I agree. It’s easier to break things than fix them. Hopefully, in November, the Democrats will expand their razor thin Senate majority by a couple of seats. The GOP is still expected to gain the majority (albeit a slim one) in the House though. But hopefully, a larger Senate majority could pass the bills McConnell (and later Manchin and Sinema) bottlenecked. Perhaps (dare I hope?) Justices Thomas and/or Alito will either fall ill or retire between now and 2024 meaning Biden (or, as the case may be, Harris) will be making one or two appointments that won’t be bottlenecked by McConnell the way Merrick Garland’s appointment to the SCOTUS after Justice Scalia’s death. Right now will be the midterms and it still boils down to who turns out strongest in November. Will Democrats, moderate Republicans and independent swing voters turn out stronger than the MAGA base? That’s what I’m casting my hopes on.
I am going to NY for my brother in law’s remarriage and got tested this afternoon. While I was there, I also got the new booster. So, I am set for my trip this weekend. You are right that the virus has become endemic (that is, part of the atmosphere like our “old friends” the common cold, the flu and seasonal allergens like pollen and ragweed). But I for one am OK with getting boosted every six months or so. I will continue to find some common ground on all this, somewhere between Pollyanna and Chicken Little.
Have you noticed that MAGAs (like Kellogg’s, Montana Bill, etc.) love to complain about the “blame America first” Libs. Yet not a peep about the “nothing good to say about America as long as the Dems are in charge” MAGA base?
I do know that in many European countries inflation is higher than it is here. And that we are seeing gas prices heading downward, food prices are still rising but some experts are expecting food prices to peak soon. As for recession, no decade in our 246 year history has been immune from some kind of economic turmoil. And we have spent the past few years fighting a virus that (like other viruses) adapted and evolved as its environment changed. As we progress in the future, we might well have a recession. But hopefully it will be a brief V shaped recession (a sharp drop followed by an equally sharp bounceback) like in the early 80’s as opposed to an L shaped recession (the economy drops and then bumps along the bottom for a few years or so) like in the early 90’s or the “Great Recession” of 2008-10.
We can solve most of this immigration crisis by increasing work visas to workers from other countries as well as expanding our asylum policies. That said, the GOP doesn’t want to lose its favorite boogeymen, illegal immigrants. And companies don’t want to lose the option of hiring illegal workers they can pay “under the table” to keep operating costs down. Hopefully, in November, the Democrats can expand their razor thin majority in the Senate by a couple of seats (I still expect the GOP to gain the majority in the House, but I hope to be proven wrong) and can pass some comprehensive immigration reform.
I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person. But seriously, the MAGA base really loves to “own the libs” but we don’t have to take the bait they’re offering us. Remember what Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high”.
During the Covid lockdowns, gas was $2.00 a gallon but no one was going anywhere (except for essential workers, delivery people, etc.)! It’s supply and demand, pure and simple. As for food prices, yes they’re still going up but not as rapidly as a few months ago. The President can only do so much with inflation, except to direct the Fed to raise interest rates. It’s Congress who controls the country’s purse strings.
Although I still like Biden, and am genuinely impressed with what he and the Democrats have accomplished despite their razor thin majority in the Senate (the infrastructure bill, the vaccine rollout, the inflation reduction act, etc.), I do not want Biden to run for a second term in 2024. Although I’m not exactly a spring chicken myself, I do not want an Octogenarian in the White House. And Trump is only a few years younger than Biden, in 2024 he will be the same age Biden was when he was sworn in on January 2021 (78). Long story short, I don’t want a Trump/Biden rematch in 2024. I would prefer someone like CO Gov. Jared Polis or MI Gov. Gretchen Whitmer running instead on the Democratic ticket. As for the GOP, I still hold out hope that Trump would be indicted before 2024 (meaning he can’t run for office), but if he does run don’t be too surprised if the GOP ultimately nominates someone like FL Gov. Ron DeSantis instead.
With the continued rantings of a small (albeit noisy) minority of hard core MAGA voters over the Mar a Lago raid, the red wave is looking more like a ripple. It all boils down, though, to turnout in November. Many, if not most, MAGA voters will crawl over broken glass to vote. But if Democrats, moderate Republicans, and independent swing voters turn out with intensity, the Democrats could well expand their majority in the Senate by a couple of seats. The GOP is still expected to gain a majority (albeit a slim one) in the House, but I am cautiously optimistic that this midterm will be the first one since 2002 when the party in the White House gained seats in both houses of Congress instead of losing them. but we’ll see.
Dear Sr. Tech Writer, I did not intend to disparage truckers. I know they work hard (and I can’t imagine being one myself). I was trying to point out that post high school education wasn’t a one size fits all endeavor. For many HS grads, college would be the route to pick. But for others, trade/technical school and/or national service in the Peace Corps or some other organization would be better. Bringing college and trade school tuitions back down to earth would be good too.