COVID cases are on the rise again -- and Florida accounted for 20% of all new COVID cases last week all by itself. Add in just three other states (the article doesn't name them, but Texas and Missouri were two of them every day I looked last week) and that's 40% of all new COVID cases. And surprise, most of the new cases come from heavily-unvaccinated counties. They will not learn until they realize that most Americans have abandoned them as friends and compatriots -- and even then a lot of them will nurse their martyr complex. One of the biggest problems with The Future is folks believe they're martyrs without doing any of the hard work martyrdom entails. You refused a vaccine? You supported sedition? Now show me your actual nail holes!
Ho hum, President Biden's tax plans will not, in fact, harm small businesses or family farms, and I for one have had enough of delivering head shots to these zombies lies as I've been doing for nearly two decades. The only thing I will say is that the folks who tell these zombie lies sure do seem less convinced they'll work than they used to, possibly because good Americans see through them a lot better, as evidenced by the last Trump tax cut doing exactly nothing to stave off Democrats' taking back the House in 2018, and by polling suggesting that nearly three out of every four Americans want big corporations to pay more in taxes. Read the whole thing, though; it demonstrates that right-wingers aren't even any good at inside baseball anymore.
In a related note, Elias Khoury at FAIR reminds us that the Wall Street Journal calls tax cuts that benefit the wealthy "more money in taxpayers' hands," while calling tax cuts that benefit working families as an attempt to "buy votes." I guess that's all right-wingers can say against the Child Tax Credit expansion! That'll only work with two kinds of people: people who already believe whatever right-wingers tell them, and people who don't get $250 or $300 checks every month. And it's funny how right-wingers won't call tax-cuts-for-the-rich an attempt to "buy votes," since, by their own logic, that's what it is.
Surprise, surprise, the fellow who disrupted Rep. Porter's town hall the other day not only has a history of racism and anti-Semitism, but also has a history of using violence to disrupt otherwise peaceful events. "I came here to be purposely provocative," he said after provoking fights at Cal State-Fullerton in 2017, as if anyone should care. This Nick Taurus has already declared his candidacy against Ms. Porter in 2022; I'd like to say I don't see him having a shot, but we have been witnessing, for many years now, Republicans' willingness to "hold their nose" and vote for people like this. And while Ms. Porter could point to her good works in Congress, of course -- more than many other vulnerable House Reps! -- that fact also makes her the kind of person Our Glorious Elites would love to get out of the way.
President Biden moves to reverse Trump-era policy allowing massive corporate logging of old-growth trees in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. By "old-growth," of course, we mean "those trees are a thousand freaking years old," meaning they were around before the Norman conquest of England in 1066, which (among other things) ushered all those French-rooted words into the English language. See? There is actually a value to preserving history. One might even say there's actually a value to conserving history. It's not some kind of accident that "conservative" and "conservation" have the same damn root.
Finally, Mahnoor Imran and Adam Eichen at In These Times remind us, because we need it, that just because Joe Manchin won't let the For the People Act pass, that doesn't mean it's "dead" -- in fact, the bill is pretty much the opposite of dead, thanks to "the grassroots activism taking place across the country to get this bill passed." Take a gander at the numerous organizations fighting to pass gerrymandering reform, same-day and automatic voter registration, and campaign finance disclosure for big donors (among the For the People Act's many good works!) and never let them tell you your efforts are worthless.