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In our latest Liberty Update we explain how Texas highlights the peril of the stubborn "green" energy agenda.  Economist Stephen Moore continues his fantastic work by illustrating how "green" energy, not fossil fuels, irrationally hogs taxpayer subsidies:

[N]ow the left is recirculating its myth that fossil fuels require massive taxpayer subsidies. In psychology, this is called "projecting" - when you accuse someone else of deviant behavior that applies to yourself. In reality for every kilowatt of power generated, wind gets about 10 times more taxpayer subsidies and solar gets 50 to 100 times more handouts than fossil fuels":

 

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="545"] "Green" Taxpayer Subsidy Hogs[/caption]…[more]

March 01, 2021 • 10:27 AM

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On the Importance of U.S. Governors:
 
 

"The year 2020 showed just how important governors are -- and the next two years could dramatically reshape who occupies those offices.

"Thirty-eight of 50 states -- accounting for nearly 85 percent of the U.S. population -- will hold gubernatorial elections between 2021 and 2022. A dozen states are likely in play, if not more, raising the potential for one party to expand its influence across the nation. Republicans will have a four-seat advantage in statehouses starting in January, though the majority of Americans will still live under Democratic governors.

"The races could serve as referendums on state leadership during times of crisis as the nation begins to move on from a pandemic that has thrust governors, their leadership styles, their philosophies and their values into the spotlight like never before. Will the decisions governors have made this year, some of which shaped the daily lives of their constituents, become anchors or buoys for their careers?

"The elections will also mark an important checkpoint in President-elect Joe Biden's nascent administration and demonstrate the salience of the coronavirus as a political issue after the deployment of vaccines developed to curb the outbreak."

 
 
— Steven Shepard and Sabrina Rodriguez, Politico
— Steven Shepard and Sabrina Rodriguez, Politico
Posted December 16, 2020 • 08:24 AM
 
 
On California Gubernatorial Recall:
 
 

"The recall campaign targeting Gov. Gavin Newsom is looking less like a long-shot bid, as Californians show signs of increasing dissatisfaction with how the Democrat is handling the coronavirus pandemic.

"'The recall is halfway there,' Orrin Heatlie, who is leading the effort, recently told local TV station KPIX-TV.

"Heatlie, a retired sergeant with the Yolo County Sheriff's Office, said 820,000 people have already 'weighed in' on the issue and predicted at least 820,000 more will do the same in the next couple of months.

"To be sure, those numbers would, if accurate, put the effort daringly close to the 1.5 million valid signatures needed to recall the first-term governor, who has frequently been mentioned as a future presidential candidate. ...

"[A] series of missteps by Newsom also has helped the effort and has him poised to become the state's second Democratic governor in roughly the past 17 years to be recalled.

"In 2003, Gov. Gray Davis was ousted in a recall effort largely fueled by residents upset with skyrocketing energy bills."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Joseph Curl, Just the News
— Joseph Curl, Just the News
Posted December 15, 2020 • 07:30 AM
 
 
On Joe Biden and College-Debt Forgiveness:
 
 

"One of Joe Biden's first tests in office will be the urgent question of giving a big pile of money to rich people.

"Biden wants a little welfare for the affluent in the form of a $10,000 college-loan giveaway accomplished through legislation, while the Democrats' Left wants a lot more welfare for the wealthy in the form of a $50,000 student-loan giveaway accomplished through unilateral executive action.

"And welfare for the wealthy is precisely what is in question here: The majority of student debt is held by relatively high-income people, poor people mostly are not college graduates, and those who attended college but did not graduate hold relatively little college-loan debt, etc. As the New York Times puts it, 'Debt relief overall would disproportionately benefit middle- to upper-class college graduates.' Which ones? 'Especially those who attended elite and expensive institutions, and people with lucrative professional credentials like law and medical degrees.'

"The Democrats have become the party of moneyed urban and suburban professionals, and, on the matter of college loans, progressives are happy to see the rich get richer as Americans of more modest means subsidize relatively high-income Democratic households. Biden's approach is distinguished from the progressives' only by being a little less of the same."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review Roving Correspondent
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review Roving Correspondent
Posted December 14, 2020 • 07:56 AM
 
 
On COVID and Childhood Crisis:
 
 

"WASHINGTON -- As parents remain bitterly divided over the return of in-person classroom instruction, children faced a greater risk of abuse or neglect because their contact with the outside world has been significantly curtailed by school closures and other restrictive measures. Those are the findings of two separate studies published on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The studies -- along with other recent findings about learning outcomes, food insecurity and mental health -- paint a grim picture of childhood development in the midst of a pandemic, leading UNICEF, the United Nations childhood agency, to warn of 'a lost COVID generation' in a recent report.

"Researchers blamed the increased risk of child abuse on factors including 'heightened stress, school closures, loss of income, and social isolation.' They also suggested that 'strengthening families' economic supports' could help ease contributing stressors.

"Congress is currently locked in negotiations to pass a new coronavirus relief package. The White House stepped in earlier this week, endorsing $600 stimulus checks over new unemployment benefits. Stimulus checks, of course, cannot alone compensate for the social and familial disruptions caused by the coronavirus, which has also devastated the mental health of adults, leading millions to experience anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. Drug and alcohol use have also increased.

"Sadly, children appear to be bearing the brunt of those adverse adult outcomes."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Alexander Nazaryan, Yahoo News National Correspondent
— Alexander Nazaryan, Yahoo News National Correspondent
Posted December 11, 2020 • 08:05 AM
 
 
On MSM Coverage of Hunter Biden:
 
 

"The mainstream media appears to finally be taking Hunter Biden seriously, at least now that his father has already won the presidential election.

"In the final weeks of the campaign, there was an unprecedented media blackout of the explosive reporting from the New York Post that shed light on Hunter Biden's questionable business dealings overseas. On Wednesday, the Biden-Harris transition announced that his 'tax affairs' were being investigated.

"'I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney's Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,' Hunter Biden said in a statement. 'I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.'

"A well-placed government source told Fox News that Hunter Biden is a subject/target of a grand jury investigation. According to the source, a 'target' means that there is a 'high probability that person committed a crime,' while a 'subject' is someone you 'don't know for sure' has committed a crime."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Joseph A. Wulfsohn, Fox News
— Joseph A. Wulfsohn, Fox News
Posted December 10, 2020 • 01:34 PM
 
 
On FDA and COVID Vaccine Delays:
 
 

"With nearly 3,000 people a day dying of COVID-19, our country faces a renewed, full-blown medical emergency. And yet, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fallen behind the United Kingdom in approving distribution of life-saving vaccines developed here in the United States. Every day that the FDA delays the obvious is a day that thousands of lives may be lost. This delay is inconceivable and, to the extent it may be due to political or public relations concerns, it is unconscionable."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Mark Penn, Stagwell Group Managing Director and Harris Poll Chairman, and 1996, 2000 and 2008 Clinton Campaign Chief Strategist
— Mark Penn, Stagwell Group Managing Director and Harris Poll Chairman, and 1996, 2000 and 2008 Clinton Campaign Chief Strategist
Posted December 09, 2020 • 08:26 AM
 
 
On COVID-19 and Economic Recovery:
 
 

"Just when it seemed some of the most disheartening trends in the US economy were finally beginning to reverse, COVID arrived to entrench them.

"The pandemic has been a neutron bomb targeted at the prospects of lower-income working people.

"They had finally begun to benefit from the recovery from the Great Recession when the virus ravaged industries that disproportionately employ them. Wars and depressions often reduce economic inequality. Not the pandemic. The Washington Post has called the resulting economic damage 'the most unequal recession in modern US history.' ...

"It has cut a swathe through small business. It has slammed workers who can't retreat to home offices to do their work via Zoom calls. In short, it has taken all the tendencies of our knowledge economy that benefit the better-educated and disadvantage non-college-educated workers and made them more pronounced, amid a public-health crisis that has also hit the most vulnerable the hardest. ...

"Policy makers need to realize that when they promulgate lockdown restrictions, they are usually asking the people with the least economic margin for error to sacrifice the most. Congress needs to pass a new stimulus bill, to cushion the blow of a natural disaster that has immiserated many millions of people through no fault of their own.

"And the incoming Biden administration ideally would realize that fashionable causes like climate change need to take a backseat to the pursuit of full economic recovery. The economic pain isn't the worst that the pandemic has wrought, but it can't be ignored."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Richard Lowry, National Review Editor
— Richard Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted December 08, 2020 • 07:53 AM
 
 
On Georgia’s Senate Runoff:
 
 

"Most recent polling of the races in Georgia suggest that both will be fairly close, though given how inaccurate much of the polling of the November general election turned out to be, it's worth considering these new surveys with some caution.

"This past week, a poll from PoliticalIQ found that a plurality of Georgia voters would prefer the GOP to maintain control of the Senate and serve as a check on the incoming Democratic White House and the Democratic House of Representatives. Another poll, from SurveyUSA, showed the two Democratic candidates leading their GOP opponents, but it surveyed a wide variety of Georgia residents, including several hundred who did not classify themselves as likely voters.

"Just a few days ago, Trafalgar Group -- a polling company that attempts to weight what founder Robert Cahaly terms 'shy, pro-Trump' voters -- released a survey of more than 1,000 likely voters in Georgia that found Loeffler leading Warnock by 5 percent and Ossoff leading Perdue by just 1 percent."

 
 
— Alexandra DeSanctis, National Review
— Alexandra DeSanctis, National Review
Posted December 07, 2020 • 07:44 AM
 
 
On Officials Refusing to Abide By COVID Rules:
 
 

"Many elected officials have told Americans for months to stay home and forego everything from religious gatherings and team sports to holiday dinners and even funerals to stem the spread of the coronavirus. And yet we keep seeing news reports about officials flouting their own rules with a nice dinner out or a trip.

"The rules just don't seem to apply to America's political class. Their refusal to abide by their own guidance is sowing chaos, uncertainty and resentment during a historic national crisis. ...

"Any successful plan for ending this pandemic will require Americans to trust their government officials. For that to happen, leaders at all levels of government need to start practicing what they preach, even if it means curtailing their social lives, canceling a vacation, or disappointing their mothers."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy
— Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute President, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy
Posted December 04, 2020 • 07:29 AM
 
 
On GOP Women in New Congress:
 
 

"A record-setting 18 (at least) new women are joining the GOP ranks in Congress next year, with one more leading a race in New York that hasn't been called yet.

"Michael McAdams, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, told Just the News that a record 94 GOP women ran for Congress this cycle, which helped lead to this new milestone under the leadership of Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.).

"The new crop of Republican women includes a daughter of Greek and Cuban immigrants, two Asian-Americans, a Ukrainian immigrant, and the first female graduate of the Citadel, a prominent military college in Charleston, S.C."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Carrie Sheffield, Just the News
— Carrie Sheffield, Just the News
Posted December 03, 2020 • 07:41 AM
 
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following states had the first paved concrete street in the U.S.?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"TOKYO, March 5 (Reuters) - Japanese supercomputer simulations showed that wearing two masks gave limited benefit in blocking viral spread compared with one properly fitted mask.The findings in part contradict recent recommendations from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that two masks were better than one at reducing a person's exposure to the coronavirus.Researchers used the…[more]
 
 
—Rocky Swift, REUTERS
— Rocky Swift, REUTERS
 
Liberty Poll   

Do you support the $1.9 trillion Covid aid bill in its current form to get money to those who need it or oppose because of all the non-critical provisions in it?