At last, bipartisanship where it really matters.
While successful bipartisanship has been rather rare, it does appear periodically, which makes a tremendous difference in the well-being of the nation.
Senators from both political parties backed a measure that provides substantial subsidies to the semiconductor industry, which makes it easier for companies to produce chips inside the United States.
This bill, in other words, would help the United States break free from the dominance of the Asia-Pacific region, notably the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Senator Maria Cantwell, the Democrat Chairperson of the Senate Commerce Committee, announced her fervent support for the measure, underscoring the importance that it would hold for American interests.
“Today’s vote is really about whether we’re going to stop shipping jobs overseas, and instead invest in American R&D,” Cantwell declared, “if we invest in American R&D, then we will see the plant being talked about in Ohio get built instead of being immediately built in Europe.”
Intel Corporation is one of the large companies that has indicated a willingness to spend $20B on a factory in Ohio, which comes after opening two new factories in Arizona in the past year.
With the new bill, Intel’s investment could grow even larger, becoming the largest investment in history in the state of Ohio.
The bipartisanship comes in a desperately needed area of cooperation, given the rising threat of China.
A major element of this threat includes the insidious ways in which the PRC has achieved a disturbing level of influence, especially in the schooling systems of the United States.
One of the most obvious examples includes universities, which have lurched to the left since at least the middle of the twentieth century, and they appear to proudly employ militant Marxists who have no issues blaring their communist viewpoints to the world.
Part of the reason why these universities have become so extreme could be attributed to the Confucius Institutes, Beijing’s nefarious way of spreading influence in the United States university system.
Even Politico wrote about these institutes, underscoring the degree to which they have disturbed higher institutes of education.
Which is precisely why some legislators have proposed hammering universities with taxes in order to disincentivize connections to China.
Rep. Greg Murphy announced that insane tax advantage universities currently enjoy means that they should be demonstrating loyalty to the United States, not the PRC.
“These billion-dollar, tax-advantaged university endowments have a moral obligation to divest from companies that are detrimental to the safety and security of the United States,” Murphy declared.
One would only hope universities would put national security before their own interests.
“Harvard and several schools have a record of divesting from companies for a variety of reasons, including on the basis of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) causes,” Murphy continued.
Translation: Universities have suddenly withdrawn support from causes that apparently do not align with the demands of the “woke” crowd.
Spineless as that approach is, it is clear that spinelessness is not an excuse in matters of national security.
“Unfortunately, it is clear that we must force their hand to take the same approach for compromising Chinese entities that are a known risk to U.S. national security,” Murphy proclaimed.
Translation: Universities will be forced to divest likely lucrative interests with entities that pose serious risk to national security.
It’s not just the swamp that needs purged, it’s the entire “higher education” system …
Author: Ofelia Thornton