increasingly leaned into the argument that running higher deficits now will produce a more stable debt situation later (via faster growth).
Even David Brooks is wondering why Biden doesn't just make the child tax credit permanent:

Quote:The Biden Child Tax Credit boost is only for a year.  They should make it permanent. The political hill wouldn’t be much higher and the benefits would be immense.
Here's an op-ed that expands on Biden's spending:

Quote:The sheer scale of the economic rescue package that Joe Biden has unveiled has surprised a lot of observers who were expecting the president-elect to offer something more in line with his centrist, incrementalist past.

In unveiling the new $1.9 trillion package, Biden declared that rather than worry about “our debt situation,” it’s time to spend big “with interest rates at historic lows.” As Slate’s Jordan Weissmann put it: “I would not have anticipated that Joe Biden would become a clear and forceful advocate of deficit spending.”

What accounts for this ambition? Most obviously, this crisis is truly extraordinary. The new leadership must execute a massive vaccine-distribution operation amid a broader effort to tame a raging pandemic, while securing assistance to struggling Americans plus a big burst of stimulus spending to address a deepening economic crisis.


As has been endlessly hashed out, Obama opted for a stimulus that fell short of what was needed. Putting aside why that happened, what everyone now knows is that it was a serious mistake. Democrats lost the House in 2010 and spent the remainder of Obama’s presidency locked in brutal fiscal trench warfare with a GOP determined to starve the recovery with austerity to cripple his presidency under the guise of fake concerns about spending and deficits.

Many Democrats who lived through that, a lot of whom are still in Congress and some of whom are advising Biden — who himself lived through it as vice president — must be wary of a repeat.

Making them even more wary, one hopes, is the fact that Republican deficit concerns evaporated once a Republican (Donald Trump) became president. Indeed, the Trump economy was good (at least until the coronavirus shattered it) precisely because it was fueled by stimulus.

As Neil Irwin reports, the Trump years have caused a change among economists, who are now more receptive to a hotter economy — with higher deficits and lower unemployment — and less wary of inflation than they traditionally have been. That has fueled a political shift toward tolerance of deficits, making Democrats less wary of bad-faith criticism for overspending.

But on top of that sea change, Democrats have to be feeling extra-burned by the fact that the GOP pivoted so abruptly from voicing phony deficit concerns under a Democratic president to not caring about them anymore under a Republican.

The lesson of those years is that Trump was the political beneficiary of that chicanery. He consistently had high approval ratings on the economy, and he might have won reelection on the strength of that if the coronavirus hadn’t intervened.

Democrats appear to be learning from that lesson right now.
Biden will nominate Eric Lander to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy, filling a post left vacant by President Trump for 18 months. 

The position will also be elevated to the cabinet level for the first time.
I'd have to dig it back up again from the "2020" thread, but Biden had what many thought was a comprehensive plan for people with disabilities:

Quote:oh FUCK Biden's stimulus plan would make it illegal to pay disabled people less than minimum wage, something that is somehow still legal and very common in many states.

this is huge.

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