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?
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Eric Schmitt announced that he was appointed to serve on the United States Senate Armed Services Committee, United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the Joint Economic Committee for the 118th Congress. [….]
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.
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
We settled on ribs from @JDVance1 if (and when) he loses, KC Joe’s from me in the highly unlikely event the @Chiefs don’t prevail 12:27 PM · Jan 29, 2023
Josh (r) picked the Chiefs by an eight-ender.
Some of the responses:
“KC Joe’s” is in Kansas. Not Missouri. If you’re going to pretend to live here at least use google
All 3 locations are in Kansas.
Everyone’s crying because you didnt pick a MO BBQ joint. Might consider switching from Joe’s to Jack Stack.
It is really hard to tell from Virginia.
The senator that is supposed to be representing Missouri ordering from a Kansas restaurant from his home in Virginia is what is laughable.
Have you ever stepped foot in Missouri?
How sad is that? Why not just pick a VA BBQ joint Josh? You’re much more familiar with where those are located than anything on the MO side of the state line. [….]
Do they have a location in Virginia now?
If the Chiefs lose will you incite a riot at NFL HQ in New York and then run away in fear when it gets out of hand?
You represent Missouri why would you bet Kansas barbecue?
That’s not in Missouri.
With a side of insurrection?
That one left a mark on the Constitution.
It’s tough when you don’t live in your state.
It’s Joe’s KC and that’s from Kansas, you fucking dolt.
Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
Ummmm. Just a heads up Josh. There are many many great KC BBQ joints in MISSOURI. Kinda awkward that you bet KANSAS BBQ. You need to get to Missouri more. I’d be happy to show you around. [….] 12:56 PM · Jan 29, 2023
Claire McCaskill (D) [2018 file photo].
Good lord. At least pick a bbq restaurant in MISSOURI—you know, the state you represent. But then again you don’t live here, so……….. #fail
Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
The question is….who gave this story to Politico. It’s embarrassing for Schmitt. Why didn’t someone explain this to him? Which Senator or his staff leaked this? I will hazard a guess. And it rhymes with folly.
Who cares? It’s New Zealand. Focus on Missouri and the US, damn
It’s all he’s got. That and naming Post Offices.
Caring for the people of New Zealand through 2 terms as PM during the last 6 years is quite an accomplishment. She’s an accomplished leader
Everyone hates you
No one will remember you.
Imagine being human enough to step down from such a huge position of power because you know when to step down? Ask your colleagues that question. What a terrible comment.
As much as Hawley is an embarrassment you are much worse.
Good lord – now he thinks he has an international platform. #NewZealand had 2400 deaths with 90% of their population vaccinated. You, on the other hand, sued school districts who were keeping kids safe. #StopThisSchmitt
Eric Schmitt @Eric_Schmitt
▪️Stop reckless spending.
▪️Fight government overreach.
▪️Secure our border.
▪️Protect individual liberty
▪️Take on Big Gov/Big Tech censorship
▪️Dismantle the Administrative State
You had no problem with the 2 trillion tax cuts for the rich.
I agree. Govt overreach into my uterus is unacceptable.
Get right on that, liar.
And reckless trillion dollar tax cuts for the wealthy with no offset who pay only about 4% income tax already? Sheesh. Tell the whole truth. Don’t learn from your Trump and Santos.
It’s good to know you will protect women to make their own healthcare decisions and protect same sex marriages.
Aren’t you part of the administrative state that you say should be dismantled? In this new order of yours does it include allowing women civil liberties? Does it include the Lgbtq+ community? Does reckless spending mean cut any spending that helps the elderly and working class?
You’ve been elected. You can stop the campaign rhetoric and actually do something to fix what you perceive as a problem. What legislation have you prepared to do this. My guess NONE
Govt overreach: banning books, banning abortion, banning transsexuals from everyday life.
All GOP goals.
25% of our Country’s historical national debt is from the four years Trump was president. 25%!!!
LOL, you’re in the minority. Stuck with Huckster Hawley. What a shame.
He gets to name some Post Offices, maybe.
Says the man who wants to remove a woman’s choice.. and black history..”And in this country, we believe in individual rights, and we believe that people can speak their minds without the government or the regime censoring them or telling them what they can say and can’t say”
The whole reckless spending thing, kind of your party’s fault.
That’s a pretty big list of promises for someone who couldn’t win many cases as my MO AG!
That job is just a step on the ladder for ladder climbers.
Well it sounds like he is going to flap his gums and file useless lawsuits just like he did as AG.
And maybe name some Post Offices. Maybe.
Take on big government did y’all just take away the individual rights of 50% of US Citizens? Missouri did worse then that. Do you are a liar
Just cheap slogans that mask the extremist GOP agenda to wreck our economy and gut social services.
What a Statesman. And you’re the smart guy in Missouri?
pretty fucking rich considering you signed away women’s bodily rights. why don’t you shut the fuck up about “fighting government overreach” and “protecting individual liberty” and stop tweeting during the time i am paying your ass to work.
Do tell us all about your time as Missouri Attorney General, Eric (r).
Eric Schmitt (r) [2022 file photo].
Eric Schmitt @Eric_Schmitt
The COVID tyrants and The Experts™️ were wrong about every significant decision for 2 years yet none of them will ever apologize or will ever admit their catastrophic mistakes.
Republicans died at higher rates of Covid because of liars like you
Can you explain how this will help us in the future?
That’s just ridiculous. Public health officials acted appropriately according to the best available information. Even if that later came to be seen as improper, that’s just the way it goes. Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know.
Eric Schmitt (r) slept through all of his science classes.
Eric Schitt is vaccinated.
Why do I know this?
Because he couldn’t become a multimillionaire sitting in the senate if he got sick, had long Covid, or worse, all the while instilling fear and propaganda to further his goal and scare up votes for him.
Why are you crying about Covid precautions when your party is about to crash the economy by not paying our national debts?
Were they wrong? Your red wave didn’t come to fruition because y’all killed half of your base with lies. [….]
Actually, buddy, COVID deniers were wrong. Precautions saved lives. But you know that, don’t you. Just trying to play to the base.
Liar, liar, pants on fire. The Covid disinformation spread by people like you is responsible for more than 1 million US deaths.
1.3million dead Americans say what???
You got the vaccine. Are you going to publicly say that was wrong?
Shhh. His base can’t know this.
We don’t apologize to deplorables.
Your followers deserve better.
What is @EricLies lying about now?? Oh! The #TrumpCovid years and that whole bleach thing. #Missouri deserves better
Cannot not? What’s with the double negatives?
Ah, the power of the double negative.
Also, Eric (r) apparently slept through his English classes.
Speaking of tyrants…former MO AG Schmitt sued MO school districts over mask mandates, asked parents to send videos of schools who violated his mandate destroyed morale-turned parents against teachers instead of supporting districts during Covid.
You sound like someone who doesn’t believe millions of people didn’t die worldwide.
Including relatives of mine.
Please stop dishonoring their lives and their families and friends and loved ones.
I can’t even imagine how many people would have died had we done nothing. But continue going off. Over 1 million Americans dead. You guys don’t care.
Says the guy who sued school districts for trying to keep kids safe. You’re ok with children dying. The rest of us are not. But keep telling us what a good Christian you are. You make Hawley look good. And that’s not easy
Bullshit you lie.
There’s a reason there’s disinformation, it’s the fools like you.
You were vaccinated, I assume your children were as well. Enough with the lies from you and the rest of the GOP.
You’re such a tool
Don’t you ever get tired of being the Covid blow hard in charge? Big words with no facts = lies. That’s you, E.
Kindly fuck every conceivable manner & way off, you complete #Schmitthead.
You are the walking embodiment of a fool who thinks he’s smart.
POS Eric doesn’t understand how science works.
My god you mental midget. This is what Missourians get for electing this Josh Hawley devotee.
The “catastrophic mistake” was electing you to the senate. You are a nut job hillbilly.
You’re an idiot!
Still following the same BS. How many Missourians died because of your stupid politics.
You’re a complete nut. Congratulations on selling out.
* From Missouri DHSS “Statewide COVID-19 Deaths, by Week” – data through January 16, 2023.