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BY RACHEL DEL GUIDICE
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Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., says Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill, among other things, has “only about 10%” that actually deals with the pandemic while providing “$350 billion to bail out the blue states.”
Blackburn, today’s guest on “The Daily Signal Podcast,” also says that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “wants $112 million for the Bay Area Rapid Transit, so that people can get from San Francisco to Silicon Valley to work on all of those six-figure jobs.”
Why are Democrats pushing for these provisions in COVID-19 “relief”? Blackburn discusses this and more.
We also cover these stories:
- The Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was domestic terrorism, FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- A Los Angeles teachers union says California’s plan to reopen public schools is “a recipe for propagating structural racism.”
- The U.S. and the European Union issue new sanctions against Russia in response to the confirmed poisoning of an opposition leader.
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Rachel del Guidice: I’m joined today on “The Daily Signal Podcast” by Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. Sen. Blackburn, it’s always great to have you on “The Daily Signal Podcast.”
Sen. Marsha Blackburn: And I am always delighted to join you all. Thank you so much.
Del Guidice: Well, thanks for being with us. I wanted to start off talking to you about Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill. There’s a lot in here. Can you just tell us about the bill and how much of it really does relate to COVID-19?
Blackburn: What we’re hearing is there’s only about 10% of the bill that actually deals with COVID. And the other components that are in the bill, there’s $350 billion to bail out the blue states, $50 billion of it—believe it or not—goes to New York. New York has been so poorly managed through the past several decades.
Then you look at $27 billion going to California. California actually has a surplus in their budget this year, but they’ve mismanaged all their pensions.
[House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi wants $112 million for the Bay Area Rapid Transit, so that people can get from San Francisco to Silicon Valley to work on all of those six-figure jobs.
You can look at what they’re doing for arts and museums, $150 billion there. We know that art centers and museums have been closed during COVID. So there is a tremendous amount of waste.
Basically, what they did was create a wish list of everything they wanted to get money out too quickly because they know come 2022, they’re going to lose the House, they’re going to lose the Senate. They are pushing executive orders out of the White House. They think if they can get to liberal utopia in the next 12 months, they’re going to try to do it.
Del Guidice: … Is there anything really related to COVID [in this bill]? I feel like there’s like one or two things, but how much of this is actually COVID?
Blackburn: Yeah. Well, it’s so interesting because there’s the [Paycheck Protection Program] money, the plus-up in unemployment, and then a few billion dollars for vaccine production and distribution that is in the bill.
But thank goodness President [Donald] Trump created Operation Warp Speed, and we have a vaccine and we are getting shots in arms, and people are completing their shots and their vaccinations and now they’re beginning to get back to life as normal.
Del Guidice: I want to ask you too, coming from Tennessee and all the small businesses you work with and see and talk to you there, how has this shutdown impacted the people of Tennessee?
Blackburn: The shutdown has been very difficult for many of our small businesses, especially restaurants and entertainment venues. They were the first to be shut down, they’re going to be the last to be able to open up. So those sectors of our economy have been incredibly hard hit.
So when Tennesseans hear what the Democrats are doing with their spending bill—giving all this money to blue states, giving money to individuals that haven’t missed a paycheck—they are just stumped with why they would even do this.
COVID relief is supposed to be targeted timely and temporary and that is what people want to see. They don’t want to burden their children with having all of these big tax bills that will come their way in another decade.
Del Guidice: Something else that’s been a big topic of debate is kids going back to school, and a lot of schools … across the country are still closed. How has that impacted Tennessee children and where do you think we should go from here?
Blackburn: I have to give a shoutout, Rachel. Our Tennessee superintendent and directors of schools and our teachers and our parents said, “We are not going to be stopped by this. We’re going to find a way.” And they have.
They have had to do modified schedules. Some of them are back into school full time, others … rotate days, but children are back in school. Children are playing sports. There are activities that are taking place and they put the money that was in the CARES Act to good use.
They bolstered their remote learning opportunities and their technology and took the necessary precautions to have children in school, in front of a teacher. And Tennessee is doing great with this.
Del Guidice: Switching gears a bit here, something you’ve been talking about on Twitter is the nursing home cover-up we saw with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo covering up a lot of deaths. I think it was around 15,000 that happened in nursing homes in that state.
So what are your thoughts there? You’ve talked about it on Twitter, so I’m just curious to hear something. This has happened and people are just starting to see and react to it now.
Blackburn: One of the things that have so offended people is the bluster that came from Gov. Cuomo during COVID and no one has yet figured out why he made the decision to send people back to nursing homes when he had the Mercy Ship, when he also had the arena that had been fitted and was ready to receive COVID patients and went unused. So there is not an understanding of why he made that decision.
Now, I think that it is just so devastating to individuals who lost loved ones and they couldn’t see them and yet he’s out here selling a book about his great leadership. He should take the proceeds from that book and pay expenses for every one of these families that lost a loved one.
Del Guidice: Well, you spoke at [the Conservative Political Action Conference], and something that you talked about is fighting for freedom of speech here in the U.S., at home, and also across the world. How should this happen and why is it important?
Blackburn: Oh, that First Amendment, it is so vitally important. If they take the First Amendment and remove your freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom and ability to peaceably assemble, freedom to approach your government for a redress of grievances, if they take that, then they’ll take the Second Amendment, they’ll take the rest of them.
And other nations look to us to say, “This is how you push for freedom. This is how you live in a free country. This is how you have robust, respectful debate. This is how you allow people to dissent.”
Del Guidice: Something else [that] was the topic of CPAC, where you spoke, and we’ve seen it surface a lot in social media and other areas, is this situation of cancel culture where people say something that Big Tech disagrees with and then they’re canceled.
We’ve seen Former President Donald Trump, his Twitter was taken down. And then other organizations like the Job Creators Network, for example, they’re just an organization that is for lower taxes and helping people in their different communities, in jobs situations, and their account was taken down.
So what’s your perspective of cancel culture and how do you think this challenge or the situation should be met?
Blackburn: Rachel, I think that we have Big Tech, Big Media, and big leftists who are all in this together. And people are going to have to push back on this and then there is legislation, some things that we should do.
I have the “virtual you” protection agenda, which is my online privacy bill, which would put the individual in control of their presence online and give you the ability to say to Big Tech, “No, you cannot follow me, track me, data mine me, sell or share my information without me allowing you to do so.
And for Section 230 in censorship, basically what it says is: “Look, you, Big Tech, are going to have to go over here and come out from behind these liability protections. We’re going to save these for new entrants and smaller players in the social media space. And if you want to censor somebody or block or throttle or demonetize or deplatform, guess what? You’ve got to tell them specifically why before you take an action.”
Del Guidice: As we wrap-up, I wanted to ask you just about your perspective on the current climate we’ve seen right now. It’s a heightened time, definitely, with all the different things going on at the Capitol and all the barbed wire and everything going on, and you spend a lot of time serving in the House and then now you’re in the Senate.
So given everything you’ve been able to see all these years in public service—I was actually at your victory party, I think it was almost two years ago now, which is bizarre to think about—what is your thought on where we’re at and where do you think we need to go because we have a lot of work to do?
Blackburn: We do have a lot of work to do. And when you look at how things have transpired and how given the left is to taking away freedoms and rights and giving power to the government for government to have control over your life, my hope is that this 2020 election cycle will show people that the left really means business on this and they are not going to give up. So if you like your freedom, you better be willing to fight for it.
Del Guidice: Well, that’s a great note to end on. Sen. Blackburn, thank you so much for joining us on “The Daily Signal Podcast.” It’s always great having you with us.
Blackburn: Thank you.
This is definitely NOT freedom
BY STEVE WATSON
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Israel has rolled out what it is calling a ‘Freedom bracelet’, a tracking device that will serve as an alternative to a two-week quarantine for anyone entering the country from abroad.
The device, which looks like a smart watch is being produced by a company called SuperCom, which has previously worked with governments of several countries on systems to track and monitor prisoners.
Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images
Ordan Trabelsi, the CEO of SuperCom, said “We call it a ‘freedom bracelet’ because we are not locking anybody up, but rather giving them the opportunity to go home.”
…And be tracked by the government if they try to leave their house.
“Nobody is forced to do it, but for those who are interested, it gives them another option: more flexibility,” Trabelsi added.
Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images
So, the choices are be locked up for two weeks in a military-administered quarantine hotel, or take the tracking bracelet.
It doesn’t really sound like ‘freedom’.
The development comes at the same time as a court ruling demanding that the country’s domestic spy agency the Shin Bet must back off Covid-19 contact-tracing surveillance.
The court ruled that the efforts are “draconian” and a threat to democracy in the country, and can only be used in emergencies.
Israel is also operating a two tier society where those who have been vaccinated have a ‘green pass’ to go where they want, and those who haven’t must stay under lockdown.
Figures don’t lie - but liars can figure.
BY MICHAEL CUTLER
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On February 28, 2021 the New York Times reported: Biden’s Immigration Plan Would Offer Path to Citizenship For Millions.
In reviewing the Biden administration’s catastrophic immigration proposals, the first question that should come to every American’s mind is, how does this benefit America and struggling Americans?
This is especially true because the Biden immigration bill would likely result in the lawful admission of more than 100 million immigrants!
I wrote about this issue in my article: “What Biden’s Immigration Policies Would Do To America: America’s adversaries can’t wait for this massive betrayal.”
Incredibly this fact has been ignored by the mainstream media, but we will explore the true magnitude of the Biden Amnesty shortly.
News coverage of immigration almost always focuses on the aliens and those who profit from the admission of foreign workers but never on the citizens of our nation.
For decades the compliant media have viciously attacked advocates for effective and fair immigration law enforcement as being “Anti-Immigrant” while lauding advocates for open borders and what would amount to immigration anarchy as being “Pro-Immigrant.”
This tactic is intended to mislead and intimidate Americans into accepting what should be unacceptable. Since we think of America as a “nation of immigrants,” anyone who would dare suggest that the U.S. government should make certain that our immigration laws are fairly but effectively enforced is attacked as being “anti-American,” “xenophobic” and “racist.”
The 9/11 Commission was crystal clear: the terror attacks of 9/11 and other such terror attacks were only possible because of multiple failures of the immigration system. Yet the media and our political leaders never make that connection.
The 9/11 Commission did not suffer from racism or xenophobia but simply sought to protect our nation from the continuing specter of international terrorism.
A review of a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S. Code § 1182 - Inadmissible aliens will confirm that our laws have nothing to do with racism or xenophobia but about keeping out aliens who pose a threat to public health, public safety, national security, and the jobs and wages of Americans.
Facts are stubborn things -- unless you ignore them or lie about them!
Here is an excerpt from the New York Times article that is certain to warm your heart -- if you consider heartburn to be a way of warming your heart:
The centerpiece of the legislation is an eight-year path to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States as of Jan. 1. After passing background checks and paying taxes, they would be allowed to live and work in the United States for five years. After that, they could apply for a green card, giving them permanent status in the United States and the opportunity to win citizenship after three more years.
But the bill tries to make the most far-reaching changes in immigration law in more than three decades. It would sweep away restrictions on family-based immigration, making it easier for spouses and children to join their families already in the country. And it would expand worker visas to allow more foreigners to come to the United States for jobs.
Unlike previous efforts to overhaul immigration, the legislation does not include a large focus on increased border enforcement. Instead, the bill adds resources to process migrants legally at ports of entry and invests $4 billion over four years in distressed economies in the hopes of preventing people from fleeing to the United States because of security and economic crises.
To begin with, the supposed cutoff date of January 1, 2021 is completely meaningless. No record of entry is created by aliens who evade the inspection process. Any alien who can enter the United States without inspection can easily game this process and simply claim to have entered the United States by whatever cutoff date is established and purchase bogus supporting documents.
It will be difficult if not impossible for the adjudications officers to determine if the information in the applications for amnesty is truthful or fraudulent. I wrote an extensive article about the nexus between immigration fraud and national security in my article: Immigration Fraud: Lies That Kill - 9/11 Commission identified immigration fraud as a key embedding tactic of terrorists.
Simple background checks are inadequate to make proper decisions. The only thing worse than no security is false security!
The pressure will be on to approve applications to clear the backlog. It takes only minutes to approve an application but can take days or weeks to deny an application. Without the resources to conduct actual field investigations, fraud will permeate the adjudications process.
This will not only undermine the integrity of the immigration process but also irrevocably undermine national security and public safety.
The official report 9/11 and Terrorist Travel - Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States addressed immigration fraud thus:
Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.” Mohammed Salameh, who rented the truck used in the bombing, overstayed his tourist visa. He then applied for permanent residency under the agricultural workers' program but was rejected. Eyad Mahmoud Ismail, who drove the van containing the bomb, took English-language classes at Wichita State University in Kansas on a student visa; after he dropped out, he remained in the United States out of status.
There will be no interviews and no background investigations because of the huge number of applications. The number of aliens will likely exceed 20 million. Yale reported that as of two years ago, there were 22.1 million illegal aliens present in the U.S.
The actual numbers would likely be far greater than the Yale estimate.
Furthermore, all legalized aliens would have the absolute right to have all of their minor children and spouses join them legally in the United States.
If, on average, each legalized alien has four children, Biden’s massive amnesty program would likely enable more than 100 million lawful immigrant children to gain entry into the United States. They would all have to be educated in our failing school systems.
How will Biden provide 100 million young immigrants with jobs as they age and join the already overflowing labor pool?
The spouses of these newly-legalized immigrants would also be able to enter the United States.
Imagine the incredible impact that this would have on America’s economy, environment, education, healthcare and infrastructure. Consider the inflationary pressure this would create and lead to more homelessness throughout the United States.
To borrow the radical Left’s expression -- this would certainly not be sustainable.
If this would not be disastrous enough, Biden would also open the floodgates to foreign workers as was noted in the New York Times article I cited above. This would be insane at any time, but especially now with so many Americans suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic with an abject shortage of jobs, vaccines and hospital beds.
My January 2, 2019 article, Open Borders Facilitate America’s Race to the Bottom included this excerpt:
Greenspan supported his infuriating call for many more H-1B visas by the following “benefits” for America and, as you will see, the last sentence of his outrageous paragraph addresses the notion of reducing “wage inequality” by lowering wages of middle class, highly educated Americans whom Greenspan had the chutzpah to refer to as “the privileged elite”!
Consider this excerpt from his testimony:
First, skilled workers and their families form new households. They will, of necessity, move into vacant housing units, the current glut of which is depressing prices of American homes. And, of course, house price declines are a major factor in mortgage foreclosures and the plunge in value of the vast quantity of U.S. mortgage-backed securities that have contributed substantially to the disabling of our banking system.
The second bonus would address the increasing concentration of income in this country. Greatly expanding our quotas for the highly skilled would lower wage premiums of skilled over lesser skilled. Skill shortages in America exist because we are shielding our skilled labor force from world competition. Quotas have been substituted for the wage pricing mechanism. In the process, we have created a privileged elite whose incomes are being supported at noncompetitively high levels by immigration quotas on skilled professionals. Eliminating such restrictions would reduce at least some of our income inequality.
It is clear that the goal of the Biden administration is to destroy jobs and wages for Americans.
I wrote about the nefarious purpose behind this betrayal of Americans by their own government in my article, For Dems to Succeed, Americans Must Fail.
Struggling Americans would be forced to rely on the government for economic subsidies. The money would come with many strings attached, pleasing the radical totalitarian control freaks who seek permanent and total control over our nation and our citizens.
This is the time for all Americans to reach out to their elected “representatives” to let them know how they want to truly be represented and not betrayed by our politicians.
Radical Gun Control Bill Introduced in the House~Why it violates the Second Amendment and Americans’ due process rights
BY JOSEPH KLEIN
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With Joe Biden, a strong advocate of strict gun control, in the White House, Democrats are hoping to enact radical gun control legislation that would eviscerate the Second Amendment. On January 4, 2021, the day after the swearing in of the new Congress, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee introduced a bill (H.R. 127) entitled the "Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act.” Her bill is named after a Pakistani exchange student who was killed in a mass shooting at a Texas school in 2018. The bill would require the federal licensing of firearm and ammunition possession under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Attorney General, establish a national firearm registry, and prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.
The centralized firearm registry is a giant step towards eventual gun confiscation from law-abiding Americans. The information that gun owners must provide to the federal government includes the make, model, and serial number of the firearm, the identity of the owner of the firearm, the date the firearm was acquired by the owner, and where the firearm is or will be stored. Sales, gifts, or even loans of one’s firearm or ammunition must be reported to the Attorney General. When government officials have the information to readily identify and locate owners’ firearms throughout the country, mandatory buy-backs and eventual confiscations become much easier to implement. Only law-abiding Americans will be impacted. Black markets for firearms used by criminals will proliferate.
The registration program is a direct assault on the privacy of law-abiding gun owners. There will be no encryption of their personal information turned over to the federal government. Far from it. The Attorney General will be empowered to establish a database of all registered firearms that will be accessible to the public, as well as to law enforcement and other government agencies.
The broad licensing provision is an egregious violation of personal liberties. The provision goes far beyond the minimum age requirement of 21 and a criminal background check to determine eligibility for a license. Even requiring the license applicant to successfully complete at least 24 hours of training, certified by the Attorney General, in the use, safety, and storage of firearms is not the worst part of it. In order to get a license to possess a firearm or ammunition – i.e., to exercise one’s individual Second Amendment right “to keep and bear Arms” – one has to go through and pass “a psychological evaluation.” (Emphasis added).
The psychologist must be approved by the Attorney General and the evaluation must be conducted in compliance with standards established by the Attorney General. As part of the psychological evaluation, the psychologist must interview “any spouse of the individual, any former spouse of the individual, and at least 2 other persons who are a member of the family of, or an associate of, the individual to further determine the state of the mental, emotional, and relational stability of the individual in relation to firearms.” One can just imagine the insults a bitter former spouse or estranged family member would spout about that individual’s “mental, emotional, and relational stability.”
A person applying for a license to possess a firearm or ammunition will flunk the evaluation and be denied a license if that individual has ever been hospitalized “with a mental illness, disturbance, or diagnosis (including depression)” or the psychological evaluation indicates that the person has a “chronic mental illness or disturbance.” And to top it all off, if the individual makes it through the psychological evaluation, he or she must have a firearm insurance policy issued by the Attorney General for a fee of $800.
Violations of the Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act are not treated like misdemeanors with a slap on the wrist. A violation can mean as much as 25 years in prison and a fine of as much as $150,000.
The Supreme Court held in District of Columbia, et al. v. Heller that the Second Amendment right is an individual constitutional right. The Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act turns that Second Amendment right “to keep and bear Arms” into a privilege bestowed by the federal government. The Attorney General would have peremptory powers in deciding whether to grant or deny a license to law-abiding Americans, based on a psychological evaluation process that the Attorney General controls.
Proponents of extremist gun control legislation, such as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s bill, will no doubt point out that the late Justice Scalia’s majority opinion in the Heller case did not address the constitutionality of firearm licensing or registration requirements directly. Those forms of regulation were not at issue before the Supreme Court. The gun control fanatics will also note that Justice Scalia’s majority opinion did not preclude the constitutionality of reasonable regulation of firearm possession. Indeed, he wrote that “nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill…” But this digression from the main holding in Justice Scalia’s majority opinion does not mean that the government can ride roughshod over the due process rights of the American people. The Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act does just that.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s bill imposes a psychological evaluation requirement as a condition for being allowed to possess a gun for self-defense. Law-abiding Americans who wish to own a gun would be subjected to a psychological evaluation conducted on terms dictated by the U.S. Attorney General by a psychologist approved by the Attorney General. The Attorney General has the power to deny a license to a person diagnosed as having “a chronic mental illness or disturbance.” Chronic mental illness is so broad a term that it could include a diagnosis of such common conditions as mood disorder or anxiety disorder. The Attorney General would get to decide who among the millions of anxious or depressed Americans should be denied a license. The bill sets no limits on the Attorney General’s powers. There is no process for appealing the results of the evaluation or denial of a license.
In high-crime cities especially, where funding for police has been severely cut and faces possible elimination, the right to possess and use arms in self-defense has never meant so much. The gun control fanatics want to legislate expansive licensing and registration requirements to infringe on Americans’ Second Amendment right “to keep and bear Arms.” They intend to deny law-abiding Americans the means to defend themselves and their families without due process, depriving them of “life, liberty and property” in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
Rep. Lee’s bill did not make it out of the House the last time she tried in 2019. If it had, the Republican-controlled White House and Senate would surely have prevented it from becoming law.
This time, the House, Senate and White House are all controlled by the Democrats who support radical gun control legislation. If Rep. Lee’s bill, or something like it, is passed by the House during the current congressional term, the bill could still be stopped in the Senate by a filibuster. If the Senate Democrats eliminate the filibuster and the bill is signed by President Biden, the Supreme Court could still rule that it is unconstitutional. But progressives are plotting a strategy to pack the Supreme Court with their own brethren so that they can reconstitute the Court into the equivalent of a progressive legislature. With the packed Supreme Court under their control, the progressives will be able to reverse the Heller decision and uphold the constitutionality of far-left gun control laws. The Second Amendment hangs in the balance.