It’s May! It’s May!
1. So Joe Biden went on “Morning Joe” and denied that Tara Reade was telling the truth. So what? What does this tell us? Was there any chance whatsoever that he was going to say, “Yup, I finger-fucked her. I don’t know what came over me!”? No. This is like the Kurt Gödel conundrum about the island where there are only truth-tellers and liars, and there are some questions where they will give exactly the same answers. He picked a screamingly partisan journalist, Mika Brzezinski, to ensure soft-ball treatment (she actually was a bit tougher than expected), and, to some eyes, looked as if he had rehearsed his statement. Ann Althouse does an extensive analysis here.
I don’t see the point. It’s a pro forma denial, and Biden was pressured into it.
I do think the Post article used some unfortunate phrasing..
“The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was rebutting Tara Reade’s accusation that he reached under her skirt to penetrate her with his fingers somewhere in the Capitol in 1993. This denial requires him to thread a thin needle.”
2. Showing it has more integrity than most women’s groups, Planned Parenthood, the Daily Beast reports, was the only one among the major pro-abortion groups in the nation that responded directly to the progressive site’s request for a comment regarding Tara Reade’s allegations. The “Democrat-aligned” groups either “did not respond” or ” replied and did not provide a statement”…except Planned Parenthood.
Its president released a statement saying in part, “We believe survivors—and saying we believe survivors doesn’t mean only when it’s politically convenient…Joe Biden must address this allegation directly.'”
3. Ethics Hero. Expect Bret Stephens, the on-again/ off-again token conservative in the New York Times op-ed stable to be seeing “Fire Bret Stephens” hastags in his sleep. In a contrarian op-ed this week, he wrote in part,
If New York City proper were a state, it would have suffered more fatalities than 41 other states combined…No wonder so much of America has dwindling sympathy with the idea of prolonging lockdown conditions much further. The curves are flattening; hospital systems haven’t come close to being overwhelmed; Americans have adapted to new etiquettes of social distancing….Yet Americans are being told they must still play by New York rules — with all the hardships they entail — despite having neither New York’s living conditions nor New York’s health outcomes. This is bad medicine, misguided public policy, and horrible politics.
…I write this from New York, so it’s an argument against my personal interest. But I don’t see why people living in a Nashville suburb should not be allowed to return to their jobs because people like me choose to live, travel and work in urban sardine cans…Gina Raimondo, the Rhode Island governor, was on to something when, a few weeks ago, she wanted to quarantine drivers arriving from New York. The rest of America needs to get back to life.
4. Here’s an example of never letting a crisis go to waste and being irresponsible about it. But try explaining that to the average American. The massive $2 trillion pandemic bill, passed in a rush with Democrats using the emergency to sneak in as many partisan agenda items as they could, included a huge increase in unemployment benefits, a $600 a week bonus. That created benefits aligned with working full time at $15 an hour, the minimum-wage level Democrats have long been pushing. Workers will now get an average of $978 in unemployment benefits. Labor Department statistics show half of full-time workers earned $957 or less each week in the first quarter of 2020, so this means many workers will realize they can earn more by not working than by going back to their jobs.
This unemployment pay raise helped spark the massive surge in unemployment claims, and a Heritage Foundation report concluded that just this one provision will result in almost 14 million more people to file for unemployment benefits than would otherwise be the case. The wholly intended results of setting the de facto wage floor at $15 an hour will be that companies will have to offer higher wages to lure people back to work who were making less than that.
The Heritage study also found that the $600 bonus alone will cut the GDP by as much as $1.5 trillion, and provides state-by-state breakdowns of the negative impact. This will also slow the economic recovery, which should help Democrats in the election.
Unethical, of course. But smart! [Source: Issues and Insights]
5. World’s smallest violin…for lifetime Democrat Tara Reade, based on this reported quote:
“I used to think that a Republican talking point was to call the mainstream media biased. So I used to think, ‘Oh, that’s just a talking point for them. I don’t believe it.’ But now I’m living it [in] real time, and I see it — like, I see it for what it is.”
I see. So as long as mainstream media bias and news manipulation benefited her and her party, she was happy to deny it existed, thus enabling the destructive rot of the delicate balance of democratic institutions. Now that it’s turned on her, she sees the light.