Saturday, September 30, 2023

Oh, that's (D)ifferent

Look who's obstructing an official proceeding in Congress now.  Twitchy: "Rep. Jamaal Bowman's 'no one in this country is above the law' tweet is aging wonderfully." 

Move those goalposts

NY Post: "The ‘no evidence’ claim about Biden corruption is looking increasingly ridiculous"
Joe Biden’s defenders have been on a wild ride this past year.

It began with them arguing that the president knew absolutely nothing about his family’s influence-peddling business to arguing that it’s no big deal that ChiCom wire payoffs happen to have Biden’s home address listed on them.

The quality of the excuses, unsurprisingly, has been deteriorating rapidly.

They largely entail repeating the words “no” and “evidence” in a perpetual loop.
As I noted, there are multiple polls out there indicating the American people aren't so easily fooled despite the willful blindness of the likes of Philip Bump.


Red State: "Biden Thinks He's Going to Tag the GOP for Gov't Shutdown, but CNN Has a Big Surprise for Him." 

Friday, September 29, 2023

The "no evidence" jive talk

Federalist: "Yes, The Biden Impeachment Hearing Presented Evidence Of Corruption — Lots Of It" - "On the first day of Biden’s impeachment inquiry, Republicans brought mountains of evidence of corruption. Democrats and the media shrugged."

But he repeats himself.  The American people are more sophisticated.  

Rest in peace

Legal Insurrection: "Sen. Dianne Feinstein has Died at the Age of 90 - Feinstein was the oldest member of the Senate." 

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Why do oil refiners only gouge California?

It's a mystery.  Twitchy: "Gov. Gavin Newsom floats the idea of a 'price gouging penalty' for gasoline."

This idea has the same energy as Chicago's government-owned supermarkets.  

You have one job

I feel like I write this every year but Congress should pass a budget.  It's the core responsibility of Congress and every year we have this useless brinksmanship.  Yes, we should cut spending as the national debt tops $33 trillion but those kind of arguments should be done months before zero hour.  Reason: "Shut Up Already About John Fetterman's Slob Chic - The Senate is an incompetent laughingstock regardless of what its members wear."
As the Pew Research Center notes, since fiscal 1997, "Congress has never passed more than five of its 12 regular appropriations bills on time. Usually, it's done considerably less than that: In 11 of the past 13 fiscal years, for instance, lawmakers have not passed a single spending bill by Oct. 1″ (emphasis in original). That will almost certainly hold true for this fiscal 2024, alas.

The inability to get anything done helps to explain the history of government shutdowns, including the most recent—and longest—one, which started in December 2018 and carried over into the next year. Absent some probable last-minute deal making, the next one is due to start on Sunday.


Judging by their record when it comes to the budget process, it's too much to expect that members of the "world's greatest deliberative body" will do their jobs, much less actually cut spending, reduce the size and scope of government, or even forego alleged bribes. But at least there is one less distraction when it comes to holding them accountable for record-high levels of debt.
Here we go: National Debt Clock.  Debt per American is closing in on six figures. 

Monday, September 25, 2023

Another directional poll

Hot Air: "NBC poll, too: 59% of voters have "major concerns" about Biden's mental competency."  There's that and another new low in approval numbers:
Meanwhile, Biden’s job rating among registered voters stands at 41% approve and 56% disapprove — the highest disapproval rating of his presidency.

Deeper inside those numbers, Biden is underwater among voters between the ages of 18 and 34 (46% of them approve of his job performance), all women (46%), Latinos (43%) and independents (36%).

What’s more, the NBC News poll finds 37% of voters approve of Biden’s handling of the economy, and 41% approve of his handling of foreign policy.
Biden has been pushing "Bidenomics" for months now and his numbers on the economy keep going down.  Can he stick with this message when it obviously has no effect?  At this point, he's just insulting the intelligence of the American people with his proposition that they should be happy with $35 insulin.

Sunday, September 24, 2023

This ABC News/Wash Post poll is straight fire

Wild stuff this morning: "Trump edges out Biden 51-42 in head-to-head matchup - The president's job approval rating is 19 points underwater."
President Joe Biden's job approval rating is 19 points underwater, his ratings for handling the economy and immigration are at career lows. A record number of Americans say they've become worse off under his presidency, three-quarters say he's too old for another term and Donald Trump is looking better in retrospect -- all severe challenges for Biden in his reelection campaign ahead.

Forty-four percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say they've gotten worse off financially under Biden's presidency, the most for any president in ABC/Post polls since 1986. Just 37% approve of his job performance, while 56% disapprove. Still fewer approve of Biden's performance on the economy, 30%.
These numbers are terrible.  After months of gaslighting on Bidenomics, the poll on the economy is the worst of Biden's presidency.  The Washington Post wants you to know it's probably an outlier: "Washington Post rejects latest poll from Washington Post." 

Maybe it is but maybe it's what Charles C.W. Cooke calls a directional poll:
Thus far, our press has responded to the vast majority of the public’s criticisms of Biden by insisting that voters have been hoodwinked into a temporary form of false consciousness. At some point, one assumes, that will change.
This poll will send some members of the Left into full-blown panic.  

I did not see this coming

Twitchy: "SHOCKER! Ibram X. Kendi blames RACISM for his antiracism center falling apart and it does NOT go well."