7 Things: Jockeying for narratives starts in U.S. Senate race, another Alabama man arrested for role in U.S. Capitol riot, leaked tax returns being used to push for tax reform and more …
7. Kamala Harris is an incompetent politician
- After being tasked with tackling the issue of illegal immigration at the southern border, Vice President Kamala Harris has finally said that she plans to visit the southern border of the United States.
- When asked about visiting the southern border, Harris said, “Yes, I will and I have before,” referencing the time she spent living in California and how this indicates that she’s “spent a lot of time on the border both going there physically and aware of the issues.”
6. Labor shortages are hurting business growth
- The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has conducted a survey that shows small businesses are seeing more issues with growth due to the excessive amount of job openings.
- In the survey, 48% of businesses said they haven’t been able to fill open positions, but 26% have also said that finding quality labor has been a prevalent problem. There’s also been an 11% decrease in business owners who expect improved conditions within the next six months, which brings that to a net negative 26%.
5. Infrastructure conversation is over
- It appears that conversations between Republicans and President Joe Biden are over when it comes to a big infrastructure bill. Democrats wanted more money and spending, and Republicans, led by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), countered with $150 billion more than their original proposal that was $1 trillion less than Biden’s. The collapse leaves Biden with few options.
- After the collapse of the conversation, President Biden met with Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ.) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) hoping they could reach an agreement of their own and piece together a coalition to pass it.
4. Manchin is still under attack by people who are bad at politics
- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has been able to slow down some of the far-left policies proposed by fellow Democrats, such as him supporting the filibuster and refusing to support the For the People Act.
- U.S. Representative Cori Bush (D-MO) has criticized Manchin for his view on how the “defund the police” narrative damaged Democratic efforts throughout the 2020 elections, but she added, “Our movement was the heart of the organizing that won us the 2020 elections. Now conservative Dems block our progress. Join us in saving lives or get out of our way.”
3. Stolen and leaked documents are fine for distribution now
- There has been a leak of several years of tax records from the Internal Revenue Services, and these records revealed that some of the wealthiest people in America didn’t pay income taxes some years. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was one who didn’t pay income taxes for 2007 and 2011.
- Others like Tesla founder Elon Musk didn’t pay income taxes for 2018. The top 25 richest people in the United States pay about 15.8% in income tax. Other than Bezos and Musk, some of the richest in the country include Mark Zuckerberg, Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. It’s likely that President Joe Biden will use this report to reinforce his stance on raising taxes on the rich.
2. MAGA Lumberjack arrested for role in U.S. Capitol riot
- A Madison, Alabama man, known online as the MAGA Lumberjack because he was seen throwing lumber at U.S. Capitol Police, was arrested for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot that took place on January 6. The FBI says Dillion Colby Herrington never entered the U.S. Capitol but attempted to assault officers with lumber and a barricade.
- The list of charges is long; it includes knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or group, knowingly engage in any act of physical violence against any person or property in a restricted building, willfully and knowingly engage in an act of physical violence in the grounds of the Capitol building, commit or attempt any act to obstruct, impede or interfere with law enforcement in the lawful performance of his official duties, forcibly assault, resist, opposes impede, intimidate or interfere. Missing from this list treason, sedition or murder, which the American media assures us are coming from the “insurrection.”
1. With Britt in, Blanchard is claiming to be the only outsider
- While U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) battles U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Katie Britt, former president of the Business Council of Alabama, has announced her U.S. Senate candidacy. Britt has never served as an elected official before or in a political position, but fellow candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia Lynda Blanchard is attempting to claim that she’s still the only outsider.
- Blanchard said that the growing field of candidates “forces candidates to stand for their record and what they believe in,” but she quickly added that she remains “the only political outsider currently in the race.” She proceeded to call Congressman Brooks “a 40-year career politician,” and Britt “an establishment insider.” Blanchard describes herself as “a business builder and outsider who served her country at the call of President Trump.”