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Today's Commentary: Florida's nightmare -- Our national debt -- California's war -- Reporters' room without a view -- Hillary's latest excuse -- News Bits
The destruction from Hurricane Irma is still being assessed, even as it continues to blow itself out over Georgia. As many as 15 million Floridians, or about 3/4ths of the state's population, are without power as crews struggle to repair the damage. It could be weeks before many of the evacuees are able to return home, due to floods and downed trees and power lines blocking roads. The good news is that the storm wasn’t as destructive as feared, both due to its path and to good preparations, with millions of people listening to authorities and either bracing for the worst or evacuating.
But Florida’s nightmare might not be over yet. Hurricane Jose is already swirling out in the Atlantic and could strike Florida this weekend. Or it could come ashore at some other point along the East Coast. At this time, it’s impossible to predict. Just pray for the best, keep an eye on the news, and take a lesson from those in the path of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: if you’re told to evacuate, don’t argue; just get out.
Our national debt
By Mike Huckabee
It was barely noticed, but on Friday, the US national debt topped $20 trillion for the first time. The timing was really just a technicality: President Trump signed the deal to raise the artificially-imposed debt ceiling, and the debt jumped $300 billion in one day. The next debate will be over Trump’s proposal to do away with the debt limit altogether. Trump and other critics think it’s just an illusion and a distraction: the periodic fights over raising it spook markets and give Democrats and the media a club to bash Republicans with, and then Congress always votes to raise it anyway. But many Republicans want to keep the debt limit because they see it as the only brake on runaway federal spending.
They’re wrong, of course. If it were a brake on federal spending, we wouldn’t have a $20 trillion debt. If your car had brakes like that, you’d be dead already. There is only one brake on federal spending, and that’s to place Congress’ budgeting power into the hands of people who have the guts to make politically-painful choices, impose spending priorities, reform the tax code and reduce regulations to boost growth and therefore, tax revenue. Voters thought they’d already done that, but unfortunately, it appears they were misled.
By Mike Huckabee
California’s Attorney General is trying to criminalize exposes of Planned Parenthood by charging the reporters behind the recent undercover footage with multiple felony charges and getting the reliably leftist 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to block the video footage from being seen by the public.
But just as in the 2016 election, California’s opinion is out of synch with many other states. The Attorneys General of 20 states have joined forces to petition the Supreme Court to order the footage released, to see if it confirms that Planned Parenthood officials illegally profited off the selling of fetal body parts. PP denies it, claiming the videos are deceptively edited. Okay, then why not let the public see the unedited videos and prove their innocence? Otherwise, this is starting to look like a desperate attempt to suppress evidence, with the partisan complicity of the California legal system.
Reporters' room without a view
By Mike Huckabee
Monday’s White House press briefing was practically a master class in why the public thinks the press is out of touch with what’s important to them. With thousands of people still displaced from the flooding in Texas, the devastation of Hurricane Irma still being assessed, a possible nuclear confrontation with North Korea looming and the debt crossing $20 trillion for the first time, seemingly all the reporters wanted to ask about was Steve Bannon’s interview with “60 Minutes” and the various extreme, hyperbolic statements he made. You remember Bannon, the former Trump aide who was prone to making extreme, hyperbolic statements and is no longer even a part of the Administration?
One must assume the DC press corps couldn’t care less about hurricanes as long they don’t flood the stadium where they play inside baseball all day long.
Hillary's latest excuse
By Mike Huckabee
Hillary Clinton has a new excuse for her loss: she lost Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes because a new Voter ID law depressed voter turnout by 200,000 votes – according to a study that Politi-Fact rated “mostly false.” Voter turnout was down in Wisconsin, but there’s no proof the voter ID law had anything to do with it. This is just a shot in the dark, but maybe Democratic turnout was down because they didn’t care for the candidate. Naaaah, that couldn’t be it…
FYI: Hillary Clinton still thinks the many millions of Americans who didn’t vote for her are racist, sexist deplorables. Also, she’s still baffled about why they didn’t vote for her.
Does this count as another SCOTUS reversal of the 9th Circuit Court, or hopefully, just step one of the next reversal?
Another Internet giant is suspected of targeting conservatives and Christians for holding un-PC opinions. Here’s how.
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