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Biden Aims To Fund Future Spending Sprees With New Tax Hikes

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Democrats say the hikes will address inequity in the tax code. As congressional Democrats are pushing to make permanent several elements of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending bill, the Biden administration is gearing up for the biggest round of federal tax hikes since 1993. The administration is realizing that the U.S. may eventually have to pay for some of the massive spending sprees that President Joe Biden and Democrats have still in the works.

"Unlike the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus act, the next initiative, which is expected to be even bigger, won't rely just on government debt as a funding source," report Nancy Cook and Laura Davison of Bloomberg.

While it's been increasingly clear that tax hikes will be a component—Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said at least part of the next bill will have to be paid for, and pointed to higher rates—key advisers are now making preparations for a package of measures that could include an increase in both the corporate tax rate and the individual rate for high earners….

For the Biden administration, the planned changes are an opportunity not just to fund key initiatives like infrastructure, climate and expanded help for poorer Americans, but also to address what Democrats argue are inequities in the tax system itself. The plan will test both Biden's capacity to woo Republicans and Democrats' ability to remain unified.

"His whole outlook has always been that Americans believe tax policy needs to be fair, and he has viewed all of his policy options through that lens," said Sarah Bianchi, head of U.S. public policy at Evercore ISI and a former economic aide to Biden. "That is why the focus is on addressing the unequal treatment between work and wealth."

Administration officials told Bloomberg that Biden won't seek a direct wealth tax of the sort proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.). Rather, the new tax hikes will be based on Biden campaign proposals, and could include:

  • Repealing the Trump administration's 2017 tax breaks
  • Raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent
  • Raising the tax rate (to what is not clear) on folks earning more than $400,000
  • Expanding estate taxes
  • Raising the capital gains tax rate for high earners
  • Incentives and/or penalties aimed at U.S. companies who move jobs overseas

No plans have yet been finalized, officials said.

"An outstanding question for Democrats is which parts of the package need to be funded" by higher taxes, write Cook and Davison. "Efforts to make the expanded child tax credit in the pandemic-aid bill permanent—something with a price tag estimated at more than $1 trillion over a decade—could be harder to sell if pitched as entirely debt-financed."


FREE MINDS

Texas Republicans have recently introduced more than two dozen bills aimed at making it harder for people to vote. The "lawmakers seek to tighten ID requirements and voter rolls, limit early voting and up the penalties for errors," notes NBC News. The bills are riding a wave of delusional but extremely common conservative beliefs about election fraud:

Former President Donald Trump's stolen election lie has convinced 3 of every 4 Republicans that there was widespread voter fraud in last year's election, according to a December Quinnipiac University poll, even though there is broad evidence that it is extremely rare.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office spent 22,000 hours looking for voter fraud and uncovered just 16 cases of false addresses on registration forms, according to The Houston Chronicle. Nearly 17 million voters are registered in Texas.

And while Texas already had some of the most restrictive laws on the books, that isn't stopping state lawmakers from joining their GOP peers across the country to propose new restrictive bills. Republican legislators in Georgia, Arizona, Florida and Wisconsin — many of whom joined with Trump to cast doubt on the system — are legislating to restrict the vote, arguing that new measures are needed to restore trust in the system.


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Media companies are seeking special exemption from U.S. antitrust laws. "If passed, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act would allow news publishers to work together to establish distribution and payment deals with digital platforms that have at least one billion global monthly users," Digiday explains. "The legislation would give news publishers safe harbor from antitrust liability that normally would preclude them from collective bargaining. That safe harbor would last four years following enactment of the law if passed."

Media and members of Congress are framing it as a bill rooted in fairness and the First Amendment, but it sure seems like the news business seeking special privileges from the government in an attempt to tilt the playing field against everyone's current fave scapegoat, Big Tech.


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• "Attorneys who visited a Border Patrol tent facility in Texas for unaccompanied immigrant minors who recently crossed the border said some of the children were held for as many as eight days in crowded areas without showers or the ability to call their families," reports Buzzfeed.

• The official tally of U.S. troops still in Afghanistan is about 1,000 people short, European Union and Afghan officials say.

• Tenant screening programs—which flag people "for being on a federal list that prevents American companies from doing business with them"—are full of false positives, reports NBC News. The Supreme Court will consider one of these cases later this month, as lawsuits proliferate against tenant screening companies.

Reason's Eric Boehm spotlights the trouble with certificate-of-need laws.

• Americans could be barred from a lot of international travel if U.S. officials continue to lag on instituting vaccine passports.

• India is considering a ban on cryptocurrencies.

• Against cannabis legalization rules that require it to be cultivated inside.

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  1. Democrats say the hikes will address inequity in the tax code.

    A rising tax burden sinks all boats.

    1. It will be a little fairer for the Democrats once they have 49% of the population paying all the taxes and 51% paying none whatsoever. They’re close to that already, and then we can have true democracy.

      1. Exactly. And the 50.01% has absolutely no problem voting for politicians who will give “free” shit to them by taking from you.

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      2. In 2017, the top 50 percent of all taxpayers paid 97 percent of all individual income taxes, while the bottom 50 percent paid the remaining 3 percent.

        So, so close. Strangely, the data I find for 2019, after the TCJA, shows more people paying taxes, which I don’t believe. But I have it from sources that no one is paying next taxes in 2020, so … win?

      3. We passed those milestones years ago. The real goal is for 10% of the population to pay all the taxes, and for the rest of the people to “work” for the state.

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      4. No one pays zero taxes. There is always payroll taxes, sales taxes, and increased cost of goods from tariffs. This is only income taxes.

        1. Wrong. Some workers have a negative income tax. Likewise, all those who receive more in welfare benefits than they pay in the taxes you mention would have no taxes.

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        2. Wrong. The CBO calculates all personal taxes, including payroll taxes. And they include tax credits and other redistribution payments. Their latest comprehensive published data (2017) showed zero and near-zero effective tax rates for the bottom two quintiles of households.

        3. MollyGodiva
          March.15.2021 at 11:25 am
          “No one pays zero taxes.”

          Why do lefty shits lie so transparently?

          1. To be completely fair Sevo, Molly is pretty goddamned stupid. So it might not be a lie. Instead a product of their stupidity, ignorance and being a soulless empty vessel. To be filled with whatever propaganda her prog masters see fit to fill her with. Kind of like SQRLSY’s shit bucket.

          2. Molly is Phillip reardon. Resentful and ugly to the core.

          3. Lefty liars gotta lefty lie.

      5. You worry to much. The Biden family boat is going up as the rest of the countrie’s boats are going down. Kind of disproves you theory.
        Well Pelosi, Schumer and Schiff are actually doing okay too.

    2. They will rake in billions, because nobody will find a way around the new taxes.

      1. They will rake in billions in campaign donations as mega-rich donors and corporate interests try to buy themselves exemptions. “The Rich” and “greedy corporations” will not pay more taxes. The only thing that ever changes is how ruthlessly the middle class and people who can’t afford tax lawyers and accountants get forcibly sodomized.

    3. Democrats say the hikes will address inequity in the tax code.

      Inequity being that not all people are earning the same! So we have to take the excess off to make sure they earn a little less and be more equal. And taking the excess off to make sure they earn the same - is from each according to their ability, to each according to their need. People that don't earn enough to make the same, they can get handed money from those that produced excess. So through equity, we can all be equally miserable.

      Hope that vote for Jo was worth it!

      1. It won’t affect me. It will increase taxes on Lebron James, Stephen Colbert, and Robert DeNiro so why oppose it? Bumping up the SALT deductions for federal taxes is the one thing that I certainly do oppose.

        1. you left libertarians are such scumbags.

        2. Corporate income taxes were included in this.

          1. err corporate taxes*

      2. No, if everyone earns the same, that is mere “equality”. Equity requires unequal distribution to address past injustices and provide preferential treatment of victimized groups.

        1. I favor an ammunition equity system. The progs don’t have much ammo. So the solution is to redistribute several million rounds of various types of ammunition. Preferably delivered directly into the progs, and at its muzzle velocities.

          Once implemented, I suspect nearly all such related concerns will be eliminated as well.

    4. Untrue.

      In the 1950s & 1960s the marginal income tax rate was ~88% and the economy thrived!

      Bring back fair tax rates (income, estate, capital gains) on the obscenely wealthy.

      1. “Fair tax rates” would be each of us paying the same amount for government. (Not same rate).

        You want no part of “fair”, douchebag.

      2. .. and the economy thrived!
        Myth.

      3. Fair is in the eye of the beholder.

        “Fair” to me seems to be that people who want to pay more taxes should do so. You first, then.

        It only works if you force it on others who (a) don’t want to pay more and (b) take less.

        Nothing stops douchebags who like the idea of higher taxes from sending more money to the government. Except they don’t; it’s all talk.

        It’s like socialism–if you like it so much, just do it. Nothing stops you from forming a socialist collective and divvying up the money equally amongst everyone. Good luck getting the big money lefties to join, though.

        Nah, it’s gotta happen through violence/force.

      4. The economy thrived when JFK _reduced_ the maximum tax rate from 90% to 70% – there was so much growth that tax revenues increased! (There are two things about JFK that none of his present-day worshippers will acknowledge: He believed in the Laffer curve and in fighting Communism everywhere we could.) But I doubt that many people ever paid the top rate – anyone who could be in that tax bracket had many ways to shelter income from taxes, and a barely profitable tax shelter was better than paying 90% of high profits in taxes. I think the economic growth came from unwinding some of the tax shelters in favor of actual profitability.

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  2. …key advisers are now making preparations for a package of measures that could include an increase in both the corporate tax rate and the individual rate for high earners….

    Thankfully globalism means there’s nowhere to escape the corporate tax, redundant as it may be.

    1. What do we even need to pay taxes? According to tony, the government makes all the money we need.

      1. Yep, he is illustrative of an infantile mentality that actually believes this; a world view in which one can do very little [if anything] for oneself, where the odds are always against you, and the fat cats have everything and need to give it up. Problem is, the average middle class looks like the biggest clowder of fat cats to them [and I’m pretty sure the government sees it the same way].

        1. Tony is the poster child for Everything Is So Terrible And Unfair! ™ as an ideology,

  3. Sure, kids in cages and foreign wars, but no one votes Democrat expecting them to raise taxes!

    1. Like the Spanish Inquisition?

  4. “Biden won’t seek a direct wealth tax,” for the moment.

    1. But guess who will.

    2. It is amazing how this is even a statement since wealth taxes would be unconstitutional based on current constitutional interpretation. Granted that isn’t saying much with democrats.

      1. Doors are only as strong as your neighbors’ unwillingness to kick them down. In a society where language is infinitely pliable and words have no fixed meanings, the Constitution is meaningless. At this point, looking passively through the peephole is a recipe for a broken nose.

      2. Property taxes are wealth taxes.
        Property taxes are constitutional.

        1. Property tax is by the State not the Federal.

          1. Shhhh. Let them fail on their own.

    3. He may not seek a wealth tax, but if one showed up on his door step, would he adopt it?

      1. He’ll just lower the estate tax threshold, and raise the rate. Not a wealth tax at all….

  5. Former President Donald Trump’s stolen election lie has convinced 3 of every 4 Republicans that there was widespread voter fraud in last year’s election…

    Fortunately the burden of proving that the level of election integrity was anything below top notch is on you, the news consumer. Just don’t try in public to even discuss proving it.

    1. No widespread corruption.

      1. To think. An actual audit, a real one and not just rescanning adjudicated ballots, could have had an effect on this. Weird reason and the left is still against any and all forms of actual vote integrity.

        1. Funny that.
          One would think that real libertarians would be suspicious of the motives of the party of Tammany hall and the Chicago Machine.

          Does anybody here still doubt what Elizabeth Nolan Brown actually is.

          1. Did anyone really believe that it was possible to seamlessly transition from writing articles like “5 Ways To Up Your Flirting Game” to writing about the preservation of liberty in a society struggling with emerging totalitarian impulses?

            I don’t know how many dicks ENB had to suck to get this job, but it was probably all of them.

            1. But in the Me Too era, sucking a dick “under duress” just gives you power over any future important person. Just get video.

              1. Speaking of videos and power, have you read ENB’s elucidating dissertation on “Monster Porn”?

                https://www.bustle.com/articles/12209-10-amazing-monster-porn-book-titles-for-the-cryptozoological-erotica-fan-in-us-all

                I am so glad this unique mind is writing for Reason. A true intellectual giant.

                1. Kinky

                2. Not clicking the link, but from the title it implies that ENB is a fan of cryptozoological erotica?

                  1. “Though it generally goes without saying, the assumed consumers of midget and MILF and chinchilla-on-amputee porn videos are dudes. But it seems women have their own dirty little secrets — like dreaming of doing it with Minotaurs, T-Rex, Sasquatch, and all manner of other inhuman beings.”

                    Nice.

                    1. Of course she has to dream of that, she sold her pussy for so long that it’s roto-rootered out and only farm animals can make her feel anything.

              2. Is video necessary? I thought any random anonymous accusation was to be absolutely affirmed as long as it didn’t affect any top-ranking Democrat still of use to the inner party.

                1. Do not be ridiculous. A random anonymous accusation was never enough. Rather, the requirement was always that there needed to be a credible accusation. Credibility, of course, to be determined with reference to people’s subjective feelings about how strongly they believed the accuser. If the general vibe on Twitter indicated that people were receptive to the accusation, it became credible. If the accusation was particularly spicy, or if it was politically convenient to run with it, it became credible. If evidence was scant but the accuser was particularly good at crying on command, it became credible. Not just any random accusation made it through the proper channels. Adequate safeguards always existed.

          2. Does anybody here still doubt what Elizabeth Nolan Brown actually is.

            Did you see her video? The lighting and makeup has me questioning her gender.

      2. “No widespread corruption.”

        Sorta like “Mostly peaceful” protests.

        Still armed “protesters” damaging public and private property and injuring police pretty much nightly in Portland, and those arrested get a citation, and then the charges are usually dropped, with little or no media coverage.

    2. The current California recall petition has a signature rejection rate five times that of the general election last year. Sure, the state officials have more time and much more incentive to find non-matching signatures in the recall petition, but that many? Why should we conclude that the petition is a whole different animal than an election when looking for false signatures?
      If you say a ballot envelope signature matches, separate the ballot from the envelope, then throw away all the envelopes, how could anyone ever find any proof of cheating? The evidence is tossed.
      Probably the best way to address the false narrative of voter fraud is to enlarge the scope for future fraud.
      Unity!

      1. Everyone should have equal chances to cheat.

      2. Rules don’t apply to the progressives

        1. No, in the progressive ethic rules are flexible enough to justify the desired outcome.

          1. Yep. This is why sociopaths are drawn to progressivism.

      3. How do I mail in a signed petition? Asking for a friend who’s a CA resident.

    3. BREAKING: Washington Post retracts massive story that falsely claimed Trump asked Georgia to “find the votes” https://t.co/s7omRMWVtn

  6. Texas Republicans have recently introduced more than two dozen bills aimed at making it harder for people to vote.

    “We’re going to allay your concerns about the process by ridiculing any procedural attempt to allay your concerns about the process.”

    1. They already have dozens of unfair laws making it harder for me to get my hands on a Rolls Royce, so it’s no surprise they’re not open to just letting everybody vote as much as they want.

      1. Nothing says ‘Reason libertarian’ quite like parroting DNC talking points!

  7. “Democrats say the hikes will address inequity in the tax code.”

    Sure they will. wink, wink

    Once again I will remind everyone of OpenBordersLiberal-tarian’s First Law. Briefly, it states that Democrats campaign on promises to stick it to “the rich,” but once in office, they invariably govern in a pro-rich and even pro-billionaire manner. Need proof? Here it is:

    Look how well the richest people on the planet are doing under Biden. And expect this to continue as long as Democrats control the Presidency and Congress.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires

    1. Pander to the rich old white males.

      1. No, just follow the money.

  8. Media companies are seeking special exemption from U.S. antitrust laws.

    Ha, I wondered why they didn’t try pooled subscription services. Of course it would be because of antitrust.

  9. Finally here’s an excerpt from my article about the end of the book where kids are given the chance to sign a contract aligning with whiteness (presented by the devil!) …

    I don’t know what this is but I do know that the devil is a red man.

    1. … contract aligning with whiteness…
      So how long to we get to just make things up ?

      1. Forever?

  10. Attorneys who visited a Border Patrol tent facility in Texas for unaccompanied immigrant minors who recently crossed the border said some of the children were held for as many as eight days in crowded areas without showers or the ability to call their families…

    Get it out of your system now, Buzzfeed. You won’t be discussing any of it three and a half years from now.

    1. Kids in smelly canvas bags!

      1. Tents. It’s like camping except you can’t leave…

      2. Gotta learn how to swim somehow.

  11. Congratulations to all the true anti trump libertarians. We are promised tax increases by our benevolent president.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/biden-is-planning-first-major-federal-tax-hike-in-nearly-30-years-report

    1. No mean tweets!

    2. Also the left seeking to control the energy industry as they pursue carbon taxing as a means for control.

      https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/energy/top-senate-democrat-sticks-carbon-pricing-party-moves-other-proposals

    3. Duh, if you don’t have income then who cares about tax hikes?

  12. Pelosi defends the House moving to unseat a republican who won their election, claiming it was just 6 votes anyways.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/pelosi-excuses-democrats-launching-probe-to-potentially-unseat-elected-gop-member-it-was-six-votes

    Sullum oddly silent.

    1. No widespread corruption.

    2. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!!!!!! Except those 6 votes.

    3. Now Pelosi is the insurrectionist. And an evil bitch.

      1. Remember how in January she tried to incite a military coup, that even the New York Times said was a bridge too far?

        And remember how Reason ignored it, and White Knight defended them for ignoring it?

        1. Yes, I remember. I have nothing but contempt for the collectivists.

          They are not libertarian.

        2. You live in a fantasy world.

          1. This from the TDS-addled shit, claiming a cop died of a stroke a day after getting pepper-sprayed and it’s Trump’s fault.

            1. Odd that nobody has been charged with murder, or even manslaughter, for their role in (a) crushing Sicknick’s head with a fire extinguisher or, alternatively (b) pepper spraying him until his brain exploded.

              White Flight must know something that everybody else does not.

                1. U.S. officials have arrested and charged two men with assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during the Jan. 6 riot, but they do not know yet whether it caused the officer’s death.

                  1. Yes, that was from the article I just posted.

                    1. Where was the manslaughter and murder charge? He was helping you out fuckwit.

                    2. Here on a libertarian blog, that’s a confirmed kill, right White Knight.

                      “The idea that Sicknick died after being sprayed by a chemical irritant has emerged in recent weeks as a new theory in the case.”

                      Let’s establish your inference now and get it on the record:

                      Sicknick smelt their alleged bear spray as opposed to all the pepper spray the Hill cops were using, and a day later keeled over from a stroke that was directly caused by George Tanios and Julian Khater’s alleged bear spray.

                      This is what you are saying. Is that correct White Knight?

                    3. Didn’t say there were any such charges. Currently, they are charged with assault.

                      You can try to minimize this arrest and try to pretend it’s a victory lap, but it is not good news for the dismissive CACLLs here.

                    4. Nope, Mother’s, I’m saying nothing more than that there is breaking news that two men were arrested, and:

                      “The idea that Sicknick died after being sprayed by a chemical irritant has emerged in recent weeks as a new theory in the case.”

                    5. You can try to minimize this arrest and try to pretend it’s a victory lap, but it is not good news for the dismissive CACLLs here.
                      But then…
                      Nope, Mother’s, I’m saying nothing more than that there is breaking news

                      Lol, have the balls to stand by your inference, WK. That Sicknick was the first known case of ever dying from breathing pepper spray.
                      Looks like the FDA is going to be in trouble for passing such a deadly weapon off as safe.

                    6. You responded to this with your link dumbfuck.

                      Odd that nobody has been charged with murder, or even manslaughter

                2. Sicknick was not killed, and yet you continue to double down on the narrative that he was killed — even going so far as to cite articles and new stories that completely undermine your starting premise.

                  Do you really think everybody you encounter here is as dumb as you are?

                  1. Baloney. Sicknick went to work every day as a cop, and then died the day after battling MAGA rioters. It is unlikely that is just a coincidence.

                    He was likely killed, regardless of whether the FBI can make a solid case or not against a particular assailant or assailants.

                    You and the other CACLLs have a lot riding on being dismissive of his death.

                    1. “He was likely killed.”

                      The absence of any murder charges or even a determination that his death was a homicide (a prerequisite for any charge of murder or manslaughter) indicate that you are completely and thoroughly full of shit.

                      Class dismissed. But, by all means, feel free to continue embarrassing yourself.

                      By the way, I have a new acronym I just coined. Leftist Morons Arguing Online (“LMAO”). You and the other LMAO’s have a lot riding on a pretend murder during a fake insurrection.

                    2. He also died the day after eating an omelette and a day after seeing the new HR Block musical commercial

                    3. That H&R Block ad could kill anybody!

                  1. “[The] case has not been established as a homicide.”

                    Thanks for the details, LMAO.

                    1. Did you catch the part where they may be facing twenty years in prison.

                    2. Did you miss the part where for months you claimed they murdered him?

                      Let’s see if you’re consistent… what are your views on the Portland DA and the DoJ dropping assault charges with prejudice for BLM members?

                  2. “Did you catch the part where they may be facing twenty years in prison.”

                    Did you catch the part where “[the] case has not been established as a homicide,” LMAO?

                    1. LAMO

              1. The economy thrived when JFK _reduced_ the maximum tax rate from 90% to 70% – there was so much growth that tax revenues increased! (There are two things about JFK that none of his present-day worshippers will acknowledge: He believed in the Laffer curve and in fighting Communism everywhere we could.) But I doubt that many people ever paid the top rate – anyone who could be in that tax bracket had many ways to shelter income from taxes, and a barely profitable tax shelter was better than paying 90% of high profits in taxes. I think the economic growth came from unwinding some of the tax shelters in favor of actual profitability.

              2. The FBI has refused to release Sicknick’s autopsy results, claiming the investigation is incomplete, BUT his body has been cremated. Considering the problems revealed in the FBI’s lab, good luck conducting a criminal prosecution after making it impossible for the defense to do their own autopsy.

                Either the autopsy found no evidence of a crime and the FBI is just stalling, OR THEY DESTROYED EVIDENCE.

          2. “Remember how in January she tried to incite a military coup, that even the New York Times said was a bridge too far?
            And remember how Reason ignored it, and White Knight defended them for ignoring it?”

            “You live in a fantasy world” – t. White Knite

            Oh? What part of that is “fantasy”, White Knite? That Pelosi did it, that the NYT condemned it, that Reason ignored it, or that you handwaved it?
            Because it’s all still in the comments, you stupid shit.

            Would you like a ciTE?

    4. Hello my name is Rev kuck it has been 6 days since I last clicked a sullum article

  13. “Efforts to make the expanded child tax credit in the pandemic-aid bill permanent—something with a price tag estimated at more than $1 trillion over a decade—could be harder to sell if pitched as entirely debt-financed.”

    Obviously the solution is to tax fetus production and rely only on immigrant children for the future of the country.

    1. OBL, is that you?

  14. The official tally of U.S. troops still in Afghanistan is about 1,000 people short, European Union and Afghan officials say.

    First rule of black ops contracting…

    1. NO WAIT

      I have a better one.

      1. They forgot to convert to Imperial Units?

    2. Why would they send only short people?

  15. Multiple insurrection over the weekend involving injured officers, weapons, and destruction. The share of the left who believes political violence is necessary and right continues to grow.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/03/14/the-left-embraces-political-violence-far-more-than-the-right-n1432427

    1. Please tell me there weren’t any fire extinguishers!

      1. None. But an assault television was thrown at an officer.

        1. “common sense television control” laws are beyond idiotic and just make law abiding television owners into criminals. We all know criminals don’t obey the law – outlaw “assault” TVs and they’ll just throw typewriters!

          1. Oil! Mate, what if we licensed the TV’s?

          2. Nobody needs 57 channels when there’s nothing on.

          3. It all started when Video killed the Radio Star. And got away with it.

            1. goddam buggles.

  16. “‘Attorneys who visited a Border Patrol tent facility in Texas for unaccompanied immigrant minors who recently crossed the border said some of the children were held for as many as eight days in crowded areas without showers or the ability to call their families,’ reports Buzzfeed.”

    I’m a fan of Buzzfeed, but they’re wrong here. Biden liberated and dismantled Drumpf’s concentration camps as soon as he took office. No more kids in cages.

    In fact, the Biden Administration is merely providing these immigrants with job training so they can enter the US workforce and help our GDP recover from the #DrumpfDepression.

    #OpenBordersWillFixEverything
    #GDPAboveAll

    1. Summer camp at the border!

    2. Biden liberated and dismantled Drumpf’s concentration camps

      But Trump recycled them from the Chocolate Jesus/Cornpop administration, so Trump is an environmentalist.

      #TrumpSavedTheEnvironment

    3. Some days, OBL, I truly believe you could do this for a living.

      Keep an eye out for openings at the soon to be announced Ministry of Truth. And given your familiarity with the works of such paragons of journalism like Vox, Buzz Feed, and Solon, you will have endless material to draw from

  17. The official tally of U.S. troops still in Afghanistan is about 1,000 people short, European Union and Afghan officials say.

    Those counts are in adjusted 2001 troop dollars.

  18. Newly released emails show government and global health organizations scrubbed systems showing covid began in China.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/coronavirus/emails-show-scientists-scrubbed-early-warning-potential-laboratory

      1. Seems like yesterday.

      2. Are you sure we are not all dead?

        1. No, but it seems like we are in hell.

      3. JFree hardest hit!

    1. Also lots of emails being leaked about the need to scare people into compliance.

  19. Tenant screening programs—which flag people “for being on a federal list that prevents American companies from doing business with them”—are full of false positives…

    Americans are always free to let their very connected sons intermediate business ties.

    1. But it is a private company, so there is nothing we can do about it.

    1. That is a bit shocking. Can you imagine the screams from the staff here, if senior enlisted and flag officers under Trump’s administration went after media personalities for their political views?

      Trumpstaffel!

      1. It probably would have been at least significant enough to make a Roundup.

        1. The pants shitting would have been epic.

  20. “India is considering a ban on cryptocurrencies.”

    That would be bad, right? It sounds bad.

    It’s time for my favorite libertarian writer Shikha Dalmia to deliver another one of her essays explaining how anything bad happening in India is ultimately Drumpf’s fault.

    1. Shikha’s not here man!

  21. Reason‘s Eric Boehm spotlights the trouble with certificate-of-need laws.

    Libertarians pounce as cronyism causes lack of healthcare availability during pandemic.

    1. The only solution is government run health care. Look how well Britain is doing.

    2. Waiting for the conservatives haven’t pounced hard enough on certificate of need laws from Greenhut

      1. Yeah, but all that stuff came with mean tweets, so we had to make choices.

      2. It was just a local story at the time.

  22. “The bills are riding a wave of delusional but extremely common conservative beliefs about election fraud ….”

    In a few years we will begin to see full throated calls to eliminate all voter restrictions and security measures on the ground that one would have to be thoroughly delusional to believe that these safeguards ever prevented, or could prevent, anything untoward from happening. Daring to question the motives of voters, or the political hunger of partisans, will also be decried as delusional. With time, we will reach a point where objecting to the perceived lack of integrity in our elections in any manner, formally or informally, publicly or privately, will be deemed to be an act so deeply and unforgivably delusional so as to warrant involuntary hospitalization in a mental institution.

    Once political objections are firmly pathologized, the inescapable consequence will be the forcible confinement and “treatment” of dissenters. Mark my words. The nightmare into which we are stumbling will make China and Soviet Russia look liberal by comparison.

    1. You sound delusional. Report to the authorities.

      1. Oh? Well, in that case, I will report you for not reporting me sooner. What could possibly explain the delay and lapses in your judiciousness if not the existence of some latent …sympathies? In any event, I am sure you will have no problem establishing your innocence at an inquest. Oh, and do not be concerned about the travel arrangements or scheduling. The agents will come to you.

        1. The question is what to do. We know what is coming.

          What does John Q. Citizen do to stay out of the coming train wreck?

          1. Leave the cities, build new communities, and learn to shoot from a distance without being seen.

      2. Hysterical, and he needs to report to the infirmary.

    2. The bills are riding a wave of delusional but extremely common conservative beliefs about election fraud

      Speaking of delusional, you realize she’s citing NBC as an authoritative source on election fraud?

      1. A poster in one of Boehm’s threads over the weekend, made an apt observation about the Reason writers’ journalistic practices: (https://reason.com/2021/03/12/the-u-s-is-hoarding-vaccines-it-wont-let-americans-take/#comment-8806099)

        Is the blood money really worth it? It’s not like you get paid as much as a real journalist at a real paper. You’re looked upon by the big boys with as much credibility as Jerome Corsi and Joseph Farah. Can you really be bought by the proprietors of slave labor concentration camps for so little? What a pathetic little cocksucker you really are.

        1. Reason and their writers, from what I can tell via a couple tweets, seem to have spent the weekend attacking conservatives for being “xenophobic” and “anti” free market…

          1. The Chinese government is pretty xenophobic. Seems to be working out for them.

    3. Just another step on the path to democratic nirvana, where the Party will vote your proxy in your best interest (as they see it, of course). Voting so universal and easy, you don’t even have to think about it!

    4. In a few years? You clearly haven’t read hr1

  23. Americans could be barred from a lot of international travel if U.S. officials continue to lag on instituting vaccine passports.

    IHRE PAPIERE SIND NICHT IN BESTELLUNG!

    America ain’t the ones with surging cases right now.

    1. What’s the point? Fauci thinks you a can still spread the ‘rona after you get vaccinated.

      1. I’m not sure what is worse: that Fauci actually believes that (and is a true moron), or that he knows better but promotes the party line (and is a nanny-authoritarian).

        1. The latter, but with the caveat that what makes it worse are the millions of morons who don’t realize Fauci is full of shit and defend him because it’s what Good People do.

        2. He’s technically correct, in the sense that a sick person could cough out a viral particle, that particle could reflect off you and be inhaled by another. But only in that very technical sense. It’s more likely he’s a stooge.

  24. The “lawmakers seek to tighten ID requirements and voter rolls, limit early voting and up the penalties for errors,” notes NBC News.

    One of the actions of HR1 is to disallow ID to be used as proof of residency or your identity. Instead an individual would simply sign a form under perjury that they are who they say they are. The bill also mandates same day registration.

    So a “voter” could walk up to a polling place, register as morbidly obese chem jeff, get a ballot, vote, and walk away. In no measure would this individual be prosecuted as they have no name or form of identity for the obvious fraudulent vote. This is what hr1 does.

    1. Everyone has a right to vote, even illegal aliens of foreigners here on vacation.

      1. Why do they even have to travel? Ever hear of voting by mail?

    2. People always focus on how Democrats’ election reform proposals would make it easier to commit voter fraud, which is true. What many ignore is that their proposals make it impossible to detect voter fraud absent an outright confession. Of course, as usual, feature not bug.

    3. HR1 is to disallow ID to be used as proof of residency”
      this was done to make the Georgia runoff elections legal

  25. India is considering a ban on cryptocurrencies.

    Uh-huh.

  26. Against cannabis legalization rules that require it to be cultivated inside.

    The electric company needs money.

    1. I know! Use solar power to run the grow lights!
      Oh, wait.

  27. Of course ENB would be a journowhore for Bidens taxes

    1. Completely unpredictable a year ago that he would do such a thing.

      1. I thought Russians had hacked Joe’s campaign website, so I am as stunned as you that it was correct.

        1. If you can’t rely on a 40 year Democratic Senator to not raise taxes when he becomes President, what can you rely upon anymore?

          1. Republicans to be equally bad by just paying lip service to fiscal conservatism?

            1. Oh, they’re terrible on the spending side, to be sure.

              But they didn’t raise my taxes.

  28. Biden Aims To Fund Future Spending Sprees With New Tax Hikes

    Too bad we couldn’t see this coming.

    ’22 Congressional elections are going to be even more fun than ’20.

    Bye Nancy.

    1. Taxes won’t be raised until 2023.

      1. And be retroactive.

        1. Like rape.

    2. “’22 Congressional elections are going to be even more fun than ’20.”

      They will be. But not for us.

  29. Texas Republicans have recently introduced more than two dozen bills aimed at making it harder for people to vote.

    What is the text of the bills?

    For fuck’s sake ENB, be a journalist for once.

    1. Journa-what?

    2. She is a whore for Team D. And nothing more than that.

      Journalist? ENB? Pffffft.

    3. >>be a journalist for once

      is there an app for that?

  30. Texas Republicans have recently introduced more than two dozen bills aimed at making it harder for people to vote.

    CAN”T HAVE THEM NIGRAS VOTING!

    1. Racist.

    2. Aren’t you the kiddie masturbator?

    3. And first race comment goes to the leftist pedo. As usual.

    4. Hey Mr. Buttplug, could you do me a favor and repost that rigorous analysis that used GDP growth to prove Obama created the strongest economy ever?

      I tried using Google to find the numbers again, but the page I found must have been hacked. Probably by Russians. Because it had Obama’s numbers being really no better than even 1-term Presidents like Carter and Bush Sr.

      So yeah, if you could show me the correct data I’d appreciate it.

      #IMissObama

      1. Above and beyond. Where can I preorder your book?

    5. Fuck off and die, turd.

    6. It is the LatinX people Tejas is trying to stop from voting. Texas is Coca Cola white.

    7. Given that it’s a well-known fact that Negroes and Mexicans are too stupid to know how to get online, I really don’t see the problem with keeping them from voting, same as you would a retarded eight-year old.

      1. Hey! That’s turd’s ‘audience’, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

    8. Shorter Buttplug: Black people are to stupid to use ID and find a polling booth.

    9. At least the ones who voted for Trump, right?

  31. At a time when our economy needs economic growth more than ever, the Biden administration is eating our seed corn. Entrepreneurs have used their wealth to finance whole industries that didn’t exist 20 and 30 years ago, and Biden wants to squander the power of their investments on government largess that will generate far less of a real return–if any return at all. Biden wants to revolutionize the transportation and energy industries, and he wants to sap money from the very investor class that has already done so much of the heavy lifting in transforming those industries.

    The Biden administration is run by idiots, who apparently have no idea what makes economies grow in real terms. Raising taxes in the trough of a recession is incredibly stupid. We should be cutting taxes rather than raising them.

    1. According to many idiots, there is nothing left to invent, so rich guys no longer need all their wealth.

      1. Also, you didn’t build that, so I somehow deserve it.

    2. The thinking is simple, Ken. They (Bidens and DC politicians) got theirs (with shady deals with Bejing and corporations), and fuck all the rest. Until there is a 2010 style event, we’re screwed.

    3. What interest could Biden’s administration possibly have in a growing economy? The country is a bloated corpse. Every move it makes is an involuntary spasm. It is all dead weight. The decomposer class is the only remaining game in town and it will take what it can, while it can. They will only stop once there is nothing left.

    4. You realize that you’re talking about a political class of parasites who couldn’t figure out how to invent the stick if you gave them a tree branch, and you’re surprised they don’t know a damn thing about how creative destruction and entrepreneurship works?

      1. “You realize that you’re talking about a political class of parasites who couldn’t figure out how to invent the stick if you gave them a tree branch”

        Do you realize, we’re talking about investors who are revolutionizing the auto industry with electric cars, created Silicon Valley companies that are revolutionizing society and the worlds, and rolled the internet out to the world–all at their own expense?

        Geese fly in v-formation because of market forces and the path of least resistance–despite knowing nothing about aerodynamics–and if you don’t understand why markets make people behave as if they possess knowledge they couldn’t possibly possess, then there is a gigantic hole in your understanding of the world.

        Are you a creationist?

        1. The path of least resistance you’re talking about turned every S&P company into a zombie finance company that only exists to extract wealth through accountants. There is no innovation which is why tesla is valued 100x what it should be.

          Market forces caused all CEOs to value buybacks and financial manipulation. The only new innovation is using the blockchain to destroy the entire banking system.

          1. HaHa! Unimaginative Loser.

          2. “6cc”
            Brain size.

          3. “The path of least resistance you’re talking about turned every S&P company into a zombie finance company that only exists to extract wealth through accountants”

            This is nonsense.

  32. “Americans could be barred from a lot of international travel if U.S. officials continue to lag on instituting vaccine passports.”

    Looks like several more places won’t get my money.

    1. Seems like reason is all for vaccine passports but not voter ID they are all backwards

  33. Con Man Trump left Sleepy Joe a complete mess:

    Higher UE than he inherited in 2017
    4@.5 trillion deficit (5 times 2016-2017)
    Iran nuking up
    Worst 4 year GDP record of any POTUS (0.95%)
    Spectre of growing Right Wing Domestic terrorism

    I doubt Biden is up to the job but social unrest could blow things up.

    1. Fuck off and die, turd.

    2. $2.5 trillion deficit rather

      Oh, and China writing trade rules for the East/Pacific Rim

      1. Droolin’ Joe managed all that already?
        Fuck off and die, liar.

        1. He’s just posting bullet points off his Media Matters cheat sheet. Buttplug doesn’t remotely understand what he’s even typing.

      2. And the Dems just added 1.9 trillion on top of that to the deficit.

    3. Poor SleepyJoe.

    4. All this is true, but the problem is Joe plans on fixing this mess by increasing unemployment, increasing the deficit, lowering economic growth, helping Iran acquire nuclear weapons and exacerbating the growth of right wing terrorism by redefining moderate Democrats as right wing extremists. Before you start criticizing Trump for how awful he was, you need to look at what the alternatives were, the old “I cried because I had no shoes and then somebody chopped my feet off with a machete so now I don’t cry about having no shoes anymore” sort of thing.

      1. All that would require turd to be a sentient being; not likely.

    5. That spectre is pretty scary.
      Ignoring the smoking ruins in Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland.

  34. some of the children were held for as many as eight days in crowded areas without showers or the ability to call their families

    In response, the Biden administration will spend $1B providing phone services for destitute families in the jungles of Honduras.

    1. What? No high speed internet?

      1. In Biden’s White House, all the phones are rotary-dialed.

        1. “Hello, Mabel?”

        2. Now I’m imagining Biden picking up a phone and saying “Operator! Operator! I’d like to make a person-to-person call.” To a dial tone.

  35. Hmmmmmm, nothing today about America’s best governor Andrew Cuomo and the pathetic right-wing smears intended to force his resignation?

    Actually that’s probably a good thing. Let’s not give this FAKE SCANDAL credibility by providing daily updates. Cuomo should just borrow a page from Governor Northam’s book and stay in office until the (obviously manufactured) outrage fades away.

    #LibertariansForCuomo
    #LibertariansForNortham

    1. #PussyGrabbersUnite!

      1. Please post the Obama GDP numbers again.

        1. Obama’s 8 year GDP was 1.66% average growth.

          Trump’s was .95% over four years.

          source BLS

          1. Darn it, you’re running into the same problem I had. Those numbers are from the phony data set planted by Russian hackers. Because there is absolutely no way Obama’s average GDP growth was lower than Presidents like Carter and GHW Bush who failed to win reelection largely because the challenger hammered them on the economy.

            It’s alright though. I just figured maybe you had the un-altered numbers saved in a .txt document or something.

            1. You should look at the inflation numbers that had Richard Nixon shitting his pants some time.

              1. I wonder what those inflation numbers would’ve looked like with modern CPI treatment? I.e., .Gov has been lying about inflation for a long time.

          2. “Obama’s 8 year GDP was 1.66% average growth.
            Trump’s was .95% over four years.”

            Source: Mendacious cherry picking piece of lefty shit

          3. How about over his first 3 years?

            1. You want turd to leave out the mess caused by Newsom and the CDC? How dare you not blame Trump for that

            2. Those numbers would strictly be the result of riding Obama’s coattails.

      2. “#PussyGrabbersUnite!”

        You and OBL make a wonderful pair; see if OBL is young enough to interest you, Kiddie-Grabber.

    2. Put on some black face to entertain the crowd.

      1. No, see, it actually wasn’t Northam in that yearbook photo. He said it was, then changed his mind because he was thinking of a different time when he wore skin-darkening makeup. Something about a Michael Jackson impression.

        1. I have it on good authority that the skin-darkening treatment required him to wear a sheet and a pillow case over his head as well.

          1. The sheriff is near.

  36. Democrats want to raise spending and pay for it by taxing the rich. Republicans want to raise spending and pay for it with MAGIC.

    Great choices!

    1. How does this account for the Republicans opposing Biden’s stimulus bill?

      1. You might recall they spent a few extra trillions last year. Also, they wanted a stimulus bill this year, just not quite as large.

        1. No, even though Mitch and Donnie wanted that $3 trillion in spending you must put 100% of the blame on Nancy Pelosi – who cast a spell on them.

        2. “You might recall they spent a few extra trillions last year.”

          I remember Trump and the Senate Republicans refusing to sign onto a stimulus package right up until the days before the election.

          Are you saying that there isn’t any difference between the Democrats and the Republicans because they’re both imperfect?

          1. “As Americans cast their votes on Election Day, millions are still waiting for financial relief from a coronavirus stimulus package that is still up in the air.

            . . . .

            Depending on the results, new leadership could step in. That could bring new participants to talks that have thus far that have predominantly included Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

            It also could change the tone on Capitol Hill after months of negotiations have resulted in a stimulus standoff

            —-CNBC, November 3, 2020

            https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/03/how-prospects-for-more-stimulus-could-change-based-on-the-election.html

            If we didn’t get a stimulus bill through Congress in the months and days before the election–because both Trump and the Senate Republicans refused to sign off on it–then it’s reasonable to think that there wouldn’t have been a stimulus bill like this one if Trump had been reelected or the Republicans had held their own in the Senate. In fact, the Democrats passed this stimulus through a budget reconciliation process because they couldn’t have passed it through normal channels–or the Republicans in the Senate would have filibustered. And besides that, the Democrats passed the bill without any significant support from the Republicans.

            Are we supposed to pretend that didn’t happen?

    2. All politicians are corrupt.
      More at 11:00.

    3. Democrats want to raise spending and pay for it by taxing the rich.

      False. They want to raise taxes so they can spend twice as much as the taxes bring in.

    4. Hmm, so our choices are rampant socialism or government default. What should a libertarian do?

    5. Notice that the proposed giant tax hikes aren’t to pay for the 1.9 trillion they just helicoptered out. The proposed giant tax hikes are to pay for part of the next big spending package, key spending targeted at our crumbling infrastructure (it’s always crumbling), fighting the weather (with zero probability of changing the weather), and protecting the most disadvantaged (who are already protected by an array of federal and state programs).

  37. https://twitter.com/kennymxu/status/1371265793648783362?s=19

    The success of Asian Americans is now being categorized as “embracing whiteness” – and this is starting to be applied to other races too. How can you push for antiracism and minority empowerment when as soon as they become successful, you call them whitewashed?

    1. Haven’t you received the memo yet? Asians are “white adjacent” now.

      1. Penumbra white.

    2. Because success is white?

      1. ^^This

        What good is a controlling nanny state if people can (and would rather) take care of themselves?

    3. >>The success of Asian Americans is now being categorized as “embracing whiteness”

      these people did not goto high school in SoCal

      1. The hmong in north central wisco are much different than the suburban chinese and indians, too.

    4. “If you aren’t going to act like a bunch of ghetto hood rats and chollos like authentic minorities, at least say you want to kill non-liberal white people!”

    5. So are Nigerian immigrants (a group with one of the highest per capita incomes) now concidered white?

      1. >>highest per capita incomes

        stole all the grandmas’ monies via email.

        1. A Princely sum.

  38. https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1371367725398900736?s=19

    She didn’t just pull a gun on the officer—she actually shot him first. The car she was driving was registered to someone with multiple outstanding felony warrants. She also has quite the criminal history herself. Why is she being presented as a BLM martyr?

    1. Because division, hatred, and chaos is the point. Not reform.

      I’m still waiting for protests for Atatiana Jefferson. But sympathetic victims of police violence don’t achieve the aims I stated above.

    2. Because the new progressive narrative is that black people can do whatever they want, without consequence. Suffering the consequences of bad behavior is “white supremacy.”

      1. Actually, progressives will tell us that systemic racism forced her into a life of crime, and she just had to shoot first.

        1. Where’s George Lucas when you need him?!?!?!

    3. Because the police couldnt have looked much worse if they intended to go murder an innocent person?
      Jacob blake; rapist women beating piece of human garbage that the world would undoubtedly be better off with out, yet the incompetent cops cant even kill him shooting him 7 times in the back.
      If you want all us plebes to defer to cops cause we couldnt handle the stress of their job, they shouldn’t perform their job like any fucking loser off the street would.

  39. “Texas bills seek to restrict voting” to those citizens eligible to vote.

    If you really want to see what constitutional restrictions are, just propose that a pistol permit is the only acceptable form of ID for voting.

  40. “Biden Aims To Fund Future Spending Sprees With New Tax Hikes”

    This is one of the most “duh” headlines I have read in a while.

    1. Spending sprees are ok if you steal the money.

      1. Courtside Knicks tickets it is – Mom and Dad’s insurance money is paying for it.

  41. “Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office spent 22,000 hours looking for voter fraud and uncovered just 16 cases of false addresses on registration forms, according to The Houston Chronicle. Nearly 17 million voters are registered in Texas.”

    My calculator says that’s 4.66 seconds per registered voter. PLENTY of time to cross check (for example) driver’s license, utility bill, and property tax records for each registration!

  42. good thing tax hikes totally pay for spending sprees.

  43. – Raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent
    – Incentives and/or penalties aimed at U.S. companies who move jobs overseas

    So, charge business higher tax rates AND charge them again when they respond to the tax rate incentive. WIN-WIN!

    1. Isn’t that the Hotel California plan Gavin Newsom came up with? *You* can leave, your money stays here.

      1. I think all blue states have or want laws like that.

  44. https://twitter.com/KurtSchlichter/status/1371280441018179584?s=19

    I think the military has bigger problems than @TuckerCarlson

    1. They will.

      What will be this generation’s Kasserine Pass? Or Task Force Smith?

  45. “Former President Donald Trump’s stolen election lie has convinced 3 of every 4 Republicans that there was widespread voter fraud in last year’s election, according to a December Quinnipiac University poll, even though there is broad evidence that it is extremely rare.”

    Now do Systemic Racism.

    1. Systemic racism is invisible racism, much like the herd of magical unicorns that live in my back yard.

      1. But what’s the difference between invisible racism and invisible voting fraud?

        1. Who benefits.

    2. Because ballot harvesting isn’t fraud. It’s just making sure that everyone’s voice is heard, even if they were inclined to not weigh in because they haven’t been following it too closely.

    1. Top 10 ways to know you’re being gaslit! Number 5 (both of them) will astound you!

  46. Just a reminder: Fvck You, ENB and Reason, you voted for all this.

    You can argue tjat Trump wasnt a Libertarian, but you then went out of your way to support the most actively anti-Libertarian candidate. Because Libertarian-friendly just wasnt good enough

    1. ENB voted for Jo Jorgensen.

      https://reason.com/2020/10/12/how-will-reason-staffers-vote-in-2020/

      ELIZABETH NOLAN BROWN
      Senior Editor

      Who do you plan to vote for this year? I just registered to vote in my home state, Ohio, where I’m living for the next few months. I plan to cast a ballot for Jo Jorgensen and Spike Cohen this November.

      1. Nobody would ever say anything but the truth when questioned.

        1. Oh, FFS. That is weak. You are trying to put your mind reading over her actual statement.

          1. You are stupid enough to believe anything you read.

  47. Texas Republicans have recently introduced more than two dozen bills aimed at making it harder for people to vote. The “lawmakers seek to tighten ID requirements and voter rolls, limit early voting and up the penalties for errors,” notes NBC News. The bills are riding a wave of delusional but extremely common conservative beliefs about election fraud:

    It’s gotten to the point where when I hear “restrict voting rights” from the media, I expect bullshit. Especially when “restricting voting rights” often means making our voting system more like Canada’s.

    1. “Not only should any man, woman, or child (of any gender) be able to cross our southern border without impediments or legal consequences (indeed, they should be afforded the exact same legal status and entitlement as any “citizen” immediately upon arrival) they should also be able to vote in any election of their choosing, in any jurisdiction, without the need to prove their identity. This country has a dark history of disenfranchisement and we would be well guided to avoid repeating the mistakes of our past.

      For what is a border but an imaginary line? And what is an election but an arbitrary set of rules for people in an arbitrary club called a “country” to elect their leaders?”

      – Reason, 2024

  48. I’m sorry, Reason, are you:

    1. Blind,
    2. Stupid, or
    3. Evil?

    Other than the people arrested for voter fraud, the videos of voter fraud, all the affidavits of voter fraud, and the breaking of laws by making up the rules as they went, here’s an article that you, Reason, keep ignoring:

    https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/

    -An An-Cap who wouldn’t have voted for Trump with a gun to his head

    1. Even if we want to play fast and loose with the definition of ‘fraud’, there are hundreds of demonstrated cases of people on voter rolls who voted who either don’t exist, live at an address that doesn’t exist, or are reported to live at an address where they don’t really live– and never HAVE lived. To figure out how pervasive this is, this would require a complex and time-consuming investigation to see just how widespread it is, and see if it is related to ‘fraud’ or just local sloppy voter verification systems.

      1. They only accept convictions as proof. But they make convictions nearly impossible. YOu can’t convict a dead person.

        1. they don’t accept proof as proof.

      2. Reason is actively running interference for totalitarian government and sham elections.

      3. That is the definition, no need to play with it.

        Unless you arent taking the record shattering turnout, 100% or higher in some precincts, in selected cities Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta, and Philly completely at face value

        1. First, you aren’t even stating it correctly. It wasn’t “100% or higher” turnout.

          The actual accusation is that there were more registered voters on the rolls than eligible voters living in the precincts. What that accusation leaves out is that the voter rolls distinguished between active and inactive voter registrations. Not quite as sinister sounding when you find out that it just means they left records on the rolls saying “so and so used to live here, but we note that they haven’t voted in a LONG time”.

          1. But they sudden did!

            1. * suddenly *

              1. OK, and when they did, what process did they have to go through to re-establish themselves as active on the rolls? Do you know? Or do you just assume there is no checks and procedures?

                1. Do you just assume there are, LMAO?

                  1. I’m not the one throwing around accusations of fraud. The burden of proof isn’t on me.

                    1. Just accusations of murder, like the rest of your brainwashed LMAOs.

                2. FYI, pp14-15, para 2c, 2d, and 2e of this document spell out what the local election board (aka poll workers) are supposed to do, at least in Philadelphia.
                  https://files7.philadelphiavotes.com/election-workers/Primary_2020_Election_Board_Training_Guide.pdf

      4. I said this before and I’ll say it again, the sole focus on fraud distracts from the issue of procedural malfeasance and the latter should should frighten people just as much as the former.

        After the Civil War several states enacted poll taxes. Mississippi’s had to be paid for two years before people were allowed to vote. The tax was high enough and the lead was long enough to effectively prevent freed slaves from voting. Duly enacted without fraud but specifically aimed to influence the outcome of voting and disenfranchise voters. The details about whether it swayed voting enough to affect the outcome of any given election is a moot point.

  49. https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1370947522924060679?s=19

    See how Woke extremists work. They will engage in infiltration, doxing, and even hacking of their opposition. The world Herbert Marcuse and Mao Zedong built.

    1. And, lest you wonder how someone has the time and energy to infiltrate and agitate for Culrural Marxism while most people have families and jobs to worry about, these people are paid to do so, as a quasi-full time job, funded by the Obama stimulus, and now in perperuity by the just passed Biden $2T slush fund

      1. Says someone who spends hours and hours every week commenting on stories at Reason.

        1. Says someone who spends hours and hours every week commenting on defending stories at Reason.

          1. Less weird for me to be spending time at a website I like than your spending time at a website you don’t like. The latter shows that you don’t respect your own precious life’s minutes enough to find a better place to spend your time.

            1. It is indeed less weird for you to never question authority or their narratives. Truest thing you’ve ever said.

            2. It’s very entertaining. Look how I made you squirm.

        2. Are you not doing the same thing, LMAO?

          1. a hell of a lot more than me

  50. Liberal singularity:

    Population: 320,000,000
    Labor Participation rate: 61.4%
    Labor Force: 196,480,000
    Minimum Wage: $152.69/hour
    Tax Rate: 10%
    Revenue $6 Trillion

    That should balance the budget.

    1. How about just dividing annual federal spending by the number of taxpayers? 6 trillion / 200 million = 30K each. Any additional spending proposals get split up equally. Only taxpayers get to vote.

      1. Sounds fair to me. “Fair” being a very ummm….. elastic concept for many.

    2. At least that would get inflation up to its proper place right away, instead of the multi-decade creep that we’ve experienced since the end of World War II.

  51. >>inequity in the tax code

    you, dear press-type assholes, allowed them to change inequality to inequity without batting an eye

  52. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1371494977742721026?s=19

    Chauvin lawyer: It was highly prejudicial for the city to hold a press conference in the exact middle of jury selection and award $27M to George Floyd’s family

    1. True dat

      made me even more prejudiced against the Floyds

  53. “The administration is realizing that the U.S. may eventually have to pay for some of the massive spending sprees that President Joe Biden and Democrats have still in the works.”

    FFS- no, we are realizing that we have to pay for BOTH parties’ profligacy. Dems usually at least want tax hikes to pay for their stuff whereas Rs just cut taxes and still shell out like drunken sailors on the military and other bullshit without ever cutting.

    And what did you expect? All the Rs EVER do is cut taxes. Maybe we can stop fucking our children and grandchildren over by leaving them with the bill for the dinner we ate.

    1. Fuck you, cut spending.

      1. Maybe you shouldn’t say “fuck you” to people who agree with you. Geez.

        1. He didn’t.

        2. idiot – All the Rs EVER do is cut taxes
          libertarian – Fuck you, cut spending.
          idiot 2 – you shouldn’t say “fuck you” to people who agree with you. Geez.

          Facepalm.jpg

    2. I bet your finances are a total joke.

    3. Dems usually at least want tax hikes to pay for their stuff

      No they don’t and you know it. They want it to pay for their stuff the same way a gambling addict needs just a couple thousand dollars to pay for their stuff. They don’t want to pay it all off so they can stop gambling, they just want to pay off enough to keep gambling without having to worry about having their legs broken. And that’s the generous interpretation.

      1. Taxes are needed to sop up all those printed dollars from the Fed to pay for vote buying so rates don’t go up..interest on the debt crowds out giving out more free stuff…even that moron Yellen is scared to death of inflation stopping the bolshevik take over..the Fed can’t raise rates anymore or destroy the market..the only thing they can do it tax to pull money out..

    4. The sad part is that you’re too stupid to realize that inflation hurts poor and middle class people more than the wealthy.

  54. Many countries around the world require in-person voting on the day of the election, with (gasp) Identification! Even super-woke France requires this.

    Last I checked there are no Republicans there.

  55. “Raising the tax rate (to what is not clear) on folks earning more than $400,000…”

    Whenever a politician uses the word “folks”, watch your wallet.

  56. “…have recently introduced more than two dozen bills aimed at making it harder for people to vote”

    Seems like everyone is still able to vote. It’s not that complicated.

    1. “Black people and Latinxxx are too niave and stupid to have ID and use a computer or a form. We need to do it for them” – t. progressives, ENB

  57. Bloomy didn’t mention the nail in the coffin.. Financial Transaction Tax. That’s the word on the street, FTTs.

  58. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1371514076682158085?s=19

    BREAKING: Washington Post retracts massive story that falsely claimed Trump asked Georgia to “find the votes”

    1. Shit. I imagine all the mainstream outlets will be running that story 24/7 (ha ha)

  59. “…Texas Republicans have recently introduced more than two dozen bills aimed at making it harder for people to vote. The “lawmakers seek to tighten ID requirements and voter rolls, limit early voting and up the penalties for errors,” notes NBC News…”

    This is written as if making it harder to vote is, prima facie, a negative.
    Sorry, the results of voting can be serious, and as a republic, we try to avoid mob rule. Voting should be more difficult than answering a ‘phone poll.
    Like, maybe, you should spend some effort providing evidence that you are who you claim to be.

  60. I’m not worried about tax increases I make less than $400,000 a year. Joe promised he wouldn’t raise MY taxes! (sarc) Suckers.

  61. What ‘inequality’ really means to the left…..
    The ability to point Gov-Guns at people and STEAL their EARNED stuff.

    Democrats worship communism and Nazism; The end goal is that all people work for the State and the State distributes the resources.

    Both terms ‘fair’ and ‘free’ and exactly contrary to the Democratic platform of Nazism (def; National Socialism).

  62. Let’s here it for higher taxes, more unemployment and back to bombing people in the Middle East.

    Hip, hip, horray!
    Hip, hip, horray!
    Hip, hip, horray!

  63. ENB is pretty clueless…she doesn’t get the real reason for tax hikes..it isn’t to punish the rich or even pay for ridiculous govt programs but to allow continued deficit spending. Even old Yellen the Keynsian Witch knows having the Fed print 2T and dumping it in the market will raise inflation and rates..rates which will then increase the interest payment on the debt the govt has to pay and crowd out new spending. Taxes will sop up the money (after the Dem interest groups get it and spend it of course) reducing inflation. It isn’t about paying for anything bonehead..it is about not having to fight higher rates for govt borrowing..

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