Quote for the Day…
Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived! -Unknown
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- Funding the Government
- Vaccines & Education & Religion
- Cheney on 60 Minutes
- The Western Word Poll
FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT:
The headline from the Washington Post (WaPo) tells who is at fault: “Senate Republicans block measure to fund government, stave off U.S. default.”
It seems to me that the party that is in the minority always cares about debt and spending more than the majority. It’s ridiculous. As a taxpayer, I want to take Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell into a room and slap them silly until they come to an agreement.
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) had the quote of the day about the failed vote to fund the government. According to Politico:
“We always do this f***ing dance,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). “I don’t know if people are going to put their sane minds on and do what needs to be done, or shut it down. This is just a ridiculous exercise … I can’t even compare it to anything I do on the farm that’s this stupid.”
I think the bottom line is if the Federal government shuts down it will be the fault of the Senate Republicans.
VACCINES & EDUCATION & RELIGION:
Earlier this month, Pew Research Center published the results of an August survey that has some interesting facts.
One of the findings from the survey was about education and the vaccine:
Americans with more formal schooling are also more likely to be vaccinated. Around nine-in-ten of those with a postgraduate degree or more (89%) said they had received at least one dose by August, compared with smaller shares of those with a bachelor’s degree (81%), some college education (69%) or a high school diploma or less (66%).
This seems to be true as many of the people who are anti-mask and anti-vaccine on my Facebook feed do not have much if any, higher education. Some are just dumbasses. These days, many act as though they are infectious disease experts.
Another interesting result from the survey was religion and vaccines:
Around eight-in-ten Catholic adults (82%) said they were at least partially vaccinated as of August – a figure that included 86% of Hispanic Catholics and 79% of White Catholics. Among Protestants, 73% of White non-evangelicals and 70% of those who are Black said they had received at least dose, but the share was considerably lower among White evangelical Protestants (57%).
Hey fellow believers – God has provided us with a vaccine and masks!
There are many other great findings in the Pew survey – check it out HERE.
CHENEY ON 60 MINUTES:
Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes interviewed U.S. Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming. It was a great interview.
In the end, Stahl asked:
Polls say that 78% of Republicans do not think that Joe Biden was legitimately elected. And I wonder how do you fight an untruth? How do you stand up to the anti-vaxxers? How do you stand up to QAnon? How do you stand up to a president who says the election–falsely–that the election was rigged?
Cheney provided the perfect answer:
When you look at the, the spread of these mistruths and the spread of the disinformation, you know, silence enables it. Silence enables the liar. And silence helps it to spread. So the first thing you have to do is say, “No. I’m not going to accept that we’re gonna live in a post-truth world. It’s a toxin, Lesley, in, in our– in our political bloodstream. Because when we allow that to continue to go on in the face of rulings of the courts, in the face of recounts, in the face of everything that’s gone on to demonstrate that there was not fraud that would have changed the outcome, then we all– if we do that, we are contributing to the undermining of our system. And it’s a really serious and dangerous moment because of that.
We must fight the lies and misinformation on both sides. If you see fake news, call it out.
Read/watch the whole interview HERE.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
This week’s poll question asks, “Do you think the Federal Government will shut down in October?”
Results will be posted later this week.