Mid-Day Snapshot · Sept. 24, 2021

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“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.” —Thomas Paine (1791)

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Scranton Joe, Tax Evader

The Congressional Research Service finds that Biden likely owes $500,000 in back taxes.

Thomas Gallatin

Epitomizing the “rules for thee but not for me” mentality that has come to define the modern Democrat Party, it was recently revealed that Joe and Jill Biden likely owe $500,000 in back taxes from some $13 million in income earned in 2017-2018 on book deals and speaking engagements.

Of course, Scranton Joe has stumped for his massive spending agenda and wants to pay for it by raising $2.1 trillion in new taxes. He claims this will be accomplished by making sure the rich “pay their fair share.” That’s astounding hypocrisy for a man who has been exposed for doing exactly what he blasts the wealthy for doing — exploiting loopholes to avoid paying taxes.

The Bidens benefited from a common and often abused tax loophole by routing $13 million in book and speaking (pay-to-play) income through their two S corporations, CeltiCapri Corp. and Giacoppa Corp. By doing so, they then declared just $800,000 of the $13 million as salary. The maneuver allowed the Bidens to avoid paying $500,000 in ObamaCare’s additional Medicare tax.

In other words, Wall Street Joe was sheltering his money from the very IRS he’s now wanting to double in size and empower to supposedly go after tax cheats. That evidently includes granting the IRS authority to access and track every Americans’ bank account.

Making this even more hypocritical is the fact that Biden explicitly campaigned on ending this kind of tax dodging. “We don’t have to punish anybody, including the rich,” Biden stated back in 2019. “But everybody should start paying their fair share a little bit. When I’m president, we’re going to have a fairer tax code.”

Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) hammered Biden for the blatant hypocrisy. “Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by $2.1 trillion while claiming the rich need to pay their ‘fair share,’” he said. “But in 2017, multimillionaire Joe Biden skirted his payroll taxes — the very taxes that fund Medicare and ObamaCare. According to the criteria CRS (Congressional Research Service) provided to my office, he owes the IRS and the American people hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. Every American should know about Joe Biden’s tax hypocrisy.”

Other Republicans joined in. “Joe Biden wants to expand the IRS’s funding and authority, so they can audit more Americans,” Congressman Chris Jacobs (R-NY) noted. “Given that the liberal Tax Policy Center and the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service both have raised questions about the way Biden handled his taxes, why doesn’t he ask for his own taxes to get audited first? Biden doesn’t really believe in expanding programs like Medicare and ObamaCare, because he thought buying a second multimillion-dollar mansion, and renting a third, was more important than helping to fund those laws.”

The reality is that Joe “Big Guy” Biden isn’t interested in looking out for the little guy. In fact, his $3.5 trillion monstrosity and accompanying tax hikes effectively stomp all over small businesses — the very kind of small corporation he created to avoid taxes but that gets hammered by tax hikes on “the rich.” Even his supposed concern over ensuring that the rich “pay their fair share” is not really about increasing tax revenue. What Washington Joe is really all about is working to secure ever more power for the federal government. It’s about robbing Americans of their freedoms all in the name of “fairness.”

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Fundamental Transformation Sure Is Expensive

Vastly expanding the entitlement state will cost a lot of money we don’t have.

Nate Jackson

Democrats are bickering over how to spend your money, and exactly how much of it to take and waste. Make that your grandchildren’s money. We know, it’s a bit boring to talk big numbers and spending. The federal government is profligate — what else is new?

But this isn’t just about dollars; it’s about the fundamentals of government and the economy. Or, as Nancy Pelosi put it, “It’s about values, not dollars.”

That’s what’s at stake with the Democrats’ $4.5 trillion bundle of “infrastructure” and a laundry list of other leftist spending items. There are two bills in play: $1 trillion for “infrastructure” and $3.5 trillion for other leftist priorities.

Democrats are engaged in a lot of melodramatic theater, though it’s all about the order of the bills or the specific price tag or how to “pay for” it. Radical leftists want the $3.5 trillion first. Not-so-far-leftists want the $1 trillion first, and they want $3 trillion instead of $3.5. All Democrats want to raise your taxes, though they can’t quite agree on how much. Chuck Schumer says they have a “framework.” Dick Durbin says, “I haven’t see it.”

Meanwhile, Joe Biden is pushing hard for an overall deal because he needs to distract from his Afghanistan and immigration crises by snagging a legislative win.

As for the smaller bill, we typically put “infrastructure” in quote marks because so little of that bill pays for actual infrastructure. But the larger bill is the true problem. It’s basically the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in legislative form — cradle-to-grave entitlement expansion that should outrage, not placate, American voters.

Sanders claims his bill is “the most consequential piece of legislation for working people, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor since FDR and the New Deal of the 1930s.” He might be right.

Let’s just list a few of the things in the bill to explain why this spending is so dangerous.

  • Paid family and medical leave
  • Subsidized childcare
  • Universal preschool for kids ages three and four
  • Tuition for two years of community college
  • Expanded child tax credit to make it more like universal basic income
  • Major expansion of ObamaCare subsidies
  • Expansion of Medicare and Medicaid
  • Emissions regulations
  • A Climate Conservation Corps
  • Various and sundry other Green New Deal planks
  • Green cards for illegals
  • journalism “tax credit” to subsidize Democrat propagandists

That’s just to name a few.

One of the things Democrats are making quite the show of is the debt. “Moderates” don’t want to add to the debt, but Democrats will have to raise the debt ceiling to get their bill through. Republicans, understandably, don’t want to help. Democrats blame Republicans and the bipartisan spending passed during Donald Trump’s administration.

“When we talk about the debt ceiling, we’re not talking about future spending,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted. “This is to pay the incurred cost. Last year, Democrats and Republicans together incurred costs for COVID that need to be paid for.” It’s utterly laughable that Democrats even pretend to care about fiscal responsibility.

Speaking of incurred costs, we’ve warned before that the Democrats’ bill is full of accounting gimmicks meant to hide the true price. That means $3.5 trillion is a false sticker price, and the real cost could be closer to $5 or $6 trillion. Nothing to see here; move along.

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Behold the Anti-Free-Speech ACLU

Once the nation’s leading defender of free speech, the ACLU is now little more than an activist for “progressive” causes.

Douglas Andrews

We suppose it’s to the credit of the American Civil Liberties Union that it hasn’t yanked down that smoking-gun Twitter post. Of course, it’s to the deep and everlasting disgrace of the ACLU that anyone there felt it to be an acceptable post in the first place.

At issue is an artistically rendered quote from former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a quote the ACLU bowdlerized because it contained scientifically accurate (and therefore deeply offensive) language from the obviously insufficiently awokened RBG.

This is what Ginsberg, herself a former ACLU lawyer, said to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1993 during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings:

The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsible for her own choice.

And this is the way the one-time free-speech champions at the ACLU quoted her in their September 18 tweet:

“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a [person’s] life, to either [their] well-being and dignity. … When the government controls that decision for [people], [they are] being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for [their] own choices.”

The indignity. Ginsberg must be thrashing about in her grave. And that army of Notorious RBG acolytes? They must be equally aggrieved. Or perhaps not. After all, what’s a little historical whitewashing among “progressives,” especially those who’ve abandoned their once vigorous defense of free speech from all across the political spectrum?

Agree or disagree on her larger abortion argument, there’s a reason why Ginsberg said what she said, and not what today’s ACLU desperately wishes she’d said. That reason? Women bear children. Men don’t. To argue otherwise does violence to biology specifically and to science generally.

“Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the A.C.L.U. Faces an Identity Crisis,” went the New York Times headline on June 6 of this year. But we don’t see a crisis here so much as a surrender, a capitulation. As the Times went on to note, it was the ACLU that defended the free speech rights of American neo-Nazis in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, the home of many World War II Holocaust survivors. But one wonders: Would today’s ACLU go to bat so boldly for free speech?

We think not. And former ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser seems to agree with us. As Reason’s Nick Gillespie writes: “Glasser says he’s worried about the future of both free expression and the organizations that defend it. In 2018, a leaked ACLU memo offered guidelines for case selection that retreated from the group’s decades-long content-neutral stance, citing as a reason to decline a case ‘the extent to which the speech may assist in advancing the goals of white supremacists or others whose views are contrary to our values.’ Glasser fears that, by becoming more political and less absolutist when it comes to defending speech, the ACLU might be shrugging off its hard-won legacy.”

Hmm, ya think?

And does anyone else see the slippery slope inherent in the two words “or others” that appear directly after “white supremacists” in that leaked memo? For example, Donald Trump has been tarred by the deranged Left as a white supremacist; shouldn’t the ACLU therefore refuse to protect his speech when Big Tech shuts him down? And if the ACLU refuses to defend Donald Trump’s free speech rights, then by what rationale would it defend the rights of those who support Donald Trump? Or those who espouse conservative views? Or those who support the white supremacist Republican Party in general?

Sure enough, then-ACLU President Susan Herman put it this way back in 2017: “We need to consider whether some of our timeworn maxims — the antidote to bad speech is more speech, the marketplace of ideas will result in the best arguments winning out — still ring true in an era when white supremacists have a friend in the White House.”

It’s simple, really. Leftists used to be in favor of free speech when they believed their ideas could stand up in the marketplace. These days, though, when they have to argue that men can become women and women men, their arguments become untenable.

And so free speech itself becomes untenable.

What we’ve said before applies to the Left, to Democrats, to Big Tech, and to the ACLU: They wouldn’t need to censor us if they weren’t afraid of losing the argument.

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CNN Lauds China’s Gun Confiscation

The propaganda outlet contrasts China’s “success” with America’s “gun violence” problem.

Brian Mark Weber

China has a lot going for it these days. It’s a rising military and economic power poised to challenge the hegemony of the United States. And life seems good there. With clean streets, low crime, and a unified culture, what’s not to like?

Then again, that’s just what the propagandists say about China. The truth is that a repressive government controls nearly every aspect of life. And the same could be said about North Korea. Life always seems perfect when the people fear their rulers.

Despite our problems, America still has something China doesn’t: Liberty.

But when it comes down to it, that’s not enough to win the favor of CNN, a former news network that’s now little more than a shill for American Democrats and the Chinese government.

For example, take gun control. CNN proclaims that America and China “stand on opposite ends of the spectrum of gun control, with the right to bear arms legally protected and vehemently defended in one, and a near-total ban on civilian firearm ownership in the other.”

And why, CNN is effectively asking, is the Second Amendment vehemently defended in the United States?

Might it have something to do with the fact that an unarmed populace is vulnerable to tyranny? Of course China wants to keep its citizens disarmed. It’s the only way to ensure their obedience to the regime of the Chinese Communist Party.

The CNN propagandists never mention the word “Liberty.” And the only time the word “freedom” is used is in this dandy tidbit: “The Communist Party’s grip has only grown tighter under President Xi Jinping. In recent years, authorities have carried out more raids and offered freedom from prosecution in firearms amnesties.”

Ah, the “freedom” of gun confiscation.

In another respect, you see, our nations are so similar. CNN adds, “The two countries’ opposite approaches are especially striking given both nations were born from armed insurrection — the US winning its independence in the Revolutionary War in 1783, and the Chinese Communist Party establishing the People’s Republic of China in 1949 after a lengthy rebellion against the Nationalist government.”

CNN will take any advantage it can to portray the U.S. in a negative light, and especially to criticize the Second Amendment. But comparing the American Revolution to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China is night and day. One was fought to break the yoke of the British Empire and to create a system that lived up to the promises of the Declaration of Independence, while the other implemented collectivism and socialism — at gunpoint, we might add.

That’s the real reason China is again cracking down on people getting their hands on weapons. Despite living in a totalitarian regime, even some Chinese people know the first step toward Liberty is self-defense against anyone who threatens that freedom, whether individuals or governments.

Mao Zedong knew this. After all, he famously said, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

Last summer, Chinese cultural ambassador Zhang Heqing took a shot at U.S. culture by tweeting: “With gun violence happening almost every day, how much could the human rights be guaranteed? Can that also be called the so-called freedom?”

Actually, if we didn’t have guns in this country, there wouldn’t be any human rights. After all, taking guns out of the hands of the Chinese people has worked very well in keeping them silent and obedient, hasn’t it?

Maybe that’s why one Chinese man living in Texas calls his new right to own firearms the American Dream. Indeed, the need for self-defense is leading many Asian Americans to pick up a gun for the first time.

Meanwhile, CNN just gushes over the CCP.

The leftist network was criticized over the summer for proudly celebrating the rise of Xi Jinping and the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party. And the network was just giddy over China’s coronavirus vaccine milestone. As if a single statistic from Beijing — much less about the ChiCom Virus — is even remotely trustworthy.

We should just call CNN the China News Network.

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Father Emil Kapaun Is Coming Home

After 70 years, a Medal of Honor recipient is finally returning.

Mark Alexander

We have a military tradition, “No man left behind,” which is an expression of both active duty, veteran, and citizen honor and respect for our military personnel who have fallen on enemy ground. That commitment is manifest in the ongoing efforts of DoD’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, now with advanced DNA idents. As a result, the remains of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, from distant fields of battle, are coming home, including those of Father Emil Kapaun.

The price of defending the gift of Liberty bequeathed to us by generations of American Patriots is very high. It is both humbling and inspiring to tell the stories of such Patriots, and this one especially so — a man who died fulfilling his duty to God, his fellow men, and our nation.

Army Chaplain Emil Kapaun was the son of Czech immigrants who settled in Pilsen, Kansas. Father Kapaun was a Catholic priest who became a military chaplain in 1944. He served on domestic installations and then in Burma in 1945-46.

After returning home, he earned a graduate degree from Catholic University under the G.I. Bill but returned to active duty in 1948. In 1949, he took his ministry to Japan and a year later, as chaplain to the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, he departed Tokyo for Korea — after North Korea invaded South Korea. The 1st Cavalry made the first amphibious landing of the Korean War. A month later he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, and headed for the front.

On November 1, 1950, Captain Kapaun and other soldiers with the 8th were overrun and taken prisoner by the Red Chinese. They and others taken captive were marched 90 miles to a temporary prison camp at Sombakol and then to a permanent POW camp at Pyoktong, North Korea. It was his fearless actions caring for other soldiers on that march and in the POW camps that would result in Emil Kapaun being awarded the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor.

He risked his life every day to serve those around him, as recalled by the former POWs he served. According to his Army biography, Fr. Kapaun “distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism, patriotism, and selfless service.”

On May 23, 1951, Father Kapaun died in that prison camp. Years earlier, he had written, “When I was ordained, I was determined to ‘spend myself’ for God. I was determined to do that cheerfully, no matter in what circumstances I would be placed or how hard a life I would be asked to lead.”

Indeed he did, and he represented the core of what is good and right about America. I encourage you to read his Medal of Honor citation. You can also watch a narrative about his service and sacrifice.

God bless you, Father Kapaun.

Amid all the political rancor and “news” churn that dominates the public discourse and news cycles, it is disgraceful that there is not a single national media story about Father Kapaun’s return — until this post today. His remains will be interred in his hometown of Pilsen, Kansas, where a funeral will be held on 28 September and his family will lay him to eternal rest.

The history of those who have received the Medal of Honor is enshrined today by the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee — the birthplace of the Medal of Honor. And their legacy is being extended to the next generation by way of the Heritage Center’s educational curriculums promoting the common character traits of recipients: courage, commitment, citizenship, sacrifice, integrity, and patriotism. I encourage you to support those curriculums.

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Can the Evangelical Church Survive?

Between scandals and political polarization, the church and its image are on shaky ground.

Emmy Griffin

Endless scandals and hyper-polarization politically have conspired to hurt the evangelical church. These issues often fundamentally divide its denominations and partitioners who are left to figure it out on their own.

The evangelical church is a general term referring to many Protestant churches and any of their denominational offshoots. In the original etymology, the Greek word “evangel” translates to the Anglo-Saxon noun “gospel.” Evangelicals originally were believers who were grounded solidly in biblical teaching and followed Christ’s Great Commission to spread the gospel. “Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” Jesus said. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

This is no longer the American evangelical church today. Church leadership has been plagued by sexual misconduct and other publicly destructive sins. Often, instead of focusing on the gospel, they use their pulpit as a platform to advance political agendas.

Some scandals in recent years have brought to light the sins of evangelical teachers and preachers, some examples being the late Ravi Zacharias, a Christian apologist credibly accused of sexual misconduct; Liberty University, which is rebuilding its image after a sex scandal involving former university President Jerry Falwell Jr., his wife, and another man; and Willow Creek, a model evangelical church in the Chicago area that lost hundreds of members after founding pastor Bill Hybels was forced out over charges of sexually abusive behavior.

What happened to these men? The entire chapter of Romans 3 is on righteousness and how everyone, both Jew and Gentile, are unrighteous. God does not leave us there in our sin. Instead, he works through his unrighteous people. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” The overt sins of these leaders are not justifiable, but Christ and his church are not limited by sinful man.

The political polarization that has happened in churches has to do with doctrine and the culture wars. Some questions that churches must tackle include:

  • Is following and supporting radical Black Lives Matter living out Christ’s commandment to “love thy neighbor”?
  • Are LGBTQ+ individuals really living in sin, or is the reference to Sodom and Gomorrah and other condemnations of homosexual behavior a biased interpretation of the Bible?
  • How can the Bible support the death penalty and not abortion?

There is not a unified message from the church on these issues, and it is truly damaging.

Why is there a lack of unity when we’re all using the same Bible? Podcast host Andrew Klavan points out that the devil is a liar, and a clever one at that. The devil is smart enough to use just enough Christian-ese to sew confusion and dissension among believers. The devil preys on the fallibility of man. It also doesn’t help when you have a congregation that isn’t well-educated biblically. Darrell B. Harrison, dean of social media for the ministry Grace to You, similarly observes: “It’s interesting, if not ironic, that many churches that would be categorized as ‘evangelical’ are trying so hard to give the world what it wants when, according to Scripture, the world, being the world, should never want what the church truly should be trying to give it — truth.”

This misunderstanding and lack of education occurs for a couple of reasons: The pastor is uneducated himself; the pastor uses the Bible to justify his own political stance to the congregation; the pastor strays away from hard passages in the Bible, focusing only on the easily digestible; the congregation is not a community; or portions of the congregation simply only come every once in a while or not at all.

What does this have to do with the devil being a liar? It goes back to sinful human nature: Man wants to be his own god. This was the original sin with Adam and Eve, and it is the issue with pastors and partitioners alike.

So, is the evangelical church too damaged by scandals and polarization? The “brand” may well be damaged badly, but Christ and the Gospel are not.

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Is an Electoral Shellacking on the Horizon?

Douglas Andrews

We know. We know. It’s way too early to start talking about the 2022 midterms.

But we in our humble shop can’t help ourselves. It’s what we do. This week, for example, we saw three omens come in: one from north of the border, one from Ohio’s 16th congressional district, and one from the Democratic [sic] Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

The first of these harbingers refers to Canada’s nationwide election, which took place on Monday. Leftist Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cruised to victory, but without the governing majority he’d hoped for. As the Wall Street Journal editorial board reports, it was a missed opportunity for Canada’s Conservative Party: “Trudeau has been at the helm of a scandal-ridden progressive government for almost six years. Early in the latest campaign, thanks to Trudeau fatigue, Conservatives seemed to have a real chance at at least a minority government.”

But no. Despite winning the national popular vote (which they’ve done in five of the last six elections), the Conservatives finished a distant second in parliamentary seat count, which means Trudeau will likely look to his left to knit together a minority coalition government, and the Tories will be out in the cold. And they have no one to blame but their standard-bearer. As the Journal continues: “[Erin] O’Toole, a lawyer turned politician, ran for party leader last year as a ‘true blue Conservative’ but he soon moved left. He broke with conservatives on social issues like guns and abortion, framing himself as a ‘moderate’ in an attempt to widen his appeal.”

The lesson is obvious and eternal: If you’re a conservative, run as a conservative. By positioning himself as “Trudeau Lite,” O’Toole failed to energize anyone, failed to draw clear distinctions between himself and the leftist incumbent, and failed to give Canadians a real black-and-white choice. When it came to progressivism, Canadians opted for the real thing rather than the me-too opportunist.

As for Ohio’s 16th, there’s a lesson to be learned there, too. Incumbent Republican Congressman Anthony Gonzalez has decided not to run for reelection, and the Journal thinks this is a bad omen. Why? Because “Gonzalez is the kind of young candidate Republicans need to expand their party’s appeal.” Here, the Journal’s editors say “young,” but they mean “Hispanic.” They just don’t have the guts to say it. And while it’s true that the Republican Party can help itself by attracting more brown and black voters, it doesn’t need to do so by compromising its principles — principles such as, oh, opposing a sham impeachment of the president of the United States. On this fundamental principle, Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who chose to side with Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rather than 197 of their colleagues. By definition, then, Gonzalez was an outlier, a radical, a five-percenter, and we don’t think his departure is a bad omen at all.

Gonzalez, in fact, says he’ll spend most of his political energy working to keep Donald Trump from ever being elected president again. If that’s how he feels about the guy who had such a great record governing as a conservative, we say good riddance, and next man up.

Finally, there’s the map that DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney keeps staring at. And he doesn’t like what he sees. Next November, House Democrats will be trying to unseat about half as many Republicans as they did in 2020. In addition, last year’s once-per-decade redistricting process also favored the GOP, with Democrats having redrawn the congressional map in only one of the 12 states with districts they’re targeting, while Republicans redrew them in eight of those states.

We’re still more than a year away from next year’s midterms, but warning lights abound for the Democrats. Neither Joe Biden’s disastrous presidency nor his free-falling poll numbers show any signs of righting themselves, and Biden is polling below 50% in 11 states he carried in 2020. House and Senate Republicans will thus have every opportunity to tar their opponents with the brush of a feckless and deeply unpopular Democrat president.

Of course, Democrat presidents are typically feckless, and their policies are routinely unpopular. None of what’s plaguing Joe Biden at the moment should be seen as novel, although the media have clearly refused to protect him like they did Barack Obama. Call it white privilege.

One final omen: A new Rasmussen poll shows Donald Trump beating Joe Biden by a whopping 10 points, 51-41, in a hypothetical 2024 rematch. But Biden won’t be running for reelection, you say? Trump beats Vice President Kamala Harris by an even bigger margin, 52-39. And Trump’s margin balloons to a massive 20 points among the independents who often decide elections.

It’s early, sure. But it’s not that early. Democrats could be looking at a real shellacking next November.

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Biden Gives Millions More to Planned Parenthood

The nation’s largest abortion mill received COVID relief funds designated for small businesses.

Thomas Gallatin

Planned Parenthood performs roughly 350,000 abortions each year. To perpetuate this grisly business, Congress funds the nation’s largest abortion mill to the tune of half a billion dollars each year. Laughably, Democrats insist this money doesn’t pay for abortions. As if that wasn’t enough, 10 Planned Parenthood affiliates have received $23 million from the Small Business Administration (SBA) via the Paycheck Protection Program thus far in 2021 — even after the federal government had ruled that Planned Parenthood did not qualify as a small business.

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act last year, which included $320 billion in funding for small business to be administered by the SBA. It was meant to preserve small businesses in the face of mass shutdowns that threatened their very existence. Under that legislation, businesses of 500 or more employees were classified as big businesses and therefore ineligible for funds. Planned Parenthood received some $80 million in taxpayer-backed PPP funds in 2020, though it was subsequently ordered to return that funding.

Now, not only has the SBA provided no evidence that Planned Parenthood actually returned any of the $80 million, but it has evidently continued to distribute PPP funds to the abortion provider.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) thinks he knows why. He recently contended, “I think Democrats know it is illegal to give small business loans to the big business, that is Planned Parenthood, but they are completely in the tank for taxpayer-funded abortions.”

Adding insult to injury, it’s not as if Planned Parenthood is hurting for cash. Aside from the annual infusion we already mentioned, the abortion provider has over $2 billion in net assets according to its annual report. Furthermore, Planned Parenthood gave a whopping $45 million in support to Joe Biden and other Democrat candidates in 2020. And it’s spent $700,000 this year alone in lobbying efforts in Washington, DC.

Not only is taxpayer money going to an abortion provider, something the Hyde Amendment was intended to prevent, but a big business is taking millions in funding that was expressly designated only for small businesses. Mallory Quigley, vice president of communications at the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, rightly asserted, “It’s time to hold those who let this happen accountable.” Indeed.

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On the Web

EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Top of the Fold

  • Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi say they have a deal on tax increases (Washington Examiner) | Except several Senate Democrats undercut claims of unity (Washington Times)
  • FBI: Murder rate soared in 2020, highest year-over-year increase ever recorded (Daily Wire)

Politics

  • Joe Biden, who demands people “pay their fair share,” may owe up to $500,000 in back taxes (Daily Wire)
  • Hunter Biden requested more than $2 million to unfreeze Libyan assets when dad was VP (Free Beacon)
  • January 6 committee subpoenas four from Trump’s inner circle (Politico)

Security

  • House Republicans just callously voted to draft our daughters — and GOP senators will too (The Federalist)
  • No joke: Biden administration stops Border Patrol from using horses in Del Rio (Fox News)
  • U.S. special envoy to Haiti resigns, citing “inhumane” deportation of Haitians (PBS)
  • Democrats feud as House approves $1 billion for Israel’s missile system (New York Times)
  • Dems plan to scuttle Space Force (Free Beacon)
  • We’re shocked — shocked! Taliban official says strict punishment and executions will return (NPR)

Health

  • CDC director defies advisory panel, recommends COVID booster for younger at-risk workers (Fox News)
  • CDC quietly removed school guidance for eliminating masks, rolling back COVID prevention efforts (Fox News)
  • New York health commissioner resigns after criticism over nursing home scandal (Bloomberg)
  • Oregon nanny state officials say you can kiss on dates — if both vaccinated (Fox News)

Notables

  • Some 1.5 million students left traditional public schools over the last year (Not the Bee)
  • GOP-led Arizona election review closely matches Biden’s winning margin (Politico)
  • 2024: Trump over Biden by 10 points, Harris by 13 (Washington Examiner)
  • Federal arrest warrant issued for Brian Laundrie (Fox News)
  • Derek Chauvin appeals murder conviction in death of George Floyd, will represent himself (Fox News)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Chicago suburb attempts world record for largest dog wedding ceremony (UPI)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Costly energy and climate policies in Democrats’ spending bill lack transparency (Daily Signal)
  • Policy: Why Biden’s vaccine mandate fails the constitutional test (National Review)
  • Satire: Horse-mounted aides with whips chase away journalists trying to ask Biden questions (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority.” —Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

“Biden assumed office at a time when the United States was as divided as it has ever been, promising to bring us all together to build a better future. Biden has not only failed to deliver on that promise but he has also completely failed to even attempt it. The United States is no more united than it was before Biden took office, and despite his claims of being able to turn things around and work across the aisle, he has yet to take any action to unify us. … As it turned out, the man who campaigned to restore America’s soul has not restored a thing.” —Armstrong Williams

“Many politicians and administrations have let Americans down. But the Biden administration represents the worst in corruption, deceit and betrayal.” —Laura Hollis

“There are no editorial standards as long as you feed liberals what they want.” —Glenn Greenwald

“It can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture. This instant rush to judgment based on what essentially amounts to polluted air. It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe.” —actor Johnny Depp

“Deterrence is omnipresent and also applies well beyond matters of war and peace. The current crime wave of murder and violent assault in our major cities is the wage of loud efforts to defund the police and contextualize crimes as somehow society’s rather than the criminal’s fault. As a result, lawbreakers now believe there is a good chance that robbing people or hurting or killing them might result in monetary gain or at least bloody satisfaction. They no longer fear a likely sentence of 30 years in prison. So, they see little risk in hurting people. And innocents suffer.” —Victor Davis Hanson

“Right now, there are more than 300 pregnant women under the ‘Bidenville’ bridge in Del Rio. Each child born under that bridge will essentially become your child. You, the American taxpayer, will be responsible for their healthcare and education. Never mind that you may be having a hard time providing healthcare and a decent education to your own children.” —Gary Bauer

“Why do people seek to cross illegally at our southern border? Simple — they believe that, even if they are caught, they may still be able to stay in the United States. They will continue to come until we ensure that there are very few ways to cross illegally, and we send back those who do cross. Otherwise, many will decide it’s a risk that they are willing to take.” —Jackie Gingrich Cushman

A trip down memory lane: “An unrelenting stream of immigration. Nonstop. Nonstop. Folks like me who are Caucasian, of European descent, for the first time in 2017 we’ll be an absolute minority in the United States of America. Absolute minority. Fewer than 50% of the people in America from then and on will be white European stock. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a source of our strength.” —Joe Biden in 2015 (“This is the language of eugenics. It’s horrifying. But there’s a reason Biden said it. In political terms, this policy is sometimes called the great replacement — the replacement of legacy Americans, with more obedient people from faraway countries. … The president has a moral obligation to represent all Americans equally, not just those of a specific color. For four years, remember, they told you Donald Trump was a racist. But has anyone shown that Trump ever in his life said anything half as disgusting as Joe Biden said on that tape? No. No one has.” —Tucker Carlson)

Hot air: “Life is always full of tough choices in the relationship between nations.” —”Climate Czar” John Kerry when asked, “What is the process by which one trades off climate against human rights [in China]?”

Non compos mentis: “The media’s focus on the Gabby Petito case has been frustrating for some people — who point out that the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women doesn’t get nearly the same media attention.” —NPR (“Every time something like this happens, there is a tendency to hear complaints about the disparate coverage given to a missing white woman — by the very people and outlets who have the means and budgets to provide the very coverage they say is lacking.” —Jay Caruso)

And last… “A columnist in the Los Angeles Times called me ‘the Black face of white supremacy.’ Only in America can a Black person become president or a white supremacist.” —Larry Elder

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