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Congress Moves to Exacerbate the Unjustifiable Electric Vehicle Subsidy Monstrosity

We at CFIF have repeatedly highlighted how the electric vehicle (EV) subsidy complex captures the American public's most hated elements of bureaucracy:  crony capitalism, wasteful spending, inefficient incentives and government picking winners and losers.

Whatever novelty that EVs may offer, taxpayer dollars shouldn't be subsidizing them, and bureaucrats shouldn't be unjustifiably foisting them upon a perfectly healthy automobile marketplace.

Unfortunately, as Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) notes, the EV Industrial Subsidy Complex is now demanding even more:

Although wind and solar advocates continue to assure us that wind and solar are now cheaper than conventional power, the wind and solar lobbies don't agree.  They are back at the trough.  And the automakers…[more]

November 15, 2019 • 12:32 pm

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On Restoring and Preserving Our Founding Principles:
 
 

"One of the ironies of today is that those who oppose this President constantly accuse this Administration of 'shredding' constitutional norms and waging a war on the rule of law. When I ask my friends on the other side, what exactly are you referring to? I get vacuous stares, followed by sputtering about the Travel Ban or some such thing. While the President has certainly thrown out the traditional Beltway playbook, he was upfront about that beforehand, and the people voted for him. What I am talking about today are fundamental constitutional precepts. The fact is that this Administration's policy initiatives and proposed rules, including the Travel Ban, have transgressed neither constitutional, nor traditional, norms, and have been amply supported by the law and patiently litigated through the Court system to vindication.

"Indeed, measures undertaken by this Administration seem a bit tame when compared to some of the unprecedented steps taken by the Obama Administration's aggressive exercises of Executive power -- such as, under its DACA program, refusing to enforce broad swathes of immigration law.

"The fact of the matter is that, in waging a scorched earth, no-holds-barred war of 'Resistance' against this Administration, it is the Left that is engaged in the systematic shredding of norms and the undermining of the rule of law. This highlights a basic disadvantage that conservatives have always had in contesting the political issues of the day."

Read entire speech here.

 
 
— Attorney General William Barr, Remarks at the Federalist Society, November 15, 2019
— Attorney General William Barr, Remarks at the Federalist Society, November 15, 2019
Posted November 18, 2019 • 07:53 am
 
 
On the Real Ukraine Controversy:
 
 

"The first time I ever heard the name of U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was in early March of this year. It did not come from a Ukrainian or an ally of President Trump. It came from a career diplomat I was interviewing on background on a different story.

"The diplomat, as I recall, suggested that Yovanovitch had just caused a commotion in Ukraine a few weeks before that country's presidential election by calling for the firing of one of the prosecutors aligned with the incumbent president.

"The diplomat related that a more senior State official, David Hale, was about to travel to Ukraine and was prepping to be confronted about Yovanovitch's comments. I remember the diplomat joking something to the effect of, 'we always say that the Geneva Convention is optional for our Kiev staff.'

"The Geneva Convention is the UN-backed pact enacted during the Cold War that governs the conduct of foreign diplomats in host countries and protects them against retribution. But it strictly mandates that foreign diplomats 'have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs of that State' that hosts them. ...

"I dutifully checked out my source's story. And sure as day, Yovanovitch did give a speech on March 5, 2019 calling for Ukraine's special anticorruption prosecutor to be removed."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, Award Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive VP
— John Solomon, Award Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive VP
Posted November 15, 2019 • 07:35 am
 
 
On Day One of the Televised Impeachment Hearings:
 
 

"Is that it? Is that all they got?

"Day One of impeachment was not exactly must see TV. Sure, it was interesting and substantive at times, which would be compliments if this were a graduate school seminar about the lonely lives and confusing experiences of far-flung diplomats.

"But this was a congressional hearing to determine whether to file charges against and ultimately remove the president of the United States. By that standard, the Adam Schiff show was a flop.

"I would call it a sensational flop, except that would suggest a sense of drama the day never produced. A five-hour slog that doesn't hit pay dirt or end up anywhere meaningful can't be sensational.

"The Schiff show was more of a quiet, methodical flop. Imagine a slow leak in a big balloon and you'll get the picture."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted November 14, 2019 • 08:03 am
 
 
On Fundraising Through Whistleblowing:
 
 

"EXCLUSIVE: A newly filed complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) alleges that the whistleblower whose allegations touched off House Democrats' impeachment inquiry may have violated federal law by indirectly soliciting more than a quarter-million dollars from mostly anonymous sources via a GoFundMe page.

"The complaint, which was filed last week and obtained by Fox News, alleged the donations from roughly 6,000 individuals 'clearly constitute' gifts to a current intelligence official that may be restricted because of the employee's official position pursuant to 5 CFR 2635.203 and other statutes. To date, the GoFundMe has raised over $227,000. ...

"Tully Rinckey PLLC, the law firm representing the individual reporting the allegations, is closely guarding the identity of their client, though Fox News is told the individual is the holder of a top-secret SCI security clearance and has served in government.

"'I have not seen anything on this scale,' Anthony Gallo, the managing partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC, told Fox News, referring to the fundraising. 'It's not about politics for my client -- it's whistleblower-on-whistleblower, and [my client's] only interest is to see the government ethics rules are being complied with government-wide.'"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Gregg Re, Fox News
— Gregg Re, Fox News
Posted November 13, 2019 • 07:32 am
 
 
On Impeachment Inquiry Questions:
 
 

"Joe Biden needs to explain why his threats to withhold aid to Ukraine, about which he publicly boasted, were legitimate, while Trump's were somehow an impeachable offense. He should also be asked what should be done to stop others from behaving as corruptly as his son did.

"Any president has the right to ask questions about American involvement in corrupt acts abroad. That's true -- even if Joe Biden was innocent of wrongdoing and if Hunter is only guilty of being a lame grifter.

"Asking Biden about Obama's use of aid as leverage to get its way in Ukraine puts Trump's actions into context. Nor is it irrelevant to point out that Obama's assistance fell far short of what Kiev needed to defend its territory against Moscow's aggression. It matters that it was only after Trump took office that lethal military supplies began to flow from Washington to Kiev.

"You also don't have to approve of Trump to understand that American administrations use aid to pressure foreign countries all the time and do so for a variety of reasons, not all of which are high-minded.

"Merely asking these questions undermines the entire notion that Trump has committed an impeachable offense."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Jonathan Tobin, JNS.org Editor-in-Chief
— Jonathan Tobin, JNS.org Editor-in-Chief
Posted November 12, 2019 • 08:12 am
 
 
On Pursuing Impeachment at the Expense of Governing:
 
 

"Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) doubled down on his defense of President Trump amid the ongoing impeachment inquiry, arguing there's 'nothing there' in the call between Trump and Ukrainian leaders to suggest the president did anything wrong.

"'You make your mind up about the phone call. I made my mind up. There's nothing there,' Graham said in an interview Saturday with KCCI, a Des Moines CBS affiliate.

"'I'm trying to let the House know, "You're dividing America for no good reason." We got a lot of things we should be doing, like lowering drug costs and getting a trade deal with Canada and Mexico,' he added."

 
 
— Rebecca Klar, The Hill
— Rebecca Klar, The Hill
Posted November 11, 2019 • 07:45 am
 
 
On Top Anti-Trump Witness Not Being Present During POTUS Call With Ukraine:
 
 

"A key Democratic witness against Trump admitted in congressional testimony last month that he was not part of the July 25 phone call between the U.S. and Ukrainian presidents, that he didn't see a transcript or readout of it until late September when it was declassified and released, and that he has never even spoken to President Donald Trump.

"William Taylor, the charge d'affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, told lawmakers in secret testimony two weeks ago that his opinions about an alleged quid pro quo demanded by Trump were formed largely from conversations with anti-Trump staffers within the diplomatic bureaucracy."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Sean Davis, The Federalist Co-Founder
— Sean Davis, The Federalist Co-Founder
Posted November 08, 2019 • 07:40 am
 
 
On Elizabeth Warren's 'Medicare for All':
 
 

"The bad news is, Elizabeth Warren has some barmy ideas about raising your taxes. The good news is, she's a proven coward. She says she likes to 'nerd out' on the policy details. Okay, let's do that.

"Warren estimates that her health-care scheme would cost about $2 trillion -- every year, forever. As often is the case when we are talking about the federal budget, the numbers sound incomprehensible to many people: millions, billions, trillions, squidillions, whatever. To put that $2 trillion a year into perspective, a comparison: That is more money than the federal government collects annually in all of the personal and corporate income taxes combined. Put another way, even if the federal government were able to successfully double the revenue it gets from personal and corporate income taxes, the additional revenue would not pay for Warren's health-care plan.

"In fiscal year 2019, all federal tax revenue from all sources combined amounted to $3.4 trillion. If a Warren administration and a Democratic Congress were successful in raising Americans' taxes by 50 percent, the extra revenue still wouldn't be enough to fund Warren's health-care program.

"And that does not take into account the rest of the fiscal scene, which is pretty grim. While Warren talks about Medicare for All, as it is the unfunded liability of Medicare over the next 75 years already tops $42 trillion, or just over twelve years' worth of total federal tax revenue. Put another way: If the federal government continued collecting taxes at the current rate, stopped spending even a nickel on anything else, and put all of that money into Medicare, it would have to do so for twelve years just in order to cover the difference between what Medicare already has promised to pay out and what dedicated Medicare taxes will actually fund. ...

"There is only one reason that Elizabeth Warren would proceed in this manner: She thinks her voters are stupid.

"There isn't any obvious reason to think she's wrong about that."

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted November 07, 2019 • 07:30 am
 
 
On the Deaths of Dual U.S.-Mexico Citizen Family:
 
 

"President Trump said Tuesday the U.S. is ready to 'wage war' on the drug cartels and 'wipe them off the face of the earth' after at least 10 members of a prominent Mormon family were killed in an ambush attack near U.S.-Mexico border.

"In a series of tweets, Trump said the U.S. was willing to aid Mexico in 'cleaning out these monsters' and that 'sometimes you need an army to defeat an army.'

"'We merely await a call from your great new president!' he said. ...

"The offer for the U.S. military to intervene in Mexico's internal affairs -- a third rail in Mexican politics -- rattled an already-unsettled security apparatus."

 
 
— Rebecca Klar, The Hill
— Rebecca Klar, The Hill
Posted November 06, 2019 • 07:41 am
 
 
On Warren Reportedly Hurting Dem's Senate Fundraising:
 
 

"Several Wall Street Democratic megadonors are reportedly withholding donations for down-ballot Senate candidates due to their dissatisfaction with presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's rise in the polls.

"CNBC reports the Massachusetts senator's rise is hurting the party's fundraising efforts. 'Some finance executives have recently told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that they are, for the moment, holding back from donating to Democrats running for Senate in 2020,' the report says, 'due to their concerns with Warren becoming a front-runner in the race for the party's presidential nomination.'

"Warren has steadily climbed in the RealClearPolitics average of Democratic primary polls from a distant fifth in April to a close second in November, including a brief moment in October when she supplanted former vice president Joe Biden as the frontrunner."

 
 
— Alex Griswold, Washington Free Beacon
— Alex Griswold, Washington Free Beacon
Posted November 05, 2019 • 07:42 am
 
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"One of the ironies of today is that those who oppose this President constantly accuse this Administration of 'shredding' constitutional norms and waging a war on the rule of law. When I ask my friends on the other side, what exactly are you referring to? I get vacuous stares, followed by sputtering about the Travel Ban or some such thing. While the President has certainly thrown out the traditional…[more]
 
 
—Attorney General William Barr, Remarks at the Federalist Society, November 15, 2019
— Attorney General William Barr, Remarks at the Federalist Society, November 15, 2019
 
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