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Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:06 PM

IF BBB and Voting Rights Legislation is done...

If Biden and Democratic leadership see the door REALLY is closed...

I hope we get some mileage out of getting politicians on the record re: Voting Rights and helping the American people.

But then move on.

We want to win in 2022 and beyond.

We can't just sing Trump this and 1/6 that and win.

How do we win?

Good governance and help the American people.

Focus on Executive policies that directly help working people, even seemingly SMALL things from the Federal Gov't.

Write bills with a narrow focus, seeking bipartisan support when possible.

Some kind of FAIR Student Loan aid?

Why not "reset" the EV Rebate program which would reset the "quota" for brands that "ran out" of slots?

How about further green energy rebates for homes/businesses? Solar panels, battery packs, etc?

How about a "Moon Shot" initiative to get Merck and Pfizer C19 treatments in the hands of every local MD office?

Let's bring back "Cash for Clunkers" to get old high polluting cars off the road? Make the payments larger if you go from clunker to EV

How about restructuring Social Security?

The minimum SS payment for someone with a limited work history, someone who cared for children or other family members for most of their life is around $600/month.

Joe talked about minimum SS payments during the campaign, let's work on it!



I guess my point is...

Don't get bogged down on the things that didn't happen... focus on what CAN happen.

Democrats will WIN elections if they do a good job and help people. Make the Federal Gov't their friend, a trusted friend who cares.

Work on tax reform. Start small.

And for god sake, stop politicians from trading stocks. Did you know there are men and women sitting on the Armed Services Cmte who as recently as last year owned stock directly in names like Northrup Grumman, Boeing and Raytheon...??

Start the flow of successfully passed Bills to the desk of President Biden. I don't care if it's naming a Post Office after a local GOP pol... show the nation the system WORKS.

I DO believe that you will find decent GOP support for MANY items desirable for both sides (like stock trading in Congress and Gov't)

Get up off the ground, rub some dirt in the wound and get back to work.

EDIT: I just wanted to add... I think Manchin now has incredible leverage over MM. He can say "Mitch I had your back on Voting Rights and BBB but now you've got to work with me on some legislation... otherwise I will have to revisit filibuster reform"

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Reply IF BBB and Voting Rights Legislation is done... (Original post)
WarGamer Thursday OP
brooklynite Thursday #1
WarGamer Thursday #2
WhiskeyGrinder Thursday #3
WarGamer Thursday #6
appalachiablue Thursday #7
PoliticAverse Thursday #4
WarGamer Thursday #5
PoliticAverse Thursday #8
WarGamer Thursday #10
Hoyt Thursday #18
budkin Thursday #9
WarGamer Thursday #11
Celerity Thursday #14
WarGamer Thursday #15
Celerity Thursday #17
LowerManhattanite Thursday #12
WarGamer Thursday #13
FoxNewsSucks Thursday #16

Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:09 PM

1. All reasonable to me...

...but as a mainstream Democrat, what do I know?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:10 PM

2. You're a rare and endangered species...

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Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:12 PM

3. Christ, I'd settle for free masks and tests mailed to everyone.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:16 PM

6. It's a great start...

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:19 PM

7. Defintely a great start, more to come..

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Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:13 PM

4. SS increases would be really popular, but the issue seems to have been dropped by the leadership. nt

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:14 PM

5. Not just popular... but needed

Especially with inflation... it's Top Ramen and Cat food on the menu for many.

Oh and cutting medication into halves to make the scrip last longer

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:21 PM

8. A bill was introduced in October...

H.R.5723 - Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust
https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/5723

But I haven't seen it being pushed by Biden, Pelosi or Schumer.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:24 PM

10. I'll read the whole thing later but I scanned the first page of text...

It's AWESOME.

Should be at the top of the agenda.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:55 PM

18. Glad to get my increase. But hard to make inflation during Biden's term laudable.

Think we need another approach.

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Response to WarGamer (Original post)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:23 PM

9. Republicans won't vote for a single thing

That helps Democrats appeal the voters. Obstruction works well for them, as they are poised to win back the majority.

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Response to budkin (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:25 PM

11. I think they will.

Like I wrote, Manchin has leverage on MM... he can help get SOME legislation voted on...

I know it's not going to be Bills that the Party activists want... but some real and essential things can be addressed.

Like Social Security.

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:39 PM

14. Not in an election year, no chance they give Biden any big wins. They're out for blood, praying for

inflation to not only stay, but get worse, which IF it does, when combined with no BBB and no voter bills, and not even the 10K usd (that Biden said he would do as opposed to 50K) student loan relief (Biden has PLUMMETED disastrously with the 44yo and under voters, who are pissed AF about climate and the now likely not happening tuition free community college as well), will very likely lead to a battering in the midterms, thus setting up 2024 as do or die (literally).

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Response to Celerity (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:45 PM

15. I'd like to be optimistic...

22 and 24 will be defined by the mood of the country.

When the American people are having a fit... politicians get fired.

Keep the economy, job market and stock market humming... stop spouting off about political positions that alienate voters...

I mean, come out every day and extol the joys and pleasure of pet adoption. Fuck, let Jen Psaki host an "adopt a pet" event every Friday in the briefing room, lol...

And every Wednesday, invite a guest speaker to the press briefing to talk about how the Biden C19 Rescue Package saved their family in 2021...

Push good news.

Positive energy...

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:53 PM

17. Inflation atm is what is humming for voters in terms of all polls

Keep the economy, job market and stock market humming...


If it remains at 6, 7% or more, year over year, for the next 9 months, all bets are off.

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Response to budkin (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:36 PM

12. THIS.

Itís worked for them so far. Why fix what ainít broken at this point? Especially when they know they have a feckless pair in their pocket?

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Response to LowerManhattanite (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:37 PM

13. Manchin and Sinema have MM in a box.

They can threaten to revisit filibuster reform if he won't allow SOME legislation to a vote.

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 13, 2022, 11:48 PM

16. They could,

but they won't. They're bought & paid for.

Moscow Mitch refused to relinquish control of the Senate after the last election. Until he was satisfied those two would enable him.

And they have.

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