DAN MITCHELL: The Practical Case Against Higher Taxes. Our problem isn’t taxes, it’s spending. With our own version of President Millei we could be in surplus.
COCAINE MITCH TO LEAVE CARTEL: Mitch McConnell to Step Down as Senate Republican Leader in November.
ANALYSIS: TRUE. Bidenomics Is Bad Economics. “During the Trump presidency, the average price increase for goods and services was a modest 7.6% over four years. That is less than 2% increase in prices for each of those four years. Contrast that with the more than 5% increase in prices for each of the last three years. This amounts to a staggering 17.6% increase in costs under President Biden’s watch, with one year remaining. This isn’t just a blip on the economic radar. It’s a troubling trend that spells disaster for household budgets across the nation.”
Plus: “Black workers and Hispanic workers have also fared significantly worse in the Biden era. Black workers experienced $65.70 increase in real weekly earnings in the Trump era compared to $28.80 in the Biden era. Hispanic workers experienced $47.20 increase in real weekly earnings in the Trump era compared to $7.80 in the Biden era.”
Why does Joe Biden hate black and brown people?
MY LATEST SUBSTACK ESSAY: Some Parts of America Still Work.
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NEWS NOBODY EXPECTED: New survey data highlighted by The Washington Stand’s Ben Johnson finds a majority of teachers see teaching Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) lessons in public schools:
“More than 10 times as many teachers said debates over LGBT ideology, including sexual orientation and gender ideology, ‘have had a negative impact on their ability to do their job,’ compared to 4 percent who said they improve learning, according to the Pew Research Center: 41 percent to 4 percent. Social Studies and English teachers were the most likely to say SOGI topics harmed their teaching time; they were also the classes most likely to discuss those issues, the survey found,” Johnson reports.
THE OBAMA CAMP WANTS HIM GONE: Former Obama aides sound alarm over ‘frail’ and ‘mumbly’ Biden — warn his age ‘is a very real issue.’
DISPATCHES FROM THE BLUE ZONES: Mayor Adams Surrenders to Reality, Begs to Change NYC Sanctuary Status. “Gov. Abbott, and Gov. DeSantis, please go ahead and pat yourselves on the back today. If you do it with such vigor that you develop carpal tunnel syndrome, no one would blame you.”
The U.S. Army is slashing the size of its force by about 24,000, or almost 5%, and restructuring to be better able to fight the next major war, as the service struggles with recruiting shortfalls that made it impossible to bring in enough soldiers to fill all the jobs.
The cuts will mainly be in already-empty posts — not actual soldiers — including in jobs related to counterinsurgency that swelled during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars but are not needed as much today. About 3,000 of the cuts would come from Army special operations forces.
At the same time, however, the plan will add about 7,500 troops in other critical missions, including air-defense and counter-drone units and five new task forces around the world with enhanced cyber, intelligence and long-range strike capabilities.
The structural changes are necessary and probably past due. But I doubt the Army would be shrinking its overall size if the Woke BS wasn’t deterring actual warriors from enlisting.
GET OUT OF SOUR MILK SEA, YOU DON’T BELONG THERE. GET BACK TO WHERE YOU SHOULD BE: Marianne Williamson returns to presidential race, saying Biden is vulnerable against Trump.
THERE NEEDS TO BE AN ABUSE OF PROCESS TYPE REMEDY FOR THIS SORT OF THING: GMU economist reported to DEI office for criticizing plan to mandate DEI courses.
DEI education is totalitarian training. DEI offices should be abolished.
MORE MEDIA MALPRACTICE: The media has been repeating the pro-Hamas caucus’s claim that it achieved a great victor by getting 13.2% of Michigan Democrats to vote “Uncommitted.” Media coverage has been suggesting that all of these voters voted Uncommitted based on Biden’s refusal to force Israel to stop fighting Hamas. Almost no one bothered to look up what happened in Michigan the last time a Democratic president was running for re-election, Barack Obama in 2012. That year, Uncommitted received 10.7% of the vote, even though Obama was generally much more popular and inspirational to Democrats (and he also wasn’t pushing 80). So, likely only a small fraction of the 13.2% Uncommitted this year were specifically voting about Israel/Gaza. But the pro-Hamas folks ran a nice pr campaign and the media, wittingly or otherwise, went along with it.
THE NEW SPACE RACE: China Announces Name of Spacecraft Landing Crew on Moon.
The capsule is called Mengzhou, or “dream vessel,” while the lander is called Lanyue, or “embracing the Moon,” a reference to a poem written by Mao Zedong in 1965, as CNN reports.
The almost 30-foot-long Mengzhou spacecraft will weigh in at a whopping 22 metric tons, per the announcement. The lander is big enough to house two astronauts and a 440-pound rover. According to the statement, their development is “progressing well.”
It’s a highly ambitious plan, but given the country’s progress — including becoming the first to land a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon in 2019 — it may just have a shot at pulling off its goal of returning astronauts to the lunar surface by 2030.
When is that next Starship test flight?
KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEFING: I’m Glad Richard Pryor Isn’t Here to See What Woke Is Doing to Stand-Up. “Stand-up used to be rewarded for its boldness. The woke mob wants it neutered, censored, and easy to control. The feds who used to lurk in Lenny Bruce’s audiences have been replaced by woke idiots with too much Twitter/X time on their hands. They’re all trying to force state-approved entertainment on the public.”
THE NEW SPACE RACE: SpaceX discloses cause of Starship anomalies as it clears an FAA hurdle.
SpaceX noted that the Super Heavy first stage of the rocket performed nominally, with all 33 Raptor engines on this massive rocket igniting successfully. The booster then performed a full-duration burn to reach stage separation. At this point, the upper stage executed a successful “hot staging” maneuver in which the Starship stage separated from the booster while some of the booster’s engines were still firing.
For the Super Heavy booster, the next step was to perform a series of burns to make a soft landing in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of the initial burn, 13 of the rocket’s engines were intended to fire.
“During this burn, several engines began shutting down before one engine failed energetically, quickly cascading to a rapid unscheduled disassembly of the booster,” SpaceX said. “The vehicle breakup occurred more than three and a half minutes into the flight at an altitude of ~90 km over the Gulf of Mexico.”
The problem was subsequently linked to a problem with supplying liquid oxygen to the Raptor engines.
“The most likely root cause for the booster RUD was determined to be filter blockage where liquid oxygen is supplied to the engines, leading to a loss of inlet pressure in engine oxidizer turbopumps that eventually resulted in one engine failing in a way that resulted in loss of the vehicle,” the company stated. “SpaceX has since implemented hardware changes inside future booster oxidizer tanks to improve propellant filtration capabilities and refined operations to increase reliability.”
OK, let’s get to that third test flight.
MAKING YOUR LIFE WORSE ISN’T A SIDE EFFECT, IT’S THE GOAL: Pentagon is panicking over Biden’s proposal that would increase water costs by $10,000 per household.