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ProPublica/IRS Leak: There's No Underlying "There" There

In our Liberty Update this week, we highlight the latest illegal leak of thousands of supposedly confidential Internal Revenue Service (IRS) taxpayer returns spanning over 15 years, confirming that the partisan and power-hungry IRS simply cannot be trusted to safeguard our sensitive records, let alone to begin collecting sensitive private information from nonprofit organizations on donors who contribute to them in violation of the First Amendment.

Getting to the substance of the ProPublica/IRS leaked documents themselves, former Senator Phil Gramm and U.S. Policy Metrics partner Mike Solon explain in The Wall Street Journal how there's nothing scandalous in the least in what they reveal:

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On the Current Administration's Failure on Clean Energy:
 
 

"Even electric vehicles have emissions. Sure, they might not produce tailpipe exhaust, but there are emissions at the power plant which charges them. There are toxic emissions in mining the minerals needed for lithium batteries.

"If it is acceptable to burn coal to make a solar panel, why not burn coal to make electricity? That is the real heart of this debate: What kind of emissions are 'good' because they support the left's agenda, and which are 'bad.'

"Wind turbines and solar panels, predominately manufactured in China and subsidized by government, are somehow 'good' emissions, but fossil fuels, which are thoroughly American and in the hands of the private sector, are 'bad.'

"America is blessed with an abundance of natural energy that could expand electricity and lower costs for everyone. Instead, Biden is pursuing a policy that is as unachievable as it is misguided. But it's unlikely he or any of the rich and connected activists will pay the price. It seems it is always the middle class, powerless, voiceless people who suffer the results of the left's agenda. All while China benefits.

 
 
— Daniel Turner, Power The Future Founder and Executive Director
— Daniel Turner, Power The Future Founder and Executive Director
Posted April 30, 2021 • 07:13 AM
 
 
On President Biden’s Address to Congress:
 
 

"President Biden's address to Congress connected only intermittently with reality.

"On his telling, every good thing that has happened in America since he took office -- from vaccination to job creation -- is a tribute to his wisdom, rather than a continuation of a trajectory set beforehand. All presidents say such stuff, and they all get away with it, although Senator Tim Scott made a valiant attempt to correct the record. Worse was the dishonesty of Biden's sales pitch for his policies.

"He insinuated that the ten-year ban on assault weapons had reduced the murder rate in the U.S. -- something neither careful studies nor a casual look at the trends supports. He pretended that the Trump administration had ended successful efforts to control migration across our southern border, a brazen inversion of the truth. He claimed that the country supports federal legislation that would, among other things, ban states from verifying voters are who they say they are. Poll after poll says otherwise. He promised that Medicare could save hundreds of billions of dollars by cracking down on drugmakers. Not according to the Congressional Budget Office, it can't.

"Biden conjured a world in which there was no danger from unprecedented deficit spending, no possible adverse consequences from raising taxes on corporations and rich people, no spike in violent crime that needs attending, and no foreign threats that demand of us more than platitudes about leadership."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted April 29, 2021 • 07:29 AM
 
 
On Labor Unions Selling Out Their Membership to Support President Biden's Energy Plan:
 
 

"Another pro-President Joe Biden union just told its rank-and-file members: Sorry, guys, you are all fired.

"Last week, the United Mine Workers of America union endorsed Biden's energy policies. Yes, you read that right. The coal-mining union bosses have embraced a bill that outlaws coal mining.

"This is about as dumb as the Pipefitters Union endorsing Biden for president. He repaid them with his first act as president -- killing the Keystone pipeline. So now we have the Pipefitters Union against pipelines and the coal miners union against coal.

"Did anyone bother to actually ask the rank-and-file members what they thought? Can they get their union dues back?

"They should. The livelihoods of more than 50,000 coal miners just got sold down the river by their own union bosses."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Stephen Moore, Co-Founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity and Former Member of President Trump’s Economic Recovery Task Force
— Stephen Moore, Co-Founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity and Former Member of President Trump’s Economic Recovery Task Force
Posted April 28, 2021 • 07:19 AM
 
 
On California Losing a House Seat for the First Time Ever:
 
 

"California will lose a seat in the House of Representatives for the first time in history, the U.S. Census Bureau announced on Monday.

"The Golden State is one of seven states that will lose a seat in the House based on population shifts, a group that includes New York, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

"Meanwhile, Texas will gain two seats and Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon will each gain one seat.

"The shifting population is largely in line with the regional trend that has existed since 1940 in which there is an increase in the number of congressional seats in the south and west and a loss of seats in the northeast and midwest. Since 1940, there has been a combined net shift of 84 seats to the south and west regions, the bureau said."

 
 
— Brittany Bernstein, National Review Online
— Brittany Bernstein, National Review Online
Posted April 27, 2021 • 07:33 AM
 
 
On President Biden's Divisive Agenda:
 
 

"Joe Biden has been president for 96 days. It seems like a lifetime.

"In just three months, under Biden's presumed leadership, Democrats have threatened to pack the Supreme Court, eliminate the filibuster, abolish the Electoral College, grant statehood to Washington, D.C., federalize voting laws, and enact a labor bill that would overturn right-to-work statutes in 27 states.

"Democrats want unlimited power and are mobilizing all possible means to get it. ...

"Biden's furious legislating is remarkable considering that Biden took office just as the country was getting back on its feet. All he had to do was to sit back and take credit for the rollout of the vaccines and rapidly recovering economy.

"He couldn't even manage that."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Liz Peek, The Hill Columnist and Fox News Contributor
— Liz Peek, The Hill Columnist and Fox News Contributor
Posted April 26, 2021 • 07:47 AM
 
 
On Biden's Costly Climate Pledge:
 
 

"For the past 30 years, the global approach to climate policy has been making grand promises and later mostly failing to live up to them. At his World Leaders Climate Summit, President Biden promised to cut about twice as much carbon as what Obama promised, which was hailed as decisive and bold climate action.

"This is equivalent to decreasing an additional 1.5 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas annually by 2030 beyond Obama's commitments. But what would this achieve? Let us assume that Biden and future presidents manage to get emissions cut as promised by 2030. And let us assume miraculously that the many future presidents from 2030 to 2100 manage to continue that feat.

"If we use the standard UN climate model, it turns out that Biden's new promises will reduce warming by the end of the century by a rather small 0.07 F -- from say 7.2 F to 7.13 F. Biden told us that his climate policy would make Americans more prosperous. That is implausible. If climate policies really were making us richer, everyone would scramble to shed fossil fuels and pile on the renewables. Instead, his own summit showed the need for arm-twisting even just to make a few of the participants promise expensive new policies.

"Achieving the promised cuts in less than a decade will force utilities to buy a lot of new and often more expensive renewables. They will have to buy much more back-up for when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing. Studies show that by 2030, 80 percent of the population would still prefer non-electric cars, but politicians will force everyone to buy only electric. Weatherizing houses, as Biden has proposed to cut emissions, can cost many trillions."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Bjorn Lomborg, Copenhagen Consensus President and Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow
— Bjorn Lomborg, Copenhagen Consensus President and Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow
Posted April 23, 2021 • 07:22 AM
 
 
On Labor Unions and the "Pro Act":
 
 

"[N]o one should be surprised that union efforts to organize workers at Amazon failed so miserably. But labor leaders and their Democratic allies have a solution they believe will keep those union dues and political contributions flowing: a bill designed to prop up labor unions by making it far easier to coerce unwilling workers into unionizing. It's called the 'Protecting the Right to Organize Act' (PRO Act), and the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has already passed it.

"The PRO Act's provisions are draconian. Among other things, it would require that employers disclose employee contact information -- such as home addresses and phone numbers -- to union organizers. It would then undermine secret-ballot voting with a process called 'card check.' Basically, the union would know where workers live, where their kids go to school and, eventually, how they voted, making it easier to coerce these employees to vote for a union.

"If a business did unionize, the PRO Act would then compel union membership by eliminating laws in 27 states that grant workers who choose not to join a union the 'right to work' without being forced to join a union or pay union dues.

"The PRO Act is an acknowledgment that big labor is unable to grow private-sector union membership by doing a good job representing workers' interests. Instead, union leaders want to force union membership and union dues on unwilling employees, and their allies in the Democratic Party are prepared to apply the heavy hand of government to help them do it."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Andy Puzder, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy Senior Fellow, Attorney, and Former CEO of CKE Restaurants
— Andy Puzder, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy Senior Fellow, Attorney, and Former CEO of CKE Restaurants
Posted April 22, 2021 • 07:50 AM
 
 
On the Biden Administration's Return to the 'Iran Deal':
 
 

"The former defense secretary Robert Gates famously wrote that Joe Biden 'has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.' If the early days of his presidency are any indication, Biden is determined to prove him right.

"Out of the gate, the administration is demonstrating to the mullahs in Tehran that it so badly wants back into the flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that it is willing to ignore Iran's terror attacks on American citizens and soldiers. ...

"They will find a way to return to the Iran deal, to remove the sanctions on Iran even as it persists in terrorizing the region, and to torment Israel as payback for the real and perceived slights of the Obama years."

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Free Beacon
— The Editors, Washington Free Beacon
Posted April 21, 2021 • 07:40 AM
 
 
On Accountability for Dangerous Rhetoric:
 
 

"Republican Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise criticized Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters, accusing his colleague of using the kind of 'dangerous rhetoric' that got him shot.

"'Let's be clear: Maxine Waters knew her rhetoric would incite violence in Minneapolis -- but she doesn't care, she just requests police escorts for herself,' Scalise tweeted Monday.

"'I was shot because of this kind of dangerous rhetoric,' Scalise continued, referencing the 2017 shooting that targeted Republicans during practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Virginia Kruta, The Daily Caller Associate Editor
— Virginia Kruta, The Daily Caller Associate Editor
Posted April 20, 2021 • 07:05 AM
 
 
On Fundamentally Transforming America (Again):
 
 

"Eight trillion dollars. That's how much President Joe Biden has proposed in new spending -- in just the 2 1/2 months since taking office. It's an absurd figure, equal to more than a third of America's entire yearly economic output.

"And it's overwhelmingly meant to transform the nation -- to empower and enrich Democratic special interests, lock in permanent Democratic control and impose radical left-wing ideas.

"Biden's latest hit: $1.52 trillion in discretionary spending. That follows $1.9 trillion for last month's American Rescue Plan, $2.3 trillion for Part I of his infrastructure plan and another $2 trillion or so expected soon for Part II.

"That mind-blowing $7.7 trillion total doesn't even count another $3 trillion or so in entitlement spending and $300 billion in debt-service costs; add that in, and you're talking about spending that's more than half the nation's $21 trillion output.

"Where would all the cash go? Mostly to Democratic allies and left-wing fantasies: unions and their members, Democratic states facing budget gaps, government bureaucrats, Green New Deal wish-lists and Dem-friendly corporations."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted April 19, 2021 • 07:33 AM
 
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"Last month, we warned Republicans about the pitfalls of indulging President Biden's infrastructure fantasies. The bipartisan framework announced Thursday isn't causing us to change our mind.There is much to dislike about the so-called compromise proposal (even putting aside the minor detail that the nation's infrastructure is not, in fact, in dire need of repair). The deal negotiated by a group of…[more]
 
 
—The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
 
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