We talk with Scott Braddock, dean of the Austin Press Corps, about the performance of Texas’ senators during the Katanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearings. Cruz, predictably, grandstanded, since he appears to be running for president. Cornyn has his target chosen: gay marriage revocation, assuming that the abortion bans will all stand. Both showboated for the cameras. Trump himself is losing some support, because of his focus on his message: himself. People in the country are worried about inflation, even as governors are busy spending federal dollars to prop themselves up. The culture wars are in full swing.
We talk with Harold Meyerson, of the American Prospect, and Bill Curry, former advisor to Pres. Clinton. We discuss how many people moved to small towns and ‘red’ states during the pandemic. There are several reasons, most of them are economic: better housing affordability, climate, and some liberal policies: lower taxes in red states. Many blue states have high property taxes because those are what pays for schools. These are are regressive.
We also discuss Clarence and Ginny Thomas. Do we have a right to know Clarence Thomas’ health status? How do we treat them? Will she be summoned by the Jan 6 Committee? Will she comply?
It appears that the Republicans now define their party by Trump’s psychology. “His lunacy has become their ideology”. Is this politically actionable?
We also touch on the newly emerging Covid problem in China, and how it will likely affect supply chains, and the world’s economies.