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January 25, 2022 • 06:19 PM

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On the Biden Administration and Current State of Affairs:

"'If I had a world of my own,' said Alice, 'everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrariwise, what it is, it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?'

"Rumor has it that Alice is preparing to apply for a job in the White House press office.

"And not a moment too soon, either, for, having offered himself up as the savior of the American way, President Biden now finds himself in something of a pickle.

"The jobs reports are lackluster. The border is a mess. Gas prices are sky high. Our supply chains are broken. Inflation, which was supposed to be 'trasitory,' looks more persistent by the day. Americans remain stranded in Afghanistan. China's testing space nukes. COVID is not only still with us; it's making its way into the Good States. And, despite its having been given a jolly, catchy name -- the 'Build Build Back Better agenda' -- all the public seems to know about the president's gargantuan spending plan is that it will cost trillions upon trillions of dollars.

"Down the rabbit hole, though, everything is still peachy."

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— Charles C.W. Cooke, Senior Writer for National Review
— Charles C.W. Cooke, Senior Writer for National Review
Posted October 21, 2021 • 08:08 AM
On Supply-Chain Disruptions:

"At the end of last week, there were 584 container ships idling off the world's ports, waiting to be loaded or unloaded. Disruptions in the bulk cargo sector look to be even worse.

"Experts suggest the problems are temporary. For instance, Bloomberg columnist Brooke Sutherland maintains that three weeks of declines in ocean freight rates tells us 'the worst may be over for the supply-chain snarls that have plagued shipments of everything from Coca-Cola Co. ingredients to paint, toys, and industrial fasteners.'

"The optimism, however, is premature. The snarls could last years. Moreover, the severe disruptions, however long they persist, will help end the current period of globalization. Interconnectedness, it is now evident, has a steep price.

"The backlog is serious. 'Companies are waiting for goods they ordered a year ago,' Jonathan Bass, CEO of WhomHome and an onshoring advocate, told me during a recent conversation. 'Predictions that we will come out of supply-chain issues in the summer of 2022 are way off base. I think 2024 is more realistic.'

"In the meantime, expect empty shelves. ice President Kamala Harris, while in Singapore in August, suggested Americans do their holiday shopping early."

Read the entire article here.

— Gordon G. Chang, Author of "The Coming Collapse of China"
— Gordon G. Chang, Author of "The Coming Collapse of China"
Posted October 20, 2021 • 08:04 AM
On Kentucky's Election Integrity Bill:

"A Democratic governor signed an election integrity bill into law -- with Republican support.

"In the hyperbolic, hyper-partisan political landscape we're facing, this type of situation would be normally unthinkable. But in Kentucky, that's exactly what happened.

"What followed was also a break from the norm. Instead of the traditional cacophony of media smears and outlandish claims against yet another governor trying to hurt voters, especially minority voters, Kentucky barely made headlines.

"When Georgia passed a comprehensive election security bill in March, it was just another step to 'supressing the vote' and companies were falling over themselves to cut ties with anything to do with Georgia.

"When Texas passed similar legislation in August, it marked 'new voting restrictions' in the Lone Star state and Democrats literally fled the state to avoid their responsibility to debate and vote on this legislation.

"But when Kentucky passed a 168-page voting package with remarkably similar provisions to both of these states, it was....a 'bipartisan election bill expanding early and absentee voting.' After a series of matter-of-fact headlines about the package, the issue quickly disappeared from the media after Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear signed it into law."

Read the entire article here.

— Hayden Dublois, Senior Research Analyst at the Foundation for Government Accountability
— Hayden Dublois, Senior Research Analyst at the Foundation for Government Accountability
Posted October 19, 2021 • 07:54 AM
On Inflation and President Biden’s Trillion-Dollar Spending Spree:

"Just as inflation can cause more inflation, one of the biggest drivers of today's budget deficits are yesterday's budget deficits. The federal government is currently spending more than half a trillion dollars a year on interest payments for money borrowed in the past -- money that already has been spent. That's more than we spend on any cabinet agency except the Department of Defense -- and the cost of interest payments is getting close to that. We are something like the fool who uses a new credit card to pay his old credit card without ever paying down the debt, instead adding to it every day.

"No one will take responsibility for this. ...

"The result is that there is at present no one of any consequence in Washington with a mind to set our fiscal affairs in order.

"When all the money in the world isn't enough to make good on our promises, it is time to think fearfully about Stein's Law, named for economist Herbert Stein: "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.'

"Our budget game is one part musical chairs, one part Russian roulette, and somebody is going to have to lose when the music stops."

Read the entire article here.

— Kevin D. Williamson, Author and Roving Correspondent for National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, Author and Roving Correspondent for National Review
Posted October 18, 2021 • 08:17 AM
On the Hunter Biden Scandal:

"'Come on H this is linked to Celtic's account.' Those nine words from a retired Secret Service agent to Hunter Biden in recently released emails may prove a nasty complication for some in Washington who have struggled to contain the blowback from the still-unfolding scandal linked to Hunter Biden's infamous laptop.

"'Celtic' was the Secret Service code name for Joe Biden, and recent disclosures may puncture the media's cone-of-silence around the scandal. The emails link President Biden to his son's accounts and indicate a commingling of funds with money coming from controversial foreign sources. Even more embarrassing, the shared account may have been used to pay a Russian prostitute named 'Yanna.'

"The commingling of funds is the latest contraction of President Biden's repeated claims that he was unaware and uninvolved in past dealings by his son. Given these links, there are legitimate questions of why the Justice Department has not sought a special counsel in the ongoing investigation of alleged money-laundering and tax violations linked to the president's son. More importantly, even if there are no criminal charges, there is now a compelling need for an independent report on the alleged influence peddling operation by Hunter, his uncle James Biden, and potentially his father, President Biden. ...

"In 2017, Democratic members and activists were adamant that the Justice Department should carry out an investigation involving President Trump and his family. Then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) insisted that, without a special counsel, 'every American will rightfully suspect ... a coverup.'

"There is already a federal criminal investigation into these matters involving Hunter Biden, and the latest emails now link President Biden receiving money and benefits from related accounts as well as key players. Even if one questions a direct conflict of interest, it is hard to deny the towering appearance of a conflict in the ongoing investigation.

"'The Big Guys' is now president and his administration is handling an investigation that could have political as well as legal implications for him and his family. It may be time for a special counsel."

Read the entire artile here.

— Jonathan Turley, Legal Analyst, Legal Scholar and Professor at George Washington University Law School
— Jonathan Turley, Legal Analyst, Legal Scholar and Professor at George Washington University Law School
Posted October 15, 2021 • 08:16 AM
On the Biden Administration's Mass Release of Illegal Immigrants Into the United States:

"At least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S., often with little to no supervision, by the Biden administration since March -- including a broad use of limited parole authorities to make more than 30,000 eligible for work permits since August, Border Patrol documents obtained by Fox News show.

"The documents give a partial snapshot into how the Biden administration has been releasing enormous numbers of migrants into the U.S., often with little to no oversight, supervision or immediate risk of deportation.

"Since March 20, at least 94,570 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. with Notices to Report. Those who receive such a notice are only required to check in with an ICE office when they get to their final destination -- which could be anywhere across the country. Those who check in are not deported or detained as their immigration proceedings move forward.

"Meanwhile, since Aug 6th, the administration has released roughly 32,000 immigrants into the U.S. via parole -- which gives migrants a form of legal status and the ability to apply for work permits."

Read the entire article here.

— Bill Melugin and Adam Shaw, Fox News
— Bill Melugin and Adam Shaw, Fox News
Posted October 14, 2021 • 12:37 PM
On Gas Prices and President Biden's Energy Policies:

"Over a 10-year period, the shale revolution...created a vibrant and prosperous industry in the U.S. reviving rural areas and bringing top-paying jobs to those involved. Two consecutive presidents had the good sense to stay mostly out of its way.

"Now, President Joe Biden is trying to throw away the independence, prosperity, and carbon emissions reductions that fracking has conferred upon the nation. All this just to appease environmental extremists whose support he needs and who think it is possible to wish away humanity's need for abundant energy.

"The price of this idiocy is being reflected at the pump every time you fill up. You may have noticed the price of gasoline is up almost 50% from where it was a year ago. It is now at its highest point in seven years.

"Biden, whose first acts in office included a ban on domestic oil exploration on federal land and the cancellation of a needed oil pipeline, has responded to this situation not by encouraging more domestic production. Instead, he repeatedly approaches OPEC, hat in hand, begging the cartel and even the Russians to produce more oil for him. To see him beg foreign enemies to save his political standing is genuinely pathetic and degrading."

Read the entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted October 13, 2021 • 07:48 AM
On Calls for An Investigation Into Fulton County, Georgia's Election Management, Including Alleged Destruction of Election Documents:

"Georgia's top election official on Monday demanded that the U.S. Justice Department open an investigation into election management in the state's largest county after officials in Fulton County disclosed they had shredded at least 300 voter applications for its upcoming municipal elections in apparent violation of the law.

"Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office told Just the News that his office had also opened an inquiry into the disclosure by Fulton County officials but believed it was time for federal prosecutors to review chronic election irregularities inside the state's largest county, which includes the city of Atlanta. ...

"State officials told Just the News that Fulton County's elections chief fired two workers who were seen shredding the voter applications on Friday and then disclosed the problem to Raffensperger's office earlier Monday.

"Georgia law requires election officials to preserve all documents related to primary or general elections for 24 months after the election. The shredded documents are believed to be voter applications to vote in this fall's local elections in Fulton County, officials said."

Read the entire article here.

— John Solomon, Investigative Journalist, Author and Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
— John Solomon, Investigative Journalist, Author and Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
Posted October 12, 2021 • 08:04 AM
On Attorney General Merrick Garland:

"Only a fool pokes a mama bear, but that's Merrick Garland for you.

"The attorney general thought to be such a moderate that 20 Republicans confirmed his nomination turns out to be a radical ideologue hellbent on targeting President Biden's political foes.

"He is injecting himself into the front lines of every culture war, from pregnant 'people' to school board meetings.

"But Graland's ominous memo last week directing the FBI to investigate parents as domestic terror threats was a big mistake. He cited no evidence for what he claims is a 'disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence' against school boards.

"His memo was a shocking abuse of his office on behalf of left-wing activists who have been using schools as brainwashing factories for future social justice warriors. It was designed to intimidate parents and stop them advocating for their children.

"For all his awesome power, Garland has met a force greater than his weaponized Department of Justice: the love of parents for their children."

Read the entire article here.

— Miranda Devine, New York Post
— Miranda Devine, New York Post
Posted October 11, 2021 • 07:34 AM
On President Biden's Approval Rating:

"What is stymying President Biden more than anything else is the illusion that he has a mandate for transformational government action. In fact, he doesn't and he never did.

"Biden thinks he wants to be Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but FDR won 42 of 48 states in 1932. The Democrats had a 196 member advantage in the House, and an 11 seat edge in the Senate. That's a mandate.

"Biden and the Democrats in 2020 won the political equivalent of a 12-inning baseball game on a walk off bloop single, or maybe a wild pitch.

"As Biden's first year as president slips into autumn his ice cream sundae has melted. And ice cream is like broken glass, it really can't be repaired.

"What the president has today is a sugary soup of giveaway programs that cannot be formed into a scoop acceptable to all sides of his tiny majority. With the benefit of hindsight it is clear that, at least politically, he would have been better off with a small GOP majority in the Senate."

Read the entire article here.

— David Marcus, Author and Columnist
— David Marcus, Author and Columnist
Posted October 08, 2021 • 08:52 AM
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—Miranda Devine, Columnist
— Miranda Devine, Columnist
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