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Liz Peek: Dem debate reveals wacky things required of liberal candidates. This is how to defeat Trump?

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The greatest problem facing the U.S., according to the Democratic presidential candidates who appeared at their first debate Wednesday night, is the power of large corporations.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and her colleagues assured us that it is big business that is to blame for gun violence, drug addiction, mass incarceration, inadequate health care, illegal immigration and the plight of working people.

The Democratic presidential hopefuls want to raise taxes on corporations, break them up and rein them in.

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Warren’s most passionate moment of the evening came when she interrupted to claim that health insurance companies were “sucking” $23 billion in profit out of the health care system. She’s not the only one singing that tune. 

Winning the Democratic nomination in 2020 apparently requires convincing voters you can defeat President Trump, that you are 100 percent committed to addressing climate change,  and that you are more than ready to go toe-to-toe with nefarious corporate interests.

Interestingly, math does not seem to be a prerequisite.

Not one candidate was pressed by the evening’s left-leaning moderators to explain how they would pay for the generous programs they all endorse. There was not a word about the cost of the Democratic free-for-all (free college, free health care, and more) that we’ve heard so much about.

So who came out best at the end of the night?

Warren sailed confidently into the first round of the debates with fresh polling and a growing media lovefest providing brisk winds at her back. Surprisingly, however, it was another woman on that debate stage whose performance may deliver her campaign a significant uptick: Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Klobuchar appeared the most measured and the most reasonable. She framed most issues in terms of their impact on the economy.

Every single one wants zero restrictions on abortion, supports a $15 minimum wage, welcomes illegal immigrants with open arms, would hike taxes on American businesses and on successful individuals and hates – just hates – everything about the Trump administration.

When asked why blacks and Hispanics might vote for her, for instance, Klobuchar talked about her focus on jobs and creating opportunity. That was a nice contrast to the approach taken by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Castro, O’Rourke and Booker oddly started speaking Spanish from time to time, perhaps to appeal to Latino voters. That seemed appropriate from Castro, but from O’Rourke and Booker it appeared singularly inauthentic.

Klobuchar, when confronted by Castro’s determination that we should no longer detain illegal immigrants crossing the border, did not go for the bait. She responded that she thinks we need to go after drug traffickers and other criminals. Good for her.

Klobuchar also looked sane by comparison when she suggested she had qualms about providing rich kids with free college.

In her closing statement, Klobuchar made a simple pitch, saying that “I listen and get things done.” She talked of getting numerous bills passed, and winning every election race she has entered. Viewers could understand why.

Booker get a lot of air time during the debate, but offered up uninspired ideas with great conviction. His closing statement was utter soft serve, affirming he could beat Trump, and that the election would be a referendum on “us.”

Other candidates pressed their personal credentials. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii managed to inject her military experience into her responses, while former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland touted his entrepreneurial background – which was indeed differentiating, as was his moderately pro-business platform.

Warren showed a glimpse of the passion that is boosting her poll numbers but seemed oddly subdued. She trotted out her standard lines about making the government and the economy work for everyone, but she failed to light up the audience. Her promises to fight for everyone become tiresome, mainly because she also wants to fight with everyone.

Warren got less air time as the evening wore on, in part because New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other 1 percenters tried to hijack the conversation, striving for a breakthrough moment. They mostly failed.

The evening produced no witticisms, no light moments; it was a deadly serious affair. It will be interesting to see what the ratings look like.

Warren was expected to shine at the first debate, in large part because she faced off against a number of lesser-known candidates (including Castro, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington).

Expectations were also high for Warren because she’s a policy wonk and, according to a New York Times piece that dropped Tuesday, has been a skilled debater since childhood. She did not hurt herself, but neither did she triumph.

One problem for the debate sponsors – and for the lesser-known candidates – is that there are so many litmus tests for Democrats. Uniformity makes it tough to stand out or attract ratings.

Practically every contender has felt compelled to sign on to the Green New Deal – or like Inslee, adopt an even more extreme position.

Every single one wants zero restrictions on abortion, supports a $15 minimum wage, welcomes illegal immigrants with open arms, would hike taxes on American businesses and on successful individuals and hates – just hates – everything about the Trump administration.

Every candidate wants to woo back traditional Democrats who voted for Trump in 2016, but it seems not one knows how to go about doing that.

Delaney made a valiant effort to present a comparatively moderate approach; he was the outlier. Few Democrats talk about growing the country’s wealth and income; rather, their focus is on how to carve up the wealth and income we already have.

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As de Blasio has so frequently said, “There’s plenty of money in the country, it’s just in the wrong hands.”

Based on the first round of the Democratic debates, that could become the party’s slogan. Who knows, maybe it will.

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Liz Peek: Cory Booker runs away from school reform and straight into the arms of the teachers unions

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Cory Booker is no Spartacus. He doesn’t even have the guts, nor does any other Democrat competing for black voters in South Carolina, to push the one thing that could narrow the gap between blacks and whites: shaking up our public schools. They all know our broken urban schools are holding back black and brown kids, but they’re too scared of the rich and powerful teachers unions to advocate for change.

Booker, though, deserves special mention because, as mayor of Newark, Booker did something big – he made that city’s school system much, much better.

Emboldened by a $100 million gift from Mark Zuckerberg, for which he found matching funds, Booker confronted the teachers unions and drove real reforms including, importantly, the introduction of charter schools. Charters now educate a third of Newark’s kids; some 60 percent of the students in those charters are proficient in English, compared to only 35 percent in the regular public schools. In math, too, kids in charters score much higher – 48 percent compared to 26 percent make the cut. Graduation rates are up to 76 percent from 61 percent in 2011.

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Booker knows charters work; he even founded an organization called Excellent Education for Everyone in 1998 that endorses charter schools. Everyone knows.

Sadly, Booker has abandoned his commitment to better schools. Today, he’s just another Democratic politician angling for black votes by promising the moon: free college, free health care, higher minimum wage, a restrained police force, and now, reparations – an idea that is toxic to most Americans.

It is beyond astonishing that with two dozen candidates vying to run as the Democratic candidate in 2020, not a single one will challenge the status quo in our cities’ public schools. A status quo that is protected by the unions and that guarantees black and brown kids will never catch up.

The hypocrisy is appalling. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders talk about closing the racial “wealth gap” but they ignore the real divide, which is quality of education, the single most important feature in creating that gap. Like Booker, Warren used to advocate for school choice, before she became a politician and a lackey to the teachers unions.

It is beyond astonishing that with two dozen candidates vying to run as the Democratic candidate in 2020, not a single one will challenge the status quo in our cities’ public schools. A status quo that is protected by the unions and that guarantees black and brown kids will never catch up.

Last week, several prominent Democrat candidates flocked to South Carolina, a state where more than 60 percent of Democratic primary voters are black. They joined in a forum preceding the state convention held this past weekend, which attracted nearly everyone running to replace Donald Trump.

They came bearing gifts, including promises to end the discrimination that, according to Elizabeth Warren, “was actually fostered by the United States government.” Warren promised that if she were elected, her administration would create a small business equity fund, which would make $7 billion available to minority entrepreneurs.

How can black Americans become entrepreneurs if they don’t know basic mathematics?

Last week, African-Americans in another state confronted their own failed school. The residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan, were outraged when the state’s newly-elected Democratic governor announced they must close their beloved local high school, or risk losing funding for their entire school district. The town, which is 86 percent black, had voted enthusiastically for Gretchen Whitmer, who campaigned on beefing up the state’s public schools and bringing investment to towns like beleaguered Benton Harbor.

Officials for the former manufacturing hub decried the ultimatum, which they declared racist. The townspeople were furious, especially at Whitmer.

But few could defend the high school’s record. Only 3 percent of the kids are proficient in math, and a mere 9 percent meet the standard for reading.  As reported in the New York Times, “fewer than three high school juniors have been deemed ‘college-ready’ in each of the last five years.” For the record, there are 613 students enrolled this year. Further, according to U.S. News and World Report rankings, only 1 percent took “at least one” AP exams, and 0 percent passed those exams. Imagine that.

And yet, Benton Harbors’ graduation rate is 79 percent. How can those “graduates” provide for themselves? How can they learn a useful trade or profession? With that kind of education, they cannot.

In 2016, the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association spent <a href=”https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=l1300″>$32 million</a> on campaigns, 94 percent going to Democrats.  Nobody is going to bite that hand.

Benton Harbor is not unique. In Baltimore, one survey showed that in 13 mostly black high schools, not one kid was proficient in math. This is a disgrace.

Instead of talking up reparations, a controversial program they know is unlikely to move forward, why doesn’t just one Democrat running for president campaign on school choice? That would certainly distinguish him or her from the pack.

We know the answer: the millions spent by the teachers unions to support Democrats each campaign cycle. In 2016, the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association spent $32 million on campaigns, with 94 percent of the money going to Democrats. Union members also supply a gigantic and priceless get-out-the-vote effort.

Nobody is going to bite that hand.

Especially not Cory Booker, who has slipped in the polls over the past several months, unable to muster much enthusiasm, even among blacks. Maybe voters don’t think him authentic now that he’s running for president. Judging from his position on education, they would be right.

Democrats address the racial disparity in our education system by promising to throw money at our schools. But the U.S. already spends 30 percent more per pupil than the average OECD country. The money is not the problem; those promises are just more pandering to the unions.

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Millions of teachers work hard and do their best, but chafe against union rules protecting mediocrity. They need help, but good luck trying to get it from Democrats.

In 2016, President Trump sought the support of black voters, asking, “What have you got to lose?” With black unemployment at historic lows and wages rising thanks to the pro-business policies of this White House, the answer is: a lot. Including, if the Democrats have their way, any shot at turning around our failing schools.

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Liz Peek: Think Biden is the most likely Dem to beat Trump? Don’t bet on it

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Former Vice President Joe Biden currently leads the Democratic herd running for president, because voters see him as the candidate most likely to beat Donald Trump.

Are they kidding? After watching the energy, the excitement and the sheer numbers of people who turned out to cheer President Trump’s kick-off rally in Orlando, can anyone seriously imagine Biden winning a face-off between the two?

So far in this race, Biden has failed to draw any sizeable crowds, even at his launch event in Philadelphia, where a disappointing few thousand turned up. It isn’t a Democrat issue; Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., can pull in the fans. Just not Uncle Joe.

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Let’s face it: Biden, by comparison to Trump, looks tired and timid. At his first campaign rally, he frequently stumbled over words and got tongue-tied; he seemed old. That’s not nice to say, but it’s true.

This reality is about to take Biden down. Next week Biden will have to mix it up with his rivals, in the first planned debates of the primary season. So far, he has managed to avoid such encounters but in Miami, he will share the crowded stage with nine other contestants, each desperate for a chance to shine.

Unhappily for the former vice president, in the first Democratic debate, he will go up against Sanders, Harris, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and perhaps most important, Pete Buttigieg, among others. The comparisons will not favor Biden. Buttigieg is young, articulate and insufferably “woke;” he will look like the future. Sanders, for all his nuttiness, oozes passion and energy. Harris and Gillibrand are stark reminders: Biden won’t break any glass ceilings.

If the moderators press the candidates to back up their progressive promises or to top one another’s commitment to free college, open borders, full-term abortion, “Medicare-for-all,” or drastic climate agendas, Biden will falter. He cannot possibly emerge the most committed on any of those platforms, because he is not. He has only in the past several months been dragged into the progressive mainstream, visibly uncomfortable.

For the millions of Democrats who identify as “moderate” that’s to his credit, but not for those who typically turn out to vote in the primaries. In Iowa, the first primary state, exit polls show 68 percent of voters to be “liberal;” New Hampshire, another early primary state, looks roughly the same. Voters in those states won’t be looking for moderation; they’ll be looking for someone who despises the established order, who wants to reinvent our country and throw out the values and system that made it great.

When Biden talks of working across the aisle, or says impeachment is a “giant distraction,” they will impugn his integrity. It will get nasty.

In addition, Biden’s vulnerabilities will be on full display next week. Harris can go after Uncle Joe on his past support for Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill, Sanders can chide him for cozying up to Wall Street, Gillibrand can criticize his touchy-feely excesses with women and Buttigieg can question his support for the Iraq war.

In short, Biden’s decades of public service will haunt him on that debate stage.

Biden is likable and his eight years of serving under President Barack Obama earned him a huge lead as he entered the race. He jumped in on April 25; by the first week of May, he had won over 41 percent of Democrats. That advantage has now shrunk to 32 percent as Elizabeth Warren, in particular, has gained traction.

Biden owed his early lead in large part to the perception that the former Veep had the best shot of beating Trump.  The most recent poll has Biden ahead of Trump by ten points nationally, 49 percent to 39 percent.

Does anyone actually believe those polls? Apparently, big money donors do. Wall Street is showering campaign contributions on Biden, desperately hoping that he turns out to be the nominee. This week alone Biden raked in a record-setting $500,000 at a fund-raiser hosted by short-seller Jim Chanos, at which attendees forked over $2,800 apiece; other such big buck events have Biden hinting of an overall haul approaching $20 million.

But that money raising is a no-no among progressives. Warren has pointedly called him out on it, tweeting recently: “I don’t spend time at fancy fundraisers. Instead, I spend my time meeting voters and thanking grassroots donors who chip in what they can.” Bernie’s team piled on, with his campaign manager tweeting that Biden is “raising huge sums of money at large fundraising events all across the country. And these are not grassroots fundraising events.”

Already, such comments have Biden playing defense, saying in response to a question on the matter: “My lord, this idea of Biden’s the big donor guy, come on. I’ve eschewed any relationship with any PACs.”

No one wants to be playing defense at this point in the race.

Voters will wonder, why is Wall Street eager to fund Biden’s race? The answer is that establishment Democrats see the former Veep as far less threatening than his progressive rivals. They fear the higher taxes and amped up regulations that Warren and others promise. They know the Green New Deal could undermine our economy, and understand that Biden will, at the end of the day, take a middle road.

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Will Democratic primary voters agree? Or will they demand the uncompromising progressive stance that appears the source of energy in the party? Will they select Biden as the most likely to beat Trump or abandon him when they see he is incapable of beating anyone?

Next week’s debate will provide some clues, and could shake up the race. Almost certainly, the odds will lengthen for Biden.

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Liz Peek: Sorry, Elizabeth Warren, student loan relief is not the way to win over millennial voters

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Elizabeth Warren wants to forgive student debt. Nothing could better win millennials over to her campaign. That, of course, is the point.

Last fall, as her quest for the presidency began in earnest, the Massachusetts senator found herself lagging way behind Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden with voters between the ages of 22 and 37, winning only 4 percent of their vote. More recent soundings suggest she hasn’t made much progress; Warren wants to change that.

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Consequently, she has proposed another breathtaking pillaging of taxpayer funds, introducing a bill along with Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., that would eliminate up to $50,000 in student loan debt for 42 million Americans. The measure, estimated to cost taxpayers $640 billion, follows through on earlier campaign promises, and would wipe out as much as $50,000 of debt for borrowers with household incomes under $100,000. The amount of forgiveness would decline at higher incomes; people with income of $250,000 or more would see no debt relief.

Warren’s plan would insert more Big Government meddling into a system already staggering under the grievous distortions that such manipulation inevitably produces. As with the housing crisis, Americans have been prodded to borrow in order to promote goals established by our elected officials, who always know best.

For many years, the government worked doggedly to encourage home ownership for every American, including many who could not afford it. In a similar vein, Beltway brainiacs decided that everyone should get a college degree, in part because our high schools had ceased graduating kids with the skills necessary to earn a living. Instead of revisiting the idea that teaching “trade” or vocational courses is verboten, the authorities determined that a college degree would lead to guaranteed earnings.

That proved to be wrong, just as owning a home turned out not to be the surefire starter investment that would lead to wealth accumulation, but rather a risky speculation that crashed to earth and caused millions to lose everything. Government-fueled borrowing inflated home prices just as it has also inflated the cost of a college degree, which has been rising at one and a half to two times the rate of inflation. With hundreds of billions of dollars of government-supplied debt propelling college tuitions higher, and with salaries for many careers relatively stagnant over the past decade, the ability of graduates to pay off their loans diminished.

If Warren turned her attention to further strengthening opportunities for young people, maybe millennials would jump aboard.

Now, student debt totals over $1.5 trillion. Many think the burden of paying off those loans is crippling the financial futures of millions of young Americans. They point to the struggling housing market as evidence that millennials are unable to move forward, concluding they are prohibited from buying a home by excess student debt.

In fact, a study by the Urban Institute found numerous reasons why home ownership by millennials is lagging other demographic groups. Those include millennials’ tendency to delay marriage and childbearing, as well as their preference for urban living, where high rents make it tough to raise the down payment for a home. In other words, it’s not all about student debt.

There are many problems with Warren’s proposal. First, it would shatter any expectation that future student borrowers would repay their loans. Why would they? The college students of the future would assume that if they borrow to finance a career writing poetry and their earnings fall short of their overly-optimistic expectations, Uncle Sam and his hardy taxpayers would bail them out.

Second, eliminating debts undermines individual responsibility and teaches a terrible lesson. As with any investment, student borrowers should take the plunge only after determining they will be able to pay back that loan. It is not difficult to research which colleges offer the best value proposition, comparing starting salaries for graduates with the cost of a degree.

Third, a great many people who played by the rules (one of Warren’s favorite themes) and scrimped to pay off their loans, would cry foul and rightly so. As one letter-writer to the New York Times wrote: “Bailouts, by definition, exclude those who lived within their means. This was a lesson of the 2008 mortgage crisis, as well as a contributing factor in the rise of the Tea Party. Is Ms. Warren really trying to repeat history?”

Next, Warren’s proposal will deliver hundreds of billions of dollars to college graduates who are likely to become high earners and who will ultimately be able to pay off their debts. Surely there are more worthy recipients for taxpayer dollars.

To be sure, there is a cohort of borrowers who graduated in the years during and immediately after the financial crisis, who started off unable to get the kind of job they hoped for; many are struggling. There is already a debt repayment program in place to help just those folks, which eventually cancels out unpaid debts. Moreover, those young people are among the greatest beneficiaries of the strengthening job market; their prospects improve by the day.

Meanwhile, newly-minted college graduates are doing just fine. The latest report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows hiring up by 11 percent this year, the first double-digit increase since 2011, and starting salaries up as well.

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If Warren seriously wants to help young people, she should encourage her colleagues in Congress to help the Trump administration continue to detangle the red tape spun out by President Obama’s White House. She should rally Democrats to pass the updated NAFTA treaty, the USMCA, which is projected to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, adding to an already-tight employment market. She should encourage state legislators to welcome professional certifications and licenses from other states, encouraging mobility and freedom, as Arizona has recently done.

Overall, Elizabeth Warren and her fellow progressives should worry more about wealth accumulation and less about redistribution. If she turned her attention to further strengthening opportunities for young people, maybe millennials would jump aboard.

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Liz Peek: Biden’s climate plan – Big, bold and borrowed? Front-runner’s plan plays catch-up with AOC, others

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Joe Biden just rolled out a plan to tackle climate change, the second big policy offering of his campaign. In its ambitions and approach, the program looks a lot like others that have been presented by his rivals and by leading environmental concerns.

In fact, it looks so much like competing plans that the former vice president has been accused of plagiarism, again. Remember that Biden faced similar charges in 1988. Engaged in his first presidential run that year, he lifted parts of a speech made by U.K. politician Neil Kinnock, in which the Labor leader declared he was the first in his family to attend college. That factoid turned out to be true for Kinnock but not for Uncle Joe. His family had several college grads.

In the past, Biden apparently borrowed text from other politicians and also plagiarized parts of a research paper he wrote while at Syracuse University College of Law.

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In other words, stealing other people’s work appears to be something of a habit for the man President Trump likes to call “Sleepy Joe.”

Most likely, the goof in preparing the climate position paper reflects the price Biden is paying for his late entry into the Democratic race. While Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have had months to work up policy initiatives – which in Warren’s case are as plentiful as dandelions in August – Biden is scrambling to get up to speed.

It appears that in their haste to respond to charges that Biden was not taking climate change seriously, his team cut and pasted together a patchwork quilt of ideas taken from numerous sources. Instead of confirming Biden’s history of plagiarism, the slip may instead reveal that his opponents are correct. He does not take climate change seriously.

That said, Biden’s climate policy is carefully crafted, not necessarily to reduce emissions, but to appeal politically to nearly everybody and offend nobody. His plan promises to reach net zero emissions and 100 percent clean energy by 2050, taking 20 years more to achieve that milestone than the Green New Deal. Sleepy Joe indeed.

Biden enthusiastically joins the nuclear arms race of spending that the Democratic climate competition has become. He slaps a $5 trillion price tag on his program, way behind the $9 trillion of other people’s money that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is prepared to spend, but matching Beto O’Rourke’s program.

Of course, all proposals pale in comparison to the Green New Deal, which has been estimated to cost as much as $93 trillion but that encompasses far more than just climate management.

In his proposal, Biden pays homage to the progressive wing of his party by lauding Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s costly GND, as have many of the other Democrats running for the Oval Office, calling it a “crucial framework.”

He kowtows to Obama nostalgia by noting his plan goes beyond “the Obama-Biden administration platform,” reminding us anew (as if we could forget) of his history with “Barack.” He massages environmental warriors by pledging to not take campaign contributions from those dastardly fossil-fuel providers (you know, the ones that heat our homes and make our cars run) and promising to “stand up to the abuse of power by polluters who disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities.”

He mollifies those few Democrats worried about our nation’s $22 trillion debt by saying only $1.7 trillion of his $5 trillion 10-year plan will come from the federal government, with local authorities and corporations kicking in the rest. He also claims the $1.7 trillion would be financed by reversing the GOP tax cuts on businesses. That’s a puzzler, since hiking the 21 percent rate back to 27 percent or 28 percent is estimated to yield only around $700 billion over the next decade.

The actual policies that Biden promises to enact are mostly conventional and small-bore, such as making sure the federal government purchases only zero-emissions vehicles (does Tesla make tanks?) or making government buildings energy efficient. He wants to bring together our nation’s top talent to speed new renewable energy technologies, though some might say the quickest way to stifle innovation would be to ensnare our brightest scientists in the federal bureaucracy.

On one idea Biden should be congratulated. He proposes using “small modular nuclear reactors at half the construction cost of today’s reactors.” Though it is not size that makes nuclear investment prohibitively expensive today but rather cumbersome environmental opposition, expansion of zero-emission nuclear power would be a positive step.

Several weeks ago, Biden was hammered when a campaign worker said he was searching for a “middle of the road” position on climate. That apostasy did not sit well with the left wing of his party, for whom mitigating the effects of carbon emission has become not just a policy but a creed. No price tag is too high, no loss of competitive advantage too great, no harm to our workers is too costly to justify taking a middle path.

The issue describes perfectly the jam Democrats are in.

Joe Biden is supposed to be the candidate who can appeal to progressives like Sanders and Warren who want to redistribute the nation’s wealth as well as those traditionally Democratic blue-collar workers who defected to President Trump in 2016.

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Creating a climate plan that satisfies both those groups is a tall order. Biden’s proposal and indeed all plans promising to end our use of fossil fuels will drive up power costs, make our industries less competitive, and will cost jobs. That’s why union leaders like the AFL-CIO criticized the GND, calling it “unrealistic” and likely to harm workers.

Recent elections, like the one in Australia, show that even voters professing alarm at climate change will put jobs ahead of mitigating emissions. Democrats and Joe Biden would be smart to take note.

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Liz Peek: To triumph in 2020, Republicans will need to win over millennials – Here’s how to do it

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Republicans running in 2020 need to address climate change. Like it or not, the dire warnings about cataclysmic global warming resonate with young voters especially, who see the threat of climate change as real, and likely to impact their lives.

But, GOP candidates do not have to buy into the loony Green New Deal, or endorse climate fixes that hurt our economy for questionable gains. Instead, as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has shown, they can win politically by delivering clean air and water programs that improve peoples’ quality of life. In short, they can separate environment from climate.

Voter approval of Republican Ron DeSantis, who won the Florida governor’s mansion by a whisker last fall, is soaring. Polls have him at 60 percent or above, the highest in more than a decade for anyone holding that office.

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As a recent Mason Dixon poll revealed, DeSantis scores well not only with Republicans but also with Democrats.

How has he done it? Partly by tackling full-force the algae blooms that garnered nationwide attention when they threatened Florida’s waters and economy. DeSantis created a top-drawer task force of environmental academics to study the toxic blue-green slime, put more effort behind monitoring the state’s water management procedures, vowed to oppose offshore drilling, allocated funds for cleaning up existing blooms, and promised a host of other measures including creating a 17,000 acre Everglades reservoir.

The aggressive commitment is working for him, and for the people of Florida. There’s a lesson there.

The rising amounts of everlasting garbage in our waterways is a horror. Finding plastic in the bellies of fish and in pristine seas is disgusting; we can all get on board with trying to fix that.

Millennial voters want action on climate change. They won’t be impressed by rational debates on the topic, or cost-benefit analyses. They don’t care that China spews more pollution into the air than the U.S. and Europe combined, or that Beijing is still building coal-powered plants despite its empty promises to clean up its act. They are unimpressed that the U.S. is one of the few developed nations that has lowered emissions, because of the increased use of natural gas.

None of those facts damp the fervor of young voters. The GOP has to have an answer, or several answers, that focus the debate away from futuristic projections of sea changes or rising temperatures and instead on achievable, pragmatic solutions to existing environmental challenges that do not undermine our energy industries (which give U.S. producers an important competitive advantage) or our way of life.

For example: Republicans should attack the dumping of plastic into the oceans. Or, promise to follow through on the government’s long-stalled plan to dispose of nuclear waste. Or campaign on making sure every American has access to safe drinking water. Each region has individual issues, but some appeal nationally.

Like, for instance, cleaning up the oceans. The rising amounts of everlasting garbage in our waterways is a horror. Finding plastic in the bellies of fish and in pristine seas is disgusting; we can all get on board with trying to fix that.

As Americans head to the beach this summer, they will find evidence of this blight; plastic floating in the sea off Cape Cod, fish that have swallowed parts of straws or other bits of garbage in the Great Lakes, water bottles washed up on Santa Monica Beach. This is a nationwide, indeed, a global problem.

The Ocean Conservancy reports that “every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate our marine environments.” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) equates 8 million metric tons to the weight of 90 aircraft carriers.

After the people of Flint, Michigan, were delivered water containing dangerous amounts of lead, the nation learned that not every citizen has access to clean and safe drinking water. This is an outrage in our prosperous nation.

Plastic does not decompose; it just piles up. It does, however, break down into tiny bits called microplastics, generally smaller than 5 mm, which can end up in fish or other seas creatures we eat. The Conservancy says that 60 percent of seabirds and 100 percent of sea turtle varieties have plastic in their systems, having mistaken straws and other items for food.

While some plastic sinks to the ocean floor, some floats and can gather into large areas of debris. The largest “dump” of plastic garbage is found between Hawaii and California, in the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP). The “patch” is estimated to cover a surface area of 1.6 million square kilometers, roughly three times the size of France. A group called Ocean Cleanup calculates there are more than 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in the dump, weighing an estimated 80,000 metric tons.

Attacking this pollution of our waterways is important, and would be popular.

Similarly, candidates should campaign on safely burying our nation’s nuclear waste in the Yucca Mountain site selected by Congress in 1987 but stalled for political reasons by the Obama administration in 2015. As Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal, the Yucca site sits on 8,400 square miles of U.S.-owned land, an area bigger than the state of Massachusetts. It has been determined that our nuclear leftovers could be safely buried there for at least one million years.

Moving forward on secure disposal might smooth the path for nuclear energy, which today supplies, as Barrasso points out, 60 percent of our carbon-free energy, or “more than three times the energy produced by wind and more than 18 times the amount from solar.” We cannot be serious about addressing climate change unless we welcome increased nuclear power.

After the people of Flint, Michigan, were delivered water containing dangerous amounts of lead, the nation learned that not every citizen has access to clean and safe drinking water. This is an outrage in our prosperous nation, and an important challenge, which Republicans would do well to embrace.

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Climate and environment are not the same. However, an activist environmental agenda could help win the hearts of young voters, without destroying our economy.

In the 2020 election, millennial voters will be as big a voter block as baby boomers. GOP candidates need to address their concerns.

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Liz Peek: Ten reasons why Putin will likely oppose Trump in 2020 — What will Democrats do then?

Democrats continue to howl about Russian interference in our elections, and rightly so. But will they be quite so worked up if Putin chooses to oppose Trump in 2020, and backs their candidate instead?

For many reasons, Russia’s president is likely to want a Democrat in the Oval Office. Here are ten:

1.  A strong U.S. economy undermines Russia’s long-standing efforts to destabilize the U.S. The GOP tax cuts and reduced regulation have led to record-low unemployment and rising wages, not exactly fertile ground in which to sow discord. Democrats can argue otherwise, but it is a fact that President Trump’s election ushered in a significant surge in business and consumer confidence, which has led to increased spending as well as higher corporate investment and a welcome rise in productivity. Under President Obama, business executives held back, concerned at the onslaught of regulations and the White House’s overall hostility to the private sector.

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2. The Trump administration has made it a priority to increase defense spending, which Russia views with alarm. The 2018 budget included a 15.5 percent hike in defense outlays, the biggest since 2003; in 2019 another increase was pushed through. Not only is the U.S. spending on military refurbishment, but the government is also allocating money towards a build-up of our activities in space. Bernie Sanders, a leading Democratic contender, wants to cut military spending. Nothing would please Russia more.

3. President Trump has riled our NATO allies by demanding they increase their military budgets, the first line of defense against Russian mischief in Europe. Though much has been made of the deterioration in our relations with Germany and various other EU countries, in reality this hard line by Trump has stiffened spines and drawn attention to the shocking deterioration in EU military preparedness. Russia cannot be happy.

4. Trump has openly criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her commitment to the Nord Stream pipeline project, which guarantees that Europe will remain uncomfortably dependent on Russian gas. After an agreement reached last year between Trump and EU President Juncker, U.S. LNG shipments to Europe rose 181 percent and the EU agreed to invest heavily in new LNG terminals. This pact allows the U.S. to provide Europe with an alternative source for natural gas.

What we already know is that the liberal media will be available to help destroy President Trump.

5. More importantly, President Trump is 100 percent committed to expanding U.S. energy resources. While Beto O’Rourke and other Democrats have vowed to halt oil and gas leases on federal lands and want to tax and restrict our fossil fuel producers, the White House rightly views our strengthening energy position as a geopolitical and strategic advantage and will legislate accordingly.

6. In the same vein, Democrats are of one mind about the Paris Climate Accord: they want back in. The agreement would severely hobble the U.S. economy but barely restrict China, the world’s largest polluter. It would reduce America’s competitiveness on the world stage, a win for Russia and our other enemies.

7. President Trump increased our aggression in Syria, ending the days of U.S. planes coming back with cargo bays full of bombs. As a result, ISIS was driven out of its caliphate, greatly diminishing its reign of terror. The Trump military also shipped, at the request of the government, anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, which Obama would not do despite the urging of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

8. President Trump has taken a strong stance in support of the European Deterrence Initiative, for which his administration has requested in two years more than $17 billion, compared to only $5 billion during Obama’s last three years in office. The consequence? Thousands of GIs deployed in conjunction with NATO troops, to the Baltics, Poland, and Norway with the express mission of containing potential Russian aggression.

9. President Trump joined with EU allies in expelling scores of diplomats in response to the nerve-gas attack on a former Russian spy in the U.K. In addition, he has levied some of the toughest sanctions ever placed on Russia, including on seven wealthy oligarchs in Putin’s inner circle and 17 top Russian officials, all in response to the 2016 election meddling, adding to the penalties applied by the Obama White House. Further, the closure of consulates in Seattle and San Francisco were unprecedented punitive measures.

10. The Trump White House has taken a hard line on Moscow’s interference in Venezuela. Putin has apparently hoped for a deal, in which Russia withdraws its support for Maduro and in exchange, the U.S. severs its alliance with Ukraine. No such arrangement has been forthcoming. Instead, the U.S. has invoked the Monroe Doctrine, and demanded that Russia “get out.”

The left-leaning media has made much of President Trump’s supposed “bromance” with Vladimir Putin, because it fits with the narrative that Moscow conspired to fix the outcome of the 2016 election. The president has sometimes prompted such speculation, by making injudicious remarks about his conversations with the Russian leader.

More important is that the U.S. is booming, wages are rising, our energy production is soaring and we are likely to enter the next several years with better and more beneficial trade deals. None of this is to Putin’s advantage.

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Putin has choices as we approach the 2020 election: work to undermine the campaigns of President Trump or of his opponent, or possibly both.

What we already know is that the liberal media will be available to help destroy President Trump. So my guess is this: that this will be the easier and most productive road for Moscow’s strong man to travel.

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Liz Peek: Biden’s dishonest campaign launch is not the way to win back disaffected Democrats

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If Joe Biden is supposed to be the good guy in the race, we’re in trouble.

Uncle Joe jumped into the 2020 presidential campaign via a message that centered on a lie, and he knows it. In his three-and-a half- minute launch video, Biden cites comments made by President Trump in the aftermath of the deadly Charlottesville protests that were taken out of context. He does so to suggest that Trump has a soft spot in his heart for white supremacists and “Klansmen” of the kind that clashed with protesters that fateful day in 2017. He knows better.

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Trump’s oft-quoted comment that there were “good people on both sides” was in response to a reporter, and described some of the people who opposed taking down statues that commemorated Civil War heroes like Robert E. Lee, not the marchers carrying anti-Semitic placards. The day of the rally, as the violence escalated, Trump tweeted “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one!” 

To be precise, here’s what the president actually said:

“Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group — excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”

Later in the press scrum, President Trump said, to clarify, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”

In fact, Trump’s tweets about the Charlottesville events were so damning of the actions by white supremacists that former Klansman David Duke shot back: “So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated & anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us?”

Why would this perversion of Trump’s remarks have gained such traction, and why would Biden have relied on a falsehood to launch his run? Because critics have constantly sought to portray the president as a racist, and have used such misrepresentations to boost Democrat standing with minority voters.

In effect, Biden told Trump voters they made a huge mistake, and that they were stupid and dishonorable to vote for a racist. He suggested that they were, in fact, “deplorables,” as Hillary claimed.

Biden, and others running for the Oval Office, are terrified that Hispanics and blacks, who reliably vote Democratic, might be swayed by rising wages or better job prospects to vote for Trump.  They are right to be concerned; recent polls show Trump gaining traction, especially with Latinos. In 2016 he won 28 percent of the Hispanic vote, about the same as Romney in 2012, but much better than the 18 percent projected by surveys at the time. More recently, polls show the president’s approval rating among Latinos at around 35 percent and climbing, with some outliers logging in at 50 percent. That is a serious red flag for Democrats.

Similarly, there have been signs that Trump has enjoyed a modest gain with black voters, only 8 percent of whom voted for him in 2016. By late last year, support had climbed substantially; a strong economy and criminal justice reform are strong selling points for the GOP incumbent. Some surveys show approval from blacks now at about 16 percent. One analyst concludes that if blacks voted accordingly, Trump could win Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida, and maybe even Minnesota.  In other words, a landslide.

Now it is clear why Biden played the race card. His video especially targets black voters, who are being aggressively pursued by others in the race like Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren. Biden needs black voters not only to beat Trump, but also to top his most important current challenger, Bernie Sanders. Sanders has not made great inroads with blacks, who comprise 40 percent of Democrat primary voters, leaving him exposed especially in an early primary state like South Carolina, where they constitute a majority.

The Charlottesville lie is not the only one told by Biden on the first day of his campaign: in response to a Fox News reporter asking why President Obama had not endorsed him, Biden claimed it was because he had asked his former boss not to do so. He may have said that, but his request (if he made one) is not the reason Obama has been mum on his pick for the 2020 candidate. Word is that the former president has been asking his important bundlers to back Beto O’Rourke. Biden surely knows that.

Other elements of Biden’s entry into the race were equally disturbing. His video was all about bashing Trump. It was dark, suggesting that the United States is in trouble, and facing a threat “unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.” This from a 76-year-old man who has lived through tough wars in Korea and Vietnam as well as devastating race riots, and who has seldom, just for the record, seen the country enjoying such prosperity.

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Biden is supposed to be the candidate best able to beat President Trump. The theory goes that the blue-collar workers in Ohio, Michigan and other toss-up states who traditionally voted Democrat but who defected to Trump in 2016 will be won over by Uncle Joe. Certainly, Biden is popular with unions and he will be a strong contender in those states. But putting out a video that fails to mention ideology or personal accomplishments, and instead focuses entirely on bashing President Trump seems an odd way to reclaim those people.

In effect, Biden told Trump voters they made a huge mistake, and that they were stupid and dishonorable to vote for a racist. He suggested that they were, in fact, “deplorables,” as Hillary claimed. That approach didn’t work so well for Hillary; it’s doubtful it will work for Biden either.

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Liz Peek: Democrats cling to the Russia probe because it’s all they’ve got

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Democrats:

?         Wanted a Special Counsel; they got a Special Counsel.

?         Wanted an investigation; they got an investigation.

?         Wanted Congressional hearings; they got Congressional hearings.

?         Wanted a report from the Special Counsel; they got a report from the Special Counsel.

Now Democrats want an unredacted report from the Special Counsel, even though the Special Counsel’s report released by Attorney General Barr contained minimal redactions. They know such a report, a version of which Barr has promised to give to senior officials of both parties, will contain Grand Jury information which by law cannot be made public. They want it anyway.

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They also want Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress. No doubt, Mueller will testify before Congress.

And then what? What will Democrats demand next to keep the public eye off the nation’s economic success under President Trump? It has been clear from the start that the collusion probe has been a stand-in for policy; for the past two years it has been so much easier to attack President Trump on bogus charges of working with the Russians than to actually propose better ideas for moving the country forward.

Democrats face two problems. First, the country is increasingly crediting President Trump with buoyant job creation, higher productivity and wage gains. Second, their party is cracking apart, suffering a leadership vacuum and a surfeit of dissonant noise-makers hungry for attention. They can’t agree on policy, but they toe the line on combatting Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, Americans are ready to move on, more concerned about immigration, health care and other issues that impact their pocketbooks. Unfortunately, Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer and Maxine Waters, among others, are not ready to let them. Senator Warren, desperate to attract attention to her stalled presidential campaign, is a front-runner only in calling for impeachment proceedings. Congressman Nadler, who has already issued subpoenas into every nook and cranny of Mr. Trump’s business past in hopes of finding something, anything, to further investigate, has demanded the unredacted Mueller report and all the accompanying underlying evidence.

Putin would much prefer Socialist Bernie Sanders in the driver’s seat than another four years of Trump.

Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said after the release of the Mueller report, “undoubtedly there is collusion,” even though dozens of investigators could not find any.  He said in an interview, “We will continue to investigate the counterintelligence issues. That is, is the president or people around him compromised in any way by a hostile foreign power? . . . It doesn’t appear that was any part of Mueller’s report.”  Maybe that’s because, like so many of Schiff’s allegations, it doesn’t exist.

Schiff cannot let this go, because, truly, that’s all he’s got. Ask yourself, who had ever heard of Adam Schiff before he became the face of the “Bring Trump Down” party?

To be fair, President Trump isn’t ready to move on, either. He wants an apology.  We read that he wanted to fire Mueller; who wouldn’t, knowing that the underlying charge was untrue? He has raged and bullied, infuriated that his extraordinary accomplishment of defeating the “inevitable” Hillary Clinton was overshadowed by spurious accusations and constant speculation about his likely downfall. Worse, his enemies have described his immense victory as illegitimate, thanks to Russian interference. Those who voted for him know better.

Trump wants the entire country to acknowledge that the Mueller inquiry was a hoax, perpetuated by sore losers and enabled by a politicized Justice Department. That isn’t going to happen.

Rather than continuing down that fruitless path, the president should further rebuff the Collusion Delusion by calling for a robust and transparent investigation into Russian election meddling. He should dedicate his administration to preventing future influence campaigns of the sort that Moscow is famous for. Such an initiative would separate the partisan attacks on his White House from a serious matter that concerns all Americans.

It might also be helpful to the Trump 2020 campaign. After all, it is almost certain that Putin’s guns will be directed at Trump in the next election. Though the liberal media has ignored White House policy towards Russia, the reality is that Trump has been tougher on Moscow that his predecessor. Sending arms to Ukraine, encouraging NATO allies to beef up their defense spending, imposing sanctions on numerous Russian intelligence, military and commercial entities, boosting exports of natural gas in an effort to dilute Russia’s grip on Europe’s energy supply, increasing U.S. military spending; Putin would much prefer Socialist Bernie Sanders in the driver’s seat than another four years of Trump.

President Trump will not be impeached on the flimsy case for obstruction of justice; Republican control of the Senate virtually guarantees any such effort would fail. Also, there are too many new House Democrats representing districts that voted for Trump in 2016 who will shy away from such a divisive gesture. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her deputy Steny Hoyer have rebuffed calls to initiate impeachment proceedings, with the latter telling CNN, “Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point.”

Still, there are members of Pelosi’s unruly caucus who will call for impeachment, like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who promised to “impeach the mother**cker” hours after being sworn into office. For that crew, impeachment is another way to garner headlines and “likes” on their social media pages. One wonders if they have considered what is best for the country.

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In his State of the Union address in February, President Trump promised, “We can make our communities safer, our families stronger, our culture richer, our faith deeper, and our middle class bigger and more prosperous than ever before.” He asked Democrats to “choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction.”

It seems unlikely Democrats will choose greatness.

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Liz Peek: Democrats’ immigration stance is going to cost them

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Critics are correct: President Trump was wrong when he threatened to release tens of thousands of asylum seekers into sanctuary cities.

He should have just done it.

It is high time that Democrat leaders, secure in their walled estates and derisive of the president’s efforts to restore order along our southern border, share the responsibility of supporting and caring for the crowds of undocumented people overwhelming our facilities in Texas, New Mexico and elsewhere.

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Needless to say, transporting thousands of people to cities like San Francisco and New York is unlikely for all kinds of budget and logistical reasons. Still, it might knock some sense into our liberal legislators who continue to ignore the overwhelming surge of illegal immigrants across our southern border.

For months Democrats have denied the emergency at our border, denounced the president for politicizing a “manufactured crisis” and dismissed border patrol professionals who advocate for barriers that might help control the surge. They have steadfastly refused to pass any measures that might alleviate the problem.

They have denounced the president for attempting to change what is clearly a broken asylum process, all the while attempting to score political points by campaigning to eliminate ICE, an organization that routinely cracks down on sex traffickers and drug dealers.

What is wrong with these people?

Even The New York Times, doubtless convinced by heart-rending photos of thousands of families stuck at the border, has concluded the “U.S. Border Could be at a Breaking Point,” as they recently reported.

Cory Booker recently kicked off his campaign for president at a rally in Newark, where he dramatically accused the administration of “throwing children into cages…”

Earlier this year, Booker bravely joined other Democratic presidential hopefuls in voting against the spending bill that included $1.37 billion to build barriers along the border as well as an additional $500 million for funding ICE, which aimed to ease the terrible crush at our southern border. The bill easily passed, so the “no” vote was simply a political gesture of the sort Booker, aka “Spartacus,” has become known for.

It allowed the New Jersey senator to join the radical leftists in his party who denounce our treatment of people attempting to enter the country illegally, without offering any actual solutions to what is undeniably a serious problem.

According to Border Patrol officials, more than 103,000 migrants crossed the border in March, up from 76,000 in February. The New York Times acknowledged, “More undocumented immigrants were apprehended along the southern border in March than in any month since 2007…”

Of course, any sensible measures to cut down on the relentless flow of undocumented people into our country will be met with horror from the left.

A border patrol official recently testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee that individuals from 50 different countries had been apprehended at our border with Mexico.

As reported in the New York Post, people from Bangladesh, Egypt, and Turkey have been caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally – all known sources of terrorism. Is Nancy Pelosi OK with that? Is Chuck Schumer? What is their answer?

Democrats think they have the high road in this issue, having denounced the Trump administration’s earlier (abhorrent) policy of separating children from their parents in an effort to discourage the immigration surge. But Americans are not happy to see those organized caravans of thousands overwhelming our border. President Trump is right: it makes the U.S. look stupid.

Polling indicates that even as Democrats try to dismiss the crisis at the border, or even deny it, Americans think it is a serious problem. Asked by Gallup whether they “personally worry” about illegal immigration, 78 percent of respondents say they do; only 21 percent say it does not concern them at all.

As Democrats try to push for increased services and rights for undocumented persons, opposition to their open border stance will increase. Earlier this year when San Francisco began allowing people into the country illegally to vote in school board elections, polling showed 71 percent of Americans opposed the move.

San Francisco is not alone. Other cities have allowed undocumented persons limited voting rights, as well as increased access to benefits such as help with college tuition. Just in the past few days, New York Democrats approved $27 million in tuition aid for Dreamers, while blocking a bill that would have assisted the children of disabled or deceased military veterans. Imagine the outrage.

The caravans of tens of thousands of people traveling to our border are encouraged by our policy of giving asylum preference to families and the knowledge that the process is easily gamed. People entering the country illegally who claim asylum have to plead their case; most have been coached to utter the magic words which allow them to stay.

In the past fiscal year, nearly 98,000 migrants were interviewed as part of the so-called “credible fear” screening process;  almost 75,000 were allowed entry into the country. Once in the U.S., most are given a future court date, often more than two years in the future, when they are supposed to argue their case. Most fail to show up for that hearing.

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The Trump administration wants to change the laws governing our system, to make it harder for asylum seekers to pass that initial screening process. Officials might demand greater proof that the immigrants face actual threats, or the State Department might be required to certify the level of threat in their home countries.

Of course, any sensible measures to cut down on the relentless flow of undocumented people into our country will be met with horror from the left. Democrats in Congress, however, will  have only themselves to blame if the president is forced to act unilaterally. And, if he is re-elected by those incensed at their refusal to deal with this problem.

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