Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:
- Daily Bible Verse
- The NYT Still Doesn't Get It
- Joe Biden Wants To Spend More
- No Laughing Matter
- A Reader Writes...
- America The Beautiful
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
The NYT Still Doesn't Get It
By Mike Huckabee
The hilarious conservative satire site The Babylon Bee is considering a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times.
Tyler O’Neil of PJ Media has much more on the story, but in a nutshell: the Times has been part of a desperate effort by leftist media, social media and “fact-checking” sites to mislabel the Bee’s obviously fake, humorous stories as “conservative disinformation” or “misinformation,” to get them banned from Facebook and other platforms. This included a jaw-dropping Snopes.com “fact-check” of a Bee story about CNN buying an industrial-sized washing machine to help them spin the news more efficiently.
(Quick show of hands: is anyone reading this dumb enough to think that’s an actual news story?...Didn’t think so.)
Yet the Times recently ran a story accusing the Bee of having “trafficked in misinformation under the guise of satire.” That story linked to a Times profile of the Bee that never made such an accusation. It was yet another example of the New York Times trafficking in misinformation under the guise of news.
I can understand why the Times and other liberal outlets have a hard time telling the difference between satirical stories about themselves and real stories about themselves. My staff and I know only too well that they're working overtime to make it impossible for comedy writers to think up jokes that are goofier than their real policies and statements. And after four years of watching nothing but Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver, Jimmy Kimmel, etc. etc. etc., they’ve probably forgotten what real humor even looks like.
Add to that the left's absolute zero ability to laugh at themselves, and expecting them to be able to recognize genuinely funny satire of the left is like asking your dog to do your taxes.
Joe Biden Wants To Spend More
By Mike Huckabee
Having spent 1.9 trillion borrowed dollars on a “COVID-19 relief” bill, only about 9% of which goes directly to fighting COVID-19, President Biden and the Democrats next reportedly want to spend another 3 trillion borrowed dollars on an “infrastructure rebuilding” bill. And if you guessed that the response from their “progressive” wing was “That’s not enough!” then give yourself a box of Cuban cigars and send the bill to your grandkids.
There’s no denying that America needs to improve its infrastructure. We have bridges and overpasses collapsing, water pipes that are older than Joe Biden, and airports that are outdated by international standards. Even President Trump wanted to spend money to update our infrastructure. But the difference between his push and the Democrats’ version is that he would have actually updated our infrastructure. He was a builder, and as he has proved repeatedly, from the Wollman Ice Rink to Operation Warp Speed to his deregulation agenda, he knew how to get the government out of the way so that things could get done.
Under Obama/Biden, hundreds of billions of dollars were spent on “shovel-ready jobs,” only to have Obama later admit that there weren’t any. Construction projects remained hamstrung by government red tape while much of the money went to leftist pet projects, cronyism and keeping blue state bureaucrats employed through the recession. Now, Biden’s new proposal looks like the Obama version on steroids.
Only about a third of the $3 trillion would actually go to infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, rail lines, ports and the power grid. Here’s how some of the rest of it would be spent:
“Biden wants to spend $400 billion to combat climate change, including $60 billion for green transit infrastructure and $46 billion for research and development. The plan also would aim to make electric-vehicle charging stations available across the country.”
We heard the “green jobs” line from Obama (remember how that worked out?), and Toyota just warned that we have nowhere near enough power generating capacity to charge an all-electric car fleet, while Biden wants to do away with fossil fuels. So what will all those charging stations connect to? Windmills?
According to the New York Times, the Biden Administration also wants to create a massive collection of new programs, including free community college, universal pre-K education, a national paid-leave program, child care support, more subsidies for health insurance and more. How much of that will be lumped into the “infrastructure” bill?
And of course, to prove they’re fiscally responsible (I’ll pause typing while you finish laughing), the Democrats would include a big tax increase, the last thing an economy struggling to recover from their never-ending COVID shutdowns needs.
Some economists are warning that by flooding a weak economy with borrowed money in a way that doesn’t strengthen real economic growth, Biden is steering America into a return of stagflation, the combination of inflation (rising prices) and a stagnant economy that made the Jimmy Carter years so miserable. If so, then the only silver lining would be that maybe history will repeat itself. Carter messed things up so badly that voters elected Ronald Reagan to fix it. So far, Biden’s policies have been like Carter’s on steroids, so maybe the next President will be like Reagan on steroids. Let's hope so!
No Laughing Matter
By Mike Huckabee
Yesterday, Vice President Kamala Harris may have tossed the final straw onto the camel’s back when it comes to breaking the media’s patience with the Biden Administration dodging its self-created border crisis. When asked if she planned to visit the border, Harris laughed – let me repeat that: “laughed” – and said, “Not today!” She might think it’s a laughing matter, but she’s definitely the only one.
Biden may say that the border is closed and migrants shouldn’t come here, but that message is being covered up by the giant WELCOME mat he's rolling out.
While claiming to be discouraging migrants from coming here, he's ceased construction of the border wall, ended deportations, ordered Border Patrol to release illegal border crossers on the US side without even giving them future court dates, and given migrants free food, medical care, education and bus and air fare at taxpayer expense to go wherever they want to go. Now, he's spending $86 million of our money to provide them with hotel rooms.
As Matt Margolis points out, the US has half a million homeless people, many of them veterans, plus National Guard troops camping in a freezing parking garage in DC for no real reason, but Biden is spending $86 million to put illegal immigrants up in hotel rooms. Here’s what a formerly homeless veteran had to say about that: "What I don’t understand is why we can allow our greatest heroes, our American veterans that have gone to fight for this country, that have gone and put their lives on the line and then they come back home and have nowhere to go. And this administration is putting more money into people that have never contributed to this society and to me that is very heartbreaking.
Meanwhile, Project Veritas released more shocking photos of the appalling, cramped conditions inside the facilities for unaccompanied minors that the White House has barred the media from entering.
The obvious humanitarian catastrophe combined with the attempt to cover it up seem to finally be forcing the media to shake off its mancrush on Biden. A CNN correspondent even dared to call the situation on the border a crisis. But Biden spokesperson Jen Psaki, having rejected “crisis” and called the gigantic Biden-created mess a “challenge,” has moved on to a new term: it’s now a “circumstance”:
"Children presenting at our border who are fleeing violence, who are fleeing prosecution, who are fleeing terrible situations is not a crisis. We feel it is our responsibility to humanely approach this circumstance and make sure they are treated, and put into conditions that are safe."
If they were facing the conditions they’re in now only under Trump, Democrats wouldn’t be calling it “humane” or a "circumstance." Maybe Kamala Harris was laughing because she thought of Curly Howard saying, “I’m a victim of coicumstance!”
Let me know when Ms. Psaki finally exhausts all the feeble euphemisms in the “C” section of the dictionary and moves on to “D”: “disaster.”
A Reader Writes Back...
Great newsletter as usual. As a Nevadan, I want to thank you for the photo of Great Basin National Park.
America The Beautiful
God's creation is all around us. To learn more about Wind Cave National Park and Preserve, visit its website here.