Andrew Restuccia, Richard Rubin, and Stephanie Armour of the Wall Street Journal today published a preview of President Joe Biden’s budget, due to be released tomorrow. Their article’s beginning sent an important message. Biden’s budget plan, they wrote, will “save hundreds of billions of dollars by seeking to lower drug prices, raising some business taxes, cracking down on fraud and cutting spending he sees as wasteful, according to White House officials.” Those officials said that, over the next ten years, the plan would cut deficits by close to $3 trillion.
The Perp who repeatedly zapped Officer Michael Michael Fanone with a stun gun on J6, PLED GUILTY just as his trial jury was about to be selected in February.The Perp will be sentenced in May 2023. Details are available at DOJ's website on the J6 prosecutions. MIchael is recovering in Virginia where he has a substantial support group. 🙏 Biden on 3/8/23: "More than 140 Officers were injured on January 6th".
I am not overreacting when I state that the repub party as it is today is dangerous. They have made it clear they want to trash the constitution, that human rights, equal rights, women’s rights, and specifically LGBTQ+, equality rights are not part of the United States of America. The Professor provides a threat assessment that should cause fear in all of us. “Today the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the 2023 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community. It warned that transnational “Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists” (RMVEs) continue to pose a threat more lethal to U.S. persons and interests than do Islamist terrorists.” We cannot stand by because we think we aren’t directly targeted, because we all are. The poetic warning, “First They Came” by Pastor Martin Niemöller” could have been written today. Change the targets. Who are “they” coming after today? We must speak out.
“First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me”
Thank you for another informative newsletter. I continue to be amazed by your thoroughness in telling the real stories. Wish everyone read you. Then maybe some people will wake up to reality!
McConnell fell, like Trump's ex-wife the night before her testimony, and Mitney's shiner from "falling" after speaking out against the royal Right? Anyone else seeing a pattern? Speaking of patterns, if recent years events are any indication, the fact that Maga antics are currently on the rise (including McCarthy's stunt with Carlson), something big is coming down the pipeline, and I'm guessing it's the DOJ closing in on so the scoundrels who played any role in January 6 and the entire effort to overthrow our governed by overturning the election results. They get really squirmy when they're about to get in trouble, attempting to get ahead of the truth with lies to create a diversion and sow doubt, and somehow people "coincidentally" get hurt. These antics are their "tell". I give it a week. The DOJ is about to bring the hammer down.
“McConnell said: ‘It was a mistake, in my view, for Fox News to depict this in a way that’s completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks.’ ”(from today’s newsletter)
Let’s not give Mitch McConnell much credit. He did not call Carlson a liar. He did not call the video dishonest. All he said was 1) Carlson and a law enforcement official have different opinions, and 2) It was a mistake. After so many years of listening to MM, we should know that to him, “mistake” means tactical error, not dishonest. Honesty has never been an important standard for MM.
Dr. Cox Richardson,
Every late evening (early morning) we are informed to a point wherein we are awakened to more disturbing yet necessary truth. Notwithstanding the loss of sleep and (hopefully) productive dreaming that involves the brain's ability to process information, solve problems, and even write timeless songs (see Keith Richards writing "Satisfaction" in his sleep and busily writing it all down upon awakening), I thank you for your diligence in so often providing historical context as the basis of your analysis of current developments. Here a retired professor from a career at a Jesuit institution other than your base at Boston College, thanks you for shining the disinfecting light of truth on our country's infectious and traitorous politicians' machinations.
I really love Biden's Budget - at last a budget for the majority of Americans. A novelty, but a good one
WOW. Here's a sentence that jumped off of the page at me...
"Even the Republican leaders who do not embrace the racism, sexism, religiosity, nihilism, and authoritarianism of the hard-core MAGA Republicans appear to believe they cannot win an election without the votes of those people. And so the extremists now own the party."
What a horribly sad state of affairs that is....and for what somehow still claims to be the G.O.P. to willfully take us to the brink of default is incredible beyond belief.
It's so obvious that "leader" (really ??) McCarthy gave Tucker the footage, so his editors could create a false visual narrative to share with their base. Then Trump...who Tucker disdains...(this is really sick isn't it ?) can jump on the visual bandwagon...and say "I told you so". These people are totally lost in a fog of their own creation. What happened to "you have to fight"...you have to be angry patriots and reverse the wrong....take back the stolen election. They don't know what f-ing narrative they are telling. Now they are peaceful tourists, who just happen to have entered a building that's off limits to the public that day....and please just ignore that gallows out there and the chants to hang the VP...for doing his job. This is beyond nuts. How many ways can you spin the same story ?????
At least Leni Riefenstahl stuck to one consistent narrative in her propaganda.
I'm out of breath. Every time I think that I am ready for the next thing coming, the next thing is a bigger boulder coming at us. Thank you for preparing us further. Each of Heather's bullets should be shared individually to all your social media, to your family and friends, your community in every means possible. Too many won't read ¨long messages,¨ but they will read headline catching moments. In today's newsletter there are many, many headline catching moments - one especially is for ordinary Americans to understand that the tax will be on over $400,000 so that they will not be taxed which has been the false message of MAGA on every twitter. Pound this in every way possible. Celebrate Biden's budget in public and constantly demand to MAGAS to show us theirs.
Thank you. Heather, for so compelling an analysis of the news. I was struck by Mitch McConnell's condemnation of Tucker Carlson's manipulation of the January 6 video. Note that he said it should not be at variance with what the Chief of the Capitol police "thinks." I would prefer a statement that affirms the reality we witnessed. I dislike McConnell's craftiness, but wish him a speedy recovery.
Americans for too long have tolerated one party and their allied elephants in donkey suits ensuring that the citizens don't have a functional representative government. Rogue Republicans have lead us to the place where America would default on its national debt. Regardless of your partisan affiliation, it's time to support the adults' efforts to regain charge of the classroom from the juvenile class clowns.
Mass poisoners abusing the freedom accorded by the First Amendment and still walking free to poison yet more wellsprings.
It seems that America has no means of defending itself against the deadly enemies within the gates.
Money, which is intrinsically neutral, has been transformed by the gross abuse of corporate power into a seemingly incurable social cancer. Metastases everywhere, everywhere.
Are we all brain dead that we permit this ultimate crime, waiting like cattle to be driven to the stockyard?
Thank you for pointing out that last part, Heather--about RMVEs recruiting former military. It is a real concern and one I've personally encountered on SM. It has also factored into numerous decisions, both publicized and some less so, made by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman in the past two years.
I wanted to point out a bit of GOOD news in this arena, however. There is an organization, Task Force Butler -- https://taskforcebutler.org/ -- founded by veteran Kristofer Goldsmith. It is an anti-fascist organization that does research, monitoring, and interdiction operations to counter domestic extremism across the country. They primarily use open source intelligence and information sharing techniques. They are particularly focused on countering misinformation that is crafted toward recruitment of veterans. It's worth checking out for folks who are curious or interested in supporting (I donate $ monthly).
Regarding spending, is there an accounting for all Donald J. cost the USAmerican people going out of town every weekend with his retinue of Secret Service agents, and with all the golfing hours he spent, how much time did he spend as President doing the nation's work?
Thank you again Dr. Richardson for so truthfully summing the day's news. My question, "How do the False non-newscasters plan to present this bleached version to the millions of us who watched the entire attack on OUR Capitol as it was occurring LIVE on ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC etc. Will they ask us to believe the falsified version they are peddling or our own eyes?"
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) told the Wall Street Journal reporters. “Republicans are not going to sign up for raising taxes” for my wealthy friends! [my edit ]