Kushner Nixed National Testing Strategy Because he Thought Covid-19 Would Only Ravage Dem States

A troubling Vanity Fair report says that at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner cobbled together a team which actually managed to come up with a decent national testing strategy for covid-19. Shockingly however, instead of the plan being rapidly deployed nationwide to curb the spread of the deadly virus, Kushner and some White House political operatives decided it would be politically advantageous for Trump, if they shelved the testing plan because the virus at that time was only ravaging blue/Democratic states like New York.

As unbelievable as this sounds, Kushner and the White House operatives believed it would be politically advantageous for Trump if they let people die in blue/Democratic states because they could turn around and blame Democratic Governors for incompetence in the run up to the November elections. The author of the Vanity Fair piece, Katherine Eban, told CNN’s Erin Burnett;“There was a shared feeling which turned out to be spectacularly wrong, that the virus was receding, it was going to be under control, and at the time it was just the blue states where the virus was surging. So the idea was, why go through all the effort to surge up a national plan? It wasn’t going to have political resonance, and if there was a political response that was needed, the blue state Governors could just be blamed..”

You’ll remember a recent Washington Post piece which said Trump, who had previously downplayed the seriousness of covid-19, even calling it a hoax at one point, changed his attitude towards the deadly virus only after senior White House officials presented him with data and maps showing that the virus is beginning to ravage “our people”–Trump’s base of rural White voters in Republican states. This means Trump’s bungled covid-19 response, which has led to more than 150,000 deaths so far and counting, is not only the result of a callous political decision by his son-in -law Kushner, but also the administration’s deep seated racism towards communities of color who Trump considers not “our people”, and who data has consistently shown to disproportionately bear the brunt of covid-19, both in infection rates and deaths. A sad state of affairs indeed.

Bottom line folks, as it currently stands, the coronavirus pandemic is arguably one of the biggest crisis ever to befall the United States, especially if you consider the fact that it has claimed more than 150,000 lives in the U.S. in less than six months, led to levels of unemployment most of us have never witnessed in our lifetimes, dealt a severe blow to the U.S. economy leaving economic giants such as the airline industry teetering on the brink of collapse, changed the manner and format of our beloved professional sports leagues, just to mention but a few. Reasonable people will agree that given the seriousness of covid-19, the American public is totally justified in expecting that the Trump administration, without regard to partisan politics or race, will spare no resources, and do everything in it’s power to fight the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, the Vanity Fair piece saying Kushner shelved a covid-19 national testing strategy for political reasons, and the Washington Post piece saying Trump has not been serious about the pandemic because it’s not ravaging “our people”, prove beyond any reasonable doubt that partisan politics and racism are guiding Trump administration’s covid-19 response. All Americans of good conscience must loudly rebuke this immoral and callous disregard for people’s lives. We owe that to the families of the 150,000-plus people who have needlessly succumbed to covid-19.

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A Handy list of Texas GOP Politicians Pushing Koch Brothers/ALEC Radical Plan To Change The U.S. Constitution

In a previous post, Yours Truly highlighted a radical plan by the Koch Brothers and their outfit American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC)  to get  Republican-controlled State legislatures to support their effort to Amend the U.S. Constitution and thereby ELIMINATE programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security that have greatly benefited the poor.



This rare constitutional maneuver referred to as Constitutional Convention (aka #ConCon in Twitter circles) or Convention of States would require the approval of 34 State Legislatures for it to initiate (begin debate). However for any proposed amendment to be ratified, it would require the approval of 38 State Legislatures. Because this is such a radical maneuver by the Koch Brothers and their State GOP enablers, our target should be to prevent them from getting to the 34 states required to begin the constitutional amendment process.

Texas has traditionally been a hotbed of Republican politics. It follows therefore that the Koch Brothers/ALEC would push their radical Constitutional Convention campaign heavily in the state---and they have. All elected Republican politicians in Texas have bought into the ConCon idea, from The Governor, Lt Governor, the two U.S. Senators and virtually all GOP State elected officials. The Texas Senate for example approved the ConCon idea on February 28, 2017 on a 20-11 straight party line vote. The same thing happened on May 4, 2017 when the Texas House of Representatives, adopted the Senate's proposal on a 94-51 straight party line vote. You would think that on an issue as consequential as changing the U.S. Constitution, the Texas GOP would at least strive for some support from Democrats, but no, they are controlled by what Koch Brothers/ALEC want, not what is in the best interests of the State. 

Given the heavy investment Koch Brothers/ALEC have made in Texas as a ConCon state, it naturally follows that Texas also has to be ground zero for the #NoConCon movement--people like Yours Truly, opposed to Koch Brothers/ALEC radical idea to amend the U.S. Constitution. That of course begins by knowing who our enemies are--The Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Lt Governor Dan Patrick and the Texas GOP State Senators, without whose support the radical Koch Brothers/ALEC agenda would be dead on arrival

Below are the 20 Texas State Senators who supported Koch Brothers/ALEC radical plan to change the U.S. Constitution. Governor Abbott, Lt Governor Patrick and most of the GOP State Senators below are seeking re-election this November. Because the said Texas Senators are supporting Koch Brothers/ALEC's radical plan to kick Grandma and Grandpa out of their Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, let's return the favor and kick these shameful Republicans out of Austin this November. We owe that much to poor Grandma and Grandpa. 

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Dangerous Koch Brothers Are Out To Change The U.S. Constitution

Yours Truly has repeatedly stated how The Mercers are and have been a major impediment to the Dem Agenda for a very long time. However the Mercers pale in comparison compared to their fellow Billionaire GOP Super Donors the Koch Brothers–Charles and David Koch. Unlike the Mercers who are using their financial clout to consolidate GOP political power, the Dangerous Kochs are on an entirely radical mission–to mobilize GOP leaning states into doing away with the U.S. Constitution as it’s currently written. To that effect they have enlisted the services of a group called American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The Koch Brothers not only heavily fund ALEC, they sit on its Board.

So what exactly does ALEC do? The answer to that question will shock the average voter because what ALEC and State GOP legislators engage in is so repugnant, its borderline criminal. When voters in Red States (Republican) go out to vote for their state legislators, little do they know that when their elected legislators get to the State Capitols, they are not really governed by the voters wishes, but by this shady group ALEC. ALEC is basically a group of wealthy corporate lobbyists who tell the state legislators what legislation to pass. In many instances, ALEC lobbyists literally write down the proposed legislation themselves and hand them to state legislators to pass them as-is (no changes/edits). This is so repugnant because the Koch Brothers literally use ALEC to subvert the will of the people (Democracy). But subverting Democracy is by no means the end of ALEC/Koch Brothers’ radical agenda. They have now moved on to an even more radical agenda–this time to radically change the U.S. Constitution as its currently written.

The Koch Brothers through ALEC are currently mobilizing Republican-controlled states(with GOP majorities in state legislature) to call for a Convention of States, a rarely used Constitutional mechanism that can be used to change the U.S. Constitution. It gets a little complicated but it boils down to this–if they(Koch Brothers/ALEC) can get 34 state legislatures to hold a Convention of States, they can begin the process of changing the U.S. Constitution. They are deadly close to that magic  34 number–scary stuff indeed. The brilliant Election Integrity Advovcate Jennifer Cohn has done a lot of work in this regard and Yours Truly strongly suggests you check it out. This is the kind of deadly serious stuff the GOP is engaged in but you will never hear it from the mainstream media. Yours Truly will never understand why the DNC never uses this scary stuff to mobilize Dem voters.

As for now folks just remember that the Koch Brothers with their outfit ALEC are up to no good and we need to watch them. Bottom line, Dems must keep their eyes on the Dangerous Koch Brothers and inform voters about their efforts to Change the U.S. Constitution 

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