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  1. Try me. Or just admit you have absolutely no evidence that "Democrats want illegals to vote". It's complete BS.
  2. Back on topic: What we learned from Wisconsin E.J. Dionne Jr. Columnist April 8, 2020 at 3:23 p.m. EDT Now we know. Now we know, thanks to what happened in Tuesday’s election in Wisconsin, that Republican politicians will freely use the coronavirus pandemic to tilt electoral outcomes in their favor by obstructing access to the ballot, particularly in Democratic-leaning urban areas hit hardest by the pandemic. Now we know that, for Republicans, voter suppression is part of the party’s game plan. Just ask President Trump, who is petrified of the efforts of congressional Democrats to secure financing for nationwide mail-in voting. He complained about levels of voting such that, “if you’d ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.” On Wednesday, Trump — who himself voted by mail in 2018 and in last month’s Florida primary — tweeted that voting by mail “for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans.” Yes: More voters mean fewer Republican electoral victories. Now we know that Republicans will tell absurd lies to rationalize what they are doing. Thanks to the Journal Times newspaper in Wisconsin’s Racine County, we have video of Robin Vos, the Republican speaker of the State Assembly, as he took a break from working the polls. Vos, as the paper noted, was “wearing a mask, gloves and full-length gown.” But that didn’t stop him from declaring that “you are incredibly safe to go out.” Especially if, unlike most voters, you’re wearing all that gear. And now we know that the right to vote will get no protection from the five right-wing Republicans on the U.S. Supreme Court, who issued an election-eve decision refusing to extend the deadline for absentee ballots. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted acidly in her dissent, “The Court’s order requires absentee voters to postmark their ballots by election day, April 7 — i.e., tomorrow — even if they did not receive their ballots by that date. That is a novel requirement.” In case the conservative justices who wrote the voter-suppression ukase missed her irony, she added: “A voter cannot deliver for postmarking a ballot she has not received.” We know that this fall’s election is in deep jeopardy. We have been warned that Trump, the GOP and the party bosses in robes on the U.S. Supreme Court are perfectly willing to obstruct the right to vote of those most likely to vote Democratic. Outside Wisconsin, Tuesday’s vote was of interest mostly as a Democratic primary battle between former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). But what mattered to Republicans was a contest for the state Supreme Court that was nonpartisan in name only. Conservative incumbent Daniel Kelly faced a vigorous challenge from Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky. The GOP wants to keep the state court conservative, and the court did its part by blocking Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’s last-minute effort Monday to suspend in-person voting on Tuesday and postpone the election to June 9. The vote was 4 to 2 along ideological lines, with Kelly recusing himself. Here again, “justice” was entirely partisan. There are two lessons here. The first is that Congress must pass legislation as part of the next economic rescue package that will require mail-in ballots in every state and finance the effort with federal money. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) insist that they will fight for nationwide mail voting. It would be better if it went into what they are calling the "interim bill” being negotiated now. But both Schumer and Pelosi insist they will soon call Trump’s bluff and challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): Are they so invested in voter suppression that they will block all other relief efforts just to keep access to voting out of a rescue bill? It’s also time to build outside pressure. Biden and Sanders, who need to show signs of coming together now that Sanders is suspending his campaign, should hold a joint video news conference with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on behalf of Warren’s comprehensive bill to provide $4 billion for postage-free mail ballots. Her proposal also includes a ban on onerous voting requirements, hazard pay for poll workers and an end to voter purges at a moment when it will be hard for voters to defend their rights. Because Warren builds on an earlier Klobuchar proposal, both former presidential candidates should stand together. As for conservatives on the Supreme Court, this was strike three when it comes to election rigging, after the Citizens United decision opening the floodgates to big money and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act. Liberals have to abandon their skittishness about remedies (such as expanding the size of the court) to battle both conservative court-packing and right-wing judicial activism. Now we know that the pandemic threatens not only our personal health but also the health of our democracy. We need to act urgently for the sake of both.
  3. Trump removes independent watchdog for coronavirus funds, upending oversight panel The move comes as Trump makes a broad push against inspectors general scrutinizing his actions. Trump has also begun sharply attacking Health and Human Services Inspector General Christi Grimm, following a report from her office that described widespread testing delays and supply issues at the nation’s hospitals. “Another Fake Dossier!” Trump tweeted, mentioning Grimm’s tenure as inspector general during the Obama administration. He didn’t mention, though, that Grimm has been serving as a federal watchdog since 1999, spanning administrations of both parties.
  4. No fool. I am mitigating the effects of burning wood by maintaining 70+ acres of forest. The rate of release is a red herring. But even if the rate of release was important, it's offset by the far greater amount of CO2 my forest absorbs in the same year I burn the wood.
  5. The most corrupt president in American history is worried about "fraud"? Yeah, right.
  6. BS. I have not posted anything that's not true. Even the opinion pieces are based on fact. You are simply in denial if you are unable to hold Trump accountable for things he is clearly guilty of saying or (not) doing. And it continues. Trump is clearly conducting a personal vendetta against inspector generals and other professionals for simply doing their job. Trump refuses to accept any of the oversight required to avoid waste and abuse in our government. He wants to be king.
  7. The move comes as Trump makes a broad push against inspectors general scrutinizing his actions. Trump has also begun sharply attacking Health and Human Services Inspector General Christi Grimm, following a report from her office that described widespread testing delays and supply issues at the nation’s hospitals. “Another Fake Dossier!” Trump tweeted, mentioning Grimm’s tenure as inspector general during the Obama administration. He didn’t mention, though, that Grimm has been serving as a federal watchdog since 1999, spanning administrations of both parties.
  8. I think our failures dealing with the pandemic are caused by a multitude of factors, including our approach to the delivery of healthcare in general. For example, in a commercialized healthcare system, there is no incentive to plan for inventory surpluses in critical product inventories required to deal with a pandemic. A for-profit healthcare system could possibly be balanced or countered by an effective national emergency response designed to build or create such inventories, but our politics have recently been dominated by party that is anti-government, emphasizes extreme laissez faire capitalism and has a complete disdain for science and socialistic. Such traits almost guarantee chaos in a pandemic. As a result of this pandemic, I hope to see changes in both our approach to healthcare as well as a political changes in our government. We need an opposition party, but we cannot afford to have one of them to be generally anti-government. The post Trump GOP must be reformed into a party that respects science and the importance of having an effective, organized government. Both parties must at least agree that an effective government is necessary to avoid the sort of chaos we are witnessing. The long term challenge is can we make a democratic, representative republic viable? Or does the future belong to some combination of authoritarianism/capitalism like China?
  9. The Supreme Court’s disturbing order to effectively disenfranchise thousands of Wisconsin voters American democracy is in deep trouble.
  10. ‘What do you have to lose?’: Inside Trump’s embrace of a risky drug against coronavirus
  11. There's no lack of solidarity among the American people and most are optimistic we will get through this. What we need is honest and competent leadership at the FEDERAL level: Trump’s latest depraved display could lead to more deaths Once again, President Trump is employing his magical reality-bending powers to make a catastrophic failure of leadership on his part disappear. This latest effort is more infuriating than usual, however, because it came as part of a process that is designed to enable government leaders to learn from their failures and self-correct. If Trump opted to do this — that is, learn from the failures exposed by this process, rather than immediately rushing to pull out his little reality-altering wand — it could save untold lives. As it happens, new investigative reporting by the New York Times has just confirmed the broad contours of the reality Trump tried to expunge, to no avail. At his press briefing on Monday evening, Trump unloaded over the news that an internal government report documented that hospitals across the country are suffering severe supply shortages, which could mean wrenching decisions about how to allocate equipment among those hospitalized with the coronavirus. Trump attacked the report’s author — an official in the inspector general’s office at the Department of Health and Human Services — and essentially said the findings are Fake News. “That’s just wrong,” Trump seethed. “Did I hear the word ‘inspector general,’ really? It’s wrong.” Trump then suggested the findings might be politically tainted. “Where did he come from, the inspector general? What’s his name?” Trump said, adding: “Could politics be entered into that?” n a sense, what’s really going on here is that Trump is in a rage because medical professionals battling on the front lines of the coronavirus candidly described the hardships they’re facing, in part due to his own catastrophic failures. A devastating report After all, the report — which was actually written by a woman — was compiled from hundreds of interviews with hospital administrators across the country. They reported “severe” and “widespread” shortages of testing supplies and personal protective equipment that are “putting staff and patients at risk.” Importantly, the report sounded the alarm about the “lack of a robust supply chain” for needed equipment. And it noted that administrators anticipate a shortage of life-saving ventilators that could pose “difficult decisions” about allocations among the sick and dying. The report called for a renewed focus on “government intervention and coordination” at the “national level” to facilitate “distribution of supplies throughout the country.” In other words, hospital administrators want the federal government to do more to speed lifesaving equipment to them, before it’s too late. It’s important to stress that this report is explicitly offered as a series of constructive suggestions from hospitals who are begging for more help in saving American lives. The report is not a “review” of the government’s performance. It presents these findings as an “aid” to enable the government to assist hospitals as they address an ongoing “public health emergency.” Remarkably, Trump’s main takeaway from this can be only that it made him look bad. Confusion bordering on disarray Enter this new investigation from the New York Times, which documents that the Trump administration’s approach to medical equipment supply chains is producing “new confusion, bordering on disarray.” According to the Times, numerous states and hospital systems report that they thought they had procured equipment, only to see the federal government commandeer it. This could have a legitimate aim — such as an effort to allocate equipment where it’s most needed — but it’s hard to know for sure, due to the sheer confusion about why this is happening. The Times reports that a “hybrid” distribution system has evolved. Federal officials are relying on private health-care providers to procure supplies and then sell roughly half of them to companies and localities that have placed orders. The feds are directing the sale of the other half based on need. Exacerbating all of this, the administration simultaneously has “repeatedly called on states to find medical supplies on their own without relying on the federal government," as the Times puts it, creating all the confusion. As Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) of Illinois told the PBS News Hour, this means the federal government is procuring equipment and delivering it to private companies, and then letting states “bid against each other for those goods.” All this has contributed to the shortages urgently documented in the inspector general’s report Trump raged about. More lives at risk Jeremy Konyndyk, a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, told me that Trump must bring clarity and transparency to supply chains, by fully exercising the Defense Production Act to take charge of distribution, or by issuing clear guidelines to states to avoid bidding wars. The current chaotic response, Konyndyk argued, flows from Trump’s “failure to take responsibility” for it. “When you have a chaotic response against a deadly pandemic, by definition you’re putting lives at risk,” Konyndyk said. “We can’t do this without effective leadership.” Yet Trump refuses to accept that the system highlighting these problems might actually be working legitimately as designed — and thus refuses to learn from what is being revealed. Noah Bookbinder, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, pointed out that under the system put into place after Watergate, inspectors general are supposed to do more than just highlight abuses and wrongdoing. “Much of what they spend their time doing is making constructive recommendations to facilitate more effective government functioning,” Bookbinder told me. “The current president is so intent on stifling anything that could reflect negatively on his administration that he is undercutting a system that helps the government do a better job, which in the current crisis could save lives." So this latest ongoing display is not just beyond depraved. It could lead to more deaths.
  12. Some people just deserve to be made slaves by an authoritarian government. I submit you are such an example.