Joe Biden’s boss sent Kamala Harris to West Virginia and Arizona in an effort to scare the two moderates into voting with the extremists. It might work on Joe Manchin because is is a squishy moderate but I don’t think they can scare Kyrsten Sinema. But, if Manchin caves, his next reelection bid could be in the Johnny flusher because part of Harris; speech is about the destruction of the coal industry.
But at least Harris came up with the perfect job for them out of work miners. The can get jobs digging up land mines. I am trying to decide if this is worse than learning to code, a profession where you can’t get blown up if you make a mistake. Manchin won his last reelection bid by only three points, but if helps kill the coal mining industry maybe he will need to learn how to code or defuse land mines.
Harris in West Virginia:
She also said the administration wanted to work to help coal miners in West Virginia transfer their job skills.
“All of those skilled workers who are in the coal industry and transferring those skills to what we need to do in terms of dealing with reclaiming abandoned land mines,” she told WSAZ.
“What we need to do around plugging leaks from oil and gas wells; and, transferring those important skills to the work that has yet to be done that needs to get done.”
Whether the Harris interviews were designed to pressure Manchin and Sinema into backing the American Rescue Plan was not immediately clear. Following the TV appearances, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked why the vice president chose to address local media in the two states.
“We want to make the case to the American people across the country. … This is a way to do just that,” Psaki said. She added that Harris would likely do more regional interviews in other states.
In her TV remarks, Harris explained the “urgency” of the $1.9 trillion plan that would give out an additional $1,400 in stimulus checks to Americans, expand unemployment insurance, and increase the child tax credit.
What she didn’t mention was all of the unrelated spending in the $1.9 trillion dollar spending bill. There is a clause for 350 billion dollars to bail out liberal cities and states that had draconian lockdowns.
There is another 350 billion dollars to extend benefits for unemployment that pays them more than they could make working. Besides the usual amount they get from the state, they will all get an additional $400 a week from this bill.
And for schools where teachers refuse to teach there is 170 billion dollars. Bonuses for teachers?
It will also triple the earned income for people making less than $21,000 from $530 to 1500. Plus other misc. spending.
All told, about half of the money being spent is not related to Covid-19.
Up until now, the Republicans were the only ones slamming the Biden administration for how it has handled the southern border crisis. President Joe Biden has done a really poor job with the crisis he created. Joe Biden took a fixed immigration system that once again benefitted America instead of benefitting paupers from third world countries at American taxpayer expense, and he turned it upside down almost as soon as he became president. Up until now, Americans have been gaslighted by Democrats with the help of their stenographers in the mainstream news media by being told that there is no crisis at the border, and conditions that are worse than ever before were being denied.
This week we saw three Democrat Senators criticizing the Biden administration’s poor handling of the migrant crisis.
The two Democrat senators from the border state of Arizona criticized Biden for not doing enough to get control of the illegal migrant surge at our southern border.
On Wednesday, Arizona’s Democrat Senator Mark Kelly gave a reaction to Biden’s first joint session address to Congress, saying, “While I share President Biden’s urgency in fixing our broken immigration system, what I didn’t hear tonight was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border, and I will continue holding this administration accountable to deliver the resources and staffing necessary for a humane, orderly process as we work to improve border security, support local economies, and fix our immigration system.”
When Democrats say they need to “fix our broken immigration system” what they mean is it is broken in that they have to go through hoops and hurdles to get as many future Democrat voters into our system and they want to fix it to make that easier for them. The crisis is just something that gives the party bad optics and they want to avoid that if possible.
The other Arizona Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema reiterated Kelly’s position that Biden hasn’t done enough to address the historic surge at our southern border.
“Senator Sinema has been clear that she, along with Senator Kelly, wants to see more action from the administration to address the border crisis and support Arizona border communities. She’s spoken directly with administration officials on this,” Sinema’s office told Fox News.
Whenever a politician says “has been clear,” or “let me be clear,” or “I have been clear since the beginning,” they’re not being honest with you. People don’t have to point out they have been straight with you if they have. These are border state Democrats and their party is screwing up the immigration process, so they have to say something.
More Democrats came out to give cover for the party. That’s how bad things are at the border. Democrats are actually coming out against a Democrat president, which is unheard of.
The crazy lunatic Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono from Hawaii criticized Vice President Kamala Harris who was made the point person for the southern border crisis back in March to get the migrant surge that is overwhelming our system under control and she hasn’t yet even visited the border to see firsthand what’s going on.
Even the left-wing rag Newsweek noted that Harris has been MIA at the southern border but she “made trips to New Hampshire and other states to promote the administration’s jobs and infrastructure plan and its coronavirus response, with most of her work on the matter occurring in the form of roundtable discussions with experts and meetings with regional leaders.” So the only border state she has visited after being put in charge of the illegal migrant surge is a northern border state.
Margaret Hoover of PBS ask Hirono during an interview, “Will you urge Vice President Harris, who has been tasked with handling this crisis, to visit the border, as she hasn’t yet been there?”
Hirono replied telling Hoover of course she will urge Harris to visit the border and that she has no idea why the vice president hasn’t already done so.
“We have a few other things to deal with, like the pandemic and everything else, so I’m not going to point fingers at her in the sense of — I hope that she will go down to the border,” Hirono said during her appearance on “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover.” “I hope that we can have a comprehensive, ‘whole of government’ approach to what we need to do to have a humane immigration system.”
In other words, Hirono gave her own excuses as to why she hasn’t yet criticized Harris for now taking her job seriously.
“I would call it a crisis,” Hirono said of the problems being faced at the border that are 100% Democrat created.
“We know what is happening,” the senator added. “So whatever you call it, we’re going to need to deal with it. We’re going to need to address it in a humane way.” In other words, she couldn’t wait for the next question.
About mid-April, Biden finally admitted there is a crisis at the southern border and his minions almost immediately fixed Biden’s statement by saying it’s not a crisis but a challenge as if America is nothing but a bunch of nitwits who can’t figure out it’s a catastrophe.
The plan is to increase the number of illegal alien migrants into the US in time for them to be given amnesty so that they can vote in the 2022 midterm elections to keep the disastrous Democrats in power. If they tell you anything different, they are lying to you because that is the plan.
Former Rep Trey Gowdy is ecstatic that the Democrats are trying to pack the Supreme Court. He has to know it will never pass in the Senate.
It should pass in the House because three Democrats would have to cross party lines and I don’t believe Pelosi would allow that. She wants to wait until Schumer has the votes to get it through the Senate, so it is very possible that there will never be a vote.
Bret Baier commented that Pelosi has said she does not support the bill. That may be true of this bill but she also said she supported the commission Joe Biden set up to explore the possibility. She would bring it to a voter today if she thought it would pass.
This is not a bill they want to vote on and lose because all the members in the House and the Senate would be on the record, which is exactly what Gowdy thinks would be a killer in the 2022 midterms and possibly even in 2024.
Gowdy replied to Baier:
“Bret, this is a gift from God. That is the only way to describe it. It has no chance ever of becoming law with the current Congress but it will be used to bludgeon Democrat candidates in 2022 which is why you saw that motley group of only four that can’t even wait for Biden’s commission.”
“So Republicans rejoice that Jerry Nadler is handling strategy for 2022. You are guaranteed to retake the House and the Senate.”
Bret Baier pointed out that in order to pass the bill in the Senate they would first have to kill the filibuster rule and Joe Manchin has insisted that he opposes ending the filibuster.
They will also have to deal with Kyrsten Sinema who also opposed doing away with the filibuster. That too is unpopular with the voters.
Axios’ Jonathan Swan said:
“But it all comes as you said it comes down to Joe Manchin. It’s not just Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema opposes eliminating the filibuster, but Manchin is dug in on this issue. He’s put out an op-ed. He said it a million times on the record I don’t see any sign that he is softening on this issue whatsoever.”
According to the Democrats, anyone who uses the filibuster is a racist, If that is true then Democrats in the Senate. Last year alone the Democrats used the filibuster over 300 times. The KKK did not block anything. That must mean that the Democrats are much worse than KKK. I’m just kidding.
The reason that Democrats used the filibuster over 300 times is their ideology, not their racism.
Now, the Democrats want to kill the filibuster so that they will have a dictatorship in order to control the masses. The Democrats claim that slave owners were the people responsible for the filibuster.
But, that s a lie.
The filibuster was put in place in 1806, 55 years before the civil war. Slavery was the law of the land them. There was no need to put the filibuster in place due to slavery.
The filibuster is the only thing standing in the way for the Democrats to have total control of the government. That should scare you and it is a dangerous thing for them. What happens when the Republicans take control with no filibuster? They could make crossing our border a felony and anyone who aids them could be tried for aiding and abetting the illegal aliens. They could cut all funding for Planned Parenthood and other budget items.
Democrats used filibuster 327 times, compared to only once by GOP in 2020: Report
President Joe Biden has been increasingly critical of the Senate filibuster, calling it a Jim Crow relic and saying it has been widely abused despite Democrats using it over 300 times in 2020, compared to once by Republicans.
“After @POTUS @JoeBiden denounced the rampant abuse of the filibuster last year, we did some digging,” Fox News anchor John Roberts tweeted Friday. “Republicans used it once. Democrats used it 327 times.”
The concept of the filibuster is easy to understand. Before a bill can be voted for there is a vote and in o0rder to do that they must get sixty votes in the Senate. If the vote gets at least sixty votes then an actual vote on the bill needs just 51 votes to pass. The vote to kill the filibuster cannot be filibuster and would require all 50 Democrats to pass. There are two Democratic Senators who are currently opposed to ending the filibuster. They are Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) proposal to mandate raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour was given a pink slip when eight, count em, eight Democrat senators joined the Republicans to reject the measure for whatever reasons I don’t care just so long as it failed.
The eight senators that the Woke Supremacists are now poking needles into their voodoo dolls are Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Angus King (I-ME) and Independent who caucuses with Democrats voted against the measure, joining every Republican in the upper chamber.
The vote failed at 42–58. The socialists needed 60 votes to overrule the Senate parliamentarian’s decision that a minimum wage increase can’t be embedded in a broader COVID-19 stimulus bill. The fact that they even tried shows that they don’t give a rat’s behind about the parliamentarian rules in the first place. Most honest people would want to do something and then say, “Oh, it’s against the rules? Well, then okay, I guess that’s that,” but not the socialists. They just want what they want and rules be damned. I’m surprised they haven’t already canceled the parliamentarian. Maybe a group of Woke thugs will show up outside her home at 2 am in the morning banging pots and pans and singing chants with signs saying “Where’s my f’ing money!”
Senator Sinema took to social media to tweet that she supports raising the minimum wage because she knows “what it is like to face tough choices while working to meet your family’s most basic needs.”
“Senators in both parties have shown support for raising the federal minimum wage and the Senate should hold an open debate and amendment process on raising the minimum wage, separate from the COVID-focused reconciliation bill,” she said.
I can see a primary in her future.
Manchin, who wants people to think he’s a centrist said in an interview with The Hill that he doesn’t support the $15 per hour increase, but that he’s open to raising the minimum wage to something that is “responsible and reasonable.” In West Virginia, his home state, he suggested that it should be $11 per hour when adjusted for inflation.
Personally, I don’t think the minimum wage itself is responsible or reasonable. What right does the federal government have to tell businesses in states how much they must at least pay their workers? On top of that, every single time the minimum wage is increased the little guy gets hurt. That’s right, the workers who are making minimum wage or just slightly above it are the ones who lose their jobs because many small businesses can’t afford the increase.
Here’s the dirty little secret that the DC swamp rats won’t tell you. Every time the Democrats push for a minimum wage increase they tell you they’re doing it because they think the little guy deserves to make a living wage. What they’re really doing is giving paybacks to unions that donate money to get them reelected. The scam goes like this. In many union contracts, the minimum wage is tied in. What I mean is it’s in their union contracts that if the minimum wage goes up say 5% then the already overinflated union-wage must also go up 5%. So, a person currently making $7.25 per hour, the current federal minimum wage would then be increased to $15 an hour, or a 106.8966% increase, which is okay. According to ZipRecruiter, the average union worker when all areas of the country are considered is $20 per hour. That means while the little guy ins gett $15 an hour, the average user worker will now have a salary of over $41. What a scheme!
Some Democrats who have probably never had to run a payroll condemned the eight senators who voted against the minimum wage hike.
“Are you on the side of the working people in America who desperately need a raise? Or are you on the side of the wealthy and the powerful who want to continue exploiting their workers and paying starvation wages?” Bernie Sanders said. He added, “It ain’t more complicated than that.” Actually, it is more complicated than that, but Bernie works at a third-grade level when ciphering numbers.
Democrats have demonstrated that they never cared one iota for the small businesses they would destroy with moves like increasing the minimum wage. Democrats and Socialists are always telling us that they believe that the working man should be able to be paid a living wage. I submit to you that most businesses do pay a living wage. People can live on $7.25 an hour if they didn’t have all the taxes taken out that are confiscated from each paycheck. The current minimum wage would be about $1,100 bucks a month take-home pay if there were no taxes taken out, not bad for an unskilled worker.
That’s another thing. Democrats understand that most people earning minimum wage are usually young people who are just starting out in the labor market and that they raise themselves out of minimum wage within the first six months of employment. Earning minimum wage is just temporary for most people. Some adults work a minimum wage job but it’s usually a second job that they work to supplement their full-time earnings. If you’re raising a family working for years at a minimum wage job then you have more problems than only earning minimum wage.
My Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman, an idiot, a Democrat, but then I repeat myself, who is now running for the Senate seat that will be vacant when the RINO Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) retires in 2022, said that “every single senator who voted against a $15 minimum wage today should be forced to live on $7.25 an hour so that they can demonstrate to all of us how it’s possible.” How about every single executive branch official in the Tom Wolf administration be forced to live without any income for a year the way they did to millions of Pennsylvanians who lost their job because of the forced COVID lockdowns?
Toomey said back in January about a White House proposal, “If the federal government mandates a universal $15 minimum wage, many low-income Americans will lose their current jobs and find fewer job opportunities in the future.”
As Congress fought to get the economic not really stimulus bill passed, the Labor Department on Friday said that US employment surged in February, adding 379,000 jobs, significantly higher than many economists had expected. Thank you, Donald Trump!
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) virtue-signaled that millions of jobs are still lost to the pandemic and people are still struggling to pay their rent, so Washington has to act aggressively, even though it Washington has zero authority Constitutionally to do any of it.
“Sometimes the macro statistics get in the way. The top-end is doing very well … But so many other people are struggling,” he said.
The problem with morons like Schumer is that he wants you to think it’s the top-end wage earner’s fault that the others are struggling when the reality is the government is the bad guy here because the government shut businesses down.
The Democrats have been roaring for a while that they would kill the filibuster but one man alone has stopped them. Joe Manchin.
Manchin has announced that under no circumstances would he vote for doing away with the filibuster. However, it could get worse for the Democrats. Much worse. After Manchin effectively killed the nomination of Neera Tanden, he began getting very nasty responses from liberal voters and several Democrats who called the move racist.
If they do the same with the filibuster, they could accomplish what others have tried to do for years. They could drive Manchin into switching parties, giving the Republicans control of the Senate.
At that point, the filibuster becomes moot. I can see that happening. That would effectively give the Republicans veto power over any bill Nancy Pelosi rams through with Biden’s blessing.
For Manchin, there is no downside to making the move. In fact, it would be a huge plus for him. Becoming a Republican in West Virginia would help him win easy reelections after his home state has turned bluer than blue.
But, if he continues to remain a Democrat during this period of extremism it could flip his seat red when he runs again. The Democrats are all about killing coal and coal is a large part of the West Virginia economy even now.
Actually, Manchin might not be needed anyway as Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz has already stated she opposes the move and is absolutely not willing to change her mind. But by voting together they could cancel out votes by Romney, Kennedy, or Murkowski, three top RINOs.
Progressive Democrats see the filibuster as an outdated relic that can be used by the minority Republican Party under McConnell to derail Biden’s agenda, and they want to do away with it. They point to the way the filibuster was wielded during the 20th century to stall civil rights legislation, and warn of a repeat.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell —after learning about Manchin’s and Sinema’s opinion last month– set aside his demand that a provision preserving the legislative filibuster be included in his power-sharing agreement with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. It almost certainly means that Democrats, many of whom have said they want to get rid of the filibuster, won’t be able to do so for at least the next two years.
This will be the most challenging year for many candidates. The stakes are high for both parties. The citizens deeply divided on issues.
Some real challenges to overcome are the fake news, and manipulated messages citizens get. Social media is also discriminating on the messages they will allow on their platforms and what agendas they support.
The article below talks about just a few seats that will most likely switch this election year. But there are 100’s of seats that are being challenged. Please go to VoteDemOut.org to see where are the battleground seats are in the Senate and the House.
So what can you do?
Help people get registered to vote. Democrats are relentless about getting their base to register to vote. We need to be just as motivated.
You can download an app called Voterpal that will allow you to help people get registered no matter where you are.
Share the voter registration link here: https://vote.gov/. Share the link and encourage people to vote that haven’t voted before.
Become a volunteer deputy registrar in your state. Your state provides the training so you are knowledgable about registering people in your state. Google “deputy registrar” and the name of your state.
There are many resources to help you get informed with who is running, what their top priorities are, and what measures are being voted on.
Five senators are staring down serious political danger ahead of the November elections.
With less than six months to go until Election Day, the battle for control of the Senate hinges on five key states. Democrats are after four seats in particular — in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina — while Republicans are largely playing defense, but see an easy pickup opportunity in Alabama.
A handful of seats in states like Iowa, Montana and Michigan are also showing signs they may be in play.
Here are the Senate seats most likely to flip in 2020.
Doug Jones (D-Ala.)
Democrats are on the defensive in deep-red Alabama roughly three years after Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the state’s special election to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones was the first Democrat to win statewide office in Alabama since 2008 and the first Democrat to represent the state in the upper chamber since 1997.
Jones garnered about 50 percent of the vote in 2017, while Moore received about 48 percent. During the race, Moore had to contend with a cloud of controversy stemming from sexual assault allegations, which led to GOP leaders across the country calling for him to step down as the nominee.
However, Jones faces a totally different environment heading into the 2020 elections. The Cook Political Report rates the race “lean Republican” as Sessions and former Auburn University coach Tommy Tuberville battle it out ahead of the July 14 GOP runoff.
Gardner became the first challenger to unseat an incumbent in Colorado in roughly a generation when he defeated former Sen. Mark Udall (D) in 2014.
But his state has shifted increasingly to the left in recent years. Former President Obama won the state twice in 2008 and 2012, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton carried it in the 2016 presidential election. In 2018, Democrats won control of the Colorado state Senate and held onto the governor’s mansion, giving them full control of the state government for the first time since 1936.
If that trend wasn’t enough to threaten Gardner’s prospects for a second term in the Senate, he faces an expectedly tough challenge from Colorado’s Democratic former governor, John Hickenlooper, who jumped into the race last summer after an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
There hasn’t been much polling in the race, but a survey from the Montana State University and the University of Denver conducted last month showed Hickenlooper with a 16-point lead over Gardner. Another Keating Research–OnSight Public Affairs–Melanson poll released earlier this month found Hickenlooper ahead by 18 points.
Hickenlooper out-raised Gardner in the first quarter of 2020, raking in nearly $4.1 million to his opponent’s $2.5 million. Still, Gardner has the overall cash-on-hand advantage with $9.6 million in the bank.
McSally already lost a Senate race in 2018, when Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) eked out a narrow 2-point win. Only a few weeks after her loss, McSally was appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Now, a little more than a year after she entered the Senate, she’s facing a challenge from Democrat Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut and gun control advocate who is seen as one of his party’s top recruits of the 2020 cycle. Kelly raised a staggering $11 million in the first three months of 2020 and has some $19.7 million on hand. By comparison, McSally reported $6.4 million raised in the first quarter and $10.3 million in the bank.
There are also signs that Kelly is widening his lead over McSally in the race. A survey from the polling firm OH Predictive Insights released this week showed Kelly leading McSally by 13 points — up from a 9-point lead in a similar poll conducted in April. Republicans are hoping to seize on questions about Kelly’s business record in an effort to weaken him ahead of November.
But unlike Colorado, where Democrats hold power at the state level, Arizona’s state government is largely controlled by the GOP. What’s more, Republicans have won every presidential election in the state since 2000, though Trump carried it in 2016 by a smaller margin than the three Republican nominees before him.
The moderate Republican is also facing an uphill battle to defend her spot in the Senate. The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Collins 3 points behind state House Speaker Sara Gideon (D), who is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination.
Additionally, polling shows Maine voters could be souring on the incumbent senator. A Bangor Daily News poll released in April showed Collins with a 37 percent approval rating and a 52 percent disapproval rating.
Collins has been viewed in the past as a critical Republican swing vote, voting against 2017 GOP legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. However, she has since received the ire of liberals for voting to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018 as he faced sexual misconduct allegations.
However, the race will not necessarily be a cakewalk for the Democrats if Gideon gets the nomination. Collins has represented the state in the Senate since 1997, giving her an incumbent advantage. Additionally, her decisions to side with the Trump administration on a number of issues may not play badly with all voters. The state went Democratic in the last three presidential elections, but elected conservative Gov. Paul LePage twice.
Tillis is locked in a true toss-up race to hold on to his Senate seat. The first-term senator is facing a tough challenge from Democrat Cal Cunningham and polls show the two candidates in a dead heat.
One survey fielded by Eastern Carolina University earlier this month showed Tillis narrowly leading Cunningham, 41 percent to 40 percent — well within the poll’s margin of error. But a Meredith College poll conducted late last month gave Cunningham a substantial lead in race, showing him ahead of Tillis, 44 percent to 34 percent.
Already, the race between Tillis and Cunningham is shaping up to be the most expensive Senate race of 2020. In March, the Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), booked nearly $22 million worth of fall advertising in the state, making up the largest part of a broader $67 million investment.
Soon after that, the Senate Majority PAC, the top super PAC backing Democratic Senate candidates, reserved $25.6 million in fall ads in the state. That was also the largest portion of a nearly $70 million investment by the group.
Cunningham led Tillis in fundraising in the first three months of the year, bringing in about $4.4 million to his opponent’s $2.1 million. But Tillis has more than twice as much cash on hand as Cunningham, reporting about $6.5 million in the bank at the end of March.