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Image of the Day: Gallup Poll on Americans' View of Job Market Hits All-Time Record

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:

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. 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.


June 14, 2019 • 02:30 pm

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On Defending the Indefensible:

"Democrats seeking the party's 2020 presidential nomination are starting to come out in defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar, and in the process, they are normalizing anti-Semitism.

"Leading Democratic candidates Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren have all come out defending Omar and pointing fingers at her critics, despite a series of statements she has made targeting American Jews.

"Omar has been unrepentant over statements she made lamenting the influence of Jewish money in politics and questioning whether Jews were more loyal to Israel than America. The bigoted statements perpetuated classic anti-Semitic stereotypes, but that is now what's considered acceptable in the Democratic Party -- as long as it gets subsequently laundered as mere criticism of Israel. ...

"Democrats tried to push a sham resolution generically condemning anti-Semitism that didn't include Omar. But that proved too controversial within a caucus that is increasingly comfortable with anti-Semitism. So it's now unclear if any resolution is going to come up for a vote at all, at least not without substantial changes condemning other forms of hate in a way that further waters down any statement it would be making about Omar.

"All along, I've noted that this isn't primarily a story about Omar, who we know is an anti-Semite. It's about whether Democrats care about combating anti-Semitism.

"The signal leading Democrats are sending is not only that anti-Semitism will be tolerated within their party, but the more unapologetic somebody is about their anti-Semitism, the more likely they are to be defended."

Read entire article here.

— Philip Klein, Washington Examiner Executive Editor
— Philip Klein, Washington Examiner Executive Editor
Posted March 07, 2019 • 08:03 am
On the Cost of Taking Down President Trump:

"Whatever one thinks of Trump, the ploys to take him down are not without cost. For anyone paying attention, it is hard to overstate the damage done to the credibility of federal institutions like the Justice Department in the scorched earth effort to end his presidency. While Congress is no stranger to low approval ratings, the circus like hearings that the Democrats plan to continue will do nothing to enhance the faith of the American people in it.

"It is crystal clear those on the left have an unhealthy hatred for Trump and will leap at any excuse to remove him from office instead of waiting for the 2020 election. They neither respect the decision of the American people in the 2016 election nor their right to vote in the next one. The Democrats are hellbent on finding any way they can to take down Trump. They could care less about whatever they have to obstruct or destroy in the process."

— Buck Sexton, Radio and Podcast Host, Former CIA Officer and NYC Police Department Analyst
— Buck Sexton, Radio and Podcast Host, Former CIA Officer and NYC Police Department Analyst
Posted March 06, 2019 • 08:05 am
On Pouring Sunshine (and Funds) Into the AOC Campaign:

"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabart, allegedly created multiple LLCs to funnel campaign contributions from various political action committees (PACs), a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint from the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) said.

"According to the NLPC, Chakrabarti's entity, Brand New Congress LLC, 'served as a "cutout," for at least $885,735 received from Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and two federal political action committees, Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC.'

"Under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, all expenditures of $200 or more are required to be reported to the FEC. It appears that this structure was established to skirt FEC requirements on PAC donations, which are limited to $5,000 per election cycle. ...

"'These are not minor or technical violations. We are talking about real money here. In all my years of studying FEC reports, I've never seen a more ambitious operation to circumvent reporting requirements. Representative Ocasio-Cortez has been quite vocal in condemning so-called dark money, but her own campaign went to great lengths to avoid the sunlight of disclosure,' Tom Anderson, director of NLPC's Government Integrity Project, said in a statement."

— Beth Baumann, Townhall
— Beth Baumann, Townhall
Posted March 05, 2019 • 07:55 am
On the Corrosion of Conformity:

"Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ... is a self-proclaimed socialist who apparently is ready to move straight into the Stalinist phase of her political career, promising to organize purges against Democrats who don't do as she says. She's even calling herself a 'boss' these days. No doubt she's already looking for her Trotsky. ...

"That a liberal political culture cannot survive enforced homogeneity is obvious enough. The assault on free speech already is well under way, and the Democrats are poised to impose sweeping restrictions on political communication and organizing as soon as they have the votes.

"'The personal is the political,' they used to say. The slogan is intellectually flaccid but no less authoritarian and totalitarian for that. Progressives, once the partisans of 'diversity,' 'tolerance,' and social liberalism, have become the partisans of absolutism, conformism, and moral hysteria. Part of that is cynical politics: It was predictable that the same people who championed toleration when they were a relatively powerless minority would discover the attractions of homogeneity as soon as they got a taste of political power. But there is more to this than cheap opportunism: The emerging left-wing fanaticism gives every appearance of being mostly genuine. Genuinely asinine, genuinely dangerous, but genuine.

"Poor dopey gawping old Joe Biden apparently thinks he's going to get out in front of that parade, and that the red banners will be furled on his say-so. He is in for a shock. So are the rest of us. 'Voting in lockstep' isn't going to be enough for these new totalitarians. What they have in mind is living in lockstep."

Read entire article here.

— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted March 04, 2019 • 08:08 am
On Climate Change and the 'Green New Deal':

"The Green New Deal is not about stopping climate change. Climate always changes and always will. The United States has cut back on greenhouse gas emissions by about 13% since 2005 to virtually no effect on the Earth's climate. The net effect of reducing the United States' carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050 would be negligible.

"Even reduction by 100% would have little effect on the climate, but the policies proposed by the Green New Deal would make Karl Marx proud. But realize this; any draconian changes such as these would necessarily change our fundamental way of life. And that, not addressing the ills of climate change, is what the Green New Deal is all about."

— David R. Legates, Ph.D., Professor of Geography and Climatology, Former Director of the Center for Climatic Research, University of Delaware, in testimony before the Congressional Western Caucus, February 27, 2019.
— David R. Legates, Ph.D., Professor of Geography and Climatology, Former Director of the Center for Climatic Research, University of Delaware, in testimony before the Congressional Western Caucus, February 27, 2019.
Posted March 01, 2019 • 08:07 am
On Michael Cohen's Performance on Capitol Hill:

"Lights, camera, Cohen. Democrats got the reality show they wanted out of President Trump's fixer-turned-enemy, with their star witness parroting the party's talking points. ...

"There was also a turn-back-the-clock quality to the spectacle. Sitting over Cohen's right shoulder was Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton's longtime pal and now a Cohen lawyer.

"Don't tell Davis and Clinton that she lost the 2016 election. They think it's not over yet."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted February 28, 2019 • 07:45 am
On Pharmaceutical Price Controls and America's Health:

"Scientists searching for cures to cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other deadly illnesses may soon lose their funding, due to a misguided new proposal from Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

"The proposal would gradually reduce Medicare's reimbursement rate for advanced drugs administered in hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices by 30 percent. Mr. Azar claims these price controls 'will save $17 billion in Medicare drug spending over the next five years.'

"It's true that price controls would save the government money, at least initially. But they'd also deter investors from pouring money into risky, expensive -- but potentially game-changing -- biopharmaceutical research projects.

"The cuts to research funding would make it much harder for scientists to discover the cures of tomorrow. Those future medicines wouldn't just save lives -- they'd also save the government money by stemming the rising tide of chronic disease. Mr. Azar's price-control proposal is penny-wise and pound-foolish."

Read entire article here.

— Peter J. Pitts, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest President and Former FDA Associate Commissioner
— Peter J. Pitts, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest President and Former FDA Associate Commissioner
Posted February 27, 2019 • 07:50 am
On President Trump's Secret to Victory in 2020:

"[H]ere's the brutal truth for Democrats: If Hispanic Americans are in fact showing surging approval of Trump, he could be on his way to matching or exceeding the 40 percent won by George W. Bush in his 2004. If Trump does 12 percentage points better than his 2016 numbers with the growing Hispanic vote, it pretty much takes Florida, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina off the table for Democrats, who would need to sweep Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to reach the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House. At the same time, that 12-point shift would give Trump a clear shot at winning Colorado and Nevada, states where Hispanic voters make up well over 10 percent of the electorate and where Clinton won by 5 percentage points or less in 2016.

"And if the Democratic path to the presidency looks hard without overwhelming Hispanic support, control of the Senate looks almost impossible. Any realistic scenario to gaining the necessary three seats -- four if Trump retains the presidency -- requires Democrats to defeat incumbents Cory Gardner in Colorado and Martha McSally in Arizona. Both states have higher than average Hispanic electorates. Gardner won his seat in 2014 by evenly splitting the Hispanic vote. McSally, who was just appointed to succeed John McCain, narrowly lost her 2018 race to Kyrsten Sinema by winning 30 percent of the Hispanic vote in her state. Any improvement among Hispanics for Republicans -- or even just a lack of enthusiasm for turning out to vote against Trump -- could easily return Gardner and McSally to the Senate and leave Democrats in the minority."

— David S. Bernstein, WGBH News Contributing Political Analyst
— David S. Bernstein, WGBH News Contributing Political Analyst
Posted February 26, 2019 • 08:09 am
On the Resurgence of Socialism in America:

"While the unkillable ideological cockroach that is socialism seems to be enjoying a resurgence primarily among stupid and/or evil millennials, there are three key groups who will oppose any such transition here in America. There are ex-military folks like me who served in the ruins of socialist countries and saw the way they poison a culture (and literally the land too -- socialism is always an environmental atrocity). There are folks, like my wife, who escaped from murderous socialist hellholes -- wear your scummy Che t-shirt around her and she'll cut you. And then there are the rest of the Normal Americans who are both aware of socialism's 100 million corpse tally and who don't particularly want a bunch of aspiring campus Castros taking power and bossing them around for eternity.

"Here's the thing, and I've said it before, but I'm not worried about socialism because I'll never live in a socialist America. It either will not happen, or it will happen after I and millions of others are dead fighting for the Constitution. So, this is really not my problem, but a problem for the millennials who would have to live with it. Sadly, a lot of millennials are -- how do I put this delicately? -- really stupid and eager to create a system that empowers aspiring lil' kommisars to bully the Normals."

— Kurt Schlichter, Trial Lawyer, USA Col., Ret., and Senior Columnist
— Kurt Schlichter, Trial Lawyer, USA Col., Ret., and Senior Columnist
Posted February 25, 2019 • 07:41 am
On Conditioning the Masses to an Extreme Agenda:

"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 -- which often manifest in things like cars, air travel, hamburgers and private health insurance -- we must get as serious about their hostile takeover as they are."

— Monica Crowley, The Washington Times
— Monica Crowley, The Washington Times
Posted February 22, 2019 • 07:50 am
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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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