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In our Liberty Update commentary entitled "No, Scandinavia Doesn't Vindicate Socialism" this week, we rightly ridicule admitted socialist Bernie Sanders, including his odd claim that "we now have an economy that is fundamentally broke and grotesquely unfair."  Well, as this Gallup survey illustrates, he's swimming upstream against American public opinion.  Specifically, in a survey that Gallup has conducted periodically since 2001, the public's view of the job market has now hit an all-time record high:

. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="720"] Sorry, Socialists[/caption]

 

. Perhaps this helps explain why Sanders has suddenly plummeted in 2020 Democratic candidate surveys, although one wonders how long people like Elizabeth Warren can avoid the same fate.

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June 14, 2019 • 02:30 pm

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On Ukrainian Plot to Help Clinton:
 
 

"After nearly three years and millions of tax dollars, the Trump-Russia collusion probe is about to be resolved. Emerging in its place is newly unearthed evidence suggesting another foreign effort to influence the 2016 election -- this time, in favor of the Democrats.

"Ukraine's top prosecutor divulged in an interview aired Wednesday on Hill.TV that he has opened an investigation into whether his country's law enforcement apparatus intentionally leaked financial records during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in an effort to sway the election in favor of Hillary Clinton.

"The leak of the so-called 'black ledger' files to U.S. media prompted Manafort's resignation from the Trump campaign and gave rise to one of the key allegations in the Russia collusion probe that has dogged Trump for the last two and a half years.

"Ukraine Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko's probe was prompted by a Ukrainian parliamentarian's release of a tape recording purporting to quote a top law enforcement official as saying his agency leaked the Manafort financial records to help Clinton's campaign.

"The parliamentarian also secured a court ruling that the leak amounted to 'an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign,' Lutsenko told me. Lutsenko said the tape recording is a serious enough allegation to warrant opening a probe, and one of his concerns is that the Ukrainian law enforcement agency involved had frequent contact with the Obama administration's U.S. embassy in Kiev at the time.

"'Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information,' Lutsenko told me."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, The Hill
— John Solomon, The Hill
Posted March 21, 2019 • 08:04 am
 
 
On the Electoral College:
 
 

"Amid a number of proposals pushed by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates trying to stand out in a crowded field comes an idea that totally doesn't scream 'sore loser' at all: abolishing the Electoral College. ...

"The framers of the Constitution established the Electoral College as a compromise between election of the president by a vote in Congress and election of the president by popular vote. It maintains the institution of national representation by preventing bigger states from wielding more influence over smaller states in elections. Additionally, the Electoral College distributes popular support and gives minority interests more sway in each state.

"The Electoral College is a fundamental part of our democracy. Democrats proposing to abolish it merely want to shift the balance of power in their favor, by changing the rules of a game they just lost fair and square."

 
 
— Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner
— Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner
Posted March 20, 2019 • 08:28 am
 
 
On the Democrats' $100 Trillion Agenda:
 
 

"Remember when Democrats complained that $5.7 billion for a border wall was too expensive? Well, that's chump change compared to what many of the congressional Democrats and nearly all of those 15 declared Democrats in the presidential race are now rallying behind.

"The price tag isn't in the billions but in the tens of trillions. President Trump was attacked earlier this month by Democrats for a budget blueprint that would run fiscal deficits of 5 percent of GDP. That's too high, for sure, but count up the spending plans of Democrats and deficits could easily hit 20 to 30 percent of GDP and tilt the nation toward Greek and Puerto Rican-style bankruptcy. ...

"Add it all up and the estimated 10-year cost of creating the Democratic-socialist utopia envisioned by the likes of Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Bernie Sanders and other leaders of the Democratic Party reaches well north of $100 trillion. ...

"The Democrats balked at spending $5.7 billion to protect American communities by securing the border, but they're perfectly happy to mortgage our future by spending nearly 20,000 times that amount on their own utopian fantasies. We will all have everything we want, and our country will be bankrupt."

 
 
— Stephen Moore, Economist, Heritage Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow
— Stephen Moore, Economist, Heritage Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Posted March 19, 2019 • 08:02 am
 
 
On Gun Control and the New Zealand Terrorist Attack:
 
 

"For some reason, gun-grabbing liberals seem to think that the existence of people who want to shoot random civilians should make us want to be less able to defend ourselves. Uh, no. The horrifying New Zealand terrorist attack would usually have drawn universal attacks by liberals on law-abiding Americans and their rights. On the upside, the dishonest and disgraceful slander of fellow Americans that usually accompanies these events was comparatively muted, perhaps because this loser (who should die anonymously, his videos unviewed, his manifesto unread, and his name unspoken) was so transparently attempting to provide everyone with fodder to hate their political opponents. To rile liberals, he mixed in references to Trump and Candace Owens; to outrage us Normals, he embraced leftism and environmental wackoism. It was a scam to set us at each other's throats. The proper response to this creep's crude manipulation is to not pretend that he was motivated by anything other than resentment over his own manifest inadequacies and failures. To hang this idiot's acts on one's political opponents for cheesy short-term rhetorical advantage is to play his game; instead, we should come together in the hope that the Kiwis hang that idiot."

 
 
— Kurt Schlichter, Townhall.com
— Kurt Schlichter, Townhall.com
Posted March 18, 2019 • 08:01 am
 
 
On Pots, Kettles, and the Southern Poverty Law Center:
 
 

"There's a big shakeup going down at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) this week. In a surprise announcement on Thursday, the hateful left-wing 'hate watch' group disclosed the sudden firing of co-founder Morris Dees. Although the SPLC declined to specify why, reports of racial bias and a possible #MeToo situation quickly surfaced.

"Josh Moon, a columnist with the Alabama Reporter, tweeted, 'The SPLC fired Morris Dees yesterday and announced it today. Multiple sources have told me that the allegations of inappropriate conduct involve sexual harassment incidents. Multiple incidents that have come to light after an initial recent allegation.'

"He followed up with, 'I have been sent a number of internal SPLC emails that address the ongoing situation and specifically discuss Dees. Looks like a combination of complaints regarding sexual harassment and racial biases in promotion and hierarchy led to this.'

"The LA Times reported that after the recent resignation of a female African-American lawyer, SPLC staff wrote a letter to management this week saying, in part, 'Allegations of mistreatment, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism threaten the moral authority of this organization and our integrity along with it.'"

 
 
— Alexa Moutevelis Coombs, MRC Culture's On TV Blog Editor
— Alexa Moutevelis Coombs, MRC Culture's On TV Blog Editor
Posted March 15, 2019 • 07:37 am
 
 
On the College Admissions Scandal:
 
 

"Money talks. But news that famous actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, along with 40 other people, were charged in a scheme to buy their kids' entrance into elite schools is shameful.

"According to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, well-to-do parents bribed college coaches and others to help grease the skids for their children so they might sit alongside the brightest minds in the country. ...

"These crimes are an affront to all the hardworking students who were not able to buy their way in to these institutions. The message sent to them is that power and influence supersede achievement and merit.

"Any admissions officer found to be complicit in this scam must be fired today. Likewise, the presidents in the named colleges must apologize to their students and their communities and offer full and direct explanations for their infractions.

"Some may say that this kind of thing happens all the time in the form of donations or nepotism, for example. Perhaps so, but now is as good a time as ever to make sure it doesn't happen again. It is going to take work to cast off this disgraceful legacy."

 
 
— Boston Herald Editorial Staff
— Boston Herald Editorial Staff
Posted March 14, 2019 • 08:02 am
 
 
On President Trump's Budget Proposal:
 
 

"President Trump released his third White House budget proposal today, and kudos to his acting budget director Russ Vought for crafting a plan that promotes fiscal restraint. Under this budget request, hundreds of wasteful programs will be eliminated and every domestic agency will be required to make a 5 percent cutback in spending. This budget blueprint includes $2.7 trillion in government spending cuts over the next decade. ...

"Trump will have to enforce this latest budget with steely resolve. So far he has used the veto pen sparingly. Now he must recognize that it is his best weapon to prevent a dangerous fiscal situation. His first two budgets were almost completely ignored by a Republican Congress. (Excessive pork spending is a bipartisan problem on Capitol Hill.) House Republicans, outside the Freedom Caucus, showed no interest in curbing spending.

"But now Trump faces House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose Democratic caucus wants free everything. House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters said this weekend that she is committed to increasing the budget on social programs and reversing the few cuts that Trump has already made. The only idea for paying for the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, $15 minimum wage, Social Security benefit hikes, free college tuition, and the like are by repealing the Republican tax cuts. First, that is not going to happen. Second, this would only pay for a sliver of the cost.

"The most powerful tool Trump has over legislation is the veto. He needs to use it often in the months ahead for his agenda. Trump should declare that if spending bills come in even a dime over his new budget totals, he will veto each and every one. The budget crafted by Vought is a powerful fiscal marker that must be enforced. This is his best tool for controlling federal spending, and presidents have historically used it to great effect."

 
 
— Stephen Moore, Economist, Heritage Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow
— Stephen Moore, Economist, Heritage Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Posted March 13, 2019 • 08:20 am
 
 
On Calls for President Trump's Impeachment:
 
 

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that she's against impeaching President Trump 'unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan.' Which is exactly the point -- there isn't. ...

"Now, will Pelosi call off the dogs? Committee Chairmen Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff will keep on subpoenaing away, and grandstanding for the cameras -- in hopes of maybe somehow, someday, somewhere finding some genuine dirt, while at least harassing the president, his family and associates and feeding an endless string of breathless this time, Trump is going down reports.

"Just as impeachment would be bad for the Democrats, chances are Americans will note that the press has been blaring those 'scoops' for more than two years now, and not a one has panned out. Keeping it up only shows that not just the Democratic Party, but also most of the media, can't stop themselves from playing to the unhinged left."

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted March 12, 2019 • 08:10 am
 
 
On Attempts to 'Save' the Internet:
 
 

"Congressional Democrats want you to think that they're going to save the Internet. But the Internet never needed saving. That was true when the Obama administration first passed 'net neutrality' regulations in 2015 and also when those regulations were repealed.

"On Wednesday, House Democrats proposed a bill to bring back those old rules and reverse a 2017 deregulation by the Trump administration. It's called, with apocalyptic flair, the Save the Internet Act.

"The issue of net neutrality is relatively complex, and proponents have done a great job of leading the public to believe that without its framework, the free and open Internet we've come to know and love is a goner. But time and experience have proven that this isn't true. ...

"And the net neutrality advocates who did so much to scare people in 2017, at this point, have a lot of explaining to do."

 
 
— Madeline Fry, Washington Examiner
— Madeline Fry, Washington Examiner
Posted March 11, 2019 • 08:06 am
 
 
On the Crisis at the Border:
 
 

"We interrupt the talk of the president 'manufacturing' a crisis at the border with this hair-raising report about the crisis at the border.

"Alarming new numbers about border apprehensions from U.S. Customs and Border Protection should puncture the lazy conventional wisdom about the border being under control, except in the lurid imagination of President Donald Trump. ...

"More than 76,000 migrants were apprehended crossing the southern border last month, the highest February in more than 10 years and the highest month of the Trump administration. The number of apprehensions tops any month during the 2014 border surge under President Barack Obama, which no one had a problem calling a crisis at the time.

"Every indication is that the situation is going to get worse."

 
 
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted March 08, 2019 • 08:16 am
 
Question of the Week   
Prior to 2016, what was the last Presidential election year in which the candidate who won had never before held elected public office?
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"And so it has come to this.Two oil tankers were just attacked in the Gulf of Oman, presumably by Iran. The United States and China are facing off in a confrontation that is about far more than trade. The southern border remains anarchic and uncontrolled.And Congress is asking: 'Can I get the icon in cornflower blue?'Here is the situation: The president of these United States gets from place to place…[more]
 
 
—Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
 
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Should the 2020 U.S. Census add a multi-part question regarding U.S. citizenship, including specifically whether the respondent is or is not a U.S. citizen?