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Sunday News: Arpaio Pardon an Impeachable Offense; Cville Clergy Call for End to “Evil Ideology of White Supremacy”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, August 27. Also, check out the video from last night’s “National Call to Conscience,” which included “a sermon by Rev. William Barber and a call to action by local clergy in Charlottesville, VA, inviting faith communities around the country to join us in rejecting the evil ideology of white nationalism.”

  • Quizzical

    Prepare for potential whiplash injuries as conservative Republicans propose a multi-billion dollar disaster relief bill, with no concern for paying for it.

    I’ve always had a hard time reconciling the right’s philosophical objections to universal health insurance, and their willingness to support government handouts for flood, hurricane, tornado victims. To me there doesn’t seem to be that much difference between losing your house and most of your belongings due to a natural disaster, and being hurt or sick and running up the equivalent amount in medical bills (which if not insured essentially means you will sell your house and most of your belongings to pay the medical bills).

    One difference is that a large natural disaster affects a huge percentage of voters in a state, and thus becomes a political event as the voters demand that their Congress persons and Senators get them some help. Also providing disaster relief seems like a one-time thing, and is a classic constituent service that all politicians want to provide to their voters when needed.

    Getting sick, on the other hand, seems like an individual problem.

    Those differences are illusory from the standpoint of insurance. Natural disasters happen more or less continuously in this country, and we all will become ill at some point.

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