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
This verse was recommended by Tammy S.
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of [a]the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15 NKJV
THE LATEST NEWS
1. It will be hard to pass BBB:
With Americans fighting galloping inflation and soured on any more inflationary government spending, hopes are high in some circles that President Biden’s massive “Build Back Better” bill is now a dead whale. And as more Americans find out what’s in it, the harder it will be to pass it.
For instance, the bill took another blow Thursday when the Senate parliamentarian ruled that it could not include the part that would have provided work and travel permits and a pathway to citizenship for 6.5 million illegal immigrants.
Senate Democrats protested that the ruling was unfair, illegitimate, etc. I think the word they were grasping for is “OBVIOUS!” It’s “obvious” why the parliamentarian said they can’t put massive, transformative immigration reform into a budget reconciliation bill that requires only a simple majority vote. Because it’s got nothing to do with the budget, other than busting it.
The BBB bill will also be damaged by a new study by the Penn-Wharton Budget Model which found that inflation is already so bad that it’s causing Americans’ standard of living to shrink noticeably. This should strengthen Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to it.
The report found that in 2021, due to the “hidden tax” of inflation, the average American family had to spend $3500 more just to buy the same goods and services as they did in 2020. That’s $3500 right out of your bank account, and it hurts low- and middle-income families the most. Even the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman (the same genius who declared on the day of Trump’s election that markets would “never recover”) has actually admitted that he was wrong about inflation being transitory and not a serious problem, and that we may be facing something similar to the stagflation of the 1970s.
I’ve been saying that for months, and even accurately predicted for a year prior what would happen if Biden got elected. The Pulitzer Committee can send my prize to my TV studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
And how about a little religious discrimination with your socialism? One more thing that should make the BBB bill go belly up is that it’s finally being reported that its government-paid child care entitlement (we don’t know how to pay for Social Security and Medicare, but Democrats are creating new entitlements) specifically, and possibly illegally, excludes payments to child care facilities run by religious organizations.
You’d think all this would sink any bill, but the Democrats have 11 more months before they are hopefully washed out of power in a red wave. And as they’ve proven before with Obamacare, when they get the power to shove their agenda down the throats of an unwilling public, they will move Heaven and Earth to do it, no matter the consequences. In 2022, expect them to keep pushing this bill, even if it becomes the legislative version of Custer’s Last Stand.
2. Americans agree: Media is biased:
In these terribly polarized and divisive times, it’s heartening to find one thing that large majorities of all political persuasions can agree on. So I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Trafalgar Group and Convention of States for their new survey that found that 62.7% of Democrats, 76.1% of Independents and 90.3% of Republicans agree that the news media is biased and primarily focused on advancing their own political opinions and agendas rather than finding and reporting the facts.
Glenn Greenwald, one of the few remaining examples of the Unicorn-like species known as an actual journalist, said, “This is an extraordinary (though unsurprising) finding. Most amazing is that the corporate sector of the US media is failing in every respect: financially, culturally, collapsing trust.” Yet a spokesperson for the poll takers said the media don’t seem to realize that the average American now knows they’re biased because with the Internet, they can see in real time the difference between the actual facts of a story and what the media say about it.
I pass this story on because you probably won’t hear it in the mainstream media. Or if they do mention it, they’ll claim the poll said, “People LOVE us!”
3. Omicron Variant Update:
A study by scientists at the University of Hong Kong found that the Omicron variant of COVID infects and multiples 70 times faster than the Delta variant. But it replicated more than 10 times less efficiently in human lung tissue than the original COVID, which suggests lower severity of disease.
The researchers warned that because it spreads so efficiently, it may be able to elude vaccines and immunity from prior infection, so it could pose a significant threat even if it is milder. However, since it was detected, there has been no increase in severe cases or deaths, and most people who’ve caught it had mild or no symptoms.
Bonus quote in the story, from Ben Shapiro: Omicron could be the solution to COVID because it’s spreading natural immunity very quickly and so far, more people have been killed by Alec Baldwin than by Omicron.
(Note: This was before the one case in Great Britain where someone reportedly died with the Omicron variant. But it’s not clear if that was the actual cause of death. So again, as with Alec Baldwin, it’s too soon to say who or what will eventually be held responsible.)
4. "Lie of the Year":
The “fact-checking” site Politifact announced the winner of its “Lie of the Year” award for 2021, and it’s even dumber and more biased than you might imagine. Apparently, anyone who questions or offers contrary evidence to the Democrats’ hyperbolic claims about the January 6th Capitol violence being the worst assault on American democracy since the Civil War or the worst attack on the Capitol since 1812 is guilty of participating in the “Lie of the Year.” Yes, they’ve actually redefined “disagreeing with Democrats’ opinion” as “lying.”
In a related story, I’d like to announce that the winner of my new “Huckabee ‘Pants On Fire’ Prevaricator of the Year” Award is Politifact, for claiming to be an impartial fact-checking site.
5. 20th Democrat Retires:
Five-term California Rep. Alan Lowenthal just became the 20th Democrat to announce his retirement, so he won’t be running for reelection in 2022.
As noted at the link, he’s 80 years old, so this might only be partly due to poll news like this: Rasmussen reports that in the generic Congressional preference poll, voters now prefer Republicans over Democrats by 48-39%. Usually, just a tie suggests a big GOP win.
The story also notes another problem the Democrats are facing, and that’s the age of their incumbents. In California, there are nine Democratic Congressional incumbents who will be over 75 by Election Day, and another 11 who will be 65+. Or as Nancy Pelosi calls them, “the junior members.”
6. The NFL takes a knee on China:
While the Women’s Tennis Association is standing up to China and has canceled all tournaments there in protest of the treatment of player Peng Shuai (who “disappeared” after accusing a Communist Party official of sexual assault), the NFL is again taking a knee. This time to Beijing, since they just released a marketing map that shows Taiwan unlabeled and colored in red as a part of China.
And as long as we’re on the subject of people who put money over human decency, it’s been reported that during a brief period last September, Nike executives funneled more than $60,000 to the reelection campaign of Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, who blocked the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act that the House passed unanimously, the Senate was expected to pass, and President Biden had vowed to sign.
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"Mike we need prayer for this nation, that people will turn to Jesus and turn from their sinful ways, and pray for the evilness in the white house. In Jesus name amen. ?? "
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