War Time Criticism of President Improper

By: John Semmens

Unsatisfied with massive GOP support for $40 billion in aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) slammed the few dozen Republicans who voted against the measure, insisting that “it is improper for anyone to be opposing our President when we are at war.”

“Since when have we been at war with Russia,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken) wanted to know. “Congress has not declared war. Congress hasn’t even authorized the use of military force.” The Senator recently blocked Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s push for a “unanimous consent” for the $40 billion aid, calling it “fiscally irresponsible and fraught with danger. It’s not as if we have money lying around unused. The funds needed will be borrowed—most likely from China. Worse, providing weapons to one side in a war and boasting about how our intelligence has helped sink a Russian warship is a provocation that invites retaliation.”

Hoyer called Rand’s words and actions “disunifying. Once our President has decided to make war it is everyone’s patriotic duty to rally behind him. How would Sen. Paul like it if a Republican president’s efforts to intervene in a foreign war were opposed by Democrats?”

“As I recall, Democrats were very vocal in their criticism of President Bush’s war in Iraq,” Rand said. “And that was after voting to authorize his use of force. As that war dragged on Democrat criticism of Bush grew quite vociferous and was proclaimed the ‘essence of patriotism’ by several prominent Democrat Party members including then Sen. Hillary Clinton (NY). The ability to criticize government policies and actions is vital to good governance. It must not be smothered by demands for unity.”

Ability to Laugh at Others Shows Mental Fitness

By: John Semmens

Joy Behar told her co-hosts on ABC’s “The View” that President Biden’s ability to laugh at White House Correspondents Dinner host Trevor Noah’s jokes about people suffering from inflation “proves his mental fitness. It wasn’t like he was all confused or anything. He was laughing right along with everyone else.”

“When you think of it, though, what’s so bad about not being able to afford to put gas in your car or meat on your dinner table?” she added. “Wouldn’t all of our lives be better if we drove or ate less? If the President’s policies have prompted these healthier outcomes isn’t that a good thing? Well, it’s certainly not a thing that Trump ever would have tried to force on the American people. That’s the key difference between Trump’s appeal to petty selfishness and Biden’s appeal to collective betterment through shared suffering.”

Mandatory Vaccination for Migrants Cancelled

By: John Semmens

After a brief show of treating illegal immigrants the same as Americans, the Biden Administration has abandoned its policy of mandatory covid vaccinations. “We tried telling them that they wouldn’t be able to go anywhere in the United States without proof of vaccination, but the vast majority still refused to be injected,” said a Border Patrol official. “The practical thing is we have no leverage over them. We can’t threaten their jobs because they have no jobs. We can’t threaten to send them back because the President doesn’t want them sent back. All we can do is put them on buses or planes and send them somewhere else.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas hastened to clarify that “it isn’t just the practical difficulties that led to our course correction. There are also equity considerations. These people aren’t American citizens. Who are we to boss them around and deny them free choices? One of the reasons they entered this country is to be free. The applicability of mandates like the one President Biden issued for all employers with more than 100 workers is questionable. Coercing citizens is a recognized authority of the President. Coercing foreigners is not. To be on the safe side and avoid being liable for damages it is best to just let them go where they want and do whatever they want.”

In related news, Mayorkas insisted that “the newly created Disinformation Governance Board will not infringe legitimate freedom of speech. There are clear boundaries between disinformation and genuine freedom of speech. Disinformation is speech that intends and attempts to discredit or oppose government policies and actions. Speech that intends or attempts to support government policies and actions is not disinformation and will not draw any punitive response from the Board against any person engaging in the activity.”

Matt Salmon Failing to Gain Traction

Matt Salmon recently released his own Border Security Plan, months after the other candidates released theres and containing many of the same ideas. Too little too late seems like the appropriate way to describe not only this plan but the Matt Salmon for Governor campaign as a whole.

Matt Salmon is a former Congressman and State Senator who is running to replace Republican Governor Doug Ducey who is termed out in 2022. Early on many believed Matt Salmon was going to be the frontrunner of this race and run away with it but recent and ample polling has shown that he is not resinating with voters.

Matt is endorsed by the powerful advocacy group Club for Growth and early on in the campaign they released a poll with Matt Salmon well ahead of competitor Karrin Taylor Robson, however, recent polling shows that both political newcomers Karrin Taylor Robson and Kari Lake are beating Matt badly and repeatedly.

Other competitors such as Steve Gaynor have already seen the writing on the wall; that this is a two person race, and exited to live to fight another day.

However, Matt Salmon has shown no indication that he is leaving the race and that may become a factor in how the race turns out. It also brings up a good questions, who would benefit from Matt Salmon leaving the race, business leader Karrin Taylor Robson or longtime journalist Kari Lake.

American Extremists

By: John Semmens

This week, President Biden denounced Trump supporters as “the worst extremists in our country’s history.” Inasmuch as the Klu Klux Klan terrorized blacks for decades—murdering and lynching them—and Antifa has been instigating riots that have caused billions of dollars in damage and dozens of deaths of innocent bystanders over the last few years, Biden’s judgment raised some eyebrows.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki explained the President’s thoughts on the topic, emphasizing that “scope of impact is an important determinant. While no specific deaths or destruction can be clearly attributed to Trump supporters as a group, they were able to seize control the US government in the 2016 election. This is something that neither the Klan nor Antifa has ever accomplished. By this measure alone, the MAGA crowd is the bigger threat to American democracy.”

The President himself augmented Psaki’s remarks by reminding that “some Klan members like former Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) were respected leaders of the Democratic Party who made significant contributions to major legislation. So, being in the Klan by itself shouldn’t be considered totally bad. And Antifa, despite its violent methods is solidly on the progressive side of today’s ideological spectrum. This is the right side of history. So, I cut them some slack for occasional excess exuberance.”

A recent Rasmussen poll, however, suggests that Trump supporters are closer to the “mainstream” than Biden imagines. In a hypothetical Biden/Trump 2024 election match-up, voters opt for Trump by a 50% to 36% margin over Biden. According to Biden, “these results are misleading because in a true democracy anti-democratic opinions carry no weight. When the actual ballots are counted in 2024 I will come out ahead just as I did in 2020.”

In related news, Democratic strategist James Carville lamented that “the 50-36 split just shows that the average voter doesn’t understand how good the economy is under Biden. From a personal perspective, soaring prices, supply shortages, and lagging paychecks make it difficult for the average person to see how the economy is benefiting from the President’s policies. For example, American pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer are seeing record profits from the manufacture and sale of covid vaccines. This wouldn’t have been possible without the mandates and subsidies the President rammed through. Likewise, solar-panel manufacturers and wind-turbine businesses are doing great. If voters would stop selfishly thinking of themselves they’d realize how much the Democrats have done for the most important segments of the economy.”

Dems React to Pending Court Reversal of Abortion Decision

An unprecedented leak of a coming Supreme Court ruling overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision making abortion the law of the land has sparked a spate of panic and crazy talk from leading Democrat luminaries. The opinion written by Justice Alito says the 1973 Court overstepped its bounds and violated the Tenth Amendment’s reservation of powers not explicitly granted to the federal government to the states. Going forward, whether abortions shall be permitted, banned, or regulated will be determined by each state’s own laws.

Former President Obama called the reversal “a blow to all who believe in a free society. Nothing is more fundamental than the decision whether to allow an entity that shares your genes to live or die. Advances in medical science have enabled the extermination of unwanted beings to be accomplished in a safe and sanitary manner before birth—making it possible for even the most squeamish to eliminate the unwanted burden of parenthood. The freedom to have this option must be defended.”

Current President Biden asserted that “the right to abort an unwanted child is simply a matter of basic fairness. The states should not be allowed to infringe on this right by placing unnecessary restrictions on the procedure. Unity requires that there be one overriding law that protects the right to an abortion, not a patchwork quilt of 50 different state laws. Just because a person lives in a state where a majority of the voters disapprove of abortion shouldn’t mean that a woman must be forced to let her unborn child live. As President I represent the supreme law of the land and, if need be, will order the establishment of nationwide universal abortion rights.”

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) issued a joint statement calling the Alito opinion “an abomination. Regardless of whether or not the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was based on sound constitutional grounds, the fact is we’ve become accustomed to a widely available option to efficiently dispose of unwanted additions to our population. The shock-wave that will come from eliminating surgical extermination of unneeded people will set our society back 50 years.” Both promised to introduce legislation that would “make government-funded abortions the law of the land.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said “the undoing of the universal right to an abortion established by Roe v. Wade is a dark and dangerous turn in our nation’s history. Essentially, it would reimpose the slavery that was repealed by the 15th Amendment on all the Black women who will no longer be able to escape the burdens of unwanted motherhood by aborting their pregnancies. The civic benefits of culling millions of potentially socially disruptive Black babies that we enjoyed between 1973 and today would be lost. It would be an utter disgrace.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) vowed “a fight to the death to protect people who want abortions. Come November, the majority of Americans who support universal access to abortion will give the pro-lifers a beating that will dwarf the landslide win Biden had over Trump in 2020.”

Obama Calls for Gov’t Control of Speech

By: John Semmens

Contending that “there is too much crazy” on the Internet and social media, former President Obama said “government has to filter out misinformation before it seriously damages the country’s unity.”

He offered examples of content that should not be allowed to be spread via electronic media. “Right now about 40% of Americans appear convinced that the current president was elected fraudulently and that the election was rigged. This is nuts. It has to be stopped. While we have no viable means of totally silencing the spread of this insanity by word-of-mouth we can and should prevent it from being spread via blogs and tweets.”

“Another example is that about a third of the population refuse to get the covid vaccination,” he said. “This endangers their health and that of every person they come into contact with. The vaccines are a medical miracle. The public health requires that everyone be vaccinated. The Internet and social media must not be used to undermine this truth.”

“I and all rational people deserve to be protected from the spread of erroneous ideas,” Obama insisted. “Up until now Twitter and Facebook have been doing an admirable job of scrubbing their platforms of dangerously wrong ideas. However, now that Elon Musk has inserted his unwanted and unnecessary personality into the equation I fear this nation will be even more vulnerable to the risk of false consciousness of individual freedom that Marx warned us against.”

“I reject the idea that freedom of speech prohibits the government from providing protection against wrong speech,” Obama said. “I believe in freedom of speech as a principle, but this freedom does not include the freedom to lie or foster rebellion against government programs designed to help people. I feel confident that the majority of Americans agree with me on this and will sensibly be made to appear to have elected Democrat majorities in both the Senate and House this November.”

Obama Calls for Gov’t Control of Speech

Contending that “there is too much crazy” on the Internet and social media, former President Obama said “government has to filter out misinformation before it seriously damages the country’s unity.”

He offered examples of content that should not be allowed to be spread via electronic media. “Right now about 40% of Americans appear convinced that the current president was elected fraudulently and that the election was rigged. This is nuts. It has to be stopped. While we have no viable means of totally silencing the spread of this insanity by word-of-mouth we can and should prevent it from being spread via blogs and tweets.”

“Another example is that about a third of the population refuse to get the covid vaccination,” he said. “This endangers their health and that of every person they come into contact with. The vaccines are a medical miracle. The public health requires that everyone be vaccinated. The Internet and social media must not be used to undermine this truth.”

“I and all rational people deserve to be protected from the spread of erroneous ideas,” Obama insisted. “Up until now Twitter and Facebook have been doing an admirable job of scrubbing their platforms of dangerously wrong ideas. However, now that Elon Musk has inserted his unwanted and unnecessary personality into the equation I fear this nation will be even more vulnerable to the risk of false consciousness of individual freedom that Marx warned us against.”

“I reject the idea that freedom of speech prohibits the government from providing protection against wrong speech,” Obama said. “I believe in freedom of speech as a principle, but this freedom does not include the freedom to lie or foster rebellion against government programs designed to help people. I feel confident that the majority of Americans agree with me on this and will sensibly be made to appear to have elected Democrat majorities in both the Senate and House this November.”

Musk Ownership of Twitter Called Dangerous

Tesla and Space-X multi-billionaire Elon Musk’s efforts to buy Twitter were labeled “dangerous” by Democrat genius Robert Reich. “Musk’s plan to allow the unfiltered expression of deviant ideas on Twitter should he seize control of the company threatens the unity we have only recently achieved through the repudiation of Trump and the election of Biden to the presidency.”

“Right now Twitter is operated by an elite of the correct-thinking oligarchy,” Reich said. “In order for truth to prevail bad speech must be censored so that good speech is not buried under piles of lies. This oligarchy has assiduously protected its users from being exposed to unauthorized information and dissenting viewpoints. Musk would turn it into a cacophony of discordant and opposing opinions. This would give equal treatment for the espousal of wrong thought and lead to the restoration of the kind of freedom of speech that we worked so hard to defeat during the pandemic.”

“The prime evidence of Musk’s evil intentions is demonstrated by his appeal to shareholders’ greed,” Reich complained. “By offering them a premium price for their stock he undermines the public service ethos of Twitter’s existing managers. Fortunately, that management has enacted a ‘poison pill’ that dilute the value of the existing stock and thwart Musk’s hope that greed would suffice to accomplish his takeover.”

Finally, Reich challenged Musk’s assertion that he is a free speech absolutist by pointing out “he refuses to read my tweets.” Musk called Reich’s reasoning fallacious. “Freedom of speech means everyone is allowed to say what he wants to say,” Musk argued. “It doesn’t require that anyone listen to you. It is the Twitter practice of silencing speech it disagrees with that violates freedom of speech. If I ran Twitter no one would be silenced for disagreeing with me or anyone else and no one would be punished for refusing to read what anyone else tweets.”

Psaki Insists “the President Knows Nothing”

As more of the content from Hunter Biden’s lost laptop becomes public knowledge the contention that President Biden was intimately involved in his son’s dubious business dealings seems hard to refute. The references to “the big guy’s cut” of the profits and the numerous photos of Joe’s beaming smile while standing next to Hunter and his business partners would seem to demolish the notion that his claim that “I’ve never talked to my son about his business dealings, not once” cannot be true. Then there’s the millions of dollars in income reported in his latest filing with the IRS. How do we account for all this evidence of potential corruption?

Well, Presidential Press Secretary Jen Psaki made a valiant effort “to straighten out all the misinformation being promulgated by his political enemies. First of all, the President is a very friendly guy who readily agrees to requests for a photo with nearly everyone who asks for one, no questions asked. Is it possible that some of Hunter’s business associates snuck into a few of the photos found on the laptop? Of course. Unless they announced that they were Hunter’s business associates there would’ve been no way for Joe to know. Even if they had, he forgets a lot of what he is told. So, his contention that he knows nothing of those business dealings could literally be true.”

“An overlooked alibi that refutes the allegations being made by Republicans is the fact that Joe was driving a long-haul semi-trailer truck for most of the time after he left the vice-presidency,” Psaki pointed out. “Being on the road for long stretches of time, his contact with family members was infrequent and brief—probably along the lines of ‘how have you been?’ or ‘how’s it going son?’ Such snippets cannot convey much information about his son’s business activities. His active truck driving is also a plausible explanation for the millions of dollars he earned during recent years. He’s a hard-working guy who took all the overtime he could get. That adds up to a lot of money over the course of a year.”

“I think the worst that can be said about the President is that he is excessively trusting of others,” she argued. “As former President Obama has said ‘Joe is not the sharpest tool in the box.’ It is easy to see how people would try to exploit that. Clearly, if there was any wrongdoing the President is among the victims, not the perpetrators.”

In related news, Democrats on the US House Government Oversight Committee rebuffed a GOP request to have Hunter Biden testify about his laptop on some of its contents. Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) called the request “an attempt to compel Mr. Biden to incriminate himself. It’s already bad enough that his laptop, a place that he thought was private and confidential, is now being used to incriminate him. Bringing him before the Committee and putting him under oath is cruel and unusual punishment for a President’s son. Unless he confesses of his own free will I see no need to further disturb him with politically-motivated queries. I wish the President would put and end the harassment by immediately pardoning his son, his brother James and anyone else implicated by the laptop.”

Rents 17% Higher than Last Year

By: John Semmens

While general inflation year-over-year is up 8.5% and producer prices have increased 11.2%, rents in many major cities have gone up 17%.

President Biden says he’s “not too concerned. My rent is paid up until January of 2025 and I have an expense account to cover my other needs.”

Press Secretary Jen Psaki pointed out that “several other initiatives that the President and other Democrats have taken led to decreases in rent in selected areas. The exodus of residents from high-tax and high-crime cities like New York and San Francisco have eased the burdens of rent in those cities. It has been the Democratic Party that has enabled these lower rents. The above average tax rates in these locations were enacted by Democrats—many times over the strident, but ineffective objections of minority Republicans. The more lenient attitude toward persons accused of committing crimes was another successful initiative of our Party. No-bail release of suspects and early release of convicted felons helped create conditions prompting the fearful to leave town. We hope voters will remember what we’ve done for them to ensure that rents in Democrat-run cities are not too damn high.”

“Republican-run states shunned and often fought against measures we championed,” Psaki pointed out. “Now their red-state voters will be the ones to suffer. Once these voters comprehend the folly of voting GOP they will return Democrat majorities in Congress, state legislatures, governors’ chairs, city councils, and mayors’ offices up and down ballots everywhere.”

Rents 17% Higher than Last Year

While general inflation year-over-year is up 8.5% and producer prices have increased 11.2%, rents in many major cities have gone up 17%.

President Biden says he’s “not too concerned. My rent is paid up until January of 2025 and I have an expense account to cover my other needs.”

Press Secretary Jen Psaki pointed out that “several other initiatives that the President and other Democrats have taken led to decreases in rent in selected areas. The exodus of residents from high-tax and high-crime cities like New York and San Francisco have eased the burdens of rent in those cities. It has been the Democratic Party that has enabled these lower rents. The above average tax rates in these locations were enacted by Democrats—many times over the strident, but ineffective objections of minority Republicans. The more lenient attitude toward persons accused of committing crimes was another successful initiative of our Party. No-bail release of suspects and early release of convicted felons helped create conditions prompting the fearful to leave town. We hope voters will remember what we’ve done for them to ensure that rents in Democrat-run cities are not too damn high.”

“Republican-run states shunned and often fought against measures we championed,” Psaki pointed out. “Now their red-state voters will be the ones to suffer. Once these voters comprehend the folly of voting GOP they will return Democrat majorities in Congress, state legislatures, governors’ chairs, city councils, and mayors’ offices up and down ballots everywhere.”