Tag: Emergency

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Experts – can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em! We need their expertise, but one expert will tell you one thing while another tells you the opposite. Sometimes the same expert will tell you opposite things at two different times. What the…?!

Take President Fauci – er, I mean, Dr. Fauci – for instance. That would be President Trump’s head honcho bigwig infectious disease doctor advising him on all things coronavirus. On January 26, this medical “expert” said during an interview on a radio program that, pertaining to the coronavirus, “It’s a very, very low risk to the United States.” That was his “expert” opinion at the time. Funny thing is, the last time I checked, the United States is now closed for business, lights out, curtains drawn, shut down until further notice. Presumably, either Dr. Fauci or some other equally brilliant “expert” will let us all know when it’s safe to go back to normal again – if indeed anything will ever be normal again.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America criticize President Trump’s unusual press conference decision to declare a national emergency to work around Congress and free up $8 billion for a border wall – although they appreciate his desire to confront illegal immigration and smuggling. They also react to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cheering Amazon’s decision to scrap plans for a new headquarters in New York, agreeing that crony capitalism is bad but marveling at how little she seems to understand about basic economics. And they yawn and laugh as former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld launches a GOP primary challenge to President Trump.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Republican leaders denounce the latest controversial comments from Iowa Rep. Steve King and argue that while it’s worth defending the greatness of Western Civilization, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. While being perfectly fine with a wall at various points along our southern border, they offer multiple reasons why an emergency declaration to move it forward would be a bad idea now and an even worse precedent for when a Democrat eventually becomes president. And they get a kick out of CNN’s Jim Acosta intending to make an argument against the need for a border wall but accidentally demonstrating why a wall works. And Jim explains how Acosta has become the Hollywood caricature of an arrogant reporter.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. What Keeps You Up At Night?

 

On a recent episode of the Mad Dogs & Englishmen podcast, starting around 25’45”, National Reviews Kevin Williamson and Charles C.W. Cooke asked each other about their political fears. Both agreed that the world is a much less scary place than it was a few decades ago. The chance of a civilization-ending nuclear exchange are greatly diminished; medicine continues to improve; violent crime is down significantly in the United States, etc.

Which is hardly to say everything’s perfect. Williamson pointed out that while the old Dr. Strangelove scenarios are far less likely, the chance of an odd nuclear weapon here or there is concerning, especially for someone who works at National Review’s address (or, for that matter, in Tel Aviv). Moreover, our increasing globalization gives contagious diseases an advantage and it’s possible that could get nasty again.