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Posted 31 March 2021 - 11:06 AM

Trump yammered about an infrastructure plan. Biden actually has one (two, in fact) and is pushing it hard.

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The infrastructure plan that President Biden is set to announce in a speech in Pittsburgh on Wednesday aims to transform the country at its roots, renovating its transportation network while committing the U.S. to providing universal access to broadband internet and clean water.

The plan, if passed, will see the U.S. government spend $2 trillion over the next eight years, targeted at what a senior White House official described as reversing “decades of disinvestment” in roads, bridges, water systems, and other infrastructure essentials.

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Posted 05 April 2021 - 09:52 PM

Senate Ruling Could Let Democrats Pass Biden Infrastructure Bill And Avoid GOP Filibuster

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer scored a key win Monday as the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that Democrats could use special budgetary rules to potentially bypass a GOP filibuster on President Biden’s ambitious infrastructure package. It’s a crucial step that could clear the way to get Biden’s two-phase plan with simple-majority votes in the 50-50 Senate.

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 08:38 AM

https://www.msnbc.co...es-109701701938
“Trump’s a stupid man’s idea of a smart person, a poor man’s idea of a rich person & a weak man’s idea of a strong man.”

— Fran Lebowitz


“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

— Carl Sagan


Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 10:33 AM

Its all up to Joe, Manchin that is. He just put the kabosh on the 28% corp tax rate. Apparently, about 7 other Dems agreed. So it looks like 25%, which is fine by me.
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Posted 06 April 2021 - 11:45 AM

View PostTraveler, on 06 April 2021 - 10:33 AM, said:

Its all up to Joe, Manchin that is. He just put the kabosh on the 28% corp tax rate. Apparently, about 7 other Dems agreed. So it looks like 25%, which is fine by me.

I'm fine with 25% PLUS cancellation of a pile of tax expenditures such as the never-ending tax breaks for gas and oil companies. Also the 20% qualified business income deduction. If y'all remember this was what Paul Ryan (damn his black heart) was proposing to offset the massive Republican tax cuts. In customary GOP fashion none of these handouts were touched.

BTW a marginal rate of 25% would put as at the highish end of average.
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Posted 06 April 2021 - 12:07 PM

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Its all up to Joe, Manchin that is. He just put the kabosh on the 28% corp tax rate. <a class="bbc_url" href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-05/manchin-balks-at-biden-s-corporate-tax-increase-favors-25-rate?sref=tGwVOCoF" rel="nofollow external" title="External link">Apparently, about 7 other Dems agreed. </a>So it looks like 25%, which is fine by me.<br />

So some corporations pay 0% in federal income tax when the corporate income tax rate is 21%. What analysis suggests these corporations would pay anywhere approaching their "fair share" just because the income tax rate is increased to 28%? Would the proposed bill eliminate "loopholes" that would cause Amazon to suddenly pay 20% of their income, let alone 28%?

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 07:39 PM

No, but they might (I said might) pay something for a change.

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 08:38 PM

News And Guts
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Is she really that good at her job, or are the questions from right-wing media just that dumb? White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dusts the floor with a reporter from Fox for our Quote of the Day.

https://www.newsandg...tary-jen-psaki/
“Trump’s a stupid man’s idea of a smart person, a poor man’s idea of a rich person & a weak man’s idea of a strong man.”

— Fran Lebowitz


“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

— Carl Sagan


Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 08:57 PM

I’m loving Psaki more and more. She’s smart, sharp, and doesn’t take shit from the likes of that half-wit from Faux News.
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Posted 07 April 2021 - 09:11 AM

View PostLFC, on 06 April 2021 - 11:45 AM, said:

I'm fine with 25% PLUS cancellation of a pile of tax expenditures such as the never-ending tax breaks for gas and oil companies. Also the 20% qualified business income deduction. If y'all remember this was what Paul Ryan (damn his black heart) was proposing to offset the massive Republican tax cuts. In customary GOP fashion none of these handouts were touched.

BTW a marginal rate of 25% would put as at the highish end of average.
All that, and no more use of capital for buybacks. That is where all of the last tax cut went.

ETA: Check this article on the transfer provisions. Looks like 25% of something is actually worth a heck of a lot more than 21% of nothing.
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Posted 09 April 2021 - 09:37 PM

25% is all well and good but what about Manchin's refusal to support the voting rights act revitalization? That's just straightforward racist pandering to his overwhelmingly white electorate. There's nothing for the Republicans to "compromise" about on that bill.





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