Mid-Day Digest

Jun. 13, 2018

THE FOUNDATION

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • The Republican economy has small businesses nearly as optimistic as ever.
  • Seattle City Council reverses its redistribution scheme.
  • Yes, Snopes, California water restrictions will affect showers and laundry.
  • The Trump/Sessions immigration crackdown is strategic.
  • Why Germany and Canada deserved the G7 smackdown.
  • Leftists contort definitions so as to expand victim classes and, thus, their power.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

Small Business Optimism Through the Roof

Thomas Gallatin

Thanks to President Donald Trump’s aggressive agenda of cutting onerous regulations coupled with the passage of the GOP tax cuts — which not a single Democrat voted for — the U.S. economy has blasted out of the eight-year doldrums that Barack Obama once labeled the “new normal.” The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) noted that, this past May, optimism among small businesses hit the second-highest level ever recorded, just shy of the record set in 1983. And who was president in 1983?

The NFIB gave credit for the optimism primarily to Republican tax reform, writing, “The new tax code is returning money to the private sector where history makes clear it will be better invested than by a government bureaucracy.” But it also pointed to Trump’s policies, noting, “Regulatory costs, as significant as taxes, are being reduced.” NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg explained just how well small business is doing: “Small business owners are continuing an 18-month streak of unprecedented optimism, which is leading to more hiring and raising wages. While they continue to face challenges in hiring qualified workers, they now have more resources to commit to attracting candidates.” NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan added, “Main Street optimism is on a stratospheric trajectory thanks to recent tax cuts and regulatory changes. For years, owners have continuously signaled that when taxes and regulations ease, earnings and employee compensation increase.”

Meanwhile, Democrats and leftists can only see negatives. Nancy Pelosi continues to decry the Republican tax cuts as bad for America and pledges to roll them back if Democrats regain control of Congress. And yet, the government isn’t hurting for tax revenue — the Fed just collected a record high in individual income taxes through May. Do Democrats really believe that Americans are longing for the years of next-to-no growth in the overly regulated Obama economy?

And then there’s #Resistance leader Bill Maher, who acknowledges the fact that the economy is doing great but whose leftist desire for greater government control over the lives of citizens trumps any joy he has for the growing economy. In fact, he’d rather Americans suffer under a bad economy if it gets the Left back into power. For leftists like Pelosi and Maher, the real issue is one of power.

It would seem that Trump and Republicans have been the ones listening to Americans, while Democrats and leftists are focused solely on preaching their socialist ideology, irrespective of reality or the Constitution.

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Seattle’s Redistribution Scheme Reversed

Nate Jackson

In May, the Seattle City Council class warriors unanimously enacted a head tax — a $275 penalty for each full-time employee of a company earning annual revenue of at least $20 million. Yet in the face of stiff opposition, the council reversed course Tuesday, dropping the tax in a 7-2 vote.

Some 600 Seattle employers would have been hit by the tax, which was supposed to fund income redistribution to address the city’s homeless crisis. Amazon and Starbucks led the charge to oppose it because, obviously, the tax would destroy jobs. (It’s worth noting that homeless people are generally jobless.) Amazon even halted construction on a new office tower in downtown Seattle. While Amazon’s billionaire chief, Jeff Bezos, is no friend of Liberty, he got this one right — even if he is a hypocrite. The final straw was likely Monday’s announcement that a business-supported group called No Tax on Jobs had already gained enough signatures to challenge the tax on the November ballot.

Kshama Sawant, the socialist council member who pushed the tax in the first place, lamented, “I have a news flash for council members who capitulated to this in lightning speed: This was never going to be easy in the face of mass corporate misinformation. It’s a complete betrayal of working people.” Actually, the real economic fact is that repeal will save a lot of Seattle jobs.

Mayor Jenny Durkan and the members of the council who reversed course didn’t exactly admit they were wrong, though. “It is clear that the ordinance will lead to a prolonged, expensive political fight over the next five months that will do nothing to tackle our urgent housing and homelessness crisis,” their statement said. “We heard you … [and will] repeal the current tax on large businesses to address the homelessness crisis.”

In other words, you selfish jerks are ruining our redistribution scheme. But don’t worry; Seattle’s socialists will come up with another plan to confiscate money.

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Snopes Deceives Again With CA Water Rationing ‘Fact-Check’

Jordan Candler

California is home to 40 million residents. This enormous population is the partial underlying of a big problem: The state needs water. So much so that Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown has implemented measures to significantly curb water usage. But a large population is only the half of it. Despite periodic droughts and an influx of residents (legal and illegal), California has rejected policies that would alleviate its water needs.

In 2015, historian and California native Victor Davis Hanson noted, “It is ironic to encourage millions of newcomers to settle in the state without first making commensurately liberal investments for them in water supplies and infrastructure. Sharp rises in population still would not have mattered much had state authorities just followed their forbearers’ advice to continually increase water storage.” Furthermore, he wrote, “They would never have envisioned in a state of 40 million using the reservoirs in a drought to release water year-round for environmental objectives such as aiding the delta smelt or reintroducing salmon in the San Joaquin River watershed.”

Now the chickens are coming home to roost, and California residents are the ones suffering. Thanks to Gov. Brown, “There is a daily per-person 55-gallon limit ratcheting down to 50 gallons over the course of a decade, fines will be imposed upon violation, and, for at least some users, a reasonable-length shower and running the wash will put them over,” Inez Feltscher Stepman reports.

These limitations would have the effect of making showering and doing laundry on the same day unattainable for some people — an observation that elicited false rebuttals from the usual suspects, including from the “fact-checker” website Snopes, which stated: “The laws do not render it illegal for Californians to do laundry and take showers on the same day.” Well, duh. The law doesn’t explicitly prohibit showers and laundry, but in some cases that will be the inevitable outcome.

Snopes is conflating literal vs. figurative language here just like it did when it asserted that a California pro-LGBT assembly bill “does not seek to outlaw all religious or moral instruction regarding sexuality and sexual orientation, nor would it ban the sale or possession of generic religious texts such as the Bible.” Memo to Snopes: Read between the lines. Otherwise, stop pretending to be a fact-checker.

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Top Headlines

  • Feds collect record individual income taxes through May; still run $532.2B deficit (CNS News)
  • Charitable giving in U.S. tops $400 billion for first time (Associated Press)
  • Proposal to split California into three states makes November ballot (The Washington Times)
  • In primary races, Republican voters rewarded loyalty to Trump (The Wall Street Journal)
  • House GOP will vote on immigration next week, sinking discharge petition (The Hill)
  • Trump administration condemns Iran’s role in facilitating 9/11 attacks (The Washington Free Beacon)
  • DOJ takes down 2,300 alleged child sex abusers in massive national operation (The Daily Caller)
  • Juanita Broaddrick book about Clinton rape disappears from Amazon (PJ Media)
  • “Not in my backyard”: Blue state rejects free electricity to avoid seeing a wind farm (Hot Air)
  • Humor: House Democrats draft legislation that would make it a hate crime to eat at Chick-fil-A (The Babylon Bee)
  • Policy: Suspending military exercises in South Korea carries risks (The Daily Signal)
  • Policy: Subsidies for coal and nuclear will harm taxpayers, ratepayers, and the free market (Washington Examiner)

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TODAY’S MEME

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TODAY’S CARTOON

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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer: “Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) are pushing a resolution that would prevent the president from launching a preemptive strike on North Korea. But tying the president’s hands only strengthens Kim Jong-un. House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi trashed the Singapore summit. In a statement, she said, ‘In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime’s status quo.”'Pelosi went on to blast the president for his 'marginalization of the vast expertise of the State Department’ and suggested that Trump is ‘hindering a lasting, stable pathway to peace.’ Sorry, Nancy, but the ‘vast expertise of the State Department’ did very little to solve this problem over the past 20 years. Pelosi’s criticism about elevating Kim is being echoed by top Obama officials and many left-wing media outlets. The senior editor of The Atlantic labeled the summit ‘Kim Jong Un’s Propaganda Victory,’ adding that it ‘seemed to normalize Kim on the world stage.’ Well, what’s the alternative? Is the Left now arguing for war or regime change? This is coming from the same left-wing media that praised Barack Obama in 2008 for promising to meet with Iran and North Korea ‘without preconditions.’ While Obama ignored North Korea, he did negotiate with Iran — even as it was repeatedly threatening a second Holocaust by annihilating the state of Israel.“

SHORT CUTS

Insight: "Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.” —François Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Let’s not jump the gun: “Just landed — a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” —Donald Trump

Broken clock… “My message to De Niro, Maher and all the other Trump-loathing stars is this: you can hate the President all you like, but if your hatred means you’d rather see America sucked into war or financial ruin than to see him succeed, then YOU’RE the problem — not him. And shame on you.” —Piers Morgan

Caution, comrades: “I would caution my own party about leaping at impeachment. I think that what we need to look at is governing and making good things happen for our country. We don’t even know what, if anything, the special counsel will find or where we’ll be. We shouldn’t be talking about impeachment. We ought to be talking about what is the agenda is for the American people.” —John Kerry

Braying Jenny: “The Republican Party is morally reprehensible. They want to gut Medicare, rob children of their health insurance, and are currently hoping you are too distracted by what the President is tweeting about to notice they’re trying to undo protections for more than 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.” —Nancy Pelosi

Non Compos Mentis: “Just wait till [Internet service providers] start collaborating with the politicians to slow down vote registration websites to suppress peoples [sic] right to vote. The survival of #NetNeutrality is up to you this November.” —anti-gun charlatan and political aspirant David Hogg

And last… “‘We’re giving North Korea a publicity win!’ —same folks who clapped wildly when our VP got side-eye from its director of propaganda.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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