October 15th, 2021: COVID-19 Developments, the Jan.6th Commission, and the National Hiring Shortage
This week, White House Correspondent Paul Brandus has the latest - and positive - developments on the insights on the pandemic, and the fight over January 6th investigation. Also: former President Trump's unusual message to Republicans, and a look at the jobs market with BankRate’s Mark Hamrick. Email me at [email protected], and follow me on Twitter @WestWingReport.
New data says we could — COULD be turning the corner on the pandemic.
Full steam ahead for the January 6th commission — and some unusual advice from Donald Trump to his fellow Republicans.
And jobs, jobs, jobs — millions of openings nationwide — but where are the applicants?
I’m Paul Brandus — you’re listening to West Wing Reports— it’s Friday, October 15th. Encouraging
news on the pandemic front — children ages five to eleven — are closer
to getting vaccinated. That’s according to President Biden — who says
his administration is ready to — as soon as the FDA gives the green
vaccine for children can’t come fast enough — the number of new cases
in children remains — quote “exceptionally high" — quote with nearly
150-thousand cases last week alone — that’s according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
— the Moderna Covid-19 booster for SENIORS has cleared an FDA panel —
the vote 19-to-nothing. Final approval is expected shortly.
some other hopeful news — the Centers for Disease Control - the CDC —
says caseloads, hospitalizations and deaths of ADULTS are likely to
trend lower over the next few weeks. So far, more than HALF of adults
are fully vaccinated in 35 states — five more states say more than
two-THIRDS of adults are fully vaccinated. The total number of deaths in
the U-S is now about 725-thousand.
to other news — Here’s something odd — Donald Trump — says REPUBLICANS
should NOT vote in next year’s midterm elections OR the 2024
presidential election. You heard that right — the former president — who
is hinting about running again — says Republicans should NOT run unless
what he calls the — quote — election fraud of 2020 — unquote is solved.
It’s worth noting — again — that state officials around the country — and dozens
of state and federal judges — have dismissed scores of lawsuits
presented by Trump and his allies — challenging the election. There has
been NO evidence of the fraud.In any case — Trump is now telling REPUBLICANS — REPUBLICANS — NOT to run in 2022 or 2024.
comments come as the investigation into the January 6th attack — BY his
supporters on the Capitol — gathers steam. Four key Trump allies have
been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee that’s investigating the
attack on our Democracy — those ordered to appear: former chief of Staff
Mark Meadows and aides Steve Bannon, Dan Scavino, and Kash Patel. They
will have to produce relevant documents by Oct. 7 and appear for
depositions the following week. All four were close to Trump on Jan. 6
and may have information on how involved the Trump administration was in
the rally and subsequent attack on the Capitol.
— says he won’t cooperate — The chairman of the committee says Bannon
will be held in criminal contempt — theoretically he could be arrested
and prosecuted. The
more we learn ABOUT January 6th — the more alarming it is. Author and
professor Kimberley Way-lee of the University of Baltimore Law School is
out with a new book — “What You Need to Know ABout Voting and Why” says
people need to recognize that we had — and may still be in — a
full-blown Constitutional crisis:
Did you hear that? No - longer - a democracy. No way to sugar coat it — this is sobering — and scary stuff.
A few other items from another crowded week:
sound of aluminum on asphalt — that’s lawmakers kicking the can down
the road on the debt ceiling — both the House and Senate agreeing to
lift the ceiling another 480-billion dollars. That avoids what everyone —
both Republicans and Democrats say would be an economic catastrophe.
But 480-billion — that’s only enough for six or seven weeks — there’ll
be another debt standoff in December. By the way, one thing you need to
know about the debt ceiling — it doesn’t allow NEW spending — it only
allows the government to pay its EXISTING debts. New spending can ONLY
be authorized by Congress.
good news for the nearly 70 million Americans on Social Security —
they’re getting a cost-of-living raise of nearly six percent — it’s
effective in January. Why six percent? Because that matches the
inflation rate —the Social Security folks say. The
government spends more on Social Security than anything else by far —
this year alone — more than one-point-one trillion dollars.
Now let’s open up the West Wing Reports archives — and take a look at what made history this week in the past:
Construction on the White House began in 1792 — largely with slave labor. Took
eight years to finish — and cost the 2021 equivalent of about
80-million dollars. You might not know that back then it was known as
the “Presidential Palace,” and later the “Executive Mansion.” It wasn’t
until this week in 1901 — when Theodore Roosevelt changed it to “White
What else happened this week?
Two more things involving EX-president Theodore Roosevelt. He became the first president to fly in an airplane — that was 1910. And
in 1912m when running for president again — he was shot while giving a
speech — a thick folded copy OF his speech and an eyeglass case slowed
the bullet down — he was bleeding — but INSISTED on finishing his
90-minute speech before going to the hospital. “It takes more than one
bullet to kill a Bull Moose.” he bragged.
ever heard of Spiro Agnew? I’ll bet you haven’t. He was Richard Nixon’s
Vice President — that is until he resigned in 1973 — after getting
snared in a tax-evasion scandal. Only two VPs have ever resigned.
Imagine this: If Agnew had REMAINED Vice-President — he would have
become president when Richard Nixon resigned HIMSELF ten months later!
Instead Nixon had to pick a new VP:
It was Ford, of course, who would go on to succeed Nixon the next year.
One final item: Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
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I like to end each week with a quote — something you might find thoughtful: This week: it’s from our third president — Thomas Jefferson:
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”