Disney: Peter Pan, Dumbo Both are RACIST

Disney Corporation has turned racist.  It is now determining that the classics like Peter Pan and Dumbo are racist, as in Jungle Book and numerous other films they produced and continue to promote.

If Disney truly believed this, not just making a publicity stunt, they would stop the distribution of these films and apologize to the public for being a racist organization.  In fact, since they produced these films they now call racist, they ARE a racist organization.

“It’s up for a few seconds before the movie begins, telling viewers the coming program “includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or culture.” So far, the warning has been assigned to some of its older content, not to all of its available media.

Disney introduced this warning last year, with “Peter Pan”, “Dumbo” and “The Jungle Book” recently added to the list of films.

Other movies like “Aladdin”, “Lady and The Tramp”, “The Aristocats” and “Swiss Family Robinson” also have the message.

Will you do business with an admitted racist?  Will you give them your money, so they can make more racist films?  I though Walt Disney was a really nice person—now we find out he could have led the local chapter of the KKK.  Since we are taking down statues of Lincoln, Washington and others, plus changing the names of buildings, the Disney Corp. needs to change it name to the Soros Foundation.  If you are going to be a hater—be a big time hater.

Disney Plus warns of racist stereotypes in its films

Advisory is part of company-wide initiative

Click Orlando, 1/24/21 

ORLANDO, Fla. – If perusing some Disney classics on Disney+, it may take you an extra 30 seconds to start some films.

The streaming platform now has unskippable warnings giving users a heads up about racist stereotypes depicted in some of its original films.

It’s up for a few seconds before the movie begins, telling viewers the coming program “includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or culture.” So far, the warning has been assigned to some of its older content, not to all of its available media.

Disney introduced this warning last year, with “Peter Pan”, “Dumbo” and “The Jungle Book” recently added to the list of films.

Other movies like “Aladdin”, “Lady and The Tramp”, “The Aristocats” and “Swiss Family Robinson” also have the message.

“These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” the advisory reads. “Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it, and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.”

The message also encourages people to visit disney.com/storiesmatter to expand on their initiative to create more inclusive media and accurately represent the cultures left off-screen.

Eber: Photo Opportunity politics

Gavin Newsom is the photo op Governor.  He goes to the right places, looks like he cares and with his slicked down hair reminds everyone that he is a rich, privileged dilettante.  But Attorney General Becerra is smarter than Gavin.  He uses tax dollars to create photo ops based on killing jobs and the economy, while making it unsafe to be on the streets of California.

“Most of Becerra’s efforts were job killing suits to water down efforts by the Republican President to loosen environmental laws that damaged businesses and farmers trying to operate in California.  In most cases the A.G. attempted to preempt Federal law by the State interceding.

The result of such stupid policies has had Governor Newsom trying to outlaw gas burning engines in the Golden State by 2035 while at the same time making sure by eliminating fossil fuels, the electrical grid for the State will soon collapse.

Other lawsuits filed under Becerra’s regime involved California trying to invoke their own immigration policies conflicting with Federal Laws and joining other Blue States opposing the Trump Administration’s administration trying to modify The Affordable Care Act. “

Yes he wants to keep health care unaffordable.  So Biden is rewarding him to do to the nation what Xavier has done to California.  American is in trouble.

Photo Opportunity politics By Richard Eber

Richard Eber, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views  1/25/21

As Joe Biden was taking over the keys to the kingdom in becoming the 46th President of the United States, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was packing his bags for Washington D.C. to take on a Cabinet post to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

As a parting gift for his constituents, the former 12 term Congressman from Los Angeles per the Democratic blog Politico wrote:

“California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday that he is involved in nine new lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s environmental rollbacks on Trump’s last full day in office. … The nine suits filed Tuesday bring Becerra’s total number of Trump administration challenges to 122 — 70 of which are environmental.”

With his record (and I mean a record) of a lawsuit week for his three years in office, this D.C. insider was rewarded for his soap boxesque efforts to discredit the Trump Administration in every way possible.

Most of Becerra’s efforts were job killing suits to water down efforts by the Republican President to loosen environmental laws that damaged businesses and farmers trying to operate in California.  In most cases the A.G. attempted to preempt Federal law by the State interceding.

The result of such stupid policies has had Governor Newsom trying to outlaw gas burning engines in the Golden State by 2035 while at the same time making sure by eliminating fossil fuels, the electrical grid for the State will soon collapse.

Other lawsuits filed under Becerra’s regime involved California trying to invoke their own immigration policies conflicting with Federal Laws and joining other Blue States opposing the Trump Administration’s administration trying to modify  The Affordable Care Act.

Virtually everything he did after being appointed to replace Kamala Harris involved being connected with national politics. Taken as a whole, what did all of his actions have to do with the Attorney General’s primary responsibilities to keep his constituents safe?

Virtually nothing!

 Instead Becerra’s record in the realm of political theater indicated:

  • Failing to address rising crime rates in California, especially in large cities.
  • Allowing criminals from foreign countries residing in the State to avoid prosecution or deportation after committing serious felonies
  • Along with the Secretary of State Alex Padilla, miss wording propositions appearing on the ballot to confuse voters on issues opposed by their Progressive base.
  • Doing nothing during the Covid-19 epidemic to take measures to take pressure off courts in civil and criminal matters
  • Much like Governor Newsom, ignoring the laws on the books pertaining to enforcing the death penalty.

The list goes on of Becerra’s non-achievements.  Being so busy bashing President Trump he failed to carry out the job title of his office.  Instead Becerra preferred to reside in the Court of Public Opinion seeking his 15 minutes of fame at every opportunity.  For such behavior he was rewarded with a cabinet post and an opportunity to one day return to California in a strong position to be elected Governor.

As it turned out the Hispanic politician ended up following in the footsteps of his predecessor Kamala Harris after she was elected to the U.S. Senate.  During her brief tenure in this deliberative body, the current Vice-President spent most of her time grandstanding during Supreme Court confirmation hearings and President’s impeachment trial.

Let not we forget Harris most unforgettable moment grilling then CIA Director Nominee Mike Pompeo about his transgender bathroom polices at the intelligence agency headquarters.

As it turned out not one piece of major legislation had Harris’s name attached to it as she spent most of her time seeking photo opportunity moments to impress leftist Democratic supporters.  Unlike the Senior Senator from California Diane Feinstein, who had a long career crafting laws, Harris’s priorities were elsewhere.

Despite having a dismal record in the Senate avoiding contact with Republicans like the plague, Harris has been rewarded for her efforts now being a breath away from assuming the Presidency.  Ironically, as the tie breaking vote in the Senate, Harris might have to actually meet and be civil in dealing with her GOP colleagues on the other side of the isle.

Unfortunately, the VP has plenty of company raising her profile using attack mode. A classic example of such behavior is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), and her radical clique of followers. They have attacked established political leaders in both parties.  Thus far this attack dog strategy has worked as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deals with AOC with kid gloves trying to avoid confrontations with Congresswomen from New York.

Taken as a whole it appears political leaders who scream the loudest, seem to get ahead, at least during the short term in American history. Let’s not forget the likes of Huey Long and Joe McCarthy, who had brief moments of fame, only later to fall from grace. 

While Donald Trump’s personal vitriolic personal behavior might fail in this category, his record of achievement as President contradicts being a demagogue.  However, it is certain many Americans grew weary of his bombastic personality, which lead to his eventual defeat by Joe Biden last November.

The bottom line is that in the political arena William Shakespeare’s verse in the 12th Night “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.”  Still holds true over 500 years later.  (Cancel-Culture fans please take note)

Far be it from me to question the tactics of Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris, AOC, and of course Xavier Becerra in their rise to the top.  They have done well to cast favorable attention upon themselves. Recently, such behavior has been rewarded climbing the political ladder in Washington D.C. politics.

However, as we have found out in the past, governing is a much more difficult task than throwing stones at glass houses.

Willie Brown’s Chronicle Column Is Ending After 12 Years

Willie Brown who used Kamala Harris as his mistress has been fired by the San Fran Chronicle.  They claimed they are going in a different direction.  What that really means is that the town is so Progressive and polices based on totalitarianism, he is no longer an asset.  Brown talks about practical politics.  He has written hat in the long run the Progressives will harm the town a Democrat Party.  Willie Brown is honest in his writings.

“For over a decade, the Chronicle has cemented its status as the establishment-voice paper of San Francisco in no small part because it has employed a former mayor and a very much still active power-player in local politics as a columnist. Brown’s chatty and often gossipy column, based on regular conversations he has with a broad swath of the Bay Area’s — and Sacramento’s — political elite, were often an interesting window into some behind-the-scenes drama. But the column caused no shortage of criticism for its obvious conflicts of interest — with the Chronicle on the one hand purporting to be the city’s paper of record, and on the other giving a pseudo-journalistic platform to a prominent lobbyist and political player to do with as he pleased.”

Now the George Soros wing of the Democrat Party has silenced Willie Brown, for a moment.  I expect he will start writing again for the SF Examiner—and that will be a fight the Progressive will not want to have.

Willie Brown’s Chronicle Column Is Ending After 12 Years

Jay Barmann, SF1st,  1/24/21 

Former SF mayor Willie Brown will no longer be lending his gossip and opinions to the Chronicle as of next month. The controversial — and many would say highly problematic — “Willie’s World” column is coming to an end after 12 years, and it sounds like it was not Willie’s choice.

Politico reports that “Willie’s World” is dunzo, with the January 24th column being the last and final. Brown tells reporter Carla Marinucci (formerly of the Chronicle) that the Chronicle simply informed him that the paper is “going in a different direction,” and, he added, curiously, “They’re going digital,” which sounds a lot like something they might tell an 86-year-old to let him down easy.

For over a decade, the Chronicle has cemented its status as the establishment-voice paper of San Francisco in no small part because it has employed a former mayor and a very much still active power-player in local politics as a columnist. Brown’s chatty and often gossipy column, based on regular conversations he has with a broad swath of the Bay Area’s — and Sacramento’s — political elite, were often an interesting window into some behind-the-scenes drama. But the column caused no shortage of criticism for its obvious conflicts of interest — with the Chronicle on the one hand purporting to be the city’s paper of record, and on the other giving a pseudo-journalistic platform to a prominent lobbyist and political player to do with as he pleased.

Also, it seemed like Willie was sometimes not-so-subtly doing the bidding of friends and legal clients, though the goals were not always clear. And whether or not he was ever compensated with an endorsement deal, there was a period in 2011/2012 where  he couldn’t stop name-dropping Subway, the sandwich chain, in his columns, much to SFist’s delight and confusion.

In September of 2020, Marinucci reported that the Chronicle had already tried to cut off Willie’s column using the new state gig-worker law AB5 as an excuse — before Newsom amended it, the law put a limit of 35 contributions to one outlet on all freelance writers. And over the years, the paper can’t have been thrilled with columns that, for example, defended Bill Cosby against rape allegations, or defended Donald Trump in 2016 over allegations of sexual assault.

But what was the final straw? Could it have been that December interview in which Willie expressed (arguably faux) surprise at all the drama surrounding a federal investigation into corruption at City Hall involving several people mentioned as proteges of his?

Speaking to KQED, Brown almost explicitly dismissed the entire probe by suggesting that this is just how government works. “I don’t understand what the object [of the outrage] happens to be, frankly, because the kind of thing they’re talking about, and the kind of thing they’re doing, doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of implications for the operation of city government,” Brown wrote.

He also waved off the idea that Harlan and Naomi Kelly (the just-resigned City Administrator) and scandal pivot-point Mohammed Nuru were his proteges. “The news organization writes down that everyone is a protege of mine, period,” Brown said. “They never say they’re a protege of everyone else that might exist. I must have the most awesome influence of anyone alive. The story doesn’t work unless they’re a ‘protege of Willie Brown.'”

The interview was published shortly after federal charges were filed against Harlan Kelly, the former head of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and one of Brown’s proteges, who is accused of accepting an all-expense-paid vacation in China from indicted permit expeditor Walter Wong.

Many City Hall watchers have contended that the culture of quid pro quo “low-level corruption” in San Francisco government, while not uncommon in city governments across the land, can be traced back to Brown’s tenure as mayor. The Chronicle itself did a five-part investigative series in 2001 on “Willie Brown Inc.,” discussing what it characterized as graft and shady contract awards, in which “bidders who are associates of the mayor — or who have retained Brown’s associates as lobbyists or consultants — have won out over others with less political clout, sometimes after intervention by the mayor or his aides.”

The piece also talked about how Brown had assembled a “patronage army” at City Hall, having “created some 350 mayoral ‘special assistant’ jobs with an annual payroll topping $45 million.” And how Brown and his associates allegedly courted “$4.8 million in unregulated soft money donations into political action committees backing the mayor or his favored candidates” from corporations seeking permits or “favorable regulatory decisions” from the city.

So, why, then, would the same paper decide it was good idea to give Brown a column for 12 years, apart from the fact that he’s a well known local character who also liked to do things like give Oscar predictions? Way back in 2013, the ethical problems with having Willie as a columnist were brought up in the national media, but the Chronicle is only now deciding to end the column?

Brown also had the column throughout the entire tenure of Mayor Ed Lee, whom many saw as a virtual proxy for Brown and certainly beholden to Brown and pal Rose Pak for landing in the job.

To Brown’s credit, there were often good predictions and tidbits over the years, but what was up with all the weird stuff directed at onetime romantic partner Kamala Harris? Like when he dished about her real age, or suggested Jerry Brown ought to jump in line ahead of her for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat, or when last August he argued that she should refuse the offer of the Vice Presidency.

Anyway, so long “Willie’s World”! Though will he be without a platform for long? Marinucci already hints that with the sale of SF Weekly and the Examiner to local politico Clint Riley, Riley might be wise to poach Brown just for the notoriety.

ICE Agents Ordered to Free All Illegal Aliens in Custody: ‘Release Them All’

So far Harris/Biden has given away $3 trillion to countries that hate us via the Paris Climate Accords.  Agreed to close down American businesses, per the Accords.  He has killed one million jobs by adding a minimum wage increase to the COVID $1.9 trillion package—and sent troops to fight a war in Syria.

Now he is releasing thousands of criminals from foreign countries to our streets—and keeping MS-13 gang members in the United States.  We are in a Depression, he is fighting to make it worse—plus he is making more victims.  America is in deep trouble.

“In addition, the memo tells agents that “all cases” of detainees in ICE custody are now to be considered “no significant likelihood of removal in foreseeable future” — suggesting all detainees will need to be released.

“Release them all, immediately,” the ICE official wrote to staff in the memo. Typically, if detainees do not have sponsors in the United States, agents can hold an individual in their custody. The memo, though, states that is no longer the case and that even detainees without sponsors must be released.

It is unclear if ICE is currently carrying out the mass release of all 14,195 detainees in its custody, 71.45 percent of whom are convicted criminals or have pending criminal charges. These detainees are currently held in approximately 138 facilities across the United States.

Neither your financial or physical health is being protected by the mentally challenged Biden.

ICE Agents Ordered to Free All Illegal Aliens in Custody: ‘Release Them All’

John Binder, Breitbart,  1/23/21 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, tasked with enforcing federal immigration law, are being instructed to free all detainees in their custody, as President Joe Biden’s administration halts deportations.

An internal January 21 ICE memo, independently reviewed by Breitbart News and first reported by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, orders agents to “stop all removals,” including land and air deportations.

In addition, the memo tells agents that “all cases” of detainees in ICE custody are now to be considered “no significant likelihood of removal in foreseeable future” — suggesting all detainees will need to be released.

“Release them all, immediately,” the ICE official wrote to staff in the memo. Typically, if detainees do not have sponsors in the United States, agents can hold an individual in their custody. The memo, though, states that is no longer the case and that even detainees without sponsors must be released.

It is unclear if ICE is currently carrying out the mass release of all 14,195 detainees in its custody, 71.45 percent of whom are convicted criminals or have pending criminal charges. These detainees are currently held in approximately 138 facilities across the United States.

ICE has halted all deportations, regardless of the criminal convictions of an illegal alien, as a result of Biden’s executive order stopping removals for at least 100 days. The initiative is a long-term goal of the open borders lobby, which has sought a permanent end to deportations.

ICE officials have not responded to a request for comment in time for this publication.

Bialosky: We’re Supposed to Pray for Joe Biden

We already know Joe Biden cannot remember many things.  Kamala Harris called him a sexist and racist.  He has in the first days of his administration raised taxes, killed more than one million jobs—and gave away $3 trillion dollars to countries that hate us.  In return for the money those countries are demanding we close down manufacturers and other businesses that are in competition with their businesses.

“His pleas for unity within the country ring hollow. Starting with the death of George Floyd we had a series of riots that led to looting and murders across our country. Biden and his eventual V-P pick, Kamala Harris, refused to call them what they were – riots. They refused to call the Democrat-elected officials in charge of the areas and strongly suggest to them that they should put an end to it. While there were serious calls for defunding the police, which Biden had to know was heresy, he stood barely mumbling his displeasure with the idea. He displayed no leadership in defending the basic safety of many of our country’s citizens.

Subsequent to the election he failed another leadership test. He failed to denounce the various outcries for repercussions against anyone who had a connection to the Trump Administration, his supporters and President Trump. Supposed legitimate members of the press and others say Mr. Trump should be prosecuted for his crimes. When asked to list even one crime they fail to do so. Mr. Biden has not denounced those calling for “lists” to be maintained. As leader of the country he should make clear we Americans do not do that. His lack of leadership on this matter is frightening. He is condoning the repression of free speech.

Either he is a phony, or as I believe not totally mental with it to understand you cannot use your Party and government to seek revenge on your opponents and at the same time call for unity.  Pray for him to get healthy, but not at our expense.

We’re Supposed to Pray for Joe Biden

Posted by Bruce Bialosky, Flashreport,  1/24/21 

Note: This column was written on November 24th in anticipation of running today. It has one small change which is self-evident.

Joe Biden will soon fulfill his quest that has run for at least 33 years and probably more of becoming President of the United States. As loyal Americans we should fall in line and support him as our president. That is going to be difficult. Let me tell you why.

His pleas for unity within the country ring hollow. Starting with the death of George Floyd we had a series of riots that led to looting and murders across our country. Biden and his eventual V-P pick, Kamala Harris, refused to call them what they were – riots. They refused to call the Democrat-elected officials in charge of the areas and strongly suggest to them that they should put an end to it. While there were serious calls for defunding the police, which Biden had to know was heresy, he stood barely mumbling his displeasure with the idea. He displayed no leadership in defending the basic safety of many of our country’s citizens.

Subsequent to the election he failed another leadership test. He failed to denounce the various outcries for repercussions against anyone who had a connection to the Trump Administration, his supporters and President Trump. Supposed legitimate members of the press and others say Mr. Trump should be prosecuted for his crimes. When asked to list even one crime they fail to do so. Mr. Biden has not denounced those calling for “lists” to be maintained. As leader of the country he should make clear we Americans do not do that. His lack of leadership on this matter is frightening. He is condoning the repression of free speech.

He once again failed to lead after the actions of January 6th. He could have called President Trump and asked for a unity meeting to demonstrate his commitment to a peaceful transition of power. Instead he stood aside while Nancy and Chuck once again lurched into the darkest corners of our democracy affirming their vindictiveness and uncontrolled hatred for President Trump.

It seems whenever Democrats take control of government they call for unity like President Biden did in his inauguration speech, but espouse mayhem when Republicans are elected. They want unity behind their policies.

We kept being told Mr. Biden is an observant Catholic. Yet one could be confused by his actions. Leaders within his party have treated the right of religious assembly as akin to going to a gym. They seemed to be confused about the First Amendment. Finally, a case came to the U.S. Supreme Court while we had nine justices. A decision was made to uphold the First Amendment and treat the right of religious assembly with its justified importance over assembling at a Wal-Mart. Analysts said it was being done by the “conservatives” on the court. When did defending religious freedom become the sole province of conservatives? As a religious man, Mr. Biden should be appalled by attempts to stop the free assembly to practice one’s religion. Again, he has failed to show leadership. What will happen now that he is in office?

Then there is the fact that he has decided to turn our federal government over to “highly educated” people who have spent their entire careers in academia, the media or government. There is zero diversity of thought. They all believe they can make decisions better for us than we can make for ourselves. There is meager diversity of perspective. They may fill all the diversity slots like Black, Asian, Hispanic, etc., but no diversity of thought or even educational sources. The “moderate” Biden appointed no Republicans to his cabinet.

These people want to act as if the four years of Donald Trump’s presidency did not exist and the world has not changed during that period of time.

Biden and his advisors want to go back to being accepted by what is referred to as “The Quint.” The Quint is made up of five of our traditional allies (U.K., Germany, Spain, Italy and France). It is really cool to be accepted and toasted in these countries and have nice meals in Madrid or Paris, but these countries have been making terrible policy decisions for years.

To appease these countries Biden and his crew speak of going back and recreating a deal with Iran. Mr. Biden has said he would return to the 2015 agreement if Iran begins honoring its commitments. Fool’s gold. Since the deal with Iran was created the world has evolved. It is clear the deal with Iran was a disaster and it was clear from shortly thereafter when Iran tested missiles which they would use to launch nuclear weapons. The Quint was more concerned with selling things to the despots who run Iran than getting rid of these evil people.

The Quint, Biden’s crew and Left-wing Jews in America are the only remaining people who have not realized that the Palestinians have been playing them for three generations. The Arab world has turned their backs on the Palestinians and the terrorists they support. Yet Biden’s people will be pitching the old path that has been proven wrong and dangerous.

The Biden people again want to lurch back to an agreement that has been proven to be a failure. To appease the Quint, they want to rejoin The Paris climate accord. It has now been proven that the other participants are not honoring the commitment to minimize C02 admissions while we are one of the few major countries in the world who have reduced our emissions. Biden and his people seem to think if they participate in the agreement again things will change.

They want to be accepted as cool with the “in people” instead of protecting the interests of Americans. One would think they will tell the members of NATO they do not have to honor their commitments for financial support and return the burden on the backs of Americans. They would rather throw money at the WHO than tell them we are sick of giving you our hard-earned money while you treat us like second class citizens.

Yes, Trump’s people antagonized many of these countries and organizations because Trump laid out that we will no longer go along just to get along, especially when we are the major underwriter of these activities. Yet Biden’s people appear to want to be the cool kids instead of recognizing the failings and the cost to the American people. They want to yuck it up at soirees while the average American picks up the tab. They think if they do that others will respect us more. They will only be delighted that Americans are back to acting like unsophisticated rubes once again.

This is just a glimpse of why we don’t want to pray for the welfare of the Biden Administration. It doesn’t want to serve the American people; only the narrow interests of the “educated” elite and government wonks. Their near complete unwillingness to admit failures and adjust to reality will lead us down a road that will do us all harm.

Despite this I can tell you one thing. All Republicans are praying for Biden. We all wish this man with his questionable mental faculties lives until January 20, 2025. He picked the perfect Vice-President to assure all people would wish him only goodwill. God forbid anything happens to him in the next four years.

Biden Just Cancelled ANOTHER Trump Order That Was Saving Americans Thousands Of Dollars

Besides raising taxes, killing more than a million jobs and sending troops to fight in a war in Syria, the Harris/Biden Administration decided to declare war on senior citizens and the poor.

““The HHS Thursday froze the former Trump administration’s December drug policy that requires community health centers to pass on all their insulin and epinephrine discount savings to patients,” Bloomberg Law reported Thursday. “Centers that don’t pass on the savings wouldn’t qualify for federal grants.”

“This freeze is part of the Biden administration’s large-scale effort announced this week that will scrutinize the Trump administration’s health policies,” the report continued. “If the previous administration’s policies raise ‘fact, law, or policy’ concerns, the Biden HHS will delay them and consult with the Office of Management and Budget about other actions.”

You read that right—the mentally challenged Biden has decided to RAISE the cost of drugs, like insulin.  During an economic Depression Democrats are working hard to make it even tougher to survive.  Oh, did I mention he also wants to raise the gas tax!  Can we afford four years of Harris/Biden—and whoever Harris has to replace herself when she becomes President, shortly?

Biden Just Cancelled ANOTHER Trump Order That Was Saving Americans Thousands Of Dollars

by Jonathan Davis, Trending Politics,  1.23.21   

Literally, for years, Democrats have complained that prices for prescription drugs are too high, a criticism that really ramped up during the debates over the Affordable Care Act.

And during the most recent presidential campaign cycle, it was no different.

“Several candidates have supported legislation to enable direct government regulation or control of prescription drug prices beyond Medicare Part D. These bills vary in whether they target the absolute price of a drug itself or the rate of price growth, and in the nature and magnitude of the penalties they impose on firms for non-compliance,” Health Affairs reported in August 2019.

After Joe Biden won the Democratic nomination, NPR did a comparison between him and then-President Donald Trump; both said they wanted to decrease prescription drug prices.

“Biden’s proposal would work to lower prescription drug prices within Medicare, create an independent commission to oversee and regulate the price of new drugs, and get rid of the tax breaks given to pharmaceutical corporations on advertising,” NPR reported.

Meanwhile, “Trump has attempted to usher through prescription drug reforms via a series of executive orders signed in July and September,” the outlet added.

How did it all shake out?

Well, Trump ‘lost’ the election but not before those executive orders were signed, obviously. But leaving them in place would help Biden fulfill his campaign pledge to ‘lower prescription drug costs,’ right?

Right.

So — why did Biden just rescind Trump’s orders which will now lead to higher drug prices?

The Daily Wire reports:

President Joe Biden’s United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday stopped executive orders from his predecessor designed to significantly lower prescription drug prices for Americans, including insulin and epinephrine.

The new administration will apparently re-evaluate the executive action from President Donald Trump toward the end of March. It remains unclear if it will be reinstated.

“The HHS Thursday froze the former Trump administration’s December drug policy that requires community health centers to pass on all their insulin and epinephrine discount savings to patients,” Bloomberg Law reported Thursday. “Centers that don’t pass on the savings wouldn’t qualify for federal grants.”

“This freeze is part of the Biden administration’s large-scale effort announced this week that will scrutinize the Trump administration’s health policies,” the report continued. “If the previous administration’s policies raise ‘fact, law, or policy’ concerns, the Biden HHS will delay them and consult with the Office of Management and Budget about other actions.”

What is the world is there to “scrutinize?” The orders lowered the prices of some drugs, just like Biden said he would do.

Bloomberg Law added that the Biden administration took its tactic because they are supposedly awaiting the results of a dozen lawsuits challenging Trump’s EOs. Fine; but leaving the orders in place while courts sort out the details makes far more sense than essentially repealing them; doing so takes away the merits of legal challenges because the orders become moot.

The fact is, Biden’s left-wing handlers are liars and hypocrites when it comes to wanting to lower drug prices (which hurt the bottom line of their big pharma donors). Trump, by comparison, kept his promise — like he kept most others that were in his power to keep

Going underground: California business operates in secret amid pandemic restrictions

I got a haircut in an underground barbershop a couple of weeks ago.  It felt like I was going to a “speakeasy” of the 1920’s.  Saturday I had lunch at a pizza place that refused to close down, since May.  It was packed.  Free people eating lunch like free people should.  Our society is like the old Soviet Union—businesses operating per government control.  And other businesses operating in the free market.  The good news is that businesses now understand government is the enemy, not a friend.  If we ever get back to normal, folks will be less likely to obey the totalitarian wishes, the fascist instincts, of government.

“After months with no income, John and Dee started home visits with trusted customers, under the table. Then, they quietly re-opened their office against local regulations, despite the potential legal or financial consequences.

“We either pay the fine or we can’t pay our mortgage,” Dee said. “That’s it.”

John and Dee are not the only small business owners to take a legitimate business underground during the pandemic. Many people say they’ve been unable to operate legally but unable to get by on government loans and stimulus checks. 

However, officials say operating against the health code is not only illegal, but the business may be unknowingly spreading the virus, perpetuating the very lockdown threatening small businesses.

Government wants to scare you.  But here is a fact:  Since March California has lost over one million jobs, schools and churches have been closed.  Yet, we are mandated to wear masks, curfews because the virus is more deadly in the middle of the night, social distancing and while 500 people can be in a WalMart, no more than ten in a church.  None of this worked—now that the elction is over, Newsom and the Democrats around the nation are beginning to re-open society.  In fact, it was a massive political stunt to affect the election, had little to do with health.  BTW, China today is TOTALLY open, no restrictions and almost no one is wearing a mask.  Sad to see the people of China, in many ways, are freer than the people of California.

Going underground: California business operates in secret amid pandemic restrictions

A protester holds a sign outside restaurant Tre Lune in Montecito.

by Kate Cimini, CalMatters,  1/22/21   

In summary

Many small business owners have taken legitimate operations underground during the pandemic. Owners say they’ve been unable to get by on government loans and stimulus checks.

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down his Bay Area region massage business, John went 93 days without income.  

In March, John and his business partner, Dee, packed away their massage tables and locked up their office. (Both John and Dee are going by pseudonyms for fear of legal repercussions.) 

But 93 days was too long, they said.

After months with no income, John and Dee started home visits with trusted customers, under the table. Then, they quietly re-opened their office against local regulations, despite the potential legal or financial consequences.

“We either pay the fine or we can’t pay our mortgage,” Dee said. “That’s it.”

John and Dee are not the only small business owners to take a legitimate business underground during the pandemic. Many people say they’ve been unable to operate legally but unable to get by on government loans and stimulus checks. 

However, officials say operating against the health code is not only illegal, but the business may be unknowingly spreading the virus, perpetuating the very lockdown threatening small businesses.

‘It just kept me afloat’

Lockdowns across states and counties vary. 

Some county health officials told residents they should only leave their homes to shop for essential products. Others allowed for more freedom of movement and some regions had no restrictions at all. 

Small businesses, like John and Dee’s, were among the hardest-hit amid these shutdowns. 

Many businesses, struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic, applied for loans through the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP. 

Research out of the University of California Santa Cruz showed that from February to April, the number of working business owners closed plummeted 22% from 15 million to 11.7 million, counting both permanent and temporary closures. The largest loss ever recorded in the U.S., it surpasses business closures from the Great Recession more than four times over. African-American, Latinx and immigrant business owners were particularly hard-hit.

A U.S. Chamber-MetLife poll of small businesses conducted in October and November showed nearly half of the respondents (48%) said they experienced lower revenue than the previous year, while exactly half (50%) said they could only stand another year or less before going under.

Lenders participating in the Small Business Administration (SBA) relief program in 2020 shelled out more than $520 billion to roughly 5.2 million companies searching for a lifeline to stave off the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

About 87% of PPP loans issued in the spring came to less than $150,000, according to the SBA.

John was among those business owners in the Bay Area region (made up of Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, Solano and Napa counties, per California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy) awarded a PPP loan under $150,000.

The money helped, he said, but only to catch him up. He and Dee said they each typically see 30-40 clients per week, at $100 a session. 

“That amount of money came in and covered the costs of one month,” John said. “With the PPP loan, you had eight weeks that you had to use those funds for payroll and utilities… It looked like I gave myself a big raise, but it just kept me afloat for those months that I was behind.”

Only John benefitted from the loan, leaving Dee, normally the breadwinner in her household, to lean on her spouse to cover daily expenses.

The couple dipped into their savings to supplement what was still coming in. If it weren’t for her spouse’s income, Dee said, they would have had to move in with her in-laws, which was a tough idea to swallow. 

“When you’re used to living by yourself, to have to count on anybody else for that kind of support, it’s hard,” she said. “It feels almost demeaning. I can’t support myself now, I can’t support us.”

‘A hard thing to swallow’

Initially, John and Dee followed the state’s guidelines to the letter. They shut down their practice, went home, waited, and applied for local and federal aid.

In the summer, COVID-19 infections dipped low enough that they could re-open their doors.

They held temperature checks at the front door, used hand sanitizer, faced off with unmasked clients, and disinfected their space regularly.

They hoped those measures would keep their doors open. But soon, cases spiked in their region, and the business was shut down again. 

Dee was incensed that massage is considered nonessential. She and John count first responders and medical professionals among their clientele and saw firsthand the toll the work could take on them emotionally and physically.

“If you want essential people to keep going, their bodies break down,” she said. “It’s so important to give back to these people that are essential. In order for that to happen, you need people like us to come in and work the stress, the hours upon hours of standing in front of flames (and) carrying hoses out of their body. 

“When it comes down to it, I want to help the people,” Dee said. “I want to help those essential workers. Feeling like we’re at the bottom of the totem pole when we give back so much…that’s just a hard thing to swallow.”

Ahmos Netanel, CEO of California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), a Legislature-created private nonprofit public benefit corporation that created and runs the state’s voluntary massage certification program, said California massage professionals were rocked by the lockdown and the subsequent loss of income.

He said there is also the mental toll of losing what he referred to as “a calling.”

“It’s been a real challenge, personally and emotionally,” Netanel said. “It’s very important for (massage professionals) to help people…It was not only financially devastating but also professionally and emotionally.”

“Feeling like we’re at the bottom of the totem pole when we give back so much…that’s just a hard thing to swallow.”

Dee, massage therapist

Marybeth Berney is a massage therapist and president of the Washington State Massage Therapy Association. She said the pandemic thinned the ranks of massage therapists, many unable to make the numbers work. 

“Lots of people chose to find other jobs, going to work for grocery stores, for example,” she said. “A lot of massage therapists still haven’t gone back to work –– for them there may be another income in the household or they chose to get a different job.”

Once John and Dee’s county issued a second round of closures, the pair decided to offer home visits. Masked, John gave adjustments in garages, backyards or living rooms, the windows remain open to keep air circulating.

He found his clientele was anxious. Many worried their neighbors would him and asked John to park where his car couldn’t be seen. Home visits dropped off by late September, and so, too, did income. 

He then made the decision to go back to the office, which Dee had already done some weeks earlier. 

At the time, the state dashboard shows California was confirming about 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 a day, settling out of the pandemic’s first wave and slowly climbing into its second. 

In California, massage professionals certified by CAMTC “are required by law to comply with local and state regulations,” Netanel said, and are subject to disciplinary action if they are found in violation.

John and Dee are certified through CAMTC and risk having their certifications revoked entirely.

Prolonging the pandemic?

By October, indoor massage was allowed across 49 of California’s counties with a doctor’s note.

All other massages were required to take place outdoors, which Dee and John said didn’t appeal to clients because it was too chilly. They take the same precautions with customers — temperature checks, sanitizing surfaces, and require masks.

Health officials say that’s not enough. 

Ric Encarnación, Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau Acting Deputy Chief, said operating outside the health code wasn’t just unfair business practices but could also spread the virus, prolonging the pandemic and the very shutdown that is keeping businesses from operating legitimately. 

Keep an eye on California, the progressive model for America

Blackouts, brown outs, water rationing, high taxes, worst roads in the nations, schools that indoctrinate and churches forced by government (like in China) to be closed.  On a whim Gov. Newsom opens and shuts the State, kills jobs and tells us the information he is using to control us is too complex for us to understand.

““There is a wealth of ideas on the policy side that can come out of California,” said Manuel Pastor, a professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Pastor pointed at the state’s stances on immigrants’ rights and the minimum wage and its investments in climate mitigation.

California has served as a living laboratory for progressive ideas, Pastor said, and there’s enough evidence that will help the federal government embrace the California approach. “California is America, only sooner,” Pastor added. “It’s no surprise that now we have an administration trying to reach into a place that’s always been on the edge of the future.”

One of those ideas is to legalize hard drugs, release career criminals years before sentences are served—and not arrest rioters and looters—if they are from the Left?  Imagine a nation based on the fascism of California!

Keep an eye on California, the progressive model for America

By Andrea Widburg, American Thinker,  1/23/21 

The headlines today were stark: They reported that California, which just last month was one of the world’s Wuhan virus hotspots, is now the worst state in America when it comes to vaccine distribution. Additionally, Gov. Gavin Newsom is hiding key Wuhan virus information from voters. And of course, there’s the state’s economic despair and hard-left policies. All of these things matter, not just because California is the most populous state in the union, but also because Democrats consider California to be the avatar for a progressive America. As California goes, they boast, so goes the nation.

In August, California ranked fifth in the world for COVID infections and had the third worst death toll in America. By the end of December, California was home to record-breaking infection rates in Los Angeles alone. As of Thursday, the state broke the record in America for the most COVID deaths in a single day: 736. For a while there, it was averaging 534 deaths per day, as the infection ravaged the state.

All of these infections and deaths occurred despite draconian lockdowns and economic destruction, all leavened by extraordinary political hypocrisy. Even as Californians had their immune systems broken by isolation and despair, Gavin Newsom and San Francisco mayor London Breed dined in old-fashioned style at the ritzy French Laundry. Meanwhile, San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo had a big Thanksgiving dinner as other Californians were threatened with arrest if more than three households gathered for the holiday.

Despite Californians dying like flies on his watch, Newsom has done a lousy job vaccinating them: “California now ranks 50th out of 50 states in percentage of shots used.”

Oh, and there’s also the problem of a lack of transparency on Newsom’s part. AP reported that, despite his promise that he would be transparent with Californians about the Wuhan virus, Newsom is hiding key information about how he’s calculating the duration of lockdowns. According to state officials, the information is just so complicated they don’t want to confuse people by telling them when their unconstitutional solitary confinement will end.

Gavin Newsom did have good news about the California economy, though. Despite the destruction of independent businesses across the state that Newsom didn’t think were “essential,” the state is floating in money thanks to the way the lockdowns caused a surge in cash for Silicon Valley. In other words, California’s policies broke the working- and middle-classes and funneled their money to the tech oligarchs.

No wonder there’s fast-growing momentum for a recall petition to oust Newsom from office.

But as you contemplate all this madness, consider the fact that the former “Golden State” has long been the gold standard for Democrat party governance in America. On Friday, Britain’s Guardian newspaper wrote that “‘California is America, only sooner’: how the progressive state could shape Biden’s policies: Californians are poised for key jobs in an administration likely to use the state’s efforts as a guiding force”:

The Biden administration’s agenda is also expected to be modeled on some policies enacted or planned in California, and the new administration is likely to use the state’s successes and failures as a guide.

“There is a wealth of ideas on the policy side that can come out of California,” said Manuel Pastor, a professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Pastor pointed at the state’s stances on immigrants’ rights and the minimum wage and its investments in climate mitigation.

California has served as a living laboratory for progressive ideas, Pastor said, and there’s enough evidence that will help the federal government embrace the California approach. “California is America, only sooner,” Pastor added. “It’s no surprise that now we have an administration trying to reach into a place that’s always been on the edge of the future.”

According to the Guardian (and I think it’s accurate), Biden is expected to copy California on immigration, massively increased federal minimum wages (which will break states with lower costs-of-living than California’s), and environmental madness. If California really is Biden’s template, the rest of America can look forward to massive surges of illegal immigrants, medieval-style income inequality, all-powerful oligarchs in gated communities, unaffordable energy costs, mentally ill homeless people bringing filth, drugs, and crime to once-livable communities, and all the other madness of the state that was once so golden.

No wonder young Silicon Valley workers, having destroyed California, are packing up their leftism and heading for well-run Republican states across America, which they will then try to destroy. If a young Californian moves into your neighborhood, try to befriend that person and bring him, her, or they to understand that, to receive the full benefit of that new community, relocated Californians need to leave their old politics far behind.

Walters: Will reducing criminal penalties reduce crime?

Here is a brilliant idea.  Take a career, violent criminal.  Put them in jail for three years instead of 15.  Question—in the twelve years NOT in prison how many victims will be created?  Question, if given a significantly shorter sentence, does the criminal feel let they have learned a lesson?

“Over the last decade, politicians and voters have lowered penalties for dozens of serious and minor crimes, reduced state prison populations by about 40% and adopted multiple programs to treat underlying conditions, such as drug use and lack of education, to deter offenders from committing new crimes.

It’s been a dramatic turnaround from previous decades, when the public demanded ever-tougher sentences and the state couldn’t build prisons fast enough to handle a tidal wave of new inmates, resulting in overcrowding so severe that federal judges intervened.”

The people want to be safe and have long prison terms for crimes.  Progressives holding office want more victims and blames society for any crimes committed.  Feel safe?  Not in California.

Will reducing criminal penalties reduce crime?

Photo credit: Michael Coghlan via Flickr

by Dan Walters, CalMatters, 1/24/21  

In summary

California is testing whether easing up on penalties for crime will result in less crime in the long run.

California is conducting an immense sociological experiment, testing whether reducing prison time for criminal acts will, in the long run, mean less crime.

Over the last decade, politicians and voters have lowered penalties for dozens of serious and minor crimes, reduced state prison populations by about 40% and adopted multiple programs to treat underlying conditions, such as drug use and lack of education, to deter offenders from committing new crimes.

It’s been a dramatic turnaround from previous decades, when the public demanded ever-tougher sentences and the state couldn’t build prisons fast enough to handle a tidal wave of new inmates, resulting in overcrowding so severe that federal judges intervened.

The change coincided with California’s equally dramatic political reorientation.

From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, a fear of crime, particularly violent crime, dominated the state’s political atmosphere, symbolized by the “three strikes and you’re out” law aimed at putting repeat felons behind bars for life.

Republicans adroitly capitalized to win elections by accusing Democratic rivals of being soft on crime. In 1986, voters overwhelmingly voted out three liberal state Supreme Court justices because of their capital punishment rulings.

Republican overreach, particularly a ballot measure targeting undocumented immigrants, and complex economic and sociological factors, such as the collapse of Southern California’s aerospace industry, began changing the state’s political climate in the late 1990s.

Within a decade, Democrats had achieved dominance at all levels and soon embraced what they called “criminal justice reform.”

Jerry Brown, who experienced the political impact of crime as governor in the late 1970s and 1980s and signed some of the lock-‘em-up bills, returned to the governorship in 2011. He was bent on reversing course, but cautiously didn’t make that intent public until he had won a fourth and final term in 2014.

Brown sponsored a 2016 ballot measure, Proposition 57, that swept away much of what he and other governors had wrought decades earlier, with political cover from federal judges who had ordered reductions in prison populations due to overcrowding.

Brown’s successor, Gavin Newsom, is continuing the experiment. Even though the death penalty is still law, Newsom has declared an execution moratorium. He also accelerated reductions in prison populations because of severe COVID-19 outbreaks and promised to close prisons.

Newsom’s proposed 2021-22 budget projects that the prison population, once as high as 170,000, will drop to 97,950 this year and continue declining thereafter.

Meanwhile, voters in San Francisco and Los Angeles have elected new district attorneys on platforms to minimize incarceration and maximize diversions into non-penal rehabilitation.

They are seeing some pushback. George Gascón, who had been San Francisco’s district attorney before shifting to Los Angeles, is even being sued by his own deputies, contending he is violating the law by ordering them to seek minimal sentences for crimes.

The bottom line question, of course, is whether the attitudinal change will, as advocates contend, reduce the system’s disproportionate impact on Black and Latino communities while also reducing the overall threat of crime.

Interestingly, and perhaps significantly, violent crime has been spiking upwards during the nearly year-long COVID-19 pandemic. This month, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore cited a sharp surge in homicides in his city to more than 300 in 2020 and 24 in the first two weeks of 2021.

In mid-January, the Los Angeles Times’ running tally of homicides counted 656 in Los Angeles County during the previous 12 months.

“It’s our shared responsibility to stop this senseless violence,” Moore said in his tweet.

If, however, it continues, will crime once again become a burning political issue?

Democrats Attempt to Purge Civil Servant from Job over Prior Work for Nunes, Trump Administration

If you worked in the Trump Administration, believe in the Constitution, follow the law as a civil servant—Progressives will hunt you down and force you to fill taco shells and maybe a prison sentence first for “crimes against humanity”.  The totalitarian instincts of the Left believes murders should be on the streets and Constitutionalist in prison.

“Democrats are attempting a politically-motivated purge of a highly-qualified intelligence professional from a non-partisan career civil service position at the Pentagon’s National Security Agency over his prior work for Republicans, according to two former Trump administration officials.

Michael Ellis, who last served as the former senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council during the Trump administration, was put on administrative leave from his new position as the general counsel at the National Security Agency, just hours after President Joe Biden was inaugurated.

Imagine an Administration filled with ideologically driven fascists—then you are seeing the Harris/Biden Administration.

Democrats Attempt to Purge Civil Servant from Job over Prior Work for Nunes, Trump Administration

Kristina Wong, Breitbart,  1/23/21 

Democrats are attempting a politically-motivated purge of a highly-qualified intelligence professional from a non-partisan career civil service position at the Pentagon’s National Security Agency over his prior work for Republicans, according to two former Trump administration officials.

Michael Ellis, who last served as the former senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council during the Trump administration, was put on administrative leave from his new position as the general counsel at the National Security Agency, just hours after President Joe Biden was inaugurated.

Ellis — a Navy Reserve intelligence officer, Yale Law School graduate, and Jeopardy! winner — had first applied for the position in January 2020, and went through an extensive months-long vetting process conducted by a panel of non-partisan civil servants, according to the two former officials.

Ellis was ultimately selected for the position in mid-November by Paul Ney, the Pentagon’s general counsel whose first job at the department came during the George W. Bush administration as the Navy’s principal deputy general counsel.

He started his position on Tuesday, January 19.

However, recent news reports revealed that a day later, on Inauguration Day, NSA Director Army Gen. Paul Nakasone placed Ellis on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an inquiry by the Department of Defense inspector general into the circumstances of his hiring.

It is no secret that Democrat lawmakers for months opposed Ellis going from an appointed position in the Trump administration to a non-partisan civil service position in the government — a practice commonly referred to as “burrowing in.”

Just days after Ellis’s selection for the position was announced in November, Democrat Sens. Mark Warner (VA) and Jack Reed (RI) requested the Pentagon inspector general investigate his hiring, according to CNN.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also wrote a letter to former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller three days before the inauguration asking him to “cease plans to improperly install” Ellis at the NSA.

And House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) went on CBS News’s Face the Nation that same day to claim that the Trump administration was attempting to “embed people in the civil servants who are political and partisan actors who don’t belong there.”

The former officials also pointed to Democrat-friendly media targeting Ellis, noting a November 13 article by Lawfare’s executive editor, Susan Hennessey, on how to get rid of Ellis.

According to CNN and other establishment media reports, Democrats’ concerns are that Ellis allegedly overruled career officials when reviewing former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s book for classified information, that he was allegedly in the room when ex-NSC staffer Alexander Vindman reported his concerns about former President Donald Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president, and his alleged role in informing Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) that U.S. intelligence had swept up Trump’s campaign team during foreign surveillance.

But those who know Ellis well say he is highly-qualified for the position and Democrats are attempting to purge him purely for political reasons, despite their calls for “unity” and their numerous accusations against the Trump administration of political purges and loyalty tests of civil servants.

One of the two former officials said:

Michael is an outstanding guy and he’s known for being a straight shooter. My understanding is that the [hiring] process worked the way it was supposed to, that this process has been ongoing since early 2020, and Michael interviewed with a panel of career lawyers who found that he was completely qualified for the job.

The second former official said that the only irregular thing was that once Ellis was selected, the NSA dragged their feet in putting him in place, amid pressure from Congress.

“Interest from the media or from Pelosi or Schiff complaining is not a valid reason to not give somebody a career position,” the second former official said.

“It’s ironic that they claim to have concerns about the politicization when them putting [Ellis] on blast is entirely antithetical to the merit system principle that they purport to uphold,” the second former official said.

“The double standard and hypocrisy is truly outstanding. I’ve heard from people who are moderates who have come out and said, ‘This is insane, I can’t believe they’re doing this to him.’”

Ellis first joined the Trump administration in March 2017, as a special assistant to the president and the NSC’s deputy legal adviser.

Prior to that, he had served as the general counsel on the House intelligence committee under then-chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA). Ellis had worked on the committee since 2015, and before that had worked as counsel for the committee’s previous chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) from 2013 to 2015.

The two former officials said Ellis actually had a good working relationship with Schiff for many years on the intelligence committee.

“It’s interesting that Adam Schiff comes out full-on on Michael Ellis when Michael was always good to Schiff,” the first former official said.

“That’s one aspect of this that’s particularly unfortunate,” the second former official said. “He’s kicking a former staffer who he knows is well-qualified and who he worked collaboratively with. Talk about punching down.

“This vendetta that Schiff and Pelosi have for Nunes — I disagree with it, but I get it. But this is really kicking down at somebody’s who is a very capable and dedicated professional and has a family to provide for,” the former official added.

“It just shows the contrast of Biden talking about Kumbaya and everybody getting along and unity [and] what the left will do literally within hours of them getting power.”