Bad governors, borders, money for nothing and a four year first. All this in weekend quick takes.
NY Gov. Cuomo On The Way Out?
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing an impeachment investigation and more than half of the Democratic New York state legislators have called on him to resign. Cuomo first began taking criticism from other New York Democrats when it was discovered he had falsified covid mortality figures but criticism has reached critical mass as several women have made charges of sexual harassment over the last few weeks.
When more than half of your own party think you need to go, it is hard to see how you survive.
CT Gov. Ned Lamont Spins Health Data
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has said that he will not remove any mask mandate and that his state will go very slowly as the rollout of vaccines give hope for relief from the pandemic. In explaining his stance, Lamont said “We are not Florida.”
And THAT is what happens when you are more concerned with politics and ‘feelings’ than actual data. Statistically, Florida has fared far better, health wise, in the pandemic than has the state that Lamont leads. Connecticut’s death rate is 2.7% and Florida’s is 1.6%. Connecticut’s death rate per million population is 45.4% higher than Florida’s, meaning that you are far more likely to die of covid if you are in Connecticut than you are in Florida. But that political message wouldn’t be the right ‘spin’ for Lamont and the media dutifully reports his comments without hesitation.
Unlike Lamont whose concern is spinning his message for the next election, Connecticut citizens could only hope they were Florida
Stimulus For The Economy
The third ‘stimulus’ and pandemic relief bill became law earlier this week. Among the provisions is more ‘free’ money to people who have not been affected at all by the pandemic. Rather than targeting the relief to those who need it and who have been hurt by the pandemic, the bill includes wide ranging money for a large variety of things, with estimates that more than half of the money will not even be spent this year.
Even the ‘stimulus’ money, designed to help the economy is wasted, and more about a giveaway to voters than to helping the economy. You don’t think so? Well, those eligible for the next round of $1400 checks are prisoners that are currently incarcerated. They are not in danger of losing their housing, not in danger of not having food on the table and not even able to spend the money to help stimulate the economy but yet they are getting money from taxpayers.
What Border Crisis?
When asked earlier this month, Biden’s head of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas denied there was a border crisis. Yet…:
- he has authorized detention facilities to operate over capacity due to the increased detentions of illegal immigrants
- so far this month, Border Patrol is apprehending an average of 400 unaccompanied children a day
- contradicting its criticism of the Trump Administration for housing children separately, child detention centers have been reopened by the Biden Administration for both unaccompanied and accompanied minors and are at 97% capacity.
There seems to be no end in sight and the Biden Administration is releasing captured illegal immigrants into the country with no bail, while awaiting a hearing. Of course, it is hard to fix a problem when you do not even admit there is a problem
More Signs of Kaepernick Oppression
Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback, has become a major investor in a SPAC (special purpose acquisition company), a new investment tool that has become popular among investors looking to buy out large, privately held companies.
We do have work left to do in making sure races are treated equally in the United States, but I would be happy be as ‘oppressed’ as Kaepernick is.
A Four Year First
For the first time in four years, we have gone 50 days without the President of the United States publicly calling anyone a name.