Pelosi Shows Why We Need Term Limits

Nancy Pelosi just showed us that we are in dire need of term limits on politicians. She demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that she has forgotten that she works for the people, and that the people she is supposed to serve are more important than anything else.

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What Is The ‘End Game’ For Dealing With The Pandemic?

As we move into fall of 2020, we continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

As we do, the basic question remains unanswered: what is the ‘end game’? What are we trying to achieve? It seems like a basic question and yet we don’t have an answer. And until we do, we will continue to stumble along with no clear idea of where we are headed. Continue reading “What Is The ‘End Game’ For Dealing With The Pandemic?”

Pandemic: Reality vs. Perceptions of Reality

One of the crazy things in the crazy year that is 2020 is how a health issue has become so politicized.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected the whole world. It is unprecedented in our lifetime and, indeed, in the last one hundred years. How to deal with this new virus was totally unknown at the outset and even now we don’t completely understand it and are still finding data that is seemingly inconsistent. How to react and address it was always a judgment call and Thinking Man can completely understand widely different perspectives, from concerns about health and deaths to concerns about economic devastation and the lives of millions of people thrown into crisis by unemployment and a crashing economy, and everything in between. Simple organizational behavior tells us that people speak from their perspectives and so it’s not surprising that medical people will always tend to err on the side of health and preventing even one death if they can. Business people and economists will tend to err on the side of concern about a contracting economy, high unemployment and the impact of job losses on individual households. Notice the background of the person giving an opinion and more times than not you know their perspective without even knowing what they are going to say.

Any action, anywhere on the spectrum of choices is a judgment and an attempt to strike a balance between a number of bad choices:  health, economic and individual financial outcomes. What I can’t understand is people who view anyone with an opinion other than their opinion being bad or evil or unconcerned. In a problem with so many unknowns, to take that view is, frankly, purely emotional and simply doesn’t make much sense. Unfortunately, however, that is the world where we find ourselves.

Below is a link to an article by the Chief Investment Officer at Franklin Templeton Fixed Income. A PhD, she worked with the Gallup polling organization to compare actual medical data on the pandemic with people’s perception of the pandemic.  That research group then took the demographic data of the people polled to show how perceptions are very different from reality in many cases by various segments of the country. And, as would be important for an investment firm, she draws some conclusions on how all that may impact the economic recovery. An important note: she does not debate the data, but uses the data to project some possible outcomes. For example, people are willing to pay for increased safety measures. How much they are willing to pay has implications for inflation.

The article’s sub- title “They Blinded Us From Science” speaks to how far from the medical are perceptions about the actual medical situation.

https://www.franklintempleton.com/investor/article?contentPath=html/ftthinks/en-us-retail/cio-views/on-my-mind-they-blinded-us-from-science.html

New York’s Gov. Cuomo Goes On Unhinged Rant

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, whose state has had more than twice as many deaths from the virus as any other state, held a press briefing yesterday where he revealed the total cause of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in New York. Continue reading “New York’s Gov. Cuomo Goes On Unhinged Rant”

(More) Pandemic Hypocrisy

The most recent examples of hypocrisy and the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ mindset of lawmakers:

Hypocrisy in San Francisco

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was back in her home in San Francisco, after she declared a recess/vacation for the House. In California, the Governor has issued rules that including requiring barbershops and hair salons to remain closed.

Leaked security camera video from a San Francisco salon shows Nancy Pelosi getting her hair done and, as she does, she is walking around the salon without wearing a mask.

This morning, when asked about it, Pelosi said that she didn’t know the salon was supposed to be closed. Which is surprising that anyone wouldn’t know that, given how much it’s in the news and that she has publicly advocated for strong steps against the pandemic. Oh, and the fact that the Governor of California is also a relative.

Don’t insult our intelligence by lying about it, too, Nancy.

UPDATE: After the controversy that ensued from Pelosi being called out, and after she changed her story a couple of times today, she said that she wouldn’t say more but that she took “…full responsibility for falling for a set up.” 

Asked how she was set up, Pelosi bristled, asking reporters, “Do you have any questions about how people are dying?” Well, Nancy, from what you said before it was because people weren’t following guidelines and weren’t wearing masks.

NY Gov. Cuomo’s Hypocrisy (again-this is becoming habit)

After having the highest number of deaths in the nation, and a death rate more than double the national average, New York’s Governor and New York City’s Mayor have issued executive orders to try to stem the tide of the pandemic that have been issues of controversy because of their wide reach. Among the orders, both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have required any traveler from most of the country outside the state to quarantine for 14 days and to not leave their residence or hotel. De Blasio has asked the police to enforce it, and requires travelers to carry papers on their quarantine status and penalties ranging up to $10,000 and jail time.

But if you are rich and famous, they are willing to make an exception.

That requirement, however, will not apply to celebrities traveling to New York City for the Video Music Awards later this week. Both Cuomo and de Blasio have agreed to exempt everyone involved in the VMA production from the rules that would result in fines and jail time for anyone else who violated the strict guidelines.

So, you see, the guidelines aren’t really applicable for those that make them or for any of their friends. They only apply to the ‘peasants’ who can’t be trusted to know what’s good for them. When it’s inconvenient for the rich and famous, they can just be ignored.

Besides, we can be confident that many of the people involved in the VMA’s will be sure to show their appreciation with a campaign contribution come next election time.

Just More Examples

Much like the case of the Governor of Michigan, who announced at a press conference days before the Memorial Day weekend that people should not travel and should abide by the lock down restrictions, at the same time her husband was calling to get their boat ready so they could travel to a resort four hours away, these two recent cases show the hypocrisy of those that are making the rules.

And really this is not new. We often see people who make rules ‘for our own good’ (because we can’t be trusted to know our own good) believe that the rules are for everyone but themselves. They don’t want to be bound by the rules they make. They want you to. And, to be honest, we let them do it and continue in their arrogance by letting them stay in office.

Things That Make You Go “Hmmm….”

Protests For Mail-In Voting

Last week, a group estimated at just over a hundred people gathered to protest for mail-in voting, suggesting that during the pandemic that in-person voting was too dangerous.

So If I am following, a hundred people all got together in person to say that in person voting is dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed?

Immigration Highlighted At DNC

At this past week’s Democratic National Convention, one of the highlighted segments was regarding immigration and, specifically, the case of Alejandra Juarez.

The funny thing about her case, which wasn’t highlighted of course, was that she tried to sneak across the border originally in 1998 and was deported by the Clinton Administration. She sneaked into the country again, contrary to the requirements of her deportation order, and was caught  during a traffic stop in 2013 and turned over to the Federal government due to the earlier order. The Obama Administration held her and began deportation processing and the case has dragged on until 2018, when she was deported in accordance with the charges filed when she was taken into custody in 2013.

Mail-In Elections-The Results Are In

During this pandemic year, an objective observer has enough data and information to determine whether mail-in voting is viable and if it can be relied on as an effective way to conduct elections. Continue reading “Mail-In Elections-The Results Are In”

News Of The Weird-Education Edition

Schools in Oak Creek, WI will begin classes this year online due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Schools in Oak Creek, WI will begin the school year offering ‘School Day Camp’, for $100/week per child.

“Each school day will have a structured schedule which will include online learning times, homework assistance, recess and outdoor activities, [and] lunch provided” by the Oak Creek School District. The ‘Day Camps’ will run the exact same hours as a normal school day.

Clearly they don’t check the education and IQ of school administrators in Oak Creek, WI.

Crazy Quote Of The Week

This one goes to the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  DNR Secretary Preston Cole is telling employees to wear face masks, even when they are at home and even if they are alone.  Really!

In a department email, Cole reminded employees that WI Gov. Evers has mandated masks indoors, unless you are at home. But Cole went even further, saying  “Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff” so that DNR staff can set an example for others.

You can’t make this stuff up.