Individual 1 hasn’t begun to feel lonely

individual1towerEveryday’s an endless stream of stupid tweets and thoughts obscene

Now that baby-brat has stretched his temper tantrum terror into the longest government shutdown ever, we find with each new day the effects it is having on people who are supposed to get through it by simply making adjustments.  Tell that to:

  • Veterans already on the edge with PTSD having to worry about supporting their families
  • Native Americans on reservations totally dependent on government support
  • All federal workers  and contractors who live paycheck to paycheck
  • Many more which will be listed below this post in comments

While too many uninformed Americans think a government shut down is a good thing because it is saving money, nothing could be further from the truth.   Shutdowns impact the Treasury in three ways:

  1. Employees eventually (already in this case) will get back pay for time not worked.
  2. Loss in revenue from collecting permits and fees
  3. Economic disruption on the economy as a whole

Although this shutdown is smaller in scope than the 2013 shutdown, its impact will be greater because the economy and government are bigger today.  Already estimates have the cost to be over 6 billion dollars, or more than his stupid unplanned and ever-changing wall.

In the end, it’s not about money, it’s about a despot wannabe trying to save face over a campaign slogan he misused about immigration.   “The wall” was supposed to be a metaphor for trying to stop illegal immigration but that was too much nuance for a fool who equates the invention of the wheel and the wall and doesn’t even get the history right.

Nancy Pelosi knows she can’t cave to his demand claiming it’s a national emergency and is right to do so, but selfishly part of me wishes she could.  Why?  Because it could set a precedent for the next Democratic President who could do the same for climate change and sensible gun regulations.  It’s a nice thought, but we do not want to go down that road.

Remember the Three Dog Night song “One Is The Loneliest Number“?  I’m willing to bet that after Michael Cohen appears before Congress, Individual 1 is going to be a lot lonelier than he was on Christmas Eve.

Happy belated New Year everyone!


127 thoughts on “Individual 1 hasn’t begun to feel lonely

  1. Opinion

    New York Did Us All a Favor by Standing Up to Amazon

    Yes, Amazon’s departure will modestly hurt the city’s economy. But it’s also a victory against bad economic policy.

    Somebody needs to make a principled stand. In New York, a coalition of activists and politicians did so. They called attention to the grubbiness and secrecy of these subsidies, which are, in their own way, anti-capitalist. The deal’s collapse, Greg LeRoy, a longtime advocate on the issue, told Emily Badger of The Times, is “absolutely a godsend to those of us who have been trying to reform economic development.”

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    9 Ways to Cut Down on Plastic
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    Drowning in plastic, but not sure how to set yourself free? Plastic purgers say you can drastically reduce, if not eliminate, your plastic consumption by changing a few daily habits. Here are nine steps to get you started.

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    Democrats’ coveted 2020 prize? An endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez
    The congresswoman may be too young to run for president, but her impact on US politics means she may play a role in deciding who does

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    “This is a race to the left,” said Dave Handy, a New York-based political consultant and organiser. “Even if people don’t like her or her policies, they will be racing to get her endorsement because it’s a progressive check mark. She embodies the general direction the party is going in.”

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  4. @Jmach1P: Not so fast. I saw Rahm on Real Time this week and he said he was open to Amazon but he didn’t go into a lot of detail.

    Big Tech has earned its reputation as Big Evil. Any city courting any of the big four needs to talk to the mayors of Seattle and San Francisco before they give lavish tax breaks to companies that have more wealth than many countries.

  5. Fact Checker
    Fact-checking Trump’s announcement of a national emergency

    Where to begin with President Trump’s rambling news conference to announce he was invoking a national emergency to build a border wall? It was chock-full of false and misleading claims, many of which we’ve previously highlighted, either in our database of Trump claims or our list of Bottomless Pinocchios. Here’s a summary of 14 of the most noteworthy claims, starting with immigration ones first.

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    New York Doesn’t Need Amazon’s Sweetheart Deal
    Huge incentive packages are a burden for taxpayers. Other cities should follow New York’s lead.

    It’s an extraordinary moment. Amazon just said, “Goodbye, New York,” announcing that it was pulling out of its plans to open a headquarters in New York City, in exchange for which the city and state had promised as much as $3 billion in incentives.

    These kinds of economic incentive deals are typically struck with little public oversight and get support from voters who seem satisfied that their leaders have at least tried to create jobs. But New York’s rage at Amazon’s sweetheart deal may finally signal a sea change in how the public reacts to these billion-dollar boondoggles.

    In an age of rising rents and stagnating wages, after corporations just got a big handout from the Republican tax bill with much less relief for struggling families, as income inequality continues to ensure that the profit of our economic productivity is skimmed off by those at the top, the era of such incentive deals may be coming to an end.

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