Wednesday Open Thread

“The only difference between the sane and the insane is that the sane have the power to lock up the insane.”

–Hunter S. Thompson

17 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Today is Elephant Appreciation Day

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    Congratulations to the original MeatIn movement: Yuma County Cattlewomen celebrated their 50th anniversary in Wray this past weekend. My mom was their first president and at that time they were known as the Yuma County Cowbelles. 

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    McConnell’s 32 career votes to raise the debt limit increased it by $20.7 trillion

    Despite leading three efforts to increase the debt limit under the Trump administration and voting 32 times to increase the debt limit by over $20 trillion himself over the course of his career, Senator Mitch McConnell (R, KY) is threatening to oppose and filibuster an effort to address the looming debt limit deadline that will come due in October. 


    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Do you think they learned nothing these past five years from the King of Debt and his multiple bankruptcies….

      They're probably expecting Janet Yellen and Merrick Garland to be filling out the Chapter 7 petition as we speak.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    It’s Not Really a ‘$3.5 Trillion’ Bill

    The $3.5 trillion spending plan from President Biden is at risk in Congress partly because $3.5 trillion strikes people as a lot of money. Which, of course, it is. But the net cost of the plan, after taking into account offsetting tax increases and spending cuts, is only one-quarter as big.

    Sharon Parrott, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-of-center think tank, is urging people to stop focusing on the $3.5 trillion label.

    In an Aug. 31 commentary, she wrote that if Donald Trump’s signature legislative achievement, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, had been measured the same way as Biden’s plan is being calculated, it would have been called a $5.5 trillion package. It never was — it was described appropriately as a $1.5 trillion piece of legislation (later revised by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to $1.9 trillion) — because Republicans and Democrats alike took into account that the Trump bill contained offsetting tax increases and spending cuts.

    Parrott argued that the number associated with the Biden spending bill should likewise reflect offsetting tax increases and spending cuts. “When considering the cost of legislation, the net effect, not just the investment or tax cut side of the ledger, matters most,” she wrote.

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