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July 29, 2021 • 10:02 AM

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On Democrats' Policy Agenda and Inflation:
 
 

"An economy growing at 6.4% would be great news for most White Houses. But with inflation surging to 5.4%, many are not feeling the economic good times, and they know exactly whom to blame.

'Everything just costs more, and no one's really making more other than if you get government money, which I did get some,' 52-year-old school maintenance worker John Novak told the Associated Press this week. 'I'd rather have prices lower.'

Novak is not alone. According to an AP poll conducted last week, 54% of voters say the economy is in poor shape. In a separate Morning Consult poll, 59% of voters said Biden's policies were to blame for the 13-year high in inflation, and 54% expect inflation to get worse.

The Democrats' reaction to these numbers has been, 'Damn the inflation, full spending ahead!'"

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted August 02, 2021 • 01:40 PM
 
 
On Democrats' 'Infrastructure' Proposals and Their Plans to Use the Budget Process to Pass Their Policy Wish List Without Any Republican Support:
 
 

"Democrats in Washington have a new definition of infrastructure. It could be described as anything that Democrats want to do. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer have outlined a massive social welfare scheme they term 'soft' or 'human' infrastructure. Yet it's the same old liberal agenda of cradle-to-grave dependence on government.

"To Democrats, infrastructure includes everything from government-run healthcare to government-funded college. It includes amnesty for illegal immigrants, a far-left climate agenda, and forced unionization for workers regardless of their own views. Democrats include multiple refundable tax credits and advance payments -- in other words, checks in the mail to anyone with an address who meets criteria such as having a child or holding down a job.

"This new definition comes with the enormous price tag likely to exceed $5 trillion.

"Democrats know they can't get enough votes for their agenda if they describe it accurately. That's why they call it infrastructure. That's also why they're moving ahead with the budget process, needing just 51 votes to pass the Senate. ...

"There are real problems facing the public. A government takeover is not the answer. People understand this. They know that nothing in life is free.

"The Democrats' new definition of infrastructure isn't just incredibly expensive; it will do permanent damage."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Republican Conference
— Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Republican Conference
Posted July 30, 2021 • 01:46 PM
 
 
On the 'Next Victims of Rising Violent Crime:
 
 

"Violent crime is on the rise in America -- and Democrats, with good cause, are worried that they may be among the casualties.

"And it's not only a surge in shoot-outs or drive-bys in our nation's capital and in Chicago, Baltimore, and other big cities. NPR reports that 'Many small cities that typically have relatively few murders are seeing significant increases over last year. Killings in Albuquerque, N.M., Austin, Texas, and Pittsburgh, for example, have about doubled so far in 2021, while Portland, Ore., has had five times as many murders compared to last year, according to data compiled by Jeff Asher, a crime data analyst and co-founder of AH Datalytics.'

"All of those places are run by Democratic mayors; so are the bigger cities where crime has surged. Add to that, that it's the left wing of the Democratic Party that wants to 'defund' the police, that it's progressive Democrats who came up with the idea to 'reimagine policing,' and none of this bodes well for Democrats next year. Voters don't like politicians who are soft on crime -- and hard on cops."

 
 
— Bernard Goldberg, Journalist and Writer
— Bernard Goldberg, Journalist and Writer
Posted July 29, 2021 • 01:11 PM
 
 
On H.R. 4, 'The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act':
 
 

"Why are Democrats in Congress staging a series of show hearings to generate support for H.R. 4, 'The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act?' Because, they claim, there is a wave of 'voter suppression' going on across the country.

"That is nothing more than a political fabrication. Requiring voters to show ID to authenticate their identity, or trying to ensure voter registration rolls are accurate and up-to-date, are not 'voter suppression' and don't prevent any eligible individual from registering and voting.

"H.R. 4 isn't just unnecessary and unjustified. It's a dangerous bill that would give the partisan bureaucrats of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department administrative veto powers over states' changes to election procedures. ...

"These left-wing ideologues are hostile to the equal, non-partisan enforcement of federal voting rights laws. They are a threat to each state's constitutional power to control its own election procedures and have repeatedly exhibited their biased attitudes over the course of decades."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation
— Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation
Posted July 28, 2021 • 05:27 PM
 
 
On Concerns About the Fed Continuing Its Vast Purchases of Government Debt and Mortgage-Backed Securities:
 
 

"Shortly after the pandemic struck last year, the Federal Reserve began buying billions of dollars in government debt every month to drive down borrowing costs and keep the economy from collapsing.

"Today, house prices are surging, stocks have continued their stratospheric rise, and banks have more cash than they know what to do with. Yet the Fed is still pumping billions into the economy. Why?

"That's what a growing number of lawmakers, investors and even some Fed officials themselves are demanding to know. They are warning that the central bank's vast purchases of government bonds and mortgage-backed securities are feeding financial bubbles in the housing, stock and even cryptocurrency markets, and stoking higher consumer prices, with little apparent benefit to ordinary Americans.

"'There's no justification for the Fed to maintain [its purchases] at current levels, and doing so seriously risks contributing to heightened inflation, Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.), the top Republican on the Banking Committee, told POLITICO."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Victoria Guida, Economics Reporter at Politico
— Victoria Guida, Economics Reporter at Politico
Posted July 27, 2021 • 05:17 PM
 
 
Challenging AWOL Texas Democrats to Offer Specifics About What's Wrong With the Election Reform Legislation They Are Protesting:
 
 

"The self-proclaimed heroes and martyrs of the Texas Democratic House members who fled to Washington, D.C., aboard a chartered plane (without masks but with a case of Miller Lite and stronger liquids carried discretely in plain brown paper bags) have achieved little except to break quorum and thereby stop the special legislative session back home and prove themselves a super-spreader event in the nation's capital.

The reason for their rash action was to keep an election reform bill -- H.B. 3, sponsored by Republican State Rep. Andrew Murr -- from passing. But listen to their many public utterances -- from news conferences to cable news appearances to tweets and Facebook postings -- and you'll notice an utter lack of specifics. They condemn the bill as 'voter suppression' and 'Jim Crow 2.0' but without mentioning exactly what's wrong with the bill.

That's because the bill actually expands opportunities for voting, especially during the very popular 13-day early voting period in Texas, during which most of the state's voters cast their ballots. So maybe a reporter might ask what actual provisions of the bill they oppose?

To help that process along, here are a few suggestions for an enterprising reporter -- or even an interested constituent -- to ask the wandering Texans as they lounge in their downtown D.C. hotel rooms, awaiting their next COVID test, Zoom cable hit, fundraising pitch or release from quarantine."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Karl Rove, Political Advisor and Fox News Contributor
— Karl Rove, Political Advisor and Fox News Contributor
Posted July 26, 2021 • 01:49 PM
 
 
On New Multi-Trillion Dollar Government Spending Proposals:
 
 

"As Democrats race toward squandering another $4.1 trillion -- perhaps with some Republican help -- we are being told over and over how the biggest stumbling block is figuring out how the new spending will be 'paid for.'

"There are technically two different bills being negotiated. One is a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that includes a wide range of liberal priorities. And the other is an infrastructure bill that would introduce an additional $600 billion in spending that a group of Republicans, for some reason, are still pursuing. But Democrats have indicated that if the bipartisan deal fails, that spending will end up being added to the reconciliation bill anyway, bringing the combined total to $4.1 trillion.

"It should be noted that this may even be charitable. The way Democrats have structured the reconciliation package is to set expiration dates for certain policies with the hope that once enacted, they would be hard to eliminate, and they would thus become permanent parts of the budget. According to an analysis from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the true cost of the reconciliation plan could be as high as $5.5 trillion (not including the additional spending from the bipartisan package)."

 
 
— Philip Klein, Editor of National Review Online
— Philip Klein, Editor of National Review Online
Posted July 23, 2021 • 02:07 PM
 
 
On the Biden Administration Lying About 'Misinformation' To Justify Tyranny:
 
 

"This week, President Joe Biden was asked whether he had any message for social media amidst a dramatic rise in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases thanks to the delta variant. Biden immediately responded that companies like Facebook were responsible for murder: 'They're killing people -- I mean, they're really, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they're killing people.' Meanwhile, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said that Facebook had not stopped misinformation thoroughly enough on its platform, calling misinformation a 'serious threat to public health.'

"None of this is accurate. Facebook is, first of all, a platform; it is not a publication with the same responsibilities of editorial oversight as a publisher. To treat Facebook as such would be to transform its purpose. Furthermore, on a purely factual level, it is simply untrue that Facebook users are disproportionately likely to avoid vaccination -- in fact, according to Facebook's statistics, vaccine acceptance in the United States among their users now stands between 80% and 85%, and 3.3 million Americans have used their vaccine finder tool to seek a location for a vaccine.

"So, what's driving the Biden administration's finger pointing? Its broader agenda to utilize the massive market dominance of the social media platforms to squeeze alternative media sources out of existence. Before the rise of social media, most Americans who used the internet for news bookmarked a variety of pages and then visited them individually. Over time, as social media grew and as people began to access stories they liked through an algorithmically controlled newsfeed, Americans used social media for news. This centralized the mechanism for information dissemination.

"Now, the left sees an opportunity: If all the news is accessed in one place, by restricting access in that place, the news monopoly once held by legacy media can be reestablished. All that will be required is labeling everyone they don't like 'misinformation.'

 
 
— Ben Shapiro, Author, Columnist and Founder of The Daily Wire
— Ben Shapiro, Author, Columnist and Founder of The Daily Wire
Posted July 22, 2021 • 01:55 PM
 
 
On Voter Concerns About the Rising Cost of Living:
 
 

"Nearly 9 in 10 voters say they are concerned about the rising cost of living in the U.S., according to a new survey from the conservative advocacy group American Action Network.

"Eighty-eight percent of voters surveyed said they were either 'somewhat' or 'extremely' worried about the rising cost of living, while 86 percent said they were worried about inflation and 79 percent said they were worried about rising gas prices. Seventy-three percent said they were concerned about 'impending tax increases.'"

 
 
— Julia Manchester, The Hill
— Julia Manchester, The Hill
Posted July 21, 2021 • 01:53 PM
 
 
On China's Latest Cyberattack:
 
 

"In a rare coordinated action on Monday, the United States, Britain, and the European Union condemned Beijing over its exploitation of Microsoft Exchange servers.

"The U.S. and Britain have also attributed broader attacks to China's civilian intelligence service, the Ministry of State Security. In a very telling example of its deference to Beijing, the EU only attributed the Microsoft Exchange attack to actors located on Chinese soil. Still, China's aggression and ambition here are defining. The Microsoft Exchange attack makes Russia's recent SolarWinds intrusion look like a polite request for classified information in comparison.

"Addressing China's broader cyber-espionage campaign, the Department of Justice says that the MSS successfully stole information related to 'sensitive technologies used for submersibles and autonomous vehicles, specialty chemical formulas, commercial aircraft servicing, proprietary genetic-sequencing technology and data, and foreign information to support China's efforts to secure contracts for state-owned enterprises within the targeted country (e.g., large-scale high-speed railway development projects).'

"The British government says that the Microsoft Exchange attack affected 30,000 corporations in the U.S. and many more globally. Britain also says the attack 'was highly likely to enable large-scale espionage, including acquiring personally identifiable information and intellectual property.'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Tom Rogan, Foreign Policy and National Security Writer for the Washington Examiner
— Tom Rogan, Foreign Policy and National Security Writer for the Washington Examiner
Posted July 20, 2021 • 01:53 PM
 
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"An economy growing at 6.4% would be great news for most White Houses. But with inflation surging to 5.4%, many are not feeling the economic good times, and they know exactly whom to blame.'Everything just costs more, and no one's really making more other than if you get government money, which I did get some,' 52-year-old school maintenance worker John Novak told the Associated Press this week. '…[more]
 
 
—The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
 
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