After the promise of major legislation that would rival the impact of FDR’s New Deal, Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda has been sucked dry by corporate America and their pawns in the Senate. Instead of massive new programs to help children, parents, students, the elderly and all us by dealing with the climate crisis, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema appear to have brought the $3.5 trillion bill down to some crumbs. And rather than having it all paid for by taxing the wealthy, they may be putting a halt to that plan, as well.
This is a monumental disaster that will not only hurt the American people, but will once again expose the Democratic party as weak, feckless, and still in the grasp of Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry and the usual special interests. Turnout for the 2022 midterm elections will be suffocated and the Republican party will feast on the Democrats’ stupidity and ride back into power on it (with Trump waiting in the wings in 2024).
Mike’s joined by a great journalist and former Bernie speechwriter, David Sirota, to talk about where things stand and discuss the need for progressives in congress to HOLD THE LINE and not support these bills moving forward unless items like Paid Family Leave, Medicare Expansion, and taxing the ultra-rich are put back in.
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And look out for his upcoming movie with Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up. You can watch a trailer of it now
Call the Capitol Hill switchboard to contact your Congressperson. Tell them to support to NOT support this bill until it contains Paid Family Leave, Medicare Expansion, and taxes on the rich!
202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121
Music in the episode:
“Hey Joe” – Jimi Hendrix
“Killing Me Softly With His Song” – Roberta Flack
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