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Another Biden Gaffe: Americans Making Under $400K Will ‘Not Pay a Single Penny in Taxes’

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Happy days are here again, all thanks to President Joe Biden.

No, I’m not talking about all of the unity, normalcy and moderation he promised to bring to the office. In fact, if unity, normalcy and moderation were in a small town on the Kansas plains, the Biden presidency has thus far been an F5 tornado. The only difference seems to be when the tornado hits, the Weather Channel doesn’t send its version of Brian Stelter out to the site to say “how refreshing” the supercell was.

Rather, my happiness comes from the fact the president seems to have had a Damascene road conversion to bedrock conservatism.

We’re not just talking Ronald Reagan conservatism. We’re not even talking Calvin Coolidge-level stuff. Here’s Biden going straight-up Friedrich Hayek during a speech in Virginia on Monday where he announced the biggest tax cut since the federal income tax was instituted in 1913:

“The reason I’m bothering to do this is I keep hearing on the press, ‘Biden’s going to raise your taxes,'” Biden told the audience at Tidewater Community College in Yorktown, Virginia, on Monday, according to a Rev.com transcript.

“Anybody making less than $400,000 a year will not pay a single penny in taxes. And we will not increase the deficit either, unlike the last gigantic tax cut, which increased the deficit by $2 trillion.”

That’s some magic trick you’ve got there, Mr. President. Eliminating taxes for anyone under $400,000 and ensuring the deficit doesn’t go up by a single cent? Impressive.

If you’ve guessed that this is a classic Biden gaffe in a long history of Biden gaffes, you’re not wrong. There are a few reasons why this matters, and not just because President Biden’s verbal solecisms aren’t covered with the same ferocity as presidential verbal missteps were during the George W. Bush years, where Jon Stewart would still cackle when the Dubya-centric neologism “misunderestimated” was uttered by a “Daily Show” guest.

But first, President Biden’s tax plan, which would raise taxes on those earning more than $400,000. According to The Wall Street Journal, the top income tax rate would be 39.6 percent for the top bracket, up from 37 percent. The peak rate on capital-gains taxes and dividends would go up to 39.6 percent from 20 percent and the peak rate on wages and capital gains would go up to 43.4 percent from 23.8 percent.

And then there’s the corporate tax rate, which Biden plans to raise from 21 percent to 28 percent, all while potentially establishing a global tax rate of 21 percent on foreign profits, according to Reuters.

The problem with this logic is that high taxes on the rich have effects on spending and investments that reverberate far beyond those who earn more than $400,000, and corporate taxes are invariably passed on to workers, consumers and shareholders, because, since a corporation is not the federal government, its money has to come from somewhere.

That kind of reality is lost on the Biden administration, where officials act as if our 46th president has slain Reaganomics from the moment he took the oath of office and now stands victorious atop its battered, putrid corpse.

They also repeat the same rhetoric ad nauseam to stay on message — particularly when it comes to Biden himself, who doesn’t do well when he leaves the road more traveled.

Perhaps that’s why he gaffed on Monday: He’s bored with his own rhetoric. The word “penny” appears four times in his speech on Monday, according to the transcript.

First time: “And here’s what the American Families Plan doesn’t do: It doesn’t add a single penny to our deficit. It’s paid for by making sure corporate America and the wealthiest 1 percent just pay their fair share.”

Second time, shortly thereafter: “You know, we have out there this year, you have 50 corporations making $40 billion and didn’t pay a single penny in taxes. Not a single penny.”

The words “fair share” appear a further six times, just in case you didn’t get the point. Here’s Biden talking about siccing the IRS on wealthy tax scofflaws, one of the ways the administration claims it can make their massive spending bills pay for themselves:

“We can take this money and pay for universal pre-K for every 3- and 4-year old in America,” Biden said, according to the transcript.”So what is better, making people just pay their fair share, paid family leave, child care cost of working families maximum of 7 percent of their income? Again, it’s a choice. It’s more important to shield millionaires from paying their fair share, or is it more important that every child gets a real opportunity to succeed from an early age and ease the burden on working families?”

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I’d get bored repeating this stuff, too.

There’s another reason Biden’s gaffe is troubling, and it also has to do with the clip above. You can tell what he’s saying, sure, but it’s not necessarily the most coherent thought. That came during the 13th minute of Biden’s speech. The gaffe in which he announced the elimination of income tax for anyone making under $400,000 came two minutes later.

Anyone who pays attention to Biden’s speeches knows the tendency toward progressive deterioration on the president’s part.

Last March, just as in-person campaigning was coming to an end, The Washington Post noted that Biden was beginning to embrace brevity, presumably at the request of his handlers.

“The less Biden strays from his streamlined and teleprompter-ed remarks, the less likely he is to make a gaffe that could damagingly ricochet around the Internet,” wrote The Post’s Cleve R. Wootson Jr. “Even with his shorter speeches, he’s made an unforced error or two. In his Sunday remarks at New Hope Baptist Church (14 minutes), he derided Mississippi’s former governor for not accepting Medicare-for-all — which happens to be Sanders’s chief policy proposal — instead of the Affordable Care Act.

Wootson added that “Biden’s critics have seized on the length of his sometimes-meandering stump speeches and occasionally labyrinthine tangents as a sign that he lacks focus and sharpness.”

Biden’s speeches function as a kind of reverse Parkinson’s law, the old maxim that states work expands to fill the time allotted. In Biden’s case, the gaffes and meandering shrink to squeeze into the time allowed him.

And yet, no one seems to care anymore.

We’ve spent the last few months wringing our hands over the supposed ills caused by Asian stereotyping. Yet, when Biden called 29-year-old Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama a “Japanese boy” to the face of the Japanese prime minister, nobody in the mainstream media batted an eye.

When Biden whiffed on the name of the Afghan president at a March 25 news conference and the White House’s official transcript was altered so that it appeared he did not make the error, crickets erupted in the mainstream media.

And then there was this moment during that same news conference (which was only an hour long, filled with softball questions and still produced noticeable degradation in the president’s performance):

I’ve been feeling the same way about his presidency.

Unfortunately, it’s too much to hope for that Biden’s tax-gaffe gets put to paper and sent to Congress, where it goes unnoticed by Democrats and becomes law. (They’re a bit more meticulous than the president, I fear.)

A man can dream, though — and, as Tornado Biden tears through our nation’s taxpayers and businesses at the same time he lays waste to unity, normalcy and moderation, I can picture a utopia where the tax-and-spend scales fell from Joe Biden’s eyes on May 3, 2021, and all of us making under $400,000 didn’t owe a penny to the federal government. Happy days, indeed.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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'The View' Co-Hosts Who Tested Positive for COVID Didn't Even Have It

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A disturbing incident on ABC’s “The View” spotlights an alarming problem with current coronavirus protocols.

On Friday — just moments before Vice President Kamala Harris was scheduled to appear in person — “The View” co-hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin were abruptly rushed off stage amid revelations that they had tested positive for COVID-19.

Both Navarro and Hostin are vaccinated.

The Harris interview, which was supposed to be on-set, was changed to a remote interview following an awkward delay.



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Insiders at the left-wing talk show told the New York Post on Sunday that both Hostin and Navarro subsequently tested negative, ruling their first tests a false positive.

“They were pissed because everyone’s been waiting for this big interview for two weeks now, and then it was derailed because of a false positive,” an insider said.

A second source said the incident was especially shocking because producers announced the hosts’ test results on air without their permission.

Not only is that embarrassing, but it’s also unethical to reveal someone’s health issues on national television without their express consent.

“It was not OK. They made the decision to reveal their COVID-19 results in the heat of the moment when they should’ve gone to commercial break,” a second insider told the Post.

“They could’ve stopped and thought about how to handle it, as opposed to being crazy on the air and running around like chickens with their heads cut off,” the source said.

On Saturday, Navarro tweeted that she had tested negative for a third time. This indicates that her initial positive test result on Friday was indeed a false-positive.

Hostin had not commented on the incident, but she and Navarro were back in the studio on Monday.

At the start of Monday’s show, co-host Joy Behar announced that both tests had turned out to be false positives and everyone is “safe, healthy and COVID-free.”

The show’s executive producer, Brian Teta, issued an apology to Navarro and Hostin.

“The View” hosts and staff are tested for the coronavirus multiple times a week. It’s unclear why this measure is necessary when they’re all supposedly vaccinated.

However, the shocking incident from Friday has enraged some employees, who slammed ABC’s sloppy testing protocol as an “epic fail.”

“It was so crazy,” one insider told the Post. “Nobody knew what was going on. Everyone at ABC had a different answer about what was going on.”

The Food and Drug Administration has warned that false-positive results do occur with COVID-19 tests.

“The FDA is aware of reports of false positive results associated with antigen tests used in nursing homes and other settings,” the agency revealed in November 2020.

It issued another warning about false-positive tests eight months later in July.

The alarming regularity of false positives is worrisome because it suggests that infection rates are being artificially inflated.

This stokes public panic and suggests that we’re not being told the truth about the pandemic and the actions taken to fight it.

One Twitter user wrote: “So proof that the number of positive cases is most likely inflated? How many people got one test and went home to quarantine and never questioned it?”

Conservative commentator Christian Walker mocked the delicious irony of the vaccinated co-hosts of “The View” testing positive “after screaming about how the unvaccinated are super spreaders.”

Janice Dean, Fox News’ senior meteorologist, was stunned that “The View” producers apparently announced Navarro and Hostin’s test results without their express consent.

This farcical incident underscores that the fearmongering being fomented by Democrats and their media puppets can boomerang on even the most virtue-signaling COVID alarmists, such as Navarro and Hostin.

In other words, self-righteous vaxxers who attack Americans because they’re unwilling to submit to oppressive vaccine passports are not exempt from becoming victims of left-wing hysteria.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A disturbing incident on ABC’s “The View” spotlights an alarming problem with current coronavirus protocols. On Friday — just moments before Vice President Kamala Harris was scheduled to appear in person — “The View” co-hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin were abruptly rushed off stage amid revelations that they had tested positive for COVID-19. Both Navarro and Hostin are vaccinated. The Harris interview, which was supposed to be on-set, was changed to a remote interview following an awkward delay. https://youtu.be/joKE-7DLT8I?t=21 Insiders at the left-wing talk show told the New York Post on Sunday that both Hostin and Navarro subsequently tested negative, ruling their first tests a false positive. “They were pissed because everyone’s been waiting for this big interview for two weeks now, and then it was derailed because of a false positive,” an insider said. A second source said the incident was especially shocking because producers announced the hosts’ test results on air without their permission. Not only is that embarrassing, but it’s also unethical to reveal someone’s health issues on national television without their express consent. “It was not OK. They made the decision to reveal their COVID-19 results in the heat of the moment when they should’ve gone to commercial break,” a second insider told the Post. “They could’ve stopped and thought about how to handle it, as opposed to being crazy on the air and running around like chickens with their heads cut off,” the source said. On Saturday, Navarro tweeted that she had tested negative for a third time. This indicates that her initial positive test result on Friday was indeed a false-positive. Whew! Very thankful to have gotten a third negative PCR test result this afternoon. Headed home to Chacha’s dad. pic.twitter.com/Gg3jY1xQwL — Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) September 25, 2021 Hostin had not…

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Former Marine Allegedly Kills Deputy, Manhunt Underway Amid Fears His Training Gives Him an Edge

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A Florida deputy died Sunday, two days after he was shot during a traffic stop.

In response to the death of Deputy Joshua Moyers, 29, a Blue Alert has been issued in Florida’s Nassau County for Patrick McDowell, a former Marine suspected of shooting Moyers during a traffic stop early Friday morning just north of Jacksonville, according to WBFS-TV.

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said doctors tried to save Moyers, who was shot in the face and back, but “there was just nothing they could do for Josh.” On Saturday, Leeper said Moyers would not survive, but was being kept alive until his organs could be donated.

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McDowell, 35, has been on the run ever since. Some say finding McDowell could result in even more death.

“I know he was military trained, and he was a very good student, very professional. I didn’t know anything negative about him,” weapons instructor Del Angelo, who trained McDowell as a security guard, told WJXT-TV.

“We just trained him basically for security response and how to use a handgun for self-defense or for protecting an area and he was very accomplished in his use of a handgun.”

Angelo said he thinks McDowell will make it in the woods.


“He’s very much a survivalist and he’s been military trained on survival and weapons use. So he’s very accomplished at survival and being unrecognized,” he said. “He can’t change his appearance but he can sure hide well and know how to stay out of people’s line of sight.”

According to WJXT, McCowell served in the Marines from 2005 to 2009, deploying twice as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 2009 to 2013, WJXT reported.

Marine veteran Dallas Harpe, a Nassau County resident, said the hunt for McDowell might take some time.

“A man could survive in the woods with the training that he’s got up to 30 days or so,” said Harpe, a small arms and rifle instructor, according to WJXT-TV.

“The most important part of the basic training that would be helping him is when you’re going through infantry training, you’re taught to camouflage yourself, blend in with your surroundings. You’re taught discipline where you can remain absolutely still no matter what’s going on around you and the ability to move quietly through the woods,” said Harpe.

“It looks like there’s a lot of wetlands, so a man could slip through where it’s wet and his scent would be lost to the dogs and that would help him hide. If he walks through water, they’ll lose the scent,” he said.

Police are using heat-seeking technology, helicopters and drones in the hunt.

The technology could defeat training, Harpe said.

“You could have all the training in the world, but you can’t hide your body heat from heat sensors unless you have special material, and I doubt that he has because of the way that he entered the woods,” said Harpe.

A flashlight and a hat believed to belong to McDowell have been found, WJXT reported.

Police organizations are offering more than $50,000 for information the leads to McDowell’s arrest, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A Florida deputy died Sunday, two days after he was shot during a traffic stop. In response to the death of Deputy Joshua Moyers, 29, a Blue Alert has been issued in Florida’s Nassau County for Patrick McDowell, a former Marine suspected of shooting Moyers during a traffic stop early Friday morning just north of Jacksonville, according to WBFS-TV. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said doctors tried to save Moyers, who was shot in the face and back, but “there was just nothing they could do for Josh.” On Saturday, Leeper said Moyers would not survive, but was being kept alive until his organs could be donated. Deputy Joshua Moyers, who was shot in the face and the back, “is not going to survive,” according to Sheriff Bill Leeper. https://t.co/d4BgFvfzUH — First Coast News (@FCN2go) September 25, 2021 “It is with great sadness that I announce Deputy Josh Moyers has passed away this afternoon, September 26, 2021 at 2:19 PM at UF health in Jacksonville. Please keep Josh’s family and fiancé in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate this terrible tragedy.” Sheriff Bill Leeper — Nassau County SO (@NCSO_FL) September 26, 2021 McDowell, 35, has been on the run ever since. Some say finding McDowell could result in even more death. “I know he was military trained, and he was a very good student, very professional. I didn’t know anything negative about him,” weapons instructor Del Angelo, who trained McDowell as a security guard, told WJXT-TV. “We just trained him basically for security response and how to use a handgun for self-defense or for protecting an area and he was very accomplished in his use of a handgun.” Angelo said he thinks McDowell will make it in the woods. BLUE ALERT: Patrick McDowell is accused of shooting and fatally…

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