CNN’s Jake Tapper questioned whether the country’s two major political parties are now eating theirs, citing flak chairman Joe Biden caught for refusing to offer $ 50,000 in student loan relief, as well as recent attacks of former President Donald Trump against another Republican, Senator Mitch. McConnell.
Hours later, MSNBC host Brian Williams asked the exact same question, also noting Trump’s recent taunts of McConnell. Williams wondered if a third could finally become viable, given that Americans are supporting the idea in ever-growing numbers.
(CN) – CNN host Jake Tapper began his show Wednesday afternoon discussing the Biden administration’s timetable for returning school children to in-person learning. Tapper believes President Biden and his team are evasive and decline to give a straightforward answer on whether teachers should be vaccinated before returning to their classes.
Brian Williams of MSNBC examined the blizzard that is disrupting an already disrupted life for millions of Americans in Texas and elsewhere. Nearly 5 million people have been without power in Lone Star State for days, and Williams compared the situation to the 19e century.
Back to school
CNN presenter Abby Phillip told Tapper that the Biden administration is walking a fine line with teachers, which explains the president’s reluctance to answer questions about when they should return to their classrooms.
She explained that the teachers’ union is a powerful voting bloc for Democrats, and Biden doesn’t want to anger them by telling teachers to go back to class before they’re ready. It will likely be months before enough vaccines are available to immunize all teachers across the country, and even then many have refused to return until their students are also vaccinated.
Meanwhile, many parents are already angry after being locked up with their children for a year. It’s a bit of a lose-lose situation, but avoiding direct questions is hardly ever the right way. Phillip asked why the administration isn’t offering states a proverbial carrot to prioritize teachers in the vaccine queue if it claims teacher safety is important.
“What really puzzles me is why the Biden administration, which has stuck to a campaign pledge to put science first and scientific leadership, can’t just state what the science says about the subject while indicating their preference for what they hope will happen, ”Phillip asked.
On her show Wednesday night, Williams described the harsh conditions faced by up to 5 million Americans who have just been affected by a powerful blizzard – Americans in places that are not normally affected by blizzards.
People have been sleeping in moving cars for three days, burning furniture for warmth, watching their pipes burst. It’s absolute mess. “It’s straight into the 1800s tonight in parts of Texas,” Williams said.
Unafraid of the perceived political issues, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott blamed the widespread blackouts on renewables, which was quickly contradicted by his own energy department.
“Our wind and solar power were cut and they collectively represented more than 10% of our electricity grid. It just shows that fossil fuels are needed by the state of Texas, as well as other states, to ensure that we will be able to heat our homes in the winter and cool our homes in the summer, ”he said. Abbott said.
In fact, homes with solar panels and electric heaters fare better than most. The power outage in Texas stems mainly from a failure to winterize all of its various energy sources – solar panels actually perform best in cold weather and Scandinavian wind turbines continue to run year round.
Tapper reported that at an event at city hall on Tuesday, an attendee asked Biden what he would do to get $ 50,000 student debt relief. Biden said in a neutral tone, “I won’t make it.”
Biden has so far offered $ 10,000 in student debt relief, much to the disappointment of more progressive members of his party like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The two have already questioned him on the matter.
Another option if taxpayers have to foot the bill: require that public university tuition fees be tied to earning potential. There is an argument to be made that it is not viable to reward schools for letting 18-year-olds incur $ 50,000 or more in unreliable debt for degrees in fields with little prospect of success. relatively low employment or wages. Or just let the students pay off that debt by going bankrupt after a certain number of years, which would cause schools to focus on results.
Across the aisle, Tapper wondered if Senator Mitch McConnell regretted his vote against former President Trump’s conviction in the impeachment trial, given that Trump recently called it a “hack. austere, sullen and smileless policy “for expressing even the lightest criticisms. on Trump’s role in instigating the Capitol riots last month.
“I think it just shows that if you’re not 100% Trump fan, if you don’t do 100% what the president wants, he will come after you,” said Mia Love, a former Republican MP. from Utah.
Turns out the guy claims he’s all about loyalty.
Williams cited a recent Gallup poll in which 62% of Americans now say they support the creation of a viable third party, up 5% since September. America isn’t Twitter after all, and luckily most people still appreciate nuance.
Increasingly, people are buying into the idea that they have been abandoned by a two-party system that has left the government in perpetual stalemate, and 50% of those polled say they identify as independent. Despite popular opinion, however, several roadblocks exist – the most important being that the guards do not want to give up their duopoly.
“We have a system of federalism where the 50 states set the rules, and those rules are set by the two main parties who don’t want new competitions between parties. But we know voters keep suggesting they have a more independent form of politics, ”said David Jolly, president of the Serve America movement.
Jolly said most people want a government that can still solve tough problems. He notes of the 50% who identify as independent, some lean more to the left than the general public, others more to the right. But most just want to choose the best policies from both sides and feel that neither really represents people like them.