Congress

There’s No Proof Killing The Economy Saves Lives

The evidence is growing that lockdowns did not have the kind of life saving effect that their advocates, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci and Democrat Governor of Virginia Dr. Ralph Northam, claimed they would. We urge CHQ readers and friends to read Grading Our Governors: A Report Card on Reopening States' Economies and if your Governor has not earned an “A” or a “B” to call him or her to demand that the economy of your state be reopened.

Dr. Anthony Fauci Is A Carpenter With Only One Tool

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
In his dire warnings, that not unexpectedly drew praise from Democrats who need unemployment to be at a high level to win this November's election.  Dr. Fauci reminds me of a carpenter with only one tool – which in his case will be a clamp on the economy. President Trump should reject Democrat calls to run the country on Dr. Fauci’s one problem – one tool approach.

GOP Must Stop Pelosi’s $3 Trillion Vote Fraud Power Grab

It’s hard to know where to start explaining just how bad Speaker Pelosi’s next gen bailout bill is – but we will start with the institutionalization of California-style vote fraud.  The toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044), we urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Senators and Representative tell them Pelosi’s $3 trillion vote stealing plan is a non-starter and that America needs to get back to work.

How Does COVID-19 Fit In China’s Bio-Weapons Program?

The focus of our preliminary assessment of the Chinese actions was on the economic warfare domain, but that is only one of the seven domains of warfare recognized in Chinese military thinking. But a must-read article by our friend Clare M. Lopez raises a new and even more frightening possibility: The Chinese Communist Party intends to militarily defeat, occupy, and colonize the U.S. and biological weapons figure prominently in their strategy.

Evidence is Building that the Chinese Developed COVID-19 to use as an Economic Weapon Against the United States

If you are a loyal Chinese Communist, you see President Trumps actions, as an Act of War. This American President is looking to stop China’s accent as the world’s leading economic and military power. That cannot stand.  As the virus spread, the Chinese realized that COVID-19 would be an effective economic weapon. Which may be why they cancelled domestic flights in and out of Wuhan, but allowed international flights to continue, hoping the virus would spread to the United States.

Conservative Leaders To GOP: No State and Local Government Bailouts in COVID-19 Relief Legislation

As Congress contemplates a future relief package, the conservative leaders of the Conservative Action Project, led by Chairman Alfred S. Regnery, urge Congress to reject state and local government cash bailouts in favor of policies which give states the flexibility to address the COVID-19 crisis according to the needs of their state – including providing relief from onerous regulations, unfunded federal mandates, and policies which stifle economic growth.

The Federal Government Cannot Bail Out the Blue States

Stephen Moore, The Epoch Times

Republicans in Congress would be bonkers to let Pelosi take money from their states to subsidize the flabby and inefficient government services in blue-state America. The blue-state bailout is also the most regressive idea in modern times because it would tax residents in low-income states to pay for government services in high-income states. New York, California, and Massachusetts are among the wealthiest states. How preposterous would it be for the residents of Arkansas to bail out Manhattan? Who would have thought that Pelosi would be such a fierce advocate for reallocating money from the poor to the rich?

Congress, don't extend disincentives to work

Editors, Washington Examiner

If Republicans cannot find the political will to end enhanced payments, they must change the way they are paid, so as to encourage workers to stay in their jobs whether or not they can report to work. One suggestion is to allow small businesses to receive loan forgiveness if they make a good faith effort to rehire staff. Republicans could insist that the renewal of enhanced unemployment benefits be accompanied by a plan to wind down the dollar amount as the economy reopens. There are still another three months before the enhanced benefits expire. Congress can and should cushion those who want to work, but without hobbling the economy.

Coronavirus aid: Is there any amount of money that is too much to spend

Byron York, Washington Examiner

There is virtually unanimous, agreement in Congress that the government had to throw vast sums of money at the coronavirus crisis. The number of people left suddenly unemployed is staggering. But after a small assistance bill (about $100 billion), Congress has now passed a $2.2 trillion bill and a $484 billion bill. There's talk of more. Joe Biden says he wants a stimulus "a hell of a lot bigger" than $2 trillion. So the question: Is there any amount of money that is too much to spend? Is it time to tap the brakes? After all, people in Washington used to get the vapors about a $1 trillion deficit. Is double or triple that -- or even worse -- OK?

Democrats Block Job-Saving Program

Deroy Murdock, National Review

Democrats expose themselves as America’s most selfish people, who — once again — have stepped over the crushed dreams of their countrymen, stood atop the cadavers of their fellow Americans, and split apart this rather re-unified country in its darkest hour. Yes, Democrats. Go ahead and filibuster, so the fragments of your “fight for the little guy” façade will blow away and reveal that the pure, bitter quest for rank partisanship and racial tension are all that remain of this once-presentable party. Enough is enough! Voters should know that there is nothing left of the Democratic Party but self-absorption, partisan greed, and racial trigger happiness.

America needs its own ‘Christmas Truce’ to triumph over coronavirus

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

If warring European soldiers could do it a century ago, surely warring American political leaders can do it today. God knows our nation needs a truce. Instead of calling Trump incompetent and corrupt, Pelosi and Schumer could simply explain what they would do differently and why. Ditto for Trump when it comes to their ideas. Both sides should reserve Twitter for information and ideas. An agreement would be nice, but isn’t necessary. All they need do is start behaving as Americans first and partisans second. That shouldn’t be too hard for 30 days. They might even come to enjoy the experience of domestic tranquility. Unity has its own positive power, as Trump’s Friday press conference demonstrated.

It's time for Congress to bring accountability to intelligence community's surveillance power

Sen. Mike Lee, Fox News

We must remember the FBI’s failure to respect Americans' right to privacy. More importantly, we must fix the problems with the FISA program so that these violations of United States citizens’ civil liberties never happen again. Unfortunately, the federal government often justifies violations of privacy by claiming they need to protect us from foreign espionage and interference. While the threat of foreign espionage is very real, abuse of government’s surveillance powers is all too common. We believe that serious reform is necessary and should include several elements. The proposed FISA reforms will check the federal government’s surveillance power making it great again.

The Equal Rights Un-Amendment

The Editors, National Review

In 1982, everyone — including the Supreme Court — acknowledged that the amendment was dead. In recent years, however, three states have claimed to ratify it. Their legal claim is that the amendment was validly submitted to the states, but the deadline is invalid. House Democrats are moving legislation to invalidate the deadline retroactively. None of these maneuvers is consistent with the rule of law. Even Ruth Bader Ginsburg has conceded that any effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment would have to involve starting over: getting a new supermajority of Congress and new state ratifications. Legislators and the court should not participate in this charade. The judicial system could start by quashing the states’ lawsuit.

The enduring spirit and optimism of the American people

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

The generosity of the people of this nation is an everyday event, having been made even more powerful by the astounding success of our president, his team and supported by the enduring spirit and optimism of the American people. While Congress is gazing at its navel, fixated as usual on themselves, we remain focused on what really matters — our families, friends, neighbors and the strangers who need us. This is who we are, and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. President Trump reminds us, “our best days are yet to come.” Believe it. We’ve just started getting our nation back on her feet. Everything is possible! Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, everyone!

Conservative Leaders: Congress Should Reject 'Fairness for All Act'

Under the Fairness for All Act, progressive views of sexual orientation and gender identity would be enshrined into law, removing the ability of any debate or disagreement in the public square. Though select religious institutions would get a special carve-out, ordinary Americans, including individuals, daycares, businesses, schools, and other institutions would see their First Amendment freedoms gutted.

Congress bans short-term lending, the poor pay a high price

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

One vital on-the-street reality that the consumer advocates and politicians fail to take into account is that payday and online lenders have actually helped low-income areas in an important way: They have largely replaced loan sharks. The interest rate on an unpaid loan to Guido is a broken arm.  It also speaks volumes of the motivation of the Fair Credit Act and its supporters that the law would exempt credit unions. Run short-term lenders out of business, as some states have already done, and the victims are the people who can no longer use the convenience of these services that were once down the street. There is evidence that many Americans living near a state border, drive out of the state without payday lenders into the states that have them.

Conservative Leaders Tell Congress No Red Flag Laws

The Conservative leaders of the Conservative Action Project representing over 100 organizations from all elements of the conservative movement have issued a statement expressing their opposition to the enactment of so-called Red Flag laws at the state or federal level. These laws trample on the constitutional rights of Americans. And they do nothing to prevent mass shootings.

The US Export-Import Bank is China's cash cow

Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

Ex-Im clearly doesn’t promote U.S. interests or combat China’s industrial policy. It subsidizes China’s industrial policy. That's not helpful to U.S. interests. Ex-Im should be abolished. But the banks who love taxpayer guarantees and the U.S. exporters who love the export subsidies have too strong of a grip on both parties. Ex-Im looks likely to be reauthorized this year. But during the debate over Ex-Im, some Democratic congressman are fighting tooth and nail specifically to save subsidies to China’s government. Republicans should have more self-respect. Subsidizing the Communist-run government of China does not make America great.

Conservatives Ready To Stay Home If Trump Joins Dems On Guns?

We don’t think the President’s advisors necessarily understand what the gun debate is all about from the conservative side. Certainly, part of it is the details of the policy, but the more important part is the breach of trust that abandoning his promise to defend the Second Amendment would entail.

A NRA Member Makes Some Humble Suggestions on Gun Control

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Few things exist on which there is more BS spoken than gun control. A disturbing number of people are being shot—particularly school children—and we ought to try to do something about it. Yes, it's true that the statistics on mass killings are fudged and exaggerated, but as a member of the NRA I have a few, tentative, suggestions, including armed personnel in schools, mandatory background checks for all transfers outside families, a conversation on red flag laws and mental health, and concealed carry and required retesting. I am an adamant supporter of the Second Amendment and my reason, in today's America, should be obvious.