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Washington beyond the headlines: Red Menace, and Teacher Menace


By Andy Blom, TES Washington Editor

Okay, so this DC strategist told me the Vaccine Mandate was supposed to distract us from the Afghanistan debacle, which was supposed to distract us from the planned Federal takeover of elections, which was supposed to distract us from the $3.5 – $5 trillion government from cradle to grave Reconciliation Bill. Whew, Washington is busy and I’m confused. Who is not confused are the free market thinkers and doers who are working every day to keep us informed…and protected. Here is this week’s news…

Saving the Environment by Charging More for Groceries. Every time a Democrat wants to pay for some feel good idea they plan to “tax the rich”. Not the state of Maine. The Pine Tree State rejected tax hikes for the rich, then its people rejected a carbon tax. Not so fast said the Democrat Governor and Democrat controlled legislature. They came back with a proposed ‘Producer Tax’ that levies a tax on consumer goods manufacturers that will result in higher prices at the grocery store for the average (not rich) Maine family. Ouch. Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform has the ugly details here for Forbes.

Is Your Data Safe? Sure, if You Trust China. Been on TikTok lately? China is watching you, and capturing your data. But not just on TikTok. The Chinese have been aggressively amassing cyber info for years, and now they’re getting even more active. Should you be worried? Noah Vehafric has the answers here. 

Hey Colorado, Look before You LEAP. Colorado has a bunch of interesting laws that involve civic engagement (such as politicians can’t tax Coloradans without getting their permission). This results in a lot of petitions to get issues on the ballot and that requires some effort and attention from the populace. Radio host Kim Monson has highlighted some of the issues, and problems, in a series of posts that raise red flags and wave them high. If you’re in Colorado read here, here, here, here and here. before you sign anything. Not from Colorado? Well, it’s becoming the new California and what’s bad there could be coming soon to a state near you.

And if You’re in Oklahoma…and have children grades K-8, you need to know about this: Oklahoma’s first tuition-free classical charter school. OK! 

20 Years. Never Forget. Here’s How. Like December 7th, 9/11 is a day that will live in infamy forever. But sometimes memory fades. Life gets busy. Events overtake us. Ironlight Labs has developed 20 stories – 20 for 20 – that will help us to never forget the tragedy and courage of that fateful day. Introduce your children, and reintroduce yourself to 9/11 here.


Andresen Blom is a Washington based policy and political analyst and author who has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and Politico.