From the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income rose by 6.8% in 2019 - a record one-year increase…
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From the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income rose by 6.8% in 2019 - a record one-year increase - to a record high of $68,700.  Notably, under the supposed racist President Donald Trump, those 2019 income gains were largest for minority groups.  And since 2016, median income has risen 9.7%, which is fantastic news for Americans, even if it might be bad news for leftists in their disinformation campaign:


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September 18, 2020 • 11:47 AM

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On Lawless and Sleepless in Seattle:

"Even for 2020, events in Seattle are bizarre: Armed radicals have taken over six blocks downtown, with the de facto blessing of city officials.

"It's the 2011 Occupy Wall Street takeover of Zuccotti Park, but multiplied by a factor of 10 or 20. Indeed, the OWS radicals were tame by comparison, with their drum circles and chants: This crew has at least one guy running around with a pistol and an AK-47.

"After nights of violent attacks on the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct, Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered a pullout.

"The cops boarded up their building -- and the radicals moved in, throwing up barriers (sorry, John Lennon), dubbing the area the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ, and declaring it cop-free.

"Yet guards, who've reportedly been checking IDs at the CHAZ borders, are declaring that they are now the police -- even if they have no authority or proper training. (Untrained 'police': That's a fine response to George Floyd's death.) ...

"Yet the real cops say they've gotten many complaints and cite potential extortion of businesses and residents. Given that the area was peaceful until the radicals began attacking the East Precinct, there's every reason to expect things to head downhill."

— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted June 12, 2020 • 07:50 AM
On Recent Riots Destroying COVID-19 Testing Sites:

"White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx says that dozens of COVID-19 testing sites have been destroyed by rioters during the recent Black Lives Matter protests, a setback the Trump administration fears could contribute to the continued spread of the disease throughout the country.

"Numerous recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations, sparked by the killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd at the hands of local police, have descended into chaos and violence as some protesters have taken to property destruction, clashing with police and looting.

"Among the consequences of those riots has been the destruction of 70 COVID-19 testing sites across the country."

— Daniel Payne, Just the News
— Daniel Payne, Just the News
Posted June 11, 2020 • 08:15 AM
On Small Business, the U.S. Economy and Biden's Economic Strategy:

"Small business has been crushed by the lockdown era. For instance, as much as 30 percent of restaurants are likely to never reopen because of the steep financial losses of the past several months. Surveys of small business owners find that as many as half worry that they will not have the financial resources to avoid bankruptcy this summer.

"Given that small business has accounted for 61 percent of the job growth in this country over the last two decades, without healthy small businesses, we could see double-digit unemployment rates through the November elections and beyond. To address that, we need policies that will foster small business startups.

"Of course, the secret to capitalism is right there in the word -- capital. In order to start a business, the prospective owner must accumulate capital (usually savings and often capital from investors or banks). The entrepreneur then places that capital at risk. Whether the entrepreneur takes that risk depends on how easy it becomes to accumulate capital and the expected rate of return.

"That brings us to Biden's economic strategy for the country. Especially in a down economy, business startups and expansions require low-cost capital, labor, energy, taxes and regulations. Incredibly, Biden' entire platform is to raise those costs on business startups. His program is so bad that, if enacted, it could plunge the United States into a serious depression."

— Tom Del Beccaro, Former CA Republican Party Chairman and Steve Moore, Economist and Club for Growth Co-Founder
— Tom Del Beccaro, Former CA Republican Party Chairman and Steve Moore, Economist and Club for Growth Co-Founder
Posted June 10, 2020 • 07:48 AM
On Defunding NYPD By the Numbers:

"The people who live in high-crime neighborhoods understand more about policing than the anti-cop agitators. Since the early 1990s, when the homicide toll in New York City was more than 2,000 a year, tens of thousands of minority lives have been saved, thanks to the NYPD's fiercely responsive, data-driven policing.

"That policing model, known as Compstat, holds precinct commanders ruthlessly accountable for crime in their jurisdiction; it has driven homicide down 86 percent from 1990, to 319 in 2019. Most of the lives that would have been lost had killings remained at their early 1990s levels have been black and Hispanic.

"At the same time that the department has lowered crime to levels that would have been viewed as unimaginable three decades ago, it has radically cut its use of lethal force. In 2018, the NYPD recorded the lowest number of shooting incidents since records were first kept in 1971 -- 35 -- and the lowest number of subjects shot and killed: five. Four of those suspects were threatening officers with guns or knives; the fifth, reported as being armed by bystanders, pointed what appeared to be a gun at the responding cops. ...

"Defunding the police will hurt the very people its proponents think they're helping."

Read entire article here.

— Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute Fellow, in NY Post
— Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute Fellow, in NY Post
Posted June 09, 2020 • 07:43 AM
On Those Responsible for the Mess in Minneapolis:

"Who is responsible for the mess in Minneapolis? The answer to that question is not unknowable -- but it is, in many political quarters, unspeakable.

"Minneapolis's municipal government, its institutions, and its police department are what they are not because of the abstract Hegelian forces of capital-H History, but because of decisions that have been made by people. Who these people are is a matter of public record. We know their names: Jacob Frey, Betsy Hodges, R. T. Rybak, Sharon Sayles Belton, Medaria Arradondo, Janee Harteau, Tim Walz, Mark Dayton ... the rogues' gallery is practically inexhaustible.

"But, oh, the transmuting magic of partisanship! Minneapolis is a Democratic city, with a Democratic mayor and a Democratic city council (0.0 Republicans on that body), in a state with a Democratic governor and a Democratic state house; these are the people who hire police chiefs and organize police departments, who specify their procedures and priorities, who write the laws that the police are tasked with enforcing -- Democrats and progressives practically to a man. (Not every member of the Minneapolis city council is a Democrat -- there's a Green, too.) That's a lot of lefty power, hardly anything except lefty power -- but, somehow, the bad guy in this story must be Donald Trump. ...

"Cue the retreat into abstraction: The problem mustn't be political leaders and the decisions they make -- that can't be it, because progressives have all the power in these cities -- and so the problem instead must be something without a fixed address and regular business hours: systemic racism, white supremacy, white privilege, capitalism, etc. It isn't that racism is imaginary, any more than crime, poverty, or government corruption is imaginary. But Minneapolis hasn't been governed by abstractions all these years. It has been governed by people."

— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted June 08, 2020 • 07:54 AM
On NYT Reporters Turning Censors:

"In 1863, riots swept across New York City. Needing bodies to reinforce the ranks at the height of the Civil War, the federal government had instituted a military draft. All across New York, immigrants and the city's underclass took to the streets, angry and fearful they would have to fight in the Union Army. The New York Times, a pro-Union and anti-slavery newspaper, was a leading target of the mob. However, the staff of the paper was well-armed.

"In fact, the paper had three Gatling guns -- an early machine gun -- on hand to intimidate the crowd and defend the building. (One of the guns was manned by Leonard Jerome, a wealthy friend of Times co-founder Henry Raymond, and the grandfather of Winston Churchill.) It's a mystery where the Times got the Gatling guns, which were only invented and offered to the War Department the year before. The most likely explanation is that they were procured from the military -- some claim Raymond got the guns because of his friendship with President Lincoln.

"While this was once an oft-told tidbit of New York Times lore, apparently many of the paper's current writers are unaware the Times may not exist if it weren't for U.S. military protection from rioters. On Wednesday, much of the younger staff of the paper went into open revolt against the editors for publishing a piece by Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton arguing that military intervention may be needed to restore order in the wake of the riots America has experienced in the last week.

"The coordinated message that the Times employees chose to parrot was hyperbolic and unserious. Several of the paper's reporters took to Twitter and declared en masse, 'Running [Cotton's op-ed] puts black New York Times staff in danger.' ...

"The answer to speech you disagree with is, of course, more and better speech. Airing arguments that you disagree with, even vehemently, is necessary and often clarifying. That's why in recent years the Times has run op-eds by such appalling figures as Vladimir Putin and the Taliban. In 1941, the paper even ran Adolf Hitler's byline. Somehow none of those pieces caused a widespread staff revolt."

Read entire article here.

— Mark Hemingway, RealClear Politics
— Mark Hemingway, RealClear Politics
Posted June 05, 2020 • 07:59 AM
On Former Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein's Admission Bombshell:

"One could be forgiven amidst the protests and continuing coronavirus crisis for forgetting that in Washington, DC, this week, Congress is looking into serious allegations that Barack Obama's Department of Justice was spying on the Trump campaign. In normal times, it would be the biggest news story in America, and Wednesday's shocking admissions by former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would be an absolute bombshell.

"The key moment came in questioning from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who asked, 'If you knew then what you know now, would you have signed the warrant application?' referring to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant renewal concerning Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

"'No,' testified Rosenstein, 'I would not.'

"And just like that, it became clear that the national torture of three years of the Russian collusion investigation simply should not have occurred. The problems were myriad. In Rosenstein's words, the FBI 'was not following the written protocols, and that significant errors appeared in applications.' What has emerged from the recent inspector general's report and this testimony is that the Obama administration's efforts to investigate and prosecute Trump administration officials wasn't based on facts, but negligence or malice."

Read entire article here.

— David Marcus, New York Post
— David Marcus, New York Post
Posted June 04, 2020 • 08:14 AM
On Calling on U.S. Military to Quell Riots:

"The majority of Americans support calling in the military to 'supplement' police forces as they 'address' protests over the death of George Floyd, a new poll released Tuesday shows.

"Fifty-eight percent of registered voters of the Morning Consult poll said they were in favor of bringing in the military. And 33% of respondents said they 'strongly support' the use of military for such purposes, with 25% 'somewhat' supporting it.

"Eleven percent of registered voters said they 'somewhat oppose' the measure, and 19 percent said they 'strongly oppose' it.

"Older Americans were the most supportive of using the military, with 68% of people aged 65 and up in favor of it to some extent. Generation Z (defined as those born between 1997 and 2012) had the lowest level of support for the use of the military, with 30% saying they supported it to some degree.

"The poll also found that 71% of registered voters supported calling in the National Guard to supplement police forces -- 18% opposed the measure, and 11% said they didn't know or had no opinion."

Read entire article here.

— Jordan Lancaster, Daily Caller
— Jordan Lancaster, Daily Caller
Posted June 03, 2020 • 08:05 AM
On Restoring Order in Wake of George Floyd Riots:

"Restoring order to America's cities isn't a complicated proposition.

"All it requires is resources and determination and a firm rejection of the longstanding progressive fallacy that an overwhelming police presence is 'provocative' and 'escalatory' and must be avoided.

"As has been established across decades of civil disturbances, it is police passivity that emboldens mobs. When the cops stand by, or don't show up or, even worse, run away, it is a permission slip for destruction. They might as well supply the spray paint, bricks, and hammers for the crowds, and beckon them into the local Target or Nike store to take whatever they want.

"Out-of-control looting is almost always a failure of municipal resolve or police tactics, and we have seen plenty of just such cowardice and foolishness over the last several days, most notably in Minneapolis, ground zero for this spasm of urban disorder. ...

"It is simply not true that rioters will be quickly sated if they are allowed to break and burn things freely. Disorder feeds on itself. Looting one store, overturning one police car is never enough.

"There is no alternative to imposing curfews, zealously enforcing them, arresting violators, and calling out the National Guard if there's not enough police manpower for the job. This doesn't escalate the violence, it stops it."

— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted June 02, 2020 • 07:36 AM
On Failure to Enforce Federal and State Laws in Response to Rioting:

"Law enforcement is a vital response to any riotous uprising. Indeed, I believe the failure to enforce the laws without apology from the start of the upheaval last week has fueled its ferocity. It would be naive to claim that much of the violence, which is being incited and coordinated by radical groups, might not have happened anyway -- these groups are always on a hair-trigger, pouncing on any opportunity to make mayhem. But how badly things get out of control has a lot to do with the resolve of state and federal law enforcement. The laws do not enforce themselves.

"Progressive dogma notwithstanding, rioting spearheaded by radicals and anarchists does not exhaust itself if governments just give them time and space to get their yah-yahs out. Passivity, conveying the message that the laws will not be enforced, is provocative. It increases the appetite for rioting, which is only sated once the sociopaths have run out of things to burn and loot. ...

"What has happened over the last few nights in major cities of the United States is unacceptable. It has gotten worse because the federal and state governments have failed to convey the signal that order will be maintained and the rule of law enforced.

"That must end. The president and governors must work together to restore order, including by deployment of the military where that is necessary. The Justice Department and state law enforcement, particularly the FBI and its Joint Terrorism Task Forces, must make it clear that lawbreakers will be arrested and serious crimes will be vigorously prosecuted. Anti-America must be made to understand that America has had enough."

Read entire article here.

— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor
— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor
Posted June 01, 2020 • 07:35 AM
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"President Trump, like President Obama in 2016, has the constitutional power to nominate a Supreme Court justice. He should exercise that power to put forward someone with a track record of respect for the law and for its limits on the judiciary. The Senate, as it did in 2016, will then have the power to decide whether to proceed. If the nominee meets threshold conditions of quality and judicial philosophy…[more]
—The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
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