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by Lawrence Davidson, To the Point Analyses, 10/9/19
Part I— A Top Religious Advisor
It turns out that President Donald Trump has a “top religion advisor.” This is surprising because there is no evidence that President Trump has a “top religion,” or any religion at all. The only regular activities to occupy this president’s church-going Sundays are rounds of golf and the composing of malicious Twitter messages.
To understand just how irregular his lack or religion is, keep in mind that Trump is president of a country, the leaders of which have been proclaiming for 200 years that God is the national copilot. So, how does a faithless president handle this discrepancy? Well, he finds a frontman—a Trump-team religious ambassador. You need someone with sufficient religious credentials to argue that a Christian deity is among the president’s “base.” You need someone who can “authentically” declare that if you’re not for President Trump, you’re not for God.
Given Trump’s unethical lifestyle, you would think it would be difficult to find such a God-connected spokesman. However, it is exactly President Trump’s utter lack of ethics that has made this possible. The man is an opportunist extraordinaire: and unencumbered by ethics he can claim adherence to any belief whatsoever. Thus, it turns out that Donald Trump has made himself appear “the most pro-life president” the United States ever had, even as he simultaneously gives unqualified support to the National Rifle Association. He has turned himself into the “most pro-Israel president” while at the same time giving unqualified support to Saudi Arabia. And, Trump is now also mistaken for the “most pro-religious” president ever, even though, arguably, he is the most impious and profane of modern Oval Office occupants….
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By dianeravitch, September 22, 2019
Once again, we are reminded that charter schools are a Republican cause, and their champion is Betsy DeVos.
Mike Turzai, Republican Speaker of the House in Pennsylvania, was on his way to a meeting with Betsy DeVos when he encountered some public school teachers, who were picketing with signs saying they loved their public schools.
Turzai found this deeply offensive, and he proceeded to lambaste the teachers as a “special interest group” defending a “monopoly.”
In the video, Turzai praised charter schools, which receive government funding but operate independently of the public school system, saying that in charter schools. “you have to care about each child, not about the monopoly.” He then claimed that the public school advocates were part of a monopoly
“What you care about is a monopoly and special interests,” said Turzai, whose district encompasses the North Hills municipalities of McCandless, Pine, Marshall, Bradford Woods, and Franklin Park.
One of the advocates then said, “I am little offended from that,” to which Turzai responded, pointing to the posters they were holding, “Oh, I am offended by your posters.”
One poster read “I love public schools.” The other read “Public Money for Public Schools.”
Opinion at PennLive, Sep 13
By Sam Bernhardt, Pennsylvania Director at the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch.
The early summer budget battles in Harrisburg have mostly faded from view, but a larger fight is looming over Governor Tom Wolf’s top policy priority this fall: Creating a slush fund backed by fracking bonds.
The governor’s office has a more appealing name for their plan. “Restore Pennsylvania” is supposed to be a clever way to fund new infrastructure projects. But the governor’s scheme is a new spin on an old idea: A ‘severance tax’ on gas drilling. Wolf has tried and failed with this approach several times before, so this time he added a twist: Selling $4.5 billion in bonds, and plowing that money into a laundry list of public works projects and business-friendly incentives. The money would be paid back by a new tax on fracking….
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