Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff! Topics include:
- Bible Verse of the Day - Psalm 83:18
- More backwards planning from Biden
- "Zero cost"
- Not much help
- Biden shoots himself in the foot again
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More backwards planning from Biden
By Mike Huckabee
I sense that Democrats know their hopes of using a razor thin majority to impose massive transformational legislation are slipping away. Democrats from moderate districts are starting to rebel, and they’re not worried about Biden criticizing them with his polling under water. You can tell they see the writing on the wall, since Speaker Pelosi finally slapped down her loudmouthed far-left wing and announced that the $1 trillion “bipartisan infrastructure” bill would be voted on before the $3.5 trillion spending orgy bill that they were trying to force through by holding the smaller one hostage.
Incidentally, we had a reader criticize me for not mentioning that the “infrastructure” bill includes money for things like more electric vehicle chargers, which he considers to be “infrastructure.” Okay, but before I started trying to force all Americans to buy electric cars (which they’ve had the opportunity to do for years and declined) and building charging stations everywhere, I might first ensure that we have a power grid and enough energy generation capacity to support them.
The Biden Administration is handling its EV plan the way it did Afghanistan: backwards. Just as you don’t pull out your troops before you evacuate your people and equipment, you don’t force everyone to buy electric cars and build thousands of charging stations after you’ve gone to war on domestic energy producers, begged OPEC (to no avail) to pump more oil, and your green supporters won’t let you build any nuclear power plants, the only reliable non-CO2-generating alternative.
And as long as we’re on the subject of Trojan Horse bills packed full of stuff that their sponsors don’t advertise to the public, here’s an analysis of that $3.5 trillion bill and some of things you might be surprised to know are in it.
My critical reader will be glad to hear it includes $1 billion for an “electric vehicle charging equity program,” nearly $80 billion to expand the IRS for more audits and enforcement, $3 billion for a “tree equity” program, $5 billion for “climate justice bloc grants,” $15 million for national resource centers "focused on providing services for older individuals who are underserved due to their sexual orientation or gender identity," and a whole lot more you can read about the link that doesn’t sound to me like something I’m willing to put my grandchildren $3.5 trillion into debt to fund.
By Mike Huckabee
Yesterday, in response to hilarious claims by President Biden and some Congressional Democrats that their $3.5 trillion spending bill would have “zero” cost because they’ll raise taxes to pay for it, I cited a study claiming that even the $3.5 trillion figure was a severe underestimate and the actual cost could be upwards of $5.5 trillion. I also mentioned some of the many ways it would cost average Americans that its backers would rather not discuss, from lost jobs to lower pay to higher costs of consumer products.
Now, another new study of the bill has been released that makes much the same argument, only with more specifics.
This study by the Texas Public Policy Foundation looks at the combined cost of the $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” bill and the $1 trillion “bipartisan infrastructure” bill. Simple math tells us that it should be $4.5 trillion, but since its sponsors can’t do simple math, it’s no surprise that the cost is much more.
This study estimates that over 10 years, the cost of both bills combined would be $6.2 trillion. That would come along with $1.7 trillion in new taxes, $4.5 trillion added to the national debt, and a $1.2 trillion reduction in America’s GDP. Some people would see increases in their tax rates of up to 13%. The increase in the corporate tax rate would give us the third-highest among leading nations, higher even than China’s, resulting in trickle-down effects such as lost jobs and higher prices. And the study estimates that all this could result in a drop of up to $12,000 in median family income.
In pushing to pass it, Biden cites several polls showing wide support for the $3.5 trillion bill. I can’t help wondering how many of these pollsters explained to respondents what was in the bill and what it’s really likely to do to them. I have a feeling they concentrated on the “Free Stuff!” aspect of the bill and never mentioned one of the eternal truths of life: nothing comes at a higher price than something the government “gives” you for free.
Not much help
By Mike Huckabee
As much as the White House and its supportive media would like to distract us with other issues, the big story remains how many Americans and Afghan allies of America were abandoned and are still stuck in Afghanistan under the brutal rule of the Taliban. The answer, according to an Army veteran who’s working with various groups to get them out, is far more than we’ve been led to believe. And the reason it’s going so slowly is because the federal government isn’t doing very much to help.
By Mike Huckabee
Someone in the military has finally been jailed over the tragically botched pullout from Afghanistan. Unfortunately, it’s not any of the top brass actually responsible for that on-going catastrophe. It’s Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, who has been thrown in the brig for violating a gag order by criticizing his superior officers and demanding accountability.
Biden shoots himself in the foot again
By Mike Huckabee
Once again, President Biden is dealing with a problem by taking careful aim and blowing off his own foot.
In his draconian push to enforce a vaccine mandate he promised never to impose, his threats and bullying are about to make the nationwide shortage of healthcare workers and first responders far worse, especially in blue states where the Governors are taking equally authoritarian stances.
A study by Harvard and Rutgers Universities taken in June found that as many as 27% of health care workers were then unvaccinated and 15% said they would not get the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s not clear why. I’m sure many have already had COVID and think the government should recognize the efficacy of natural immunity. Maybe others are concerned about adverse reactions that they’ve seen. And many object on religious grounds because they say the vaccines employ fetal cell lines procured in abortions. In New York, the Thomas More Society has filed a lawsuit on their behalf. They’re not impressed by the Governor’s attempts to speak for God.
But for whatever reasons, with the deadline for getting vaccinated-or-else looming, hospitals are bracing for a mass exodus of workers at the worst possible time. In New York, the Governor may have to order National Guard troops to help in hospitals, which is hardly their field of expertise.
This is what many of us were worried about when we were sold the idea that Joe Biden would be a thoughtful, moderate problem solver. We knew his long history of being partisan, bullheaded and on the wrong side of every major issue for four decades, and his unerring instinct for making rash decisions that make things worse.
Now, instead of listening to other people’s concerns and trying to persuade them or find solutions to accommodate their objections, he’s warning us that his patience is wearing thin; threatening to crush people’s rights and freedoms, fire them and take away all the benefits they’ve worked a lifetime to earn; and just generally acting like a cross between a mad dictator and an old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn. His latest over-the-top statement is that the country can’t get back to normal until 98% of Americans are vaccinated, which is so far beyond any estimates of what herd immunity requires as to be ludicrous.
This is not persuading anyone, it’s just angering and dividing Americans further. And it’s certainly not advancing the interests of public health. It’s making opponents of vaccination dig their heels in deeper and sparking a whole new crisis of understaffing in our hospitals.
It’s also not helping Biden’s poll numbers. A new IPSOS poll finds that for the first time, public distrust in Biden to provide accurate COVID information outweighs public trust by 53-45%.
And a new Fox News poll found that only 49% of Americans now believe that Biden is mentally fit enough to serve as President, while the percentage who believe he’s unfit has risen since July from 39% to 48%.