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Millennial Review Daily Review – June 21st 2022

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June 21st 2022

1. Former guerrilla fighter and leftist Gustavo Petro elected in Colombia. U.S. politicians plan to fight Petro’s administration.

On Sunday June 19th 2022 leftist Gustavo Petro defeated conservative Rodolfo Suarez. South America has been deeply impacted by COVID and it seems some of those pressures may be ushering in a second round of the pink tide. Last year Peru elected Marxist schoolteacher Pedro Castillo. Chile elected activist and leftist Gabriel Boric. Brazil seems poised to reelect socialist Lula De Silva. Colombia has joined the trend electing their first leftist president in Petro and adding to the political possibility of the whole block. For their part many U.S. politicians, specifically Ron De Santis and the Florida Democratic Party have decried the election and called for skepticism, likening Petro to Venezuela’s Nicholas Maduro and Cuba’s late Fidel Castro. Joe Biden on the other hand is “looking forward to working with the president elect.”

2. Supreme Court strikes down Maine ban on using public funds for private religious schools.

On Tuesday the Supreme Court continued its reactionary project and held that Maine can’t prevent religious schools from accessing a tuition assistance program. The decision backtracks on decades of jurisprudence skeptical of the co-mingling of public funds and religious education. It’s the latest 6-3 decision for a now solid conservative majority, fueled by legislation coming out of conservative majorities in dozens of statehouses, and it signals yet another break with precedent. This is just the latest in what will be many iterations where the conservative justices play into the desires of the conservative legal movement that has been wedded to conservative politics generally for decades. The Supreme Court is a reactionary body and should be viewed as a political wing of the Republican Party.

3. COVID free school lunch program ends at the end of June, forcing millions to pay again.

Federal waivers passed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic are set to expire, without a congressional extension millions will be forced to pay for school lunches who have been getting them for free for the last 2 years. The waivers that provide free lunch for students were originally set to be included in a March spending bill but were removed at the behest of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConell.

4. Republicans have passed over 250 anti-LGBTQ bills in 2022.

Republican state legislatures have passed over 250 anti-LGBTQ bills in 2022. The bills range from attempting to remove marriage protections, ending alternative pronouns on birth certificates and licensing, to outright banning trans people from school sports and banning gender affirming care for trans youth or those on medicaid/public support. There is the now infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida which has copy cats in conservative states around the country, that helps fuel the moral panic around LGBTQ people in the classroom and discussing LGBTQ identity therein. The Republican Party is trying to undo the progress of the LGBTQ civil rights movement and with the Supreme Court in tow they seemed poised to do so.

5. Home unaffordability keeps surging, home prices hit record highs.

Prices for existing already built homes hit a record high in May according to the Wall Street Journal. The average home price in the U.S. topped $400,000 and although sales are down prices don’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. Buying a house is already mostly out of reach for millions of people, particularly young people. This news is exactly why and there doesn’t appear to be anybody seriously tackling the issue. From lack of supply to corporate land lords buying up family properties out from under would be first time buyers, the pressures driving prices up will require structural fixes, or another crash. Unfortunately the later seems more likely because the first requires Congress to do something.

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