In which I make friends and influence people: To all y'all who are shocked and stunned at the COVID relief act being attached to a must pass spending bill and then that bill being larded up with everything but what the relief act is supposed to be, how new are you, exactly?
It has been ever so. For as long as I can remember, this is how Congress operates. Play brinkmanship with something, anything, that there is public clamoring must be done, then attach that to an, at best, somewhat related spending bill and lard it up. This is decades old.
The only thing that surprised me about the bill is that it didn't top 6,000 pages and that actual physical copies of it were printed out for show before the vote took place. All the rest of it? Of course that was how it was, it was always going to be.
I am only surprised that people are surprised. I'm all for disclosure and it's good that people are putting up the specifics but history shows what good it will do to point all this out. This is as windmill tilting as my crusade against Sources Say and just as effective.
I am, however, surprised to see people who I think know better falling for an incredibly obvious trap. Everyone out there on the Right screaming about how stingy this relief is and how terrible and how it doesn't provide for middle class Americans? Be careful what you wish for.
The strategy here is so obvious that Pelosi and Schumer might as well state it directly. Actually, to the extent I've been paying attention, I think Pelosi has at least mentioned the plan in public. This? This is designed to get Republicans on record that more money is needed.
Mark my words, the week of March 8, 2021 Pelosi and Schumer will be out there wringing their hands about how the last relief package wasn't enough and now millions of people are going to be losing benefits again and we must do more! And what will Republicans say then?
Pretty much everyone is on record now as saying this was too little and nearly too late and more must be done and, hey, how did I end up in this corner with paint all around me? It's plain as day what is going on and yet people appear to be falling for it. Or are in on it.
Look, I'm on record as saying since I'm not getting back the 30+ years I spent working to try to get any kind of fiscal restraint shown by the Federal government then I want mine. Gimme gimme gimme. But at least I can see the obvious when it is right before me.
So, no, I'm not going to jump on the outrage train because all of this has happened before. All of this will happen again. And I will laugh in people's faces when March, 2021 rolls around and I'm right. Because I may be many things but a good person is not one of them.

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Given the last few years, to say nothing of the last few decades, it is reasonable for those who lean more towards the conservative side of being a Republican to feel that promises are always made by the GOP but nearly never kept. This does not engender trust by the base.
Likewise, every election is the most important ever and if you do not vote Republican you are assisting in electing Democrats and it will be the end of life as we know it! At a certain point, weariness over such claims is natural. That is one of the lessons of Peter and the Wolf.
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I am by no means wah wah wah campaign financing needs to have stricter rules wah wah wah. No. Nope. But I do think the incestuous world of consultants and advisers and PR firms and ad agencies and ad buyers needs scrutinized deeply by those who donate.
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But what is contemptible, and I am stating this with the exact same degree of contempt that article has for Trump and that tuned to the finest degree, is to throw in there the in passing oh sure there were issues yeah we should look at those. Oh please. Give it up.
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So. About these flash drives that apparently are used all over the country for votes and I'm just going to set all of that aside. I have the following questions:
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3. How are the drives marked to identify the precinct for which the drive was used?
4. What human being is given custody of the drive initially?
5. What human being is given custody at the precinct?
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8. How is the data transferred accomplished?
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10. What program is used for the data transfer?
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The Astros kept that World Series even though it is indisputable that they cheated throughout the season. Why? *handwring handwring* Well, there's no proof it caused them to win the Series and we can't just go back and take it away and the integrity of the game!
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You know what else you could have done, you spineless pieces of ambergris? You could have demanded that those engaging in it must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. You could have thrown your support to clearing out voter roles. You could have aided True The Vote.
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