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Many Trump supporters are wringing their hands, biting their nails, drinking 2 bottles of wine per day, taking up smoking, or worse, over worry about the 2020 election outcome.  They are worried about the polls even though they are better than they were in 2016.  They are worried that the Democrats will steal the election through mail-in ballot fraud or worse. Many fear that the Russians, Chinese, Iranians or Martians are going to hack into our election systems and throw the election to Biden-Harris, or Harris-Biden!

I DO NOT THINK BIDEN-HARRIS CAN DEFEAT TRUMP-PENCE!

3 Primary Factors Impacting Voters in 2020

  • China-Virus:
    • There is no doubt that the Left has put this pandemic front and center to there campaign.  Their Media is all in on the scare bombardment and to some degree it is effective, but mostly to their own base.  Yes, people in locked down blue States are pretty paranoid and may even think a low intelligence career politician could “fix” the pandemic.  Here is the good news, those people are in Blue States that Trump does not need to win.  In battleground States that Trump won in 2016 like Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, etc., Trump’s economic record and his stance on energy will keep voters away from Biden-Harris.  Further, Trump’s push for a return to normalcy is more endearing than one would think.  If you think we are in for a DARK WINTER, why vote at all!
  • Economy:
    • In Battleground States, especially those with Left-wing Governors and Mayors, the voters are fed up with the lockdowns and want to get back to work and get their kids back in school.  These voters know that they saw a $6,500 rise in their pay and another $2,500 benefit from cheap energy.  They have not forgotten that Trump delivered this to them, PERIOD.  What is Biden-Harris offering?  A DARK WINTER filled with tax increases, higher energy costs, increased unemployment, and a slowing of our economy.  The voters are smarter than to trust of 50 year career politician and a Left-wing progressive to bring back the economy.  According to a recent Pew poll, 79% of likely voters rated as a key issue.  According to Gallup, 56% of voters feel better off today, with the virus, than they did at the end of the Obama-Biden administration.
  • Safety:
    • Other than protection from the China-Virus, voters are worried about their physical safety on the streets, in their neighborhood, in their children’s schools, and in their place of work.  Mob violence is scary and the left has done nothing to lower the voter’s fears.  They see the left supporting or at the very least, not condemning Antifa and the Black Lives Matter organization.  The suburban women that the left tries to convince you hates Trump and his personality voted for Trump last time and will do so again.  He is the only voice decrying the violence and siding with our law enforcement.  Suburban women want someone besides a social worker on the phone when they call 911.  They saw the lack of pushback and law enforcement leadership in Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, St. Louis,  Kenosha, and elsewhere where rioting was allowed to spread freely.  They do not want this in their neighborhoods.

3 Left-Wing Positions 2020 Voters Do Not Care Much About

  • Packing the Supreme Court and Changing Our Judicial System:
    • This is a wet dream of the left and other than hard core leftist, the majority of the voters think these ideas are merely a power grab.  The Republicans did a very smart thing, albeit t risky, was to have hearings on the Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS nomination.  She knocked it out of the park and at a 75% rate the American People loved her.  They did not see the boggy man that Schumer and Co. tried to create.  If anything, these ideas may even turn off moderate Democrats and certainly independents  who see it as a political battle with no benefit to the public.  While people align ideologically with Justices who share their values, they do not think that revamping the courts to rebalance the courts is a wise idea.
  • Green New Deal/Eliminating Fossil Fuels:
    • Only hard core Global Warming advocates see this issue positively.  The 79% who view economic conditions as their top priority see this issue as lowering their standard of living with little offsetting benefit.  In a Pew poll, out of 12 items, Climate Change ranked 11th. Only 11% of Trump voters care at all about this issue contrasted with 68% of Biden-Harris voters. This is a left base issue only.  The left-wing thinks that the electorate has already forgotten the failed efforts by Obama-Biden to eliminate fossil fuels and build up renewable energy.  States like Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Wisconsin (supplies the sand needed for fracking), North and South Dakota, New Mexico and certainly Texas, view this idea as personally threatening.  Others, even in California, see this idea as one that would increase their personal  costs and lower their standard of living.  California is the poster child of this failed policy and not too many other states are lining up for rolling-Black-outs!
  • Healthcare:
    • 84% of Biden-Harris supports and 48% of Trump voters view this as a high priority.  The problem when discussing healthcare is not asking the real questions.  Is it an issue of insurance availability?  Is it an issue of insurance costs including deductibles?  Is it an issue of prescription drug costs? Is it an issue of hospital and clinic costs?  Is it an issue of pre-existing condition coverage?   And so on.  If it is the “Affordable Care Act”, aka Obamacare, were are only talking about 8.3 Million people who enrolled in 2020.  Not 20,000,000!  Quantifying others who do not have healthcare insurance coverage is difficult and even more so when determining how many voluntarily do not seek coverage.  44 million people are enrolled in Medicare; approximately 9 million Vets are enrolled in VA care; 180 million Americans have insurance through their employers; 68 million people are enrolled in Medicaid; 7 million people are enrolled in CHIP; and 8.3 million people are enrolled in Obamacare.  Assuming there are about 328 million people in the US that leaves about 12 million people unaccounted for.  Some of these may be unenrolled Vets, people voluntarily not covered, homeless who would otherwise be covered by Medicare, and so on.
    • So, what is the real healthcare issue?  Some is probably fear of the unknown.  Some is costs.  Some is out of pocket costs for deductibles and premiums. Some are prescription drug costs.  What is unclear is whether many are worried about not having an Obamacare replacement that is controlled by the government.  In the end, I doubt that the number of voters who say this is a high priority would place it higher than their personal economic status and safety for their family.

So, Where Do I Predict This All Adds Up To in Electoral College Votes?

My Map To a Trump 270+ Win

The map above is very conservative as it shoes that Trump LOSES Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota.  Trump won Pennsylvania and Michigan in 2016.  If Trump wins those two States he picks up another 36 votes which would put him at 310.  I also think he has a good chance of picking up New Mexico that relies heavily on Fracking as well as Colorado and Nevada.  If he does, this would add another 20 votes that would give him 330 electoral college votes.

How About Mail-In Ballots?

The majority of those ballots will be cast in coastal States such as California, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia and so on.  Trump was probably not going to win those anyway!  I excluded Pennsylvania and Michigan from Trump’s votes in my conservative estimate as the governors in these States will do all they can to sway the count.  I actually believe that Pennsylvania may cast enough votes for Trump that it won’t matter.  The same may hold true in Michigan.  Both Governor Witmer of Michigan and Wolf of Pennsylvania are deeply unpopular with their own electorate due to their lockdown punitive measures.

 In the end, the election will be dependent upon turnout.  Given the low enthusiasm for Biden and the high enthusiasm for Trump, Trump should have an edge.  This will be an ugly election just like the rest of 2020.  There will be lawsuits, riots, wild accusations and more but in the end Trump has a fighting chance now with Barrett on the Supreme Court.  If she was not on the court, lower courts would have more say as SCOTUS would have been deadlocked 4-4 at best.  At least now, reason in the high court should prevail…

@RDPierini

RD Pierini

Hat Tips:

4. Important issues in the 2020 election

https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/number-of-registered-voters-by-state

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/501577-heres-where-your-state-stands-on-mail-in-voting

https://www.thoughtco.com/electoral-votes-by-state-in-2016-3322035

https://www.census.gov/topics/public-sector/voting.html

Is the China-Virus On the Uptick in the US?

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Are we seeing an actual uptick in the China-Virus hospitalizations, deaths, and cases; or, are we suffering from “An 8 Day to Election Fear Campaign? If you listen to the main stream media (MSM) including Fox News, you may be getting “information” that is based on incongruous information. Many in the media are purposefully cherry picking data points to literally scare you back into your basement, like Biden. For purposes of this discussion, let’s use the latest CDC graph, as of October 22nd, for the China-Virus Activity Indicators.

National COVID-19 Activity Indicators:  Laboratory, Outpatient/Emergency Department, Hospitalization and Mortality Data

In order to understand what this graph represents and some of the numbers the talking heads on TV are regurgitating, it is important to understand first the definitions that the CDC uses. Many of the numbers you THINK you are hearing include NON-CHINA-VIRUS cases/illnesses/deaths. Also, even for deaths attributed to China-Virus keep in mind the overwhelming majority of the victims were NEVER autopsied and thus no actual cause of death was documented. That said, this article will ASSUME that all China-Virus cases/illnesses/deaths are real. The reader should keep in mind that we are currently in the 2020-2021 Flu Season!

PERCENT POSITIVE (FOR CHINA-VIRUS):

It appears that the CDC is only including positive tests that isolate the China-Virus. It would be handy to see a statistic for the severity of the disease say 5 days following diagnosis. This type of data appears to be only available when using sample data by independent groups, many of which have their own agenda.

DEFINITION OF PIC (Needed to understand hospitalization and death calculations)

What is PIC? It is an acronym for PNEUMONIA, INFLUENZA AND COVID-19. Well, according to the CDC, it is defined as: “For COVIDView, the percentage of total deaths occurring in a given week that had pneumonia, influenza and/or COVID-19 (PIC) listed as a cause of death is calculated.”

HOSPIALIZATION RATE (Based on PIC):

The calculation of the Hospitalization Rate is based on the PIC number discussed above. So, when you see the hospitalization rate rise, YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MANY ARE PATIENTS STRICKEN WITH PNEUMONIA OR THE SEASONAL FLU!

PERCENT OF DEATHS DUE TO PIC:

The CDC ASSUMES that some patients who die with pneumonia and influenza symptoms and diagnosis ARE NOT TESTED FOR COVID-19 and may have erroneously been EXCLUDED from the total COVID-19 death totals. I would argue the reverse, that many with pneumonia and influenza symptoms and diagnosis are actually just that, and NOT COVID-19 related. Since health practitioners get reimbursed 30% more for Covid-19 patients than regular flu patients, what is the likelihood that these patients were NOT tested! But, let’s go with the CDC.

PERCENT CLI CASES:

The definition of CLI is “Covid-19 LIKE Illnesses.” The group who participate with the CDC to provided CLI data include emergency departments, urgent and ambulatory care centers, inpatient healthcare settings, and laboratories. This group is broader than the ILI group and is somewhat indicative of more severe cases but this is not actually qualified nor quantified. This category includes those who have been tested for the China-Virus and those with “Covid like symptoms.

PERCENT OF ILI CASES:

The definition of ILI is “Influenza Like Illnesses.” Providers who participate in the ILINet OUTPATIENT program collect and report information about the level of influenza-like illness (ILI). This data point is by definition less inclusive and smaller than the CLI category. It is also impossible to know if an ILI case later became a CLI case. Also, the CLI providers that include emergency rooms, urgent care facilities, and similar facilities may be lowering the actual number of ILI cases. I recommend that you view both data points together as they somewhat have paralleled each other over time. The ILI number is not quite as volatile as the CLI number.

The Bottom Line!

Sorry for the statistical definition lesson but you need to be aware what may be included or excluded from data you hear on TV or read. The real bottom line is that the numbers you will be hearing regarding the number of cases of actual Covid-19 may increase on a daily basis over time. On October 1st, 2020, we tested 932,192 people for Covid-19. As of today, October 26th, we tested 1,153,040 people for Covid-19. That is a 24% increase in the number of people tested. See graph below.

The CDC itself states on their website that: “Nationally, the overall percentage of visits to outpatient providers or emergency departments (EDs) for influenza-like illness (ILI) or COVID-like illness (CLI) has been increasing slowly since mid-September and remained stable (change of ≤0.1%) in week 42 compared with week 41.So, even if you combine pneumonia, influenza and China-Virus cases, there is only a modest, slow increase in cases. This is also true if you just track the flu and pneumonia! At the same time, deaths are trending downward!

Hospitalization rates are flat to slightly increasing when including pneumonia, influenza and Covid. The CDC on their website states: “Since the week ending September 26 (MMWR week 39), overall weekly hospitalization rates have increased, driven primarily by an increase in rates among adults aged 50 years and older. Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza, or COVID-19 (PIC) for week 42 was 7.6% and, while declining, remains above the epidemic threshold. Hospitalization rates and PIC mortality for the most recent weeks are anticipated to increase as additional data are reported.

I would assume that when including pneumonia, influenza and Covid cases, that we will see a rise in the number of cases and hospitalizations during the 2020-2021 Flu Season. It is illogical to think otherwise. That said, unless this flu season is especially harsh, the number of deaths should continue downward as new therapeutics and vaccines for the China-Virus come online.

FOR SENIORS, MAKE SURE TO GET YOUR HIGH DOSE INFLUENZA VACCINE ASAP. This offers 4 times the antibodies as a regular flu shot.

So, politics and politicians will do what they do to scare us into submission. Wear a mask if you feel better but for sure follow safe hygiene practices. If you wear a mask, be sure to dispose of it after each use, then sanitize your hands and mouth area. If you use a reusable mask, sanitize it thoroughly between use. If it hangs on your rear view mirror between uses, good luck! You are better off not using one.

So, don’t let the politicians force you to believe that the pandemic is getting worse. In fact, for those of us who do not live in Blue States, we quite frankly don’t think about Covid unless we see y’all on TV all locked down and wearing a mask while you are driving alone in your car! The China-Virus can be deadly depending on your health, age and other conditions. But so can the Influenzas and certainly pneumonia.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/10232020/specimens-tested.html

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Flu/Pages/ILINet.aspx

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/symptoms-causes/syc-20479963

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/04172020/covid-like-illness.html

https://covidtracking.com/data/charts/us-daily-tests

TrumpCare (America First Health care Plan) VS Obamacare-Diametrically Opposed concepts!

There is a total confusion in the public square, abetted by the MSM, as to the state of health insurance options available today.

First of all, health insurance, by and of itself is not the driving force behind healthcare insurance COSTS. The actual cost of health care services is the driving force behind the cost for health insurance. If you do not attack the service and pharmaceutical costs, you cannot control the cost for health insurance, period! Obamacare actually increased premium costs by taxing medical devices and other related medical care costs. These taxes were obviously added back into the cost of the devices and LIMITED THE NUMER OF FIRMS WILLING TO PRODUCE SUCH DEVICES. It placed other regulations of hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers and other medical suppliers that increased the cost of health care and added to the insurance plans under Obamacare.

Second, the creators of Obamacare created a myth that health insurance had to be a comprehensive GOVERNMENT created plan that controlled all facets of healthcare and health insurance. This myth was belied by the fact that Obamacare did not include the VA care, Medicare, Medicaid, and ultimately private insurance. In fact, Obamacare in 2020 only covers about 8.3 million Americans. This level of enrollment has remained steady for the past 3 years. While the MSM and the left rail against President Trump’s handling of Obamacare, The CMA head, Seema Verma stated: “Far from undermining the Affordable Care Act – as some hysterical and inaccurate claims would have it – the Trump Administration is making the very best of what remains a failed experiment.”

Third, Obamacare created a one-size-fits-all coverage scheme that mandated that all of the insured had the same coverage, regardless of their age, sex, and other physical attributes and needs. This meant that a single male had to pay for obstetric coverage, pre-natal coverage etc. Conversely, women had to pay to cover prostrate surgery coverage. If you had children under the age of 26, they were covered under your plan whether you wanted them to be or not. Further, you had to pay for all preexisting coverage regardless of whether you had such a condition or not. In short, it was a one size fit all plan which resulted in a one price for all plan, before subsidies were calculated.

TrumpCare Concepts

TrumpCare or the America First Health Care Plan is NOT a comprehensive Government Mandated and Controlled plan. It is a plan to attack the root causes of high and increasing health care costs and to provide a regulatory framework through which the private sector health insurance providers can offer NATIONAL, individually customizable, tailored health care insurance plans to individuals and families who are currently enrolled in Obamacare. By attacking the root causes for ever escalating health care costs, the entire US health care infrastructure and delivery mechanisms will achieve lower coverage costs. The VA, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIPS, and Employer paid health care insurance will all benefit from cost reductions and help drive the total cost of health care in the US down, thus lowering insurance plan costs.

U.S. President Trump campaigns in Charlotte, North Carolina

TrumpCare Regulatory Framework:

  • Regulatory Framework for Insurers:
    • Insurers:  All plans must offer competitive coverage for pre-existing conditions.  The President has already instituted this regulation via Executive Order.
    • Insurers:  Insurers are able to offer nationwide plans that offer “cafeteria” type options so the insured can pick and choose the coverages they need.
    • Insurers:  Under Obamacare, 90% of all counties currently only have one insurance company for patients to select from.  Under the new framework, these same 90% of the counties will have multiple insurers competing and offering flexible tailored plans.  
  • Regulatory Framework for Service Providers Such as Hospitals, Clinics, Labs, Radiology providers and others: (Some Congressional legislation will be required) 
    • Providers are required to post the cost for the services they provide to their patients and to their insurance carriers This will allow patients and their insurance carriers to shop for services before these services are rendered.  It will force competition between these service providers which will lower costs.  Insurance companies will be able to use their considerable purchasing power within markets to put downward pressure on these service providers allowing insurance costs to patients to go down.
    • Providers will be required to state their service costs up front to the patients and their insurance companies before care is provided ending surprise billing.
  • Regulatory Framework for Pharmaceutical Companies:
    • States who apply can purchase drugs outside of the US, such as from Canada, for their State and private providers.
    • Pharmaceutical Companies must provide “Most Favored Nations Pricing” to US customers, including government health care agencies, mandating that the US receive the lowest pricing the company charges any of their customers.  This is estimated to lower drug prices substantially, as high as 70+%.
    • Specific pricing for specific treatments such as insulin will have a negotiated price of $35/mo for Medicare, Medicaid, VA and other patients.  
    • This same Favored Nations pricing may be expanded to medical device and equipment manufactures.

So, TrumpCare is not just a plan to replace Obamacare with actually affordable health care insurance options for those not covered otherwise.  TrumpCare is a COMPLETE revamping of the US Health Care cost infrastructure.  TrumpCare benefits not only Obamacare patients, it lowers the cost of government for Medicare, Medicaid, VA, Tri-Care CHIPS, and other government run health care programs.  TrumpCare is also an integral part of the President’s plan to save Medicare from bankruptcy.   It also lowers the costs to private employers who provide health insurance to their employees.  

Impact of Covid-19 on TrumpCare:

It is safe to say that President Trump’s “Warp Speed”  has revamped the entire process of bringing critical therapeutics, vaccines and testing infrastructure to market.  Not only in terms of speeding up the process, but of creating a series of public-private partnerships to cost share the risks of developing these vital health care tools.  Once the item is ready for rollout, the cost per user is lower as the government has “pre-paid” part of the costs.  This can be expended to needed cures for cancer, kidney disease etc.  The “Right to Try Act”, that was actually used by the President so he could be treated with Regeneron’s anti-viral cocktail,  can also lower the long term cost of health care costs by providing live case trials in advance of the longer term random trials.  TrumpCare is actually reinventing the way we look at and conceptualize the future of health care.

So, the Obamacare promises of “You can Keep Your Doctor, You can Keep your Insurance Plan” failed from the git-go!  Even on the coverage of pre-existing conditions, Secretary of HHS Alex Azar pointed out: “If you’re a couple aged 65 living in Missouri making $70,000 a year, Obamacare is going to cost you $30,000 in premiums and you have a $12,000 deductible. I’m sorry, that is not affordable coverage of your pre-existing condition,”   

TrumpCare is the start of changing the cost paradigm of health care as well as returning health care choices to the individuals in this country.  It also creates a new paradigm for public-private partnerships to create new pharmaceuticals, medical devices, therapeutics, and other life saving  innovations.  As part of the President’s overall vision for US Healthcare, he is also putting in place mechanisms to bring back the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, PPE, and many other health care supporting manufacturing from China and other locations around the world.  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/475525-obamacare-signups-for-2020-hold-largely-steady-at-83m-people

https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/pharmaceuticals/costs-and-pricing.aspx

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/475525-obamacare-signups-for-2020-hold-largely-steady-at-83m-people

https://nypost.com/2020/06/26/trump-administration-urges-supreme-court-to-overturn-obamacare/

Potus and the Mouse-A Life Saving Partnership

What Do They Have In Common? Both Took Experimental Covid-19 Fighting Regeneron Antibody Cocktail

When the President was flown to Walter Reed Hospital on Friday, most Americans felt a sense of dread and fear. Would the President Survive? With all of the turmoil in the country, what would happen if he did not survive? Any many more questions without answers…

But something no one predicted, was the unlikely partnership of the President with the lowly lab mouse. The most powerful man in the world and a humble lab mouse literally sharing a potentially life-saving Covid-19 cure, the Regeneron Antibody Cocktail! At the time, only 275 human test subjects had taken the cocktail. And, number 276 was the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

Surprised? I am not! President Trump has read thousands of pages of Covid related materials regarding vaccines, therapeutics, as well as the behavior of the virus itself. Risky? To be sure. But, the President had two objectives when he entered the hospital: One, to fully beat back the virus; Two, to use his infection to further the treatment of the virus for other Americans and others around the world. Per Dr. Conley, his personal physician, the President grilled the medical team on his condition, his treatments, and his prognosis. He was well aware that the cocktail was not approved yet by his own FDA but could be used under the President’s emergency use protocol under “Right to Try”. As of Friday, only 274 humans, and a few lab mice could attest as to the efficacy of this treatment.

Why the Regeneron Antibody Cocktail?: His medical team had planned all along to use another emergency use only drug, the broad spectrum antiviral drug Remdesivir, to stop the virus from replicating with his body. If the virus cannot replicate, it cannot spread. THIS DRUG IS ALSO AUTHORIZED ONLY FOR EMERGENCY USE FOR THE TREATMENT F COVID-19. Why then combine the Regeneron Cocktail with Remdesivir, both not approved for regular use by the FDA, in the President of the United States! Because the President approved the treatments! He knew that the Regeneron Cocktail may help to prevent the virus from attaching itself to the body while the Remdesivir would keep the virus from replicating. If the virus could not replicate and be prevented from invading vital organs, there was a good chance that this regimen could provide a game changer in preventing deaths from Covid-19.

While the main-stream media continues its relentless onslaught against President Trump, his Covid-19 infection and the resulting hospitalization may be a miracle if it spurs on the medical community to get behind this powerful anti-viral one-two punch and allow our most vulnerable Covid infected patients to receive this powerful combination.

Cost Effective? Remember, President Trump already paid many of these research and development companies 80% of their costs to develop these therapeutics. The result is that a 5 day regimen of Remdesivir is on $3,200. This is not high when you factor in the cost of hospitalization. If we can cut down a day or a few days of hospitalization per patient, this drug will quickly pay for itself. Same for the Regeneron Cocktail. If the President had not subsidized the development of these drugs, and the vaccines in trial now, we would not have them available today. There is simply too much risk for companies to invest in R&D for potential cures that may never come to market. This approach also pegs the costs for these cures for the government health programs and for private insurers.

So, the next time you spot a cute little mouse, say to yourself, “Thank you God for sending us these humble creatures so they can save the lives of our loved ones.”

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/regenerons-antibody-cocktail-for-coronavirus-early-data-shows-promising-results/ar-BB19xZsQ#:~:text=Regeneron%27s%20cocktail%20includes%20a%20monoclonal%20antibody%20that%20targets,is%20to%20trap%20and%20shut%20down%20viral%20replication.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/president-trump-completes-second-dose-of-the-remdesivir-drug

US Postal Service-The Real Truth!

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“Oh my goodness, Donald Trump is ruining the Postal Service in order to disenfranchise voters”.  Every leftist on television, radio, ham radios, Congress and the all knowing Taylor Swift is spewing this untruth all the while withholding from you the fact that Donald J. Trump could not change any part of the operation of the USPS even if he wanted to!  There are only three bodies empowered to do so:

CONGRESS (Yes Nancy, You)

Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service

Postal Regulatory Commission

 

US Postal Service is an INDEPENDENT AGENCY OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH.  The Postmaster General does hold a cabinet post but the employees and the assets are considered CIVILIAN, and not governmental.

What is the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service?

The board is the governing body of the USPS, much like a board of directors for a private company but with the direct power to control the agency’s budget, expenditures, practices and procedures.  The United States Postmaster General actively manages its day-to-day operations PER THE DIRECTIVES OF THE BOARD, and not the President of the United States!

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So, how did the narrative that Trump was driving around in a one ton flatbed truck removing mail boxes to voters could not vote?

Gee, the Democrats and their Left Wing Propaganda machine, the MSM told you that was what was happening.  How about a few facts to straighten out this outright lie that was initiated by Tweddle Dee and Tweddle Dumb, Pelosi and Schumer:

They said:  “Alarmingly, the Postmaster General — a Trump mega-donor — has acted as an accomplice in the president’s campaign to cheat in the election, as he launches sweeping new operational changes that degrade delivery standards and delay the mail,”

  1. Pelosi and Schumer apparently forgot that President Trump has no operational authority over the operations of the USPS.  Only the USPS Board of Governors have the power to do so unless Congress, Pelosi and Schumer, passes legislation amending the powers of the Board and thus the USPS.
  2. President Trump does not even appoint the Postmaster General, the USPS Board does AND THE SENATE HAS THE POWER TO RATIFY THE APPOINTMENT.
  3. THE POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION was created by CONGRESS in 1970 to set rates, service levels and decides on postal closings, not the president.  Unless the President licks a stamp, sticks it on a letter, and mails it, he has little or nothing to do with the operations of the USPS.
  4. Who are the “Governors” on the USPS Board and how do they get on the board?  Board members are appointed by a president and confirmed by the United States Senate. No more than five of the nine governors may be from the same political party. 
  5. When President Trump came into office the USPS Board of Governors was pretty much inoperative like most of Obama’s agencies.  There were not even enough board members to form a quorum to hold a meeting.  In fact, in December of 2016, there were ZERO of a possible NINE appointed board members.  Ironically, IT WAS BERNIE SANDERS WHO WAS BLOCKING MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS TO THE BOARD!
  6. President Trump did nominate Robert Duncan, prior chairman to the RNC, to the USPS board as its chairman but his appointment was approved by Republicans and Democrats for the second time by an 89-0 vote in the Senate.
  7. Ron Bloom, appointed by Obama to serve as Assistant to the President (Obama) on Manufacturing Policy, was nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve on the Board of Governors.
  8. President Trump also does NOT appoint the USPS Inspector General, the USPS Board does and the Senate confirms. The current I.G. is Tammy Whitcomb.
  9. Even  the Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), Robert Taub, was appointed by President Obama in 2016!
  10. Remember, it is the Postal Regulatory Commission’s Office of Compliance and Accountability “that it is an independent body, lead by an Obama appointee ,confirmed by the Senate who makes the postal changes in question.”, THAT PELOSI, SCHUMER AND THE LEFT WING WHACKOS ARE BLAMING TRUMP AND THE NEW, APPOINTED TWO MONTHS AGO, POSTMASTER GENERAL  FOR!
  11. If the Pelosi, Schumer and the radical left has a problem with the Postal Service, they have to blame the USPS Board of Governors and the Postal Rate Commission and Congress. Not PRESIDENT TRUMP.

Obama, and the USPS Service Changes.

  1. In 2016, the USPS IG reported that 12,000 blue mail boxes had been removed from service and not replaced in the past 5 years!  The IG went on to explain that, “the Postal Service has eliminated underused collection boxes that on average receive fewer than 25 pieces a day.
  2. As the IG said in his report: “It is important to note that anyone with a residential or business mailbox can use it as a vehicle to send outgoing mail.”  So, there are 142,000,000 collection points serviced 6 days a week, all of which can be used as a very convenient replacement for the Blue Postal Box on the corner!

Federal Election Control

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One last point, President Trump has NO AUTHORITY OVER HOW STATE ELECTIONS ARE CONDUCTED, PERIOD. 

Constitutionally, State elections are administered by counties and certified by the State.  You really want to know how whacked Pelosi really is?

Her HR-1 bill that is waiting to be passed FEDERALIZES PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS GIVING THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH MUCH WIDER AUTHORITY OVER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.  THE VERY THING SHE IS ACCUSING PRESIDENT TRUMP OF INTERFERRING IN!

Aren’t Politics Just Grand!

 

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

US Constitution: Article I, Section 8, Clause 7:

Congress has the power to:   “To establish Post Offices and Post Roads.” 

 

Hat Tips:

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-vs-dems-on-mail-in-voting-jason-chaffetz

https://pjmedia.com/election/matt-margolis/2020/08/15/flashback-the-obama-biden-administration-removed-thousands-of-usps-collection-boxes-n796263

Middle East Peace, United Arab Emirates/Israel “Abraham Accord”

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Note:  On November 7th, 2017, we wrote an article entitled: “Trump Middle East; Terrorism Doctrine-Saudi Arabia at the Core”, Link:     https://wp.me/pY51c-175.  The article laid out then President Trump’s vision and roadmap to achieve Middle East peace.  Trump’s first diplomatic foray into the fray was his meeting with 50 Muslim nations in Saudi Arabia in May of 2017.  This began a 3 year and 6 month round of negotiations to bring the Muslim nations to recognize the need to join with Israel on investments, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies.

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Since President Trump’s election, he has never lost focus on that vision that was actually formed by citizen Trump over 20 years ago.  The current US, UAE, Israel “Abraham Accord,” paves the way to achieve peace in the Middle East under the paternal moniker of Abraham, the father of the three great faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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President Trump Opens the Door to Middle East Peace:

President Trump unveiled the Abraham Accord on Thursday, August 13th, 2020 by stating: “The action would be known as the “Abraham Accord,” named for the “father of all three great faiths.” (Judaism, Christianity and Islam)  Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman added, “No person (Abraham) better symbolizes the potential for unity of these three great faiths,.”  

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Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael

Religious Core:  To underscore the religious cornerstone of this agreement was an historic agreement to open access to the Islamic landmark, the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. (shown below)  Muslims will now be allowed to fly directly from the UAE to Israel and have access to the third holiest Muslim site.  Israelis will also be able to travel directly to the UAE as well.  

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Future of the Abraham Accord:  The significance of the name, the Abraham Accord, is that it represents a conduit to ALL Islamic countries to join and open relations with Israel.  Make no mistake, the Muslim Countries that will embrace this accord in the near term will be the Sunni Muslim nations.  Shia Muslims, led by Iran, will resist any efforts to normalize relations with Israel.  Iran has already condemned this agreement and will not go down easily in this fight.  Same is true for the Palestinians who are virtually wholly reliant on external support to maintain its existence.  Obviously, the Palestinians and the Israelis are the core of the lack of Middle Eastern peace.  

The importance of this accord cannot be overstated.  The potential for this accord to morph into a lasting framework for Middle Ease peace is for the first time since 1948, huge.  Why?  President Trump changed the game in the Middle East before he began lobbying for peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis.  How did he change the dynamics in the Middle East?

  1. His first major diplomatic trip was to Saudi Arabia in May of 2017 to meet with 50 Arab leaders to get them to think about and agree to stopping their support for Radical Islamic Terrorism.  This was coupled with Saudi Arabia and Israel to agree to allow President Trump to fly directly from Saudi Arabia to Israel, which was heretofore prohibited!  He also got the parties to agree to begin to stop all of their nations support for terrorists.  And finally, he got them to agree to set up a permanent framework to control terrorism and to work together on the bigger Middle East peace problem.
  2. On May 8th, 2018, President Trump pulled the US out of the Iranian Nuclear agreement, the JCPOA, and began a series of crippling sanctions and other actions against Iran.  The goal was to strip all funding from Iran possible in order to choke off their funding of terrorism throughout the world.  Second t was to cut off funds needed by Iran to step up their nuclear weapon development.  Third, and most importantly, this action was intended to show to the Sunni Arab world that the US was again their friend, and, their economic and military partner in fighting Iran’s Middle East destabilization program.
  3. The next two and a half years were spent sending envoys throughout the Middle East discussing visions for developing a Middle East Peace Plan.  Jarod Kushner, Trump Senior Advisor and Son-In-Law led this daunting task.  Ironically, Jarod, and his wife Ivanka, Trump’s daughter, are practicing Jews.  Having a person of the Jewish faith as a lead negotiator with Muslims is telling when trying to understand Trump’s negotiating talents!
  4. The Trump/Kushner diplomatic efforts culminated in the document entitled “Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People”, unveiled on January 28, 2020.  (Keep in context that Trump was also dealing with the early onset of the Coronavirus as well as his own impeachment by the Democrat party!)  This agreement was not intended to appease the Palestinians but rather to give them a vision of a prosperous Palestine living in peace.  There were no real concessions in terms of land like prior proposals.  The unveiling was attended on by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu with no Palestinian representation.  If you do not understand why Trump orchestrated the unveiling in this matter I would encourage you to read his “Art of the Deal”.
  5. Following the unveiling of the Peace plan in early 2020, Kushner and company went back on the road to lobby Middle Eastern Leaders to normalize relations with Israel under the banner of the peace plan.  Everyone thought that Saudi Arabia would be the one to take the lead but their support was already tacitly given.  The team needed a leader in the Middle East that would represent strength and demonstrate to the others in the region that this plan was real and that it needed to happen.  The United Arab Emirates, led by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ), was the perfect suiter as the UAE is one of the economic and technological  leaders in the world.  Keep in mind, Trump/Kushner can now use Sunni allies, like the UAE,  to pressure the region to join the peach plan and allow the US to remain in the background while the ultimate goals are accomplished.

With the UAE joining Egypt and Jordan in recognizing Israel, it is almost a sure bet that the other16 Muslim nations that have boycotted Israel will follow suit to one degree or another.   When this happens, there is only one last hurdle to jump over to achieve Trump’s peace plan for the Middle East, the Palestinians.

So, where does that leave the Palestinians?

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The Palestinian “State” has never been able to sustain itself economically and has had to rely on outside contributions by neighboring states to survive.  There really isn’t a real war between Israel and the Palestinians but rather a series of proxy wars against Israel, first by Egypt, and now via Iranian backed mercenaries.  The Palestinians themselves are not a military threat without arms from Iran and cash from their neighbors to survive. 

The biggest problem with the Palestinians accepting any peace plan with Israel is cultural.  The Palestinian leadership has long indoctrinated their youth that Israel was the devil himself and did not deserve to exist.  Bridging this divide will be challenging. 

But, if the Palestinian’s neighbors stop sending cash, that will leave only Iran to prop up the weak Palestinian  government.  Remember, Iran is Shia Muslim, the Palestinians are predominantly Sunni Muslims, like those who are now embracing the Trump Peace Plan.  The cultural differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims are real and Iran’s stated goal is to rule over the Sunni nations in the Middle East.  So, if the Sunni nation pressure the Palestinians to sit down and come to an agreement with the Israelis, based on the Trump outline, it is doubtful that they will be able to resist.  Make no mistake, Iran and its proxies will attempt to sabotage these efforts in any way they can.  But, Trump has all but crippled the Iranian economy and will unveil even more restrictions on those who attempt to help Iran financially or militarily next week.  

Will Russia or China Intervene?

Probably not.  If the Sunni Arab nations are united, they virtually control the bulk of the Middle East oil.  China can ill afford to cross this coalitions and take the side of Iran who has been very limited in its ability to export oil out of Iran.  Russia has to be pragmatic in that its economy is only the size of that of the State of Texas.  Russia would not waste any of its limited cash to start a fight with a solid Sunni Arab coalition.  Besides, President Trump has made it very clear that with the US being the dominate world oil producer, we could literally price Russia out of the oil market.  Russia’s oil exports are 75% of Russia’s total exports so any loss in this revenue stream would be devastating.

So, in the upcoming months, some prior to the November 3rd, 2020 election, some other Sunni Middle East nations will join with the UAE, Egypt and Jordan in establishing normal relations with Israel.  The more nations that come on board, the harder it will be for the Palestinian leadership to resist accepting a peace agreement with Israel.  It remains to be seen how much behind the scenes pressure will be exerted on the Palestinians and how effective it will be.  The good news is that this pressure will be exerted by Sunni Arabs and not by the US!  

The Palestinians have seen the Trump Peace Plan and know it does not give them any land concessions but does provide them with a promising economic future.  If this message can get through to the everyday Palestinian, perhaps they will rise up against their radical leadership and sit down and plan out a real future for the Palestinian people…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips:

Israel-UAE Peace Agreement Is Proof Trump’s Middle East Policy Is Working

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/14/902617646/u-s-ambassador-says-israels-agreement-with-uae-holds-enormous-upside

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/israel-uae-relations-trump-qanta-ahmed

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-israel-uae-peace-agreement

Trump Vs The Swamp! TikTok-Facebook-Microsoft-Big Pharma-Kodak

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Did you miss Trump’s pulling the swamp plug on the Real Swamp, China, The Social Media Deep State, and Big Pharma this past week?  

Well, if you missed it, you missed a show of pure genius.  Without breaking a sweat,

  • Trump castrated the Chinese market value of TikTok;
  • Eliminated the security threat posed by the Chinese TikTok app; 
  • Prevented Google and Facebook from acquiring TikTok and handed it to Microsoft on a silver platter;
  • Killed the national security threat posed by TikTok without ticking off millions of our kids and grandkids who LOVE TikTok!
  • Created a new competitor for China and Big Pharma by sanctioning Kodak as a new manufacturer for drug ingredients;

TikTok Market Value:

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The “street” value of TikTok, is owned by Chinese based Bytedance Ltd. has been placed at $5 Billion, $15 Billion and $50 Billion.  US TikTok users make up 10% of its 800 million users, for a total of 80 million users,  President Trump has said that TikTok would be banned in the US, and probably in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, if the app was not sold to Microsoft within 45 days! 

So, either Bytedance Ltd. agrees to whatever price Microsoft is willing to pay for TikTok, or Trump bans the product in the US and the value of the app tanks!  You may ask, how about Facebook or Google buying TikTok.  Trump has made it clear that they are not potential buyers that would survive the ban.  Both companies are huge anti-trust lawsuit candidates if they were to acquire TikTok.  Facebook already owns Instagram that is a direct competitor to TikTok.

So, Microsoft has been handed a golden opportunity to acquire TikTok at a bargain price.  All it has to do is keep the user data housed in the US and not shared with any foreign entity.  

Elimination of Chinese National Security Threat Via TikTok:

China is a big loser as by Chinese “National Intelligence Law”, Bytedance Ltd./TikTok has to share user data with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).  This not only includes videos but location data, facial recognition data, personal information and all other information currently collected by the app.  Today, the CCP has access to 25% of the total US Population’s TikTok data!  There are NO limits as to what they can and will do with this data.  They can push Anti-Trump propaganda to our citizens, push anti-US propaganda to our citizens, and target specific families and individuals with ads or even physical actions with this data. 

As you have seen, Social Media apps like TikTok are overwhelmingly powerful in pushing propaganda and stifling Free Speech.  It is bad enough to put up with this by Google, Facebook and Twitter but to allow the CCP to have the same access is idiotic and national suicide.  Canada, Australia and New Zealand will follow our lead as will many in the EU ultimately.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin stated Sunday:  “I will say publicly that the entire committee agrees that TikTok cannot stay in the current format, because it risks sending back (to China) information on a hundred million Americans.” 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo chimed in on Sunday by saying “..and so he (Trump) will take action in the coming days with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software (TikTok) connected to the Chinese Communist Party.

Trump himself stated:   “as far as TikTok is considered, we’re banning them from the United States. … Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that [emergency economic powers].”

Block Google, Facebook or Twitter from Acquiring TikTok:

Google, Facebook and Twitter have all but declared war on not only President Trump but on the US politically.  They stand hard with the Left in this country and are actively pushing leftist propaganda while curtailing Free Speech of thousands if not millions of US citizens.  They literally have no real competitors in terms of user base nor ad space revenue.  If TikTok were to be allowed to be taken over by one of these companies, it would merely further their current user monopoly in social media.  Facebook already owns the TikTok competitor, Instagram. 

If one of these companies actually did try to buy TikTok, the Justice Department would have to deny the sale via anti-trust statutes.  President Trump has virtually sidelined these companies by only holding the ban for a period of time to allow Microsoft to negotiate the sale with TikTok.  Even they should be able to see the handwriting on the wall which indicates that the Trump Administration would put up anti-trust roadblocks to their efforts to acquire TikTok.

Killed Chinese TikTok Ownership Without Alienating 80,000,000 American TikTok Users:

President Trump is not suicidal and recognized that he would need to keep TikTok on the market while eliminating its national security threat.  (Probably all of his grandkids are on TikTok or would like to be!)  The proposed ban coupled with a last minute announcement of a possible bid from Microsoft threaded this needle.  Can Microsoft make the deal?  Can the “Art of the Deal” man himself make this deal happen?  My bet is on Yes he can, and yes it will happen.

China and Big Pharma Now Faced With Kodak as Their New Pharmaceutical Competitor:

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The Coronavirus has highlighted the need for the US to move away from Chinese supply chains, especially for prescription and over-the-counter drugs purchased by US consumers.  The outsourcing of these drugs by Big Pharma, done with the approval and support of prior Administrations, the US Chamber of Commerce, and Big Pharma supporters in Congress, has literally put us on our knees begging China to be nice to us and send us drugs!  During the pandemic, not only did the Chinese Communist send us the virus, but they threatened to cut off our supply of PPE and pharmaceuticals!  We are literally at their mercy for the vast majority of ingredients for our drugs as well as for the finished drug products.  Big Pharma has gone along with this outsourcing  and benefitted from really dumb US laws allowing Big Pharma to charge US citizens higher drug prices than offered to other nations, including Canada. 

President Trump, using the Defense Production Act, shocked the nation and world last week by loaning the Kodak company $765,000,000 to retool their operations in Rochester, New York and St. Paul, Minnesota to produce needed pharmaceuticals as a start to breaking down our dependence on Chinese pharmaceuticals.  The Kodak Executive Chairman, Jim Continenza stated:  “By leveraging our vast infrastructure, deep expertise in chemicals manufacturing, and heritage of innovation and quality, Kodak will play a critical role in the return of a reliable American pharmaceutical supply chain,”

Ironically, or maybe not, one of the drugs that will be produced is the malaria/Lupus drug, Hydroxychloroquine!  Per the New York Post: “Kodak’s loan from the US International Development Finance Corporation will directly support 360 jobs, indirectly support 1,200 others, and help the company expand its existing facilities in Rochester, New York and St. Paul, Minnesota.”

So, with one fell swoop, President Trump saved an iconic American Company, Kodak; Fired a shot across the Chinese supply chain bow; and sent a message to big Pharma that he is serious about moving the pharmaceutical supply chain back to the us, WITH OR WITHOUT BIG PHARMA!  Remember, this is the same week that Trump signed EOs that will drive down prescription drug cost for Americans and thoroughly ticked off Big Pharma.

Even though I have followed all of the machinations of this President as he has knocked down barriers, eliminated road blocks, and successfully fought off scores of lawsuits in order to overturn decades of left-wing hegemony over this country, I was surprised and amused by how he structed the TikTok and Kodak deals to poke his thumb in China’s eye; flip off Google, Facebook and Twitter; and show Big Pharma that they are not the master of their own universe any longer in taking advantage of the American people. 

When President Trump leaves office, he has many new chapters to add to his “Art of the Deal”!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips:  Check out These Articles for Additional Info:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2020/08/01/if-microsoft-pays-5b-for-tiktok-america-buy-the-stock/#2b8560e651fb

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/pompeo-and-mnuchin-warn-about-chinese-owned-tiktok-and-say-action-from-trump-coming-soon

https://nypost.com/2020/07/28/kodak-to-make-drug-ingredients-with-765-million-federal-loan/

Kids Eat Dirt! Masks Make Parents Feel Better But Kids Will Survive Without Them!

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To open schools or not to open schools?  To make kids wear masks or don’t make them wear masks?  To build Plexiglas barriers around kids in class or leave them in the open?  Keep kids in classrooms 6′ apart or stay with the traditional classroom configurations?

KIDS EAT DIRT!

KIDS GRAB, HUG, AND MAUL EACH OTHER WHILE PLAYING!

KIDS UNDER 15 ARE VIRTUALLY IMMUNE FROM THE CHINESE VIRUS AND THE DEATH RATE FOR KIDS FROM THE VIRUS IS LITTERALLY NILL.

I am not going to get into a “wee-wee” contest over statistics involving this disease and its impact on children.  I will state that NO CHILDREN, AGES 0-15, HAVE DIED FROM CORONAVIRUS IN CALIFORNIA, WHILE 133 DIED THIS YEAR FROM THE SEASONAL FLU.  There are also tons of data suggesting that children are “poor” .carriers of the disease and if they do become ill their symptoms range from asymptomatic to mild.

Teachers are a different story and can be impacted more severely than children depending upon their age and level of co-morbidity.  

Across all schools, 15.1% of teachers were under age 30; 55.7% were ages 30 to 49; 11.6% were 50 to 54; and 17.6% were 55 or older.  If a teacher has a serious co-morbidity, or is 55 or older, perhaps they should not be in classrooms unless masked, face shielded and gloved.  Better yet, find something else for them to do or have them do “recorded guest lecture” types of teaching.  

There are overwhelming stories and statistics on the benefits of children being in school and mingling with teachers and other children.  The mental and physical health risks to children not attending in class schooling are well documented and far outweigh the risk of classroom virus exposure.

Should we take this opportunity to teach kids about hygiene and sound disease prevention lifestyle choice?  Absolutely.  But in the end, we are talking about kids.  Kids eat dirt!  Kids hug each other. Kids wrestle with each other. And yes, during seasonal flu months, kids are little flu incubators who spread the flu to many adults. 

The Coronavirus is different.  In adults, it over activates our strong immune systems and causes extreme respiratory distress.  In children, who have underdeveloped immune systems for colds and the flu, which is why they catch everything that comes around, the Coronavirus cannot over activate an immune response that is lethal to the child.  

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Use Common Sense that is seemingly non-existent in our politicians and media today.  Open your schools this fall by:

  1. Create a facilities sanitation plan to disinfect the facilities every day.
  2. Inventory your teachers and assess their propensity for becoming infected and any morbidity potential due to lifestyle or comorbidity.
    1. For at risk teachers, created a tiered schematic for using PPE including eye protection, and levels of interaction with children and parents.  (Masks do not protect anyone from infections that enter through the porous eye membrane. ) 
    2. All teachers should wear N95 or better masks, gloves and eye protection.
  3.  Inventory your students and assess their propensity for becoming infected and any morbidity potential due to lifestyle or comorbidity.
  4. Train teachers and students on sanitizing techniques for their work and common areas.
  5. I would caution against having children wear masks.  The majority of adults who wear masks today have no idea how to sanitize them or how to use them..  They set them down on potentially infected surfaces; never properly clean them; pass them back and forth to their spouses or other family; and touch the inside and outside of their masks all of the time transferring germs and other goodies to areas of the mask that contact their mouths and noses.  Kids will do the same and worse!  Plus, none of our esteemed experts have told you to cover your eyes which is another source of viral infiltration!  Trying to get kids to PROPERLY wear masks and eye coverings is counterproductive for the average, healthy child in school.
  6. Teach children good hygiene practices when using the rest rooms, and gyms if applicable.  (This will probably only be marginally effective)
  7. Cafeterias should be open with heightened levels of disinfecting and hygiene.  Cafeteria and other classified staff should wear PPE when around children and common facilities.  If feasible, schools should install UV lighting in classrooms and common areas that can be used to kill lingering virus when the rooms are vacant.
  8. If School Buses are used, they should be subjected to daily sanitation routines and the drivers be subject to similar PPE usage as teachers and other staff.  

There are more that you could include but don’t get too crazy.  And here is a novel idea, maybe we should keep up some of these practices every year and help prevent 70,000 US citizens from dying from the seasonal flu every year!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Happy Birthday America!

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Take the time to read or re-read the document that gave birth to our nation and set the world on a course to showcase freedom and end human bondage throughout Western Civilization…

July 4th, 1776

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience has shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature; a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing, with manly firmness, his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us;

For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states;

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world;

For imposing taxes on us without our consent;

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury;

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses;

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies;

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments;

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection, and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens, taken captive on the high seas, to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions, we have petitioned for redress, in the most humble terms. Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred, to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

Supreme Court Activist Interpretation to Define “SEX’ to Include “Sexual Orientation”

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Neil Gorsuch shocked even moderate conservatives when he sided with the left Justices in rewriting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Gorsuch was thought to be a “textualist” when it came to interpreting the meaning of the Constitution and laws that had been passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.  But, in this decision, Gorsuch “INTERPRETED” the word SEX to also mean “SEXUAL ORIENTATION”, which the law clearly did not specify.  

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In the text of the original legislation, the 7 human physical attributes and 1 personal choice of Religion, were specifically designated in the bill included:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Sex 
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Genetic Information

7 of the 8 were were physical characteristics that at the time of the bill’s passing were inalterable.  Race, Color (of ones skin) Sex (male or female), National Origin, place of birth, Age, Disability, and Genetic Information.  Religion stood out as it was a personal choice but it is also specified as a primary freedom in our Bill of Rights, specifically in the First Amendment.

Why Gorsuch and Roberts were Wrong

By expanding SEX to include Sexual Orientation, the court inserted new language into existing legislation.  If Congress and the President desired to include such a change, then it is up to these two branches of our government to do so.  IT IS NOT THE RIGHT OF THIS OR ANY OTHER COURT TO LEGISLATE FROM THE BENCH AND CREATE OR REWRITE LAWS. 

This is especially egregious as it sets up immediate conflicts of “rights” between many existing individuals and groups including, but certainly not limited to, religious groups and the LGBTQ community and also between male and female athletes and transgender athletes.  The court could certainly have predicted these conflicts and rightly could have stated that any change to include sexual orientation as a protected civil right must be done by Congress.

So, if you are an attorney, you won, big time!  I am sure lawsuits are being written as I am typing this article.  Unfortunately, the cost of litigation is expensive and many regular people will be intimidated into settling lawsuits in favor of the LGBTQ community to their own detriment,  Remember the cake maker case in Colorado.  They will be back after him again.  Churches who do not want to hire members of the LGBTQ community based on religious objections will be forced to do so.  If you are a male athlete who underwent physical change, or merely claims to be female, will be able to compete against biological women in their sports.  How about States who have already prohibited Transgender male to females from competing against biological females.  

When one branch of government usurps the duties of another, it creates chaos and actual lawlessness.  The Supreme Court is not always right and has many times overturned itself.  The Congress should immediately move to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to either include or exclude sexual orientation.  If they include the new definition, then Congress should include clarifying language to eliminate as many cross rights conflicts as possible.

Otherwise, this will become a courtroom super highway of lawsuits!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

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