If I were a wagering man, I might wager that there will be no more Democrat presidential “debates” before the Democratic National Convention. None at all.
With establishment Democrats all-in to win and realizing Vermont senator and Castro-admiring socialist Bernie Sanders just can’t get them there, they quickly coalesced around former Vice President Joe Biden, who reaped the rewards and was the big winner on Super Tuesday. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar exited the race with oddly incredible speed. Tuesday, Biden followed up that win with another string of states.
So, NOW what to do? Whatever is going on with Biden (we don’t know but can speculate) is at this point preventing him from getting through virtually any event without making some kind of gaffe. His speaking appearances have reportedly been cut to seven-minute slots. His campaign asked for and received a change in the “debate” rules –- I use quotation marks because these aren’t actual debates –- to allow the two candidates to sit at a desk as they take questions from their audience. (The DNC claimed this wasn’t to benefit either candidate, but Sanders had said that standing would be fine with him.) And now, because of coronavirus concerns, they won’t use a live audience.
By Mike Huckabee
Fox News has created a handy page with “everything you need to know” about the COVID-19 coronavirus, including where it came from, what are the risks, and the best ways to avoid catching it.
In “Of Course We’re Not Politicizing the Coronavirus!” News: Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier demanded that President Trump stop holding campaign rallies because the virus can spread in large gatherings. I assume she thinks it’s okay for Democratic Presidential candidates to keep holding campaign rallies because those aren’t large gatherings.
Worth noting: considering that her district includes parts of San Francisco, is she really in a position to lecture anyone else about not creating unhygienic conditions that spread disease?
Obviously, Congress members didn’t get the memo about not politicizing the coronavirus, but here’s a refreshing narrative-buster: some of the most anti-Trump Democratic Governors, like Jay Inslee in Washington and Gavin Newsom in California, are praising the Trump Administration for its swift and efficient actions in dealing with the disease.
Newsom was goaded by a reporter to comment on Trump reportedly not wanting passengers from exposed cruise ships allowed onto US soil. While Chuck Schumer would probably say that means Trump hates cruise ship passengers, Newsom, surprisingly, said this:
“We had a private conversation, but he said, ‘We’re gonna do the right thing’ and ‘You have my support, all of our support, logistically and otherwise.’ He said everything that I could have hoped for. And we had a very long conversation, and every single thing he said, they followed through on."
If CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, et al, can find a way to twist that into a negative, then they should be making pretzels instead of practicing journalism. Actually, that’s great career advice for some of them regardless. And if you’re actually hoping a virus kills enough people to damage the President politically, then you are so sick, I don't even want you touching my pretzels...
Here’s this morning’s round-up of more coronavirus headlines from Instapundit…
This story prompted “Huckabee” writer Pat Reeder to post on his Facebook page, “The ultimate irony: Boston canceled its St. Patrick’s Day Parade out of fear of a disease named after beer.”
For a more positive outlook, John Hinderaker at the Powerline blog suggests that the stock market freak-out over the coronavirus will be short-lived, and that ultimately, this will be a positive for the US economy. He says it’s proof that Trump was right all along about how we need to disconnect from China and stop relying on them for necessities, like pharmaceuticals. The left and many on the right savaged Trump for his trade war with China, but it encouraged US businesses to seek suppliers outside China two years ago, which looks like a really good decision now.
And one more piece of positive news, a 100-year-old Chinese man contracted the coronavirus… and now, he’s over it.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
Last week saw the release of a real page-turner: the IRS’ annual “Statistics of Income” report. Wait, don’t run away! I know that sounds as exciting as watching cricket with John Kerry, but trust me, there’s some eye-opening stuff buried in there. Luckily, the Washington Examiner slogged through it to find the good parts. This is one time when they read the news so I didn’t have to, and I thank them profusely!
Check out the link and you’ll be primed to shoot down a number of well-worn leftist cliches about taxes, wealth and the economy (remember, this only covers 2018, the most recent year for which we have tax records, and the good parts will likely be even better in 2019.)
For instance, it provides definitive proof that all these massive leftist spending plans could never be paid for just by “making the rich pay their fair share” of taxes. The IRS report shows that there are only about 500,000 taxpayers who make $1 million or more of taxable income. They’re just 0.3% of the population, and they already pay 28.6% of federal taxes.
Okay, so if we can’t squeeze enough cash out of the rich and super-rich to pay for Bernie and AOC’s wish lists, let’s expand the definition of “rich” to include the well-off. Americans who make just $250,000 or more account for only 3.64% of tax filers, but pay 54.71% of all federal taxes. (Of course, that’s not “fair.” They should be paying an even bigger share! Even though some of them live in places where a $250,000 income barely covers a studio apartment.)
This entire group ($250,000 on up) had total taxable income of $3.24 trillion in 2018. The cost of the “Green New Deal” alone has been estimated at $92 trillion over ten years, and at least $10 trillion in year one.
More than half of Americans make $50,000 or less, and they only pay 5.5% of total national income taxes. The super-rich, the “rich” and the just sorta well-off already pay a disproportionate share of taxes, and even taking their entire incomes wouldn’t come close to covering the trillions of dollars the leftists want to spend. That leaves the middle class to be stuck with the bill. In short, they’re promising to buy your votes with money they plan to take away from you.
Just remember that whenever liberals tell you they only want to tax the “rich,” they define “rich” as “anyone who makes at least one dollar more than me.” There’s a good chance that’s you.
Latest victim of the party of tolerance and diversity: Rep. Elise Stefanik, who did a brilliant job of defending the President during Adam Schiff’s impeachment circus.
Of course, any idiot with a pen and second grade-level literacy can write a nasty note and leave it on someone’s car. But it takes a special kind of immature partisan sickness to be a former DNC head and current state Governor like Vermont’s Howard Dean and defend the anonymous jerk while suggesting that Rep. Stefanik deserves to be harassed for not sharing his political views.
By the way, as the article at the link suggests, since Elizabeth Warren supporters are blaming her loss on sexism (even though 70% of female Democratic primary voters in her own home state of Massachusetts rejected her), couldn’t you make an even stronger case that a man endorsing the harassment and intimidation of Elise Stefanik for daring to hold different political views from his is an especially repellent example of sexism?
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"For we walk by faith, not by sight."
- 2 Corinthians 5:7
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