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Thoughts on Events the Week of March 29

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on April 7, 2021

Overview: Channeling Paul Simon, I look around, around and I see people going without masks and not social distancing even as Covid-19 cases are rising, I see people refusing to enact sensible gun legislation while surrounded by mass murders, I see legislators enacting voter suppression laws in a democracy, I see white supremacists thinking they are superior when all evidence is to the contrary, and I see that Ron White was correct: You can’t fix stupid.

Matt Gaetz:  This congress congressperson from Florida is being investigated for violating US code 2423 for transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of sexual activity, and the possible legal jeopardy and negative publicity couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

Whether Gaetz is innocent or guilty, which is not proven and until which he is considered innocent, he is a truly odious human being. He not only spews Trump lies, of which he knows better, word for word, but in a distinctly obnoxious way. Show me a rich pasty white guy who engages in lies and smears and grievances, poor baby, and I’ll show you a guy who deserves every negative thing he gets.

Infrastructure: This is a subject that has been bandied about, but not addressed, for years, arguably for half a century.

Trump promised to produce the best infrastructure bill ever incessantly, perhaps the only positive thing he ever did mention, but did absolutely nothing about it. President Obama desperately wanted an infrastructure jobs bill to help with the recovery from the Great Recession, but an obstructionist Republican Party denied him it. Now President Biden wants to go big on it. He’s positioning it in part as a jobs bill, but in my view, it’s really a catch-up bill.

Infrastructure must be maintained regularly or it falls into serious disrepair, which is what has been happening for years. It can be postponed up to a point, but the fact is, the more it is delayed, the more it is going to cost. That’s in part why Biden is making the big ask now.

I don’t think a bill of this kind is essential mow, as it certainly was in 2009. So, I’m not sure it necessarily needs to be addressed all at once. I would be happy with a commitment to on-going maintenance rather than one lump sum. That said, I appreciate Biden’s go big impulses.

Boycotts: After some prodding, corporate leaders in Georgia and Texas have made statements claiming the obvious, that voter suppression laws are odious. I can kind of sympathize with businesses put in this position. In today’s polarization, about half of their customers often stand on both sides of almost any issue, so whichever way they go, they risk alienating half their customers.

For instance, pulling the Major League Baseball’s All-Star game out of Atlanta is a small step, but a meaningful one. But the only ones affected in a meaningful way, other than bruising Atlanta’s pride, are the people who would be employed for the event and hospitality businesses.

Besides, I don’t put much stock in these statements. Like everything else in politics, don’t pay attention to what they say; watch what they do. If corporations really mean it, and they should, they will stop making donations to the Republican Party and its candidates. That will get politicians’ attention, and that’s what I will be looking out for.

Worst state: By way of welcoming Georgia into the rarified company of worst states, I give them the cup this week for the reason they qualify: its odious voter suppression laws.

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