The Political Agitator’s response: Reminder of how the Republicans operate but I continue to see these ignant posts talking about Democrats but ignoring who are in control the Republicans. It is sad they just lie, lie, lie almost daily trying to make it appear that the Democrats are the problem. That is what they said when the Democrats held up the Stimulus Package.
Enjoy your $1,200 one-time consolation prize for losing your livelihood, your way of life, and your economic security in this pandemic. And don’t think about the 43,000 millionaires and billionaires who got a $90 billion tax break for 2020 courtesy of the Republican Senate. That’s right: 43,000 people making more than $1 million annually are getting 82% of the benefit from the tax change Republicans wedged into the CARES stimulus package. And thanks to Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse for uncovering it for us.
“It’s a scandal for Republicans to loot American taxpayers in the midst of an economic and human tragedy,” said Whitehouse, who requested the Joint Committee on Taxation analysis that enumerated the tax change. “Congress should repeal this rotten, un-American giveaway and use the revenue to help workers battling through this crisis.” It is a scandal, it is un-American, and it is absolutely what Republicans are.
The 2017 tax scam law from Republicans mistakenly (according to them) included a limit on how much owners of businesses that were formed as “pass-through” entities—where the income is taxed as the owner’s personal income at the individual rate rather than as business income for federal income taxes—can deduct against nonbusiness income like capital gains. This mostly helps out hedge fund investors and real estate business owners, experts at the Tax Policy Center say. (Because the hedge fund investors and real estate tycoons are the people who really need relief right now.) Republicans argue that the increased “liquidity” will help somehow. You know, trickle down.
Republicans from Trump on down are using this crisis to steal absolutely everything that’s not nailed down. And throwing crumbs to the rest of us. So yeah, (Read more)
Democratic House candidates received more than 8.6 million votes than did their Republican counterparts — the biggest such midterm margin for either party in over 40 years.
According to an NBC News report current as of noon Wednesday, Democratic House candidates got 58,990,609 votes to Republicans’ 50,304,975 — a margin of 53.1 percent to 45.2 percent.
With two races still outstanding, that 8-million vote edge translated into a Democratic advantage in the next U.S. House of 234 to 199 — a 38-seat pickup over the partisan split in the current Congress.
The 8.6-million vote midterm margin was the largest any party has had since the 1974 elections, held less than three months after Republican President Richard Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal. The 8.7-million-vote advantage, however, was on a much smaller U.S. population, and it translated into a much larger percentage margin (58 percent to 41 percent) and a bigger pickup of seats onto what was already a healthy Democratic majority. The 49 seats Democrats gained that election gave them an advantage of 291 to 144. (Read more)
What did North Carolina Democrats learn from the elections earlier this month?
A few lessons:
1. North Carolina Democrats learned the great advantages of recruiting good candidates to run in every district, even when the odds of winning some entrenched legislative seats had seemed remote. Well-funded, well-organized campaigns can produce demonstrably good results.
2. However, they learned again that clever partisan gerrymandering gives Republicans a clear advantage in legislative and congressional elections.
Until this year, the situation was similar in Pennsylvania. Republicans held a 13-5 edge in that state’s congressional delegation prior to redistricting ordered by the state’s supreme court. In this month’s election, using the new districts, each party won nine seats.
In North Carolina, where the total statewide congressional vote is about even, Republicans nevertheless have a 10-3 advantage. The current districting plan concentrates many Democratic voters into the three Democratic districts and spreads Republican voters throughout the remainder. With seven losing Democrats garnering more than 40 percent of the vote in the recent election, a fair redistricting plan would have made several of them winners. (Read more)
If you don’t like the Democratic candidate do you vote for the Unaffiliated candidate or the Republican?
If you don’t agree with all that a Democratic candidate does do you not vote for them? Hell who agree with everyone about everything?
Do you vote for the Unaffiliated candidate because you like their platform because it is close to your Democratic agenda? Well damn if they are running on the Democratic agenda issues then why in the hell don’t they register as a Democrat? Help me to understand!
My problem is and has been is that if there is a candidate at all levels that the majority of the folk don’t like, why not find a candidate to run in the primary to give one another choice. Hell why not run yourself if you ain’t satisfied with the candidates?
During the 1860s, Republicans, who dominated northern states, orchestrated an ambitious expansion of federal power, helping to fund the transcontinental railroad, the state university system and the settlement of the West by homesteaders, and instating a national currency and protective tariff. Democrats, who dominated the South, opposed these measures. After the Civil War, Republicans passed laws that granted protections for African Americans and advanced social justice; again, Democrats largely opposed these expansions of power.
Sound like an alternate universe? Fast forward to 1936. Democratic president Franklin Roosevelt won reelection that year on the strength of the New Deal, a set of Depression-remedying reforms including regulation of financial institutions, founding of welfare and pension programs, infrastructure development and more. Roosevelt won in a landslide against Republican Alf Landon, who opposed these exercises of federal power. (Read more)
Family values. How long have we been subjected to that subjective phrase, championed by Republicans who equated it with heterosexuality, fecundity and Christian piety – and who appointed themselves the custodians of those?
Well, they lost any remaining claim to that mantle by embracing Donald Trump and then Roy Moore. Neither won the support of all Republicans, but both won the backing or complicity of enough of them to confirm just how hollow and hypocritical the party’s attachment to conservative morality always was. Quote the Bible. Denounce abortion. Congratulations: You’re upholding family values! No questions asked about the number of your marriages, the extent of your infidelities or the scope of your sexual predation. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
The battle between North Carolina’s Republican-dominated General Assembly and its Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has centered, in large part, around the judiciary. The GOP knows that many of its efforts to consolidate power are unlawful, and the courts have not hesitated to block legislative overreach. In response, North Carolina Republicans are attempting to simultaneously hobble the courts and pack them with partisans. Legislative Republicans are close to passing two bills that would strip Cooper of the authority to appoint many judges, delegating that task to the General Assembly instead. And they have already passed a bill shrinking the state Court of Appeals from 15 judges to 12—a brazen effort to prevent Cooper from filling the vacancies left by three Republican judges set to step down during his term. Cooper vetoed the bill, but the legislature will soon enact the measure through veto override. (Read more)