Thursday, April 22, 2021

Higher cap gains? Higher wages? Earlier Medicare? Hells yes!

Long f'ing overdue. And for those of you who think this is be relevant to your life, do you know anyone who pulls $1 million in income? Yeah, me neither.

If Biden gets this combined with the infrastructure package, it'll be a major restructuring of an economy that has failed a whole lot of people in the last 40 years. The third part that's left to do is to reverse decades of union-busting, outsourcing and a poverty-level minimum wage.

Seems like a better vision than what the other guys are trying to pull.

I have an idea why, lil' Marco. Maybe because Americans are done with working risky jobs for crappy pay and no benefits?

Compare that out-of-touch statement with what a few Senate Dems proposed this week, including one of our own!

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today reintroduced the Medicare at 50 Act to give people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old the option of buying into Medicare. Millions of Americans approaching retirement or forced to retire early due to layoffs or mandatory retirement face increasing health care needs and rising costs.

“When it comes to providing affordable health care for every American, there is more we must do right now to change the status quo, improve our health care system and lower costs,” said Senator Baldwin, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. “Our legislation will give millions of Americans another choice for more affordable, quality health insurance coverage. This reform will provide a high quality option for people to buy into Medicare and get the health care coverage they need at a price they can afford.”
Naturally, Republicans will complain about this, even though it likely pays for itself due to the premiums that people between 50 and 64 would pay. And the reason why is because GOPs hate it when people that work real jobs are allowed to have real options.

In DC, "centrism" means the position between the Democrats and Republicans. But outside of DC, what Biden and Dems are asking for is in line with the middle of American opinion, especially if he and the rest of the DC Dems continue to hammer on who the tax hikes would actually hit, and how it pays for other things that Americans want, and frankly deserve.

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