March 5, 2021
Skip can't help but focus his poetic rage on Texas Gov. Abbott
Abbott’s decided to not be the caretaker
Of Texas so he’ll just forsake her.
No masks buttercup!
We are opening it up!
If dumb were dirt, he’d cover an acre.
Part 1: We begin our discussion with Scott Braddock, Editor of the Quorum Report, dean of the Austin Press Corps.
Governor Abbott announced a 100 % opening of Texas, though the pandemic is still present. The opinion is that he is trying to distract from his leadership failure throughout the Texas energy crisis. He announced that businesses will have the option to impose masking and maximum occupancy rules, in effect making businesses the enforcers of pandemic avoidance practices, and shifting the burden away from himself. Houston has every known variant circulating. Less than 6% of Texas residents are fully vaccinated. Antivaxxers are avoiding vaccination. The Texas freeze has interrupted vaccine shipments. There is a potential of more hurricanes this year. Abbott is worrying about the primary, and seems to be ‘Trumpier’ than Trump, to forestall challengers from the right.
Part 2: We talk with Bill Curry, former advisor to Bill Clinton, two time gubernatorial candidate in Connecticut. We discuss hearings in Congress about the responses by law enforcement agencies to the events of January 6. The FBI representative, Christopher Wray, has not been very forthcoming. In addition, it seems that the FBI briefed some members of Congress, exclusively Republican, but did not include Democrats. Trump may have deliberately delayed response to Capitol riot to serve his 'greater narrative': Ex-FBI agent https://www.rawstory.com/trump-eliberately-delayed-capitol-response/
We also discussed the need to eliminate the filibuster, since that in effect negates the narrow majority that the Democrats now have.
Other topics covered include:
The US propensity to use force in international contexts. The bombing in Syria is an example.
The absolute need for a real living wage. Some states, such as NH have no state minimum wage at all. “The Senate only needs 50 votes to pass trillions of dollars in tax cuts for corporations, but 60 to pass a $15 minimum wage for 30 million people. How does that make sense?”--@RoKhanna