In his clearly scripted “interview” during the Super Bowl (anyone ask if the questions had to be submitted in advance?) Uncle Joe made it absolutely clear that he doesn’t care what the science and data show, he is going to do whatever the teachers’ unions want him to do. The unions gave him directly a paltry $232,000 during the campaign, although that was more than any other candidate for any office received directly, but the unions gave over $37 million to groups that aided his campaign. So however you want to look at it, we can see exactly what a child’s life is worth to him, especially a minority or low-income child. There are 76 million school age children in the US. So Joe is willing to sell their lives for three-tenths of a cent each. Okay, let’s be generous and give him credit for all the money that teachers’ unions spent helping him and the Democrats. Now we are up to 49 cents a child’s life. Makes you feel better doesn’t it, to know that this is how cheaply you can persuade a president to destroy children’s lives because you are too lazy or fearful to go to work, despite all the evidence showing it is safe. I have an idea, how about we organize a crowdfunding campaign and try to raise about $40 million for Uncle Joe to change his mind. China and the Ukraine clearly show the family can be bought.
And let’s be 100% honest. There is no question at all about two things. One is that we are ruining children’s lives, in many cases irreparably. And the burden falls heaviest on minority and low-income children, many of whom have simply given up on school. Not only are educational opportunities being missed (although I have mixed feelings describing what public schools deliver as “education”, seems more like indoctrination) but the critical social interaction for development is foregone as well. We see the toll in mental health issues and most tragically, rising suicides. We have created a stressed, anxious, isolated, depressed and hopeless generation of school children. The second thing we know is that there is absolutely no reason why children should not be in full-time, in-person school. We know this because there are multiple places where they are doing this and have been since the epidemic began. We know this because studies suggest schools are not a hotbed of transmission and students don’t routinely transmit the virus to each other or teachers.
Politicians are supposed to make choices for the greatest welfare of the public as a whole. Children are supposed to hold a special weight in that calculation. Sometimes you have to make a hard choice. This one should be easy. The welfare of our children mandates that every school should be open right now. Any teacher, administrator, school board member or politician who stands in the way of that should lose their position, be fined and subjected to criminal penalties, because what they are doing is a crime.
Oh, and if it makes you feel a little better, our Governor here in Minnesota at least appears to place a somewhat higher value on the children’s lives he sells out. There are around one million school aged children in Minnesota. The teachers’ unions appears to have spent around $2 million helping Democrats in Minnesota in 2020. So little Timmy Walz will require $2 for him to destroy children’s lives.