I’m going to try and point some things out about a few issues that I’m recently seeing people act a fool over. Basically, I’m seeing the same emotional sound bite logic that has the orange heads carrying on so stupid now being used by people on the left. This is not exactly a surprise, but it’s still disappointing. So let’s get to it.
Budgets for military use now were allocated and spent years prior To today
The issue of reference
People are running around passing memes and trying to make the comparison of the cost of military weapons (bombs) being used recently against money not currently being spent on economic relief from the pandemic. In some instances they’re using the military expenditures against financial help for the citizens of Texas who are reeling from the effects of the recent statewide disaster caused by a power grid unable to withstand pummeling from a rare extreme winter blizzard (mostly ice with some snow).
Why it’s wrong
This is an unwise mistaken comparison. The money to pay for those “bombs” that people are upset about was allocated and spent years ago. Those bombs came from arsenal stockpiled in armories holding them for months to years. Although, the money budgeted and spent on the military industrial complex is extremely disproportional when compared to actual need and the amount spent on other needs for government expenditures, it is money that’s already gone with no impact on current government expenditures at all. Therefore, while some may want to make some moral argument criticizing the costs of bombs vs immediate financial needs that argument is in vain. Those budgets just aren’t related. A person is foolish to make that argument.
There’s nothing wrong with being upset over the money spent towards the MIC as opposed to more life affirming matters. It’s just that in this case that is an argument based on such emotion and not on actual circumstances. It’s not evil or anything like that. It’s just the wrong one to use. We must be wiser than that so that we don’t fall into the same traps that have the orange heads imprisoned.
The minimum wage increase part of the relief package is too critical to our nation’s poor to leave out
Issue of reference
The minimum wage is extremely overdue for an increase. Raising it to $15 per hour would be a huge benefit for the economy while allowing millions of citizens to be lifted out of poverty by paying them livable wages. The Senate Parliamentarian is wrong to decide that it doesn’t pertain to the part of the law that will allow Congress to pass the package via budget reconciliation. People are asking the Senate to ignore this judgment because it’s not binding and only a recommendation.
Why it’s wrong
People are under the impression that with the passing of the minimum wage increase that people making minimum wage will state being paid $15 per hour. That’s a wrong assumption. The law makes the increase in incremental stages over the course of five years. If the law were to be enacted right now minimum wage earners would only see a pay increase of around $2 or less. That’s definitely better than nothing, but it’s hardly going to lift anyone out of poverty. That logic alone doesn’t mean it’s okay to skip for now. Taken in combination with how Congress makes and passes laws it is.
The Senate Parliamentarian’s judgement that the minimum wage increase isn’t completely a budgetary action has merit. One can make the case that an increase in wages has an impact on the budget in terms of increased tax revenue. Still, it’s not a very strong argument. That’s not my opinion. It’s the opinion of those who know more about making laws in Congress than I do. Because of this, I’m reframing from having an opinion on the matter.
The crux of the issue it in the question how much of an immediate impact does it make in regards to the current relief package being debated. I submit very little. I was earning $9 per hour ten years ago. Even back then I was struggling hard to make it. What will ten years worth of inflation add to the formula?
Still all is not lost. As I understand it (yes, I could be wrong) if this law doesn’t get in that package it isn’t the death knell of an increase in the minimum wage. The measure can still be put through in the very rare occurrence of a stand alone bill or attached to other bills. To wit if it doesn’t go in the relief package the government won’t really be passing on help for those living in poverty. So why the big push for now in this relief package. Politics. Plain political posturing and deal making to get bills passed. Can’t say I’m good with that. My point being is stop selling the public on the falsehood that it must be passed now as a measure included in the relief project.
Same old political bullshit, President Biden… and Congress. The people are in desperate need and require immediate relief. Enough with this political jousting. Let it go and allow the rest of the critically needed aid get to us citizens.
President biden is doing a poor job and deserving of the public’s anger and distrust
Issue of reference
People are angry because Biden hasn’t delivered on his promises. The honeymoon is over and he better step up. Memes are being circulated
Why it’s wrong
It really isn’t all that off. It’s just that a little over a month on the job is an extremely short time frame to be judging with anger and dissenting grievances. The man came into a huge huge mess to have to clean up as well as needing to rescue a country reeling from the effect the pandemic has had on the economy. It’s okay not to be happy or comforted, but it’s way too early to turn on him.
When the Democratic Primaries were going on last year and Biden was taking over with a nearly insurmountable lead quite early in the race I was dismayed and upset with a certain demographic of people who propelled him. I was not in favor of now President Biden back then. In fact I didn’t vote for him. I supported a more liberal candidate. It was easy to see that he was from the same old do nothing Democratic party that’s makes more inspiring speeches than getting things done – for various reasons. We needed a leader who would be somewhat more in attack mode. Someone like (my choice) Senator Elizabeth Warren or Senator Bernie Sanders. I don’t need to expound on how that all turned out.
In some areas and with certain issues I’m not pleased with the President’s performance just like those now heaving heavy, angry criticism at him. The biggest difference is I don’t think this is the time to give up on him and label him a poor or useless or bad president. No. I’m not ready to give up on him just yet. I probably never will because regardless of his performance our country needs a Democrat in the White House. Bailing on him makes the overall Democratic Party weaker and much more vulnerable to being replaced by the fascists Republicans who still support that crook that held the keys the last four years. My personal feelings must be put aside for the larger fight.
Let’s consider Congress’s role in this mess. President Biden’s big landing is supposed to be the getting the relief needed to the citizens in order to help us and the economy survive. As noted above that package is in Congress being picked at and fought over, but its not moving towards getting passed. The President really can’t do anything about it. At best he can strongly demand that they get it done, but that demand doesn’t carry much weight in regards to how laws are passed. They have to go through Congress where they’ll get picked apart and hammered and pasted together into something the President is happy to sign his name to. Thus making it the law.
The finger of blame is at Congress and not the president. He’s doing what he can and the Republican fascists are doing everything they can to break and bust down the Democratic led administration. He hasn’t even gotten all his cabinet team nominees confirmed yet.
Things aren’t moving fast enough for some people who are thinking more about themselves than the big picture. They’ve become impatient and angry… with the wrong person. Even so… five weeks? The orange regime basically blew everything up in his quest to turn us into an autocracy. There’s a LOT that needs fixing. Nobody is going to do it in five weeks.
Be upset if you want, but your energy is better spent helping to build this new fortress. The fascist are out there with their orange god eager to take back control. You might not like what the President is doing, but you definitely will hate what the fascists will do if they get back on top. Heaven help this nation.
Bottom line is President Biden is doing basically what many of us who didn’t aid in his primary nomination expected he would go. This is what we paid for. Better help it get the job done because right now he’s what we have. No amount of anger and stupid memes is going to change that.