Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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Note To The Media. Stop Feeding The Dog From The Kitchen Table!

Look guys, I don’t get it. Why is it that we seem to keep having this same Come-to-Jesus moment over and over again. After all, it’s not like this is your first ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl. But just like Senator Elizabeth Warren, Still they persisted. We’ve all been through this before. First it was Sean Spicer, and then “The Mooch,” and then Blarah Flackabee Slanders, standing behind the podium day after day, spouting out free association, unadulterated bullshit. It’s funny, but I don’t remember CNN and  MSNBC dropping everything in their plate to flash to the White House briefing room to watch Josh Ernst spit out facts and figures, and explain government working properly. We got canned snippets at night. It took forever to get you guys to stop peddling pure propaganda, and wean yourselves from the daily briefings. NEWS FLASH! These daily corona-virus briefings are nothing more than the same shit in a different pile. Day after day His Lowness gets up there, throws superlatives around like frisbees in a desperate attempt to lionize his administrations truly pathetic efforts, and spouts conspiracy theories about the press, the states and Governors, and the medical professionals fighting this epidemic on the front lines. And when he finally shuts up and lets the actual healthcare professionals dispense acts, figures, and sage advice, the instant they’re done he immediately steps back in front of the microphone and belittles everything that they just said. BREAKING! This insane situation is absolutely no different form the wasted daily briefings from days past. But this time is even worse. Because by allowing him to arbitrarily control both the news as well as the airwaves, you are giving him free rein to purposely mislead the public, with no appropriate time for a dissenting response. In the next few days, I understand that Joe Biden is going to be unveiling his first full month of digital campaigning. If you’re going to give Emperor Gluteus Maximus an hour and a half a day for brainless propaganda, then you had damn well better be willing to afford Biden, and if necessary Sanders equal time. Never forget how your shameless pandering to El Pendejo Presidente altered the entire arc of the 2016 GOP primaries. Look, I know covering this is hard for you, but it’s hard on us too. It gets old real quick seeing the same faces of the same healthcare experts popping up on screen every other hour to say the exact same thing, but at least that is in the public interest. These daily briefings are nothing but pure propaganda, and if you continue to broadcast it unabated, and with no allowance for a dissenting opinion, you are doing the country a grave disservice. Tape the damn things, air the advice from the professionals, and air Trump’s truly inspired stupidity so we can all get a good laugh about it, but stop covering these things whole hog. It just ain’t news. To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch […]

The Death Knell For Private Health Insurance?

Teri is now officially on furlough, it began Tuesday, the day before our 17th anniversary. She was notified by her manager that while the company is continuing to offer insurance coverage for employees, since she is no longer receiving a paycheck from the company, she will receive a bill before the month from the insurance company for her premium. The burning question now is whether the bill she receives from the insurance company will be for the amount that she pays out of her paycheck every week, or the total premium amount for her coverage. This can be a critical difference. In my last job, I was blessed with a “Cadillac” health plan, for which I paid $50 a paycheck to cover Teri and myself. The raw total for my knee replacement 9 years ago assayed out to $109,000. My total out-of-pocket expense? $371 and change. When I took a voluntary buyout from the company almost 5 years ago, one of the side bennies they offered us was to bridge our health insurance for 4 months via COBRA. My monthly insurance premium to extend the coverage? $847 a month. This is what Bernie Sanders has been hammering away at for the past 5 years now, and even if Joe Biden is the nominee, he is going to fave increasing pressure to move harder left on the issue of Medicare-for-all. Because if there is one thing that this corona-virus pandemic has done, it is to take what was once a theoretical issue and turn it into a practical, everyday issue affecting everyone. What was the biggest resistance to Medicare-for-all? People were adverse to the thought of losing the insurance they already had. That insurance was like a security blanket, it might have holes in it, but it was warm and comforting just to have it, and like any child, people were loathe to give it up. Whenever you actually have anything, the possibility of losing it is entirely theoretical. But now, thanks to the pandemic, millions have suddenly become unemployed. If they were flat out fired, or if the company shut down for good, they are without health insurance. And if they are on furlough like Teri, it’s an open question as to whether the monthly premiums will be something that they can afford. Viola! The theoretical has just become reality. And at a time when a full course of corona-virus treatment, including a ventilator, tops out at somewhere in the neighborhood of $74,000. Millions of people are now uninsured, with a daunting prospect of trying to get insurance that they can afford. The Democrats should be hammering daily in the media about Trump’s refusal to reopen the Obamacare exchanges for a special period. But as the crisis drags on, even people who are lucky enough to still be employed, and covered by insurance, the specter is always over their shoulder that if this drags on too long, they too could find themselves on the street, without coverage. And since they’re just sitting around the table with paper and a calculator anyway, they might finally realize that a Medicare payroll tax of $135 a month, the going premium for Medicare, is less than they’re paying in payroll deductions for their current plan, along with co-pays and deductibles.. And nobody can take it away from them. Suddenly, Bernie’s radical socialist […]

Govern-O-Rama

I say yes, you say no. You ask why, I say I don’t know   The Beatles At its core, politics is a study in contrast. Just look at the Democratic primaries. You have two candidates, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, allegedly from the same party, and sharing the same basic principles. Yet they each have a different vision as to how to accomplish those goals, and what the ultimate result should look like. It’s the same thing in national politics. You have the contrasting philosophies, and governing styles of two opposite parties. And boy, oh boy, in the current corona-virus you have a contrast that’s like the difference between a chili dog and a Chicago polish. And that’s something that the Democrats should be able to use going into November. On the Democratic side, you have Governors like Jay Inslee of Washington, with his wonky, black plastic rim glasses just like mine, spitting out data and science, and using it to fight the virus. You have Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, a woman who epitomizes the song Anything you can do, I can do better when it comes to female governance. And of course, there’s New York’s Andrew Cuomo, dispensing complete annihilation to offset Trump’s cheery bullshit. And on the other side? How about Abbot in Texas, whose official corona-virus response for months was Party on Wayne! Party on Garth! Then there’s Kemp in Georgia, who finally took his head out of the Cat-in-the-Hat series long enough to realize that people who don’t look sick can spread the virus too! And of course, DeSantis in Florida, who honestly doesn’t give a shit what happens, because he has a first line to Glorious Bleater whenever he needs shit. And for dessert, there’s Mississippi’s lowlife Governor, whose official response to the corona-virus was Mississippi ain’t China. In response to which, China lifted their ban on religion long enough to yell Thank fucking God for that! and all around the country, other GOP Governors gleefully spouting off the fact free bullshit of Emperor Gluteus Maximus. If the 2018 midterms showed us nothing else, they showed that there is no longer a truly safe GOP seat. Kansas is a perfect example. Deep red Kansas elected a Governor that was going to revolutionize the state budget. He revolutionized it so much that school teachers were driving for Uber, and the deficit sinkhole he created will take years to back fill. The GOP responded by trying to elect an even dumber Twerp to replace him when he fled in the middle of the night, and today Kansas has a Democratic Governor, as well as a Native American, lesbian, MMA fighter lawyer in the House. 2018 was the canary in the coal  mine, and the GOP knows it. The red states are mostly southern, western, and rural. Democratic support is stacked in the urban areas, with GOP support spread throughout the rural areas. The problem there is that by their nature, rural areas don’t have a lot of people. The reason those states stay reliably red is because of a strong base of GOP support in middle and upper middle class white suburban and exurban voters. These are the exact same voters who fled the GOP in 20187, flipping the House, and putting a Democrat in the Governors mansion in Kansas. And these are the exact same voters who, in conjunction […]

Germany Accuses U.S. of ‘Modern Piracy’ For Diverting Masks Shipment

There is no question but that the coronavirus pandemic is being used as a cash cow for certain unscrupulous people, who are dying to line their pockets with taxpayers’ money. Donald Trump knows it and he said as much. He spoke a great deal about “markets” and “what markets are for.” He also chastised governors, who according to him, “could have bought these supplies a long time ago when there wasn’t competition.” He also told the governors “try getting it yourselves. We will be backing you.” Trump doesn’t want to “disrupt the supply chain” because there are people who are making big bucks off of these supplies and some of it will undoubtedly find it’s way into his pocket — and he’s most likely counting on that, because his properties have been losing about $1 Million a day. A few days ago I posted a story “GOP Fundraiser Leaves Politics To Cash In On Coronavirus Windfall.” In that piece, I pointed out that two GOP fundraisers had incorporated in Delaware on Monday and by Friday one of them was saying that they were a leading global distributor and that he couldn’t say how, but it was “all based on personal relationships.” Now if that isn’t the smoking gun, I don’t know what is. Follow the money is always the best piece of advice you can take. Now today, The Guardian posted a piece filled with anecdotes about how other countries are getting outbid by the United States. The lede is about a shipment of N95 masks that Germany purchased, to protect their police force, and which was pirated. The US has been accused of “modern piracy” after reportedly diverting a shipment of masks intended for the German police, and outbidding other countries in the increasingly fraught global market for coronavirus protective equipment. About 200,000 N95 masks made by the manufacturer GM were diverted to the US as they were being transferred between planes in Thailand, according to the Berlin authorities who had ordered the masks for the police force. Andreas Geisel, the interior minister for Berlin state, described the diversion as “an act of modern piracy” and appealed to the German government to demand Washington conform to international trading rules. “This is no way to treat trans-Atlantic partners,” Geisel said. “Even in times of global crisis there should be no wild west methods.” There shouldn’t be, but there is. With Trump in charge, the situation is now defaulted to where the only ones benefiting are the robber baron class. US states have found themselves competing against each other and the federal government for equipment. The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, said this week that it was like “being on eBay with 50 other states”. State governors learned they could not rely on the rapidly depleting national stockpile, especially after Donald Trump made it clear that federal help would be affected by political preference, saying he wanted governors to be “appreciative”. The governors are going hat in hand, to try to provide for their constituents, and yet Trump and his task force get up to the podium every single day and spew disinformation and try to make the right noises to make it look like things are being handled properly, when in fact, piracy is the order of the day. Fact: Trump delayed in his coronavirus […]
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For Governors, The Next Battle Is Already Lost

I’m sure that most Governors are nice people. Their wants are simple, rent free housing in a mansion, chauffeur driven limousine, applause every time that they poke their heads out, and Super PAC dark money to tide them over between gigs. I’m no psychic, but I’m pretty sure that managing a brutal health care pandemic crisis wasn’t on their radar when they decided to run for Governor. Most certainly not a health care crisis they’re slogging through with an uncaring and largely unresponsive federal government. These people are trying to navigate a minefield without a stick to poke in the ground in front of them, and most of them are doing a heroic job. But as a consequence, while they are fighting the corona-virus tooth and nail, through no fault of their own they have already lost a battle that will haunt them long after the pandemic is over with. While they are fighting this fight, state Governors are burning through money like a drunken rock star. Obviously that is not the concern of the moment, as life takes precedence. But it is also something that is not immediately noticeable, for a simple reason. They are spending fiscal year 2020 money, money collected and allocated in 2019 by the state. But sooner or later fiscal 2020 is going to run out. For the sake of simplicity in this example, let’s just say that the coronavirus is a one-and-done. It burns itself out sometime in June, or early July, and does not make a reunion tour reappearance in the fall. By late July, some kind of normalcy will once again at least begin to settle back into most states, obviously with the worst effected ones lagging the furthest behind. Unfortunately, with very little time to even take a breath, many states are going to immediately be thrust back into another crisis, this one a financial crisis. Very few states fund a 1/1-12/31 fiscal calendar year. When the US congress comes back to work in September, they have to hammer out the fiscal budget for 2021 in the middle of an election year. And for most states, the fiscal budget process is when the economic hardships of the coronavirus will be most immediately felt. Most states generate operating revenue two ways, federal spending to the states, and tax revenue. Most federal income is assigned, block grants for Medicaid, education funding, infrastructure, housing assistance, that kind of thing. But normal state operating funds come from tax collection, state income tax, property taxes, sales tax, and gas tax. And that’s where the rub comes in. While the stay at home orders are in place, and while all non essential business are closed, it creates a severe hardship for people, but it is also creating a hardship for the states. People not getting paid are not paying state income taxes. Stores being closed means no sales tax revenue. And because nobody is driving back and forth to work, or making any other side trips for that matter, gas sales are down, which means a drop in revenue from the state gasoline sales tax. My adopted home state of Nevada is an interesting case study, although not typical. When we moved to Vegas, I was shocked. Nevada has no state income tax, Illinois had a hefty one. Nevada […]
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Trump DOJ Quashed Criminal Opioid charges Against Walmart

One of my favorite go to sites, Propublica, has a bombshell new report out. On a Tuesday just before Halloween in 2018 a delegation of senior officials from Texas, including the US Attorney for the eastern district of Texas paid a little call on acting DEA head Uttam Dhillon. It seems that they had a little Walmart problem where the dispensing of opioids was concerned. The first thing that they did was to lay their cards on the table. It was voluminous, and damning. They started out with reports and concerns from various Walmart pharmacists themselves; There Rattan laid out the evidence. Opioids dispensed by Walmart pharmacies in Texas had killed customers who had overdosed. The pharmacists who dispensed those opioids had told the company they didn’t want to fill the prescriptions because they were coming from doctors who were running pill mills. They pleaded for help and guidance from Walmart’s corporate office. Walmart pharmacists in Texas were flat out advising the corporate offices that they either suspected, or knew that large numbers of prescriptions they were filling were coming from questionable sources, and asking permission to decline to gill. And it wasn’t just in Texas either. The company was getting requests for guidance from states like Kansas, Maine, North Carolina and Washington as well as other states. Tactics and proof was provided in the complaints; One Walmart employee warned about a Florida doctor who had a “list of patients from Kentucky that have been visiting pharmacies in all of central Wisconsin recently.” That doctor had sent patients to Walmarts in more than 30 other states. The response from Walmart’s corporate compliance office was as predictable as the sunset. Pharmacists were forbidden to blanket refuse to fill prescriptions from any single doctor, and were told to consider individual prescriptions on a case-by-vase basis. In an internal Walmart memo obtained by prosecutors, the compliance office said that when considering opioid matters, focus should be on driving profits. According to people who were in the room, when the prosecutors completed their presentation, Dhillon leaned back in his chair, and breathed out. Jesus Christ! Why aren’t we talking about this as a criminal complaint? And therein lay the rub. Several months earlier, Rattan had informed Walmart that they were preparing to indict the company on multiple charges of violating the Controlled Substances Act. Walmart’s response there was just as predictable as the sunrise the next morning. Rather than try to explain themselves, or mount a defense, they immediately appealed to Trump’s Department of Justice in Washington DC, with what should be just as predictable of a result; Before the Texas prosecutors could file their case, however, Walmart escalated concerns to high-ranking officials at the DOJ, who then intervened. Brown was ordered to stand down. On Aug. 31, 2018, Trump officials officially informed Walmart that the DOJ would decline to prosecute the company, according to a letter from Walmart’s lawyer that lays out the chronology of the case. That’s why the Texas federal prosecutors were in Washington in the first damn place, trying desperately to resuscitate their criminal case. After the preliminary positive response from the DEA, their next stop was a conference room at Main Justice. and the indomitable Rod Rosenstein. Once again they laid out their case in meticulous detail, and assured Rosenstein that this was not a “show […]
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KellyAnne Conway Jabs At Joe Biden For Not Supporting Trump On Coronmavirus

You know, it’s almost getting to be the standard to lead off every article on the Trump administration with the admonition You can’t make this shit up. Trump’s lead Legal counsel, KellyAnne Conjob appeared, where else?, but FUX and Friends to take yet another slap at Joe Biden. We’ll ignore for the moment the fact that if she was sitting in her office in the White House, or on the clock, this is her 6,579th violation of the Hatch Act. She took to the airwaves to whine about presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s lack of support for the president’s efforts on fighting the corona-virus I think it’s really disappointing to have President Obama’s number two, who apparently doesn’t talk much to him, out there criticizing instead of saying, hey, here’s what we did that we thought was effective,” I don’t know, I’m starting to run out of superlatives to use when describing this workshop of broken and misfit toys. And it’s kind of hard to take Cruella de Conway seriously when her lord and master has spent the last three year demolishing every single thing that Biden’s old boss did that actually worked. But the Queen of Grievance wasn’t quite finished yet; Why doesn’t Vice President Biden call the White House today and offer some support? He’s in his bunker in Wilmington, and I have to tell you we’re not talking about politics here at the White House at all. We’re talking about ventilators and vaccines, not Biden and Bernie. First of all, politics is all that they talk about in the White House. Trump’s approval ratings and reelection drive every decision, not the public good. And second, Conway’s disappointed sob story take on a truly rich texture of hypocrisy and bullshit when you put it into the proper context. It was in one of the interminable and insufferable daily press briefings last week when President Trump was asked whether he had contacted any of the remaining living presidents for their counsel and advice. Trump’s reply? No, I didn’t. I didn’t. Because there’s nothing that they could teach me. Now, to be fair, which is a foreign concept to Conway, Biden has repeatedly stated that he does not hold Trump responsible for the corona-virus itself, that wasn’t his creation. But what he does hold Trump responsible for is the inept and pathetic initial response to the virus, which has made things much worse than they needed to be. So, let’s summarize. Trump’s talking empty head hits the airwaves of the Trump Ministry of Propaganda to bemoan the fact that the political opponent who wants to take Trump’s job isn’t standing outside the White House gates in a cheerleaders costume, waving pom-poms, and sending Kim Jong Un style love letters to Trump on how to deal with the virus. All of this already knowing that Trump has already said that he wouldn’t take advice from Biden’s former boss, because there’s nothing that Obama can teach him. Good news for all of you Roger Rabbit fans out there. Toontown is alive and well at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A […]
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If You SIGN Emergency War Powers, Then USE The F*cking Thing!

You know, for a guy who spent the first half of his life trying to be seen as the ultimate Zeus of the real estate world, and who then spent 13 years as a comic strip character whose tag line was You’re Fired!, and who even today continues to confuse executive orders with imperial fiats, the great Emperor Knucklus Draggus sure seems to have a problem coming to grips with legitimate power and it’s use. More than three months late, Daddy’s widdle man finally got around to signing an emergency war powers declaration, and he’s not letting anybody forget it. For at least an hour a day, he stands behind a podium bragging about the incredible national juggernaut he has created, and throwing out production numbers that have the same reality driven values as his income tax returns. If all of this pie-in-the-sky bullshit is true, then I have one simple question for Moronicus Maximus. Howcomewhaforwhy are Governors, Mayors, clinics and hospitals still crying like newborns for critical supplies? And they are. Hourly. The reason can be found in three little words. Supply. And. Demand. God knows that the demand is there, all conveniently filled out in triplicate. But it is the manufacturers and suppliers who still control the shipping. And you show me any company, regardless of how much they’re producing, who doesn’t want top dollar for as much of it as they can sell. Ergo, you end up with states not only bidding against each other, you have them bidding against other countries! And even manufacturers and suppliers who want to act as honest brokers are running up against a brick wall. And they are putting their problem very cogently and succinctly. It goes something like this; As hard as we’re trying, we simply do not have the skill, training, or statistical knowledge to be able to determine need in order to ship out the products in the most efficient manner possible. It takes the government to do that. Yep, there ya go, it’s that goddamn gubbmint guy again ma! These companies are being besieged on a daily basis by requests, pleas, and threats, all of them sound desperate and sincere, and these companies have absolutely no idea of how to prioritize those requests to surge their shipments to where they are needed the most. And they are 100% correct, especially under the Emergency War Powers Act, that distribution responsibility beings to the government. The problem is, that just like everything else in his wasted life, Trump used the War Powers Act half assed. He ordered the ramping up or production, and cross manufacture of critical items, but he left the supply chain up to the producers, and that is flat out wrong! If the government is ordering the production, then the government becomes the customer. The government takes responsibility for shipping the supplies produced on to the end users, in this case states, cities and hospitals. The easiest way to do that is to supply the maker with a list of customers and the amounts they will receive. It’s not like this is some kind of newfangled contraption that needs to be figured out. Last century we had a little dust up called World War II. The government ordered the ramp up of steel and aluminum to 24 hour shifts. The production of screws, […]

Why now, Mr President?

You know, in the daily farce that passes for a corona-virus update from the Trump administration, after the Sermon On The Mount from Mike “The My Pillow Guy” Lindell, a human being so ridiculous that he was immortalized repeatedly by Stephen Colbert on Our Cartoon President, Trump stunned me, and said something that actually sounded serious and honest. He said that given the severity of the crisis, 100-200,000 casualties from the corona-virus was possible, due to the administrations heroic efforts. Now he just has to explain how this is possible. The corona-virus broke out in China. The initial response was totally botched by a corrupt, moribund bureaucratic structure overseen by politicians, more intent on controlling the spread by stealth, while party leaders continued to insist that it was localized, contained, and not a real crisis. The virus broke through the containment like a 4 wheeler through a puddle. before jumping to different countries like fleas in a kennel. The United States is not China. In so many ways, the United States is not China, but the most important way in which the United States is not China is that there is no way on God’s green earth that we should have been caught off guard by the spread of this virus in the US. We all saw it coming. We saw it break out in China, move on to South Korea, Japan, and Europe. Scientific data started appearing, information on the method and rate of spread. Countries started using different methods to attempt to first contain, and then to mitigate the spread. And we had a front row seat to the whole thing. In these daily shit show briefings, Trump is now proudly starting to tout the numbers, the incredible increase in the manufacture and distribution of masks, surgical gowns, protective shields, and other gear to protect the front line doctors and nurses, as well as hospital construction, and medical equipment. Personally, given the veracity of the Trump administration, I take every number I hear from them with a cow lick sized grain of salt. But Trump loves to tout those numbers daily now, to show the might of the American response, and his powerful leadership. But even if all of the numbers are true, it still begs a two word question, Why now? We all knew this was coming, and watched it play out in real time. We saw the incredibly rapid spread of the virus, not only geographically, but in terms of intensity and infection. Early in the crisis, we saw places like Italy become swamped, caught totally off guard by the speed of infection, leading to a critical shortage of personal protective equipment for medical staff, and a sudden shortage of beds in which to treat patients. We saw it all coming. Why now? We all saw this coming, and knew without a doubt that it was coming here. If you had just paid attention, listened, and done the damn job, you could have signed the Emergency War Powers proclamation in the second or third week, when it was still raging in Europe and Asia. And guess what? We would have already had millions of surgical masks, gowns, face shields, and gloves, packed in boxes and ready to ship within hours to where they were needed. General Semonite of the Army Corps of Engineers bragged that […]

Restart The Debates!

The Bully Pulpit. That’s what the President has every single time he sits in the Oval Office in front of a camera, or steps behind the podium. Whenever the president gives an address, briefing or update, it is national news, and carried nationwide at his request, with network approval. You can’t buy this kind of free airtime. As with everything else in his pathetic, misbegotten life, Trump repeatedly blundered his use of the bully pulpit, especially during the corona-virus pandemic. Trump’s early press briefings were a nightmare scenario for the administration. Trump blubbered and bungled his way through an hour of free association gobbleygook and outright lies, which the media gleefully skewered. But while they were slow and clumsy to respond to the crisis, slowly but painfully the administration is beginning to have numbers that they can point to as positive accomplishments in their response to the virus. Which unchecked makes Trump falsely look in control and presidential. The Democrats are at a major disadvantage in this media battle. Speaker Pelosi can take to the airwaves to announce a new Democratic bill or program to help the American people, and take a pot shot or two at His Lowness, but Pelosi isn’t running for president. And neither Bernie nor Biden can hold public rallies or speeches with which to generate any media buzz, and turn the heat up on El Pendejo Presidente. But unless I went into a selective coma, as far as I know, Bernie Sanders is still in the race. And there are still primaries to be held. Pick a state with an upcoming primary, pick a site and a date, and hold a closed door, nationally televised debate. Just because people nationwide are in lockdown doesn’t mean that the Democrats don’t have to pick a presidential candidate, nor that the primaries are over. Besides, with a nation in lockdown, television ratings for a prime time debate should be nice and high. Start with one about the coronavirus. Obviously the entire thing can’t devolve into Trump bashing. But each candidate can start by going into detail about Trump’s response, then highlight how their response would have differed, and what the possible differing outcome would have been. They can each lay out what their own plan of action going forward would be if they were President, and compare it to Trump’s hodgepodge response. And I have no problem with either candidate drawing out legitimate differences with each other, after all, this is a debate. The next one could be on the economic crisis. Again, they can start out by graphically depicting Trump’s abysmal failure of common sense and leadership, and then parry with what they would have done, but more importantly, what their plan is going forward, again juxtaposing with Trump’s feeble bleatings. These could be held at least once a month, preferably every two weeks, as long as eligible states were still out there. This would give the Democrats a more equal footing in responding to the craven nonsense we’re getting out of these daily briefings. There’s one more thing that the Democrats can do to even the playing field a little more. This is just a personal observation, but from where I’m sitting, Mike the “My Pillow Guy” is a total flaming asshole. For three years now he’s gone around the […]

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