Progressive Sweeping LVII

It’s another one of those days where I have let a lot of things that I want to at least mention accumulate. Without further ado, let’s go.

Money Talks, And Silences

The main reason that Florida Governor Ron “Kinky Boots” DeSantis dropped out of the race is that he ran out of other people’s money. I predict this will also soon be the real reason “No No” Nikki Haley drops out. (This was written before the New Hampshire results were known but I’m confident in the preceding statement.) It is difficult to run a campaign when you can’t afford fuel for the plane.

The Court Got One Correct

With good cause, I’ve been a critic of the Supreme Court for some time now. Recently it got a decision right – not right wing – just correct. It ruled against Texas in a case involving immigration policy. Texas’ Republican Governor Greg Abbott tried to institute his own policy as a publicity stunt. Like DeSantis, he also wants to be president. Greg, if you want to be president you have to successfully run for the office, not just covet it. It’s not easy, DeSantis found out the hard way. Like your contemporary in the Sunshine State, in the long run all you will have done is cost the people of your state a bunch of money without accomplishing anything.

Biden’s Terrible Economy

If you still listen to a network that has already paid out over three-quarters of a billion dollars in fines for knowingly broadcasting lies – among other things you are a fool – you believe the economy is a mess and Joe Biden is at fault. The reality is that it is at least a bit unfair to give a president credit for a good economy or blame for a bad one and the current economy is doing very well.

The stock market is not a good barometer of the overall economy, but again both the Dow and the S&P 500 hit all-time highs. Those are not the only, or in the opinion of people in the know, most important metrics but that is sufficient for a quick hit.

Wannabe Mobster

If I covered all of Donald Trump antics and zany pronouncements, I’d do nothing else. I just want to touch on one in this segment. Trump warned the Supreme Court of “Chaos and bedlam” if the Court disqualified him from the ballot. I just ask you to judge if those are the actions of a law-abiding statesman or a wannabe mobster.

Covert Slickness?

After intense pressure including court decisions, Louisiana Republicans approved a congressional map that will most likely result in a second Democrat in the House from their state. While many consider that progress and a victory, I consider it just fairness; delayed fairness at that. Somewhat hidden in the map making is the fact that they made the districts represented by Mike Johnson and Steve Scalise redder. Think about that for a bit.

Peter To Prison?

The Justice Department announced it will seek prison time for Peter Navarro for contempt of Congress. I lack the time and space to go into all the specifics but Navarro was arguably the most egregious of those in the Trump administration who flagrantly disregarded a congressional subpoena.

Just A Distraction

Much is being made of an alleged affair Fulton County DA Fani Willis had with a prosecutor. It makes for great gossip but it has absolutely no bearing on the cases against Trump and his co-conspirators.
Allow me to put it in perspective. You get a speeding ticket from a police officer. You discover that she has been having an affair with a married man. Perhaps she even wore her uniform on a “date”. While her conduct is at best questionable, it does not diminish from the fact that you broke the law. “But what about…” is neither a defense nor an absolution in American law.

All Hands On Deck

John Kerry heard the call to duty to save American democracy and the former Navy officer responded. Kerry is stepping away from his position as U. S. Climate Envoy and will work for the Biden reelection campaign. I contend that he is still working on the environment. You can make book that Trump won’t do anything positive on that issue if he were to return to power.

Misogynist Mix-up?

Trump confused Nikki Haley with Nancy Pelosi at a recent event. I find that understandable for someone like Trump to whom all women are basically interchangeable commodities. Here is a hint Donny boy: Nancy, unlike Nikki, never denied her ethnic heritage.

Starving Their State’s Children

15 governors, not surprisingly all Republicans, have rejected summer food money for poor children in their states. Malnutrition, especially in growing children, is dangerous and hazardous to health. The 15 are: Kay Ivey of Alabama, Mike Dunlevy of Arkansas, Ron DeSantis of Florida, Brian Kemp of Georgia, Brad Little of Idaho, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Jeff Landry of Louisiana, Tate Reeves of Mississippi, Jim Pillen of Nebraska, Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Greg Abbott of Texas, Phil Scott of Vermont and Mark Gordon of Wyoming.

This proves that voting for a Republican is both a hazard to your health and dangerous!

That’s too much for me today! I’m out.

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