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Image of the Day: Biden, Pelosi and Schumer Faceplanted On Jobs in 2021

On the heels of Friday's unsettling jobs report from the Labor Department, we can now judge the performance and promises of Joe Biden and the Pelosi/Schumer Congress against actual reality.  They promised 10.3 million jobs would be created in 2021 if their massive spending and regulation blowout passed, versus 6.3 million jobs if their agenda wasn't passed.  So how did it turn out?  Their agenda was passed, but only 6.1 million jobs were created as the U.S. economy slowed and struggled to recover from the Covid dip, as AEI's Matt Weidinger highlights.  They apparently made things worse, not better, illustrating the sardonic adage, "Don't just do something - stand there."


[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="905"] BIden Jobs Performance: Worse Than Doing Nothing[/caption]…[more]

January 10, 2022 • 10:13 AM

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On Voter Sentiment of Democrats' Proposal to Hire Nearly 87,000 Additional IRS Agents to Increase the Tax Agency's Enforcement:

"The Democrats' Build Back Better Act pending in the U.S. Senate includes a proposal to allocate $80 billion to the Internal Revenue Service to hire nearly 87,000 additional agents -- a plan opposed by a majority of voters recently polled.

"The BBBA proposal also comes after numerous reports show years of examples of agency problems costing taxpayer money.

"According to a new HarrisX poll, 58% of likely voters said they think increased enforcement would impact middle class taxpayers the most; 23% said it would only impact the wealthy.

"Their inclination appears to be accurate, according to the House version of the bill. Half of the expected 1.2 million new audits would target households earning less than $75,000.

"The majority of the proposed funding -- $44.9 billion -- would go toward IRS enforcement compared to $1.93 billion to help taxpayers with services like pre-filing assistance and education, filing and account services, and taxpayer advocacy."

Link to the entire article here.

— The Center Square Staff
— The Center Square Staff
Posted December 13, 2021 • 07:58 AM
On Senator Bob Dole (July 22, 1923 – Dec. 5, 2021):

"As former Sen. Bob Dole is laid to rest on Friday, let us not lay to rest important lessons we should draw from his life and leadership. ...

"Although he wasn't much for marketing labels, Dole was the original compassionate conservative, a term later credited to George W. Bush. Grievously injured in World War II, Dole was in a full-body cast, spent three years on his back in recovery, and was forever hampered by disability. No doubt this helped him see the needs of others, and most of his signature legislative accomplishments reflect that care and concern -- from the Americans With Disabilities Act to food and nutrition assistance, veterans benefits, and saving Social Security. Dole believed there was a role for the government for those with special needs.

"Much has been said about his now rare bipartisanship, which is also true. Most of his major legislative accomplishments were made with rivals from the other party -- Sens. Ted Kennedy, George McGovern, Tom Daschle, and others. Sadly, it's difficult to imagine that sort of bipartisanship today, and that alone is an important Dole legacy. ...

"Dole was from America's 'greatest generation,' cut from a different cloth. But there is no reason his lessons of pragmatic conservatism -- making government work for the needy, seeking bipartisanship, and respecting institution and governance -- couldn't come to the fore again. That would be the best way to honor Sen. Dole."

Read the entire article here.

— David Davenport, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a Senior Fellow at the Ashbrook Center
— David Davenport, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a Senior Fellow at the Ashbrook Center
Posted December 10, 2021 • 08:15 AM
On Record Murder Rates in Major U.S. Cities:

"At least 12 major US cities have already set historical murder records in 2021, even as three weeks remain in the year.

"Philadelphia, the nation's sixth largest city, recorded 523 murders as of Dec. 7, surpassing its formal grim milestone of 500 murders, which was set in 1990, police data showed. ...

"Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; St Paul, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; Tucson, Arizona; Toledo, Ohio; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Austin, Texas; Rochester, New York and Albuquerque, New Mexico also had their deadliest years on record, according to ABC News.

"Five of those cities topped notorious benchmarks that were set in 2020, the article said. All of them were led by Democratic mayors, as are the vast majority of US cities."

Read the entire article here.

— Jesse O'Neill, New York Post
— Jesse O'Neill, New York Post
Posted December 09, 2021 • 07:15 AM
On AOC's Belief That Taxpayers Should Pay Off Her Student Loan Debt:

"As a member of Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes a whopping $174,000 annually, meaning that she individually earns more than twice the average U.S. household's income. Yet the progressive Democrat nonetheless thinks that working-class taxpayers should have to pay off her student loan debt.

"That's one of the main takeaways from Ocasio-Cortez's latest speech on the House floor. In the congresswoman's remarks, she issued yet another factually challenged and morally distorted plea for 'student debt cancellation,' a progressive euphemism for having taxpayers pay off approximately $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. (The loans aren't 'canceled' magically but paid off by taxpayers. Congress can't just make debts go away.)

"This is nothing new, as student debt 'cancellation' has been one of Ocasio-Cortez's pet issues since the beginning of her political career. Yet an interesting twist in this speech is that Ocasio-Cortez uses herself as an example -- and directly calls for taxpayers to pay off her financial obligations."

Read the entire piece here.

— Brad Polumbo, Freelance Writer
— Brad Polumbo, Freelance Writer
Posted December 08, 2021 • 02:19 PM
On the 'Broken' Medicaid Program:

"A bank that misplaced over one-fifth of its deposits would be shut down almost immediately. So would a hospital that bungled one in five operations, or a private health insurer that mishandled one-fifth of its claims.

"But apparently, the bar is a lot lower for government programs. The Biden administration recently admitted that 'improper payments' made up 21.69% of total Medicaid spending in fiscal year 2021, which ended September 30.

"That error rate, which the administration buried in the tenth paragraph of a press release about the supposedly great work they're doing on fraud prevention, underscores how deeply broken the program is."

Read the entire article here.

— Sally Pipes, President, CEO, and the Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Healthcare Policy at the Pacific Research Institute
— Sally Pipes, President, CEO, and the Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Healthcare Policy at the Pacific Research Institute
Posted December 07, 2021 • 08:09 AM
On the White House's Reasoning for the Rise in Crime Across the Country:

"Crime is raging across the country, from violent attacks to brazen shoplifting to mob 'smash and grab' attacks. The White House this week had a simple answer for the cause of this rising lawlessness: It was not 'defund the police' efforts, or more restrictive policies for police and prosecutors. It was the familiar scourge cited in debates ranging from infrastructure to supply chains to tax increases -- the pandemic.

"The pandemic now seems to have reached the mythic levels of gods who once were blamed for everything that went wrong in life. Africans had Anansi the Spider, while the Norse had the trickster Loki. Both were known to assume different identities to wreak disorder or steal precious things.

"For politicians, it is useful to have a lurking Loki to explain that social problems are not really of their making, the result of their failures. The Loki factor was evident in the press conference this week when Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked about the rising lawlessness seen in major cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles: 'Does the president still think that crime is up because of the pandemic?' White House press secretary Jen Psaki replied that 'many people have conveyed that.'

"Doocy persisted: 'So when a huge group of criminals organizes themselves and they want to go loot a store -- a CVS, a Nordstrom, a Home Depot until the shelves are clean -- do you think that's because of the pandemic?' Psaki replied: 'I think a root cause in a lot of communities is the pandemic, yes.'

"That damned Loki."

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 December 06, 2021 • 08:24 AM
On Massive Unemployment Fraud During COVID:

"Unemployment fraud exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S. Labor Department Inspector General's semiannual report to Congress.

"Approximately $872 billion in federal funding was allocated to unemployment benefits in the last year, and at least 10% was estimated to be paid 'improperly, with a significant portion attributable to fraud.'

"This means that at least $87 billion was lost to fraud, the report said. By contrast, $27.3 billion in total unemployment insurance benefits were paid in 2019, according to the Labor Department.

"The major increase in fraud is labeled a 'significant' concern by the inspector general."

Read the entire article here.

— Madeleine Hubbard, Just the News
— Madeleine Hubbard, Just the News
Posted December 03, 2021 • 08:09 AM
On the Migration of People From High-Tax States to Low-Tax States:

"If you're still wondering why raising the cap on the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction was important enough to Democrats to sacrifice their stated principles and resort to brazen gimmicks in order to fit it into the reconciliation bill, look no further than the latest release of the IRS's tax migration data, covering tax years 2018-2019.

"The data shows that certain states continue to alienate their own tax bases with punitively high taxes and uncompetitive business tax environments. High-tax states are losing taxpayers at an alarming rate, while states that tax their residents less aggressively are benefiting from their fellow states' loss.

"The five states that lost the most taxpayers are not exactly known for fiscal restraint. New York, California, Illinois, New Jersey, and Massachusetts lost, on net, 219,937 taxpayers and over $28 billion in adjusted gross income (AGI). On average, these states have a state-local effective tax rate of 11.8 percent.

"The five states that gained the most taxpayers, on the other hand, are all low-tax states -- in fact, three of the five have no state income tax. Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, and Washington state gained, on net, 194,340 taxpayers and $28.9 billion in AGI, all while averaging a state-local effective tax rate of just 8.96 percent. Unsurprisingly, Florida is the big winner here, adding $17.5 billion in AGI to its tax base alone."

Read the entire article here.

— Andrew Wilford, Policy Analyst at National Taxpayers Union Foundation
— Andrew Wilford, Policy Analyst at National Taxpayers Union Foundation
Posted December 02, 2021 • 08:00 AM
On Inflation and the Federal Reserve:

"Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell acknowledged Tuesday that he now expects high inflation to continue into the middle of 2022, stating that the government should no longer push what had been a recurring slogan of it being 'transitory.'

"During a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Powell noted that when the Fed says 'transitory,' they do not mean it as just referring to how long inflation will last, as the average person might expect. Still, he said it is time to stop using the word.

"'So I think the word transitory has different meanings to different people,' Powell told Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. 'To many, it carries a time, a sense of short-lived. We tend to use it to mean that it won't leave a permanent mark in the form of higher inflation. I think it's probably a good time to retire that word and try to explain more clearly what we mean.'"

— Ronn Blitzer, Politics Reporter for FoxNews.com
— Ronn Blitzer, Politics Reporter for FoxNews.com
Posted December 01, 2021 • 08:23 AM
On Biden's COVID Measures Being Meaningless Without Border Security:

"As illegal migrants continue to stream across America's southern border in record numbers, the Biden administration has announced Trump-style travel bans affecting eight southern African nations. The administration also instituted a vaccine mandate for essential travelers legally crossing the border -- including truck drivers, emergency response workers and government officials.

"These new measures, allegedly designed to protect Americans from the spread of the emerging COVID-19 omicron variant, are little more than political theater. Under current Biden administration policies, migrants detained at the southern border are only being tested for COVID if they exhibit symptoms. There is no vaccine requirement for them.

"That means hundreds of thousands of people are flooding into the country illegally while truck drivers are prohibited from doing their jobs unless they are vaccinated. At a time when a shortage of drivers is hobbling already crippled supply chains, Biden's new regulations have a huge down side with very little up side."

— Jason Chaffetz, Distinguished Fellow for the Government Accountability Institute and Former Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
— Jason Chaffetz, Distinguished Fellow for the Government Accountability Institute and Former Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Posted November 30, 2021 • 07:20 AM
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"Exactly a year after President Joe Biden took office, his administration desperately needs a reset. It will help if he begins governing as he promised during his campaign. ..."To save his presidency and better serve the country, Biden must do after just one year what former President Bill Clinton did after two: tack to the center. Recognize that his party holds only the barest of congressional majorities…[more]
—Quin Hillyer, Senior Commentary Writer and Editor for the Washington Examiner
— Quin Hillyer, Senior Commentary Writer and Editor for the Washington Examiner
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