We Love to Fight: Conservatives, Republicans, and those on the center-right in general love to fight. Unfortunately, many prefer to fight amongst ourselves rather than against our political enemies.
I believe we are a center-right country, but that consists of a loose coalition of fiscal conservatives, libertarians, social conservatives, neo-cons, and isolationists. Not to mention the Reagan Democrats/MAGA voters who are culturally conservative, blue collar, God, guns and guts type of conservatives who don’t like either party.
Talk about herding cats!?!
Our center-right coalition is fragile, requires tolerance and understanding and often times has to compromise on what many believe as the core principles to get things done.
That’s a BIG ask.
But it is reality if one wants to govern and effect real change. Be it conservative judges, the Contract with America, or any other initiative that helped preserve our Republic.
I fear there are those who are more than happy to see our country tear itself apart. This illegal immigration problem here and virtually everywhere in the West is going to take generations to solve…and it won’t be easy.
Reagan used to say if you’re with me 70% of the time, you’re with me. United we stand, divided we fall.
History repeats itself.
Sustainable Budget Project: ATR has launched a very interesting project. Check if your state is using this process…they should!
“In September 2023, Americans for Tax Reform launched The Sustainable Budget Project, a new venture that monitors state government spending and tracks which states have or have not enacted sustainable budgets.
The Sustainable Budget Project defines a sustainable budget as one that limits the pace of state government spending to lower than the rate of population growth plus inflation, which accounts for the average taxpayer’s ability to pay for government spending.”
Check it out:
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We are at war’: Israel retaliates after massive surprise attack by Hamas
Israel was struck by a surprise attack by Hamas early Saturday morning in one of the most serious escalations in years between Israel and the Islamist militant group. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the country was “at war.”
Israel launched retaliatory air strikes on targets in Gaza.
The massive assault by Iran-backed Hamas combined a barrage of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel and dozens of heavily armed gunmen attacking the country’s south from Gaza. It came a day after Israel marked the 50th anniversary of the surprise invasion on Yom Kippur in 1973.
At least 250 people were killed and 1,100 wounded, making it the deadliest attack in Israel in decades. Nearly 200 people in the Gaza Strip have been killed and at least 1,610 wounded in Israeli retaliatory strikes, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The death toll was expected to rise.
“We are at war, and we will win,” Netanyahu said in a message to Israelis. “The enemy will pay an unprecedented price.”
Three points on Israel-Hamas war: scaled threat, intelligence failure, political ramifications
The ramifications of Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel are profound. This invasion has shredded both Israel’s security and its assessments of the Palestinian terrorist group/political party. As I see it, there are three immediate points of consideration.
First off, there’s the scaled threat that Hamas has newly imposed on Israel.
Killing at least 200 Israeli civilians and soldiers (the final death toll is likely to be far closer to 300+) and capturing dozens more, Hamas has taken its long-standing fight with the Jewish state to an unprecedented level. The images of terrified civilians being lined up and marched off to uncertain fates, and of bloodied female Israeli soldiers, some half-naked, will not easily be forgotten. These images will evoke memories of the Holocaust: of innocents marched off for oppression and annihilation simply because of their identity.
Israel has dealt with terrorism since its birth, but this attack is comparable only to the surprise attack on Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Indicating a massive and sustained military response is likely, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to establish an emergency unity government with his erstwhile nemeses, Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz. Deeply fierce and personal domestic disagreements are being put aside. But this unity government offers Israel added legitimacy as it conducts aggressive operations to degrade Hamas’s military infrastructure and reestablish deterrence with its political leadership.
Four Biden Impeachment Articles and What the House Will Need to Prove
Below is my column in The Hill on moving forward with the Biden impeachment inquiry. The column discusses four possible impeachment articles that could be brought by the House and what the House would need to prove.
Here is the column:
With the commencement of the impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Joe Biden, three House committees will now pursue key linkages between the president and the massive influence peddling operation run by his son Hunter and brother James.
The impeachment inquiry should allow the House to finally acquire long-sought records of Hunter, James, and Joe Biden, as well as to pursue witnesses involved in their dealings.
I testified this week at the first hearing of the impeachment inquiry on the constitutional standards and practices in moving forward in the investigation. In my view, there is ample justification for an impeachment inquiry. If these allegations are established, they would clearly constitute impeachable offenses. I listed ten of those facts in my testimony that alone were sufficient to move forward with this inquiry.
Inflation was Worse than We Thought
The Bureau of Economic Analysis has revised its estimates of inflation. The bad news: prices have risen faster than was previously thought. The Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index (PCEPI), which is the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation, grew at a continuously compounded annual rate of 4.1 percent from January 2020 to July 2023. The BEA’s previous efforts put inflation at 4.0 percent. In July 2023, prices were 8.2 percentage points higher than they would have been had the Fed hit its 2-percent inflation target over the period, compared with the previous estimate of 7.7 percentage points.
More bad news: inflation picked back up in August 2023. The PCEPI grew at a continuously compounded annual rate of 4.7 percent in August, compared with 2.6 percent in the prior month. The PCEPI grew 3.4 percent over the 12-month period ending August 2023. Prices today are 15.8 percent higher than they were in January 2020, and 8.4 percentage points higher than they would have been had inflation averaged just 2 percent over the period.
The recent uptick in inflation was largely due to a surge in energy prices. The price of energy goods and services grew at a continuously compounded annual rate of 70.7 percent in August.
Donald Trump Followers Targeted by FBI as 2024 Election Nears
The federal government believes that the threat of violence and major civil disturbances around the 2024 U.S. presidential election is so great that it has quietly created a new category of extremists that it seeks to track and counter: Donald Trump’s army of MAGA followers.
The challenge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the primary federal agency charged with law enforcement, is to pursue and prevent what it calls domestic terrorism without direct reference to political parties or affiliations—even though the vast majority of its current “anti-government” investigations are of Trump supporters, according to classified data obtained by Newsweek.
“The FBI is in an almost impossible position,” says a current FBI official, who requested anonymity to discuss highly sensitive internal matters. The official said that the FBI is intent on stopping domestic terrorism and any repeat of the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. But the Bureau must also preserve the Constitutional right of all Americans to campaign, speak freely and protest the government. By focusing on former president Trump and his MAGA (Make America Great Again) supporters, the official said, the Bureau runs the risk of provoking the very anti-government activists that the terrorism agencies hope to counter.
“Especially at a time when the White House is facing Congressional Republican opposition claiming that the Biden administration has ‘weaponized’ the Bureau against the right wing, it has to tread very carefully,” says the official.
The DNC is worried it doesn’t have enough token minorities
The Democratic Party’s demented race obsession is not going anywhere any time soon, even as it is clearly losing its political potency.
Democratic National Committee officials are reportedly worried about falling short of their “diversity goals,” which is a euphemism for the quotas of token minorities the party wants to use to boast about how diverse and inclusive they are. According to former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile, “I keep looking at these diversity goals in big states like New York, like California. And, for some reason, whether it’s the African American community, black community, the LGBTQ+ community, or Hispanic community, numbers continue to decrease.”
This isn’t just the identity-obsessed whining of some Democratic strategists, though. The tokenization of minority communities is built into the DNC’s operations. According to Politico, “The DNC calculates its diversity goals using a complex formula that accounts for eligible voters from seven targeted groups: blacks, Latinos, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Indigenous Americans as well as those with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQ and young voters, classified as 35 and under.”
In other words, the DNC treats minorities as numbers on a spreadsheet in order to hit token goals, and the only concern of DNC officials is that the spreadsheet isn’t to their liking. Now, they are blaming the Democratic Party losing its grip on black and Hispanic voters on the DNC not hitting its diversity quotas, as if putting more people into boxes based on their skin color or other irrelevant factors about their lives is supposed to guarantee that those people vote for Democrats.
As it turns out, Democrats are losing ground among these groups even as their racial obsession grows more frantic and more pervasive in politics
Don’t Underestimate Gavin Newsom
Conservatives see through Newsom. But they should not assume that everyone does.
Dianne Feinstein, Democratic senator from San Francisco, has died at the age of 90, and California governor Gavin Newsom has promised to appoint a black woman as a temporary replacement. On Friday’s episode of The Editors, we discussed the somewhat facetious suggestion that Feinstein’s replacement could be Kamala Harris. That way, Democrats could parachute Newsom into the vice presidency, making him better positioned to succeed Biden should circumstances demand it.
Demoting Harris (whose approval ratings are even worse than Biden’s) may be an amusing prospect, but Gavin Newsom’s presidential shadow campaign is no joke. With Biden-Harris, conservatives have gotten used to political enemies being scandal-ridden, gaffe-prone, and unable to speak coherently even when on-script. But that is a low threshold that Newsom easily clears. He is a highly presentable, smooth-talking, skilled political operative peddling the same dangerous ideas in a far more effective way.
Newsom knows the strategic risk of challenging a sitting president of one’s own party. He has repeatedly denied having any presidential ambitions for 2024, stressing his loyalty to Biden and his party. Nevertheless, he appears to be enjoying the attention garnered by his regular media appearances and headline-grabbing stunts.
The Overseas Actions of India, Now a Key Ally, Demand Scrutiny
Is India responsible for the killing of a Sikh Canadian citizen on Canadian soil?
India, with its 1.4 billion people, has now surpassed China in population. More than one out of six of the world’s people live there, and in 2027 India is projected to become the third-largest economy in the world, after the U.S. and China.
That’s why the United States is trying so hard to make India a vital partner in blocking China’s growing aggression in Asia.
But such efforts have to take into account a huge fly in the ointment of India’s relationship with the West. Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government is becoming more authoritarian, backsliding on its enforcement of the rule of law, civil rights, religious freedom, and a free press.
Last month came a shocking wake-up call. Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, told his parliament that authorities had “credible reasons to believe that agents of the government of India were involved in the killing of a Canadian on Canadian soil.” He was referring to the June killing of a Sikh Canadian activist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, outside his place of worship near Vancouver, British Columbia.
New $4B Panasonic electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in Kansas requires so much power that the facility will need its own COAL plant to run
A coal-fired power plant in Kansas that was slated for closure will remain open after all to provide needed power for, wait for it: a new electric vehicle (EV) battery factory producing “clean” energy storage products.
In accordance with the Biden regime’s ongoing efforts to force all Americans into an EV, Panasonic has built a $4 billion EV battery factory in the small Kansas City exurb of De Soto.
Local media reports state that the factory will require anywhere from 200 to 250 megawatts of electricity to function. This is roughly the amount of power needed to keep the lights on in a small city.
On track to receive a whopping $6.8 billion from fake president Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, Panasonic is proving once again that in order to create “clean” energy, you have to burn a lot of “dirty” energy, rendering it a pointless endeavor.
The amount of energy the new Panasonic EV battery facility needs is so high, in fact, that a representative from Evergy, the public utility serving the factory, testified before the Kansas City Corporation Commission that there are serious “near-term challenges from a resource adequacy perspective.”
Put another way, the Panasonic EV battery factory in De Soto is an energy hog of epic proportions. As such, Evergy says it will have to continue burning coal at a nearby power plant in Lawrence that was previously slated to eventually transition to natural gas production.
Biden admin quietly released study showing green energy receives far more subsidies than fossil fuels
‘Solar should be competing for sales in the marketplace, not for subsidies in Washington,’ top Republican senator tells Fox News Digital.
The Biden administration quietly issued a 59-page report outlining the current scope of federal energy-related subsidies revealed that the renewable energy sector enjoys significantly larger taxpayer backing than the fossil fuel industry.
The report — authored by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) and published in August — represents the first of its kind since 2018. The EIA analyzed data from 2016 through 2022, and determined that, during that time period, the federal government doled out $183.3 billion in direct and mainly indirect taxpayer subsidies, more than half of which came over the last three years.
“For years Democrats have claimed technologies like solar energy are cheaper than coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear. This report makes clear that solar is largely dependent on heavy subsidies with taxpayer dollars,” Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member John Barrasso, R-Wyo., told Fox News Digital.
How the Virgin Islands could play a key role in choosing the GOP nominee
The Republican presidential nomination looks like it will be a runaway for Donald Trump. But if the former president is going to face any serious competition, the first clear indication could come from an unlikely place: the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Virgin Islands has never before played a substantial role in a presidential election. Its residents are U.S. citizens, but they cannot vote in a general election because they live in a territory, not a state.
Both major parties have, however, traditionally allowed territories to elect a few delegates to their national conventions. And this is how Virgin Islands Republicans can influence the race.
The islands declared it will hold caucuses on Feb. 8, making the territory one of the first places to cast binding votes. And crucially, it will use ranked-choice voting to determine the winner in the GOP race.
The Virgin Islands GOP Enacts An Election Reform That Could Really Make A Difference
Republicans in the tiny Virgin Islands, a territory with only nine delegates to the Republican National Convention that is perhaps better known for Jeffrey Epstein’s bribing of the Democrats who run the islands, have decided to flex their muscles in a major way when it comes to their role in selecting the eventual GOP presidential nominee.
According to an official announcement by the territory’s GOP, they will move their caucus date up to February 8, 2024. That makes the Virgin Islands the 3rd third US state or territory — after Iowa and New Hampshire — to hold a vote for president and select their delegates to the nominating convention.
This is noteworthy because, in an effort to ensure their delegates go to Donald Trump, the Nevada Republican Party recently voted to replace their state-run February 6 primary with a party-run caucus on February 8. But because of time zones, the Virgin Islands results will likely be in long before Nevada decides who their winner is.
As I said, there’s a degree of flexing involved in such a move.
In a statement to Newsmax, Republican Party in the Virgin Islands Executive Director Dennis Lennox expressed his desire that the territory “play when it counts and be relevant to the nominating process.” He went on to call the seeming deference of other state parties to the four early states in lieu of their own self-interests “mind-boggling.”
And it’s true.
If you’re a Republican caucus-goer in Iowa, your vote matters significantly more in the process than, say, mine does in Tennessee. The candidate who wins Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina will greatly benefit from a winning narrative that will shape all the later races.
There’s a reason Ron DeSantis, for example, has chosen to put all his apples in Iowa by canvassing every county as if he’s running for governor. Win there, and Trump’s aura of invincibility is broken.
Seven Steps to Take Now to Prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment
It’s time to see if there’s a Medicare option that better fits your needs — and your budget. Don’t delay. Here’s where to start doing your research now.
Despite what you might think — based on the year-round onslaught of Medicare commercials and the flyers arriving in the mail — you can’t just make changes to your Medicare coverage anytime you want.
Most people who want to make adjustments must wait for the Medicare open enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year. That’s when you can do things like:
Disenroll from Original Medicare and enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan instead
Change from one Medicare Advantage plan to another
Move from a Medicare Advantage plan back to Original Medicare (parts A and B)
Enroll in a Part D prescription plan, cancel your prescription drug coverage or move from one prescription plan to another
Since, in most cases, the opportunity to make changes comes just once a year, it’s important to plan ahead. Here are seven steps you (and your spouse) can take to prepare:
George Floyd Riots Caused Record-Setting $2 Billion in Damage, New Report Says. Here’s Why the True Cost Is Even Higher
Even beyond face-value insurance costs, riots leave a lasting shadow on a city that haunts its economy for decades.
hen George Floyd died while in police custody in late May, most agreed his premature death was a tragedy. Yet the discussion on criminal justice reform that emerged in the weeks after Floyd’s passing was quickly overshadowed by the rioting, looting, and violence that broke out in major cities such as Minneapolis, Seattle, and New York.
Dozens of people were killed or injured in the violent unrest, and thousands of businesses and properties, many minority-owned, were looted, torched, or otherwise vandalized. Only now are we beginning to realize the full cost of the destruction. New reporting from Axios reveals that the total insured property losses incurred during the George Floyd riots will come in at $1 billion to $2 billion.
The US has experienced rioting over racial tensions before, but this report shows that the damage from the latest unrest will far exceed any historical precedent.
“The arson, vandalism and looting… will result in at least $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims,” Axios reports. “[This will] eclips[e] the record set in Los Angeles in 1992 after the acquittal of the police officers who brutalized Rodney King.”
Seven wild plot twists that could upend the 2024 election
Raise your hand if you dread the long and arduous journey to Election Day 2024. Then wave if you are prematurely exhausted by a presidential race in which two stubborn men born in the 1940s refuse to retire and are itching for a rematch — and in which, for the one man to win, the other probably must be on the ballot.
Most registered voters cringe at the thought of a second Joe Biden versus Donald Trump contest. According to Monday’s Monmouth University poll, 52 percent of Republicans are “not at all enthusiastic” about Donald Trump becoming the Republican presidential nominee, and 53 percent of registered Democrats feel the same about President Biden.
Election Day is 12 months away — a century in political dog years and certainly enough time for something completely unexpected to alter the status quo.
In the past, unforeseen and often tragic events have radically changed the trajectories of presidential campaigns. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks transformed the nation, sent the U.S. to war, and surely reelected President George W. Bush in 2004.
In September 2008, a national economic meltdown sparked a global financial crisis two months before Election Day. A weak and uncertain reaction from GOP nominee John McCain sealed the defeat of his declining campaign, resulting in Barack Obama (D) winning an impressive 365 to 173 Electoral College victory.