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Joe Biden has a Pennsylvania problem and it isn’t going away. Blue Collar Joe disappeared when he promised to stop fracking. He can’t run from that because he’s threatened that multiple times.

He’s trying his best to thread the needle. Biden wants to win over Bernie voters, many of whom are environmental activists, while he holds onto his Blue Collar Joe image. Joe’s problem is that he’s lost that Blue Collar Joe image because he’s been an enthusiastic partner with President Obama in shutting down the fossil fuel industry. Once you’ve gone over to the dark side, there’s really no returning. People might forgive but they won’t forget.

They won’t forget because this isn’t just a job to them. This is their family, their community, their lives.

Jeff Nobers, executive director of the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania, estimates there are 30,000 people in the region directly employed by the shale industry “and at least 75,000 more jobs downstream. There is no other way to say this other than this industry is [a] major economic driver in our state.”

Nobers said the Builders Guild covers the 33 counties of western Pennsylvania. “Between the trade unions and the contractors, you’re in the neighborhood of 60,000 people that are either members of unions or they work for contractors or in their offices and so forth,” he said of his organization.

That’s before factoring in these men and women’s families and relatives. I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating. If Democrats don’t flip all of these ‘blue firewall’ states back to blue, there’s no path to victory. Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan represent 46 electoral votes. In 2016, President Trump won with 306 electoral votes. That means that he’d get re-elected by simply picking off Wisconsin again. Trump is currently leading there.

He also does not understand why Biden would want to possibly alienate voters of all stripes. “Not just the Democratic Party but the Republican Party and independents,” said Nobers.
Nobers adds these are not just blue-collar jobs, “These are chemists, geologists, people in computer science and technology, as well as electrical, environmental, and chemical engineers, accountants, human resources, and so forth.”
“You also have the security guy at the front desk. It’s not just the people that work right out there in the field. It’s tens of thousands of people in the industry, quite frankly. From the fella working on the pipeline all the way up to the CEO,” he said.

During the Democrats’ Sunday night presidential debate, Bernie Sanders twisted Joe Biden into killing Biden’s presidential hopes. Sanders started by saying “I’m talking about stopping fracking as soon as we possibly can and telling the fossil fuel industry they’re going to stop destroying the planet. Your heart is in the right place but it doesn’t take on the fossil fuel industry.”

Sleepy Joe couldn’t let that stand so he replied “No new fracking and, BTW, on the Recovery Act, I was able to make sure we invested $90,000,000,000 in making sure we brought down the price of solar and wind that is lower the price of coal.” That drew this response from the Twitterverse:


If anyone knows the politics of Appalachia better than Salena Zito, I wouldn’t know who it’d be. I don’t think that person exists. Reading through Ms. Zito’s articles quickly informs people that she travels extensively through what I’d nickname Blue Collar America. She doesn’t just know the area. It’s apparent that it’s part of who she is.

The article continues, saying “Biden’s official climate plan posted on his website does not commit to a fracking ban and allows for the potential of using fossil fuels in the near term while pledging that the United States will reach net-zero emissions by 2050.” I wonder how Sleepy Joe gets around that one.

The truth is that Joe is just a typical sleepy-headed dishonest politician. It’s quite possible that he’ll tell the next gathering of miners that he’d be their best friend in DC, not knowing that video of tonight’s debate exists. In 2004, this two-faced act became nicknamed “Tom Daschle Disease.” Sen. Daschle was the Democrats’ leader in the Senate at the time. In 2005, Sen. Daschle was a year into involuntary retirement.

President Trump based his campaign on connecting with these communities. That’s why he’s nicknamed the “Blue Collar Billionaire.”

To hear the MSM tell it, Joe Biden is a legitimate moderate cut from the cloth of Daniel Patrick Moynihan. That’s who Sleepy Joe was but it isn’t who he is. Moderate Joe supported the Hyde Amendment. Today’s Joe opposes it. Moderate Joe supported energy independence. Today’s Joe opposes fracking. In fact, Today’s Joe wants fracking eliminated immediately:


Moderate Joe was an illegal immigration dove. Today’s Joe wants all illegal immigrants to stay unless they’ve committed violent crimes. In short, Today’s Joe wants to turn the United States into a sanctuary nation. Don’t bet on that playing well in the suburbs where crime is rising faster than property taxes. Then there’s this:


If that’s your definition of a moderate, then Bernie has a spot for you on his senior staff. Yikes.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza is a professional spinmeister. He isn’t particularly honest but he’s definitely a spinmeister. In this morning’s article, Cillizza wrote about Joe Biden’s confrontation with a construction worker in a Detroit factory over gun rights.

Jerry Wayne, the worker in question, confronted Biden about wanting to take away the Second Amendment:

Here’s what Cillizza wrote:

A video recently circulated by conservative outlets falsely suggested Biden supports widespread confiscation of guns, according to FactCheck.org.

That’s interesting. I pay lots of attention to gun rights groups and I’ve yet to hear any of the major organizations accuse Moms Demand Action or other gun grabber groups of wanting for a “widespread confiscation of guns.” These groups have said MDA and other Bloomberg organizations want to confiscate “assault weapons.” That’s entirely different than a widespread confiscation of firearms. If FactCheck wants to check information, it has the obligation to at least use facts. Misrepresentations aren’t welcome.

There’s a part of the confrontation that isn’t getting enough scrutiny. When Mr. Wayne said “You’re working for me”, VP Biden replies “I’m not working for you. Give me a break, man. Don’t be such a horse’s a**.” That’s rather telling. Who does Biden think he’s working for? Credit card companies? The DNC? Nancy Pelosi or AOC?

That’s a gaffe in the DC sense of a gaffe. A generation ago, Michael Kinsley said that the definition of a gaffe is when a politician “accidentally told the truth.” Biden isn’t interested in working for the people. There isn’t a credible poll that shows a majority of people to favor the confiscation of entire groups of firearms. That poll doesn’t exist. Period. Full stop.

Mr. ‘Man of the People’ Biden just revealed that he isn’t interested in working for blue collar America. That’s been verified before. Specifically, it happened in this debate:

Joe Biden has said that he’d put Robert Francis O’Rourke in charge of eliminating guns. He told Anderson Cooper that he’s coming for everyone’s assault weapons. He’s willing to kill the fossil fuel industry to supposedly save the planet. That isn’t a man of the people. That isn’t a man who’s earned the title Blue Collar Joe. That’s someone who hung around too long in the DC Swamp.

Blue Collar Joe fights with factory workers and wants to get rid of mining jobs. That doesn’t sound like a regular guy to me.

What’s clear is that Bernie’s agenda should be rejected entirely. Despite his protestations, Bernie isn’t a Democrat Socialist. He’s a Marxist through and through. He isn’t just proposing socialist ideas, though that’s part of Bernie’s schtick. Bernie’s plan is to radically transform the USA into the former USSR. How do I know? Because he’s given us tons of hints as to who he is.

He honeymooned in the former Soviet Union. He thinks that Fidel Castro was a philanthropist because he started a literacy program. (I’m being sarcastic about that.) Bernie’s Democrats want to eliminate private wealth, then give it to the government. Bernie’s Democrats, starting with AOC + 3, want to determine how much money people are supposed to have. It’s amazing that Bernie’s ok with some people getting rich (think of himself) but thinking that others being wealthy is the nastiest type of greed imaginable.

Bernie wants to implement the Green New Deal. The GND won’t save the planet but it’s exactly what Putin wants. That’s because it tightens Russia’s grip on Europe by cutting off reliable supplies of natural gas to former Eastern Bloc nations and into Europe. Why doesn’t Bernie understand that Putin loves a timid US?

Bernie’s policies will make the U.S. poorer. Any policy based on the principle that the government does things better than the private sector is foolish. Trusting the government to provide consistent competence is like betting on the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series once a decade. Let’s get serious. One thing that is serious is the money he’s raising:

“The senator’s multi-generational, multiracial working class coalition keeps fueling his campaign for transformational change a few bucks at a time,” Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement. He said that, of the more than 2 million donations received this month, more than 1.4 million were from voters in Super Tuesday states.

Let’s return to Bernie’s agenda. Getting rid of fossil fuels strengthens Putin and cripples the US economy. Why should we decide to impose such an unnecessary penalty on families? That’s downright foolish.

While Joe Biden will win South Carolina’s First-in-the-South Primary, things look bleak for him after that. Things look worse for Mini-Mike and Elizabeth Warren. That’s because Berniementum is gaining strength. Bernie leads by a wide margin in California, leads comfortably in Texas and leads narrowly in Elizabeth Warren’s home state of Massachusetts.

The key word in that paragraph is leads. If Bernie gets three-fourths of California’s 415 delegates, he’ll become the odds-on-favorite to win the nomination. If he wins with a solid margin in Texas, that strengthens his position. Defeating Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar in their home states, which seems likely at this point, would virtually eliminate their path to the nomination. Think of it like Hillary after the networks called Wisconsin for President Trump. At that point, pundits started talking about Hillary’s path to victory after spending most of the night wondering what Trump’s path to victory would look like. Check out this polling from RCP’s page:

After Bernie wraps up the nomination, expect President Trump to hit him with a barrage of ads from which Bernie will never recover from. Make no mistake about this. Bernie is a dead man walking. Check this out:

The Nevada Caucus has come and gone, but the debate leading to it had some rather worrisome tidbits if you’re a worker in the Rust Belt. The Democrats just hate you. That’s all we can gather from their agenda, especially Sen. Bernie Sanders.

If he isn’t bellowing about health care, it’s climate change. We’re less than a decade away from all of us dying from global warming, according to the Vermont senator. So, that means we have to act now. Not tomorrow, not after breakfast—now! We’re all going to die…unless we do exactly what the Democrats want on this issue, which is typical. And in doing so, Sanders, like his former rival Hillary Clinton, may have had his own coal miner moment. You might remember from 2016 that the former first lady and two-time presidential loser promised to put a lot of coal miners out of business if elected president.

Bernie must win back Hillary’s ‘blue firewall’ states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan while holding onto the states that Hillary won. Winning back Pennsylvania and Michigan while losing Wisconsin puts Trump right at 270 electoral votes. Killing fracking and mining kills those states’ economies, which means Bernie loses those states and his shot at the White House.

There’s no question whether President Trump will hit Bernie on this issue. In 2016, he told those voters that he considered them the forgotten men but that he’d promise to never forget them while he was president. President Trump has kept that promise.

People wonder what happens if the Coronavirus will hurt President Trump. It might if they don’t handle things properly. If the NIH and CDC respond quickly and the various agencies handle things properly, then people will realize that this was just something that was beyond President Trump’s ability to control. If President Trump and VP Pence make the right decisions administratively, they’ll benefit from those right decisions.

It isn’t like people will suddenly say ‘I’m abandoning President Trump’s policies. He’s just too prosperous.’

Last week, Bernie didn’t have an answer for how he’d pay for his socialist programs. According to this article, he’s fixed that. First, let’s list his highest priority programs as being “Medicare for All, the Green New Deal … and Housing for All.”

According to Sen. Sanders’ factsheet, “Sanders said he planned to raise $16.3 trillion for the Green New Deal to combat climate change. The money would come from making the fossil fuel industry pay for ‘their pollution,’ garnering profit from the wholesale of energy, decreasing defense spending, getting new income tax revenue and saving federal and state safety net spending from the jobs created in the plan and enforcing higher taxes on large corporations.”

That’s fantastic. Bernie wants to give us tons of ‘free stuff’ by taxing us into oblivion. What could possibly be wrong with that? Let’s see. “Making the fossil fuel industry pay for ‘their pollution'” means giving Vladimir Putin a geopolitical advantage by killing our economy.

Next, what “jobs created in the plan”? The jobs already getting created by President Trump’s policies? Or are these jobs as imaginary as the jobs created by President Obama’s stimulus bill, which I wrote about here?

Apparently, Bernie thinks that eliminating profits won’t cut into people’s willingness to work hard. Why would I work hard if I didn’t get to keep the profit? A world without incentives is a world without productivity.

I can’t wait to see President Trump slice-and-dice Bernie’s Alice-in-Wonderland economic policies. These won’t work, at least not in the real world. LFR readers, ask your neighbors, friends and co-workers if they want our nation to be less safe. Ask these people if they’d like to pay exorbitantly more for gas in their car or for heating their homes. Then ask them if they’d prefer keeping the economy they’ve got.

I’m betting that they’ll pick the latter, not the former.

Bit-by-bit, the wheels are falling off of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. This morning on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Warren said some outrageous things. One of the outrageous things that Sen. Warren said was “Next week, the president of the United States could be facing an impeachment trial in the Senate. We know he’s deeply upset about that. And I think people are reasonably asking, why this moment? Why does he pick now to take this highly inflammatory, highly dangerous action that moves us closer to war?”

Democrats keep insinuating that this impeachment is a) legitimate and b) something for President Trump to worry about. It isn’t legitimate. That’s why Speaker Pelosi isn’t transmitting it to the Senate. Pelosi knows that the House’s impeachment case has more holes in it than Swiss Cheese. The Democrats’ only testimony is hearsay testimony. Why would President Trump worry about a case that would’ve gotten thrown out of court.

She’s playing fast and loose with words, which is Sen. Warren’s habit. Soleimani wasn’t just a government official. In 2007, the Bush administration labeled him and the Quds Force terrorists. Then there’s this:

The U.S. and the United Nations put Soleimani on sanctions lists in 2007, though his travels continued. In 2011, U.S. officials also named him as a defendant in an outlandish Quds Force plot to allegedly hire a purported Mexican drug cartel assassin to kill a Saudi diplomat.

This wasn’t just a high-ranking government official and Warren knows it. Further, when Sen. Warren told Jake Tapper that we’re closer to war than before hitting Soleimani, she’s exposing her dishonesty. Iran has been at war with the US since 1979. Democrats have pretended that isn’t the case but that’s because their appeasement-first policy is deeply embedded in their DNA.

When Iranians took the hostages in the US Embassy in Teheran, Jimmy Carter didn’t threaten Grand Ayatollah Khomeini. Instead, President Carter called him “a great man of religion.” The 52 US hostages weren’t released until President Reagan was sworn in. Apparently, Iran wasn’t worried about Jimmy Carter’s feeble policies. Five minutes after Reagan was officially sworn in, the plane carrying those US hostages left Iranian airspace. Apparently, Iran was frightened by President Regan’s peace-through-strength policies.

With Iran’s economy contracting, Iranian citizens revolting and President Trump threatening Iran with retribution if they strike again, Iran is in a pickle. The thing that we’ve learned in dealing with terrorists, it’s that the Arab Street sides with the strong horse. Until Thursday night, the strong horse was Soleimani. By Friday afternoon, the strong horse was President Trump and the US military.

The Democrats’ sky-is-falling fear of the Iranians isn’t leadership. It’s cowardice. That doesn’t mean I want to push war. It simply means we shouldn’t operate from a position of fear with regard to Iran. Taking out Soleimani wasn’t just taking out a government official. It was eliminating the most indispensable man in the Iranian regime, the man who terrorized an entire region while threatening our allies.

This about this: 40% of the world’s oil gets shipped through the Straits of Hormuz. It’s great that we aren’t reliant on that oil anymore. Still, the world economy still relies on those shipments. What happens if Iran blockades oil shipments through the Straits? What’s the likelihood of that blockade crashing the world economy?

It was past time to take out this terrorist. Good riddance.

Salena Zito’s latest column highlights what I think will be one of the biggest issues of the 2020 election cycle, in both the presidential election and in congressional races. The title of Ms. Zito’s column is “The crackers and frackers could hold the keys to 2020”. I’ve said for awhile that I think they will be one of the biggest issues in the race.

Democrats are in a difficult position. If Democrats side with Tom Steyer and AOC, they’ll lose the people who used to be the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, the industrial unions like the Pipefitters, the UAW, the USW and other major unions. If Democrats side with these unions, Tom Steyer stops writing checks for their campaigns.

Republicans don’t have such conflicts. They can support fracking without hurting their standing with other interest groups that support the GOP. The great news is that Republicans can boast how they support great-paying blue collar jobs that are helping rebuild close-knit communities in major battleground states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

All Darrin Kelly wanted for the energy workers in Western Pennsylvania was that the Democratic presidential hopefuls would talk to them before going to war against shale. That opportunity slipped away last Friday when Elizabeth Warren joined Bernie Sanders in calling for a total fracking ban. “On my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that puts a total moratorium on all new fossil-fuel leases for drilling offshore and on public lands. And I will ban fracking — everywhere,” Warren tweeted.

“It is disappointing that any national candidate would not come in here and want to talk to the men and women of this area first before unilaterally making that decision,” said Kelly, a charismatic Pittsburgh firefighter who is also the head of the powerful and influential Allegheny Fayette Labor Council. They represent workers stretching from Pittsburgh to the borders of Maryland and West Virginia.

It isn’t just Bernie and Warren that’ve abandoned blue collar America. Joe Biden ditched them, too:

Biden denied the donor’s association to the fossil fuel industry before calling the young woman “kiddo” and taking her hand. He said, “I want you to look at my eyes. I guarantee you. I guarantee you. We’re going to end fossil fuel.

“There you have it. Blue Collar Joe just said that he’ll stop the fossil fuel industry. Then there’s this:

Trump’s magic came in rural and post-industrial counties such as Luzerne and Erie, but most importantly in the populous counties around Pittsburgh, where shale is king and fracking is seen as the second coming of the steel industry.

They may look like ordinary construction cranes to someone unfamiliar with the history of this region. But if you’re from here, they look like something different. Building the ethane cracker plant, each of these cranes looks like a new colossus rising from the ashes of yesterday’s despair.

Building the plant has brought in 6,000 good-paying jobs, with more to come. Ultimately, there will be 600 permanent jobs at the plant, with industry analysts predicting triple that amount in supporting industries.

Jobs postings are everywhere touting opportunities, no matter the skill level — high school education, trade school certificate, chemists, engineers, IT, labor. If you reliably turn up for work, there is likely a career for you in the oil and gas industry.

Let’s remember this: In 2016, then-candidate Trump promised he wouldn’t forget their communities. In 2020, he’ll return with the campaign slogan of promises made, promises kept.

The rebuilding isn’t complete but it’s been started, thanks to President Trump’s policies. President Trump identified the Obama administration’s anti-coal regulations as one of the things killing the energy industry. Thanks to the Republicans’ use of the Congressional Review Act, which they used 16 times, and the Trump/GOP tax cuts, communities are rebuilding. Under Obama/Biden, those communities were forgotten.

Just minutes ago, Democrat Sen. Ed Markey posted a picture through his Twitter feed. The message he conveyed was simple and utterly dishonest. Sen. Markey tweeted “If Donald Trump and the fossil fuel industry get their way and devastate the Arctic Refuge with drilling, we will never get this pristine wilderness back. The Senate needs to build off this House vote and pass our new legislation that will permanently ban all drilling there.” Here’s Sen. Markey’s dishonest tweet in its entirety:


I replied to Sen. Markey’s tweet with my own statement. Here’s that tweet:


A friend of mine is a retired engineer who worked for a company formerly known as AGAS, aka Alaska Gas & Oil. We’ve frequently talked about Section 1002. My friend told me that the area where the actual drilling would happen is hardly picturesque. I found this picture of a small portion of where the drilling will happen:

My picture hardly looks like Sen. Markey’s picture. In fact, I’d say that my picture looks like an oversized swamp whereas Sen. Markey’s is intentionally misleading. Back in the day, I remember how the Sierra Club predicted that building the pipeline would destroy the migration route of the Barrows Caribou, adding “and for what? Another 4-5 years worth of oil?” That grim statement was made in the mid-1970s. The pipeline was opened in 1978. It’s still transporting oil to tankers in Valdez, AK.

The thing that everyone should remember is that the Democrats’/Environmental activists’ predictions is really more propaganda than prediction. I’ve never seen one of their predictions come true. Most have been off by virtually orders of magnitude. When AOC said we had 12 years left to live because of climate change, I totally dismissed that prediction. It’s a total joke.