This article explains why Pelosi and Schumer intervened after a day of bipartisan negotiations. According to the article, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said Democrats are now writing their own bill in the House. That measure is likely to include protections for workers, unemployment insurance expansion beyond what is in the Senate bill, and partial student loan forgiveness.

What does student loan forgiveness have to do with anything? This is a perfect example of Pelosi following Rahm Emanuel’s guide to governing. That’s the one that says Democrats “shouldn’t let a crisis go to waste” in trying to get a few extra goodies.

They also seek hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to states to help them deal with medical costs associated with the coronavirus. The Senate bill includes $110 billion, but Democrats say it’s not enough to address the shortages of protective gear and equipment for healthcare workers.

“It falls short of what medical providers need,” Sen. Joe Manchin, a key centrist Democrat from West Virginia, said ahead of the vote.

Like other Democrats, Manchin is drifting further left by the day. Why not turn this bill into AOC’s Green New Deal while you’re at it. That’s where the Democrats appear headed with this.

This is proof that Democrats can’t be trusted to be serious. If you want seriousness during a crisis, you need Republicans led by Mitch McConnell. During his speech after the Democrats defeated a procedural motion to start debate on the stimulus bill, Sen. McConnell said “We have an obligation to the American people to deal with this emergency and deal with it tomorrow. And if we don’t, I want everyone to fully understand, you’ve seen everyone that’s on record. Now I’ve conspicuously avoided trying to turn this into any partisan effort for two days. But it’s pretty clear what’s going on here.”

Let’s be clear about this. Democrats need to stop hating employers. That’s who they are right now. Elizabeth Warren’s stump speech and her speech on the Senate floor. The worst part is that Elizabeth Warren used to work as a lawyer for the corporations to help them shaft the people she now claims to care about. She’s a total phony.

This could turn into quite the political fiasco for Democrats if Democrats don’t support the stimulus. Sen. Susan Collins said “the move by Democrats is irresponsible and unwise. They are playing with fire.” When a moderate like Susan Collins makes a statement like that, it’s time to pay attention. ASAP. Accusing Sen. Collins, (R-ME), of being a corporate shill is difficult fight.

Ed Morrissey notes that the Democrats’ favorite impeachment Republican isn’t impressed with the Democrats’ stunt:

UPDATE: I should’ve read this article before publishing the post about Pelosi’s Christmas tree. Here’s additional information on Pelosi’s obstruction:

Pelosi reportedly was seeking a “laundry list” of items to be included in the emergency legislation, including wiping out up to $10,000 in student loan debt per person and securing election-security funding.

This legislation is a distraction. It isn’t worth discussing. Still, this doesn’t surprise me, especially coming from Ms. Pelosi.

Sen. McConnell should immediately announce that the Senate won’t consider anything except clean bills that deal exclusively with the coronavirus and the coronavirus-related stimulus. That’d end Pelosi’s legislation in its tracks.

Last night, partisan Democrats squashed a week of bipartisanship by returning to the Democrats’ partisan ways. Democrats voted to not start debate on a much-needed stimulus bill. According to Sen. Mitch McConnell, things had been going well with the bipartisan working groups. The problems started when Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer entered the picture.

Suddenly, without warning, Democrats objected to the creation of what they called a “slush fund for corporations.” It isn’t surprising that Sen. Pocahontas triggered Democrats to jump on that warpath. This fight isn’t over, though, because Sen. McConnell “entered a motion to reconsider the measure and said he’d bring it up again for a vote by Monday”:

“We’ll have this…vote again at some point of my choosing and hopefully some adults will show up on the other side of the room and understand the gravity of the situation and the need to act before the markets go down further and the American people become even more depressed about our lack of ability to come together under the most extraordinary of circumstances,” he said.

This is stupidity on display. You can’t create jobs if you don’t have employers. Here’s Mitch speaking on the defeat of the motion on the Senate floor:

Notice what he said about a minute into his speech:

Now the build up to this, so everybody fully understands, is that we had a high level of bipartisanship in five different working groups over the last 48 hours. Where members who were participating were reaching agreement.

And then all of a sudden, the Democratic leader and the Speaker of the House shows up. And we’re back to square one. So we’re fiddling here. Fiddling with the emotions of the American people, fiddling with the markets, fiddling with our health care.

Saying that Sen. McConnell was fired up is understatement. Here’s more of what he said:

So we’re fiddling here. Fiddling with the emotions of the American people, fiddling with the markets, fiddling with our health care. The American people expect us to act tomorrow and I want everyone to fully understand, if we aren’t able to act tomorrow, it’ll be because of our colleagues on the other side continuing to dither when the country expects us to come together and address this problem.

Now, I’ve changed my vote which gives me the opportunity to reconsider at a different time. That is all I can do in the face of this obstruction. Look, I can understand obstruction when you’re trying to achieve something. This obstruction achieves nothing, nothing whatsoever other than prevent us from getting into a position where there are literally 30 more hours that they could use to continue to dither.

“So at a time when the country is crying out for bipartisanship and cooperation — and we saw that over the last 48 hours when regular members of the Senate, not in the leadership office, not in the speaker’s office, for goodness sake, she’s the speaker of the House, not the speaker of the senate — we don’t have one. We were doing just fine until that intervention.

Speaker Pelosi shouldn’t have intervened. She’s part of the problem. She isn’t part of the solution. Pelosi insists that House Democrats are putting a bill together.

That’s laughable since the House is out on recess. The Democrats’ bill will necessarily be a partisan bill because they won’t have included Republicans in the drafting of the bill. Pelosi’s Democrats specialize in hyperpartisanship. Working through a crisis requires bipartisanship. Ms. Pelosi isn’t capable of bipartisanship.

Remember that this November when you’re voting. Electing a Democrat means re-electing Ms. Pelosi as Speaker. That, in turn, means 2 additional years of Pelosi’s obstructionism.

If you’re reading articles predicting the Apocalypse, put the computer down, stop reading what you’re reading, then start trusting Dr. Anthony Fauci. That’s Dr. Drew Pinsky’s RX to the nation. Pinsky calls Dr. Fauci the nation’s “North Star” on these things. Pinsky then said that he’s got faith in Dr. Fauci and in the research doctors at the CDC and NIH.

Dr. Pinsky said that he’s intrigued by the hydroxychloroquine and the azithromycin. In fact, he said “I see a lot of good news in a lot of domains. I was on television with Dr. Oz last night. We both agreed that we both need 2 pieces of information to really change the course of this thing. I want a little more peer review data on the use of the malaria medicine, the Hydroxychloroquine showing significant benefit of treatment and, perhaps, prophylactic activity of the same medication.”

The point is that there’s tons of reasons to be optimistic. As Dr. Drew points out, there are a number of treatments that wouldn’t need to go through the entire approval process because they’ve already been through that process for a different use. In his interview with Greg Gutfeld, Dr. Drew said that he’s upset with the reporting, saying that the media seems intent on pushing the most extreme stories in their attempt to panic people.

The media’s goal is to increase readership. What actually happens, though, is that people panic. The media have done a fine job of increasing the panic

When Joe Biden tried separating himself from President Trump in terms of crisis management, he painted himself into a corner. During a conference call, Biden said “Trump is behind the curve and is promising results he has not delivered and announcing actions that he has not even ordered. He’s all over the map. In a crisis we need leadership that’s straightforward, clear and reliable.”

Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s 2020 communications director, replied “The only thing Joe Biden knows about handling a public health crisis is that the Obama White House had to apologize for [Biden’s] remarks that set off a panic during the swine flu outbreak in 2009. And when President Trump took the critical step of restricting travel from China in response to the coronavirus, Biden called it ‘xenophobic.’ Most of what Biden says the government should do are things President Trump is already doing. The President is leading an unprecedented mobilization of America against the coronavirus and all Joe Biden can offer is ineffective partisan sniping from the sidelines.”

I wrote here about how Biden’s speech on what he’d do during this crisis. I titled the article “Joe Biden revisits Neil Kinnock.” Kinnock is the politician that Biden plagiarized in 1988. In the article, I highlighted some things that Biden would do that President Trump had already done:

Joe Biden said that small businesses will need relief from coronavirus’ economic impact. President Trump already moved decisively to provide $50 billion in liquidity to small business owners, and is asking Congress for even more.

Then there’s this:

Joe Biden said it is critical for insurance companies to waive copays for coronavirus testing. President Trump already got it done, securing a commitment from the nation’s insurance providers to waive all copays on coronavirus testing and expand coverage of coronavirus treatment in all their benefit plans.

Joe Biden is a partisan windbag with an oversized ego. The RNC couldn’t resist to get into the fun:

The Democrats’ dark money groups plan to spend millions of dollars in key battleground states. That isn’t disgusting. That’s just politics. What’s disgusting is that they plan on politicizing the Wuhan virus.

According to the Washington Post, “the group Pacronym is planning to spend $5 million on ads attacking Trump’s response to the pandemic. Pacronym, whose board of directors includes former Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, said its ads will target key 2020 swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Arizona.”

Good luck with that. The next time Democrats complain about dark money or too much money in politics, throw this information in their face:

Pacronym is the political action committee affiliated with Acronym, the non-profit who also funded Shadow, Inc., the company responsible for the failed Iowa caucuses reporting app. Acronym is financed by a larger democratic dark money group, New Venture Fund.

In 2018, the New Venture Fund gave at least $250,000 to Acronym, Acronym’s 2018 990 IRS forms show. New Venture Fund is just one of the dark money nonprofit funds under the umbrella of the for-profit, privately held consultancy called Arabella Advisors, LLC.

It isn’t just that Democrats don’t hate money in politics. It’s that Democrats have put together networks of dark money organizations to propagandize the people. It’s proof that Democrats can’t live without dark money in politics.

Another Democratic PAC called American Bridge said they will also be running similar ads politicizing the pandemic in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. American Bridge told the Washington Post it would be placing an additional ad on “Trump’s incompetence,” including “clips of Trump himself downplaying the crisis.”

If that’s what Democrats want to do, fine. Let’s throw this back in the Democrats’ faces:

In that press availability, Biden said that the Chinese “are not bad folks, folks.” Let’s remind people in Michigan, Pennsylvania and other Rust Belt battleground states and see how Biden’s own words on China play, especially in light of China’s hiding the Coronavirus Crisis for almost 3 months. How do you think that’ll play with an out-of-work steel mill worker? How will that work with an out-of-work UAW worker in Ohio or Detroit?

David Plouffe is a talented political guy but he doesn’t have a clue about Trump’s Rust Belt battleground states. If Democrats want to politicize the Wuhan Virus, they should expect the Trump campaign to highlight Vice President Biden’s friendliness with China, including his son Hunter’s virtual affair with the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership.

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.

Because the Communist Chinese Party didn’t tell the world about the Wuhan coronavirus, the pandemic is infecting, hurting and killing more people than needed to happen. Had the Communist Chinese Party been honest people who cared about being responsible leaders, it’s possible we wouldn’t have to take the dramatic steps that we’re now forced into taking. Remember that they’re the people Mike Bloomberg does business with and that Joe Biden thinks that the Chinese “are not bad folks, folks”:

Unlike Joe Biden, Marc Thissen is an honest guy. He has a different take on things:

Want to know why the U.S. economy is in free fall? Why restaurants and bars are closing, putting millions out of work, and why the airline industry is facing possible bankruptcy? Why schools across the nation are shutting down, leaving students to fall behind and parents without safe places to send their children everyday? Why the stock market is plummeting, wiping out the retirement and college savings of millions of Americans? Why the elderly are isolated in nursing homes and tens of millions who don’t have the option of teleworking have no idea how they will pay their bills?

Answer: Because China is a brutal totalitarian dictatorship.

We are in the midst of a pandemic lockdown today because the Chinese Communist regime cared more about suppressing information than suppressing a virus. Doctors in Wuhan knew in December that the coronavirus was capable of human-to-human transmission because medical workers were getting sick. But as late as Jan. 15, the head of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention declared on state television that “the risk of human-to-human transmission is low.”

These are the people that Joe Biden says “aren’t bad folks, folks”? Don’t feed me BS that they’ve changed. They haven’t changed. Biden changed. President Trump calls Biden Sleepy Joe. After this, perhaps we should call him Sellout Joe instead. Is this what “not bad folks, folks” do?

If the regime had taken action as soon as human-to-human transmission was detected, it might have contained the virus and prevented a global pandemic. Instead, Chinese officials punished doctors for trying to warn the public and suppressed information that might have saved lives. According to the Times of London, Chinese doctors who had identified the pathogen in early December received a gag order from China’s National Health Commission with instructions to stop tests, destroy samples and suppress the news.

I’m betting that if you polled the American people, they’d overwhelmingly say that the Chinese leaders are evil, disgusting autocrats.

I won’t say that President Trump’s handling of this crisis has been perfect but he’s done some things that’ve been game-changers. For instance, calling in the CEOs of major industries (think CVS, Walmart, Walgreen, Target, etc.) and asking for their help. Think about empowering private testing companies to start putting together testing kits. Think about shutting down flights with China. That last thing alone was huge.

If China were an open and transparent society, with an accountable government, Americans might not be on lockdown today. What can we do about it? We obviously can’t turn China into a democracy. But we can hold China accountable for its behavior and put a price on its lies and oppression. We can reaffirm that the advance of freedom, transparency and rule of law are central objectives of U.S. foreign policy, because the lives and safety of our citizens depend on it. And we can lay the blame for this crisis where it belongs: at the feet of the Chinese Communist Party.

Another thing we must do is uproot our manufacturing of medical supplies from China, then have them manufactured here in the United States. We can’t afford to be held hostage by brutal dictators.

We can’t be held hostage by Joe Biden’s friends. This fall, when you enter the voting booth, remember who raised tariffs on China when China when they didn’t obey US laws. Remember who thinks that a brutal communist dictatorship are “not bad folks, folks.” Then ask which man’s beliefs align most with yours. I’m betting that most honest people will vote Trump if this is the most important question to them.

UPDATE: Roger Simon’s article pretty much agrees with my post that Joe Biden can’t be trusted with dealing with China:

Joe Biden is the last man who should be dealing with that. This isn’t only because it wasn’t long ago that Biden blithely dismissed the notion that China was an enemy (before walking that back following a barrage of criticism). Nor is it just because of the intimations of corruption with his son and others that involve China, as well as Ukraine, which should be reason enough by itself.

Sellout Joe knows too many of China’s dishonest leaders. What’s worst is that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) knows that Sellout Joe is spineless enough to push around. Sellout Joe might put up a brave front initially but that won’t last long before he caves.

Yesterday, I shared with you Pastor Max Lucado’s op-ed in this post. Pastor Lucado’s op-ed opened by saying “Anxiety is an out of control thought pattern. It settles over the mind like a severe weather system, spewing thunderclouds and casting lightning bolts. Life feels like an airplane in a tailspin. It feeds on what-ifs and worst-case scenarios. What if the coronavirus is unstoppable. What if a pandemic takes over? I’ll be quarantined for weeks! The economy is sliding into a bear market. I’ll lose my health. I’ll lose my job. I’ll lose it all. How will I survive on unemployment?

Thankfully, we don’t have to settle for panicked lives. As we learned from Pastor Lucado and especially from Brandon and Cameron Brundidge, we can opt for a better, healthier response. It’s the official response of Discovery Church, my church home. In this video, Paul Brenhaug and Pastor Art talk about how the church will adapt to President Trump’s ’15 days declaration’:

Early in the video, Paul explained how he was entering his home but decided to stop and pray for each of his neighbors. Taking that moment helped Paul pause for a moment, which doesn’t seem like a big deal initially. The first question that people might ask is this: how will pausing benefit me? The answer is simple, yet powerful. Pausing gives people the opportunity to regain perspective.

With the world seemingly spiraling out-of-control, wouldn’t a little perspective help? Imagine how much it might help if you added a simple prayer to that perspective-giving pause. It doesn’t have to be long to be effective. Try this the next time you pause for perspective and prayer: Heavenly Father, the world seems like it’s spinning out-of-control for me, my friends and my family. You are the God who gives peace and perspective. Lord, I pray that You give me, my family and my friends an additional helping of Your peace. Thank You, Lord. I pray these things in Jesus precious name. Amen.

How long did that take? Less than a minute, right? How much will it help unclutter your mind and relieve your stress? That’s up to you. It matters whether:

  1. you’re willing to take the time to pray;
  2. you’re willing to trust God;
  3. you’re willing to trust God’s solutions rather than trusting your own solutions.

It’s natural to get nervous. It’s virtuous to pause, pray and gain perspective. That’s the fastest path to sanity during these anxiety-riddled times.

There’s no question whether Joe Biden maintained a reputation for decades as a centrist. That reputation isn’t withstanding the pressure of his latest presidential campaign. Byron York’s article highlights how the Democrats’ presumptive nominee is transforming from a centrist into a leftist.

York’s first example is Biden’s years-long defense of President Obama’s deportation of illegal aliens. In his article, York wrote “Biden has defended the Obama administration’s record on deportations against those on the left who criticized President Barack Obama as the ‘deporter in chief.’ Then came last month’s Nevada caucuses. After ugly losses in Iowa and New Hampshire, Biden was struggling for life in Nevada and trying to appeal to the Hispanic voters who made up a substantial portion of state Democrats. All of a sudden, Biden backtracked on the Obama deportations he used to defend. ‘There were too many,’ Biden told Univision’s Jorge Ramos. ‘I saw the pain in the eyes of so many people who saw their families being deported. I know what it’s like to lose family members. It was painful.'”

Biden’s immigration transformation didn’t stop there, though:

As the Nevada vote neared, Biden promised that if he became president he would not deport anyone, no one, under any circumstances, during his first 100 days in office. After that, Biden said he would deport only those who have committed felonies in the United States. Biden repeated the pledge at his recent debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, his last remaining rival for the nomination.

Think about that, people. A Biden administration promises to not faithfully execute this nation’s laws. In this debate, Sleepy Joe and Crazy Bernie gave the same answer on whether local communities should turn over illegal immigrants to their administration:

It doesn’t get much more leftist for a Democrat than that. Joe Biden got the reputation of Blue Collar Joe for standing with coal miners, construction workers and blue collar families. Blue Collar Joe doesn’t exist. Here’s proof:

Biden’s centrist-to-leftist transformation is complete.

After reading Tim Morrison’s op-ed, one wonders who’s making these sloppy accusations. My first instinct is to blame it on Democrats. That’s because they’ve been throwing out nasty rumors about President Trump since he took office.

According to Morrison’s op-ed, “It has been alleged by multiple officials of the Obama administration, including in The Post, that the president and his then-national security adviser, John Bolton, ‘dissolved the office’ at the White House in charge of pandemic preparedness. Because I led the very directorate assigned that mission, the counterproliferation and biodefense office, for a year and then handed it off to another official who still holds the post, I know the charge is specious.”

This fits the Democrats’ deceitful theme that President Trump is flying by the seat of his pants with this crisis. While I can’t give President Trump a 10 on his handling of the virus, there’s certainly plenty to give him credit for. Let’s start with his travel bans with China and Europe. The travel ban with China is especially important.

While Democrats were holding the trial for President Trump’s far-fetched impeachment, President Trump put the China travel ban in place. Joe Biden accused President Trump of being xenophobic.

Now, Tim Morrison has first-hand proof that this accusation is false. The part of the NSC that Joe Biden and other Democrats said was closed was false from the start. Morrison knows because he ran that office before handing it off to another person, who is still running that office. I don’t know of better proof than that. This is important:

As The Post reported in 2015, from the Clinton administration to the Obama administration’s second term, the NSC’s staff “had quadrupled in size, to nearly 400 people.” That is why Trump began streamlining the NSC staff in 2017.

Though Morrison didn’t say this, I suspect that the main reason for the downsizing the NSC is because that’s where major parts of the Swamp lived. It makes sense, therefore, that the Swamp hit the Trump administration for eliminating the NSC, which is a part of the Swamp’s operation. Videos like this are just part of the Democrats’ smear campaign:

At a time when we need people coming together, Democrats are engaging in smear campaigns. How pathetic.