The Wednesday Read

I’ve decided that I will never get down to my original weight and I’m OK with that. After all, 6 lbs 3 oz is just not realistic. -Unknown

Today’s topics include:

  • Green New Deal
  • Veto Override Fails
  • Unvaccinated Children

Green New Deal:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would stab his own wife in the back if he could win a victory in the Senate.

If you read my columns very often, then you know I’ve written about McConnell being a prick for many years. He seems to win a few victories by being a prick, though. Democrats hate McConnell just as Republicans hate Nancy Pelosi. Yes, the word is hate.

Another jewel from McConnell came Tuesday when he held a vote on S. J. Res. 8 – A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal. If you look up information about this resolution, you will see that McConnell is the sponsor, not because he supports the resolution, but so he could try and get Democrats on the record. Some of the senators are up for reelection and some are running for President.

Like I have said many times, it’s all about the next election in Washington, D.C.

The Democrats had another idea.

The resolution failed to get 60 YEA votes for cloture. The YEAs were 0 and the NAYs were 57. There were 43 senators voting “Present” and all of them were Democrats. So, realistically, the Democrats did not vote against it or for it.

So the final tally shows that McConnell and his Senate Republicans stopped the resolution, which is a win for them. The Senate Democrats did not go on the record supporting or opposing the Green New Deal, so they get a win, too.

The big loser is the environment. I’m not a radical environmentalist, but I think we do need to address and debate the issues affecting our environment.

Veto Override Fails:

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday failed to override President Donald Trump’s first veto, leaving in place the “national emergency” he declared last month to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall that Congress has not funded. (Reuters)

They were about 38 votes short of overriding the President’s veto. (Fox News)

Reuters reported that the battle over Trump’s emergency declaration also shifts to the courts, with various legal challenges already underway that could slow Trump’s building plans for some time. A coalition of 16 states sued in federal court in February to stop Trump’s border wall emergency; another four states joined the lawsuit this month.

It’s going to be just fine – the judicial branch will decide who wins the fight between the executive and legislative branches – and we’ll all live happily ever after.

We’ll also be given a free pony…

Unvaccinated Children:

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Rockland County in New York City’s northern suburbs declared a state of emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since last fall, hoping a ban against unvaccinated children in public places wakes their parents to the seriousness of the problem.

The AP says under the declaration, which lasts for at least 30 days, anyone under 18 who is not vaccinated against measles is barred from public gathering places, including shopping malls, civic centers, schools, restaurants and even houses of worship. Those in violation could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.

I applaud Rockland County for tackling this problem. It seems like we are seeing more and more outbreaks. I hope other counties follow Rockland County’s lead.



2 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read

  1. The Green New Deal vote was an exercise in teaching a newbie how things are done. I am sure you did the same in the military when rookies showed up. It happens every day in life…Well played McConnell

    As far as the Veto Vote, Trump called out the path in advance and so far he is spot on, last stop is the Supreme Court and passage…

    Allowing parents to decide to not vaccinate their kids because of the crap you read on Facebook is ignorance. History prevails. The anti-vaccine crowd are ignorant and a danger to all…

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