Usher’s News & Analysis for May 20, 2020

“In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately 9 feet of water,” Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Tuesday evening. “We are anticipating an historic high water level.”

“There is flooding throughout the entire county. Many roads have washed away,” the Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook.

Michigan Dams Fail; Thousands Evacuated as Waters Rush Downstream

This article advocates publitizing (the opposite of privatizing) the Internet.

We Should Own the Internet

How Bill Gates Controls Global Messaging and Censorship

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill that stops farm foreclosures until Dec. 1 for farmers struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic who elect to take part in creditor mediation.

Minnesota Governor Signs Bill Aiding Farmers Facing Foreclosure

It’s worse than I thought, and I thought it was bad.

“The pandemic has made clear to everyone what low-wage workers have known for years—the social safety net in the United States has gaping holes that cause suffering for hard-working people and their families and communities,” said Catherine Fisk, a professor at UC Berkeley Law School who focuses on labor and employment law.

‘No One Will Help, No One Will Listen’: Workers Impacted By COVID-19 Outbreak Describe Struggle For Unemployment Benefits

The ruling orders “a competent person of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine who conducts procedural management in criminal proceedings No. 62020000000000236 dated February 24, 2020 to enter information into the Unified register of pre-trial investigations … a summary of facts that may indicate the commission of a criminal offense under Paragraph 2 of Article 343 of the Criminal procedure code of Ukraine on criminal proceedings No. 62020000000000236 dated February 24, 2020, namely: information on interference in the activities of the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Shokin, Viktor Mykolaiovych performed by citizen of the United States of America Joseph Biden, former U.S. Vice President.”

Ukraine judge orders Joe Biden be listed as alleged perpetrator of crime in prosecutor’s firing

A couple of important details are missing from the next article. Shortly after Shokin was fired, the investigation into Burisma was dropped. Also, Shokin was clamping down on Zlochevsky. That’s when Biden turned up the heat on Poroshenko to fire Shokin.

Phone Calls Between Biden And Ukraine’s Poroshenko Leaked; Details $1 Billion “Quid Pro Quo” To Fire Burisma Prosecutor

They miss the point in the following video. Businesses that can offer people jobs will do it. Anyone offered a job who is on unemployment has to take the job (with some exceptions) or lose the unemployment benefit. Therefore, the extra $600 is not going to hold anything back at all. It’s going to continue putting money into the hands of those with the greatest propensity to spend it, which is exactly what the economy will need to recover quickly. Helping businesses to recapitalize at the same time will magnify the recovery. It’s not an either-or proposition.

Saagar is citing bad stats. Unemployment without the $600 is woefully inadequate. That’s why people don’t do as well on it versus being employed. The extra $600 helps a great deal in most regions of the country. It’s not enough where the cost of living is extremely high, and workers do need to live near the jobs, many of which involve servicing the rich in those expensive to live areas.

I’m not suggesting that protecting payrolls wouldn’t have been better, but let’s not forget that unemployment has been extended to the self-employed too. Cutting the $600 prematurely will leave them in a free fall before the economy is ready to support them.

Krystal and Saagar: Swing state Dems ally with populists in shot across bow at Pelosi