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  1. I'm not a fan of Biden generally but at least we are dealing with a grown up. And for the life of me and this scares the shit out of people is the thought we are worst off with Biden instead of Trump. There are no words to express how worrying that is.
  2. I have zero issues with mandating a standard for ID for voting on the face of it. IF ITS NECESSARY. One of the problems I have is its wasting taxpayer money for a problem that doesn't exist. The reasoning is voter fraud and there are very, very few issues of someone pretending to be someone in order to vote. And most of the cases were not an attempt to defraud but a mistake. There are all forms of IDs issued by the city, county, state or government. Not everyone has a driver's license. My father and eldest brother have been voting for years. My father no longer has a driving license. He's physically unable to drive. He has a few different IDs that were issued by agencies of the various governments including medicad, state, as well as my eldest brother who visits the VA, all sorts of military IDs, others as well. The voter ID laws ONLY result is those that have voted prior without incident, are turned away from the polls because they don't have the ID that Republican led politicians put in place with the express purpose and design that it affects traditional Democrat voters far more than it does their own. I grew up with people who lived in the projects near us that voted and NEVER DROVE A CAR. They were on all sorts of public assistance where they needed an ID. They got their public housing, food stamps, medicaid with IDs that were not accepted at the voting polls if they required a specific ID. I would have zero issues with any voter ID law if they simply made sure those that voted before got the new ID with minimal ease. And not do bullshit like Alabama did when it required an ID that could only be gotten at the DMV (Dept. of Motor Vehicles) and then closed most of the DMVs in predominantly black counties. https://www.governing.com/archive/alabama-demands-voter-id--then-closes-drivers-license-offices-In-clack-counties.html Are Republicans specifically picking on black voters because they are black? No. If these same black voters voted Republican they'd leave them alone or even make it easier, so its not so much a racial issue but just going after traditional Democratic voters that are the easiest to disenfranchise and those voters are the elderly and black/latino voters.
  3. https://www.aclu.org/other/oppose-voter-id-legislation-fact-sheet Background Voter identification laws are a part of an ongoing strategy to roll back decades of progress on voting rights. Thirty-four states have identification requirements at the polls. Seven states have strict photo ID laws, under which voters must present one of a limited set of forms of government-issued photo ID in order to cast a regular ballot – no exceptions. Voter ID laws deprive many voters of their right to vote, reduce participation, and stand in direct opposition to our country’s trend of including more Americans in the democratic process. Many Americans do not have one of the forms of identification states acceptable for voting. These voters are disproportionately low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Such voters more frequently have difficulty obtaining ID, because they cannot afford or cannot obtain the underlying documents that are a prerequisite to obtaining government-issued photo ID card. Voter ID Laws Deprive Many Americans of the Right to Vote Millions of Americans Lack ID. 11% of U.S. citizens – or more than 21 million Americans – do not have government-issued photo identification.1 Obtaining ID Costs Money. Even if ID is offered for free, voters must incur numerous costs (such as paying for birth certificates) to apply for a government-issued ID. Underlying documents required to obtain ID cost money, a significant expense for lower-income Americans. The combined cost of document fees, travel expenses and waiting time are estimated to range from $75 to $175.2 The travel required is often a major burden on people with disabilities, the elderly, or those in rural areas without access to a car or public transportation. In Texas, some people in rural areas must travel approximately 170 miles to reach the nearest ID office.3 Voter ID Laws Reduce Voter Turnout. A 2014 GAO study found that strict photo ID laws reduce turnout by 2-3 percentage points,4 which can translate into tens of thousands of votes lost in a single state.5 Voter ID Laws Are Discriminatory Minority voters disproportionately lack ID. Nationally, up to 25% of African-American citizens of voting age lack government-issued photo ID, compared to only 8% of whites.6 States exclude forms of ID in a discriminatory manner. Texas allows concealed weapons permits for voting, but does not accept student ID cards. Until its voter ID law was struck down, North Carolina prohibited public assistance IDs and state employee ID cards, which are disproportionately held by Black voters. And until recently, Wisconsin permitted active duty military ID cards, but prohibited Veterans Affairs ID cards for voting. Voter ID laws are enforced in a discriminatory manner. A Caltech/MIT study found that minority voters are more frequently questioned about ID than are white voters.7 Voter ID laws reduce turnout among minority voters. Several studies, including a 2014 GAO study, have found that photo ID laws have a particularly depressive effect on turnout among racial minorities and other vulnerable groups, worsening the participation gap between voters of color and whites.8 Voter ID Requirements are a Solution in Search of a Problem In-person fraud is vanishingly rare. A recent study found that, since 2000, there were only 31 credible allegations of voter impersonation – the only type of fraud that photo IDs could prevent – during a period of time in which over 1 billion ballots were cast.9 Identified instances of “fraud” are honest mistakes. So-called cases of in-person impersonation voter “fraud” are almost always the product of an elections worker or a voter making an honest mistake, and that even these mistakes are extremely infrequent.10 Voter ID laws are a waste of taxpayer dollars. States incur sizeable costs when implementing voter ID laws, including the cost of educating the public, training poll workers, and providing IDs to voters. Texas spent nearly $2 million on voter education and outreach efforts following passage of its Voter ID law.11 Indiana spent over $10 million to produce free ID cards between 2007 and 2010.12 The ACLU has led the charge against Voter ID in several states, challenging voter ID laws in in states such as Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. For more information, please contact Robert Hoffman at rhoffman@aclu.org or visit https://www.aclu.org/issues/voting-rights/fighting-voter-suppression/fighting-voter-id-requirements to learn more.
  4. Tucker Carlson has mastered the bewildered look. He must have studied my comedic hero Benny Hill (the greatest entertainer to come out of England, yes bigger than The Beatles, The Who, all of them!! )
  5. Congressional Trump super cuck Matt Gaetz is in big poo poo. As noted in the video link, I am not upset about his paying for sex. I'd be the biggest hypocrite if I did so. Like most on here, I think it should be legal in western countries and regulated and taxed and the women (or men) should be protected, healthwise and mentally. The 17 year old sex thing is the most worrying. You would also think a man so high profile would curb his proclivities. But he just can't help it. He was on Fox News with Tucker Carlson saying it was all about extortion. The Justice Department doesn't do extortion in the context he claimed (money to make it disappear). The extort you to help indict someone else bigger they want but not dollars for making it go away.
  6. Being kicked off Twitter and off social media platforms hurt Trump a whole lot. He's having to rely on surrogates getting him in the news and making him relevant. The mainstream media has lost all interest.
  7. Coss, we may have to find space next to Thomas Jefferson on Mt. Rushmore. https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/3/31/donald-who-how-biden-is-outshining-trump-and-obama
  8. Coss, the fact that its likely he'll get the nomination and in my opinion, stand a very good chance of winning gives some veracity for my constant posts about America ending as a power. I'm sure the preceding opinion on Trump is music to some ears on here and in America I think you will once again get a record turn out. Republicans will turn out in extraordinary numbers for sure. I think the Democrats may have issues getting all the myriads of voters out. I think Latinos will vote Republican in higher numbers. This may sound surprisingly to most, but not to me. I also think the Black vote will stay home based on Biden is being perceived presently by Blacks. I also don't think Biden will get as much as the white female suburban votes as he enjoyed in 2020. All these and a few other factors may give Trump a victory. You may also see Asians vote Republican and in higher numbers because of the recent anti Asian issue that has permeated America (of which I have an opinion but will remain quiet for now ). The one factor that could change things squarely to one party or the other is if/when an economic crash occurs within that time.
  9. The British Sterling was the de facto world reserve currency up to WW2, because the prior century or so, the British empire was global, it was the biggest economy in the world and by default, the Pound Sterling was the currency of choice. It was still powerful post WW2. The US dollar supported the restoration of Europe post WW2, but the British still had an empire post WW2 (slowly dismantling) and the British pound was the currency of choice in India, Ghana, Nigeria, the Caribbean, etc. The US dollar became the "official" world reserve currency in the early 70s. Nixon took America off the gold standard and made a deal with the Saudi crown to only accept the US dollar for oil. In return America guaranteed the crown's security and made private regional political assurances. The rest of OPEC followed suit. All countries had to convert their currency to dollars in order to buy oil and thus made the US dollar dominant for global trade as it expanded into other markets. It also created a whole new market in currency trading. Hence the Euro-dollar, Yen-dollar, narco-dollar, etc.
  10. The biggest economies in the world that account for about 45% minimum GNP both have huge bubbles that are historic. Never before seen levels. It's a house of cards. From the experts I've read that I respect, we'll likely have a depression and the economic malaise could go on for years. The Great Depression was going on for a decade before WW2 ended it. This won't be so "easy". The one possible scenario is the implosion of the U.S. dollar and the dollar no longer being the world's reserve currency and if it isn't what replaces it? My guess is the U.S. and perhaps with partners will try and introduce an eDollar of some sort. They'll use the bitcoin name loosely and try to say its similar. And at the same time different than the physical dollar. One of the criticisms will be that the U.S. printed too many dollars and they will say something perhaps like. "We will only have a limited number of eDollars. 2 trillion or whatever.
  11. Here is a video of a "Demoncrat" trying to understand how an election can be stolen on the same ballot when the other party wins.
  12. Hmmm...how did the Republicans gain more seats in the house on the SAME ballot used for President? Coss, I need you to explain that one to me. Are the Dems playing 3 dimensional chess? Did the dreaded "Demoncrats" study this Star Trek episode?
  13. 1949 former Nazi party leader: Hey see, Konrad Adenaur is rasing taxes. See I told you that would happen if we got rid of the last leader. 😄
  14. We lowered corporate rates under the prior regime and the company's didn't hire anyone. They bought back their own stock with the taxpayers money and increased their share prices for the upper management. That worked out well. We ended up more in debt at a faster rate than ANY PRIOR ADMINISTRATION and that takes some doing. The cycle is Republicans run up the debt by cutting the rich's taxes. It gets so bad the people vote in a Democrat. The democrat has to raise taxes to get out of the mess (and truth be told aren't great at managing either but at least they are trying to fix a problem rather than knowingly making it worse). The Republicans all of a sudden, miraculously see the debt as the biggest problem in the known universe. They complain about a problem they created. Circular politics. They have it down to a science. They are very good at the narrative. Democrats suck at it. Pelosi couldn't politic her way out of a paper bag with Democratic votes.
  15. Rand Paul can be reasoned with...at times. There are a few people in the Democrat wing I'd rather not do business with but by and large they over negotiate and over compromise.
  16. ...also Coss, lets see how intellectually dishonest the right are. All of us have had gaffes. Obama, like him or dislike him, is arguably the president with the highest intellect. He once said '57 states'. Obviously a gaffe. The right rode that like Pom from soi 8 in Pattaya rode me...till "it" couldn't be ridden any more. Cummings, others make gaffes. Trump made enough gaffes to have his photo next to the dictionary meaning. It's petty. Both sides do it. This time its the Republicans. To be fair, Trump was nitpicked on such things as well. The right sees compromise as something they shouldn't do. No republic can be run effectively if one side refuses to bargain in good faith...and I suspect they are happy with it. The right that is. They know they are masters at gaslighting their support. They have been doing a masterful job of it so far. The next market crash will likely emerge a different America afterwards. Unable to recover, probably economic malaise for years, currency possibly no longer world reserve currency or if so, severely weakened.
  17. Coss, I worked with a guy who is alt right. No other way to cut that slice of pie. Southerner, Trump supporter/Republican, confederate flag tattoo, the whole bit. We had a whatsapp group at our job so he sends messages once in a while. I usually don't take the bait. I sound very neutral in order to get his true opinion on things. Not all and perhaps not our friends on here but a great many of the Trump supporters, the hard right (according to him) have lost total faith in America. Basically, they have seen the numbers. They will continue to be the minority party and minority view and they are privately fine with ditching it all, the constitution, etc, and having it out with the rest of the country to either have a separate country or some sort of region like Kurdistan in Iraq where they are technically part of Iraq but in reality self governed. He keeps using the term 'we have almost all the guns'. America is done and they are fine with it. Because they don't want to live in an America where they don't have the most power as they once did.
  18. Biden was never my choice BUT the alternative was infinitely worst. Secondly, this whole 'he is senile' thing is just BS. The guy is competent. Trying to pull competence out of a presser as the sole reason is desperate. Biden has had a stutter since childhood. For a while now, even during the Obama years he has made gaffes, spoken off the cuff and it didn't sound right. He is effective and competent. I'm not saying I agree with everything he is doing but he's obviously competent. The WH was a complete mess under Trump. Today's southern and midwest Republicans try to take credit for ending slavery. Look at the Senators from slave states or slave friendly states in 1860. Almost all Democrats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/36th_United_States_Congress . Northern Republicans and Democrats ended slavery. It was regional. Look at the south and midwest in 1960, the ones who opposed Civil Rights. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/86th_United_States_Congress Democrats. Post civil rights the deep south changed to Republican. Look at the deep south and midwest in 1984 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/98th_United_States_Congress One of the biggest bullshit, lie in history is present day southern and midwest Republicans (former Dems) taking credit for ending slavery and for Civil Rights when it was a NORTHERN and WESTERN America's doing. Instead of owning and saying 'mea culpa' They lie. Present day Democrats aren't shit but the Republicans are pure evil I've come to see. Literally will say or do ANYTHING. I have not seen a line. I've yet see a line they won't cross. Dems have a line at least. They are corrupt, incompetent but at least I know what they will not do. Not so with present day Republican party. Completely devoid of morals and ethics while wrapping themselves in the flag. Really are present day fascists these days. Notice how when I post actual facts, actual rebuttals, its never challenged?
  19. ....for example, I think Bush's 911 bill contained verbiage that said students can no longer include student loans on personal bankruptcy filings. Hence the massive 1.5 trillion dollar mess we have on our hands. What student loans have to do with 911, is anyone's guess.
  20. A little context for the non Americans. I'd defy any one to find any major bill that didn't have a of bullshit. Its called politics and negotiation. In order to get votes, unfortunately you add in what we call 'pork'. Trump's bills had more than its share of utter shit. Obamas and Bush's. Its intellectually dishonest to try and make it seem its unusually wrong. Its a Covid19 relief bill if we are using the standard for any previously named bill for a specific purpose.
  21. Coss, maybe you can help me out again. So, Republicans railed against Clinton as an adulterer and possible sexual assaulter but they voted for a KNOWN adulturer and admitted sexual assaulter (grab them by the pussy). I'm trying to apply all reason and logic because the Republicans are known self described 'common sense' type of people. So help me explain this obvious hypocrisy.
  22. an adulterer and alleged sexual assaulter: My reading comprehension skills are lacking. Are we talking about Trump or Clinton above?
  23. America had completely open borders for decades. Also, completely open ports. The vast majority of immigrants just came in, that's all. There was no rule. Ellis Island opened up for a variety of reasons, one of them was disease control. So many different people were brought together in cramped slums that cholera, small pox, german measles, etc, would ravage entire sections of cities. Outbreaks were common. Also, there was a growing nativist movement like the above meme. The majority culture had 2 big issues with anyone who was Catholic, Jewish or eastern Orthodox religion. The very same arguments today by the right was made about many of the very same people's great and great-great grandparents well over a century ago. Oh, the sweet irony. Also, America has no official language. English is just the most used. Interesting thing is no one has ever, ever taken issue today with the various Chinatowns and Little Italies across America. Hmmm? And as far as the constitution. Only white males with property could vote. I wasn't even considered fully human (it may delight some....haha) and women were more or less chattel to their husbands and fathers. 65 percent Americans own property these days. Of that a certain amount are non white. So, in essence had we adhered to the strict interpretation of the constitution, roughly little more than half Americans could vote. Americans already here have always had issues with immigrants that were different than them. This would include the great nordic migration in the 1800s in the north central states. Ben Franklin warned of Germans and actually called them 'swarthy'. lol. The KKK had its biggest membership in America in the 1920s (Trumps grandfather was in it I think) and the KKK made inroads in the north. Why? They changed tactics to being anti Catholic and Antisemetic. The north were more liberal than the south so anti black wasn't something of a rallying cry as the northern cities had freed blacks for decades. What they objected to were religious differences among the great influx of Sicilians and eastern European Jews and eastern Orthodox waves that came in the early 1900s and this resulted in the a draconian 1924 anti immigration act that pretty much killed immigration from Europe and other areas for 40 years until a 1965 immigration act on the heels of the Civil Rights struggle. Just a little context for our non American friends.
  24. Democrats are great liars. No doubt, but they pale in comparison to the GOP. When you are the minority party, you do will more immoral and unethical things to stay in power. You have no choice.
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