The Atlantic: “Why Americans Die So Much”

This stat more than anything else shows a nation in decline. Which is ironic given the previous administration bragged that they were making “America great again.” They in fact accelerated our nation’s decline. We are on the verge of abyss. And it’s decades in the making. And it’s the result of a corrupt two-party duopoly that is tyrannical:

I’m talking about the past 30 years. Before the 1990s, average life expectancy in the U.S. was not much different than it was in Germany, the United Kingdom, or France. But since the 1990s, American life spans started falling significantly behind those in similarly wealthy European countries.

According to a new working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Americans now die earlier than their European counterparts, no matter what age you’re looking at. Compared with Europeans, American babies are more likely to die before they turn 5, American teens are more likely to die before they turn 20, and American adults are more likely to die before they turn 65. At every age, living in the United States carries a higher risk of mortality. This is America’s unsung death penalty, and it adds up. Average life expectancy surged above 80 years old in just about every Western European country in the 2010s, including Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, the U.K., Denmark, and Switzerland. In the U.S., by contrast, the average life span has never exceeded 79—and now it’s just taken a historic tumble.

House panel approves $25B boost for Defense Budget

America might be in crisis and money is limited for spending on urgent needs for our citizens, but the Congress is always able to find funds to spend on the military. This obscene misallocation of funds is even worse than what we’ve come to expect from both parties. They know it’s outrageous but they don’t care. Their first loyalty is to the military-industrial-complex:

The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to add nearly $25 billion to President Biden’s proposed defense budget as more than a dozen Democrats sided with Republicans on bulking up Pentagon funding.

The committee voted 42-17 on an amendment from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the panel, to set the fiscal 2022 defense budget at $778 billion — $37 billion more than approved for this year and $25 billion more than Biden asked for next year.

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The Government Just Admitted It Doesn’t Really Try to Collect Rich People’s Taxes

This tells you everything about who controls the U.S. government. And it ain’t you or I:

The new Internal Revenue Service figures compiled by Syracuse University researchers show that in the last eight years, there has been a 72 percent drop in the number of audits of those making more than $1 million. In all, 98 percent of those making more than $1 million did not face an audit last year

There has also been a 55 percent drop in the number of audits of America’s largest corporations. In 2012, almost all corporate giants were audited. In 2020, however, almost two thirds of those corporations were not subjected to audits.

 

The Wealthy and Powerful are Jumping the line to Receive Vaccinations for Coronavirus

It’s like from a end-of-days-type movie. The wealthy are getting access to Coronavirus vaccine before they are entitled. This should be a crime. But many of those getting shots before many of their elderly constituents are politicians. And they won’t dare stand in the way of a potentially wealthy donor getting the vaccine:

Two New York real estate moguls are reportedly helping their wealthy friends and associates jump the line to receive vaccinations for the novel coronavirus.

According to the New York Post, brothers Bill and David S. Mack have “personally arranged for… their wealthy friends from Manhattan and the ritzy Palm Beach Country Club to get the COVID-19 vaccine at a Florida retirement home.”

According to the Post’s sources, the vaccine was administered at the Joseph L. Morse Health Center in Palm Beach, which is near the Palm Beach Country Club where many of the brothers’ friends are members

“They apparently made a list of people who could get the vaccine, who one can only assume are their wealthy friends and clients,” one source explained. “Supposedly, some people flew down in private jets from New York just for the vaccine, if they were lucky enough to be on the list the brothers made. It wasn’t just members of the Palm Beach Country Club who got the vaccine, but there were many club members who did.”

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Democrats Have themselves to Blame if GOP keeps Control of U.S. Senate

There is a strong possibility that the Democrats will fail to win both Georgia Senate runoff elections tomorrow. And if so then Republicans will keep control of the U.S. Senate. That will be disastrous on many levels. And if that happens will the Democratic party establishment blame progressives as they did in November after the miserable election results. Democrats gained no seats in the House. Biden came within 44,000 votes of losing the presidential race. It took 5 days to determine the winner. With unprecedented mismanagement and corruption from Trump and cronies this is the best you can do? It was really a underwhelming performance on the part of Democrats. The Democratic leadership couldn’t blame themselves. So they needed a scapegoat:

This article explains the logic of Democratic Party establishment politicians:

As I recall, the Democratic Party platform does not embrace “socialism.” Nor does the party’s leader, one Joseph R. Biden.

Meanwhile, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on the call that if “we are going to run on Medicare-for-all, defund the police, socialized medicine, we’re not going to win.” But most Democrats aren’t running on Medicare-for-all, and almost none are running on “defund the police,” a phrase rejected by Democratic politicians.

Now it’s true that there are a few Democratic members of Congress who call themselves socialist — but even they don’t go around shouting, “What we need is socialism! Socialism all the way!”

…Let’s not forget, the Democratic Party nominated exactly the candidate those centrists wanted — and that didn’t in any way change what Republicans said about him. Biden was the moderate in the race, but Republicans still called him a radical socialist. It’s utterly bizarre that after all this time, there are still Democrats who believe that if they change what they say, it will change what Republicans say about them.

And, we should note, progressive activists and politicians across the country — including in the districts represented by the centrists — worked incredibly hard to elect Biden, despite the fact that he was most assuredly not their preferred candidate. One has to wonder whether centrists would have put the same energy into the election had Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) been the nominee.

AOC put it best:

Frustrations with House Democrats’ abysmal performance—which one unnamed Democratic lawmaker bluntly called a “dumpster fire”—were compounded by the party’s worse-than-expected showing in Senate races it hoped to win. Barring Democratic victories in both Senate run-offs in Georgia, Republicans are on track to retain control of the chamber.

In response to the blame being hurled at progressives, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) argued in a series of tweets Friday that moderate House Democrats who lost or are at risk of losing their seats should take a closer look at the shortcomings of their own campaigns instead of baselessly claiming left-wing lawmakers are culpable.

“There are folks running around on TV blaming progressivism for Dem underperformance. I was curious, so I decided to open the hood on struggling campaigns of candidates who are blaming progressives for their problems,” said the New York Democrat. “Almost all had awful execution on digital. During a pandemic. Underinvestment across the board.”

“Ideology plus messaging are the spicy convos a lot of people jump to but sometimes it’s about execution and technical capacity,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “Finger-pointing is not gonna help. There’s real, workable, and productive paths here if the party is open to us. After all, I got here by beating a Dem who outspent me 10-1 who I knew had bad polling.”

This time around that dog won’t hunt anymore. Time for a new excuse. Democrats better pray that they win tomorrow. Or people are going to have questions. Despite Republicans at war with each other you are telling me you can’t win an election in a state that went for Biden?

Trump has killed 300 thousand Americans. He tanked the economy. And now he is mismanaging the Covid vaccine distribution. Democrats should have won an unprecedented victory. Instead they are basically tied with a outlaw GOP.

Democrats in Senate betray Bernie and America

Democrats in the U.S. Senate chose to support Mitch McConnell and his opposition to a vote giving Americans a $2,000 check. They instead voted (almost every Democrat except Bernie Sanders and 5 others) to make sure that the Pentagon has money to fight endless wars. If this isn’t proof that both parties don’t give a damn about Americans nothing does. Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much anymore. But they do agree on one thing: spending incredible amounts of money on defense. They rarely disagree. Do you feel safe? It wasn’t Russia or China that killed 300+ thousand Americans this passed year:

In total, 41 Democrats—including Schumer and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris—voted for the motion, paving the way for an override of Trump’s NDAA veto and effectively killing the prospect of a vote on $2,000 direct payments before the next Congress. View the full roll call here.

A final vote on the NDAA veto override is expected by January 2. Sanders made clear following the motion’s passage Wednesday that he plans to continue pushing for a vote on the direct payments.

“The sheer scale of Wednesday’s Democratic surrender was truly a sight to behold,” wrote The Daily Poster’s David Sirota and Andrew Perez. “And it probably ended the chance for more immediate aid to millions of Americans facing eviction, starvation, and bankruptcy… Democratic senators in fact provided the majority of the votes for the measure that lets the defense bill proceed without a vote on the $2,000 checks.”

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Both Presidential Candidates are Disliked. Just like in 2016.

Once again we asked to choose between the lesser of two evils:

Polling suggests that this November’s election could become only the second presidential contest in the history of modern polling in which both candidates are seen negatively by most voters. The other was just four years ago, when pre-election surveys and exit polls found that both Mr. Trump and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, were disliked by a majority of voters.

The fact that so many Americans in both the last election and this one have expressed an aversion to each of the major candidates speaks to the heavy polarization that now defines the national electorate — not to mention the wholesale disillusionment many voters feel with the political system.

NY Times