Free Enterprise Club Responds to ASU Cancelling Event Featuring Congressman Andy Biggs and Jason Chaffetz

Free Enterprise Club Responds to ASU Cancelling Event Featuring Congressman Andy Biggs and Jason Chaffetz

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Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Free Enterprise Club has released the following statement in response to the decision by ASU and Michael Crow to cancel a fundraising event featuring Congressman Andy Biggs and former Congressman Jason Chaffetz to benefit the Political History and Leadership (PHL) program at ASU:

It is outrageous that Michael Crow and ASU would cancel an ASU Foundation Fundraiser because they oppose the views and philosophy of the featured speakers attending the event. It is becoming clear that woke cancel culture has taken over every office at the University,” said Scot Mussi, President of the Arizona Free Enterprise Club.

The purpose of the event, scheduled for February 17th at the Desert Botanical Garden, was to raise money for the ASU Foundation in support of PHL, a very successful program within ASU’s history department. Approximately 20% of in-person students in the history program at ASU are attending classes through PHL.

“ASU doesn’t have a problem with liberal activists and public officials appearing at the school for various events. It is well known that Democrat politicians, including US Senator Kyrsten Sinema, have in the past or currently work for the University at taxpayer expense. It only becomes a problem when the speaker is a conservative,” Scot Mussi continued. “If Michael Crow is going to surrender to the ‘cancel culture’ mob, then he is no longer fit to be ASU President and should resign.”

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Race-Based Rationing of COVID Treatments Is Unethical and Should Be Banned

Race-Based Rationing of COVID Treatments Is Unethical and Should Be Banned

Democrats love to talk about the need of establishing a “universal” health care system that provides everyone with the same quality of care. That was the major theme pushed by the left and the media when Obamacare was signed into law in 2010.

We always knew that it was propaganda and that a government-run healthcare system would result in worse care for everyone. What we didn’t know is that the left doesn’t even support this claim. They do like the idea of providing different care to different people, so long as it promotes their radical, race-based social justice agenda.

Rationing COVID treatments based on race

To kick off the new year, health officials in Democrat-run New York made the call to prioritize non-whites as part of their criteria to decide who is eligible to receive monoclonal antibodies. And while white people can still receive the treatments, they’ll have to show that they have medical conditions that increase their risk for severe illness. Non-white patients, however, are automatically eligible.

But the Empire State wasn’t the only one to climb aboard the racism train. Minnesota’s state health department is actually using a scoring system based on certain risk factors to determine eligibility. And if you’re black, Indigenous, or a person of color, there’s good news. You automatically get two points. Sorry, white people. Even if you are 55 years and older with hypertension (which makes you a greater COVID risk), it’s just one point for you.

Of course, liberals are quick to say that all of this is being done in the name of “racial progress.” So, where exactly did states like New York and Minnesota get these ideas from? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

That’s right. The FDA authorized emergency use of monoclonal antibodies and oral antivirals for “high risk” patients. And it included race as one of those factors. (Just imagine what this could look like if the federal government had complete control over our health care.)

Not only does this violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but it also violates the Democrat-beloved Obamacare, which guarantees equal treatment for all races in health care. With the Left all about discrimination and segregation these days, it’s time for lawmakers to do something.

Arizona’s legislature needs to take clear action

The reality is that monoclonal antibodies are an effective treatment for COVID-19, and they could potentially be life-saving. No one should be denied this treatment because of their skin color. But instead of looking for ways to make them even more accessible, Democrats would rather play politics.  

That’s why, with the Arizona legislature back in session, it’s critical that our state’s lawmakers take clear action by banning the practice of rationing COVID treatments based on race. These sorts of policies should have no place in our state. And they should have no place in America. Our country was founded on the inherent and equal dignity of every single person. That’s what our elected leaders should be seeking to protect. And if they don’t do that this time, it could be a matter of life or death.

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Governor Ducey Takes Action to Protect Students and Parents from More School Shutdowns

Governor Ducey Takes Action to Protect Students and Parents from More School Shutdowns

By now, you’re probably fed up with talking about school shutdowns. And frankly, we’re getting fed up with fighting the left on this issue. But leave it to the teachers’ unions and RedforEd to call for more school shutdowns right before students returned from their winter break.

Once again, they’d rather play politics than truly trust the science. After all, we’ve been dealing with this pandemic for almost two years and with that comes data. So, what do we know? A microscopic 0.2 percent of deaths from COVID-19 have come from individuals under the age of 20 in Arizona. At the time this article was written, the total number of reported COVID fatalities for that age range was 54.

While death of any sort is heartbreaking, these numbers prove that COVID is no more dangerous for children than the seasonal flu. But the teachers’ unions and RedforEd just can’t help themselves—because, as usual, it’s always about them.

A Call for More Shutdowns

Leading the charge for a return to remote learning this time around are Rebecca Garelli and Joe Thomas, both of whom were key players in the establishment of RedforEd. Garelli, who relocated to Arizona after being awarded a position working for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, has been all over Twitter calling for a minimum two-week pause for in-person learning across the nation.

Two weeks to stop the spread…where have we heard that before? It will probably work out just as well as it did the first time, right?

The reality is that the teachers’ unions want two weeks now, then two more weeks, and then two more…It never stops. You would think they would’ve learned their lesson after some of the backlash they’ve received. But perhaps they forgot about how some school districts paid a pretty hefty price last year after teachers threatened to strike and staged other publicity stunts like “sick outs.” And maybe they’re in denial about this past November’s election when most of the bonds and overrides affecting Arizona school districts in suburban areas failed.

But RedforEd and the teachers’ unions keep doubling down on their behavior. That’s why it’s critical to take every race in this next election seriously—from Governor to U.S. Senate to your local school board. But we can’t wait around for 11 months to do something. And that’s why Governor Ducey’s move earlier this week to protect parents and students from more school shutdowns is essential.

Governor Ducey’s Preemptive Action

Arizona’s governor didn’t waste any time responding to the demand from teachers’ unions to return to remote learning. As students headed back to school on Monday following their winter break, Governor Ducey made it clear that in-person learning will continue in Arizona.

But then he followed that up with action.

On Tuesday, the governor announced that he is making up to $7,000 available for families who may face financial or educational barriers due to unexpected school closures. With this new program, if a school closes for even one day, students and families who meet the income requirements will have access to funds for childcare, school-coordinated transportation, online tutoring, and school tuition.

That’s a step in the right direction. And it’s one everyone should be able to get behind. Children have suffered so much during this pandemic. They’ve lost educational opportunities, athletic opportunities, social engagements, and more. Even The New York Times acknowledged the damage done to kids over the past two years. Now, students deserve leaders who will put them first. And that begins with giving them and their parents the freedom to choose in-person learning.

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