HEY, TRUMP VOTERS: SURELY YOU WEREN’T STUPID ENOUGH TO THINK THE DONALD WAS GOING TO WORK WITH REPUBLICANS ON A TAX REFORM PACKAGE WHICH WOULD HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS? RIGHT??
In order to set the stage for a whopping four hours of debate today on the House version of the Big-Ass Tax Cuts for Corporations and the Rich Act of 2017, the House Rules Committee met last night to waive a 1995 Republican-passed rule requiring a 3/5 majority on any bill that raises taxes…. Republicans have been insisting that their wonderful tax plan will cut taxes for everyone (and maybe, sure, for the rich the most, but that’s only because they have more money than us lowlife scum). Yes, that rule was put in place as part of Newt Gingrich’s Contract On America after Republicans took over the House in 1994, and the whole point was to set a higher bar for tax increases. But hey, if it’s tax increases on the middle and working classes to help pay for tax cuts on rich Republican donors, it’s obviously important enough to merit waiving the rule. Don’t take our word that taxes would go up for many families — that comes right from a report from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.
Once upon a time…well, every four years…Republicans attempt to sell themselves as the only party that truly represent the best interests of Joe and Ethel Sixpack. They crow about how they’re all about protecting the middle class…until they’re re-elected, at which time they go back to the business of screwing over everyday Americans. The GOP tax “reform” bill is a perfect example of this process at work. Republicans are all over TV and da Interwebz claiming their version of tax reform will bring much-needed relief to those who need it most (turns it’s Big Business and the 1%). Continue reading
AN AMERICAN HERO EXPRESSING THE DISGUST OF MILLIONS OF HER FELLOW CITIZENS: This photo of Juli Briskman giving President Donald Trump’s motorcade the finger on October 28 cost her her job, the mother has said.
A woman who says she was fired from her job after being photographed giving the finger to President Donald Trump’s motorcade is receiving an unexpected severance pay, thanks to thousands of online supporters. A GoFundMe page set up for Juli Briskman had raised more than $72,000 as of Tuesday morning. Briskman was abruptly terminated last month after expressing disapproval of the commander in chief. “Juli Briskman is an inspiration to us all,” wrote Rob Mello, who created the GoFundMe campaign that lists Briskman as a beneficiary. More than 3,100 people have made donations through the page.
Whether you’re a supporter of Donald Trump…or hate him with the fiery passion of a thousand supernovas, the 1st Amendment protects the right of an American to do exactly what Juli Briskman did. From where I sit, she was merely doing what millions of us would undoubtedly do under similar circumstances.
There’s a lot of anger in this country; all Ms. Briskman was doing was giving voice to her disdain for the most unfit, unqualified, immature, and narcissistic President in our nation’s history. I suspect it had to feel pretty good at the time. Continue reading
Fifty-three pastors in Alabama have signed a letter throwing their support behind Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women. “For decades, Roy Moore has been an immovable rock in the culture wars ― a bold defender of the ‘little guy,’ a just judge to those who came before his court, a warrior for the unborn child, defender of the sanctity of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty,” the pastors wrote. Their letter was posted to the Facebook page of Kayla Moore, the candidate’s wife, on Sunday and published Monday on Alabama news site AL.com. The letter detailed the two times Moore was suspended from court during his tenures as chief justice of Alabama ― first for refusing to take down a Ten Commandments plaque in his courtroom and later for defying federal orders on same-sex marriage. The pastors described these incidents as evidence of Moore’s “unwavering faith in God and his immovable convictions for Biblical principles.”
Fifty-three pastors in Alabama have signed a letter throwing their support behind a man accused by (at last count) five women of sexual assault. One of Judge Roy Moore’s accusers was 14 at the time he was “dating” her. On their second date, he stripped down to his tightie whities and removed her top and pants. He then fondled her through her bra and panties and attempted to convince her to fondle his penis through his underwear.
THIS is the man 53 Alabama pastors are endorsing because of his “unwavering faith in God and his immovable convictions for Biblical principles.” Their letter never address the accusations of sexual misconduct level by several women against Moore. If this isn’t a “WTF??” moment, I have no idea what would qualify as one. Continue reading