The Wednesday Read: Sweatpants, Tester, Census, & Second Amendment

You know the message you’re sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You’re telling the world, ‘I give up. I can’t compete in normal society. I’m miserable, so I might as well be comfortable. – Jerry Seinfeld

Today’s topics are:

  • Tester Responds in Sweatpants
  • Tester’s New Campaign Ad
  • 2020 Census & Citizenship
  • John Paul Stevens & Second Amendment

Tester Responds in Sweatpants:

After Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing released a campaign commercial pretending to show U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sitting on a small tractor playing his trumpet (and getting buzzed by a jet), Tester responded on Twitter with a short video of him playing “Taps” on his trumpet.

You can watch the video HERE.

It’s a nice response. I think the sweatpants Tester is wearing while playing “Taps” in the video sold it. I think I owned a pair just like them in the 1980s.

Excuse me for a minute…the nylon is making my eyes burn…

Tester’s New Campaign Ad:

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) launched the second statewide television ad of his 2018 re-election campaign. The 30-second spot, “Fighting for Our Veterans,” features Billings veteran Kevin Dede’s journey from defending the United States in the Persian Gulf back to civilian life in Montana and his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The help that Tester has given to veterans is a key part of his reelection strategy. His first campaign ad this cycle talked about several of Tester’s bills that were signed into law, and this ad continues on the same topic. I. sure there will be more.

Here is the ad:

I give “Fighting for Our Veterans” an 8/10.

2020 Census:

It looks like there will be a fight in court about the 2020 Census asking whether respondents are U.S. Citizens. California and New York will be leading the way.

Back in February, I addressed the rumor about asking the citizenship question on the 2020 Census:

In my opinion, if that question is added we will not get an accurate count. Remember – the census counts inhabitants not just citizens. It’s in our U.S. Constitution. I’m sure my religious friends remember the census count in the Bible.

Towns, cities, counties, states, and the Federal government need to know how many inhabitants they have. This helps them know how much and where to spend the billions of dollars from the feds on services. Plus, it helps decide seats in the U.S. Representatives as well as districts for state and local seats.

A major concern is that states will not have everyone counted and they will lose seats in the U.S. House to other states.

This issue is hard for many people to understand. The New York Times has a great article about why an accurate census count is important. Read it HERE.

John Paul Stevens:

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens caused quite a stir when he said in the New York Times Opinion piece that we should repeal the Second Amendment. You can read his opinion HERE.

As a reminder, Stevens was appointed by a Republican President, Gerald R. Ford.

I am against repealing the Second Amendment. We need to make sure we have stronger background checks and that people who have mental problems don’t have access to guns.

Although I support the Second Amendment, I don’t believe it means we can own assault rifles, machine guns, or tanks.

 

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3 Comments

  1. “Ms. Sanders also said the citizenship question had “been included in every census since 1965, with the exception of 2010, when it was removed.”

    In fact, various citizenship questions have appeared in many censuses since 1850, especially during periods of high immigration. But it was dropped from the 1960 general census (there was no census in 1965) and relegated in 1970 to a longer list of questions that were asked of a small minority of residents. After 2000, the question was asked only on the American Community Survey, a separate mandatory poll of a fraction of the population that is conducted more frequently than the census.

    Critics noted that the citizenship question was added at the last minute — the deadline for proposing new questions for the 2020 head count is April 1 — and that it sidestepped the years of vetting undergone by every other question that will be asked. This month, they added, President Trump’s re-election campaign used the addition of a citizenship question in an emailed fund-raising appeal.”

    This is another example of Republican racist and xenophobic fear-mongering to raise campaign cash and under-count Blue state populations for purely partisan purposes, see: gerrymandering as an example.

  2. If 2010 was the only census that did not ask this question, how did illegal immigrants respond? How did the results of that census perform in accuracy? How would you know?

    I certainly don’t recall any drama back then, except maybe something about the race question…

    I think we should know as much about all the people here so resources can be allocated accordingly. I don’t really see the dynamics changing between 2010 and 2020 but by a few points.

    • Barry – Thanks. I worked for the Census Bureau in 2010 and it was very hard to get people to fill out their forms then. As for illegal immigrants, there has been more of a push to get rid of them since 2010. We need an accurate count. illegal immigrants will be using the resources like hospitals, roads, water, etc. I just don’t want to see the 2020 census fail because people were afraid.
      Remember the Japanese Americans.

      Thanks,

      -JmB


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