I think I agree with Chuck Schumer … and more on today’s CrossPolitic Daily News Brief. This is Toby Sumpter. Today is Tuesday, January 4, 2021.
VAERS Stats from SEn. Ron Johnson
The chart lists Ivermectin, Hydroxychloriquine, Flu vaccines, Dexamethasone, Tylenol, Remdesivir, and Covid Vaccines.
While Ivermectin lists 393 total deaths, with 15 deaths per year, and hydroxychloriquine lists 1770 total deaths, averaging 69 deaths per year, and Flu vaccines list 2001 deaths total, with an average of 77 deaths per year, Covid vaccines show a total of 21,002 deaths and since that has only been counting for the last year, that is also the currently annual average: 21,002 deaths from COVID vaccines. Now, were some of those deaths with vaccines instead of from vaccine? Most likely. But something is going on there.
Girls-Only Schools Say They Will Only Admit Biological Girls
A group of girls-only private schools in Britain are refusing to admit transgender students, worried that it could affect their status as single-sex schools under current law.
The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), which represents 25 schools across Britain, released its policy with regards to gender identity in order to clarify that the schools organizing through this group should reject the admission of transgender children.
The GDST believes that an admissions policy based on gender identity rather than the legal sex recorded on a student’s birth certificate would jeopardize the status of GDST schools as single-sex schools under the act,” their new guidance states.
“For this reason, GDST schools do not accept applications from students who are legally male. We will, however, continue to monitor the legal interpretation of this exemption,” the guidance continues.
The Trust hastened to add that all current transgender students are welcome to remain as students.
The Trust also sacrificed four oxen, three sheep, and two turtle doves following the announcement, hoping not to be destroyed from the face of the earth.
The problem is that men in the UK and in North America have not stood for freedom:
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Biden To Promote Meat Industry Overhaul
President Biden on Monday will promote an overhaul of the meat-packing industry as he blames rising consumer prices and dwindling farmers’ profits on the handful of large “middlemen” who dominate the processing segment of the supply chain.
The White House said the administration will spend $1 billion to expand independent processing capacity and instill competition in a market where four meat-packing companies control 85% of the beef market, four firms control 50% of poultry processing, and four big processors control 70% of the pork market.
Mr. Biden is under pressure to alleviate inflation and supply chain pressures that are making food, gas, toys and other products more expensive. At times, he’s blamed the sticker shock on price gouging by big industry players.
The meat-processing industry is his latest target. He said dominant processors are increasing their profits at the expense of farmers and families.
Mr. Biden’s plan includes $100 million for workforce training and safety after Congress accused the meat-packing industry of forcing workers into unsafe conditions during the pandemic. Ransomware attacks also hit the industry earlier in Mr. Biden’s term.
The White House said it will strengthen rules that require farmers and ranchers to get a fair price for the meat they provide.
Ah… there we go: strengthen rules that require fair prices… That’s exactly what you don’t the Federal Government to be doing.
Rep. Thomas Massie thread:
The Biden administration is over the target. Four companies control the majority of meat processed in the United States. This quad-opoly of corporate middlemen have driven up prices in stores while depressing prices paid to struggling farmers. (tinyurl.com/5bxm87km) We all agree: the solution is to promote competition.
Biden advisors recommend antitrust lawsuits against the big packers and subsidies for the little guys.
There’s a better answer though that’s free: Roll back crippling regulations on the little guys and they will flourish. Six years ago, I worked with Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate to introduce a bill called the PRIME Act, which would right-size regulations and break up the corporate monopoly on meat processing.
We’ve introduced this bill in every congress since 2015. The PRIME Act would allow local farmers to sell meat in local grocery stores using local processors, as long as the commerce doesn’t cross state lines, and complies with all state and county regulations (such as monthly inspections by county health departments). Here’s the PRIME Act, just a few pages and easy to understand. Check out the House and Senate sponsors from both sides of the aisle: (congress.gov/bill/117th-con…) (congress.gov/bill/117th-con…)
So who opposes the PRIME Act and why hasn’t it passed? Big Agriculture lobbyists (posing as friends of small farmers) oppose this bill, and I’m sad to tell you they’ve bought off most members of the House Agriculture committee.
But a President could cut through the bull!
Meanwhile, critics also pointed out that Biden doesn’t seem to be too concerned about Big Pharma monopolies. How many Pharmaceutical companies control the current medicine markets?
And speaking of monopolies:
Democrats Pushing End to Filibuster Rules
Democrats are resuming their push to change Senate filibuster rules in the hope of passing elections legislation, and they plan to use the one-year anniversary of the Capitol riot to win over two hold outs, Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
Democrats are hopeful that they can sway the two moderates by arguing both publicly and privately that the riot set off a sustained Republican effort to erode voting rights in state capitals across the country, Politico reported Monday.
Of course this would be an about-face from previous stances.
For example: In 2005, Then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., condemned weakening the Senate’s tradition of extended debate as “an example of the arrogance of power,” a “power grab by the majority party” that would “eviscerate the Senate.” It was 2005, and Republicans held the White House and Congress.
Chuck Schumer on the Filibuster
The Senate was established originally as a check against majoritarian impulses. It has an equal voice for all the states – 2 senators per state, and there are six year terms with only a third of the senators up for re-election every two years. The 60 vote filibuster is not required by the constitution, but it is certainly in keeping with the spirit of the constitution. Removing the 60 vote threshold certainly does move it closer to the House.
Of course in May 2017, Then-President Donald Trump demanded that Senate Republicans abandon extended debate in order to enact his legislative priorities. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., majority leader at the time, rejected “fundamentally changing how the Senate has worked for a very long time.”
The difference between playing politics and standing for principle is seen very clearly right here. Principles are things that don’t change. They remain the same for everyone, no matter who is in power. Frequently, Republicans are just as bad as Democrats. While there is certainly room to be grateful for some of what Trump did, this is certainly an area where he was rocking the boat in an unprincipled way. If the Democrats were smart, they’d cite Donald Trump as a defense for their move.
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