|Both men were pitching autoworkers to vote for them; Trump’s comments just rubbed much of the media the wrong way because of how blatant his ploys for votes are. The United Auto Workers should “endorse Trump,” he added at one point, pledging to save the American auto industry and prevent jobs from going overseas. “If they don’t all they’re doing is committing suicide.”
Biden’s comments, though they may play well with picketing workers, discount the complex decision making that goes on behind the scenes; surely these companies aren’t abstaining from sharing wealth with workers solely because their ranks are filled with greedy execs, but also because those people have a mandate to ensure the companies’ survival and ability to be competitive with increasingly-dominant electric vehicle manufacturers.
In 2016, Trump won Michigan. But in 2020, he lost the state by roughly 154,000 votes. His speeches have, of late, been filled with barbs for Biden and his electric vehicle subsidies. “The damn things don’t go far enough and they’re too expensive,” Trump said of EVs. “Gasoline engines will be allowed” if he’s elected again, and “sex changes for children will be banned,” he added right after. The state of politics in 2023!
All tomorrow’s shutdowns: Though it will show weakness, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (D–Calif.), faced with no good options, is expected to bring the stopgap bill to a vote even though it is unlikely to pass. If it indeed fails to pass, the government will shut down. McCarthy’s logic reportedly stems from the idea that bringing it to a vote will at least make it look like he did everything in his power to avert a government shutdown.
With the far-right flank of the House still dissatisfied by the amount of government spending in both earlier appropriations bills and the stopgap measures (which could fund the government until mid-November, allowing legislators time to decide on more permanent solutions) McCarthy has no clear path forward. More on McCarthy’s mounting losses.
As for the government shutdown? Lots of services deemed essential will continue to be administered—Social Security checks and food stamps will continue to be issued, for example—but national parks will close to visitors and air travel could get worse.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein dies at 90: “From her perch in the Senate, Feinstein was a habitual enemy of the Second Amendment, a hysterical drug warrior, and an unfailing defender of government surveillance,” wrote Reason‘s C.J. Ciaramella back in February when news broke that Feinstein, a Democratic senator from California, would not seek reelection in 2024. Condolences to her family.