Jason Wallestad

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



September 2020

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More