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  • Re: Politics. The feel in your country.

    I’m not positive Trump is a racist. I am 100% certain he is classist. He doesn’t like poor people with their shithole countries and their lack-of-money problems.

    I also wanted to mention that Condoleezza Rice is afraid that the #MeToo movement might make men not hire women. I honestly think men should worry more about women leaving them behind. Considering how far women have come in last century, the patriarchy should watch out. Or just die.
  • Re: Politics. The feel in your country.

    Shutdowns have happened before:

    The only people hurt are the ones that rely on their government paychecks and the citizens that use services of the government. Oh, that is a lot of people, I guess.

    The one group that is not affected is Congress. They continue to get all benefits, including pay, when they shutdown the government.
  • Re: Politics. The feel in your country.

    I've been meaning to post this write-up by Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo about how badly Trump and the GOP screwed themselves in regards to SALT deductions:

    ... For these voters, it’s already a negative prism for Trump and the GOP.
    I think the GOP are counting on Republicans in blue states to be mad at their democratic leadership as they get hosed. After all, people rewarded the GOP for their negative lousy campaigning and theft of a Supreme Court seat. All those hissy fits during Obamas presidency and they got rewarded.

    One thing that does not get mentioned enough is that this tax bill is a 4.5 trillion dollar tax hike on the poor and middle class and a 6 trillion dollar tax cut to the top 1% and corporations. So overall it's a 1.5 trillion tax cut but that is just part of the story.

    Corporate tax cuts are permanent, yours are temporary. After 10 years EVERYONE making under 73k per year is getting a tax increase. And finally 83% of the tax cut goes to the top 1%
    Nothing is permanent. If there was a true way to make tax codes 'permanent' it would have been done long ago.
    "non-expiring" then.

    The personal tax cuts expire. Corporate and other cuts are non expiring.

    Yes, presumably a future congress can change tax rules.
    Odds are very good that that is exactly what will happen. I'll take my tax cuts to the bank for my daughter's college in the meantime. Quite possibly a 'win/win' for me in the short run. Call me a mercenary but when I don't usually agree with what the feds spend their money on, I'll take whatever tax breaks I can get...
    I kinda doubt you are a top 1%er so you will not be getting a tax break. You may pay less slightly in income tax but you will pay more in other areas won't you..
    Since I don't itemize I'll benefit for the time being. Mercenary like I said...
    I don’t think anyone will fault you for making the best of a situation you have no control over. Saving the money will not help conservatives in Congress, though. They need every person to spend every extra nickel they get from tax cuts, thereby increasing demand for goods and services, just to offset the giant hole they’ve blown in the deficit.

    My advice, save for retirement before saving for a child’s education. There are plenty of ways to get money for education, but not so much for retirement.
  • Re: Politics. The feel in your country.

    And it was Bernie voters who wanted 100% purity who ended up costing her the election.
    I don't agree with this.
    “Bernie or bust!” was definitely a thing. Jill Stein was a thing, too.

    I still believe that sexism played a huge role in it. So many people out there (men and women) couldn’t stand that Hillary was smarter than them. Hated that she didn’t stay home and bake cookies. It’s sickening. I was so looking forward to my daughter waking up the day after the Election and telling her how we had our First Madam President. Someday, sweetheart.

    No one thinks Joe Biden is viable for 2020? Too old? He definitely appeals to blue collar folks.
  • Re: Politics. The feel in your country.

    I'm skeptical that Joe Biden's sexual harassment history is spotless enough for the present moment. This: not a man who is batting 1.000 vis-à-vis boundaries. And any hint of a personal record, when combined with his Anita Hill stuff, could make him toxic to the party's left wing right now.
    Ew. Yeah, he is an inappropriate hugger (nuzzler?). I still remember his endless hug with Hillary where she taps out several times but he never releases the hold...

    I would pay money to watch an Elizabeth Warren/Donald Trump debate. Especially since Trump is practically shuttering the consumer protection bureau Warren helped create.