AFAIN: Conform or Else! Inflation Spikes; Parents’ Rights

Paying the Inflation Tax

      If you feel like whenever you go to the grocery store or to Wal-Mart, everything has gone up a little in price, it is not just a feeling. From the Spring through the Summer of this year inflation has surged to its largest level in 38 years

      The US Bureau of Economic Analysis released data late last week showing that a key marker of inflation watched by the Federal Reserve increased 4.3% in August over a year ago for both goods and services.  Energy prices alone have increased 24.9% in a year.
      This is the invisible tax Americans are paying.  The Biden administration claims it is only temporary, but many economists say inflation is here to stay under current policies.  It will become even more severe if the so-called infrastructure bill passes and pours $4 trillion into the economy through reckless government spending.  

      (The only thing the Biden Administration has “built back better” so far is the Taliban.)

      Even West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, one of only two Democrat Senators to question the far-left agenda of the Biden/Harris Pelosi/Schumer team, has concerns.   He had an amazing quote recently on the problem of inflation and fiscal irresponsibility.  (Remember economists say that inflation is “too many dollars chasing too few goods.” Printing and pouring trillions of tax dollars into an economy suffering from numerous shortages intensify the problem.)

      Senator Manchin said:

      “What I have made clear to the President and Democratic leaders is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity. . . Suggesting that spending trillions more will not have an impact on inflation ignores the everyday reality that America’s families continue pay an unavoidable inflation tax. Proposing a historic expansion of social programs while ignoring the fact we are not in a recession and that millions of jobs remain open will only feed a dysfunction that could weaken our economic recovery. This is the shared reality we all now face, and it is this reality that must shape the future decisions that we, as elected leaders, must make.”

       I pray that Sen. Manchin holds strong on this. 

Senator Braun Defends Parents in Education

        Last week, Indiana Senator Mike Braun grilled Education Secretary Miguel Cardona about his criticism of parents’ involvement in education. 

      During a hearing, Braun asked Cardona: “Do you think parents should be in charge of their child’s education as the primary stakeholder?”  “I believe parents are important stakeholders . . .But I also believe educators have a role in determining educational programming,” Cardona said.

        Braun responded that he had asked if the parents are the “primary” stakeholders. “I think that’s going to be a little out of focus,” Braun said. “I think you’re going to find, across all elements of education, since they pay the bills, raise the kids, they probably need to be the primary spokespeople for their own kids.”

        Braun also raised the issue of parents expressing anger and frustration at local school board meetings over mask mandates and Critical Race Theory.  “I think that’s civic engagement,” the senator said, noting that he had been on a school board for ten years.

        Braun was “disturbed” by a comment Cardona made about why parents are frustrated at school board meetings. The Secretary had said, “I think it’s a proxy for being mad that their guy didn’t win.” Sen. Braun asked the secretary if he wanted to retract that statement.

        Cardona refused to retract his statement, doubled down, and praised public schools’ actions over the last 18 months. 

        Secretary Cardona’s criticism of parents upset with what many schools are teaching and his refusal to say that parents are the primary stakeholder in their kids’ education came after Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said in a debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

        In my experience in the state legislature, as well as serving several years on the Governor’s Education Roundtable, the arrogant idea that parents are the problem and that educators are the solution is rampant among school administrators and educational leaders.

An Era of Total Conformity

         The US Census Bureau has found that roughly 16% of Americans are hesitant to get the Covid vaccine.  About half of those (7.5%) say they “definitely will not” take it.  

          The numbers may be a little higher as many people may not even want to answer such a survey, but most people are open to the vaccine. Still, that’s not good enough for the Biden Administration.  Their response to this is to declare a goal of a vaccination rate of “98% or more” and to demonize those who question the vaccine.

         This is a perfect example of where we are, despite two decades of people claiming to value “tolerance.”  There is almost no real tolerance left in American culture

         Our culture and therefore politicians increasingly demand universal conformity.  Less and less do we allow dissent.  Churches are not going to be exempt from this forever.  Look at where we are:

  •       A question of some obvious things about the pandemic gets you labeled “anti-science” and banned from social media.  
  •      You had Covid and thus natural immunity? Too bad, get vaccinated or lose your job.  
  •      Are you a business owner who does not want to fire your unvaccinated employees?  You will face a $700,000, company-killing fine under the proposed infrastructure bill.  
  •     If you don’t agree to participate in a same-sex marriage, a human rights commission could fine you. You could lose your home or your business. 
  •     Question a school board about racist or Marxist ideologies and it may be the last public board meeting the school allows. (The National School Board Association wants parents who demand the removal of CRT deemed “domestic terrorists.”)   
  •     Concerned about 1 million abortions every year in America, too bad, your taxpayer dollars will subsidize it.  
  •     Speak for traditional values and you’re labeled a “right-winger” in a media that never utters the phrase “left-winger.”

       Do you see the direction we are headed?  

       It is going to get much worse unless we act.  Dig in, speak up, and push back, at the ballot box and in the public square.  Support groups, organizations, churches, and leaders who stand for what is right and true.  Teach your children about our values and the history of persecution, noting that our Founders correctly worried it could happen here because it is. 

In Their Own Words:

     “Freedom must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”  – President Ronald Reagan

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