Dr. Fauci To Throw First Pitch On Washington Nationals Opening Day
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top infectious disease expert who’s a large contributor to the nation’s response to the pandemic of COVID-19, will be throwing the first pitch on Opening Day for the Washington Nationals baseball team Thursday, according to the team.
“The Washington Nationals are thrilled to announce that Nat’s super-fan Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has accepted our invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day,. Thursday July 23,” an official statement read.
The statement continued, “Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title.”
But Fauci, who has long advocated for lockdowns, social distancing, and has flip-flopped on the efficacy of mask-wearing, was quickly criticized for the upcoming event by some on social media. Moreover, Fauci said of a football season starting up again that it couldn’t be done “unless players are essentially in a bubble.” It’s unclear if he will be throwing the first pitch from inside a bubble.
Some critics pointed to the fact that the President of the country historically throws the first pitch, suggesting the team may have dodged an offer to President Trump for Fauci.
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Texas Gov Abbott aims to eliminate property taxes: ‘we must dream big’
Three Texas Republican leaders, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dade Phelan say they have made reducing property taxes towards elimination is a legislative priority.
They say it is possible, thanks to the significant economic growth the states has experienced. On Friday, Abbott reiterated to state representatives that the end goal isn’t just to reduce property taxes, but to eliminate them.
“How should we approach it? We must go big,” Abbot said, after having “called a special legislative session directing the legislature to pass a property tax relief bill solely through compression, on Tuesday, the Senate and House passed separate and different bills and remain at a standstill” reports Just The News. “We must dream big. You’ve got to dream it and then you’ve got to do it” he added.
“In Texas, we don’t do things half-heartedly,” he said. “We go big, and we make sure we accomplish our big vision. Texans want to own their property, not rent it from the government. Under my property tax plan, we will put Texans on the pathway to eliminate property taxes.”
The three leaders also all agreed to dedicate roughly half of the $33 billion surplus, $17 billion, to provide property tax relief. The money is already appropriated, Abbott said. “Now we just need to decide how we are going to cut those property taxes.”
Abbott’s response to critics who said his approach isn’t feasible, is that it in fact is doable: “Texas has the number one fastest growing economy in the United States of America. Our economy is now more than $2.3 trillion a year.
“We’re trying to spend $17 billion out of an economy that produces $2.3 trillion a year. That’s .007% of our whole GDP, less than one-tenth of one percent. We can do it.”
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