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Left-wing Brookings Institution Admits ‘School Reopening Plans Linked to Politics not Public Health’

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Parents are becoming increasingly concerned watching the psychological toll that online schooling is having on their children. Suddenly isolated from most human contact, children are taking it pretty hard. In Clark County, Nevada, 18 students committed suicide during the nine months of the lockdown, double the nine that did the entire previous year. One child was only nine years old. The school board was so alarmed that its members began taking steps to return children to classrooms soon. 

The Democrats have generally favored extending remote learning. They argue how dangerous it is to spread COVID-19, even though herd immunity is necessary to eventually overcome it and the curve of new infections has been declining. They claim to make their decisions based on “science,” but they selectively pick and choose what “science” to take into consideration. The mental health of children isn’t given the same weight as other factors.  

So it was a surprise to see Jon Valant of the left-wing Brookings Institution admit school opening policies correlate to how much an area supported Donald Trump, not to factors such as the rate of COVID-19 cases. While school districts in heavily Trump areas are gradually opening up, many in Biden areas are stubbornly remaining closed. Valant observes, “There is no relationship — visually or statistically — between school districts’ reopening decisions and their county’s new COVID-19 cases per capita.” Instead, “On average, districts that have announced plans to reopen in person are located in counties in which 55% voted for Trump in 2016, compared to 35% in districts that have announced plans for remote learning only.”

Valant complains that Congress’s COVID-19 relief package threatens to withhold funds from school districts that do not open back up for in-person learning. The threat is odd, since the Democrats now control Congress and the presidency — the way they’ve been talking about COVID-19, you would think the schools would be stuck with online learning for a long time. But if Biden is signaling it’s OK to open the schools back up, then shouldn’t the districts in heavily Biden areas open up? Valant doesn’t think so. 

Let’s get this straight: When Biden was against opening the schools, Valant was fine with it being a political decision. But now that Biden appears to be backing down on that position, Valant is calling it out for being a political decision and essentially trying to persuade the schools not to listen to Biden.  

The problem with Valant’s position is that linking the seriousness of COVID-19 to the rate of new cases is flawed science, that’s why even Democrats in Congress are no longer adhering to it. The number of new cases reported now involve mostly young, healthy adults, which is helping achieve herd immunity. Some of the newer hard hit areas were ones that locked down so drastically early on that their spikes in cases peaked much later. And the transmission of COVID-19 between students and teachers at schools that are open in-person is low. The CDC reported late last month that COVID-19 transmission in schools is nearly 40% lower than spread in surrounding communities.

Unfortunately, the teachers’ unions have been able to stop many schools from reopening. This is strange considering so many other types of businesses and establishments have been allowed to open where physical contact is much closer, such as strip clubs and Hollywood movie sets. Large Democrat controlled corporations like grocery stores remained open for months. What’s finally being clearly revealed is that the Democrats kept the schools closed for months due to politics, and now they can’t even pretend it’s due to science. 

 

Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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The Less You Owe, the More You Live

Can a nation, or a person, run up huge deficits and expect no financial and economic consequences?

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Conservative Business Ecosystem

Society conditions us to consume more than we need and to spend more than we make. However, this kind of lifestyle is a recipe for disaster. Taking back control of your finances can help you free up time and make you feel more in control of your life.

Think back to your high school and college history classes: can you recall a nation in the history of the earth that accumulated huge deficits over a prolonged period of time, lacked a concerted effort towards reducing these deficits, yet was able to sustain economic prosperity for its citizens?

Can a nation, in debt for trillions annually, or a person – namely you – consistently run up huge deficits and expect no consequences?  For decades, tens of millions of Americans have accumulated personal debt via credit cards, loans, and other forms of financing. It’s likely that you have some financial debts.

Subtle Servitude

Sustained deficit spending eventually erodes your ability to prepare for the future, and worse, to capitalize on current opportunities. The more you owe, the more enslaved you are! In Consumerism, Dr. Judith Schor notes that you’ve likely been taught to consume more than you need.

Right now, how would it feel if all your credit cards were paid off? How would it feel if you paid your monthly rent or mortgage several months in advance? How would it feel if your car loan was paid off? How would it feel if you were actually able to pay some of your utility bills for months in advance? For most people it would feel great. You’d feel in control of your time.

We all know the arguments about losing the (minuscule) amount of interest you could have earned if you let your money sit in the bank instead of paying the electric bill three months in advance. Ah, but wait. A month after you’ve paid your electric bill three months in advance, you receive the next month’s bill. Guess what? It shows that you have a huge credit and that nothing is due – you’ll smile when you see these kinds of bills!

A Moratorium on Spending

To reduce your personal debts, place a moratorium on optional spending, regardless of what items entice you, until your credit cards have zero balances.

Now, please, let’s not confuse issues. There is value in paying others to do that which you don’t like to do. These are separate issues. Paying for something that frees up your time is a life benefit. Paying for material things which you don’t need, and certainly don’t save your time, might be satisfying, but ultimately can be draining.

Here are some useful exercises for controlling your checkbook, and hence reclaiming your life:

1. Write out checks to pay bills in advance of their due dates. Then, keep an advance file with a folder for each day of the month. Place the check in a sealed, addressed, and stamped envelope. Then put the envelope in the folder of the day it’s to be mailed. This way the money is allocated in advance in your checkbook, and your bills are paid on time. If your checking account pays interest, you don’t lose interest.

2. Occasionally, overpay the balance on your continuing accounts, or pay early. This gives you the aforementioned psychological boost when you see a credit on your next statement, and gives you a good reputation with your creditors, which is handy!

3. Keep a stick-on note in your checkbook for an immediate reference that lists what’s coming in this month and what needs to be paid. This provides you with a running mini-cash flow list you can refer to at will. Update it every week, or day, if necessary.

4. Review old checkbooks and see what you paid to whom for what. Do the same thing with your monthly credit card statements. Put a red mark next to all those expenditures that you didn’t need to make, or that you could have done without after further consideration.

5. Now, considering expenditures on the horizon, which ones can you do without?

Spend Less, Save More

As author Roger Dawson says, “It doesn’t matter how much money you’re making; if you’re spending more than you take in each month, you’re headed for trouble.” If you spend less than you take in, eventually your debt will decrease, perhaps even disappear.

 

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Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s Family Denounces Him in Letter for Opposing Trump

Cousin Lisa Otto and 10 other members of his family call him a “disappointment” and “embarrassment.”

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BREAKING: According to the Daily Mail, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s Family Denounces Him for Opposing Trump

In a letter from January 8 Kinzinger’s cousin Lisa Otto and 10 other members of his family call him a “disappointment” and “embarrassment.”

His family members accused him of “joining the devil’s army” for siding with the left. Of course Kinzinger denounces them and accuses them of being brainwashed by conservative churches.

Interestingly, it was Kinzinger who released the letter to the public.

The letter states:

“Oh my, what a disappointment you are to me and to God!” and “We were once so proud of your accomplishments! Instead, you go against your Christian principals and join the ‘devil’s army.'”

Also this:

“How do you call yourself a Christian when you join the ‘devil’s army’ believing in abortion!” and “We thought you were ‘smart’ enough to see how the left is brainwashing so many.”

Kinzinger responded this way:

“I hold nothing against them, but I have zero desire or feel the need to reach out and repair that. That is 100 percent on them to reach out and repair, and quite honestly, I don’t care if they do or not.”

The good news for all of us is that after his betrayal, Rep. Kinzinger will most likely not be a Congressman in January 2023 after he is beaten by a conservative. Let’s all make sure we work together to defeat these folks who claim to be conservatives but side with the left.

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