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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Friday, May 24, 2024


Whose Overreach?


An ad for Robert Keyes, a Republican running for Senate in Oklahoma’s 15th District, said his No. 1 priority, if elected, was stopping President Biden’s overreach.

Which of the president’s policies is Keyes questioning? Was he angry that college graduates might get some of their college debt erased? Maybe compromising by allowing new drilling off the coast of Alaska but not in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was too much. Lately, compromise is a dirty word in some GOP circles.

Keyes can’t be talking about stopping migrants at the border, can he? It isn’t the Democrats keeping the administration from hiring more border personnel or passing the bipartisan border bill. Bipartisan is another dirty word for the far righters.

Meanwhile, here is a list of decisions that might be under the overreach umbrella, and not a one of them can be blamed on President Biden:

• Not allowing doctors and parents to make decisions about a child’s gender-affirming care

• Making doctors fearful of making decisions about patient treatment

• Making women travel to another state to get the reproductive care they need

• Making it illegal to travel to another state to get reproductive care

• Asking female students to fill out forms about their menstrual cycles

• Taking books off the shelves of school and public libraries, most of which, I daresay, the book banners haven’t read

• Forcing a teacher to resign for the sin of giving students the QR Code to Brooklyn Public Library’s Books Unbanned resource

• Telling colleges and universities that they can’t continue with their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies

• Halting women’s leadership programs

• Refusing to fully staff the IRS, because stopping wealthy tax cheats and getting refund checks to taxpayers in a timely manner is their idea of overreach.

I wonder how Mr. Keyes feels about the money and jobs President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill brought into the state. Is he concerned with the money spent on keeping Ukraine out of Putin’s hands and American soldiers out of World War III?  At least some of that money comes back to Oklahoma where a good deal of the munitions are built.

The founders of this government warned against giving any president too much power. I think that warning should be extended to governors and state school superintendents, and we need to put the blame for power grabbing and overreach where it belongs.

Mark Krawczyk
Mark Krawczyk
March 9, 2023
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Brette Pruitt
September 5, 2022
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