Immigration, Media, Politics

NYT: Trump’s Border Security Reforms Working

Apparently, refusing to roll out the red carpet for illegal immigrants is working to deter them. According to a report by the New York Times, one-third of the 6,000 migrants forming the November caravan of “asylum” seekers decided to go back to Central America. “Data from Mexican officials suggested that harsh policies he [Trump] has introduced to crack down on asylum seekers may already be achieving some of its intended effects,” reports the Times. In that same article, the typically anti-Trump paper also admits that aspiring illegal immigrants joining the caravan are not fleeing persecution or gang violence but seeking economic opportunities in the U.S., a distinction that disqualifies them from asylum. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

A New York Times‘ article on the migrant caravans shows President Donald Trump’s border security reforms are successfully curbing the northward flow of migrants.

One-third of the 6,000 migrants who reached the border just in the November caravan have given up their effort to cross the border, the Times says: “Data from Mexican officials suggested that harsh policies he has introduced to crack down on asylum seekers may already be achieving some of its intended effects.”

The article by the establishment outlet is important because it validates Trump’s analysis and proposed fixes for the growing problem of cheap-labor migration. For example, the article shows that Trump’s critics admit his policies are working: “It may look like it’s working in the short term,” Ms. [Michelle] Brané said, “But I don’t think it’s a long-term solution. It’s driving people further into the shadows and that’s exactly the opposite of what we [pro-migation groups] want.”

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Big govt, Economy & Investments, Politics

The Green New Deal Is Wrong for America

First they came for your wallet. Now Democrats want your car and your hamburgers — making summer cookouts a thing of the past.
But those aren’t the only liberties the left wants to abolish in the name of fighting climate change. Radical liberals led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., also want to minimize air travel. It’s all outlined in their Green New Deal, a proposal to fend off a supposed climate apocalypse.

Never mind that China, the world’s largest polluter, emits more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the U.S. and the EU combined or that the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and China are dumping more plastic waste and debris into the ocean than the rest of the planet is. Far-left lawmakers pushing the utopian Green New Deal don’t want to talk about that or the fact that China opens a new coal plant every week on average, illustrating that the Green New Deal isn’t really about protecting Mother Earth from the effects of climate change; it’s about giving Democrats and big-government socialists control over the entire U.S. economy — and our lives.

It’s a massive power grab under the guise of curtailing the alleged “cataclysmic” effects of climate change — a pseudoscience that is far from settled.

Many esteemed climatologists and meteorologists, including MIT professor emeritus Richard Lindzen, have opposed the hysteria surrounding climate change. They say the earth is entering a cooling phase and warn that enviro-alarmists shouldn’t overestimate carbon dioxide’s effects on the atmosphere. In a 2015 interview on my Boston Herald Radio show, Lindzen told me, “Not only has there been a hiatus in temperature increase, but we have fewer hurricanes than we traditionally have.”

When I asked about reports that sea levels were rising, he explained that they’ve “been rising since the end of the last ice age, at a fairly slow rate. That’s normal. And it was going on long before industrialization.” And when it comes to alarmist proclamations that we must reduce our carbon footprint or risk seeing the world come to an end, Lindzen said, “Climate scientists, until this latest hysteria, used to refer to warm periods, which was most of the earth’s history, as being climate optima. It has nothing to do with decarbonizing. We need carbon dioxide; it is essential to life on earth. And we don’t have any known replacement at the moment.”

Given that there are conflicting data on climate change, it’s unfathomable that any rational human, much less a lawmaker, would want to destroy the U.S. economy and the millions of jobs that go with it by supporting the infantile Green New Deal.

It’s also worth noting that even if there is catastrophic man-made climate change happening and America reduced its carbon footprint to zero — an impossible task in a modern industrialized economy — radical lawmakers still wouldn’t eliminate climate change, with China and the rest of the world polluting the atmosphere and oceans ad nauseam.
That’s all the more reason Americans should refuse to hand their cars, barbecues and airplane tickets — our entire way of life — over to a 29-year-old congresswoman with “big ideas.”
Just because an idea is “big” doesn’t make it good.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Courts, Issues, Politics

Covington Kids to Sue Activist Nathan Phillips

Lawyers for Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann-the student raked over the coals during the March for Life-will be suing Native American activist Nathan Phillips for his role in the Left wing smear campaign. Sandmann’s attorney L. Lin Wood explained Phillips’ “lies and false accusations” against Sandmann et al. are “well documented.” Wood tweeted that: “While it is true that civil lawsuits are about money damages (1) for injury done & (2) to punish and deter, they also reveal the truth. The sworn deposition testimony of Nathan Phillips will prove invaluable in obtaining justice for Nick Sandmann. And it will be one of many.” Holding Left wing bomb throwers-and their media counterparts-acceptable is long overdue.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Lawyers for Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann intend to sue the Native American activist who got the ball rolling on the agenda-driven smear campaign against their client and the rest of the Covington boys.

L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta-based attorney who specializes in aggressive defamation suits against the media, told LifeSiteNews on Friday that Nathan Phillips’ “lies and false accusations” against Sandmann and the other Covington students are “well documented” and he will be sued. He confirmed to PJ Media on Twitter Wednesday that he intends to sue Phillips.

Wood explained in a tweet last week that a sworn deposition from Phillips would “prove invaluable in obtaining justice” for his client.

 

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Economy & Investments, Politics

Panera Gives up its Socialist Experiments

On February 15, Panera Bread will close its last “Panera Cares” restaurant located in Boston after concluding that the “pay what you want” model is not sustainable. The first such socialist storefront was opened in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2010, which offered “free” meals but suggested a donation “price.” “In many ways, this whole experiment is ultimately a test of humanity,” Panera founder Ron Shaich said in a TEDx talk later that same year. “Would people pay for it? Would people come in and value it?” Read more…

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Panera Bread has shuttered the last of its ideologically driven “pay what you want” restaurants. The socialist-tinged ventures were called “Panera Cares” and the higher-ups have finally figured out that “caring” is not synonymous with “viable business model.” On February 15, the final Panera Cares, located in Boston, will close.

The website Eater gives Panera Cares’ history and provides the company’s motivation behind the now-defunct mission:

The chain opened its first donation-based community cafe in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2010. Under the model championed by the company’s founder Ron Shaich, the restaurant operated like a typical Panera, but offered meals at a suggested donation price, with the goal of raising awareness about food insecurity. “In many ways, this whole experiment is ultimately a test of humanity,” Shaich said in a TEDx talk later that year. “Would people pay for it? Would people come in and value it?” It appears the answer is a resounding no.

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Ilhan Omar’s Anti-Semitism Apology Backfires

Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) apologized for promoting anti-Semitic beliefs and conspiracies over the weekend but could not resist playing the victim card and doubling down on her accusations. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize. At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry.” Read more…

Here’s more form The Daily Wire…

Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tried to apologize for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories over the weekend in a statement released on Monday and ended up promoting her anti-Semitic views even more.

Omar painted herself as a victim of attacks over her “identity,” and continued to espouse false anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about AIPAC giving money to members of Congress as she also tried to score political points.

“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Omar wrote. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry,” Omar continued. “It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.”

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Warren Announces Run for President against “Rigged” System

Just four weeks after launching her presidential “exploratory committee,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made her bid official. She used the occasion to slam the “system” as “rigged by the wealthy and the well connected.” She went on to blast “the man in the White House” as “the latest and most extreme symptom of what’s gone wrong in America.” Aside from Trump as the symbol of what’s wrong in American politics, she made sure to call out the economic struggle of “families of color,” slam “the 1%,” and discuss the “Middle Class Squeeze.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) officially announced that she is running for president in 2020. Warren’s declaration comes more than four weeks after the formation of her presidential “exploratory committee.”

During her speech in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Warren stated that the “system” has been “rigged by the wealthy and the well-connected,” and that “the man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken,” but “the latest and most extreme symptom of what’s gone wrong in America.”

Here are seven key quotes from Warren’s speech, which focused heavily on wealth inequality:

Trump

So, once he’s gone, we can’t pretend that none of this ever happened. It won’t be enough to just undo the terrible acts of this administration. We can’t afford just to tinker around the edges — a tax credit here, a regulation there — our fight is for big, structural change.

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Big govt, Politics

Trump Has Accomplished Much in 2 Years

Don’t let Democrats fool you; the state of the union is strong.

If you watched President Donald Trump deliver his annual State of the Union address this week, you can see why the left and its mouthpieces in media lob nonstop insults against him and trash-talk his administration. It’s to create a lot of noise and political theater to distract voters from Trump’s many achievements since settling in at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

In just two short years, the president’s pro-growth economic policies have created 5.3 million new jobs, ushering in historically low unemployment for women, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Latinos. But those aren’t the only ones benefiting from Trump’s bold leadership. Unemployment for Americans with disabilities and unemployment for veterans have also reached all-time lows.

Today in America, 157 million people are working — more than at any time in our nation’s history — providing economic prosperity across demographics, especially for women, who are occupying 58 percent of new jobs.
Despite the left’s vacuous talking points that the Democratic Party is the “party of women” and that it’s the party that champions minorities, it’s actually Republican-driven policies that have delivered results. No surprise that in the past 24 months, the current administration has been able to lift nearly 5 million Americans off food stamps while doubling the child tax credit.

But that’s not all. Under the Trump administration, wages are up. The gross domestic product is robust, at 3 percent growth, and manufacturing jobs are back with a vengeance. The growth of manufacturing jobs is 714 percent higher than it was under the Obama administration — despite Barack Obama’s telling a steelworker union official during a 2016 town hall in Elkhart, Indiana, that some jobs “are just not going to come back” and then questioning at a campaign event whether then-candidate Trump had a magic wand to bring those jobs back. Turns out we didn’t need any fairy dust after all. Voters just needed to elect a jobs president such as Donald Trump, whose historic tax cuts and regulatory, trade and tariff reforms were the secret sauce in creating 600,000 manufacturing jobs in the past two years, revitalizing this withering sector.

And then there’s our nation’s energy renaissance. For the first time ever, the United States is the No. 1 energy producer in the world. We’re a net exporter of energy, making us significantly less dependent on oil-producing nations — such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela — that don’t share our values.

With health care, President Trump eliminated the unpopular Obamacare mandate penalty and led the passage of right-to-try legislation for critically ill patients while lowering the cost of prescription drugs. For context, last year drug prices had the single biggest decline in 46 years, benefiting our senior population most directly.

On the foreign policy front, the current administration has decimated the Islamic State’s deadly caliphate, withdrawn from the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal and delivered on a long-standing promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. President Trump has also succeeded in getting many allied NATO nations to pay their fair share in military defense — an estimated $100 billion — benefiting U.S. taxpayers. No prior administration had the chutzpah to do that.

And when it comes to criminal justice reform, the current administration passed once-in-a-generation legislation allowing for fairer sentencing of some drug offenders and giving many nonviolent drug offenders, who are disproportionately black, a second chance.

With immigration, Trump is working night and day to secure our porous southern border from drug cartels, sex traffickers and other dangerous actors to keep the homeland safe. Obstructionist Democrats would rather open dozens of investigations against the president and his family than stop thugs and drugs from entering our communities.

But nothing got more applause during the president’s second State of the Union address than his vow to protect our nation’s founding principles of liberty and self-determination.

The president said: “Here in the United States, we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence and not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.”

That’s assurance to America that despite the noise in Washington, under a Republican administration, liberty and opportunity will survive another day.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Big govt, Courts, Issues, Politics

It Gets Worse for Virginia Democrats

From blackface Halloween costumes sported by Governor Ralph Northam in 1984 to sexual assault allegations against Democrat Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, the Left is eating its own in the commonwealth of Virginia. The latest report in this saga reveals that a fourth Democrat has now been caught up in this: Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), who apparently knew about the allegations against Fairfax for more than a year but did nothing. What should really scare the Left, though, is that Fairfax’s accuser has not only submitted a detailed statement about the alleged 2004 assault at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, but she has also retained the legal services of Katz, Marshall, and Banks, the same law firm used by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The series of scandals that have brought Virginia Democrats to their knees over the last week worsened after a new bombshell report was released on Wednesday night that alleges a Democratic lawmaker knew about the sexual assault allegations against Democrat Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax for over a year.

ABC News reports that Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) was made aware of the allegations directly from Fairfax’s accuser, Dr. Vanessa Tyson, “who on Wednesday released a statement detailing the alleged 2004 assault, which took place at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.”

“Allegations of sexual assault need to be taken seriously,” Scott said in a statement to ABC News. “I have known Professor Tyson for approximately a decade and she is a friend. She deserves the opportunity to have her story heard.”

Aides to Scott told ABC News that Tyson told Scott on October 20, 2017 that she was “not a fan” of Fairfax, who at the time was a candidate for Virginia Lieutenant Governor.

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Trump Blasts Northam: “He Would Execute a Baby After Birth”

President Trump used his State of the Union Address on Tuesday to draw the nation’s attention with no media filter to Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) and his recent remarks supporting infanticide. “There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days…These are living, feeling, beautiful babies, who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world.” Read more…

Here’s more from PJ Media…

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump blasted Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) for his remarks on infanticide. First, however, he hit Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) for his radical abortion bill.

“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days,” the president declared. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies, who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world.”

“And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia, where he stated he would execute a baby after birth,” Trump added, referencing Ralph Northam, who is also facing controversy over a racist photo from 1984.

Northam described the result of a failed late-term abortion when the baby has survived.

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Big govt, Economy & Investments, Politics

AOC’s “Green New Deal” Spends Us Back to the Stone Age

Democratic socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) doesn’t merely dislike facts. She also dislikes fiscal sanity, which will cost taxpayers to the tune of $7 TRILLION if her “Green New Deal” is not stopped. The 29-year-old former bartender is calling for “national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II” to bring about “the country’s near-total economic transformation” in “approximately ten years.” Part of the deal includes eliminating ALL fossil-fuel powered electricity and ALL gas-powered cars. In addition, the plan promises a job for every American. Memo to AOC: socialism has been tried…time and again. It has failed. History is a curious thing, isn’t it?

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

To Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, everything oughta be free. Health care — free. College — free. Heck, the federal government oughta’ give everybody a job, too, and a pile of free money to boot, according to the New York democratic socialist.

Ocasio-Cortez has put forward a draft proposal for a massive government program she calls the “Green New Deal” (yes, she’s right up there with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who created the “New Deal” during the Depression). And now we’re finding out the price tag for the program: $7 trillion.

The 29-year-old former bartender, who has been a House member for one month, told fellow representatives in a letter that her plan calls for a “national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II,” Fox News reports.

“Next week, we plan to release a resolution that outlines the scope and scale of the Green New Deal,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the letter, adding that the country’s near-total economic transformation should take approximately ten years.

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