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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 Joe Biden Accepting the Democrat Nomination for President:

"He did it. Joe Biden got through the biggest speech of his life cleanly and coherently, without stumbling or mumbling or getting that far-away dazed look in his eyes. ...

"So congratulations to Biden for clearing a fundamental hurdle. Now the bar is raised and he should be treated as any other candidate. He can start by releasing his health and medical reports, which he has so far refused to do.

"Most importantly, there is no excuse for him to hide any longer in his basement. Hidin' Biden must be a thing of history."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted August 21, 2020 • 07:55 AM
On Democrats Promising to Bring California-Style Blackouts to Everyone:

"Gotta say, it was bold of Democratic Party convention organizers to let voters know they plan on passing federal energy policies that would transform the rest of the country into California. The Golden State is experiencing rolling blackouts even as the Democrats speak. Millions of people are having their electrical power turned off in the middle of a heat wave -- more specifically, their air conditioners. Blackouts aren't merely an inconvenience, it is an economic drag and dangerous to vulnerable populations.

"California doesn't have enough reliable power -- which is to say fossil-fuel and nuclear energy -- because it depends on intermittent sources like solar and windmills. California is what happens when quixotic political aspirations smother economic reality. I'm skeptical that most Americans -- even Californians -- will be willingly to roll back modernity for long. We'll see.

"California governor Gavin Newsom was forced to admit the state's 'transition' away from fossil fuels was one of the contributing factors in rolling blackouts, so you can imagine how serious it is. For context, renewable energy is now responsible for approximately 36 percent of the state's energy generation, and it's already putting a tremendous strain on the state. It has to nearly double that number within a decade, and go 100 percent fossil-fuel free by 2045."

— David Harsanyi, National Review Senior Writer
— David Harsanyi, National Review Senior Writer
Posted August 20, 2020 • 08:03 AM
On Postal Justice Warriors:

"If you want a barometer for where we are as a country, consider this: Rioters can topple statues of George Washington or Thomas Jefferson and odds are good local police will be ordered to stand down. Remove a neighborhood mailbox for ordinary reasons, and well, that's such a potent symbol of supposed U.S. government tyranny that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will convene hearings about the 'the sabotage of the Postal Service' and members of Congress will openly suggest arresting the postmaster general. ...

"Last year, the post office delivered 471 million pieces of mail on an average day. Even if every one of the America's 153 million registered voters cast their ballots by mail, the Postal Service wouldn't miss a beat. Yet, the media, pundit class, and the highest levels of the Democratic Party responded to Trump by embracing a full-blown conspiracy theory about how he was deliberately sabotaging the post office. ...

"A grand total of 30 mailboxes have been removed in Portland and Eugene, Ore., in places where the post office says there were multiple mailboxes. The volume of mail has been declining for decades, and the USPS has been acting accordingly. In 2016, while Joe Biden was vice president, the agency announced it had removed 14,000 mailboxes around the country in the previous five years.

"Since removing thousands of mailboxes happened on Biden's watch, by his logic the Obama administration was trying to impede elections. As a conspiracy, that makes about as much sense as implying that Trump personally ordered the removal of 30 mailboxes in a state he lost by 11 percentage points in 2016 -- a state, incidentally, in which every vote has been cast by mail for decades. ...

"In 2016 it was Russia, and now in 2020 it's the post office. Partisan, media-fueled conspiracies designed to delegitimize the results can't be a feature of every election. Unfortunately, the theatrics of the upcoming congressional hearings over the U.S. Postal Service are sure to provoke even more sensational media coverage at a time when we most need a voice of reason."

— Mark Hemingway, Real Clear Politics
— Mark Hemingway, Real Clear Politics
Posted August 19, 2020 • 08:02 AM
On the First Night of the DNC Convention:

"Remember how Donald Trump brought Jeb Bush low by characterizing him as 'low energy'? Few major American events in my lifetime have been as low energy as the Democratic National Convention's first night.

"It was the opposite of stirring, motivating, thrilling, exciting. By the time the two hours were over, America was so dehydrated it needed a saline drip. ....

"What we learned last night is that when you sever the last connection to the conventions of old -- the people -- you divorce them completely of any meaning, even vestigial meaning."

— John Podhoretz, Author, Commentator and Former Presidential Speechwriter
— John Podhoretz, Author, Commentator and Former Presidential Speechwriter
Posted August 18, 2020 • 08:02 AM
On Coronavirus, Economic Recovery and Tax Increases:

"It will be difficult for our nation to dig itself out from the economic mess that the coronavirus has put us into. ...

"A robust economic recovery will be a true challenge for our market economy.

"It will not be a good time for the government to push forward a major tax increase that will further chill productivity and job growth.

"But a major tax increase is exactly what Joe Biden has put on the menu.

"He is not suggesting his massive tax explosion as a way to address the federal deficits or debt.

"He is offering his taxing juggernaut for two purposes.

"First, his party wants to justify spending dramatically more tax dollars on government programs that support the constituencies that elect them.

"Second, the new taxes are aimed at fulfilling the social justice needs of what is now the socialist base of the Democratic Party."

— Judd Gregg, Former NH Governor and 3-Term U.S. Senator
— Judd Gregg, Former NH Governor and 3-Term U.S. Senator
Posted August 17, 2020 • 07:41 AM
On Israel and UAE Peace Deal:

"Now we're talking the Art of the Deal!

"While it is not unusual in political circles to describe something as a historic breakthrough, it is unusual when the term is justified. Yet that is the right way to describe the three-way agreement announced Thursday by the Trump White House, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

"Based on its immediate impact alone, you can even call this one an earthquake. In an instant, regional fault lines are redrawn and the door is thrown open for Israel to normalize its relations with other Arab states.

"The agreement also dramatically turns up the heat on the Palestinians to make a deal, lest they find themselves further isolated in their standoff with Israel."

Read entire article here.

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted August 14, 2020 • 07:36 AM
On Senator Kamala Harris:

"The New York Times was quick out of the blocks with the Democratic pitch that Kamala Harris is a 'pragmatic moderate.' It's pulling your leg.

"Joe Biden's running mate had the most liberal voting record in the Senate last year -- surpassing even Bernie Sanders -- according to government watchdog GovTrack.

"Harris advocates late-term abortion, thinks Catholics are not fit to serve on the Supreme Court, has tried to criminalize climate-change denial and the manufacture of guns, wants to give taxpayer-funded health care to illegal immigrants and, as California's attorney general, wielded power like a callous autocrat.

"But, if by pragmatic, the Times means this Barack Obama protege will be whatever you want her to be, it's correct.

"Her record shows her to be a gifted shapeshifter."

Read entire article here.

— Miranda Devine, New York Post
— Miranda Devine, New York Post
Posted August 13, 2020 • 07:42 AM
On Joe Biden's Running Mate, Kamala Harris:

"Harris ran as an unapologetic liberal, taking radical positions on climate change, health care and guns, and showing weakness on law enforcement. Her commitments to eliminate private health insurance, ban fossil fuels, support sanctuary cities, and allow government funding of abortions puts her outside the mainstream of American politics.

"She brings nothing to the ticket for true centrists or disaffected Republicans. She is more liberal than Biden, and that's saying a lot as Biden has spent the past year lurching and contorting himself to the left.

"Harris is from California. Most of the country does not want to be like California."

— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor, Former U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairman (R-UT)
— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor, Former U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairman (R-UT)
Posted August 12, 2020 • 08:31 AM
On Senate Committee Investigating U.S. Corruption in Russia and Ukraine:

"A powerful Senate committee chairman has subpoenaed FBI Director Chris Wray and a former State Department official in an intensifying investigation into possible U.S. corruption in Russia and Ukraine and declared there is evidence Joe Biden's family engaged in a 'glaring conflict of interest.'

"Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson announced the actions Monday, strongly accusing Democrats of levying false allegations against him and other GOP investigators to distract from the evidence his committee has gathered about Joe and Hunter Biden's dealings in Ukraine.

"'We didn't target Joe and Hunter Biden for investigation; their previous actions had put them in the middle of it,' Johnson wrote in a letter released Monday that provided a detailed timeline of Joe Biden's Ukraine policy actions and his son's hiring with the Ukraine natural gas company Burisma Holdings.

"'Many in the media, in an ongoing attempt to provide cover for former Vice President Biden, continue to repeat the mantra that there is "no evidence of wrongdoing or illegal activity" related to Hunter Biden's position on Burisma's board,' the senator wrote. 'I could not disagree more.'"

Read entire article here.

— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
Posted August 11, 2020 • 08:07 AM
On Joe Biden and School Choice:

"A Joe Biden administration would be bad news for parents who savor or crave school-choice options for their children. The bunker-dwelling presumptive Democratic presidential nominee knows that the teachers unions butter his bread. And Uncle Joe won't let a bunch of pesky kids wreck that arrangement.

"From charter schools to educational savings accounts to the Washington, D.C., school voucher program, the former vice president can't wait to stand in the schoolhouse door and block boys and girls -- especially Black and Brown ones -- who dream of escaping crowded, dangerous government classrooms where learning happens by accident, if at all.

"'I am not a charter school fan because it [sic] takes away the options available and money for public schools,' Biden told Georgetown, S.C., voters Feb. 26. ...

"Even beyond school choice, Biden-Sanders' education plans involve head-spinning, left-wing social jargon. They aspire to 'fund the development and implementation of assessment frameworks that ... provide for holistic, deeper learning encompassing social, emotional and academic learning and are responsive to cultural and linguistic diversity.'

"Whatever happened to reading, writing, and 'rithmetic? ...

"Along with law and order and entrepreneurship, school choice offers minority communities the most promising path to hope and opportunity. Joe Biden claims to believe that Black lives matter. Tragically, however, Black minds don't matter to him at all."

Read entire article here.

— Deroy Murdock, FOX News
— Deroy Murdock, FOX News
Posted August 10, 2020 • 07:45 AM
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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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