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Biden to Governors: Stop Bullying School Officials Who Want to Keep Kids Safe from Coronavirus

President Biden isn’t mandating vaccines for all teachers and school staff, but he’s asking governors to require such school vaccinations… and to quit being bullies:

Let me be blunt.  My plan also takes on elected officials and states that are undermining you and these lifesaving actions.  Right now, local school officials are trying to keep children safe in a pandemic while their governor picks a fight with them and even threatens their salaries or their jobs.  Talk about bullying in schools.  If they’ll not help — if these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as President to get them out of the way [President Joe Biden, remarks from the White House, 2021.09.09].

It’s not bullying for teachers, school boards, and the President of the United States to carry out their mandate to keep students and the public safe. It is bullying—political bullying—to deny schools the tools they need to carry out that mandate.


  1. Mark Anderson 2021-09-10

    It’s easy, nobody worries about DeSantis, he’s a shortstop pretending to be a centerfielder. He’s losing everywhere in the courts. The Norwegians kicked his butt. He and Noem and Abbott are playing for the bottom maybe 30% of the electorate. It will go even lower, I don’t think the traitor Robert E. Lee will win points for the monkey master either. What will they run on in the race for normal people? No more right to Abortion, freedom from vaccine, screw minoritys, save your children from having to learn the real history of America. They don’t have anything positive to run on, they are playing for the idiots.

  2. Ryan 2021-09-10

    Dang. Well said, Mark.

  3. Donald Pay 2021-09-10

    Mark Anderson is correct. The dominate right wing of the Republican Party has no vision for America’s future that appeals to normal people. It has the support of people who want to return to the 1850’s, when all the blacks were slaves, the Indians were to be exterminated, life expectancy at birth was 38.3, and you could procure an abortion in the back ally. Look at where America would be going if any of the weak governors were the President. They have turned their states into third world medical disasters. States run by rational people, mostly Democrats and a few Republicans, are at least trying to save people’s lives by controlling the pandemic. Republicans might win with a Governor Hogan of Maryland, but few others could appeal to the rational middle. That’s why they want to exclude as many people as possible from voting. They know they can’t win.

  4. Guy 2021-09-10

    Donald Pay, we got all that. So, where are the candidates that are actually going to take on the Republicans in South Dakota? Crickets. . .Without candidates no one is going to defeat Noem and Thune and you are not going to change anything.

  5. Eve Fisher 2021-09-10

    The truth is, most Republican politicians are worried the Biden plan will work, i.e., that Covid will decrease and less people will die, and the economy will go up and make Biden look good. And that is unacceptable. So the Republicans are doubling down on accusations of “authoritarianism” and “tyranny” and promising to defy it all, because Republican politicians want the economy to fail under Biden. They’re willing for more people to die, because frankly, they don’t care. They figure that not enough people will die to freak out their base.

    A damn good article on this:

  6. Mark Anderson 2021-09-10

    Well guy, South Dakota is Republican, it always has been. For a short period in the 60s and 70s it was more Democratic and great Democrats have come from South Dakota. The South Dakota people are basically good people. It’s much more middle of the road than Noem, Thune is much more of a South Dakota Republican. He’s having trouble because of Trump and the Trumpies, he’s been whistling past the graveyard for awhile. A primary between the two would establish what the Republican party is in South Dakota wouldn’t it? I believe if the pubs get too extreme they would be voted out, but only for an election or two. Those family ties run deep.

  7. Guy 2021-09-10

    Well, Mark…you can not do that without candidates to oppose them. We need candidates.

  8. ArloBlundt 2021-09-10

    Well…Guy…I think you’ve got the cart before the horse. The Democratic Party in South Dakota needs money to fund a campaign (s) before it can attract candidates to run effectively in a state wide race (s) against well funded incumbent Republicans. Running a state wide race for a Democrat for Governor is a nearly sure way to insure financial bankruptcy and financial ruin for the Democratic candidate. The Democratic Party is severely underfunded and candidates are largely on their own for their campaign finances. “Deep pockets” are few and far between on the Democrat side of the ledger as are PACs interested in funding races in South Dakota. In the national political marketplace, its tough for Democrat candidates in South Dakota to attract national funders. Everybody loves a winner, or, at least, a potential winner.Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle have announced a program to attract funding for the state Democratic Party in an effort to shore up the finances of the Party so that the Democrats can at least have a full slate of candidates and be competitive in one or two of the three main state wide races. Your support is solicited.

  9. Mark Anderson 2021-09-10

    I agree Guy but you would only seem to support a Dino. 40 plus years on McGovern is too liberal for you. The main fault with the Democratic Party is that it’s too reasonable. All the people who have trump flags up around here SHOULD vote Democratic. The reason they like and vote for the lying conman, who lies virtually every time he opens his mouth is that they like his anger. He has never and will never do anything to help them or even the playing field. He taps into the anger they feel. Its not exactly rocket science but Democrats have to counter the growing idiocy of the Republicans. Biden won because many more people voted against Trump. He and the Democrats need to get angry themselves and express it, voting against trump may not work again. They need to pass infrastructure, solidify healthcare and stop the extreme gerrymandering of the pubs (check out Ohio). Biden started to get angry with the non vaccinated, he needs to keep that going.

  10. Guy 2021-09-10

    I’m a huge supporter of the Infrastructure Bill, however, if you get an email from your local credit union to oppose the IRS Provision, SIGN IT. Some Congress person tried to slip in a provision into the Infrastructure Bill that would require any financial institution to turn over daily financial transactions to the IRS to store in a database. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is firmly opposed to this provision as it violates personal privacy of all account holders. I just filled in my information that will be sent to our Congressional Delegation.

  11. Donald Pay 2021-09-11

    Guy wants candidates. Since he’s a big Stephanie Herseth Sandlin fan, I suggest he organize a “Draft Stephanie For Governor” group. Candidates don’t appear from thin air. Oh, there are a few with staggeringly glaring egos and little ability who think they should be crowned, but most candidates want to know they’ve got people behind them. Money helps, too. The ball is in your court, Guy.

  12. Guy 2021-09-11

    Stephanie could run as an Independent candidate and I believe she would win.

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