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Today's Commentary --- AOC's honesty -- "Huckabee" preview -- Ainsworth: Elections have consequences; think hard before you vote! -- Border Agents to CNN: Pitch a tent at the border -- Michael Cohen to testify before Democrat-led House committee -- “Science Proves The Obvious,” Part 1: -- “Science Proves the Obvious,” Part 2: -- ICYMI: President Trump's speech--- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
There’s a growing debate in conservative circles over whether Republicans are devoting too much time and attention to refuting the factually-challenged but “morally right” proclamations of “Democratic” Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She complains of being picked on, but then, when you run to Twitter and TV cameras every day to make outrageous statements about wanting to turn America into Sweden through massive tax increases and government expansion backed by math that looks like someone sat on a calculator, you have to expect people to respond less than respectfully.
Some Republicans are concerned that responding to every jaw-dropping bit of babble from a loose cannon freshman Congress member gives her too much attention and importance, while allowing the really powerful Democrats like Nancy Pelosi to avoid the scrutiny they deserve and let the very real damage they’re inflicting slide under the radar. But others argue that responding is vital because AOC is such a media darling, she’s gaining a dangerous amount of influence among young people in the same way that her fellow attractive radical, Che Guevara’s, face is on the T-shirts of many students who don’t have a clue about the horrors that flowed from people actually taking his leftist politics seriously.
By Mike Huckabee
The government may be shut down, but the staff of “Huckabee” on TBN never stops working! We have another great new show for you tonight, starting off with a discussion on the politics of impeachment with Harvard Law Prof. Alan Dershowitz. You’ll be inspired by Richard Picciotto, the highest-ranking firefighter to survive the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11. James Riley, owner of historic Riley’s Farm, will tell about his battle to defend free speech from PC school officials. America’s funniest pastor, Dr. Dennis Swanberg, will have you in stitches. We’ll visit “Our Kind of Town,” and I’ll give you “The Facts of the Matter” about some serious issues, plus a dose of goofy news, “In Case You Missed It.” There are lots more surprises, too, including a special musical number from the best band on TV, Tre Corley and the Music City Connection.
It’s all coming your way tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, only on TBN. You can find your local TBN channel and stream previous episodes online, at https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee
Ainsworth: Elections have consequences; think hard before you vote!
By Laura Ainsworth
As a retro-jazz indie recording artist, I am also a Grammy Awards voter. The ballot for this year was due on Wednesday, and there’s a curious thing about the website where you vote. After you finish making your choices and click “Submit,” a warning screen comes up, asking if you’re sure you want to submit because you won’t be able to change your vote after this. If you then click “OK” or “Submit,” instead of your ballot going through, you get another warning screen: “Are you sure you’re ready to submit?” I don’t recall how many of these screens I went through before they finally accepted my ballot, but I believe it was three.
As annoying as that may seem, after I thought about it awhile, I came to the conclusion that this country might be in better shape if all elections were like this. Imagine standing at the voting machine on Election Day and clicking, “Submit ballot."
Border Agents to CNN: Pitch a tent at the border
By Mike Huckabee
CNN demonstrated twice this week that it puts promoting the PC narrative that there’s no illegal immigration crisis ahead of evidence, common sense and their own lyin’ eyes. First, there was Jim Acosta’s hilariously clueless report from McAllen, Texas, that there already was a steel barrier there, yet nobody was trying to cross – well, duh! Then, CNN dropped a request for help from a San Diego TV station after learning that it had reported on how well building a wall had worked. Now, they’re going for strike three.
CNN’s excuses were flying thick and fast, with the latest from Acosta being that even on a stretch of the border where there was only a chain link fence, “occasionally, migrants come through,” but it was “quite safe.”
That prompted a spokesman for local Border Patrol agents to make a suggestion to Acosta. He said, sure, everything seems pretty nice and calm during the day, when you’re out there with cameras. But pitch a tent by the river and stay out there in the dark for a couple of nights, then get back to them on how safe he feels. He pointed out that while CNN was saying there is no border crisis, in just that spot, they deal with the equivalent of one of those notorious caravans, up to 10,000 migrants, each and every week.
I’m passing this along because you probably won’t see it on CNN, or too many other media outlets that put narrative over facts. We already know that CNN has an aversion to presenting news about the border from people who actually know what they’re talking about.
Michael Cohen to testify before Democrat-led House committee
By Mike Huckabee
Now that the House Oversight Committee is under the control of Congressional Democrats --- Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, former ranking Democrat, is the incoming chairman --- former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has agreed to appear in an open hearing (and possibly also a closed-door one) to answer questions before he begins serving his prison sentence.
In a statement, Cummings thanked Cohen for agreeing to testify, adding, “I want to make clear that we have no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations, and to that end, we are in the process of consulting with Special Counsel Mueller’s office.”
You bet they are.
When Cohen raises his hand and swears to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, it’s going to be very hard for people in the room to keep straight faces, but, being lawyers, politicians and media people with knives out for Trump, they’ll manage. This guy is so disreputable, he surreptitiously recorded his own client. He also has made it clear that his intention is to go after the President, no holds barred, and now he’s been given what might be considered the ultimate forum in which to do so, being questioned by people who share that same goal.
It seems unusual to have Cohen testify in public while Mueller’s investigation is still going on. But there may be little choice in the matter, as it would have to be done before he goes off to the clink. In fact, one may speculate that offering this “cooperation” could be a way for Cohen to have his sentence reduced under his plea deal. Mueller may, of course, choose to restrict their lines of questioning.
Cohen's testimony has already been scheduled. The date is February 7. As this is a developing story, we’ll have more analysis soon.
“Science Proves The Obvious,” Part 1:
By Mike Huckabee
The uber-liberal cities of Berkeley and Seattle imposed a big tax on sugar-sweetened sodas and other drinks, both to raise revenue for their government programs and to discourage people from drinking them because…well, liberal politicians think it’s their business what you choose to drink.
The University of Washington conducted a study to find out the effects of the tax on drink prices. They found that the cost of the tax was indeed not being absorbed by stores but passed along to consumers. Depending on the type of store, as much as 104% of the cost of the tax was being added to the prices of sodas and other sugary beverages. But they also studied prices of drinks not affected by the tax. While those didn’t change in supermarkets, in smaller stories and drug stores, untaxed bottled teas and diet sodas, energy and sports drinks also went up significantly in price. Maybe because stores thought as long as one set of prices was going up, they could raise them all. Who knows?
The study has yet to determine whether the tax has had any impact on how many sodas residents drink, but it did prove a couple of things that have been blindingly obvious to conservatives for years but that liberals stubbornly refuse to acknowledge:
First, government interference in the market raises costs all around for consumers.
Second, corporations don’t pay taxes; they pass them along to consumers. Liberals deny that, and there is a rising chorus on the left demanding higher taxes on corporations to make them “pay their fair share.” But this study proves not only that taxes on businesses raise prices for consumers, but that liberals know that’s true. At least in this case, they admitted that raising prices was one of the main reasons for the tax.
So how come taxes on soda companies get passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices, but that simple economic reality doesn’t apply to the rest of the corporations they want to tax more?
“Science Proves the Obvious,” Part 2:
By Mike Huckabee
Ignoring the basic laws of market-based economics, New York City raised the minimum wage three times in three years, with it rising to $15 an hour starting on January 1. And it’s not just the bottom earners: if they get a raise, everyone else expects one, too, and that adds up to crippling costs to businesses.
Result: even in the middle of an economic boom, small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. Economists predict that, just as in other places that have raised the minimum wage far above the going market rate, businesses will be forced to raise prices, which will eat up the raises that caused the price increases. This liberal denial of economic reality will soon be coming to 20 states and a number of cities.
In liberal cities such as Seattle and San Francisco, there have been news stories about people who voted to raise the minimum wage with no understanding of how it would affect businesses and reduce jobs for unskilled workers. They later expressed anger and confusion about why their favorite indie book stores, boutique shops and local restaurants were all going out of business.
California has been on the forefront of raising the minimum wage far above the market rate, and a study by two university professors estimates that it will cost the state roughly 400,000 jobs by 2020. Of course, those are jobs for minimum wage workers, not “compassionate” liberal politicians, so I doubt the politicians will care.
ICYMI: President Trump's speech
By Mike Huckabee
I hope you watched President Trump’s brief address last night on border security, and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s response.
The media being as it is these days, coverage mostly focused on attempts to twist and hair-split any of the statistics Trump cited, as if that would refute his entire premise that it’s not a good idea for the US to have a porous national border and to be hosting anywhere from 11 to 30 million illegal residents. There’s also a tendency to focus on style over substance, as if nitpicking Trump’s vocal inflections, necktie, or decision to speak from the Oval Office would refute the importance of what he was saying. So I’m going to buck the trend and discuss the substance first:
Evening Edition - January 12
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
Daily Verse (KJV)
"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
– Mark 11:24
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