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July 29, 2021 • 10:02 AM

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On 'Why Cops Are Quitting':
 
 

"In the past year, city police departments across the country have reported a dramatic drop in manpower, as cops retire, resign, or leave for the suburbs. The NYPD's headcount fell to its lowest level in ten years. In Chicago, police retirements rose 15 percent. The San Francisco Police Department is short 400 officers; over 115 officers, including an entire unit dedicated to crowd control, have left the Portland PD; and nearly 200 have left the Minneapolis PD or are on leave, rendering the department unable to engage in proactive policing. A recent survey of police departments found that hiring fell an average of 5 percent in 2020, while resignations rose 18 percent and retirements a whopping 45 percent.

"What's behind this wave? Officers I spoke with who had left their old departments all offered the same explanation: since last year's explosive protests, they no longer feel that they have the support of the public or of civilian officials. As one now-retired NYPD officer put it: 'One day, the good guys became the bad guys and the bad guys became the good guys.'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Charles Fain Lehman, Manhattan Institute Fellow and Contributing Editor of City Journal
— Charles Fain Lehman, Manhattan Institute Fellow and Contributing Editor of City Journal
Posted July 16, 2021 • 11:53 AM
 
 
On Why Congress Should Reject Any New Funding for the IRS:
 
 

"Congress should not increase funding for the IRS.

"Not $40 billion more, as a 'bipartisan' group of senators demands. Not $80 billion more, as Biden and the Democrat leadership demand.

"Not one red cent.

"It is ridiculous to even consider more tax dollars for the Internal Revenue Service until those at the IRS responsible for the 'leak' of private tax returns and audits to a left-wing political group, ProPublica, have been identified, fired, and jailed. Releasing IRS data is a crime punishable by five years in prison, per infraction.

"Not a penny more should flow to the IRS that only days ago refused to allow a Christian group to incorporate as any other religious nonprofit would because the IRS actually said that promoting Christianity helped the Republican Party.

"Rancid religious bigotry and partisan politics from the agency that demands to see all financial data of all nonprofits, including churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples, is unacceptable and unconstitutional. Only because this outrage made the press did the IRS back down. How many such groups are strangled quietly in the crib, never to be heard from?

"We know the answer to that one. During the Obama-Biden years, the IRS, led by Obama appointee Lois Lerner, crippled the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party movement by refusing to allow groups that sounded conservative to incorporate as nonprofits. This is normally (by government standards) a quick and easy process, but between 2009 and 2012 only one conservative nonprofit group was allowed to come into being."

Read the entire piece here.

 
 
— Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
— Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
Posted July 15, 2021 • 11:34 AM
 
 
On Socialists Being In Denial:
 
 

"For socialists and their fellow travelers everywhere, it's turning out to be a bummer of a summer. It's almost bad enough to make you feel sorry for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"Almost.

"Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and their anti-American ilk are stuck defending economic authoritarianism abroad while its victims are pleading for the United States to save them.

"To the millions of downtrodden in Cuba, Haiti and most of Latin America, the US remains the shining city on the hill, even as AOC and her Squad demonize the greatest country ever created.

"It must break their tiny hearts to see Cuban protesters waving American flags and Haitian officials asking the White House for American troops to keep order. Don't those people know America is a racist, colonial power that feasts on the poor?"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted July 14, 2021 • 07:42 PM
 
 
On Texas Democrats Fleeing the State:
 
 

"Why do Texas Democrats think fleeing the state to cripple the legislature will highlight the issue of 'voting rights'? What about the rights of Texas voters who elected Republicans to an 83-67 majority in TX House? Unlike the situation in US Senate, that's an actual majority."

 
 
— Tweet from Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent, Washington Examiner
— Tweet from Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent, Washington Examiner
Posted July 13, 2021 • 12:49 PM
 
 
On the American Federation of Teachers and Its Boss Randi Weingarten's Exploitation of the COVID-19 Pandemic to Keep Schools Closed:
 
 

"If your child didn't attend school regularly last year, Randi Weingarten is likely the reason why.

"No wonder why the American Federation of Teachers boss has launched a soft-focus rehabilitation campaign in the media. Her p.r. people are working overtime to make us forget that no single public actor has done more to hurt kids, and education overall, in the last year. ...

"It's gaslighting, and the record must be set straight. ...

"Weingarten should be held and remembered in odium: a craven, bureaucratic monster who did everything within her power to keep schools closed -- science, and kids, be damned."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Karol Markowicz, New York Post
— Karol Markowicz, New York Post
Posted July 12, 2021 • 12:03 PM
 
 
On the Contrast Between California and Florida:
 
 

"Thanks to the blessings of decentralization, life can vary greatly in America depending on where you sit. Those differences are growing into a chasm of philosophical and practical contrasts between two basic models for the American future. Call them the California way and the Florida way.

"On many critical questions facing our culture, our economy and our society, California and Florida offer radically different answers. ...

"Florida is America's freest state, according to a Cato Institute survey: No. 1 in fiscal freedom, No. 1 in educational freedom. Cato dubs California one of the least free states and flat out dubs it 'the most cronyist state in the union,' meaning government and its chosen allies work to milk the public purse for all they can. ...

"A 2016 survey gave Florida a grade of 'A' for providing online access to how it spends its taxpayer dollars; California got an 'F' and was the worst-scoring state."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Kyle Smith, New York Post
— Kyle Smith, New York Post
Posted July 09, 2021 • 01:52 PM
 
 
On the Media's Coverage of President Joe Biden:
 
 

"If you're a conservative, you probably find the 'What flavor ice cream are you eating today, Mr. President?' coverage of this presidency irritating. But if you're a progressive who expected Biden to go to work to enact your priorities, you must find the fluff coverage infuriating. Every day that Biden's most-covered comment is about chocolate-chip ice cream is another day that his most-covered comment is not about building support for any particular legislative proposal. ...

"In other news, today, President Biden will visit McHenry County College in Illinois to talk up his bipartisan infrastructure proposal. He is expected to visit an ice-cream shop."

 
 
— Jim Geraghty, Senior Political Correspondent of National Review
— Jim Geraghty, Senior Political Correspondent of National Review
Posted July 08, 2021 • 03:02 PM
 
 
On the "Web of Conflicts" at President Biden's Environmental Protection Agency:
 
 

"The revolving door between climate change special interests and the Biden Environmental Protection Agency has swung open so often in recent months that the agency is being forced to grant an ethics waiver to one of its politically appointed lawyers allowing her to participate in cases involving a former client.

"The reason? The other political appointees in the EPA office of general counsel (OGC) already have conflicts of interests that forced recusals, leaving the agency without someone to provide legal advice to the administration, according to new government memos unearthed by the citizen watchdog group Protect the Public's Trust.

"The limited conflict of interest waiver allows EPA Deputy General Counsel Marianne Engelman-Lado to participate in decisions involving one of her former environmental group clients, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
— John Solomon, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
Posted July 07, 2021 • 01:54 PM
 
 
On the U.S. Supreme Court's Recent Decision in Americans for Prosperity v. Bonta and the Importance of Donor Privacy and Anonymity:
 
 

"Anonymity, in ordinary times, is a tough topic to wrestle with. These days, however, it's easy: Dissent, and thus democracy, will only survive in today's culture if anonymity is preserved.

"That's why the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision striking down California's donor-disclosure law was correct and crucial.

"In Americans For Prosperity v. Bonta, the court struck down California's law requiring all charities and other nonprofit organizations to disclose their donors. California, in defending its law, was in effect trying to demolish the precedent set in NAACP v. Alabama, in which the court barred Alabama from requiring the NAACP to disclose all of its members.

"Freedom of association is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution. Supreme Court jurisprudence holds that if a government wants to regulate it, the government needs a compelling interest, and the regulation needs to be narrowly tailored. California's law clearly didn't meet these standards."

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted July 06, 2021 • 01:21 PM
 
 
On Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe Independence Day:
 
 

"Happy Independence Day! Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Weekend!"

 
 
— The Staff of CFIF
— The Staff of CFIF
Posted July 02, 2021 • 07:25 AM
 
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"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…[more]
 
 
—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
 
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