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Why Are There New Crypto Rules in the Infrastructure Bill?

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Crypto taxes are infrastructure. The infrastructure bill—"to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes"—is here, and it's 2,702 pages long. That's a lot of "other purposes." And one of the most notable noninfrastructure pegs relates to cryptocurrency.

First, the good news: Cryptocurrency holders face no new regulations under the proposal. "The pending bill does not create new reporting requirements for individuals, create new penalties for individuals, or impose any new obligations on individual cryptocurrency holders at all," notes Forbes.

But cryptocurrency exchanges and brokers do face new reporting requirements—and penalties—for digital assets. A digital asset is defined as "any digital representation of value which is recorded on a cryptographically secured distributed ledger or any similar technology as specified by the Secretary."

Under language tucked down on page 2,433 of the bill, "any person who (for consideration) is responsible for regularly providing any service effectuating transfers of digital assets on behalf of another person" will have to report each transaction to the federal government on an information return. The new rule would take effect on January 1, 2023.

Here's where the bad news for cryptocurrency holders comes in: The information reported by exchanges would give the IRS a new tool to go after individuals who don't fully or accurately report digital assets on their tax returns. As Guinevere Moore at Forbes explains:

The proposed legislation, if passed, would have a significant impact on both investors and exchanges. Exchanges will need to undertake significant efforts to comply with the reporting regime. Investors, on the other hand, won't have to "do" anything. But under the new law, all of the information that the IRS would normally receive when an investor sells a share of Amazon stock will now be sent to the IRS when an investor sells one Bitcoin, one Ethereum, or the like. There's a lot to be sorted out: what will happen with crypto stored in cold storage, wallets not on exchanges, so-called "self custody." The proposed legislation does not address this "self-custody" cryptocurrency, because it is analogous to cash under a mattress. It is difficult to trace and even more difficult to devise an information reporting scheme that would encompass such an asset. Individual cryptocurrency owners and investors must still pay attention, however, because it is even more likely that the IRS will be made aware of their transactions and expect them to be reported on a tax return.

Lawmakers are hoping to use money from enforcing cryptocurrency taxes to help fund all these new programs in the infrastructure bill.

"By strengthening tax enforcement on such digital assets, the federal government could raise $28 billion over a decade, according to an estimate by the Joint Committee on Taxation, which analyzed the plan. While that would be just a small fraction of the $550 billion that lawmakers have proposed in new federal spending on infrastructure, it is among the few fresh sources of revenue included in the plan," The New York Times reports.

"With regulators circling the industry, cryptocurrency firms have been stocking up on high-priced lobbyists to help shape the coming rules," the Times adds.

The infrastructure bill does not list specific penalties for cryptocurrency exchanges and digital asset brokers that fail to file proper information returns, but does amend the IRS code to include digital assets "in the definition of what is included in an information return subject to penalty," notes Moore, a tax litigator who calls information reporting penalties "the most onerous and costly in the Internal Revenue Code…both in terms of the penalty assessed and the extraordinarily difficult path to contesting them in court."

Cryptocurrency exchanges could see $250 penalties per customer whom they didn't accurately furnish with an information return or for whom they didn't accurately furnish a return to the IRS, with even steeper fees if any mistake was judged to be intentional. (As Moore points out, "Coinbase, the first major cryptocurrency exchange to go public, has over 56 million customers.")

More general information on the bill here and here.


FREE MINDS

More issues with the Provincetown, Massachusetts, study undergirding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) updated guidance on masks. See this thread from Joseph Allen, associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a member of The Lancet's COVID-19 commission, for a breakdown:

More on Provincetown from Reason's Jacob Sullum here.


FREE MARKETS

Did California effectively outlaw bacon? New animal welfare rules could keep many pork operations from selling meat in the state. From Bloomberg:

At the beginning of next year, California will begin enforcing an animal welfare proposition approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 that requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves. National veal and egg producers are optimistic they can meet the new standards, but only 4% of hog operations now comply with the new rules. Unless the courts intervene or the state temporarily allows non-compliant meat to be sold in the state, California will lose almost all of its pork supply, much of which comes from Iowa, and pork producers will face higher costs to regain a key market….

With little time left to build new facilities, inseminate sows and process the offspring by January, it's hard to see how the pork industry can adequately supply California, which consumes roughly 15% of all pork produced in the country.


QUICK HITS

• Florida is seeing its highest number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, making up one-fifth of new COVID-19 cases across the U.S., according to the CDC.

• Exurbs gain during the pandemic. "The biggest population shift was from urban areas to rural neighborhoods and exurbs," reports Business Insider on a new analysis of migration data. But "overall, changes in occupancy between urban, suburban, and exurban areas are moderating. Population shifts were most intense last summer and are now the smallest they've been since the pandemic began."

• There's evidence that the pandemic housing boom is finally starting to subside.

• Some Democrats seem to want to extend the federal eviction moratorium forever.

• Can Americans please stop championing China's tech policy?

• The prekindergarten system Biden has held up as a model for the nation "has an accountability problem," reports Politico.

• Cheers! Massachusetts might move to overturn its happy hour ban.

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  1. More issues with the Provincetown, Massachusetts, study undergirding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated guidance on masks.

    Homophobic.

    1. The CDC relied on data that was never peer-reviewed. Clearly, the CDC followed the science; political science, that is.

      CDC Physicians: Heal Thyselves!

      1. See this thread from Joseph Allen, associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a member of The Lancet’s COVID-19 commission, for a breakdown

        You better have screenshots of that Twitter thread because it won’t be there for long.

        1. Yep. He’ll be getting a phone call or two.

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      2. CDC Physicians: HealGo Fuck Thyselves!

        FIFY.

        1. Well, that too. But I was trying to be polite. 🙂

    2. While whites have higher covid vaccination rates than blacks in 48 of 50 states, a recent Bloomberg article entitled “White Vaccination Rates Lag in States Where Covid Is Surging: Covid-19 Tracker” falsely portrays whites as having lower rates. But a chart at the bottom reveals the actual data, contradicting their false narrative.
      https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-vaccine-tracker-global-distribution/us-vaccine-demographics.html

      In the past two weeks, I’ve seen/read dozens of so-called news
      stories/articles that falsely claim whites (especially white Republicans who live in red states) are the reason why covid cases are surging nationwide.

      1. The Bloomberg strategy:
        1. Tell people that the world is full of terrible stuff.
        2. Tell people that all terrible stuff comes from conservatives.
        3. Profit.

      2. You think maybe the thousands of illegal aliens pouring across the southern border daily and then shipped out by the Feds to destinations around the country might have something to do with it?

        1. No, as Biden isn’t shipping illegal aliens to Black urban neighborhoods in blue states (because doing so would cause protests by Blacks). Instead, it appears that Biden has been shipping illegal immigrants to red states (to increase Dems chances of winning future elections, to prevent income growth among Republicans, and to increase spending by red state governments).

  2. Did California effectively outlaw bacon?

    It goes straight to Los Angeles’ thighs.

    1. More for the rest of us!

    2. Plenty of people live in societies that ban bacon, purely for delusional religious reasons. Why should California be different?

      1. Isn’t it interesting how my state became a religious theocracy where my daughter cannot eat bacon and must cover her face whenever going to school or other public spaces?

        1. Sounds like child abuse

          1. Sounds like ISIS.

      2. Not really delusional in the origins.

    3. Should it not because violation of the Interstate Commerce clause for California to try to regulate businesses outside their jurisdiction.

      1. the new bacon black market who will be the first killed by swat teams for having bacon. BACON LIVES MATTER

        1. I had bacon and chorizo this morning. mmmmmm.

        2. BLACK MARKETS MATTER!

    4. If half the pork supply was suddenly lost in California, bacon prices would jump 60%, meaning a $6 package would rise to about $9.60.

      Processors will need to design new systems to track California-compliant hogs and separate those premium cuts from standard pork that can serve the rest of the country.

      Kim, who is Korean-American, said she’s especially worried for small restaurants whose customers can’t afford big price increases and that specialize in Asian and Hispanic dishes that typically include pork.

      I smell a new business line / laundering mechanism for the cartels. In the end, the Baptists only ever really legislate in service of the Bootleggers.

      1. Also a ring of CA state line Waffle Houses, Dennys, and food trucks (except along the northern border).

      2. Quick question, is it only illegal to sell non-compliant bacon in stores etc? do restaurants have to confirm the bacon they are serving meets these standards? If not could they just cross the border to Arizona, Nevada or Utah, buy the pork and then drive back to the restaurant? Also I presume it would not be illegal to possess the pork so again just cross the border and get a crap load a couple of times a year. Would be like the county line stores across from dry counties, they make a killing in beer sales every Friday evening while the stores in the counties lose out on business, does not stop them from drinking. Seems like they are trying to copy their auto model where the auto makers just make all cars California compliant rather than have two sets of exhaust systems. Unfortunately don’t think it will work in this case.

    5. More bacon for the rest of us. Kalifornia finally does something beneficial for the country.

  3. Florida is seeing its highest number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic…

    NO FURTHER CONTEXT NEEDED

    1. And man it is hilarious watching the twitter verse try to dunk on Desantis. It is so predictable to see these people slink into the shadows for months until some bit of “bad” news shows up. Then they all pile on “See!? We told you! We told you!”

      Just a reminder that Texas and Florida still have a Covid Death rate right at the average of the country. The top states for death rate are among those that locked down hardest (NJ, NY, Mass in the lead).

      1. Some people WANT this virus to be more deadly, more frightening.

        I cannot understand this thinking. Do they want to be able to say “I told you so?”

        1. Panic porn can be addicting. (Thus a new federal addiction program in the next infrastructure bill.)

      2. You can even take it down to the county level. Lock down Los Angeles has a death rate about 32% higher than the US. When it comes to case fatality ratio LA is 5.3% higher while Florida is 17.5% lower than the US overall.

    2. its leterally a meaningless metric and if that makes Desantis evil what does that make Cuomo who had far worse numbers and deaths

      1. How dare you! Logic and numbers are racist!

    3. I live in FL, and haven’t noticed

      1. You almost certainly died last year.

        1. At least a dozen times

  4. The biggest population shift was from urban areas to rural neighborhoods and exurbs…

    My condolences to those areas.

    1. There is no truth to the reports that FL & TX are planning 40 year quarantines for CA immigrants, legal or otherwise.

      1. How about common-sense waiting periods for voter registration?

        1. Any reasonable person would agree that one should reside in a state for a minimum of ten years — in order to understand the issues and gain knowledge of the laws and lawmakers — before being permitted to vote.

  5. There’s evidence that the pandemic housing boom is finally starting to subside.

    All the houses are infected with Delta.

    1. Dead people don’t buy houses.

      1. But they can vote, so need an address somewhere.

    2. Delta House?

  6. Some Democrats seem to want to extend the federal eviction moratorium forever.

    In case you forgot that the landlord was the leftist’s natural enemy.

    1. Something Something Red Guard.

    2. Actually, the entire owner class is the leftist’s natural enemy. A collectivist paradise will certainly result once we eliminate the concept of ownership. For proof, see the wonderful US Indian reservations.

      1. *the entire [non corporate] owner class

        1. No, since corporations will answer to “stake-holders” other than stock owners, again nullifying ownership.

    3. But somehow aren’t able to legislate it.

  7. Can Americans please stop championing China’s tech policy?

    Almost as though China’s near total ownership of corporate media is a bad idea.

  8. A digital asset is defined as “any digital representation of value which is recorded on a cryptographically secured distributed ledger or any similar technology as specified by the Secretary.”

    So, pretty much *anything* on your computer.

    Under language tucked down on page 2,433 of the bill, “any person who (for consideration) is responsible for regularly providing any service effectuating transfers of digital assets on behalf of another person” will have to report each transaction to the federal government on an information return.

    So, pretty much *anybody*.

    Plus, any bill over, say, three pages long should be voided out of hand because it is incomprehensible.

    1. Agreed. But some politicians love massive bills. They hide a multitude of sins: hiding all sorts of items, convincing other lawmakers to vote for the bill because of “must-pass” sections, general confusion on what the bill DOES include. Note the big rush to pass before other lawmakers & their staff have time to go through the bill and object or make changes. Does anyone remember the PATRIOT Act?

  9. Cheers! Massachusetts might move to overturn its happy hour ban.

    They were never always glad you came.

    1. But they know your name, your location, your contacts, ….

      1. Try making your way in the world today when they take everything you got.

        1. Taking a break from all my worries will sure help a lot.

  10. That’s a lot of “other purposes.”

    You’ve been thrown under the omnibus, America.

    1. “…. as specified by the Secretary.”

  11. Shaheed Morris, a department spokesperson, said in an email that the DOE “reviews every concern it receives, including those that are anonymous.” If necessary, Morris said, the DOE works with providers and districts to “address the situation.”

    IOW, the DOE ignores every concern.

  12. So next year if my in-laws dogs kill one of the wild hogs on their property like they’ve done in the past, I should drive it to California and charge $50 a pound for it. That would be a nice little money maker.

    1. Except for the part where CA claims the authority to stop you at the border and burn your pig meat.

      1. I burn pig meat regularly. Often over some applewood

        1. Will you join us for mass consumption this weekend? We shall ignite our flame pit and char some mammal flesh for you.

  13. Now is the time for all hog raisers outside CA to just stop selling in CA.
    Put a sign where the pork used to be displayed saying they get pork again when the regulatory environment returns to reality.
    I imagine a CA without bacon and carnitas will rebel fairly quickly.

    1. Of course, the pussies will cave in, and everyone else will have to pay even higher prices for pork. thank God there is no inflation.

      1. Eggs and chicken are ready more expensive in CA. Just more animal rights activism pushing to force poor people to eat nothing but sugar and carbs.

        1. Food pyramid ftw!

      2. Prices of pork just dropped today because there are “x” number of hogs for slaughter this year and less pork products going to Commifornia. The market surplus in Georgia caused the price to go down to get you to buy.

        So, I loaded up and pork products for family and friends in the sub zero freezers. Our hogs get one more year to fatten up.

        1. Actually, there are way more hogs for slaughter right now than can be slaughtered.

          The backup is in the meat processing. It’s so expensive to build a processor because it has to be HUGE to amortize costs — regulatory capture, the biggest couple of meat packing companies made it so you have to have expensive inspectors on site, on staff all the time — that no new meat packers are coming online. Meanwhile, pork prices are doubled yet farmers have surplus hogs to slaughter and are losing money.

          I’m not guessing that they’ll give a rat’s ass about california. Too bad, I’ll miss carnitas.

  14. More proof it is Trump Republicans who refuse the vaccine as 40% of educators in NY remain unvaccinated.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/after-seven-months-40-percent-of-new-york-city-educators-arent-vaccinated/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    1. For the past eighteen months, teachers’ unions across the country and in New York City insisted that school buildings could not be reopened because the threat of COVID-19 infection to teachers, administrators, and other staff was just too high.

      “Because at least 40% of us are unvaccinated, DUH!!”

    2. Huh, if you continue to pay people the same amount for less work, those same people might actively work to continue that plan. Who would’ve figured?

  15. Some drone footage of illegal aliens being kept by DHS at under the bridge happy fun camp.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/BillFOXLA/status/1421934512959787009

  16. Trust the elites.. trust The Science. As AMA calls for the end of sex designations on birth certificates.

    Ignore that male and females have different body chemistry. Treat everyone the same.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/american-medical-association-blasted-after-calling-for-removing-sex-from-birth-certificates

    1. Some great comments. E.g.,

      “Good news for men under 25: Call your auto insurance company and demand a lower premium because you’re no longer male.”

      1. They’ll just raise the premium for everyone. But hey, feminist wanted to end the #pinktax. So progress!

    2. Mandatory monthly tampon usage for everybody. Because fairness.

  17. Thanks Canada!

  18. Breitbart got a copy of the 2700 page infrastructure bill before official release. It is more terrible than advertised. It shows the gop who signed onto the bill are nothing more than beaten dogs.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/08/01/exclusive-bipartisan-so-called-infrastructure-bill-2700-pages-long/

    1. It will spend money to study job losses from Keystone XL, will not change it being killed from being built.

      Billions for illegal immigrants. Zero for border security.

      Initial forcing of the GND.

      Multiple highways to nowhere.

      1. This^

        Its a federal taxpayer bailout of mainly Blue states to try to prop up their overextended state budget failures.

        Democrats joked that Blue states can redirect the transportation money to Lefty causes.

      2. “It will spend money to study job losses from Keystone XL”

        What is this I can’t even…

        1. “We’ve destroyed an industry, 200,000 jobs and the economy of a province of 5.5 million with one ridiculous decision. But how can we really rub shit in their faces?”

          “Well…”

    2. McConnell is so scared of losing the filibuster. He’s trying to buy time to 2022 when he hopes the Senate will flip back. Its not happening. The house might flip but the Senate if anything will pick up a D seat or 2.

      1. Not likely. Republicans still control more state houses & will redistrict accordingly before the next election.

        1. Redistricting doesn’t affect Senate races. Only House races.

          1. Wrong. The makeup of each precinct matters greatly, more at the house than the Senate, but it will affect voting patterns.

  19. “And one of the most notable noninfrastructure pegs relates to cryptocurrency.”

    If you are holding Bitcoin, you owe it to yourself and the bitcoin eco system to get your money out of the exchanges as soon as possible.

    Right now, the government has analysis companies watching the blockchain to identify “bad” bitcoins (i.e. those believed to be part of illegal activities). They cannot necessarily peg who used those tainted coins, but they have tried to get companies to censor them. Marathon Digital tried floating “clean blocks” where they attest that they used an analysis of the blockchain to scrub their mined block of tainted transactions- that is, a miner tried to censor transactions on the block chain. This behavior was swiftly, and decisively shut down.

    Since the government has lost its battle to censor the block chain, their next angle of attack is the exchanges. Exchanges are the lowest friction mechanism for getting bitcoin turned into cash (or vice versa). Again, the government is encouraging these exchanges to use blockchain analyses to identify, and flag tainted bitcoins. People who use CoinJoin btc mixing to anonymize their bitcoin are being flagged and prevented from transferring into the exchange.

    When this law goes through, the government will know exactly who bought bitcoin (and other crypto) in the exchange (they are already compelled to Know Your Customer via ID verification). They will then start tying that to blockchain transactions.

    The only way to fight back against this invasion of our privacy is to move as much money around in the blockchain as possible. There are only about 14 Million BTC available and will probably never be more than 16 Million. If enough people mix bitcoin, then pretty much every single bitcoin will be tainted, and exchanges will be unable to gatekeep you for using a bitcoin mixing service- since everyone will use them. The upcoming taproot version of BTC will allow these processes to create true anonymity in the chain.

    The ultimate end game is what is happening in El Salvador. With BTC as legal tender, you no longer need to exchange BTC for dollars- just keep it in your wallet and use as necessary.

    1. The way to do this is to utilize a decentralized exchange, outside the US. Keep BTC outside the US. Never the twain can meet. Ever.

      1. That will not stop the US government. They already arrest people for violating US laws in countries where the activity isn’t illegal.

        1. One of the few nations in the world that taxes expats as though they are living in the US, demands foreign banks allow US financial surveillance even when it’s contrary to local regulations, etc.

          I still don’t understand why it’s kosher to tax someone who hasn’t set foot in the country all year just because they have a passport.

          1. Because FYTW = what government uses to make it kosher

        2. You can if they do not know; hence use a decentralized exchange. It is not easy, but it can be done. I don’t have THAT kind of coin to be worrying about it. Besides, I have no crypto; I have no need to speculate.

    2. They just want the FBI to know where all that coin is hiding so it can be civilly forfeited. All crypto is only used for illegal activities according to the FBI and no doubt several legislators.

  20. “Some Democrats seem to want to extend the federal eviction moratorium forever.”

    No evictions after not paying rent. No prosecution after stealing things or assault. No requirements to pay back student loans. Oh, and no restrictions on immigration and access to benefits.

    I would say the Democrats are well on the way to creating a responsibility-free global society. What could possibly go wrong?

    1. From TFA: “An estimated 3.6 billion Americans are at risk of eviction, some as soon as Monday.”

      1. TFA Barbie: “Math is hard!”

      2. And most of them voted by mail in Pennsylvania.

    2. “I would say the Democrats are well on the way to creating a responsibility-free global society. What could possibly go wrong?”

      Nothing could possibly go wrong. Because you will never hear about it. Because the government will soon control the mass media directly, instead of indirectly, and such nonsense as reporting what is going wrong will be “misinformation.” But only, of course, until the next administration takes office, and the definition of “misinformation” will magically change.

      1. Double-plus good.

  21. “Pigs, hens, veal calves keep their minimum space requirements after court ruling”
    […]
    “…The National Pork Producers Council and the National Farm Bureau Federation, with support from 20 states, sued to overturn the ban, arguing that it was an unconstitutional attempt to regulate interstate commerce and would effectively impose California’s rules on producers in other states.
    But the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said California does not interfere with interstate commerce when it requires out-of-state businesses to comply with its health and safety standards in order to sell their products in the state.
    Prop. 12’s requirements “merely impose a higher cost on production,” Judge Sandra Ikuta said in a 3-0 ruling Wednesday that upheld a federal judge’s dismissal of the lawsuit.
    […]
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Pigs-hens-veal-calves-keep-their-minimum-space-16352824.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    Imposing higher costs is somehow not interference?
    I think those three judges went to government schools.

    1. Im sure the Commies at unreason will do a long article about the pork black market into Commifornia is good because Trump is literally Hitler.

    2. Honest question, can other states sue California over this? It’s bound to raise prices on pork in every other state, because the cost of making the adjustments is going to have to be recouped somehow. That is going to affect consumers in other states by making pork unaffordable.

      Or, is it legally possible for a producer to slap an extra charge only on pork bound for California in order to pay for the cost of complying with their rules?

      1. They have tried in the past and the USSC has knocked them down despite the fact that the California regulations essentially cause nationwide regulations in response.

        https://yubanet.com/california/supreme-court-rejects-meat-industry-challenge-to-historic-farm-animal-law/

        1. Beat me to it.

      2. “Honest question, can other states sue California over this?”

        States probably can’t but the producers sure can and that’s what they’re doing in federal court.
        Looks to me like these three judges would hold that it’s possible to be a little bit pregnant.

    3. That is insane. Wickard counts a farmer growing food for himself as having enough of an effect on interstate commerce to put it under federal supervision, but the 9th Circuit California attempting to regulate out of state businesses does not. There is no logic or consistency, only the desired result.

      Madness.

    4. There were two cases that disputed this, both based on the Interstate Commerce Clause.

      1) The first one held that California was effectively regulating interstate commerce, but what the court found was that Prop 12 wasn’t seeking to make laws uniform throughout the United States. You don’t need to comply if you don’t want to comply.

      I suspect the rationale here is similar to California’s regulation of auto emissions. If you want to sell cars in California, you need to manufacture them to comply with California’s CARB regulations, which are more stringent than the EPA’s And so, some have argued that California is essentially setting environmental standards for the whole country.

      Regardless of whether you agree with that, if they caved in the case of pig farms, etc., they’d probably need to overturn the rationale for regulating the auto industry’s emissions standards. The bigger the effect of pulling the rug out from under something, the more reluctant the courts are to pull the rug out from under it.

      2) The other case held that Prop 12 was violating the Interstate Commerce Clause in a way that was effectively protectionist. That case was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court about a month ago. they refused to hear it.

      https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_12,_Farm_Animal_Confinement_Initiative_(2018)

      P.S. Yeah, a whole bunch of states jumped on those cases. It didn’t matter.

  22. https://www.denverpost.com/2021/08/02/critical-race-theory-colorado-schools-equity-classes/

    Among DPS’s equity practices, the district has created Belong Groups [that] “are intentional spaces for people with similar backgrounds, beliefs and experiences to gather, celebrate and create community.” There are groups for teachers who are Black, Asian, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and deaf/hard of hearing as well as for teachers of black students and teachers who are single parents or have blended families. For people who don’t belong in these Belong Groups there is a “Deconstructing Privilege Belong Group” that “will provide all, especially white staff members, a space to recognize and deepen their understanding of the implications of whiteness, privilege, racism and oppression.”

    1. Translation: segregation. “Everyone show up with your victim cards so you can get into one of the special groups and can hear about how you are fucked because of your victim status. Whites? Head to the other room so you can hear about how much you suck and that you have what you do because of your privilege. “

    2. Also hilarious, everyone that is a victim gets a fuzzy “Belong (TM)” group. The whites get the “Strugglesession” group.

      1. And when the struggle sessions turn out to be about raising a militia for “the struggle”, then what?

        1. 1. Failing grade for the entire school year.
          2. No-knock home searches at 2am for “seditious material and contraband”.
          3. Relocation to re-education camps in eastern Colorado. (And you thought the recent news about Camp Amache restorations was about “historical” lessons.)

    3. “intentional spaces for people with similar backgrounds, beliefs and experiences to gather, celebrate and create community.”

      *** meekly raises hand ***

      Aren’t there bars in Denver?

      1. Ain’t you heard? There’s a variant about. Only the suicidal still bother with those.

    4. Keep in mind, Denver Public Schools has had a free-fall in white student attendance since the busing days. Lakewood and Wheat Ridge, for example, incorporated specifically so their families wouldn’t get sucked into DPS’s orbit and have to send their kids across town to Montbello, West, and Manual. Its current demographic makeup is over 50% Latino and over 70% qualify for some kind of free lunch program.

      I suspect that white attendance is going to plummet further as these programs take root, because the school board is full of white-hating/self-loathing members who think this kind of Marcusian double-think is just fine and dandy.

      1. I realize their thought process is they want to pander to / patronize minorities and punish white people for their privilege. But they have to see the end result is just going to be more “white flight”. Parents that can afford to move so their kid can get a better education (or in this case not have to sit through racist bullshit) are going to do so, theyll go to private schools or more affluent districts that dont push this hogwash.

        The result is just going to be further concentrating minorities in shitty public school districts (if their parents will tolerate teachers telling their kids they are helpless victims), and whites leaving to get better education elsewhere. They will be either preaching to the choir’s children, or to poor white kids who end up stuck there, likely very resentful. Nothing good will come of it.

        1. I realize their thought process is they want to pander to / patronize minorities and punish white people for their privilege. But they have to see the end result is just going to be more “white flight”.

          I guarantee none of the board members have that level of future-time orientation. Supporters of busing were shocked at the time that whites left DPS after that policy was implemented.

          The other thing to keep in mind here is that DPS, for now, has a pretty strong school choice program that features a lot of charter schools. The more radical members of the board want to bring that to an end. Most white people who live in Denver don’t send their kids to the neighborhood schools unless they live in the southern areas of the city–they go charter or private schools. The state also has a pretty generous open-enrollment policy, so even more go to high-performing suburban school districts such as Cherry Creek.

    5. But that’s not REAL CRT so it doesn’t matter.

      — Lying Jeffy

  23. Answer to headline question:
    Because it is not an infrastructure bill.

    (is there a prize?)

  24. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1422202761056239630?s=19

    WH official this am: “B lockdown speech being drawn up this week…they’re planning to make it sound like one of the most solemn in history, real Bush on the night of 9/11 type stuff. Would start stocking up if I were y’all”

  25. Census 2020, August 16 release

    Democrats are trying to delay the “official” release of Census numbers because they know they are losing the House during Civil War 2.0

  26. Obama defies CDC guidance by inviting 500 people to his celebrity-studded 60th birthday party at his $12m mansion on Martha’s Vineyard: Pearl Jam will perform and guests including Steven Spielberg will be served by 200 staff

    Someone has to fund raise to save the Party of slavery.

    Pretty good wealth accumulation for the son of a poor American Commie and poor African Commie. But America is racist!

    1. The help will be masked.

    2. Martha’s Vineyard is underwater by now, isn’t it?

  27. Kathy Griffin reveals she has lung cancer, will have surgery to have part of lung removed

    The sooner these Commies die the sooner America can heal itself from all their damage.

    1. On the one hand, I think that’s inappropriate.

      On the other hand, I was feeling a little gleeful myself when I read that.

      We should remember that she wants to be famous more than anything. Wouldn’t the best revenge be that she died and hardly anyone noticed.

      P.S. Dusty Hill died.

      RIP

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqx8jeVFsjI

      1. ZZ Top and only rednecks with shitty taste in music like them.

    2. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. She’s a vile, idiotic virtue signaler, but nobody deserves that. I pray she recovers.

      1. Yep, exactly well said.

  28. “Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) rebutted criticism from some on the right, including former President Trump, who have argued that the bill makes it easier for Democrats to pass a separate $3.5 trillion spending bill that Republicans are unified against.

    “If you don’t think our Democrat friends are going to push that monstrosity with or without this bill, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. They are going to push for that anyway,” Romney said.”

    —-The Hill (11 hours ago)

    https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/565870-senators-announce-bipartisan-infrastructure-bill-in-rare-sunday-session

    Mitt Romney is full of shit.

    The question isn’t whether the Democrats will push for the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill without the infrastructure bill. The question is whether moderate Democrats in the Senate like Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, or Jon Tester will vote for the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill without the infrastructure bill, and the indications so far suggest that it wouldn’t pass.

    It’s true that if the infrastructure bill doesn’t pass in the Senate, the Democrats will fold it into the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill and try to pass it as a $4.5 trillion reconciliation bill, but whether a $4.5 trillion reconciliation bill would pass either the Senate or among moderate Democrats in the House is another open question without any clear answers at this point.

    What should be clear is that the window of opportunity for all this spending is closing as Joe Biden’s and the Democrats become increasingly unpopular, and the longer this drags out, the less likely it is to pass. If they don’t get both of these bills passed before the summer recess (in August), the chances increase that these spending bills will go the way H.R.1 and Trump’s ObamaCare repeal.

    P.S. If the infrastructure bill passes the 60 vote threshold over the no-votes of 40 Republican senators–because 10 Republican senators voted for it–I will continue to question calling the bill a bipartisan bill. Show me 10 Republican senators who voted for the infrastructure bill when it reaches the floor, and I’ll show you 10 Republican senators who need to be targeted in primaries like the Tea Party used to target senators who voted for TARP.

    1. “If you don’t think our Democrat friends are going to push that monstrosity with or without this bill, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. They are going to push for that anyway,” Romney said.”

      If Romney truly believes this, he should vote no on adding 1.5 Trillion more to the bill.

      Romney is indeed full of it.

      1. He just wants to pass it because he’s the one that negotiated it–without McConnell–and he still has pretensions of leading the Republicans back to the way they were before the Tea Party and before Trump, during the Bush administration.

        He wants McConnel’s job. He wants to be the John Boehner of the Senate.

        1. He wants McConnel’s job. He wants to be the John Boehner of the Senate.

          If he actually has that ambition, he’s incredibly delusional as to his ability to lead the party. He’s only in that seat to begin with because Utah’s Republicans didn’t want the Democrat in it, not because they actually like the guy. If he got primaried, the odds are pretty good that he’d lose, because he’s seen as a McCain-type of quisling chasing asspats from the media.

          Romney getting McConnell’s job would effectively end the GOP for good, which is probably why Democrats and the media continue to nurture whatever ambitions he may have.

          1. Don’t underestimate the support of Mormons in Utah. That’s still a factor in places like Nevada, too. He could be the majority leader of the establishment Republicans.

            And even if it isn’t in the Senate, he can still hope for a plum assignment in a moderate Republican administration in 2024. Hell, he won the nomination himself before, and he might win it again!

            That’s what’s going through his mind.

            Sooner or later, he expects the “moderate” establishment RINOs to reassert their control of the party, and he wants to be at the head of that when it happens.

            When some of the trolls here try to assert that the Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats in various ways, they’re talking about people like Mitt Romney. But, yeah, at the moment, he’s twisting in the wind out there by himself with Susan Collins and Murkowski.

            1. Like Liz Chaney he’s completely ignorant of the feelings on the ground outside the beltway regarding the behavior of the elite. Even the Democrats have a better handle on it than the GOPe.

        2. Yes, everybody LOVED the 2000-2016 GOP!

          Romney can suck it.

      2. yeah, that didn’t sound like much of a “rebuttal”

  29. But cryptocurrency exchanges and brokers do face new reporting requirements—and penalties—for digital assets. …

    Here’s where the bad news for cryptocurrency holders comes in: The information reported by exchanges would give the IRS a new tool to go after individuals who don’t fully or accurately report digital assets on their tax returns.

    Gotta pay for those trillions of dollars of spending somehow. Oh who am I kidding, they can always just print more money. The former bartender from NY assures that should be no problem, and we should all take economic advice from former bartenders.

  30. They’re going to have to raise taxes just to cover the cost of printing that infrastructure bill.

  31. Why is it that the left liberal Block Yomommatards of today harbor such an intense animus towards the diminishing group of American workers that produce the goods we depend on to survive? The farmers, ranchers, miners, loggers, the people in energy production and heavy manufacturing, etc.

    There was a time when the democrats were truly the party of workers, but that seems almost dead now. Maybe one of the Reason staffers can explain this change in attitude to me using one of their many sockpuppet accounts, because I honestly don’t understand this at all.

    1. “Christ, my dad was such an asshole.”

    2. “Work” is racist oppression.

    3. They’re globalists that want to turn the American middle class into serfs.

    4. They honestly think all those jobs can be mechanized or outsourced to China somehow, and that the current workers are anachronisms.
      If you’ve ever read Tony you quickly find out that he has no understanding of primary economic activity, and he’s by no means an exception for his cohort. Meat comes from a store, gas from a pump.

      1. If you’ve ever read Tony you quickly find out that he has no understanding of primary economic activity, and he’s by no means an exception for his cohort. Meat comes from a store, gas from a pump.

        And solar panels arrive on a truck.

  32. Reason’s favorite “libertarian leaning” journalist:

    https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1421958290666397696?s=19

    No penalty.

    Absent politics my policy would be you either get jabbed voluntarily within the next X weeks and get $50 or else you get jabbed later while someone holds you down and you get $0.

    1. Will be interesting to see how the media spins this as more and more we are finding out many of the unvaccinated are *gasp* b(B)lack people?!

      They are trying to balance a “its ok that black people mistrust medicine and doctors because of past racism” and “we have to pin down and force the vaccine on these MAGA loving conspiracy theorists who refuse”

      1. Most progressives have level 10 cognitive dissonance skills.

    2. Tweet unavailable.

      1. I got that too.

  33. “Courtney Martin on urban public school: ‘Where are all the white kids?’”
    […]
    “…Back home at her computer, a quick web search and visit to http://www.greatschools.org revealed that Emerson, a majority-Black school, was designated “failing,” rated 1 out of 10 on a scale with 10 being highest, due to its test scores and sluggish rate of academic improvement.
    Chabot and Peralta, on the other hand, two other nearby public schools, were rated 9. They had demand rates of 150% to 205% compared with the anemic enrollment at Emerson, where there were just 11 white children out of nearly 300 students.
    [she] started touring kindergartens a few years later, she didn’t find “even one white friend who was seriously considering our neighborhood public school.”
    Why not?
    Answering that question — particularly in a city as proudly progressive as Oakland, where so many white parents who march for racial justice and have Black Lives Matter signs in their front yards still refuse to send their children to schools that reflect the community’s diversity…”
    https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/books/courtney-martin-on-an-urban-public-school-where-are-all-the-white-kids

    11 white kids out of 300 reflects “diversity”? No, it reflects a predominately lower income black culture which does not value education. And the school reflects that.

    1. she didn’t find “even one white friend who was seriously considering our neighborhood public school.”

      you’d have to be out of your goddamn gourd to consider sending your kids to an Oakland public school if you had any other choice available.

  34. Many would argue that all taxation is infrastructure in team blue’s mind.

  35. Oh,, that’s just Robby celebrating fascist censorship:

    https://twitter.com/robbysoave/status/1422208755492696066?s=19

    Alex Berenson is a deluded anti-vaccine nutjob. He is the pandemic’s single wrongest person. Social media has done a very bad job distinguishing between genuine lies and “misinformation” (i.e. politically inconvenient unknowns), but no person on earth is more deserving of a ban.

    1. Wow… robbie really said that.

      Alex has been more right on the pandemic that any other journalist (well ex journalist now that NYT booted him for daring to question the narratives).

      What cocktail parties were threatened to be removed from his calendar for this tweet?

      1. Soave and Berenson have been going at it for years.

        1. Well then, time for Thunder Dome (or maybe Loud Slap Dome).

      2. Wow indeed. Always puzzles me that Robbie seems well liked here. He’s a pretty straight up asshole.

        1. Because he’s ever so slightly less dishonest than the rest, and occasionally practices actual journalism. His popularity comes from our extraordinarily low expectations for a contemporary Reason writer.

    2. Fascism. Pure and simple.

  36. Last week, I linked to a survey showing that support for Biden and and the Democrats was dropping dramatically among Independents. Here’s another survey about where they are with suburban white women.

    https://docs.cdn.yougov.com/v60y11605p/econTabReport.pdf

    Between July 24 and July 27, white women with a college degree:

    Country “headed in the right direction”: 35%
    Country is “on the wrong track”: 47%

    It’s hard to know whether suburban white women are against Biden and the Democrats because of Biden’s crazy speech about how things are worse now than they were during the Civil War or whether they’re against Biden and the Democrats because of their radical policy agenda. What’s clear is that when they’re talking about the direction of the country being “on the wrong track”, they aren’t talking about Republican control of the White House, the House, or the Senate–since the Republicans don’t control any of those things.

    Whatever it is they mean by the country being on the wrong track, the Democrats own it.

    1. But if the SCOTUS reverses some of Roe v Wade, Democrats will focus almost exclusively on that issue to scare white suburban women to once again vote for Democrats in 2022.

      If the Democrats truly believed that women have any right to abortion, they’d enact federal legislation to protect that right.

      But just as occurred during the Clinton and Obama administrations (when D’s also controlled the Senate and the House), Democrats don’t want to enact a federal law to actually preserve women’s right to abortion (because they want suburban and urban women to keep voting Democrat by using abortion as an election issue and to oppose all GOP SCOTUS nominees).

      1. The Democrats are in the same bind with immigration.

        DACA made it so they didn’t need to take a stand either way. They didn’t need to vote to save the dreamers from deportation–and they were worried if they did, all sorts of people who usually vote for them might not turn out. They’re reluctant to do anything about illegal immigration being out of control, because that will make some people in their coalition angry, but the ugly truth is that they’re worried about making other people in the coalition angry by saving the illegal immigrants, too. Now that the legs have been kicked out from under them on DACA, they’d rather just keep the press focused on some other issue.

      2. Same with immigration reform. It is infinitely more useful as a “elect us, so we can stop the evil Republicans” than something they ever care to do something about

    2. But as always, we need to remember that some of the “wrong direction” responders are saying that Biden is not progressive enough.

      1. I’m sure there are some like that, but generally speaking, I don’t think people who think the Biden administration is going in the right direction but needs to go harder and faster in the right direction are inclined to say that he’s going in the wrong direction–especially, in this case, when the Biden administration has been more radical than any president we’ve seen since Lyndon Johnson or maybe FDR.

        1. I’ll just point out that what you just wrote was pure navel gazing / an attempt at mind reading. Not logical at all.

    3. “What’s clear is that when they’re talking about the direction of the country being ‘on the wrong track’, they aren’t talking about Republican control of the White House…”

      Depends on the time frame in the answerer’s mind. A lot of libertarians would say we’ve been on the wrong track since, oh say, the Wilson presidency.

      1. Please don’t use “we” when referencing libertarians.

  37. https://twitter.com/TheLastRefuge2/status/1422030354299461636?s=19

    Anthony Fauci Claims With COVID There Are No More Individual Rights
    [Link]

  38. Reason writes stories about social media restrictions in Russia and cops so much as misgendering some tranny in podunkville, USA, but has nothing to see here:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/watch-chaos-erupts-streets-berlin-police-attack-anti-lockdown-protesters

    1. There is a bona fide libertarian moment happening right now across Europe, Australia and parts of Asia. Hundreds of thousands of people in the streets demanding that their individual liberty be restored. None of the “libertarians” at Reason have noticed.

  39. go after individuals who don’t fully or accurately report digital assets on their tax returns.

    You don’t have to “report digital assets on your tax return”. All you have to do is report capital gains.

  40. https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1422057120783032321?s=19

    Recommended material from the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association. [Link]

    1. I love reading this kind of crap. Where do the people who write this shit come from, that they think this is how everyone thinks about black people?

      “…my shape, bearing, or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.”

      Maybe the PA school counselors association should reexamine how they think of black people. Normal people don’t think like this.

      1. “When I go to the music shop I can find the music of my race”

        Cripes.

  41. In Olympic news, the US radfem activism team was defeated by Canada’s women’s soccer team, knocking them out of contention for a gold medal.

    I think we owe the Canadian team a debt of gratitude, and to Rufus, wherever he may be.

    1. This was the first time I’ve ever rooted against the US in the Olympics (because many/most women’s soccer players are left wingers who hate America).

    2. I’m all for making Ms Purple Hair cry. All she’s really done is make me dislike her whining and me me me crap.

      1. It’s pretty hilarious that Subway made her a spokesperson. That bitch has no charisma outside of her colored hair peacocking. Listen to her speak sometime, and it becomes painfully obvious that her status is entirely the creation of left-wing media simps.

        Seeing those commercials with her was a great incentive to not buy anything from Subway.

        And yeah, I got a bigger laugh out of that news than I did when the 2004 men’s basketball team got its ass handed to it.

        1. First Jared, Now Rapinoe.

          Subway should just create a cartoon character to rep the brand.

    3. THE US LOST TO CANADA???

      Soccer’s popularity here in Canada comes right behind Kabaddi and Contact Chess. You have to seriously suck to lose to us in soccer.

      1. Why do you care? Don’t you not like sports at all?

        1. Don’t you have a Mormon to kill or a Jew to gas?

          1. Please cite me being anti-Semitic or shut up.

            What does it say about you that you feel you need to lie to try and discredit me?

            How many rubles do you get paid per lie?

            Or is it the LDS Church paying you?

            You have Mormon shit all over your nose and anyone with a brain thinks you look ridiculous.

  42. https://twitter.com/LeonydusJohnson/status/1422208076489363456?s=19

    I remember thinking when this all started that there was no way Americans would ever tolerate lockdowns. I was very, very wrong. We have lost our love for liberty

    It is past time that we rediscover that American spirit and stand up and fight for freedom

    Enough is enough.

  43. Hey ENB….How about a Round-Up update on the various recount efforts going on around the country?

    1. That’s what Alex Jones is for.

      1. Lol. God damn the ensure you take in being ignorant.

        1. The pleasure*

      2. *Shrug* Now we understand sacrumsic’s view on the purpose of a free press.

        1. Didn’t we already know this?

  44. Donald Trump’s own social media site is having trouble with users who might need to be censored:

    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/08/02/trump-gettr-social-media-isis-502078

    “ Just weeks after its launch, the pro-Trump social network GETTR is inundated with terrorist propaganda spread by supporters of Islamic State…”

    1. The TDS remains strong with wilting flowers on the left.

      1. He’s got the Long TDS.

      2. Rather have TDS than Trump’s cock so down far my throat it cuts off my oxygen and causes me to respond to any criticism of him as “TDS.”

        How old are you seat belt?

    2. Fuck off and die, steaming pile of lefty shit.

    3. Why should supporters of ISIS be censored White Mike?
      Are they doing something illegal? If so, isn’t that something for the FBI to worry about and not some pimply tech?

  45. Government wants control of currency, all the taxes it can get its hands on and the ability to snoop into every aspect of the lives of its subjects.

    And libertarians wonder why there are new rules on crypto.

  46. At some point shouldn’t you mention that the ‘seasonality theorists’ told you exactly when and where to expect the summer spike? Shouldn’t you mention that deaths in AZ are 10% of what they were during last year’s summer spike? We were even warning about this in MAY, when numbers across the country were falling and ‘experts’ had no idea why. Try listening to the people who have been right rather than the ones on TV.

    1. It’s pretty pathetic that Reason keeps pushing infection numbers and not hospitalizations and deaths. I wonder why?

      1. Just like last summer, gotta bridge the gap to winter when cases will rise all across the country. While ALSO pretending that we can somehow stop the virus in its tracks if we “do the right things”.

      2. From the beginning of this lunacy Reason has supported the elitist narrative while pretending not to, because they cover politicians who go out to eat without wearing a mask.

  47. This is a great example of how a news media bobblehead can vaguely wander into seeing the problem, while casting blame on completely unrelated, wrong factors causing it:

    Commentary: Why are so many Republicans refusing vaccination? Because Russia is telling them to.

    Lee Mcintyre, The Baltimore Sun

    What is the difference between doubt and distrust? Doubt can be overcome by evidence. Distrust cannot…And it doesn’t take many people amplifying a false message to have an outsize effect. According to a recent PBS story, 65% of the anti-vaccine propaganda on Twitter was due to just 12 people, some of whom are profiting from the creation of bogus skepticism through the promotion of alternative treatments and cures.

    The targets for all of this disinformation are gullible people, who are already feeling defensive and threatened and now feel justified in questioning scientific consensus. Of course, they don’t get anything out of it. Most of the people we call science deniers are just pawns of others who profit from their credulity or ideological allegiance…What doesn’t work? Telling a science denier they’re wrong. Just providing facts and evidence won’t work. The antidote to denial is not more (potentially untrustworthy) information, but to increase trust.

    And there’s the heart of it. The news media just haven’t gotten around to the realization yet that at least half the country thinks they’re a bunch of self-interested, lying-ass dogs who do nothing more than parrot what comes out of the DNC headquarters and the intel agencies. Like that substack article that Paul posted, you can’t convince people who have every reason to not trust you by posting “fact checks,” especially after self-admissions like the Time article that you were working in the interest of a single political party during last year’s election.

    1. That premise is mind-blowingly stupid, and purposefully offensive. Constantly insulting people who are skeptical is no way to change their mind. It also ignores the fact that Republicans aren’t the ones who are the most vaccine hesitant.

      It’s almost like they don’t actually care about getting people to take a vaccine, and just want to work up their acolytes against a political adversary.

      1. Most of the vaccine hesitancy actually appears to be along class lines more than anything else. Working-class/lower-middle-class people are the ones holding out on these, while the wealthy and upper middle classes were more likely to get it. That’s probably what’s driving the ethnic disparities we’re seeing as well.

  48. Maybe it’s time for an amendment limiting Congressional bills to no more than 20 pages, single-sided, double-spaced, 12-point font….

    1. Don’t forget to define the size of a “page”.

  49. Why Are There New Crypto Rules in the Infrastructure Bill?
    The better to rob you with my dear. Same as always.

  50. I for one am willing to up my bacon consumption by 15% to make up for California’s loss, if producers are willing to finally stand up to California and tell them to suck it. I’m sure most of the rest of the country is willing to do its part too, so if it mans eat 20% more bacon to make up for the vegans, Jewish and Muslim folks, etc. living outside of California I’m game.

  51. As Steve Sailer pointed out, no one seems to be talking about the role of the gay orgies in the Provincetown outbreak.

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