April 13, 2020
What We’re Standing For
Governors taking charge
Amb. Haley published an op-ed in The New York Times this week praising governors for their work in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. While the federal government has a role to play in national crises, this crisis demonstrates the important role governors play in meeting the unique needs of their states.
“Governors are the most successful when they are given the flexibility to lead. The federal government can provide the resources, but it should not take away too much flexibility. New York is not New Mexico. South Dakota is not South Carolina.”
Read the whole op-ed at nytimes.com.
Our take: We’ve already seen governors loosening regulations and enacting executive orders to keep people safe and help administer health care. Looking ahead, they will play an essential role in our recovery, making decisions about how and when to reopen schools and businesses, and helping Americans get back to our normal way of life. Governors at the forefront – this is the way it should be.
what we’re standing against
Chinese control over the WHO
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) mishandling of the COVID crisis raises serious questions about China’s influence over the organization that should be investigated. Amb. Haley was on Fox & Friends on Friday morning discussing the concerns surrounding the WHO.
What is the WHO? The WHO is an agency within the United Nations responsible for international health concerns, including to “prepare for…prevent…detect and respond to” global health emergencies.
How did the WHO respond to the coronavirus pandemic? As coronavirus spread throughout China in December and January, WHO leaders parroted the Chinese. On Jan. 14, the WHO declared that there is “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus.” Later that month, the WHO’s director-general praised President Xi Jinping’s handling of the outbreak, while the WHO refused to declare a public health emergency until Jan. 30.
Who funds the WHO? The United States is the top funder of the WHO, giving the organization $400 million in 2019. In comparison, China gave the WHO $44 million.
Our take: China’s influence over the WHO is just one part of China’s bigger campaign to infiltrate global organizations like the UN, shape public opinion in its favor, and grow its power. China now holds the top position in the UN agencies that oversee civil aviation and food and agriculture, with the goal of setting global standards that work to its advantage. The United States – including under Amb. Haley’s leadership at the UN – has worked hard to counter the Chinese threat on all fronts, but there is still more to do.
“The president is right to threaten WHO funding. I saw many times at the UN that the threat of pulling funding gets the attention of the UN leadership. And it should. America is the biggest funder of both the UN and the WHO. We don’t get the return that is fitting our investment. So, we absolutely should use our funding as leverage. And if they don’t improve, we always have the option of withdrawing.” – Amb. Haley
→ Watch more: Amb. Haley on the Sean Hannity show (Twitter)
→ Read more: WHO failed (National Review Online)
→ Read more: World Health coronavirus disinformation (Wall Street Journal )
Bernie Sanders may be officially done with his presidential run as of this Wednesday, but the ghost of his far-left policies still lingers. Now, Joe Biden is adopting some of Sanders’ policies in an effort to secure Sanders’ endorsement and unite the various wings on the left.
In an appeal to the Medicare for All crowd (AKA socialized medicine), Biden announced a proposal to lower the Medicare age from 65 to 60. Biden also announced support for forgiving certain student loans – another nod to the Sanders-Warren wing of the party.
Bernie or Biden, it doesn’t matter. We must be wary of creeping socialist policies no matter who they come from.
→ Read more: The Democratic Party’s socialist makeover is only delayed (Commentary )
→ Read more: Moderate Joe moves left (Wall Street Journal )
what we’re smiling about
Social distancing is hard, but a 97-year-old World War II veteran keeps his spirits up by dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” We can add #DancingGoals to our to-do list.