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December 19, 2021 11:52 PM UTC

Monday Open Thread

  • 18 Comments
  • by: Colorado Pols

“When the patient loves his disease, how unwilling he is to allow a remedy to be applied.”

–Pierre Corneille

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18 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

    1. Here’s a graph from the days before we reverted to incrementalism and had a $3.5T bill on the table.  Seems as though Ol’Joe didn’t really need to be splainin’ anything to the good folks of West Virginia who sent him back to DC in 2018:

        1. The poll didn’t say anything about how all the goodies would be paid for. And they’ll still using Bernie’s “compromise” figure; $3.75 trillion instead of the current $1.75 trillion.

          1. That’s kind of my point: the size and scope of the original $3.5T package (after being reduced from ($6T) didn’t seem to set them back.  How are we doing to pay for it? Over a 10 year period.  They same way we put for (peace time) defense spending that is larger than our next 25 allies combined. 

            1. As an FYI, the annual NDAA (National Defense Appropriations Act) had $24 billion more than what the administration requested. The additional was supported by members of both parties.

  1. Brad DeLong knows how to turn a phrase:

    Omicron is here. Time to hunker down until it becomes clear that this is a lower-mortality virus. Or, if not, we are going to lose 20% of our unhunkered unvaccinated over 80s, 10% of our unhunkered unvaccinated over 70-80s, and 4% of our unhunkered unvaccinated 60-70s in the next two months:

  2. WOTD from Mahablog: "The Squad was right all along"

    I have to say, though, that the only explanation for Manchin’s behavior is that he’s being paid to blow up the Democrats’ agenda. Maybe he really is that much of a narcissist, but I have a hard time believing he’s screwing his party just out of pettiness. He’s getting paid.

    Josh Marshal thinks it's plain-old-BS-pettiness:

    The level of pettiness on display here may be difficult to comprehend or believe. But as far as it goes I do believe it.

    But the big picture is the important one to understand. For almost a year Manchin has strung his caucus and President Biden along, changing his positions, changing his rationales, being cagey about what he supported or what he would do. He’s strung them along and forced them to play the fool, repeatedly, while being entirely indifferent to the impact of his own actions on the political standing of his colleagues or their deeply held views.

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