Closing Thought–09Dec20

We all know that politicians are about as reliable as a rattlesnake in heat……but has any of them actually taken their temperament to the ultimate crime and committed murder?

It’s a cliche at this point that politicians are not necessarily trustworthy. You can expect that on a long enough timeline you’re going to hear a story on the news about a politician caught in a lie, caught stealing something, or caught doing some other nefarious and otherwise underhanded deed. The breadth of the crimes committed by politicians that we normally are used to, though, stays in the realm of non-violence. But every once in a while something goes extremely wrong, and politicians will commit murder

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Infrastructure Again

Since Bill Clinton there has always been these vague references to our aging infrastructure and Biden is NO different.

He has promised…..the same promises made by every president since GW Bush… save our crumbling infrastructure……and sadly I do not believe it will be any different with a new president.

But what does it take to constitute infrastructure?

Infrastructure is the general term for the basic physical systems of a business, region, or nation. Examples of infrastructure include transportation systems, communication networks, sewage, water, and electric systems.

How will it change in 2021?

Another presidency has passed, four more years during which grandstanding over America’s crumbling infrastructure problem once again produced very few results. Our bridges still need fixing. Yes, our airports are falling apart. But as these projects languish, the very way we use our cities and transportation networks has been changing. New technologies are providing new answers to old problems. The election of Joe Biden brings a conversation about infrastructure that has long been waiting in the wings to center stage.

Biden ran on promises to address the long overdue repair and modernization of highways, roads, bridges and airports. However, his administration’s ambitions go further, with a plan to address the infrastructure America will need both to combat climate change and modernize urban transportation. This includes a plan for 500,000 public charging stations for electric vehicles, changes to our cities that allow drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and others to safely share the road, and investment in critical clean energy technologies.

Simply put: infrastructure today is not just about filling potholes and repaving. Of course, when we can’t even pass an infrastructure bill despite it being the one issue that Democrats and Trump could agree on during his term, it might seem difficult to imagine how we will get from being unable to fix critical roads to the lofty goal of zero emissions by 2050. But frameworks are already in place, and many of the infrastructure projects we need do not bear the kind of price tags that traditional infrastructure upgrades do.

In other words…..same as it ever was….an aging electric grid….roads and bridges falling apart…..transportation sucks…..and oh so much more… all will remain and graded as “SUCKS”…..

What will Biden accomplish with the infrastructure?

I want to hear from his die hard supporter.

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Pardon–Will He, Won’t He

In the closing days of the Trump farce that was his presidency there has been a wealth of news reports and analysis by overpaid pundits to decide if Trump will pardon himself as a closing act to the sad tragedy of a presidency.

We know that the president has the power to pardon or commute but can he, Trump, really pardon himself?

Could President Trump pardon himself before he leaves office? He faces possible liability on bank and tax issues, and a former prosecutor in the Robert Mueller investigation makes the case in a New York Times op-ed that he should get hit with obstruction charges, too. A president, of course, can pardon others, but can he pardon himself? At the Atlantic, Eric L. Muller digs into the constitutional question and writes that it hinges on a single word. The Constitution, he notes, says the president “shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” The key word there is “grant.” If the framers had used “announce” instead of “grant,” it would be clear that a president could pardon himself as well as others. But “grant” is another matter.

Muller does a deep dive and finds that whenever the word is used elsewhere in the Constitution, it is used as a transitive verb. That is, one entity grants something to another. He also digs into the word’s “original public meaning” and finds the same—it seems that whenever “grant” was used in those days, two entities were involved. What sounds picayune is “linguistically important,” he writes. “Grant” in this sense is similar to words such as “surrender” or “relinquish”—”you can’t do them to yourself.” In his view, then, Trump appears to be out of luck. The question isn’t whether Trump can pardon himself, it’s whether he can grant himself a pardon. “The evidence, at least according to the text of the Constitution and its original meaning, says no.” Read the full analysis.

If he does then it could be his crowning glory of the most absurd portion of American history…the Trump presidency.

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