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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home.

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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon
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    By Oscar Goodman? The former Mayor of Vegas did not write that.

    LF1: So Romney is pitching a UBI?

    LF3: It’s a start. Now if we can just do the same to Hawley…

    LF5: How are they going to enforce that ruling?

    LF7: The left has their own set of conspiracy theories.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird
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    Mittler is trying to give big families more money? Easier to bind women to the home, I guess.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird
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    Speaking of the MyPillow guy, David Hogg has decided that he wants to take it straight to him by setting up a PROGRESSIVE pillow company. You won’t be stuck buying right-wing pillows anymore, America!

    Later on…

    I am *VERY* interested to see what happens.Report

  4. Avatar Chip Daniels
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    LF1:
    This vividly illustrates how vanishingly small the constituency for fiscal austerity is.

    As written, his proposal sounds eerily like the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program which paid cash to families based on the number of children.

    If this sounds familiar, it is the exact program that a rising star named Ronald Reagan derided in his speeches about welfare queens and strapping young bucks buying T-bone steaks.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Chip Daniels
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      Presumably, if TANF goes away then so does the associated “maintenance of effort” requirement that states spend a certain level of their own revenue on public assistance programs. Failure to meet MOE requirements carries potentially huge penalties, although the feds have never invoked the big ones. When I worked for a state legislative budget staff and the TANF spending was part of my portfolio, one of my jobs was tracking state dollar spending in the allowed MOE categories to make sure we were square with the feds. MOE spending has a one-way ratchet — it can only go up. States hate it whenever there’s a recession, and revenues fall, but MOE spending stays the same or even has permanent increases.Report

  5. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    LF3: Good for the Democrats and 11 GOPers with some sense. A problem like MTG should be easy to solve. Her district is bright red an is not going to elect a Democratic politician. It should have been easy for the Republicans. Denounce her, say the GOP has no place for lunacy, and strip her of assignments. But they either agree with her or fear those who do and ended up going to bat for her.

    The woman is a hateful, racist, anti-semitic, homophobic, xenophobic fanatic. I also think the GOP is probably shocked at this action. Or shocked that Democrats are tired of their shit.Report

  6. Avatar Jaybird
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    Are you signed up for the NYT’s daily emails? You should be! Yelling “what the hell?” at 6AM is better than coffee!

    Here’s today’s email:

    Good morning. Why aren’t progressive leaders doing a better job at mass vaccination?

    The story touches on stuff like California and New York’s emphasis on process rather than on getting the shots into arms.

    Apparently, there are larger penalties for putting the shot into the wrong arm than for throwing an unused dose away.

    Now, I very much like the idea of being against “corruption” where an unscrupulous pharmacist sneaks shots into his friends, family, and rich people willing to slip a couple of Madisons into the guy’s hand.

    *BUT*

    It’s worse to throw shots out. Just find somebody outside and ask them “psst, buddy… want a vaccine?” and put it into his arm instead of tossing the shot. Find someone on the 2nd floor sitting behind a desk and put it into her arm. Find the volunteer in the flower shoppe and give it to him. There are unvaccinated people in the same building where they were throwing vaccines away and that’s, like, unsatirizable.

    The email makes the suggestion of more drug store programs after J&J’s vaccine gets the green light.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Jaybird
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      OT Alum Jason K had a discussion on FB a while back about how we should auction off doses to the wealthy and well connected and use the proceeds to support shots for low income folks (or something like that). Basically it was acknowledging that privilege will find a way, so lean into it, rather than fighting against it.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Oscar Gordon
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        10% of the shots auctioned off would also be one hell of an advertisement for the drug.

        The whole “we need to make sure that our underserved communities get the shots first!” messaging had some people misinterpret what our authorities were saying as “we’re going to do the large-scale human testing on Black people and if the numbers still look good, then we’ll move to everybody else.”Report

      • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to Oscar Gordon
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        Kinda think we should do a line-jumping scheme. Think of boarding zones where you’re given a number 1-5 … the 1’s all queue and get vaccinated while 2’s watch… once 1’s are done, 2’s get vaccinated… if a 1 shows up… they get vaccinated next… then back to 2’s and so on. 5’s? Yeah, not likely you’ll get vaccinated unless there’s no one there.. in which case, bully for you, bully for all of us… we win. This way there’s always an arm for a dose and any priorities we want to prioritize are prioritized. Eventually lots of 3’s, some 4’s and a bunch of 5’s will get in… 1’s can always cut to the front if they have a change of heart.

        Write the most convoluted stupid point system you want to determine who’s a 1 and who’s a 1a, who’s a 2b, and who’s a 5… I don’t care (that much)… just get out of the way and get shots in arms.

        I recognize I’m in Zone 5… I just want us to get to the “how come that underserving jerk is vaccinated and I’m not?” as soon as possible.

        … and yeah, fix the messaging around vaccinations and masks.Report

        • Avatar Pinky in reply to Marchmaine
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          In what setting would we implement it? If we’re having 62-year-olds lining up at hospitals hoping to get a 65-and-up person’s shot, we’d be creating chaos and increasing exposure opportunities. if it were something like registering for 500 doses 24 hours ahead of time, and all the group 1’s get a callback, then the 2’s, et cetera, it might work.Report

          • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Pinky
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            One of the providers in my county has experimented with a “lottery” list. People who are in the next group to be eligible and who can get to the site on short notice sign up. Near the end of the day, if there are doses that are going to expire but no arms are there, the staff starts calling the lottery people.

            The report I read says that it was successful at keeping doses from having to be tossed. Don’t know what the current status of the experiment is.Report

          • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to Pinky
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            Large open spaces… like the temporary facilities built in China (and NYC) in a matter of days.

            But sure, could also blend it with a weekly lottery system for folks after group, say, group 2. Just to make sure there isn’t a chaotic rush.

            But part of the idea is to stop registering for 500 doses (now that the initial phase of Drs. and Nursing home immobiles have been vaccinated. Put the doses where the arms are and vice versa. Keep it simple, keep it moving.

            The alternate that we’re moving to seems to be wide-distribution via commercial entities – which is fine… it brings some efficiencies and adds some new in-efficiencies and ultimately will be *less* priority based than other systems.

            I’m fine with that too… but sacrificing priorities (in practice, but not in hypothetical policy) just means people like me get vaccinated sooner… as long as we’re all good with that.Report

        • fillyjonk fillyjonk in reply to Marchmaine
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          people who are “essential workers” and can’t WFH or easily take days off wind up de facto at the back of the queue because they can’t stand around HOPING someone in a “priority group” doesn’t show.

          Most retired people, who would have the freedom to hang around “on standby” would already have been vaxxed, hopefully.

          I couldn’t do that, I couldn’t cancel class on the vague hope I MIGHT get a shot

          with an actual appointment? Hell yes, if the only time open is during class time I am cancelling class that day, I don’t care, they can dock my pay for that day if they want. I doubt i could even do a “we’ll text you and you can come on down if we have extra vaccine” because of planning and paper work in re: cancelling classes

          But yeah, the whole thing has been chaos. I am in ‘group 3’ because I’m a prof (until they change their minds and decide “hey you know you could all teach from home for another year”) and at this point the timeline on that is “lol when we maybe get more vaccine” so I am thinking August, if I’m lucky.

          At least my 84 year old mom was supposed to get vaccinated today.Report

          • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to fillyjonk
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            Everyone is the priority group eventually… the only folks who would stand in line (more than ordinary) would be people not in the priority group at that time hoping for an earlier access.

            If we’re concerned about SES, then add an SES score so poorer workers have a higher queue # than richer ones. Billionaire guys in their 40s would be #6 … the math could make it so that Elon Musk is the last person in the US to be vaccinated. Everyone before him would be eligible for a shot… unless, of course, no one showed up to the distribution center and his was the only arm available. 🙂

            Certainly wouldn’t preclude appointments or other forms of queue management…Report

  7. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    Comment in mod because wordpress has its underwear in a bunch.Report

  8. Avatar LeeEsq
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    L7: I’m wondering how much of this conspiracy theory is because a lot of the more ardent feminists didn’t really like the culture of pro-sports in the United States and wanted to take a stab to eliminate it. Like all things that started out as a white lie of advocacy, it ended up as a full on belief deeply held.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to LeeEsq
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      I read several/many years ago that the San Diego police force laid on some extra officers on Sunday evenings after the Chargers lost. If I’m recalling correctly, there was no question about the statistical increase in calls; some of the extra incidents were drunks in bars; some of it was domestic violence.Report

  9. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    Read their stories. These are human stories. People who were brought here as small children and deported as middle-aged adults without mercy: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/01/27/opinion/mexico-deportation-immigration-reform.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=HomepageReport

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