DML Morning Briefing Wed. Feb. 24: Cheney, Romney, Biden, Illegal aliens, and American kids
By Team DML
Today is February 24 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion.
1 – Cheney rejects Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy as dangerous isolationism
The Hill reports: House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (Wyo.) on Tuesday rejected the “America First” foreign policy that was the centerpiece of former President Trump’s global agenda.
Speaking during a virtual event with the Reagan Institute, the No. 3 House Republican warned against policies of isolationism and said the U.S. must take a leading role on the world stage as part of efforts to push back against China’s and Russia’s ambitions.
“These ideas are just as dangerous today as they were in 1940, when isolationists launched the America First movement to appease Hitler and prevent America from aiding Britain in the fight against the Nazis,” Cheney said. “Isolationism was wrong and dangerous then and it is wrong and dangerous now.”
Cheney also voiced support for the Biden administration’s outreach toward NATO, calling it “very important” that the U.S. is “moving towards a reinvigorated relationship with NATO.” Biden, in remarks to the Munich Security Conference last week, said that the U.S. is “fully committed” to the NATO alliance and Article 5, the mutual defense provision of the treaty alliance.
DML: I’ll be speaking about this on my podcast today!
2 – Romney says Trump likely Republican nominee if he runs in 2024
Fox News reports: Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said in an interview Tuesday that if former President Trump were to run again in 2024 he would likely win the Republican nomination.
“He has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,” Romney told the New York Times’ DealBook. “I don’t know if he’s planning to run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he would win the nomination.”
Romney noted that he’s not always good at making predictions and “a lot can happen between now and 2024,” but he said in recent polls comparing Trump to other potential Republican candidates, “he wins in a landslide.”
He said if Trump runs again he would support a candidate who “more represented the tiny wing of the party that I represent.” He added that he hasn’t voted for Trump in the past and wouldn’t plan on doing so in the future.
DML: Romney finally admits his side is just a “tiny wing” of the party.
3 – Biden corporate tax hike would cut 159K jobs and lower wages
The Washington Examiner reports: President Biden’s plan to increase the corporate tax rate would weaken economic recovery and hurt competitiveness, according to a report from the Tax Foundation.
Throughout the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden said that he planned to increase the corporate tax rate to 28%, a sharp rise from the current 21% set by former President Donald Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act but still well below the pre-2017 corporate rate of 35%.
The report found that the increase would bring the United States’s federal-state combined tax rate to roughly 32% — the highest statutory tax rate in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Such a tax hike would “increase the cost of investment in America” and “reduce long-run economic output by 0.8 percent, eliminate 159,000 jobs, and reduce wages by 0.7 percent.”
William McBride, vice president of federal tax and economy at the Tax Foundation, told the Washington Examiner that most of those effects would be felt within 10 years of implementation. But while the projections address the long-term effects of new tax policies, McBride said the tax would acutely affect companies that were forced to lay off employees during the pandemic.
“As the economy returns to normal, the main challenge is to reemploy those that have been laid off, and as corporations would do much of that hiring, raising corporate taxes would increase costs for those businesses and slow the hiring process,” McBride said.
DML: Biden tearing down American businesses!
4 – Joe Biden’s HHS Nominee Wants Taxpayer-Funded Medicaid for Illegal Aliens
Breitbart reports: A group of House and Senate Republicans is asking President Joe Biden to withdraw his nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) to be Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, citing his support for taxpayer-funded healthcare benefits for illegal aliens.
In a letter to Biden, 11 Senate Republicans and 64 House Republicans — led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) — are asking Biden to rescind Becerra’s nomination to lead HHS due to his “embrace of radical policies on immigration,” among other issues.
“Mr. Becerra seeks to decriminalize illegal immigration, which would extend expensive government benefits like Medicaid to anyone who illegally crosses our borders,” the letter states.
At a Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, none of the committee’s 22 Senators asked Becerra about his reported support for providing taxpayer-funded healthcare benefits to the roughly 11 to 22 million illegal aliens in the United States ,even as at least 30 million Americans are uninsured.
In a report this week, Becerra’s colleagues said he is potentially interested in pursuing policies as HHS Secretary that would expand taxpayer-funded healthcare benefits to illegal aliens.
DML: It’s the new “Americans last” party now.
5 – Virginia is set to become first Southern state to declare racism a public health crisis
USA Today reports: Virginia, a state long associated with racist and segregationist behavior, is now only a signature away from becoming the first state in the South to declare racism as a public health crisis.
The Virginia State Senate on Tuesday, on a voice vote, approved the declaration and sent it on to the desk of Gov. Ralph S. Northam, who is expected to sign it. The resolution addresses five specific issues:
- Expand VDH’s Office of Health Equity to be the primary watchdog for ensuring policies addressing racism are implemented;
- Make the Commission to Examine Racial Ineuity in Virginia Law permanent;
- Establish training for all state elected officials, their staff members and state employees on recognizing racism;
- Create a list of definitions and terms on racism and health equity; and
- Promote community engagement across the state on recognizing racism.
After Tuesday’s vote, Aird’s office released a statement that said systemic racism “defines the Black experience in our nation and in our commonwealth.”
The resolution, she added, “provides the framework for all of us to formally and finally reckon with those injustices so we can build a more equitable and just society for us all.”
The American Public Health Association, which tracks declarations of racism as a public health issue, lists 145 cities and counties across 27 states — up from only seven in 2019.
DML: What next?
6 – Merrick Garland Was Asked If Biological Males Should Compete In Women’s Sports. Here’s How He Responded…
The Daily Caller reported: President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general Merrick Garland avoided directly addressing whether biological males should compete in women’s sports during the first day of his confirmation hearing.
Garland discussed the much-contested issue with Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy before the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday.
“I’m going to ask you if you agree with this statement,” Kennedy told the attorney general nominee. “Allowing…biological males to compete in an all-female sport deprives women of the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in sports and is fundamentally unfair to female athletes.”
Garland started his response with, “This is a very difficult societal question.”
“I know, but you’re going to be attorney general,” Kennedy fired back.
DML: This guy should NOT be Attorney General!
7 – Life of the American Child Under the Equality Act
Breitbart reports: House Democrats are poised to pass the Equality Act once again, claiming it will merely amend federal civil rights law to ensure sexual orientation and gender identity are included among the protected classes, even though the Constitution already provides protection for the rights of all American citizens, regardless of their “identity group.”
In 2021, the Equality Act could pass the Senate as well, and if so, President Joe Biden is expected to sign it into law. The legislation would end the federal recognition of the two complementary male and female sexes in favor of gender identity.
If enacted, the Equality Act could have a major impact on children and their parents, upending the culture as American families now know it.
The text of the legislation reads: “An individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.”
That text indicates the privacy of girls in public facilities, such as school bathrooms and locker rooms, would no longer be honored. Boys who identify as, or claim to be, girls could compete on girls’ athletic teams, take showers with them in public school locker rooms, and sleep in their hotel rooms when their teams are on the road.
Inside the classroom, the Equality Act could allow for the normalization of gender ideology and abortion in school curricula.
Journalist Abigail Shrier, author of “IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters,” warned, “The Equality Act would eliminate women as a protected category in the law, making it impossible to exclude biological males from women’s safe spaces – women’s shelters, locker rooms, prisons, and women’s & girls’ sports. It’s the greatest threat to women’s rights in generations.”
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8 – Democrat Illinois Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban ‘All Violent Video Games’
Breitbart reports: A Democrat lawmaker in Illinois has announced he wants to ban the sale of Grand Theft Auto (GTA), along with other video games that feature violence, after his state witnessed an increase in the amount of carjackings.
Democrat state Rep. Marcus Evans introduced the bill, HB 3531, which aims to amend an Illinois law preventing violent video games from being sold to children to an all-out ban on the sale “of all violent video games” to anyone.
During a press conference on Monday, Evans mentioned Grand Theft Auto by name and put into his own words what he believes to be an example of a violent video game. According to Evans, “a video game that allows a user or player to control a character within the video game that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence in which the player kills or otherwise causes serious physical or psychological harm to another human or an animal” is an example of a violent video game.
“The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we’re suffering from in our communities,” Evans said.
“Grand Theft Auto and other violent video games are getting in the minds of our young people and perpetuating the normalcy of carjacking,” Evans continued. “Carjacking is not normal, and carjacking must stop.”
Evans also insisted that games like GTA promote behavior similar to that which has been seen prominently in Chicago.
DML: I’ll be discussing this today on my podcast.