Archive for the ‘Accountability’ Category

In this column, WSJ columnist James Freeman essentially indicted Minnesota’s DFL Gov. Tim Walz. Gov. Walz is following in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s footsteps in putting nursing home residents at risk. This isn’t surprising since Democrats are fairly used to following a script.

It’s been known for more than a month that the elderly and those with weak immune systems can’t handle the COVID virus. Despite that understanding, “Minnesota has been implementing the disastrous Covid-19 strategy made famous by New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The essence of the plan is to forcefully reduce the income of people at low risk, while simultaneously increasing the chances of virus exposure for those at high risk.”

This is how crises get extended. Sending COVID-infected seniors to nursing homes is a potential death sentence. This isn’t putting 2 and 2 together and getting 4. It’s more like putting 2 and 2 together and getting 9. Freeman cites a Star Tribune article, too:

Early in the pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Health turned to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to relieve the burden on hospitals that were at risk of being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Minnesota hospitals have since discharged dozens of infected patients to nursing homes, including facilities that have undergone large and deadly outbreaks of the disease, state records show…

One such facility, North Ridge Health and Rehab in New Hope, has accepted 42 patients from hospitals and other long-term care facilities since mid-April even as the coronavirus has raged through its 320-bed nursing home, killing 48 of its patients and infecting scores more.

The first outbreak of COVID deaths happened at a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington. It was above-the-fold-front-page news for a week or more. I can picture someone slow like Gov. Walz not picking up on that clue but there’s no reason why his public health people shouldn’t have picked up on that. Instead of noticing, Minnesotans got another example of the blind leading the blind.

According to this KARE11 video, the Walz administration didn’t figure out a plan to fix the Walz-induced crisis until 2 weeks ago:

The Walz administration’s cavalier attitude towards problem-solving is disgraceful. They’ve created more problems than they’ve solved. It’s fair to say that the Walz administration didn’t protect nursing home residents. He’s as disgraceful as Gov. Cuomo. Then again, what would you expect from a pair of airheaded Democrats?

Joe Biden thinks that wearing a mask “projects leadership.” That’s what he told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview right after Memorial Day. Later, Biden said “The truth of the matter is that I think you’re supposed to lead by example, and one of the things our governor has said he wants to keep social distancing, stay at home has been the order, until June 1 of this year. And so I think it’s important that – look, 100,000 deaths and at least 35,000 to 50,000 were avoidable, but for lack of attention and ego, I think. And just – so – and you know me, I’m usually the last one to leave an event, I like interacting with people. But, I hope to be able to do more, but we’re going to do it by the numbers, because I think it’s important because this is not over.”

Wearing a mask in the situations President Trump found himself in — outside, in bright sunlight and with family — are situations that don’t require a mask, especially outside in bright sunlight. COVID doesn’t last long in that situation. A potent argument can be made that using the right precautions in the right situations is leadership.

Be that as it may, President Trump showed leadership on January 31 when he stopped flights with China. What did Joe do? Check it out:

Later, Biden admitted that stopping those flights were the right thing to do. Leadership comes from getting the big decisions right the first time. Had Biden been president, he would’ve let untold numbers of COVID-infected people into the United States, spreading the contagion across the nation. That would’ve created a crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen since 1918.

President Trump brought together captains of industry in the Rose Garden to put together a response to testing. CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and other companies brainstormed ideas to make testing super-accessible and free. Joe Biden wouldn’t have had a clue who to bring together. President Trump told Peter Navarro to get ventilators built ASAP. Here’s what happened:

“In under 11 days, General Motors sourced materials, converted a manufacturing facility and trained a workforce to build lifesaving ventilators in Kokomo, IN.” Saving lives by manufacturing ventilators in record time is bigtime leadership that Joe Biden couldn’t make happen if Americans’ lives depended on it. Wearing a goofy-looking mask when he’s already social distanced is preening for the cameras. It isn’t leadership.

President Trump has his faults but they’re nothing like Biden’s. Biden provided ‘leadership’ on the 1994 crime bill that started mass incarcerations. President Trump provided leadership by fixing Biden’s mess:

Tearing families apart isn’t leadership. Reuniting families requires leadership.

This article highlights DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s incompetence. In it, we learn that “A Minnesota National Guard unit botched COVID-19 testing for 300 residents and staff members at a St. Paul nursing home Monday, leaving many with pain, discomfort and bloody noses.” That’s just the start of the litany of problems. Then there’s this:

In what one health official acknowledged was “a disaster,” the test samples from Episcopal Church Home were later ruined because they were not stored in coolers while being transported to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. State officials quickly apologized to Episcopal Homes leaders and said they’ve already taken steps to ensure such mistakes aren’t repeated. Nevertheless, an elder care advocate said the incident raises serious questions about whether Minnesota can accurately and effectively carry out widespread testing.

It’s the leaders’ responsibility to establish proper procedures. Gov. Walz and Commissioner Malcolm share the blame for not establishing those procedures. Further, they share the blame for not getting the right supplies in the right hands at the right time.

Kris Sundberg, the executive director of Elder Voice Family Advocates said what everyone was thinking when she said “This just further erodes any trust that we have had in the Department of Health. I think we have a long way to go to really have the clearly thought-out protocols we need in order to do [widespread] testing.” I’d expect better execution from the Washington Generals than we got from this leadership team.

A statement Wednesday from the Minnesota State Lab Partnership acknowledged “that there was an isolated incident related to the packaging and shipment of specimens to one of the testing sites. Ensuring the temperature integrity of specimens is critical to testing. We are accelerating and strengthening our training program to ensure all specimen collections, packaging, and shipping are performed to the highest standards.”

You’ve got to be kidding me. The program was put in place without training the personnel first? This is Frontline Management 101. This isn’t a graduate level course.

Jan Malcolm, state health commissioner, also apologized. In an e-mail to Plakut Wednesday, she said officials have been working to quickly develop new training and protocols for swabbing and infection control at long-term care facilities, but “in this rapid launch, important steps in the process were missed and there were miscommunications.”

Incompetence is this administration’s hallmark. Minnesotans had hoped that getting rid of Mark Dayton would turn the page on incompetence. Based on results thus far, it’s apparent that Minnesotans placed their hope in the wrong candidate. After viewing this video, it’s apparent that the DFL is devoid of competent leaders:

Melvin Carter is the African-American version of Tim Walz. They’re both timid. They’re both unwilling to trust the people. Apparently, trusting people isn’t the DFL way.

The thing that’s inescapable from this article is that the Tim Walz administration doesn’t give a damn about residents of long-term care facilities, aka LTC facilities. It isn’t often that I’d utilize such over-the-top language but this time, it’s found in the Star Tribune article itself. Check it out if you don’t trust me.

The article opens by saying “Despite the devastating death toll, Minnesota nursing homes are still being allowed by state regulators to admit coronavirus patients who have been discharged from hospitals. Early in the pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Health turned to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to relieve the burden on hospitals that were at risk of being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Minnesota hospitals have since discharged dozens of infected patients to nursing homes, including facilities that have undergone large and deadly outbreaks of the disease, state records show.”

This is almost as frightening:

Now that practice is drawing strong opposition from some lawmakers, residents’ families and health watchdogs, who warn that such transfers endanger residents of senior homes that are understaffed and ill-equipped to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Why just some lawmakers? Why aren’t all lawmakers upset with this stupidity? Further, Minnesota’s hospitals never got overwhelmed. Why did the Walz administration turn to “nursing homes and other long-term care facilities”? My annual physical was scheduled for late-January. That got postponed because the clinic was converted to overflow for the St. Cloud Hospital at the start of COVID. The appointment was rescheduled again to March 31. Again, I was told that it was related to COVID. The entire clinic was emptied out to create extra bed space.

The point is that hospitals and clinics prepared for a spike in COVID cases. There never was a threat to hospitals running out of space in Minnesota. There might’ve been a chance we wouldn’t have had enough staffing but that’s a different contingency to plan for. LTCs certainly weren’t better staffed than hospitals. This is the closest video I found in an hour of searching dealing with the topic of nursing homes in the past week:

The number of COVID-related deaths are increasing as a direct result of sending COVID-infected seniors into LTCs. This doesn’t require medical school training to figure out. It requires a memory of what Andrew Cuomo did in New York. This proposal should be immediately rejected:

They are calling for more state scrutiny over transfers, including stricter standards over which nursing homes should be allowed to accept COVID-19 patients from hospitals.

Wrong! They shouldn’t be allowed into nursing homes. Period. If nothing else, the state should set up a facility that could hold those elderly COVID-19 patients. Why set things up so that an entire facility gets infected? Karin Housley positively nailed it:

“It makes no sense to bring more COVID-19 patients into facilities that have already failed to protect them,” said Sen. Karin Housley, the Republican chairwoman of the Senate Family Care and Aging Committee. “If it were my mom or dad in one of these facilities, I would be really worried.”

This is frightening:

State health officials and long-term care industry representatives have defended the practice of discharging some COVID-19 patients to nursing homes, saying it is part of a broader strategy to conserve critical hospital beds during the pandemic. Long-term care facilities can provide treatment for coronavirus patients who still need care, but have stabilized enough that they no longer require hospitalization, officials said.

How’s that worked thus far? Thus far, 80% of COVID deaths have happened at nursing homes. That indicates that these ‘experts’ have been wrong.

Jeff Johnson Announces Bid for Stearns County Commissioner

St. Cloud, MN – St. Cloud resident Jeff Johnson has announced that he will run for the 4th district Stearns County commissioner seat. Johnson, 54, is an airline pilot and a former small business owner. He was elected to the St. Cloud City Council in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He previously served on the Stearns County Board of Adjustment and made an unsuccessful bid for the Minnesota state senate in 2006.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed a reprieve from politics since I left the City Council in January 2019,” Johnson said. “It’s time to get back on the front lines of the battle once again.” Johnson’s priorities include public safety, county transportation infrastructure, and increasing human services efficiencies. “It was mind numbing to see the county human services budget go from the black to deep red in a matter of a few years. I am also deeply concerned about small businesses throughout the county who are struggling from unfair decisions made by Governor Waltz.”

Johnson has a vocational diploma in aircraft maintenance, a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Studies, a master’s degree in aeronautical science, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration. He is married to Julie Johnson, a family practice physician with Simplicity Health in St. Cloud.

Last week, Marie Harf, whom I’ve nicknamed ‘Baghdad Barbara’ because she’s as trustworthy as Baghdad Bob, tried peddling some Democrat spin while appearing on Outnumbered. Saying that Lara Logan demolished Harf and the Democrats’ talking points is understatement. Harf didn’t wave her little white flag but that’s mostly because isn’t a person of integrity.

Harf started by saying “Yesterday, Barr basically made a statement that said, ‘You can lie to the FBI, and that’s okay.’ And there is still a ton of evidence that the investigation was absolutely an appropriate one, that Flynn was absolutely someone who should have been investigated, and he comes at the end of the day, chose to lie about his contact with foreign countries. If Bill Barr wants to say that’s not a crime, that is a precedent I’m not sure either party wants to set.”

Actually, the law says that it isn’t automatically a crime to lie to law enforcement. For it to be a crime, the lie has to be material to an investigation that’s properly predicated. Thanks to the transcripts that Ric Grenell forced Adam Schiff to release, we now know that the Flynn investigation wasn’t properly predicated. That means that the investigation was bogus, which meant that Gen. Flynn’s statements weren’t material to a legitimate investigation. Here’s how Logan replied to Ms. Harf:

Oh my God. Wow. I feel like I’m in some kind of fantasy sci-fi alternative reality movie. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m not sure there’s a word that came out of your mouth that’s actually true.

Look at the transcripts of the conversations. There’s a big difference between talking to people and colluding. If that’s a standard for collusion, how come you not screaming for accountability for Fusion GPS and the DNC and the Clinton campaign for literally meeting with agents from Vladimir Putin, for taking disinformation and using that against a political rival in the presidential election in this country.

I mean, the message was not — the message was exactly the opposite to millions of people in this country. Now that you can just lie to the FBI and get away with it. The message was that accountability, that so many people in this country have been asking for, for so long, it’s finally actually going to happen.

Bill Barr has never said that his mission is about defending president trump. He said it in the CBS interview and he said it from the beginning, that his duty is to protect the rule of law in this country. To protect the Justice Department and law enforcement. He’s doing that holding them to the standard to which they have sworn to uphold. And holding them to the same standard that every single person in this country would be held to if they were facing similar charges. So, what about lying to Congress? Because all of these people, McCabe and Comey, and all of them, they have all lied and lied and lied. And there is more information to come, hear, that is going to show exactly what really happened with Michael Flynn.

The FBI’s actions in the Flynn interview were reprehensible. According to this tweet, the Flynn investigation was crumbling:


In other words, the people who violated Gen. Flynn’s civil rights (“FBI leadership”) didn’t want to stop harassing Gen. Flynn. To steal a line from Ms. Harf, “I’m not sure” that’s a good look for Democrats to adopt.

Finally, Bill Barr determined that there wasn’t proper predication for the Flynn investigation. That’s why he later determined dropping the case against Gen. Flynn was the right decision. That’s why Judge Sullivan is trying his best to keep the case alive.

Anyone explaining how the unmasking of Gen. Flynn was routine isn’t trustworthy. To believe that the Flynn unmasking was innocent, I’d have to believe that the same people who spent $40,000,000 investigating the fake Trump-Russia collusion, appropriated 40 FBI agents and hired 19 corrupt attorneys just wanted better understanding of who was talking to the then-Russian ambassador to the US. That’s spin. This was a vendetta led by Jim Clapper, Jim Comey, Robert Mueller, Peter Strzok, Andrew Weissman et al.

The cabal that didn’t hesitate in using the Steele Dossier to obtain a FISA warrant against Carter Page suddenly developed integrity? (Let’s remember that they didn’t get their warrant the first time when they filed their application without the discredited dossier.) I don’t think so. The definition of a cabal is “a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority.” That definition fits Clapper, Comey, Mueller, Strzok and Weissman perfectly.

Again, to the Weissman/Strzok/Clapper/Comey cabal, this was a vendetta. They hated President-Elect Trump. Strzok told Lisa Page that he went to Walmart once and that he could smell the Trump supporters. Suddenly, this cabal of Trump haters are doing things purely out of civic pride? Shame on them for thinking that we’re that stupid.

We know the stories. Jim Clapper insisted in public that President Trump was a Russian asset but testified under oath that he “never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or someone in it was plotting [or] conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election.” Susan Rice testified to this:

Susan Rice, who served as Obama’s national security adviser, testified in September 2017 that she hadn’t seen evidence of Trump-Russia collusion during questioning by former Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.

Rice certainly didn’t tell viewers that when being interviewed on TV. Why should we think that she’s a person of integrity? Peter Strzok found out that field officers wanted to shut down Crossfire Razor, the investigation into Gen. Flynn. Immediately, he ordered that Crossfire Razor not be stopped. A day later, there was a meeting in the Oval office about unmasking. Three weeks later, FBI agents entrapped Gen. Flynn.

Why shouldn’t people think that these different groups weren’t working together? They definitely had common purposes. They definitely weren’t people of integrity. They all hated the thought of a Trump administration. This interview is worth watching:

The FBI agent who foolishly asked on paper what the goal was is Bill Priestap. Here’s Priestap’s ‘contribution’ to the unmasking fiasco:

Priestap’s memo reflected his own thoughts on the FBI’S internal debate about interviewing Flynn. “What’s our goal? Truth/admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” Priestap wrote, adding: “Protect our institution by not playing games.” His notes also show the FBI “softened its interview strategy” with Flynn, giving him hints to refresh his memory of his conversations, the Times reports. Nevertheless, Flynn “lied repeatedly, and prosecutors have said that agents gave him ‘multiple opportunities to correct his false statements by revisiting key questions.'”

This isn’t going away anytime soon. That’s why it’s important to realize that the Democrats’ spin will intensify. The simple fix for the Democrats’ spin is to ask this simple question: Is it likely that the cabal that wanted to prevent a Trump administration, the cabal that impeached President Trump and tried to remove him from office, suddenly become public servants with integrity? Of course, they didn’t.

This article is proof that the Agenda Media isn’t interested in digging into stories to figure out what’s actually happening. The article essentially opens both barrels at President Trump without digging into the story it’s purportedly covering. Here’s what I’m talking about:

It turns out President Donald Trump’s status as the most accessible person to ever hold the office is more a curse than a blessing. Day after day, he fills the air with the ack-ack of disinformation and misdirection, needlessly alarming the public and sending reporters on wild goose chases to either confirm or disprove his allegations. On Thursday, in an interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo, Trump repeated his newest figment that Joe Biden and Barack Obama are guilty of some unnamed crimes for which they are deserving of “50-year sentences.”

Strong meat! The heinous crimes—to which he has applied the “Obamagate” moniker and calls “the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR”—is a relatively new creation of the Trump Disinformation Laboratory. He only started talking about it on May 10 and has yet to specify exactly what Obamagate is aside from telling reporters in a press conference that it’s “obvious” and that he wants Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to investigate it.

I know Mr. Schaefer isn’t that stupid. At least, I hope he isn’t. Obamagate refers to the fact that President Obama knew about the Obama administration’s FBI and Obama administration’s DOJ entrapped Michael Flynn in an attempt to get him to turn on then President-Elect Trump. What’s with this foolishness then?

Despite a lack of interest from his minions in Congress (Graham has said he has no plans to grill Obama), Trump’s foggy demagoguery has mobilized the entire press corps to determine what the hell Trump is talking about. Explainers from Reuters, the Washington Post, the Guardian, CNN, and elsewhere struggle to decipher Trump’s vague but strident accusations with little success. We can say this much with certainty. It appears linked to the counterintelligence operation against Gen. Michael Flynn in late 2016, and the requests from Obama administration officials that his identity be “unmasked” from intelligence reports so they could understand who, exactly, was talking to the Russian ambassador. Flynn lied to the FBI about speaking to the ambassador about sanctions and later pled guilty to lying to the FBI about those conversations. (Unmasking, by the way, is a routine, not nefarious thing, which the Trump administration has requested thousands of times.) But until Trump uses his words to make his charges about Obama more specific, we can only guess at what the actual crime might be.

First, if Mr. Schaefer was the least bit interested in covering the story, he’d know that everyone from then-VP Biden to then-DNI Clapper to then-UN Ambassador Power to the then-Ambassador to Micronesia requested this unmasking. If Mr. Schaefer was a legitimate journalist, he’d ask why the US ambassador to Micronesia needed to know who was talking to Russian Ambassador Kislyak.

Next, unmasking is routine for intelligence analysts. It isn’t routine for ambassadors, whether they’re the ambassador to the UN or to Micronesia.

The crime isn’t the unmasking. The crimes would likely come from illegally applying for FISA warrants to surveil Carter Page or from leaking classified information to the Washington Post’s David Ignatius. Though the DOJ hasn’t identified the unmasker that leaked, it’s a safe bet that one of the unmaskers leaked that information to Ignatius. Let’s be clear about this. It isn’t a crime to receive leaked information. It’s a crime to leak classified information. This is a lie:

Now it could be that Obama did commit the biggest political crime in the history of the USA. If there’s a shred of evidence, I want Obama investigated. If the investigation bears fruit, I want him to have a fair trial. If he’s found guilty, I want him punished. But show me that shred of evidence first or I’m going back to bed.

Mr. Schaefer doesn’t want President Obama punished. It’s just that he’s obligated to say that. Further, Schaefer’s complaints about President Trump point to the fact that the MSM hates digging into the Democrats’ misconduct. Tara Reade is just the latest example of the MSM’s disinterest.

When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp reopened Georgia’s economy on April 24, pundits galore criticized him. Kemp was even criticized by President Trump and Sean Hannity. Almost a month later, those pundits are lucky that they aren’t dining on crow.

On April 20, former journalist Ron Fournier urged readers on Twitter to “mark this day” and wrote that “two and three weeks from now, the Georgia death toll is blood on [Kemp’s] hands.”

Fournier isn’t the only pundit eating crow:

“Atlantic” writer Amanda Mull claimed Georgia was engaging in “an experiment in human sacrifice,” while numerous pundits and public officials insisted that the state would soon see a skyrocketing body count due to a second wave of the disease.

It’s time to admit that letting people back outside while insisting on proper social distancing is the fastest path to economic recovery. Gretchen “the Witch’ Whitmer’s orders aren’t working. DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s plan wasn’t working in Minnesota. Now he’s been forced into reversing himself and reopening. J.B. Pritzker’s restrictions haven’t helped Illinois reopen.

By comparison, Georgia and Florida are bright shining examples of Republican governors’ successes. This headline wasn’t unusual at the time:

Coronavirus is ravaging New York, and Florida could be next. Are we ready?

Gov. DeSantis implemented a plan that a) focused on protecting the elderly first, b) didn’t shut down Florida’s economy and c) let people get outside while employing proper social distancing. This should be the blueprint for the entire nation. Pundits ridiculed the Department of Homeland Security when DHS announced that COVID germs died much faster when exposed to sunlight. Those discredited pundits aren’t laughing anymore.

The other thing that needs to be highlighted is the fact that Democrat governors haven’t done their jobs. In Pennsylvania, Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf won’t let rural counties open even though the only deaths in those counties happened in LTC facilities. It’s like these Democrats are intentionally attempting to keep the economy struggling as much as possible. It’s like the Democrats are taking their marching orders from Bill Maher:

Democrats must think that they can get away with cheering for a painful recession. That won’t work. Cheering against the US is unpatriotic and won’t work. This article highlights the difference between Andrew Cuomo, who got tons of great press, and Ron DeSantis, who got criticized for breathing:

“The death rate in Florida is about three per 100,000. In New York state it’s 27.5 per 100,000. So, [that’s] nine times worse,” he added. “Absolutely tragic [and] totally, totally unnecessary!”

Cuomo failed his constituents. Ditto with Gretchen Whitmer. That’s what happens when you elect incompetent Democrats. Meanwhile, when you elect competent Republicans like DeSantis, South Dakota’s Kristi Noem, Georgia’s Brian Kemp and Iowa’s Kim Reynolds, you have better outcomes.

Based on the HEROES Act, it’s apparent that Nancy Pelosi’s highest priorities are paying off progressive special interest groups and gaining power. Senate Republicans should offer a delete-all amendment to the bill when it gets to the Senate. In fact, they should send the bill to the proper committees of jurisdiction for a proper mark-up.

In that mark-up, they should strip out provisions that would send money to lobbying organizations. Fox Business Network’s David Asman pointed to a provision in the Democrats’ bill that would spend money “on 501(c)(6) organizations with less than 300 employees.” Asman then noted that many lobbying firms are registered as 501(c)(6) organizations. Then he noted that none of those organizations have 300 or more employees.

Later, Asman pointed out that the HEROES Act has money in it for “associations that represent associations.” There’s a provision in the Democrats’ HEROES Act that would give the federal government control of federal elections while taking that authority away from local governments. That’s the first step to making mail-in ballots the law of the land.

These are just some of the disgusting provisions in the Democrats’ bailout bill.

Pelosi noted that governors across the country are “planning their budgets,” and could be forced to “cut services and/or raise taxes.” “The Congress of the United States must honor its responsibility to the American people to lessen the blow of the coronavirus by making the serious investment of The Heroes Act to our state, local, tribal and territorial governments,” she wrote. “The plan that we are voting on today will make a tremendous difference not only in the budgets of the states but in the lives of the American people: their public health, the education of our children, the sanitation so important to defeating the virus, with the support of so many essential workers.”

It would bail out public employee unions pension funds. No thanks with that. The Democrats’ bill would spend money on local government aid, aka LGA. That doesn’t buy down property taxes, like Democrats in Minnesota dishonestly insist. Instead, that money is used to pay for stupid things like artistic drinking fountains. (Minneapolis did that about a decade ago. Back then, they spent $500,000 on 8 artistic drinking fountains.)

Those cities have spent money on other idiotic things, too. Minneapolis cut police officers and firefighters but bragged about keeping their bike trail coordinator on the payroll. Rather than spending money foolishly on these types of things, We The People should force cities and counties to spend money on core functions first before allowing them to spend a penny on artistic drinking fountains and bike trail coordinators. If they have to change their charter to tie the hands of their city councilmembers, that’s fine. I’m totally ok with We The People micromanaging city government. About 7 minutes into this video, Kellyanne Conway positively torches Pelosi: