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In 99-1 Vote, Senators Show Amazing Unity-- Against The American People

Bernie Stands Alone Against The House of Lords


Some senators were grouchy that they were forced to stay after hours— on a weekend no less— to vote in the archaic vote-a-rama performance. It went all night Saturday and into this morning. When I woke up before dawn, the Republicans were still offering amendments to scuttle and derail the reconciliation bill, even after seeing they were never going to break Democratic unity in this process. The Republicans plan to keep it going into the late morning/early afternoon in the hope of capturing some media attention for their unpopular obstructionism.


It’s worth noting though that the very first amendment offered came not from Lindsey Graham or Ted Cruz but from Bernie, who was actually attempting to make the legislation better. His amendment would prevent Medicare from paying more than what the Department of Veterans Affairs does for prescription drugs. Voting with Ron Johnson, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Tommy Tuberville, Roger Marshall, Marsha Blackburn, Tom Cotton, Rand Paul and Rick Scott against Bernie’s amendment were Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Brian Schatz, Ed Markey, even Jeff Merkley. A few minutes later, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossify voted with Bernie to “provide coverage for dental and oral health care, hearing care, and vision care under the Medicare program.” It failed 3-97. It was back to 1-98 when Bernie offered an amendment to establish a Civilian Climate Corps.



And then, just as I was waking up this morning, there was Bernie’s amendment “to extend the special rules for the child tax credit that applied for 2021 and to increase the corporate tax rate,” which failed 1-97. “Pathetically,” said Bernie on the floor, “the United States has the highest child poverty rate of almost any major country on Earth, and it is especially high among young people of color. This is the wealthiest nation on Earth, we should not have the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any country. The American Rescue Plan included a $300 a month child tax credit which ended up lowering the child poverty rate in America by over 40 percent.”


The response from Senate Democrats to Bernie came from Ohio's pretend progressive Sherrod Brown: “C’mon, Bernie.” As for the Republicans, the only “success” the seem to be having today is to strip out the $35 cap on insulin prices. Good luck with that, especially Chuck Grassley (IA), Mike Lee (UT) and Ron Johnson (WI), who will lose votes in November because of that:





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dcrapguy
dcrapguy
Aug 07, 2022

well, either Bernie stands alone, stridently, against his own party or... what?

he's been serving that shit party for decades now... on purpose. They've ratfucked him twice in presidential primaries. they are united against everything he says and does (even elizabeth, apparently)...

what can one make of the sum total of all this?


A skeptic would say that bernie's DEEDS (staying with the party that hates him) indicates a cynical arrangement whereby bernie is allowed to stand alone:

1) because he can... without causing any grief to the money who owns the party

2) in the hopes of keeping the stupidest voters to ever live loyal to a party that hates them MORE than they hate bernie.


Only an idiot…

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The donkey will never nominate Bernie. Not in 2016, not in 2020, and not in any future race. The donkey (as currently constituted) isn't going to nominate someone like AOC down the road, either.


I speak as someone who was out there for non-DLC candidates in '88 and '92. The DLC largely took control of the donkey in '88, and it totally took over the donkey in '92. Clinton, Inc. was the primary vehicle for this takeover, but Team Obama (much to my chagrin) helped keep the line moving. In hindsight, I'm still not exactly sure what "HOPE" and "CHANGE" meant, but I sure as hell know that it didn't mean doing anything to upset the neolib consensus 1 io…


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dcrapguy
dcrapguy
Aug 07, 2022
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fuckin' A, bubbah.

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