Can The Senate Pass Anything?

Of course they can. The problem is the Democrats that run the Senate have learned over the last year that they have been doing it all wrong. I think they’re starting to realize that.

The Senate is supposed to be a deliberative body. They are the part of Congress that doesn’t rush into things. Hence, the filibuster. Hence the fact that it takes so many votes (60) to cut off debate. And the current rulers of the Senate seemed to forget that even when you have the Vice President there breaking tie votes in a 50/50 Senate, you’re going to need to work across the aisle. That’s something the Democrats have been unwilling to do this past 16 months.

They’re learning they need to do that or they are going to continue running into brick walls. The Dems are realizing very quickly they really haven’t done much of anything since taking over with a 50/50 split. Reconciliation is in limbo because most of what the Dems want to pass, immigration reform, election reform, and climate change legislation isn’t going to fly with the folks sitting across the aisle with them. And unlike in the House, where Pelosi can ram it down the Republican’s throats, Chuckles Schumer can’t do that. Or at least it’s starting to look like he’s learning that lesson.

Democrats need to pass what they feel is real legislation with teeth. The bad thing for them is the Republicans have been solidly in opposition because Democrats don’t want to include the GOP in any discussions. And then you’ve got the likes of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema that have come out against a few of the signature Biden bills, and oops. Nothing gets done. They don’t even have the votes to pass the easiest bills by themselves.

Democrats need to learn that they can’t just ram the bills through like they do in the House. They need to negotiate. They need to compromise. They need to realize that what passes in the House isn’t going to pass in the Senate. Either they reach a compromise and get half a loaf, or they’ll go hungry. They haven’t realized this so far, and it’s a little late in the game to want to change strategies. I mean, it’s May! They’ve got about six months before the midterms. And they’ve got all the recesses and holidays ahead of them to force them into a corner.

The question is, can the Democrats convince upwards of 12 Republicans to switch their tune? Of course they can get Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney, the three biggest RINO’s in the party to switch. That’s not the problem. With Manchin and Sinema voting with Republicans on a lot of the key issues, where are the other nine votes coming from? The answer is, they ain’t coming unless you compromise and get rid of stuff. You’re going to have to come up with a way to shut down the illegals pouring into the country. You’re going to have to shut down mail-in ballots that magically appear two days after all the votes have been counted. You’re going to have to realize that Green New Deal and climate change legislation is pretty much a non-starter.

And my answer is, I have no faith in the Democrats who have wanted to rule with an iron fist to be able to do any of that. They enjoy swinging the hammer. And it’s going to get them one thing. A seat on the back bench where they can sit quietly or bitch to the heavens that life just isn’t fair. The thing to remember is, they brought it on themselves.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Did Stephen Breyer Just Save Chuck Schumer?

Stephen Breyer’s announcement that he was going to retire from the Supreme Court at the end of the high court’s current term in late June or early July may just have saved Chuck Schumer’s rear end.

Prior to Breyer’s announcement, Schumer was facing a rather bleak outlook in 2022. He’s up for reelection in November, and his tenure as Majority Leader in the Senate has been anything but fruitful. Oh, he can point to a spending bill that passed (barely). And he can point to that extra $1,400 per person stimulus package that Congress okayed back in March. You know…the one that was supposed to be $2,000? But Biden counted the $600 that Donald Trump paid out at the end of 2020? Yeah…that one. Other than that, Schumer has spent the vast majority of his time trying to put out squabbles and bringing Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, and Bernie Sanders together to pass anything that might help his reelection chances.

Schumer’s losses this past year have certainly piled up quicker than any wins he can point to. The two biggest items on Joe Biden’s plate, Build Back Better, and the Voting Rights Act, died a quick death under Schumer’s watch. And heading into a reelection year, when you’ve got to go back to your state’s voters and tell them that everything is great, you just can’t get your own party on the same page, isn’t very productive. Add to that the rumor that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has wanted to primary Schumer for his seat in the upper chamber, and you’ve got more problems.

So, why did Breyer save Schumer? Because Chuckles can now focus on something that he hopes his party can pass. He can replace Breyer with Joe Biden’s nominee and come away looking a lot like a winner. Even though the prospect could be fraught with pitfalls, the odds are better than 50/50 that Schumer will be able to convince Manchin and Sinema to go along with him and confirm whomever Biden puts up. Hell, he may even be able to drag Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, and Mitt Romney along for the ride.

With Breyer retiring, it gives Schumer a chance to at least avoid and postpone trying to solve the Build Back Better and Voting Rights problems. He still has the filibuster issue to deal with and there isn’t any way that’s going away as long as both Manchin and Sinema are against changing it. Without changing it, there’s no way BBB and VRA will pass since they don’t meet the standards for “budget reconciliation” or appointments to office. So, Stephen Breyer may just have saved Schumer.

Now, having said that, I don’t really think Schumer was in that much trouble as it is. First of all, New York is one of the most liberal states in the union. While the bigger cities of New York City, and Buffalo are markedly blue and decidedly left-wing, most of upstate New York is actually pretty conservative. Still 19 of 27 congressional districts are Democrat. That will insure that Schumer gets reelected in November. What happens when he gets back to the Senate next January? That’s the question we need to wait to find out!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Race For The Senate

I know it’s a little bit early, but the race for control of the United States Senate is underway. In all, 34 seats will be filled come November. Of those, 15 Republicans and 13 Democrats are seeking reelection, and there are six Senators retiring. Here is a rundown of the contests that could be fun to watch, and that will determine the outcome as to which party will control the Senate for the next couple of years.

ARIZONA: Mark Kelly defeated Martha McSally for John McCain’s old seat in 2020, and is up for reelection already. Kelly is facing strong opposition from a couple of Republicans including current Attorney General Mark Brnovich, and venture capitalist, Black Masters. This one could go either way as Arizonans aren’t happy with the liberal’s voting record and the fact that in 2020 when he ran, none of his ads said he was a Democrat (even though we all knew!).

GEORGIA: Raphael Warnock is another Senator that got elected in a special election back in January of 2021, and is already up for reelection. Speculation is that Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, Gary Black, and football star, Hershel Walker will battle it out in the GOP primary. Warnock has not enamored a lot of folks in Georgia. He got elected basically because his opponent, Kelly Loeffler, was extremely weak. This one could go either way.

MARYLAND: Yeah, this one is a bit of a surprise. Chris Van Hollen is seeking his second term, and you’d figure that he’d have no problem in getting reelected. In what could be an early outlier though, Maryland Governor, Republican Larry Hogan has been rumored that he’s going to take a shot at the seat. And a poll has Hogan up 12 points this early. Hogan has been a relatively popular Governor and could change Maryland from blue to red in the Senate.

NEVADA: In the home of the late Senator, Harry Reid, Catherine Cortez Masto is seeking reelection. She’s seeking a second term, but it’s going to be a dog fight. She will probably be facing former Attorney General, Adam Laxalt in November. By all accounts, this one goes down to the wire and is too close to call!

WISCONSIN: Republican Senator, Ron Johnson has a problem here. Back in 2016, his second term, he said he was only going to be in the Senate for two terms. Well, he’s back. He’s running for a third term and that will probably come back to bite him a little in the campaign. He’ll be facing Lt. Governor, Mandela Barnes, Treasurer, Sarah Godlewski, Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry, and a county executive named Tom Nelson. At this point, Barnes is the leader on the Dems’ side. This is the first “toss-up” race where the Republicans may actually lose a seat. The rest are Democrats.

So, if each of the above seats flip, the GOP picks up a net three seats. But wait…there’s more! Six retiring Senators have to be replaced. Alabama and Missouri are both solid Republican seats and should be safe. Vermont is a solid blue state and should stay Democrat. Ohio, where Rob Portman is retiring should stay with the Republicans, but it depends on the rest of the ballot. Ohio is a swing state, after all. That leaves two states that are up in the air.

PENNSYLVANIA: Currently, Republican Pat Toomey is the Senator from the Commonwealth. He’s retiring after two terms in the upper chamber. And the floodgates opened. Democrats saw this as a flip opportunity after Biden beat Trump in 2020. There are over a dozen folks running on each side including Mehmet Oz from the “Dr. Oz Show”. This one is a toss up because we have no idea right now who’s going to be facing off in November.

NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heel State has been tough to call recently. Richard Burr, a Republican is retiring. Representative Ted Budd, who Trump has endorsed, and former Governor, Pat McCrory are said to be the two leaders in the GOP race at the moment. Democrats look to be putting their stock in North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley. The state is ranked as a toss-up right now and could flip.

So, if Pennsylvania and North Carolina flips, the GOP will net a one seat gain in the Senate. It’ll be close, but it’s enough to take the Senate away from the Democrats. Oh. You want a little more flies in the ointment? Two states we haven’t talked aboutare “leaners” at the moment. New Hampshire (a Democrat state), and Oklahoma (a Republican state) could flip either way adding more speculation as to what’s going to happen this November.

There you have it. While I’ve seen predictions that the House could flip up to 70 seats in November, the Senate will still be close regardless who wins it!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Why Democrats Have Lost The War

Well, let’s be clear…the war is far from over. As the bastion of conservative thought, Rush Limbaugh used to say, you don’t want to totally get rid of liberals because you need examples of what happens if you’re not conservative. And he had a point. But for all intents and purposes, let’s be clear on this other point as well. The war is never over, but the current battle certainly looks like it is. And because of the Democrats’ thought process, they don’t ever give in, they double down.

That’s what Chuck Schumer is trying to do with voting rights.

See, if Schumer fails at even bringing the voting rights debate to the Senate floor, he shows the world how weak of a leader he is. That’s something he cannot afford. But at the same time, he wants to point out to everyone in America what we already know. The filibuster rule isn’t going to be changed because Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are against changing it. And why are they against changing it? Well, Schumer would have you believe that they are going against their party’s wishes to pass a keystone piece of legislation that will not only help the Democrats, but will keep America’s democracy strong well into the future.

And it’s a bunch of bunk.

As most of you already know, but it does bear repeating…the House of Representatives was always viewed by the Founding Fathers as “The People’s House”. This is where rash ideas could be brought up debated quickly and passed (or not). It was meant to be a fertile ground for new ideas. The Senate on the other hand was designed to slow things down. There, the whole idea was ponder the idea. Poke holes in the idea. See if when you turn it over it still holds water, or does it leak all over the place. And that’s why when debating, it would take a “super majority” of 60 votes to shut down debate.

If you follow Chuck Schumer’s thoughts, he wants the Senate to be a carbon copy of the House. He wants to allow the whole voting rights bill thing to get passed, not because it helps America, but because it helps Democrats. And like Harry Reid before him, Schumer has as much vision as a blind squirrel. Except this squirrel can’t find an acorn.

And so, because there are at least two Democrats that actually pay homage to the Founding Fathers’ wishes of slowing down things and taking time to do the heavy lifting, it appears that the whole getting rid of the filibuster wish so they can pass what they want will wither and die on the vine. Just as it should.

So, what can we take out of this? Chuck Schumer is a very weak leader. He is a very partisan politician, who has been on Capitol Hill way too long. And he, along with his counterpart in the House, make great arguments for why we need term limits in this country. Poor leaders beget poor outcomes. It’s as simple as that. The over-riding problem is, I’m not so sure there’s anyone in the Republican side of the Senate that is capable of doing the job either.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Impeach Biden? Please, NO!

Ted Cruz (R-TX) has come out already and said that if the GOP takes over the House of Representatives as is thought this November, one of the first actions that they should do is impeach Joe Biden.

I’m not a fan of that strategy just yet.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I believe that Biden’s lack of enforcing the law on the southern border and allowing all sorts of illegals into our country is certainly an impeachable offense. That’s not the point. The point is that unless there is something very strong going on with the Republican efforts in the Senate that I can’t see, it’s an absolute waste of time.

Think back. Andrew Johnson was impeached way back in 1868. We went from 1868 to 1998, some 130 years later. And since that time, in a span of just 22 years, we’ve seen two more impeachments, none of them have resulted in the removal of a president. And impeaching Joe Biden won’t either.

First of all, all impeaching someone does is get the country thinking that the impeaching party is wasting time and not doing the country’s business. It hurt the Republicans when they impeached Clinton. It hurt the Democrats when they tried to impeach Trump the first time, and it will hurt them again this time (along with the uber-socialist ideas they’ve been trying to get passed). If the GOP were to win the House and try to impeach Biden without a safe number of votes in the Senate (67), then the same thing is going to happen to them.

Joe Biden is actually more valuable to the GOP in the short run sitting in the Oval Office than he is getting impeached and ending his political career in disgrace. He’s going to end his career in disgrace regardless what happens. The whole point is, do you really want K-baby Harris waiting in the wings to take over? She’s going to be worse than Biden because at least she’s lucid and realizes the socialistic antics she’d be making. And unless you can get someone out of office, as would have been the case with Richard Nixon because of Watergate, then you’re wasting time and money. That just doesn’t make sense.

Ted Cruz is wrong on this one. There is no reason to impeach Biden. I go back to the old Mark Twain quote, “When someone is making a fool of themselves, get out of the way and let them finish the job.” The same thing holds true in politics today. Let the Dems’ destroy themselves. So far, they’re doing a good job of it!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Calls To Impeach Biden Are Wrong

I know, I know. Nobody, not even Democrats like the fact Joe Biden is our President. Independents are bailing on the Commander-In-Chief quickly, and Republicans have never liked the guy. He’s lost all credibility to lead a nation both domestically through failed fiscal and social policies, and internationally by turning his back on our friends and allies with the abortion known as the Afghanistan withdrawal.

The cries have come rather early from the right to have Joe Biden resign or be impeached. They want K-baby Harris to invoke the 25th Amendment, which believe me, she’d LOVE to do. I don’t think she could get the majority of the Cabinet to go along with that just yet. And I don’t think it would be the best thing for the country at this point either. We know both devils in charge, and neither is all that great. If you’re going to get rid of Biden you first have to get rid of Harris and replace her with someone that is capable of handling the job.

But the calls to impeach Biden are misplaced. Just as the calls to impeach Trump (both times) were misplaced, and the calls to impeach Bill Clinton were misplaced.

Here’s why.

It makes no sense to impeach a sitting president unless you have the muscle in Congress to do something about it. That was the historical travesty in the last three impeachments we’ve seen. There were never enough votes in the Senate to remove Bill Clinton, or Donald Trump from office. In Trump’s case, a few Republicans bailed on him and voted with the Democrats, more the second time around (I’m looking at you, Mitt Romney, and Lisa Murkowski!), as seven GOP Senators jumped ship (they needed 17 to convict). The first time around, Trump received 47 and 48 votes to convict on the two charges. And if you go back to Bill Clinton in 1999, he received 45 votes on perjury, and 50 votes on obstruction of justice.

If you were to impeach Joe Biden today, you’d have basically the same thing happening. The Senate is not going to remove a sitting president from office unless they’ve done something terribly wrong. I’m not saying Biden hasn’t risen to that standard yet, I’m saying there are 50 Democrats, and 50 Republicans. You need 17 Democrats to cross over. And if you know anything about Democrats, they are wonderful at circling the wagons…at least until it becomes obvious, as was the case in New York with Andrew Cuomo, or with former Minnesota Senator, Al Franken, that they are in deep doo doo. I doubt you’d get 17 Senators today to jump on board with removal of Biden. At least yet.

But, let’s say that next November the Republicans win an additional 10 seats. It’s a huge leap, but let’s say they do. They only need 7 Senators at that point to remove Biden. And you’ve still got Harris to deal with.

As much as I hate to say it, it is actually better for the Republicans to let Biden/Harris stay in office, make buffoons of themselves for four years to demonstrate what a crappy job America did in voting them in office in the first place, and then vote them out of office. There is less blood on your hands, and America will feel better realizing they’ve rectified a mistake. It’s very much like getting rid of Jimmy Carter and replacing him with Ronald Reagan. That proved to be the most successful presidency we’ve had in the last fifty years!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Need More Proof Dems Are In Trouble In 2022?

Oh, they are. The party is more fractured and split than the GOP ever was during the Tea Party days. It appears that in state after state, there are going to be primary fights, even when the Democrat is the incumbent. Even Democrat strategist, and Hillary Clinton cheater, Donna Brazile says that the party is “going through growing pains”. Actually it’s not growing pains. It’s a push toward socialism. And the mainstream of the party is fighting it with no guarantee that they are going to win.

In the end, what could very well happen is exactly what happened to the Tea Party movement. In a rush to get their own candidates on the ballot, the Tea Party often nominated uber-conservative people that when it came to the general election, proved to be much too conservative for the voters of that district. And so, seats were flipped and the Republicans ended up losing to Democrats who were more mainstream, and less “scary”.

It’s happening in Pennsylvania, one of the only states that the Democrats actually think they have a chance of gaining a Senate seat. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) is retiring, and Pennsylvania decided to jump on the Biden bandwagon in 2022. They have a Democrat as a Governor, and their Lt. Governor, John Fetterman, is poised to throw his hat into the ring. Of course, there will be competition from all sides. And that is usually the case when a sitting incumbent decides to retire.

The problem is, Pennsylvania is about the only state where Democrats can look and see the chance to flip a seat. In Nevada, where the Democrat party is in total disarray after the Harry Reid run faction was ousted earlier this year. The newcomers are much too liberal for even the Clark County (Las Vegas) crowd. And the chances of keeping the seat currently held by Catherine Cortez Masto are rapidly fading. In Arizona, GOP sources tell me that either Representative and former State Senate President, Andy Biggs is considering running against newly elected Mark Kelly (D-Az), but another name that is popping up quite a bit is Attorney General, Mark Brnovich, who is quite popular across the state, and would certainly be a better candidate than Martha McSally who lost to Kelly in 2020 in a special election.

Meanwhile in Georgia, which garnered tons of media attention after the presidential race last year, Raphael Warnock beat one of the worst candidates to ever run for the Senate in Kelly Loeffler, will most likely face NFL Superstar, Herschel Walker, one of the most popular figures of either party in the state of Georgia! Walker will most assuredly come away with the win there if he decides to run.

It’s happening in state after state. And with the Senate tied at 50-50, the Republicans only need to really flip a couple of seats for them to take over. We outlined a while back how easy it would be for them to take over the House based solely on Democrat resignations and retirements from red districts alone. Add redistricting to the mix, which most assuredly is going to favor the GOP for the next ten years, and you’re going to see a red wave like nothing you’ve seen before in Congress.

Now, add to the fact that a stark four months into his four year term, Joe Biden is already seeing his economic policies leading to major problems. The jobs market only added about 390,000 jobs in February, about 900,000 in March (most of that was governmental hiring), and back down to about 266,000 in April. That’s well below what’s needed. The unemployment rate actually ticked up to 6.1% from 6.0% in April. If this trend of mediocre recovery continues, Biden could be in a world of hurt.

That hurt is already evidenced in the fact that Biden wants to talk to both parties over coming together over his humungous infrastructure bill, which is nowhere near having the votes in the Senate to pass. There is a bi-partisan effort out there that is about a quarter of the size of Biden’s plan, and does away with things that most normal people don’t consider to be “infrastructure”. You know…things like daycare, and free college?

So overall, Democrats are almost (not quite) in a panic mode right now. And they realize it’s only going to get tougher, not easier over the next year and a half!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Is A Red Wave Coming?

Ever since the Republicans had a great showing in November despite Donald Trump losing out to Joe Biden, and the Democrats were still unable to fully control the Senate, except with a K-baby Harris tie-breaker, the pundits all over have said that Republicans will most likely take over the House in 2022, and could do a decent job with the Senate, re-taking that if they played their cards right.

Well, is there a red wave coming next year?

I would say all signs point to yes. Here’s why.

When you look at re-districting because of the 2020 Census, it’s going to show that a lot of the rust belt states, New York, and California are going to lose a seat. Those seats are most likely going to be Democrat seats, except in Cali and New York. But Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania are all going to lose a Democrat seat because the Republicans control their state houses. And who is going to pick up seats? Colorado will get an extra one, and that will be competitive between Democrats and Republicans. Oregon will get one, and that’s not going to be in Portland, so it has a chance of being a Republican seat. Montana is going to pick up a seat, and while competitive, it will most likely go to Republicans. Florida is going to get one, and that will most likely go red. And Texas will be getting two seats. You can pretty well bet that will be leaning to the red side of things as well.

So, just with the re-districting, before anything else is done, Democrats are going to lose say, five seats and the GOP will pick up maybe four of those seats. Currently Democrats have a total of a six seat lead. There are five vacancies that need to be filled, and as I write this, the GOP stands to pick up at least three of those. That would give the Democrats a five seat lead if no one else retires, quits, or dies. So, without any “red wave”, just taking into account re-districting, the Republicans cut the Dems’ lead down to one seat. And traditionally, the party that doesn’t hold the White House loses seats in midterm elections. The GOP could actually have a huge 20 seat majority come January, 2023.

Over in the Senate, I’ve seen predictions that Republicans could actually pick up 10 seats in the Senate. Now, that’s quite a swing in an off year. But let’s look at it. Democrats may only flip one seat and that may be Pennsylvania with Pat Toomey retiring.

The GOP could flip the state of New Hampshire with Chris Sununu running. He was a popular Governor there, and would probably win. In Nevada, the DSA took control of the state’s Democrat party, shoving the Harry Reid folks aside for the first time in some 50 years. That state’s Democrat party is a mess right now. It would be relatively easy for a Republican that had some name recognition to take that. In Arizona, Mark Kelly was so well funded in his defeat of a terrible candidate in Martha McSally back in November, that if someone with an ounce of political savvy ran, he may be defeated. That person I think may be current Representative, and former president of the Arizona State Senate, Andy Biggs. Biggs is very well liked here in the desert. That’s two more flips for the GOP.

In Georgia, Raphael Warnock is going to probably be facing former NFL star Herschel Walker. If he is, it’s going to be hard for Warnock to defend his scandals. And Kelly Loeffler ran a terrible campaign last fall. If Walker runs, he will most likely win, and Georgia has a seat flipped! In Montana, John Tester isn’t going to be able to hold on to his seat. He’s had a chance, and hasn’t been very well liked in Montana. In Ohio, Sherrod Brown has been in office a VERY long time. If the GOP decides to run a decent candidate, they have a very good chance of taking him down. Remember, Ohio went for Trump in 2020. They are a swing state, but they have been leaning to the right for a while now. Only Toledo, Cleveland, and sometimes Cincinnati go the other way.

In West Virginia, Joe Manchin is up for reelection. My hunch is he’s going to retire. If he doesn’t, and the GOP decides to run anyone still breathing, even though Manchin has been the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, he’s still a Democrat, and it’s tough for West Virginians to want to go blue when that party wants to destroy the coal industry.

That gives the GOP 57 seats, and the Dems’ 43. Do you realize with three upsets going forward maybe in 2024 if the GOP wins back the White House, they will undoubtedly do well down-ballot and pick up a few more seats, taking them upwards to 60. Why is that important? Because 60 seats is filibuster proof.

And if I were in the GOP and wanted to do something to insure power moving forward if that happened, I’d expand the Supreme Court to 13 people, and have a Republican nominate another four people to the high court, solidifying a conservative court well into the future! Just kidding. I’d keep it at 9.

There you go! A little early for predictions, granted, but those are the predictions this far out. Now, if only I could find my magic wand…

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

EXTRA! Here’s What Your AREN’T Getting In COVID Relief 3.0

The Senate passed the $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief 3.0 bill yesterday. It would appear that not many people are happy with it, including a lot of liberal Democrats. Socialist Dems are unhappy with the fact that the $15 an hour minimum wage didn’t make the cut, and there were more than a couple Democrats who questioned that when the bill comes back to the House of Representatives to be voted on with the Senate changes, if they would be able to support it. Seeing how the Democrats had two members vote against the original bill, they can only afford to lose three more to defection or the bill sinks.

So, what didn’t make the bill besides the minimum wage increase that would have cost 1.9 million jobs? Well, one thing is for sure…you may not be getting a check in the first place. In the original bill, the House sent to the Senate asking that individuals making $75,000-$100,000 a year or couples making more than $150,000-$200,000 a year be phased out. That got changed. Now if you made more than $80,000 last year as an individual or $160,000 as a couple, no check for you!

Also missing from the bill was $400 for continued unemployment benefits until August 29th. The Senate nixed that and made the amount $300 per week, with a tax-free cap of $10,200 until September 6th. But you’d have to make less than $150,000 per household in order to qualify for that.

The Senate saw fit to dump a couple of pork-barrel projects as well. One is in Chuck Schumer’s state, New York, where an upstate New York bridge between Canada and New York got zapped. Also getting the chopping block was a grant to build a $140 expansion of the BART (San Francisco’s subway system) in Nancy Pelosi’s home district.

And, while the states will still get the overblown $350 billion in “relief”, there are now new rules on how and when it can be spent. It can only be used to offset costs incurred through the end of 2024, and it can’t be used to offset tax cuts or to add to or start pension funds.

One thing the Senate did add in was an enhancement for folks who got laid off because of COVID and are now spending huge sums of money through COBRA, which is a form of insurance that you can get if you leave a company’s insurance program…but you have to pay the full ride of that premium plus a little extra. It’s allowing folks that got laid off and are on COBRA to get their healthcare bill subsidized 100% through the end of September.

While I still contend that today, the country is in a lull when it comes to Coronavirus, and probably doesn’t need as much stimulus as this bill provides, it still is a very wasteful bill. It rewards states like California and New York who have spent money on failed liberal programs, and gives them a huge bailout. It does some things to help people that actually NEED to get some help, and there are folks out there that do. But it doesn’t go nearly far enough in cutting the aid to folks who are either uneffected by COVID or don’t need the help.

There is one slice of good news that came out of the whole process. This should have been a slam dunk for Democrats. There shouldn’t have been any debate at all, and it could have been passed, as Joe Biden wanted it, in a week. The mere fact the first COVID relief last March took two days to pass, the second didn’t come until nine months later, and this bill that was supposed to happen “immediately” according to Biden took two weeks to pass. And that’s with the Democrats in charge. What that tells me is that the Dems are going to have a very difficult time passing any meaningful legislation before the end of this year, and next year is an election year…they probably won’t get to it at all then!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Trump Cans Legal Team For Impeachment

We are less than a week away from the beginning of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial in front of the United States Senate. And while the debate still rages as to whether Nancy Pelosi rushed into this one with no real agenda other than being vindictive and having a hatred toward the 45th President of the United States, or whether this is actually constitutionally sound in impeaching a president that’s already left office, now would be considered by many to be an inopportune time to fire your legal team.

That’s exactly what Donald Trump has done.

Trump got rid of five of his lead attorneys over the weekend. Included in the firing was lead attorney, Butch Bowers. Apparently there was a severe disagreement over how the defense should proceed. Bowers was trying to argue the charges of “incitement of insurrection”, and how it was a bogus charge. Trump thought his team should veer off and argue how the election was fraudulent and was stolen from him.

Trump also likes it when his attorneys are in front of the cameras on TV and on talk shows, declaring his innocence. Bowers has been relatively mum on that account, preferring to hold his arguments for the 100 people that will matter in determining Trump’s guilt or innocence on the charge…the United States Senators.

Replacing his former team will be trial lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor, Jr. They are said to be more in line with Trump’s wishes of bringing up the alleged election fraud as a defense.

Once again, just like the first time he was impeached, Trump will most likely avoid conviction. The votes just aren’t there, though I would suspect that there will be some Republicans crossing the aisle to vote with the Democrats this time around. It’s been rumored that the GOP is arguing that this is not only a waste of taxpayer money, and the Senate’s time for holding a trial in the first place, it’s unconstitutional to impeach someone who’s a private citizen. Either way you look at it, a procedural vote held last week showed 45 of the 50 Republicans voting that the trial was unconstitutional. That means that with only a maximum number of five Republicans crossing over, the vote to convict Trump will fall 12 votes short of conviction. Again, that means this is a bogus waste of time.

What is more concerning to me when I read this story was the fact that Donald Trump is playing the “Hillary card”. He’s still not accepting the fact that he’s no longer the president and that he lost. I would have thought someone that had played and lost before in real estate and in business would be more accepting of the outcome when it didn’t go your way. But as his previous opponent, who still believes she should have been president, Donald Trump will most likely go to his grave believing that the Deep State took this one from him illegally. That’s really sad when you think about it.

Trump could have been one of the top-tier presidents in our country’s history. He certainly did a lot to make the economy roar back to life after the terrible job that Bobo Obama did in elongating the banking and automobile scandals into the worst recovery in US history. And Trump had a fairly decent foreign policy set up. He was also the first president since Jimmy Carter not to get America involved in a “new war”. And yes, I know, only Congress can declare war. But every president since Carter has used troops in some fashion…some with congressional approval, and some without. It’s sad to see a president leave office in such a way, after having a pretty decent run at it, even when you include the fact Democrats were sniping at his heels with impeachment and investigations over phony charges the entire time he was in office.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!