The Democratic party platform, agenda, and priorities
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Liberals are people who oppose conservatism; that is, they are not bound by traditional values and beliefs and work toward the elimination of many of the moral standards that have been expected by civilized society for centuries.  Calling someone a liberal is usually disparaging, because liberalism is a system of beliefs with which most people disagree.  For that reason, liberal politicians do not refer to themselves as "liberal."

Liberals are sometimes called "progressive", but they appear to make progress in a direction that most people don't want to go.  In other words, liberals are out of step with America.

The Democratic Party platform contains a number of features that most people would find objectionable — in addition to the obvious.  Allow me to bring some of them to light.

Related topic:  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal




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Our government's executive branch is deliberately destroying liberty.  How are they destroying us?  Let me count the ways.
1.  Electoral Fraud.
    A.  2000 Mules.
    B.  Electoral Insurrection (treason).
2.  Destruction of the Economy
    A.  Funding COVID development ("gain of function") in the Wuhan Lab; deliberate exaggeration of the COVID crisis; and COVID lockdowns.
    B.  Elimination of fossil fuels; creation of energy dependency; intentionally driving up gasoline prices; and pushing for electric cars.
    C.  Deliberately enhancing inflation.
    D.  Inviting unlimited immigration for cheap labor and Democrat voters.
    E.  Climate change hoax.
3.  Destruction of the Family
    A.  Promoting abortion
    B.  Promoting sexual perversion and transgenderism.
    C.  Using public education as a platform for sexual grooming and turning children against their parent's values.
4.  Establishment of Federal Police State
    A.  FBI persecution of Mama Bears as "domestic terrorists."
    B.  Property destruction by government brownshirts.
    C.  COVID lockdown, so the US is becoming "democracy with Chinese characteristics."
    D.  Corrupting the legal system by mob intimidation of the Supreme Court.
    E.  Government censorship of speech; classifying truth as "misinformation".
    F.  Breakdown of law and order.
    G.  Government efforts to disarm the public.
5.  Destruction of the US Military
    A.  Wokism
    B.  Seeking war with Russia and China
    C.  Mandated vaccinations

They're Not Insane, They Have a Plan.  Is it just deranged thespians and virtue-signaling politicians who have been driven mad?  Not quite.  The ideological infection has spread all the way to the White House, with outgoing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki breaking down at the prospect of the excellent Florida Bill becoming law.  I could go on.  Just consider the organized indoctrination in our schools by delightful teachers parading their trans agenda on TikTok.  But at least the lunacy can't affect the real world that you live in, where 2 + 2 = 4.  The empirical world of real jobs, free markets, and concrete bottom lines will remain apart from this nonsense, right?  Wrong.  Thanks to the investigative journalism of Christopher Rufo, we now have internal videos from one of the biggest for-profit, capitalist entities in the world, the Walt Disney Co.  These videos show their perverse agenda to sexualize their young viewers.  Where did this all come from, and what do we do about it?  Well, as with most diabolical movements in Western Civilization today, the radical transgender project can be traced back to the Frankfurt School of neo-Marxists.  Whether it's environmentalism, globalism, open-borders policies, or just systematic anti-Americanism, it can usually be traced back to that motley crew of malcontents.

Biden thinks 'ultra-MAGA people' are extremists? He should look in the mirror.  President Biden is saying that "ultra-MAGA" people are the most extreme political party in recent memory. [...] Who are the extremists:
  •   The party that wants babies to be killed no matter what stage of pregnancy or the party that wants limits?
  •   The party that wants energy independence or the party that is seeking to destroy America by destroying the fossil fuel industry, despite no scientific evidence that fossil fuel consumption controls temperatures?
  •   The party that is for no bail or the party that believes that career criminals should be treated harshly?
  •   The party that wants to enforce immigration laws or the party that wants open borders?
  •   The party that believes that males should be able to compete with women or the majority of us?
  •   The party that believes that people should use restrooms and locker rooms based on how they feel or the rest of us, who think body parts and science should control what facilities we use?
  •   The party that wants to move toward socialism or the rest of us, who believe that capitalism has created the greatest country that ever existed?
  •   The party that believes that requiring photo IDs to vote is racist or the rest of us who understand that adults of all races can easily obtain a photo ID and that common sense tells us voter verification is important?
  •   The party that believes that children age five to eight should be encouraged to analyze their sexual identity or the rest of us, who believe that that is nuts and dangerous?

From Massachusetts, 10 talking points to counter Democrat positions.  A Democrat vote means you favor:
  [#1]   No fossil fuel production.  Like the price of gasoline, heating oil and natural gas these days?
  [#2]   Inflation at a 50-year high.  The government prints money and hands it out, and it becomes worthless.
  [#3]   No freedom of speech.  Say the "incorrect thing," and you're sued.  Or fired.  No opinions allowed.
  [#4]   No civil liberties.  Don't think the vaccine is right for you or truly safe?  Sorry — you have no say.
  [#5]   De-funding the police.  Smash and grab.  No bail for criminals.  Policemen being shot.  Feel safe?
  [#6]   A weakened military.  Our top generals are more concerned with "equity" than winning wars.
  [#7]   Higher taxes.  You think the government spends your money more wisely than you do, right?
  [#8]   Unrestricted illegal immigration.  Your taxes support their education, health care, and housing.
  [#9]   Choosing your gender.  Do you like 45-year-old men in the girl's room with your daughter?
  [#10]   Woke corporations.  Everything is racist all of a sudden.  Color and sex far outweigh qualifications.

The 2020 Democratic Party Platform — Understanding the Opposition.  As a historical perspective, why not compare to the 1960 Democratic Party platform on which John Kennedy was elected President?  The 1960 platform celebrated the party of Jefferson, instead of the movement today to remove, deface, or destroy his national monument in Washington D.C. and rename hundreds, even thousands, of public schools.  It promoted a strong military and economy to defend against the Soviet Union and Red China, rather than replacing the superiority of American military and economic strength with ineffectual diplomacy.  It promised housing for everyone and the end of urban blight, as consequences of a strong economy, instead of government handouts and welfare.  It recognized God rather than claiming that government is the only hope.  It established the need for the end of pollution and the wise use of resources instead of the blind religion of environmentalism and climate change.  It blamed previous Republican administrations for not accomplishing what the Democrats claimed they could only achieve, but without hatred.  It understandably was political propaganda, but it was strikingly different than what the Democratic Party states they believe today.

The Philosophical Background of Our Anti-Social Democratic Party.  For almost two centuries, we have seen various attempts to overthrow the assumptions, beliefs, premises, and conclusions of Christian ethics, sometimes called Judeo-Christian ethics.  The Christian worldview and its underlying belief system have been challenged by transcendentalism, Marxism, Darwinism, pragmatism, Freudianism, and existentialism.  These anti-Christian schools of thought in turn have spawned subcategories of "answers" [sic] to the human dilemma — namely, what is the purpose of life and how shall I live in order to fulfill that purpose?  These subcategories advanced by that part of the political class known as Democrats include globalism (explicit and implicit rejection of Western civilization); embrace of non-binary sexuality (the nuclear family is an artificial construct); critical race theory calling for repudiation of "whiteness"; ecumenicalism in religion (i.e., we all worship the same god); and ownership of all means of production by the state (but the state is to be perceived as a global village — i.e., as an extended family, not as a people led by an elected government).  Let us now consider three of the above post-Christian philosophies and briefly view their application to the ideological program of the Mobocratic Party: [...]

A Blueprint for a Pacifist, Socialist Republic.  The Democratic Party is now committed to a far more radical socialist platform than has ever been remotely hinted at by a serious American national party.  This includes open borders, and effectively the full right of undocumented residents to the benefits of the American welfare and education systems as well as the right to vote.  They are also intent on the seizure of firearms in private hands.  All those without comprehensive health insurance will be offered a "platinum" federal government health plan covering all contingencies which will soon be "free" healthcare for up to 150 million people.  Minimum wages and taxes on anyone earning above the average income will be sharply increased.  Most of the liberalizations of business and corporate regulations enacted by the Trump regime will be reversed, and unionization of the workforce heavily favored.  The Democratic socialist caucus' Green New Deal will be enacted, banning as quickly as possible (or even more swiftly than that) fossil fuel production and use, the internal combustion engine on land and in the air, and discouraging the consumption of beef to spare the environment the challenge of bovine flatulence with which it has coexisted for all of known history.  More than $1 trillion of student loans gradually will be forgiven over 20 years, university education will be guaranteed to be available and free to all families with incomes below $150,000 a year, and private, chartered, separate, and home schooling will all be discouraged to promote the monopoly of the underperforming, heavily unionized state school systems.  Abortion, including the disposal of newly born children, will be available without cost to everyone.

Trump Derangement Syndrome:  A Misdiagnosis.  From the beginning of its "long march through the institutions," the Left has been playing the long game.  That hasn't changed.  Leftists are playing it today.  Why did they take over the media?  The universities?  Hollywood?  To get their hands on the key levers of propaganda.  Add to this the leftward tilt of Google, Facebook, and Twitter, and we're looking at a virtual lockdown on the primary sources of information and public influence. [...] This is why the Democrats absolutely must keep their charades going full force.  This is strategy, not lunacy.  They are playing the long game.  They are constantly feeding their minions the narrative that Trump is an illegitimate and dangerous president, that he's tyrannical, racist, and xenophobic — that he's a crook who lies continually, etc.

Who's the Radical?  On Confidence and Common Sense.  I just heard a fellow on CNN say that Donald Trump has radicalized the Republicans.  Let's be clear on what is and isn't radical.  A well-patrolled border is not a radical policy.  An open border is a radical policy.  To believe in two genders is not radical.  To insert gender identity into Title IX is.  To praise Western Civilization as a legacy of political freedom and artistic genius is not a radical opinion.  To regard it as promotion of white supremacy is a radical opinion.  To love America as an exceptional creation is not radical.  To see America as founded on slavery and imperialism is radical.

How do you know you are no longer a Democrat?  You believe and respect the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The founding documents of the United States still matter and must not be set aside.  You believe the right to free speech applies to everyone, regardless of political party affiliation.  You believe in the sanctity of human life and abortion is murder.  You believe in the Second Amendment and the right to own guns.  You believe that the United States is a sovereign nation with recognized borders; which must be respected, guarded, and protected.  You know there are only two biological sexes.  Men pretending to be women and vice-versa is make-believe.  There is no such thing as being born in the wrong body.  You believe that men pretending to be women should not be allowed to use women's bathrooms, nor should men be allowed in women's dressing or locker rooms.

Open Borders Equals Abortion.  As of say, 1960, and even 1970, the Democrats were still a mainstream, patriotic political party.  They still defended traditional marriage.  And gun rights.  And property rights.  Even a mostly free economy.  The party still held enough socially conservative members that you could be a Democrat and a Christian.  I don't think that's possible today.  If you watched the Democratic presidential debate, you understand why.  Not one candidate proposed the slightest restriction on killing unborn kids for our sexual convenience.  And not one supports natural marriage.  Not one spoke up for our Second Amendment rights.  Each of them to one degree or another supports the poisonous, anti-Christian ideology of socialism.

Can California Be Saved, or Is It Too Late?  How did this state, once the envy of all others, become the pathetic, indebted loser state it is today?  The answer is simple, single-party Democratic rule. [...] They want to control how we all live our lives by pretending we are causing global warming, as if we mere humans are more powerful than the sun!  They seek to destroy capitalism, the one economic system that has elevated more people out of poverty and tyranny than any other in human history.  They have successfully indoctrinated two generations of malleable young people with the false notion that America is a racist nation, illegitimately founded by white men so it must be destroyed and rebuilt according to their monstrous, failed progressive policies.  They loathe our founding documents, our anthems, our families, our traditions.  They want to do to the nation what they've already done to California.  They must be stopped.

The Anatomy of a Self-Annihilating Political Party.  The Democrat Party has lost its mind. [...] There's a word that describes the Party's behavior:  nihilism: "a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless, a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially moral truths."  That definition fits the current Democrat Party.  The Party and the left place little or no value on tradition, the Constitution, the sanctity of life, borders, private property rights, voting-law enforcement, election outcomes, standards of behavior, or free speech.  These are all fundamentally different kinds of rules or systems of rules.  The left does not like rules (at least not for themselves).  If you do not like rules, you do not like order, and the alternative to order is chaos.  The Democrat Party is attempting to lead the country into chaos.

The Real Game Is To Distract You, Fool You, And Bring Communism.  Of course the media lies all the time.  They do it to inculcate stated Democrat goals of implementing world-wide socialism and control by any means necessary.  By any means at all. [...] Democrats seem to embrace as holy anything that undermines America, Americans, or the American Way.  They want America gone — in order to replace it with some imagined, socialist fantasy world.

The devil is using the Democratic Party to destroy America.  21 areas reveal Democratic Party positions:
  [#1]   Radical redistribution of wealth;
  [#2]   Aggressive climate change initiatives;
  [#3]   Complete takeover of health care by federal government plus inclusion of all illegal immigrants;
  [#4]   Open immigration policy with full acceptance of all children and relatives; no border walls, entrance requirements, E-verify or penalties for those refusing deportation; disregarding the rule of law and full support for "sanctuary cities"; neglecting national security and allowing George Soros funded anarchy to "crash" our immigration system;
  [#5]   Government control over corporate profits;
  [#6]   Progressive taxes on the upper middle class and above;
  [#7]   Legalization of recreational marijuana;
  [#8]   Implementation of comprehensive LGBTQ agenda — including indoctrination of children in schools, transgender initiatives, gender reassignment surgery and removal of any "sexual discrimination" in the workplace and schools, disregarding conscience objections;
  [#9]   Taxpayer-financed abortion-on-demand until birth with full-funding of Planned Parenthood;
  [#10]   Major defense spending cuts with money redistributed to entitlements;
  [#11]   Comprehensive gun control;
  [#12]   Liberal, not originalist, judges on the Supreme Court and federal courts;
  [#13]   Alignment and support for radical feminist agenda and marches;
  [#14]   Increased censorship of "hateful" conservative thought on social media;
  [#15]   Liberalized voting standards to include fraudulent practices and everyone the party deems as "disenfranchised";
  [#16]   Partnership with Palestinians;
  [#17]   Alignment with United Nations and European Union transnationalism initiatives promoting "One World" globalism, rather than nationalism with international cooperation;
  [#18]   Euthanasia/physician-assisted suicide;
  [#19]   Taxpayer-funded child-care and college tuition;
  [#20]   Elimination of the Electoral College; and
  [#21]   Re-establishing the Iranian "nuclear deal" alongside increased protection for Islamic "rights" in America and abroad at the expense of Israel's safety.

What a Socialist Really Wants.  Socialists are passionately concerned with making sure the right people have the power — that is, themselves.  Democracy, on the other hand, is all about distributing power and making sure the worst people don't get it.  How do we know they are the worst people?  Because they are obsessed with grabbing power and using it to stifle other people, an arrangement they call socialism or communism.

From Russian Bolsheviks to American Socialists.  In December 1991, the world watched in amazement and trepidation as the communist empire spectacularly collapsed.  The jubilation proved to be premature.  Marxism adapted to a new reality and, in one of the most dramatic reversals of history, comfortably relocated to the United States, where it acquired a new life and malignancy within the Democratic Party.  In 2008 this ferment culminated in the election of Barack Obama who by 2016 had successfully transformed the Democratic Party into the de facto Social Democratic Party. [...] As the aspirations of the Bolshevik Revolution were being reincarnated in Vermont and exported to New York and California, the country inured to the world of unsustainable populist demands.  The barrier separating utopia and reason is crumbling; growing embrace of free education, free health care, and a guaranteed minimum income by young people is an obvious indication of the rise of the socialist movement.

Socialism Violates the Ten Commandments.  The very first commandment states, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."  Right there, socialism violates the very first commandment.  Socialism is essentially atheistic.  After all, Karl Marx did say, "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions.  It is the opium of the people."  In a socialist system, the worship of God is replaced with the worship of government.  The state basically becomes God.  We look to the state to give us our rights, our freedoms, our livelihood, our wages, our jobs, our meals, our education, and our healthcare — that is, if there's any of it to go around once the government takes over!  There is no appealing to a higher authority because the state is the final authority.  But as Christians, we don't serve the government, we serve God.  God is our Heavenly Father and our ultimate authority.  Our inalienable rights come from him and the state should conform to His natural law.


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Democrats don't want anyone to succeed.  The number one projection you hear from Democrats today is how Republicans are extremists who threaten democracy and individual rights.  But if one takes a close look at Republicans and the Right, their positions have remained consistent over the years — promoting small government, lower taxes, and individual responsibility.  It's the Democrats who have become the extremists by calling for bigger and more government every election cycle, more spending and more regulation.  And now calls for censorship by the Left continue to grow.  It's the stuff of socialism that's morphing into a kind of soft communism, which would explain the Democrats' affinity for all things China.  The final proof is the fact that the Biden presidency is really the Sanders/AOC presidency that totally controls the agenda primarily in the form of the Green New Deal.  It is nothing but big government socialism disguised as planetary salvation.

Biden Is Going Green, Even if It Kills Us.  Hubris can get us all killed.  The Biden administration's determination to make its climate agenda a central factor in U.S. foreign policy could be the greatest threat to human survival in our times.  This leap into the climate-change rabbit hole has distracted the White House from the old-fashioned — but painfully present — task of making sure Americans are not devastated by a major war.  By stirring partisan politics and dubious science into their recipe for national security, this administration risks getting the single most important responsibility of the federal government horribly wrong.  For starters, their climate agenda lacks legitimacy.  Declaring that it is validated by "settled" science neither settles the science nor validates their agenda.

Despite Record Gas Prices, Biden Rejects New Drilling in Atlantic and Pacific.  Joe Biden has proven once again that he has no interest in reducing the record-high costs of gasoline, which have gone up throughout his time in office.  Biden not only wants to block all new oil drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but he's also taking steps to shut down exploration of oil and gas on federal lands.  "A plan released Friday shows the White House proposed no more than 10 potential lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, an option for one potential lease sale in the northern portion of the Cook Inlet of Alaska, and no lease sales for the Atlantic or Pacific planning areas over the 2023-2028 period," reports Breitbart.  This plan is not finalized, however, but any potential areas of exploration or sale not mentioned in the proposal will reportedly be off-limits from 2023-2028.

Biden administration unveils oil and gas drilling plans, gutting Trump-era framework.  The Biden administration published its long-awaited five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan Friday one day after missing its June deadline.  The Department of the Interior (DOI) plan included the possibility of the federal government holding up to 11 lease sales off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico over the five-year period between 2023-2028.  However, the plan also put forward the option of the federal government holding no lease sales in that same time period.  "From Day One, President Biden and I have made clear our commitment to transition to a clean energy economy," Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement. [...] The plan didn't include any potential sales in the Atlantic or Pacific, effectively blocking drilling off the east and west coasts.  In the first version of the DOI plan, the Trump administration sought to hold a total of 47 sales across the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska's coasts.

New York Moves to Nullify Supreme Court Decision Upholding Gun Rights.  Writing for the majority in Bruen, Justice Clarence Thomas struck down New York's century-old requirement that an applicant for a handgun carry permit demonstrate a "special need" if he wanted to carry for self-defense.  New York's licensing process was entirely discretionary and arbitrary, and in many jurisdictions, licensing officers simply refused to issue permits for self-defense.  This was particularly true in New York City, where applicants were routinely and summarily rejected unless they were politically connected or celebrities — such as Howard Stern, Donald Trump, and Don Imus.  In other jurisdictions, licensing officers simply invented acceptable reasons on a whim, often issuing handgun licenses for "hunting and target shooting" only, if at all.  (In one rural upstate county, a former judge who had authority as a licensing officer invented a requirement that he would not allow any permit-holder to have more than five handguns without appearing before him personally and giving a "good reason.")  In Bruen, Justice Thomas ruled that these arbitrary restrictions were unconstitutional and violated the Second Amendment's guarantee to keep "and bear" arms for self-defense, ordering New York State and New York City to issue concealed carry permits to qualified applicants for that reason.

New York Democrats Ignore Supreme Court Ruling and Ban Guns Just About Everywhere.  New York Democrats in the state legislature were called into special session by Gov. Kathy Hochul in order to deal with an emergency situation.  The U.S. Supreme Court had thrown out New York's restrictive gun licensing law that made it nearly impossible for a citizen to carry a weapon for self-defense, and Democrats were experiencing near-apoplexy.  Their paradise was about to be invaded by a bunch of gun-toting, whiskey-swilling, cowboy-hat-wearing yahoos.  (That's their vision of anyone wanting a concealed carry permit, anyway).  They solved their problem by passing another gun law.

New York moves toward enshrining abortion, LGBTQ rights in state constitution.  New York is taking the first step toward enshrining abortion access and LGBTQ rights in the state's constitution following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.  The Democrat-led Legislature began the process of passing an amendment Friday to expand the state's constitutional protections during a special session initially called by Gov. Hochul to strengthen the state's gun laws in response to a separate Supreme Court ruling.

The Cry-Baby Leftist Mind.  Modern progressives assume moral and intellectual authority.  Consequently, their supposedly superior ends naturally justify almost any means necessary to achieve them.  Among the elite, the Democrats' "blue-wall" states were once considered a testament to the wisdom of the Electoral College.  When that wall crumbled in 2016 to Donald Trump, the Electoral College suddenly was blasted as a relic of our anti-democratic founders.  The nine-person Supreme Court was once beloved.  On issues like abortion, school prayer, same-sex marriage, pornography, and Miranda rights, the Left cheered the Court as it made the law and ignored legislatures and presidents.

Delusional Democrats Advance 'Transgender Bill of Rights'.  A group of House Democrats made the politically questionable decision to advance a proposal they call the "Transgender Bill of Rights" on Tuesday.  Apparently, it's not enough that all signs point to them getting utterly crushed, destroyed, wrecked, and annihilated in the November midterms; these Democrats must want people to poke their party's smoldering corpse with sticks afterward. [...] Can these Democrats really be this willfully blind to the deep resentment Americans feel for being forced to "celebrate" a freaky, creepy delusional mental illness?  For example, recent polls have shown that U.S. voters overwhelmingly (61%) approve of Florida's Parental Rights in Education law and oppose "transgender" females competing against girls and women in athletics.

Five Things The GOP Must Do To Win In November And Stay In Power.  Among other unforced errors, Biden and the Democrats have destroyed our economy, irrevocably damaged our national security by opening our borders, and have thoroughly deprived millions of Americans of their basic rights in an alleged attempt to protect us in an unwinnable battle against a Chinese virus.  One need not look any further than the devastating surge we're currently seeing in gasoline prices for evidence of the Democrats' complete implosion, and it seems clear the results they're achieving were indeed intentional.  As a result, and coming as no surprise to anyone other than Democrats themselves, Americans are vocally rejecting the Democrats' socialist, climate alarmist, and racist agenda.  In virtually every demographic that is tracked — including a remarkable renunciation of their policies from Hispanics, traditionally one of the most loyally Democratic groups in the country — Americans are abandoning Democrats in droves.

It's more than just pain at the pump.  Despite the United States being energy independent when President Biden assumed office, we are now paying record prices for petroleum products that are contributing to near-record inflation once termed by his administration as only "transitory."  The mere fact that the President is now blaming Putin for the energy crisis and begging Saudi Arabia and Venezuela for gasoline illustrates his administration's extreme naiveite and disjointed energy and national security strategy.  Even if his administration desires to go "green," his means to achieve that goal is both foolhardy, disjointed, and dangerous to our national security.

Is the Green Agenda Being Forced Upon Us by Accident?  The Left hates oil and gas, beef (and chicken, and all meat), and coal [and concrete and air conditioning and DDT and nuclear power and CO2 and natural gas and styrofoam and plastic bags].  But millions of Americans don't believe the hysterical Leftist claims that these things are destroying the planet.  What to do about these folks?  A number of suspicious recent incidents suggest that some people have decided to take matters into their own hands and force compliance with the green agenda by leaving us no other choice.

How can we fix things if you don't get involved?  Joe Biden and his puppet masters want to destroy fossil fuel use in the name of an unproven theory called "man-made global climate change."  Not only do they refuse to admit their guilt for the current crisis, but they don't seem to understand the unintended consequences of their actions.  Or the backlash in future elections.  In order to solve a problem, one must first understand complicity.  There is no redemption if there is no admission of guilt, and then remorseful contrition.  Every problem has a solution, and every error can be rectified.  Redemption would be signaled by gas prices returning to Trump-era levels, including energy independence.  Since the party in power doesn't understand cause and effect, or the Democrats intentionally sabotaged a successful economy, redemption won't grace our nation until the culprits have all left Washington.  On both sides of the aisle.

Biden sneaking amnesty through for a million illegal border crossers.  Who says crime doesn't pay?  When you can cross the border illegally, and not only be allowed to stay here, collect big benefits, and actually be allowed to apply for citizenship as a reward for your lawbreaking, why wouldn't you come without papers instead of come the legal way?  You'd be a fool not to.  Applying legally and waiting years for entry at great personal expense with no adjacent benefits is a fool's errand, given the Biden administration's current policies.  That's the shocking reality revealed in a report from the Washington Examiner showing that the Biden administration is now .... ever so quietly ... dropping charges against tens of thousands of unvetted illegal border crossers and visa overstayers, leaving them with clean records and incredibly, the "right" to apply for green cards and U.S. citizenship.  If the current pace of that continues, at least a million are going to be effectively amnestied by 2024, the Examiner reports.

Biden declares war on nicotine while giving addicts crack pipes.  As Americans grapple with sky-high prices at the pump, the worst rate of inflation in more than four decades, increasing crime, a wide-open southern border, a surge in fentanyl deaths, a baby formula shortage, a looming food crisis, a plunging stock market, rolling brownouts, and many other pressing problems, the Biden administration has set its sights on waging war on nicotine.  This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it "plans to develop a proposed product standard that would establish a maximum nicotine level to reduce the addictiveness of cigarettes and certain other combusted tobacco products" and that it has "issued marketing denial orders (MDOs) to JUUL Labs Inc. for all of their products currently marketed in the United States."  For those keeping track, these anti-nicotine measures follow the Biden administration's proposal to ban menthol cigarettes, which was announced by the FDA in April.

Biden Administration Moves to Expand Title IX to Eliminate Gender-Exclusive College Facilities, Sports Teams.  The Biden administration on Tuesday proposed changes to the federal civil-rights statute banning sex discrimination in federally funded education programs, including expanding protections to sexual orientation and gender identity.  One proposed change "would make clear that preventing any person from participating in an education program or activity consistent with their gender identity would subject them to more than de minimis harm on the basis of sex and therefore be prohibited, unless otherwise permitted by Title IX or the regulations."  If adopted, the rule change would bar universities any other federally funded institutions from maintaining men and women's sports and sex-segregated spaces like locker rooms and dormitories.

Now That Country's Problems are Solved, the Democrats Pass One of the Most Useless Bills in American History.  Now that America's problems are solved and there is no more rampant inflation, gas prices are at reasonable levels, the border is secure, and the economy is picking back up, House Democrats have decided to pass a thoroughly unnecessary bill for no other reason that optics.  It turns out women can become president, the bill states, as if we didn't already know from Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin running as vice presidential candidates or the candidacy of the Trump-vanquished Hillary Clinton.  The Democrats also wanted to make sure that LGBTQIA+ people could become president, as if there were any doubt about their eligibility for the office.  "The House passed a bill on Tuesday that seeks to revise federal law and clarify that women and LGBTQ Americans can be president of the United States," the Hill reported.  "The legislation, dubbed the 21st Century President Act, passed by voice vote.  It also passed the House by voice vote in the last Congress."

Biden Celebrates His Green Policies that Will "Take Millions of Cars Off the Road".  Joe Biden on Wednesday delivered remarks on soaring gas prices from his fake White House set in the South Court Auditorium.  Biden repeated the same lies in his speech and blamed Vladimir Putin for high gas prices.  "Let's remember how we got here:  Putin invaded Ukraine," said Biden.  This is a lie.  Gas prices spiked before Putin invaded Ukraine.

Biden Admin Quietly Nukes Trump-Era 'Transparency' Initiative Tracking Settlements And Payouts To Left-Wing Activists.  President Joe Biden's Department of the Interior (DOI) has quietly rolled back a Trump-era "transparency and accountability" order creating a public litigation website so people can track details pertaining to lawsuits from outside interest groups that Republicans argue cost taxpayers unwieldy sums.  Interior Secretary Deb Haaland revoked the order, which was issued in September 2018, on Friday.  The order made details concerning settlements and consent decrees, as well as cash amounts paid to lawyers of private entities, accessible online.  The website was scrubbed following the Biden revocation order and sought to "alleviate" any concerns by the public that it may not have a voice in "policymaking."  It made the Office of the Solicitor and the Office of the Chief Information Officer "post" a "searchable list" of final decrees and settlements "that continue to govern departmental actions," according to the Trump order.

Congressman Troy Nehls To Introduce Bill To Rescind Biden's Executive Order Requiring All States To Offer Gender Transition Therapy To Minors.  This week Congressman Troy Nehls will introduce the "Stop Child Abuse Act," seeking to rescind the Executive order signed by President Biden on June 15, which prohibits individual state governments from banning the use of gender transition therapies in minor children and removes the states' right to govern independently.  Biden signed the Executive Order on Advancing Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Individuals as part of his administration's plan to further the cause of the LGBTQI+ community in America.  According to the executive order, the administration seeks to "protect LGBTQI+ individuals' access to medically necessary care," including gender transition therapies such as hormones and surgical intervention for individuals suffering from gender dysphoria.

Biden's energy hypocrisy.  Joe Biden promised on the campaign trail in 2020 that he would "transition away from the oil industry," convert to 100 percent "clean" energy by 2035, and "end fossil fuels."  Shortly after taking office, he started to make good on this pledge by suspending all new gas and oil leases on federal property and ending the Keystone XL pipeline.  Now, faced with gas prices at a record high $5 per gallon and runaway inflation — aka the consequences of his own actions — Biden is looking for an off-ramp.

The Dem's Inflation-Fighting Plan Is A Cruel Joke.  "Today the Democratic House takes a strong step to bring down crucial kitchen table costs of the pump and grocery store and across the board."  That's the transcript of what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor before all but five of her fellow Democrats voted for the "Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act" last week.  Pelosi's garbled syntax aside, the only thing this bill would lower is the public's trust in anything Democrats say these days.  Despite its title, this bill would expand government but do nothing — repeat, nothing — to lower prices today, tomorrow, or any time in the future.

The Democrats vs.  Morality.  The list of debaucheries Democrats' champion is long.  They offer a dark, vulgar, inverted world:  Criminals are victims, and victims are disregarded.  Democrat-run cities teem with hoodlums and worse.  Cities are becoming illicit drug sanctuaries.  The homeless (mentally and emotionally disturbed, drug and/or alcohol addicted) roam streets like extras from the Walking Dead.  Abortion is no longer about being "legal, safe, and rare."  It's naked infanticide.  Institutional corruption appears endemic (the FBI, DoJ, and much of corporate America, for example).  Decades-old sexual permissiveness was the gateway to today's spreading sexual perversion. [...] Marxism, including its offshoots (fascism is one such), wherever tried, has led to ruin.  Traditional Russia was destroyed by communists.  Lenin and Stalin killed millions, smashed faith and family, relentlessly terrorized populaces, and bequeathed to generations of Russians a gutted society.  Recovery will be long coming, if ever.

Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor to Host Webinar on the 'Power of Trans Inclusion' in the Workforce.  The Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor is set to hold a webinar titled "Equity in the Workplace — The Power of Trans Inclusion in the Workforce," where attendees will hear from leftwing activists.  The Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor, which is hosting the event, was created "to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments."

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Encouraging the acceptance of transvestites in the workplace does not "promote quality work environments."

The Biden Administration's Push to Normalize Drug Use Will Result in More Deaths.  We have been covering several stories related to the escalation of drug deaths across the country, namely due to fentanyl (now the leading cause of death for young Americans).  In a normal world, there would be a push to stem the recreational use of powerful narcotics.  However, the Biden administration and progressives across the country are pressing to normalize drug use.  For example, we reported that Biden's Health and Human Services department provided $30 million in funding to dole out crack pipes to drug addicts as part of its 'Harm Reduction Plan.'  In the same piece, we noted that Biden's Department of Justice says it might be open to allowing safe injection sites, which are places where people can shoot up heroin and other narcotics.

Why Biden's Attacks On Energy Are "Absolutely Insane".  Last month, Biden officials eased sanctions on Venezuela with an eye to increasing oil imports.  Next month, Biden will travel to Saudi Arabia with the intention of improving relations and increasing oil production. [...] But none of those actions will lower energy prices.  Increasing oil production in Venezuela would take years and it wouldn't be nearly enough to make up for the reduction of oil imports from Russia.  Even Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates together could not produce enough oil to offset declining supply from Russia.  And it's not clear how antagonizing American oil and gas companies will result in more production and lower prices.  U.S. refineries are already operating at 94% of their capacity and Exxon invested $50 billion over the last five years to expand oil production by 50%.

Joe Biden to sign order for LGBTQ+ inclusive schools, foster system.  President Biden will mark Pride Month Wednesday by mandating that federal agencies craft "inclusive" school policies and ensure that same-sex couples and transgender adults can foster children.  Biden will sign an executive order that includes various other gay and transgender rights initiatives at an afternoon White House event with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the first Senate-approved openly gay cabinet member.  Other provisions instruct the Federal Trade Commission to look into whether the phrase "conversion therapy" amounts to deceptive marketing and order the Department of Health and Human Services to draft a "Bill of Rights for LGBTQ+ Older Adults."  A Biden administration official told reporters that the president will use the signing event to condemn recent legislation in Republican-led states that restricts the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity.  A Florida law restricts such topics in kindergarten through third grade.

Team of Fools:  Biden's Cabinet Picks Prove He is Unfit to Lead.  I have written extensively about Biden's shortcomings.  Nothing exceeds his capacity for choosing the wrong people. [...] Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, for example.  "Granholm's credentials for the job appear to be that she has swallowed Biden's climate agenda hook, line, and sinker, and especially his affection for electric vehicles," says Liz Peek.  "It certainly wasn't her deep understanding of U.S. energy markets.  She apparently knows nothing about U.S. oil production or how world energy markets work." She believes that climate is the nation's number one challenge.

American Individualism Is Being Extinguished By The New Elite.  [Scroll down]  One doesn't have to look too deeply to see the manifestations of this puppet society.  From carbon copy propaganda outlets masquerading as news agencies to outrageous bureaucratic efforts to snuff out the rights and autonomy of the individual.  The aristocracy that we fought long and hard to be rid of is back with an unholy vengeance.  The new aristocrats demand a renewed acceptance of their superior station along with a vastly diminished standard of living for the average person.  Their war on the middle class and the Bill of Rights is so thoroughly immoral that it's difficult for most people to believe it's happening.  Their arsenal includes endless crises, wars, pandemics, social unrest, and fraud.  The very air we breathe is their greatest weapon.  They frighten people into believing that it will not sustain a livable environment for even ten more years if we can't learn to live without meat, heat, freedom, and autonomy.  They then renew the threat every decade with a slightly different tenor and tone.

Biden Senior Climate and Energy Policy Advisor Demands Social Media Companies Immediately Block Content Identifying Biden Policy as Source of Energy Inflation.  As things in society start to collapse; and as people begin to really feel the inflationary consequences of the Biden energy policy in action; suddenly all of those 'talking points' about shutting down the fossil fuel industry take on a new meaning.  People didn't realize the Green New Deal was going to mean $10/doz eggs, $15/gal milk, $20 happy meals at McDonalds, or $150/tank of gasoline.  Now they are paying attention.  For former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the current senior climate and energy policy advisor within the White House, all of these 'in your face' surfacing Green New Deal consequences have become problematic for the Biden administration.  Her proposed solution, however, is rather remarkable.  In this interview discussing the skyrocketing inflation and consequences created by the Green New Deal policies, Gina McCarthy urgently begs all of the social media companies to start removing the content from American people who are giving real world examples of the pain and economic hardship they are feeling.  McCarthy says that if social media do not start to help Joe Biden hide the pain, the climate change agenda might be at risk.  [Video clip]

The Green New Deal crashes into the rocks.  What a surprise!  Carbon-based energy is much more important than we were led to believe.  A slight reduction in domestic resource development has sent seismic shock waves throughout our economy.  Bottom line:  Folks are often willing to go along with calls for sacrifice... unless and until they are made to really suffer. [...] The obvious question is:  how will this all play out?  The corrupt news media will likely go even farther in its over-the-top hysterical portrayal of ordinary weather events, trends, and hiccups.  As in [Michael] Crichton's novel, [State of Fear,] what used to be a typical seasonal phenomenon — hurricanes — are now being portrayed as cataclysmic events, even though the last 140 years have seen no significant trend up or down in frequency.  And yet, the EPA claims the opposite, even though most of its sources show stability instead.  That's what you get when you rely on corrupt government scientists.

Is Biden Purposely Raising Gas Prices to Fuel His Green Agenda?  The national gas average hit a new record of $5.00 a gallon this week, and it doesn't look like prices are going to fall anytime soon.  Americans are frustrated with President Joe Biden's lies about the economy, and many believe he is at fault for their wallets shrinking.  A new poll conducted by the Trafalgar Group found that over 53 percent of people "believe the Biden administration is intentionally letting gas prices rise to make Americans use less fossil fuels."  While 56 percent of voters agreed that the high fuel prices is Biden's fault.  Gas prices have nearly doubled since Biden took office just over a year ago when the national average price was just $2.39.

Your Pain at the Pump Is Biden's Plan.  June 9, 2022 — a day that will live in infamy.  That's the day that the national average for gasoline officially broke $5.00 a gallon.  And, yes, Joe Biden did that!  Gas prices have more than doubled since Biden took office, and they have been breaking new records day after day after day.  Some California gas stations are approaching $10 a gallon.  Sadly, your pain at the pump is only going to get worse.  But here's what you must understand and what you must help your friends and family members to understand:  Your pain at the pump isn't an accident.  It's all part of Joe Biden's plan.  High energy prices are the predictable, desired, and deliberate result of the Democrat jihad against the American energy industry.  They are an essential element of their "climate change" agenda.

Biden's WHO Takeover.  The Biden administration's bid to surrender American control over public health emergencies in the United States to the World Health Organization fell short at the UN's 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva last month, but there is no reason to believe Biden won't try again.  This drive is part of our illegitimate placeholder president's effort to undo all the good things that former President Donald Trump accomplished.  Trump slashed U.S. funding of WHO and served notice the country would pull out of the Communist Chinese-influenced agency, but Joe Biden aims to super-charge WHO's authority in world affairs by amending an international pandemic treaty known as the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005.  Of course, WHO is a bureaucratic monstrosity, a purveyor of leftist horror propaganda that, like its parent, the United Nations, should not exist.

The Subordinate Citizen.  The Biden administration blasted the Trump southern border wall and canceled all further funding.  Yet it just appropriated $40 billion to Ukraine to ensure that it does not lose its border war against Russian aggression.  That is a tiny percentage of the federal budget.  But the aid is full of symbolic irony, nonetheless.  The multibillion-dollar appropriation would have more than covered the completion of the entire wall along our own southern border.  An outside observer might conclude that the U.S. government intends to uphold the universal idea of national sovereignty, internationally recognized borders, and the security of citizens inside their own country — as long as they are not American citizens.

How Democrats and dark money are plotting to blow up the Supreme Court.  After Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump, Brian Fallon needed a job.  Fallon had served as Clinton's national press secretary during the campaign, and before that he had done the same job for my colleague Chuck Schumer in the Senate.  For a while, his reputation around Washington, DC, was stellar.  He was, according to a lengthy profile in the Daily Beast, "one of the most sought-after operatives in Democratic politics: a brass-knuckle brawler with experience at the highest levels of government, a cellphone filled with the top journalists in town, and a reputation for being preternaturally on message." But something changed in Fallon after Clinton's loss to Donald Trump.  He became less interested in traditional politics, giving up a role as a commentator on CNN, and more interested in ways of putting pressure on Democrats to take radical action.  By 2018, two years into President Trump's first term, Fallon and his friends in Democratic politics had seen some of their party's core ideas repudiated time and time again at the ballot box.  They had lost the game of electoral politics.  So, they figured, they would change the rules of the game to give themselves a better chance of winning.

Bernie Sanders Thinks Democrats Need to Spend Trillions More or Lose the Midterms.  There's a blessed consistency to the solutions radical left-wing Democrats have offered for America's problems.  As far back as the 1960s, liberal Democrats have been agitating for the government to "spend more money."  In the '60s, it was spending six zeroes more for the government's schemes.  But that just won't do for today's government Gargantua.  Today we must speak in terms of nine zeroes to solve any problem created when the government was spending only six zeroes.  Senator Bernie Sanders remembers when he was agitating for the government to spend billions of dollars on the welfare state in the 1960s.  There were warnings from mainstream economists back then too — that such massive spending would lead to inflation.  Of course, it did.  The creation of the welfare state in the '60s — and the monopolistic practices of the OPEC oil cartel — led to the last "Great Inflation" of the late 1970s and early 1980s.  It was a no-brainer then and it's a no-brainer now.

The Biden administration's feckless diesel policy.  Ordinary Americans are feeling the pain from high gas prices but the real problem is skyrocketing diesel prices and, helped along by looming shortages.  Nevertheless, the Biden administration is doing nothing to solve the problem.  How can Biden and his buddies on the left not realize that America runs on diesel fuel in the over-the-road trucks that deliver our food, pharmaceuticals, building supplies, and even the gasoline and diesel delivered to filling stations?  The short answer is that they do realize the harm that they are doing to the economy but they do not care.  Perhaps thanks to Hunter Biden's business plans, Joe Biden plans to force Chinese solar panel power on Americans, whether they want it — or can afford it — or not.  There's no room in that plan for addressing the high fuel costs that the "great unwashed" are enduring.  Biden and his administration may avert their eyes but, when the price of diesel fuel soars, trucking and material supply companies will pass those rising costs directly to consumers in the form of rising food prices.

What would it take for the White House to commit treason?  A number of prior actions by the Biden administration directly harmed rather than helped the U.S.  These injurious executive decisions include suppression of domestic oil and natural gas production (note current gas prices); opening the southern border to a massive wave of illegal immigration, deadly drugs, and human-trafficking; fabricating a COVID scam that destroyed public trust in Washington; mandates that nullified the Bill of Rights; printing trillions of fiat dollars; abrogation of rule of law causing the current crime wave; and promotion of anti-white racism CRT (Critical Race Theory).  While all these actions hurt the American people and are frankly anti-American, they do not satisfy the definition of treason:  "betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government."  But what the White House is currently planning behind closed doors may be a different story.

Biden Continues Obama's 'Fundamental Transformation' of America.  [Scroll down]  Obama's gaslighting strategy has become the Democrats' overall approach.  We're told that we don't actually see what we see.  Or if we do see it, it's not their fault.  Or if it is their fault, it's for our own good.  On every issue — job creation, gas prices, inflation, immigration, crime, foreign policy — Democrats aren't telling us what can't happen; they're telling us what they won't let happen.

Just Stop It!  Donald Trump left us with production elasticity and as net exporters of energy.  Biden deliberately blew it up because the administration fully supports the big lie that is the Climate Change/Green agenda.  The Climate Change movement has nothing to do with saving the environment and has everything to do with the collapse of our economy and the rise of globalist domination once America is neutered.  Greens, to that end, use misguided and disproven arguments that fossil fuel use must be immediately curtailed to save the planet.  Greens do not care if people starve or freeze, even though they have no workable replacement for our total energy needs.  Greens block all nuclear power options, which would be a clean solution, further demonstrating that their goal is economic collapse and not climate.  Biden cut, and now refuses to expand, US energy production, yet he is trying to convince the Saudis to pump more oil to alleviate the crisis he created.

If Biden Intended To Destroy America, What Would He Be Doing Differently?  [Scroll down]  He set off a 40-decade-high inflation spiral with his $2 trillion "rescue" plan.  He exacerbated supply-chain problems by paying people not to work.  He threw open the borders to millions of illegal immigrants.  He needlessly kept COVID mandates and restrictions in place.  He worsened shortages of baby formula and spiking gasoline prices.  He encouraged foreign adversaries with his disastrous Afghanistan retreat.  In every instance, Biden has said he and his top officials were "caught off guard."  In other words, his is pleading incompetence.  The public has picked up on this, which is why most Americans now believe that "incompetent" is the word that best describes this president.  But incompetence doesn't do Biden justice.  In every case, Biden knew, or should have known, what would happen if he pushed his policies.  Yet he did so anyway.  On inflation, even liberal economists were warning that Biden's reckless $2 trillion "rescue" plan — which he signed after the economy had already roared back to life — would set off a '70s-style inflationary spiral.

The dystopian state of our nation.  The illegitimate Biden administration is the worst thing that has ever happened to the United States.  He, his handlers, and his mind-numbingly incompetent Cabinet appointees have brought this country to its lowest point in modern history, domestically and internationally.  We are suffering a massive third-world invasion on our southern border.  The Russian incursion into Ukraine was incited by Biden and his cronies, the ones who get rich on war.  We were energy independent under Trump, but Biden put a stop to that on day one and so must go begging to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela for oil.  Meanwhile, the price of gasoline for Americans has doubled.  The Democrats are thrilled.  They have wanted this for a decade.  The new press secretary-reader thinks that because gas prices are high in other nations, we should be happy; we've caught up with the rest of the world.  But the greenies in this administration could not care less about the environment.  They are interested only in power and control over us all.  The "climate crisis" is as big a hoax as Russian collusion.  Like the "pandemic" and all its unconstitutional restrictions, it's all about power, control, and greed.

Biden Accelerating Obama's Push for a 'Woke' Military, Undermining Combat Readiness, Analysts Say.  As the U.S. military rolls out its new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), which imposes different physical standards and requirements for men and women, longtime defense analysts and observers say that the military's push for diversity and inclusion — a trend that accelerated under President Barack Obama and that the Biden administration aggressively carries forward — undermines combat training and readiness.  "The Biden administration has assigned priority to diversity, inclusion, and equity as the primary criteria.  That is a key decision and from it flows everything else that is problematic" in the military today, said Elaine Donnelly, founder and president of the Center for Military Readiness, a public policy organization in Livonia, Michigan.  Donnelly views the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan 2021 released by the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as providing a good measure of the new priorities.  The plan's "Strategic Objective 2" is "Educate USSOCOM professionals and leaders to help facilitate and sustain a diverse and inclusive culture."  Another of its goals is to "Increase hiring rates of diverse applicants."

Progressive America is the Twilight Zone.  Real Clear Politics' average for "Direction of Country" polls is currently an eye-popping wrong track, 70.7%, while right direction stands at a paltry 22.4%.  Other than D.C. lifers, welfare moochers, and people wanting their college debt loans erased, who are these 22%?  And who, this side of lobotomies, is the smaller percentage of "not sure?"  America's accelerating tumbling is the handiwork of a corrupt, ideologically driven, incompetent — dare say, venal — elite.  Don't doubt that most of the incompetence stems from an irreparably flawed leftist worldview and age-old, mind-twisting power- and money-lust.  A calamitous, destructive, painful descent is happening before our eyes.

Biden Administration Declare[s] National Emergency for Clean Energy Production.  Earlier today [6/6/2022], Joe Biden, working toward the agenda of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Wall Street multinationals, and the radical climate change activists within the far left of the socialist democrat party, declared a national emergency around the issue of U.S. energy prices and policies.  On the front side of the justification, the people in control of the Biden administration, claim that current and future increases in energy prices are likely to do severe damage to the economy and the lives of all Americans.  However, in the background of the issue, this is the 'never let a crisis go to waste' phase of an energy crisis the administration has intentionally created.  The real goal is to fundamentally transform the foundation of the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels and into a new era of clean renewable energy.  This is what all of the Biden cabinet officers now refer to as the "economic transition" phase.

National Socialist Media:  It's Only A Coincidence We Want To Confiscate Guns Like The Nazis.  We're not supposed to notice that the collectivist actions of one nation's socialist party just happen to mimic the actions of other nation's socialist parties or one particular National Socialist German Workers' Party, that's just a coincidence, don't pay any attention to that.  Have you ever noticed that our esteemed national socialist media spends an inordinate amount of time attacking anyone who dares to compare their collectivist actions to other collectivists?  Have you also noticed that you can be sure a socialist nation has failed when our nation's socialist media suddenly decides that it was somehow, someway 'right-wing'?  Their severe difficulty in always trying to push these lies is that all of these socialist nations have certain characteristics in common that simply don't exist with countries imbued in the pro-freedom right.  The most glaring example is the parallels with the government of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, with gun control.

Of course it's intentional, but Biden is only doing what he's told.
GOP sharpens a new attack line:  What Biden is doing to America is 'intentional'.  Rep. Jim Jordan is never one to mince words.  So when asked why President Joe Biden was willing to risk children losing their federally subsidized school lunches just to force schools to adopt new LGBTQ-plus agendas, the Ohio Republican gave a razor sharp answer.  "It makes no sense," Jordan told Just the News during an interview Friday on the John Solomon Reports podcast.  "That tells you this is intentional."  After more than a year of attacking Biden as a commander in chief who is bumbling, incompetent, prone to foot-in-mouth, rambling until he is lost, and mentally challenged, Republicans have changed tack as they head into crucial midterm elections that will determine control of Congress.  Now, the most unpopular features of the current American scene — high gas and food prices, transgender mandates and the open border among them — are relentlessly painted as part of the president's and Democrats' deliberate policies.

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Biden will trigger DPA, waive tariffs for two years on solar panels to boost productions.  President Biden will invoke the Defense Production Act to spur domestic production of clean energy technology and order a two-year tariff exemption on solar panels imported from Southeast Asian countries in a bid to tackle rising energy prices.  The move will accelerate production of solar panel parts, building insulation, heat pumps that more efficiently regulate the climate in buildings and equipment for making fuel cells and other electricity-generated fuels.  Mr. Biden also will waive tariffs on solar panels imported from four Southeast Asian countries in a move to nudge Americans toward green alternatives amid rising energy prices.

Tucker Carlson:  Biden's Lunatic War Against Putin [is] Crushing The U.S. Economy.  Let's say just for the sake of a mind experiment, that you're the secretary of transportation for the United States of America.  That's a big job, but what would you do all day?  Well, [...] your first concern would be the price of diesel fuel.  Diesel fuel is what makes transportation possible in this country. [...] Your second concern, if you were transportation secretary, would be domestic air travel.  This is a huge country.  It's far too big a country not to have reliable commercial flights from one place to another. [...] So, that's what you would be worried about if you were the secretary — diesel and airlines — and yet, remarkably, in less than a year and a half under Joe Biden, both of these things, fuel costs and air travel have gone dramatically in the wrong direction.  The price of diesel is now hit its highest price ever recorded in history. [...] Wasn't it just the other day that the United States was energy independent?  Yes, but now we're begging dictatorships to sell us oil, but it won't be enough.  Industry officials are predicting shortages very soon.  [Video clip]

The Naked Truth about Energy Transitions.  Today's climate-mongers, led by ideologues such as Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Jennifer Granholm, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to name a few, are so mindlessly shortsighted that they apparently can't think beyond the tips of their noses.  They demand we give up fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy, and they want it right now!  [Disregard] the consequences to you, me, and our country during the transition.  They know that they'll all be dead in fifty years, so they're not willing to let change happen incrementally, plus they have only two and a half years left of Joe's presidency to complete their build-back-worse strategy, and if some of these ideologues are true to their stated belief, we will all be dead in the next nine years because of global warming.  Therefore, we absolutely must accept their scripture and change our sinning ways to save the planet.  All the more reason they push us toward presumed energy nirvana before our extinction occurs.  These people are not patient or logical, so they never think ahead to imagine what could go wrong if they succeed with their mission to rewire the world in their image.

Jim Jordan on Inflation: 'Part of Me Says This Is Intentional' by Biden WH.  Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Friday blasted President Joe Biden and his administration for having created the record-high inflation and gas prices across the United States.  Jordan told Fox Business Network's "Varney & Company" that he was not as surprised as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she was that inflation followed the "crazy" spending, paying people not to work and doing away with energy independence.  He suggested it was "intentional" by the White House.

Dem Rep. Mondaire Jones:  We Will Abolish The Filibuster, Expand The Supreme Court If Gun Control Is Not Passed.  Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) said at a Thursday hearing on recent mass shootings that Congress would abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court if the Democratic party's proposed gun control legislation does not pass.  "You will not stop us from advancing the Protecting Our Kids Act today," Jones said.  "You will not stop us from passing it in the House next week and you will not stop us there.  If the filibuster obstructs us, we will abolish it.  If the Supreme Court objects, we will expand it.  And we will not rest until we have taken weapons of war out of circulation in our communities.  Each and every day we will do whatever it takes to end gun violence, whatever it takes."  [Video clip]

Rhode Island Democrat, David Cicilline, [reveals what he thinks] About Constitutional Rights.  The Rhode Island representative refused to yield his time during the outburst, while discussing legislation related to "red flag" laws, that would allow the government and law enforcement to confiscate firearms from anyone deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.  Florida congressman Matt Gaetz attempted to insert an amendment to the legislation stating "Congress disfavors the enactment of laws that authorize a court to issue an extreme risk protection order, also known as Red Flag laws, in the States because such laws trample on an individual's due process and Second Amendment rights."  [Video clip]

Joe Biden Says Radical Gun Control Should Be 'Central' to Voting in November.  President Joe Biden unleashed another passionate call for gun control, using the bully pulpit of the White House to make his case.  "Nothing has been done," Biden said.  "This time that cannot be true.  This time we must actually do something."  The president spoke about his proposals during a prime-time address from the White House, surrounded by candles representing the victims of mass shootings.  "For so many of you at home, I want to be very clear, this is not about taking away anyone's guns," Biden said before announcing he wanted to ban all "assault weapons" including AK-47s and AR-15s as well as magazines holding 30 rounds.

JPMorgan Chase CEO Warns to Prepare for Economic Hurricane as Biden Administration Switches U.S. Economy to Green New Deal Agenda.  JPMorgan Chase & Co.  Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon warned of a "hurricane" as the economy struggles against fiscally induced growth, quantitative tightening and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  Mr Dimon was delivering remarks at a conference sponsored by Alliance Bernstein Holdings Wednesday.  Higher oil prices, higher fuel prices, higher energy prices and much higher food prices are all looming over the horizon as the Biden administration switches the baseline for the U.S economy from oil and gas to the Green New Deal energy program.  Things are going to get worse, the question is, how much worse?

Our Economic Misery Isn't an Accident, It's the Plan.  Americans can't afford to buy a used car or even gas because the Left doesn't want them to drive.  They can't buy homes because the Left wants to destroy the suburbs and force everyone to live in megacities.  They have trouble buying meat because the Left wants them to eat soy.  The same is true for the whole exercise in planned economic misery that we're experiencing.  Take Hoover's "A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage" and reverse it.  That's the goal.  What we're living through is not an unintentional accident:  it's the American Holodomor.  The Left doesn't want you to be able to drive, buy a home, or enjoy a burger.

There Is No Plan.  On May 30, Biden published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that explained "My Plan for Fighting Inflation." [...] Biden's Journal op-ed is a masterclass in passing the buck.  He doesn't bring up his "plan for fighting inflation" until midway through his thousand-word piece.  My inner college professor wanted to send the article back to him with suggestions for revision.  Number one:  Always move your best material to the top!  The plan itself is gauzy and thin.  "The Federal Reserve has a primary responsibility to control inflation."  You wouldn't know that from listening to Progressives, including some of Biden's nominees to the Federal Reserve, who argue that the Fed's interest in price stability distracts it from promoting full employment, green energy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Now Biden wants the Fed to correct not only its mistakes, but his own.

Democrats' safety agenda demonizes gun owners, coddles criminals, and defunds police.  In order to understand what Democrats are doing to this country, one must first understand that their new push for gun control is just one element of a three-part agenda to reshape day-to-day life in the United States.  Facing a brutal midterm election this fall, they believe that the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is their opportunity to change the subject.  Their problem, however, is that they have already made it too difficult to discuss the gun control issue in isolation, the way they could back in the late 1990s.  That's because today's Democrats have gone so far to the left, embracing a radical anti-law enforcement and anti-incarceration agenda that has become too big a national news story to hide.  At this point, many voters feel unsafe in their communities and know that no number of new gun laws can fix the problem.

Democrat Mondaire Jones:  Abolish the Filibuster, Pack Supreme Court to Pass Gun Control.  Progressive Democrat Mondaire Jones (D-NY) said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday that Democrats would go to extraordinary lengths to pass major gun control.  Jones spoke before the Judiciary Committee as House Democrats continue to consider gun control legislation.  During his impassioned speech, he said that Republicans cannot stop Democrats from passing said reform because Democrats would go to extreme lengths to pass gun control legislation.  This includes breaking the legislative filibuster and packing the Supreme Court.

Green Energy Chickens Coming Home to Roost.  This year will graphically demonstrate the malign consequences of the misguided efforts to replace cheap, reliable fossil fuel energy with unreliable, inefficient "renewable" energy like wind and solar.  Never in history has a civilization willfully embarked on destroying its material foundations, based solely on a hypothesis rather than scientifically established fact. [...] Here at home, warnings of electricity blackouts across the country this summer have not slowed down many states' increased efforts to shutter electrical plants powered by coal, natural gas, and nuclear fission.  In New York, Governor Kathy Holchul has announced the state's commitment to enforcing a requirement that new power plants must achieve "zero on-site greenhouse gas emissions for new construction no later than 2027."  This policy of wishful thinking follows New York's Climate Act of 2019, which requires that all power generation comes from "green" sources by 2040, including 70% from renewable energy by 2030.

Joe Biden Creates 'Office of Environmental Justice' for 'Communities of Color'.  President Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday a new Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) to preserve "communities of color" from zoning restrictions and pollution, among other objectives.  The OEJ will report to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will sit within the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity at HHS, according to Xavier Becerra, secretary of HHS.  Biden created the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity in 2021 to stop the warming of the globe.

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Does Joe Biden believe he can stop global warming by setting up another layer of bureaucracy?

Dem Congressman Warns America:  We Will Stop at Nothing Until We Confiscate Your Guns.  Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) warned law-abiding gun owners that Democrats will do everything in their power to ensure AR-15s and similar types of firearms are confiscated during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday [6/2/2022].  The hearing was to consider H.R. 7910, the "Protecting Our Kids Act," which would raise the legal age to purchase "certain semiautomatic centerfire rifles or semiautomatic centerfire shotguns" from 18 to 21 with "exceptions."  The bill will also "modernize the prohibition on untraceable firearms [and] encourage the safe storage of firearms."

Joe Biden's Train-Wreck Economy.  [Scroll down]  The only thing we know today is that the pre-existing status quo is gone.  When Joe Biden and Brian Deese say they want to transition to an economy with more "stable and resilient" growth, they are describing their alternative to the prepandemic froth.  That vision has two goals.  The first is to use taxes and government-guided capital investments to compensate for the widening spread between the incomes of knowledge-economy workers and everyone else.  The other goal, of course, is their great white whale — a non-fossil-fuel economy.  Growth, they assume, will be slower in their economy but somehow steadier and more predictable.  Substance aside, the progressive economic model is on its way down the political drain.  Mr. Biden admitted as much in Tokyo when he remarked that passing his Build Back Better agenda would have lowered child and family-care costs and tempered the effects of inflation.  Of course, it's not happening.  Still, this grand progressive experiment — a final choice between the U.S. as a welfare state or a growth state — came within one Senate vote of reality.

Trudeau takes another major step towards totalitarianism.  Last week marked the conclusion of the annual conference of the World Economic Forum in Davos, an event with particular focus on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.  These goals, collectively known as Agenda 2030, are a set of objectives designed to be a "shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future."  The Agenda includes seventeen Goals, like "No Poverty" and "Zero Hunger" — however, underneath the facade of humanitarianism is a malevolent truth:  Agenda 2030 is nothing more than an assault on national sovereignty and common people by the power-hungry global aristocracy.  As you may recall, Klaus Schwab, president of the Forum said, "The pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world."  Goal 16, Target 8 of the SDGs, is this:  "Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance" — enter Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.  According to Schwab, more than half of Justin Trudeau's Cabinet are members of the Forum.  Just yesterday, Trudeau announced his regime would be implementing a "national freeze" on gun ownership, ultimately capping the amount of legal guns within Canadian borders.

'In the crosshairs': Department of Navy releases climate change strategy.  The Department of the Navy this week released its strategy for how it will deal with climate change and proceed toward the government's goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  "Climate change is one of the most destabilizing forces of our time, exacerbating other national security concerns and posing serious readiness challenges," Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said in the introduction to the 32-page report.  "Our naval and amphibious forces are in the crosshairs of the climate crisis and this strategy provides the framework to empower us to meaningfully reduce the threat of climate change."  Setting the department on a course to combat climate change is a main priority of Del Toro's tenure.  He called the issue "existential" for the Navy and Marine Corps.

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The climate is constantly changing, at an imperceptibly slow rate.  The changes do not threaten anyone, especially the military.  The pronouncement by the Navy Secretary is a power grab and a demand for a bigger budget.  If our armed forces can be defeated by bad weather, this country is finished.

Biden Plans To Cancel $10,000 In Student Debt Per Borrower Ahead Of Midterms.  As soon as this weekend, President Biden could announce a plan to cancel $10k in student debt per borrower, according to WaPo, citing three people with knowledge of the matter.  Biden could make the announcement at the University of Delaware's commencement ceremony on Saturday.  The plan would apply to Americans who earned less than $150k in the previous year or less than 300k for married couples filing jointly.  On April 6, the White House announced it would extend the pause of federal student loan repayments through August 31.  It wasn't clear if the administration would extend the moratorium beyond this.

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Biden student-loan forgiveness plan: $20,000 for households earning $300K per year?  So much for Scranton Joe looking out for the working class, eh?  While Joe Biden crows about the "incredible transition" he's forcing lower- and middle-class households to endure with hyperinflation and record gas prices, Biden's about to offer Academia a bail-out.  College-loan recipients could get $10,000 taken off the top of their debt as long as they earn under $150,000 per year, and married couples with loans for both could see a $20,000 benefit as long as they earn under $300K.

Why Team Biden might be purposefully grinding down the middle class.  Inflation is running rampant.  The Producer Price Index, the most useful measure of general inflation, is up a whopping 16.3% from April 2021, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  That means that roughly $1 out of every $6 that people earn has been lost to inflation in a single year. [...] Inflation comes when you have too much money chasing too few goods.  The spending part provided the excess money, but the Biden team was right there helping to ensure fewer goods, too.  Gas prices going up?  Not only was Biden's spending program stimulating inflation, but at the same time Biden policies were reducing the amount of gasoline, diesel and heating oil those dollars could buy.  Biden went wild canceling pipelines, ending gas and oil leases, imposing stricter environmental rules and — in cooperation with big institutional investors — choking off the finances of people trying to produce new fuel supplies.

Democrats' Domestic Terrorism Bill Actually Goes After Political Opponents.  Democrats are calling for a crackdown on domestic terrorism, but Republicans say their colleagues want to pass legislation that endangers the privacy of all Americans.  Democrats' proposed legislation is "nothing more than empowering the federal government to police thought and speech in the United States of America," Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, says.  The House last week passed the bill, dubbed the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, days after a gunman in Buffalo, New York, shot and killed 10.  The bill is now before the Senate, which is expected to vote on it Thursday [5/26/2022].

The Sinister Roots of Build Back Better.  The foundation of the New Deal was found in the economic theory of John Maynard Keynes.  Keynes was a British economist who developed the theory of 'deficit spending' — the idea that the government going into debt would jump start the depressed economy which, then, would experience reinvigoration. [...] However, the Keynesian model has been weaponized under Build Back Better in a most sinister way.  The present shift is to make us more amenable to the globalist fantasies gaining popularity in recent decades to ensure a transition towards world governance and a cooperative world economy (rather than a competitive one) under the cloak of "meeting needs" and "sustainability."  These two concepts are key pillars in a document written and published by the United Nations called Agenda 2030.

Cruz: Dems Blocked My Legislation to Harden Schools, Keep Guns Away from Criminals from Getting 60 Votes.  On Wednesday's [5/25/2022] broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Jesse Watters Primetime," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stated that Democrats blocked legislation he proposed in 2013 to bolster school security and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill by keeping it from reaching the 60-vote threshold.  Cruz said, "In 2013, I introduced legislation that would spend $300 million on federal grants to harden schools to make them safer, to make them more protected.  The Democrats filibustered that legislation.  I've introduced legislation to say schools like this elementary school behind me can get federal grants to harden their security, to put in bulletproof doors, bulletproof glass, to put in armed police officers to protect kids."

Never Forget Democrats Want to Remove Cops from Schools.  The Democrat party can never be allowed to forget how hard it has worked to expel police officers from schools.  At the state and local level, Democrats have and continue to push and push and push to remove police and leave schoolchildren defenseless. [...] Here's what we know for a fact:  We know Evil is going to shoot up schools.  We know the corporate media will never stop incentivizing shooting up schools.  Thanks to our pro-school shooting media, every school shooter knows that shooting up a school will give him exactly what he wants: the power to shake up the country.  We know the only thing that will stop a maniac with a gun is a good guy with a gun.  We know all this, and yet Democrats still want to remove cops from schools.  So the question is why?  And the answer is simple.  There is no greater propaganda tool to push to disarm the American people than school shootings.  Police in schools stop and discourage school shootings.  If school shootings stop, Democrats lose their best propaganda tool.

Biden's Climate Czar Threatens Airlines That Resist The Green Agenda.  White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy hit airlines with a thinly-veiled threat Friday, warning of consequences if they don't follow strict climate regulations.  "Who would've thunk that [airlines would] be all in?" McCarthy, President Joe Biden's top climate adviser, remarked during a speech at Tufts University.  "But they better be or they're gonna be out of here."  The White House has pushed policies that would increase sustainable jet fuel by three billion gallons, reducing aviation emissions 20% by 2030.  McCarthy also said the Biden administration is doubling down on a wide variety of climate regulations, noting the myriad rules on appliances the White House plans to introduce this year.

The Elites Are Plotting Against Us In Plain View.  Yes, it's that time of year, and the Neo-Malthusian global elites are meeting in Davos, plotting in plain view, scheming to get us normals under their thumbs — and make it hurt.  Not kidding — they're talking a lot about pain.  Zhou let the cat out of the bag the other day, when he said that high gas prices were part of the "incredible transition".  Incredible transition?  Great Reset?  Sounds the same to me — and it is. [...] Climate change.  That's what caught my eye.  The whole point of the electoral coup against Trump was to seize the moment to jam the Green agenda, the Great Neo-Malthusian Reset, down our throats.  Problem is, they've screwed up so badly that they can see approaching doom, in spite of the rigging.

Biden Wants Taxpayers To Fund Massive Mining Projects — Just Not In The US.  While minerals, like copper, cobalt, nickel, graphite and zinc, are essential for green tech, China and other hostile nations dominate global mineral supply chains.  In 2021, the U.S. produced just 6% of the global copper supply, 0.4% of global cobalt supplies, 0.67% of the world's nickel, 0% of global graphite supply and about 5.7% of the world's zinc, according to federal data.  "The Biden Administration continues to put American union workers last and look anywhere else but domestically for minerals, the opposite of what Biden pledged to do before taking office," Minnesota Rep. Pete Stauber, the top Republican on the Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Subcommittee, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement.  "This Administration is unserious about securing our domestic supply chains by cancelling the Twin Metals leases in my district in Minnesota and standing in the way of mining projects in places like Arizona and Alaska as well," he continued.

Federal money always comes with strings attached.
Biden Admin:  K-12 Schools Must Put Boys In Girls' Bathrooms To Get Federal Lunch Money.  K-12 schools must allow boys into girls' private areas to obtain federal funds for lunches, breakfasts, and snacks, the Biden administration announced this month.  A U.S. Department of Education spokesman told The Federalist the Biden administration's press releases from several agencies announcing this policy will be followed by formal rulemaking in June.  "It seems to be playing politics with feeding poor kids, which is really unfortunate," John Elcesser, executive director of the Indiana Non-Public Education Association, said via phone amid weeks of attempting to sort out these new demands with government officials on behalf of private schools in his state.  "Because if a school feels like they cannot participate because it's in conflict with their mission or values, if a religious exemption is not granted, you're taking away a program that's feeding low-income kids."

No Way Out but War.  The United States, as the near unanimous vote to provide nearly $40 billion in aid to Ukraine illustrates, is trapped in the death spiral of unchecked militarism.  No high speed trains.  No universal health care.  No viable Covid relief program.  No respite from 8.3 percent inflation. [...] No respite from gas prices that are projected to hit $6 a gallon.  The permanent war economy, implanted since the end of World War II, has destroyed the private economy, bankrupted the nation, and squandered trillions of dollars of taxpayer money.  The monopolization of capital by the military has driven the US debt to $30 trillion, $6 trillion more than the US GDP of $24 trillion.  Servicing this debt costs $300 billion a year.  We spent more on the military, $813 billion for fiscal year 2023, than the next nine countries, including China and Russia, combined.  We are paying a heavy social, political, and economic cost for our militarism.

Stark Raving Green.  2050: That's the deadline that President Joe Biden has set to decarbonize the U.S. power sector and supposedly save the planet from man-made climate catastrophe.  In issuing his December executive order prioritizing a "Clean Energy Economy," Eco-Joe pledged you, the American taxpayer, to spend billions in the next three decades to achieve net-zero carbon emissions "across federal operations" by mid-century.  Blue-state governors and some power companies hail the proposals as ground-breaking, according to the International Business Times.  However, Biden is facing hostility from Republicans and coal-producing states, who are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Supreme Court about whether the administration has authority to implement the scheme.  What few are talking about is how unfeasible the plans actually are.

It Sure Looks Like Joe Biden Is Trying to Purposely Destroy the Country.  The last several weeks in the United States have been a wild ride.  Everything that could go wrong, short of a full-blown apocalyptic situation, has gone wrong.  The stock market is currently in the midst of a collapse, with the Dow Jones losing nearly 5,000 points over the last 30 days.  Inflation clocked in at 8.3% for April, representing another crushing blow to Americans.  Of course, gas prices continue to break milestones on a daily basis. [...] If the Biden administration were actually purposely trying to destroy the country, what would they be doing differently?  That's a question everyone should ask themselves at this point.  At every turn, on every issue, the president and his team are moving to do exactly the opposite of what has to happen to help, and they are doing so with blatant arrogance.

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Aha!  I think I know what they're up to.  Joe Biden is creating a series of preventable crises.  Someday soon, the Democrats will throw out Mr. Biden on the basis of his obvious senility, and replace him with Kamala Harris, who is as dumb as a box of rocks.  The news media will celebrate the coronation of the First Female President for a couple of weeks, and then... TA-DAAA all the country's problems will get fixed, one by one:  The Mexican border will be sealed up, the oil companies will be given every possible incentive to produce, ship, import and sell gas as cheaply as possible, the money supply will be tightened, career criminals will be locked up for life, and baby formula will be flowing in the streets.  After a year of Reaganesque improvements — which is really just un-doing everything Biden did — Harris will be absolutely unbeatable in 2024.  You couldn't possibly vote against her with such a record of "achievements" unless you're some kind of racist.  And don't you dare question her citizenship, you truther!  Do you hate women, or something?  It's an enormous plot to make old white men look like the last people you should ever elect as president.  And, as Biden has proven, a Democrat president is just a figurehead anyway — the real power is behind the curtain — so it doesn't matter if the ostensible president is competent or not.  That's your cue, Michelle!

Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan pushing for NYC 'drag laureate'.  A Harlem councilwoman is pushing legislation that would require city leaders overseeing museums and nightlife to appoint a laureate of the Big Apple's growing drag performance scene.  Democratic socialist Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan introduced a bill Thursday that would require a "drag laureate" to be picked annually by the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs in consultation with the head of the Mayor's Office of Nightlife.  During Thursday's City Council meeting, Richardson Jordan said the drag laureate would serve as the city's "ambassador to LGBTQ nightlife."  "As a black queer woman, I know what it is to feel invisible," said Richardson Jordan, who has come under fire during her first year on the Council for bashing the NYPD as the city's "biggest gang" and blaming Ukraine — for being invaded by Russia.

Is The New Deal Unconstitutional?  Well, duh — the obvious answer is YES.  But that hasn't been a winning argument in the Supreme Court since 1935 unfortunately.  In the aftermath of the leaked Dobbs opinion, the left has been in a panic about what other "rights" the Supreme Court might take away, like the right to same sex marriage, inter-racial marriage, contraception, and watching European soccer in the middle of the night.

Pete Buttigieg says US backs new Marshall plan to rebuild Ukraine.  A leading figure in the Biden administration has backed a recovery programme for Ukraine in the style of the Marshall plan, which helped rebuild Europe after the second world war.  Pete Buttigieg, the US transportation secretary, said there was plenty of political will at home and internationally towards cooperating in long-term reconstruction efforts including to buttress existing infrastructure in Ukraine.

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[#1] The war's not over yet, Peetie.  [#2] Why is it up to the U.S. to rebuild Ukraine?

Fed Chair Jerome Powell:  We won't hesitate to raise rates to tame inflation.  The US central bank is in the midst of a "whatever it takes" moment when it comes to inflation, but if Fed officials had known how high inflation would rise, they would have changed their course on policy earlier, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday.  "In hindsight, it would have been better to raise rates earlier," Powell said in an interview at the Wall Street Journal's Future of Everything event.  The central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by a half-percentage point earlier this month, following a smaller rate hike in March, in order to get a handle on the highest inflation in 40 years.

When it comes to energy production, the midterm elections matter.  The day before Joe Biden entered the Oval Office, America was a net energy exporter with a rapidly growing economy, despite the effects of the Democrat-demand lockdowns.  On his first day in the Oval Office, Biden immediately took steps to cut America's energy production and, by vetoing the Keystone Pipeline, its access to energy.  America instantly began an inflationary climb that accelerated with the War in Ukraine.  What a Senate Energy Committee hearing revealed is that the Biden administration is only just getting started.  If America is to survive, Biden's wings must be clipped and that can only be done with a veto-proof majority in Congress.

Biden invokes Defense Production Act to bring in the baby formula.  What could go wrong?  Joe Biden is suddenly serious.  He's taken control.  Instead of sending a spokeswoman to laugh off a question about who was "running point" on the baby formula crisis, or telling moms with hungry infants to ask their doctors for free samples, if not call their local community organizer, he's invoked the Defense Production Act to empower the federal government to take control of the baby formula shortages that have come as 50% of baby formula has disappeared from store shelves. [...] Biden created the crisis by allowing his FDA to hamfistedly shut down a major baby formula supplier over safety concerns after several infants got sick and one died after supposedly consuming Abbott's baby formula, a charge the company says was falsely attributed to its formula.  Biden hasn't proven otherwise, but the plant, which makes about a third of the formula consumed in the States, stays shut down.  The shortages that came of it were something the Bidenite FDA never considered.

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It's almost as if Joe Biden is creating a series of calamities in order to fix them all just before the next election.  Except he's not even that smart.  He's just creating calamities for the sake of destroying the U.S.

The Biden effect is real.  Over the past few weeks, Democrats seem to be having a revelatory experience, discovering that simply increasing demand through government spending doesn't work if there are limited products to buy.  The supply side of the capitalism equation is essential, and when government layers on excessive regulations, it holds back business and slows the production of goods.  The inability of the Biden administration to both create a constructive environment for producers and a dependable, efficient supply chain to get goods to market has produced the worst inflation in 40 years.  Without supply, all increased demand does is increase prices.  This administration needs to focus on fixing the supply side of the economy.  But instead, Biden tweeted Friday, "You want to bring down inflation?  Let's make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share."  So, his solution to inflation is to increase taxes on businesses, who will then pass those costs on to consumers.  Sounds like a recipe for higher inflation.

Is Biden's 'Success' Our Mess?  If an administration deliberately wished to cause havoc on the border, to ensure fuel was nearly unaffordable, to create a crime wave, to spark 1970s hyperinflation, and to rekindle racial tensions, what would it have done differently than what Joe Biden has done?  So is Biden malicious, incompetent, or a wannabe left-wing ideologue?  When pressed about inflation and fuel price hikes, Biden either blames someone or something else, gets mad at the questioner, or claims Donald Trump did it.  His administration apparently believes things are going well and according to plan.  When polls disagree, his team either believes the American people are brainwashed or that they themselves have not supplied sufficient propaganda.  So they never pivot or compromise, but rededicate themselves to continued failure.  Why?  Apparently, what most in the country see as disasters, Biden envisions as success.

No help at our border, but Biden announces $5 billion going to bike paths, wider sidewalks.  In the world of Democrat delusion, they think $5 billion is necessary, at this point in time, to make bike paths and widen side walks.  You cannot make this up.  They have approved $40 billion in aide to Ukraine in a heartbeat under President Biden, while having rejected former President Trump's request for a mere $5 billion to secure our border.  The news also comes as fentanyl and the drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in the U.S. There's also an increase in human smuggling and extortion to pay to cross the border.  But no; let's make some bike paths and widen sidewalks.  That is an immediate emergency.

Liberalism and the Problem of Evil.  No one can speak of evil without mentioning its attraction to the Democrat Party, which is now the party of official racism in America.  Political evil is a contagion of psychological immaturity, self-delusion, and counterfeit justification, and its virus has spread throughout America's liberal ruling class.  Its influence has scoured our nation of its fundamental values, and leftists are intent on creating a state apparatus that facilitates the separation of children from their parents, criminals from justice, and citizens from the Bill of Rights.  This is a call to Marxist socialism that has no past and no possibility of a future.  This is evil come to do business with the Democrat Party, and it is evil on a national scale.  Civilization must protect the weakest, but leftist ideology targets and crushes those who are unable to resist the powerful forces of state coercion.  There is no civilization on the far side of Marxism.

Americans Send Biden a Resounding Message About His Policy on Gender Treatments for Minors.  The vast majority of American voters are against permanent "gender transition" treatments for minors, according to a new poll despite the Biden administration's endorsement of these procedures.  The poll, released Tuesday, found that 90% of respondents who had an opinion on the subject believed minors should not be allowed to undergo permanent "gender transition" procedures, in stark opposition to Biden's position.  The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters from April 22-26 and was conducted by McLaughlin and Associates along with Summit Ministries.

As Baby Formula Shortage and Inflation Worsen, Democrats to Hold UFO Hearings.  America faces a series of worsening crises, including a major baby formula shortage, and growing economic and social unrest, and what are Democrats in Nancy Pelosi's House of Representatives doing?  They are pushing abortion bills and holding UFO hearings.  In a Fox News report last week, correspondent Chad Pergram noted that the priorities of the Democrats in Washington don't seem to be jibing with the needs of the American people.  Instead of concerning themselves with gas prices, inflation, and a baby formula shortage, Pergram reported, "Democrats are focused on abortion."

Senate Advances Bill to Give Ukraine $40 Billion in Aid During 40-Year High Inflation.  The Senate voted on Monday to advance legislation that would provide $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, while Americans continue to suffer from food shortages and reel from inflation.  The Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed on H.R. 7691, the Ukraine Supplemental Aid Package.  The motion passed 81-11. This means that the Senate can begin debate on the Ukraine aid package.

Another COVID-19 Spending Bill Would Fuel More Inflationary Fire.  With the annualized inflation tax now around $8,500 per American household, the last thing we need is more fuel dumped on the inflationary fires.  Yet, that is exactly what President Joe Biden has asked Congress to do.  Congress is now considering a $48 billion corporate bailout disguised as COVID-19 spending that takes more of your money and gives it to Biden's chosen few.  This, of course, is on top of more than $6 trillion of taxpayer money that has been spent on COVID-19.  Of these funds alone, $40 billion (80% of the bill) would go just to backfill a single program from Biden's inflationary stimulus that gave out cash last year to businesses of the government's choosing.  However, who will backfill the bank accounts of the Americans robbed to finance this corporate giveaway?  Point of fact:  It is your money that they would be giving out.

Biden team's bright idea to get Venezuela to pump oil for us panned by senior diplomat.  A few weeks ago, the Joe Biden team, in response to Congress cutting off Russian oil imports, tried to get Venezuela to pump some oil for us.  The logic, of course, was to let bygones be bygones, and ignore the inconvenient little detail about Venezuela's oil company being full of drug dealers, which is among the things that got them sanctioned and cut off in the first place.  Why not have Venezuela replace Vladimir Putin for oil?  It sounded so logical, so easy.  Anything but pump our own.  Well, now the details of that caper are out and let's just say it isn't pretty.

The SEC climate change rule sidesteps Congress and voters.  The Securities and Exchange Commission's recently proposed rule is so complex and far-reaching it could reorient the entire U.S. financial system into one that prioritizes climate change over financial soundness.  The rule risks turning the SEC into a quasi-environmental agency in which climate "experts" have greater influence than financial regulators focused on preventing fraud and promoting fair returns to workers and retirees. [...] The proposed climate change disclosure rule is so complex that it runs 506 pages with 1,068 footnotes.  It would impose a $10.235 billion cost on society, putting further upward pressure on energy prices.  Rather than providing clarity to investors, it would require companies to report the unknowable and predict the impossible.

Chuck Schumer Is Hellbent On Destroying The Democratic Party.  The midterm elections in November will be decided by a lot of things, but abortion and the overturning of Roe v. Wade won't be among them.  The economy will be at the top of the list of voters' priorities in the fall.  Folks who have watched their 401K accounts evaporate and who are getting clobbered by inflation will be voting with their pocketbooks.  Many voters will consider the immigration crisis at the southern border when casting their votes, as well as the instability in Eastern Europe and President Joe Biden's incoherent foreign policy.

'Bread and Circuses' but without the bread.  Roman poet Juvenal purportedly said, "Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt."  This phrase expressed the strategic blueprint of Roman officials, one which sustained civic approval through misdirection and diversion — attention was directed towards the pleasures of hedonism and entertainment rather than the neglectful government.  Sound familiar?  The presence of fast-food establishments, fully-stocked grocery stores, and microwaves, provide convenience to such a degree, few of us would be able to survive in the event of a total collapse of the supply chain.  We live in a world of perpetual distractions, from social media, to streaming services on the television, to a 24-hour news cycle of state-sponsored propaganda.  However, with Biden's usurpation of the executive branch, he and his accomplices are flipping the script.  Instead of pacifying the masses to maintain public support, Joe and company threw out half of Juvenal's equation — they forgot the food!

Gas lines, here we come:  Pelosi to push federal price caps on gasoline.  The 1970s came back so fast, I didn't even have time to buy some leisure suits.  Faced with massive inflation and an energy crisis, the obvious solution would be to incentivize more extraction and refining by lowering regulatory hurdles, a solution that eventually helped end the cyclical energy crisis 40 years ago.  Instead, Democrats have decided to act by canceling lease sales, erecting more regulatory hurdles, and attacking ... "price gouging."  Bloomberg Energy reporter Javier Blas reports that Nancy Pelosi will float a bill in the House that would give Joe Biden the authority to impose price controls on gasoline:  [Tweet]

The Leftwing Insurrection.  [Scroll down]  The real insurrection brewing in America isn't on the right despite the constant talk and promotion of this view.  It is meant to hide the reality.  It is from the left that the real insurrection is brewing and coming.  "Transformation" of the Supreme Court (destroying the Supreme Court).  "Transformation" of the Presidential election process (destroying the Electoral College).  "Transformation" of the First and Second Amendments (destroying the First and Second Amendments).  "Transformation" of the economy (destroying the market economy and replacing it with government control and cronyism).  The talk of "transformation" hides the insurrectionist mentality of the left.  The left wants to destroy and alter the organs and institutions of American government to suit their own tyrannical desires.  Patriotic conservatives, derided by Joe Biden as "ultra MAGA," seek the restoration of the promise of American self-governance and the autonomy of states and communities from the federal leviathan.  The left wants to implement its one-size fits all California politics across the entire country.

Biden's Climate Czar May Have Inadvertently Revealed Deep Dysfunction In The Administration.  Top White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy copied a CBS News reporter on an email chain Wednesday announcing the administration would cancel a series of oil and gas lease sales.  "The Cook inlet sale was canceled.  It is not proceeding," McCarthy wrote to other White House officials in an email, CBS reported.  Another official reportedly responded immediately saying that a decision hadn't been made yet.  Interior Department (DOI) officials then reiterated that sentiment to CBS, also saying the agency hadn't decided if it would move forward on the lease sales Wednesday evening.

Biden announces 20 internet companies will give 'free' high-speed broadband for almost 50 million low income families.  The Biden administration announced a plan to get high-speed internet to millions of Americans through subsidies and discounts agreed to by industry — putting work-from-home technology, plus educational and entertainment options into rural and low-income homes.  'High-speed internet service is no longer a luxury — it's a necessity,' the White House said in a fact sheet Monday [5/9/2022] announcing the program.  The funds come from the bipartisan infrastructure law that Biden is championing around the country.

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Low-speed internet service is good enough for email, high-school homework, and browsing the news.  High-speed internet is "a necessity" only if you watch a lot of movies and TV shows over the internet, or you constantly upload movies of your cat.

Congressional Democrats Say Biden Not Spending Enough on Ukraine.  The House of Representatives were concerned Joe Biden was not spending enough on the Ukraine laundry operation, so they took his $33 billion request and added another $7 billion making the Ukraine support package $40 billion.  Yes, you read that correctly:  'Unbelievable' is an understatement.  I mean seriously, does anyone in Washington DC even talk to their constituents any longer?  The DHS Customs and Border Patrol budget for our border security operations is approximately $4 billion, the Southern border is in crisis.  Meanwhile Biden and Pelosi send over $55 billion to Ukraine?

Biden Administration Sneaks Unlawful Immigration Benefits Into Ukraine Aid Request.  President Joe Biden recently sent an emergency supplemental funding request to Congress for $33 billion in aid to Ukraine.  However, the administration used the opportunity to sneak in unlawful immigration benefits for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian, Afghan, and Russian immigrants — paid for by the American people and at the expense of lawful applicants who have been waiting years to properly immigrate to the U.S.  The emergency request includes $1.2 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services with a nod to the Department of Homeland Security's Uniting for Ukraine program.  This portion of the funding request includes robust and increased blanket immigration provisions for Ukrainians, Afghans, and Russians in the science, technology, engineering, and math — or STEM — fields.

Is the American Postmodern Left a Fascist Movement?  For my work in corporate social responsibility, I was recently reading The Great Transformation, Karl Polanyi's critique of capitalism, when something he wrote gave me one of those really uncomfortable "Aha" moments.  Polanyi was discussing the alternatives to capitalism — left socialism and right socialism (which we call "Fascism").  His point was that these two socialisms were created to undo the disruptions of capitalism which had privileged "money power" to degrade human sociality into atomic individualism driven by self-seeking greed.  When I read his observation that the Fascist phase of anti-capitalism brought about "Irrational philosophies, racialist aesthetics, anti-capitalist demagogy, heterodox currency views, criticism of the party system, widespread disparagement of the 'regime'," I thought "How odd, that sounds just like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the postmodern Left."

Disinformation Panels, Control over Social Media Content and Now DOJ Environmental Justice.  Barack Obama and Eric Holder did not create a weaponized DOJ and FBI; instead, what they did was take the preexisting system and retool it, so the weapons only targeted one side of the political continuum.  This point is where many people get confused.  Prior to 9/11/01 the greatest threat to government was considered to be from outside the U.S, vis-a-vis terrorism.  After 9/11/01 the greatest threat was redefined, Americans were now considered the threat, the enemy tracking radar was turned around to look inside America.  In the era shortly after 9/11, the DC national security apparatus was constructed to preserve continuity of government and simultaneously view all Americans as potential threats.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) were created specifically for this purpose.  DHS and ODNI were created because Americans were now the threat to government.  Stop.  Pause.  Think.  You are taking off your shoes at the airports because YOU are the threat.  You pass through body scanners because YOU are the threat.  Stop.  Pause.  Think.  How does that define your relationship with government?

Biden's gender-transition agenda is harming children.  "There is no argument among medical professionals — pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent medicine physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. — about the value and the importance of gender-affirming care," U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine told NPR recently.  This was Levine's way of saying that it is actually harmful not to gender-transition boys into being girls and vice versa, even though that often means permanent mutilation of a child's body and irreversible hormonal treatments.  With the assertion that there is "no argument," Levine is using a fallacy called "proof by assertion" — as if the forceful repetition of a controversial statement can make it true.  This is a concerted effort by the Biden administration and the gender-transition industry to quell a raging debate among medical professionals and researchers, many of whom strongly disagree.

Biden's climate advisor threatens airlines they better comply or 'they're gonna be outta here!'.  White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy openly threatened airlines in true "Godfather" fashion on Friday during a forum at Tufts University, warning that they will no longer exist if they don't follow President Joe Biden's Green New Deal-style rules.  "Who woulda thunk that [airlines would] be all in?" McCarthy remarked.  "But they better be or they're gonna be out of here."  The White House is promoting exceedingly unrealistic policies that claim to increase sustainable jet fuel by three billion gallons and reduce aviation emissions by 20 percent by 2030.  McCarthy boasted that the Biden administration will be issuing over 100 new rules this year to regulate appliances.

Student Loan Bailout Is [a] Handout to [the] Ruling Elite.  Democrats are calling for more redistribution of wealth — this time for the benefit of their Ivy League-educated elites.  The COVID-19 pandemic and continual government-imposed lockdowns upended our way of life.  Many Americans found themselves unemployed or in financial trouble.  Now, inflation is eating away at everyone's wealth, making us all poorer.  Large swaths of Americans are hurting, but whose needs are being prioritized?  Apparently, the Biden administration wants to prioritize what amounts to welfare for the upper class.

King Joe Can't Transfer Student-Loan Debt.  Transferring hundreds of billions of dollars of student-loan debt — as Joe Biden is reportedly considering — would be unjust, indiscriminate, and remarkably irresponsible.  It would force everyday Americans who didn't take out those loans to shoulder their burden in the form of higher taxes or increased national debt (which, inevitably, leads to higher taxes).  But none of this matters as much as the worst thing about such a potential action:  It would be a naked violation of our constitutional forms, a move more monarchical than republican.  Both the Constitution and the founders' writings make it clear that Congress has the power to make federal laws (subject to a presidential veto) and the power of the purse.  Biden has neither, and yet he wishes to exercise both in this instance.

Samantha Power Admits Biden Admin Using Russia-Ukraine War to Push Green Energy.  Samantha Power, the administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), admitted to the world that the administration is using Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine to push its green energy agenda.  [Tweets]

It's not debt forgiveness, it's debt transfer.  Laura Ingraham sparked intense outrage on the left (what's new) with her recent remarks criticizing President Biden's reported plans to push forward with his student loan debt "forgiveness" scheme.  Before we get to that, let's establish the obvious:  this isn't debt forgiveness, it's a debt transfer.  Since money can't be evaporated or erased, the existing debt — that is, money that has already been spent — will be paid by someone.  What the president is promising to do is to tell the people who took the loans that they don't have to fulfill their obligation to pay, while telling taxpayers they get to.

Congress Must Carefully Review Any Ukraine Spending Package.  President Joe Biden has requested a $33 billion supplemental spending package to provide additional aid to Ukraine.  These funds would follow the $13.6 billion appropriated in March as well as the $6.4 billion in security assistance provided since 2014.  This proposed level of funding is significant.  For context, $33 billion is about the same amount as the annual discretionary funding provided to the Department of Justice and is even greater than the funding for the Environmental Protection Agency plus the Department of Labor plus the Department of Commerce.  Compared to the $46.6 billion in Ukraine-related funding provided and requested this year, the entire fiscal year 2022 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill was $56.1 billion.  While the human impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine is moving, and further U.S. support for Ukraine to defend itself is warranted, it is vital that Congress carefully evaluate Biden's request and ensure that any legislation is responsibly crafted.

Biden's Loan Forgiveness Fraud.  His popularity flagging, President Joe Biden is using the oldest trick in the book to return voters to the Democrats' fold:  Don't earn their future votes, buy them.  And that's exactly what Biden is doing with his $1 trillion plan to "forgive" student loans.  Biden had already allowed students to "postpone" paying their loans during the pandemic "emergency," even those who have jobs and could make the payments.  So why now forgive the loans?  The truth is, one of the biggest recent declines in Biden's support comes among Americans of college age and slightly older, the very group most likely to have a pile of student loans.  What better, or more cynical, way to revive their flagging political support than to bribe them with a "free" education?

Biden is circling closer to a student loan forgiveness executive order.  Despite the lack of any definitive proof that the President has the authority to simply cancel student loan debt without congressional approval, Joe Biden is reportedly in talks to do precisely that and he claims a decision will be coming in a matter of weeks.  The progressive lobby in Congress has been pushing Biden to take such an action, but he supposedly isn't prepared to give them everything they want.  The target figure for progressives is $50,000 in debt relief for everyone.  Biden said he's not going that high and there are expected to be income caps associated with any proposed relief.  What the exact figures are remains to be seen.  But if it's anything close to what's being suggested in this report from National Review, there are definitely going to be a lot of questions among the public.

A Bridge Too Far, the Demise of the Democrats.  The progressive socialist left has gone not just one, but several bridges too far in just these past 16 months.  They have sought to advance along a singular avenue of approach into the heart of America and are now facing a strategic demise.  There can be no doubt that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the most incompetent duo that this Nation has possibly ever seen.  Of course, to leftists, all is just well, but they cannot hide this facade for too much longer.  The left's decision to end our energy independence and force Americans to their economic knees to accept their Green New Deal fallacy is failing.  America was not too long ago a net exporter of energy resources.  Along those lines, the astronomical rise in inflation, a 40-year high, is curtailing economic independence for many Americans.  Realize that inflation and the rise in energy prices are hidden taxation on Americans.

Biden Sues Alabama, Claims Ban on Transgender Child Abuse Violates 14th Amendment.  The Fourteenth Amendment states that, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.  No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."  At no point in time does it state that states are not allowed to ban child abuse simply because a particular group tends to practice that abuse.  For example, states can be raping 7-year-olds even though Mohammed married a 7-year-old girl.  Biden and his hack running the DOJ disagree.  The DOJ has sued Alabama over Senate Bill (S.B.) 184 or the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act.  The filing is filled with woke gibberish that makes lots of assertions without ever meeting a basic legal standard.

Ad Campaign Reminds Voters of Reality in Blue States Under Biden, Democrats.  Earlier this week, the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) launched its six-figure "Tale of Two Americas" ad campaign to highlight the stunning contrast between how states run by Republican leaders and those run by Democrats fare when it comes to issues such as economic opportunity, academic achievement, and safety in their communities.  The 54-second ad contains buzzwords such as "freedom and fear."  The ad distinguishes how "Our country is a tale of two Americas.  One full of freedom.  The other full of fear.  We have opportunity or hardship.  Education or indoctrination.  Rule of law or lawlessness.  Strength or weakness."  The narrator goes on to point out "Liberal failures are hurting Americans.  Conservative ideas are moving us forward," and closes by asking "Which America do you want to live in?"

The Taxpayer Con of the Century.  Remember how Democrats sold their student loan takeover as a money-saver?  Now millions of borrowers can't or don't want to repay their loans, so President Biden says he may cancel their debt. [...] Federal student loans were established as part of the Great Society to help low-income students.  Yet step by step, Democrats have turned student loans into an entitlement for academia and the affluent.  Rather than make college free on the front end — which might have failed to pass Congress — they want to waive the costs at the back end.  As the loan limit increased over time — now $57,500 a year for independent undergrads and $31,000 for those dependent on their parents — colleges raised their prices to sop up more federal largesse.  It doesn't matter to the schools if their philosophy grads work as baristas.  In 2010 Democrats nationalized the student loan market, eliminating guarantee fees for private lenders and using the "savings" to pay for ObamaCare.

White House considers excluding high earners and those who studied professional degrees such as law and medicine from student-loan relief.  The White House is considering using income caps to exclude high earners, and those who took out loans for medicine and law degrees, from being eligible for student-loan relief.  Officials of the Biden administration are looking at limiting the relief to people earning less than $125,000 to $150,000 for individual filers, or $250,000 to $300,000 for couples filing joint taxes, according to a new report released Saturday by the Washington Post.  A source told the Post that there are different proposals being floated around about how to structure this, but no final decision has been made on the plans.

Democrats are suddenly embracing a congressional stock-trading ban.  There are a number of nervous Democrats in Congress that are searching for some sort of "win" to put up on the scoreboard before the midterm elections come washing over them.  With most of their big-ticket (and widely unpopular) agenda items bogged down, some are looking at a possible ban on stock market trading by members of both chambers as one piece of low-hanging fruit that they might be able to get into the books.  This is an issue that shows up in the news from time to time but never seems to garner much momentum in Congress.  The underlying questions are the obvious issues of the propriety of members making bets on the stock market involving companies that they themselves are charged with regulating, potentially impacting the value of those stocks.

Why Biden pursues politically suicidal policies.  The politically insane plan to divert resources away from the Veterans Administration to care for illegal immigrants is only the latest example of the unpopular policies that have driven Biden's approval ratings into the toilet.  But it's not insane if the end game is to "fundamentally transform" the country in such a way that it can't be reversed, and politics will no longer play the same role.
  •   Once geopolitical alliances and relationships have been altered as they're being since Obama's first term and now on steroids;
  •   Once 4 years of an open border with possible 6-10 million illegal immigrants flood in and alter demographics and domestic policy including drugs, crime, welfare, education, housing, and of course voting;
  •   Once you destroy every major institution from academia and the media to the Democrat party and executive branch departments like State, DHS, IRS, DOJ, etc., not to mention the military.
You can't just reverse it.  So perhaps the end game, after Obama (and his handlers) realized that 8 years of slow change was the wrong method, is 4 years on steroids while gutting every constitutional protection that's kept us the greatest civilization in the history of the world.

What if Joe Biden forgives all student loans?  Perhaps the Democrats in Washington are beginning to realize that even their base, particularly the old school Democrats, are turned off by the Democrats' focus on peripheral issues such as climate change, abortion, and transgenderism, while they ignore the record-high inflation that is rapidly draining voters' savings, the supply chain crisis, the influx of illegal immigrants, and numerous other Biden-made crises.  With only six months left until midterms, the Democrats realize that the only way to enthuse and appease their base is to implement some of the very radical items that have always been on their list.  One of their most important voting bases are young voters, who frequently carry significant student loans.  They've been calling for debt forgiveness, which, of course, will amount to a freebie.  Freebies are often used to bribe voters prior to elections with the hope that a record of misgovernance will be overlooked.

Biden's student debt cancellation plans:  Who benefits and who is burdened?  President Joe Biden's student debt cancellation plan could end up providing millions of people with relief from monthly payments and be a vote winner ahead of the midterm elections — but it could also offer benefits disproportionately to those who are better off.  Biden said Thursday that he wasn't considering canceling as much as $50,000 worth of debt per borrower — which would be a significant sum, well beyond what he campaigned on doing — although he said little else about the shape his student debt plan will take.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki similarly offered few details Thursday when pressed about Biden's forthcoming plan.

White House shrugs off student debt cancellation inflation concerns.  The White House downplayed concerns that President Joe Biden forgiving certain federal student loan debt will worsen inflation.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to comment Thursday on modeling by nonprofit organizations, such as the Committee for a Responsible Budget, that Biden exercising executive power to cancel select student debt would exacerbate rising consumer prices, especially since the president had not presented any proposals yet.

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When does Joe Biden ever present a proposal of his own?  All he does is sign papers (and make speeches) that someone else has written.  Mr. Biden has one foot in a nursing home and barely knows what day it is.

Stagflation is staring Biden in the face — but he refuses to change course.  First we were told inflation was imaginary.  Then we were told it was "transitory," the result of COVID-inflicted supply-chain problems.  Then we were told it was Russian President Vladimir Putin's fault.  Now people are starting to admit the massive runaway spending of the Biden era has something to do with it.  But we're also facing stagflation, a mixture of inflation and slow growth, and the government also plays a role in turning inflation into stagflation.  As Milton Friedman famously warned, inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.  When the government pumps the economy up with excess dollars — something usually referred to as "printing money," though a too-literal USA Today fact-checker hastened to assure us that much of the money created isn't actually printed on paper — inflation results.  When you have more money in the system than goods, the price of goods goes up.  That's inflation, and it's what's happening now.

Exactly what Bernie Sanders would do:
Joe Biden unveils new plan to saddle Americans with $1.6 trillion in student loan debt.  Joe Biden is in trouble.  His Democrats are collapsing at the polls based on his disastrous first term and now midterms are around the corner.  What's a failed president to do?  Dole out the goodies, of course, some big ones in a desperate bid to win back younger leftist voters. [...] What could go wrong with that?  Well aside from the disgust that many Americans would feel at having scrimped and saved to pay off their own student debts as those who took on too much debt get off scot-free — the delayed home purchasing, the delayed vacation, the choice of a state school over a prestigious private one to avoid taking on too much debt, or the choice to take up a trade instead of a college education, there are also other problems with the entire process.  First, this one would probably bypass Congress.

Biden's open border:  One of the most successful voter drives in Democrats' history.  To fully understand how Democrats plan to turn America into a single-party state, take a look at two of their seemingly disparate actions shortly after President Biden's inauguration.  In Washington, Democrats immediately pushed legislation to fundamentally take over state-run elections to greatly loosen voter registration rules.  While GOP senators stalled the bill in January, Democrats have vowed to enact the unprecedented federalization, somehow, someday.  At the southern border, Mr. Biden has illegally opened the gates to just about anyone — be they drug and sex traffickers, or migrant job seekers, or sex offenders or other criminals.  The brutal Mexican drug cartels are getting richer.  Their Chinese-produced fentanyl is killing record numbers of Americans.  Official count of people illegally entering the U.S. is in the millions in 2021-22 and will go even higher the rest of Mr. Biden's term because he wants it to.  Take the two separately or together — federalized ballot counting and opened borders — and you've got yourself a successful Democratic voter drive.

The terrible unintended consequences of the Biden presidency (unless they were intended).  The Biden administration is consumed with wokery to the point that they value members of the LGBTQ++ "community" over all other Americans.  Biden was duty-bound by a promise to Jim Clyburn to select a black woman to the SCOTUS. He chose the most radical black woman he could find, a woman who said she was unable to define the word "woman" because she is not a biologist!  She has long made clear her sympathy for procurers and users of child pornography.  This would seem to line up with the left's agenda to sexualize, to groom, very young children.  The appointment of Ketanji Brown-Jackson does not bode well for the integrity of the Court nor does the DOJ's war on parents, AG Garland's "domestic terrorists," as if they have no right to be informed about what their children are being taught in school.  The criminalization of parents and the destruction of the nuclear family would seem to be fundamental to their goal.

Biden to ban traditional incandescent lightbulbs by 2023 in favor of LED alternatives that are $3 more expensive.  President Joe Biden is banning traditional incandescent lightbulbs in a push to be more energy efficient, but critics claim the switch to LED alternatives will prove costly for poorer Americans.  The Department of Energy (DOE) adopted two new rules Tuesday that strengthen energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs and will effectively phase out the sale of traditional bulbs by next year.  However, consumer analysts allege that not only are LED bulbs more expensive, costing nearly $4 each as opposed to $1 for an incandescent bulb, but are often not stocked in stores in lower-income communities.

Red tape:  The agencies pursuing major new rules for Biden's green agenda.  President Joe Biden promised the most ambitious green agenda ever, ending fossil fuels, pushing renewables, and forcing business to toe the line.  As Earth Day 2022 arrives, the Washington Examiner offers alternative coverage in light of record energy prices and widespread criticism of the administration's incoherent policy approach.  In one of his first acts in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order for a "whole of government" approach to combating climate change, drawing in not just the Environmental Protection Agency but a host of federal entities.  Later, he signed a second order mandating that agencies address financial risks stemming from climate change, further bringing financial agencies that in the past have had little to do with the environment, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, into the center of the green effort.

Jet-set Biden vows 'climate-friendly' military, flexes gas-guzzling Corvette.  President Biden on Friday [4/22/2022] celebrated Earth Day in Seattle with a rambling speech vowing to make "every vehicle" in the military "climate-friendly" while admitting his personal fleet includes a prized Corvette that "does nothing but pollute."  Biden didn't offer specifics while telling local Democrats in a park that he intends to cut the emissions of war machines like tanks, helicopters and fighter jets.  "I'm going to start the process where every vehicle in the United States military — every vehicle is going to be climate-friendly.  Every vehicle.  No, I mean it.  We're spending billions of dollars to do it," Biden said.  The president, who uses large amounts of fossil fuels for regular weekend trips home to Delaware, admitted he's had a hard time practicing what he is preaching.

In 13 months, Biden has just about finished the job of destroying America.  It has not taken long at all for fake "president" Joe Biden to finish the job of collapsing the United States.  In just 13 relatively short months, the Resident-in-Chief helped usher in the highest gas prices on record, along with soaring food costs.  Millions of Americans were also forced to get injected with mystery chemicals from Operation Warp Speed, and all for a manufactured plandemic that never really was.  The country went from a trend towards energy independence to becoming a net importer of crude oil ever since Geriatric Joe started occupying the White House.  Biden's destruction of the Keystone XL Pipeline project certainly contributed to this.  Americans are worse off than they have been for quite some time as housing prices skyrocket and wages stagnate.  Millions of them are now having to work multiple jobs just to barely stay above the poverty line.

How America Became La La Land.  [Scroll down]  Biden then concocted the perfect recipe for bringing back the inflation of the 1970s.  Print more money.  Run up multitrillion-dollar annual deficits.  Borrow trillions on top of a $30 trillion national debt.  Send generous checks to workers for staying home.  Shrug at historic disruptions of the supply chain.  When reminded that his deliberate policies are the classic roads to inflation, Biden went fetal and ignored the warnings.  Or he lashed out and blamed anyone and anything for his own suicidal agendas.  First, we heard inflation was transitory.  Then it was a mere concern of the elite.  Then it was only a matter of exercise equipment being in short supply.  Then it was solely because of Vladimir Putin.  Then, somehow, it was also the result of Donald Trump.  Then it was an organic phenomenon that presidents had little power to stop.

Despite Raging Inflation, Congress [is] Bent on Continuing [its] Spending Spree.  Congress is considering a $10 billion package to continue federal payments for vaccines, testing, and treatments related to COVID-19.  There's already talk of the Biden administration requesting even more in the coming weeks.  It was one thing for the federal government to respond initially when COVID-19 was an emergency.  However, after two years, it's time to return to normal.  Part of that involves not giving endless handouts to the health care industry to address the disease.  Worse, this new COVID-19 package is "paid for" using billions in fake savings.  The bill eliminates funds for a jobs-protection program that won't actually be used, and uses those "savings" to cover billions of dollars of new spending.  In turn, that means more inflationary deficit spending if it's passed.

America's emergency oil supply is heading to Europe.  Biden's executive orders ending the Keystone Pipeline, along with exploration and drilling on almost all federal land, when combined with the Democrats' and RINOs' uncontrolled spending (made possible by printing money), has created unprecedented inflation in America.  To try to stave off the worst of it before the mid-terms, Biden recently announced he was releasing 1 million barrels of oil per day from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  However, it turns out that he's sending at least some of that oil to Europe!  When you have a government that destroys America's energy independence, you're going to have rising fuel prices.  (As an aside, Congress really needs to end the president's — any presidents' — power to have that kind of control over oil transport, drilling, and exploration in America.)  Maybe Americans could sustain those increased fuel prices but, if you add to that Modern Monetary Theory, which says that America can just print money forever and no one will notice, you've got trouble, big trouble.

Biden's Education Department will immediately wipe out out student loan debt for 40,000 borrowers.  President Joe Biden's Education Department again moved to ease the burden of U.S. student loans on Tuesday [4/19/2022], with the federal government claiming its latest reforms will wipe out debts for 40,000 such borrowers and bring 3.6 million Americans closer to ending their payments.  Education Secretary Miguel Cardona called the current system a 'life sentence' for millions of low-income borrowers and pledged to correct 'historical failures' that have plagued repayment schemes like the income-driven repayment program (IDR) and Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).  Borrowers working as public servants are eligible for forgiveness under PSLF once they've made 10 years of qualifying payments.

Can Biden buy votes with student debt relief?  The 2020 Democratic presidential primary race was a bidding war in which the various candidates advocated spending trillions of dollars to enact sweeping progressive agendas.  Some agendas were a bit more sweeping than others, but they all amounted to unprecedented increases in federal spending.  Take the issue of student loans.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, the most progressive of the contenders, wanted to cancel all $1.6 trillion in student debt — just throw out all student loans for 40-plus million people and somehow make Wall Street pay for it.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledged to forgive everyone's student loans up to $50,000.  And President Joe Biden, the most cautious of the bunch, promised to "forgive a minimum of $10,000 per person of federal student loans."  But here's the thing.  It didn't happen, and yet no person with student loan debt has had to make a payment, any payment, for more than two years.  It is all in the name of COVID relief.  And it is still going on.

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The student loan debt cancellation trap.  In a recent New York Times op-ed, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren put forth some suggestions as to how the Democrats could salvage some sort of momentum heading into the midterms, which are currently shaping up to be a potential catastrophe for them.  Most of her ideas, as with the majority of Democrats, involve lots more "free money" for people.  One of her proposals is to make good on something that Joe Biden campaigned on in 2020, along with many others in his party.  She suggests that they simply "cancel" some student loan debt, an action Warren claims Biden could do "entirely on his own."  This prompted Matt Lewis to respond at the Daily Caller, pointing out the many bad things about this idea, including the fact that it would do nothing to address the underlying problem and would only kick the can down the road for a few more years.

Who Lost Biden's Presidency?  Democrats are currently engaged in a somewhat unseemly competition to see who ends up getting the blame for the failure of Biden's agenda.  Specifically, the ignominious end to the "Build Back Better" bill that Democrats firmly believed could have brought them to the promised land of a permanent majority.  Who's to blame for that debacle?  It depends on which Democrat you ask. [...] In truth, the problem has always been as plain as day.  The vast majority of the American people — including many Democrats — never wanted a multi-trillion-dollar spending bill to "transform" America.  They sorta like America just the way it is, thank you.

ABC's Scott Admits Dems Don't Talk About Defund[ing] The Police Anymore.  During This Week's "Powerhouse Roundtable" discussion on the soaring crime rates in major American cities and what should be done about it, there seemed to be agreement that the Democrats' "defund the police" agenda is dead.  Anchor George Stephanopoulos then turned to panelist and ABC congressional correspondent Rachel Scott and asked: "you don't hear defund the police too much on Capitol Hill, anymore?"  Scott confidently replied, "No, not at all, actually" and aside from the "handful of progressives over in the House" that want to defund the police, there hasn't been a peep from Democrat lawmakers about that wildly unpopular agenda.

Democrats are now fighting over how Biden's agenda imploded.  We recently looked at a few articles from the Associated Press that took an uncharacteristically critical view of some of the Biden administration's recent misadventures.  I wondered at the time if the mainstream media was beginning to reach the point of refusing to provide cover for Biden and the Democrats as they typically did for most of his first year in office.  This week another possible example of what might be turning into a trend showed up and it came from NBC News.  Looking back on the collapse of the Build Back Better Act (and basically most of Biden's agenda with it), Sahil Kapur notes that Democrats are now fighting over who is to blame for the abject failure of the bill, and the picture is not a pretty one.

Expect the left to exploit another emergency to avoid midterm defeat.  Those of us on the pro-freedom right logically expected the Biden administration to finally give up on the pandemic panic plan for electoral success.  The waning of the crisis made it plain that the emergency was long gone.  A clear majority of Americans say COVID is over:  just 9% think the pandemic is a "serious crisis," in a warning to lawmakers planning to bring back mask mandates and restrictions in response to the latest wave.  But then a funny thing happened as the rest of us resumed our normal lives.  While the Biden administration seemed to be all on board with putting pandemic panic theatre behind us, the people in charge were only going along so they could conveniently drop Title 42 and create a new crisis of illegal invaders, flooding in over the border.  So while we thought the emergency was over, they were just lying low to bring it back for the fall election season.  Even perennial camera hog Anthony Fauci did his part by staying out of the spotlight to avoid giving up the game.

Inflation exposes the arrogance of the Biden Democrats.  Of all the Democrats' gestures of contemptuous indifference toward ordinary people, President Joe Biden's 8.5% inflation rate is the most provocatively insouciant.  Bidenflation, more than any of his many other culpable failures, will prompt voters to respond in November with a gut punch to the party's solar plexus.  One should not minimize the impact of other blows to public morale from outrages such as the cultural revolution against every traditional norm, the disgrace of U.S. capitulation to a ragtag army of medieval Afghan farmers, Biden's abandonment of national sovereignty at the Mexican border, or the performative diktats of his tinpot COVID bureaucrats.  All these contribute to our sour national mood. [...] Biden's decision to print money, enthusiastically backed by congressional Democrats, has produced the sharpest inflation spike in four decades.  This was entirely predictable and frequently predicted.

Biden Wants to Regulate Everything — Even Your Air Conditioning.  President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi want to regulate any gadget or appliance with an electric switch that turns on in your house or your driveway.  New Department of Energy rules will dictate the amount of water that comes out of your showerhead, how much warm air comes out of your heater and how much cool air comes out of air conditioners.  There is even talk about gadgets monitoring your home's temperature in the winter and summer months.  How is any of this the government's business?

America [is] Moving From A Permission Society To A Repressive Regime.  Last month, the Energy Department announced it was taking public comments on efficiency standards for residential air conditioners and pool heaters that are intended to "to help consumers save on their utility bills."  The "savings" angle, though, feels more like cover for the department's deeper agenda, which is its "commitment to reaching net zero carbon emissions."  The Democrats who for now dominate policy making in Washington believe there is nothing so private that they cannot regulate, nothing so personal that it can't be intruded upon.  The only question is the pace of the arrogation of our freedoms.  They have to be taken down in increments, so that the country won't notice the slippery slope toward tyranny.  In many cases, often regarding energy and conservation policies, restrictions are even celebrated by the loudest factions to help numb the public to the constant attacks on liberty.

The Leader Who Never Was.  [Scroll down]  But the sequential disasters Biden's struggled to manage in the last few months are not mere accidents of fate; they're cumulative, with progressive policy blunders setting the stage for the next failure.  Appeasing the green new deal fanatics in their war on American fossil fuel production even before his Oval Office chair was warm, predictably pushed energy prices sharply higher, lighting a fuse to runaway inflation that's won't be easily stamped out.  Opening the human floodgates on our now notional southern border — aside from the exploding crime and youth-poisoning fentanyl implications — signaled to the world a lack of commitment to the basic defense of the nation that goes beyond mere incompetence, to near self-immolation.  The Taliban quite understandably recognized a propitious moment, so their offensive operations intensified, leading to our horribly ill-considered, disgracefully botched flight from Afghanistan — for which no one has as yet been called to account.  Such incomprehensible malfeasance was not lost on the covetous Vladimir Putin, convincing him his time had arrived.  And so his bloody grab for Ukraine began.  The "presidential" bearing that was the major selling point of Biden's campaign pitch is decomposing before our eyes.

Before Biden Cancels Student Loan Debt, I Have A Few Questions.  Last week, Bernie Sanders, the most famous socialist in America, tweeted, "Cancel student debt.  All of it."  It was just the latest screed in what has become a common theme for radical leftist Democrats, appeals to essentially pay off a key political constituency at the expense of working, responsible Americans.  It's disgusting pandering in the worst possible way, yet media and policy makers continue to treat it as a serious proposal rooted in altruism and the desire for equity, whatever that means.  While President Joe Biden has thus far resisted such calls (other than Covid-related pauses on interest and payments), there are increasing rumblings afoot that he could attempt to erase anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000 of student loan debt per person with nothing more than a stroke of the pen.  Whether the Constitution grants him this kind of authority remains to be seen, but such questions have never stood in the way of these kinds of leftist power grabs before, and I suspect they won't this time around either.

I Really Do Hate These Leftists.  [Scroll down]  Biden and the others are trying to drag this country to hell.  It will be a better world when they get there without us.  From an obsession with race to the compulsion to preach to children about their sex lives and gender dysphoria, the modern progressive left is every bit as evil as they were a century ago.  They no long openly advocate for eugenics, but the objective of controlling and eliminating people they deem unworthy of life remains.  I hate them, I really do.  I'm not proud of it, but I'm not going to lie about it either.

Biden's Unfolding War on Religious Hospitals.  Speaking last week at the White House about the Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama said that he looks forward to Joe Biden's "next chapter in our story of progress."  In other words, Biden will make Obamacare even worse.  A glimpse of that next chapter can be seen in the Biden administration's unfolding war on religious hospitals.  Xavier Becerra, Biden's Health and Human Services Secretary, seeks to force them to perform transgender surgeries, among other immoral procedures.  A transgender pride flag now flies above HHS, the "first federal agency to do so," the department announced in a recent press release.  Becerra used the International Transgender Day of Visibility to warn hospitals that they must provide "gender-affirming care."  In its press release, HHS said that Becerra is in the process of issuing "guidance making clear that denials of health care based on gender identity are illegal, as is restricting doctors and health care providers from providing care because of a patient's gender identity."

Will Joe Biden Bring the U.S. Down With Him?  Joe Biden does not seem steady on his feet or clear in his mind, and at this stage the same might be said for the country he nominally governs.  His unforced errors, some of which have an oddly deliberate ring to them, may have rendered the November midterms and the 2024 presidential election entirely moot.  Whether the nation can remain socially, politically, and economically intact even for the next few months is an open question.  Biden is a fool, but there is cunning in his folly. [...] There are two sorts of gaffes or blunders which Biden is prone to make:  the kind that are plainly indicative of cognitive decline, and those that dovetail neatly into Democrat, neo-Liberal policy to being in a new world order associated with the Great Reset.  This entails the extension of NATO, regime change in Russia, the collapse of the American middle class, and the installation of oligarchic rule in the U.S.

Black Lives Meltdown.  Black Lives Matter Global Network, once the crown jewel of the Democrat Left, has become a major embarrassment that should cost the Democrats a lot of House and Senate seats this November — but only if the Republican Party does not squander the opportunity the way it squandered it in 2020. That was when it came out that BLM was campaigning openly against Donald Trump while accepting 501(c)(3) tax-exempt money via ActBlue Charities, and with Thousand Currents and then the Tides Foundation as its fiscal sponsor.  501(c)(3) resources cannot be used to influence an election.  The RNC could have used this issue to evoke public revulsion against this abuse of voters' and donors' trust and support, and specifically the perception of voters and donors that they were supporting civil rights as opposed to a political campaign funded with charitable contributions.  The RNC's failure to do this is why Joe Biden is now able to advance his dysfunctional domestic agenda which includes:
  [1] carbon taxes and derailment of fossil fuel while gasoline, electricity, and home heating costs are skyrocketing,
  [2] hidden taxes on middle-class investors through a higher corporate income tax, and
  [3] attacks on the Second Amendment.

Understanding the Progressive Mind.  Unfortunately, Republicans, and conservatives generally, are too polite, and therefore ill-equipped to confront the criminal nature of the Democrat Party and its government in Washington.  It's as though Republicans don't want to embarrass thieves caught in the act and hurt their feelings.  The harshest words Republicans will use to describe the Democrats' campaign to free hundreds of thousands of violent criminals and stimulate a national crime wave is that they are "soft on crime."  Democrats — progressives — are not soft on crime, they are pro-crime.  They regard it as "social justice."  Mobs of mainly black predators looting department stores in broad daylight is to them "reparations" — a socialist redistribution of income that provides "equity" to a group allegedly — but never specifically — oppressed.

Biden's new budget includes massive tax hike on workers.  The Biden administration recently released a $5.8 trillion-plus budget proposal.  The president's "billionaire tax" proposal and its terrible economics have received the most attention.  Yet there's also a big tax hike on workers slipped into the fine print of President Joe Biden's plan.  That pesky fact didn't stop the president from repeating his big lie that only "the rich" will pay more under his plans. [...] In reality, however, most economists agree that the corporate tax is in part born by the working class through lower wages.  Studies have consistently found that more than 50% of the burden comes out of workers' wallets.  As for Biden's corporate tax hike proposal specifically, a Tax Foundation analysis found that it would lead to lower wages, lower economic growth, and 159,000 fewer jobs.

Biden's energy screw-up.  Joe Biden claims to be all for "energy independence."  As families and businesses face some of the highest energy prices in over a decade, the president has embraced the phrase as a banner over his own policies.  It's a catchphrase normally associated with those vehemently opposed to the president's energy agenda.  But when Biden uses the term, he means something far different than "drill, baby, drill."  He means, in fact, its opposite.  And that's why Biden's version of "energy independence" is a mirage, and Americans will pay dearly while he chases it.

New York set to ban natural gas in new buildings.  New York Governor Kathy Hochul will soon release a budget that likely will include a plan to make New York the first state to ban natural gas and other fossil fuels in new construction, according to Food & Water Watch and other environmental groups.  Officials at the governor's office said Hochul was working with the legislature to finalize the budget, but could not say when they would reach an agreement.  In her State of the State address in January, Hochul committed to "zero on-site greenhouse gas emissions for new construction no later than 2027."  A decision by the state would follow similar gas bans in New York City in December and dozens of smaller U.S. cities in recent years as they seek to shift from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy.

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Carbon dioxide is not dirty.  Other than the electricity from a nuclear power plant, what fuel is cleaner than natural gas?

Washington State Looks to Ban New Gas Cars.  The Democrats' war on the internal combustion engine isn't just solely an obsession with the radical Left and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).  It's being exported to the state legislatures now.  It's also not shocking that most left-wing states are adopting such measures that are Green New Deal-influenced.  In Washington, there could be a ban on new gas cars. [...] [N]ot everyone has $50 [to] 60,000 lying around to blow on these uber-liberal luxuries.  Second, it's not green.  How do we dispense the spent electric car batteries?  Also, what charges them?  It's not like there are energy genies in the charging ports.  Burning fossil fuels is what keeps electric cars going.

Washington State Plans to Outlaw Most New Gas-Powered Cars.  SB 5974, which was recently signed by Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee, establishes that "all publicly owned and privately owned passenger and light duty vehicles of model year 2030 or later that are sold, purchased, or registered in Washington state be electric vehicles" and creates an "interagency electric vehicle coordinating council."  During the bill signing this week, Inslee said that the measure is climate-related and will "move us away from the transportation system our grandparents imagined and towards the transportation system our grandchildren dream of."  Reports indicate that electric vehicles are cost-prohibitive for many Americans, with an average price for an electric car hovering around $50,000. According to local media, just 1.3 percent of cars on the road in Washington state are battery-powered.

Biden's Deputies Demand State Welfare Agencies 'Affirm LGBT Children'.  President Joe Biden's deputies are pressuring the 50 states' child welfare agencies to ensure that abandoned or homeless kids who declare an "LGBT" identity must be placed with foster homes and organizations that "affirm" their claimed sexual status.  "Each title IV-E agency should be particularly vigilant about placing LGBTQI+ children and youth in homes and child-care institutions where they are supported, safe, and can develop as a whole person," said a federal document, exclusively reported here by Breitbart News.

Democrats in New York Debate How to Hide Their Radical Proposals on Bail and Incarceration.  The debate happening in New York state over Gov. Kathy Hochul's proposals to show how tough Democrats are on crime mirrors the debate happening across the country and in Washington, D.C.  On the radical left, the debate is over:  no bail, light sentences for everything except violent offenses, and don't send too many black people to prison because ... slavery, or something.  But Hochul is running for election in November after taking over when the serial sexual harasser and rapist, Andrew Cuomo, was forced to resign.  She has to run in the real world where there are an awful lot of people scared witless about crime.  Not everyone in New York is a crazy, left-wing nut.  The same holds true elsewhere in the United States.  The facts are that releasing people without bail isn;t leading to more crime and more violent crime.  Democrats like Hochul might recognize that but are still running scared.

A World Gone Mad.  There is no denying it.  There is a madness, a type of cancer that has taken hold of our world.  Yes, this planet has never been at peace... mankind is what it is, we go our own way, but we are seeing a craziness at a level never seen before.  Governments everywhere, including here in the USA, have abandoned God, good government, law and order, common sense, and traditional Judeo-Christian values.  They have jumped in with both feet into the dark and shadow without bothering to look back at seeing what they have already wrought.  Absurdity and hypocrisy are everywhere.  The Left insists that we abandon fossil fuels NOW without even the slightest idea of a viable alternative.

Eyes Wide Shut.  Consider the debacle around the Build Back Better bill.  That was the multitrillion-dollar bill that Democrats were, until recently, trying to maneuver through Congress.  Democrats talked about the care economy, a Green New Deal, and other big ideas associated with Build Back Better, but what they added up to was not clear.  Would the bill have created a more dynamic American capitalism, one capable of lifting up broad segments of the country that had been left behind?  Build Back Better appeared to be a means of funneling money to a wide variety of Democratic priorities.  Some of the spending would have supported useful expansions of the notably stingy American welfare system, and some of it would have supported useful public investments not provided for in the infrastructure bill, particularly in clean energy.  None of that, though, would have led to more productivity, higher growth, and an American economy less unequal across regions.

Biden Administration Decides Mutilating Children Is a Civil Right.  Some days, I go to write an article and it's dealing with a topic so egregiously insane that I almost feel like I'm covering satire.  Today is one of those days.  The Biden Administration, via the DOJ, has sent a letter to attorneys general around the country threatening to sue if states attempt to stop the mutilation of children in the form of "gender reassignment" surgery, hormone blockers, and other actions that change the natural development of a child.  In other words, Joe Biden and his degenerate underlings now view physically "transitioning" a child as a civil right, which tracks with the video the president put out on Thursday on the matter.  [Tweets]

In Vermont, a Raw Attack on Free Speech.  Vermont's social justice legislators have launched a transparent and illegal assault against free speech liberties.  Vermont's Senate has amended the state's assault statute mightily.  S.265 seeks to heighten penalties for threatening with the ["]intent to terrify, intimidate, or unlawfully influence the conduct of a candidate for public office, public servant, election official, or public employee in any decision, opinion, recommendation, vote, or other exercise of discretion taken in capacity as a candidate for public office, public servant, election official, or public employee, or with the intent to retaliate against a candidate for public office, public servant, election official, or public employee for any previous action taken in capacity as a candidate for public office, public servant, election official, or public employee, shall be imprisoned not more than two years or fined not more than $2,000.00, or both.["]  In other words, Vermont seeks to send citizens to jail for threatening political leaders for twice as long as if they physically assaulted them!

U.S. House passes [a] bill to legalize marijuana.  The House of Representatives voted Friday to federally legalize marijuana with a vote of 220-204, mostly along party lines, sending the legislation to the Senate.  Three Republicans — Reps. Matt Gaetz, Brian Mast and Tom McClintock — voted alongside the Democratic majority, while two Democrats voted no with the GOP.  It marked the second time the Democrat-led House passed a bill to decriminalize pot, the first happening in December 2020.  The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act decriminalizes possession, distribution and manufacture of cannabis — and no longer classifies it as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act.

White House and Democrats want to Save the Planet, Crush the Middle Class, Eliminate Use of Oil for Energy.  In an effort to take advantage of the energy crisis they have created, the entirety of the Democrat political apparatus is singing in unison.  [Video clips]  The federal takeover of healthcare, via Obamacare, was the 'big move in Obama's first term'.  The federal takeover of all energy production and delivery, via climate change ideology, is the 'big move in Obama's third term.'

More about Obama's third term.

Biden, the Ersatz President.  Consider the major initiatives undertaken or proposed by the current Democratic regime:
  •   The dissolution of our border integrity, with intentional unrestricted illegal immigration.
  •   Ending American energy independence, curtailing fossil fuel exploration and production — astonishingly, before a viable replacement exists! — and imposing crippling restrictions on future fossil fuel energy industry activity.
  •   Supporting destructive BLM activities and riots, favoring defunding the police, eliminating cash bail and decriminalizing what liberals laughably refer to as "low-level" crimes like shoplifting, robbery and breaking & entering.
  •   Endorsing positions clearly opposed by the majority of the country, such as men competing in women's sports, the U.S. military paying for gender-change surgery, males being able to declare that they "identify as women" and enter female bathrooms and locker rooms, elementary-age children being taught and exposed to "alternative" LGBTQ lifestyles far before children have any natural understanding or interest in such matters, and so on. [...]
  •   Denuding our military of its equipment, mission and spirit by attempting to transform it into a mechanism for social change instead of a sharply honed, singularly aimed instrument of national security. [...]
This is the difference between a president concerned with bottom-line beneficial results and one who's concerned with laughably shallow meaningless activity that amounts to nothing, other than buying the favor and future votes of niche special interest groups.

What a strange set of priorities.
Joe Biden Applauds Transgenderism with Launch of New 'X' Gender Marker.  President Joe Biden will publicly get behind Transgender Day of Visibility on Thursday by introducing a new universal gender marking.  AP reports fresh measures aimed at opening federal government to transgender people include a new "X" gender marker on U.S. passport applications beginning on April 11.  New Transportation Security Administration scanners that are gender-neutral are also planned as part of the administration-wide embrace of transgenderism and LGBTQI+ issues and people.

We are paying for our own destruction.  Just yesterday, Biden laid out a proposed budget for 2023.  His expected cost to fund the government?  Five point six trillion dollars (which also included tax hikes).  Bureaucrats neither produce wealth nor participate in work, so their financial illiteracy and ineptitude are not surprising.  Members of Washington's aristocracy have long abandoned their oaths to uphold the Constitution and serve as a faithful representation of their constituency.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen Says Nothing Will Deter Biden Administration from Eliminating Fossil Fuels.  Current Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is a Davos/WEF devotee of the highest magnitude.  Yellen is ensconced in the worldview of those who run the operations of central banking and global finance.  She is the globalist secretary of world treasuries and has been throughout her professional life.  As more people become aware of the Build Back Better agenda, or as some would say "The Great Reset," and its direct connection to the dreams and aspirations of the climate change ideologues in the elitist class, it is worth paying attention when Yellen says nothing will deter the Biden administration from eliminating fossil fuels; and it is her role to make that objective financially possible.

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There is one thing that can keep the Democrats from eliminating fossil fuels:  Elections in even-numbered years.  If the Democrats are defeated soundly in the next few elections and run out of town, the price of gasoline will go back down to half what it is now.  Maybe lower.

Biden will ask Congress for $32 billion to fund the police to combat surging crime.  Joe Biden's 2023 budget proposal includes $32 billion to fight rising crime in the U.S., according to two White House officials, despite years-long calls from the progressive wing of his party to defund police.  Massive crime spikes, particularly in cities, are one issue that could threaten Democrat's majority in the upcoming midterm elections.  Republicans are effectively branding the issue as widely Democrat-caused due to calls to abolish police and rhetoric against law enforcement in general.  The officials tell Axios that Biden's budget proposal would require $30 billion in new spending over the next decade to expand law enforcement and increase crime prevention.  The president's proposal, which almost never makes it through Congress unaltered, will also include an increase of $31 billion in Defense spending, people familiar with the plan told The New York Times.

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[#1] Local policing is not the proper function of the federal government.  [#2] Funding the local police will inevitably come with many strings attached.  [#3] The political damage done over the last several years from the socialist Democrats' "Defund the Police" campaign will not be undone in the next six or seven months.

The MORE Act Could Set State Marijuana Laws Ablaze.  The days of marijuana prohibition may soon be over as the House of Representatives is prepared to vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act this Monday.  If passed, the MORE Act will federally legalize marijuana throughout the country.  Despite failed efforts to advance this bill in the past, a Democratic majority in Congress and control of the Presidency now portend a high likelihood that this Act could pass.  While marijuana advocates, lobbyists, and legislators push this bill, the MORE Act's statutory shortcomings pose an immediate and dangerous threat to the regulatory power of states and localities.  If passed, the MORE Act could wipe out state and local laws prohibiting and criminalizing marijuana, leaving states and localities unable to address local concerns about marijuana issues.  Due to Congress's inartful drafting, the MORE Act threatens to entirely remove marijuana policy from public debate at the state and local level.

The Sheer Madness of Today's Left.  [Scroll down]  Normally, the mad Left would not object terribly to the ensuing fuel price hikes.  Remember, Joe Biden bragged on the campaign trail that he would end fossil fuels during his tenure.  Obama's soon-to-be Energy Secretary Steven Chu said during the 2008 campaign he wished to see American gas prices match those in Europe (i.e. $9-10 a gallon).  And then President Obama himself did not disagree.  He meekly added that such increases should be "gradual."  He had also warned that his cap-and-trade initiatives would necessarily "skyrocket" electricity prices — without suggesting that his off-guard brag was even a gaffe of unexpectedly telling the truth.  So green orthodoxy dictates that the highest possible fossil fuel prices are good.  Unaffordability will hasten the end of gas and oil, ensuring currently subsidized but uneconomical green energy as the only remaining alternative.

Joe Biden's agenda:  The cruelest act against humanity in the modern age.  At the end of Donald Trump's presidency, the United States was a net exporter of oil and liquefied gas.  One-third of the extraction was literally surplus, and the U.S. could have grown extraction and refining exponentially to supply Europe at the cost of an Oval Office phone call.  Adjusted for inflation, domestic prices of oil and gas were arguably the lowest in a century.  As global markets kept expanding along with population and business growth, U.S. exports of energy at the prices paid at destination points would have arguably eliminated America's trade deficit and reduced the nation's debt.  That debt will be paid off by Americans' offspring, provided the nation does not default.

The Democrats Need COVID to Stay in Power.  There are specific issues that are key to the very existence of the Democrat Party and most liberal/progressive advocacy groups.  The Democrat Party trades in multicategory victimhood and creating taxpayer-funded Government programs in order to "cure" the problems they've identified and hyped for each group of victims.  Often, these so-called "problems" don't actually exist — they've just been fabricated by the Democrats and trumpeted by the eagerly complicit liberal media — but absent these so-called problems and cures, the Democrat Party would have no rationale for existing.  Every special-interest and so-called minority group has its Democratically sponsored taxpayer programs.
  •   Blacks
  •   Hispanics, including illegal immigrants
  •   Women
  •   LGBTQ
  •   Teachers and other unions
  •   Environmentalists/Warmists
These are the main ones, but there are other groups as well.

Why do Democrats Hate Children?  Every time there's a headline involving Democrats and children it is evident that as a group, Democrats hate children.  Not only do they appear to hate them, they appear to enjoy, support and promote sexually and mentally abusing and killing them.  They want to abort them, even when a fetus is shown to probably be viable after 24 weeks.  Even if that means crushing the baby's skull and tearing that fetus apart limb by limb in order to "deliver" it.  That's what a late term abortion is. [...] If an abortion doesn't quite work and the child survives, Democrats in some states give the mother the right to let the child die without any attempt being made to save its life.  Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State is so determined to let babies be killed that he and the state legislature passed a law prohibiting any law similar to the Texas "Heartbeat Law" from being considered.  If an adult sexually assaults, abuses, penetrates or traffics a child, that's okay by them, too.

Democrats plot to halt inflated gas prices by ... printing more money.  Democrats don't seem to ever learn Economics 101, do they?  That's obvious enough in their various bone-headed schemes to beat soaring gas prices at the pump by throwing new money at the problem. [...] The logic of this bad idea is that gas prices can be treated with COVID-style stimulus checks — everyone gets one, and the Fed can print up another batch of cash to take care of the payouts.

Democrats become ever more extreme in their claim that men are women.  While transgender "women" are destroying girls' and women's sports, USA Today columnist hailed Assistant Health Secretary Richard/Rachel Levine as "...a ground-breaking leader who credits family support for helping her succeed.  Admiral Levine wants her work to be a shining example for all." [...] Progressives get away with this nonsense because so many elected Republican officials and Republican organizations are timid.
  •   Where are most of the Republicans in Congress?  Were they too busy passing a $1.5 trillion 2,700-page spending bill they hadn't read?
  •   Where is the Republican National Committee?  Were its members too busy starting their "pride" coalition?
  •   Where is the National Federation of Republican Women with a national campaign?  What issue is more crucial to Republican women than biological males eroding what it means to be a woman?
And the Republican Party and Republican organizations wonder why so many conservatives are switching to No Party Preference!  Call him Rachel.  [C]all him Richard.  Whatever name you use, Levine is still a biological man.

COVID Proves Politicizing Everything Breaks Everything.  While Democrats and "health officials" united to impose vaccine mandates, mask mandates, and numerous restrictions, nothing stopped the pandemic from getting worse.  Everything got worse even after we did everything the Left wanted.  This taps a common thread that passes through so much of the Left's agenda.  As the Left hypes an emotional response to a problem, the rush to action skips over a fundamental question that should precede any mandate or expenditure of public funds:  Does the proposed solution work?  Does the Left's prescription for climate change have any effect on climate?  Does the Left's intervention in education improve educational outcomes?  Does the Left's response to homelessness improve the homelessness problem?  Does funding for drug treatment programs help reduce drug abuse?  Does the Left's foreign policy lead to more peace?  Does borrowing trillions of dollars to "invest in people" lead to more productivity?  Has the Left's stewardship of universities resulted in better-educated graduates? [...] The Left's prescriptions for virtually every social problem always have two things in common.  First, they're expensive.  Second, they don't work.

SEC's new rule would add climate change risks, emissions to corporate disclosures.  The Securities and Exchange Commission unveiled a landmark proposal Monday that would require publicly traded companies to disclose emissions data and risks posed by climate change.  The proposal, which must undergo a 60-day public comment period before the SEC makes it final, would be a first of its kind and mark yet another arena where the Biden administration hopes to combat a warming climate.  It also underscores the administration's concerns about climate change's potential impacts on the economy.  The idea faced immediate pushback from Republican lawmakers and industry groups.  They said the regulators had overstepped their authority and would spread confusion through corporate offices and on Wall Street.

The Democrats' radical, undemocratic agenda.  For all their talk about protecting democracy, Democrats sure are proving quick to abandon it by sidelining Congress and pushing President Joe Biden to enact a far-left agenda unilaterally through executive action.  Last week, the Congressional Progressive Caucus released "Recommendations for Executive Action," a six-page document outlining policies that left-wing Democrats failed to persuade even a Democratic-controlled Congress to pass.  They now want Biden to use presidential power alone to implement what has been rejected by the representatives of the wider public.  Can there be a more crystalline example of elitism over equality?

The Biden Administration Does Not Have a Strategy.  The current U.S. administration's blunders are only mounting and already include the following:  a complete lack of strategy for energy security, the chaotic exit from Afghanistan, a softening on Chinese aggressiveness by abandoning the Department of Justice's "China Initiative," and rising inflation that is swiftly decreasing the living standards of average Americans.  The administration seeks to blame the problem on Russia or various supply chains issues while refusing to admit that its own reckless government printing and directionless infusion of capital into the economy, combined with its nonsensical policy of cutting domestic oil production, are to blame.  These issues are the result of an administration that has either a lack of understanding or worse, great contempt, for realist geopolitical strategy.

Insulting WH Talking Point:  We Are Running Out of COVID Relief Money, So Congress Needs to Spend More.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, Congress has authorized approximately $6 trillion in federal funding related to — or said to be related to — COVID relief.  We know that an astounding amount of that money went to con men and grifters, and the feds are trying to chase down perpetrators.  But the overwhelming majority of the cash hasn't been stolen.  The White House is now trying to claim that COVID funding is running dry, and essential related services and supplies will be slashed unless Congress spends billions more. [...] In 2019, before the pandemic, the US government spent more than $4 trillion, total.  On everything.  Over the last two years, it has spent roughly one-and-a-half times that on COVID alone, with other spending still happening.  It's a gargantuan sum of money.  It's far greater than the New Deal.  It is absolutely preposterous that anyone would even attempt to cry poverty on behalf of the federal government in this realm.

Vermont leads the way ... off the climate bureaucracy cliff.  A recent Vermont legislative initiative purports to save the planet, by "conserving" fifty percent of all Vermont territory for wildlife by 2050!  In addition to the economic and constitutional problems this poses, this effort holds up for public display the foolish power-mongering implicit in all these highbrow, counterproductive "climate salvation" fantasies. [...] This effort is totally disconnected from helping the ecosystem, though it dramatically expands elitist ideological tyranny — this is the common theme when bureaucrats fantasize they can solve problems they don't even understand, with more bureaucracy and power appropriated to themselves.  The common theme in all of these efforts is that they 1) eliminate private property rights; 2) while transferring wealth from poor people to wealthy elites and 3) are environmentally counterproductive.  Environmental writer Wendell Berry opines wryly that "People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food."  A parallel is that people in Vermont are subjugated by an elitist bureaucrat industry, which pays no attention to either human health, food, or the ecosystem — all of these are mere pretenses to advance counterproductive ideological delusions.

White House dragged over reported harebrained scheme to give Americans gas cards.  The Biden administration White House is being ridiculed over an establishment media report that it'd "considered giving Americans gas cards to help offset high prices" up until congressional Democrats told them to cut it out.  "The White House this week considered having the IRS send gas cards to Americans — a short-lived idea that some key House Democrats vehemently opposed," Axios confirmed on Saturday [3/19/2022].  Congressional Democrats reportedly found the idea extraordinarily unappealing because it'd "be expensive and poorly targeted," "worsen inflation and wouldn't do much to lower costs" and "be a slow process that could bog down the IRS in the middle of the filing season."  While their reasons were valid, the public glommed on to some other reasons, like the fact that the administration is apparently willing to do anything — virtually anything — to deal with exorbitant gas prices, except for, you know, rolling back their anti-gas/oil policies.

There's A Critical Vacancy In The Oval Office.  Biden set himself up for the fall.  On day one of his administration, he shut down the Keystone pipeline.  From that day forward, his White House did all in its power to limit the domestic production of fossil fuels.  Russia's Vladimir Putin had to watch in wonder as the world's one energy-independent superpower rendered itself as vulnerable to Putin's energy whims as its weak sisters in the European Union.  Putin had to watch in wonder, too, as the world's mightiest military focused not on improving its fighting strength, but on making life more comfortable for transgender recruits, on hectoring the existing troops with divisive critical race theory, and terminating those troops who refused to sacrifice their bodies to unproven science.

HHS Sec. Xavier Becerra Promotes Critical Race Theory-Based 'Health Equity' as Top Priority.  Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec.  Xavier Becerra on Friday identified "health equity" as the department's top priority under his leadership.  "Health equity has to be part of everything we do," Becerra said, during an address marking his first year in office.  "You will see health equity pervades everything we do."

Report: WH Had an Extremely Dumb Idea on the Table to Address Gas Prices.  Joe Biden and his team have been skyrocketing because of pushing this fiction about how gas prices and inflation were Vladimir Putin attacking Ukraine.  This, despite the fact the prices have been high for months, long before Putin invaded.  They even came up with a cute little talking points phrase to use that they pushed out to all their operatives:  "Putin's price hike."  But that gambit didn't work, so they tried to blame it on oil companies — just like tried to blame the rising food prices on the price of meat or inflation in general on rising car prices.  But Americans are placing the blame squarely on Biden.  Now of course, the Biden team was lying when it came to gas prices.  But a new report shows that either they don't understand the real cause of inflation or they simply don't care about the cause, because they were considering doing something that would make everything worse.

The US Must Face an Existential Threat, but It's Not Climate Change.  Democrats are committed "to eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035."  They want banks to stop financing fossil fuel development by 2030, and they want to end the use of fossil fuels completely by 2050. [...] Democrats are bent on the destruction of the oil industry.  They contend that climate change is an "existential threat" that political and environmental factions describe in millions of pages of mind-numbing documentation.  Climate change is a theory.  One may accept the theory and reject the prescribed remedies of the Democrat party.  Democrats offer an apocalyptic vision of climate change intended to scare the American people into voting for Democrat candidates.  They ignore the human capacity to innovate and adapt to changing conditions.  They assume that if oceans rise, people will throw their hands up and surrender coastal communities or drown.  The Dutch addressed life below sea level hundreds of years ago by building dikes and creating pumps powered by windmills to remove water.

California Democrats Float $400 Checks to Taxpayers After Hiking Gas Taxes.  California Democrats, who have raised gas taxes and vehicle license fees in recent years, are now proposing to send $400 checks to the state's taxpayers to help defray the high cost of fuel in the latest surge, which is hitting the state's drivers hard.  While the entire country is paying more for gasoline, thanks to surging post-pandemic demand, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the Biden administration's hostility to oil and gas development, California's price is the highest in the nation.

Congressional liberals press Biden to declare emergency and restrict fossil fuels.  Liberals in Congress are pressing President Joe Biden to invoke emergency powers to push ahead with Democrats' climate change agenda and to put new restrictions on fossil fuels, even while gasoline remains at its highest per-gallon price on record.  With legislation stalled in Congress, the nearly 100-member Congressional Progressive Caucus released a slate of policy recommendations Thursday for Biden to pursue, calling on him to use executive action to deal with a list of topics his "Build Back Better" agenda sought to address, including the development of more green energy technologies and placement of restrictions on new fossil fuel production.

Imagining Regime Change Without Tears.  [Scroll down]  Then there's California, going full-steam ahead to a fossil-fuel-free future, where the state goals include:
  [#1]   "getting 33% of our electricity from renewable resources by 2030."
  [#2]   "achieve carbon neutrality as soon as possible, and no later than 2045."
Suppose these goals are a) impossible, and b) crash the California economy.  Are you "Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Twitter, Google, Intel, and a host of other social media and technology companies," plus Hollywood plus the gubmint sector going to sacrifice your lives, your fortunes and your sacred honor if it turns out that carbon neutrality is the cruelest and the stupidest idea since Stalin's Five-Year Plan that starved the Ukraine?

Tennessee senator accuses Biden of treating 'climate change as a god'.  Tennessee Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn called out President Joe Biden on Tuesday for "bowing to all of this environmentalism as a religion and climate change as a god."  The Senate was in the midst of considering Shalanda Young to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget when Blackburn took the opportunity to discuss the previous omnibus bill.  It passed, though not with Blackburn's blessing. [...] "[Biden] needs to start listening to what people are saying," Blackburn said.  "They don't want this country to fail."  The Senate promptly voted to confirm Young as director of the OMB following the speech.

Declarations do not change the weather.  There's nothing wrong with the climate.  There is no climate emergency.
House Dems want Biden to declare [a] national 'climate emergency' and ban oil drilling on federal lands.  Progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives are reportedly planning to publicly urge President Biden to ban oil drilling on federal lands amid record gas prices and a war in Ukraine that has disrupted oil markets.  According to a report from Politico, the Congressional Progressive Caucus is planning to demand that Biden use his executive power to declare climate change an emergency and ban drilling on federal lands.

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The Covid fiasco was a two-year state of alarm that should have only lasted a week or two.  Power-hungry tyrants create states of emergency and keep them going as long as possible, with the help of sensationalist news media outlets.  If the purported problem isn't widespread disease, it's global warming, Islamic terrorism, Russian hackers, or some other crisis that the government will be happy to fix, if you'll just sign away your rights and give up your guns.

Biden Promises Executive Action on Climate Change as Energy Costs Spike.  President Joe Biden reassured donors Monday that he would use his executive powers to act on climate change, even as energy prices are at record highs.  "The climate crisis is the existential threat.  That's not hyperbole; it's a fact," Biden said after taking the podium at a Democratic National Committee Fundraiser in Washington, DC.  Biden promised to take "aggressive" executive actions on climate regulations even if the Supreme Court overruled him.  He acknowledged that progress on the issue of climate change was difficult to achieve in Congress, hinting that donors could help him pressure lawmakers.

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There is no climate crisis.  The weather is not an existential threat.

Basic Truths About Oil.  In 2020, President Joe Biden declared war on oil and gas in America.  In a Democratic primary debate, Biden declared, "No more subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.  No more drilling including offshore.  No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period.  It ends."  High gas prices are all part of his plan.  The other day, Biden declared that there was nothing his administration had done to raise prices or restrict drilling.  Actually, there have been plenty of regulatory measures taken and offshore leases curtailed.  More importantly, Biden declared war on fossil fuels.  If you were an investor, would you invest in a company the president of the United States declared he would end?  The Biden administration's entire posture has been against the oil and gas industry, which has fostered uncertainty in the market and disincentivized further investment.  They have coupled this with regulatory gusto.  They have additionally refused to fight activist Obama-appointed judges using climate change as an excuse to shut down offshore oil drilling.

Look How Washington is Spending Your Money.  While the media is focused on the conflict in Ukraine, Congress has been occupied debating another massive $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill.  This is perhaps the last of attempts by the Democrats to push their agenda through before the GOP is expected to take over early next year.  The bill they have got in front of them is divided into two sections: [...] Within these bills, the GOP was able to retain $2 billion of previously-allocated border wall construction funds.  The bill also dedicates an additional $370 million to "enhanced border security."  Did the GOP compel the Democrats to spend more on the U.S. border?  Was this a moment of triumph?  Before you leap with joy to celebrate, the borders being fortified are those of Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Oman, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Biden's America:  The inmates are running the asylum.  How does one sanely describe what has happened to the United States since Joe Biden was inaugurated?  The nation has been effectively ruined by the policies of Biden's band of incompetents; every Cabinet member is a disaster, promoted for his previous record of failure.  Not one of them is qualified for the jobs they've been given. [...] Consider Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary.  She is inexplicably ignorant about energy, where it comes from, and what it costs.  Buttigieg as transportation secretary, the failed mayor of South Bend, has not a clue about transportation beyond telling all Americans to buy electric cars.  Chances are he has no idea about the costs and downsides of E.V.s.  Considering the problem of disposal of the batteries when they die, electric vehicles do far more damage to the environment than fossil fuels.  Biden's ridiculous promise to end American dependence on fossil fuel is a stupid pipe dream.  Fossil fuel is the engine of democracy, of civilization.  To suggest we can live without it is pure sophistry.

Tucker Carlson Outlines Biden Strategy To Blame Russia for Outcomes of White House Economic Policy.  Tucker Carlson used his monologue tonight [3/11/2022] to give a big picture review of how the White House is using the Ukraine-Russia conflict to hide the economic outcomes created by their policy.  Massive inflation on basic necessities, combined with rising gas, fuel and energy costs are crippling the working class.  The White House is now using the Russia-Ukraine conflict as an excuse to hide their responsibility.  It's an accurate outline.  [Video clip]

America's Ruling Class Wants to Reduce Us to Incompetence.  The good news is that liberals' COVID-19 regimes, their attempt to reduce us to subjects rather than citizens, seem to be failing.  Something in the middle class in America resisted the narrative that they should become victim serfs, holding their breath for the government to relieve them from the stress of living.  Much work remains, though, if we are not to be reduced to incompetence.  A key theme in the vast network of progressive policies is to remove us from voluntary life in civil society and ensconce us in their state-directed network of living.  Energy will be a government-created good, delivered to us at bureaucrats' price.  Education will become even more centralized with a curriculum devoted to regime goals of identity politics and sexual liberation.  Our speech and other activities in civil society will be under the thumb of a tech and administrative state consortium whose directives we will learn to obey or watch our access to this social media network be removed.

Watch Nancy Pelosi Pretty Much Admit That Biden Has Accomplished Nothing.  [Scroll down]  There is no Build Back Better.  It's dead.  The filibuster isn't changing.  The Democrats' bill that would tilt all elections in their favor, which is disguised as a "voting rights" bill, is dead as well.  We've lost two embassies.  We left Afghanistan in the most humiliating and disgraceful way possible, only to possibly stumble into another war in Ukraine that involves a nuclear power, Russia.  Gas prices are through the roof.  They will continue to rise as we've banned Russian oil imports.  If we were to measure it, inflation has soared past the moon.  We might reach the outskirts of Alpha Centauri when the damage is done.  Joe Biden has managed to weaken the office of the presidency and this nation in just over a year — and the worst part is, he doesn't care.  His approvals are toxic to any Democrat running for re-election.  If anything, he should revert to his 2020 campaign mode and stay hidden from sight.

The Green Immoralists.  [Scroll down]  Climate-change moralists love humanity so much in the abstract that they must shut down its life-giving gas, coal, and oil in the concrete.  And they value humans so little that they don't worry in the here and now that ensuing fuel shortages and exorbitant costs cause wars, spike inflation, and threaten people's ability to travel or keep warm.  The Biden Administration stopped all gas and oil production in the ANWR region of Alaska.  It ended all new federal leases for drilling.  It is cancelling major new pipelines.  It is leveraging lending agencies not to finance oil and gas drilling.  It helped force the cancellation of the EastMed pipeline that would have brought needed natural gas to southern Europe.  And it has in just a year managed to turn the greatest oil and gas producer in the history of the world into a pathetic global fossil-fuel beggar.

Biden shares tone-deaf plan to ensure 'no one will have to worry about gas prices'.  President Joe Biden ridiculously promoted his green agenda and advised Americans to purchase massively expensive electric cars so they will unrealistically no longer have to worry about buying gas while deterring "tyrants like Putin" from using fossil fuels as a weapon.  "Loosening environmental regulations won't lower prices.  But transforming our economy to run on electric vehicles, powered by clean energy, will mean that no one will have to worry about gas prices.  It will mean tyrants like Putin won't be able to use fossil fuels as a weapon," the president tweeted.  "It should motivate us to accelerate the transition to clean energy," Biden declared according to The Driven.

Manchin, Tester:  Why is Biden asking hostile regimes to solve US energy problems?  Joe Manchin and Jon Tester have rebuked the White House this morning for playing footsie with Venezuela and Iran while stiffing the American oil industry:  [Tweet]  "Go back to the policies we've had before," Manchin tells CNN's Manu Raju.  "That's all we're asking for."  That's all most Americans want too — a return to the oil-production policies of the Trump administration that resulted in net energy independence.  Biden's EOs and other regulatory actions to restrict oil leases made it more difficult for US producers to keep pace with a post-pandemic growth curve, for one thing.  Biden's cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline made it more difficult to increase imports from Canada as a buffer to American production, too.

Russian Oil Import Ban Just a Distraction From Biden's Anti-Energy Policies.  President Joe Biden on Tuesday [3/8/2022] announced a nationwide ban on imports of Russian oil, coal, and natural gas, relenting to pressure to stand against Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.  Unfortunately, the administration is only projecting the appearance of a principled stand and continues to be unwilling to make the necessary policy changes for an import ban to be truly effective.  The president's decision came in the wake of proposed bipartisan legislation, political support from Democratic congressional leadership, public support, and the initiative of many companies to disassociate themselves with Russian products and markets.  If he didn't act, it's very likely Congress would have led the way instead.

New York Dems Pose with Insane Climate Change Sign.  Putin's tanks are rolling into the Ukraine, sending world commodity prices, particularly oil and grain, haywire.  Gas at the pump is incredibly expensive, inflation is raging at a multi-decade high, and millions of illegal immigrants flooded across the border last year.  So what are lawmakers in New York focusing on right now?  Climate change, of course! [...] The tanks and artillery pieces of Russia are ravaging the Ukraine.  Warhawks seem intent on turning that regional tragedy into World War III and Biden is somehow being the voice of reason in the room.  Gas is skyrocketing in price.  America isn't respected abroad and our military is falling apart, being more focused on wokeness than warfighting.  Those are real, pressing problems.  A global thermonuclear exchange would prove far more devastating to the environment than emissions from SUVs and it could happen in 15 minutes rather than 15 decades.

The Biden admin foreign policy has two inviolable rules.  [Thread reader]  Rule #1:  get back into something that can be heralded as the Iran deal, no matter what.  This is less a policy idea than a matter of Democratic honor — refusing to admit the failure of Obama's major foreign policy goal, repudiating Trump, etc.  Rule #2:  cripple domestic energy production.  This is the foremost demand of the eco-activist base of the Dem Party.  No matter how much gas prices increase, the admin will not budge.  And so the admin is left begging bad regimes for oil.  It's morally appalling, it's nonsensical as a policy to reduce carbon emissions, but it pleases eco-activists.  So it is done.

The climate crisis disappearing act.  [Scroll down]  Mr. Biden forgot to mention that there is no evidence — none — of a climate crisis or of any attendant "devasting effects."  His entire proposal to achieve net-zero US emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 would reduce global temperatures by less than 0.173 degrees C by 2100, using the EPA climate model under assumptions that exaggerate the effects of emissions reductions.  (An immediate and permanent 50 percent emissions cut by China:  0.184 degrees C.)  And "environmental justice," notwithstanding the infinite elasticity of that phrase, means massive subsidies for Democratic Party constituencies, both geographically and politically.  It cannot mean anything else.  Would the up-front cost of "weatheriz[ing] your homes and businesses" be less than the present value of the annual $500 energy-cost savings of Mr. Biden's imagination?  If so, why are households and businesses not doing it already?  Is the president oblivious to the reality that the expanded use of unconventional electricity has yielded skyrocketing energy costs in Europe and in the US despite all the subsidies and other policy favoritism?  (As Pravda in its glory days would have put it:  It is no accident that California has almost the highest electricity costs in the lower 48 states.)  Is there anything "clean" about unconventional energy?  Yes, emphatically, if we ignore the heavy-metal pollution, wildlife destruction, noise and flicker effects, massive and unsightly land use, landfill pollution, and all of the other environmental problems created by unconventional energy.  And about that monthly savings of $80 "because you'll never have to pay at the gas pump again": Does Mr. Biden believe that the electricity consumed to recharge electric vehicles is free?

Stop Letting Environmental Groups Funded By Russia Dictate America's Energy Policy.  In aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, one thing has become abundantly clear to the American people:  energy security is national security.  But after decades of indoctrination by environmental groups who have pushed a climate change agenda completely detached from reality, today America is left with neither.  Since the first day of his presidency, Joe Biden has capitulated to America's most powerful, well-funded, dark money environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and Climate Action Network, whose agenda is to shut down fossil fuels and restructure our entire economy around a socialist-style Green New Deal.

Biden Plans to Get Oil From These Countries, But There's One Missing.  The price of oil has blown past $125 per barrel this morning [3/7/2022] as the Biden administration's climate change agenda continues to hamper progress on lowering costs.  Over the weekend, a number of State Department diplomats were deployed to Venezuela in hopes of pulling off sanctions on the Maduro regime in order for the U.S. to tap back into the country's oil supply. [...] Last week, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said importing oil from Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terror, was being considered. [...] But as far as ramping up production in the United States, the administration has no plans to do so while insisting Americans must move forward with an energy "transition."

Biden's deficit reduction pledge [is being] undercut by [a] push for trillions in new social welfare spending.  President Biden's pledge to cut the deficit by more than $1 trillion by the end of the year has budget experts and fiscal hawks scratching their heads, especially as the White House pushes trillions in new spending.  Republicans say that if Mr. Biden was serious about cutting the deficit he would not be asking Congress to revive the administration's $1.75 trillion social welfare and climate change package.  "Want to lower the deficit," said Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican.  "Spend less and cut the size of the federal government."  During his first State of the Union address, Mr. Biden attempted a delicate balancing act of pledging to cut the deficit while urging lawmakers to pass trillions in new federal spending.

Is It Intentional or Simply Ignorance?  Among a number of things going wrong in America right now, worst of all is our totally unnecessary, self-inflicted end to energy independence.  This one is particularly frustrating because it is so unnecessary and arbitrary.  Based purely on liberal arrogance and adolescent egotism — not on well considered business factors or with the country's long-term well-being in mind — "President" Biden canceled the Keystone Pipeline as soon as he occupied the Oval Office.  This was simply a ploy to curry favor with the Green voting bloc and do something to counter President Trump.  It was the act of a shallow emotional simpleton and his behind-the-scenes puppet masters trying to look good in the eyes of the Squad and the liberal media.  It's not as if the cancelation of Keystone in and of itself ruined our energy sector.  Biden also stopped any fossil fuel exploration in ANWR, voided existing oil exploration and development leases on federal lands, and sharply curtailed the ability of existing oil and natural gas fracking companies to conduct their operations.  This has markedly reduced our supply, but far more important, it sent a message to the world oil market that any possibility of substantial new American oil was stopped dead in its tracks.

Until Joe Biden Lets U.S. Oil Freely Flow, He's Complicit In Putin's War.  As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, the United States and western allies have imposed a new round of economic sanctions.  But these won't achieve the desired effect as long as there is a carve-out for Russia's energy sector.  Last week, the United States imposed sanctions on four large Russian banks and restricted certain Russian state-owned enterprises from raising money in international markets.  On Monday, the U.S., the European Union, and the United Kingdom took an extraordinary step to sanction Russia's central bank, the Bank of Russia, preventing it from moving assets it held abroad to stabilize Russia's economy, or "using other government and private banks to manage central bank operations."  Additionally, the U.S. Department of Treasury prohibited Americans from doing business with Russia's central bank, finance ministry, and Russia's sovereign wealth fund.  No country's central bank had ever been sanctioned like this before.

Biden and Democrats' 'Let Them Eat Cake' Moment in Face of Exploding Gas Prices.  While supporters on social media desperately try to paper over Joe Biden's disastrous energy policies, which are causing near $7.00-per-gallon gas prices, Democrats in his administration are doing the opposite.  And for once, they're telling the truth.  High prices are by design, and they don't care if it hurts your family, your job, your food supply, or your ability to move freely about the country as long as their windmills and Chinese-made solar panels operate your cars and planes.  Don't ask questions.  The timing is spectacularly bad.  Democrat authoritarians have begun removing mandates and lockdowns because the political science has changed and Leftist politicians are being hurt in public opinion polls.  But these autocrats have re-imposed another kind of lockdown.  They're making gas so expensive you won't be able to go anywhere.

Psaki and her pink(o) hat
White House Opposes Ban on Russian Oil Imports.  President Joe Biden and his administration said Americans should reduce their consumption of oil and gas in order to keep prices down and ultimately punish Russian President Vladimir Putin.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki reacted to calls for the United States to stop importing oil from Russia in order to further punish Putin for escalating his invasion of Ukraine.  She said President Joe Biden and his administration were not interested in banning imports of oil from Russia, because reducing the supply would only increase prices and enrich the Russians.

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That logic is hard to follow.  The U.S. wants to keep importing oil from Russia, because if we don't Russia will get richer.  That means Russia is losing money by selling us oil.  That makes no sense, but Pink Hat Psaki said it, so it doesn't have to make sense.


Top 10 ways Biden deluded himself during his State of the Union.  [For example,] Biden boasted about tapping into 30 million barrels of our emergency oil reserves — less than two days' supply — while not mentioning a word about unleashing our plentiful untapped oil and gas supplies.  He even pretended that his policies would cut "energy costs for families an average of $500 a year by combating climate change," citing a dubious study which projected theoretical savings in 2030.  But the entire purpose of his climate-alarm agenda is to reduce our consumption of oil and gas by raising the price.  Instead of restoring America's energy independence, Biden blathered about something called "environmental justice" and electric-car charging stations.

Biden Is An Absolute Fraud For Saying It, But The Core Issue Is Still Not Funding Or Defunding The Police.  In his State of the Union speech, Joe Biden made the jaw-dropping statement that he supported funding the police.  He told a lot of big lies — his concern for national unity chief among them — but this police flip-flop represents the second-deadliest nonchalant course reversal (after Covid policies) and it simply can't be ignored.  Just for context, take a listen to this montage of various Democrats saying the exact opposite not that long ago:  [Video clip]

White House dismisses cries to increase US oil amid war, Psaki says we 'must prioritize' clean energy.  White House press secretary Jen Psaki called for furthering green energy initiatives in the face of foreign oil dependence that could see Americans burdened by $150/barrel prices.  In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Psaki dismissed calls for President Biden to restart the Keystone XL oil pipeline and instead harkened back to the executive order that canceled the project which stated, the U.S. "must prioritize the development of a clean energy economy."  "What this actually justifies in President Biden's view is the fact that we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, on oil in general," Psaki claimed, "and we need to look at other ways of having energy in our country and others.

Minnesota House passes bill banning hair discrimination.  Minnesotans would be protected from discrimination based on how they wear their hair under a bill the House passed Monday [2/28/2022].  The so-called CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, adds a definition of race that is inclusive of natural hairstyles and textures to the Minnesota Human Rights Act.  It's an effort to break down barriers that Black Minnesotans face at work, school and other public spaces for wearing hairstyles such as braids, locs and twists.  The bill "will clearly define that no one should be prevented from a job or an education because of the way that their hair naturally grows from their head," said Rep. Esther Agbaje, DFL-Minneapolis, its chief House sponsor.  Agbaje, who is Black, said at a Feb. 3 committee hearing that she straightened her hair for most of her life "because of a fear of losing a job or not being able to be taken as seriously."

GOP Leaders Call on Biden to Lift His Restrictions on U.S. Oil and Gas.  The Russian invasion into Ukraine is expected to have a devastating effect on the economy worldwide, especially on the energy market, where energy prices are reportedly already soaring with oil costing $100 a barrel for the first time since 2014.  "Joe Biden's reckless energy policies have already driven up the price of oil and gas over the last year," said Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) "Even he and his administration are admitting that they don't want to impose oil and gas sanctions on Russia because they are afraid it's going to add to the inflation they've already created."  Cotton had a better idea.  "How about we impose those sanctions, but we lift all those restrictions on the production of American oil and gas so we can start drilling on federal lands again and putting out new leases," the senator proposed.  "Reopen the Keystone Pipeline which would bring more oil to America every day from Canada than we import every day from Russia," he added.

Biden's Feckless Energy Policies Are Making The Ukraine Crisis Far Worse.  After blocking such sanctions last year using a national security waiver, the Biden administration announced Wednesday [2/23/2022] it would allow sanctions on the company in charge of building Russia's Nord Stream 2, a natural gas pipeline running from Russia to Germany's Baltic coast.  While the sanctions are one of many possible responses to counter a Russian invasion of Ukraine, the reversal invites the question of why the Biden administration empowered President Vladimir Putin with increased power over global energy supplies in the first place.  In 2019, under former President Donald Trump, the United States became energy independent for the first time in 62 years, meaning we produced more energy than we consumed and exported more than we imported.  The Trump administration achieved this in part by streamlining regulations that hindered U.S. pipelines and natural gas development on federal lands.

'Big Mistake' for Biden Administration to Shut Down China Initiative:  Trump.  The recent move by the Biden administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) to terminate the China Initiative is a "big mistake," former President Donald Trump said at a Feb. 26 press conference prior to his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  Trump also issued remarks on the current situation in Ukraine during the press conference.  The DOJ announced on Feb. 23 that it was ending the China Initiative program, which was spearheading an unprecedented crackdown against economic espionage, trade theft, and technology transfer by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against the United States.  The program was launched in 2018 by the Trump administration.

DOJ Ends Trump-Era China Initiative Program To Fight Espionage.  Joe Biden's Justice Department ended a Trump-era program that countered Chinese espionage against the United States.  This week, the DOJ said the 45th president's China Initiative was not broad enough and claimed it created a climate of fear among Asian Americans.  The China program, launched by Donald Trump's administration in 2018, was established to prevent China's theft of U.S. trade secrets, hacking and undue influence on U.S. education as well as politics.  However, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen seems more concerned it depicts the department as racist instead of keeping the focus on combating threats from the Chinese Communist Party.

The Left's COVID Insanity Is Creating A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity For Conservatives.  [Scroll down]  How many other liberals feel this way today?  How many are coming to realize that the left is a cesspool of close-minded haters?  That it is the definition of mob justice?  That progressives don't have you or your family's best interest in mind?  That they are the secular version of religious zealots?  How many are realizing that the left's intolerance isn't limited to COVID, but that this is how it approaches every issue, where if you don't toe the line perfectly you get canceled?  Then ask yourselves, how many of these people understand that the left has been lying to them about conservatives all these years?  How many of them would be willing to listen to conservatives talk about why freedom, liberty, and the ability to pursue your own happiness is preferable to the left's dogma and dictates?  That compassion isn't measured by how much money the government spends, but by individual actions?

Biden halts oil, gas leases amid legal fight on climate cost.  The Biden administration is delaying decisions on new oil and gas drilling on federal land and other energy-related actions after a federal court blocked the way officials were calculating the real-world costs of climate change.  The administration said in a legal filing that a Feb. 11 ruling by a Louisiana federal judge will affect dozens of rules by at least four federal agencies.  Among the immediate effects is an indefinite delay in planned oil and gas lease sales on public lands in a half-dozen states in the West, including Wyoming, Montana and Utah.

U.S. Freezes New Oil And Gas Projects Amid GOP Suit Over Social Cost Of Emissions.  The Biden administration said Saturday [2/19/2022] it would suspend any decisions about new oil and gas drilling amid an ongoing legal battle with 10 Republican states over how to calculate the cost of fossil fuel-driven climate change.  The decision comes amid a recent court ruling over a government metric known as the "social cost of carbon," which sets a dollar figure for the climate change-related damage associated with greenhouse gas emissions.  That figure was $51 per ton of carbon dioxide emitted under President Barack Obama, but slashed to just $7 per ton under President Donald Trump.  President Joe Biden reinstated the $51 metric when he took office and said the administration would update it further as climate change continues.  The figure, as The New York Times notes, is used to guide government decisions on pollution-linked industries, and a higher dollar value in the future could make it harder for new oil and gas projects to move forward.

The Treason of the Ruling Class.  Because of the egocentrism and megalomania of the current ruling class, our country is inexorably and stealthily marching toward a tyrannical one-party socialist oligarchy beholden to a globalist agenda.  These elites, in their determination to achieve political and societal status in perpetuity, are willingly allied with the relatively small number of true believers in their midst whose sole focus is to transform America into another failed socialist nation.  In a major step toward accomplishing that goal, the ruling class in both Canada and the United States have calculatingly acquiesced to these ideologues maliciously exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic in order to permanently consolidate their political and societal status.

The Democrats Are Turning America into the New Venezuela.  The Bill of Rights is very clear and does not have any stipulations pertaining to the Second Amendment.  There are no conditions attached to the Second Amendment, such as the type of firearm, number of bullets in the magazine, caliber size, manufacturer, or how many firearms you can have on you or in your home.  The Second Amendment clearly states that the citizens of the United States have the right to keep and bear arms.  It's that simple.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  The Democrats use every opportunity, no matter how minuscule the connection might be, to oppose the right to keep and bear arms for law-abiding citizens. [...] All dictatorships start this way: take control away from the people, make them defenseless, own them.  It's modern-day slavery.  It's not slavery as in a private master and slave.  It's the state owning its people.  Gun control is people control and the taxpayers pay for it.  This is the truth and it's up to you what you do with it but demand your God-given right to keep and bear arms and to freedom of speech.

Biden looks to pressure investors away from fossil fuels via climate disclosures.  The pressure is increasing on companies to follow environmental, social, and governance standards from both the private sector and the government.  The Biden administration is prioritizing proposed rulemaking that would require companies to produce climate-related disclosures, most notably through the Securities and Exchange Commission, a form of indirect pressure on fossil fuel companies.  The SEC is debating the extent to which it can compel companies to disclose details about how much energy they buy and how they handle climate risks.  Such self-reported disclosures to investors have already become commonplace in business, and adding government-mandated ESG disclosure rules is a big goal for the administration.

Biden Administration Defies Court Ruling Again, Opts Against Holding Oil Drilling Sales.  The Biden administration missed another deadline to hold quarterly onshore oil drilling lease sales after a federal court ruled it was legally required to do so.  The Department of the Interior (DOI) defied the June 2021 court ruling which ordered the administration to halt its ban on new oil and gas leases, the Western Energy Alliance — a fossil fuel industry group that challenged the ban — said Wednesday.  In August 2021, the DOI vowed to publish notices of competitive sales in December and hold a lease sale 45 days later, two promises it failed to keep, in court filings.  "President Biden just told the American people he'll work like the devil to lower prices at the gas pump.  But the lack of progress on federal lease sales means he's not trying very hard," Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Western Energy Alliance, said in a statement.  "The department continues to miss deadlines, drag its feet, and ignore a judge's ruling to hold sales."

At last, the liberals have found a tax they don't like; at least until after the mid-term election.
Democrats Looking to Suspend Federal Gas Tax For the Rest of 2022.  The voters are exhausted by COVID restrictions, worried about inflation, and uncertain that the president is up to the task of governing.  When politicians get into trouble, the first thing they think about is how to throw money at the voters to distract them from their problems.  Accordingly, Democrats in Congress are looking to ease the high cost of gas at the pump by suspending the 18-cent-a-gallon federal gas tax.  Of course, the $40 billion or so that the gas tax brings in would be lost, adding to the federal deficit.  Some in Congress have mentioned taking money from other line items to maintain the Highway Trust Fund.  But at this point, who cares?  What's $40 billion when Democrats (and Republicans) have been adding trillions of dollars to the federal budget deficit?

Democrats: Fix Inflation with Amnesty for Illegal Aliens, More Immigration.  Democrats are parroting United States Chamber of Commerce talking points as their latest fix to President Joe Biden's record inflation, urging Congress to pass amnesty for illegal aliens and drive up already record-setting legal immigration levels.  Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) told Business Insider that Democrats should look at passing a "comprehensive immigration bill," a term synonymous with amnesty and expanded legal immigration, as a way to cut inflation.

Seattle's Soda Tax Goes Horribly Wrong.  Once again Seattle lawmakers have shown their pre-existing vulnerability to social contagion with predictably embarrassing results.  Like nearly every cockamamie scheme cooked up by their fellow travelers on the West Coast, Messed Coast, almost all have backfired spectacularly.  And each promulgator has a deadly comorbidity — Leftism.  Plastic bag bans.  Replacing those plastic bags with their thicker plastic bags.  Gun "control."  Ammo "control."  Nuclear-free zones.  Global warming.  Global cooling.  Climate change.  Net-zero.  Preschool teachers sacrifice children to Satan.  Boys have babies.  Let's tax weed.  Let's bail out weed shops.  Seattle's CHAZ CHOP was a Summer of Love — with a body count.  Riots are mostly peaceful.  Give needles and crack pipes to addicts.  Allow people to walk the Seattle streets with a "bump" or two of heroin and fentanyl for "harm reduction."  Police are horrible people.  Criminals are not horrible people.  Their faux do-goodism results in hot-and-cold-running bodies on the sidewalks of Seattle.

The Hill:  Here's the shocking thing Democrats can do to salvage Biden's presidency.  [Scroll down]  When Democrats talk about "improving immigration laws," they are thinking of open borders and amnesty for tens of millions of illegal aliens.  Those ideas are neither bipartisan nor broadly popular.  As far as "reforming criminal justice" goes, even though Nancy Pelosi rejected the idea of defunding the police this weekend, that's still what comes to the minds of liberals when you talk about criminal justice reform.  (Along with eliminating cash bail, emptying the jails, and punishing the police.)  The Democrats can't "pivot" to focusing on those things because they've been trying to ram them through for the past year.

Federal Judge Blocks Ridiculous, Key Component of Biden 'Climate Change' Scheme.  Specifically, a United States District Court judge on Friday blocked Biden's January 2021 executive order that ridiculously factored in the mostly-contrived "social cost" of carbon emissions when creating rules regulating pollution, as reported by Fox News.  So what is the "social cost" of the "existential threat to mankind," you ask?  Let's go to the inimitable Stanford economics professor, Marshall Burke for the answer:  ["]The social cost of carbon is the single most important number for thinking about climate change.  When we emit a ton of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it sticks around for a while and causes warming, affecting human outcomes.  The social cost of carbon is the total damage that an additional ton of CO2 has on outcomes, converted into dollars.["]  Given the left's strict adherence to all things science — except when they ignore science in deference to their political narrative (see: "all-things COVID") — does the above explanation of "social cost" sound like exact science to you?  Me, neither.

They're Coming For You.  You Know That, Right?  [Scroll down]  But the Democrats' destructive war on the country isn't simply limited to COVID.  Last month they tried to take over the way we conduct elections from the states while threatening some of their own party who wouldn't go along.  George Soros-funded Democrat district attorneys refuse to prosecute theft and violence in major American cities.  Homicides are through the roof.  Retail and auto theft is through the roof.  Homeless, drug-addicted zombies lay waste to city streets.  Worse, the Democrats who run these cities have gone to war with and called to defund and strip authority from the police officers that remain the single thin, blue line between anarchy and their residents.  Joe Biden's Department of Justice has conspired to frame Americans for wild, politically motivated schemes.  They currently hold many in federal custody without formal charges related to undefined law breaking on January 6th, 2021.  Two Republican members of Congress have accused the DOJ of going through their constituent mail and interrogating their staff.  They've threatened to deploy resources to school board meetings to keep an eye on parents who get too uppity.  Democrats want a peek into your bank accounts if you have $600 bucks or more.

America's enemies are delighted to hear this:
US Army goes green, announcing new climate strategy.  The U.S. Army unveiled a plan this week to tackle issues surrounding climate change, including the establishment of an electric vehicle fleet, as well as the reduction of the branch's greenhouse gas emissions.  The plan, outlined by the Army in a document titled "Climate Strategy," calls for the service to cut its emissions by 50% by 2030 from 2005 levels and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.  The strategy aims to establish an "all-electric light-duty non-tactical vehicle fleet by 2027" and an "all-electric non-tactical vehicle fleet by 2035."

New York bill enlists fashion industry in fight against climate change.  The Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act, known as the Fashion Act for short, would force clothing and apparel manufacturers with more than $100 million in annual sales to disclose on their websites the amount of energy, water, plastics and other chemicals they use, as well as their emission levels of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change.  It also contains standards to include fair labor practices.  This requirement would be applied to the entire supply chain, including the farms where the raw materials such as cotton are grown and the process of shipping those materials.  After disclosing this information, the companies would then be required to begin reducing their ecological footprint.

Biden's Latest Proposal Would Force Insurers to Pay for Gender 'Transition'.  President Joe Biden has sought to inject gender ideology into our laws since his first day in office.  He might prefer a massive bill like the Equality Act that elevates the categories of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to status of race and sex.  But that effort has stalled in the Senate.  So, for now, his administration is looking for ways to insert sexual orientation and gender identity concepts into existing law.  The latest?  In January, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a rule that would add sexual orientation and gender identity language to the 2010 Affordable Care Act.  According to the department, these amendments will ensure that those who identify as LGBT receive "medically necessary" care.  This includes "gender-affirming" surgeries and hormone "therapy."  In fact, the department's proposed rule circumvents the law and treats dubious treatments as essential health benefits in qualified health plans.  This not only contradicts the best science and medicine, it's a disaster for insurers, for medical providers, and, most of all, for those struggling with gender dysphoria.

White House Says It Never Planned to Fund Distribution of Crack Pipes.  [I]t looks like the White House is doing damage control on CrackPipeGate.  After The Washington Free Beacon published a report on a grant being offered by the Department of Health and Human Services that would fund, in part, the distribution of crack pipes to "underserved" communities, the Biden administration faced outrage coming from conservatives and others. [...] These "smoking kits" included, among other implements, pipes that could be used to smoke crack or other illicit substances.  However, the White House press secretary recently stated that this was not the case.  "They were never part of the kit," she said during a press conference on Wednesday.  "It was inaccurate reporting, and we wanted to put out information to make that clear."

Two days earlier...
Biden Admin To Fund Crack Pipe Distribution To Advance 'Racial Equity'.  The Biden administration is set to fund the distribution of crack pipes to drug addicts as part of its plan to advance "racial equity."  The $30 million grant program, which closed applications Monday and will begin in May, will provide funds to nonprofits and local governments to help make drug use safer for addicts.  Included in the grant, which is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, are funds for "smoking kits/supplies."  A spokesman for the agency told the Washington Free Beacon that these kits will provide pipes for users to smoke crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and "any illicit substance."

The Editor says...
Is crack smoked exclusively by people of one race?  Are these people better off if the government makes it easier to smoke crack?

The Truth About Biden's Fake War With Russia.  Biden tried to be FDR and failed at that.  Now he's settling for playing a senile elderly JFK.  If you watch 5 minutes of CNN or any cable news network, you might believe that we're on the verge of war with Russia.  That's what the same people who claimed that President Trump was working for Putin want you to believe.  Their new war with Russia is as real as Russiagate.  Democrats want to fight Russia to the last Republican.  They aren't about to fight a real war.  Their fake wars with Russia are an attack on Republicans.  Russiagate came after Democrats spent eight years giving Putin everything he wanted as Hillary toted a Reset Button from a swimming pool and Psaki posed in a sickle and hammer hat.  And that was just what we knew about.

The 'Ugly' of Progressive Public Policy.  In large part, policies currently implemented in many states show a profound misunderstanding of human nature. [...] The ideas of defunding police, sending social workers to active crime scenes, promoting "safe" drug use, and other idealistic remedies of the ugly, have known a flourishing in recent years, especially in Western society.  Moreover, a profound misunderstanding of the complexities of human sexuality has produced a "remedy" that consists of normalization at all costs, which has spilled over into promoting indiscriminate conversions from one sex to another in impressionable individuals who may have had mental disturbances that should have been addressed psychologically, and not surgically.

Biden and His Clown Car Have Failed America!  President Biden's first year was the epic failure Republicans and conservatives warned it would be, showing why we supported President Trump's campaign against Biden.  The disasters seem too numerous to list.  On foreign policy, the Afghanistan withdrawal was a disaster, taking our military out before we evacuated civilians and allies, and leaving all our weapons to arm terrorists.  China and Russia see Biden's weakness and incompetence, with yet-unknown consequences.  On domestic policy, $2 trillion of unwarranted COVID socialism has given us horrible inflation, especially on gas and food.  Regulations are choking our businesses, with the Supreme Court saving some businesses but not others.  And Biden continues his failed attempts at socialist authoritarian power grabs labeled with Orwellian doublespeak, such as taking over elections but calling it "voting rights," destroying America's free market economy but calling it "build back better," creating two new Senate seats by unconstitutionally calling DC a "state," destroying the Senate's separate role from the House by calling the filibuster "racist," and destroying the Supreme Court as an independent branch of government but calling it "expanding."

Climate Activists Keep Moving the Goalposts.  "I think shoving something down someone's throat of this magnitude is a mistake," Long Island Democrat Todd Kaminsky told Politico.  He was referring to progressive Democrats' plan for a ban on natural gas hookups in new construction by 2024, pushing New York City's ban forward three years and making it apply statewide.  But he could have been referring to their increasingly extreme climate policies in general.  Activists want total control over every building in the state.  How much will this add to the costs of new homes and commercial properties as developers scramble to make last-minute changes?  Legislative supporters haven't said, because they don't know, and they don't even care.

State Legislators Are Mounting A Stand Against "Critical Theory's Long March".  I know I've been repetitive on the loss of institutions at virtually every level of society.  But maybe it's also worth focusing not only on which institutions have been lost, but what remains and how much power what remains can have.  There is, of course, people power that exists outside institutions.  That people power in 2021-2022 is focused on the parents' movement to reclaim their children.  It's not just about Critical Race Theory, it's about whether children are children of their parents or of the state and teachers unions.  That people power also is manifesting itself in disgust with unscientific, irrational, harmful, and abusive lockdowns and Covid-related random acts of government abuse.  But there is an institution that remains, and it's starting to engage in a serious way.

As Biden doubles down on his War on Energy, prices keep shooting up.  Biden's Environmental Protection Agency is writing new rules that will raise costs for fossil-fuel-based power plants.  And, as Kenneth R. Timmerman noted in The [New York] Post last week, Team Biden has also moved to kill the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline, which would've brought Israeli and Cypriot natural gas to gas-starved Europe, helping ease shortages there.  The prez is also reviving Obama-era loan guarantees for "clean energy" producers, starting with $1 billion in backing for a Nebraska company that will make "clean" hydrogen.  That guarantee could cost taxpayers; think Solyndra, the solar-panel company Team Obama aided to the tune of $500 million before it went belly-up — only with the stakes now twice as high.  Favoring such companies also puts traditional energy producers at a competitive disadvantage.

Critics slam 'Pothole Pete' Buttigieg's plan to fix the nation's roads crisis with more speed cameras and lower speed limits that will guarantee fines for drivers.  Pete Buttigieg's plan to add more speed cameras to America's roads as a way patrolling them more 'fairly' has been panned by critics who say it will only lead to more speeding fines under the guise of equity and road safety.  Buttigieg announced the plan yesterday [1/27/2022] and claims it will reduce the number of deadly road collisions.  The highway plan is receiving some $17 billion from Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which will be used in part to pay for the cameras.

Joe Biden, enemy of America.  From the moment Joe Biden stepped into the Oval Office as president it became clear that he stole the job in order to destroy America from within.  He stopped the construction of the Keystone Pipeline on day one, costing thousands of good paying jobs.  He stopped the construction of the southern border wall, costing more jobs and leaving millions of dollars' worth of equipment rotting in the desert.  Biden would not even let Texas use the construction materials themselves; any wall would impede the Biden plan to import over two million migrants from around the world, to be given funds and to spread them throughout the nation into unsuspecting cities.  The Democrats voted unanimously that these illegal invaders would not be required to be vaccinated or even tested for Covid.  That should tell us everything we need to know about how seriously the left really takes this phony pandemic.  They know it is phony because it's wirked for their advantage from the outset.  They had to do something to derail President Trump.  So, with a stroke of Biden's pen, the energy independence Trump had achieved was gone.

What to make of Biden secretly transporting illegal aliens into the US.  Two days ago, the New York Post reported the following:  "Under cover of darkness, every night the federal government is transporting illegal migrants as fast as it can away from the border on secret charter flights into unsuspecting communities around the country.  Officials have lied and obstructed the few journalists who have tried to reveal the truth."  This has been an old Democrat project.  They begin by inviting illegal immigrants either explicitly or implicitly through various public forums.  They then allow numerous illegal aliens into the country by opening up the border.  Since these migrants are uneducated, unskilled, and impoverished they depend on government welfare for their survival.  This makes them a permanent underclass who the Democrats think will be perennially subservient to them.  Many of these migrants eventually are transferred to locations where Republicans traditionally win.  The Democrats know they can never convince conservatives to vote for their radical left-wing policies.  So they drown the impact of these resident voters by giving voting rights to a sufficient number of migrants to facilitate a Democrat win.  Soon they plan to have a permanent presence in the House, Senate, and the White House.

Biden Is Going Green, Even If It Kills Us.  The Biden administration's determination to make its climate agenda a central factor in U.S. foreign policy could be the greatest threat to human survival in our times.  This leap into the climate-change rabbit hole has distracted the White House from the old-fashioned — but painfully present — task of making sure Americans are not devastated by a major war.  By stirring partisan politics and dubious science into their recipe for national security, this administration risks getting the single most important responsibility of the federal government horribly wrong.  For starters, their climate agenda lacks legitimacy. [...] Furthermore, the judgments of this administration are highly suspect.  They can't even get the science around Covid-19 right.  The scientific consensus changes weekly.  And a coronavirus is a lot less complicated than the global climate.  But it's not just questions of science the administration has gotten wrong.  From inflation to border security, the White House insists it has all the right answers, when clearly it does not.

Biden admin pledges goal of zero traffic fatalities... and how do you suppose it'll accomplish that?  Some governments around the planet have proclaimed that they won't lift all restrictions and mandates pertaining to the COVID-19 plandemic until nary a single case of the Wuhan Flu can be found.  Until recently, this appeared to be the goal of Dr. Fauci and the Biden administration as well.  Now our rulers and experts admit that we will probably never rid ourselves of the virulent visitor from the East.  After failing to conquer the coronavirus, the Biden administration has now set its sights on traffic fatalities. [...] Sorry, people, but our leaders just can't grant us our freedom again until there is "zero" chance that any one of us might die from any cause.

Biden official:  American interest in Ukraine is ensuring borders are "inviolate".  A fun leftover from yesterday and our latest entry in the Someone Left The Irony On Department.  With brinksmanship escalating between the US, the European Union, and Ukraine, CNN's John Berman asks a solid question: why should Americans care about the fate of this country on the eastern edge of Europe?  Jonathan Finer, deputy national security adviser to Joe Biden, says we should be all about enforcing border security and recognizing national sovereignty. [...] This administration refuses to address our own border crisis that Biden and Kamala Harris touched off with their campaign rhetoric and bungled policy reversals.  They won't even talk about it now, trying their best to distract from the tsunami of migration that is still overwhelming our border security apparatus.

Is the second American Civil War nearing its conclusion?  Leftists, through a combination of brilliant projectionist strategy and callously evil use of their political opponents' naïvité, decency, and tolerance, have transformed America's institutions.  They have weaponized them and used them against their less aggressive fellow citizens. [...] They are attempting a final push now, one in which they intend to grant the District of Columbia (meaning themselves) two senators, eliminate the filibuster (meaning the ability of the minority party to have any say in governance), pack the Supreme Court (meaning they are chagrinned that this is the one body that they don't fully control at present), and nationalize elections by banning the requirement of identification in every state (meaning they can steal every election going forward... in perpetuity).

Biden accused of keeping GOP lawmakers in the dark about $1.2T being spent on infrastructure.  House Republicans are demanding transparency from the Biden administration about how it is spending more than $1.2 trillion in infrastructure funding that Congress approved last year.  Top Republican lawmakers on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said more clarity is needed given the size of the public works package and the "byzantine" bureaucracies responsible for its implementation.  The Biden administration's decision to appoint Mitch Landrieu as its unelected, unconfirmed "infrastructure czar" has done little to allay concerns, they said.

Biden: No Course Correction.  The failures of President Joe Biden's first year in office are obvious to all.  Inflation is raging.  COVID is raging.  Crime is spiking in some big cities.  The U.S.-Mexico border is a mess.  The American withdrawal from Afghanistan was a mess.  And with it all, the president and his party are obsessed, most of all, with passing a voting rules bill that would help ensure their future election by federalizing the voting system along lines favorable to Democrats.  It's hard to avoid the conclusion that Democrats, and the president, are spending too much time focusing on issues that are not top voter concerns.  That has created a huge opportunity for Republicans.  A recent Fox News poll, for example, found the GOP with big leads when voters were asked which party would do a better job handling the economy.  The GOP also led on the same question on the issue of crime.  And national security.  And border security.

Democrats oppose the production and use of natural gas — except in Europe.
US finalizing plans to divert gas to Europe if Russia cuts off supply.  The US has helped prepare for the diversion of natural gas supplies from around the world to Europe in the event that the flow from Russia is cut, in an effort to blunt Vladimir Putin's most powerful economic weapon.  As fears of an invasion of Ukraine have grown, US officials said on Tuesday that they had been negotiating with global suppliers, and they were now confident that Europe would not suffer from a sudden loss of energy for heating in the middle of winter.  "To ensure Europe is able to make it through the winter and spring we expect to be prepared to ensure alternative supplies covering a significant majority of the potential shortfall," a senior official said.  The preparation for bulk gas supplies deliveries is part of a campaign by the US and its European allies to show a united and coherent front to Putin in the hope of deterring him from invading Ukraine.  Joe Biden said on Tuesday he would consider imposing personal sanctions on the Russian president himself.

Chickenhawk Joe.  Say what you will about Donald Trump's foreign policies.  He didn't start wars.  He didn't vaporize a family of 10 in a suburb of Kabul, He did however vaporize actual terrorists.  He didn't abandon Americans in Afghanistan in a disastrous pullout that killed 13 American soldiers.  Crimea was abandoned to the predations of Putin during Barack Obama's watch.  Taiwan wasn't buzzed by Chinese fighters on a daily basis while Trump was in the White House.  Daily Chinese provocations are Joe Biden's enduring legacy.  The Ukrainian border is filled with a hostile Russian army and it's due, in no small part, to the fool in the White House.  The foreign policy of the former vice president is one of weakness and stupidity and mismanagement.  Joe Biden doesn't know what to do because he didn't bother to look.  He and his inept administration are now engaging in the silly practice of "hash-tag" diplomacy, apparently to frighten Putin into backing down?  Smart move when dealing with a thug.

Democrats suddenly value border security, just not the US border.  Nancy Pelosi is even more agitated tonight than usual.  On a conference call just hours ago, Pelosi demanded that her members vote immediately on a piece of legislation she says is critical to our national security.  The bill she's talking about, among other things, affirms the central importance of national borders.  Well, of course, it does.  Without a border, you can't have a country.  And Nancy Pelosi firmly believes that.  In fact, she believes it so strongly she's directing the Biden administration to develop an urgent new plan to keep the border secure.  In fact, not simply secure, but in the words of the new legislation, Section 208, inviolable, meaning impossible to breach.  Walled up and buttoned-down.  Bulletproof.  That's quite a border.  But why wouldn't it be?  When it comes to borders, Nancy Pelosi isn't messing around.  Are you surprised to hear this?  Well, you may have misunderstood.  Pelosi isn't talking about the U.S. border, the one that's currently open.  She's talking about the Ukrainian border, the one that actually matters.

Senate Republicans preemptively blast Biden police reform order.  Senate Republicans are already taking aim at a police reform executive order that President Joe Biden is expected to sign in the coming days, warning that the order would effectively defund state and local police departments.  Seven GOP senators, including Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, signed a letter to Biden on Friday that raised a series of concerns about the restrictions outlined in a leaked draft of the order.  "These hard-left policies are extremely ill-advised, dangerous to Americans, and would only further demoralize law enforcement," the senators wrote.  "We are baffled as to why this Administration would want to implement this EO, which is tantamount to defunding the police."

Biden's regulatory bender is crushing the US economy.  By so many measures, Joe Biden's presidential administration falls at the bottom of the scale.  But there is one metric by which Biden is tops — in fact, the very tops in all of history.  That is the regulatory costs his administration has imposed on the nation in a single year.  The American Action Forum, a conservative think tank that tracks government regulation, has tallied up what government agencies estimate their regulations cost.  The Biden administration has now imposed $201 billion in regulation — more than three times the cost that President Barack Obama's very left-wing administration imposed on families and businesses in its first year.

Poll reveals many Democrats wish to repeal natural law, imprison fellow citizens.  A poll conducted jointly by the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,016 "likely voters" in the United States on January 5.  The poll revealed...that a large percentage of Democrat voters would have made excellent Germans circa the 1930s and 1940s.  Specifically, it revealed that 59% of likely Democratic voters want the government to enact a policy mandating that unvaccinated Americans be confined to their homes at all times, except for emergencies.  (Conversely, 79% of Republicans and 71% of unaffiliated voters oppose such draconian punitive measures.)  Moreover, 45% of Democrats called for the government to round up citizens who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and force them into "designated facilities."  (These same people, I'm certain, are — or would be — appalled at FDR rounding up Japanese-Americans and placing them in "designated facilities" during World War II.)  An even higher percentage of voters who have a "very favorable" opinion of President Biden were in favor of putting unvaccinated Americans into COVID camps.

The Democrats' so-called 'voting rights' bill is really a progressive wish list that steals state powers and promotes a phony election conspiracy.  The overwhelming majority of Senate Democrats will soon move to eliminate the filibuster — which has protected the rights of the chamber's minority for more than a century — because they feel the need to pass 'voting rights legislation' is just too intense to be blocked by the 60-vote threshold.  By merging several pieces of legislation into one mega-bill and calling it the 'Freedom to Vote:  John R. Lewis Act,' Democrats are trying to scare people into believing that if the bill doesn't pass, they will lose their right to vote.  Of course, this whole exercise is doomed to fail, because Democratic leadership can't get all 50 of their own senators to support it.  But it won't be for lacking of trying.

What's With the Left's Attempt to Abolish Work?  [A]ll societies, even hunting and gathering societies, do require self-support and work in order to function.  They may not have a market exchange, but there's nobody sitting around saying, "Hey, go find me some food and I'll sit here."  Nothing works like that.  And work is fundamentally about self-support.  If you think back traditionally, this would be someone building his own house, raising his own food, family making their own clothes, and so forth.  Now, in a market economy, we don't do that anymore.  But what we do is exchange our work for someone else's work, who can do a particular thing more efficiently.

Joey 2022: The Worse the Better.  [Scroll down]  So, if I was leading a rebel cabal deep within the FBI Special Task Force on Armed Insurrectionism — because where else would I be? — I would get AOCs elected to Congress; I would crash the economy with lockdowns and vaccination mandates; I would make sure that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell kept the money spigots on full bore; I would propose multiple trillion-dollar spending packages artfully described as stimulus, infrastructure, Build Back Better; I would propose to federalize elections to make ordinary people fear for their lives; I would nod-nod-wink-wink to George Soros to elect prosecutors that had no time for prosecuting when there were homes in Florida to be bought; I would totally bungle the retreat from Afghanistan; I would kill the oil-and-gas industry stone dead and increase gas prices by 50 percent; I would call the inevitable inflation "transitory;" I would set up a January 6 Commission to transform the stupid January 6 rioters into noble victims of injustice.  And, of course, I would call anyone who objected a "systemic racist."

Donald Trump Jr:  Democrats Used Filibuster 327 Times in 2020 — 'Republicans Used It Once'.  The Democrats now want to eliminate the filibuster, but "they used it 327 times in 2020" while the Republicans only used it once," Donald Trump Jr., executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said Thursday.  During an interview on Fox News's "Hannity," Donald Trump Jr., said, "It's almost hard to believe Kamala Harris is as bad as she is and Joe Biden for being there for so long.  [I]t's like they are trying to destroy America at this point.  There's not a single metric by which they're succeeding.

Something Incredible Happened Yesterday After Democrats Demanded an End to the Filibuster.  For the better part of a year now, Democrats have vehemently opposed the Senate's filibuster rule. [...] That push culminated in a visit to Capitol Hill yesterday by Joe Biden.  The president was there to push for the abolishment of the filibuster yet again as part of a plan by Chuck Schumer to pass a "voting rights" bill making voter ID illegal, legalizing ballot harvesting, publicly funding campaigns, and handing state redistricting power to partisans in Washington, DC, among many other objectionable measures.

It's Not Just Manchin and Sinema.  Anyone who can legally vote can vote.  No legislation that the Republicans are pushing is depriving one person of the right to vote.  What they deal with are voter integrity issues like having voter ID or ballot harvesting — that's what Democrats don't want because those measures help to prevent fraud.  As I noted over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed election integrity bills were a "legislative continuation of Jan. 6."  But while she said pushed that insanity, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) gave the game away, admitting that purpose was a federal takeover of elections, claiming that the "federal elections cannot be left up to the states, should not be left up to the states."  It's all about control.

Democrats Said Dropping the Filibuster Would 'Destroy Democracy' Now Biden's Demanding It.  The last thing Biden has to save his presidency and secure a Democrat majority forever is to drop the filibuster so they can ram through a bill they won't even let the public see to federalize all elections, which essentially means all of the states that just past laws that require voter IDs, dead people removed from voter roles, etc.[,] would be overturned and the federal government would be able to tell every town, city or state who is or isn't allowed to run for office.  Which is exactly what they're attempting to do in a roundabout way to keep Trump and all of his supporters who even mentioned January 6th from running again.  This is because polls show American's overwhelmingly support those candidates while Joe Biden and his ilk have record low approval numbers.  [Video clip]

Now Barack Obama backs Biden's bid to kill Senate filibuster.  Barack Obama joined the campaign to pressure Democratic senators into supporting voting rights legislation, backing Joe Biden's demand to kill the filibuster, calling it a tool to 'prop up Jim Crown.'  The former president, in an op-ed published in USA Today, writes the Senate filibuster 'has no basis in the Constitution' and arguing it was used by Southern senators to block civil rights legislation that disinfranchised black voters.  'I fully support President Joe Biden's call to modify Senate rules as necessary to make sure pending voting rights legislation gets called for a vote,' Obama wrote.

Democrats Avoid Campaigning on Biden's Floundering Build Back Better Agenda.  Democrat Congressional candidates running in GOP House districts are noticeably avoiding talking about President Joe Biden's floundering Build Back Better agenda, the Daily Beast observed on Tuesday [1/11/2022]. [...] While Democrats "frequently tout their commitment" to several of the bill's provisions — like prescription drug costs, child care, and "climate change" — many "don't explicitly acknowledge" Biden's $2 trillion in "social spending."

And Now, We turn Our Attention to Seizing States' Control of Elections & Nullifying Your Vote.  While the news cycle has long been dominated by Covid madness, a bumbling inept leader and ambitious lefts' attempt to turn America into into a retarded version of a soviet union and the resulting chaos, not much attention has been paid to the Democrats former #1 legislative priority that got sidelined in favor of the pandemic craziness.  It wasn't health care, immigration, or taxes.  No, their first legislative priority after the 2018 midterms was grabbing more power by centralizing power over elections in Washington, D.C.  There wasn't going to be another 2016!  What was called 'H.R. 1' was intended to be the first priority of House Democrats, leftist groups, deep-pocketed dark money and those who use, by hook or crook, the election process rules to help win elections, or at least to cause chaos and throw it to the courts.  The original bill is a 571-page dreamscape of wild wishes and federal mandates on states that got some heat when exposed to the public for being the blatant power grab that it is.  Seizing States' Control of Elections.

The Left did us a great favor.  [Scroll down]  Actually, it's not Joe Biden, it's the ranks of the Karl Marx Book Club elites and grandchildren of the Yippies now occupying the White House, along with Obama, Rice, Pelosi, et al.  They have taken us to a place, and swiftly, that we never imagined before.  They are center stage revealing on an almost daily basis how truly wacky is the road to socialism with its accompanying demands for the masses to adhere to their demands.  They, after all, know better than we.  They know we will be better served with higher fuel and food prices, trillions more in national debt, prosecutors who no longer prosecute, millions of illegals crossing the southern border, depleted law enforcement ranks, solar and wind energy, fear of COVID, fear of global warming (climate change), placement of teacher unions in charge of public education and... well, the list goes on.

Who Are the Real Insurrectionists?  Recently, Democrats have been despondent over Joe Biden's sinking polls.  His policies on the economy, energy, foreign policy, the border, and COVID-19 all have lost majority support.  As a result, the Left now variously alleges that either in 2022, when they expect to lose the Congress, or in 2024, when they fear losing the presidency, Republicans will "destroy democracy" or stage a coup.  A cynic might suggest that they praise democracy when they get elected — only to claim it is broken when they lose.  Or they hope to avoid their defeat by trying to terrify the electorate.  Or they mask their own revolutionary propensities by projecting them onto their opponents.  After all, who is trying to federalize election laws in national elections contrary to the spirit of the Constitution?  Who wishes to repeal or circumvent the Electoral College?  Who wishes to destroy the more than 180-year-old Senate filibuster, the over 150-year-old nine-justice Supreme Court, and the more than 60-year-old, 50-state union?  Who is attacking the founding constitutional idea of two senators per state?

Biden beefs up efforts against Big Meat.  With inflation raising red flags for consumers across the country, the Biden administration is continuing its war on big meat processors that it claims are reaping record profits at the expense of consumers and smaller competitors.  The White House has released what it calls an action plan for "a fairer, more competitive, and more resilient meat and poultry supply chain" complete with a wide range of initiatives.  "In too many industries, a handful of giant companies dominate the market," President Joe Biden said in a Monday meeting to discuss the issue.

Schumer Threatens to Nuke Filibuster If GOP Stands Ground on Voting Bill.  Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday that the chamber would debate eliminating the filibuster in the coming weeks if Republicans refuse to join Democrats in passing sweeping voting legislation.  While the filibuster was designed to empower the minority party in the Senate, Schumer argued that it now serves to "embarrass the will of the majority," against the founders' intentions for legislative procedure.  He claimed that Republicans should not be allowed to block the Freedom to Vote Act, using the vehicle of the filibuster, that only further enshrines and expands the American right to vote.  Schumer has previously expressed support for altering the filibuster but the statement is his strongest in favor of the idea.

Schumer shows the left's desperation to build fraud into elections.  Although the Democrats put most of their political capital in the Build More Communist Bill (known as the "Build Back Better Bill"), the bill that's more important to them is actually the "For The People" Act, which has already passed in the House.  If the Senate passes it, it will build into elections every type of pro-fraud procedure possible.  To that end, Sen. Chuckie Schumer wrote to tell Republicans, who will be destroyed if the act passes, that they'd better pass the act or else he'll destroy the filibuster and pass the act without them.  You may recall that, in January 2021, Sen. Mitch McConnell entered into an agreement with Schumer that raised the possibility of doing away with the filibuster.  Currently, the filibuster is a rule that, when brought into play, does away with a simple majority vote in the Senate and, instead, requires a supermajority to pass a bill.  The filibuster has existed since 1806.

With Build Back Better stalled, the Left pushes Biden to act alone.  With the Build Back Better Act wounded, perhaps fatally, by the public defection of West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, liberals are calling on President Joe Biden to go solo in fulfilling his agenda.  But those calls are meeting resistance from opponents who say they're bad policy at best and illegal at worst.  Seattle-based Rep. Pramila Jayapal, leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post calling on Biden to enact portions of his Build Back Better plan via executive order.  "We are calling on the president to use executive action to immediately improve people's lives," Jayapal wrote, adding she'd keep working to push the legislation in Congress.

AOC's Grasp on American Governance Is 'a Farce'.  Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, echoing the complaint of the Democratic Party establishment, believes that Sen. Joe Manchin engaged in an "egregious breach" of President Joe Biden's trust by refusing to support his welfare-expansion plans.  "The idea that Joe Manchin says that he can't explain this back home to his people is a farce," said Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Elsewhere, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., similarly noted that Manchin, D-W.Va., would have to do a lot of explaining in West Virginia after abandoning Build Back Better.  The reality, as they know, is that the Democrats' legislation is probably more unpopular in Manchin's home state — with 74% opposing — than any other in the nation.  So it's somewhat odd to hear people who claim to be guardians of "democracy" arguing that a senator owes his loyalty to his party over his state.  That is, until you quickly remember that the selective and temporary championing of crude majoritarianism by Democrats is a cynical play for power.

Democrats Reject Work Ethic, Embrace Freeloaders.  Using the pretext of pandemic relief, Democrats enacting the American Rescue Plan last March changed a feature of the tax code, the child tax credit available to adults who work and pay taxes, into a grant paid unconditionally and monthly to almost all adults with kids, whether they work or not.  Democrats have been pushing to extend the monthly payments through 2022 as part of the Build Back Better Act, with a plan to make them permanent.  [Senator Joe] Manchin saw right through what his party intended:  a socialist-style universal basic income.  Manchin objected to the unconditional monthly cash grants:  "There's no work requirement whatsoever."

Do Democrats Want to Build Back Better, or Do They Want a Coup?  Through a number of pressure points, the left is trying to overwhelm and subvert constitutional checks and balances, basic ideas of fairness, historical understandings of things like voter rights and equality of opportunity (which is not and should never be equality of outcomes), law and order, the public weal in protecting against theft and bodily harm, and responsible conduct as the sign of a good citizen.  Now massive mail-in schemes, elimination of voter ID, federal control of even local elections, extended periods of time for voting, and ballot-harvesting are high on the list of Democommie priorities.  Their priorities are clearly not about fairness, but about corrupt manipulation of our nation's voting priorities as a free society.

Nobody likes Joe.  Inflation, violent crime, job competition from illegals, and the monstrous Afghanistan pullout are taking their toll on old Joe's president[i]al approval ratings. [...] Joe threw blacks, women, independents, Latinos, suburbanites, and others over the side in his bid to please the AOC crowd.  Gas prices through the roof.  Bye-bye energy independence.  Federal drilling halted in the name of 'going green.'  A major pipeline shut down at the flick of Joe's pen.  No parental input in education.  Critical race theory drummed into the heads of the young.  Schools closed.  What teachers' unions want, teachers' union get.  Coddle and pay illegals with bottomless funding while border towns pay extra for the surge, crime, and spreading of COVID.  Throw the poor out of their jobs with vax mandates.  Reintroduce inflation, brought on by Federal Reserve money-printing to pay for Joe's big government spending.  Whip up whitey-as-bad-guy rhetoric, defund the police, ignore violent crime even as turns every blue city into another Caracas.

Joe Manchin Just Defused Build Back Bankrupt's Catastrophic Inflation Bomb.  In holding up President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" (BBB) plan, West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin has cited inflation as one of his foremost concerns about the bill, while Americans have watched November's inflation numbers jump to the worst in nearly 40 years.  Manchin says he worries BBB's huge spending provisions could cause America's already serious inflation problem to worsen substantially.  Manchin's opposition to the act effectively destroys any hope of the bill passing in the near future in the evenly split U.S. Senate.  The act is President Biden's signature policy proposal, and it could prove to be congressional Democrats' last chance of making good on their promise to impose "bold" reforms.  Manchin's decision to effectively end any hope of the BBB bill passing presents a massive setback for the White House and congressional leadership.

Democrats' U-turn on policing — too little, too late.  In an astonishing reversal, San Francisco's mayor, London Breed, launched emergency police intervention in the city's crime-wrecked Tenderloin district.  This is the woman who cut police and sheriff budgets by $120 million to pander to 2020's Black Lives Matter rioters.  The decision brought a rain of ruin down on her metropolis, and now even its left-liberal residents have had enough.  Breed's rhetoric has, if anything, changed even more dramatically than her policies. [...] Can other Democrats do the same and salvage the next election?  Not likely.  Even if a Democratic mayor here or there can perform such a volte-face, that option is not available to the party on a national level.

The Hidden Agenda Behind Biden's Insane Gas Mileage Requirements.  The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that all new cars that aren't electric must average 55 miles per gallon by 2026.  This amounts to a Great Leap Forward of almost 20 miles per gallon from the currently ordered 36 miles per gallon that all new cars must achieve, else their manufacturers be punished for making them via "gas guzzler" fines applied to them.  Which are then passed on to the people who buy them.  Which makes it progressively more difficult to afford them.  That being the point of the fines, you understand.  The Biden administration considers it their right and duty to punish you for buying the car you want if it doesn't do what they like.  The free market being an intolerable affront to them.

Joe Biden Backs Plan to Rig an Election His Party Is Favored to Lose.  The Democrats' legislation not only bans voter ID laws that are key to election security, but it also endorses ballot harvesting, uses taxpayer money to fund political campaigns, mandates same-day registration with no safeguards, makes mail-in voting universal, automatically registers minors, legalizes so-called "drive-thru" voting, and even sets up a system where ballots are allowed to be counted if they arrive 10 days after an election.  There is simply no justification for passing an illegitimate power grab over the nation's election systems, and in my opinion, no justification could ever exist in any circumstance.  We are a republic, and localized control of elections is a bedrock principle of our system.  Besides, can anyone point out what has happened in the last year that requires a complete overhaul of our voting systems?  Democrats just made up the need for this out of thin air, and now they proclaim the country will die on the vine if it's not passed.

White Men Are No Longer the Democrats' Most Pressing Electoral Concern.  Democrats face a mountain of issues.  They have an inflation crisis that voters seem primed to nail them to the wall over.  The supply chain crisis is still ongoing.  The economy is not well despite the endless propaganda peddled by the Biden administration.  Russia and China are flexing their muscles.  The southern border is a mess.  COVID is still not shut down.  And Build Back Better just got killed by Joe Manchin.  Now, moderate Democrats who cast their lot with the progressive wing and voted for the left-wing action items are saddled with this legislative fumble.  Meanwhile, Joe Biden's approval ratings are sinking faster than the Andrea Doria.

No wonder why people and businesses are dumping California.  [Scroll down]  As to the loss of personal and economic freedom, consider the following examples.  As of the end of 2021, a publicly held company headquartered in California must have between one and three female board members, depending upon its size, or face a fine of $100,000.  The California Department of Education has proposed an "equitable math" framework.  California Political Review says the framework "promotes the concept that working to figure out a correct answer is an example of racism and white supremacy invading the classroom."  As of January 1, 2022, California's new bacon law is scheduled to take effect.  According to the Associated Press:  "Put simply, the law requires that breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves be given enough space to stand and turn around.  For pigs, that means they no longer can be kept in narrow 'gestation crates' and must have 24 square feet of usable space."  Producers predict shortages and more expensive bacon and pork products.

Biden admin insists Americans are better off now than when Trump left.  Are you better off than you were one year ago?  That's the message the White House is trying to convey in a year-end memo to Democratic lawmakers and other supporters, according to a new report from Axios.  The memo — titled "2021: POTUS Delivered for Working Families" — illustrates in words and graphics what the Biden administration describes as a year of accomplishments, according to the outlet.  The two-page document touts the COVID-19 vaccination program, the widespread reopening of schools, and a decline in the unemployment rate and jobless claims.  It also hails the passage of two major spending bills this year:  the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan in March and the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure framework last month.

Chuck Schumer's Tough-Guy Act Could Backfire Spectacularly in 2022 and Beyond.  On Dec. 17, Rasmussen Reports noted that 77% of likely voters were following the news about the BBB Act at least somewhat closely.  Only 38% support the legislation, while 45% are opposed.  Among Democrats, support declined to 62%, and a mere 34% of independents want the spending bill passed.  As the debate drags on, fewer voters seem likely to support President Biden's signature legislation.  In combination with other factors, it also seems to be pulling down the president's approval rating.  According to Rasmussen, as of Dec. 20, 41% of likely voters approve of President Biden's job performance while 57% disapprove.

Joe Biden Wants to Regulate Your Computer Chips, Too.  [Scroll down]  This government initiative doesn't help capitalism.  It won't strengthen manufacturing companies in the marketplace.  It certainly is not moving closer to laissez-faire capitalism, which brings innovation and prosperity by producing profits for those who create goods and services valued by consumers.  The CHIPS Act is teaching companies to wallow in closer to the government trough.  Instead of just focusing on the market, companies will spend more time, energy, and money on politics.  This initiative attempts to designate winners and losers by preferring certain semiconductor manufacturing over others.  It is crony capitalism, which is a move closer to the fascist implementation of socialism with government control of production by means of regulation and taxation.

The Dangerous 'Save Democracy' Movement.  A casual internet search on the term "save democracy" will retrieve countless articles and opinion pieces from major media outlets contending that free elections in the U.S. will soon be a thing of the past if Congress fails to pass "voting rights" legislation now.  The following Washington Post headline is typically portentous:  "Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin mull whether democracy is worth saving."  It is little more than an ad hominem attack on the only two Democrats who have resisted pressure to eliminate an arcane Senate rule in order to facilitate federal usurpation of state election prerogatives outlined in the Constitution.  The alarming irony is that these two Senators constitute the only bulwark protecting the nation's historically decentralized election system from a one-size-fits-all, Beltway-dominated scheme designed by and for the Democrats.  Even more unnerving is that both favor "election reform."  Indeed, Manchin is among the co-sponsors of the "Freedom to Vote Act."  His sole concern about this bill involves the necessity of altering the filibuster to get it passed.

AOC Says Dems Can't Win in 2022 if They Don't Prioritize Student Debt, Other Progressive Items.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said that Democrats must focus on progressive priorities such as ending the filibuster and canceling student debt and that members of her party are "delusional" if they think they can win in 2022 without addressing these issues.  The congresswoman claimed Friday in a Twitter thread that Democrats would have a poor showing in next year's midterm elections if they do not push progressive agenda items including student debt cancelations, ending the filibuster, passing the Build Back Better Act, allowing the child tax credit to expire and offering a path to citizenship.

Socialist crook running Argentina praises Jen Psaki's grasp of inflation.  When the leftist clowns running Argentina starts praising you for your monetary chops, maybe it's time to change course. [...] It should be telling [...] that that the Biden administration now has the praise of the clowns running Argentina who rejected Friedman's ideas years ago.  The results speak for themselves.  Argentina is currently running a 51.2% annual inflation rate, the culmination, as the linked chart shows, of 3%, 2%, 4% type inflation pops per month, not all that different from the kind of supposedly minor rises we see in the states.  Let it go on and on and it adds up to one of the highest inflation rates in the world.  It's the work of the country's leftist government which can't take its hands off the money-printing presses, printing up cash for big government programs that can't be absorbed by the productive private sector.  Sound familiar?  That creates inflation and currency devaluation and the net result is that the private sector shrivels.

Democrats' Massive Entitlement Plans Include Banning Christians From Government Childcare.  Democrats' current proposed $3.5 trillion welfare expansion would effectively ban faithful Christians from profiting from federal subsidies for separating infants and toddlers from their families.  The current text of Democrats' massive "Build Back Better" entitlement bill contains provisions that would require religious child-care providers to disavow longstanding theology about sex in order to receive federal child-care funds under a massive new early childhood program.  "The Democrats went out of their way to make sure and prohibit religious care providers from receiving any of these funds, and unanimously rejected an amendment to allow all child-care providers to be eligible for grants, including religious providers," said Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, the ranking member on the House's subcommittee on Worker and Family Support.

Why Is the Left Worried Suddenly About the End of Democracy?  What is behind recent pessimistic appraisals of democracy's future, from Hillary Clinton, Adam Schiff, Brian Williams and other elite intellectuals, media personalities, and politicians on the Left?  Some are warning about its possible erosion in 2024.  Others predict the democracy downturn as early 2022, with scary scenarios of "autocracy" and Trump "coups."  To answer that question, understand first what is not behind these shrill forecasts.  They are not worried about 2 million foreign nationals crashing the border in a single year, without vaccinations during a pandemic.  Yet it seems insurrectionary for a government simply to nullify its own immigration laws.  They are not worried that some 800,000 foreign nationals, some residing illegally, will now vote in New York City elections.  They are not worried that there are formal efforts to dismantle the U.S. Constitution by junking the 233-year-old Electoral College or the preeminence of the states in establishing ballot laws in national elections.  They are not worried that we are witnessing an unprecedented left-wing effort to scrap the 180-year-old filibuster, the 150-year-old nine-person Supreme Court, and the 60-year tradition of 50 states, for naked political advantage.

Biden will invest $30 million in the trucking industry to hire more drivers.  Joe Biden announced Thursday [12/16/2021] a $30 million investment in U.S. trucking as administration officials meet with industry leaders in an effort to attract new drivers in the midst of a massive supply chain crisis.  The White House said in a fact sheet on the new plan that the COVID-19 pandemic 'exacerbated longstanding workforce challenges in the trucking industry, including high turnover rates, an aging workforce, long hours away from home, and time spent waiting.'  The new action plan, including the new investment, is an action from the administration's Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, which was launched in June to 'lead whole government effort' to address bottlenecks.

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No, Joe.  All you have to do is stop paying people not to work, tell California to suspend all environmental restrictions on trucks, and forget about vaccine mandates.  The truckers will materialize overnight.

Biden's big bill cuts hospital funds for poor in red states, shifts money to Obamacare.  President Biden plans to pay for some of the massive spending in his social welfare and climate bill by cutting billions of dollars from hospitals in Republican-led states.  The plan punishes the 12 red states that haven't expanded Medicaid by slashing $3.4 billion in federal funding for hospitals to treat the poor.  Instead, the money goes toward a $73.9 billion expansion of the Affordable Care Act.  "It's extremely punitive to the hospitals that have been on the front lines," said Mary Mayhew, president of the Florida Hospital Association.

Ilhan Omar's Bill to Combat 'Islamophobia' Passes the House.  Ilhan Omar's bill requiring the State Department to combat "Islamophobia" has passed.  Omar would like us to believe that "Islamophobia" is as much a threat around the world as antisemitism, and she wants the federal government to monitor, to report on, and to fight the spread of this "hatred." [...] Ilhan Omar has persuaded — some might say inveigled — a Jewish Congresswoman to join her in co-sponsoring the bill.  This is her standard technique for avoiding charges of antisemitism, to "reach out" to liberal Jews who are insufficiently wary of her wiles and guiles, to join her in whatever mischief she is up to.  Her latest effort is to make Congress believe that "Islamophobia" — so often invoked, so rarely defined — really is such a major problem worldwide that it needs a special office in the federal government to monitor it.  Etymologically, "Islamophobia" means the "irrational fear or hatred of Islam."  But "Islamophobia" is a word that was invented not to describe that "irrational fear or hatred of Islam and of Muslims," but in order to shut down any criticism of Islam, no matter how justified.  The word is now affixed to anyone who dares to suggest that the large-scale presence of Muslims in non-Muslim lands, given the refusal of many Muslims to integrate into the larger society, and instead remain hostilely aloof from it, is worrisome.

Even San Fran residents are getting sick of their liberal reforms.  To put it mildly, things haven't been going well in Nancy Pelosi's home stomping grounds of San Francisco.  The homelessness plague is out of control and crime has been on the rise in ways that even the most liberal and forgiving residents can no longer ignore.  The problem was compounded in multiple ways when Chesa Boudin was elected to be the District Attorney after running on a platform of getting rid of the police and promising to not prosecute "smaller crimes."  (Boudin is now facing a recall election.)  The filth and the property crime are driving some people to look for a way out and flee the city.  The Associated Press talked to several such beleaguered residents recently and heard horror stories that are increasingly familiar.

Biden Removes State Department Stigma on Anti-Christian Nigeria.  In November, Secretary of State Antony Blinken removed Nigeria from the State Department's list of countries hostile to religious freedom.  The move flabbergasted religious freedom advocates, including members of the U.S. government's own Commission on International Religious Freedom.  That commission had urged Blinken in April to keep Nigeria on the list, pointing to "violence by militant Islamists and other non-state armed actors, as well as discrimination, arbitrary detentions, and capital blasphemy sentences by state authorities" in the country.  In 2020, the Trump administration designated Nigeria as a "Country of Particular Concern" (CPC) on religious freedom.  In a letter, the Family Research Council and host of other organizations committed to religious freedom have asked Biden:  "How can it be, less than a year after that significant designation, that Nigeria's CPC designation has been dropped without a public explanation?"

Congress Is Writing [a] Blank Check for [a] Big Government, Socialist Tax-and-Spend Spree.  Congress has unveiled a new proposal, the so-called Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act, and is promoting it with all the usual talking points that this is just normal legislation keeping the status quo going to obscure its true purpose.  In reality, the bill is a blank check that would make it easier to enact President Joe Biden's radical tax and spending agenda.  The bill text actually includes a blank line for a dollar amount, like you would see on a check.  Biden and his allies in Congress have been working for months to ram through a massive tax-and-spend bill, the Build Back Better Act.  This big government, socialist legislation is meant to "transform our economy," but it would only exacerbate increases in prices, labor shortages, and supply chain disruptions Americans are facing.  Because the Build Back Better Act would add nearly $800 billion to the deficit in just the next five years (even without taking into account the egregious budgetary gimmicks), liberals in Congress have proposed suspending the debt limit as well as waiving enforcement of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act in order to pave the path for their partisan legislation.

Build Back Better — How to Destroy a National Economy.  Reaching Net Zero by expanding renewables is incompatible with the Build Back Better legislation now being considered in Congress.  The U.S. needs mining and petroleum to source key materials in order to remain healthy and productive.  The Build Back Better proposal now being considered in the U.S. Senate (BBB HR5376 was passed in the House of Representatives on November 19, 2021) is antithetical to achieving goals of IIJA and success of a renewable energy system.  If passed, BBB would prevent access to and add cost to or prevent producing inexpensive oil and mining products.

Far-left House members push four-day workweek.  House liberals are lining up behind a proposal to shorten the U.S. workweek to four days, which could bring American workplace culture more closely in line with Europe's.  The Congressional Progressive Caucus this week endorsed a measure that would shorten the official definition of a full workweek to 32 hours, triggering overtime pay for many workers who put in any additional hours.

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[#1] What does the Bible say?  "Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work[.]"*  [#2] What is so admirable about the way business is conducted in Europe?

Are Media Now Taking Orders Straight From The White House?  President Joe Biden's administration is the furthest left in our nation's history in the scope and content of its policies.  From the open border that has brought in hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to naming out-and-proud Marxist nominees to key administration posts, from COVID lockdowns that have divided our nation but not stopped the Wuhan bug, to non-stop "stimulus" spending that has set off the worst inflation in decades, Biden literally has nothing to brag about, as we noted earlier this week.  President Jimmy Carter can now rest easy.  He's no longer the worst president of the postwar era.  Biden is.

Now Or Never:  The Great 'Transition' Must Be Imposed.  Vaccine mandates are everywhere: one country, after another, is doubling-down, to try to force, or legally compel, full population vaccination.  The mandates are coming because of the massive uptick in Covid — most of all in the places where the experimental mRNA gene therapies were deployed en masse.  And (no coincidence), this 'marker' has come just as U.S. Covid deaths in 2021 have surpassed those of 2020.  This has happened, despite the fact that last year, no Americans were vaccinated (and this year 59% are vaccinated).  Clearly no panacea, this mRNA 'surge'.  Of course, the Pharma-Establishment know that the vaccines are no panacea.  There are 'higher interests' at play here.  It is driven rather by fear that the window for implementing its series of 'transitions' in the U.S. and Europe is closing.  Biden still struggles to move his 'Go-Big' social spending plan and green agenda transition through Congress by the midterm election in a year's time.  And the inflation spike may well sink Biden's Build Back Better agenda (BBB) altogether.  Time is short.  The midterm elections are but 12 months away, after which the legislative window shuts.

The 'Bought Off Better' Bill Buys the Corporate Media.  Early on, it was evident the Democrats' "Build Back Better" plan had two objectives.  The first was to assuage the concerns of their voter base as blue state governors and bureaucrats were encouraged to weaponize pandemic lockdowns and other restrictions so as to decimate a booming economy and defeat President Trump.  The not-so-implicit message:  Whatever you lose now to help defeat Trump will be more than made whole under the Biden Administration.  Leaving nothing to chance, this reassuring message also helped to buttress the proposed "Build Back Better" plan's second objective: maximally energizing the Democratic Party's base.  Though a bit nebulous on specifics, this second objective was brazenly promoted in Biden ads promising boatloads of other people's money to specified Democratic constituencies.  In sum, it was less "Build Back Better" than it was "Bought Off Better."

Biden's Green New Deal = China First.  In a December 1 tweet, Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) got right to the point: ["]A year ago America was energy independent.  Now gas prices have skyrocketed, with Hoosiers paying 68% more at the pump compared to this day last year.  High energy costs hurt everyone and are a direct result of the mindless decisions made by Joe Biden.["]  Nothing to argue with here, except for one thing:  Maybe the Biden administration's decisions were not "mindless."  Maybe they're just the opposite:  Maybe they're all part of a plan — a plan, as Joe Biden said in 2020, to "fundamentally transform the country."  To be sure, from a Democratic political point of view, it's a counter-productive plan; it could cause Democrats to lose elections.  And yet from a progressive ideological point of view, it all makes sense; it's in keeping with the long march of a certain kind of leftism, begun more than a century ago.

Democrat Politicians Renew Calls to Pack the Supreme Court, Add More Liberal Judges.  Democrat politicians are renewing their calls to pack the Supreme Court following the oral arguments in the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban case that has potential to unravel Roe v. Wade.  The court is currently made up of six conservative justices and three liberals, after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg — and the liberals are not very happy about it.  The court heard arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case on Wednesday and legal analysts believe the conservative-majority court is gearing up to strike down the precedent set in Roe v. Wade.

Willie Horton and the Democratic Party's Greatest Fear.  Republicans call for high bail levels for proven violent repeat offenders and bail-jumpers; Democrats call for an end to bail, and for the virtual elimination of holding even dangerous prisoners until trial.  Republicans call for stiff and certain sentences for convicted violent criminals; today's Democrats call for never-ending second chances, and even for the elimination of prisons themselves, as in the meantime, impatient Democrat governors and judges routinely throw open the prison gates on the slightest whim. [...] Republicans warn against the cultural decline that has children more likely to be raised in a single-parent household than in a nuclear family unit; Democrats go so far as to champion single motherhood as an objective good, campaigning for ever more welfare programs to encourage such generational dependence.  Is it any wonder that our nation is suffering a massive crime wave?  Is it any wonder that overwhelmed and unsupported police are resigning and retiring in disgust and despair?

Wreck It, then Build It Back Better.  The steady stream of changes in America without precedent or sensible justification are too much like deliberate attempts to dismantle America for no legitimate reason except to pull it off its foundation and harm it.  It's a pattern that points to the "enemies within" for which oaths of office and military service include in their declarations of fealty — the domestic enemies of America that hide in the shadows and are collectively known as the Deep State.  The results of their manipulations to dismantle America have never escaped the attention of alert Americans and the fact that America has gotten worse, not better, over the past century confirms the suspicion of deliberate malfeasance by dishonest members of government and the many duped or bought to carry out the so-called "conspiracy theory" regarding the destruction of freedom, morality, civility, and general smarts that Americans have enjoyed since the American Revolution and the founding of this creative and vibrant nation, at a countless cost in sacrifice and treasure.

The Biden-Buttigieg Pitch:  It's All Free!  Many Americans are concerned about the Democrats' orgy of spending, fearing particularly that pumping so much extra money into the economy will feed the inflation that has become the public's greatest economic concern of the moment.  So Biden came up with an argument that essentially said no one should worry because it will all be free.  "My Build Back Better agenda costs zero dollars," the president tweeted on Sept. 25.  White House chief of staff Ron Klain said, "The net cost of Build Back Better is zero." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added, "The dollar amount, as the president said, is zero."  It was all preposterous, of course.  Two trillion dollars does not just appear out of nowhere.

The Twin Pillars of Biden's Failure.  Everything has gone so terribly wrong for the Biden Administration, and in the ways that were widely predicted, that it is hard to believe Joe Biden could be perceived as a successful or at least potentially successful president if only he had avoided being such a tool of the Democratic extreme Left.  On the afternoon of his inauguration, he killed the Keystone XL Pipeline and curtailed fracking and offshore oil and gas exploration, and ordered the end of construction of the southern border wall.  The consequences have been over 200,000 illegal migrants entering the United States across the southern border most months and the rise in the price of gasoline from approximately $2 a gallon to $5 a gallon across the country.

All 81 million of them — living or dead.
Biden voters owe the country an apology.  President Joe Biden's African travel ban went into effect Monday.  Biden's actions here directly contradict what he said when former President Donald Trump instituted similar travel bans to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  In fact, they lay bare an underlying insincerity about Biden's entire handling of the pandemic.  When Trump did this exact same thing, Biden stoked the flames of racial hatred to get elected.  Now, nearly a full year into his first term, Biden is the dog that caught the car.  He duped 81 million people into voting for him, and he has no clue what he is doing.  Biden voters owe the country an apology.  They are responsible for our mess — and every bit the mess that the approval ratings suggest it is.  From foreign policy to immigration to crime to inflation to gas prices, there is absolutely nothing going better right now than on Jan. 19, 2020.

Joe Biden's 'cure' is what ails us.  In the beginning, Build Back Better wasn't just the most expensive piece of legislation ever.  The multitrillion-dollar price tag was a bargain because the bill would totally transform America, President Biden claimed.  Whatever the problem, from jobs to climate change to child care, BBB was the solution.  Then came inflation, with the White House hiding behind the fictions that rising costs were overstated and transitory.  When the price of everyday consumer items jumped, a slimmed-down Build Back Better was drafted for a new assignment:  Suddenly it was the cure for inflation, the president insisted.  Comes now a new COVID variant that is shaking health officials and global markets.  How long until the White House claims BBB is key to surviving a new round of social and economic disruptions?  The ever-shifting rationale and price tag behind Biden's signature legislation is an apt metaphor for the confusing incoherence of his presidency.

Romanian immigrant to Americans who favor communism: 'If you don't learn from history, nothing will save you'.  A Romanian immigrant who moved to the United States in pursuit of a better life said Americans favoring communism need to learn from history or "nothing will save you."  "I'm not saying that every system in the world is perfect, but to be in favor of communism, considering history and everything that has been documented throughout the years, it's sad.  It's really sad," Bogdan Laurentiu told Fox News.  Laurentiu, 34, moved from Romania, which was previously occupied by the Soviet Union, to the U.S. with a friend in 2010, leaving his entire family behind.  He works in retail management, lives in the Northeast and says he has "no regrets to this day."

Destroying Democracy by 'Saving Democracy'.  Following the September 11 Attacks, it was common to hear liberals and Democrats bemoan the erasure of civil liberties by the federal government as the War on Terror ratcheted up.  The CIA, FBI, and other apparatuses of the security-surveillance state were assailed for their abuses of Constitutional civil liberties.  Now, however, these same people — sans a few — are mostly quiet.  In fact, they're not merely quiet anymore, many openly endorse letting loose the hounds of the security state on fellow Americans whom they deem their enemies. [...] They claim to be "saving democracy."  They claim to support "multiculturalism."  They claim to defend "diverse opinions." Except they don't.  They only democracy they care about is their propagandistic democracy; by forcing the majority of Americans to comply with their views they claim the democratic spirit lives on.

Democrats know Build Back Better represents a crowning achievement worth 2022 sacrifice.  Joe Biden's proposed Build Back Better (BBB) legislation is making its journey from the House, where it was approved on a strict party line vote, and is heading to the Senate where we will once again place the fate of the nation in the hands of Mitch McConnell, Joe Manchin, and Kyrsten Sinema.  This terrifying prospect caused me to ask myself this question:  Why would Democrats be willing to almost certainly surrender control of the House of the Representatives in the 2022 midterms simply to pass a single piece of legislation? [...] The Build Back Better legislation is so radical, and so sinister, that Democrats believe if they can get it signed into law the country will be theirs for a very long time regardless of elections.  Polling on the BBB plan shows the typical American is not really paying much attention.

The Democrats Are a Communist Party Now.  Saule Omarova, who attended Moscow State University on the Lenin Academic Scholarship, compared America unfavorably to the USSR, and called for nationalizing finance isn't Biden's first Communist nominee.  Omarova is only Biden's first openly Communist nominee.  Biden's pick for comptroller of the currency has been taken to task for her calls to "end banking as we know it", bankrupt oil and gas companies, and seize control of the entire economy.  Those used to be Communist articles of faith.  Now they're Democrat "solutions."  Democrats are no longer just socialists.  They not only want to nationalize every industry, but there's no area of our lives that they believe the government should not be able to control.  They don't just want to nationalize healthcare, energy, and the banks, but culture and speech.  Omarova isn't saying anything that her new party hasn't already advocated.  Biden's whole Build Back Better program is just another interim step in nationalizing the economy.

Democrats Make a Desperate, Insulting Shift in Last Ditch Effort to Sell Joe Biden's Agenda.  Nancy Pelosi forced the "Build Back Better" bill through the House last week, but it is essentially dead on arrival in the Senate.  That didn't stop Democrats from celebrating as if they'd just liberated Europe, but I digress.  The problem for the White House remains.  How do they get their massive spending bill through moderate holdouts like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema?  And on the other side, you have Bernie Sanders, who is expressing disapproval of Pelosi's inclusion of a massive tax cut for the wealthy (that just so happens to benefit residents in California, New York, and New Jersey the most).  Well, Democrats think they have a plan, and it's coming via a desperate, insulting shift in messaging.  They really think most Americans are stupid.  Will they be proven right?

Also posted under Liberals think you're stupid.

The single biggest provision in [the] Biden bill in [the] first half-decade is [a] tax cut for [the] wealthy.  The most expensive item over the first half-decade of President Joe Biden's climate and social spending legislation is a tax cut for the wealthy.  The Democratic Build Back Better Act, which passed the House on Friday morning, raises the current $10,000 cap on federal tax deductions for state and local taxes to $80,000, a move that leads to a significant tax cut for high earners in states with high taxes.  The provision dwarfs many of the other priorities in the legislation and was included under pressure from a vocal contingent of Democrats from high-tax blue states.  The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said that increasing the SALT cap to $80,000 through 2025 would end up costing the federal government $275 billion in revenue — an amount that is $5 billion more than the next costliest provision in the Build Back Better Act.

Bernie Sanders gets his $5T bill.  Does Joe Biden actually want to crush low-income Americans with high inflation?  You have to wonder.  Since Biden took office, it seems his every decision has tilted toward driving prices higher.  The White House has gone out of its way to squash U.S. oil and gas production, helping to raise the cost of gasoline and home heating oil.  They have spewed ever more generous benefits, partly through the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, worsening a critical labor shortage.  The difficulty hiring workers has in turn boosted wages and raised the cost of nearly everything.

Net-Zero Policies:  Taking From the Poor and Giving to the Rich.  It is too often overlooked in all the discussions about the "transition" to a net-zero emissions economy that the most consequential transition is that from democratic capitalism to feudal serfdom.  This is the conclusion of American demographer and "blue-collar Democrat" Joel Kotkin, who has highlighted that the supposedly well-intentioned green policies being adopted across the West come at enormous expense to the working- and middle-classes.  As Kotkin wrote in 'Spiked' earlier this year, "extreme climate measures have driven the loss of traditional blue-collar jobs in manufacturing, construction and energy, while other environmental regulations have boosted housing prices."  Kotkin's thesis is that the West is on the road to serfdom.  Rather than maintaining our capitalist societies where a large, asset-owning middle-class underpin a stable democratic system, we are becoming stratified feudal societies.

The CBO Just Swept the Leg of Joe Biden's 'Build Back Better' Boondoggle.  While Nancy Pelosi hopes to pass the so-called "Build Back Better" bill tonight in the House, some bad news came down the line from the CBO.  Previous commitments were made by some "moderate" Democrats to vote for the bill only if the budget score came back deficit-neutral.  But the preliminary numbers are out, and it looks like the CBO has completely debunked the White House's "it costs zero dollars" talking point.  At first, Democrats were cheering on social media after seeing the following post from the CBO.  [Tweet]  That excitement came from a misreading of how the CBO is scoring this bill.  Instead of giving one, succinct number, the CBO is taking it piece by piece.  That was set up purposely by Democrats in hopes of muddying the waters.

Yes, Democrats, Let's Just Give Our Oil Reserves Away.  The Strategic Petroleum Reserve, created following the oil crisis of the 1970s, exists to supply Americans during a war or other emergency.  Democrats are now calling for oil to be released from the reserve to help reduce high gas prices that they themselves have created.  This is not an emergency unless you believe that the loss of Democrat seats in the 2022 midterm election constitutes an emergency.  The Strategic Petroleum Reserve currently holds 638 million barrels, approximately 1,000 days of net petroleum imports — but far, far less (only 32 days worth) of total domestic demand of 20 million barrels per day.  At the maximum draw-down capacity of 4.4 million barrels per day, the SPR would last only 145 days. [...] It is irresponsible to remove any amount from the SPR except in times of true emergency, but the little that could be removed would not be enough to affect global oil prices and therefore would not significantly reduce gas prices in this country or anywhere else.

5 reasons why Kamala Harris' presidential dreams probably won't come true.  [#5] America and Kamala Harris will continue to suffer from bad policy decisions in the next 3 years. [...] There are good reasons for those low ratings, including the worsening state of the economy, the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan in August, the out-of-control border crisis, COVID policy dissatisfaction and policies mandated by the heavy hand of an out-of-control federal government.  The problem for the Harris is that there is no end in sight to those policies.  Yes, Afghanistan is fading from view but the poor state of the economy will not.  Rather than deal with inflation, which is getting out of hand, Democrats are pushing another spending bill (which Harris supports) that will only make things worse.  And, rather than working to fix our supply chain problems, the harmful effects green energy regulations and COVID mandates imposed by the Biden administration are only making things worse.

Progressive Democrats test-drive new hardball tactics.  Progressive Democrats have never been shy about fighting for what they want.  But their aggressive tactics in the recent fight over a massive social safety-net package surprised many in their own party, raising questions about whether the tougher stance was an anomaly or a sign of battles to come.  Emboldened by Democrats' narrow control of the House and Senate, the 95-member Congressional Progressive Caucus for nearly two months delayed passage of a bipartisan $1-trillion infrastructure bill — not because they opposed it, but to use as leverage in negotiations with moderates over a separate, larger spending package to address healthcare, childcare and climate change.  In the process, they repeatedly stalled President Biden's legislative agenda and defied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), who wanted to see the infrastructure bill pass in September.

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It isn't necessary to spend a trillion dollars "to address healthcare, childcare and climate change."  Providing health care and child care is not the proper role of the federal government.  It isn't necessary to spend a nickel on climate change, because it's impossible to stop the climate from changing, and it's changing so gradually and harmlessly that it is an important issue to almost no one. [#2] When the lying baby-killing Democrats speak of a "social safety-net package," they're talking about paying people who are too lazy to work, and rewarding (some of the same) people just for sneaking into this country illegally.  The churches are supposed to be the "safety net," not the government.  [#3] The Democrats are pushing numerous platform components, including support for Planned Parenthood, sanctuary cities, recreational marijuana, homosexual propaganda in the public schools, gun control, solar panels, electric cars, windmills, five-dollar gasoline, mass-transit systems (which — at least in Dallas — are running without any passengers, all over town), and many other programs for which nobody is clamoring.  In the absence of hefty subsidies and government mandates, nobody wants an electric car, or solar panels all over the house, or gasoline that has been diluted by ethanol.  The Democrats want to spend a trillion dollars on all this stuff, because a handful of lobbyists (with deep pockets) want these things implemented.

Texas Legislator Switches From Democrat to Republican Because Democrats are Pro-Abortion.  Another lawmaker has left the Democrat Party because of its radical pro-abortion stance.  On Monday [11/15/2021], Texas state Rep. Ryan Guillen, who represents a South Texas district, said he decided to become a Republican because he believes in "protecting the lives of the unborn."  "Throughout my entire career, creating a prosperous business climate, defending the second amendment and protecting the lives of the unborn are the cornerstones of how I have represented my district," Guillen said in a statement.  Like many Texans, Guillen said he has grown increasingly concerned about the "disastrous consequences" of Democrat Party leaders' actions on abortion, the border, business, law enforcement and other matters.

Texas Dem switches to Republican Party over defunding the police, 'chaos' on the border.  A Texas Democrat switched his affiliation to the Republican Party over the party's left-leaning embrace of defunding the police policies and "chaos" on the southern border.  State Rep. Ryan Guillen announced in a Monday press conference that he would seek reelection to his south Texas seat as a Republican, saying the Democratic Party's far-left values are no longer in line with his own.  Specifically, Guillen cited his now-former party's backing of defunding the police and the compounding crisis at the southern border under President Biden.

Texas House is a little redder today:  South Texas Democrat jumps to Republican Party.  Texas State Rep.Ryan Guillen switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party on Monday.  He is up for re-election in 2022 and will be running as a Republican.  What makes Guillen's party switch particularly good news is that he is a Democrat from South Texas.  Joe Biden underperformed in traditionally Democrat South Texas.  Guillen represents Texas House District 31, which is firmly anchored in the Rio Grande Valley.  A change is beginning in the RGV as some Democrats are realizing that their party no longer represents them or their constituents.  Guillen said it is the actions of the party that made him switch — the defund the police movement, the Biden border crisis, and Biden's goal to destroy the oil and gas industry all played a factor in his decision.

Why Biden's Infrastructure Bill Will Likely Only Worsen Supply Chain Crisis.  The core of the supply chain crisis is a lack of capacity at ports and among truckers, and a historic shortage of workers, now at 10.4 million unfilled jobs nationwide.  Together, these shortages drive inflation, empty shelves of even basic goods, and shutter factories that can't get the parts and inputs they need.  Rather than fixing this crisis, this bill instead uses it as an excuse to push a gigantic handout for special interests, radical left-wing activists, and unions.  As a result, the money won't be going where supply chains need it, but rather to irrelevant make-work projects that please activists and unions, such as subsidies for electric cars that have nothing to do with supply chains; to plowing hundreds of billions of dollars into tearing down and rebuilding Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's "racist" highways; to building trains to nowhere; and to bailing out failed urban transit.

Biden Signs $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill into Law.  President Biden signed the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law at a ceremony on the White House lawn on Monday.  "This law is a blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America," Biden said in a speech prior to the signing. [...] The legislation allocates $550 billion in new spending over five years towards building and repairing roads, bridges, airports, and railways, as well as funds for electric vehicles and charging stations.  The bill also renews existing spending on transportation projects.

Low and Slow Joe.  Joe Biden's balance sheet coming into office was highly leveraged.  With only average charisma and without a notable record, the former VP, in order to obtain what he needed against Donald Trump, issued Green energy and social policy notes to the left that were not merely difficult but practically impossible to redeem.  When these nonproductive policies not only failed to pay off but created new liabilities (like the border crisis), Joe found moderate and conservative sources of support evaporating, forcing him to issue more promises on even more onerous terms to the only political lender remaining, the progressive left.  What we are watching is an administration getting deeper into hock just to keep aloft.  It needs energy desperately, but from where?  Although Biden was probably aware that his partnership with the progressives would eventually run things down, he underestimated the rate at which his foreign policy would fail and 'renewable' energy would underperform, and how deep the damage to the supply chain caused by COVID-19 restrictions would be.

Surprise! Biden's Spending Bills Will Not 'Cost Zero Dollars'.  President Joe Biden's administration is facing a daunting reality check after claiming for months that their spending agenda will "cost zero dollars," with the head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) saying the White House drastically overestimated the revenue the IRS could gain by cracking down on tax loopholes.  Biden and numerous other senior Democrats in the White House and on Capitol Hill have repeatedly insisted that their $1.85 trillion social spending package will add nothing to the national debt.  They argued the package included enough pay-fors to offset the spending programs.  CBO chief Phillip Swagel brought that claim down on Monday, however, saying that the tax loophole crackdown in the bill would only garner $120 billion, a far cry from the White House's projected $400 billion, according to The New York Times.

Critics say Biden's local media tax breaks [are a] part of [the] goal to turn outlets into 'versions of leftist NPR or PBS'.  A major tax break for local media outlets tucked away in Biden's massive $1.85 trillion infrastructure bill has the potential to basically turn them into leftist propaganda purveyors for the Democratic Party, according to critics.  Dan Gainor, who is the vice president for Free Speech America and Business at the Media Research Center, told Fox Business in an interview the plan is "insanity" and called for strong opposition to it.  "This is insanity.  I understand why some on the right support this.  The decline of local journalism can hurt communities.  But putting it on the federal payroll will only make it worse.  Don't expect reporters to criticize politicians who fund them.  And do expect them to write stories that please those politicians," Gainor said.  "The left has made it clear their goal is to turn local journalism into versions of leftist NPR or PBS.  That must be opposed," he noted.

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Lots of taxpayers are opposed to federal subsidies for PBS and NPR, (and windmills, and electric cars) yet the Congress never tampers with those subsidies.  Similarly, lots of voters are irritated every time we change from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time, or vice versa, yet the Congress never addressed the matter.  A tiny handful of lobbyists demanded that the government require ethanol in our gasoline.  Ordinary drivers never asked for any such thing.  Members of Congress ostensibly represent us, but the only time they even pretend to listen is when they're running for re-election.

The giant climate energy ruse.  How can you tell when all your freedoms are under assault?  When Biden goes after your energy — all of it.  And what easier way to mask an energy grab than to tuck it under the solemn shroud of climate?  "Climate change," a vacuous term mindlessly embraced by equally mindless leaders, is an easy sell.  Openly throttling the energy essential to the mindful masses is a heavier lift.  So, under the veil of public virtue, petroleum is spirited off the power menu, swapped out for green notions barely amounting to a diet salad.  Energy is so deeply imbedded into society that it is largely taken for granted — that is, until we're all mugged by rising fuel costs as well as inflated prices for everything manufactured or delivered by energy — which amounts to everything. [...] On a human scale, and within our lifetimes, the global spread of energy has levitated a billion people worldwide out of poverty.  They won't be happy with a round trip.

Biden's 'Build Back Better Act' Gives $800M in Cash Payments to Illegal Aliens Released into U.S..  President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better Act," a filibuster-proof $1.75 trillion budget reconciliation package, would give $800 million worth of cash payments to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who were recently released into the United States interior, a new analysis states.  As Breitbart News previously reported, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analyzed the cost to American taxpayers if Biden's expanded Child Tax Credit for illegal aliens was extended for at least another year as part of the reconciliation package.

The Left's Bungled Revolution.  How could the Left hope to maintain the support of the mass of Americans once its actual goals and methods became evident?  In the past, leftists made a serious effort to shield their true agenda from scrutiny using a wide range of methods — wrapping itself in a veil of "compassion," claiming that all opposition arose from throwback "right-wingers," and using the most ignorant and ill-informed members of the public (teenagers and suburban matrons) to spearhead its public-influence campaigns.  Overall control of the media rendered this strategy workable.  But as of 2021, that appears to have gone by the board.  Instead of hiding their goals or even sugar-coating them, the left is shouting them through bullhorns:  you're not going to get Christmas.  Get the jab or starve.  We're turning your kids over to the tender mercies of sexual deviants.  Get ready for the Jihadi terrorists coming to your neighborhood. [...] From here on in, the American Left will be, in all its manifestations, the party of CRT, of COVID tyranny, of transexual rape, of economic chaos, of censorship and oppression.

Let's think about why Biden nominated a Marxist to the Treasury Department.  Normally, you would think receiving your postgraduate education at the University of Moscow (in the USSR) and writing your doctoral dissertation on the advantages of Marxism over free economy capitalism might be a disqualifier for this all-powerful position.  But not in the Biden administration. [...] Twelve years ago, Barack Obama opened his presidency by touring the world to apologize for how horrible a country the United States was.  We all remember the video highlights of Obama's "Great Apology Tour" as he bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia.  In looking at Omarova's nomination and everything else this administration has done, from the border, to Kabul, to the supported terrorists[,] including Iranians, receiving de facto permission to build their atomic bomb, I believe we are forced into one inescapable conclusion:  The Biden/Harris administration's actions are not the result of ineptitude.  They are a carefully thought out, well-planned, and almost flawlessly executed plan to ensure the destruction of the United States as we know her.  It is being viciously implemented by Obama acolytes such as Susan Rice and hundreds of others who are the people really running our country under the Biden administration.

One of AOC's Worst Green New Deal Ideas is Included in Biden's 'Build Back Better' Plan.  The fate of President Biden's multi-trillion-dollar social spending agenda, the "Build Back Better" plan, has consumed the political conversation in recent weeks.  Amid all the furious attempts at reading political tea leaves, a curious fact has flown under the radar:  The latest iteration of Biden's plan includes one of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's worst ideas.  "Happy to announce creation of a U.S. Civilian Climate Corps is now in the Build Back Better Act," the far-left congresswoman recently tweeted.  Referencing the public works "job creation" scheme first proposed as part of the Green New Deal, Ocasio-Cortez claimed the initiative will create 300,000 jobs while combating the "climate crisis" and "environmental injustice."

Must-see Tucker Carlson video about the cause of America's woes.  Biden is aware that he's failing, but rather than step away from the White House, he meekly does whatever his handlers tell him to do.  That's where security lies.  Unfortunately, his handlers are unchained ideologues.  A good government tries to benefit its people and ensure the greatest prosperity and happiness for the greatest number.  A government filled with ideologues is so focused on its utopian visions that it is willing to destroy the people to "save" them.  That's why, for example, that despite polls showing that over two thirds of Americans oppose reparations for illegal aliens, Biden's government is going forward with the plan.  For the ideologues, taking massive sums of money from struggling Americans to give to people who illegally entered our country is a means to achieve permanent Democrat political power and all the wonders it will bring.

Transportation Secretary — Forget Gas Prices and Supply Chain Chaos, Bridges and Roads are Racist.  Last week in an event to promote 'environmental justice', Kamala Harris emphasized the priorities of the Biden administration when she held an event to highlight how trees are racist.  This week Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wanted to promote 'construction and logistic equity' while emphasizing the priorities of the Biden administration, so Buttigieg declared that roads and bridges are racist.  [Video clip]

What Does Election 2021 Tell Us about 2022?  It's probably a given that Republicans will retake the House of Representatives next year.  Speaker Antoinette has told Americans to eat cake about five too many times.  She almost lost the House in 2020, a year in which Biden allegedly got more votes than any candidate in U.S. history.  Now she's doubled down, has unleashed the radicals, and wants to add another $5 trillion to our debt.  She's done, and she knows it.  Though it will be harder, it's possible that the Republicans could even pick up the Senate next year.  If they do, the Republicans will spend the next couple of years crafting legislation that will never pass.  No matter what they do legislatively, either Biden will veto it or the RINOs will sabotage it.

The Kamikaze Party.  The Democratic leadership [...] refuses to face reality or pursue policies that address the genuine problems facing the country.  The morning after their Election Day drubbing, the Democratic leadership of the Senate tried to bring a radical federal takeover of the nation's election system to the floor, a maneuver that was promptly defeated.  Next, the Biden administration confirmed that it is indeed planning to pay huge cash settlements to illegal immigrants, and released a vaccine mandate that has already been blocked by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The week ended late Friday night, when the House passed a $1.2 trillion pork-packed "infrastructure" bill that will add at least $250 billion to the federal deficit.

Americans Struggle as President Biden Favors Unions During Supply-Chain Breakdown.  ome in the Biden Administration have used the supply-chain crisis as a talking point to encourage passage of the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better (BBB) plan.  According to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the supply-chain crisis "is one more reason why we do need to deliver this infrastructure package, so that we can have a more resilient, flexible physical infrastructure to support our supply chain in this country."  This claim is, at a minimum, disingenuous.  While the BBB plan is touted as investing $17 billion in port infrastructure, the funding is centered on the Administration's climate-change initiative and targets reduction of air pollution and greenhouse gases.  Not only is there no funding for the implementation of productivity enhancements, bowing to union pressure, the plan also expressly prohibits the use of these funds for the purchase of fully automated cargo-handling equipment that is desperately needed to boost port efficiency.  Reduction of air pollution is a good thing, but these proposed air-quality improvements will not alleviate the nation's supply-chain issues.

One Minute Before Midnight.  No one gets to tell you what your job is worth.  No one gets to tell you what you must allow into your body.  No one gets to tell you that you have no right to interfere with what they wish to "teach" your kids.  Period.  The Founders would alternately laugh and cry at this madness.  No one should be allowed to abridge your right to free speech, to defend yourself, or to believe and worship as you wish, and your conscience dictates.  No faceless, unelected bureaucrat should be allowed to essentially make laws that seriously impact your life.  And no one in power should be able to ignore, overturn or otherwise negate your vote.  (Those who preposterously pretend that there was absolutely no malfeasance in the 2020 presidential election are either complicit, ignorant, hiding behind a wall of deception, or insane.)

It Takes More Than an Inauguration to be President.  You've got to give them credit, they had a plan going into the 2020 election:
  •   Demonize Trump
  •   Steal an election
  •   Get their chosen useful idiot inaugurated
  •   Fundamentally change the country with radical legislation
And in so doing, usher in a thousand years of Democrat political dominance. [...] The plan was working pretty well until it got to the "fundamentally change America" part.  Once in office, Joey from Scranton promised to pack the courts, nationalize elections, nuke the filibuster, and spend about 5 trillion bucks on leftist lunatic causes.  We're 10 months into his first term now.  Look at what President "Experience and Competency" has accomplished — nothing, zilch, zip.  In fact, now we have the spectacle of the Dems mobilizing for an all-out civil war in their own party.  The moderates are fighting with the radicals, and the radicals are behaving like the spoiled children they've always been.  The radicals are even encouraging their followers to video the moderates in public bathrooms as part of the vote whipping process.  Bernie Sanders (D, Socialist) has declared that if he can't have everything on his Christmas wish list, he doesn't want anything.  And he may just get his wish — the latter one that is.

What's in Democrats' $1.75 Trillion Spending Bill.  Congressional Democrats have released a third version of their big government socialist Build Back Better Act.  Compared to the previous draft, the newest version adds another 450 pages, resulting in a 2,135-page plan for a reckless tax and spending spree.  We asked analysts from The Heritage Foundation to examine what is in the updated bill text.

Biden Agenda Suffers Another Loss as Senate GOP Kills Federal Election Takeover.  Less than 24 hours after arriving back in the United States, President Biden's legislative agenda suffered another loss at the hands of Republicans in Congress on Wednesday [11/3/2021].  The John Lewis Voting Rights Act, yet another Democrat attempt to hand the federal government control of America's elections, failed to secure the support necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster in the Senate.  Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the latest loss for the Biden-Harris legislative agenda that came out 50 to 49, short of the 60 vote threshold necessary to move the bill forward.

Left scores lonely win in Austin:  Voters reject proposition to hire more cops.  A special election was held in Austin on Tuesday [11/2/2021].  On the ballot was Proposition A, a referendum that would require the city to hire more police.  Proposition A failed.  Voters in Austin rejected it by a margin of 68.4% to 31.6%, with 91% of the votes counted on Tuesday night.  A group called Save Austin Now successfully got the referendum on the ballot in response to the Austin City Council's cut to the police budget.  The city council cut the police budget by about one-third, the largest cut of any major city in America.  The city council embraced the defund the police movement that began during the Summer of Love.

Pelosi Releases Updated Budget Bill.  It's Still Nuts.  As Democrats on Capitol Hill continue their infighting that does nothing to dispel the notion that their party is in disarray, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has released updated text for the massive and woke Biden budget.  It's hard to say which version number she's on, but it's the latest attempt to put together a reconciliation package that meets the demands of the radical progressives within her caucus without being too much for moderates to stomach.  She also has to consider the concerns of moderate Senate Democrats who continue to prove independent in their thinking and unwilling to fall in line in order to give President Biden some semblance of a legislative achievement.  Clocking in at more than 2,000 pages, the latest version of the bill's text released by Pelosi contains a whole mess of leftist policies, some of which are new while others killed off from previous versions have been revived for inclusion once again.

Biden bill on social welfare, climate change estimated to kill 103K jobs, raise taxes on 80% of U.S..  An analysis by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan fiscal watchdog, estimates that President Biden's $1.75 trillion expansion of the federal safety net could kill more than 103,000 jobs over the next decade and add $750 billion to the federal deficit.  The estimate is based on a thorough analysis of the White House's spending "framework" and the corresponding 1,684-page bill text released by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat.  Experts from the Tax Foundation say the proposal would fall far short of White House promises.  "We estimate that the House bill would reduce long-run economic output by nearly 0.4% and eliminate about 103,000 full-time equivalent jobs in the United States," the experts wrote.  "It would also reduce average after-tax incomes for the top 80 percent of taxpayers over the long run."

As America Teeters on Fiscal Disaster, Biden Worries about the Weather.  President Biden promised the $1.75 trillion spending package won't "add a single penny to the deficit" or "raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year."  Those are important things to promise, given mounting inflation and a flatlining economic recovery.  But without plans to slash red tape or get Americans back to work, the only way for Biden to fulfill such promises is with magic.  None of the Democrats' proposed tax increases can provide enough revenue.

Minneapolis voters reject measure to replace police department.  Voters in Minnesota's largest city have rejected what would have been an unprecedented move to dismantle the police department on Tuesday after calls for reform following the death of George Floyd.  The measure asked voters if they favored amending the city's charter to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety.  The initiative would have removed language from the charter related to the agency, including minimum funding requirements, and would have divided control of public safety between the mayor and City Council.  The question failed 57% to 44%, according to the results released by the Minnesota Secretary of State's office with 133 of 136 precincts reporting.  It needed 51% of voter approval to pass.

Dear Moderates:  The Left Isn't Why McAuliffe Lost Virginia.  Nothing motivates conservatives Democrats like an excuse for inaction, and Virginia's sucker punch of a gubernatorial election Tuesday night offered a golden opportunity for them to pump the legislative brakes. [...] With McAuliffe's defeat sure to turn Democratic jitters into a full-on 2022 panic, centrists are racing to shift blame onto progressives even if that narrative makes no actual sense.  Montana Sen. Jon Tester was so eager to start firing on the left that he accepted McAuliffe's defeat before Virginia counted even a single vote.  On Tuesday morning, Tester told Politico the Progress Caucus' failure to ink a deal with Manchin on spending could sink McAuliffe.  "We haven't gotten anything done," Tester snapped.  "That says enough about their strategy."

Dems' Post-Election Plan:  Send More Immigrants to Virginia.  But critical race theory isn't taught in Virginia schools!  The Republican sweep in Virginia Tuesday night has nullified that claim.  Glenn Youngkin beat Terry McAuliffe in the governor's race.  Republicans took the lieutenant governor's office and, most important, beat the incumbent, George Soros-installed attorney general.  In a shocking upset, the GOP even flipped the House of Delegates.  All this, despite the incessantly repeated claim on MSNBC and CNN that "CRT isn't taught in Virginia schools!" uttered every five minutes like "Weather on the Ones!"  Who were they trying to fool?  Liberal women in New York?  They don't vote in Virginia.  But MSNBC and CNN so enjoyed sneering about the stupidity of Republicans that they never bothered to consider that the people who would be voting could see with their own eyes what was being taught to their children.  Disturbingly, even with McAuliffe announcing that parents should have no say in what their children are learning in school — and then telling Virginia teachers that the white ones would have to go — the election was ridiculously close.

Democrat Voters are Among the Most Gullible People on Earth.  While mindlessly voting for Democrat candidates, the bulk of these easily exploitable voters do not comprehend that the philosophical underpinning of the American left, and thus the Democrat party, is a proprietary strain of fascism with its roots in Marxism.  Fascism is socialism/Marxism with a veneer of capitalism.  Whereas pure communism advocates the abolishment of all market relations outright, fascism leaves the appearance of market relations while planning all economic activities with favored state-sanctioned unions and corporations.  Whereas communism essentially abolishes money and prices, fascism controls the monetary system and for all intents and purposes sets prices and wages politically.  Under fascism, the state, through official agencies, controls all aspects of manufacturing, commerce, finance, and agriculture, even though ownership remains in private hands.  For all practical purposes, near-universal government licensing exists, as essentially no economic activity can be undertaken without de facto government permission.

Biden's societal suicide pact.  For the past 245 years, a significant portion of the wealth created in the entire world is in some way related to the United States.  People across the globe fight to come to the USA — we must be doing something right.  Yet the Biden administration speaks of a desire to fundamentally transform the country.  Why would anyone want to fundamentally change a system that has created the freest, wealthiest, most prosperous, and most tolerant people the world has ever seen?  To replace it with a system of large, intrusive federal government; limited individual freedom; and high taxes?  A system that has never worked in all history — generally ending in poverty, hunger, violence, and death on a massive scale?  Ask yourself, if a country could tax itself to prosperity, would there ever be any poor countries?  If printing money were the same as creating wealth, would there ever again be a poor person?

Joe Biden Promises [the] U.N Climate Summit:  I Will 'Remake' [the] American Economy to Lead [the] World to 'Net-Zero'.  President Joe Biden promised the United Nations COPS26 Climate Summit on Monday he would remake the American economy, abandoning carbon based fossil fuels and focusing on renewable energy.  The president spoke to the summit after struggling to stay awake for the opening remarks from world leaders about the importance of addressing the issue of global warming.  Biden said he was planing "a marathon" for the United States economy that would "transform the largest economy in the world into a thriving, innovative, equitable, and just clean energy engine of net zero for a net-zero world."

Biden administration unveils oil and gas rules to cut methane emissions.  The Biden administration presented sweeping regulations targeting the oil and gas industry Tuesday in an effort to cut back on the emission of methane, a greenhouse gas more harmful than carbon dioxide in the short term.  The proposals, announced at the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, known as COP26, mark the first time the federal government has offered a comprehensive rules package to limit the release of methane.  Speaking in Scotland, Mr. Biden said the initiatives are critical to meet world leaders' goal of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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The goal is to keep "global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius."  Really?  1.5° above what?  (When did we vote on this 1.5-degree figure?)  What is the Goldilocks temperature that's ju-u-u-ust right, and how do you know, and what are you willing to forfeit to cool the earth or stay within your arbitrary limits?  And if the earth cools 1.5° on its own, before any of your schemes are implemented, are you willing to retire from politics forever?

Biden's 'Build Back Better' Budget Includes $80B Wealth Transfer To Illegal Aliens.  President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better Act," a filibuster-proof $1.75 trillion budget reconciliation package, includes an $80 billion wealth transfer from Americans to illegal aliens via child tax credits.  This week, Democrats unveiled a reconciliation package that they negotiated with the Biden administration that would extend the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for another year and deliver billions of dollars to illegal aliens who would be able to claim the tax credit without ever having to work.  Specifically, as Breitbart News reported, estimates project that, if passed, the budget would provide illegal aliens with about $80 billion in child tax credits over the course of a decade — a massive cost to American taxpayers who would have to foot the bill.

Biden Administration Makes Insane Proposal of Million-Dollar Payouts to Illegals.  Rep. Doug Lamborn pointed out that $450,000 is more than the 9/11 victim's fund — and this new proposal is for people who entered our country completely illegally.  Can you imagine how many more are now making a beeline for our open border after hearing about this incredible largesse?  If you want to get some laughs, or maybe vengeance, take a look at the comments section on the Daily Mail's coverage of the story that ranges from "I'm a Democrat and this is the dumbest thing I ever heard" to Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) tweeting, "It's unthinkable to pay a burglar who broke into your home for the 'psychological trauma' they endured during the crime."  Well, maybe that's not funny.  In fact, the whole thing isn't very funny, when you think about it.

Biden and the Democrats are Undermining the Rule of Law.  An intriguing and distressing feature of the Biden administration and congressional Democrats is both having a propensity for law breaking and lawmaking.  They're different sides of the same coin. [...] What, after all, is the "For the People Act" but a federalization of state elections for the purpose of granting Democrats naked partisan advantages in future elections?  It's a gambit to entrench one-party rule.  It's banana republic worthy. [...] If Democrats ever pass this monstrosity, what, then, are the consequences for at least half the country?  Answer:  Disenfranchisement.  That's not merely a perception that one's vote doesn't count, it's actually one's vote not counting in a rigged system.  So malevolent an offense against so fundamental a right will cause tens of millions of citizens to regard all law as suspect, if not outright counterfeit. [...] It isn't hyperbole to state that H.R. 1 in itself is a recipe for national tumult and subsequent disintegration.

D'oh Biden.  So much has gone wrong so quickly, it's hard to remember we are only nine months into Joe Biden's presidency.  Less than one-third of the country now thinks America is "on the right track," according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.  That's a dramatic deterioration since last spring, and a disturbing one, not only for the Biden and his party but for the country.  Three developments are driving this collapse in confidence.  First, Biden is pursuing a self-proclaimed strategy to "transform" America despite his campaign promises to bring the country together, stress bipartisanship, and restore comity and normality.  That's not what he's done.  He's tried to force big, progressive changes, a strategy that was bound to be divisive since he didn't campaign on that platform or win a congressional mandate to pursue it.  Second, all Biden's major policies so far have failed — some spectacularly.  He can point to no major triumphs to offset them.  Third, Biden himself has been unable to mount an effective, coherent defense of his administration and its priorities.

Biden Administration Denies Biological Reality, Issues First Passport with 'X' Gender Option.  The U.S. Department of State, which recently admitted to stranding even more Americans in Afghanistan than previously reported, proclaimed on Wednesday that the United States issued its first passport with an "X" gender designation.  According to a report from the Associated Press, the action marks a "milestone" for the "rights of people" who do not identify with their biological reality.  The "X" gender designation feature is expected to be offered on a wider scale by next year.

Biden Administration In Talks To Pay Illegal Immigrants $450,000 Per Person.  If the Biden administration were trying to convince Americans it had little sympathy for the economic distress, growing shortages, and job uncertainty many are facing, one way to do it would be to offer an extreme amount of money to illegal immigrant families who claim they were victims of separations under Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy.  It sounds insane, right?  Well brace yourselves.  That is, in fact, what the Biden administration is in talks to do. [...] Although the numbers aren't final, the payout could reach the staggering amount of more than $1 billion.  That's a whole lot of cheese for what the families say were health, mental and otherwise, problems caused by actions they themselves decided to inflict on their children when they made the decision to enter the country illegally.

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Democrats Use Accounting Gimmicks to Conceal Spending in Bloated 'Build Back Better' Bill.  President Joe Biden is twisting arms to get "agreement" this week on hundreds of tax and spending provisions in his multitrillion-dollar social welfare bill while key Democrats seem to be settling on a plan to keep the price tag down.  They want to reduce the overall size of the spending bill to "only" $1 trillion to $2 trillion (as though those two numbers were even remotely close), and only fund programs for a short time, assuming that it would be too painful for a future Congress to stop funding them.  There's simply too much in this massive "Build Back Better" bill to digest — free community college, paid family leave, universal pre-K, bigger child tax credits, climate "incentives," and, of course, major expansions of government spending on health care, as The Daily Signal has explained in numerous articles.

True cost of Dems' plans: $7.5 trillion and a lot of gimmicks.  After months of criticizing Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for balking at the original $3.5 trillion price tag, congressional Democrats are finally accepting reality and paring President Biden's social welfare package to between $1.5 trillion and $2 trillion over the decade.  Does this mean they are responsibly removing the bill's worst provisions and crafting fiscally sustainable legislation?  Of course not!  Instead, welcome to the gimmick Olympics, where progressives are using classic accounting tricks to hide the true cost of the bill.  Instead of producing legislation that truly costs $2 trillion over the decade, lawmakers are crafting as much as $4 trillion worth of new initiatives, but simply using fake expiration dates to score only a few years of each proposal.  The idea is to create new federal programs, hook the constituencies on new federal benefits, and then assume that future Congresses and presidents will not dare to allow them to expire.  Those assumed extensions will then blow up the cost far above today's $2 trillion sticker price.

Joe Biden to Ban Cash Bail for Violent Criminals — in the Interest of 'Equity,' You See.  Remember Nancy Pelosi back in 2010 saying the House had to pass the 2,500-plus page ObamaCare bill in order to see what was in it?  So, we could just take Barack Obama's word that if you liked your doctor and health plan, you could keep them.  This year, with a complicit and/or oblivious Joe Biden in the White House, Pelosi's tax-happy House has slipped into legislation a pilot study to tax all American drivers by the actual miles they each drive, in addition to the per-gallon gas tax.  That would require a mileage meter tracking where every vehicle goes every mile.  Then there's the plan to tax capital gains when they appear on your statement, even before you sell that investment and actually get the profit.  Now, what's just come out is a Joe Biden plan to abolish cash bail for violent suspects.  No, seriously.  Because, you know, why would any accused murderer skip town?  Some of you reactionaries may miss the equity issue here.  Accused violent criminals, many black and poor, have had to post large bail to gain freedom, while the rest of us don't.

8 Ridiculous 'Green New Deal' Programs in Democrats' Bloated Spending Bill.  [#5]  $85 Million on Climate and Pregnant 'Individuals':  Yet another example of the spending bill bowing to radical activists comes in Section 31046.  At first glance it is one of many provisions promoting the Green New Deal agenda, in this case throwing $85 million at research seeking to identify whether climate affects pregnancy.  Note that this is not an attempt to remedy problems that are known to exist, but rather an attempt to find problems that would then generate more support for the agenda.  The section proceeds to go off the deep end with its choice of words:  "pregnant, lactating, and postpartum individuals."  Erasing women from the context of pregnancy and motherhood is a promotion of the most extreme elements of the transgender movement and has no business becoming part of federal law.

'Keep parents out' sign
Pure Marxism:  McAuliffe Supporters Are Posting Signs Promising to "Keep Parents Out of Classrooms" as Campaign Winds Down.  Democrat Terry McAuliffe is currently in a tight race against Republican Glenn Youngkn in the Virginia gubernatorial race.  McAuliffe believes parents shouldn't be telling schools what to teach their children in the classroom.  And now as the campaign winds down McAuliffe supporters are allegedly putting out signs to "keep parents out of classrooms."  It's so over the top that it is almost unbelievable.  This would be something you'd expect to see in the former Soviet Union, not in Virginia!


Don't let Dems turn America into a Europen-style, cradle-to-grave welfare state.  More destructive than any specific policy item modern Democrats are pushing this year are the ideas they use to justify their agenda.  The $3.5 trillion bill that President Joe Biden and Democrats are now attempting to cram through Congress via reconciliation is meant to create a European-style, cradle-to-grave welfare state here in the United States.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, the bill's Senate author, has, for years, praised systems across the Atlantic.  As have many other Democrats.  There are numerous specific arguments against the agenda that further expands an already onerous bureaucratic state, but it is the idea that traditional American life needs reimagining that should be rejected first.  Because the most vociferous champions of the European-style governance are invariably the most passionate critics of the dynamism and glorious messiness of American life.

Biden [is] burying businesses under red tape; more rules [are] on the way.  President Biden accelerated the regulatory state on his first day in office by ordering agencies to consider aspirational but vaguely defined goals and benefits when imposing new rules on businesses large and small.  The order greenlighting regulations even when the benefits "are difficult or impossible to quantify" sent shudders down the spines of CEOs.  They fear business growth will be smothered in pursuit of vague objectives such as "human dignity" and "the interests of future generations."  "It is the most aggressive thing I've ever seen by an administration," said Doug Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, a right-leaning economic think tank.  "It's one thing to put out a bunch of regulations, but this changes the way regulation is done.  It allows you to jam through any regulation you want regardless of the impact [on] the private sector."

Republicans Filibuster Democrats' Election Bill.  Republicans successfully filibustered the Democrats' Freedom to Vote election bill Wednesday [10/20/2021], denying the legislation the 60 votes needed to move on to floor debate.  The bill would have created new requirements for groups to disclose information about their donors, named Election Day a national holiday, and created federal standards for voting by mail, early voting, and voter ID.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) criticized the Republican vote, saying "I wanna be clear about what just happened.  Every single Republican senator just blocked this chamber from having a debate on Americans' rights to free and fair elections."  The results of the vote are unsurprising, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made clear that his caucus would not support the bill.

Senate Democrats' Bill Shifts Border Patrol Funds to Remove Border Wall.  President Joe Biden pledged during the 2020 campaign that he "would not build another foot" of the wall his predecessor began on the U.S. border with Mexico, but Senate Democrats appear to be setting the stage to tear it down, at least in places.  Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Oct. 18 made public nine proposed spending bills, including one for the Department of Homeland Security, regarding Customs and Border Protection, stating:  "Provided further, That not to exceed $50,000,000 may be transferred to the Department of the Interior for mitigation activities, including land acquisition, related to construction of border barriers on federal lands."  The $50 million would be shifted from the nearly $2 billion Congress provided on a bipartisan basis during the Trump administration for the construction of a border wall to slow or stop the flow of illegal immigrants entering the country from Mexico.

7 Ways Democrats' $3.5 Trillion Tax-and-Spend Bill Would Take Over Your Health Care.  Slimming down the cost of the Democrats' massive $3.5 trillion social-welfare spending bill is a compromise that misses the point.  Opposition to the tax-and-spending bill is not just about cost, it's about a policy agenda that shifts more power and control to the federal government and away from patients and families.  The so-called Build Back Better plan, moving its way through the Democrat-led Congress, is jammed full of policy changes that drive the country closer to a government takeover of health care than ever before.  Trying to slim down the cost or water down the proposals will not resolve those fundamental policy concerns.

White House [is] still pushing big fat 'Build Back Better' lie.  Given its current track record on honesty, which begins with President Joe Biden vowing to stay in Afghanistan as long as it takes to get all Americans out, the Biden White House doesn't appear to have much concern about deceiving the American people.  Then again, with conservative news sites on pins and needles, concerned about bogus fact-checking slights that threaten to shut them down on social media, Democrats don't seem to have those worries, nor do they have to contend much with the media calling them out for their deception.  And while lying seems to be a rite of passage in Washington, D.C., Biden and his Democratic cohorts are taking it to a whole other level in trying to sell their massive $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, aka Biden's "Build Back Better" plan.  Just as massive is the lie they are peddling that the social welfare legislation that does double duty as the Green New Deal-lite does not cost the average American taxpayer anything.

Chicago Mayor says police union is trying to 'induce an insurrection'.  This is the most dangerous time in American history since the Civil War.  Back then, Democrats desperately wanted to keep the institution of slavery.  Today, they desperately want to enslave anyone, of any color, that believes in the primacy of inherent individual rights and the concept of limited government of, by, and for the people.  That is why they mask us up, lock us down and threaten us with fines and job loss if we don't wish to be injected with an unvetted foreign substance as if we were so many livestock.  It is time — well past time — for Americans to reassert their birthrights.

Here Are All The Green New Deal Handouts Democrats Wedged Into Their $3.5 Trillion Budget.  Democrats have inserted numerous provisions and subsidy programs into their $3.5 trillion budget that would benefit green energy companies and speed the transition to renewables.  The Build Back Better Act would invest an estimated $295 billion of taxpayer money into a variety of clean energy programs in what would amount to the most sweeping climate effort passed by Congress, according to a House Committee on Energy and Commerce report.  That price tag doesn't factor in the other costly measures approved by the House Ways and Means, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Oversight and Transportation committees last month.  "This bill is crammed with green welfare subsidies, specifically for corporations and the wealthy," House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview.  "They are extending and creating a whole host of green energy tax credits such as electric transmission property, zero emissions facilities and clean hydrogen," the Texas Republican continued.

Biden is about to drive us off an economic cliff.  It is difficult to imagine a worse time for massive increases in taxes and spending, yet that's exactly what Democrats in Washington, D.C. have in mind.  We are all aware that, as Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated this week, President Joe Biden views the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to "make fundamental changes in our economy."  But the changes he has in mind are about to drive us over an economic cliff.  Businesses of all sizes are already being buffeted by seemingly intractable supply chain constraints, along with labor shortages, and unusually high consumer demand — all driven by pandemic-lockdown conditions that are only going to cause prices to soar as we get closer to Christmas.  It doesn't take a Ph.D. in economics to recognize that restricted supply coupled with enhanced demand is a recipe for inflation, which has already been rising at a worrying rate for several months.

Biden's Supreme Court packing commission says they are split on adding more justices.  Joe Biden's Supreme Court commission warned that expanding the number of Justices on the bench could be seen as a 'partisan move' with global and domestic repercussions in documents released on Thursday evening [10/14/2021].  Members of the panel agreed that Congress had the Constitutional authority to pull it off but were 'divided on whether Court expansion would be wise.'  Biden established the presidential commission in April.  The panel is now releasing more than 200 documents as the high court navigates one of its most politically divisive sessions with questions on abortion and gun rights on the docket in coming weeks.

Vaccine Mandates Aren't Biden's Only Job-Killing Scheme.  Despite $9 trillion in fiscal and monetary stimulus from the federal government, America has an employment problem.  The Labor Department estimates that 10.4 million jobs remained unfilled in August, the most recent month for which figures are available, including 1.5 million in health care and social services.  That same month, a record-high 4.3 million people quit their jobs. [...] The good news is that President Joe Biden has a plan.  The bad news is that his plan could result in the loss of millions of additional workers.  Start with vaccine mandates.  The president announced in August that he planned to impose a vaccine mandate on nursing home staffs.  Nursing homes lost nearly 38,000 staffers in September alone, among the steepest one-month drops since the pandemic began.  The Washington Post reported late last month that vaccine mandates imposed by hospitals have led many unvaccinated workers to leave or be terminated, exacerbating a shortage in skilled nursing and bedside care.  The potential employment effect of vaccine mandates is not confined to the health care sector.  Other professions where vaccine requirements are common also reported job losses.  In August alone, 25,000 state and local education workers quit their jobs.

Backlash could force Democrats to rethink IRS 'snooping' provision.  Congressional Democrats, concerned over lukewarm public enthusiasm for their massive social welfare spending package, may be forced to modify a tax-raising provision that has prompted a significant backlash.  A plan to provide the IRS with access to individual bank accounts with balances as low as $600 may end up significantly modified or even dropped altogether amid opposition from lawmakers and trade groups who say it would infringe on privacy and create significant liability for financial institutions as well as add new costs for consumers.

Democrats' Destructive Spending Spree Would Turn America Into a European Social Welfare State.  The cradle-to-grave subsidies in the 2,448-page, $3.5 trillion spending bill that Democrats in Congress are crafting will create a welfare trap for millions more Americans, send inflation soaring, and drive our nation much deeper into debt.  Economic policy professor Chuck Blahous of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University analyzed the health benefit proposals in the spending bill.  He wrote that expanding Medicare, Medicaid, and "so-called Obamacare" will "represent a major escalation of the fiscal irresponsibility lawmakers have practiced for the past several years."  Former White House chief economist Casey Mulligan, now a professor at the University of Chicago, wrote that the spending bill would "implement the single largest permanent increase in work disincentives since the income tax came into its own during World War II."

The Democrats are determined to get into your bank accounts.  Nancy Pelosi finally admitted that, faced with Sen. Joe Manchin's and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's laudable refusal to back down, the Democrats are not going to get their $3.5 trillion spending bill.  However, Pelosi insists that the bill will still allow the feds to track every banking transaction over $600, something that manifestly violates the Fourth Amendment.  After Pelosi admitted that Democrats would have to trim their spending bill, she was asked whether the bill would continue to require banks to forward to the IRS all $600 transactions in bank accounts.  Her answer, emphatically, was "yes": [...] Put simply:  The plan will vastly expand the IRS's reach; impose huge reporting burdens on banks, driving up costs (which will increase fees and further lower interest rates on consumer savings accounts); and allow the IRS to wander freely through people's bank accounts looking for cash and crimes.

Pelosi Plans to Keep the 'Spy on All Bank Accounts' Clause in the $3.5T bill.  Democrats, now the party of the hardcore Left, have a clause in the $3.5 trillion bill that will allow the government to look at any account making transactions — like paying rent — of $600 or more.  That takes in almost every American.  Politicians will be able to spy on everyone's account.  They will know everything about you.  At the same time, they plan to hire up to 95,000 new IRS employees to look for people not paying their fair share.  We have already seen what these people do with power and how they use it against people who don't agree with them.  What do you think they will do with this kind of power?  Will they cancel gun manufacturers?  Abuse conservatives and when they run out of them, abuse their own?  I watched a recent Bill O'Reilly podcast in which he said it will never remain in the bill.  He's naive if he believes that.  It's an important power grab for them.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been acting like a dicatator, was asked about it and she sounded pretty definite about it remaining in the bill.  She said the number is open to negotiations but not the clause.

Biden's Presidency Is a Ticking Time Bomb.  Joe Biden's massive $4 trillion spending bills are in mortal danger of collapsing under their own weight as the gap between what the radicals want and what less-radical Democrats will vote for widens.  To make matters worse for ordinary Americans, Biden has come down decisively on the side of the radicals, leaving party moderates to wonder where the sanity went.  The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, already passed by the Senate, is languishing in political purgatory with radical Democrats in the House threatening to kill it unless their $3.5 trillion social safety net bill is approved first.  Resentful moderates feel they've been lied to by the president and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who promised an up-or-down vote on the bipartisan bill before the end of September.

George Orwell was Right.  One question must be asked of the regime that placed Biden in the White House.  Who is actually in charge?  Who is making the decisions?  Who is demanding these new Nazi-like rules/regulations/procedures?  Who is making the final call?  [...] Who is keeping American citizens charged with simple trespassing in solidity confinement in prison?  Who has instructed the FBI to arrest parents for domestic terrorism?  Who has demanded "Google searches" now to be looked up for "wrong think," for crimes against the state?  Who continues to call a therapeutic a vaccine, when with this vaccine, you can still get the disease and also pass it to others?  That's not a true vaccine.  Who states the violent riots from BLM/Antifa are constitutional protected free speech, while peaceful protests demanding a free and fair election of 2020 are the doing of insurrectionists?

Even At Half The Price, Biden's Plan Is A Self-Destructive, Freedom-Destroying Spending Spree.  Just when you thought Democrats couldn't get more arrogant or dishonest, President Joe Biden on Tuesday, visiting the congressional district of one of the House's less-extreme Democrats, warned that "autocrats" in the world are scrutinizing America for signs of decline on the geopolitical stage, and we therefore must "invest in ourselves" to prove "that American democracy works."  Translation: spend trillions with a T establishing a new series of cradle-to-grave entitlements that, like our already-existing entitlements, will in short order become politically impossible ever to repeal.  Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, moreover, look straight into the TV camera and tell the American people that these unprecedented, astronomical expenditures will cost zero.  This, not Donald Trump placing the spotlight on all-too-real election fraud, is the true "Big Lie."  No one using a gift card at the store in the weeks after Christmas is a big enough liar or financial illiterate to claim that the spending spree he's enjoying costs zero.

Democrat Budget Gives $80B in Child Tax Credits to Illegal Aliens.  Illegal aliens living in the United States would stand to get about $80 billion over a 10-year period if a filibuster-proof budget reconciliation package by Senate Democrats passes through Congress, a new analysis concludes.  For months, Senate Democrats have sought to pass a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package that would need only majority support in the House and Senate.  The reconciliation process would also prevent Senate Republicans from using the filibuster to stop the plan.

Never mind the cost — just look at the absurd things Build Back Better would buy.  Democrats are quarreling over the price tag of their Build Back Better bill.  But the real problem is what's in it.  The bill coerces workers to join unions, imposes racial preferences on every facet of life and redistributes money from workers to takers.  Fortunately, the bill is in limbo.  Moderate Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) insist the bill has to be pared to less than half its current price tag.  The far left is outraged.  But the bill can't pass without every Senate Democrat supporting it.  Not passing it would be best:  This bill is as un-American as it gets.  Here are some of its details, which Democrats would prefer you not see. [...]

Biden declares war on showerheads.  President Joe Biden may lack the authority to reach into your shower and turn the dial down in order to save water.  Still, he is doing all he can to declare war on high-pressure showerheads.  The Department of Energy has proposed a regulatory change reversing a Trump measure that allowed more powerful showers.  The language used to defend the action invokes climate change as well as water conservation as justifications.  This long regulatory saga started with the 1992 Energy Policy Act.  Slipped into this massive energy bill were a few water-related provisions, most regrettably the mandate for those awful low-flush toilets but also a 2.5-gallons-per-minute water limit for showerheads.

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Joe Biden, or whoever the acting president is, is solving problems that nobody has and creating problems nobody wants.  If you think you're wrecking the earth by using too much water, then make your own adjustments.  But as for me, when the water goes through the water meter in front of my house, the water becomes my property.  The city is happy to sell me as much water as I want.  Don't tell me how to use it.

Guess what else showed up in the reconciliation bill for illegal aliens.  I suppose we should have seen this one coming, particularly considering the malarkey that the Democrats have been trying to shovel into the so-called reconciliation bill from day one.  After failing twice to convince the Senate Parliamentarian to allow some form of general amnesty for illegal aliens as part of what is supposed to be a spending bill, some actual spending has now shown up.  Only this facet also represents a significant policy change, and possibly an illegal one at that.  Stowed away in the bill is a provision that would allow anyone residing in the United States who provides an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the Child Tax Credit.  Currently, all filers are required to provide a Social Security Number.

Those $4.5 trillion 'infrastructure' and 'reconciliation' bills are far more radical and dangerous than you think.  These "woke" Democrats are determined to break us.  The premise of both bills is that by enjoying safe and comfortable lifestyles, we are causing floods, fires and droughts that are ruining the planet.  They say this is because we are burning too much fossil fuel.  The goal of both bills is to cut America's fossil fuel use in half during the next nine years.  If these bills become law, the federal government will heavily fine every power company that does not systematically shut down most of its coal, oil, and natural gas power plants by then.  It would also pay billions as bribes to companies to build and use new solar panels and wind turbines instead.  The federal government would also pay people, businesses, and schools to buy electric cars, trucks, and buses.  It would also pay for more solar panels.  This would permanently end prosperity in America.  Solar panels and wind turbines cannot power a modern economy.  The electricity they generate is too weak, intermittent, unpredictable, and unreliable.  Solar and wind energy is often wasted.  It cannot be stored when not needed.  It saves little if any fossil fuel.  That is because back-up generators must always be running to give the grid steady power whenever the wind stops, night falls, or a cloud goes by.

Pennsylvania House Democrat Introduces Forced Sterilization — Three-Child Limit Legislation.  Pennsylvania Democrat Christopher M. Rabb sent out a memorandum to all House members regarding his legislation that will enforce reproductive responsibility among men.  The bill will force men to undergo vasectomies within 6 weeks from having their third child or their 40th birthday, whichever comes first.  This legislation includes a $10,000 reward to whoever snitches to the proper authority on those who have failed to submit to forced sterilization within the allotted time.  This bill will also include legal actions for unwanted pregnancies against inseminators who wrongfully conceive a child with them.

Democrats see political peril in replacing Minneapolis PD.  As activists mobilized this summer to ask Minneapolis voters to replace their police department, one of the first prominent Democrats to slam the plan was a moderate congresswoman who doesn't even live in the city.  Angie Craig declared it "shortsighted, misguided and likely to harm the very communities that it seeks to protect."  She warned that it could push out the city's popular Black police chief.

Reminder to Democrats:  Bernie Sanders isn't president.  Liberal Democrats think they're having a moment.  They're tying up President Biden's legislative agenda because it doesn't tax the rich enough or lavish adequate spending on the needy.  Since Democrats have tiny majorities in both the House and Senate, a few defectors can squash Biden's entire plan.  Liberals are reveling in their leverage.  They shouldn't be.  The so-called progressive wing of the Democratic party may have enough heft to block action, as it has with the so-called bipartisan infrastructure plan.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has twice delayed a vote on the $1 trillion infrastructure bill because a handful of progressive Dems say they won't vote for it unless both houses commit to a much bigger bill on social welfare and green energy.  The Senate already passed the infrastructure bill and Biden desperately wants it.  So for the moment, progressive obstructionists possess the power of no.  But progressives don't have a mandate from voters, and they can't make anything happen on their own.

Twilight of the Democrat dinosaurs — Biden and Pelosi are finished.  For a bill that supposedly cost "nothing," Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi can't even persuade their own party to vote for it. [...] The Squad, which couldn't care less what voters think beyond their own dead blue districts, have declared "my way or the highway" on government taxing and spending to the moon, while a moderate blue-dog caucus of about 20, whose members aren't too public (out of fear of the Squad), doesn't like this crap at all, knowing that its passage for each of them means that a Republican will take their seat in 2022.  So naturally, the whole thing has crashed.  The spectacular failure of this $1-trillion spendathon, supposedly on "infrastructure," as well as their Bernie Sanders-crafted $3.5-trillion pork "reconciliation," is now Biden's and Pelosi's legacy.

Only in Leftieland is $1.5 trillion considered a 'compromise'.  You know things have gone crazy when a trillion dollars is considered a compromise.  Yesterday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) insisted he cannot support a reconciliation bill costing more than $1.5 trillion — $2 trillion less than most Democrats want.  And he insisted that this bill must be fully offset.  "I can't support $3.5 trillion more in spending when we have already spent $5.4 trillion since last March," he said.  "At some point, all of us, regardless of party must ask the simple question — how much is enough?"  Manchin's Democratic colleagues continue to express exasperation, saying they had already compromised down from Bernie Sanders' $6 trillion demand.  Progressive activists on social media have erupted that Manchin may as well join the Republicans.

'Tax' is used 1,829 times, and more things you'll find scanning Dems' latest $3.5 trillion spending bill.  Democrats are being called out for claiming that their $3.5 trillion "Build Back Better" bill will somehow "help families get ahead," despite it being loaded with taxes that experts say will ultimately leave America and its citizens significantly poorer.  Tom Elliott, the founder of Grabien Media, discovered that the $3.5 trillion "reconciliation" bill contains 1,829 instances of the word "tax," 69 instances of the word "taxes" and seven instances of the word "taxation."  [Tweet]  All this "taxation," he added, will be used to fund more than just free giveaways.  It'll also be used to fund "woke" nonsense.

Elizabeth Warren on Massive Gov Spending, 'The Money is Out There'.  Senator Elizabeth Warren doubled-down on her far-left demands this week when she flat-out insisted "the money is out there" to finance trillions on new spending proposals like free childcare, college tuition, and more.  "We don't need to pinch pennies on investing in a future for all of our kids.  The money is out there.  With a #WealthTax on fortunes above $50 million, a #RealCorporateProfitsTax, and a crackdown on wealthy tax cheats, we'd raise about $6 trillion from a thin slice at the top," posted Warren on Twitter.

Funding for Child Care Seems Nice, But Think Twice.  A new Treasury Department report tells us what we already know:  Child care costs are unaffordable for many families.  In response to this, lawmakers have included $250 billion in child care subsidies in the $3.5 trillion spending bill currently under consideration.  While this effort might strike many Americans as a well-intended "hand up" to working parents, it comes with a significant downside, and not just the price tag to taxpayers.  The most serious problem with government-funded child care is the downstream effect on the quality, variety, and independence of child care providers in today's robust — although expensive — marketplace.

Can the Dems Bust the Filibuster?  The Democrats' agenda includes HR-1 and HR-4, which would end legitimate elections in the United States.  It includes HR-5, which would turn the country into a sexual dystopia.  The agenda would also rezone the suburbs, pack the Federal judiciary, grab guns, grant statehood to DC and Puerto Rico, fully implement the Green New Deal, and probably keep the borders open forever.  At the moment, two Democrat Senators stand in the way of all this lunacy becoming law.  Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are playing Horatius at the Bridge.  The fate of this Grand Republic hangs on these two (so far) stalwarts.

To survive, red states must now nullify the federal government and declare themselves "health freedom zones".  With illegitimate occupier-in-chief Joe Biden waging outright war and economic terrorism against red states, the leaders of those red states must now nullify federal government overreach in order to prevent their own citizens from being mass murdered by D.C. swamp policies that are intentionally designed to achieve depopulation.  Some of the ways the Biden regime is waging war on red states include:
  •   Border invasion:  The Biden regime and its corrupt DOJ are actively fighting against sensible border security, openly allowing a land invasion of states like Texas and Arizona in order to flood the nation with replacement Democrat voters.
  •   Money printing madness:  Every dollar printed by the Fed and distributed by the Treasury is actually an instrument of debt that steals purchasing power from the hard-working Americans who produce things.  Those producers tend to live in red states, while blue states are the welfare states where more people get handouts that were essentially stolen from the producers in the red states.
  •   Election rigging:  Biden and other Democrats like Newsom are now institutionalizing never-ending election rigging in order to make sure the will of the people is never honored in any election.  Although their own disastrous policies are wildly unpopular, they can continue to maintain power by cheating in elections, just like they cheated in 2020.
  •   Outlawing of medicine that works:  Notice how the D.C. swamp has attacked ivermectin and made sure no hospital prescribes it to patients?  This is also part of the medical genocide agenda, and it's a war on humanity.
  •   Punitive taxation:  Under the Biden regime (which is actually run by Obama), the IRS will be handed a mandate to raise taxes on productive American workers, punishing them for having jobs, all while handing out more welfare and entitlements to the illegals who are allowed to invade America by the hundreds of thousands each month.

Sen. Tom Cotton Warns Just How Much Biden's Huge Spending Bill Will 'Cost All Americans'.  Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton said during an interview on Tuesday [9/28/2021] that the Democrats' "reckless" spending bill is going to "cost all Americans," in contrast with President Joe Biden's promises to only tax the rich.  "This bill is going to cost all Americans," Cotton said during a "Fox & Friends" interview regarding the Democrats' plans to pass $5 trillion in legislation in two new bills.  [Tweet]

Authoritarians want to 'democratize' your parenting.  Most people think "democracy" is that thing whereby all of us get to vote for mayor, congressman, and maybe a new tax hike or bond issue.  For a lot of most rabidly "pro-democracy" folk on the Left, though, democracy means something completely different.  It means that a mob of activists get to tell you how to raise your children.  "Democratize everything" is a terrifying and authoritarian mindset witnessing massive new popularity.  It's behind cancel culture.  It's behind the culture-war efforts to crush conservative and religious institutions.  It's behind the Marxism ascendant in Western nations.  "Democratize everything" means that nothing should be beyond the control of what an empowered mob demands.

Democrats weigh first nationwide fee on plastic in U.S. budget negotiations.  U.S. congressional Democrats are considering including the first federal fee to tackle plastic pollution in the multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation bill, a proposal that is drawing opposition from the plastics and petrochemical industry.  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Tom Suozzi are in talks with other Democrats to include their REDUCE Act as a source of revenue in the reconciliation bill.  It would impose a 20-cent-per-pound fee on virgin — or new — plastic for single-use products such as plastic bags and beverage containers.  The proposal is among a slew of money raisers being considered by the White House and Democrats to pay for a package that includes provisions aimed at tackling climate change and expanding the public safety net.  The measure, which Democrats aim to pass without Republican support, is a pillar of President Joe Biden's domestic agenda.

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This is a tax on everything that contains plastic, which is nearly everything, and the resulting revenue is to be spent on fighting the weather and giving money to those who are too lazy to work.

The Democrat party no longer shares values with Catholics.  For a half-century and more, [the Democrat party of the United States] has co-operated with those who were willing and often eager to undermine and eventually destroy the classical American family — that is, the married two-parent family, the social unit that, according to Catholicism, is the building block of any society.  When I was young (I'm very old now), marriage was thought to be the proper location for sex, for child-bearing, and for child-rearing.  Now, thanks to Democrats and their morally liberal supporters, marriage is often looked on as a charming antique. [...] Catholicism regards abortion as a kind of homicide — or as Pope Francis said recently, murder.  Democrats, diametrically opposed to the Catholic view, see abortion as nothing less than the exercise of a "fundamental human right."  Only the other day, every Democrat but one in the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill that will, if it becomes law, give federal statutory protection to almost any imaginable abortion up 'til the moment of birth.  This diametric opposition of views is not limited to abortion.  It is also found with regard to homosexual practice.  Democrats consider this practice to be a fine and splendid thing, at least for those who are "born that way" — so fine and splendid, in fact, that it deserves to be at the center of a new and honorable kind of marriage.  Catholicism, on the other hand, considers homosexual practice to be a grave sin, a contrary-to-nature perversion.

House Democrats Quietly Insert a Ten-Fold Increase in OSHA [Fines] into 3.5 Trillion Human Infrastructure Reconciliation Bill.  Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats are attempting to change the OSHA fines within the section of labor law that applies directly to the mandatory COVID vaccine.  The scale of the fines is massive against any business that does not comply with the anticipated OSHA rule which is yet unannounced; and they are attempting to slip the OSHA change into the massive $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.  If this OSHA change becomes law, the Biden administration will force American businesses to choose between vaccinating their employees, testing them weekly for Covid-19, or going bankrupt under crippling OSHA fines.

Biden's $3.5T disaster — for the economy and Democrats.  This is not simply the typical liberal Democrat budget on steroids.  The numbers in the Biden reconciliation bill are massive, but they don't tell the whole story. [...] Independent analysts note how the Biden plan would greatly increase the burden of federal spending over the next decade — diverting nearly $5.5 trillion from the private sector to the government.  As noted, all of this new spending would be financed with higher tax rates on work, savings and investments.  Based on academic research, including new findings from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Biden's tax-and-spend agenda contained in his reconciliation bill will accelerate America's fiscal decline and substantially undermine economic performance.  The Biden fiscal agenda also will reduce the capital stock and lower rates of return on investments, thus causing a $1 trillion-plus loss in financial wealth and hurting the retirement savings of tens of millions of American workers.

Democrats' Budget 'Plan B' Would Give Amnesty to at Least 7M Illegal Aliens.  A plan being worked on by Senate Democrats would slip amnesty for roughly seven million illegal aliens into a filibuster-proof budget reconciliation package, a new analysis finds.  This month, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough rejected a plan by Democrats to include an amnesty for millions of illegal aliens into a reconciliation package, which would only need majority support in the Senate.

GOP Sen. Hagerty:  Dems 'Waging War' On Capitalism Through Tax System.  During a Sunday [9/26/2021] interview on Fox News Channel's "The Next Revolution," Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) sounded off on the Democrats' massive $3.5 trillion spending bill.  Hagerty argued that Democrats are "waging war on American capitalists" through the tax system.  He lamented that President Joe Biden is in "lockstep" with the far-left wing of the Democratic Party.  "It's the biggest bait and switch I think that we've seen in American politics," Hagerty declared.  "If you look at how Joe Biden campaigned in 2020 as a moderate, as a centrist versus what we are getting, Bernie Sanders is the author of this $3.5 trillion socialist debt bomb that they're unleashing."

Survey Shows Democrats' Multitrillion-Dollar Spending Package Lacks Support.  The radical left's multitrillion-dollar legislative agendas are greatly lacking support from voters, Heritage Action polling data provided exclusively to Breitbart News revealed.  While President Biden claims his $3.5 trillion agenda will cost "zero dollars" — a statement directly contradicted by a Texas Public Policy Foundation study showing it will result in the loss of millions of jobs while generating $4.5 trillion in debt — Americans do not appear to support the massive spending agenda.

Dems sneakily slip radical 'red flag' provision into defense budget.  A provision added to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, the Pentagon's annual budget, has raised some eyebrows among Second Amendment advocates because it would authorize military courts to issue protective orders making the possession or accessing of a firearm by a targeted service member unlawful, at least temporarily.  The so-called "red flag" provision would also exempt military courts from denying members their Fifth Amendment right to due process, according to Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who discussed the issue with trial attorney, author, and retired Army Col. Kurt Schlichter.  In response to Ingraham's suggestion that the provision may be "a real pathway to larger gun control within" the U.S. military, Schlichter explained that he sees multiple issues with it.

Democratic Abortion Bill Protects 'Transgender Men'.  A Democratic bill legalizing abortion on demand nationwide includes provisions for "every person capable of becoming pregnant," including "transgender men."  The House on Friday [9/24/2021] passed the Women's Health Protection Act along near party lines, in an effort to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law before the Supreme Court considers a case that could overturn the landmark decision.  The bill notes that "transgender men, non-binary individuals, those who identify with a different gender ... are unjustly harmed by restrictions on abortion services."  "The terms 'woman' and 'women' are used in this bill to reflect the identity of the majority of people targeted and affected by restrictions on abortion services, and to address squarely the targeted restrictions on abortion, which are rooted in misogyny," the bill states.

Democrats swoop in to destroy Trump's Space Force.  To spite President Trump, and in an unspoken way, succor China, Democrats are moving in for the kill on the Space Force founded by President Trump in 2019, at long last finding a government program they don't want to make bigger. [...] Does his bill have any chance to pass or is it just a nutbag grandstanding measure?  It's hard to say at this point but the Get Trump spitefulness of it seems a little convenient, and it's hard not to wonder if deeper forces are at work.  We do know that socialist Bernie Sanders, who's basking in his role as the author of Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion super-porkulus reconciliation bill right now, has weighed in in favor of the abolish-the-space-force idea.  And according to the far-left site Truthout, the bill has garnered the support of rabid leftists among the Democrats such as Reps.  Rashida Tlaib, Maxine Waters, and Chuy Garcia, who joined Huffman in introducing the bill, Truthout reported, presumably as co-sponsors.

Budget Bill Devotes Billions to New 'Civilian Climate Corps'.  Since President Joe Biden took office, he and some congressional Democrats have pushed strongly for the creation of a New Deal-style initiative: the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC).  On Friday [9/24/2021], congressional Democrats unveiled text from the more than 2,000-page reconciliation bill.  Among its many appropriations, the new CCC will receive a substantial appropriation.  The broad strokes of the program were introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) when he unveiled his $3.5 trillion budget on the Senate floor in early 2021.  The CCC, Sanders said, would give young people the opportunity "to get decent pay and to roll up their sleeves ... in order to combat climate change."  For Sanders, this program was only a part of a wide-ranging slew of policies "to combat climate change."  Since then, others have joined with Sanders in supporting the initiative.  Most significantly, the proposal got a green light from the White House.  At his April address to congress, the commander-in-chief tied "meeting the climate crisis" to the creation of new jobs.

Democrats Can't Have It Both Ways on the 'Great Replacement'.  Tucker Carlson sent the Left into a predictable frenzy of self-righteous rage this week by making a true, but politically incorrect, observation.  The invasion that is unfolding at the southern border, Carlson said, is purposeful.  Joe Biden and his Democratic allies have embraced open borders because they want to change America's racial demographics.  They see their political destiny in replacing white conservatives with poor, non-white dependents from the Third World who will remain loyal to Democrats.  By doing this, Democrats hope to secure permanent control of our political system.  Carlson, of course, was immediately denounced by the usual media hall monitors for promoting the "Great Replacement Theory."  Except Carlson was not saying anything that prominent Democrats do not already discuss, very publicly, and with unabashed enthusiasm.  His only sin was suggesting that the Great Replacement might not be a good thing.

How to stop Bernie Sanders' $3.5 trillion socialist blueprint for America.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans a vote soon to push Sen. Bernie Sanders' $3.5 trillion socialist dream budget one step closer to law.  The news grows worse from there.  Every other detail about this onerous legislation merits scorn, revulsion and rejection.  The Build Back Better budget resolution boasts a $3.5 trillion price tag.  Taxpayers should be so lucky.  This figure assumes that several key initiatives, including the child tax credit, will expire in three to five years.  Since government programs are virtually immortal, this is not wishful thinking.  It's pure fantasy.  Reasonably assuming that these programs grind on for 10 years swells the budget's true price to $5.5 trillion.  Add the Senate's $1 trillion "infrastructure" bill, which most House Democrats hope to append, and Bernie's budget hits $6.5 trillion.

4 Ways to Understand Democrats' $3.5 Trillion Spending Bill.  The U.S. Census Bureau's 2020 data shows that there are 128.5 million households in the United States.  If we divide the cost of the $3.5 trillion package across each household, the numbers are substantial in relation to a typical family budget.  This legislation would cost over $27,000 for every household in America.  That's more than the cost of a brand new Toyota RAV4 sport utility vehicle, or five years of groceries for a typical family, or 13 years of clothing purchases and tailoring for an average household.  The left tries to deflect from the exorbitant cost by pointing to tax increases focused on high-income households and businesses.  Yet that fundamentally misunderstands how the economy works.  When the government increases taxes on investment, there is less incentive to start or expand a business, which is the source of the job creation and wage growth that all workers depend on. [...] The $3.5 trillion spending bill equates to spending $1,000 per second for 111 years straight.

Democrats' huge social spending bill is a vast attack on Americans' work ethic.  The colossal bill Democrats in Washington, DC, are assembling this week is a slap in the face to Americans who work, pay taxes and support their families.  It demeans the work ethic and glorifies government handouts, sending the message that work and self-sufficiency are for suckers:  better to climb on Uncle Sam's gravy train, which will now provide cradle-to-grave benefits.  It extends "Biden bucks" — monthly payments to almost all parents, based on how many children they have, regardless of if the parents work.  Democrats are also promising virtually free child care until kids turn 5, free community college, and, for seniors, new Medicare and elder-care benefits.  It also includes 12 weeks a year paid leave for anyone who claims a family member — even a distant relative like a spouse's grandmother — needs care.  These freebies are rolled into one massive bill, expected to run about 10,000 pages, to be swiftly passed before anyone reads it.

NYC Democrats Seek to Give Voting Rights to Nearly 1 Million Non-Citizens.  Democrats on the New York City Council are eyeing a plan to allow nearly a million non-citizens the ability to vote in local city elections.  The plan, backed by 34 Democrats on the 51-member New York City Council, would allow non-citizens with green cards, visas, and work authorization to vote in city elections so long as they have resided in New York City for at least 30 consecutive days.  The plan indicates that legal immigrants on green cards or an employment visa who have lived in New York City for at least a month would be able to vote for mayor, comptroller, public advocate borough presidents, council members, and changes to city policy.

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Of course non-citizens won't be permitted to vote for the governor or U.S. president — at first.  Give it a few years.  Changes like this always take place incrementally.

Why Aren't Americans Protesting in the Streets?  Here's a question for any American who is capable of thinking past next week:  Why [...] are you not out in the streets, protesting peacefully against what the Democrats in Washington are trying to do to the federal budget?  Seriously, what is wrong with you?  Why aren't you calling for town halls?  Why aren't you forming committees?  Why aren't you calling Congress and demanding that it stop?  Judging by its current behavior, the federal government has decided to completely give up on reality.  But you haven't, right?  Right?  What the Democrats are trying right now would be nothing short of a catastrophe.

Democrat plan to bankrupt Medicare in a year.  Democrats now plan to ruin Medicare to get us all on Medicaid as part of their $3.5 trillion 'human infrastructure' bill.  The plan is for Medicare to completely cover dental, vision, hearing services, and more.  They plan to give Medicare to younger people of age 60.  Illegal aliens will receive it.  Democrats want to give it to people with lower incomes.  Medicare is a program for the elderly and disabled.  Democrats will turn it into full-on welfare.  It's part of their plan to make more people dependent on the central government.  "Democrats are ramming through a reckless new expansion of Medicare — just as it's a few years from bankruptcy," said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, in prepared remarks at a House Ways and Means Committee session on Thursday as debate began on portions of Democrats' massive legislative package.  Economic illiterate Bernie Sanders has come up with the plan.  The plan to cover the cost is to tax the rich, who already pay most of the taxes.  Everything will be at the expense of the rich and there just aren't enough of them.  The middle class will pay for it.

They Intend to Destroy America.  [The Democrats'] "Voter Rights" bill currently making its way through Congress has nothing to do with voter rights; it's about legalizing every method of cheating they used in the 2020 election.  The current bill is an attempt to thwart the Constitution and the fifty states' constitutionally derived powers to oversee their own elections.  Nothing the Democrat party or its leftist, social democrat politicians want to do is good for America.  They run to the same old playbook, and none of it has ever worked, anywhere, or any time it has been tried.  We are at a turning point.  Don't let them win.  Resist!

Politico: Biden's domestic agenda [is] near collapse — and Dems know it.  A trillion here, a trillion there, and sooner or later people start noticing the math doesn't add up.  Enough people have noticed this about Joe Biden's expansive and expensive domestic agenda to put the entire enterprise on the verge of collapse.  And Democrats know it, Politico reports, but are too torn to stop what appears to be inevitable: [...] As pointed out in my earlier post, Biden has suddenly gone from team leader to albatross in the midterm fight.  His approval polls have sharply tanked ever since the debacle in Afghanistan, making it even more difficult to get moderate Democrats behind Biden.  The big question now is whether Biden can rebound from it, or whether this becomes a Hurricane Katrina confidence-crisis cascade.  That may depend in large part whether national media outlets choose to keep providing Biden cover on the abandoned Americans in Afghanistan, but if hostage situations arise, that will become an impossible task.

Democrats Plan Tax Giveaway To The Rich, Bailout To Blue States.  For a party that purportedly wants to "tax the rich," Democrats sure have a funny way of showing it.  Bloomberg reported on Friday [9/17/2021] that a potential repeal of the cap for state and local taxes — the SALT cap, to use Washington nomenclature — would erase most of the tax increases included in the House's version of the $3.5 trillion spending bill being considered by Congress.  In some cases, relatively affluent families could actually see a tax cut.  It's all part of Democrats' scam to bail out blue states (again), and the union organizations that dominate same.  Lawmakers in these blue states — California liberals like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — want working-class families in red states like Florida and Texas to subsidize residents making $200,000, $400,000, or more in places like New York and New Jersey.

Wider implications for the US of being a major welfare state.  In the reconciliation package now being debated in Washington, President Joe Biden and many congressional Democrats aim to expand the size and scope of government substantially.  Americans should be wary of their plans — not only because of the sizeable budgetary cost but also because of the broader risks to economic prosperity.  The details of the ambitious $3.5 trillion social spending Bill are still being discussed, so it is unclear what it will end up including.  In many ways, it seems like a grab bag of initiatives assembled from the progressive wish list.  [Paywall]

A Democratic plan to wipe out independent contractors.  As Washington turns its attention to a massive $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, every household across America should be on high alert because some Democrats want to take away the right to work.  Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is championing a bill to radically overhaul America's unemployment system.  The legislation would model our federal system on a California law that is so unpopular and so poorly written that emergency action was required to avoid severely disrupting the state's economy.  The Wyden Plan would federalize California's failed economic experiment.  Under his Plan, a restrictive federal worker classification test (the ABC Test) is used to determine unemployment eligibility.  And if states refuse to use the federal test, unemployment taxes for businesses in those states become punitive, rising to 5.4 percent per employee.  The goal of this plan is ultimately to force independent contractors in all 50 states to become employees for federal unemployment tax purposes.

Top GOP tax writer says Biden spending package 'most dangerous' he has seen.  A chief architect of the 2017 tax cuts said Democrats' multitrillion-dollar tax and spending package is the "most dangerous" he has seen during his more than two decades in Congress.  Rep. Kevin Brady, the ranking member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, told the Washington Examiner that he has been working tooth and nail to fight the proposed $3.5 trillion legislative behemoth, which he said dwarfs spending battles of the past.  He lamented the proposal as "tragic."  "Boy, I think it's the most dangerous tax and spending package I have experienced in 25 years in Congress," Brady said.  "This is Godzilla, every other spending package was a horse.  This just swamps anything that's ever been done."  Brady said he fears the spending package is going to "hook a lot of Americans into government dependency."

Democrats Are Trashing the American Work Ethic With Their Spending Bill.  The humongous bill that Democrats in Washington, D.C. are assembling this week is a slap in the face to Americans who work, pay taxes and support their families.  The bill demeans work ethic and glorifies government handouts.  It sends a message that work and self-sufficiency are for suckers.  Better to climb on Uncle Sam's gravy train that will now provide cradle-to-grave benefits.  The social spending bill will give monthly payments to almost all parents based on how many children they have, regardless if anyone in the family works.  Democrats are also promising virtually free child care until kids reach age 5, free community college and, near the end of life, new Medicare and elder care benefits.  The bill also includes 12 weeks paid leave each year for anyone who claims a family member needs care.

Cori Bush, Elizabeth Warren will introduce bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratoriums.  Progressive lawmakers will introduce legislation this week that will give the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to create federal eviction moratoriums — pushing back against a recent decision by the Supreme Court that ruled the agency did not have the authority to do so.  The introduction of the legislation, sponsored by Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., comes weeks after the high court blocked the Biden administration's eviction moratorium, ruling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not have authority to impose the freeze.  The CDC is one of the arms of HHS.

Joe Biden goes to the beach.  [Scroll down]  Biden's signature $3.5 trillion pork-spending bill to foist government into every aspect of Americans' lives and make them pay for it, turning America into a surveillance state with a social credit system, as well as a green new deal state, with amnesty for 30 million illegals, is in trouble.  From our point of view, that's dandy, but from his point of view, it's a Democrat crisis, given that Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia are feeling enough heat from voters to not go along, while squadsters in the House are saying 'no pork bill, no $1 trillion infrastructure bill' either.  They consider the $3.5 trillion price tag of the Bernie Sanders-crafted bill "a floor."

Minnesota Supreme Court Rules Minneapolis Voters May Decide to Scrap Police Department.  Voters in Minneapolis, the city where George Floyd died in police custody, sparking months of destructive protests, will now be able to vote in the upcoming municipal elections on abolishing the police department, the Minnesota Supreme Court said in a reversal of a lower court ruling. [...] "So as not to impair the orderly process of voting, this order is issued with an opinion to follow on a later date," the ruling said.  "The ballot measure — which was proposed by an advocacy group called Yes 4 Minneapolis and approved by the city council on September 7 — comes more than a year after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, a black man, in May 2020," CNN reported.

The true cost of Dems' '$3.5 trillion' plan is actually $5 trillion.  We'll probably keep referring to it as a "$3.5 trillion" bill to avoid confusion, but it's well worth noting that Democrats' "human infrastructure" plan would actually cost far more — at least $5 trillion.  The standard way to "score" costs is to say what they'd be over the first decade.  So to reduce sticker shock, the bill pretends that key new entitlements — in particular, a huge expansion of Medicaid — will expire after just three years.  In reality, at that point Dems will argue that it would be incredibly cruel to not fund "promised" benefits and suggest some new tax hikes to cover the added costs.

After battle over the ballot, early voting begins in Minneapolis.  After a battle over the ballot, early voting begins Friday in Minneapolis.  Residents will get to vote on the ballot question on whether to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new department of public safety.  The Minnesota Supreme Court reversed a decision blocking the city from counting votes on the question.  The question on the ballot, to which voters respond "yes" or "no," is as follows:  ["]Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to remove the Police Department and replace it with a Department of Public Safety that employs a comprehensive public health approach [...] ["]

8 Things You Need to Know About Democrats' Tax Increase Bill.  Congressional Democrats this week finally unveiled the legislative text of the largest tax increase in more than 50 years.  It weighs in at more than 880 pages, so it's no wonder they have attempted to keep the details of the so-called "Build Back Better Act" under wraps.  Whenever the government spends money, it spends somebody else's money — that is to say, a lot of your hard-earned money.  With more than $2 trillion in tax increases, the bill is more than four times Obamacare's $500 billion in tax hikes.  Those tax increases are meant to fund a costly and controversial spending agenda meant to reshape the American economy and permanently expand government control over many aspects of people's lives.  The goal of the liberal proposal is to put more of the economy's resources under the control of politicians and bureaucrats, rather than the private sector.

Socialism Be Not Proud.  [Scroll down]  As its name suggests, the purported goal of communism is to engineer an egalitarian paradise where there is no need for government or police or leaders of any ilk, and everyone lives in perfect commie-cola harmony.  But the student of history finds two curious things about communism in practice.  First, to achieve such a sublime state of being, citizens must first be forcibly stripped of their hard-earned private property — and a great many their lives, it appears (see Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot).  Second, the leaders of the successful revolution are never eager to abdicate the power they have seized to make way for this ever-elusive heaven-on-earth (see Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot).

Liberal groups prod Dems to raise taxes to pay for racial justice agenda.  The NAACP and 27 other liberal groups on Thursday warned Democratic leaders not to back off of plans for higher taxes because higher taxes would improve racial justice.  The groups, which included the Movement for Black Lives and the National Immigration Law Center, made their case for large tax hikes on corporations and the wealthy in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic chairmen of the House and Senate's tax committees.  "We write to make clear how important it is to communities of color that Congress enact a robust budget reconciliation package of at least $3.5 trillion in investments in our communities funded through fairer taxes on the rich and corporations," they wrote.  "This legislation would advance racial equity by narrowing racial income and wealth gaps, as well as by funding these long-overdue investments."

[The] Democrat party [is] the gravest threat to the Republic.  There was a time when the two-party system functioned for America, a time when the Democrat party was patriotic and offered a viable alternative to the GOP. A time when we could agree to disagree about the relative size of government, and various marginal policy issues.  The Democrat party once featured the likes of Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson, and JFK.  That time is long gone.  As are any principles and scruples the party may have had.  It now vehemently disagrees with virtually all the founding principles of the nation.  No longer does it purport to believe in limited government, of, by, and for the people.  It believes in unlimited government, of, by, and for those in government.  It does everything it can to undermine the rule of law and equality under law.  Democrats are summarily assaulting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  They are attacking each of the Ten Amendments, including the right to free speech, and the right to protect oneself.  And now, even the right to control over one's own body.

One-Party Rule:  When Corruption and Radicalism Collide.  New York and California are glaring examples of one-party rule gone bad, resulting in tyrannies of the hard left.  They are also contrasts of how the populace in one state is impotent to reject corrupt, one-party rule and how the populace of the other has availed itself of a constitutional pressure valve, the recall petition, for political self-correction.  Each state demonstrates the extreme dangers of one-party rule recognized 250 years ago by America's Founders and addressed by the U.S. Constitution through federalism at the national level. [...] Californians exercised their constitutional right to recall the unpopular Governor Gavin Newsom.  The September 14 election will determine whether Newsom stays or is replaced by a Republican, most likely talk-show host Larry Elder.  The reasons why Californians are giving Newsom an up or down vote are several:  huge encampments of the homeless, gasoline prices at $5 a gallon, fires raging, water scarce, drug use rampant, and schools among the worst in the nation.  Newsom also grossly mismanaged COVID shutdowns, hurting many small businesses.

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Biden Promising to Lean on Moderates to Pass 'Voting Rights,' Filibuster 'Reform' Bills.  Joe Biden is telling Democratic leaders in the House and Senate that he will lean on moderate Democrats in order to force passage of change to the Senate's filibuster. [...] Biden and the Democrats want a "carve-out" for the electoral power grab known as the "For the People Act."  It would allegedly be a one-time exception to the filibuster and allow for a straight up-or-down vote on the bill, which Democrats mischaracterize as a "voting rights" bill.  Both Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have publicly come out against altering the filibuster and both have expressed doubts about the voter bill without substantial changes.  But Biden apparently believes his powers of persuasion will work on them and other centrist Democrats.

The Biden Administration Announces an End to Its Legislative Agenda.  Effectively, the Biden Administration is signaling to all parties involved that it no longer has any interest in attempting to get legislation through Congress.  Instead, it will simply fight through the use of executive actions that are almost certainly going to be challenged in the courts and fail.  They cannot get even the most basic parts of their agenda through Congress.  Biden himself is so underwater in the polling and in the eyes of his peers that he has no political clout to speak of.  His policies are being stopped by Joe Manchin, a member of his own party, who is more concerned with his voters and his re-election chances than he is pushing the party's agenda.  And that, by the way, is a clear sign that the Democratic Party, not the Republican Party, is falling apart at the seams.  When your party is in power, you have some leeway to push the party agenda even if your voters don't like it.  But if you can't even get a single piece of your legislative agenda through Congress because of a member of your own party, you're in serious trouble.

Biden's $3.5 Trillion 'Infrastructure' Plan Includes Massive Attacks on U.S. Energy Producers.  The American Petroleum Institute and others are sounding the alarm about hidden provisions in the Democrats' massive infrastructure bill.  The $3.5 trillion bill includes a great deal of spending that has nothing to do with infrastructure, and. according to the API, it also includes pernicious attacks on U.S. energy producers.  That's included in the bill's latest mark-up.  The energy-related provisions take direct aim at production on federal leases, which Biden already paused via executive order, but then lost on when several states took him to court.  The provisions in the so-called infrastructure bill go far beyond even what Biden's lease pause sought to accomplish, attacking the very viability of producing energy on federal lands.

Ron Klain: $3.5T Democrat Agenda 'Adds Nothing to the Debt — Nothing to the Debt'.  In the evenly divided Senate, Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia has made it clear, in writing, that he does not support the $3.5-trillion reconciliation bill, which contains massive new entitlement programs long favored by Democrats.  But Ron Klain, President Biden's chief of staff, told CNN on Sunday [9/5/2021] he believes the package will pass, despite Manchin's "strong views" on the price tag.  "We're going to work together to find a way to put together a package that can pass the House, that can pass the Senate, that can be put on the president's desk and signed into law," Klain told "State of the Union" with Dana Bash.

Judge Rejects Minneapolis Ballot Language on Policing.  A judge struck down ballot language Tuesday that aimed to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new agency, saying the wording was misleading and unworkable.  "The court finds that the current ballot language is vague, ambiguous and incapable of implementation, and is insufficient to identify the amendment clearly," Hennepin County District Judge Jamie Anderson wrote.  "It is unreasonable and misleading."  Anderson issued the order just ahead of a looming deadline for ballots to go to the printer.  The proposed amendment to the city charter, approved by the City Council last month, would have asked voters whether to replace the police force with a new but mostly undefined Department of Public Safety that takes a "comprehensive public health approach" and "may include" police officers.  It would have removed a mandate that the city have a police department and provide at least minimum staffing levels based on population.  The council instead of the mayor would control the new entity.  The proposal had its roots in the "defund the police" movement that gained steam after last summer's police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Biden admin is starting to get serious about border security ... in Tajikistan.  While our border is experiencing a historic surge of illegal immigrants (but I've been told its racist to try to keep them out), we're busy building border facilities in a Soviet-bloc nation to protect them from the terrorists that just got a nation and $85 billion in military goodies from us.

Job No. 1 for GOP: Try to stop Bernie's $3.5 trillion monstrosity.  How radical is the Democrats' $3.5 trillion monstrous spending bill?  Well, it's not only the single most expensive legislation in American history, it may well be the most far-reaching expansion of the welfare state as well.  Democrats have crammed pieces of virtually every one of their agenda items into the bill, including implementing parts of Green New Deal, amnesty for illegal immigrants, expanding Medicare and funding union bailouts.  It is also the first American budget bill authored by a socialist.  If Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders gets his way, Democrats will have spent $5 trillion this year alone — more than all the money American outlays for World War II, even after adjusting the cost for inflation.

The case for impeachment.  Article II also obligates the President to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." These include the immigration laws.  Article IV requires the federal government to protect every state against invasion.  Clearly, by opening the southern border, President Biden has failed to faithfully execute the immigration laws, to fulfill his constitutional duty to protect the states against invasion or to protect the health and safety of our citizens.  The political rationale for opening the border to Central Americans is to change the demographics of the country to bolster the rolls of Democrat voters.  Many states do not require citizenship as a requirement for voter registration, and several automatically register people to vote when they are issued a drivers' license.  Cubans, however, are unwelcome, presumably because they tend to vote Republican.  More than a million aliens have entered illegally since Biden took office.  Many who cross illegally carry COVID, or are members of criminal gangs, bringing fentanyl, heroin, meth, or children trafficked into sexual slavery.  It is outrageous that a President would sacrifice the health and safety of his citizens to solidify his Party's grip on power.

Yes, the 2020 election was stolen.  Since taking office in January, they have enabled an unprecedented tidal wave of illegal aliens, many COVID-positive, to freely enter the U.S. They have presided over an explosion of violent crime from coast to coast directly caused by Democrat policies like "defunding the police," releasing incarcerated violent offenders and refusing to prosecute rioters, arsonists and shoplifters.  They've reversed Trump's unemployment gains and energy self-sufficiency, seriously inflated the nation's currency by creating trillions of new dollars to fund astronomically expensive socialist spending programs, and weaponized COVID-19 to keep Americans fearful, insecure, poor and dependent on government handouts.  They are even forcing America's children to wear masks all day at school, even though children face virtually zero risk from the virus, while masks cause proven harm, both physically and psychologically.  Biden and Harris have prioritized recruiting transgenders into the military while mandating the nation's armed forces be force-fed anti-American "critical race theory" to make them hate the country they're sworn to defend.  Internationally, Biden and Harris have projected shocking weakness to America's adversaries, from China to Russia to Iran, all of which predictably are becoming ever bolder in threatening their neighbors — and the U.S.

Not Incompetence:  Afghanistan and Globalism.  Democrats found the perfect puppet to happily sit in the Oval Office and lie and deceive with total ease.  In the first two weeks of Biden's presidency, he signed 28 executive orders to reassure international globalists and erase anything Trump had done.  The goal was to bring back trust and confidence in the promises American globalists have given international fellow globalists, especially China.  The message was "we're back in charge," and "never mind the four-year Trump glitch; we'll erase it from history by impeaching him twice."  Now they must rush to eliminate America's borders to pave the way for accomplishing the implementation of "Region 1." [...] Globalist's "Region 2" is coming along well.  Which region will fall to the globalist plan next?  Will it be Taiwan, given to China?  After giving Russia the pipeline, what's next?  Ukraine?  The actions of socialist-globalist Democrats speak for themselves, and no, they are not incompetent; rather, they are deceptive.  They're hell-bent on executing their globalist dreams without debate, elections, or transparency.  They are reckless with the future of America and determined to move with a historically proven failed plan with no guarantees from tyrannical nations who are happy to be given a weakened America without borders.

Why Do Media Fact Checkers Keep Ignoring This Biden Big Lie?  At a press briefing on Tuesday [8/24/2021] that was ostensibly about the unfolding disaster in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden opened his remarks by touting the $3.5 trillion spending disaster that Democrats are trying to ram through in Washington.  Biden has spun a web of lies to defend both. [...] That phrase — "transform America" — ought to scare Americans.  After all, what exactly does Biden want to transform the world's biggest, most prosperous, most free nation into?  An inflation-riddled, welfare-dependent, socialist basket case?  That's what the $3.5 trillion plan, which includes a massive expansion in federal entitlements and government meddling, is trying to achieve.  Then Biden went on to repeat the biggest of his Big Lies about the economy, one that media fact-checkers — too exhausted, apparently, from years spent fact-checking every utterance of President Donald Trump's — keep missing.  "When I became president," he said, "it was clear that we had to confront an immediate economic crisis — the most significant recession we've had since the Depression, or at least since Johnson."  Biden knows that's not true.  Reporters covering the White House ought to know that's not true.  The public deserves to know that it is a bald-faced lie.

Democratic-led House authorizes $3.5 trillion of spending as national debt climbs to $29 trillion.  The Democratic-led House on Tuesday [8/24/2021] authorized $3.5 trillion of spending in a party-line vote, as the national debt climbs to a record $29 trillion.  The final vote was 220-212.  Of the members voting, 96 lawmakers submitted proxy letters to allow them to cast their votes remotely under a system the House adopted at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.  Using budget reconciliation allowed Democrats to bypass the filibuster in the Senate and push through the $3.5 trillion resolution without votes from Republicans in the 50-50 Senate.  Democrats adopted the same strategy to pass the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which was the second largest stimulus bill in U.S. history.  The resolution authorizes $3.5 trillion in spending on new programs like universal pre-K, tuition free community college, support for child care, Medicaid expansion, legal status for certain categories of illegal immigrants and other provisions.  The formal legislative language of the reconciliation bill has not been drafted yet.

Biden's crimes.  Where is Congress?  Biden has blown up the reputation of the US and proven that he and his band of milquetoasts are wholly without decency, ethics, and any sense of morality.  This is a bad bunch of people who have taken Obama's intent to bring America down a peg and doubled down.  They are orchestrating our defeat which, given what he has surrendered to the Taliban/Al Qaeda/ ISIS, may lead to our destruction.  So, why are the men and women of Congress not standing together demanding that these treasonous tools of China be removed from office immediately?  Who do they represent if not the American people?  Biden is putting their families at risk along with the rest of us.  Biden's clumsy and lethal withdrawal from Afghanistan proves, once and for all, his malevolence.  He opened the southern border to all comers on the first day of his administration.  He is hosting an invasion, welcoming migrants with covid, syphilis, AIDS, TB, and probably many more diseases, some long ago eradicated in the US.  They are gang members, cartel employees, and sex traffickers and of course there are innocents among them.  Biden is preventing the deportation of all of them.  This can only be a calculated plan to infect Americans with covid and other communicable diseases and the crime that will surely infect their communities.  And now he is vowing to bring tens of thousands of Afghani refugees to our cities and towns.

The Real Reason Democratic 'Moderates' Are Revolting Over the Biden-Pelosi Agenda.  The moderates don't trust Pelosi to keep her word on passing the bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill that passed the Senate two weeks ago at the same time as the House agrees to consider the budget bill.  It's a delicate dance that Pelosi is trying to choreograph, with the radicals not trusting her to deliver on the massive budget bill and the moderates not trusting her to keep her word on voting for the infrastructure deal.  Indeed, if the massive spending bill is passed by the House, many of the radicals wouldn't see the need for an infrastructure bill.  Conversely, the moderates don't want to be stuck voting for the hyperpartisan spending bill without the infrastructure bill.  It would be the kiss of death in swing districts, and it would be a major selling point for any of their Republican opponents.  Both groups feel they've been doublecrossed before.  Now, it's degenerated into a trillion-dollar game of chicken.

Afghanistan eats Joe and Nancy's pork.  On the night before Afghanistan collapsed, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and all the bigfoot Democrats were in the catbird seat.  Their $4.5-trillion stimulus package was in the bag with both houses of Congress, and all that was left was the vote.  Now things have changed. [...] The $1-trillion "infrastructure" bill, along with its Bernie Sanders-crafted $3.5-trillion "reconciliation" bill, are falling apart fast.  The Associated Press is making no bones about it.  Nancy Pelosi is begging her own moderates to play ball, and time is running out.  Nine Democrats are vowing to withhold votes, likely because they are hearing from voters, and Pelosi can afford to lose only three.

Overnight Nancy Pelosi Changes House Rules to Pass Green New Deal $3.5 Trillion Spending Package While Everyone Distracted by Afghanistan.  If you remember how Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi forced former Representative Bart Stupak and the 19 Blue Dog democrats to cave on the Obamacare construct in 2010, then you have a solid reference point for what Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are doing right now.  As you are reading this Nancy Pelosi has pulled together her leadership group overnight to change the House rules for legislative passage of the $3.5 trillion Green New Deal spending package under the auspices of "infrastructure."  This $3.5 trillion spending bill is in addition to the $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that came from the Senate, and... she is using the $2 trillion budget package as the carrier for a slick "Deem and Pass" maneuver.  As we have seen before, right now Pelosi is changing the House rules to have a single vote on the current budget proposal which will include a 'deem and pass' provision that adds the $3.5 trillion Green New Deal spending package to it.

Nancy Pelosi will probably bow to far left to push $3.5 trillion in spending.  Nearly 20 Senate Republicans have foolishly signed on to a bipartisan bill with $550 billion in new infrastructure spending.  By contrast, Democrats must go it alone to pass the American Families Plan, their $3.5 trillion package of welfare spending and all sorts of other goodies.  Dems are trying to cram the plan through the budget reconciliation process as the House reconvenes Monday morning [8/23/2021].  The $3.5 trillion plan still faces some hurdles in clearing Senate rules, under which budget bills are only supposed to contain spending, taxes and other things related to them — not new laws.  Sen. Mitch McConnell is also pledging a vote against raising the federal debt ceiling if Democrats forge ahead with the $3.5 trillion in spending on their own.  But the minority leader can't actually stop the Democrats if they are united.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Funds Removing Carbon Dioxide From the Air.  If the driver of climate change is too much carbon dioxide, then one solution would be to remove that gas from the air.  The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the Senate on Aug. 10 includes massive investments in direct air capture technologies to do just that.  These technologies have elicited interest from the private sector and other governments as well as continued skepticism from some quarters.  Alongside $2.5 billion to develop commercial carbon sequestration and transportation, as well as billions more in related spending, the bill allocates $3.5 billion from 2022 through 2026 to create four regional direct air capture hubs, which are intended to help curb greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by taking in air and removing carbon dioxide from it.  According to the bill, the hubs will be a network of air capture systems along with infrastructure for transporting and sequestering carbon dioxide, unspecified subsurface resources, and possible off-takers for carbon dioxide utilization.  Each network will be expected to capture and handle at least 1 million metric tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year.

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[#1] The article above starts out with If, and the rest of the article — and 3½ billion dollars in wasteful spending — is based on the rash presupposition that CO2 is harmful, which it isn't.  Water vapor plays a far greater role in the greenhouse effect than carbon dioxide does.  Let's see you squeeze all the water vapor out of the air first!  [#2] Where are they going to stash all that CO2?  What happens when a pipe ruptures and all that CO2 escapes?  Bhopal.  The giant cloud of CO2 will stay close to the ground and silently asphyxiate everybody in its path.  (CO2 is harmless when it's only .04 percent of the ambient air, but it's not harmless at 100 percent.)  [#3] Carbon dioxide is plant food.  It is not a pollutant.  It is supposed to be in the atmosphere.  It is not a threat.  [#4] China has no use for this foolishness, and the industrial activity in China this week will negate everything this project accomplishes in the next 100 years.  [#5] The mass of the atmosphere is about 5.15×10^18 kg.  The carbon dioxide content is .04 percent, which would be 2.06×10^15 kg.  That's two trillion metric tons of CO2.  To reduce that amount by one tenth of one percent would require the extraction and sequestration of two billion tons of CO2.  The factory described in the article above could easily do that, in only two thousand years!  And where would all this carbon dioxide be stored?  What country has enough spare energy (i.e., electric power, probably derived from the combustion of coal) to operate the machinery to remove that much CO2 from the atmosphere?  [#6] Who decides what is the Goldilocks amount of CO2 in the atmosphere?  The people in charge of this project should set a target amount like 390 parts per million and quit when they get there — which they won't.

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The Drossy Touch of Joe Biden.  Biden is nothing much at all.  He's just a cardboard-cut out, a garden-variety Democratic Party hack, who is against anything conservatives are for.  He assumes he will undo all that Trump did, on the theory it is simple and easy for him in his lazy, senior moments.  And he is tired anyway of thinking much beyond such Pavlovian rejectionism.  A closed border is bad; presto, open borders are good.  Improving race relations is bad; deteriorating relations must be good.  Energy independence bad; dependency good.  Biden works on autopilot in his minimalist day job:  just cancel anything that Trump did and worry nothing about the effects on the American people.

A Call to Action.  [Scroll down]  Independents and moderates don't like this any more than we do.  They understand that Democrats destabilize our democracy when they flout the law, disregard the Constitution, or defund the police.  They see the hypocrisy in opening the border with no restrictions for COVID, criminality, or skills, yet closing it to Cubans or Afghans escaping real persecution.  They fear being silenced by the Army of the Woke or petty authoritarians using COVID to curtail their freedoms.  They're revolted by demands to end racism with racism and nullify all of education and history, achievement and progress in the name of white supremacy and privilege.  They justifiably recoil when activists co-opt their children's mental health with fanciful notions that something humankind has always taken for granted, is a choice along an ever-changing gender continuum.

Dems Intro Bill Banning Unvaxxed Americans From Flying.  Democratic Congressman Ritchie Torres unveiled a legislative effort to ban Americans opting to not get vaccinated against COVID-19 from taking domestic and international flights.  The New York Congressman sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lobbying the agencies to only allow Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 on domestic and international flights.  He introduced a complementary bill in the House necessitating that "any individual traveling on a flight that departs from or arrives to an airport inside the United States or a territory of the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19."  It has since been referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, where he serves as the Vice-Chair.  "The TSA never allows people to enter planes or airports with a weapon, and the delta variant is a weapon," Torres remarked.  "It is a threat to everyone in an airport and everyone on a plane," he added in defense of the bill.

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Why would he say, "the delta variant is a weapon?"  Who is using it as a weapon?  As recently as a year ago, if you had said Covid-19 was a weapon, you would have been ostracized, or worse.

Where The Sun Don't Shine:  Climate Alarmists' Thinking.  "We're building," reads the headline of an op-ed written by Sen. Bernie Sanders for the British Guardian, "Congress' strongest-ever climate bill."  Why?  "Because the planet is in peril." [...] Backed by nothing more than a bloated certitude, the Vermont socialist declares "the planet will face enormous and irreversible damage" if "the United States, China and the rest of the world do not act extremely aggressively to cut carbon emissions." [...] Human CO2 emissions, in the febrile minds of Sanders and other members of the climate doomsday cult, is responsible for a nearly uncountable number of ills:  hotter temperatures, more potent storms, wildfires, melting ice caps and glaciers, armed conflict, migration, poverty, famine, drought, floods, species extinction, weeds, pests ... and a host of conditions and events so absurd no half-rational person would ever think of them.  Virulent though it might be, Trump Derangement Syndrome is hardly the mental health menace that Carbon Obsession Disorder has been for decades[.]  Occasionally alarmists will point out that methane is a greenhouse gas.  Yet their fixation has long been on CO2.  But let's be clear:  Other factors impact climate and temperature, and few can match the power of the sun (which Democrats should be confident in, since they worship at the altar of the solar panel).

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[#1] Carbon dioxide is not carbon.  Carbon dioxide is plant food.  It is not a pollutant.  There is no "climate emergency."  The planet is not "in peril."  [#2]  If you're waiting for "China and the rest of the world... to cut carbon [dioxide] emissions," you're simply out of luck, because China has ambitious plans, and those plans apparently involve a lot of electric power, since they're rapidly expanding the number of coal-fired power plants in their country.  Obviously, they couldn't care less about carbon dioxide, even though their politicians are way off to the left of America's socialist Democrats.  Any action taken by the U.S. to curtail CO2 emissions will only damage the U.S. economy (which appears to be the socialists' goal) unless China does the same.

Are We in a Revolution and Don't Even Know It?  [Scroll down]  Another revolutionary crackpot idea was ending nuclear power and fossil fuels and replacing them with wind and solar generation that would power our homes and our new envisioned national fleet of electric cars.  No one quite believed the revolutionary Left would be so suicidal as to spike the energy costs of the middle class, make the United States dependent again on imported oil from the autocratic Middle East and Russia, and strangle the oil and gas industry that had enriched America.  But without much debate, Joe Biden has cancelled the huge ANWR oil and gas project in Alaska.  He shut down the Keystone Pipeline and destroyed Alberta's export of oil to the United States.  He nixed all new fossil fuel leases on federal lands.  He discouraged frackers from using their full inventory of rigs.  As gasoline heads to $5 a gallon, Joe Biden, in the months before the next midterm elections, asks OPEC to send us its hated carbon fuel to help our addicted, but suddenly furious, commuter-voters.

Democrat Strategist Says Dems Needs to Steamroll Their Agenda While They Still Can.  Things just keep getting worse and worse for Joe Biden, and his poll numbers are starting to take a hit.  Both the RealClearPolitics average and the FiveThirtyEight average have his job approval below 50 percent — and that's before all polls have taken into account what's happened in Afghanistan. [...] Historically speaking, the party in power typically loses seats in the midterm elections, and Biden's missteps aren't helping Democrat prospects.  But the embarrassing debacle in Afghanistan seems poised to hurt the Democrats even more, and one Democrat strategist thinks it's time for the Democrats to steamroll their agenda through Congress while they still have a majority.

House Democrats push voting bill that aims to upend Supreme Court decisions.  House Democrats are poised to pass a sweeping election bill that would reestablish provisions of the Voting Rights Act the Supreme Court has already struck down in an effort to advance voting reforms that have repeatedly stalled on Capitol Hill.  On Tuesday [8/17/2021], Alabama Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell introduced the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, or H.R. 4, against the backdrop of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, where famous protest marches occurred in March 1965.  The bill's namesake, who died last year, marched in Selma alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  It was part of Democratic attempts to wrap the legislation in the language and urgency of the original Voting Rights Act, which passed during the Civil Rights era to combat actively discriminatory practices still in use in some Southern states.  However, in the decades since its passage, the Supreme Court has declared several of its provisions unconstitutional.

The Incoherent Biden Administration.  Once in a while during the Obama Administration some people liked to say that a re-run of the Carter presidency was a best-case scenario, but that is really coming true under President Biden. [...] See if you can work out any consistency in these positions:
  •   The current burst of inflation is only "transitory" they tell us, but we need to give a permanent 25 percent boost in benefits for Food Stamp recipients.
  •   We need to stop producing and transporting fossil fuels here at home, but please, pretty please OPEC and Russia, will you pump more oil out of the ground to help us keep our gasoline prices down?  (No thanks, they have said so far.)  Related:  Canada's Keystone pipeline must be stopped because it is a threat to the planet, but by all means let's bless Russia's huge gas pipeline to Germany.  Remind me again why people thought Trump was in the pocket of the Russians?
  •   This last point—on the contradictions of Biden's energy and climate policies—is not lost on environmentalists, and they are not happy.

Levin: Biden operating 'the most diabolical presidency and Democratic Party probably since slavery'.  President Biden is engineering the "most diabolical presidency and most diabolical Democratic Party, probably since slavery," former Reagan Justice Department chief of staff Mark Levin said Sunday on "Life, Liberty & Levin."  Hosting guests Stephen Moore and Stephen Miller, Levin called the sudden "Marxist" lurch of the federal government a "massive de-growth movement dress[ed] up as climate change and the Green New Deal."  He added that congressional Democrats with Biden's blessing seek to permanently transform America from a capitalist model to one that is far to the left by ushering in "American Marxism" through massive legislative bills disguised as "infrastructure" and "voting rights."  Combined, he said, the Democrats seek to nullify the opposition Republican Party and control all levers of power in a way not seen in over 150 years.

Biden Can't Stand Prosperity.  A new Fox News poll shows that 59 percent of registered Democrats have a positive view of socialism.  It's little wonder that our "moderate" president has lurched so far to the left.  He's just appeasing his base.  Biden would deny that, of course, yet the Big Government programs he and his congressional accomplices are pushing reek of socialism.  It's no coincidence that we are already experiencing a classic feature of that failed economic system — accelerating inflation.  Aggregate inflation during the Trump years averaged 1.9 percent.  It has now reached 5.4 percent according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report.  That spike was driven by a whopping 23.8 percent increase in energy prices.  Biden's war on U.S. energy production and incontinent spending, which he and congressional Democrats very much want to sustain with pork-filled infrastructure bills, has many Americans genuinely worried.

American Jobs Bill:  Fantasy, Fiasco.  The American Jobs Plan (AJP), AKA The Infrastructure Investment And Jobs Act, is a proposal by U.S. president Joe Biden to spend $2+ trillion on U.S. infrastructure over eight years. [...] The bill lacks a conceptual and logical foundation.  It is a hybrid of types of legislation from the Progressive Era of American history, elements of New Deal thinking, and has some ideas taken from the pathetic stimulus package with its nonexistent "shovel ready" jobs during the Obama years.  U.S. government intensification of control of the railroads in this proposed legislation is an updating of the thinking that led to the creation of the ICC in 1887, whereby railroad rates and later wages came under U.S. government oversight.  By the way, in 1995, the ICC was replaced by the Surface Transportation Board, which now has regulatory authority over intercity buses, pipeline carriers, and interstate moving as well as railroads.  This is further evidence that when governmental authority is enhanced, over time, its purview and authority become broader and broader.

Schumer Gloats Amnesty Vehicle Reconciliations Budget Bill is New Global Transformational Move.  ALIPAC.us is calling on American activists to phone US Senate offices to oppose the plan to break Senate rules by inserting immigration reform Amnesty legislation, and other non-germane issues into the reconciliation budget bill. [...] ALIPAC contends that Schumer is willing to break Senate rules by inserting language not germane to the budget because Democrats want to pass Amnesty for illegal immigrants and perhaps other unpopular provisions with only 50 votes instead of the 60 needed to surpass a filibuster.  "Every American should be outraged and on the phones to Senators demanding they abandon this unscrupulous skullduggery designed to give Amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, who in turn are expected to give Democrats super-majorities in US elections and elected bodies," said William Gheen, Spokesman of ALIPAC.us.  "Chuck Schumer just spilled the beans by letting everyone who pays attention know that the true goal of the 50 vote reconciliation budget bill is to transform America into a globalist controlled region!"

Report: Pelosi May "Sacrifice" Vulnerable Democrats to Advance the Liberal Swamp Agenda.  According to a new report, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may "sacrifice" vulnerable Democrats in the House by cutting their campaigning short so that she could advance far-left Democrat agendas.  Politicians in the month of August are rewarded with a "recess" which is usually used as campaigning time however Speaker Pelosi seems to have a different plan this time around.  With Democrats holding a slim majority in the House and their hopes of keeping that majority fading, Pelosi reportedly wants to cut the House's recess short so that they can push through far-left agendas.

Democrat Budget Includes $107 Billion Amnesty for Illegal Aliens.  The framework for a $3.5 trillion Democrat budget resolution includes plans to provide amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the United States via the filibuster-proof reconciliation process.  On Monday [8/9/2021], Senate Democrats unveiled the budget framework, which includes a series of instructions for various Senate committees to craft specific plans.  As such, the framework instructs the Senate Judiciary Committee to spend $107 billion in American taxpayer money on amnesty for illegal aliens.  The language of the framework is vague, asking the Judiciary Committee members to give "lawful permanent status for qualified immigrants."  Those who would qualify for such an amnesty remain unclear.  The cost of the amnesty to taxpayers is just slightly lower than Senate Budget Committee chairman Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) amnesty plan, which was projected to cost $150 billion.

Another Inflation Record Gets Broken as Biden's Senility Hits Home.  I'd like to say that I had good news to report today regarding the inflation we were assured would be temporary by the powers that be.  Unfortunately, it's only accelerating, with middle-class families seeing the entirety of the past several years' wage growth wiped out over the course of a few months.  Today, the record for the year-over-year increase in producer cost inflation was set at 7.8% and there's no end in sight.  That breaks the previous record which was set in June of this year. [...] What was Joe Biden's response to this?  Well, he took to the teleprompter to let it be known that his "build back better" policies were actually lowering costs.  It's like he's on another planet.

No to a debt ceiling increase.  Sometimes when you go into a store with expensive merchandise on the shelves, you will see a sign that says, "You break it, you buy it."  That's a good slogan for the Republicans as they continue to battle the Left's economically catastrophic quest to bankrupt our country by authorizing some $6 trillion of new spending.  This is the economic theory that if the ship is sailing toward an iceberg, best to speed up.  Under the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer plan, the national debt, which is already nearly $30 trillion and well above the warning sign of 100% of our gross domestic product, would soar to close to $50 trillion in 10 years.  A new study by FreedomWorks shows that the debt under the Democratic plan could rise to 200% of GDP over the next decade — almost twice as high as any previous time in our nation's history.  This debt explosion will happen even though Democrats are also planning one of American history's most significant tax increases.

Senate passes framework of $3.5T budget reconciliation package in party-line vote.  The Senate voted early Wednesday [8/11/2021] to pass the framework of the hotly contested, $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package after a nearly 15-hour-long vote-a-rama in Washington, D.C., and if there was any camaraderie on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, it seemed to have taken a holiday after this vote.  The vote was procedural and the initial step in the budget reconciliation process that could eventually allow Democrats to pass the package without a single Republican vote.  The vote on Wednesday was 50-49, and straight down party lines.  Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said the resolution paves the way "for legislation that would redefine the very role of the federal government in the lives of average Americans, all under a 50-50 Senate, a razor-thin majority in the House, and a President who was elected on moderation."

11 Notable Topics in Senate Vote-a-Rama on Spending $3.5 Trillion.  In forcing through a $3.5 trillion spending bill that includes portions of the Green New Deal and lays the groundwork to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, Senate Democrats killed numerous Republican amendments that would promote energy independence, reopen classrooms, and rein in the IRS.  The massive spending bill passed on a 50-49 vote along party lines. [...]

Democratic-led Senate OKs more than $4 trillion of spending in less than 24 hours.  The Democratic-led Senate voted to authorize more than $4 trillion of federal spending in less than 24 hours between Tuesday [8/10/2021] and Wednesday morning.  The Senate passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which includes $517 billion in new spending and a reauthorization of funding from the highway bill, at 11:17 am on Tuesday.  The Senate moved to debate on the Democrats' filibuster-proof $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation proposal.  The framework for the plan authorizing that level of federal spending passed in a 50-49 vote early Wednesday morning at 3:50 am.  The reconciliation bill includes new spending programs related to tuition free community college, universal pre-K, support for child care and Medicaid expansion.  It contains tax increases such as a corporate tax rate hike to pay for part of the bill.  Once the proposal is turned into formal legislative language, it will be put up for a final vote on the Senate floor.  It can pass with every Democratic senators' vote plus Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote.

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Why Does Joe Biden Want to Kill Our Oil and Gas?  In 31 U.S. states the oil and gas industry, directly and indirectly, supported at least 100,000 jobs in each during 2019.  Texas alone had 2.5 million jobs supported by the industry, and California had over 1 million jobs attributable to the industry.  The share of employment supported by the oil and natural gas industry (including direct, indirect and induced impacts) in each state ranges from 2.6 percent in the District of Columbia to 16.7 percent in Oklahoma.  [Map]  Over the last decade, U.S. natural gas production increased by about 60 percent and oil production doubled.  Despite the push by the federal government and a growing number of states to transition to electric vehicles and renewable energy sources, demand for oil is expected to continue to increase through 2050, according to the Energy Information Administration in its Annual Energy Outlook 2021.  This is because it represents over 90 percent of the U.S. transportation sector and is used in over 6000 products essential for modern life.  All of our food, and virtually every good Americans depend upon for living are transported to them by the use of oil.


Biden's radical remaking of America.  Senate Democrats released a 92-page outline of President Joe Biden's agenda Monday morning [8/9/2021].  It is nothing short of a blueprint for a far-left, radical remaking of the United States.  Weighing in at a supposed $3.5 trillion, the Democratic spending plan pushes mothers into full-time jobs with a childcare plan that ignores mothers who want to work at home or part-time.  It punishes married couples with an extended child tax credit that is worth more to single parents.  It creates a universal prekindergarten program, despite convincing evidence from Canada that such programs are harmful to children.  It pumps up a failing higher education system instead of investing in trade schools.  And it raises taxes on working people through a new carbon tax while cutting taxes for rich Democrats in wealthy coastal states.  This legislation is designed to punish those who want to live a traditional way of life and reward those who live a progressive lifestyle.  Worse, it tries to change the very definition of who is American by giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S.

As 'The Squad' Threatens To Tank Infrastructure, Pelosi Is Trying To Hold Back A Full-Blown Civil War.  Progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives, led by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are threatening to blow up a bipartisan infrastructure agreement if the Senate does not pass a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.  Ocasio-Cortez claimed on Sunday [8/8/2021] that she had "more than enough" votes to tank the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman introduced last Monday.  Sinema pledged on July 28 not to "support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion," leading Ocasio-Cortez to imply that she deliberately created an all-white group of senators to negotiate the package.

Is Our Ruling Class Smart, Dumb, or Really Dumb?  [Scroll down]  The Biden U-Turn on the COVID rent moratorium and the student loan relief extension and the continued unemployment bonuses suggest Option Two:  trying to keep ahead of the peaceful protesters.  If I were Mr. Big I would be saying to my aides that the longer these handouts continue the harder it will be to eliminate them.  This is because the longer the checks go out the more people will adjust their lives around the monthly check and be really angry if it ever goes away.  See, if I were president I would be trying to get the economy back to normal as soon as possible, because I would be worried that all the handouts would distort the economy, and unleash inflation, asset bubbles, and recessions that would wreck my presidency. [...] That's what I'd be thinking, for all that I'm no genius.

Society, Not Socialism.  Socialism is the single greatest mechanism for dehumanizing the world's population the world has ever known.  This takeover of society by government is what has led us to the brink of disaster today.  By denying complex societies the chance to solve complex problems and instead insisting on one-size-fits-all solutions at every turn, our social system is on the verge of collapse.  Although it pretends otherwise, in its heart, socialism yearns for the king's prerogative.  Yet it is the king's prerogative that leads to arbitrary rule-making, social strife, and ultimately revolution.  By destroying society, the socialists have constructed a system that will cascade toward total collapse.  Once it does, it is up to us to pick up the pieces and rebuild society once again.

Nine Things to Know About Senate's $1.1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill.  The Senate unveiled its long-awaited $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday.  In a textbook example of Washington dysfunction, members and the public will only have a few days to review 2,702 pages of programs and provisions before it's voted on. [...] This package would be the largest tax-and-spend bill in the history of the world.  It would hike taxes on investment just when the economic recovery needs it most, seek to give amnesty to illegal immigrants, expand welfare benefits on a scale not seen in generations, and deliver the radical Green New Deal agenda.  While the bill's spending is focused on transportation, that doesn't mean Congress is making a smart investment.  On the contrary:  it adds as much new spending to modes like mass transit and Amtrak as it does for highways, even though buses and rail account for only a tiny fraction of travel.  Even the value of highway funding is hampered by wasteful set-asides:  $2 million per year for bee-friendly landscaping, $50 million per year to combat weeds, and expensive mandates that give unionized contractors a leg up on taxpayer-friendly, non-union shops.

CBO Says Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Would Add $256 Billion to Deficits.  Despite repeated claims by supporters that the bipartisan infrastructure package would be fully "paid for," the Congressional Budget Office on Thursday said the bill would actually add $256 billion to deficits.  The official scorekeeper of Congress wrote that, "over the 2021 [to] 2031 period, enacting Senate Amendment 2137 to H.R. 3684 would decrease direct spending by $110 billion, increase revenues by $50 billion, and increase discretionary spending by $415 billion.  On net, the legislation would add $256 billion to projected deficits over that period."

Independent Voters Have Absolutely No Reason to Support Biden, and the Polling Shows It.  [Scroll down]  The problem for Joe Biden now is that the voters who went with the supposed safer and saner bet are no longer sure of their vote.  The proof is in the numbers that came out earlier this week.  Biden currently stands at 53 percent approval, which is too close to that 50 percent mark this early in an administration.  Both Politico and The Hill, in reporting on the poll, point to COVID-19 as the primary concern, but as my colleague Brandon Morse mentioned in the above link, the economy very likely has something to do with it as well.  Not to mention the reporting we're seeing coming out of various school districts where the independent voters are parents who are rejecting far-left critical race theory in their childrens' schools, the teachers' unions fighting to keep schools closed, and many other far-left cultural battles the super progressives of the Democratic Party are very vocally pushing.

Whose Insurrection is it, Anyway?  With much of their radical legislation sent to the dustbin by a couple of stiff Democrat necks and a surprising Republican unanimity in the Senate, the clock is winding down to a Democrat bloodbath in the 2022 House elections.  In a panic, they have doubled down.  The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is the opening act and Trojan Horse for a budget reconciliation scheme to steal another $3.5 trillion from the taxpayers before the midterms.  That sticker price kisses the backsides of climate activists, offers free college, forces a paid family and medical leave program on every employer, and includes universal pre-school that allows critical race educators to get their hands on three- and four-year-olds.  Pelosi is back with her famous ObamaCare turn of phrase; to wit, it'll pass Senate muster by simple majority before anyone, save its progressive architects, have read a page.

Rashida Tlaib wants to give a pass to people who don't pay water, electricity or internet bills.  Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib is pushing for legislation that would let people who fail to pay their water, electricity or broadband bills off the hook.  "Cancel water, electricity and broadband debt," the Squad member tweeted Wednesday morning. "#StopTheShutoffs."  She changed her messaging Thursday afternoon — calling for a bailout instead of outright cancellation.

Biden to unveil stricter emissions standards for vehicles, exceeding Obama-era regulations.  President Biden will unveil sweeping new regulations on cars and trucks on Thursday, returning America over the next five years to the strict standards that the Obama administration had imposed but former President Trump walked back.  The proposed rules drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation would tighten emissions standards to be more in line with aggressive measures established by California in 2019, but which Mr. Trump had blocked.  On mileage rules, automakers also will be required to raise their average miles-per-gallon score of their fleets by 3.7% starting with the model year 2023, which would include cars sold next year.  That standard also had been proposed by California.

Exactly what Barack H. Obama would have done in his third term:
Biden's 'Infrastructure' Bill Includes Massive Slush Funds for Green Energy Boondoggles.  Remember when President Obama signed the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009? [...] Two years later, Obama lamented, "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected."  Obama's so-called infrastructure plan also included a bevy of hand-outs to politically connected "green" energy companies.  Does Solyndra ring a bell?  How about Beacon Power?  Or A123?  Abound Solar?  Ener1?  Unsurprisingly, many of those companies filed for bankruptcy, despite hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government. [...] Yet, President Biden, knowing full well how disastrous Obama's green energy "investments" turned out, is doubling down on even more government "investments" in so-called green energy.

Nine Things to Know About Senate's $1.1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill.  The Senate unveiled its long-awaited $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday.  In a textbook example of Washington dysfunction, members and the public will only have a few days to review 2,702 pages of programs and provisions before it's voted on.  Analysts from The Heritage Foundation have found a variety of flaws that should give pause to legislators in both chambers.

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Senate's trillion-dollar infrastructure bill would require alcohol monitors in all cars to prevent drunk driving and back seat alerts to stop hot car child deaths.  With health and safety provisions like alcohol monitors and technology to curb hot car child deaths, the Senate's 2,700-page infrastructure bill details extensive reforms beyond repairs to the country's roads and bridges.  The $1.2 trillion piece of legislation states that 'advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology must be standard equipment in all new passenger motor vehicles,' and that vehicles should be able to 'prevent or limit' operation if a driver is impaired.  It calls for a window of five to six years for the new standard to go into effect.  About 28 people die in the US every day in drunk driving crashes, according to the NHTSA — one person every 52 minutes.

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Drunk driving is a problem.  Tyranny is a bigger problem.

What is going on in this country?  As the Biden administration continues to peel away the accomplishments of his predecessor, what I hear most from family, friends, and social media posters is a fear that Democrats have become power-mad with their recent ascendancy to a majority position in the House and Senate.  They wonder if the current crop of radical officials is hell-bent on weakening, and ultimately destroying, the country that gave them those positions.  Beginning with reversing President Trump's southern border policies, which has led to an invasion of illegal aliens unprecedented in our history, to the shutdown of the Keystone pipeline, taking away our energy independence, and several other policy changes that adversely affect our safety and our economy, one has to suspect the motives of those in charge. [...] Moreover, as we watch in horror as potentially millions of migrants from all over the world walk casually into our country, Democrats will look us in the face and say things are getting better.

The America Second Agenda.  America Second.  That's the current administration's goal.  Almost immediately once "President" Biden was in office, crude oil and retail gasoline pricing went through the roof.  In a blatant, reckless, unthinking cave to the environmental/green lobby, the new administration canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, forfeiting thousands of good-paying, permanent union jobs in favor of enhancing their woke credentials in the eyes of radical progressives and the leftist media.  Then they withdrew permission to explore for oil in Alaska's ANWR region and canceled several exploratory licenses on federal lands.  Biden also rejoined the meaningless Paris Accords, further demonstrating that the new government is not interested in pursuing an energy independence policy that actually benefits America.  Along with canceling the fossil fuel industry as the very embodiment of anti-woke capitalistic conservatism, the administration wants to cancel or rescind any policy, legislation or Executive Order put in place by President Trump, simply because it was done by President Trump.

Bipartisan So-Called 'Infrastructure' Bill 2,700 Pages Long.  If the United States Senate votes this week on the bipartisan so-called "infrastructure" bill, it would be humanly impossible for any U.S. senator to read it before voting on it.  The text of a draft of the bill, obtained exclusively by Breitbart News from U.S. Senate sources not authorized to leak it, shows the plan is 2,701 pages long.  The text, which Breitbart News is publishing [elsew]here so the public can see what Congress is doing in secret, shows the plan is far more sprawling and expansive than GOP senators, who backed advancing it without text even existing, led their constituents to believe.

Bipartisan 'Infrastructure' Bill Doubles Annual Funding for Commission Run by Manchin's Wife.  The 2,700 pages of the so-called bipartisan "infrastructure" bill released Sunday night by Breitbart News show the commission Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) wife sits on will receive double the funding if passed, in a way to possibly ensure Manchin's swing vote to secure the bill.  The legislation was written in a way to greatly expand the funding and power for the Appalachian Regional Commission, where Gayle Manchin sits as the co-chair.

Biden's infrastructure bill doubles annual funding for commission run by Manchin's wife.  President Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure package is set to be a boon for the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat and key swing vote for the White House's agenda.  Mr. Biden's legislation, as written, greatly expands funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).  The federal agency, which is responsible for promoting economic development in the 13 states that make up Appalachia, is led by Mr. Manchin's wife, Gayle.  According to language included within the infrastructure bill, which was released Sunday night, the ARC is set to receive an additional billion dollars over the next four years.  The new funding is set to increase the agency's federal budget by more than 50% annually.

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Funk & Wagnall's Standard Dictionary of the English Language,
1964 International Edition, Volume One, page 548.


There's now another way to push back against mask mandates.  Democrats and other leftists believe that humankind is the worst parasite the earth has ever produced.  Every one of their green initiatives is intended to return to the world to a virginal state, without any consideration for human well-being.  Thanks to Democrats, fuel prices have shot up 30% since Biden entered the White House, dishwashers and washing machines don't clean the way they used to, you can't get plastic bags or straws in California, nuclear facilities that provide clean energy are being shut down, cities buy electric buses that quickly degrade, and car manufacturers are being pushed to produce only electric cars even though America's power grid cannot handle that and few people have the ability to break a trip for 45 minutes to an hour to "fill the tank."  The real giveaway that Democrats imagine a practically virgin earth, free from the human stain, is the utter disdain they have for people who dare to have children.

Democrats' Spending Could Cost Taxpayers $5.5 Trillion, Sen. Cynthia Lummis Says.  Democrats are trying to push both a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and another $3.5 trillion spending package through Congress.  Although the former provides funding for traditional infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, the other and larger package provides trillions of dollars for a laundry list of left-wing priorities, Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., says.  "They have fudged on other numbers within it, so it's probably more like [a] $5.5 trillion [bill]," Lummis says of the larger spending package.  "It is the Green New Deal.  It is new entitlement programs.  And it really is a terrifying, inflation-causing, big government-motivated spending bill."  If the U.S. government doesn't stop spending at such a rampant pace, the "best-case scenario is that our dollars will go less far," Lummis says, adding that the "worst-case scenario is that we put the dollar at risk as the world reserve currency."

Pelosi: Biden Doesn't Have Power to Forgive Student Loans.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says President Joe Biden doesn't have the legal authority to forgive federal student loans, in what appears to be a disagreement with other top Democrats.  For months, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has issued near-daily tweets insisting that Biden forgive all student loans.  But during a weekly press conference on July 28, Pelosi said Biden can only pause or delay student loan payments and can't unilaterally cancel them.  "He can postpone, he can delay, but he does not have that power," Pelosi told reporters.  "That would best be an act of Congress."  Schumer and other progressive Democrats have argued that Biden can forgive student loans using the same legal provision that former President Donald Trump used to delay payments on loans and interest starting in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Delaying payment on a loan is a long way from dismissing the loan altogether.  What part of the Constitution authorizes the Congress to cancel an entire class of private-sector loans?

Another Scheme To Enlarge An Already Bloated Federal Government.  If Democrats have their way, America will eventually form a Civilian Climate Corps that will hire and train people to save Earth from overheating.  It's exactly what we've come to expect from the party that is obsessed with being an unchallengeable ruling class rather than a participant in our republican style of government. [...] As usual, the Democrats are having a mind-racing fever dream.  In this one they are consumed by visions of spending billions of dollars that aren't theirs, and sending out swarms of climate zealots to harass, lecture, and hector Americans over their use of fossil fuels.  They're likely seeing themselves solidifying a voter bloc so grateful for the party's largess, and so indoctrinated by its growing socialist ideology, that it will help elect Democrats for generations.  Never underestimate how power hungry the party is, nor how determined the progressive wing that's driving its agenda is to transform the U.S. by perpetually adding layers of government control.

The Many Guises Of The Totalitarian Impulse.  Wouldn't it be nice and fair and simple if all the voting systems across the country were the same?  Wouldn't it be nice and fair and simple if every school in the nation were equally as good?  Wouldn't it be nice and fair and simple if everyone had access to robust and identical health care programs? [...] For each of the above notions — among countless others — have something important in common:  The need for centralization; that is, the need for a centralized power to determine and then enforce exactly what equal means.  And that requires people to wield that power.

Democrats' spending bill [is] bigger than advertised.  Two centrist sources, one of them explicitly Democratic, provided further reasons why Congress should reject the Democratic Party's massive $3.5 trillion "reconciliation" spending bill.  The best new reason to oppose Democrats' massive, $3.5 trillion reconciliation spending bill is that even its outlandish price tag represents an exercise in budgetary sleight of hand.  In other words, it is a lie.  The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget — a respected, non-partisan arbiter — notes in a statement that its true cost "could exceed $5 trillion."  Before getting into the details, it is worth noting this $5 trillion budget blowout would come on top of a $1.2 trillion "infrastructure" bill that is more about social spending than bricks and mortar.  That one, in turn, would come atop — get this! — a total of $5.7 trillion already spent in six different COVID-19 relief bills and several executive orders in just 13 months.

Democrats No More.  In the old days, Democrats had predictable agendas, supposedly focused on individual rights, the "little guy," and distrust of the military-industrial-intelligence complex.  The Left, often on spec, blasted the wealthy, whether the "lucre" was self-made or inherited.  The old-money rich were lampooned as idle drones. [...] Almost every liberal cause was couched in terms of "The First Amendment" — whether it was the right of shouting obscenities, viewing pornography, or bringing controversial speakers to campus.  The Supreme Court was sacred.  Thanks to the holy, liberally packed court led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, enlightened, progressive justices supposedly restrained the harebrained ballot initiatives of hick right-wing populists.  Once upon a time, leftist congressional officials investigated the CIA and FBI nonstop. [...] Politicians like Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bill and Hillary Clinton railed against illegal immigrant "cheap labor" that "drove down" American wages.  That was then; this is now.

Minneapolis City Council committee moves forward with amendment to replace police department.  A Minneapolis City Council committee pushed forward on Wednesday [7/21/2021] with a measure that would give the voters power to replace the city police department.  The amendment proposed and submitted by the advocacy group "Yes 4 Minneapolis Committee" calls for public safety to have a "comprehensive public health approach" but does not explain what that means.  Under the plan, the police department would be replaced in the charter with a public safety department but doesn't outline how the department will work or be structured.

Trump: Dems want to 'completely change America through the reconciliation process'.  Former President Donald Trump accused Democrats on Wednesday of attempting to radically transform the country through an obscure congressional budget rule.  Mr. Trump, in particular, argued that Democratic leaders are subverting the budget reconciliation process to pass liberal priorities strictly along party lines.  "Republicans must take seriously the effort by Democrats to completely change America through the reconciliation process," Mr. Trump said in a statement.  Reconciliation allows spending-related legislation to pass via a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate.  Normally, most legislation requires at least 60 votes to overcome a potential filibuster.  Given that the Senate is evenly split between the two parties, Democrats are eyeing reconciliation to push through several bills that cannot garner broad bipartisan support.

Leftwing Losers.  I admit I was worried last January.  It really seemed as if the Left had taken it all and that nothing stood between them and their goals.  The Supreme Court, Electoral College, HR-1, criminalization of firearms, rollback of immigration reforms, and all that just to start. [...] What a difference six months makes.  The race has not gone to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.  At this point, the American Left is in complete disarray.  Not one of their policies has been put into effect.  One clear effort at reversing Donald Trump's policies — opening up the border — has developed into a debacle that has humiliated the Zhou Biden administration.  The Dems are even suffering dissidence from their own ranks — something unheard of in previous epochs, and that they don't know how to deal with.  Most telling, though, has been the fate of their elites, the people they were depending on to push forward their agenda.  To turn scriptural once again:  How are the mighty fallen!

The Democratic Socialists of America have thoroughly captured the Democrats.  When a friend slipped me the latest draft of the Democratic Socialists of America's 2021 platform, I couldn't help but laugh.  According to the document, the problems facing the American working class are deeply intertwined with the real issues of Samoan self-determination, queer-affirming healthcare, and reparations to Cambodia.  But the laughter was short-lived.  This is, after all, not a joke:  the DSA is completely serious and its obsessions provide the ideological energy for today's Democratic party.  This is an organization that boasts sitting congresswomen, city aldermen in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles (among other cities), and state representatives.  It is all silly until you realize these people pass laws.  The modern Democratic party towers over contemporary society.  Culture, bureaucracy, corporations, the military; all are increasingly, if not already, dominated by the Democrats.  This is to say nothing of Democratic control of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the presidency.  Where it goes matters, and therefore its ideologues matter.  Ask yourself who is the future of the Democrats, and if you come up with an answer other than the young and wildly influential Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, and Rashida Tlaib, you are merely fooling yourself.

The Left's Contempt for the Masses.  [Scroll down]  Now the Democratic Party has been seized by self-proclaimed Marxists who plan to establish a permanent Marxist state in America.  Democrats believe they must move quickly before the midterm elections in order to pass controversial legislation granting them permanent advantage in elections (HR-1) and enlarging their base (American Family Plan).  Once these partisan bills are passed, the real takeover begins with vast new taxes and regulation in the name of climate change, immigration "reform," business reform, minimum global taxation, race reparations, and a thousand other cuts designed to transform America into a Marxist economy.  This economy would be run, permanently, by professional politicians — the same sort Biden has assembled for his first term. [...] It's not just Biden's progressive appointments that are troubling — it's his cagey, secretive manner of instating Marxism.

The Democrats Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste.  Democrats are hastily making changes that will be impossible to reverse.  They have less than two years to cement in place the new radical building blocks.  They are pressing forward with conditions that cannot be reversed to return to America's greatness.  As leftists say, "Burn down the system!"  Last year, the left's rioting foot soldiers were called "peaceful protesters" as they attacked, killed, and set America ablaze.  It was an insurrection against the established order.  But you never heard it called that.  These tactics, which Saul Alinsky mentored in his pamphlet "Rules for Radicals," were the opening salvo leading to the imposition of American Marxism.  The One Party overreach includes a massive effort to remove traditional values, values that made America a shining light upon a hill.  Leftists sweep aside traditions and cherished heritage, replacing them with a mass indoctrination dividing the country.  The indoctrination has leaped from Ivy League academia into the public school system.

The Biden Administration is Bringing America to its Knees.  President Biden's Secretary of State Antony Blinken has extended an invitation to two different United Nations Special Rapporteurs.  One deals with contemporary forms of racism while the other is concerned with minority issues.  Binken also welcomed "the UN Human Rights Council's adoption of a resolution that calls for action to combat systemic racism against Africans and people of African descent in the context of law enforcement." [...] The Biden administration has embraced the most radical leftwing approach that America has ever seen.  Communists are now at the helm of government, education, media, entertainment, and the military and their aim has always been to destroy liberty.  In order to be in charge, they must plant doubt about the greatness of America to an already historically-ignorant generation of young Americans.

Klobuchar: Infrastructure bill could include voting measures.  Congressional Democrats are exploring ways to include financial incentives for states to expand voting access as part of a massive infrastructure bill, a key senator said Sunday [7/18/2021].  Democrats have been struggling to get their marquee election reform bill passed in an evenly split Senate, where Republicans remain unified in their opposition and rules require 60 votes to advance most pieces of legislation.

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In the opinion of the Associated Press, what is "a key senator?"  Apparently it's either a RINO or a Democrat.  To put it another way, how many U.S. Senators are not "a key senator?"

Democrats look to crush states' highway habit.  House Democrats are trying to use a massive climate and infrastructure bill to change how Americans get around — by breaking states' decades-old fondness for building highways. Legislation the House passed this month is the biggest advance yet in Democrats' efforts to bake climate policies into transportation, addressing the largest single contributor to the United States' greenhouse gas output.  It would also represent an historic shift away from the roads-first approach to federal transportation spending that has reigned since Dwight Eisenhower created the Interstate Highway System.  But the bill is riling up opposition from two potential allies of the Democrats' big-spending infrastructure initiatives:  state transportation departments and the road-building lobby.  That creates an awkward dynamic for supporters of the House bill, which faces a perilous path through the evenly divided Senate.  Critics say the five-year, $549 billion bill would represent one-size-fits-all Washington meddling at its worst.

Mark Levin:  Joe Biden 'Is a Human Pandemic'.  During this week's broadcast of FNC's "Sunday Morning Futures," conservative talker Mark Levin, author of "American Marxism," warned against President Joe Biden's so-called progressive policies, adding they were a threat to America's prosperity.  "My reaction to the agenda is that Joe Biden and his merry group of proletariat supporters there in the White House are destroying this country," he said.  "If I'm communist China, and I'm communist North Korea, and I'm communist Cuba, and I'm communists Venezuela, if I'm the regime in Iran, and so forth, all of our enemies, I'm sitting back and I'm laughing, because Joe Biden is destroying this country from within, and I don't have to raise a finger."

Secretary of State Blinken is setting us up for paying reparations.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken is neither naïve nor stupid.  So why did he invite United Nations officials to investigate systemic racism in the United States?  It cannot be for the sophomoric reason he stated: [...] It is the responsibility of the American people and their elected representative, not the UN, to examine and improve, if needed, the human rights record of the US.  An April 2021 [poll] shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans and 90% of Republicans oppose the idea of providing reparations to the descendants of slaves, according to the results of a nationwide University of Massachusetts Amherst/WCVB poll.  So the Administration is seeking ways to affect the public's views:  bring in the UN and supposedly world opinion.

Democrats [are] Trying to Sneak Amnesty Into Massive Budget Bill Using Reconciliation.  Democrats know their time is limited.  The 2022 midterms are fast-approaching, and Republicans are likely to recapture the House, the Senate, or both.  This is why Democrats are trying to cram as much as possible into every bill on the table.  Their massive budget bill even includes amnesty for illegals. [...] Democrats are going to try to do this through reconciliation, typically reserved for budget measures, without a single Republican vote.

Democrats: Killing with misinformation since 1840.  For six consecutive party platforms — from 1840 through 1860 — Democrats used their party platform to promote the institution of slavery.  In addition to keeping the horrific institution legal in the U.S., as a result of this deceit, hundreds of thousands of Americans would die.  Likewise, save for one year — 1984 — where abortion was not mentioned in the party platform, since 1976 the modern Democrat party has unapologetically stood for the "right" to kill children in the womb.  In attempt to justify this slaughter and to keep as many Americans as possible — especially younger Americans — in the dark about the abortion industry, Democrats have used decades of disinformation to dehumanize the unborn.  This has resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of the most innocent and helpless among us.

Contra Biden, drilling permit approvals are increasing.  You probably recall a proclamation that President Joe Biden issued on his first day in office.  There would be a "pause" in the issuance of new drilling permits on public lands or for offshore sites.  Many of us who follow the energy industry closely had a sinking feeling because that "pause" could easily turn into a de facto ban.  But not long after that, a strange thing happened.  Permits began to quietly be approved again.  Unless I missed it, I never saw an official announcement from the White House declaring an end to the pause, but business seemed to be returning to normal in the oil and gas industry.  (Or as close to normal as anything gets these days.)  And now, in news that will likely come as a shocking disappointment to many of Biden's most ardent supporters in the environmental movement, the total number of permits issued since Joe Biden was sworn in has grown to record levels not seen since George W. Bush was in office.

This is Your Government on Drugs.  In their ongoing quest to achieve "equity" in every facet of society, the Biden-Harris administration, along with a surprisingly diverse group of bipartisan legislators have shamelessly backed the EQUAL Act (Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law), which seeks to abolish all remaining sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine.  In her June 22 testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Regina LaBelle, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, declared, "The Biden-Harris Administration strongly supports eliminating the current disparity in sentencing between crack cocaine and powder cocaine.  The current disparity is not based on evidence yet has caused significant harm for decades, particularly to individuals, families, and communities of color.  The continuation of this sentencing disparity is a significant injustice in our legal system, and it is past time for it to end."  Absent, of course, is any mention of the significant harm (i.e., crime, violence, addiction and death), caused by the use and trafficking of the drugs themselves, then or now.

Biden's 'Competition' Executive Order Realizes a Central Planner's Dream.  President Joe Biden on July 9 issued an executive order, purportedly to promote competition.  The order, though, is yet another far-left directive to promote federal government intervention in the economy, pushing policies that may not even be authorized by Congress and that could trample on states' rights.  It punishes economic success and presumes that when a business gets big, its size is inherently harmful.  The order would have federal bureaucrats centrally plan the economy and arrogantly assumes they know how industries should be structured.  Nobody, including the federal government, has the knowledge to be able to make those types of decisions.

Biden's American Jobs Plan Is Devoid of Moral Values and Economic Realities.  The American Jobs Plan is premised chiefly upon investing $621 billion in America's crumbling transportation infrastructure.  The Biden administration claims, "Decades of declining public investment has left our roads, bridges, rail, and transit systems in poor condition, with a trillion-dollar backlog of needed repairs.  More than 35,000 people die in traffic crashes on U.S. roads each year, and millions more are seriously and often permanently injured."  These statistics related to infrastructure are misleading.  While traffic deaths have risen appreciably from 2020 despite fewer people driving, the preponderance were caused by aberrant behavior, not infrastructure.  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that deaths resulting from impaired driving rose more than 9% since 2019, and failure to wear safety belts increased 15%.  There can be little doubt that the White House's distortion of the causes of death is based on ulterior motives.  It is more likely that the vast investment in infrastructure is driven by the desire of progressives to consolidate economic and political power.  It can scarcely be called legitimate.

Trump Winds and Biden Whirlwinds.  What was the catalyst that turned a left-wing Democratic Party into a cultural revolutionary mob?  In other words, why in our 233rd year of the republic are Democrats so intent to destroy the Electoral College, pack the court, admit new states to the Union, junk the filibuster, and federalize national election laws?  What was so wrong with assimilation, integration, intermarriage, the "content of our character," and race as incidental rather than essential to who we are?  What has the woke revolution offered us instead?  Since when did regaining a House majority equate to impeaching a president on the eve of a reelection campaign, with his future and fiercest campaign opponents possibly as senators to be sitting in judgment on him in any Senate trial?  What was common to all the "bombshells" and "walls are closing in" mythologies regarding meetings with Russians in Trump Tower, or mysterious "pings" of Trump tower machines automatically communicating with Russians, or the certain impending indictments of the Trump family?

Senate Dems settle on $3.5 trillion for major reconciliation bill.  A group of Senate Democrats announced late Tuesday they had reached a tentative agreement on a massive spending plan worth $3.5 trillion over the next decade.  The budget resolution, which Democrats will attempt to ram through the Senate with 51 votes via the parliamentary maneuver of reconciliation, is expected to be paired with a bipartisan infrastructure bill worth $1.2 trillion over eight years.  "The [Senate] Budget Committee has come to an agreement," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters.  "The budget resolution with instructions will be $3.5 trillion.  Every major program that President Biden has asked us for is funded in a robust way."

Nationalizing the Capitol Police.  Do we really want a nationwide federal police force accountable solely to a small number of legislators, not subject to FOIA and other citizen protections applicable to the executive branch?  The Acting Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police has recently announced the expansion of their federal force into Florida and California.  Two new field offices will be opening in Tampa and San Francisco, due to claims from Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman that the number of threats against sitting Congressmen has doubled in the last year.  However, this isn't D.C.'s first effort to implement a new national police force.  Just last June, House Democrats voted to pass H.R. 7120, an attempt to nationalize state and local police departments across the entire country, disguised as legislation for defunding the police.

Reimaging Austin Police:  Absolute [...] Lunacy.  The hard left-wing, Critical Race Theory-embracing, Social Justice Warrior-staffed "City-Community Reimagining Public Safety (RPS) Task Force" has come up with recommendations for "reimagining" (i.e. defunding and destroying) the Austin Police Department.  And most are absolutely [...] insane.  All across the country, more mainstream Democrats are waking up to the fact that the "defund the police" messaging crushed them at the polls, hemorrhaging black and Hispanic voters to the GOP in record numbers.  But that didn't deter the task force in the least!  They're going full steam ahead with the same madness that's resulted in skyrocketing crime rates across the country.  The document is filled top-to-bottom with wokespeak codswallop, but a whole lot of it boils to a single word:  GIMME!  Over and over again, the RPS task force, staffed from leftwing activists groups, demands that taxpayer money be taken away from the police and funneled directly into their pockets.

Biden says US mission in Afghanistan will end on August 31 and insists a Taliban takeover is NOT inevitable:  President snaps.  President Joe Biden on Thursday said the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end on Aug. 31, saying 'speed is safety' as he moved up his original deadline of leaving by the anniversary of 9/11 despite the growing threat of civil war.  The Taliban have made rapid advances since his April announcement that American troops would leave, but Biden insisted it was up to the Afghan people alone to decide how to run their country.  'I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan, with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome,' he said.

Biden wants 14 years of education for ALL Americans and to extend child tax credits to 2025: President demands two more years of school.  President Joe Biden on Wednesday called for the education system to be expanded from 12 years to 14 years for all Americans to make the US more competitive on a global scale.  His speech in Illinois drew about 100 protesters holding signs supporting Donald Trump.  McHenry County, where Biden made his remarks, went for the former president in the 2020 election.  One large sign read: 'Make America Proud Again.'  Biden's focus during his daylong trip is on his plan for free childcare and the education component of his 'human' infrastructure package that he will push to pass Congress without Republican votes.  In addition to his call for more, free education, Biden also wants to extend his expansion of the child tax credit.

On A Collision Course With National Disaster.  If I were leading President Joe Biden's central committee and my goal were to destroy America as founded and ensure that it lose its distinction as the world's freest and most powerful nation, I doubt I could concoct a superior strategy than adopting the Biden administration's message and policy agenda.  The administration is creating total societal chaos, fomenting disorder and undermining the rule of law at every turn.  As the first duty of government is to protect and defend its citizens, we might be alarmed to consider that the administration is engaged in a multipronged strategy to do the opposite.  It is shrinking our military, which defends against foreign threats.  It is at war with law enforcement, which ensures domestic tranquility, and it is destroying our southern border.  It is systematically destroying our liberty and prosperity.

Biden's politicized Justice Department.  The Democratic Party's number-one priority is to pass a voting "reform" bill that would federalize elections under rules favorable to Democratic candidates.  It's more important than infrastructure, or massive new social spending, or anything else, which is why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer gave their election bill the designation H.R. 1 in the House and S. 1 in the Senate.  The House passed H.R. 1 in a nearly straight party-line vote on March 3.  (All Republicans voted against it and all Democrats, with the single exception of Representative Bennie Thompson, voted for it.)  The problem for Democrats is that there is no chance S. 1 will pass in the Senate, where Democrats do not hold a majority of seats.  To pass S. 1, Democrats would first have to eliminate the filibuster, and then muster all of their 50 senators to vote for the bill against 50 Republicans, and then call in Vice President Kamala Harris to break the tie.  The short version:  Not gonna happen.

The truly scary China Virus variant.  The symptoms vary but are becoming increasingly recognizable: uncontrollable cackling at questions that aren't funny; sleeping with Chinese spies; incoherently babbling to a national TV audience; identifying boys as girls and girls as boys; silently watching as criminals destroy our cities, while ordering the police to stand down; and, in the name of anti-racism, teaching people to hate an entire race based on the color of their skin.  There are countless more examples, but you get the general idea.  This horrible disease is most evident in career politicians (usually, but not always, Democrats), bureaucrats, newscasters, and Silicon Valley tycoons.  Sadly, the virus has now infected the military, as evidenced by the recent "woke" ramblings of an ignorant tool who sits as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  But the biggest threat to the general public comes from academics, who use the education system to infect youngsters from kindergarten through college.  Students learn to hate their country and respect socialism, the slightly weaker variant of the real virus that threatens our Republic.  The China Virus to which I'm referring is Communism.

Our 'Woke' Pentagon Leaders Are Weakening America's Defense.  One of the most disturbing developments to emerge from the Biden administration has been the Defense Department's sudden embrace of Marxist Critical Race Theory — so-called 'Woke' ideology.  It's a clear and present danger to our national security and should be halted immediately.  Even West Point, the Army's elite university where tomorrow's generals are educated, isn't immune to the Woke disease.  Soon-to-be Army second lieutenants are being indoctrinated with Marxist-based Woke ideology.  You can thank Commander in Chief Joe Biden and his Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley for this.  Milley, an Ivy League grad, has aggressively shifted the military toward the political left by compelling officers to push racist CRT ideas down conscripts' and officers' throats.

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As evidence that Barack H. Obama is enjoying his third term in the White House, please note how Obama weakened America's defenses.

Democrats Get Some Really Bad News as Normal Americans Wake Up.  [Scroll down]  As an aside, now we know exactly why Jen Psaki was gaslighting everyone today by claiming it's Republicans who want to defund the police.  Meanwhile, on issues like illegal immigration and reparations (among other "social justice" crusades), there is no coming back for Democrats.  They've gone all-in and there's no stuffing the genie back in the bottle.  If they crack down on illegal border crossings, they'll lose their left flank.  If they continue the status quo, they lose the suburban center that previously killed Republicans in 2018.  Further, the pushing of racial essentialism and critical race theory is turning off a lot of people who see it as divisive pseudo-science.  Republicans are also most trusted on bread and butter issues like the economy and crime, which are things that more often than not decide elections.

Democrats Get Some Really Bad News as Normal Americans Wake Up.  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, on issues like illegal immigration and reparations (among other "social justice" crusades), there is no coming back for Democrats.  They've gone all-in and there's no stuffing the genie back in the bottle.  If they crack down on illegal border crossings, they'll lose their left flank.  If they continue the status quo, they lose the suburban center that previously killed Republicans in 2018.  Further, the pushing of racial essentialism and critical race theory is turning off a lot of people who see it as divisive pseudo-science.  Republicans are also most trusted on bread and butter issues like the economy and crime, which are things that more often than not decide elections.  Again, I don't see how the Democrats rebound on that front either.

Climate Change Takes Center Stage Again at the Pentagon.  Speaking to American troops at RAF Mildenhall, England, on his trip to Europe, President Biden recounted an exchange with the Joint Chiefs as vice president:  "This is not a joke.  You know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest threat facing America was?  Global warming."  Those comments were the latest in a Pentagon policy redux to return climate change to Obama-era status that it is an "urgent and growing threat to our national security." [...] Existing national security threats — e.g., great power competition, cyber-attacks, piracy, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, financial crises, dictatorships, nationalism, drug-trafficking, revolutions, Iran, North Korea, etc. — will all continue to fester.  Yet none can be persuasively linked to climate change, even as a worsening effect.

Biden Administration Is Skewing Carbon Numbers to Push Regulations.  The social cost of carbon is a climate economics construct used to quantify the damages associated with carbon dioxide emissions.  The Biden administration wants to use the social cost of carbon in public policy to justify its regulatory agenda. [...] In a nutshell, we developed a multilayered case against the Biden administration using the social cost of carbon analysis as a basis, framework, or tool for guiding or informing federal agency regulatory, permitting, or procurement decisions.  Specifically, we argue that the social cost of carbon analysis depends too much on non-validated assumptions and inputs to be fit for policymaking.  The Interagency Working Group's 2021 interim technical support document utilizes questionable, cherry-picked assumptions and inputs to support the climate crisis narrative and promote climate policies whose costs would hugely exceed the undetectably small hypothetical benefits.

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The article above includes a deceptive photograph, showing the Miller Power Plant in Adamsville, Alabama, from which water vapor, not carbon, not carbon dioxide, is being released into the atmosphere.  Notice that the vapor comes out of the stack and is quickly absorbed into the surrounding air.  Smoke doesn't do that.

65% of Dems Like Socialism.  The Democrat defense against Bernie Sanders is in pretty poor shape.  He, AOC, and the Squad have mainstreamed socialism among Democrats.  Democrats openly running as socialists keep winning races.  Including a mayoral election.  And, in this latest poll, 65% of Dems have a positive reaction to socialism.  Only 29% have a negative reaction.  Among self-described "liberals", 75% like socialism.  Only 23% don't.  But much of that is driven by a rise in support for socialism among younger people and minorities.

Obama and the Broken Nation He Made Come Of Age.  Youthful leftism is anarchic.  It's CHAZ, BLM, and Antifa.  It's open air heroin markets, smashed store windows, and political assassinations.  Turning that anarchy into collectivism requires hysterical propaganda and rallies that appear anarchic, but are actually tightly controlled, ideas that seem edgy, but are actually the work of men who were born during the age of the steam.  If you think Bernie's old, Karl Marx celebrated his 203rd birthday in May.  Obama's policies have aged as badly as Marx, Biden, or their front man.  But instead of moderating as they grow older, they only grow more radical.  Obama equivocated on gay marriage, while Biden entirely erases the existence of women by calling them "birthing people".  Obama covertly weaponized the government against conservatives, while Biden is doing it openly.  Everything from election rigging through H.R. 1 to indoctrinating every government employee with critical race theory is happening more openly and blatantly under Biden.

Republicans Got Played By Joe Biden and There Needs to Be a Reckoning.  It's difficult to get played by a senile old man whose brain has the consistency of pudding, but somehow, Republicans managed that feat today [6/24/2021].  Failure theater is back, and it's reaching new heights.  As RedState reported earlier, Biden announced an agreement on a bipartisan infrastructure deal, complete with a grinning Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski standing beside him.  Following that dog and pony show, the president then proceeded to demonstrate the finer points of existing with cognitive decline.  Regardless, according to the Republicans on the negotiating team, this was supposed to be a great victory and show of unity.  Of course, then reality smacked them in the face.  Biden, within an hour, let it be known that he would not sign the bipartisan agreement unless he was given everything else he wants in a reconciliation package that would naturally be passed along party lines.

Democrat Crime Wave:  Blacks being killed in record numbers across America.  Pittsburgh — 90% of murders are black, other stats discussed as the Democrat plan to increase crime across all cities that they control succeeds.  The Plan:  Increase crime and remove police more and more until they can get their 'Green Militia['] enacted — first to supposedly enforce Green rules and solar panels on your own home and on every building, then they will be enforcing law — much like Venezuela.  They will blame guns the whole time and then use the Green militia to attempt to disarm America.  [Video clip]

Wheels Coming Off the Progressive Bus.  Back in the 1990s, the boast of President Clinton was that in order to fight crime we needed the Federal government to pay for an additional 100,000 police on the streets.  Biden has now returned to this idea, even though he won't admit it openly.  (Instead he wants to demonize gun owners.)  It amounts to the de facto end of "defund the police."  Expect more of this.

GOP Blocks Federal Election Takeover.  An attempted federal takeover of elections was thwarted Tuesday, as Senate Republicans voted to block further debate on the legislation.  With Vice President Kamala Harris presiding and prepared to cast a potential tie-breaking vote, the Senate divided 50-50 on a straight party-line vote.  It would have taken 60 votes to proceed to debate and a vote.  If enacted into law, the bill would ban most state voter ID laws, expand ballot harvesting, prevent the updating of voter registration lists, establish taxpayer-financed campaigns, and require states to allow same-day voter registration, among many other things.

The Republic Is Preserved — But The Democrats Will Try Insurrection Again.  Republicans have saved this country's two-party political system.  At least for now.  The power-hungry Democrats won't give up easily, though.  They'll redouble their efforts to set themselves up as an unchallengeable political force that rules rather than governs.  With Sen. Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republicans in the 50-50 Senate voting against moving forward with the "For the People Act of 2021," the Democrats' plan to put elections under federal rather than state and local authority was shelved Tuesday [6/22/2021].  It was the proper ending for legislation that should have never been written.  Of course, the Democrat-media cabal swears that the defeat is a disaster for the country, the bitter end of democracy.  They've screeched until breathless that without the bill, the U.S. would be a swamp of "voter suppression."

'Seething' progressives demand end to filibuster as Republicans block Democrats' voting bill.  We knew it was coming.  This afternoon, as expected, we had a 50-50 vote which means Republicans have filibustered the Democrats' voting rights bill. [...] The NY Times says all eyes now turn to nuking the filibuster: [...] I'm sure progressives will be pushing this hard tomorrow which means every news outlet will have opinion pieces about why now is the time to end the filibuster.

H.R. 1/S.1 is Dead:  Long Live the Filibuster.  It was a 50-50 procedural vote along party lines, but H.R. 1/S.1, the supposed "For the People Act" has been blocked by Senate Republicans.  Sixty votes were needed in order to open debate on this legislation before entering into a vote on the actual bill.  Because the Republicans were able to successfully filibuster, that 60 vote threshold was not met.  The legislation is now dead on the Senate floor.

H.R. 1 Was Always Doomed to Fail, and the Democrats Have Nothing Else.  In the world of Congressional politics, there is a rule most people like to conveniently ignore every time a new Congress is seated:  H.R. 1 is never meant to become law.  The first bill of each Congress is always a messaging bill put out by the party in power.  It is a list of lofty goals meant to signal to the base that "We are fighting for you!" In truth, though, H.R. 1 is meant to be a platform, not an actual law.  So, while a lot of people have been very worried about Democrats like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema breaking their word and voting to obliterate the filibuster, keeping the history of prior H.R. 1 bills in mind and understanding that Manchin and Sinema are playing the long game certainly indicated the bill would die a proper death in the Senate.  Naturally, media outlets across the board blamed the GOP for the bill being defeated.  They make no mention of the fact that Manchin himself was not going to vote for it and was only on board with a "compromise" that has yet to be written in the form of a bill.

Buying votes and paying people to reproduce — which they tend to do anyway.
Biden announces families will get $300 per child a month from July 15 if they earn under $150,000 as he hikes child credits by 80%.  President Biden has unveiled his reformed child tax credits which will see American families paid up to $3,600 to help raise each of their children.  The raise, unveiled as part of Biden's $1.8 trillion American Families Rescue Plan, will see families with children aged under six receive a monthly payment of $300 per child — equivalent to $3,600 — in 2021.  Families with children aged between six and 17 will receive $250 a month, or $3,000 over the course of a year. [...] Biden's program received widespread support — but some Twitter users condemned it as wasteful and unfair.  Keith McLendon wrote: 'Printing and giving away money is going to only increase inflation even more.  I know you don't understand this but your handlers should...' [...] A user called Donkey Kong added:  'This free money is one of the lucrative reasons children are used as tools in disingenuous divorces.  I can't support these measures because of the abuse they are open to and for which nothing is done to protect children and wrongfully disenfranchised parents.'

Senate Blocks Democrats' Election 'Power Grab' Bill.  Senate Republicans blocked a signature Democrat election bill that would radically transform America's electoral system and grant the federal government more control over the country's elections. [...] Among other things, the legislation would:
  •   Federalize control over congressional elections;
  •   Declare that standard state and local maintenance of elections systems, such as purging ineligible voters from voter rolls, limiting vote-by-mail, requiring voter ID, and establishing rules against felons voting, would erode the right to vote;
  •   Require all challenges to the law to be filed in the federal courts in Washington, DC, dominated by judges appointed by Democrat presidents;
  •   Establish online and automatic voter registration;
  •   Protect illegal immigrants from prosecution if they vote;
  •   Establish same-day voter registration;
  •   Register minors to vote;
  •   Mandate early voting;
  •   Establish nationwide vote-by-mail without a voter ID; and
  •   Allow ballots to be counted ten days after Election Day.

A Hope and Prayer for the Biden Administration.  The $6 trillion inundation of stimulation money, the radical constitutional agenda of House of Representatives Bill One and [its] Senate equivalent (the abolition of voter verification, the encouragement of ballot-harvesting, taxpayer-subsidization of political contributions, replacement of the judiciary by partisan electoral commissions, and the vast extension of election day to over a month) as well as the packing of the Supreme Court, the reduction of the required Senate majority to 51, and the appointment of four permanent Democratic senators through the statehood of the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico:  all this appears to be stalled.  Biden has made most of the necessary gestures and avoided the opprobrium of the far left of his party but hasn't actually done anything terribly radical up to this point apart from some executive orders.

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The comments are the best part of this article.  Most of the readers have no use for Joe Biden, the socialist Democrat platform, or anyone who encourages kind thoughts toward Biden and his family.

Mitch McConnell says the Democrats show 'disdain for the American people' with their voting rights bill.  Mitch McConnell ripped Democrats' voting rights proposal on Tuesday, claiming it's a 'transparently partisan' effort that shows the left's 'disdain' for Americans.  'Many Democrats would pass [H.R.1] with the slimmest possible majority, even after its companion faced bipartisan opposition over in the House,' McConnell said from the Senate floor on Tuesday [6/22/2021].  'What a craven political calculation.  What a way to show your disdain for the American people's choices,' he added.

Exposing the Media's Blatant Partisanship on Election Laws.  While reckless partisanship has become the norm on TV news, it's hard to imagine a more shameless example than their coverage of Democrats' "For The People" Act (H.R. 1, or S. 1).  For weeks, the news media have referred to this nearly-800 page federal takeover of state election laws as "protecting voting rights."  The MRC's new explainer video exposes the double standard in the news media's coverage of election laws.  [Video clip]

Top Trump officials are gearing up for a court fight over Biden energy policies, Meadows says.  A number of top Trump administration officials, fresh off securing major judicial wins in their fight against President Joe Biden's legislative agenda, are preparing a new set of legal challenges to throw at the new president, this time focusing on the administration's energy and environmental permitting policies.  America First Legal, the litigation outfit launched by a top Trump White House adviser Stephen Miller that boasts former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on its board of directors, forced Biden's Small Business Administration on Monday to halt a pandemic relief program that "unconstitutionally" excluded certain applicants on the basis of race, Meadows said in an interview outlining the group's plans.  AFL has one very public, very specific goal:  stall or outright rollback Biden's policies through judicial means.  And Meadows said he and Miller "talk, probably a half-dozen times a week" about which of Biden's policies are ripe for court challenges.

There's Nothing New About the Effort to Propagandize the Military.  At the moment, under claims of diversity and using the preposterous Critical Race Theory, this administration is trying to propagandize the military, and it is clear the plan is to demonize Donald J. Trump, Republicans, and white people.  And while it looks momentarily like they are succeeding in this plan, there is every evidence that Americans will not put up with this much longer.  There's good reason not to.  It's impossible to imagine anything more likely to destroy the cohesion military operations need to succeed.  Nor can I see how any program can do more to destroy the morale of the troops than this does.

House Conservatives Tank Two Democrat Bills, Endangering Pelosi-Biden Agenda.  House conservatives successfully derailed two bills that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempted to fast-track through the lower chamber of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday evening [6/15/2021], a victory the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus told Breitbart News was "stunning."  "That's stunning," Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), the House Freedom Caucus chairman, said in a phone interview on Wednesday.  Specifically, Pelosi had attempted to use a procedure called "suspension of the rules" — which requires a two-thirds supermajority of the House to succeed — to pass two highly controversial pieces of legislation.  One, the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act, would have allowed for LGBTQ-owned businesses to get favoritism in lending in much the same way minority-owned businesses may.  The other, called the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, would have facilitated government-funded access to abortion drugs through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  After an effort led by Biggs and other House conservatives like Reps.  Matt Rosendale (R-MT) and Chip Roy (R-TX) among others, the bills failed to achieve the two-thirds necessary to make it through the House and were stopped from passing the chamber for now.

HR-1/S-1: A Betrayal of American Democracy.  From both sides of the political aisle, all Americans should be alarmed by the bill that recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives.  Now Democrats are renewing their push to ram Bill H.R.1 — For the People Act of 2021 — through the Senate.  If H.R. 1 becomes law, which is not really for the American people at all, America will never be the same and the game will be permanently rigged in favor of the Democrats.  H.R. 1 would put Democrats in charge of our elections and would give liberals permanent and TOTAL power.

HR-1/S-1 Is a Non-Solution to a Non-Crisis.  H.R. 1 has achieved sacrosanct status on the center-left, such that the nation's democratic future is said to depend on it.  If so, it is time to weep for the republic.  H.R. 1 (or S.R. 1 in the Senate), which is known as a voting bill but wanders helter-skelter into all sorts of other areas, is objectively terrible legislation.  It is unfocused, extremely high-handed in its impositions on the states, careless of the speech rights of groups and individuals, and constitutionally dubious.  Absent some radical turnabout, the bill is dead in the Senate, and it deserves to be.  The core of the bill rewrites the election rules all over the country to force every state to adopt automatic voter registration, same-day registration, no-excuse absentee balloting and early in-person voting, among other mandates.

President Biden Continues to Reverse Trump-era Policies for No Reason Other Than Erasing His Legacy.  While certainly entitled to do so, what's notable is the lack of reasoning behind President Biden making these moves.  The desire to put his fingerprint on his administration is one thing, but then when you have the added leftist desire to eradicate anything and everything affiliated with Donald Trump it leads to the avalanche of executive orders and other actions taken by President Biden since January.  Many of these moves have carried the whiff of doing so strictly out of pettiness and spite.

Biden Retracts Trump's Policies Lowering Insulin, Epi-Pen Costs.  This week, it is being reported the White House is moving forward with removing a health care policy established by President Donald Trump designed to bring down the price of insulin and epi-pens.  Biden's bid to retract the rule was approved on Monday, as reported by Politico, with the expectation that the Department of Health and Human Services could publish the retraction within the coming days.

Voting Rights:  It's 'Racist ' Not to Let Democrats Cheat.  Why aren't Republicans screaming from the rooftops about the Democrats' plans to change voting rules to give themselves an advantage?  Their sleazy election bills, HR 1, the "For the People Act," and HR 4, the "John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act," are intended to help Democrats win majorities in both houses of Congress, at which point they will ignore Republicans entirely, end the filibuster, and pass everything in AOC's Dream Journal — amnesty, gun control, a wealth tax, and a rainbows and unicorns energy bill.  So it's kind of important for Republicans to kill these bills in the crib.  It shouldn't be hard.  All they have to do is tell people what's in them.

Understanding the Deliberate Agenda of Our Ruling Class.  If you pay attention to recent discussions of social and economic change, much of the rhetoric attempts to normalize what used to be considered unmistakable marks of poverty.  Rather than living in a home with a family, you are supposed to embrace the child-free life and see the benefits of a pod or a tiny home.  Instead of meat, which is now scarce and expensive, you are going to eat the bugs and enjoy them.  Electricity itself may prove scarce, but this is the price of reducing global warming.  Video games and travel — ephemeral things that do not last — are offered as substitutes for the old fruits of a free market economy: a job, a home, and economic independence.  Culture makers and political leaders have moved away from talk about the American Dream and towards preparing us for privation.  Biden's speeches often have this quality.  While he's bragging now about gains in jobs, he also speaks in very dark terms about the need for collective sacrifice and the country's uncertain future.

Biden's Climate Change Stance Exposes A Delusional Administration.  In October 2020, in an interview with Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior advisor in the Obama administration, Biden said climate change is the "number one issue facing humanity."  Forget Russia, Communist China, the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the Black Lives Matter organization, Antifa, Islamic terrorism, or the nation's suicide and mental health crisis.  There is no shortage of items more threatening than an issue both highly politicized and steeped in ambiguous science.  Vice President Kamala Harris noted in her May commencement speech at the Naval Academy that there are three notable threats our military will be tasked to deal with:  COVID-19 and preventing pandemics, intelligence hacking, and — you guessed it — climate change.

Joe Biden: 'Not A Joke' — Global Warming the 'Greatest Threat' Facing America.  President Joe Biden claimed Wednesday [6/9/2021] that the greatest threat to America was global warming in a speech to American troops in the United Kingdom.  Biden asked the nations of the world to commit to "ambitious climate action" to stop climate change and stop the world from warming no more than 1.5 degrees celsius.  Biden claimed that when he was elected as vice president with President Barack Obama, the Joint Chiefs of Staff told them that global warming was the greatest threat to the United States.

Biden warns global warming is the greatest threat to national security in speech to troops.  President Joe Biden warned during a speech to American troops in England that global warming presents the greatest threat to the United States.  "The military sat us down and let us know what the greatest threats facing America were — the greatest physical threats," Biden said of a meeting he had with the joint chiefs after becoming vice president in 2009.  "This is not a joke.  You know what the joint chiefs told us the greatest threat facing America was?  Global warming."  Biden told the troops at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall station on Wednesday [6/9/2021] that global warming still presents that kind of threat, asking nations to commit to "ambitious climate action" that would stop the globe from warming no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.  Biden warned that global warming could cause "significant population movement," which could include "fights over land, millions of people leaving places because they're literally sinking below the sea, like in Indonesia because of the fights over land that is not there anymore."

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[#1] The 1.5-degree figure is completely arbitrary.  [#2] The variable output power of the Sun is what warms the Earth.  No man-made mechanism can compete with it.  All the laws and treaties in the world will not change the weather.  [#3] Numerous other problems threaten the U.S. far more than global warming.  For example, global cooling.  [#4] Global warming is not the greatest concern — or a concern at all — among the American public.  [#5] New Orleans and Amsterdam are below sea level, but they seem to deal with it.  [#6] Joe Biden has a long history of lying, so anything he says should be discounted.  [#7] Whenever a politician has to preface his remarks with, "This is not a joke," what follows is highly suspect.

The Democrats' demagogic 'For the People' conceit.  When a government makes a power grab, the grabbers typically claim to be acting "for the people."  Thus when Democrats took control of the House, Senate, and White House this year, the first bill in each chamber was titled "The For The People Act," aiming to centralize election administration, strike down state election-integrity laws, politicize the Federal Election Commission, and restrict political speech.  The bill is not merely a power grab.  It's also a messaging bill.  But on that front, it's failing in a fitting way.  The "For the People Act" was supposed to signal the Democrats were the pro-democracy party while trying to brand Republicans as anti-majoritarian.  More to the point, the bill was supposed to be the Democrats' excuse to crush minority rights by abolishing the filibuster.  Ironically, the bill lacks a majority in the Senate.

Biden rejoining the World Health Organization looks worse every day.  President Joe Biden's decision to rejoin the World Health Organization without preconditions was foolish.  Now, the organization is making itself an even greater mockery of the credibility that Washington is lending it.  The WHO recently welcomed Syria and Belarus to its executive board.  That's Syria — tyrannized by a dictator, Bashar Assad, who has murdered his own citizens with chemical weapons.  And that's the Belarus that Alexander Lukashenko has turned into a prison state and where he recently committed an act of piracy by forcing down a civilian airliner to arrest a passenger who was a political nuisance.  Both these pariah nations now sit on the board of the WHO, an organization that proclaims itself "trusted to serve public health at all times."  Are you proud of this, President Biden?

Trump Was Right:  The Biden Administration Is Intent on Destroying the Suburbs.  In the name of equity and inclusion, the Biden administration is making moves that target the suburbs with federal regulation. [...] [T]he Biden administration wants people to move from apartments in dense urban areas to apartments in neighborhoods in the suburbs.  Not apartments in suburban towns, which often have a decent selection of apartments and townhomes for rent.  The administration wants apartment buildings in developments zoned for single-family homes.  They will use grants and tax credits as the carrot and eventually pull highway funds through the Booker Amendment as a stick.  These are not the apartments often built in what is termed cradle-to-grave housing.  Several developments in the Atlanta suburbs contain apartments, townhomes, single-family homes, and 55-and-over sections.  They are planned communities where all residents use common areas, except for some reserved just for the active senior population.  The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (AFFH), an Obama administration policy, has always called for high-density, low-income housing in the suburbs.

Hagerty: Biden Admin Awarding Hamas with U.S. Taxpayer Dollars.  The Biden administration's decision to award the Palestinian government with millions of dollars in U.S. aid violates the law and will directly benefit Hamas, the Iranian-backed terror group that recently launched a 12-day war against Israel, according to Sen. Bill Hagerty (R., Tenn.).  In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon following a trip to Israel this week, Hagerty said Israeli leaders he met with expressed concerns about the Biden administration's Middle East policies, particularly its most recent effort to push through more than $100 million in aid to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.  Concerns about this aid money are mounting in Congress in the wake of the State Department's admission that it cannot guarantee taxpayer dollars will be kept from enriching Hamas.

Because They Got Away with Russiagate.  The Left's ideology actively promotes and preys upon paranoia, envy, and dependence. [...] But to believe its calumnies, one must abandon reason.  The Left believes there are more than 50 genders, but that it is you who live in an alternate reality.  The Left believes "climate change" will destroy the planet in nine years unless we adopt socialism, but it's you who live in an alternate reality.  The Left adamantly denied and censored reports COVID-19 may have escaped from a Wuhan laboratory, but it's you who live in an alternate reality.  The 2020 election was a perfectly pristine election despite elected Democratic Party officials (with the complicity of corporate robber barons) exceeding their powers to alter voting laws to tilt the field in the party's favor (they would say "fortified"), but it's you who live in an alternate reality.  The Left claims it loves America so much it wants to transform everything about it, but it's you who live in an alternate reality.

Our Government Is Evolving into Something Horrifying.  Overall, the key objectives of the current Democratic Party and the Biden administration, with the assistance of these elitist groups, is to undermine the foundations of our country as founded.  They are actively working to replace our political system with one that imposes upon the American people a government empowered to be involved in our lives to a degree that will eventually include dictating our personal thoughts and daily activities.  These groups work vigorously on an ongoing basis and in a coordinated fashion, attacking and devaluing our history, our democratic practices, and our traditions to place us behind a new American version of an Iron Curtain.

As Biden fights U.S. fuel production, American workers and consumers will suffer.  On June 1, Biden's Interior Department said it is suspending all oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, despite a 2017 law directing the federal government to open the territory to drilling.  The putative reason for suspending the property rights of the leaseholders, who paid the U.S. government good money for the drilling rights, is to conduct additional environmental and legal/anti-trust reviews.  The excuse is nonsense:  U.S. law directs the government to allow the drilling, and the environmental regulations governing it are already stringent.  The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that ANWR contains 10.4 billion barrels of crude oil.  This oil can provide energy for Alaskans and all the Western states, keeping prices low and avoiding shortages.  Oil can keep the Trans-Alaska Pipeline operational, which now runs at 75% less than peak production, resulting in slower delivery times and a worse quality of oil due to chemical processes caused by low flow in freezing weather.

Biden administration squeezing suburbs out of existence with zoning laws.  A house with a white picket fence and a big backyard might have been a staple of the American dream once upon a time, but if the Biden administration gets its way, the dream could soon be out of reach for millions of people.  As part of his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, the Biden administration is pushing local governments to allow apartment buildings in neighborhoods that are restricted to single-family homes.  The administration claims it's a way to ease a national affordable housing shortage and combat racial injustice in the housing market.  Current zoning laws that favor single-family homes, known as exclusionary zoning, have disproportionately hurt low-income people who can't afford to move to the suburbs, the administration said.  Their only choice is living in crowded apartment buildings.  Biden's proposal would incentivize local governments to get rid of exclusionary zoning by awarding grants and tax credits to cities that change their zoning regulations.

Exactly what Barack H. Obama would have done:
Biden's defense budget leaves analysts scratching their heads.  President Joe Biden's proposed military budget cuts reduce the Air Force fleet and would install a glacial pace in reconstituting the Navy's coffers, leaving hawkish defense analysts worried about China pulling away.  The military services briefed reporters Friday on the president's late-arriving defense budget request of $715 billion, which Republicans heavily criticized for not keeping up with inflation or adding the necessary funds to catch up with adversaries.  China is known to have a Navy that outnumbers the U.S. force of some 296 ships, and its shipbuilding capacity and military spending are more robust.  Likewise, the average aircraft age in the Air Force is 30 years, but some 200 aircraft will be decommissioned according to the budget, with only about 90 will be added.  As a result, analysts think the Biden budget will face heavy pushback from Congress.

Biden's Radical Executive Order on Global Warming Gives Government Power To Do Almost Anything.  President Biden's new executive order on climate change would basically let the government do virtually anything in any part of the economy or the financial markets, or labor markets, or agriculture — or anything — in the name of mitigating risk of climate changes.  I haven't read the full Executive Order yet, but you just have to trust me on this.  It has a two-page fact sheet, and that alone makes it clear that the Executive Order is a thing to behold.  I recommend everyone read this thing.  It will take two or three minutes.  It has all the far-left Green New Deal climate change features that will destroy fossil fuels and capitalism, destroy jobs and the economy.  It's all in there.  Everything a lefty greenie could possibly hope for.

$20 Billion to Rip Up Highways, To Reduce Climate Change and Division Caused by Road Traffic.  According to Neighbourhood Scout, Rochester has double the violent crime rate of New York as a whole, around 7.5 violent crimes per 1000 residents per annum.  So if you spend 10 years in Rochester, you have around a one in ten chance of being mugged or raped.  Obviously the source of violence is the sense of distance the drug psychos feel towards cashed up workers, who selfishly roll up their windows and race home to the safety of suburbs or small towns, locked in their armoured CO2 emitting gasoline powered four wheeled bubbles, when they could spending more time in the community, helping to build a better Rochester.  Ripping up highways, bringing down barriers, so everyone can mingle together.  That's what Biden and Buttigieg appear to want.

Kamala Harris's Navy.  Vice President Kamala Harris delivered the commencement address at the United States Naval Academy on Friday [5/28/2021]. [...] Harris told the graduates they should excel at pursuits such as developing artificial intelligence, robotics, and other technologies.  Military expertise proved quite valuable during the pandemic, she said, noting, for example, that "naval researchers figured out how to use 3D knitting machines to make masks."  But Harris paid particular attention to "a very real threat to our national security" — climate change.  "You are ocean engineers who will help navigate ships through thinning ice," Harris said in her only acknowledgment that the Navy has any sort of relationship with the world's oceans.  "You are mechanical engineers who will help reinforce sinking bases.  You are electrical engineers who will soon help convert solar and wind energy into power, convert solar and wind energy into combat power.  And just ask any Marine today, would she rather carry 20 pounds of batteries or a rolled-up solar panel?  And I am positive she will tell you a solar panel, and so would he."

Breaking: 6th Circuit Issues Stinging Rejection of Biden's Race-Based 'American Rescue Plan'.  The Biden administration has sought to racialize the COVID-19 pandemic response, including a restaurant aid program within the American Rescue Plan.  A judge just ruled that isn't going to fly.  The ruling comes by way of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case Antonio Vittolo vs. Isabella Casillas Guzman.  Guzman's lawsuit argued that white men are being 'pushed to the back of the line' for aid in the coronavirus relief program.  The lawsuit was directed at U.S. Small Business Association Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman by Antonio Vitolo, who is the owner of Jake's Bar and Grill in Harriman, Tennessee.  A majority 2-1 decision found that Biden's race-based litmus test for aid is not legal.  "This case is about whether the government can allocate limited coronavirus relief funds based on the race and sex of the applicants," Judge Thapar ruled.  "We hold that it cannot."

Biden's overtly anti-white COVID rescue plan won't survive in court.  Team Biden is poised to hand out billions of dollars to what it misleadingly labels "socially disadvantaged" farmers, restaurateurs and other business owners hurt by the lockdowns.  The money will start flowing to them in early June — provided they don't have white skin.  Biden's American Rescue Plan defines "socially disadvantaged" based on skin color and ancestry, not the hardships faced by an individual.  Blacks, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics and Pacific Islanders are included.  One group is excluded:  whites.  Fortunately, the new law's anti-white provisions are facing a challenge in court, and the challengers are likely to win.  The US Constitution forbids discrimination based on race — period.

Biden is mortgaging our future with more spending, debt and taxes than ever before.  Two distressing facts to remember about President Biden's new 10-year budget proposal.  First, his proposed spending spree would bring the largest federal debt in American history.  Second, this budget does not even include additional spending and debt proposals that are coming later.  On that first point, President Biden proposes that Washington spend $6 trillion next year — even as the pandemic recedes and the economy moves back towards full employment.  Just a few years after federal spending first passed the $4 trillion threshold, President Biden would quickly blow past $6 trillion next year on the way past $8 trillion within a decade.  Federal spending next year would exceed $45,000 per household.  Is anyone possibly getting their money's worth? [...] Not even the second world war brought this much debt.

Biden's Wild Spending Binge:  It's Socialism, Not 'Stimulus'.  Of all President Joe Biden's awful economic policies, none will have as nasty and lasting an impact on average Americans as the sheer growth he's proposing for the federal government.  His newly unveiled budget lays bare once again the Democratic Party's sharp socialist turn. Biden's budget is, in a word, mammoth.  It proposes a total of $6 trillion in spending next year, with a budget deficit of $1.8 trillion.  That's a 36% rise above the pre-pandemic spending of $4.4 trillion in 2019.  By 2031, the Biden plan sees spending of $8.1 trillion, while annual deficits will remain above $1.3 trillion every year for all 10 years.  Numbers crunched by the Congressional Budget Office show that Biden's spending plans would add $22 trillion to our deficits over and above current levels in the decade.

Great New Lefty Policy Idea:  Let's Destroy Highways.  Biden just proposed $1.8 trillion in deficit spending.  He's talking a lot about infrastructure, but only a little over $100 billion is actually going to roads, bridges, tunnels, and highways.  More than that will be going as sweetheart subsidies for electric cars.  Instead, Dems have begun insisting that everything is infrastructure.  Like massive lies and theft.  Those are now very definitely infrastructure.  There's a good reason why the Dems talk about infrastructure, but don't fund it.  They want to get rid of it.  The elimination of suburbs is high on the lefty agenda of forcing everyone to cram into cities where they can be tightly controlled.  And since roads, bridges, tunnels, and highways connect people, they want to get rid of those.  Think of the Left as laying siege to America and you won't be far wrong.

DHS eyes deleting gang questions from green card application.  Homeland Security is moving to cut questions about gang affiliation from the application migrants file to get green cards, in a change that one former employee says could mean dangerous criminals will have an easier time getting through the process.  Rob Law, a former chief of policy and strategy at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, revealed the planned changes Thursday, saying it appears to be part of the Biden team's attempt at erasing the get-tough approach of the previous administration.  "The biggest beneficiaries of that 'compassion' are apparently the most violent and dangerous aliens in the country," said Mr. Law, who is now at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Biden Administration Undermines Public Safety by Ending Bristol County, Mass., 287(g) Program.  The Biden administration seems to be upset that the successful 287(g) program in Bristol County, Mass., has resulted in the identification of illegal aliens arrested for child rape, assault, strangulation, arson, attempted murder, armed carjacking, breaking and entering, and identity theft, and they plan to put an end to this public safety program immediately, no matter the cost to public safety.  This is consistent with the administration's enforcement priorities and would ensure that countless criminal aliens are released into our communities.  The 287(g) program, created by Congress decades back, allows local law enforcement to enter into cooperative agreements with federal immigration authorities to assist with the identification and processing of removable aliens arrested for violations of criminal law.  Local law enforcement that partners with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) receives weeks of training on how to identify removable aliens that they encounter during their routine enforcement of state and local criminal law.  It's a common sense program considering that local law enforcement, not ICE, is often the first to encounter criminal aliens.

Biden's 2022 Budget Would Push Federal Spending to Highest Levels Since WWII.  President Joe Biden will unveil a $6 trillion budget proposal on Friday that would push federal spending to its highest sustained levels since World War II.  Biden's budget plan asks the federal government to spend $6 trillion in the 2022 fiscal year and for total spending to hit $8.2 trillion by 2031, according to documents first obtained by The New York Times.  Should Biden's budget be accepted by Congress, the federal government will spend more as a share of the economy each year than at any other time since World War II, with the exception of 2020 and 2021, which saw trillions in COVID-relief spending.

Five reasons not to be optimistic about America's future.  Starting with Obama, Democrats have been undermining the Bill of Rights.  "Every single one of [Obama's] initiatives," said American Thinker, was "directed at increasing government control in every area, with a corresponding decrease in individual liberty."  Nowhere has this been more evident than in the overreaching mandates imposed on the American public in the name of combatting the coronavirus.  The Left's ultimate objective is socialism/communism, where the government controls everything.  The consequence will be economic collapse on the scale of Venezuela.  If they get away with this, say goodbye to the nation we all used to know and love.

Blue Pill or Red Pill — Choose Wisely.  [Scroll down]  All Joe needed to do was provide normalcy rather than demand unity — and issue everyone their daily dose of the blue.  Instead, Joe has behaved like an unsupervised child in a candy store, indulging his every wish.  He shocked the body politic with too much radicalism, too fast — and it has awakened the citizenry for a brief moment.  Joe "red pilled" the body politic.  In reality, the blue pill (leftist propaganda) is losing its efficacy.  Once people know propaganda is propaganda, they stop believing the propaganda.  I know this is a difficult concept for the left to grasp, but when one catches someone lying to them, they're less likely to believe future lies.  The propagandists overplayed their hand.  The propaganda is no longer convincing.  At the same time, Joe has hit us with an unprecedented level of radicalism which runs counter to logic and common sense.

Biden Administration Will Import Metals and Close U.S. Mines To Appease Environmental Wing of Party.  Every economic policy of the JoeBama administration benefits other nations at the cost of the U.S. middle class.  If you look at the Biden policy from a position of America's interests they get everything wrong.  However, if you look at Biden economic policy from a goal to weaken the U.S. and benefit other nations, they get everything right.  This is the exact same big picture dynamic that was present during the Obama era.  The Chicago crew of policy advisors simply hate America and everything she/we stand for.  That element of Obama's network hates 'colonialism', despises the industrial revolution, and abhors free market capitalism.  When Obama said "share the wealth" he wasn't speaking exclusively toward domestic socioeconomic policy; he was also pointing out that America needed to share wealth with other nations.  This is the ideological alignment between Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden.

The Left's Ideology Shrivels When Exposed to the Light.  For decades, Progressives have been making gains in America, and they've been doing it mainly because they were very careful and crafty in how they operated.  A leftist will rarely come out and tell you what he is trying to do; leftists are stealthy and devious about their true intentions, disguising their motives with slogans like "for the common good," "paying your fair share," and "leveling the playing field."  They've slunk into nearly every walk of life, disingenuously labeling themselves "liberal," when they are in reality anything but liberal.  "Liberal" would mean they are open to the way others think.  "Liberal" would mean that they don't try to cancel those with whom they disagree.  "Liberal" would mean being liberal, and letting people live their lives, provided they are not doing harm to others... which is more like the libertarian viewpoint.  Progressives dominate our educational institutions, from elementary school to the highest levels of academia, and their indoctrination of our youths is shameless and insidious.  Recent polls have shown that 25% of Americans now believe that socialism is a better economic system than capitalism.  Year after year, they churn out hundreds of thousands more useful idiots with degrees in gender studies, social justice, black studies, and even journalism (yeah, oddly, journalism is still a major!).  These aspiring Marxists graduate and spread their idiocy into nearly every walk of life, especially drawn to "teaching," government "service," and "journalism."  This spread has been effective because it has been quiet, subtle, and determined.

To Fight Back, Question Everything.  In terms of safety, health, opportunity, and prosperity, there has never been a better time in human history, but hardly anyone living anywhere is celebrating. [...] In a world saturated with information, the "key" to distinguishing between truth and falsehood is one question, one word:  "why?"  Why should schools and companies discriminate based on skin color?  Why should my race say more about me than my brain?  Why is it okay for federal immigration law to be ignored while federal tax laws must be obeyed?  Why are Americans who defend the Constitution treated as domestic terrorists?  Why are Americans who burn down cities treated as heroes?  Why does every "solution" to climate change involve the expansion of government powers and the contraction of personal liberties?  Why must the government police speech in order to keep it free?  Why must government disarm citizens in order to keep them safe?  Why is the government so afraid of the people that it must spy on them at all times?  Why is it no longer "our government," but rather the government?

After Biden:  It's Up to Us.  [Scroll down]  Politicians are never going to change.  That means it's up to us.  It's up to us to change the moral matrix at the school board and declare that anyone that advocates Critical Race Theory for the kiddies is a moral monster and a hater.  It's up to us to stigmatize the climate grifters as bloodsuckers and Malefactors of Great Green.  It's up to us to relabel the homeless:  from helpless victims into moral cretins.  It's up to us to teach Americans to think of government employee unions as evil slime.  It's up to us to slowly convert Social Security from a slush fund into a genuine savings program.  It's up to us to bully social media into canceling lefty haters instead of the former President of the United States.

With Policies Failing, Democrats Turn to Trump-Hate.  With the latest job creation numbers 75 percent below forecast, and illegal entry into the U.S. across the southern border up 944 percent from April of last year, and the president having difficulty reconciling his support of Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state with the vocal anti-Semitism of elements of his own congressional party, and inflation on gasoline, lumber, bread, and a number of other vital products running between 50 and 150 percent, the contemporary Democratic Party is reverting to the only arrow left in its quiver and the only song remaining in its song book:  Trump-hate.  The administration's demiurgic effort to continue public panic over the Covid virus has failed.  Texas, whose opposition to the complete shut-down President Biden denounced as "Neanderthal," and other anti-shut down states such as Florida and South Dakota, have so completely outperformed the principal Democratic compulsory lockdown states, as to make it very difficult to sustain public pandemic hysteria at its former stratospheric levels.  Likewise, the progress of the vaccines for which no Democrat is physically capable of giving any credit to former President Trump, have made hysteria even more difficult to support.

Is Biden's inflated presidency about to burst?  Is President Joe Biden living up to expectations?  It's hard to say, since the expectations generated on his campaign trail were so murky.  Biden made plenty of promises on the stump but only one thing was ever clear:  he wasn't Donald Trump. [...] Whatever moderation was once attributed to him has been quickly abandoned.  The Keystone XL Pipeline has been canceled, the radical Equality Act has been endorsed, the Paris Climate Agreement has been rejoined.  Most glaringly of all, one of the largest spending bills in American history has been signed into law, with promises of much, much more to come.  Most recently, Biden has been haggling with the GOP Congress over his proposed infrastructure package.  He wants $2.3 trillion while the Republicans have said they could go as high as $800 billion and even raise the gas tax in order to pay for it.

This is impeachment #3.  What do you do when the border is a mess and gasoline prices are out of control?  You try to impeach Trump again by starting another investigation. [...] I smell a party looking for a distraction here:
  [#1]   The border is a mess and people are being released without court dates.  I'm confused.  I thought that these people were seeking asylum.  It sounds to me like they are just walking into the country.
  [#2]   Inflation is showing its ugly face.  Just ask the moms shopping at the local stores after filling the gas tank.
  [#3]   Support for Israel is dividing Democrats.  President Biden has an Israel problem and it's not from the GOP side.
Last, but not least, the 50-50 Senate is making it very difficult for the "majority" to do anything and the left is growing unhappy.  They want to pack the courts and force Justice Stephen Breyer out, but it's not likely to happen.

Harris Calls COVID an 'Opportunity to Transform' America as We Know It.  The Democrat Party has known for decades it must patch together disparate groups if it is to remain a competitive national political party — people of color, the LGBTQ community, (liberal) women, et al. — and today, of course, illegal immigrants (future Democrat voters) enthusiastically recruited by Biden to stream across the border unchecked.  If we've learned anything over the last five years, it's that today's Democrat Party is not the Democrat Party of not all that long ago.  Democrats are now hellbent on destroying America as we know it, and "pragmatic moderate" Kamala Harris is among those leading the charge.

Biden issues sweeping executive order requiring agencies to combat climate change.  President Joe Biden is directing federal agencies to identify and address financial risks posed by climate change in a sweeping executive order that could affect much of the government budget and many private industries.  The Thursday [5/20/2021] order is the latest action by the Biden administration to enlist the financial sector in fighting climate change, both through dedicated efforts to reduce climate-related economic risks and actions to minimize public investment in fossil fuels. [...] In April, during Biden's climate summit, the White House released the first international climate finance plan.  As part of that plan, Biden pledged that the United States would double the amount of money it offers to developing countries to help curb climate change within the next three years and move away from financing fossil fuel-intensive projects overseas.

The Editor says...
[#1] There are no "financial risks posed by climate change."  If you have financial risks in your future, they have no connection to the changing climate.  [#2] Global Warming, which was Climate Change's maiden name, occurs at a rate of one or two degrees per century.  Maybe less!  That's nothing that we can't deal with.  There is no "climate emergency."

What Trump Meant to Millions.  To appreciate what Trump meant, one need only look at what Biden has done in four months.  Liberal elitism is expressed in many ways, but the overriding theme is that the common people are too ignorant to know the truth, much less to be allowed to govern.  For progressive politicians, the "truth" may shift on particular issues — "masks, no masks," "schools closed, schools open," "border open, border closed" — but it always comes back to the idea of big government and centralized power.  At the heart of every move is the power and corruption of a self-anointed elite.  In the 1960s, against all common sense, the left backed the Black Panthers and Students for a Democratic Society, and there were few to call them out on it.  There were Huey Newton t-shirts and raised fists resembling the BLM t-shirt and raised fists of today.  Now the race card — along with the "science is settled" insistence that the earth is dying — is the left's answer to anyone who would challenge their idea of permanent and total power.

Planting the Flag:  The States will be Sovereign.  When Biden stated, "I'm not Bernie Sanders" maybe he was being honest, for, in fact, he seems to have gone to the left of even Bernie.  That the administration sees a very small window of time to push this radical agenda is obvious; it is on overdrive to transform America in record time.  The litany of disastrous policies that have been pushed, floated, and introduced is mind-boggling.  From packing the Supreme Court, D.C. statehood, massive tax increases, eliminating the Electoral College, federalizing the entire election system, free college tuition, massive spending and a Green New Deal, and the opening of our southern border, one's head spins trying to keep up.  The nation is in crisis and the future of our Republic balances on a knife edge.  The most dangerous of these transformative changes is the attempt to nationalize the electoral system through the Orwellian named "For the People Act."  The result would be nothing short of the shredding of the Constitution, the obliteration of state sovereignty and, at the risk of hyperbole, the end of the Republic.

Woke Army Goes to War Against Climate Change.  The United States Army's Assistant Secretary for Installations, Energy and Environment released a memo on May 14 that identifies climate change as a "serious threat to U.S. national security interests and defense objectives."  According to the memo, the president and secretary of defense have directed the Army to prioritize "climate change considerations in its threat picture, strategic plans, operations, and installations."  In January, Defense News reported that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin wants the Department of Defense (DOD) to "change its carbon footprint."  In April, Secretary Austin called climate change "an existential threat."  To that end, the memo states that the Army convened a 24-member "Army Climate Change Working Group (ACCWG)" in early March to develop the Army's "Climate Strategy and Army Climate Action Plan."  The plan includes "energy reform," which calls for the "development and use of renewable energy, energy and water efficiency and consumption, and other environmental initiatives that steward the land, air and water to enable Army operations and maximize readiness."

The Editor says...
Instead of fighting climate change, which is a war that can't be won, perhaps the Army should be at the Mexican border, where there is an actual problem.

Why we need to stand against the radical Left's war on energy.  Prior to the Biden administration, America had become the world leader in energy production and a major exporter of oil and natural gas, strengthening national security and boosting our economy for hard-working families.  By reducing taxes and reforming regulations on energy production, the public saw increased job opportunities, lower electricity bills, and lower prices at the gas pump.  Unfortunately, under the Biden administration, we have seen an all-out assault on American energy and a push to hike taxes on hard-working families and small businesses.  But special interest groups want the Biden administration to go even further and impose a costly, job-killing carbon tax that would be devastating for families and small businesses — reversing progress toward achieving American energy dominance and economic prosperity.

Janet Yellen makes an idiot of Pete Buttigeig.  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen just made a punk out of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.  Yellen lobbied the business community Tuesday to help foot the bill for President Joe Biden's more than $4 trillion American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, which include every wish list item proposed by the Democratic Party going back nearly 50 years.  This is an interesting development, considering Buttigieg claimed last week the White House's "infrastructure" proposal "is paid for."  Yellen pitched U.S. business leaders specifically on raising the corporate tax rate to help pay for Biden's multitrillion-dollar plans.  Speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Forum on Economic Recovery, the treasury secretary outlined the president's plan to raise the corporate income tax rate to 28%, up from its current rate of 21%.  "With corporate taxes at a historical low of 1% of GDP, we believe the corporate sector can contribute to this effort by bearing its fair share," she said.

The Editor says...
Why is it up to "the business community" to pay for the Abortion Party's socialist wish list?  Is every business part of that community, or only the really big ones?  Who defines the boundaries?

Schumer on electric cars: 'All vehicles on the road should be clean' by 2040.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says every vehicle on the road should be fully electric by 2040.  "There is no way the United States can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions without looking at how Americans drive," Schumer said on Tuesday.  "So I have put forward an ambitious, comprehensive proposal to accelerate our country's transition to zero-emission vehicles.  We've called it Clean Cars for America.  "The goal of that plan is that by 2040, all vehicles should be clean.  All vehicles on the road should be clean.  The International Energy Agency, by the way, recommends the world reach that target by 2050, so we beat them by 10 years, if this proposal goes into effect."

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I'm not sure who the International Energy Agency is, but I do know they're not elected representatives of US citizens, and we didn't approve of their agenda in any kind of referendum.  Their recommendations carry no legal weight, but the serve as a fig leaf for the Democrats' power grab.  And the power grab is based on groundless hysteria about global warming — or whatever they call it now.

Biden Is Off to a Disastrous Start.  Presidents aren't supreme beings imbued with the power to dictate economic conditions, pandemics or international events.  We give them far too much credit and blame for the vagaries of the world.  That said, there are some things that presidents do have the power to influence.  The location of MLB's All-Star Game, for instance, is not Joe Biden's bailiwick.  The economic recovery is.  The COVID-19 downturn wasn't an organic event precipitated by unforeseeable underlying economic factors.  It was an event created by state lockdowns, coupled with widespread consumer fear.  So, with lockdowns easing and vaccines entering arms, a vibrant bounce-back should be a slam dunk for the president.  Instead, Biden couldn't resist the opportunity to stuff expensive, technocratic, completely unrelated agenda items into his "rescue" packages.  And disincentivizing work and investments, threatening to raise taxes and energy prices and pumping trillions into the economy tend to dampen growth.

H.R. 1 is a straight up Democratic power grab.  America is still grappling with the issues that plagued a divisive 2020 election.  In that election cycle, Democratic politicians and left-wing lawyers launched a multi-state assault on election security laws that gave unprecedented and unconstitutional authority to non-legislative actors to change election laws.  Now, Democrats are doubling-down on their efforts to undermine election security with H.R. 1, the so-called "For the People Act," a bill that would federalize state elections while sweeping away state election integrity efforts.  Rather than using the slimmest majority in modern history to enact bills that would fix problems in our election system, Democrats seem maniacally focused on making sure they maintain power in the next election.  This bill shouldn't be called the "For the People Act" but instead should be known as the "Democrat Power Grab Act of 2021" because it is clearly designed so Democrats can aggregate and exert power.

Biden's 'Uncle Joe' moments feed Republican claims someone else is in charge.  Republicans contend Biden's sometimes-doddering ways are calculated to obscure his liberal priorities as he, his aides, and their congressional allies take advantage of narrow majorities on Capitol Hill before the 2022 midterm elections.  Biden's folksy reputation and low-key approach to the presidency belies the political transformation being spearheaded by his administration, according to Republican strategist Jeanette Hoffman.  "These things when Joe Biden says, 'It's not me, I'm not in charge,' it's part of the whole shtick that he has going that he's just 'Uncle Joe' and you can trust him.  He's just a nice guy, and he's not out to do anything crazy or make any big changes, but that couldn't be further from the truth because this is the most liberal and radical socialist agenda our country has ever seen," she told the Washington Examiner.

We're Governed by Morons.  Everyone knows someone who is horrible with money; some friend or acquaintance who is always up to their neck in credit card debt no matter how much money they earn.  You probably try to avoid seeing this person as much as possible because it's always the same old story when you do.  Sadly, rather than remove these people from our lives, we've elected them to Congress and they keep sticking us with the check.  This isn't about Republicans or Democrats, they're both horrible when it comes to spending.  The only differences between the two parties on spending is Republicans pretend to be responsible when they're not in power, Democrats don't even bother anymore.

Biden gave Palestinians $235 million; they fired 1,600 rockets at Israel.  Follow the money.  On April 7, Al Jazeera reported, "The Biden administration has announced plans to resume funding for the United Nations agency that supports Palestinian refugees, which has faced a dire financial situation since former US President Donald Trump cut US assistance in 2018."  President Trump cut off the aid because Palestinian leaders keep terrorizing Israel.  Arab News said the US gift was $235 million.  It said, "The plan calls for $150 million through the United Nations relief agency UNRWA, $75 million in US economic and development assistance and $10 million for peace-building programs, Blinken said in a statement."  That is a lot of money to give to Palestinians whose leaders have refused peace settlements for 73 years.

Biden's Biological Ruling:  HHS Redefines Sex as Non-Biological.  he Biden administration's Department of Health and Human Services declared it will be reversing a "rule initiated by former President Donald Trump that defined 'sex' as biological, in an effort to prevent 'discrimination' against transgender people in health care practices" reports National Review.  The change will "likely require that states, which set their own Medicaid eligibility requirements, provide gender-reassignment surgery and hormone therapy to Medicaid recipients" writes National Review.  The enforcement is not a binding federal rule, but means the federal government will "begin interpreting Section 1557 — the non-discrimination provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — to include a ban on discrimination based on sexual identity, rather than simply banning discrimination based on biological sex, as the Trump administration had."

Where is the Congressional Republican Outrage?  Recently, the new Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin explained that an existential threat to our military forces is climate change.  I guess the secretary missed the session on orientation day explaining the main objective of the U.S. military to fight wars and defeat the enemy.  When not engaged in war, they should be training and preparing for one.  To achieve that objective he said, "We in the Department of Defense are committed to doing our part, from increasing the energy efficiency of our platforms and installations, to deploying clean distributed generation and energy storage, to electrifying our own vehicle fleets".  I look for the announcement of a newly designed, totally electric Abrams tank.

Welcome Back, Carter.  Anyone want to party like it's 1979?  Okay, at least in 1979 we weren't locked down, masked up, and socially distanced.  But, other than that, there wasn't much to celebrate.  The economy was in the tank, inflation was rampant, gas lines were long, daubers were down, and no one in the White House knew what to do about any of it.  A new term had to be coined for something thought impossible/oxymoronic... "stagflation."  Yes, even as the economy was slowing down, inflation was rampant, an unprecedented pairing of economic indicators.  And today?  The economy is in the tank, inflation is rampant, gas lines are getting long in some areas, daubers are down, and no one in the White House knows what to do about any of it.  It may be worse than that.  It may be possible that no one in the White House wants to do anything about any of it because it is part of the plan, the Great Reset, the elite's desire to take the U.S. down a peg while/by reducing greenhouse gases — and increasing intersectionality, multiculturalism, critical race theory, and other noxious forms of political correctness.

White House Occupant Reads Teleprompter, Desperately Attempting to Spin Horrific Policy Outcomes.  The White House occupant appeared today [5/10/2021] to deliver remarks on some key issues that are catastrophic to the long-term goals of the leftist administration.  First, let's be clear; there's no-way the Chicago control agents would allow the installed occupant to speak on any issue, publicly, that was not a direct and measurable threat to their long-term goals.  The remarks today by Joe Biden are carefully scripted to diffuse political damage that is pending as a direct outcome of the executed policies. [...] The bottom line is simple:  The Democrats can see a political backlash coming that is going to overwhelm them.  No amount of spin or manipulative talking points will change the outcome of the reality people are feeling.  Massive increases in gas prices combined with massive inflation is the exact policy outcome from Jimmy Carter.

More than 120 retired flag officers sign open letter warning that America 'is in deep peril'.  More than 120 retired American military officials have signed an open letter warning that America has veered left under Democratic control and that the nation's survival is on the line.  "Under a Democrat Congress and the Current Administration, our Country has taken a hard left turn toward Socialism and a Marxist form of tyrannical government which must be countered now by electing congressional and presidential candidates who will always act to defend our Constitutional Republic.  The survival of our Nation and its cherished freedoms, liberty, and historic values are at stake," the letter states.  Some of the signers include retired Army Brigadier General Donald Bolduc, who is running to serve as a U.S. Senator from the state of New Hampshire, and retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, the executive vice president of the Family Research Council.

Biden HHS Redefines Sex as Non-Biological in New 'Anti-Discrimination' Rule Change.  The Biden administration is reversing a rule initiated by former President Donald Trump that defined "sex" as biological, in an effort to prevent "discrimination" against transgender people in health care practices, the Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday [5/10/2021].  The notice of enforcement, while not a binding federal rule, signals that the federal government will begin interpreting Section 1557 — the non-discrimination provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — to include a ban on discrimination based on sexual identity, rather than simply banning discrimination based on biological sex, as the Trump administration had.  The change will likely require that states, which set their own Medicaid eligibility requirements, provide gender-reassignment surgery and hormone therapy to Medicaid recipients.

Biden Administration Decides Sex Is Non-Biological In New HHS Announcement.  On Monday [5/10/2021], the Biden administration's Health and Human Services department, headed by Secretary Xavier Becerra, announced that the Office for Civil Rights would throw out the Trump administration's view that sex is biological and "interpret and enforce Section 1557 (of the Affordable Care Act) and Title IX's prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and discrimination on the basis of gender identity."  The Biden administration rolled back the June 2020 final regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act by the Trump administration, which eliminated the general prohibition on discrimination based on gender identity and sex-stereotyping that the Obama administration had instituted.

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Biden HHS Lays the Groundwork for the Chemical Castration of Children.  On Monday [5/10/2021], the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) laid the groundwork for forcing doctors and hospitals to perform transgender surgery in the name of fighting "discrimination."  HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine (a biological male who identifies as a woman) announced that HHS would adopt the Orwellian redefinition of "sex" to force transgender ideology in the medical field, mainstreaming the arguable chemical castration of children.  "The Supreme Court has made clear that people have a right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex and receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.  That's why today HHS announced it will act on related reports of discrimination," Becerra announced in a statement.


Government Equals Piracy Equals Loot and Plunder.  As far as I know, this jobs problem is at least six months old, and I dare say that the CDC's Eviction Moratorium is a contributing factor.  Did you know that having to pay back rent is racist?  You will soon.  And yet our Democratic friends went ahead with subsidizing unemployment in their post-Trump loot-and-plunder extravaganza.  Of course they did, because the whole point of politics is that you gotta pay your supporters with loot and plunder.  In my view, all government, everywhere, is a loot and plunder operation, and always has been. [...] The innovation of Marx and the socialists was to gussie up a moral justification for their looting.  Then Horace Mann justified his free gubmint "common schools" by asserting that they would reduce crime by 90 percent.  Social Security was sold as an insurance program.  Even ObamaCare had a penumbra and an emanation of the arc of history about it. [...] In the post-Trump era, the gloves are off, and you Commoners are gonna pay reparations, you racists.

The 'Woke' Follies.  Some years ago, I watched an excerpt of a panel discussion with a number of middle-aged professors at a prestigious Ivy League university.  These academics were regaling the naïve and worshipful audience, overwhelmingly female, about the necessity of viewing the LGTBQ movement as this generation's national civil rights battle (equivalent to the abolishing of slavery).  The tirades against a racist and imbecilic patriarchy marinated in white privilege were incessant.  These Leftists claimed that this privilege and imbecility required the immediate acceleration of the transformation of the United States into a socialist nirvana through any means that would ostracize, intimidate, and muzzle all who disagreed that these were "civil rights" worthy of national imposition.  The adoring and reverential expressions on the faces of the young women and the few men in the audience was priceless.  It was as if they had suddenly discovered meaning and purpose in their apparently meaningless and sheltered lives.  They no doubt thought that the prospect of being swept up a grand crusade of promoting all manner of "civil rights" in a heartless, capitalistic society would bring relevance to their lives.  What they did not fathom was that they were being manipulated in order to bring about a socialist one-party oligarchy by playing on the nation's history of civil rights movements.

'Blatantly unconstitutional': 78 members of Congress go to court against Biden.  Seventy-eight members of Congress have gone to court to say that President Biden's "American Rescue Plan" is "blatantly unconstitutional" because it purports to control the decisions states make regarding their own taxes.  The friend-of-the-court brief was filed by the American Center for Law and Justice on behalf of the members of Congress in a case already pending that was brought by 13 attorneys general.  They sued Biden because of the demand, authored by the Schumer-Pelosi regime in Congress, that "prohibits states from lowering state taxes anytime between now and 2024."  "In other words, throughout President Biden's first term," the ACLJ explained.

Grandpa Knew Best.  [Scroll down]  Not completely unrelated to unrestrained money printing and paying people not to work is the rapidly rising cost of energy due to the administration's war on "fossil fuels."  Biden has set a draconian pledge to cut carbon "pollution" 50-52% compared with 2005 levels.  Even if you believe (as I do not) that anthropogenic caused global warming is substantial and deleterious, the goal is senseless.  China is not going to cut back on its use of fossil fuels and its carbon pollution surpasses all the developed countries combined.  To carry out this pledge, the U.S. would wreck its economy and the hardest hit, as usual, will be the poorest of us unable to afford more costly housing, food, and transportation.

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Carbon dioxide is not carbon, nor is it a pollutant.

Biden is repeating the disastrous policies of England's welfare state.  The Biden administration got a disastrous jobs report on Friday:  In April, the economy added only 266,000 workers, which was one-quarter of what the Democrats had optimistically predicted would happen after they printed money like Weimar Germany or Venezuela and then handed out massive stimulus checks.  For me, it was déjà vu all over again, because the same thing happened in England in the late 1970s.  Had Trump stayed in office and continued with his economic policies, I believe the economy would have added the 1 million jobs Democrats so blithely predicted.  Instead, ["]The US added just 266,000 jobs in April — far below economists' expectations of 1 million — and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.1 percent, the feds said Friday.["]  Significantly, and sadly, the worst hit were Blacks and women, who were thriving under Trump.

Pompeo: 'Enormous Mistake' to Think Climate Change Is Main US Threat.  Everyone wants to have clean air and safe drinking water, but it's an "enormous mistake" for President Joe Biden to call climate change the number one threat facing the United States when there are so many threats that are going on, particularly with China and with the crisis at the nation's southern border, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday [4/23/2021].  "I could list half a dozen other challenges we face, not the least of which is the crisis on our southern border today, that far outrank the urgency of climate change," said Pompeo, now a Fox News contributor, on "America's Newsroom."  His comments come as Biden's virtual climate summit, which concludes Friday, has attracted national figures from around the world, including Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Meeting Biden's climate pledge would require 'dramatic' changes to fossil fuel-based economy.  President Joe Biden's pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 would require fundamentally transforming the country's fossil fuel-based economy.  A lot of work has been done, with the United States leading the world in emissions reductions since 2005 because of natural gas and renewables replacing more expensive and dirtier coal in electricity.  But to meet Biden's target, the pace of emissions cuts will need to increase substantially and reach into sectors in which emissions have increased or remained steady, such as transportation, heavy manufacturing, and buildings.

Poll: Huge Majority of Capitol Hill Aides Believe Pelosi's Partisan Socialist Agenda Will Not Pass Congress.  Punchbowl News released a new tracking poll Thursday showing a majority of senior Democrat Capitol Hill aides believe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) partisan socialist agenda will not pass Congress.  Pelosi's push to pass a partisan socialist agenda while Washington, DC, is under one-party rule looks like it will fail as the "gatekeepers and, in many cases, the decision-makers" believe there will not be enough votes to get her wishlist through, according to the poll.

The Left-Wing Putsch.  [Scroll down]  Just as Henry Wallace in 1948 loved the USSR but was repudiated by Pres.  Harry Truman, [Bernie] Sanders also has been infatuated with Soviet-style communism all his life.  The fact is that when the federal government gradually or with singular rapidity takes over the means of production, the net result is and will always be authoritarian.  When we see the government striving to add two free years of college for all, develop vaccine passports, dictate modes of transportation in the name of energy control vis-à-vis climate change, implement a national curriculum inculcating racist stereotyping of the majority of the population, pack the Supreme Court, manipulate social media, portray all legislation about election integrity as racist and illegitimate, and force the spending of trillions of dollars on the country without input from the opposition party, we know we no longer have a party that even pays lip service to the Declaration of Independence with its assumptions of natural rights.

Move over Marine Corps, AOC calls for 1.5 million-strong 'Climate Corps'.  Two years after its debut, the Green New Deal was re-introduced two weeks ago, with Ocasio-Cortez joined by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.  The lawmakers spoke about green jobs, social justice, and the Civilian Climate Corps.  President Joe Biden included the corps in his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, calling for investments in training and $15 per hour union dues-paying jobs with health care coverage and other benefits like child care and counseling.  Fox News reported that the CCC "would fall under the purview of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent government agency that also runs AmeriCorps and other national service initiatives."  Corps members would receive on-the-job training and work to help "reduce carbon emissions, enable a transition to renewable energy, build healthier and more resilient communities, implement conservation projects with proven climate benefits, and help communities recover from climate disasters," according to a Markey press release.

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[#1] Creating thousands of busy-work jobs won't change the climate.  [#2] Democrats and unions exchange favors constantly.  That's the whole purpose of programs like this.  Unionized workers will be badgered into voting for Democrats, and the cycle will repeat.  [#3] Cleaning up after a storm is not the federal government's responsibility.  [#4]  Having this new layer of bureaucracy will not improve the climate in any measurable way.

As Biden Pushes Founders' America to the Brink, Americans Must 'Revisit the Original Plan'.  [Scroll down]  Separation of powers is not a flaw in our system of government, as many demanding changes increasingly assert.  It is purposely designed to protect our constitutional republic from the tyranny of a few — tyranny that today is knocking down the door of America.  Contrast the original design chosen by our framers with the intemperate statements of President Biden, who demands Congress yield to his will on matters such as gun control, under the threat that he will usurp the role of Congress by signing executive orders.  Consider the effect of the Democrats' dangerous threat to pack the Supreme Court if it does not bow to President Biden's broad claims to executive authority in violation of the separation of powers.  Explain why 20 of our 50 Republican senators voted to confirm Merrick Garland as attorney general — under whose leadership the Department of Justice just conducted an early-morning raid on the law office and apartment of President Trump's former lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.  To fully appreciate how dangerous these recent developments are, only three months into the Biden administration, Americans must now revisit the original plan.

Biden's American Unions Plan.  President Joe Biden is traveling to Virginia and Louisiana this week to pitch his American Jobs Plan — also called an "infrastructure" plan.  New bridges, safer highways and more broadband are easy sells.  But that's only half the story.  Biden's plan is a massive and coercive push to unionize the American workforce.  Whether workers want it or not.  Biden's plan is a wish list of changes sought by union bosses.  It cancels right-to-work laws in 27 states that currently protect workers from having to pay union dues if they don't want to join.  It also rigs union elections by replacing secret balloting with a system called card check.  Organizers will be able to see which workers vote "no" and intimidate them.  During the 2020 presidential contest, unions donated millions to Biden's campaign, manned phone banks and got out the vote for Democrats.  Now, it's payback time.

Biden Admin Moves to Make Air Conditioners Too Expensive for Americans.  Some parts of the United States are uninhabitable without air conditioning.  And even in major cities, before air conditioning became widely available, people slept on balconies and fire escapes in stifling heat.  Beyond comfort, the lack of air conditioning in Europe has killed thousands.  Mostly the elderly. [...] The crackdown on air conditioners and refrigerators has been underway for a while now.  But Biden, Democrats and some Republicans are really ramping it up.

Dem Cori Bush praises 'historic' vote to defund St. Louis police as the city is named 7th most violent in the entire world.  The city of St. Louis is moving toward axing nearly 100 police officer positions and cutting millions from the police department's budget.  The movement to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was lauded by Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), who called the decision "historic," despite the city being one of the most violent per capita in the world.  A proposal to eliminate 98 vacant officer positions and reallocate $4 million of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's $171 million budget passed a vote last week.  The proposition was passed by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment by a 2-1 vote, with St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones (D) and Comptroller Darlene Green supporting the plan and Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed opposing the proposal.  Fox News reported that the plan "now goes to the Board of Alderman, the legislative body of the city, for hearings and possible amendments, before it's set to take effect July 1."

Austin, TX voters overwhelmingly reject propositions pushed by progressives.  There are signs that the left has created a backlash by overplaying its hand.  Even in a stronghold of the left like Austin, Texas, where in 2019 homeless people were allowed to erect their tents on city-owned land, including parks and sidewalks, thanks to the progressive-dominated city council.  All the problems any sane person would predict started happening immediately.  And that led to a voter initiative to reinstate the camping ban, Proposition B.

The Price Democracy Exacts for Ignorance.  In an 1816 letter to his friend Charles Yancey, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents.  There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information."  Jefferson was making the case for taxpayer-funded public schools.  He believed an educated electorate with access to a free press would be proof against the government's inclination to encroach upon our liberties.  One wonders if he would take such a sanguine view after witnessing what passes for education and news reporting today.  It's useful to ponder this question now, considering that our president's first State of the Union address was a classic expression of the propensity to which Jefferson alluded.  Absent the tired bromides and outright balderdash, it was a call for the expansion of an already-bloated federal behemoth.

Biden Goes for Broke.  Predictably, Biden believes that all the problems facing America are connected directly or indirectly with the previous president and his millions of followers, all of whom are racists.  Actually, all Democratic presidents adhere to this opinion.  Still, there is a big difference between the militant socialist Obama and the awkward socialist Biden.  If Obama tried to put America on a socialist track through legal, economic reforms, such as an attempt to nationalize the health care industry, Biden chose a different path.  Biden is trying to achieve the left's goals with the help of financial mechanisms.  Biden's long-announced infrastructure bill is a multi-trillion-dollar and multi-year project.  Its result should be an economy in which the primary employer in America will be not private companies, but the federal government.  One federal employer, one federal legal owner of a gun, and one national ideology — this is the idée fixe of all the left.  At the same time, under Obama, the nationalization of industry de jure did not occur, so Biden is trying to achieve this goal de-facto.

How Much Worse Can it Get?  The Democrats under the "Biden" administration have shed any last vestiges of pretense surrounding their desire to utterly remake the United States into some idealized version of their socialistic, utopian land where all the inhabitants' lives are totally controlled and orchestrated by an all-knowing, benevolent government — for the supposed good of the individual, of course. [...] Taken as a whole, however, a progressive America will be starkly different than one you grew up in.  Their vision includes:
  •   Green initiatives, meaning zero carbon emissions, no internal combustion engine cars by 2030, no meat, and no oil, natural gas, or fracking.
  •   Greatly relaxed policing practices, elimination of cash bail, nonprosecution of 'low-level' crimes like prostitution and petty theft.
  •   A military hamstrung by politically-correct policies that place a higher priority on socially-acceptable appearances ("Maternity flight suits") than maintaining an effective national security and preserving our ability to influence world affairs by dint of our military potential.
  •   A return to the America Second approach of the Obama era. Offer hotel accommodations, free health care and stimulus payments to illegal immigrants, while disabled American veterans have to beg for the generosity of private donations in order to be able to afford their rehabilitative care or be able to stay in their home.  Think about that:  Wounded Warriors Project and Tunnels to Towers depend on individual donations, while the progressives foot the bill for illegal immigrants' room service — on your dime.
  •   Reparations for slavery.  A bill for this is working its way through Congress.

Activists deliver 30 boxes of signatures for petition to replace Minneapolis Police Department.  Community activists delivered stacks of boxes Friday [4/30/2021] to the Minneapolis city clerk's office to file a petition to amend the city charter in order to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a public safety department.  Following the death of George Floyd, there's been a community push to defund or disband the Minneapolis Police Department.  Activists say the petition is a step toward changing public safety and policing in the city.  The 30 boxes now standing in the city clerk's office mark the first step of the process for a petition to amend the city charter.  According to the clerk, Yes 4 Minneapolis wants to put the amendment on the ballot at the general election on Nov. 2.

We Told You So — The First 100 Days of Biden's Radical Presidency.  President Joe Biden is not as radical as conservatives said he would be.  He is much, much worse.  The man who was sold to Americans as a "moderate" by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and who told voters, "I beat the socialist," has been the most radical president in U.S. history.  Biden has proposed a staggering $6 trillion in spending, most of it unpaid for, and most of it on big government programs.  He has also proposed massive tax hikes, in the midst of what he claims is a historic economic crisis.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has called Biden's first 100 days in office a "bait and switch," and he's not wrong.

Cuban Refugee Warns America Is Swallowing The 'Poison Pill' Of Communism.  Do you remember Maximo Alvarez?  He is the Cuban-American immigrant who spoke at the last Republican convention and warned America not to trust the Democrats.  He talked about his family escaping communism and praised America for being the land of the free.  This week, he was interviewed by Lisa Boothe and once again, he sounded the alarm.

Does Biden's limousine run on batteries?
Biden faces pressure to drive gasoline and diesel cars out of the US.  Joe Biden's administration, seeking deep cuts to planet-heating emissions, is facing pressure to take a previously unthinkable step:  declare the end of the internal combustion engine in the US.  Washington state has moved to call time on the age of gasoline and diesel cars, with the legislature passing a goal that new car sales be only zero-emission vehicles from 2030, including out of state purchases that are then imported.  The legislation now awaits to signature of Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat who previously ran for president on the climate crisis platform.

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The elimination of internal combustion engines would be pointless if no other country does the same.  It would also wreck the U.S. economy.  Are the oil companies (worldwide) going to sit quietly while the gasoline market in the U.S. is eliminated?  Deeper than all that:  What is the purpose of eliminating the internal combustion engine?  It is an attempt to halt global warming, a/k/a climate change.  That will never happen.  The climate has always changed gradually, and will continue to do so.

Democrats Intro Bill To Strip Federal Grants From Employers Conducting Criminal Background Checks.  The bill, introduced by Representatives David Trone and Maxine Waters, seeks to "amend" the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 by "conditioning eligibility for grants" under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.  JAG grants, according to the Department of Justice, compose the "leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions."  The program "provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas" including crime victim and witness initiatives, mental health programs, and crime prevention.  The bill would amend the program by introducing an "eligibility" clause for private employers, excluding grant recipients from requiring applicants to disclose their criminal records.  What's more, businesses aren't even allowed to "inquire" about the matter with applicants or "conduct a criminal background check".

Biden's First Hundred Days:  A Failing Report Card.  [Scroll down]  Then there's the XL pipeline's cancellation, a completely irrational act.  Canceling it cost thousands of people jobs.  And what does it accomplish?  The oil from Canada will still come in, but now it will come in by the less safe and more polluting truck and rail.  Jobs lost, and nothing gained.  Indeed, the Biden climate policy, in general, is irrational.  Biden would have the country endure enormous costs for almost no gain in reducing the world's total output of greenhouse gases, particularly since China and India are the major contributors to that output.  Moreover, if Biden were serious about this, he would opt for clean nuclear power and natural gas rather than the unreliable eyesores of wind farms and solar panels.

The Democratic Party is Now America's Extremist Party.  The Democratic Party is now an extremist organ waging a fierce cold civil war to seize power and eviscerate America as founded and upend and erase its exceptional culture.  The party is saturated with Marxist sensibilities, ideas, and motivations.  Marxism is alien and hostile.  It's fundamentally anti-American.  Its worldview, strategies, and tactics are furnished in an endless stream by radical leftist academics, who have dominated our colleges and universities for decades now.  But the Democrats' destination isn't necessarily a Marxist state, not in its purest form.  It could be corporatism or fascism or variations.  Let's hope we thwart Democrats' aspirations so we never know.  As of the 2020 elections, Democrats have abandoned the middle ground.  They've been moving steadily left throughout the 2000s.  The Republican and Democrat parties traditionally sought to govern from the middle, a little right or a little left.  But the middle has ceased to serve the Democrats' aims.

Coming soon:  Cradle-to-grave ownership of your kids — if you just sit there and accept it.
Joe Biden will use his first joint address to Congress to propose FREE preschool for all three and four-year-olds as part of a $200 billion investment.  President Joe Biden will call for free preschool for all three and four-year-old children on Wednesday — a $200 billion investment to be rolled out as part of his sweeping American Families Plan.  The president will make the announcement in his first joint address to Congress — a fulfillment of a campaign promise.  Biden campaigned on a national plan for universal preschool that would invest $775 billion over a 10-year period.

Biden Pitches Vision of America on Training Wheels — Forever.  President Joe Biden used his first joint address to Congress to call for a set of policies aimed at fundamentally transforming and enlarging the government's role in the lives of American families.  Biden pitched to the American people a vision of a society dominated by a centralized government, unfettered by counterweights or competing sources of security or authority.  In Biden's America, the youngest children will attend government pre-k, the government will deliver their parents child-rearing checks, subsidized child care, and offer tuition-free community college.  It's an America where the guiding hand of big government is everywhere from the cradle through the diploma. [...] Underlying this is a philosophical rejection of the idea that ordinary Americans can produce prosperity through their own efforts and ingenuity.

Joe Biden's 100 Days: partisan, negligent, and un-American.  Biden has refused to reach across the aisle while moving forward with more than 60 executive actions, including 40 executive orders — a modern-day record.  On his first day in office, Biden overturned President Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy, which required asylum-seekers to apply before entering the United States.  This single change essentially created America's border crisis, the worst in two decades.  Some Biden actions targeted the life of the unborn, religious freedom, and traditional families, while others focused on gender identity and transgender military service.  The Biden administration was also quick to rejoin the Paris Agreement, which remains legally nonbinding for the world's leading polluters, such as China and India.  Then there's the issue of gun control, which Biden is weaponizing to bring more legal cases against firearms dealers and manufacturers, while expanding federal oversight of assault-style firearms.  Reframing the right to bear arms as a "gun violence public health epidemic," the Biden administration is treading all over the Second Amendment, which remains overwhelmingly popular among American citizens who believe in freedom and liberty.

Biden to Propose More Spending in Address to Congress, Bring Total to $6 Trillion.  President Joe Biden plans to address Congress on Wednesday evening and will outline his plan for an additional $1.8 trillion in spending.  The president will outline his proposed American Families Plan during his speech, according to the White House, an additional $1.8 trillion for free community college, free child care, paid leave, more food stamps, and free universal pre-school.  The proposed plan would spend an additional trillion while also doling out $800 billion in tax cuts.  The plan will also expand the child tax credit through 2025 and the Obamacare health insurance tax credit.  The earned income tax credit would become permanent.

Climate Change Is Now Infrastructure Too.  Pete Buttigieg continues to refer to everything as "infrastructure."  The transportation secretary, who has already redefined the word to include "broadband," "eldercare," "childcare," and whatever else is on President Biden's progressive wish list, is now classifying climate-related policy as "infrastructure."  "The truth is that every infrastructure decision is, already inevitably, a climate decision as well," Buttigieg said during last week's Climate Summit in front of more than 40 world leaders. [...] The president's "big, bold, but achievable commitment" on climate issues will help the country "resume that position of U.S. leadership and then challenge the other nations of the world to be part of the solution as well," he said.  Evidently causing thousands of Keystone XL Pipeline workers to lose their jobs is just the type of bold commitment that Buttigieg admires.

Biden's 100-Day Rampage.  Not since 1932, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first 100 days as president set a benchmark for presidential performance, has any president done so much so quickly as Joe Biden.  In fact, Biden is surpassing Roosevelt significantly in imposing massive damaging changes on America that may not be reversible.  Unlike Roosevelt, Biden isn't only relying on Congress to pass legislation.  Biden is achieving his goals by making international agreements, imposing executive orders and policy decisions, and working hard to undo everything his predecessor did.  Biden will brag about his accomplishments later this week in a speech to a joint session of Congress.  We can expect to hear about his rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and his promise last week to cut U.S. carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030. [...] If we analyze what these "successes" mean to us, our national security, and our economy, it's quite clear that Biden defines success in terms of his ability to diminish our economy and national security.

Biden's Climate Denialism.  In anticipation of the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, a two-day global gathering of more than 40 world leaders, President Joe Biden declared that the United States had a "moral imperative" to adopt an "ambitious" goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 and 100% by 2050.  Such an effort, if we were serious about it, would entail massive destruction of wealth, a surrender of our international trade advantages, the creation of a hugely intrusive state-run bureaucracy at home, the inhibition of free markets that have helped make the world a cleaner place, and a precipitous drop in the living standards of most citizens — especially the poor.  Of course, it should be said that those who oppose the expansion of fracking and nuclear energy — most elected Democrats, it seems — aren't even remotely serious about "tackling" carbon emissions anyway.  Around 80% of American energy is generated by fossil fuels and nuclear right now.  Around 20% is generated by "renewables" — predominantly wind and hydropower (which is unavailable in most places).  Only around 2% of our portfolio consists of inefficient and unreliable solar power — this, even after decades of subsidies and mandates.

Biden's Climate Requirements:  Cut 90% of Red Meat From Diet; Americans Can Only Eat One Burger Per Month.  Joe Biden on Friday [4/23/2021] pledged to cut the US's carbon emissions at least 50% by 2030.  Some of the climate requirements are going to mean big changes for Americans.  Biden's ambitious plan could mean Americans will be forced to cut 90% of red meat from their diets which equates to about one average-sized hamburger per month.  Americans may also be forced to purchase a $55,000 electric vehicle under Biden's Marxist climate plan.

UK Paper Says Biden Climate Plan Comes with These Horrible Changes.  President Joe Biden kicked off his virtual Earth Day climate summit on Thursday by announcing his administration's very ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 and enable the U.S. to reach net zero emissions by 2050.  Sacrifice on the part of every American will be necessary in order to achieve these goals.  It will change our diets, force us to purchase electric cars and dictate the way we heat our homes.

The Third Obama Term in a Covid Battered World.  Although it is nowhere stated on the official platform, the main goal of Joe Biden's domestic policy — and perhaps the prime directive of his administration — seems to be to ensure that the populist rebellion of 2016 is truly buried.  The admission of the District of Columbia as the 51st state, the opening of the southern border, limitations on gun ownership, the addition of seats to the U.S. Supreme Court — all are so many stakes to be driven through its heart to make certain it never rises again.

Biden will unwittingly sign anything that is set before him.  Therefore ...
Ocasio-Cortez says Biden exceeded progressives' expectations.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saluted the Biden administration on Friday, saying the new president had exceeded progressives' expectations in his first 100 days in the White House.  "The Biden administration and President Biden have definitely exceeded expectations that progressives had," the New York congresswoman, a star on the left of the Democratic party, told a virtual town hall meeting.  "I think a lot of us expected a much more conservative administration."  In March, Joe Biden scored a major victory when his $1.9 [trillion] Covid stimulus and rescue package passed into law without a single Republican vote.

Does Biden's Climate Agenda Mean 'Red Meat Passports' Are Coming?  Joe Biden's climate agenda, which he announced this week, is such a violation of everything it means to live in a free country that it actually is hard to understand how he thinks he can get away with it.  The plan, announced during a two-day climate summit that began on Earth Day, calls for the slashing of carbon emissions by over half in less than ten years, and the United States becoming a zero-emissions economy by 2050.  While Biden hasn't released the details of this plan yet, experts say that it will take huge changes to accomplish Biden's climate objectives.  While electric cars currently only make up about 2 percent of new passenger vehicle sales, Biden's insane objectives would require electric vehicles to make up 65 percent of new cars and SUVs, along with 10 percent of new truck sales.

Biden Admin Cancels Fines For Illegal Aliens Who Fail To Leave U.S.: Doesn't Serve Our 'Best Interest'.  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced on Friday that he directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to cancel fining illegal aliens who fail to leave the United States, claiming that fining people who are illegally in the U.S. runs "counter to the agency's best interest."  "There is no indication that these penalties promoted compliance with noncitizens' departure obligations," Mayorkas said.  "We can enforce our immigration laws without resorting to ineffective and unnecessary punitive measures."

How Biden's climate plan could limit you to eat just one burger a MONTH, cost $3.5K a year per person in taxes, force you to spend $55K on an electric car and 'crush' American jobs.  President Joe Biden's ambitious plan to slash greenhouse emissions by 50 to 52 percent over the next decade could prompt sweeping changes that could affect how Americans eat, drive and heat their homes.  Biden announced the goal to cut emissions by 2030, compared with 2005 levels, at the start of a two-day climate summit on Thursday [4/22/2021].  He vowed the plan, which would set the US on a path of a zero emissions economy by no later than 2050, would create jobs and boost economies.

The Editor says...
Exactly the opposite is true, as is often the case when Joe Biden speaks.  His plan would crush the U.S. economy and eliminate jobs — all for the sake of reducing carbon dioxide emissions slightly, which will have zero positive effects.

Biden's 'Requirements' to Cut Emissions Could Have a Big Impact on What You Eat.  Biden wants to cut greenhouse emissions by 50-52% over the next decade, according to the Daily Mail.  That would likely crater the economy in the effort by having to cut fossil fuels back so much.  But on top of all that, according to a study the Mail reported on by Michigan University's Center for Sustainable Systems, indicates that to meet that goal, Americans might have to cut their red meat consumption by 90% and cut their consumption of other animal-based foods in half.

The Editor says...
For my part, I have completely stopped my emission of greenhouses!  Please, if you mean "carbon dioxide emissions," don't say "greenhouse emissions."

How do Democrats ever get elected to national office?  Cheating now leaps to mind, but, other than that?  Their policies fly in the face of the beliefs and values of a distinct and measurable majority of Americans.  But they don't even care about the poll numbers.
  •   Most Americans are adamantly against defunding the police, African Americans included.  Most Americans are against Democrat plans to pack the Supreme Court.
  •   Most Americans are against leaving their border(s) open and rewarding those who choose to come here illegally by giving them free goods and services.
  •   Most Americans are against the concept and practice of unlimited immigration.
  •   At least a slight majority of Americans realize that abolishing the oil, gas, and coal industries and enacting the Green New Deal will destroy their nation's economy and dramatically worsen their lives — and those of their descendants.  And:
  •   Most Americans do not believe man-caused global warming/climate change is an existential threat to their country or the planet as a whole.
  •   The large majority of Americans are against late-term and "after-birth" abortions.

John Kerry wants "to remove CO2 from the atmosphere."  All of it?
John Kerry reports for duty in war on carbon dioxide.  Three months into the job, and already Joe Biden's climate czar, John Kerry, is making a fool of himself on the world stage. [...] Kerry comes off as a particularly ignorant boob, declaring war not on man-made carbon emissions anymore, (nor aerosol emissions, as had been done in the past) but on carbon dioxide itself, and a creepy plan to manipulate the atmosphere, whether we like it or not.  Too bad about the plants.  There were other problems with his speech, too, as Milloy and the Competitive Enterprise Institute note.

More about carbon dioxide, which is not carbon, and is not a pollutant.

The Democrats are the Real Enemies of Democracy.  Ever since the election of Donald Trump, we have heard ad nauseam about the threat to democracy from Trump and his "enablers."  Meanwhile, the Democrats plan to pack the Supreme Court, the Biden administration rules by executive fiat, and Big Business and the media — now firmly behind the despotic Democratic agenda — silence all dissent.  The anti-American left, under the banners of equality, anti-discrimination, and inclusiveness, have unleashed their dream of an all-out war against whom they anticipate being the future minority of the country: white, Christian, and conservative Americans.  Everything they loathe, once hallmarks of American democracy, is recast as vestiges of white male supremacism and racism permitting their execution at the hands of executive action.

Schumer: Time to legalize marijuana.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he is working on legislation to legalize marijuana, suggesting that by next year, "our country will have made progress in addressing the massive overcriminalization of marijuana."  Schumer, a New York Democrat, did not indicate that the Senate would vote to legalize marijuana.  It would require at least 10 GOP votes to beat back a filibuster.  Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Ron Wyden of Oregon, both Democrats, are working on legislation to decriminalize marijuana by taking it off the federal list of drugs that are crimes to possess.

Biden administration considers cutting nicotine in cigarettes to make them 'non-addictive' (while super potent marijuana gets the greenlight in most states).  The Biden administration will consider forcing cigarette makers to reduce the nicotine in their cigarettes to levels that aren't addicting — at the same time more than half of U.S. states have legalized marijuana in some form.  The administration already was considering banning menthol flavoring in cigarettes, but while they've been chewing over that rule, they've discussed going even further with the possible nicotine limits, according to the Wall Street Journal.  That means it could soon be forbidden to take a drag off a full-strength cigarette during your lunch break — but it's already perfectly legal to puff away on pot in 17 states and Washington DC.  (When counting 'medicinal' use, it's legal in 34 states.)

Fools' overture.  It hasn't taken long:  gas prices are rising — as are the prices of other durable and consumer goods, such as timber.  Crime is soaring.  China is making threatening gestures, and Russia is massing troops on the border of Ukraine.  There is a crisis on our own southern border, which even President and Lid-Caller-in-Chief Biden accidentally admitted recently, causing White House press secretary Jen Psaki to claim that's not what he really meant to say.  This was all eminently predictable because, as any rational human being knows, actions have consequences.  Banning the Keystone Pipeline, printing and spending trillions upon trillions of dollars, and threatening to implement preposterous environmental policies, defunding the police, and coddling criminals have had the effects that similar actions have always had.  They are the only possible results of actions such as these.

Joe Biden Explores Canceling Federal Student Debt Without Congress.  President Joe Biden is currently exploring the idea of canceling federal student loan debt, awaiting memos on how much he can do legally.  The Biden White House tasked Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to explore the issue, effectively stalling immediate action on the issue as activists increasingly push for him cancel the debt.  White House chief of staff Ron Klain said Biden has not made a decision on the issue either way, as he is waiting for the policy memos.

The Left's Legislation to Pack the Supreme Court:  What Is It & What Does It Mean?  In the latest example of progressive hysteria and hypocrisy, a group of democrats formally launched legislative efforts Thursday [4/15/2021] to pack the Supreme Court by adding four new justices.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and Internet Hank Johnson (D-GA), Representative Mondaire Jones (D-NY) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) introduced the bill, called the Judiciary Act of 2021, in efforts to create a 13-justice Supreme Court.  The bill is short, sweet and to the point.  It simply revises the section in federal law that says the Supreme Court has a "Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices" to say "a Chief Justice of the United States and twelve associate justices."

H.R. 1 Is the Pillow Over the Face of Federalism.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton rightly notes the bill would "federalize state elections."  He observes that the founders, "intentionally excluded Congress and gave state legislatures the authority to run state elections....  The Act opens elections in every state to widespread fraud, mixed messaging, Constitutional violations, and shuttering of speech."  I regret to inform Paxton — along with governors and other officials in many red states who object to the bill — that, in key respects, this fight was already lost more than 100 years ago, with the passage of the 17th Amendment.  That amendment provided for the direct election of senators by popular vote, replacing the founders' plan for having state legislatures choose members of the U.S. Senate.  The system prior to the direct election of senators certainly had its problems. [...] Nevertheless, far more was lost than was gained by cutting the state governments out of the process altogether.  It is not too much to say that direct election of senators — ratified in 1913 — mortally wounded federalism.

Kerry Agrees to Cooperate With China in Destroying US Economy
  [#1]   Outsourcing all our manufacturing to China while allowing it to self-inspect to meet climate goals
  [#2]   Buying lots of Chinese solar panels to save the planet
  [#3]   Making manufacturing in the United States too expensive to be viable
and soon, no doubt,
  [#4]   Hiking energy prices until America from space looks as dark as North Korea and then every day can be Earth Day

Radical Democrat Priorities in Biden's First 100 Days:  Packing Courts, Amnesty, Reparations, Federalizing Elections, DC Statehood, Banning Electoral College.  The Democrats have proposed, within President Joe Biden's first 100 days, radical initiatives contrary to Biden's "back to normalcy" campaign sold to the American people.  Accordingly, the Democrats have introduced the following radical initiatives:  Packing the courts, amnesty, reparations, federalized elections, D.C. statehood, and banning the Electoral College.  These radical ideas and proposals run counter to what Biden said during his announcement speech for president: [...]

Dems Unveil Plan to Pack the Supreme Court but Republicans Can't Wait for Them to Try.  Democrats have long teased the idea that they would pack the Supreme Court once former President Donald Trump had put three judges in place, but now that the prospect is becoming a reality, Republicans are actually daring Democrats to try it under the idea that once they do try, it'll seal their fate in the midterms.  According to Fox News, not only are Republicans very confident that they'll stop the Democrats from accomplishing expanding the Supreme Court from nine seats to 13, but that the move will be unpopular enough to hand both the House and the Senate to them during the midterm elections.  This has prompted some politicians to openly encourage Democrats to give court packing a shot.

Left willing to sacrifice Democratic majority ramming agenda through.  From nuking the filibuster to packing the Supreme Court, some Democrats want to make the most of their narrow congressional majorities while they still have them — even if that puts the party at greater risk of losing next year.  Democrats introduced legislation on Thursday to expand the number of Supreme Court justices from nine, which is where it has been for 150 years, to 13.  "We're not packing the court," said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat.  "We're unpacking it."  As the bill was unveiled, the Democratic majority in the House was down to just six seats.  The Senate is deadlocked at 50-50, with Democrats in control due to Vice President Kamala Harris's tiebreaking vote.  Midterm elections are next year, and their party suffered major losses under previous Democratic presidents in 1994, 2010, and 2014.

Washington state passes bill with goal to phase out gasoline cars.  Washington state lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday [4/15/2021] setting a target to stop sales of gasoline-fueled vehicles there beginning in 2030, five years sooner than California.  The target is not a firm mandate and is contingent on the state adopting a tax on vehicle miles traveled, a measure to help pay for new transportation infrastructure, according to the text of the bill.  The move by the Pacific Northwest state comes as efforts to boost adoption of electric vehicles are accelerating over concerns about fossil fuels' contribution to climate change.

What Price Infrastructure.  It seems like just yesterday then-President Obama put Joe Biden in charge of that "three-letter word:  J.O.B.S.," and while he failed in that mission, as president he's back at it, this time with incoherent strategies and massive graft opportunities for all his Democrat constituencies.  The proposed $2 trillion giveaway, dubbed the American Jobs Plan, only thinly disguises the graft-enabling nature of the proposal.  And the means to pay for this giveaway — higher taxes on persons, investments and businesses — are more likely to destroy the economy, most particularly regarding small businesses, long the generator of jobs in this country, than the expenditures proposed for actual infrastructure are to increase job opportunities and prime the economy already reeling from the Covid lockdowns.

Stupid is as Stupid Votes.  The For the People Act of 2021 is the antonymic title for the most openly unconstitutional and unpopular piece of legislation ever to pass muster in the House of Representatives.  It is intended to destroy the process of fair elections in America, turn the watchdog Federal Election Commission into a partisan body, and forestall any state challenges by remanding them to the activist 9th District Court for the District of Columbia.  Passed by the 117th House on March 3, 2021, all 800-plus pages of HB1, redesignated Senate Bill 1 (SB1), made a hard landing in the well of the Senate on St. Patrick's Day, where it is now being reviewed in hearings before the Committee on Rules and Administration.  So long as the Republicans hang tough, it gridlocks and falls upon the sword of the filibuster.

This is not the proper role of the federal government.
Biden's infrastructure plan calls for cities to limit single-family zoning and instead build affordable housing.  President Joe Biden wants cities to put more apartment buildings and multifamily units, such as converted garages, in areas traditionally zoned for single-family housing.  As part of his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, cities would allow for smaller lots and for apartment buildings with fewer than six units to be built next to a traditional house.  Current zoning laws that favor single-family homes — known as exclusionary zoning — have disproportionately hurt low-income Americans.  Many of them can't afford to buy a big lot of land, leaving them trapped in crowded neighborhoods earmarked in the past for Black and brown residents, while white families were able to move to single-family areas in the suburbs.  Biden's proposal would award grants and tax credits to cities that change zoning laws to bolster more equitable access to affordable housing.

Dems Ready Legislation to Pack the Supreme Court.  On Thursday, Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate plan to unveil legislation to expand the size of the Supreme Court, potentially reversing the originalist gains under former President Donald Trump.  The bill would add four seats to the Court, bringing the total from nine to 13, sources told The Intercept.  Congress has the authority to set the number of justices on the Court, which has remained at 9 since 1869.  House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Subcommittee Chair Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), and Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) are leading the bill in the House while Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) will lead the effort in the Senate.

Democrats to propose legislation expanding the Supreme Court.  Several House Democrats are set to unveil legislation Thursday to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court.  Supporters of the proposal plan to hold a news conference on the steps of the Supreme Court building.  They include U.S. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and U.S. Reps.  Jerry Nadler and Mondaire Jones, both of New York, and Hank Johnson of Georgia.  Given Democrats' control of the White House and Senate, the legislation could allow the party to supersede the court's current conservative majority by "packing" the Court with liberal justices.  Some Republicans quickly derided the proposal.

The First AOC Administration.  In less than three months, Biden has managed to erase the United States' southern border in order to accelerate the northward flow of undocumented Democrats.  He's having more success than he should in pushing for the higher taxes and onerous regulations that held down the economy when he was Barack Obama's dogsbody, both of which Biden's predecessor lowered, thereby causing the economy to take off.  Biden has reinstated Obama's invertebrate foreign policy, giving the world's bad guys the rope they need, and he's pledged to spend trillions we don't have in order to pursue the fool's errand of carbon-free energy (aka very little energy, and at mini-bar prices).  He's blessed the corrupt HR 1, which if the Senate falls for it would federalize all elections, installing voting rules so lax as to hang a "STEAL ME!" sign on all future elections.  The cherry on top of the sundae is Biden foisting critical race theory onto federal employees, including the military, which Democrats seem determined to declaw.

Biden's Infrastructure Bill Includes Making 'Diverse' Neighborhoods Across America Through Zoning Laws.  The focus of President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill is allegedly to address aging infrastructure across the country, but the massive bill covers a vast amount of other spending, including money for "diversifying" neighborhoods.  This portion of Biden's American Jobs Plan would change zoning laws to end single family home neighborhoods and allow for multiple unit "affordable" or low-income rental housing.

Las Vegas seeks to ban... grass?  Having solved all other problems in Nevada, Las Vegas is turning its attention to a pressing issue that is no doubt on everyone's minds.  There's just too much grass being grown in Sin City.  With that in mind, the municipal government is looking at implementing a ban on "grass that nobody walks on."  While this may sound like an odd topic at first glance, it's actually a rather important subject for them to address and some other southwestern and west coast states might want to pay attention to what they're doing.

Who are the racists?  Who, again, is a racist?  We hear about racists a lot these days.  Racists are supposedly all over.  Might they be people like Bill Gates who believe that requiring the right answer and showing your work in math are an example of white supremacy and racism?  Or the majority of people who believe that all races are capable of getting the right answer and showing their work, and that in order to succeed, they must learn that the correct answer is the only right answer?  Is it they?  Or is it the party that continually claims that it is racist to require an ID to vote?  Or the other party that knows that every person old enough to vote is capable of getting a photo ID and must have one in order to follow all the rules that the government and businesses require?  The party that is willing to destroy minority businesses in Georgia and elsewhere with lies about voting laws?  Or the party that wants all businesses to succeed and believes that all people who are legally eligible have a right to vote?  The party that has continued to keep businesses and schools closed, that is especially harmful to the poor, minorities, and women?  Or the party that strives to get them open as fast as they can?

Sen. Lankford:  H.R.1. Makes It Easy To Vote And Easy To Cheat.  Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford (R) said people have been asking him about the H.R. 1 election bill during his travels across the state.  In a video posted by The Hill Friday, he said citizens have heard the bill is about suppressing votes, but he noted it's nothing about that.  Lankford said he's a firm believer in making it easy to vote, but hard to cheat.  However, he said H.R. 1 will make it easy to vote, easy to cheat and easy to commit fraud.  "It's going to challenge our elections from here on out and it changes a lot of our election policies, not for the better, but for the worse," Lankford stated.

If it ain't broke, Joe Biden will break it.  The president is on a tear, as in tearing up arrangements that were achieving their objectives.  His early results are disastrous.  In an act of astonishing foolishness, Biden created a humanitarian and public safety crisis on our southern border by dismantling a successful policy structure that took years to achieve.  In the Mideast, he looks determined to undo the Arab-Israeli alliance Donald Trump forged by returning to the failed policies Biden helped to implement in the Obama-Biden administration.  If that were all, it would be more than enough.  But it's not all.  Biden also wants to end the Senate filibuster and took the first step toward packing the Supreme Court.  Those two moves are so destructive that even Sen. Mitt Romney, who usually saves his criticism for fellow Republicans, drew the line.

Biden to Form Commission to Study Packing the Supreme Court.  President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order on Friday forming a bipartisan commission that will perform a 180-day study of potential changes to the Supreme Court, including court packing and setting term limits for justices.  "The Commission's purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals," the White House said in a statement.  "The topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court's role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court's case selection, rules, and practices."  Biden promised to form the bipartisan commission during the campaign in October as he repeatedly dodged questions regarding his stance on expanding the Supreme Court.

The Left's Idea of a Happy Future.  Liberals are fond of predicting the future, and their predictions, which are always dire, then become the pretext for more government. [...] Liberals are wrong about the future because their theories are based on ideology, not on the facts.  Unlike conservatives, whose ideas are grounded on prudence and a clear view of human nature, liberals really have no conception of what drives human beings: their thinking is built on a handful of fixed ideas that can be traced to a number of shallow-minded philosophers including Rousseau, Malthus, Marx, Dewey, and Gore.  What all of these thinkers have in common is the misconception that a centralized, planned economy can transform society into a utopia.  In every case, they've been wrong.  The Earth's population did not starve (Malthus); capitalism was not replaced with a socialist utopia (Marx); the earth has not been consumed by storm, drought, and rising seas (Gore).

The missing mandate behind Biden's grandiose plans.  If you are a political leader who wishes to effect "fundamental change" during your lifetime, there are only two ways to achieve that goal: receiving a massive electoral mandate or, failing that, using the government's military force against those citizens who resist fundamental change.  The Democrats, with their grandiose plans for gun control, court-packing, erasing America's sovereign border, and adding new states, are acting as if they have that mandate.  As their desperation to end the filibuster shows, they don't.  That leaves only force.

Biden's $1.5 Trillion 'Skinny' Budget Includes Increases For Climate, Education And Social Justice Spending Programs.  President Joe Biden sent his discretionary budget request for Fiscal Year 2022 to Congress on Friday [4/9/2021], which includes historic increases across various education, climate and social justice spending programs.  In total, Biden's "skinny" budget requests $769 billion for non-defense spending, a $105.3 billion increase from the previous year's enacted budget.  Though the president previously criticized former President Donald Trump's drastic increases in overall defense spending, Biden's FY22 request also includes a $13.3 billion increase for defense programs, bringing the total to $753 billion for the year.  Administration officials say the defense bumps will allow the country to pursue "its strategic goals as we outcompete China" and provide pay raises for service members.

Biden is the Most anti-American President in US History.  Barack Obama made it abundantly clear that he not only loathed these United States, but he was also embarrassed by his own nation and its citizens.  He did tremendous damage over his eight years in office.  He treated our enemies like allies and our allies like enemies.  He set race relations back at least fifty years having been indoctrinated in the odious Jeremiah Wright brand of anti-Americanism.  But who among us could have predicted how much damage a Biden administration could and would do in just a few months?  Even the careless and womanizing Bill Clinton did not set out to destroy the country.  But Obama set the left on a new and insidious course, the Cloward-Piven, Alinskyite path to totalitarianism.  The Democrat party of today is overtly anti-American and having captured our educational system decades ago, has indoctrinated several generations who now believe that hating their own country is synonymous with virtue, with being sufficiently woke.

Biden's Stalin-esque 5-Year Plans.  Of the $2.3 trillion Biden proposes to spend, only $921 billion would be dedicated to what most agree is infrastructure.  As we noted earlier this week, the remainder "would go to pet Democrat projects, payoffs to unions and left-wing groups, squirrelly climate change projects, money for misgoverned and impecunious Blue States, and other waste." [...] Just as the Soviet revolutionaries did, today's "American" Democrats are trying to corrupt the language for their political benefit, telling the country that the words we've understood for so long don't mean what the dictionaries say they do.  For instance, Democratic Sen. Kristen Gillibrand of New York tweeted that "Paid leave is infrastructure.  Child care is infrastructure.  Caregiving is infrastructure."

What Happened to Biden's Unity Agenda?  Less than three months ago, President Joe Biden stood in front of the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots and delivered his inaugural address.  He called for unity, and Americans who see a politically fractured country welcomed it. [...] Biden pushed through a thoroughly partisan COVID-19 bill.  The lockdowns smashed the livelihoods of many Americans.  There was broad bipartisan consensus to provide further relief to small businesses and individual Americans.  There was also support for further funding to speed vaccine deployment.  By focusing on these core COVID-19-related areas, Biden could have achieved the first major bipartisan success in many years.  A group of 10 influential Republicans approached him with such a package.  Biden rejected them and instead signed the most expensive spending bill in U.S. history, without a single Republican vote.

Biden commences his war on the suburbs.  Joe Biden's "infrastructure" bill isn't about improving America's roads, bridges, and other elements of our infrastructure.  It's about transforming America as radically as can be done through spending legislation.  We shouldn't be surprised, therefore, that the legislation includes an attack on single-family zoning. [...] The question is whether localities will give up their right to zone in exchange for the money dangled before them in the "infrastructure" bill.  The answer depends on (1) the amount of the money dangled and (2) the relative prosperity of the locality.

Biden's Infrastructure Bill Aims to End Single-Family Zoning.  With the introduction of his massive, $2.3 trillion "infrastructure" bill, President Biden's campaign to end suburban single-family zoning has begun.  If you think this issue was debated and resolved during the 2020 presidential campaign, you are mistaken.  It's true that Biden's campaign platform openly and unmistakably pledged to abolish single-family zoning.  As soon as President Trump made an issue of that pledge, however, Biden went virtually silent on the issue and the Democrat-supporting press falsely denied that Biden had any designs on single-family zoning at all.  Now that he's president, Biden's infrastructure bill openly includes programs designed to "eliminate" single-family zoning (which Biden calls "exclusionary zoning").

9 Things You Need to Know About Biden's 'Infrastructure' Spending Plan.  [#4] Federal takeover of local responsibilities.  Much of the infrastructure spending in the Biden plan would go toward purely local projects.  This includes $100 billion for school construction, $100 billion for water lines, $20 billion for pedestrian safety, and more.  Each of these issues might be legitimate public concerns in some local communities.  However, this does not justify federal intervention, and that intervention comes with many costs.  First, it places more power and control in Washington despite long-standing federal dysfunction.  This is unhealthy for our democracy, making federal elections even more bitter and winner-takes-all than they currently are.  Second, it subsidizes local governments that may have shirked their core duties at the expense of areas that are governed responsibly.  This would also incentivize local governments to slack on infrastructure and wait for future federal bailouts.

Can The US Borrow Its Way To Higher Growth? (Spoiler:  No).  In its chart of the day, DB credit strategist Stuart Sparks writes that history teaches us that although investments in productive capacity can in principle raise potential growth and r* in such a way that the debt incurred to finance fiscal stimulus is paid down over time (r-g<0), it turns out that there is little evidence that it has ever been achieved in the past.

The Higher Superstition:  The fallacy that lies behind "follow the science" fundamentalism.  In one year we budgeted $5.2 trillion we don't have, and so have to create ex nihilo or borrow, effectively mortgaging our children's and grandchildren's futures.  But that's not all:  the Biden consortium is proposing to create $2.5 trillion more debt, the first down payment on an "infrastructure stimulus" package — D.C.-speak for handouts to political clients, panhandlers, and grifters.  The Biden crew is also working on skimming even more trillions from corporations and the "rich who don't pay their fair share," reducing the money available to the market for investment and growth.  But don't worry, now economic scientists have given us "Modern Monetary Theory."  In its vulgar version — the one politicians can understand — the theory asserts that the U.S., as the global currency, can spend freely since everybody prefers to buy our debt, and interest rates will remain low.  And if we're still short of funds, the Federal Reserve can just tap a computer key and make more.  Inflation?  We'll worry about that iceberg when we get to it.

Schumer Is Wrong To Assume Cancelling Student Loan Debt Will Close The 'Wealth Gap'.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday made the case for cancelling $50,000 in student loan debt for borrowers across the nation.  According to the senator, student loan debt burdens millions of Americans and "right now" is the time for lawmakers to act.  Schumer described getting a higher education as a "ladder up" with "student debt being a weight down."  He cited a number of reasons for Americans taking on massive student loan debt, including the skyrocketing cost of tuition and low-wage jobs that are available for college students.  "So many people have a mountain of debt on their shoulders.  Americans are $1.7 trillion [in debt].  Nine million students, former students, are in default on their loans.  It gets worse and worse and worse," Schumer said during a video chat.

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There are only two sides on the fence:  Either a college graduate is better off than he was, even with a mountain of debt, OR the price of a college degree is too high, and it's just not worth it.  Leftist politicians are trying to have it both ways:  You must get a degree, but if you get into debt, you're a victim.  If individual Americans are in debt, and most Americans are, that's not the government's problem.  If some Americans have more wealth than others, that's not the government's problem.

H.R. 1 Is for the Democrats — Not the People.  We still don't know how much voter fraud occurred during the 2020 national elections, or how much it influenced the results.  Whether or not the procedure was as sinister and odious as President Donald Trump and many of his surrogates said it was, there was evidence of enough smoke at so many voting centers that it is safe to say that there was some kind of fire.  At this point, it is unlikely that we'll ever know, but if the Democrats have their way, election fraud won't just be an aberration or even a scandal — it will be a way of life in America.  At the beginning of March, when the House passed H.R. 1 (also known as the "For The People Act"), it sent a bill to the Senate that would codify voter fraud and mischief if it becomes law.  H.R. 1 could be the most corrosive and degenerative legislation ever designed by an American lawmaker.

Overview of All Proposed Spending in Biden's Infrastructure Plan.  [This is only a sample:]
  ·   $115 billion to modernize bridges, highways, roads, and main streets most in need of repair.  This includes funding to improve air quality, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce congestion.  [Since when do bridges and highways affect air quality? Road construction is a state concern, not a federal concern.]
  ·   $20 billion to improve road safety.
  ·   $85 billion to modernize existing transit systems.
  ·   $80 billion to address Amtrak's repair backlog.
  ·   $174 billion investment in the electric vehicle market.
  ·   $111 billion to replace 100 percent of the nation's lead pipes and service lines to ensure clean, safe drinking water.  [How many lead pipes are in use in 2021?  Approximately zero, I'd guess.]
  ·   $100 Billion to build high-speed broadband infrastructure to reach 100 percent coverage.  [This is a matter to be addressed by private companies, not the government.  You'll get high speed internet service as soon as you buy it. High speed internet service is not essential to life.]
  ·   $100 Billion to re-energize America's power infrastructure to form a more resilient grid that will place the United States "on the path to achieving 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2035."  [None of the electricity entering your house today has carbon attached to it.  It's already carbon-free.  If you're talking about generating electricity without emitting carbon dioxide, say what you mean!]

Borrowing $2 trillion to spend $921 billion on public works.  A reader asked me a few questions about Chairman Xiden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which I gladly answered and will share with readers.  But first let us look at how the mainstream press views this.  CNBC reported, "President Biden unveiled a more than $2 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package on Wednesday."  Well that's a lot of money.  We are increasing federal spending by another 50%. [...] So we are borrowing $2 trillion so we can spend $621 billion on transportation plus another $300 [billion] improving public utilities.

Will You Be Drowned By Biden's Coming Tidal Wave Of Tax Hikes?  Joe Biden's massive $2 trillion "infrastructure plan" is in fact another giant tax hike disguised as a jobs program.  Even worse, the Bidenites pretend that the taxes will hit wealthy people and big corporations hard, while the spending will provide jobs for struggling workers.  Don't believe any of it.  First, a reality check.  Spending was up sharply last year, and will likely be up at least 50% this year.  Yet, even the tax hikes now being discussed won't come close to covering the spending increases.  Let's review:  During the pandemic year, the U.S. spent $6.5 trillion, a 47% surge in just one year.  This year, we've already added about $4 trillion in new spending.  Debt is now an unimaginable $30 trillion, and headed much higher.  And yes, we have to pay it off, even if we "owe it to ourselves," as some like to say.

The Utter Crushing Phoniness of Joe Biden's Costly Infrastructure Plan.  One of the most striking — and depressing — realities of our nation's capital these days is the importance of image and the irrelevance of substance and truth.  Appearances have always been somewhat important.  Remember that shot of John Edwards coiffing his hair just so in the 2004 campaign?  Take the recent so-called Covid relief bill, for example.  It had $1,400 in gimmes and extended unemployment benefits as the tempting frosting to keep average folks somewhat happy and muffle complaints.  Never mind paying for trillions more; this is a crisis.  And we can't let any crisis go to waste.  The reality, however, is that only about 10 percent of that "Covid relief" was actual Covid relief.  The rest was financial takeout for more Democratic constituencies.

Democrats' impractical energy policies won't stop climate change.  During the Vietnam War, a general was paraphrased saying he had "to destroy the village to save it."  This phrase may be the motivation behind President Joe Biden and the Left, who want to eliminate fossil fuel use in America.  Now, Biden's stated goal is to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by 2035 and the entire U.S. economy by 2050.  Recently, the Democratic chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee introduced a bill to codify these goals and added a mandate for an 80% reduction in carbon emissions in the power sector by 2030.  If this policy is implemented, it will destroy livelihoods, disrupt families, decimate communities, increase utility bills, and threaten the stability of the grid.  Even if we accomplish this goal, the United States would still experience the negative effects of climate change since the rest of the world is increasingly using fossil fuels.

DNC Launches Billboard Blitz To Sell Biden's $1.9T Coronavirus Relief Law.  The Democratic National Committee is hitting the road in its latest campaign to tout President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan and call out Republicans who voted against it.  The DNC will unveil billboards Monday in 20 states to thank Biden and Democratic senators for approving $1,400 stimulus checks.  The monthlong ad campaign, targeted for high-traffic areas near airports, will also remind motorists that their GOP senators opposed the payments to 127 million Americans.  In Orlando, Florida, for example, the new billboard on State Road 528 along the route to the airport shames GOP Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio.  "Help is here," the billboard reads.  "Thanks to President Biden.  No Thanks to Sen. Scott [and] Sen. Rubio."

Branding Georgia Election Law, Senate Filibuster 'Racist' Is Vile Tactic to Justify HR 1.  President Joe Biden, his fellow liberals, and his friends in the national news media are purposely — and cynically — misrepresenting Georgia's new election reform law, and it's a key part of a far-reaching strategy that stretches well beyond the borders of the Peach State.  They are dishonestly attacking the Georgia legislation as a throwback to the Jim Crow era, while simultaneously assailing the Senate filibuster as "racist" as well.  Those are two vital elements of the grand plan to ram the federal election-takeover legislation, HR 1, the euphemistically titled "For the People Act," through Congress.  The true intent of the legislation — and the road map to get it to Biden's desk — is to weaken election security and to cement liberals' hold on power for decades.

White House moves toward approving huge wind project off east coast.  The Biden administration is moving to sharply increase offshore wind energy along the US east coast, saying on Monday [3/29/2021] it is taking steps toward approving a huge windfarm off New Jersey as part of an effort to generate electricity for more than 10m homes by 2030. Meeting the target could mean jobs for more than 44,000 workers and for 33,000 others in related employment, the White House said.  The effort also would help avoid 78 m[illion] metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, a key step in the fight to slow the climate crisis.

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[#1] It is unwise to blindly believe "mainstream" news media reports about the climate or anything else.  [#2] There is no climate crisis.  World-wide average temperatures are changing at the rate of about one degree per century.  That is not a crisis.  [#3] Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, and CO2 has a far smaller role in the "greenhouse effect" than water vapor.  No significant reduction in CO2 emissions is possible without wrecking the economy of every major country.  No significant reduction of the CO2 content of the atmosphere is technologically feasible.  No actions taken by the United States, regarding carbon dioxide emissions, will have any effect at all unless China and India take the same actions, which they won't.

Joe Biden Restarts Visa Programs for Companies to Outsource U.S. Jobs While 17M Americans Remain Jobless.  President Joe Biden has restarted a number of visa programs, allowing United States companies to more readily outsource jobs, even as about 17 million Americans remain jobless.  In June 2020, Trump signed an executive order halting H-1B visas, H-4 visas, H-2B visas, L visas, and J-1 visas while tens of millions of Americans were jobless or underemployed due to economic lockdowns as a result of the Chinese coronavirus crisis.

Biden's 'infrastructure plan' is not about infrastructure, but you'll still pay for it.  If you watched Joe Biden sputter through his announcement of the administration's $2 trillion "infrastructure plan," you may have been left with some questions.  First, is this really about infrastructure?  Bridges?  Roads?  Airports?  Things we could actually use?  Or is it yet another weird climate scheme/power grab/race-based redistribution plan?  What exactly is this?  And by the way, $2 trillion sounds like a lot for anything.  Won't that kind of spending cause hyperinflation?  If you print money like it's not worth anything, doesn't the value of that money decline?  Normal people may have had questions like that.  Thankfully The New York Times was on the scene to quell all doubt.  The Times approached Biden's plan with the calculated enthusiasm of Izvestia applauding yet another record Soviet potato harvest.

White House still lying about what Georgia's election law says.  A leftover from yesterday but one that shouldn't go by the boards.  Not only is Biden consistently lying in interviews about what Georgia's bill does to early-voting hours across the state, Jen Psaki backed up the lie at Thursday's press briefing.  WaPo fact-checker Glenn Kessler is getting exasperated:  "It's hard for any White House to admit error, especially when the president has three times repeated the falsehood," he tweeted last night.  "But this is becoming a pretty deep hole."  This is more than just not wanting to admit error, though.  This is a full-court press by Democrats to demagogue the new law as Jim Crow 2.0 in order to put pressure on the filibuster fans in their own Senate caucus to push H.R. 1 through.  Lying to make the law sound worse than it is remains a key part of that strategy.

Business anger grows at Biden's 'infrastructure plan: pouring billions into fixing racial inequalities, climate change, electric cars.  Major American business groups have lined up against President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan — even after many of them got behind his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief effort.  The opposition signals the headwinds the White House is up against promoting a package the Biden is designating as the next big push of his agenda, and one that he said Friday would create 19 million jobs.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce went after the plan as 'dangerously misguided.'

Biden's War on CO2 — Starving Planet Earth.  Carbon dioxide is persona non grata in leftist circles.  Listening to Democrat blathering over CO2, which they exhale copiously with each breath, one would think this gas is poisonous, on par with Sarin or other nerve gases.  In reality, CO2 is plant food, and essential for life on planet Earth.  One of President Biden's first executive orders, signed on January 20, aims to "restore science to tackle the climate crisis."  Joe claims, "the policy of my Administration to listen to the science."  Really? [...] In the executive order, Biden emphasizes the "social cost of carbon," whatever that means.  Is there a social cost of air and water too?  Is the word "social" a convenient excuse to invoke "social justice," "systemic racism," "oppression," "intersectionality," "privilege," and other leftist dog-whistle buzzwords in the grand plan of fundamentally transforming America?

Biden asks his Education Secretary if he can legally cancel up to $50,000 in student debt for EVERY American.  President Joe Biden's Secretary of Education is looking into whether the president can cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt for millions of borrowers.  White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said at a Politico Playbook event Thursday that Biden has asked Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to figure out if the president has the legal authority to wipe out their balances.  On the campaign trail he said he wanted to wipe away $10,000 per borrower, but prominent Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have pressed him to pursue $50,000 in debt relief per student.

Biden's Tax-and-Spend 'Infrastructure' Plan Would Slow [the] Economy [and] Deepen [the] Swamp.  The Biden administration on Wednesday released details of the first part of its latest enormous spending plan.  Although President Joe Biden is promoting the plan as a way to create jobs through infrastructure projects, its combination of tax hikes and central planning would leave the nation poorer and more dysfunctional.  Amazingly, this $2 trillion-plus in spending and $400 billion in tax subsidies covers only part of an increasingly radical wish list.  The White House will announce details on the second part of the plan, focused on welfare programs, in a few weeks.  The government paid for the $6 trillion in combined COVID-19 relief, economic "stimulus," and politically motivated bailouts over the past year by adding to the national debt.

Joe Biden's Infrastructure Plan Focuses on 'Racial Equity'.  President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, the so-called "American Jobs Plan," spends a great deal of space promising to address "racial equity."  As Breitbart News has explained, the term "equity" is not the same as "equality."  Equity is prepared to sacrifice equality before the law to benefit individuals claiming membership in groups deemed to suffer from historic disadvantages.  Under President Donald Trump, black unemployment and poverty rates reached record lows, and the gap between black and white unemployment was the smallest ever, thanks to economic growth, Opportunity Zones, and immigration enforcement.  Trump achieved those landmarks without policies aimed at taxing the wealth of some Americans to redistribute it to others along racial lines.  However, Biden ran for president on a promise to "rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country."

Trump says Biden's 'ludicrous' $2 trillion infrastructure package is a 'cruel and heartless attack on the American dream'.  Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure package as a 'cruel and heartless attack on the American dream' that will benefit the Chinese and 'crush' US workers.  Trump released a statement in advance of Biden's trip to Pittsburgh Wednesday where he'll formally roll out the new plan, which includes the most comprehensive corporate tax hike in 30 years and could include a raid on high-income residents.  'Biden's policy would break the back of the American Worker with among the highest business tax rates in the developed world,' Trump said.

Capitol buzz:  Schumer about to push federal legalization of marijuana.  Can Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden take advantage of budding support for ending decades of stringent federal prohibition on marijuana?  Or will the effort to remove the substance from drug schedules go up in smoke?  Bloomberg News sees a narrow path ahead for something more robust than just decriminalization, not long after Biden and the White House fumbled the issue with its staffers. [...] This approach looks very confused.  Booker and Wyden want to remove it from federal schedules, which would then leave legalization to the states.  However, they still want to regulate and tax marijuana at the federal level, even though much of its use would likely come from locally grown crops.  It grows nearly everywhere (hence its "weed" nickname), and would not therefore often cross state lines for distribution.  Without it being on the drug schedules, what legitimate jurisdiction would the federal government have to tax and/or control its use?

Breaking Down and Breaking Up?  [Scroll down]  Let's say, too, that the Biden cabal's binge spending, amounting to trillions of dollars in spoils for Democrats, their constituencies, and favored special interests, continues with abandon or near enough.  The national debt is nearing $30 trillion.  The laughably named "COVID Relief" measure was relief, all right — relief for incompetent, profligate blue state and big city governments.  The Biden cabal's $3 trillion infrastructure improvement proposal — now being fine-tuned to "combat" climate change and guarantee that all the usual suspects get their share of the spoils — is more budget busting.  Interest rates, currently at historic lows, won't stay low forever.  Why do we know this?  Because there are no constants in the universe or on Planet Earth.  When interest rates rise, public and private debt becomes significantly more expensive.  What then?  Pour onerous tax increases and heap mountains of red tape on businesses large — and most distressingly — small.  To compound bad, wash down the poison pill of the Green New Deal.

Do you know any Biden voter who thought they were voting for this?
Joe Biden Displays Transgender Flags at the White House to Celebrate 'Day of Visibility'.  President Joe Biden will display transgender flags at the White House on Wednesday [3/31/2021] to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility, according to an official.  White House Director of Political Strategy and Outreach Emmy Ruiz announced Biden would display the pastel pink and blue and transgender flag at the White House. [...] Biden also released a statement Wednesday to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility.  "Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary people in the United States and around the world," Biden's statement read.

This statement should have been made at least a month ago:
Biden's insane new spend-fest is a recipe for national disasterThree.  Trillion.  Dollars.  Maybe four:  That's how much President Joe Biden wants for his next installment of Let's Remake America.  Think of it as pumping gasoline by the shipload onto a wildfire.  Fresh off signing a $1.9 trillion bill for "COVID relief" (that has little to do with COVID or relief), the prez is now set to roll out yet another tranche of his free-money orgy Wednesday.  It's so huge, he's splitting it into two parts — one focusing on infrastructure, a second on progressive, social-policy wish-list items.  Together, they'd represent the single-largest outlay of cash in US history.  And the aim is to "fix" everything from the nation's insufficiently-green economy to "income inequality" to child care, even as it miraculously revives domestic-manufacturing jobs while making the country carbon-neutral.  Biden's been sold on the idea he can be the new FDR, imposing a historic nationwide transformation — including the Green New Deal fantasy of socialist-progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

New York lawmakers pass bill to legalize marijuana.  New York lawmakers on Tuesday night passed a sweeping bill legalizing recreational pot.  The state Legislature greenlit the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act after hours of debate that extended into the night.  "Today is an historic day for New Yorkers," state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), one of the bill's sponsors, said in a statement.  "I could not be more proud to cast my vote to end the failed policies of marijuana prohibition in our state, and begin the process of building a fair and inclusive legal market for adult-use cannabis."

The Democrats' background check bill is already tanking.  Chuck Schumer and his Senate Democrat colleagues have a gun control problem on their hands.  President Joe Biden has already promised his liberal supporters that he was going to get some gun control legislation passed, but even the bill viewed as having the best chance of reaching his desk has been declared "dead on arrival" in the upper chamber.  H.R. 8 is the bill that was supposed to expand background checks to a "universal level" and was viewed as being at least somewhat less onerous to Second Amendment supporters.  But now, it appears that Schumer and Pelosi won't even be able to reuse their bogus reconciliation scheme to hammer H.R. 8 through because it won't even reach fifty votes on the Senate floor.  So now it's back to the drawing board.

On Electoral Redistricting Panels, HR 1 Would Require Racial, Gender Discrimination.  HR 1, the so-called For the People Act, is a dangerous and radical bill.  It threatens the security, fairness, and integrity of our elections and restricts the First Amendment rights of Americans to freely engage in political speech and activity.  It would force state legislatures to hand over the redistricting process to unaccountable bureaucrats and institutionalizes racial and gender quotas.  It would also implement what amounts to a test to participate in redistricting that violates the associational and religious rights of the public.

DFL bill aims to limit how much Minnesotans can drive.  State Democrats want to limit the number of miles Minnesotans can drive, according to a new bill making its way through the Legislature.  The "Sustainable Transportation Act" would require Minnesota to adopt a goal of reducing vehicle miles traveled by "at least 20% by 2050."  Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, said a reduction in vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, is needed "if we are going to make headway in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector."  "Transportation is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and we've had the least amount of reduction in the transportation sector," Hornstein said during a Thursday [3/25/2021] hearing on his bill.

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[#1] This is an attempt to coerce ordinary drivers into switching to public transportation, i.e., full reliance on the government, with a large dose of authoritarian control, indoctrination, and surveillance.  [#2] Every city bus in your town is probably driving around empty, or nearly empty, at this very moment.  Privately-owned cars may emit CO2 — so what? — but with every driver autonomously going directly to his or her destination, it is the most efficient use of fuel.  [#3] "Greenhouse gas emissions" — if they're talking about carbon dioxide — are not a problem.  Water vapor has a far greater role in the greenhouse effect than CO2.  The greenhouse effect is here to stay, fortunately.  [#4] Automobiles get more miles per gallon now than ever before.  Even if I drive around by myself, I'm getting twice as many miles per gallon as I did 30 years ago.  [#5] If the average worldwide temperature goes up 1/2 degree over the course of your lifetime, and you could prevent it by giving up your license to drive, would you do it?  I wouldn't.  That's not an acceptable trade-off.  [#6] These Minnesota politicians are straining at a gnat, and swallowing a camel.  The gnat is the CO2 coming from your exhaust pipe.  The camel is the CO2 from the Chinese and Indian power plants that are burning coal and exhausting CO2 into the same atmosphere shared by Minnesota and the rest of the world.

Democrats embarking on Caesarism.  Many of today's Democrats are acting more like tyrants than "public servants."  In fact, the latter term seems quaint, a relic of a bygone era.  It is hard for many, me included, not to chuckle sadly when encountering that antiquated term.  The Biden administration has largely dispensed with the legislative process and the Constitution and is imposing its will by Executive Orders — presidential fiat — more suited to a classic banana republic than a constitutional democratic republic.  Democrats today bear little resemblance to the party of William Jefferson Clinton let alone Thomas Jefferson.  JFK would be considered a radical right-wing extremist, a Christian demagogue by today's Dems.  When certain powerful Democrats talk of "Democratic Socialism," rest assured the emphasis is on Socialism.  They want power and they want it now, partly for their own advancement but also because many are true ideologues, possessed (I could end this sentence there) with a truly fanatical zeal.

Biden confident gun control legislation will pass.  President Biden is confident Congress will pass gun control legislation in the wake of multiple mass shootings that happened over the last few weeks.  Biden told reporters on Sunday he believes Congress will greenlight "rational gun control" measures.  "The only gun control legislation that's ever passed is mine.  It's going to happen again," Biden said.  President Biden confident on passing "rational gun control."

The Editor says...
Maybe you could start by sending people to jail when they make deliberately false statements on ATF Form 4473.

S1 Slammed As 'Political Corruption' As Republicans Go All-In On Attacking Dems' Election Reform Bill.  Republicans are launching a full-court press against the congressional Democrats' wide ranging election and campaign finance reform bill.  "It's political corruption," the announcer charges in a new commercial that is part of a major ad blitz by the National Republican Senatorial Committee starting Monday.  "Stop the grab.  Stop the fraud."  The Senate GOP reelection arm is spending seven figures to run the spots in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire, four states they hope to flip from blue to red in the 2022 midterms, when Republicans will aim to win back the majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Biden says he's optimistic about passing gun control through divided Senate.  President Biden on Sunday [3/28/2021] expressed optimism about getting gun control legislation passed on Capitol Hill — claiming he's done it before and can do it again.  "I'm the only one who's ever gotten it passed, man," Biden told reporters at New Castle Air National Guard Base in Delaware.  "Everyone keeps wondering whether I care about dealing with rational gun control — the only gun control legislation ever passed is mine.  "It's gonna happen again."  The president said that he was even willing to call Republican members of Congress to help push through a deal in an evenly-divided Senate.  Biden was referring to the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban.  The ban expired in 2004.

Red China eyes Taiwan while our military goes for woke.  The Fox headlined succinctly summarized why suddenly, after 250 years of protecting the nation, the U.S. military suddenly is concerned about social justice rather than caring about defending the country.  The headline said, "Marine Corps reservist warns that Biden Pentagon's 'woke' rules and priorities endangering U.S. security."  The last three words speak to the goal of the Democrat Party's insistence that the Pentagon embrace transgenderism.  Focusing on social policy rather than military performance endangers U.S. security.  Democrats bet that losing the next war will benefit them.

When The Powerful Say Truth Is A Lie And Lies Are The Truth, No One Will Stand Up For America But You.  Open The New York Times' politics page Thursday morning and the top headline reads, "Democrats Begin Push For Biggest Expansion In Voting Since 1960s." It's a story about the most important election power-grab in modern legislative history, with a slim, partisan majority of senators seeking to wrest control of elections away from state governments to ensure Democrat control for decades to come.  For starters, H.R. 1 will ban voter ID requirements, mandate early voting windows, allow outside activist groups to deliver votes for counting, do away with notarized absentee ballots, force states to accept absentees for 10 days after an election is over, narrow the Federal Election Commission by one member to allow for partisan control, mandate counting illegal aliens in voting districts, allow the IRS to investigate non-profits' political ideas, and make it nearly impossible to sue over the new rules.

Biden's radical agenda [is] likely to hit [a] wall.  Joe Biden, or whoever is pulling the strings, has an ambitious agenda.  Too ambitious in a well-functioning democracy for a president who squeaked into the White House and whose party holds only half of the Senate seats.  There is no mandate for the kind of sweeping change Biden and his handlers desire.  One can debate whether ours is a well functioning democracy, but I hope it still functions well enough to prevent the kind of radical change the Democrats are pushing for.  I believe it probably will, for the next two years at least.  On the face of things, the filibuster is the obstacle to the Democrats' radical agenda.  As long as it's permitted, the Democrats are quite limited in what they can get through the Senate.

Conservatives need to attack the tech monopolies aggressively.  Modern communism and socialism are two ideological suits cut from the same bolt of cloth.  Communism is more of an internationally oriented ideology (workers of the world unite!) that says the "workers" should own the means of production.  Socialism is historically more nationalist in practice.  Significantly, it allows businesses to remain in private hands, provided that those businesses act as agents of the government.  American socialism has an international orientation, explaining its adherents' belief in globalism and open borders, but it still allows businesses to retain their monopolistic positions.

$3T Infrastructure Grab Bag Would Strangle Economy, Americans With Debt, Taxes.  The media were flooded Monday with news that the Biden administration is working on a colossal new $3 trillion to $4 trillion spending plan.  While full details are not available yet, the plan appears to be another left-wing grab bag of big-government proposals.  Rather than stimulating the economy, it would stimulate bigger government while funneling unprecedented amounts of power and money through the hands of politicians in Washington.  All this comes on the heels of President Joe Biden signing into law on March 11 a badly flawed $1.9 trillion legislative package that was originally marketed as a COVID-19 response, but which was more focused on left-wing pet causes, such as bailouts for union pension plans and unnecessary handouts for state governments.  Just a day later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., released a statement calling for bipartisan work on legislation that would focus on infrastructure.

'This is how you DESTROY an economy': Mark Levin torches Democrats' massive infrastructure bill.  Last week, Democrats confiscated $1.9 trillion of your children's and grandchildren's money on a partisan COVID-19 "stimulus" package.  Last year, they piled on $4.1 trillion in debt to prevent the economy from collapsing as blue state governors shuttered their businesses.  Now, as an infrastructure stimulus looms, Mark is sounding the alarm, saying our nation faces "fiscal suicide" at the hands of the Democratic Party.  "In 18 months' time, we have spent, or have obligated for spending, $16.5 trillion," Mark exclaimed.  "And what's coming next?  Two more trillion, we're told, in infrastructure.  And the Republicans are saying the Democrats are going to spend a tiny percent on infrastructure and load it up with yet more new entitlements, new programs, [and] new spending ... and they pretend they're going to pay for it.  How are they going to pay for it?  Massive tax increases on corporations, which means everything you buy is going to go up.  Which also means, if they can't turn a profit they're going to fire people.  Incredible."

Biden bribes Manchin, bye-bye filibuster.  Joe Biden has never been known for subtlety. [...] [The Democrats'] legislative priorities — passing HR 1 to guarantee Republicans will never win another presidency or congressional majority by mandating nationwide cheating-enabling mail-in voting with no ID requirements and much more — depend on ending the filibuster.  And Manchin's vote is required to do that.  If confirmed by the Senate [...], Mrs. Manchin would have major role in an agency with a $165 million budget whose "mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia."  The word "invest" is the key one here.  That means money.  Money handed out to people, either directly or through loan guarantees (think:  Solyndra) or some other mechanism.

Democrats Push "Drive Plastic Manufacturing To China" Act.  Congressional Democrats are offering up a bill whose effects will be to destroy the American plastics industry and drive manufacturing to China: [...] Plastics are basically in every part of the American economy, from cars to medicine to semiconductors to clothing.  As the biggest petrochemical producing state, Texas would be badly hurt by such regulation, but so would Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and Illinois (among many others). [...] Of course, this bill wouldn't stop anyone from opening plastics plants in China, where environmental regulations are far more lax.  If this bill passes, opening a plastics plant in China may indeed require less money in bribes for communist party officials than opening one in America would require in crony capitalist payoffs to Democratic Party toadies.  So the end result will be more global pollution and fewer American jobs.  This is yet another area where Democrats' rent-seeker behavior will harm the American economy to ensure that their own palms are greased.

Peter Doocy Asks Psaki If Joe Biden Was Supporting a "Relic of Jim Crow Era" When he Defended the Filibuster in 2005 as a Senator.  Joe Biden on Thursday [3/25/2021] was asked by a reporter if he agreed with Obama that the filibuster is a 'relic of the Jim Crow era.'  Biden replied, "Yes."  The filibuster requires 60 votes to pass most legislation in the Senate.  Getting rid of the filibuster would allow the Democrats to ram through far-left, extreme measures with a simple majority.  Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have embraced the filibuster as Senators, but all of a sudden it's racist.  Fox News reporter Peter Doocy called out Joe Biden's hypocrisy during a press briefing on Friday and Jen Psaki twisted herself into a pretzel trying to explain why the filibuster is now bad.

9 Highlights From Senate Hearing on Federal Takeover of Elections.  Lawmakers listened to ominous references to the South's Jim Crow era and Maoist China as the Senate held its first hearing on Democrats' legislation to nationalize elections while eliminating voter ID and most other state election safeguards.  "This bill has rightly been called the Corrupt Politicians Act because it is designed to keep corrupt politicians in office," Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said as he denounced the legislation.  The hearing Wednesday [3/24/2021] also saw the return of former Attorney General Eric Holder to Capitol Hill to advocate passage of Democrats' bill, and in particular changing how congressional districts are redrawn.  Holder insisted that voter fraud "simply doesn't exist."  And Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded at one point:  "I would like to ask my Republican colleagues, why are you so afraid of democracy?"

New York officials reach agreement to legalize marijuana.  New York State officials have reached a deal to legalize marijuana, legislative sources told The Post on Wednesday — just hours after Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it "essential" to the state's social and economic well-being.  The reform measures will be included in the laws to be proposed as part of the state budget on April 1, the sources said[.]  The deal would allow New Yorkers over the age of 21 to legally buy and possess up to three ounces of pot for their personal use, with licensed sales to begin by December 2022, sources said.

Illinois is cooked, and it's time to get out.  It is time to leave Illinois.  It's not the three feet of snow; the corruption and tax increases; or even that my city, Evanston, voted in 2019 to award reparations.  The tipping point is that my alderman, the lone reasonable, fiscally responsible voice on the city council, was trounced in our city primary election.  Illinois has been in a steady decline, but there are now "new and improved" reasons to leave the state.  In the last month, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed one of the most aggressively anti-police crime bills in the country, and the state adopted the most progressive, anti-intellectual education bill in the country.

Biden Now Supports Ending Filibuster, Held Meeting On How 'Big,' 'Fast' He Can 'Jam Through' Agenda:  Report.  Democrat President Joe Biden reportedly held a recent secret meeting in the White House with "historians" to discuss how "big" of an agenda he could push and how "fast" he could "jam" it through.  The agenda that Biden is pursuing would bring "once-in-a-lifetime historic changes to America," Axios reported.  Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer declared in November that if Democrats won both U.S. Senates in the Georgia runoff elections that Democrats would "change America."  "The historians' views were very much in sync with his own:  It is time to go even bigger and faster than anyone expected.  If that means chucking the filibuster and bipartisanship, so be it," the report said.  "People close to Biden tell us he's feeling bullish on what he can accomplish, and is fully prepared to support the dashing of the Senate's filibuster rule to allow Democrats to pass voting rights and other trophy legislation for his party."  The agenda that Biden wants to enact includes a crackdown on the Second Amendment, passing a highly controversial election reform bill, and a radical climate agenda.

'Corrupt Politicians Act' Rigs Elections for the Radical Left.  Democrats are gearing up to try to radically transform our election system and lock in majorities at every level of elected government for decades to come.  Democrats call this bill the For the People Act, or HR 1, but a more appropriate name would be the Corrupt Politicians Act because it's designed by the politicians, of the politicians, and for the politicians. [...] This bill eliminates countless state election integrity laws, including Texas' and other states' voter ID laws, and replaces them with a set of new laws negotiated by Democrat operatives and radical left-wing activists.  The fact is, Democrats are furious that, last fall, Republicans won control of legislatures across the country, so now they're trying to use control of the federal government to eliminate states' common-sense election laws.

Will Democrats Really Nuke the Filibuster — and What Happens If They Do?  Before 2013, Senate majorities used the nuclear option only rarely.  In November of that year, Democrats employed it to abolish the filibuster for all presidential nominations other than Supreme Court justices.  In 2017, Republicans used it to abolish the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations.  They deployed it again in 2019 to shorten the amount of debate permitted under the rules after the Senate has invoked cloture on a nominee but before a final confirmation vote.  Notwithstanding this increased willingness to use the maneuver, Democrats may not be able to go nuclear in the weeks ahead.  Both Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have both publicly opposed doing away with the filibuster at all.  And several other Democrats who might be willing to end the filibuster have not yet publicly committed to doing so via the nuclear option.

Climate change is the perfect tool to justify complete control.  Replacing internal combustion-powered automobiles with E.V.s is policy.  Eventually, they will acknowledge the inherent pollution in battery manufacture, the production of the electricity needed to charge the batteries, and eventual battery disposal.  The goal is to eliminate private transportation in its entirety.  In major cities, roadwork now entails reducing on-street parking while narrowing thoroughfares to increase traffic.  This is a prelude to charging a yearly fee for the privilege of city parking.  Several thousand dollars a year should modify behavior and increase revenues.  The implementation of license fees (also several thousand dollars per annum) for car ownership will come to fruition.  Limiting the right to own a car for people who allow their "social credit score" to decline by saying something untoward about government or authorities on social media, or in public, will also be a tactic.  Next will be restricted usage and a fee per mile driven with driving limited to odd and even days for portions of the population.  Social scores will dictate who is allowed to fly on commercial airliners, with ticket prices including a "carbon fee" commensurate to the seat's percentage of the flight's total carbon cost.  In addition to forcing the price of gasoline to $20 a gallon, the "price of all energy will necessarily have to skyrocket" (Barack Obama).  They will triple or quadruple the price of all energy, whether it be electricity, natural gas, or home heating oil.

Dark Money Fuels Push to Ditch Filibuster.  The left-wing group leading a campaign to have Senate Democrats eliminate the filibuster is housed at one of the left's most powerful dark money networks, business records show.  Fix Our Senate is steering a coalition of 60 progressive groups to pressure moderate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster, which requires a 60-vote supermajority to advance legislation.  The group is a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a nonprofit incubator managed by the D.C.-based consulting firm Arabella Advisors.  Arabella's network of funds is used by the nation's wealthiest liberal donors to secretly bankroll a host of progressive initiatives.  The coalition has added dozens of groups in recent days as Democrats increase their calls to eliminate the filibuster.  President Joe Biden has said he supports filibuster reform and would prefer a return to a "talking filibuster," but White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president remains "open to hearing" other ideas.  Removing the filibuster would help Democrats looking to push through a progressive agenda.  Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has threatened to use procedural moves to grind Senate business to a halt, should Democrats succeed.

Biden Team Preparing Up to $3 Trillion in New Spending for the Economy.  President Biden's economic advisers are pulling together a sweeping $3 trillion package to boost the economy, reduce carbon emissions and narrow economic inequality, beginning with a giant infrastructure plan that may be financed in part through tax increases on corporations and the rich.

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Carbon dioxide is not carbon.  When the Democrats speak of carbon emissions, they reveal their ignorance.  They don't expect you to know the difference between carbon and carbon dioxide.  That's because they think you're stupid.

'COVID Relief' Bill Collides With the Constitution.  Well, that didn't take long.  The first major bill passed by the new Democratic congressional majority and signed into law by our new president on March 11 had already provoked a constitutional challenge by March 17.  The attorney general of Ohio filed suit against the Biden administration last Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, alleging that the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) unconstitutionally and coercively limits the right of states to manage their internal fiscal policies:  "This suit challenges an unconstitutional provision in the American Rescue Plan Act — a provision that allows the federal government to commandeer state taxing authority."

The Democrats use the EPA as a weapon:
Republicans say Democrats' big climate bill would crush the plastics industry.  Republican lawmakers are raising concerns that provisions in the sweeping climate bill from top House Democrats would stifle the plastics industry.  One late addition to the nearly 1,000-page piece of legislation, known as the CLEAN Future Act, is meant to curb greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution emitted from the petrochemical facilities that produce plastics or the raw materials used to make plastics.  Most significantly, the bill would impose a temporary pause on air pollution permits needed for approval of new plastics production facilities.  The legislation also directs the Environmental Protection Agency to issue new greenhouse gas and air pollution controls for these facilities within three years, including requiring plastics production plants to use zero-emissions power and improve emissions monitoring.

The progressive takeover of Democratic Party continues.  President Biden, along with leading Democrats on Capitol Hill, started the year with the choice between two paths to govern.  The first route, which I have strongly urged my party to take, is characterized with bipartisanship.  Democrats carry this incredible opportunity to consolidate their power by reaching out to moderate Republicans to achieve legislative compromises at a time when Republicans are deeply fractured.  This route would lead to further friction, however, with the growing progressive wing.  It is clear that Biden and Democrats have chosen the second route, which involves embracing liberal policies and using their power to push through a progressive agenda without any support from Republicans.  While it may lead to legislative wins, it will do away with the promise of Biden to reach across the aisle and adds the risk of potential losses in 2022.

DC Statehood Is The Next Unicorn The Democrats Are Chasing.  The Washington Post is doing an admirable job of cheerleading for the next unicorn that congressional Democrats are set to pursue, that being DC statehood.  The obvious nature of the power grab that the Democrats are trying to pull off doesn't seem to sway their media enablers in the slightest.  Nor do the historical reasons as to why the District of Columbia wasn't created as a state to begin with.  All that really matters is the opportunity to summon up two more senators from a reliably blue neighborhood, that is smaller in both physical size and population than your average county.  The job for the GOP at this moment, as Yahoo News reports, is to educate the public about what the Democrats are trying to do and why this scheme shouldn't be allowed to come to pass.

Ted Cruz, Conservatives to Hold West Virginia Rally Against H.R. 1, the 'Corrupt Politicians Act'.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and conservative activists will hold a rally at the West Virginia state capitol Saturday [3/20/2021] against the "Corrupt Politicians Act."  The Council for National Policy Act will host a rally at the Charleston, West Virginia state capitol at 1:00 P.M. Eastern.  The rally will feature conservative leaders to rally against H.R. 1/S.1, the For the People Act, which the leaders refer to as the "Corrupt Politicians Act."  The legislation already passed the House.

The American Police State Is Now Forming.  H.R. 1 provides new rules leading to one-party control and laxity in the administration of voting, and H.R. 5 legitimizes the federal government defining sexuality rather than history or biology.  These are instruments of totalitarianism.  H.R. 1 claims to be needed to offset "voter suppression," but the cure it offers is "voter hyper-inflation" and the destruction of American democracy as we know it.  H.R. 5, the Equality Act, enforces interpersonal behavior that defies both the biblical norms of identity and the family in effect for the past 3,500 years, as well as universal norms of family life in all cultures and societies obtaining on all continents since the beginning of time.  These two pieces of legislation are thus cornerstones on which the police state is building the new nation-state called the USA.  The police state is a totalitarian state.

Stolen elections have consequences.
H.R. 1 is Nothing But a Massive Democrat Power Grab.  Not content with the rigging and manipulation of the 2020 election, or the "fortifying" of it as some leftists have described it, the Democrats are prepared to codify, and are aggressively pushing to codify, the corruption we saw play out in 2020 through H.R. 1.  Now, mind you, this is House Resolution 1 because the very first bill that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered in the new session was this attempt at election rigging.  Just so we're absolutely clear:  her biggest priority in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis is not helping Americans or small businesses, but making sure to codify corruption.  She even gave it the Orwellian title of the "For the People Act."  What it should be titled is "How to Effect One-Party Rule in America."  To put it mildly, it is a mind-blowing, brazen attempt by Pelosi and the Democrats to annihilate free and fair elections and place the Republican Party in permanent minority status.

California Progressives Are About To Implement A Radical And Sweeping Social Justice Curriculum.  On this episode of The Federalist, RealClearInvestigations reporter John Murawski joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to outline progressive activists' battle to create a mandatory ethnic studies curriculum that forces teachings about "systemic racism, predatory capitalism, heteropatriarchy, and other structures of oppression" on 1.7 million high schoolers in California.  President Joe Biden's new education secretary may try to implement it federally as well.  "Their hope is that he will take up the ethnic studies cause and will use the power of the federal government, the federal muscle by the federal government to advance ethnic studies in some way to make it a national, to raise the profile of ethnic studies," Murawski said.

House OKs path to citizenship for millions, including 'Dreamers'.  The House of Representatives on Thursday [3/18/2021] voted to approve a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, including farmworkers and "Dreamers" brought to the country illegally as minors.  The American Dream and Promise Act passed 228-197 with nine Republicans joining all Democrats voting in favor.  The bill would benefit young migrants and refugees with Temporary Protected Status.  The Farm Workforce Modernization Act passed 247-174 with 30 Republicans joining most Democrats in favor and one Democrat voting in opposition.

H.R.1 — Is It Really "For the People"?  H.R. 1 purports to, "expand Americans' access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes."  The Bill is 791 pages long.  Here are just a few of the more egregious federal power grabs in H.R. 1 concocted against the 50 states that run elections under the U.S. Constitution:  [#1] Ban voter ID laws and allow ballot harvesting; [#2] Expand Election Day to "election season" by mandating mail-in ballots be counted 10 days after the election would normally be over; [#3] Automatic voter registration of people who apply for unemployment, Medicaid, Obamacare and college, or who are coming out of prison.  There is a lot more, and it gets worse.  Substantially worse.  There are First Amendment restrictions on political speech and on the support or opposition of a bill and/or a candidate.  Remember:  This is supposed to be "fortifying our democracy."

Uh Oh:  Pelosi, House Dems Starting To Push For Filibuster Exception To Pass H.R. 1.  I hadn't seen this piece of the story when I wrote earlier about Joe Manchin's latest filibuster argle-bargle.  It's a big one even though Pelosi has no direct influence over what happens in the Senate.  The more public pressure she and House Dems like Jim Clyburn put on centrists like Manchin to find a way to get H.R. 1 through, the more likely it is that Manchin's going to throw them a bone by caving.  Maybe not by agreeing to a "carve-out" from the filibuster rules, which is what Pelosi's allegedly seeking, but by some half-measure like shifting to a "talking filibuster" or a "41 on the floor" rule in which the GOP has to have that many senators present in the chamber at all times.

Biden may cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt after being pressured by Dems.  President Joe Biden may cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt after being pressured by Democrats.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with other Senate Dems, are urging the president to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt by using executive authority.  Senators Schumer and Elizabeth Warren revealed a legal review on the use of executive authority is underway by the U.S. Department of Justice.  Executive action has already been used by Biden to continue the suspension of student loan payments until the end of September 2021.

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What about those of us who didn't go into debt?  What do we get?

Dem Sen. Cardin caught on hot mic telling Buttigieg how Dems will jam trillions of dollars for infrastructure.  Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., was caught on a hot mic telling Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg that the budget reconciliation process would "most likely" be needed to get an infrastructure package into the end zone.  While at a Monday [3/15/2021] press conference featuring Buttigieg, Cardin was caught on a C-SPAN mic saying that Democrats will "most likely have to use reconciliation" to push an infrastructure package through Congress.  Cardin also told Buttigieg that the infrastructure bill will be constructed in a "similar" way to the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that President Biden signed last week.  "Ultimately, it's going to be put together similar to how the American Rescue Plan was put together ...," Cardin was caught saying.  "Most likely, we're going to have to use reconciliation."

Dem Senator Caught on Hot Mic Admitting Democrats Will Ram Through Trillions in New Spending without GOP Support.  Democrat Senator Ben Cardin, was caught on a C-SPAN hot mic telling Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg that Democrats will "most likely have to use reconciliation" on an infrastructure package as they did with the Covid relief bill.  "Ultimately it's going to be put together similar to how the Rescue Plan was put together... Most likely you're going to have to use reconciliation," admitted the Senator.  [Video clip] [...] Democrat Senators went around Republicans by passing the Covid relief bill through budget reconciliation, a process that requires only a simple majority vote.  Not one single Republican in the Senate or the House voted for the pork-filled bill that is really a power grab for the Democrats, teachers unions, minority interests and will funnel tens of thousands of dollars to federal workers.

Dick Durbin:  Biden's Amnesty Plan for Illegal Aliens 'Doesn't Have Support'.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) said there is not enough support in Congress to pass President Joe Biden's amnesty plan for millions of illegal aliens.  Last month, House and Senate Democrats introduced the Biden plan — known as H.R. 1177 & S. 348 — which would give amnesty to the roughly 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States while doubling annual legal immigration to the country, flooding the labor market with more foreign competition for the nation's nearly 17 million jobless Americans.

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What if the actual number of illegal aliens in the U.S. is over 30 million — or (by the time the law is signed) close to 40 million?

Dems to introduce a bill to make DC a state and the filibuster is in danger.  Democrats plan to introduce a bill to make DC a state, giving Democrats two Senate seats and a lot more power.  There is a hearing scheduled for next Monday on HR 51, the bill to make Washington D.C. the 51st state of the USA.  It's likely unconstitutional.  How the district is handled is specifically laid out in the Constitution.  It appears to require a constitutional amendment to change it.  If it were passed, the Black Lives Matter mayor would become a governor.  The Founders did not want D.C. to become a state.  They intended the capital of the newly created United States to be a neutral ground for co-equal sovereign states to come together to transact the nation's business.  It would only pass, likely unconstitutionally, if Schumer ends the filibuster requiring only 51 votes instead of 60.

Biden plans biggest spending binge since Lyndon Johnson.  President Biden and congressional Democrats are preparing to embark on one of the largest spending sprees since Lyndon Johnson was in the White House.  The $1.9 trillion spending package Biden signed into law last week that he said was needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, passed on a party-line vote by the narrowly Democratic-controlled Congress, was just the beginning.  A massive infrastructure bill is in the works that is expected to cost at least $2 trillion.  Former President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress were no shrinking violets when it came to federal spending, either.  Trump signed into law an even bigger coronavirus package, the $2.2 trillion CARES Act last year, and another $900 billion in economic assistance before leaving office.  Budget deficits in excess of $1 trillion a year were set to return under Trump even before the pandemic hit, a fact that could undercut GOP efforts to restrain Biden's spending.

Biden set to significantly raise taxes and spend trillions.  Bloomberg reports Joe Biden has planned the first major tax increase since Bill Clinton in 1993.  Biden allegedly intends to raise the corporate tax rate substantially, increase the capital gains tax for people making over a million dollars, widen the estate tax, increase the income tax on people making more than $400,000 and reduce tax breaks for businesses.  His tax policy during his campaign was to raise taxes by $2.1 trillion over 10 years.  He's also going to sign more wasteful, socialist trillion-dollar bills during COV.  If Schumer and the Democrats abolish the Senate filibuster, they will be unimpeded in spending.  They will crash the economy.  This tax increase will raise money for infrastructure and the environment but that means money for unions and the end of our lucrative energy sector.

Rep. Omar introduces Agenda 21.  Without respect to the fact that states have the authority to regulate housing contracts, Ilhan Omar uses a viral smokescreen to begin implementing some of the worst features of Agenda 21, the leftist promise that the government will provide affordable housing for everyone.  On March 11, she introduced H.R. 1847, a bill "To suspend obligations of residential renters and mortgagors to make payments during the COVID-19 emergency, and for other purposes."  So far only a draft of the text is available.  Essentially, the bill says that real property tenants can stop paying their landlords.  Our country was not founded on the moral code that one is not responsible for one's obligations and debts.  However, these socialists would make it so.  Unsurprisingly, this bill is full of problems.  It provides for a COVID suspension period ending April 2022 (Sec. 8(3)), but the landlord relief fund runs for five years (Sec. 5 (c)(1)).  It seems as if it's planning to extend for up to five years a tenant's freedom from rent obligations, should the bill become law.

President Cloward, Vice President Piven.  Cloward-Piven is a political strategy of calculated chaos first described in 1966, by two Columbia University sociologists, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.  Their theory was published appropriately in the far left The Nation, the oldest continuously published news magazine in the country.  Cloward-Piven's goal was the creation of chaos so that:  "A political crisis would result that could lead to legislation for a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty."  The activities of the past year, from an imported Chinese coronavirus to a rigged and stolen presidential election are textbook Cloward-Piven, leading to a massive shift in the leadership and direction of America.  We have gone to government by, of, and for the people to a tyrannical autocracy controlled by a small cabal of self-appointed elites.

Congressional Democrats push a job-killing law even Californians couldn't stand.  In the 2020 election, 63% of California voters backed President Biden.  On the same ballot, those voters essentially repealed a job-killing state law that Biden and Democrats now want to impose on a national level in the form of the PRO Act.  That California law, A.B. 5, attempted to force businesses that use contract and freelance workers into hiring them with employee benefits.  Instead, it predictably caused freelance work to dry up throughout the state.  News conglomerates cut loose their California-based freelancers.  A variety of independent contractors, such as truck drivers, professional service providers, and interpreters, suddenly faced financial ruin.  Legislators were forced to carve out multiple exceptions to their ill-considered law in a last-ditch effort to save it, but even that wasn't enough.  In the end, Uber and Lyft, the iconic ride-share applications that the law had originally targeted, came within a hair's breadth of shutting down all service in California.  A judge stepped in and blocked the law just in time.

When a Handful of Crises Aren't Enough.  Bridge-building, comity, and compromise are passé.  What Ron Klain, Susan Rice, and a knot of plutocrats and "progressives" who pull Joe's strings want are crises.  Manufactured crises are just as good as the real deals.  They're opportunities not to be wasted. [...] The Biden administration is now teeing up the climate crisis.  Catastrophic climate cooling or heating (you pick) has been the rage since the early 70s. [...] Deep-sixing the Keystone XL Pipeline was a modest down payment on planet saving.  With the end looming, we must slam on civilization's brakes.  Conventional energy and all the technology and machinery dependent must give way to solar panels, windmills, bikes, electric cars (maybe), meatless meals, organic gardens, rationed toilet paper, childlessness (the fewer cows and people, the less flatulence), primitivized buildings, brownouts and rolling blackouts, hemp clothes, flint tools, malnutrition, starvation, hypothermia, heatstroke, and polar icecap and polar bear appreciation days.  If your gut tells you that the Green New Deal is actually destructive of our economy and society, your gut is right.

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If the "Biden administration has enjoyed no honeymoon," it is entirely his fault.  The flurry of executive orders he signed on his first day in office effectively terminated any smooth transition he might have expected.

The Many Ways Biden Has Kicked Culture Wars Into Overdrive.  You'll see "equity" a lot in Biden's executive actions.  Besides requiring the entire government to commit to an "equity agenda," Biden has further inflamed the culture wars in more than two dozen other executive actions.  And we're less than two months into his presidency.  One executive order directs all administrative agencies to apply the Supreme Court's Bostock decision to all laws under their purview.  In Bostock, the Supreme Court reinterpreted Title VII, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex, to include transgender status and sexual orientation.  Under Biden's order, the government will apply this new definition to all federal laws and regulations.  That includes Title IX, which covers education, meaning that schools receiving federal funds will be forced, among other things, to allow biological males who "identify" as female to play on girls sports teams.  And just to make it extra clear that sex-specific sports teams and bathrooms are not permissible, Biden issued a separate order about Title IX, just in case anyone might have missed it.

Pentagon, Fox News host Tucker Carlson go to war over 'feminizing' military.  A number of high-ranking military officers are using their official social media accounts to denounce Fox News host Tucker Carlson over recent claims that maternity flight suits for pregnant fliers and new directives that loosen hair regulations to accommodate females in the ranks are "making a mockery" of the U.S. military.  And top Pentagon leaders said Thursday [3/11/2021] they're perfectly fine with the new online activism from several general officers and the Army's top enlisted soldier against a TV commentator.  On his popular show that aired Tuesday, Mr. Carlson said Chinese military officials are pushing for their armed forces to toughen up while the Pentagon is more focused on programs aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in the military — such as updating hair regulations and testing flight suits for pregnant women.

Brilliant!
Portland Mayor Wants to Bring Back a Uniformed Police Team to Combat Violence.  Portland is in big trouble.  Gun violence is up 2½ times over the same period last year and ever since the city council voted a 7% cut in the police budget, the city streets have exploded in violence.  The police unit dedicated to fighting gun violence — the Gun Violence Reduction Team — was disbanded because too many black people were being arrested, which means it was racist... or something.  Regardless, getting rid of a unit that did nothing all day but combat gun violence had immediate consequences.  Former Salinas, Calif., Police Chief Kelly McMillin told the Portland police, "Not to be overly dramatic, but if you lose the unit which focuses on removing firearms from the hand of violent offenders, people will die.  It's really just that simple."  Simple or not, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and the radicals on the city council who pushed to disband the unit were quite proud of themselves for eliminating "systemic racism."

Sen. Mike Lee Hops Aboard the 'Too Little, Too Late' Election Fraud Bandwagon.  H.R. 1 essentially codifies the 2020 contest's mid-election rule changes by instituting provisions for (1) mandatory voter registration nationwide, (2) the restoration of voting rights for convicted felons, (3) the elimination of photo identification requirements, (4) the expansion of mail-in balloting and the use of unsupervised drop boxes that eliminate traditional chain of custody security for individual votes, (5) the counting of votes received in the mail well after Election Day, and (6) legal immunity for illegal aliens caught voting (as well as a host of other changes meant to keep Democrats in power in perpetuity).  As detestable a power-grab as H.R. 1 is, it's preposterous that any Republican who has been vouching for the 2020 election and pretending it was conducted on the up-and-up could now turn around with a straight face and act as if the election changes contained within H.R. 1 are beyond the pale.  H.R. 1 is like an autopsy report for how Democrats killed the last election and installed President Brain Freeze in the White House.  The legislation is nothing more than Democrats' insistence on making legal what they've already accomplished.

My Democrat Friends are Getting Very Embarrassed.  They bought into the propaganda that all the turmoil in Washington was created by the erratic and immoral behavior of Donald Trump.  Their vote for Harris/Biden was a vote to return to normal.  They didn't realize that the Democrats weren't offering a return to normal, they were offering the establishment of a "new normal."  The "new normal" includes restricted energy exploration and cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline.  This has caused a loss of well-paying union jobs, damaged relations with Canada, and triggered skyrocketing gasoline prices.  It also threatens to return us to dependence on the most unstable region in the world.  To those who would like us to leave the Middle East to resolve its own problems — we can't now.  We've implemented more "humane" immigration policies, creating a flood of illegal immigrants across the border — wearing "Biden" t-shirts.  Our humane policy has given us men, women, and children sacrificing their lives pursuing the dream promised them by the Democrats.  Thankfully, we're no longer keeping illegal immigrant children in cages.  Now we're keeping them in Conex boxes.

Omar reintroduces bill seeking to cancel rent, mortgage payments during pandemic.  Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Thursday introduced for the second time a bill that would guarantee full payment forgiveness on rent and home mortgage payments throughout the coronavirus pandemic.  Under the bill, titled the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, there would be no accumulation of debt for renters or homeowners, as well as no negative impact on a person's credit rating or rental history.  The legislation also calls on the Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish and oversee a "Landlord Relief Fund," to cover any losses landlords would receive as a result of the payment cancellations.

Federal COVID-19 Bailout Prohibits States From Cutting Taxes.  Buried within the $1.9 trillion emergency spending bill that Congress sent to President Joe Biden's desk on Wednesday [3/10/2021] is a provision that could effectively block states from cutting taxes if they accept federal bailout dollars.  That provision, added to the bill by the Senate last week, could put a halt to several states' plans to cut taxes this year as a way to stimulate economic growth following the COVID-19 pandemic.  Depending on how the text is interpreted, the measure could also make it illegal for states to create new tax credit programs like the ones that have become a popular mechanism for expanding school choice.  Critics say this expansion of federal control over state policymaking is murky at best, and potentially unconstitutional.

Kevin McCarthy Calls $1.9 Trillion Bill 'The Pelosi Payoff,' Says To Stop Calling It 'COVID Relief'.  Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the Democrats' $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill the "Pelosi Payoff" on Tuesday, saying that people should stop calling it "COVID relief."  McCarthy noted other expenditures outlined in the bill that are not related to COVID-19 relief, including $50 million for Planned Parenthood, "$21k for federal workers to stay at home," and a "$25k bonus for state government workers."  [Tweet]  McCarthy also criticized the bill in a Fox News op-ed.  McCarthy said that Democrats "are using the coronavirus as an excuse to justify funding pet projects" and wrote that "about a third of the entire cost of the bill" won't be spent for "another two years."

Democrats slip in sneaky little rider into stimulus bill to forbid states from cutting taxes.  The Democrats' $1.9 trillion stimulus bill is a monster of public spending with the prime aim of rewarding political cronies.  Free-spending blue cities and states get bailouts, along with unions with mismanaged gold-plated pensions for their members.  The losers, of course, are the savers and taxpayers.  That's because it won't be long before Argentina-style inflation and Europe-style taxes kick in to pay for these benefits to leftists.  The only hope is to grow the economy so that the debt can be paid, which is something Americans often know how to do.  But unlike other bills, this one contains a poison pill, to ensure that red states and cities inclined to cut taxes are stopped dead in their tracks.

Livelihoods And The Congressional Thieves Who Want To Steal Them.  If there were any doubts that today's Democratic Party is a corrupt and malevolent force, they were fully removed Tuesday when the House approved the PRO Act, a bill that will steal the livelihood from millions of Americans should it become law.  Democrats care about nothing but consolidating their power and making their own lives more comfortable, even if it means creating hardships for others.  The legislation, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, is both a gift to labor union bosses and a burglar's tool for aiding the outright theft of working Americans' incomes.  It was passed 225-206, with five Republicans voting for it (Reps.  Brian Fitzpatrick, Pa.; Don Young, Alaska; John Katko, N.Y.; Chris Smith, N.J.; Jefferson Van Drew, N.J.) and one Democrat (Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas) against it.  In addition to stripping states of their right-to-work laws, which allow workers to be employed at unionized businesses without being forced to join the union, it also in effect outlaws independent contract work through its ABC test.

HR 1 is not pro-democracy, it's pro-coercion.  By winning control of the House, Senate, and White House in 2020, Democrats created an opportunity to make it easier for them to win in the future and harder for anyone to criticize them.  Their first order of business, which House Democrats call the "For the People Act," is largely an exercise in taking the worst election laws in some of the worst-governed states and imposing them on the entire country.  The bill has passed the House, and plenty of worked-up activists (including much of the media and the still-Never-Trump establishment) think Democrats should abolish the filibuster to pass it through the Senate.  H.R. 1 would override state election laws and impose all sorts of mandates, including automatically registering adults to vote, even if they don't want to register.  Democrats passed the For the People Act in 2019, too, but the newest version has some new ideas that they apparently gleaned from the 2020 election.

The Blue State Rescue Plan.  Wednesday afternoon [3/10/2021], the Democratic majority in the House passed HR 1319.  Variously marketed as a "pandemic relief bill," an "economic stimulus package," and the "American Rescue Plan," it is largely a wealth transfer from well-managed and prosperous red states to incompetently managed blue states.  A mere 9 percent of the legislation's $1.9 trillion cost will be devoted to mitigating COVID-19, and about 12 percent will go to individuals in the form of stimulus checks and unemployment payments.  The rest will go to blue state bailouts, funding for school systems that remain closed, kickbacks to unions, new subsidies for Obamacare, and exorbitant financing for innumerable pet progressive projects.  By far the worst of the bill's provisions involves the $350 billion earmarked for blue states and their crumbling cities.

Biden just endorsed a law that endangers 57 million jobs.  With the rise of gig economy jobs such as driving for Uber and other forms of independent work enabled by the digital era, more than 57 million Americans now work as freelancers in some capacity.  But President Biden just endorsed a radical labor law that endangers their livelihood.  House Democrats recently reintroduced the PRO Act, which, among many sweeping reforms, would make many commonplace forms of independent contractor (freelance) arrangements illegal.  It's based on a California law that was so dysfunctional even voters in the very blue state voted to change it.

H.R. 1 Is a Partisan Assault on American Democracy.  Late Wednesday night [3/3/2021], the House passed H.R. 1, the "For the People Act."  It passed by ten votes, with every Republican voting against it, as well as Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, who fears that the bill will abolish majority-black districts like his in the Deep South. [...] It would be an understatement to describe H.R. 1 as a radical assault on American democracy, federalism, and free speech.  It is actually several radical left-wing wish lists stuffed into a single 791-page sausage casing.  It would override hundreds of state laws governing the orderly conduct of elections, federalize control of voting and elections to a degree without precedent in American history, end two centuries of state power to draw congressional districts, turn the Federal Elections Commission into a partisan weapon, and massively burden political speech against the government while offering government handouts to congressional campaigns and campus activists.

Leftists' inconsistencies are catching up with them.  During the four years of Trump's presidency, the leftists were free to go crazy with their theories because they never had to put them to the test:  Believe all women?  Check.  Women deserve special privileges?  Check.  Men who claim they're women really are women?  Check.  Democrats are the workers' party?  Check.  Democrats are the Black party?  Check.  Open borders are good?  Check.  Now that Democrats control the entire federal government, though, and can set policies, leftists are discovering that many of their most beloved theories cannot coexist.  The inevitable clashes will create opportunities for conservatives.

Masks Are Just Part of the Socialists' Uniform.  In poll after poll, Americans have made it clear that they strongly oppose mass illegal immigration.  Ignoring their wishes, the Biden administration has set into place policies that have created a border crisis with no end in sight.  In poll after poll, Americans have made it clear that jobs and the economy are more important than recklessly combatting a global temperature change of a few hundredths of a degree over the next century in the name of "climate justice."  Ignoring their assessment, the Biden administration has killed off oil and gas jobs, increased the cost of gasoline at the pump, and handcuffed America's energy independence in the name of green dreams — strengthening the economies of Russia, China, and Iran while impoverishing millions of Americans.  In poll after poll, Americans have made it clear that they prefer increasing manufacturing and economic diversification at home to depending upon the supply chains and resources of an adversarial China.  Instead, the Biden administration has actively discarded the "America First" economic policies of President Trump and reoriented America back toward the globalist initiatives of the last half-century that benefit transnational banks and Wall Street traders while crippling Main Street businesses and making America vulnerable to her enemies.

Why Election Integrity Matters.  [Scroll down]  Incredibly, while the Founders knew nothing about cars, televisions, mobile phones, or the Internet, the mechanisms they put in place largely survived Time's march.  But for all of their familiarity with the dark sides of man's nature, even the Founding Fathers, possibly the greatest assembly of men to ever come together in history, couldn't foresee the darkness that lay ahead with the Democrat party of the 21st century.  Today, America sits and watches as Democrats essentially send the Constitution through the shredder.  Emboldened by a pusillanimous Supreme Court, Democrats with H.R. 1, seek to undermine the Constitution's very foundation:  Voting integrity by the governed.  They seek to codify arrangements that, by their very nature, are intended to eviscerate the notion of vote integrity.
  •   Voter ID:  Eliminated.
  •   Mail-in voting:  Mandated.
  •   Maintenance of accurate voter rolls:  Outlawed.
  •   Same-day registration:  Required.
  •   Ballot harvesting:  Allowed.
These anti-integrity initiatives, and many more, will be codified under H.R. 1, with the goal of giving Democrats end-to-end control over voting in the United States.  Once they achieve this, they will control every branch and every element of the federal government in perpetuity.  And given that they back a regulatory state that never met a freedom it didn't want to regulate, they will control every aspect of the lives of formerly free Americans.

The Current Balance Sheet of American Democracy.  The House has just passed a bill that would compel states to accept mailed-in votes for 15 days prior to and 10 days after Election Day; set up automatic and online voter registration; prohibit review of the eligibility of voters; compel acceptance of ballots cast in the wrong precincts; bar the removal of the ineligible voters from the rolls; permit ballot harvesting; ban any voter identification laws; consign to unelected officials the redrawing of congressional districts; infringe upon free speech by the imposition of "onerous legal and administrative burdens on candidates, civic groups, unions, and non-profit organizations"; and establish a disturbingly named "Commission to Protect Democratic Institutions" in order to end-run the courts.  The potential for gross abuse with these changes if they are enacted is too obvious to require elaboration.  Any opposition to it is labeled "voter suppression."  If this bill is enacted, especially with the provision for a bare majority vote on any issue in the Senate, and the addition of two or four sure Democratic senators from Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia admitted as new states, the question of whether and to what extent the United States remains a government of laws and a genuine democracy will not be possible to answer affirmatively with any confidence.

15 Insane Things In Democrats' H.R. 1 Bill To Corrupt Elections Forever.  On Wednesday [3/3/2021], House Democrats passed an 800-page bill that would mandate insecure voting processes and subject voting tallies to partisan manipulation.  It's a slap in the face to the half of Americans, including many Democrats, who believe the 2020 election was riddled with fraud and errors, largely due to the rapid expansion of mail-in balloting and other suspensions of state election laws.  "It is difficult to imagine a legislative proposal more threatening to election integrity and voter confidence," write 20 Republican attorneys general in a Thursday letter about the ridiculously named For The People Act of 2021, or H.R. 1.  Democrats have made the bill their top priority this Congress to permanently cement their current unified control of the federal government.

Filiblustering the Future of America.  HB1, in contradiction to its altruistic title, For the People Act, encourages continued election hijinks by Beltway bluebloods and greatly harms the body politic by upending sovereign state protocols.  The bill seeks to strip federalism from the states, facilitates statehood for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, imposes voter requirements that will embrace illegal alien registration, ignores the Constitution by allowing convicted felons to vote, sanctions ballot harvesting, prevents the auditing and updating of registration databases that turn once living Republicans into dead Democrat voters, and codifies a corrupt federal influence over future state election campaigns and vote counts.  It passed the House with near-unanimity by Democrats, a single-minded feat quite beyond the capacity of the Republican party.

Fighting COVID with Monopoly Money.  The House and Senate have both passed their versions of the economic stimulus package.  Joe Biden has already said he will sign it into law.  While both sides of Congress hash out how the money the nation does not have will be spent, it's clear that most of the funds will not go directly to Americans.  It will instead go to interests the Democrats favor.  Americans, especially fiscal conservatives, should be outraged.  We've gone from proudly ending the "era of big government" to spending more money than anyone can imagine, and despite the questionable effects, "stimulus" spending by the government even has in stimulating economic activity and growth.  Over the past year as COVID killed hundreds of thousands and lockdowns ravaged our economy, the government has now spent more than $4 trillion in money borrowed from other countries and from the future.  One only needs to look at what's happening in Venezuela right now to understand the risks this borrowing and spending spree poses to the economy.

Jill Biden, the Meghan Markle in the WH, is egregiously guilty of elder abuse.  [Scroll down]  After just eight weeks in office, Biden has been a one-man wrecking ball to American jobs, energy independence and border security.  Under Trump, the Border Patrol and ICE were allowed to do their jobs which, like all law enforcement, was and is to protect this nation and its legal citizens.  And we are to believe that Americans chose Biden to undo the tremendous successes of the Trump administration?  No chance.  Every poll, even those rigged by leftists, shows that Americans do not support the violence perpetrated by Antifa and BLM.  They do not support defunding the police in any state or city.  Sure, those anti-White racists do support those groups and policies, but they are a minority.  Ask any Black mother trying to keep her sons alive beyond the age of fifteen in Chicago or Baltimore. [...] And then there is the border.  Whoever is calling the shots for all the Biden executive orders are having a grand old time at our expense.  They are destroying the America we once knew faster than anyone could have thought possible.

Biden to sign executive orders on 'gender equality' while not calling for Cuomo's resignation.  President Biden will sign two executive orders on Monday [3/8/2021] advancing "gender equality" in conjunction with International Women's Day — amid days of tepid White House responses to the sexual harassment scandal surrounding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  The 46th commander-in-chief will sign two orders from the White House in the late afternoon.  The first will establish the White House Gender Policy Council, a four-member panel initially created under President Barac Obama under a different name but disbanded under former President Donald Trump, aimed at addressing "gender in policies, programs and budgets" on a "government-wide" scale.  More specifically, the council will be tasked with combating systemic bias and discrimination, as well as sexual harassment and violence both domestically and worldwide.

Dems' 'Election Reforms' Would End American Democracy As We Know It.  Yes, elections have consequences, and terrible bills like this certainly prove that.  Anyone who voted for the Democrats in 2020 hoping for a "turn to the center" should by now be feeling mighty foolish.  H.R. 1 is but one example.  So far, Democrats have passed a near $2 trillion spending splurge that has next to nothing to do with COVID-19, created a new crisis on our border, alienated our strongest ally in the Mideast, convinced a bullying China that we're weak and vulnerable, and, instead of doing the people's business as they're supposed to, are now "investigating" the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C.  Some 5,000 National Guard troops, totally unnecessary right now, remain camped in the nation's barbed-wire encased capital, despite the fact that the FBI testified last week that no arms were seized by them nor were any shots fired by demonstrators during the supposed "insurrection."  Democrats hope to use the distraction of troops in D.C. and a probe of the events of Jan. 6 to pursue the most radical congressional agenda in history.

Pelosi's HR1 bill a blatant power grab for Democrats.  Nancy Pelosi's top priority is to turn America into a one-party nation ruled by Democrats.  Her bill HR 1 trashes the U.S. Constitution in an attempt to rig the system and make it virtually impossible to elect a Republican president or Congress again.  It's a power grab.  The bill eviscerates state voting laws and forces all the states to conform to a set of rules that includes automatic voter registration.  Anyone who goes to a DMV or applies for food stamps, Medicaid or other social services, or attends a public college will be automatically enrolled to vote.  Noncitizens are obligated to identify themselves and opt out, but there are no criminal penalties if they don't.  From California to New York, Democrats are already pushing to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections.  They see this as their roadmap to a future permanent majority[.]  HR 1's bag of tricks also includes banning state voter ID requirements.  Anyone can show up on Election Day to vote, registered or not, and simply sign a statement that they're a legal voter.  HR 1 is being sold as a reform to make voting easier.  In truth, it makes cheating easier.  HR 1 compels states to send out absentee or mail-in ballots universally, favoring Democrats who tend to use this method.  It also forces states to count ballots that arrive by mail as late as 10 days after the election.  Say goodbye to election night finality.

Disastrous George Floyd Policing Act Is A Hodgepodge Of Anti-Cop Buzzwords That Wouldn't Make Anyone Safer.  The House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 on Wednesday with the hopes that it would rein in police violence against minorities as well as prevent law enforcement misconduct.  The legislation seeks to be a federal response to the deaths of Floyd and other black Americans such as Breonna Taylor, Daniel Prude, and Rayshard Brooks by overhauling the current definition of qualified immunity for police forces, creating a national database of police misconduct to prevent law enforcement officers who have failed to follow policy from getting new jobs in different departments, requiring the use of dash and body cameras, prohibiting racial profiling, banning chokeholds, and other provisions.  If states or police departments fail to comply with the new measures, they would face penalties including losing federal funding, a financial practice often used by the federal government to avoid violating the state powers outlined in the 10th Amendment.

9 Huge Reasons Why HR 1 'For the People Act' Is Disastrous for American Election Integrity.  The 2021 "For the People Act" — HR 1 — is one of the worst bills ever given political life.  Authors claim it would "expand Americans' access to the ballot box" and indeed it does.  It changes our elections into something akin to an open-air market, where every "individual" — not "citizen" — can vote.  Its passage late Wednesday night proves again why nothing good ever happens when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lurks with her cartoon-sized gavel after dark.  No Republicans voted for this disaster and only one Democrat voted against it.  The vote was 220-210.  The bill, which now goes on to the Senate, codifies nearly every election abnormality done in the name of COVID in the 2020 election on a national scale and much, much worse.  It punishes free political speech, much like impeaching President Trump for speaking at the January 6 Capitol "Save America" rally.  And it unleashes the IRS to do political purity tests of groups vying for special tax status.  Lois Lerner lives in this travesty of a bill.  The bill limits the ability to fight its provisions in court and federalizes elections, which are constitutionally the province of the states.

Even the ACLU Opposes H.R. 1's Free Speech Crackdown.  On Wednesday [3/3/2021], the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the "For the People Act," a sweeping election bill that would gut election integrity measures like state voter ID laws.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) supports the vast majority of H.R. 1's attacks on election integrity, but even this leftist organization had to object to one particularly noxious part of the bill that would undermine free speech in politics.  H.R. 1 would require politically-active organizations, including 401(c)3 nonprofits, to disclose donors who give $10,000 or more.  If an organization released an ad attacking a politician like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), that group would have to disclose its donors.  While many on the Left support this kind of mandated disclosure to fight "dark money," the ACLU rightly warned that such a provision "could directly interfere with the ability of many to engage in political speech about causes they care about and that impact their lives."

Why The Equality Act Is Bad Law.  If you run a business, you realize that to stay out of court, you need evidence to prove that you are not in fact discriminating, and the only way to do that is to hire someone from the protected group in advance and to have a "woke" corporate policy in your advertising.  That way, if someone does make a claim against you, you can prove your innocence with the evidence of your prior obedience to the anti-discrimination policy.  It is like the old suburban riff, "Some of my best friends are from protected groups..."  On the other hand, if you do not have members of those protected groups on your staff and woke propaganda in your advertising, watch out!  Your guilt is assumed by your failure to provide proof of your innocence in advance, even if you had a legitimate reason for turning down a specific job applicant.  When the courts developed theories like "disparate impact," which says that if a protected group is disadvantaged by an action, it is assumed to be discriminatory even if no such intent exists, the problem got even worse.  You now must show an intent toward anti-discrimination in advance.

Democrats Pass HR1 To Federally Weaponize Election, Then Lockdown Capitol and Ask for 60-Day Extension of Military Troops to Protect Them.  Let us not mince words.  (1) Late last night [3/3/2021] the hardline leftists occupying the majority position, by a slim four vote margin in the House of Representatives, passed a bill on a party-line vote HR1 which fully codifies and weaponizes all opportunities for election fraud throughout the U.S.  (2) Immediately after passing the election usurpation bill, the same House leaders then locked-down the capitol under the auspices of a fraudulent "threat", and then; (3) requested a 60-day extension for the military to maintain their protective isolation behind fences and barbed wire.  This is the new normal the facist democrats are advancing.  This is the severity of the attack against our constitutional republic.

Democrats' HR 1 Is a Force Multiplier for Election Fraud.  There are things that happened in the last election that are cause for legitimate concern.  We're still referring to them as irregularities for a variety of reasons that we don't need to go into right now.  The House just passed HR 1, which they're laughably calling the the "For the People Act." This monstrosity takes everything that made us nervous about the 2020 presidential election and puts it on federal steroids. [...] This is a dangerous, naked federal power grab that would put quite a few nails in the coffin of the good old Republic.  It would also make it nigh on impossible to clean up any of the very real messes that need to be dealt with.  Dealt with at the state level, that is.  HR 1 is like using a machete to close up a wound that needs a tourniquet.  It's not a cure, it's an exacerbation of the problem.  The Democrats like to say this bill is about "expanding voting rights," which is another component of their ongoing false narrative about voter suppression.  HR 1 is a perfect snapshot of the Democrats' long-term, one-party-rule Soviet vision for the United States.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson forces Senate to read all 628 pages of Biden's COVID bill aloud.  Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., forced the Senate to begin reading all 628 pages of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID bill aloud on the Senate floor Thursday, further delaying a vote on the legislation Democrats hope to make law by next week.  Johnson said his tactic was about "educating" the American public on what was in the $1.9 trillion package, which he has derided as full of provisions unrelated to COVID relief.  The entire process could take at least 10 hours.

Schumer pledges to 'power through' after GOP forces clerks to read all 628 pages of $1.9 trillion spending bill.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the chamber will remain in session until lawmakers pass a $1.9 trillion spending package.  Senate lawmakers will begin voting Friday afternoon [3/5/2021] on a barrage of GOP amendments to the legislation that could drag on for hours.  Debate commenced at 9 a.m., following the nearly 11-hour reading of the 628-page measure.  Republicans forced the Senate clerks to read the entire bill as part of a protest against the cost and scope of the bill, which they said is mostly wasteful and unrelated to the pandemic it aims to address.  Schumer, a New York Democrat, thanked the team of clerks. who read the bill beginning around 3 p.m.  Thursday.  They finished around 2 a.m.  Lawmakers will debate the measure for up to three hours Friday before commencing with a "vote-a-rama" on any amendment offered by a senator.

House Democrats Vote to Nullify, Nationalize State Election Laws.  Voter ID laws and most other election integrity measures in the states would be nearly wiped out under a sweeping bill passed late Wednesday night by House Democrats that also makes felons eligible to vote while expanding Election Day registration and the controversial practice known as ballot harvesting.  The House voted 220-210 along party lines to pass the bill, which also includes massive public financing for campaigns that would provide $6 in tax funds for every $1 a candidate raises in donations.  Conservatives and other critics see the legislation, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Joe Biden, as a federal takeover or nationalization of elections.  Historically, states run elections.  No Republicans joined Democrats in the vote that concluded after 11 p.m. for the legislation designated as HR 1.

Why 16?  Why not 13?
Gingrich pans Democrat's push to lower voting age to 16.  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich railed against Democrats pushing to cancel Dr. Seuss, lower the federal voting age to 16, and quickly enact legislation that will radically change the political direction of the country.  His comments during a Wednesday segment on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" came on the heels of the House passing H.R. 1, a sweeping voting reform bill critics have blasted as an overly invasive move by Democrats to federalize ballot rules that led to so much chaos and distrust during the November election cycle.  One of the amendments pushed by the party's extreme left would have lowered the federal voting age from 18 to 16. In offering the amendment, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) claimed it is necessary to "enfranchise young Americans."

The Editor says...
Yes, lower the voting age to 16, but only if any 16-year-old "adult" can be drafted, sent to prison for life, or executed for murder.  Raise the stakes and see if they still want to play.

House Passes "Permanent Democrat Rule Act" by a Vote of 220-210 in an Effort to Create a US Politburo and One-Party Government.  On Thursday night [3/4/2021] the House Democrats passed by a vote of 220-210 legislation designed to revamp voting procedures on a national level.  It is telling that the legislation titled "HR1" introduced by the Nancy Pelosi-led Democrats in the House is a power grab dressed up as "election reform," the provisions of which are all intended to create more Democrat candidate votes in upcoming elections in order to secure a permanent Democrat Party control of Congress and the White House.  Passage of this legislation was their first priority — it is numbered ahead of all other proposals because securing power unto themselves in the form of hegemony over the institutions of government is how Marxists and socialists transform the countries they seek to control.

House Democrats pass H.R. 1 election overhaul bill with public financing, automatic voter registration.  The House passed Democrats' massive election reform bill, the "For the People Act" on Wednesday [3/3/2021] in [the] wake of lingering bitterness over the 2020 election and Jan. 6 Capitol attack.  Republicans warned that the legislation amounts to a federal takeover of the election system that will create opportunities for fraud, while Democrats say that the longtime wishlist of reforms would expand voting access and reduce the influence of money in elections.  Democrats previously passed a version of H.R. 1 — the bill number saved to signify a top priority of the majority party — in the last Congress in 2019, but it never got a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.  This time, every single House Democrat has signed on to the bill, and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is poised to bring the legislation up in the Senate, though he only has a slim, non-filibuster-proof 50-50 majority.

Stop The Steal:  The Case For Biden's COVID 'Relief' Bill Gets Weaker By The Day.  New COVID-19 cases are plunging.  Vaccination rates are booming.  The economy is rebounding.  States are running budget surpluses.  Schools are reopening.  All without the benefit of President Joe Biden's "urgently needed" $1.9 trillion spending spree.  So why aren't supposedly moderate Senate Democrats standing up to oppose this Treasury theft, which will be paid for by future generations?  Just this week, we learned that Texas has dropped its mask mandate and is lifting limits on businesses.  So is Mississippi.  Biden said that vaccines will be available to all Americans by May.  A report showed that manufacturing is growing at the fastest pace in years.  If you listen to Biden and his fellow leftist Democrats, none of this is supposed to be happening.  To hear them talk, the economy is flat on its back, the virus raging, and the nation desperately in need of a massive dose of federal aid.

Top Pollster Says Pelosi, Dems' Every Move Makes Trump Even More Popular.  While establishment Republicans move to expunge Donald Trump from the head of the GOP, his massive voting base is expressing the opposite view.  According to pollster Jim McLaughlin, Trump is becoming more popular every time House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Joe Biden, and Democrats make a move to undo a Trump policy.  McLaughlin, who conducted the McLaughlin & Associates CPAC preference poll, found that many Americans are looking back at Trump's agenda and accomplishments and missing it. [...] "The more they attack his issue agenda and his people, the stronger President Trump gets," he said.  McLaughlin pulled these findings from his CPAC poll to make his point:
      ◦   Ninety-seven percent want Congress to do more to fight for their conservative agenda.
      ◦   Ninety-three percent said there was voter fraud that helped Biden win.
      ◦   Ninety-three percent said Biden doesn't have the mental capacity to be president.
      ◦   Ninety-six percent said the Washington establishment thinks they are better than ordinary people.
      ◦   Ninety-nine percent said we need to get the children back to school and open the economy.
      ◦   Sixty-three percent said they are angry/disappointed with the Republican National Committee.

Trump Reloaded.  Former president Donald Trump emerged from 38 days of self-enforced silence for a lengthy speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, that was frequently interrupted with boisterous applause and chants from an adoring, mostly white and older crowd. [...] Conservatives will not disagree with Trump when it comes to the issues he mentioned.  These issues included Biden allowing more immigrants to unlawfully cross our southern border and resuming a so-called "catch-and-release" policy Trump ended, the killing of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has led to lost jobs and higher energy prices, rejoining the Paris climate agreement and withdrawing Trump's restoration of UN sanctions on Iran, and the reversal of his energy policies, which Trump claims caused gasoline prices to soar by "30 percent" since he left office.  He predicted a gallon of gas could eventually cost "$5 $6 $7" dollars unless those policies are reversed.

Nadler on Equality Act: 'God's Will Is No Concern of This Congress'.  Last Thursday [2/25/2021], as the House of Representatives debated H.R. 5, the Orwellian "Equality Act," a seemingly exasperated Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) arguably revealed the true nature of his party's radical legislation.  In response to Rep. Greg Steube's (R-Fla.) speech quoting the Bible, Nadler declared that "what any religious tradition describes as God's will is no concern of this Congress."  The Equality Act would enshrine the concept of "gender identity" into federal civil rights law, mandating that Americans kowtow to biologically false transgender identities.  Steube quoted the Bible to express the fact that millions of Americans object to transgender identity on religious grounds and to warn that the Equality Act constitutes rebellion against God.

Five Things You Need To Know About The Extremist 'Equality Act' House Democrats Just Passed.  On Thursday [2/25/2021], the House of Representatives passed the so-called Equality Act by a vote of 224 to 206.  While Democrats have marketed this legislation as a simple civil rights law designed to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, it is far from that.  The statutory language instead provides for an extreme remaking of all aspects of society, destroys the promise of equality for women, and threatens religious liberty and the privacy rights of all Americans, especially children.  The proposed law also will upend state and federal protections of the unborn — yes, the Equality Act is about abortion too.

After the Leftist Reign of Terror, the Deluge.  The Left is required by its own pronouncements to solve every problem, real or imagined.  Yet because they are the ones now in power, all problems and solutions rest on their shoulders.  Problems must always be created or amplified so the Left may continue its mission by always having to "do something."  Climate change is the perfect example since were all going to die unless government "does something" to forestall the apocalypse.  So naturally, anyone who does not vote in favor of so — called environmental initiatives, or supports the president on his job-destroying executive orders, will become the enemy.  That will be true of any of the Left's policy desires.  Oppose and die.  The most radical elements, seeing that their side is now in power, is going to demand that the long-awaited solutions be implemented.  This is exactly what we saw when Obama was elected president.  Yet because most of the problems the Left creates are imaginary, there are no real solutions.  When policy is put into place to address these alleged problems, they end up harming the very people the solutions are supposed to protect.

Joe Biden Is Covertly Defunding the Police.  At the time, it could have been seen as a backtrack, a moment where Joe Biden spits in the faces of the progressive cohorts he desperately needed to win the 2020 election.  During the first debate, he voiced his opposition to defunding the police.  It was drowned out by then-President Trump's overly aggressive attacking, so it fell by the wayside.  Biden did walk a waffled line on defunding the police in 2020 but now firmly says he's against it.  Progressives might be shocked.  They shouldn't be.  Yet, I forgot something; Biden is a swamp creature.  He'll find a way to repay his debts, and on defunding the police, he's doing that through his nominees.  No one really pays attention to civil rights division nominees for the Department of Justice or even those tapped to be associate attorney general, but this is where he's trying to make good on this progressive action item.  It's a covert war indeed.

Biden's Equality Act is a danger to women's and conscience rights.  President Biden has promised to unify the nation.  But candidate Joe Biden also made campaign promises to the radical wing of his party that would widen our social divides.  Guess which promises are being honored.  Witness the so-called Equality Act, which candidate Biden vowed to make a priority and which is set to be voted on by the House this week.  What's the Equality Act?  And who could be against equality?  Don't let the name fool you.  The act "updates" the law Congress passed primarily to combat racism, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and adds sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes akin to race.  So if you have any reservations about gender ideology — as even many progressives do; just ask J.K. Rowling — you'd now be the legal equivalent of Bull Connor.

Democrats Turn the Thumbscrews to Make Us Suffer.  Everything the Democrat Party does should be seen not from an economic or a political perspective, but one of sin and suffering — the suffering it imposes on us to expiate our imagery sins.  It came to me in a flash of insight when I heard of a now-disgraced bureaucrat ("an undersecretary of climate change" in Massachusetts) who told a gathering of his colleagues that to fight melting ice caps and rising sea levels they would have to "break the will" of ordinary Americans, by "turning the screws" — raising energy costs so high that they would have to "stop emitting."  Admirable candor from a functionary of the state with the soul of a Medieval torturer.  But it goes beyond the need to make us obey.  Progressives believe Americans must be made to atone for our sins (environmental, racial, economic and national) with higher taxes and energy costs, a lower standard of living, crime, open borders, racial humiliation and national dissolution.  It's not a power-grab as much as an attempt to force a sort of secular Calvinism on the nation.

The Democrats' 'Woke' Equality Act:  Another Awful Idea That Would Radically Change America.  In principle, the law bars employment and other discrimination against LGBTQ workers.  In reality, it disenfranchises large swaths of American society, from religious institutions and women's rights groups to small businesses and nonprofits.  Legal legerdemain is key here.  The proposed law erases biologically based sex definitions and protections under the 1964 Civil Rights Act and replaces them with the phrase "sexual orientation and gender identity," a legal definition so broad as to be almost meaningless.  So if you believe in traditional marriage and sex roles, or don't agree there are 64 different genders (or even 112, as some assert), you now officially and legally become a bigot, for all that implies.

Poll Shows Republicans Care About Issues, Democrats Just Hate Republicans.  A Echelon Insights poll shows that Republican priorities surround the big issues of the day, while Democrat concerns are focused almost solely on hating Republicans. [...] Starting with the most concerned, the top issues of concern for Republican voters are illegal immigration, lack of support for police, high taxes, left-wing media bias, the moral decline of the country, socialism, Antifa, China, late-term abortion, election fraud, tech censorship, and discrimination against Christians. [...] Starting with the most concerned, the top issues of concern for Democrat voters are — no joke — Trump supporters, white nationalism, systemic racism, gun violence, healthcare coverage, domestic terror, police brutality, discrimination against the alphabet people, sexism, voter suppression, student debt, and capitalism.

7 Radical Demands In The Equality Act.  House Democrats have passed the radical Equality Act once again, claiming it will merely amend federal civil rights law to ensure sexual orientation and gender identity are protected classes, even though the Constitution already provides protection for the rights of all American citizens, regardless of their "identity group."  If enacted, however, the Equality Act would have a major impact on children and their parents, potentially upending the culture as American families now know it.  Lawsuits filed against Americans who adhere to the science of biological sex and the First Amendment rights of citizens would now have a federal law backing them up that states gender identity supersedes biological sex.

The Democrats Are Not Governing.  Let's just state this unequivocally right up front:  The Democrats have no interest in governing the country with the aim of enhancing the country's fortunes for the benefit of the entire population.  Instead, the Democrats have two aims and they're quite clear to anyone who is paying even the most casual attention:
  [#1]   Pander to their selected special-interest groups with over-the-top rulings and executive orders for the express purpose of buying their votes and hopefully cementing future electoral victories.
  [#2]   Undo every possible policy put in place by President Trump for the purpose of eradicating any vestige of his presence on the American political scene.
Most of Biden's executive orders accomplish both goals at the same time — they pay debt service to the voting blocs that are key to future Democratic victories, while simultaneously dismantling President Trump's America First accomplishments.

The Biden administration's dangerous and racist BREATHE Act.  I just caught up with Y.G. Nyghtstorm's discussion of the BREATHE Act, the centerpiece of BLM's hard pressure on the American political scene.  It's ostensibly about limiting police brutality, but it actually pushes a comprehensive social agenda.  This agenda will not only be hugely damaging to civil society but it's also terribly racist in its approach to the Black community.  The BREATHE Act, obviously, is a reference to the fact that George Floyd couldn't breathe while in police custody.  The Act ignores the fact that Floyd's problem wasn't that the police suffocated him (they acted in complete accordance with guidelines for dealing with people suffering from drug-induced excited delirium) but that he was rapidly dying from a self-induced fentanyl overdose. [...] Biden has already enacted bits and pieces of the act through executive orders that defund private prisons, try to destroy suburbs with a push for high-density housing, and mandating Critical Race Theory training in the federal government.

A short primer on the importance of our Second Amendment rights.  Joe Biden's had a lot on his plate.  First, he erased America's immigration laws by order government employees not to enforce them.  Then he destroyed the economy by attacking the oil and gas that are essential for modern life.  After that, he sowed some racial discord.  Next, he insulted our only ally in the Middle East while sucking up to "Death to America" Iran.  And that's just the shortlist.  But the people in charge haven't forgotten one of their most important missions:  To destroy the Second Amendment.

Congressional Whack-a-Mole.  The For the People Act is an assault on federalism, instituting voting practices rife with fraud, to include mail-in ballots in all states, turns a blind's eye to harvesting, prohibits the purging of voting rolls containing the deceased and those relocated to other states, and establishes a national voter registration.  One of Biden's first executive orders, EO 13986, reversed Trump's efforts to exclude illegal aliens from the decennial census.  Signed on Inauguration Day, it will impact the submission of the 2020 census count delayed by the pandemic until the end of April, making room for non-citizens to be part of the congressional redistricting formula and concentrating political power in the coastal sanctuary cities and states.  In just a few short weeks, the ruling triumvirate of Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer, have been able to deliver a two-branch legislative broadside on Trump supporters and conservatives by ripping a page out of the COVID playbook.

Democrats Are Waltzing Toward an Easily Avoidable Political Disaster With Their COVID Bill.  At the moment, Democrats in Washington appear to be in danger of sleepwalking their way toward a major policy and public relations debacle.  The problem?  With tax season underway, millions of Americans who lost their jobs thanks to the coronavirus crisis might soon discover that they unexpectedly owe thousands of dollars to the IRS.  Lawmakers could prevent this wave of surprise tax bills by adding a fix to the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that's currently moving through Congress.  But so far, efforts to do so seem to be stalling out.  A senior Democratic aide told me that, as of now, he thought the chances legislators would act were "slim to none," and described the failure as "political malpractice."

Group: Biden gun control would 'criminalize' 105M law-abiding people.  As President Biden pivots to the highly charged issue of gun control, key groups are urging him to respect the 105 million law-abiding gun owners and target instead illegal use of firearms.  Today, a growing organization that represents those with permits to carry concealed weapons said that instead of limiting access to guns, the president should nationalize legal permitting and end the patchwork of state regulations that range from tight bans to no restrictions.  "While we can agree that there are several 'common sense' and long overdue changes needed to our nation's gun laws, we firmly believe that the path forward should be focused on supporting and protecting responsible, law-abiding Americans — not criminalizing and punishing them," said a letter to Biden from the U.S. Concealed Carry Association.

If you're worried about ending cash bail, you're fearmongering, Pritzker says.  Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Monday [2/22/2021] a bill that will eliminate cash bail in Illinois, allow for anonymous complaints against police officers in disciplinary hearings and overhaul law enforcement protocols to be more hands off when apprehending suspects.  Some of the material in the 700-page bill passed last month is laudable and worth exploring, as we've said previously.  But it's undeniable that nearly every law enforcement agency and prosecutorial association in the state is ringing alarm bells about the changes, which were shoved through the legislature with little debate in the middle of the night — by design.

8 Things You Must Know About Deeply Flawed COVID-19 Package.  Later this week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider a massive legislative package that is being sold as another relief measure for the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, the legislation is stuffed with provisions that have nothing to do with the disease or economic hardship, and in many cases would actually slow the economic rebound and destroy jobs.

Equality Act Expected to Advance in Congress This Week: 'It Treats People of Faith as Second-Class Citizens'.  The Equality Act is expected to advance in Congress this week.  It's a controversial bill designed to overhaul the nation's civil rights laws to include LGBT Americans, but many worry it will trample on the rights of women and people of faith.  Under the Equality Act, disagreement is considered discrimination.  It includes gay marriage, biological males competing in women's sports, and doctors performing procedures — like gender reassignments — that go against their conscience.

Homeland Security plan would effectively abolish ICE.  The Biden administration might not need to abolish ICE.  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has floated a plan to reorganize the federal deportation agency to the point where it's not doing much arresting and deporting from inside the country anymore.  Mr. Mayorkas revealed his idea last week in a telephone meeting with agency personnel in Texas, according to several sources familiar with the conversation, who said he proposed taking members of the country's 4,000-strong deportation force off the streets and converting them into criminal investigators.  They would no longer be focused on enforcing laws against illegal presence, which would have the effect of slashing arrests and deportations.

Bishops Whack Biden Over 'Equality Act': Goes Against 'Best Medical Advice' and 'Deeply-Held Moral, Religious Convictions'.  Of all the things Joe Biden congratulates himself about, his support for women's rights, and his Catholic faith are at least in the top five if not the top two spots.  He fancies himself a "devout Catholic," and like all good Democrats, he has railed against the Republican "war on women" for decades.  In both cases, Biden's actions consistently belie his words. [...] It takes neither a staunch conservative nor a proverbial rocket scientist to see that the Equality Act is anything but equal in respect to women and the unborn.  On the contrary, it is perfectly clear that the legislation is specifically, if not solely designed to cater to the LGBTQ community — at the expense of women and unborn children.

How the Biden Administration is Politicizing the Military.  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has made it absolutely clear that the U.S. military's top priority is not facing external threats, such as the Chinese or Iran's aggressive strategy in the Middle East or foreign terrorist groups.  Instead, Austin sees the main threat as coming from within the U.S. military.  In his confirmation hearings, Austin said that he would make it his priority to combat racism and extremism in the United States military.  Once confirmed as defense secretary, he ordered a two-month stand-down of the American military in order to examine the problems of extremism among military personnel.  National defense is supposed to be a bipartisan endeavor, yet never before has a defense secretary made such overt moves to politicize the military.  Austin's order to remove all Trump appointees to the 42 Defense Department advisory boards is unprecedented and downright stupid.

The first 30 days of Biden's reign are as bad as we feared.  Within this first month that the cabal has instituted its figurehead, we have seen our worst fears realized and our timid hopes destroyed.  Here is what we now know and have learned in just one short month of what the Progressive Dystopians have done and are planning to do against America and her people.
  •   Biden has despotically enacted more executive orders in his first week of office than Trump, Obama, and W. Bush combined in their first weeks.
  •   The Biden administration has started to count COVID cases differently.  Therefore, the number of COVID cases will be going down dramatically under the new administration.
  •   They have started moving flu deaths back into the flu deaths category, changing this will drop the number of COVID deaths dramatically.
  •   The White House doors are being opened wide for the Muslim Brotherhood while being closed to Israel and Netanyahu.  And now the Biden administration is reaching out to Israel's archenemy, Iran.
  •   We've been instructed that Make America Great Again is racist and xenophobic, but Blame America First is patriotic and noble.
  •   We see that with the thousands of troops deployed in our nation's capital for the foreseeable future, it now looks more like Baghdad or Pyongyang than the City of Washington.  And Progressives are giving no explanation for the continuing militarization of our nation's capital.
  •   With the militarization of Washington, D.C. and the adding of walls, borders, fences, and razor wire, Congress is now living and working in its own gated community.  None of the "unwashed masses" is allowed to enter.  Almost as if they know they really did not win in 2020.

McConnell's Bitter Turtle Soup.  [Scroll down]  With parts of the country on lockdown, schools closed, and a volatile market making Americans justifiably nervous, Democrats and their Republican enablers decided that damaging President Trump (and pre-emptively torpedoing his return in '24) was still their most pressing concern.  That's a pretty sobering admission of just how popular President Trump's policies really are.  Congress is more afraid of him and the transformational change he represents than it is of a hostile China, a worldwide pandemic, a Cold Civil War here in the U.S., or the potential for a complete global economic collapse.  We are so far "through the looking-glass" now that Alice's Wonderland seems more believable.

Biden Declares End to Trump-Style 'America First' Diplomacy.  For anyone looking for evidence that boasts about "America First" — and the need for America to go-it-alone — are over, President Biden's speech to the Munich Security Conference was meant as an opening argument.  "America is back, the trans-Atlantic alliance is back," Mr. Biden declared.  Trying to expunge the last four years without ever once naming his predecessor, Donald J. Trump, Mr. Biden said "we are not looking backward."

Biden reenters Paris climate agreement, reversing Trump without Senate ratification.  President Biden announced Friday [2/19/2021] that the U.S. has officially rejoined the Paris climate agreement, reentering the international accord without Senate ratification a month after signing a directive to reverse the Trump administration's exit.  Mr. Biden made the announcement Friday [2/19/2021] at the Munich Security Conference, which is being held virtually this year, while Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement saying that "the United States officially becomes a Party again today."  "We can no longer delay or do the bare minimum to address climate change.  This is a global existential crisis," Mr. Biden said.  "As of today, the United States is officially once again party to the Paris agreement, which we helped put together."

6 Key Aspects of Biden's Amnesty Bill.  President Joe Biden is promoting an immigration bill that could grant amnesty to up to 20 million illegal immigrants. [...] The Biden White House released an outline of the amnesty legislation on his first day in office.  In what could be a deal-killer for gaining any Republican support, the legislation doesn't include proposals for increased border security, according to The Associated Press.  This comes as Biden has rolled back several major border security measures through executive action.

Biden's Massive Amnesty Bill is Here.  Democrat Senator Bob Menendez and a number of other leftist lawmakers on Capitol Hill will officially introduce a massive amnesty bill backed by the White House and President Joe Biden Thursday morning.  The legislation will be known as the "U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021" and rewards at least 11 million people who came to the country illegally.

Our Dire Future Under Biden.  The Biden administration seems hell bent on reversing every Trump administration policy, even those policies that were quite successful.  On illegal immigration, which the Trump team managed to reduce significantly, team Biden seeks to make illegal entry easier and its legal consequences less of a deterrent.  This will almost assuredly result in a significant influx of the unskilled, themselves infiltrated by gang members, cartel mules, parentless children, and perhaps even foreign terrorists.  Where the Trump administration managed to achieve energy independence, team Biden has now halted drilling on federal lands and offshore and has killed the Keystone pipeline — which won't reduce the supply of oil coming into the U.S. but will require it to be transported via carbon-emitting trucks and trains.  Insane!  With respect to the climate, which saw carbon emissions decrease during the Trump years, team Biden has rejoined the Paris accord, which will have no effect on the world's major polluters but will impose needless costs on Americans.  (And why, if team Biden is really concerned with greenhouse gases, does it not push for nuclear power, which is clean and less an eyesore than wind farms and acres of solar panels?)

Democrats Are Trying to Ruin the Military.  One of the things I remember hearing Rush Limbaugh say repeatedly back in the day was that the point of the United States military was to "kill people and break things."  The beauty of that statement was that it was simple, to the point, and undeniably true.  If I remember correctly, this was during the Clinton years when the left started meddling with the mission of the military to incorporate their social agenda.  That push was just getting off the ground in the '90s, and now Joe Biden is giving it wings.  Where it goes from here is disturbing and detrimental to the very purpose of the military itself.  The U.S. military is the ultimate meritocracy, or at least it used to be.  It didn't used to matter what color your skin was, your rank, your job and how well you did it was all that mattered.  Thanks to Democrats and their obsession with, and weaponization of, race in the country, skin color will be all that matters soon.  The U.S. Navy formed something called "Task Force One Navy" last June, as the left-wing social agenda crept even under Republican presidents.  Last week, they issued their report on making the Navy more "inclusive" by treating people differently based on their skin color.

Our Military's SJW-Driven Abandonment of Warfighting Is Going to Get Troops Killed.  It gives me no pleasure to say that I no longer recommend that young people join the military, and I'm not alone.  The non-Blue Falcon veteran community is in full revolt against the conscious decision to decline embraced by our current military leadership.  After failing to win a war in the last 20 years — and don't say Syria, because the second President * woke up in the Oval Office wondering how he got there, more of our troops were heading back into the hellscape for reasons no one has bothered to articulate — the military has decided to target an easier enemy, i.e., other Americans.  See, the problem with me and the other vets who are disgusted by the brass's choice to focus on SJW priorities instead of, you know, successfully deterring or defeating America's enemies, is that we actually listened to what we were taught when we were coming up.  Most of us were trained by the heroes who put the shattered American military together after the Democrat war in Vietnam broke it.  We learned about leadership, about putting mission first but taking care of people always, and about objectives and how to attain them.  None of that's a thing anymore.

Impeachment was a diversion from 52 action.  While Democrats and their RINO servants beclowned themselves with the impeachment, the deep staters made out like the bandits they are.  They wrote and Chairman Xiden took 52 executive actions that change the nature of the nation without much scrutiny.  Rare are the Republican court challenges to these actions regardless of the harm they do to the nation.  Market Watch to its credit listed and linked them.  Let us review. [...]

All of President Biden's key executive orders — in one chart.  President Joe Biden has made aggressive use of executive orders since being sworn in on Jan. 20, acting without Congress on issues across the spectrum even as he calls on lawmakers to work with him on giving more aid to Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.  Biden's orders to date affect health care the energy sector, prison stocks and other areas.  Below is a table showing orders that he signed on his first day in office, as well as other executive actions that have followed or are expected.  [Chart]

Forget ANTIFA, Biden Says "White Supremacy" Is The Biggest Domestic Terror Threat.  On Tuesday night [2/16/2021], Joe Biden not only said that white supremacy is the "greatest domestic terror" threat in the US, but he blamed military vets and former police officers for it's "growth".  Biden's incredible remarks came in response to one of the carefully selected questions during the event that served as an infomercial for far-left radicalism on CNN.  The nation's 46th president, whose calls for "unity" are little more than hot air, cast an aura of distrust over the veterans and law enforcement by asserting that they were a driving force behind the "white supremacist" growth in America.

Transformation, Biden, And The Left.  During Joe Biden's campaign for president, he said he was going to transform the country.  Was it clear what he meant by that?  The mainstream media presented Biden as a moderate.  However, moderates are not usually in the business of transforming.  So, it would have been wise to ask the candidate what he meant.  Was Biden's promised transformation merely a reprise of Obama's change slogan?  Was he just planning to roll back Trumpism and return to the Democrat priorities of the Obama years — healthcare, education, immigration, and the environment?  Or... was he going to pack the court, pursue a Green New Deal, enact reparations for slavery, and abolish fracking, as conservative pundits warned?

Food Shortages Guaranteed Under Biden Regime.  Sealed up inside of his White House fortress, surrounded by a ring of steel and thousands of National Guardsmen, U.S. President Joe Biden has been busy signing off on a raft of executive orders without the nuisance of democratic debate and congressional prattling.  One of those presidential actions envisions the conservation of 30 percent of the nation's lands and waters over the next decade.  Where will all of that protected land come from?  Perhaps from Bill Gates, who now owns the deed to most of the farmland in the nation?  Doubtful.  The answer is from small, independent farmers, whose agricultural activities, the Democrats say, are responsible for 10 percent of the manmade greenhouse emissions purportedly frying up the planet.  While occupying the previously unknown 'Office of the President-Elect', the Democratic leader said he would pay U.S. farmers to "put their land in conservation" and live without their 'cash crops.'  How much the tillers of the soil will receive has not been disclosed, nor if this program will be enforced upon farmers against their will.

Delusional or Deliberate?  The great leftist disconnect from reality.  Jen Psaki, who serves as Joe Biden's Press Secretary, is an excellent choice in many ways.  She's comfortable appearing uninformed and unintelligent before the media.  She knows that they won't call her out and apparently doesn't care what the American people think.  On Tuesday, she offered a perfect example of that latter point.  Psaki is hosting weekly video briefings during which she answers questions people have submitted via Twitter.  At one minute and 21 seconds into the video below, Psaki reads out the question:  "What is President Biden doing for my small business?" [...] The lockdowns have decimated businesses in every Democrat-run state.  Considering how important small businesses are to the economy, this is a deeply serious issue.  So what's Psaki's choice for the most important thing — the "first and foremost" thing — that Biden has done for small businesses?  "He nominated a woman to lead the Small Business Administration": [...] And what else did Biden do for small businesses?  He signed a race-based executive order making money available only for minorities.  This is a woman disconnected from reality, working for an administration that's equally disconnected.  [Video clip]

Woke Politics: The Democrats' Plan for a Permanent Majority.  The Democrats are pursuing a multi-prong strategy to cement a permanent majority.  To accomplish the goal requires upending the constitutional design.  Until the scope of this effort is seen in its entirety, it can proceed in the shadows.  It has six astonishing elements:
  [#1]   Enable Congress to determine who can run for President,
  [#2]   Eliminate the Electoral College without amending the Constitution,
  [#3]   Override the states' constitutionally mandated authority to determine presidential election rules,
  [#4]   Grant statehood to the District of Columbia by statute,
  [#5]   Rewrite the First Amendment to limit political speech, and
  [#6]   Enable open border immigration through executive agreement instead of Congressional action.
Taken together, the program represents a comprehensive challenge to representative democracy.  It deserves to be understood and debated front and center.

Biden accused Trump of ignoring Haiti.  As turmoil deepens, will he change US policy?  As Haiti descended into violent anti-government street clashes last fall, then-U.S. presidential contender Joe Biden, fresh off a campaign visit to Little Haiti, took to Twitter to slam Donald Trump.  "The Trump Administration is abandoning the Haitian people while the country's political crisis is paralyzing that nation," Biden wrote.  "As president, I would press for dialogue to prevent further violence and instability."  Now as Haiti's political turmoil deepens, the nation's crisis is quickly becoming one of his administration's first foreign policy tests.  There are worrying signs that President Jovenel Moïse is becoming Latin America and the Caribbean's newest strongman.  He has been ruling by decree for over a year after dismissing most of the legislature and issued a number of executive orders strengthening his powers as president.  Opponents say his term expired on Feb. 7.  He disagrees.

Impeachmenticide.  Small wonder the Orange Man laughs in their faces.  Democrats have diminished themselves.  The impeachment turned a hollow victory in November into a humiliation.  Because once in power, what did they do?  Did they order the nation's economy to re-open?  Did they pass a corona virus relief package?  Did they work with Republicans on a new immigration law or anything else?  No, no, no.  Democrats did not do anything like that.  The first thing Democrats did once the election was certified was to impeach Donald John Trump, even though his term expired on January 20.

It is a waste of time and money (and it's self-defeating) to set up a White House office to combat political polarization.
Biden Resurrects Faith-Based White House Office To Combat Racism, Political Polarization.  President Joe Biden on Sunday [2/14/2021] ordered the recreation of a White House office intended to promote partnerships between religious and secular groups to address several key issues.  The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will seek to address the coronavirus pandemic, combat systemic racism, increase opportunity, advance global humanitarian work and strengthen pluralism, according to Biden's executive order.  "As our country grapples with a global pandemic, a severe economic downturn, the scourge of systemic racism, an escalating climate crisis and profound polarization, President Biden knows that civil society partnerships are essential to meeting such challenges," the White House said in a statement Sunday [2/14/2021].  The White House added that the office "will not prefer one faith over another or favor religious over secular organizations."

The Editor says...
[#1] How will religious groups fight the coronavirus?  Aren't the Democrats the same people who make fun of faith healing?  [#2] The White House wants to "combat systemic racism."  It is a safe bet that the people chosen by the White House to do this will include people of all descriptions — other than heterosexual white males.  [#3] The White House wants to "increase opportunity."  What does that even mean?  [#4] There is no "escalating climate crisis."  In fact, there is no climate crisis at all.  The climate today is indistinguishable from the climate of 100 years ago.  The climate does change, but at a rate so gradual that you'd never notice a lifetime of changes if they happened overnight.

Biden Takes 'Death to America' Terrorists Off Terror List, Replaces Them With Republicans.  Democrats say Muslim terrorists aren't terrorists, but their political opponents are.  The Biden administration responded to protests against its stolen election by embedding a domestic extremism office into the National Security Council.  The man in charge of making it happen, Joshua Geltzer, had previously denied that Black Lives Matter was a terrorist threat and had attacked the Trump administration's response to Antifa and BLM violence in Portland.  That means that the only domestic extremists the NSC will be fighting are Republicans.  Even while the Biden administration is preparing to double down on Obama's abuse of the national security state to target his political opponents, it's also giving real terrorists a pass.

Biden Urges Congress To Pass Strict New Gun Control Laws.  On Sunday [2/14/2021], former Vice President Joe Biden took a big step forward in the push to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights.  In a statement designed to coincide with the third anniversary of the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Biden called for the Democrat-controlled Congress to get cracking to produce legislation that would impose harsh new restrictions on ownership of firearms.  The official White House statement played heavily on emotions by emphasizing the suffering of the victims' families as well as the tragedy of the promising young lives cut short and promised action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer" before the "next" school shooting.

Has it never been reviewed before?
Biden orders review of U.S. prison at Guantanamo.  President Biden has ordered a review of the future of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba that currently houses about 40 prisoners including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Reuters reported.  Closing the controversial prison, the site of interrogations that critics claimed amounted to torture, was both a campaign promise made by then-candidate Biden and a goal of his former boss, President Obama.  Citing two people familiar with the plans, Reuters said Mr. Biden may sign an executive action within weeks or months signaling his formal desire to close the prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

Activists push Democrats to give stimulus checks to nine million taxpaying noncitizens.  Democrats face pressure from immigration activists to provide pandemic relief checks to millions of immigrants who are illegally residing in the United States but pay taxes.  Behind the scenes, left-leaning advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations are pushing to get $1,400 checks, including in major pandemic relief legislation not only for the 2.2 million U.S. citizen children who were excluded from the two previous checks but 9.3 million adults who pay billions of dollars in federal taxes.  Altogether, the measure could cost the federal government $13 billion.  The National Immigration Law Center, Church World Services, and Service Employees International Union are leading efforts to whip Senate Democrats into adding language for the checks into the pandemic relief legislative package.

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If you are "illegally residing in the United States," you're lucky you don't get arrested and thrown out.  If you stop paying taxes, your deportation becomes increasingly likely.  If you complain about not getting the perks that your neighbors get, you're only drawing attention to your immigration status.

Jen Psaki can't answer whether Israel and Saudi Arabia are 'important allies'.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki gave a vague, rambling answer Friday when asked at a briefing to reporters whether the Biden administration considers Saudi Arabia and Israel to be "important allies."  "Can you please just give us a broad sense of what the administration is trying to achieve in the Middle East?" a reporter asked — in follow-up to an earlier question asking why President Biden has yet to call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  "For example," the reporter asked, "does the administration still consider the Saudis and the Israelis important allies?  Rather than saying simply, "Yes," Psaki gave this answer, according to a White House transcript of the late-afternoon briefing. [...]

The World Goes On While America Sleeps.  The Democratically-controlled Senate spends thousands of collective hours conducting an impeachment trial against a president who is no longer president.  The acquittal is predetermined, as in the first impeachment effort a year ago — and known to be so to the Democratic prosecutors.  The constitutionally mandated presiding judge — the chief justice of the United States — refused to show up.  Chief Justice John Roberts apparently believes an impeachment trial of a private citizen is either a waste of time or unconstitutional — or both.  The Democratic House of Representatives is busy ferreting out purportedly extremist Republican members.  For the first time in memory, one party now removes committee members of the other.  Yet for each Republican outlier, there is a corresponding Democratic firebrand member who has either called for violence or voiced anti-Semitic slurs — and yet will not be removed from House committees.

South Dakota Introduces Bill To Allow Nullification Of Any Biden Executive Orders Within Their State.  South Dakota Republicans have introduced a bill that, if passed, would allow the nullification of any executive orders by Joe Biden at state level. [...] House Bill 1194 is "An Act to authorize the review of certain executive orders issued by the President of the United States[.]"  The bill sets each EO for review upon which time the legislature would then determine if they want to seek an exemption or declare it unconstitutional by the Attorney General.

AOC says Biden 'needs' to be pushed on erasing $50,000 in student loan debt: 'We cannot take no for an answer'.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday reiterated her push for President Biden to unilaterally cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt, warning that whether or not the White House does so "all comes down to public pressure."  The New York Democrat said progressives need to keep pressing the Biden administration to move further left on the matter after the president indicated he was "unlikely" to use his authority to fully forgive student loan debt for individual borrowers.  "The Biden admin NEEDS to be pushed," Ocasio-Cortez wrote during an Instagram Q&A on Tuesday night.  "They have said they're comfortable with $10K in forgiveness but we NEED at least $50K minimum and there is support for 50K.">/p>

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I was smart enough to out of college before incurring $50,000 in debt, so just send the money directly to me.

The Coming Military Purge.  One of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's first actions after confirmation has been to order a "60 day stand down" to combat extremism.  This follows the widespread and mostly baseless establishment fantasy that "right-wing extremists" and "white supremacists" are running rampant and pose some immediate threat to the country.  The details and definitions will ultimately determine whether this campaign is a sensible one that is in keeping with the Constitution or ends up being a purge of the overwhelmingly conservative ranks of the military.  No reasonable person would object to removing dangerous and disloyal people from the service, but such a limited goal is distinct from punishing those with merely dissenting and idiosyncratic views.  For example, a recent briefing among the Army's Special Forces singled out Pepe the Frog and the Gadsden Flag as signs of extremism.  These popular symbols — one an historical American flag — are widely embraced among the mainstream Right.  Austin's other priorities do  not signal moderation or common sense.  He has ordered the services to allow transgender members to serve and enlist, including the right to "medically-necessary transition-related care."  He has also purged defense advisory boards of hundreds of Trump appointees without regard to their qualifications.

Rebuild Better, But Rebuild What?  President Biden, his administration, and many others in the US and elsewhere are suggesting that modern Western capitalism is so bad that it needs to be dismantled and replaced with something else.  "Rebuild better" they say, which — among other things — suggests a demolition of what we currently have. [...] There are some things that exist in America, today, that are so detrimental to our national freedom and well-being that need to be dismantled, but the free market and constitutional protections of individual liberties, cornerstones of the modern Western capitalism, are not among them.

Six attorneys general send a stern warning to Biden over his radical policies.  So far, Joe Biden's policies are very radical, including the repeal of immigration laws.  Six attorneys general — from Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Montana, Texas and West Virginia — sent a letter to President Joe Biden warning him that many of the executive orders he issued in his first week in office will be challenged on constitutional grounds.  Any actions he takes that might exceed statutory authority, are inconsistent with constitutional law or risk civil liberties could result in legal action, the letter warned.

Girls will be Boys, and Boys will be Girls.  [Biden's] January 20 executive order, "Preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation" means that women's sports are now open to males who "identify" as females, [...] Not only sports, but also restrooms, locker rooms, and any school sports.  If members of the boys' high school soccer team decide to identify as girls, they can join the girls' soccer team and shower with them too.  What could go wrong?  Joe Biden instinctively knows there are biologic differences between boys and girls.  There are multiple photos and videos of Biden inappropriately touching and sniffing girls and women, but not boys or men.  He is disregarding his own executive order by discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

6 Things to Know About Democrats' COVID-19 Package.  The Senate is using the so-called reconciliation process to push through what it calls the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion package that goes well beyond relief for the pandemic.  The details of the legislation haven't been settled, but some on the left flank of the Democrats are pushing for expansive elements of the Green New Deal, universal basic income, and a public option for health insurance.

Our Animal Farm.  Orwell saw that the desire for power stamps out all ideological pretenses.  It creates an untouchable ruling clique central to all totalitarian movements.  Beware, he warns, of the powerful who claim to help the helpless.  Something so far less violent, but no less bizarre and disturbing, now characterizes the American New New Left.  It is completing its final Animal Farm metamorphosis as it finishes its long march through our cultural, economic, and social institutions.  Leftists may talk of revolutionary transformation, but their agenda is to help friends, punish enemies, and to keep and expand power.

You can be paid to reproduce more easily than you can get a job.  Where will that lead?
House Democrats to unveil enhanced $3,000 Child Tax Credit as part of Biden relief package to lift families out of poverty.  House Democrats will propose a bill on Monday that will give families as much as $3,600 per child for a single year as some lawmakers look to make the Child Tax Credit change permanent.  Richard Neal, chairman of the House's Ways and Means Committee, is spearheading the proposed legislation — which seeks to bring millions of children out of poverty, outlets reported.  If the 22-page legislation passes, the IRS would automatically start sending monthly checks of at least $250 to millions of families in July, the Washington Post first reported.

Biden's New "Woke" Military Has A Model In Mao's China.  In the military, "stand down" orders are commands to every unit in the armed forces to temporarily suspend normal operations and hold assemblies in order to address and discuss a specific issue.  In 2013, for instance, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered stand-downs across the globe in order to address sexual assault within the military.  What can we expect this time around?  A relevant comparison is the time Starbucks closed all its stores for one day to hold propaganda workshops on racism.  Because make no mistake:  Propaganda is exactly what will come out of this.  The reporting by the press is precisely backwards.  Austin is not "removing" extremism from the military's ranks.  He is imposing it.  As Revolver recently explained, the U.S. military has changed dramatically in the past few years, and most of the biggest shifts involve the DOD imposing left-wing ideology on the military.  Promotion up the ranks now requires hitting racial diversity quotas.  The new military welcomes with open arms mentally unwell transgender troops, and fast-tracks women into demanding combat roles.

Democratic student loan forgiveness plan primarily benefits top earners.  Sen. Chuck Schumer and other congressional Democrats have called on President Biden to cancel as much as $50,000 in federal student loans, but economists warned that such proposals primarily benefit those who are already well-off.  Citing a record $1.68 trillion national student loan balance, Democrats on Thursday [2/4/2021] urged Biden to use an executive order to forgive student loans, which Schumer called "a huge anchor on our entire economy."  "There's very little that the president could do with a flick of a pen that would boost our economy more than canceling $50,000 of student loans," Schumer said when he announced the resolution, which would forgive all debts for 36 million people, or roughly 80% of all student loan borrowers, according to CNBC.

Exactly what Obama would do:
Biden Stabs Us All in the Back, Removes Terrorist Designation from Group Whose Motto Means 'Death to America'.  The Biden administration on Friday [2/5/2021] announced that it would no longer designate Yemen's Iran-supported Houthi movement as a terror group, despite the fact the group's slogan calls for the death of Americans and Jews.  The terrorist designation was made just last month by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to NBC News.  It was slated to take effect by the State Department on Jan. 19, the day before President Joe Biden was inaugurated.  The Houthi movement, which is officially called Ansarallah (or Ansar Allah, for "supporters of God"), brags a slogan which reads:  "God is great, death to the U.S., death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam."

Nikki Haley accuses Biden of 'snubbing' Israel and launching 'Obama 2.0' with Iran nuclear deal.  Nikki Haley accused President Joe Biden of "snubbing Israel" and "cozying up to Iran" in an interview with Trey Gowdy on Fox News Wednesday.  She called his approach to Tehran "truly dangerous" for neighboring countries and wondered why he has not contacted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since taking office.  The former U.N. ambassador spoke on "Fox News Primetime" at length concerning Biden being eager to jump back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.  Trump pulled the U.S. out of that deal in 2018 and called it "defective at its core."  "I mean, you look at the fact that they're looking at getting back into the Iran deal ... that means you're going to lift all the sanctions that we put on Iran," Haley stated, appearing truly incredulous at the thought of it.

The Art of the Steal.  For every American, the fallout from Democratic control of the presidency and both Houses is to be slowly dispossessed of their freedom to choose, speak, assemble, bear arms, and to be assured that your children will be given a proper education free of political animus, gender confusion, and allegations of racial privilege.  Putting 52 stars on the flag, overstuffing the Supreme Court, and loading up the voter rolls with illegal aliens will usher in a permanent political class exercising one-party rule.  Apart from a bit of moaning and groaning, there seems little backbone from the Republican political establishment to hold the hill.  As for the working class, COVID has been instructive to the far left on how fearmongering and shaming can bring Americans to heel and condone the theft of their rights and privileges.  For the entire country, the legitimacy of the past presidential election remains an open wound that will not soon heal.  Tens of millions are concerned that Biden was installed, not elected, and that Democrat majority rule will set the stage for an encore in two years' time.  To stir the coals, Nancy Pelosi secured passage of House Resolution 1.  It would extend the use of mail-in ballots to all 50 states, trample federalism underfoot, destroy state's rights to regulate the conduct of their own elections, and codify forthcoming fraud.

When (or If) Comes the Pushback?  The Bush-Clinton-Obama continuum of 24 years (from 1993 through 2015) cemented the bipartisan fusion administrative state.  Trump and his "Make America Great Again" agenda were its pushback.  The counterreaction to the populism of the Trump reset — or Trump himself — is as of yet unsure.  Joe Biden's tenure may mark a return to business as usual of the Bush-Clinton years.  Or more likely, it will accelerate the current hard-left trajectory.  Either way, it seems that Biden is intent on provoking just such a pushback by his record number of early and often radical executive orders — a tactic candidate Biden condemned.  On almost every issue — open borders, blanket amnesties, canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, promoting the Green New Deal, and hard-left appointees — Biden is touting positions that likely do not earn 50 percent public support.

Biden's defense secretary Lloyd Austin will [...] 'address white nationalism and extremism in the ranks'.  The U.S. military on Wednesday [2/3/2021] acknowledged it was unsure about how to address white nationalism and other extremism in its ranks, and announced plans for military-wide stand-downs pausing regular activity at some point in the next 60 days to tackle the issue.  The decision to a hold a stand-down was made by Lloyd Austin, who made history by becoming the military's first Black defense secretary after a long career rising in the ranks of the Army.  In his confirmation hearing, Austin underscored the need to rid the military of 'racists and extremists'.

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Aren't those individuals detected and filtered out as soon as they enlist?

Secretary of Defense orders all military to pause and review handling of extremism in ranks.  Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has ordered a staggered pause of operations across the entire US military so commanders can have "needed discussions" with service members about the issue of extremism over the next 60 days, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby announced on Wednesday [2/3/2021].  Austin hopes the pause, known as a stand down, will accomplish two things — he wants leaders of each branch to be able to communicate their expectations of how their troops should behave, and leaders to "gain insight" from members on the "scope of the problem from their view," Kirby said.

Schumer, Democratic lawmakers to push for $50,000 in student loan forgiveness.  Sen. Chuck Schumer has some unlikely sidekicks when it comes to student loan forgiveness.  The Senate Majority Leader Thursday [2/4/2021] joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and several of the most progressive Democratic lawmakers in calling for the cancellation of $50,000 in student debt.  "We are here to take a huge burden off so many people," Schumer said.  "College should be a ladder up (not) an anchor down."  Newly minted Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.), who represents Westchester, appeared to support the push along with members of the so-called Squad of progressive women lawmakers.

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How are any of those people considered "unlikely sidekicks?"

Biden's Pentagon makes effects of climate change central to military planning.  Rising sea levels on both coasts threaten key U.S. military installations.  Famines, droughts and wildfires abroad disrupt volatile societies and could spark wars that draw in U.S. forces and put American lives in danger.  In the Arctic, melting sea ice could open a theater for conflict between the U.S. and Russia, and military planners say the targeting of an enemy's energy or water supply will be an increasingly effective battle tactic.  Across the armed forces, climate change and its ripple effects are taking center stage in the Biden administration's Pentagon.  The military's climate change mitigation efforts certainly did not stop during the Trump administration, but the issue was pushed to the political back burner.  Top leadership in the Defense Department rarely spoke out on environmental matters despite mounting concerns behind the scenes that it remain a top priority.

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[#1] Public opinion polls show that global warming is nobody's "top priority."  It is a mysterious yet urgent excuse for the government to spend unlimited amounts of money (in whatever manner benefits the lobbyists the most).  [#2] It isn't Biden's Pentagon.  Biden doesn't own the government, he's just the General Manager, and not for long:  Harris is literally standing by, waiting to take over.  [#3] There is no extraordinary global warming or cooling, and if there is, it is primarily caused by the variable output power of the sun.  Neither global warming, nor any other kind of bad weather, is a problem for a well-prepared military force.  [#4] If the weather is one degree warmer or cooler (on average) than it was 50 years ago, nobody cares.  Global warming is a non-issue.  In the absence of news media sensationalism, you'd never even know about it.  It's certainly not a valid reason to spend tax money on "solutions," because there are no solutions that are likely to do more good than harm.

Former CBP Head:  Biden Has Decimated Border Protections With 'Stroke Of A Pen'.  Former Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan slammed the Biden administration Tuesday [2/2/2021] for undoing significant border protections put into place by President Trump.  Morgan first took aim at White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for trashing Trump's efforts to secure the border, and attributing the infamous Obama/Biden 'kids in cages' and family separation policy to Trump.  After Psaki had spoken, calling Trump's border policies "horrific", Morgan stated that "There isn't enough time to address all the spin and misinformation that the Press Secretary just sent out."  Morgan outlined that agencies within the Trump administration have been "working tirelessly" to reunite families separated at the border.

Supreme Court cancels arguments on Trump's border wall, 'remain in Mexico' policy.  The Supreme Court on Wednesday [2/3/2021] canceled courtroom arguments scheduled for the next few weeks over two aspects of former President Donald Trump's immigration policy — a reflection of the new administration's reversal on both issues.  The court granted the Justice Department's request to remove two Trump administration appeals of lower court rulings from the argument calendar, one being against the use of Pentagon money to build the southern border wall and the other against making immigrants wait in Mexico instead of the U.S.  Stopping the wall project was among the first steps President Joe Biden took after he was sworn into office.

Joe Biden sure does a lot of favors for China.  I wonder why.
Chasing the Dragon.  On his first full day in office, President Joe Biden signed a massive executive order that, among other things, killed the Keystone XL pipeline project.  Buried in that same order were two short sentences that will allow the Chinese government to get into the American electrical grid. [...] Bulk-power systems refer to everything from electric power substations, transformers, high-voltage power lines, capacitors, and other equipment necessary to move electrical power from plants where it is produced to end users, whether for civilian, government, or military use.  These systems are, of course, highly computerized and the Trump administration's goal was to prevent the Chinese, America's greatest geo-political and economic rival, from having their hands in it.  Biden's order strips that protection with the stroke of a pen.  The killing of the Keystone XL project got all the attention. [...] When the Trump order was issued, there were fears that depending on electrical system transformers and other power-moving equipment made in countries hostile to the U.S. would create vulnerabilities to cyber-attack.

Biden Wants to Kill 80 Percent of America's Energy.  For millennials, supporting green energy is cool and even virtuous.  It's a popular and costless way to save the planet — until the power doesn't flow through the grid.  Then the laptops, hairdryers, Netflix shows, computer games and iPhones run out of juice.  That may happen one of these days — and in the not-too-distant future (just ask Californians about blackouts), when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing.  Which brings me to President Joe Biden's take-no-prisoners approach to energy.  The goals:  kill fossil fuels; stop the building of pipelines; enter international treaties that outlaw fossil fuel use; end drilling on federal lands; strangle the oil and gas industries with regulatory assaults.  And then throw billions and perhaps trillions of tax dollars at wind and solar farms.  So, let's go back to the question I ask students:  How much of our energy needs today are met with fossil fuels — the so-called dirty energy?

Could Democrats pack a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants into a COVID-19 aid bill?  House Democrats want the next round of coronavirus aid to include citizenship for 5 million illegal immigrants who are considered to be among the pandemic's "essential" workforce.  A group of 100 House Democrats sent their leadership a request to include the language in a budget resolution that would pave the way for the Senate to use a tactic called reconciliation to pass the bill with only 51 votes instead of the usual 60 votes.

The 'Tells' of the Deep State Poker Players.  [Scroll down]  In whatever indirect way the American people speak, they have spoken:  no more increases in government spending.  But our Democratic friends propose to spend trillions on climate change and on Medicare for All, and I know not what else.  And that is after all the massive spending on COVID stimulus.  Ain't gonna fly, and that is the meaning, I think, of all the Biden executive orders.  Biden's handlers are throwing everything at the wall, hoping something will stick.  I doubt it.  The problem is that USG is facing the fact of Chantrill's Law:  "government programs cannot work because you can never reform them."  Pensions?  Health care?  The only thing our leaders have done recently is try to squeeze in more free stuff with ObamaCare and add stealth income taxes to Medicare.  Education?  But our teachers don't feel safe!

Joe Biden is jamming Western Dem governors with his oil-and-gas crackdown.  President Biden has united Republicans with his oil-and-gas crackdown — they're against it — but his aggressive orders have created a bind for Democratic governors in states feeling the heat over his drilling freeze on federal lands and waters.  In Colorado, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis praised Mr. Biden as "a president that believes in science" and "cleaner energy" while making it clear that the moratorium on new oil-and-gas leases on federal lands and waters signed Wednesday cannot last forever.  "We will also work closely with the Biden administration as they begin a program-wide review of energy development policy on public lands to ensure that it works for Colorado," said Mr. Polis.  "And as long as the review is completed expeditiously we don't expect an economic impact in the short-term with current market factors and the many existing unused leases and permits."

A Tsunami of Hate.  [Scroll down]  The claim that "systemic racism touches every facet of American life" is itself a racist lie, whose evident target is white people, since according to the woke, "people of color" can't be racist.  Not surprisingly, one of Biden's first week initiatives was a systemically racist plan to provide financial assistance to small businesses whose owners were black, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American.  Only whites were excluded.  But Asian Americans as an ethnic group have higher incomes than white Americans.  So what rationale for this policy is there but anti-white racism?

The Enemy Is Us.  So now we have an illegitimate President of these United States (IPOTUS) who is signing Executive Orders left and right.  From what I can see, the vast majority of them either favor other nations over these United States or are feel good missives that bring other sorts of harm.  One example is the IPOTUS Executive Order requiring the Armed Services to accept and retain disordered folks who believe their sex is different than their issued equipment indicates.  I'm sure that will give Putin and Xi pause as they contemplate their next moves against U.S. interests.  The majority of Americans didn't vote for any of this.  This is the work of a small, but extremely vocal part of the Democrat Party, albeit one that is growing in size.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken Orders LGBT Flags Flown at U.S. Embassies, Will Name Special Envoy for Gay Rights.  LGBT activists are cheering Secretary of State Antony Blinken's announcement that he will reverse an order from President Donald Trump and put up "pride" flags at U.S. Embassies around the world. [...] Blinken claimed violence against that demographic increased while Trump was in office.  "We've seen violence directed against LGBTQI people around the world increase," Blinken said.  "And so, I think the United States playing the role that it should be playing in standing up for and defending the rights of LGBTQI people is something that the department is going to take on and take on immediately.  Raising the pride flag is one way to outright show LGBTQ solidarity."

The Editor says...
[#1] Apparently "LGBTQI" is a singular six-phase demographic.  [#2] Even if "violence against that demographic increased while Trump was in office," that doesn't mean Trump or anyone connected with him had any connection to the violence.  The simple fact is that all sorts of violence — from the left — increased while Trump was in office.  [#3] Putting up a rainbow flag isn't going to protect anyone from violence.  Nor will it attract voters in the next (rigged) election.

Biden's policies and actions are all about putting Americans last.  President Biden was very busy his first week in office:  eliminating jobs, angering a friendly border nation, appeasing enemies, threatening any and all domestic opposition, reattaching his nation to a ridiculous "climate accord," ensuring men can play women's sports and use their locker rooms and bathrooms, and otherwise attempting to inflict as much harm on the nation he leads as humanly possible in such a short time span.  Biden let Dr. Anthony Fauci make the announcement that his administration is ending the Trump administration's Mexico City policy agreement and will thereby once again commit the U.S. to begin using federal tax dollars, more commonly known as American taxpayer's money, to pay for abortions in foreign countries.

Payday for anchor babies:
Democrats Recruiting [RINO] Senators for Amnesty Deal.  Democrat senators are trying to recruit Republican senators into business-backed amnesty deals, despite the public's demand for pro-American migration policies.  Their targets include Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Rick Scott (R-FL).   The Hill reported Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), the leading Democrat advocate for greater migration, working with Graham to draft a bill that would provide citizenship and work approval to younger migrants who were brought into the United States by their illegal-migrant parents.

Schumer: We Have to Address Issues Like D.C. Statehood, Automatic Voter Registration.  On Saturday's broadcast of MSNBC's "PoliticsNation," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated that Democrats must tackle issues like "improving our democracy.  Making D.C. a state, automatic voter registration," and vowed Democrats will get "big, bold change" "no matter what."  [Video clip]

Biden's COVID-19 Bill Costs More Than Entire 1981 Federal Government.  The $1.9 trillion relief bill that President Joe Biden wants Congress to pass now as his response to the COVID-19 pandemic would cost Americans more than the entire federal government cost in fiscal 1981.  That year, according to the historical budget numbers that Biden's own Office of Management and Budget has published on the White House website, the federal government spent approximately $678,241,000,000.  When that is adjusted for inflation from September 1981 dollars into December 2020 dollars (using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator), it equals $1.895 trillion.  Last March, President Donald Trump signed a $2.3 trillion spending law to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.  In December, Trump signed another spending law that included $900 billion targeted toward COVID-19 relief.  Now Biden wants to spend another $1.9 trillion.

Certain Truths Won't Be 'Imposed' by Biden, a 'Devout Catholic'.  President Joe Biden and his press secretary, Jen Psaki, have assured us he is a "devout Catholic" who "attends church regularly."   The question is not new but should be asked again and a credible answer demanded.  How can one be devout about one's faith and not comport with Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church? [...] Many Catholic leaders have criticized him for his stand on abortion, same-sex marriage, and transgender equality.  Biden has added to his pro-choice stand a reversal on federal funding of abortion, which he long opposed until the 2020 presidential campaign.

Funny how the party that claims to be for the little guy always supports the billionaires.  [Scroll down]  I have never seen anyone as dangerous in the White House as Joe Biden in his first nine days as he signs executive order after executive order, some 40 now at last count.  He has stacked his cabinet with radical leftists pushing the green agenda to destroy America.  He sends out John Kerry, with multiple mansions, a yacht and a private jet, to tell the public that is good for them that he is destroying their jobs.  After all, he drove a Tesla from Massachusetts to D.C.  On Fox News, I heard left-wing Juan Williams say he didn't really care about Kerry's or anyone else's lifestyle, even as they are dictating how all of us should live our lives.  [...] And no matter how often all these supposedly smart cabinet members, as well as Biden himself, his vice president, Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and others repeat that we have to get rid of oil and coal to control temperatures and the climate, not one sock puppet at the Washington Post or any other journalist, including at Fox, ask for scientific evidence to support their theory and destructive policies.  There is no scientific evidence, so they never ask.  They just go along.

One week in, Biden administration shows its exquisite cruelty.  [Scroll down]  So along with Biden's dictatorial executive orders comes Schumer's plan to further constrain our freedoms due to the "climate emergency."  But there is no climate emergency.  It's just another hoax, a fear-mongering ruse to create a global government.  The planet has survived all manner of climate changes.  We humans can no more affect the climate here than we can on Mars.  And even if we could, we are not responsible for the irresponsibility of nations like China and India re: filthy air.  The Paris Climate Accord is only about making U.S. taxpayers pay billions of dollars to those nations to equalize the quality of life on the planet.  Not a single prediction of the Gorist climate alarmists has come true.  Snow still falls from the sky; there are no more hurricanes than normal; polar bears are alive and thriving; droughts occur here and there as they have throughout the millennia.  But the Biden administration is going to use climate alarmism to continue restricting the American population from living their lives.  President Trump energized our economy, made us energy independent.  Biden has in the span of a week tanked it in order to make us dependent on Saudi Arabia again.  He is about to ban coal-mining, too.  What will happen to those miners?

Joe Biden kicks off so-called progressive package with decades-old policies.  Joe Biden tried to appeal to progressives by promising sweeping reforms, but the policies he advocated for have been in place for decades with little to no success.  On Tuesday [1/26/2021], Biden kicked off his racial equity package by calling attention to so-called systemic racism.  He claimed it's become ingrained in American institutions.  "I made it very clear that the moment had arrived as a nation where we face deep racial inequities in America," Biden said.  "Systemic racism that has plagued our nation for far, far too long."  He assured the public that he has ordered the federal government to help fix this.  "I issued, among the first days, my whole-of-government executive order that will — for the first time — advance equity for all throughout our federal policies and institutions," Biden stated.

How will anyone know when their mission is accomplished?
Biden Executive Order Creates 'Civilian Climate Corps' to Fight Climate Change.  President Joe Biden plans to create a New Deal-style "Civilian Climate Corps" to mobilize "a new, diverse generation of patriotic Americans" for the battle against climate change.  On Wednesday [1/27/2021], Biden unveiled a flurry of executive actions his administration planned to undertake to "tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad."  The president, who campaigned for the White House last year on a platform "environmental justice," argued the actions were necessary if the United States had any hopes of leading a "global response" to the climate crisis.

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[#1] Nobody is going to "tackle the climate crisis ... abroad" because no other country sees the weather as a crisis, and no other country is going to let U.S. civilians tell them how to run their country.  [#2] There is no climate crisis.  [#3] Even so, the Civilian Climate Corps will exist forever, just like the organizations that say they're struggling to find a cure for cancer.  Government agencies do not come and go.  They are created to be permanent.

Biden's Worst Executive Order Went Almost Entirely Unnoticed.  The order also seems harmless enough, going by the seemingly innocent title "Modernizing Regulatory Review."  Except this order isn't about modernizing regulations.  It's about unleashing the regulatory state with a ferocity never before seen in this country.  Biden's order — which didn't get released to the press until late in the evening of his first day — aims to effectively toss the cost-benefit analysis that for many decades has served as at least a modest brake on the ambitions of regulators.  In the past, regulations where the cost of compliance far exceeded the benefits could be stymied by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  Biden wants the review process instead to be "a tool to affirmatively promote regulations" and "to ensure swift and effective federal action" on everything from the pandemic, to the economy, to racial inequality, to the "undeniable reality and accelerating threat of climate change."  In other words ... everything.

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There is no extraordinary climate change.  The climate changes constantly, but the changes are so gradual that nobody (except the news media) notices.  It may be an "undeniable reality," technically, but it is of little or no consequence, it is not "accelerating" and it is not a threat to this country more than any other.  Just like the Coronavirus, the global warming "threat" is an excuse to tax and regulate almost everything.

[Dispense] With Unity.  Joe Biden has already rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement.  He has rejoined the World Health Organization.  He has suspended federal oil and gas permitting and canceled the Keystone XL pipeline.  He has stopped work on the border wall, suspended deportations for 100 days, and announced his intention of a path to legalization (i.e., a path to ballooning the Democratic Party's voter rolls) for millions of illegals in the country.  He signed a mandate requiring masks on federal land.  He signed a bizarre executive order forcing schools to accept biological men on women's sports teams.  He reversed Trump's ban on Chinese involvement in the U.S. power grid.  And he also reversed Trump's order mandating lower prices for insulin and epinephrine pens.  Biden will also be raising your taxes — but that takes time.  Everything above is just executive action.  Imagine how great it will be once the Democratic House and Senate start pumping out unopposed legislation.

Critics say plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill is an insult to her legacy.  This week, the Biden administration announced that it would resume efforts to put the image of Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, a move first championed by the Obama administration in 2016.  Biden press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday [1/25/2021] that the Treasury Department is "exploring ways to speed up" the process to ensure the 19th century freedom fighter is recognized.  "It's important that our notes, our money — if people don't know what a note is — reflect the history and diversity of our country," Psaki said during a White House press briefing.  "Harriet Tubman's image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that."

Biden administration reestablishes diplomatic ties with Palestinian Authority.  The Biden administration announced on Tuesday [1/26/2021] that they would be restoring diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority, Times of Israel reports.  As part of this reestablishment of relations, the United States will be restoring diplomatic aid to the Palestinian authority, a move which has been heavily criticized by pro-Israel groups.  Critics of the decision warn that US diplomatic aid may go towards the Palestinian policy of "pay-for-slay," whereby the Palestinian Authority pays the families of terrorists who murder Israeli civilians.

Following Biden's Lead, Schumer Plans Bypass of GOP to Enact Progressive Agenda.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) is following President Joe Biden's unilateral lead, pushing forward with plans to enact a host of progressive policy goals without GOP votes.  Days after Biden issued a historic 17 executive orders on his first day in office, Schumer urged the president to declare a national climate emergency, saying the move would authorize Biden to do "many, many things under the emergency powers of the president ... that he could do without legislation."  Schumer also joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) to encourage Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in student debt via executive order.  In a Tuesday campaign email announcing their partnership on the issue, Warren said Biden could impose the policy "without waiting for Congress."  Should Biden need to rely on lawmakers to pass his agenda, however, Schumer could still sidestep Republicans through reconciliation, a budget rule that would allow Democrats to pass certain legislation with just 51 votes.

The left's fake Senate majority.  The left wing of the Democratic Party has a plan, and it goes like this:  With the party controlling both houses of Congress along with the presidency, Democrats in the Senate need to vote as a bloc (with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the winning 51st vote) to eliminate the filibuster, the parliamentary procedure that enables the minority party (in this case, the GOP) to require 60 votes to advance most forms of legislation.  With this accomplished, the Democrats should then ram through a long list of policies, ranging from additional trillions of dollars' worth of pandemic relief to various institutional reforms that will enhance the party's electoral prospects going forward.  That's the plan, but it's already falling to pieces.  That's because former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanded as a condition of reaching a power-sharing agreement with Democrats that the new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promise to keep the filibuster in place.

[Devout Catholic] Biden Signs Executive Order Allowing the U.S. to Fund Global Abortions.  President Biden signed an executive order Thursday afternoon reversing the Mexico City policy, permitting U.S. aid money once again to fund groups that provide or promote abortion around the globe.  The policy was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in an effort to ensure that taxpayers were not required to indirectly fund abortion procedures performed in other countries.  The policy has been undone via executive order by every subsequent Democratic administration and reinstated by each Republican one.

Biden to Lift Ban on US Funding for Foreign Pro-Abortion Nonprofits.  President Joe Biden signed a presidential memorandum on Jan. 28 rescinding the ban on U.S. funding for international nonprofits that provide counseling or referrals for abortion.  President Donald Trump reinstated and expanded the ban, known as the Mexico City Policy, during his first days in office in 2017.  It was previously rescinded by Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.  The policy was first announced in 1984 during the Reagan administration and has been rescinded and reinstated along party lines since.  The policy requires non-governmental organizations to certify that they will not "perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning" in order to receive U.S. taxpayer money for global health initiatives.  White House Press Secretary Jan Psaki, when asked if Biden would take this and other pro-abortion steps, responded that the president is a "devout Catholic."  "Across the country and around the world, people — particularly women, Black, Indigenous and other people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and those with low incomes — have been denied access to reproductive health care," the White House press release announcing the rescission of the Mexico City Policy states.

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[#1] Why do homosexuals care about access to abortion services?  [#2] People with low incomes are "denied access" to all kinds of things that cost money.  By now, they should be used to it.  [#3] "Joe Biden is a devout Catholic" is not the answer to every question.  It isn't even true.

Biden Plots Sneak Attack Against U.S. Firearms Industry.  Joe Biden has unveiled his agenda for his first 100 days in the White House, and his list includes an initiative aimed at nothing less than the destruction of the U.S. firearms industry.  This is what would happen if Biden succeeds in his pledge to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.  Imagine if firearm manufactures and sellers — even those who strictly followed the laws enacted to regulate their industry — faced potential civil liability every time a criminal misused a firearm.  The affect would be similar to holding automobile makers and dealers responsible for injuries caused by drunk drivers.  No business, no matter how conscientious and law-abiding, could ever survive being liable for the acts of millions of random people over whom it had no control.

Biden Refocusing National Security Around Climate Change — Here's What His Latest Executive Orders Do.  President Joe Biden will sign a series of new executive orders Wednesday [1/27/2021] that will formally place a new national security focus on climate change and promote scientists' work on the subject, the White House announced Wednesday morning.  "President Biden set ambitious goals that will ensure America and the world can meet the urgent demands of the climate crisis, while empowering American workers and businesses to lead a clean energy revolution that achieves a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and puts the United States on an irreversible path to a net-zero economy by 2050," the official release from the White House reads.

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Neither the U.S. nor any other country will achieve "a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035."  [#1] Carbon dioxide is not carbon, not is CO2 a pollutant; therefore, the emission of carbon dioxide is not "carbon pollution."  [#2] There is nothing to be gained by curtailing the production of carbon dioxide in the U.S. if India and China don't follow suit.  [#3] If the purpose of "carbon-free energy" is the avoidance of global warming, congratulations!  That fight is already over.  There is no extraordinary global warming, and even if there is, it can't be stopped, and it doesn't hurt anybody.  The only outcome from this series of executive orders will be high energy prices (on natural gas, gasoline, and electricity) and some kind of carbon dioxide tax, which will be the Socialists' dream:  A tax on everything.  [#4] Another buzzword you may have heard lately is "zero-emissions."  There is no such thing as a power source with zero emissions.

AOC Brags She Helped Design Biden's Job-Killing Energy Agenda.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) bragged about designing President Joe Biden's job-killing energy agenda after an NBC News reporter pointed out the similarities between it and her Green New Deal.  [Tweet]  We can debate numbers another time.  We all know that killing the Keystone XL Pipeline costs jobs.  But we all knew this would happen.

AOC says Biden's $2T climate push sounds just like her 'Green New Deal'.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took credit Wednesday for President Biden's newly unveiled $2 trillion set of environmental policies, which include eliminating coal, oil and natural gas as electricity sources by 2035.  "It's almost as if we helped shape the platform," Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wrote in a tweet, followed by a winking face emoji.  The tweet was in response to NBC News reporter Geoff Bennett, who noted the similarities between the Biden's executive orders and Democratic socialist AOC's "Green New Deal" proposal Wednesday [1/27/2021].  "It's striking how much of Biden's climate executive actions reflect major elements of the Green New Deal — tackling climate change while addressing economic/racial injustice — without actually *being the Green New Deal.  Some political sleight of hand," Bennett wrote on the social media platform.

Kerry admits zero emissions in US wouldn't make difference in climate change.  President Biden's climate czar, John Kerry, admitted Wednesday [1/27/2021] that the US reducing its emissions to zero wouldn't make much of a difference in the global climate change fight — before pushing domestic manufacturing of electric cars and solar panels in favor of energy production.  Kerry's remarks were made ahead of Biden's signing of a host of executive actions on Wednesday pushing his $2 trillion Green New Deal-inspired climate agenda.  "He knows Paris alone is not enough," Kerry told reporters at a White House press briefing, referring to Biden re-entering the US in the Paris Climate Agreement in one of his first acts as president.  "Not when almost 90 percent of all of the planet's global emissions come from outside of US borders.  We could go to zero tomorrow and the problem isn't solved," Kerry conceded.

Racial Equity, Equality, and the Bureaucrats' Charter.  Reading one of the first new presidential executive orders — titled "Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government" — was for me a depressing experience. [...] The order begins with the words, "Equal opportunity is the bedrock of American democracy."  This at best is a half-truth depending very much on the meaning attached to the concept of equality of opportunity. [...] In short, the order is a symptom of what Thomas Sowell called "the search for cosmic justice," the demand that existence be made fair in every respect, a search that, if taken seriously, can lead only to a totalitarian hell.  The term "people of color" appears in the order, as if all people who aren't of European descent have something in common transcending all other differences between them.  This is revealing, for the only thing they can possibly have in common is that they are oppressed by those people of European descent from whom they are distinguished.  This isn't only obvious nonsense, but is a deeply racialized view of the world.

Leftists mount #NoHoneymoon campaign to force Biden to enact far-left agenda.  A far-left Democratic group is mounting a "#NoHoneymoon" campaign to hold President Biden's feet to the fire to ensure he backs their socialist-style agenda.  RootsAction, a liberal activist network claiming 1.2 million supporters in the U.S., has enlisted several prominent liberals to its cause, including Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream; Robert Reich, labor secretary in the Clinton administration; and Carmen Yulin Cruz, former mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico; among many others.  The leftist pull on Mr. Biden complicates his public calls for unity, as any outreach by his administration to Republicans likely will anger the Democratic Party's liberal faction represented in the #NoHoneymoon movement.

Biden's LGBT Agenda:  Pedophilia Coming Down the Pike?  The Biden regime's January 20 executive order demanding "equal treatment under the law, no matter [one's] gender identity or sexual orientation" is just the first salvo in the next wave pushing "LGBT rights."  The order will soon be backed by federal law, via the pending LGBT "Equality Act."  While many are now warning that the order will destroy girls' and women's sports, its impact is much broader.  The enforcers will be given free rein to transform society in unimaginable ways, given the undefined terms in the order and pending law:  gender identity, sexual orientation, LGBT.  Why has there been no