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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:43 am 
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DannyG2006 wrote:
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As funny as that is, there is a lot of truth to it.


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mrscott wrote:

As funny as that is, there is a lot of truth to it.



It has been said "the truth will set you free", let us hope that all of us are on the road to more personal freedom, not less.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:49 pm 
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Well it looks like the worm has finally turned. Mitch McConnell is really good about not wanting to overturn the traditions of the Senate, that is as long as it works to his advantage. Mitch is only concerned with process when he is in a weaken position, when he holds the power he uses it. Evidently Chuck Schumer has learned a lesson. Concerning the filibuster Mitch wants to keep the rule, so he can derail any legislation the Democrats might want to pass. Chuck made it clear that keeping the filibuster in it's present form is unacceptable, and that it won't be accepted, good for him. He is finally realizing that the only thing Mitch respects is power, you can't give the power away or Mitch will use it against you. This means a simple majority will decide such issues as infrastructure, pandemic stimulus, immigration, so that those executive orders will finally become law.

The Democrats have been given the mandate, and no matter how slim, if they don't use it, guess what they will lose the next election cycle. So far we have seen what the Republicans can do, it is time to see what the Democrats can, then we can make a choice in four years based on accomplishments. How well the two systems deliver for the voters, and which system will prevail in the polls. If we don't do it this way with the wide divide, then we will split apart as a country. At least both sides will get a fair shot at pulling the levers of government. Already Biden has hit the ground running, and is doing everything possible to combat the problems facing this nation, not heading to the golf course, or watching Fox News all day. Who knows we might even get some action on UBI? For those who say legislation shouldn't happen unless it is bipartisan, remember the tax cuts for the rich were voted in without one Democrat vote for that law.

P.S. Chuck also announced that the impeachment trial will be begin on Feb 9th. This time with all of the evidence will be heard, and both sides will be able to present their cases. Finally a return to the rule of law.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:40 am 
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Mitch McConnell backed down on his demand to promise to keep the filibuster in it's current form. Now the business of the Senate can move forward. For a time we will see if compromise will work in that body. There are 16 Senators in the middle 8 Democrats and 8 Republicans that can provide the votes needed to pass legislation. Let us hope the country can move forward, and that we can govern effectively. That the badly needed reforms will be passed, and that working families will finally have there place at the table, and share with the elites the bounty that this country creates.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 9:41 am 
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It seems that 34 mayors of some of the biggest cities both Red and Blue States have come out in favor of extending direct payments to citizens for the duration of the pandemic. They want $2,000 checks going out every month, the country it impacted by the virus. This is supported by legislation already put forward, and only needs to be voted on by the Senate. Maybe it should be rolled into the reconciliation bill, that looks like the only way any thing is going to get done. That is going to be one large piece of legislation, since it will also increase the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour as well.


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Now we have a new proposal not pushed by a Democrat but rather by a Republican. Mitt Romney wants to pay a monthly allowance to parents of children from before actual birth until the child is 18. For smaller children under the age of 6 it would be 350.00 a month, for those over 6 it would be 250.00 a month. Little by little we are coming around to the idea that child poverty needs to be addressed in this country. We are one of the few developed nations of the world that doesn't help with the cost of parents raising a family. For a country that is supposed to support family values, this is strange indeed. For those who insist that all life is precious, and that there should be no abortions, it makes perfect sense to help parents pay for children, they say have to have the right to live.

Slowly but surely with this, UBI, a 15.00 a hour minimum wage, and food security, we are coming to the point where there has to be help extended to working families. That we cannot have 11% of the population controlling 73% of the wealth of this country. That there has to be a change, in order to keep things from spiraling out of control, making this country ungovernable. Trump talked about the forgotten men and women, now it is time to remember them and their children.


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After much discussion it seems the increase of the Federal Minimum Wage from 7.25 an hour will have to wait. It has not increased since 2007 and those working for that starvation wage, have seen their purchasing power decline over that 14 year period. When polled is was found out the richer you are the less inclined you are to raise the minimum wage, surprise, surprise, not! Even in a state like West Virginia the minimum wage is 11.00 an hour. I don't see how some states can justify keeping is super low, when a state like West Virginia is higher, by 3.75 an hour?

It seems like Biden will have to separate the raising of the minimum wage from the stimulus package to get it passed. It would seem even Senators like Joe Manchin can get behind 11.00 and hour. If that is the floor then why not start there, and increase yearly until it reaches 15.00 an hour? If it is this difficult just to get more money if you are working, how much harder will it be to get UBI, where you are compensated for not working?


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Both California and Maryland will have their own version of direct payments going to citizens for 600.00 and 300.00 respectively. So now states are also jumping on the direct payment band wagon.


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During this week the Senate will vote on the 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus package. About 75% of the voters support the new package, even though it is not popular in the beltway. Trump did support 2,000.00 per person checks during the last part of his presidency. Seems funny that the Republicans supported also, until it became a bill pushed by the Democrats. The country is behind Democratic policies, even if the GOP isn't. Now is the time for the Democrats to use their majority no matter how thin to pass their agenda. The lack of action will cost them in the next election cycle. This is the time to get rid of the 60 vote rule in the Senate, and using the majority to pass legislation.

The GOP has become a party of obstruction, it is time to move forward. I'm sure if UBI were pushed it would have the majority of voters supporting it.


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It is Saturday and in the next couple of hours the stimulus bill looks like it will be passed mostly intact. One of the most important parts of the bill is the direct payments. This idea of direct payments isn't going away, both Republicans and Democrats at one time or another have supported the idea of direct payments. The question is going forward if direct payments will become a permanent fixture in the social safety net. Are we really going to have UBI in the future?


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Now that the stimulus package is poised to be passed soon. The next thing on the bill agenda seems to be another idea that has broad public support, an infrastructure bill. The former administration talked about doing a big infrastructure bill, but that was it just talk. Now it is looking like a 3 trillion dollar bill might be coming, it would provide 10 million new jobs or more, further pulling the economy out of the current hole it is in. Lord knows with everything in every state aging and falling apart it is needed. Every dollar of money spent on infrastructure returns seven dollars in growth of GDP. The money will also be used to get us off fossil fuels and develop green technology, cleaning up the planet. It is something that is badly needed, and the jobs created would keep unemployment low, helping the working class support their families.

Even if this were to pass I still think UBI is something that should be looked at down the road.


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One thing to remember is the current recovery resembles a K with the upper wage earners doing quite well along with the stock market, and the lower tier service workers doing quite poorly. A rising tide should lift all boats not just a few, at the expense of the majority. What the pandemic has shown is there is a role for government to play in leveling the playing field. Otherwise it will lead to political and social instability, that we all have to pay for and deal with.


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In keeping with the idea that we are in a K shaped recovery, Congress is already talking about a 4th stimulus payment going out to hurting American citizens. One step at a time we are coming to the realization that the gap between the have, and have not has grown too large, and that the playing field needs to be leveled. Since both sides seem to support the idea of direct payments as the most efficient means of stimulating the economy, it is only a matter of time before a formal UBI is adopted, and put in place. This would lift millions out of poverty, and help stabilize our nation, letting all citizens benefit from the riches this country provides, not just the current few.


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Seems like they are actually talking about a 4th stimulus check in the form of recurring payments. If it comes to fruition, I think that because the IRS displayed how poorly they handled the last stimulus distribution that if they want to send out recurring stimulus checks that an agency that already has a positive track record of paying monthly payments should handle the next stimulus check distribution and the IRS should be the ones handing over information of taxpayers to the Social Security Administration.

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DannyG2006 wrote:
Seems like they are actually talking about a 4th stimulus check in the form of recurring payments. If it comes to fruition, I think that because the IRS displayed how poorly they handled the last stimulus distribution that if they want to send out recurring stimulus checks that an agency that already has a positive track record of paying monthly payments should handle the next stimulus check distribution and the IRS should be the ones handing over information of taxpayers to the Social Security Administration.


A 4th stimulus check in the form of recurring payments sounds a lot like UBI to me. Direct payments on a recurring basis. Every time there has been direct payments to individuals GDP has gone up, and the economy has improved. The gap has gotten so large between the 11%, and the rest of us, that UBI might be the only way along with raising the minimum wage to bridge the gap before it becomes The Grand Canyon. Right now the IRS hands over information to the V.A. to determine V.A. health care benefits.


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It's official if a 4th stimulus package is coming it will probably have a recurring payment structure, for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency. I have every reason to believe that once the benefits of recurring direct payments become apparent, we will eventually have a permanent UBI program in this country. Germany is already seriously looking at such a program, and Spain currently has one in place.


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Many think that because the unemployment benefits are so generous it is stopping people from going back to work. Is it really because the benefits are too generous, or is it because living wages are so low? Why would a person go back to work for $7.25 an hour when they can get more on unemployment? Not to mention children have not gone back to school yet fully, and child care in this country is so expensive for working parents. In California the minimum wage is 13.00 an hour, with some counties even higher, the highest 16.83 per hour. If we were to pay workers a living wage this issue of benefits being too high, wouldn't factor in. Most would rather work but how can you when you can make more not working? That is why if we were to implement UBI it couldn't be so high it would discourage working, rather at providing a floor workers could not fall below.

P.S. High minimum wages have not hurt California's economy, we just posted a 75 billion dollar surplus, and some of that money is going back to the working poor in the form of direct payments.


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A petition is circulating that already has over 2 million signatures on it, calling for $2,000.00 a month stimulus checks for the duration of the pandemic. Maybe this is the first step towards permanent UBI, in this country?


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