You lead with the Congress you have, not the one you wish you have. But I am hopeful that Biden can get a bill that both sides can agree on and we can start racking up victories before next year’s midterms. We’ll see what we shall see.
Take heart. Covid cases are trending downward, as are Covid deaths. And there are far more Americans vaxxed than not. At this point, the remaining holdouts and the hard core antis either have the choice of getting vaxxed and getting sick. But we will move on.
I am glad to have a leader who does what needs to be done without fretting about his approval rating. Yes there is a lot of bad stuff going on with supply chains, rising prices, the Afghanistan withdrawal (where Biden was essentially following what was laid out by Trump during the Taliban talks), etc. but it’s nothing he can’t bounce back from. Everyone thought Bill Clinton was toast after the “Republican Revolution” of 1994 when the GOP took both houses of Congress. Then the Oklahoma City bombing (by Timothy McVeigh) happened, then the Government Shutdown of 1995-1996. That November, Clinton became the first Democratic President elected to a second term since FDR in 1936.
What happened on the set of that movie was an unfortunate but natural accident. I am way more concerned about the mass shootings and the fact that guns are still too damn easy to get!
Or you can do what I did last Christmas and go local for my holiday shopping. Every December there is a Holiday Market in Downtown DC (near the Museum of American Art/National Portrait Gallery). There various small businesses from the Metro DC area have booths where they sell their wares. Last year, I bought most of my presents at the fair (as well as local businesses) and I intend to buy my presents this year that way as well. Christmas isn’t all about presents though, there’s also family and friends and being together. Don’t let this “supply crisis” be the Grinch who steals your holiday.
Biden (being the most politically experienced President in history, having been a Congressman, Senator and VP before becoming a President) surely knows the saw, “You lead with the Congress you have, not the Congress you wish you have”. I’m sure he’d rather not have a Senate with the Democrats in a razor-thin majority. If they can eliminate the filibuster and replace it with a straight up and down vote, perhaps they can get some stuff done and then say to the American people that they got stuff done. Perhaps then, in next year’s midterms, they can expand their majorities in the House and Senate and put themselves in a good position for 2024. But the ball is in their court and we’ll see if they can pull some weight. But I’m an optimist by nature and they can still pull it off.
Um, Bob, you realize the the Bisexual Superman you and your fellow RWNJs are upset about isn’t the Clark Kent Superman but Jon Kent (the son Clark fathered with Lois Lane) and will inherit the mantle of Superman? I remember the concerns voiced by Dr. Wertham (in “Seduction of the Innocent”) and other books and articles about the unhealthy relationship between Batman and his young sidekick Robin. In fact, DC created the first Batwoman and Batgirl to show that the Dynamic Duo were red-blooded straights. This is just the same LGBTQ-phobic hoo ha. The design above looks nice though, would make a nice t-shirt.
What is the real story here? To me, service workers feel they have power for the first time in forever! They want to have a decent wage and provide for their families and not have to collect welfare and/or SNAP cards as well. Some companies (like &Pizza here in DC) are offering decent wages and workers are coming back as a result. Also, people are also looking for a work life balance (i.e. making a living vs. having a life).
The news said that Powell (who was vaccinated) died from complications from Covid, but I later saw on the news that what really killed Powell was that he was undergoing treatment for cancer and was thus immunocompromised. My brother is a prostate cancer survivor and in early 2020, underwent radiation therapy and was immunocompromised. So, I expect my brother to get a booster sooner rather than later. Fortunately, “breakthrough” infections of fully vaxxed individuals are far rarer than initially feared. Powell was one of the few Republicans I’ve admired (others like John McCain have left, others like Mitt Romney and MD Governor Larry Hogan are still here).
MAGA voters in 2020: “Covid is a Liberal/Chinese hoax!”MAGA voters in 2021: “Gasp! What if these refugees have Covid?!”