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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

Trump campaign tells surrogates to paint Biden as ‘the opposition’ in coronavirus war

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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.


Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Family, Fascism, Health, News, opinion, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:54

In doing so, Vanity Fair reported, Kushner was effectively running a shadow coronavirus task force team in the White House that was more powerful than the official one headed by Vice President Mike Pence.

This was partly due to the vacuum left by the departure of the former acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney whose replacement, Mark Meadows, has only just joined. But Kushner was said to be angered by the criticism of Trump, and when he got involved, reportedly told people, “I know how to make this government run now.”

Kushner is also said to have urged Trump to challenge Cuomo’s appeal for 30,000 ventilators for New York, which he believed was alarmist. Vanity Fair reported that he told a White House meeting, “I have all this data about ICU capacity. I’m doing my own projections, and I’ve gotten a lot smarter about this. New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.”

On March 26, Trump told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity that he did not believe New York needed the number of ventilators Cuomo was calling for.

The obscene class divides in America

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

tRump never learned

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:41

Trying to shift the blame, never admit tRump was wrong

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, Greed, Health, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:37

tRump takes gaslighting to a never seen level.

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:34

They won’t admit they were wrong

The stakes are too high for all of us

Filed under: Fascism, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:12

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.



Campaign infomercials

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Education, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:56

Stop real time coverage of these fake press briefings.  Hugs

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.

Republicans picked and protected the worst human

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:45

Republicans picked and protected the worst human.

This is criminal negligence. Negligent homicide

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:43

This is criminal negligence. Negligent homicide.

Send Trump to The Hague.

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.

Trump ratings

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:39

Trump will earn the highest unemployment rate in US history, as well.

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