Episode

7/23 Behind the Infrastructure of the Infrastructure Bill & The Real American Oligarchy w/ Ari Rabin-Havt & David Feldman

July 23, 2021

Sam and Emma host Ari Rabin-Havt, the former Legislative Director and Chief Policy Advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders, to discuss the prospects of the Senate bipartisan infrastructure bill, as well as the budget reconciliation bill that’s supposed to follow it. Then, David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) joins the show in the fun half! Emma, Sam, and Ari discuss the continuous consternation among the Portman-Sinema gang of 10+5, why the timeline has pushed the reconciliation bill into the issue of the infrastructure package, and get into the numbers of it, how they might change, and why the CBO’s role in setting the numbers will have to be worked around. They get into bipartisan fetish shaming, why the moderates are fighting an impossible game as Republicans continue to find new parameters and make-or-break issues, before rounding out the infrastructure discussion by touching on how democrats can ensure they spend what they need to, Schumer using last weeks vote to try to force Republican’s hand and get their amendments into the bill, and what he’s looking to do get into moving this process forwards. Lastly, they talk filibuster and the Sinema-Manchin shield that helps Dems avoid hard votes. Then, the ever emotionally intelligent David Feldman, of the David Feldman Show, joins to discuss the childish nature of marching for M4A, the importance of anonymous donation – such as his most recent gift to the Michael Brooks Legacy Foundation – and why Jimmy Dore, the true everyman moron that always gets it right, nailed his three-dimensional diarrhea on the American oligarchy, before Feldman connects this back to the march for M4A, and why the true oligarchs (AOC and the Squad) are the real reason M4A hasn’t come to pass.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Sam cover the Biden Administration’s bolstering of Cuban sanctions, and Mick Wallace’s kick-ass speech at the EU on the hypocrisy of the West when it comes to Cuba. They also touch on Missouri’s Supreme Court expansion of medicare, Mike Lindell’s clear-cut data on election fraud, and Byron calls in from Seattle to take on Emma and Sam’s stance on lobbying because of all those progressive corporations it would stymy from stopping climate change. We finally get the big reveal of our new crew member, Bradley, plus, your calls and IMs!

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