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In what sometimes seems like an era of constantly expanding government and demonization of free markets, a recent Gallup poll offers refreshing news - Americans overwhelmingly view free markets positively, especially relative to the federal government:…[more]

January 25, 2022 • 06:19 PM

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On Democrats' Wake-Up Call That Was Tuesday's Elections:
 
 

"The right of parents to have a say in what their children are taught in school wasn't everything driving the red wave that swamped Democrats on Tuesday, but their school board battles exemplified the anti-woke backlash sweeping the country.

"And, looming over every ballot, was Joe Biden's disastrous presidency. Soaring gas prices, inflation, supply-chain shortages, rising crime, out-of-control illegal migration and the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan are just a few of the self-inflicted debacles the president seems stubbornly determined to ignore."

 
 
— Miranda Devine, New York Post Columnist and Fox News Contributor
— Miranda Devine, New York Post Columnist and Fox News Contributor
Posted November 04, 2021 • 07:51 AM
 
 
On Glenn Youngkin's Win in Virginia's Gubernatorial Election:
 
 

"Someone go give Joe Biden an ice-cream cone. He probably feels pretty bad right now."

 
 
— John Podhoretz, Author and New York Post Columnist
— John Podhoretz, Author and New York Post Columnist
Posted November 03, 2021 • 08:38 AM
 
 
On President Biden's Collapsing Poll Numbers:
 
 

"President Joe Biden is underwater by double digits on overall job approval, and Republicans lead Democrats on a wide array of issues, according to a devastating new national survey from NBC News. Some liberals and Biden supporters had questioned whether previous ugly polls from outfits like blue-leaning Quinnipiac were outliers, but the NBC survey would appear to kill that particular form of spin. Voters don't like what they're seeing from a president who campaigned on the promise of being truthful, competent, moderate, bipartisan, and unifying. That's not how the Biden presidency is playing out at all, and the displeased American people are noticing:

"'A majority of Americans now disapprove of President Joe Biden's job performance, while half give him low marks for competence and uniting the country, according to results from the latest national NBC News poll. What's more, the survey finds that 7 in 10 adults, including almost half of Democrats, believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction, as well as nearly 60 percent who view Biden's stewardship of the economy negatively just nine months into his presidency...In the poll, 42 percent of adults say they approve of Biden's overall job as president -- a decline of 7 points since August, with much of the attrition coming from key parts of the Democratic base. That's compared to 54 percent who say they disapprove of the president's job, which is up 6 points since August. Using Gallup's historical data, Biden's approval rating in this poll (42 percent) is lower than any other modern first-year president's at a similar point in time, with the key exception of Donald Trump (whose approval averaged 37 percent in fall 2017).'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Guy Benson, Political Editor at Townhall.com
— Guy Benson, Political Editor at Townhall.com
Posted November 02, 2021 • 07:05 AM
 
 
On This Internet Meme:
 
 

"Who's this Brandon fellow?

"He must be quite a guy to receive so many well-wishes and life-affirming messages from such a wide range of Americans from all walks of life and coast to coast."

 
 
— Tweet from Chris Buskirk, Author and Editor/Publisher at American Greatness
— Tweet from Chris Buskirk, Author and Editor/Publisher at American Greatness
Posted November 01, 2021 • 09:35 AM
 
 
On President Biden's 'Build Back Better' Agenda and Democrats' Spending Spree:
 
 

"After months of negotiations, President Biden on Thursday unveiled a rough outline of the latest iteration of his 'Build Back Better' agenda in hopes that it would grease the wheels for House passage of the companion infrastructure bill. While the proposal is pared down from what Democrats had been promising earlier in the year, in its current form, it is still large enough to be fiscally irresponsible and economically destructive.

For those following media accounts, the $1.75 trillion cost of the new framework is portrayed as a significant compromise from the $6 trillion originally favored by Senator Bernie Sanders, or the $3.5 trillion bill that has been discussed for much of the year. But keep in mind that the $1.75 trillion comes on top of the $1.9 trillion that Democrats passed in March and the $550 billion they hope to pass in a practically linked infrastructure bill. So if Biden gets his way, even a smaller bill would mean that in the first year of his administration, Democrats will have enacted $4.2 trillion worth of new spending. That spending comes on top of the $4 trillion that Congress authorized in the final year of the Trump administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

House speaker Nancy Pelosi keeps trying to argue that the bill is 'about the children.' With debt as a share of the economy at the highest level since World War II, adding trillions in new obligations is irresponsible, whether or not it is offset by tax increases. Whatever resources are tapped to support new spending are resources that are no longer available for debt reduction."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted October 29, 2021 • 08:23 AM
 
 
On the Terry McAuliffe Campaign Allegedly Spending Nearly $100,000 to Advertise ‘Fake News’ Websites Promoting His Virginia Gubernatorial Campaign:
 
 

"Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe has spent nearly $100,000 advertising 'fake news' websites on Facebook during the Virginia gubernatorial campaign, Fox News can reveal.

"The Democrat's advertisements, which have been viewed up to 3.5 million times so far, are hidden on a Facebook page with a similar name to a local news website. The ads link to third-party websites that ostensibly publish local news, but exist to promote Democratic candidates. The websites have been widely described as disinformation and 'partisan propaganda.'

"The revelation comes less than a week before election day, and as the candidates fight for every last vote, with polls showing McAuliffe and rival Republican Glenn Youngkin locked in a tight battle."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Rémy Numa, Fox News
— Rémy Numa, Fox News
Posted October 28, 2021 • 07:54 AM
 
 
On the Idea of Imposing a Wealth Tax:
 
 

"One of the many awful things about our tax debate -- and our tax system -- is its infantilization of the American people and its degradation of citizenship. A tax system that is designed to fund the needful things the federal government does -- from making roads to making war -- is a tax system pure and simple, the goal of which is to collect sufficient revenue while doing a minimum of violence to the economy, private enterprise, and private fortunes. It is those private fortunes that arouse the moralists. And a tax system or a tax-policy debate that is primarily moralistic in character is an invitation to grubbiness: 'How much of the wealth of those people we don't like very much can we pry away for people like us?'

"King Baby has only one law: 'I WANT!' ...

"There are many good arguments against a wealth tax. For one, it is unconstitutional. (Yeah, Sunshine, I hear you, and you may think the apportionment clause is dumb, but it's not imaginary. And the 16th Amendment gives Congress only the 'power to lay and collect taxes on incomes,' not wealth.) It would be impossible to efficiently administer (even Switzerland got rid of its federal wealth tax, though there is one at the local level, and, in any case, we are not Switzerland), which is why most of the European countries that have had one have abandoned it. The most obvious problem (though there are many more) is that shares and other financial instruments can fluctuate substantially by the second -- Virgin Galactic shares, for example, went from $15.50 to $56 over the summer, which makes establishing a sensible tax valuation difficult. Wealth taxes are redundant in that we already tax income derived from wealth (that's what a capital-gains tax does), which is much easier to pin down. Wealth taxes penalize saving and reward consumption. Wealth taxes will make housing more expensive, especially for renters -- that is, the people who actually pay the taxes on their landlords' portfolios."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted October 27, 2021 • 08:36 AM
 
 
On the Biden Administration's Appointment of National School Board Association President Viola Garcia to the National Assessment Governing Board:
 
 

"The Department of Education earlier this month tapped the president of the National School Board Association to serve on a federal board that tracks student progress, the latest indication of the Biden administration's collaboration with the group that compared parents to domestic terrorists.

"Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Oct. 13 appointed National School Board Association president Viola Garcia to the National Assessment Governing Board, which develops the tests used to track student achievement across the country. Garcia was behind a Sept. 29 letter urging President Joe Biden to have the FBI monitor school board meetings for potential violence. The Department of Justice formed a task force on Oct. 4 consisting of the FBI and Justice Department's national security and civil rights divisions, sparking outrage from parents groups who say the administration is trying to stifle parents who oppose mask mandates and left-wing curricula.

"Garcia's position on the board could raise questions about whether the appointment was linked to her advocacy work at the National School Board Association. Emails reported by the Washington Free Beacon show Garcia coordinated with the Biden White House and Department of Education in the weeks before releasing the controversial letter. 'These are troubling times. NSBA has been engaged with the White House and the Department of Education on these and other issues related to the pandemic for several weeks now,' Garcia wrote in an Oct. 2 email obtained by the group Parents Defending Education.

"The National School Board Association apologized for the letter on Friday, saying there was 'no justification' for the language comparing parents to terrorists. Other emails showed that some National School Board Association directors were upset with Garcia for issuing the letter without the board's input. One director said that the letter's reference to parents as domestic terrorists inflamed tensions at local school board meetings."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Chuck Ross, The Washington Free Beacon
— Chuck Ross, The Washington Free Beacon
Posted October 26, 2021 • 07:32 AM
 
 
On the Biden Administration's Public Relation Push on Climate Change and the So-Called 'Build Back Better' Agenda:
 
 

"If you've been taking the latest climate warnings from the White House seriously and literally, you believe the Earth is about to become either a ball of fire or an enormous ocean.

"I humbly suggest a more likely possibility: You are being blitzed by a government snow job.

"The claim that the end is near is the latest example of how the Biden administration is creating more problems for itself than it is solving. That the climate scare effort employs a whole-of-government approach doesn't make it any more credible.

"Quite the contrary. The sudden storm of dystopian scenarios churned out by the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, financial regulators and other administration mouthpieces is part of a desperate public-relations campaign to boost a sagging President Biden at home and on the global stage.

"The aim is to scare Americans into supporting the left's moribund Build Back Better monstrosity and convince world leaders the president is a committed climate soldier at a United Nations summit in Scotland next week.

"So far, no luck on either front."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post Columnist
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post Columnist
Posted October 25, 2021 • 08:23 AM
 
 
On the Campaign Ad By Vice President Kamala Harris That Is Playing in Black Churches Across Virginia:
 
 

"Douglas Wilder, the only African American governor in Virginia's history, is no fan of the video endorsement Vice President Kamala Harris made for Terry McAuliffe, which is being played Sundays in hundreds of the Old Dominion's black churches.

"The ad, which ethics and legal experts say is a clear violation of IRS rules, is set to continue playing right up until the Nov. 2 gubernatorial election, as the Democratic Party pulls out all the stops to ensure black turnout. But a thumbs-down from the 90-year-old Wilder, a Democrat and highly respected voice in Virginia politics for decades, is significant.

"'Well, it's very good for her to do that, causing these churches to lose their tax-exempt status,' he quipped, referring to the Johnson Amendment, a rule that prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations, such as charities and churches, from engaging in any political campaign activity. 'If this is legal, then it's surprising to me.'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Katherine Doyle, White House Reporter for the Washington Examiner
— Katherine Doyle, White House Reporter for the Washington Examiner
Posted October 22, 2021 • 07:22 AM
 
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"While Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi go all out to protect Ukraine's national sovereignty, at the same time they are orchestrating a clandestine invasion of America across the southern border."Two million illegal immigrants from dozens of countries crossed over from Mexico last year, and the Biden administration is facilitating the cartels' people-smuggling operation -- at taxpayer expense."Under cover…[more]
 
 
—Miranda Devine, Columnist
— Miranda Devine, Columnist
 
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