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Warren Declares Your Taxes Should Pay for Inmate Trans-Surgery

Elizabeth Warren is pulling ahead in the Democratic primary polls. To some, she is the frontrunner.

That’s pretty sad, if you think about it. A woman who has a tarnished reputation for saying she was Native American is the left’s “best” chance at beating Trump.

But somehow she just topped that.

She appeared at a special CNN town hall last night. Right as Trump spoke to thousands in Minneapolis, CNN was bombarding their viewers (whoever is left) with this kind of nonsense.

Warren wanted all the sheep watching to know just how progressive she was. How progressive is she? Read more…

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Green New Deal Backers Need to Practice What They Preach

With Democrats pushing to implement the radical Green New Deal to allegedly “save the planet” from extinction, Americans should demand that every politician who backs it sign a pledge to dramatically reduce their own carbon footprint and live by the same rules and standards they want foisted upon the rest of us.
That means Bernie Sanders and his wealthy liberal comrades who rail against fossil fuels will vow to never fly on a private jet again — or set foot on a gas-guzzling yacht. Climate alarmists will no longer be permitted to own multiple homes either, as all of the above contributes to man-made global warming, that nasty carbon Democrats insist is destroying Mother Earth.
Every Democrat pushing the highly intrusive and costly Green New Deal — estimated to cost at least 93 trillion — should be leading by example and channeling Henry David Thoreau’s days living at Walden Pond and commit to living in one very small, sustainable home. Liberals must also give up their cars, boats, lawnmowers and any other vehicle that uses fossil fuels, given that’s an industry they’ve pledged to eviscerate.
Given the urgency behind their claims that the world’s coming to an end in a decade if we don’t act quickly to combat climate change, politicians and all those asking Americans to make major sacrifices — and leave millions of jobs across industries that the Green New Deal will decimate — should walk the walk and stop all travel, opting to use video conferencing instead.
If their far-fetched prophecy is correct — that a climate apocalypse is fast approaching — not a just scam to justify a massive government takeover of nearly every aspect of our lives, then why wait?
Democrats should be dramatically curbing their own carbon footprint and practicing what they preach without delay.
That means proponents of the Green New Deal must forgo owning beach houses or vacationing by the ocean, because they insist sea levels are rising at an alarming rate. If that’s true and massive floods are headed our way, as well as tropical storms, cyclones, hurricanes and other natural disasters, then they shouldn’t being living anywhere near the ocean.
That means former President Barack Obama can’t buy that $15 million manse on Martha’s Vineyard he’s reportedly eyeing. Same with former Secretary of State John Kerry, who currently owns a seaside estate, as do many other “beautiful people” across the country who sound the alarm about the devastating effects of climate change.
How are they magically immune to its harmful effects?
Democrats who want to control our thermostats, take away our cars and tell us how to live — while decimating over 10 million jobs in the U.S. oil & gas industry alone  — should also give up their wine cellars and memberships.
After all, importing one’s favorite malbec from Argentina, sauvignon blanc from New Zealand and wines from other faraway places emits detrimental carbon via long-distance transportation. Shouldn’t liberals who pound the table over climate change be shopping locally and significantly reducing their own consumption of food, products, goods and services that have an associated environmental cost?
Yes and yes.
Green New Deal backers, including co-sponsor Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., should also pledge to not have any children, as humans emit carbon and produce a lifetime of waste these alarmists insist are polluting oceans and the environment. With Armageddon coming in just a few short years — so they say — how can they justify having a family?
And while we’re at it, perhaps voters should also insist politicians no longer celebrate birthdays or holidays because gift giving uses energy to produce and transport.
Right now, throughout the nation, there are liberals and eco activists demanding bans on plastic straws, plastic bags, bottled water and other single-use disposable products. Shouldn’t these folks who are dictating to the masses what we can and cannot buy be pledging to never to use those products themselves?
Or own stock in any company that produces goods and services detrimental to the environment?
Here’s the deal: Americans are fools if they allow any politician or power grabber in Washington to take away their freedom, their car, their boat and even their hamburger, and uproot their entire way of life with radical environmental policies while polluting the environment at will. That type of egregious double standard shouldn’t be tolerated, as it creates massive social injustice and inequality, where elites are living like aristocrats and the little people sacrifice.
Not a scenario any self-respecting American should accept.
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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Warren Wants to Tax Us Out of Our 2A

Forget death by bureaucratic red tape. 2020 top Democratic contender Elizabeth Warren (MA) has another fate planned for Americans’ gun rights: death by tax. Attending a Gun Safety Forum in Des Moines, Iowa (organized by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety), Warren promised to raise taxes on firearms and ammo purchased by 30 percent and 50 percent respectively. And that’s in addition to banning scary-looking “assault-style” weapons and establishing a gun ownership database vis – vis mandatory licensing. Read more…

Here’s more from PJ Media…

“The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

-John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential contender Liz Warren wants to tax us gun owners back to the Stone Age, as a part of her radical gun control agenda, revealed this weekend.

If elected, Warren promises to raise taxes on firearms and ammo purchases by 30% and 50%, respectively. That’s on top of her plan for federal licensing for gun ownership — presumably with a federal database of who owns what — expanded background checks, and a renewed ban on “assault-style” weapons.

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Trump Proposes to Close Food Stamp “Loophole”

President Trump is threatening to close a loophole in food stamp rules, which Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue argues is being intentionally misused by states to “effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines.” According to Fox News, federal policy allows those who receive benefits through other programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), to automatically qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits despite current guidelines that would otherwise cut off prospective recipients making more than 130 percent of the poverty level. Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

A proposed rule change for the food-stamp program, outlined this past week by the Agriculture Department, has highlighted the ideological clash between President Trump’s attempts to tighten government entitlement programs and efforts in some states to widen the social safety net.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the proposed rule change was intended to close a “loophole” that states have misused to “effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines.”

Current federal guidelines have forbidden people making more than 130 percent of the poverty level from getting aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). However, officials in many states have said the cap was too restrictive, especially in cities with a high cost of living, prompting them to bypass the limits.

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Big govt, Courts, Economy & Investments, Politics

DOJ Tells Court That Obamacare is Unconstitutional

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) informed a federal appeals court on Monday that President Trump’s repeal of the individual Obamacare mandate has made the entire law unconstitutional, and accordingly the entire thing should be nixed. This fight boils down to the issue of severability or to what degree lawful parts of a law can be upheld following the removal of unconstitutional parts of it. Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida has already put forth that the unlawful individual mandate cannot be severed from the remaining portions of the Affordable Care Act and so has the state of Texas. Congress, too, has already found that the individual mandate is key to making the entire Obamacare system function based on that mandatory coverage or financial punishment of those willing to go without coverage. The Obama administration itself called the individual mandate a “linchpin” to the entire system. Read more…

Here’s more form Breitbart…

The Trump-Barr Department of Justice (DOJ) informed a federal appeals court on Monday that it agrees with Texas and the other states suing over Obamacare that President Donald Trump’s repealing of the individual mandate renders the entire law unconstitutional, and therefore should be struck down in its entirety.

This all turns on the legal doctrine of severability. Much of the time when a statute is unconstitutional it is actually only partially unconstitutional. Typically a court will strike down that part of the law, but sever it from the rest of the statute and uphold the remainder.

Pundits who have never studied or litigated severability will surely show up on television now posing as experts, and criticizing DOJ’s position. But writing as a former law school faculty member who authored the largest academic work on severability doctrine ever published, permit me to describe the argument and why it should be taken seriously.

 

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Millennials Face 1 Trillion in Student Loan Debt

Adults ages 19 to 29 are facing $1 trillion in debt, and most of it is student loans. According to the New York Federal Reserve Consumer Debt Panel, it is the highest debt in this demographic since 2007. Fortune reports that student loan debt has exploded 102 percent since 2009. It is affecting everything from marriage to mortgages to consumer spending. For comparison, overall consumer debt is at a record $13.5 trillion. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Young Americans are facing the highest debt levels in more than ten years, adding up to $1 trillion among 19 to 29-year-olds at the end of 2018.

That debt is the highest in the youngest adult group since 2007, according to the New York Federal Reserve Consumer Debt Panel.

The majority of that debt for these Millennials is student loans.

Fortune Magazine reported on the debt and explained how it is impacting spending habits of this demographic based on a University of Michigan survey released last week.

Younger adults— those under age 35—have reduced their spending compared with previous generations possibly because of weakened job prospects, delayed marriage, and educational debt.

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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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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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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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Harris Under Fire for Plan to Abolish Private Health Care Plans

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), who announced her presidential candidacy this past weekend, has already found herself in controversy after calling for the abolition of private health care plans in favor of “Medicare for All.” Although the Left wing is increasingly calling for unaffordable, single-payer health care, the episode is nonetheless reminiscent of the lies former President Barack Obama spun along the lines of “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” which was key to Congress shoving ObamaCare down Americans’ throats. In short, Kamala’s plan can be dubbed Obamacare 2.0.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., came under fire on Tuesday for calling for private health care plans to be abolished — the latest plank is what is becoming an increasingly left-wing platform from the California Democrat.

Harris, who announced her 2020 bid for the White House last week, was asked by CNN host Jake Tapper Monday night if people could keep their current health care plan under her “Medicare-for-All” plan. She indicated that people could not, suggesting she wants to move toward a single-payer system rather than a mere expansion of Medicare.

“Well, listen, the idea is that everyone gets access to medical care. And you don’t have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require,” Harris told Tapper.

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