Tag: Shutdown

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I don’t know. A Constitutional Amendment? A grass-roots effort to pass it across the country, one piece at a time? I don’t know. But I was inspired watching the story of the Texas salon owner and the judge. Here’s how it works: if an executive order or legislative action orders closures of private businesses during […]

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The elites in the West (except the Swedes) have emulated the Chinese Communist Party in shutting down their economies and curtailing the freedom of their citizens. This is the first time in history that the healthy part of a population have been quarantined. Dr. John Lee M.D. in the April 30, 2020 issue of The […]

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I have noticed in the past several weeks the surprise by some at what it takes to run our day-to-day lives. The stunning obliviousness as to how the things that we depend on are made and transported to us. “We must shut down the interstate rest areas,” some central planner exclaimed. Only to be shocked by the fact that truck drivers have to use the bathroom. I’m sure that planner, if he had ever been to a rest area, looked at the semis parked there with a type of resignation that he must mingle with the hoi polloi in a substandard bathroom since there wasn’t an exit nearby. It never occurring to him that every item he packed for his trip had originally traveled in a semi to get to him.

This same blindness infects the discussion of what an essential business is. “We must have protein,” the planners decide. The packing plants need to remain open. But just like they have no idea of what it takes to create a pencil, they have no idea of what’s essential beyond the slaughterhouse itself. The packing plant is essential, it must be cleaned. Are the companies that sell the water hoses, mops, rags, etc., essential as well?

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From a personal standpoint, I barely noticed the shutdown until the last week or so. I am retired, so not going to work wasn’t an issue. Even though my retirement fund has taken a big hit, I think it will recover over time. We live on a country road and once the schools were closed, […]

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Reopening America after a month of lockdowns is not like flipping a light switch. A better analogy is a dimmer switch. Governors will methodically reopen sectors of the economy and daily life while closely monitoring COVID-19 cases. With good numbers, they’ll keep dialing the rheostat to the right; with bad, to the left. They should start this process now.

Too many people view the virus in isolation. The goal is not fewer Coronavirus deaths vs. a healthy economy, it’s both/and. From my latest piece for the Arizona Republic.

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Do you ever feel like you’re living in some kind of an alternate reality? How could you not? The United States of America, the most powerful and dynamic country in world history, along with most Western countries, is almost totally shut down because of . . . a virus! That’s right, the country is not […]

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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.

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My company is in the aerospace industry. Our industry has been declared Essential by all levels of government. However, we are apparently not quite essential enough. We had been working steadily through the Wuhan Virus crisis, building and shipping flight-deck switches and control panels to a wide variety of customers, from the Army and Navy, […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America review Jim’s trip to the Koch Seminar Network and how the billionaire brothers that Democrats and the media like to describe as evil are pouring money into charities so struggling Americans don’t have to depend solely on the government. They also sigh as reports make clear that Senate Republicans have no intention of allowing another government shutdown, meaning they aren’t prepared to play hardball over border wall funding. And they take aim at a Washington Post opinion column arguing that it’s somehow sexist to question whether Kamala Harris got help in launching her political career due to prominent appointments she received from a man she was having an affair with at the time.

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Okay, I hope that I didn’t give anyone cardiac arrest. But I think that Trump has made an offer that the Dems can’t refuse, DACA for a wall. Well, they can refuse the offer, but they will look unreasonable. The devil is in the details, but I think that this makes sense, as even a […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the Buzzfeed story alleging President Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie under oath to Congress. It’s potentially very serious but more questions need to be answered before Buzzfeed can be trusted to have the story right. They also scratch their heads as Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino announces his resignation just two weeks into the new Congress to take a job in the private sector. And they discuss the theatrics of Speaker Pelosi and President Trump as they try to one-up each other in the stalemate over a partial government shutdown.

While Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has come under deserved fire for defending Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are applauding Gabbard today for being the only Democrat willing to stand up to Senate Democrats who contend that being a member of the Knights of Columbus is disqualifying for service as a federal judge. They also brace for the imminent presidential campaign of California Sen. Kamala Harris, who is very liberal but is one of only a few Democrats with a legitimate shot at the nomination. And, as more stories emerge of the fiscal hardship of federal employees going without pay during the partial shutdown, they are staggered by statistics showing that nearly 80 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and over 60 percent don’t have enough money saved to cover six months of expenses.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast number O.M.G. 207 it is the Wall Walkout edition of the show with your holdout hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa (the handsome one…if I haven’t said so yet).

This week, well, it is wall-to-wall (knew I was going to do that, didn’t you?) Wall and Shutdown and Trump and the Dems and the battle royale. And in spite of the utter predictability of our topic we are (if we do say so ourselves) scintillating! You will enjoy!

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are grateful to see House Democrats revealing their real goals right from the start – impeachment, huge tax increases, abolishing the electoral college – and hope Americans see what they’d be getting if Democrats also controlled the Senate and the White House. As the partial government shutdown creeps towards three weeks, some conservatives are concluding that because their lives haven’t changed much, the impacted agencies aren’t really needed. Jim explains why that conclusion is badly misguided. And they throw up their hands as the mainstream media concoct the narrative that Republicans condemned Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for dancing in a video, when only one anonymous Twitter user lashed out and any conservative who weighed in on the matter defended the congresswoman.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for Yipes! January 2, 2019….yes, 2019! It is the Misguided Mitt edition of the show with your ever-on-target hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg on the right coast and AI guy Mike Stopa (the handsome one) on the left coast.

This week, this very day, Mitt Romney, our former governor from Massachusetts and, did it really happen?!? candidate for president has decided to…to….to what exactly? to write an op ed in the Washington Post…to enter the fray…to slam the President….And, you may ask, to what end? Preparing for a run for President in 2020? Is that even allowed? Mitt’s a Mormon so he can’t have been drinking. We are not sure we can fathom what Mitt is thinking. But we can talk about it. And we do!

Welcome Christmas celebrants to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast for Christmas Eve, 2018 it is number 205, the Shutdown Mad Dog edition of the show with your frothing at the mouth hosts Todd Feinburg, east coast WTIC radio guy and Mike Stopa, west coast AI guy. We come to you every week with the conversation, the chatter, the *philosophy* that you need to hear.

This week we discuss Mad Dog, aka James Mattis and his resignation. We discuss Syria (the proximal cause of Mad Dog’s departure) and whether the grand old F.P.E. (foreign policy establishment) will ever finish sitting in the corner, holding their breath and turning blue. We are skeptical.

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In a speech on the Senate floor, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a deal on reopening the federal government. Sen. Mitch McConnell immediately introduced a cloture vote on the effort.

The measure would fund the government through Feb. 8. In return for Democratic support, McConnell has promised Schumer to “open a debate on immigration.”

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Democrats: Hello, I Must Be Going!

 

The government shutdown is the greatest thing that happened since yesterday. It will shut down some minute part of the federal government of no importance. But we all pretend it’s serious and we have to show how moral we are and how terrible are our adversaries. It’s just that most of us aren’t crazy. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the pride of Maryland, former Democrat Majority Leader, and current Minority Whip, had this to say: “I believe we should stay here and do our work, so I motion to adjourn!”

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Working late into the night, the US Senate has rejected advancing a bill that would fund the federal government for the next 30 days. That means the government will technically shut down at midnight Eastern Time.

Senate Democratic leadership opposed the bill in an attempt to force Republicans to accept their terms on DACA. Sixty votes were needed for passage, but 48 senators voted against it.

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Here is a link I hope works for all: http://enews.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20180104/290a3bec-a062-4509-99c1-7866fcc4208e Essentially, if I understand it right, the liberal wing of the Democrat support wants to prod its portion of congress to insist on attaching a DACA solution onto the budget crisis situation, rather than accomplish that with a separate bill. Their internal debate of course is […]

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