THE EVENING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good evening! Here are some stories from me that I think you will want to read.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm, 46:10 KJV
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I’ve repeatedly warned readers not to fall for the idea that the $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” bill was actually going to buy $1.2 trillion worth of roads, bridges and airport improvements (hence our habitual use of quotation marks around “infrastructure.”) That’s partly because only a fraction of the money goes to things that any sane person would consider to be actual infrastructure (Democrats only win arguments by redefining words, in this case turning “government giveaway programs” into “human infrastructure.”) But it’s also because Democrats, in thrall to environmentalist donors, have created so many laws that make it darn near impossible to build a new road, highway, dam or any other major construction project.
We went through the same thing under Obama. Remember the promise that spending nearly a trillion tax dollars would create thousands of “shovel-ready jobs?” Then we discovered that it took a 10-year environmental impact study just to get permits to buy a shovel. Even Obama himself admitted that he found out there were no “shovel-ready jobs.”
Well, one of the hallmarks of modern liberals is that they never learn from prior mistakes. So now we have a freshly-signed $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” bill, and the New York Times, which pushed hard for passage, has suddenly realized that it probably won’t actually build or fix very much infrastructure.
The Times actually printed an analysis by independent journalist Ralph Vartabadian in which he found that the bill “carries enormous risks that the projects will face the same kind of cost, schedule and technical problems that have hobbled ambitious efforts from New York to Seattle, delaying benefits to the public and driving up the price tag that taxpayers ultimately will bear.”
It would have been nice if the Times had looked that closely at the bill before it was passed with their support and we taxpayers got stuck with the tab. But even if it never results in a new road or bridge, it will accomplish its actual goals of (A.) giving Biden a legislative “win,” (B.) expanding government size and control, and (C.) showering money on Democrat donors and voting blocs.
In short, the Times will never learn because keeping their readers willfully ignorant until it’s too late advances the left’s political agenda. But the rest of us can learn from this never to pay attention to the New York Times.
2. EXCELLENT OP-ED:
This is an excellent op-ed by Karol Markowicz at the New York Post, about clueless celebrities and politicians who can’t understand the fuss about runaway theft or a broken supply chain because, hey, it’s just “stuff.” It’s no big deal to lose, and you can always get more.
Spoken like clueless, privileged elitists who never have to worry about losing their “stuff” because they have so easily obtained so much more of it than most people, who have to work their tails off for whatever stuff they have. Ms Markowicz offers some moving examples of the devastation that has occurred in the past when governments failed to respect or to protect private property rights, and how that resulted in the tragic loss of far more than mere “stuff.”
If the people she’s addressing are incapable of learning from her historic examples, let me put it in terms they might find more familiar. Remember how on “Friends,” the well-paid friends kept wanting to go to expensive restaurants, obvious to the fact that their poorer friends couldn’t afford it? Ross said, “I guess we just never thought of money as being an issue.” Rachel snapped back, “That’s because you HAVE it!”
If you thought it was outrageous that the FDA wanted 55 years to make public the documents it used to approve the Pfizer COVID vaccine, try this: a group of concerned parents asked the Rochester, Minnesota, school board for all documents related to Critical Race Theory, which should be available to the public. The district responded to their lawyers that complying with that records request would require so much time and copying that it would cost the parents over $901,000 to see those records, and it had to be paid in advance.
I would say that if it takes $901,000 worth of work just to compile all the school documents that touch on Critical Race Theory, then that’s proof enough that there’s way too much Critical Race Theory in your school system.
Besides, something tells me that if those parents had $901,000, their kids would be going to private school.
4. MAILBAG --- ANSWERS TO LETTERS ON "SALVATION ARMY" STORY
We’ve received many letters in response to yesterday's story on the Salvation Army. (A follow-up story ran today.) Here are few that called out for responses.
From Larry (excerpt):
Love your show and your website, have for a long time. Just want to express a concern about people falling in the trap of using racist terms that are promoted by the left. You used one of the most racist terms in your article when you said " people of color." ...White is a color, it's just not one the racist democrats like.
It's just one of many things that non-Democrats fall prey to because they don't stop to think about a word before they just accept it and start using it.
As I said, we've always thought you were, and still are, one of the smartest people in the public eye that speaks for Conservatives and Christians. Best wishes.
From the Gov:
Thanks for writing, Larry, and for your kind words. We’re really sensitive to the language and how leftists try to shape it, and are glad to see you are, too. Keep in mind that commentaries include quotations, and these are run in quotation marks exactly as they were originally stated. The commentary you refer to included lengthy excerpts from a CRT-based publication, and that’s the term they used. I wouldn’t soften or censor what someone else said unless it was vulgar or otherwise over-the-line offensive.
We all have different ideas on how to use language respectfully to refer to race, and it continues to evolve. Personally, I’m baffled as to why leftists like the abbreviation “POC” for “people of color,” because it also stands for something offensive. But, again, I and my staff didn't use either of these; we were just quoting someone else.
From Jane (excerpt):
I am of heavy Irish descent. In fact I am Irish Catholic, which is amongst the Irish the most discriminated against, including by our own government (my grandfather was only allowed to work for the government if he professed himself to be an orange man)...I guess the existence of Irish slaves in the colonies (who were considered to be less valuable than the black slaves) is an inconvenient truth to yet another position that the Democrats take in order to control people. So, are there any non-woke charities out there that we can donate gently used items to?
From the Gov:
Thank you, Jane, for a history lesson that most people never receive. This is why it does no good for some groups to do a personal accounting of the accumulated grievances that were done to their ancestors. An ideology based on past victimhood poisons the present. As for non-woke charities, I’m sure there are still quite a few, and it’s always good to start close to home.
I am really disappointed that Huckabee would write something that can be damaging to the Salvation Army. They have already recanted and removed those Guides which could be wrongly construed. I will be canceling my daily Huckabee Newsletter because of this!!
From the Gov:
Dale, I hope you’ll stay. Actually, if you see the update today, the SA is “reviewing” those guides but has not recanted. Perhaps they will, and I’ll update the story if they do. But so far, they’ve blamed readers for believing they’ve promoted damaging ideas they actually HAVE promoted. This poison has turned some once-laudable organizations into something very different in 2021.
I did not specifically call for a boycott of the SA, and will not. But it would be a failure on my part not to report on what’s happening to major charities in the U.S. That’s the only way they’re going to be brought back to sanity.
Finally, this from Duncan:
News flash, woke people!!! EVERYONE has 'unconscious bias' about someone or something. If you claim to be completely conscious you better notify the Dalai Llama. He might have some advice for you to help you cope with total enlightenment.
It does behoove all of us to be aware of the possibility that we may be unaware of our faults. On the other hand, let's not let fear(s) paralyze us to living and growing. The most simple and central tenant of Christianity, ‘Treat thy neighbor as you would be treated,' pretty much says it all.
Thanks Governor for your ongoing clear common-sense publications. Keep it going!
From the Gov:
Thanks, Duncan. You have indeed said it all, so you get the last word.
5. OUR TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY:
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg proved over the weekend that he knows almost as much about rural Middle Americans as he does transportation, which is zip. He said on MSNBC that the solution to high gas prices for them is to buy electric cars, and then they’d never have to worry about gas prices again. He pointed out that Biden’s big spending bill that’s in the Senate includes a $12,500 subsidy for people who buy EVs.
As noted in the linked article, the cost of an average EV is $55,676. Even after a $12,500 discount, that’s still out of the price range of most Americans (but not Pete: we pay him over $221,000 a year for these pearls of wisdom.) Plus, most have to drive a lot more than city dwellers, and even if they could find charging stations (and where will the juice come from to power those?), they can’t take regular long breaks from work to charge their cars. Because unlike Pete Buttigieg, they have real jobs where they’re expected to show up and be competent.
I'd say that an easier way for Americans to deal with high gas prices would be to elect a President who doesn't declare war on the American energy industry.
6. TWO JUSTICE SYSTEMS:
I don’t know if John Edwards was right about there being “Two Americas,” but since President Biden took over, there are definitely two justice systems. One in which people who stepped inside the Capitol on January 6th, looked around and took a selfie are held in jail for months on end and threatened with years in prison for “assaulting democracy”…
And the other America, where a leftist radical Antifa member who smashed in the door of Sen. John Hoeven’s office in Fargo with an ax is given probation and fined just $2,784 for restitution. He then mocked the FBI for returning his ax to him! Oh, and Democrat politicians pitched in for his legal defense, in between crying on camera about how traumatized they were by the January 6th “insurrection.”
I would say from this that President Biden and Attorney General Garland are doing to the American justice system what this creep did to that office door.
7. THE NEW BOSS AT TWITTER:
The more we learn about Jack Dorsey’s replacement as CEO of Twitter, the more it seems that the Who weren’t correct when they sang, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” Sometimes the new boss is actually even worse.
9. BIPARTISAN GROUP OF HOUSE MEMBERS CALLS ON SEC TO INVESTIGATE:
People like their ice cream in different ways. Some like plain vanilla or chocolate, others go for more exotic flavors, and some like it with all sorts of toppings, from fruit to hot fudge. Personally, I like my ice cream without a big dose of socialism and anti-Semitism, so I’m not a big fan of Ben & Jerry’s. And neither is the bipartisan group of House members who are calling on the SEC to look into whether parent company Unilever is complying with rules requiring disclosure to shareholders of activities that risk harming profits, like boycotting Israel.
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream might be made from the milk of contented cows, but it would be a lot more palatable for all concerned if Ben & Jerry themselves weren’t a couple of leftist cranks.
9. A COVID CERTIFICATION SYSTEM:
Swiss voters were allowed to weigh in on whether to create a COVID certificate system that would bar people from attending public events unless they provided verification that they’d been vaccinated, recently tested negative or had already recovered from COVID. The measure passed by 62%.
I’m not sure if it would be that popular in America, where we have a long tradition of guarding personal freedom and resistance to having to “show your papers” to the government. Or has that free spirit been beaten out of a lot of Americans, who now seem all too willing to trade their rights for hollow promises of safety? I also wonder if such a bill would be more popular here if our health officials would recognize natural immunity from recovery, as the Swiss do?
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