I cannot help wondering if my built-in snark-o-meter will spin as wildly a year from now as it does today? It takes so little … sometimes just a single word … to set it off.
Humorous snark …
Some days, you look at the political news, and you’ve just gotta laugh. This one comes from a state legislator named Price Wallace in the state of Mississippi.
That’s right, folks … Mr. Wallace is 58 years old, a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives since 2018, and he has yet to find his brain. Judging by most of the comments, I think Mr. Wallace may be voted out next time ‘round!
- Yeah, because that worked out so well last time. For future reference, it’s “secede”.
- You’re the poster boy for improving our education system in Mississippi Price.
- Making slavery vogue again
- Do it!! It really worked great the last time! Tell
@tatereeves that Trump is moving into the Governor’s Mansion. He will rule as Emperor of Trumpistan. Reeves can be in charge of his McDonald’s orders.
- If Mississippi wants to secede (again), I don’t know anyone who would object. The rest of the country would love to be rid of us. At the rate our young people are fleeing, soon the only residents will be our two senators and one remaining congressman.
- Seeing that we are a welfare state that receives more money from the federal government then we contribute, who is going to be the person in charge of begging for foreign aid? And people wonder why the state has been at the bottom so long. Look at the type of people whites elect.
And then there was Eric Trump, one of Trump’s two dumb-as-a-tin-can sons, who urged the people of Minnesota to ‘get out and vote’ … only one problem …
Check the date of his tweet … one week after election day. Um, if Trump is looking for voter fraud, perhaps he needs look no further than his own nest?
Turns out that Eric had written the tweet some time before the election and scheduled it to go on Tuesday but wasn’t quite smart enough to double check the date. And this is the family that has been in charge of this country for the past four years?
Transition from chaos to sanity …
And on a more serious note, with just 69 days left until Joseph Robinette Biden takes the Oath of Office and is officially sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, time is of the essence in preparing for a smooth transition. However, Trump is refusing to concede that he lost the election, he has ordered that no federal agency is to work with Biden’s transition team, nor to provide any information to them.
Political appointees have told their staffers, including career civil servants, not to respond to outreach from the Biden team, if there is any. No formal briefings on agencies’ projects, budgets, trouble spots or day-to-day operations — crucial building blocks that help an administration form a new government — are taking place. This should not surprise anybody, for Donald Trump’s level of maturity is somewhere around that of a grasshopper, but it is detrimental to the health of this nation. The incoming administration needs to have access to the resources and knowledge of the outgoing administration, plain and simple.
However, Joe Biden is not scratching his head and letting grass grow under his feet. Remember, he spent 8 years as Vice President, and built a network of contacts during that time … contacts he can fall back on now, his team working through informal channels to learn what’s going on in the government, talking with think tanks, labor and nonprofit groups and those who previously served at federal agencies.
Since Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration (GSA) is refusing to sign paperwork that releases Biden’s $6.3 million share of nearly $10 million in transition resources, the vast majority of the Biden team members will volunteer their time. These are people who are dedicated to their jobs, dedicated to making the transition as smooth as possible, even under adverse circumstances, and We the People owe them a debt of gratitude.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Trump continues to play his shell game of lawsuits, false claims of voter fraud, and temper tantrums. Won’t it be nice to have a grown man leading the nation in just 69 days?
Another new record-setting day
And in even more serious news, the U.S. broke yet another record … actually two new records yesterday: 142,808 new cases of the coronavirus in a 24-hour period, and 1,478 deaths in the same period.
At the federal level, there is nothing being done to try to stem the spread of the virus, however many states are taking new measures such as mask mandates and requiring restaurants and bars to close at 10:00 p.m. It will not be enough. We were warned … for months, the medical experts have been telling us that with colder weather would come a new surge, but our government chose to ignore the experts, allowing Trump to spread his false rhetoric that the virus was “going away”, and that we had “turned a corner”.
With just over 4% of the world’s population, we have 20.4% of the global cases, and 19.2% of the global deaths. This, my friends, is not a record we should be proud to hold. Our friends and families are dying, and our federal government is doing exactly nothing.
On Monday, it was announced that drug company Pfizer has produced an experimental coronavirus vaccine that appears to be more than 90% effective. Cynic that I am, I distrust anything that comes out of a U.S.-based pharmaceutical company, but in any event, this is positive news, though far from being a cure-all. Trump, however, despite the fact that he has been promising a vaccine for months now, lashed out in anger, claiming that Pfizer withheld their announcement until after the election in order to sabotage his re-election bid. I believe he referred to it as the “medical deep state.” Obviously, his rant is bullshit, but … it proves one thing that we should all realize: to Trump, we are pawns, and our lives are worth less than nothing to him.
69 more days, my friends. Yes, chaos is likely to reign during that time, but just think … on the night of January 20, 2021, we will be able to go to bed and actually sleep without nightmares, without wondering to what abomination we will wake in the morning.