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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 House Democrats' Tax Bill:

"A new congressional report shows that the tax increase bill approved by the House Ways and Means Committee would increase taxes on millions of taxpayers making less than $400,000. That would violate a pledge President Joe Biden has made repeatedly.

"The House tax bill would raise taxes by $2.1 trillion, making it the largest peacetime tax increase in U.S. history. It contains 45 separate tax increases and would raise taxes on individuals, small businesses, companies, family farms, and other estates. Analysis by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation shows that a substantial number of taxpayers at all income levels would pay more in taxes.

"According to the Joint Committee numbers, more than two-thirds of all taxpayers in 2023 would experience either no tax benefit or a tax increase. About 35% of taxpayers earning between $100,000 and $200,000 would face a tax increase. By 2027, more than 85% of taxpayers would receive either no benefit or see a tax increase.

"Middle-income taxpayers would be hit hard. Nearly 60% of taxpayers earning between $75,000 and $100,000, roughly the national median family income, would face a tax increase."

Read the entire article here.

— Bruce Thompson, Former Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Legislative Affairs and Former Director of Government Relations for Merrill Lynch
— Bruce Thompson, Former Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Legislative Affairs and Former Director of Government Relations for Merrill Lynch
Posted October 01, 2021 • 07:56 AM
On President Biden's Voodoo Math:

"'My "Build Back Better" agenda costs zero dollars. Instead of wasting money on tax breaks, loopholes and tax evasion for big corporations and the wealthy, we can make a once-in-a-generation investment in working America.'

"That's President Biden insulting the intelligence of sober, sane Americans by claiming that $3.5 trillion in new spending -- via an infrastructure bill in which most of the money allocated does not go toward improving roads, rail lines, bridges, power grids or other actual infrastructure -- 'costs zero dollars.'

"Fortunately, numbers are numbers and math is math, and therefore they can't be spun so easily.

"According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, the $3.5 trillion bill would call for the U.S. government to borrow $1 trillion. It also projects that approximately $3 trillion would be added to the national debt over the next decade.

"The CRFB further found that, thanks to various accounting and budgeting gimmicks, the $3.5 trillion bill's cost is more in the $5.5 trillion range."

Read the entire article here.

— Joe Concha, Media and Politics Columnist for The Hill
— Joe Concha, Media and Politics Columnist for The Hill
Posted September 30, 2021 • 08:38 AM
On President Biden and Afghanistan:

"Biden lied, they died.

"That's no longer just an accusation. It's now a fact, with Tuesday's Senate testimony shredding President Biden's nonsensical fictions about Afghanistan and confirming that he alone made the fateful decisions that created the chaotic and deadly withdrawal.

"We now know for certain what was suspected all along -- that the president rejected the advice of his top military aides about how to reduce the troop numbers while keeping the Taliban in check. He also falsely claimed to the public that al Qaeda was no longer in Afghanistan and declared the withdrawal a ringing success.

"Reluctantly, but clearly, his commanders begged to differ. One by one, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and head of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said they advised the president either to keep 2,500 troops in Kabul or supported the proposal.

"All three also said al Qaeda remains in Afghanistan and, as Milley put, is still at war with us. And none dared call the conclusion a success.

"'The war is lost,' Milley said. 'The enemy is in control in Kabul.'"

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post Columnist and Fox News Contributor
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post Columnist and Fox News Contributor
Posted September 29, 2021 • 08:18 AM
On Free Speech (or Lack Thereof) on College Campuses:

"A new survey of the top 150 colleges in the U.S. found that nearly 25% of students said it is acceptable to use violence to shut down a controversial speaker. The number jumps to nearly 50% at several elite women's colleges. According to the survey, Claremont-McKenna College ranks best for free speech, DePauw University ranks the worst.

"The findings are based on the opinions of over 37,000 students at 159 of America's largest and most prestigious campuses. The largest survey of campus free expression ever conducted was published in the 2021 College Free Speech Rankings, produced by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), College Pulse, and RealClearEducation.

'"Existing ranking systems don't look at a core aspect of higher education: the ability to think, discuss, and speak freely,' FIRE Executive Director Robert Shibley said. 'Our rankings guide prospective students and their parents toward schools that value free speech and open inquiry. They also help us hold schools accountable and demand they do better.'

"The survey evaluated free expression on campus in seven categories: openness to discussion of controversial topics, tolerance for liberal speakers, tolerance for conservative speakers, administrative support for free speech, comfort expressing ideas publicly, whether students support disruptive conduct during campus speeches, and FIRE's speech code rating. The report found that public schools generally performed better than private schools."

Read the entire article here.

— Bethany Blankley, Just the News
— Bethany Blankley, Just the News
Posted September 28, 2021 • 01:25 PM
On the Speaker Pelosi's Scheduled Vote on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill:

"The House will vote Thursday on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill, pushing back an originally planned vote for Monday that Democratic moderates had demanded as part of a deal with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"Lawmakers will still debate the bill on the House floor on Monday, but the actual vote will be pushed to Sept. 30, when some surface transportation programs are set to expire, Pelosi announced in a Sunday night missive to Democrats.

"The vote is only part of what's set to be a jam-packed week in the House. In addition to the vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Democrats are also aiming to take action on the $3.5 trillion package to expand social safety net programs, act to prevent a government shutdown on Oct. 1 and avoid a debt default."

— Cristina Marcos, The Hill
— Cristina Marcos, The Hill
Posted September 27, 2021 • 07:40 AM
On President Biden's Proposed Tax Increases:

"According to the left-of-center Tax Policy Center, Biden's tax plan will raise taxes on 75% of middle-class families next year and 95% of families over the long term. Biden's policies are already slowing the economy. In August, the U.S. added just 235,000 jobs, a far cry from estimates that 720,000 jobs would be created. The economy has over 600,000 fewer jobs than the Biden administration boasted would be created in February, and we are 5.2 million jobs short from pre-pandemic employment levels.

"Biden's plan to increase taxes on businesses by trillions of dollars is not about 'asking' them to pay a little bit more. It is a massive tax hike borne by working families."

Read the entire article here.

— Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
— Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
Posted September 24, 2021 • 07:53 AM
On President Biden's Job Approval Rating:

"WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Eight months after President Joe Biden's inauguration, his job approval rating has fallen six percentage points to 43%, the lowest of his presidency. For the first time, a majority, 53%, now disapproves of Biden's performance.

"These findings are from a Sept. 1-17 Gallup poll that was conducted after the U.S. military evacuated more than 120,000 people from Afghanistan. The United States' exit from the nation's longest war was marred by the Taliban's quick takeover of most of the country and a suicide bombing at the airport in Kabul, which killed 13 U.S. service members. Over the same period, COVID-19 infection rates, nationally, were surging, leading to hospital overflows in some regions."

— Megan Brenan, Gallup
— Megan Brenan, Gallup
Posted September 23, 2021 • 08:03 AM
On President Biden's Speech to the United Nations General Assembly:

"US presidents rarely look to make waves with speeches to the annual United Nations General Assembly, but President Joe Biden's nearly 40-minute talk Tuesday actually challenged global leaders ... to stay awake.

"The world, Biden lectured, needs to 'act together.' This is a 'decisive decade.' We must work to prevent pandemics and fight climate change. 'We stand at an inflection point in history,' have a 'shared future' and can only meet 'the challenges' we face by ... 'looking to the future.'

"Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah."

— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted September 22, 2021 • 08:34 AM
On the Politics of Democrats' Spending Bills:

"President Biden's sweeping domestic agenda is floundering as Democrats struggle to hold competing factions of their party together. House Republicans should not come to the rescue.

"Democrats are in a bind because they have grand ambitions of transforming the United States by dramatically expanding the social safety net, but the American people only gave them slim majorities. They are attempting to forge a path forward by more or less simultaneously passing two pieces of legislation -- a $550 billion infrastructure bill that passed with Republican support in the Senate, and a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill (into which they are trying to cram Biden's entire domestic agenda.) More moderate Democrats are becoming increasingly alarmed at the price tag of the massive socail-welfare bill, while progressives have been insistent that they would not support the smaller infrastructure bill if the larger one doesn't also pass. This conflict, which has been building for months, is about to reach an inflection point.

"House speaker Nancy Pelosi promised moderate House Democrats that the chamber would consider the smaller bipartisan bill by next Monday, September 27. ...

"We repeatedly warned Senate Republicans that it was a bad idea to negotiate with Democrats on an infrastructure bill, which was not only reckless at a time of historic debt, but obviously tied to the even-worse $3.5 trillion bill. Yet 19 of them voted for it anyway, and a number of House Republicans have indicated a desire to do the same. But the argument for Republicans to vote for the bill has become even weaker. Beyond the policy considerations, for House Republicans to save Pelosi from navigating the difficult dynamics of a divided caucus by providing her the votes she needs would be political malpractice. The back and forth between progressives and moderate Democrats over the past few weeks has underscored the fact that the two bills are inextricably linked. Any Republican who votes for the smaller infrastructure bill is making the passage of the larger reconciliation bill more likely."

Read the entire article here.

— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted September 21, 2021 • 07:39 AM
On President Biden's Bailout of Big Labor Unions:

"A generation ago, labor unions actually tried to represent the financial interests of workers. For all their other faults, they at least focused on higher wages, better working conditions, and tight labor markets for their members.

"That era is long gone. Now, labor unions' top issues include 'racial justice,' 'climate change,' and 'immigration reform.' This is one reason why the percentage of workers in unions has dropped from a high of 33% to a low of 10.5% today. Unions have become just another institution captured by progressive elites who are completely out of touch with what working families actually want. ...

"The PRO Act...bans the secret ballot for union elections. Instead, it allows unions to obtain the power to bargain for an entire workforce through the so-called 'card check' process. Under card check, activists are free to pressure workers at their homes and workplaces to sign cards indicating that they support forming a union. Once activists have signed cards from a majority of workers, all the workers must then submit to that union. Under card check, workers have no privacy protection from union intimidation.

"Do you or anyone you know ever work as an independent contractor? This would include Uber drivers, DoorDash deliverers, or good old-fashioned freelance writers and truckers. If so, then this bill affects you, too. Just as California's disastrous AB 5 upended all of these industries by turning all of these independent contractors into regular employees, the PRO Act would do the same thing to every state across the county.

"The PRO Act would also abolish right-to-work protections in 27 states. In right-to-work states, such as Virginia, workers can choose whether or not they want to join a union. Under the PRO Act, no worker would be given that choice. Once a bare majority in any workplace nationwide has voted to form a union, all workers would then be forced to join that union and pay dues to that union every month. No exceptions."

Read the entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted September 20, 2021 • 08:14 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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