Recommended: Joe Biden just unleashed a quiet revolution in American politics


Raw Story: The needle on the John-Stoehr-O-Meter is reading “annoyed” this morning due to the fact that our political discourse is so upside down, so backwards and so prolapsed I’m compelled to defend someone I don’t feel like defending. My annoyance is doubled by knowing that defending him just makes our discourse even more upside down, even more backwards and even more prolapsed (assuming that’s even possible). Everything would be better if the narrative of politics were based on facts, not meta-narratives.

Before I get to that certain someone, let me lay out those facts. The United States Senate passed Saturday a covid relief package worth about $2 trillion. It is a giant piece of legislation, in size and scope, akin to the Social Security Act of 1935 in terms of impact on the farthest corners of our society. It is the sixth of six spending bills passed by the United States Congress during the covid era. Compared to the previous five combined, however, it “includes more generous direct payments for low-income Americans,” according to the Times‘ Jim Tankersley. “It is more focused on people than on businesses and expected to help women and minorities in particular.”

As much as it is a relief bill, it’s an anti-poverty bill. It represents, according to the Times, a bid by Joe Biden and the Democrats to use government to “tackle the pandemic and invigorate the economic recovery by pouring immense amounts of money into initiatives to help low-income and the middle class.” In addition to $2,800 per married couple earning less than $150,000 a year, the American Rescue Act extends $300 per week unemployment benefits through Labor Day; it includes $350 billion of states and cities; $12 billion for nutritional assistance (food stamps); $45 billion for housing assistance …read more…


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  1. These republican governors in Texas, Florida, Mississippi, and Wyoming preemptively opening their states and foregoing mask-wearing are intentionally doing what they can to undermine Biden’s relief and recovery efforts. It’s treasonous!

  2. In April of last year, the Federal Reserve threw more than $6 trillion at the banksters and the big corpse to bail them out after the collapse of the derivatives market. As Gordon put it back in June, “We are also told that COVID-19, was [a bioweapon] deployed against China, then Italy, then France, then Iran and Spain and then in the US as a ‘fund raiser.'”

    The ReTrumplicans at the time said nothing. Now, they vote as a block in the Senate against a much smaller COVID-19 relief package for the rest of us. I certainly hope the US electorate remembers that in 2022.

  3. It’s reported that 75% of the republican electorate in the US supported this relief bill, while simultaneously in the senate, it received zero support for passage. May those republican senators go the way of Hoover!

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