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Teachers and Firefighters and State Workers are not bargaining chips

Sedona AZ – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

I’m reaching out to you today at a crucial time…

Emily Seidel from our team sent an email on Thursday about the proposal by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to bail out states that for decades have been reckless with their spending worth up to $1 trillion.

We should be helping the people who are hurting, not bailing out politicians for irresponsible decisions they made prior to this crisis.

But states like New York, California, and Illinois are requesting hundreds of billions in federal bailouts to pay for their past mistakes and fuel spending for their special-interest projects and expensive programs.

That’s outrageous! But it gets even worse.

Speaker Pelosi’s new trillion dollars in federal funding for these bailouts – is on top of the record spending in the past few weeks! These numbers are outrageously unfair to Americans and unrelated to the current crisis we face, almost always helping special interests more than the people who are hurting.

We all want to help our teachers and firefighters and other state workers we all rely upon. States should do that by making them priorities for the funds they have and have already received. They should not be exploiting them as bargaining chips to seek massive federal bailouts.

States that are in a precarious fiscal position because of bad decisions made before the COVID crisis need to make reforms that enable them to meet the needs of their people.

Big bills like this are ripe for corruption and special interest cronyism. There are better ways to help the people who need it.

We’re asking you to stand up with us and reject these political bailouts. You can start by clicking here to sign our pledge against them.

With your help, AFP has an important role to play in defending against the worst kinds of political opportunism and mobilizing millions behind a better path for a stronger country. Together, we will continue to advocate for the solutions that will help Americans get safely back to work, get our economy moving without bankrupting the country, and improve health care both during the crisis and once we’ve made it through.

I hope you’ll take a moment today to join the thousands of Americans who have already signed the pledge to oppose the state bailouts.

Your activism is vital to laying the foundation for coming out of this unprecedented time stronger and more dynamic than before.

Sincerely,

Americans for Prosperity Foundation

94 Comments

  1. Always wrong says:

    https://www.270towin.com/2020-polls-biden-trump/arizona/

    Being on the LOSING end of every election is becoming a habit for you. Both local and national.

  2. Matthew says:

    This Democrat is taking a hike around Bell Rock on Election Day. Bring your fave beverage of choice and meet me and we’ll watch the sky and contemplate the universe and talk about the future. Bring your mail in ballots and we will put in a burn bag for an after party at my house and live well and prosper. Mail in ballot required for entry. You’ll find me there waiting fellow disgruntled Democrats.

  3. Hillary wins again ! says:

    HiIlary wins the presidential election again !!

    Tell me about it when Trump wins again.

  4. Always wrong...AGAIN says:

    Ha ha, so your head is so far where the sun doesn’t shine you did not notice Hillary Lost? Democrats are about to be destroyed in the coming election. You have not noticed all the closed businesses and collapsing tax revenue? You did not notice that the CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce is leaving town? The rats are leaving a sinking ship. It looks from here that losing is becoming a habit and trend for you.

    Karma baby !

  5. Ginet Magee, Ctnwd, AZ says:

    MSNBC financial news Housing, manufacturing, retail, small business hiring, new business applications—signs of an incredible recovery are showing all over the U.S. economy.

  6. @giney says:

    Aren’t you one who said months ago that”masks don’t work” . Absolutely no credibility

  7. Ginet says:

    ?!!?WHAT??!!! You smoking or drinking??!!!!?

    That’s straight from MSNBC & NYT. It’s all over the TV and internet news. The economy is recovering because its opening back up and we can put money on Our pockets and Our food on the table.

    BYW minimum wage laws don’t exist in socialist countries.

  8. steve Segner says:

    Iowa Never Locked Down.
    Its Economy Is Struggling Anyway.
    President Trump has blamed Democratic officials’ rules for impeding the recovery. But even where restrictions are few, business is far from normal.

  9. @ginet says:

    As I said ZERO credibility…..empty words

  10. Ginet says:

    @stevesegner Thanks for making my points that we need to get back to work. You may have a lack of understanding that health and wellbeing are as important as work and recreation for a sense of full life and that goes to your credibility issues. Not engaging with you further as you just comment without substance.

  11. Nate Jackson says:

    “Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.” —David Burge, 2013

    With Big Media obsessively “fact-checking” President Donald Trump’s “pillows and sheets” comment in last night’s debate, that old quote came to mind because Big Media is vigorously smothering news about the Biden Crime Family. The corrupt alliance between the Democrat Party and the Leftmedia is the biggest threat to American Liberty we face today.

    Let’s survey the landscape just this week.

    We’ll start with National Public Radio, which receives $250 million in annual taxpayer funding. Will NPR commit actual journalism by asking a few questions about Joe and Hunter Biden? Nope. “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories,” says Terence Samuel, NPR’s managing editor for news. “And we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”

    NPR Public Editor Kelly McBride agrees, first saying there are “many, many red flags” about the New York Post’s Biden exposé, while also regurgitating the debunked canard about it being “Russian disinformation.” Then she adds that even “if that story could be verified” (fact check: it has been), NPR still won’t touch it because “the assertions don’t amount to much.”

    A candidate for president is alleged, with some pretty damning apparent evidence, to have exploited his drug-addicted son and his public office to rake in millions of dollars for his family. That’s a “pure distraction” that doesn’t “amount to much”? Ponder that one for a moment.

    And as the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams quips, “Anyway, for no reason at all, it is probably worth mentioning now that a search on NPR’s website for the term ‘Russian collusion’ produces 2,859 results.”

    Which brings us to another story the Leftmedia is smothering.

    President Trump sat down for an interview with CBS’s Leslie Stahl for an upcoming “60 Minutes” episode. He obviously smelled a rat, because he preemptively released the interview himself before CBS could selectively edit it. What was the rat? There were at least two: the debunked narrative of Russian collusion and the Biden corruption scandal.

    When Trump asserted that Biden is embroiled in scandal, Stahl shot back, “He’s not. He’s not. No.” Obviously, her assertion is false. When Trump argued that the even bigger scandal was the way his campaign was subjected to spying by the FBI, Stahl again argued contrary to the facts, “There’s no real evidence of that.” She even indignantly lectured, “This is ‘60 Minutes,’ and we can’t put on things that we can’t verify.”

    You can now wipe up the coffee you just spewed on your keyboard.

    Fact check: The FBI did spy on Trump’s campaign, and it did so based on the phony Steele dossier that Hillary Clinton paid for. The Left spun the yarn for three years that Trump colluded with Russia to win in 2016. Given Stahl’s demonstrably false claims, it’s not surprising that Trump cut off the interview and preemptively released it.

    CBS hilariously responded, “The White House’s unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release their footage will not deter ‘60 Minutes’ from providing it’s full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades.”

    In a separate interview also set to run Sunday night, Stahl huffed to Vice President Mike Pence, “I feel that you both have insulted ‘60 Minutes.’”

    No, it is “60 Minutes” and the rest of the Leftmedia that have insulted the American people by serving as the dezinformatsiya outlet and super PAC for the Democrat Party. When the full might of the mainstream media is leveled against one candidate while covering for the other, American Liberty is in danger. And as Trump put it to Stahl, “I don’t have to discredit you. You’ve discredited yourself.”

  12. Mark Alexander says:

    Biden arrogantly chuckles and scoffs at mention of this corrupt scheme, as would a lying career politician who believes he is entitled to a pass. He has avoided any substantive response concerning his knowledge and role in a lucrative “political influence for profit” arrangement with a ChiCom company, and there has been a massive Demo Leftmedia and social media blackout to assist his obfuscation and evasion.

    That effort has been aided and abetted by high-profile political assists from former Obama-Biden deep-state hacks, with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) leading the “dezinformatsiya” charge. Schiff has summarily and repeatedly declared the Biden/ChiCom story “comes from the Kremlin” and is a Russian disinformation campaign, and the “disinformation” mantra has been repeated everywhere.‘

    Recall that Joe Biden has repeatedly declared, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” in the Ukraine and China. (Watch Biden’s denial.) When asked why his son received an $80,000-per-month check for sitting on the board of corrupt Ukrainian oil company, Burisma – at the same time the then-VP was in charge of our policy in Ukraine, he responded, “’Cause he’s a very bright guy.”

    However there is now direct evidence that Joe lied about his knowledge of his son’s Ukraine and China pay-to-play schemes to collect millions of dollar for himself and Joe Biden.

    We now know that the party who validated the China pay-to-play email from Hunter Biden, who identified the 10% cut for “the big guy” as Joe Biden, is Hunter’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski. He is a former naval officer, was approached by Hunter Biden to head up the ChiCom deal, and has briefed Joe Biden directly about the political-access-for-profit setup. It is apparent that there was a template for these corporate fronts, as details of others in Russia, Romania, and ­Kazakhstan are emerging.

    Yesterday, an hour before the final presidential debate, Bobulinski, a registered Democrat, met with members of the press to “set the record straight.” What follows are the highlights of his statement:

    “My name is Tony Bobulinski. I served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy with high security clearance. My father and grandfather both served for decades in our country’s armed forces. Since leaving the Navy, I’ve been involved in various successful businesses both in this country and abroad. I’m making this statement to set the record straight about the involvement of the Biden family, Vice President Biden, his brother Jim Biden, and his son Hunter Biden in dealings with the Chinese.

    “I have heard Joe Biden say that he’s never discussed business with Hunter. That is false. I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden. I have also heard that Vice President Biden said on Tuesday that Senator Ron Johnson, the chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, should be ashamed for suggesting that Biden family sought to profit from their name.

    “Well, here are the facts I know, and everything I’m saying is corroborated by emails, WhatsApp chats, agreements, documents, and other evidence, and the American people can judge for themselves. … I was told this past Sunday by somebody who was also involved in this matter that if I went public this information it would bury all of us. … I have no wish to bury anyone. I’ve never been political; the few contributions I’ve made have been to Democrats. But what I am is a patriot and a veteran. To protect my family name and my business reputation, I need to ensure that the true facts are out there.”

    Bobulinski detailed how he was contacted and how the Bidens proposed to structure the company.

    He then noted his conversation with Joe Biden:

    “On May 2, 2017, the night before Joe Biden was to appear at the Milken conference, I was introduced to Joe Biden by Jim Biden and Hunter Biden. At my approximately hour-long meeting with Joe that night, we discussed the Bidens’ history, the Bidens’ family business plans with the Chinese, with which he was plainly familiar at least at a high level. After that meeting, I had numerous communications with Hunter, Walker, Gilliar, and Jim Biden regarding the allocation of the equity ownership of Sinohawk. On May 13, 2017, I received an email concerning allocation of equity, which says, ‘10 percent held by H for the big guy.’ In that email there’s no question that H stands for Hunter, ‘big guy’ for his father, Joe Biden, and ‘Jim’ for Jim Biden. In fact, Hunter often referred to his father as the ‘big guy’ or ‘my chairman.’”

    “On numerous occasions, it was made clear to me that Joe Biden’s involvement was not to be mentioned in writing, but only face to face. In fact, I was advised by Gilliar and Walker that Hunter and Jim Biden were paranoid about keeping Joe Biden’s involvement secret. I also had a disagreement with Hunter about the funds CFC was contributing to Sinohawk. Hunter wanted $5 million of those funds to go to himself and his family, so he wanted the funds wired directly to an entity affiliated with him. I objected because that was contrary to our written agreements concerning Sinohawk. He said referring to ‘the chairman,’ his father, that CFC was really investing in the Biden family, that he held the trump card, and that he was the one putting his family legacy on the line. He also said to me on May 17, 2017, that CFC wanted to be my partner, to be partner[ed] with the Bidens.”

    “During these negotiations, I repeated to Hunter and others that Sinohawk could not be Hunter’s personal piggy bank and I demanded that proper corporate governance procedures be implemented for capital distributions. Hunter became very upset with me. CFC through July 2017 was assuring me the funds would be transferred to Sinohawk, but they were never sent to our company. Instead, I found out from Senator Johnson’s September report [”Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption“] that the $5 million was sent in August 2017 to entities affiliated with Hunter.”

    “Tomorrow I will be meeting with the Senate committee members concerning this matter, and I will be providing to the FBI the devices which contain the evidence corroborating what I have said.”

    The Biden response: Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter allegations.

    Despite three years of fake Russian-collusion allegations that Trump was in the Kremlin’s pocket, the emerging ChiCom links to Joe Biden are much more direct in affirming he was picking Beijing’s pockets.

    Political analyst Kimberley Strassel observes: “The former vice president is running on trust and good judgment. The Hunter tale is … at worst, an example of the entire Biden clan cashing in on its name with a U.S. rival.”

    As Wall Street Journal editor James Freeman concludes, “Now the corruption story is about Joe, not Hunter.”

    At this point, we can say for sure that EVERYONE who has declared Joe Biden’s corrupt involvement with this scheme to be “Russian disinformation,” most notably Adam Schiff, is LYING. Biden’s ChiCom deception is rapidly unravelling. Whether any of his equally corrupt constituents cares is another matter.

  13. @Mark says:

    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/presidential-polls-trump-biden

    Well thank God trumps not a liar!! The jig is up I suppose.

  14. Tony Perkins says:

    Dishonesty has become second nature for the former vice president.

    Maybe the mistake for Joe Biden wasn’t going into his basement — but coming out. After Thursday night’s debate, liberals have to be counting their lucky stars that so many Americans have already voted, because if that was their last impression of the Democrat running for president, it was not a good one. When Biden wasn’t telling outright lies, he was shocking viewers with the truths that he let slip about his radical agenda on oil, energy, lockdowns, socialized medicine, and government regulation. For a man who says he cares about the environment, he created a mess. And not even the Left’s allies in the media will be able to mop up this one.

    This was the President Trump America had been waiting for. He was measured, confident, exacting, and brutally honest. When he had the opportunity, he cut straight to the quick. At one particularly powerful moment, he turned to Biden after another string of untruths and said, “You know, Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama, because you did a poor job… [You’ve] been in government 47 years… You were vice president. You keep talking about all these things you’re going to do and you’re going to do this. But you were there just a short time ago, and you guys did nothing.” When moderator Kristen Welker asked Biden to respond, he shrugged and said, “Republicans controlled Congress.” Now, that wasn’t just a lie — it was a lazy lie. Anyone with a search engine (or a good memory) knows that not only did he and Barack Obama have a Democratic Congress when they were elected, they had a supermajority.

    But unfortunately, dishonesty has become second nature for the former vice president, who also tried to convince Americans that he knew nothing about his son’s shady deals with China and Russia (despite his business partner’s testimony to the contrary) and never took “a penny” from foreign sources. He yoyo-ed on health care, insisting he didn’t want a government takeover (even though his own platform calls for it). He claimed “not one person with private insurance” had lost their plans under Obamacare — a whopper so big it deserves its own sandwich at Burger King. Biden’s fiction on fracking is almost comical at this point, since he’s made enough statements on banning it to fill a whole YouTube channel. Remember when Obama talked about shovel-ready jobs? Well, this was a shovel-ready debate, and Biden just kept digging the hole deeper.

    On the subject of immigration, the vice president thought he had a “gotcha” moment bringing up family separation at the border. Then, Trump took the opportunity to remind people which administration put the children in cages. “Who built the cages, Joe?” he asked. When Biden wouldn’t answer, the president persisted, “Who built the cages?” “Let’s talk about what we’re talking about,” the flustered Democrat tried to say. “Parents were ripped — their kids were ripped from their arms and separated.” Not all of them, Trump fired back. “Children are brought here by coyotes and lots of bad people, cartels, and they’re brought here and it’s easy to use them to get into our country.”

    The president is right. I know, because I’ve been to the border and seen the cages. I’ve also talked to several experts, border agents, and senators who will confirm the tragic reality that a number of these kids were brought in by horrible criminals to be trafficked. How do we know? Because there’s DNA testing to prove it! If the media did its job, more people would know that Homeland Security launched a pilot program more than a year ago to determine, through genetic testing, who the real families are. What they discovered is that at least 30 percent of the “parents” who consented to the test turned out to be frauds! If there’s real family separation, a large portion of it happens well before these caravans get to the border.

    On the rare moments when Joe Biden was telling the truth, his advisors were probably wishing he could be interrupted. His oil “spill” was one of the worst moments of his campaign, horrifying tens of millions of voters who care about jobs, energy, and the U.S. economy. Saying you want the oil industry to disappear is as big of a swing-state kiss-off as it gets. And yet, Biden kept repeating it. “I would transition away from the oil industry.” “That’s a big statement,” Trump said, genuinely surprised. “It is a big statement,” Biden agreed. Even moderator Kristen Welker then seemed stunned, asking Biden, “Why would you do that?” By that point, Biden’s advisors were desperately wishing they had control of the mute button.

    A better question might be: what wouldn’t Biden shut down? He wants to turn off the lights in the oil industry, the economy, he wants to lock us all back down, and force us to wear masks. He’s not Sleepy Joe Biden — he’s Board ‘Em Up Biden! But if the night was a disaster for Joe, it wasn’t the media’s fault. They did everything in their power to win the evening for Joe, right down to the questions themselves. Did we hear a single thing about Joe Biden’s late-term abortion extremism or his plan for eight-year-old gender transitions? No. Did Susan Page ask Kamala Harris about her two votes for newborn infanticide or her push to legalize prostitution? No, because deep down, the media understands how incredibly unpopular the Left’s social agenda is in mainstream America. If voters were truly on board with Joe Biden on his anti-faith, abortion, LGBT agenda, the moderators would have tripped over themselves to cover it. They didn’t. And that ought to say everything voters need to know about where this country would be headed.

    Get the facts. Check out our election headquarters at PrayVoteStand.org. See the truth for yourself in Trump vs. Biden on the issues, what Trump has accomplished, and the two party platforms.

  15. Platinum Plan Matters More says:

    Leftwing media outlets recently attacked rapper Ice Cube for his support for President Donald Trump. The real story, however, was that Ice Cube drew up a plan for black Americans which was dismissed by the Biden campaign but read with interest by the Trump campaign. Some of the ideas put forward by Ice Cube were also adopted into President Donald Trump’s “Platinum Plan” for black Americans, which includes making more capital accessible for black Americans to start their own businesses. Charlemagne Tha God says young black men listen to Trump because he can hear them when the speak but Biden who failed them for 49 years continues with dream selling but Trump is a doer. #blexit

  16. Samantha Armando Coker says:

    Joe Biden is too frail and not quite with it and after the debate I have changed my vote.

    I’m a Christian and anti abortion but believe in women’s right to make choices for themselves but never after first trimester. I’ll vote for Trump and Pence and am proud to say it.

  17. Bobo says:

    Go vote and if you vote Biden you deserve to be taxed without representation.

  18. Matt Reed, Fluffstaff says:

    President Trump has been fast getting the Hispanic Latino and Black voters according to the latest minority polls. It said those three groups feel Trump is better for them after hearing and seeing Trump & Biden on TV. Trump has set records for all three groups like no other past Presidents like releasing more minorities put in jail by Biden’s 3
    Strikes law (yep he wrote it and got it through folks). The Republicans are the new party of the working people. Congratulations.

  19. Breaking News says:

    Josh Christenson reports, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D., Mich.) on Wednesday refused to support Senate Democrats’ renewed push to pack the Supreme Court. She may leave the Democratic party and go Independent or Republican.

  20. Steve Segner says:

    Breaking News says:the Constitution allows for Congress to decide on how many Justices sit on the Supreme Court’s bench. Article III, Section 1, starts with a broad direction to Congress to establish courts. “The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish,” it reads.

    Pack the Supreme Court , no we will just super size it to give it some balance, WE will follow the Constitution, Republicans blocked Obama nominations so this is what you get.

  21. Hal says:

    The chamber of commerce is going against America with its role in shutting down jobs in America in favor of the chambers international growth policies. Shut down the Sedona chamber now. They aren’t working for Sedona, they aren’t working for Arizona, they are working for their fat paychecks and your little ones.

  22. Pierre E. Massana says:

    PARIS — An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, authorities said. It was the third attack in two months in France.

    The assailant was wounded by police and hospitalized after the killings at the Notre Dame Church, less than a kilometer (half-mile) from the site in 2016 where another attacker plowed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd, killing dozens.

    Authorities will close Islamic mosque that is known to be a training center.

    Keep voting your Democrats in. This was the world that Trump kept from our doorways and the one that the rioters are bringing back. Democrats don’t want lawful pursuits of happiness they want disorderly grabs for power.

    People of color wake up and get off the Democrats plantation and vote Republican for better education and personal and home safety. Ice Cube and other rappers are trying to tell you. #blexit

  23. Douglas Andrews says:

    Biden’s Utter Lack of Character – The Democrat nominee keeps telling us that character counts, but he’s not coming clean.

    Show of hands: Who knows someone who’s voting against Donald Trump because he’s an obnoxious bully, and in favor of Joe Biden because he’s “a good and decent man” and because “character counts”?

    That’s what we thought — a lot of you. Unfortunately, that narrative isn’t true. In fact, the opposite is true. Biden is a slippery, self-serving eel of a man, a money-grubbing backslapper, and a pathological liar.

    Before we begin: This column isn’t about Trump. His myriad character flaws have been amplified and Chinese-water-tortured into our heads for the past four years by a hate-filled mainstream media. Rather, this column is about the 77-year-old career pol whose deeply suspect character has gone largely unexamined by that same mainstream media.

    Biden has, unwittingly, told us plenty about his character over the years. Few of us have been listening, though. Perhaps the clearest window we have into his fundamental indecency is the lengths to which he’ll go in order to curry favor, gain sympathy, and win votes.

    We brought this “character” case against Biden about a month ago, but Exhibit A bears repeating. We’re talking about the fundamental lie of his adult life, the one that he told over and over again without regard to the damage it was doing to an innocent man and his family. For years, Scranton Joe falsely and repeatedly blamed the death of his first wife and daughter on a truck driver, a citizen and a father, who Biden said “drank his lunch.”

    The truth could always be found in the police report, which made clear that the truck driver in question hadn’t been drinking and wasn’t even at fault — that, in fact, Mrs. Biden “drove into the path” of his tractor-trailer.

    And yet Biden persisted in lying about it.

    “The driver of that truck,” wrote Kevin Williamson back in March, “went to his grave haunted by Biden’s lies, to the point where his children were forced to beg the vice president to stop defaming their late father. The casual cruelty with which Biden is willing to subordinate the lives of ordinary people to his political ambitions — for the sake of a petty tear-jerker line in one of his occasionally plagiarized stump speeches — is remarkable.”

    Williamson, who’s anything but a fan of Donald Trump, calls Biden “a vicious, self-serving political hack … whose ambition leads him from time to time into shocking indecency.” This sounds about right.

    After that tragic accident? Biden allegedly had an affair with his now-wife Jill while she was still married. You’ll never hear that in the mainstream media, much less in Jill’s ad telling us what a wonderful family man Joe is.

    Perhaps former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (remember him?) doesn’t read Kevin Williamson. This, in addition to his well-documented disdain for President Trump, would help explain why a man who’s “been a conservative Republican” all his life decided to cut an eleventh-hour ad endorsing for president an anti-Republican of such low character as Biden. The aptly surnamed Flake, whose idea of conservative Republicanism includes well-documented support for open borders and amnesty, urges us to put “country over party” and support the Democrat presidential nominee.

    Worse yet, Flake keeps a straight face while invoking words like “principle,” “conscience,” “character,” “integrity,” and “moral leadership” on behalf of Joe Biden — a man who no longer supports the Hyde Amendment, which protects pro-life Americans from having their tax dollars directly support abortion. Did anyone bother to tell Mr. Flake that Biden now supports taxpayer funding for the killing of the preborn? What could be more monstrous and less emblematic of “moral leadership” than a flip-flop on this position?

    Enough of Jeff Flake.

    Joseph Robinette Biden first campaigned for president way back in 1988. It didn’t last long. He got caught plagiarizing speech material from Neil Kinnock, a British member of Parliament, but he didn’t learn any lessons. As Valerie Richardson wrote in The Washington Times, “Since the start of the 2020 campaign, Mr. Biden has been caught on numerous occasions spinning false and even ludicrous yarns, a tendency that has prompted head-scratching from his supporters and exasperation from conservatives stunned that his tall tales have yet to torpedo his salt-of-the-earth image.”

    These yarns include the lie that he told to South Carolina voters about having attended Delaware State University, a historically black college. And the lie about having met with survivors of the Parkland school shooting when he was vice president — a remarkable feat of time travel given that the incident happened more than a year after Biden was out of office. Then there’s his bizarre lie about having headed into a combat zone in Afghanistan to pin a Silver Star medal on a gravely wounded Navy captain’s chest.

    Like a lot of events in this Mittyesque character’s life, it never happened. But certain less flattering events have happened in Biden’s life, even if his mainstream media Praetorian Guard refuses to report on them. This very week, in fact, we’re learning about his family’s rank influence-peddling with the communist Chinese, and we’re learning about the lies he’s told to cover it up. If you haven’t yet seen Tucker Carlson’s interview with former Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski, you should.

    We could also go on at length about Biden’s troubling history with race — a history that includes denying the racial authenticity of black people who have doubts about voting for him. There’s plenty more where that came from, including his assertion that “poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.” And his warning to a largely black audience in Virginia in 2012 that if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were to win that year’s presidential election, they were “gonna put y’all back in chains.” And his bragging about being civil and having “got things done” with segregationist Democrats like Herman Talmadge and James Eastland, the latter of whom believed blacks were “an inferior race.”

    Suffice it to say that there are plenty of reasons for a person to prefer Joe Biden over Donald Trump. Perhaps some of those reasons even have merit. Honesty, though, isn’t one of them. Neither is character.

  24. steve Segner says:

    October 29, 2020 at 5:21 pm
    Biden’s r – The Democrat nominee keeps telling us that character counts, you got me in the first like (Utter Lack of Characte) yes Trump fit you description to a T.

  25. Alex Rothman says:

    https://americashealthcarefuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Navigant-Rural-Public-Option-FINAL-8.19.pdf

    Better days came four years ago and let’s keep them around for four more.

  26. Michael Swartz says:

    China has taken full advantage of our open society in its effort to undermine us while hiding the flaws and abuses within its own system. Ever since President Nixon visited China in 1972, we’ve operated under the belief that exporting our culture and way of life to the massive communist country would bring it around, but China has instead worked to subvert us.

    Donald Trump is the first president to take a harder stance against the Chinese in over a half-century. The communist Chinese regime, however, long ago purchased the services of Joe Biden. The question is whether that investment will pay off handsomely next Tuesday.

  27. @steve segner says:

    @what you missed in that comment you wrote??

    Joseph Robinette Biden first campaigned for president way back in 1988. It didn’t last long. He got caught plagiarizing speech material from Neil Kinnock, a British member of Parliament, but he didn’t learn any lessons. As Valerie Richardson wrote in The Washington Times, “Since the start of the 2020 campaign, Mr. Biden has been caught on numerous occasions spinning false and even ludicrous yarns, a tendency that has prompted head-scratching from his supporters and exasperation from conservatives stunned that his tall tales have yet to torpedo his salt-of-the-earth image.”
    These yarns include the lie that he told to South Carolina voters about having attended Delaware State University, a historically black college. And the lie about having met with survivors of the Parkland school shooting when he was vice president — a remarkable feat of time travel given that the incident happened more than a year after Biden was out of office. Then there’s his bizarre lie about having headed into a combat zone in Afghanistan to pin a Silver Star medal on a gravely wounded Navy captain’s chest.
    Like a lot of events in this Mittyesque character’s life, it never happened. But certain less flattering events have happened in Biden’s life, even if his mainstream media Praetorian Guard refuses to report on them. This very week, in fact, we’re learning about his family’s rank influence-peddling with the communist Chinese, and we’re learning about the lies he’s told to cover it up. If you haven’t yet seen Tucker Carlson’s interview with former Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski, you should.
    We could also go on at length about Biden’s troubling history with race — a history that includes denying the racial authenticity of black people who have doubts about voting for him. There’s plenty more where that came from, including his assertion that “poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.” And his warning to a largely black audience in Virginia in 2012 that if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were to win that year’s presidential election, they were “gonna put y’all back in chains.” And his bragging about being civil and having “got things done” with segregationist Democrats like Herman Talmadge and James Eastland, the latter of whom believed blacks were “an inferior race.”

  28. Yes, Biden has always been a racist says:

    Biden’s description of Obama draws scrutiny

    CNN Story Highlights

    • Biden called Obama first “clean” African-American candidate
    • Biden said comments were taken out of context
    • Obama not offended by comments but called them “historically inaccurate”
    • Jesse Jackson said comments were “highly suggestive” but not “off-color”

    From Xuan Thai and Ted Barrett
    CNN Washington Bureau

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    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Joe Biden planned to spend Wednesday focusing on his official announcement that he was running for president, but the Delaware Democrat instead found himself defending remarks he made to the New York Observer about his Democratic opponents.

    In the article published Wednesday, Biden is quoted evaluating presidential rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois. His remarks about Obama, the only African-American serving in the Senate, drew the most scrutiny.

    “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” (Watch Biden’s comments and Obama’s reaction Video)

    Biden issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying: “I deeply regret any offense my remark in the New York Observer might have caused anyone. That was not my intent and I expressed that to Sen. Obama.”

    Biden also spoke to reporters in a conference call Wednesday afternoon and said the remark was taken out of context.

    “Barack Obama is probably the most exciting candidate that the Democratic or Republican Party has produced at least since I’ve been around,” Biden said on the call. “And he’s fresh. He’s new. He’s smart. He’s insightful. And I really regret that some have taken totally out of context my use of the world ‘clean.'”

    Biden said he was referring to a phrase used by his mother.

    “My mother has an expression: clean as a whistle, sharp as a tack,” Biden said.

    Obama, in a brief off-camera interview in a Senate hallway, said he thinks Biden “didn’t intend to offend” anyone.

    “He called me,” Obama said. “I told him it wasn’t necessary. We have got more important things to worry about. We have got Iraq. We have got health care. We have got energy. This is low on the list.”

    “He was very gracious and I have no problem with Joe Biden,” Obama added.

    Later on Wednesday, Obama, in a written statement, said “I didn’t take Sen. Biden’s comments personally, but obviously they were historically inaccurate. African-American presidential candidates like Jesse Jackson, Shirley Chisholm, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton gave a voice to many important issues through their campaigns, and no one would call them inarticulate.”

    Comment muddles launch of exploratory committee

    Earlier in the day, Biden had officially filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to launch a presidential campaign. Biden ran for the White House in 1988, but pulled out of the race before the first votes were cast.

    During the conference call, Biden told reporters he decided to seek the Democratic presidential nomination because of his frustration with President Bush’s stewardship of the country.

    “I’m running because I believe this administration has dug a very deep hole in terms of both our foreign policy and domestic policy,” Biden said.

    But during the call, reporters kept returning to the issue of his remarks.

    In addition to Obama downplaying the comments, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who also ran for president in 1988, also said he did not think Biden was being racist. However, Jackson did say that he called Biden to talk to him about it.

    “Knowing Joe Biden the way I do, I’m sure he didn’t mean it as off-color, but it is certainly highly suggestive,” Jackson said in an interview with CNN.

    Biden has made other questionable comments. In a June 2006 appearance in New Hampshire, the senator commented on the growth of the Indian-American population in Delaware by saying, “You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. Oh, I’m not joking.”

    Two months later, responding to a question in an August interview on Fox News Sunday, Biden was asked how a “Northeast liberal” could compete against more conservative southern candidates.

    “Better than everybody else. You don’t know my state. My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state is the eighth largest black population in the country. My state is anything from a northeast liberal state,” Biden said.

    He repeated the comment during a visit to South Carolina in December 2006 at an event before the Columbia Rotary Club, according to a story published in The State newspaper. The State reported that Biden referred to Delaware as a “slave state that fought beside the North. That’s only because we couldn’t figure out how to get to the South. There were a couple of states in the way.”

  29. Panama Julie says:

    Trump administration invested $2.5 TRILLION in the Military and saved the Philadelphia Shipyard.

    Trump administration passed VA Choice and VA Accountability when the Obama administration did nothing to improve veterans programs.

    Al-Baghdadi and Soleimani are DEAD and the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal that overwhelmingly disgusted American people was ditched.

    Instead of the endless wars of the Obama and Biden 8 years, Trump administration brought peace in the Middle East with four Nobel peace prize nominations.

    Last night the Trump administration staged a daring rescue of a captured American in Niger with no casualties and a safe return.

    Pelosi and Biden sons served on same board and both parents LOVE China and what China has been taking from American workers.

  30. Carl says:

    Visit http://www.seniorsbeware.com for a real insight into this election.

  31. H. Visagie says:

    The most important election ever in my lifetime, how about yours?

  32. Firefighters Organized for Blue Lives Matter says:

    Get to the polls and vote Trump. He’s the President that saved our jobs, kept the peace, funded us, promotes EMS and first responders. We need to have the backs of our Men in Blue and say no to Biden’s return. Blue lives matter, brothers and sisters. Vote Trump and get to the polls now. We’ve got to protect our Blue Lives and our lives. Every veteran brother and sister should be voting Trump. The VA’s never been better after Biden and admin slashed its budget. Trump restored the VA, funded the military, and is the only president since Reagan to keep the peace and not start a war. A great man. Vote for him. Vote for you, for me, for all of us.

  33. Noah says:

    Great day in America. Vote 2020.

  34. Tom says:

    There’re rumors that the Navajo tribe is voting for Trump and Republicans and not Biden and local Democrats? Seems Biden and Obama ignored and cut funding to the tribes while Trump has been steadily pouring funds in for medicines and benefits? Democrats have always taken the tribes for granted here and maybe this will be the time they take back their votes and vote for their own best interests? Just asking.

  35. Roscoe Bosco says:

    voted

  36. Vic says:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/noem-biden-policies-would-destroy-our-economy-way-of-life/vi-BB1aF7hR?ocid=msedgdhp

    We can’t stop this virus and you the media has been pushing this virus for political gains because the economy is the best ever. Get out and vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Voter Suppression STAY IN LINE says:

    Karin Housley
    @KarinHousley

    URGENT News for Forest Lake – Message from Republican HQ – if you’re in line to vote at City Center, Lake St, Only 4 voter booths (?!?!) & they’re trying to fix it! DO NOT GET OUT OF LINE! If your in line by 8:00 pm you’ll get to vote! Don’t let them suppress your vote!

  38. Ray says:

    @Karin you were right !!!!!’

  39. Oscar says:

    @karin one day voters will realize its a volume game w/o electoral college arizona didn’t matter, keep electoral college because it’s about our rights to be valued in the voting system if not from four or five big cities in california or new york or michigan, two party system has to be protected to hear the people, w/o electoral college we would all believe that the election was blown away for democrats when it’s razor thin for both, that’s true expression of citizens voices, #keepelectoralcollege #brexit2022 #hearmyvoice2022 #republicans2022 #republicans2022

  40. Bud Ryan says:

    If voters had stayed in line in your state, different story today. McCain’s get revenge as election influencers. It’s within 1% Arizona and it should be 10% based on statewide votes. Big tech dark money like Zukerburg paying millions to influence / buy Kelly’s seat. The recount should correct Arizona’s role in this election. Remember the government sent almost 2 million coronavirus checks to dead people. How many of them voted? (Sen. Rand)

  41. Archie says:

    Zuckerburg paid $350 million. He does that knowing who will give him massive returns on investment.

  42. Michigander subscriber says:

    So far, 234 pages of sworn affidavits alleging Election irregularities from just ONE county in Michigan.

    Here are the allegations:

    EYEWITNESS saw a batch of ballots where 60% of them had the SAME signature
    EYEWITNESS saw a batch of ballots scanned 5 times
    EYEWITNESS saw 35 ballots counted that were NOT connected to a voter record
    EYEWITNESS saw poll workers marking ballots with NO mark for candidates
    VOTER said deceased son was recorded as voting TWICE
    EYEWITNESS said provisional ballots were placed in the tabulation box
    FAILED software that caused an error in Antrim County used in Wayne County.

    Republican challengers not readmitted but Democrats admitted.

    Republican challengers physically pushed from counting tables by officials.

    Democrats gave out packet: “Tactics to Distract Republican Challengers”.

    Republican challenges to suspect ballots ignored.

    And that’s only a few of the election irregularities.

    Every legal vote must be counted and every illegal vote disallowed. That’s the America we live in.

  43. Jack Cashill (author) says:

    “For millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House,” writes Barack Obama in his new memoir, A Promised Land, “Donald Trump promised an elixir for their racial anxiety.

    Rather than speak for the millions of Americans whom Barack Obama casually defamed, I am going to speak for the 130,000 or so residents of Chautauqua County, New York, a semi-rural “rust belt” county tucked away in the far southwest corner of western New York.

    I know the county well. I spend a good chunk of each year there and set my first published novel, 2006: A Chautauqua Rising, therein. (Word to would-be writers: do not use names in book titles that no one can pronounce: sha-TAWK-wa).

    In 2008, Mr. Obama, you won Chautauqua County. In that the county is only 2 percent black, it was the white people of Chautauqua who elected you. In that many residents have not seen a black American since the Buffalo Bills moved their training camp, “racial anxiety” is preposterously low on the list of local motivators. You appeared just as black in 2008 as you did in 2012, and you scared no one.

    High on the list of real anxieties was the economy. The once prosperous county had been hemorrhaging jobs and people since 1970. In 2008, with the economy collapsing, you promised “hope and change.” People ignored the details and put their trust in you.

    In October 2012, after four years of left-leaning economic amateurism, the national unemployment rate stood at 7.9 percent, the worst “recovery” in our history. It was higher still in Chautauqua County.

    Months before the election, with Congress unable to pass a law giving relief to the so-called “DREAMers” — young people brought to this country illegally by their parents — you unilaterally decided to give as many as a million people relief from deportation proceedings, as well as the right to apply for work authorization.

    You can imagine how well that decision set with the unemployed and under-employed in Chautauqua. They did not have to wait until you said mockingly of Trump’s ambition to bring back manufacturing jobs — “What magic wand do you have?” — to know that, for them, “hope” was an illusion and “change” was for the worse.

    In 2012, Mitt Romney beat you by 8 percent in Chautauqua County. Ask yourself, Mr. Obama, did Romney prevail because of the nation’s dismal economic performance or because in 2011, Donald Trump “triggered a deep-seated panic” by “pedaling assertions that I had not been born in the United States and was thus an illegitimate president”?

    As you may recall, Mr. Obama, early in your career you were the one who claimed in a promotional brochure put out by literary agency Acton & Dystel that you were “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”

    For the record, Donald Trump never claimed you were born in Kenya. To be sure, he questioned the legitimacy of your birth certificate and speculated on why you took such pains to keep it under wraps, but he never went beyond speculation. His curiosity had nothing to do with race and everything to do with the fictional nativity story you had been pedaling since your emergence on the national stage. For details of your real history, let me recommend my own book, Unmasking Obama.

    Many Chautauquans voted for you in the hope that race relations would improve on your watch. As you know, they collapsed. In January 2009, 79 percent of whites and 64 percent of blacks held a favorable view of race relations in America. By July 2013, those figures had fallen to 52 percent among whites and 38 percent among blacks. This had nothing to do with Donald Trump and much to do with your Tourette’s-like instinct to cite “race” as the cause of your own and your administration’s failings. If anything, your tics are becoming more obvious.

    In 2016, the county that you carried in 2008 gave Trump a 20-plus margin over the very white Hillary Clinton. Did her sex “panic” Chautauquans more than your race? Or did they catch on that coastal elites had nothing but contempt for the “deplorables” in working-class America, what with the way they bitterly cling to their guns and religion?

    In 2020, Chautauquans again gave Trump a 20-point margin (More than 30 percent before the mail-ins were counted). In fact, the whole southern tier of New York, like the northern tier of Pennsylvania, had turned deep red. This had absolutely nothing to do with you or with race, Mr. Obama, but everything to do with the fact that your party has written these “fragile” white people off.

    Barack Obama owes the people of Chautauqua County an apology. No, he owes the people of America an apology. And he sure as hell owes Donald Trump an apology. Thank God he didn’t use the word “spooked.”

  44. Biased says:

    Ain’t it funny that SE won’t post the AZ election results. Hmmmm

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