Today we got this in our email. It’s a press release from Bill Cassidy’s office touting his strongly-worded firm stance on how the Biden administration is dragging its feet on reopening the schools to in-person instruction…
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today delivered a blistering speech on the Senate floor slamming the Biden administration for disregarding science and keeping schools shuttered from in-person learning one year into the pandemic.
“[O]ne thing that is of incredible concern is it appears that the Biden administration which campaigned saying that they were going to follow science alleging that the previous administration was not, seems not to be following science but to prejudice their recommendations to fit a political agenda,” said Dr. Cassidy.
“[I]t is established that there are kids being left behind by not being in the classroom, and those kids disproportionately are poor. And that’s why the Biden administration’s pledge to follow science resonated, and that’s why early indications that they are not is not just disappointing, it is a betrayal. And not a betrayal of a campaign pledge. A betrayal of those children who are home.”
“[I]n Louisiana, over 75% of our schools have reopened. Hats off to my state. Private and parochial schools have been open. Hats off to them.”
“We should take the money that we’re giving to those public schools that will not open because the teachers’ unions oppose it and give it to the parents so their children can go to the school where their children will actually be educated. And the fact that we don’t do that is politics over what is best for that child. It is a betrayal of those children. And this administration’s policy four months into their – into their four years demonstrates betrayal after betrayal after betrayal. Let’s safely reopen schools now. We know we can do so.”
“Congress has provided $68 billion before this latest bill in order to make sure we have everything we needed in order to do that. A lack of funding has not been an excuse to reopen. What is clear is a lack of will.”
“This administration is betraying the most vulnerable children in our country. Reopen schools now.”
First of all, he’s late to the party, because John Kennedy already beat that drum.
Secondly, if Cassidy is so torqued up about the Biden Administration’s slavish devotion to the anti-education agenda of the teachers’ unions who put that doddering old pervert in the White House, how come he’s assisted them in their work so far?
As in, why was Cassidy one of 14 Republican Senators who voted to confirm Biden’s teacher union goon Education Secretary?
Oh, you didn’t know about that? Well…
On Monday the U.S. Senate confirmed Miguel Cardona, President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the U.S. Education Department, by a vote of 64-33.
Republicans who voted with Democrats are:
Sens. Richard Burr (NC), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), John Cornyn (TX), Deb Fischer (NE), Chuck Grassley (IA), Ron Johnson (WI), Mitch McConnell (KY), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rob Portman (OH), Mitt Romney (UT), Marco Rubio (FL), and Thom Tillis (NC).
Three Republicans did not vote: Sens. Marsha Blackburn (TN), Roy Blunt (MO), and Jerry Moran (KS).
Cardona, 45, a former elementary school teacher and public school principal, rose to become the Connecticut commissioner of education.
The new education secretary will undoubtedly face negotiating the reopening of public schools with teachers’ unions as the nation continues to manage the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed in mid-February that Biden’s campaign promise to get the majority of schools open in the first 100 days of his administration was for in-person learning “at least one day a week” and not full-time, in-person learning.
While Cardona had been vocal about the importance of in-person learning for students in Connecticut, he refrained from endorsing any mandates to have all children return to school.
This guy refused to commit to pushing to reopen the schools even though that had been his position in Connecticut. That was a pretty obvious signal that he was just another Democrat drone who would do exactly what his paymasters tell him.
Reopening the schools wasn’t even the worst of Cardona’s disqualifying sins. There was this…
Cardona all but said that he was cool putting men into women’s high school and college sports during his confirmation hearings, and you can believe him on that topic because he’s the guy who was in charge of public education in Connecticut where boys have completely taken over girls’ high school track and field. That happened on his watch.
But Bill Cassidy voted to confirm Cardona as the Education Secretary for the federal government anyway – without, by the way, securing a commitment from Cardona to reopen the schools.
And now he wants to take to the Senate floor and bitch about a failure of performance?
Go chase those horses you let out of the barn, Bill. We’re all really impressed with the effort.
We would have put up with this kind of insulting Failure Theater before Cassidy’s impeachment votes. To a degree, there is only so much a senator can do to fix the mess that is Washington, DC, and fine – you have to pick your battles.
But when Cassidy turned swamp rat and voted first to affirm the constitutionality of a kangaroo-court impeachment so patently violative of due process that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who is constitutionally required to preside over it, refused to do so (which in and of itself made the impeachment trial irreparably unconstitutional) and next to convict Trump of inciting an “insurrection” in which not a single deadly weapon was produced and which was underway before Trump offered even a word of “incitement” in a speech outside of the White House a 45-minute walk from the Capitol, that was the end of any benefit of the doubt anyone should give him. Especially when he won’t shut up about national politics.
Cassidy also voted to confirm Merrick Garland as Attorney General, by the way, after Garland offered a multiplicity of objectionable statements during his confirmation. It’s not like he was asleep at the switch when Cardona’s confirmation came up. He’s been as accommodating and submissive to Biden as he could be when he isn’t making his beta-male grousing statements he thinks put him on the right side of popular issues.
Congrats on the big-balls position that the schools ought to be open, Bill. What are you gonna do about it? Anything? Now that you’ve facilitated the teachers’ unions taking over the Department of Education and putting a knife to the neck of every public-school parent in America? Do you want credit for meaningless words? Because we’re all out of that commodity here.