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The signs could not be clearer…

It’s looking more and more like we’re headed toward a proxy war in Venezuela – or a ground war, if the neocons have their way.

This should be deeply disturbing to any American Leftist.
The signs could not be clearer.
Are @SenSanders and @AOC going to use their position to say/do something about it?

https://twitter.com/BlackSocialists/status/108895811934090035

See this report, over at Politico, on Abrams appointment as special envoy for Venezuela:

Elliott Abrams, a controversial neoconservative figure who was entangled in the Iran-Contra affair, has been named as a Trump administration special envoy overseeing policy toward Venezuela, which has been rocked by a leadership crisis.
Abrams’ appointment, announced Friday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is something of a surprise — President Donald Trump nixed his 2017 bid to be deputy secretary of State after learning that Abrams had criticized him.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/25/elliott-abrams-envoy-venezuela-1128562?fbclid=IwAR3ihpfpl1AwuL5Yp-NPOAEDY8eD_hghIWwFbv8wp5BnblxCjg79h_k9VNc

Reopening the Federal Government

While I’m glad we’re finally seeing an end to some of this idiocy, and of course I’m glad that federal employees who’ve gone without pay for more than a month may finally be getting some relief, a couple of things:

  • A three-week continuing resolution isn’t very long – and I’m sure we’ll be back to the same tantrum from Cheetolini as soon as it expires. (I doubt very seriously that anyone will ever get through to the President that what he’s doing is hurting people. He doesn’t care.)
  • While it’s good that a fast-tracked bill to ensure back pay is part of the package, don’t forget that seven Republicans voted against the original legislation that first passed the House on the eleventh. (See: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/424942-the-7-republicans-who-voted-against-back-pay-for-furloughed-government-workers)

And the debt ceiling and the next budget will have to pass Congress, and get signed by the President soon enough. He still has plenty of opportunities to do this all again.

I genuinely fear that this is all far from over.

A Democratic Senate aide said the Congressional Research Office told Collins’ office the agencies should be able to process paychecks within a few days after the continuing resolution is signed. That will include backpay.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-agreed-to-reopen-the-government-for-3-weeks-heres-what-comes-next/

It’s class warfare!

When I want a primer on what constitutes “class warfare,” I’ll be sure and turn to Chaffetz, who advised that instead of spending “a few hundred dollars” on an iPhone, that all I needed to do to ensure that I had health coverage was to spend my iPhone budget on healthcare instead.

(Says the dude with a net worth in excess of $300,000 who hasn’t had a single solitary clue what things cost in decades.)

For the original quote, see: Jason Chaffetz: Poor People Shouldn’t Buy iPhones If They Need Money For Health Care

As a reminder, Jason Chaffetz is the guy who thought your healthcare costs the same as a T Mobile bill, so I wouldn’t exactly call him the foremost expert on the financial stressors of everyday Americans.

https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1087741467274235910

Empire Files: Trump is Expanding the US Empire

In the first installment of this multi-part series, Trump Expanding the Empire, Abby Martin debunks the notion that Trump is an anti-interventionist president, outlining his first two years of aggressive foreign policy that has expanded US wars and occupations.

“That’s financially negligent.”

Today in the absolutely clueless and proud of it department:
 
 
Let’s see dude live on $25k, up to maybe 37-38k to start – starting salaries for Transportation Security Agency personell – in Philadelphia, while paying for healthcare (he apparently lives in a country with a national health system), food, housing, transportation, potentially school loans, oh, and kids, and let’s see how “financially negligent” he ends up.
 
I really, truly, honestly can’t stand people, sometimes.
 

That’s privilege.

This. This this this.

This is what people who #notallmen everything they can get their hands on are intentionally distracting you from when they do this.

Of course it isn’t all men. It’s never all of anything. Humans are complex and messy and complicated, and when people talk about privilege, if you’ve never acted like an ass in public, well.

Good for you.

But you don’t get, nor do you need, special congratulations for that – which is, of course, what you’re demanding when you do this.

You want to take any discussion of the larger issue and make it about you.

Well, muffin, that’s not a good look on you.

If it ain’t you, then don’t make it about you. But we’re never going to fix this crap if we have to make everything about you, all the time.

And I don’t think that being white or a man means you behave in a certain way. But it does allow you to behave in a certain way, if you chose, generally without consequences. In public, in the classroom, throughout your life. That’s privilege.