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From AEI, something to remember when we're told that the middle class in America is disappearing.  It's disappearing because people are moving upward:

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August 19, 2019 • 10:12 am

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On the Current Debate Over Citizenship and The Census:
 
 

"The current debate over the constitutionally mandated decennial U.S. Census has led to Democrats in Congress charging that the simple inclusion of the question, 'Is this person a citizen of the United States?' is fundamentally and inherently racist. That question has been asked in one form or another since 1820 save for 2010 under President Obama. Further, the very same question is asked annually by the American Community Survey, under, yes, the Census Bureau. Even the United Nations, in their Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, encourages asking the question. The 'citizenship question' is necessary for the allocation of resources, fair allotment of Congressional seats, and to understand our immigration situation.

"Yet, since Congressional Democrats can't refute these fundamental truths, they are compelled by both necessity and tradition to denounce the very question as racist. Nancy Pelosi recently, and absent any support, declared the question was part of President Trump's effort to 'make America white again.' Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, never one to sit out a fake race war, chimed in with, 'It's about reducing the number of people of color being counted in the census. That's exactly what it's about.' No substantive arguments, again. No rational argument, so just a racist one."

 
 
— Paul M. Curry, Esq., Political Columnist and Commentator
— Paul M. Curry, Esq., Political Columnist and Commentator
Posted July 12, 2019 • 08:00 am
 
 
On the Continuing Rift Between House Democrats:
 
 

"New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez implied Wednesday that Nancy Pelosi is racist and said the House speaker has been 'disrespectful' toward 'newly elected women of color' in Congress.

"Ocasio-Cortez addressed in an interview with The Washington Post the growing rift between Pelosi and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. ...

"Ocasio-Cortez told The Post that she initially believed Pelosi was employing a strategy to protect moderate Democrats. But she suggested she believes there could be a racial tinge to Pelosi's repeated rebuke of Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow freshmen.

"'When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm's distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out ... it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful ... the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,' she told The Post."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
Posted July 11, 2019 • 08:33 am
 
 
On Speaker Pelosi Playing Race Card in Census Flap:
 
 

"To get this week off to a nation-splitting start, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said this on Monday about President Trump's efforts to ask a citizenship question on the 2020 census: 'You know ... his hat? "Make America White Again." They want to make sure that people, certain people, are counted.'

"Wow! How insulting. Is Pelosi saying that only white people count as citizens?

"If a black man like me answers 'Yes' to the question President Trump wants to ask -- 'Is this person a citizen of the United States?' -- would that make me white?

"Trump never has said anything remotely resembling what Pelosi claims, nor would such a census question diabolically count only white people. Pelosi is either mentally deranged or deliberately lying to suggest such a thing.

"Non-Hispanic whites constituted 60.4 percent of America's population last year, according to the Census Bureau. Among the other 39.6 percent of us non-whites, those who are citizens should be and will be counted in the census. So will those who are non-citizens -- legal or otherwise. Nothing would change from how this has been done for centuries."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Deroy Murdock, Fox News
— Deroy Murdock, Fox News
Posted July 10, 2019 • 08:40 am
 
 
On Standing Up Against the Ethanol Lobby:
 
 

"President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency took a step toward draining the swamp by curbing the amount of corn ethanol being forced into our economy by the crony capitalist ethanol mandate.

"Big Corn is exploding with shock and dismay, as are corn-friendly lawmakers. But the White House shouldn't heed the objections of these subsidized corporate moonshiners. Instead, he should lean on Congress to go further and reduce the ethanol mandate to zero.

"Ethanol is a fuel alcohol derived from plants, in this country mostly from corn. Without federal support, there would be a very small market for ethanol, which is less powerful than gasoline, typically more expensive, cannot be shipped by pipeline, and tends to corrode engines.

"The federal renewable fuel standard, also known as the RFS and the ethanol mandate, is King Corn's current gravy train. The mandate requires refineries to blend a certain amount of ethanol into their gasoline. The EPA has some leeway on this score, and the agency has used it to protect consumers rather than the ethanol lobby."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted July 09, 2019 • 07:59 am
 
 
On Obama-Era 'Rules of Engagement':
 
 

"Lost in the euphoria of a U.S. Navy jury acquitting Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher of bogus murder charges are the families of two American Army officers similarly caught up and betrayed by their country - for political reasons only.

"82nd Airborne Lieutenant Clint Lorance has served nearly seven years of a 19-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth for the 'murder' of two Taliban bomb-makers who his men shot and killed as they charged their platoon on a motorcycle in Afghanistan in 2012.

"Major Matt Golsteyn, a Green Beret officer, had already left active duty when he was yanked back in order to prove a political point and now faces a 'murder' trial at Fort Bragg for tracking down and killing a Taliban bomb-maker.

"Both of these men faced prosecutions to reinforce Obama-era politically correct rules of engagement - suicidal rules that got Americans killed.

"What, exactly, are these 'rules of engagement?' And what, exactly, did Lorance and Golsteyn do to make the Army so hellbent on prosecuting them?"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Don Brown, Former U.S. Navy JAG Officer and Legal Team Member of Lieutenant Clint Lorance
— Don Brown, Former U.S. Navy JAG Officer and Legal Team Member of Lieutenant Clint Lorance
Posted July 08, 2019 • 08:05 am
 
 
On American Independence:
 
 

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."

 
 
— Abraham Lincoln
— Abraham Lincoln
Posted July 04, 2019 • 08:00 am
 
 
On Washington's Chronic Overspending Crisis:
 
 

"The Congressional Budget Office has just released its mid-year update on the federal fiscal situation, and it portends a debt avalanche. But don't bother to tell Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren that. They're busy advocating tens of trillions of dollars in new federal spending.

"The new report shows that budget deficits are expected to remain in the $1 trillion territory for years to come. It appears that 13-digit deficits are the new normal in Washington, as spending inexorably keeps rising by hundreds of billions of dollars a year. ...

"We don't have a revenue problem in Washington; we have a chronic overspending crisis. And if the Democrats on the debate stage these last few days take power, things are going to get a lot worse in a hurry."

 
 
— Stephen Moore, Economist, Heritage Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow
— Stephen Moore, Economist, Heritage Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Posted July 03, 2019 • 08:49 am
 
 
On Nike's American Flag Shoe:
 
 

"Nike creates shoe featuring early American flag. Colin Kaepernick is offended. Tells Nike not to sell shoe. Nike recalls shoe."

 
 
— Tweet by Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
— Tweet by Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
Posted July 02, 2019 • 07:41 am
 
 
On Democrats Having Forfeited The Right To Discuss The Border Crisis:
 
 

"Former Vice President Adlai Stevenson once said, 'A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.' It's hard to imagine a better analogy than that for the way the current Democratic Party pontificates on the border crisis.

"For 40 years the Democrats have done everything in their power to encourage and facilitate illegal immigration. They have relentlessly blocked any attempts to address and prevent the current rise of illegal immigration at our southern border. They have incentivized illegal immigration in every conceivable manner. Those who watched the recent Democratic debates, as painful as that must have been, have now witnessed their campaign to decimate our national sovereignty at a new level.

"The debates, in all their lackluster glory, were nothing more than 20 progressives shouting in one voice their intention to make our illegal immigration crisis even worse. ...

"The hypocrisy of the left is unfathomable, and they have forfeited any right to criticize the solution to the problem they created."

 
 
— Paul M. Curry, Esq., Political Columnist and Commentator
— Paul M. Curry, Esq., Political Columnist and Commentator
Posted July 01, 2019 • 08:06 am
 
 
On 2020 Democrat Presidential Candidates Embracing Open Borders:
 
 

"On the second night of the Democratic presidential debate in Miami, NBC moderators asked candidates whether they would support decriminalizing the act of illegally crossing the border into the United States -- that is, reducing the seriousness and consequences of illegal entry to the level of a parking ticket.

"'Raise your hand if you think it should be a civil offense, rather than a crime, to cross the border without documentation,' said NBC's Jose Diaz-Balart.

"All 10 candidates -- Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, Harris, Gillibrand, Bennet, Swalwell, Hickenlooper, Yang, Williamson -- raised their hands in approval. That moment was perhaps the Democratic Party's most significant step yet toward embracing a policy of open borders. ...

"Democrats did not stop with opening the border. On Thursday night, they also unanimously supported a policy of offering health care to everyone in the country illegally -- thought to be about 11 million people. 'Raise your hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants,' said NBC's Savannah Guthrie. All hands went up."

 
 
— Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
— Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
Posted June 28, 2019 • 07:46 am
 
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Which one of the following ships started out as a racing vessel, was fitted out as a slave ship, a Union gunboat and ultimately sank as a commercial vessel?
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"Federal arrests of non-citizens has increased exponentially over the past two decades, and account for the majority of all federal arrests, data released by the Justice Department revealed.Non-citizens made up 64% of all federal arrests in 2018 despite making up 7% of the U.S. population, according to Justice Department data released Thursday and reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Between…[more]
 
 
—Jason Hopkins, Daily Caller Immigration and Politics Reporter
— Jason Hopkins, Daily Caller Immigration and Politics Reporter
 
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