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Image of the Day: Americans' Shrinking Earnings Under Joe Biden

Joe Biden tells Americans that he's helping them by building "from the bottom up and the middle out."  But the numbers don't lie, and the ugly reality is that he's only dragging us all toward the bottom.  Throughout his presidency, wage gains (green) have been consistently exceeded by inflation (blue), meaning loss in real earnings (red):

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="455"] Bidenomics Means Lost Earnings[/caption]…[more]

May 19, 2024 • 11:05 PM

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Reporting On a New Poll Shoring Swing State Voters Prioritize Securing the Border Over Funding for Ukraine:
 
 

"Battleground state swing voters overwhelmingly believe stopping President Biden's border invasion is more important than bankrolling Ukraine's forever war with Russia, a newly released poll found.

"Conducted for the Heritage Foundation by RMG Research Inc., the survey of 1,000 likely swing-state voters found strong support for stopping the invasion at the U.S. southern border and little appetite for shipping more taxpayer dollars to Kyiv. When asked which they believe is more significant, 50 percent, a dramatic plurality of those polled, said it is more important to 'secure the border' than to 'provide funding for Ukraine.'

"Only 11 percent said it is more important to continue funding Ukraine, while 29 percent said, 'both equally.'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Shawn Fleetwood, The Federalist
— Shawn Fleetwood, The Federalist
Posted April 17, 2024 • 07:21 AM
 
 
On the Need to Restore U.S. Military Deterrence:
 
 

"'Don't,' President Joe Biden replied when asked for his message to Iran during a press conference Friday afternoon, followed by a lamentable 'showdown' glare. It was the second time he'd used the word in an attempt at dramatic understatement in the aftermath of the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel. Vice President Kamala Harris has also used the line in interviews with the same cringey effect.

"But as the world now knows, Iran is unmoved by these cheap, tough-guy theatrics. Indeed, it proceeded with a drone and missile strike against Israel the very next day, marking the first time since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that the Iranian regime has launched a direct military assault on Israel. U.S. and U.K. planes intervened by downing some of the Iranian-launched drones, and the United Nations Security Council met on Sunday.

"Iran's unprecedented missile strike against Israel signals the beginning of a fraught geopolitical era in which America's once-vaunted military deterrence has evaporated into thin air. Since the early months of Biden's term in office, foreign adversaries have openly flouted the United States's many warnings and 'red lines,' while an emergent, China-led parallel global order has marched steadily forward in advancing its military priorities. American allies in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East face existential threats of a kind unseen in a generation, while the U.S. remains unable to muster the political will necessary to lead the free world and freedom's enemies."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Peter Laffin, a Contributor at the Washington Examiner
— Peter Laffin, a Contributor at the Washington Examiner
Posted April 16, 2024 • 08:27 AM
 
 
On How Taxpayers Will Subsidize Democrat Voter Registration and Other Election Efforts:
 
 

"Progressives are using legal loopholes and the power of the federal government to maximize Democrat votes in the 2024 election at taxpayers' expense, RealClearInvestigations has found.

The methods include voter registration and mobilization campaigns by ostensibly nonpartisan charities that target Democrats using demographic data as proxies, and the Biden administration's unprecedented demand that every federal agency 'consider ways to expand citizens' opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process.'

A dizzying array of overwhelmingly 'democracy-focused' entities with ties to the Democratic Party operating as charities and funded with hundreds of millions of dollars from major liberal 'dark money' vehicles are engaged in a sprawling campaign to register the voters, deliver them the ballots, and figuratively and sometimes literally harvest the votes necessary to defeat Donald Trump."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Ben Weingarten, Real Clear Investigations
— Ben Weingarten, Real Clear Investigations
Posted April 11, 2024 • 07:56 AM
 
 
Reporting on the Rise in Consumer Prices:
 
 

"The consumer price index accelerated at a faster than expected pace in March, pushing inflation higher and likely keeping the Federal Reserve on hold with interest rates.

"The CPI, a broad measure of goods and services costs across the economy, rose 0.4% for the month, putting the 12-month inflation rate at 3.5%, or 0.3 percentage point higher than in February. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for a 0.3% gain and a 3.4% year-over-year level.

"Excluding volatile food and energy components, core CPI also accelerated 0.4% on a monthly basis while rising 3.8% from a year ago, compared to respective estimates for 0.3% and 3.7%."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Jeff Cox, Economics Editor for CNBC.com
— Jeff Cox, Economics Editor for CNBC.com
Posted April 10, 2024 • 07:47 AM
 
 
On President Biden and the Latest Jobs Report:
 
 

"President Joe Biden hopes the latest jobs report will help convince voters that the economy is thriving under his policies, but a thorough look at the data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the economy is far weaker than he says it is.

"The headline numbers of 300,000 jobs created and an unemployment rate under 4% look solid. But the growth is in part-time jobs. There are more full-time jobs but only in nonproductive sectors, such as government and government-subsidized healthcare.

"Bidenomics seems only to be working for part-time, mostly foreign workers. The rest of the population is out of luck as prices rise and borrowing costs make American dream essentials, such as a house and a car, less affordable than ever."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted April 09, 2024 • 09:25 AM
 
 
On the Enormous Amount of Electricity Needed to Power President Biden's Green Energy Plans:
 
 

"The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act propelled forward President Joe Biden's vision of a clean energy economy. As outlined in a 2023 guidebook, this remaking of the U.S. economy includes billions in funding for green tech manufacturing -- everything from hydrogen production to batteries to solar panels. ...

"To grow industrial activity at the scale Biden envisions, however, will require an enormous amount of electricity. China has been able to feed its green manufacturing economy by building out large amounts of coal capacity, while the U.S. has been shutting down a lot of its coal-fired capacity.

"When the plans were laid out for this ramping up of U.S. green manufacturing, it doesn't appear anyone considered that the U.S. grid would need a much larger supply of electricity. Where all that power would come from wasn't factored into the plans. As a result, projects are already having trouble finding enough power, and the green economy has just gotten underway."

Read the entire article here,

 
 
— Kevin Killough, Just the News
— Kevin Killough, Just the News
Posted April 08, 2024 • 08:05 AM
 
 
On the EPA's Questionable Justification for Its New Electric Vehicle Rule:
 
 

"Before federal regulations are implemented, they must be justified with an extensive analysis of costs and effects. The new Environmental Protection Agency rule forcing a massive shift toward electric vehicles is no exception. Weighing in at 1,181 pages, it is accompanied by an additional 884 pages of 'regulatory impact analysis.'

The EPA analysis justifying this rule is not unique in its length, but it is unique in its dishonesty.

EPA claims that the rule will reduce total greenhouse gas emissions over 2027-2055 by 7.2 billion metric tons. But despite a long and disingenuous discussion of the purported adverse effects of greenhouse gas emissions, EPA admits that it 'did not...specifically quantify changes in climate impacts resulting from this rule in terms of avoided temperature change or sea-level rise.'

The reason for that failure is obvious: The answer would be embarrassing. If we apply EPA's own climate model, with assumptions that exaggerate the climate effects of reductions in GHG emissions, the rule would reduce global temperatures in 2100 by 0.0068 degrees Celsius -- an effect far too small to be detectable."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Benjamin Zycher, Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute
— Benjamin Zycher, Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute
Posted April 05, 2024 • 07:37 AM
 
 
On Recent Poll Results Showing a Disproportionate Number of Democrats Condoning Cheating in Elections:
 
 

"Earlier this year, pollster Scott Rasmussen asked voters a simple question: 'Would you rather have your candidate win by cheating or lose by playing fair?'

"The answers he got back were, as he put it in a Daily Signal podcast last week, 'the most terrifying poll result I've ever seen.'

"Among all Americans, just 7% said they would want their candidate to win by cheating. As Rasmussen put it, he'd rather see that number lower, but that's not bad.

"But more than a third of the elite 1% he surveyed would condone cheating. And among those who are 'politicially obsessed' -- meaning that they talk about politics every day -- that number shot up to 69%.

"Keep in mind that this elite 1% group is overwhelmingly liberal. According to Rasmussen, these are mainly well-educated urbanites who make more than $150,000 a year and think Joe Biden is doing a great job. Nearly three-quarters identify as Democrats."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Issues & Insights Editorial Board
— Issues & Insights Editorial Board
Posted April 03, 2024 • 08:15 AM
 
 
Reporting on How High Energy Costs May Drive a Revolt Against State Energy Policies:
 
 

"The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) recently took the unusual step of voting to pull back on the state's renewable energy targets, over concerns they are too costly and produce few benefits.

Most states are moving in the other direction, following California's lead, but there are signs of some hesitation as the real costs of these policies are realized.

California has pursued some of the most aggressive renewable energy policies in the U.S. Since 2008, wind and solar in California went from 3% of the state's electricity generation mix to 25.7% last year. and it pays the third highest electricity rates in the county behind Hawaii and Rhode Island.

Meanwhile, the carbon intensity, a measure of carbon dioxide emissions per kilowatt hour generated, has remained unchanged since at least 2011. As more states see their electricity rates continue to rise with little in the way of benefits, Arizona may turn out to be an energy trendsetter. But the political momentum behind net-zero targets is preventing any full retreats."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Kevin Killough, Just the News
— Kevin Killough, Just the News
Posted April 02, 2024 • 09:07 AM
 
 
On President Biden's Announcement That He Wants to Nominate an Illegal Immigrant to Serve on the U.S. Supreme Court:
 
 

"President Joe Biden on Monday reiterated his commitment to increasing the diversity of the United States Supreme Court.

"'If given the opportunity to nominate another justice to our nation's highest court, or if I change my mind about expanding the court, my next nominee will be the first illegal immigrant ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court,' Biden told reporters outside the White House, in a rare back-and-forth with the media. 'Sorry. I meant to say undocumented. The next Supreme Court justice on my watch will be an undocumented immigrant of color. Oops.'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Washington Free Beacon Staff
— Washington Free Beacon Staff
Posted April 01, 2024 • 07:05 AM
 
Notable Quote   
 
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."…[more]
 
 
— Mark Twain
 
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Do you believe televised debates between President Biden and former President Trump will actually happen or will fall apart for many potential reasons?