MSNBC host Medhi Hasan shared a tweet from progressive author Stephen King, who said that 70 percent of something is better than 100 percent of nothing. He referred to President Joe Biden's budget that includes a human infrastructure component to help fund childcare, paid family leave, universal pre-K, community college tuition and other things to move the green economy forward.
"We have a potential government shutdown and debt crisis coming down the line," Hasan said. "Oh, and a political stalemate over a $3.5 trillion social and economic policy and climate change bill. The heart of Biden agenda. If you are thinking the Republican Party is the Freddy Kruger of this nightmare, you'd be wrong. It's the left. Apparently, the left is to blame!"
He explained that the $3.5 trillion is a package that will be distributed over ten years and it's already based on a compromise.
"Bernie Sanders said just months ago he wanted and the climate needs $6 trillion over ten years," Hasan noted. "So, if we're looking for a 70 percent compromise as Stephen King suggests, we've already cleared that. $3.5 trillion is already less than 60 percent of what Sanders and the left were asking for. But why are we talking about compromising at all? This rhetoric is reflective of the commentary across the entire political and media landscape. Those on the left, progressives, are constantly told to 'Be more realistic. Just be pragmatic. Maybe consider a compromise.' But no one ever asks the conservatives, the centrists, the quote-unquote, moderates to compromise or back down, do they?"
He explained that climate change is a very serious issue that the country will have to pay for at some point. Either they can pay for it now when it's cheaper, or pay for it in the future when it costs ten times as much.
"What on earth have the so-called moderates got against it?" he asked. "I've said this time and time again. There is nothing moderate about opposing action on climate change or trying to make sure ordinary American families can just get by day-to-day. And yet you have Democratic Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) taking money from big pharma and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and his family basking in coal money while blocking paid family leave and child care for their constituents. Perhaps we have to start talking about DINOs, Democrats In Name Only."
Manchin said that he wouldn't support the bill because it adds to the debt, so the Democrats asked Manchin how much he would accept. He refused to say. Biden has asked people like Manchin and Republicans what pieces of the plan they want to cut. There is universal pre-K, paid family leave, high-speed internet to rural areas. Still, neither Manchin nor the Republicans will explain what they don't like in the bill or pinpoint what they want to cut.
See the full commentary from Hasan below:
why do progressives always have to compromise www.youtube.com
Anyone who thinks Trump will disappear if you ignore him has been proven wrong: Liz Cheney on Jan 6 committee
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) responded to critics who said that she shouldn't be participating in the Jan. 6 committee because she is keeping the focus on former President Donald Trump.
Cheney made it clear that Trump isn't going to go away if everyone stops talking about him.
"Those who think that by ignoring Trump, he will go away, have been proven wrong," Cheney told "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley Stahl. "And in my view, the American people, they deserve better than having to choose between what I think are the really disastrous policies of Joe Biden-- in a whole range of areas, really bad for our economy. From a national security perspective, what's happened, what he's done in Afghanistan: very dangerous policies for the country. But the alternative cannot be a man who doesn't believe in the rule of law, and who violated his oath of office."
"Most Republicans we've spoken to feel that you miscalculated, that you didn't figure out ahead of time that it was going to be this intense, this hot, this perpetual," said Stahl.
"You know, it wasn't a calculation," Cheney explained.
"There wasn't a yellow pad with the pros and the cons and--?" asked Stahl.
"No. It was: This is what-- what he has done," said Cheney. "I watched while the attack was underway-- understood very clearly what he did on January 6, what he failed to do on January 6. Instead of stopping the attack while it was underway, he was busy calling up senators trying to get them to delay the count. So, there was no calculation. I think he's very dangerous."
See the video below:
Liz Cheney: The 60 Minutes Interview www.youtube.com
Trump administration assumed 'everyone was going to get COVID anyway': Interview with ex-FDA chief reveals
An interview with former President Donald Trump's FDA Commissioner revealed that the administration was dismissive of any efforts to fight COVID-19 because they assumed "everyone" was going to get it anyway, and they essentially wanted to get it over with.
Speaking to CNN's Pamela Brown, Dr. Scott Gottlieb explained that he thinks the government should militarize viruses like this because it's a national security threat and existing structures aren't made to handle such a massive pathogen.
"I remember one White House official cavalierly saying to me, and this was around the time that then-President Trump was pushing for schools to reopen," Brown recalled. "They said, 'Well, we just need to get kids back in the class because everybody is going to get this virus at some point or another, and it's going to spread wildly, and there's no way to contain it.' It stuck with me how casual they were about that, as you just pointed out as one of the issues you didn't believe was actually true."
Brown also noted that after the H1N1 virus, processes were put in place to try and respond quickly to viruses like COVID. Gottlieb disagreed, saying that there was nothing in place to deal with a virus like COVID. He cited nasal swabs that weren't in the stockpile collection of items in the federal government's reserve. While there may have been medical equipment, ventilators, and a slew of other things, he said that they failed to anticipate the necessary things a virus like COVID would need, like the nasal swabs.
"I know we put in very detailed plans," said Gottlieb. "We were worried about a pandemic with the H1N1 flu. We prepped for a hypothetical pandemic, including influenza. We prepared for a pandemic, we just prepared for the wrong pandemic, and I think we found that in the preparations we put in place for a flu were not applicable to a coronavirus. And even insofar as they were applicable to a coronavirus, they weren't very good. The plans we put in place really weren't adequate. We tried to compile certain components we thought we would need but didn't consider a global crisis, and a pandemic is a global event, everywhere would need all the equipment at the same time, so all the supply chains would be demanded across the world and we would run out of them."
It was a surprising take because viruses don't stop at political borders. If a virus reaches pandemic status, that means it's a global disease. That would mean that everyone in the world would need the same medical equipment and materials at the same time.
The questions many had at the time were why the Trump administration was restricting access to things like building test kits or even running the tests from accredited university medical labs.
See the interview below:
Trump's covid failures www.youtube.com
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