Category Archives: USA Politics and Economy

USA Politics: Republicans Made A Foolish Bet On The Biden Agenda – Opinion

 Jennifer Rubin | The Washington Post

THE ECONOMY LOOKS READY TO TAKE OFF IN A WAY WE HAVE NOT SEEN FOR 30 YEARS. The International Monetary Fund predicts that the U.S. economy “will surpass its pre-pandemic size as growth reaches 6.4% this year …. up 1.3 percentage points from the group’s forecast in January,” CNN reported.

The IMF predicts the $1.9 trillion rescue plan will “deliver a strong boost to growth in the United States in 2021 and provide sizable positive spillovers to trading partners,” and, as a result, the “recession is likely to leave smaller scars than the 2008 global financial crisis.”        Continue reading

FINANCE: Why Central Banks Want To Get Into Digital Currencies – VIDEO

Why Central Banks Want To Get Into Digital Currencies – CNBC

Intense interest in cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, and the Covid-19 pandemic have sparked debate among central banks on whether they should issue digital currencies of their own. Advocates argue that central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs, can make cross-border transactions easier, promote financial inclusion, and provide payment system stability.    Continue reading

USA Senate Politics: The Filibuster Was Grounded in Slavery and Now Threatens All Life

Today it’s a convenient shield for cowardly senators to avoid going on the record about their opposition to popular legislation, instead they say, “Hey, it takes 60 votes; what can I do?”

By Thom Hartmann | Consortium News

IT IS TIME TO END THE FILIBUSTER AND BRING DEMOCRACY TO THE U.S. SENATE.

The filibuster was invented by “the Grandfather of the Confederacy” John C. Calhoun, and its only purpose is to block legislation that otherwise has broad popular support but is opposed by racists and big corporate special interest groups.    Continue reading

USA: Ron DeSantis issues executive order banning ‘vaccine passports’ in Florida

Governor says prohibition is ‘necessary to protect the fundamental rights and privacies of Floridians and the free flow of commerce’

‘The legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon,’ Ron DeSantis said.
 ‘The legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon,’ Ron DeSantis said. Photograph: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock

Florida governor Ron DeSantis on Friday announced an executive order banning “vaccine passports” in the state, which like the rest of the US continues to suffer under the Covid-19 pandemic.          Continue reading

U.S.A: Georgia mocks democracy by criminalizing giving food and water to voters in line – By Mohamed Hamaludin

It would take a special breed of human beings to pass a law making it a crime to offer water and food to another human in need, such as while waiting in line to vote. that is what Georgia’s Republicans in control of the state have done as part of a new law intended to stave off non-existent electoral fraud.

For good measure, Gov. Brian Kemp, flanked by six European American men, signed the bill, in private, on March 25, within hours of its passage, a painting of a slave plantation in the background. And when Democratic State Rep. Park Cannon, an African American, knocked on his door to be let in to witness the signing, state troopers arrested, charged and literally hauled her off to jail.    Continue reading

USA–Biden says $2 trillion jobs plan rivals the space race in its ambition

US President Joe Biden

PITTSBURGH,  (Reuters) – President Joe Biden yesterday called for a sweeping use of government power to reshape the world’s largest economy and counter China’s rise in a $2 trillion-plus proposal that was met with swift Republican resistance.

The president’s “American Jobs Plan” would put corporate America on the hook for the tab as the government creates millions of jobs building infrastructure, such as roads, tackles climate change and boosts human services like care for the elderly.      Continue reading

USA: The Real Reason Republicans Could NOT Kill Obamacare – Jonathan Cohn | The Atlantic 

Democrats did the work, Republicans didn’t — and that says a lot about the two parties. 

Jonathan Cohn | The Atlantic 

The affordable care act, the health-care law also known as Obamacare, turns 11 years old this month. Somehow, the program has not merely survived the GOP’s decade-long assault. It’s actually getting stronger, thanks to some major upgrades tucked in the COVID-19 relief package that President Joe Biden signed into law earlier this month.

The new provisions should enable millions of Americans to get insurance or save money on coverage they already purchased, bolstering the health-care law in precisely the way its architects had always hoped to do. And although the measures are temporary, Biden and his Democratic Party allies have pledged to pass more legislation making the changes permanent.      Continue reading

USA: Why the Border Crisis is a Myth – Judge Veronica Escobar | The New York Times

 ***This essay was written and published in 2014 and is relevant in 2021

EL PASO — TO hear the national news media tell the story, you would think my city, El Paso, and others along the Texas-Mexico border were being overrun by children — tens of thousands of them, some with their mothers, arriving from Central America in recent months, exploiting an immigration loophole to avoid deportation and putting a fatal strain on border state resources.

There is no denying the impact of this latest immigration wave or the need for more resources. BUT THERE IS NO CRISIS. Local communities like mine have done an amazing job of assisting these migrants.        Continue reading

U.S.A: Spa mass shooting puts spotlight on anti-Asian bigotry — By Mohamed Hamaludin

While investigators try to unravel the motive behind the mass killing at three Georgia massage parlors/spas, this much is clear: The nation has not been paying nearly enough attention to the racist attacks against Asian Americans.

It took the killing of six Asian American women – and two others — at the spas to spark national outrage, the killer’s motive notwithstanding. And the full picture finally emerged. Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group for Asian American and Pacific Islanders, said it received more than 3,750 anti-Asian hate crime reports since the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic started early last year. News reports drew a direct link to then President Donald Trump’s penchant for referring to the virus as “China virus,” “Wuhan virus” and “Kung Flu,” most likely sparking the attacks.      Continue reading

USA: President Joe Biden Trips and Falls Three Times Boarding Air Force One – Analysis

Plus: read Nick Allen’s analysis on the damage this incident has caused to Mr. Biden’s presidency

By Josie Ensor, US Correspondent and Nick Allen | The Telegraph UK

President Joe Biden stumbled and fell three times on the steps of Air Force One on Friday, prompting fresh questions about his health.

The 78-year-old, who is the oldest president in US history, appeared to struggle as he boarded the presidential plane.      Continue reading