If it wasn’t enough hassle just getting to a flight now-a-days, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg revealed during an ‘Axios on HBO’ interview that the administration is mulling the requirement that all passengers take a COVID test proving they’re negative before boarding any domestic and international flights in the United States.
Seriously? The tests are not always reliable and with multiple effective vaccines being distributed throughout the globe what sense is adding another burdensome regulation to an already burdensome travel situation.
“There’s an active conversation with the CDC right now,” said Buttigieg with regard to the test requirement. “What I can tell you is, it’s going to be guided by data, by science, by medicine, and by the input of the people who are actually going to have to carry this out.”
If we’re considering this test, why not require a medical exam for all communicable diseases before flying anywhere in the world? Wait, we don’t want to give anyone any ideas right. Imagine the long lines? How long before the flight would the test be given in order for a passenger to be cleared? If the test is given days before the flight couldn’t the illness be contracted in between and the passenger could still board the flight infected? Who knows, but I think we’re fine the way we are until otherwise.
What about false-positives? Now, that would be a bummer.
In my opinion, requiring a test before flying is taking it several steps too far. The science shows that wearing the masks and the police state tactics to ensure that those masks are on your face during the flight is doing the trick.
Buttigieg, like many bureaucrats in Washington D.C., believe that the minute they hold a new position of power in the bureaucracy they need to create more paperwork and chaos.
Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing.
For the full interview go to Axios.
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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