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Liz Peek’s article highlights Joe Biden’s substantive difficulties, especially with his proposed tax increases. In the article, Peek writes “The left-leaning Tax Policy Center estimates that Biden’s proposed tax hikes will mean a loss of income for all Americans, including those in the lowest-earning groups, since higher corporate taxes lead to lower wages. The TPC estimates that ‘For low- and middle-income households, the reduction in wages and investment income would, on average, more than offset the effects of Biden’s new tax credits’. Is that a desirable outcome?”

Economics has never been Biden’s strong suit. Forcing him to answer multiple questions about his tax plan might expose Biden’s weakness to suburban voters. Suburban voters have experienced wage increases during the pre-pandemic Trump economy. Will they vote for a candidate who’s promising tax hikes?

Another topic that’s scheduled to be talked about is “race and violence in our cities.” Here’s another paragraph from Peek’s article:

For instance, a recent poll showed that 68% of Black families are in favor of school choice. Campaigning in February, Biden claimed not to be a “fan” of charter schools. His unity task force platform reiterates Democrats’ opposition to “private school vouchers and other?policies that divert taxpayer-funded resources away from the public school system.”

President Trump is pushing hard for expanding school choice. How much of an effect will that topic have on minority voters? This is what he said Friday in Virginia:

There’s little doubt that Biden will criticize him for being a liar. If/when that happens, President Trump’s sharpest reply would be to highlight his signing the First Step Act into law, then asking Biden why he and Barack didn’t get that done. That would highlight Biden’s do-nothing DC career, which made him the perfect VP.

Last night on FNC, Juan Williams and Dana Perino were guests on the Democracy 2020 special hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. One of the topics that the hosts brought up was the expectations game. Frankly, the segment was a waste of time for information-oriented people looking for pertinent information. That segment was more of a ‘shiny object’ segment than informational segment.

Let’s ignore the made-for-TV subjects and think about what’s important. Instead of watching for who met or exceeded expectations Tuesday night, I’ll pay attention for whether Joe Biden’s answers get less coherent during the final half of the debate. Also, I’ll pay attention to whether Biden loses his temper when President Trump brings up the Hunter Biden scandal. Will Biden actually defend Hunter or will he insinuate that this is just another Trump attempt to distract attention away from COVID?

What’s most important to me is whether President Trump compares his lengthy list of economic and foreign policy successes to Joe Biden’s list of hurting African-American families through the 1994 Crime Bill or by not getting the First Step Act passed to help African-Americans. I’ll watch to see if President Trump is able to highlight the Platinum Plan.

If President Trump gets to highlight the Platinum Plan, that will be a major breakthrough for his campaign because a) Biden doesn’t have a plan to lift black families out of poverty or b) start minority-owned businesses. The Platinum Plan also offers school choice to black families.

Since President Trump just introduced the Platinum Plan this past Friday, the debate would be the perfect time to let the entire nation know about it. Biden is certain to criticize President Trump as a racist. If/when that happens, President Trump’s best rejoinder would be to rattle off the main selling points of the plan:

  1. increase access to capital
  2. fuel Black owned businesses
  3. cut taxes
  4. increase education opportunities (aka school choice)
  5. lower the cost of healthcare
  6. further criminal justice reform
  7. make Juneteenth a National Holiday
  8. prosecute the KKK and ANTIFA as terrorist organizations
  9. make lynching a national hate crime.

I’m betting Biden isn’t prepared to reply to those specifics. If Biden accuses President Trump of being a racist, President Trump should then ask Biden what his plan for improving African-Americans’ lives is, then ask him why he didn’t enact it during his first 40 years in politics. That would likely stop Biden dead in his tracks.

Perils of Going to School
By Ramblin’ Rose

Perils of Going to School
By Ramblin’ Rose

Experts, including pediatricians, and some politicians encourage the return to personal instruction for our nation’s youth in the classroom. Some politicians and many teachers demand that only distance learning occur. Many school districts have chosen one or the other, while other districts have created “hybrid” programs that appear to challenge even a professional scheduler.

It befuddles one to find the logic (other than fewer bodies in a building on any given day) of attending school one to four days per week but never five. How do working parents adjust to such schedules? How will students know when to go and what to have prepared? Schools (K-16) have tried A/B days, rotating schedules (morning vs. afternoon), six classes out of seven meeting every day on a rotational basis with less than desired results.

While parents, students, and administrators should employ caution in making the best decisions for the children and the community, there are news articles that are just as frightening as the virus. Teachers have actually published their fears that parents and community members may actually be able to observe the digital classes and learn of the indoctrination programs in contemporary curricula. Much of that propaganda has remained in the classroom when only the students attended classes.

Last spring, Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet called homeschooling “dangerous.” Her claim was “the lack of regulation on homeschooling poses a danger to children, because it risks depriving them of an adequate education….”

An adequate education? By whose standards?

While it is no surprise that others share her viewpoint, it is alarming that the leftists are not making any attempt to hide their disdain for families and family values and for their belief for secrecy and authoritarianism.

Matthew Key, an English instructor at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, bemoaned his loss of “what happens here stays here” ideology. He wrote:

“While conversation about race are in my wheelhouse, and remain a concern in this no-walls environment, I am most intrigued by the damage that ‘helicopter/snowplow’ parents can do in the host conversations about gender/sexuality. And while ‘conservative’ parents are my chief concern, I know that the damage can come from the left too. If we are engaged in the messy work of destabilizing a kid’s racism or homophobia or transphobia, how much do we want their classmates’ parents piling on?”

He is not alone in his fears. Across the country, teachers have marched with placards about not being able to teach from a grave; some have brought body bags to their “protests.” After this admonition from Mr. Key and some who responded to his posts, as well as the posts that educators have placed on Facebook, one wonders if their fear is for their personal well-being or for the discovery of their efforts to warp the minds of our young people. (Given the age of the anarchists in the streets destroying our cities this summer, one knows from their actions that the progressive agenda has been widely disseminated across postsecondary campuses with the desired results—hate for America and its freedoms.

President Trump is totally correct. The money should follow the child as the parents decide the place and type of education that they choose for their child/children. Unfortunately, federal funding accounts for only about 7%. State and local taxes provide the rest, and liberals will continue to fund and cry for increased funding for public schools. The teachers are already demanding “hazardous-duty pay” and “front-line workers.”

It is a dark time in the USA when public employees call parents “dangerous interlopers and intrusive outsiders.” We were warned that socialists/Marxists/communists would take over the country by brainwashing our children. We did not pay attention.

This article reports about the dispute between embattled Gov. Tim Walz and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. According to the article, “Ahead of a private meeting between the two on Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz’s office issued a stern letter admonishing the Senate Majority Leader for not taking a greater role in the state’s COVID-19 response, after repeated criticism from Republicans over the governor’s continued use of emergency powers.”

Tim Walz and the DFL own the damage done by his shutdown policies. The House DFL majority has kept Gov. Walz’s Peacetime Emergency Powers intact. They’ve voted against shutting those powers off each time a special session is called. The House DFL majority isn’t interested in declaring the emergency over. I don’t understand why they don’t.

According to KSTP 5 At Issue, the monthly reports are definitely improving. According to their reporting 12 people died as a result of COVID in March, 331 died as a result of COVID in April, with 696 dying in May (the peak), followed by 401 in June, 159 in July, followed by 217 in August. I can’t wait to hear Gov. Walz and the House DFL explain how 2 months of COVID deaths (July, August) is smaller than a single month (June). Further, I’d love hearing Gov. Walz explain how the peak was reached in May but we’re still in a crisis. BTW, my trusty calculator says that the total amount of deaths in July and August is just 54% of the deaths in May.

The first thing Republicans will do if they hold the Senate and retake the majority in the House is end Gov. Walz’s autocratic rule of the state. Further, they should vote to open indoor restaurants and change the rules on indoor seating. About 4 minutes into this video, Sen. Gazelka puts a heavy burden on Gov. Walz:

Sen. Gazelka said “I think it’s serious. I think we should take it serious but at the same time, we have to measure all these businesses closing, kids not in school. What are we gonna do about those issues as well?”

The DFL is in trouble this year. They’re running ads saying that their candidates will vote to keep your health care. What they aren’t talking about is whether they’ll vote to send kids back to school. In the suburbs, sending kids back to school is infinitely more important to voters. Further, the DFL won’t get away with saying that they’re for sending kids back to school if it can be done safely. Everyone knows it can be done safely. That line is just thrown in to protect EdMinn teachers. Private and Christian schools are open in other states. Those schools haven’t had anything resembling an outbreak so it can be done safely. Period. Full Stop.

If Gov. Walz and the DFL want to face a hord of angry voters this fall and in 2022, they should just keep doing what they’re doing. Thanks to Gov. Walz’s and the DFL’s mishandling of the COVID crisis while taking us from a surplus to a major deficit while needlessly driving family-run businesses into bankrupty, Gov. Walz and the DFL will get to face that angry mob soon.

I love reading anything written by Jason Whitlock or Clay Travis of Outkick.com. This article by Jason Whitlock is another in his series “dedicated to educating professional athletes on the real agenda and impact of the so-called Black Lives Matter movement.” In the article, Whitlock said “Earlier this week, I renamed BLM, calling it Bigots Love Marxism.”

While athletes shout “Breonna Taylor” or “I can’t breathe”, thinking that they’re making a positive change, they’re actually just getting duped. Instead of raising awareness to an issue, one of these athletes’ favorite buzzwords, they should take a bigger role in improving black lives. According to this article, there are 46 NBA players making more than $25,000,000 a year. Even after eiminating the foreign-born players, there’s still 37 players that fit into that category.

The point is that a group of these players could establish an opportunity scholarship program to get kids out of crappy government schools across the country. They could then give awards to students who used those opportunity scholarships to achieve high GPAs. Another group of players could provide scholarships to HBCUs. That would incentivize students to work hard in school. There’s no down-side in that. Another group could help start businesses in places like Baltimore, Minneapolis and St. Louis, thereby returning capitalism to blighted inner cities.

While they’re doing that, they can tackle police reform, too. If athletes are serious about that, which I think they are, they should pay a visit to Sen. Tim Scott’s office. If they did these things, they’d find President Trump and HUD Secretary Carson fighting right alongside them. They’d also send the unmistakable signal that they’re serious about transforming blighted neighborhoods into prospering neighborhoods. That type of public-private partnership could transform our cities and our economy.

This video is must-see TV for athletes:

The question is whether these athletes want the positive press or whether they want to change neighborhoods for the better.

Trying to figure out Tim Walz’s plan for reopening schools might take weeks. Figuring out whether Gov. Walz is a slave to EdMinn takes much less time. Tim Walz and the DFL essentially are indentured servants to EdMinn. They don’t dare do what’s right for the students. That’s how Gov. Walz and the DFL finished with the plan they’re currently pitching.

David Perry had been waiting for months to learn whether his two middle-­school children will be heading back to their Shoreview school in the fall.

He was still left hanging Thursday after Gov. Tim Walz announced a localized, model-driven approach to opening schools in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Decisions on whether to return to class, continue distance learning, or use some hybrid of both, will depend on the number of COVID-19 cases in a given area and a school’s ability to meet health and safety standards. School districts are expected to announce in the coming weeks one of three learning models they will use based on the formula laid out by the administration.

“I don’t feel like I know any more today about what is going to happen in September than I did yesterday, and we’ve been building up to this big announcement,” said Perry, whose son has Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. The family needs more time to plan for his education. “I don’t feel I’m any closer to understanding what’s going to happen with my kids or my work schedule,” Perry said.

Tim Walz is the anti-science governor. The DFL is his enabler. For months, child care centers have been operating safely. Despite facing the same hurdles, Tim Walz and the DFL can’t figure out how to safely return students to schools. (Perhaps we should put child care operators in charge of reopening schools. I’m only partially kidding.)

DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman said she was pleased that Walz also announced plans to pump an additional $250 million of coronavirus relief funding into classrooms as they prepare for new social distancing measures. Among them will be a requirement for those who return to the classroom to wear masks. “Our districts need additional resources to provide the high-quality education we expect while keeping Minnesotans safe,” Hortman said.

Why isn’t the DFL pushing Gov. Walz to make classrooms safe so students can return to school? Why hasn’t the DFL admitted that students aren’t at risk, that the only people who might be at risk are older teachers? Instead, Gov. Walz and the DFL put together a plan that Einstein would have difficulty deciphering.

At the start of this clip, Gov. Walz tells a whopper:

This is a localized, data-driven approach to make sure that school districts where it is physically possible to teach our students, we will do that.

The matrix put together by the Walz administration has tons of caveats in it. That’s foolish. Students, especially grade school students, don’t transmit the virus. This isn’t opinion. It’s the finding of Dr. Scott Atlas of the Hoover Institution:

On Good Morning San Diego, Dr. Atlas said we are one of the only countries that is not planning to reopen our schools. “The data is clear. Whether it’s from Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Spain, the United States, Asia, all over the world, children do not have any serious disease. Children almost never transmit the disease. In fact, Switzerland is contemplating stopping even testing children because it’s irrelevant.”

Continuing, “there is not serious risk of even getting the illness. But that’s not even the point here, I want to go even further. By now, we know who is at risk. K-12 teachers in the United States, half of them are under 41 years of age, they’re not at risk. 82% are under 55-years-old, if there is a handful, which there are, teachers in the high-risk category, don’t they know how to protect themselves with their so called 6-feet spacing and mask rules? And if they’re still afraid, even if they don’t want to do that, then they can teach from home. I don’t understand why they have to lock up schools.”

The statistics point in one direction. The statistics show that students, especially younger students, aren’t transmitters of COVID. The point isn’t to wait until the virus is gone. The policy should be to mitigate as much of the risk as possible. That points to making things like plexiglass walls in classrooms standard to eliminate what little risk there is for teachers.

Finally, the CDC has spoken definitively about reopening schools. According to Paul Peterson and Scott Atlas, it’s long overdue. In their Hill op-ed, they wrote “At long last, and maybe too late, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on ‘The Importance of Reopening Americans Schools this Fall.’ After issuing warnings about potential risks to children all spring and early summer, the CDC acknowledged what has been known throughout the world for months, that ‘COVID-19 poses relatively low risks to school aged children. … So far in this pandemic, deaths of children are less than in each of the last five flu seasons.'”

Next, they wrote “That couples with the CDC’s observation that ‘for children (0-17 years), cumulative COVID-19 hospitalization rates are lower than cumulative influenza hospitalization rates during recent influenza seasons.’ Moreover, ‘the rate of infection … from students to teachers has been low.'” In other words, the things that Nancy Pelosi recently said about protecting children was Democrat fear mongering. She should be ridiculed in public endlessly.

The best way to punish Pelosi is by defeating Democrat House members this November and installing a GOP majority in the House.

Despite the CDC’s declaration, DC government schools will begin the year virtually. Democrats admit having failed the students:

Students who do not have Internet access or a computer at home will be provided with the necessary technology, the mayor’s office said. Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said D.C. had been collecting data from more than 13,000 respondents and found 44 percent of students do not have access to a device at home.

How can half of DC’s students succeed without having a device capable of connecting to the internet? That’s like saying DC has schools that don’t have running water. But I digress.

We know from research and simple common sense that these measures will seriously degrade the children’s educational experience. For one, masked teachers can hardly be effective: They will be hard to hear, difficult to understand and challenging to interpret when their facial expressions cannot be seen. For students, masks are hot, stuffy and uncomfortable, the very circumstances that compromise learning. Masking will likely adversely affect the quality of the teaching force, the people who are crucial for a child’s education.

Then there’s this:

Gov. Newsom says the damage from closed schools can be curtailed by online instruction. Virtual learning is better than no education at all, certainly. But several studies have found that students who attend virtual schools perform worse than students in brick-and-mortar schools. One study comparing the achievement of charter school students found that the consequences of attending a virtual school were “uniformly and profoundly negative.”

It’s time for politicians to stop interfering with the scientists. Scientists are trying to tell parents that opening schools is safe.

It’s apparent that St. Paul and Minneapolis teachers don’t want to return to traditional classrooms this fall. If that’s what they prefer, they should be fired. This article reports that “Twin Cities educators on Friday called on Gov. Tim Walz to delay a return to in-person instruction in the fall, saying the risks of reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic are too great.”

That’s BS according to Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Dr. Atlas had “an I-told-you-so-moment” recently during this interview:

During that “I-told-you-so-moment”, Dr. Atlas said “the children have an extremely low risk to this disease, far less than seasonal flu. Number 2, there are massive harms closing schools to the children and those are extremely important, of course, because every policy we do, we must understand the consequences of the policy itself are.”

Later, Dr. Atlas said this:

They have acknowledged that long-distance learning is a failure, that children learn much more in person, from social gatherings, dealing with conflict resolutions, working with groups, that schools provide nutrition…

These teachers just showed their true colors. The risk isn’t “too great.” The younger the student, the less the risk is that they’re a super spreader and the less risk that they’ll get the virus. That’s a verified fact. These teachers are lying. Period. Full stop.

If Gov. Walz caves to Education Minnesota, which is definitely possible, he should be thrown out of office after one term. Putting EdMinn’s wishes ahead of these students’ needs is unforgiveable. It’s quite possible because EdMinn is a subsidiary of the DFL.

This is dishonesty at its most disgusting:

The St. Paul and Minneapolis teachers unions organized a march from J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School to the governor’s residence. Walking alongside parents and students, some carried signs that read “I can’t teach from a grave” and “Exactly how many dead kids is acceptable?”

Thus far, 1 child has died in Minnesota of COVID. As for the “I can’t teach from a grave” sign, I’ll just say that the students might be better off if they didn’t have these teachers. Minnesota, in my estimation, would be far better off without Gov. Walz and the DFL majority in the House.

While testifying to the House Committee on Administration, Newt Gingrich showed that he’s still part history teacher, part patriot and part constitutionalist. It isn’t surprising to me that his list of accomplishments as Speaker is lengthy and impressive. Speaker Gingrich is still one of the most impressive intellects of our time.

During Speaker Gingrich’s testimony, Speaker Gingrich started with a lesson on the Constitution, then transitioned to a civics teacher before finishing as a school principal admonishing disobedient students. Specifically, I want to focus on Speaker Gingrich’s role of admonishing Congress.

Specifically, Speaker Gingrich called out Congress essentially for being elitists and wimps:

Our national anthem says we are “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Our Founding Fathers risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to defend freedom. The Civil War generation lost 630,000 Americans fighting for the Union and to end slavery. The Greatest Generation went across the planet risking its lives to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. By the way, through all these events, Congress met in person.

Now, we are told that our members of the House are too precious to risk their lives by coming to Washington.

To these members I would say: If freedom isn’t worth the risk, quit the Congress. Someone with more courage will replace you in a special election. The emotion driving the proposal for remote voting is an expression of a kind of cowardice I would never have expected to see in America.

Ms. Pelosi, like Democrat governors Whitmer, Walz, Pritzker and Inslee, likes being in total control. The thought that Democrats voted to vote from their districts isn’t surprising, though it is wimpy. Across the way on Capitol Hill, the Senate is meeting regularly and getting lots of things done. They’re confirming judges and holding Intelligence Committee and Judiciary Committee hearings. The Democrat House has gotten things done but only after getting dragged kicking and screaming to do their job.

We are asking children and teachers to go back to school, but House members can’t come to Washington. We are asking truckers to crisscross the country bringing us food and supplies, but their representatives have to hide in fear and vote electronically to avoid risk.

We have young men and women risking their lives all across the planet to protect freedom, but their elected leaders can’t risk being in a room with immediate access to doctors and remarkably little risk of anything bad happening.

I am embarrassed for this House that such a proposal could even get to a hearing.

Let’s be clear about something. If average citizens can function safely in a Walmart, Congresscritters should be able to figure out a way to function on Capitol Hill. The routine is simple. Wash hands frequently, stay socially distanced, cough into your shirt rather than across a room and finally, don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands. If the House can’t figure that out, then we need a different Speaker and a different (GOP) majority.

Here is Speaker Gingrich’s opening statement:

Saying that Nancy Pelosi stepped in it when she said that President Trump is “messing with the health of our children” with push to open schools is understatement. That statement, according to this interview of Scott Atlas, is a whopper. In the interview, Dr. Atlas said “I think we have a different scale because that’s just completely wrong and contrary to all the science. And when I say all the science, I’m talking about signs all over the world not just in the United States but Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Asia.”

Atlas then continued to bury Ms. Pelosi with scientific information:

But I think the most important thing of all, well, the other — there’s two points that I want to make. One is that teaching is a young profession. In the United States half the teachers are 40 or less and a quarter of them are under 30. Ninety percent are under 60 in public schools.

They have almost zero risk from this and for those high risk teachers, which there are some, if they believe in masks and social distancing, don’t think they know how to do that by now, and if they’re still afraid to do their job, why can’t they teach from a distance? If they think social distancing works, teach in a class, if they think a distance learning works, teach from home.

But the problem here and this the biggest point of all, I never hear anyone talk about the harms of closing schools. The harms are against the children. Anyone who prioritizes children would open the schools. That’s just counterfactual to say that, you know, the children are not the risk or, you know, were at risk here.

If President Trump had said that schools should be kept closed, Pelosi would’ve complained that he’s against learning or something else. The part that’s most sickening is that everything is about gaining political advantage with Ms. Pelosi. Apparently, the truth is irrelevant to Ms. Pelosi. There’s still some things she does well in her Speaker duties but she isn’t the Speaker.

The Mob has given her their marching orders and she’s obediently following their orders. Axios is part of that Mob. In their article, they write:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ aggressive push to fully reopen schools this fall is “malfeasance and dereliction of duty,” accusing the Trump administration of “messing with the health of our children.”

Why it matters: Trump has demanded that schools reopen as part of his efforts to juice the economy by allowing parents to return to work, despite caution from health officials that little is known about how the virus impacts children.

Even with the coronavirus outbreak spiraling out of control in several states, Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from schools that choose not to reopen and claimed Democrats want to keep schools closed past November for political reasons.

Thank God for impartial reporting. (Just kidding.) Axios apparently can’t afford to hire a doctor to confirm whether Ms. Pelosi’s statements are true or if they’re wildly imaginative. Thankfully, FNC is able to afford someone qualified on the subject. Dr. Atlas pounds home the falsity of Ms. Pelosi’s statements in this interview:

Dr. Atlas’ logic and data is straightforward. Ms. Pelosi’s statements are disgusting, frankly. She’s a liar of similar magnitude as Adam Schiff. With ‘leadership’ like Ms. Pelosi’s, it isn’t surprising that the Democrats have such little use for the truth.