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Opinion: Require the vaccine. It's time to stop coddling the reckless.

We need vaccine mandates.

P­­­ay people to get vaccinated, no matter whether that is unfair to those who didn’t receive checks for jabs. Require them to do so as a condition of going to work or enrolling in school. Do whatever it takes — and, recent weeks have shown, it is going to take steps like these — to get the pandemic under control.

Those of us who have behaved responsibly — wearing masks and, since the vaccines became available, getting our shots — cannot be held hostage by those who can’t be bothered to do the same, or who are too deluded by misinformation to understand what is so clearly in their own interest.

The more inconvenient we make life for the unvaccinated, the better our own lives will be. More important, the fewer who will needlessly die. We cannot ignore the emerging evidence that the delta variant is transmissible even by those who have been fully vaccinated. “The war has changed,” as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded.....

A century ago, balancing the tension between individual liberties and public safety, the Supreme Court upheld the ability of state and local governments to enforce mandatory vaccination laws. “In every well-ordered society charged with the duty of conserving the safety of its members,” wrote Justice John Marshall Harlan, “the rights of the individual … may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand.”

Then the great danger was a smallpox epidemic. Today it is a global covid-19 pandemic. The “safety of the general public” demands a “reasonable” response today, just as it did in 1905.
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sat Jul 31, 2021, 12:49 AM (5 replies)

Did Trump follow his pledge to donate the last 6 months of his presidential pay? It's a mystery.

I will be shocked if TFG followed up on this promise. TFG is facing a ton of legal fees and almost one billion dollars of debt becoming due.

Donald Trump promised to give away his $400,000 presidential salary. And he kept that promise, publicly announcing each gift — at least, for his first 3½ years in office.

Then, in the middle of last year, the announcements stopped.

Trump’s White House never said where — or even if — he donated the last $220,000 of his salary, covering the final six months of 2020 and the first 20 days of 2021.

Now, six months after he left office, it’s not clear where Trump donated that remaining salary — or if he donated it at all.

Trump gave all his previous donations to federal agencies, paying out $100,000 every quarter. But The Washington Post surveyed all major federal agencies, and none has reported receiving anything from Trump after a gift in July 2020.

TFG's favorite charity is himself
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sat Jul 31, 2021, 12:45 AM (0 replies)

Teamsters are supporting Shontel Brown

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Sat Jul 31, 2021, 12:41 AM (0 replies)

Statement of President Joe Biden on the Arrival of the First Flight of Operation Allies Refuge

I missed having a real POTUS who cared about people


Today is an important milestone as we continue to fulfill our promise to the thousands of Afghan nationals who served shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops and diplomats over the last 20 years in Afghanistan. This morning, the first flight of Operation Allies Refuge has arrived in the United States, carrying Afghans who are eligible for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) and their families. These arrivals are just the first of many as we work quickly to relocate SIV-eligible Afghans out of harm’s way—to the United States, to U.S. facilities abroad, or to third countries—so that they can wait in safety while they finish their visa applications.

These first Afghans are able to come directly to the United States because they have already completed extensive background checks and security screening by the Intelligence Community and the Departments of State and Homeland Security. They will complete the final steps of their visa applications and required medical checks at Fort Lee, in Virginia, before traveling onward to begin their new lives in the United States.

I want to honor all those in the United States who have spoken out on behalf of these brave Afghans, including the proud community of veterans, who have consistently advocated for the Afghans who were by their side in the field in Afghanistan, often serving as translators and interpreters. And I want to thank the diplomats and public servants across our government and around the world who are working tirelessly as part of Operation Allies Refuge.

Although U.S. troops are leaving, we will continue to support Afghanistan through security assistance to Afghan forces, as well as humanitarian and development aid to the Afghan people to help them sustain their achievements of the past 20 years. We will also continue our diplomatic support for the peace process. We call for an immediate reduction in violence in Afghanistan, and for all regional actors to encourage the parties to return to negotiations without delay so that the Afghan people can achieve a durable and just political settlement that brings the peace and security they deserve.

Most of all, I want to thank these brave Afghans for standing with the United States, and today, I am proud to say to them: “Welcome home.”

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri Jul 30, 2021, 10:04 PM (0 replies)

Biden Administration Sues Texas For 'Unlawful' Crackdown On Transporting Migrants title

Source: Huffington Post

The Justice Department sued the state of Texas on Friday over Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order restricting the transportation of migrants.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Texas, asks the court to declare the governor’s order invalid, saying it “causes injury” to people the federal government “is charged to protect, jeopardizing the health and safety” of migrants in federal custody.

Abbott’s executive order, issued Wednesday under the guise of concerns about COVID-19, prohibits anyone who isn’t a “federal, state, or local law-enforcement official” from transporting migrants released from federal custody. It also gives the state authority to stop and seize private vehicles suspected of carrying migrants.

The Biden administration’s lawsuit notes that the federal government often uses contractors who may not be law enforcement officials to transport migrants, including unaccompanied children, from Border Patrol to Health and Human Services facilities or to nonprofits where children stay until they can be reunified with family or other sponsors pending immigration proceedings.

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/justice-department-sues-texas-transporting-migrants_n_610475e6e4b0d3b5897db306?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri Jul 30, 2021, 06:38 PM (3 replies)

DOJ just Sued Greg and Texas on illegal show me your papers order

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri Jul 30, 2021, 05:55 PM (9 replies)

Disney is requiring that "all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. to be vaccinated

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri Jul 30, 2021, 04:50 PM (10 replies)

University of Michigan to require COVID-19 vaccination on all campuses.

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri Jul 30, 2021, 01:06 PM (2 replies)

Notes Show Trump Pressured Justice Department

The DOJ turned over some notes about TFG pressuring the DOJ to overturn the election https://politicalwire.com/2021/07/30/notes-suggest-trump-pressured-justice-department/

The House Oversight Committee released handwritten notes by former Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue of a call with former Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Donald Trump on Dec. 27, 2020 in which he sought their help in trying to overturn the results of the presidential election.

Trump asked them to “just say that the election was corrupt” and “leave the rest to me and the Republican Congressmen.”

Best line: “You guys may not be following the internet the way I do.”

New York Times: “The demands were an extraordinary instance of a president interfering with an agency that is typically more independent from the White House to advance his personal agenda. They are also the latest example of Mr. Trump’s wide-ranging campaign during his final weeks in office to delegitimize the election results.”
Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri Jul 30, 2021, 12:10 PM (1 replies)

Wishing First Lady Dr. Jill Biden a speedy recovery as she undergoes surgery.

Posted by LetMyPeopleVote | Fri Jul 30, 2021, 11:54 AM (9 replies)
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