Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Left & Right Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Mark Guerringue again sits in the left chair this episode. The producer leads with a question about whether the US Postal Service can handle the expected surge of mail-in ballots. 

I say yes, they certainly can given that they handle Christmas surges every year and the PPP checks that went out recently.

From there we comment on the Kamala Harris selection to Biden’s VP slot. I’m not thrilled by it, but that’s no surprise.

We discuss whether or not Harris is part of the far-left within the Democrat Party. I say yes, but Mark disagrees.

We discuss spurs to de-urbanize due to Covid, that even if the virus goes away, there’s a shift to suburbs and rural area with people working at home.

The second question deals with colleges opening to in-person instruction. Would you be worried if it were your kid going?

Mark wouldn’t and neither would I given that Covid doesn’t seem to affect that demographic.

We discus overpriced colleges and we both agree that needs to change. If Covid does this, then good.


Brian said...

Is Harris Far Left in the party? Well certainly not to those in the party who are far left. To them she is way too "centered".

And can I ask a question? What even is a Republican anymore? What are their values? What do they stand for? It used to be deficits and fiscal responsibility, but with the deficit now under the self-proclaimed "King of debt", not so much. They used to be for Free Trade, but under Trump they seem to be ok with tariffs. Strong alliances? Nope. Executive overreach? No way, not anymore. Family Values? Ha ha! Is racism the GOP brand now? Sixty-six percent of Trump voters agreed with the statement "if blacks would only try harder they could be just as well off as whites." It seems it has all come down to a Cult of Personality, with all devotion blindly given to the supreme leader.

Brian said...

Oh, and they don't even have a platform anymore for god's sake!

Steve said...

I agree, Brian, it was telling that the Republican leadership announced the party will not present a platform. I think they did that, because it was the safest and most strategic move. Since hitching their wagon to Trump’s star, they need to be in a position to pivot at a moment’s notice to accommodate Trump’s whims. Like you pointed out, he has them abandoning some of their core conservative tenets that they espoused for decades: personal accountability, respect for the military, free trade, fiscal responsibility. Like you, I don’t know that the Republican party stands for anymore other fealty to Trump.