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Clay Bennett Comic Strip for June 29, 2021

Could also be : “the McConnell Organization”, The “graham Organization” or perhaps “the GOP Organization”.



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Dilbert Classics Comic Strip for June 27, 2021
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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.

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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.

Kevin Kallaugher Comic Strip for May 26, 2021

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Josh Dawsey  5 hrs ago

Apparently the GOP has unleashed the evil upon themselves when they backed TOTUS in all of his misdeeds, “the chickens as they say have come home to roost”. TOTUS will spill the beans on their misdeeds to elevate himself while the GOP supporters will miss the real substance of the situation. MA


Former president Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “dumb son of a bitch” as he used a Saturday night speech to Republicans to blame him for not helping overturn the 2020 election and reiterated false assertions that he won the November contest.

Trump, speaking to a Republican National Committee gathering at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., excoriated a number of Republicans even as he publicly called for party unity — focusing on those who voted to convict him in impeachment proceedings. But he saved his sharpest vitriol for the Kentucky Republican.

“If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a bitch Mitch McConnell they would never allow it to happen. They would have fought it,” he said of election certifying on Jan. 6, the day his supporters led an insurrection on the Capitol to block Joe Biden’s formal victory.

Trump spent much of the speech, with many senators in the room, lashing into his former ally in personal terms, often to cheers from the party’s top donors. He falsely claimed that he won the Senate election for McConnell in Kentucky and attacked his wife, Elaine Chao, who served as Trump’s transportation secretary.

“I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you?” Trump said. He then mocked Chao for resigning in response to the Jan. 6 events and Trump’s behavior that day.

“She suffered so greatly,” he said, his voice dripping with sarcasm. He later called McConnell a “stone cold loser.” A spokesman for McConnell could not immediately be reached.

The speech was light on his actual presidency, which some aides had wanted him to address, and delivered more of a familiar litany of grievances that seemed to animate the crowd. Many of his claims were false or misleading.

He did not directly address his 2024 plans — other than to express confidence about the Republican nominee winning — an attendee said, preferring instead to look back at the last election.

He reiterated many of his false claims soon after beginning his remarks and dove into particular states in detail, such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, continuing to claim he won them and attacking politicians such as Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R). He spoke for about an hour, according to an attendee, and bragged that he had tossed his prepared and “boring” speech, the attendee said. “Bullshit,” he said about the election, before polling the room of Republican donors on whether they believed he won.

He falsely said that most Democrats also believe he won but just won’t say so out loud, an attendee said.

Trump said the crowd at his rally preceding the Capitol attack was so large — falsely claiming that “some people say it was over a million people” — because supporters were upset about fraud and said he was “disappointed” in Vice President Mike Pence for certifying the election later that day. He expressed no regret about his actions on that day, nor about those of the Capitol rioters.

“I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures … I like him so much. I was so disappointed,” Trump said.

The Republican Party paid more than $100,000 to the former president’s club to hold the event there, with the rest of the festivities at the nearby Four Seasons resort. McConnell was not there, and he has not spoken to Trump in months, telling advisers he never plans to speak to him again.

Trump attacked many of his favorite targets, such as Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading epidemiologist, even mocking Fauci for his first pitch last season at Nationals Park — a frequent Trump taunt. He falsely claimed that Fauci only received credit because he opposed Trump, an attendee said, and joked that Fauci wanted people to wear five masks after not initially supporting masks.

“Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” he said of Fauci.

The former president said, without saying who, that someone recently suggested to him that the vaccine should be called the “Trumpcine.” He bragged about his handling of the pandemic, dismissing the widespread criticism of his approach and not mentioning the more than 500,000 who have died of covid-19.

He praised Republicans who have ignored public health concerns about opening and reopening their states, such as South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Reprising an attack from the day he launched his campaign in 2015, he called immigrants “murderers, rapists and drug dealers.”

“They’re coming in from the Middle East. They’re not sending their best people. You have murderers, you have rapists, you have drug dealers,” Trump said.

He again said he was impeached “over a perfect phone call” and said he was jealous of Democrats for sticking together to vote against him. He said Republicans needed to be just as unified.

“We can’t have these guys that like publicity,” he said.

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Doonesbury Comic Strip for March 21, 2021
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The Fox news talking heads have gone ballistic over the recent “town Halls” put on by ABC and NBC with Vice president Biden and President Trump. Fox took the low road as usual insisting that the President was treated poorly by Savannah Guthrie while Biden was treated royally by George Stephanopoulos. So it seems that the enablers in chiefs took exception to TOTUS being asked questions that were inappropriate or just to hard to answer honestly. It should be noted that TOTUS predicted his loss all year by stating that the vote would be stolen however the people spoke and he lost. His allies and agents in the Congress and several Red States have continued with the trope of voter fraud and theft. After 50 plus court tests it has been shown that he lost the election. Now after the votes have been certified in spite of the TOTUS inspired and exhorted “insurrection” several “Red States” are making changes in voting laws to depress the vote in their areas. These attempts at suppression affect people of color and the poorest of those states thereby taking away their voting rights. These efforts will head to the High court where previously Chief Justice Roberts all but “gutted” the 1964 voting rights law. It has again become 1963 before the civil right voting act was put in place, remember that the “Jim Crow” laws were put in place to suppress the “Black Vote” and maintain the pre civil war restrictions for voting. This part of the TOTUS legacy that has garnered healthy (unhealthy?) support in several red states where votes were in dispute despite the fact that the voting was totally legal. It is again incumbent of all of us to voice our opinion no matter your party to maintain the right to vote that is demanded by the Constitution

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Darragh Roche  1 hr ago


 

A major Florida newspaper has offered harsh criticism of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) due to begin in Orlando today in an editorial published on Wednesday.

The Orlando Sentinel, the main newspaper for Orlando the Central Florida region, argued that traditional conservatives would be unhappy at the focus of the event, in particular citing National Review founder William F. Buckley.

“If the political descendants of William F. Buckley Jr., Ronald Reagan and Antonin Scalia were coming to town, that would be exciting,” the newspaper wrote. “But that’s not what CPAC is bringing to Orlando.”

The editorial highlighted CPAC’s focus on elections – there will be seven sessions covering the topic.

“The panels will repeat over and over the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, and they will further rationalize election law changes that make it harder to vote,” the editorial said.

Former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies claimed without evidence that the 2020 presidential election suffered from mass voter fraud an other irregularities.

These claims are likely to feature prominently at the four-day conference in Orlando ahead of Trump’s keynote address to CPAC on Sunday. It will be his first major appearance since losing the election and he is widely expected to frame himself as the leader of the GOP.

The newspaper noted that while the conference was titled “America Uncanceled”, CPAC has cancelled an appearance by commentator Young Pharaoh because of previous anti-Semitic tweets.

The editorial went on to criticize the limited attention CPAC will pay to the national debt and deficit, suggesting that “the right’s historic meat-and-potatoes issues” are being sidelined.

“As much as we would like to welcome to Orlando a thorough and thoughtful examination of today’s issues based on conservative principles, that’s not what we’re getting,” the newspaper said.

“Instead, a political clown car is arriving on I-Drive, driven by Sunday’s keynote speaker and today’s undisputed leader of conservatism — Donald J. Trump,” the editorial went on. “William F. Buckley would weep at the thought.”

Buckley is considered an icon of the modern conservative movement, whose approach to politics laid the foundations for former President Ronald Reagan to win office.

Since his death in 2008, Buckley has often been invoked to criticize the behavior of some modern Republicans. Admirers cite his commitment to traditional conservative principles and his polite demeanor with ideological opponents on his long-running public affairs show Firing Line.

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The Rat is the first sign in the Chinese zodiac. His main strength is his imagination. His great weakness is his eccentric side, which is difficult to keep under control. This is a sign that is automatically attracted by the unusual and is soon bored by the everyday. The dominant force of this sign is Yang.

As I was researching this, it became apparent that it almost perfectly described our former president. The Chinese New Year past was the year of the Rat and the actions of TOTUS closely relates in many ways to that personality. Aside from the uncountable misdeeds and political misdeeds at home and abroad TOTUS was completely inept at the job. His concern was how much he was adored or “Kow Towed ” to rather than the effects of his poor management of the Government. Installing “toadies”, sycophants and family in positions of importance is no way to run a country. These positions require serious minded and Qualified people to get the job done. Revolving door administration never works. Now that “The Former Guy” is out, he is still in as de facto leader of the GOP. It is evident that the current members of Congress and the greater GOP across the country still have a loyalty to YOTUS to the detriment of us all and especially the loyal GOP voters. TOTUS was and still is a cancerous anomaly which the country as whole cannot afford to let grow. The recent interviews and statements from major GOP mouthpieces belies their “working across the aisle” statements. They (the GOP) have gone far right with no regard for the “American People” that they purport to work for. If the voting public wants better government then they (we) need to get involved with an understanding of what or perhaps “who” we vote for and support. If it isn’t clear what the state of our politics are, then we need to take a step back from “tweets’ and Facebook for information and read in depth on other sites that give detailed information rather than quick bites, this is sometimes called “research”!

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After the 2nd impeachment trial of TOTUS, the members of the GOP save a few did exactly what anyone who thinks suspected nd expected them to do-ACQUIT a known liar and criminal. The GOP members who voted to impeach are now receiving threats and censure from their own party, one member’s State party stated that “they did not send him to Congress to do the right thing!” What we have to lose is the America that works for all of us. Currently Bitch McConnel is looking to legally force his State’s Governor to replace him with a Republican should he decide to retire. It appears to me that this is post Civil War thinking in that long serving GOP members are looking to maintain the status quo and reverse what ever they can with no regard to the damage and harm it can cause to the voters. There will always be hardcore voters who will never see beyond the lies told by their representatives (no matter the party) so it is solely up to the informed voters (no matter the party) to elect better and open minded representatives. At this time we have neer do wells like Botch McConnell, Rand Paul, Lyin’ Ted Cruz, Brain dead Josh Hawley, Lindsey “HOP” Graham and Ron Johnson to name a few whose loyalty lie with TOTUS and the party not their constituents whom they invoke regularly without a consensus or the consent of those constituents. The named above are all members of the GOP and unfortunately this supposed to be the party of Lincoln who if if it were possible would be spinning in his grave or at the least crying in his hands. These so called leaders for the most part are seeking as much publicity as possible in readiness to run for the Presidency or aid Donald Trump to do so. Alternately they looking to gain control of the Congress in order to regulate the lives of the voters as THEY think it should be (sounds like Dictatorial ambitions to me). We are not so far removed from the post civil war reconstruction period as time indicates we should be, many of the same evils that occurred then are still in evidence now eg. police killing of black men with consequences )Minnesota, Maryland and on), instituting or changing voting rules (Georgia, Texas). Couple all of this with the immigration fiasco it appears that we have not progressed so much deep down and just barely on the surface. The questions to be asked are many but the one answer we have is : we have a lot to lose if we do not pay close attention to the GOP members and their questionable activities especially when tied to a former President who was impeached twice and is facing civil legal difficulties which surely point to jail time if convicted. WE HAVE THE REAL AMERICA TO LOSE if we are not vigilant.

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The GOP (Dupublicans) and DEMS (Scamocrats) have reinforced what many of us have suspected and believed for years-Politicians lie and are dishonest , save a few! It is reported that several GOP members have received push back and threats due to their siding with the Dems on impeaching TOTUS. So the new normal is to side with a miscreant leader against the voters well being. We have already seen the gross disingenuousness of many Congressional members highlighted by their flip flopping and ignoring of the danger they were in during TOTUS’s “insurrection”. Their action to support a self serving leader is as near treason as one can get without selling state secrets. Their devotion to TOTUS is a clear affront to the people who voted them in time after time. This the point where voters should remember that these people work for them not the other way around. If any of these folks survive the next election cycle it will be shame on us (the voters), our sole job is to become informed and elect the best people we can and dare not be afraid to unelect them when required and as far as I am concerned this requirement needs to be met now!

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