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I didn’t need the transcript of last night’s presidential debate to know that Joe Biden flip-flopped on the issue of fracking. That was totally obvious immediately. When President Trump and Joe Biden first spoke about fracking, Biden said emphatically “I do rule out banning fracking because the answer we need, we need other industries to transition, to get to ultimately a complete zero emissions by 2025. What I will do with fracking over time is make sure that we can capture the emissions from the fracking, capture the emissions from gas. We can do that and we can do that by investing money in doing it, but it’s a transition to that.”

Shortly thereafter, Biden revisited the issue thanks to a little pushing from President Trump:

Donald Trump: Would you close dow the oil industry?
Joe Biden: By the way, I have a transition from the old industry, yes.

That situation started when President Trump accused Joe Biden of wanting to ban fracking. Biden was upset, saying “I never said that”, finally saying “put it on your website.” Unfortunately for former Vice President Biden, President Trump tweeted out his proof:


Biden deserved this. He’s shot his mouth off about this for months. If he was in a battleground state, he’d shift into his Blue Collar Joe from Scranton, PA persona. If he spoke to activists, he’d be fracking’s worst nightmare. Thursday night, President Trump exposed Career Politician Joe, famous for talking out of both sides of his mouth simultaneously.

Thanks to that brief flurry, Joe Biden can start writing his concession speech. That’s the night that the lights went out on the Biden campaign. He can kiss Battleground Pennsylvania good bye.

This article explains what’s happening in Minnesota. It’s long been known that Minnesota’s political landscape was changing. The last 4 years, though, have shown that the pace of change accelerated.

The article opens by saying “Ask Larry Cuffe why, after decades of voting for Democrats, he voted for Donald Trump four years ago, and he’ll talk about his distrust of Hillary Clinton and the need to get northern Minnesota’s mines back to work. Ask the former police officer why he’s sticking with Trump in 2020 and the list is very much longer.” The simplest way of putting things is by saying that President Trump has kept most of his promises to Blue Collar America. He hasn’t been perfect but he’s worked tirelessly to do what he promised. The political establishment hasn’t worked hard to support the lunchpail crowd.

Andrea Zupancich, a real estate agent and part-time mayor of the small city of Babbitt who also voted for Obama and signed the letter in support of Trump, twice testified to Congress that China dumping cheap steel on the US was killing her community. She said the imports drove down demand for iron ore from the mines around Babbitt which cost jobs, battered the local economy and drove people to leave the city. “We were pleading with Obama to do something about this. He started doing a little bit and then it just kind of fizzled,” she said.

Zupancich credits Trump for standing up to China by imposing tariffs on its steel that she says has injected new life into the industry in the US and the Iron Range. “The tariffs, that is causing an equal playing field for the selling of our steel, so we’ve noticed an increase in the mines’ production. We see that they’re hiring people, they’re putting money back into the mines. They’re planning on mining for a while,” she said.

The next time Joe Biden insists that President Trump took over a booming economy, then ruined it, throw this back in his face. The Obama-Biden administration hurt the Iron Range in northeast Minnesota and steel mill towns in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

President Trump got rid of the Obama regulations that revitalized the energy industry. Now we’re energy independent and energy dominant. President Trump imposed tariffs on China when they tried cheap steel into the US. It didn’t take long for China to stop dumping steel into the US. When the China steel dumping stopped, the Iron Range’s economy was revitalized. The Obama-Biden administration was mostly about career politicians flapping their gums. The Trump administration specializes in fixing economic problems.

“We are sitting on a half a trillion dollars’ worth of copper and nickel,” said Zupancich. “We import all our nickel whereas we could provide 90% of the world’s nickel and the state would really benefit. The mining taxes pay for our schools for the entire state.”

The plan ran into opposition from Minnesota Democrats over environmental concerns. To Zupancich it didn’t make sense if a ban on mining in northern Minnesota means the minerals then come from countries such as China or Russia with lower environmental and other standards.

Monday night on Sean Hannity’s program, former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer gave President Trump the best advice I’ve heard yet for tonight’s debate. Fleischer said “most important thing to me, Sean, is ‘smoke him out. That’s Donald Trump’s job. Force Joe Biden to state his positions on these great controversies where Joe Biden doesn’t want to take a stand — packing the Supreme Court, abolishing the Electoral College, how far left is he?”

My advice to President Trump is to simply tell people how he’s improved their lives. The fastest path to that is by asking whether minorities are better off now that President Trump signed the First Step Act. Ask people if the Trump/GOP tax cuts left them with more money for vacations, saving for retirement or their kids’ educations, or whether it helped them expand their small businesses. Then remind them that House and Senate Democrats voted unanimously against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Then remind people that Joe Biden said he wants to totally repeal the Trump tax cuts:

That’s Biden’s own words. Force him to own those words. Next, force Biden to own this statement:

At that point, President Trump should ask Biden if he’ll ‘stand with AOC or if he’ll stand with blue collar workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. If Biden says that this is a distraction from Trump’s handling of COVID, President Trump should say that it isn’t a distraction to hundreds of thousands of blue collar workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. To them, it’s a matter of life-and-death.

Biden’s Democrat Party is actually 2 parties. One part of the party identifies with blue collar workers. The other part of the party is socialists. They fit together like oil and water.

Apparently, there’s nothing that will penetrate President Trump’s ‘Blue Collar Firewall.’ That isn’t surprising. While Democrats pay lip service to unions, President Trump has gotten things done that’ve made blue collar unions’ lives better.

The Obama-Biden administration swore loyalty to the unions’ right to organize. They also led the fight to kill blue collar industries like mining, energy and infrastructure trades. That led to the deterioration of their communities. At his 2016 Convention, President Trump spoke to the forgotten men and women:

After getting elected, President Trump went right to work in rebuilding communities, industries and the economy. He immediately signed off on building the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Teaming with Congress, President Trump used the Congressional Review Act to “kill five Obama regulations” implemented in the last days of the Obama administration. President Trump didn’t just talk the talk. He kept that promise in a big way. Within no time, the energy industry roared back to life. That, in turn, gave people in the forgotten communities in the Midwest hope. They weren’t forgotten anymore.

Thanks to the deregulation but also because of President Trump’s start on renegotiating trade deals, these communities started rebuilding. That’s why this is happening:

“We haven’t moved the needle here,” said Mike Knisley, executive secretary-treasurer with the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council, who estimated that about half of his members voted for Trump in 2016 and will do so again. “Even if given all the information that’s been put out there, all the facts — just pick an issue that the president has had his hands in — it doesn’t make a difference.”

“He has a very, very, very solid foundation of our members,” said James Williams, a vice president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, whose surveys of members painted a similar picture. “They connect with his messaging and a lot of the fear-mongering going all the way back to when he was first elected with, ‘Be afraid of the immigrant. The immigrant’s here to take your job.’ That resonated with our membership. They feel like their way of life and their way of living is under attack and without really understanding the dynamics at play. I mean, the immigrant worker is being abused by employers.”

It resonated because cheap immigrant labor hurt union workers. It’s the simple economic principle of supply-and-demand in action. Cheap immigrant labor produced an overabundance of a commodity — labor. Companies took advantage of that situation, which hurt blue collar union workers.

Those voters, historically a bedrock of Democratic support, shifted away from the party in 2016, according to exit polls. Hillary Clinton won union voters by less than half as much as former President Barack Obama had four years earlier — and that swing alone may have been enough to account for her losses in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, one analysis found.

This really summarizes things perfectly:

The question this year is whether Biden can win those union members back, and by how much.

This video explains why Biden is having difficulty with blue collar union workers:

This article highlights today’s campaign from the battleground states. Kamala Harris, the Democrats’ nominee for Joe Biden’s ticket, spent the day in Wisconsin. Biden spent the day in Pennsylvania pretending to be the unions’ friends.

Later, at an AFL-CIO virtual town hall with union President Richard Trumka, Biden called Trump’s alleged remarks about fallen soldiers being “losers” and “suckers” un-American and said Trump would never understand why Americans serve. Trump has denied the remarks. “He’ll never understand you, he’ll never understand us, he’ll never understand our cops, our firefighters, because he’s not made of the same stuff,” Biden said.

That’s the least of Biden’s worries, though. This is a much bigger worry:


What’s happening to Joe Biden? We’ve gotten reports that he’s gone bikeriding in his neighborhood so it isn’t that he’s out of shape. I’m not a doctor so I won’t speculate about what’s happening. Still, honest people have admitted that Vice President Biden isn’t capable of remembering important things.

Even if Biden remembered things, he’d still be at a loss because he isn’t capable of putting the US on the right economic path. Larry Kudlow eviscerates Biden in this interview:

What’s impressive is that President Trump didn’t just preside over a great economy once. The pre-COVID economy was excellent. Then COVID hit, which shut the US economy down for 2 months. When it re-opened, it started creating jobs virtually immediately. When the economy created 2,700,000 jobs in May, the unemployment rate dropped from 14.7% to 13.3%. When the economy created 4,800,000 jobs in June, the unemployment rate dropped to 11.1%. When the economy created 1,800,000 jobs in July, the unemployment rate dropped to 10.2%. When the economy created 1,400,000 jobs in August, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.4%. Since re-opening from COVID, the economy has created 10,600,000 jobs in 4 months.

That’s more jobs created in 4 months than Obama-Biden created in 8 years. Then there’s Kamala Harris fracking flip-flop:

BASH: President Trump, Vice President Pence, they have been campaigning more and more on the issue of fracking, which is a process of oil and gas drilling. They think that this is going to help them win votes in key states like Pennsylvania. Joe Biden has said — quote — “I am not banning fracking.” During your primary campaign, you said that you supported a ban. Are you comfortable with Joe Biden’s position?

HARRIS: Yes, because Joe is saying, listen, one, those are good- paying jobs in places like Pennsylvania, and, two, that we need to also invest and put a significant investment in the good-paying union jobs that we can create around clean energy, around renewable energy. And that is the kind of approach we need to have, but always understanding that it’s a false choice to suggest that we either take care of jobs or we take care of our environment. We can do both, and we should do both.

Here’s the video of Sen. Harris being as dishonest as San Fran Nan about getting hoodwinked by a salon owner:

Other than Joe needing a teleprompter to read his answer to an AFL-CIO question and Sen. Harris’s fracking flip-flop, there was nothing new from the Democrat campaign trail.

Joe Biden’s flip-flop factory worked overtime yesterday. During his speech in Pittsburgh, Biden emphatically stated “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.”

Joe thinks we’re stupid. People paying attention know that he’s repeatedly stated that he’s willing to ban fracking. This video highlights what he said yesterday in Pittsburgh with things he said during the Democrats’ presidential debates:

C’mon man, Joe. That video doesn’t depict President Trump lying about Joe Biden’s ever-shifting positions on fracking. That’s Mr. Biden repeatedly flip-flopping on the issue of fracking. Blaming President Trump for things Mr. Biden said himself isn’t a portrait in accountability. It’s a portrait in excuse-making. Coming to think of it, Mr. Biden dishonestly accused President Trump for not taking responsibility for President Trump’s decisions.

As disgusting as Mr. Biden’s flip-flops were, they weren’t the worst part of Mr. Biden’s speech. Mollie Hemingway’s article highlights Mr. Biden plagiarizing Vice President Pence’s speech. First, here’s what Biden said yesterday:

Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting.

Next, this is what Vice President Pence said in his acceptance speech last Thursday:

President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest, but rioting and looting is not peaceful protest; tearing down statues is not free speech. And those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Joe Biden’s plagiarism knows no limits, as this videotape proves:

Let’s summarize these videotapes. What they prove is that Joe Biden is disgustingly dishonest, a serial plagiarist and a candidate that’s willing to say anything when he’s in political hot water. Joe Biden didn’t deliver his speech on riots because stopping rioting is a priority for him. Biden delivered that speech because a bunch of Democrat consultants told him he was slipping in the battleground states because he’d ignored the rioting.

Joe Bidewn is a cheap fake, a say-anything career politician. Democrats prefer that type of politician.

The Biden campaign won’t like this CNN news article. That’s because it’s reporting the results of some focus groups from several battleground states. Let’s just say that, despite what the polls say, Joe Biden isn’t in the great shape CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and the NYTimes want you to believe.

According to the article, Rich Thau, the man who’s moderated the focus groups, wrote “Pollsters are consistently telling us Democratic nominee Joe Biden is far ahead. I’m not looking to pick a fight, as their sample sizes are much larger than mine. That said, as a focus group moderator, I’m hearing strong support for President Donald Trump from a critical sliver of the electorate.”

Then Thau explains his results:

And, each month for the past 17 months, I’ve had a unique window into the Americans largely responsible for giving the president his slim Electoral College victory: so-called “Obama-Trump” swing voters across the upper Midwest.

Our Swing Voter Project has uncovered that many of these people, who live in places such as Canton, Ohio; Davenport, Iowa; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Macomb County, Michigan, prefer Trump over Biden. In fact, 22 of 33 respondents in these four most recent locations feel this way.

And over the first year of the project, from March 2019 through February 2020, more than two-thirds of the “Obama-Trump” voters said they would take Trump over Obama in a hypothetical match-up.

That isn’t good news for the Biden campaign. This is worse news:

Additionally, many of these voters have yet to hear Biden make his case, and some may still be impacted by the economic and health consequences of the pandemic.

CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets have given Biden a pass on campaigning, often saying that his strategy is working. That’s BS. These media outlets aren’t pushing him on this because they’re fully aware that Biden would turn into a puddle the minute he’s asked hard-hitting questions by legitimate reporters. There’s no way Biden can appear on Special Report or Outnumbered Overtime. Bret Baier and Harris Faulkner would be respectful but they wouldn’t let him off the hook like other networks.

Voters understand that these networks are essentially the Propaganda Wing of the DNC. Voters understand that the networks aren’t serious journalists. Notice that CNN and MSNBC haven’t invited Biden on to discuss his unity agreement. They could announce Biden’s appearance on Morning Joe, then invite people to send in their questions via Twitter and Facebook. There’s a reason they haven’t done that. It’s because Biden’s answers would become material for President Trump’s advertising campaign. It’s because Biden’s words would expose him as a Sanders-AOC leftist.

Now that the people see President Trump’s lengthy list of mainstream accomplishments, they can compare his accomplishments with Obama’s trash-talking and his lengthy list of failures, especially on exporting manufacturing jobs to China, intentionally crippling the fossil fuel industry and decimating small towns throughout the Rust Belt and Great Lakes states.

People in Macomb County, MI, get it that President Trump’s economic agenda was restoring communities and rebuilding the middle class. People living there get it that President Obama and the Democrats shipped their jobs to China and Mexico through NAFTA, high taxes and regulations. Then there’s this problem:

Biden isn’t mentally fit to be president. He’s a smiling face with a history of being a nice guy and a moderate Democrat. He isn’t a moderate Democrat anymore. He sold his soul to the devil, aka Bernie and AOC, to become the nominee. He’s now a captive of the hate- and rage-filled left. Anyone that thinks that Biden can frequently forget where he is but still win over voters in swing states is kidding themselves. Couple that with the fact that he’s promising to end fracking. There goes Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

I’ve said for a month that Democrats are touting polling because they know their nominee is a feeble-minded old fart who belongs in a nursing home, not in a presidential debate. Democrats hitched their wagon to Biden because he wasn’t as insane as Bernie and some of the other Democrat hopefuls. Rush put it best when he told Chris Wallace months ago that Biden has the best shot of all the Democrats to defeat Trump before saying that Biden doesn’t have a shot.

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.

Kim Strassel’s Potomac Watch column nails it in terms of the presidential campaign. She wrote “The headlines of late proceed from the premise that Joe Biden is on a glide path to the White House. Stories highlight polls showing President Trump losing key swing states, even GOP strongholds. Texas is in play! Georgia is at risk! Journalists explain that Mr. Biden is banking money, while the Trump campaign’s leadership team is in chaos. They feature congressional race trackers, who rate more Republicans as vulnerable. All that’s left is for Jill Biden to pick the curtains.”

Let’s stop this stupidity this instant. Joe Biden is proposing to destroy the fossil fuel economy but fossil fuel-rich Texas is in play? That’s a joke and then some. This article says it all: “Biden’s liberal climate policies feared by unions in Pennsylvania.”

If Biden’s climate change policies worry union bosses in Pennsylvania, which Trump won by 44,000 votes, what’s the likelihood that Trump’s in danger of losing Texas, which he won by 807,000 votes? Does Trump have an enthusiasm problem in Texas? I wouldn’t bet on it.

Mr. Biden is promising to delete the jobs of millions of Americans—at a time of soaring unemployment. A study by the National Ocean Industries Association finds that a ban on offshore drilling alone would cost 200,000 jobs, damaging regional economies. Mr. Biden would overrun the nation with solar panels, wind turbines and charging stations. Basic consumer choice would disappear for vehicles, dishwashers, even homes. The Justice Department would become a weapon against businessmen who run afoul of fast-changing progressive standards.

That will be a huge issue in battleground states this fall. It won’t be the biggest issue, though. Riots and “Defund the Police” will be the biggest issue. COVID will be important, just not as important as Defund. People have worries about COVID but they’ve learned to live with the risk. They’re frightened about the riots and Defund the Police. Outside elderly neighborhoods, COVID isn’t that big of a worry.

Every neighborhood is threatened by Defund the Police. Either that or they know someone who’s threatened by defunding police departments. Further, Joe Biden is on the wrong side of the Defund issue. Yes, Chris Wallace, Biden did say that he’s for defunding the police:

Hint: redirecting money away from police departments is defunding. It’s just using a different word. The effect is still the same.

The Trump White House used the week to lay out a competing vision. At a UPS facility in Georgia Wednesday, the president announced a “top-to-bottom overhaul” of the federal environmental review process, which stands in the way of nearly every infrastructure project in the country. Transformation of that permitting regime would clear the way for new highways, ports, bridges, pipelines and tunnels. That would create millions of jobs, attract more business to America and make the country more competitive. “Biden wants to massively re-regulate the energy economy,” Mr. Trump said, drawing the contrast. “We want to get things built.”

In other words, President Trump wants to make life better faster. Biden wants to listen to AOC’s and Bernie’s socialist instructions. That’s the fast-track to a lost decade.

We lost a decade of economic growth during the Obama administration. We’d experience worse economic growth during a Biden-Sanders-AOC administration. In fact, we’d likely experience a major recession during a Biden-AOC-Sanders administration.

Saying that Democrats have gone wild with their Biden-Sanders economic plan is understatement. The first topic covered in the Biden-Sanders plan is climate change. It might as well have been written by AOC. It’s that radical:

To reach net-zero emissions as rapidly as possible, Democrats commit to eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035 through technology-neutral standards for clean energy and energy efficiency. We will dramatically expand solar and wind energy deployment through community-based and utility-scale systems. Within five years, we will install 500 million solar panels, including eight million solar roofs and community solar energy systems, and 60,000 made-in-America wind turbines.

The first question I’d have is a simple one. Who’s going to pay for this transformation? In the next paragraph, we get the answer:

Democrats believe that any clean energy infrastructure project financed with federal support, including through the tax code, should come with robust wage and labor requirements. We will build a modern electric grid by investing in interstate transmission projects and advanced, 21st century grid technologies to power communities with clean electricity, including federal support to build sustainable and resilient energy grids in rural America and in tribal areas lacking energy infrastructure. We will reduce methane pollution through robust federal standards and targeted support for repairing and replacing aging distribution systems, which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, including for the same pipefitters, insulators, and other workers who built the systems in the first place and who know best how to protect our communities from methane pollution.

We the People won’t have a vote on this boondoggle other than this November. The Biden-Bernie brothers will decide since they’re our betters. This is radicalism on steroids:

This means the elimination of fossil fuels. How do you think coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana will feel about that? Also, that’s the end of mining in the United States because they rely on cheap, reliable fossil fuels. The Virginia pipeline has already been cancelled due to uncertainty.

The things I’ve written about were found on the first 3 pages of the Biden-Bernie Unity Document. It’s a 110-page document. I will be going through the rest of the document and posting the highlights over the rest of the week. I suspect this will be a multi-part series.