Democrats Are Passing Meaningful Legislation (it just dies in the Senate)

Similar to the GOP pledge to block, obstruct and slow down every effort by the Obama Administration to enact initiatives, The current Mitch McConnell led Senate will not even allow the great majority of laws passed by the Democrat led House to see a vote in the Senate. The same Senate which occupies most of it’s time installing underqualified “conservative” judges or approving of Trump appointees if it does anything at all.

In the Senate, barely a dozen roll-call votes have been held this year on bills, amendments and legislation, and around 20 bills have been signed into law since January. Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, vented that Mr. McConnell had “effectively turned the United States Senate into a very expensive lunch club that occasionally votes on a judge or two.”

Here is Mitch baby letting us all know any of the “socialist” bills that come out of the House, will not be allowed a vote by the self declared “grim reaper.”

Mitch isn’t stopping “socialist” bills from reaching the floor of the Senate, he’s stopping nearly every bill from reaching the floor despite the fact that most of them are wildly popular with both conservatives and liberals. Mitch’s plan is purely a political one, as all of his plans are. The plan is: to not allow Democrats to pass any meaningful legislation despite how popular they may be, and to not force GOP Senators to have to vote on legislation they find ideologically unpalatable before an election year. Because when you think about it, nothing is more important for our elected officials than keeping their jobs. What could be more important than that?

So despite the cries from all of the cult talking heads that, “Democrats aren’t doing anything but trying to impeach Trump,” the fact is, House Democrats are churning out very meaningful legislation to which Mitch McConnell’s Senate merely refuses to grant attention.

It is true that the first term of the previous GOP controlled House will most likely end up having more legislation passed…

Then the current first term of the Dem controlled House at about the halfway point…

but it won’t be a great margin, and it won’t be due to lack of bills being considered, of which the Dem controlled House is handling, what will most likely be, a much larger portfolio of bills then the previous first term GOP controlled House. The truth is, the House always has a ton of bills to consider every session and this House is no exception to that trend. So when someone yells, “Dems don’t do anything!” you tell them to go fuck themselves and copy/paste the above chart.

What is worth noting is the sweeping changes the House bills propose. Changes which are, by and large, perennially popular with the electorate, but somehow never manage to be crafted into law.

Below are some of the highlights of the bills that died in the Senate this year:

Two nationally popular gun control bills that would increase the time for background checks to ten days and expand background checks as a necessity to loophole sales such as gun shows, were passed at the end of February. There still are no scheduled votes in the Senate.

On January 5th, McConnell blocks two House bills to reopen the government that had been shutdown by Trump’s temper tantrum over his idiot wall. McConnell had also blocked Senate Democrats move to reopen the government on the 10th.

On January 6th, McConnell gets enough support to vote down the passage of a bill disapproving of the Treasury’s actions to lift sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. A bill which 136 GOP House members joined Democrats in drafting and which initially had enough GOP support in the Senate to pass, but was ultimately turned back by just enough GOP Senators as directed by McConnell. Not coincidentally, Deripaska firm, Rusal, announced in May that it would be spending over $2oo Million in investment in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky.

Despite all of the bells, whistles, alarms, and air-raid sirens going off, Mitch McConnell will not allow bipartisan bills to protect the 2020 elections to receive a vote.

HR1: McConnell states he will not allow the expansive and necessary election reform bill to see the light of day. HR1 is a massive anti-corruption, single bill package of individual bills to: bring clarity to the effects of dark money in elections, remove gerrymandering, require tax filings of the President and Vice President be made public, enforce stricter lobbying requirements, make election day a national holiday, and address the many voter fraud/suppression issues of the last election cycle. McConnell stated he will not allow a vote on this bill, “because I get to decide what we vote on.”

ACA (Obamacare): The House creates a bill to protect the ACA and lower costs even as the Trump administration seeks to overturn the bill with nothing to replace it. There will be no vote on this bill in the Senate.

McConnell blocks a vote on the release of the Mueller report twice in the same week.

The House passes the “Equality Act” to extend federal anti-discriminatory protection to LBGQT Americans. Despite the fear mongering from House GOP that it would, of course, mean that women’s sports would be invaded by transgendered women through this protection. No scheduled vote in the Senate…nor shall there be.

According to McConnell, the Senate will “probably not,” vote on the house “Dreamers” bill to create a path to citizenship for them.

What’s Wrong Donny?

Oh does Donny have some ouchy, boo-boo faces while he’s stuck in France.  What’s a-matter Donny, huh?  Doesn’t anyone like you?

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Uh oh.  Not much Donny.  Not much.  No wonder you’re feeling kinda blue.

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This next photo just creeps me out.

 

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From a guy that rarely smiles; he’s so much more likely to sneer or clench his dentures in glee at something particularly awful he just said, but when he sees Putin…well look!  That’s a genuine smile.  The stark contrast to the faces of Merkel and Macron which are fucking sobering in their measured looks of disdain and distrust.

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It will be interesting to see if Fox News begins to shift from unbridled propaganda, to a slightly more balanced approach towards Trump.  Or perhaps we will see a little less Trump altogether on Fox News.  That would be an easier path to follow on Fox News, if…if they are in fact on the down low with Mitch McConnell as I outlined in my last post.

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Any such change wouldn’t be particularly jarring on Hannity (he could revert to his profitable conspiracy theories shtick), or Tucker (he’s generally been about the grievance politics most enjoyed by old, white folks via segregationism and a woe-is me, reverse discrimination jedi mindfuck routine).  Nah, the most difficult place to pull off this trick would be on Fox and Friends in the morning.  Even though their messaging is consistently: Liberals, immigrants, minorities becoming the majority and in the driver’s seat of our culture is BAD; their chief vehicle to arrive at those story-lines has been posterboy Donald Trump.  It will be difficult to ween themselves from Donny’s man-teets.

 

We shall see.

It will also be interesting to see how extra-unhinged Donny is when he gets back to his comfy-space.  Is he going to sign a regal-proclamation/executive order to withdraw funding from California in retaliation for their fire fiasco/unplanned deaths that are clogging up Donny’s airtime and messing with his vibes?  Maybe write up a hit-list of which stupid reporters he wants ejected next?

What fucked up thing will he do next, in order to keep the distraction and calamity-caravan that is his reality-tv-presidency, rolling along.  What?

The Storm is Coming?

Some interesting conspiracy theories floating around the twitterverse today following Trump’s ditching of a scheduled visit to WWI War memorial due to “rain”and his subsequent late arrival to a World Leader dinner hosted by Macron, while simultaneously being silent on twitter.  In total something like 5-6 hours of missing time from scheduled events of no small import has lead some people to wonder…

…that maybe Mueller indictments have arrived.   One inside person is even wondering if the Fox News silence on Twitter has to do with a gag order as the twitter silence strangely coincides with a Rupert Murdoch meeting with  Mitch McConnell in an otherwise empty capitol.

Which is really interesting and fun!  But come on, Fox social media wouldn’t go entirely dark.  They might be directed not to post on particular topics.  I would understand that.  The “retribution for the treatment of poor old Tucker,” I posted yesterday, is the most plausible story, but that has not been confirmed by Fox.

I don’t know if we’ll ever know why Murdoch is visiting McConnell at such an unusual time after the elections and while Congress is out of session.  What I would postulate with very limited knowledge, is perhaps conspiracy theory #2 could actually be correct.

With Flake making his intentions known about protecting special counsel, and with Susan Collins making a similar statement:

Perhaps it’s time for Mitch to let Murdoch know, maybe you want to get in front of this over on the propaganda channel so you don’t look like a bunch of fools for what is about to happen.

Could some indictments have come down?  Maybe.

What seems more likely is maybe the GOP is getting closer to stabbing the goose that laid the golden Tax Reform.  Maybe it’s time to start reining in the crazy man.  It could be.

In Trump’s world, whatever the hell just happened over at the Justice Dept. is a long gone memory.  That shit already happened, who cares.  If Trump doesn’t see something in front of his bloodshot eyes, it doesn’t exist.  Unfortunately for him, there are people capable of reason and capable of concern back in Washington and maybe those people gave Trump a call over in France while he was trying to enjoy his military parades and meeting with the world’s most accomplished dictators, and those people let him know, “We’re going to have to change things around a bit when you come back Donny.”

We may never know what happened to Trump’s missing time, why Mitch met Rupert at such a strange time, or why Fox went silent on twitter.  All three answers could be benign.  I do like the idea of GOP Senators pulling an Et tu Brute on the twitterer-in-chief.  It’s a lovely image.

Of course protecting Mueller wouldn’t be a giant fracture in the subservience of Congress to Trump, but it would drive him crazy.  Let’s see what they do when Congress is back in session.

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