D.C. Elites Weaponize the Tax Code Against Christians

BY TYLER O'NEIL

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/columns/tyler-o-neil/2021/06/25/washington-elites-are-weaponizing-the-tax-code-against-christians-and-its-only-going-to-get-worse-n1456980;

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A decade ago, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under President Barack Obama targeted tea party organizations for extra scrutiny and even denial of tax-exempt status. Democrats and the IRS seem determined to be even more brazen under Joe Biden.

As PJ Media’s Mark Tapscott reported last week, the IRS denied a 501(c)(3) tax exemption to the Texas-based group Christians Engaged because its Bible-based Christian teachings “are typically affiliated with the [Republican] party and candidates.”

This denial is absurd on many levels. First Liberty Institute appealed the rejection, highlighting three key errors: there is no requirement that tax-exempt organizations be neutral on public policy issues; Christians Engaged does not serve private, nonexempt purposes just because of its Christian worldview; and the rejection violated the First Amendment’s Free Speech, Free Exercise, and Establishment clauses through viewpoint discrimination and religious discrimination.

It seems the IRS has yet to respond to First Liberty’s substantive complaints.

Meanwhile, a sitting Democratic politician threatened to target the Roman Catholic Church’s tax-exempt status if the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) drafts rules on Communion that he doesn’t like.

Specifically, USCCB passed a resolution to draft a rule suggesting whether or not priests should serve Communion to politicians who advocate for moral evils that explicitly contradict Catholic teaching. The measure will not be binding under Canon Law, but it will likely send an important message to faithful Catholics.

The measure is controversial because Biden, who advocates for the killing of unborn babies, the erosion of religious freedom, and the redefinition of marriage and sexuality, nonetheless identifies as Catholic and attends mass.

Biden doesn’t just support liberal policies — he has embraced radical positions that involve outright hostility not just to Catholic teaching but to the Catholic Church itself. Biden has fought to resurrect an Obama-era HHS rule that would force Roman Catholic doctors to perform transgender surgery, in violation of both Catholic teaching on sexuality and the Hippocratic oath. He vigorously supports the Equality Act, which explicitly guts the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Biden has also excluded the Hyde Amendment from his federal budget proposal, fighting to force pro-life taxpayers to unwittingly fund abortion.

The Catholic Church has every right to defend its own doctrines against Biden, and the USCCB document may send that very message. If it does, at least one Democrat in Congress has suggested that its tax-exempt status may be revoked.

“If they’re going to politically weaponize religion by ‘rebuking’ Democrats who support women’s reproductive choice, then a ‘rebuke’ of their tax-exempt status may be in order,” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) threatened.

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“Unfortunately, the IRS seems to agree with Representative Huffman, as it demonstrated recently by denying a religious organization’s tax exemption because, as its letter stated, ‘[B]ible teachings are typically affiliated with the [Republican] party.’ But the tax code must not become a weapon for Washington elites to punish churches who hold religious beliefs they dislike,” First Liberty Counsel Lea Patterson told PJ Media on Thursday.

Democrats have already supported a similar weaponization of the tax code. In a congressional hearing in 2019, Democrats cited the far-Left scandal-plagued Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in demanding that the IRS remove tax-exempt status from “hate groups.” The SPLC routinely brands mainstream conservative and Christian organizations “hate groups” due to their opposition to the Left’s narrative and activism on LGBT issues, Islam, and immigration.

In the wake of a scandal involving claims of racial discrimination and sexual harassment that saw the SPLC fire its co-founder and lose its president and legal director, a former SPLC employee outed the “hate-group list” as a “masterstroke of [the founder]’s marketing talents.” This seemed to confirm claims that the hate group list is a cynical fundraising scheme, rather than a legitimate report.

The “hate group” accusation also gives the SPLC a way to destroy its political enemies. Former SPLC spokesman Mark Potok also revealed an animus against the organizations on the list. He said the SPLC’s “aim in life” is to “destroy these groups.” In 2012, a deranged man targeted the Christian non-profit organization the Family Research Council (FRC), aiming to kill everyone in the building and smear a Chick-fil-A sandwich into his victims’ faces. He told the FBI he targeted FRC due to the SPLC’s “hate group” accusation. The SPLC has not dropped that accusation.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) led the fight against tax-exempt status for “hate groups,” and she recently led her fellow Democrats to publicly praise the SPLC’s recent “hate group” report.

From the IRS to Jared Huffman to Judy Chu, the Left is gunning for the tax-exempt status of churches and Christian organizations that refuse to toe the Left’s line on abortion and LGBT issues. Americans who value religious freedom cannot stand for this.

IRS Denies Tax Exemption to Texas Religious Group Because Prayer, Bible Reading Boost the Republican Party

SEE: https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/irs-denies-tax-exemption-to-texas-religious-group-because-prayer-bible-reading-boost-the-republican-party_3861757.html

EXCERPT: An IRS official denied tax-exempt status to a Texas group that encourages church members to pray for state and national leaders, regardless of their party affiliation, because it benefits “the private interests of the [Republican] Party.”

Emails: Hunter Biden Left $400K Off 2014 Income Tax Return. False Return Filed.

Emails: Hunter Biden Left $400K Off 2014 Income Tax Return. False Return Filed.

BY R. CORT KIRKWOOD

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/emails-hunter-biden-left-400k-off-2014-income-tax-return-false-return-filed/;

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Hunter Biden’s famous laptop yielded another revelation about the “president-elect’s” son last week, but once again the media mostly ignored it.

Biden The Younger didn’t report $400,000 from Burisma Holdings on his 2014 income tax return, NBC News reported.

Burisma Holdings is the energy company that hired Biden despite his complete lack of knowledge about the energy business and his record as a drug addict.

And Burisma is also the nexus of the Biden-Burisma influence-peddling scheme. In 2016, then Vice President Joe Biden forced Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, which employed Hunter at the time.

Though the connection between Biden senior’s move against the prosecutor and his son’s employment at Burisma is obvious, the media called suggestions of influence peddling a “debunked conspiracy theory.”

And now, they’re ignoring another Biden scandal: filing a false tax return.

The Email

The report from NBC is clear and succinct: Hunter Biden cheated on his taxes:

Hunter Biden’s former business partner sent him an email in 2017 saying he did not disclose on his tax returns $400,000 in income from the Ukrainian natural gas company where he sat on the board, according to a copy of the email obtained by NBC News.

The message from Eric Schwerin, then president of Rosemont Seneca Partners, says Hunter Biden would need to “amend” his 2014 returns to reflect the “unreported” income, according to the copy of the email.

“In 2014 you joined the Burisma board and we still need to amend your 2014 returns to reflect the unreported Burisma income,” says the email dated Jan. 16, 2017.

The email goes on to note that Hunter Biden, who is now the subject of a federal tax probe, netted more than $1.2 million for the year. The earnings include the $400,000 from Burisma as well as income from Rosemont Seneca Advisors and a legal firm.

NBC received the email from Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello. Costello’s copy came from the hard drive of Biden’s now famous laptop. 

NBC did not know what Hunter Biden did about the tax problem. Nor did it explain how Biden’s tax accountant — it’s safe to say he has one — made the mistake if that is what the omission was. Or did Biden try to hide the income? Unsurprisingly, his attorney clammed up.

Biden owed interest and penalties on the unpaid taxes. If he has not amended the false return, those fees have grown substantially.

Prosecutors Probe

Last week, The New American again reported that Biden is the target of a federal money-laundering probe.

That story broke in October, but the leftist media ignored it. They wanted Joe Biden in the White House.

As CNN described the probe, ongoing since 2018, “investigators appear to be focused on Hunter Biden’s business activities connected to China. Some of his business dealings in China are publicly known through interviews and documents released in September by Senate Republicans on the Finance Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.”

Continued CNN:

After his father left office in 2017, Hunter Biden worked on securing a deal with CEFC China Energy to invest in US energy projects, according to documents released by Republicans.

At least one of the matters investigators have examined is a 2017 gift of a 2.8-carat diamond that Hunter Biden received from CEFC’s founder and former chairman Ye Jianming after a Miami business meeting, one person briefed on the matter said. In 2019, Biden provided the New Yorker magazine an account of receiving the diamond from Ye. He told the New Yorker that he felt uncomfortable receiving the diamond and gave it to other associates, and that he doesn’t know what they did with it. “I knew it wasn’t a good idea to take it. I just felt like it was weird,” he said in his New Yorker interview.

Well, the other “weird” thing is why CEFC, an energy company, would partner with a manifestly unqualified dope fiend. Maybe for the same reason Burisma hired him: his last name.

That said, more news about the Biden-China Connection surfaced on Wednesday. Fox News published the contents of more emails that connect the Bidens to Communist China, as TNA reported.

Those emails confirm testimony from Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski. He met with Joe Biden to outline his work for the family in its joint venture with the Chinese Reds. That company was called Sinohawk.

The Bidens’ Asiatic adventures aside, the laptop’s revelations include these:

What federal agents have done about the photos of underage girls and Biden’s illegal drug use is unknown.

 

The Biggest Dangers from a Biden Presidency

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BY HAROLD HUTCHISON

SEE: https://www.ammoland.com/2020/11/the-biggest-dangers-from-a-biden-presidency/;

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United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- While there are still recounts and likely litigation to take place in several close states, there is a very real possibility that Joe Biden will get the necessary 270 electoral votes to take the Oval Office. With two Senate races in Georgia going to January runoffs, there is a chance for a pro-Second Amendment majority, but even then, there will be threats to our rights.

Judicial Nominations

Biden will work to nominate anti-Second Amendment extremists to the federal bench, which means that at the Supreme Court, we will likely see 6-3 in favor of the Second Amendment as the best case option (pray for the health of Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito). Then of course, should the Senate fall, there is the very real threat of packing the Supreme Court with anti-Second Amendment extremists. The threat to the landmark Heller and McDonald cases is very real, and it is very imminent.

A Weaponized IRS Attacks Pro-Second Amendment Groups

You think it was just about Trump, right? Wrong. A Biden Administration means that anti-Second Amendment extremists will be seeking to silence their opposition. Remember, one of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign promises was to sic the IRS on the National Rifle Association. Don’t think that other pro-Second Amendment groups will be safe, either. Whether you prefer the Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, or the Firearms Policy Coalition, a Biden Administration will sic the IRS on them, too.

ATF Regulations

That AR-15 pistol with a brace? That just became a short-barreled rifle, subject to the National Firearms Act. That will likely just be the first of many regulations. They won’t just be to put some firearms out of meaningful reach, though. You can bet other regulations will be used to drive up the cost for FFLs to do business, and still others will be aimed at making it harder to exercise our Second Amendment rights.

Environmental Regulations

Hunters and other participants in the shooting sports have long been among those who most want to protect this country’s natural beauty and help wildlife. But they will actually be among those facing the worst in the name of the environment. The biggie? Forget the traditional ammo. That will be targeted. In addition, you can bet that the Biden Administration’s ideas for public lands do not involve access to them for hunters and others who take part in the shooting sports. And of course, the less access to hunting, the less hunters there are, and fewer people who (in the mind of Biden and others) have a justifiable “need” to own guns.

The Bully Pulpit

One of the big risks with Joe Biden as President is that he often “sells” his push for infringements on our Second Amendment rights with a somewhat effective outreach to hunters and others. This will be magnified by a media that will turn the Briefing Room into a steno pool. You can bet we will find our efforts to protect ourselves from being punished for crimes and acts of madness that we didn’t commit will have us be characterized as accessories before the fact to the next mass shooting. Worse, this bully pulpit will be used to coordinate corporate gun control, which is far more resistant to grassroots pressure.

Control of the Justice Department

Under President Trump, Second Amendment supporters and pro-Second Amendment groups had an ally in the upcoming legal battles, like the Duncan case, which could head to the Supreme Court. Should Biden hold on, now the Justice Department will be arguing in favor of anti-Second Amendment laws. While this may not make a big difference with the current court, what happens if the court is packed?

The fact is a Biden presidency is very dangerous for the Second Amendment. Second Amendment supporters will need to be ready for a very desperate fight for the next two to four years, and we will not come out unscathed.


About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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PROSECUTORS MAY NOT GET TRUMP TAX RECORDS UNTIL AFTER ELECTION, EXPERTS SAY

BY JAN WOLFE

SEE: https://www.firstpost.com/world/prosecutors-may-not-get-trump-tax-records-until-after-election-experts-say-8584551.html;

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York City prosecutors are very likely to obtain President Donald Trump's tax 
returns after a major U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but it may not happen before the Nov. election.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York City prosecutors are very likely to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns after a major U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but it may not happen before the Nov. 3 election if he argues in lower courts as expected that their request was too broad and made in bad faith, legal experts said.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is seeking eight years of Trump's business and personal tax returns and other financial documents as part of a criminal investigation involving a grand jury into the Republican president and the Trump Organization, his family's real estate business.

"I believe the district attorney and the grand jury will get the requested documents, but not right away," said Jessica Roth, a professor at Cardozo School of Law in New York and a former federal prosecutor. "We have many weeks and months of further litigation ahead."

The Republican president, a wealthy real estate developer who refused to give up his holdings in the family business after taking office, has fought hard to keep details of his finances secret. Trump has refused to release his tax returns as other presidents have done and sued to try to block enforcement of subpoenas by Democratic lawmakers and prosecutors for his financial records.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against Trump's bid to block Vance's subpoena to Trump's accounting firm Mazars USA for the financial records, rejecting the president's claim of absolute presidential immunity from criminal proceedings.

But the justices sent the matter back to lower courts for further litigation, giving Trump the opportunity to object to the subpoena on other grounds.

The ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, said Trump "can challenge the subpoena as an attempt to influence the performance of his official duties. And he can argue that compliance with a particular subpoena would impede his constitutional duties."

"We're evaluating the appropriate next course of action," Jay Sekulow, Trump's personal lawyer, said on Friday.

Trump could argue that the subpoena is too burdensome or was issued in bad faith because of political motivations, said George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, who testified last year as a Republican witness in House of Representatives Trump impeachment hearings.

'REALLY HARD ARGUMENT'

Trump is unlikely to convince a court that the subpoena is too burdensome because it seeks information from Mazars, a third party, and not the president himself, said Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

"Burden is a really hard argument to make," Sandick said.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero, who is presiding over the case, said last October he had seen little evidence of political bias in Vance's pursuit of the financial records.

Roth said evidence that has been public, including congressional testimony by Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, provides a "reasonable basis" for Vance's investigation. Cohen told lawmakers that Trump had inflated and deflated certain assets on financial statements between 2011 and 2013 in part to reduce his real estate taxes.

A loss for Trump before Marrero could still be appealed to the Manhattan-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, likely delaying production of the documents until after the presidential election in which Trump is seeking a second four-year term in office against Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Sandick said he expects that prosecutors will obtain the tax returns from Mazars in late 2020 or early 2021.

Roth said prosecutors could get hold of the documents by November if Marrero rules quickly, which he has shown a tendency to do so far, and his ruling is quickly upheld on appeal.

Even if the financial records are turned over before the election, they likely would not be made public quickly barring an illegal leak to media, Sandick said. Under U.S. law, grand jury materials must be kept secret, though they could eventually end up in publicly available court filings if a criminal case is brought in the investigation against Trump or someone else.

"This process is going to be frustrating for many members of the public," Sandick said. "But it is just the price we pay for having a legal system that lets people make arguments."

Vance's investigation was launched after disclosures of hush payments to two women who said they had past sexual relationships with Trump, pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal - relationships he has denied.

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Additional reporting by Karen Freifeld; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Will Dunham)

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SUPREME COURT RULES TRUMP MUST TURN OVER TAX RECORDS

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/columns/robert-spencer/2020/07/09/criminal-investigation-of-trump-coming-supreme-court-rules-he-must-turn-over-tax-records-n625187;

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The U.S. Supreme Court voted Thursday to uphold a subpoena from a grand jury in New York for President Trump’s tax returns and related records. The president’s attorneys had argued that presidents are immune from criminal investigation while in office, but seven justices, including the Trump-appointed Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, voted to deny this. And so now it is certain: whatever is found in Trump’s tax records, no matter how benign, no matter how innocuous, the president will be subjected to a criminal investigation. This is as certain as death, taxes, and Democrat rage.

The Court’s ruling may be entirely sound on legal grounds. But it assumes an America that is not rent by civil conflict, an America in which judges are still more interested in dispensing impartial justice rather than in using their position to advance their political agenda, an America in which the full weight of the political and media establishment is not bearing down on the president, determined to discredit and destroy him, and remove him from office.

That America no longer exists. The America we live in now is the America in which Michael Flynn was ferociously persecuted for years, bullied into pleading guilty to spurious charges, and on the brink of serving a long prison sentence, all as part of an elaborate effort to frame President Trump on equally spurious charges that would serve as grounds for his impeachment and removal. The America we live in now is the America in which Roger Stone is about to go to prison for the crime of supporting the president and being caught up in the same effort to frame him. The America we have is one in which numerous people, notably Hillary Clinton, James Comey, and a host of others are getting off scot-free for far more serious offenses than anything Flynn or Stone were even accused of doing, because they have the good fortune to be among the privileged classes, the reigning political elites.

In this atmosphere, only the most naïve and blinkered, or only those who are so much a part of the old system that they cannot or will not see how seriously it is breaking down, could possibly think that prosecutors in New York are going to treat Trump’s tax records fairly and impartially. Anyone who has been paying attention to the political scene ever since Lois Lerner, Obama’s director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service, used the IRS to harass and discriminate against conservative organizations, knows that the New York prosecutors are not out to administer justice, they are out to get Trump. And they know that with tax laws being as complicated as they are, and with Trump’s financial records being of necessity as voluminous as they must be, it will not be hard to establish the appearance of impropriety, even if they don’t find any instance of the president actually breaking the law.

The forthcoming Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster evaluates the presidents of the United States, from Washington to Trump, on the only basis upon which they ever should be evaluated: were they good for America and Americans? It discusses how Trump, unlike any other president in American history, faces an entrenched, anti-American, globalist, socialist cabal that is bent on destroying him for the crime of putting America first, and of extricating the United States from numerous aspects of the old international order established after World War II that have proven to be detrimental to American sovereignty and to the well-being of the American people.

That’s what this is all about. It isn’t about possible tax irregularities. It certainly isn’t some high-minded effort to show that no one is above the law; if no one were above the law, there are numerous Obama administration officials who would be sitting in prison cells right now. All this is about is yet another attempt by the political elites to destroy the biggest threat to their hegemony that they have faced since the international order from which they benefit so much personally and professionally was established.

Trump, as Rating America’s Presidents shows, is – as he himself has often avowed – an American president, not the president of the world, not the leader of the foremost cog in the globalist machine, with its decline being carefully managed for the benefit of international socialism. That is why the elites hate Trump with such incandescent hatred. That is why New York prosecutors want his taxes. That is why they are 100% certain to find irregularities in them that, they will insist, require prosecution.

That is also why Trump must ultimately prevail against this new challenge as he has prevailed against all the others. For America, and Americans, it will make the difference between continuing as a free people, or continuing to degenerate into globalist socialist drones.

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 21 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Rating America’s Presidents: An America-First Look at Who Is Best, Who Is Overrated, and Who Was An Absolute Disaster. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

 

REPORT: DEAD PEOPLE GOT NEARLY $1.4 BILLION IN COVID-19 STIMULUS CHECKS

BY LUIS MIGUEL

SEE: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/36162-report-dead-people-got-nearly-1-4-billion-in-covid-19-stimulus-checks;

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A new watchdog report reveals that over a million stimulus payments worth almost $1.4 billion were sent to dead people because the U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Service failed to look at death records as they prepared deposits and checks as part of their coronavirus relief efforts.

According to the report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which examined the administration of the government’s nearly $3 trillion stimulus package, the IRS normally uses third-party data kept by the Social Security Administration to prevent erroneous tax-refund claims.

But in the case of the stimulus checks sent out in April and May as part of the CARES Act, the Treasury and IRS “did not use the death records to stop payments to deceased individuals for the first three batches of payments because of the legal interpretation under which IRS was operating.”

IRS counsel reportedly “determined that IRS did not have the legal authority to deny payments to those who filed a return for 2019, even if they were deceased at the time of payment.” It also called for “discretion” provided for in the CARES Act to apply the same rules to households that filed a return in 2018 but not in 2019.

Treasury officials wanted to satisfy Congress’ desire to have payments made as “rapidly as possible,” which reportedly resulted in the use of policies and procedures developed for the 2008 stimulus payments. Thus, seeking to fulfill its mandate to Congress, the department “did not use the death records as a filter to halt payments to decedents in the first three batches of payments.”

The report further explains:

According to a Treasury official from the Office of Tax Policy, Treasury was unaware the payments may go to decedents. Treasury officials said that upon learning that payments had been made to decedents, Treasury and IRS, in consultation with counsel, determined that a person is not entitled to receive a payment if he or she is deceased as of the date the payment is to be paid. Such payments are potentially improper payments under the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019. BFS and IRS removed such payments starting with the fourth payment batch.

On May 6, 2020, IRS announced on its website that if a payment was issued to a decedent or incarcerated individual, the total amount should be returned.... However, IRS does not currently plan to take additional steps to notify ineligible recipients on how to return payments.

The IRS implemented a process in 2013 to use death records to update taxpayer accounts, but these controls were bypassed for the COVID-19 stimulus.

The report makes several recommendations, including having the IRS provide recipients of checks intended for deceased persons with further notification about how to return such payments.

The CARES Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Trump at the end of March. It provided $1,200 to adults and $500 for children as a way of alleviating some of the economic fallout of governments’ coronavirus economic restrictions, including shutting down many businesses deemed “non-essential.”

The president hinted this week that another “generous” stimulus check is in the works. “We will be doing another stimulus package, it’ll be very good, it’ll be very generous,” he said during an interview with Scripps reporter Joe St. George.

The news comes as the political establishment, including Democrats and the mainstream media, call for renewed coronavirus restrictions to contain infection rates that have risen since state governments began rolling back their lockdowns.

As the case number surpasses the peak in April, even conservative states such as Texas are backtracking in their reopenings. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said Thursday that he would pause the reopening of businesses and other institutions. 

Much attention has been placed on Florida, which, with Republican Governor Ron DeSantis at the helm, has been seen as one of the less-restrictive states. On Thursday, Florida reported more than 5,000 new cases for the second day in a row.   

Yet the media ignores that part of the reason for rising cases is the growing amount of testing. Additionally, with a 97.4-percent survivability rate, a rise in cases does not necessarily mean that people are in serious condition. It is common knowledge that most people infected with COVID-19 will experience only mild flu-like symptoms, or have no symptoms at all. 

In Jacksonville, Florida, for example, Mayor Lenny Curry noted that while cases are up, hospitalizations remain low, with only 14 people in ICU units at local hospitals.

Not surprisingly, while the media wants to blame President Trump’s recent Tulsa rally for a spike in coronavirus cases in Oklahoma, they are careful not to place any blame on the recent mass Black Lives Matter protests. A BuzzFeed article trending on Twitter boldly declares, “Cities With Black Lives Matter Protests Have Not Seen COVID-19 Spikes.”

Who knew that viruses could have political preferences?

 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD AFFILIATES WRONGLY APPLIED FOR & RECEIVED $80 MILLION IN CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC STIMULUS FUNDS

Pro-life activists outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis.
 
PLANNED PARENTHOOD AFFILIATES WRONGLY APPLIED FOR & RECEIVED $80 MILLION IN CORONAVIRUS ECONOMIC STIMULUS FUNDS
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(Fox News) — Thirty-seven Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received a total of $80 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has learned — and now the federal government wants the money back, saying the affiliates should have known they weren’t eligible for the coronavirus stimulus payouts.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is reaching out to each involved Planned Parenthood affiliate explaining that affiliates of larger organizations with more than 500 employees aren’t eligible for PPP distributions, Fox News is told. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PFFA) alone has had more than 600 employees.
A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Metropolitan Washington (PPMW), for example, will receive a letter stating that although self-certified that it was eligible for a $1,328,000 PPP loan in accordance with the SBA’s affiliation rules, it will need to return the money. …
The SBA warned more “severe penalties” were possible, beyond mandatory repayment. In particular, incorrect or false eligibility certifications by PPP recipients could result in criminal or civil sanctions if the SBA determined borrowers made knowingly false statements, the SBA letter read.