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Sat Oct 9, 2021, 03:26 PM

What's In Biden's Reconciliation Bill, In Sixty Seconds

https://crooksandliars.com/2021/10/mehdi-hasan-build-back-better-plan

10/08/21 10:49am
What's In Biden's Reconciliation Bill, In Sixty Seconds
Mehdi Hasan flamed the media for failing miserably at doing its job: informing its audience, specifically with regard to anything about President Joe Biden's reconciliation bill, other than its price tag.
By Aliza Worthington


Mehdi Hasan flamed the media for failing miserably at doing its job: informing its audience, specifically with regard to anything about Pres. Joe Biden's reconciliation bill, other than its price tag.

"All we hear on the news is '3.5. 3.5. 3.5 trillion.' Not that Joe Biden's Build Back Better Budget Reconciliation Bill is money spent over ten years, nor do we hear much about what's IN the 3.5-trillion-dollar bill. We in the media have done a bad job of actually telling people what that money pays for. So let me have a try. Give me sixty seconds. Start the clock," he instructed, as a big timer appeared behind him.

He took a deep breath, and then...

"The Build Back Better Budget Reconciliation Bill

has an extended child tax credit to cut child poverty by nearly half.

Universal Pre-K for three- and four-year-olds.

Free school meals for an extra nine million kids.

New money to repair run-down schools.

Two free years of community college.

Twelve weeks of paid family and medical leave for the first time in American history.

New powers for Medicare to negotiate drug prices, which will bring down the costs of your prescriptions, which is a good thing, given that we often spend twice as much as people in other countries.

Expanding Medicare to cover dental, vision, and hearing aids, helping millions of seniors.

Lowering the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 60, again, helping millions of seniors.

Expanding home care, and paying higher wages for home care workers, again, helping millions of seniors.

Closing the Medicaid gap for low-income Americans and getting healthcare to four million uninsured people.

New money for housing choice vouchers to tackle homelessness.

New Justice Department grants for non-profits that work on reducing community violence.

And, of course, action on climate change, including a clean electricity performance program that will create nearly eight million new jobs and financial incentives to buy electric vehicles, to build charging stations for them, and for homeowners to weather-fit their homes, plus new forestry programs, flood control programs.

So stop focusing on the 3.5 trillion, and focus on the popular, necessary, and good stuff that is being invested in over yeah! ten years."


I didn't know whether to give him a standing ovation or an oxygen mask after that, but I can certainly give him props for doing what hardly any other outlet or politician is doing: focusing on the truly transformative changes this bill would have on tens of millions of people who are struggling with everything from housing to health care to schooling. And if you care about, you know, EXISTING HERE ON EARTH, it even helps encourage healthy ecological behavior.

But we're not hearing that information being hammered home in news segments, or interviews with politicians. We're mostly only hearing about the price tag, and whether or not some group or other is willing to go up or down in spending. You know who's not doing that? President Biden. He's the only one I hear consistently asking both the media and Congress to focus on what they want IN the bill, not what they want to spend ON the bill.

Now, thanks to Hasan, everyone has this handy guide to use if they're in a big hurry. All it takes is sixty seconds.

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babylonsister Oct 9 OP
Name removed Oct 9 #1
BumRushDaShow Oct 9 #2
Beartracks Oct 9 #4
BumRushDaShow Oct 9 #5
Beartracks Oct 9 #8
BumRushDaShow Oct 9 #10
Celerity Oct 9 #9
BumRushDaShow Oct 9 #11
Celerity Oct 9 #12
BumRushDaShow Oct 9 #13
Celerity Oct 9 #14
BumRushDaShow Oct 9 #15
Celerity Oct 9 #16
BumRushDaShow Oct 9 #19
elleng Oct 9 #3
Beartracks Oct 9 #6
onetexan Oct 9 #18
True Blue American Sunday #23
WarGamer Oct 9 #7
questionseverything Oct 9 #17
ffr Oct 9 #20
Duppers Oct 9 #21
beaglelover Oct 9 #22
babylonsister Sunday #25
niyad Sunday #24

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Response to Name removed (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 03:37 PM

2. babylonsister is not a "bro"

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 03:52 PM

4. I almost replied to the OP with, "Man, that is a lot of good info."

But then I guess you might've opted to inform me that babylonsister is not a 'man.' So I'm glad I didn't do that.



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Response to Beartracks (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 03:54 PM

5. MIRTing

if you get my drift.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 03:58 PM

8. Sorry, language humor is like a job hazard with me.



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Response to Beartracks (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:01 PM

10. I hear ya!!

That one is about to meet it's maker.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:01 PM

9. that poster is a spammer, not legit

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Response to Celerity (Reply #9)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:01 PM

11. I know

I am on MIRT.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #11)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:03 PM

12. cheers!

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Response to Celerity (Reply #12)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:05 PM

13. He's FFR'd

and all the bullshit has gone poof!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #13)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:08 PM

14. they were bright but not shining

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Response to Celerity (Reply #14)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:15 PM

15. Wasn't even bright

more like a dim bulb.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #15)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:16 PM

16. it's a Bajan saying for an idiot

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Response to Celerity (Reply #16)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:23 PM

19. Yeah I get what you mean

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 03:47 PM

3. Thanks, b'sis!

(and Mehdi.)

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 03:54 PM

6. That is a lot of good info.

I've been looking for a summary like this to share with my Fox-watching relatives.

Thsnks!

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:22 PM

18. +1 -K&R

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 10, 2021, 03:22 PM

23. Put it in my Favorites so I

Can read anytime.Thanks!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 03:56 PM

7. And obvious gap in increased aid and services for the retired...

They need to reset the minimum SS benefit to start... mandatory inflation PLUS 1% annual increases with expanded aid for housing and food costs.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:19 PM

17. Is lowering the age of medicare still in there?

I thought it got negotiated away awhile back?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 06:06 PM

20. Love his show

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Sat Oct 9, 2021, 07:01 PM

21. K&R

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 08:53 PM

22. What gets taken out when we're forced to drop the

Price tag to $2 trillion??

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Response to beaglelover (Reply #22)

Sun Oct 10, 2021, 10:43 PM

25. I don't know.

They may still be negotiating that. I'm in favor of whatever it takes to get this done. Tweaks can happen down the road.

I always remind myself of Obamacare.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Oct 10, 2021, 10:26 PM

24. A very handy reference on BBB.

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