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Jerry Bowyer: Credibility and the OMB

The Biden administration has announced that they are pulling back their nomination of Neera Tanden to head the Office of Management and Budget.

This was not a party-line failure. Moderate democrats shared concerns about her too. Good. They were right to.

The OMB is one of those agencies that is supposed to be at least somewhat independent, keeping an accurate score on things such as budget deficits and economic forecasts. It’s supposed to be credible to both sides. Tanden was far from credible. Her specialty was political agitprop, not honest fiscal bookkeeping.

Some jobs require at least a measure of credibility across party and ideological lines. Budget director is one of them.

President Biden has a new opportunity to nominate a credible Democrat to the job.

Given the amount of spending we’re looking at and the concerns looming over inflation and the health of the economy, credibility is exactly what we need.

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How Big Tech is Fueling Cancel Culture

Townhall Review for March 6, 2021

Hugh Hewitt talks with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp about the recent COVID stimulus package that appears to favor blue states, like New York and California.

Kevin McCullough and Karol Markowicz, of the New York Post, discuss the sexual harassment allegations facing New York Governor Mario Cuomo.

Hugh Hewitt talks with former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer about the recall effort of California Governor Gavin Newsom and who would replace him if he is recalled.

Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson discuss big tech censorship efforts with Ryan Anderson, of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Seth Leibsohn looks at the latest target of the cancel culture, Dr. Seuss.

Dennis Prager takes another look at the left and the cancel culture’s latest victim, Mr. Potato Head.

Charlie Kirk looks at the teacher’s unions efforts to keep schools closed all the while sending their own kids to in-class private schools.

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Hugh Hewitt: Normalcy Beckons

Baseball’s spring training is always a time of hope, but this year is in a whole different category.

All who have listened to even a bit my radio program know that I’m a fan of Cleveland sports: the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers—and of course the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.

As the Indians—and all of major league baseball—begin spring training game, the air is filled with a sentiment all too rare for many months: hope.

The Indians will be at Progressive Field starting April 5—and there will be fans in the stands, limited capacity at first, but fans loudly cheering and lustily booing. Television cameras will be able to pan the stands and not see cutouts, but kids with mitts hoping for a foul tip at Progressive Field.

Vaccines are rolling out. People are going back to work and school.

I’ve been scheduled for my second shot myself.

2020 was a very long year.

But what a great year 2021 will be.

Normalcy beckons.

We grieve those we’ve lost, but we look forward with hope.

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Carol Platt Liebau: Putting Children First

Matt Meyer is the president of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers—a union leading the effort to keep children at home, insisting that reopening schools is just too “unsafe.”

So jaws dropped when video of him was seen taking his own daughter to in-person pre-school.

The episode highlights the hypocrisy and cynicism evident in too much COVID policy—especially in education. School districts with strong teachers’ unions are less likely to hold in-person classes.

Meanwhile, our children remain trapped at home, suffering from social isolation and learning loss. The achievement gap has increased. And there’s been a worsening youth mental health crisis. Parents have stood by helplessly, at the mercy of the unions, even as the CDC admits that schools can reopen safely.

In-person learning shouldn’t be reserved for children of the privileged. Our kids deserve policies that put their rightful needs over the self-serving demands of union elites.

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Jerry Bowyer: Time for Shareholders to Use Their Voice and Their Vote

From firing conservative actress Gina Carano, to putting trigger warnings on Muppets shows and turning ESPN into something resembling MSNBC, Disney has become one of the most politicized major corporations in America.

Now, if Disney executives want to promote leftism on their own time and on their own dime, that’s their prerogative. But Disney is a publicly traded corporation. Its shares are owned by millions of Americans—like you, perhaps, in your in your IRA or 401(k) account.

So that’s your money they’re using against you. But good news: you are in charge. It’s time to use your authority. Disney’s annual meeting is March 9. If you’re a shareholder, you can participate in it online this year and you can vote on board members and on various questions.

It’s time more of the nation let their shares be their voice to a company which has heard from only one side for far too long.

You have a vote. Use your vote.

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