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As the first full week of the Biden Administration came to a close, the president did not hold back in tossing out the much-vaunted “unity” he promised in his inaugural address. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove describes Biden’s first week as a “race to the left” and that he can keep good on his word if he reaches across the aisle instead of satisfying every demand on the left’s wish list. Credit to Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for committing to keep the Senate filibuster in place. But if they are interested in preserving bipartisanship and the Senate’s deliberative process, they should commit to keeping the Byrd Rule by voting against any progressive priorities passed off as reconciliation, writes Kim Strassel in her column for the Journal.
Speaking of Joe Manchin, the Senator from West Virginia has a good amount of leverage in an evenly divided Senate. In a feud with left-wing firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the moderate Democrat poured cold water on progressive wet dreams by promising to oppose ideas such as court packing and the Green New Deal. But can conservatives really rely on Manchin to be the bulwark against progressive insanity with unified Democratic control of government? James Antle explores this question in the January edition of Spectator USA.
While many of the executive orders signed by President Biden pander to the sensibilities of the woke left, they reveal a hidden partisan agenda to prop up blue states. The policies proposed by the Democrats will not only hamper economic recovery, but they will also adversely affect the earnings of red states with sound business policies by making them less competitive, as Matthew Continetti notes at National Review.
It comes as no surprise that the 1776 Commission, constituted by then-President Trump to challenge the left’s historical narrative of America as an irredeemable, was rolled back. The left took umbrage at Trump’s calls for a “patriotic” education when he announced the Commission, which explains the decision. However, in dismissing the intellectually torpid view of America being a nation founded on slavery, the Commission’s report understands history much better than its critics, argues Peter Wood in an essay for The American Mind.
While the media glossed over the theatrics of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as the antidote to Trump, they ignored the real crisis in care homes in New York. A damning report from the New York State Attorney General’s office stated that deaths in nursing homes were under-reported by 50%. The Washington Examiner is unsparing in its criticism of Cuomo’s sanctimony and incompetence in an editorial, and rightly so.
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