DML Morning Briefing Wed. March 31: Biden’s plan to transform America
By Team DML
Today is March 31 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion.
1 – White House unveils $2 trillion infrastructure and climate plan, setting up giant battle over size and cost of government
The Washington Post reports: The White House on Wednesday unveiled an approximately $2 trillion jobs plan focused on infrastructure and the climate, a blueprint that represents President Biden’s vision for how to reshape the U.S. economy.
Under what the administration calls the American Jobs Plan, Biden aims to tackle some of the nation’s most pressing problems — from climate change to decaying water systems to the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
The plan, set to be introduced by Biden in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, says it will enable drivers across the country to find electric charging stations for their vehicles on the road. Every lead pipe in the country would be replaced. All Americans would have access to high-speed Internet broadband by the end of the decade. As many as 2 million homes and housing units would be built, retrofitted or renovated.
Biden’s plan devotes more than $600 billion to rebuilding America’s infrastructure, such as its ports, railways, bridges and highways; about $300 billion to support domestic manufacturing; and more than $200 billion in housing infrastructure. Other major measures include at least $100 billion for a variety of priorities, including creating national broadband, modernizing the electric power grid, upgrading school and educational facilities, investing in research and development projects, and ensuring America’s drinking water is safe.
Biden released the spending plan with a slew of tax hikes on businesses that is likely to be the most contentious part of his proposal. Biden’s plan includes raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent; increasing the global minimum tax paid from about 13 percent to 21 percent; ending federal tax breaks for fossil fuel companies; and ramping up tax enforcement against corporations, among other measures.
DML: What could possibly go wrong?
2 – AOC rant: Anyone who uses term ‘surge’ about border crisis is invoking a ‘militaristic frame’
Fox News reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is condemning the use of the term “surge” when discussing the ongoing border crisis at the southern border.
“They wanna say, ‘But what about the surge?’” Ocasio-Cortez said on Tuesday night during an Instagram Live session. “Well, first of all, just gut check, stop. Anyone who’s using the term ‘surge’ around you consciously is trying to invoke a militaristic frame.”
“And that’s a problem because this is not a surge, these are children and they are not insurgents and we are not being invaded, which by the way is a White supremacist idea-philosophy, the idea that if another is coming in the population that this is an invasion of who we are,” the congresswoman continued.
Also in her rant, the Democrat Socialist declared, “It’s not a border crisis. It’s an imperialism crisis. It’s a climate crisis. It’s a trade crisis.”
DML: New Yorkers voted for THIS?!
3 – “Alien” Will Be Removed From An Immigration Policy Manual Under A Biden Administration Plan
BuzzFeed reports: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officials are planning to remove references to immigrants as “aliens” in the agency’s policy manual more than a year after the term was inserted into the guidance during the Trump administration, according to government documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.
The planned wording change is part of the Biden administration’s efforts to cut down on the use of the term “alien” and alter the way immigrants are described by the federal government. The move also comes just weeks after agency officials directed leadership to no longer use the terminology in agency communications.
The policy manual posted online featured more than 800 instances of the term “foreign national” and already had more than 100 references to aliens. The agency underwent a process to change the phrasing in the policy manual, and the term “alien” is currently used more than 1,700 times. Now, officials are looking to replace “alien” with “noncitizen” as much as possible throughout the manual.
DML: Next they’ll remove the word “border.”
4 – CNN Straight News Piece Says ‘There Is No Consensus Criteria For Assigning Sex At Birth’
The Daily Caller reports: A Tuesday CNN news story stated as fact that “there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth” without attribution.
The CNN story, written by breaking news reporter Devan Cole, was about Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s battle with state lawmakers over H.B. 1217, a bill that seeks to ban biological males from women’s sports.
“It’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth,” Cole wrote, without attribution.
The story further noted that “biological sex” is a “disputed term that refers to the sex as listed on students’ original birth certificates” as CNN reported Noem’s two executive orders, one to “protect fairness in K-12 athletics” and another to “do so in college athletics.”
Cole wrote that the executive orders “do not explicitly mention transgender athletes, they reference the supposed harms of the participation of ‘males’ in women’s athletics — an echo of the transphobic claim, cited in other similar legislative initiatives, that transgender women are not women.”
Latest: South Dakota’s governor issues executive orders banning transgender athletes from women’s sports https://t.co/KSLAlz0ZCK
— Devan Cole (@devancole1) March 30, 2021
DML: Just can’t make this stuff up!
5 – White professor sues New Jersey college for racial discrimination after finding out his two black colleagues earn $45,000 more than him – despite ‘similar qualifications and experience’
The Daily Mail reports: A white professor is suing a New Jersey college for racial discrimination after finding out his two black colleagues earn at least $45,000 more than him.
William T. Lavell, 66, filed his lawsuit against Camden College on Friday after discovering the pay gap under the state’s public records law, NJ.com reports.
In his lawsuit chemistry professor Lavell argues that despite ‘similar tenure, qualifications, and experience’ black engineering professors Melvin Roberts and Lawrence Chatman earn more than him.
Records show Lavell’s salary in 2021 is $91,923, Roberts’ is $137, 157 and Chatman’s is $142,606.
Lavell, who lives in Annapolis, Maryland, is seeking more than $150,000 in damages.
DML: Now the script has flipped!
6 – ‘Dig Deep’: Students At Catholic School Instructed To Describe How They Benefit From White Privilege
The Daily Caller reports: Teachers at an elite Catholic school in Chicago instructed students to identify how they benefit from white privilege and which demographics they thought held the most power in society.
“How do you benefit from white privilege, and how have you held onto that benefit (despite knowing the harm it does)?” one question presented to 11th-graders in an ethics class at Loyola Academy, a Jesuit school, said, according to Fox News.
“What have you learned about the ways you have specifically wield[ed] this privilege that do harm (whether you intend to or not)?” the next question said, also instructing students not to “sugar coat” and to avoid describing the positive things they’ve done with their “privilege.”
“Remember this isn’t about being self-congratulatory, it’s about pulling out white supremacy,” the document reportedly said before prompting the students to answer: “What have you learned about your white privilege that makes you uncomfortable?”
In another class, a teacher gave students a chart and instructed them to rate different races and sexualities according to their perceived “warmth” and “competence.”
Loyola Academy admitted part of the assignment “included questions that were inappropriate,” and added, “those questions are no longer being used. As with any important ethical issues, we hope to challenge our students to be critical thinkers who work to address complex problems in light of our Catholic faith. A structured study of racism has been part of our ethics curriculum for over 20 years, and it will continue to be an essential component of a Rambler’s education.”
DML: So sick of this!
7 – COVID-19 vaccinations might become mandatory at colleges and universities
Fox Business reports: As college campuses target the fall semester for a return to “normal” learning, a new item will likely be added to the back-to-school checklist.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations might become mandatory for enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities come fall with more and more states opening up the vaccine pool to those 16 and above.
Rutgers University in New Jersey, was the first institution of higher learning to announce it will require all on-campus students to be fully vaccinated before the fall semester begins.
The university — with more than 76,000 students spread among four campuses — said students may request an exemption from the vaccination for medical or religious reasons.
DML: Here they go, it will spread nationwide.