Safe injection sites create risk and confusion about drug policy.

The news is national that Rhode Island has become the first state to greenlight sites where users have heavy drugs can go to take them: Rhode Island plans to create supervised spaces for users to inject illegal drugs, in a big test of the idea that reducing harm to drug users is more effective than…

A needle, spoon, and drug
Should we add “media literacy” to the list of must-teach topics for schools?

The perspective of a parent produces a different reaction to URI’s Media Education Lab study of “media literacy” in Rhode Island schools than the perspective of a policy theorist, although they can come together for a conclusion.  An interview with lead researcher Rene Hobbs by Alexa Gagosz in The Boston Globe gives a good overview, but…

Child on computer in parents' bed
Alex Cannon would definitely be an improvement on the East Side of Providence.

Alex Cannon is the Republican candidate in the race for the open Rhode Island Senate seat representing the East Side of Providence, but progressive journalist Steve Ahlquist conducted a lengthy, interesting, and fair interview with him on Uprise RI. Cannon, who hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, and arrived in Rhode Island in 2017, describes himself as…

Shadowy RI State House
Three types of rights cast a shadow on RI’s current situation.

Locally, the Rhode Island opposition (such as it is) is grappling with the shifting ground of our rights. Presumably, for example, parents have a right to send their children to schools that do not provide pornographic material to them and to demand a reversal via school committee meetings when that reasonable expectation is not met. …

American flag in a field at sunset
Injecting small children is where I get off the COVID vaccination train.

Pfizer is claiming a diluted version of its COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective among small children, but the numbers in its study implicitly raise the question of whether it’s necessary: A Pfizer study tracked 2,268 kids in that age group who got two shots three weeks apart of either a placebo or the…

A child being vaccinated
The evicted mother’s story reveals much more that our society needs work on.

One difficulty with assessing sympathetic stories associated with public policy debates (and the reason advocates actively seek and promote them) is that they short circuit rational discussion about tradeoffs.  The position of seeming to lack sympathy is so uncomfortable that the public debate leaves important details unraised and, typically, the villain is assigned to be…

Apartment buildings
Let’s have P-Tech-type innovation instead of critical race theory.

Providence schools don’t necessarily have to sign up with Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), but doesn’t this seem like the level of innovation and drive that we ought to have seen after the dreadful John Hopkins report more than two years ago? Founded in 2011 by IBM and the Bloomberg administration in…

A hoodie on a beaten school bus
Shouldn’t “epidemiologist” Bostom be better with numbers?

As a Rhode Island conservative, nothing would please me more than letting Andrew Bostom go off and do his thing.  Unfortunately, people with whom I generally agree and think of as allies keep citing him as a credentialed epidemiologist (which he’s not) and even utilizing him as an expert witness in court. Look, I agree…

A blurry streetscape
What do you call it when the administration secretly transforms the country?

Nick Miroff (of the Washington Post, of all publications) reports that arrests along our southern border are occurring at record rates. Meanwhile, the New York Post has photos of illegal immigrants being flown into New York in the middle of the night, for distribution in nearby communities.  This recalls news items coming in from around the country,…

Image of illegal immigrants about to board buses in RI
UPDATED: Tiverton is last for vaccination but near-best for COVID hospitalizations?

Living in the town, of course it caught my eye that Dan McGowan of the Boston Globe outed Tiverton as the only town in Rhode Island with a vaccination rate below 50%: Tiverton is now the only city or town in Rhode Island with a COVID-19 vaccination rate below 50 percent, according to data from the…

Image of COVID as planet Earth
You can’t think too hard with the progressive sales pitch.

It’s hard to know how much to debate an essay like Greg Brailsford’s on his site Uprise RI. The entire thing is stale propaganda.  It’s a sales pitch.  He’s selling you something.  You can see it in every sentence.  It jumps out even in a side note about how he caught COVID despite being fully vaccinated,…

An empty restaurant
The news media continues to embarrass itself and sell us out for Raimondo.

What an embarrassing puff piece from the Associated Press and run by WPRI.  You know that old line about discomfiting the comfortable?  How about skepticism about the powerful?  Yeah, not so much.  Instead, one can only wonder whether Raimondo’s people slipped the writer, Josh Boak, cash or promises or he’s just a cheap date who…

Raimondo with Jack Reed and Jim Langevin
URI is helping a powerful celebrity destroy the life of one of its students.

It’s never an easy call to side with people on principled grounds when you vehemently disagree with something mind-blowingly stupid and offensive they’ve done or said, especially in an environment prone to witch hunts and cancellations.  But that’s the sort of thing principled people have to do in a free society. So, I have no…

The Carmagnole (Dance Around the Guillotine) by Kathe Kollwitz
A pornographic young-adult graphic novel in North Kingstown High School is another slip down the spiral.

Nicole Solas of South Kingstown has widened her efforts to return sanity to Rhode Island schools to North Kingstown, where she has filed a police report highlighting a very graphic graphic novel that North Kingstown High School provides to its students, most of them minors.  Following her reports can be challenging, if you have children…

Scene from Field of Dreams
Ripples
Christian movies fully engage the politics of the culture war.

I’ve got to admit this trailer got me amped to see the movie, even though I had no idea this series was up to its fourth movie.

Referring civil rights violations against January 6 defendants to the U.S. attorney general is a joke.

I mean, come on:

“It’s clear to me the civil rights of the defendant were violated by the D.C. Department of Corrections,” Lamberth said. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6 defendant or not.”

More importantly, the contempt order also directed the Clerk of the D.C. district court to transmit the order to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland for the Justice Department to conduct an “appropriate inquiry into potential civil rights violations of January 6 defendants, as exemplified by this case.”

If violations are occurring, it’s with the tacit (if not explicit) approval of the Biden administration and its “parents are terrorists” AG.  Asking them to review these cases is a request for transparent wallpaper.

Delta was no more deadly, although more contagious.

It’s important to mark findings like this so we can develop perspective over time:

The highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 does not appear to cause more severe disease among fully vaccinated or unvaccinated hospitalized patients, compared to earlier forms of the virus, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The CDC study, released on Oct. 22, analyzed some 7,600 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, in the months of July and August, when the Delta variant became predominant in the United States. Researchers found that compared to earlier months, there was no significant change in hospitalized COVID-19 patients’ outcomes.

Of course, if more people catch a strain, then more people are available for a bad outcome, but when Delta hit, I heard of school nurses warning people that it was more deadly specifically for children.  We need to be clear eyed in a tough situation like this.

Education policy is a massive opportunity for Republicans across demographics, and justifies boldness and risk.

Of course, having said the same for many years, I think that Newt Gingrich is completely right here:

Education is increasingly a policy issue which favors Republicans. …

The fight over school performance has expanded as the Big Government Socialists move on multiple fronts to undermine traditional learning. Honor programs are being eliminated, and grading standards are being weakened—or in some cases abolished. Radical values are being enforced as education is replaced by indoctrination. Critical race theory is being practiced, so that white students are told they are racists, and black students are told they are irrevocably oppressed. Long-accepted, scholarly history is being replaced by political distortion and exaggeration. Radical gender policies are being adopted—including allowing boys who claim to be female access to girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms.

Again:  For conservatives, education is a rich fruit with a tough skin.  You’ll have to explain.  You’ll have to persuade.  You’ll have to address concerns about the risk.  But when you succeed, the payoff will be huge.

The Left will never understand its failure.

Frida Ghitis of CNN reminds me of that classic arcade game, Dig Dugthe way she works to inflate Joe Biden’s performance during a softball town hall on her network, but her closing line raises an interesting question:

In the end, Biden’s political standing will depend not on the impact of the town hall, but on the success of his negotiations to pass his legislative agenda.

That’s kind of pat political analysis, but I wonder if it’s actually true.  Biden’s legislative agenda is far beyond what the voters sanctioned in the last election (even if the results were legitimate).  It’s entirely possible that actually passing Biden’s agenda would cement his unpopularity.  Payoffs to special interests only get politicians so far when the policies produce disastrous outcomes for the country.

Solar power just doesn’t seem to make sense as a core energy source.

Joel Holmes explains:

Yes, the battle against the insane electric car policy and the whole Green New Deal can be won, using just three little words.

Well, to be exact six words, and here they are:

Solar Panels Don’t Work At Night
As an alternative energy engineer, I had the misfortune to work with solar electric panels occasionally. They are an environmental nightmare.

The inability to work at night is really just the rotten cherry on top of the problems.

This ought to be the dominant rule on teaching “white privilege.”

We need to order some of this attitude from across the Pond:

The British government has instructed schools not to “teach contested theories and opinions as fact,” including contested views about so-called “white privilege.”

The government on Thursday published its response to a report from the UK Parliament’s Education Select Committee, which said that the use of terms such as “white privilege” may be one of the reasons white working-class pupils are persistently falling behind.

In a report published in June, the committee said that its 14-month inquiry on left-behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds had shown that “poor white pupils are far from ‘privileged’ in education.”

We have to stop taking offense at the drop of a feather.

Here’s the key paragraph in this Epoch Times article about a California teacher who’s been put on leave after wearing a paper headdress and dancing in a (let’s say) indigenous fashion to drive home a math lesson:

“It is damaging and disheartening to see Native American and indigenous culture represented in such a trite and insensitive way. However, this is not an isolated incident, as such teaching practices, even in math classes, have been used across the nation. It is time that we stop this behavior.”

That’s from a statement by state legislators, and it’s an incredible cultural artifact in that its factual assertion can be read in two ways.  To the woke, the common nature of such lessons is proof of the mountain of work they have to change the world in their own image.  To sane people, it’s an illustration that this is very common and has for years been widely regarded as unobjectionable.

We have to get back to that sense of ourselves as a single community with many cultural influences that we can share, in seriousness and fun, without giving offense.

Flood insurance looks like a looming surge in the bite of climate alarmism.

This shift in the calculation of and requirements for flood insurance will be something to keep an eye on:

For the first time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is about to incorporate climate risk into the cost of flood insurance. The impact will be a dramatic increase in the cost of flood insurance. In Rhode Island, many policyholders will see their premiums go up and continue to increase by as much as 18 percent annually for the next 20 years.

I’m open to the possibility that legacy flood-risk assessments were simplistic in a way that benefited special interests, like rich people, but the use of words like “equity” point to the probability that the system won’t me more accurate so much as put in the service of different special interests.

Here’s the question I have:  With the calculations so heavily based on models (versus proven experience), suppose they prove to be completely off; what is the feedback or correction mechanism?  If all homeowners can do is try to change the culture and the mix of elected officials so that the bureaucracy shifts its emphasis, that’s a recipe for a great deal of mischief.

Private sector jobs were down in RI in September, partly owing to health care workers.

The RI Department of Labor and Training has changed the way it reports monthly labor information. But one notable observation is that the number of payroll jobs based in Rhode Island actually fell from August to September.  Total jobs went up, however, owing to big increases in state and local government jobs.

The industries that saw decreases are worth noting:

  • Construction down by 100
  • Financial activities down by 300
  • Health care and social assistance down by 400
  • Leisure and hospitality down by 700
  • Other services down by 100

The relatively big decrease in healthcare and social assistance during a time of shortage makes one wonder if that’s a result of Governor McKee’s vaccine mandate.

Funny how political defenestrations only ever go one way.

Expressing a view on a political or social issue can be harmful to your career, if it isn’t of the progressive-approved variety:

The CEO of an American video game developer stepped down after he issued a statement supportive of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of a law in Texas that bans abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat.

The company, Tripwire Interactive LLC, announced in a statement on Monday that John Gibson “has stepped down as CEO” of the company, effective immediately.

In general, people with more-conservative views tend to be more tolerant of other positions.  Unfortunately, that reinforces progressives’ sense that nobody decent disagrees with them, making disagreement seem like evidence of deplorableness.  So bravo for John Gibson.  More people need to speak up.  Of course, the consequences can be so severe for merely not agreeing with the left-wing fascists that it’s understandable that more people don’t.

We need to restore the sense of going out for adventure.

While he goes a bit far in framing ’80s dance parties as a path to God, Mark Judge makes a great point, here:

Going out was a long ride uninterrupted by texts, which didn’t exist, or phone calls, because phone booths were hard to find. The experience formed a kind of meditation. The professional world was not just lost for an hour of yoga or pilates, but completely abandoned for a lengthy, restorative journey. It often changed you. As Mohaghegh observes in Night, “Night brings revolution against the archetypal. It overthrows the dominant hierarchies and universal myths in favor of the beautiful diary of the masquerade or the bonfire. It is where one fathoms otherwise, the time-space of the visionary, the imaginary, the unreal, the unknown, the elsewhere, the outside, and the emergent. It is where one builds machinations of radical thought…those droplets of mad and dangerous consciousness.”

The movies back in our youth drove the point home.  Whether Dazed and Confused, Weird Science, or dozens and dozens of other hits of the time, we cultivated a sense of adventure, as if anything could happen.  You disconnected from ordinary life, and sometimes the sun came up on a world transformed.

Of course the movies exaggerated, and we should have no illusion that attempting to prove them right caused some in our generation a fair bit of pain and harm, but too much of that sense of possibility seems to have been lost.

Take note of what the government thinks “working” means when it comes to mandates.

The title of this Barbara Morse piece on WJAR carries an important point of political philosophy:

Health leaders say Rhode Island health care COVID-19 vaccine mandate is working

By “working,” they mean that the percentage of healthcare workers who have been vaccinated has gone up to 95%, which is probably an increase of around 10 percentage points.  If the goal isn’t vaccination, but the balance of public health with individual rights, I’d say it isn’t working.  If the goal is to affect the spread of the virus, the best we can say is that we don’t know if it’s working.

And don’t forget an important point, if we care about people:  The percentage of vaccinated people has gone up in part because they forced unvaccinated people out of the job.  Based on the article, that’s probably about 4 percentage points of the 10, the rest being people who couldn’t afford to lose their jobs.

Remember when it was the height of bigotry to worry about biological men in women’s private spaces?

The most infamous and egregious case, of course, is the reported rape by a boy in a skirt of a 15-year-old girl in the girls’ bathroom in a Loudon County, Virginia, school.  The school department lied about the case and tried to bury it, and the case wouldn’t be nearly as infamous if the news media hadn’t tried to make the girl’s father a poster-child for parent-terrorists when he was arrested at a school committee meeting.

Closer to home, a Woonsocket man has been arrested for dressing in a wig and dress in order to enter the bathroom at the Wrentham mall and videotape women and girls as young as 8.

Police Chief Bill McGrath blames the technology and says people have to keep their “eyes wide open” in public areas where they disrobe.  The problem with that is we’re simultaneously being berated if we notice something off about the guy in the dress going into the women’s room.

“Earthshine” fears show they’ll spin anything to support climate alarmism.

Here’s a headline on a Steve Matregrano article for WPRI that might very well make you say, “Oh, come on”:

‘Earthshine’ levels indicate the planet is dimming due to climate change, researchers say

The key question the headline skips over is:  dimming from the perspective of whom?  No, the Earth isn’t getting darker.  It’s just not reflecting as much light out into space.

Gasp!  Oh, no!  Umm… wait… doesn’t that mean we’re keeping more energy in our system on net?  Should that be a good thing, if we can figure out how to harness it?

Is Biden’s spending plan about the money or the power?

Why not both?  I’m not sure Stephen Green has it quite right when he casts his chips with the “power” side.  After all, many provisions in the plan go directly to maintaining Democrat power, like this one:

Illegal aliens will be having a field day. Not only will they continue to be allowed to flood into the country largely unimpeded thanks to the Biden border crisis, but they will be immediately eligible for free college enrollment, student loans, and the child tax credit, effectively giving them a permanent guaranteed basic income.

But then, a big motivation for the spending (which I’ve been tracing since I noticed the Obama administration requiring states to hire specific contractors to spend federal money) is to give Democrat and progressive activists rivers of money.

But then again, that money is to fund the radical transformation of our country, which goes back to power.

If only we could have really public discussions about January 1…

This article from Michael Balsamo and Colleen Long would be a great study in propaganda and how the news media constructs a narrative that’s true-ish for political ends.  It wraps facts in the perspective of the writers.

A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter’s involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

In this case “helped to hide evidence” means acknowledging to somebody that leaving pictures online of being in the Capitol could get one arrested.  We don’t know the extent of the person’s involvement, what the relationship with the officer was… or much of anything.  Yet, mentioning the widely reported investigation of social media is somehow transformed into the same offense as hiding a bloody murder weapon.

This affects the description of January 1, too:

… many of his colleagues were brutally beaten in the insurrection. The riot left dozens of police officers bloodied and bruised as the crowd of pro-Trump rioters, some armed with pipes, bats and bear spray, charged into the Capitol, quickly overrunning the overwhelmed police force.

One officer was beaten and shocked with a stun gun repeatedly until he had a heart attack; another was foaming at the mouth and screaming for help as rioters crushed him between two doors and bashed him in the head with his own weapon.

Research each fact claimed in those paragraphs, and you’ll find they’re all at least arguably true, in themselves.  Yes, somebody had bear spray but never used it, for example.  An officer was shocked and at some point had a mild heart attack, but I can’t find an article substantiating the “repeatedly” or the direct link of the shock with the heart attack.

The point is, you really can’t know where the truth ends and the propaganda begins.

Modern medicine will keep doing what it does if we let it.

Such stories as this one are among the first things to come to mind every time our political system lurches left:

Over a decade ago, UCLA physician-scientists began using a pioneering gene therapy they developed to treat children born with a rare and deadly immune system disorder. They now report that the effects of the therapy appear to be long-lasting, with 90% of patients who received the treatment eight to 11 years ago still disease-free. …

In the gene therapy approach detailed in the new paper, Dr. Donald Kohn of UCLA and his colleagues removed blood-forming stem cells from each child’s bone marrow, then used a specially modified virus, originally isolated from mice, to guide healthy copies of the ADA gene into the stem cells’ DNA. Finally, they transplanted the cells back into the children’s bone marrow. The therapy, when successful, prompts the body to produce a continuous supply of healthy immune cells capable of fighting infections. Because the transplanted stem cells are the baby’s own, there is no risk of rejection.

This sort of thing requires large, risk-taking investments (including the learning investment of the researchers themselves).  It requires functioning supply chains.  It requires all of the things that innovative businesses require, which can fall apart faster than we like to think.

We’re in a dangerous spot when seeing your children is conditional on your being vaccinated.

In New York City, a judge has suspended a father’s visitation rights to his daughter “unless he submits COVID-19 tests on a weekly basis or gets vaccinated.”  He’s had the virus before, as well.

The key, though, is the judge’s reasoning, which is (let’s say) pretty far from the actual science:

“Here, in-person parental access by defendant is not in the child’s best interests, and there are exceptional circumstances that support its suspension,” wrote Justice Matthew Cooper, according to the New York Post, in a case involving the father’s divorce and custody dispute over his 3-year-old daughter.

Cooper also wrote that that the “dangers of voluntarily remaining unvaccinated during access with a child while the COVID-19 virus remains a threat to children’s health and safety cannot be understated.”

How does Terry McAuliffe think lying to parents should be accomplished?

The Democrat candidate for Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe, agrees with Democrats in Rhode Island that schools should engage in a conspiracy to lie to parents whose children may be exploring a change of their gender.  I’ve long wondered what the mechanics of this deep deception would look like, and it’s frightening to know it’s a nationwide question.

It’s also discouraging to think how much this attitude seems to be part of the public school culture, as indicated by the “red flag” of a district refusing to provide access to library catalogue lists.

The North Kingstown School Committee laughably managed a mask mandate to avoid public scrutiny.

I find self repeatedly coming back to a photo that John DePetro posted of the controversial meeting of the North Kingstown School Committee last week. As reported, Chairman Gregory Glasbalg ended the meeting on the pretense that two people in the room were not wearing masks.  Given that excuse, what do you notice about the police who were called to disperse them in this image:

Police and protesters at NK school committee meeting

Edwin Lord Mills A Royal Procession

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Hints of Where the Left Government Is Headed

John and Justin discuss hints and tells in the political news that indicate the future for which RI Democrats are hoping.


Opening Stages of the RIGOP Revolution

A pre-election comment from the Edward Achorn piece linked in the previous post is worth a follow up: Now, Mayor Laffey and GOP candidate Jim Davey are working to send another powerful statewide message. They hope to defeat state Rep. Frank A. Montanaro (D.-Cranston) — Boss Montanaro’s son — on Nov. 2. A quick look…

Politics… Bad for Your Health

Writing in the Providence Journal, Emily Harding of the Rhode Island Association of Health Underwriters lays out the general argument for some suggestions for improving the healthcare near-crisis in the state: What made [national health insurance carriers] leave the state had nothing to do with the inability to compete with Blue Cross (which they had…

One-Party States

John Fund documented in yesterday’s Opinionjournal, that more and more states are tending towards one-party rule at the state level. This is an intersting trend. If you believe what people say about voting for “the best candidate” instead of party affiliation, you would expect, at the local level, less dominance by any single party, because…

International Troops Enter Iraq

It’s entirely possible that my media-cynicism adjuster is tuned too high, but whether rightly or wrongly, the following caption for the photo currently on the Providence Journal‘s home page surprised me. In big, bold letters on the picture itself is the word “Captured,” and beneath it: In this image from television, troops oversee captives at…

Allan Waters joins Richard August on State of the State

State of the State: Allen Waters for U.S. Congress

Allen Waters tells host Richard August about his campaign for U.S. Congress. He discusses some of the issues which are important to him, to the people and to this nation.

A husky leans out of a car

Meals and Dogs

Meghan Grady discusses Meals on Wheels, and Eric Letendre gives tips on dog training.

Robin Williams charts poetry in Dead Poets Society

The woke measure everything with the wobbly ruler by which they judged poetry (and killed it).

Since human beings are wired to measure and compare, we are susceptible demands to judge things of less-overt merit by something other than merit that is measurable, like the skin color of the participants. 

John Carlevale and Beth Leconte on State of the State

State of the State: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at URI

Beth Leconte, Director of R.I.’s chapter of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) talks with host John Carlevale. 

Two different scales

Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Narrative as Double-Standard

John DePetro and Justin Katz talk about the Rhode Island political topics of the week.

A floor chart spanning the floor and walls

Economic Storm Clouds Around the Planet

Tony Lemonde of Senior’s Choice Rhode Island talks open enrollment, Joel Griffith from Heritage talks inflation, Dean Cheng of the Davis Institute talks Chinese economics, and Sal Mercogliano of Campbell University talks supply chain problems.

Ripples
Christian movies fully engage the politics of the culture war.

I’ve got to admit this trailer got me amped to see the movie, even though I had no idea this series was up to its fourth movie.

Referring civil rights violations against January 6 defendants to the U.S. attorney general is a joke.

I mean, come on:

“It’s clear to me the civil rights of the defendant were violated by the D.C. Department of Corrections,” Lamberth said. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6 defendant or not.”

More importantly, the contempt order also directed the Clerk of the D.C. district court to transmit the order to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland for the Justice Department to conduct an “appropriate inquiry into potential civil rights violations of January 6 defendants, as exemplified by this case.”

If violations are occurring, it’s with the tacit (if not explicit) approval of the Biden administration and its “parents are terrorists” AG.  Asking them to review these cases is a request for transparent wallpaper.

Delta was no more deadly, although more contagious.

It’s important to mark findings like this so we can develop perspective over time:

The highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 does not appear to cause more severe disease among fully vaccinated or unvaccinated hospitalized patients, compared to earlier forms of the virus, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The CDC study, released on Oct. 22, analyzed some 7,600 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, in the months of July and August, when the Delta variant became predominant in the United States. Researchers found that compared to earlier months, there was no significant change in hospitalized COVID-19 patients’ outcomes.

Of course, if more people catch a strain, then more people are available for a bad outcome, but when Delta hit, I heard of school nurses warning people that it was more deadly specifically for children.  We need to be clear eyed in a tough situation like this.

Education policy is a massive opportunity for Republicans across demographics, and justifies boldness and risk.

Of course, having said the same for many years, I think that Newt Gingrich is completely right here:

Education is increasingly a policy issue which favors Republicans. …

The fight over school performance has expanded as the Big Government Socialists move on multiple fronts to undermine traditional learning. Honor programs are being eliminated, and grading standards are being weakened—or in some cases abolished. Radical values are being enforced as education is replaced by indoctrination. Critical race theory is being practiced, so that white students are told they are racists, and black students are told they are irrevocably oppressed. Long-accepted, scholarly history is being replaced by political distortion and exaggeration. Radical gender policies are being adopted—including allowing boys who claim to be female access to girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms.

Again:  For conservatives, education is a rich fruit with a tough skin.  You’ll have to explain.  You’ll have to persuade.  You’ll have to address concerns about the risk.  But when you succeed, the payoff will be huge.

The Left will never understand its failure.

Frida Ghitis of CNN reminds me of that classic arcade game, Dig Dugthe way she works to inflate Joe Biden’s performance during a softball town hall on her network, but her closing line raises an interesting question:

In the end, Biden’s political standing will depend not on the impact of the town hall, but on the success of his negotiations to pass his legislative agenda.

That’s kind of pat political analysis, but I wonder if it’s actually true.  Biden’s legislative agenda is far beyond what the voters sanctioned in the last election (even if the results were legitimate).  It’s entirely possible that actually passing Biden’s agenda would cement his unpopularity.  Payoffs to special interests only get politicians so far when the policies produce disastrous outcomes for the country.

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