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Leon Troutsky

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  1. We’re a month into this and Bernie hasn’t done anything to pay off my mortgage!!! I’m never voting for another progressive ever if Bernie doesn’t do this!!!
  2. “We have to hold them accountable for things never promised” is a ridiculous standard. That’s not “accountability”, that’s making a wish list and attacking them for not doing things you want regardless of what they said. That has never been a standard to which we hold politicians to account. It’s a wholly made up one now and, again, it’s a ridiculous position to take.
  3. Aside from “federalizing Medicaid”, which I don’t think Biden ever promised, what makes you think they’re not doing any of that?
  4. I read through this article quickly and have it tagged to go back through it. You might check out a 2008 book by Larry Bartels titled “Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age”. I found some used copies on Amazon for less than $3, but I’m sure there are places where you can download a PDF version for free.
  5. This might be one of the most interesting findings about the 2020 election. Be sure to check out the linked article.
  6. That’s always been my perspective on it. They should know that they only have two years to pass what they want. Get what they can now, especially since these policies are very popular.
  7. (1) Maybe, but maybe not. The outlook isn’t great for them in 2022 (at this point in time). (2) I agree with you completely. That would be my preferred outcome. And the fact that they might lose control in 2022 is reason enough to get everything they can get now.
  8. The bolded part...are you saying that Biden is dropping the minimum wage completely or just the $15 part? And even if they passed a $15 minimum wage and student loan forgiveness, I’m not sure Dems keep the majority in 2022. The Senate map just isn’t as favorable for them as a lot of commentators seem to think. And the House is especially perilous not just because of the narrow Dem majority and traditional midterm losses but also because of all the states where the GOP controls redistricting. Just looking at things right now, I’m not sure that there’s a whole lot the Dems can do to ho
  9. Right, but Toomey’s seat is up in 2022 even though he’s not running so the GOP will still face some pressure on the issue. Murkowski is a possibility, but Trump won Alaska by a lot so it’s not the same situation with her. And Ron Johnson in WI is a whackjob, so he’s not going to care whether it’s popular in his state or not.
  10. Yep, but it would definitely be a gamble. I’m not convinced yet that Dems will gain a Senate seat in 2022, and they very well could lose the House just on redistricting alone. But if $11 (for some reason I thought they were talking about $12) is all they can get now, then get it and press on with more of their agenda until they have the votes for $15. I still wonder if they couldn’t pick up support for $15 from one of the blue-state Republicans, though. It wouldn’t be easy, but it seems like a better opportunity than trying to force Manchin to support it.
  11. By the way, about the talk of pressuring Joe Manchin, Trump won that state with 68% of the vote. I don’t think Manchin is the one they need to be pressuring on more progressive policies. They should be pressuring Pat Toomey (PA), Susan Collins, and other Republicans in blue states. That seems more fruitful to me than trying to get a Democrat who represents a state that Trump won overwhelming to go farther left.
  12. He’s just desperately trying to land something, anything. As I said, it’s sad and pathetic that this is all he’s got to offer to the discussion.
  13. Yeah, the bolded part is completely false, like most of the bull**** you spout around here. And you’re coming across as extremely insecure and pathetic with this whole thing. Take the weak **** home and go back to posting about eating ***.
  14. That’s exactly the problem — a few Dems oppose the $15 minimum wage. If none of the Republicans will back it, then they just don’t have the votes to pass it.
  15. All I’m saying is that the guy spends years posting RT.com articles, edited videos, and memes from anti-vax nutjobs and then is all “YEAH WE SHOWED HIM” when somebody mixes up a minor detail about the arcane parliamentary procedures in the Senate. The guy who thought Nicolas Maduro was democratically elected shouldn’t be popping his mouth off about political discussions.
  16. Part of being a professional is admitting when you occasionally make mistakes. You sound like that loud-mouthed shrimpy little kid hiding behind the bleachers shouting “YEAH” every time his team does something as though you had anything to do with it. It’s just sad and pathetic.
  17. Alex Pareene didn’t know that either. He got it from other sources, including an article from The Week as well as comments from members of Congress. (Unlike you, I actually read the articles that people post here.) Stick with eating *** and animal videos. You have nothing of substance to offer to the political discussions.
  18. Nope, at least not the intricacies of Senate legislative procedures. Not my area of specialization. And legislative process is so arcane and tedious that even experts in that area get it wrong sometimes. But funny attempt at a dunk from a guy who apparently gets all of his political info from random Twitter personalities and celebrities like comedians and actors. You didn’t even know that “Sal The Agorist” was an anti-mask and anti-vaxxer nutjob, so don’t sit here and pretend like you know f*** all about this topic.
  19. Fine, go ahead and try it. The outcome is going to be the same. And I already addressed a GOP filibuster of a minimum wage bill in a previous post.
  20. I was indeed wrong about requiring a vote to overturn the parliamentarian. I thought that required a majority vote by the Senate instead of the Veep overruling. But after that, there will still be amendments offered, including one by Manchin to reduce the minimum wage amount down to about $12. That would get majority support because Manchin and likely Sinema would vote for it. So the $15 minimum wage isn’t going to happen regardless of overruling the parliamentarian or not.
  21. Remember when everybody used to trash right-wingers for posting CommieBlaster type sources? Certain people on the boards have become the left-wing version of that. “Don’t talk about sources, just address the content!” And when people don’t check the sources they use, they hilariously end up posting from people who aren’t actually on their side, like this *** clown who BO was posting to “dunk” on Biden and Democrats...
  22. People also don’t seem to realize that even if Harris overruled the parliamentarian, there are still amendments lined up to reduce the minimum wage to $12 that would get the support of Manchin and Sinema. So $15 minimum wage isn’t happening no matter what at this point. Pass this bill and get people their checks and other relief. Then circle back and put a minimum wage increase that can pass through Congress and get that signed. And that opens a path for infrastructure and some other priorities for later in the year.
  23. They don’t have the votes to overrule the parliamentarian.
  24. I want to know the history of this one, especially when the lawsuit was filed and by whom. Because if they let the moratorium stand until Biden was in office and then sued to block it...yeesh.
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