Mid-Day Digest

Apr. 12, 2019

THE FOUNDATION

“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” —John Witherspoon (1776)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

IN BRIEF

Illegal Aliens Get Demo Money — Veterans, Not So Much

Leftists and their policies have increasingly favored noncitizens over citizens, but Democrats in New York may well have set a new low. New York’s Higher Education Committee this week voted against advancing a bipartisan bill that would have provided free college tuition to the families of veterans killed in the line of duty. That’s bad enough, but this was after state lawmakers just last week passed a $175 billion budget that included $27 million in tuition aid to children of illegal aliens. By contrast, a few hundred thousand dollars will not be added to the existing program for 145 vets’ kids, which currently costs just $2.7 million — a mere tenth of the tuition aid that the state’s illegals will receive.

Several Republican lawmakers weren’t happy, and they blasted their Democrat counterparts. Assemblyman Gary Finch may have said it best: “It’s disgraceful. Soldiers who lay down their lives and make the ultimate sacrifice represent the best of us. The children they love so dearly deserve access to the opportunity and promise that is the hallmark of this country. I can’t imagine what’s in your heart when you vote ‘no’ on a bill like this.”

Republican Assemblyman Will Barclay, one of the bill’s cosponsors, surmised that partisanship was the real reason behind the Democrats’ “no” vote. “We get so caught up in majority and minority issues here, we can’t see the forest through the trees,” he said, adding, “I don’t know how they don’t justify this.”

Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D), who chairs the committee and voted against the bill, claimed that concerns over the budget weighed against expanding the veteran tuition-aid program. But state Sen. Robert Ortt (R) wasn’t buying it: “Assemblywoman Glick should be ashamed of herself. We set aside $27 million for college for people that are here illegally. … Apparently $2.7 million is all that the families of soldiers who are killed get. If you’re a child of a fallen soldier, you do not rank as high and you know that by the money.”

Indeed, “Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value” is a common refrain used by Joe Biden and other free-spending leftists, and it tells us all we need to know about “progressive” values. It would’ve been one thing if Democrats had refused to fund either program, as their fiscal concerns would’ve at least been believable. But giving handouts to those who aren’t even here legally while stiffing the children of Patriots who’ve given their lives for this great nation is simply despicable.

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Dems Play the Victim While Making Light of 9/11

This past week provided a perfect example of leftists’ inability to argue the merits of an issue. All they do when challenged is cry oppression and racism.

On Tuesday, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) called out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her demonstrably false statements regarding the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Crenshaw wrote, “First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something.’ Unbelievable.”

Though virtually all Crenshaw did was quote her, Omar responded by playing the victim, claiming that Crenshaw’s comments were “dangerous incitement, given the death threats I face. I hope leaders of both parties will join me in condemning it.” She then added, “My love and commitment to our country and that of my colleagues should never be in question. We are All Americans.”

But Crenshaw was having none of it, replying, “1. I never called you un-American. 2. I did not incite any violence against you. 3. You described an act of terrorism on American soil that killed thousands of innocent lives as ‘some people did something.’ It’s still unbelievable, as is your response here.”

Then America’s favorite socialist, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), jumped to defend her fellow leftist, only to further expose her own profound ignorance by attacking Crenshaw, asking why he hasn’t done anything about terrorism. AOC then ridiculously asserted that Crenshaw’s criticism of Omar was “an incitement of violence against progressive women of color.”

First, the notion that Crenshaw has not done anything about 9/11 terrorism is flat-out absurd. Memo to AOC: There’s a reason he wears that eye patch, and it’s not because he’s trying to look like a pirate. He is a Navy SEAL, a decorated war hero who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and lost his eye while fighting jihadis in league with those who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks.

Second, calling out someone for their false, misleading, and offensive remarks is not an “incitement to violence.” To suggest such a thing is utterly despicable and logically indefensible. But this is what identity politics breeds — entitled narcissists who cry “racism” and “bigotry” whenever their absurdity is challenged and refuted.

That 3,000 Americans were murdered by bloodthirsty radical Islamic terrorists on 9/11 is not merely “some people did something,” and the fact that Omar refuses to recognize this fact is not just offensive but downright appalling. The New York Post editorial board was spot on when writing, “Omar’s cavalier brushing off of the murder of thousands of innocents on 9/11 should shock all Americans, Muslims included.” Even if AOC and Omar think their Melanin Score inoculates them from criticism.

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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • WARREN’S SPREAD-THE-WEALTH SCHEME: “Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has proposed a new tax on the most profitable companies in the U.S. as part of her presidential campaign platform. It’s the latest new tax from Warren, whose proposed levies are estimated to raise $4.1 trillion over 10 years if enacted. Warren says she would use the funds to pay for new housing and universal child care proposals. The new proposal Warren pitched Thursday would tax companies that earn over $100 million per year, which she estimates to number about 1200 currently.” (Washington Examiner)
  • OBAMA COUNSEL INDICTED: “Former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig was indicted Thursday on charges that he made false statements to investigators and concealed information about his work for Ukrainian officials, the Justice Department announced. … He faces up to five years in prison for each of the two charged offenses and will be arraigned at a later date. The former White House counsel was reportedly investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller before the case was referred to the Southern District of New York and then back to prosecutors in Washington, D.C.” (The Hill)
  • INTERIOR DEPARTMENT GETS A NEW CHIEF: “Congress confirmed David Bernhardt as Interior secretary on Thursday… Bernhardt was confirmed … in a 56-41 vote with three Democrats and one Independent breaking ranks to vote for him. … Bernhardt’s confirmation … means he will now oversee about 500 million acres of publicly owned land as well as the energy production on that land and offshore.” (The Hill)
  • VILLAGE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM: “Georgetown University could become the first college in the nation to mandate a fee to benefit descendants of slaves sold by the university nearly 200 years ago… By almost a 2-to-1 margin, students approved the measure, which still must be approved by the university to go into effect. The school’s undergraduates voted Thursday on the referendum, which would increase tuition by $27.20 per semester to create a fund benefiting descendants of the 272 slaves sold to pay off the Georgetown Jesuits’ debt — a move that saved the university financially.” (ABC News)
  • PRO-LIFE VICTORY: “Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) gave a victory to the pro-life movement Thursday by signing one of the strictest pro-life bills in the nation. … The Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act makes it illegal for women to receive abortions after the first heartbeat is detected. … The bill was sent to the governor’s office twice before, but former Gov. John Kasich vetoed the measure both times.” (Townhall)
  • MILITARY ENACTS TRANSGENDER POLICY: “The Pentagon’s new policy that places limits on the military service of transgender individuals goes into effect on Friday, nearly two years after President Donald Trump tweeted that he wanted to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military. The new policy largely requires service members and those wishing to join the military to adhere to the standards associated with their biological sex.” (ABC News)
  • POPE BENEDICT’S CULTURAL DIAGNOSIS: “Former Pope Benedict has blamed the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal on the effects of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, homosexual cliques in seminaries and what he called a general collapse in morality. … The 91-year-old … argued that the sexual revolution had led some to believe pedophilia and pornography were acceptable. He also said that an openly gay culture in some Catholic seminaries meant they had failed to train priests properly.” (Reuters)
  • BDS LEADER REJECTED: “On Thursday, Omar Barghouti, a Qatari-born Palestinian-Arab best known as a co-founder and international leader of the inherently anti-Semitic ‘Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions’ movement that incites economic warfare and sundry other forms of ‘lawfare’ against the world’s only Jewish state, attempted to board a flight from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport to the United States. … But in a stunning move, U.S. immigration authorities did not allow Barghouti, described by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs as ‘a famous Hamas leader in the West Bank,’ to board the U.S.-bound flight.” (The Daily Wire)
  • JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S LEGAL JEOPARDY: “Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration says it has gone to court to try to force Jussie Smollett to pay Chicago back for an alleged hate crime hoax even though Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against the ‘Empire’ actor. The lawsuit, filed late Thursday in Circuit Court, comes after Smollett failed to pony up $130,106 by a deadline imposed by the city to cover the cost of the police overtime hours expended in the investigation into his allegations.” (Chicago Tribune)
  • HUMOR: Scientists recommend reducing the number of Democratic presidential candidates to help fight climate change (The Babylon Bee)
  • POLICY: Why the West should support Iran’s labor movement (The Washington Post)
  • POLICY: Are crazy state liquor laws constitutional? (National Review)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Marc A. Thiessen: “President Trump is 100 percent correct that there is a crisis on our southern border. And he is absolutely right when he says some migrants are abusing our asylum laws. But he is dead wrong when he declares, in what has become his favorite refrain, that ‘Our country is FULL.’ … The trouble is, the United States is not producing enough native-born workers. According to the Economic Innovation Group, 80% of U.S. counties lost prime working-age adults from 2007 through 2017. And the situation is not improving. According to Census Bureau data, our population growth rate for fiscal year 2017-2018 was 0.62% — the lowest since 1937, during the Great Depression. The U.S. population is now growing at less than replacement levels. The decline is driven in large part by millennials, who are marrying and having children at much lower rates than previous generations. It’s ironic. Many millennials want socialism, but they are not producing the future workers and taxpayers needed to pay for it. … So, yes, our shining city on a hill needs walls — because the world is a dangerous place, and we are a nation of laws. But, as President Ronald Reagan put in it his farewell address, those walls must also have doors. And the sign above those doors should read ‘Welcome to America’ — not ‘Sorry, we’re full.’”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “When we reduce people to their politics and we isolate ourselves from interacting with or appreciating anyone who doesn’t march in lockstep with our personal dogma, we will accomplish nothing more than depriving ourselves of encountering some truly extraordinary people that God has gifted with the ability and desire to bless our lives. Why would a sane person ever do that?” —Peter Heck

Food for thought: “When everybody is a white nationalist, nobody is.” —Victor Davis Hanson

For the record: “It is difficult to distinguish [Julian] Assange or WikiLeaks from The Washington Post.” —Washington Post editorial in 2011 … and still true today

Observations: “It’s amazing how the cable TV Left has totally moved past the Barr summary letter to believe once again that the Mueller report, or at least whatever parts of it might be redacted, contains a torpedo for Trump.” —Rich Lowry

Vilifying Barr, part I: “AG Barr admitted he had no evidence to support his claim that spying on the Trump campaign ‘did occur.’ AG Barr must retract his statement immediately or produce specific evidence to back it up. Perpetuating conspiracy theories is beneath the office of the Attorney General.” —Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Vilifying Barr, part II: “The chief law-enforcement officer of our country is going off the rails. … He is the attorney general of the United States of America, not the attorney general of Donald Trump.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Vilifying Barr, part III: “I’m amazed that the attorney general would make that kind of statement. I think it is in many ways disrespectful to the men and women who work in the Justice Department. And it shows, I think, either a lack of understanding or willful ignorance of what goes into a counterintelligence investigation.” —Sen. Mark Warner

Vilifying Barr, part IV: “I was very disappointed in what Attorney General Barr said. … He acted more like a personal lawyer for Donald Trump … rather than the attorney general.” —Ex-CIA Director John Brennan

Vilifying Barr, part V: “I thought [William Barr’s statement on spying] was both stunning and scary. I was amazed at that and rather disappointed that the attorney general would say such a thing.” —Ex-DNI chief James Clapper

Vilifying Barr, part VI: “Barr feels the need to curry favor with Trump and I don’t understand why a man of his standing and reputation would feel the need to kowtow to the president in such a way.” —MSNBC’s Cynthia Alksne

Braying Jenny: “Another telltale sign of dictators is they corrupt the people around them, so that people like Bill Barr, who had a reputation coming in as kind of a lawyer’s lawyer, is now in the position of really shading and pandering, and I would even say misrepresenting the facts. So, he is not acting as the attorney general, but he’s acting as the spinmaster for the president. … So when somebody like Trump gets people who have some competency, but he then corrupts them, he gets them to lie, to mismanage, or to really sort of sow chaos … then you have this perpetual cloud of confusion and misunderstanding.” —Jennifer Rubin

And last… “Eric Swalwell Campaign slogan: I see you. I hear you. I’m for you. I AM you. But if you don’t turn in your guns I’ll nuke you.” —Kyle Kashuv

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