Giant Steps

As The Far Middle episode 110 takes the field on June 28th, Nick goes back to today in 1957 for this episode’s sports dedication. Nick recounts the giant steps the Cincinnati Reds’ fans took to secure eight players in the 1957 All-Star Game starting lineup, and Commissioner Ford Frick’s move to overrule the ballot process and insert Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Stan Musial into the National League’s starting nine.

Nick moves from the diamond to journalism bias as the “Fauci Focus” Far Middle segment emerges for an encore performance. Nick comments on emails from the editor-in-chief of the journal “Science” to Dr. Fauci. Nick says the editor’s awe of Dr. Fauci creates two problems no matter what your views are of Dr. Fauci.

“When science gets transformed into ‘The Science,’ it goes from a valuable source of sober analysis when setting policy, to a blatant cheerleader for uninformed policy and political leanings,” says Nick, stepping into the episode’s next connection: the EPA’s efforts to wreck the U.S. grid and economy.

Nick calls the EPA’s proposed power sector regulations “insanity from a technical and scientific and engineering suite of perspectives.” The EPA’s intention? Increase the cost of energy, reduce its availability, and force individual choice to go where government and the bureaucrat desire it to go. Nick continues to examine the power sector, highlighting the warnings from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) summer reliability report.

“With all this hyper focus on climate change, some tangible and real epidemics and crises, they continue unabated in America,” says Nick, leading into a discussion on America’s drug epidemic and China’s role. “China has gone about a methodical poisoning of our people.” This leads into a look at the foolishness of how America’s elite set policy, specifically seven giant steps of policy insanity.

Those steps include job loss in the domestic energy and manufacturing sectors, which connects to the U.S. Career Institute’s analysis of which industries will grow/decline the most over the next decade.

While episode 110’s topics vary, Nick explains, “they share a common trait, and that is the failure of the expert class and the exposure of the ineptitude of the elite class—their policies do more societal and economic damage than good.” Nick proceeds to make one more policy connection resulting from ex-Silicon Valley Bank Chief Executive Greg Becker’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. Nick suggests banks think for themselves when it comes to differentiating between what the Federal Reserve lectures and what the market might actually do.

In closing, Nick makes one final connection to June 28, going back to today in 1846 and a patent granted to Belgian inventor and musician Adolphe Sax.