Conservative: Stacey Abrams’ “Jan. 6′ problems
The January 6 committee’s “theory that Trump is guilty of common law fraud should make Stacey Abrams sweat.” Matthew Mashburn observes at National Review. She “has repeatedly claimed” that her 2018 gubernatorial election was “stolen” from her and “goes on to claim that ‘a million citizens found their names removed from the election [state’s voter] roles, but their many lawsuits failed to produce any such evidence, nor evidence that their election was stolen. and She has raised over $100 million based on her claim. It’s time for Democrats to “correct the record of Stacey Abrams’ untruths,” following the committee’s lead in outlining potential criminal charges against Trump.
Ukraine surveillance: NATO must draw red lines
Putin ‘made his red lines very clear’ notes Laurence Kotlikoff at The Hill, but “NATO has its own” – which it “could not articulate” other than “defend every inch of every NATO member’s ground”. It needs to be more clear, eg that it is not “starving tens of thousands, let alone millions of Ukrainians”; it will “airlift humanitarian supplies” to prevent this. Another: “Russian forces approaching NATO countries too closely will be considered an invasion of those countries.” And tell him “publicly that any damage to a nuclear facility in Ukraine or any other country” “is treated as a nuclear attack on NATO is viewed” – and the same is true for chemical and biological weapons.
Libertarian: Freedom of Speech in The View
The View panelists are urging the Justice Department to investigate Reps Tulsi Gabbard, Tucker Carlson “and others who take opposing positions on the Russia-Ukraine conflict,” even though this speech is “protected by the First Amendment.” thunders Reason’s Robby Soave. “Americans do not suddenly lose their right to express political opinions that are opposed by the mainstream media and the US government in the event of a war between two other nations.” And “there is nothing treasonable about that [Gabbard] said,” despite Senator Mitt Romney’s insistence otherwise. Fortunately, “the modern Supreme Court occupies a fairly maximal position on the First Amendment, and the right to express anti-war views — even if some people find them offensive, insensitive, or inaccurate — is now well established.”
Looking at the Economy: ‘K-Shaped’ Pain for the Poor”
Stagnationary trends in the housing market combined with the ‘energy shock’ have created ‘a new type of K-shaped economy’. warns Bloomberg’s Conor Sen. Homeowners, who tend to be wealthier, “take advantage of rising property values” and spend “a proportionally smaller portion of their income on food and energy to protect them from inflationary shocks.” Low-income renters “spend more of their income on durable goods, reducing their purchasing power while food and energy costs soar. And they don’t benefit from “growing home equity” but instead pay “steeply higher rents”. The rich will be fine, but “tens of millions of consumers” will feel “very real pain.” It seems “we are heading into an economic environment that works far better for some than others.”
Inflationary Strike: Biden’s Desperate Deflect
President Biden’s attempt to “blame the inflation that began just over a year ago on a war that began just under three weeks ago is remarkable for its cynicism, dishonesty and desperation.” Rails Gerard Baker from the Wall Street Journal. Did “anybody in the White House really see Ukrainian cities on fire and pictures of wounded pregnant women being brought out of maternity hospitals and think ‘#Putinpricehike!’?” No, it’s not all Biden’s fault: When the lockdowns ended, “the pent-up demand to supply constrained by disruptions and reduced capacity”. But “adding a $1.9 trillion demand boost was a reckless gamble,” and it’s “negligent for a government to watch a growing threat and not do anything about it.” What Biden did when he first claimed inflation was “temporary,” then “the fault of corporate greed,” and now “the war.”
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
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