@TonyStark In 2016 "McCarthy said: 'There’s …there’s two people, I think, Putin pays: [California Representative Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump … [laughter] … swear to God.”
Apparently, he's found out how well Putin pays.

@TonyStark I am with you all the way. Gonna do my best to bring people in to forging the next policy list.

This Throwback Thursday I’m recalling a year ago, when the Rachel Maddow Show introduced the world to Irish fishermen defending their livelihoods (and waters) from Russian war games.

How it started:
m.youtube.com/watch?v=s151iGHw

“I’m a free citizen of Ireland. He has no authority over me—and I take his threat as an insult! “

#Ireland
#IrishTwitter
#ThrowbackThursday

@TonyStark

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K-Mac is running an ersatz vengeance campaign for TFG.

"The insurrection is coming from inside the House!"

@TonyStark Just remember there are no moderate republicans. They went all in. Every. Single. One.

@TonyStark

“We want to reestablish the slaver plantocracy of the 1790s with us as the plantation owners and we never want to pay taxes! Work for us or die in the gutters, you filthy fucking peasants!”

- the Republican plan.

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McCarthy weakens America by purging the Intelligence Committee of the institutional knowledge gained by Schiff and Swalwell. Their institutional knowledge is not easily or quickly replaced.

It is well established that institutional knowledge -- the collective understanding and ability of an organization's workforce -- is a strength to an organization. When experienced members of an organization leave, the loss of their history and knowledge can weaken the organization's ability to conduct its business. McCarthy's petty games harm America.

Undermining American institutions, however, is the Republicans' goal and among others, Putin’s.

McCarthy struggles to justify punishments for key House Democrats-
msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/m

@TonyStark Swalwell, Schiff, and Omar all stand for accountability. So Republicans will do anything to stop that.

Good.

It's the same game the GOP always plays. National debt doesn't matter to them when there’s a Republican president and the debt ceiling limit is passed, no problem.

When there is a Democratic president, they claim national debt is out of control, social programs have to be slashed to the bone, and the debt ceiling limit must not be raised until there are no programs left that are required for a functioning society. Media needs to call this nonsense out in clear and concise language instead of parroting GOP talking points.

I'm still waiting for the Republican healthcare plan, first promised in 2010. I won't hold my breath for a serious fiscal plan.

Biden to blast House GOP over economic agenda amid debt ceiling feud-
wapo.st/3j1MFtL

@TonyStark

Just do your job, Republicans. At the very least, your job is to keep our government and economy from coming to a grinding halt, and you're already falling. 3 weeks in. What incompetent losers.

@TonyStark
Kev doesn't want intelligent people who support democracy and the Constitution working on the Intelligence Committee....

s/ Wonder why?🤔

This will take a few minutes to read, but really explains the problem with this plan that Kevin McCarthy had to agree to put up for a vote in order to get into his position.

VAT is normal in other western democracies but in those other countries, there are also high income tax rates for wealthier individuals. In those countries, regressive VAT taxes are paired with with progressive income taxes. The GOP suggestion is to replace our not-progressive-enough income tax with a very regressive sales tax. Definitely a boon for the very wealthy and a burden for everyone else.

Those other countries also provide their citizens with free national healthcare, family leave, free childcare and more. Americans go bankrupt and die young while every other nation continues to see their citizens make economic gains and live longer.

The FairTax Act, GOP plan for 30 percent national sales tax, explained-
vox.com/policy-and-politics/20

@TonyStark

"This may shock you, but Mike Gravel did not really know what he was talking about."

The article is worth the time for so many reasons but that's on the list.

Today’s topic? Racism in School.

It’s a little known fact that Dr Fate is also a parent; one’s a fifth grader.

We spend time together every morning before school on the couch in the dim light of morning as my wife, Inza, and I sip our coffee. It’s a great time to chat, have a few laughs and gradually prepare for the day.

She’s only 10, but she’s very progressive for her age, and very sensitive. She was concerned about some comments by a teacher that made one of her friends feel bad. I don’t think we solved any world problems, but at least we were there.

I thought about the Right-Wing Craziness over Critical Race Theory. And then remembered that her school has an adult study group for parents to connect and learn more about racism.

So what’s my point?

If a 10 year old can see it, it’s there.

I’m well aware that I can’t change anyone else, but I can change my own actions. I’m going to find out more about these parent meetings.

@KentNelson I look at it this way, can you have institutional racism without white people?

My answer to that is no, their socialization and participation in systems of racism that pervade our society are the problem.

That isn't on people of color to change, it's on us as white people to change that from within our families.

Note I am talking about the more covert learned racism, not overt acts of hatred here.

@d2 @KentNelson D2, this is very important.

Here’s an article that will be helpful. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to write much of my own thoughts today but-

Becoming Trustworthy White Allies | Reflections-
reflections.yale.edu/article/f

The death cult formerly known as republicans want everyone who's not rich, white, hetero or disagrees with their particular hateful flavor of christianity to suffer and die as miserably as possible.

Unless they can shoot you first with their combat weapons.

Sick, sick, sick excuses for humans.

Tennessee rejects federal money for HIV treatment, alarming those living with HIV-
newschannel5.com/news/tennesse

@BruceBanner @TonyStark
I ran a poll yesterday asking how many Democratic politicians' social media posts people had boosted. The most common answer is never, but they always seem to say that we're the ones that are failing to get the message out.

@TonyStark
People always asking why Democrats aren't saying anything. They always are. If just doesn't get the coverage.

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