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Carpal Tunnel
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But, I have faith in Merrick Garland.

I have faith that he will perform as the centrist democrat he is. He will do Biden's bidding to the best of his abilities without making many waves.

Really the only faith I have in "our government" is in the bureaucracy which is often denigrated for its waste and inefficiency. It's the only genuinely non-partisan portion of the government.

My check always arrives on time and my traditional Medicare always pays my medical bills without question or complication.

Bannon may do some jail time, but likely not much.

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Interesting fact: Merrick Garland oversaw the prosecutions of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, as well as Ted Kaczynski. So he may be one of the most qualified AGs ever to deal with domestic terrorists. A careful, meticulous prosecution might land trials and convictions right before the midterm elections.

We're flying electric helicopters on Mars yet you can't turn on your clothes dryer in Texas. That's because scientists are in charge of Mars, and Republicans are in charge of Texas.
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Carpal Tunnel
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Having worked "in government" for 30 years, and having had government benefits for even longer, now, I have a good deal of faith in the bulk of people that work for it. The vast majority, in my experience, go into government with a "service" orientation, and it shows.

Now, there is a segment of those folks who look at it "as a job" and work only for the benefits, and there are certainly leaders (especially the political ones) who bring vastly "unusual" agendas to the workplace, but even the majority of them do it for (sometimes very misguided) principled reasons. Then there are the James Watts, Louis DeJoys and Betsy DeVoses who are just out to destroy a functioning government. They're beyond incompetent, they are truly evil.

I don't think any rational person doubts Biden sincerely wants to "do good". I don't think anyone doubts that Merrick Garland wants principle to control the operations at the Department of Justice. Whether they can overcome the cynical, manipulative, destructive, deceptive political environment is the question of the age. It may be our last chance.

A well reasoned argument is like a diamond: impervious to corruption and crystal clear - and infinitely rarer.

Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game -- an economy that won't respond, a democracy that won't listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards. - Robert Reich
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