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The Presidency of Joseph R. Biden

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2 minutes ago, John_Brian_K said:

If your parents are rich and can afford to help you out when you have no money to pay bills because you studied what you love and now cannot make ends meet I agree.  Those who do not....do not have that luxury.  This is what (in our country anyway) leads to the insufferable 'elite college kid' who is going because his parents are paying and expect him to go...the kid not having any thoughts about the future other than parties all day and night.  The one who knows his parents will have a wing of their mansions dedicated to them to live until they get their crap together.

Yeah, I get that for sure. Guilty of that, to an extent certainly.

Bu there just seems no real benefit to railroading kids into a predetermined "right" course if they hate what they're doing and don't make a success of it. Or end up dropping out as a result. And I've met those parents as well.

Let's agree that it's hard being someone's mum or dad. Lovely, but hard.

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15 minutes ago, ROMAD1 said:

i’m trying to temper the wife’s attempt to drive the kid along a rail of expectation.  i certainly didn’t follow a straight path.  

well, it’s not like i was in prison. 

but i went from terrible high school student, to slacker, to community college, to Air Force, to motivated university student, to Air National Guard, to grad school, to finally getting a career like gig.

thats like me, except i didn't do ANG.  

It's great for me but also my son uses it against us when we try to push him.... and I can't argue against it. 

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9 minutes ago, Blue Square Thing said:

Yeah, I get that for sure. Guilty of that, to an extent certainly.

Bu there just seems no real benefit to railroading kids into a predetermined "right" course if they hate what they're doing and don't make a success of it. Or end up dropping out as a result. And I've met those parents as well.

Let's agree that it's hard being someone's mum or dad. Lovely, but hard.

Hard for sure.  I think of it more as a molding than a rail roading. Like I said for us we are doing it a little now with our daughter (6).  Just so she knows at some point in her life she will need to be self sufficient.  She will need to pay bills, have a roof over her head, have a career.  If she picks wrong at first, we will be there to help and support her in her change.

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9 minutes ago, Oblong said:

thats like me, except i didn't do ANG.  

It's great for me but also my son uses it against us when we try to push him.... and I can't argue against it. 

I tell my son that the sooner he gets that first mortgage, the sooner he will be tempered by the fire of true misery: having to suck it up when you want to tell the boss to frak off.

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7 minutes ago, ROMAD1 said:

I tell my son that the sooner he gets that first mortgage, the sooner he will be tempered by the fire of true misery: having to suck it up when you want to tell the boss to frak off.

Is it even remotely possible for kids to get mortgages these days in your part of the world?

It seems almost impossible here, without properly rich parents anyway.

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8 minutes ago, Blue Square Thing said:

Is it even remotely possible for kids to get mortgages these days in your part of the world?

It seems almost impossible here, without properly rich parents anyway.

The Trump tax bill actually was designed to eliminate some of the mechanisms in place to encourage home ownership...because Trump and his friends are landlords.  

it wasn’t hard for me, but i was a veteran.  i dunno how it was for others. 

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21 minutes ago, Blue Square Thing said:

Is it even remotely possible for kids to get mortgages these days in your part of the world?

It seems almost impossible here, without properly rich parents anyway.

Getting a mortgage is not that difficult. There is a major refinance boom happening right now. FHA loans are fairly easy to obtain and don't require huge down payments. 

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1 hour ago, Buddha said:

but dont worry, the endless supply of administrators will continue to expand as they make professors teach more classes with TAs.  after all, every schools needs an assistant to the assistant vice provost in charge of diversity and inclusion.

I guess if you come from a *really* heavily white male dominated field like mine, and you see the old boy network working blatantly in industrial settings, and then being fairly surprised to see it still operating subliminally even in such a bastion of formal institutional  opposition as the University, I've grown a lot more respect for the depth of the scope of the task that the diversity police are working at. That said it can all get pretty silly sometimes too.

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2 minutes ago, Gehringer_2 said:

I guess if you come from a *really* heavily male dominated field like mine, and you see the old boy network working blatantly in industrial settings, and then being fairly surprised to see it still operating subliminally even in such a bastion of formal institutional  opposition as the University, I've grown a lot more respect for the depth of the scope of the task that the diversity police are working at. That said it can all get pretty silly sometimes too.

the growth in administration at universities in all fields seems ridiculous to me, not just D & I.

believe me, d & I is everywhere.  my bosses have to include their pronouns on their emails and have company meetings talking about working to be "allies."  its all quite funny when you actually work with them.  lipservice.

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1 minute ago, Buddha said:

the growth in administration at universities in all fields seems ridiculous to me, not just D & I.

believe me, d & I is everywhere.  my bosses have to include their pronouns on their emails and have company meetings talking about working to be "allies."  its all quite funny when you actually work with them.  lipservice.

My company does this as well. I have yet to come across pronouns that do not match up with my expectations. 

They wanted us a year or two back to submit names for inspirational women during woman's month. I submitted Stormy Daniels. They didn't like that. 

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2 minutes ago, Motown Bombers said:

My company does this as well. I have yet to come across pronouns that do not match up with my expectations. 

They wanted us a year or two back to submit names for inspirational women during woman's month. I submitted Stormy Daniels. They didn't like that. 

lol.

my company does all sorts of things like that.  i want to say, "if you want to help black people so much, you could give them raises, better health care coverage, pensions, and a means for advancement."

but hey, instead you can make the company watch videos on mlk every february and attend seminars on allyship, i'm sure that's just as meaningful.

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25 minutes ago, Motown Bombers said:

Getting a mortgage is not that difficult. There is a major refinance boom happening right now. FHA loans are fairly easy to obtain and don't require huge down payments. 

Got my first mortgage in 1990. As a first-time buyer I was eligible for a special low interest rate through MSHDA: 8½%. What a deal that was!

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1 minute ago, chasfh said:

Got my first mortgage in 1990. As a first-time buyer I was eligible for a special low interest rate through MSHDA: 8½%. What a deal that was!

by the late 90s we were getting 6.5.  early 2000s we were down to 6.  we just refied for 3.25.  should have held out a little longer to get it under 3.

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my parents can remember 18% in the 70s in the wonderful world of jimmy carter.  all these documentaries on carter as a great guy and reagan as a scumbag seem to forget that...

(my parents still voted for carter, lol).

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It was still that high circa 1987 when we bought our first home. I can’t remember what it was in rage mid 90s when we bought our next home. It was probably close 8-8.5%. Our rating was fairly good despite having to walk away from the one in 1987. 
 

(Hint: don’t buy a condo in a high military area just before a major deployment)

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The NINJA loan from Arrested Development is no joke.  Well it was a joke but it had some seriousness to it.  During the aughts, it was criminally easy to get money. 

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13 hours ago, mtutiger said:

 

Did all the pregnant ladies in this caravan who were waiting to have their kids in America hold them in?

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Tim Miller in today’s Bullwerk.

We are 4 days from Biden taking office and none of his cabinet nominees have had a hearing yet.....

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The preponderance of failures by Republican elected officials over the last two months, and especially over the last two weeks, are due to purely political calculations. They can’t engage in a War on Terror against people they believe are their own voters. They can’t convict and remove Donald Trump because, as Rand Paul said, “one-third of Republicans will leave the party” if they do so.

The political cowardice here is breathtaking. Imagine thinking that one-third of your constituents were terrorist sympathizers and not attempting to do something about it.

But while this Republican cowardice shouldn’t be excused, at least you can understand it. 

What could possibly be the Republican motive for completely abdicating the basic responsibilities to protect the country during the transition between administrations at this moment of crisis? 

Here is the calendar for confirmations of Trump administration cabinet officials in 2017. As of this moment four years ago John Kelly, Jeff Sessions, Jim Mattis, Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, Ryan Zinke, Rex Tillerson, and Elaine Chao had already had their confirmation hearings. 

This year the Republican Senate has yet to hold a single confirmation hearing. 

At a time when we have domestic terrorists threatening future attacks and an Acting-Acting (not a typo) DHS Secretary. 

At a time when 4,000 people a day are dying from a plague and the HHS Secretary has offered a bizarre, face-saving resignation that goes into effect the day Biden takes office. (Note to Alex Azar: Face not saved.) 

Here is a concerning fact: When Joe Biden is sworn in at noon this Wednesday, America will not have a permanent, Senate confirmed secretary of Defense, or a secretary of State, or a DHS secretary, or a secretary of Health and Human Services. As things stand right now, the entire executive branch below the office of the president is set to be quasi-leaderless because the Republican party refused to move forward with confirmations in the normal manner. The only way out of this mess is for a “unanimous consent” resolution in the Senate on Inauguration Day. Fingers crossed. 

Why are we in this position? Because before January 6 they were terrified of hurting Donald Trump’s feelings by taking any actions which suggested that Joe Biden was going to be the next president. And now they are keeping out of session so that they don’t have to confront the article of impeachment that the House has passed.

In other words: Because they were desperate to protect Trump, both then and now.


Have you heard a single Republican senator express any urgency with regard to this state of affairs? Maybe I missed it. But it seems to me every single one of them is in hiding, hoping and praying there are no more attacks on our homeland, that the madman at the helm goes away quietly, and that their voters don’t get mad because they did the bare minimum by certifying the Electoral College votes and confirming a cabinet.

As Timothy Snyder wrote this week, even the best intentioned of them are happy to game our democratic system to their advantage sitting idly by as some of their colleagues and president try to break it. 

Hopefully we get through this transition, in spite of them. 

Happy Sunday. 

 

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A breathtaking abdication of Democracy.

By the Republican Party of the United States of America.

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