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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Ross Marchand, Director of Policy at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance: U.S. Postal Service;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Associate Editor of the Washington Examiner and Nationally Recognized Authority on the American Political Process: the Decline of the Humanities and the Rise of Prejudices;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Ashton Hayward, III, President of Andrews Research & Education Foundation: AREF's Mission and Projects;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Myron Ebell, Director…[more]

February 18, 2019 • 07:26 pm

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On Dems Refusal to Budge on Border Wall Shows 2016 Election Fixation:
 
 

"Like generals fighting the last war, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are fixated on the last presidential election. Their refusal to let it go and get on with governing in a divided Congress is a shameful sign of how radical their party has become since President Trump's election.

"This is the crisis America faces -- Democrats still do not accept the legitimacy of his victory. And so anything he says is treated as unworthy and untrue, even when Americans can see with their own eyes that much of the southern border is essentially wide open for anyone who wants to cross it. ...

"It is indeed painful to see so many destitute people looking for a better life, and the recent deaths of two young children who made the hazardous trek -- illustrate the dangers.

"But it is also extremely painful to watch America dissolve into a borderless society where laws and order are sacrificed out of bitterness and hatred for a president who won an election fair and square.

"Not so long ago, Democrats, including Schumer and Pelosi, believed that borders meant something. Trump shouldn't stop reminding them of that and speaking up for the many Americans who still do."

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted January 11, 2019 • 08:36 am
 
 
On DNC Anti-Wall Rhetoric:
 
 

"Building a wall is kind of an obvious idea for protecting a border. Not only have walls been used from time immemorial to defend borders, but those precise three words have been used to describe what should happen at our specific border thousands of times before Trump used them, according to a quick Nexis search.

"The current DNC talking point against a wall is that it is a 'medieval solution to a 21st-century problem!' Turn on MSNBC or CNN right now, and you'll hear someone saying it.

"So are wheels. Are Democrats taking tires off their cars?

"A roof is a medieval solution. How about Nancy Pelosi replace the one over her house with 'new technology' -- like a drone! Drones won't keep anything out, but at least she can see what's coming in seconds before it drops on her head.

"Medievalism:1; Pelosi:0."

 
 
— Ann Coulter, Syndicated Columnist
— Ann Coulter, Syndicated Columnist
Posted January 10, 2019 • 08:05 am
 
 
On the Government Shutdown and Border Security:
 
 

"The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security. My administration is doing everything in our power to help those impacted by the situation, but the only solution is for Democrats to pass a spending bill that defends our borders and reopens the government. ...

"Some have suggested that a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls and fences and gates around their homes? They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside. The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized. ...

"To every member of Congress, pass a bill that ends this crisis. To every citizen, call Congress and tell them to finally, after all of these decades, secure our border. This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve.

"When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country. And that is what I will always do, so help me God."

 
 
— President Donald Trump, Oval Office Address to the Nation
— President Donald Trump, Oval Office Address to the Nation
Posted January 09, 2019 • 08:04 am
 
 
On The Coming Democratic Disillusion:
 
 

"Very soon, news from the trail will overtake the goings-on in Congress. House Democrats won't just have trouble changing laws. They also will have difficulty promoting their message. Especially considering the third and greatest difference between 2007 and 2019: the presence of Donald Trump. There's no evidence that Pelosi has any better an idea of how to deal with him than her predecessors. Whenever Trump focuses his attention on reelection and sets the agenda of cable news coverage by attacking his rivals on Twitter, Pelosi will be less than powerless. She will be irrelevant.

"The partial government shutdown is a prelude to an unpredictable two years of conflict, deadlock, breakdown, acrimony, dissatisfaction, and annoyance. At the end, Democrats will be reminded that, thanks to congressional delegation of authority, the House doesn't count for much. What matters is the presidency. Ask the GOP.

"Even there, Republicans will tell you, be careful what you wish for."

 
 
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief
Posted January 08, 2019 • 08:26 am
 
 
On Sonic Attack on U.S. Embassy in Havana:
 
 

"The US embassy in Havana more than halved its staff in 2017 when diplomats complained of headaches, nausea and other ailments after hearing penetrating noises in their homes and nearby hotels.

"The mysterious wave of illness fuelled speculation that the staff had been targeted by an acoustic weapon. It was an explanation that appeared to gain weight when an audio recording of a persistent, high-pitched drone made by US personnel in Cuba was released to the Associated Press.

"But a fresh analysis of the audio recording has revealed what scientists in the UK and the US now believe is the true source of the piercing din: it is the song of the Indies short-tailed cricket, known formally as Anurogryllus celerinictus.

"'The recording is definitively a cricket that belongs to the same group,' said Fernando Montealegre-Zapata, a professor of sensory biology at the University of Lincoln. 'The call of this Caribbean species is about 7 kHz, and is delivered at an unusually high rate, which gives humans the sensation of a continuous sharp trill.'"

 
 
— Ian Sample, The Guardian Science Editor
— Ian Sample, The Guardian Science Editor
Posted January 07, 2019 • 08:31 am
 
 
On Day One of the New Congress:
 
 

"Thursday was a strange day in Washington. There was the changing, not of the guard but of half of the Congress, and Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats acted as if she were Franklin D. Roosevelt (in drag) and it was 1932 and 'happy days are here again.'

"She told The New York Times that the Constitution considers her to be the president's equal, which was news to everyone else, but, to be fair, Nancy was confused all day long. At the conclusion of what she regarded as her inaugural address before the House of Representatives, she said to herself (caught on an open microphone), 'I think I skipped a couple of pages, I'm not sure.'

"Such slips of pages, tongue and consciousness have become standard fare with Nancy's speeches. She's only 78, but an old 78, and the party's old folks think she's entitled to one last hurrah, but someone will have to take Nancy aside to explain that the Constitution's prescribed equal division of government into executive, congressional and judicial branches does not extend to individual persons, important as they may be, and she is not entitled to a room or sleepover privileges at the White House, nor can she show up at Andrews Air Force Base and expect to hail Air Force One for a weekend trip to San Francisco. It's still commercial air for the peasants in the House.

"Life will only get harder for Nancy and the Democrats as they discover the limits of taking over only one house of Congress, thrilling as Election Night was."

 
 
— Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times Editor in Chief Emeritus
— Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times Editor in Chief Emeritus
Posted January 04, 2019 • 08:04 am
 
 
On Dems' Refusal to Listen to Border Security Facts:
 
 

"Democratic lawmakers brought a border security briefing at the White House to a screeching halt Wednesday, refusing to even listen to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a White House official tells The Daily Caller.

"House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy echoed this version of events to reporters outside the White House immediately after the briefing, saying, 'Once the secretary started, Schumer interrupted her and didn't want to hear it.'

"Republican and Democratic lawmakers after the meeting indicated little progress was made toward ending the partial government shutdown and that they agreed to reconvene Friday. The White House official says there was a consensus in the room that negotiations would be put on hold until Pelosi officially assumed her expected role of Speaker.

"The White House official told TheDC that both Pelosi and Schumer refused to hear out Nielsen's briefing and instead advocated for two solutions to end the government shutdown. Neither of the Democratic options would provide the additional funding for border security requested by The White House."

 
 
— Saagar Enjeti, The Daily Caller White House Correspondent
— Saagar Enjeti, The Daily Caller White House Correspondent
Posted January 03, 2019 • 08:11 am
 
 
On Government Shutdown Symbolism:
 
 

"This year, the United States government will have spent more than $4 trillion. Right now, the government is shut down for a dispute over funding for the border wall proposed by Trump, amounting to $5 billion, or 0.125 percent of total federal expenditures. The shutdown has been going on for two weeks, and there is as yet no indication of any resolution.

"Normally, government shutdowns are over major disputes on spending. Think of the 1995/96 shutdown, as Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich squabbled over the extent to which constraints on Medicare spending were necessary to get the deficit under control. The shutdown in 2013 was due in part to historically unprecedented levels of deficit spending during peacetime, and substantive disagreements about what to do about it. But not in 2018. Right now, nobody in Washington, D.C., seems to care about the deficit. This is all about $5 billion to build a wall. Yet $5 billion is a pittance in terms of overall federal spending. Politicians in recent years have knowingly signed off on much more for purely political purposes.

"This is beyond bizarre -- or at least it would be in any other time except the Age of Trump.

"What to make of all this?

"Far be it from me to predict what will come from any of this. Still, I think this fight is the triumph of symbolism over substance in the squalid politics of our age, and it is a prelude to the brutal fight that awaits us as we near the 2020 presidential election."

 
 
— Jay Cost, Conservative Elections Analyst, Political Historian and Syndicated Columnist
— Jay Cost, Conservative Elections Analyst, Political Historian and Syndicated Columnist
Posted January 02, 2019 • 08:04 am
 
 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
 
 

We wish you a Merry Christmas filled with holiday cheer and all our Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

 
 
— The Board of Directors and Staff of CFIF
— The Board of Directors and Staff of CFIF
Posted December 21, 2018 • 13:13 pm
 
 
On Learning the Real Lesson of Obamacare:
 
 

"[T]he problem with Obamacare isn't one federal judge. The problem with Obamacare isn't Republicans. The problem with Obamacare is Obamacare.

"The Affordable Care Act is a clumsy, clunky, ill-begotten legislative program executed with approximately the skill that a team of dead-average chimpanzees would bring to rebuilding the engine of a Ferrari GTC4Lusso. It was a mess, and it remains a mess -- and that is not a view exclusive to Republicans. Democrats began working to get rid of parts of the law -- notably the 'Cadillac' tax that so annoyed their union constituency -- before it was even implemented. (That tax has not been repealed, but its implementation has been delayed until at least 2022, at which point it most likely will be delayed again or removed from the legislation.) Exemptions and special considerations were handed out as freely as condoms at a Marin County kindergarten. Republicans hate the law -- but Democrats have found a lot to dislike about it, too. The distance between Democrats' stated preferences and their revealed preferences vis-a-vis the ACA is almost as wide as the gap between Professor Krugman's reputation as an economist and his reputation as a newspaper columnist.

"As The Editors wrote here after the federal ruling, Obamacare 'addressed real, if sometimes exaggerated, problems, but did so at an unnecessarily high cost.' It also did so in an unnecessarily complicated and destructive fashion, in part because it tried to do too many things at once. The Democrats let political considerations trump considerations of good governance: They believed that if they could just get some kind of national health-care program into place, then they could tinker with it ad infinitum after the fact, believing with good reason that once Americans were hooked on the subsidies then they'd be willing to pay the price to service that addiction. Like the Palestinians, Republicans rarely miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, and their contribution to the 2008 health-care debate was simply to repeat in Manchurian Candidate fashion: 'We have the best health-care system in the world.' They never quite got around to asking why so many people were displeased with it."

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted December 20, 2018 • 08:30 am
 
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following has the sole power of impeachment under the U.S. Constitution?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"In America, the left knows it can't just spring socialism on the land. They must accustom people to their most grandiose projects while maneuvering the politics and grinding away at public opposition.Miss Ocasio-Cortez and her comrades expect us to ridicule then ignore her silly Green New Deal while they work tirelessly to make it a reality. So unless we're willing to cede our most fundamental freedoms…[more]
 
 
—Monica Crowley, The Washington Times
— Monica Crowley, The Washington Times
 
Liberty Poll   

Do you believe President Trump's Emergency Declaration and Executive Order to fund southern border wall construction partially by repurposing DoD funds is within his constitutional authority, despite congressional objections?