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It is easy to fall into the trap of political rhetoric on Race, party loyalty and idealistic outrage. It much harder to take a moment to take a realistic look and listen to what is being presented. For years many of us have succumbed to the major party’s talking points and anti “the other party” spiels. It appears we have become susceptible to entertainment politics and ignore the facts which many of us know but the lies sound so real. Neither parry is perfect or totally correct but we have this need to follow one or the other based on what is said in a sound bite or described in a “buzz word”. The truth knows no limits and may not excite a response like a “real sounding lie” but it is always the truth and cannot be denied no matter how much dirt or obfuscation is applied to it. I submit that we (voters) have and have always had the power control government by intelligent use of the ballot. Do not believe all elected officials have your best interests in mind. Politician have always used division to win an office and it still applies now. The trap is mass media presentations with more flash than substance that dangles “shiny objects” to distract us from the facts. The last 4 years have shown us that our Legislators (save a few) from Municipal to Federal are essentially in it for the money. This has been the pattern for decades when we were not as well informed as we are now. At this time we can correctly state that the legislative process is corrupt and can only be corrected by our intelligence in voting. It is time to stop the “few” from corrupting the many so we can approach some semblance of honest government ( which we deserve). The trap is addicting us to the faux truths of entertainment politics while the real “anti citizen politics” continues. ” WE have one job and that is to vote with intelligence”.


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The 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma massacre is making news again showing that Racism is nowhere near over. It is also true of the 1908 Springfield race riot which according to what was “reported” was due to a Black man saying something to a white woman (who lied as the truth came out later), it might be well to remember that 14 year old Emmett Till died over the same type of lie. Back to Springfield Illinois, there has ever been a recovery and barely an acknowledgment until the remnants of the devastation were unearthed when digging test sites for the upcoming rail “improvement” ON THE EASTSIDE! Where are the reparations for the losses from that tragedy? It is odd that the “new YMCA” has more importance than correcting the sins of the past that pushed the progress of the once prosperous EASTSIDE back 100 years. The EASTSIDE of Springfield is still essentially “light years” behind the westside in businesses and housing but not in disparagement. When will the EASTSIDE be made whole? Now there is a proposal for a sports complex on the Southside again leaving the EASTSIDE sucking wind much like our legislators.


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It has become pretty much normal for many in the poLItical arena to obfuscate, “misspeak”, “nuance” wording or outright lie. To that end all words having to do with elected officials and their minions should highlight or capitalize the 2 letters that describe them best in PoLItics and words parsed from it. If you are old enough to vote then you have heard all or most of the “talking points” from both sides of the polititcal spectrum and all of the subsets associated with them. Some areas that some of us miss in reading or hearing about passed legislation is that many do not take effect immediately and many have an expiration date at which time things will revert to their former state for better or worse. Where we are right now in my opinion is: “If you are not outraged at the antics of our sitting legislators, then you are complicit!”


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By MICHAEL HEIN – November 14, 2020 06:13 pm EST

According to a new report by The New York Times, taxes will go up for many Americans starting in 2021, and the Republicans are to blame. The tax hike was planned all the way back in when President Donald Trump passed the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which lowered taxes for most Americans at the time. However, that temporary tax policy counted on the automatic increases coming next year.

The Times found that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will cause “automatic, stepped tax increases every two years” beginning in 2021. By 2027, these tax increases will impact nearly all Americans — except for the extremely wealthy. That’s because the tax policies built into the bill target those with an income of $75,000 per year or less, about 65 percent of American taxpayers.

Some, including the Times’ Joseph E. Stiglitz, assume that these tax increases were calculated to come after the 2020 presidential election when Trump’s bid for re-election would be over one way or another. The increases may serve as an attack on President-elect Joe Biden, allowing Republicans to blame him even though they pass these tax increases under the Trump administration.

The provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will reach full maturity in 2027, effectively dividing the nation into two groups, according to Stiglitz — those making over $100,000 per year and those making less. The latter tax bracket would encompass about 75 percent of American taxpayers. The provisions of the law are such that at that point, the rich could get regular tax cuts while the poor could not.

The bill also seems to come for the lowest-income tax brackets first, beginning with those making between $10,000 and $30,000 per year — now about one-quarter of Americans. This includes many below the poverty line, which is currently $26,200 per year for a family of four. Under this law, in 2021, those people will get a tax increase of about $365 each.


These increases on taxes for low-income Americans may have been put in place to try to make up for the massive tax breaks given to the extremely wealthy and corporations during the Trump administration. Stiglitz speculates that this created a budget deficit, explaining Republicans’ hesitation to pass another massive stimulus check bill in 2020.

According to Stiglitz, this plan is still reversible, depending on how Biden approaches his first term as president. Biden’s plan would increase taxes on any income over $400,000 so that even those making that amount would only have their taxes raised on the amount over $400,000. Whether Biden will be able to explain this averted disaster to jilted Trump supporters in a positive way is another story.

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Glenn Kessler  2 hrs ago

You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party.”

— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), speaking at an “America First” rally, May 27

Those who apparently do not know history are doomed to make basic mistakes.

It seems so simple. The official name of the Adolf Hitler’s political party — the Nazis — had the word “socialist” in it. Ergo, it must have been a socialist party. And that means that Democrats, some of whom call themselves socialists, must be Nazis. Or something like that.

Greene is not the first Republican lawmaker to make this facile observation. So here’s a quick history lesson. (The video above also provides a useful primer on socialism.)

The Facts

The full name of Hitler’s party was Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei. In English, that translates to National Socialist German Workers’ Party. But it was not a socialist party; it was a right-wing, ultranationalist party dedicated to racial purity, territorial expansion and anti-Semitism — and total political control.

Let’s take a look at the first eight of the “25 points” in the 1920 Nazi party platform.

1. We demand the unification of all Germans in the Greater Germany on the basis of the right of self-determination of peoples.

2. We demand equality of rights for the German people in respect to the other nations; abrogation of the peace treaties of Versailles and St. Germain.

3. We demand land and territory (colonies) for the sustenance of our people, and colonization for our surplus population.

4. Only a member of the race can be a citizen. A member of the race can only be one who is of German blood, without consideration of creed. Consequently no Jew can be a member of the race.

5. Whoever has no citizenship is to be able to live in Germany only as a guest, and must be under the authority of legislation for foreigners.

6. The right to determine matters concerning administration and law belongs only to the citizen. Therefore we demand that every public office, of any sort whatsoever, whether in the Reich, the county or municipality, be filled only by citizens. We combat the corrupting parliamentary economy, office-holding only according to party inclinations without consideration of character or abilities.

7. We demand that the state be charged first with providing the opportunity for a livelihood and way of life for the citizens. If it is impossible to sustain the total population of the State, then the members of foreign nations (non-citizens) are to be expelled from the Reich.

8. Any further immigration of non-citizens is to be prevented. [Note: this was aimed at Jews fleeing pogroms.] We demand that all non-Germans, who have immigrated to Germany since the 2 August 1914, be forced immediately to leave the Reich.

As Ronald Graniero of the Foreign Policy Research Institute has noted, in that platform there are also passages denouncing banks, department stores and “interest slavery.” That could be seen as “a quasi-Marxist rejection of free markets. But these were also typical criticisms in the anti-Semitic playbook, which provided a clue that the party’s overriding ideological goal wasn’t a fundamental challenge to private property.”

The Nazi party was largely supported by small-business men and conservative industrialists, not the proletariat. Hitler adamantly rejected socialist ideas, dismantled or banned left-leaning parties and disapproved of trade unions. In many countries, trade unions played important roles in socialist movements or helped launch political movements that eventually adopted socialist platforms.

In fact, one of the most famous quotes of that era, enshrined on a wall at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, is by Martin Niemöller, a prominent Lutheran pastor who spent seven years in Nazi concentration camps. His words provide a flavor of what the Nazis thought about socialists.

  • First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist.
  • Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.
  • Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.
  • Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

We sought comment from a Taylor spokesman but did not get a response.

The Pinocchio Test

We suggest Greene brush up on her history of the Nazi party. It was not a “socialist” party and cannot be compared, either in the United States or in Europe, to today’s socialists. She earns Four Pinocchios.

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Jordan Williams  9 hrs ago

Mitt Romney wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)© Greg Nash Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) blasted political extremes on the left and right during his acceptance speech for the John F. Kennedy Library’s “Profile in Courage” award.

In a virtual speech, Romney said many have been disappointed by those “who’ve chosen the easy way, playing to the crowd, itching the ears of the resentful with conspiracies and accusations.”

“I take heart in the fact that such displays are still newsworthy and are generally met with disdain,” he said.

Romney continued that many are “guilty of a fault less reprehensible though similarly consequential.” He accused the right of spreading false claims about elections, tech and vaccine falsities, while accusing the left of “hyper-woke” accusations.

“Some of us on the right infect the nation with claims of election fraud, tech and media outrages, even vaccine fantasies. From the left come hyper-woke accusations and antipathy towards free enterprise, the very means of our prosperity,” he continued.

The GOP senator said that the squabble diverts attention away from the challenges facing America, like climate change, the national debt and competing with China. He said these challenges, “if ignored, may be tragic.”

Romney was presented the award for being the first U.S. senator to vote to convict a president of their own political party on an impeachment charge.

The Utah Republican was the sole GOP senator to vote to convict then-president Trump on one of three charges related to Trump’s effort to press Ukraine to investigate President Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.

Romney in February joined six other GOP senators in convicting Trump – now out of office – for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol that led to five deaths. He has since faced scrutiny from within his party over the vote.

Speaking to late-night host Jimmy Fallon after his speech, Romney joked that he wouldn’t have imagined receiving the award, but still called it humbling.

“That is not something I would’ve imagined. More likely to have found little green men on Mars,” Romney said. “It’s very humbling but a great honor and obviously which comes from a family that has sacrificed enormously over the years for our country.”


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CORONAVIRUS 05/25/2021 07:04 pm ET Updated 23 hours ago

The former president spent months thanking China’s dictator for his transparency and cooperation on COVID-19 before changing tacks to vilify him and his country.

By S.V. Date

WASHINGTON — Republicans suddenly demanding that President Joe Biden press China about the origins of the pandemic-causing coronavirus had little interest in such accountability a year ago when a president of their own party was heaping praise on the Communist regime.

As more experts express an openness to the possibility that the outbreak began a year and a half ago with an accidental release from a virology lab in Wuhan, top Republicans are taking the opportunity to hammer Biden as well as officials at the National Institutes of Health, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, for providing part of the funding for that lab.

“Joe Biden has been rolling over for aggressors around the world,” Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who a year ago speculated that the virus may have been a bioweapon, told Fox News on Sunday.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who pushed the “lab leak” theory a year ago, responded on Tuesday to a Washington Post article explaining why it is gaining more prominence with a one-word tweet: “Clowns,” followed by four clown-face emoji.

Neither senator, though, had much to say a year ago when Donald Trump was occupying the White House and taking an entirely different tack with China and its ruler, Xi Jinping.

“China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus,” Trump wrote in a Jan. 24, 2020, Twitter post. “The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

It was not the first nor the last such compliment. Just two days earlier, the first time Trump spoke publicly about the coronavirus, he told Fox News there was nothing to worry about. “It’s all taken care of. And China is working very hard on the problem. We spoke about it, and China is working very hard on it.”

Two months later, Trump was still lauding China and Xi. “Look, I have a very good relationship with President Xi and they went through a lot. You know some people say other things. They went through a lot. They lost thousands of people. They’ve been through hell,” he told reporters on March 24, 2020, as U.S. cities and states began lockdowns to control the spread of the disease.

Neither Cruz nor Cotton’s office responded to HuffPost’s queries on Tuesday.

“Trump himself wanted to go easy on China,” said Olivia Troye, a White House aide at the time who was working on the coronavirus task force. “They were all about going easy on China.”

Trump repeatedly criticized Democrats in Congress, mayors, governors, the news media and his predecessor Barack Obama for the pandemic, even as he continued to praise Xi for his actions to contain the disease. But Xi did not contain the disease, and his cover-up efforts hastened its spread around the world.

Last April 7, Trump accused the World Health Organization of failing to warn the world about the threat, but then explicitly stated why he had praised Xi for being “transparent” when the Chinese leader had not been.

“Well, I did a trade deal with China, where China is supposed to be spending $250 billion in our country,” Trump told reporters in an explanation he repeated frequently, even though his deal was more of a partial unwinding of the trade war he had started and not a free-trade agreement.

Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton later revealed in a book that Trump had begged Xi in 2019 to help him win reelection by agreeing to buy lots of farm products from the United States.

By mid-April 2020, with death tolls mounting despite his earlier attempts to dismiss the virus as “a hoax” or no worse than the flu, Trump finally abandoned his praise for Xi and started attacking him and China generally. He began calling the disease “the China virus” and even the “kung flu” — language that coincided with increased attacks on Asian Americans.

In fact, Trump could have known far earlier about the danger the virus posed. U.S. government agencies were tracking the spread of a pneumonia-like illness in Wuhan by late December 2019, according to one former White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

This material began showing up in Trump’s intelligence briefings in early January 2020, the official said. But Trump did not have an intelligence briefing scheduled until Jan. 6, and only nine scheduled all month. “The entire month of January was lost,” the official told HuffPost.

Since taking over on Jan. 20 this year, the Biden administration has said the WHO should fully investigate the “lab leak” theory and has called on China to cooperate.


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MAY 23, 2021 9:29PM ET


Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), who collects a $174,000 salary, thinks that there is a “downside” to paying workers a living wage enough to cover expenses such as childcare. Johnson made his remarks while appearing on WKOW-TV to defend his support of a bill in the Wisconsin state legislature that would end the $300 per week federal unemployment subsidy in the state — a bill the Democratic governor has said he will likely veto.

“People are literally making more money on unemployment with the plussed-up federal benefits than they made at their job,” Johnson said in an interview with A.J. Bayatpour on Sunday, adding that he worries that businesses cannot compete with the equivalent of a $16.75 wage provided by the government. “Wages are set in the marketplace and businesses pay what wages they can afford based on the competitive situation,” Johnson said.

And instead of arguing that businesses should pay higher wages, the senator argued that employees should accept less because inflation could occur in the future. “Increases in wage rates ratchet up and that creates permanent inflation so you may feel good about getting a five, or six, or seven percent raise but if general inflation is six, seven, or eight percent, that increase is just completely wiped out,” he said.

Apparently some members of Congress have seen the fallacy of the long lamented prefunding of retirement for Postal employees. The postal service is one of the most efficient methods of moving mail and packages in the US in spite of what many of us think. After 4 years of railing by the former guy who did nothing to resolve the issue beyond installing a big money supporter to head the postal service, we have members of Congress in the lead to resolve the issue of prefunding and enabling the service to evolve in a meaningful way. Let’s hope this gets done quickly without a Congressional kerfuffle that will disable the process (hear That Mitch?)


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The GOP has spent months now denying the January 6 insurrection and fighting against the Biden infrastructure plans. You would think these so called representatives of the people would embrace any thing that helps “the people”. Unfortunately this is not true, the GOP has long been the party of “no” and each time they have been in power the people have suffered, their agendas have never been good for us as a country and more explicitly the people of color. Looking at current issues: After experiencing the January 6th insurrection, they are denying it’s effect, after 60 losing challenges in court about election fraud, they are still pushing the same narrative, During the TOTUS administration, “Vice president” McConnell has installed as many conservative judges as he could to swing the court system to the right which does not bode well for any of us. We as voters need to pay attention to the GOP’s words as they have proven to be false and they continue to spew misinformation and outright lies toward the idea of persuading voters to support them for the next election cycle. It is our (voters) job to be aware of the facts and remove them from office if possible or censure them at the polls. Unfortunately the GOP has made this a political party issue but it is in fact a dishonest elected official issue and unfortunately we have well over 100 hundred of them between both chambers. This is a struggle for our Democracy pure and simple. Remember that many of these “public servants” were happy with “tax reform” as their tax burdens were lowered , possibly less than many average tax payers. What are the reasons?, greed, self service and the effort to change the Constitution to suit themselves.

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