Editorial: Democrats prioritize abortion, Green New Deal, election fraud in coronavirus aid package

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“Never let a crisis go to waste.”

Democrats are shameless. In the middle of an economic crisis, Democrats are more interested in a veritable smorgasbord of big government, social engineering and giveaways than helping the American people.

America is currently experiencing an economic crisis not seen since the Great Depression, where governors across the nation have imposed travel restrictions that are forcing small businesses to close, and people to lose their paychecks. 

The United States Senate had a framework of an agreement in place on Sunday, until Nancy Pelosi rode in on her broomstick and the deal fell apart. 

Pelosi and the far-left wing of the Democratic party saw the current situation as the perfect opportunity to implement their big-government, progressive agenda. Out of over 1,400 pages, there is very little in there which will help the American people recover financially. There is a ton in there, however that sucks up to the far left wing of the Democratic party. 

Here is some of what Pelosi and the Democrats are holding the aid package up for.

Law Enforcement Today has learned that one of Pelosi’s priorities in the stimulus bill is to “mandate” a practice called “ballot harvesting,” which would allow designated people to return other people’s ballots to polling places without any limit on the selection of ballots.

In 2016, the practice was legalized in California and was used during the 2018 midterm elections. It makes it possible for any person to drop off another person’s ballot at a polling station. There is typically no approach for vetting or verifying those who deliver the ballots—no history checks or identification requirements. In 2018, Democrats dropped off hundreds of thousands of ballots at polling stations, and somehow the Democrats were able to flip seven Republican held congressional seats. How weird is that? 

Ballot harvesting is illegal in most states because it is susceptible to fraud. In 2018, Republicans were caught unaware until they lost the seven seats in California. In recent elections, Republicans have tried using the tactics, but unlike Democrats, most Republicans refused to give their ballots to strangers.

California’s law has yet to be challenged in court. However, anyone who looks at such a system can see that it is ripe to be abused.

Now, Pelosi wants to sneak that provision into the stimulus bill and make that system nationwide. The proposal in the bill says:

  1. Shall permit a voter to designate any person to return a voted and sealed absentee ballot to the post office, a ballot drop-off location, tribally designated building, or election office so long as the person designated to return the ballot does not receive any form of compensation based on the number of ballots that the person has returned, and no individual, group, or organization provides compensation on this basis; and (B) may not put any limit on how many voted and sealed absentee ballots any designated person can return to the post office, a ballot drop off location, tribally designated building, or election office.

So, in other words, paid operatives of a political party can truck thousands of ballots to the polls, as long as they earn a salary or fee and are not paid by the ballot.

In third-world countries, this is known as “ballot stuffing” and is outlawed in most democracies due to the possibility of fraud.

Let’s look at some other goodies in Pelosi’s “relief” package, otherwise known as a progressive’s dream.

The word “diversity” is mentioned 32 times, according to the Washington Free Beacon. The proposed bill is over 1,400 pages and is called the “Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act.”

The bill includes a section that wants to “ensure that corporate boards reflect the diversity and perspectives of the communities and consumers impacted by the hardships due to the coronavirus disease.” The word “inclusion” appears 14 times in the bill’s text.

Another part of the bill titled “Diversity Report” would establish a congressional oversight panel that would require any corporation that receives federal aid related to coronavirus would have to provide “diversity data” to congress.

The required data would need to have information about the corporation’s employees and board members in terms of “race, gender and ethnic identity.” Corporations would also have to provide demographic data on the corporation’s suppliers, service providers, consultants, and the various financial institutions utilized by the company.

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It also requires companies to compare the salaries of employees based on genders and race and also would have to provide information on the “number of staff and budget dedicated to diversity and inclusion initiatives.” They would also require any company receiving federal assistance “must maintain officials and budget dedicated to diversity and inclusion initiatives for no less than 5 years after disbursement of funds.”

Yes, all of that is VITAL in order to help the American people.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), called Pelosi’s bill a “ton of crap that has absolutely nothing to do with the public health emergency that we face at this moment.”

Some of Pelosi’s other “priorities” include bailing out the U.S. Postal Service, which hasn’t even requested any type of assistance, mandating a $15 an hour minimum wage for any business that accepts assistance funds, same-day voter registration in all 50 states, and new environmental regulations for airlines, which have been among the hardest-hit industries in the nation.

“We’ve got families that are suffering,” Sasse said. “We’ve got small businesses that are closing literally by the hour. We have doctors fighting to prevent their hospitals from being overwhelmed. And what does Speaker Pelosi try to do? She’s trying to take hostages about her dream legislation, all sorts of dream legislative provisions that have nothing to do with this moment and say the American public can’t get access to the public health piece of legislation or the economic relief pieces of legislation unless she gets hostages that are entirely unrelated to this moment.”

Sasse also hammered Pelosi for attempting to smuggle pro-abortion funding into the House’s earlier phase-two coronavirus stimulus package earlier this month:

“We need to be ramping up our diagnostic testing, not waging culture wars at the behest of Planned Parenthood. Good grief,” Sasse had said at that time.

The bill would give nearly $40 billion to colleges and universities to “stabilize funding,” as if colleges and universities, which are already flush with cash, need more money.

Airlines would be forced to cut their carbon emissions in half by 2050, would have to be “carbon neutral” within five years, and they also included a “cash for clunkers” type program to buy back aircraft that are less fuel efficient from airlines.

The Democrat bill would also put in place tax credits for wind and solar. Because as we all know, wind and solar power will help the American people recover from both the coronavirus and the economic fallout from it.

The bill designates $278 million for the IRS and $35 million for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Seriously. 

According to Breitbart News, here are some additional goodies in the over 1,400 page document:

Page 127- Corporation for Public Broadcasting- $300 million “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus,” $50 million “to support the public television system.” 

Page 39- IRS gets $278 million, of which $236 million is given to “Taxpayer Services to “prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus.” $42 million goes to “enforcement” category. 

Page 150- $390 million to the Department of State Migration and Refugee Assistance Program for “migration and refugee assistance.” 

Page 127- $500 million to the Institute for Museum and Library Services “to expand digital network access, purchase tablets and other internet-enabled devices, for operational expenses, and provide technical support.” 

Page 15- NOAA is granted $32.2 million “for necessary expenses to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus…” 

Page 88- the “Ryan White HIV/AIDS program receives an addition $90 million

Page 119- Gallaudet University in Washington, DC is granted $7 million “to help defray expenses (which may include lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance learning, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll).” 

Page 123- Howard University in Washington, DC gets $13 million for similar open-ended expenses. (NOTE: Howard’s endowment fund is currently at $692 million). 

Remember this. In the middle of an economic crisis, where the number one priority should be helping businesses, especially small businesses, and helping the American people try to live in some semblance of normalcy, the Democrats are more interested in putting out a liberal progressive smorgasbord of big government programs. They are absolutely shameless.


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