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Martell Spy

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  1. That's an extreme outlier. And possibly an argument for Biden to have set the income requirements lower. If Biden had set the limit at 150 K you'd be quoting that number. Biden had to set a limit somewhere or we'd be dealing with something like Warren or Sanders would have done. The largest amount of loans in default are really only around $10 k. These are people where 10 K is a lot of money to them, they see that balance and panic and try to run from the debt. There's also people with balance so large that they realize they'll never pay it in their lifetime. I'm in that category. This jubilee doesn't change that either. The changes to monthly payments are a lot more helpful to me personally.
  2. The claims of student debtors getting "free cash" are pretty dishonest. These are debtors, remember. If there was a certain amount of wealth or income possessed by the student loan holders the debts would likely already be paid off. If they had a rich relative it would already be paid off. And the government is not putting money into bank accounts. These loans also don't behave like regular loans. For example there are income-based payment plans. And you can't file bankruptcy like a regular loan. None of this would be necessary if we simply allowed student loan debtors the right everyone else has: to go bankrupt.
  3. Well, one Biden didn't really want to forgive any loans at all. We know this because he said he wanted Congress to do it. It's surprising he's gone this far. And the plan is actually far more generous than I expected. And two, it's likely easier. When I had private loans they were held by a company. I had to negotiate with them completely separately from the Department of education. If Biden had wanted to pay them off, or do so for millions of people, he'd have had to get funding and also arrange payment with this private company. It might sound easy, but I imagine it's not on that huge scale.
  4. Biden announces student loan relief for borrowers making less than $125,000 after months of intense internal debate https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/24/politics/student-loans-joe-biden-white-house/index.html
  5. I've been wondering when one of them will knife the other. It's got to be coming at some point. I guess it's easier for Trump to move first though.
  6. It would be a good problem to have. And I say that as someone that values tackling income inequality. We're in the situation of the VRA and voting rights under constant attack by the SC and staggering amounts of women cut off from abortion healthcare. Would these voters turn the party to the wrong side on these issues? Seems very unlikely,. An example of new voters being a real problem would be the massive switch from Democratic party to Republican in the civil rights area. White House leaning toward canceling $10,000 in student loan debt for borrowers who make less than $125,000 https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/22/politics/student-loan-white-house/index.html
  7. ‘We got rolled’: How the conservative grassroots lost the fight with Biden because it was focused on Trump The former president’s presence on the political landscape is making it harder to launch a modern day Tea Party movement. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/22/conservative-grassroots-biden-trump-00052983
  8. Yep, they were conveniently labeled as not human so it's totally cool. They were just patriotically defending the border.
  9. Bush Jr. and Cheney really got this hate train going. With the torture, and changing the name for torture, and classifying people. But they also half-assed it by pretending to respect people and human rights at the same time as they were doing this. Trump is just completing the job. So he not only advocates for torture, but puts an actual white nationalist in charge of immigration policy and implements a Muslim ban.
  10. You need to be in good graces with the guy you think can pardon you in the future.
  11. Opinion: The IRS is getting a big financial boost. Republicans are not happy about it https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/17/opinions/irs-taxes-funding-increase-inflation-reduction-87000-michel/index.html
  12. So, he gets a cushy plea deal and doesn't have to flip. How convenient. Trump Organization chief expected to plad guilty in tax evasion case Allen Weisselberg has been accused of taking more than $1.7m from the company, including rent, car payments and school tuition https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/15/allen-weisselberg-trump-organization-tax-evasion-case
  13. I've seen everything but the finale. Not familiar with property really, although I do read Neil Gaiman novels a lot. I'm really impressed with this show. Best fantasy I've seen in a long time. And it's not an easy thing to put to screen. Not well anyway, there's plenty of CGI wanking out there. Really good characters, even minor and mundane ones are well drawn usually. Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian is killing it. I have no idea what will happen, but I kind of hope isn't gone in future seasons. Quite possible given what he is I guess.
  14. Fox News used to have really low standards. Those standards are completely gone. They're trying to get this judge killed and laughing about it like a bunch of drunken frat boys. Fox News' Brian Kilmeade clarifies that image of judge at center of Trump search warrant was a fake “This depiction never took place & we wanted to make clear that we were showing a meme in jest," the Fox News host tweeted. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/12/florida-judge-fbi-search-of-mar-a-lago-anti-semitic-attacks-00051489
  15. Looking at the Guardian story, this looks like the counts that apply.
  16. Trump selling secrets is possible, but there is one thing he loves more than money. Big Daddy Putin.
  17. I don't know. It seems like a soldier getting captured. We prefer the ones that don't get captured or something something.
  18. Social media providing information on abortions to authorities has been a worry for a while now. Maybe it's not a worry to you though. Also, Meta claims they didn't know it was about abortion. They were told it involved "skeletal remains." Are they telling the truth? And if they did know would they have acted different?
  19. Nebraska woman charged with helping daughter have abortion Investigators uncovered Facebook messages in which the two allegedly discussed using medication to induce an abortion. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/09/nebraska-woman-charged-with-helping-daughter-have-abortion-00050763
  20. But not his urine. He has special uses for that.
  21. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: 'No One Can Convince Me' Jan. 6 Rioters Weren't Antifa The 2020 election conspiracy theorist added that those criminally charged "for things they shouldn't have done" during the Capitol attack are being unfairly treated. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/marjorie-taylor-greene-antifa-capitol-attack_n_62efea08e4b00f4cf23b4ec9
  22. So, is the maximum prescription drug costs for seniors of $2,000/year pegged to inflation? That's really damn good if it's not.
  23. What an idiot. He really should not be allowed to walk away from this though. It should be like student loan debt or fines from sentences. They should be taking it out of his Social Security.
  24. Pharma group leader says Dems who vote for reconciliation bill 'won't get a free pass' PhRMA CEO Steve Ubl says the group is still fighting hard against the drug pricing provisions, but is making contingency plans — and promises — should reconciliation become law. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/04/head-of-top-pharma-group-says-dems-who-vote-for-bill-wont-get-a-free-pass-00049898
  25. Just watched all the eps of the "The Bear" on Hulu. Really excellent first season. It's about this young chef trying to reform a really screwed up restaurant in Chicago. The actor was one of the older kids on Shameless.
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