From our friends at AEI, a wonderful capture of the difference between the Obama/Biden jobs "recovery…
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From our friends at AEI, a wonderful capture of the difference between the Obama/Biden jobs "recovery," which was the worst in recorded U.S. history (as the graph shows, they promised that unemployment wouldn't surpass 8% under their wasteful spending "stimulus," but instead it exceeded 8% for a record uninterrupted stretch), versus the sharp recovery under President Trump:

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="557"] The Obama/Biden Jobs "Recovery"[/caption]

 

 

 

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="557"] The Trump Actual Jobs Recovery[/caption]…[more]

September 25, 2020 • 10:07 AM

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On Renewing FISA:
 
 

"Top House Republicans said the consideration of any reauthorization of recently expired Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authorities should be held off until the Justice Department's inquiry into the Russia investigation is complete.

"A 'Dear Colleague' letter, authored by Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking member of the House oversight panel, and signed by eight top subcommittee Republicans, was sent to the entire GOP conference in the House.

"'Many of us were encouraged when President Trump declared his principled opposition to proceeding with reauthorizing provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,' the letter reads. 'The President is right.'

"The letter pointed to a late May tweet by Trump, which derailed the FISA reauthorization effort that appeared set to pass in the House as it had in the Senate. Trump tweeted, 'I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in USA history took place!'

"Jordan and the others argued on Tuesday that 'we need to allow the ongoing federal investigations to be completed so that Americans can fully understand how and why the Obama-Biden Administration weaponized our national security apparatus and the FISA process to target its political adversaries.'"

 
 
— Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner
— Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner
Posted June 18, 2020 • 08:36 AM
 
 
On Addressing Problems in the Law Enforcement System:
 
 

"President Trump took an important first step Tuesday to address problems that exist within the law enforcement system when he signed an executive order to spur reforms 'encouraging police departments nationwide to adopt the highest professional standards to serve their communities.'

"As the president correctly said, the vast majority of law enforcement officers do an excellent job protecting their communities and don't employ excessive force -- much less kill people they are arresting. But he is right that a tiny minority engage in serious misconduct, and that police departments must remove such officers from their ranks. ...

"In my three decades in law enforcement, which started as a police officer, I have dealt with thousands of law enforcement officers at the local, state and federal levels. I do not hesitate to say that these men and women are the finest 1 percent of our population.

"However, like every other occupation out there, there are some people working in law enforcement who do not uphold the values of the profession and need to be held accountable. ...

"More than 800,000 men and women are employed in U.S. law enforcement agencies. In the wake of killings by police of unarmed African-Americans, we must redouble our efforts to address misconduct and restore trust between law enforcement officers and communities."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Thomas Homan, Former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
— Thomas Homan, Former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Posted June 17, 2020 • 07:58 AM
 
 
On Nursing Home COVID Check Deficiencies:
 
 

"Thousands of nursing homes across the country have not been checked to see if staff are following proper procedures to prevent coronavirus transmission, a form of community spread that is responsible for more than a quarter of the nation's Covid-19 fatalities.

"Only a little more than half of the nation's nursing homes had received inspections, according to data released earlier this month, which prompted a fresh mandate from Medicare and Medicaid chief Seema Verma that states complete the checks by July 31 or risk losing federal recovery funds.

"A POLITICO survey of state officials, however, suggests that the lack of oversight of nursing homes has many roots. Many states that were hit hard by the virus say they chose to provide protective gear to frontline health workers rather than inspectors, delaying in-person checks for weeks if not months. Some states chose to assess facilities remotely, conducting interviews over the phone and analyzing documentation, a process many experts consider inadequate.

"In places where state officials claimed that in-person inspections have taken place, the reports found no issues in the overwhelming majority of cases, even as Covid-19 claimed more than 31,000 deaths in nursing homes. Less than 3 percent of the more than 5,700 inspection surveys the federal government released this month had any infection control deficiencies, according to a report on Thursday by the Center for Medicare Advocacy, a nonprofit patient activist group.

"'It is not possible or believable that the infection control surveys accurately portray the extent of infection control deficiencies in U.S. nursing facilities,' the report states."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Rachel Roubein and Maggie Severns, POLITICO.com
— Rachel Roubein and Maggie Severns, POLITICO.com
Posted June 16, 2020 • 08:00 AM
 
 
On the Confederate-Monument Controversy:
 
 

"There are specific, urgent, and immediate questions that demand answers in Minneapolis, and those are questions mainly for its Democratic mayor, its Democratic city council, its progressive leadership and management class, for Democratic elected officials such as Representative Ilhan Omar, and a great many other people who are very comfortable talking about the ghastly moral failures of the Confederacy a century and a half ago but rather less eager to talk about the facts on the ground in Minneapolis in the here and now.

"Of course the past matters. (It is incredible that some people who call themselves conservatives have to be reminded of that.) But the present matters, too, and surely it deserves more of our attention than some potential slight to the very mixed legacies of Braxton Bragg or John Bell Hood. Given current events, the Democrats are very eager to change the subject. They should not be accommodated."

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted June 15, 2020 • 08:04 AM
 
 
On Lawless and Sleepless in Seattle:
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read entire article here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Mark Hemingway, RealClear Politics
— Mark Hemingway, RealClear Politics
Posted June 05, 2020 • 07:59 AM
 
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"Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham hinted more than a week ago that more bombshell information regarding the FBI's handling of its probe into President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia was about to be public. He was right because it was Graham's committee that discovered the information.In a bombshell letter released a letter Thursday night by Graham's committee from Justice…[more]
 
 
—Sara A. Carter, National and International Award Winning Investigative Reporter
— Sara A. Carter, National and International Award Winning Investigative Reporter
 
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