THE EVENING EDITION
BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
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One of the few things that the rigid dictatorship of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un does effectively is clamp down on its citizens and on information about what really goes on there. But some North Koreans who took the high risk of defecting and actually got out alive spoke to Fox News and revealed some of the horrific secrets.
These range from widespread malnutrition to government control of people’s lives to sending entire families, even children, to secret concentration camps, where they are forced to labor in different shifts so they’re never together at the same time and can't escape together. Read it all. It should open a lot of eyes not only to how horrible life is in a communist dictatorship, but to how important it is to fight even the slightest drift here toward the kind of iron-fisted government control practices that can result in a prison nation like North Korea if the people don’t stand up and stop them while they still can.
Senator Hawley sends a letter to AG Garland
When I first wrote about the FBI arrest of pro-life activist Mark Houck, I pointed out the wide discrepancy in the versions of the event. Houck’s wife said up to 25 agents pounded on the door and pointed guns at her husband, herself and their children. The FBI claims there were no guns drawn and it was a standard arrest with no unusual incidents. Someone's lying, and as I said then, I am all out of benefits of the doubt when it comes to the FBI.
But that raises more questions. Like, why should a bunch of FBI agents show up in the first place to arrest a pro-life activist on an assault accusation that had already been thrown out of court and turn it into a federal case of interfering with abortion clinic access? Especially when they seem to be doing almost nothing about real threats to access to pro-life pregnancy centers from radical left pro-abortion activists, like firebombing them or threatening to murder their staffers.
Sen. Josh Hawley sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, asking him three questions to clarify these discrepancies. I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I wouldn’t bet a penny on Garland actually answering them.
Why We Absolutely, Positively Need A New President Overnight
Due to increased costs caused by inflation and high fuel prices, FedEx just announced its biggest general rate increase ever.
Sorting through the ashes of Joe Manchin’s political career
Sen. Joe Manchin betrayed Republicans and his principles, and self-immolated his political career in West Virginia, by making a deal with Chuck Schumer to help pass the bloated and criminally-misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act” in exchange for vague promises of pro-energy policies, like reform of oil lease permitting. Well, he came to collect and discovered the Dems got what they wanted from him, so they have no intention of keeping that promise.
He should have asked me, and I would have reminded him of how it was said of both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama that their promises came with an expiration date. Meanwhile, Bonchie at Redstate.com sorts through the ashes to try to figure out how Manchin could have been so naïve as to nuke his political career in exchange for what was clearly a phony promise from a professional liar.
Potential Good News
The libertarian-leaning Pacific Legal Foundation has filed the first lawsuit that could have a reasonable chance of killing President Biden’s plan to shift student loan debt from the debtors to the taxpayers (a plan that the Congressional Budget Office now estimates would cost a jaw-dropping $400 billion.)
The big problem has been getting around the issue of “standing.” This has been used a lot lately to block lawsuits, including those seeking investigations of the 2020 election. Courts repeatedly rule that the plaintiff wasn’t directly harmed, so has no standing to sue (even though I think it’s now clear that all of us were directly harmed by Joe Biden becoming President.) The whole issue of “standing” is controversial and has been exploited too much to deny people their day in court, and it needs to be reformed. But until then, the PLF has found someone who will suffer direct injury from Biden’s plan, and there could be hundreds of thousands more like him in several states.
The plaintiff is a public interest lawyer who gave up more lucrative jobs as part of a federal program to perform public service work in exchange for forgiving his student loan debt tax-free. If Biden’s plan goes though, it would nullify that deal and stick him with a state income tax bill of $1,000 for the $10,000 in loan forgiveness (as the linked article notes, as little as $1 in damages can convey “standing” to sue.)
The White House claims there will be a provision for people like him to opt out, but so far, they haven’t come out with one. All they’ve come out with is an unconstitutional plan for the President to make law and spend $400 billion via an executive order based on stretching the definition of “emergency” powers for a pandemic that even he admitted is over.
If this doesn’t succeed, other legal challenges await. But it’s encouraging to hear that many Americans are not just rolling over and accepting the idea that being President now conveys magical, extra-Constitutional powers that nobody can challenge. If Congress won't defend the separation of powers then it's up to the people to do it. And if Biden wants to help those struggling with student loan debt, then he should work with both parties in Congress to pass reforms and make repayment terms easier for borrowers. He can’t just wave his magic executive order pen and move $400 billion in loans from the people who voluntarily took them out onto the backs of people who either never took out student loans or (gasp!) actually paid theirs off themselves.
That's...what the word Democrats are always using?...oh, yeah, I remember: "UNFAIR!"
2024: Trump’s standing rises
Democrats who hoped that the unprecedented, high-profile FBI raid of former President Trump’s house was going to destroy Trump’s political future and boost them in the midterm elections are in for a rude awakening from the latest I&I/TIPP poll. They’ve been polling on 2022 Congressional and 2024 Presidential preferences since before the raid and up to today. Here are the results:
In August, before the FBI raid on Trump, Democrats and Republicans were tied 46%-46% in the Congressional preference poll. Republicans now lead 48%-46%. As for Trump, before the raid, he had the support of 53% of Republicans. Now, he has 54% support, and his potential rivals have slipped.
It appears that the raid and Biden’s subsequent demonizing of Republicans haven’t hurt Trump or Republicans - they might even have boosted them a little -- but they have tarnished the reputations of Biden, the Democrats, the FBI and the DOJ. Too bad the Dems never heard that old saying that when you point your finger at someone else, three fingers are pointing back at you.
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