Do The Kids Matter?

“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” Terry McAuliffe, who previously served as Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, said during a debate with Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.” If this wasn’t bad enough, things got even worse.

 On Oct. 4th, according to N.Y. Times, “The Justice Department, in response to pleas from national groups representing school administrators, is deploying federal law enforcement officials around the country to help address instances where people have threatened and harassed educators over divisive policy issues such as mask mandates and teaching about racism, and possibly pursue prosecutions.” In other words, If you forcibly speak up at a school board meeting, you just might find the FBI at your door. Sounds more like China than America.

How did we get to this point? With our children being subjugated to remote learning, parents became aware of what was being taught to our children. In some areas, the youngsters were being told whites were privileged and oppressors. Blacks are at a terrible disadvantage throughout their lives. Some classes use the NY Times 1619 project to teach students that the U.S. was founded and dependent on slavery. Some parents found this odd and checked. They found top historians and economists deride the project as inaccurate and misleading. 

Many of these parents couldn’t question schools about these lessons because they were closed. While schools were open and in-person in some states and most of Europe, teachers’ unions lobbied to keep them closed until their demands were met. Numerous non-union charters and private schools found a way to stay open.

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Winter of Discontent

Unintended consequences don’t mean unpredictable results. The drive among developed nations to replace fossil and nuclear power with renewables has had political support. Windmills and solar panels dot the landscape. Leaders and the media tell us these are the power sources of the future. Given these forecasts, only fools invest in fossil fuels. Everyone knows Nuclear power is so dangerous people have to be crazy to operate a reactor of any kind. The sooner we get rid of these relics of our unenlightened past, the better.

Nowhere has this Green mantra taken hold with more incredible speed than Western Europe. Coal mines and power plants abandoned ghosts. After the flooding of the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant, Germany decided to close all its nuclear plants. The world was made aware of how virtuous these nations had become. They may spend a little more, but it’s worth it to save the world.

Of course, the spoilsports asked what would happen if the sun didn’t shine or the wind didn’t blow? Not to worry, the greens answered, we’ll have backup batteries and some natural gas plants to tide us over. 

Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” This summer, the sun didn’t shine, and the wind didn’t blow in western Europe. What’s the result?

According to CNBC, “Wholesale gas prices have spiked across the region, with the U.K. being hit particularly hard.” U.K. power companies are facing collapse. The batteries don’t exist. How do you cope with a 250% rise in natural gas prices?

Pay up or close down is the stark choice facing many companies. Consumers are startled by soaring prices. Now everyone asks how we got in this fix?

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