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One of the Republicans’ great achievements, when they took control of Congress in 2010, was to abolish the corrupt earmarking process, which gave us such porkers as the infamous Alaska Bridge to Nowhere. Democrats (and some Republicans) now want to bring back the pork projects, so members can bring home the bacon and buy votes.
Punchbowl News reports that Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy of Vermont and House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut will soon announce the return of earmarks into the appropriations process.
The late Senator Tom Coburn said earmarks serve as “a gateway drug on the road to spending addiction” and noted how many members feel compelled to vote for bloated spending bills out of fear their states or districts will be shortchanged.
In vetoing a 1987 bill stuffed with earmarks, Ronald Reagan quoted Thomas Jefferson who warned that allowing Congress to spend federal money for local projects would set off “a scene of scramble among the members (for) who can get the most money wasted in their State, and they will always get most who are meanest.”
We’re about to see Washington get even meaner, if that’s possible.
A Tale of Two Disneys
Reason magazine has released a fascinating video explaining what the Disney Company’s example can teach the country about handling COVID-19.
In short, Disneyland in California has been shuttered for ten months while Disney World in Florida and every other Disney property in the world has been reopened.
“We’re going to be stubborn about it,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said last October when asked about the reopening of theme parks. Disneyland will not be allowed to reopen until Orange County has fewer than one COVID-19 infection per 100,000 residents for seven consecutive days. The current rate exceeds that amount by about 45 times.
The impact on the surrounding area has been brutal. “This is a death knell for tens of thousands of jobs. These are working-class jobs and hundreds of small businesses in and around the resort,” says Trevor O’Neil, an Anaheim City Council member.
In Florida, not only has Disney World been open but the company brought the NBA Playoffs to Florida without any staff or players falling sick.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has pursued an anti-lockdown strategy that focused on shielding seniors but allowing businesses to stay open with precautions.
Overall, Florida has a slightly lower death rate than the U.S. as a whole, and adjusting for the larger percentage of Floridians that are elderly, its record compares well with California’s. No wonder that Disney is now moving most of its national operations across the country out of the Golden State to the Sunshine State.
There’s more …
- Teachers union ransom
- New Zealand lockdown
- Kamala Harris caught lying
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