Limerick from Skiip Tenczar
DeSantis doesn’t like discord in his political house,
If anyone criticizes he moves quickly to douse.
And some will dearly pay
If they say the word gay
That’s why Ron decided to attack Mickey Mouse.
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We discuss the latest assault on education in Florida, and in other states, including New Hampshire. Florida has banned several books from use. We also discuss how parents now feel that they are more qualified than professional, trained teachers to understand how to teach children. These are the parents who demanded that their children go back to school when schools were shuttered due to Covid, and parents had opportunity to tutor their children themselves. For the Republican party, it seems that education represents a threat: children will be learning that authoritarianism is not optimal, and that the children will learn that thinking for themselves may be a better way to go.
We look at the question: should millionaires/billionaires/trillionaires exist? These individuals amass great amounts of money, with which they control the lives of others. They attack the rule of law, or simply ignore the law altogether.
We also discuss the Veterans Administration, and its many virtues. It provides integrated care to 9 Million veterans, and acts as a resource to private hospitals. It trains 70% of all clinicians in the US. Yet, it is not recognized for the contributions it makes to public health.
We also discuss the upcoming elections in France, and what the characteristics of the two main competitors: Macron and LePen are, and how French will judge them.