Sunday, January 31, 2021
Back in 1976, I voted for President Ford after supporting Governor Reagan in the primaries. It was a close election, but Texas and a few others went blue that year, and Governor Carter was in.
Around 10 A.M. the next day, the election went for Mr. Carter, and I felt a bit depressed. How did this happen? After a few days, I said to my friends that the country would regret this decision. Honestly, it was the same feeling I had when Mr. Biden assumed the presidency.
A day ago, I saw this article by Daniel Gallington, and it makes a lot of sense:
The reason Mr. Biden will fail so soon is that many more millions than voted for him will realize — and quickly — that they made a mistake. In some ways, it will be a similar reaction ... to the election of Jimmy Carter in 1976, when many of his voters quickly realized they had screwed up.
So why/how did we elect the wrong person — both in 1976 and again in 2020? The exact reason for this was/is the focused public voter reaction on a single and very specific set of circumstances, rather than as an endorsement of a generalized political agenda.
Isn't that the truth?
President Biden's administration will quickly fail for two reasons, or maybe I should say two executive orders:
1. Gas prices will go up because you can't destroy supply without affecting the cost at the pump. It's great to talk about "green energy," but we are still going to put something that comes from fossil fuels in our cars.
2. The border will explode. You can't tell people you are going to reverse President Trump's border policies without giving inspiration to many to walk north and get legalized.
Just wait: that buyer's remorse is coming and coming fast. In a year, many voters will remember President Trump's low gasoline prices and the order on the border. They will want those good old days back, including the tweets!
PS: You can listen to my show (Canto Talk).
Saturday, January 30, 2021
The teachers unions are not making a lot of friends these days. Their insistence on keeping schools closed out of fears of COVID is damaging to children. And they seem to be going out of their way to blow up relationships, especially with the parents who pay their taxes, i.e., teacher salaries!
The first fact is that remote learning is a disaster, especially for disadvantaged students.
I recommend an article Alec MacGillis wrote for ProPublica last fall on how things were going for students in Baltimore. It paints a finely grained portrait of chaos: online classes in which almost no students show up, schedules rearranged at the last minute, Zoom links that are inaccessible. The 12-year-old boy at the center of the piece was passionate about school before the pandemic, but by last fall he was talking about school in the past tense.
The broader data on school closure is horrendous. Mental health problems have increased. Many children have simply vanished from official oversight. Schools in Hillsborough County, Fla., started the year missing 7,000 students.
The children who are attending aren’t learning much. A Stanford study suggested that the average student has lost at least a third of a year’s worth of learning in reading and three-quarters of a year’s worth of learning in math.
Like some of you, I grew up watching “The Lone Ranger” on TV. In my case, it was the Spanish dubbed version of the show before we came to the U.S.
Up here, his friend was Tonto. In Spanish, it was “Toro.” It did not take me long to figure that one out.
Friday, January 29, 2021
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Over the years, I have seen a few high school "track and field" events. As I remember, the girls were over here and the boys over there. They competed separately because they are physically different.
Enter Biden and his new executive order about something called "transgenders." This is from Ramona Tausz:
The Biden presidency, we’re told, is a historic win for women. With Kamala Harris as his Madam Vice President and a record number of women in his Cabinet, the new commander in chief is advancing the female cause. “This is what breaking the glass ceiling looks like,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar enthused on Inauguration Day.
As is often the case, the gratuitous symbolic victories distract from more significant, material losses. Hours after Harris became the first female vice president, Biden signed an executive order that discriminates against her entire sex.
The directive, titled “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation,” spells disaster for women’s shelters, sports and health care in the name of transgender equality.
For instance: Institutions that receive Title IX funding must allow biological males who identify as female to compete in women’s athletics. “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to . . . school sports,” the order states.
This is awful. Nobody is denying children "access" to school sports. We're just saying that boys and girls are different, i.e. boys are bigger and stronger and it's just biology not a violation of civil rights.
Furthermore, did any of this come up during the "basement campaign"? Did any reporter ask then candidate Biden about his plans to do this?
Well, let's just say that the "devout Catholic" has a long list to go to confession about, from abortion to now confusing boys and girls.
P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk).
We remember Bob Uecker who was born in Milwaukee on this day in 1935.
Once upon a time, Bob Uecker played baseball. My guess is that most of us remember him as the radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers and one of those funny baseball movies.
As a major league catcher (1962-67), Uecker hit .200 in 297 games (217 starts), 146 hits, 14 HR and 74 RBI. He played with Milwaukee and then backed Tim McCarver in the 1964 World Series.
In 1971, he came home to be the radio & TV voice of the Brewers.
Monday, January 25, 2021
We hear that President Biden and President Lopez-Obrador spoke by phone. According to news reports, the Mexican president said that the U.S. is offering US$ 4 billion to Central America.
I guess that President Biden is hoping that money going south will keep caravans from going north, or something like that. It sounds good but it won’t really work.
The biggest problem with Mexico and Central America is that the leaders have grown accustomed to remesas or remittances. They flow south every week, from one guy in Texas sending mom a $100 a month to even bigger numbers. These remittances are the social net for many of these countries, as we see in this WSJ report:
Mexicans working in the U.S. sent record amounts of money to relatives back home last year, illustrating the resilience of the U.S. economy despite the shutdowns imposed to fight the pandemic.
The surge in remittances, which surprised analysts and migrants alike, provided a lifeline for many poorer Mexicans in the midst of the country’s biggest economic slump in decades.
Remittances rose 11% to $36.9 billion in the first 11 months of the year, more than the record $36.4 billion sent in all of 2019, according to figures released this week by Mexico’s central bank. The average remittance was 4.3% higher at $340, the bank said.
In Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras—the Central American countries that make up the Northern Triangle — remittances slumped in April but later rebounded, and were up 3.4% from January through October.
So the money goes south and keeps going south.
In theory, dealing with the root cause of poverty is a noble idea. In this case, they are not coming here because they are poor. They are coming here because they can make more money and send dollars to mom.
Can it be stopped? Not really. Unfortunately, the politicians are used to having their folks outside taking care of the people inside.
P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk).
Congratulations to Tom Brady and his 10th trip to the Super Bowl. He was 6-3 in his first 9 appearances with the Patriots.
Bunker had a great start with the Orioles. He went 19-5 with the 1964 Orioles. Bunker was one of the many young arms along with Dave McNally and Jim Palmer.
In 1966, Wally pitched a 1-0 victory in game 3 of the 1966 World Series. It put the O's up 3-0 in that Series against LA.
He ended up with the expansion KC Royals after the 1968 draft. Actually, he pitched well in KC, won 12 games and threw the first pitch in the expansion team's history.
Bunker retired after after the 1971 season.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
We learned of Hank Aaron's death. Many of us remember that Monday Night Game of the Week when Hank Aaron hit #715 and broke Babe Ruth's home run record. Or, our parents remember his home run in 1957 to clinch the NL pennant for the Milwaukee Braves. Or, going into the Hall of Fame with Frank Robinson in 1982.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
President Biden's pen has been busy. At this point, he'll be out of ink soon and these executive orders will be challenged in the courts. We understand that Texas is preparing a legal challenge to the deportations executive order. More challenges are coming!
Friday, January 22, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021
President Trump leaves one strong accomplishment: The Trump administration designated Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
We understand that President Biden will propose increasing the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, according to news reports. Like before, increasing the minimum wage will do nothing to help the people it intends to help. This is a good note from Andy Puzder:
The Paris Climate Accords are back in town. According to news reports, President Biden will rejoin whatever is left of it.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Over Sunday lunch, I mentioned to a friend that Rasmussen Reports reported that President Trump’s approval was 48%. My friend was shocked and so was I. After all, this number comes two weeks after we’ve had nothing but 24/7 “blitz” against Trump.
My friend asked: What about another poll? Are they showing the same thing? The answer is “yes”. Check out the NBC News poll:
A poll released by NBC News on Sunday morning found that President Trump’s approval rating has remained relatively unchanged following deadly rioting by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
The new poll found that 43 percent of voters gave Trump a positive job approval rating, a result consistent with polling as recently as just before the November election.
So what’s going on? It confirms two things:
First, most Americans are smart enough to know that President Trump did not incite a riot. There were over 100,000 people and 100 got out of control. And now we hear that some of the marchers came to riot not participate in the day’s events.
Second, saturation kills whoever is doing the saturating. The vicious attacks on President Trump just plain backfired. It was too much, as Liz Peek wrote today.
My advice to President Trump is to go into hiding for nine months and avoid public comments. I wouldn’t be surprised if voters miss him after they watch what the left will do the country.
Monday, January 18, 2021
This is from the AP:
Transgender athletes are getting an ally in the White House next week as they seek to participate as their identified gender in high school and college sports — although state legislatures, Congress and the courts are all expected to have their say this year, too.
Attorneys on both sides say they expect president-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Education will switch sides in two key legal battles — one in Connecticut, the other in Idaho — that could go a long way in determining whether transgender athletes are treated by the sex on their birth certificates or by how they identify.
How is this bringing us together? Have you met parents with daughters who can’t wait for boys to compete with their girls? I haven’t.
So we will see the new President in the courts. My guess is that we will be doing a lot of that over the next couple of years, from transgenders to signing international agreements without going the treaty route.
P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk).