Category Archives: Bidness

Mass Transit: It’s the Contractors, Stupid

And the subcontractors. And the sub-subcontractors. One thing that bedevils mass transit in the U.S. is how much it costs to build. Occasionally, we can have nice things, but it’s so expensive we don’t get very much of them. While … Continue reading

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Moderate/Centrist Democrats Got Played by the Rich

Wealthy and rich centrist Democrats’ just can’t seem to fund Democratic candidates in general elections, even when their primary candidate won the primary. I could see taking your ball and going home if your candidate didn’t win the primary (so … Continue reading

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The Forward Party Is Wealthy Centrists Threatening the Left

Recently, failed Democratic presidential primary candidate Andrew Yang along with other prominent sufferers of Compulsive Centrist Disorder announced the formation of a new third party for the 2024 presidential campaign, called the Forward Party. Jamelle Bouie, taking their claims of … Continue reading

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The Liberating Power of Not Caring About Your Opponents’ Threats: The Student Loans Edition

It seems like the Biden administration might make some moves on reducing or eliminating student debt, though other rumors suggest they’re going to do some kind of means testing–because they just can’t help but make things needlessly complicated. All that … Continue reading

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Manchin Was Negotiating in Bad Faith All Along

So this came across the transom–and most establishment Democrats belatedly agree with it: Manchin on WV radio saying he knew from the beginning he wouldn't support BBB, but let Democrats negotiate. That he got to his "wits end" after staff … Continue reading

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Time to Bribe Manchin

The best definition of chutzpah is a man who murders his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. This is, of course, a post about Senator (and de facto Co-president) Joe … Continue reading

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Will Biden Govern? The Omarova Edition

While political reporters love the drama due to Co-President Manchin’s and Manic Pixie Dream Senator Sinema’s antics, there are several other poorly behaving Democrats who are attempting to block the appointment of an aggressive bank regulator, Saule Omarova, to head … Continue reading

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Centrists Are Not That Smart

Even for Senator Co-President Joe Manchin, this is really fucking stupid (boldface mine): The paid-leave plan that Democrats originally envisioned would have provided 12 weeks of aid for Americans who fall ill, need to care for a sick loved one … Continue reading

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Just Bribe Manchin Already

While I have little idea what to do about Manic Pixie Dream Senator Sinema (and a bunch of us have been telling you for years that she is horrible), this seems like it might work (boldface mine): The reason for … Continue reading

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One Law for Me, One Law for Thee: The Federal Judiciary Edition

The Wall Street Journal had a report describing how 131 federal judges–around fourteen percent of the total–failed to recuse themselves lawsuits involving firms in which they or their family held shares (boldface mine): More than 130 federal judges have violated … Continue reading

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