Both Sides of the Aisle – Natalie Gochnour is joined on The Right by John Dougall, Utah State Auditor, and on The Left by Shireen Ghorbani, former Salt Lake County Council member. They discuss President Biden’s visit to Japan, Biden’s comments indicating an abrupt break with the U.S. policy towards Taiwan, the White House later walking back those comments, monkeypox, the efforts to mitigate the baby formula shortage and the horrific mass shooting of an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas*. They also discuss a federal judge reinstituting Title 42 blocking refugees at U.S. borders, a poll on recession concerns, Trump and Romney Republicans, Gov. Cox’s idea to eliminate or reduce fare to alleviate gas prices and looking ahead to the summer of 2022.
*Correction: Since the recording of this episode the death toll of the Uvalde, Texas shooting is now 19 students, two teachers, the shooter and his grandmother.
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“Do more”? If Natalie or Shireen has a specific gun policy proposal, that would be great. As soon as it gets to something specific like red flag laws we can have a defined and useful discussion, but if we keep things vague and emotional and demand that politicians “do something”, that doesn’t help the issues at hand. It keeps them vague, emotional, and divisive.