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  • Ledbetterman10Ledbetterman10 Posts: 15,281
    Rumsfeld has my favorite political quote of all-time when was being interviewed about the Iraq War in the late 2000's. This is paraphrased...

    Interviewer: But Secretary Rumsfeld, the intelligence suggests otherwise.
    Rumsfeld: Look I'm not in the intelligence business.  

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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 29,167
    Do they have a candidate on the ballot or running as Paperboy Love Prince?
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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
     
    Arkansas governor ponders future in GOP turned Trumpian
    By ANDREW DeMILLO
    Yesterday

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Leading a state that went heavily for Donald Trump in the 2020 election and that has enacted some of the most aggressive laws on social issues, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas has been in the national spotlight this year.

    But not for embracing the state's Trumpian turn. It's for distancing himself from it.

    At a time when red state governors like Ron DeSantis in Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota are carrying forward Trump's rhetoric and policies, Hutchinson is doing the opposite. He's taking a contrarian position that's making him an outsider in the state party he helped build and that now could test whether there's a path forward for ambitious Republicans in the reddest parts of the country that doesn't rely on the former president.

    “He represents an important voice in the party, a voice that is relatively independent of any established consensus," said Republican pollster Whit Ayres, whose firm worked with Hutchinson before he was governor. “He thinks for himself and there are a number of us in the party who find that refreshing."

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson leads a state that went heavily for Donald Trump in the 2020 election. He's been in the national spotlight this year, but not for embracing the state's Trumpian turn – for distancing himself from it. (July 2)

    But, Ayres said, where the party is headed right now “remains a very open question."

    Hutchinson couldn't be more different than Trump, at least when it comes to style. A mild-mannered attorney, Hutchinson tweets out Bible verses every Sunday morning. He tries to split the difference on contentious issues , such as when he supported keeping the state's Medicaid expansion but with a work requirement later blocked by courts.

    He’s also trying to manage an increasingly ominous COVID-19 situation in his state, with cases on the rise and vaccine rates low. His powers to address it were curbed by conservative lawmakers angry about his earlier restrictions.

    Midway through his second term, Hutchinson, 70, would seem poised for a big move. He is to take over next week as chairman of the National Governors Association, a position that predecessors Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee used to launch their own White House bids. He's started a political action committee that he said will help Republican candidates in next year's midterm election.

    He's also become a fixture on cable television, defending his veto of legislation targeting transgender youths in the state and warning fellow Republicans about tying their fortunes too closely to Trump.

    “If Trump is the issue in 2022, we lose," Hutchinson told The Associated Press in a recent interview in his office. “He's not on the ballot and we have to be the party of ideas and principles that are relevant to what's happening in our country today. We can't be revisiting what happened last election and we can't relitigate that."

    Hutchinson has provided a contrast with other top Republican figures in his state, including the frontrunner to replace him. Sarah Sanders is seeking the party's nomination with a campaign that showcases her time as Trump's press secretary, during which she regularly sparred with reporters and defended the president's most contentious policies.

    Sen. Tom Cotton, a hard-edged conservative, has already been laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign, with visits to key early states.

    Hutchinson's history in Arkansas' politics dates back to the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan appointed him as a U.S. attorney. He went on to chair Arkansas' Republican party and was elected to Congress before serving as head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and later as a federal Homeland Security official in George W. Bush's administration.

    He ran unsuccessfully for statewide office three times before winning the governorship in 2014. Some critics on his right now say the state's politics have left him behind.

    “What he’s done for the last 30 or 40 years isn’t how the party is going to succeed moving forward," said Republican Sen. Trent Garner, who frequently clashed with Hutchinson. “While I can appreciate Gov. Hutchinson’s service, he is a relic of the past. Trump and Trumpism is the bold new future of the Arkansas Republican Party."

    Hutchinson leaves office in 2023 and it's unclear what he plans on doing next. Unlike his Democratic predecessor Mike Beebe, Hutchinson won't rule out another run for office.

    But he's not making overt moves. He appears more eager to talk about dry policy than identity politics. He testified before a Senate committee in favor of efforts to end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenders. He aims to promote one of his pet issues: computer science education in public schools.

    Hutchinson said next year's midterms may demonstrate whether his message still resonates with the electorate.

    Hutchinson drew the ire of some conservative lawmakers this year by vetoing a bill that banned gender confirming treatments for transgender youth. The veto, which was promptly overridden, was also criticized by Trump, who called Hutchinson a “RINO," or Republican In Name Only.

    The bill was among several that the governor complained were the product of culture wars and weren't necessary.

    But Hutchinson hasn't strayed as far from the right wing as he could have. He was among more than two dozen governors who decided to end supplemental federal unemployment payments before they were set to run out. He's signed other bills restricting transgender people's rights, including one banning trans girls and women from competing on women’s school sports teams.

    This week, he announced he was joining the growing list of GOP governors directing law enforcement or other help to Texas to assist with security along the border with Mexico in a fight with the Biden administration over immigration policy. Hutchinson initially said he would not send state troopers, citing public safety needs in the state. But hours later he announced he was dispatching up to 40 members of Arkansas' National Guard.

    Hutchinson has defended his party, even when his nephew, state Sen. Jim Hendren, made a high-profile exit after the deadly riot at the U.S Capitol.

    Hendren, who has formed a group aimed at promoting centrist candidates, pointed to his uncle as a model for Republicans in the post-Trump era.

    “I would be surprised if he's ready to lay down that mantle of public service that he's carried for so long," Hendren said.


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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
    edited July 11
      A prominent fundraising group for GOP women is “intentionally” withholding campaign donations to freshmen Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Insider reported Wednesday.   "While we rightfully celebrate the number of GOP women serving in the House, I've always professed quality over quantity," Julie Conway, executive director of the Value In Electing Women Political Action Committee, told Insider in an email. "The work of Congress is not a joke or reality show. Our women have fought too hard for too long to be respected and taken seriously as legislators, policy makers and thought leaders. We cannot let this work be erased by individuals who chose to be shameless self-promoters and carnival barkers.  "I think that they would rather draw attention to themselves, and really Marjorie Taylor Greene more than Boebert, but they're cut from the same cloth," Conway added. 

    Public records confirm the VIEW PAC has not given any money to Greene or Boebert to date, and Conway told Insider the PAC would continue to withhold support in 2022.  

    In response to USA TODAY’s request for comment, Boebert said she had “never heard of” Conway or VIEW, which she described as a “DC insider PAC.”

    “I care about the hard-working Americans from Colorado’s Third Congressional District ... that’s whose cloth I’m cut from,” Boebert said in an email. 

    Greene did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment. 

    Both congresswomen have been criticized for inflammatory language and questionable behavior, particularly on the topic of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    At a fundraiser Thursday in Illinois for another freshman GOP congresswoman, Greene flaunted her We Will Not Comply Act, a bill she filed in April that would prevent discrimination against those who choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

    “It gives you permission to tell Biden’s little posse that’s gonna show up at your door, you know, that intimidate you – they probably they probably work for antifa by night, and then they come and intimidate you to take the vaccine by day – well, you get to tell them to get the hell off of your lawn,” Illinois' WCIA News reported Greene said of the bill Thursday, alluding to comments President Joe Biden made Tuesday of his effort to knock “door-to-door” to increase vaccinations nationwide.

    The New York Times reported in December that in Effingham, Illinois, where the fundraiser took place, “almost every call” to a local funeral home there involved service for a COVID-19 victim.

    Boebert has also been vocal about allowing people to choose whether they want to be vaccinated without being vilified. 

    “Anyone who wants the vaccine should have easy access to it (and thanks to President Trump they do) Anyone who doesn’t want the vaccine should be able to refuse it without being made to feel like a criminal,” she tweeted Thursday. “This is a free country after all.”

    The Colorado congresswoman also recently compared COVID-19 to communism and accused Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, of “bullying” for telling Americans to “get over” vaccine hesitancy in a video.

    This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Reps. MTG, Boebert snubbed by GOP women’s fundraising group

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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212

    HOMEPAGE

    GOP Rep. Mo Brooks urged conservatives to 'fight back' and not 'surrender,' invoking the Revolutionary War in CPAC speech

    7 hours ago
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    • Mo Brooks referenced the Revolutionary War during a speech at CPAC in Dallas on Friday.
    • Brooks told attendees they need to "fight back" and think about "sacrifice" like "our ancestors" did.
    • Brooks made similar remarks before the Capitol riot, when he told protesters to "start taking down names and kicking ass."
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    Rep. Mo Brooks urged conservatives to "fight back" and "sacrifice" during his speech Friday in Dallas, Texas, at the Conservative Political Action Conference. 

    Brooks, a Republican from Alabama, is running for US Senate with the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. His speech was reminiscent of remarks Brooks made on January 6 during the pro-Trump rally that preceded the Capitol attack, during which he told protesters to "start taking down names and kicking ass."

    "Now our choice is simple. We can surrender and submit or we can fight back as our ancestors have done," Brooks said Friday, invoking the Revolutionary War and suggesting conservatives should be thinking about a comparable sacrifice.

    Read more: Biden's pick to oversee Capitol riot cases is expected to be a former public corruption prosecutor

    "Think for a moment about our ancestors who fought at Valley Forge. They didn't fight the British, they fought for survival," Brooks said, referencing thousands of Continental soldiers who died over the course of six months.

    "That's the kind of sacrifice that we have to think about," he continued. "And I ask you: are you willing to fight for America? Are you willing to fight for America?"

     

    Brooks is being sued by California Rep. Eric Swalwell, who alleges Brooks is responsible for the thousands of rioters who breached the Capitol. Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Rudy Giuliani are also targeted in the lawsuit.

    According to a recent court filing, Brooks said he "represented the will" of his constituents when he told the protesters to fight hours before the riot. His attorneys also insisted Brooks only appeared at the rally because the White House had asked him to.

    During his CPAC speech, Brooks also repeated Trump's unsubstantiated claims about voter and election fraud.

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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
    this kid shouldnt be allowed at the adults table.....

    Madison Cawthorne
    Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-North Carolina). Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images
    More
    • The North Carolina congressman said door-to-door vaccinations could lead to the confiscation of people's guns and bibles.

    • The GOP lawmaker was speaking at a CPAC event in Dallas on Friday.

    • Joe Biden said Tuesday door-to-door vaccines could improve vaccination rates as the Delta variant spreads.

    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    Rep. Madison Cawthorn said President Joe Biden's call to offer COVID-19 vaccines door-to-door could lead to the government taking people's guns and bibles.

    Cawthorn, a Republican from North Carolina, was speaking Friday during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference event in Dallas, Texas, taking place this weekend. He was speaking with Right Side Broadcasting Network, a conservative media outlet.

    "And now they're sort of talking about going door-to-door to be able to take vaccines to the people. The thing about the mechanisms they would have to build to be able to actually execute that massive of a thing," Cawthorn said, in reference to Biden's latest community-based vaccine push.


    "Think about what those mechanisms could be used for. They could then go door-to-door to take your guns. They could go door-to-door to take your bibles," Cawthorn said.

    Biden said Tuesday that offering vaccines door-to-door could help increase vaccination rates as the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads rapidly in several US states. The US also missed the White House's goal of inoculating 70% of adults by July 4th. As of Friday, nearly 59% of adults were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

    Biden's remarks on Tuesday drew immediate pushback from some conservatives, including Rep. Lauren Boebert, who called the door-to-door vaccinators "needle Nazis." GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also made a Nazi reference, calling the vaccinators "medical brown shirts," a reference to Adolf Hitler's militia and paramilitary force.

    The White House hit back at the criticism, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying on Friday: "The failure to provide accurate public health information, including the efficacy of vaccines and the accessibility of them to people across the country, including South Carolina, is literally killing people, so maybe they should consider that."

    Read the original article on Business Insider

    View article source
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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 29,167
    Who here still supports that clown car of a party? Holy fuck are they gone. Might even say jumped the shark but I think they still have a ways to go before they totally self destruct and take the nation with them.
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  • stuckinlinestuckinline Posts: 3,208
    edited July 11
    mickeyrat said:
    this kid shouldnt be allowed at the adults table.....

    Madison Cawthorne
    Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-North Carolina). Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images
    More
    • The North Carolina congressman said door-to-door vaccinations could lead to the confiscation of people's guns and bibles.

    • The GOP lawmaker was speaking at a CPAC event in Dallas on Friday.

    • Joe Biden said Tuesday door-to-door vaccines could improve vaccination rates as the Delta variant spreads.

    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    Rep. Madison Cawthorn said President Joe Biden's call to offer COVID-19 vaccines door-to-door could lead to the government taking people's guns and bibles.

    Cawthorn, a Republican from North Carolina, was speaking Friday during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference event in Dallas, Texas, taking place this weekend. He was speaking with Right Side Broadcasting Network, a conservative media outlet.

    "And now they're sort of talking about going door-to-door to be able to take vaccines to the people. The thing about the mechanisms they would have to build to be able to actually execute that massive of a thing," Cawthorn said, in reference to Biden's latest community-based vaccine push.


    "Think about what those mechanisms could be used for. They could then go door-to-door to take your guns. They could go door-to-door to take your bibles," Cawthorn said.

    Biden said Tuesday that offering vaccines door-to-door could help increase vaccination rates as the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads rapidly in several US states. The US also missed the White House's goal of inoculating 70% of adults by July 4th. As of Friday, nearly 59% of adults were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

    Biden's remarks on Tuesday drew immediate pushback from some conservatives, including Rep. Lauren Boebert, who called the door-to-door vaccinators "needle Nazis." GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also made a Nazi reference, calling the vaccinators "medical brown shirts," a reference to Adolf Hitler's militia and paramilitary force.

    The White House hit back at the criticism, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying on Friday: "The failure to provide accurate public health information, including the efficacy of vaccines and the accessibility of them to people across the country, including South Carolina, is literally killing people, so maybe they should consider that."

    Read the original article on Business Insider

    View article source

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  • BentleyspopBentleyspop Craft Beer Brewery, ColoradoPosts: 9,229
    mickeyrat said:
    this kid shouldnt be allowed at the adults table.....

    Madison Cawthorne
    Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-North Carolina). Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images
    More
    • The North Carolina congressman said door-to-door vaccinations could lead to the confiscation of people's guns and bibles.

    • The GOP lawmaker was speaking at a CPAC event in Dallas on Friday.

    • Joe Biden said Tuesday door-to-door vaccines could improve vaccination rates as the Delta variant spreads.

    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    Rep. Madison Cawthorn said President Joe Biden's call to offer COVID-19 vaccines door-to-door could lead to the government taking people's guns and bibles.

    Cawthorn, a Republican from North Carolina, was speaking Friday during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference event in Dallas, Texas, taking place this weekend. He was speaking with Right Side Broadcasting Network, a conservative media outlet.

    "And now they're sort of talking about going door-to-door to be able to take vaccines to the people. The thing about the mechanisms they would have to build to be able to actually execute that massive of a thing," Cawthorn said, in reference to Biden's latest community-based vaccine push.


    "Think about what those mechanisms could be used for. They could then go door-to-door to take your guns. They could go door-to-door to take your bibles," Cawthorn said.

    Biden said Tuesday that offering vaccines door-to-door could help increase vaccination rates as the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads rapidly in several US states. The US also missed the White House's goal of inoculating 70% of adults by July 4th. As of Friday, nearly 59% of adults were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

    Biden's remarks on Tuesday drew immediate pushback from some conservatives, including Rep. Lauren Boebert, who called the door-to-door vaccinators "needle Nazis." GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also made a Nazi reference, calling the vaccinators "medical brown shirts," a reference to Adolf Hitler's militia and paramilitary force.

    The White House hit back at the criticism, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying on Friday: "The failure to provide accurate public health information, including the efficacy of vaccines and the accessibility of them to people across the country, including South Carolina, is literally killing people, so maybe they should consider that."

    Read the original article on Business Insider

    View article source

    Once again I have to ask....

    Who is the bigger idiot?

    The idiots who have recently been elected to Congress?
    Or
    The idiots who voted for the idiots?
  • SmellymanSmellyman AsiaPosts: 4,421
    mickeyrat said:
    this kid shouldnt be allowed at the adults table.....

    Madison Cawthorne
    Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-North Carolina). Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images
    More
    • The North Carolina congressman said door-to-door vaccinations could lead to the confiscation of people's guns and bibles.

    • The GOP lawmaker was speaking at a CPAC event in Dallas on Friday.

    • Joe Biden said Tuesday door-to-door vaccines could improve vaccination rates as the Delta variant spreads.

    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    Rep. Madison Cawthorn said President Joe Biden's call to offer COVID-19 vaccines door-to-door could lead to the government taking people's guns and bibles.

    Cawthorn, a Republican from North Carolina, was speaking Friday during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference event in Dallas, Texas, taking place this weekend. He was speaking with Right Side Broadcasting Network, a conservative media outlet.

    "And now they're sort of talking about going door-to-door to be able to take vaccines to the people. The thing about the mechanisms they would have to build to be able to actually execute that massive of a thing," Cawthorn said, in reference to Biden's latest community-based vaccine push.


    "Think about what those mechanisms could be used for. They could then go door-to-door to take your guns. They could go door-to-door to take your bibles," Cawthorn said.

    Biden said Tuesday that offering vaccines door-to-door could help increase vaccination rates as the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads rapidly in several US states. The US also missed the White House's goal of inoculating 70% of adults by July 4th. As of Friday, nearly 59% of adults were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

    Biden's remarks on Tuesday drew immediate pushback from some conservatives, including Rep. Lauren Boebert, who called the door-to-door vaccinators "needle Nazis." GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also made a Nazi reference, calling the vaccinators "medical brown shirts," a reference to Adolf Hitler's militia and paramilitary force.

    The White House hit back at the criticism, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying on Friday: "The failure to provide accurate public health information, including the efficacy of vaccines and the accessibility of them to people across the country, including South Carolina, is literally killing people, so maybe they should consider that."

    Read the original article on Business Insider

    View article source

    Once again I have to ask....

    Who is the bigger idiot?

    The idiots who have recently been elected to Congress?
    Or
    The idiots who voted for the idiots?

    yes
  • benjsbenjs Toronto, ONPosts: 8,470
    mickeyrat said:
    this kid shouldnt be allowed at the adults table.....

    Madison Cawthorne
    Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-North Carolina). Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images
    More
    • The North Carolina congressman said door-to-door vaccinations could lead to the confiscation of people's guns and bibles.

    • The GOP lawmaker was speaking at a CPAC event in Dallas on Friday.

    • Joe Biden said Tuesday door-to-door vaccines could improve vaccination rates as the Delta variant spreads.

    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    Rep. Madison Cawthorn said President Joe Biden's call to offer COVID-19 vaccines door-to-door could lead to the government taking people's guns and bibles.

    Cawthorn, a Republican from North Carolina, was speaking Friday during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference event in Dallas, Texas, taking place this weekend. He was speaking with Right Side Broadcasting Network, a conservative media outlet.

    "And now they're sort of talking about going door-to-door to be able to take vaccines to the people. The thing about the mechanisms they would have to build to be able to actually execute that massive of a thing," Cawthorn said, in reference to Biden's latest community-based vaccine push.


    "Think about what those mechanisms could be used for. They could then go door-to-door to take your guns. They could go door-to-door to take your bibles," Cawthorn said.

    Biden said Tuesday that offering vaccines door-to-door could help increase vaccination rates as the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads rapidly in several US states. The US also missed the White House's goal of inoculating 70% of adults by July 4th. As of Friday, nearly 59% of adults were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

    Biden's remarks on Tuesday drew immediate pushback from some conservatives, including Rep. Lauren Boebert, who called the door-to-door vaccinators "needle Nazis." GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also made a Nazi reference, calling the vaccinators "medical brown shirts," a reference to Adolf Hitler's militia and paramilitary force.

    The White House hit back at the criticism, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying on Friday: "The failure to provide accurate public health information, including the efficacy of vaccines and the accessibility of them to people across the country, including South Carolina, is literally killing people, so maybe they should consider that."

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    Once again I have to ask....

    Who is the bigger idiot?

    The idiots who have recently been elected to Congress?
    Or
    The idiots who voted for the idiots?
    My concern is that idiots aren't going to be the ones to teach idiots how to prevent being taken advantage of, and the intelligent ones are getting quite tired of having to unteach all of the falsehoods filling these minds for decades. How does the idiotic cohort become not idiotic at this point? What (feasibly achievable) goals are likely to have any impact on the under- or miseducated?
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  • DewieCoxDewieCox Posts: 11,058
    mickeyrat said:
    I’m calling for mass firings of people that still claim their pro wrestling cousin is their father, despite a paternity test and court rulings proving otherwise.
  • JeBurkhardtJeBurkhardt Posts: 1,657
    mickeyrat said:
    this kid shouldnt be allowed at the adults table.....

    Madison Cawthorne
    Rep. Madison Cawthorne (R-North Carolina). Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images
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    • The North Carolina congressman said door-to-door vaccinations could lead to the confiscation of people's guns and bibles.

    • The GOP lawmaker was speaking at a CPAC event in Dallas on Friday.

    • Joe Biden said Tuesday door-to-door vaccines could improve vaccination rates as the Delta variant spreads.

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    Rep. Madison Cawthorn said President Joe Biden's call to offer COVID-19 vaccines door-to-door could lead to the government taking people's guns and bibles.

    Cawthorn, a Republican from North Carolina, was speaking Friday during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference event in Dallas, Texas, taking place this weekend. He was speaking with Right Side Broadcasting Network, a conservative media outlet.

    "And now they're sort of talking about going door-to-door to be able to take vaccines to the people. The thing about the mechanisms they would have to build to be able to actually execute that massive of a thing," Cawthorn said, in reference to Biden's latest community-based vaccine push.


    "Think about what those mechanisms could be used for. They could then go door-to-door to take your guns. They could go door-to-door to take your bibles," Cawthorn said.

    Biden said Tuesday that offering vaccines door-to-door could help increase vaccination rates as the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads rapidly in several US states. The US also missed the White House's goal of inoculating 70% of adults by July 4th. As of Friday, nearly 59% of adults were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

    Biden's remarks on Tuesday drew immediate pushback from some conservatives, including Rep. Lauren Boebert, who called the door-to-door vaccinators "needle Nazis." GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also made a Nazi reference, calling the vaccinators "medical brown shirts," a reference to Adolf Hitler's militia and paramilitary force.

    The White House hit back at the criticism, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying on Friday: "The failure to provide accurate public health information, including the efficacy of vaccines and the accessibility of them to people across the country, including South Carolina, is literally killing people, so maybe they should consider that."

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    Once again I have to ask....

    Who is the bigger idiot?

    The idiots who have recently been elected to Congress?
    Or
    The idiots who voted for the idiots?
    IMO it is the voter. The people who are elected are manipulating easily manipulated people for power, money, influence and fame. They know exactly how to play people to get them to react, and contribute money to their causes and re-election funds. Some of the elected are true believers, but my suspicion is that most are cynical opportunists. 
  • Merkin BallerMerkin Baller Posts: 6,202

    If only there was a history of anti-intellectual movements from which we could gain some perspective on what's happening here in the United States. 
  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
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    heres why gop and wingnut media have panties in a bunch


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    edited July 13
    DewieCox said:
    mickeyrat said:
    I’m calling for mass firings of people that still claim their pro wrestling cousin is their father, despite a paternity test and court rulings proving otherwise.
    I didn't realize she was a high school drop out too. Gee, that makes even more sense. Our system is pretty fucked if we can't even require an elected official to at least be educated. But then again, blame the dumb voters. My gawd.
    It's a hopeless situation...
  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 29,167
    Where does one go if not full on bat shit crazy? Good gawd.

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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 29,167
    Two states, both similar and with repub gubners. Except one has her eye on the White House. Sure, no difference despite the differing approaches. Freedumb isn't free but it can be dumb.

    Opinion: Vermont’s and South Dakota’s covid infection rates are remarkably similar — but their outcomes are not

    Ashish K. Jha is dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.

    Two states. Two different paths in responding to covid-19. Together, they offer invaluable lessons about the road ahead for the nation — especially as infection rates creep up because of the delta variant.

    The two states are Vermont and South Dakota. Both feature among the three states that Covid Act Now classifies as falling in the lowest-risk category, along with Massachusetts. This may be a surprise. While New England states are known to have done extraordinarily well in vaccinating their populations, South Dakota is in the middle of the pack. So, what explains the fact that South Dakota has infection numbers almost as low as Vermont, the most vaccinated state in the nation?

    Let’s start with some basics. Vermont and South Dakota share several important similarities. Both have relatively White, older and rural populations. They have comparable median incomes. Both states have Republican governors, challenging the simplistic notion that covid risk is a partisan phenomenon.

    Over the past two months, the rates of infection in Vermont and South Dakota have appeared remarkably similar. Both states have seen steep declines in cases, making both states near the best in terms of infections per population.

    But this is where the similarity ends. While nearly 75 percent of Vermonters have had at least one vaccine shot, putting the state near the threshold for herd immunity, only half of South Dakotans have had at least one shot. South Dakota’s substantial population immunity instead comes in large part from prior infections, particularly during the fall. This massive surge in infections was driven by the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August that brought nearly half a million people to South Dakota, sparking outbreaks across that state and, indeed, the nation. With little to no interest on the part of its governor to squelch the outbreak, South Dakota reached the highest levels of infection seen by any state during the pandemic. At its peak, the state was reporting more than 160 new cases per 100,000 residents. Vermont, in comparison, never climbed above 30 cases per 100,000.

    Unsurprisingly, these states experienced stunningly different outcomes. Adjusted for population, nearly six times as many people died in South Dakota from covid-19 as in Vermont (230 per 100,000 in South Dakota compared to just 40 per 100,000 in Vermont). In real numbers, while about 250 Vermont residents died from the disease, more than 2,000 South Dakotans died. And as of today, Vermont has a lower unemployment rate, suggesting that there need not be any trade-off between public health and the economy.

    By some estimates, nearly half of the people of South Dakota may have been infected. These infections led to huge amounts of suffering beyond the deaths themselves. We are seeing an increasing body of evidence that many who survive serious illness from the virus have long-term complications and symptoms. When infections spike, a run on hospital beds means other people die because they can’t access hospital care, which almost surely occurred in South Dakota at the height of the surge. Vermont took a different approach, keeping public health measures in place to keep infections low and then, building up population immunity through excellent vaccination campaigns.

    The virus isn’t going away. In fact, it is likely to become endemic, meaning it will continue to circulate, occasionally causing outbreaks in low-vaccination communities. Most people will encounter the virus at one point or another. And if they don’t have immunity from vaccines, many will get sick. The harms from infection are large, especially in comparison to the generally mild side-effects of the vaccines. And there is some evidence that the vaccine-induced immunity is more effective than natural infection-induced immunity. As the highly contagious delta variant spreads, states that have experienced high levels of infection such as South Dakota may be more vulnerable than highly vaccinated states such as Vermont.

    In the spring of 2020, governors had to make decisions with little federal guidance and little historical precedent. But by that summer, it was much clearer how to curtail the disease, protect public health and manage the economy carefully. By following the science, Vermont saved an enormous number of lives and has now reached a degree of population immunity through vaccination that makes large outbreaks unlikely. Embracing a policy of “personal responsibility,” South Dakota did little to protect its residents, leading to the deaths of more than 2,000 South Dakotans and the suffering of tens of thousands more. To avoid more unnecessary outbreaks, we need to learn from states that have successfully weathered the pandemic, follow the science and keep vaccinating Americans.

    Opinion | Vermont’s and South Dakota’s covid infection rates are remarkably similar — but their outcomes are not - The Washington Post

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    These people are crazy.
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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 29,167
    These people are crazy.
    Death cultists soon to be lead by Deathsantis. Maybe with CHRISTy Noem as veep or Abbott & Costello?
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    Under Trump, Republicans touted the coronavirus vaccines. Now, under Biden, they’re questioning them.

    Republicans shift views on the coronavirus vaccine under Biden
    As President Biden urges Americans to get vaccinated, Republicans who previously touted the vaccines have started questioning their efficacy. (JM Rieger/The Washington Post)
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    Days after initial data from two coronavirus vaccines showed broad effectiveness at preventing illness, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went on Fox Business Network to laud them.

    “I’ve been a big proponent of releasing it early,” Paul said Nov. 19. “I think that we’ve had enough safety and effectiveness data.”

    About two weeks later, Paul told Fox: “All I would say to government officials is let’s get the vaccine out as soon as we can.”

    Since then, Paul has become one of several congressional Republicans employing conjecture and misinformation to question the efficacy of the vaccines and the Biden administration’s efforts to vaccinate more Americans. You can watch examples of these juxtapositions in the video above.

    While it is not inherently contradictory to praise the vaccines while also asking questions about them, most of these Republican questions are premised on misinformation. It marks a significant shift after those same Republicans touted the vaccines during the Trump administration, and it comes as infections and deaths have grown among the unvaccinated and dropped among the vaccinated.

    In December, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) praised the Trump administration’s “brilliant” Operation Warp Speed for helping expedite the development of coronavirus vaccines. Since then, Johnson has inflated the number of adverse reactions and deaths linked to the vaccines.

    Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Tex.), a former White House physician, told Fox News in November that he would get vaccinated to contribute to herd immunity. By July, Jackson was warning Fox viewers that “this is still an experimental vaccine being used under an emergency use authorization.”

    In March, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) praised former president Donald Trump for saving lives with the coronavirus vaccines. By July, Greene was telling Americans not to get vaccinated.

    Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) produced a video trumpeting Trump’s vaccine effort in December, only to question the long-term effects of the vaccines five months later on Fox.

    Less than two months after thanking Trump for the vaccines, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) in July said a Biden effort to vaccinate more Americans could lead to government confiscation of guns and Bibles.

    The false and misleading claims about the vaccines from these Republicans are directly refuted by data showing the vaccines approved for use in the United States are overwhelmingly safe and effective. But those false and misleading claims track with a Republican voter base that is skeptical of getting vaccinated, in part because of said false and misleading claims.

    On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was asked whether he had a message to Republicans and conservative commentators who were casting doubts on the coronavirus vaccines.

    “I’m perplexed by the difficulty we have in finishing the job,” McConnell said. “If you’re a football fan, we’re in the red zone, but we’re not in the end zone yet, and we need to keep preaching that getting the vaccine is important.”

    Moments later a reporter pushed back, noting that senators in his own party were questioning the vaccines.

    “I’ve already answered the question about how I feel about this,” McConnell replied. “I can only speak for myself, and I just did a few minutes ago.”


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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 29,167
    You go Deathsantis, you go, you frontrunner you. Earning that moniker, you go.

    DeSantis sells ‘Don’t Fauci My Florida’ merch as new coronavirus cases near highest in nation

    Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested that he should be criminally investigated. Republican members of Congress introduced a “Fire Fauci Act” to remove his salary.

    Now White House medical adviser Anthony S. Fauci — a polarizing figure in the U.S. response to the coronavirus — is also part of a rising GOP star’s political branding.

    “Don’t Fauci My Florida,” read drink koozies and T-shirts that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s campaign team rolled out just as his state sees some of the highest coronavirus hospitalizations, new infections and deaths per capita in the country. It’s the latest example of Republicans running on their opposition to virus-fueled shutdowns and mask mandates. A pandemic hero to some and villain to others, Fauci has become a high-profile target.

    While the merchandise is focused on Florida before the 2022 gubernatorial race there, DeSantis is seen as a potential front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024. A key part of his pitch: He resisted public health experts’ calls for stricter measures against the spread of the coronavirus, spurring criticism on the left and praise from the right for keeping his state’s schools and economy comparatively open.

    While discussing the Florida budget this summer, DeSantis said his state’s rosy financial outlook would not have been possible “if we had followed Fauci.”

    “Instead we followed freedom,” he said.

    His campaign’s “Team DeSantis” Twitter account announced the new merchandise Monday. The Fauci items are listed alongside “Keep Florida Free” hats and red koozies that take aim at face coverings with a DeSantis quote: “How the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on?”

    The campaign team did not respond to The Washington Post’s questions Tuesday, and Fauci did not respond to a request for comment.

    New coronavirus infection numbers plummeted in Florida after vaccinations became widely available, but they have ticked up in recent weeks. The state is reporting daily cases close to four times the national average — 26 new infections per 100,000 residents, the second-highest number in the country. The state’s latest covid-19 death rate is almost double the national figure, and it ranks fourth for current hospitalizations.

    Fauci has been a vocal proponent of mask mandates and other measures to mitigate covid-19, the illness the novel coronavirus causes, though he and other federal health officials encouraged schools to open with safety precautions. As a coronavirus adviser to the Trump administration, Fauci criticized some of Florida’s decisions: In the fall, he called the state’s move to fully reopen restaurants and bars “very concerning.”

    “When you’re dealing with community spread, and you have the kind of congregate setting where people get together, particularly without masks, you’re really asking for trouble,” Fauci said at the time on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Now’s the time actually to double down a bit, and I don’t mean close.”

    DeSantis avoided statewide mask requirements even as leaders across the political spectrum embraced them amid growing evidence of their effectiveness. This spring, he suspended all virus-based local rules for businesses and individuals.

    The governor has encouraged people to get vaccinated but also banned businesses from requiring proof of vaccination, arguing that such measures are a form of discrimination against people who refuse vaccines for medical or religious reasons. He also successfully sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep it from enforcing its coronavirus rules on cruise ships in Florida, a major part of the state’s tourism industry.

    With the new merchandise, DeSantis is trying to cash in on a growing conservative backlash toward Fauci, a longtime government scientist who has advised seven presidents and directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

    Throughout the pandemic, Fauci has drawn ire from the right for advocating restrictions and changing stances on whether the general public should wear masks. Fauci says he and other public health leaders flipped positions as they learned more about the effectiveness of face coverings and after initially fearing that the public would snap up masks needed for health workers.

    But the focus on Fauci intensified after BuzzFeed News and The Post recently obtained some of his early pandemic emails. The doctor was a target of criticism and derision at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, where ominous black-and-white video clips of Fauci talking drew loud boos from crowd.

    Resistance to shutdowns, masks and vaccine promotions came up often at the conservative gathering. “We’ve got Republican governors across this country pretending they didn’t shut down their states … that they didn’t mandate masks,” said South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem (R), another leader seen as a potential 2024 presidential contender.

    Fauci has called criticisms from high-profile Republicans “bizarre.”

    “I’ve become sort of, for some reason or another, a symbol of anything they don’t like” related to anything “contrary to them or outside of their own realm,” he said this spring.

    Florida has seen more coronavirus cases than most states, recording nearly 11,300 infections per 100,000 people to date. It ranks roughly in the middle for deaths per 100,000, according to data tracked by The Post, while early East Coast hot spots such as New York and New Jersey have the highest fatalities per capita, followed by some Southern and Sun Belt states hit hard as the pandemic’s U.S. epicenters shifted.

    About 47 percent of Floridians are fully vaccinated, and the state is projected to reach 70 percent vaccination — the Biden administration’s original nationwide goal for July 4 — in late August, according to a Post analysis. Most covid-19 deaths are occurring among the unvaccinated.

    To critics, DeSantis spurned medical experts in a public health crisis that overwhelmed hospitals and has led to nearly 39,000 deaths in his state. But others have cheered DeSantis for prioritizing the economy.

    In May, Florida ranked roughly in the middle of states on unemployment, according to the latest federal data, and averaged 7.7 percent in 2020, slightly below the national average of 8.1 percent.

    Florida Gov. DeSantis sells anti-Fauci merchandise as doctor draws Republican ire - The Washington Post

    In the past week in Florida...

    New daily reported cases rose 189.8% 
    New daily reported deaths rose 40% 
    Covid-related hospitalizations rose 44.3% Read more

    Among reported tests, the positivity rate was 9.6%.

    The number of tests reported fell 2.4%  from the previous week.Read more

    Since Dec. 14, more than 21,639,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Florida.

    More than 10,142,000 people have completed vaccination, or about 47.22% of the population. Read more about Florida’s vaccination strategy in our vaccination tracker.

    U.S. coronavirus cases and state maps: Tracking cases, deaths - Washington Post

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  • mickeyratmickeyrat Posts: 23,212
    anti-vax Tennessee.....

    July 14, 2021 (Wednesday)

    Yesterday, news broke that, under pressure from Republican leaders, Republican-dominated Tennessee will no longer conduct vaccine outreach for minors. Only 38% of people in Tennessee are vaccinated, and yet the state Department of Health will no longer reach out to urge minors to get vaccinated.

    This change affects not only vaccines for the coronavirus, but also all other routine vaccines. On Monday, Tennessee’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tim Jones sent an email to staff saying there should be "no proactive outreach regarding routine vaccines" and "no outreach whatsoever regarding the HPV vaccine." The HPV vaccine protects against a common sexually transmitted infection that causes cervical cancer, among other cancers.

    Staff were also told not to do any "pre-planning" for flu shots events at schools. Any information released about back-to-school vaccinations should come from the Tennessee Department of Education, not the Tennessee Department of Health, Jones wrote.

    On Monday, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, Tennessee's former top vaccine official, was fired without explanation, and Republicans have talked about getting rid of the Department of Health altogether, saying it has been undermining parents by going around them and straight to teens to promote vaccines.

    Video editor J.M. Rieger of the Washington Post put together a series of videos of Republicans boosting the vaccine and thanking former president Donald Trump for it only to show the same people now spreading disinformation, calling vaccines one of the greatest scandals in our history, and even comparing vaccines to the horrors of the Nazis.

    This begs the question: Why?

    Former FBI special agent, lawyer, and professor Asha Rangappa put this question to Twitter. “Seriously: What is the [Republicans’] endgame in trying to convince their own voters not to get the vaccine?” The most insightful answer, I thought, was that the Republican’s best hope for winning in 2022—aside from voter suppression—is to keep the culture wars hot, even if it means causing illness and death.

    The Republican Party continues to move to the right. During his time in office, the former president put his supporters into office at the level of the state parties, a move that is paying off as they purge from their midst those unwilling to follow Trump. Today, in Michigan, the Republican Party chair who had criticized Trump, Jason Cabel Roe, resigned.

    Candidates who have thrown their hat into the ring for the 2022 midterm elections are trying to get attention by being more and more extreme. They vow to take on the establishment, support Trump and God, and strike terror into the “Liberals” who are bringing socialism to America. Forty QAnon supporters are running for Congress, 38 as Republicans, 2 as Independents.

    And yet, there are cracks in this Republican rush to Trumpism.

    Yesterday, on the Fox News Channel, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) admitted that "Joe Biden is the president of the United States. He legitimately got elected." Trump supporters immediately attacked McCarthy, but the minority leader is only too aware that the House Select Committee on the Capitol Insurrection will start hearing witnesses on July 27, and the spotlight on that event is highly unlikely to make the former president—and possibly some of the Republican lawmakers—look good.

    Already, the books coming out about the former administration have been scathing, but tonight news broke of new revelations in a forthcoming book by Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker. Leonnig and Rucker interviewed more than 140 members of the former administration and say that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley was increasingly upset as he listened to Trump lie about having won the election, believing Trump was looking for an excuse to invoke the Insurrection Act and call out the military.

    Milley compared the former president’s language to that of Hitler and was so worried Trump was going to seize power that Milley began to strategize with other military leaders to keep him from using the military in illegal ways, especially after Trump put his allies at the head of the Pentagon. “They may try, but they’re not going to f---ing succeed,” he allegedly said.

    In addition to damaging stories coming out about the former president, news broke yesterday that Fitch Ratings, a credit rating company, is considering downgrading the AAA rating of the United States government bonds. The problem is not the economy. In fact, the Fitch Ratings report praises the economy, saying it “has recovered much more rapidly than expected, helped by policy stimulus and the roll-out of the vaccination program, which has allowed economic reopening…. [T]he scale and speed of the policy response [is] a positive reflection on the macroeconomic policy framework. Real economic output has overtaken its pre-pandemic level and is on track to exceed pre-pandemic projections....”

    Although the report worries about the growing debt, we also learned yesterday that the deficit for June dropped a whopping 80% from the deficit a year ago, as tax receipts recover along with the economy. Year-to-date, the annual deficit is down 18% from last year.

    The problem, the report says, is politics. And it is specific. “The failure of the former president to concede the election and the events surrounding the certification of the results of the presidential election in Congress in January, have no recent parallels in other very highly rated sovereigns. The redrafting of election laws in some states could weaken the political system, increasing divergence between votes cast and party representation. These developments underline an ongoing risk of lack of bipartisanship and difficulty in formulating policy and passing laws in Congress.”

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  • Merkin BallerMerkin Baller Posts: 6,202
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    It's pretty impressive how much trump fucked our country and yet the rubes are all convinced Fauci is the bad guy. 



    Goebbels would be proud. 
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 23,276
    The TN situation is outrageous and now it's extending beyond the Covid vaccine and into vaccines in general, including HPV.  
  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 29,167
    From Letter From an American. You would think the party of fiscal "responsibility" would get "it" and move on. Death cult.

    In addition to damaging stories coming out about the former president, news broke yesterday that Fitch Ratings, a credit rating company, is considering downgrading the AAA rating of the United States government bonds. The problem is not the economy. In fact, the Fitch Ratings report praises the economy, saying it “has recovered much more rapidly than expected, helped by policy stimulus and the roll-out of the vaccination program, which has allowed economic reopening…. [T]he scale and speed of the policy response [is] a positive reflection on the macroeconomic policy framework. Real economic output has overtaken its pre-pandemic level and is on track to exceed pre-pandemic projections....” 

    Although the report worries about the growing debt, we also learned yesterday that the deficit for June dropped a whopping 80% from the deficit a year ago, as tax receipts recover along with the economy. Year-to-date, the annual deficit is down 18% from last year.

    The problem, the report says, is politics. And it is specific. “The failure of the former president to concede the election and the events surrounding the certification of the results of the presidential election in Congress in January, have no recent parallels in other very highly rated sovereigns. The redrafting of election laws in some states could weaken the political system, increasing divergence between votes cast and party representation. These developments underline an ongoing risk of lack of bipartisanship and difficulty in formulating policy and passing laws in Congress.”

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  • Merkin BallerMerkin Baller Posts: 6,202
    From Letter From an American. You would think the party of fiscal "responsibility" would get "it" and move on. Death cult.

    In addition to damaging stories coming out about the former president, news broke yesterday that Fitch Ratings, a credit rating company, is considering downgrading the AAA rating of the United States government bonds. The problem is not the economy. In fact, the Fitch Ratings report praises the economy, saying it “has recovered much more rapidly than expected, helped by policy stimulus and the roll-out of the vaccination program, which has allowed economic reopening…. [T]he scale and speed of the policy response [is] a positive reflection on the macroeconomic policy framework. Real economic output has overtaken its pre-pandemic level and is on track to exceed pre-pandemic projections....” 

    Although the report worries about the growing debt, we also learned yesterday that the deficit for June dropped a whopping 80% from the deficit a year ago, as tax receipts recover along with the economy. Year-to-date, the annual deficit is down 18% from last year.

    The problem, the report says, is politics. And it is specific. “The failure of the former president to concede the election and the events surrounding the certification of the results of the presidential election in Congress in January, have no recent parallels in other very highly rated sovereigns. The redrafting of election laws in some states could weaken the political system, increasing divergence between votes cast and party representation. These developments underline an ongoing risk of lack of bipartisanship and difficulty in formulating policy and passing laws in Congress.”

    trump was right, I'm definitely sick and tired of all this winning. 
  • The JugglerThe Juggler Behind that bush over there.Posts: 41,125
    These people are crazy.

    All Trump has/had to do is/was tout the very vaccines he wanted credit for making so quickly and tens of thousands more people (maybe hundreds of thousands) might very well still be alive and life would be even more back to normal by this point. 
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