Closing out the week…

on the court

The reaction to the filling of this court seat has brought threats like “packing the court” that we addressed yesterday. Well here’s another one:
Democrats plan to introduce a bill next week that would abolish life tenure for Supreme Court justices.
The bill would give each president the right to pick two justices per 4-year term and limit those choices to 18 years on the high court.

I guess if you don’t win, after 50 years of control, just change the rules is their motto.

Did you see a number of Democrat senators have said they will not meet with the candidate, no matter who she is? Oh that’s a solution. Is that Senatorial or kid stuff?

One was stolen valor himself, Senator Blumenthal, who said, “I refuse to legitimize this broken, weaponized process by meeting with any nominee put forward before the inauguration.”  

Well senator, there is no law being broken here. This person is going on the court. How about you doing your duty? Speaking of duty, the constant moralizing coming from you is sickening. You, who ran for office telling people you served in Vietnam, when you never left the shores of the U.S.

stimulus possibility?

As it’s become clear that the economy (and people) can use a new stimulus injection and the blame is beginning to fall on the house leader, we get movement.
The House Democrats are readying a new, scaled-down package of coronavirus aid. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is aiming for a price tag of around $2.4 trillion, which is still larger than what Republicans said they will support, but begins to narrow the gap. Will they get there? Let’s hope so.

trump stories to close out the week

Two months after she claimed in a tell-all book that her family cheated her out of her inheritance, Mary Trump is suing the family for millions in a civil suit in Manhattan. I guess her book didn’t produce the money she wanted!
The NYT headline was: Mary Trump sues President and family.

Another NYT story had this sub headline:
“Close races in Georgia, Iowa and Texas show President Trump’s vulnerability and suggest that Joseph Biden has assembled a formidable coalition, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll.”
Now I ask you, do you think they are flocking to Biden or voting against Trump?

a thought on ENTHUSIASM and ballots

When you look at enthusiasm for the candidates in this race you see one side has an overwhelming advantage.
I think that’s why the Democrats are pushing hard for mailing out ballots. Get ballots in people’s hands and then work to get them in.
If this were a show up at the polling place to vote I think Trump would likely prevail. The mail ballots change that to a Biden advantage.
I think that’s why there is the mailing push.

Speaking of mail in ballots, how concerning (and discouraging to Democrats) was that find of nine ballots discarded in Pa.? When they found them in the garbage they opened seven, and all were for Trump.

Texas investigated a fraudulent mail in ballot scheme this week and found a county official harvested ballots and votes were illegal.

Just remember the media told you nothing to worry about or see here with mail in ballots.

Here’s a california Guarantee for 2035

I see where Governor Newsom in California announced he will ban all new gas cars beginning in 2035. Every car sold in the state from Jan. 1, 2035 must be a non gasoline one. You can keep the gas car you have until it breaks down, but not buy a new one.
The goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

I don’t know if he will be able to reach that goal but I do know this. California has the highest state gas tax at 61 cents per gallon. (Add the federal tax and you get just about .80 cents per gallon.) Anyway, as they go electric, the state will say they are losing revenue from the gas tax and raise other taxes.
It’s inevitable that as they plan for electric cars they will not plan for the reduced revenue and thus end up with a deficit, necessitating a tax rise.

on the virus

Rather than take pride on how our government and private sector companies came together to produce possible virus vaccines in record time, we are disparaging it. The actions of those doing so are a disgrace. They are doing it to create the impression that the President is doing this, as if he is brewing up the solution in the White House basement. We should hope the Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and others are successful as soon as possible.
For people who claim to care about the lives impacted, they sure are destroying confidence in the only solution there is.
The latest was the Governor of New York who won’t answer questions about nursing homes or provide data. But he can criticize those working to bring the solution. Here’s what he said yesterday:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would not automatically accept the federal government’s recommendations on vaccines. “Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion.”

Okay Governor, let me paraphrase you, how many have to die before you do?

the census

Like everything else in the Trump era the fight over the census (remember the citizen questions court fights) goes on and on. The census was to end next week. Now a California judge ruled a federal judge has ordered it to continue for another month through the end of October, saying a shortened schedule likely would produce inaccurate results.
Really, people didn’t have three minutes to answer the questions the past six months?

health care

Health care has emerged as an issue over the past few weeks as it will be an issue before the court in November. Remember John Roberts in a 5-4 vote called Obama Care a tax and thus legal because people had to buy the insurance.

When the buy mandate was dropped states went to court and said now Obama Care is illegal.

Now the Republicans, despite promises, have not come up with a plan to replace it. I will repeat here what we have said for years. You simply cannot provide free coverage to 30-40 million people, cover pre existing conditions for those who didn’t buy and reduce costs for those that pay. It cannot be done.
So yesterday President Trump signed an executive order that says it is the “policy of the United States” that health insurers cannot deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions, even if the Supreme Court strikes down the same protections in Obamacare.
That takes away one line of attack that said he wants to do away with coverage for pre existing conditions. It was the right thing to do.
Now if his favored nation treaty clause actually works we may see some drug price drops.
Add this, he announced a $200 drug discount card would be sent to 33 million seniors.

have a great weekend.

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