Inflation

Biden's Plan To Address Meat-Price Inflation Ignores That Federal Intervention Caused the Problem

The president can't fix a problem he doesn't understand.

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President Joe Biden and his administration are moving to fight inflation in the meat sector. But the government solutions he's proposing to what is largely a government-created calamity will likely only serve to deepen existing problems.

Many of the meat-industry problems the Biden administration identifies as in need of fixing are very real. For example, the administration says meat prices are through the roof. That's true. The administration says the meatpacking industry is highly consolidated, with just four giant companies responsible for slaughtering and processing nearly 7 out of every 8 pounds of beef (and slightly lower amounts of pork and poultry) we eat every year. That's true, too. (It was also largely true 20 years ago and 100 years ago.) The Biden administration has also argued large meatpackers have been busy "raising prices, underpaying farmers—and tripling their profit margins during the pandemic." Also true.

The Biden administration believes meat prices are sky high due largely to this industry consolidation and lack of competition.

"When dominant middlemen control so much of the supply chain, they can increase their own profits at the expense of both farmers—who make less—and consumers—who pay more," the administration announced this week. "Most farmers now have little or no choice of buyer for their product and little leverage to negotiate, causing their share of every dollar spent on food to decline."

But that analysis conveniently ignores the role of the federal government in creating and maintaining the very system—the thing the administration says eliminates the choices and leverage farmers and ranchers should have—that the Biden administration is decrying loudly.

While the pandemic has demonstrated to regular Americans the lack of resiliency among the nation's largest meat suppliers, I explained in 2020, "the real obstacle that's preventing ranchers and farmers that utilize these facilities from supplying more meat to more Americans is an outdated federal law that props up the large processors while preventing local meat producers from selling steaks, roasts, and other cuts of meat to consumers in grocery stores, at farmers' markets, and elsewhere in their communities."

This is true generally because farmers and ranchers who want to sell their meat commercially (or for it to be re-sold) in this country must have their livestock slaughtered in USDA-inspected (or state equivalent) slaughter facilities, where an inspector must be present and inspect every animal that's slaughtered. In order to be sold commercially, meat from those same animals also must be processed (cut into steaks, ground up, cured, etc.) in a USDA-inspected processing facility. There's a shortage of slaughter and processing facilities available to most small farmers and ranchers, and many plants are owned by a handful of large companies that don't cater to those farmers and ranchers. As all this suggests, the current system poses a giant hurdle to many small farmers and ranchers. 

Farmers may opt out of this system by having their animals slaughtered and processed in a plant that's not inspected by the USDA. But those farmers can't sell meat from those animals anywhere commercially. In fact, most farmers who have their animals slaughtered and processed in a state-inspected plant can't even sell inspected meat from those animals across state lines.

As a fix, the Biden administration proposes, under a wordy header announced this week—the Biden-Harris Administration's Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain—to give $1 billion to smaller meat processors so that they can ramp up their production efforts, which would in theory provide farmers and ranchers with more choices for slaughter and processing. The plan also includes other elements, including "launching a new portal to allow farmers and ranchers to report unfair trade practices by meatpackers."

Will that make any difference? Don't hold your breath.

The USDA has been aware of many of the aforementioned problems with its meat-inspection scheme for decades. As I explain in my book, Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable, when the agency commissioned a study 10 years ago to look at ways to streamline these regulations, the authors of the study concluded "that no one with the USDA or . . . working as professionals within the meat industry believe[s] that streamlining regulations will ever occur."

Righteous pessimism hasn't stopped people who care about small farmers and the livestock they raise from trying to come up with various fixes. The PRIME Act, a tremendous bill that has repeatedly failed to pass Congress, would, I explained in a piece in the The Hill in 2018, "provide states with the option to regulate livestock slaughter and sale within their borders." Local solutions exist, too, but the federal government largely ignores or seeks to undermine them. States such as Wyoming and Colorado that have sought to use federal law to foster more local competition have bumped up against threats from overzealous USDA bureaucrats.

After Joe Biden's clear election victory, and before he took office, I was one of many critics who argued his administration appeared to be setting itself up to do little more than recreate the food-policy mistakes of past administrations. In that respect, the Biden administration certainly hasn't disappointed.

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  1. Biden is talking about helping producers that have been part of the system for decades. They could start their own processing and distribution network. If they think they would be cut out of system that has helped them for so long, they could pivot to direct sales. But they won’t. The ag industrial complex keeps rolling on…

    1. Well, agriculture is the original crony capitalism.

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        1. Sounds like he has your ear.

          1. A cornsilk ear that costs a sow's purse, thanks to price supports.

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        2. Quit stalking Chumby.

          1. Our money is a husk of what it once was because of inflationary monetary policy.

        3. But there’s a kernel of truth in it which is bound to pop up

          1. Did corn pop eat corn pops the morning Joe beat him up?

    2. Soooo...When is Biden going to start selling "WIN--Whip Inflation Now!" buttons for $5.64 each, or 463.8 % more than they would be if they were priced at $1 in 1974?

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        1. Four weeks past? Nah, it's lost value already.

      2. WIN buttons cost that much? Who can a-Ford that?

        1. They can a-Ford it, but at the expense of auto quality and repair. Hence, their vehicle will be Found On Road Dead or Fixed Or Repaired Daily.

          1. Oh, and I checked eBay and found one for $7.95. So you might have to work like a slave in one of Henry Ford's old Nazi or Soviet factories to get one for everyone who needs one to Whip inflation Now. Biden might even have to get the Fed to rev up the printing presses to get one Whip Inflation Now button for everyone.

    3. Direct sales (as a rancher who participated in it) is a minefield of regulations. To build a processing center, in today's regulatory world, costs at least 7 figures, and that would be a small, local facility. It isn't nearly as easy as you think.

    4. Picked up a pork roast for $.99/lb. Seems like they're available every other week these days.

  2. Or, for 'free', Biden could reverse his war on fossil fuels that has raised the costs of distribution, repeal the ineffective mask and vaccine mandates that have cut down the size of the workforce, and then push for legislation to remove the federal monopoly on meat inspections.

    But then, that might increase personal freedoms and choices, so forget it.

    1. Can't have that.

      If some people are permitted to start thinking for themselves, they might come to the realization that other people-- in positions of power-- are complete fucking retards who couldn't find their ass with both hands and a map.

      Which of course would be a Threat To Democracy.

      1. The good news? 34% of Americans and 41% of independent voters believe that violence against the government is sometimes justified.

        The better news? Five years ago, only 23% of Americans felt this way.

        The best news? In 1995 only 13% of Americans held that belief.

        Turns out that petty tyrants not only become less and less popular among the masses (Congressional approval polls are in the basement) but they foster thoughts of violent revolution.

        It is good for the elected representatives to be concerned about possibly ending their term hanging from a light pole.

        1. You traitorous, seditious bastard!

          1. Not quite yet but it's getting REALLY close.

        2. Meanwhile, this author cheers the "clear election victory" of someone who clearly and victoriously won't do a f'ing thing about it. The USDA has a bureaucratic empire to protect!!

          Eat your kinder, gentler tweets, peasants!

          Not that idiot Trump did anything either, but he might, *might*, have seen some swampish element in the causal regulations and attacked them, having fewer beneficial connections to them than, say, a 50 year Beltway insider like the clearly victorious Biden. Keep cheering Linnekin!!

          1. And by kindler gentler tweets you mean tweets calling half the country enemies, but not the corporate media and other powerful people.

        3. But I think those percentages would drop if the explanation included the fact that "violence against the government" entails shooting their neighbors, raping their spouse, burning their children alive, and eating their pets.

          1. Capitol police shot unarmed protester Ashli Babbitt

            Biden, Kennedy, Clinton and Cuomo all like your second item.

            Biden did that to some Afghan children. And there was the cops that tasered the guy doused in gasoline. But he was an adult iirc.

            Obama wrote about eating dog in his book.

            1. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/07/theres-word-what-trumpism-becoming/619418/
              There’s a Word for What Trumpism Is Becoming
              The relentless messaging by Trump and his supporters has inflicted a measurable wound on American democracy.

              From above…

              “The conversion of Ashli Babbitt into a martyr, a sort of American Horst Wessel, expresses the transformation. Through 2020, Trump had endorsed deadly force against lawbreakers: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted on May 29, 2020. Babbitt broke the law too, but not to steal a TV. She was killed as she tried to disrupt the constitutional order, to prevent the formalization of the results of a democratic election.”

              Don’t fear the revolt!
              (insurrection)!

              All our times have come
              Here, but now they’re gone
              Seasons don’t fear the revolt
              Nor do the wind, the sun, or the rain
              (We can be like they are)
              Come on, baby
              (Don’t fear the revolt)
              Baby, take my hand
              (Don’t fear the revolt)
              We’ll be able to fly
              Baby, I’m your man
              La, la la, la la
              La, la la, la la
              Valentine is done
              Here but now they’re gone
              Horst Wessel and Ashli Babbs
              Are together in eternity
              (Horst Wessel and Ashli Babbitt)

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horst_Wessel

              1. Thanks for the wall of text
                that no sane person will ever read.

                1. He does that as a “heckler’s veto” when his precious progressives get called out.

                  1. He and deelion mikejefftards tyranny is so visible in the dichotomy of their views on babbitt and sicknick.

                    And they still haven't answered me if they can go into a building and walk past a fire extinguisher mounted on a wall or if they need to find another way around.

  3. "Meat-Price Inflation"

    No. Such. Thing.

    This comment section's leading economics expert has repeatedly explained that the only item to see a recent price increase is spittin' tobaccy. All other reports of price increases are wingnut.com disinformation.

    #DefendBidenAtAllCosts

    1. I believe it was after reading that comment thread that I decided the buttplug was overdue for the mute list. Literally nothing worth reading from that douche.

      1. You have to get his socks too. QA, Joe Friday, and the fake black conservative account.

        1. Duly noted - thx

      2. If you mute buttplug you may miss out on kiddie porn

        1. Dammit you just caused me to laugh out loud in public

    2. Dude, all the rednecks down here near Dogdick, Ga where I live are complaining about HAPERINFLATION!

      So I aksed several of them this week. It turns out its not just spittin' tobacco but also their love of fried chicken wings.

      So why are chicken wing prices up?

      The increase stems from a decease in production, including a lack of farm labor and transportation and an increase in demand. He said the cost of oil is also up.

      https://www.wkbw.com/rebound/coronavirus-money-help/chicken-wing-price-increase-explained

      Biden can forget the redneck vote because Big Chicken Wing is suppressing supply.

      1. OMG

        Have you checked the Warren Buffett Net Worth Index today?

        The WBNWI went up another $1.64 billion yesterday, bringing it just under $7 billion for the first week of 2022.

        Some people might not know this, but I heard you spent 2009 to 2016 downplaying GDP growth and instead citing the WBNWI to build your case that Obama's economy was the best ever. By that measure Biden's economy is already crushing Obama's.

        Which is why I don't believe Biden's supposedly mediocre poll numbers; everyone knows Presidential approval tends to be high when the economy is strong.

        #LibertariansForBiden

      2. Never forget that turd lies; it’s all he ever does. turd is a pathological liar, entirely too stupid to remember which lies he posted even minutes ago, and also too stupid to understand we all know he’s a liar.
        If anything he posts isn’t a lie, it’s totally accidental.
        turd lies; it’s what he does. turd is a TDS-addled lying pile of lefty shit.

    3. See, us elites don't notice inflation.

      But these fucking rednecks notice a that dime in spittin' tobacco, a used F-150 is sky high, fryin' grease went up a nickel a can, and now CHICKEN WINGS!

      LAWD HELP US ALL!

      1. Given how elite you are, and that you're past middle age, I have to admit I find it incomprehensible you never escaped Dogdick, Georgia with all its loser rednecks. One would think you'd join your fellow liberal capitalists in Manhattan or Silicon Valley.

        Did you have to stay to care for an elderly relative?

      2. Lol. Spb thinks he is an elite. Fucking hilarious.

        1. He could be the president of his state’s NAMBLA chapter.

          1. I dont know. Maybe he was early in on the child porn NFTs.

      3. turd lies; it’s all he ever does. turd is a pathological liar, entirely too stupid to remember which lies he posted even minutes ago, and also too stupid to understand we all know he’s a liar.
        If anything he posts isn’t a lie, it’s totally accidental.
        Turd lies; it’s what he does. turd is a lying pile of TDS-addled lefty shit.

    4. Newsflash from the front line of retail trench-fighting: The supply of spittin', chawin', and smokin' terbacky, plus SNUs, bidets, and vaping supplies is in shortage mode in my store, and with few if any people with time or inclination to rotate stock.

      I'm surprised this past few years that all the Nick-Heads haven't bitched about employees breathing The Emperor Xi Coof on their 'Murikun Cowboy Killers!

  4. Matt Walsh suspended from Twitter.

    “The greatest female Jeopardy champion of all time is a man,” Walsh posted to Twitter — a tweet the left-wing site has now censored. “The top female college swimmer is a man. The first female four star admiral in the Public Health Service is a man. Men have dominated female high school track and the female MMA circuit. The patriarchy wins in the end.”

    1. This I can appreciate. Men certainly do make the best women. More truth censoring.

    2. Surpised the asshole didn't mention that women were created from a man's rib as an afterthought.

      1. Why would he do that? Youre the religious one saying men can become women.

        1. Spazzle really that thinks changing something’s name actually changes the thing. He’s a lunatic,

      2. Chromosomes don't matter! Biological sex is determined by your feels! If you don't believe that you're rELigiOuS!"

        Okay Stroozle.

        1. NBC News says men have little physical advantage over females.

          https://mobile.twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1479808356004995075

          1. In fairness, their point of reference is their own employee pool...

            1. Also in fairness, the only men that corporations will hire now are the sensitive, non-threatening types that self-describe as subservient, i.e. woke.

          2. Men that work at NBC have little physical advantage over women. That is why NBC’s Matt Lauer needed to have a lockable door in his office. Ostensibly to facilitate assaulting women.

      3. Yes, your religious bigotries are so boring.

      4. "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; MALE and FEMALE created he them."

        At least the Jews and Christians got that one right, the truth of sex/gender being binary and unchangeable. That's different from the pseudoscience your side believes. Your whataboutery fails here.

        1. So does that mean God is a Hermaphrodite, since they are both in his image?

          He cerrtainly is picky about the use of his name too, so maybe God is a Woke Transgendered too.

          By the bye, both men and women have the same number of ribs, so that kind of throws a monkey-wrench *ahem!* in the Biblical account of human Creation.

          That, and, of course, God does not exist, M'Lady! *Tips Fedora.*

          1. Your ignorance of the Jewish and Christian positions makes you no better than Lord of Strazele in trying to present Jewish and Christian beliefs. No Jewish nor Christian sect has ever taught this in their thousands of years of history.

            If you're going to have an honest discussion, don't tell us what you think we believe. That's a tactic used by political enemies.

            I'll be happy to share my message with you at another place if you want to learn. If you don't, then don't declare my message false, nor claim that God does not exist. You cannot reveal what you do not know!

    3. Those women had the balls to compete.

    4. Birthing men have always been the primary victims of the patriarchy.

  5. Hey all of ye Reasonoid readers! Do NOT bother to read this article about Joe Biden (or his policies)! Do NOT bother to read (or read about) ANY links, facts, or logic contained in this article and-or video! Do NOT bother to trouble your pretty little heads about silly factual details gathered by useless Reason-writer eggheads!

    Because I, the SMARTEST ONE, can “summarize” it ALL for you! Here it is, above article summarized: “Senile Mackerel Snapper Bad”!

    (/Sarc, revenge for moronic “summaries” about “Orange Man Bad”)

    1. Orangemanbad, Squobbels.

      1. “Mustache Man Bad”, Mammary-Fuhrer!

        NOTHING is as stale as “orange man bad”!
        (With the implied idea being that “anyone who says bad things about Orange Man, no matter HOW long and well-documented the list of Trump evils may be, such bad-things-sayer must be a stupid moron”).

        Albert Einstein delivers a long lecture with 553 equations and tons of evidence. Conservative moron will say that Einstein said “stuff and stuff is relative”, and walk smugly away, thinking that they have “summarized” Einstein!

        Conservative moron will ATTEMPT TO START to tour Holocaust museums and “summarize” by saying “Mustache Man Bad”! (And skip the tour, lest they might actually learn something).

        Fucking stupid, smart-ass moronic conservatives STOP smugly posting vacuous “Orange Man Bad”, and I will stop posting my reply!

        1. Who's “Mustache Man", Squobbels?

          A new bogeyman dreamed up by the Reichsministerium of the Sqrlsstaffel?

          1. Also Orangemanbad, ᛋᛋqrlsy.
            (I don't give a fuck what you post. Spamflags are the cure for your bullshit)

            1. Do You (Oh Queen of the Internet Cesspools) know who else runs and hides from the truth?

              1. Yes.
                You.

          2. I’m just guessing that You-Know-Who-Else is (literally) the mustache man

          3. In the tradition of all things nuts:

            Oh, do you know the mustache man,
            The mustache man, the mustache man.
            Oh, do you know the mustache man,
            He lives on dreary lane.

    2. There’s something in the air today making the Trumpsters and right wingers here bicker with each other.

      1. Divide and Conquer, Baby!!!

        (If they won't come to their senses... Which by all means it appears that they won't... "Divide and Conquer" works for me!)

      2. Cite? What the fuck are you reading?

        1. Mike Liarson is a squawking bird named Dee and should be treated as such.

            1. Dee is lyin'.

  6. 'raising prices, underpaying farmers—and tripling their profit margins during the pandemic." Also true.

    Shit like is why I have zero problem collecting taxes from rich people.

    1. Yeah. Those rich people better watch out — Biden's coming for their money!

      LOL 🙂

      1. It's fun watching you complain about Koch's money while you enable its acculmulston in almost every way.

        1. Obl has always supported government making the rich richer. That is the democrat platform after all.

        2. Slight correction — I celebrate billionaires getting richer. That's why I support the same politicians (establishment Democrats) and policies (more immigration) they do.

          Indeed, the first year of the #BidenBoom concentrated an additional $324 billion in the hands of the 10 richest Americans. I expect 2022 to be equally productive.

          #BillionairesForBiden

        3. Don't worry Stroozle, just like he did with bank accounts, Biden is going to make Venmo, Paypal and Cash App report all payments of $600 or more to IRS.

          That's going to stop those awful "billionaires" from creating tax havens.

          https://www.wpxi.com/news/trending/venmo-paypal-cash-app-must-report-payments-600-or-more-irs/23M5KZQXHNAJFBKKYI6FFGSSXI/

        4. "acculmulston"??

          Are you a speechwriter for Biden? I think you've come down with the covfefe, like Squirrelsy.

          1. "Trunalimunumaprzure!"

    2. Taxes get passed onto the customer. It is double insidious when those increased taxes on something provide no additional good or service to that something.

      1. I get it. Consumers are fucked one way or the other. But theoretically you could tax the profit after it leaves the corporation which shouldn't affect the corporate margins. If corporations were truly separate distinct entities they wouldn't care one way or the other what happens to the money once it's disbursed.

        1. Or just get government out of it (no subsidies and low taxes). It promotes productivity so we all win with lower costs, lower taxes and options customers want.

        2. Tell me you have no idea how accounting or business works without telling me.

          1. Progressives are moron ls what understand the interconnectedness of everything, but are trying to figure out how to tax one particular kind of villain without it affecting anyone else.

        3. You mean taxes on dividends and capital gains? That’s the ticket!

        4. You’re dumber than I thought.

          1. Yeah, let R Mac (AKA "R -Smacked-in-the-Head, Severely") show you how to take those "smart pills" from underneath the rabbit hutch! THAT is how "R -Smacked-in-the-Head, Severely" got SOOOOO smart!!!

        5. "But theoretically you could tax the profit after it leaves the corporation which shouldn't affect the corporate margins."

          What the fuck? Have you had your head up your ass for so long the oxygen deprivation is having permanent effects?

    3. More so youre a taker who wants to live off others.

      1. JesseBahnFuhrer keeps right on dorping out, as the high-school dorp-out that JesseBahnFuhrer is! It (alongside Der TrumpfenFuhrer itself) is a "taker", that wants to take down democracy itself (which has slowly, painfully been built over many centuries) just so that JesseBahnFuhrer can "make the libs cry"!

        Sad to say, the bigger picture here is that, indeed, "both sides" engage in this smugly self-congratulatory power-grabbing.

        For those who have REAL intellectual powers, and honesty, I urge you to read the following, to illustrate what I'm writing about, here:

        https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/01/ivy-league-apologists-january-6-gop-elitism-populsim/621153/
        How Ivy League Elites Turned Against Democracy
        Some of the best-educated people in the country have overseen the destruction of their institutions.

        SQRLSY comment: Thank Government Almighty that JesseBahnFuhrer is a high-school dorp-out, and NOT an Ivy League grad, or else JesseBahnFuhrer would, right now, be grabbing our freedom and our shit, and endlessly, smugly bossing us around, about every last little detail!

        1. Hey sarc, tell us again how a weapon was brought to the Capitol. Was hilarious watching multiple people show you were lying.

          1. Ass ass usual, high-school dorp-out keeps right on dorping out, and not reading or refuting what others write.

            Dorp-out, the pen is often mightier that the sword! The Trumpanzees gone apeshit were armed with the Big Lie! It COULD turn out to be a VERY deadly Big Lie! We (non-smug ones) just don't know yet! (Unlike smug dorp-outs, who PRETEND to Know All Things).

            For the bazillionth time...
            Read this if you dare, JesseBahnFuhrer!
            https://www.salon.com/2021/04/11/trumps-big-lie-and-hitlers-is-this-how-americas-slide-into-totalitarianism-begins/
            Trump’s Big Lie and Hitler’s: Is this how America’s slide into totalitarianism begins?

            The protesters were armed with (and motivated by) The Big Lie (of today)!

            The Big Lie of the NAZIs led to the deaths of 6 million Jews, and, as I recall, about 30 million war deaths in Europe. And staggering, incomprehensible suffering to boot. Time will tell HOW many deaths and how much suffering will result from Der TrumpfenFuhrer's Big Lie!

            You are NOT helping, here, EvilBahnFuhrer!!! TRY really hard now to develop some BENEVOLENCE! Please! You will NOT escape unscathed from the mass suffering that You lust for, if it comes to pass!

            1. Answer the question Squobbels.

              1. Read the response above, mental midget! Can you read more than 5 words in a row? AND comprehend them?

                "None are so blind as hyper-partisan idiots who COULD see, if they wanted to bother, but stubbornly REFUSE to see!"

                1. "Read the response above"

                  I can't anymore, I spamflagged it. But I do remember it was the same nonsensical bullshit you always post when you're trying to evade answering pertinent points.

                  AND comprehend them

                  I don't think that even you can comprehend your own rants, ᛋᛋqrlsy.

                  1. MarxistMammaryBahnFuhrer the Chthonic Cunt, Twat of Twits, ass ass usual, refutes stuff by NOT reading it! Using this method, She now knows nearly EVERYTHING!

                    1. Oh I read it. It was irrelevant babble and so I flagged it.

                      Now answer the question for real, Squobbels.

                    2. MarxistMammaryBahnFuhrer sees and recognizes only ONE style of "truth", and those are ALL related to the "facts" about Her being the Queen of the Echo Chambers! (And as an ugly part of these-all associated messes, She NEVER talks to Her conscience, either! She "flags" it, instead!)

                    3. You didn't answer the question. Do it.

                    4. Lies-ful-ness-MESS, the answer is as below, if you can work yourself up to the 2nd-grade reading level!

                      Lies-ful-ness-MESS, the pen is often mightier that the sword! The Trumpanzees gone apeshit were armed with the Big Lie! It COULD turn out to be a VERY deadly Big Lie! We (non-smug ones) just don't know yet! (Unlike smug dorp-outs, who PRETEND to Know All Things).

                      For the bazillionth time...
                      Read this if you dare, EvilBahnFuhrer!
                      https://www.salon.com/2021/04/11/trumps-big-lie-and-hitlers-is-this-how-americas-slide-into-totalitarianism-begins/
                      Trump’s Big Lie and Hitler’s: Is this how America’s slide into totalitarianism begins?

                      The protesters were armed with (and motivated by) The Big Lie (of today)!

                      The Big Lie of the NAZIs led to the deaths of 6 million Jews, and, as I recall, about 30 million war deaths in Europe. And staggering, incomprehensible suffering to boot. Time will tell HOW many deaths and how much suffering will result from Der TrumpfenFuhrer's Big Lie!

                      You are NOT helping, here, EvilBahnFuhrer!!! TRY really hard now to develop some BENEVOLENCE! Please! You will NOT escape unscathed from the mass suffering that You lust for, if it comes to pass!

                    5. You still didn't answer the question, Squobbels.

                    6. Trumpturds still haven't developed AND demonstrated the use of sufficiently advanced intelligence, benevolence, and open-mindedness to accept ANY answer other than, "Of COURSE, Trumpturds, You are ALWAYS right about EVERYTHING!"

                      You have "unquenchable thirst" for endless POWER and self-imagined PERFECTION! Did y'all evil bastards EVER learn that "unquenchable thirst" is a synonym for EVIL?

                      The vessel that is TOTALLY full of itself has NO extra free room to learn ANYTHING new or wise!

                      This shit does NOT lead to your Happy Place, evil power-lusters!!!

                      Those who worship the money-power-status variety of “success” would be well served by listening to the words of “The Boss”, AKA Bruce Springsteen… From the song “Badlands”, which is an anthem to the pursuit of TRUE happiness:

                      Poor man wanna be rich,

                      Rich man wanna be king,

                      And a king ain’t satisfied,

                      Till he rules everything!

                      Rule EVERYTHING? Really?!? Nah! Not gonna happen! So this mentality is a sure-fire guarantee for dissatisfaction, for unhappiness. Be ye then meek instead of wild, untamed, aggressive, and greedy!

                      The above is hard-earned wisdom from here: http://www.churchofsqrls.com/Jesus_Validated/

                    7. Still didn't answer the question.

                    8. MarxistMammaryBahnFuhrer... "Of COURSE, Trumpturd, You are ALWAYS right about EVERYTHING!"

                      MarxistMammaryBahnFuhrer will be satisfied with NO other answer! So there You have it, Oh Great Queen of the Internet Cesspools of Echo Chambers!

                      (I give up! The evils of the unquenchable thirst are, well... UNQUENCHABLE, after all!)

                    9. Still no answer to the question.

                  2. Drink a 30 pack of beast ice and decode it with beer goggles.

    4. Move to fucking Venezuela already.

  7. After declaring it a conspiracy for a year that vaccines effected menstrual cycles, cdc and media outlets finally admit it is true.

    https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2022/01/08/new-study-confirms-the-covid-vax-may-change-a-womans-menstrual-cycle-npr-reporter-hardest-hit/

    This was first seen on VAERS and really studied in the hassidic community that tracks menstrual cycles of women in the community. Various researchers have concluded it isnt just a non issue as it appears extra eggs are also released often. Remember, women have a set number of eggs to release, which is why the hassidic community was so concerned.

    This is yet another conspiracy theory of the anti valets and discussed by various shunned doctors that they are finally admitting is true.

    Confirmed conspiracies now include myocarditis and this issue.

    1. You gotta know that a subset of woke media will at least feel conflicted about following the party line on vaccines vs. a juicy story about big corporations oppressing womyn.

    2. What I love about the devolution of this attitude from journolism is it took the classic path, and we appear to be around phase 2:

      1. It's a lie/conspiracy theory.
      2. Well, it's true, but it's not as bad as you say.
      3. [Yes, it's true but it's a good thing]

      1. 4. Because fuck off, Racist

    3. Been yelling about issues since Japan found the jab moved to the uterus within 48 hours in women and bone marrow in men.

      It was known from day 1 the shots would cause more illness than it would prevent.

  8. Fuck Joe Biden.

    1. Fuck Joe Biden with an inflated meat sausage.

      1. Not with an inflationary spike?

      2. So, smaller? I say, use a sausage from last year.

      3. With a transitorily inflated meat sausage.

        Also, fuck Joe Biden.

        1. If transitory inflation lasts more than 6 hours contact your dr.

          1. Well played

            1. He rose to the occasion.

              1. Bob Doled out the pills for him.

              2. I got excited and inserted myself into the fold.

                1. We should erect a statute of you.

                  1. That's pretty hard up for puns.

                    I suspect this thread has shot its wad, luckily.

      4. I would say "filled with Nitrates," but Nitrates are better than day rates.

    2. Fuck Joe Biden.

  9. Speaking of Sleepy Joe Brandon, he now (not too surprisingly) has his worst polling average numbers yet in the Real Clear Politics polling average at +12.5 disapprove:

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president-biden-job-approval-7320.html

    Look for those numbers to continue to get worse and worse the more and more he continues to completely and totally suck.

    1. This is with the 3-5% polling bias we see in the national polls (always over estimate compared to election results) and with the same friendly coverage as Obama.

    2. When are midterms again?

      1. Still time for a few more pandering, shiitty tunes from the cast of 'hamilton.'

        1. Still time to pass a bill so we'll have to count the votes of Mexicans and anybody else who manages to get to the Texas border!!

          1. Oh that will happen alright.

            Expect Schumer to rewrite Senate rules this month so that this shit can be passed and election fortification can begin in earnest.

          2. Why get to the border? Count 'em from Mexico.

          3. I live on the border. Mexicans hate Brandon too.

  10. Modernas CEO is already saying we will need multiple vaccine boosters throughout 22 and longer

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/moderna-ceo-were-going-to-need-boosters-in-the-fall-of-22-and-forward

    Such a nice cash cow.

    1. I sometimes wonder what 2021 would have looked like if Western politicians were forbidden from personally holding Pfizer and Moderna stock?

      1. We would have much more advertising from Big Pharma?

        1. At least it wouldn’t be tax dollars paying for it.

          1. Wanna bet?

      2. Has Biden ever had to pronounce “Pfizer” in public yet?

        1. If it reads and sounds like "dog-faced pony soldier" in his mind, then yes.

    2. No, no, they're just doing it to save us, man!

      Never mind the invariant nature of their savagely unethical business practices since about...forever. THIS TIME, they're acting "for our own good". Jebus.

      "Once you've gaslighted people so thoroughly they will steadfastly REFUSE to think for themselves, you've got it made".
      ~some commie shit, probably

    3. Fully jabbed I'm AUS will be every 2-3 months. They already announced it and already paid for the doses.

      1. WTF has happened to Australia and NZ?

        Both were very much populated with "try and make me" citizenry decades ago.

        1. I think that's what one generation with AC will do to you.

          1. AC = air conditioning?

            If so, I am inclined to agree. Many of the problems with "western" culture and society can be traced back to affluence.

            Too many parents have bad ideas like making things easier for their kids or "I want them to have what I never did" which creates a soft-headed and soft-bodied generation of entitled fools.

            1. Yeah. I meant air conditioning as a proxy for the easy life.

          2. Not necessarily. I was raised with air conditioning and "try and make me" get out in three-digit temperatures.

            1. Also, like Pete Townsend observed:

              "I don't care about air pollution.
              I'm an air conditioned Gypsie.
              That's my solution.
              Watch the police ane the taxman miss me.
              I'm mobile!"

              .

      2. I am seeing articles that say Australia reduced wait time for a booster from 6 months to 2-3 months.

        But you seem to be implying they have announced perpetual booster shots every 3 months — can you provide a cite?

        1. It has been provided to you multiple times.

        2. Can you fuck off?

        3. Illiterate White Mike Liarson.

    4. That's just a conspiracy theory.

  11. Judge rules that releasing fda data that was used to allow and force vaccines onto the population has to release its data at a bit faster than 500 pages a month (estimated 75 years to complete). Orders the release of 50k pages a month.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/judge-orders-fda-to-expedite-release-of-pfizer-data-on-covid-19-vaccine-paramount-public-importance

    1. Still too late.

  12. "If a self-serving government would only start looking out for the public interest rather than its own interests" sounds an awful lot like the "if only flying unicorns would wave magic wands" school of thought on problem-solving. There is simply no way in Hell the government is going to agree with the idea that we need less government.

    1. Oh, I don't know, but maybe Government Almighty could appoint some sort of Blue-Ribbon Committee, "The Committee for Wasting Taxpayer Money on Studies About Making Government Almighty Smaller, or At Least, Fooling the Rubes into Thinking That's What We're Doing."

      Headquarters to be located in a posh 5-Star hotel in Hawaii! Maybe in a Trump Hotel!

    2. There is simply no way in Hell the government is going to agree with the idea that we need less government.

      Without guns anyway.

    3. Agreed. This is why congress does not vote in term limits for themselves, or fail to give themselves an increase in salary.

      1. I dunno, they once voted, all 535 of them, to NOT give themselves a raise and recessed back to their home states to brag about it.
        This, however, actually, somehow, resulted in an increase in their salaries. Late 80s? Early 90s? About when they put in a COLA as part of an Ethics Reform Act ("Ethics Reform Act" lol. Who says government doesn't have a sense of humor. A very dark one, but still...)

        The ONE part of governing they are almost preternaturally good at.

        Anyway, it's pretty clear that their official compensation is peanuts compared to what they can gain from selling influence, access and sometimes "custom legislation, made to your order!".

  13. Marc Elias, the dem lawyer trying to kick off GOP incumbents for the "insurrection" was sanctioned last year for gross misconduct in other election suits he tried to push forward.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/courts/democratic-elections-lawyer-marc-elias-fights-court-sanctions-as-he-gears-up-for-midterm-elections

    1. If they weren't crooked about everything they'd never win.

  14. Man wearing a standard black block outfit traveled from Portland to Florida and brought explosives to a protest against the J6 arrests and treatment of detainees (a year in jail and solitary for non violent offenses)

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/man-accused-of-bringing-explosive-device-to-florida-protest-against-detention-of-alleged-jan-6-rioter

    1. Nothing to see here. Anteefuhs ain't realz.

      1. No notarized membership cardz!

        1. haha! was it Mike playing this card or somebody else? sounds like a classic Jeffy move...

  15. Critical evidence against the new ballot harvesting investigation in GA has already disappeared.

    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/georgia-ballot-harvesting-probe-starts-some-critical-election-evidence

    1. They aren't even pretending anymore.

      1. Claims they only have to keep material for 30 days post election is astounding. Then again Pennsylvania law says 2 years and they openly destroyed those too.

        1. Now watch Mike and sarc crow about how there's "no evidence", and pretend that the records were never destroyed.

          1. Jaywalking never happens either based on evidence.

        2. The Clintons and the IRS showed them how to do things.

          Pretend you can't find the records until the records can be completely destroyed. Then you simply say "ooops, the records were destroyed".

        3. That’s just a conspiracy theory! Argyle bargle!!1!1!1!

  16. But the government solutions he's proposing to what is largely a government-created calamity will likely only serve to deepen existing problems.

    The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, "See if it weren't for the government, you wouldn't be able to walk". -- Harry Browne

    1. As homer said "Beer the cause and solution to all of life's problems."

      Your modern politician is as intelligent as Homer.

      1. Why insult Homer? The average voter is as smart as Homer. The average politician is as smart as Ralph.

        1. So which one of Marge Simpson’s sisters is Elisabeth Warren?

        2. S-M-R-T.

      2. Simpson. Not the ancient Greek author and epic poet.

        I'd just watched something on the Sack of Oechalia yesterday, so it took me a second.

        1. It was done intentionally =)

        2. Mmm, Oechalia Sack

  17. Dr. Rich reminds people of Faucis actions with the AIDS crisis.

    Fauci's opposition to generic anti-pneumonia drug Bactrim during the AIDS pandemic "led to the deaths of 17,000 people in New York City," Risch alleged. Instead, he recalled, Fauci favored AZT, "a terrible medication that required a treatment against the treatment" but "made large amounts of financial profits" for the drugmaker, "and he's done the same thing ever since."

  18. “… has also argued large meatpackers have been busy raising prices, underpaying farmers… Also true.” Underpaying farmers? Is there some law that dictates minimum prices? Are packers violating contractual pricing agreements? Otherwise, what the hell does this mean?

    1. Exactly. Cattlemen sell their stock to the highest bidder or via the most convenient channel, or to whoever the fuck they wish to sell to.

      If no buyer is offering more, then that is what defines the current market price.

    2. I read the "also true" link...I think they miss something here. Economies of scale comes to mind. If you close down plants or scale back production then total profits are lowered. In reply, the cost per unit must go up in order to maintain operating capital etc. as well as profits. The article, and Pres. Biden want to make you think that it's just greedy processors gouging prices in a cartel environment.

  19. 'The president can't fix a problem he doesn't understand.' So, everything that he promised on the campaign trail, and everything that is likely to surface while he is in office. Snarky levity aside, dim bulb grifters like biden fall back on what they know. They throw money at problems, with no plan to conduct any sort of intermediate or endstate status checks. The fact that they may have had a plan on paper, and allocated funds, then moved the monies, is somehow considered a success in career administrator world.

    1. I'm fully expecting that cure for cancer that he promised.

      1. 100 days to shut down the virus!

  20. https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1479833479043031045?t=QC0tpzlZp9VQYjbbTNZPIw&s=19

    JUST IN - Fully vaccinated Swedish Crown Princess Victoria infected with Covid. Three days ago, the "boosted" king and queen tested positive.

    MORE - Crown Princess Victoria is said to have "cold symptoms." An "infection trace" has been initiated.

    1. What about Crown Princess Tilde? (Would)

        1. I dunno. She looks like she could turn you into a frog by twitching her (lovely) nose.

          1. She could turn me into a frog if I could jump down her dress.

      1. You saying she looks swede? Some girls from there are bjorn lookers. It helps fjordify Sweden as a land of beautiful women.

        1. They may be bjorn lookers but there’s norway you could afjord them.

          1. I pine for them like the Norwegian Blue Parrot for the fyords!

  21. https://twitter.com/Theo_TJ_Jordan/status/1479505964550311940?t=eiA9_vOHary2JTPd5btZvA&s=19

    When the federal government, the CDC, the FDA, the entire legacy media apparatus, and now SCOTUS can all broadcast overt lies and propaganda in the arena of public health without consequence while mandating medical procedures, who do we have left? Where do we turn?

    1. Damndest thing to watch the collapse and fall of almost every great Western institution in real time.

      1. The long March got a bit antsy.

    2. If it had killed mostly children nothing would have been different from the way we respond to the flu. It was because it threatened the life of all the geriatric fucks in power that they freaked out.

  22. https://twitter.com/katiadoyl/status/1479843517035909123?t=IpgphMGIL_ypqENXUq2kQA&s=19

    Justice Sotomayor, who participated in yesterday’s SCOTUS arguments remotely from her chambers, seen last night at Le Diplomate with Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Sens. Klobuchar and Durban, per Politico. [Link]

    1. I think it was someone else that looks like her.

    2. Ha that tweet was deleted, I wonder why

  23. "The administration says the meatpacking industry is highly consolidated, with just four giant companies responsible for slaughtering and processing nearly 7 out of every 8 pounds of beef (and slightly lower amounts of pork and poultry) we eat every year. That's true, too."

    The Biden administration couldn't average 25% on an Econ 101 exam--if it were multiple choice and there were only four possible answers to every question. I don't believe they're really as dumb as they seem. I think we're giving them the benefit of the doubt by assuming they're just being dishonest about the real causes of this. Governments throughout history tend to do the same things when they're in the same inflationary situations--for the same reasons.

    The Biden administration trying to deflect blame for their inflationary policies is no different from every other leader in world history who has tried to deflect blame away from themselves for their own inflationary policies. Hugo Chavez nationalized food distribution with these very same arguments, and the results of his policies were as devastating to the hungry people of Venezuela as they were predictable. Once you decide on massive spending, the consequences of that choice are made for you.

    1. Agreed.

      Care to say anything about the Trump Administration's massive spending? After all, any inflation we are experiencing right now is a result of past spending (by the Trump Administration), not planned future spending by the Biden Administration.

      1. Didn't you scream whataboutism for an entire year? And claimed anyone who did that were trump loyalists?

      2. Oh. And most of criticisized the veto proof bills under trump. Why is it his spending when he had no say?

      3. So the check I get from the Treasury every month isn't real? Are you certain? It spends like real money.

        There is nothing wrong with criticizing the deficit spending of the previous Congress (FYI - the President doesn't appropriate funds from the Treasury - that's the House) but to do so in defense of the criminally inept current government is known as "white knighting".

        1. FYI - everyone with children gets one and the more littles ye have, the bigger the check. That's hundreds of millions of people receiving extra thousands of dollars per year.

          But sure, Orangeman Bad bruh.

          1. Orange Man Bad, if placed back in POWAH, will crank up near-infinite Moolah from the printing presses for ALL of the Good Little Trumplings, and we can ALL live in $$$Paradise!!!

        2. Mike knows that name well.

          Mike Laursen
          July.31.2021 at 12:03 pm
          Flag Comment Mute User
          White Knight pointed out, correctly, that you are very logical, but quite unaware that you often engage in not seeking out information that goes against your narratives, garbage-in/garbage-out logic, and not checking your conclusions for basic sanity. You should have listened to White Knight.

          1. Dee is a 304

      4. Care to say anything about the Trump Administration's massive spending?

        Hi ferocious sealion. Did you actually mean Pelosi and Schumer's massive spending.

        1. No, Trump and McConnell could block anything.

          McConnell was MAJORITY LEADER.

          Someone should explain how government works to you and Jesse.

          Ostensibly, spending bills originate in the House but must be approved by then GOP controlled Senate and Trump.

          Your NANCY TRICKED THEM apology for Trump/McConnell is a waste of our time.

          1. Kill yourself you pedo

            1. Knuckle-Head-Land...

              Knuckle-Head-Land, drinking Knuckle-Head-Land Kool-Aid in a spiraling vortex of darkness, cannot or will not see the Light… It’s a VERY sad song! Kinda like this…

              He’s a real Kool-Aid Man,
              Sitting in his Kool-Aid Land,
              Playing with his Kool-Aid Gland,
              His Hero is Jimmy Jones,
              https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jim-Jones
              Loves death and the dying moans,
              Then he likes to munch their bones!
              Has no thoughts that help the people,
              He wants to turn them all to sheeple!
              On the sheeple, his Master would feast,
              Master? A disaster! Just the nastiest Beast!
              Kool-Aid man, please listen,
              You don’t know, what you’re missin’,
              Kool-Aid man, better thoughts are at hand,
              The Beast, to LEAVE, you must COMMAND!

              A helpful book is to be found here: M. Scott Peck, Glimpses of the Devil
              https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1439167265/reasonmagazinea-20/

              Hey Knuckle-Head-Land …
              If EVERYONE who makes you look bad, by being smarter and better-looking than you, killed themselves, per your wishes, then there would be NO ONE left!
              Who would feed you? Who’s tits would you suck at, to make a living? WHO would change your perpetually-smelly DIAPERS?!!?
              You’d better come up with a better plan, Stan!

              1. He called you squoebbels lol

          2. McConnell has always rolled over for spending. He gets criticized here often. Trump could not on his own veto a veto proof bill.

            Did you finally figure out how government works?

            1. You vote (D) every two years. As many times as you can. And you get a check each month.

            2. The Democrats can pass any spending bill they want--despite every Republican in the Senate voting against it. And the Democrats did exactly that in 2021. That isn't McConnell's fault. Blame that on the people of Georgia. We should blame ourselves for failing to persuade them that Biden and the progressives would do everything they could to spend all the money they promised to spend if and when the Democrats took the Senate and the White House.

              1. McConnell got the GOP on board for massive spending under trump as in shrikes example.

                1. In February of 2020, the unemployment rate was 3.5% nationally. In April of 2020, it was at 14.7%--more than 20 million Americans lost their jobs over a period of just a few months. Because Republicans broke down in the face of the scariest unemployment spike in American history, doesn't mean the two parties are the same or even comparable. In fact, the Republicans--led by Mitch McConnell--killed a stimulus bill just days before the election in November of 2020 on fiscally conservative principles. Have a read:

                  "Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, told Republican senators privately on Tuesday that he has advised the White House not to strike a deal with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a new stimulus bill before Election Day, cautioning against reaching an agreement that most in the party cannot accept.

                  "Mr. McConnell’s counsel, confirmed by three Republicans familiar with his remarks, threw cold water on President Trump’s increasingly urgent push to enact a fresh round of pandemic aid before he faces voters on Nov. 3. It came just before Ms. Pelosi’s spokesman gave an upbeat assessment of talks on Tuesday between her and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, saying they had found “common ground as they move closer to an agreement.”

                  ----The New York Times, October 20, 2020

                  "McConnell Pushes Against Stimulus Deal"

                  https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/10/20/business/us-economy-coronavirus

                  Seeing politicians kill a spending bill weeks before an election may be the greatest act of fiscal heroism any of us will live long enough to see. Spending themselves to victory is a tried and true strategy--regardless of principle. The Senate Republicans killed that bill anyway. When it resurfaced after the election (as the American Rescue Plan Act of March 2021), the Democrats passed it in the Senate via budget reconciliation on a 50-49 vote--without a single Republican voting for it (link below).

                  I'm happy to call out the Republicans for what they've done in the past--going back to the Bush Jr. administration with prescription drug benefits and TARP. They deserved to be excoriated for their misbehavior when they deserve it. They deserve credit for doing the right thing when they do that, too, and I don't know how much more right they could have been--when they were voting unanimously, on fiscally conservative principles, against a spending bill. Should they have been more unanmious?

                  P.S. If Shrike (or any other progressive) is complaining about Congress spending money on the pandemic, then he's being disingenuous as fuck. Progressives complaining about a lack of fiscal conservatism by Republicans is nothing but hand-waving. It's meant to distract us. Don't get distracted from the facts. The fact is that the Democrats are still fighting for the most spending we've had in generations, and the fact is that the Republicans have been unanimous in their opposition to that spending.

                  P.P.S. Shrike is an idiot.

                  1. Check out the vote in the Senate for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

                    https://ballotpedia.org/American_Rescue_Plan_Act_of_2021

                    50-49 means it passed without a filibuster via budget reconciliation--and no Republican voted for it.

                  2. I'm not a progressive, you dumb shit.

                    1. Yes you are. Lying to yourself is one of the key tells.

                  3. This may all be true, Ken, but the GOP has shown themselves to be plenty happy with spending in non-pandemic years, also. The ONLY time I truly see any attempt at fiscal restraint is when the GOP controls congress and the DNC controls the White House.

                    Historically speaking, a divided government arranged in this fashion is the ONLY time government spending has not grown at astronomical rates. We have actually had times when a curve was flattened, temporarily.

                    Yes, the (D)bags shriek and wail about how a lessening of the rate of growth (that's all we get - there never has been an actual 'cut' in spending - look it up) is akin to starving the nation's babies and killing their grandparents but if we don't reign in the spending we're fucked.

          3. turd lies; it’s all he ever does. Turd is a pathological liar, and a TDS-addled asshole besides, entirely too stupid to remember which lies he posted even minutes ago, and also too stupid to understand we all know he’s a liar.
            If anything he posts isn’t a lie, it’s totally accidental.
            turd lies; it’s what he does. turd is a lying pile of lefty shit.

        2. Just for the record, here are the Democrats passing the American Rescue Plan Act in March of 2021, which squandered $1.9 trillion.

          The Republicans unanimously voted against it.

          https://clerk.house.gov/Votes/202172

          1. Good point! Both sides have spent huge bucks.

            1. LOL

            2. "Both sides everybody! Both sides..."

          2. "Just for the record, here are the Democrats passing the American Rescue Plan Act in March of 2021, which squandered $1.9 trillion."

            You well know that facts are totally irrelevant to turd; by next week, he'll be posting new lies after cherry-picking your numbers to make they appear to be the opposite of what they are and out team of steaming piles of lefty shit will be cheering him on.
            turd lies; it's all turd does.

        3. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is selling the Build Back Better Act as the solution to inflation!

          Q: "Broadly, on the state of America right now: inflation, obviously, at a 31-year high right now. Americans are seeing their dollars, their paychecks stretched right now. Why should Americans not be concerned that injecting another $1.75 trillion or more would further raise inflation?

          A: "MS. PSAKI: Because no economist out there is projecting that this will have a negative impact on inflation. And actually, what it will help do is it will help increase economic productivity. It’s — it will help economic growth in this country. That and the Build Back Better Agenda will help reduce inflation

          ----Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, November 15, 2021

          https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/press-briefings/2021/11/15/press-briefing-by-press-secretary-jen-psaki-november-15-2021/

          The Democrats were trying to pass Build Back Better through budget reconciliation (as a simple majority) because they couldn't persuade a single Republican anywhere to vote for it--the Republicans were unanimous in their opposition. If there had been one less Republican in the Senate, Build Back Better probably would have passed already. Build Back Better spends between $2.2 trillion and $3.5 trillion (depending on the honesty of your assumptions).

          If we take the lower number and add it to the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act that the Democrats passed over the Republicans' unanimous objections in March, then we're looking at $1.9 trillion + $2.2 trillion = $4.1 trillion in new spending that definitely would not happen because of Republican opposition. And anyone who thinks there isn't a real world difference between spending $4.1 trillion and not spending $4.1 trillion is delusional or stupid.

          1. Manchin (D) wouldn’t go along with botcher Biden’s Build Back Better plan. So there was bipartisan opposition to it.

            1. Ideally, they would scrap "Build Back Better" and go with "Put It Back How It Was Before You Broke It"

      5. That’s some great whataboutism White Mike,

    2. Concentration of economic power in the elite causes shortages and price hikes, because the greediest people are in control, and there is nothing to check their greed other than government. When Republicans give trillions of dollars to the rich, and create the biggest budget deficits in history, of course that will negatively affect the economy. When the wealthy have enough market share to raise prices as much as they want, of course they will do it, if government is not allowed to stand in their way. As long as the wealthy are allowed to legally bribe government officials through dark money PACs, the rest of us will continue to have our heads crushed under the boots of the rich.

  24. "Futures on the federal funds rate on Tuesday priced in a roughly 66% chance of a quarter percentage-point tightening by March, with investors fully pricing that scenario by May."

    ----Reuters, January 4, 2022

    https://www.reuters.com/markets/stocks/us-yields-gain-2nd-trading-day-catching-up-with-inflation-fundamentals-2022-01-04/

    The Fed's independence is most defensible when we're talking about the need to raise interest rates to fight inflation in an election year. Biden has had the opportunity to appoint most of the Federal Reserve's board of governors. IF IF IF they choose not to raise interest rates for political reasons in an election year, they can't choose not to suffer the inflationary consequences in the real economy, and if the Fed doesn't do what the market expects, the consequences in the markets will also be unavoidable for them, too.

    Public perceptions are important because we're trying to influence public opinion to want a more libertarian and capitalist world, but in order to do that, it's important for us not to lose perspective. We need to remember the difference between fantasy and reality. What the Biden administration says isn't reality. What the Biden administration says is fantasy. The consequences of Biden's policies don't change if progressives don't like them--because reality doesn't change depending on whether Biden and the progressives like it.

    1. Too bad we don't have an alternative major political party that has a policy of careful spending. Neither side!

      1. This may be the Final Sin of the Democrat Party-they have screwed up so bad I have to actually look and see how completely worthless, stupid and amoral the Republicans are.

        This was something I could ignore while the Dems were in charge of fucking everything up, and now as a parting gift they leave the flaming turd of REPUBLICAN governance on the doorstep.

        Thanks a lot, Brandon!

      2. Pelosi's unvetoable spending bill was all Trump's fault

  25. Well, Peanuts, I was busy all day yesterday so I missed commenting on something that was immensely satisfying.

    Kamala Harris has been totally useless as VP thus far but she hit it out of the park Thursday by comparing the Jan 6 Trump Mob Riot to 9/11.

    Wingnut heads exploded,

    Thank you, Kamala Harris. I will never call you "useless" again.

    1. You apllaud stupid comparisons? Oh. Because you made the same idiotic assertion lol.

      Usually having kamala say the same think you have would cause one to rethink their take. Not you.

      More proof youre just a leftist by the way.

    2. What about Pearl Harbor? And the siege of Troy? Sacking of Rome?

      1. The all pale in comparison to a 3-hour protest which scared Pelosi, in which the only death was an unarmed woman murdered by a cop.
        Hey, if we have to kill unarmed women to make that twitching pile of shit feel safe, turd's more than happy!

    3. She's a "Master of Stupidity"?? And not even an original "master", as other progtards in the Dumbocrat party had already compared that weaponless, powerless and planless "coup" attempt to The Civil War and Pearl Harbor.

      Whatever amuses, I guess. Does your political news come with a laugh track?

    4. "but she hit it out of the park Thursday by comparing the Jan 6 Trump Mob Riot to 9/11... Thank you, Kamala Harris. I will never call you "useless" again."

      Hold on for a second everyone...

      Did Buttplug just agree that J6 was as bad as 9/11?

      1. He might be right. On j6 2 anti totalitarians got killed, while on 9/11 3000 progtard new Yorkers got killed. I would call that a wash

    5. turd lies; it’s all he ever does. turd is a TDS-addled lefty asshole and a pathological liar besides, entirely too stupid to remember which lies he posted even minutes ago, and also too stupid to understand we all know he’s a liar.
      If anything he posts isn’t a lie, it’s totally accidental.
      turd lies; it’s what he does. turd is a lying pile of lefty shit.

  26. https://twitter.com/AuronMacintyre/status/1479817410970591240?t=28jUJzqCF65WzNtrHSZeXg&s=19

    We’re in the “posting funny videos from my detention facility” phase of the biomedical security state [link]

    1. Probably paid marketing/propaganda to make it seem nice.

    1. I'd say, "Hi, Pamela!", but then you'd probably just tell me that I can make $64,325 a month working from home and give me a link.

      1. Or charge you $64,325 per minute - - - - - - - -

  27. VP Kamala Harris admits a ‘level of malaise’ in US over COVID, gets compared to Jimmy Carter

    https://sports.yahoo.com/vp-kamala-harris-admits-level-070817176.html

    It’s not a good sign when you’re reenacting Jimmy Carter’s last days.

    1. But Carter never used kneepads. Except maybe in his heart.

  28. Abe Lincoln said you can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time. Democracy is the theory that as long as you can fool 50.01% of the people all the time then it doesn't matter how much a damnable lie that it is.

    1. Within the proper context of taxes, spending, naturalization, treaties, and wars, democracy is elected representatives reflecting the preferences and the interests of their constituents. Outside of its proper context, democracy is two wolves and a lamb arguing about what (or whom) they should eat for lunch.

      1. Pluggo would vote to eat a baby goat.

        1. Or dress it in baby clothes and screw it.

  29. The USDA also has a lot to say about how animals live and die in scientific research facilities. That’s kind of their thing.
    .

  30. The president doesn't understand many, many things.

    1. The man also has many, many problems.

      1. Fuck Joe Biden

  31. "...The president can't fix a problem he doesn't understand..."

    Which explains his administration in general.

    1. Which explains the Democrats in general. And the GOP most of the time, as well.

  32. "Joe Biden's clear election victory"

    No. He didn't win the election.

    1. We can’t point to something specific but to toss that in the article was either trolling (the commentariat) or padding the resumé for that dream job at The Atlantic.

  33. Alternate headline: Biden Plans to be Meat Head of the United States.

    1. Biden Plans to Beat the Meat (Prices)

      1. Biden beats the meat! Now that would make a memorable headline.

  34. Meanwhile, this author cheers the "clear election victory" of someone who clearly and victoriously won't do a f'ing thing about it. The USDA has a bureaucratic empire to protect!!

  35. This is true generally because farmers and ranchers who want to sell their meat commercially (or for it to be re-sold) in this country must have their livestock slaughtered in USDA-inspected (or state equivalent) slaughter facilities, where an inspector must be present and inspect every animal that's slaughtered.

    In reality the slaughterhouse must pay the salary of the USDA inspector, who spend the day napping in a quiet corner.

    1. You know who else spends his days napping in the corner ofafakestagedovaloffice?

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  38. Biden is a senile, angry old man who needs to be sent home for good. His ignorance of economics is not better than the average American.
    We should expect this sort of ignorant rhetoric from Biden
    because of his administration of known Marxists/communists.
    All the shortages and price increases are due to lock downs which disrupted supply chains and from inflated money supplies.
    This need not have happened but toddler tyrant governors that locked down their states, created the conditions that disrupted supply chains and created shortages.
    Now they want to blame somebody else for their stupidity.

  39. You have it exactly backwards. It is LACK of federal regulation that caused monopolistic concentration in the meat packing industry. The lack of competition is the leading cause of the price raises. When we go back to enforcing anti-trust laws, we can finally get the claws of the ravenous wealthy off the people.

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