Sunday, June 20, 2021

Bill Crawford: Some Things Just Don't Geehaw

 Some things catch your eye when they don’t seem to geehaw. For example:

Gov. Tate Reeves on CNN State of the Union explained why Mississippi’s COVID-19 vaccination rate of 27% is the lowest in the nation – “We’ve got somewhere probably between a million or so Mississippians that have natural immunity.” These are mostly people he suspects had the virus but failed to get tested.

About the same time State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs told the Associated Press that Mississippi has the lowest vaccination rate because of apathy. “Many people refuse because they think they don’t need it,” the report stated. “It’s part of our health culture,” Dobbs said.


State Attorney General Lynn Fitch and State Auditor Shad White reached a $55 million settlement with Centene, the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the United States, reported Y’all Politics. Centene operates in Mississippi as Magnolia Health. The settlement resolves allegations of overpayments as part of Mississippi’s Medicaid program. In April, Magnolia Health said the state’s claims were unfounded. Two months later Centene settled. In so doing Centene did not admit fault, but paid up and promised “a more transparent relationship.”

As reported by Mississippi Today in May, while state officials continued an investigation into Centene overcharges that began in 2019, the Division of Medicaid moved to extend Centene’s contract for another year without requiring a new bid. Centene is one of three providers of managed health care in the Medicaid program. Centene has also been one of the more prolific financial contributors to Gov. Tate Reeves, “contributing as large as $50,000 at a time to his campaign for a total of more than $200,000,” the news source reported. Medicaid is an agency under the direct authority of the Governor.


Gov. Tate Reeves, House Speaker Philip Gunn and others say eliminating the state personal income tax is needed to boost economic development. “Mississippi needs to make a bold move to attract new businesses and residents,” said Gov. Tate Reeves in proposing to phase out the tax, adding that state’s without income taxes fare better.

Earlier this month a Mississippi Today report questioned that premise, pointing to strong economic growth in DeSoto County despite the state’s tax structure. “DeSoto County is unique in that it has gone head-to-head against an area with no income tax on wages (Tennessee).”


Inflation jumped to 5% for May. “The reading represented the biggest CPI gain since the 5.3% increase in August 2008, just before the financial crisis sent the U.S. spiraling into the worst recession since the Great Depression,” reported CNBC.

In response last week, as reported by Reuters, the Federal Reserve, which has responsibility for controlling inflation, took no action. Fed chairman Jerome Powell said officials started “talking about talking about” taking action sometime in 2023. The Fed sees inflation as “transitory” and expects it to ease by next year.

A friend of mine recently sold his house and intends to build a new one. He and his wife are going to wait until lumber and other building prices come back down.


“And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” – John 8:32.

Crawford is a syndicated columnist from Jackson


5R5P said...

Bill Crawford, using the Lords name in vain since 1983.

Anonymous said...

Tater and Dr. Dobbs need to "do lunch."

Anonymous said...

"...state’s without income taxes fare better."

States with literate teachers do even better than that.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... This article reads like a seizure. Unless his point is to demonstrate that our government sucks at every turn.

I’m so sick of hearing about this vaccine. The statistics are bunk and they know it. My family alone saw negative results with all the symptoms, as well as positives with no symptoms. Some of us didn’t get formally tested because there were mild symptoms present and the spouse or child had tested positive, so we applied common sense. Dobbs has NO IDEA where the public stands on antibodies or why they won’t get vaccinated... he’s hypothesizing. I don’t want the shot. I had the virus with very little symptoms and fully recovered. I understand that some people need the vaccine due to medical conditions, etc. His own science says the vaccine only lessons symptoms, that you can still contract and spread the virus. I do want any citizen that NEEDS it to have access to it, but I don’t want or need it. How does that make me apathetic?

As long as political donations are a thing, there will be gross abuses. It is ridiculous how much is spent politicking and lobbying in our country. The entire country could be income tax free if those dollars were better utilized.

One of the very first lessons I learned in business school was that the most powerful person in the country was the head of the Federal Reserve. I appears he’s preparing to “transition” us right into another recession.

Anonymous said...

Crawford’s first mistake is quoting Mississippi Today as if it were a reputable news source.

Anonymous said...

We're in for another bad winter with this virus in Mississippi. The hospitals are gonna fill up again with people who didn't get vaccinated and we'll all suffer for their negligence. The virus hasn't gone anywhere and will show up late fall/winter again.

Anonymous said...

3:05 pm. Wonder why those who’ve had Cv19 are getting vaccinated 90 days later?

Not worried that even those with “ mild” cases have brains with holes like Swiss cheese?

Ever heard of the mutations or read what’s happening in other countries that you ignored the first go round?

Heard about how younger people are getting hospitalized?

Sounds like you lucked out with low level exposure instead of repeated exposure.

Anonymous said...

@5:11p- Nice try, but please share the actual data and percentages to support your fear-mongering statements.

While you’re at it, share the statistics of actual cases, RECOVERY rates, and deaths.

What I can guarantee you is that for every stat you find, another can be found to contradict it.

Anonymous said...

5:11 PM Science is the work of the devil

So long said...

3:05, I hate it for you, but 5:11 says you're dead this winter. You should have been more respectful and afraid. We will miss you, here.

Anonymous said...

@7:13p- 3:05p here, Thanks, but the great thing is @5:11p and his fear-mongering don’t control my fate, so I ain’t scared. If I’m called home during the winter, I’ll have the hubs drop y’all an update. Otherwise, I’ll be right here eating my plant-based diet and not poisoning my body with “science.”

Yawl - The Gubner Is In The Green Room.. said...

Does Tate think CNN covets his appearances due to his scholarly knowledge and superior presentation skills? Does he even have a remote clue that the reason they 'feature' him is because they consider him a dunce, a Junior Samples representing a 'yee haw' state full of bumpkins? Well, since he hasn't figured that out....Tater, here's your sign.

I'm just waiting for one of them to slip and call him Tater.

Krusatyr said...

Some of the science in here is Bovine Science, BS, but I'd like real scientists to make covid antibody tests available, then data from those results could inform authentic scientific opinions.

Anonymous said...

I had Covid. Relatively mild case as I was not hospitalized. I did not get tested, what was the point? But I lost taste/smell and was buggared for about a week or so.

I’ve donated blood twice and still have the antibodies 8 months out. Why would I get a vaccine? Forget the mountain of questions surrounding the vaccine, I have natural immunity from the virus and variants just as a vaccinated person is supposed to.

Those lemmings that immediately took the vaccine have to constantly justify it, regardless of all the questions and science and lack of science

Anonymous said...

The Covid-19 “vaccine” (actually experimental gene therapy) is like sausage. You don’t ever want to read the list of ingredients.

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