Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is absolutely furious that the Biden administration wants to make the $300 per child tax credit permanent, and seems to be suggesting that children should have to work instead of letting their parents get a small break on their taxes.
Perhaps sensing that he’s already on the verge of losing to his likely Democratic challenger, Rep. Val Demmings, in next year’s Senate election, Rubio thought he’d brand the child tax credit “socialism.”
Is Rubio under the impression that the government pays parents $300 a month so they don’t send their kids to work? Or he is suggesting that anyone getting a meager child tax credit will stay home and benefit from that paltry sum?
Either way, Rubio’s arithmetic is all fouled up. It costs a hell of a lot more than $300 a month to feed, clothe, and care for a child. Any parent can tell you that. So are we supposed to let those who earn the least provide for their kids when they’re having trouble keeping a roof over their heads?
Apparently, Rubio thinks waging class warfare over $300 is going to get him lots of votes in Florida, which only proves just how utterly clueless he is and always will be.
The Florida senator was pelted with well-deserved online backlash for his snotty tweet:
Time for Florida to dump Marco Rubio and get a senator who gives a damn about them.
Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy must be a glutton for punishment, because he keeps trying to zing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and she keeps making him look like the douchebag he is.
At Monday’s press briefing, Doocy said that President Joe Biden had broken his promise not to meddle in the Justice Department when he suggested last week that anyone who ignores a subpoena from the Jan. 6 House Select Committee should be referred for criminal charges.
Psaki immediately made it clear that she wasn’t going to let Doocy hijack the press briefing:
Psaki told the Fox reporter:
Doocy then tried to make a comparison between Biden and Trump, saying Biden had vowed not to “do what former President Trump does” and use the DOJ to punish his enemies.
And that’s when Psaki rolled right over both Doocy and the failed, one-term former president:
Exactly. Donald Trump incited an insurrection, tried to use the Justice Department to overturn the 2020 election, and repeatedly insisted that the DOJ protect him from an investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
There is no comparison between what Trump did with the DOJ and Biden make an off-the-cuff remark about what should happen to those who ignore lawful subpoenas.
Also, Donald Trump is a crook, a con man, a sexual predator, and a traitor. Joe Biden is none of those, and he also has a brain and a heart, both of which Trump lacks.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has become the proverbial skunk at the garden party, insisting that he wants drastic changes to the Democratic $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.
In an op-ed that was published by the Wall Street Journal, Manchin wrote:
That led progressive congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to slam Manchin on Twitter:
And now award-winning actor and director Rob Reiner is weighing in on Manchin’s comments, and what he has to say perfectly encapsulates exactly what millions of us think anytime we hear that the West Virginia senator is standing in the way of legislation that would help the country.
Here’s the tweet Reiner posted:
Yep. That pretty much says it all. Why in the hell is Joe Manchin suddenly the most powerful man in Washington? He wasn’t elected to that position. Joe Biden was.
But with the Senate evenly divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, Manchin has indeed become the spoiler, able to hold up anything he wants even when his “reasons” are complete bullshit.
Others also joined the discussion on social media:
Proving that being a Republican requires you to abstain from logic and reason while completely shutting down your brain, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) sounded like a raving lunatic Sunday during an appearance on Fox News.
Ostensibly, Blackburn was speaking with host Maria Bartiromo to discuss the two pieces of legislation that are the centerpieces of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
Instead, Blackburn began ranting about controlling kids and closing churches, neither of which has anything to do with the president’s legislative proposals:
Socialism? Rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges is socialism? If so, then the vast majority of Americans must be socialists, because polls show they support the president’s plan.
But Blackburn was just getting warmed up. She then decided she’d double down on her message of fear and loathing to add:
WTF?! How does infrastructure and investing in people have anything do with going to church?
As for the mention of banking and transactions, Blackburn’s conspiracy theory has already been debunked, with USA Today noting:
“Biden’s Treasury Dept. Declares IRS Will Monitor Transactions of ALL U.S. Accounts Over $600,” reads the headline of a Sept. 10 InfoWars story that has been shared widely on Facebook.
The same claim popped up in various iterations on social media, like a Sept. 22 Instagram post claiming Biden’s proposal would give the IRS “direct access to your bank transactions.” It accumulated several thousand likes within the first day.
We rate the claim that the Treasury Department ‘declares’ the IRS will monitor transactions in all U.S. bank accounts over $600 as PARTLY FALSE, based on our research. The Biden Administration has proposed monitoring accounts over $600, but the only figures reported to the government would be the total inflows and outflows for the year – not the size and nature of each transaction. And the Treasury can’t simply “declare” this measure, it must be approved by Congress.
Under the Patriot Act, which was passed after the Sept. 11 attacks, the government already has a certain amount of oversight of financial transactions. You cannot open an account with valid ID and any suspicious activity in an account is immediately reported to Homeland Security and the Treasury Department.
Marsha Blackburn — like nearly every Republican — has no solution to any of the problems this country faces. They only have fear, lies, conspiracy theories, and gibberish. It’s no wonder voters gave control of Congress and the White House in last year’s election.
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki got a question from Michael Shear of the New York Times which sounded more like a query from Fox News or Newsmax. And she quickly dispatched Shear for what he asked.
Specifically, Shear used one of those classic “people are saying” questions that are the favorite of right-wing media and their savior, failed, one-term former President Donald Trump:
Psaki began by trying to get clarity and specifics on who had made such comments about the president:
“So, just for the sake of argument here, not argument but discussion, beyond the representative of the Cuban government – But who are we talking about here, who’s saying that the President’s like Trump?”
Shear told the press secretary:
Clearly amused by the question, Psaki began destroying everything Shear had just said:
Title 42, it should be noted, deals with public health, ABC News reports:
Title 42 is a clause of the 1944 Public Health Services Law that “allows the government to prevent the introduction of individuals during certain public health emergencies,” said Olga Byrne, the immigration director at the International Rescue Committee.
Seeing as how we’re in the midst of a pandemic, what Psaki said next just makes good sense, and she also managed to get a dig in at Trump:
It’s been said before but it bears repeating: Jen Psaki is a national treasure. It’s so refreshing to see a press secretary who actually responds to the questions.