Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 517,000 in January, and the unemployment rate changed little at 3.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job growth was widespread, led by gains in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and health care….
Jason Smith (r) [2022 file photo].
Also today, in case anyone wanted to overhype a distraction:
Rep. Jason Smith @RepJasonSmith
It is totally unacceptable that President Biden is allowing the Chinese Communist Party to spy on Missouri and our military bases in broad daylight!
Once again, the President is demonstrating weakness in the face of aggression while the world watches. 6:41 PM · Feb 3, 2023
Satellites, anyone? They could just look it up, you know, on the Internets:
Some of the reponses:
It’s unacceptable that you all sell out our farmland to the Chinese
They’re paying more attention to Missouri’s 8th district than you are [….]
Do you actually believe this
Hey [….], they’re just checking on the Missouri farmland you and Eric Schmitt sold them! #Traitor
Says the guy that helped gut Prop B which led to Missouri selling off 140,000 acres of farmland to China. So you don’t really have a leg to stand on. So take a seat.
Omg your such an effing fear monger. Pot kettle you fascist.
Coming from a group of idiots who want us to surrender to Russia
But, you’ll accept their ownership of Missouri farm land.
Dude, they just need to use on easily accessible online map application:
Some of the responses to Eric Schmitt’s (r) social media post:
Why would they send a balloon when they could just park a spy satellite over it?
Or just use an online map application?
A high altitude balloon has zero functional ability beyond that of the already existing satellites orbiting overhead. This news cycle is embarrassing.
Wait until you learn about the existence of satellites [….]
I suppose this balloon is a good enough excuse as any to continue inflating defense spending for your buddies at Lockheed though, amirite?
Just wait till you find out about spy satellites
JFC man, I can see it on Google Earth right now. Do you truly believe that the Chinese are too stupid to know where our domestic military bases are and what we house at them? What on earth are they going to see that any 10 year old with a laptop can’t already?
See image above.
Hey Senator, remember when you gave away Missouri farmland to China?
He considers that a feature, not a bug.
Scared of a balloon? Wow.
Several Members of Congress are already mad tweeting. They’re on the case. We’re good. /sarcasm.
just checking up on the land you sold them
I told you not to worry. @RepMTG knows where all the Jewish space lasers are.
Now calm down they won’t bother you bc you already sold all our farmland to them.
Just checking on the land you sold them. How is that ham tasting now?
Just imagine an advanced satellite making passes over that base. Oh wait.
Or, just commercial satellites. See image above.
You know they have satellites, right?
Well, if China didn’t know where the stealth bomber was kept before, they do now, due to your tweet. Way to go!
We’re all doomed.
Please explain in detail which weapons system you’d like to use to destroy a target with a limited radar cross section that’s flying at 100,000 feet? As usual you are using this to keep your base angry and scared.
Maybe Jewish space lasers? They seem to be popular with right wingnut republicans.
You do know that scores of Chinese airliners fly over US air space everyday, don’t you? And wait til you hear about satellites.
Good jobs report, huh?
Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner!
Next level gaslighting from the man who voted TWICE to sell Missouri farmland to China
Oh no… China is going to find out super secret Stealth Bomber base.
Way to go Eric, you just told the whole world where it is.
Oh no! What are they going to do?
A slow moving balloon is heading in a general direction and there’s nothing that can be done about it…
You are right. Good thing the balloon hasn’t made it to space, where it could orbit and send images of the entire world back.
Someone should probably invent something like that…
Oh dear..I didn’t know it was a secret. I guess those satellites should be more careful.
Telling where bomber is ! On Twitter is not helping.
JFC. We’re all doomed.
Shoot it down over Missouri? Why not, I’m willing to give up that state.
Didn’t know Missouri was the home of the stealth bomber until you posted this. Who do you work for?
Maybe sarcasm? Nah.
Is the location of this plane that you just posted supposed to be public?
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) is the unofficial name for the large set of changes to the Revenue Code of 1986, signed into law by President Trump in 2017. TCJA made many large changes across multiple areas of the tax code, including most infamously reducing the corporate tax rate, increasing the standard deduction, and increasing the applicable exclusion amounts for estate taxes. Only some of the TCJA changes were permanent, and over twenty provisions will expire by the end of 2025.
For individual tax deductions, the TCJA reduced some of the overall tax rates and changed many deductions. [….] All of these changes will revert back to their pre-TCJA provisions after 2025. [….]
…the corporate tax rate was permanently reduced to a 21% flat tax rate from 35%. [….]
Rep. Jason Smith @RepJasonSmith
The American people are demanding fiscal responsibility.
Republicans have called on Democrats to come to the table. Lets address the fiscal insanity. Lets try to find common ground. It’s the responsible thing to do.
[….] 3:50 PM · Jan 31, 2023
You ran up the bill, Jason (r). Now you don’t want to pay for it.
Roll Call 699 | Bill Number: H. R. 1
DEC 20, 2017, 12:55 PM | 115TH CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION
Vote Question: On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Vote Type: Yea-And-Nay
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Politicians in both parties should quit using Social Security and Medicare as bargaining chips. I’m introducing legislation to exempt both programs from the debt ceiling. No more scare tactics 10:26 AM · Jan 31, 2023
Lame sleight of hand there, Josh.
Only one party wants to gut Social Security and Medicare. Yours.
Some of the responses:
THIS ACCOUNT HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN HACKED [….]
I’d like this tweet more if it didn’t come from a treasonous piece of shit.
You want to make an already non-discretionary part of the budget more non-discretionary?
Cuz when things get scary, you run away. Low hanging fruuuuuiiiitttt!!!!
Sounds like the GOP realizes their plan backfired on them.
Polling probably says…yep.
But not from Privatization?
Social Security is already exempt. It’s not part of the same structure. LEARN YOUR JOB, DUDE.
For a second I read “politicians in both parties should quit using social media.”
I’m pretty sure only one party has talked about reducing or eliminating Social Security…its not both parties
“…fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
Are you leaving the Republican party? Because its stated goal is to punish the poor and give more tax cuts to the super rich.
Afflict the afflicted, comfort the comfortable.
The right is using it as a bargaining chip Josh…
Who are you and what have you done with the real Josh Hawley?
It’s called “gaslighting”.
You should repeal the trump tax cuts. Proven to be a terrible idea that the country can’t afford.
Wait until you find out about they did to us proles in that one.
Excuse me but YOUR party are the ones that call SS an entitlement and have talked about upping the age requirement in order to receive the benefits we are legitimately owed.
Social Security operates independently from the rest of the federal government, with dedicated funding sources and long-term commitments that are not subject to the annual budget process.[….]
Dude you’ll never be president
Trying to sound like a reasonable insurrectionist? Still a grifter and a Maga traitor
“It’s a trap!”
These 2 programs should never be on the bargaining table. We have worked all our lives and its our money weve put into SS. you would be stealing from us if you deal with it to get something else. It should never be taxed either!
Both parties? Seems like you guys realized what a third rail issue that became despite running on it in the last election cycle. But now you’re being consistently hypocritical (oxymoron)
Oh, sweetie. “Both” parties aren’t doing this. YOURS is the one that brought it up.
More posturing and no budget from you GOP clowns. Put up the budget Josh.
Corrupt, lying seditionist says What????
There is only one party that consistently threatens Social Security and Medicare cuts. Look in the mirror!
Both parties? Please!!!
So when Republicans say they’re scrapping it,Dems say no and that’s Dems being political? They should just stay quiet? Really
I don’t see Democrats who want to take away our Social Security and Medicare. That’s a republican thing. And it’s why republicans will lose.
It’s the Republican party who is using Social Security and Medicare as LEVERAGE. Cruz said the word leverage out loud. Hold him and McCarthy accountable. Stop blaming both parties for a Republican failure. Stop running away from the real problem again.
Too little, too late. YOU supported the insurrection. Traitor.
It’s just you guys. Stop lying.
Josh is just Joshing with you.
Dude, introduce legislation to get rid of the debt ceiling. It’s useless.
Is this a parody account? Did someone steal your phone?
Why the hell would any funding be related in any way to paying on past accrued debt?
We have no choice but to pay our past commitments.
Future spending is separate, and can be addressed in funding legislation.
Why do you hate clean bills so much?
Then can you clarify your stance on the 30% tax rate for middle class Americans?
Geez. That’s great. I am pretty sure Social Security is not part of the national debt. I don’t trust you. Never will.
If people are scared by what the Dems are saying ant SS it’s bc it’s true. Which Democrats are talking about cutting back or privatizing SS? It’s all your miserable team.
How abt your team just not holding US debt hostage?
Social Security & Medicare do not contribute to the national debt, so when Republicans threaten to cut “entitlements” to reduce govt spending, it’s a lie. Republicans also threaten a govt shutdown over debt ceiling which halts SS & Medicare payments. Explain ‘exempting’. [….]
Your account has been hacked.
OK, who hacked Josh’s Twitter account?
You aren’t trustworthy so we assume you are grifting.
Way to use both parties to once again attempt to level the playing field after your party consistently looks for ways to cut these programs. Just like both parties were responsible for Jan 6, or for Charlottesville, or for disenfranchising voters, etc.
That’s how gaslighting works.
Your party has opposed Social Security from its enactment. The dream of the party has been to cut taxes to starve government and “reform” Social Security to “save” it for the last 43 years.
Piper For Missouri
It’s been a busy few weeks, so I figured I should compile a list of things that Missouri’s Republican supermajority has done this session to fight inflation and lower costs for Missouri families:
Governor Mike Parson @GovParsonMO
We are deeply concerned about reports that Columbia middle school students were subjected to adult performers during what is historically a MLK Day celebration. This is unacceptable. 3:48 PM · Jan 20, 2023
It was a drag show, asshole. You know, individuals in fancy costumes lip-synching show tunes.
Governor Mike Parson @GovParsonMO
Parents weren’t clearly informed of the contents of the program, and adult performances are not diversity. Columbia Public Schools should focus on educational experiences that prioritize math, reading, writing, science, and history, which parents expect and demand for their kids. 3:48 PM · Jan 20, 2023
Some of the responses:
Let the locally elected SCHOOL BOARD deal with it! You have bigger issues to deal with. I was subjected to Bob Hope & Danny Kaye in drag as a child. It didn’t change my sexual orientation & I expect you saw them too. This hysteria you are stoking is wrong.
It wasn’t that long ago that DJT was motor boating Rudy Giuliani in drag.
Why are you doing this? You are spreading a lie for political gain.
Remember when Milton Berle, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Flip Wilson, Harvey Korman, Tom Hanks, Dana Carvey, Robin Williams, Jamie Farr all dressed as women and it didn’t make you want to be a transgender woman?
We are deeply concerned that the GOP pass laws forcing girls to give birth to babies, grant her rapists rights over the child, keep or make child marriage legal, refuse to prosecute or sentence rapists or test rape kits. Groomers are family, priests, coaches not drag performers.
Sure, just lie and gaslight
Did you ask what they were from the school or are you only listen to people who saw nothing.
I know that you’re a politician and used to lying but come on.
“Columbia Public Schools invited students to attend the event, according to parents posting on social media sites such as Facebook. Parents were required to fill out a permission slip.”
Absolutely every single bit of this is a lie and you know it
They were informed. The event was listed on the permission slip. The event website had all the details. Parent’s responsibility to confirm everything about the events they are GIVING PERMISSION that their kids can attend.
I really want to dissect what exactly made this an “adult performance”. There was dancing and lip syncing to family friendly songs, so what exactly makes this adult content?
You’re losing it, Chief.
You and the @MissouriGOP are the embarrassment #MAGAMorons
What was adult or offensive about the performance? There are plenty of videos. Show us what you object to specifically. Parents signed off on their kids attending the event and anyone who looked at the public information for the event knew there would be family-friendly drag.
What do you mean by “adult performers”? Are the performers supposed to be only children?
Or is it that they were drag, and you’re trying to use a euphemism to hide your bigotry?
That’s right wingnut framing for you.
Wow, this was really confusing. I thought you meant that the performers should be children/students and instead adults performed. Goodness gracious, learn to explain things. And there is no problem with this in any way!!!
This is a local control issue, not a state issue. The correct process is for parents who believe there was an issue to contact their school board directors. Parents have more influence and control at the local level when we let these systems work.
They had to sign permission slips, also what about 3 drag performers *dressed modestly* is “adult entertainment”?
You will just use this gaslighting to further your agenda of dismantling public education anyway.
So was it Ms Doubtfire?
are these adult performers in the room with us now?
Busy day? I know Missouri public schools are short of funds. Maybe you should focus on that.
When I think you’ve finally hit Rock bottom you manage to scratch and crawl your way deeper. You are gaslighting for your repulsive base. You have no legacy remaining other than a liar.
I am more concerned that Missouri continues to be a national embarrassment.
So I have done family friendly improv performances for decades. Many in Public schools. We played women characters regularly, even wearing wigs and dresses. We were applauded regularly for our “clean” humor. Is that now unacceptable?
Why don’t you just think of it as a skit with the characters in costume?
Now don’t you feel better?
Lol, ok dude.
“… reports that …” is pretty vague. Does that mean you posted this before investigating said reports and therefore cannot comment on specifics?
3 fully clothed drag queens. Nothing inappropriate unless you are a hateful bigot.
Imagine being an adult and taking everything your Grandma claims happened on Facebook or forwards you in an email seriously and at face value.
Now imagine you are also in the Governor’s office in a State of 6 million people.
Transphobic Governor clutches pearls.
You know what’s unacceptable Governor Hee Haw?? That I have fewer rights than I did when you took office. That the MO House argued over what women wear. That you rednecks are terrorizing children over their pronouns. That MO is FORTY NINTH in school funding. Those are REAL issues
No you aren’t.
You’re happy to be presented some distraction politics.
Spare us your ludicrous outrage.
Calm down. Good grief.
Don’t you have anything better to do than try to stir up trouble with lies?
It was probably ANTIFA! Right governor?
Probably sarcasm Right?
Read a book, get a life.
Well, more than one.
I am deeply concerned that you are the exact opposite of what MLK lived and died for. Don’t use his name to spread your hatred.
It wasnt adult entertainment. It was just men dressed as women, singing songs.
Your hyperbole is showing your hate. [….]
“Adult performers”… So, like, actors?
Children see more half-naked adults during football games, my Guy. Ban cheerleaders & shirtless Midwestern drunks covered in red and gold paint, & then we can talk about what performances you consider too “adult” for children to see.
In 2023, this passes for what the Governor of the State of Missouri attends to.
Are you deeply concerned when school football players dress up like cheerleaders for funny skits at their school events? Or the girls dress up like the boys football team? If not, why not?
Who is the “we” you reference? I think most Missourians are worried about actual problems. The Columbia BOE can handle any concerns their parents have.
We are deeply concerned that Missouri children are forced to give birth to their rapist’s baby.
We are deeply concerned about children being gunned down at school.
You are deeply concerned about costumes.
Thoughts and prayers, girl.