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Statistic of the Day: Going Carbon-Free Would Cost Every American $11,300 PER YEAR

From realistic climatologist Bjorn Lomborg, writing in The Wall Street Journal this week, a jarring analysis of the cost of imposing the Biden/Pelosi/Schumer/AOC carbon-free "Green New Deal" agenda for every American annually:

 

A new study in Nature finds that a 95% reduction in American carbon emissions by 2050 will annually cost 11.9% of U.S. gross domestic product. To put that in perspective: Total expenditure on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid came to 11.6% of GDP in 2019. The annual cost of trying to hit Mr. Biden’s target will rise to $4.4 trillion by 2050. That’s more than everything the federal government is projected to take in this year in tax revenue. It breaks down to $11,300 per person per year, or almost 500 times more than what a majority of Americans…[more]

October 15, 2021 • 12:33 PM

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On the Hunter Biden Scandal:
 
 

"'Come on H this is linked to Celtic's account.' Those nine words from a retired Secret Service agent to Hunter Biden in recently released emails may prove a nasty complication for some in Washington who have struggled to contain the blowback from the still-unfolding scandal linked to Hunter Biden's infamous laptop.

'Celtic' was the Secret Service code name for Joe Biden, and recent disclosures may puncture the media's cone-of-silence around the scandal. The emails link President Biden to his son's accounts and indicate a commingling of funds with money coming from controversial foreign sources. Even more embarrassing, the shared account may have been used to pay a Russian prostitute named 'Yanna.'

The commingling of funds is the latest contraction of President Biden's repeated claims that he was unaware and uninvolved in past dealings by his son. Given these links, there are legitimate questions of why the Justice Department has not sought a special counsel in the ongoing investigation of alleged money-laundering and tax violations linked to the president's son. More importantly, even if there are no criminal charges, there is now a compelling need for an independent report on the alleged influence peddling operation by Hunter, his uncle James Biden, and potentially his father, President Biden. ...

In 2017, Democratic members and activists were adamant that the Justice Department should carry out an investigation involving President Trump and his family. Then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) insisted that, without a special counsel, 'every American will rightfully suspect ... a coverup.'

There is already a federal criminal investigation into these matters involving Hunter Biden, and the latest emails now link President Biden receiving money and benefits from related accounts as well as key players. Even if one questions a direct conflict of interest, it is hard to deny the towering appearance of a conflict in the ongoing investigation.

'The Big Guys' is now president and his administration is handling an investigation that could have political as well as legal implications for him and his family. It may be time for a special counsel."

Read the entire artile here.

 
 
— Jonathan Turley, Legal Analyst, Legal Scholar and Professor at George Washington University Law School
— Jonathan Turley, Legal Analyst, Legal Scholar and Professor at George Washington University Law School
Posted October 15, 2021 • 08:16 AM
 
 
On the Biden Administration's Mass Release of Illegal Immigrants Into the United States:
 
 

"At least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S., often with little to no supervision, by the Biden administration since March -- including a broad use of limited parole authorities to make more than 30,000 eligible for work permits since August, Border Patrol documents obtained by Fox News show.

"The documents give a partial snapshot into how the Biden administration has been releasing enormous numbers of migrants into the U.S., often with little to no oversight, supervision or immediate risk of deportation.

"Since March 20, at least 94,570 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. with Notices to Report. Those who receive such a notice are only required to check in with an ICE office when they get to their final destination -- which could be anywhere across the country. Those who check in are not deported or detained as their immigration proceedings move forward.

"Meanwhile, since Aug 6th, the administration has released roughly 32,000 immigrants into the U.S. via parole -- which gives migrants a form of legal status and the ability to apply for work permits."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Bill Melugin and Adam Shaw, Fox News
— Bill Melugin and Adam Shaw, Fox News
Posted October 14, 2021 • 12:37 PM
 
 
On Gas Prices and President Biden's Energy Policies:
 
 

"Over a 10-year period, the shale revolution...created a vibrant and prosperous industry in the U.S. reviving rural areas and bringing top-paying jobs to those involved. Two consecutive presidents had the good sense to stay mostly out of its way.

"Now, President Joe Biden is trying to throw away the independence, prosperity, and carbon emissions reductions that fracking has conferred upon the nation. All this just to appease environmental extremists whose support he needs and who think it is possible to wish away humanity's need for abundant energy.

"The price of this idiocy is being reflected at the pump every time you fill up. You may have noticed the price of gasoline is up almost 50% from where it was a year ago. It is now at its highest point in seven years.

"Biden, whose first acts in office included a ban on domestic oil exploration on federal land and the cancellation of a needed oil pipeline, has responded to this situation not by encouraging more domestic production. Instead, he repeatedly approaches OPEC, hat in hand, begging the cartel and even the Russians to produce more oil for him. To see him beg foreign enemies to save his political standing is genuinely pathetic and degrading."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted October 13, 2021 • 07:48 AM
 
 
On Calls for An Investigation Into Fulton County, Georgia's Election Management, Including Alleged Destruction of Election Documents:
 
 

"Georgia's top election official on Monday demanded that the U.S. Justice Department open an investigation into election management in the state's largest county after officials in Fulton County disclosed they had shredded at least 300 voter applications for its upcoming municipal elections in apparent violation of the law.

"Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office told Just the News that his office had also opened an inquiry into the disclosure by Fulton County officials but believed it was time for federal prosecutors to review chronic election irregularities inside the state's largest county, which includes the city of Atlanta. ...

"State officials told Just the News that Fulton County's elections chief fired two workers who were seen shredding the voter applications on Friday and then disclosed the problem to Raffensperger's office earlier Monday.

"Georgia law requires election officials to preserve all documents related to primary or general elections for 24 months after the election. The shredded documents are believed to be voter applications to vote in this fall's local elections in Fulton County, officials said."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, Investigative Journalist, Author and Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
— John Solomon, Investigative Journalist, Author and Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
Posted October 12, 2021 • 08:04 AM
 
 
On Attorney General Merrick Garland:
 
 

"Only a fool pokes a mama bear, but that's Merrick Garland for you.

"The attorney general thought to be such a moderate that 20 Republicans confirmed his nomination turns out to be a radical ideologue hellbent on targeting President Biden's political foes.

"He is injecting himself into the front lines of every culture war, from pregnant 'people' to school board meetings.

"But Graland's ominous memo last week directing the FBI to investigate parents as domestic terror threats was a big mistake. He cited no evidence for what he claims is a 'disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence' against school boards.

"His memo was a shocking abuse of his office on behalf of left-wing activists who have been using schools as brainwashing factories for future social justice warriors. It was designed to intimidate parents and stop them advocating for their children.

"For all his awesome power, Garland has met a force greater than his weaponized Department of Justice: the love of parents for their children."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Miranda Devine, New York Post
— Miranda Devine, New York Post
Posted October 11, 2021 • 07:34 AM
 
 
On President Biden's Approval Rating:
 
 

"What is stymying President Biden more than anything else is the illusion that he has a mandate for transformational government action. In fact, he doesn't and he never did.

"Biden thinks he wants to be Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but FDR won 42 of 48 states in 1932. The Democrats had a 196 member advantage in the House, and an 11 seat edge in the Senate. That's a mandate.

"Biden and the Democrats in 2020 won the political equivalent of a 12-inning baseball game on a walk off bloop single, or maybe a wild pitch.

"As Biden's first year as president slips into autumn his ice cream sundae has melted. And ice cream is like broken glass, it really can't be repaired.

"What the president has today is a sugary soup of giveaway programs that cannot be formed into a scoop acceptable to all sides of his tiny majority. With the benefit of hindsight it is clear that, at least politically, he would have been better off with a small GOP majority in the Senate."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— David Marcus, Author and Columnist
— David Marcus, Author and Columnist
Posted October 08, 2021 • 08:52 AM
 
 
On Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Frist Amendment:
 
 

"No one should be physically attacked or threatened with bodily harm. That is a given.

"But Attorney General Merrick Garland is exploiting this fundamental doctrine as a pretext to coerce and frighten parents whose only supposed 'crime' is seeking to improve their children's education. ...

"To accomplish it, Garland plans to weaponize the immense powers of the FBI and the Department of Justice to bully parents into submission. Under the guise of combating what he refers to as 'intimidation,' he is exerting more intimidation with superior force. He aspires to criminalize contentiousness. ...

"Even more embarrassing was Garland's misstatement of constitutional law. He claimed that the First Amendment does not protect 'efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views.' What? Where is that written anywhere in the myriad of U.S. Supreme Court decisions involving free speech cases? ...

"Even more confounding was the attorney general's assertion that he possesses some imagined jurisdiction over local school boards and any potential crimes arising from their public meetings. Those are issues solely within the province of local police and their enforcement of state laws. There is no valid federal authority over such matters. Yet, Garland asserts it without the power to do so.

"Political activity in petitioning our government -- whether it be Congress in Washington or a school board in Wichita -- for a redress of grievances is a cherished right of every American and vital to democracy. It is embedded in the Bill of Rights. Garland seems oblivious to this sacred principle."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Gregg Jarrett, Fox News Legal Analyst and Commentator
— Gregg Jarrett, Fox News Legal Analyst and Commentator
Posted October 07, 2021 • 08:48 AM
 
 
On Raising the U.S. Debt Ceiling:
 
 

"Republicans are 'refusing to do their job,' President Joe Biden thundered Monday, calling their failure to lift the debt ceiling 'hypocritical, dangerous and disgraceful.'

"Sorry, Joe: our decades in Washington surely taught you how this works. It's the party in power, especially the one that holds the White House, that has to get this done. Getting the votes to do it always requires compromise. ...

"As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell puts it, 'Bipartisanship is not a light switch that Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and Leader [Chuck] Schumer may flip on to borrow money and flip off to spend it.'

"Biden himself voted against debt-ceiling hikes three times as a senator. Now he notes that Dems voted to raise it under President Donald Trump. But that was after Trump cut a deal with Pelosi and Schumer for Democratic votes, agreeing to hike spending on domestic programs. 'Democrats have secured an increase of more than $100 billion in funding for domestic priorities since President Trump took office,' Pelosi bragged in urging colleagues to vote for suspending the debt limit.

"Whining and finger-pointing won't get the job done now. Negotiate a compromise, or get Chuck and Nancy to bite the bullet and use reconciliation. Stop refusing to do your job, Mr. President."

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted October 06, 2021 • 08:31 AM
 
 
On Progressives' Tax Policy:
 
 

"The great economic problem facing the poor and the middle classes is not that high-income Americans aren't paying taxes that are proportional to their incomes. The great problem for the poor is that both incomes and mobility are stagnant for lower-skilled workers, with globalization and automation putting pressure on those jobs. The great problem for the middle class is rising prices of certain critical goods, namely housing in the markets where the best jobs are, health care, and education. The basic responsible progressive proposition (to the extent that there is such a thing) is that higher taxes on the wealthy would make funds available to subsidize these goods on behalf of those with lower incomes. The conservative response is that the worst housing, the worst health care, and the worst schools already are free, and that much of what is wrong with those markets is the result of earlier progressive efforts to fix them.

"Conservatives also are right to point out that if American progressives want to build a Scandinavian-style welfare state, then they are going to need to impose Scandinavian-style taxes, meaning radically higher taxes on the middle classes. There isn't enough leftover income at the top to fund what progressives dream of."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted October 05, 2021 • 08:15 AM
 
 
On President Biden's 'Red Queen Justice':
 
 

"'Those people will pay.' With that promise, President Biden vowed to punish Customs and Border Protection agents accused of whipping undocumented immigrants on the southern border. Despite the announcement of an investigation into the allegation just the day before, Biden did not stop for the pretense of process in declaring the agents guilty.

"This 'sentence first -- verdict afterwards' approach may amuse the Red Queen of Alice in Wonderland, but it should be anathema to an American president. Not only did Biden shatter his own administration's investigation but he joined other leading Democratic figures in defaming the agents. ...

"By announcing that the agents were guilty and needed to be punished, Biden destroyed the credibility of the Department of Homeland Security's ongoing investigation. It is akin to what is called 'command influence' in the military, when comments or actions of a superior officer influence an investigation or prosecution. Investigators and department officials could well be worried about their own careers if they do not find a basis to punish one or more of the border agents. The failure to do so would be an embarrassment to the president and risk the wrath of powerful figures in Washington. Conversely, any action taken against these agents can now be challenged due to Biden's preemptive declaration.

"The biggest problem is that the whipping story was entirely untrue."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
Posted October 04, 2021 • 08:31 AM
 
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"'Come on H this is linked to Celtic's account.' Those nine words from a retired Secret Service agent to Hunter Biden in recently released emails may prove a nasty complication for some in Washington who have struggled to contain the blowback from the still-unfolding scandal linked to Hunter Biden's infamous laptop.'Celtic' was the Secret Service code name for Joe Biden, and recent disclosures may…[more]
 
 
—Jonathan Turley, Legal Analyst, Legal Scholar and Professor at George Washington University Law School
— Jonathan Turley, Legal Analyst, Legal Scholar and Professor at George Washington University Law School
 
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