Hunter watch: GOPer’s status confirmed
“The list of those who owe an apology for the Hunter-Biden affair could stretch to the moon and back.” scoffs Kimberly A. Strassel of the Wall Street Journal. Top of the list? Republicans “Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson”. Her investigation of Hunter startled Dems, who called it “a means of ‘laundering’ a foreign influence campaign.” Now that the story is authenticated, Grassley wants Dems to say, “What parts . . . was Russian disinformation,” while Johnson observed, “The press is . . . continue to ignore” Joe Biden’s own possible involvement. Hunter’s shenanigans raise “counterintelligence and blackmail issues” and make us wonder if the president really was “unaware of his son’s doings.” And while Johnson and Grassley “get satisfaction. . . They would no doubt accept that apology too.”
Urban Strike: Residents on their own vs. Crime
“Philadelphia’s progressive district attorney Larry Krasner has let violence and chaos run free in the city of brotherly love.” explains Thomas Hogan in the City Journal. The city set “a new annual homicide record with 562 murders in 2021,” while Krasner continues to let “criminals” walk free, even adding firearms to the list of crimes he won’t prosecute — “believing that… such prosecutions are unjust and racially discriminatory.” As a result, Philly residents are now forced to defend themselves against crime. “In an orderly society, law enforcement has a monopoly on the use of force, and citizens turn to the criminal justice system for protection.” But not in Krasner’s world, which is why the city’s population plummeted by nearly 25,000 last year.
Tax expert: alarming shortcomings in the state budget
In putting together a fiscal-year budget for New York State, Albany “doesn’t appear to have a sufficiently balanced priorities between emergency relief and recovery and protecting future New Yorkers from the next emergency or recession.” worries Andrew Rein of the Citizens Budget Commission. For example, the 15% of working capital allocated to reserves is less than half of the more than $40 billion that past recessions have cost the state in three years. Meanwhile, the budget “is reportedly adding billions of dollars in recurring spending without apparently taking equivalent action to curb spending growth in other areas.” This could result in “significant future fiscal strains, which is of particular concern given the bumpy recovery, global instability and inflationary pressures.”
Libertarian: Musk’s No Free Speech Guarantee
Elon Musk bought the largest stake in Twitter, perhaps to campaign for freedom of expression there. states JD Tuccille at Reason. Yet “every movement that revolves around a person is . . . only as good as this person” — and Musk, who is “already at war” with the SEC, is accused of “retaliating against critics” at Tesla. So it’s possible that “the influence he exerts on Twitter . . . be used against freedom of expression.” For this reason, the task of protecting “freedom of expression cannot be in the hands of one person”; it needs “a culture that values the protection of dissent, regardless of our agreement or disagreement with other people’s views”.
Progressive: Team Biden’s War on Charters
“More than 3.5 million parents in the United States today choose charter schools because they believe they are a better fit for their children,” argues Will Marshall of The Hill. However, the Biden Department of Education has introduced new rules “aimed at delaying the spread of public charter schools” by requiring their organizers to “work with local school districts to improve their chances of winning” federal funding. The problem is that partnering with “often hostile districts” would compromise what makes charters effective – “their autonomy.” Another rule: The Ed Department “wants to give federal grant assessors the power to override state and local decisions to authorize schools in the name of ‘community impact.’ This amorphous standard appears clearly destined to stem the attrition of families from county schools to charters.”
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
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