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American Politics / Re: The Joe Biden Thread
« Last post by Shady on Today at 06:55:41 am »
He's on TV now.  So clear-headed and obvious... it will be a comfort when I don't have to hear orange man's shitty stand-up anymore.  Although I kin d of think he's going to keep going on with it as a revenue source...
Unfortunately clear headed isnít enough to make up for terrible policy.  Policy trumps personality.  All of you need to put on your big boy pants and start to realize that.  Donít get so triggered over stupid tweets and dumb jokes.
American Politics / Re: The Joe Biden Thread
« Last post by Shady on Today at 06:53:14 am »
Does it hurt to be that stupid?
Being accurate isnít stupid.  Other than in this dumpster fire of a forum I guess.
American Politics / Re: The Joe Biden Thread
« Last post by segnosaur on October 21, 2020, 11:57:08 pm »
I donít know why you guys like Biden so much.  Heís Chinaís b*tch and thatís the last thing we need the White House right now.

ďOne of the many great things about our just signed giant Trade Deal with China is that it will bring both the USA & China closer together in so many other ways. Terrific working with President Xi, a man who truly loves his country. Much more to come!Ē
- Donald Trump

"I think they've handled it (coronavirus) professionally and I think they're extremely capable and I think President Xi is extremely capable and I hope that it's going to be resolved."
- Donald Trump


Oh, and then there was this:

Ivanka Trumpís fashion and homewares business received initial approval from the Chinese government for five trademark applications days before her father announced a U-turn in policy on ZTE, a Chinese telecoms firm that has admitted breaking US sanctions on Iran and North Korea.

As for Biden? Remember, the Obama/Biden administration was pushing the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal... this deal did not include china, and would have served to build up the asian rivals to China's economy. And Trump withdrew from the deal.

So why do the MAGAchuds accuse Biden of being soft on China? Well, I figure its projection... they see Stubby McBonespurs engaging in some questionable activities with regards to china, so they try to falsely assume "well, Biden must be doing it as well".
American Politics / Re: The Donald Trump Thread
« Last post by segnosaur on October 21, 2020, 11:41:21 pm »
big dustUp at the Trump 60 minutes taping! Trump's feefees were all hurt to the point he walked out of the interview; apparently Trumpy did not take kindly to all the questions about Covid-19, his response/statements concerning the attempted kidnapping of the Michigan Governor, his attacks against Dr. Fauci, etc.! Since then Trump and surrogates have been attacking the 60 minutes reporter at length.
The fact that Trump is threatening to post the entire 60 minutes interview himself might be the strangest part of this story, since its hard to think of any footage from the interview that might have made Trump look good.

Trump advisor: The interview has you crapping your pants
Trump: Post the entire interview
Trump advisor: But that shows you crapping your pants and then crying after.
American Politics / Re: The Donald Trump Thread
« Last post by waldo on October 21, 2020, 11:38:05 pm »
member Shady, about your boy Trumpy who self-claims to be 'very smart... and a stable genius':

- had a secret Chinese bank account; paid ~$200,000 taxes to China... yet only paid $750 taxes to the U.S. IRS

- owes an undisclosed source $421 million

- has over $900 million in loans coming due over the next 4 years

- has added $3,900,000,000,000 to the U.S. federal deficit

Canadian Politics / Re: Government Day-to-Day
« Last post by waldo on October 21, 2020, 11:14:45 pm »
killer article from journalist 'Dale Smith'... Obfuscating jurisdiction to score points

It seems to come as a surprise to many people that Canada is a highly decentralized federation, with a constitutionally entrenched division of powers that prevents the federal government from blundering its way into the affairs of the provinces.  Sure, there are a few areas of shared jurisdiction that come with some push and pull between different levels of government, and there are places where the federal government plays a role that largely involves the transfer of funds to provinces for specific outcomes, or to ensure equal levels of access from province to province.  And yet, listening to politicians at both the federal and provincial levels of government, particularly lately, there seems to be no shortage of confusion as to just how much power and authority the federal government possesses in a myriad of portfolios.
Since the onset of the pandemic, jurisdictional confusion seems to have exploded.  Everyone has demanded that the federal government do something about rent (when landlord/tenant legislation is provincial), long-term care (again, provincial jurisdiction that the federal government provided military and Canadian Red Cross support with upon the request of the provinces), paid sick leave (about 90 percent provincial jurisdiction Ė federally regulated sectors include banking, telecom and transportation), and public health measures (which they provided lab capacity and contract tracers to provinces upon demand).  And the federal government got creative about how it could leverage its spending power to help provinces, but it wasnít always successful (the commercial rent subsidy or disability support top-ups) because they donít have the appropriate levers or databases that can provide that kind of direct support.  But that hasnít stopped either opposition parties or even some provinces from complaining, when those provincial governments havenít stepped up to solve things that are clearly in their jurisdiction.  Some provinces, like Alberta, decided to lay off school workers in their own jurisdiction and put them onto federal support payments, in a bout of spectacularly cynical buck-passing, and got away with it because of this deliberate confusion in the public sphere.
Of course, the opposition parties and the premiers know that there are jurisdictional issues, but they have been content to ignore the realities of them for the sake of playing politics.  For the opposition, itís a cynical game of making it look like the federal government is sitting on their hands when they in fact lack the proper levers to take meaningful action Ė and they know it.  For premiers, itís a kind of learned helplessness, insisting that the federal government needs to provide money or direction, or guidance, or to ďtake the leadĒ when itís something that they can do on their own.

If the federal government did assert jurisdiction (likely through emergency powers), they would immediately cry bloody murder, that their constitutional rights were being trampled on, and that the division of powers exists for a reason, but in the meantime, they could take advantage of the fact that all eyes are focused on Ottawa, leaving them to escape accountability for their failures in the pandemic.  And what is most frustrating is the fact that media have been complicit in this, abiding by the ethos that nobody cares about jurisdiction in a pandemic Ė except they should, because the federal government canít invent levers it doesnít have, and the premiers need to be held to account for their own failings.  Playing into the cynical games of politicians who obfuscate jurisdictional questions leaves that accountability in doubt.
American Politics / Re: The Joe Biden Thread
« Last post by Bubbermiley on October 21, 2020, 09:44:26 pm »
Looks like entrapment as a smear tactic is now on the table!
When wasn't it on the table?
Provincial and Local Politics / Re: Alberta Continues Down the Road of Bullshit
« Last post by Bubbermiley on October 21, 2020, 09:23:06 pm »
I have never heard of a 'sarcasm tag'
I'm sure you haven't.  /s
American Politics / Re: The Joe Biden Thread
« Last post by Gorgeous Graham on October 21, 2020, 08:53:53 pm »
hey now Bubber! More real life... member Shady, this is your guy, right - ColludyRudy, right?

Well now we know why the film is being released 2.5 weeks before the election LOL.  That's quite the October surprise!

Looks like entrapment as a smear tactic is now on the table!
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