Friday 6 November 2020
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 1, Block A: Dan Henninger: @DanHenninger, @WSJOpinion; editorial board and Wonder Land column; in re: Of those who voted in the last week of the election, 54% voted for Trump, 36% for Biden. We need not to repeat this mail-in voting; elections are dynamic, need to follow discussions and debate till the end. Biden announced in the last debate that he’d bring an end to the oil industry—probably a shock to Texas and Pennsylvania.
Progressives got their ears pinned back.
No tax hike, free college, green new deal—none of these is accepted; even if Biden is elected, he has no mandate to do these, and he can’t carry through on his promises. And Biden doesn’t have to return Bernie Sanders’s or Elizabeth Warren’s phone calls.
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 1, Block B: Jeff Bliss: #PacificWatch; in re: Disappointment and anger with Pelosi on Zoom calls: “It was nutty to accept defund the police and socialism,” people actually yelled. Maybe she’s outlived her usefulness.
Proposition 16: return to affirmative action—turned away by voters.
Proposition 22: started quietly with AB 5, at the behest of unions: “Uber and gig workers need to be able to unionize and have health benefits.” Defeated at the polls.
Governor exercising odd powers, esp shutdowns, incl Disneyland and other theme parks. California state constitution gives him extraordinary powers during war or pandemic; but he’s seen as having gone too far. Portland mayoralty: elected Ted Wheeler. Oregon piling on taxes for child care. Companies say they’ll move. The end of all the bad acting is: more taxes.
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 1, Block C: Gene Marks, @genemarks @Guardian #SmallBusinessAmerica @Guardian, Philadelphia Inquirer, and at TheHill; in re
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 1, Block D: Gene Marks, @genemarks @Guardian #SmallBusinessAmerica @Guardian, Philadelphia Inquirer, and at TheHill; in re: Senator McConnell says his first priority is a stimulus deal. Also good news: certain major initiatives Biden promoted, such a raising taxes, will not be possible
Biggest risk to small businesses is those whom Biden will appoint—Bernie Sanders as Labor Secretary, for example—could force through problematic policies. Biden said he’ll “listen to scientists” and perhaps close down small businesses. Ouch.
Biden’s retirement plans: If you put money in your 401K, you get taxed on what remains—Biden wants to give you a tax credit, and this will most help middle-income workers. The more a worker puts away for retirement, the more the employer can put away, too
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 2, Block A: Richard Epstein, Hoover Defining Ideas; Chicago Law, NYU Law; in re: In a blow to Gov Pritzker, Illinois voters rejected an overhaul of the state constitution. “Fair tax”—progressive or graduated; the percentage you pay goes up as the amount you earn goes up. A 3% tax for the foreseeable future is enough to cause people to move. Fifty years ago, more was spent on infrastructure; today, more on transfer payments.
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 2, Block B: Richard Epstein, Hoover Defining Ideas; Chicago Law, NYU Law; in re:
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 2, Block C: Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com; in re:
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 2, Block D: Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com; in re: Space engineering, commercial space.
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 3, Block A: Michael Vlahos: @JHUWorldCrisis; Johns Hopkins; in re: Are we now in a civil war? Mr Trump has the longest coattails in American history, as his policies were endorsed. Germanicus and Gaius in Londinium. Th new president-elect (if he is) as a toothless senator? The outcome reveals a tremendous structural weakness blue which has spent the last four years demonizing the leader of red without coming to terms with why he was here in the first place. Blue was enraged at Latinos and Blacks who supported the president. Looks as though the identities of the two parties are being exchanged. Red is now the party of workers; blue, of the 9% with professional degrees. Blue’s abandonment of working people left a [door] wide open for red. 57% of college graduates voted for Joe Biden—the senatorial class. The fellow at Fox who prematurely announced Biden: Andover, Yale. The only way blue can keep workers is to make them dependents; workers don’t want that, they want to be full American citizens. Can blue ever learn what happened? 73 million for blue ; 70 million for red
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 3, Block B: Michael Vlahos: @JHUWorldCrisis; Johns Hopkins; in re: Are we now in a civil war? The elite of Rome: tore Rome apart, lost the republic and created an empire. We’re at a pause now: both sides still processing; not yet sure what to think. Energy levels down. Expectation was hat Bide and blue would potentially take the Senate, increase hold on to the House and sail into the presidency. Instead, a rejection of the entire appeal of the blue vision. Result is that blue has to decide what it’s going to do—how much it’ll push its former agenda, or set to the side the whole progressive element (Bernie and the Squad). Red has to move in the form of finishing an understated transformation: become the workers’s party of America. Can it find the vision to remake the American party system? It’ll take a little while. What will inevitably follow will be a war of attrition. Blue will start issuing executive orders; eventually will become more combative, terminating in midterm elections, which start in about six months. Democrats have decisively lost. The two visions have no meeting ground.
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 3, Block C: Chris Riegel: @Scala, @STRATACACHE; in re: Remote working, from the virus; in general, there’s happiness with remote working—with caveats: managerial worries about reduced employee focus and productivity, even creativity. Humans are inherently social being. Think of a symphony orchestra. Company culture. Morale is high with some companies. People early in career tend to learn at work; so young people of today lose the opportunity to learn from more seasoned people. State Department: our embassies are much staffed by foreign workers. Workers are most worried about unplugging after work, and loneliness. Googleplex: young men used to sleep under their desk, or in their car. If less efficiency, can burn out a worker, add to the grind. Think of a law firm with a big case coming up; security problems.
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 3, Block D: Henry Miller, @henryimiller, Pacific Research Institute, in re: Farmed mink in The Netherlands and Denmark are killed by the thousands because they carry a mutation of the Covid.
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 4, Block A: Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy, by Ben Macintyre
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 4, Block B: Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy, by Ben Macintyre
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 4, Block C: Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy, by Ben Macintyre
Friday 6 November 2020 / Hour 4, Block D: Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy, by Ben Macintyre