Restrict stock trading, Nancy Pelosi and other commentary

From the left: Restrict Stock Trading, Nancy

“Congress can trade stocks or keep the public trust. Not both,” declares The New York Times’ Michelle Cottle. Bills to “restrict trading by lawmakers” have been floating around the House and Senate after the public learned “members of Congress had violated” reporting requirements. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — whose husband is a venture capitalist — “opposes major reform,” calling America “a free-market economy.” Sorry, Cottle says: “A growing number of Americans feel,” it isn’t “working for them.” With the nation “facing a crisis of faith in its political system and elected leaders,” lawmakers should “obsess about making money once they leave office. Until then, they need to stay focused on the public interest.”

Centrist: Joe’s ‘Big Lie’ About Coming Elections

“For months, President Biden, Democratic politicians, and some in the media have hammered away at ‘Trump’s Big Lie’ of the 2020 election,” notes Jonathan Turley at The Hill. “They insisted that the former President Trump began months before the election to plant a false narrative that changes in election laws were part of an effort to ‘steal’ the election.” But now “Biden and others are pushing their own ‘Big Lie’ that state election laws are now being changed to steal the 2022 and 2024 elections.” This is their excuse for trying “to federalize elections in the United States, an area that has been largely left to the states.” In short, “Biden’s embrace of rage politics has fueled the hysteria” surrounding future voting.

From the Right: Politicizing Charity

In part of a new trend, outsiders are pushing Fidelity Charitable to limit which nonprofits its members can support to “handicap conservative groups and advocacy,” fumes Jeremy D. Tedesco at The Wall Street Journal. Targeting conservative nonprofits, “a loose coalition of fringe groups” demands that Fidel disclosure contributions and “impose viewpoint-based litmus tests on the charities and causes its account holders can support.” Such “name-and-shame censorship” will create “a politicized philanthropic culture, in which an outside activist’s demands trump a donor’s intent” and so “destroy the country’s unique charitable culture.” “Institutions that offer donor-advised funds” should continue to allow donations to any recognized nonprofit, “protect donors’ privacy” and “refrain from imposing viewpoint-based litmus tests on donors’ charitable choices.”

Schools beat: Counter-Revolution ‘Underway’

Thanks to the pandemic school closures, “parents saw what their children were learning,” weren’t “impressed” and have mobilized, warns Oliver Wiseman at UnHerd. They’re now “a crucial slice of the electorate,” joining campaign groups, attending school-board meetings and running for office. And they’re set to “decide races across America,” after electing Glenn Youngkin in Virginia last year. They’re also “voting with their feet”: Public-school enrollment in New York City is down 5%, homeschooling in Virginia rose 50% last year and “the school-choice movement is flourishing.” Those “stuck dealing with at-home learning for more than a year will not easily forget who was revealed to have a veto power over their children’s education”: teachers unions. A “counter-revolution” is already “underway,” and parents “are its foot-soldiers.”

Iconoclast: Behind Biden’s Disaster Year

“To be charitable,” snarks TK News’ Matt Taibbi, President Biden “hasn’t been a total disaster. He managed to pull out of Afghanistan.” Yet “building a party whose electoral strategy relies on the minority votes while being totally cut off from the working class where a lot of those voters live has put the party in a suicide pattern.” He has “let every half-cocked pseudo-intellectual in Washington occupying his White House, their dumbass fixations achieving what was previously thought to be impossible, driving loyal minority in droves into the arms of Donald Trump.” Yet “the issue that has cost Biden the most is the pandemic. The best word for his Covid policy is weird,” as “his own infirmity has added to the impression that America’s Covid-19 policy is a Nosferatu ghost ship floating to nowhere.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board


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