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  1. topic hijack alert I only drink tequila in a daiquiris
  2. Any shovel ready projects How about jobs saved Why don't Democrats address their concerns instead of creating a disaster?
  3. House Republicans on Monday night offered a detailed critique of what they called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “socialist wish list” in House Democrats’ $2.5 trillion proposal for responding to the coronavirus outbreak. “Speaker Pelosi unveiled legislation aimed at exploiting the COVID-19 public health crisis by attempting to force the inclusion of a socialist wish list of policies that have nothing to do with the public health and economic emergency,” said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Louisiana Republican. After poring over the 1,400-page proposal, Mr. Scalise offered his characterization of Republicans’ objections to the following items: Under the heading of “Union Giveaways”: • Nullifies the White House executive orders on federal collective bargaining and codifies taxpayer-funded union official time. • Requires a labor union representative on every airline’s board of directors. • Multiemployer pension bailout lacking needed reforms. • Permanently raises the minimum wage to $15 for any business that receives federal aid for COVID-19. • Cancels all debt owed by the U.S. Postal Service to the Treasury. Under the heading “Green New Deal priorities”: • Requires all airlines that receive assistance to offset carbon emissions for domestic flights by 2025. • Includes a $1 billion “cash for clunkers” airplane program where the Transportation Department buys fuel-inefficient planes from airlines in exchange for agreeing to buy new ones. • Includes expansive new tax-credit for solar and wind energy. Under “Student Loan Forgiveness”: • $10,000 blanket loan forgiveness. Under “Federalizing Elections”: • Mandates how states must run elections, including the nationalization of ballot harvesting, requiring early voting, same day registration, and no-excuse vote by mail. • Puts states at risk of costly litigation if they are unable to implement these stringent mandates ahead of the 2020 election. Under “Immigration Provisions”: • Requires the Homeland Security Department to automatically extend visas and work authorizations expiring within the next year, including those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status, for an amount of time equal to their prior visa, authorization or status. • Limits Customs and Border Patrol’s ability to shutdown processing centers if there is a health crisis on the border and requires CBP to assure the timely adjudication of asylums applications. • Would allow certain funding to go to sanctuary cities. Under “Overreaching Mandates on Businesses”: • Permanent changes to who can serve on corporate boards of directors for companies that receive assistance for payroll and operating costs. • Mandatory disclosure on supply chain management. • Requires board diversity disclosure for all publicly traded companies. • Ban on all federal rulemaking including non-COVID 19 proposals (extends 30 days after emergency) “in an attempt to delay the current administration from promulgating actions House Democrats disagree with.” Under “New Permanent Mandates”: • Virtually rewrites the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program policy with no reference to COVID-19 and permanently disallows rulemaking pertaining to work requirements and eligibility. • Permanent expansion of Obamacare entitlement, “putting the American taxpayer on the hook for endless and unchecked health insurance spending and would remove all incentives for insurers to reduce the cost of health insurance.” Mr. Scalise said the Democrats’ bill also excludes bipartisan health-care provision in the Senate bill, including a proposal to expand telehealth access for home dialysis patients, hospice and home health patients; and a measure to prevent a payment reduction for durable medical equipment to help patients’ better transition from the hospital to home. “Instead of working in a bipartisan, bicameral way to provide this immediate relief, the speaker has proposed legislation that includes highly partisan provisions while excluding key patient care provisions that would have a real impact on Americans affected by COVID-19,” Mr. Scalise told his Republican colleagues.
  4. It would be nice if everyone would concentrate on the problem at hand and stop the political games.
  5. Nothing justifies the actions by the Dems. The bill was put together in a bi-partisan fashion. Introduced in Senate (03/19/2020) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the CARES Act This bill addresses economic impacts of, and otherwise responds to, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The bill authorizes emergency loans to distressed businesses, including air carriers, and suspends certain aviation excise taxes. With respect to small businesses, the bill establishes, and provides funding for, forgivable bridge loans; and provides additional funding for grants and technical assistance. The bill also provides funding for $1,200 tax rebates to individuals, with additional $500 payments per qualifying child. The rebate begins phasing out when incomes exceed $75,000 (or $150,000 for joint filers). The bill establishes limits on requirements for employers to provide paid leave. With respect to taxes, the bill establishes special rules for certain tax-favored withdrawals from retirement plans; delays due dates for employer payroll taxes and estimated tax payments for corporations; and revises other provisions, including those related to losses, charitable deductions, and business interest. With respect to health care, the bill provides additional funding for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19; limits liability for volunteer health care professionals; prioritizes Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of certain drugs; allows emergency use of certain diagnostic tests that are not approved by the FDA; expands health-insurance coverage for diagnostic testing and requires coverage for preventative services and vaccines; revises other provisions, including those regarding the medical supply chain, the national stockpile, the health care workforce, the Healthy Start program, telehealth services, nutrition services, Medicare, and Medicaid. With respect to education, the bill temporarily suspends payments for federal student loans; and otherwise revises provisions related to campus-based aid, supplemental educational-opportunity grants, federal work-study, subsidized loans, Pell grants, and foreign institutions. The bill also authorizes the Department of the Treasury to temporarily guarantee money-market funds. Read the bill.
  6. Here are the points on which Democrats blew up the emergency relief bill: As previously reported, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came back to Washington D.C. last night after a week long recess and blew up days of emergency relief work done by the Senate. She wants to write her own far left bill and now we know what will be in it. According to a source close to the process on Capitol Hill, in order to move forward with any kind of relief package, Pelosi and her far-left Democrat caucus will demand the following be included: -Publication of corporate pay statistics by race and race statistics for all corporate boards -A bail out on all current debt at the Postal Service -Required early voting -Required same day voter registration -Provisions on official time for union collective bargaining -Full offset of airline emissions by 2025 -Publication and reporting of greenhouse gas statistics for individual flights -Retirement plans for community newspaper employees -Federal $15 minimum wage -Permanent paid leave
  7. There is so much crap being pushed out by sources such as CNN that it is difficult to believe anything. Tex, you have swallowed and regurgitated so much of that crap that one cannot take you seriously.
  8. Well, the prior administration had the same information and did nothing. The forewarned virus did not appear and this one was a surprise. This is a useless exercise anyway anyway and the Homers of the world just can't let it go.
  9. Not sure that the finger pointing helps right now. We need to focus on getting through this. I do know that all of the reporting has only confused the public hence the panic buying.
  10. ...officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stymied private and academic development of diagnostic tests that might have provided an early warning and a head start on controlling the epidemic that is now spreading across the country. …the CDC required that public health officials could only use the diagnostic test designed by the agency. That test released on February 5 turned out to be badly flawed. The CDC’s insistence on a top-down centralized testing regime greatly slowed down the process of disease detection as the infection rate was accelerating. … On February 29, the FDA finally agreed to unleash America’s vibrant biotech companies and academic labs by allowing them to develop and deploy new tests for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Quoting the New York Post: Overregulation of diagnostic testing has played a major role in this delay... Test protocols using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were publicly available shortly after Chinese researchers published (or described) the sequence of the virus in mid-January. The World Health Organization (WHO) used a freely available German procedure to create a test kit, shipping 250,000 tests to 159 laboratories worldwide. … CDC testing criteria have precluded recognizing community spread because of requirements stipulating recent travel to China or exposure to an infected person. Adherence to these guidelines delayed testing in the first probable case of community transmission… The FDA has not allowed the experienced and highly skilled professionals at public-health, academic and commercial laboratories to set up their own laboratory developed tests (LDTs), and no manufactured test kits have been authorized for sale in the US. In Europe, several companies, at least one US-based, have regulatory approval to sell test kits there. In short, the last thing we need to effectively combat pandemics is a more centralized and bureaucratic health care system.
  11. Tex, you have made far too many assumptions.