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Washington is printing money faster than Kyle Busch drives around ovals, yet the Biden administration keeps pretending inflation isn’t a problem.

But we now have perhaps the most alarming evidence yet that inflation is serious: The price of the world’s most delicious food – bacon – has jumped 28% during the past 12 months, according to Consumer Price Index data.

If Congress passes all the new spending the president wants, expect prices to climb even higher.

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Women who choose to join the military should have every opportunity enjoyed by their male counterparts. That being said, women should not be required to register for the draft, as mandated last month by the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Said Texas Rep. Chip Roy at the time, “We [Republicans] offered amendments to strip that provision out. We offered amendments then to say we should abolish the draft, whatever it would take to try to end this foolish policy. … The Democrats refused to even entertain those amendments.”

At the risk of sounding like a caveman, there is something wholly dishonorable about men making women fight their battles. Let’s hope this nonsense dies in the Senate.

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Here’s what the Wall Street Journal reported two weeks ago: “The number of homicides in the U.S. rose nearly 30% in 2020 from the prior year to 21,570, the largest single-year increase ever recorded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

Some blame this on guns, but violent crime has been falling for decades as gun ownership in this country remained high.

The Journal quoted University of Missouri criminologist Richard Rosenfeld, who said, “The rise in homicides coincided with the pandemic last summer, and also the outbreak of widespread protests against police violence after George Floyd was murdered.”

Paul Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah, had this to say at a Heritage Foundation event in March: “I think what we see has happened is a reduction in policing, particularly the kinds of policing that might be expected to have the most effect on homicides and shooting crimes.”

Maybe “Defund the Police” wasn’t a good idea.

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“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” said former Virginia governor and current gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe two weeks ago.
He was defending his 2017 veto of a bill giving parents the right to demand alternatives to sexually explicit course materials.

Writer Samuel Goldman of The Week brilliantly analyzed those words by reminding his readers that “Journalist Michael Kinsley famously defined a gaffe as when a politician accidentally tells the truth.”

As Mr. Goldman added, McAuliffe’s remark “got into gaffe territory in its accidental revelation of what the Democratic Party increasingly thinks of parents. In this view, challenges to decisions made by credentialed experts aren’t an essential feature of democratic accountability. They’re a ... commoner’s insult to rightful power.”

Let’s face it, if schools are going to teach more than reading, writing and arithmetic, if they’re also going to interpret history, examine politics and teach sexual morality, then not all parents will be happy with what their children are being taught.

Schools don’t just teach facts, they instill values. And when parents’ values are undermined in the classroom there will be little they can do about it. Politicians like Terry McAuliffe will make sure of it.

Contact Bart Adams at badams@mydailyrecord.com.

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