#IWFReads Book Club

Cynical Theories

Join us for our next #IWFReads Book Club on March 18 with best-selling author Helen Pluckrose to discuss her book, Cynical Theories. A brilliant word play on the “critical theories” being used to brainwash students today, Cynical Theories is a must read if you want to understand the world in which we now live.

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Rep. Michelle Fischbach

"She is a perfectionist, who peruses "Rober's Rules of Order" the way most people read novels. She was an eight-term Minnesota state Senator, who always laid out a week's worth of clothes for her children before heading off to legislative sessions."

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Takeaways

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley

Jobs

Fact.

Government paid leave programs hurt poorer workers and women.
  • Low-income workers are hurt most by payroll taxes taken from earnings to fund paid leave entitlements and are less likely to take benefits.
  • They are also more likely to lose job opportunities: As employment costs go up, employers will seek to minimize their costs and exposure by reducing staff.
  • One-size-fits-all government programs will discourage the creation of flexible options, such as telecommuting, job sharing, and part-time arrangements.
  • Employers may also see women, who are statistically more likely to use paid leave benefits, as less attractive hires, especially for management positions.

By: Carrie Lukas

Higher Ed

Fact.

The real winners of student loan forgiveness are predatory universities.
  • Universities get paid upfront, leaving students with high debt burdens and taxpayers stuck with the bill. This system encourages predatory behavior, like accepting students who are unlikely to graduate.
  • Universities should have skin in the game with regard to their graduates’ success.
  • We should draw down government backing for student loans, and allow private lenders who will actually look at the value of a degree restore accountability.

By: Inez Feltscher Stepman

Foreign Affairs

Fact.

There is no replacement for America leadership
  • Since victory in World War II, America has served as leader of the free world, forstering an era of relative peace and rising prosperity around the globe.
  • In his quest to make America great again, Trump was — whether he said it or not — reasserting America’s role as leader and bulwark of the free world. 
  • If America falters, there is no backup, no equivalent democratic superpower waiting in the wings.

By: Claudia Rosett

Elections

Fact.

Presidential elections are never finalized on Election Day
  • The day that citizens cast their ballots (or the end of the voting period) is only one step in our process of electing a president.
  • When Americans vote for presidential candidates, we are actually voting for electors from our state who go on to vote in the Electoral College in December of the presidential election year.
  • The process of certifying vote totals can take a long time, especially in close races. Voters should be prepared to wait for a final outcome, if need be.

By: Staff

Community

Fact.

We need to increase the number of beat cops
  • Police maintain public order and safety, enforce laws, and prevent and investigate crime. Studies show that the mere presence of additional officers in a neighborhood can reduce crime.
  • Reducing the number of cops on the street and slashing police budgets will leave minorities, who are disproportionately victimized by violent crime, in an even more vulnerable position.
  • Americans of all colors understand this and want more police officers, not fewer, in their neighborhoods.
  • Police officers need better training and reforms that reduce officer fatigue.

By: Patrice Onwuka

Energy

Fact.

The United States is a leader in creating a clean environment
  • Americans have commuted less in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. But even absent this trend, U.S. emissions have decreased dramatically down to around their 1980 levels thanks to a combination of renewable energy and cleaner traditional energy sources.
  • This is the largest absolute decline among all countries since 2000.
  • The United States has also worked to “clean up” more traditional power sources with the result that power plants have much reduced emissions of mercury, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide.

By: Charlotte Whelan

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Female Athlete Stories

President Biden just signed an Executive Order that will make it much easier for males to join females’ teams, for any reason. This will take roster spots and scholarships away from women and girls, and hurt the ability of female athletes to win competitions and awards. Female athletes are sharing their stories about what this will mean for the future of the sports they love.

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