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'Cynical Gambit': McConnell Condemned for Pushing Poison Pills in Bid to Tank $2,000 Checks

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/30/cynical-gambit-mcconnell-condemned-pushing-poison-pills-bid-tank-2000-checks

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The greed and evilness of ppl like Trump and Mitch know no bounds. They will be gone soon but their damage will remain. Those who have supported them will bear responsibility for their actions and will have to live with the consequences as will we all. The collapse of this system is forthcoming and cannot be avoided… better to have a collapse of a system that causes great damage sooner than later.

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Unfortunately McConnell just won re-election to another six year term. Trump may have been the front man for the arrogance, ignorance, stupidity, and illegalities but Mitch was the evil genius.

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Once again, the broken clock Trump is sometimes right twice a day, for a second. Sure, section 230 should probably be repealed, but not just this minute.
Once again the United States Senate is embarrassing our entire nation by proving to be the worlds worst, ineffective, and ultimately corrupt deliberative body. The time to abolish the senate and its evil step sister the electoral college, has come. However, the only ways to that are a constitutional convention, or another revolution.
You’ll sooner see the latter than the former.

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McConnell is one evil reptile who needs to be squashed until his carapace meets his plastron, thus squeezing out all of the excrement which is his being. Let’s have a parade!

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Interesting inasmuch as Amy McGrath defeated the popular progressive challenger Charles Booker in another highly questionable Democrat primary vote. Of course McConnell easily defeated her in the general as expected. Just the latest example of vote manipulation by the DNC that has come back to haunt us in a horrible way. Who really is the enemy of the people?

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sounds like bush-cheney.

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yet another example of why it is better to have Democrats in office than Republicans, beware of those on CDS who say it is all the same

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This is one time the Dems happen to be getting it right. But note that it was Bernie Sanders, a progressive who the establishment Dems hate, who fought for this and made it even possible to vote on it. Biden would never in a million years have even conceived of $2000 checks. Even Trump suggested it, while Biden said nothing. And Pelosi merely called Trump on his bluff; she did not actually fight for it like Sanders did.

No, the Dems are not AS bad as the Republicans, but both parties are deep in the pockets of Big Business, Wall Street, and the Military Industrial Complex. Both parties created this oligarchy and are working hard at maintaining it. You blue-check Dem Party loyalists are perfectly okay with oligarchy as long as you are on the safe, comfortable side of it, but if all we do is return to the “normalcy” of the good old days, this empire of corporatocracy, greed, and planetary destruction is going to come crashing down on all of us, and you smug, complacent neoliberals will find yourselves in the soup lines along with all the rest of the unwashed masse

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Not soon enough. And more likely, not ever.

Extremely well said as Lance Selfa easily backs up your assertions about the corporate Democrats in most insightful book called The Democrats: A Critical History while Dennis Perrin does the same concerning the bellicose Democrats in his slim but most germane book called The Savage Mules as he informs the reader how most Democrats have rarely met a war which they did not support.

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Beware of those on CD who say that the democrats (or republicans) are a path out of the destruction of our country and planet. The democrats are better than republicans like terminal cancer is better than a fatal heart attack. The treatment for cancer should not be more cancer. You Blue Checkers are like breathing asbestos. “Hey, what are you complaining about? You’re getting oxygen aren’t you?”

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And to think that the citizens of Kentucky, which is one of the poorest states in America, voted once again to keep McConnell in office.

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I’ve read that there are some highly questionable results in the Kentucky senate vote.

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So now it is up to Sanders to filibuster?

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Thank God, for at least one person with the courage to fight for the people and to inspire some others to do the same. I surely hope Bernie wins this round.

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Sanders said in a statement. “I’m going to object until we get a vote on legislation to provide a $2,000 direct payment to the working class. Let me be clear: If Senator McConnell doesn’t agree to an up or down vote to provide the working people of our country a $2,000 direct payment, Congress will not be going home for New Year’s Eve. Let’s do our job.”

My beloved teacher WRP is definitely enjoying the spectacle lately – too much, imho…

If McConnell loses his leadership seat because these shenanigans tip Georgia’s races into the Democratic column, I might laugh for a thousand years. That’s what you get, what you always get, for trusting Donald Trump.

~https://truthout.org/articles/trumps-stimulus-and-defense-shenanigans-are-having-ripple-effects-in-georgia/

From a somewhat more sober angle, this week marks the transition from USA’s Thanksgiving surge to beginnings of our Christmas surge, along with infiltration of more contagious variants, and today marks the day we see the stats bounce upward again, into 2020’s last viral hurrah. We still have a homicidal maniac in the White House, wreaking maximum sabotage against public health infrastructure every day. Amid legislative manoeuvers which amount to high-level gamesmanship, the underlying national situation remains extremely grave.

STATE COVID-19 OUTBREAKS

Ranking is momentum-based on Johns Hopkins’ test-positivity factored with “per-capita newcases” & “immediate mortality” – the ratio of totals on hand for deaths and cases.

>                       JH      per-capita    immed
>                   positivity   newcases   mortality
>                       %           %           %
>  1. Mississippi      62.2        64.1        1.62
>  2. Alabama          39.3        69.8        1.14
>  3. Idaho            55.2        66.5        1.26
> --- --------------------- ----------- -----------
>  4. Pennsylvania     39.4        67.0        1.95
>  5. Tennessee        20.4        96.8        1.06
>  6. Arkansas         19.7        69.1        1.81
>  7. California       11.8        87.7        0.58
>  8. South Dakota     41.7        63.9        2.72
>  9. Kansas           32.6        69.9        1.54
> 10. Arizona          15.0        82.1        1.14
> 11. Utah             19.3        75.7        0.48
> 12. Oklahoma         16.8        72.7        0.78
> 13. Iowa             36.2        49.4        2.73
> 14. Georgia          14.0        56.3        0.75
> 15. West Virginia    11.1        66.1        1.52
> 16. Ohio             16.4        72.5        0.89
> 17. Nevada           15.5        72.6        1.30
> 18. South Carolina   11.6        56.2        1.00
> --- --------------------- ----------- -----------
> 19. Texas            16.6        51.8        1.17
> 20. Kentucky         15.1        59.7        0.86
> 21. Indiana          11.7        78.4        1.45
> 22. New Hampshire    10.4        53.5        1.07
> 23. Louisiana        10.6        49.9        1.43
> 24. Virginia         12.4        41.2        0.83
> 25. Rhode Island      6.7        98.1        1.29
> 26. Florida          10.3        46.4        0.97
> 27. North Carolina   10.4        51.0        0.82
> 28. Delaware          8.4        70.8        0.60
> 29. Missouri         15.9        48.6        1.82
> 30. Massachusetts     6.1        64.6        1.15
> 31. New York          5.7        52.2        1.08
> 32. Connecticut       6.0        62.5        1.44
> 33. Montana          13.0        53.4        1.48
> 34. New Mexico        9.7        67.4        2.03
> 35. New Jersey        7.3        48.9        1.40
> 36. Nebraska          9.2        59.8        1.67
> 37. Illinois          7.9        56.4        2.13
> 38. Wisconsin        10.4        55.6        1.62
> 39. Maryland          6.1        40.4        1.62
> 40. Michigan          8.8        44.6        2.50
> 41. Maine             5.7        26.9        1.18
> 42. Colorado          7.5        53.7        1.76
> --- --------------------- ----------- -----------
> 43. Wyoming           8.9        60.6        1.71
> 44. North Dakota      6.6        51.6        2.67
> 45. D.C.              3.5        33.4        1.44
> 46. Minnesota         6.6        51.9        1.77
> 47. Alaska            4.5        57.8        0.56
> 48. Oregon            5.4        27.7        1.41
> 49. Washington        6.6        29.9        1.05
> --- --------------------- ----------- -----------
> 50. Vermont           2.2        16.0        2.19
> 51. Hawaii            2.1         7.7        1.09
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McConnell also added a provision to investigate voter fraud to his bill. Which is kind of funny, because one of the biggest sources of voter fraud is the DLC, and they used it to insure McConnell’s reelection.

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Maybe we should file 60 lawsuits. It seems like the new way elections are held.

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Evidence suggests his election was rigged.