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Buttigieg says feds have power to force
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Posted By: NorthernDog, 6/19/2022 12:38:46 PM

The federal government could take action against U.S. airlines on behalf of customers, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Saturday. Many Americans have endured delays, cancelations, and other travel complications during the coronavirus pandemic, and in recent months, after many pandemic-related travel restrictions were lifted. Following Buttigieg’s own flight being canceled, forcing him to drive from Washington to New York, he said his department has authority to enforce action against airlines that do not sufficiently maintain consumer-protection standards, potentially requiring them to hire more staff. "That is happening to a lot of people, and that is exactly why we are paying


Booty is having a hissy-fit after his own flight got canceled. Like a good apparatchik he wants the government to force airlines to put more people on the payroll.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cardsfan 6/19/2022 12:46:32 PM (No. 1190617)
If people don’t want to work how are you going to stop them?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: cor-vet 6/19/2022 12:53:34 PM (No. 1190627)
Poor Butt-boy, had to drive all the way from D.C. to NY. He should have taken an electric joke car and shown us all how wonderful a trip that was and received his accolades from Occasionally-Cognizant!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: shredmaster 6/19/2022 12:55:01 PM (No. 1190628)
It sure sounds to me like he is going to force people to work against their will all because he got inconvenienced. Hmmm, sure sounds like slavery to me. Is he going to order airline Gestapo to go door to door and pull retired airline personnel out of their homes at the point of a gun? More than likely Uncle Sugar will promise to subsidize the airlines to raise starting pay to attract new employees and make incentives for hiring minorities.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Italiano 6/19/2022 12:55:55 PM (No. 1190629)
It's difficult to be more annoying and deserving of a b-slap than "Beto" O'Rourke. Not impossible, however.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Illinois Mom 6/19/2022 12:57:03 PM (No. 1190630)
If the Feds force them to hire are they going to insist on diversity? Can they hire experienced white pilots and personnel? Will they require as many "firsts" as possible? How many must be LBGTQIXYZ? What is the punishment if they do not hire a percentage of each special group? How many will will actually be experienced enough to fly or maintain aircraft designed to carry hundreds of people? Given the Biden cabinet diversity brain-trust it does not bode well for traveling by air.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Sandbar 6/19/2022 12:58:34 PM (No. 1190632)
So the feds spend a couple of years harassing/terminating employees over vaccinations. Create a hostile relationship between customers and employees with useless face mask requirements. but when Buttplug has a flight cancelled, it suddenly becomes an issue and is, of course, the private industries fault.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lake Dweller 6/19/2022 12:59:33 PM (No. 1190633)
Hell no he does NOT have that power! Walk up America. This group of tyrants have declared war on America and the American people. If you voted for Biden, repent NOW. Join us in fighting for our freedom and the future of this once-great nation. God is NOT happy with what is going on in this country.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Phantomll 6/19/2022 1:03:26 PM (No. 1190636)
Hey Buttboy - you don't just suddenly hire pilots off the streets!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: The Other Guy 6/19/2022 1:06:21 PM (No. 1190637)
Even if he has the authority does he have any idea how long it takes to put a new hire in a cockpit seat for their first passenger on board flight? Even for a previously fully qualified pilot for the same airline. It's not hire today and fly tomorrow.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: SALady 6/19/2022 1:10:27 PM (No. 1190641)
Sure, they will hire more people if the government forces them to. And suddenly that $99 flight to Nashville will be $500 so that the airline can cover all those extra costs. But Butt-boy doesn't care. You and I, the great unwashed masses of peasants, are paying for his tickets with our tax dollars. But you know what would make a difference?!?!?!? A return to making our elected officials fear the words "tar", "feathers", and "run out of town on a rail"!!!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rich323 6/19/2022 1:12:03 PM (No. 1190643)
Typical clueless communist loser! He’s probably hoping for a strike and to kill off those dirty air fossil fuel polluting airlines. Green new steal only ones that can fly will be elites in their private jets. Us Serfs have to drive
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Mofongo 6/19/2022 1:24:03 PM (No. 1190651)
If the Feds have the guns, they’ve got the power. See: Mao, barrel, gun.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 6/19/2022 1:26:21 PM (No. 1190654)
Hey - - if the airlines won't roll over for Butt Boy - - let's put them out of business! We can't tolerate having airlines which don't toe the demonrat line!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/19/2022 1:28:53 PM (No. 1190656)
Butt Gig seems to think he runs an airline. Does he have a pilot's license ? Nope Just a butt license. One very small part of a totally incompetent FJB administration. Butt Gig 2024 !!! Start printing the signs.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Highstick 6/19/2022 1:31:14 PM (No. 1190659)
little Nazi creep has no such power. What a moron. These 'rats have no common sense about anything. I guess he thinks the airlines forego revenue on purpose by canceling flights ? Good grief I wish these people who evaporate.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 6/19/2022 1:34:19 PM (No. 1190661)
Disagree! The application of any government FORCE presumes that someone is violating some other person's RIGHTS, so before Mssr Buttigieg applies government FORCE to the airlines, he must first articulate exactly what RIGHTS the airlines are violating. Over to you, Petey.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Italiano 6/19/2022 1:51:04 PM (No. 1190668)
My son works for American Airlines. They don't have the crews for the planes. Butts can't change that.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Daisymay 6/19/2022 1:52:43 PM (No. 1190670)
Oh My! Peteee had to Drive himself! I can't believe someone higher up didn't send a Private Plane, or if not, at least a Car and Driver. After all, Don't they know WHO he is??
14 people like this.

Reply 19 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan 6/19/2022 2:03:20 PM (No. 1190675)
They really would like to nationalize the airlines, and the oil companies too. They just don't know how to blame Trump or Putin for it yet... Trump won in 2020 and FJB!!
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Birddog 6/19/2022 2:03:29 PM (No. 1190676)
OK fine Booty Judge, we'll just start rounding homeless folks up off the streets, and putting them in Uniforms.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: pensom2 6/19/2022 2:22:28 PM (No. 1190688)
None are so stupid as they who cannot discern cause and effect.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 6/19/2022 2:25:21 PM (No. 1190690)
Yeah... how many of us who ever had flights cancelled had the option of "forcing airlines to hire more workers"? New one on me......
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Reply 23 - Posted by: bighambone 6/19/2022 2:31:25 PM (No. 1190696)
If the airlines ever have to hire people out of the blue under Biden and Buttigieg rules, there is no doubt that before long the airlines would find that they have foreign origin intending contraband smugglers and terrorists having access to their aircraft and supposedly secure operating areas.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: coyote 6/19/2022 2:34:29 PM (No. 1190698)
There is a shortage of pilots after the Covid time, many quit or retired. It takes time to train replace them. And apparently other airline employees have left or are still on unemployment, so there is a shortage there. If the airlines could find people to fill these jobs, I suspect they would hire them.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: lakerman1 6/19/2022 2:37:58 PM (No. 1190700)
How often are air crews tested for Kung Flu? How many are grounded because of a positive test?
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Reply 26 - Posted by: MDConservative 6/19/2022 2:40:21 PM (No. 1190702)
Hey, who raised a voice regarding the government's abuse of the Defense Production Act, starting with PDT's command production of ventilators in his "War on COVIDS"? Biden has now abused DPA twice and may use it yet to "nationalize" the oil industry. Butty is only expanding on that abuse of authority. Sorry, but those horses are out of the bi-partisan barn. With the DPA repeatedly exercised with the thinnest of justifications, it becomes a command economy - hey, it's a "War on Inflation". I'm afraid we ain't seen nothing yet. Stroke of the pen...
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Rama41 6/19/2022 2:41:19 PM (No. 1190703)
I assume Buttigieg is going to fill the cockpits with non-current, non-vaccinated pilots as well as forego the requirement for three takeoffs and three landings in the last 90 days.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 6/19/2022 2:42:14 PM (No. 1190706)
So the government can take action to solve the problem the government caused? Now that is what Democrats only and always do.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Annie Xango 6/19/2022 2:55:28 PM (No. 1190714)
#17 spot DIL is a FA for AAL...
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Reply 30 - Posted by: stablemoney 6/19/2022 3:06:13 PM (No. 1190722)
The government does not have the power to force a private company to hire staff. But the Democrats are a criminal organization, and will do anything they like with impunity, as the Republicans will do nothing but stamp their feet.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: valinva 6/19/2022 3:09:13 PM (No. 1190726)
This is the same mentality that makes these Junior Fascists think that when an oil company is granted a lease, they can start drilling the next day. They are incompetent morons who have no idea how a business runs or what it takes to be successful in business because all they have every done is suck at the government teat.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: DVC 6/19/2022 3:09:28 PM (No. 1190727)
No, they don't you Communist pervert.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: thefield 6/19/2022 3:09:35 PM (No. 1190728)
Hmm! FAA will have to revoke its own vaccine rule. That will cause them a nightmare which rule is more important.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: czechlist 6/19/2022 3:09:43 PM (No. 1190729)
#23 DJT invoked the act but only used/enforced it to prevent hoarding of PPE. Trump worked with industries to produce needed equipment but never used the act to force production. bidet criticized Trump for not enforcing (nationalizing) industry at the time. bidet is doing the same currently with "green" initiatives. Meanwhile, back at the Kremlin, Putin is having the the satisfaction of watching us squander our treasure and Ukrainian youth and property in a conflict that Ukraine can only hope they lose but their Eastern half.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: mc squared 6/19/2022 3:10:48 PM (No. 1190732)
Every time you hear a jet overhead, a homeless person got his captain's wings.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 6/19/2022 3:32:09 PM (No. 1190744)
Directive 10-289 In the name of the general welfare, to protect the people's security, to achieve full equality and total stability, it is decreed for the duration of the national emergency that: Point One. All workers, wage earners and employees of any kind whatsoever shall henceforth be attached to their jobs and shall not leave nor be dismissed nor change employment, under penalty of a term in jail. The penalty shall be determined by the Unification Board, such Board to be appointed by the Bureau of Economic Planning and National Resources. All persons reaching the age of twenty-one shall report to the Unification Board, which shall assign them to where, in its opinion, their services will best serve the interests of the nation.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: Quigley 6/19/2022 3:51:41 PM (No. 1190762)
What if the people he forces to go to work- or can he force the airlines to pay whatever amount is necessary to persuade them?- are on maternity leave? Or pregnancy leave? Can a male-genitalia unit get pregnant on his own say-so?
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Reply 38 - Posted by: Ribicon 6/19/2022 4:00:12 PM (No. 1190770)
Picture how long it would take driving from Washington to New York while also stopping to loiter and cruise every rest stop toilet.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: deerejon 6/19/2022 4:00:54 PM (No. 1190771)
EX Mayor Alfred E Neuman will fix it.South bend Indiana's golden boy.Yeah,He's well trained in the TRANS industry.If you get my meaning.
5 people like this.

Reply 40 - Posted by: 3XALADY 6/19/2022 4:12:38 PM (No. 1190777)
1. Weren't airline employees made to take their jabs or not work? 2. I saw that some airlines (don't remember which) wouldn't let pilots fly if they had been jabbed. 3. How many pilots were jabbed and died of heart issues? Haven't heard about any but it could be possible.
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Reply 41 - Posted by: janjan 6/19/2022 4:21:13 PM (No. 1190783)
If this fool or his staff would bother to do even the minimum amount of research (or even follow the news) he would know that the airlines have a critical shortage of pilots and are all trying to hire. Biden’s Admin have a habit of wading into things that they know nothing and shooting their mouths off. Better to shut up and just let people think you’re stupid.
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Reply 42 - Posted by: smokincol 6/19/2022 4:30:02 PM (No. 1190784)
alfred e. neuman
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Reply 43 - Posted by: Skinnydip 6/19/2022 4:30:25 PM (No. 1190785)
I sure hope he used an electric car to drive back to Washington. Don’t suppose any “journalist” will look into this.
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Reply 44 - Posted by: red1066 6/19/2022 5:03:33 PM (No. 1190795)
Yes, the fed does have the power. It's called getting rid of the vaccine mandates.
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Reply 45 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/19/2022 5:29:55 PM (No. 1190816)
Those workers won't be competent. What education is required for those jobs? Typical shortsighted Communist thinking.
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Reply 46 - Posted by: padiva 6/19/2022 5:37:30 PM (No. 1190824)
Yes #38. Was butt-boy looking for former NJ governor James McGreevey at the highway rest stops?
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Reply 47 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab 6/19/2022 5:39:40 PM (No. 1190829)
Joe could stop Butggigger's hissy fit by giving him one of the Air Force Gulfstreams and crews at his beck and call. Could call it Air Force 8 or something.
2 people like this.

Reply 48 - Posted by: RWPollock 6/19/2022 5:54:51 PM (No. 1190844)
Oh I did not know the government owned the airlines? Cutting flights because of the lack of staff- is this not insuring public safety? You cannot hire people that do not want to work, work for you or work in the industry!
4 people like this.

Reply 49 - Posted by: mobyclik 6/19/2022 5:57:31 PM (No. 1190847)
Air Traffic Control is a big problem also. They were told to get the jab or leave and many left, there is a big shortage. But don't worry about a thing: ''Enjoy your flight.''
6 people like this.

Reply 50 - Posted by: DougTN 6/19/2022 5:59:41 PM (No. 1190850)
Typical Demwit. He thinks anyone can fly a plane or do brain surgery. Go ahead force pilots without enough experience fly a 737 with a full load. Maybe Pete can volunteer to fly with first trans pilot with 800 hours experience. Preferably in Florida in July (nasty thunderstorm season).
2 people like this.

Reply 51 - Posted by: JrSample 6/19/2022 7:09:38 PM (No. 1190886)
See you in court, Buttboy. Unless you can establish evidence of price-fixing among the airlines, you have no case. We generally hear nothing from this idiot, until he is personally inconvenienced, then he starts talking big and doing nothing.
2 people like this.

Reply 52 - Posted by: downnout 6/19/2022 8:22:42 PM (No. 1190928)
Pete is becoming a pain in America’s derrière.
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Reply 53 - Posted by: formerNYer 6/19/2022 8:30:43 PM (No. 1190943)
Sounds like slavery to me, you going to whip them?
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Reply 54 - Posted by: bighambone 6/19/2022 9:17:23 PM (No. 1190962)
Little Dick Durbin says that the USA (for some reason) finds itself short of 10 million American workers, so he is going along with a new Chicago based illegal alien rights organization and their mission to place 10 million mostly uneducated illegal aliens into those vacant U.S. jobs, and grant those 10 million “new American workers” US Citizenship, and no doubt leftist, progressive, and socialist Democrat supporters and voters. Durbin did tell his audience that his immigrant grandmother became a naturalized US Citizen, but did not talk about his potential “new American workers” being in anyway “qualified” for their new professional jobs. No doubt Democrats like Durbin will tell you that the current illegal alien population will make great future US airline pilots and air traffic controllers.
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Reply 55 - Posted by: Historybuff 6/20/2022 10:45:53 AM (No. 1191362)
Of course they do - you forced them to fire employees you can force them to hire some.
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Reply 56 - Posted by: broken01 6/20/2022 8:32:24 PM (No. 1191890)
Watch out folks Booty Gauge has his totalitarian panties in a wad because he missed his flight. What a tink.
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Reply 57 - Posted by: mifla 6/21/2022 3:52:39 AM (No. 1192125)
Biden forced the vaccine that caused the problem, idiot.
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Reply 58 - Posted by: judy 6/21/2022 6:42:29 AM (No. 1192181)
Will he also force government employees to return to work? Or will they continue work from home???Hmmm Fauci & others are learning everyone Cannot work from home!!! Poor little dems are running into roadblocks like we've been doing for 18 months!!!!
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Reply 59 - Posted by: 24tea@Mag 6/22/2022 2:06:30 PM (No. 1193545)
Big boy - bet you not!
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Well, it happened. The Republican Party decided to play nice, try to get some good press with a media establishment that hates them, and join the legions of the righteous and blessed by hashing out a gun control bill during a midterm election cycle. Is everyone up there hitting the crack pipe? What are we doing? What the hell is this? We have category five hurricane gusts to our backs heading into November—and the GOP decided to do what it does best: find a new way to blow it. The economy is primed to enter a recession as the second-quarter report is bound to show another period of economic contraction.
Barack and Michelle Obamas' Amazon Audible
deal is worth $20MILLION and will feature
them in eight episodes each, experts say
- after they ditched Spotify amid fallout
over exclusivity and how often they had
to appear in shows
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Posted by Imright 6/22/2022 5:05:41 AM Post Reply
Barack and Michelle Obama's multiyear deal with Amazon's podcast platform Audible is worth at least $20million, experts have claimed. The couple will have to contribute two shows and appear in up to eight episodes each, the industry insiders said. The move will give the former first lady the scope to make less personal appearances than what was wanted under their former partnership with Spotify, the sources said. Audible said the pair plan to use their new platform to 'tell stories that elevate diverse voices and and experiences'. The Obamas cut ties with Spotify after reportedly clashing with the streaming giant over exclusivity and how much they were expected to appear in episodes.
Jeffrey Toobin argues, 'There's a lot
of right-wing terrorism in this country,’
ignores left-wing violence
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Posted by Imright 6/22/2022 7:19:12 PM Post Reply
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin ignored recent examples of progressive violence when he went on "At This Hour With Kate Bolduan" on Wednesday to condemn "the pervasiveness of right-wing violence." Toobin appeared on a panel discussing the ongoing Jan. 6 hearings and potential connections to former President Donald Trump. In the latest hearing by the Jan. 6 Committee on Tuesday, state officials testified that they received several threats and attacks from people after refusing to overturn the 2020 election results. Toobin argued those threats were further proof that "right-wing violence" is now pervasive throughout the country.
Biden Celebrates His Green Policies that
Will “Take Millions of Cars Off the
Road” (Video)
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Posted by Imright 6/22/2022 5:20:53 PM Post Reply
Joe Biden on Wednesday delivered remarks on soaring gas prices from his fake White House set in the South Court Auditorium. Biden repeated the same lies in his speech and blamed Vladimir Putin for high gas prices. “Let’s remember how we got here: Putin invaded Ukraine,” said Biden. This is a lie.Gas prices spiked before Putin invaded Ukraine. [Chart] Even Biden’s Fed Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday fact-checked Biden’s lies on rising prices. “I promise you I’m doing everything possible, everything possible to bring the price of energy down,” Biden said.
IRS has backlog of 21.3 million paper
tax returns, watchdog says
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Posted by NorthernDog 6/22/2022 11:20:46 AM Post Reply
More than 21 million paper tax returns are still waiting for processing by the Internal Revenue Service, as the tax agency struggles to swiftly disburse refunds to American households, according to a watchdog report released on Wednesday. Most taxpayers file their returns electronically, but millions of others — disproportionately the elderly — still fill out their returns manually. National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins said in her report that the IRS backlog this year is 21.3 million paper returns, 7 percent more than the 20 million that were awaiting processing at the same time last year. The report may add to the political
Biden Adviser Sperling: Powell Didn’t
Contradict Biden, Gas Prices ‘Due Solely
to’ Russia
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Posted by Imright 6/23/2022 3:22:11 AM Post Reply
On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” Senior Adviser to President Joe Biden Gene Sperling said that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments that high inflation pre-dates Russia’s invasion of Ukraine don’t contradict President Joe Biden’s rhetoric and “the reason we’ve seen the gas price rise, both here and really around the world, is due to Putin.” Sperling responded to Powell’s comments by saying, “Jake, that is clearly correct, and that is not contradictory with anything this president said.”
How liberal policies have killed black
communities: Clarence Thomas
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Posted by Imright 6/23/2022 2:48:48 AM Post Reply
In this excerpt from the just-published “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words” by Michael Pack and Mark Paoletta, the Supreme Court justice reflects on changes in his hometown, Savannah, Ga. The book is based on more than 30 hours of interviews Pack conducted with Thomas and his wife Ginni for the film of the same name; 95% of the book’s material is new, including this excerpt. Michael Pack: You have talked a little today about how life in the black community has not been improved by many well-intentioned social programs. Do you think, in some sense, it is worse than when you grew up?
First New Hampshire Poll Delivers Unexpected
Result Between Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump
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Posted by Dreadnought 6/22/2022 9:52:18 PM Post Reply
We haven’t even had the 2022 election yet and talk of 2024 is already heating up. Naturally, Donald Trump remains at the top of the conversation on the Republican side, but Ron DeSantis has become nearly as talked about as a probable challenger. The latter has burst onto the scene the last two years as a no-nonsense, fighter of a governor who also has a knack for making the liberal press look ridiculous. Those are skills that GOP voters love, and they’ve earned DeSantis high marks nationally from the Republican base. That he’s also become the leader in the culture wars has only caused his star to rise further. Just how far has he risen? The first primary poll
Democratic Congressional Staffer Caught
Vandalizing Posters in Capitol; DOJ won’t Prosecute
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Posted by Imright 6/22/2022 8:18:11 PM Post Reply
A congressional chief of staff was caught vandalizing property within the Capitol Hill complex, but despite recommendations for criminal charges from Capitol Police, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has refused to prosecute him. Just The News reports that 51-year-old Timothy Hysom, the chief of staff for Congressman Jack Auchincloss (D-Mass.), was arrested by Capitol Police after he was caught on surveillance camera footage defacing posters outside the office of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) in the Longworth House Office Building. Capitol Police additionally revealed that they believe Hysom to be involved in as many as seven different incidents of posters being defaced outside Greene’s office
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