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  1. ThinkerX

    US Politics: What goes up, must come down!

    External circumstances will dictate the next presidents options regardless of the victor. Climate Change, or at least its consequences, will be come undeniable. Likewise, oil depletion (we shot past 'peak oil' around the tail end of the Bush II years.) Monumental effort is going into masking just how dire this situation is, but...gas lines and travel restrictions are at least possible in the next few years regardless. Trump is utterly incapable of dealing with either issue, and his 'pretend it's not happening' position will blowup in his face. Sanders might grasp the severity of these issues, but probably won't have the time (one term president) to initiate solutions apart from pilot projects and stopgap measures. The president who wins in 2024 may well literally be the person who determines if the US survives the next several decades as a viable country.
  2. not quite. as evidenced by his recent actions (forcing out the intelligence chief) Trump detests Russia being brought up in any context that links back to him. Sanders can, and has issued absolute rebukes of Russian involvement in US elections, but all Trump has ever done is denounce those pointing out such involvement.
  3. judging from the Nevada results posted by Kalbear, the Democratic establishment should be in full panic mode...
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    Job Guarantee vs UBI

    I shall be blunt: to those on the right -and many on the center (or the vast majority of those dwelling in the US) - UBI = welfare with attendant negative social consequences. That situation will not change for decades. Guaranteed jobs, though, presented correctly, are acceptable to a majority of those in the US. Given the state of the economy and upcoming travails on the Climate Change and Oil Depletion fronts, UBI might not happen at all.
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    Job Guarantee vs UBI

    then we disagree. I had many peers who turned into alcoholics or druggies from the tedium of unemployment (others went the religious fanatic route). Crime, petty, and otherwise skyrocketed during those periods. that said, yes, some people do make positive adjustments. A great many, though, do not. And a BS job will at least keep a person occupied. More, it shows other prospective employers that you are at least willing to show up, which is half the battle even with many non-BS jobs.
  6. I seem to recollect a prominent senator being tied up in this project - then again, I could be wrong...or there might be some interesting tidbits rolling out of the woodwork.... https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/an-ousted-metals-ceo-is-trying-to-fire-the-board-that-fired-him/ar-BB108po6?li=BBnbfcN&ocid=msnclassic
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    Job Guarantee vs UBI

    My state has a seasonal economy - used to be real extreme, less so now. Back in my youth, the common practice was you'd work in the fishing industry or construction or the oil patch during the summer, then kick back and collect unemployment during the winter months. If you were feeling real ambitious and got lucky, you might get a BS job behind a counter or washing dishes or some such. I went both routes. Being on unemployment made me feel about three steps lower than dirt. The BS jobs sucked, but not near as bad. Hence, the 'guaranteed job' bit gets my vote, even if it is BS. At least you are doing something. Further bonus - this is something that presented correctly, those on the right might actually buy into. UBI, you get a lot of people with lots of time on their hands, low self esteem, and no purpose - a recipe for social catastrophe.
  8. interesting to contrast Sander's reaction to Trumps. Sanders condemns the Russians in clear terms; Trump condemns his own intelligence agencies: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/elections-2020/sanders-condemns-russian-influence-in-election/ar-BB10fSiV?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=msnclassic
  9. Trump unleashed - and fumbling for his 'self destruct' button: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-aide-asked-cabinet-agencies-to-identify-anti-trump-appointees-report/ar-BB10fR0S?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=msnclassic
  10. My perspective, from reading more articles than I care to think about and associated comments: 'moderate' at this point is almost an illusion projected by the democratic establishment. in essence, 'republican lite.' ordinary democratic voters mostly choose not to believe in that illusion. It means more of the same stagnation, crony capitalism and other woes afflicting society
  11. Obvious to me but overlooked in this thread and the previous one: 'Trump unleashed WILL shoot himself in the foot - repeatedly.' Past day or three, Trump has pardoned an impressive number of scumbags while loudly ranting that A) - his political enemies need to be punished; and B ) his imprisoned cronies are having too rough of a time in the lockup. Right now, Trump figures he is completely untouchable and has demonstrated no ability to learn from experience. The people who restrained him from the really stupid and outrageous stuff are gone - which means Trump WILL do something monumentally criminal and stupid - like arresting political opponents (both parties) on bogus charges. Cue another round of investigations and testimonies - bad PR for Trump during election season.
  12. I do have to wonder if Barr could be legally removed as the result of an external or internal investigation - say, charged with witness tampering, maybe a grand jury indictment, something along those lines... That said, between the judges and the DOJ officials, I see a fair possibility of juicy leaks emerging regardless.
  13. Barr is getting some serious internal push back. Starting to wonder if it might cost him his job, and what juicy tales might bubble to the surface.... https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/federal-judges-association-calls-emergency-meeting-after-doj-intervenes-in-case-of-trump-ally-roger-stone/ar-BB1068Le?ocid=ob-fb-enus-580&fbclid=IwAR0mtEwU20vjQd8DXbhU8Eb7KyKgBNXlY-2OhvADdzWcG96fBNwenYHd3Ro
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    US Politics - Primary Numbers

    Trump asserts he has a legal right to meddle in Justice Department cases. Perhaps another rough of congressional investigations awaits? https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-claims-legal-right-to-interfere-in-justice-dept-cases/ar-BB1004nO?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=msnclassic
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    US Politics - Primary Numbers

    Legal push back against Trump on the McCabe mess... https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/justice-dept-wont-charge-andrew-mccabe-the-former-fbi-official-who-authorized-the-investigation-of-president-trump/ar-BB100rHv?ocid=msnclassic
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