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Biden proposes the budget, right? I think the Bill originates elsewhere. It’s either political machinations, or a huge disappointment (to both sides of the aisle, right?) to increase military spending. And after all those campaign promises, too.

And he might be able to deemphasize enforcement, bring it to a halt, but he can’t sign his name and change law, and legalize it, right?

My eyes are on HR1. Which sucks.

 

 

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That series of posts, red meat do nothing commission on expanding the SCOTUS, book ended by pentagon budget increases and ostriching action on marijuana reform is pretty funny. 

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Just now, Anastasis said:

That series of posts, red meat do nothing commission on expanding the SCOTUS, book ended by pentagon budget increases and ostriching action on marijuana reform is pretty funny. 

Ladies and gentlemen... THE DEMOCRATS!

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4 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

I'll tell you what lack of action on Biden's part bothers me more than almost anything else:  he hasn't reversed many (if any) of Trump's stupid tariffs.

Is that right?  WTF is he waiting for?

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4 minutes ago, jimmyjazz said:

It's true for China.  I don't know what other tariffs might still be in place.

Yeah, I saw he's keeping them as leverage for the next round of negotiations.  I guess you can't really expect the Chinese to reciprocate without going to the table over it.

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Being tough on China regarding trade is one of the few things Trump was “right” on policy wise. But of course he turned it into a mess with his idiotic ways.

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The press SHOULD be seeking as much access as possible and complaining when they don't get it.

The problem is that their actual motivations are so pathetic (stir up Trump-related drama) that I can't sympathize with them.

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57 minutes ago, bad_teammate said:

The press SHOULD be seeking as much access as possible and complaining when they don't get it.

The problem is that their actual motivations are so pathetic (stir up Trump-related drama) that I can't sympathize with them.

Yup.

They should be adversarial. They shouldn't be petty and stupid.

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5 minutes ago, bad_teammate said:

The press SHOULD be seeking as much access as possible and complaining when they don't get it.

The problem is that their actual motivations are so pathetic (stir up Trump-related drama) that I can't sympathize with them.

 

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White House Releases State-by-State Fact Sheets to Highlight Nationwide Need for the American Jobs Plan | The White House

Wish it was a little more specific (mention I35!), but here is Texas - 

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For decades, infrastructure in Texas has suffered from a systemic lack of investment.

The need for action is clear: Texas’ infrastructure received a C grade on its Infrastructure Report Card. The American Jobs Plan will make a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure.

• ROADS AND BRIDGES: In Texas there are 818 bridges and over 19,400 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 11.4% in Texas and on average, each driver pays $709 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. The American Jobs Plan will devote more than $600 billion to transform our nations' transportation infrastructure and make it more resilient, including $115 billion repairing roads and bridges.

• PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Texans who take public transportation spend an extra 80.8% of their time commuting and non-White households are 2.7 times more likely to commute via public transportation. 12% of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past useful life. The American Jobs Plan will modernize public transit with an $85 billion investment.

• RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE: From 2010 to 2020, Texas has experienced 67 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $200 billion in damages. The President is calling for $50 billion to improve the resiliency of our infrastructure and support communities’ recovery from disaster.

• DRINKING WATER: Over the next 20 years, Texas’ drinking water infrastructure will require more than $45 billion in additional funding. The American Jobs Plan includes a $111 billion investment to ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.

• HOUSING: In part due to a lack of available and affordable housing, more than 1.7 million renters in Texas are rent burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent. The President proposes investing over $200 billion to increase housing supply and address the affordable housing crisis.

• BROADBAND: More than 12% of Texans live in areas where, by one definition, there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds. And 43.3% of Texans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. Even where infrastructure is available, broadband may be too expensive to be within reach. 13.7% of Texas households do not have an internet subscription. The American Jobs Plan will invest $100 billion to bring universal, reliable, high-speed, and affordable coverage to every family in America. • CAREGIVING: Across the country, hundreds of thousands of older adults and people with disabilities are in need of home and community-based services. The President’s plan will invest $400 billion to help more people access care and improve the quality of caregiving jobs.

• CHILD CARE: In Texas, 48% of residents live in a childcare desert. The American Jobs Plan will modernize our nation’s schools and early learning facilities and build new ones in neighborhoods across Texas and the country.

• MANUFACTURING: Manufacturers account for 13% of total output in Texas, employing 908,000 workers, or 7% of the state’s workforce. The American Job’s Plan will invest $300 billion to retool and revitalize American manufacturers, including providing incentives for manufacturers to invest in innovative energy projects in coal communities.

• HOME ENERGY: In Texas, an average low-income family spends 8-10% of their income on home energy costs forcing tough choices between paying energy bills and buying food, medicine or other essentials. The American Jobs Plan will upgrade low-income homes to make them more energy efficient through a historic investment in the Weatherization Assistance Program, a new Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator to finance building improvements, and expanded tax credits to support home energy upgrades.

• CLEAN ENERGY JOBS: Texas has outsized potential for innovative energy technologies including carbon capture and sequestration and geothermal energy generation, that create good paying union jobs. As of 2019, there were 241,289 Texans working in clean energy, and the American Jobs Plan invests in building that industry through a reformed and expended Section 45Q tax credit and extending renewable energy tax credits.

• VETERANS HEALTH: Texas is home to over 1.5 million veterans, 11.2% of who are women and 39.6% who are over the age of 65. The President is calling for $18 billion to improve the infrastructure of VA health care facilities to ensure the delivery of world-class, state of the art care to veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. This includes improvements to ensure appropriate care for women and older veterans.

 

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2 hours ago, Bruh Man said:

From that link:
The Need for Action in Texas
For decades, infrastructure in Texas has suffered from a systemic lack of investment. The need for action is clear:
Texas’ infrastructure received a C grade on its Infrastructure Report Card. The American Jobs Plan will make a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure.
• ROADS AND BRIDGES: In Texas there are 818 bridges and over 19,400 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 11.4% in Texas and on average, each driver pays $709 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. The American Jobs Plan will devote more than $600 billion to transform our nations' transportation infrastructure and make it more resilient, including $115 billion repairing roads and bridges.
• PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Texans who take public transportation spend an extra 80.8% of their time commuting and non-White households are 2.7 times more likely to commute via public transportation. 12% of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past useful life. The American Jobs Plan will modernize public transit with an $85 billion investment.
• RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE: From 2010 to 2020, Texas has experienced 67 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $200 billion in damages. The President is calling for $50 billion to improve the resiliency of our infrastructure and support communities’ recovery from disaster.
• DRINKING WATER: Over the next 20 years, Texas’ drinking water infrastructure will require more than $45 billion in additional funding. The American Jobs Plan includes a $111 billion investment to ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
• HOUSING: In part due to a lack of available and affordable housing, more than 1.7 million renters in Texas are rent burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent. The President proposes investing over $200 billion to increase housing supply and address the affordable housing crisis.
• BROADBAND: More than 12% of Texans live in areas where, by one definition, there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds. And 43.3% of Texans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. Even where infrastructure is available, broadband may be too expensive to be within reach. 13.7% of Texas households do not have an internet subscription. The American Jobs Plan will invest $100 billion to bring universal, reliable, high-speed, and affordable coverage to every family in America.
• CAREGIVING: Across the country, hundreds of thousands of older adults and people with disabilities are in need of home and community-based services. The President’s plan will invest $400 billion to help more people access care and improve the quality of caregiving jobs.
• CHILD CARE: In Texas, 48% of residents live in a childcare desert. The American Jobs Plan will modernize our nation’s schools and early learning facilities and build new ones in neighborhoods across Texas and the country.
• MANUFACTURING: Manufacturers account for 13% of total output in Texas, employing 908,000 workers, or 7% of the state’s workforce. The American Job’s Plan will invest $300 billion to retool and revitalize American manufacturers, including providing incentives for manufacturers to invest in innovative energy projects in coal communities.
• HOME ENERGY: In Texas, an average low-income family spends 8-10% of their income on home energy costs forcing tough choices between paying energy bills and buying food, medicine or other essentials. The American Jobs Plan will upgrade low-income homes to make them more energy efficient through a historic investment in the Weatherization Assistance Program, a new Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator to finance building improvements, and expanded tax credits to support home energy upgrades.
• CLEAN ENERGY JOBS: Texas has outsized potential for innovative energy technologies including carbon capture and sequestration and geothermal energy generation, that create good paying union jobs. As of 2019, there were 241,289 Texans working in clean energy, and the American Jobs Plan invests in building that industry through a reformed and expended Section 45Q tax credit and extending renewable energy tax credits.
• VETERANS HEALTH: Texas is home to over 1.5 million veterans, 11.2% of who are women and 39.6% who are over the age of 65. The President is calling for $18 billion to improve the infrastructure of VA health care facilities to ensure the delivery of world-class, state of the art care to veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. This includes improvements to ensure appropriate care for women and older veterans.

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30 minutes ago, Longhorn_Fan68 said:

From that link:
The Need for Action in Texas
For decades, infrastructure in Texas has suffered from a systemic lack of investment. The need for action is clear:
Texas’ infrastructure received a C grade on its Infrastructure Report Card. The American Jobs Plan will make a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure.
• ROADS AND BRIDGES: In Texas there are 818 bridges and over 19,400 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 11.4% in Texas and on average, each driver pays $709 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. The American Jobs Plan will devote more than $600 billion to transform our nations' transportation infrastructure and make it more resilient, including $115 billion repairing roads and bridges.
• PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Texans who take public transportation spend an extra 80.8% of their time commuting and non-White households are 2.7 times more likely to commute via public transportation. 12% of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past useful life. The American Jobs Plan will modernize public transit with an $85 billion investment.
• RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE: From 2010 to 2020, Texas has experienced 67 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $200 billion in damages. The President is calling for $50 billion to improve the resiliency of our infrastructure and support communities’ recovery from disaster.
• DRINKING WATER: Over the next 20 years, Texas’ drinking water infrastructure will require more than $45 billion in additional funding. The American Jobs Plan includes a $111 billion investment to ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
• HOUSING: In part due to a lack of available and affordable housing, more than 1.7 million renters in Texas are rent burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent. The President proposes investing over $200 billion to increase housing supply and address the affordable housing crisis.
• BROADBAND: More than 12% of Texans live in areas where, by one definition, there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds. And 43.3% of Texans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. Even where infrastructure is available, broadband may be too expensive to be within reach. 13.7% of Texas households do not have an internet subscription. The American Jobs Plan will invest $100 billion to bring universal, reliable, high-speed, and affordable coverage to every family in America.
• CAREGIVING: Across the country, hundreds of thousands of older adults and people with disabilities are in need of home and community-based services. The President’s plan will invest $400 billion to help more people access care and improve the quality of caregiving jobs.
• CHILD CARE: In Texas, 48% of residents live in a childcare desert. The American Jobs Plan will modernize our nation’s schools and early learning facilities and build new ones in neighborhoods across Texas and the country.
• MANUFACTURING: Manufacturers account for 13% of total output in Texas, employing 908,000 workers, or 7% of the state’s workforce. The American Job’s Plan will invest $300 billion to retool and revitalize American manufacturers, including providing incentives for manufacturers to invest in innovative energy projects in coal communities.
• HOME ENERGY: In Texas, an average low-income family spends 8-10% of their income on home energy costs forcing tough choices between paying energy bills and buying food, medicine or other essentials. The American Jobs Plan will upgrade low-income homes to make them more energy efficient through a historic investment in the Weatherization Assistance Program, a new Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator to finance building improvements, and expanded tax credits to support home energy upgrades.
• CLEAN ENERGY JOBS: Texas has outsized potential for innovative energy technologies including carbon capture and sequestration and geothermal energy generation, that create good paying union jobs. As of 2019, there were 241,289 Texans working in clean energy, and the American Jobs Plan invests in building that industry through a reformed and expended Section 45Q tax credit and extending renewable energy tax credits.
• VETERANS HEALTH: Texas is home to over 1.5 million veterans, 11.2% of who are women and 39.6% who are over the age of 65. The President is calling for $18 billion to improve the infrastructure of VA health care facilities to ensure the delivery of world-class, state of the art care to veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. This includes improvements to ensure appropriate care for women and older veterans.

You literally didn't see that the post you quoted actually specifically highlighted Texas already? 

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9 minutes ago, cactusflinthead said:

 

OMG! Why does the Biden team hate punctuation and capitalization? Won't someone think of the example they're setting? It's a conspiracy! There should be more random grammar and apostrophes! And why aren't people counting to see if they have fourteen word sentences?

Wow, I'd forgotten how much crap the former administration tweeted out there for a minute.

Not.

I can handle this.

 

 

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16 minutes ago, SydneyCarton said:

So what you're saying is you're really happy with Joe Biden's leadership here, right?

Multigenerational wars should not exist.

Having said that, we are losing a strategic geopolitical foothold when we withdraw the last of the ~4,500 troops from Afghanistan - almost 20 years after 9/11. 

SNAFU

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8 minutes ago, washparkhorn said:

Multigenerational wars should not exist.

Having said that, we are losing a strategic geopolitical foothold when we withdraw the last of the ~4,500 troops from Afghanistan - almost 20 years after 9/11. 

SNAFU

Yeah let’s keep them there for 80 more years! You’re never going to win a war without completely destroying a country. Political wars are not winnable, religious wars are even less winnable than political 

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18 minutes ago, Hank Scorpio said:

How about Bill Kristol?

 

Just looking about it from a cost/benefit standpoint, I don't understand why we would pull out.  Our cost is maintaining just 4,000 troops in-country, of whom none have been killed in more than a year.  That strikes me as a pretty damned low cost.  And in return, we get a strategic foothold in Central Asia and we keep the Taliban from turning the place back into a sanctuary for extremism.

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