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|1) Biden’s Binge|
Remember in the campaign when everyone in the media and the DNC was assuring us that Joe Biden would be a “moderate” who would quell the worst instincts of Democrats like Elizabeth Warren?
That was always a lie. Congrats to the Dems for pulling it off and shame on voters who fell for it. Biden’s call for yet another $1.9 trillion in spending and borrowing and taxing exposes the farce.
As the chart below shows, this is “stimulus” number 5, or 6, or 7 – we’ve lost count. The cost of all this is approaching $5,500,000,000,000. The money is for $400 a week bonus for unemployment benefits, $350 billion for blue state bailouts, $15 minimum wage, expanded paid parental leave, health equity grants, $1,400 additional checks per person, $100 billion for schools (that have been closed), checks for illegal immigrants, and Lord knows what else they’ve stashed inside the hundreds of pages to come.
All that seems to be missing is the green new deal.
The last thing the economy needs now is more debt spending. Only two things will stimulate growth: a) get the govt out of the way so we can vaccinate Americans fast and b) get states with Democratic governors to open up their schools and businesses.
That’s free, not $1.9 trillion. It just requires Cuomo, Pritzker, Newsom, and Whitmer to swallow a few common sense pills. Instead, this moronic bill pays states like New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Michigan, and, of course, California to stay closed. Have you ever heard a dumber idea?
Only a half-wit would ever support this monstrosity, which means it is likely to romp through the House and Senate. The one little bit of rough justice here is that all those millennials who whooped it up for Biden will pay the piper.
|2) West Virginia, Leads on Vaccination. What’s Wrong with the Rest of the Country?|
Once the butt of hillbilly jokes, the Mountaineers are at the top of every chart on vaccinations and most impressively, they have already completed vaccinating the entire state nursing home population, more than 7% of the state’s population and more than 12.5% — an eighth — of the state’s entire senior population. If one of the poorest states in the nation, West Virginia, can do it, why not California and New York?
How’d they do it? The key was opting *out* of the national long-term care vaccination program with CVS and Walgreens and partnering with local pharmacies instead.
Tinglong Dai, Associate Professor of Operations Management & Business Analytics at Johns Hopkins explains:
Under the contracts signed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CVS and Walgreens essentially won the right to vaccinate about 99% of U.S. nursing homes that registered with the program. They had little incentive to commit a large number of pharmacies and workers to the daunting task of vaccinating people in nursing homes.
In West Virginia, however, hundreds of local and other chain pharmacies were involved, and each had every incentive to provide speedy services so nursing homes would not walk away from the vaccination deals.
Congratulations Governor Justice. Keep up the strong work. And there is a lesson here for the Dems/media demanding an even bigger federal planning role – for logistics, local decision making is always better.
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