Tag Archives: COVID

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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Ed Morrissey: Governor Cuomo’s Deadly COVID Secret Exposed

Few politicians have received the level of adulation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over the course of this pandemic. National media painted him as a hero, Hollywood gave him an Emmy for his press conferences, and his publisher released Cuomo’s self-congratulatory book hailing his own leadership. All of this idolization deliberately distracted from a deadly secret: Cuomo’s policy forcing nursing homes to admit COVID-19 positive patients resulted in thousands of deaths, and Cuomo’s administration hid it for months to avoid potential prosecution.

Now that this secret has been exposed, the New York legislature has no choice but to demand accountability from Governor Cuomo. Thousands of elderly New Yorkers died as a result Cuomo’s policies—his own top aide has admitted as much. Legacy media outlets should also be held accountable. They lionized Cuomo even while questions about this policy and its deadly effects were being asked.

The nation should demand more from our public servants than entertainment awards and deception.

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Hugh Hewitt: Operation Warp Speed and the Politics of Vaccinations

The unfortunate serial failures in the rollout of COVID vaccinations remind us again of the inherent inability of government to function efficiently because politics enters into play. Every citizen is—by Constitutional design—of equal standing in the eyes of the law. While of course the government can prioritize vaccine distribution by category of risk, these simple distinctions—people over 65 and those with underlying conditions—should have led to a self-policing and easy-to-administer system.

Yes, some would have fraudulently taken of this of self-policing. But a bit of fraud ought to be tolerated as we keep our eye on the greater good.

Operation Warp Speed delivered the vaccines to state and local governments as our federal system is designed to do. The failures in distribution lies squarely on the shoulders of state and local officials.

Citizens should note and long remember: Even with months to prepare—state and local government failed.

How much better would it have been to trust a free people to make responsible decisions.

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Georgia Voters to Set Direction of Nation in Vote for Two Senate Seats

Townhall Review for January 2, 2021

Hugh Hewitt talks with Georgia Senator David Perdue about his Democratic opponents in the Georgia run off election and the ramifications should the Democrats take control of Congress.

Bob Frantz and Ohio Congressmen Jim Jordan talk about the stimulus bill just passed and the Georgia run off plus Democrat Jon Ossoff’s ties to China.

Trish Regan talks with former Hedge Fund manager Neil Grossman about the COVID relief bill just signed by President Trump.

Dennis Prager talks about the impact of government-imposed COVID restrictions such as flying home for the holidays and how it is important to live fully.

Allen West reflects on the year 2020 and why we need to think about the positives.

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Lanhee Chen: “Dysfunctional” Doesn’t Adequately Describe the Golden State

Want to know how dysfunctional things have gotten in California?

Senator Dianne Feinstein applied for unemployment insurance.

Well, not exactly. It was a fraudster—a former employee at California’s Employment Development Department, which administers the state’s unemployment insurance program posing as Feinstein—who bilked taxpayers for over $200,000 in benefits that were targeted at gig workers, independent contractors, and others who’ve been out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And this isn’t an isolated incident. Additional examples of fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in California are plentiful. And, unfortunately, it’s those who most need the aid during the recent economic slowdown who have been hurt the worst because Governor Gavin Newsom and his cronies have been asleep at the switch.

Sometime, California voters will say, “enough is enough” with the incompetence, arrogance, and hypocrisy that has marked one-party rule in the state.

Let’s hope that “sometime” is soon.

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