sunday open chat: it's a good day
Ken Paxton impeached and a debt deal reached
news isn’t supposed to break on the Saturday of a long holiday weekend, but here I am at the laptop this Sunday morning.
imagine being a Texas Republican and being so fucking corrupt that all the other Texas Republicans think you’re too toxic to remain in office.
you don’t have to imagine it: meet (suspended) Texas attorney general Ken Paxton.
corruption, bribery, influence peddling, mishandling of funds — you’d have to work overtime to find a power that Ken Paxton hasn’t abused.
and so yesterday, the Texas House voted 121 to 23 to impeach the fuck out of Paxton.
Paxton immediately turned to page one of the MAGA playbook and called the impeachment “illegal.”
keep crying, Ken.
Paxton is currently suspended from office. the matter now heads to the Texas Senate, where a two-thirds majority vote is needed to permanently remove him.
when news came out last night that Joe Biden and Kevin McCarthy had reached deal over the debt ceiling, my immediate reaction was “oh shit, this can’t possibly be good.”
a deal is not the outcome I wanted. I really wanted to Joe Biden end this charade for once and for all by invoking the 14th Amendment.
my worst fear — that Joe Biden would give away the store in order to avoid default — doesn’t seem to have materialized. in fact, Joe seems to have actually gotten the better end of the deal.
here’s what we know so far:
debt ceiling raised for two years
no budget caps after 2025
work requirements: no changes to Medicaid
phases in and then sunsets (in 2030) SNAP time limits to people up to age 54
WH pushed to reduce number of people subject to time limits
the Freedom Maniacs are throwing a twenty-megaton tantrum right now.
which has to be a good thing, right?
but none of that is why it’s a good day. it’s a good day because it’s middle of a long holiday weekend and the sun is shining and as soon as I send this out, I’m going to close the laptop and do some serious relaxing.
here’s some music for a good day.
what are you all up to?
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