A POLITICAL MASTERSTROKE
Over the weekend, President Trump issued four executive orders to help Americans cope with continuing COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus lockdowns. They provide relief from student loan payments and help in avoiding eviction for inability to pay rent and mortgages, a payroll tax deferral through 2020 for employers and workers earning less than $100,000 a year, and an extension of expanded unemployment pay at $400 a week extra, a compromise between the $200 Senate Republicans wanted and the $600 House Democrats wanted.
Democrats such as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi viciously attacked Trump, accusing him of everything from not doing enough or really doing anything at all to violating the Constitution by legislating through executive orders (reminder: these same people fought tooth and nail defending the DACA program that Obama created by executive order after repeatedly admitting he had no Constitutional authority to do so, and that’s just one of numerous examples of his legislating via EO’s, such as the Iran nuclear deal.) And as if it matters anymore whether executive orders are Constitutional (I guess it only matters when the President is a Republican), here’s a Twitter thread by a law professor who doesn’t support Trump or agree with the orders, but who explains why they are constitutional.
I suspect Pelosi and company are really spitting blood because they know Trump has boxed them in big time. Senate Republicans have been trying to get the House Democrats to work with them and pass a relief extension bill, but the Democrats dragged this out as long as possible, making ridiculous partisan demands that had nothing to do with emergency aid, like instituting mail-in voting or abolishing voter ID. If Americans suffered while they fiddled, that was a feature not a bug. Most people can understand that if they'd really cared and worked hard enough, even the math-challenged House Democrats could have arrived at $400 as a compromise between $200 and $600 (well, maybe not AOC.)
Blue state politicians have shut down their economies endlessly because China released a virus on the world, and Democrats are trying to blame Trump for everything from the resulting economic damage to the virus itself. He’s now stepped in and done their job for them yet again, helping Americans and in the same four strokes of his signature, highlighting how the Dems put politics ahead of helping Americans. Whether you agree with the orders or not, they were a political masterstroke. And at least when Trump did something politically advantageous, it helped Americans rather than hurting them.
TOO MUCH INVOLVEMENT NOW?!?
Remember when the big complaint from teachers was that parents weren’t involved enough in what their kids were doing in school? Well, for some teachers, the biggest problem with holding online classes is their fear that parents might be watching and find out just what they’re indoctrinating our kids with.
A Philadelphia teacher let the cat out of the bag by tweeting that “We’ll never be quite sure who is overhearing the discourse,” and that if parents hear what their kids are being told, it will ruin the “safe space” and “what happens here stays here” environment. He wrote that while “damage can come from the left, too,” his main concern is “conservative parents”: “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?”
This sparked so much furious backlash that the teacher made his Twitter account private, but not before the comments had been captured. You can see them at the link, along with one from another teacher who agreed that “parents are dangerous.”
As several of the commenters pointed out, the idea of an adult trying to seal children off and tell them things that they shouldn’t let their parents know about is intensely creepy and a giant alarm bell. In this case, the child abuse it signals is mental abuse. This teacher works at the Science Leadership Academy. How about teaching the kids’ science instead of indoctrinating them into leftist identity group/victimology dogma?
The pandemic has been a terrible curse, but at least it’s opening parents’ eyes to what their kids are being "taught" and why they come home from school spouting leftist propaganda that sounds like their homework assignment was to memorize Bernie Sanders’ presidential platform. No wonder so many parents say they’ve decided to keep on home-schooling. This story confirms the wisdom of that decision.
BLACK NYC COUNCIL MEMBERS OPPOSE DEFUNDING THE POLICE
Sorry to link to the New York Times, which is behind a paywall, but nobody else has this story yet. It’s about several black New York City council members who oppose defunding the NYPD and blast white progressives for pushing it, comparing their harming of black communities by speaking for them to “colonization” and “political gentrification.” They have a point.
FAILED "FACT-CHECKER" NEWS
Failed “Fact Checker” News: Gee, I thought concerns about problems with mail-in voting were a “myth” pushed by Republicans who just want to suppress the votes of loyal Democratic constituencies? If by that, they mean they want to prevent ballots from being mailed to dead people, then okay.
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOR ME, BUT NOT FOR THEE
Constitutional Rights For Me, But Not For Thee: The city of Dallas, which was perfectly okay with allowing mass anti-police demonstrations, shut down a planned convention by the conservative group Young Americans for Liberty just three days before it was set to begin, citing the spike in coronavirus cases (and I wonder what caused that?)
Politicians claimed it was the hotel’s decision, but that hotel is run by the city. Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who was scheduled to speak at the event, called it “surprising, coming from Texas.” But unfortunately, the left has made big inroads in Texas, at least in urban areas. The major cities are all run not just by Democrats but by far-left “progressives” (recall the similar situation in Houston, which allowed mass protests but canceled the state GOP convention.)
I don’t know if this is because even Texas allowed leftists to take over schools and indoctrinate children, or if so many people fled blue states but brought the policies with them that they fled from. But you can certainly see the results. Not just in the blatant partisanship and disregard for First Amendment rights, but also in the spiraling crime. US cities are disproportionately run by Democrats, so it’s hardly surprising that murder is up in 36 of our 50 largest cities. But it might surprise you to learn that at #1, with a 64% increase in murders in one year, was Austin, Texas.
But when you realize how liberal the “Keep Austin Weird” government of the Lone Star State’s bluest city is, then maybe it’s not so surprising after all.