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If you want to fight back, don't frame it they way they do

For starters, the guy who compiled that page is a conservative, and he kitchen-sink categorizes everything even halfway-related as "Welfare" because that's what conservatives have always done: gloss over the details to produce big scary numbers they can "sound the alarm" about.

Now, let's break down those number, shall we?

Social Security and Medicare take up the lion's share, but the only people who consider those "public assistance" are conservative/libertarian zealots bent on destroying them. But they'll happily blur the lines between those and more direct assistance in order to produce big scary numbers and create the impression that there's an army of layabouts sponging off the rest of us (and those eeeevilllll sooooooocialist Democrats who let them).

Medicaid also has a lot of users who aren't generally considered "on welfare." I'm thinking of the use of Medicaid to pay for nursing home/hospice care.

Unemployment is a sliver. Housing and Families & Children assistance, the stereotypical "welfare", are a fraction of the "TTTTRRRillions" and would be even smaller if wages hadn't effectively been stagnant for several decades.

David Corn: To Honor Ginsburg, Democrats Have One Choice: Go Nuclear


It’s a popular sentiment on the left: Don’t mourn, organize. But with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that won’t be enough. Ginsburg, a hero of female empowerment and of the Supreme Court, deserves much mourning. But Democrats and progressives can waste no time prepping for the battle royal that lies ahead. After all, it took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell mere minutes after the news of RBG’s passing to declare that the GOP-controlled Senate will vote on whoever Donald Trump sends its way to fill the Supreme Court vacancy—a direct eff-you to the Democrats after McConnell in 2016 refused to consider President Barack Obama’s SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland with the phony-baloney argument that the Senate should not consider new justices during an election year. So yes, Dems will have to organize, but they must do more: They have to get ready to rumble.

What is coming, at least as the Republicans see it, is a grand political clash. They have been hellbent on reshaping the entire federal judiciary and especially drool over the prospect of locking the highest court into a right-wing course that will last decades and counter demographic trends that favor Democrats. This is their Holy Grail. After all, nothing galvanizes conservative evangelical voters more than the courts. For political consultants, it has long been conventional wisdom that right-wingers obsess over the composition of the courts and the Supreme Court far more than progressives. So Ginsburg’s departure is a gift for Trump. If there has been any erosion occurring on the edges of his conservative and evangelical base, his effort to shove another anti-choice, pro-corporate conservative on to the highest court could certainly shore up that ground for him. Here’s something Trump can campaign on for the next six and a half weeks, without breaking a sweat or fielding a tough question. It’s his lifeline. A cure for his coronavirus problem.


The win-over-reasonable-Republicans-with-reason strategy is weak sauce. That leaves the Democrats with one other choice: total political warfare. The Senate’s Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer—with the backing of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi—needs to threaten massive retaliation. Should McConnell try to ram a Trump nominee through, Schumer ought to vow that the Democrats, if they win back the Senate and Biden is elected president, will demolish the filibuster, which will allow the Senate to proceed to make Washington, DC, a state (two more senators, who are likely to be Democrats!) and that they will move to add two or four more seats to the Supreme Court. (There is nothing in the Constitution that limits the court’s size to the current nine justices.) In other words: They will implement a Republican nightmare (which, as it happens, can be justified on arguments of equity and fairness).

Schumer should utter this declaration publicly to lock the Democrats in. Of course, this could further propel Republicans to the polls. But it might do the same with Democrats. (The stakes in this election are now higher than they already were.) Crucially, there would need to be buy-in from Biden. The veteran Washington player will have to put aside his somewhat admirable (if misguided) desire to return to the older and more genteel means of legislating and compromising in the nation’s capital. But with conservative voters fired up by the dream of replacing Ginsburg with a thirtysomething right-wing firebrand, the Dems will have to counter with more than a this-isn’t-fair argument. Bring a gun to a knife fight? They will need a bazooka. Sorry if that sounds violent. But, as one sage person likes to say, we are in a fight for the nation’s soul. And sometimes you don’t get to choose the weapons or levels of intensity.

It needs to be made crystal clear...

If Mitch (via Trump) tries to fill RGB's seat, in direct opposition to everything he claimed about filling Scalia's, it will guarantee expansion of the court. Better yet, courts. Plural.

Ep 562: Whoops! Trump Took His Mouth on the Campaign Trail

Coming to you live from the Cornfield Resistance, where we plan to vote only once, and get everybody else to do the same, it's The Professional Left with Driftglass and Blue Gal

Stars and Stripes Forever

On edit: Ooop! He just figured out that snuffing out Stars and Stripes was a PR disaster, so he tweeted out that he will not be cutting the funding that he already did cut.

So I guess the post below has to be modified. Probably to remind everyone that if he steals the election again, he'll go right back on that and it'll be gone before his coronation on Jan. 20.

If I may make a humble suggestion to the Biden-Harris campaign
Run an ad:

He is what he is.

A Loser.

He won't last forever.

But "Stars and Stripes" will be back next year.


Note: Edited. Made a couple of formatting edits and changed the Subject line to something more directly to the point

50 years of radical conservatives working to overthrow the New Deal...

...heck, to overthrow every populist economic and regulatory measure enacted since the late 19th century.

They want the Gilded Age back. And they spent decades pushing hot buttons to get people white-hot mad about single-issues or small clusters of issues so that the people who had their buttons pushed would prioritize those things when voting. And conservative politicians would pay lip service to those issues while working to tear down every measure under government control that pushes against wealthy people using that wealth as leverage to run roughshod over anybody who gets in their way.

They turned the Party of Lincoln into the Party of Salome. Salome is the base, and she grew increasingly pissed that the establishment Herods weren't bringing her the heads she'd asked for.

They turned the Party of Abe into the Party of Ahab. Ahab is the base, who if their chests were cannons they'd shoot their hearts out like cannonballs to trigger the libs.

Trump is the guy who promised them all-you-can-eat White Whale steak dinners for life (and the hagfish will pay for it). And blames the Deep State for the dearth of heads.

Somewhere in the Kremlin: "Watch. This is how it is done." said Mr. P. ...

"From his confidential schedule, right now he is in a meeting with that English hag," he said as he touched a contact on his phone.
"White House switchboard. How may I help you."
"This is Vladimir Putin. I would like to speak to the president. It is a matter of some small urgency, or I would have gone through more standard channels."
"I'm sorry sir, he's in a closed meeting right now. I will see to it he is informed as soon as possible."
"Thank you, my dear. I appreciate your diligence. May you have a good day."

After the disconnection, he slid his chair back and, one by one, swung his legs onto his desk and leaned back. "In about 15 minutes, you will hear the sound of a puppy peeing himself," he said with a smile.

Kenosha disinfo protection: the alleged molotov ain't one

RWers are pointing to a cell phone video from Kenosha to claim the shooter there was acting in self-defense after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at him.

They're either lying directly or heedlessly repeating a lie. As usual.

Here's a copy of the video. At the 9 s mark, at the center of the screen to the right of the bicyclist in the foreground, the first person to his right is the soon-to-be shooter. The second person winds up and throws something at him. It appears bright thanks to reflecting the lights on the building behind them. That's the object that is the alleged Molotov Cocktail.

However, here is the object, mere seconds later, from a different angle and closer than the video above.

No flames, no smoke.

Here's a cleaner view from the alternative angle, from even closer, as the cameraman was moving toward the shooting victim (this is also from a video, but I haven't found a copy I can post here). It isn't anything that was on fire. Nor a puddle of liquid that hadn't caught. The white part sticking up looks like pages, or a wrapper that had come undone; it's too indistinct to make out clearly, but it's an object, not flame or anything. It ain't no molotov.

Where's the dragon?

Fantasy at this level usually has a dragon.

Destroying USPS has been a Koch/Libertarian project since the '70s

Wait a Minute, Mr. Koch-Man: The Plot to Kill the Public’s Postal Service
Lisa Graves June 18, 2020

The Postal Service is the most popular institution in America. So why are some of the people who represent us in Washington, DC, willing to kill the most trusted brand and most popular institution in America?

One man, Charles Koch, has played a singular role.

He has used his vast fortune to fertilize theories that were once at the far fringes of society–like abolishing the Postal Service. And he has amplified his anti-government agenda through special interest groups he has grown.

The truth is that Koch, one of the richest men in America and the world, has been helping to fund and fuel efforts to kill the Postal Service and other public institutions dating back to the 1970s, though few Americans know it. Here is a quick timeline on this:

1970s Charles Koch stakes Robert Poole and Reason magazine and the Reason Foundation as they promote attacks on the Postal Service that endorse a for-profit postal system and “privatization” generally.
1976 Koch stakes the Libertarian Party, which urges the public institutions and programs be eliminated including “the abolition of the governmental Postal Service.”
1977 Koch stakes Ed Crane and co-founds the Cato Institute, which urges that government functions be handled by the “free market.”
1980 David Koch runs of Vice President on a privatization platform, including for the Postal Service. Poole publishes a book subsidized by the Reason Foundation, whose angel investor is Charles Koch, which urges the privatization of local government functions and more.
1980 Charles Koch stakes Richard Fink at George Mason, and Fink urges Ronald Reagan’s “Grace Commission” to privatize government functions; the Commission’s recommendations including outsourcing thousands of Postal Service jobs and Post Offices.
2020 Americans for Prosperity expressly denounces any funding for the Postal Service, despite the Postal Service performing “essential” work in the pandemic and with the growing need for vote by mail. Americans for Prosperity also begins running digital ads targeting several U.S. Senators to toe the Koch line against the Postal Service. Miller remains on the small board of Koch’s Americans for Prosperity, the longest serving leader of this arm of Koch’s political operation other than David Koch. The total amount Americans for Prosperity is spending on this campaign against the Postal Service is unknown.

More at the link, plus:

Interviews with the researcher:
CounterSpin, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting: https://fair.org/home/a-combination-of-forces-puts-our-postal-service-at-grave-risk/

8 O'Clock Buzz, WORT radio, Madison, WI: https://www.wortfm.org/wait-a-minute-mr-koch-man-the-plot-to-kill-the-publics-postal-service/

18-page briefing by the researcher (PDF available at):
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