“This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
Who does this clown Andy Cuomo think he is? And what makes him think he can simply dismiss multiple independent charges of sexual harassment as mere misinterpretations of his comedic gifts?
“At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny,” Governor Cuomo said in a prepared statement released on Sunday. “I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good-natured way. … I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business. I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended. I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”
Apparently, then, kissing an unsuspecting subordinate on the mouth is just “good-natured” teasing. And telling a 25-year-old executive assistant who once played soccer against one of his daughters that she should get a tattoo on her butt to hide it when she wears a dress, and asking that same young subordinate whether she’d ever had sex with older men, was just an effort “to add some levity and banter.”
But when it’s Brett Kavanaugh we’re talking about, and when his sterling reputation is being smeared by the flimsiest of 36-year-old sexual assault allegations from a flaky, hard-left college professor, it’s no laughing matter.
“I believe Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford’s testimony is very compelling,” Cuomo said in a September 2018 press release directed to President Donald Trump during Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. “Only a political skeptic could find a reason to disbelieve her. What is her possible motive to lie? … If you do not insist that Judge Kavanaugh take a polygraph, it will be further evidence that you are putting political motivation over your constitutional obligation. Do not aid and abet a lie. Demand a polygraph.”
Worse yet, he offered this sanctimonious bit of grandstanding during the hearings: “There is a disrespect for women that [the Trump] administration chronically exemplifies. After the MeToo movement, they did absolutely nothing when it came to sexual harassment. They have always diminished the charges of women — always, consistently. And they’re doing it again.”
So: Believe the accuser when the charge is sexual harassment. Unless the accused is me.
Lindsey Boylan, 36, was the first Cuomo accuser to come forward. She did so back in December to little effect, before publishing her story on Medium. Her experiences are detailed and compelling. Then 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett came forward Saturday and then again yesterday in The New York Times. And yesterday evening, a third accuser, 33-year-old Anna Ruch, said Cuomo inappropriately grabbed and kissed her at a 2019 wedding.
Cuomo is the least sympathetic figure of all public servants. Smug, self-righteous, and utterly unrepentant, even his non-apologetic apology sounds like an invitation to pound sand. And his call for an “independent review” of these allegations is, as even CNN’s Chris Cillizza notes, one of the oldest tricks in the book — a desperate attempt to buy time until the whole thing blows over.
Where on earth are all the “MeToo” Democrats demanding Cuomo’s resignation? It’s a great question. And it would seem that the Emmy Award-winning governor, whose actions have caused the unnecessary deaths of countless of his state’s elderly citizens, has already done more than enough to be forced from office.
One Democrat, thankfully, has finally seen and heard enough. Last night, New York Representative Kathleen Rice tweeted, “The time has come. The Governor must resign.”
Another one has questions. “These stories are difficult to read, and the allegations brought forth raise serious questions that the women who have come forward and all New Yorkers deserve answers to.” That was none other than Hillary Clinton. The jokes write themselves.
Let’s hope she’s the first of many. This not-so-funny guy has got to go.
It might as well be called the “Ensure Democrat Electoral Victory Act” given what’s in the massive 800-page election overhaul bill put forward by House Democrats. HR 1, which Democrats have ironically dubbed the “For the People Act,” is anything but for the people. Rather than seeking to reestablish and shore up the badly abused state election laws Americans witnessed in the 2020 election, HR 1 would seek to codify the abuses. As Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) observed, “This is a bill that is about preserving the present Democratic majority. It is a bill by the majority, for the majority, and is intended to entrench the majority in power for years to come.”
HR 1 would essentially federalize national elections by mandating that states adopt voting rules such as a right to no-excuse mail-in ballots, elimination of voter ID laws, same-day registration and voting, 10-day post-election day acceptance of mail-in ballots, no laws against ballot harvesting or limits on the number of ballots a person can return, a 15-day early-voting mandate, and giving out-of-prison felons the right to vote — all while also making it harder for states to clean up their voter rolls. These are just a few of the terrible rules entrenched in HR 1, and it encapsulates the Left’s election strategy going forward.
Furthermore, the bill would create a code of conduct for Supreme Court justices, which is an obvious effort to dictate to the High Court how it would be allowed to rule on cases.
In short, HR 1 is a recipe for tyranny.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court refused a perfect opportunity to tackle last year’s election integrity issues — and thus lay a roadblock in the way of HR 1 — when the justices inexplicably declined to hear the case against a Pennsylvania courts’ unilateral judicial rewrite of the state’s election laws, making an end run around the state legislature. Justice Clarence Thomas blasted his colleagues’ decision to pass on the case: “The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling.” And why wouldn’t SCOTUS weigh in now, when we’re free and clear of any pending election? Now is the time to address this, not the 11th hour before an election. Moreover, as Thomas noted, “Changing the rules in the middle of the game is bad enough. Such rule changes by officials who may lack authority to do so is even worse.”
SCOTUS has, however, decided to hear another election case, Brnovich v. DNC. At issue are Arizona’s requirements that voters who cast their ballot on election day must do so in their assigned precinct and the state’s prohibition against ballot harvesting. (Both are common state laws.) Democrats have dubiously argued that Arizona’s laws violate the Voting Rights Act by creating a standard that infringes on minorities’ right to vote. A federal judge has ruled there is no evidence to support the Democrats’ claims, a decision that a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel agreed with but was then overruled by the full court.
It appears likely that SCOTUS will find in Arizona’s favor by ruling that the Ninth Circuit was in error in overturning the decision, though as narrow rulings are the wont of Chief Justice John Roberts, it’s probable that the Court will avoid ruling on the merits of Arizona’s election laws, or to truly clarify the Voting Rights Act. If they take the narrow path, the justices will only be kicking the proverbial can down the road. Repairing the gaping holes caused by Democrats and lower courts in the nation’s election integrity will remain left undone. A fair election system should matter to all parties, but clearly for Democrats, the only concern is working to establish a system that ensures their victory.
“I do think that [there are] fascistic tendencies” in the Republican Party, pontificates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who thinks “we certainly saw a lot of fascist sympathizing” at the Conservative Political Action Conference this past weekend, especially from the man she loves to hate, Donald Trump. Worse, AOC added, “There are legitimate white supremacist sympathizers that sit at the heart and at the core of the Republican Caucus in the House of Representatives,” and “American white supremacy” is the driving force of this supposed fascism overtaking the GOP.
This sounds serious.
Or it would if anything AOC said ever made a lick of sense. As usual, however, her historical ignorance is a feature, not a bug, in service to the radical Left’s political agenda. And she’s far from the only leftist spouting such nonsense. It’s coming from other elected Democrats, from their lickspittles in the Leftmedia, and from their intelligentsia in education. Whether it’s offhand comments on cable news shows, “think” pieces littering the Internet, or academic papers and classes, leftists yelling “fascism!” as an inaccurate pejorative for conservatives has a long and storied history in America.
But what is fascism anyway? For all the public school-educated “progressives” out there, perhaps a history lesson is in order, and who better to give it than the esteemed Thomas Sowell. In a 2008 column, he explained it quite simply:
Real Fascism [was] introduced into Italy after the First World War by Benito Mussolini.
The Fascists were completely against individualism in general and especially against individualism in a free market economy. Their agenda included minimum wage laws, government restrictions on profit-making, progressive taxation of capital, and “rigidly secular” schools.
Unlike the Communists, the Fascists did not seek government ownership of the means of production. They just wanted the government to call the shots as to how businesses would be run.
That sure does sound an awful lot like today’s Democrat agenda. Who are the real fascists? The alleged “racists” who want an American melting pot and Rule of Law for everyone, or the ones pushing government takeover of healthcare, energy, finance, education, etc., as well as race-based policies and an aggressive and totalitarian cancel culture?
The Nazis, by the way, were really only adding a racialist and nationalist variation to fascism, which is why American leftists today deliberately distort the meaning of those words and project upon their Republican opponents what they themselves are guilty of doing and perpetuating. It’s why they laughably call their rioting fascist goons “antifa,” which is short for “anti-fascist.”
In fact, conservatives might do better to trade in the word “socialism” for “fascism” to describe Democrat proposals. Few Democrats want the government to literally own the means of production. Instead, as Sowell said in a 2012 column on the subject, “[They want] government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.” That’s the textbook definition of fascism.
The truth is fascism, Nazism, socialism, and communism are all variations on a leftist theme of control and power. Don’t let them tell you that your rejection of that totalitarianism makes you the fascist when reality is quite the opposite.
The Left’s War on Childhood took another violent turn yesterday, as Joe Biden’s ultra-woke handlers canceled perhaps our nation’s most read, most loved, and most original children’s author: Theodor Geisel. We know him better as Dr. Seuss, and we still remember “Hop on Pop” as the first book we ever read.
Yesterday began normally enough at the White House, with Biden following a presidential tradition of more than 20 years when he proclaimed today “Read Across America Day.” It’s only fitting that he’d do this, too, since the date is no coincidence: March 2 is Geisel’s birthday.
But Biden failed to even mention the author’s name in his 621-word proclamation. Instead, he went on about how “the path to literacy begins with story time in their school classroom” and how he’s committed to “providing support to States and communities to help them create the conditions for students to return to safe, in-person learning as quickly as possible.” So long as the teachers unions give him permission.
For a guy who’s been preaching “unity” ever since he took office, this cancelation of Dr. Seuss was a jarringly disunifying decision. An affinity for Dr. Seuss, after all, is one of those rare things that our increasingly antagonistic culture has been able to agree on. Heck, Barack Obama and Donald Trump agreed on Dr. Seuss.
Obama’s 2015 proclamation was typical, reading in part, “The works of [Dr. Seuss] have sparked a love for reading in generations of students. His whimsical wordplay and curious characters inspire children to dream big and remind readers of all ages that ‘a person’s a person no matter how small.’”
Trump’s 2018 proclamation was no less typical: “As we celebrate Read Across America Day, and recognize the critical role literacy has played in shaping our wonderful Nation, let us always remember the still-vibrant words of Dr. Seuss: ‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.’”
We’d hoped the White House presence of a nationally renowned educator like Dr. Jill Biden would’ve kept her husband and his handlers from doing something so stupid. Our hopes were misplaced.
The Bidens are clearly paying too much attention to Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools, which has already told its teachers to “avoid connecting Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss.” Or to Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which has canceled publication of six of his books. According to Fox News, “Copies of ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,’ ‘If I Ran the Zoo,’ ‘McElligot’s Pool,’ ‘On Beyond Zebra!,’ ‘Scrambled Eggs Super!,’ and ‘The Cat’s Quizzer’ will no longer be published.”
Where Dr. Seuss and so many other historical figures are concerned, the Woke Left appears unwilling to forgive, unwilling to consider one’s redemptive growth as sufficient for avoiding cancellation. As Michael Saltsman writes in The Wall Street Journal, “Some of Seuss’s early works were indeed racist. He drew on crude and offensive stereotypes in several drawings of blacks and Asian-Americans. … But like many Americans before him and since, Dr. Seuss changed. As a political cartoonist during World War II, Seuss often criticized ‘isolationism, Racism, and Anti-Semitism with a conviction and fervor lacking in most other American editorial pages of the period,’ another well-known illustrator, Art Spiegelman, wrote in 1999. He also wrote ‘Yertle the Turtle,’ an antifascist tale on ‘the rise of Hitler,’ and a magazine story that would become the antidiscrimination classic ‘The Sneetches.’”
Alas, that’s just not good enough for Scranton Joe Biden.
“The desire to wipe Dr. Seuss’s books from elementary schools,” concludes Saltsman, “stems from the same harmful worldview that says Abraham Lincoln’s name should be removed from a public school because some of his views fall short by today’s standards, or that describes Mount Rushmore as a monument to racism. Our country’s history is filled with imperfect people who nevertheless did remarkable things.”
Last week, it was Mr. Potato Head. Today, Dr. Seuss. And tomorrow?
Big Tech’s abusive monopolistic practices didn’t end with the election of Joe Biden. Indeed, the problem has only gotten worse in the last two months.
Speaking at CPAC in Orlando over the weekend, Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley declared, “We will not be told what to do by these modern-day oligarchs. What we need is a new nationalism, a new agenda to make the rule of the people real in this country.”
Hawley promised, “I would start by breaking up the Big Tech corporations. Just break them up. Break them up in the name of the rule of the people, for the good of the American people and our Liberty. We need to break those corporations up and cut them down to size.”
He continued regarding his Electoral College challenge in January, “If we can’t have free and open debate according to the laws in the United States Senate, what good is the United States Senate? Why do you send anybody to Washington at all? I thought it was an important stand to take. And for that the Left has come after me. They’ve tried to silence me. They canceled a book I was writing called, The Tyranny of Big Tech. These people have no sense of irony. It’s still gonna get published, by the way. It’ll be out soon.”
Several state legislatures, meanwhile, have elected to not wait on action from Congress and have advanced their own legislation aimed at addressing Big Tech’s threat to free speech.
Republicans in Florida have put forward a bill that would fine tech companies upwards of $100,000 for censoring candidates running for public office. Backing the legislation, Governor Ron DeSantis stated, “These platforms have played an increasingly decisive role in elections and have negatively impacted Americans who dissent from orthodoxies favored by the Big Tech cartel. Used to be that consumers were trusted to make their own decisions about what information to consume, about which leaders to follow, about what news to watch. Now those decisions are increasingly made by nameless, faceless boards of censors.”
In Texas, state Senator Bryan Hughes is poised to introduce a bill that would “give any Texan who’s being discriminated against [by social media companies] the option to bring an action.” In other words, Hughes’s bill would make Big Tech liable for censoring people’s posts as viewpoint discrimination. The bill is backed by Governor Greg Abbott.
Lawmakers in Arizona have proposed legislation similar to that of Texas, which aims to specifically protect political and religious speech. Entitled the “Stop Social Media Censorship Act,” the bill says tech companies could be fined upwards of $75,000 for each instance of deplatforming. The bill would also ban tech companies from engaging in “shadow banning,” which is the act of “blocking or partially blocking a user or the user’s content from an online community so that it is not readily apparent to the user that the user has been banned.”
Finally, several state senators in Minnesota have promoted a bill intended to prevent “online content discrimination.” It would make “unlawful discriminatory practice for an owner, operator, or provider of an interactive computer service to restrict, either directly, manually, or through the use of an algorithm, a user’s account or content based on race, sex, political ideology, or religious beliefs.”
In the long run, seeking to protect Americans free-speech rights via penalties for instances of abuse may be a more effective rout to ending Big Tech’s censorship abuse than pursuing trustbusting measures.
By reversing some of President Donald Trump’s policies in the Middle East, President Joe Biden is putting America in a bind when it comes to dealing with Beijing. Who would have guessed that ChiCom Joe would do such a thing?
Whether it’s the decision to yank the rug out from under the Saudi-led effort to keep Iran from getting a foothold in Yemen, going further into Syria, or halting our domestic energy production as part of the pursuit of a nonsensical Green New Deal, Biden is taking America’s eye off the main geopolitical threat — China.
Now, before things go too far, the U.S. does have some vital interests in the region. First and foremost is keeping Iran from being able to realize the stated ambitions of its leadership to carry out a second Holocaust via wiping Israel off the map. The good news is that Biden can’t undo Trump’s actions regarding Qasem Soleimani. Small comfort, but these days, we take what we can get.
However, there are multiple ways to ensure Iran doesn’t carry out its threats. One is to have a massive troop presence in the region. If the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Space Force had a large enough force structure, that would be doable, albeit challenging. But America is reaping the consequences of the so-called “peace dividend” of the 1990s, and has been since 2001. The cuts in the force structure we made then — which weren’t restored despite fighting a global war on terror — now mean we cannot do as much as we need to do.
The second way is to build up allies so that we don’t need to have as many forces in the region. One of the most important tools in that regard is selling weapons. If the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have more modern military forces, it means America doesn’t need as many forces in the region. Given the limited force structure of our current military, that frees us up to provide a counter presence to China — a moral and geopolitical necessity. In addition, the rapprochement that a number of moderate Arab countries are reaching with Israel should be rewarded, assuming Biden doesn’t hamper our relations with the Saudis over their gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The harsh reality is that our present force structure can barely do the job in the Middle East, and even then, there’s no sign that our troops are allowed to win — if those inside the Beltway even know what would constitute winning, and if our troops are focusing on fighting wars as opposed to “struggle sessions” over the latest left-wing ideological fads.
Yet Biden seems determined to undermine the four years of hard work Trump put in on trying to help allies in the Middle East stand up so we can keep China contained. The fact is, getting caught up in morasses like Afghanistan and Syria makes it harder to contain China. We’ve said China would be a big winner in a Biden administration — and getting ourselves re-mired in the Middle East is one way to give Beijing those wins.
The progressive Left seems to be hell-bent on destroying America. “House Democrats believe that the minimum wage hike is necessary. Therefore, this provision will remain in the American Rescue Plan,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared last week. “Democrats in the House are determined to pursue every possible path in the Fight For 15.” Indeed, Section 2101 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (HR 11) calls for “gradually” increasing the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour rate to $15.00 per hour by 2025 and then indexing it to median wage growth after that.
Thankfully, calmer heads have prevailed in the Senate (at least as of this writing). Despite Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s rant that Democrats “are not going to give up the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 to help millions of struggling American workers and their families,” Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s nonpartisan arbiter of its rules, said the minimum-wage hike must be dropped from the COVID-19 bill under reconciliation rules.
Prominent Democrats have trotted out their usual talking points concerning the minimum wage during this pandemic, and they’re taking full advantage of the advice given by Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel during the Great Recession of 2008: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. … It’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”
As for wages, Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders insists, “Let’s be clear: The $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage is a starvation wage.”
Schumer adds, “Americans working 40 hours a week should be able to put food on the table and a roof over their families’ heads, but with the minimum wage stuck at $7.25, far too many are working hard and still in poverty. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is one step Congress should take right now, particularly with the COVID-19 crisis stretching families’ resources further than ever.”
According to Washington Democrat Patty Murray, chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, “Throughout this pandemic, Democrats and Republicans alike have joined together in rightly calling our frontline workers ‘heroes.’ But despite their tireless work and the risk of COVID exposure, too many of these workers are paid wages so low, they can’t afford to pay for even their most basic needs. And because of systemic inequities and discrimination, workers of color, and in particular, women of color, are much more likely to be paid poverty-level wages.”
House Committee on Education and Labor Chair Robert Scott, the Virginia Democrat who introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 (HR 603), the language of which has been folded into the American Rescue Plan Act, argues, “Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the $7.25 federal minimum wage was economically and morally indefensible. Now, the pandemic is highlighting the gross imbalance between the productivity of our nation’s workers and the wages they are paid. Many of the essential workers who have braved a public health crisis to keep food on the table and care for our loved ones are still not being paid enough to provide for themselves or their families. Today, a full-time worker cannot afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in any county in the U.S.”
Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), a cosponsor of HR 603, says, “Let’s be clear: Raising the minimum wage is COVID-19 relief.”
While our “government masters” strut and pontificate in their respective chambers, the question that no one seems to want to honestly answer is this: What should a minimum wage actually be? We already know what leftists want. They ultimately want to be able to control every aspect of our lives, wages being merely one of those things. Sadly, the conservative Right seems unable to effectively rally around a strong counter to the Left’s demand for a “living wage.”
As any economist worth his salt will tell you, in a free market economy, the wage that an employer pays and that an employee receives is (or is supposed to be) a “negotiation” between those two parties. The employer would obviously like to obtain the employee’s labor at the lowest possible cost, whereas the employee would like to be compensated by the employer for his or her labor at the highest possible rate. Where they meet in the middle is where the pay rate should be. In the case of a minimum wage, that rate would be the intersection of the maximum rate an employer would pay for unskilled labor and the minimum rate an unskilled laborer would accept for minimal skill and services. It is sheer insanity to believe that a centrally controlled federal government can determine what that rate should be, and even more insane to apply a single minimum wage across the entire economy. The free market minimum wage in downtown New York City will be vastly different than the minimum wage in Twin Falls, Idaho.
The federal government codified a minimum wage in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206(a)(1)) and set it at 25 cents per hour. There is no automatic indexing of the minimum wage rate in the law, so Congress must regularly revisit and update it, which it has done on 21 occasions. The most recent change came in 2009, when the rate was raised from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour. That rate is depicted by the solid green line in the chart below. The dashed green line reflects the minimum wage rate implementation proposed in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
For an “apples-to-apples” comparison, the magenta line converts “then year” minimum-wage rates into current dollars using the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Consumer Price Index (CPI). It also assumes a 1.5% inflation rate for future years. The inflation-adjusted rate has ranged from a low of $4.32 per hour in 1945 to a high of $12.19 per hour in 1968 and it has averaged around $8.00 per hour over the 82-year life of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
As a “thought experiment,” we ran a model in which we assumed that the Fair Labor Standards Act included language mandating the minimum wage rate be annually indexed to the CPI. The solid blue line in the graph reflects what that rate would have been. One could argue that few could have complained about the rate, seeing as in each year it was being increased so as to maintain the “buying power” of a minimum-wage earner. Using this model, the minimum wage today would be just $4.66 per hour instead of $7.25 per hour.
In essence, the current minimum wage has kept the compensation for unskilled workers 0.55% ahead of inflation, but leftists want to more than double the current federal minimum wage — or more than triple what the rate would have been had it simply been indexed to the CPI. Then, with a straight face, they try to convince us that doing so will “boost” the economy. To envision what will happen on a national scale, one need look no further than the economic situations in California, where the statewide minimum wage as of January 1 is $14.00 per hour (for businesses with 26 or more employees), or in cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and New York City, where the minimum wage is already $15.00 per hour.
Leftists used the crisis of the 2008 Great Recession to give us the Affordable Care Act. We’ve seen how “affordable” healthcare has become since then. Now they’re using another crisis to give us the American Rescue Plan, which will do little to “rescue” us, particularly if it incorporates the language of HR 603. American Patriots need to do everything in their power to resist and defeat this effort lest we become Venezuela.
- Biden administration to allow migrant families to reunite in the U.S. (UPI)
- Pentagon: One militia member killed, two injured in Syria airstrike (UPI)
- We’re shocked — shocked! Iran rejects Biden offer to discuss new nuclear deal (Disrn)
Around the Nation
- California lawmakers reach agreement to return schools to in-person learning (UPI)
“All public schools would be required to offer in-person instruction for kindergarten through second grade students as well as ‘high-needs students,’ while schools districts in areas with seven or fewer cases per 100,000 residents would be required to provide in-class learning for all elementary school students and at least one grade of middle or high school by the end of March. Schools that do not return to in-class learning would lose 1% of eligible funds every day that they fail to do so.”
- Minneapolis prepares for unrest during Derek Chauvin trial next week (Examiner)
“From now until the end of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial, swaths of the city’s downtown will be closed to traffic and strictly limited for pedestrians. Businesses have begun boarding up windows in hopes of limiting further damage following last summer’s riots.”
- Virginia to become 16th state to legalize marijuana (Daily Caller)
- Gavin Newsom ignores his own shutdown rules again at restaurant (PJ Media)
- California teachers union president who led school closures caught dropping daughter off at private school (Daily Caller)
Odds & Ends
- Senate confirms Miguel Cardona as secretary of education (UPI)
- Andrew Cuomo backers reevaluate fundraising amid sexual harassment probe (CNBC)
- Conservative United Methodists detail breakaway plan (World)
- Golden Globes suffer ratings nightmare (Disrn)
Stranger Than Fiction
- Policy: A $15 minimum wage would hit parents hardest (National Review)
- Policy: Blowing four factual holes in the Biden gun control agenda (Heritage Foundation)
- Humor: Women’s History Month canceled for implying there is such a thing as “women” (Babylon Bee)
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Re: “The GOP’s Alternative Minimum Wage”
“Here’s an even better idea. Why don’t we let the economy dictate the wage negotiations between employer and employee? If we can’t do that, then let’s just peg everyone’s income on Jeff Bezos. That way, we’ll all be billionaires and live the good life without having to work.” —Texas
“I could never find a place in the Constitution that allows the federal government to set the price on anything. That includes the price of labor.” —Pennsylvania
“The jobs lost by U.S citizens after a $15 minimum wage is enacted will no doubt be filled by undocumented workers who will accept whatever their employer is willing to pay or not pay — without having to withhold for Social Security. Lax border security must be implemented as soon as the minimum wage bill is passed.” —California
Re: “Orchestrated Economic Disaster?”
“Some degree of income inequality is normal and healthy in a free market. However, in a properly functioning free market, there is considerable movement between economic levels, to the point that they cannot be clearly identified, but rather, there is a continuum from beginners at the bottom to the very wealthy. I have observed that nations with extreme inequality generally have relatively few people between the poor and the rich. There is one other characteristic: There is a high degree of corruption in these nations. This is no surprise; the governments are controlled by closed groups of plutocrats. That is what we now see taking place in the United States. People rising through the middle class are viewed and treated as threats to power.” —Minnesota
“How do you fight this tyranny when the people don’t get truthful news? These articles tell the truth, but how many people actually get to read them? The people who are stuck in the poorer areas of our cities, the people who are promised everything and get nothing — how do they ever hear the truth? The totalitarian government is on the threshold of destroying our country. How do we stop that? I truly believe that because of the indoctrination of students, far too many people don’t realize what is at stake and blindly follow a political party that is corrupt. Of course, COVID-19, which scared the heck out of everybody, was the jump-start for the Democrats’ takeover plan. How do we turn this around and save our country?” —Arizona
Re: “DeSantis Leads the Way on Election Integrity”
“Bottom line: Millions of citizens have an abundance of legitimate empirical evidence that any reasonable person would conclude proves their vote was weakened, their voices enfeebled, their hope diminished. Our judicial system can argue the legitimacy of laws, our legislators can argue the merits of the laws, our authorities can enforce the laws. But when our people believe the laws are unjust and cannot be changed through peaceful means, then the consequences will become serious.” —Missouri
“Americans owe Senator McConnell gratitude for advising Mr. Obama that the Senate would not consent to Merrick Garland’s appointment to the Supreme Court. But now we have a difficult strategic question: Should Republican senators vote against Mr. Garland and keep him safely out of the Department of Justice, or should they vote to confirm in order to get him off the court bench? The latter option is tempting, but make no mistake: Mr. Biden has a long list of equally bad judicial nominees from which to choose a replacement.” —Minnesota
Re: “Obama Blames Whites for Failure to Enact Reparations”
“The Civil Rights Act of 1964, a hundred years after the end of the Civil War, finally removed the leftover shackles binding southern blacks, but the Democrats still continually barrage black Americans with the victim label. Wouldn’t it be better to encourage the people of the inner cities to strive for black privilege, rather than condemning white privilege? Go for it! Anybody can shout into a bull horn, and any city council can author a proclamation supporting the BLM mission. But it takes courage to step up to the plate.” —Ohio
Re: “Thursday Short Cuts”
“The difference between the Left and Right is so apparent in just this one short article. From the Left, Madonna — a white, almost billionaire — complains of her (almost brutal) treatment at the hands of some patriarchy. What exactly happened to her, and what can I, a retiree, do specifically to make things right for her? She is weak and needs our help. On the Right we get Star Parker, a person who, though not as wealthy, is taking responsibility, telling us that problems with her earlier life were self-inflicted — or at least the result of her own bad decisions, not society or the ‘patriarchy.’ This woman does not need my help. She is the real ‘feminine’ woman — strong and independent.” —Nevada
How the Equality Act Will Turn Christians Into Criminals — This major piece of Democrat legislation is about much more than who can use which bathroom.
Monty Python Perfectly Predicted the Equality Act — The humor troop perfectly and eerily forecast what we’re seeing today from the Left.
Why a $15 Minimum Wage Is a Bad Idea — Thomas Sowell explains why it will be disastrous, especially for young people and blacks.
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Insight: “The strongest argument for free enterprise is that it prevents anybody from having too much power. Whether that person is a government official, a trade union official, or a business executive. If forces them to put up or shut up. They either have to deliver the goods, produce something that people are willing to pay for, are willing to buy, or else they have to go into a different business.” —Milton Friedman (1912-2006)
Upright: “House Democrats want to try to use their slim majority to unilaterally rewrite and nationalize election law itself. They want to use the temporary power the voters have granted them to try to ensure they’ll never have to relinquish it. … House Democrats have looked at the division and the disunity of the last several months and decided that what American elections really need is a one-size-fits-all partisan rewrite by one side here in Washington. In this country, states and localities run elections. Those of us in the federal government do not get a stranglehold over the ways in which voters decide our fates. House Democrats want to change that. … House Democrats do not get to take their razor-thin majority — which voters just shrunk — and use it to steamroll states and localities to try and prevent themselves from losing even more seats next time.” —Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on HR 1
Observations: “It is still astounding to witness the contempt and disdain politicians and the press have toward the lives and livelihoods of people who aren’t like them, people who don’t live in their ZIP codes or attend the same universities they did. People who work with their hands don’t start a conversation by asking you where you work.” —Salena Zito
Friendly fire: “The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
The BIG Lie: “One of the lowest points of Donald Trump’s presidency … was his disgraceful statement that there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ when white nationalists and Nazis marched on the University of Virginia’s campus.” —Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber in a letter in which he writes a few paragraphs beforehand, “We impoverish our discourse and ourselves if we are quick to ostracize speakers who say things that offend us. Our University’s core value, however, is truth-seeking.”
Non compos mentis: “It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established. … We are not saying, ‘Don’t come.’ We are saying, ‘Don’t come now.’” —DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Braying jackass: “I’m increasingly embarrassed to be a white male these days.” —former CIA Director John Brennan
Nihilist: “What any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.” —Rep. Jerry Nadler
And last… “We’ve been called all kinds of names. They try to cancel us. The New York Times even called me the ‘worst Secretary of State in history.’ I wear it as a badge of honor. I will never stop speaking the truth and fighting to defend our freedoms. Neither should you.” —Mike Pompeo
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