Castro, Congress, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discussed on Primary Ride Home


Please tweet at me picks or it did not happen. Just search for primary ride home on the Spotify app or browse podcasts, under the your library tab and follow me. So you never miss an episode of primary ride home on Spotify. Thanks to Spotify, for sponsoring the primary ride home. And while we're on the topic of people pledging to do a thing here is a quick follow up over the past few weeks. I've reported on various efforts by the primary candidates to get a single debate focused on the issue of climate change. Well yesterday, Joe Biden became the fifteenth candidate to endorse that idea in a story from the Washington Post by David Weigel, we this classic paragraph, quote, that's a we should be doing the former vice president told a Greenpeace activists on a rope line. I'm all in, man. Take a look at what I'm talking about. And by the way, the first climate change plan and the history of the congress, Biden end quote, now that is swagger. There is no other news, yet on this front, the NC canoe by its stance that it will not hold single issue debates in general much less on the issue of climate change. But it is certainly notable at the highest polling candidate is now officially on board with the idea. In the Washington Post yesterday, James Hohmann, went deep on the candidates, so-called walkup songs. These are those songs candidates choose to have played while they walk on stage. And they were on full display on Sunday when we had nineteen candidates in one place, that gave us a great chance to see which songs each candidate shows, if you have any interest in music, I really think you should read this article, there's a Lincoln, the show notes, of course, to get a deeper, look and listen into this. But I do want to highlight a few of the walkup songs stuck out to me. Okay. First off Senator Kirsten gillibrand chose the song good as hell by Liz. Oh, so, look, here's a pro tip from me, if you ever have the chance to see Liz, oh, perform live. You do that. You do what you need to do to get yourself to Eliza show, because it will make you a better person. It happened to me, and that's why I'm telling you all right? Let me read from the peace, a quote from gillibrand. Spokeswoman Meredith Kelly, quote, Liz, oh, is a bad ass time. It again models female. Empowerment, and the beauty and being yourself. We love her music and message of acceptance, and nobody is better at pumping you up before a big speech, and quote, and next up better rock shows, the song, clampdown, by the clash, this was their second single off the Alban London calling from nineteen seventy nine. In other words, a moderately deep cut from very well known punk record from forty years ago, and oddly enough, New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio also picked a track off the same record but he's using the song Rudy can't fail while a person stays music has literally nothing to do with their policy positions. I do think it's kinda funny that there is disproportionate. Representation for one aging punk record in this field, and a few more tracks. That seemed very on brand to me. Senator Elizabeth Warren shows, Dolly Parton classic song. Nine to five Senator comma, Harris shows work that by Mary, J Blige and mayor Buddha. Judge chose high hopes by panic. At the disco. So check out the link in the show notes because the article a good job explaining what these songs are that is really handy. If you're not familiar with a certain genre of music, and also, the article explains why the candidates chose them. There are some historical context to, including a mention of Clinton's use of Fleetwood MAC's song. Don't stop way back in ninety two which actually managed to get the band back together for a while. And last up today over the weekend Hooghly on Castro went to Flint, Michigan rather than attending that giant Iowa event, like most other candidates, by the way, that makes him the first candidate to visit Flint during this campaign cycle while there, he toured farmers markets, churches and spoke to locals about their seemingly endless issues with unsafe drinking water, which is currently still tainted with lead. And then on Monday, he proposed a plan to deal with lead in American homes and water supplies. This makes Castro the first candidate in this field to tackle that particular issue with a policy proposal and that plan is both comprehensive and easy to understand. I Castro says he would quote, convene a presidential task force on lead in communities charged with eliminating lead poisoning. As a major public health threat, and coordinating, the interagency response in partnership with state and local governments, and quote, at the same time, he would ask congress to appropriate five billion dollars. A year for ten years in order to deal with lead remediation, that's in things like paint and soil and lead pipes in communities that are most affected. Obviously Flint would be on that list. But Castro also calls for national assessment of the threat level in various communities. So at least we would all know what we're dealing with Castro also calls for a home lead safety tax credit, which he doesn't offer a bunch of details on, but apparently that would provide tax breaks for people looking to do remediation work in their own homes along the same lines. He calls for stricter laws around the sales of homes built before nineteen seventy eight so that new owners actually have data on whether the home contained substantial amounts of lead paint or lead piping or even lead contamination in the soil around the home, which is by the way, a genuine concern if you have kids playing in your yard or if you were growing food in lead, teen to soil, and beyond all that Castro calls for a variety of specific proposals on testing children's lead level. Nls and providing healthcare and interventions to help kids who have dangerous levels. Okay. So this is policy and has always I ask, what would it cost and how would Castro pay for it? Well, it is unclear what the total cost is there like I said, he does mention having congress appropriate five billion dollars a year for ten years. We're looking at least fifty billion dollars there later in the policy. A different point mentions one hundred million dollars a year on an ongoing basis to help kids he doesn't total up the numbers or give costs for each proposal. He makes I assume those two are the biggest costs involved now on the paying for aside, Castro suggests changing, how federal disaster funding is used, for instance, he says the Flint water crisis should qualify as a disaster and thus at the existing federal budget for natural disasters should be made available to deal with human made disasters. He also talks about public private partnerships to drive innovation. But again, does not offer. Details on what that might. Cost or bring in. So I would like to see some more math here. But to be totally fraying..

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