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Conservative: Swalwell’s White Male Privilege

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is upset about Neera Tanden’s faltering nomination, tweeting that he’ll no longer be able to “tell little girls of South Asian descent that they’ll have the same opportunities in life as white men,” reports National Review’s David Harsanyi. Clearly, there’s “nothing Democrats can’t reduce to crass racial terms these days.” Swalwell could tell those girls that South Asian American women are “already incredibly successful” as CEOs, directors and even the vice president of the United States. And if they “suffer setbacks for having become acerbic, partisan hacks” — as Tanden is suffering for her vicious tweets — “that’s their own fault.” In return, the girls might ask Swalwell why he, “and not a young woman of South Asian descent, is representing ‘one of the largest Indian-American districts in the US’?”

From the left: Dems Failed Needy Kids

“Millions of American schoolchildren will soon have missed a year of in-person instruction, and we may have inflicted permanent damage on some of them,” laments The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof. And it’s the “Democratic governors and mayors who too often let schools stay closed even as bars opened” and have “presided over one of the worst blows to the education of disadvantaged Americans in history.” Rich kids in private schools with Internet access were able to “glide on through,” mostly unaffected; while marginalized youth were “left behind.” And some teachers are still pushing for schools to remain closed. “The country has “failed millions” — we must “right this wrong.”

From the right: Wage Hike Can Spur Crime

“A surprising body of research links” minimum-wage increases to spikes in crime by “those most likely to lose jobs” as a result of the wage hike, warns Charles Fain Lehman at City Journal, because the job-losers are mostly the young — those also “most likely to commit crime.” One study found the $15 wage Democrats hope to pass could cost $2.5 billion in crime damage, “a bill that would be borne disproportionately by the very people” the wage hike is meant to help. With unemployment well above pre-COVID levels and small businesses struggling, “now is perhaps the worst time” for a steep wage hike. That it could lead to millions of dollars in crime costs and create thousands of new criminals is “all the more reason to oppose it.”

Libertarian: Smith College’s Fake Woke Tales

In 2018, a black Smith College student named Oumou Kanoute claimed she was “harassed by a college janitor and police officer” who accused her of trespassing inside a dorm lounge, recalls Reason’s Robby Soave. Smith apologized to Kanoute, and the employees involved “were publicly branded racists.” Yet new details show Kanoute was indeed trespassing, and “contrary to Kanoute’s claim that she thought her life might be in danger, the officer was quite unarmed.” Even so, “the revelation that the entire narrative surrounding the incident was a lie has not changed matters one bit at Smith,” which didn’t apologize to the employees. Alas, the “tactic” of “weaponizing false claims of racism” is spreading. “As Andrew Sullivan once observed, ‘We all live on campus now.’”

Media watch: How To Deal With Hostile Journos

Elon Musk knows how to respond to reporters in the “hostile and dishonest” corporate media world, cheers The Federalist’s Christopher Bedford. Asked for comment by a Washington Post reporter about investors worried he’s “stretched too thin — a story the reporter almost certainly finished writing before bothering to reach out — Musk replied, ‘Give my regards to your puppet master,’ ” a reference to WaPo owner Jeff Bezos. Musk’s retort was appropriate for dealing with a hostile reporter, especially in a profession where it’s now “noble” to “take photographs of children to get just one more scoop on the already known story of Sen. Ted Cruz going to Mexico” — while a story about Gov. Cuomo “killing thousands of your parents in your own state is ignored.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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