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Nov 22, 2023·edited Nov 22, 2023

Excellent results from Team Biden! How wonderful is old fashioned, boring governance; and, how refreshing, too! I no longer awaken with a sense of dread about the danger and lunacy of the previous administration ... if it can even be referred to as one.

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All of this is great news, particularly on the eve of Thanksgiving. Now our challenge is that we communicate all good news to those around us. The Thanksgiving gatherings about to occur might be an excellent place for us to practice and hone our skills at spreading good news.

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Zhao made $23 billion in helping to finance terrorists and he is slapped on the wrist for only $200 million? Just like Fake 45 not getting a complete gag order handed to him, these men get away with murder.

Biden and his staff are constantly working to improve our lives but there are those who refuse to recognize what’s being done. Today I was listening to Katy Tur on MSNBC and she threw in a statement that Biden’z ratings were at “an all-time low”. I could’ve strangled her! Truly, what do people want from Joe? MSM is plain ole lousy. They can see he is an active player in the Hamas-Israel negotiations, just signed a proclamation regarding Women’s Health, stood with workers who belong to UAW for fair wages and benefits, continues to pass energy-saving tasks, etc and etc. and etc. It ticks me off when you’ve got people leaning on the fence as to who to vote for. If you don’t want a democracy but autocracy, then Fake 45 is your guy. If you want to retain democracy, go with Joe. That’s what Cassidy Hutchinson said last night. She’s 26 years old and has more intelligence than any Magat we know of.

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One must wonder what the rich are plotting to thwart anymore long overdue financial progress for the people.

Imagine our clout if we set aside the propaganda-inflamed, manufactured divisions and voted in historic numbers for candidates who support basic human rights and needs. What a beautiful thing it would be.

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It's good to know that some conservatives are reclaiming their values by pushing back against the extremist Federalist Society. I don't necessarily agree with them on many issues, but that they call for a return to using and protecting the Constitution is a big positive. Hopefully they can provide an off ramp for those conservatives who prefer a modicum of sanity in government.

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Nov 22, 2023·edited Nov 22, 2023

"there have been “very few complaints” about the extra costs for bags." And if you believe that! Seriously how can anyone say that? Americans hate junk fees with the white hot passion of a thousand suns.

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Unless and until "We, the people" get Citizen's United overturned, corporate America and their ilk will rule our country. Thankfully, the UAW is strong enough to obtain concessions but we must keep focused on the outrageous profits of corporations who do not share their wealth. The only "Trickle Down" economics they realize is when a knife is held to their throats. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And...the greed for wealth knows absolutely no bounds.

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And after Zhao does 18 months at a country club prison, he’s free with more than $22.8 billion? Crime does pay.

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Thank you Heather. I recently wrote about the gap between improving economic fundamentals and how the economy is being felt by many Americans.

It is clear to me that you can either aspire toward a meaningful democracy, or you can craft tax and economic policies that yield an extreme concentration of wealth, but not both. The American fork in the road was the Reagan administration, and Reagan intentionally placed America on the wrong path.

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Liberty and Bell should be renamed Mitch and Elaine, and move to Kentucky, where they could become grift ambassadors for the state where they have millions while all the other turkeys are slaughtered.....

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Thank you Dr. Richardson for giving us this great information. Excellent news from UAW. I hope we will soon return to the regulated capitalism that worked so well until those supply side economists stepped in and destroyed the "American Dream" Under supply and demand all enjoyed a piece of the pie, and that pie only grew larger. Yes, the managers and executive got a larger slice but it wasn't half the pie, more like a little less than a quarter. Educated people figured that was fair. Adam Smith has once again proven correct, some Homo sapiens are greedier than others and need regulations to control that greed. The poor got a slice so thin during the past 40 years with 'trickle down' it's a wonder they survived at all.

I have come around to agreeing with the basic income concept that supplies sufficient income to cover nutrition, housing, food, education, entertainment and occupation for all able bodied adults, with higher incomes for the essential services, a strong, educated (though not necessarily college) middle class, and a reasonably (as opposed to obscene) wealthy class.

The high cost of food is part of the problem for poor, lower middle class and most of the elderly. It actually costs me more to feed myself and my two cats today, than it did to feed myself, 2 daughters, cats, dogs, goats, poultry rabbits and horses, in the 1970's and 80's as a percentage of my income. That's just wrong.

We need a code of ethics, preferably written by the electorate, rather than the elected, for all elected and appointed officers in every branch of government and at all levels of government. We elected these people or agreed to their appointed offices to govern us, write laws, regulations, and rules that we should all live by. We did not elect or agree to appoint so they could enrich themselves at our expense and to our detriment. We take seriously that oath of office they swear, even if they do not.

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Off Topic: The Colorado Supreme Court has accepted review of the CO Trial Court's finding that TFG is a an Insurreçtionist for purposes of Amendment 14, Section 3's bar fron the Presidential 2024 ballot.

All I want for Christmas is YES!

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Nov 22, 2023·edited Nov 22, 2023

Early in my life Franklin Roosevelt played an extraordinary personal role in the surge, in the 1930s, of unionization in America. This was highlighted by the, at times, bloody unionization of the auto industry, with Ford employing vicious strike breakers in a futile effort to block this union surge.

Private sector unionization hit a peak in the 1950s/1960s and has subsequently plunged.

The recent auto industry union contracts, with President Biden the first American president ever to stand in a union picket line, are a catalyst in an essential upswing in private sector unionization.

I applaud President Biden for his modern-day repeat of FDR’s remarkable presidential support of unionization.

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"President Biden has launched a campaign to push back on corporate profiteering, including cracking down on the practice of so-called junk fees—unexpected hidden costs for air travel, car rentals, credit cards, cable television, ticket sales, and so on. (The airline industry collected more than $6.7 billion last year in baggage fees, for example.)

But Tony Romm of the Washington Post explained on Sunday that corporate lobbyists are warring with the Biden administration to stop the crackdown."

It would seem that the real contest in 2024 will be whether Americans are governed by elected representatives or by corporate lobbyists and PACs whose sources are dark money interfering in our elections and our democracy.

To buy the American government requires both aggressive buyers and willing sellers. It is crucial to hold our elected and our own parties accountable for avoiding securing power by selling out the citizens. Prosecution is the only serious remedy for the serious affliction that is corruption.

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It wasn't an Ancient Chinese Curse, but "May you live in "*interesting* times" is still a curse. It's our lot to survive thee times and prevail.

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Good to hear that the UAW deal will help not only themselves but will help non union workers as well. I'm so glad the Biden Admin continues to work through the noise of right wing extremist. That's all they do is make noise for sound bites !

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