Jason Wallestad

Exploring the worlds where parenting, teaching, advising, and coding coincide.

Why I’m voting for Biden: Trump’s base is still chanting “lock her up!”

September 20, 2020

I’m voting for Joe Biden this fall because Trump’s fan base is still chanting “Lock her up!” at his rallies –– rallies which Trump now describes, without irony, as “protests against stupidity.”

We all remember the fun and misogyny from 2016 when Republicans were outraged that Hillary Clinton used a private email server, but this is 2020, the opponent is now Joe Biden, and it’s the Trump administration now breaking federal rules regarding email systems.

If you’re interested in reality, here’s a list of the email misdeeds of the Trump administration:

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Why I’m voting for Biden: He’ll be a better steward of the economy than Trump

September 17, 2020

I’m voting for Joe Biden in November because Democrats will be more responsible stewards of the economy than Trump and will help raise the fortunes of working-class Americans.

Here’s a chart to mull over –– it shows how the stock market has performed under each of the last four U.S. Presidents expressed as a percentage from where it started when their terms started.

I don’t for a second think the stock market results are the work of the sitting President nor do I think the stock market is indicative of the American economy, and I only include this graph for some context for those who believe Trump when he brags about the market and takes credit for its gains.

Here’s the deal –– it’s been a pretty average market under Trump. I don’t blame him for it, and I don’t give him credit for it. But if he’s convinced you into thinking that it’s spectacular and that he’s responsible, then you’ve been conned.

Have you noticed how on the days when the market goes down, it’s always someone else’s fault? Can you possibly believe that the complex forces that shape the market are less powerful than Trump’s random ramblings on any given day?

This is the Trump pattern –– brag about the stat that looks good and ignore everything else. In July, August, and September of this year, Trump tweeted “Great jobs numbers!,” ignoring the fact that there are still more than 11 million jobs that were lost between February and April that haven’t yet returned.

The American economy is in trouble, and there are Americans who are in great need. Trump is not working in a bipartisan manner to solve this problem. The Republican side seems to honestly believe that their side will create prosperity for all, at least that’s what the memes I’ve seen them post on Facebook say.

Trump’s latest gambit of a payroll tax deferment is a complete swing and a miss, and it definitely won’t bring prosperity to working class Americans. It will only aid those who already have jobs, and its assistance is temporary as the deferred tax will be due by April 30. In other words, it’s a 7 month loan to yourself. Big whoop.

I’m ready for leadership that will take a measured, intelligent, and comprehensive look at the economy and craft policies that truly help the working class voters of America.

Why I’m voting for Biden: I support the right to vote for each and every United States citizen

September 14, 2020

I yearn for the good old days when the Republican Party was simply trying to gerrymander their way into the majority or using voter ID laws to disenfranchise U.S citizens who just happened to be disproportionately elderly or from minority or low income groups.

This year we’re seeing an all-out campaign by Trump against voting by mail, and the hypocrisy of Republican messaging on this issue is beyond staggering. Don’t believe me? Head to gop.com and you’ll be greeted by a popup video of Donald Trump signing his absentee ballot that he’s going to MAIL IN! And he’s encouraging his voters to do the same! 

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Why I’m voting for Biden: I believe in public education

September 12, 2020

Actions taken by Republican administrations over the last 20 years have consistently undermined schools and defunded education. Republicans give their education proposals and programs clever labels that are the opposite of what they actually do, from the Bush era “No Child Left Behind Act” to the Trump era “Every Student Succeeds Act.”

Betsy DeVos, the pyramid scheme heiress now in charge of public education in the United States, has enacted policies that are shortsighted at best and immoral at worst, as they have deliberately undermined the work being done by public school educators and diverted funding from struggling schools into voucher and charter school programs.

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Why I’m voting for Biden: I want a President who will be honest and forthright in a time of crisis

September 9, 2020

We learned today that Trump knew in early February that the coronavirus was deadlier than the flu, that it was airborne, and that it posed a danger to young people.  Weeks after making these taped comments, he repeatedly assured the general public that the exact opposite was true. On February 28 at one of his rallies, he even called the coronavirus a Democrat hoax.

In a public health crisis, we need accurate information from the person in charge, and we need someone to tell us the truth. If there is public health information that could impact us, we need it to be shared with us.

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Why I’m voting for Biden: He’ll be a better steward of the environment than Trump

September 8, 2020

Trump claimed today that he was the “number one environmental president since Teddy Roosevelt” in a press conference where he signed a proclamation that put a moratorium on drilling off the coast of Florida.

This one was a real head spinner.

For context, Obama banned drilling off the coast of Florida in 2016 and Trump lifted that ban in 2018. So now he’s the greatest environmental President because he re-enacted a ban that he lifted?

Let’s be clear on why he lifted the ban: Trump wants to win Florida, and most Florida residents don’t like dealing with potential oil spills or their beautiful views being ruined. It’s not a dumb political calculation, but it most certainly does not make the man who pretends that climate change is a hoax the second coming of Teddy Roosevelt.

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Why I’m voting for Biden: Trump’s administration has endangered Minnesota’s BWCA

September 7, 2020

Here’s a personal reason I’m choosing to cast my ballot this fall for Biden: actions taken by the Trump administration have placed the future of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in danger.

Chilean-owned mining company Antofagasta PLC (under their subsidiary Twin Metals Minnesota) is trying to gain approval from the U.S. government to open sulfide-ore copper and nickel mines as close as three miles to the southwestern edge of the BWCA.

The mantra of the BWCA is “leave no trace” –– when you camp there, as my daughter and I just did, you take that mantra seriously. You pack out everything you pack in, you don’t burn garbage, you don’t use soap in or near the lakes, you discard any dishwater at least 100 feet from shore, and you collect firewood only from trees or branches that have already fallen.

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Why I’m voting for Biden: A vote for Biden is a vote for normalcy

September 1, 2020

Conservative television host Laura Ingraham interviewed the President on FOX yesterday, or in other words, the President was on his home turf with a home crowd cheering him on, and he, let’s see, what’s an apt way to finish my sports metaphor…missed a three-foot putt.

In an interview that wasn’t much more than a grab bag of repetition, vague phrases, and innuendo with a little anti-vaxxer sentiment thrown in, Ingraham continually tried to keep Trump on his talking points, repeatedly prompting him, and changing the subject when he was about to say something stupid. And by stupid, I mean something like this: Trump compared the police officer who shot Jacob Blake to a golfer about to “miss a three-foot…”

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