en Cordileone: ‘I Want to Help Her to Understand That It is Unacceptable to Kill Babies in the Womb’ <div class="insert-box"> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium"> </div> </div> <div class="insert-box"><img alt="" class="img-fluid insert-image image-article_medium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="insert-article_medium-47fde224-faef-4cb0-8603-aed211b74bdf" data-insert-class="image-article_medium" data-insert-type="image" height="170" src="" width="240" /></div> <p>( - Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, who publicly announced yesterday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should not take Holy Communion until she repudiates her support for abortion, <a href="">said in an interview on Friday</a> that he wanted to “help her understand that it is unacceptable to kill babies in the womb.”</p> <p>Cordileone made the statement <a href="">in a conversation with host Gloris Purvis on the “Behind the Story”</a> podcast.</p> <p>“I want to help her to understand that it is unacceptable to kill babies in the womb and the harm so often it does to women,” said Cordileone.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video col-auto"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src=";start=509&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>“Those of us in pastoral ministry, we encounter women who have gone through this experience, and we understand how so often they feel alone, afraid, abandoned,” he said. “And they really need support and love to help make a happy decision, a decision for life.</p> <p>“So the rose and rosary campaign was to help sensitize—she [Pelosi] has, it seems to me, a very maternal heart,” he said. “She loves speaking about her five children, right?—to sensitize her to that. And also to convey that—I know people will accuse me of being political, but this is not political at all. It’s pastoral.”</p> <p>“I cannot in my conscience allow the situation to continue and cause this scandal,” he said in the podcast.</p> May 21, 2022 Staff 2ee08392-4d9f-48df-bace-3876c5a49e95 Destroying ESG, the Altar of ‘Woke’ <div class="insert-box"><img alt="The trading symbol for BlackRock is displayed at the closing bell of the Dow Industrial Average. (Photo credit: BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)" class="img-fluid insert-image image-article_medium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="insert-article_medium-424ce25a-8a0e-45ac-833c-bc48129976d5" data-insert-class="image-article_medium" data-insert-type="image" height="160" src="" width="240" /> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium">The trading symbol for BlackRock is displayed at the closing bell of the Dow Industrial Average. (Photo credit: BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)</div> </div> <p>We’ve heard the clever quips “woke-a cola” and “go woke, go broke” to describe traditional American companies and institutions diving headfirst into politics in order to score points with the radical left. Everywhere we look, forces are shoving us to the left, and it often feels like we don’t have a vote. But now, we are seeing pushback from people sick and tired of their hard-earned money being sacrificed on the altar of “woke.”</p> <p>A crystalizing moment for many was Major League Baseball moving its All-Star game from Georgia to Colorado in 2021 in protest of Georgia’s newly enacted election integrity law. Others suffer Big Tech’s censorship of conservatives happening…all the time. Most recently, we’ve seen <a href="">Disney</a> bow to the pressure of left-wing activism, and because of it and the ensuing response, their stock <a href="">sunk by as much as 31%</a> since the start of 2022.</p> <p>On a<a href=""> recent episode of the Heritage Explains podcast</a>, I spoke with former CKE Restaurant CEO and current Heritage Foundation Visiting Fellow Andy Puzder about this phenomenon commonly referred to as environmental, social, and governance, or ESG, investing. He spoke about the process and the incredible power asset managers like BlackRock, State Street, and Vanguard are wielding to push the country leftward.</p> <p>“The people that run the largest financial asset funds in the country…if you combine their ownership, they’re the number one shareholder in 80% of the companies in the S&amp;P 500,” he explained. “So, they use this criteria to force CEOs to focus on these progressive agenda items, as opposed to focusing on profit.”</p> <p>Puzder continued: “The people that invest our money should invest it for our benefit and not for their political goals. And as much as they try and convince us that their political goals are in our interest, that’s the decision we should make.”    </p> <p>And the pushback against ESG is gaining momentum. All around the country, conservative governors, state legislators, state treasurers, and other officials are ensuring that things like pension funds and public dollars are not being sacrificed for “woke” causes but maximized for the shareholders — we the people.</p> <p><a href="">According to Axios</a>, in 2021, a group of 15 state treasurers threatened to remove their states’ assets from financial institutions that “refuse to lend to or invest in” the fossil fuel industry and gave a full-throated rejection of the “command-and-control” policies many financial institutions have aimed at bending the free market.</p> <p>In addition to the pushback from state officials, we are seeing pushback from other asset managers and investment funds. </p> <p>Vivek Ramaswamy is a successful entrepreneur and best-selling author. After tracking this issue and speaking out against it, he decided to start his own investment firm called Strive Asset Management.</p> <p>On a recent <a href="">interview with Fox News</a>, Ramaswamy spoke about the firm’s initial investment of $20 million and how Strive will differ in its approach to investing: “What we’re doing is representing actually the voices of the actual shareholders, not the institutions who claim to be the shareholders, but their clients, the everyday citizens of this country.”</p> <p>This is a positive step in the right direction, but $20 million dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the more than $20 trillion managed by the big asset manager funds.</p> <p>More needs to be done to ensure that we keep the focus on the many, and not the few. Puzder said one of the most powerful things individuals can do to keep the woke in check is to not sell their stock in woke companies like <a href="">Disney</a> but buy more and then speak up at shareholder meetings.</p> <blockquote> <p>“I did have some people say, ‘Well, I sold my <a href="">Disney</a> stock.’ Do not sell your <a href="">Disney</a> stock. Buy every share you can of Disney and vote against every one of these guys. And vote against every policy they propose. You can take that power back.”</p> </blockquote> <p>While the full impact of ESG asset management is not fully known, we do know that without <a href="">pushback and accountability</a>, wealthy asset managers will continue to use our investments to shape American culture to fit their radical agenda — at the cost of not just our 401ks but of America’s future.</p> <p>To listen to my full conversation with Andy Puzder, check out the <a href="">latest episode of Heritage Explains here</a>.</p> <p><em>Timothy Doescher serves as associate director of coalition relations at The Heritage Foundation's Institute for Economic Freedom.</em></p> <p><strong>Editor's Note: </strong>This piece originally appeared on <a href=""><em>The Daily Signal</em></a>.</p> May 20, 2022 Timothy Doescher cb309b63-6d69-4b7c-b44d-c57e915b505c Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco Bans Speaker Nancy Pelosi From Communion <div class="insert-box"><img alt="" class="img-fluid insert-image image-article_medium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="insert-article_medium-f8c663b0-d8f1-4fbb-8f52-49349b69ef33" data-insert-class="image-article_medium" data-insert-type="image" height="161" src="" width="240" /> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium">House Speaker Nancy Pelosi</div> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium">(Getty Images/Mandel Ngan)</div> </div> <p>Because of her steadfast and outspoken opposition to Church teaching on abortion, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been banned from receiving Holy Communion, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone announced Friday.</p> <p>“After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion,” Archbishop Cordileone tweeted, <a href="">linking to</a> a copy of <a href="">an open "letter to the faithful" on the archdiocese website</a>.</p> <p>According <a href="">to the letter</a>, Pelosi is banned from communion “unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion ‘rights’ and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance,” the archbishop writes. “I have accordingly sent her a Notification to this effect, which I have now made public.”</p> <p>The text of the letter (minus footnotes), as posted on the archdiocese website, is presented below:</p> <p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p>After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion. <a href=""></a></p> — Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (@ArchCordileone) <a href="">May 20, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> </p> <blockquote> <p>My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: </p> <p>Pope Francis has been one of the world’s most vocal advocates of human dignity in every stage and condition of life. He decries what he evocatively calls the “throwaway culture.” There can be no more extreme example of this cultural depravity than when direct attacks on human life are enshrined in a nation’s law, celebrated by society, and even paid for by the government. This is why Pope Francis, as much as any pope in living memory, has repeatedly and vividly affirmed the Church’s clear and constant teaching that abortion is a grave moral evil. </p> <p>Surely no Pope has spoken more eloquently than Pope Francis did in the earliest days of his Pontificate, saying on September 20, 2013: </p> <p>In a frail human being, each one of us is invited to recognize the face of the Lord, who in his human flesh experienced the indifference and solitude to which we so often condemn the poorest of the poor, whether in developing countries or in wealthy societies. Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection.<sup>1</sup> </p> <p>Another valuable insight Pope Francis gives us is that of the inter-connectedness of all of the threats to human dignity in the throwaway culture. As one clear example, in his landmark 2015 Encyclical on the environment, <em>Laudato Si’</em>, he underscored that care for our common home includes care for the weakest among us, including the unborn child: </p> <p>When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few examples – it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected. Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble, for ‘instead of carrying out his role as a cooperator with God in the work of creation, man sets himself up in place of God and thus ends up provoking a rebellion on the part of nature.’<sup>2</sup> </p> As the Archbishop of San Francisco, I am bound to be “concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to [my] care” (Code of Canon Law, can. 383, §1). This most serious duty can sometimes become unpleasant, especially when Catholics in public life explicitly promote practices that involve the direct taking of innocent human life, which is what abortion does. I have struggled with this issue in my own conscience for many years now, especially with regard to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and member of our Archdiocese, Nancy Pelosi.</blockquote> <blockquote>I have received letters from very many of you over the years expressing distress over the scandal being caused by such Catholics in public life who promote such grievously evil practices as abortion. I have responded that conversion is always better than exclusion, and before any such action can be taken it must be preceded by sincere and diligent efforts at dialogue and persuasion. With regard to Speaker Pelosi, I have striven to follow this wise route, as delineated by then-Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) in a letter to U.S. bishops regarding Holy Communion and Catholic politicians who cooperate in the grave evils of abortion and euthanasia: </blockquote> <blockquote>… when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and  warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist. When ‘these precautionary measures have not had their effect …,’ and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, ‘the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it.’<sup>3</sup> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>This instruction is in accordance with canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, which stipulates, “Those … obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” In the pastoral letter I issued a year ago, <em>Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You</em>, I laid out the Church’s teaching on cooperation in evil, especially that of abortion, and the proper disposition for receiving Holy Communion, precisely to help our people better understand these principles and what is at stake here. </p> <p>Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi’s position on abortion has become only more extreme over the years, especially in the last few months. Just earlier this month she once again, as she has many times before, explicitly cited her Catholic faith while justifying abortion as a “choice,” this time setting herself in direct opposition to Pope Francis: “The very idea that they would be telling women the size, timing or whatever of their family, the personal nature of this is so appalling, and  I say that as a devout Catholic”; “They say to me, ‘Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about  having babies than the Pope.’ Yes I do. Are you stupid?”<sup>4</sup> </p> After numerous attempts to speak with her to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that the point has come in which I must make a public declaration that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion unless and until she publicly repudiate her support for abortion “rights” and confess and receive absolution for her cooperation in this evil in the sacrament of Penance. I have accordingly sent her a Notification to this effect, which I have now made public.</blockquote> <blockquote>Please know that I find no pleasure whatsoever in fulfilling my pastoral duty here.  Speaker Pelosi remains our sister in Christ. Her advocacy for the care of the poor and vulnerable elicits my admiration. I assure you that my action here is purely pastoral, not political. I have been very clear in my words and actions about this. Speaker Pelosi has been uppermost in my prayer intentions ever since I became the Archbishop of San Francisco. It was my prayer life that motivated me to ask people all around the country to join me in praying and fasting for her in the “Rose and Rosary for Nancy Campaign.” I especially pray that she will see in the roses she has received a sign of the honest love and care that many thousands of people have for her.</blockquote> <blockquote>I very sincerely thank all of you who have participated in this campaign, and all others who have otherwise prayed and made spiritual sacrifices for our Speaker, and I ask you to continue (or start) to do so. I also ask you actively to support with your time, talent and treasure the efforts of pro-life advocates to accompany women in crisis pregnancies and offer them the support they need to make a choice for life, as well as those who have been scarred by the abortion experience (for our local efforts, see: This is what it means to be truly pro-life. It is the way of love.</blockquote> <blockquote>May God grant us the grace to be true advocates for the dignity of human life, in every stage and condition of life, and to accompany, support and love women who otherwise would be alone and afraid at a most vulnerable time in their lives.</blockquote> <blockquote>In Christ, our Source of New Life, <p>Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone</p> <p>Archbishop of San Francisco</p> </blockquote> May 20, 2022 Craig Bannister 857fee31-5e32-4991-be22-abbacd21badb Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards: Oklahoma Abortion Ban Bill Is ‘Cruel and Inhumane’ <div class="insert-box"><img alt="Former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)" class="img-fluid insert-image image-article_medium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="insert-article_medium-a669af1e-900b-46c3-9fbd-566749cdf630" data-insert-class="image-article_medium" data-insert-type="image" height="157" src="" width="240" /> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium">Former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)</div> </div> <p>( – Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who now serves as co-chair of American Bridge 21st Century, said Friday that an Oklahoma law banning all abortion with exceptions for the life of the mother and in cases of rape or incest that have been reported to law enforcement is “cruel and inhumane.”<br /> <br /> If the bill is signed into law as expected, “it would mean that Oklahoma would really become the first state that could completely ban abortion, safe and legal abortion since Roe was decided. It's modeled on the Texas ban in effect since September that really allows local citizens to turn in their neighbors and anyone who has helped trying to assist a woman accessing abortion services,” she told MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”<br /> <br /> “It is incredibly cruel and inhumane and of course you probably know that many women in Texas, because they have not been able to get access to legal abortion since September, have been going to Oklahoma, and increasingly, you will now see huge areas of the country where there is no more access to safe and legal abortion,” Richards said.<br /> <br /> “Of course it doesn’t mean abortion will end. It simply means it won't be safe. It won’t be legal, and women will have to take things into their own hands, which is going to create a dangerous situation for women and their families,” she said.<br /> <br /> Richards accused Republicans of banning abortion while at the same time refusing to provide health care coverage to new mothers.<br /> <br /> “What we are seeing of course across the country is the states that are banning abortion are also refusing to do anything for the moms, the families that are impacted,” the former Planned Parenthood president said.<br /> <br /> “In fact, Mississippi, which is the state that is up before the Supreme Court, has the highest rate of poverty in the nation, has twice the maternal mortality rate of the national average, and recently, the same legislators that passed this abortion ban in Mississippi refuse to expand health care coverage for new moms in that state,” she said.<br /> <br /> “If you’re a new mother that delivers under Medicare, you get two months of health care and then you are on your own, and so I do think it’s important to point out that these same states that are trying to end access to safe and legal abortion are doing nothing and in fact voting against support for -- to make sure that children are safe and healthy and that mothers are as well,” Richards said.<br /> <br /> Pro-life attempts to ban abortion will be “a hugely motivating issue in upcoming elections,” Richards said.<br /> <br /> “I think it's a hugely motivating issue. Look at some of the states that are hotly contested: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia. These are states where the folks running on the Republican ticket are saying they’re going to outlaw abortion, so it’s getting real for everybody,” she said.</p> May 20, 2022 Melanie Arter cc1c489d-400c-42a4-8ede-ac21def034b4 Mark Levin Blasts Biden’s Economic ‘Idiocy’: ‘What Kind of an Advanced Country Can’t Produce Enough Baby Formula?’ <div class="insert-box"><img alt="" class="img-fluid insert-image image-article_medium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="insert-article_medium-37fb16f5-578b-46ea-90b5-48e093aa278e" data-insert-class="image-article_medium" data-insert-type="image" height="141" src="" width="240" /> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium">Mark Levin</div> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium">(Screenshot)</div> </div> <p>“Joe Biden is a one-man wrecking ball and he’s taken his idiocy to our economy,” conservative commentator Mark Levin said Thursday, pointing to Biden Administration blunders that have stoked the nation’s baby formula shortage.</p> <p>“Joe Biden is, obviously, an economic illiterate. Always has been. But, you’d know that, issue after issue,” Levin said Thursday in an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.”</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-mrctv video-embed-field-responsive-video col-auto"><iframe frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src=""></iframe> </div> <p>The Biden Administration claims that increasing spending and debt will fight inflation and can’t even fix a baby formula shortage of its own making, Levin told Host Sean Hannity. What’s more, Biden won’t even take responsibility for his mistakes, Levin said:</p> <blockquote> <p>“Baby formula. I mean, what kind of an advanced country can’t produce enough baby formula?</p> <p>“And he blames it on whom: the private sector.</p> <p>“Government regulations. The FDA shut down Abbott. We weren’t importing formula from the Europe Union, which has stricter standards than we do.</p> <p>“And, it’s the private sector’s fault?”</p> </blockquote> <p>“You’re seeing power moving from the private sector to the government. This guy’s utterly incompetent,” Levin said.</p> <p>If Biden had been president when the coronavirus was at its worst, Americans wouldn’t have had the vital tools they needed to fight it off – and, again, Biden would’ve shirked responsibility, Levin said:</p> <blockquote> <p>“Can you imagine if, rather than Donald Trump, Joe Biden had been president at the peak of this virus:</p> <p>“We wouldn’t have had vaccines;</p> <p>“We wouldn’t have masks;</p> <p>“We wouldn’t have ventilators;</p> <p>“We wouldn’t have respirators;</p> <p>“We wouldn’t have hospital beds;</p> <p>“We wouldn’t have anything.</p> <p>“He’d be busy blaming the Republicans for the virus. I mean, he blamed Trump for every single death that occurred as a result of the virus.”</p> </blockquote> May 20, 2022 Craig Bannister 1c1de1bb-f1d1-42d8-8383-5084fd451594 Carbon Border Tax Is Outside the Venn Diagram of Compromise <div class="insert-box"><img alt="A man holds a plethora of hundred-dollar bills. (Photo credit: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)" class="img-fluid insert-image image-article_medium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="insert-article_medium-3502fb0b-3868-489f-9c87-9aef01a2e134" data-insert-class="image-article_medium" data-insert-type="image" height="150" src="" width="240" /> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium">A man holds a plethora of hundred-dollar bills. (Photo credit: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)</div> </div> <p>For years, the idea of a <a href="">carbon tax</a> has been a nonstarter for Americans in both parties. And for good reason — while it would raise a pretty penny for a federal government addicted to spending, a carbon tax would weigh down American consumers and businesses, <a href="">for no environmental benefit</a>. Given that <a href="">nearly 80%</a> of Americans’ energy needs for heat, power, and transportation are met by energy resources that would be taxed, it’s not hard to see the <a href="">exorbitant costs</a> of such a policy.   </p> <p>Now, some in Congress are contemplating such a tax on imported foreign goods, hoping it’s not as <a href="">politically “lethal</a>.” Known as carbon tariffs or carbon border adjustments, the policy is getting some press time, with a handful of Republicans entertaining the idea.  </p> <p>Generally speaking, border carbon adjustment proposals place a tax or tariff on imported goods whose production emitted greenhouse gases, whether directly or indirectly through their supply chains. While this would include every or nearly every product that crossed into U.S. markets, policies tend to focus on energy-intensive products like steel, aluminum, cement, and chemicals or large consumer products like cars.</p> <p>On its face, this is protectionism that would easily invite retaliation by trading partners and a tacit acknowledgement that regulations on American companies are making them less competitive. So, advocates have sought ways to show a carbon border adjustment isn’t treating imported goods unfairly.</p> <p>This requires some “creative” accounting, to say the least, since Congress has repeatedly rejected domestic carbon tax schemes. Ideas run from exempting countries whose industries have similar “emissions profiles” as in the U.S., to attempting to conjure an implicit price on domestic carbon dioxide emissions from the variety of local, state, and federal climate policies.</p> <p>That’s often the trouble with domestic carbon taxes and their international-facing counterparts, carbon tariffs — while they sound straightforward in theory, the reality is a <a href="">bureaucratic maze</a>. For example, consider how many times steel crosses borders on its way to becoming products consumers will purchase, whether a bolt, automobile, or I-beam for a bridge. Complexity is no friend to transparency, and the chances of special interests seeking carveouts and exemptions are high — in addition to the bureaucracy needed for compliance, auditing, and litigating.</p> <p>This is to say nothing of the negative impacts a carbon tariff would have on U.S. businesses and their customers. Proponents argue that taxing imports for their greenhouse gas emissions will make U.S. companies more competitive. It’s crafty logic. Consider this — imagine a race between me and five-time Olympian Allyson Felix. While I may provide some entertainment value, I don’t stand a chance. If I were to tie her shoelaces together, I’m still not the faster sprinter — I’ve just hobbled the competition.</p> <p>Likewise, carbon tariffs don’t make “green” products less expensive or better performing — they just increase the costs of conventional, more affordable competitors by tacking on a tax. Of course, if the “greener” products offer more compelling value, customers don’t need the nudge from bureaucrats to figure that out. Being able to buy components from the most competitive companies around the globe allows businesses to provide their customers the best, most affordable service.</p> <p>Some also think a carbon tariff will force countries like <a href="">China</a> to finally get serious on climate policy. However, and especially in light of the ongoing <a href="">energy price crisis</a>, countries and businesses are showing every day that they are more interested in affordable energy and products than in paying a green premium. This is proving true whether considering China’s <a href="">interest</a> in buying Russian oil, climate warrior Germany’s decision to <a href="">hold onto coal</a>, or the choices of <a href="">individual companies</a> looking to <a href="">keep costs low for customers</a> in the face of rampant inflation. Actions speak louder than political climate aspirations.</p> <p>Perhaps the bottom-line question is whether this is good environmental policy. But just like a domestic carbon tax, the environmental benefits of a carbon tariff are <a href="">inconsequential</a>, <a href="">no matter</a> what one thinks about global warming and the merits (<a href="">or</a> <a href="">lack</a> <a href="">thereof</a>) of mitigating carbon dioxide.</p> <p>The carbon tariff idea has resurfaced of late with the intent, as <a href="">stated</a> by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), of “getting everyone together on some ideas…on how we can all work together.” It’s hard to see how a CO2 border tax is one of those ideas toward any productive end helping Americans.</p> <p>However, where the Venn diagram very much overlaps is regulatory reform — another topic that reportedly is on the table. If the likes of <a href="">Ezra Klein</a> and <a href="">The Heritage Foundation</a>, <a href="">conventional energy</a> companies and <a href="">renewable energy</a> companies all agree that it’s too hard to build things in the U.S., surely Congress can get there too and with far greater effect and far less hand-wringing.</p> <p>Getting into the details of regulatory reform may not sound as exciting to politicians as a revenue-raising carbon tariff, but it would actually get at issues where the government itself is “tying the shoelaces” of American businesses trying to compete in a global race.</p> <p><em>Katie Tubb is a policy analyst for the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.</em></p> <p><strong>Editor's Note: </strong>This piece originally appeared on <a href=""><em>The Daily Signal</em></a>.</p> May 20, 2022 Katie Tubb bfea2f80-1f19-4eeb-9541-9ed4170b9199 Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘Biden’s Policies Are Dumb and Dangerous’ <div class="insert-box"><img alt="President Joe Biden takes part in a briefing on hurricane preparedness and response, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on May 18, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)" class="img-fluid insert-image image-article_medium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="insert-article_medium-55bf9bf1-c633-4056-a3ca-205a0774ba97" data-insert-class="image-article_medium" data-insert-type="image" height="160" src="" width="240" /> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium">President Joe Biden takes part in a briefing on hurricane preparedness and response, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on May 18, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)</div> </div> <p>( – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News’s “Hannity” on Thursday that President Biden’s policies on the border and energy are “dumb and dangerous” and he’ll never change unless somebody makes him.<br /> <br /> “Biden's policies are dumb and dangerous. They’re not working. It’s dumb and dangerous what they’re doing at the border. It’s dumb and dangerous to stop producing American oil and gas to go from energy Independence to dependency. The question for us is how do you fix it? Biden’s never going to change unless somebody makes him,” he said.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-mrctv video-embed-field-responsive-video col-auto"><iframe frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src=""></iframe> </div> <p><br /> “The only reason he got more involved in Ukraine is because you and I and others kicked his ass every night, saying that you are letting Putin win. You’re betting on Putin winning. How about betting on Ukraine winning for a change, so I think the Republican party owes it to the American people not to just describe the problem but to it fix it,” Graham said.<br /> <br /> “Let's come up with the border security plan like President Trump had. Let’s come up with an energy Independence plan, put it on the table and start talking about it to give American people some hope,” the senator added. <br /> <br /> Graham said that what former President Donald Trump did on the border, energy independence, ISIS, and getting Arabs and Israelis to work together worked.<br /> <br /> “What Trump did worked on the border. What he did on energy Independence worked. What he did to kill ISIS worked. What he did to get the Arabs and Israelis working together was successful. He was strong in the face of Iranian aggression, but the point I am trying to make we are about to go into an election 6 months from now,” the senator said.<br /> <br /> “Every night I listen to your show and I get depressed about the state of America. I want to hear on your show how we fix this. We know what works, but let’s put it in writing. I am begging the leadership of the Republican Party led by Donald Trump to come out with solutions to a broken border, how to become energy independent again, how to regain control of the supply chain and how to make the world a safer place,” he said.</p> May 20, 2022 Melanie Arter 23c37e93-d2e9-4b6e-977a-ff31883c448e Tucker Cancelled the GOP. So Should You <div class="insert-box"><img alt="An elephant represents the Republican Party. (Photo credit: DOMINICK REUTER/AFP via Getty Images)" class="img-fluid insert-image image-article_medium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="insert-article_medium-7454c6cf-cad4-439b-82f2-5a605b2d3dad" data-insert-class="image-article_medium" data-insert-type="image" height="159" src="" width="240" /> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium">An elephant represents the Republican Party. (Photo credit: DOMINICK REUTER/AFP via Getty Images)</div> </div> <p>In his <a href="">June 20, 2020</a> <em>J'accuse</em>, Tucker Carlson, for all practical purposes, <a href="">cancelled the Republican Party</a>:</p> <p>"When the moment of crisis came, Republicans ran away," he roared. "Major American cities were looted and burned on television. Citizens were beaten and murdered. Works of public art were destroyed by the score. America's history, those shared experiences that bind us together as a nation, was plundered and complete rewritten by illiterate vandals. Everywhere, as they watched, Americans were afraid -- afraid not simply for their safety but afraid for their jobs, their reputations, afraid for their families....And the question that hangs in the air is: where are our protectors?...The president of Heritage wrote an op-ed accusing America of being irredeemably many on the Right did exactly the same thing."</p> <p>Jack Kerwick has been anatomizing just such failures and betrayals dished out by the ConOink establishment for over a decade, <a href="">writing</a> in January of 2021, of virus-related tyranny that, </p> <blockquote> <p>“…the country bequeathed to us by the generation that, in the midst of a smallpox epidemic, fought and defeated the most powerful empire in the world in order to be a self-governing union of sovereign states — subjected itself to a nationwide internment.</p> <p>The United State[s] of America became the Interned States of America as the Constitution of the Old Republic was indefinitely revoked, the economy crushed, and ‘the little platoons’ — as Burke referred to those buffers between the individual and the State, those forms of community constitutive of civil society and in the absence of which human flourishing would be impossible — were radically undermined.…And <strong>all of this occurred in a country with a Republican President, a Republican-controlled Senate, a Supreme Court dominated by Republican appointees, and a majority of whose state legislatures and governors are Republican.”</strong> [Emphasis added.]</p> </blockquote> <p>As captivated as voters on the right may be by the promise of the primaries, they’d be wise to remember the nature of the Republican Racket — the duopoly or uniparty swindle, for that matter.<strong> </strong></p> <p>You’ve<strong> </strong>been here before. Elections in our country are a national bipolar mood disorder that sees our side, the Right, swing from halcyon highs under the Stupid Party to nadir lows under the Evil Party, except that there never is long-term, real relief. </p> <p>With a difference. Something huge happened in our country in the past few years. It is not hyperbole to say the republic has been lost. To <a href="">paraphrase</a> the great Naomi Wolf, we are at a civilizational crossroads, still living under emergency law, the Constitution suspended. We’ve adjusted to tyranny and no one is the wiser.    </p> <p>Certainly not any Republican.</p> <p>Some of us have long held that the republic of blessed memory was lost ages ago. Others still hold out hope for a small “r” republican revival. Even the most <a href="">Panglossian</a> among us must acknowledge that a tipping point was reached during COVID. </p> <p><em>The Democrats</em> have always set the terms of debate; Democrats stand tall for their core principles, as atrocious as these manifestly are. </p> <p>Consider: How does the illiberal left deal with Republicans? They leverage against their political opponents the full force of the managerial, permanent state, which they’ve captured. They galvanize the DOJ (Department of Justice), the Security and the Surveillance State to destroy as many conservatives as possible. Rivulets of words like “treason” and “white supremacist” soon run through the Democrat-dominated media and through other intellectual means of production captured. Subpoenas are issued. Congressional hearings are hastily begun; impeachment proceedings set in motion. The criminal arm of the Democrat Party is marshaled in quick succession. These vampiric operatives — BLM, Antifa, demented distaff — are soon staking out, stalking, and canceling conservatives, making life intolerable. Simultaneously, and in addition to utterly demonizing their opposition, Democrats typically plug away at making the country ungovernable, lawless, diverse to the point of distrust. </p> <p>Against the potency of the Democrats, Republicans offer only impotence. At every turn, they apologize and expiate for their principles. Their feeble reaction to Democrat depredations, in general, has the effect of normalizing decadence, degeneracy, lawlessness, and breakdown of all standards — the <a href="">systemic institutional rot</a> that is convulsing the country. Republican reaction to a steady stream of brazen invaders breaking the Southern border, in particular, is to whinge ever-so occasionally and oh-so softly.</p> <p>By Republican telling, it is the Democrats who made immigration enforcement impossible. Not so! George Bush would still wrestle a crocodile for an illegal immigrant. Collaboration between the parties over the years codified into law that no <em>invader</em> could be turned back. By mutual agreement between the parties, no sooner do these criminal aliens cross into the United States and plonk themselves on our side of the Rio Grande — than they must be “processed” and released, never booted. The Wall was always meant as a cheap election ploy to excite the febrile imagination of the voter. That, Donald Trump understood. So, instead, the former president did an ingenious workaround: Trump “<a href="">erected a bureaucratic wall that expelled unauthorized immigrants on the southern border</a>,” forcing them to bunk-down in Mexico. </p> <p>Back to COVID: Is there one GOPer running in the primaries who has promised and comprehends how to ensure that no centrally or locally directed lockdown will ever occur again? Any conservative campaigning on a serious examination of lockdown crimes against the citizens and travel restrictions on the unvaxed? Has even one of the Republican candidates traipsing through Fox News’ green room addressed the creation of an unvaccinated underclass (villains all) and a vaccinated upper-class (virtuous)? Who among those clawing their way to D.C. has even mentioned the fact that <a href="">we the unvaxed are still being denied access</a> — based not on active aggression we’re committing, but rooted in our peaceful rejection of the corporate, State-mediated aggression against us: We won’t take the Hemlock.</p> <p>Is a single Republican proposing to ensure that never again will the medical idiocracy — <em>bona fides</em> established during the pandemic — come between a dying patient and his family? </p> <p>Remember how Republicans, during COVID, would prattle about religious exemptions (state-granted!) and natural-immunity based exemptions (state-granted!) — but had not the faintest urge to defend the natural, God-given right of self-ownership? I do. You should, too! Almost to a man did most of the Republicans we endured on TV during COVID prance onto the set, boasting self-righteously: “I’ve had the vaccine, I’m for science, but I support the rights of my rube-hick constituents to reject it.”</p> <p>Anyone running to permanently restore due process of law lost by so many Americans, especially the <a href="">Jan. 6 dissidents</a>? Show me the Republican who is able to articulate that, no, we don’t need new laws. No other country has as many laws as the United States Code. (Attempts to count the number of laws <a href="">scattered over upwards of 23,000</a> pages have failed.) How about electing people who understand how to uphold rights already instantiated in the founding documents, and forcefully enforce the laws that ensure ordered liberty? </p> <p>In this context, has Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) heard about the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution? Tucker Carlson invited this prototype Republican to talk up legislation to outlaw the Surveillance State (National Security Agency spying on us), all TV theater and farce. The Fourth Amendment already does that.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="rumble" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p><a href=""><em>Ilana Mercer</em></a><em> has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian </em><a href=""><em>think piece</em></a><em> since 1999. She’s the author of </em><a href=""><em>Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa</em></a><em> (2011) &amp; </em><a href=""><em>The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed</em></a><em>” (June, 2016). She’s on</em><em> Twitter,</em><em> </em><a href=""><em>Gab,</em></a><em> </em><a href=""><em>Gettr</em></a><em> </em><a href=""><em>YouTube</em></a><em> </em><em>&amp; </em><a href=""><em>LinkedIn</em></a><em>; banned by </em><a href=""><em>Facebook</em></a><em>, </em>and has a <a href="">new video-podcast</a>. </p> May 20, 2022 Ilana Mercer cce51050-a736-4ab2-8d87-862c7f9fa1c7 Arkansas AG: ‘The Only Thing the Biden Administration Needs to Build Back Better Is the Wall on the Southern Border’ <div class="insert-box"><img alt="Migrants follow a US Border Patrol agent upon arrival at the US-Mexico border wall separating Algodones, Mexico, from Yuma, Arizona, on May 16, 2022. - A US Federal judge is expected to make a ruling on health policy Title 42 which has been used at the border to expel illegal immigrants due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)" class="img-fluid insert-image image-article_medium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="insert-article_medium-25c6f196-dc2c-4c03-b3d3-a582ff6e744e" data-insert-class="image-article_medium" data-insert-type="image" height="144" src="" width="240" /> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium">Migrants follow a US Border Patrol agent upon arrival at the US-Mexico border wall separating Algodones, Mexico, from Yuma, Arizona, on May 16, 2022. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)</div> </div> <p>( – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, one of 21 attorneys general suing the Biden administration to prevent it from lifting Title 42, told Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo” on Friday that her state set a record of nearly 500 fentanyl overdose last year because of illegal border crossings. <br /> <br /> “Well, Title 42 is important to keep Americans safe we are already seeing a dramatic increase in illegal crossings through our southern border into the United States. They’ve gone up over 30% in April 2021 alone. We don't even have the numbers yet for these past last few months. We are seeing dangerous amounts of fentanyl into Arkansas,” she said.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-mrctv video-embed-field-responsive-video col-auto"><iframe frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src=""></iframe> </div> <p><br /> “We had nearly 500 overdose deaths in Arkansas this past year, a record setting high, and it is because of the illegal border crossings. So when we talk about ‘Build Back Better,’ the only thing the Biden administration needs to build back better is the wall on the southern border to keep Americans safe,” Rutledge said.<br /> <br /> The attorney general said that Vice President Kamala Harris is not the border czar as she’s been tasked, because she hasn’t visited the part of the southern border where all the border crossings are occurring.<br /> <br /> “She’s not. She and Joe Biden are the weakest president and vice president that we have seen with regard to keeping America safe and our strong foreign relations. We've got to protect Americans and people from coming into the United States that we don't know who they are,” Rutledge said. <br /> <br /> “We want people to come to America, but we want to know who they are and what their intentions are when they come to the greatest country the world has ever known. Kamala Harris is missing in action. She’s been missing in action on this matter from the time she took office, from the time that president Biden appointed her as the border czar, and we need safety and security,” the attorney general said.<br /> <br /> “They’re sending baby formula down to the southern border for illegal immigrants coming into the country when we have people right here in Arkansas, mothers who are struggling, who are going to the store all hours of the night trying to find baby formula to feed their own children, but yet, the liberal left, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris are more worried about illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. than are about taking care of our own,” she said.<br /> <br /> Rutledge said she’s “very concerned” about human smuggling and her state has seen enough drug busts of fentanyl recently to wipe out the entire population of her state.<br /> <br /> “Well sure, as the chief law enforcement officer of the state we are very concerned because it is less than day's drive from the southern border between Mexico and the United States, to right here Little Rock, Arkansas, less than day's drive,” she said.<br /> <br /> “We've seen a number of drug busts recently with enough fentanyl to wipe out the entire population of the state of Arkansas, and that’s come up again, straight through southern border,” the attorney general said.<br /> <br /> “It passes-- we have I-30 and I-40 that go right through our beautiful state, and those drugs are being used to smuggle right up through our state. Likewise, you talked about human trafficking, Maria,” Rutledge said. <br /> <br /> “We have numbers of young men, women, children who are being smuggled struggled into the United States not just for sex trafficking but also for labor traffic, and this is something that the Biden administration has allowed to happen, and it’s time that we put a stop to it, and that’s why it’s imperative that we keep Title 42 in place,” she said.<br /> <br /> Rutledge said that she’s hoping to hear from the judge on the Title 42 lawsuit over the weekend, because Title 42 is set to expire on Monday.<br /> <br /> “Well we are hoping that it will, that we will hear something today or over the weekend from the judge, because again, that is set to expire on Monday. We’re hoping to get that temporary into a permanent on Monday so that way we can protect Americans and Arkansans. Texas does have a separate case, but these 21 states that are fighting to protect our communities against Biden’s open door-- open border policies,” she said. <br /> <br /> Rutledge is also suing pharmaceutical companies and pharmacy benefit managers over the increasing cost of insulin.<br /> <br /> “In Arkansas we have nearly 1.2 million Arkansans impacted, that are pre-diabetic or diabetic. The cost of insulin increased 1,000% the last 15 years, Maria, 1,000%. Yet the cost to produce has not increased. It’s probably decreased and This is what hurts, Arkansans and Americans,” the attorney general said.<br /> <br /> "For years, we heard politicians talk about lowering cost of prescription drugs, but you know what? I am going to get it done, because we are going to hold these drug companies and these PBMs accountable, because Americans need, Arkansans need that insulin. It’s a lifesaving drug, and unfortunately, they have to decide do I pay electric bill or do I buy insulin to try to stay alive. Which one of these things can I afford,” she said.</p> May 20, 2022 Melanie Arter cf10280b-3cf3-456c-b604-30e8918e3d8f BLS: Ten States Had Record Low Jobless Rates in April; D.C. Had Highest Rate <div class="insert-box"><img alt="So-called flyover country has some of the nation's lowest unemployment rates. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)" class="img-fluid insert-image image-article_medium" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="insert-article_medium-388acc3f-fe82-4d4c-be53-0944094f4b4d" data-insert-class="image-article_medium" data-insert-type="image" height="333" src="" width="240" /> <div class="insert-caption type_article_medium">So-called flyover country has some of the nation's lowest unemployment rates. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)</div> </div> <p>( - Nebraska and Utah had the lowest jobless rates in April, at 1.9 percent each -- a record low for both Republican-led states, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics <a href="">reported</a> on Friday.</p> <p>BLS said another eight states -- Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Dakota and West Virginia -- posted their lowest unemployment rates since record-keeping started in 1976.</p> <p>All but two of those states are "red" Republican-led states; Arizona and Minnesota are "blue."</p> <p>The District of Columbia, a longtime Democrat bastion, had the highest unemployment rate, 5.8 percent, followed by New Mexico (Democrat) at 5.3 percent.</p> <p>In total, 18 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 3.6 percent, 10 states and the District had higher rates, and 22 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.</p> <p>All 50 states and the District had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier.</p> <p>People count as unemployed/jobless if they did not have a job during the survey reference week, made at least one specific active effort to find a job during the prior 4 weeks, and were available for work.</p> <p>The national unemployment rate reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force, which is the sum of the employed and the unemployed.</p> <p>The employed are all those who did any work for pay or profit during the survey reference week.</p> May 20, 2022 Susan Jones a4deeae0-13e9-4969-8080-2b4762295297