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As the nation debates continuing coronavirus stimulus, AEI offers an eye-opening analysis:  Unemployment claims plummeted and the employment picture improved much faster after those $600 checks expired, reestablishing that while we always want to help those who cannot help themselves, government payouts can sometimes reduce incentives and ability to return to the workforce.  And this doesn't even reflect remarkably positive employment reports released by the government since the end dates:


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November 12, 2020 • 11:57 AM

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On Former Vice President Joe Biden on the 2020 Campaign Trail for President:

"2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appears to have forgotten what job he was nominated for this fall.

"'We have to come together, that's what I'm running,' the 77-year-old began during a Toledo drive-in rally Monday. 'I'm running as a proud Democrat for the Senate.' ...

"The former vice presidential candidate's Monday gaffes are likely to resurrect concerns about the candidate's age and aptitude to lead the White House for the next four to eight years. If elected, Biden would be the oldest president to be sworn in."

— Tristan Justice, The Federalist
— Tristan Justice, The Federalist
Posted October 13, 2020 • 07:38 AM
On Party Parity and SCOTUS:

"It gets worse. For weeks, Joe Biden has refused to answer whether he intends to blow up the United States Supreme Court on the preposterous grounds that, if he does, journalists will write about it. Now, he adds that voters 'don't deserve' to know his position.This transmutes an untenable position into a downright nefarious one.

"Biden's defenders have been trying to draw some equivalency between the threat of his 'packing' (read: destroying) the Supreme Court and the Republicans' push to appoint Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ginsburg. In and of itself, this is ridiculous: The Republicans are in control of the White House and the Senate, and, in acting now, are using a process that has been in place since 1789 and echoing a norm that has obtained throughout American history. But the equivalence also fails on its own terms, in that neither President Trump nor any of the 53 Republican senators are keeping any secrets about their plans. Trump has been open about his nomination from the start; so have the 51 Republicans who intend to vote yes; so has Susan Collins, who intends to vote no; and so has Lisa Murkowski, who opposes the process but says that she may vote yes if it comes to the floor. There is no parity here. One party is going about the business of government with the branches that it presently controls; the other party is threatening to smash those branches up."

— Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review Online Editor
— Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review Online Editor
Posted October 12, 2020 • 07:34 AM
On the Trump-Biden Presidential Debate Schedule, Now in Limbo:

"The presidential debate schedule was thrown into uncertainty on Thursday amid a fight between the Trump campaign and the Biden campaign after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the second showdown would take place in a virtual setting as President Trump recovers from coronavirus.

"Things unraveled Thursday after the commission released a morning statement saying that 'the second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations.'

"Shortly after that announcement, the president said he would not participate in a virtual format, calling it 'ridiculous.'

"The Biden campaign responded by seemingly acknowledging that the next debate -- a town hall scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami -- would not happen and suggested that the previously scheduled debate on Oct. 22 become a town hall forum.

"But the Trump campaign said they still want two more debates -- and that the president wants to face off against former Vice President Joe Biden twice more before voters hit the polls on Nov. 3. They proposed the debate originally scheduled for Oct. 15 be pushed to Oct. 22 -- the date the final showdown was set to take place -- and the final debate be pushed a week later, to Oct. 29. But the Biden campaign is pushing back saying the president cannot dictate the debate schedule."

— FOX News
— FOX News
Posted October 09, 2020 • 07:24 AM
On the Vice-Presidential Debate:

"Going into Wednesday's showdown, Mike Pence had two big jobs. One, to defend the Trump administration's record, especially its response to the pandemic. Two, convincingly paint the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket as the most radical national nominees a major party has ever put forward.

"Mission accomplished. Pence is a skilled and disciplined debater, and his understated manner masks a killer instinct. He was always good, terrific at times and put on a clinic in how to methodically carve up an opponent. ...

"He did it by nailing the inconsistencies of Biden's varying positions on taxes, fracking and fossil fuels in ways that highlighted the ways the Democrats have created a fog about what they would do if they win. After Harris promised that on 'Day One, Joe will repeal' the Trump administration's 2017 tax cuts, Pence responded: 'She just told you, on Day One, Joe Biden's going to raise your taxes.'

"On China, he delivered the hammer, saying: 'Joe Biden's been a cheerleader for Communist China over the last several decades.'

"He also succeeded at laying out Harris' voting record as being 'more liberal than Bernie Sanders'.'"

Read entire article here.

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted October 08, 2020 • 07:58 AM
On a Stand-Alone Stimulus Bill:

"If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?"

— Tweet from President Donald J. Trump
— Tweet from President Donald J. Trump
Posted October 07, 2020 • 07:50 AM
On CIA Director Gina Haspel's Attempts to Block 'Russiagate' Documents:

"Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel is personally blocking the declassification and release of key Russiagate documents in the hopes that President Donald Trump will lose his re-election bid, multiple senior U.S. officials told The Federalist. The officials said Haspel, who served under former CIA Director John Brennan as the spy agency's station chief in London in 2016 and 2017, is concerned that the declassification and release of documents detailing what the CIA was doing during the 2016 election and the 2017 transition could embarrass the CIA and potentially even implicate Haspel herself. ...

"'Haspel has repeatedly lied to the president about the status of documents to be declassified,' one intelligence community source said. 'She will claim they don't know where they are, or which agency technically owns them, and then we'll find out she had them the entire time and just didn't want them to see the light of day.'

"'The frustration with Haspel is reaching nuclear levels,' one official said, noting that White House and top U.S. intelligence community officials have been taken aback by the ferocity of Haspel's refusal to release documents."

Read entire article here.

— Sean Davis, The Federalist Co-Founder
— Sean Davis, The Federalist Co-Founder
Posted October 06, 2020 • 07:56 AM
On the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Endorsement for President of the United States:

"Mr. Trump entered the Oval Office in 2017 promising to be a disrupting force, to upend Beltway norms. Mission accomplished. In return, he has faced a shockingly hostile media elite rushing to bury objectivity in service to social media blather and the endless loop of the cable TV news cycle. But for all of Mr. Trump's bluster and braggadocio, his domestic policy record has been quite traditional -- and successful. Voters interested in accomplishments should take notice.

"The most pressing matter facing Nevada and the nation in coming months, and even years, will be the resurrection of the economy post-pandemic. Mr. Trump's record on job creation and economic growth speaks for itself. Mr. Biden disingenuously blames the current administration for the economic downturn, implying that Mr. Trump had the power to stop a worldwide pandemic. That's desperate nonsense. Prior to the lockdowns, U.S. growth was more consistently robust than it had been in years and wages were continuing their upward trend for workers.

"Credit Mr. Trump's bold tax and regulatory reforms for helping unleash the nation's entrepreneurial forces. And for all the chatter on the left about 'economic inequality,' a Federal Reserve report published last week reveals that, under Mr. Trump, 'families near the bottom of the income and wealth distributions generally continued to experience substantial gains' between 2016 and 2019. The economy under Mr. Trump also produced record low unemployment, particularly for African Americans and Hispanics. Expanding opportunity, not progressive prescriptions of wealth redistribution, remains the key to reducing inequality, and Mr. Trump has delivered in that regard. ...

"For all his flaws, Donald J. Trump stands in forceful contrast to the relentless progressive attacks on this nation that deny and minimize the advances we have made over the decades to better reflect and honor our founding ideals. We must continue moving forward, that can't be denied. But we must do so while embracing rather than destroying the principles of liberty and freedom that have made the United States a beacon for the rest of the world. Mr. Trump appreciates this while offering an economic vision well-suited to helping the country rebound from this pandemic. He deserves a second term."

Read entire article here.

— The Editors, Las Vegas Review-Journal
— The Editors, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Posted October 05, 2020 • 08:08 AM
On SCOTUS and Court-Packing:

"When invited at the first presidential debate to confirm whether he hoped to expand the Supreme Court in order to pack it with Democrats, Joe Biden explained that he would not entertain the question. 'Whatever position I take,' Biden said, 'that will become the issue . . . I'm not gonna answer the question.'

"This would have been a preposterous answer from a presidential candidate had the topic been the future of the Post Office. But that Biden believes he can get away with it on a topic as explosive as blowing up the Supreme Court is nothing short of remarkable. Despite his low-key campaign, it remains the case that Joe Biden is running for president of the United States, and that he had elected to take part in a televised event during which he was expected to take positions and address issues. That his taking a position would become 'an issue' in the election is almost certainly true. But that does not represent a bug within the system, but a feature. Americans of all persuasions deserve to know whether Biden is on-board with what would be the most radical reform to our system of government since the Second World War. This is not one of those 'pass it to find out what's in it' situations. ...

"There are some questions in American politics that require a reflexive, emphatic, uncomplicated answer. 'Will you accept a peaceful transfer of power?' is one. 'Will you pack the Supreme Court?' is another. That both candidates for the highest office in the land are struggling to answer such inquiries without meandering non sequiturs or craven demurrals is a disgrace. Yes or no, Joe? There's no room here for malarkey."

— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted October 02, 2020 • 07:46 AM
On Former FBI Director Comey's Senate Judiciary Committee Testimony:

"Fired FBI Director James Comey needs immediate medical attention. He suffers from either acute amnesia or debilitating dementia.

"At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on the FBI's Trump-Russia 'collusion' investigation and the bureau's egregious abuse of the surveillance process under Comey's reign, he claimed to know nothing about everything.

"Like a broken record, Comey responded to questions with the same pat answers: 'Not that I recall ... I don't know ... I don't remember ... I never knew ... that doesn't ring a bell.'

"If he were playing dodgeball, Comey would have won.

"To hear Comey tell it, he was an empty suit at the helm of one of the most important investigations in modern American history, examining whether Donald Trump conspired with Russians to steal the 2016 election. We now know it was all a devious fiction. But that didn't stop Comey's FBI from targeting Trump with the damning lie. ...

"Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee were livid that Comey pretended that he knew nothing about the chronic malfeasance and corruption that infected his investigation of Trump. ...

"But it was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who leveled the most searing assessment when he stated to Comey: 'There are only two possibilities -- either you were deliberately corrupt or woefully incompetent.' Cruz paused and added: 'I don't believe you're incompetent.'"

Read entire article here.

— Greg Jarrett, Fox News Legal Analyst
— Greg Jarrett, Fox News Legal Analyst
Posted October 01, 2020 • 07:50 AM
On 2020's First Presidential Debate:

"It's a shame that Joe Biden couldn't attend Tuesday night's debate.

"Okay, Biden was in attendance, but during the 90 minutes, it felt like he barely ever finished a complete sentence.

"It's not clear that President Trump necessarily won the night, in the sense that people who were leaning against voting for him are going to start preferring him. But with motor-mouthed, relentless heckling and constant interruptions, Trump made it impossible for Biden to make any of his arguments. Trump did to Biden what Biden did to Paul Ryan eight years ago. ...

"This cycle, being the familiar old Joe Biden was enough to overtake Bernie Sanders. He didn't even really need to campaign that hard; Biden won Minnesota Democratic primary without visiting the state once. Once the pandemic hit, most of the traditional tools of campaigning weren't available to Biden; he just had to make intermittent appearances via video and attend virtual fundraisers.

"And up until tonight, just being himself was enough.

"Tonight, it wasn't enough."

— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
Posted September 30, 2020 • 07:38 AM
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