US Political Discussion: Biden/Harris Edition (Rules in OP)

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  1. Drew

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    Yeah, that's an aspect that can't be disentangled from this discussion - the number of people turning up at the border requesting asylum surged after Trump left office, precisely because they thought they had a better chance of getting an asylum request approved in what by all appearance should be a more welcoming administration. Trump, probably with some justification, made a lot about the impact of harsh rhetoric on illegal immigration, but the 800 pound gorilla in the room was he was also seeking to discourage legal immigration and asylum at the Mexican border, it probably had an even more discouraging effect there, and what the Biden administration is now dealing with is a backlog who thought for the last four years they had no chance of being accepted, but now they do. On top of a pandemic, it's a proper mess.
     
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    Didn't you guys hear that he went golfing last Sunday? I think it's a pretty clear sign that to be a GREAT president, he has to copy Trump. /s
     
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    One anecdotal insight: My family has friends who own a campground in SE Wisconsin. It's often rented out to organizations/non-profits for at-risk or special-needs kids. They have lots of lodging and facilities (not just a plot of land with RV hook-ups). DHSS reached out to them as a part of a big-scope project to find overflow capacity for unaccompanied children, and families with children seeking refugee status, while they are building up more permanent facilities. (Yes, kids are supposed to be out of CBP custody within 72 hours, but they are transferred to DHSS custody after that...it's not that everything's all sorted and figured out). That makes it clear to me that they are genuinely thinking "outside the box" and willing to throw money at the issue where it's needed to try to make SOME progress wherever they can.

    Unfortunately, those family "friends" said they were not willing to provide their facilities for use to DHSS for "the mexican kids", because "that's Nancy Pelosi's problem."
     
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    Go team.
     
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    There are some churches that are money grabs, but I bet that most of them actually do more charity and help the poor in more ways than most other organizations. I'm not religious (probably closer to anti-religious) but in the small town I am from, most pastors and priests lived pretty meagerly, and churches are where people who can't afford them go to get free coats in the winter.

    I'd say, for now, we just stick with cutting military and taxing the ultra-wealthy. Then, once we've built non-secular fully funded community centers, let's tax churches.
     
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    Tax the mega churches. If you have staff wearing shoes that cost $5k or who have multiple private jets, you can pay some dang taxes.
     
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    if you tax mega churches prs will go out of business.
     
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    Strymon too.
     
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    Nah, even in megachurches, the worship pastors are the only paid musicians, and they're only playing either an acoustic or a 335.
     
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    then how come every person in the prs owner's group is playing at church.
     
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    And TGP has a thread for pedalboards and a thread for pedalboards that I only recently discovered wasn't aimed at emulating Steve Vai?
     
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    They're all just old nu-metal guitarists.
     
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    Google and Facebook should have been broken up years ago, but we keep electing folks that can barely change the clock on thier microwave.
     
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    Whatever happened to banning tiktok

    trump was doing it for the wrong reasons.

    but it's absolutely the right thing to do.
     
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    Will it get rid of Jeris Johnson because yes.
     
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    Eh, I don't think it's a matter of whether or not smaller churches do good charitable work. I think it's a pretty simple question - we as a nation have seperation of church and state, and giving preferential tax status to churches, even if we do to all denominations, is implicitly providing a tax benefit to practitioners of all stripes over atheists. Any church who wants to set up a true charitable nonprofit and go through the usual filing process is welcome to do so, but in the meantime, taking churches but not taxing other non-nonprofit organizations is a double standard.

    Have you ever traveled through the Bible Belt? America is getting more secular, but there are huge parts of the country where church is the focal point of local social lives.

    Microsoft agreed to buy them, and then Trump got sidetracked by losing an election and forgot about them. :lol:
     
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    dain-it drew. the joke isn't that there are a lot of churches. the joke is that if a person has 5 prs's and a pedal board full of strymon there's a 80 percent chance of guessing what they do.
     
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