Reminder – How the Republicans are stealing everything for the 1 percent

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)

Democrats win House popular vote by 8.6 million votes — largest midterm margin in 40 years – The Washington Times

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)

D.G. Martin: Elections offer lessons to Democrats – Rocky Mount Telegram

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 Are A Democrat Who Do You Vote For?

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? 

 

 

 

Why Did the Democratic and Republican Parties Switch Platforms? LiveScience

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)

Frank Bruni: Democrats are the new Republicans – Rocky Mount Telegram

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)

Republican Judge Resigns to Protest North Carolina GOP’s Attack on Courts – The Slatest

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)

Folk Tickles The Hell Out Of Me Talking About They Are Democrats And They Voted For Donald Trump Because They Didn’t Want To Vote For Hillary Rodman Clinton

Folk tickles the hell out of me talking about they are Democrats and they voted for Donald Trump because they didn’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton. This is more funny when I read about white females making the statement.

For those who were mad that Clinton didn’t beat President Barack Obama it is my ignant opinion that they are mad because we had the 1st black President and they can’t get over it. It is funny as hell to me that for these Democrats continued madness because of Obama serving as President for 2 terms the only thing that makes these Democrats who happy is to vote for Trump. Now to me that is the too damn ignant but hell yeah that is their right and I am not mad with them. But for me I get 2 things out of all of this and that is these Democrats have a problem with a black man having been President and makes me wonder about them when it comes to blacks in any kind of authority. The 2nd thing is these Democrats are just Democrats for a particular reason but vote Republican anyway. I said that when I became actively engaged in the Democratic Party on the local, state and national level. Hell anyone who are familiar with Jesse Helms being Senator for years and NC has more Democrats that meant that Democrats voted for him but I have been in Democratic meetings and these white Democrats went out voted against their own party.

In Edgecombe County the local Democratic Party county officers/executive committee used to be a majority white. I remember going to the meetings since I became active in the late 80’s and every meeting was a fight. When the party became a majority black most whites stop coming to the meeting and some of those who continued was because they used the party to get elected as Democrats which became and entitlement with power and pay.

The NC State Democratic Party state officers/executive committee have been a mess since I began going to the meetings and being active on the executive committee since the early 90’s. I have seen the fight there with blacks seeking a balance at the table and as of today the state party still got issues. The state officers are still a majority white and the executive committee also. The division can be easily seen but nothing is being done about it.

I love reading comments from some folk who say they didn’t protest, set stuff on fire and other negatives because Hillary didn’t become President losing to Obama. Well I haven’t protested when I didn’t have any choice but to vote for a white President all of the 54 years of my life counting the years that I have been able to vote. Hell I have protested locally and statewide but peacefully. The HKonJ Moral March/Rally where I am a partner with the NC NAACP and nearly 100 other organizations and etc. will be held this Saturday February 11, 2017 in Raleigh NC Wake County at 10 AM. After the march I got to head over to Rolesville High School in Wake County for the NC Democratic State Party Executive Committee Meeting to vote on new officers and etc.

What tickles me is the majority of the folk who have a problem with politics have not been actively engaged on the local, state nor the national. That is okay but that is what makes them and I different because I am an active engaged black man with a voice and a vote.

I refuse to be silent on issues because I have been engaged. I have been actively engaged in politics since the late 80’s so when I see stuff that I feel like addressing I am going to do so. I will not be apologetic because I know politics. I know many, many of the elective officials locally, statewide and on the national. And for those whom I don’t, I have resources/contacts that know them so all I got to do is reach out to them.

I have 4,409 followers on my blog and 3,777 friends on Facebook. That is all well and fine however I don’t worry about what those numbers because I am going to continue to do what I do because it is my moral obligation.

Internal report: Dems have lost their way – News & Observers

The Political Agitator response: I disagree that the Democratic Party has become a confused political party. The problem in my opinion is that there is a new set of white Democrats whom are in the game now and they don’t have the same mentality as those that were very active dating back to the early 90’s when I became active. I say that because I look at how the local Edgecombe County Democratic Party used to be a majority white and every meeting used to be a fight as black folks whom became the majority in the county back in the 90’s were fighting to get positions in the local party. I am not talking about fighting to get elected to serve as elected officials on the state and national levels, that was another fight. Now that the local party is a majority black the whites have stopped coming to the meetings, wonder why? In Raleigh the majority serving in the Democratic Party state office is white and major infighting seems to become an more and more prevalent during the elections a State President and State Officers. While the infighting is going on the state level the damn real fight ought to be with the Republican Party holding the majority of the offices in the NC General Assembly. This is something that I have kept in mind since the days that Jesse Helms was re-elected over and over again but yet the state was and is a majority Democrat. So you do the math. I figured it out a long time ago. Until we figure out who the real Democrats are going to the polls nothing else will matter. And lastly the election of a Black President also have shown us who some Democrats really were/are. Yep that’s right! Until the fight in Raleigh with State Democratic Party became a fight for electing a black majority on the state level, we will continue to get what we get. But the problem with that is, will the whites continue to go to the state meetings. And then the next fight will be to get more blacks in the General Assembly. It seems that if it ain’t a fight about black and white, nothing changes but we know what happens when blacks get in office somehow some whites stop being seen actively engaged. When Democrats recognize and understand that the fight ain’t in-house that it is with the Republican agenda the better off we will be.

WASHINGTON — Democrats have become a confused political party with a muddled message and an inability to turn out enough of its loyal voters, a party task force charged with how to revive the embattled party said Saturday.

“I am here to tell you the Democratic Party has lost its way,” said Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky, who presented the report to the Democratic National Committee WINTER.

The report, an effort to dissect the party’s crushing losses in last year’s congressional and gubernatorial elections, found “the circumstances that led to the series of devastating electoral losses did not develop overnight.” Republicans have done a better job adapting to the rapidly changing electoral landscape, it said, particularly in the area of fundraising.

Democrats have lagged in wooing its own, most supportive constituencies, while losing others.

“In order to win elections, the Democratic Party must reclaim voters that we’ve lost, including white Southern voters,” the report said. But the party also has to “excite key constituencies such as African American women and Latinas.” (Source: Read more)

I Totally Agree With The Following!

I am so sick & tired of people of color having to always take second of everything! It’s always vice chair, assistant to something…never Chair or President of a corporation…always vice president..or as in the NC Democratic Party, vice chair. They have had two Caucasians at the top of the helm the past 2 years. Yet, if we mention having 2 blacks or even a black and Hispanic, no one wants to hear of it!!! It’s time we band together and flex our mental strength & demand not 2 take it any more or we hold our own votes hostage at the polls! I’ve had it!

What went right for Democrats in North Carolina – Politics NC

The Political Agitator response: When all Democrats begin to vote only Democrat then it will always be a win, win! Democrats voting Republicans? Oh yeah look at the Governor races when Helms was in office and now look at what just happened. It is a damn shame but I voted for my party agenda even though there are some Democratic Elected Officials who just showed us they didn’t support the DEMOCRATIC President.

There’s been a bit of gnashing of teeth among North Carolina Democrats over the election results. A number of people bemoaned the make up of the electorate. They seem to believe that a more progressive campaign with a more grassroots feel could have changed who voted, or at least motivated more Democratic voters.

That’s just not true. The electorate was relatively good for Democrats, especially for a midterm. African-Americans made up 21% of the voters, more than they’ve made up in decades. Wake and Orange Counties turned out at about 49%, five points higher than the state as a whole. Buncombe and Guilford voted at 47% and Durham at 45%. Mecklenburg was the big disappointment with only 39% turnout. (Source:  Read more)

Here’s Why Republicans Are Worried: Democrats Register 60,000 New Voters in 48 Districts – PoliticusUSA

Republicans are getting worried about their 2014 chances because Democrats have taken their fundraising advantage and spent it on registering hundreds of thousands of new voters including 60,000 new voters in 48 competitive House districts.

For House Democrats, this strategy is about laying the groundwork to win back the lower chamber in 2016 or 2018, but their efforts will pay dividends this year in close gubernatorial and Senate races in states like Florida and Georgia. In the Peach State, Republicans are already freaking out and trying to stop a massive non-DCCC voter registration effort with a voter fraud investigation. (Source: Read more)

Voter ID Mess

In Edgecombe County I have attended the Board of Elections meetings faithfully over the years until around 2 years ago. I used to go in and watch them go through provisional ballots and etc. So I know they verify the the ballots.

It does not take a rocket scientist to know that the only reason the Republicans wanted to suppress the votes is because they are afraid black folks will not vote Republican and that the black community advertise and promote voter awareness to get black folks to the polls. And then on election day black folks can be seen working the polls passing out voter information about candidates.

So the issue of Voter ID for me ain’t even worth talking about if RACE ain’t going to be discussed because I know what is real and what is perceived.

See related:

Report shows impact of new voting law

Edgecombe County & Wilson County Democrats Some Of These Folks Must Be Some Kin

Sad I have learned some things during this election. Some folks wants to change the rules. In Edgecombe County some ignant Democrats want to say EXPERIENCE does not matter and DEBATE is not being political. And then some ignant Democrats in Wilson have a problem with folks telling the truth.

Damn but they call themselves Democrats though! SMDH!

 

Why Did A Former NC Democratic Governor Write A $1000 Check To An Extreme Tea Party GOP Candidate? by George Fisher

The Political Agitator response:

I am an active Democrat and voter and will not give up but I will challenge DEMOCRATS because they are suppose to be just that a Democrat. Hell giving money to the TEA PARTY or any Republican just ain’t morally right for me. Just my ignant ass opinion. Hell naw it ain’t nothing new for these guys to do this because ain’t no way Senator Helms stayed in office all of those years without Democrats voting for him. But damn to take it to a whole new damn level by blatantly giving money to the Republican Party is a bit much.

Raleigh—NC Welcome to North Carolina, the home of dysfunctional politics mixed with a hint of confusion.

10I’ve included Rep. Justin Burr’s voting record and campaign finance reports!

The title says it all, former North Carolina Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt is indeed writing campaign contribution checks to at least one right wing tea party Republican named Justin Burr. Mr. Burr represents House District 67 in the North Carolina General Assembly.1

Check this out—Justin Burr has Democratic competition.

Here’s what happened:

John Frank, with the News and Observer, originally broke the story that campaign finance reports show former Gov. Jim Hunt contributing $1000 to the Justin Burr for NC House committee. Here is a link to the original story: News and Observer, Raleigh NC

What is interesting about this story is that it was buried in the nosebleed section of the newspaper but it was easy enough to find for people who read the paper every day. And uncharacteristically odd of the News and Observer and all the other media outlets is that no one ever bothered to follow up with former Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt or Tea Party Republican Justin Burr to get his their side of the story.

Public records obtained from the North Carolina Board of elections show with 100% accuracy that Jim Hunt indeed, donated the money. (Source: Read more)