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Lame Duck Take 121

By on November 9, 2020 in See It Here

Among the issues facing the lame duck Congress is the small issue of the government running out of its ability to pay bills on December 11. The smart money says this will mean approving a continuing resolution or another two months to allow both the House and Senate and political parties to have more time to fine tune a spending plan while keeping the government solvent.

If you’ve been counting, this will be the 121st CCR (not the band, but Consecutive Continuing Resolution) to be passed. That’s right; a complete budget has not taken place since 1997.

Some members of Congress have suggested this makes it difficult for any private company with a government contract to maintain financial stability as a result of waiting until agreed-to government funding will be available. The usual line used in the congressional speeches prior to approval is “can anyone in America operate this way?”

President-elect Biden oughta suggest the 538 Representatives and Senators forego their paychecks until a completed annual budget is passed. We’ve become numb to consistent stupidity and inefficiency. Having Congress defend the way it operates on CSPAN would bring great ratings and maybe change–eh, never mind.

Polls and Pundits (Take Two)

By on November 5, 2020 in See It Here

Someone mentioned prior to November 3 about waste of time when the topic turns to polling before an election.

Even the New York Post is reporting about the predictions going in the opposite direction of the results. That publication backed the incumbent . And it’s gonna be a while to get results–because pending decisions from pending lawsuits have been brought by the White House, despite votes being still counted.  The President doesn’t like to lose and says his legal team will point out the idiocy of counting mail-in ballots.

His attorneys and the election pundits oughta have beers together at a golf resort somewhere and whine (OK, that could be served too, though the other kind would be favored).

As networks and newspapers and social media hold the standard review of their election night work, there oughta be a discussion of what didn’t work. And maybe add a graphic when the pollster is asked in the next election what trends they are seeing that says “nothing to see here.” Or, take the time to set up actual interviews with key candidates/governors/local officials on what is taking place.

Another idea: forget the honorable “continuous coverage” with the fancy titles and provide updates every 30 minutes. More ads could be sold that way.

And more facts would be available than this nonsensical banter about nothingness.

Predictions, Polls and Pundits

By on October 30, 2020 in See It Here

Yeah, we are seeing the “electoral consultant” or “2020 Presidential Analyst” or just plain “election expert” graphic on all the news/talk shows suggesting how the results on November 3rd will look Wednesday morning….or Thursday…let’s just make it November 10.

I’m turning the channel when this occurs to a Liberty Commercial or the new Toyota because those contain more facts.

Last November, 2016, we learned that polls can be wrong as President Trump surprised everyone, including himself, with an electoral win over Hillary Clinton, despite her winning the popular vote. I was in a network radio newsroom with my jaw on the floor as it was announced Trump had done it, despite all the experts.

Here’s what went wrong:

Polling is done based on demographics–what do Whites or Blacks or Age or Men or Women think about a topic. What was missed in this was education. Non-college-educated Whites voted for Trump by a margin of 72-23 percent.

Hopefully this lesson will be learned on Tuesday. Me? I’m still going to check out the cost of a new roof, even though I live in a condo.