Columnist unleashes epic rant against a newspaper for allowing Republicans to spread their embarrassing lies
At issue was an op-ed written by Bill Greene and Mike Solon, former aides to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), respectively. He explained that their argument was probably the worst argument to hang onto the filibuster than he's read thus far.
"I am not sure I have ever read a filibuster defense quite as stupid as the one that appears in today's Wall Street Journal," he wrote.
His first issue is that Greene and Solon are both being paid by corporations to give political advice, while it's clear from their op-ed they have don't have the basic understanding of American government "to pass a high-school civics course."
"Their central argument for the filibuster is that it allows most Americans to tune out politics," explained Chait. "Under a majority-rule system, they warn, literally every pursuit other than political activism would end."
"Eliminating the Senate filibuster would end the freedom of America's political innocents," they wrote. "The lives that political nobodies spend playing, praying, fishing, tailgating, reading, hunting, gardening, studying and caring for their children would be spent rallying, canvassing, picketing, lobbying, protesting, texting, posting, parading and, above all, shouting."
He explained that it's an absurd argument, noting that the true test of their thesis is looking at legislatures in states where they can pass things by a simple majority and if people are still able to have a life, go fishing and enjoy the world. As it turns out, both Republican states and Democratic states have citizens who can enjoy their lives.
Currently, no legislation passes the Senate due to filibusters. Necessary is a super-majority of 60 members to break the filibuster to vote in a simple majority. Bipartisan legislation would have passed numerous times if it wasn't for the 60-vote threshold. The idea appears to conclude that if government works and is able to pass legislation, then people can't enjoy their lives.
Chait also noted that the two writers parrot false talking points about the filibuster being part of the beliefs of the founding father of the United States. That's a false assumption as it's written into the Constitution that majority rule is how to pass legislation. The Constitution doesn't even mention the filibuster as it wasn't invented until the 1830s, and the first was in 1837 when former President Andrew Jackson tried to get rid of a Congressional censure of himself, said History.com.
The final argument that Chait found absurd is the idea that without the filibuster, people might grow annoyed with both parties and it could give power to numerous parties. It's probably an idea that members of both sides would be more than happy to see whether there's a filibuster or not. They used "England" as an example, which hasn't had a sole government for 500 years as it's the United Kingdom government.
He explained that none of the end-times ideas proposed make sense, particularly that the United States would somehow become a parliamentary system of government, which would require the entire U.S. Constitution be rewritten and approved by votes in the states.
"The U.S. Constitution requires presidential elections. If it sounds insulting to be repeating basic civics background that is known to millions of schoolchildren, bear in mind that two men who worked for the leaders of Congress and now sell their expertise to important firms apparently don't know any of these facts," Chait warned.
Another local news reporter announces live on air that she'll be exposing her employers to Project Veritas
Exactly one week after Fox26Houston reporter Ivory Hecker announced live on air that she was handing over secret recordings of her supervisors and co-workers to the right-wing media watchdog group Project Veritas, the weekend weather anchor for CBS 62 Detroit made an on-air announcement that she will be handing over information to the group as well.
April Moss made the announcement while giving the weather forecast this Sunday.
"...and speaking of a brand new week, I will be sitting down this week with Project Veritas to discuss the discrimination that CBS is enforcing upon its employees. Tune in to Project Veritas for my full story," she said before returning to her forecast.
While it's not known what information Moss plans to hand over to the group, Hecker's subsequent interview with Project Veritas featured her complaining that her employer told her to stop posting on social media about the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine. She also said CBS refused to cover bitcoin because the "poor African-American audience" would not be interested in the subject.
Watch the Moss in the video below:
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NBC News reported on recently released data showing that since Sept. 11, there are more military suicides than there were combat soldiers who died in the line of duty.
Research from the Costs of War Project at Brown University revealed that an estimated 30,177 active duty personnel and veterans who served since 9/11 committed suicide. Since 9/11, just 7,057 were killed while in combat.
"The trend is deeply alarming," the report says. "The increasing rates of suicide for both veterans and active-duty personnel are outpacing those of the general population, marking a significant shift."
The Department of Veterans Affairs releases the data on deaths by suicide but it doesn't show death specifics for those in combat. So, the study's author calculated using the VA data to estimate the suicides based on age and other data.
"In an interview, Suitt said the number 30,177 is likely well below the actual number of suicides for active duty and veterans. He believes one of the reasons the numbers continue to climb is indifference by the American public," NBC News reported.
"For veterans to come home to an uncaring civilian population or to an uncaring public, that must be devastating," Suitt explained.
Many veterans suffer from traumatic brain injuries that leave lasting damage many doctors don't fully understand. Post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological concerns are also connected to the suicide numbers, the report explained. The greatest barrier is that some service members aren't getting the medical care needed, which can make things worse.
"There was a sense that an active service member would rather lie on a screening to be able to stay in the military," said Suitt. "If they have a traumatic brain injury but no other physical injuries, they downplay the injuries to stay in their career."
One concern he discovered is that many active-duty military members feel that being discharged early due to medical issues would make them feel as if they're losing their identity. There's no real transition for military members from combat to veterans' hospitals and back into civilian life. The military bounces service members from one to the other.
Suitt also noted that there are still Americans who have no idea that there are still people serving in conflicts that are related to 9/11, even 20 years after the attack.
He told the public that they should care.
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