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Business Greed The Biden Administration

Karine Jean-Pierre Shreds Amazon’s Jeff Bezos On Her First Day As Press Secy. And It’s Absolutely Awesome

Monday was Karine Jean-Pierre’s first day as White House Press Secretary, and she did a great job, proving that she’s a superb replacement for Jen Psaki, who is now working for MSNBC.

At one point during today’s press briefing, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy decided to ask about a tweet that had been sent out last Friday by President Joe Biden which read:

Doocy asked:

“The president’s Twitter account posted the other day if you wanna bring down inflation, let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share. How does raising taxes on corporations reduce inflation?”

Jean-Pierre responded:

“We have talked about this past year, about making sure that the wealthiest among us are paying their fair share, and that is important to do. That is something the president has been working on everyday when we talk about inflation and lowering costs, so it’s very important that as we’re seeing costs rise, as we’re talking about how to, you know, build an America that’s equal for everyone and doesn’t leave anyone behind, that is an important part of that as well.”

Doocy followed up with this query:

“But how does raising taxes on corporations lower the cost of gas, the cost of a used car, the cost of food for everyday Americans?”

“So I think we encourage those who have done very well, especially those who care about climate change, to support a fairer tax code that doesn’t charge manufacturers workers, cops, builders a higher percentage of their earnings, that the most fortunate people in our nation, and not let that stand in the way of reducing energy costs and fighting an existential problem if you think about it, that is an example. To support basic collective bargaining rights as well.”

Not content, Doocy asked again:

“The President said if you wanna bring down inflation let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share. Jeff Bezos came out and tweeted about that, he said ‘the newly created disinformation board should review this tweet.’ Would you be okay with that?”

That led Jean-Pierre to put Bezos on full blast, responding:

“Look, it’s not a huge mystery why one of the wealthiest individuals on earth, right, opposes an economic agenda that is for the middle class, that cuts some of the biggest costs families face, fights inflation for the long haul, right, and that’s what we’re talking about, that’s why we’re talking about lowering inflation here, and adds to the historic deficit reduction the president is achieving by asking the richest taxpayers and corporations to pay their fair share. That’s what we’re talking about.”

Boom! That’s what we’re talking about. And while we’re at it, let’s also tax the hell out of Doocy’s boss, Rupert Murdoch. If he doesn’t like it, he can move back to Australia and renounce his American citizenship.

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Abortion GOP The Biden Administration

Jen Psaki Has A Warning About Republicans Who Are Eager To Make Abortion Illegal

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki spoke with eloquence and poignancy on Monday when asked about the possibility that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that gave women in the United States the right to make their own reproductive choices without government interference, may soon be struck down by at least five right-wing, reactionary members of the current high court.

Asked by a reporter about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) threat to enact a federal ban on abortion if Republicans retake control of Congress after the midterm elections, Psaki replied:

“I think we’re at serious risk. As you noted Mitch McConnell and other Republicans in Congress are talking about a national ban on a woman’s right to choose. Dozens and dozens of Republicans in Congress signed on to the Mississippi court case and are advocating for severe restrictions on a woman’s right to choose, and a woman’s right to make choices about her own body.”

Referencing that Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) had indicated his state might also seek to enact legislation that would criminalize the use of contraception, Psaki added:

“So as the President has said, over the course of the last nearly week, his concern is about yes, a woman’s right to make choices about her own health care, about what this final [Supreme Court] opinion could be. It’s also about what choices could be made that go beyond that. I’d also note that Louisiana legislators advanced a bill to classify abortion as homicide which would allow women to terminate their pregnancies to be charged with murder and potentially criminalized in vitro fertilization and forms of birth control. So in some ways, yes, you’re seeing an outcry by the nearly two thirds of the public and many of them peacefully protesting, who are concerned about what this opinion will say, but you’re also seeing a number of Republicans in states and some in Congress double down on this potential to overturn a law that has been the law of the land for 50 years.”

A few minutes, in response to an other question about the possibility of Roe being overturned, Psaki noted:

“When we’re talking about Roe, Roe has been the precedent for a number of other laws passed by the Supreme Court that impacts people’s fundamental lives, their basic rights, their freedoms, their privacy and their protections, including if you look back Griswold v. Connecticut, Eisenstaedt v. Baird, which ensured the right to use contraception was protected. That is law now, but we are clear-eyed about this being a precedent for that and what could come next. Obergefell v. Hodges, which protects the right to marry. Lawrence v. Texas, which stops government from preventing sexual relationships between consenting adults. For 50 years Roe has been the basis for a number of these decisions that have have impacted and change people’s lives, in our view for the better.”

This country is supposed to be about self-governance as much as possible, especially on matters that are as personal as whether or not to have a child. Granted, the Founding Fathers didn’t directly address the issue of abortion or contraception, but consider these words from Thomas Jefferson:

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.”

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GOP The Biden Administration

Pete Buttigieg Sums Up Today’s GOP: ‘They Find Somebody Vulnerable And Pick On Them’

If you’ve ever heard him speak, you know that Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is one of the most thoughtful and eloquent people in the United States.

Though he didn’t win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Buttigieg is a rising star in the party and should be considered a serious contender in future presidential races.

On Wednesday, Buttigieg’s boss, President Joe Biden, said he thinks the the current crop of Republicans in the Age of Trump are a direct threat to the American republic, noting:

“This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history, in recent American history.”

A day after the president made his comments, Buttigieg was at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics when the issue of today’s GOP came up, and what he had to say is absolutely perfect it its clarity, conciseness, and tone.

Addressing the issue of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ assault on LGBTQ rights in the Sunshine State, Buttigieg remarked:

“There’s a more superficial political pattern that I think has driven some of the politics of the behavior of people like these people in Florida that don’t say gay… that is when all you have is a hammer everything starts to look like a culture war.”

Buttigieg then added:

“You got a political faction that really doesn’t have a lot of answers for many of the questions that people are wrestling with. So, what do they do? They find somebody vulnerable and pick on, which at the moment is largely the trans community.”

Of course, Buttigieg is absolutely right. Who did Trump always pick on as president? Immigrants, foreigners, and anyone who didn’t meet his definition of what a “good American” should be. It’s classic bully behavior, and it’s the same sort of demonization that both Hitler and Stalin used to devastating effect in their countries.

But this is the United States of America! We’re supposed to be about equal rights for everyone. The minute we fail to live up to that standard, we have failed as Americans and as human beings.

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Fox News Lies The Biden Administration

WATCH Jen Psaki Masterfully Swat Down Peter Doocy’s Bogus Right-Wing Talking Point

Today, for what seems like the eleven-millionth time since Jen Psaki began holding the daily White House press briefing, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy tried to tell a blatant lie and immediately got swatted down by the press secretary.

Referencing the Disinformation Governance Board at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Doocy suggested that President Joe Biden had created something that would censor things online.

Of course, the facts suggest otherwise:

  • The Disinformation Governance Board’s mission is to counter foreign disinformation, not domestic.
  • The board isn’t something that was created by the Biden White House. It started in the Trump administration and is being continued now that Biden is president, which makes it bipartisan, at least in spirit.

Despite that, Doocy waded in with both feet, asking Psaki:

“Does the President know that DHS is putting together this Disinformation Governance Board?” 

As she so often does, Psaki countered Doocy with facts:

“Well, Peter, I think I would note – and I’m not sure if this has been in your reporting yet – but this is a continuation of work that was done under the prior administration, under the Trump administration, to take steps to address disinformation, address the use of disinformation and helping smugglers prompt the movement of more migrants across to the border.”

She then added:

“I would note that the first example given in the announcement about this was DHS has worked to understand how ‘misinformation’ spread by human smugglers that prey on vulnerable populations attempting to migrate to the United States. So for anyone who’s out there who may be concerned about the increase in migrants to the border, this is the kind of apparatus that’s working to address disinformation. And again, continuing the work of the Department of Homeland Security and 2020. Something we’re currently applauding.”

However, Doocy seemed to have missed every word Psaki had just said, which led him to ask an absurd follow-up question:

“Just in terms of what the President wants out of this, does he want the people on this board to start censoring information that is not helpful to him?”

Psaki:

“Well, let me be clear on exactly what this board does, or what the work they’re doing does and in their announcement, which is publicly available in the Department of Homeland Security website for anyone to read, it says, ‘the primary mission is to establish best practices to ensure that efforts to understand and respond to disinformation are done in ways that protect privacy, civil rights and civil liberties and the right to free speech.’”

Rather than accept, Doocy then tried to reframe his query to include Hunter Biden:

“Okay, there’s this woman Nina Jankowicz, who is going to be in charge of the board. She has said that she thinks the Hunter Biden laptop is Russian disinformation. So should we look forward in the future to her censoring internet traffic about the Hunter Biden laptop?”

Though no one would have blamed her if she had laughed at Doocy and never called on him again, Psaki tried once more to explain in terms the Fox reporter could understand:

“I think I noted exactly what the objective of the board is, including continuing the work of the prior administration. And the woman you noted has extensive experience and has done extensive work addressing disinformation, she has testified before Congress testified in Europe. She has done worked closely with Ukrainians and has unique expertise, especially at this moment we’re facing.”

We’re going to miss the hell out of Jen Psaki when she leaves to join MSNBC.

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Fox News The Biden Administration

White House Press Corps Laughs At Peter Doocy When Jen Psaki Reminds Him He’s Not A Doctor

You’ve probably heard the old expression “We’re not laughing at you, we’re laughing with you” more than once in your life, but in the case of Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy, the laugh was indeed on him when he asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about the ruling by a federal judge striking down the administration’s mask mandate on public transportation.

Here’s Doocy’s inquiry into the ruling:

“Why is it that we can sit here in the White House briefing room with no masks but people can’t sit in an airplane cabin with no masks.”

Psaki replied:

“Well, Peter, I’m not a doctor, you’re not a doctor. That I’m aware of. If you are, I wasn’t aware of that until today.”

The Fox reporter agreed with Psaki:

“Can confirm.”

Psaki:

“Not a doctor. Just making sure. I don’t know.”

Other reporters began giggling, which led Ed O’Keefe of CBS News to interject:

“Nor do you play one on TV.”

But what Psaki said next brought the house down, with almost every reporter bursting into laughter:

“Nor does he play one on TV. There you go. Most days.”

From that, Psaki then laid out a very clear explanation for what the White House’s position has been all along:

“But these determinations — remember, the masking guidance is green, yellow and red. We are currently in a green zone in Washington DC. So they’re not recommending it. Some people can still wear masks if they want to. Many people do. Or wear them in meetings or wear them at certain times where you’re going to be around or sitting close to people. Or maybe you have an immunocompromised parent or friend and so people make that decision. And this is based on health considerations and data that the CDC looks at about transmissibility as we’ve seen an increase in cases on airplanes.”

It should be noted that the judge who issued the Monday ruling against the mask mandate, Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, was appointed by failed, one-term former President Donald Trump and didn’t exactly come highly recommended by her peers, CNN reports:

Her confirmation in the days after the 2020 election was controversial and uniformly opposed by Democrats. A former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Mizelle was 33 at the time of her confirmation. She had been rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association for “the short time she has actually practiced law and her lack of meaningful trial experience.”

Sounds like Judge Mizelle was even less qualified than the clueless sack of dung who nominated her and nearly destroyed the republic during his four years of dithering.