First of all, $15 minimum wage doesn’t have 50 votes in the Senate, which means even if Kamala does exactly what the far left wants, it still won’t get us a $15 minimum wage.
Ok, so…. Let’s talk about how the media is filled with lying, disingenuous, trifling gas lighters who need to stop bullshitting the American Public just so they can have an excuse to write angry editorials, and hit pieces on Democrats. So, there I was, minding my own business, when a strange looking headline crossed my screen, forcing me to back up and see what the hell was going on. I backed up and looked at the headline again, “Kamala Harris Could Deliver $15 Minimum Wage If Democrats Really Wanted It.” Oh GOD, here we go with this shit again.
Anytime the “Leftists” aren’t getting their way, an entire network of supposedly main stream sources go out of their way to provide a platform for shitty hit piece authors to engage in badly sourced jeremiads against the President or Vice President. Today is no exception, as usual, the “leftists” are using bad historical research to virtue signal, and the mainstream media is either too vapid or lazy to point out their flaws in research and reasoning. I decided it was time to investigate a little, and what I found infuriated me, as usual.
Writing for Rolling Stone, Tessa Stuart decided to use an 11 year old TPM piece about a former Senate Parliamentarian declaring that the ultimate decision on whether to listen to the Parliamentarian rests with the Vice President.
For one thing, the president could just ask Kamala Harris, the president of the Senate, to overrule the parliamentarian. In fact, one former parliamentarian has said it’s entirely at the VP’s discretion to listen to MacDonough on a ruling like this one or not. And there is ample historical precedent for not listening the parliamentarian — as Slate reports, “Vice President Hubert Humphrey routinely ignored his parliamentarian’s advice.”
Very interesting. What’s also interesting is the fact that the parliamentarian said he hadn’t seen a VP go against the parliamentarian since Humphrey (1965–69). I found one more interesting thing that relates to this issue:
The reconciliation process was created by the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and was first used in 1980.
Oh, does this mean Humphrey wasn’t overruling the Byrd Rule? Maybe he time traveled. After he resurrected himself.
During the early 1980s, Congress passed reconciliation bills containing provisions that did not directly relate to the budget; for example, one reconciliation bill decreased the number of individuals on the Federal Communications Commission. In response, Senator Robert Byrd led passage of an amendment to strike “extraneous” amendments from reconciliation bills, and Congress permanently adopted the Byrd Rule in 1990.
Neither the Byrd Rule nor the reconciliation process existed when VP Humphrey was butting heads with his parliamentarian, and of course, the author doesn’t say this in her piece. She, like most of the writers out there, seems only interested in engaging in cris de coeur, while telling partial truths to an audience addicted to anger and misinformation. What does she suggest happen if we can’t use the reconciliation process to pass minimum wage?
The other option that’s available to Biden? He could ask Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to have the parliamentarian fired.
Are you fucking serious?
That’s what the GOP-controlled Senate did back in 2001, when the parliamentarian ruled the Bush Tax Cut could not be passed through a reconciliation process in circumstances nearly identical to this one.
So, we want to be just like the GOP, who passed some voodoo economics tax cuts 20 years ago? You do realize we don’t even have 50 votes, right? Right?
And that might be the redeeming quality working class voters see in the party — the GOP may be primarily concerned with cutting taxes for the wealthy, but at least, when they say they’re going to do something, they actually get the job done.
Oh, look. Praising the White Nationalist insurrection party for hurting America because, at least when they say they’re going to beat us, they make sure to tie us up first, so we can’t escape.
“That might be the redeeming quality working class voters see in the party,” is some absolute white centered, racist bullshit. Black Working Class voters don’t see a muthafucking thing redeeming about the muthafucking GOP, and neither do many White, Latino, Asian, Indigenous, Women, LGBTQIA, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, and other working class voters. I’m working class. Maybe when Tessa “Miss Thang” Stuart wants to speak up for the working class in the future, she should be super specific about which working class she’s talking about. Because, all the GOP ever “gets done” for the working class is racism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, sex shaming, racism, misogyny, insurrection, ableism, hate, and some more racism.
Apparently, it’s up to the very Democrats Progressives hate and spend their time attacking to pass the Progresive’s agenda by bending rules, breaking rules, firing people, and generally riding roughshod over everyone in the way. And even then? We STILL won’t have the 50 votes we would need to pass it through the reconciliation process. In all honesty, we’d probably lose votes for circumventing the usual process, and all that hardball playing would do is make our vice president look foolish. And why would she want to look foolish by following the guidance of the very people who have been burning her at the stake weekly for the past several years?
Maybe the Progressive Leftists should learn how to make friends instead of enemies, try to compromise, rather than grandstand, and learn to whip votes and convince colleagues, if they want their agenda prioritized. As it stands, the minimum wage hike will not be included in the Senate bill, and no, Vice President Harris will not be going against President Biden in order to get a few attaboys from the left.
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