Jordan Candler / Mar. 17, 2021

Wednesday Executive News Summary

Biden’s LBJ-esque binge, U.S. perception of China, illegal immigration surge, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • What could possibly go wrong? Spendthrift Biden plans biggest binge since Lyndon B. Johnson (Examiner)

“Biden’s domestic spending proposals are bigger than LBJ’s and even less affordable. Under LBJ, federal debt was less than 40% of GDP and falling, but now, it is over 100% and rising dangerously even before infrastructure spending.” —Cato Institute’s Chris Edwards

  • ChiCom Virus begets new high in perceptions of China as U.S.‘s greatest enemy — as it should (Gallup)

“Forty-five percent of Americans now say China is the greatest enemy of the U.S., more than double the percentage who said so in 2020. That year, Americans were equally as likely to say either China or Russia was the U.S.’s greatest enemy. The current shift coincided with a period when the global economy and human activity were severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China.”

On a related note: “China-backed Confucius Institute rebrands to avoid scrutiny.” —Free Beacon

National Security

  • DHS says illegal crossings are on pace to hit 20-year high (Daily Caller), but President Joe “Open Border” Biden says he has no plans to travel to the southern border (Fox News)

  • These deaths are on Biden’s hands: Eight illegals killed in another horrific car crash near Mexican border (Disrn)

  • FBI: Christmas bomber in Nashville was driven by paranoia and acted alone (Disrn)

Business & Economy

  • Blue states move to tax PPP loans, collect millions from small businesses that were (and still are) unfairly hamstrung by shutdown-happy Democrats (Just the News)

  • Quid pro quo: Of the top 20 states getting “COVID” bailout money, 13 voted for Biden (FEE)

  • Retail sales suffer big chill in February amid stormy weather (NPR)

Culture & Heartland

  • Eight killed in metro Atlanta spa shooting spree (AJC)

  • And oh, by the way, two New York black teens set mentally ill white man on fire (Daily Wire)

  • Grammy ratings hit lowest of low: Only 8.8 million tune in vs. 19 million last year (Daily Wire)

  • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam restores voting rights for 69,000 Democrat-leaning ex-felons (Axios)

Other Notables

  • Senate confirms Isabel Guzman to lead Small Business Administration (Axios)

  • Grab the popcorn: Biden to hold first press conference March 25 (Fox News)

  • Biden — whose party barely holds Congress — supports changing filibuster rules in Senate (Fox News)

“Non Compos Mentis” Headline Award

  • “Hiking has a diversity problem. These BIPOC groups are working to fix it.” —Los Angeles Times

Faith in Humanity

  • Substitute teacher living in his car is blessed by former student with $27,000 check (Disrn)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: America and Brexit Britain: Time for an economic alliance? (Heritage Foundation)

  • Policy: The U.S.-Chinese rivalry is a battle over values (Foreign Affairs)

  • Humor: Biden announces Americans will be able to do what they did at Christmas by July 4 (The Onion)

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