Dems Worried About Covid

By: John Semmens

Biden COVID response coordinator Ashish Jha says he has “two major worries about a possible uptick in covid that could infect over 100 million Americans by Fall. The increasingly infectious variants mean more people will catch the disease. On the other hand, the diminishment of symptoms means that hardly anyone will realize they are infected.”

“People who don’t realize they are infected won’t feel an urgency to get tested or vaccinated,” he predicted. “The whole pandemic infrastructure will be underutilized. People will be going about their business as if life is normal. Their willingness to obey directives to wear masks, avoid crowds, shun social interactions, spy on their neighbors and report deviant behavior will wither. They may reject supporting the Party that cared for them these past few years and vote Republican in numbers too large to overcome via ballot harvesting. Unbelievers could displace the faithful and engineer a dangerous revival of the way we lived before the pandemic.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci sadly concurred with Jha’s assessment, saying “when covid was killing people by the thousands for week after week we had the people’s attention. They complied with our directives. They shuttered their businesses, wore masks, stopped going to church, did as they were told. The evolution of covid toward a milder disease has broken the bond of trust they put in us. Disbelief dogs our every utterance now. Those of us who have been fighting the pandemic since day one will likely come to regard it as ‘the good old days.’ I shudder to think of what it might be like with Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress. ‘Nightmare’ is the word that keeps reverberating in my brain.”

Biden Disinfo Czar Calls for Covert Social Media Editing

By: John Semmens

Nina Jankowicz, executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Board, says she “will replace the crude and incendiary practices of banning social media users with a seamless covert editing process. As I see this process working, my office will create a ‘verified truth teller’ program where we will vet persons and select those who are fully in sync with the consensus of the right thinking segment of society. Those selected will be granted unimpeded access to all social media accounts on all the platforms and be authorized to alter the content to conform with the government’s approved message.”

Jankowicz characterized this as “the opposite of censorship. No one will be silenced, per se. There will still be posts with their names on them. Only offensive content will be altered. Animosities engendered by clashing opinions will be muted by a sea of amiable unanimity. Post after post will confirm each other in an unending chain. Every attempt to post incorrect ideas will be thwarted in a kind and gentle manner. No one will be vilified. Mutual praise and admiration will be the persistent ambiance everywhere on the web.”

Biden Predicts Roe v. Wade Reverse Could End Big Government

By: John Semmens

President Biden predicted that “overturning Roe v. Wade will lead to a cascade of other brutalities inflicted on this country by an out-of-control Supreme Court. Why wouldn’t they follow up the cruelty of allowing states to enact laws limiting a mother’s right to kill her own baby with a similar atrocity like allowing states to ban gay marriage?”

“Look, here’s the deal,” Biden said. “The logic behind overturning Roe v. Wade is that the 1973 Court lacked the authority to proclaim a nationwide right to abortion. There’s nothing in the Constitution authorizing the Court to do that. Likewise, there’s nothing in the Constitution authorizing the Court to proclaim a nationwide law regarding gay marriages either. All the authority regarding matters not explicitly delegated to the federal government in the Constitution are reserved to the states by the Tenth Amendment. There’s a mountain of federal statutes and executive branch actions that have no explicit authorization in the Constitution. What’s to stop the Court from sending all these issues back to the states?”

The President worried that “a strict adherence to the Constitution would severely limit the federal government’s power. For this nation’s first 150 years we had a ‘can’t do’ federal government. FDR changed all that and transformed us into a ‘can do’ outfit. Outdated limitations were jettisoned. The people loved him and his methods. Since those days benevolent presidents were free to help people without regard to whether there was any specific authority for their actions. Chaining our benevolent leaders to only those powers granted in the Constitution would exchange the very concrete benefits of a generous government for the perils of abstract individualism and personal responsibility. I don’t think the voters want that and will show it by punishing the Republicans in the November elections.

Green Dilemma: Clean Air = More Hurricanes

By: John Semmens

A recently completed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study found that a 50% decrease in air pollution particulates led to a 33% increase in Atlantic hurricanes. NOAA hurricane scientist Hiroyuki Murakami explained that “hurricanes need warm water to fuel them. The sun-blocking effects of particulates lower the temperature and act to reduce the quantity of warm water. Ironically, our successful effort to clear the air of these pollutants has made hurricanes worse.”

Biden’s EPA Administrator Michael Regan called the effects “transitory. The potential for air pollutants coming out of China should more than make up for the reductions achieved in the United States. Prevailing westerly winds should enable prior pollution levels to be restored and offset the greenhouse effect of cleaner air on ocean temperatures.”

“A potential ‘wild card’ in the equation is the possibility of nuclear war between Russia and the United States,” Regan speculated. “The amount of particulate debris that would be lifted into the air from such a war could drastically lower global temperatures. Glaciers would begin to grow. Sea levels would start to go lower. The feared planetary disruptions envisioned from global warming would be averted. So, here at the EPA we’re cautiously optimistic about the future climate.”

Boost Abortions to Fight Inflation

As spiraling inflation puts the pinch on many household budgets, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif) has a solution: “increase the number of abortions. As we all know inflation happens when too many dollars are chasing too few goods. Well, bringing new babies into the world aggravates this problem. In fact, one of major pressure points for increasing inflation has been seen in the consumption of baby formula. This problem could be significantly eased if fewer babies were brought to term.”

Porter complained that “rather than helping this problem the pending Supreme Court outlawing of abortion will only make things worse. Our Party’s attempt to counter this wrongheaded change in the long-standing Roe v. Wade law by authorizing abortion nationwide was blocked in the Senate by Republicans and a couple of turncoat Democrats. That’s why Press Secretary Jen Psaki advised mothers to consult their doctors on humane ways to euthanize babies they can no longer afford to feed.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing “a bold plan to knock the legs out from under inflation. My $18 billion spending package will interdict a lot of the private spending that is fueling inflation. Rep. Porter will be pleased to note that the package includes free distribution of birth control pills and devices in every high school and middle school in the state—including, most importantly, the Catholic schools where the children are under the baleful influence of opponents of abortion.”

War Time Criticism of President Improper

By: John Semmens

Unsatisfied with massive GOP support for $40 billion in aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) slammed the few dozen Republicans who voted against the measure, insisting that “it is improper for anyone to be opposing our President when we are at war.”

“Since when have we been at war with Russia,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken) wanted to know. “Congress has not declared war. Congress hasn’t even authorized the use of military force.” The Senator recently blocked Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s push for a “unanimous consent” for the $40 billion aid, calling it “fiscally irresponsible and fraught with danger. It’s not as if we have money lying around unused. The funds needed will be borrowed—most likely from China. Worse, providing weapons to one side in a war and boasting about how our intelligence has helped sink a Russian warship is a provocation that invites retaliation.”

Hoyer called Rand’s words and actions “disunifying. Once our President has decided to make war it is everyone’s patriotic duty to rally behind him. How would Sen. Paul like it if a Republican president’s efforts to intervene in a foreign war were opposed by Democrats?”

“As I recall, Democrats were very vocal in their criticism of President Bush’s war in Iraq,” Rand said. “And that was after voting to authorize his use of force. As that war dragged on Democrat criticism of Bush grew quite vociferous and was proclaimed the ‘essence of patriotism’ by several prominent Democrat Party members including then Sen. Hillary Clinton (NY). The ability to criticize government policies and actions is vital to good governance. It must not be smothered by demands for unity.”

Ability to Laugh at Others Shows Mental Fitness

By: John Semmens

Joy Behar told her co-hosts on ABC’s “The View” that President Biden’s ability to laugh at White House Correspondents Dinner host Trevor Noah’s jokes about people suffering from inflation “proves his mental fitness. It wasn’t like he was all confused or anything. He was laughing right along with everyone else.”

“When you think of it, though, what’s so bad about not being able to afford to put gas in your car or meat on your dinner table?” she added. “Wouldn’t all of our lives be better if we drove or ate less? If the President’s policies have prompted these healthier outcomes isn’t that a good thing? Well, it’s certainly not a thing that Trump ever would have tried to force on the American people. That’s the key difference between Trump’s appeal to petty selfishness and Biden’s appeal to collective betterment through shared suffering.”

Mandatory Vaccination for Migrants Cancelled

By: John Semmens

After a brief show of treating illegal immigrants the same as Americans, the Biden Administration has abandoned its policy of mandatory covid vaccinations. “We tried telling them that they wouldn’t be able to go anywhere in the United States without proof of vaccination, but the vast majority still refused to be injected,” said a Border Patrol official. “The practical thing is we have no leverage over them. We can’t threaten their jobs because they have no jobs. We can’t threaten to send them back because the President doesn’t want them sent back. All we can do is put them on buses or planes and send them somewhere else.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas hastened to clarify that “it isn’t just the practical difficulties that led to our course correction. There are also equity considerations. These people aren’t American citizens. Who are we to boss them around and deny them free choices? One of the reasons they entered this country is to be free. The applicability of mandates like the one President Biden issued for all employers with more than 100 workers is questionable. Coercing citizens is a recognized authority of the President. Coercing foreigners is not. To be on the safe side and avoid being liable for damages it is best to just let them go where they want and do whatever they want.”

In related news, Mayorkas insisted that “the newly created Disinformation Governance Board will not infringe legitimate freedom of speech. There are clear boundaries between disinformation and genuine freedom of speech. Disinformation is speech that intends and attempts to discredit or oppose government policies and actions. Speech that intends or attempts to support government policies and actions is not disinformation and will not draw any punitive response from the Board against any person engaging in the activity.”

Matt Salmon Failing to Gain Traction

Matt Salmon recently released his own Border Security Plan, months after the other candidates released theres and containing many of the same ideas. Too little too late seems like the appropriate way to describe not only this plan but the Matt Salmon for Governor campaign as a whole.

Matt Salmon is a former Congressman and State Senator who is running to replace Republican Governor Doug Ducey who is termed out in 2022. Early on many believed Matt Salmon was going to be the frontrunner of this race and run away with it but recent and ample polling has shown that he is not resinating with voters.

Matt is endorsed by the powerful advocacy group Club for Growth and early on in the campaign they released a poll with Matt Salmon well ahead of competitor Karrin Taylor Robson, however, recent polling shows that both political newcomers Karrin Taylor Robson and Kari Lake are beating Matt badly and repeatedly.

Other competitors such as Steve Gaynor have already seen the writing on the wall; that this is a two person race, and exited to live to fight another day.

However, Matt Salmon has shown no indication that he is leaving the race and that may become a factor in how the race turns out. It also brings up a good questions, who would benefit from Matt Salmon leaving the race, business leader Karrin Taylor Robson or longtime journalist Kari Lake.

American Extremists

By: John Semmens

This week, President Biden denounced Trump supporters as “the worst extremists in our country’s history.” Inasmuch as the Klu Klux Klan terrorized blacks for decades—murdering and lynching them—and Antifa has been instigating riots that have caused billions of dollars in damage and dozens of deaths of innocent bystanders over the last few years, Biden’s judgment raised some eyebrows.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki explained the President’s thoughts on the topic, emphasizing that “scope of impact is an important determinant. While no specific deaths or destruction can be clearly attributed to Trump supporters as a group, they were able to seize control the US government in the 2016 election. This is something that neither the Klan nor Antifa has ever accomplished. By this measure alone, the MAGA crowd is the bigger threat to American democracy.”

The President himself augmented Psaki’s remarks by reminding that “some Klan members like former Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) were respected leaders of the Democratic Party who made significant contributions to major legislation. So, being in the Klan by itself shouldn’t be considered totally bad. And Antifa, despite its violent methods is solidly on the progressive side of today’s ideological spectrum. This is the right side of history. So, I cut them some slack for occasional excess exuberance.”

A recent Rasmussen poll, however, suggests that Trump supporters are closer to the “mainstream” than Biden imagines. In a hypothetical Biden/Trump 2024 election match-up, voters opt for Trump by a 50% to 36% margin over Biden. According to Biden, “these results are misleading because in a true democracy anti-democratic opinions carry no weight. When the actual ballots are counted in 2024 I will come out ahead just as I did in 2020.”

In related news, Democratic strategist James Carville lamented that “the 50-36 split just shows that the average voter doesn’t understand how good the economy is under Biden. From a personal perspective, soaring prices, supply shortages, and lagging paychecks make it difficult for the average person to see how the economy is benefiting from the President’s policies. For example, American pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer are seeing record profits from the manufacture and sale of covid vaccines. This wouldn’t have been possible without the mandates and subsidies the President rammed through. Likewise, solar-panel manufacturers and wind-turbine businesses are doing great. If voters would stop selfishly thinking of themselves they’d realize how much the Democrats have done for the most important segments of the economy.”