Weekend Quick Takes

In this edition, we look at the latest examples of hypocrisy in this week’s news.

More “Do As I Say, Not As I Do”

When Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott was City Council president last year, the Council cut $22.4 million from then-Mayor Bernard Young’s proposed budget, most of which was from police spending.

Scott, a Democrat, became Mayor after the 2020 elections and recently announced the creation of a task force to develop a five-year plan to reduce the Baltimore Police Department budget.

One thing Scott did not change when he became Mayor was his police detail of six officers and a sergeant at an annual cost of $1.9 million. 

Gun Laws and Mass Shootings

This week, a gunman opened up in San Jose, CA and killed nine people. This was the second mass shooting in the last two months in California, the state with the strictest gun laws in the nation.

Oddly, there have also been no cries in the media and no politicians running to microphones insisting that we must examine the effectiveness of gun laws or to examine how this could happen repeatedly in a state with gun laws that are the model for what advocates want to do at a national level.

China and Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won re-election on Thursday with a reported 95% of the vote. This, of course, coming after a decade of civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and driven an estimated 11 million people from their homes-roughly half of the country’s population. Given all that, you can understand exactly how fair the election was.

On Friday, China congratulated Assad on his election victory and Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian added that “China firmly supports Syria in its safeguarding of its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.”

In a related note, Major League Baseball, the NBA, Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola are still expanding their business in China while protesting election laws in the United States.

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