A deeper dive into the crazy yet surprising week in Washington. From republicans shocking many with the blocking of the aid for troops exposed to burn pits, to Manchin surprising the democrats with a deal on smaller version of Bidens Economic Agenda targeting health, climate, and taxes.
© Jordan Young 2022
Inside the crazy yet surprising week in Washington 07/24-07/31
The Young Voice Podcast
Hello, and welcome to Episode 1 of the Young Voice Podcast.
My inspiration for the Young Voice Podcast comes from a favorite political podcast.
It's no live by Brian Tyler Cohen.
Brian's podcast, which I started listening to a little over a year ago, covers the most
important and breaking political stories of the current week, and really has a way
of making you feel like you're right in the heart of the action, if you're in into
politics like that.
But even if you are, you should still head over and check his show out.
It doesn't have that typical loss of interest persona, like the vast majority of political
podcast, at least the ones I've tried to engage in.
That being said, that's exactly the plan for the young voice is to cover the most
interesting and popular political stories of the current week.
I'll also be speaking about the actions and nonactions of sitting members in the House
And that's on both sides of the aisle.
Not going to be biased towards Republicans, not going to be biased towards Democrats, like
one more than the other.
I'm going to be biased towards both, and I'm going to speak against both, but it's
going to be things that need to be said, and they're going to be facts.
So let you jump right into the premiere episode here of the Young Voice Podcast.
It is hosted by a progressive commentator Jordan Tyler Young, and be on the lookout.
I will be dropping a new episode every Sunday through episode and season one.
Now my main goal of this show is to bring the most talked about and important government
issues to light in a way in a sense as to how the world actually works.
So you can think yourself and really come to your own conclusions instead of having certain
pieces of news that these millionaires and billionaires pay these hosts millions of dollars
to go on TV and try to push certain biased narratives to their viewers, which is really
And that's why journalism is treated the way it is today, and why it's probably one of
the harder jobs in America today because everybody's made to not trust journalism, and
that has always been one of the best things about America is free and open press, and Donald
Trump really took a toll on that.
Now for my premiere episode, choosing to cover two important topics, at least I think so,
and they're popular to the voters to breaking political stories here.
These are from the previous week, since how it is Sunday, we're starting a new week
Yeah, I know I'm one of those weirdos, so I've been told that it start my weeks on Sunday
First off, I want to speak on the absolutely horrific stunt that the Republicans pulled on
the Senate floor, basically when it boils down to an over abortion rights and not getting
Senator Pat Tumie and his Republican colleagues, back at their old antics, blocked the passing
of a bill, the honoring our promise to address comprehensive toxic act.
It aims to expand healthcare access to veterans exposed to burn pits.
The bill was approved in the Senate, that's the crazy part of the bill was approved in the
Senate in June by a major vote of 84 to 14.
It went back to the Senate again for procedural vote last week, you know what that means,
you know how the Senate and all that works, it's ridiculous.
One was expected to pass with its previous broad bipartisan ship support, however, which
to me wasn't shocking, but in a sense it is shocking just because of the count of the
vote just last June Republicans blocked the legislation.
Tumie said he wanted to amend the bill to make technical changes in terms of the accounting
of VA funds, that vote drew criticism from Democrats and veteran groups as it should.
A lot of them veterans are conservatives and Republicans and their families are conservatives
and Republicans and I mean, look how hard they had to fight, you know, the 911 responders
had to fight Congress to get, you know, the healthcare that they needed, I mean, when and honestly
this is a Democrat, Democratic and Republican issue right here, they pretty much will throw
money and come up with money out of the air for war and to go towards war, but they don't
want to be held accountable and continue on with their duties of taking care of these veterans
when they come back home because sometimes they come back really messed up and that's just
just not right.
Now that vote also drew criticism from comedian John Stewart, I'm sure you guys seen his
fiery speech going off on them and how he took Ted Cruz down, which isn't a hard task
honestly and I don't know if you guys got to see it or not, but as I was speaking on the
911 healthcare topic, he gave a fiery speech on that too as well to Congress, really cool
guy, honestly he just cares about the American people he cares about, you know, what's
right and he sees every day just as we do, the people that we're voting and putting in into
these offices are to serve us, they're to serve the people, I mean they're 174,000 dollars
a year salary comes from tax paying dollars and they're not doing that.
Now of course, Kumi went on to CNN's State of the Union here, he told Jack Taper that
he's working to amend the bill in a way that would and no way change by one penny any
spending on any veterans programs.
He continued on by stating what I'm trying to do is change government accounting methodology
that is designed to allow our democratic colleagues to go on an unrelated $400 billion
spending spree that has nothing to do with veterans and won't be in the veteran space.
Okay, did he not catch that back in June when it was voted very heavily for 84 to 14?
And also, where was his concern on reckless spending when he voted yes on the trillions
of dollars for tax breaks for the richest 1% in America?
He promised that that would pay for itself, it hasn't.
What it led to is start by by backs and a record number of stock by backs and what it did
is it made the stock market look, you know, it was doing really well and that's what he
bragged on the whole four years that he was in office.
The stock market, the stock market, the stock market, but I'm sure a very good percentage
of people listening to this podcast right now as well as myself about 90% to be exact.
Don't have nothing to do with the stock market, they don't have no money in the stock market,
especially today when the housing crisis is like it is, houses being sold for three
four times, but they were just a year ago.
People have no work one, two, three jobs just to make ends meet.
I read something earlier that said the average salary for a teacher yearly in America,
the average is $63,000 and the average cost of living in America right now is $68,000.
There's an issue when these senators and house members, they're making all this money,
taxpayer money and they can't even do things for the American people who put them in
They all they worry about is keeping their donors happy.
That's why all these school shootings and stuff, I mean, it's simple stuff that Congress
could do and they're not doing it because the NRA has deep pockets and they're making
some of those senators have deep pockets and that's where the term blood money comes
from as I'm sure you guys are aware of.
Now, my change, honest people at knowledge, he said, it will have no effect on them out
of money or the circumstances under which the money for veterans is being spent.
What I want to do is treat it for government accounting purposes.
That way, the way we've always treated it for government accounting purposes honestly,
just repeating itself, you know how Republicans do, just trying to talk the way out of
recklessly voting against a bill that could really help veterans out.
I mean, so what if a few extra dollars have spent recklessly, like that's every single
bill that goes through Congress, why, you know, this one is for the veterans, it's going
to help veterans at the end of the day regardless.
He added that if his amendment passes and that's if his amendment passes, that he will
vote for the bill, so, you know, we'll have to wait and see till it comes back to Congress
to be have a vote to, but, you know, a burn pits, they have been used by the US military
to dispose waste at material, at military, sites outside the United States.
And however, the smoke from those disposal sites has been seen to cause long term respiratory
illness to the exposed soldiers.
And speaking on ABC's this week, comedian John Stewart again, he expressed cynicism about
the Republicans response saying, it was purely a power move, and he's 100% correct.
We've been through this with the 911 responders, as I was mentioning, what Tunis amendment
wants to do is make sure there are sick and dying veterans have the pleasure that are
911 first responders at Ground Zero had of having to come back to Washington, head in
hand, riddled with cancer, and marched through the halls of the hill, begging for money
And he's exactly right, that is exactly what they want.
And just another dirty move out of the Republicans play, which they bring out any time
they don't get their way, honestly, or if they disagree on something.
You know, it's just like, he's a Democrat, but sometimes he should be a Republican and
wise for a party who stands so strongly on the, you know, we're for the troop stance.
They made it look pretty damn easy to tell sick veterans, you know, up yours, buddy, let
my amendment get passed, and then we'll help you out.
That's just insane.
And the bill will get passed when we say it will get passed.
It's pretty much how they're acting, and that's, you know, how they always are.
So we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
You guys can take that any way you want to make whatever conclusion you're like, you
know, that's honestly what this podcast is intended for, but me personally, I honestly
think that it was just flat out being petty and unnecessary.
And like I said, the Democrats do that too.
So it's just, it's politics.
That's why a lot of people don't care for it.
So now I'm going to get into the second piece of interesting news coming out of Washington
this past week.
House Democrats, speaking of Joe Manchin, they met Joe Manchin the surprise deal with
a bigger twist, which was unity behind it.
You know, a lot of the Democrats were, are tired of Joe Manchin and him and folks like
him and Christian, cinema, you know, pretty much just blocking everything, you know, all
of Biden's agenda and, you know, like, they like to think that it's what costs us the
primaries this last fall, which I mean, it probably had a big thing to do with it.
The really kumbaya moment in the making is a welcome reversal for the, the downtrodden
Democratic caucus that until four days ago was preparing for a summer recess with a fairly
meterslay of accomplishments to tell.
They encountered let down after let down on abortion, climate and high profile changes, guns
and policing baggage.
Then Manchin's unexpected agreement on a party line, climate, climate, tax and health care
bill, single handedly sparked a dramatic realignment of the caucus attitude, simply because
a win is a win and it's better than stalling, it's better than nothing and the majority
of Democrats think, you know, that's a win, period, with representative Jamal Bowman,
the Democrat out in New York who recently has been a frequent Manchin critic who this
time called the West Virginia Senator's doing a pleasant surprise and added its good
to go into recess with a lot of momentum that people can go back to their ditch districts
and run on, which is absolutely true, absolutely true.
I mean, what's it say about Democrats when, you know, we had the house, we had the Senate
and we still can get stuff done because of our own party going against each other.
I mean, it's crazy, at least the Republicans block stuff that makes Democrats look good,
which still is not right, but you guys get my drift.
Although Manchin isn't exactly the savior they anticipated, many House Democrats across
the spectrum have launched public grenades at him for nearly a year now as he blocks
some of the party's biggest priorities, as I was just speaking on, from voting rats to
expanding abortion access to multiple earlier versions of their sweeping domestic policy
So, I'm preemptively blamed him for losing the majority this fall, as I was saying.
I mean, it's clear, but after months of feeling like Charlie Brown hoping Manchin's
Lucy won't yank the football away, speak of Pelosi in her caucus or now eager to take
whatever Manchin and the rest of the Senate Democrats can get through their 50 to 50
40, that's where they can pass it with just Democrats support.
They don't need the Republican support.
And if Democrats manage to pass the bill, it will give them a chance to Trump action on
several long running campaign promises on the taxes, a climate and drug pricing in the
months before a potentially brutal November election, and also, I do want to say, the
row versus weight thing that's not they just pulled over the veteran's health care.
Those are going to be a brutal surprise for Republicans in November.
I feel like anyway.
There's a lot of suburban moms, especially down in places like Texas.
They're putting out ads against these conservative governors who just think that they can
control women's bodies, but then in the same Senate turn around and say that the Democrats
want to control by making stronger gun laws, things that are going to help America.
It's just insane.
It's a step forward.
It would be a significant victory, and it's certainly the President's agenda, and
that and many of the Democratic caucus as well, even House Democrats who had previously
threatened to draw a hard line unless the package included relief for state and local taxes,
known as Saul are quickly signaling that they will fall in line before they said that
they, I ain't agreeing on nothing unless this and this, but like I said, a win as a win,
especially before November, these elections coming up, they needed to see the Saul,
which is in reference to coming together and accepting a win in any stance, in any bill
that reopened the 2017 tax bill, they really needed to see Saul in.
That had other tax impacts on our middle class constituents, middle class, the people
who run America pretty much, not run, should I say that's about, that's about word,
but the middle class man, it's just, it's hard on the middle class right now, put it
I'm no it's harder on people, you know, the homeless and people without jobs.
It's just two different situations and two different types of things.
I guess you just have to have your sensitivity to each one and honestly be educated enough
to be able to tell the difference, but this doesn't do that.
This is a bill on a completely different set of issues.
Representative Tom Malinowski, Democratic from New Jersey, said none of us said we were
not going to vote for any bill coming out of the Senate unless it deals with Saul.
Now the boost to the House of Democrats, collective self esteem comes at a sorely needed
time, as I was saying, sharp disagreements within the caucus had just forced Pelosi to
put up policing package that included Democrats, Mark K. Bill to ban a systemic semi automatic
weapons, even by partisan legislation to address burn pit victims is mired in a procedural
snuff who over in the Senate, like for no reason, for no reason, for no good reason.
Unlike previous episodes of the extended mansion drama, very few Democrats are digging in
against their own this time around.
Like I was saying, they're taking the win as a win.
Yes, some of their stuff didn't get in, but guess what?
It makes the Democratic agenda look good.
It helps the Democratic agenda.
It helps America move on.
Work to get yours in next time.
And party leaders, their urgent members, to embrace the deal, despite it being a downsize
the version of what their party wants to dream to.
The moment we have a chance to do reconciliation, we have to take Pelosi to the members
and a closed door meeting Thursday morning, according to two people in the room, we are
very pleased with that, afterwards Pelosi predicted to reporters that she would have the votes
to pass the party line deal on her side of the Capitol, which she usually does.
I can give her that credit.
She has the House Democrats pretty much in line.
Even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has probably made overtures to House members.
The New York Democrat received a mostly rosy reception when he joined a call with progressive
as on Thursday, where he outlined the deal and thanked them for helping force the House
to vote on the initial package.
Because like I said, the progressives, they want more for the American people and they
weren't going to take a battered down version of what needs to be done for America, but
they did it for the party and they did it for November, and that's what really matters.
The burst of good news from the Senate may have unexpectedly helped another top Biden
item this week, a bill to boost semiconductor manufacturing.
Few Democrats would publicly acknowledge that mansions deal helped them sway liberal votes
for a microchip to bill.
The left had initially scorned as a corporate giveaway.
Elation over the surprise mansion, Schumer agreement, wasn't the only factor given the White
House's back door outreach to progressives in recent days.
But in the end, zero Democrats opposed a time that several aids privately speculated was
in part due to the ability to stick.
Stick it to a ranked Mitch McConnell after the Senate Minority Leader vowed to sink the
manufacturing bill of Democrats pursued their health care energy and tax bill.
That is a tortoise, that is why he is called the Gram Reaper.
That is why he needs to get his ass out of Congress.
Kentucky, if you guys vote for him again, I mean, there's just no hope.
I feel like, at this point, there isn't.
I mean, have you seen how Tucky ranks in education, how they rank in health care?
And yet, they keep voting for this idiot, it's crazy, but mansion announced his deal
with Schumer hours after the semiconductor bill passed the Senate, which, you know, I'll
give it to mention, that was a swift move right there, and boy did it, Piss McConnell
off, and, you know, nothing's better than pissing him off.
It's been more than eight months since the House passed the version of Biden sweeping
domestic policy vision, that one trillion plus bill, which grew comparisons to Great Depression
era social programs, no longer exists, instead, as the nation's inflation anxiety mounts,
mansion is handing House Democrats a bill that's been reengineered to reduce the deficit while
also reflecting their earlier goals of tax reform and climate.
So that's good, that's good.
I mean, at the end of the day, Joe mentioned, he's a coal man.
The coal is where the money is for him, he's a West Virginia, you know, it's all about
So, let's hope that dams, let's hope they can keep working together here to move
forward, even if it ain't 100% agreement.
Like I said, getting bills voted on and passed into law, to better America in any way,
is better than stonewalling and going against each other and letting the, and why they're
doing this, all they're doing is letting the GOP, MTG, Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Lauren Bovert,
it's letting all of them, all they're doing is come up with conspiracy after conspiracy.
I mean, we all know they don't have any legislation to put forward, any they never do.
All they have is the goalable and ignorance of their cult like supporters and the act
of trying to spread this information and fear among American people.
Instead of peace and legislation that helps all Americans in a time when it's needed
most and not just the wealthy and the super rich.
And that's how Republicans are.
They don't have no kind of platform to run on.
They don't have no kind of legislation to run on.
So they run on fear, immigrants are coming into the country at massive rates, critical
They're going to make your little kid feel bad because he's white and they're teaching
them about slavery.
That's history and it needs to be taught, just like, you know, things like the holocaust,
things like that.
They need to be taught.
If you feel bad for that, then I mean, that just tells you what where America was at
in one point in time.
But either way, don't know about it one day and the more books you ban, the more you tell
a kid not to, a promise you use, the more they're going to do it.
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Insightful and timely. Heartfelt words of personal and intuitive wisdom. Matt speaks directly from his heart about life wisdom’s coming from experience and deep thought. I love it. Victoria Mcknight·6 likes·