During the election, there was a good deal of debate about how Joe Biden would govern. Throughout his career, he had been a fairly moderate Democrat. As a Democrat, that meant that he leaned liberal but he also had never been on the left wing of the Party and worked in a bi-partisan way on many issues. Yet, many argued that the Democratic Party had become controlled by the extreme liberal wing, and his choice of Vice President, Kamala Harris, the second most liberal US Senator, seemed to give credence to the notion that Biden would become much more liberal as President than his previous record might indicate.
Biden seemed to go a long way toward answering that question this week.
Continue reading “What Does This Week Tell Us About Biden’s Governing Philosophy?”
‘Abortion Enthusiast’ is a term you don’t often hear, but in the article below, Issac Schorr of National Review tells us why it applies to Biden’s nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.
For ardent environmentalists, they have two long-standing problems that they don’t seem to realize: one is that they need to avoid making predictions. When it comes to climate, let’s just say it isn’t an exact science and those who have made global warming/climate change a religion seem to want to ramp up doomsday scenarios to increase the sense of urgency. We can look most infamously at Al Gore’s prediction that the world’s ice caps would disappear by 2016. Or the prediction from some in 2005 that climate change would cause more damaging hurricanes and unstable weather, right before the US had the longest period in history with no major hurricanes to hit the coast of the country (Oct. 2005-2015).
The second problem that ardent environmentalists have is that they are so quick to jump on a bandwagon to ‘take action and do something’ that sometimes there isn’t a lot of thought put into what that action is. A few of us may be old enough to remember when the big concern was about the loss of trees and declining forests. So the answer was to quit using paper bags and to switch to plastic. Of course, now that’s all changed. Plastic is bad, doesn’t break down in landfills and so the solution has created an even greater problem (at least paper bags were biodegradable). The same may be turning out to be true for renewable energy.
Continue reading “The Latest Environmental Problem? Wind Turbine Blades and Solar Panels”
Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is one of the most partisan members of Congress. Indeed, he was one of the impeachment managers when the House of Representatives brought charges against President Trump earlier this year.
Schiff has recently proposed a series of wide-sweeping bills that is, however, worthy of consideration and support from both Democrats and Republicans.
Continue reading “Restoring Checks And Balances”
The Supreme Court ruled last week that government funds can be used to pay tuition and schools run by religious groups.
Some people don’t understand that and claim that the government is funding religious schools. No, the government is funding education, and then not telling you where you have to use the funds. You can use them anywhere that gives a child an education, even if it’s a religiously based school.
As Thinking Man mentioned in a ‘weekend quick take’, last week the Federal government announced that they had sent over a million stimulus checks (totaling roughly $1.4 B) to dead people by mistake. Yes, dead people. If that isn’t a good enough reason to realize that voting by mail is a bad idea, here is one more-a practical example where it was tried. Continue reading “Voting By Mail-Seriously?”
As is far too often the case, there are more people telling other people what they should be doing but then refuse to do the same things themselves. The Governor of Michigan, who extended Michigan’s ‘stay at home’ order and told people to limit non-essential travel, but then was caught when he husband called to have their boat ready to go in the water at their summer home about three hours away.
The most recent case is a judge on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Rebecca Dallet. Continue reading “(More) Do As I Say, Not As I Do”
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a former presidential candidate and reportedly a top contender to be Joe Biden’s Vice President, introduced a resolution in the Senate this past week on the coronavirus. But this one was a little different. Among one of the top things she felt the government needed to deal with in the pandemic, Harris introduced a resolution that would declare the term ‘Wuhan virus’ as racist and a form of hate speech. Yes, labeling the virus by where it originated is racist in her mind.
No one has asked yet how she refers to the last mass workwide pandemic (she certainly can’t call it ‘The Spanish Flu’). And Thinking Man isn’t sure about her tastes in food, but I can’t help but wonder her opinion on Memphis BBQ or German potato salad.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is upset. The Governor has issued orders locking down the state in light of the current pandemic. But as the nation has ‘flattened the curve’ and the economic devastation continues to grow, people are becoming anxious to begin reopening life. That’s especially true in areas that are not hit as hard as others. In Pennsylvania, that means that there are cities and towns that have decided they are going to pass their own ordinances that begin reopening their businesses despite the Governor’s continued lock down. Continue reading “PA Governor Tom Wolf Flip Flops”
We have seen natural disasters, perhaps some of us have been affected by ones in the past. However, none of us have seen anything like the current pandemic. It has been more than 100 years since we have seen a health crisis in the world like this, or any other natural disaster.
Such a tragedy could not have been foreseen. And no one would argue that the government needs to help limit the devastation as much as possible, to individuals and businesses that provide jobs but have been shut down. And the Federal government passed laws to give over $2.5 trillion in help.
A key part of that funding is help targeting small businesses who would struggle to keep from going bankrupt. But we are finding that money isn’t always going where needed or intended. Continue reading “LA Lakers, Harvard University and Others Get Government Money–and Why That Should Be An Example”