Tragedy struck civilization as fire engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Although parts of the structure appear to have survived, the damage to the nearly 800 year-old structure is catastrophic. No punchline; it’s just sad.
Tax Day 2019 arrived, and with it, liberal heavyweights’ incorrect assertions about how it works. Outlets from the New York Times to Alyssa Milano shrieked bloody murder over the fact that many Americans’ refunds are down this year, a change they “blamed” on the GOP tax cut. Far be it for me to correct an esteemed economist like Sam from "Who's the Boss," but the refunds are down because Americans overpaid less, thanks entirely to the GOP tax cut.
Liberals ginned up the outrage meter as Attorney General William Barr is expected to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report as early as Thursday. The left is already floating the conspiracy theory that the redactions will obscure any evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump. Since Mueller himself approved the redactions, I guess this means he’s off their Christmas card list.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg may be running for President in the wrong country. Buttigieg whined to a small gathering that the United States isn’t “much of a democracy when twice in my lifetime, the Electoral College has overruled the American people…" The United States isn’t a Democracy at all; it’s a republic. I thought this guy was a Rhodes Scholar?
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) may not have much of a Presidential campaign, he appears committed to destroying what campaign he does have. The rabid anti-liberty candidate expanded his plan to confiscate legally-owned firearms to include imprisoning legal firearm owners who resist his government overreach. If the Democrats nominate Nuke-boy, even BARRON Trump could beat him.
Among those racing to defend anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN): anti-liberty activist David Hogg. Hogg, infamous for exploiting the Parkland attack for fame and fortune, asked “Can we take a moment to think about how triggering the video trump posted for the thousands of people that lost someone they knew in 9/11?” Gee Junior, what's more "triggering;" someone dismissing 9-11 as "something," or a video of them doing it?
An intramural fight has broken out inside the Democrat Party. After dismissing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s branch of her party as “like, 5 people,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered another spanking, suggesting Chiquita Khrushchev isn’t quite the groundbreaker she thinks she is, claiming: “A glass of water with a ‘D’ next to its name” could have won NY-14. A glass of water might even have inspired more than 15% of the district’s voters to bother going to the polls.
Despite earning near-universal condemnation from actual experts, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is sticking with her “Green New Deal.” Ocasio-Cortez promises it will make the world a just and fair place, in which the poor are enriched, the weak empowered, the sick well, the fat thin, and the dumb smart; never mind that the colossal word salad reads like a middle-schooler’s book report on the Communist Manifesto. With the stated goal of eliminating so-called “climate change,” the “Green New Deal” isn’t just bananas, it’s the whole damned jungle.
In addition to the usual liberal heavy breathing about universal access to “high quality healthcare,” “high-quality education,” “healthy food,” and “retirement security,” the Green New Deal will require – not ask, require – the federal government to transform into an all-consuming entity that would have given Pol Pot a case of the willies. More to the point, it is so, so, dumb.
1 It will turn out the lights. The Green New Deal demands abandonment of fossil fuel and nuclear energy production in favor of “renewable energy.” Given the relative efficiency of renewable sources, I’m wondering where we would fit the windmills and soybean fields after we pave the country in solar panels. As for the nuclear and fossil fuel industry workers and their families, they’ll be treated to a “just transition.” It doesn’t explain what a “just transition” entails, but I bet it involves being assigned a new gig in the solar panel, windmill or soybean farming industries; or, as the last guys who tried something this called it, “the gulag.”
2 It will empty the fridge. Since the internal combustion engine is one of the principal offenders in the “climate crisis,” the Green New Deal will purge it from existence, or “build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transportation..with goal (sic) to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.” In case walking to the store doesn’t sound like enough fun, with no more machines to help with growing, harvesting, and hauling stuff, there won’t be anything on the shelves. From Twinkies to tomatoes, if it involves mass production or preservation, it’s verboten. And what food there is will get less plentiful, and less fun to produce. Check the history books for an idea of what farming was like before – say – the cotton gin.
3 It will require the demolition or reconstruction of virtually every standing structure in the United States. One of the Green New Deal’s “14 infrastructure and industrial projects” would require Americans to “upgrade or replace every building in the US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency.” According to the US Census Bureau, there are approximately 138,000,000 housing units in the United States. The US Department of Energy estimates around 6 million commercial buildings. That’s a lot of upgrading or replacing. The Green New Deal commands construction of “green” buildings at a pace of around 400,000 per day. Thanks to the ban on internal combustion engines, those structures will all have to be constructed with hand tools. At least the full employment promises are for real.
4 It’s a giveaway to Big Labor. I hope the facts about what the Green New Deal will do to farming and construction don’t scare you too much, because you may well up farming or building. And it looks like you would have to pay for the privilege. The resolution requires “all GND jobs to be union jobs.” If you want to pick cotton, you’re going to have to join the International Brotherhood of Cotton-Pickers, or whomever. I don’t know what they give you when you retire, but since life expectancy for cotton-pickers has been traditionally low, I wouldn’t sweat it.
5 It will bankrupt the Nation, and its authors know it. They even admit it. “Even if every billionaire and company came together and were willing to pour all the resources at their disposal into this investment, the aggregate value of the investments they would make would not be sufficient.” As Ocasio-Cortez herself is fond of pointing out, billionaires and corporations have either direct or indirect control of an enormous percentage of the Nation’s wealth. As she’s less fond of pointing out, they also happen to pay an enormous percentage of the taxes. If your plan acknowledges they don’t have enough, combined, to foot the bill, then your plan has a bigger gap in it than the one in AOC’s education. The Green New Deal promises to cover the shortfall with “quantitative easing” and “credit.” Printing more money and creating more public debt won’t make America “green;” it will make America Venezuela.
6 It compares itself to the moon landing. “When JFK said we’d go to (the moon) by the end of the decade, people said it was impossible.” Right, getting a couple of guys to jam into a rickety tin can atop an ICBM in a gamble - one that produced malfunctions and dead bodies at only a slightly lower rate than small steps for mankind - is just like sending the US back to the 1820s because the global warmists are getting nervous.
7 It mentions cow farts. In the push for “eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy,” the fact sheet laments the inability to “fully get rid of farting cows.” Bad news for the people building those 400,000 “green” buildings every day, they just lost their team animals. They also just lost steak dinners, hamburgers, and baseball gloves. We’re not talking about some wingnut pamphlet from some eco-lobbyist, we’re talking about an official legislative proposal put forth to United States Congress. Just how the Founding Fathers imagined it: “Verily, I say unto thee, thine bovine flatulence is an affront to liberty!”
8 It can’t work. It can’t even be implemented. In fact, it obviates itself. The entire Green New Deal rests on the development of new technology, some of which it admits doesn’t exist yet. It bans fossil fuels and internal-combustion engines but requires massive tech advances. Massive tech advances can't happen without plastics and miniaturization. And plastics and miniaturization can't happen without fossil fuels and internal-combustion engines. It’s a communist cul-de-sac, and it should stay there.
When it runs up against scientific issues, the Green New Deal offers “plant lots of trees.” When it stumbles over logistical obstacles, it promises to “build charging stations everywhere.” Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called it a “dream.” It’s a socialist’s term paper, not a serious piece of legislation.
I don’t want to say the Democrats bet their farm on the Mueller Report, but following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s admission that 2 years and $35 million didn’t knock President Donald Trump out of the Oval Office, the loyal opposition bumbled into this week like a teenager who just found out her prom date left with the homecoming queen. Considering their current circumstances, it’s fairly clear that the Democrats failed to come up with a “plan b.”
The party is wracked with infighting, with the old guard grappling for control with young upstarts like the seemingly ubiquitous Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). That infighting was on full display Wednesday morning, when AOC visibly skipped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s photo-op to announce the introduction of House Resolution 9, a watered-down version of AOC’s “green new deal.” Not long after Pelosi’s presser, AOC threw a shrieking tantrum over the elitist nature of her legislation, which Pelosi had already dismissed as a “dream.”
In the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the formation of a “Special Committee on the Climate Crisis.” While the existence of a “climate crisis” is dubious, the existence of a Senate minority which is so terrified of global warming that they couldn’t bring themselves to vote for anti-global warming legislation – the “green new deal” lost 57-0 in the Senate, after 43 Democrats voted “present,” and 4 voted “hell no” – is painfully obvious. Even more obvious is the fact that the Democrats’ heavyweights, who have certainly made plenty of noise over what they call a “climate crisis,” aren’t concerned enough about it to do more than form yet another committee to “study” it.
In the 3 days since word leaked that Mueller was going to clear the President of collusion with the Russians – simultaneously axe-murdering the left’s primary talking point – the port side politicos have managed to do absolutely nothing which even approaches proactive policy. They’re too busy arguing over what to do about a crisis which people either don’t believe in, or don’t care all that much about, and who should lead whatever effort they finally decide upon.
Looking beyond their global warmist fantasies, the Democrats can fall back to their previous policy tentpole: anti-Semitism; a direction which has caused no shortage of intramural drama as Pelosi has tried to walk a high-wire between the rank-and-file, and the new stars like AOC and Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib, all of whom have made hating Jews a matter of record.
I doubt victory on the global warming front would have saved the Democrats. I can almost promise anti-Semitism isn’t the savior some of them think it might be. Their party is splintering between left, and far left, and their best hope for unity died when Mueller reduced the impeachment of President Trump from “Democratic Senate majority-unlikely” to “green new deal-level pipe dream.”
The government shutdown created by the Democrat Party’s refusal to secure our borders may be collecting some new victims: John and Jane Q. Taxpayer. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Internal Revenue Service will still be able to “process tax returns, keep systems running, and conduct criminal investigations,” but may not be able to answer filers’ questions or issue refunds. As long as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stands for the hordes infiltrating America, the Democrats’ attack dogs at the IRS will gladly take citizens’ dollars, but if those citizens are owed a rebate, or even have a simple query about their returns, they’re on their own.
And don’t think for one moment that the potential delay in refunds translates to an extension of the traditional April 15th due date; the suit’n’sunglasses brigade will still show up at your door if they think you’ve shorted Uncle Sam. Bonus: thanks to America’s medieval civil asset forfeiture laws, even if the IRS is wrong, you’ll have a tougher time getting back your scratch than a cop killer does getting a free pass to Californistan.
As if we needed another reminder of where Americans stand on the left’s list of priorities, there are no plans to halt the billions of dollars taken from us and handed to illegal aliens. Sorry Tom, Dick, and Harriet, but Tomas, Diego, and Jorge outrank you these days.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- “Tha Block”) is the first intellectually challenged communist in the House; and Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan comprise the first Congressional delegation from Hamas.