Biden Needs to Keep That Same Energy When He Meets With Republicans and Their COVID Relief Counter Offer

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They were six years in power.

And during that time, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican senators didn’t just walk all over Democrats, they danced in our end zone and laughed at our tears.

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So I’m going to need newly minted President Biden to keep that same energy during talks with the 10 Republican senators who want to counter his $1.9 trillion plan with their boo-boo-ass $618 billion proposal, which works out to be a third of what Biden and leading Democrats want. And, of course, that means cutting the stimulus from $1,400 to $1,000 and that number would go down if you’re making more than $40,000.

“Couples filing jointly would receive double that amount, with the amount tapering off for those making more than $80,000, up to $100,000. An additional $500 would be provided for every dependent child and adult. Previous rounds of direct payments were based on income reported on 2019 tax returns,” CBS News reports.

Because white people don’t want the rest of Americans to prosper—fuck prosper, they don’t want us to survive, they literally don’t want us to have anything. And I want Biden to treat them the same way they treated us. Hell, remember all those meetings Republicans had with then-President Trump that didn’t include one Democrat?

Yeah, fuck them but let’s continue.

The group of 10 Republicans led by Senator Susan Collins of Maine...wait, Susan Collins? Not the “I’m deeply concerned” Susan Collins? If she doesn’t go all the way over there and sit her ass down. I hate that she consistently has something to say when it helps people but can’t seem to find the words to condemn, oh, I don’t know, something minuscule like white insurrectionists.

So I’m over all of this, but here is the rest of their bullshit proposal from CBS News:

The proposal would also extend expanded federal unemployment insurance to $300 per week through June 30, on top of state benefits. Mr. Biden has sought an extension of unemployment aid through September.

The plan includes $160 billion for a national vaccine program, personal protective equipment production and expanded testing, as well as a $40 billion injection into the Paycheck Protection Program to provide loans to small businesses. It would also allocate $20 billion in an initiative to get children back to school, and extend expanded SNAP benefits through September at a cost of $3 billion.

The GOP proposal does not include any funds allocated for state and local governments, and does not mention increasing the federal minimum wage, both key priorities in the administration’s package.

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The senators who are with this boo boo-ass doctrine include “Rob Portman of Ohio, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Todd Young of Indiana, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Mike Rounds of South Dakota and Thom Tillis of North Carolina,” CBS News reports.

Hopefully, Biden listens to them for three full minutes and then kindly tells them to get the fuck out of his office, and when Collins looks offended, he can say that he too is “deeply concerned” about how slow she is moving to leave his damn office.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

DISCUSSION

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The thing that pisses me off about this is that it all comes down to Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema. They’re demanding a “bipartisan” solution when the country literally gave their party a super majority because they understand that bipartisanship isn’t fucking working right now.

So instead we got those two trying to drag Republicans back into the fray, where they absolutely do not belong.

It’s just 2009 all over again. Republicans ask for a seat at the table, then spend ages ripping apart any bills, making them weaker and watering them down, then refuse to vote for the final package anyway, so Democrats get caught holding the entire shitty thing, so Republicans are pissed at Democrats for not getting them involved, and Democratic voters are pissed at Democrats for using reconciliation to push half the bill they should have passed.

Yeah I saw Schumer say he’s looking at the lessons they learned from 2009, I’ll believe it when I see it.

Bipartisanship is great, but the country did not hand a super majority to Democrats because they wanted Democrats to work with Republicans. If they wanted Republicans to have a seat at the table, the voters would have given them one.