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Sorry, but Koch & cronies are going in to fund whoever is willing to cut corporate taxes, cut entitlement programs, cut green energy programs, increase big oil and gas corporate profits, and cut useful regulations.

Koch Network Vow to Wage a 2024 Fight Against Trump:
time.com/6253038/koch-brothers

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@kristophr @MariaHill @KentNelson @Meeche @TonyStark I think the answer to this is in part that it's socialism for just the people they like and whose struggles they understand. Many Americans are very picky about who deserves to have support.

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@MariaHill @Meeche @TonyStark

There's also the plan I call the Mexico Insurance Plan in Texas.

You got it, it's the plan where Texans flock to Mexico for healthcare, where it's more affordable.

I kid you not, this happens in my own family. Especially for dental care and a variety of medicines such as antibiotics that you can get over the counter there. This is insane, in my opinion. Why should we have to do that?

And yet, they act like it's perfectly normal.

They've been sold a really bad bill of goods on healthcare by the Republicans.

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@Heimdall @Lowie

Agree. There are plenty of hardwood plywoods, for example, that one could spend a very pleasant evening with. I'd equate DeSantis more with drywall that has been left out in the rain and is starting to mold.

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@TonyStark @Lowie

Ron DeSantis does not have the charisma of plywood. Not even Masonite. Medium density particleboard, at best. But he has all the hate and closed mindedness of Republicans today and yesterday.

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@TonyStark

Agreed. These people and policies are the result of controlled propaganda and elitism. Education became achieved by the rich white only. The rest were considered their ‘tools’ to use as needed.
Trump, DeSantis, Santos, MTG, Jordan, etc etc are products of this. And the gloves are off.

Good thing we are smarter regardless 🤣
❤️
#VoteBlue
#democracy

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@Lowie It goes back that far and then some.

The sole agenda of the GOP has for decades been to facilitate the redistribution of wealth into their owners' pockets. Beyond tax cuts and removing legislative and regulatory barriers to greed, it means eliminating anything that benefits the whole of society.

This agenda is difficult to sell to the millions of people the party needs to consistently and enthusiastically vote against their own interests.

Trump only made explicit the bigotry, racism, homophobia, and general hatred that was always implicit in the culture wars. Plenty of Republicans are making it worse now.

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@TonyStark

We must fight the Republican agenda. They have been trying to undermine democracy for decades.
Exerpt from The Educational Legacy of Ronald Reagan by Gary K. Clabaugh:
“ Once elected, Mr. Reagan
• called for an end to free tuition for state college and university students
• demanded 20 percent cuts in higher education funding
• repeatedly slashed funds for state campuses
• engineering the firing of Clark Kerr, the highly respected presi-
dent of the University of California
• declaring that the state “should not subsidize intellectual curiosity”
“He called protesting students “brats,” “freaks,” and “cowardly fascists.” And when it came to “restoring order” on unruly campuses he observed,“If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with. No more appeasement!”Days later four Kent State students were shot to death during a protest rally. In the aftermath Mr. Reagan declared his remark was only a “figure of speech.” He added that anyone who was upset by it was “neurotic.”

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@TonyStark Press calls him a less bad Trump when he’s worse and more like Putin. I’d love to think he has no national chance but look around.

Stoking division and removing empathy for others along with suppressing education is fascist.

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@TonyStark

We all laughed at Trump but nobody was still laughing later. DeSantis clearly believes he can also govern 49 other states if he can stoke up enough outrage. The billionaires know Dolt 45 is history but would love this horrible man to be their No. 47 enabler.

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Let's just call this out for what it is. A certain segment of our population can't abide the notion that education might inspire a broader perspective. That might encourage more compassion and understanding and undermine fear and the resulting dehumanization and cruelty.

Understanding and empathy for others interferes with their power.

People like Ron DeSantis are anti-democratic, anti-society, and must be forcefully challenged and opposed.

Erasing Black History Is Not the Role of the College Board-
nytimes.com/2023/02/04/opinion

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@TonyStark @Tengrain
That wasn't a Chinese spy balloon. It was part of a reboot of 'Around the World in 80 Days' starring Anthony Devolder and Kitara Ravachi.

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@Tengrain LOL.

Saw this big spy ballon flying over my house so I shot it down. It did fall on my neighbor’s garage so the money I get for the software will go to rebuilding his garage.

NO LOWBALLERS. I KNOW WHAT I GOT.

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@Tengrain

It passed over me and I heard a message-
“We’re trying to contact you about your car’s extended warranty.“

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@TonyStark Of course that’s what Republicans want. Poor people will work for less money that way. Hope the Republican voters who apparently are relying on the ACA are paying attention.

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@TonyStark I live close to the WI/MN border and folow MN politics as I grew up in there. As good as the situation is in Minnesota, the situation in Wisconsin is dire. We need everyone to vote in the Wisconsin primary for Supreme Court Justice. Milwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz was the first liberal to announce their candidacy in the race and is my choice. Wisconsin, don't sit this one out. The future of our Democratic voices are at stake
PLEASE BOOST FAR AND WIDE!!! And VOTE Wisconsin!

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@wherephysicswentwrong @TonyStark Discounting others’ successes and progress is diminishing and unhelpful.

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@TonyStark

“In 2022, Democrats did not lose control of a single state legislative chamber, a huge feat in a midterm election year for the party occupying the White House. In addition, Democrats flipped legislative chambers in Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Early signs indicate that Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party is particularly energized and ready to use its new trifecta control to improve voting access in the North Star State.”

Very important.

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