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  1. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    The joke here is they are being offered prime real estate in Chicago. At least with the Obama Library which there was a huge fight over, the 2 locations in Chicago are in areas that can actually benefit from having it there. As a resident of the area, I would have been less cynical about the Amazon deal here if they were being encouraged to go into areas that could also benefit from having their HQ location there, not a prime downtown location. By the way same thing happened in NYC which is one reason residents were so upset. https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/parts-amazon-talks-were-kept-secret-under-non-disclosure-deal
  2. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    Now my hometown Chicago is reaching out again after Amazon's phony nationwide yearlong tour to find it's 2nd HQ, when they already knew they wanted to be in NYC. And the deal here was unknown since apparently the mayor of Chicago and Governor at the time had to sign NDA's. Seriously they use taxpayer money and they are legally bound not to tell the public how much.
  3. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    Amen. I don't agree with all of your posts about the media but this one is so blatant by the media its sickening. Trying to make it about how Trump is a fighter versus a colossal failure. I have zero use for Ann Coulter but at least she knows enough about the constitution and the National Emergencies Act to know this is all show. And to the poster who claimed Trump is so picked on, read up on the NE Act. It was tightened up after Nixon when they were actually concerned after the fact about executive overreach. Trump makes what Nixon did look like kindergarten. A National Emergency that requires funding but doesn't have time to work with congress to appropriate the funds is legal. Using it because congress denies you the funds is no longer legal. And if it was such an emergency, he had 2 years to work with an all GOP congress to get the money or how about he get it from where he promised it was coming from - MEXICO. In the words of 45, "I didn't need to do this but I wanted to do it much faster" That really makes the case for an EMERGENCY.
  4. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    Ditto. I'm glad I've been following him more closely over the past several months. And this is something that was proposed as part of healthcare reform when the ACA was being architected and refined. I'm assuming he''s going to run. It going to be really hard to decide between he, Harris, Booker, and Warren - all I like. But I am so glad to see we have so many choices.
  5. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    Fewer black residents in Virginia want him gone than white residents. Maybe they are seeing the alternative, something those of us who are white I don't believe can comprehend. Northam should work on getting all those felons their voting rights back. He should get it on the ballot in November and let Virginians vote on it. It would likely pass as it did in Florida. That would be living up to what he has promised he was going to do.
  6. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    I so agree. In one of our congressional primary races here in Illinois, Dan Lupinski a blue dog democrat was up against progressive Marie Newman. I canvassed for her because I've never liked Lupinski and they way he got his job the first time was a coronation not an election, by the Illinois machine. As Newman was gaining endorsements from teachers unions, the SEIU, Lupinski was security police union support, machine endorsements, and trade union support. What put him over the edge was the trade union support. When we talk about union solidarity, don't always believe it. The Trades look down on the likes of SEIU because they look down on the workers and work they do. And look at who traditionally held a lot of the service jobs and who in many cases were locked out of trade jobs and unions for a long time.
  7. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    You know how sloppy reporting is on The New Green Deal when I have already read several reporters saying "The senate will never pass this nor will the president even sign this" It's not a bill it's a simple resolution. These folks need to read up on that and what that actually means. Its not intended to be legislation that will be voted on as a normal piece of legislation would. It's aspirational. And folks pointing to AOC as the author and all encompassing goddess on this also neglect the fact that Jeff Merkley signed onto this and he certainly understands the legislative process, coalition building, uhm how a bill becomes a law. I'm not sold on everything in it or it's targets but it's a starting point. I like the fact that they are actually putting things on paper and hopefully starting the process to get people to believe the good things government can do. And I like its bold. We have people like Sherrod Brown who IMO is talking about healthcare solutions in a pragmatic way and that's needed too. And listen to this interview with AOC yesterday. I started out not liking her but she's learning. And she's not getting baited into hating on Pelosi or the situation happening in Virginia. Its interesting that she and Sherrod Brown are the 2 people I have seen now make Chuck Todd look like a clown. With 2 different approaches that are effective.
  8. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    I was just going to post this @Faulkner thanks. This is SHOCKING. And yeah a HUGE HUGE change there is coming. It's actually a good development. This will be a case where the monarchy, who are still revered in Thailand and carry power, can help unify the country. It will be interesting to watch.
  9. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    Speaking of Virginia "GOP state senator in Va. oversaw yearbook with racial slurs, blackface photos" https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/428975-gop-virginia-senator-oversaw-yearbook-with-racial-slurs-blackface-photos
  10. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    Knowing McCain over the years and hearing how ignorant his daughter is on TV makes this the least surprising thing I have heard. The worst part of this is how superior she acts after the smear her husband went through at the hands of George W Bush in the 2000 campaign and their crying about that. Those who have claimed not to be racist- showing their colors. She hasn't apologized to the victims? Typical
  11. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    It makes a difference. I think Khan was right our news cycle and this need to get out there ASAP is damaging. It puts everyone on the defensive. I'm not suggesting plotting and strategizing to avoid accountability but really talking to people to understand the hurt as a way to really respond effectively. I wish someone would suggest that there be some sort of Commission started in the state. There needs to be a real come to Jesus on race and while someone wearing blackface is horrible and putting on KKK wear disqualifying, there is a deeper problem that needs to be addressed. Virginia honestly seems like a good place to start.
  12. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    I'd actually be fine with that provided were had responsible leadership that could help guide us forward and were leaving the world leadership in responsible hands. And that does not mean isolationism to me or becoming anti immigrant(pro immigration positions have actually increased in the US). China's been positioning themselves to move forward for years and is quickly gaining footing in areas we have retreated from. Not that the US leadership around the world has not been a failure and still is(see the cheering for Venezuela regime change), but China ugh.
  13. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    I think it's time to ask who in the VA gvmt has never done blackface or dressed up as a terrorist Klan member
  14. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    Quote from MLK "This country has socialism for the rich, and rugged individualism for the poor." We have massive socialism in this country. Just not for the regular people. Socialism good - Create endless military actions to keep the likes of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin in business(must keep those weapons lines humming) - Have a lopsided judicial system and highest incarceration rate in the western world to keep the private prison contractors like Core Civic in business. And who do people think is managing all those border camps setup along the border. So you create a fake crisis that leads to those private prison contractors keep humming - Massive tax breaks that leave the mega rich and corporations having to pay basically zilch(welfare) while selling to the middle class a MAYBE tiny tax break(although now we see peoples taxes have gone up) to - well not do anything. But providing 300 million people affordable healthcare is bad "socialism"
  15. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    Crenshaw has turned out to be just another right wing nut. The thing that is happening that these clowns hate is that everyone - republicans and democrats and independents, in general like the idea of raising taxes on the rich. And Kevin Hassett telling people to listen to economists after lambasting the elite economists the past few years, isn't going anywhere.
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