Episode

9/21 The Standoff Congressional Dems Face w/ Reconciliation, Infrastructure

September 21, 2021

Sam and Emma tackle a huge last week in news, as well as what’s coming down the pike in Congress, the courts, and more. They also speak with Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA), to discuss NYTWA’s new debt forgiveness campaign for Medallion cab drivers. Bhairavi, Sam, and Emma dive into the recent conflict around the NYC taxi company Medallion, and how after decades of the city inflating the price, making hundreds of millions, while capitalizing particularly on immigrants taking out loans, the city helped bolster Uber and Lyft’s unregulated takeover of the market, with some officials even going to work for them following their job in government. Next, they take on how COVID, in particular, created a massive impending problem for Medallion taxi cab drivers, who average $550,000 in debt, which is compounded by the floundering of city policy in effectively handling this, and what the NYTWA’s recent protests have entailed, as well as what they’re fighting for. Emma and Sam also cover developments in a few longstanding strikes, including the St. Vincent nurses, the United Mine Workers of America strike in Alabama, and the IATSE strike among some production unions, before touching on how Biden’s administration has capitalized on pre-existing Trump immigration policy with the use of Title 42. They also look forward to what progression we can see over the next couple of weeks when it comes to the bipartisan infrastructure bill and reconciliation, touching on how Democrats could ensure the raising of the debt ceiling, what Pelosi’s September 27th commitment means for reconciliation, and how the recent double backing by corporate Dems could affect what policy survives the next six days. Lastly, they touch on another democratic cop-out as Chuck Schumer hides behind the parliamentarian and the Democrats’ relationship to immigration policy.

And in the Fun Half: Jacob from Alabama talks unions and Hurricane Ida recovery, Gregory from Oklahoma gives some updates on both his candidacy and his main opponent in his upcoming election, and the MR crew walks through the step by step one-man show that was the blueprint for Pence’s election overturn attempt. They also talk COVID updates, dive into the absurdities of Sam Harris, Joseph from Massachusetts grants Sam the unfortunate knowledge of who Logan Paul is, and Tulsi Gabbard joins Tucker to potentially nobody’s pleasure, plus, your calls and IMs!

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