Friday, despite the usual suspects (Romney, Collins, Murkowsky, Portman, Sasse and Cassidy) voting with the Democrats, the Senate Dems failed to overcome the Republican filibuster and the proposal to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol violence was defeated. Democrats are still vowing that they will investigate and railing that “this isn’t over,” but they might want to think twice about that.
I understand that with their policies causing one disaster after another, from the border to the Middle East to the economy, they’re desperate for a straw man to whack, to distract the public’s attention from their own miserable failures. But so far, the more we’ve learned about January 6th, the worse it’s been for their side.
Their initial hyperbolic narrative was that, in the worst assault on the federal government since the Civil War, armed insurrectionists egged on by President Trump launched a lethal assault that left five people dead, including a police officer who was viciously beaten with a fire extinguisher. We now know that none of that is true. The people who launched the violence planned it long before Trump even gave his speech, in which he urged his followers to “peacefully and patriotically” protest. Nobody beat a police officer with a fire extinguisher. He died of natural causes, and all but one of the deaths were unrelated to the events at the Capitol.
Shamefully, on Friday, Hillary Clinton tweeted that Republicans were trying to cover up for a mob that “killed a policeman.” That’s either an unconscionable lie to exploit the officer’s death to slander her political opponents, or else she’s too ignorant of the facts to be commenting. The truth has been widely reported so there’s no other option.
The only violent death was the police shooting of Trump supporter Ashli Babitt, who, like all the other protesters, was unarmed. One person who was allegedly inciting others to commit violence was a known BLM agitator. Many people there that day committed no violent acts, and it appears the cops stood aside and let them walk on in. Many legal authorities believe prosecutors will have to walk back some of their initial charges for lack of evidence.
As for it being the worst assault on Congress since the 1860s, here’s a list of assaults on Congress that includes, among others, a shooting in 1954 that injured five Congressmen and two bombings, in 1971 and 1983.
Not included are the deranged Bernie Bro who hoped to change the balance of power by shooting Rep. Steve Scalise and trying to kill other Republicans, or Flight 93 on 9/11 that was reportedly headed for the Capitol before the heroic passengers took it down.
The Democrats might want to consider that if they keep picking at this scab, they might not be able to stop the bleeding. They’ll give a platform to people who were protesting because they believed the election was rigged. That could feed the growing demands for audits of ballots in swing states.
We’ve already seen that while they're raring to investigate January 6th (the only riot of the past year that they actually want to investigate), they’ll fight tooth and nail to keep anyone from investigating the election that was the basis of the Capitol assault. Do they really want to keep questions about the election in the headlines for months longer?
Besides, Americans have a host of problems they want dealt with, many of the Democrats’ own making. They don’t want all of Congress’ time taken up with endlessly rehashing a riot from last January that wasn’t as bad as the riots many Americans suffered in 2020 that the Democrats excused and defended. All things considered, the Democrats would be smart to heed their own advice and “move on.”
Now we know why the White House tried to sneak Biden’s first budget proposal out on a holiday weekend when nobody was paying attention.
It calls for spending $6 trillion, with a 25% increase in spending, partially paid for by new taxes, but still leaving a $1.8 trillion deficit. I assume that will be much larger than projected because projected revenues from big tax increases seldom materialize, since rich people didn’t get rich by handing their money over to the government. They’ll move it into shelters and out of productive investments that create jobs, which will reduce revenues even more in a vicious cycle.
The Daily Mail has a lot of numbers, most of them pretty terrifying, but I don’t like to throw a lot of numbers at you. So I’ll just suggest you click the link and brace yourself.
I will pass these along, though, just to give you an idea of the general thrust: Biden wants to spend $36 billion on “climate investments,” $2.1 billion on “gun violence,” and give $861 million to Central American nations to address the “root causes” of illegal immigration.
I’ll take care of that last one: They’re coming here because it’s so much better than where they are now. I’ll take that $861 million in cash or a money order (sorry, no checks, the fed is too overdrawn.) Don’t worry, I guarantee I’ll use the money more productively that the Central American politicians ever will.
In case you missed it: here’s video of my appearance on Fox & Friends to talk about the Biden “budget” proposal (sorry, when we’re talking about spending over $6 trillion including $1.8 trillion we don’t even have, I can’t use the word “budget” without quotes.)