Glenn Youngkin, the new governor of Virginia, took office on January 15th. On that very day he signed 11 executive orders reversing mask and vaccine mandates, forbidding the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools where it was never taught to begin with and “other inherently divisive concepts” which has left school officials scratching their heads, wondering what might be considered “inherently divisive”. Might that include the history of slavery and the Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the civil rights movement and the protests of 2020 that followed the murder of George Floyd? As columnist Eugene Robinson said, “If you teach Black history without bringing up any “divisive concepts,” you’re not teaching it at all.”
The anti-mask order itself has stirred a hornet’s nest of protest and the governor is being sued by no less than seven school boards in the state including Fairfax County Public Schools, the largest and most prominent in the state. Another 50 or so school districts have said they will keep their mask mandates in place, to which Youngkin’s Lieutenant-Governor Winsome Earle-Sears said the state might withhold state funding from school districts that defy his order and continue to require masks.
Youngkin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, but that leaves much to be said for his qualifications to be governor of Virginia. He proved while on the campaign trail that he doesn’t have the slightest clue what keeps a state or a country in the black, so to speak. He plans to cut most all taxes, eliminating the grocery tax, suspending the gas tax increase, offering a one-time rebate on income tax, doubling the standard deduction on income tax, cutting the retirement tax on veterans’ income, and implementing voter approval for any additional increase to local property taxes. This is likely what got Youngkin elected, for people love the idea of tax cuts, even when they don’t understand the ramifications.
If Youngkin follows through on all of these revenue reductions, the State of Virginia could be bankrupt within Youngkin’s first year in office. Just like a business or a family, a state relies on revenue or income, and Youngkin doesn’t seem to understand that cutting the revenue will also mean cutting the services the state provides. When that happens, the people may not love him quite so much. Youngkin won the governorship by only a very slim 2% margin and I have a feeling that by the end of this year, the people of Virginia will be sorry for their choice and ready to oust him … easier said than done! Next time, Virginians, THINK before you vote!