We talk with Scott Braddock, editor of the Quorum Report, Dean of the Austin Press Corps. We discuss Texas politics, and the latest stunts that the governor, Abbott is pulling. Some of these are damaging the US as a whole, such as his insisting on ‘inspecting’ food shipments from Mexico, forcing the shippers to spend many hours waiting at the border, (all bridges are shut down) while they run out of fuel, and the food spoils.. Abbot is deliberately slowing the supply chain. He has also sent migrants to Washington D.C. on buses, as a publicity gambit. Border security is a federal, not state reponsibility. He appears to be preparing to run for president., and seeking all the publicity he can get.
In Texas, a woman was charged with self-aborting, and later charges withdrawn, because the law exempts such an action. The officials involved seemed to be confused.
A woman who is on death row may have the execution stayed, though Abbott, who could have done this on his own, has not yet stepped in, even though many legal opinions are that she should not be executed due to errors and other circumstances.
We talk with Robert Hockett and Bill Curry. Hockett teaches legal, financial and some philosophical subjects at Cornell University in New York, where he is the Edward Cornell Professor of Law and a Professor of Public Policy. He is also Senior Counsel at Westwood Capital, a socially responsible investment bank in midtown Manhattan, and a Fellow of The Century Foundation. Bill Curry is a lawyer, former two time nominee for gov of CT. He was Counselor to the President and served as domestic strategist in the Clinton White House from February 21, 1995 until January 20, 1997 and served as the head of Freeze Voter, a nuclear freeze group.
We discuss the need for the American economy to be rebuilt. If we have a goal of zero emissions by 2030, this could be accomplished because we would be doing the economic overhaul anyway. We need to solve the climate problem, and go green. There are many reasons, including our survival. In the near term, we need to think about our security.
We also discuss the latest news about Twitter and Elon Musk’s offer to buy the company. This is a way of further privatizing and ‘feudalizing’ the public square. If the bid to buy Twitter is successful, the “free speech” on Twitter will be “free speech as defined by Musk”. The company is able to now control content, and with Musk in charge, who will control?
Inflation is world wide, and discussing it as only an American phenomenon is illogical. We should consider inflation as a ‘profit-push’ event, since there is a relatively small portion of the population that is getting richer, while most suffer the effects.