Evening Edition - January 8

January 8, 2019

Newly-elected Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib doesn’t just hate President Trump in ways that compel her to use vile profanity in front of crowds and small children.  She also doesn’t seem to care much for Israel.  At the link, Sen. Marco Rubio exposes the hypocrisy and anti-Semitism at the root of her claim that she’s defending the Constitutional right to boycott against those with “dual loyalties” -- when she's actually attacking those who would boycott companies that boycott Israel, and she plainly harbors conflicting loyalties of her own, as a photo at the link makes crystal clear. 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/marco-rubio-blasts-rashida-tlaibs-dual-loyality-suggestion-typical-anti-semitic-line/

 

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With the benefit of her (at this writing) 113 hours of experience in government, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying to distance herself from criticism that her grandiose plans to remake America into a socialist Utopia mean she wants to turn the USA into a failed state like Venezuela.  She told “Sixty Minutes,” "Of course,” that’s not what’s being planned: “What we have in mind — and what of my — and my policies most closely resemble what we see in the U.K., in Norway, in Finland, in Sweden."

https://news.grabien.com/story-ocasio-cortez-whether-her-socialist-policies-would-create-an

First of all, I’m appalled at the suggestion that we need to turn America into Sweden. But her comments also once again revealed the shallowness of her economic knowledge and historical perspective.

She apparently doesn't understand that no socialist nation ever PLANS to become Venezuela…or Cuba, or Russia.  Not even Venezuelans imagined they’d ever become today’s version of Venezuela.  It takes an incredible amount of incompetence, corruption and tyranny to turn a nation so blessed with abundant resources into a disaster that people are fleeing because they don’t even have the basic necessities of life. It just happens that socialism makes it oh-so-much easier to achieve that seemingly impossible goal.  Putting vast power into the hands of an easily corruptible governing class is a perfect incubator for the fatal flaw of socialism summed up so succinctly by Lord Acton: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  

No, Venezuelans never planned to become a nation where the rich got richer and the poor got poorer; where the leaders and their relatives amassed billions in foreign banks while the people lost their freedom and civil rights and went without food, medicine or toilet paper.  They just followed a charismatic leader who promised them endless free stuff (sound familiar?), and started inevitably down the road to Hell.

Another thing AOC fails to understand is that her examples of “Democratic socialism” that works (the so-called “Nordic model”) aren’t even socialist themselves, and the little bits of socialism they embraced backfired so badly that even they are backing away from them.

At the link, economics Prof. Jeffrey Dorfman explains that Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway are not socialist.  They are actually successful capitalist nations that rank higher in economic freedom than Japan or South Korea.  They just have generous social services paid for with high taxes, which they thought they could afford because their free market economies were already so successful (although he fails to mention that they can also afford them because the US picks up so much of the tab for their defense.)  As he notes, they aren’t successful because they have lavish government benefits; they have lavish government benefits because they’re successful. 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2018/07/08/sorry-bernie-bros-but-nordic-countries-are-not-socialist/#6bdadf5e74ad

But Dorfman also notes that these nations have many aspects that would make a leftist like AOC blew a gasket.  For instance, not one of them has a minimum wage law: people are paid what the market will bear.  Much of Norway’s prosperity is dependent on off-shore oil drilling.  Finland and Norway have some of the highest per-capita gun ownership in the world.  And Sweden is 100% pro-school choice, with vouchers given out that can be used for public or private schools. If she wants America to be more like Sweden in that way, I'm in.  

It’s also worth noting the many negative effects of those high taxes.  For instance, Swedes don’t live in tiny homes and apartments, ride bikes instead of buying cars, and are skinnier than Americans because they’re more concerned about their health and the environment.  It’s because they’re taxed to death and can’t afford larger homes, cars or food.  Yes, the high sales tax applies even to food and prescription medicine in Sweden, and the cost of a meal out can be up to twice what it is in the US.  

These nations have also started rolling back some of their more socialist-leaning policies after realizing that even a small drop of that poison can cause serious harmful effects.  Denmark recently cut its generous government benefits after the cost became unsustainable and the public was outraged by media reports on how it was eroding the famous Scandinavian work ethic among young people, with profiles of lazy Danes who refused to look for jobs because they were making more in welfare and benefits than people who actually worked. 

I won’t even go into how other loony leftist policies such as open borders and unfettered immigration of people who refuse to assimilate have affected nations like Sweden.  Or how confiscatory tax rates and arrogant socialist policies have sparked open revolt among the working class in France and other European nations. 

For any Americans who would prefer to live in Sweden, there is a much easier solution than destroying the free market system of the USA that’s the economic engine of the world: planes to Stockholm leave every hour of every day.  

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Here are a few more examples of how the Scandinavian countries cited as socialist models for the US by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are actually nothing of the sort, unless she really wants the US to privatize Social Security, repeal the minimum wage, embrace school vouchers, etc.

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/ocasio-cortez-socialism-norway-sweden-venezuela/

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For those who saw Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on “Sixty Minutes” pushing for a return to 70% tax rates on the “tippy-top” earners (apparently, that’s a math term now used in college economics classes), here’s a handy primer on how tax codes really work and why punishing tax rates result in less revenue to the government, which Democrats like JFK used to understand.

https://www.thenewneo.com/2019/01/07/raising-the-tax-rate-versus-raising-the-effective-tax-rate/

 

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You heard about the Democratic false-flag misinformation campaign meant to make it look like Russians backed losing Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore?  Well, it appears there was another one, designed to make it falsely appear that he backed Prohibition of alcohol sales. 

Why do Democrats think they have to pay to create fake social media campaigns to slander Republicans as Russian agents and misrepresent their views?  Isn’t that what the real news media is for?

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/379050.php

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Depressing if it comes true, but a must-read: Former Deputy Under-Secretary of Defense Jed Babbin argues that by stonewalling overseers until partisan Democrats could win back the House and shut down investigations, the Obama-led FBI and DOJ successfully pulled off a cover-up of the biggest abuse of power scandal in the history of America.  And many of those who committed crimes in the name of protecting Hillary and undermining Trump – from illegally unmasking citizens’ identities to filing false FISA court documents – will not be held responsible or sent to federal prisons but will remain in power to keep doing it. 

Pray that he’s wrong, but read it and then spread it far and wide, because one of the few ways at the moment to keep them from sweeping the truth under the rug is to refuse to stop demanding answers. 

 

https://spectator.org/the-most-successful-coverup/

 

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Talk about disrupting the popular narrative! A new worldwide university study of gender inequality found that men face more discrimination than women, and that men have it worse than women in over twice as many countries, facing such anti-male policies as men-only military drafts and harsher punishments for the same crimes.  Yes, the US is one of the nations where they say men face worse discrimination than women.   

On the other hand, this study does rank Saudi Arabia as a nation where women have it better than men, so you might take it with a grain of salt.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6564767/Men-face-discrimination-women.html

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Feel-Good Story of the Day: It’s not usually a good idea to charge into your house when you think there might be an intruder there.  It’s always safer to call the police and let them handle it.  On the other hand, it’s also not safe to be a punk who thinks he can break into a house of a woman who has a brown belt in karate. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/punk-goes-wrong-girl-suddenly-hears-whisper-dont-move-break-neck/

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  • Joan Chambers

    01/10/2019 10:42 AM

    Dear Mike,
    I think that President Trump should load his air force 1 with Pelosi and Schumer and other dems and media and take them to the border so they can see for themselves.
    God Bless

  • Betty Brown

    01/09/2019 04:46 PM

    After today's meeting I would sign the bills to reopen the government and then I would put every available agent to round up every illegal alien in the country and deport them. Since the demecrats don't want to secure our borders this should at least keep the numbers of illegals from going up. We can call it our illegal immigration merry go round. And no illegal immigrant should be immuned to being deported.

    I believe that anyone interfering with agents doing their job should be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law! Starting with the mayor of Oakland, California!

    Yes, I was born and still reside in California and I remember when it was a great place to live.

  • Edward Vanover

    01/09/2019 03:39 PM

    It would be interesting to ask AOC just which of the European countries she has actually visited and precisely how much time she spent in (any of) them. Since she is so enamored with their governments and wants to emulate their policies she should be backed into a corner and not let out of it until she has done so.
    Clearly she is blissful in her abject ignorance. It is said she learned her 'economics' at Boston University. If that is true, I'm thinking that BU should lose it's accreditation. For cause. Unless, of course, she flunked out.

  • Rafael A. Salaz

    01/09/2019 11:39 AM

    I would think soon Americans will start to see that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer own the Government Shut Down . The $ 5.6 billion Trump wants for the wall is a spect in the bucket , compared to next years budget and the cost and the problems of the shut down. The dumb ones here are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer .

  • Arturo Devitalis

    01/09/2019 10:55 AM

    Being 92 yrs old, I don't always stay current on the news so I must ask if pictures of our present depraved politician's homes with walls around them, or security gates protecting them have been made public. Just a thought. I very much appreciate our daily postings. God Bless You Mike.

  • Lynne Schrom

    01/09/2019 09:43 AM

    Is there anything that can be done about the media who does not tell the truth, the WHOLE truth, and NOTHING BUT the truth? That they do not, makes a huge difference in what the public thinks they know. Can there not be a lawsuit against this? The Constitution protects this because it is essential for us in order to vote having the facts. This media has become an arm of the Democrat party, not the respected source of news that the Constitution protects!

  • Sharon Henson-laney

    01/09/2019 06:37 AM

    Governor, l am a 68 yr. old woman that never thought would live to see such hate & disrespect for the President of our blessed country. I appreciate you so much for explaining so many things that many of us don't understand or even know about. May GOD bless you for you are a blessing to so many. Also, l admire Sarah for being such example of a smart, educated in her job woman that should be the role model for young women.

  • Jerold Markin

    01/09/2019 01:39 AM

    Hi Mike,
    Thank you for your insights into daily politics. I am dismayed with the reaction of mainstream media. In my opinion, most (not all) have failed journalism 101! In HS I learned many of the techniques now used on a daily basis to essential "lie" to the audience. Here is how "Mexico can really pay for our wall, literally. Trump needs to follow through on this. Every day, in many states, cash is sent back to Mexican families. How much of this $ is under the table? No taxes. For every transaction, (sender and sendee) a 10% tax. To enforce it, hire an honest body to monitor and record every transaction at every business that exists to do so. Collect the cash electronically and send it border security! (Maybe involve other countries if we suspect large amounts of cash being transferred to countries with problems? That's another discussion.) The "wall" bad term really, could be paid for in a month!? What do you think? CHange the 'wall' to "protect American and it's legal citizens!

  • Miriam Spears

    01/09/2019 01:05 AM

    Houston, I think we have a problem with our newly elected people in Congress. Time will tell. Let's hope for the best.

  • Patricia McKeehan

    01/08/2019 11:26 PM

    Mike,
    I would personally give a lttle money from my Social Security Check to help Build the Wall. But I won't if its channeled to do anything else. I am not certain the Go Fund Me 16.5 Million raised will go to build the wall.
    The RNC is asking for donations and support to officially Secure the Border but if you read the fine print-it not going to build the wall-its going to fund RNC and campaigns. Who can we trust? Patricia McKeehan age 68 Rogers Ar 72758

  • Ellie Maddox

    01/08/2019 10:59 PM

    Thank you for your service to our country and defending what is right. Stay strong sir! May God Bless your efforts!!

  • Larry Mortland

    01/08/2019 10:58 PM

    Perhaps for any validity in his report Prof. Dorfman could have hinted at the tax rates in Sweden, where they recently admitted that their planned socialist system has failed; that's what happens when politicians spend money they didn't have to earn on their own in an attempt to socialize everyday life of all citizens.

  • Billy Hudson

    01/08/2019 10:25 PM

    If the House of Representatives Democrats are so interested in having the President and Vice President provide their tax returns for ten years then rightfully they as well should provide their financial information for the American public to review. I'm sure going over Nancy Pelosi's tax returns and Schumer's tax returns with a fine toothed comb would provide some interesting reading as well. Any proposed actions taken against the President should also apply to all of these elected officials. As the old country saying goes, "If it is good for the goose it is good for the gander." Maybe they should start checking into the financial background of a number of the high ranking members of the FBI and Justice Department as well while they are at it. The improper money muck is probably quite deep in that part of the swamp!

  • Bob Ernst

    01/08/2019 10:04 PM

    Regarding Hannah Hughes, instant justice is one of the most satisfying things on earth!!

  • Jeannie Rice

    01/08/2019 09:42 PM

    To Gov Mike, Dr Zhivago is all I need to see! this revolutionary novel written by one who lived it is enough to dig a big hole & never come out again. I am totally concerned that we may all wind up like this? Jeannie

  • Russ Gemberling

    01/08/2019 09:20 PM

    dear sir , I truly enjoy your emails. I belong to the group 24/7 praying for the USA and it's lawmakers. I fully support a moralistic society and
    solid Christianity, our children should be led by leaders, not misled by vulgarity and hate. Our teen, tweens, and children need someone to be an example. The family brokenness is truly abhorrent today, and I believe this is where all the trouble began no family models, single mom's , multiple daddy babies, it all goes to the core of family. I read an idea on facebook of all places that made sense to me , my question to you is do you think that this will help , (shoot can't add attachment) It was a copy of a letter a person wrote to Ms. Susan Brooks house ethics committee chairperson . It had the address and very professionally written the body of the letter was a formal complaint filed for the gross indecency of language Rashida Tlaib used she mentioned contentious times, but that language used publicly to a person holding our nation's highest office in a public meeting of the house televised and repeated over and over by media. She challenged the Ethics Committee to determine what type reprimand should be delivered and she recommended that it be make public so that type of language is snot tolerated from an elected official ... We the people deserve better signed Renee M Fuller. I think if this is doable why not share and get everyone who is embarrassed and appalled at this new Houses one ring circus, complete with flying monkeys and jackals. well anyway I am willing to contact everyone I know to write , if you think it will do any good . Marlene Welch

  • Carol Howard

    01/08/2019 08:08 PM

    Why doesn't Republican Party info people, inform Americans the true cost of each Illegal alien we have to support, a good way to have all people understand how harmful it is to each of us the taxpayers. How much longer we have to work each year to support these people who do not contribute but are first in line for all Americans give them for nothing in return.

  • Ruth Gallion

    01/08/2019 07:53 PM

    Hi Mr. Huckabee, I read your news letters every day n appreciate your opinion. ( I also love your daughter and think she's doing a great job. )
    Would you consider being vice president , if President Trump ask you? I have a strong feeling of danger re the one now. Thank you.

  • Carol LeQuieu

    01/08/2019 07:52 PM

    I would be happy to buy a one-way plane ticket for Michigan Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib
    and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Venezuela, the U.K., Finland or Sweden so they can, for the rest of their lives, suck up all the socialism they so apparently love. Then, they can leave the rest of us patriots alone who are committed to making and keeping America Great.

  • deborah brack

    01/08/2019 07:36 PM

    Hi Mr.Huckabee!
    Thanks for your daily encouragement and your wonderful daughter who is doing an incredibly wonderful at an impossible job.
    I have a question please, I saw an commercial on TV from Mr. Steyer who said President Trump is the most corrupt president ever. Can you tell me what he and all these crazed liberals are so against? I think he is doing a great job, am I right or are they just falsely accusing him. Anarchy or slander, why are they allowed to continue these vial accusations and impeachment threarts?
    I look forward to your reply.
    Keep up the great work!!
    Thanks so much
    Deborah Brack

  • deborah brack

    01/08/2019 07:35 PM

    Hi Mr.Huckabee!
    Thanks for your daily encouragement and your wonderful daughter who is doing an incredibly wonderful at an impossible job.
    I have a question please, I saw an commercial on TV from Mr. Steyer who said President Trump is the most corrupt president ever. Can you tell me what he and all these crazed liberals are so against? I think he is doing a great job, am I right or are they just falsely accusing him. Anarchy or slander, why are they allowed to continue these vial accusations and impeachment threarts?
    I look forward to your reply.
    Keep up the great work!!
    Thanks so much
    Deborah Brack

  • Karen Bird

    01/08/2019 07:26 PM

    What are the lies Pres. Trump is telling? It seems like the lies are being told by the dems. Will the be a Fact check for the dems "equal time" tonight?

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    01/08/2019 06:43 PM

    I agree with you that those who want the USA to be a socialist country can catch a plane any time they they want to the country they choose. Seems like that was one of the reasons America was founded in the first place. To get away from that system.
    The other thing that has me puzzled is, those coming from other countries, seeking the freedoms America has, want to bring their flag, their laws and rules, everything they're trying to get away from, to America.
    They don't want our freedoms, they want our free stuff. We need to put up a huge sign, maybe paint it on the border wall, " THERE IS NO FREE RIDE"
    Everything costs someone something. Just a thought.

  • Gretchen Smith

    01/08/2019 06:23 PM

    I think it's time to recall some of these demo nut cases, ocasio, nadler, watters, and the big mouth muslim Israeli hater.