Democrats prioritize politics over public health

ITEM #1: Are Democrats serious about effectively combating the coronavirus threat?

It appears not.

National Democrats stalled an economic rescue package in the U.S. Senate by insisting on a wish list of left-wing policy proposals that have failed to gain support on their own — and that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with tackling the virus situation.  

Marc Lotter, Director of Strategic Communications for the Trump 2020 campaign, provides a partial list of the Democrats’ outrageous political demands:solar/wind tax creditspostal service debtelection law changescarbon emission limits$35M for Kennedy Centerimmigration expansionreturn of Obamaphonescommunity newspaper retirement plans$15 minimum wage
As James S. Robbins put it in a column for USA Today, “The 1119-page bill is Christmas in March for liberal special interests.”

Now, if you’re a sane person, you might be wondering how taking steps like imposing further limits on carbon emissions, or offering tax credits for solar and wind power, or expanding immigration would possibly have any effect in combatting a threat to public health.

The answer, of course, is: It wouldn’t. 

But no matter. Democrats sense an opportunity to exploit the current public panic in order to force their long-standing wish list of progressive policies on society, and so that’s what they’re going to try to do.

Actually addressing the crisis? Apparently that’s for others to worry about. 

As Obama’s former chief-of-staff, Rahm Emanuel, once said: Never let a crisis go to waste.

Fortunately, on Tuesday, President Trump declared in a tweet: “This will never be approved by me, or any other Republican!”


ITEM #2: After President Trump noted that the anti-malaria drug chloroquine *might* help battle coronavirus, the media rushed to blame the president for the death of an Arizona man who reportedly tried it without a doctor’s prescription.

“We saw Trump on TV — every channel — & all of his buddies and that this was safe,” the man’s wife said in a media interview. “Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure.”

Alas, it turned out, the man had taken “a fish tank cleaner.” And as Chuck Woolery noted:

“Chloroquine phosphate is not a med. It’s fish tank cleaner. No one, including President Trump, has ever suggested you take this for the virus. The media knows this. You can’t fix stupid. Why we despise the Press.” 

Added Jessica Fletcher of RealDailyWire:

“I really didn’t expect tonight to devolve into defending the President from being blamed for people drinking fish tank cleaning chemicals, but 2020 is a special kind of stupid.”


ITEM #3: Back in January, Joe Biden, now the Democrats’ frontrunner for President, wrote an editorial that was published by USA Today, in which he referred to President Trump’s travel bans to combat the spread of coronavirus as “reactionary” and claimed they would only make things worse.

In a separate interview on Tuesday, Biden said from his bunker in Wilmington, Delaware (and we dare you to make any sense of this):

“We have to take care of the cure. That will make the problem worse no matter what.”


Imagine where we’d be today if Biden had been President back in January.

ITEM #4: On Monday, Joe Biden did a live streaming video in which he said: “Trump keeps saying he’s a wartime president. Well, start acting like one.”

Hmm. Let’s compare and contrast …

During his online video conference, Biden’s teleprompter apparently stopped working, and he got confused and stumbled around in his remarks. Meanwhile, President Trump was conducting a live, two-hour press conference, taking and answering all questions.

We think the country can see who’s a wartime president and who wouldn’t be.

And by the way, Americans seem to be quite satisfied with the President’s leadership on this issue. As reported by The Hill:

“A majority of American voters say they believe the Trump administration is taking strong enough measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey.

“Sixty-one percent of registered voters said they strongly or somewhat agree that the Trump administration is taking strong enough measures to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19, while 39 percent said they strongly or somewhat disagree.”

ITEM #5: We’re not done with Joe Biden just yet.

In his attempt to pander to the increasingly large faction of the Democrat Party that’s obsessed with identity politics, Biden has blatantly promised to engage in racial and gender discrimination.

From The Hill:

“In his debate with Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden made two pledges to voters and asked his opponent to do the same to nominate only a black woman for the next open Supreme Court seat and to choose a woman as his vice president. Even with identity politics, the pledge to impose a gender and race requirement for the next Supreme Court nominee is as ironic as it is troubling. What Biden was declaring, and what Sanders wisely avoided, would effectively constitute discrimination in admission to the Supreme Court. Indeed, the Supreme Court has declared that such race or gender conditions are strictly unconstitutional for admission to public colleges.”

The story’s author, Jonathan Turley, points out that under Biden’s standards, lots of current and past Supreme Court justices would be disqualified from consideration — including many favorites of the left:

“He would not consider a nominee like Ruth Bader Ginsburg because of the color of her skin. He would not consider Thurgood Marshall because of his gender. Louis Brandeis and Oliver Wendell Holmes would be losers under this policy. Indeed, this is just ironic for those four members of the Supreme Court who have voted consistently to uphold admissions policies based on race.”

And Turley adds that, “Imposing an absolute requirement that a nominee be a particular gender and race is effectively an affirmative action pledge. It is precisely what the Supreme Court already declared to be unconstitutional discrimination.”

In other words, Biden’s approach to choosing a nominee for the entity responsible for interpreting the constitution … would itself be unconstitutional.

ITEM #6: Among the left’s most ridiculously misguided ideas in recent years has been the movement to ban plastic bags.

It’s a stupid idea under any circumstances, but has been exposed as especially absurd — and dangerous — in the midst of the coronavirus threat. 

Eight states have imposed plastic-bag bans (fortunately, Nevada is not among them … yet). The problem, as Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform points out, is that, “All of these laws seek to force or encourage the use of reusable shopping bags, which pose a public health risk at any time and especially during the current pandemic.”

He explains further:

“A 2011 study published by researchers at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University found that reusable shopping bags are often used for multiple purposes, transported and set down in many difference places, and ‘seldom if ever washed.’ Researchers discovered ‘large numbers of bacteria were found in almost all bags and coliform bacteria in half,’ along with a ‘wide range of enteric bacteria, including several opportunistic pathogens.’ A number of additional studies have found reusable bags can serve as carriers of bacteria that cause food-borne illness.”

Naturally, the danger is only heightened with this new virus on the loose.

And what are we all getting in exchange for increasing these risks to public health? Apparently nothing. As Gleason notes, “[T]here is also proof that reusable shopping bags are ineffective when it comes to reducing litter and benefiting the environment.”

Nice going, guys.

Thankfully, common sense has prevailed in a couple of states that have banned plastic bags, with Maine and New York announcing they’ve suspended their bans. 

Stopping these plastic-bag bans in the midst of our current public health challenges should be a no-brainer for the states with such laws on the books. But they’d be wise to do away with them for good, even after the crisis has passed. And states without such laws, like Nevada, should steer clear.

ITEM #7: The Mueller probe sure seems like ancient history at this point, but there was actually some important news about it this past week. In a nutshell: We just got what has to be the strongest evidence yet that this was nothing but a political gambit from the get-go. 

Writing for National Review, Andrew McCarthy has a piece that outlines the recent developments and what they demonstrate. He writes:

“More than an investigation, the Mueller probe was the wellspring of a political narrative. That becomes clearer as time goes by and more information ekes out … such as new confirmation that, months before Mueller was appointed in May 2017, it was already well understood in Justice Department circles that there was no case of criminal ‘collusion’ between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“Never was that made more obvious than by the Justice Department’s quiet announcement late Monday, under the five-alarm noise of the coronavirus scare, that it has dropped the special counsel’s indictment of Russian companies …”

This might seem puzzling at first glance. But it actually makes perfect sense once you understand the motivation behind the probe. McCarthy explains:

“[Prosecutors] were not going to charge any crime that called for proving Russia’s culpability in court. Their evidence is shaky and, if there were ever an acquittal, the Trump-Russia political narrative would be kaput, while the Putin regime celebrated a huge propaganda coup.

“So why did Team Mueller publicly file an indictment against Russians?

“Because they figured it was a freebie. The prosecutors assumed that they would never have to … you know … prove the case. The Russian defendants were in Russia. There was no way Putin would ever extradite them for an American criminal trial. The prosecutors knew that. What they wrote was not meant to be a real indictment. It was meant to be a press release. It was meant to be what Team Mueller was best at: the spinning of a narrative.”

The piece is truly excellent, and well worth reading in full, which you can do here.
 NOTABLE QUOTES“Every person lecturing you that economic suicide is necessary is still employed and collecting a paycheck.” – Sean Davis

“Our people want to return to work. They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM!” – President Donald Trump

“POTUS never said turn the economy back on and ignore the health crisis. He said we need to deal with both crises, draw the right balance, and make sure the cure is not worse than the disease. That’s common sense.” – Andy McCarthy

“Many media fear mongers are in panic right now that the United States might actually go back to work sooner rather than later. They’re trying to say they are worried about the health of Americans but the fact is too many of them are afraid the economy is going to snap back quickly.” – Charles Payne

“Poll: 61 percent of voters say Trump is taking strong enough measures to slow or stop coronavirus spread.  Imagine his numbers if the mainscream media didn’t hate his guts!” – Larry ElderForward to a Friend!
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‘Forgotten Americans’ Are Now Remembered

ITEM #1:  The left loves to smear conservatives as supporters of policies that allegedly only benefit the wealthy and privileged. The reality, of course, is precisely the opposite. When you limit government and remove barriers to prosperity and opportunity — policy ideas conservatives support and work to advance — the positive effects reverberate throughout the economy … and are felt by people of all backgrounds and socioeconomic status.

The economic boom that the United States is experiencing under President Trump has been nothing short of stunning. Last week, we highlighted a video showing that even news outlets that have been hostile to the President can no longer deny the success we’re all enjoying on his watch.

But it’s worth driving home a key point that can easily be lost in the top-line numbers: The policies President Trump has put in place have been helpful to all Americans, yes, but especially to those whom our political elites usually neglect — or, just as often, look down upon.

Writing for the Washington Times, Kay C. James has a great piece that examines how the President’s agenda has delivered big-time for the “forgotten Americans” — those in our country that the elitist class delights in viewing with contempt and condescension, and those who often have the most difficulty getting ahead.

James writes:

“President Trump’s ‘forgotten men and women’ are the farmer, the factory worker, and the middle-class men and women who have been ignored or even sneered at by Washington politicians. They are the people of ‘flyover country’ and ‘Middle America.’ They are the people CNN host Don Lemon and his guests recently made fun of when they called Trump supporters rubes and used mock Southern accents to paint them as uneducated, illiterate and unable to find places like Ukraine on a map.

“Mr. Trump’s ‘forgotten’ are the average, patriotic hard-working Americans who pay taxes for government programs many of them will never use. Many are religious. Some are gun owners. A surprising number are Democrats, independents or political agnostics.”

And especially damning for the left is that the rising economic tide is lifting up those whom they claim to speak for and care about most. As James explains:

“Indeed, African-Americans are part of the forgotten, too. For decades, politicians have repeatedly promised urban communities good jobs, good schools and safe neighborhoods. Instead, they have delivered policies that more often increased crime, degraded educational standards and made it harder to get work. … 

“While some in the media have tried to claim that Mr. Trump’s forgotten Americans are just disaffected, angry white voters, the president has always made clear that his policies to create jobs, lower taxes and open up opportunities would help everyone, including blacks and other minorities.”

As James goes on to detail, that’s exactly what they’ve done. But don’t expect our country’s left-wing elitists to acknowledge any of this. No, they’ll continue with all the smears — while Americans from all walks of life continue to enjoy all the prosperity.

ITEM #2: If you missed President Trump’s flyover in Air Force One at the Daytona 500 on Sunday, click here. It’s awesome.

Trump was also the first American president to give the infamous race command, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” before taking “The Beast” — the presidential limo — for a spin around the track. The fans LOVED it, chanting “USA! USA!” over and over again.

For those who didn’t hear, there was a huge, fiery crash at the end of the race. Which prompted this tweet by @Zookeepers4Pete:

“Ryan Newman endorsed Donald Trump for president. So many #lgbt #minority #dreamers have been hurt by Trump. Newman deserves SOME bad karma.”

It’s just unconscionable that anyone would actually root for someone to be seriously injured in a car crash because of that person’s political views.

ITEM #3:A recent Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial noted that some students at Oxford University, who are agitating for increased measures to fight climate change, have demanded that the school “divest from fossil fuel companies.”  

To which school principal Andrew Parker made a counter-offer:

“I am not able to arrange any divestment at short notice, but I can arrange for the gas central heating in college to be switched off with immediate effect.  Please let me know if you support this proposal.”

One student replied:

“This is an inappropriate and flippant response…  It’s January, and it would be borderline dangerous to switch off the central heating.”

As the R-J noted:

A word of advice to those concerned about climate change. Before you advocate draconian energy policies, be ready to propose solutions you’re willing to tolerate yourselves.”

This perfectly encapsulates the reality-free debate we’re having these days — especially when it comes to the “green” agenda.

ITEM #4:  What is the left doing to fix education? As the Las Vegas Review-Journal explained in an editorial on Monday, by replacing A-through-F grades with “EX,” “M,” “DV” and “E.”

A Madison, Wisconsin, school district “had to provide a key to help parents decipher” its new grading system. EX means “exceeding.” M means “meeting.” DV means “developing.” And E means “emerging.”

Yep, that should do it. Problem solved. Next?

ITEM #5: Three high school girls in Connecticut have filed a lawsuit to stop two guys who “identify” as girls from competing in girls’ track-and-field competitions. The two guys have reportedly won “15 girls state indoor and outdoor championship races since 2017.”

“Mentally and physically, we know the outcome before the race even starts,” said one of the girls. “That biological unfairness doesn’t go away because of what someone believes about gender identity.”

The girls argue in their lawsuit “that allowing athletes with male anatomy to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities.” 

It’ll be interesting to see how those on the left who claim to champion women’s rights as well as transgender rights handle this. It’s got to be one or the other; both cannot succeed in sports.

ITEM #6: The Boy Scouts have now filed for bankruptcy in response to a blizzard of lawsuits filed by men claiming to have been “molested as scouts by scoutmasters or other leaders decades ago but are only now eligible because of recent changes in their states’ statute-of-limitations laws.”

This isn’t right. If the victims want to go after the people who actually committed these acts under a lengthened statute-of-limitation law, fine. Get the people who actually did it.

But to destroy an entire 110-year-old organization that has been so good and so important for so many young men for so long because of the actions of a comparatively few bad apples is so wrong.

INSANITY IN AMERICA:  The Associated Press reports on the latest news from the “Snowflake Generation,” this time from Michigan:

“State lawmakers and a gun-rights group are calling for changes to Michigan’s terrorism law months after a Lake Superior State University student was charged for posting a photo of a rifle on social media and saying it would make ‘snowflakes melt.’

“Twenty-year-old Lucas Gerhard faces the charge of making a terrorist threat, a 20-year felony, over an incident that occurred in August.

“Before returning to the school for his junior year, Gerhard sent a photo of his newly purchased AR-15 rifle to a group of friends on Snapchat.

“He was arrested two days later.”

You can’t make this stuff up.NOTABLE QUOTES“A Sanders candidacy simply guarantees a Trump second term.” – Las Vegas Sun editorial

“Last night on CNN, Bernie (Sanders) called me a political hack.  That’s exactly who the f*ck I am! I am a political hack! I am not an ideologue. I am not a purist. He thinks it’s a pejorative. I kinda like it! At least I’m not a communist.” – Democrat strategist James Carville

“The forgotten — black, white, Hispanic, whatever-Americans — are seeing unprecedented successes under a president who said he wouldn’t forget them. Imagine the possibilities if those in Washington opposed to the president put aside their personal animus, ceased looking for ways to stop him, and realized that the successes he is achieving are successes for the American people.” – Kay C. James
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The latest idiocy from Colin Kaepernick

ITEM #1: This past week gave us yet another disgusting Colin Kaepernick special, this one coming in response to the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani.

Soleimani was a monster with an unthinkable amount of blood on his hands — a terror master for a brutal, thuggish, dangerous and anti-Semitic regime.

Naturally, Kaepernick, the failed former NFL quarterback turned “social justice” activist, had this to offer in the way of commentary on the news of Soleimani’s killing:

“There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.”

It’s only the latest example of Kaepernick’s particularly repugnant brand of social justice, one steeped in anti-American and anti-military sentiment.

Kaepernick needs to be recognized for what he is — an ignorant, spoiled brat. This great country gave him the opportunity to become rich and successful, which provided him with an outsized platform to express his views. And he uses that platform to spread radical and hateful lies about the country that has afforded him those opportunities and continues to protect his freedoms.

And he spits on those of us who have served our nation in the process.

As abhorrent as it is, it’s also clarifying. At least the far left is letting us know who they truly are.

ITEM #2: During periods of economic growth, there’s a tendency to take our prosperity for granted — to forget that job creation, rising wages, and increased opportunities don’t just happen.

In reality, it takes a lot of different ingredients to produce economic success, but among the most important is an approach to public policy that creates and maintains an environment in which both businesses and workers can flourish.

The economic boom we’re seeing under President Trump — which is in stark contrast with the stagnation we got for eight years during the Obama administration — has served to reinforce this truth.

Andy Matthews, former President of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, has written an op-ed that takes a close look at our ongoing economic success story, and the enormously positive impact it has had for Nevada. He writes:

“Despite the ongoing Democrat campaign to spread pessimism about our prosperous future, the Silver State continues to thrive under Donald Trump. …

“[T]he state economy has added more than 30,000 new jobs over the past 12 months — a wave of job creation that has been largely fueled by President Trump’s campaign to eliminate job-killing federal regulations and cut taxes for the middle class. …

“Considering the flurry of economic milestones that our state has achieved in recent years, the ongoing expansion is nothing short of remarkable.”

Of course, this prosperity will continue only so long as we keep getting the policies right. And as Matthews notes, there’s real danger ahead if the far-left ideologues calling the shots in today’s Democrat Party — both nationally and here in Nevada — get their way.

Check out the full op-ed here.

ITEM #3:President Donald Trump sure knows how to troll on Twitter. This from Monday:

“The homeless situation in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and many other Democrat Party run cities throughout the Nation is a state and local problem, not a federal problem.

“If however, the city or state in question is willing to acknowledge responsibility, and politely asks for help from the Federal Government, we will very seriously consider getting involved in order to make those poorly run Democrat Cities Great Again!”

Gotta love the guy! He’s so generous and compassionate.

ITEM #4: The Associated Press reports that Atlanta Police Chief Ericka Shields “has ordered a halt to all police car chases,” saying, “I don’t want to see us cost someone their life in pursuit of an auto theft person or burglar.”

“She said she would rather err on the side of safety, even though her decision may increase crime.”

And here we thought the job of the police department was to DETER crime. What were we thinking?

ITEM #5:According to the latest from the outraged left, there’s a new scourge infesting low-income neighborhoods: discount “dollar” stores.

No, you read that right.

According to a report in City Journal this week, cities around the country are passing new laws and zoning regulations to ban retail stores such as Dollar Tree and Dollar General. The argument is that discount stores keep major grocery chains from setting up shop and “sustain poverty by making neighborhoods seem run-down.”

“Forcing the Poor to Pay More.” Great bumper sticker for big-city Democrat candidates this year.

ITEM #6:Forget homelessness, crime and drug abuse. California regulators now have their sights on a much more dire problem. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting on a plan to ban gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers.

“What I think we need to realize is that we have to do something different for climate change in the world,” said Novato Mayor Pro Tem Pat Eklund. “If not, we are going to see a different world than we do today. Every little bit is going to help.”

We assume that means she walks or bikes to work, right? Right?

ITEM #7:At the beginning of the year, a teacher at Brody Middle School in Des Moines, Iowa, told her students they could earn a “pizza party” before the Christmas break if they met certain requirements. They did. And she ordered the pizzas … paid for out of her own pocket.

But then the principal walked into the classroom and confiscated the pizzas, saying he never approved the party. His excuse was that he wanted to be “fair” and didn’t want other kids to be left out.

“He took the pizzas from the kids and let them sit in the office for the teacher to pick up after school,” reported one angry parent on Facebook, adding that “the teacher was left in tears.”

After being slammed as a “Grinch” on social media, the principal eventually apologized for being “overly strict.” Ya think?

ITEM #8:U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez last week temporarily blocked a new California law that would force all truck drivers to work as employees rather than as self-employed independent contractors.

It’s an important and welcome development, and one that has relevance here in Nevada given the importance of the trucking industry in the Silver State. And it’s definitely something to keep an eye on as the legal battle continues to play out.

“So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.” – Ricky Gervais, in his blistering opening monologue at this week’s Golden Globe awards

“Trusting Adam Schiff to accurately describe documents you have not yet seen is like using a porcupine as an anal thermometer; it’s a huge pain in the ***, and you should have known better.” – Scott Adams
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ITEM #1: As you likely recall, during the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session, Democrat lawmakers tried to push a bill that would have turned Nevada into a sanctuary state. Thanks largely to your efforts — and Morning in Nevada PAC’s grassroots public-information campaign that you helped fuel — they failed.
But of course, the Left’s attacks on public safety didn’t stop there. They never do.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Victor Joecks, in a column titled, “Las Vegas is now a sanctuary city,” shares the alarming news that:
“Late last month, [a federal judge in California] issued an injunction preventing state and local law enforcement agencies from holding suspected illegal aliens for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The order didn’t include states that expressly allow civil immigration arrests. Nevada, however, hasn’t passed such a law. On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police Department announced that, because of the ruling, it was ending its participation in the 287(g) program. The city of Las Vegas issued a similar statement Thursday.
“Translation: Clark County and Las Vegas now have ‘sanctuary city’ policies in place.”
The first key takeaway is that this news constitutes a reckless and dangerous assault on public safety. Southern Nevadans are less safe today as a result of this step. Period. So … whom to blame, and what can and should be done next?
As we all work to understand who is really to blame and what the solution is, you can be sure we’ll update you on that soon.

ITEM #2:On Saturday, President Trump gave the green light to take out the most notorious terrorist on the planet.  He announced the mission’s success on Sunday morning. That night, he attended a World Series game in Washington, D.C. 
At the end of the third inning, the stadium’s video screen showed a tribute to U.S. service members, followed by a live shot of the Commander in Chief who gave the order to wipe ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi from the face of the planet.
And the crowd booed.
But they don’t get it.  Being jeered by denizens of the nation’s “swamp” is a badge of honor for this president, and yet another rallying cry for Trump supporters in America’s flyover country. 
ITEM #3:President Trump did not notify House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — the Impeachment Queen — prior to launching the raid to bag Baghdadi. The reason, Trump told reporters, is “because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before.” True that.
In a huff after the Baghadi announcement, Pelosi tweeted that “@realDonaldTrump must present the American people with a clear strategy to confront ISIS.”
After President Obama sat by and watched ISIS become a murderous deadly threat to humanity across the globe, President Trump unshackled and unleashed America’s military and wiped it out. He followed up this weekend by wiping out the terror organization’s top dog.
But of course, don’t expect the biased media to call Pelosi out on her hypocrisy.

ITEM #4:The Way They Were, Part I
Nancy Pelosi in 2011…
The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaeda. I salute President Obama, his national security team, Director Panetta, our men and women in the intelligence community and military, and other nations who supported this effort for their leadership in achieving this major accomplishment.”
Nancy Pelosi in 2019…
“Americans salute the heroism, dedication and skill of our military and our intelligence professionals and acknowledge the work of our partners in the region.”
Trump Derangement Syndrome is strong with this one.
ITEM #5:The Way They Were, Part II
Elizabeth Warren in 2004…
“Fully funded vouchers would relieve parents from the terrible choice of leaving their kids in lousy schools or bankrupting themselves to escape those schools.”
Elizabeth Warren in 2019…
“My administration will end federal funding for the expansion of charter schools, ban for-profit charter schools, and ensure existing charter schools are held to the same level of transparency and accountability as public schools.”
For the record, charter schools ARE public schools.
ITEM #6: Those who cannot remember the past,” George Santayana warned more than 100 years ago, “are condemned to repeat it.”
It’s a quote that comes to mind often these days, as the Democrats’ presidential aspirants compete to see who can promise to throw the most money at America’s problems.
Writing at National Review, Lindsey M. Burke and Jonathan Butcher offer a helpful reminder of the folly behind this spend-our-way-to-prosperity mindset, with an in-depth look at the failure that was (and is) President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. What hits hardest about the piece is the authors’ description of how Americans still suffer today under the ill-conceived, big-government system Johnson created, particularly in the realm of education.
Their verdict: “Johnson’s programs and their legacy have proved to be a curse on taxpayers and low-income families.”
There’s a lesson in there for Senators Warren, Sanders, et al. — one they’ll no doubt insist on missing.
ITEM #7:There are many noxious features of today’s radical green movement, but at the top of the list has got to be its increasingly brazen authoritarianism.
Joel Kotkin, the presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, has written a thorough piece for City Journal looking at the greenies’ anti-democratic (and, really, anti-human) agenda. Kotkin writes:
“Ever more convinced of their role as planetary saviors, radical greens are increasingly intolerant of dissent or any questioning of their policy agenda. They embrace a sort of ‘soft Stalinism,’ driven by a determination to remake society, whether people want it or not — and their draconian views are penetrating the mainstream. ‘Democracy,’ a writer for Foreign Policy suggests, constitutes ‘the planet’s biggest enemy.'”
As Kotkin explains, one of the main reasons these environmentalists are resorting to anti-democratic measures is that the public isn’t buying what they’re selling. “Today’s working and middle classes are skeptical about policies that undermine their livelihoods in the promise of distant policy goals,” he writes, adding: “Simply put, once the current green agenda is understood in terms of its impact on jobs and energy prices, it does not play well.”
Organizing human society would be so much easier without those pesky humans, wouldn’t it?

ITEM #8:  The level of hostility to the Nevada Department of Transportation’s (NDOT) new HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes on Interstate 15 and Highway 93-95 in Las Vegas is about as high as any local issue has generated in a long time.
The HOV lanes themselves were already a flash point with motorists who paid for them with their tax dollars while being banned from using them. But then NDOT switched the lane restrictions from weekday rush hours to 24/7.
In response to the furious backlash, NDOT officials blamed the federal government. They claimed the 24/7 restrictions were a condition for getting federal highway funds for the project. But an editorial in Sunday’s Las Vegas Review-Journal exposed that excuse as pure bull.
“NDOT’s decision to convert all HOV lanes to 24/7 enforcement was made arbitrarily,” the editorial noted. “Nothing in federal law requires carpool lanes outside of peak traffic hours.”
 “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.” – Washington Post obituary
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