Mid-Day Digest

May 31, 2019

THE FOUNDATION

“War is not the best engine for us to resort to; nature has given us one in our commerce, which if properly managed, will be a better instrument for obliging the interested nations of Europe to treat us with justice.” —Thomas Jefferson (1797)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

IN BRIEF

What’s More Expensive: Tariffs or Illegals?

How much does illegal immigration cost American taxpayers every year? Some estimates put that total at $116 billion annually. And with the ongoing border crisis, as a growing number of Central and South American migrant caravans cross through Mexico on their way to the U.S. southern border, the costs are only increasing. President Donald Trump on Thursday upped the pressure on the Mexican government to stop the flow of migrants by announcing a 5% tariff on all goods from Mexico. Trump stated that the tariff would remain “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.” The tariffs are set to begin on June 10. Trump added, “The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied … at which time the Tariffs will be removed.”

Trump further noted the toll of illegal immigration on Americans, stating, “Thousands of innocent lives are taken every year as a result of this lawless chaos. It must end NOW! … Mexico’s passive cooperation in allowing this mass incursion constitutes an emergency and extraordinary threat to the national security and economy of the United States.”

The president is exactly right in his criticisms. And we’d argue that concerns about the cost of new tariffs are significantly outweighed by the annual cost of illegal immigration. In fact, were the flow of illegals through Mexico into the U.S. to stop, it would present significant savings for taxpayers.

However, there are questions as to how effectively the Mexican government can act to stop the flow of illegals, as human trafficking has become a lucrative industry of the powerful drug cartels. Meanwhile, in the U.S., Trump has been repeatedly hindered in his efforts to secure the southern border by the Democrat cartel of politicians, activist judges, and Leftmedia fake news. Trump’s latest action is a new tactic to get around the Democrats’ roadblock.

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The True Life Story Hollywood Won’t Tell

Louisiana Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the nation’s latest pro-life bill Thursday. Like other measures around the country, the bill, authored by Democrat Sen. John Milkovich of Shreveport, bans abortion once a baby’s heartbeat can be detected, which usually happens at about six weeks’ gestation. Beyond the bipartisan nature of Louisiana’s effort to protect life, however, is Edwards’ incredible personal pro-life story.

Edwards and his wife Donna faced an excruciating choice 28 years ago. CatholicPhilly reported in 2016, “Doctors informed the couple their baby would have spina bifida and strongly advised an abortion, to the point of taking Donna to see a clinic that treated spina bifida children, some seriously impaired and others less so. At the time there was no way to determine what effects it would have on a particular child.”

Donna said, “I was devastated — but, John Bel never flinched. He said, ‘No, no; we’re going to love this baby no matter what.’ And, at that moment, I watched the boy I fell in love with become the man I’m still in love with today.”

“It was our belief that God has a purpose in everything and we would have this child,” Edwards added. “I credit Donna. She is a very courageous person. … I cannot imagine what our life would be without [our daughter].”

That is exactly the kind of engaging, emotional story of love and sacrifice that would make for a fantastic Hollywood movie.

Unfortunately, Hollywood hypocrites are too busy attacking Georgia for its pro-life legislation. Georgia has become a hub for filming movies and TV shows, with productions made there by industry titans like Disney (“Avengers: Endgame”) and Netflix (“Stranger Things”). But, along with those two companies, WarnerMedia, CBS, Showtime, NBCUniversal, AMC Networks, Sony Pictures, STX, and Viacom are all now threatening to boycott the state for protecting life.

Why is that hypocritical? While Disney is heavily marketed to children, the company partners with and does a great deal of business in China, where abortions are not always by choice, and where the communist government abuses human rights and imprisons people for their political and religious beliefs. Netflix is no better, producing series in Egypt and Jordan, where abortion is illegal and punishable due to laws far stricter than Georgia’s. Yet numerous famous people had the gall to write to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp saying they would “do everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state for women.” Just don’t tell Harvey Weinstein where those women are.

We’d say Hollywood’s craven display is all about the almighty dollar, except it’s hard to see how it’s profitable for these production companies to tell half of their American audiences that they’re “deplorable.” In reality, this is nothing more than the Hollywood hive mind at work. “I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard,” opined Disney CEO Bob Iger. It’s a wretched hive of scum and villainy, where the only people they care to please are themselves.

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TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • MEXICO TARIFFS: “President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he is slapping a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border,” the Associated Press reports. This follows news that “more than 1,000 migrants were apprehended after illegally crossing the border near El Paso, Texas,” according to NBC News, which “is the largest ever encountered by the Border Patrol.”
  • ECONOMIC COMPETITION DROPS: “The United States no longer has the most competitive economy in the world, according to annual rankings compiled by the Switzerland-based business school IMD. For the first time in nine years, Singapore replaced the U.S. as the world’s most competitive economy. The U.S. dropped down to third on the list.” (Fox Business)
  • KING CORN: “The Environmental Protection Agency will allow gasoline with a 15% mix of ethanol to be sold year-round, instead of just eight months a year, effective as soon as it is published in the Federal Register, which officials expect to happen within days.” (MarketWatch)
  • POPULAR VOTE BUZZKILL: “Nevada’s Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have pledged the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.” (The Hill)
  • CHINA AND RUSSIA RED FLAGS: “China is rapidly expanding its nuclear forces with new missiles, submarines, and bombers and will double its warhead stockpile in the coming decade, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said this week. DIA director Army Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley also said … Russia is building large numbers of tactical nuclear weapons in addition to new strategic weapons.” (The Washington Free Beacon)
  • KIM GOES NUCLEAR: “North Korea executed its nuclear envoy to the United States as part of a purge of officials who steered negotiations for a failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.” (Reuters)
  • FBI CRONYISM: “The FBI did not warn the Trump campaign that two members of its campaign were under FBI investigation when agents met with the campaign in August 2016 to warn it about national security threats. … [Fox News’s Catherine] Herridge noted that the time of the events is significant as days before the briefing [Peter] Strzok and [Lisa] Page spoke about their ‘insurance policy’ against then-candidate Donald Trump.” (The Daily Wire)
  • BUTTIGIEG’S DECEIT: “Pete Buttigieg’s brother-in-law is accusing the gay Democratic presidential hopeful of hijacking his family’s history for political advantage by crafting a bogus backstory of poverty, homelessness, and homophobia,” the Washington Examiner reports. Even still, National Review reveals that “among Democrats, 35 percent say they have ‘never heard of’ Pete Buttigieg.”
  • POLICY: Waive goodbye to ethanol (Washington Examiner)
  • POLICY: Green policies turned California a charred black (Issues & Insights)
  • HUMOR: Disney CEO: “To avoid filming among depraved, immoral people, we are moving all our Georgia operations back to Hollywood” (The Babylon Bee)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

David Harsanyi: “How many of those taken in by alarmism realize that deaths from extreme weather have dropped somewhere around 99.9 percent since the 1920s? Heat and cold can still be killers, but thanks to increasingly reliable and affordable heating and cooling systems, and others luxuries of the age, the vast majority of Americans will never have to fear the climate in any genuine way. Since 1980, death caused by all natural disasters and heat and cold is somewhere under 0.5 percent. … There are two things in this debate that we can predict with near certitude: First, that modern technology will continue to allow human beings to adapt to organic and anthropogenic changes in the environment. Second, that human beings will never surrender the wealth and safety that technology has and continues to afford them. People who deny these realities are as clueless as any ‘denier’ of science.”

SHORT CUTS

Food for thought: “More than a few Americans may also notice the contradiction that Disney is more worried about filming in a U.S. state that has passed a law democratically than it is operating its theme park and hawking its films in China, which uses facial-recognition software to monitor its population and has a million Uighurs in re-education camps. Georgians have a right to self government, and like other Americans they aren’t fond of receiving ultimatums from elites on the coasts.” —The Wall Street Journal

For the record: “I personally felt [Robert Mueller] could’ve reached a decision. He could’ve reached a conclusion [on obstruction of justice]. … The [Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel] opinion says you cannot indict a president while he is in office, but he could have reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity.” —Attorney General William Barr

Grand delusions: “There may not be tanks in our streets but make no mistake we are witnessing an assault on the rule of law and the foundations of our democracy.” —Hillary Clinton

Boohoo: “I could win a Nobel Prize in Physics & they’d still call me dumb. That’s why I don’t give a damn about misogynist takes on my intelligence.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Covering all the bases: “Well, a white guy who doesn’t see other identities or understand other experiences should not be president. I do. And where there would be gaps in my knowledge or my experience, I will pass the mic to people who do have that experience. I’ve also pledged that I would ask a woman to serve as vice president.” —Rep. Eric Swalwell

The BIG Lie: “Before Roe v. Wade, thousands of women died every year — and because of extreme attacks on safe, legal abortion care, this could happen again right here in America.” —Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen

Horrifying idea: “States have mandated that women submit to invasive ultrasounds, passed laws requiring survivors of sexual assault to carry their rapist’s child to term, and placed onerous and medically unnecessary restrictions on health clinics. … Kamala Harris believes we need to fight back and block these dangerous and deadly laws before they take effect. That’s exactly what she intends to do as president. Similar to the preclearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act, Harris will require, for the first time, that states and localities with a history of violating Roe v. Wade obtain approval from her Department of Justice before any abortion law or practice can take effect.” —Kamala Harris presidential campaign

And last… “I think Hillary Clinton had more to do with getting Donald Trump elected than the Russians.” —Erick Erickson

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