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Joe Biden Told Us a Little About his Plans by The Elephant's Child

Joe Biden has told us what he has in mind. He starts with a “Clean Energy Revolution” (read Green New Deal) for a measly $1.7 trillion by 2050, 100% clean energy. (Why doesn’t anyone do a little studying up before they start making big impossible plans?) Unless you want to depend on nuclear power plants, you cannot have “clean energy.”

The sun sinks beneath the horizon in the evening, just when everyone needs to turn on the lights. Some days are cloudy or rainy. Sunlight is too diffuse to be a serious power source. Solar energy needs 24/7 backup from a regular power source, for all the times when it is not shining in a clear sky. So what about that “regular power source”?

Even in the windiest places, wind turbines need backup from a regular power source. Turbines need the wind to blow steadily at about 35 mph. Doesn’t happen. The wind blows in puffs and wafts and sometimes gales and often not at all. But “Climate” has become something of a religion for the left, and they just be-leeeve, they don’t investigate.

As I understand it, the level of CO² in the atmosphere at the present is exceptionally high. The planet, however, seems to be cooling. Glaciers are growing, not melting, in Glacier National Park, in Iceland, and in Antarctica — which would seem to suggest that increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere does not cause global warming, or in current terminology “climate change.” If that is the case, perhaps you don’t have to trade in your gas guzzler on a self-driving electric car, but then I was an English major, and learned to read a lot, not how to do atmospheric science.

Joe Biden also wants a new transcontinental high-speed rail. From what I read, that hasn’t worked out too well in California, but I’m not a mechanical engineer either.  I read that there are 1.1 million jobs currently in the fossil fuel industry. So maybe they won’t lose their jobs, but all the new jobs in the clean energy sector won’t materialize either. Biden says that Trump poses a fundamental threat to America, a threat to democracy and a threat to the Constitution. His strategy is that it’s all about Trump, and personal. He’s apparently going to run on returning to the slow. low-growth Obama economy. Will that work? Eight years and never over 2% growth, not once.

All of the 24 (?) 25 (?) Democrat candidates who we will be hearing from in their first upcoming debate, are undoubtedly all running precisely because Trump is so absolutely horrible, terrible, very bad, and a “fundamental threat.” Pity that none of them ever learned to read.



There’s An Important Lesson Here for Us All. by The Elephant's Child

A couple of articles I read today demonstrated an unusual connection. The first was a post at PJ Media titled “The Remarkable Donald Trump” by Michael Busler.

Years from now, history will note a major event that occurred in 2016. An event that significantly altered the course of the country and the world. At the time, the U.S. was in, what turned out to be, the last year of a 10-year economic slump. It was, in fact, the only 10-year period in history where the economy did not achieve 3% annual growth in any year.

From 2006 to 2016 economic growth averaged about 2%. That subpar growth rate led to fewer opportunities for Americans. That led to poor employment prospects and stagnant wages. There were many people who had absolutely no opportunity. That led to resentment. …

Many Americans began to place security above freedom. They wanted the government to pay for their healthcare, their higher education, their basic income, and even their housing. Of course, the government gets the money by taxing income earners.

If implemented, those spend-and-tax government actions would permanently slow economic growth. The reason is very simple. All of these income transfer programs take income away from people who earned it and give it to people who, for whatever reason, have not earned it. That means income earners have less incentive to earn and income receivers have no incentive to earn.

The second post was from The Daily Caller, by Amber Athley, titled: “Biden’s First Move As President? Kill the Trump Tax Cuts.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that his first order of business if he is elected president is to repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Biden made the remark in Washington, D.C. during the Poor People’s Campaign Presidential Forum at Trinity Washington University. The event features low-income Americans asking questions of ten Democratic presidential candidates, including Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

After one attendee asked Biden how he would combat the “lie of scarcity” regarding resources, Biden insisted there is “plenty of money” in the U.S. and vowed to obtain some of it through repealing tax cuts.

“Number one, we have the greatest income inequity in the history of the United States of America since 1902, and the fact of the matter is, there is plenty, plenty of money to go around,” Biden replied. “The first thing I would do as president is eliminate the president’s tax cut.”

That pretty much sums the whole thing up, doesn’t it?



The Stakes in the Battle for Hong Kong are High by The Elephant's Child

We normally have a number of readers from Hong Kong. We do have readers from all over the world, which always surprises me, though I welcome it enthusiastically. But our Hong Kong readers have apparently been out in the streets for the last three days, and they’re not through yet. Americans aren’t really much aware of what is going on in that part of the world. Here, Dr. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee does a good job of explaining the issues.

You probably noticed when President Trump threatened Mexico with some significant tariffs if the didn’t make an effort to help out with the immigration crisis, the ever-so-responsible Media erupted with cries of “Trade Wars” and all the disaster to our people and our country if the despicable Trump was stupidly starting a trade war. Of course, he was not. He was giving the Mexicans a nudge, pointing out that they were creating a serious problem for us with their lax treatment of migrants, and that if they wanted to e stubborn about it, we had some consequences available that they would not like at all. Mexico promptly decided that being helpful was probably a good idea. Now the press is claiming that we are trying to start a Trade War with China, which is not true either.

And that really has not much of anything to do with the eruptions in Hong Kong. Claudia Rosett, splendid international reporter, does an excellent job of explaining the stakes.

In Hong Kong’s huge protest over a proposed law that would allow extradition from the territory to mainland China, there is far more at stake than “confidence” in the integrity of Hong Kong’s legal system, or the health of Hong Kong’s economy — important though those both are. The real showdown going on in Hong Kong has long been between despotism and democracy, between tyranny and the Free World. And whether we, the free people of America, and our allies, choose to think of it this way or not, the reality is that the showdown now taking place in Hong Kong will shape our future as well.

For two reasons, the people of Hong Kong — in their efforts to stop this ruinous extradition law — deserve the strongest support we can muster. One reason is quite simply that it is the right thing to do, though in international politics that is often a backseat priority. The other reason– perhaps more compelling to those inclined to think of Hong Kong as a faraway foreign place and none of our business — is that it is a high-risk precedent for the Free World to abandon its own. It invites aggression by the likes of China (and Russia, Iran, North Korea, etc.) against us and our allies. Which is what it will boil down to, if the U.S., the U.K. and other democratic powers do not find some way to buttress the demands of Hong Kong’s demonstrators. It is vital that Washington persuade Beijing and its satrap in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, that it would be wise to scrap this proposed law, and moronic –or at least astoundingly expensive — to push it through.



Judicial Watch Looks Beyond the Headlines! by The Elephant's Child

This amazing video from Judicial Watch was like sitting down with a bunch of well-informed insiders and getting answers to most of the questions I had, and some I hadn’t thought of. Judicial Watch is a wonderful organization that works hard at forcing the federal government to fulfill their requirement to be reasonably transparent. They sue.  They take one department after another to court to get the information that is being withheld. I would love to see a list of the things that we know about only because Judicial Watch has been on the case.

We have just had an attempted coup, with one of our political parties attempting to get rid of a president they are afraid of, that they don’t like, because he’s on to them. He knows how crooked they are and wants to know why they are attacking every good thing he is trying to do for the country and the American people.

It’s fairly long, but broken up in modest segments so you can stop conveniently should you wish. But do watch it. You will be a better informed citizen.



Catching Up With Today’s Most Important Pieces by The Elephant's Child

The burning question of the day, seems to be about “social Justice”, which I think is pure bunk. There is no such thing. But here is an authority: Frederich Hayek the great economist to settle the question.

 

This is an old video, so I guess he didn’t settle the question at all, but there are still people out there demanding Social Justice, so there you are.

From amgreatness:Another Media-fueled Collusion Narrative Falls Apart

Here’s Andy McCartney on The Lessons of the Mueller Probe Andy has been an invaluable guide to the entire Mueller thing.

David Harsanyi called out presidential candidate Joe Biden on his absurd statement “For eight years, there wasn’t one single hint of a scandal or a lie”, so he reminded Biden of a few of them. (Quite a few.)

I have long suggested that what we really need are courses in basic human nature. So much of the frustration and anger out there would be relieved if people just understood that Life is hard, bad stuff happens, your feelings will be hurt, people you love will die, things will not be fair, and nobody cares that they are not fair. You will be insulted. You may be fired from a job. Perhaps unjustly. Life is not  fair. It’s up to how you deal with things. Celebrate the stuff that goes well, the special moments of deep happiness, But don’t go expecting justice, social or any other kind. Life is hard, and courage is the answer.



The New York Times Is Trying To Rewrite Their Own Climate History by The Elephant's Child

The New York Times, legendary “paper of record” is now attempting to rewrite their own history of what they have said about climate in the past. Not that anyone believes it is the paper or record these days. But it is an interesting correction to their reporting and making claims that are the exact opposite of reality. Revealing and Interesting.



The First Democrat Debates Are Coming Up by The Elephant's Child

Tuesday. Nancy Pelosi announced that she wants President Donald Trump in jail. Joe Biden spoke in Iowa this afternoon and said that Donald Trump represents an “existential threat” to the United States – and that the president “thinks he’s being  tough when someone else is feeling the pain.”

“Any beginning econ student at Iowa or Iowa State could tell you that the American people are paying his tariffs. The cashiers at Target see what’s going on — they know more about economics than Trump.”

Breitbart went on to say that Contrary to these claims, tariffs on China have not affected consumer prices for at least a year. Breitbart’s John Carney wrote in May that some Chinese imports have actually decreased in price after President Trump enacted new tariffs.

Democrats have always been given to calling Republicans “Hitler” and whatever noxious names they can think of, but this time around they have really gone round the bend. It’s a little harder to understand because Hillary was such a lousy candidate, and they don’t seem interested in her at this point at all.

Democrats waved the flag of tariffs and doom around over the Mexico deal, but Trump knew what he was doing, and I suspect he understands about free trade as well.

Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, criticized President Donald Trump today for turning the United States into a country that looked more like Russia.

Russia nationalism, xenophobia, homophobia, and repression of the press are both highly disturbing in that country and disturbingly ascendant in our own country.

He claimed that rising white nationalism was more dangerous than radical Islamic terrorism.

In the past decade, more Americans have been killed in America by right-wing extremists than by those inspired by Al Qaeda and ISIS,” he said. “We need to acknowledge this threat too, and redirect appropriate resources to combat right-wing extremism and violent white nationalism.

I don’t know what the problems with “white nationalists” and “right-wing  extremism” are in South Bend, but perhaps that small Indiana city is more violent than we knew. This is apparently going to be a remarkably ugly campaign season. There are what — 24 Democrats out to challenge President Trump, unaware of the thriving economy, people back to work, wages going up, but Democrats have such a poisonous idea of Trump so far from reality that it is going to be unpleasant. Did you know that President Trump accepts no salary as president, and donates it to government needs or to charity?

Have you seen lots of violent white nationalism? Nationalism is not a dirty word, what they mean by right-wing extremism, I’m not sure, undoubtedly it means wanting control of our borders when Democrats had in mind planting illegals in districts where redistricting would give them control of the district for all upcoming elections — as Obama and Eric Holder planned.

There will be 6 debates held in 2019 and another 6 held in early 2020. but exact dates and locations have not been announced. Rachel Maddow has been announced as a moderator. Prepare yourselves.




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