In the early 1990’s President Bill Clinton said: “We must say ‘no’ to illegal immigration so we can continue to say ‘yes’ to legal immigration.” At the same time he called for Congress to “protect our borders, remove criminal aliens, reduce work incentives for illegal immigration and stop asylum abuse.”
If corporations like Apple, Delta, Coca-Cola and even Hollywood studios are so concerned about equality that they are threatening to leave states that are legitimately tightening up their election laws against voter fraud, why are they all still doing business in China whose actions in Hong Kong and against Muslim minorities are clearly repressive?
In Washington you can call a pig by any other name, but it’s still Pork. Less than 10% of the $1.9 trillion “Coronavirus Bill” went to actually getting shots in arms; and only around 30% of the coming so-called “Infrastructure Bill” will be going to building or repairing roads, fixing bridges, strengthening the power grid and other long neglected, true infrastructure projects. And, speaking of Pork Barrel Politics, shame on both Parties for bringing back the earmarks that we had hoped were long dead.
On what is usually a most Taxing Day, we note that one-half of all taxpayers pay 97% of all taxes in the U.S.; and that the reviled “1%,” while doing quite well by making almost 20% of all taxable income, do pay more than their “fair share” by accounting for more that 37% of all taxes.
Four short years ago, when it was President Trump calling for an end to the filibuster, it was none other than Chuck Schumer who called The legislative filibuster “the most important distinction between the Senate and the House.” And now Senator Elizabeth Warren, who used that tactic against Senator Tim Scott’ police-reform bill, laughably calls that tactic “racist.”
To the Republicans who joined their Democrat friends in re-instituting the legislative/budget porkfest known as “earmarks” we remind them that the late Tom Coburn of Oklahoma called “earmarks” the “gateway drug” to big spending. And, we would add, that it will call for more and more taxes to support that habit.
If Senate Democrats kill the filibuster as they are threatening to, here’s what we could get in short order: massive tax hikes; federalized election laws ignoring State’s rights and contravening the Constitution; mandatory unionization in 27 states with Right to Work Laws; two perennial Democrat-leaning new states with Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. which also disregards the Constitution; and the impractical and wildly expensive to the middle class “Green New Deal.” The Filibuster exists to protect the minority’s rights, which Republicans upheld when they held the majority.
So, what was the rush? The TUD boards sudden decision to terminate GM Ed Pattison without caused by 3-1-1 vote while in the middle of critical water rights negotiations with PG&E as well as capital improvement project smacks of the political activism that we have seen with other actions and statements made by these three board members Pattison is done much for the future of water in Tuolumne county something directors Ballen, Ringen, and Murphy claim that they are concerned about. We are even more concerned that this action clearly marked their intentions to limit grow, by limiting the availability of water.
Despite the many miscalculations and unfathomably complicated guidelines set by those in charge, congratulations to ALL involved for hitting the 100 million vaccinations mark. Kudos especially to the local folks on the ground who actually put the shots in arms. The Biden Administration is taking all the credit for this important milestone but they conveniently forget one thing: that none of this would have been possible without the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed that removed the usual barriers to development, approval and, most importantly, the manufacturing of these vaccines.