Congress Clown Show actually snuck some good into that clunky Omnibus Bill

The legislation passed by the US Senate Monday was downright frankensteinian: a pile of unrelated bills stitched together. Apart from the pandemic relief measures, it contained thousands of pages of government funding and tax credit extensions, like a semester’s worth of homework stapled to the final exam.

But in the end, it includes the most significant federal energy and climate policy in years, setting the agenda for Department of Energy research programs and authorizing higher funding levels for clean energy priorities…

The legislation also includes the Energy Act of 2020, which lays out a lengthy to-do list for the Department of Energy and others. There is far too much in the act to detail it all, but [the article features] some highlights.

There are lots of if’s in the coming year. It will take a Herculean effort to clear the knee-deep shit overlaying many useful agencies. Criminal corporate flunkies musr be flushed down the same toilet of history that awaits Trumpublicans and hisself. Then, the need to rebuild and, of course, better than before.

I’m not certain if the Biden crowd and the Dems as currently constituted are capable of much [or all] of that. Reforming the Democratic Party into a progressive political party never made me salivate in the past…and still doesn’t. But, we all try our best, eh?

House passes DC statehood bill — 232 to 180


DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wears a DC Vote mask
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House Democrats approved a bill to admit Washington, DC, as a state on Friday, marking the first time either chamber of Congress has advanced a DC statehood measure.

The bill, introduced by DC’s nonvoting House member, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, would shrink the federal capital to a small area encompassing the White House, Capitol building, Supreme Court, and other federal buildings along the National Mall. The rest of the city would become the 51st state, named the Washington, Douglass Commonwealth after abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

RTFA. Victory isn’t in the cards, yet. Trump and his fellow pimps-in-suits in the Senate will guarantee that. For now.

Trump’s flunky killed Net Neutrality. That’s not enough to satisfy the Fake President

The Trump administration has asked the US Supreme Court to vacate the 2016 court ruling that upheld the Obama-era net neutrality rules in a strategy that could help uphold the Federal Communications Commission’s recent repeal of those rules.

The rules themselves are no longer on the books, having been repealed by the FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai, Trump’s pick to lead the commission. But broadband industry lobby groups appealed to the US Supreme Court in September 2017 anyway, asking the nation’s highest court to rule that the Obama-era FCC exceeded its authority when it reclassified Internet providers in order to impose stricter regulations…

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers…” Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2

28 Countries Rate as High-Income in the OECD. Which Does the Worst Job of Reducing Income Inequality?

The US government, through its tax system and spending, does the least to reduce inequality among all high-income advanced economies. The US market income Gini coefficient, a measure of how equally income is distributed across the population before government policies take effect, decreases by 22 percent after taxes and transfers like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The average reduction for countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is 37 percent.


Click to enlargePIIE Chart by Melina Kolb

And the corporate pimps working for Trump in Congress want to make it worse.

The House GOP Tax Bill Is Mostly Crappola

❝ House Republicans made their tax bill public today. Boiled down to the basics, it is a mid-sized tax cut–aimed mostly at businesses and their owners. Here are five big take-aways.

It is a tax cut, not tax reform.

It is not the biggest income tax cut in history—not even close– despite President Trump’s repeated promises that it would be.

For households, it will almost surely create winners and losers. Many middle-income households are likely to pay more under this plan, not less.

It is not tax simplification. Indeed, for many taxpayers the House bill would make filing more complicated.

At the end of 10 years, it likely would end up increasing the deficit by far more than the advertised $1.5 trillion.

It will not lead to a 3 percent permanent economic growth.

Howard Gleckman from the Tax Policy Center offers up the gold standard for truthful tax analysis inside the Beltway. No doubt the Congressional Budget Office will soon be out with a version – more polite; but, no less accurate and free from the lies today’s Republicans seem to need before they even put their pants on in the morning.

RTFA. You won’t enjoy it. At a minimum, you won’t have to hold back a belch over fake news, fake statistics, 19th Century ideology.