Thursday, July 30, 2020

Can We Go Back to Talking About the Economy Now?

And some bafflegab with his answer:

No idea what the problem with "mass ballots out" is.  It's not like any state just mails ballots out to "Resident" or "Occupant" or just a mailing address.  States are empowered under the Constitution to conduct voting as they see fit, and within the confines of some federal law (like the 14th Amendment).  Not even the 15th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act (it's enabling legislation) stopped Chief Justice Roberts from declaring the year of Jubilee and allowing the states to do things the way they want to.  Funny to see such a conservative as McCarthy suddenly not understand that.

So, not exactly profiles in courage, but this is an "idea" that would never get through the House, much less through the Senate, and the GOP knows that.  Besides, how the vote is conducted is explicitly left to the states in the Constitution (I got THAT much right this time!).  50 states ain't gonna change their laws in time to satisfy Trump and the federal election date.

This much is clear:  nobody is listening to what Trump says anymore, except Twitter.  Maybe we could get rid of both of them in November?  Because yeah, it really is about this:

When the government releases gross domestic product data on Thursday, it is expected to show an unprecedented contraction of nearly 35% in the second quarter when America shut down to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The decline was led by a sharp drop in consumption as consumers stayed home, businesses closed and schools taught children remotely.

“This is the largest decline in 70 years of quarterly data,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton. Aside from the Great Depression, when there was no quarterly data, other sharp quarterly drops were 10% in 1958; 8% in 1980′s first quarter, and the 8.4% drop in the financial crisis in the fourth quarter of 2008.

I don't think the people affected care much about Trump's tweets, or even tweets about Trump's tweets.

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