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Image of the Day: Americans' Shrinking Earnings Under Joe Biden

Joe Biden tells Americans that he's helping them by building "from the bottom up and the middle out."  But the numbers don't lie, and the ugly reality is that he's only dragging us all toward the bottom.  Throughout his presidency, wage gains (green) have been consistently exceeded by inflation (blue), meaning loss in real earnings (red):

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="455"] Bidenomics Means Lost Earnings[/caption]…[more]

May 19, 2024 • 11:05 PM

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31 The REAL Story of the Two Americas

For the past 30 years or so, the Left has invented a narrative that there are two Americas: a group of very super-rich people (the one-percenters) who have prospered over the past several decades, and everyone else who has gotten poorer. It's a fairy-tale narrative because almost all Americans have seen financial progress. The median household income…

32 Candidates: Don't Let Interest Costs Derail Your Presidential Plans

Remember when Republicans on the campaign trail would talk about how they would make sure to put the U.S. on a fiscally sane path? I miss that time. While a few of the current crop have paid lip service to the idea of constraining spending, no one seems to have a clear plan about how to do it. It's unfortunate. Letting the spending trajectory we're…

33 Explaining Trump's Big Win

Des Moines – Even though it was the first time Republicans had voted in this presidential contest, there was a last-stand mentality here in Iowa among those who hoped to stop former President Donald Trump from reclaiming the Republican nomination. Their goal was to push the candidacy of Nikki Haley hard and hope that Haley, together…

34 Trump Co-Defendant Alleges Georgia Prosecutor Corruption

At this stage of things, most of the developments in the criminal cases against former President Trump involve this appeal or that appeal, or this hearing date or that hearing date. But in Fulton County, Georgia, where the elected Democratic district attorney, Fani Willis, has brought a massive RICO case against Trump and 18 other defendants, something…

35 Antisemitism From the Left

Jews are feeling increasingly afraid and unwelcome. Last week, girls on the basketball team of a Jewish private school in suburban Hartsdale, New York, were jabbed and hit with antisemitic slurs by players from Yonkers' Roosevelt High School. "I support Hamas, you f---ing Jew," a Roosevelt player snarled. The game had to be called off in…

36 Three Economic Myths to Put To Rest This Year

As a new year dawns, it's customary to reflect on the past and set resolutions for the future. This year, let's resolve to greet three widespread claims with healthy doses of skepticism. The first dubious claim is that income inequality in the United States has inexorably risen since the 1960s. It's a scary narrative heavily bolstered by the work…

37 Startling Surprises in Latest Census Numbers

How's America doing? Government statisticians provide mounds of data that provide useful clues, and none more so than the Census Bureau's estimates of population, announced in the holiday weeks at the end of each calendar year. The latest numbers measure the estimated population of each state as of last July 1 as compared to the constitutionally required…

38 Democratic Lawfare vs. Donald Trump

The story of the 2024 campaign so far is the effort by Democrats and their appointees to use criminal charges and lawsuits to force former President Donald Trump out of the race for a second term in the White House. The name for such an effort is "lawfare" – that is, "the strategic use of legal proceedings to intimidate…

39 Congress, Here Are Two Bipartisan Gift Ideas for Our Children

As the festive season approaches, with its twinkling lights and merry carols, the item topping my Christmas wish list is fiscal responsibility from Congress and the administration. If this sounds like an economist conflating policy with goodwill, remember this: In a world where holiday wishes usually lean toward "stuff" – …

40 Let's Be Clear – This Is About Joe Biden, Not Hunter Biden

When James Comer wondered on CNN whether special counsel David Weiss had indicted Hunter Biden on nine tax-related charges to protect him from having to be deposed in the House Oversight Committee, Jake Tapper snarkily responded: "Yes, the classic rubric. He indicted him to protect him. I got it." Well, yes. Indicting a person on lesser…

41 Congress Will Need a New Idea in 2024. Will It Choose a Good One?

With U.S. government revenues rising, 2023 might have been a good year to get America's post-COVID-19 finances on track, but the budget deficit is still growing. You can thank overspending for this. It's also the reason we've had to live with inflation, higher interest rates and the threat of massive future tax hikes for another year. That sets up…

42 As Trump Lead Widens, Prosecutors Step Up Pursuit

Two things are true: One, former President Donald Trump's polling – nationally, in key swing states, and in the first-voting state of Iowa – has never been better. And two, Jack Smith, the special counsel appointed by the Biden Justice Department to prosecute Trump, is taking self-described "extraordinary"…

43 A Short History of Joe's Long Record of Lying About Biden Inc.

After being asked the other day why he's interacted with "so many" foreign associates of his son Hunter and brother James, President Joe Biden responded by claiming the allegations were "a bunch of lies." This, of course, wasn't the first time the president blatantly lied about his role in the family influence peddling business…

44 Liz Cheney for President?

Why would former Rep. Liz Cheney run for president? Is she nuts? Is she trying to sell a book? Why would a Republican whose last election was losing a state primary by 37 points think she should now seek the highest office in the land? Why would a politician hated by most of her own party and used by the other party simply to attack her colleagues…

45 Trump Has Already Achieved Something that Never Occurred in 2020 Polling

By now it’s familiar news that Joe Biden’s toxic approval ratings have sown growing panic among Democrats.   Raising particular alarm to Biden supporters less than one year before the 2024 election, The New York Times released a poll earlier this month showing Donald Trump leading Biden in five of the six most pivotal swing states…

46 A Thanksgiving Lesson From Grateful and Prepared American Families

Most Americans meticulously plan their Thanksgiving meals and travel, sometimes budgeting months in advance to celebrate at a reasonable price tag. This prudent embodiment of both gratitude and restraint starkly contrasts with the approach of our politicians. It's an inconsistency that, especially this season, merits reflection. The national debt,…

47 The Left Conspires to Keep Election Fraud Quiet. Wonder Why?

You can see it with your own eyes. But Democrats and their left-wing media allies call it a "fantasy." What is it?  Election fraud. A Lawrence, Massachusetts voter who had been turned away from the polls on Election Day and told he had already voted found out he was the victim of fraud. He checked the footage on the video camera outside…

48 The Nat Cons Are Dead Wrong: Middle-Class America Is Much Better Off Today Than in the Past

In the last several months, I have debated some of the intellectual leaders of a group called the "national conservatives." I consider myself a conservative (on most issues, though I lean more libertarian). National conservatives are well meaning and make some very valid points about the things that are going in the wrong direction in America…

49 Election Fraud Is Real and Needs to Be Fixed Before 2024

Democrats claim election fraud is a myth. But videos don't lie.  Roll the tapes:  On Nov. 1, Connecticut Judge William Clark overturned the results of the Bridgeport mayoral primary, calling video evidence of potential fraud "shocking." Wanda Geter-Pataky, the vice chair of the Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee, appears to…

50 Three Reasons Trump Is Leading Biden

The entire Democratic political establishment freaked out recently when The New York Times published a story headlined, "Trump Leads in 5 Critical States as Voters Blast Biden, Times/Sienna Poll Finds." The story was based on a new Times survey in which voters in six key swing states – Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan…

51 Responsible Government Isn't Just for the Tough Times

Some policy experts who, over the last few decades, saw little need for serious fiscal austerity because the government could borrow at low interest rates are now changing their tune. Their argument is that with rates now rising and the government's interest payments set to become extremely expensive, it's time to adjust. While I suppose that's progress…

52 New Poll Exposes Flaw in Trump Opponents' Plan

The headline from a new Des Moines Register-NBC News poll of Iowa is that former President Donald Trump still has a big lead in the Republican race. Among those likely to take part in the Iowa caucuses, Trump is at 43%, with Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley tied for second place, at 16%. So, Trump has a 27-point lead, which is actually bigger than his…

53 Polls Showing Support For Israel Hide Some Ugly Truths

According to a new Harvard/Harris poll, only the police and military are more respected than Israel. It's heartening that Americans overwhelmingly support civilization over the Islamofascists of Gaza and Iran. Then again, "Palestinian Authority" gets 17% support, and Hamas has a 14% positive rating – which is to say 14% of…

54 Trump's Lead and GOP Decision-Making

Former President Donald Trump's support now stands at 59% among Republican voters nationwide in the 2024 presidential nomination race. His lead over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, still the second-place candidate in the race, is 46.3 points. Both Trump's support and the size of his lead are the biggest they have ever been. After four indictments from…

55 Americans Learned a Financial-Crisis Lesson. Washington Did Not.

Congress and the Biden administration seem unaware that rising interest rates are about as "transitory" as they told us inflation would be – meaning, likely to be around for quite a while. Why does this matter? Ask someone who's been enticed by a mortgage with a variable interest rate that starts low and then rises quickly…

56 GOP Candidate: The 2024 Race Is 'Stuck'

An extraordinary document emerged from the 2024 Republican presidential race this week, and it isn't getting enough attention. It's a memo from the super PAC supporting Tim Scott, the GOP senator who was once seen as a promising contender but has recently slipped in polls both nationally and in early primary states. Scott is now in seventh place in…

57 It’s Looking a Lot Like 1979 Again

Painful inflation.  Rising interest rates.  Societal malaise.  Now add to that toxic mix an emboldened Iran, ongoing Russian thuggery against its weaker neighbor and an audacious assault resulting in American hostages taken by a murderous Middle Eastern regime.   Suddenly, it’s beginning to look a lot like 1979 again…

58 The RFK Jr. Wild Card

For all the talk that has sometimes surrounded his presidential candidacy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was never able to break through in the Democratic primary race against President Joe Biden. Reports would say his support was "growing," or that he was "surging," but he was never able to surpass the 20% support in national polls he…

59 'Good Government' Is a Two-Way Street

You've undoubtedly noticed how up-in-arms everyone becomes when the government is on the verge of shutting down. I've also noticed that the people who most loudly express their horror at the notion of a partial government closure seem totally comfortable with the fiscal wall we are barreling into. That wall is being built, brick by brick, by two political…

60 The White House Dog Scandal

Last week, President Joe Biden's German shepherd Commander bit a Secret Service agent. That marked the 11th time – yes, the 11th time – that Commander had bitten one of the agents and other Secret Service officers who guard the president. Some of the attacks left wounds requiring medical attention, and at least one required…

 
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"The progressive journalist Thomas Frank wrote a much-discussed book in 2004 titled, 'What's the Matter with Kansas?'Right now some other like-minded journalist might be thinking of writing a book called, 'What's the Matter with People of Color?'For Democrats, the polling among Latinos and African-Americans in the presidential race ranges from concerning to extremely disturbing, as President Biden…[more]
 
 
— Rich Lowry, Editor of National Review
 
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