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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 Mail-In Ballot Integrity:

"In recent months, the debate over mail-in balloting has evolved into a battle between Team Trump's worries about fraud and the claims of Democrats and their news media allies that such concerns are an unwarranted effort at disenfranchising voters.

"It wasn't always this way.

"Fifteen years ago this very month, a bipartisan panel of American statesmen and stateswomen -- from ex-President Jimmy Carter and ex-Senate leader Tom Daschle on the left to former Secretary of State James Baker and former House Minority Leader Bob Michel on the right -- studied the future of U.S. elections and issued strong words of caution that the expansion of mail-in voting that began a few years earlier in Oregon posed real fraud risks, especially in close elections.

"'To improve ballot integrity, we propose that federal, state, and local prosecutors issue public reports on their investigations of election fraud, and we recommend federal legislation to deter or prosecute systemic efforts to deceive or intimidate voters,' the Commission on Federal Election Reform urged in 2005. 'States should not discourage legal voter registration or get-out-the-vote activities, but they need to do more to prevent voter registration and absentee ballot fraud.'

"Moreover, the commission strongly urged that voter identification was a key to preventing cheating, something some liberals today claim provides xenophobic 'new barriers to the ballot box.'"

Read entire article here.

— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
Posted September 04, 2020 • 08:04 AM
On Attorneys General Condemning Riots and Liberal Lawlessness:

"Members of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) condemned rioting and violence across cities in the United States in a press conference Wednesday where they also denounced the 'defund the police' movement, and challenged attorney generals in other states to enforce the rule of law.

"'Over the last 100 days, we have seen brutal acts of violent crime and arson across the country. The defund the police movement has emboldened criminals across the nation, and anyone who does not condemn this movement is helping to turn America into a lawless society,' said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. ...

"'Protesters use words, rioters use violence. The first is protected by the First Amendment, and the other is outright lawlessness,' Carr said. 'You have to respect the rule of law. There is no way that we can protect the First Amendment rights, the fundamental rights of peaceful protesters, if we're also all being asked to look the other way, to turn a blind eye, or even worse, embrace when somebody is setting a police car on fire, or they're beating a police officer over the head with a skateboard, or somebody businesses being looted.'

"While the attorneys general all agreed that racial reconciliation is important and incidents like George Floyd shouldn't happen, they argued that the rioting in the name of justice is no excuse to ignore the law."

— Jordan Davidson, The Federalist
— Jordan Davidson, The Federalist
Posted September 03, 2020 • 07:28 AM
On the Hyper-Politically Engaged Left and Right's Influence on the Media:

"American politics has become a contest between two competing caricatures of reality. The primary driver of this dynamic has been the media's -- particularly cable news' -- addiction to narrative journalism combined with the pernicious influence of social media. Twitter and Facebook make it all too easy to shine a spotlight on outlier events and present them as central to our lives. The focus on the ludicrous 'autonomous zone' in Seattle earlier this summer let the right claim the whole city was like a 'Mad Max' movie.

"Similarly, the statistically rare (I'm sorry, but it's true) examples of outrageously bad behavior by some cops captured on video give many on the left permission to push a narrative of wholesale racial oppression by police.

"Social media are like the wall in Plato's Cave. Selective facts cast shadows we mistake for reality. If you take all your cues about what's happening in America from partisan Twitter, as so many journalists do, you'd be a fool not to buy a gun and prepare for the coming apocalyptic helter-skelter.

"The problem is intensified by the tendency of the hyper-politically engaged left and right to listen only to people in their own echo chamber and to mistake Twitter outrage for sentiment on the ground. So despite the fact that a majority of black and Latino people want the same amount or more police in their communities, we spent weeks listening to 'experts' claim that 'abolish the police' is a reasonable, mainstream position."

— Jonah Goldberg, Syndicated Columnist, Political Analyst and Commentator
— Jonah Goldberg, Syndicated Columnist, Political Analyst and Commentator
Posted September 02, 2020 • 08:06 AM
On the Radical Left and Ongoing Rioting and Looting:

"There is one political side rioting. There is one political side looting. There is one political side committing what is unquestionably murder. There is one political side equivocating about who is responsible. And there is one political party refusing to call it out by name, still hoping to benefit from the energy of the violent mob.

"These are the BLM-ANTIFA riots, but more, they are the Joe Biden riots. Personally, Biden can't order his goon squad to stop, but he can put public pressure on the local Democrat mayors to do it.

"Rather than call on local fellow travelers like Ted Wheeler in Portland or Jenny Durkan in Seattle to allow the police to make mass arrests and prosecutors to make examples of the violent goons they arrest, as President Trump has, Joe's sitting in his basement having video chats with talentless musicians and liberal activists."

— Derek Hunter,
— Derek Hunter,
Posted September 01, 2020 • 07:30 AM
On Voter Fraud With Mail-In Ballots:

"A top Democratic operative says voter fraud, especially with mail-in ballots, is no myth. And he knows this because he's been doing it, on a grand scale, for decades.

"Mail-in ballots have become the latest flashpoint in the 2020 elections. While President Trump and the GOP warn of widespread manipulation of the absentee vote that will swell with COVID polling restrictions, many Democrats and their media allies have dismissed such concerns as unfounded.

"But the political insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he fears prosecution, said fraud is more the rule than the exception. His dirty work has taken him through the weeds of municipal and federal elections in Paterson, Atlantic City, Camden, Newark, Hoboken and Hudson County and his fingerprints can be found in local legislative, mayoral and congressional races across the Garden State. Some of the biggest names and highest office holders in New Jersey have benefited from his tricks, according to campaign records The Post reviewed.

"'An election that is swayed by 500 votes, 1,000 votes -- it can make a difference,' the tipster said. 'It could be enough to flip states.'

"The whisteblower -- whose identity, rap sheet and long history working as a consultant to various campaigns were confirmed by The Post says he not only changed ballots himself over the years, but led teams of fraudsters and mentored at least 20 operatives in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania -- a critical 2020 swing state."

Read entire article here.

— Jon Levine, New York Post
— Jon Levine, New York Post
Posted August 31, 2020 • 07:14 AM
On Love of Country, the Constitution, and Founding Principles:

"I don't pretend to know what will happen in November. No one who lived through 2016 should be confident in their predictions. I have a profound fear of what is happening to my country, however. All of a sudden, legitimate concerns about racial equity and social justice are transmuted into justifications for vandalism, theft, violence, cancellation, and ostracization. Random communities -- Kenosha, Wis., diners in Washington -- become sites of revolution, rebuke, and disorder. This cannot last. What Trump offers isn't so much the end of the chaos -- federalism and prudence circumscribe his sphere of action -- but at least a rhetorical and gestural rebuke of the idea that my country was originally, and fatally, diseased.

"It was not. I love my country, and the Constitution, and the principles that animated its Founders. And I don't think I'm alone. The Republican convention did a good job of demonstrating that white, black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans agree. What Donald Trump has done is reframe the 2020 election as a referendum on the American idea. And Joe Biden might not know how to answer."

— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon
Posted August 28, 2020 • 07:45 AM
On the Assault on America's Founding Principles:

"Dems made what I believe to be a historic error in failing to say a single word -- a single word -- about the national urban crisis during their convention last week. They said nothing about the violence and the tent cities of homeless popping up everywhere, yet embraced the Black Lives Matter movement, frequently criticized the police and romanced protestors as a new wave of selfless heroes.

"But what the nation is witnessing is not protest and it is certainly not heroic. It is a generational assault on America's founding principles and our modern way of life. Murder and arson do not bring about social justice.

"The country has noticed. Slowly but surely, the nation is awakening to the horror unfolding on television screens night after night and the fact that the Dems have been MIA in the battle for safety. ...

"The president has staked out a position as the defender of America, while Biden and his party appear to be on the side of the attackers. The result is a kind of fusion of Trump with the nation and the Dems with those who are hostile to it."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted August 27, 2020 • 08:32 AM
On Federal Supplement to Unemployment Relief:

"Unemployed workers may soon get a bump of $300 or more in their weekly jobless benefits.

"What's more, it seems they won't have to apply for that extra pay -- it will come automatically.

"More than half the states have received federal approval to offer 'lost wages assistance,' created by an executive measure that President Donald Trump signed Aug. 8.

"The program directs federal disaster-relief funds to unemployed workers, following the lapse of a $600-a-week federal supplement to unemployment benefits at the end of July. That prior subsidy had been enacted by the CARES Act in March.

"Workers eligible for the aid will get an extra $300 a week on top of their current benefits. Some states, like Kentucky and Montana, are kicking in an extra $100 a week from a federal coronavirus relief fund, for a total $400."

— Greg Iacurci, CNBC Personal Finance Reporter
— Greg Iacurci, CNBC Personal Finance Reporter
Posted August 26, 2020 • 08:10 AM
On Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and America’s Racial Progress:

"Senator Tim Scott on Monday rebuked Democrats for what he described as their bleak outlook on race relations in the U.S. and shared his family's story as a testimony to the progress the country has made. ...

"The South Carolina senator's grandfather, who Scott said would have turned 99 tomorrow, 'had to cross the street if a white person was coming. He suffered the indignity of being forced out of school as a third-grader to pick cotton, and he never learned to read and write. Yet he lived long enough to see his grandson become the first African American to be elected to both the United States House and the United States Senate in the history of this country,' Scott said. 'Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime.'

"Continuing his optimistic note on the progress of race relations in the country, Scott credited his initial election to the House as a representative from South Carolina before he ran for Senate to the 'evolution of the Southern heart.'

"'In an overwhelmingly white district, the voters judged me not on the color of my skin but on the content of my character,' Scott said. 'We live in a world that only wants you to believe in the bad news, racially, economically, and culturally polarizing news. The truth is, our nation's arc always bends back towards fairness.'"

— Mairead McArdle, National Review OnLine
— Mairead McArdle, National Review OnLine
Posted August 25, 2020 • 07:34 AM
On Presidential Conventions and Voter Turn-Out:

"Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has an enthusiasm problem with two key constituencies he needs to win: younger voters and African Americans. Only 25 percent of voters aged 18-39 are 'very enthusiastic' about voting for him. And CNN reports that Biden's support among Black voters is smaller than Clinton's was in 2016. Worse, only 68 percent of African Americans aged 18 to 29 say they intend to vote for Biden -- 17 points fewer than supported Clinton four years ago.

"If you think Democrats are confident these voters will turn out, count how many times they urged viewers to 'make a plan' to vote. An energized base doesn't need that kind of encouragement.

"Those efforts at base mobilization came at a cost. There was virtually no effort to win back the working-class voters who voted twice for Barack Obama but defected to Trump in 2016. The reason Trump is president today is because about one-third of the nearly 700 counties that twice voted for Obama went for Trump in 2016. According to Nate Cohn of the New York Times, Trump won because he 'flipped millions of white working-class Obama supporters to his side.' If you were a working-class Obama-Trump voter watching this week's convention, you heard a lot about gun violence, racial justice and climate change, but not much directed at you. The message you heard was: Democrats are not interested in your support. ...

"Trump now has the opportunity to do what Biden did not: use his convention next week to reach beyond his base and make a pitch to the 10 to 15 percent of voters who have said they approve of his economic policies but don't approve of him. It is in their economic self-interest to give him a second term."

— Marc A. Thiessen, AEI Resident Fellow
— Marc A. Thiessen, AEI Resident Fellow
Posted August 24, 2020 • 07:55 AM
Question of the Week   
Thanksgiving was established as an annual event by which of the following presidents?
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"Georgia is emerging as an early proving ground for the 2024 presidential race, with a handful of potential Republican hopefuls flocking to the state to test their political coattails in its two Senate runoffs.Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who just landed the chairmanship at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is among the prospective 2024 contenders who have visited Georgia in recent weeks.…[more]
—Max Greenwood, The Hill
— Max Greenwood, The Hill
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