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In our latest Liberty Update we explain how Texas highlights the peril of the stubborn "green" energy agenda.  Economist Stephen Moore continues his fantastic work by illustrating how "green" energy, not fossil fuels, irrationally hogs taxpayer subsidies:

[N]ow the left is recirculating its myth that fossil fuels require massive taxpayer subsidies. In psychology, this is called "projecting" - when you accuse someone else of deviant behavior that applies to yourself. In reality for every kilowatt of power generated, wind gets about 10 times more taxpayer subsidies and solar gets 50 to 100 times more handouts than fossil fuels":

 

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="545"] "Green" Taxpayer Subsidy Hogs[/caption]…[more]

March 01, 2021 • 10:27 AM

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On Figures Tied to Past Controversies Filling Top Jobs in Administration:
 
 

"Jake Sullivan was one of the most prolific users of Hillary Clinton's forbidden email server. Now he's Joe Biden's national security adviser.

"Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland previously had ties to Christopher Steele in the Russia scandal.

"White House domestic adviser Susan Rice once falsely declared the Benghazi terror attack was provoked by an anti-Muslim video and later wrote the famously curious did-it-by-the-books email in the Russia scandal during her last minutes in he Obama administration.

"White House domestic adviser Susan Rice once falsely declared the Benghazi terror attack was provoked by an anti-Muslim video and later wrote the famously curious did-it-by-the-books email in the Russia scandal during her last minutes in he Obama administration.

"And top Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement official Melissa Hodgman is married to Peter Strzok, the fired FBI agent who supervised the discredited Crossfire Hurricane probe into Russia-Trump collusion."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
Posted February 01, 2021 • 07:30 AM
 
 
On Carte Blanch Given to Federal Regulators:
 
 

"In the flurry of President Joe Biden's executive orders was one that was almost entirely overlooked but could easily end up having the biggest impact.

"The order also seems harmless enough, going by the seemingly innocent title 'Modernizing Regulatory Review.' Except this order isn't about modernizing regulations. It's about unleashing the regulatory state with a ferocity never before seen in this country.

"Biden's order -- which didn't get released to the press until late in the evening of his first day -- aims to effectively toss the cost-benefit analysis that for many decades has served as at least a modest brake on the ambitions of regulators. In the past, regulations where the cost of compliance far exceeded the benefits could be stymied by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

"Biden wants the review process instead to be 'a tool to affirmatively promote regulations' and 'to ensure swift and effective federal action' on everything from the pandemic, to the economy, to racial inequality, to the 'undeniable reality and accelerating threat of climate change.' In other words ... everything. ...

"Unfortunately, with this one executive order, Biden shows that he's intent on giving regulators carte blanch to impose massive new rules on businesses and households, on virtually anything and everything they do, regardless of costs. There's little else Biden has done so far that will have as wide-ranging an impact."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Issues & Insights Editorial Board
— Issues & Insights Editorial Board
Posted January 29, 2021 • 07:22 AM
 
 
On States Putting Federal Government on Notice Against Power Grab:
 
 

"A coalition of six red states led by West Virginia sent a letter to the Biden administration Wednesday saying that they're watching its actions closely and willing to sue if they believe the new president is doing anything that runs afoul of individual rights, federal law or the Constitution.

"The group of Republican states was led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. The message comes after blue states for four years inundated the Trump administration with lawsuits. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is now President Biden's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, filed more than 100 lawsuits against the Trump administration.

"'The President cannot cut constitutional corners or shirk statutory strictures without inevitably doing more harm to our country than good," the letter says. '[B]y this letter we respectfully urge you when pursuing your policy priorities to honor the core constitutional tenets which should be appreciated and respected by every person entrusted with the honor and burdens of the presidency.'

"The letter warns the Biden administration that the states are willing to pursue legal action if they believe the federal government is violating individual constitutional rights; exceeding limits on its powers; Biden is grabbing too much power for himself; or if the administrative state is not being held in check. ...

"The coalition of states also includes the state attorneys general of Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Montana and Texas."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Tyler Olson, FOX News
— Tyler Olson, FOX News
Posted January 28, 2021 • 07:45 AM
 
 
On Coronavirus and Public Schools:
 
 

"In Chicago, the teachers' union voted to reject the city's reopening schedule, demanding that its members continue to work remotely until all of the city's educators have been vaccinated, which might well mean that students would still be out of the classroom until the spring semester of 2022 or later. District leaders have described the union's position of militant noncompliance as an 'illegal strike,' which is what it amounts to and how it should be treated.

"The story is playing out much the same way in other cities ...

"Biden's nominee for education secretary, Miguel Cardona, reiterated the 100-day promise in an almost entirely content-free interview with NPR, offering such meaningless platitudes as: 'We can only safely reopen our schools while we are able to reduce spread and contain the virus,' and promising 'consistency in messaging,' as though messaging were the way to control a viral epidemic. Like the vaguely defined 'aid to state and local governments' in Democratic coronavirus-response plans, this has very much the look of a slush fund for demanding Democratic constituencies.

"Biden's $130 billion is basically a ransom payment. In a sane world, local officials and voters around the country would be wondering how exactly they allowed themselves to be put into the position of depending on a government-fortified monopoly for K-12 education, and considering what might be done about that situation."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted January 27, 2021 • 07:22 AM
 
 
On Knitting Together a Fractured America:
 
 

"The joke survives the test of time and, under the circumstances, deserves repeating. As the late journalist Mickey Carroll told it, a suburban town with a population 90 percent Irish and 10 percent Jewish held a mayoral election involving two candidates -- one Irish and one Jewish.

"The Irish candidate won with -- wouldn't you know it? -- 90 percent of the vote. Whereupon he immediately denounced the clannishness of the Jews!

"The story offers a useful way to view Joe Biden's calls for national unity. Let's just say our president is as sincere as the fictional Irish mayor.

"Biden won the right to pursue the leftist agenda he campaigned on. But his promise that he will also work for the Americans who didn' vote for him is more fig leaf than honest invitation."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post on FOX News
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post on FOX News
Posted January 26, 2021 • 07:38 AM
 
 
On Taxing the Number of Miles You Drive:
 
 

"Incoming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has suggested taxing Americans for the number of miles they drive, a policy he endorsed as a Democratic presidential candidate.

"The Biden Administration is actively searching for ways to fund its ambitious $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

"Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., acknowledged 'privacy concerns' related to implementing a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) system but said it should be considered as a potential replacement for the gas tax. ...

"Buttigieg said tying the gas tax to inflation as well as the VMT model would be considered by the Biden Administration. ...

"To implement a VMT system, the federal government would likely have to establish a uniform in-car system for tracking the number of miles a driver travels similar to the EZ-Pass transponder that drivers put in their vehicles to pay tolls."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Nicholas Ballasy, Just the News Senior Correspondent
— Nicholas Ballasy, Just the News Senior Correspondent
Posted January 25, 2021 • 07:29 AM
 
 
On Joe Biden's Inaugural Address:
 
 

"Republican strategist Karl Rove criticized President Joe Biden's inaugural address Thursday on Fox News, accusing Biden of delegitimizing his political opponents.

"'There was a point in there where he said we're divided as a country between the people who believe in the American ideal and racism, nativism and fear. No, we're divided as a country politically over questions of policy and direction and respect, but we're united as a country against racism and nativism,' Rove said on 'America's Newsroom.'"

 
 
— Michael Ginsberg, Daily Caller
— Michael Ginsberg, Daily Caller
Posted January 22, 2021 • 07:42 AM
 
 
On Call for Unity a Mask for Partisan Liberal Agenda:
 
 

"One danger for Biden is that the electorate will come to view his call for unity as a mask for a partisan liberal agenda. There was little policy in the Inaugural Address, but the executive orders he is signing, and the legislation he is proposing to Congress, do not herald a future where the parties are reconciled to one another. His presidency might proceed along two tracks, with Biden standing as a symbol of comity and consensus while his administration sustains and expands the Democratic coalition. Biden might want to pay particular attention to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll showing that 55 percent of independents have 'just some' or 'no confidence' in his decision-making abilities. Letting Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have their way will not shrink that number."

 
 
— Matthew Continetti, American Enterprise Institute Resident Fellow
— Matthew Continetti, American Enterprise Institute Resident Fellow
Posted January 21, 2021 • 07:40 AM
 
 
On the Democrats and the Squad:
 
 

"The irony of the Squad's fame contributing to Democrats' losses is that their party's weakness empowers them. As the moderate wing of the Democratic Party has thinned, the progressive contingent has grown in strength. Of the 15 incoming Democratic freshmen, eight are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and two -- Cori Bush from Missouri, a 'racial justice activist' who wants to 'defund the military,' and socialist Jamaal Bowman from New York, who claims America has moved from 'physical chattel enslavement' to a 'plantation economic system -- are new members of the Squad.

"The center of the modern Democratic Party isn't moving toward moderation."

 
 
— David Harsanyi, National Review Senior Writer
— David Harsanyi, National Review Senior Writer
Posted January 20, 2021 • 07:39 AM
 
 
On Raising the Minimum Wage and COVID-19 Relief:
 
 

"Small businesses have been crushed by COVID-19 and its attendant restrictions, as well as by riots and protests. At least 100,000 small businesses have permanently closed their doors. And nearly 60 percent of small-business owners don't expect their enterprise to survive until June 2021, according to a December survey.

"And all of this is before Biden's massive proposed minimum wage hike. The CBO concluded that it would have strained businesses and potentially eliminated millions of jobs in the normal pre-pandemic scenario. What's more, the loss of 1.3 million jobs was a median estimate. The CBO estimated that 'the change in employment would be between about zero and a decrease of 3.7 million workers.' There's little doubt this negative fallout would be even more pronounced right now.

"After all, payroll is often one of a company's biggest expenses, and a massive spike in labor costs would certainly push many struggling small businesses over the brink. Despite the policy's benign intentions, it would do no good for the millions of workers left unemployed as a result.

"'The timing is terrible and the tradeoffs are not worth it,' Competitive Enterprise Institute economist Ryan Young said of Biden's plan. 'Small businesses often have a hard time making payroll as it is, with bills and rent still piling up amid COVID-related slowdowns. A higher minimum wage would do no good for the workers who would be let go because of it.'

"There is little doubt that many of Biden's supporters earnestly believe a $15 minimum wage will help uplift struggling Americans. But as the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman famously quipped, 'one of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.' And evaluated from this perspective, Biden's push to force through a $15 national minimum wage in the name of COVID-19 relief fails woefully."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Brad Polumbo, Foundation for Economic Education Opinion Editor
— Brad Polumbo, Foundation for Economic Education Opinion Editor
Posted January 19, 2021 • 07:36 AM
 
Question of the Week   
Which of the following is responsible for the planning and execution of the Inaugural Ceremonies of the President-elect and Vice President-elect of the United States?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"Two decades before being accused of misconduct against women while he was New York governor, a younger Andrew Cuomo was the subject of a sexual harassment complaint from a government official who claimed that Cuomo -- serving at the time in Bill Clinton's cabinet -- also hounded her with 'a series of attacks and dirty tricks.'Susan Gaffney filed the 2000 complaint against Cuomo while he was secretary…[more]
 
 
—Susan Katz Keating, Just the News Chief National Security Correspondent
— Susan Katz Keating, Just the News Chief National Security Correspondent
 
Liberty Poll   

California Governor Gavin Newsom and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are entangled by multiple controversies, with serious calls for both to be removed from office. Which one is more likely to be removed?