Primary challenges

voting_handsWould NY-23 Republicans prefer Tom Reed if he had a challenger? We have no idea, because he hasn’t had a serious one. Josh Gottheimer, co-chair with Reed of the Problem Solvers Caucus, does. Gottheimer’s challenger is Arati Kreibich, a progressive whose views are distinctly different from Gottheimer’s. Here is a sample from the article cited:

How do you grade President Trump on his handling of the coronavirus?

Gottheimer: “I don’t get into grades. But I’ll say that for right now really where I’m focused is making sure we move forward and getting everything done. I think there’s going to be plenty of time to go back and see what was best, where the missteps were and what things we could have done better and should have done better and where we should have been better prepared.”

Kreibich: “F. Where to begin? … From the beginning the administration, (Trump) in particular, knew what was coming, and not just ignored it, neglected it, but also downplayed it, muzzled the scientists, muzzled the public health experts.”

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Four House votes on June 29

politics These measures passed the House on mostly party-line votes:

H.R. 1425 — “To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for a Improve Health Insurance Affordability Fund to provide for certain reinsurance payments to lower premiums in the individual health insurance market.”

Rep. Reed voted NAY.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2020/roll124.xml

H.R. 5332 — “To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to ensure that consumer reporting agencies are providing fair and accurate information reporting in consumer reports, and for other purposes.”

Rep. Reed voted AYE, one of only three Republicans to do so. Rep. Gottheimer (D-NJ) sponsored this bill; Tom’s vote may have been a favor to him.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2020/roll126.xml

H.R. 7301 — “To prevent evictions, foreclosures, and unsafe housing conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes.”

Rep. Reed voted NAY.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2020/roll128.xml

H.J. Res. 90 — “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency relating to “Community Reinvestment Act Regulations.”

Rep. Reed voted NAY.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2020/roll129.xml

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Buzz words and phrases

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America will never be Socialist — DJT

Never say never. — Folk wisdom

Buzz words needn’t be organized in a coherent manner; they can be jumbled together in a “word salad.” There needn’t be a theme. For example:

Here’s news for you on the left. America will never be socialist. Card carrying socialists — Barry, Chuckie, Andy, Sleepy Joe, crooked Hillary, and Nancy Pelosi are all clueless liars suffering from TDS.  Woke libtards follow them like sheepies. Unhinged snowflakes, triggered by fake news from lame stream media, may whine and cry all they like. Americans treasure our Second Amendment rights. Demorats will never take my guns. Liberal Demorat politician, who have abandoned the sane law abiding citizens of their cities and states, should never be elected again. African Americans, black people and other people of color know that Democrats hate them. Facebook trolls, living rent free in their mother’s basements, should go to a communist country if they don’t like it here. Patriots know how to protect our constitutional rights. Vote your sport; MAGA. Hold Odumbo, Hillary Clinton, and Hunter Biden accountable for their crimes–lock them up. Cut government spending, end welfare for those to lazy to work, no government health care. We need voter ID to protect our elections from illegal immigrants and extreme lefties who aren’t entitled to vote. Leftists have ruined New York; no one wants to stay here anymore to be taxed to death or die in one of Andy’s nursing homes. New York should be like Texas where real Americans can live free.

Thanks to facebook personality Bernie Pragle for the suggested word list. I tried to use them all.

 

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H.R. 6800 HEROS Act

potatoesH.R. 6800 Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or the HEROES Act

CRS Summary:

This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

Among other things, the bill

  1. provides FY2020 emergency supplemental appropriations to federal agencies;
  2. provides payments and other assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments;
  3. provides additional direct payments of up to $1,200 per individual;
    expands paid sick days, family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, nutrition and food assistance programs, housing assistance, and payments to farmers;
  4. modifies and expands the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans and grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations;
  5. establishes a fund to award grants for employers to provide pandemic premium pay for essential workers;
  6. expands several tax credits and deductions;
  7. provides funding and establishes requirements for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing;
  8. eliminates cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatments;
  9. extends and expands the moratorium on certain evictions and foreclosures;
  10. and requires employers to develop and implement infectious disease exposure control plans.

The bill also modifies or expands a wide range of other programs and policies, including those regarding

  1. Medicare and Medicaid,
  2. health insurance,
  3. broadband service,
  4. medical product supplies,
  5. immigration,
  6. student loans and financial aid,
  7. the federal workforce,
  8. prisons,
  9. veterans benefits,
  10. consumer protection requirements,
  11. the U.S. Postal Service,
  12. federal elections,
  13. aviation and railroad workers,
  14. andpension and retirement plans.

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) objects giving these reasons:

  1. Allows illegal immigrants to receive a stimulus check.
  2. Opens the Paycheck Protection Program to the payrolls of 501c4 dark money political groups, lobbyists, and professional sports teams.
  3. Includes election provisions to enhance democratic partisan advantages.
  4. Lets wealthy people who make money from dividends and royalties claim the earned income tax credit, which is an anti-poverty provision.
  5. Shields illegal immigrants from deportation.
  6.  Addresses marijuana issues unrelated to the COVID-19 situation.
  7.  Orders the release of federal prisoners into the community who have asthma, diabetes, or are over 50.
  8. Repeals the SALT cap in 2020 and 2021, which benefits wealthy taxpayers and is obviously unrelated to the COVID-19 crisis.
  9. Restricts Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activities.
  10. Provides millions for the National Endowment for the Arts.
  11. Provides millions for the bio-surveillance of wildlife.
  12. Provides millions for environmental justice grants.

Even if Reed’s objections were valid, most aren’t important enough to be reflected in the CRS summary. Relief for those who lost employer health insurance, for state and local government, and those who are short of food are all good. Extended unemployment benefits and support for testing, tracing, and treatment are needed. Partisan posturing should not obscure the big picture.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6800

 

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Social Distancing

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Counties in the Southern Tier are receiving failing grades for social distancing based on human mobility data, which derives how much people are traveling and gathering based on cellphone data.

County Grade Avg. Mobility Non-Essential Visits Encounters Density
Chemung D- D: 25-40% F: 55% D: 40-74%
Steuben D F: <25% F: <55% B: 82-94
Schuyler C F: <25% Insufficient Data A: > 94%
  • Chemung County has had 106 cases with 74 recoveries and three deaths.
  • Steuben County has had 238 cases with 151 recoveries and 38 deaths.
  • Schuyler County has had 10 cases with nine recoveries and no deaths.

All three New York counties are scheduled to begin phase one of reopening on May 15.

None of the counties in New York State received an “A” grade and the highest grade of a B- was given out went to Essex, Hamilton, and Lewis counties.

National data company gives Twin Tiers failing grades for social distancing

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Believe it or not

loyalty   The buck stops here. — Harry S. Truman

Can you believe it?

  1. President Eisenhower was embarrassed by a scandal over a fur coat and one lie he told.
  2. After Richard Nixon, accused of crime, cover-up, and lying about it, left office in disgrace, a future President would do all of that and more and be allowed to tough it out.
  3. After Bill Clinton had to answer charges with documents and a disposition, a future president would claim immunity to any lawsuit.
  4. After watching Al Gore, presiding over the Senate, accept defeat, there is a serious concern that a future defeated candidate might refuse to leave office.
  5. That we would elect a President with no experience in government or the military.
  6. That a President would agree to cooperate with the Senate but not the House.
  7. Tens of thousands of Americans would die in a pandemic, and the President would not make action a priority.
  8. Many would claim that the First Amendment prohibits government action to protect public health.
  9. After vaccines have saved so many lives, many would oppose vaccination.
  10. That education, science and expertise would be suspect.
  11. That many would not believe news reports; that many would not believe what the President says.

Better believe it.

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Testing

testingTo allow the recovery to begin, the United States must implement the kind of strategy that other countries have used to defeat the coronavirus. … Yet so far the country has failed to do so.–Robinson Meyer writing in The Atlantic.

There is an unknown number of Americans who would test positive for Covid 19 with an accurate test. Current tests may give a false negative 30% of the time. In spite of false negatives, current test results are skewed toward over estimating the number infected because many tested are known or expected to test positive. Robinson Meyer explains:

There has been some good news. This week (May 8), on average, fewer than one in every 10 tests came back positive nationwide. This reflects a real improvement: Throughout March and most of April, this metric—sometimes called the “test-positivity rate”—stayed at or above 20 percent, meaning that about one in every five COVID-19 tests discovered a new case. This indicated that the country was still testing only the sickest people.

The U.S. still has a ways to go, however. In countries such as South Korea that have virtually eliminated their coronavirus outbreaks, the test-positivity rate stands below 2 percent.

And the improving national figure masks some regional hot spots. So far in May, 15 states and Washington, D.C., have reported average test-positivity rates higher than 15 percent. Colorado and Michigan, where one in five tests has come back positive, are the outliers outside of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. But many other states in the country’s interior still seem to test only the sickest people: Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and Kansas all have test-positivity rates at or above 14 percent. Georgia, Louisiana, and Virginia also have a rate above 15 percent.   

Lisa Sanders, M.D., writing in The New York Times Magazine for May 3 reports that of 210 asymptomatic pregnant women tested in NYC 29 tested positive — 14%. Sanders notes that Covid 19 symptoms are poorly understood so many cases may go unrecognized.

We have a long ways to go with control measures and testing to attain an accurate positivity rate  like South Korea’s — below 2%

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/05/theres-only-one-way-out-of-this-mess/611431/

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The Congress shall assemble

4th-of-July-ParadeThe Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, … –The Constitution

I am supportive of going in person and doing that legislative process. — Rep Tom Reed

Reed said that while he is supportive of returning to work at the Capitol, he understands his colleagues’ concerns, and feels virtual hearings and debate could potentially be a feasible alternative as the country continues to battle the health crisis. op. cit.

The authors of The Constitution clearly intended members to meet, debate, and vote. Could this be done without assembling? It would be a stretch to think this constitutional.

  • Our founders expected responsible debate.
  • Often speakers in the House today address an empty room.
  • Members are rushing home as soon as possible rather than socializing with others in The Capitol.

So are virtual hearings, debate, and remote voting acceptable? Can the constitutional requirement that Congress assemble be stretched to include virtual assembly?

Congress needn’t assemble in the Capitol building, they could choose another venue more suited to the times, which would allow sufficient social distancing. However, reasoning together may require rubbing shoulders with one’s fellows–it is a dilemma.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/496520-bipartisan-caucus-set-to-hold-virtual-congress-on-thursday

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Prescriptions

Many TV ads show happy people living the good life on account of a patent medicine. Viewers are urged to improve their own lives by asking a doctor if that medicine is right for them. The is often a long list of side-effects which evidently doesn’t weaken the appeal of the advertisement. Finally, the viewer is reminded to call the doctor if something goes wrong. You may have a problem, but the advertiser doesn’t have one.

Call your doctor. Don’t bother to call a lawyer, we told you about the risks.

These ads must be effective–they are ubiquitous and expensive. We wouldn’t see them if they weren’t effective. Yet one might not expect doctors to respond to patient requests for a drug they saw advertised on TV.

An article in today’s NY Times clears this up. Ellen Gabler and Michael H. Keller report a spike in prescriptions for cloroquine and hydroxycloroquine, drugs praised by President Trump. Prescriptions were written by “rheumatologists, cardiologists, dermatologists, psychiatrists and podiatrists.” What were these doctors thinking:

  • Did they rely on DJT’s expertise?
  • Did they passively prescribe what the patient asked for?
  • Did drug companies offer incentives?

Or what?

 

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Covid 19 tests per capita by county

Covid 19 tests per capita by county

County Population Tests Positive Tests per capita % Positive per capita %
Allegeny 46k 333 29 0.7 0.06
Cattaraugus 76k 439 34 0.6 0.04
Chautauqua 126k 585 25 0.5 0.02
Chemung 83k 852 71 1.0 0.09
Ontario 109k 856 67 0.8 0.07
Schuyler 17k 177 6 1.0 0.04
Seneca 34k 239 18 0.7 0.05
Steuben 95k 888 154 0.9 0.16
Tioga 48k 402 30 0.8 0.06
Tompkins 102k 2610 117 2.6 0.11
Yates 24k 135 8 0.6 0.03

 

Data from April 17, 2020

More information can be found here:

https://pad.human.cornell.edu/papers/vulnerability.cfm

https://covid19tracker.health.ny.gov/views/NYS-COVID19-Tracker/NYSDOHCOVID-19Tracker-Map?%3

 

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