Winners and losers | Tom Camfield

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Posted 1/19/22

As Martin Luther King Jr. noted, “I think the tragedy is that we have a Congress with a Senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of …

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Winners and losers | Tom Camfield

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As Martin Luther King Jr. noted, “I think the tragedy is that we have a Congress with a Senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from even voting.”

So the present is not the first time this Senate situation has existed. King was assassinated in 1968. The national holiday in celebration of his birthday is the third Monday in January.

Meanwhile, I had worked hard over several days compiling the blog-limit of 750 words to go with the foregoing heading. But when I went to post it Tuesday morning, I accidentally deleted it instead. As my printer was rendered obsolete by the most recent Apple upgrade, I had no print-out proof with which to back myself up, and I have long since forgotten how to restore a deletion. My notes have been recycled, so I am hurriedly substituting the following.

While I hope to return to the lowness of Rep. McCarthy later, please read about maverick Democrat Joe Manchin by Googling “Manchin Joins Sinema in Destroying Democratic Hopes to Pass Voting Rights” By Brett Wilkins. I like it so well, I’ll print it in part as follows (Jan. 14, 2022):

“As conservative U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on Thursday joined his right-wing Democratic colleague Kyrsten Sinema in announcing his opposition to abolishing the Senate filibuster, progressive observers excoriated the pair — who recently supported a filibuster carve-out to raise the debt ceiling — for obstructing their party's landmark voting rights legislation.

“Manchin (W.Va.) followed his Arizona colleague in voicing support for protecting the filibuster, which racial justice campaigners call a ‘Jim Crow relic’ because it has been used so many times to block voting and civil rights legislation.

“Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman noted that Republican-led states ‘have passed new voter suppression laws, gerrymandered maps, and election subversion bills through simple majority, party-line votes, yet Sinema and Manchin demand [a] bipartisan supermajority to protect voting rights.’"

“Berman said the pair ‘are like spineless Republican senators during end of Reconstruction who supported filibuster of voting rights bill that would've blocked poll taxes and literacy tests,’ actions that ‘ushered in 75 years of Jim Crow.’”

So Senators Sinema and Manchin are true Democrats in name only. Manchin also is financially invested heavily in coal. Brett Wilkins is a San Francisco-based writer and activist whose work focuses on issues of war and peace and human rights.

And here’s the lead of a current Newsweek story: “Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) may be a thorn in the side of his fellow Democrats in Congress. But for some of Manchin's colleagues on Capitol Hill — and those campaigning to join him there — he is also great fodder for donation-raking ads on Facebook and Instagram. Since the House sent President Joe Biden's Build Back Better package up to the Senate in November, 15 Democrats have run more than 700 ads targeting their party bedfellow Manchin on the platforms, as the multi-trillion-dollar plan stalls in large part.

"It is extremely uncommon to name a party colleague in a negative ad outside of a primary — but then again Joe Manchin isn't a typical Democrat," noted Nate Lerner, founder of digital political consultancy Build The Wave, told Newsweek."

In Rolling Stone, Jan. 10, is an interesting story of some length by Jeff Goodell titled, “Manchin’s Coal Corruption Is So Much Worse Than You Knew."‘

Read past the tales of local horrors until coming to the description of Manchin: “The truth is, Manchin is best understood as a grifter from the ancestral home of King Coal. He is a man with coal dust in his veins who has used his political skills to enrich himself, not the people of his state. He drives an Italian-made Maserati, lives on a houseboat on the Potomac River when he is in D.C., pals around with corporate CEOs, and has a net worth of as much as $12 million.

“More to the point, his wealth has been accumulated through controversial coal-related businesses in his home state, including using his political muscle to keep open the dirtiest coal plant in West Virginia, which paid him nearly $5 million over the past decade in fees for coal handling, as well as costing West Virginia electricity consumers tens of millions of dollars in higher electricity rates (more about the details of this in a moment). Virginia Canter, who was ethics counsel to Presidents Obama and Clinton, unabashedly calls Manchin’s business operations ‘a grift’. . .”

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  • Justin Hale

    Tom, as you well know both parties use the filibuster.

    "During the 2019-2020 Congressional term, a record-breaking 328 filibusters were recorded with Democrats in the minority.".....

    "Since 2009, 657 filibusters were recorded under Democratic minorities while 609 filibusters were recorded under Republican minorities."

    (https://repustar.com/fact-briefs/do-both-political-parties-have-a-history-of-using-filibusters)

    Perhaps Senators Sinema and Manchin are the only Democrats in Congress to understand that the only role the Federal government plays in the General elections is to set the date, other than that election rules are set by the states, not the Fed's. I say Bravo for Senators Sinema and Manchin.

    Do you really want to start comparing politicians who used their office for personal gain, those dirty bed linens can be found in abundance on both sides of the aisle.

    OK Marge your turn to tell us how we need to make voting so easy that anyone can vote.

    Thursday, January 20, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Are you saying we should make it more difficult to vote?

    A voter who just turned 18 should have an easy time registering and getting their voting card. visit Vote.gov for Washington State. A new resident in a community should find changing their county, state, voting card easy. You can change your registration online, by mail, or by phone. Be ready to provide your state driver's license number or state ID number and your Social Security number. Your vote does count.

    Thursday, January 20, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    What I am saying is that the states should be keeping their voter rolls up-to-date, as required by the National Voter Registration Act. Not all states do that.

    I'm saying that making the vote easier makes it more prone to fraudulent voting.

    I'm saying that it's up to the States to set their election rules, not the Federal government.

    Friday, January 21, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Sure. A little gerrymandering here and there, closing of polling places, etc. The judicial system is trying its best to keep things on the square state by state—but the final word there is a federal Supreme Court to which Trump has appointed three members.

    Latest on the news front is headlined “Michigan GOP co-chair says Trump campaign directed fake electors. per CNN audio.”

    Switch attention to gun control and gun owners, manufacturers and sellers will quote the heck out of the outdated second amendment to the FEDERAL constitution.

    Friday, January 21, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Tom, in all of my years I don't know one person who was denied the right to vote, have you?

    Let CNN do your thinking for you, yeah that's the ticket.....

    Friday, January 21, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    And Justin once again narrows it all down to himself. So if there is now voter suppression there is now voter fraud?

    Saturday, January 22, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Marge has your right to vote ever been suppressed? Has anyone you know whose right to vote has been suppressed?

    Lately, the MSM has been making a big deal out of the Democrat's right to vote act not being passed and I'll bet that the majority of those who pay attention to the MSM have never been denied the right to vote or even know someone who has.

    Saturday, January 22, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Who CAN’T Vote?

    Non-citizens, including permanent legal residents cannot vote in federal, state, and most local elections.

    Some people with felony convictions. Rules vary by state. Check with your state elections office about the laws in your state.

    Some people who are mentally incapacitated. Rules vary by state.

    For president in the general election: U.S. citizens residing in U.S. territories

    Check with your state or local election office for any questions about who can and cannot vote.

    Saturday, January 22, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    I assumed we were referring to citizens who were legally entitled to cast a vote and were denied, .....Guess what people in Botswana are not allowed to vote in our elections either.....

    So neither you nor I know someone legally entitled to vote who was denied that right to vote?

    I certainly see no reason for the Federal government to take control of what has been a States Rights issue.

    Sunday, January 23, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Stupidity and racism are ruling the day at the state level of government in many cases, generally where the followers of Donald Trump all lie any old way to maintain white supremacy. Those among us who have lived long in eastern Jefferson County have never really been put to the racism test due to a shortage of Blacks. However, we seem to be okay so far where inclusiveness is concerned. Meanwhile, the so-called "United" States also include Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, etc. in which we should not be taking pride.

    Monday, January 24, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    You call those whose politics are not the same as yours, stupid, white supremacist racists and how we should "not take pride" in certain states because their politics differ from yours, and then you have the gall to talk about your "inclusiveness". LOL

    Tuesday, January 25, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    I think Tom was just calling Trump supporters stupid. But there are plenty of stupid people to go around, whatever subject your talking about. The Mukilteo School district has taken To Kill a Mockingbird off its list of required reading for 9th graders, claiming there is racism in it. What the heck do they think the book is about? Every day when I read the newspapers I am amazed at how incredibly uniformed people are.

    Tuesday, January 25, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    And I assume, oops! I mean az'ume, that you agree with Tom's considering all Trump supporters stupid.

    99.9 % of my friends are/were Biden supporters, I never considered them stupid, rather gullible victims of the MSM bias, outright lies, and half-truths regarding Trump. Partisan Tom is using the same tactic going into the 2022 elections, hopefully, people will take a more objective look at where we are today and ask themselves if they are better off than they were in 2017.

    Wednesday, January 26, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Donald Trump has the dubious distinction of being the Worst President Ever! And yes I agree with that. Do I think people are stupid who support him? I just don't get it. The America First slogan that comes from America First Commission, that worked hard to keep America out of WWII, using anti-Semitic rhetoric. Sounds familiar to No Muslims, build a wall between the U.S. & Mexico. You can sputter on about what wonderful things Trump did in office, but history will record that he created a country divided, for his own benefit. January 6th will go down as one of the worst insurrections in our country. No, I don't miss 20016, 2017, 2018, or 2019.

    Wednesday, January 26, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    There are a few Million of your fellow citizens who would disagree with your analysis, oops I mean əˈnaləsəs.

    You keep repeating that "no Muslim" line, tell me how what Trump did was any different than what Obama did regarding that Muslim ban issue.

    One of the main duties of the POTUS is to protect US from enemies foreign and domestic, if you think the current POTUS is doing a better job securing our southern border you are just denying reality, or you think allowing thousands of illegals into our country is a good thing.

    Thursday, January 27, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Odd how no one seemed to consider existing rights of current residents back in the 1600s, 1700s and early 1800s—as 1,000s of European foreigners stampeded across the land, snd

    Blacks were brought in chains and sold at auction. Now, all non-whites are viewed as "illegals" by so many descendants who have built fences, legal and otherwise, as things moved along.

    I feel we should absorb more people a little more quietly these days—while studying the matter of birth control.

    Thursday, January 27, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    " Now, all non-whites are viewed as "illegals" by so many descendants who have built fences, legal and otherwise" .....Welcome to 2022 Tom, show me a nation on this earth that has no borders.

    Studying birth control doesn't solve the problem, practicing birth control does.

    Thursday, January 27, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Overall, the economy has made sweeping strides since it was gutted by the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2020. For the full year of 2021, the U.S. economy grew 5.7 percent, the fastest yearly clip since 1984, and a marked rebound from 2020, when the economy contracted by 3.4 percent — its worst result since 1946. Biden is bringing us back! Yah!

    Friday, January 28, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Typical!

    So Trump imposes a "Muslim ban" and he is anti-Semitic, but Obama does the same thing and he's not? I ask why and you change the subject to the economy. Typical.

    Friday, January 28, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Trump: “My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months,” he said, echoing the arguments in conservative publications almost word for word. “The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.”

    This is wrong in every particular. Obama’s Iraqi visa policy in 2011 did not ban Iraqis from entering the country. Obama’s immigration policy did not treat people with passports from the seven countries as unusually dangerous terrorism threats. And Obama’s policies never approached anything like the breadth, cynicism, and incompetence of Trump’s executive order.

    Source: Trump says Obama banned refugees too. He’s wrong.

    By Zack Beauchamp@zackbeauchampzack@vox.com Jan 31, 2017, 11:10am EST

    The Muslim bans are a series of discriminatory executive orders and proclamations issued by the Trump administration. President Trump signed the first version, Muslim Ban 1.0, on Jan. 27, 2017, and it became effective that day. Within a day, thousands of concerned people across the U.S. rushed to airports in protest. Significant portions of the ban, as well as later versions of it, were immediately blocked by federal courts, which found each iteration to be blatantly anti-Muslim, unconstitutional, and an abuse of the president’s power. While significant sectors of the American public agree, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion issued on June 26, 2018, unfortunately allowed the third iteration of the ban to remain in place permanently, pending further legal challenges. Because of the devastating impact of this decision, which is separating American families and endangering vulnerable populations, we continue to fight the Muslim bans in our courtrooms, Congress, and on the streets. https://www.nilc.org/issues/immigration-enforcement/understanding-the-muslim-bans/

    Friday, January 28, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "The travel part of Trump’s order does target the same seven countries that were singled out with a law Obama signed in December 2015."

    (https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2017/feb/07/reince-priebus/were-7-nations-identified-donald-trumps-travel-ban/)

    Friday, January 28, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Quoting Reince Priebus "In December 2015, Priebus publicly criticized then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily suspend Muslim immigration in response to terrorist attacks. "I don't agree", Priebus told The Washington Examiner. Following Trump's controversial remarks about Mexican illegal immigrants in early 2015, Priebus reportedly delivered a "stern 40-minute lecture" to Trump. [wiki]

    In May 2016, Priebus again publicly criticized Trump, saying Trump was not the head of the Republican Party and that Trump must "change his tone."

    Priebus was former RNC chair and Trumps Chief of staff from January to July 2017 the shortest tenure in American history.

    And of course the famous Trump quote:

    President Trump reportedly referred to "Haiti and countries in Africa as “shi*hole countries” and called for more immigrants from places like Norway" at an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, two people briefed on the meeting told the Washington Post on Thursday night. Only whites need apply.

    Saturday, January 29, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    What candidate Trump or Reince Priebus said back in 2016 doesn't change the fact that Trump's "Muslim" ban was essentially the same as Obama's.

    "S-hole" is a pretty apt description for some areas in this world, hel look at what the great Democratic leadership in Seattle has done to certain areas of that city. (Trump)"called for more immigrants from places like Norway", " Only whites need apply." I didn't know that Norway was an all-white country, learn something new every day.

    I'm betting that you think Biden's pledge to nominate a black woman to the SCOTUS is neither racist nor ***ist.

    Saturday, January 29, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Dang! I did it again, I should have written sxist instead of ***ist....

    Saturday, January 29, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    When Clarence Thomas was nominated was that because of affirmative action? It's been around since 1965. Title 9 education amendment's been around since 1972. Sometimes you have to make a law because otherwise nothing ever gets done, and what the heck is wrong with nominating a black woman with a background in Constitutional Law, or even U.S. Law?

    Remember the * is your friend where filters are concerned.

    Saturday, January 29, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Nothing 'wrong" with nominating and approving anyone qualified, doesn't matter their race, color, or gender. But to exclude all others in favor of one race and *** seems to be a bit of what we're supposed to be against.

    Only Black Females apply? So you're OK with that?

    Sunday, January 30, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Darn it, I meant sx.....

    Sunday, January 30, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    If whoever President Biden nominates is qualified I have no problem if he makes the Supreme Court look more like the U.S. Trump chose poorly.

    Wednesday, February 2, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    So you don't have any problem with Biden's decision?. What if Trump would have said that he was only going to consider a white male for SCOTUS? you haters would be screaming for his hide.

    I'm sure that whoever Biden nominates will be well qualified, I just never imagined that race and ***,,, I mean sx, would be a prerequisite for the office.

    Wednesday, February 2, 2022 Report this