Burn Pits

Treasonous Squirrels


While I don’t believe the raid on Mar-a-Lago was an intentional distraction, it can serve as one. Maybe that shitty thing will distract voters from all the other shitty things Republicans do.

Maybe the revelation that Donald Trump is a traitor to this nation and only cares about himself…OK, a reminder that Donald Trump is a traitor and doesn’t care about anyone except himself will distract voters from the fact that not one Republican voted for it.

The Inflation Reduction Act won’t just decrease today’s inflation, but it will provide benefits over the next decade and beyond. In addition to reducing inflation, it will decrease healthcare costs and fight climate change. It will reduce the growth of the deficit and includes a 15 percent minimum cash tax on corporations. Called the “Amazon Tax,” it is expected to raise $222 billion over 10 years and $35 billion in 2023. Republicans hate this.

Amazon, which had a seven-percent tax rate on a profit of $22 billion over the past two years, should see its tax rate increase to 15 percent, just like Tesla, which paid around nine percent over the past two years on a profit of over $7 billion.

The bill also moves to cap and lower seniors’ drug costs while sparing about 13 million low-and middle-income Americans from increases in their insurance premiums that would have risen in 2023. Republicans voted against that.

The Republican talking point against this bill is that it will add 87,000 Internal Revenue Service agents with guns to come after you. Since Republicans are saying this, it’s a lie.

The bill includes funding for the IRS which will “allow” them to add 87,000 employees, not 87,000 auditors…or the term the GOP is using, “agents.” These employees will be added over the next decade with many replacing retiring employees. In case you’re a Republican MAGA goon, a decade is ten years. The focus will be going after the mega-rich who cheat on taxes. Naturally, Republicans hate that and are telling middle-class voters they’re the ones the IRS and Democrats are going after. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said it would allow the government to hire tens of thousands of new IRS agents to “snoop around in your bank account, your Venmo, your small business, and then the government will shake you down for every last cent.”

Someone tell Kevin McCarthy that PayPal, which owns Venmo, already files all your incoming money with the government and sends you a 1099. So, you better file the payments you received through PayPal.

Republicans are also calling it a “tax increase on families” despite the fact it doesn’t raise individual rates. Republicans lie. But you have to lie when all your ideas and policy positions are shit, like blocking a $35 insulin cap.

An amendment in the Senate to add a $35 insulin cap only received only seven votes from Republicans, meaning it failed to reach the 60-vote threshold it needed to pass. Just how shitty are Republicans to vote against this?

Insulin can cost as much as $99 in the United States. The next nation where insulin is most expensive is Chile, where it can as much as $21. Insulin is life-saving medicine for many diabetics who don’t have a choice and must buy it, no matter the price. There are diabetics in this country who choose insulin over food. This means without caps from the government, the corporations selling it can just blah-blah-blah with the excuses for the high prices while raking in billions. Republican opposition to this was blamed on the cost being shifted to insurance premiums or that they were voting against socialism. How dare government go all socialist and cut costs for insulin.

Pharmaceutical companies are just as greedy and care for their consumers about as much as oil companies do.

I forgot to include in my cartoon the GOP vote against healthcare for veterans who are suffering from exposure to burn pits. The GOP initially voted for it, then against it just so Biden couldn’t get a win. Republicans turned around and voted for it again after they couldn’t tolerate the noise level from public outrage. See? Republicans don’t care about you at all. This is just an example that their positions are not based on any values or principles.

This brings us to abortion which most Americans support. Republicans spent decades trying to overturn Roe vs. Wade and they made a lot of celebratory noise when they finally got it. Now, they’re a little quieter about it after Kansas voters rejected a state ban on abortion. Republicans don’t want voters to be reminded that most of them will force ten-year-olds to birth their rapists’ babies.

Republicans are horrible and vile creatures. Since we can’t ban Republicans, maybe we can put a cap on them. I’m thinking of a cap of 35 Republicans per chamber in Congress and every state legislature. Of course, that wouldn’t be constitutional, so hey…Republicans should love it.

This November, do not let Republicans change the subject. Yes, Donald Trump is a vile human being and a criminal who should be going to prison. But the rest of the Republican party is just as vile. Vote them out. Don’t let them take Congress.

Why give control of Congress to the people who vote against healthcare for veterans, healthcare for you, insulin caps, inflation reduction, free elections, democracy, and abortion rights while covering up for a traitor?

Music Note: I listened to some Foo Fighters B-sides. These are songs that were never on an official Foo Fighter album. They’re demos, covers, outtakes, and songs for movie soundtracks. There’s a lot of good stuff in there. The Foo Fighters have recorded a lot of covers but they’ve never put one on an album.

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Toast Our Troops


Last June, the United States Senate passed a bill that would provide health care and benefits for millions of veterans injured by exposure to toxins, from Agent Orange in Vietnam to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. It had bipartisan support, passing 84-14, but a technical error required another vote. No problem, right? It’s already passed once before so we know the support is there. I mean, Republicans and Democrats both support our troops, right? Nope.

On Thursday, the second vote failed. The final vote was 55-42 (with three senators abstaining), falling short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. What happened? How’d it go from 84 senators supporting it to just 55? The answer is, Republicans.

The bill, known as the PACT Act, no longer would force generations of veterans to prove their illness was caused by toxic exposures suffered in the military in order to get VA coverage. It had been hailed as the largest expansion of care in VA history and was expected to cost $280 billion over a decade. Activists have been fighting for this for over a dozen years. One of its biggest supporters is comedian Jon Stewart.

More than two dozen Republicans switched their votes, claiming that it forced “mandatory” spending. This is bullshit since the bill they voted against Thursday was EXACTLY the same as the bill they voted for in June. Also, who cares if the spending is “mandatory?” Shouldn’t all spending on the health of those who fought for our nation be mandatory?

Outside the Capitol, Stewart said, “They lived up to their oath! These people thought they could finally breathe. You think their trouble ends because the Pact Act passes? All that means is they don’t have to decide between their cancer drugs and their house.”

Democratic Senator Jon Tester said, “My colleagues can make up all sorts of excuses as to why they decided to change their vote for this bill, but the bottom line is, veterans will suffer and die as a result on behalf of these excuses, and that’s why we’ve got to pass this bill.”

Republican Senator Pat Toomey, who led the opposition to the bill, called it a “budgetary gimmick” by the Democrats and said it would create $400 billion in unrelated spending by moving it from the discretionary to mandatory category.

The Republicans who switched their votes are John Barrasso, Marsha Blackburn, Roy Blunt, Mike Braun, Bill Cassidy, John Cornyn, Tom Cotton, Kevin Cramer, Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst, Deb Fischer, Bill Hagerty, Josh Hawley, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Jim Inhofe, Ron Johnson, John Kennedy, Roger Marshall, Mitch McConnell, Rob Portman, Ben Sasse, Tim Scott, Rick Scott, Dan Sullivan, and Todd Young. Additionally, Steve Daines and Roger Wicker voted against the bill after not voting in June.

This is just like when they claim to support police and then vote against a commendation for those who fought off the white nationalist Trump terrorists during the January 6 coup attempt.

The bill is named for Heath Robinson, who served near a burn pit during his deployments to Kosovo and Iraq with the Ohio National Guard and died of a rare cancer in 2020. His mother-in-law Susan Zeier said of those senators who voted against the bill, “Every single one has pictures with veterans on their Facebook pages, on their websites. Well, screw that, they don’t support veterans. If you won’t vote on this bill, you do not support veterans.”

Standing around in an airport with a Dr. Pepper after the vote, and probably trying to catch a flight to Cancun, Ted Cruz told TMZ that Jon Stewart was “actually kinda funny” but he opposed the bill because the Democrats are playing a “budgetary trick” by taking “discretionary” spending and moving it to “mandatory.” Jon Stewart had a reply to this.

Stewart described Cruz’s claim as “inaccurate, not true, bullshit”

Stewart said, “Now I’m not a big city, Harvard-educated lawyer,” he said, “but I can read. It’s always been mandatory spending, so the government can’t just cut off their funding at any point. No trick, no gimmick, been there the whole fucking time.”

Ted Cruz is stupid enough to take on Jon Stewart. It’s not a good idea. Don’t these goons remember when Tucker Carlson tried to take him on years ago? What happened then was, Tucker lost his show.

Cruz said he supports the bill even though he voted against it. I’m not big city Harvard-educated lawyer either, but I know that if you support a bill, you vote for it. You don’t vote against it then stand around in an airport drinking Dr. Pepper saying you support it. Ted Cruz, this is why people don’t like you, you sanctimonious piece of shit.

Stewart used his YouTube channel to go after Cruz and the other Republicans where he lambasted them for “praising to the heavens our nation’s fighting men and women” and then played a clip of Cruz “fist-bumping his Senate colleagues after removing those same veterans’ benefits and healthcare for toxic wounds.”

Jon Stewart ended his video by calling Cruz a “motherfucker.”

So, why did Republicans vote for it and then vote against it when the bill hadn’t changed? There isn’t an official reason from the GOP, at least not one that makes sense. They talked about discretionary and mandatory spending along with “budgetary gimmicks.” These same people who never raise concerns or even notice if spending is mandatory or discretionary when they vote for aircraft carriers, nuclear missiles, and tax cuts for asshole billionaire trust-fund babies now pretend to care about spending when it comes to our veterans.

Bullshit.

The reason they did this is that they’re upset over Senator Joe Manchin reaching a deal with Chuck Schumer and Democrats on the Build Back Better plan. This is a win for President Biden. So, in protest, the GOP took something bipartisan to punish the Democrats. Instead, they’re punishing our veterans.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said the “charitable explanation” is that Republicans simply changed their minds, with the alternative being that they “are mad that Democrats are on the verge of passing climate change legislation and have decided to take out their anger on vulnerable veterans.”

Republicans are sore losers so they’re going to take something totally unrelated and use wounded veterans as political pawns. They are screwing our veterans over for their politics.

Jon Stewart is right. They’re all motherfuckers.

Music note: I listened to Kaiser Chiefs.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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