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April 2, 2020

The White House Wanted To Give $0 To Tribes In The $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill

The bigotry some people have is stunning.    Hugs

In the end, tribes got about $10 billion in the emergency $2 trillion stimulus bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last Friday.

But if the White House had its way, tribes wouldn’t have gotten a penny in direct relief, according to three Senate Democratic aides familiar with negotiations on the bill. And if Senate Republicans had their way, tribes would have gotten way less than they got.

The National Congress of American Indians, the largest organization representing the interests of tribal governments and communities, told Congress in mid-March that the nation’s 574 tribes would need at least $20 billion in direct federal relief to stem job losses and economic instability caused by the coronavirus pandemic. When the Senate and White House began talks on the stimulus, Democrats pushed for creating a $200 billion stabilization fund to provide direct aid to local and state governments. Of that $200 billion, $20 billion should go to tribal governments, they proposed.


The White House said no to both ― the fund itself, and tribes getting any direct relief.


When Democrats held their ground, the White House relented and agreed to create the stabilization fund, but only if it was capped at $150 billion and didn’t give money to tribes. Senate Republicans countered with capping the fund at $150 billion and giving tribes $2 billion, but only if that money came from a separate, supplemental appropriations bill being rolled into the stimulus. Democrats pushed back again, saying that tribes needed direct financial relief as well as increased annual appropriations to deal with the coronavirus. The direct relief would go toward things that needed immediate action, like tribal health care systems already struggling financially.


This standoff on tribal aid between the White House, Democrats and Republicans was one of the last sticking points in the entire $2 trillion bill, say these Democratic aides, who agreed to speak on background in order to speak freely.

In the final hours, the White House proposed $3 billion for tribes from the stabilization fund. Democrats said no and that tribes would need at least $10 billion. Republicans proposed $5 billion. Democrats said no. The White House and Republicans eventually caved as tribal advocacy groups became more vocal and key Democrats, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, made calls to Republicans urging their support.

The stimulus provides a total of $10 billion for tribal governments, of which $8 billion is from a newly created tribal government stabilization fund and about $2 billion is in supplemental appropriations. Here’s a breakdown of specific tribal resources, produced by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

More at the link above.   Hugs

Despite Calls for Global Ceasefire, Trump Threatens War With Iran Amid COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on world economies, claims tens of thousands of lives, and cripples healthcare systems worldwide, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to threaten to attack Iran and make the country “pay a very heavy price” for any “attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq.”

The threat comes on the heels of the Trump administration crippling Iran’s access to crucial medial supplies as it battles over 47,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 by ramping up a sanctions regime on Iran that leading economists said was “feeding the coronavirus epidemic” and progressive organizations and Democrats said must be eased in light of the deadly disease.

“Unsatisfied with a global pandemic and an economic collapse, Trump wants to add a major war into the mix,” Stephen Miles, executive director of Win Without War, said on Twitter in response to Trump’s tweet.

Miles detailed “a series of escalations” the White House has taken with Iran since Trump took office, including his 2018 formal departure from the Iranian nuclear deal.

“It’s impossible to say with certainty right now what is happening on the ground that’s leading to this latest talk of war, but one thing is clear, we did not have to be here,” said Miles. “The President chose to put us on this path and he continues to own the consequences of his actions.”

Other observers drew attention to the legal language Trump used in the tweet—”Upon information and belief.”

“The United States is threatening wars now based on the standard lawyers use when making allegations they can’t necessarily prove,” said MSNBC analyst Matthew Miller.

There is more information at the link above.   Hugs

Secret Service places $45,000 ’emergency order’ for golf carts in town with Trump property during pandemic

Filed under: Economics, Fascism, Greed, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:28

Trump’s most recent golf outing took place on March 8. He has spent hundreds of days golfing, often at his own properties, a potential boon for his own businesses. Recently, coronavirus lockdowns have closed his two most common golf destinations in West Palm Beach, Florida and Bedminster, New Jersey. The club in Sterling, Virginia, however, remains open, as Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order allows golf clubs to operate “as long as golfers stay six feet apart.”

You can read more here.

The obscene class divides in America

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:45

They won’t admit they were wrong

McConnell hits brakes on next economic stimulus package

Filed under: Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:08

The Republicans got what they wanted.   A huge slush fund of taxpayer money to give away to business.  But now that they got what they wanted for the wealthy they do not want to do anything for the people.   When will people release the Republicans are ruthless about caring only about wealth and power.   Even more than tRump McConnell has to go.   Hugs

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hit the brakes Tuesday on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) plan to move ahead with a fourth stimulus package that would include major infrastructure spending and other Democratic priorities.

“I think we need to wait a few days here, a few weeks, and see how things are working out,” McConnell said on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”

“Let’s see how things are going and respond accordingly,” he added. “I’m not going to allow this to be an opportunity for the Democrats to achieve unrelated policy items that they would not otherwise be able to pass.”

“There are infrastructure needs that our country has that directly relate to how we are proceeding with the coronavirus,” Pelosi told reporters. “And we would like to see in what comes next something that has always been nonpartisan, bipartisan, and that is an infrastructure piece that takes us into the future.”

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) on the same call argued that infrastructure projects like expanded broadband access could help fight the pandemic.

“If you don’t have access to the internet, you can’t do telemedicine and you can’t learn when you’re not going to school in person,” he said.

But McConnell on Tuesday noted that the Senate and House are not expected to return to work in Washington until April 20 at the earliest.



I would say we have become the enemy

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:49

America is an oligarchy, cemented by Citizens United and Russian active measures.

Our racism and misogyny make us heartless, unable to ‘love thy neighbor’ or respect/protect the privacy of women.

Our self-interest is obsessed with suspicion.

Money over people’s health

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:48

We can’t go back to broken

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:46

We need a revolution. We can’t go back to broken.

Mike Pence needs to stop pointing fingers

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:42

Mike Pence needs to stop pointing fingers. You and Pompeo gave away our stockpile to China, and now you’re trying to blame Obama from three years ago.

Trump, Pence, and Pompeo are the axis of death and intentional suffering.

April 1, 2020

Trump rejects Obamacare special enrollment period amid pandemic

Filed under: Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 16:46

The Trump administration has decided against reopening Obamacare enrollment to uninsured Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, defying calls from health insurers and Democrats to create a special sign-up window amid the health crisis.

The annual enrollment period for closed months ago, and a special enrollment period for the coronavirus could have extended the opportunity for millions of uninsured Americans to newly seek out coverage. Still, the law already allows a special enrollment for people who have lost their workplace health plans, so the health care law may still serve as a safety net after a record surge in unemployment stemming from the pandemic.

Numerous Democratic-leaning states that run their own insurance markets have already reopened enrollment in recent weeks as the coronavirus threat grew. The Trump administration oversees enrollment for about two-thirds of states.

Short-term health insurance alternatives promoted by Trump, which allow enrollment year-round, is also an option for many who entered the crisis without coverage. Those plans offer skimpier coverage and typically exclude insurance protections for preexisting conditions, and some blue states like California and have banned them or severely restricted them. The quality of the plans vary significantly and, depending on the contract, insurers can change coverage terms on the fly and leave patients with exorbitant medical bills.

More at the link above.  Basically the US government and the for profit insurance companies are demanding you suffer.  If you do not have the wealth to pay for testing and treatment , then to hell with you, just die already!  Is it not time to do away with healthcare for profit?  Every other advance nation has done it.  Why can not we, the wealthiest nation on earth?  Employers love having your healthcare tied to your job, it makes you dependant on them, the wealthy are now running our lives deciding who lives and who dies.  This is not a democracy, it is a plutocracy run by the wealthy making you nothing more than a means to make them more money.   Hugs



Trump creates roadblock to Social Security beneficiaries, veterans from receiving $1,200 payment

Filed under: Economics, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 13:18

Donald Trump absolutely cannot be just a not shitty, petty person. His administration is creating barriers to Social Security beneficiaries, disabled people who have Supplemental Security Income, and veterans with pensions trying to get their $1,200 payments under the CARES Act, the coronavirus stimulus bill passed last week.

These people don’t normally file returns, they don’t have income that requires it. But under IRS guidelines just released, they announced that these people will have to file to get the payments. “This is outrageous,” Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works said in an emailed statement. “The $1200 payments could easily be added automatically to the benefits these people already receive every month. The CARES Act specifically gives the Treasury Department the authority to do so.”

“At best, the payments will be delayed—even though the federal government pays these people benefits right now, each and every month,” Altman says. Treasury is already authorized in the bill just to send the payment along with regular monthly benefits. It would be that simple. This is also a group of people for whom filing taxes online could be extremely difficult if not impossible. It is so unnecessary and harmful.

More at the link above.   Hugs

The headlines in the last 24 hours should outrage all of us.

Filed under: Economics, Health, Music and Videos, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 12:38

Carmen sent this to me and it is a good short watch.  I do not see CC on it, sorry.   Thank you Carmen.    Hugs

As Coronavirus Surges, ‘Medicare for All’ Support Hits 9-Month High

Filed under: Economics, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 12:12

As Coronavirus Surges, ‘Medicare for All’ Support Hits 9-Month High

In the midst of a pandemic that has spurred an economic crisis and put Americans’ health care costs in stark contrast with the rest of the industrialized world, support for “Medicare for All” has risen to its highest point in about nine months, according to new Morning Consult/Politico data.

The sweeping health reform package championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would provide all Americans with health insurance through the government now has support from 55 percent of registered voters, per a March 27-29 survey of 1,997 respondents, taken as the United States became the global epicenter of the coronavirus. Thirty-five percent of voters continue to oppose the proposal, putting net support — the share who support minus those who oppose — at 20 points, a 9-point jump from mid-February.

Though Democrats drove the movement in the most recent poll, they didn’t do so alone: For the first time since June 2019, a majority of independents are in favor of Medicare for All (52 percent), sparking an 8-point increase in net support among this demographic since February.

Though it remains to be seen whether the growing enthusiasm for a single-payer system will outlive the trenches of the pandemic, the poll suggests progressive lawmakers may have an opportunity to sway key demographics — support for Medicare for All grew among people in the $50,000-$100,000 income bracket, voters between 45 and 54 years old and black voters by roughly 10 points each.

Efforts on Capitol Hill to remedy barriers to care have, while providing much-needed relief, exposed the scope of gaps in the current system. Congress’ authority to mandate insurance companies shoulder the cost of testing does not apply to millions of workers with self-funded plans, as coverage varies wildly by employer. Many insured patients still run the risk of receiving exorbitant surprise medical bills if they venture out of their network for emergency care. States that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are at a disadvantage compared to their counterparts, and roughly 28 million Americans have no coverage at all. In the face of the pandemic, the only program proving capable of swift, aggressive action to address COVID-19 — most recently, by providing financial relief to providers — is the federally run Medicare program.

The problem

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Economics, Family, Food, Memes, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 10:15

The US needs foreign doctors and nurses to fight coronavirus. Immigration policy isn’t helping.

Filed under: Bigotry, Economics, Health, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 09:59

The US health system already relies heavily on immigrants, who make up 17 percent of all health care workers and more than one in four doctors. At a time when coronavirus is pushing states like Washington and New York to the limits of their resources, those health care workers will be all the more critical.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already waived licensing requirements to allow graduates of foreign medical schools to contribute to the coronavirus response anticipating such a shortage, but no other state has so far followed suit.

But even before the current crisis, the immigration system made it difficult for foreign doctors and nurses to work in the US and go where they’re needed. Doctors may face long wait times for green cards, restrictions on where they can settle geographically, and limitations on where they can practice while they’re waiting for a green card. Nurses, meanwhile, also face long waits for green cards and can’t come to the US under temporary skilled worker visas.

Much more at the link above.   Hugs

These people believed tRump when he down played the threat and claimed it was a hoax

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 09:44

Impeached Trump is shaking down our Governors like a mobster

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 09:01

Bernie was correct

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Food, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:56

Bernie was correct and righteous for decades.

The Democratic Party needs to embrace ALL OF Bernie’s policies.

Be the revolution

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:12
I am 57 years old and I agree with the rest.  

Be the revolution.

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