Who’s Getting Gas When Biden Runs Us Dry?

President Biden was scheduled to deliver his first major speech on foreign policy Monday. Instead, it was postponed “due to inclement weather.” Apparently, the two inches of snow that fell on the capital this past weekend made travel too risky.

It’s just as well that the speech was rescheduled. After all, Biden doesn’t have much to brag about on the foreign relations front. Indeed, in his first week in the Oval Office, the president seemed determined to elevate partisan politics over good policy.
Here are five of Biden’s first frustrating moves he has made that delight the radical left but bode ill for American prosperity and security.
#1. Canceling the Keystone XL pipeline. 

This energy project would have more than doubled the nation’s pipeline capacity to import Canadian crude oil efficiently, economically, and safely via pipeline. Biden blocked it on day one. That’s bad climate policy. The oil will now be transported via alternative means that will create more greenhouse gasses.

♠♠ It’s bad economics. The cancellation will kill thousands of jobs and raise energy costs in the U.S. and Canada.

♠♠ It’s a bad strategy, undermining U.S. energy security.

♠♠ It’s, above all, bad foreign policy — a financial body blow to America’s closest ally. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney called the move a “gut punch.”

America can best transition to an environmentally sustainable future by building up our economy and exercising global energy leadership through strength. Killing Keystone XL does none of that.
#2. Clumsy on Climate.

Biden decided to rejoin the Paris climate agreement. The Trump administration had pulled out of the agreement because its provisions did nothing to restrain the world’s biggest emitter, China. Meanwhile, it would have imposed tremendous costs on the United States, without lowering global temperatures by any discernable amount. None of the signatories have come even close to hitting the targets established in the agreement. Indeed, China’s greenhouse gas emissions are now double that of America and higher than when Beijing signed on.

Meanwhile, the United States has made remarkable progress outside the agreement by relying on the power of market forces. Our per capita carbon emissions have declined for the last decade — a record unmatched by any other country. There is simply no good reason to rejoin the pact. In fact, even the United Nations last Friday released a report recommending that the U.S. should NOT rejoin the Accords because of the great strides made by the U.S. in reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions!

There is, however, great danger in rejoining. It all boils down to what winds up in Biden’s “nationally determined contribution” (NDC), a country’s domestic plan to reduce national emissions under the agreement. The NDC is likely to call for centrally-directed government interventions to “green” America faster. And these types of interventions invariably stymie innovation and misallocate taxpayer dollars. Often, they end in scandal. (Who can forget Solyndra and $500 million taxpayer dollars that disappeared under Obama?)

Market-based solutions would better lead a transition to a real “green industrial revolution.” Rejoining Paris is arm-twisting expediency to drive a radical political agenda that will make America less competitive in a highly competitive world.

#3. Nothing New for New START.
The Obama administration struck a nuclear arms control deal with Russia that didn’t really control much of anything. The treaty only covered 45% of Putin’s arsenal. It allowed Russia to build more nuclear weapons (while requiring the U.S. to reduce its nuclear arms). And to cap it off, the treaty featured a very weak verification system. With New START due to expire, the last administration was negotiating for a better deal. The Biden team ignored all that work. Instead, it wants to sign a five-year extension of Obama’s deal.
In a world where both Russia and China are becoming more dangerous nuclear nations, verifiable agreements that reduce threats are more important than ever. Signing up for same-old, same-old sends a terrible signal that the Biden administration is more anxious to honor Obama-era mistakes and the left’s arms control agenda than deliver real arms control.
#4. Irresponsible Immigration Policies.

One irrefutable success of the last administration was securing better control of our Southern border and enforcing immigration laws. Biden is trying to undo all that. Biden WILL undo all that. Biden IS undoing all that.

He halted the building of the border wall, introduced a radical amnesty bill, and immediately began suspending or reversing policies that had led to tighter border security and the enforcement of immigration law. These are open border policies that pose real threats to the safety, health, prosperity, and security of all Americans.

Biden’s pronouncements and actions have already triggered a new rush of illegal immigrants. With strong borders, we can remain a nation of immigrants, grow our economy and protect our citizens. But this wholesale retreat from border security is the clearest sign that Biden is willing to put the left’s politics above the interests of our citizens.

# 5. Muddling the Middle East.
Before the last team left the White House, they had crushed the Caliphate, boxed in Iran, and normalized relations between Israel and the Arab nations. This established the strongest foundation for stability in the Middle East that we have had in a generation. But rather than building on this real success, the Biden team delivered equivocal and confusing messages about returning to the Iran Deal — another example of one-sided, Obama-era “statecraft” that enriched and empowered the greatest destabilizing force in the Middle East.
The White House should be building on policies to promote collective security and economic cooperation that blocks Iran, China, and Russia. That would be good for America. Instead, Biden seems more concerned with resurrecting Obama’s failed Middle East agenda.

Summary

Here’s the scariest thing of all: Joe Biden has not yet even initiated foreign policy measures. Can you imagine what our foreign policy will look like when Biden interfaces with Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Supreme Leader, and what about Kim Jung Un? Everyone else already knows him from his days as Obama’s vice president: “Good Ole’ Uncle Joe!”

  • Biden operates with that aura of being just “another good ole’ boy.” He DOES have a past with many of these leaders — not necessarily a good one. The Ukrainian president cannot be too fond of Joe right now. After all, Joe bragged about blackmailing the previous president of their country using a $1 billion loan guarantee as the “deal-closer.”
  • Xi Jinping certainly has a bone to pick with this President. Why? They certainly cut some sort of deal when Hunter joined his father on Air Force Two for that meeting in Beijing in which Xi brokered the $1.5 billion deal for Hunter with that Chinese investment company. Remember: Joe is really “Quid Pro Quo” Joe. And Biden probably hasn’t yet given Xi what was promised by the former Vice President and Obama. It’s payback time. And Xi will surely play that card.
  • Iran’s Supreme leader surely spent all of the $150 billion that Barack, Joe, and John Kerry surreptitiously slipped “under the door” on their way out of office. In exchange, the leader got kicked to the curb by President Trump when he canceled that Obama deal that, by the way, gave them all that money without anyone in Congress even knowing about it — certainly not the American people. I’d love to be a fly on the wall during that phone call!
  • Vladimir, on the other hand, might be an easy fix. Joe and his crew spent four years convincing Americans — at least the U.S. Mainstream Media — that Trump was in Vlad’s pocket. That first meeting or phone call will certainly be brief. They’ll share niceties and then Vlad will jump on in there and ask Joe how much he’ll charge to give Russia complete access to the CIA database.

I know, that’s a bit extreme. And, quite honestly, I hope no American ever has to ponder that as even a possibility. But remember this: there is plenty of evidence in the open marketplace that links President Biden and members of his family to several “We’re for Sale” plans that all came together because of Joe Biden’s lengthy and significant political service in Washington D.C. The Biden Family Syndicate parlayed his name to create massive income.

The only question is: Will we ever know for sure who and how much?

And, don’t forget this — Joe has just gotten started at the “top of the heap!”

The Post Trump Era

So what’s life looking like for you in the Biden presidency? Are you enjoying the way he’s single-handedly running the U.S.? Forty-four Executive Orders and counting and a walloping massive cut of jobs for Americans, an energy policy that has, in just 11 days, driven the price of gasoline skyrocketing up fifty cents a gallon, and he has proven he’s a liar already by awarding a quarter of a billion dollar contract to a foreign company for services available from several American companies. He promised on his watch he’d “Build Back Better.” Yeah, right.

It’s “Biden Land” for sure now. And he’s just gotten started!

Biden’s “Destroy American Jobs” Energy Policy

Joe started off with a bang on Day One.

  • He canceled the federal permit for the XL Pipeline Project that immediately killed 11,000 American jobs.
  • He announced the cancellation of any new oil or natural gas wells on federal lands which immediately put the state of New Mexico in a financial tailspin along with several other Western States. The entire New Mexico public school system looks to federal oil and gas royalties for direct funding of 60% of the system’s cost without which officials say will immediately shut down public school operations.
  • Joe terminated the ongoing building of the wall at our southern border. Yes, he promised while campaigning to do so. But he cost the nation billions by terminating construction immediately with no planning or preparations for all those whose lives were instantly altered by his unilateral executive action. How so? Millions of dollars in building materials and machinery now lie idly in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California that can no longer be used. The equipment amassed along the border that the federal government purchased are worthless. Hundreds of permanent jobs were canceled immediately. And the feds won’t reveal the nature of the numerous contracts between the government and private companies for building the wall. American taxpayers will either pay huge contract cancellation penalties or face years of lawsuits with those private companies, several of which will certainly shutter operations and put more Americans in unemployment lines.
  • Each day, details of the hundreds appointed to serve in the Biden Administration are exposed as being “quid pro quo” hires for President Biden. The $40 million Russia Collusion hoax investigation during Biden and Obama’s final year in office has become the hunting ground for Biden Administration top level managers. After all, evidence proved Biden and Obama both were in on the details of the fake investigation. Add to those appointees and hires the multiple Trump and Conservative haters and an attorney to head the DOJ Civil Rights Division that publicly has blamed police in the U.S. calling them the most dangerous national security threat in the nation. Then there’s the partner of the lawyer who Hunter Biden hired to represent him in his money laundering investigation by the FBI who Joe just “happened” to name as a federal prosecutor. We’re certainly not done yet. New names with their seriously speckled partisan political agendas are being revealed daily.
  • None of the above can outdo Biden’s first big “in-your-face” to those American companies he built his “Build Back Better” campaign slogan around. Joe thumbed his nose at the numerous American pharmaceutical companies for a federal contract to provide rapid in-home COVID-19 tests and gave the $230 million contract to an Australian Company: Ellume. In doing so, Biden proved that ALL of his campaign promises were nothing more than payback to all those who had stayed faithful to Joe and Barack.

We promised we would every week update Biden’s list of lies, misrepresentation, and any evil or questionable actions taken as President. Obviously, he is keeping us busy through Monday. Sadly for us all, it’s pretty certain we’ll be telling you more and more unbelievable and unexplainable nose-thumbing Uncle Joe has been and apparently will continue to do to us all.

There’s no one who can better explain exactly what America faces with this unilateral form of government we have with a Democrat House, Senate, and White House. He is an American conservative commentator, classicist, and military historian. He has been a commentator on modern and ancient warfare and contemporary politics for National Review, The Washington Times and other media outlets.

Hanson is a professor emeritus of Classics at California State University, Fresno, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in classics and military history at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and visiting professor at Hillsdale College. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush, and was a presidential appointee in 2007–2008 on the American Battle Monuments Commission.

I’m certain he’s qualified to speak to all of us! Listen to his “take” on what we’re facing today.

Victor David Hanson

The new AT age, as in “After Trump,” began on either Election Day, Nov. 3, or on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. But either way, reality as we had known it for four years has been abruptly reinvented. Pfizer had hinted that a vaccine could be ready in late October. Then, mysteriously, it wasn’t. Then, stranger still, it appeared — a few days after Election Day.

Suddenly, after Joe Biden’s inauguration, Illinois, Michigan, and other blue states eased some of their lockdown restrictions to get their economies back on track despite little change in COVID-19 rates. During the Trump Age, the president was supposedly responsible for every death from COVID-19. Now, the media reports that career scientists and health administrators in the federal government, especially at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were largely to blame for past slow testing and were tardy and lax in apprising the nation of the infectious threat.

The Biden campaign’s widely reported promises of a new, superior COVID-19 plan turned out to be more of the same old, same old from the Trump Age. Biden did mandate the wearing of masks on all federal property. But he then immediately undermined his own order during the first few hours on the job by going mask-less during a photo op at the Lincoln Memorial.

Stranger still, President Biden announced during his first few hours in office: “There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.” For the first time, we now learn that there is “nothing” Biden can do about COVID-19?

Despite millions of vaccine doses being produced when he entered office, Biden went on to warn that many more Americans will die in the next few months — more than 600,000 COVID-19 fatalities in total. The watchdog media just shrugged. Coincidentally, after weeks of disastrous state incompetence in getting residents vaccinated, Amazon has told the new administration that it will lend its infrastructure and organization to speed up vaccinations.

If Amazon could announce that in late January, why not weeks earlier?

Speaking of Amazon, it is opposing mail-in ballots for its own employees voting on whether to unionize a warehouse in Alabama. Amazon says it’s worried about fraud. Yet Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which ridiculed those who were concerned about massive mail-in voting in the 2020 election.

Coincidently, with the inauguration of a new president, “nonpartisan” COVID-19 czar Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, now suddenly accuses his former boss, Donald Trump, of ignoring his wise counsel. But for all of 2020, Fauci had been a master of the “noble lie” — the Platonic idea that government elites should deliberately misinform the supposedly less intelligent people for their own good. Fauci gave conflicting assessments on mask-wearing, on the percentages needed to achieve herd immunity, and on the impossibility of the virus having originated in a Wuhan laboratory. He claimed that he offered false or unproven narratives to avoid panic or to encourage Americans to follow his correct policies.

In the new age, expect the media and government to suddenly resent any mention of pushback against a sitting president. Questions about the Biden family’s past multimillion-dollar influence-peddling overseas or even Biden’s cognitive ability can no longer be asked.

If the Republicans win the House of Representatives in 2022 and follow the new Democratic model of impeaching a first-term president without a special counsel report, it will be called a national disgrace. Even worse, we will be told, would be the reckless mention of the 25th Amendment. The very suggestion of removing an elected president due to supposed cognitive challenges will become abhorrent. For that matter, so too would be the appointment of any special counsel. Why waste two years, $35 million, and dozens of lawyers to harass a sitting president with unfounded charges of Ukrainian or Chinese “collusion?”
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Biden’s Got Something for Everybody!

He’s issued Executive Orders in just ten short days that equal more than the total number of EO’s issued by the three previous U.S. presidents combined. And “EO Joe” is just getting started. He’s got a plan for everything. But, remember: he told the world from the Oval Office, “I don’t know what things are in these Executive Orders I’m signing. Kamala told me that they’re all good. That’s good enough for me!

Now that Americans know not only the contents of those orders but the immediate and long term impact on our nation they are making already and will continue to make, it’s more frightening to think about what’s ahead that he’s going to do than worry about what damage he’s already done.

And there’s “COVID-19 Relief” waiting on the horizon: with lots of money — YOUR money.

“COVID Relief Biden Style”

President Biden’s plan for federal coronavirus relief resembles the American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) signed by President Obama after the 2008 financial crisis. It uses several federal agencies to separately distribute financial assistance to persons unemployed, in poverty, or otherwise with low incomes, on top of the dozens of programs already in place. Predictably, it will result in a disappointing economic recovery as long as it lasts.

The plan includes a $100 weekly unemployment bonus, on top of the $300 bonus passed last month, which itself is on top of about $400 in weekly state unemployment benefits. It also includes additions to rental assistance, food stamps, health insurance assistance, and direct payments to households, all of which are available only if the recipient remains unemployed or otherwise with sufficiently low income. Biden also proposes to more than double the federal minimum wage.

These types of assistance have been studied, with some authors finding no “statistically significant” adverse effect on hiring, work behavior, or earning power. But expect, as Obama’s team did 12 years ago, Biden’s team to claim that the adverse effects are zero for the individual programs and their combination.

Theirs is a “fallacy of the heap,” a logical fallacy that was well known to the ancients, long before economics was a profession. The fallacy states that removing a single grain of sand from a heap of sand still leaves us with a heap of sand—the same with the second grain of sand, and the third, and so on. Therefore, according to the fallacy, any number of grains of sand can be removed without removing the heap itself.

Every introductory economics teacher has to confront this fallacy. Invariably the class includes a student pushing back on the law of demand that raising prices reduces demand, “Raise the price of a car by a penny, and that will not stop anyone from purchasing the car.” The teacher has to say, “OK, let the seller of the car raise the price $10,000, just one penny at a time. Each penny increase does not affect sales — therefore, a $10,000 price increase has no effect on sales,” and the fallacy is apparent.

The same holds for incentives to hire, work, or earn. Incentives to work may remain after adding a bit to food stamps, or rental assistance, or any of the other programs. But eventually, the absence of incentives will be apparent, especially among people whose incentives were already substantially reduced.

This is why the ARRA never came close to delivering the recovery promised by the Obama administration (in particular, by Jared Bernstein, who is now slated to be a member of Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers). The 2009 recession was particularly bad for unmarried people and others not receiving the most generous assistance from the ARRA.

This time, as vaccination and other measures begin to reduce the harms from the coronavirus, the economy’s fundamentals will be pushing toward recovery. Simultaneously, the Biden plan holds it back about 5 million jobs below pre-pandemic levels (in addition to the 3 to 4 million reductions in employment from the December 2020 relief package). The Congressional Budget Office projects that the minimum wage provision by itself will cost more than 1 million jobs.

Biden’s plans for health insurance may do the most to reduce work. The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) created what is now the most important credit against the personal income tax: credits for premiums paid for individual health insurance plans sold on the ACA “exchanges.” The rules determining eligibility and amounts for the credits create two kinds of disincentives to work.

The most important, but often forgotten, is a specific tax on full-time work created by the ACA rule prohibiting the large majority of full-time workers from receiving credits because of their employment status (regardless of how much or little that job pays). These workers become eligible for the credits if they leave employment or switch to part-time employment. The second disincentive applies to the very few workers who purchase health insurance on the ACA exchanges: their credit is phased out with their income.

Take Mike Smith, who, in 2010, was working long hours in California as a district manager for a national auto parts retailer. Despite wanting to help care for his grandchild and elderly in-laws, Smith kept the manager job into his 60s because he and his wife wanted the health insurance that came with it.

They both retired in 2014 because the ACA gave them heavily subsidized health insurance, for which they would have been ineligible if Smith had remained in his district manager job. Why spend their own money on health insurance when taxpayers would now pay most of the premiums for them?

In other examples, workers at many schools, restaurants, and municipal offices were having their hours cut, so the new law does not recognize them as full-time workers. Biden would increase these disincentives to hire, work, and earn.

The words of wisdom still stand: Subsidize something, and you’ll get more of it. As a result, expect the Biden economy to have additional unemployment, additional poverty, and lower incomes for a longer period.

Biden Attacks The Fossil Fuel Industry One More Time

“Listen to my words: I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking. No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me,” Biden said in a speech in Pittsburgh on August 31, 2020.

How many times did he say that during the campaign? I don’t know the exact number, but he said it often. And as politicians do — especially Democrat politicians — Biden knew Americans are stupid and will believe what candidates promise during their campaigns, knowing they have little or no intention to fulfill those promises. Biden used that age-old adage in politics: “Promise what you need to promise to win an election. After you’ve won, the people will forget your promise.”

Biden’s done that one more time.

Speaking at the White House, Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed President Biden would follow through with campaign promises to ban new fracking on federal land. “President Biden promised to end all new oil and gas leasing on federal lands when was a candidate,” a reporter asked. “Does the administration still have that commitment today? To end that lease?”

“We do, and our team will review the leases. We just have only been in office for a few days,” Psaki said.

Biden’s Executive Order pen went to work and did just that: put a “Moratorium” on the issuance of fracking permits on federal land.

What does that really mean? In the “real” world, placing such a Moratorium is simply an excuse for the Biden Administration to try and solve the fracking problem pleasing both sides. By calling it just a moratorium on new permits allows them to say, “We didn’t ban fracking: just new permits. And that is only temporary.” Simultaneously, they can claim to their climate change freaks, “We did it! We banned fracking!”

“Politispeak” is all this rhetoric amounts to. There’s NO truth in how they phrase it. The truth is Biden doing so will cost western states hundreds of millions of dollars and at least one million jobs!

Wednesday, January 27,  Western Energy Alliance filed a lawsuit in Wyoming federal court challenging President Biden’s executive order banning oil and natural gas leasing on federal public lands. The complaint challenges Biden’s order as exceeding presidential authority and constituting a violation of the Mineral Leasing Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act.

“The law is clear. Presidents don’t have the authority to ban leasing on public lands. All Americans own the oil and natural gas beneath public lands, and Congress has directed them to be responsibly developed on their behalf. Drying up new leasing puts future development as well as existing projects at risk. President Biden cannot simply ignore laws in effect for over half a century,” said Kathleen Sgamma, president of the Alliance. “Biden’s ban is an overreach meant to satisfy the environmental left, but it would seriously harm the livelihoods of tens of thousands of westerners and put at risk millions more as state services become unfunded.”

The suit claims:

  • The Executive Order conflicts with existing laws
  • Biden’s ban would result in $33.5 billion in lost GDP in his first term.
  • President’s action risks over $8.8 billion in conservation funding
  • If extended, over the next 20 years, the Biden Ban would result in $639.6 billion in lost GDP, $286 billion in lost wages, $151 billion in lost state tax revenue, and job losses climbing to 343,088 annually, according to the Wyoming Energy Authority study.
  • The Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law on August 5, 2020. It directs up to $1.3 billion annually toward addressing the $13 billion maintenance backlog at national parks. The funding comes from royalties and leasing revenues paid by companies to the federal government from oil and natural gas on public lands. The law also directs $900 million annually to the Land Water Conservation Fund from offshore leasing and development.

That’s just Wyoming! Do you know which state will take the largest and the most immediate financial hit with the “Biden Ban?” New Mexico. A massive amount of the state’s revenue from royalties from gas and oil wells in those federal lands. 60% of the state’s public school revenue comes directly from those royalties. Thursday, the state public school administration stated that the state public schools would be forced to close without those revenues.

Summary

This administration’s actions in just ten days have already resulted in catastrophic and unnecessary horrors for thousands of Americans. And the fear of future lost jobs, homes, businesses, and the huge increases in the cost of energy to ALL Americans are actually putting about 10 million Americans into a place of uncertainty about their futures. That uncertainty has not been felt since the Obama Administration. (Hmm… that actually explains a lot)

Scariest of all is the understanding that the President and Vice President have made abundantly clear their number one objective is to fulfill every promise they made to the far-left in Congress and the climate change syndicate who pumped tens of millions of dollars into the Biden Campaign.

I guess we can justly change the President’s name to “Quid Pro Joe.” He’s been called that before. But, at that time, the name was just a jab at this alleged Ukraine blackmail scheme. But now, Biden will wear it because he’s earned it.

And he’s not even close to finished yet: certainly much more is ahead.

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Biden’s American Inclusiveness Dream

“Can’t we just all get along?”

If Joe Biden were candid about his non-stop stately declarations of “I want to be the President for all Americans,” he’d continue with his magic recipe to cure all of America’s problems: we just all need to “get along.”

Let’s take a look at Joe’s first steps toward inclusion:

  • POLITICO and the Washington Post have published pieces of late in which promises are made about political diversity in Biden’s camp staffing.
  • He has named quite a few Big Tech heavyweights and is rumored to be considering some current and former Republicans to critical posts. Among the names being floated for possible Biden Cabinet posts are Meg Whitman, the CEO of Quibi and former CEO of eBay, and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, both of whom spoke at August’s Democratic National Convention. Massachusetts GOP Gov. Charlie Baker and former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have also been mentioned, as has former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who resigned from Congress in 2018 and became a lobbyist. There is not one conservative in the lot. In fact, John Kasimcigma and Jeff Flake epitomize the term RINO: “Republican in name only. No inclusion yet on staffing.
  • One of his Wednesday executive orders was to discontinue deportations immediately. How inclusive is that? Remember: the rumored 10-12 million illegals already in the U.S. contain several criminals who have sordid criminal pasts in their home countries, and many continued those habits after sneaking across the border. Ask Texans about that. According to reports from the Texas Department of Justice, the latest report shows 245,000 criminal aliens were booked into Texas jails from 2011 through February 2018. The aliens, two-thirds of whom were in the country illegally, were charged with more than 650,000 criminal offenses. They have been convicted of almost 600 murders, 30,000 assaults, 3,300 sexual assaults, 9,000 burglaries, 20,000 thefts, 38,000 drug crimes, and 274 kidnappings. These are conservative figures because they included only alien arrests reported to DPS by Texas police agencies. Additionally, arrestees not “biometrically verified” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were excluded from the data set.
  • As all candidates do, Joe told Americans he would immediately tackle the economy. He fraudulently quoted the unemployment numbers and the numbers of closed businesses while blaming Trump for all that. His promised remedy for that? Get everybody to buy only American made products! And his first big “tackle” in the economy was to take executive action to cancel the XL Pipeline permit, which instantly stopped construction. That will quickly eliminate 11,000 jobs for Americans along with $2.2 billion in payroll. Biden “inclusiveness” Part II.
  • We found out how Joe will keep foreign terrorist acts (which we saw not during the last four years) from occurring here during his administration. How? “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, welcomed President Joe Biden’s announced termination — on his first day in office — of the previous administration’s discriminatory Muslim and African Bans.”  Of course, the ban was NOT a Muslim ban. Far more Muslim countries were NOT part of the ban than those which were. But calling it a Muslim ban by the mainstream media gave Biden campaign fodder to use against Trump. The fact is, you’d have a tough job naming one U.S. terrorist act this century that was NOT committed by someone from a Muslim country.
  • Joe added a few more executive orders, which included reversing the rollbacks to vehicle emissions standards; undoing decisions to slash the size of several national monuments; enforcing a temporary moratorium on oil and natural gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and re-establishing a working group on the social costs of greenhouse gasses. Each of those will immediately when executed, put American workers in unemployment lines and raise taxes on us all. In the wake of the XL Pipeline termination and returning egregious vehicle emissions standards, the price of gas has already seen gas at the pump start climbing. And his “temporary” moratorium on oil and gas leases in the Arctic will again sideline workers. By the way, can you define the meaning of “the social costs of greenhouse gases?”
  • Another order that Biden signed on Wednesday instructs federal agencies to prioritize racial equity and review policies that reinforce systemic racism. Biden also revoked a Trump order limiting federal agencies, contractors, and other institutions to hold diversity and inclusion training. Both of these will immediately cost millions of dollars for business owners and drive employees at every level in companies absolutely crazy trying to “prioritize racial equity” and figure out exactly where they can even find “systemic racism.” Both of these are purposely ambiguous.
  • Biden’s order stopping illegal deportation has a caveat which the mainstream media failed to relate on Wednesday. Biden ordered the immediate release of EVERY illegal being held! That means ICE is prevented from processing any illegals, including criminals, some of whom are known to be felons. That means that 10,000+ illegals are RIGHT NOW released without ANY way to know where they are in the U.S.
  • Parents with small children in public schools should immediately have a sit-down with them. Why? They will now — thanks to the President — be sharing restrooms with other students who may biologically be dressed as a student biologically opposite of the name on that restroom door. That order signed by Biden probably is the death-nail on women’s sports in the U.S.

And he’s just getting started. What a start!

We’re Adding a Once-A-Week Feature at TruthNewsNetwork: Each Monday, we will list the previous week’s “Biden Lies.” Of course, if the President goes a week without any substantive lies, we’ll give him a pass. But if he continues his practices from his first 3.5 days, we’ll have a busy Monday each week!

Let’s get started with our first week’s edition:

Biden’s Lies Week of January 20th (Inauguration Day)

Number 1: Biden Warns Pandemic Will Worsen After Pledging To Shut Down Virus

President Biden spent the entire campaign last year running on a platform to shut down the novel coronavirus, only to back away from the signature pledge on day three of his White House tenure with a bold admission. “There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,” Biden said on Jan. 22.

Number 2: Biden Claims Federal Government Never Acted with Urgency to Combat Pandemic

Joe Biden claimed the federal government failed to “act with the urgency” necessary to combat the coronavirus pandemic, apparently neglecting to mention the Trump White House’s Operation Warp Speed that produced two viable coronavirus vaccines by the year’s end. Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn also pointed out that Congress passed trillions in stimulus, providing pandemic efforts and economic recovery funds.

Number 3: Biden Team Tells CNN Trump Offered No Plan for Vaccine Distribution

Sources within the Biden administration told CNN they inherited no vaccine distribution plan from the previous White House. “There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch,” one source reportedly told CNN’s MJ Lee, except there was, as outlined in Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed.” We published the Trump Administration exhaustive Vaccine Distribution Plan in October that had been written, edited by the CDC and the Pentagon to include even more distribution detail, and put in the hands of thousands of U.S. hospitals, medical clinics, and Homeland Security offices.

Number 4: Biden White House Claims Elites ‘Celebrating’ Is Exception to Mask Edict

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki justified Biden’s decision with his family to forgo face masks at the Lincoln Memorial after signing an executive order requiring them on all federal lands. “He was celebrating a historic day in our country. We have bigger things to worry about,” said Psaki, whose dismissal of the face mask as an insignificant issue was contradicted by the White House edict passed hours earlier. (“Rules for Thee but not Me!”

Number 5: Biden Falsely Claims ‘All’ Media Smeared Vaccine Plan as ‘Impossible’

Joe Biden defended his administration’s goal to vaccinate 100 million Americans within his first 100 days in office after a reporter questioned whether the target was too modest. “When I announced it, you all said it wasn’t possible. C’mon. Gimme a break, man,” Biden snapped. (Joe just forgot his projections about COVID. After all, in September, while campaigning, he stated numerous times that 500,000 would die from COVID by election day due to Trump’s inactions. Cognitive Decline, maybe?)

Number 6: Biden Vows to Be Unity President After Smearing GOP Sens. as Nazis

Biden launched his first term as commander-in-chief by branding himself as the unifier-in-chief while aggressively pursuing a partisan progressive agenda promoting left-wing ideas of “social justice” after smearing two Republican senators as Nazi collaborators. “To all those who did not support us, let me say this: Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart,” Biden pleaded with the American people.

Less than two weeks prior, however, the “unity” president smeared Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas as Nazis.

Summary

None of us wondered if we’d have much to dig into here every day during the Biden Administration. Now we know why! Not only did he before his election give us untruths and comedy gaffes daily, but he also seems to be continuing with the circus show daily. We’ll let him be the ringmaster, but we’re going to chronicle for all that he does.

Seriously, this is no laughing matter. This is without question the most critical time in our nation’s history. All those principles on which it was founded are under attack — and, sadly, from a sitting U.S. president! He is confident the massive undergirding of his party’s surreptitious plans for moving the U.S. far left will be benignly accepted by the majority of Americans. In thinking that, he’s deluded.

One quick prediction and we’ll close: Joe Biden will be President only as long as the Democrat Party machine needs him. Once Joe blinks or falters, Jill will one day call Pelosi and Schumer and tell them Joe slipped in the shower, hit his head, and announced he “doesn’t want to do this anymore!”

Think about it: then we’ll have President Harris!

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The Wolf Is At The Door

You may be shocked that I would say this: You’ve got to admire the Left. There’s no doubt they own the internet, the media, the courts (at least in Republicans trying to get a fair shake in state courts regarding election irregularities), and now the government. That when all lumped together means they have an excellent hand at the poker table BEFORE the dealer actually deals a hand. Even with all that, I’m stupified they have been able to do something I expected could only happen “when cows fly:” they have united America.

“Whoa, Dan!” Oh yes, they have united America — just the America that counts in “Leftist World:” the elite class of Americans. The only one of their number that has even uttered words like “we must unite for the sake of our nation” and “this is not a time for stoking divisions” is their POTUS-in-waiting, Joe Biden. They’ve identified a foil they can use for blame.

It’s not Donald Trump! They realize that at least half the country still loves him. However, the elites in the nation have hit a home run. For the very first time in four years, a chunk of Trump supporters have swallowed the evil pill of Mainstream Media, who incessantly beat the drum of “Evil Trump supporters incited the riotous atmosphere at the Capitol January 6th. Their evil cannot stand.” And they believe the President is at least partially responsible for the attempted insurrection. Believe it or not, many of the simpleton Trumpsters believe the President at best was an enabler of the Capitol violence at worst instigated terrorist acts. At best, he’s an enabler; at worst, a domestic terrorist. And everyone on the Left is doubling and tripling down on that rift of sorts to widen the anti-Trump gap a little wider.

Here’s how the Left is playing this: by getting ANY number of Trump supporters to agree to the culpability of the President, they are forcing each of his supporters to either back away from their fawning MAGA love for “their guy” or be guilty of complacency in the plot to destroy the Congress and the Capitol. And if they pull that lever, they will be immediately today and forever wear the label of “domestic terrorist.”

None of those folks went to D.C. for any reason other than to express themselves at their angst about the lack of interest from Congress to dig into the irregularities that were so obvious in the election that remain untested in the open. A few hotheads got out of hand; the police were oddly unprepared, which seems more every day that the Capitol’s lack of policing was intentional. Two people died.  Unfortunately for the Left, there’s no evidence of any attempt to overthrow the U.S. government last week. That would certainly strengthen their feckless attempt at the second impeachment of Trump in the House — which will NEVER be successful. (I know: “Don’t EVER say NEVER!”)

Yes, there was trespassing on the hallowed ground of government. But it’s ironic that people who have spent the last four years attacking the formerly sacrosanct office of the president of the United States with a hatred that surpasses anything seen before in the history of America, literally calling for his death, disgrace, silencing and imprisonment on multiple platforms all day, every day, as the international community looked on and rejoiced at America’s weakness. These people are now getting uptight about the holy ground of government. I have heard of exactly one (1) lectern and two (2) computers reported missing from the Capitol. You’d get more stuff stolen during a fire drill at your college library.

But all that doesn’t matter. Those who like to consider themselves the “adults” of America are now united in agreeing that this was a planned act of insurrection. Anyone who doesn’t agree to identify events as not just the impulsive behavior of a few hotheads but also a deliberate fomentation of the entire Trump movement is himself a traitor and a supporter of mob rule. The message is plain: if you disagree Donald Trump is responsible for this not-terribly-earthshaking act of violence, you have no future in America’s leadership.

This is insane on so many levels. But it’s mostly insane because it is entirely without thought for the consequences. A huge percentage of America — we could call them Middle America, but it’s bigger than that — still loves Donald Trump and thinks he and they have been maltreated. Does today’s leadership seriously want to alienate a huge percentage of a population that already feels disenfranchised? The question is no longer — and never really has been — whether Donald Trump believes the election was fair. The question is, does America believe it was fair? And is it really a good idea to keep telling Middle America, in particular, to sit down and shut up?

Grand idea: Why not just open investigations and show the World there was NO fraud in the election IF there was none?

The condescending and divisive language, the over-wrought name-calling, the stifling of alternate points of view — all this has to stop. 99% of Trump supporters do not support breaking the law. Their concerns need to be heard in a transparent, orderly, public fashion. But if they think they won’t be, what then? And once Donald Trump is gone, the leader they trusted, the one who gave the disenfranchised deplorables a voice and a chance to be heard — then who will deescalate, who will convince angry Middle America to walk out of the Capitol and go home?  Not Joe Biden, who is now claiming that police were too gentle to the rioters because of racism — as if racism had anything to do with anything that happened on January 6.

You’ve seen on nature channels how a pack of wolves hunts caribou. They cut off a single target animal from the herd and bring him down in a coordinated effort. Once they’re done with that one, they move on to the next. The Left pretends that once the herd gives up Donald Trump, lets him be cut off, and lets them devour him, they’ll be satisfied. They’re holding all of America hostage, promising that things will get better if we hand over President Trump for his extermination by the Mob.

“Give us Trump,” they cry, “and life can go back to normal.” The masses will sink back into their customary disengagement, and the smart people, Republican and Democrat alike, can get back to running the country. Trump is the problem! Under extreme pressure, most conservatives seem willing to agree.

But they’re listening to their emotions, not their brains. First of all, Donald Trump’s election to the presidency was the consequence of a change in American thinking, not its cause. Impeach Trump, take him down, destroy him, and all you’ve done is turn what is a movement of massive proportions into a disenfranchised and resentful conglomerate of American citizens — mostly voters — who are enraged at not being given fair treatment. That’s not a problem we want to create.

Secondly, Donald Trump is not the Left’s real target. We — anyone who holds conservative principles — are the target. What is there about accusations of “systemic” racism, “systemic” problems in America that the Republicans don’t understand? America’s system is the problem. America’s way of life is the problem. That’s what they’re after. The destruction of Donald Trump won’t satisfy them for long. The wolves will be back. And now they know that given the right pressure, we’ll throw them whoever they want. Who will be sacrificed next? If they get Trump, the pattern is permanently in place in history. The Left will know that forever when they come to Republicans with demands, and gutless GOP members will throw to the wolves whoever they want.

Nothing is more deadly than a hungry wolf who sets sights on the prey they KNOW whose family will give them up.

Anyone on the Right who supports the total de-platforming of the President by unelected oligarchs, anyone who expressed support for the idea of his removal via the 25th Amendment, and anyone planning to support the Democrats’ plan for impeachment this week needs to think very, very carefully about what happens next. Because if our elected officials impeach President Trump, they will be for all intents and purposes impeaching the legitimate aspirations and the legitimate questions of millions of Americans. This is not a recipe for restoring order and unity; it’s a recipe for disaster.

Don’t blame Donald Trump for the situation we’re in. Blame the institutions that refused to hear America out, the state courts that refused to allow in the record any of the piles of evidence presented in evidentiary hearings but never seen. Blame the media that joined in a blanket refusal to cover the rising swell of discontent. Blame the Supreme Court, which refused to hear what Middle America had to say. Blame every scribbler who indulged in some variety of the condescending and incessant cries of evidence being nothing but “baseless allegations.” Blame social media censors who only fueled — and continue to fuel — conspiracy theories by blocking, deleting, and stifling free speech. And blame every conservative who was too foolish to see what was happening before we got to where we are.

In an interview — now removed from YouTube — with an eyewitness to Ashli Babbitt’s shooting, a journalist addresses one of the rioters outside of the Capitol, a young man from New Jersey standing so close to Ashli Babbitt that he got blood on his hand. “Why did you enter the building,” the journalist asks? I can’t quote the visibly horrified young man’s exact words because the video has been censored. But he responds, calmly enough, that he and his fellows wanted to demand that Congress make an investigation of the election. “We just wanted to be taken seriously,” he says. “They’re laughing at the people who voted for Trump,” he says, “They laugh at us on TV, they laughed at us as we marched along the street.” He saw a man standing inside a window, laughing and filming as they walked by. “We just wanted a fair investigation, and now somebody’s shot,” he says as if he still can’t quite believe it.

You can condemn rioting and illegal entry into the Capitol without blinding yourself to reality. It’s time to stop laughing at Middle America. It’s time to start listening, and most importantly, to start de-escalating.

Are you seeing ANY attempts to unify, to overcome differences, to respect the rights of dissent, or any discussions of moving forward as one America?

There will be no “peaceful transition” without a dramatic reach out from the Left to that 99.9% of conservatives who are hungry to unite but leery of joining a bunch of wolves.

Don’t you think the Left should SHOW they’re really not wolves?

President “Uncle Joe” Biden: “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

Soon after the election results, Joe Biden issued a statement of unity declaring, “Its time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again.” Since Biden’s call, actions, and statements by Democrats and anti-Trump activists following the election shows quite the opposite: unity is out, and turning up the temperature on the political opposition is in. The truth is Democrats are waging a full-scale war against President Trump’s supporters by pushing a wide range of retaliatory measures targeting backers of the president. One can and should agree that a man just elected to the office of President — even while waiting for the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — would certainly reach across the aisle to embrace voters who, while not getting their winner a victory, are certainly a large block of voters one would expect a candidate-in-waiting would begin to unify them and do anything within reason to pull them into his “group.”

Joe Biden? Not so much. In fact, Uncle Joe has gone the opposite direction. Forget about unity; forget about healing; forget about bi-partisanship between the leaders in Congress that now answer to their chosen one — President Joe Biden, though that is not official until January 20.

Call this 76 year “old” man a dreamer, but it’s been my experience through ten different presidential administrations that unity in politics is mostly a dream. I have taken for granted, based on what I watched happen, that Joe would certainly work quickly to “enlarge his tent.” After all, based on political party affiliation, the country is still split right down the middle. Wouldn’t it be prudent for any newly elected president to try to erase every barrier between him and his followers and those who have differing political opinions?

If he was Nancy Pelosi, reaching across the aisle would be senseless. After all, her opinion of Republicans, which she shares publicly from time to time, starts somewhere close to “Screw them” and ends in her joining Hillary to stick at least half of the Trump supporters into HRC’s basket of deplorables.

But Joe’s NOT Nancy. Joe didn’t ever run for House Speaker, or for the House. Joe ran (and apparently won) the presidency. The last I heard, U.S. Presidents are President of all of the 330 million Americans, not just the 45-50% who carry that Democrat Party ID card. (Uh-oh: even though that ID card is required for entry into any Democrat National Party official function they can’t be a requirement to vote!)

There’s no doubt that this transition from Trump to Biden hasn’t gone quite as smoothly as Biden & Company would have preferred. But the election didn’t quite go the way Trump and his MAGA supporters would have preferred either. In a political race, someone has to win. That means someone has to lose. There were about 100 million election losers in this race: the 70+ million Trump voters and another 30+ million Trump supporters who could not LEGALLY vote. (CAPITALIZATION purposeful)

Kumbaya

“Let’s just all join hands, sing together, then drink hot cocoa while we discuss peaceful things we will do together after Inauguration Day.” (Joe Biden at a campfire with a handful of “Trump Deplorables” sitting in a circle: Biden reading from a teleprompter)

That fatal wish came straight from Joe Biden’s mouth: “When I am inaugurated President, I refuse to be President of ‘some’ Americans. I will be President of ALL Americans.”

Just before that cozy campfire, Joe in a private online fundraiser sang a different tune. He laughed off the possibility of appealing to President Trump’s base — and then directly attacked some Trump voters, drawing comparisons from journalists and the Trump campaign to Hillary Clinton’s infamous “basket of deplorables” moment during the 2016 campaign. The event drew about 55 attendees online, according to the Biden campaign. During a question-and-answer session, Biden responded “probably not” when someone asked if he could win over Trump supporters, and then he launched into a scathing critique.

“There are people who support the president because they like the fact that he is engaged in the politics of division,” Biden said. “They really support the notion that, you know, all Mexicans are rapists and all Muslims are bad and… dividing this nation based on ethnicity, race. This is one of the few presidents who succeeded by deliberately trying to divide the country, not unite the country.”

Expectations of Unity?

Joe, in his not-very-illustrious but very long political career, has promoted himself to be a middle-class working American — the friend to manual laborers and “Pennsylvania steelworkers.” He certainly qualified to do that because he was from Pennsylvania!

So what could have Uncle Joe really meant when he spoke to those contributors? “Look, I’m a lifetime politician. I KNOW how to get things done. And when I can’t get things that I’ve promise, I KNOW how to convince voters and contributors that they didn’t get done because someone else screwed up. What I really meant when they wrote me those checks was I’m going to work hard to do what I promised you I would do. I’m Joe Biden! I’m ‘Old Reliable.’ Come on, Man!”

Uncle Joe: 2021

Joe ran on a pledge to unite the country, and this election showed again just how divided America is. He promised to fix that. He campaigned to restore a sense of calm and normalcy to the White House after four years of what he claimed was President Trump’s divisiveness. He ran promising to overcome almost exactly what he will now inherit — both deep division among the people and toxicity in the American electorate. Joe saw that in full display on January 6th.

We won’t delve into the details of the ruckus and nastiness that played out at the Capitol on Wednesday. Details — “truthful” details — about it are still pending. As has become normal when dealing with Democrats and voting, every day, more evidence mysteriously appears to show that what they tell Republicans is factual always seems to be not quite so factual. We’ll point out that at the morning rally held on the South Lawn of the White House, President Trump encouraged his supporters to make their way down to the U.S. Capitol to let lawmakers know how they felt about the certification of the electoral votes. The President’s “suggestion” for the large crowd to do that was turned into “D.C. fodder.” The attacks against President Trump erupted.

Since the Capitol’s intrusions and subsequent lockdown, politicians from both sides have never missed an opportunity to blame President Trump for what happened. Late on Thursday, the cries and demands for serious actions against him begin to climb in number and intensity. As the volume and the number of various politicians’ attacks against the President grew, so did Uncle Joe’s. Then “Mr. Unity” decided to speak.

Biden said that President Trump’s supporters who attacked the Capitol on Wednesday were “a riotous mob” and “domestic terrorists.” Biden charged Trump with “inciting a mob to attack the Capitol,” which he said was the culmination of four years of “unrelenting attack” by the president “on the institutions of our democracy.” He argued that the “past four years we’ve had a president who’s made his contempt of our democracy, our Constitution, the rule of law, clear, in everything he has done. He unleashed an all-out assault on the institutions of our democracy from the outset. And yesterday was but the culmination of that unrelenting attack.”

Biden emphasized that “what we witnessed yesterday was not dissent, it was not disorder, it was not protest. It was chaos. They weren’t protesters. Don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that simple.” He accused Trump of “inciting a mob to attack the Capitol, to threaten elected representatives of the people of this nation and even the vice president, to stop the Congress from ratifying the will of the American people in a just-completed, free and fair election. Trying to use a mob to silence the voices of nearly 160 million Americans who summoned the courage in the face of a pandemic that threatened our health our lives to cast that sacred ballot.”

And then Joe moved in for the Kill Shot: “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, there wouldn’t — they wouldn’t have been treated very, very different than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol,” Biden emphasized. And he stressed that “we all know that is true, and it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.”

Nancy and Chuck

The “Prince and Princess of Darkness” had to throw in their two cents not to be outdone. Chuck Schumer urged that Vice President Pence “immediately” invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office. And Schumer warned that if Pence refuses, Congress should “impeach the president.”

“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president,” the senator from New York wrote in a statement. “This president should not hold office one day longer.”

Nancy gleefully joined in urging Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office, calling him “a very dangerous person” who committed an “act of sedition.” Pelosi said if Pence won’t act, the House is prepared to impeach Trump again.

Summary

We can summarize this “extermination of Trump” charade quickly and simply:

  • Nancy nor Chuck have any intention to trade Christmas or Hannukah cards with the Trumps going forward;
  • They certainly want him to leave town ASAP;
  • It seems odd that he’s going to vacate D.C. in less than two weeks, and that’s not quick enough for the pair;
  • There MUST be another purpose for their dramatic demands to rid the nation of “President” Donald Trump. What might that be?

They are scared to death The Donald will go away for a while but then return to D.C. They are petrified that he might re-inhabit the White House in four years!

The only way to keep Trump from even qualifying to run again is to either declare him incompetent sufficient to finish THIS term — the 25th Amendment — or to impeach him in the House once more and convict him in the Senate. In either case, he would be ineligible to serve in federal office ever again.

You know what? Joe is not set to be inaugurated President until January 20th. Do you think there may be another “thing or two” that sneaks into the forefront that might create a pause in that inauguration process? What could that be? I don’t know — but at the rate that things throughout this election have popped up, you can bet that we don’t know all of what happened regarding January 6th at the Capitol and who were involved.

Stay close. To quote one of America’s greatest spokesman, “It ain’t over until it’s over.”

It ain’t over!

CPUSA Program

When Did Debate Moderators Become More Important Than Those Debating?

I think the nation is past the need for Presidential election debates. And I KNOW the country is past the need for the partisan moderators we have seen grill candidates in at least the past three presidential elections. Chris Wallace, who is supposedly and middle-of-the-road, hosts a Sunday morning talk show at FOX News. He reportedly is a Moderate. But in his turn on the Moderator microphone, Wallace became a debater instead, joining Joe Biden to pile-on Donald Trump.

As everyone knows, the Debate Commission at the last moment changed the scheduled second debate format from in-person to virtual. Their stated reason for the change was for the personal safety of the workers, media pundits, and the debaters themselves since President Trump was just completing a personal tangle with COVID-19. The Trump Campaign went bonkers, and the President immediately determined to NOT participate in a virtual debate. It was canceled.

All eyes turn to NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker as she prepares to host the third and final presidential debate tonight.

President Trump and Joe Biden will square off at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, in a 90-minute debate starting at 9 p.m Eastern. Welker, 44, has been the White House correspondent at NBC News since 2011, after working as a news reporter in Rhode Island. But Trump supporters who took issue with stern questioning by previous moderators like Chris Wallace and Savannah Guthrie may find themselves wishing for those combative hosts after Welker is done with the president.

Welker comes from an established Democratic family — who have poured cash into party coffers, and to Trump opponents, for years. Her mother, Julie Welker, a prominent real estate broker in Philadelphia, and father, Harvey Welker, a consulting engineer, have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and close to $20,000 to Barack Obama alone. There was also $3,300 for Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and $2,100 for Hillary Clinton’s doomed 2016 presidential effort against Trump. Another $7,300 was contributed to the Democratic National Committee between 2004 and 2020.

Though Kristen Welker’s party registration is not listed today, she was a registered Democrat in Washington, DC, in 2012 and Rhode Island in 2004.

Throughout Welker’s tenure as a White House correspondent, she has earned a reputation for a scathing style of questioning. “Mr. President, yes or no: Have you ever worked for Russia. Yes or no?” she demanded during a confrontation in January 2019. The treatment stands in stark contrast to her handling of Democratic politicos. In March 2016, Welker was busted on live television tipping off Hillary Clinton’s Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri about at least one question she planned to ask her during a post-debate interview in Michigan. At the time, Clinton was locked in a fierce fight for the Democratic nomination against Sen. Bernie Sanders. “I’m going to ask you about Flint,” Welker said of the Michigan city’s infamous water crisis.

Welker deleted her Twitter account last week, heading off a complete look at her past statements and views. It was later restored. “Anyone who’s ever dealt with Welker knows she’s an activist, not a reporter. The White House press team views her the same way they would AOC or Pelosi if they walked in the office,” a senior White House official said.

Tonight’s Debate: All-In

“She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game,” President Trump tweeted about the Moderator. “The people know!”

Tonight’s debate is crucial for the President, who refused to participate in an Oct. 15 showdown with Biden because organizers wanted a virtual debate in light of the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis. He enters the debate trailing Biden in preelection polls nationally, and in key states though the Biden lead has almost vanished. This will likely be the last chance for both candidates to reach a vast audience before Election Day on Nov. 3.

Welker hasn’t commented, but plenty of colleagues and competitors testified to her fairness and professionalism. They said she would do great when moderating Thursday’s showdown between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. “Kristen is one of the toughest, fairest reporters you’ll ever meet,” tweeted Kathryn Watson, a White House reporter for CBS News.

Despite his recent attacks, many people have praised Welker’s reporting during the Trump administration – including Trump himself. After the second debate was canceled this month, Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller told Fox News Welker would do an “excellent job” hosting the third one. “I have a very high opinion of Kristen Welker,” Miller said. “I think she’s going to do an excellent job as the moderator for the third debate. I think she’s a journalist who’s very fair in her approach, and I think that she’ll be an excellent choice for this third debate.”

Calling on Welker during a news conference in Switzerland in January, Trump complimented her for landing a weekend anchor gig on NBC’s “Today” show. “They made a very wise decision,” Trump told Welker.

Summary

The daily IBD/TIPP polls have each day this week indicated the Biden lead that was once in double-digits has not just slipped but plummeted to its lowest numbers. Why is that? In part because of the feeling many Americans have after the revelation of the alleged wrongdoing by BOTH the Vice President’s son, Hunter Biden, and by the former VP himself. That Hunter MacBook Pro left at a Delaware computer shop for repairs contains tens of thousands of damning texts, emails, and even pictures. The pictures are said to contain those of Hunter doing illegal drugs while having sex. The pictures include at least one underage girl.

How does this impact Joe Biden? The emails and texts contain details of meetings, emails to and between Hunter and corporate leaders at companies in Ukraine, China, and even Khazakstan that detail massive financial transactions between those foreign corporations and several American entities with which Hunter Biden is an official. Several of the emails and texts implicate Joe Biden for receiving large sums of money as part of these transactions.

Debate Prediction:

If President Trump refuses to fall into the personal trap in which he found himself in the first debate, if he addresses specific Joe Biden political actions from his past, many of which were controversial and very damaging for U.S. minorities along with Biden/Harris suspect plans in a Biden/Harris Administration, he should do well. However, he MUST keep from going-off on Biden in personal ways and stick to policies.

But there’s one sure thing that will just give him a three-count at the ending bell: he MUST bring the Hunter Biden/Biden Family Corruption case into the debate conversation using just the facts and get Joe — without badgering him — to respond on the merits of the case. Remember: no one from the Biden Campaign or any Biden family member or even Joe himself has claimed that the emails, texts, or pictures are not real or labeling them as “fake.”

Being calm, civil, and appearing not to be angry will be a tall order for the President. Though I am confident those around him have given such advice ahead of the showdown tonight, it remains to be seen if President Trump will set aside his disgust for all of the one-sided attacks on him and his administration and just address specifics during the debate. If he can do those things and refuses to hit below the belt, I think Joe will hit the mat at the end of the show!

The Biden 900-Pound Gorilla Just Will NOT Go Away

The corporate media has refused to cover the substance of the New York Post’s bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden’s recovered laptop and emails, not because there’s nothing to the story or because the emails are fake, but because the story itself is, on its face, harmful to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

That’s not to say news outlets haven’t been writing about the Post’s reporting. They’ve decided to cover the meta-narrative—the story about the story—while studiously ignoring what Hunter Biden’s emails reveal about his family’s overseas business dealings and influence-peddling.

Here’s how it works. Instead of aggressive follow-up reporting on the content of Hunter Biden’s emails, which is what you’d expect from news organizations, we’ve got a wave of process stories about the “anatomy” of the Post’s “dubious” reporting, censorship stories about Twitter and Facebook, and wild conspiracy theory stories about a rumored Russian disinformation plot.

Last week when all this broke, the focus quickly shifted from Hunter Biden’s emails to a decision by Facebook and Twitter to censor the Post’s reporting, and, in Twitter’s case, lock the Post’s official account for posting “hacked” materials (there’s no evidence the emails were hacked). When Twitter tried to walk back but also justify its draconian policies, the media reported on that, and when a handful of Republican senators announced they’d be subpoenaing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over the imbroglio, the media reported on that, too.

What they didn’t report on is the obvious thing the emails reveal: Hunter Biden was trading on his family name overseas, and Joe Biden, despite his many denials, seems to have been aware of this and might have even been a part of it.

Understand what’s going on here: The media will report almost any aspect of this story, no matter how tangential or relatively insignificant, rather than grapple with the story itself.

Almost nothing is too trivial on this front. Over the weekend, we got stories in The New York Times and New York Magazine about behind-the-scenes dissent from a handful of anonymous Post employees who thought the Biden story shouldn’t have run. The Times article goes into great detail about whose bylines were attached to the Post’s reporting, how long each reporter had been at the paper, where he or she had worked previously, and the process top Post editors went through before publication.

Same for the New York Magazine article, which also dismissed the substance of the Post’s reporting—“supposed” scoop, “purported” emails—while quoting anonymous Post reporters pontificating about how they’ve been “bracing” for the Post to “go pro-Trump before the election.”

What meager follow-up reporting on the substance of the emails we have seen has almost all been to undermine the Post. The Washington Post, for one, was quick to “fact-check” the Post by casting vague allegations on its reporting while failing to offer any new information or insights into the trove of emails detailing Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals.

Even more embarrassing have been outlets like CNN and USA Today, which, citing unnamed sources, breathlessly speculated that the FBI was investigating whether the emails were a possible “disinformation campaign” originating from—where else?—Moscow. (Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Monday laid these rumors to rest, saying the recovered laptop and emails are “not part of some Russian disinformation campaign.”)

The Media Can’t Handle The Truth

The media’s preoccupation with the chain-of-possession of the laptop and the emails—are they “hacked materials” or are they part of a shadowy plot hatched by the Kremlin?—is meant to distract the broader public about what the laptop and emails actually contain.

After all, the last thing a media establishment in cahoots with the Democratic Party wants to do is ask substantive questions about any of this. Why did a Ukrainian oligarch thank Hunter Biden for an introduction to his father in 2015 when the elder Biden was the Obama administration’s point-man on Ukraine? What did Hunter Biden mean when he told a Chinese energy firm that a lucrative deal would be “interesting for me and my family?”

The press isn’t interested, just like they weren’t interested in a recent U.S. Senate committee report on the Bidens’ complex financial transactions in Ukraine and elsewhere. I mean, if you’re not curious why the wife of the former mayor of Moscow would pay Hunter Biden $3.5 million, then you’re not going to be curious about any of this other stuff.

To be clear, it doesn’t matter what the Post or any other news outlet actually reports or how airtight their reporting is. It doesn’t matter that no one, not even the Biden campaign, has denied the authenticity of the emails in question. It doesn’t matter that Fox News has independently corroborated one of the emails that indirectly references Joe Biden as one of six recipients of “remuneration packages” from the aforementioned Chinese energy firm. It doesn’t matter that the laptop came from a Delaware computer store and not, you know, Russia.

The mainstream media will not, under any circumstances, treat this as a serious story. The same media establishment that was willing to perpetuate a years-long Russia collusion hoax, for which it relied on an outlandish dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, will not countenance the Hunter Biden laptop story—no matter what.

They won’t do it for the simple reason that it will almost certainly hurt Biden’s White House bid, and they can’t have that.

Then There Is “Social” Media

It’s the election equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and shouting, “Na-na-na-boo-boo!” Joe Biden keeps ignoring questions about his possible role in the business dealings of his shady son. He keeps losing his temper with reporters who dare to insist that he has an obligation to answer legitimate public concerns. Most of the Biden-supporting media insist that the New York Post’s big Hunter story is a dud, and so publish endless malicious snark about how shabby the paper’s standards are. Twitter and Facebook keep saying that they were obliged, according to their own codes of practice, to stop the story circulating online, even though we all know those codes are applied with ridiculous inconsistency.

But stories don’t just disappear because one political side can’t stomach them. The truth has a nasty habit of coming out, and the uproar around the Biden campaign won’t disappear just because the Biden campaign wants it to or because Mainstream Media just ignores it. No intelligent observer is all that surprised to learn that the sources for the New York Post story were Trump allies Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon. It is perhaps depressing that investigative journalism often relies on scoops delivered on a plate by political operatives with an agenda, but that’s the world we live in. Sources have motives, often malign ones. Who knew?

The problem for the Biden campaign is that most people probably don’t care too much about whether the story is ethically sourced. They care about whether it is true. Is the email allegedly found on Hunter Biden’s laptop suggesting that Joe Biden met with a board member of Burisma, the corrupt Ukrainian mining company which was paying his son $50,000 a month, true? Or is it fake? What about the email suggesting the “big guy” would get 10 percent of equity from a deal with a Chinese company? Is that invented? If not, who is Mr Big? Is it, as has been alleged, dear old Joe? That seems like a story of public interest worth looking into, given that Biden is close to being elected the leader of the free world. To get to the bottom of it all, just check Twitter and Facebook. Wait: they’re out of this controversy!

It’s funny that the New York Times, Vanity Fair, CNN and others seem to have spent considerable resources attacking the New York Post over its reporting, which only heightens the sense of a cover up. They seem to have little appetite for disproving the story, which would actually make it go away. What Team Biden and all their media boosters can’t seem to grasp is that this information isn’t going to evaporate, no matter how many “intelligence officials” claim that it was released as part of a Russian disinformation campaign. We’ve all learned the hard way not to believe everything intelligence officials tell us when it comes to Russia and U.S. presidential elections — especially those who signed that letter sent to the DNI claiming it originated in Moscow.

Besides, there is still another side in the media war, Team Trump, and they aren’t shutting up. The hope in the Biden campaign is that most Democratic voters are so partisan these days that they just won’t be interested in a story that originated in TrumpWorld. But there’s probably more on that laptop and the clamor to answer questions about its contests will not be silenced. The Hunter Biden story is not going away. It could end up giving Donald Trump four more years in the Oval Office.

That’s all going to happen regardless of what the Social Media Giants and the Mainstream Media outlets decide to do: ignore or allow it to go live. It’s out there! Tens of millions of American voters are plugged in and waiting for answers — you know, the “truth.” It’s now almost a one hundred percent certainty that the emails and the laptop ARE Hunter’s and ARE real. Why? We’re in the home stretch of a presidential election. There’s no way a candidate would face confrontation of this without declaring in a demonstrative fashion that the exposed emails and pictures are a farce and are not Hunter’s.

Do they think this story will just fade away or that Americans have short memories? I really do not think they are that blind and certainly are not stupid. Because Joe Biden made himself invisible this week, it is apparent that they are beside themselves and are struggling to find a way to tackle this war with this blight on the Biden Campaign. “If” Biden really decides to debate tomorrow evening, you can bet they’ll have some way to continue to deflect from addressing this head-on.

Why would they do that? Simple: someone would have to tell the truth. And Democrats are not known for that being fundamental in their politicking.

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