Want a good illustration of why leftist-run social media sites keep coming up with transparently bogus reasons to ban Project Veritas? Look at their latest string of exposes of how sites such as Pinterest target and silence conservative voices. And now, they’ve managed to harpoon the biggest whale of all: Google.
Google became so massive by doing such a good job of helping people swiftly navigate the wide-open Information Superhighway. But lately, the people running it seem to have decided to act like corrupt highway patrol officers who pull over and impound only cars with red state license plates. They deny that, but Project Veritas has some proof that’s hard to ignore.
In a video reportedly leaked by a Google insider, senior executive Jen Gennai (who sports the breathtakingly inappropriate job title of head of “Responsible Innovation”) laments how the search giant was taken by surprise by Trump’s victory in 2016, and how they’re “training” their algorithms to prevent it from happening again. She also takes a shot at Elizabeth Warren for wanting to break up Google because Warren apparently doesn’t realize that would make it harder for Google to help tilt elections to the Democrats (this is a direct quote, so please forgive all the “likes.” Gennai talks like a Silicon Valley Girl):
“… And, like, I love her but she’s very misguided. Like, that will not make it better, it will make it worse. Because all these smaller companies, who don’t have the same resources we do, will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation. It’s, like, a small company cannot do that.”
That's the best argument I've heard yet for breaking up Google, and it comes from someone who's running Google. There’s much more at the link, including info from the insider about how Google manipulates search results, such as finishing out your typed info requests with suggestions promoting liberal ideas or ignoring negative Democratic stories.
Democrats are always railing against the Koch brothers or the Citizens United ruling, claiming we need to prevent billionaires (other than George Soros) from influencing our elections. With this latest bombshell expose, will they now join Republicans in demanding that the Silicon Valley socialist billionaires be forced to stop their manipulating and censoring of free speech to unfairly influence US elections?
I also can’t help wondering how many non-Internet news media outlets will even report on this story about how Google plans to manipulate the 2020 elections by deciding which news you'll get to see?
I write a lot here about the freedom-killing, job-destroying, tax-hiking, pro-abortion legislation and disastrous fiscal policies that come from leftist governments in blue states like California and New York, partly because it’s important to warn people what happens when you give those people power, and partly because making fun of them is like shooting fish in a barrel. But to be fair and balanced, I really should take a look occasionally at how red states are being run. Where better to start than in Tennessee, where I tape “Huckabee” every weekend in beautiful Hendersonville, just outside of Nashville?
Tennessee’s government is completely in the hands of Republicans. Tennessee also has no income tax. Its revenues primarily come from sales and corporate taxes. So how are things going? Well, the state economy is booming so much that even with zero income tax, state revenues are half a billion dollars ahead of projections with two months left in the fiscal year.
Gov. Bill Lee would like to use that surplus to raise spending by 5.6%. But the personal income of Tennesseans is estimated to increase by only 4.26% in 2019, and the state Constitution limits spending increases to no more than the people’s income growth. So that budget surplus will likely have to go into the state’s Rainy Day Fund savings account.
Okay, I have to apologize here to readers in blue states for using a lot of terms you’ve probably never heard, like “zero income tax,” “budget surplus,” “spending limits” and “savings account.” Some of you might even be baffled by the very concept of a 4.26% annual income increase. You’ve heard of “First World Problems?” Well, while California struggles with more and more Third World Problems, Tennessee’s leaders are facing “Red State Problems,” like having a bigger surplus in the state treasury than they can legally spend.
In fact, for many red states, the worst problem they’re facing is how to deal with all the refugees from blue states that are flooding in. Texas isn’t just getting overwhelmed by illegal immigrants from the South, it’s also getting inundated from the West with people fleeing California. This Economist article gives us the latest on this subject, which I’ve been writing about for at least 10 years now, but it’s only accelerated.
I believe I was actually the first person, back when I was doing the "Huckabee Report" radio show, to apply the “U-Haul Test”: comparing the cost of renting a U-Haul from L.A. to Dallas and vice versa. (FYI: Six-day rental of a 15-foot moving truck in mid-July will cost 1,895.00 from L.A. to Dallas and $910.00 from Dallas to L.A. That’s how much U-Haul will subsidize you for actually driving one of their moving vans back from Texas to California for them.)
The Economist article looks at the many reasons why people are fleeing California for Texas, and it has a delightful quote from a Plano, Texas, bureaucrat who’d had to help 20 Californians get Texas drivers’ licenses in one week: “Are they kickin’ y’all out?”
Actually, the answer to that is “yes.” With insane leftist policies and confiscatory taxes that are making it impossible to live and make a living in California (not to mention avoiding typhus), they are, in effect, kicking middle class taxpayers and small business owners out. It’s leaving a two-tiered feudal system of poor immigrants (legal and otherwise), homeless people and struggling workers, along with wealthy leftists like Hollywood stars, Silicon Valley moguls and Nancy Pelosi living behind the only kind of walls they approve of: walls that protect them.
But as I said, the influx of blue state refugees is creating a big problem for red states because they pour in and start voting for the same kind of politicians and policies that fouled the nest back where they came from.
I heartily endorse the idea by Prof. Glenn Reynold of Instapundit that red states create “Welcome Wagons” for new arrivals from blue states, to try to explain to them the reasons why the place they are fleeing to is so clean, pleasant and successful, so please don’t vote to transform it into the leftist dump they fled there from.