Contrary to Media Freakout, Biden and Democrats are Bringing America Back

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For those out there who like to read about bad news and how much the sky is falling, today’s post will most likely not be your cup of tea. I will do the Democratic Party and the President of the United States a favor by touting some fantastic news today.

I know it’s not the narrative our mainstream media likes to engage in, but what the hell? Consider today’s post a public service announcement consisting of truth and facts, of which millions of Americans will not hear, or if they do, will merely chalk it up to “fake news.”

Consider the following economic news, released earlier today:

*Non-farm payrolls increased by 531,000 in October, beating the estimate of 450,000

*The unemployment rate fell to 4.6%, a new pandemic low and better than expectations.

*Wages rose 0.4% for the month and were up 4.9% from a year ago.

*Private payroll growth was strong, rising 604,000. 73,000 Government jobs were lost, which pulled down the overall number.

*September gains were revised upward to 312,000 from last month’s initial report that showed 194,00 jobs created.

*August job creation was also revised upward by 117,000 to 483,000

In addition to those robust gains, the stock market continues on its record rise, currently sitting at around 36,300. Weekly jobless claims totaled 269,000 last week, representing the lowest pandemic-era total to date.


In other words, folks, things are getting better in America. You certainly wouldn’t know it based on the total complete media freakout from Tuesday’s off-year gubernatorial elections. We were told by more than a few “expert” pundits that the Democratic Party and Biden were on life support. That Terry McAuliffe’s loss in Virginia and Phil Murphy’s close win in New Jersey represented an extreme warning sign that Democrats were poised to fall apart in next year’s mid-term elections.

However, what was lost in the translation is that what happened in Virginia is what has happened in all but one of that state’s elections over the past nearly 50 years, following a previous year’s presidential election. The president’s political party, whether Republican or Democrat, lost the Virginia governor’s race to the opposite party the following year. Ironically, the only exception was when McAuliffe followed President Obama’s 2012 re-election with a victory in 2013.

It’s part of the usual political cycle we’ve seen for decades now, but that was not the narrative winning the day on Tuesday. Nor was the fact that Phil Murphy became the first Democrat in nearly 44 years to win re-election in New Jersey. You’d think that might be the story, but it was the “narrow win” in a state Biden won by 16 points that got the most airtime.


Putting Tuesday’s election mania aside, though, there’s more good news to report, and it goes hand in hand with the positive economic numbers. Finally, it seems we may be seeing the worst days of the pandemic slowly receding in the rear-view mirror. Yes, we thought that was the case over the summer, and then we got slammed with the deadly contagious Delta-variant.

But this time, it feels different. Just this week, the CDC authorized Pfizer’s vaccine for 5–11 year-olds. Soon, pharmacies and pediatrician offices will have the capability to vaccinate up to 28 million kids. Surely they’ll be hesitancy amongst parents, and it might take a while to get those shots into arms. Still, hopefully, that hesitancy will wane once people see the safety and efficacy for themselves.

Also, today, Pfizer announced that its experimental antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 was shown to cut by 89% the chances of hospitalization or death for adults at risk of developing severe disease. It’s expected to secure U.S. regulatory approval by the end of the year. President Biden said the government had secured millions of doses of the drug.

And that brings us to why President Biden was elected in the first place: Getting a handle on COVID-19. And on that front, the numbers indicate he’s done an outstanding job. Here are just a few to ponder:

*Currently, there are roughly 192 million Americans fully vaccinated, representing 58.2% of the total population of the United States.

*Nearly 223 million, or 67.6% of the population, have gotten at least one shot.

Considering where we were on January 20, 2021, this is progress. The fact is, with the massive disinformation campaign currently infecting social media and Republican Governors suing the government for trying to mandate vaccinations, the numbers are truly remarkable. If Biden didn’t have to deal with the crazies out there, we’d be so much further ahead than we are now. But let’s give credit where credit is due.


And while we hear on an hourly basis how the Democrats are fighting amongst themselves, and they are, the fact remains that we’re on the cusp of them passing two enormous pieces of transformative legislation. The Build Back Better (BBB) and Bi-partisan Infrastructure (BIF) bills will soon become law. The process has sucked, quite frankly, and it’s causing some Americans to become frustrated and angry about the whole ordeal.

Once official, though, when you couple those bills with the $1.9 trillion rescue plan enacted earlier this year, the Democrats and President Biden will have delivered massive relief to the middle-class and working men and women of this country that should be paying dividends for years to come. Surely the narrative will be different next year, right?

One would hope. But Democrats, unfortunately, do not excel at messaging, while their counterpart Republican friends do. The messages Republicans are good at are lies, distortions, racial division, and disinformation. But damn, they’re so good at it. Democrats must get their act together to counteract the B.S. we will hear from them in the year ahead. If not, they will lose Congress. It’s that simple. On a side note, it was good to see President Biden out early today touting the good economic numbers. More of that, please!


Finally, I’d like to address one more thing I’ve heard from many folks, especially on social media, and it concerns President Biden. Here’s the deal: Biden’s an old man. There, I said the obvious. Most Democrats do not want him to run in 2024, and you can count me as part of that group. He’ll be 82 years old, and even I have to admit that he’s lost a step. It would be nice if we could get some new and younger blood in the White House.

But if the items I’ve just talked about begin to bear fruit; if all of the legislation is in place, as well as hopefully passing a meaningful voting rights bill soon, will he not be seen as one of our nation’s greatest presidents, even if it might be for only one term?

I want to think so. That’s not too bad for an old guy. I’m more than willing to accept a blunder here and there if he can right America’s wayward ship.

The bottom line is this: Joe Biden and the Democrats are steadying that ship, folks. Do we remember how close we came to losing it all on January 6, 2021? Things are moving in the right direction, no matter what the mainstream media tries to tell you. And indeed, not the lies we hear from Republicans and the right-wing media echo chamber.

I hope I didn’t bore you with good news today. But after what we’ve been through as Americans over the past five years, do we not deserve it?

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  1. The bad news is that Republicans are going to keep doing what they do best (“lies, distortions, racial division and misinformation”) and Democrats will keep doing what they do best (allow Republicans to frame and mis-label the issues, and blame Democrats for every problem, many of which the GOP brought about or ignored). If the Dems were half as good at fighting Republicans as they are at fighting among themselves, I wouldn’t be so demoralized. Going forward, I can only hope they prove me over-pessimistic.

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    1. You’re so right mistermuse. Democrats seem to be their own worst enemy at times. Next year, for the mid-terms, GOP must be defined, over and over, as an anti-democratic fascist party, hell-bent on tearing down the whole thing to gain power. Because in the end, that’s all they’re about. Dems getting things done for the people. R’s divide the country and preach to the uninformed. It’s a dangerous time my friend.

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      1. I agree with this but our tax code is so purposely convoluted and complicated as to allow some to have advantages in not paying that others don’t have. It’s human nature to not want to give over what you’ve worked so hard for to government officials who don’t have the best track record or history of spending it wisely and for the benefit of all and therein is the problem. would you not agree?

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      2. Speaking as someone who worked in the UK’s H.M. Inspector Taxes for 26 years, I can agree on the problem with complications and the legalistic wording of taxations which allow those with the capital to afford to hire the best at avoidance. Ironically a simplified system takes away some of the entitlements which were originally geared to help those at the lower end and were of ‘no use’ to those at the upper end, something I witnessed and was obliged to part of the administration of between 1977 and 1988 (with governments of various stripes). A balanced system of taxation and state assistance to those without work through loss of job, infirmity or age is fearfully difficult to achieve; you might say a constant battle, and we always come back to those who can afford pay the less. Beyond that I cannot say as I am still quite rightly bound by documents I signed as a UK Civil Servant back in 1968.
        Two problems for the average citizen paying tax can be laid at the political door. Firstly during canvassing for office politicians have this tendency to address the citizen as a ‘taxpayer’ who has the day to day right to question or even chose how taxation is spent; this is a ‘stretch’ as it were. Taxation is taken from a payer by various means: direct out of their income or indirect by sales taxes, tolls etc and they have no choice in the matter; spending is made through the arcane system of government spending which baffles most normal folk. Thus their practical choice is muzzled until election time when a variety of issues are placed to them, taxation often being the least (1992 as I recall in the UK was the last time it was a major topic). Thus the taxpayer is often overwhelmed by political arguments, administration of the system (itself often underfunded or subject to whims of administrative turns) and finally the whole concept. If the systems were better administered, more stringently used for the regulation of top incomes and tailored so that those of low and middle incomes received less of the proportionate burden Taxation would be better respected.
        When it comes to the related topic of Public Spending and taxation is mixed with Government borrowing the whole business becomes almost at act of faith, numbers seemingly being conjured out of thin air. The issues here being the balancing of responsibility to the tax-paying public with those duty of supplying or ensuring those same people are able to live in a safe, prosperous, open and healthy environment. Here governments should aim to win the trust of the majority of the people and opposition should be broadly constructive without being supine. Spending should always be carefully supervised too, a little less on the frills and more on the basics. Nothing easy there, but the effort to reach those goals would be worthwhile.
        Whereas each nation from thereon has differing ways about going in these directions, they should always aim to make the perception that paying taxes is part of the community, everyone should pay their fair share and the spending should be tailored to the needs of the Time, Place and Direction of that community. And indeed there is the problem.
        It is a hard task. I’ve seen its good, indifferent and bad sides.

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      1. I did not ask the question to be antagonistic unlike your response which is predicated on the assumption that I am all for corporations not paying their dues to support the society in which they exist. It’s got to be a balance of responsible taxation and the one thing you never, ever address, responsible spending by both parties. thanks, once again, for engaging in battle when I was merely asking a question.

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  2. as indicated by this congress person, this bill benefits the top 1%, a demographic continuously demonized by people who blog about politics. just saying.

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    1. That’s really rich coming from the same people who cut taxes in 2017 that benefited the wealthiest Americans, blew a huge hole into the deficit and added trillions to the debt. Were you ok with that? If so, let’s see how it all plays out. For once, the middle-class and working families are going to be the biggest recipients to what’s in these bills-not the 1%. Let’s do trickle-up economics, not trickle-down. Why? Because trickle-down never has worked, and never will. Time to do it another way.

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      1. Back in the late 1960s very early 70s there was the US band Stoneground, and I blusey / country song ‘Bad News’, which had the opening line:
        ‘Bad news travels like wildfire,
        Good news travels slow’
        (the rest was actually about the exploits of the singer as a heartbreaker…but that first line holds true for all occasions)

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      2. Geez Roger, I don’t know how that band evaded my ears since 1970, but I’ve never heard them before. I love it! The girls voice is very unique. I get a Janis Joplin vibe from her, and the band. Thanks for sharing! Just goes to show you, there were plenty of bands around during those years and some of them went under the radar for sure. Stoneground, obviously was one of them, but you, in the UK, discovered them. Go figure!!!

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      3. Yeah, it happens doesn’t it?
        Actually most of my record collection of the 1960s-early 70s was American. (I embraced American ‘entertainment’ culture)….
        Here’s the Go figure answer to Stoneground…
        I discovered them on a tv documentary…which I think was another one about ‘communes’. They’d turned up in the UK (once) with a crew of hippies and post-hippies in tow and the music just ‘worked’ for me.
        As you can tell from the Wiki, they didn’t last long, as I band they probably weren’t tight enough to hold together. The three girl vocalists were certainly in the ‘If Only’ category.

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      4. Yes, I suspect you’re right on that Roger. So many bands in that era were so good though. I feel we’ll never possess a moment like that ever again.

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      5. They were innovative times.
        What always gives me a wry smile Jeff is scrolling down Youtube comments of music from 1970 to 1990s. You can guarantee at least one person will write something along the lines of:
        ‘You don’t get music like that these days’
        I guess it’s a bit too early for those sort of comments relating to the opening decades of the 21st Century.

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  3. Jeff, I am glad the infrastructure bill got over the goal line. This bill will help America and Americans. It is not only three months overdue, it is about ten years overdue, so it is a big deal. The job report numbers are good and the stock market continues to move forward. Now, I hope the companion bill can get through. I was also glad to see 13 Republicans vote for the bill making it bipartisan following on the Senate passing it 69-30. I am calling the 13 to thank them for putting their country over their party interests saying we need more of that. Keith

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    1. (Not sure where this reply will land–having a problem getting it to post. It’s a reply to Neil.)

      Agee–I, too, appreciate Jeff’s positive and informational perspective.

      But, my read on the corporatist mainstream media, especially, CNN and MSNBC, is that their ‘dramatic’ coverage is because they’re panicked about Dems’ recent loses–not that they’re attempting to disparage them in any way.

      IOW, it seems to me that they’re (MSM) sounding what one might consider to be a ‘clarion call.’ Which is, if the Dem Party isn’t careful, they’ll take a shellacking in 2022.

      Apparently, Dems have lost ground with rural voters since 2020–in one of this week’s races, they only took approximately 25% of those folks’ votes. My ‘guess’ is that even Ruy Teixeira (a Center For American Progress demographer) would say that this is not a tenable situation.

      (which is not to say that the situation can’t be salvaged, just that it will take some work)

      Bluecoverage is because they’re panicked about Dems’ recent loses–not that they’re attempting to disparage them in any way.

      IOW, it seems to me that they’re (MSM) sounding what one might consider to be a ‘clarion call.’ Which is, if the Dem Party isn’t careful, they’ll take a shellacking in 2022.

      Apparently, Dems have lost ground with rural voters since 2020–in one of this week’s races, they only took approximately 25% of those folks’ votes. My ‘guess’ is that even Ruy Teixeira (a Center For American Progress demographer) would say that this is not a tenable situation.

      (which is not to say that the situation can’t be salvaged, just that it might take some work)

      Have a nice weekend.

      Blue

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      1. Thanks for your insights Blue. You could be right about that. Everything hinges on how the public perceives things are going in their own personal lives. Inflationary pressures are real right now, as is some supply-chain disruptions. I’ve got to think that these things will ease as we get into next year. When you add in all the other accomplishments, Dems ought to be able to hold steady, and maybe even gain a few seats here and there.
        But, and this is huge, Republicans will exploit divisive cultural issues to the max-i.e. Critical Race Theory, gay marriage, abortion, immigration etc…And this is where Dems consistently do not adequately counter the narrative. They’ve got to better at this or, yes, we will take a shellacking for sure. Thanks again and hope you have a nice weekend too!

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      2. I couldn’t agree more with your remarks about the Dems putting way too much focus on the “divisive cultural issues.” Yes, they’re important … especially to the individuals who are smack dab in the middle of them. BUT … these are NOT the issues that are going to put this country back on firm footing.

        As you mentioned, the economy is probably at the top of the list, followed by getting a handle on the virus (which has affected the economy). But the one area I think needs the most focus is (as you pointed out) delivering relief to the middle-class and working men and women. Thankfully the recently enacted $1.9 trillion rescue plan will go a long ways in this area.

        Yes, at its core, things are looking up. Now if the Dems would just blow their horns a bit louder and drown out the negativism of the Republicans, the people might actually see this!

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    2. Very heartening to see Keith. When you can get bi-partisanship on anything these days, it’s a major plus. Yes, now it’s time to pass BBB. When you combine all of the three major pieces of legislation(which includes the Rescue Plan passed earlier this year), we’re talking big-time accomplishments. I’d be hammering this over and over if I were the Dems. All into next years mid-terms. Messaging has never been a strong point of Dems. Maybe they learn their lesson this time? One would hope Keith.

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  4. Thank you for this post, Jeff. Haven’t had much time to follow latest economic stats, or, for that matter, how the Infrastructure Bill was progressing through Congress. For sure, we have roads and bridges in our neck of the woods that need repair, big time. Plus, it’s nice to hear some good news, for a change.

    Wish your older Pup the very best. Would like to offer a bit of encouragement, if I may. Our first Springer–a field variety, also, our Alaskan Sourdough who relocated down to Lower 48 with us when she was just a few months old–lived to the ripe old age of 17-1/2. She was our first “Dog Of A Lifetime.” As we always said about her–“Chena isn’t a presence, she’s a force.” 😉 Always “young at heart” or playful, and high energy, until she drew her very last breath.

    May be using another WP Avatar, soon. (that is, if I follow through with reactivating and repurposing other blog)

    Have a good weekend. Enjoying beautiful, somewhat nippy weather, here.

    Blue

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      1. Thanks for contributing to the overall complete breakdown of civil discourse in America Scott. I know. I know. Both sides do it, right? Trump was the same as Biden. Obama and Trump are the same. Ted Cruz and AOC are the same. Josh Hawley and Liz Warren are the same. Democrats incited an insurrection, right Scott?
        Have a great day

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    1. I really appreciate the kind words for my older guy. He’s doing pretty good at the moment. I have him on an injection regimen from our vet that I think is really helping him. His back legs are giving him problems but the injection of Adequinn(not sure of spelling) coupled with Carprofen pain meds, seems to be making a difference. He’s got a little more “pep in his step.” I couldn’t ask for more than that. Wish we indeed, could have him forever. For now, we just try to make him comfortable. Heading out now, as we speak, for a nice mile long walk on the beach. He still can do it!
      Take care Blue

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      1. Jeff–

        Chena took Rimadyl (Carprofen) once she turned 16. Also, vet had us give her daily Fish Oil and Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM (combination) Supplements. Helped her greatly.

        Adequan sounds great–think its somewhat new, since I’m not familiar with it. Did see a blog post about it being FDA recommended “for only a maximum 8-shot regimen”–even though poster’s vet was recommending monthly shots, thereafter. I have no clue if that person’s concerns are valid, or not. But, thought I’d pass along the link (in case you want to check it out).

        Adequan Canine Reviews

        https://www.seniordogdays.com/adequan-canine-reviews/

        *****Q: What is the treatment protocol after the first eight injections?

        Answer: the approved label dose of Adequan Canine is .02 ml per pound of body weight by intramuscular injection only, twice weekly for up to four weeks (maximum of eight injections).

        We have no further studies or technical data supporting a use protocol beyond of the approved label dosing.

        Adequancanine.com Vet FAQ’s*****

        Poster claims to have called the drug manufacturers hotline, verifying the above info. Of course, although I had little use for Reagan, pretty much agree with his suggestion to “trust, but verify.” 😉

        (of course, just because clinical trials didn’t go beyond the initial 8-shot regimen, may not indicate that follow-up monthly shots would be dangerous or risky, especially, if his treatment’s carefully supervised by your vet)

        Have a good one.

        Blue

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      2. Thanks for taking the time Blue. I really appreciate it. Right now we’re doing every 3 weeks for him, plus the carprofen So far, so good. I trust our vet and the place we take him. They’ve been wonderful and straight-forward, giving me all the options and what might or might not happen.
        As long as he’s not in pain, and thriving the best he can, that’s all I can ask for. Take care friend!

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      3. I’m not sure how the discussion turned to pets (did I miss something?), but wanted to add that I also recommend daily Fish Oil and Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM (combination) Supplements. My mini-Schnauzer suffered a spinal injury some years back and both of these supplements are part of her diet. Good stuff!

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      4. Thanks for that Nan. Blue had shared some stuff on his dogs a while back and I told him about mine. Obviously, we love our 4 legged friends!!! As I’m sure you do as well!

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      5. Jeff,
        On phone, so not sure this comment will be spaced, correctly.
        When I use Blue Avatar, often, I’m mistaken for a male, although I’m female. Not a biggie, but in case I switch to an Avatar with feminine name (I have several), thought it might be best to clarify, up front. 🙂
        BTW, I’d follow vet’s advice, also. Exams and blood tests would likely reveal adverse effect(s) in unlikely event that there were any.
        Have a good one.
        Blue

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      6. that’s good to know Blue and thanks for sharing that with me. I shouldn’t have assumed anything! My bad. Take care, and thanks for the doggie advice!

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      7. Thanks for your input, Nan.

        Our mini-Schñauzer also took that supplement combo and Deramaxx for her arthritiç spine.

        (I was continuing dog conversation from another thread–probably should have referenced it, for clarity. 😉 )

        Blue

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  5. Hi, Scott–

    Couldn’t figure out which teams were playing/location. Quick search came up with NJ as possible location due to Met Life association, but, not sure. First thought was that it was a SEC game.

    Not to be Pollyannish, but, personally, not a fan of “F word.” Don’t use it in everyday life, and, certainly, not blogging. Having said that, thought the adoption of “Let’s Go Brandon” was pretty clever. Wonder if it was an honest mistake on Kelli Stavast’s part, or, intentional. Doubt we’ll ever know.

    Found this–

    **Newsweek wrote that Stavast was attempting “damage control.” Deadline’s headline read that she “salvages embarrassing NASCAR interview with verbal dexterity,” but added in its report that she “is either hard of hearing, or a very, very quick thinker.”**

    Anyhoo, I try to stay away from D vs R slugfests, and stick mostly to policy. That’s where I “let her rip”–regardless of which Party’s in charge, or at fault. 😉

    Have a nice weekend.

    Blue

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  6. Thanks so much, Jeff, for bringing a positive note, for putting the state of the nation into perspective. With the loud, ranting voices forced upon us daily, it is easy to overlook or forget the positive! I was going to reblog, but I think most of my readers have seen and commented here, so I’ll leave it alone this time since I’m late to the party.

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    1. No prob Jill, and thanks for the positive comments! Things get so drowned out by the negativity. We should never be afraid to let people know that there IS some positive stuff going on in this country. It’s easy to get buried by the garbage!!!

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  7. I hear Biden is considering shutting down another pipeline so if that happens, be happy with higher energy prices. The only thing this fool is bringing back is abject misery. He’s the worst president ever, worst than anyone. I hope you’re not miserable in your chillier homes since you’ll have higher fuel prices but hey, no mean tweets, that’s what you wanted isn’t it?

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    1. Hmmm. You keep saying how you didn’t like Trump, Scott. And time and again you talk about his ‘mean tweets’ as if that’s the only disaster he inflicted upon this country. I’m done trying to convince you otherwise. Have a nice day

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  8. isn’t it fantastic that this president doesn’t bother to answer any of the questions that reporters ask him after he gives a speech? If Trump had done this, people would be outraged and they’d have a right to be. My question is, why aren’t you and others who believe like you do, angered by the president not addressing the most basic of questions like he has a responsibility to do?
    I know the answer but you won’t admit your hipocrasy.

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    1. Because I do not give damn. I’m still waiting for your dissertation on how the Republican Party is the party of the working class, and all the policies they’ve enacted over the past 50 years that specifically helped that group. Still working on it? Research taking time? Take your time Scott. I’m sure it’s tough work.

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      1. yeah, It’s typical that you don’t give a damn about anything negative about your god and messiah Biden and the horrible democrats. Your blog is nothing but propaganda and you’re just a radical political activist disguised as a blogger. You’ve be the perfet frontman for something like pravda.

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      2. Scott, you’re an angry dude. I don’t know why. I hope you find something to make you less so. Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow, and good luck.

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      3. I’m only angry at what this administration is doing to our country and I’m not the only one. Only in this one area am I this way.

        There’s a reason I got off most social media.

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      4. If employment gets back to pre-pandemic levels, gas and other prices go down, Covid is finally under control, and the overall economy is growing at a pretty high clip, you’d still be bitching about Biden stuttering or looking old. Keep watching Fox Scott, or whatever far-right crap you listen to or read. It feeds your anger. Seems like that’s what you want.

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      5. don’t forget how angry you were over the last 4 years, even though we had a pretty good economy and you were listening to the left-wing media or whatever liberal crap you get into. seems you wanted to be angry for all that time so this shit goes both ways.

        I don’t make fun of biden stuttering and people who do are stupid, after all, he’s pretty old and stuff like that is expected and isn’t indicative of his cognative abilities. What I don’t appreciate is that he doesn’t answer the questions of the media but I’m just an idiot and unreasonable right wing asshole right?

        just forget the whole thing, we just shouldn’t talk politics at all.

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      6. I had a right to be angry. But of course you thought all he had were some mean tweets we all didn’t like. Again, Scott, the disconnect is palpable between reality and what you perceived him to be. That’s ok though. It doesn’t mean your a bad guy. I think you’re very misinformed about a lot of stuff. That’s my take. Hope you enjoy the rest of Thanksgiving.

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      7. you too, have a good day.

        Me and the kids decorated the Christmas tree last night. it’s a 12 foot tree so, every year, she gets additional ornaments.

        Leah baked some cookies this morning.

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      8. I was going to ask you to provide me some examples of how I am misinformed but I’ve decided not to.

        Ask yourself this question.

        “am I economically better off now than I was even a year ago, despite the pandemic?” Not your neighbor, not some child in a cage that Obama built on the border, not some far off person you’ve never heard of, but you personally?

        And lest you think it’s a selfish notion to ask the question, keep in mind that it is the economic success of the individual that is going to drive how well they are going to be able to serve their neighbor, the community, and the world. Think about it for a minute. the well-being of the microcosm is directly related to the well-being of the macrocosm.

        If someone can’t afford gas for their car, can they drive to help in a community soup kitchen?

        If someone can’t afford much extra food for their home, can that person really help their neighbor who has less than they do?

        Just some things to consider and ponder. After such reflections, take a little more time to determine if I am really as disconnected from “reality” as you claim and as misinformed as you have stated.

        Hope you have a good weekend.

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      9. And WHY are these people unable to afford these things? Could it possibly have anything to do with the fact that the wealthy are creating laws that will allow them to direct the financial resources needed by these folk to their own stocks and bonds and off-shore accounts?

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      10. The answer to your question is yes, I’m better off. But my situation is different, just as yours is. We have a long way to go to get out ahead of the pandemic Scott. We didn’t get into this overnight, and it’s not going to be solved overnight. The trend lines are certainly headed in the right direction. Have you seen the economic numbers? We’re at the lowest for weekly unemployment claims in 50 years, growth is forecast for between 5 and 6%, childhood poverty has been cut in half by almost half. And, there’s more.
        Inflation will be with us for a while. We’ll have to deal with it. I’m hoping by mid-summer, things will be looking much better.
        But think about this for a minute. If only the 75-90 million people had gotten vaccinated we would be out of this mess by now. Or, at the very least, it would be a minor inconvenience. Unfortunately, we’re now down to the select few who are so selfish and believe the BS they hear and read on the internet, and they’re directly responsible for allowing this pandemic to continue. Is that Biden’s fault? Of course it isn’t. I suspect that you might blame him for that. I hope you don’t. He’s trying like hell to get this under control. There are some who won’t get the shot out of pure spite. How can that be? It’s the remnants of the former president, clearly. What he did to this country in his four years in office will stink up this country for years to come. I stand by that statement.
        Good to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving. Hope the holiday season ahead will also be good for you. Later Scott.

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      11. oh, and even if I did research to demonstrate what republicans had done for the middle class over the last 50 years, you wouldn’t want to hear it, wouldn’t want to consider any other option because, you have it in your mind that the republicans, every single one of them, are horrible people, so no evidence that could be written to the contrary would fall on deaf ears and wouldn’t be worthy of consideration by you in the first place. Like they say, there are some cases that are hopeless and not worth pursuing and attempting to provide an alternative viewpoint to people like you is one such exercise in futility.

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      12. the most current example of the wrecklessness and stupidity of this idiotic administration.

        He’s tapping into our oil reserves because gas prices are high and his pole numbers are slipping. You don’t tap into reserves for political gain.

        If you think this is for any other reason than that, then it is you who is the naive

        one and by continuing to support such positions, you are the one who is embarrassing yourself in the world of blogging. But, hey, it’s your blog and you can do what you want with it, after all, we still have freedom of speech, at least to some degree.

        All political differences and edginess aside, wishing you an abundantly happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day with friends, family and good food.

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  9. The other problem I have with the radical left, which is the people who have taken over the democrat party, as well as some who blog about them, is that if you don’t agree with them, you’re “misinformed” as sighted above. they can never give you specific examples of this misinformation but they do it to make you feel like you don’t know what you’re talking about, simply because you don’t share in their America last ideaology.
    someone like John F. Kennedy would be a conservative today and would probably be demonized by todays armchair political activists who aren’t involved with the political process other than to vote and bitch from the comfort of their keyboard, brought to them by the capitalist system which they so often deem as reprehensible and racist.

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    1. I’d like to point you to this quote from JFK, and tell me if he’d be a conservative today:https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/90682-if-by-a-liberal-they-mean-someone-who-looks-ahead
      Since we’re talking about politicians from another era, what do you think Dwight Eisenhower would think of the Republican Party today? Ever hear of him Scott? You know, the architect of D-Day and two term president who got the Interstate Highway system built in the 1950s? One of the most massive government infrastructure projects ever done, btw. I guess he was a socialist, right? ? Or, the guy who talked about preserving Social Security for generations, as well as Union membership? Hmmm, sounds like a moderate Democrat to me. Hell, even a lefty liberal if you think about it.
      What would he think of his party today Scott? The party that tried to overturn a legit election and stage a coup? The party that elected a failed real estate developer/reality TV actor, who became the most corrupt president in history? How would Mr. Eisenhower, one America’s greatest, view this pathetic excuse of a political party today? I think you know the answer Scott. I could go on. Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt. What would they think of the party they once belonged to?
      You want an example of being misinformed? How about you and so many Trump lovers spreading misinformation about Covid and vaccines? Or pushing unproven treatments instead of getting the damn vaccine?
      I’m done. Oh, btw, it’s the Democratic Party. Not ‘Democrat’ Party. Once again, just by that little dig you show your true colors. Unbelievable.

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      1. just another reason why I have nothing but contempt for this idiotic bastard who is taking up precious space in the Whitehouse. Biden is a reprehensible, immoral, vile out-of-touch elitist who doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself.

        He is the worst installed president, well, okay, not as bad as Woodrow Wilson but he’s a close second.

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      2. If I may …

        TRUMP was a reprehensible, immoral, vile out-of-touch elitist who didn’t give a damn about anyone but himself.

        Biden definitely isn’t the “perfect” president by a long shot, but IMO, the above sentence is FAR more descriptive of the former guy.

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      3. Installed? Once again, you show your true colors over and over. I’m biting my tongue right now. The only reason I allow your ridiculous and idiotic comments in this space is so people who might happen to read them get to see how ridiculous and idiotic you and your cult are. Bye Scott.

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      4. so biden was caught not wearing a mask at a Nantucket store on Saturday and the media is silent about it. I remember when they always gave trump hell for not wearing a mask. It’s my civic responsibility to continue to call out the hypocrisy of these people and to call out any who support such hypocrisy, after all, if anyone gives biden a pass for this crap, such individuals are also two-faced hypocrites and I want’ nothing to do with such people of obviously low moral character.

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      5. Trump wanted you to inject bleach into your body. He also said hydroxychloriquine was a miracle drug-it wasn’t, and isn’t. Trump said it would be gone in days, like a miracle. Trump had a gazillion mask-less rallies, infecting God knows how many, including his own staff at White House. Trump used a crackpot quack Radiologist as his main advisor who said we all just needed to get Covid for herd immunity. Trump told everyone to celebrate the holidays last year..go to church…go out etc…right when thousands were dying. He’s got thousands and thousand of deaths on his hands, due to his complete botching of the pandemic-including peddling disinformation that his cult base(yeah, that’s you) sucked up like a vacuum cleaner because their gullible and naive. You can go county by county in this country and see which ones are dying the most, and which ones aren’t. Hint: Trump county voters are dying more because they aren’t vaxxed. Gee, I wonder why. I could go on and on about the failed disgraced traitor. But I won’t.
        I really do not know why you continue trying to inject yourself into conversations and debate you know absolutely nothing about. But, have at it if it makes you feel good. Sometimes I think you do this so I will block you. Guess what? I won’t give you that satisfaction. Thanks for participating.

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