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In WHEN THE ART OF POLITICS BECOMES HOLDING CHILDREN HOSTAGE — PART 1 | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org) we considered the unwillingness of local area school boards to reopen our public schools. Where is the obstruction coming from? Well, there is a national driving force, money.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain defended teachers unions, whose members refuse to return to the classroom despite a federal government report that schools can reopen safety during the coronavirus pandemic, denying that educators are “overruling studies.”

​”​I’ll give you a word, money. That’s why the president of the United States sent a plan into Congress even before he took office, to make the investments you need to make the school safe​,” Klain said on CNN in an interview with Erin Burnett Tuesday evening.

WH Chief of Staff defends teachers unions’ COVID-19 concerns (nypost.com)

Whatever the science may say, the teachers unions don’t seem to care.

How is the battle playing out locally? By comparison with our neighboring counties, Prince William County is playing hardball — at least, by comparison. The Prince William County School Board is insisting teachers get vaccinated and get back to in-school instruction.

Since children don’t spread the virus, with respect to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) schools seem to be one of the safest places to work even without being vaccinated. So, why are the teachers unions fighting going back to work? Money? Are politicians, with the cooperation of the teachers unions holding our children hostage for the sake of passing a massive spending bill with money going who knows where?

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his $1.9 trillion dollar coronavirus economic relief plan on Thursday evening. The expensive legislation contains three major targets: $400 billion for arresting the spread of COVID-19 and increasing vaccine capabilities; over $1 trillion to assist families needing direct financial support; and $440 billion in emergency funds for cash-poor small businesses and communities.

Biden unveils $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill – CBS News

Consider where a lot of the money is focused.

Aid for state and local governments: Biden wants to provide state, local and territorial governments with $350 billion in emergency funding to help them keep front-line workers employed and aid with vaccine distribution, COVID-19 testing, reopening schools and “maintaining other vital services.”

Funding for state and local governments emerged as one of the most contentious issues during nearly a half-year of relief negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, who decried the proposal as a “blue-state bailout.” Unable to compromise on the issue, lawmakers eventually decided to exclude state and local government aid from the $900 billion relief deal they passed in December.

What’s in Biden’s $1.9T coronavirus relief proposal? | Fox Business

Since the slide of blue states into bankruptcy predates the Coronavirus (COVID-19), a blue state bailout is not popular with Republicans. Hence Democrats are looking for a procedural workaround so that they can get the money for a Federal bailout.

The massive coronavirus relief proposal outlined by President Biden is already running into a Republican roadblock, but Senate Democrats may rely on a powerful procedural tool to pass the $1.9 trillion measure using their slimmest-possible majority.

Known as budget reconciliation, the complicated Senate process would allow Democrats to circumvent the 60-vote filibuster and advance the measure using their 50 seats, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking any tie.

Can Democrats pass Biden’s $1.9T coronavirus relief bill without Republicans? | Fox Business

Consider what Stephen Moore, one of the architects of the Trump economic boom, has to say about Biden’s so-called COVID Relief Bill.

All that Biden’s proposal does is stimulate Washington and many of the governments in blue states in America, which have lockdown governors who have bankrupted their own states.

Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago and I estimate that at least 4 million jobs would be destroyed by the Biden bill because all of the free money makes work less essential and — in many cases — less financially attractive than getting off the couch and working. That’s some stimulus.

In addition to sending $1,400-per-person checks to millions of American households — helicopter money — the Biden plan includes $350 billion for a blue state bailout, paid parental leave, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, $400 a week bonus unemployment checks, transit aid, paid leave of $1,400 a week, some $100 billion for school aid (for schools that have been shut down for almost a year!), “health equity” grants, student debt relief and checks for illegal immigrants.

Stephen Moore: Biden’s $1.9 trillion ‘rescue plan’ could destroy 4 million jobs — here’s a better idea | Fox News

The real effect of the bill is to coverup Democrat mismanagement of “blue” states by spreading the pain of bankruptcy to states that have not bankrupted themselves with excessive spending.

Will Joe Biden get his awful bill passed? Will you call your member of Congress and your Senators and complain?

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  1. Tom,

    Great post, especially that you mentioned articles about Chicago Teachers Unions.

    My post today contains an excellent article written by a Chicago Columnist’s opinion which supports your post along with my opinion how Joe Biden and the Democrat Party have “cellophane eyes” on the issue of school choice and school vouchers..

    If Interested.

    Joe Biden and Democrats Cellophane Eyes? King Solomon Blog – Rudy u Martinka (rudymartinka.com)

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

  2. boudicaus says:

    Reblogged this on boudica.us and commented:
    H/T Citizen Tom

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