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Joe Biden is attempting to look like a leader on the China Virus. It’s failing because he’s proposing to do things that President Trump did months ago. They sound reasonable at first blush. That’s because they’ve been implemented months ago:

The former vice president swung into his spiel: “I talked early on about the Defense [Production] Act” to order companies to manufacture essential items, he said. Mr. Trump invoked the DPA March 27 to force General Motors to step up ventilator production.

Then, Mr. Biden said, “you need more testing.” More than 50 million tests have been conducted in the U.S., 754,858 on Tuesday alone. Next, he said, “insist that everyone wear masks.” The White House Coronavirus Task Force and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on April 3 that everyone wear masks in public.

To help the economy, Mr. Biden proposed to “make sure that people are in a position where they can maintain their businesses.” Mr. Trump signed the Cares Act on March 27, providing $349 billion in partially forgivable small-business loans, later raised to $659 billion. His next idea was to guarantee “no one has to pay for contracting COVID and being treated for COVID.” The Trump administration announced April 3 it would use Cares Act money to pay hospitals that treat uninsured people for Covid-19.

Remember that this Reid-Biden interview happened on July 20. Way to go, Joe. You got around to proposing your China virus plan 3+ months after President Trump implemented this plan. Moving at that speed, we’re sure to defeat the virus before the end of President Trump’s successor’s 2nd term.

With regard to a vaccine, Mr. Biden said it was essential to “have a command officer now . . . to put together exactly how that will be distributed to over 300 million Americans.” Gen. Gustave F. Perna, head of Army Materiel Command, was appointed chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed on May 15 to accelerate vaccine production and distribution.

Again, Biden is late by 2 months. Can’t this guy get anything done fast? I’ll tell you what Biden did in March. We can’t forget this golden oldie:

Joe Biden’s economic plan will produce a recession:

The former vice president’s July 9 economic plan, for example, proposes to raise $3.2 trillion in revenue over the next decade. It would do so by increasing taxes not only on the top 1% but on every American. The nonpartisan Tax Foundation says it “would lead to lower after-tax income for all income levels” and reduce the nation’s gross domestic product.

That’s before Biden would reimpose the industry-crippling regulations that temporarily killed the coal industry and the energy industry. By comparison, President Trump’s policies have made the US the world’s largest producer of energy. We don’t rely on foreign energy anymore.

Another example: Mr. Biden’s July 14 climate plan calls for closing every natural gas and coal-fired power plant within 15 years. They now produce 60% of America’s electricity. It’s probably impossible to achieve, but even trying would raise everyone’s utility bills and endanger millions of jobs in the energy and power sectors.

It’s time to reject this hostage of the far-far-left. We can’t afford his incompetence.

Gov. Walz, Gov. Cuomo and other Democrats have hinted that people that want to reopen the economy are just simply greedy. Why haven’t reporters done any in-depth articles about how confinement costs families and individuals? Why haven’t the media taken seriously the trampling of constitutional rights? (That’s a rhetorical question. We know the answer.)

What we’ve figured out is that COVID-19 is deadly to those with serious underlying conditions and the elderly. We’ve figured out that healthy people that exercise proper restraint aren’t in a ton of danger. Is there some risk? Without a question. Are there things that can mitigate the effects of COVID-19? Without question.

This article highlights the Democrats’ thinking. Gov. Walz is a perfect example. Gov. Walz’s top priorities are eliminating public health risks, eliminating more public health risks and eliminating all public health risks. That’s impossible. Further, it isn’t wise from a mental health standpoint.

If they dare protest, if they demand to work and run their own lives, they’re condemned by mouthpieces of the left as a bunch of greedy fools Who Just Want People to Die.

The Democrats are committed to keeping you healthy even if it kills you or pushes you into bankruptcy. That’s what President Trump means when he talks about the cure being worse than the disease. It’s time to introduce Democrats to some principles that are foreign to them.

The first principle that’s foreign to today’s Democrats is the principle of balance. If there’s anything that Democrats are famous for, it’s the principle of not letting a crisis go to waste. While Pelosi fights for things that please her donor base, Blue Collar America fights to put food on the table:

Democrats haven’t figured out that lots of small businesses have to work hard even in the best of times. There’s a reason why it’s called “sweat equity.” To them, anyone making a profit is rich and evil. The truth is that big corporations hurt small businesses through regulations. Corporations use regulations to keep ‘the little guy’ down.

Another concept that’s foreign to Democrats is common sense. That’s especially true of Gov. Walz. Thus far, he’s imposed the same restrictions on Crow Wing County as he’s imposed on Hennepin County. He’s done that even though Crow Wing County is dotted with cabins and filled with hiking trails. Hennepin County is an urban jungle.

It’s time for Gov. Walz and the DFL to understand that one-size-fits-all policy-making usually fails. That would require a little humility and a healthy dose of common sense. Both character traits are in short supply within the DFL, at least within the leadership level.

Kelli Ward’s op-ed in Newsweek contains the right medicine for restarting the U.S. economy. Dr. Ward writes that, just as the first COVID-19 task force has recommended regulations that slowed medical innovation, so must President Trump’s economic task force eliminate regulations that cause economic stagnation:

Just as first task force identified places where our medical regulations sometimes hindered the swift action required (such as forcing the FDA to rapidly approve clinical trials for potential life-saving medicines), the new task force needs to identify the abundance of regulatory obstacles standing in the way of an economic jump start. From the start, the Trump Administration has done an exceptional job removing burdensome regulations to foster a booming economy. As America returns to work post-coronavirus, it is imperative that we finish the job by eliminating every remaining shred of unnecessary red tape that holds our economy back.

It’s also critical that the task force represents diverse sectors of our economy, starting with a robust delegation of small businesses. In addition to mom-and-pop small businesses, the travel, hospitality and food service industries have been clobbered and all deserve to have a seat at the table. Other considerations should be given to restaurants, live events and sports leagues, as well as all other entertainment and leisure industries.

The first important step is rejecting Sen. Schumer’s and Nancy Pelosi’s government-centric initiatives. When was the last time regulations created a FedEx or a Microsoft? When did government interference help ignite an economic upswing? The answer to both questions is never.

Dr. Ward is right about this, too:

Furthermore, the task force should avoid making one-size-fits-all pronouncements on entire cities, states and regions. As someone who lives in flyover country, I can tell you that many Arizonans have felt inundated by a big-city-only perspective on the crisis. While our hearts are with our fellow citizens in New York City, I can assure you some parts of the country can and would reopen now if given the opportunity. The same approach should be applied to entire sectors of the economy. Many industries will have to enact new protocols to ensure the worker safety in order to restart. The second task force can and should provide guidance on those protocols.

One-size-fits-all policy-making is fantastic — if everyone’s needs are exactly the same. Thinking that the manufacturers’ needs are the same as the financial industry’s needs or the agribusiness’s needs is foolish. The task force should have people who’ve built strong economies on it. It requires people like Larry Kudlow, Art Laffer, Steve Mnuchin. It requires small business entrepreneurs. Bernie Marcus and Steve Forbes should be part of the task force, too.

Speaking of one-size-fits-all vs. federalism:


I can’t say it better than that. I’ll leave it at that.

If President Trump staffs this task force on Tuesday, then it’s imperative that they start the research on rebuilding the economy on Wednesday at the latest. While it’s important to get people physically healthy, it’s essential that we get people financially healthy, too. The best way to do that is to eliminate punishments on entrepreneurs. Imposing taxes are required to run a government. Imposing regulations are required for running an orderly society. Too much of either, though, leads to economic stagnation.

Everyone is used to President Trump’s ‘rally persona.’ Thursday night, people got to see a different side of President Trump when they got to see President Trump’s townhall persona. This Trump persona was relaxed, confident and informed. When asked about the coronavirus, he had strong command of the latest news. He enumerated then explained the decisions he’d made. He took the opportunity to praise Vice President Pence for the job he’s doing leading the task force and to emphatically state that Pence will be his running mate again in 2020.

When asked about the border wall, President Trump told the questioner that he’d already gotten rid of 129 miles that was easy to get over and replace it with 129 miles of wall that’s 30′ tall and is virtually impossible to climb. President Trump said that he’s building the wall that the border patrol wanted him to build. Trump said the new fencing is virtually impossible to climb.

The third questioner identified himself as David Hines. Mr. Hines identified himself as a Democrat who is the Director of Operations for the City of Pittston. Mr. Hines asked about regulations:

DAVID HINES:Mr. President, welcome back to Scranton. Everyone supports protecting the environment but the EPA seems to focus on complex regulations, fines, fees and lawsuits. What can you do to lead the EPA to focus more on proactive compliance than on punitive enforcement to protect the environment?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: David, I love the question because our EPA is much different. We’re very tough but we get things done and we’re taking regulations off the books like nobody’s ever seen and I say I want to have the cleanest air on the planet. I want to have the cleanest, crystal clear, beautiful water on the planet. The conditions we have now are much cleaner now than they were 3 years ago.

Let’s be clear about President Trump’s performance. He spoke with great specificity. He spoke with a better command of the facts than he speaks with at his rallies. If this President Trump shows up for the presidential debates this fall, he’ll win over the majority of the independents/undecideds.
Here is Part II of the town hall:

Here’s Part III:

You’ll want to watch the closing of the town hall in Part III. The electricity in the room was excellent. I thought President Trump answered the people’s questions directly, which is his style. After the town hall, Byron York joined Martha MacCallum on an abbreviated version of her show. Here’s what York said:

Here he was much more relaxed. And it was interesting to see him defend his administration, certainly on coronavirus and on a number of other issues, said some really interesting things about Obamacare. [Trump] said that he had basically inherited the carcass of Obamacare and would like to kill it altogether if Republicans could somehow come up with something better, which they haven’t been able to do.

Last night’s Trump will be quite the formidable opponent.

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered this speech on the Senate floor. In his speech, as he’s done frequently, Sen. McConnell highlighted Speaker Pelosi’s obsession with impeachment:

For weeks now, Republicans have been asking Democrats to take off their impeachment blinders and let Congress legislate for the American people. We’ve argued that American families deserve better than this partisan paralysis where Democrats obsess over impeachment and obstruct everything else.

This very morning, Speaker Pelosi gave a speech on national television to push forward her rushed and partisan impeachment process. Not one word on the outstanding legislation the American people actually need. Nothing on the USMCA, or the NDAA, or funding for our armed forces. It’s all impeachment, all the time.

Only in this town, only in Washington D.C., does anybody think it’s okay for our armed forces to go unfunded… and a major trade deal to go unpassed… because Democrats are too busy hosting a panel of law professors to criticize President Trump on television.

Here’s the video of Sen. McConnell’s speech:

Why haven’t Democrats from the Problem Solvers Caucus publicly push passage of USMCA? These Democrats want to be known as solving problems. Thus far, it’s more accurate to call them Do-Nothing Democrats than Problem Solvers. They’re a bunch of wimps who haven’t gotten a thing done. If these so-called moderates won’t stand up to Queen Nancy, then they’re essentially worthless. We The People need doers, not talkers.

The good news is that the policies implemented by President Trump and Republicans are paying dividends to the people President Trump promised to never forget. It can’t be happy times for Mike Bloomberg. This article from Bloomberg BusinessWeek contains good news for the American people:

The economy appears to be in a much better place than experts feared: good news for an incumbent president heading into an election year. In its analysis of the November jobs report, Bloomberg Economics lowered its projection of 2020 year-end unemployment to an astounding 3.3 percent and forecast “U.S. Election Day Unemployment to Be Lowest Since ’52.”

Back when we last had unified GOP government, important things actually got done. Republicans didn’t fix the mess that Democrats created with health care but they got rid of tons of counterproductive anti-energy industry regulations.

The Trump administration’s deregulation policies have made the US energy dominant. We’re now exporting more oil than we’re importing. Further on the regulations front, President Trump issued this executive order, which says in part:

Section 1. Purpose. It is the policy of the executive branch to be prudent and financially responsible in the expenditure of funds, from both public and private sources. In addition to the management of the direct expenditure of taxpayer dollars through the budgeting process, it is essential to manage the costs associated with the governmental imposition of private expenditures required to comply with Federal regulations. Toward that end, it is important that for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination, and that the cost of planned regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process.

The latest report reported that 7.5 old regulations were eliminated for each new regulation created. That’s the biggest reason why the economy is strong and getting better. It’s time to get rid of this Do-Nothing Democrats majority in the House so we can return to doing the people’s business.

During President Reagan’s administration, Dutch coined a phrase that Democrats should consider adopting. Dutch’s phrase was (pretty close, though not verbatim) ‘It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets credit for doing what.’ President Reagan’s battles with Speaker Tip O’Neil were epic. Still, they figured out ways to accomplish big things despite their oft-heated relationship. They passed the Kemp-Roth tax cuts that energized the US economy after 4 years of malaise under Jimmy Carter. They worked together to rebuild the US military after Carter’s budgets hollowed out the military, both in terms of personnel and in terms of parts for military hardware.

The point was that Tip O’Neil and Ronald Reagan figured out a way to work together. They worked together because Tip O’Neil put a higher priority on improving Americans’ lives than he put on resisting. They worked together because President Reagan put a higher priority on fixing the US than he put on winning the next election.

That doesn’t fit into the Democrats’ strategy. Today’s Democrats don’t put a high priority of giving a little and getting a little. Today’s Democrats don’t give. Instead, they insist on getting everything they want without giving Republicans anything that they want.

It’s time to coin this new phrase: ‘It’s amazing how a handful of nutjobs can demolish a pro-American agenda’. Does anyone seriously think that we’ve only got 12 years left on this planet? Does anyone seriously think that opening our borders, then giving illegal immigrants free health care and virtual citizenship is wise?

Americans face a choice. The best thing for Americans would be for Democrats to cooperate with Republicans where both sides get things that they want. If Democrats don’t cooperate with President Trump and House and Senate Republicans, that puts the blame for substandard public safety, out-of-control human trafficking, aka sex trafficking, and not participating in building a robust economy. If that’s the option Democrats choose, which increasingly looks like their choice, then the American people face a choice of whether they’ll re-elect a bunch of Do-Nothing Democrats next November that’ve done nothing to make Americans’ lives better and who haven’t kept any of their 2018 campaign promises on health care or the economy or whether they’ll elect GOP majorities in the House and Senate to work with President Trump in building a prosperous, safe United States.

Democrats need to ask themselves if they want to be Americans first or Democrats first. If Democrats opt for the latter, then they’ll deserve a butt-kicking. Unfortunately, I’m betting that the Democrats opt for the latter. There’s certainly more proof that they put a higher allegiance to their party than to this nation.

When Republicans cut taxes in Trump’s first year in office, all House Democrats and all Senate Democrats voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Couple the Trump/GOP tax cuts with the regulations that Republicans removed and you’ve explained why the economy is so strong. Every Democrat voted against prosperity as part of the Resist Movement.

That’s why Democrats must be defeated next November. They literally don’t have any accomplishments since President Trump took office. It’s impossible to point to any problems that the Democrats have solved. Why keep people in office if they don’t solve problems? A little less than 4 minutes into this interview, Kevin McCarthy went through the Republicans’ priorities if they their House majority back. I think it’s quite the appealing agenda:

Doesn’t that sound much better than just resisting? Isn’t that better than what the Do-Nothing Democrats have done lately?

People need to reject the MSM’s attempt to talk the US economy into a recession. The Democrats’ media wing is doing its level best to convince people that their rising wages haven’t happened. The Democrats’ media wing is also trying to families’ strong confidence isn’t warranted.

Democrats are doing this in their attempt to win an election. They aren’t talking about the strong fundamentals. Democrats won’t admit that the Trump/GOP tax cuts work. Democrats won’t admit that the Trump/GOP regulation reductions have turned the US energy industry into one of the strongest growth industries in the world. Admitting that would be disastrous for Democrats.

It’d be disastrous for Democrats because it would tell people that voting for President Trump’s re-election would keep the US economy strong and growing. As Liz Peek writes “it’s hard to call for a revolution if the people are happy.” That’s exactly right, Liz. And right now, people are happy:

That’s why Democrats and their media enablers were beyond giddy to see markets nosedive. This was it, pundits proclaimed: Trump’s trade war has brought us to the brink of a downturn. Maybe. But maybe not. The very next day, the Commerce Department reported that U.S. retail sales surged 0.7 percent in July, up from a 0.3 percent gain in June, beating expectations.

The U.S. consumer continues to defy prognosticators; despite Democrats campaigning on the miseries of the middle class, by gosh the middle class insists on streaming into Walmart and pumping up the economy. Walmart just reported that its “U.S. comp sales increased on a two-year stacked basis by 7.3%, which is the strongest growth in more than 10 years.”

Also, the Labor Department reported that productivity rose 2.3 percent in the second quarter, down from 3.5 percent in the first quarter, but a solid gain nonetheless, and one that bodes well for future wage hikes.

Those damned uppity peasants just won’t listen to their Democrat betters. Those uppity peasants have maintained a strong confidence in the US economy’s trajectory. That might be irrational but it’s nonetheless real. Consumer confidence is currently at 135.7, which is exceptionally high.

Again, it’s impossible to get the peasants to grab their pitchforks and run the President out of office when they’d rather thank him for starting the rebuilding of their communities, the tax cuts and the pay raises. Speaker Pelosi hasn’t admitted that the economy is humming, especially in this statement:

“The July jobs report shows some encouraging news, but for the families across the nation working multiple jobs and struggling to make ends meet, the cost of living has surged, wages have stagnated and the GOP’s disastrous special interest agenda has left them behind.

“Republicans continue to push a radical agenda that enriches the wealthy and well-connected while failing hard-working Americans. Farmers are struggling, economic uncertainty is growing, and the Trump Administration is making it harder for hungry families to make ends meet. But while Republicans explore handing even bigger tax breaks to billionaires, the Democratic Majority has taken bold action to deliver bigger paychecks for up to 33 million hard-working Americans, passing the Raise the Wage Act to gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

I’d love watching Speaker Pelosi, or any Democrat for that matter, debate Eric Trump. Eric’s appearance here was impressive:

Eventually, there will be a recession. Will that happen soon? I’m betting it’s a ways off.

Back in the late 1970s, it was fashionable for supposed intellectuals to talk about how the presidency was just too big for one man. The political science professoriate talked about the need for a co-presidency. That professoriate even talked about changing the Constitution so that the president would serve a single 6-year term. That was during Jimmy Carter’s single 4-year term in office.

That fashionable talk disappeared the minute President Reagan took over and got the economy hitting on all cylinders. In October, 1983, the US economy created 1,100,000 jobs. I’ve got to think that’s the single-month record and that it’ll never be eclipsed. It wasn’t that the presidency was too big for one man. It’s that it was too big for that man, aka Jimmy Carter.

During his final months in office, President Obama ridiculed then-candidate Trump, saying that you’d need a magic wand to bring back manufacturing jobs during this townhall:

Twitchy has noticed Republicans, especially Donald Trump Jr., ridiculing President Obama and his “magic wand” statement:


Just like with Reagan replacing Carter, we’re seeing the same robust economic growth increase from the turnover from Obama to President Trump. The comparison is striking. President Reagan cut taxes dramatically, especially capital gains, while pursuing deregulation, especially in the energy sector. President Trump is following the same path to success, virtually to a T.

At this week’s Democrat presidential debates, Democrat presidential candidates criticized President Obama for not being sufficiently socialist enough. By the time Democrats pick their nominee, which might not be determined until their convention, President Trump will join in the criticism of President Obama. It’s just that President Trump will criticize President Obama for not being sufficiently capitalist enough.

It’s entirely possible that President Trump will win a decisive victory, though I can’t predict him winning the 525 electoral votes that President Reagan achieved in 1984. Talk about deja vu all over again.

Based on the massive tax increases in Tim Walz’s budget, he intends to continue Gov. Dayton’s work of turning Minnesota into a cold California. Walz’s budget calls for a couple massive tax increases and a massive spending increase. It does nothing to make Minnesota a pro-growth state. The biggest ‘accomplishment’ of Gov. Walz’s budget is that it makes Minnesota less competitive.

Gov. Walz won’t admit it but he’s a dipstick. Look what he said about education:

The first priority of my budget is education. As a former teacher, I’ve seen firsthand the power of education to change a life. But as I travel around the state, I see how the quality of a student’s education is too often dependent on their race or ZIP code.

That’s BS. The biggest determinant is whether a student comes from a 2-parent family. If they don’t, their chances of getting a great education drop significantly.

Here’s another thing Gov. Walz said:

The third priority of my budget is community prosperity. Right now, whether from the urban North Side of Minneapolis or the rural town of Hallock, many families struggle to find child care for their kids, secure housing that’s affordable or even just make ends meet.

Our budget tackles these challenges head on. It expands access to the Child Care Assistance Program and increases the supply of quality child care in shortage areas. It increases rates of homeownership for households of color, expands workforce housing in greater Minnesota, and provides loans to help seniors stay in their homes. It reinstates state aid to cities and counties across Minnesota to help local governments in greater Minnesota improve public safety, streets, libraries, parks and housing.

I don’t doubt that it’s difficult finding affordable child care. However, the Walz-Flanagan budget does nothing to increase prosperity. Taking money out of people’s wallets to pay for other things isn’t the right way to build wealth. Imposing regulations is another way to prevent the creation of wealth.

In the first 2 months of the Walz-Flanagan administration, they’ve filed a lawsuit and proposed major tax increases. That’s how to prevent prosperity.

According to this article, the Center for the American Experiment is ruffling a few feathers with its recent report on Minnesota’s economy. Economist John Phelan, the author of the report, wrote that “The state’s economy is growing, but it’s growing below the national average.”

Later in the article, it says “Phelan cited data that has become popular with conservative economists: gross domestic product per worker. By that measure, Minnesota ranks 28th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., and is well below the national average. It’s in stark contrast to the figures cited by economists, including gross domestic product per capita. By that measure, Minnesota is indeed above the national average and ranked 15th. The difference is that per capita measures the state’s economy against its entire population, while per worker measures it against only those who are employed.”

Economists can argue which is the better way of measuring economic growth. The only thing that people care about are whether lots of good-paying jobs are getting created. They aren’t. If the economy was creating lots of good-paying jobs, there wouldn’t need to be a push for a $15/hr. minimum wage because the economy would be creating lots of jobs that pay more than that.

Further, companies and people are moving out of Minnesota for places like North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and other states because Minnesota’s business climate sucks. The DFL argues that we just need a well-trained work force. I don’t disagree that we need skilled workers but I’ll vehemently disagree that that’s all we need. I was stunned to hear during the campaign that Minnesota’s lowest income tax bracket was higher than the top bracket in 20+ states.

That’s before we talk about Minnesota’s regulatory regime. Saying that it’s stifling is understatement. It’s designed to prevent competition and prevent economic growth. Most of it is built to appease the environmental activists and encourage lawsuits.

Given the high taxes and punishing regulations, why would anyone build or expand their business in Minnesota? They’d have to be masochistic.