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'CARES' Package Part Two Is Coming, to the Tune of at Least $1 Trillion

Plus: Gun groups for black Americans are growing, a promising new study on opening schools, and more...


Republicans ready the CARES 2 Act. Republican leaders in the Senate, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spent the weekend putting the "finishing touches" on the next round of coronavirus-related spending, Meadows told reporters on Sunday night. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is slated to introduce it this afternoon.

At a cost of $1 trillion, the new GOP spending package is expected to include checks for all Americans, the continued provision of federal unemployment benefits (albeit at a reduced rate of around $200 per week, down from the current $600), and more Paycheck Protection Program loans, as well as initiatives to reopen schools and to test and trace for COVID-19. It will also include business tax credits.

About $105 billion in spending is slated for schools and $16 billion for test-and-trace efforts, reports ABC News.

The latter program was one of several that divided Republicans:

President Donald Trump had insisted on a payroll tax cut, which caused some delay, but after the pitch met with opposition from many Republicans and Democrats alike, the proposal was dropped. Mnuchin acknowledged over the weekend that the tax incentive did not provide immediate relief, unlike the planned second round of direct payments to Americans with modest incomes. Likewise, the administration caved on an effort to zero out any new funding for testing, tracing, and the major federal health agencies involved in fighting the pandemic.

The bill, being called CARES 2, is an extension of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that Congress passed back in March. CARES part one is set to expire on July 31.

For a little bit on how the first round of federal COVID-19 spending has gone in practice, see these past Reason stories:

The Democrat-led House of Representatives passed a follow-up to the CARES Act—called the HEROES Act—back in May, but it hasn't made any leeway in the Republican-controlled Senate.

"It was largely seen as too expensive, costing over $3 trillion," notes Jim Wang at Forbes. "That's a big gap they need to cross during a short window for negotiations."


Gun rights groups by and for black Americans appear to be growing in popularity. "Phillip Smith, president of the National African American Gun Owners' Association, said his organization's annual membership has increased by up to 2,000 new members per day—a figure he used to see annually," reports Politico. "His organization has grown to more than 30,000 members this year and has an online following of nearly 90,000 people."


• Newly released research finds "no measurable difference in the number of coronavirus cases among children in Sweden, where schools were left open, compared with neighboring Finland, where schools were shut."

• More on how mutual aid groups are seeing a big coronavirus-era resurgence.

• It's time to repeal mandatory minimum sentencing laws, in New Jersey and beyond.

• "There's a strong case that we have already gotten all the meaningful correlations out of [nutritional epidemiology] databases and continuing to look only makes consumers even more confused [about diet and nutrition] than they already are. It's time to move on," writes Washington Post food columnist Tamar Haspel.

RIP Regis Philbin.


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  1. At a cost of $1 trillion…

    To be fair, a trillion isn’t what it used to be.

    1. I was going to say “Now that’s walking around money.” But you’re right. That is no longer walking around money.

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    2. Hello.

      Sweden is gonna get so many last laughs they will earn the right to laugh their asses off.

      Meanwhile we fuck around with lockdowns and fiddling around with stupid masks.

      Unbelievably incredible at the stupidity of it all. It’s outright malice and criminal the way the mid-wits rule states and provinces.

      1. Sweden can laugh because they have the infrastructure to deal with the pandemic. They have national health care, and social safety nets to address Swedes who do get the virus. The Swedes have also followed suggestions for social distancing and masks. Swedes are likely looking at us wondered why we can’t even take simple suggestions from our health scientists.

        1. Because our “scientists” think that the virus won’t spread if the scientists like your political message, for starters.

          1. Asshole, heal thyself. Our scientists are saying the same thing as their scientists.

            1. That protesting for black lives won’t spread it but going to church does?

              Cannot figure out why some people don’t trust “experts”

              1. Jesus never lived and god is a superstition.

                Now that that’s settled, how about we move on from the culture war you’re so clearly losing?

                You don’t trust experts because you are not an educated person. You don’t even seem to understand that even if all the experts are wrong, that doesn’t imply that you’re right about anything.

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                2. So if there wrong consistently and show tilted political bias in their “scientific” findings, we can’t point that out because we may not be right?

                  The fuck outta here.

                  1. You can point out anything you like, it still doesn’t make you right until you have evidence.

            2. They also think tau neutrinos leaking in from another universe where time runs backwards is a”simple” explanation.

        2. Swedes are likely looking at us wondered why we can’t even take simple suggestions from our health scientists.

          Dr. Fauci admits health experts lied “

          1. Don’t worry citizens! They’re telling the TRUTH this time!

            1. Truth is whatever you want it to be at any given moment because this is totally a serious political movement seriously.

              1. Thanks for spelling out progressive ideology in one sentence.

        3. Don’t even fall for their bs. Sweden is an example of fucking up. They suffered more deaths and the economy crashed all the same. Now it can still be true that because of Sweden’s preexisting social policies they were in a better position to absorb this fuck up.

          1. Your cite got lost. Maybe it’s in your face-diaper.

            1. Find it yourself, if you dare. You need the practice

              1. But your Making-Shit-Up article is paywalled.

          2. Bull shit.

            First of all, it never was about any of those things idiot.

            They were simply realistic about the situation. They admitted the errors in the long-term facilities but if you care to go look at the data CAREFULLY (instead of lazily throwing around the lies in the media) they actually will perform right in line with all nations in the West (the UK, Spain and Belgium are worse and they’re on par with France and Italy roughly) without – and this is where you idiots have to get in your thick skulls – ruining the mental and economic health of their nation. Quebec locked down and mandates masks and we have worse numbers than Sweden.

            So knock it off with the ‘save a life’ garbage because the trade-offs have been obscenely negative. If you cared about life you’d get off your sorry ass and actually go seek the endless amount of literature pointing to our stupidity. Stupid people follow stupid people.

            Whatever economic downturn they’re experiencing is a direct consequence of the pandemic. ie people voluntarily pulling back and the fact trade is down with other countries. That has little to do with the decision of not locking down. Sweden is showing this is what it looks like by not taking drastic measures. Their position is simple. You can’t manage the virus. It’s out there. You can’t ruin lives in trying to suppress it because it’s FOOL’S GAME.

            Do you see the social friction and angst you see here? Do you see them arguing like retards over bull shit masks? Do you see them curbing civil liberties? Do you see them sending cops to arrest and shut down people?

            Go watch Dr. Tegnell on Unherd. Then get back to me if we have anywhere near the level of sober, measured, intelligent discourse here.

            1. What also floors me from these anti-Sweden crop of morons is a) they should be CHEERING Sweden on. They’re showing you can balance the trade-offs without the craziness and b) the praise shitstains like Cuomo and Murphy get. Their states have among the worst numbers in the West!

              At least Sweden admitted where they made a mistake and ADJUSTED accordingly and follow the actual data.

              Here, our psychopaths don’t have that kind of humility.

              We get the leaders we deserve.

              1. “…..they should be CHEERING Sweden on……..”

                The morons want this to be really bad. Especially for folks or nations that did not shit their pants over this. They suck.

            2. Very well said as usual Rufus.

            3. Sweden has proved nothing yet except that its plan killed more people so far and didn’t prevent any economic problems.

              I suppose we are meant to wait indefinitely until such time as you can claim victory. And nobody else even thought we were playing a game.

              1. It is funny how you were given 2 different sets of data showing Sweden well below other countries with less damage to their economy (mostly trade and tourism)… yet you keep repeating the lie.

                1. It’s hardly a clear picture, and Sweden’s economy is hardly doing gangbusters relative to similar EU countries. But let’s say for the sake of argument that its covid policies did result in better economic growth than its neighbors. So what? How long does that last? How many people had to die for that?

                  What’s disturbing isn’t even that you believe a good economic quarter is worth sacrificing many human lives for. The disturbing part is that you believe this right now in this context only because you want to defend Trump for his actions, which of course produced no good outcomes on any side of the ledger. But the thing is, his poll numbers are not going up despite all your tribal nonsense.

                  1. What does trump have to do with Sweden?

                    What is wrong with you?

                    1. I’m befuddled that people are taking nonsense positions on a pandemic response not because it is right, not because it adheres to libertarian principles, but because everything has to be a culture war, even when there aren’t two actual sides to a debate. This constant playground nonsense is why you are wrong about so much. When one side cares about evidence and the other does, not, it should come as no surprise that the former is right more often.

              2. Shut the fuck up, Donny.

          3. Their economy did not crash. There was a stupid, shill of an article circulating around that tried to tie very specific reductions in spending to an overall reduction in the economy. For example, they pointed out that Rental Car receipts were way down. Well no fucking surprise, nobody in the world was traveling.

            What they didn’t do is look at GDP. And while Sweden’s GDP was slated to go down by 7 – 9%, that is a pittance compared to the 20 – 30% in UK, or 50% in the US.

            1. All people have to do is go on fricken Tradingeconomics and look it up for themselves. But everyone is too lazy or stupid to contextualize statistics.

              Instead, I gotta listen to morons like this guy ‘Sweden–splain’ whatever junk he heard on CNN.

              Same guy goes off with the ‘we wear the masks, see, because there’s something called ‘viral loads, see, and….’

              F-off. I see a load alright and it’s filled with cum.

        4. Moderation4ever
          July.27.2020 at 10:15 am
          “Sweden can laugh because they have the infrastructure to deal with the pandemic…”

          We can laugh at your bullshit.

          1. I don’t even know what that means since they shared the same concerns of overwhelming the system as all nations.

        5. Like the Italians?

          1. In all fairness to the Italians, they were hit hard and first. I follow the country, and they got that under control pretty admirably and quickly. It never spread to the South. They’re nowhere near among the worst. They’re unfortunately going to be unfairly labelled because they were the face of the crisis for a couple of months.

            1. They made the same mistake that NY/NJ did and put covid patients in with the at-risk (though in hospitals, not nursing homes). Back then, that mistake was understandable because it was so early.

              Cuomo signed that order March 25, long after we already knew who was at-risk.

        6. Because Sweden is less anti-American than the US.

        7. Certain not, if Trump agrees.

        8. As a libertarian, I’d rather see market-based health care. It’s cool that mutual aid groups are making a comeback, but I was a little disappointed that it is just meals and such, and not a resurgence of mutual aid societies performing the role that heath insurance currently plays for a lot of people.

          I do acknowledge that single-payer, nationalized healthcare would work better than our current system, which is just a dysfunctional mish-mash that isn’t socialism or capitalism, but a toxic combination of their worst aspects.

        9. Sweden can laugh because they have the infrastructure to deal with the pandemic.

          What are you talking about?

          We have states with more medical infrastructure and equipment than some whole nations with socialized medicine.

        10. “The Swedes have also followed suggestions for social distancing and masks. ”

          Swedish mask use is less prevalent than in the US.

          1. “Swedes practice social distancing, but they don’t much wear masks. In the stores, on the urban streets, and on public transportation, perhaps 10 percent wear masks. Not many. ”


      2. We can’t even keep our story straight. First CDC was telling people not to wear masks because they only work for healthcare workers. (Really they just wanted to give governments a chance to hoard masks unnecessarily). Instead they went with recommending oppressive lockdowns. Now they’re saying masks are essential for everyone. Frankly, masks and social distancing make sense. Asia figured this out decades ago. The lockdowns are, and always have been, pointless lunacy.

        1. Masks don’t make sense. We have over 20 years of data on that.

          Fauci was actually right about that.

          The science does NOT back up masks.

          1. Citation needed.

            1. Ran away quick huh?

        2. The CDC *still* does not recommend masks for influenza. They say this on their own website.

          I wouldn’t trust that bunch as far as I could throw the lot.

    3. Gotta admit, #Mitchbetterhavemymoney is pretty good though.

      1. Gimme gimme gimme
        More free stuff! Better free stuff!

      2. At least he’s honest about seeing himself as the taxpayers’ pimp, demanding protection money.

    4. Yeah but a trillion here, a trillion there, next thing you know you’re talking about real money.

      1. Not anymore

  2. Gun rights groups by and for black Americans appear to be growing in popularity.

    And the NRA is starting to sweat.

    1. Nra hasn’t been about gun rights for around 15 years now

      1. This.

    2. And at least one of these groups needs to teach their leaders what a safety is for.

    3. You misspelled “LaPierre’s Piggy Bank.”

  3. For the last decade the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has been pushing defendants to donate money to “charities” it created and for which it makes decisions.

    Louisiana, your move.

    1. I’m not a lawyer, but doesn’t that constitute blackmail?

      1. No, no no. It’s charity!

      2. It’s totes different when the government does it. Because government is the blackmail victims we shake down together.

        1. 6/10

          1. Wow, you grade harder than Donald Trump backstage at a beauty contest.

            1. 2/10

              1. Possibly the greatest judging score in the history of judging scores. I am outraged that you don’t judge MORE things.

              2. performative outrage is hilarious.

      3. I think ‘extortion’ would be the better term.

  4. Newly released research finds “no measurable difference in the number of coronavirus cases among children in Sweden, where schools were left open, compared with neighboring Finland, where schools were shut.”

    My feelings don’t care about your facts.

    1. Anyway, it’s colorless Scandinavia.

      1. No black lives to matter?

  5. An Open Letter to Dr. Anthony Fauci
    “You care, I’m told (although I no longer believe it). I’ve even heard you called a saint… But saints have imaginations vivid enough to know how to spend $374 million in a dire emergency.”
    The Press of Freedom: A Column Open to Our Readers

    An Open Letter Dr. Anthony Fauci
    May 31, 1988

    I have been screaming at the National Institutes of Health since I first visited your Animal House of Horrors in 1984. I called you monsters then and I called you idiots in my play, The Normal Heart, and now I call you murderers.

    You are responsible for supervising all government-funded AIDS treatment research programs. In the name of right, you make decisions that cost the lives of others. I call that murder.

    At hearings on April 29 before Representative Ted Weiss and his House Subcommittee on Human Resources, after almost eight years of the worst epidemic in modern history, perhaps to be the worst in all history, you were pummeled into admitting publicly what some of us have been claiming since you took over three years ago.

    You admitted that you are an incompetent idiot.

    Over the past four years, $374 million has been allocated for AIDS treatment research. You were in charge of spending much of that money.

    It doesn’t take a genius to set up a nationwide network of testing sites, commence a small number of moderately sized treatment efficacy tests on a population desperate to participate in them, import any and all interesting drugs (now numbering approximately 110) from around the world for inclusion in these tests at these sites, and swiftly get into circulation anything that remotely passes muster. Yet, after three years, you have established only a system of waste, chaos, and uselessness.

    1. Yeah, but he learned from those mistakes so that he could make entirely new ones this time.

    2. “after almost eight years of the worst epidemic in modern history, perhaps to be the worst in all history”

      Yeah, remember those tragic years when one in five Americans, and hundreds of millions of people around the globe, died from AIDS? Me neither.

      1. I remember when Fauci made the claim they had found human to human transmission of the virus from simple touches which lead to much of the scares about water fountains in schools.

        1. water fountains that were removed from schools leading to dehydrated children and eventually after complaint replacing with individual plastic water bottles which lead to plastic waste and back to reinstalling water fountains

          1. Job security.

    3. Some of those mistakes Fauci made included randomized trials of drugs on children that ended up being quite harmful…

    4. worst epidemic in modern history, perhaps to be the worst in all history

      I think someone needs to be beaten with a history book.

    The Seattle police chief is sending out letters telling residents: “We cannot enforce the law. You are on your own.”

    1. Seattle is now the liberaltarian paradise it was always meant to be.

      1. I suspect you can still get arrested for shooting the rioters, so there’s room for improvement.

        1. That “al” snuck in there on me. I’d like to think that would teach me to read before posting, but I know it hasn’t.

    2. Dear, City of Seattle. We can no longer pay your taxes. You are on your own.

      1. But we have plenty of commas.

    This stunning article by Lawrence Mead, an NYU professor, argues that Blacks and Hispanics, because they are not European, are “unprepared” for “individualist culture” in America. A few highlights:

    1. “(Westerners) internalize these norms – such as telling the truth, keeping promises and obeying the law – as children and then apply them to themselves, other people, and government in later life. In the non-West, however, ethics are situational and dependent on context.”

      Wow. Just like the Smithsonian’s infographic that could’ve just as easily been written by the Klan. The bigotry of low expectations indeed.

      1. Think I heard Nathan Bedford Forrest saying “Damn, guys, minorities ain’t THAT inept”

  8. It’s time to repeal mandatory minimum sentencing laws, in New Jersey and beyond.

    Hey! Joe Biden fought hard for those.

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    Rioters hiding behind shields shine powerful lasers at federal officers to blind them. Antifa are organized into many units who carry out specific tasks. Those who aren’t fighting act as barriers, cop watchers, resuppliers & “medics.” This was recorded 25 July.

      Tonight Portland Police were near Lownsdale Square Park. A person pointed out a bag to them. Inside the bag Police found loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails

      1. So we’ve had blinded cops with powerful lasers… we’ve had commercial grade explosives blow holes in the wall… we have a manufacturing mill making durable shileds…. we have shootings… we have assaults… we have stabbings…

        And we still have the Peaceful Protest narrative.

        1. But Alinsky gets to brag to Goebbels and Shepilov when they meet in the boiling lava hot tub.

  11. AP reporter:
    I spent the weekend inside the Portland federal courthouse w/ the US Marshals. Mortars were being fired off repeatedly, fireworks & flares shot into the lobby, frozen bottles, concrete, cans & bouncy balls regularly whizzed over the fence at high speeds.

    1. But it was all done peacefully. Please remember that.

    2. Bouncy balls. How bout you suck my balls?

      1. Got nothing but still have to earn that fifty-cents, huh.


    The rioters’ goal is to get police to shoot at them.

    It’s one of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals.

    They want to be attacked because they know the lying media will spin it in such a way that it ends up demonizing police, which is what they want because they are *anarchists*.
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    1. Of course, they seem to be forgetting Rule 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”

      People are starting to get sick of their shit, which is why we’re starting to see incidents of them either getting run down or nearly run down on the road, or getting blasted from cars. The fact that they’re starting to openly call for rebellion at these riots is going to piss normies off even further, especially when they do things like try to burn down public buildings.

      1. There was a thread about their organized reddit threads talking about pretending to care about the American flag and having it at the forefront of the riots. It is amazing how much of their actions is predicated on the Media lying about their actions, running narrative building around the violence.

        1. And of course, the ones with the flags were flying them all upside down, and ultimately the sight of the Stars and Stripes triggered these autists so badly that they ended up burning the flags anyway.

        2. It is amazing how much of their actions is predicated on the Media lying about their actions

          Even here.
          Wholly for the sake of OrangeManBad, over the weekend Britschgi wrote a whole article bald-faced lying about a deregulatory measure, Boehm lied about government waste in his horse article and today Tuccille played the part of an establishment propagandist by deliberately lying about responses to Ruby Ridge and Waco in comparison to the rioters Peaceful Protestors.

          Journalism has reached a state where rank, purposeful dishonesty is the norm rather than the exception.

    2. I thought they were communists behaving like fascists. Regardless, they are definitely authoritarians, which is the opposite of anarchists.

      1. Can’t you be an anarchist until gain power, then transform overnight into a fascist.

    “Wall of Moms = “womxn and non-binary mother-identifying folx”


    “Burn every pig”
    “Burn it to the ground”
    “We got the guillotine”

    They state clearly what their goals are. #antifa #PortlandRiots

    1. And they mean it.

      When AOC says ‘defund the police’ she means ‘defund the police’.

      1. Are you sure? She could be a real-life Emily Litella concerned about the police having too much fun.

      2. AOC thinks a molotov cocktail should be garnished with a lemon wedge.

        1. As long as she over-hands it.

  15. There’s a strong case that we have already gotten all the meaningful correlations out of [nutritional epidemiology] databases and continuing to look only makes consumers even more confused [about diet and nutrition] than they already are.

    The science is settled even if my stomach isn’t.

    1. Grandma was right.
      The feds aren’t.
      They even admit they don’t know what they are doing by scheduling the changes in advance of any changes in the human body.

    2. That crap can’t confuse you if you don’t listen to it. Gobbles down bacon and eggs

    The people praising Garrett Foster for standing in the middle of the street pointing an AK 47 at motorists are the same ones who told us that two people holding guns on their own property were terrorists. A bunch of shameless despicable hypocrites. All of them. Every single one.

    1. That manlet and his wife are on video pointing their guns at people, is this Foster fellow?

      1. No, fuckwit. This was one of yours in Austin, who thought it a great idea to point an AK at a driver who had the gall to honk at the protest band milling around in the street. The driver took exception to a mob rushing at his car, including a guy with a hand on the grip of an open carried AK, and the driver used five pistol shots, to kill the idiot. APD released both the driver and passenger a few hours later. No charges so far, though that’ll likely change.

        Plenty of video on Twitter of the incident.

        There’s interviews with the deceased the same day, talking about how people weren’t going to stop their protests because they were ‘a bunch of pussies.’

        1. He deserved to die

        2. The best part was that idiot saying that he started carrying because his “roommate got arrested and they wouldn’t let us march in the street anymore.” He’d had that AK-47 for all of a month before he got plugged.

          1. I still think the guy at least lurked here, if he wasn’t an actual poster. His social media was filled with a bunch of anarchocapitalist stuff, ACAB, Ron Paul Revolution, etc… Strange bedfellows.

            Military service in the AF for a few years, and he leaves behind a quad amputee wife, whom he’d push around during their daily protesting.

            Sad, but it was his stupid choice. Glad he didn’t hurt anyone else.

      2. “A couple trying to scare rioters away from their property is the exact same thing as a guy stopping traffic and pointing his gun at drivers.” – t. a libertarian

        The fuck you are.

      3. Oh. You’re tall? Doesn’t matter; I have a gun.

  17. “It’s time to repeal mandatory minimum sentencing laws, in New Jersey and beyond.”


    Koch / Reason libertarianism is primarily about helping billionaires by providing them with a larger labor force. Usually this involves promoting unlimited, unrestricted immigration. But after we #OpenTheBorders we cannot forget to #EmptyThePrisons.

    Just think of all the potential Koch employees who are currently rotting behind bars. Such a waste!


    1. But what about cheap prison labor? Hard to beat the value to Koch of paying 10 cents per hour.

      1. 4.5/10

    2. Just think of all the potential Koch employees who are currently rotting behind bars. Such a waste!

      I’m Joe Something and I put them there!


    As we blocked streets, certain drivers got annoyed and attempted to maneuver their way around us. This particular white woman tried to cut through a gas station. Me and a couple other protestors stood in front of her car and demanded she turn around. Instead she steps on the gas.

    1. Some of her colleagues ended up getting doxed hard after that happened. She doesn’t have as much of an online presence, but what was found out about her is that she’s a typical racial grievance ‘tard that thinks anything that makes her feel slightly uncomfortable is making her “unsafe.”

    2. Instead she steps on the gas.

      Oh please, she barely rolls forward. Fucking drama queen. Someone tries that shit with me they’ll see what stepping on the gas really means. And why do these fuckwits think it’s perfectly fine to block streets for their idiotic “protests?”

      1. They are peacefully fucking with you, including unlawful restraint.

      2. “And why do these fuckwits think it’s perfectly fine to block streets for their idiotic “protests?””

        Because nobody’s told them, “NO!,” and made it stick. They’re not getting arrested, and even if they were, the DA won’t charge them. People so far haven’t gotten either pissed enough, or indifferent to the legal system enough, to organize into their own mobs and drive the protesters off the street.

        No one they’ll listen to has told them they can’t.

      3. If someone was on my hood like that, they’d experience hard acceleration followed by hard deceleration.

    3. And that’s when the line “Who in the blue hell are you?” fits.

    4. Reading that dumb cunt’s tweets made me lose brain cells. The responses to her though were a good read. I think she’s gonna get a nasty surprise in November.


    . Sarah makes her kids – 13 and 15 – sleep, eat, and urinate outside.

    Their crime? They saw their aunt, a swim teacher who had a student (age 5) with #SARSCoV2. Now Sarah says they were “potentially exposed” – and a risk to her.

    I wish I were making this up.

    1. On the bright side, the kids dont have to be around her.

    2. Of course she’s some tech bugperson. Uncle Ted looks more prescient by the day.

    3. only the strong survive. In this economy, Sarah doesn’t have enough money to send both kids to college.

    4. Do we know if Sarah has anyone in the house with a condition that makes this reasonable? Also the worst thing was the comment about calling CPS for the crime of forcing kids to camp in backyard.

    It’s not just a few cities: homicides are up 10-50% year-over-year in practically every big city – Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Boston, Houston, St. Louis, Miami – everywhere.

    Forget the crack epidemic. Murder rates haven’t gone this bad this fast since the late 1960s.

    1. 0/10

      1. Piss off, Jeff.

        1. 0/10

    2. And yet, he lives.

    3. But how much did he cheat?


    New spike in covid cases in Oregon and Washington state, where Portland and Seattle “protests” go on and on…the earlier reports like one below that “protests” were somehow immune have been proven wrong.

      Mainstream Media Oddly Silent as Virus Case Numbers Rise in Portland and Seattle

      1. It’s a peaceful rise.

        1. And it’s not just in PDX and Seattle. The sunbelt wave sure looks like it was kicked off by protests as well.

    2. Just heard on the radio that the spike in WA is mostly in the 20-39 age group. The cause?

      4th of July celebrations of course.

  22. A look at the recent cases of voter fraud, fairly significant, as democrats continue to push all in mail voting.

    1. 1. A bunch of those are Rs committing the fraud.
      2. Most of those have nothing to do with mail voting.

      1. 1.5/10

      2. So voter fraud doesnt exist. Got it.

    2. This is why President Trump made a special trip down to Florida to vote in person.

      Oh, wait. This just in. Apparently, Trump voted by mail. Oh, and it’s disputed that he has established residency in Florida for voting purposes.

      1. Your comment has zero to do with money sarcasmic.

        1. Hey, if you are not a Trump supporter, why would you care if I take a little dig at the President. Taking digs at the President is a libertarian tradition.

      2. Absentee ballots are totally the same as full mail-voting..


  23. Biden’s Revenge Agenda

    America under the Revenge Agenda will be awful, but its imposition will only be the beginning of the chaos. It will be a public policy Ft. Sumter. For some reason, the left believes it can change the parts of the status quo that restrain it without changing the parts that restrain us. The elites who would eagerly impose this vision of liberal fascism are so historically illiterate and unjustifiably arrogant that they probably think that once they launch their Revenge Agenda that will be the end of history. They imagine that their ruthless campaign of oppression will result in us normals simply lying back with their soft, Birkenstock-clad feet on our necks, submitting forever. Except that’s not how history works.

    No tyranny is forever. The Romans used to kill all rebel men and sell all rebel women and kids into slavery, and today these former empire-builders now exist only as a bunch of pizza bakers and owners of organ grinders’ monkeys. Our tormentors are neither as serious or as tough as the Caesars and Augustuses of Rome. The Kadens and Ashleighs of blue America can only deploy sarcastic tweets and whiny protests about how our horribleness leaves them literally shaking. They have to get other people, people like us who know which end of a gun goes bang, to do their very dirty work. Some of us might collaborate in our caste’s oppression, so the scheme might work for a bit, but it won’t work for long.

    1. Picture a Germany in the early thirties where the Imperial gun controls were never enacted.
      (That’s right, it wasn’t Hitler. They were already in place)

      A group of soldiers go up to a Jewish house to drag out the vermin, and instead of meekly complying, the Jews come out with guns, knives, and fists. Even though the survivors will eventually be subdued and killed, it will take so many troops to continue that the war effort is compromised. No Dunkirk, no second front.
      Interesting mental exercise.

      1. So, a less peaceful Kristallnacht?

  24. “no measurable difference in the number of coronavirus cases among children in Sweden, where schools were left open, compared with neighboring Finland, where schools were shut.”

    The Swedish children didn’t have the virus because they gave it to the teachers who all died

    1. As long as they didn’t infect this guy!

  25. Meet the primary source foe the Steele Dossier.

    A russian national living in the US whose pedigree includes a long stint at the Brookings Institute.

    The RUSSIAN Collusion story (irony there) keeps getting worse and worse.

    1. Sounds similar to John Weaver of the Lincoln Project (one of the groups that DOL unironically pimped) being a literal Russian agent.

  26. Local story:

    A Russia Analyst Living In The US Has Been Identified As Christopher Steele’s Primary Dossier Source

    The mystery of the primary source for dossier author Christopher Steele has finally been solved.
    Igor Danchenko, a Russia analyst living in the U.S., has been identified as Steele’s primary source of information in the dossier.
    Danchenko, who previously worked at the Brookings Institution, told the FBI in January 2017 that he was Steele’s source.
    He undermined several of Steele’s core allegations regarding Donald Trump and members of his campaign.

  27. Yale epidemiologist states HCQ is a key to help prevent the worst cases of Covid by limiting replication on early onset of Covid, ie treating the disease prior to dangerous stages.

    Professor states use of HCQ could save tens of thousands.

    It is good that we stopped looking at this drug for months merely because Trump mentioned it.

    1. Let the lawsuits begin.

    2. Here you go:

      I stand by this will go down as one of the all time great hysterical over reactions. The second the models were proven wrong – the base of all policies that followed – we should have REVERSED track.

      Instead we’re psychotically doubling down.

      The hysteria is giving into to irrationalism.

      1. Wait, I thought that irrationalism led to hysteria?

        1. Whatever. It all ends up in the woodchipper.

  28. More bad economic news.

    Jeff Bezos has accumulated more wealth this year ($64.0 billion) than Charles Koch has in his entire life ($52.9 billion).

    Apparently Bezos built a business that can thrive even in the high-tariff / low-immigration Drumpf economy. So good for him, I guess. But it’s unfair to punish Mr. Koch for his inability to do the same. Our benefactor needs a constant influx of highly skilled labor — especially from Mexico.


    1. I suspect nobody on earth loves the new totalitarian state-controlled America more than Bezo the Bozo.

      The more people get paid to stay at home and do nothing all day long, the more of a killing that asshole makes. And every time another small business goes away forever, that Amazon smile gets just a little bigger.

  29. Remember how the media and leftists made fun of Trump all weekend over him stating the last few questions on the cognitive test were hard?

    Well let’s talk to the doctor who created the test….

    “So it is meant to be hard for patients who have a cognitive disorder,” he said. “It could be somewhat hard for somebody who is normal, especially certain questions are harder than others. Especially the five-word recall. Most patients do not get the five words. Most normal people don’t get the five words after five or ten minutes [of] delay. Most of them get 3.7 words. So it’s not that easy to go through the whole testing.”

    And you saw this with Cuomo/lemon both forgetting what they were talking about in a 2 minute handover between shows when they attempted to make fun of Trump.

    1. Anyone who makes fun of Trump is a leftist?

      1. 3.5/10

      2. Where did I use the word anyone? I didn’t.

        You hungover already?

        I clearly stated who was making fun of him, it was not exhaustive.

        1. Are they making fun of him because they are leftist, or are they leftist because they are making fun of him? I imagine the answer is “yes.”

          1. .5/10

            1. Your schtick sucks…


          2. I really do wonder if you think your argumentation here is worthwhile. You always cry when made fun of, but more often than not you’re the one who starts these interactions.

            The point of the article is that the tests that the media latched onto and blue check mark twitter latched onto all weekend was the repetition of the interview of Trump giving the 5 word memory recall he was asked to do. It was done so in order to make fun of him. The fact that the average person doesn’t even get 5 is actually proof that Trump is not in a cognitive decline as stated by the Doctor.

            You took all of the preceding paragraph and tried to turn it into some type of attack based on something I didn’t say.

            Now you are trying to wiggle out of it because I think you actually know how stupid your original response was.

            So what is your point here?

            1. Do you think it is possible to make fun of Trump and not be a leftist?

              1. 1/10

              2. So after my reply you think that the point of my comment was that only leftists make fun of trump.

                You’re not a smart person

                1. Plus he’s broken.

      3. Yes, or even looks at Trump sideways.

      4. And if you say, “Black lives matter”, three times while looking into a mirror your reflection will turn into Che Guevara. It’s true.

        1. Hey sarcasmic switched socks and is still creating strawmen arguments. Useless ones at that. Kudos.

          1. You might want to consider changing socks every now and then. P.U.

          2. That was a joke, not an argument.

    2. How about a test for ability to get people to anger and say stupid things?

    3. Most of them get 3.7 words.

      Odd sentence.

  30. Mother fucker. They’re going to give in to the hostage-taking terrorists. Again. This shit is never going to end. I don’t know why I’m even the least bit surprised.

    1. 5/10

    2. “I don’t know why I’m even the least bit surprised.”

      Because you’re an easily manipulated stooge.

      1. .01/10

  31. Vocal Black Trump supporter shot and killed in Milwaukee hours after a pro-trump interview and a few hours after getting into arguments about his views with some locals in the community.

    1. Well, that black life certainly did matter. Enough that he had to be silenced. For the cause.

    2. Love the cricket noises we’re getting from the media about this guy being straight-out executed. I bet the cops and DA aren’t gonna be going too hard trying to catch the guy who did it too.

      1. In a couple days the dildo will claim all political violence comes from the right.

        1. you’re too slow mate, there’s already media folks claiming that, and others claiming that “Trump actually wanted riots from the start, and this entire time he’s been playing 6-D chess! The riots are his fault!”

  32. Danny Rivero
    NEW from me: For the last decade the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has been pushing defendants to donate money to “charities” it created and for which it makes decisions.

    Obama made a habit of this with judicial settlements at the Federal level for 8 years, directing money to various non profits that ended up being pretty political non profits.

    1. When Obama was president and Reason would say things that were critical of him (which was all the time), a predictable reaction from his supporters was “Bush did it first! Reason is a conservative rag because Bush did it first!”

      1. 1.5/10

        1. What about the Russian judge?

          1. .5/10

            1. This might be the best new parody account we’ve had here in years.

              Sorry OBL.

              1. I’m enjoying it

                1. He is tough, but fair.

      2. So that means Obama didn’t do it?

        Started early against today.

        1. Does it matter who did it first?

      3. Reason has always been that way, as far as I can tell. They target whoever is in power. I started reading under Bush and they were surely focused on criticizing Bush. Then they switched to Obama when he was in office. Now they’re after Trump. It makes sense because whoever is in power is in the best position to take actions against individual liberty and personal responsibility. Predictably, the supporters of the powerful then accuse Reason of being a shill for the opposition.

        The funny thing about Trump Derangement Syndrome is that it infects his supporters as much as his detractors. He seems to have a unique ability to inspire either unquestioning support or irrational hate out of people who are susceptible to such things.

        1. “The funny thing about Trump Derangement Syndrome is that it infects his supporters as much as his detractors.”


          1. Says the guy infected the worst

    2. “Obama made a habit of this with judicial settlements at the Federal level for 8 years, directing money to various non profits that ended up being pretty political non profits.”

      That. Wasn’t it something like, “Get two or three dollars credit towards your fine when you donate one dollar to X approved list of NGOs?”

  33. Newly released research finds “no measurable difference in the number of coronavirus cases among children in Sweden, where schools were left open, compared with neighboring Finland, where schools were shut.”

    Virtually all of the studies on transmission in kids, especially under 10, who basically no transmission from small kids to adults. The direction of infection has always been the opposite way in rare cases kids are ever even affected.

    Luckily places like California are using this knowledge to make money off of parents struggling to figure out how to work their kids structured online schools while juggling their jobs.

    Let me introduce you to…

    Yes, you read that right. Schools will open to become day care centers for struggling parents to drop their kids off to do online schooling at schools that are not open… for an extra fee.

    In Arizona the 3 districts doing this are charging $200 a week to have kids at school to not be at school while they do school online.

    Keep at it Democrats and Teacher’s unions.

    1. Never let a crisis (and panicked people) go to waste?

    1. Someone forgot to wear a mask one day.

    2. It’s almost like the second wave is directly proportional to the number of people who “sat out” the first wave.

      If there were any justice in the world, the virus would mutate to be as deadly as the “experts” told us, and all the Karens who have been locked up are the only ones susceptible.

  34. Rwandan asylum seeker admits to setting fire to French cathedral

    Lawyer for a volunteer at A gothic cathedral in the city of Nantes, in western France said he confessed to setting fire to the building which severely damaged his 17th-century organ and blew up stained glass windows.

    The 39-year-old defendant, an asylum seeker from Rwanda who has lived in France for several years, was arrested earlier this month after laboratory tests determined arson was the likely cause of the fire, the local prosecutor’s office said.

    1. Exponential cultural enrichment!

    2. So…how many years before the French admit a similar cause for Notre Dame Cathedral’s fire?

      1. Admit? Never.

    3. To paraphrase Twain…find a starving dog and make him prosperous, the dog will not bite you. That makes dog different than man.

    James Taranto
    It became even more intensely peaceful.
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    ABC News
    · 23h
    Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified.

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  37. ESPN Radio Host Who Previously Dunked on Trump Has an Awakening About Rioters – When They Show Up at His Home

    Back when Seattle was dealing with the CHAZ autonomous zone and President Donald Trump was calling out the mayor’s inadequacy at dealing with the situation, Gallant responded back in an interesting way, “Chill Dawg.”

    Walked through it last night out of curiosity and saw no burning, pillaging, or deaths. Chill dawg

    — Paul Gallant (@GallantSays) June 12, 2020

    But Gallant had an altogether different take when the rioters made it to his neighborhood and his apartment complex on Sunday during the riot in Seattle.

    Came home to my apartment complex. The Starbucks underneath has been destroyed, and cops are telling us to stay away in case something explosive is inside.

    — Paul Gallant (@GallantSays) July 25, 2020

    Unrelated, there’s a fire a few blocks from me which had me freaked out when I saw it from the highway. Zero clue what’s going on, but the cat and I are g’ing t f out

    — Paul Gallant (@GallantSays) July 25, 2020

    I feel like I need to buy a firearm, because clearly this is going to keep happening. Enough is enough. It looks like a block party down the street from me. Really angry right now.

    — Paul Gallant (@GallantSays) July 25, 2020

    1. Absolutely hilarious. He used to be on the air here in Houston before going to Seattle. Extensive twitter presence, would frequently engage with people on his timeline. A smarmy East Coast cat guy.

      It doesn’t surprise me at all that he was faux chill until it was his turn in the barrel.

      1. We shouldn’t mock the guy.

        If he now sees the problem, he should be welcomed in and just told “Yeah, it sucks. This has been our concern for a long while now.”

        Don’t mock potential allies.

        1. Damikesc is Tim Pool confirmed!

          Lol, but you’re pretty much saying word for word what Tim Pool did when he reported on this. That being said… I gotta say I have limited sympathy for people who are just now waking up to this shit. It isn’t new, it’s just directly affecting them now.

          1. It seems like most of Tim Piil’s Twitter followers are leftist npcs who hate him.
            It’s weird

            1. Tim Pool’s too

            2. well, it’s Twitter. You’re not allowed to be anything else.

          2. Haven’t seen any Pool stuff in about a week, but I don’t see a point in mocking people who are starting to see things as they are.

            I was that way when the Gamergate thing hit years ago. “Yeah, it sucks. But imagine how bad the media is on stuff that we don’t know much about…”

            1. He ready backtracked.

          3. If Gallant were actually waking up to the reality of the situation, and condemning it, that would be one thing. All I see is a guy pissed off that the mob went after his condo building by mistake After all, he’s not a violent racist, and that’s all the protesters mean to target, right?

    2. >>I feel like I need to buy a firearm

      welcome to the correct team.

  38. WATCH: Woman Becomes Unhinged Over a Couple Not Wearing a Mask… and Sprays Them with Mace

    1. Karen Award nominee!

      1. How in the hell do you have 1 Karen award in 2020?

        Between the virus hysteria and the street riots demanding to talk to the manager about life not being fair, there’s just too many competitors

        1. Here’s a good one

          “Or. Fucking. What… Reeeeeeeee!”

        2. But this one is best. Will definitely brighten your day

          1. did a fantastic job of memorializing “I can’t see!” on video

    2. That isn’t “mask shaming”. That’s assault.

      1. Battery, even…

      If Trump wins a second term—especially if his victory relies on a rural surge to overcome opposition across the big metros—the chaos in Portland might look like the preliminary skirmish for an even more incendiary collision to come,

        “No, but we can blow your skull apart at 200 yards if you decide to come out here, so that’s something.”

    2. Vote or die, bitch.

  39. Republicans ready the CARES 2 Act. Republican leaders in the Senate, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spent the weekend putting the “finishing touches” on the next round of coronavirus-related spending, Meadows told reporters on Sunday night. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is slated to introduce it this afternoon.


    What’s up Peanuts?

    1. 1/10

    2. “…What’s up Peanuts?”

      Found some coke this morning?

    3. Again, it’s very disturbing when a pedophile calls people “peanuts”.

  40. Republicans ready the CARES 2 Act. Republican leaders in the Senate, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spent the weekend putting the “finishing touches” on the next round of coronavirus-related spending, Meadows told reporters on Sunday night. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is slated to introduce it this afternoon.

    GOP spending like drunken sailors again.


    Dollar falling, gold hitting new records, deficit exploding. Dems will take the White House then Tea-baggers will start protesting that day complaining about government spending.

    The cycle continues.

    1. Kinda like how the war protesters evaporated the day Obama won the election.

      1. Sarc, don’t bother arguing with these mfers. They’re broken people, basically cult members.

        1. Teabaggers and Trump-tards are the same lot. Elderly, on SSDI and/or Medicare who are silent when Bush/Trump spend trillions we don’t have and blow the deficit up.

          Obama and Clinton cut the deficit and even run a surplus and they hated those two.

          1. Which caused them to riot for months on end, attacking police, looting stores, and setting fire to government buildings, right?

            1. Do you think there would be protests and riots if the government hadn’t forced tens of millions of Americans into unemployment?

              These people are protesting the wrong thing. They should be demanding an end to the lock downs, not an end to the police.

              1. No shit, but the “protesters” are leftist trash that are almost universally pro lockdown, and are rioting because they don’t have the totalitarian power they want.
                Convenient for the progressive elite

                1. I’m sure that describes many of them, but I think you’re painting with an awfully broad brush.

                  My guess is that the 80/20 rule likely applies, as in 80% are there because it’s cool while 20% are there to do damage.

                  1. You’re probably right about that ratio for what you’re talking about, but I wasn’t limiting my scope of “leftist trash” to people directly engaging in violence.
                    The entire movement is leftist trash Karen-ing based on a didtorted/false narrative and their own shitty feelings – and I guarantee that if you polled these protests, a majority would be in favor of government tyranny for “public health”. Maybe as much as 90+% in favor. Their own actions for “social justice” will of course be excepted

                2. I wonder if the protests/riots will evaporate like the war protests if Trump loses the election.

            2. No. Those are the people who hate being killed by police for trivial or no offenses.

              1. Who’s killed more people this year…”protesters” or police?

                1. Right-wing terrorists.

                  1. The south side of Chicago would like a word with you.

                    1. Lots of terrorists there or have you just never left Bumfuckington Alabama?

          2. Obama and Clinton would have happily run higher and higher deficits, and you know it, so stop lying. You only have to look at their proposed budgets to Congress. It was hypocritical Republican obstructionism from Congress that cut the deficit.

            1. That is not true. Both put deficit cutting as a presidential priority. The difference is that both wanted a top rate of 39.7% along with spending cuts. Obama called it a “grand bargain” when he set Simpson-Bowles up to compromise.

              Tom Cobern voted for Simpson-Bowles. But in the end it was torpedoed by far left Dems who wanted no cuts and Republicans who wanted no compromise victory for Obama.

              1. “… Both put deficit cutting as a presidential priority…”

                OBL’s got some real competition from turd.

              2. If all you’re looking for here is an admission that Trump isn’t libertarian, or that Republicans are spending like Democrats, consider your point of view validated.

                Now that we have confirmed that no one in Washington cares about spending, I presume we will never discuss the topic again.

                We shall see if literally cutting checks to people gets Republicans reelected. I hope it doesn’t, so maybe they won’t considering buying votes a valid path forward. I’m curious to see if hand outs gets the Republican vote out like it does the Democrats, it’ll mean voters on both sides are essentially identical.

                1. No one in Washington does, but do you? Or are we going to spend decades trashing on the least of two evils for spending (in reality), only to drop the subject entirely when Republicans really screw the pooch beyond recognition? How nice for them to have such devoted fans.

          3. “…Obama and Clinton cut the deficit and even run a surplus and they hated those two…”

            Repeating a lie does not make it true, turd.

          4. “Obama and Clinton cut the deficit and even run a surplus and they hated those two.”

            If we ran a surplus under Clinton…why did the national debt grow every year? A surplus would have the opposite effect.

    2. They’re always the most hypocritical in the future.

    3. No, drunken sailors are spending their own money. Congress is spending other people’s money.

      1. But they’re spending free money. Like the last round, this round is not coming from tax receipts. It’s magical free money. Thanks, Fed!

  41. Newly released research finds “no measurable difference in the number of coronavirus cases among children in Sweden, where schools were left open, compared with neighboring Finland, where schools were shut.”

    What a shame this is not science.

    1. And yet Israel experienced an outbreak after opening the schools. Remember when this just 12 cases and completely under control and then when that was wrong it surely was all supposed to be over by Easter. Then Memorial Day Then summer for sure. The ship is on fire and sinking might as well let Capt Trump run it into the iceberg.

      1. Remind me, when did we all die?

        1. The minute you take off your mask.

        2. I like you.

      2. It’s almost as if all the mandatory lock downs had no effect, or even made things worse and maybe we’d all be better off if the government would just collect data, make recommendations and then get out of the way.

        1. And everybody knew that in March. 15 days to flatten the curve.

          We’re now on day 129 in Washington.

  42. …and $16 billion for test-and-trace efforts, reports ABC News.

    The latter program was one of several that divided Republicans

    It was the cost, right?

    1. No, the waste.

      1. plus the fraud and abuse

  43. Ethereum is up about 50% in a week. Gold and silver are up big. The market is saying to DC to not do this latest Trump Welfare and Virus Handout Bill of 2020.


    1. And let people suffer? You monster.

    2. Do you believe your own bullshit, turd?

      1. You’re a fucking psycho, Sevo.

        I want GRIDLOCK. I hate GOP or Dem one-party rule because both parties suck.

        GRIDLOCK, you idiot. Been saying it since 2007 here. Preferably with a Dem POTUS and GOP House.

        You on the other hand are a GOP shill. You, John, Rufus, Jesse, etc all are.

        1. Strange you haven’t answered the question, turd.
          And your ‘I love Obo and HRC’ =/= “gridlock”.

    3. How can Trump stop the bill? The first one couldn’t be vetoed, why think this one will be different?

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  45. Holy fuck, MLB just cancelled two games tonight because of a handful of virus cases. They may as well fucking cancel the season if they have to resort to such shit.

    fuck this shit

    1. They’ve already cancelled over 1,500 games this season. Just dump the rest and play a simulated season.

      1. I hadn’t even known they started until a couple of clips pop up on YouTube this morning.

        I’m honestly at the point where I don’t really give a shit anymore whether sportsball ever starts up again or not. These leagues apparently want to all expand overseas, so I say let them move entirely. At least the NBA will have an easier logisitics pipeline for their factory slave-made merchandise in China.

    2. of course you watch baseball

      1. hey now.

    3. Please cancel all of them. Pro sports has worked hard to make me despise them and, well, they did a good job. Fuck all of them.

    4. In fairness, the Marlins has an outbreak of 14 players in just a couple of days. The cancelled games were only those that were somehow connected to that.

      Chances are, however, that every single one of those players will suffer few real symptoms, and all will be perfectly fine in 10 days.

  46. “US intelligence community warns Russia, China, and Iran are trying to influence 2020 election”
    ““Foreign nations continue to use influence measures in social and traditional media in an effort to sway U.S. voters’ preferences and perspectives, to shift U.S. policies, to increase discord, and to undermine confidence in our democratic process,” he said in an update, with roughly 100 days until Election Day…”

    NYT, CNN, MSNBC and WaPo resent the competition!

  47. “President Donald Trump had insisted on a payroll tax cut, which caused some delay, but after the pitch met with opposition from many Republicans and Democrats alike, the proposal was dropped. Mnuchin acknowledged over the weekend that the tax incentive did not provide immediate relief, unlike the planned second round of direct payments to Americans with modest incomes.”

    They won’t even let you keep more of what you earn in a crisis.

    President Trump is not a libertarian capitalist.

    However, President Trump is more libertarian and capitalist than the Democrats–and President Trump is more libertarian and capitalist than the Republican leadership.

    P.S. In regards to the payroll tax cut not providing “immediate” relief, I think what they mean is that the payroll tax cut wouldn’t help the unemployed get a new job immediately. If you want to reabsorb tens of millions of unemployed people back into the job force, the government should stop artificially inflating the cost of hiring them with payroll taxes. Cutting payroll taxes in the middle of an employment crisis may not provide “immediate” relief, but unlike the other proposals, it actually addresses the real cause of the problem. Once again, President Trump is trying to solve the problem over the objections of Congress. What would we do without him?

    1. It’s almost as if Trump represents an ever-widening gulf between Republican legislators and their constituents.

    2. This is all such transparent bullshit it is painful.

      If you’re going to do a payroll tax cut as economic stimulus (which is why we’re all here), then a direct payment is simply, logically, and not arguably, a more efficient means of doing that. Cash in the pocket. Nothing simpler than that. Plus it worked last time.

      A payroll tax cut is a foot in the door for cutting SS later on, which is why even Republicans were against it.

    3. ^^EXACTLY — Title:: How American turned communist during a mild pandemic… Obama starts the habit of “bailout” commie money and every leadership afterwords jumps at the chance for more “commie money”…. I seriously doubt we can even call the U.S. free anymore. Honesty would say we are the USSR.

  48. “Minneapolis residents in some areas still recovering from rioting and unrest are forming community watch and security groups, some bearing firearms, to fight a surge of crime in the wake of the George Floyd killing in May. At least one neighborhood has put up barricades to keep away outsiders.

    The moves come as the city council on Friday approved its first permanent cuts to the police budget, amid calls to defund the department and generally lower tax revenue due to the economic strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    I hope this works out great for them.

    I also hope it doesn’t turn into, The Purge.

    If and when an armed squad member violates someone’s due process rights, detains someone without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, batters someone unnecessarily, or kills someone without justification, I suspect the country sheriff’s office will arrest the squad member in question.

    Who ensures that the squad member is no longer on the squad?

    1. Maybe this is how we get the various police companies competing in a free market that we’ve always wanted. (no sarcasm.)

      Nah, I’m sure the state troopers or national guard will step in if people don’t obey the sheriff or city police.

      1. Instapundit has said, repeatedly, that the protesters don’t seem to realize what police are for.

        They aren’t to protect the public from the criminals. They are there to protect the criminals from the public. Vigilante justice is a lot less pleasant than what the police would do.

  49. Going to work now Peanuts. Its been a lovely chat room experience!

  50. How much of my money am I getting back this time?

    1. How much money are you getting that you didn’t *earn*? Once upon a time taking money that wasn’t *earned* was considered theft.

  51. RIP Regis Philbin
    No love for Olivia de Havilland? She was in a not-to-be-named movie, but also busted the old studio system and its involuntary contract extensions.

    1. I guarantee she will not make into the next Academy Awards presentation on those who died. Cancelled.

  52. Waste, redistribution, deficit, and debt which will cripple the economy and the culture for at least a generation.

    Government can’t create. Government can only redistribute or destroy. And government redistribution entails much destruction. And government destruction entails much redistribution.

    1. Government created the first moon landing.

      1. that one chick did all the math on her slide rule.

      2. Actually, TONY, a bunch of private companies and universities, hired by your preciouuuussss governmentsesss, “created” the moon landing.

        1. So government crested it by paying for it. Do you people think aliens work for government?

      3. “first moon landing” — wow, that’s been useful. It’s like the first person to date Madonna or something. Loads of pride and bragging rights for a few but hardly useful to anyone else.

        Where’s my own personal bloated commie budget for being the first person to date Scarlett Johansson?

  53. “It was largely seen as too expensive, costing over $3 trillion,” notes Jim Wang at Forbes. “That’s a big gap they need to cross during a short window for negotiations.”

    Why is it the negotiations always seem to be a choice between being punched in the face and kicked in the nuts? Why can’t we open our negotiations with giving them a choice between a firing squad and a hanging?

  54. I just read that guy’s sign. “#mitchbetterhavemymoney” referring to unemployment benefits. So they see themselves as the taxpayers’ pimp, demanding protection money “or else”. Surprisingly honest and self-aware, actually.

  55. If Trump wins, Democrats will have bailed Republicans out yet again by virtue of them being the only party that actually cares about Americans not suffering. Republicans say they’re against all this. This is their biggest domestic policy sin, deficit spending to enact a demand-side stimulus. Tsk tsk. All that bitching and moaning for all these decades and they’re begging for scraps from the Keynesian table. Pathetic losers.

    If Biden wins he’ll have less of a catastrophe to deal with, so it’s not all altruism for psychopathic dummies.

    1. I think the air where you’re hiding under your bed’s getting a little stale.

      1. Not all of us can have real threats in our lives like black transsexual college students in another state.

  56. Somebody has probably already pointed this out but RIGHT NEXT DOOR at VOLOKH you can read this.

    “Most media coverage of the protests and riots in Portland (and other cities) is from the vantage point of those outside federal properties, in and among the protesters. Many of these reports characterize the protests as “peaceful” or “largely” so.

    The AP’s Mike Balsamo has posted a valuable twitter thread on his experience inside the federal courthouse in Portland. From this vantage point, the protests are anything but peaceful. As Balsamo documents, the federal agents inside the courthouse have come under assault on a nightly basis. It is worth a read.”

  57. CARES to be communist act… HEROES of communism. What do they call nations where everyone’s income comes from government again? Oh yeah; a communist country.

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