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Critical Thought: The Big School Lies the Media Tells

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I don’t care what side of the political divid you are on, there’s a massive problem with our media today — a problem with just telling the truth.

Case in point — Politico just put out a piece today that try’s to tell us that the Republican Party is using parents as a cudgel against Joe Biden in a giant game of political chicken when it comes to schools reopening.

Never mind that time, after time, after time, Teacher’s Unions across this country have balked at and taken action against public school systems that dare to want to open up. Never mind all of the roadblocks that have been put up by progressive-led city after city after city.

It’s the parents and the GOP forming an evil cabal to score political points, not caring about the kids or the teachers. They just want to get a political win and if they can turn parents against Biden. It’s all empty rhetoric and the GOP doesn’t care about your kids.

As Politico wants you to know:

“They have no message to parents. It is all shallow,” said John Anzalone, a top Biden adviser and campaign pollster. Families, Anzalone added, won’t feel like their needs are being met unless they see movement from the government. “They want action.”

Remember, it’s parents and the GOP that have moved the goal posts of Biden’s promise of getting kids back to school in the first 100 days of his presidency.

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Critical Thinking 03.16.21: A Year to Flatten the Curve

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Today marks a year since the government told us we all had to lockdown for 15 days in order to slow the spread. In the course of the next 365 days, what have we seen from America? Well, there’s a lesson I learned early on — that there is no reasoning with those so gripped by fear that facts don’t matter.

I was reminded of that during a conversation this weekend over the beginning of the NCAA tournament and the audacity to suggest that life has to go on. There was no reasoning with someone who saw three teams bowing out of conference tournaments.

But, this attitude has permeated our society for the past year. Which brings me to a bigger point than rehashing the whole year of fear, lies and panic that we have seen. That point? None of the research, facts, figures or charts will ever matter against a society that buys in to fear over facts. Arguing with facts to those gripped by fear is not going to work. We must prepare for a much larger battle ahead.

It’s a Tuesday, so we also play Truth or Fiction and of course, us sports nuts had to give you our picks for the upcoming NCAA tournament. By the way, you can join us in a tournament challenge over at ESPN, where the sole winner gets an awesome Critical Thinking prize package to include APR coffee and show swag! Join the Critical Thinking Show Challenge (1 entry per person, 1 bracket per person — man up).

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Critical Thinking 03.08.21: Gig Workers Get the Shaft

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So many are talking about the $.19 trillion Covid-19 relief bill that passed the Senate and moves one step closer to being signed by President Joe Biden, yet a lot of people are missing just how hurtful this bill is to millions of Americans.

One prime example is what this bill does to the federal tax code and it’s impact on so-called gig workers. What in the world does gig worker tax code issues have to do with Covid-19 relief? We discuss that and we chat on other fun things that happend over the weekend.

Get your week started off right with Monday’s Critical Thinking on MoJo 5.0 Radio.

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Critical Thinking 03.02.21: The Daily Pass to Hell

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Los Angeles Unified School District has teamed up with Microsoft to create a “Daily Pass” allowing students in the school district to return to in-person instruction, by jumping through the hoops and giving their kids data to Microsoft.

It’s all in the name of compassion and stopping COVID-19…at least that seems to be what those two groups believe. There’s a whole different way to look at it. Andrew and Pat explore the dystopian, and arguably unconstitutional, project that schools and big tech are entering in to.

We also debut a new segment, called Truth or Fiction, where we grill each other with statements on the news and views of the day and the other must decide if the statement is the truth or a fiction. Things like, “Andrew Cuomo Won’t Make it Through the Summer as Governor of New York.”

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