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  1. New York state is investigating him for tax fraud and other crimes. Any agreement made by the U.S. Congress would have no bearing on a state investigation.
  2. Years ago my niece had a child's consignment store downtown that she loved. She was even thinking of expanding it, but then it came out the Chinese were painting buttons using lead based paint. The feds then required every business that sold clothing to purchase an expensive process to make sure their clothing did not contain lead paint. Pennys and Walmart could afford to invest in this, but small businesses like my niece's could not afford it. She had to close down the shop. She understood it, but she didn't like it. Needless to say, the govt did not offer her or any other small clothing shops any compensation. BTW: the person in China in charge of this decision was executed. And my sympathies are more with small business than big business.
  3. The U.S. govt favoring big business over small business has been standard operation procedure by all political parties since the second Washington administration. It even resulted in a commotion outside Pittsburgh: From https://josephbourbon.com/whiskey-rebellion/ With any popular idea, it’s no surprise that protests started immediately. As proof that history repeats itself, people argued that this new tax was unfair to small producers, and preferred the large distilleries. God, that sounds familiar. Under the 1791 Excise Whiskey Tax, large distilleries were taxed six cents per gallon with greater tax breaks the more they produced. Small producers however were saddled with a nine cents per gallon tax. Another sore spot: only cash would be accepted which significantly hurt farmers who were used to trading for various goods. Obviously this country has always supported farmers.
  4. I agree that COVID aid should go to U.S. citizens, no one else. Also, the ARIA is meant to contain China expansionism, which is of great concern after what happened in Hong Kong. How and when it is contained is an issue for another thread. There's always Bing or Yahoo. Another good thread is what can this country do, if anything, to open up China. I don't know enough about the subject to even speculate.
  5. Jaman, the second time you jumped to the conclusion that something that was not about supporting Communist China was actually for the CCP. ARIA does the opposite of what you claim. Can't find much on the current bill, but I did find these from the last couple of years: https://www.aseanbriefing.com/news/asia-reassurance-initiative-act-asean/ https://www.heritage.org/asia/commentary/congress-standing-united-the-indo-pacific You may keep in mind two things I learned long ago. One, when you assume you make as "ass" of "u" and "me". Especially u. Second, Google is your friend. So is any other search engine. I do think that this COVID bill should have been restricted to dealing with COVID related issues, and foreign issues and other domestic issues should have been dealt with separately. This omnibus bill is ridiculous.
  6. I do too. But Elvis ate PB & B deep fried.
  7. Fly Like an Eagle - The Steve Miller Band
  8. Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…

    Winston Churchill


    All politics is local

    Tip O'Neill


    ...no country can be well governed unless its citizens as a body keep religiously before their minds that they are the guardians of the law and that the law officers are only the machinery for its execution, nothing more.

    Mark Twain


    What can a poor man do but be a message board fan, 'Cause  in sleepy DuBois town there ain't no place for street fighting man. 

    With profuse apologies to Mr. Jagger & Mr. Richards


    Don't blame me, I voted for the future guy, Zoltan Istvan.   No Hilary. No Trump. 





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