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It’s been exactly 23 years — today — since the United Kingdom handed Hong Kong to Communist China. Beijing promised to respect its autonomy for 50 years, but this week President Xi signed a “national security law” that puts Hong Kong squarely under the Communist Party’s control.
Communist China says the law will stop “subversive” and “secessionist” activity, which is really just a cover for destroying Hong Kong’s massive freedom movement. Sure enough, within hours of its passage, one of the most prominent pro-democracy groups disbanded, activists are deleting their Twitter posts, and the freedom movement’s leaders are retreating into hiding. No surprise there: Under the new law, they can be sent to mainland China to face torture, life sentence in jail, or worse.
A lot is riding on the U.S. response. On Monday, the Trump administration blocked some high-tech exports to Hong Kong, which follows visa bans on Chinese officials, but much more is needed. The House should pass — and the president should sign — the sanctions bill that unanimously passed the Senate last week. It would empower the U.S. to punish any Chinese official or business involved in the oppression of Hong Kong.
If Beijing is going to swallow the city, it should pay a high price.
→ Read more: Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law (US News)
→ Read more: U.S. halts some Hong Kong trade benefits over China law (Bloomberg)
Rep. Dan Crenshaw is saying what we’re all thinking: The violent mobs that are tearing down statues want “to erase the American Dream.” In an op-ed for National Review, he lays out what’s at stake — and what all of us can do to stop the destruction of American history.
The congressman from Texas points out that the “outrage mob” has perpetrated “a deliberate hijacking of a tragedy.” The solution to this crisis isn’t to cave in, it’s to stand up. As Rep. Crenshaw says, “There are a lot of us who love this great country, believe in the promise of its Founding, and aren’t keen on letting a mob rip it apart. All we have to do is speak out.”
Some are doing just that. The Catholic Archbishop of New York City, Cardinal Dolan, recently declared that the “destruction of monuments only impoverishes our sense of history.” Another smart thinker has said that before we can have a debate over monuments, we first need to “stop the vandals.” That’s simple common sense, and we all need to demand more of it.
→ Read more: Rep. Dan Crenshaw: We can’t let the outrage mob win (National Review)
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→ Try not to cry at this: We’re almost certain this Father’s Day gift can’t be topped 🎁 (Instagram)
→ ❤️ this: Here’s your chance to hear a fox laugh — it's contagious! 🦊 (Twitter)
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How’s this for hypocrisy: First the Minneapolis City Council advances a plan to abolish the police force. Then we learn that at least three Council Members have private security to protect themselves. That’s right, they have their own police force in all but name.
All told, Minneapolis has spent $63,000 on private security over the past three weeks, at a cost of about $4,500 a day. Yet while Council Members are receiving special protection, in at least one Minneapolis neighborhood, residents now rely on armed groups because the police are nowhere to be found. Perhaps the city should hire security for them, too.
Meanwhile, over in the People’s Republic of Seattle, the mayor who once praised the anarchists in the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone has now called for it to close after repeated violence. But the occupiers refused, and on Monday, someone was killed — the second shooting death in a week. Surely it’s time to send in the police.
→ Read more: Minneapolis council members spent $63G on private security (Fox News)
→ Read more: Rise in shootings continues in NYC (National Review)
Amb. Haley has a new op-ed on Iran’s latest attempt to trick the world, with the help of a UN body. Iran is pleading poverty because of the pandemic, leading the International Monetary Fund to consider a massive loan to the regime. As she writes, this is “the definition of naive.”
Iran has plenty of money, as Amb. Haley points out: “Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei could easily tap into the funds under his control worth more than $200 billion.” Iran could also end “its support for Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, and the barbaric Assad regime in Syria” to free up billions more. But, Iran’s rulers have no intention of helping the Iranian people — they’ll use every cent of a loan to spread chaos and violence across the Middle East.
Amb. Haley has long advocated that U.S. taxpayer dollars should not go to propping up global bodies that help our adversaries and undermine American interests. She says, “The U.S. should publicly warn the IMF that we will not accept its making any loan to Iran. And as the IMF’s largest stakeholder, we should ensure that no loan gets made.” We couldn’t agree more.
→ Read more: Nikki Haley: IMF is angling to undermine US sanctions against Iran (Examiner)
→ Read more: Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump (CNBC)
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This week, 45 Senate Democrats blocked Senator Tim Scott’s (R-SC) police reform bill – the Justice Act – from coming to the floor, arguing that it didn’t go far enough. The important word here is “blocked.” They didn’t even allow the Senate to debate the bill and hold a formal vote. How are we supposed to come together as a nation and find solutions if we can’t even have a conversation?
What does the Justice Act do? First, let’s remember that Sen. Scott is no stranger to hardships faced by black Americans — just listen to his powerful speech on this topic from the Senate floor this week. His bill focuses on transparent reporting, recruiting minorities into law enforcement, increasing funding for and usage of body-worn cameras, requiring states to use prior performance records in hiring police officers, and implementing de-escalation training.
What happens next? House Democrats passed their own bill this week with no input from Republicans and will try to attack conservatives who voted against it. Like so many other issues, Congress will be at a stalemate, and we will be exactly where we started.
Our take: Liberals blew a real opportunity to get results, all because they wanted to play political games. Senator Scott said it best...
Last week, we wrote about the absurdity of mob culture flourishing in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone. This week, we are witnessing the dangerous consequences of a society that demonizes law enforcement and prioritizes virtue signalling and radicalism over public safety.
→ After calling CHOP a “block-party atmosphere” and dedicating city officials to meet the “needs” of those occupying the area, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is now telling protesters to leave the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The move comes after four shootings occurred in a three-day period, and police and medics were unable to enter the “autonomous zone.” Nineteen-year-old Lorenzo Anderson was killed and three others were seriously injured in the shootings.
→ Residents of a Minneapolis neighborhood known for its liberal politics vowed to stop calling law enforcement as police tensions came to a boil. What has happened since then? A camp of hundreds of homeless people has taken up residence in a nearby park. And even as they personally fall victim to crime and property damage, residents still vow to avoid seeking help from law enforcement “at all costs.” This comes as the Minneapolis city council formally approved a plan to move forward in abolishing the city's policy department.
→ In New York City, gun violence soared 358% over seven days compared with the same period last year. Gun violence is the highest it's been in June since 1996, with more than 100 shootings in the first three weeks of the month. The spike coincided with the recent New York Police Department announcement that it was immediately disbanding undercover anti-crime units in every precinct.
Our take: Of course, we should consider commonsense reforms and hold bad actors accountable (see above), but public safety shouldn’t be an ideological issue and it shouldn’t be a litmus test for measuring “wokeness.” It’s about protecting our communities and our families across all races and groups. Without it, we are sacrificing lives and communities on an altar of absurdity.
→ Read more: The irony of the no-cop CHOP: It showed how much we still need the police after all (Seattle Times)
→ Read more: Oakland mayor says public safety reform 'means not just to reform the police, but to replace the police' (Fox News)
From pulling down statues of the founding fathers to demanding the removal of college professors who don’t adopt a specific version of liberal doctrine, cancel culture has run amok.
What is cancel culture? The latest trend censors anyone and anything with a point of view deemed insufficiently woke or progressive. We’re not talking about radical ideas. We’re talking about toppling and vandalizing the statues of George Washington and Ulysses Grant – American presidents who fought for justice and equality, even if they may not have always applied those principles perfectly themselves. The cancelers, however, have a giant megaphone aided by the liberal media that drowns out free speech and plain, old common sense. And it’s not just statues. Cancel culture demands a conformity that can often lead to job loss or other personal destruction.
How did we get here? Cancel culture is the natural outgrowth of a culture that prizes intolerance and outrage as a form as social justice. Among the radical left, it’s not enough to simply disagree with someone; you must be morally outraged that such a person or idea exists. As outrage goes viral, institutions feel pressured to give in to the mob and “cancel” the offending person, product, or piece. The mob only tolerates people and ideas that meet their definition of morality.
The seeds of intolerance were planted – and continue to grow – on college campuses. Liberal professors have taught students to banish contrary (read: conservative) viewpoints, helping to “educate” a generation that refuses to recognize that there is more than one way of thinking. A University of Chicago professor was recently attacked for criticizing the “defund the police” movement, with prominent liberals demanding his resignation (this week the school cleared and reinstated him, finding no wrongdoing). And a UCLA professor was placed on administrative leave for refusing to grade students’ exams differently based on their race.
Our take: Cancel culture uses the power of the mob to censor opinions and ideas they don’t like, but it’s just a stone's throw away from outlawing certain kinds of speech or ideas altogether. We need to encourage all Americans to engage in conversation and debate, instead of demanding silence. Progress doesn’t come from censorship and bullying. It comes from talking, listening, and finding common ground.
→ Read more: Cancel cancel culture (National Review)
→ Read more: America’s Jacobin moment (Wall Street Journal)
China’s aggressive propaganda machine has friends in all kinds of places… even American social media companies. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have been allowing the Chinese Communist Party to spread pro-China and anti-American propaganda.
What is going on? China has recently ratcheted up its propaganda efforts on social media. Pro Publica analyzed thousands of fake and hijacked Chinese Twitter accounts used to push a pro-China message around the world. China also deploys communist officials on social media to push the party line. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, China used these techniques to paint a rosy picture of its handling of the disease and even went so far as to blame the United States for the global crisis.
What have social media companies done to stop China? Not enough. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the conservative leader of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged social media companies to take action against Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials for spreading lies about the United States and COVID-19. The companies declined. This failure comes at a time when social media companies have started to “flag” and fact check conservative content here at home, including from President Trump. Here’s an idea: How about fact checking Chinese officials who openly push falsehoods about America and deny oppressing millions of their own citizens? 🤔
What can we do about it? Some platforms have taken initial steps – Twitter has deleted more than 170,000 accounts – but more needs to be done. Freedom of speech is an essential part of American democracy, guaranteed by our constitution’s First Amendment. Social media companies and our government need to uphold our rights to free speech, and companies should not apply lesser standards to foreign regimes than to our own citizens.
→ Read more: China relies on persistence in social-media propaganda push (Wall Street Journal)
→ Read more: How China is planning to win back the world (The Atlantic)
Children often have a way of looking at the world with a simplicity that is both beautiful and inspiring. Instead of seeing problems, they see solutions. Take these nine-year-old friends who raised nearly $100,000 selling homemade bracelets to help black-owned businesses in Minneapolis. Or this 12-year-old who invented a device to help people avoid coronavirus germs. Here’s to all the children who are making the world a better place. 🎉👏
Everyone knows the UN Human Rights Council is an embarrassment. The latest proof: Instead of investigating the world’s most oppressive and brutal regimes, the council is about to hold an “urgent debate” on injustice and violence in America.
You can’t make this up. This is the same body that routinely ignores Communist China’s holding over one million Uighurs in concentration camps because of their religious beliefs, the Syrian regime’s slaughter of children using chemical weapons, and the starvation of North Koreans at the hands of a dictator -- among many other egregious crimes against humanity. While America certainly isn’t perfect, there is no justification whatsoever for the Human Rights Council to go after a free and democratic country like ours. Its actions are an insult to the billion-plus people across the world who yearn for the liberty and freedom that we have.
This latest farce further validates the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Human Rights Council, which Amb. Haley announced in 2018 after the body refused to reform. Despite its name, the council does the bidding of tyrants, and its continued existence undermines the credibility of the entire United Nations.
→ Read more: U.N. Human Rights Council to hold urgent debate on police brutality, racism (NPR)
→ Read more: Nikki Haley Op-Ed: Why we’re leaving the so-called Human Rights Council (Wall Street Journal)
Chicago’s mayor is literally begging Walmart not to leave the city. She said as much on a recent conference call with the major retailer. The company is apparently weighing its options after some of its Chicago stores were damaged and looted during the recent riots.
Can you blame the business? Job creators depend on public safety and stability. When policymakers and police fail to prevent the kind of destruction that Chicago and many other cities have seen, companies rightly ask if it’s smart to stick around. It just goes to show that public safety is foundational for everything -- jobs, wages, opportunity, you name it. Local leaders should be looking for ways to make policing more effective, not getting rid of it entirely.
And by the way, it’s not just safety. A lot of the cities that aren’t protecting people and companies also have more regulations, higher taxes, and a worse environment for employers and employees alike. Come to think of it, why would any business want to be based in Chicago, or Minneapolis, or Seattle?
→ Read more: Reeling Chicago communities ask, ‘who invests in us now?’ (Chicago Sun Times)
→ Read more: Baltimore businesses destroyed in riots sue city officials for failing to prevent violence (Baltimore Sun)
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Communist China has long sought to twist the internet to its advantage. The good news is that some tech companies are pushing back against Beijing. The bad news is that others are rolling over.
On the positive side, Twitter recently banned more than 170,000 Chinese-linked accounts. Why? Because they were part of a “manipulative and coordinated” campaign to tell lies about Hong Kong and the coronavirus. According to Twitter, 23,750 accounts were repeating “geopolitical narratives favorable to the Communist Party of China.” The other 150,000 were meant to amplify Beijing’s false claims and fake arguments.
And then there’s Zoom, the video-chat company. It just admitted to deactivating the accounts of Chinese pro-democracy activists -- because China demanded it. What’s worse, the activists were based in the United States. So not only is China censoring its own 1.4 billion citizens, it’s now trying (and succeeding) at shutting up critics in the land of the free. Kudos to the lawmakers in Congress who are demanding answers.
This can’t happen again. American companies should do everything in their power to protect free speech. If they won’t, then policymakers should take steps to protect that fundamental right and prevent online meddling and misinformation -- from China and all our adversaries.
→ Read more: Twitter takes down China-linked accounts for spreading disinformation (CNBC)
→ Read more: Zoom says China asked it to censor pro-democracy activists (Bloomberg)
One of the big debates right now is whether reopening state economies is worth the risk. Elite opinion leans toward “no,” but multiple states are showing that letting people go back to work and live their lives isn’t the disaster that many fear.
The latest evidence comes from Wisconsin. We were told the end of the state’s mandatory lockdown in mid-May would lead to a public-health apocalypse, but a new study found “no evidence” of increased coronavirus cases or deaths. Similarly, while many are pointing to a recent uptick in cases in states that are re-opening, the fact is that increased testing is turning up cases that were previously unknown. In other words, states are re-opening while getting a better grasp on the facts they need to make informed decisions. That’s a good thing.
Even the states that implemented the most draconian lockdowns and shutdowns are rethinking them, including New Jersey and New York. They’re realizing that it can not only be done soon, but safely and smartly. For the millions of Americans who want to get back to work and on with their lives, the reopening can’t come quick enough.
→ Read more: Gov. Ron DeSantis announces plan for reopening Florida schools (Tampa Bay Times)
→ Read more: How New York’s coronavirus response made the pandemic worse (Wall Street Journal)
→ ❤️ this: When school cancelled prom, this boy organized one for his babysitter 👠 (Twitter)
→ LOL at this: This grandmother was so excited to see her grandchildren she showed up in a unicorn costume 🦄 (YouTube)
→ Try this: These husbands found a productive way to pass the time while their wives shop 🛍️ (YouTube)
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Sometimes the obvious just needs to be said: When the police retreat, violence and devastation rise. The last few weeks have provided ample evidence, and it shows why defunding the police is truly dangerous.
Look at what’s happening in Seattle, where law enforcement has abandoned the entire Capitol Hill neighborhood. Absent police protection, the protesters have barricaded the area and issued a list of radical demands. They’re calling it the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” as if it’s somehow separate from the rest of the city. This isn’t activism -- it’s anarchy.
And lawlessness has other far-reaching consequences. In Minneapolis, the owner of a manufacturer that was lit on fire by rioters has announced the company will leave the city for good. The owner said, “we’re all on our own,” and it’s true: there wasn’t enough of a police presence to stop the mob. Where chaos reigns, job creators flee and opportunity fades.
So explain to us again: Why should we abolish the police and end public safety as we know it?
→ Read more: The Seattle secessionists (Wall Street Journal)
→ Read more: Minneapolis manufacturing company will leave city after plant burned in riots (Yahoo News)
It’s time to get Chinese influence out of America’s educational institutions. That’s why Congress should pay attention to a brand new bill from Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK).
Rep. Hern’s bill -- the America FIRST (Foreign Influence Resistance Starts with Transparency) Act -- would require universities and professors to disclose more about foreign funding they receive. For example, it would lower the disclosure threshold for foreign money or gifts received by schools and professors. And it would introduce strong penalties for withholding the information, including revoking a school’s non-profit status.
This bill is a response to a real crisis. China (along with Russia, Iran, and other adversaries) has a massive effort to infiltrate American colleges to steal cutting-edge research and spread communist propaganda. The FBI has already arrested multiple U.S. professors this year for allegedly covering up their ties to Beijing.
Over in the Senate, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has also introduced a bill that would strengthen federal oversight of foreign funding at American colleges and universities and ban foreign students who are likely to steal American tech. Let’s get these bills moving, people!
→ Read more: Grand jury indicts Harvard prof for lying about China funding (POLITICO)
→ Read more: It’s time to end China’s ‘United Front’ operations inside the U.S. (Washington Post)
Here are some unique responses we had to share:
→ Just like the path to success in America, rocky road 🛣️ -- Michael C.
→ Favorite ice cream flavor? Homemade peach, of course, made with S.C. peaches! 🍑 -- Ric B.
→ It’s like naming your favorite child 👨👩👧👧 -- Tim L.
The American people sure know how to defy expectations. Last week started with experts predicting an unprecedented economic collapse. It ended with the announcement that more people are getting jobs than losing them. With the shutdowns receding, the economy is recovering.
The contrast between the predictions and America’s economic reality was stunning. Estimates said the country would lose another 8.3 million jobs in May. Instead, the country gained jobs -- 2.5 million of them. The credit goes to the everyday Americans who came together and found common-sense ways to keep people safe and keep businesses open. There’s probably more good news on the horizon, too: From the NBA to shopping malls, American life is starting to head back to normal.
But we’ve still got a long way to go. Millions of families are still struggling, and so are small businesses. Congress needs to fix the bad policies that are slowing down the recovery. But the point still stands: Believe in Americans, because we always rise to the challenge.
→ Read more: May sees biggest jobs increase ever (CNBC)
→ Read more: The economy rises from the dead (Wall Street Journal)
The riots that wracked America last week are fading, and now some lessons need to be learned. Case in point: peaceful protests are praiseworthy, but violent riots are not.
That distinction is apparently lost to huge numbers of politicians and pundits. Many stayed silent as the non-violent protests calling for equal justice descended into violent and unjust riots -- or worse, they tried to justify it or downplay it. It’s almost like they think the right to protest somehow includes a right to steal things and start fires.
You know who disagrees the most? The peaceful protesters. They took to the streets because they want to see America fulfill our promise of equal rights and justice for all. That’s a vision that all of us support, and that riots make impossible to achieve.
→ Read more: George Floyd protesters turn on looters (Daily Mail)
→ Read more: Don’t call rioters ‘protesters’ (Wall Street Journal)
Here’s a real head-scratcher: How many riots should be allowed before politicians react? Oh wait, that’s an easy one: No rioting, no looting, no violence is acceptable. So it’s strange that state and local leaders are tolerating so much madness.
Whether it’s Minneapolis, Philadelphia, St. Louis, or elsewhere, politicians have let rioting and pillaging spread like wildfire. Leaders charged with ensuring public safety have wasted precious days before calling in enough law enforcement. Nowhere is this more true than in New York City, where vandals spent multiple nights ransacking businesses and shopping districts -- mostly without the threat of arrest or punishment. Governor Cuomo rightly called it a “disgrace,” though he should have taken action himself by activating the National Guard.
Frankly, it seems like a lot of politicians care less about rioting than virtue signaling. Take Joe Biden, who gave a whole speech on the current crisis but could only muster a few sentences condemning violence. That’s backwards: Before America can tackle racial injustice, we need to end the rioting.
We now have confirmation of something everyone already knew: Beijing hid crucial data about the coronavirus from the World Health Organization. A new report uncovers some of Communist China’s deceptions and dangerous actions, although a lot more remains to be found.
Here’s what investigators dug up: China’s communist government silenced its own scientists who discovered the coronavirus’ genetic makeup as early as January 2. Authorities waited nearly two weeks to release virus data, and did so only after a Chinese lab made its findings public, forcing the Communist regime’s hand. Beijing then refused to divulge key information about patients and cases. They hid the facts at the most crucial moments, making a possible pandemic inevitable.
And while WHO officials privately “complained” about China’s lack of transparency, they went ahead and continued to publicly praise Beijing in public, all the while failing to declare a global emergency in time.
The Trump administration is right to hold the WHO to account. Why is the U.N.’s premier health agency placating tyrants ahead of protecting public health?
→ Watch this: This father-daughter duet singing “Shallow” will make your heart melt 🎶 (Facebook)
→ ❤️ this: A man wearing a “free hugs” t-shirt unites police and protesters 🙌 (Twitter)
→ Try not to cry at this: Daughters see their mom for their first time in nine weeks after she worked on the frontlines of the pandemic. Seriously, we dare you not to cry 🥰 (Instagram)
The Trump administration just called a sickle a sickle. Yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that Hong Kong is no longer “autonomous” from Communist China. This morning, the communist Chinese “legislature” officially voted to approve a law that will target those who dare to defy Beijing, and allow Communist secret police to run rampant in the city-state.
The Trump administration made this decision under the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which Congress passed and President Trump signed into law last year. Stand For America supporters signed a petition that helped pass this pivotal legislation. Because of yesterday’s move -- which basically says that Hong Kong should be treated no differently than Communist China under U.S. law -- the administration is able to consider ending America’s preferential trade relationship with Hong Kong (because the Communist Party would ultimately benefit). It could also open the door to sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in Hong Kong.
This is an important first step to holding Beijing accountable, and Americans who stood up for freedom made it possible.
We’ve told you before about the ongoing fiasco with unemployment benefits. While Congress rightly responded to the coronavirus by offering support to workers who lost their jobs, lawmakers went too far. Their good intentions are having bad consequences on America’s economy.
About two-thirds of workers are getting more through unemployment insurance than they got paid in their jobs. This makes an urgently needed economic recovery that much harder. Why on earth would you go back to work if it means making less than not working? Americans in this situation don’t deserve any blame -- they’re making the smart decision. The problem is that Congress made a dumb decision that it so far refuses to fix.
Fortunately, more people are waking up to this fact. Even the Washington Post editorial board is calling for change. Most conservatives realize that something needs to be done. Now when will Nancy Pelosi and others in Congress wise up?
→ Don’t try this: Talk about a hungry hippo: Consuming an entire watermelon has never looked so easy 🍉 (Facebook)
→ ❤️ this: These school bus drivers paid a touching tribute to their graduating seniors 🚌 (Twitter)
→ Dance to this: Police horses salsa dancing is not something we thought we’d ever see 💃 (Instagram)
Evidence of China’s bad behavior continues to mount. This week, new reports show that China demanded countries praise the Communist government in exchange for life-saving medical supplies. Members of Congress are paying attention and have started to introduce measures to tackle the growing Chinese threat.
→ Task force: House Republicans announced a China task force committed to thwarting Chinese influence on a range of issues, from supply chains, to Chinese investments in the United States, to China’s infiltration of international organizations. Democrats did not join the task force, despite previous commitments to do so.
→ Trade: Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) introduced the “Enforcing Accountability and Transparency in International Trade Act” to hold China accountable for trade violations and make sure China is no longer treated as a “developing nation” with special treatment. We hope the Senate will take up this important measure as well.
→ Espionage: Republican lawmakers called on the Department of Education to release documents showing which U.S. colleges receive money from China and how that money is used. It is widely suspected that China is using Confucius Institutes and China-backed researchers to infiltrate U.S. colleges and universities and steal sensitive research information.
Our take: These measures are a good start. As Congress heads back to Washington, lawmakers need to prioritize this issue and eliminate the politicking that too often grinds Washington to a halt. The Chinese threat affects all Americans. Commonsense proposals like manufacturing medical supplies in America, ending China’s preferential treatment at the expense of America, and stopping Chinese influence in our colleges (all measures listed in our Stop Communist China petition) should be bipartisan and swiftly enacted.
→ Watch more: Amb. Haley on the Charlie Kirk Show (podcast)
→ Watch more: Amb. Haley on Fox News (Fox News)
→ Read more: D.C.'s bipartisan China consensus may be unraveling (AXIOS)
The coronavirus pandemic underscores the need for making critical supplies – like masks and ventilators – right here in America. Currently, Chinese pharmaceutical companies supply 80% of the basic components used in U.S. drugs. And when America needed supplies most, China prohibited American companies from exporting N95 respirators, masks, gloves, and other medical supplies.
That needs to change. Now.
In a recent blog post, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy detailed practical steps the United States can take to reduce its reliance on foreign manufacturing for critical medical supplies and bring our supply chain back to America – where it belongs. America should never be dependent on other countries for life-saving supplies.
Thankfully, we are beginning to see the results of American manufacturing in action, with 4,200 new American-made ventilators delivered to the national stockpile this week. This was the first shipment out of a $2.9 billion contract to produce 187,000 new ventilators in the United States by the end of the year.
Much more needs to be done to bring the U.S. government, Congress, and the private sector together to spur American innovation that will make Americans safer and our economy more secure.
→ Read more: Why we’re running out of masks (The Atlantic)
→ Read more: What you need to know about the Strategic National Stockpile (CBS News)
Over the past two months, Congress has spent roughly $2.8 trillion on coronavirus related bills, and there is talk of more to come. While some of this spending was necessary, there have been many examples of waste. Democrats are now talking about a fourth stimulus bill aimed at bailing out cash-strapped states – many of which were plagued by irresponsible budgeting long before coronavirus.
In an op-ed for Fox News, Amb. Haley calls for targeted aid to those who need it most, but argues against massive bailouts and overly broad spending packages.
As for the economy – bigger, bossier, more bloated government will only get in the way and make a much-needed recovery harder and slower. We’re already seeing the favoritism, waste and unintended consequences that come when Congress quickly spends $3 trillion. Imagine the damage the socialists’ $30 trillion would do.Now is a good time for Congress to take a deep breath and take stock of what worked and what didn’t. Too much money flowed to places and people who didn’t need an influx of emergency cash, while too little money flowed to those who did.
And now is the time to ask the larger question of how America will tackle our rising debt. As Congress deals with the current health and economic crisis, it needs to look ahead to the coming fiscal one.
→ Read more: After coronavirus, for US to survive, we must tackle looming debt crisis: Sen. Rick Scott (Fox Business)
→ Read more: Ted Cruz: I don't see why Texas should have to bail out states for irresponsibility (The Hill)
→ Read more: Stimulus spending emerges as friction point in Congress (Wall Street Journal)
On Jan. 14, 2011, Tunisians ousted their dictatorial president, kicking off the Arab Spring. Pro-democracy uprisings followed in Morocco, Libya, Egypt, and Bahrain. Eight years later, Hong Kong citizens took to the streets to protest a proposed extradition bill that would have weakened Hong Kong's autonomy from mainland China. From Africa, to Asia, to Latin America, this was a decade that saw millions of people bravely making their voices heard.
In other places, popular uprisings led to prolonged conflicts. In Syria, an uprising started after parents protested a brutal attack on a group of teenagers and grew into a horrific eight-year long civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more.
In Venezuela, two decades of socialism under Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolás Maduro have led to rocketing inflation, blackouts, starvation, extreme poverty, illness, death, and mass migration. Sadly, despite the Venezuelan people’s protests against Maduro and U.S.-led efforts to isolate the brutal socialist regime, Maduro has held tightly to power, causing more than 4.5 million people to flee the country and leaving millions more to suffer. The world must continue to stand up for the people of Venezuela.
Ambassador Nikki Haley has said time and again, when leaders don’t listen to their people, conflict will follow. As we begin the new decade, authoritarians around the world would do well to take notice.
It took 10 years, but on May 2, 2011 U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Eight years later, U.S. special forces killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwest Syria. And just this week, President Trump authorized a strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian terrorist who sowed chaos and violence across the Middle East, and was responsible for killing and injuring thousands of American soldiers. These successful operations made the world safer and would not have been possible without the brave men and women – and their families – who sacrifice to serve their country and fellow Americans.
Nearly 20 years removed from 9/11, there is a growing indifference toward the sacrifice our brave men and women face every day – both on the battlefield and when they return to civilian life. This is unacceptable. It shouldn’t take a war to appreciate national service. As Amb. Haley often says, “We are the land of the free because of the brave.”
Following the 2009 economic crisis that devastated many American families, the United States is now enjoying the longest economic expansion in American history. As of December, the U.S. economy has grown for 126-straight months and the S&P index has tripled in value.
→ Unemployment is 3.5%, the lowest in 50 years
→ Interest rates are at historic lows, allowing businesses to borrow, spend, and grow
→ We’ve seen wage growth across all income levels, with employers hiring and raising pay
The lesson of all this prosperity is that free markets work. Low taxes, reduced regulations, and an environment that encourages entrepreneurship benefit all.
Liberal calls for socialism are not only out of touch, they are plain wrong. Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, “free” programs, higher taxes – all these policies would only reverse the largest economic boom in history. Where’s the sense in that? 🤔
Under the Trump administration, the United States said good-bye to a number of bad deals and organizations.
→ President Obama’s Iran deal: Amb. Haley has repeatedly argued that Iran could not be trusted to hold up its end of the bargain. Without a trustworthy partner and the necessary enforcement mechanism, the Iran deal gave the Iranian regime billions of dollars while it continued to enrich uranium, sponsor terrorism, and violate international law.
Now, as U.S. efforts to isolate Iran through economic sanctions prove successful, the regime is showing its true colors as it threatens the United States and our allies, demanding sanctions relief and orchestrating violent protests at our embassy in Iraq this week.
→ The Paris climate agreement: Orchestrated by President Obama, the agreement placed unfair and unrealistic restrictions on the United States and disadvantaged U.S. companies, especially vis-à-vis China, which produces more than a quarter of the world’s emissions – more than double the United States. Under the Paris agreement, China is allowed to increase its emissions until 2030 (they went up again in 2019) and remain a member in good standing, while the United States agreed to much more drastic short-term measures. Watch Amb. Haley’s response to the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement here.
→ The hypocritical UN Human Rights Council: Amb. Haley spearheaded the U.S. move after UN members rejected all efforts to reform the long corrupt council that includes members like China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Amb. Haley’s explains why leaving the Human Rights Council made us stronger here.
The U.S. continues to experience an immigration crisis as millions of people have crossed our southern border illegally, overwhelming border security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and our courts.
We are a nation of immigrants and we should welcome people who want to come to this country legally and achieve the American Dream. But the United States is a country of laws and anyone who enters this country must follow those laws. The current crisis and the Left’s call for “open borders,” decriminalizing illegal border crossings, and sanctuary cities will endanger our citizens and our national identity.
Every nation has a right to protect and enforce its border. In fact, the U.S. government has a duty to do so. As Amb. Haley says, “a country isn’t a country unless it can control its borders.”
The national debt stands at $23.1 trillion – or $69,999 for every person in the United States, or $179,695 for every household. It’s the highest level of debt as a percentage of the economy that we have seen since World War II.
These numbers are unsustainable. Our government will eventually run out of money and will be unable to make good on its obligations and promises. When that happens, we will be left with two choices: Raise taxes or print dollars – both would be devastating to our economic prosperity.
It’s time for Congress to get its act together and start acting responsibly.
Socialism used to be taboo. Today, self-declared socialists occupy the halls of Congress, and young Americans have a more favorable view of socialism than ever before. Membership in the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has surged, and the DSA helped elect socialists at all levels of government. Socialist policies like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, 70% tax rates, and nationalization of whole sectors of our economy have become commonplace proposals on the Left.
Numerous articles and reports have shown that these misguided policies would come at a great cost to our standard of living and economic growth. Socialism’s failure in other countries should be enough to send a stark message. But all this evidence hasn’t dulled the calls for socialism on the Left.
It’s up to us to continue to make the case for capitalism, not just as the best and fairest economic system, but as an integral part of our national story.
On March 4, 2012, Russian president Vladimir Putin claimed victory in a much disputed election. Nineteen years into his autocratic rule, Putin has grown increasingly aggressive, annexing Crimea, poisoning dissidents, and meddling in U.S. elections. One thing is clear: Putin is not our friend.
When Xi Jinping took over as China’s new president in 2013, there were questions about what kind of leader he would be. No longer. Over the past decade, we have learned that Xi is aggressively devoted to protecting the Chinese Communist Party – no matter what or who stands in the way.
Under Xi’s leadership, China has detained hundreds of thousands of minority Uighurs in prison camps, denying them religious freedom, expanded surveillance over its citizens, and built up its military presence in the South China Sea. Xi also abolished presidential term limits, making himself president for life.
As Amb. Haley argues in her Foreign Affairs article, “The longstanding conventional wisdom about China’s liberalization and moderation is dead.” The new decade will require new thinking on how to work with China while recognizing the threat it poses, not only to America’s security and economic interests, but to democracy and freedom globally.
It’s no secret: Our politics has grown increasingly polarized, and this acrimony has spilled over into daily life and social media. This is a shame, because America is at its best when we talk to each other – not past each other. That doesn’t mean we can’t disagree and debate policies. It means we shouldn’t disrespect one another simply because we don’t support the same candidate or platform.
The end of a year is the perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months and learn some important lessons. Looking back on 2019, I want to highlight a particularly strong trend: The power of people using their voices to affect change. Read More