Education is an issue for Democrats, tax-driven migration and other comments

Liberal: education, a problem for the Democrats

“Some proponents of public education and some politicians have shrugged off ‘growing fears’ that public schools cannot meet an acceptable standard,” worries Jessica Grose of The New York Times. They even go so far as to “allay parents’ fears about children falling behind by calling the concept of learning loss a ‘hoax’ or suggesting that parents should have no say in what schools teach. . But if, for example, your ninth grader is now struggling to read because remote first year was a disaster, that’s very real and could have long-term ramifications. And polls suggest that “voters care more about education than about abortion, immigration and climate change.” Indeed, emails from its privileged readers, mostly Democrats, show major concerns about the politicization of school boards and the “prioritization of things like social and emotional learning over the basics of reading, writing and math”, as well as the neglect of children with “learning differences”.

Libertarian: tax-driven migration

“Tax burdens are one of the drivers of migration,” especially high earners, notes Chris Edwards of the Washington Examiner. “Elon Musk apparently saved half a billion dollars when he moved from California, with its 13.3% top tax rate, to Texas, with its zero rate.” Overall, “for households with incomes over $200,000, California loses two households for each one it earns, and New York loses three households for each one it earns.” Meanwhile, “Florida gains more than two highest-earning households for each one it loses” and “West Palm Beach has a booming financial industry fueled by transplant entrepreneurs from the New York area.” A race to the bottom? “New York and Florida have about the same population, but the latter provides its state and local services with 26% fewer government employees than the former.”

Watching Iran: How Biden can help protesters

“The death of a young woman in police custody has sparked nationwide protests” in Iran, observes Bloomberg’s Bobby Ghosh, “calling for Raisi. . . regularly accused foreigners of plotting: regime change”. President Biden’s challenge “is therefore to help the protesters without allowing the regime to present them as American stooges”. There are ways: exempting Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite system, which can provide Internet connectivity to Iranians, from “sanctions”, and specifying that “any Iranian official linked to abuses against protesters will be subject to sanctions under the World Magnitsky Law”. “Iranian protesters know the grave risks they take when challenging the regime,” so “Biden should reward their bravery by helping them be heard above the noise created by Putin.”

Cultural Criticism: Death of a Royal Chronicler

“When the Queen died a fortnight ago it was widely assumed that the perfect writer to describe both her death and its aftermath was Hilary Mantel, but now that will never be the case,” laments Alexander Larman of SpectatorWorld. Mantel’s “sudden death” at age 70 “robs English literature of one of its most distinctive and fascinating voices”. His historic Wolf Hall books, which have gone on screen and on stage, are “uncompromising novels that have sold in the kinds of numbers that far less genteel airport reads usually do”, read by ” people who would generally avoid the kind of difficult, intellectually penetrating books that Mantel specialized in. Even after becoming famous, she never lost “her intellectual integrity.”

War beat: Putin’s main weaknesses in Ukraine

“Morale and cohesion are essential” to military victory, but “Vladimir Putin’s troops have yet to demonstrate much” either, Dov Zakheim told The Hill. His partial mobilization is “unlikely to change that”. The Ukrainian fighters, on the other hand, maintained cohesion “and a remarkable level of morale”. Putin’s “threat to employ tactical nuclear weapons is likely a reflection of his growing panic” that his “conventional operations” will fail. Yet it would be his generals, not him, who would order the troops to initiate any tactical nuclear operation, and they, “probably far more than him, would recognize that it could create an existential risk for Russia itself.”

– Compiled by the Editorial Board of The Post

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