VOTING BIDEN WILL COST YOU BIG TIME
Today’s reminder that electing Joe Biden will cost you big time: On top of his vow to reverse the Trump income tax cut on day one, here’s a round-up of some of the recent instances of Biden vowing to double (or more) the capital gains tax, which would devastate investors and retirees, and obliterate business expansion and American job creation.
Biden is also vowing to make all cars zero-emission by 2035. At the risk of quoting his former boss, that’s going to take a magic wand. Or more likely, making every American too poor to buy a car.
And I feel I should point this out, since it tends to get lost in all the larger insanely bad economic ideas Joe is haltingly reading off his TelePrompter these days: he wants the government to subsidize Americans trading in their cars on new low-emission vehicles. Sound eerily familiar
That’s right: among all the other failed ideas of the past that “progressives” want to resuscitate is Obama’s “Cash For Clunkers” program. That cost taxpayers $3 billion, and studies since found that it had a negligible effect on stimulating the economy or car sales (most of the money went to people who were already planning to buy a car), a slight effect on carbon emissions (but not cost effective), and it harmed charities that resell donated cars and poor people who buy used cars because the government took so many older cars off the market and crushed them.
It’s one of those ideas that are so embarrassingly bad that most people would say, “Let us never speak of it again.” But those are the kind of ideas that tend to be repeated over and over by the left. It’s their most popular form of recycling.
Today’s corporations will go to some pretty absurd lengths to appeal to eco-consumers, but Burger King has just raised (or lowered) the bar with a commercial for its new burger made from cows that burp and fart less greenhouse gas than your average bovine. The cows are on a lemongrass diet that reduces methane. The commercial features young viral celebrity/country music yodeler Mason Ramsey extolling in song the virtues of less-flatulent cows.
Now, if only we could get green politicians like AOC to emit less gas.
As long as we’re on the subject, Amazon is also running an inadvertently horrifying eco-ad, as my bird-loving writers Pat and Laura, who rescue homeless parrots, point out. The spot starts with white text on a black background, listing all the ways in which Amazon is going green, such as electric vehicles, to eliminate carbon emissions. This is accompanied only by the lulling, natural sound of birds chirping.
Then at the end of the ad, the text gives way to video of how they plan to accomplish this: with a field full of spinning wind power turbines. Or as Pat and Laura call them, “Bird Cuisinarts.” Those spinning blades dice, slice, chop and slaughter countless birds, as well as bats that are also vital to the eco-system. All to produce a tiny fraction of the clean energy that can be generated by a safe, modern nuclear plant. Enjoy the bird songs while you can.
CRIME IN NYC
The NYPD Crime Stoppers are offering a $2500 reward for the identity of a man who brutally assaulted police officers with a bat during a protest at the Brooklyn Bridge. Video of him and more information is at this link:
Video also appears to show the “peaceful protesters” receiving a shipment of bats from a car shortly before the protest.
I’ll let you know whether Mayor DeBlasio blames the bat assault on the cops or President Trump. If you think I’m being flippant, note that the leftist Mayor of Portland blames the street violence and graffiti in his city on the Department of Homeland Security Agents there, and he’s demanding that they clean the graffiti off and leave town, even as he refuses to let Trump send in federal troops to end the lawlessness in his own city. I guess he must’ve heard all the talk about DeBlasio being the worst mayor in America and said, “Hold muh latte!”…
In truth, all of this lawlessness, violence and filth is going on in cities run for decades entirely by Democrats. It’s the natural order of things that leftists impose their insane failed policies and make a huge mess. On rare occasions, the people wake up and realize it’s necessary to elect Republicans to clean up the left’s disasters (as Rudy Giuliani did in New York.) But even then, sadly, memories are short. Voters start to think that a clean, successful city runs itself. They forget what it was like, so they think it's safe to put a DeBlasio back in power. And they discover just how quickly it can all slide back into the sewer.
If you want to see what happens when you elect leftists for too long, and then let them institute their own “solutions” to the problems they caused themselves instead of calling in a Republican to fix it, look at this shocking report from San Francisco. First, the city’s leaders let it be taken over by homeless people with crime, mental and addiction problems. Then came COVID-19 (on top of all the other diseases that were coming back from the Middle Ages.) Leftist solution: put the homeless people into the empty hotels. So how is that "fix" working out? The words “disaster” and “pandemonium” in the headline should give you a clue.
I have to warn you, this story requires a strong stomach to read. You probably should also avoid it if you’re prone to spikes in your blood pressure from things that are infuriating.
A massive Twitter hack yesterday struck the accounts of a number of prominent people, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Benjamin Netanyahu, Kanye West, Elon Musk and others, including brands such as Apple and Uber. The hackers sent out messages allegedly from those people, saying that if you sent $1000 in Bitcoins to a linked account, they would “give back to the community” by giving you $2000 in return. The account collected about $110,000 before the scam was shut down.
For the record, I will never ask you to send any money to my Bitcoin account because I don’t even have one. And I will never promise you that you give me $1000, you’ll get $2000 in return, because I am not a Democrat.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A WAY TO TAKE BACK OUR UNIVERSITIES
Probably the most important, most overdue (and let’s all pray, not too late) action that conservatives, classic liberals and anyone who cares about preserving America could implement is to take back our education system from the radical leftists who’ve used it to indoctrinate rather than educate. They've have misled generations of young Americans into hating their own nation and the unparalleled opportunities and blessings it’s given them. President Trump is finally talking about revoking the tax-exempt status of such universities.
However, federal law prohibits the IRS from questioning an organization’s tax-exempt status based on its political beliefs (not that that stopped the IRS from doing it to Tea Party organizations during the “scandal-free” Obama Administration.) But George Washington University law Prof. John Banzhaf has another suggestion for a way to bring these rogue universities under control, and there’s already an executive order from 2019 that provides the legal pathway.
Under EO 13864, any student, faculty member or possibly campus organization that believes the school has violated its free speech rights can file a formal complaint, which could result in the school losing federal grants. What do you think the odds are of being able to find multiple examples of such violations at virtually any of today’s “woke” colleges and universities? The EO has yet to be tested legally, but it’s certainly fair. Any liberals who think a conservative college has silenced them can also file a complaint, if such a unicorn-level rarity actually exists. And even if the college wins the legal fight, it will be long, expensive and publicly embarrassing.
It’s certainly food for thought. Let’s hope that President Trump puts it on the White House menu today.