The Washington Times Weekly
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BIDEN: A MODERATE PRESIDENT GONE ROGUE
President Biden has signed over 38 executive orders with a flourish since taking office according to the Federal Register. But in reality, all that ceremony is an effort “to rule by presidential fiat,” says Saul Anuzis, president of 60Plus, a conservative organization for seniors.
“He has implemented and pushed progressive liberal policies that he could not get passed by Congress. That is clearly not what our Founders intended,” Mr. Anuzis says.
So what ever happened to those comfy campaign promises Mr. Biden made on the campaign trail? At the moment, he has only made good on 8% of them according to the Biden Promise Tracker Scorecard, an ongoing project launched by Politifact, which is now monitoring the president’s “100 most important campaign promises” and has previously noted that “improving the economy” had been one of Mr. Biden’s top priorities.
“Ironically, where is the executive order for a balanced budget — to spend within our means?” Mr. Anuzis asks.
“Where is the executive order to stop riots and looting in America’s streets? Where is the executive order to bring our troops home from endless wars?”
He also wonders why there isn’t a demand from Mr. Biden to work in a “bipartisan fashion” as he promised on the campaign trail.
“Apparently the so-called moderate president has gone rogue and has sold out to the far-left progressives trying to change the basic foundations of our Republic. This is not your parents Democratic Party. They are way off to the left of mainstream America,” Mr. Anuzis cautions.
IVY COVERED HALLS
The nation’s most elite institutes of higher learning are getting cash from the coronavirus “relief bill.” Much cash, in fact — $168 million went to Ivy League universities in recent days, according to Sophie Mann, an analyst for Just the News. These schools already have hefty endowments — yet are still benefiting from the bill.
“No Ivy League school is receiving less than eight digits’ worth of taxpayer-supplied ‘relief’ funds,” Ms. Mann writes.
“Princeton, a school with a $26.6 billion endowment, is receiving $12 million, while Yale will add $17.3 million to its $31.2 billion stockpile, and the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded $26.3 million on top of its nearly $15 billion fund,” she continues.
In addition Columbia and Cornell Universities will each receive $33 million to add to their respective billions — while Harvard University — a school that once was called “a hedge fund that has a university” in a Wall Street Journal commentary — is receiving more than $25 million to add to its $41.9 billion endowment.
“All told, the Ivy League will receive $168 million in coronavirus bailout funds in this round of ‘relief’ alone. The endowment of each Ivy League school has grown over the past year, with the exception of Cornell’s, and the schools do not pay taxes on investment gains their endowments earn, making the need for government — read taxpayer — assistance even less plausible,” Ms. Mann noted.
A MEDAL FOR THE ‘GHOST ARMY’
Let us remember and honor the “Ghost Army,” the top secret World War II-era Army unit which staged 20 daring and deceptive operations near the front lines in the European theater of war. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops and sister company the 3133rd Signal Company Special have been credited with saving some 30,000 lives. Their operations included use of inflatable tanks and aircraft, phony radio transmissions, phantom sound effects and fake airfields, among other things. A bipartisan bill introduced in 2017 to award the Ghost Army with the Congressional Gold Medal has achieved “a critical milestone” — the legislation garnered its 290th House sponsor — which now ensures floor consideration of the legislation.
“This year may finally be the year that these littleknown but highly significant U.S. Army units get the honor and recognition they deserve by awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal. And with only about a dozen surviving Ghost Army veterans still living, the time is now to get this bill through Congress,” says Rick Beyer, president of the Ghost Army Legacy Project — which has advocated for the medal award, and has so-far produced a book and a film about the unit.
“Today, we would call what the Ghost Army did ‘psyops,’ or an early form of ‘deep fakes’. Their deception techniques were incredibly creative and effective, but because their involvement was secret for so long, they haven’t got the recognition they deserve. The legislation to award the Ghost Army the Congressional Gold Medal will finally change that,” Mr. Beyer said.
For more information see Ghostarmylegacyproject.org or GhostArmy.com.
BIDEN REPUBLICANS, REAGAN DEMOCRATS
The news media and progressive commentators say “Biden Republicans” are now emerging, driven by distaste for former President Donald Trump and shock over the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan 6. This is not a new phenomenon. The notion of “Biden Republicans” was broached in early March by Politico, which caught up with demographic guru Stanley Greenberg.
“The pollster who identified ‘Reagan Democrats’ in the 1980’s sees the emergence of a mirror image voting bloc. And it spells trouble for a GOP dominated by Donald Trump,” Politico said at the time.
And voila: The Biden Democrats were born.
“The GOP can’t be saved. Center-right voters need to become Biden Republicans,” counseled columnist Max Boot in a Washington Post op-ed on Thursday.
MSNBC, meanwhile, produced an entire special report on Biden Republicans, predicting they would surely cause a “GOP panic.”
Indeed, Democrats are now using the “Reagan Playbook” noted MSNBC analyst Ari Melber.
“Could Biden be to the Republican Party what Reagan was to the Democratic Party — a leader who found a way to build a following with some of the other party’s voters, regardless of the D.C. politicians?” Mr. Melber asked,
Yes, well. A group called “Democrats for Trump” was among the 38 interest coalitions who signed on to support Mr. Trump’s reelection bid in 2020. And here is how they described themselves:
“Coastal elitists and left-wing radicals have taken over the Democrat Party and are dictating everything from a sham impeachment process to the outright embrace of socialism. While lifelong Democrats no longer recognize the Democratic Party and feel forgotten by their party, President Trump has been keeping his promises to fight for ALL Americans,” the group advised.
TRUMP’S SOCIAL MEDIA CHANCES
Political foes of former President Donald Trump should not forget that he has a viable background in entertainment, public engagement and media outreach. Mr. Trump is also very canny about personal branding and can create productive buzz about his interests or activities before the news media even wakes up in the morning.
One of Mr. Trump’s interests is to create a social media platform of his own after he was permanently banned from Twitter. Consider that 65% of Twitter users now identify as Democratic and 33% as Republican according to a Pew Research Center report issued Jan. 11. This finding suggests there would be a receptive following for Mr. Trump and his potential endeavor.
“Trump’s social media platform has a good chance of success,” advised Raghavan Mayur, president and founder of the marketing consultancy TechnoMetrica, and the director of the Investors Business Daily/TIPP Poll.
“Some of Trump’s detractors are already nervous,” Mr. Mayur wrote in an analysis.
It revealed that 40% of U.S. adults said they would join Mr. Trump’s social media platform. Of this group, another 39% would “abandon Twitter” in the process.
“A new Trump platform will likely be a refuge for a large share of conservatives (61%), with smaller percentages of moderates (23%) and liberals (16%),” Mr. Mayur said, adding that it would likely to appeal to younger age groups.
“It has good chance of success, no matter what the media and its experts say. The United States has a Twitter problem. Market forces, public opinion, and regulators will have to resolve it sooner or later,” Mr. Mayur concluded.
The TIPP Poll of 1,436 U.S. adults was conducted March 31-April 3.
POLL DU JOUR
46% of U.S. adults say President Biden will not be able to “bring the country together”; 81% of Republicans, 55% of independents and 11% of Democrats agree.
28% overall say Mr. Biden will be able to bring the country together; 10% of Republicans, 18% of independents and 53% of Democrats agree.
26% are not sure about the issue; 8% of Republicans, 27% of independents and 35% of Democrats agree.
SOURCE: AN ECONOMIST/YOUGOV POLL OF 1,500 U.S.’ ADULTS CONDUCTED. APRIL 3-6.