Skip to main content

Why are the billionaires always laughing?

Because they know the corporate media will never call bullshit on their bullshit.

Why are the billionaires laughing?

It’s easy to laugh when the corporate press treats you as a glorious success instead of the epitome of a broken social order. Billionaires laugh because they know the corporate media prefers to fawn over them rather than hold them to account.

Today, we ask you to support our nonprofit, independent journalism because we are not impressed by billionaires flying into space, their corporations despoiling our health and planet, or their vast fortunes safely concealed in tax havens across the globe. We are not laughing.

We are hard at work producing journalism for the common good. With our Fall Campaign underway, please support this mission today. We cannot do it without you.

Support Our Work -- Join the small group of generous readers who donate, keeping Common Dreams free for millions of people each year. Every donation—large or small—helps us bring you the news that matters.

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) walks in a hallway at the U.S. Capitol January 8, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) walks in a hallway at the U.S. Capitol January 8, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

With Pence Refusing to Act, Progressives Say Impeachment Must 'Not Wait One More Minute' as Dems Eye Wednesday Vote

"Donald Trump incited a deadly insurrection and we know his supporters are already planning more attacks. Every moment he spends in office he puts our nation at greater danger."

Jake Johnson

Progressives late Sunday voiced growing frustration with what they perceive as dangerous foot-dragging by the Democratic leadership after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi laid out a plan of action for the coming week that will likely push off an impeachment vote until Wednesday, a full week after a violent mob incited by President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol.

In a "Dear Colleague" letter on Sunday, Pelosi said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will request unanimous consent Monday morning to pass a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office. If the unanimous consent request is blocked, the full House will vote on the 25th Amendment measure on Tuesday, according to Pelosi.

"House Democrats should move articles of impeachment to the floor on Monday and not wait one more minute. Vice President Pence had his moment to act and he refused."
—Rahna Epting, MoveOn

"We are calling on the vice president to respond within 24 hours," Pelosi said.

If Pence doesn't take action—and he has given no indication that he will as Cabinet secretaries begin jumping ship—only then will the House move forward with articles of impeachment against the president for his role in encouraging the mob that stormed the Capitol in a failed attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

While impeachment articles are expected to be formally introduced on Monday, they likely won't receive a vote until Wednesday, a week before Inauguration Day.

Rahna Epting, executive director of advocacy group MoveOn, said in a statement late Sunday that Pelosi's timeline for a vote on impeachment does not reflect the urgency of ousting a president who, in his final days in power, poses a major threat to the United States and the rest of the world.

"Donald Trump incited a deadly insurrection and we know his supporters are already planning more attacks. Every moment he spends in office he puts our nation at greater danger," said Epting. "House Democrats should move articles of impeachment to the floor on Monday and not wait one more minute. Vice President Pence had his moment to act and he refused. Congress must now do its Constitutional duty without any further delay."

Murshed Zaheed of progressive media firm Megaphone Strategies said Sunday that it "makes no sense to give Pence 24 hours to waste when he has made it clear he has no desire to remove an insurrectionist traitor out of the White House."

"Pelosi just keeps fiddling while democracy burns," Zaheed added.

If the House votes to impeach Trump for the second time, it is far from clear when a trial would begin in the Senate, which is still controlled by Republicans ahead of the swearing-in of Democratic Sens.-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia. A two-thirds majority is required to convict.

As the New York Times reported, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Sunday "argued in favor of delaying the start of any Senate trial for several months to allow [Biden] to take office without the cloud of an all-consuming impeachment drama."

"We have someone who is working on overthrowing a government, our Capitol was under siege. I don't know what could be more important than us standing up for our democracy and our Republic."
—Rep. Ilhan Omar

"Let's give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running," Clyburn said in an appearance on CNN.

Clyburn's comments "provoked widespread frustration among Democrats," the Washington Post reported, citing unnamed aides and lawmakers. "They worried that Clyburn's remarks would undermine the party's case for Trump's quick removal: that he is an immediate danger to the nation."

Some Democrats, according to the Post, are privately raising concerns about the impeachment push and are "looking to Biden to take a firm public stance and slam the brakes." The Intercept reported late last week that Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), a senior adviser to Biden, "has told people close to him that he supports impeaching President Donald Trump."

In an appearance on MSNBC Sunday morning, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)—the lead sponsor of two articles of impeachment against Trump—addressed her colleagues who are "thinking about whether this is practical" and questioning whether Congress "has any time left" to impeach and remove the president.

"The reality is that the practicality or the realisticness of this process should not stop us from moving forward," said Omar. "This is what we have to do in order to protect our democracy, our Republic, and send a clear message that actions have consequences."

"We have someone who is working on overthrowing a government, our Capitol was under siege," the Minnesota Democrat continued. "I don't know what could be more important than us standing up for our democracy and our Republic."


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

'When We Organize, We Win': Ocasio-Cortez Joins India Walton at Rally in Buffalo

The two progressives joined striking hospital workers on the picket line at Mercy Hospital after the early voting rally.

Julia Conley ·


Fatal Film Set Shooting Followed Outcry by Union Crew Members Over Safety Protocols

"When union members walk off a set about safety concerns, maybe 'hiring scabs' isn’t the solution you think it is."

Julia Conley ·


New Whistleblower Sparks Calls to 'Crack Down on Facebook and All Big Tech Companies'

Hours after another ex-employee filed a formal complaint, reporting broke on internal documents that show the tech giant's failure to address concerns about content related to the 2020 U.S. election.

Jessica Corbett ·


'Catastrophic and Irreparable Harm' to Wolves Averted as Wisconsin Judge Cancels Hunt

"We are heartened by this rare instance of reason and democracy prevailing in state wolf policy," said one conservation expert.

Brett Wilkins ·


West Virginia Constituents Decry 'Immorality' of Joe Manchin

"West Virginia has been locked into an economy that forces workers into low-wage jobs with no hope for advancement, and after decades of this our hope is dwindling," said one West Virginian. "The cuts that Sen. Manchin has negotiated into the agenda hurt our state."

Julia Conley ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.


Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo