Mid-Day Digest

May 16, 2019

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“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.” —John Adams (1797)

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IN BRIEF

Democrats Lose With Anything but ‘Grace’

“The grace with which she met that defeat on an unfair, unlevel playing field with the secretary of state perhaps rigging, in part, that election … is inspiring stuff at a time that our democracy is so badly broken.” So said Beto O'Rourke, the media darling who lost his bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, about Stacey Abrams, the media darling who lost (and still refuses to concede) her bid to win the Georgia governorship last November.

Except that Abrams has been anything but gracious.

First of all, Abrams founded a nonprofit through which she flooded then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office with incomplete, inaccurate, and outright fraudulent voter applications — only to cry “racism!” and “voter suppression!” when some of those applications were thrown out. And that was before the election. In other words, she seeded the narrative for her loss even before her defeat.

Second, as our Louis DeBroux noted in November, “Democrat Abrams lost her race for governor with more votes (1.9 million) than current Republican Governor Nathan Deal won reelection with in 2014 (1.3 million).” Yet she stubbornly clung to her “voter suppression” narrative, frequently airing her phony grievances since the election. Indeed, she now insists record turnout among minorities only “led to even more of those voters being subjected to voter suppression.”

And Beto calls that “grace”? He does need the 2020 votes from minorities, after all.

That brings us to Abrams’s New York Times op-ed just yesterday, titled “Why I Am Determined to End Voter Suppression.” Spoiler alert: No she’s not; she’s committed to perpetuating and expanding the myth for nationwide political advantage.

She claimed, “My home state, Georgia, for example, suffered a vicious blend of electoral malfeasance, misfeasance and mismanagement during my race for governor last fall. But Georgia is not alone.”

Neither is Abrams alone. Democrats in general are sowing distrust in the American electoral system, all while claiming it is Republicans who are undermining elections. And Dems are pushing numerous rules changes — from dumping the Electoral College to blocking citizenship questions on the census — that would stack the deck in their favor. Meanwhile, people like Elizabeth Warren are telling the American people that “if all the votes are counted, [Democrats will] win every time.”

If this is “grace,” we’d hate to see spiteful, divisive partisan bitterness.

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Democrat-Run Cities Drown in Debt

Truth in Accounting, an organization founded in 2002 “to educate and empower citizens with understandable, reliable, and transparent government financial information,” recently released its report on America’s 10 most populous cities and their corresponding taxpayer burdens. The report notes, “Collectively, taxpayers in these 10 cities face an average combined per-taxpayer burden of nearly $50,000, including county, state, and ‘off-balance-sheet’ city government entities. This compares to a per-taxpayer position of $19,000 for their city government alone.”

Topping the list of cities with the highest taxpayer burden is Chicago, coming in at a whopping $119,119 per taxpayer. New York City is a distant second at $85,600. The rest of the list is as follows:

  • Los Angeles: $56,390
  • Philadelphia: $50,120
  • San Jose: $43,120
  • San Diego: $35,410
  • Dallas: $33,490
  • Houston: $22,940
  • San Antonio: $16,660
  • Phoenix: $13,290

Much of this burden is due to unfunded retirement obligations that have accumulated over a number of years. In Chicago alone, it’s $39 billion in promised retirement benefits, including $28 billion in unfunded pensions, and $842.9 million in unfunded retiree health care benefits. Interestingly but not surprisingly, of these 10 cities only one — San Diego — is not currently run by Democrats. In fact, Chicago last had a Republican mayor way back in 1931. For Philadelphia, it was 1948. In other words, Democrats’ big-government polices are proving to be fiscally untenable and overly burdensome to taxpayers. And that’s to say nothing of the violence and cultural degradation in these urban poverty plantations.

Meanwhile, is it any wonder many people are fleeing these high-tax locales for lower-taxed, fiscally responsible states like Tennessee? In U.S. News & World Report’s new rankings, Tennessee really is, as our Robin Smith wrote three years ago, the “model for America.” In fact, of the top 15 states in the rankings, 12 voted for Donald Trump in 2016. And the top three — Tennessee, Florida, and South Dakota — have no income tax. The general lesson is that spendthrift Democrats lead their cities and states into insurmountable debt, while low-tax Republicans tend to be more fiscally responsible.

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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • ALABAMA ABORTION BILL NOW LAW: “Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed the bill to make abortion a felony in Alabama, the governor’s office announced. … The language in the bill says it will take effect in six months. But the sponsors said their intent was to trigger litigation that could lead to a challenge of abortion rights nationally.” (al.com)
  • LOUISIANA, MISSOURI FOLLOW SUIT: According to the Associated Press, “A proposal to ban abortions in Louisiana as early as the sixth week of pregnancy continue[s] to speed through the state legislature.” Meanwhile, “Missouri’s Republican-led Senate has now passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy,” the AP also reports.
  • IMMIGRATION PROPOSAL: “President Trump will roll out a new immigration proposal on Thursday… The plan … would create a ‘merit-based’ visa system that gives preference to migrants with coveted job skills instead of relatives of other immigrants. It also calls for new infrastructure at ports of entry to speed up commerce while cracking down on drug and human smuggling.” (The Hill)
  • NEW YORKER CHALLENGES NEW YORKER: “New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the twice-elected chief executive of the nation’s largest city, announced Thursday that he is joining the Democratic field of presidential candidates, pledging in a campaign video that he would ‘put working people first.’” (The Washington Post)
  • NADLER REBUFFED: “The White House is rejecting the House Judiciary committee’s request to turn over documents on a broad range of topics mainly focused on key figures in the 2016 presidential election. ‘The White House will not participate in the Committee’s "investigation” that brushes aside the conclusions of the Department of Justice after a two-year-long effort in favor of political theater pre-ordained to reach a preconceived and false result,’ the letter sent from White House counsel Pat Cipollone reads.“ (ABC News)
  • AUTO TARIFF DELAY? "The Trump administration plans to delay auto tariffs by up to six months, stopping itself for now from widening global trade disputes… The White House faces a Saturday deadline to decide whether to slap duties on car and auto part imports over national security concerns. After Saturday, the administration would have another 180 days to come to a decision as long as it is negotiating with its counterparts.” (CNBC)
  • HUAWEI BLACKLISTED: “The Trump administration hit Chinese telecoms giant Huawei with severe sanctions on Wednesday… The Commerce Department said it was adding Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and 70 affiliates to its ‘Entity List’ — a move that bans the company from acquiring components and technology from U.S. firms without government approval.” (Reuters)
  • NON-SECURITY BORDER SECURITY: “Border Patrol agents now spend less than half their time on duty actually patrolling the border and are instead baby-sitting illegal immigrant children and families, a top official revealed, putting new urgency behind efforts to solve the crisis.” (The Washington Times)
  • FARMER AID: “As of Monday, the Trump administration has made $8.52 billion in direct payments to farmers through a 2018 aid program designed to counter losses stemming from the trade war with China, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesperson said.” (Axios)
  • DISCONNECTING ROBOCALLS: “Responding to widespread consumer complaints, the Federal Communications Commission says it will take steps to give phone companies permission to block unwanted robocalls.” (The Wall Street Journal)
  • POLICY: The U.S.-Iran standoff is no cause for alarm (The Daily Signal)
  • POLICY: Trump may save your air conditioner from the Deep State (The Daily Signal)
  • HUMOR: Bunch of backward hicks in Alabama among first to ban most barbaric practice known to man (The Babylon Bee)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Tony Perkins: “Right now, overpopulation should be America’s last concern. The number of babies born last year in the U.S. just hit a 32-year low, worrying anyone with an eye on the country’s future workforce. Only 3.79 million children were born in 2018 — a two percent drop from the previous year. We’re been hovering under America’s replacement level of 2.1 for decades, but this new report is a frightening snapshot of where the country is headed. Fewer babies means fewer workers, and fewer workers means less economic growth, and a smaller tax base, and even less consumer spending. If we continue down this path, the country will have a workforce too small to support their parents’ generation of retirees. And what does the Left want? More abortion.”

SHORT CUTS

For the record: “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” —Attorney General William Barr’s humorous quip to Nancy Pelosi after her threat to charge him with contempt

Non sequitur: “No one cares more about border security than those of us who live there. … We are a nation of laws. That border must be respected. … This president is turning [migrants] away at the legal ports of entry, forcing them to cross in-between those ports of entry. Not only do those walls not manage this situation, they also contribute to death and suffering.” —Beto O'Rourke

Intraparty infighting: “I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then come back today and say we need a ‘middle of the road’ approach to save our lives.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Friendly fire: “Tell [AOC] to check the statements that I made and look at my record. She’ll find that nobody has been more consistent about taking on the environment and the Green Revolution than I have.” —Joe Biden

Braying Jenny: “I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.” —U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe

Non compos mentis: “At its heart, these attempts to wield control over sex come from a desire to reassert total control over our bodies and our reproductive rights. But really, it’s about power. Whoever controls reproduction has power. … A #SexStrike is a way to target straight, cisgender men so they may feel the physical consequences of our reproductive rights being systematically eliminated.” —Alyssa Milano and Waleisah Wilson

Alpha Jackass: “I had an abortion when I was young, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Both for me, and for the baby I didn’t want, and wasn’t ready for, emotionally, psychologically and financially. So many children will end up in foster homes. So many lives ruined. So very cruel. … If Georgia becomes inundated with children who are unwanted or unable to be cared for, it will be hard to find great fostering for them all.” —actress Jameela Jamil

And last… “I think at this point I’ve heard every attempt at a coherent argument for abortion, and I still haven’t heard one that makes any logical sense. I try to find the good arguments for the other side of an issue so I can know what to say to them. With abortion, they just don’t exist.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

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