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A Tale of Two Bills
Author: BobR    Date: 11/16/2017 14:13:03

There is no such thing as certainty when it comes to Congress. Both houses have their pet projects and their own constituencies. Members of the House answer to a specific district; Senators answer to their entire state. As such, getting both houses to agree on the specifics of a bill (that will pass despite opposition party votes) requires some compromise and negotiation.

Such is the situation with the dueling tax bills in the House and Senate. Both are claiming tax "reform" (translation: tax cuts for the rich, with the false implication that "regular" Americans are getting a break too), and both are ignoring the deficit - something they were so keen on when the Democrats were in charge.

Let's take a look at what is in the bills:
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42 comments (Latest Comment: 11/17/2017 03:16:16 by Raine)

If your life isn't perfect, you're not alone. I love your imperfect life. 
Author: Raine    Date: 11/15/2017 13:43:06

It's so easy to compare our lives to others. We all want to live the best lives we can live and all too often we judge our lives based on the Keeping up with the Joneses’ theory. I had friends in High School who I thought lived lives that were so much better than mine. Decades later I've learned that wasn’t always the case. My abusive journey started later than some and earlier than others. The point being is when it happens, it's hard to acknowledge it. In that denial, the cycle of abuse cannot begin to end. Without it, healing is difficult. I'm talking about the sexual domestic abuse that's been a much spoken-of topic with regards to politics this past week.

More specifically, the idea that women shouldn't come forward to speak of their abuse is now being bandied about. I call bullshit on this. There is a myriad of reasons why women do not come forward. Books, theses, and essays have been written about why not - and still, too many men ignore the reasons. To state it more pointedly, the men who cause problems and ignore our explanations when we come forward are the reasons.
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30 comments (Latest Comment: 11/15/2017 21:45:41 by Mondobubba)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/14/2017 10:50:49

Good Morning.

We'll head right for Southeast Asia this morning, and check out the damage caused by Hurricane Trump.

Of course, the reactions are coming from North Korea, so you can make of this what you will, but in conjunction with the presidential visit to some of our more questionable allies (Duterte), there has been some stepped-up military action.
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17 comments (Latest Comment: 11/14/2017 20:21:55 by Mondobubba)

Who knew?
Author: Raine    Date: 11/13/2017 14:09:10

Who knew it would be so hard to deny a pedophile a senate seat?
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15 comments (Latest Comment: 11/13/2017 20:15:32 by Scoopster)

Leave Him Alone!
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 11/12/2017 17:30:51

When will the left stop the innuendo and lying? First they attack our President for his "locker room" talk - something that all men do - now they are going after Christian hero and upstanding citizen Roy Moore.
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 11/12/2017 20:01:13 by BobR)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 11/10/2017 13:37:47

This has felt like a fairly okay week. Despite the national embarrassment of tRump and the GOP trying to take from the poor to give to the rich, I've felt a little more hopeful since Tuesday nights news.

I say this calls for a little red panda joy...

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38 comments (Latest Comment: 11/10/2017 23:53:46 by Raine)

We're Not Asking Anymore
Author: Raine    Date: 11/09/2017 14:09:00

Two days after our Virginian evolution I am still profoundly happy and optimistic for the future -- in spite of the wretchedness that is the majority party in Federal government and too many states (26). Something happened Tuesday
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25 comments (Latest Comment: 11/09/2017 21:57:44 by BobR)

A Seismic Shift
Author: BobR    Date: 2017-11-08 14:00:00

For better or worse, elections in non-presidential election years are generally looked upon as a referendum on the incumbent president. That was the case in 2010 when Democrats got trounced in many local, state, and federal elections. This was 2 years into Obama's presidency, and the ACA had just passed with great sturm and drang

Off-off year elections are generally not very closely followed, being that they are state-wide races and such. This year was a little more visible, being that the Commonwealth of VA was electing a new governor, and the the 100 seats in its House of Delegates were up for grabs. New Jersey also elected a new governor.

It's only 10 months into the tRump pResidency, but if this election is to be considered a referendum on our satisfaction with him, he is in deep deep trouble. The purple state of VA went solidly blue.
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60 comments (Latest Comment: 11/08/2017 23:10:34 by Raine)

Ask A Vet - Election Day
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/07/2017 02:19:11


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41 comments (Latest Comment: 11/07/2017 20:39:28 by Scoopster)

Monday Road Blog
Author: BobR    Date: 11/06/2017 11:45:40

We are on the road this morning, so consider this a stubbie (if anyone is feeling inspired, please feel free to post a real blog).
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15 comments (Latest Comment: 11/06/2017 20:25:25 by Mondobubba)

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