“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” —Benjamin Franklin (1735)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
If you watched President Joe Biden’s first primetime address last night, you should be struck by three things: COVID, not Democrat overreaction to it, is to blame for a missing year of family and social gatherings and millions of lost jobs. Joe Biden, not Donald Trump, gets credit for the vaccine and the path back to normal. And someone gave the 78-year-old Biden an adrenaline shot so he could stand up for 24 minutes and semi-coherently read the dishonest script his handlers wrote for him.
Unfortunately, Scranton Joe has a way of coming across as a down-home average guy, so his lies and narcissism are harder to detect unless you know the full background that his Leftmedia super PAC won’t tell you. He will have fooled millions of Americans last night with his disingenuous pleas for “unity” and doing things “together” — a word he used 13 times.
But all he did was take credit from the previous administration rather than give it where it’s due, while jabbing his predecessor and slamming people for what he’s previously called “Neanderthal thinking” for daring to disagree with the “science.” Real science, contrary to Democrat dogma, is a process of discovery, not a policy conclusion.
Biden used the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of a pandemic as the occasion for his speech. Yet it’s noteworthy that he did not mention the WHO or China at all in his remarks. There’s a good reason for that. Yesterday may have been the anniversary of the WHO declaration, but it was about three months after Beijing’s puppets knew what the ChiComs had unleashed on the world. Of course Biden won’t say that.
Besides, recall that just ahead of the election, senior Biden adviser Anita Dunn, who previously declared that Red Chinese dictator Mao Zedong was among her two “favorite political philosophers” on par with Mother Teresa, also said that “COVID is the best thing that ever happened to [Biden]” in his campaign to defeat Trump. Apparently he agrees.
Biden also timed his signing of the Orwellian “American Rescue Plan Act” to come just before his address. We’ve covered this $1.9 trillion boondoggle of Democrat constituency giveaways enough that we won’t rehash it here, but suffice it to say, “rescue” is not part of the Democrats’ plan.
Back to the vaccines, Biden lied through his pearly whites. “Two months ago,” he asserted, “this country didn’t have nearly enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all or near all of the American public. But soon we will.” This isn’t so much factually wrong as it is false through implication. His point, of course, is that his predecessor left him a mess, which is something Biden and his team have been regularly repeating.
“Now, because of all the work we’ve done,” Biden said (emphasis added), “we’ll have enough vaccine supply for all adults in America by the end of May.”
“When I took office 50 days ago,” the president continued, “only 8% of Americans after months, only 8% of those over the age of 65 had gotten their first vaccination. Today, that number is 65%. Just 14% of Americans over the age of 75, 50 days ago, had gotten their first shot. Today, that number is well over 70%.”
He added, “Tonight, I’m announcing that I will direct all states, tribes, and territories to make all adults — people 18 and over — eligible to be vaccinated no later than May 1.”
For Joe, this success is practically an accident of chronology, though it’s also the product of the Democrats’ concerted effort to exploit COVID for electoral victory last November. How long did it take to develop a brand new vaccine to a novel virus? Astoundingly, just a few months. Even under the best of circumstances, it then takes time to manufacture and distribute those vaccines.
The truth is that the stunning success of Operation Warp Speed is thanks to Trump’s leadership, not Biden’s. It’s thanks to the ingenuity of American scientific research and development, not political promises. Trump set the plan in motion, leaving Biden to merely take the baton and keep running.
As Biden’s former boss once said, “You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
That Mr. Unity™ couldn’t be magnanimous enough to give even a little bit of credit to his predecessor is a testament to his true politically divisive agenda. His dishonesty also undermines his own pleas that Americans “listen to … trusted voices” on the vaccine. He says, “I know they’re safe,” but he just lied about their origin.
Then again, as the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams quips, “If there’s one thing President Biden loves, it’s passing off somebody else’s work as his own.”
On a final note, Biden disgracefully used Independence Day as his goal for only slightly letting up on the fearmongering and marking “our independence from this virus.”
“If we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together, by July the 4th, there’s a good chance you, your families, and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout and a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day,” Biden said before cautioning, “That doesn’t mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together.”
Gee thanks, Joe. Small gatherings outside in four months. How gracious of you.
Moreover, it came with a mob-style threat: “If we don’t stay vigilant and the conditions change, then we may have to reinstate restrictions to get back on track. Please, we don’t want to do that again.” Nice economy you’ve got there; shame if something happened to it.
Of course, if Biden followed the science on herd immunity, he’d be even more generous far sooner and lay off the intimidation tactics. Or maybe he’d even acknowledge that millions of Americans have already been doing these activities and more for months. But we’re probably just Neanderthals for pointing that out.
The waxy automaton Joe Biden read a prepared national address last night on the one-year anniversary of the ChiCom World Health Organization’s declaration of the ChiCom Virus pandemic. His handlers chose this date for Biden to insist he saved the nation, despite the fact that WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was conspiring with Red China dictator Xi Jinping to conceal the outbreak — until China was in a position to maximize the damage to the U.S. economy.
By extension, of course, China maximized the devastation not just to American lives and livelihoods but to those of other nations.
Last year, we published a link to the Great Barrington Declaration, a prophetic condemnation of the current lockdown strategies being mandated by many U.S. state governors and leaders around the world. The authors, infectious disease epidemiologists and scientists, noted, “Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health.”
The Declaration concluded: “Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.”
Prophetic indeed — and the Declaration has been signed by 13,000 medical and health scientists and more than 41,000 healthcare practitioners.
One of the principal authors of that study, Stanford University Medical School professor Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, recently noted the lockdowns are the “biggest public health mistake we’ve ever made. … The harm to people is catastrophic.”
He reiterated this week: “Lockdowns are the single worst public health mistake in the last 100 years. We will be counting the catastrophic health and psychological harms, imposed on nearly every poor person on the face of the earth, for a generation. At the same time, they have not served to control the epidemic in the places where they have been most vigorously imposed. In the US, they have — at best — protected the ‘non-essential’ class from COVID, while exposing the essential working class to the disease. The lockdowns are trickle down epidemiology.”
As I noted again yesterday in my condemnation of Swamp Doctor Anthony Fauci, nobody should be listening to anything he says, and “never again should we quarantine the most healthy among us and shutter businesses across the nation.”
Last week, House Democrats passed, on a strict party-line vote, HR 1, the radical election “reforming” legislation they dubiously named the “For the People Act.” Our Douglas Andrews said it “couldn’t be any more dangerous to the notion of free and fair elections,” and veteran analyst John Fund called it “the worst piece of legislation I have ever seen in my 40 years reporting from Washington.”
That sentiment certainly isn’t wrong, but this isn’t the only hyper-partisan and extreme bill Democrats have put forward in recent memory. In reality, House Democrats, guided by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have strategically thrown any semblance of bipartisanship out the window in order to press hard on advancing their radical agenda. Note the number of recent partisan bills passed by the House on strict party-lines, which, we’d note, means by the narrowest majority since the 1940s. Those bills include such “unifying” things as the “Equality Act” and the $1.9 trillion boondoggle known as the “American Rescue Plan Act” signed by Joe Biden yesterday, as well as two recent “gun control” measures, just to name a few.
There is a strategy behind the House Democrats’ extreme partisanship — elimination of the Senate filibuster. As The Washington Times reports, “House Democrats are inundating the Senate with a series of partisan bills on issues such as expanding mail-in voting, terminating qualified immunity for police and phasing out fossil fuels, partly in hopes of pressuring holdout Senate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster.”
With the Democrats holding the majority in a 50-50 Senate via Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote, passing such extreme measures would require the elimination of the filibuster and its 60-vote threshold to advance legislation. Thus far, two Democrat senators, Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), stand in opposition to eliminating the filibuster. Therefore, the play by House Democrats is to send the Senate a long list of extreme partisan bills with the aim of creating the false narrative of obstructionist Republicans preventing progress, and then pressuring both Manchin and Sinema to give up their resistance to “needed” change.
Case in point were the recent comments from Democrat Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA). “Democrats — the White House, the Senate, and the House — have to recognize that then we’re going to have to reform the filibuster, because we have to be able to deliver,” she contended. “We had black, brown, indigenous, working poor people who came out and voted for us. And now we have to show that it’s going to make a difference that we’re not going to get caught up in the tyranny of the minority that exists in the Senate.”
For radical leftist Democrats, bipartisanship has now become the problem rather than a feature of our governmental system. In other words, they want to eliminate the very checks and balances the Founders installed to help prevent tyranny.
We almost went an entire week without talking about The Shame of the Empire State. Almost. We tried. But the guy just couldn’t stay out of the news.
New York’s Emmy Award-winning governor, Andrew Cuomo, continues to insist that he never touched anyone inappropriately and that he won’t resign from office — this after yet another accuser, a member of the Executive Chamber staff at the governor’s mansion, came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.
The woman, who hasn’t been named publicly and is apparently “much younger” than the governor, says that she and Cuomo were alone on the second floor of his residence, where she’d been summoned to help him fix a problem with his cellphone. There, he stuck his hand under her blouse and groped her.
Gee. That sure sounds inappropriate.
One, two, three, four, five, six. Anyone else sensing a pattern here?
“The details of this report are gut-wrenching,” Cuomo said while fighting back crocodile tears. “I am not going to speak to the specifics of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the result of the attorney general’s report.”
Confident, eh? We’re not so sure. As National Review’s Andrew McCarthy reports, “On Monday, the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, appointed two well-regarded lawyers to investigate Cuomo’s sexual-harassment scandal. … Meantime, those calling for Governor Cuomo to resign now include Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the powerful Democratic majority leader in the state senate, whose comments along those lines were echoed by Carl Heastie, the Democratic speaker of the state assembly. The governor has reportedly been pleading with state lawmakers behind the scenes, seeking to dissuade further calls for him to resign — which he insists he has no intention of doing.”
And if he was so “confident,” why would it be that, as The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, “In the days after … Cuomo was first accused of sexual harassment by a former aide, the governor’s office called at least six former employees either to find out if they had heard from the accuser or to glean information about her in conversations that some said they saw as attempts to intimidate them”?
The governor, it seems, has a knack for Clintonian heavy-handedness.
Moreover, though — and far more seriously — Cuomo continues to escape accountability for his catastrophic COVID-19 malfeasance.
We’ve been over this ground before, but it bears repeating: His actions as governor likely caused the deaths of thousands of his state’s elderly citizens. The facts are stubborn, and they make clear that Cuomo shoved his state’s coronavirus-positive elderly folks back into nursing homes, where the deadly virus could spread unchecked among our most vulnerable population. And, if we’re to believe his top aide, Cuomo then tried to cover up the true death toll — all while cashing in on his book about leadership during a crisis.
New York Republican Representative Elise Stefanik has led the charge against Cuomo, having weeks ago called his actions “a massive corruption and coverup scandal at the highest level of New York State Government” and demanding his resignation.
Now, finally, even some powerful Democrats are joining in. As The Wall Street Journal’s Jimmy Vielkind reports, “The New York State Assembly said on Thursday that it would start an impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo. … After lawmakers met privately Thursday afternoon, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat from the Bronx, said the Democrat-dominated chamber’s judiciary committee would have authority to interview witnesses, subpoena documents and evaluate evidence as members consider possible articles of impeachment.”
It’s about time. Apparently, though, no New York governor has been impeached in more than a century.
We’d say the Empire State is long overdue.
As Family Research Council President Tony Perkins opined, certain evangelicals can’t say they weren’t warned.
But, as expected by most people who have the (rapidly disappearing) ability to do critical thinking, the “Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden” group was bitterly disappointed that Joe Biden didn’t find a way to negotiate renewal of the Hyde Amendment into the most recent ChiCom virus “relief” bill just passed by the Democrats in Congress and signed by Biden on Thursday. “In 13 debates, multiple campaign ads, and a Planned Parenthood townhall, no one had any doubt that if this man won the White House, his folksy faith talk would take a backseat to his political deal with the far-Left,” wrote Perkins. “If Evangelicals for Biden want to say they never saw this COVID bill and its abortion funding coming, then they were the only ones.”
Admittedly, this Biden-backing pro-life cabal is a tiny group of diehard believers who thought they may have some sway with the nominally Catholic president. In fact, the overall Evangelicals for Biden organization claimed to be thrilled with the latest COVID bill: “The fact that 3-out-of-4 Americans support this Relief package indicates what is possible when we elected leaders of integrity who reflect our values. We are proud of the role Evangelical [sic] for Biden played in helping make this moment possible.” Please.
Surely knowing in their heart of hearts that Biden would go in this direction, the notion that such lemmings could even exist makes a little more sense when you understand their definition of pro-life. According to the group’s initial statement, which is no longer on its site:
We believe that a Biblically shaped commitment to the sanctity of human life compels us to a consistent ethic of life that affirms the sanctity of human life from beginning to end. … Poverty, lack of accessible health care services, smoking, racism and climate change are all pro-life issues…
Knowing that the most common reason women give for abortion is the financial difficulty of another child, we appreciate a number of Democratic proposals that would significantly alleviate that financial burden: accessible health services for all citizens, affordable childcare, a minimum wage that lifts workers out of poverty.
Unfortunately, these folks seem to have forgotten that Liberty is impossible without the life to enjoy it.
So, after this Big Government giveaway was passed, it’s hardly a surprise that the portion of the group that actually cared about the preborn was somewhat left out of the excitement felt by the Religious Left. Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden spokesman Dr. Richard Mouw sounded crestfallen. “I don’t see any reason why a Catholic president like Joe Biden, who certainly has understood the teachings of the church, could not at least say we want to cut back on the number of abortions, we don’t want to federally fund abortions except in extreme circumstances,” complained Mouw. “I don’t understand where he’s going with this … [or] why he would be so open now about wanting to dump the Hyde Amendment language, which for many of us was a boundary that we don’t want to cross.”
Political analyst Gary Bauer was having none of it. “I’m hard-pressed to think of a more naive group of activists,” he said. “Soviet leaders had a name for people like this who could be convinced to betray their own interests. They called them ‘useful idiots.’”
The Biden-backing pro-lifers believe they received the wrong signal from the Biden/Harris administration, but we knew that to be the case well before November 3 or March 11. Now the green light is shining in the direction of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, and it’s in large part because evangelicals like this chose a feeble man’s “nice personality” over a committed pro-life president’s abrasive one.
Brian Mark Weber
When it finally became clear that President Donald Trump’s challenges to the election results weren’t going to change a single vote, Republicans had to accept a stinging defeat and pin their hopes on taking back Congress in 2022.
This seemed to be a reasonable objective, and it helped take the sting out of the loss. After all, Trump’s defeat overshadowed the fact that Republicans nearly won back the House in 2020. And despite suffering a double-punch loss to the hard-left duo of Rafael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the Georgia Senate races, Republicans entered this year only one Senate seat away from regaining power in the upper chamber.
But around every silver lining is a dark cloud, and there are some ominous signs that could make the 2022 midterms yet another painful political cycle for Republicans. For one, there’ll be some noteworthy GOP senators retiring. And while holding onto a seat held by an incumbent is statistically favorable, filling a seat after a retirement is a challenge for either party.
One of the more noteworthy Republican retirements will be that of Missouri Senator Roy Blunt. As The Dispatch reports, “Blunt has been in Congress for a while — 14 years in the House, and 10 in the Senate — and held leadership roles in both chambers. He’s long been one of Mitch McConnell’s closest allies, and was considered a potential successor to the minority leader by some. Not anymore.”
The Dispatch adds, “The biggest difference between 2010 and 2022 is that the GOP’s polarizing ex-president is adamant on playing a large role in the midterms this time. That likely won’t matter in states like Alabama, Missouri, and Ohio — which Trump won in November by 25, 15, and 8 percentage points, respectively — but nominating a Trump acolyte could make things tricky for Republicans in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.”
Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell remains influential, but even he, fresh from being reelected to yet another six-year term, isn’t guaranteed to finish out his current one. After all, McConnell is 79, and he’s had some health problems in recent years.
Some Republican Kentucky legislators are putting a mechanism in place to fill McConnell’s seat should it become vacant. Senate Bill 228 would allow an executive committee of the party holding the Senate seat to provide a list of three names rather than empowering the Democrat governor to choose a successor.
McConnell supports Senate Bill 228 “because of the razor-thin margins in the U.S. Senate,” writes Nick Storm of The Intercept. “For those Republicans, McConnell is seeking to protect the upper chamber from adding an additional Democrat.”
Other senators who’ve already announced their retirements include Ohio’s Rob Portman, North Carolina’s Richard Burr, and Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey. All three are only in their 60s but claim to have grown disenchanted with the partisan nature of Senate politics in recent years. Chuck Grassley, who’s 87, continues to mull over his options and won’t make an announcement until the fall. Several other Republican senators have yet to make a commitment to defending their seats.
In most years, the enthusiasm of Republican voters would be a reliable factor to consider, but a recent poll reveals that GOP voters are still simmering over what they perceive to have been a capitulation by party leaders in the Senate — both for having accepted Joe Biden’s electoral victory and for their criticism of Donald Trump.
Even with history on their side (the party out of power usually picks up seats in the midterms), it appears that the unpredictable outcome of the 2022 races will be the only thing Republicans can count on.
Has cancel culture peaked, or is it just getting underway? That’s the question author Roger Kimball addresses in a recent article. A prime example, he says, is tech giant Amazon — the self-described “world’s largest book store” — and its recent and as of yet unexplained removal of Ryan Anderson’s book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment. Kimball observes, “Yes, the retail giant flagged a new policy that permits it to refuse to sell works that are ‘inappropriate and offensive’ or that trade in ‘hate speech.’ But Anderson’s book is a serious, deeply researched, and humane investigation of a deeply controverted public issue. Some people might disagree with his analysis or his conclusions. Does that make it ‘inappropriate and offensive’? Does it render it an instance of ‘hate speech’?”
The obvious answer is “no,” which is why the growing concern over a spreading cancel culture is legitimate. It raises the specter of past historically dangerous and often deadly instances of politically motivated censorship.
That said, almost no one agrees with the notion that there should be absolutely no limits to speech, which is why Big Tech has been able to get away with censorship by using that amorphous catch phrase “hate speech.” But “hate” of what?
Kimball notes one seemingly consistent theme with today’s cancel culture: sexual liberation. He writes, “We know that Amazon thinks it is OK if people express certain kinds of inappropriate and offensive opinions because it cheerfully sells Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, anti-Semitic fantasia deriving from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and various writings by Louis Farrakhan and other anti-white writers. (This is not by any means a complete list of books that some or many consider inappropriate and/or offensive that Amazon sells.)”
Citing the late Marxist Herbert Marcuse, who he describes as “one of the central gurus of the cultural revolution of the 1960s,” Kimball argues Marcuse saw “sex as an engine of emancipation” to undermine the mores American values are built upon, helping to effectively advance the Marxist revolution. Furthermore, Marcuse would have celebrated cancel culture because it bans anything critical of the radical Left’s orthodoxy.
So, back to the original question: Has cancel culture peaked, or is it just underway? Unfortunately, the most likely answer is that cancel culture has only just begun. The leftist revolutionaries smell blood in the water as companies fearful of being the next victim of the woke mob willingly run to the front of the line to declare their solidarity with the cause, canceling “offenses” before even being challenged. Buckle in for a bumpy ride.
Maybe, just maybe, we’ve reached the high-water mark of this “transgender” madness — at least if the results of a recent Morning Consult poll are any indication. In it, the American people expressed overwhelming opposition to the notion of biological males competing against our daughters in sports.
As left-leaning Politico reported Wednesday, “Former President Donald Trump railed against transgender athletes in female sports in his [recent] CPAC speech. … Other prominent voices on the right have joined in, calling it an example of political correctness having a real-world impact. Our latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows broad support for the GOP position, extending across gender, age and, to a lesser degree, party. Overall, 53% of registered voters support banning transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports, versus [32%] who oppose such a ban.”
The split along party lines is even perilous for the “transgender” crowd: Republicans support a ban by a whopping 74-15 margin, but even many Democrats, at 40-42, have a hard time supporting something they simply know to be abominable.
Earlier, we said the American people are “overwhelmingly” against this. But is a 53-32 margin really overwhelming? In this case, yes. How so? A full 16% of respondents fell into the “Don’t Know / No Opinion” category. But let’s think about it: How likely is it that this group has no opinion on one of the most controversial issues of the day? Any thoughtful analysis of these folks would find that they’re simply disinclined to trust the pollster with an “intolerant” response.
As we noted just a few days after Joe Biden’s inauguration, he decided that one of the most urgently unifying things he could do as president was to pass an executive order aimed at “preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.” And so, with the stroke of a pen, he decreed that schools across the country must allow “transgender” athletes to participate in the sport of their gender “identity” — or risk losing funding.
Ah, their gender identity. Never mind the biological fact that men are, on average, bigger, stronger, and faster than women. No one disputes this. In addition, as Madeleine Kearns detailed in National Review, “Other well-documented physical advantages men have over women include height, weight, broader shoulders, greater circulating blood volume, greater resistance to dehydration, larger lung capacity, thicker skin, faster sensory frame shifting, more hemoglobin in the blood, greater upper-body strength, faster reaction times, greater bone density in the arms, larger sweat capacity, higher systolic blood pressure, higher muscle-to-fat ratio, and larger hearts.”
But beyond this encouraging polling, certain states are taking concrete action. Leading the way is Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, who yesterday signed a bill that would ban “transgender” athletes from competing. Not far behind is Tennessee, where our colleague, state Representative Robin Smith, is cosponsoring a similar bill that would bar men from women’s sports.
Want more hope for the future of mankind? The Morning Consult poll indicates that Millennials (56%) are even more supportive of the “transgender” sports ban than the older Baby Boomers (50%) — perhaps because they’ve witnessed the rotten results of letting men compete against women.
Indeed, our daughters are the clear losers when they’re forced to fight this unfair fight. And maybe, just maybe, folks are starting to wake up to it.
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- Judge rules Texas can remove abortion mill Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program (The Hill)
- Village academic curriculum: $57,000-a-year New York City school pushes students to stop saying “mom,” “dad,” “parents,” referring to people by gender (Daily Wire)
- San Francisco’s “tent village” program now cost taxpayers more per night than a hotel stay (Disrn)
“Currently, San Francisco spends $16.1 million annually on the tent villages, making it a yearly cost of $61,450 per tent. That calculates to $5,120 a month.”
- COVID-19 killed nearly 400,000 people in the U.S. in 2020, making it the third-leading cause of death (Politico)
“The U.S. death rate increased by 15 percent last year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, making it the deadliest year in recorded U.S. history, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention will announce. … Altogether more than 3 million people in the U.S. died in 2020, the agency found. … By comparison, the death rate decreased in 2019 by 1.2 percent compared to the 2018 toll.”
- Novavax reports its COVID vaccine is 96% efficacious (Time)
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- COVID relief bill could permanently alter social safety net (AP)
Editor’s note: A more accurate headline would read, “By design, COVID relief bill will permanently alter social safety net.”
- “Guardian of this city”: Tampa police officer dies after steering into path of reckless driver to save others (Disrn)
- Policy: Governors, just say no to federal bailouts (Heritage Foundation)
- Policy: Biden’s climate report is based on personal values, not science (RealClearPolicy)
- Humor: “There is no crisis at the border,” says Jen Psaki while attempting Jedi mind trick (Babylon Bee)
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Insight: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” —Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Upright: “In a cancel culture, you have some people who believe that they are special, that they are superior, that they have the power to be able to shut down those who have ideas and views that are different. … You see the final expression of cancel culture in Islamist terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaida who basically go and behead those who … they deem to be infidels or heretics.” —former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Re: The Left: “Singing about sexual acts of the highest raunch factor is considered artistic expression and yet a children’s book that has served up timeless stories that have been read to hundreds of thousands of children is now verboten? On what grounds? Let’s not forget that some of Dr. Seuss’ books have been converted into movies … which have made the liberals of Hollywood millions of dollars.” —Armstrong Williams
Political futures: “Liberal Christians like to speak of other issues, such as immigration (how’s that going for them?), the environment and helping the poor, along with personal character qualities as having equal importance — and for some, greater importance — than abortion. The problem with that argument is that the right to life is the most fundamental of rights. It is mentioned first in the Declaration of Independence. If you can’t be born, nothing else matters.” —Cal Thomas
Re: the “American Rescue Plan”: “Look back a year — the CARES Act was roughly $2 trillion. That was the heart of the pandemic. We had just shut down the economy. We were sending people home. And here we are a year later [with] the Democrats acting as if nothing has changed. … We’re on the way out of this. We’re about to have a boom. And if we do have a boom it will have absolutely nothing to do with this $1.9 trillion. … What we should have been doing — and would have been doing had this been a bipartisan discussion instead of a jam-the-other-side approach — is $500 or $600 billion directly targeted at the problem.” —Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
For the record: “When I was President, our Southern border was in great shape – stronger, safer, and more secure than ever before. We ended Catch-and-Release, shut down asylum fraud, and crippled the vicious smugglers, drug dealers, and human traffickers… Our country is being destroyed at the Southern border, a terrible thing to see!” —Donald Trump
Friendly fire: “[Andrew Cuomo] can no longer serve as governor. It’s as simple as that.” —Mayor Bill de Blasio
Dumb… “I trust the Biden administration’s policy to be based on humanitarian and love of children rather than political points or red meat … for their Republican base.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
and dumber… “I think the difference between this administration and one before is great in terms of how we meet the needs of these children, placing them as much as possible with family, but in other safe homes and in the meantime, to have a humanitarian reception for them wherever they are.” —Nancy Pelosi
Re: the Royal whine-a-thon: “I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t. If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.” —Piers Morgan
Non compos mentis: “When this pandemic ends — and it will end soon — we’re not going back to normal. Normal was never good enough. Normal accepts inequity.” —California Governor Gavin Newsom
And last… “[New York] requires ID for COVID vaccinations — a driver’s license, passport or other proof of residency. Why is it ok to require ID to save someone’s life, but not ok for voting?” —Ari Fleischer
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