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2020-05-22 8:44:11 AM  
 
2020-05-22 8:48:57 AM  
They just got back from a freaking recess.  Do your damn jobs!  You don't need a whole week off for Memorial Day
 
2020-05-22 9:21:29 AM  
Another, more cynical and potentially demographic satisfying tactic. Denying aid gives them Dems, libs and welfare queens galore in the news to rally GOPFumpers to stigginit.
 
2020-05-22 9:29:46 AM  
Mitch doesn't care about working folks, not while his crooked wife is lining his pockets with federal project money.
 
2020-05-22 9:41:30 AM  
Well *someone* needs to. Biden sure the hell isn't.
 
2020-05-22 9:44:26 AM  

OldRod: They just got back from a freaking recess.  Do your damn jobs!  You don't need a whole week off for Memorial Day


They need that week to prepare their argument against extending UI because it incentivizes people to not work.
 
2020-05-22 9:45:42 AM  
Maybe Donnie can contract out to someone (and stiff them later) to sabotage biatch's campaign.  And then, if they work REAL hard and they're both extremely bad little boys, we can get rid of both of them when election season rolls around again.
 
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2020-05-22 9:48:35 AM  

Harlee: OK, this is an interesting riff on the classic "bread and circuses" idea. History doesn't exactly repeat, but it does spiral, and revisit old themes. I can totally see Trump going to the mat on a televised rant against the Senate, and demanding a monthly stimulus check for all households. I can also see this turning into a bastardized form of GBI.

In the age of Covid and economic crash, compare/contrast the current state of our electorate with this article:

This phrase originates from Rome in Satire X of the Roman satirical poet Juvenal (c. AD 100). In context, the Latin panem et circenses (bread and circuses) identifies the only remaining interest of a Roman populace which no longer cares for its historical birthright of political involvement. Here Juvenal displays his contempt for the declining heroism of contemporary Romans, using a range of different themes including lust for power and desire for old age to illustrate his argument.[6] Roman politicians passed laws in 140 BC to keep the votes of poorer citizens, by introducing a grain dole: giving out cheap food and entertainment, "bread and circuses", became the most effective way to rise to power.


I've heard the idea floated that Trump will rediscover some long dormant populist tendencies and realize that some form of UBI (to take your example) are both good practice and politics during this crisis.

The problem is A) No and B) even if he promoted it as a purely political play the Republicans would add some satanic proviso to the legislation like privatizing social security
 
2020-05-22 9:55:12 AM  
As a republican, I need to see people starving and evicted from their homes before I know they're in need.  Then I make it a point to go and visit my wealthiest friends and laugh at how lazy those starving homeless people are.  Laying down motionless in their coffins.
 
2020-05-22 9:56:48 AM  

Chromium_One: Maybe Donnie can contract out to someone (and stiff them later) to sabotage biatch's campaign.  And then, if they work REAL hard and they're both extremely bad little boys, we can get rid of both of them when election season rolls around again.


Sadly Mitch isn't going anywhere. He's running campaign ads against McGrath about her support of abortion all the way to the ninth month so she's toast in deep red Kentucky. Mitch is going to be reelected and he's going to stay in the Senate until he croaks someday.
 
2020-05-22 10:08:18 AM  
The last couple of stimulus relief packages were squandered and stolen. The rich got most of it, which was the entire point of the "relief." Yertle figures there's no rush.
 
2020-05-22 10:16:49 AM  
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2020-05-22 10:17:48 AM  
To quote the Joker, when things go sideways, they'll eat each other
 
2020-05-22 10:21:26 AM  

Dr Dreidel: OldRod: They just got back from a freaking recess.  Do your damn jobs!  You don't need a whole week off for Memorial Day

They need that week to prepare their argument against extending UI because it incentivizes people to not work.


So does the minimum wage
 
2020-05-22 10:26:48 AM  
Don't worry.  Moscow Mitch has something planned for Sep/Oct.  The attention span of the swing voters is so short that you need to have the cash payouts closer to the election so they will know who to vote for.
 
2020-05-22 10:28:55 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Well *someone* needs to. Biden sure the hell isn't.


Fark off
 
2020-05-22 10:31:50 AM  

Winston Smith '84: Don't worry.  Moscow Mitch has something planned for Sep/Oct.  The attention span of the swing voters is so short that you need to have the cash payouts closer to the election so they will know who to vote for.


This right here.
 
2020-05-22 10:35:04 AM  

OldRod: They just got back from a freaking recess.  Do your damn jobs!  You don't need a whole week off for Memorial Day


Since the only job Republicans in the Senate think they need to do is wave through RWNJ judges, they can take the rest of the session off AFAIK...
 
2020-05-22 10:51:01 AM  
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2020-05-22 10:53:57 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Well *someone* needs to. Biden sure the hell isn't.



Latest state-by-state polling map

Biden 350 - Trump 188

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(Source: Electoral-Vote.com 2020-05-22)
 
2020-05-22 10:55:57 AM  

edmo: So does the minimum wage


are you serious, or are you a farking moron?
 
2020-05-22 10:56:12 AM  
are you kidding or are you a farking moron*
 
2020-05-22 11:06:47 AM  

Kazan: Tyrone Slothrop: Well *someone* needs to. Biden sure the hell isn't.


Latest state-by-state polling map

Biden 350 - Trump 188

[electoral-vote.com image 580x359]
(Source: Electoral-Vote.com 2020-05-22)


I could easily see a few states flipping in the next couple months depending upon the economy and covid.  I could see Ohio, Missouri, and Texas flipping quite easily.  Texas is plain as day on the map.  Ohio and Missouri...if large percentages of the urban populations of Kansas City, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Cleveland show up, it might offset the "outstate voters."  Further, in Missouri, the suburban St. Louis crowd seems really annoyed with Trump right now.  They carried him and the Navy-Seal-Sex-Slave governor that Missouri elected.

I know its early, but honestly the Democrats should have this wrapped up by hammering on covid and the economy, and how the Republicans and Trump (not just Trump) totally bungled this, making the US the laughing stock of the world.
 
2020-05-22 11:21:32 AM  

freakay: Further, in Missouri, the suburban St. Louis crowd seems really annoyed with Trump right now.  They carried him and the Navy-Seal-Sex-Slave governor that Missouri elected.


Isn't Greitens (possibly) gearing up to run again?

That should tell you something about how bad the GOP feels for foisting that sack of civet shiat on the state.
 
2020-05-22 11:29:07 AM  

freakay: Kazan: Tyrone Slothrop: Well *someone* needs to. Biden sure the hell isn't.


Latest state-by-state polling map

Biden 350 - Trump 188

[electoral-vote.com image 580x359]
(Source: Electoral-Vote.com 2020-05-22)

I could easily see a few states flipping in the next couple months depending upon the economy and covid.  I could see Ohio, Missouri, and Texas flipping quite easily.  Texas is plain as day on the map.  Ohio and Missouri...if large percentages of the urban populations of Kansas City, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Cleveland show up, it might offset the "outstate voters."  Further, in Missouri, the suburban St. Louis crowd seems really annoyed with Trump right now.  They carried him and the Navy-Seal-Sex-Slave governor that Missouri elected.

I know its early, but honestly the Democrats should have this wrapped up by hammering on covid and the economy, and how the Republicans and Trump (not just Trump) totally bungled this, making the US the laughing stock of the world.


I think Ohio is only still red because it looked to the locals like their governor was handling things properly and now their opinion of him is souring as things go on and he bungles shiat.

Texas is up in the air - in the last month it's been D+1, dead even, R+2.  all over.  

Plus we haven't even really seen how bad the economy is going to get yet. the enhanced unemployment benefits have softened the blow to date.  by mid-summer we're really going to see how it is.
 
2020-05-22 11:55:15 AM  
This economic hardship is just the tip of the ice berg. I don't think we have seen the worst of it yet. I think we are seeing a facade of normalcy actually. A calm before the storm. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the economy seems to be still chugging along fine. but there are 38 million unemployed, millions more with hours cut, producers trying to figure out the new supply and demand chain. The multi billion dollar travel industry which is a big part of some states revenue completely vanished.


If nothing is done I think consumption will start to tighten and the economy will start to contract at a faster pace.   Trillions will be wiped out. a domino effect will cause many more businesses to close permanently. The incoming housing crisis will wipe home owners out as they watch their home value tank. we all will be drinking rationed powdered milk before it starts to turn around.
 
2020-05-22 12:13:25 PM  

freakay: Kazan: Tyrone Slothrop: Well *someone* needs to. Biden sure the hell isn't.


Latest state-by-state polling map

Biden 350 - Trump 188

[electoral-vote.com image 580x359]
(Source: Electoral-Vote.com 2020-05-22)

I could easily see a few states flipping in the next couple months depending upon the economy and covid.  I could see Ohio, Missouri, and Texas flipping quite easily.  Texas is plain as day on the map.  Ohio and Missouri...if large percentages of the urban populations of Kansas City, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Cleveland show up, it might offset the "outstate voters."  Further, in Missouri, the suburban St. Louis crowd seems really annoyed with Trump right now.  They carried him and the Navy-Seal-Sex-Slave governor that Missouri elected.

I know its early, but honestly the Democrats should have this wrapped up by hammering on covid and the economy, and how the Republicans and Trump (not just Trump) totally bungled this, making the US the laughing stock of the world.


People will continue to dump Trump because of how badly he f$cked-up and continues to f$ck-up.  However, as they realize how bad things are, they will also dump Trump because they realize he is too much of an evil, incompetent, uncaring asshole to see the country through the hard times ahead.

Having an evil, incompetent, uncaring asshole as President is kind of a "luxury" the US can no longer afford.  When a country is doing relatively well economically (thanks Obama) you can do really stupid shiat with minimal consequences.  Now you are going to need something like an FDR and the Newer Deal to get through it.  Not sure if Biden is up to the job but Trump sure as f$ck isn't.
 
2020-05-22 12:16:59 PM  
We can only hope.
 
2020-05-22 12:33:14 PM  
Why would he consider another stimulus package before June?

Didn't a stimulus go through just last week?
 
2020-05-22 12:37:39 PM  
The Republicans will now claim that the Democrats, who have passed another stimulus bill in the House, are the ones delaying action on providing more relief. It will thus be reported on FOX and throughout conservative talk radio and the base will believe.
 
2020-05-22 12:45:29 PM  

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Thanks. Don't think I ever saw that one. Probably didnt make its way into the Life in Hell books which I have. Can't imagine why.
 
2020-05-22 12:46:39 PM  
Trump is the anti-FDR. The man the country most wants and least needs.
 
2020-05-22 12:50:33 PM  
I am of two minds. On the one hand I think Trump might be the most dangerous and evil man in the world, and on the other hand, Red Mitch makes such a good case for himself being the most dangerous and evil man in the world I am reduced to a plague on both their houses, which are essentially the same house in policy terms, and a wish to see them fight to the death in an arena of molton lava, with the goddes Pele or possibly Kali acting as referee.

Any hoo, today's Republicans are even more reactionary, stupid, misinformed, misquided and perverse than they were in 1919-1945. The policies of Harding, Hoover and Coolidge can't hold a candle to Trump's Space Farce lasers though. They are so bright they can be seen in a vacuum. Study that out.
 
2020-05-22 12:56:20 PM  

Kazan: Tyrone Slothrop: Well *someone* needs to. Biden sure the hell isn't.


Latest state-by-state polling map

Biden 350 - Trump 188

[electoral-vote.com image 580x359]
(Source: Electoral-Vote.com 2020-05-22)


The crazy red squirrel is looking a bit shorter lately. Good, I hope it loses its tail trying to line its nest with fur.

If it does, I will rename it "Batshiat Crazy Mite".

I also considered Bartok and other cartoon characters. If you want to argue, here's a useful link but it is by no means complete:

https://www.ranker.com/list/list-of-b​a​t-characters/reference
 
2020-05-22 1:01:30 PM  

PlaidJaguar: Why would he consider another stimulus package before June?

Didn't a stimulus go through just last week?


It passed the Democratic controlled House. It hasn't even been taken up by the Senate.

Do you even know how the US government works?
 
2020-05-22 1:02:06 PM  

Kazan: Tyrone Slothrop: Well *someone* needs to. Biden sure the hell isn't.


Latest state-by-state polling map

Biden 350 - Trump 188

[electoral-vote.com image 580x359]
(Source: Electoral-Vote.com 2020-05-22)


This site was one of my favourites duriing the last several Elections, because it aggregates a lot of polling and is remarkably unbiased and balanced in its consideration of the polls. It will get the numbers as right as possible most of the time if not 99% of the time.
 
2020-05-22 1:03:08 PM  

runwiz: The Republicans will now claim that the Democrats, who have passed another stimulus bill in the House, are the ones delaying action on providing more relief. It will thus be reported on FOX and throughout conservative talk radio and the base will believe.


I don't think the Republicans will do anything right now.  Moscow/Cocaine Mitch will wait until the election draws closer and then generate a stimulus package that is very beneficial to Red States (farm relief, midwest factory relief, etc) AND attach a rider that fully funds the Border Wall, increases Border Patrol and ICE budgets, and further restricts abortion rights.  The Democrats will have to vote against the package and, voila, ready made campaign issues that put the Democrats on the defensive.
 
2020-05-22 1:39:42 PM  

brantgoose: Kazan: Tyrone Slothrop: Well *someone* needs to. Biden sure the hell isn't.


Latest state-by-state polling map

Biden 350 - Trump 188

[electoral-vote.com image 580x359]
(Source: Electoral-Vote.com 2020-05-22)

This site was one of my favourites duriing the last several Elections, because it aggregates a lot of polling and is remarkably unbiased and balanced in its consideration of the polls. It will get the numbers as right as possible most of the time if not 99% of the time.


I've been using it since it was first setup. it's great.
 
2020-05-22 2:16:46 PM  
Winston Smith '84

runwiz: The Republicans will now claim that the Democrats, who have passed another stimulus bill in the House, are the ones delaying action on providing more relief. It will thus be reported on FOX and throughout conservative talk radio and the base will believe.

I don't think the Republicans will do anything right now.  Moscow/Cocaine Mitch will wait until the election draws closer and then generate a stimulus package that is very beneficial to Red States (farm relief, midwest factory relief, etc) AND attach a rider that fully funds the Border Wall, increases Border Patrol and ICE budgets, and further restricts abortion rights.  The Democrats will have to vote against the package and, voila, ready made campaign issues that put the Democrats on the defensive.


This could work if timed properly.  However, if Mitch waits too long, the Democrats may figure to go ahead and pass the bill then simply defund the wall after the election and reverse the restrictions on abortion rights with Biden in the White House and the Democrats controlling Congress.
 
2020-05-22 3:11:05 PM  

brantgoose: I am of two minds. On the one hand I think Trump might be the most dangerous and evil man in the world, and on the other hand, Red Mitch makes such a good case for himself being the most dangerous and evil man in the world I am reduced to a plague on both their houses, which are essentially the same house in policy terms, and a wish to see them fight to the death in an arena of molton lava, with the goddes Pele or possibly Kali acting as referee.

Any hoo, today's Republicans are even more reactionary, stupid, misinformed, misquided and perverse than they were in 1919-1945. The policies of Harding, Hoover and Coolidge can't hold a candle to Trump's Space Farce lasers though. They are so bright they can be seen in a vacuum. Study that out.


Trump is a toddler with a howitzer.  If you can get it away from him, that problem is solved.

McConnell is much more of a threat.  He's exploited a loophole in the Constitution that let's the Senate Majority Leader have unprecedented control over all three branches of government.  he can basically block any legislation and any appointment for any reason.

That said, John Roberts the the Federalist Society club on the courts is the biggest danger.  Even if Trump and McConnell are swept away, you have a bunch of ideological suicide bombers sitting on the courts ready to sabotage the Democratic President and Congress.  Nothing is going to get done unless Democrats can rebalance the courts.
 
2020-05-22 4:16:14 PM  
"The problem is, we don't even have all the money out the door yet," Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told Politico.

AKA We haven't finished washing the first load and our pockets are kinda full.
 
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