no federal pandamic plan, mcconnell packing the courts and other morning delights

MORNING RUNDOWN •       At the beginning of the pandemic, because of the total lack of a federal plan to deal with the problem, New York spent $1.1 billion for supplies to deal with the crisis.  According to the New York Times (NYT) Both the state and city governments entered into contracts rushing to try toContinue reading “no federal pandamic plan, mcconnell packing the courts and other morning delights”

Biden is not going to just say “come on man” and have McConnell get down on his knees.

It is increasingly apparent to me that watching the corporate news will be as difficult over the next four years as it was over the last four.  Nicolle Wallace, one of the Never-Trumpers that the corporate Democrats love so much, just begged a reporter for information on Republicans who are likely to cooperate with theContinue reading “Biden is not going to just say “come on man” and have McConnell get down on his knees.”

FAIR ELECTION? “i SEE NO PROGRESS TOWARDS AN EVIDENCE-BASED ELECTION.”

Jennifer Cohn, an election security advocate, writer, and attorney is essential reading if you are at all interested in fair elections.  One of the downsides to Biden winning the 2020 election is that everybody wants to go home, drink and relax.  As women keep saying to me, they want to get back to “normal.”  But,Continue reading “FAIR ELECTION? “i SEE NO PROGRESS TOWARDS AN EVIDENCE-BASED ELECTION.””

Ginsburg, celebrity culture and “civil grace.”

Saturday 19 September 2020 I despise the celebrity culture that has taken over this country.  The Democratic National Convention was nothing other than a cheap, vacuous, celebrity infomercial devoid of policy and full of “cult of personality” programming.  It was an embarrassment.  Somehow, we were supposed to believe that because Joe Biden is a niceContinue reading “Ginsburg, celebrity culture and “civil grace.””

elie mystal, writing in the nation @elienyc

Elie Mystal, today, writing in the Nation: I would like to mourn her. But even Ginsburg herself realized there would be no time for that. McConnell has already removed the filibuster rule for Supreme Court appointments, which means he needs only 50 votes to confirm a new justice (since the vice president breaks any ties),Continue reading “elie mystal, writing in the nation @elienyc”

Disaster Economics: Part 2

Notes from the podcast Pitchcock Economics   “Disaster Economics” 23 March 2020 This crisis brings into focus the damage of forty years of neo-liberal politics. These policies have been corrosive. The effect of a crisis reveals how well the society was prepared in the first place. If, when a hurricane is coming, the society livedContinue reading “Disaster Economics: Part 2”

Just Another Coinkydink: There are so many coincidences. Don’t believe in conspiracy theory.

  In September, Mitch McConnell announced that he would block a bill  to lower prescription drug costs. By the end of December McConnell had raked in more than $50,000 in contributions from political action committees and individuals tied to the pharmaceutical industry. The bill that would have allow the federal government to negotiate prices forContinue reading “Just Another Coinkydink: There are so many coincidences. Don’t believe in conspiracy theory.”