Kissinger Warns on Education Wokeness

October 4, 2022 at 8:13 am

"Kissinger Warns on Education Wokeness as National Security Threat" is the headline over a blog post I wrote for Education Next. The full post is available by clicking the hyperlinked headline.

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Three Recent Columns

October 2, 2022 at 8:10 pm

"Biden Administration Is Expanding Taxing and Spending at a Rate That Is Staggering," "Was Mikhail Gorbachev 'Woke'?" and "After British Retreat, Chinese Communists Imprison Children's Book Authors" are three recent columns that I am only now getting around to posting and linking to here. They all appeared at the New York Sun and can be read there by clicking on the hyperlinked headlines.

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Ian and Regulation

October 2, 2022 at 10:54 am

A press release from Governor DeSantis about the response to Hurricane Ian includes the following about licensing:

· Temporary Veterinarian License Application: The Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine has a 30-Day Temporary Veterinarian License available to out-of-state veterinarians who do not currently hold a Florida Veterinary License but wish to come to Florida to provide relief veterinary services.

· DBPR EMERGENCY ORDER 2022-02 waives the $200 application fee for the issuance of a temporary license to out-of-state veterinarians, effective with the date corresponding with the effective date of Executive Order 22-218, as amended by Executive Order 22-219....

· DBPR Emergency Order 2022-01 extends the renewal deadline from September 30 or October 1, 2022, to October 31, 2022, for the following licenses:

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Two Views on Truss

October 2, 2022 at 10:27 am

Ross Douthat, writing in the New York Times, under the headline "Will Nostalgia Kill the British Right":

At the moment the electoral sweet spot for right-of-center governments in the Western world is a mixture of cultural (not religious) conservatism and relative economic moderation — an anti-libertarian right-wing politics, favorable to the welfare state and skeptical of immigration, that appeals to constituencies buffeted by globalization and anxious about national identity....

But Truss has gone in the opposite direction, not just with her tax-cut push, but with a push for expanded immigration — a double-down on a 1980s growth prescription, a Reagan-Thatcher nostalgia trip, that's carried the Tories away from their own constituents and earned her party absolutely apocalyptic poll numbers.

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Responding to China's Meddling in Midterm Elections

October 2, 2022 at 10:07 am

What would a serious U.S. response to Chinese meddling in U.S. elections look like? My latest column tries an answer. Please check out the full column at Newsmax ("Stop China's Meddling in Our Democracy—Disrupt Their Dictatorship") and at the New York Sun ("Could China's Social Media Campaign to Sway U.S. Voters Ignite a More Vigorous Response?").

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Teachers Unions Fund Campaign To Raises Massachusetts Taxes

September 23, 2022 at 8:17 am

The dozen largest contributions to a ballot initiative campaign for a Massachusetts tax increase were all from teachers unions or affiliates, I report at Education Next. Please check out the full story, headlined "Tax Tenure?"

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Alberto Ibarguen and Ken Griffin

September 22, 2022 at 8:57 am

Bloomberg News this week uncorked its long-anticipated article about Ken Griffin's arrival as "instantly Florida's richest person after moving his family and financial empire to Miami from Chicago."

The line in Amanda L. Gordon's dispatch that really caught my attention was the shade cast by Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation. Gordon quotes Ibarguen as saying, "This is really an inorganic infusion of upper-middle-class and rich individuals that are suddenly coming in and widening the wealth gap even more."

"Inorganic"? Ibarguen makes Griffin sound like some kind of chemically fertilized supermarket tomato. Or a cheap pair of polyester pants. Or the vinyl upholstery on the subcompact rental car tourists pick up in the Alamo lot at MIA. What could Ibarguen possibly have been thinking?

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A Chaplain for the Education Department?

September 5, 2022 at 4:46 pm

"The Federal Department of Education Now Has a Chief Economist. Maybe What It Really Needs Is a Chaplain," is the headline over a column I wrote for Education Next. Please check it out in full if you are interested in that sort of thing. The subheadline is "A Christian case for student loan relief?"

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Vanguard Hits Non-Millionaires With New $20 Per Account Fee

August 31, 2022 at 6:18 pm

Vanguard is telling account holders that if they want to keep getting paper statements, tax forms, or mutual fund annual reports in the mail and don't have at least $1 million with Vanguard, "you may be subject to a $20 annual account service fee per Vanguard Brokerage Account."

The timing of this is strange. After years of gains, the stock and bond markets are down, and Vanguard decides that now it's a good time to stop mailing shareholders statements and mutual fund reports that allow them to see how much they have lost?

Also, given that Vanguard has earned a reputation over the years for low fees and for welcoming customers who aren't yet wealthy, the $20 per account for everyone without $1 million seems fairly steep.

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Joe Pinion Versus Senator Schumer

August 25, 2022 at 4:49 pm

The Republican Party's candidate against Senator Schumer in New York in 2022, Joe Pinion, is the topic of my column this week, which features an interview with Pinion. Please check out the full column at Newsmax ("Pinion Could Shake Schumer Out of His Complacency") and at the New York Sun ("Who Is Joe Pinion? He Could Be the Candidate to Topple Senator Schumer").

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Reviving Anti-Communism

August 18, 2022 at 7:47 am

The September issue of Commentary, just out, has a well-crafted and timely article by Gary Dreyer headlined "Why and How to Revive American Anti-Communism."

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Where Is Biden's Barry Goldwater?

August 17, 2022 at 8:10 am

President Biden's upcoming in-person meeting with Xi Jinping is the topic of my column this week. Please check out the full column at Reason ("Biden Shouldn't Meet Xi Jinping in China. He should do it in America."), at Newsmax ("Biden Would Do Well to Learn from Goldwater's Wisdom"), and at the New York Sun ("Wanted: A Barry Goldwater for President Biden.") The column was also picked up and excerpted by the Wall Street Journal in its "Notable & Quotable" feature spot ("The Chinese Communist Party") and mentioned by Jim Geraghty of National Review in his "Morning Jolt" newsletter ("The Remarkable Apathy about Biden-Family Corruption").

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David McCullough

August 11, 2022 at 7:19 am

Historian David McCullough is the topic of my column this week. Please check out the full column at Reason ("R.I.P. David McCullough, Who Saw the Bright Side of History"), Newsmax ("McCullough Was a Miraculous Story Teller"), the New Boston Post ("McCullough's Miracle: Recovering Heroic Story of 1776"), and the New York Sun ("McCullough's Miracle: Recovering the Heroic Story of 1776.")

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Biden's 'Never Again'

August 3, 2022 at 8:48 pm

"Future historians may ask what Biden was busy doing while the Chinese Communists were perpetrating a genocide. What an irony if the answer turns out to be, visiting Yad Vashem," I write in my column this week. Please check out the full column at Newsmax, where it appears under the headline, "For Now, Biden's 'Never Again' Are Empty Words."

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Photo of the Day

August 2, 2022 at 9:10 pm

The "coastal elite" t-shirt, $34, made in Mexico, 100 percent cotton. "Very popular" according to the salesperson, to the point where there were only two remaining in stock.

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