A Coronavirus Spending Scandal

Seven months ago, the U.S. Congress rushed to pass the CARES Act, a $2 trillion emergency spending package that funded hundreds of coronavirus relief programs meant to help regular Americans cope with the impact of the pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has proven one thing about that spending: The federal government is not very good at it. Sure, it can spend money like nobody’s business and the U.S. Treasury Department has the bills to prove it. But it is failing to deliver on the promises made to Americans that it would help them with the pandemic.

Supreme Court Ruckus Got You Down? Queue Up These Movies

The debate over Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation is yet another flashpoint in an uncivil and disruptive presidential election. For those interested in learning more about the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), or who simply want to be entertained during these trying times, try teeing up these movies for a weekend marathon.

The first movie is a rare look at one of the most controversial and private justices currently serving on the bench, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Two others – one narrative and one documentary – provide insight into the life, times, and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg was one of very few justices who achieved bona fide celebrity status during their lifetimes. The fourth movie spotlights the eminent domain case that sparked nationwide protests and pro-property rights reform in 40 states.

Scientific Policy in Response to COVID-19

We have all heard, from politicians and from scientists, that the public-policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic should be based on science. For example, Joe Biden’s website recommends we “Ensure that public health decisions are made by public health professionals and not politicians, and officials engaged in the response do not fear retribution or public disparagement for performing their jobs.”

The Other College Admissions Scandals

Four University of California campuses–UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara–“unfairly admitted 64 applicants based on their personal or family connections to donors and university staff,” according to a September report by state auditor Elaine Howle. UC staffers “falsely designated 22 of these applicants as studentathlete recruits because of donations from or as favors to wellconnected families.” The family of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein was involved in the scandal.

Economic Miscalculation and the Covid-19 Pandemic

As Covid-19 began to spread through the United States in February, many feared hospitals would become overwhelmed with infected patients. To meet the demands a global pandemic places on our healthcare system, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began hiring private contractors to build field hospitals to treat patients when hospitals hit capacity.

The Corps effort was an incredible feat of engineering, sometimes erecting large-scale facilities within a few weeks. But building these emergency hospitals across the country came at a hefty price of over $660 million.

Fluoride Fear Makes a Comeback

“Have you never wondered why I drink only distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure-grain alcohol? Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation of water? Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?”

LeBron James Makes One Right Call but Misses Another

Last month, actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in federal prison for her role in the college admissions scandal. As it turns out, she gets to serve her sentence at the prison of her choice, and that didn’t sit well with NBA star LeBron James. 

“I’m laughing cause sometimes you have to just to stop from crying!” said James in an Instagram post. “Don’t make no damn sense to me.” Fans and non-fans alike agreed that James has a point. 

National Debt to Nearly Double GDP by 2050

The Congressional Budget Office has finally released its 2020 Long Term Budget Outlook. Delayed for months, the CBO’s budget analysis confirms the coronavirus recession has made the U.S. government’s fiscal situation much worse.

How much worse? In its 2019 outlook, the CBO expected the publicly held portion of the debt would hit 144 percent of GDP in 2049. Now, the CBO predicts the national debt will grow to 195 percent of the nation’s GDP in 2050. Here is a screenshot I snapped of the interactive chart the CBO posted on the main page of its website.

Is a Desalination Plant “Systemic Racism”?

“California American Water withdrew its application to the California Coastal Commission for a permit to construct a desalination plant in the Monterey Bay,” reported Josh Copitch of KSBW, so the Commission canceled its September 17 meeting. Opponents of the desalination plant hailed the Commission’s new policy on “environmental justice” for nixing the project.

Breonna Taylor Riots and More Irresponsible Rhetoric

Two police officers have been shot in Louisville as mobs ransacked local businesses. The mob did not get the murder charge they wanted and now are taking things into their own hands. Unfortunately, even organizations such as the NAACP are continuing to allege that Taylor was murdered by the police. They will not accept a reckless endangerment charge for just one officer.

What happened to Taylor was a tragedy, and one can make compelling arguments about the high cost of the war on drugs in America. But the Taylor situation is a poor example of alleged “systematic racism” and “police brutality.” Let’s get the facts straight.

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