Randi Weingarten isn’t fooling parents and other commentary

Libertarian: Weingarten Isn’t Fooling Parents

American Federation of Teachers boss Randi Weingarten is on a “campaign to falsely rebrand herself as a champion of school reopening,” scoffs Reason’s Matt Welch. But parents solely need her to reply for “the negative influence that teachers unions have had on school quality, student preparedness and our COVID-19 response.” Despite her obvious concessions to in-person education, and regardless of billions in additional federal funding, Weingarten continues to be preventing for “reduced class sizes, maximal masking, distance-educating carve-outs for teachers still scared to teach in class and extra district/state monies, in addition to the federal bonanza.” Thanks largely to a pliant press, Weingarten continues to “extract ever more money from the government.” But her machinations gained’t work ceaselessly: At some level, “the bailout money can no longer cover the enrollment collapse.”

Philosopher: Don’t Give Hamas a Terror State

“Do I support a Palestinian state run by a fundamentalist terror cult that targets civilians? No, I don’t,” declares Bernard-Henri Lévy at Tablet. “Palestinians have the right to a state,” however not “a gangster state that takes its own people hostage, that makes them live in an open-air prison and — every three or four years, when its political grip becomes wobbly — sacrifices a new contingent of human shields so that it can use their martyrdom to refurbish its lost legitimacy.” A Hamas-run state would have “no reason to exist except to serve as a launching pad for rockets intended to destroy Israel.”

Historian: All Our Institutions Are Failing

It’s not simply Hollywood and the media: The “few institutions we considered sacrosanct [and] incorruptible,” such because the army, the sector of science and the rule of regulation, “have lost their luster,” gripes Victor Davis Hanson at American Greatness. “The Defense Department is chasing its tail, supposedly on the scent of white supremacists.” National virus guru Dr. Anthony Fauci “taught us vaccinations were our salvation. . . . But then he insisted that even if we were vaccinated, we would still have to social distance. We would wear masks, even outdoors.” And regulation enforcement is now caught up in contradictions: “Is it illegal to enter the United States without permission? Or does unlawful entry warrant instant state subsidy and federal legal help to further violate the law? . . . Is there a crime such as arson or looting?”

From the suitable: The Great Blue-State Exodus

“Americans can’t escape from blue states fast enough,” quips David Keltz at The American Spectator. “Even before the COVID pandemic, they were fleeing Democrat-led states for red ones in droves.” Between 2010 and 2019, hundreds of thousands left California, New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Illinois, whereas Republican-led states like Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Ohio and Arizona noticed giant influxes. And the pandemic, mixed with “disastrous Democrat policies,” solely accelerated “the blue-state exodus.” In 2020, some 3.57 million individuals left New York City alone, in response to one examine. “It turns out that draconian lockdowns in the form of school, restaurant and business closures; massive spikes in violent crime; few entertainment options; higher taxes; and scarce job opportunities do not make for a desirable living environment. . . . Shocking, I know.”

Religion beat: Pray for Hong Kong’s New Bishop

“Last week, Father Stephen Chow Sau-yan was named the new bishop of Hong Kong,” reports Father Raymond de Souza in First Things. “The Church can set the date of his [episcopal] ordination. Beijing’s Communist regime will set the date of his imprisonment. The Vatican would be wise to use the time between now and then to decide how it will handle that eventuality.” Such planning and steely Catholic resolve are important since “President Xi Jinping’s regime has made it abundantly clear that it intends to pulverize whatever remnants of religious liberty remain in China,” and “Beijing will want to test how far it can go in eliminating Catholic life in China.” Meanwhile, pray for Bishop Chow.

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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