Biden administration

April 1, 2023

Biden’s Latest Power Grab: New Appliance Regulations Set to Cost Consumers Billions

    The Biden administration has once again imposed their heavy-handed environmental regulations on American consumers, this time targeting their air conditioners.

    The Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized energy efficiency standards for home air conditioning units and portable air cleaners, claiming it will cut air pollution and save billions of dollars via energy savings. But critics are calling it federal overreach and unnecessary, arguing that the industry has already improved technology without government intervention.

    Ben Lieberman, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, blasted the regulations for compromising product quality and enforcing an inefficient level of efficiency.

    “What these mandates, what these standards do is enforce a level of efficiency that doesn’t make sense,” Lieberman said. “And they compromise product quality. We’ve already seen this to an extent with cost of clothes washer standards.”

    Meanwhile, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has warned that the actions would particularly harm low-income households and decrease overall product quality. Jill Notini, a spokesperson for AHAM, recently spoke out, saying that taking into account the higher costs of appliances, the estimated savings from the energy efficiency rules “don’t add up right now during this time of high inflation.”

    “We worked to advance the air cleaner rule within DOE, but we remain concerned that DOE is going too far on other products without any real savings to consumers, at a time when people are looking for relief,” Notini told Fox News Digital.

    But the DOE remains steadfast in its efforts to promote innovation and lower costs for families while tackling the climate crisis. The DOE claims that the new energy efficiency standards will save Americans about $1.5 billion annually and curb carbon dioxide emissions by 106 million metric tons over three decades.

    “DOE will continue to engage with our public and private sector partners to finalize additional proposals like today’s that lower household energy costs and deliver the safer, healthier communities that every American deserves,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.

    Only time will tell if these regulations will truly benefit American consumers or harm them. One thing is for sure – the Biden administration’s focus on environmental regulations will continue to be a hot-button issue for years to come.

    Source: Fox News

March 30, 2023

Biden Blasted for Tone Deaf Response to Nashville Shooting [Video]

1870: 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is adopted, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race.

President Joe Biden was heavily criticized for his first public appearance since the tragic shooting at a Christian school in Nashville, in which he made lighthearted jokes instead of immediately addressing the tragedy that claimed the lives of six innocent Americans, including three children.

On Monday, a 28-year-old shooter attacked The Covenant School, killing three children and three adults before she was fatally shot by responding police officers. Hours later, when the leader of our country had a microphone in hand to address the nation, he joked that he only agreed to make a public appearance because he’d heard there would be ice cream.

“My name is Joe Biden. I’m Dr. Jill Biden’s husband. And I eat Jeni’s Ice Cream, chocolate chip. I came down because I heard there was chocolate chip ice cream,” Biden said in his first statement since the shooting. “By the way, I have a whole refrigerator full upstairs. You think I’m kidding, I’m not.”

After about two minutes of idle, lighthearted banter, Biden finally addressed the situation at hand. He denounced the shooting as “sick” and “heartbreaking,” and renewed his call for Congress to take action to “stop the gun violence” and ban assault weapons.

But critics were shocked and dismayed that the president didn’t take a more somber tone and address the senseless attack right off the bat.

“To say that he misunderstood the moment would be an understatement,” Chris Christie told Fox News.

“There’s no way to talk about something like this except to say that for all of us who are parents, what we dread every day is the news about the health and life of our children,” the former New Jersey governor added. “And so there’s no room to joke in that circumstance at all. And certainly not from the President of the United States.”

Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade also addressed Biden’s remarks, saying the president fumbled big time by choosing to first tell jokes about ice cream.

“Just absolutely ridiculous,” Kilmeade said. “I mean, if anyone should have the instincts at 80 years old of what to say, what not to say, it’s that.”

Sources: Fox News | Mediaite

March 29, 2023

‘I Applaud China’: Biden Raises Eyebrows with Latest Gaffe [Video]

1999: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 – above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.

President Joe Biden mistakenly praised China during a recent speech — a blunder that some of his Republican critics labeled a “Freudian slip.”

Biden’s latest gaffe came during his address to the Canadian parliament, in which he evidently mixed up China and Canada.

“In the United States we’re expanding legal pathways for migration to seek safety on a humanitarian basis, while discouraging unlawful migration that feeds exploitation and human trafficking. So today I applaud China for stepping up. Excuse me, Canada. I applaud Canada…you can tell what I am thinking about China, we won’t get into that yet,” Biden said.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), a member of the House Oversight Committee, responded to Biden’s eyebrow-raising gaffe on Twitter.

“Gaffe or Freudian slip? Biden ‘accidentally’ praises China when addressing the Canadian Parliament. China is on his mind, and the @HouseGOP knows why,” he tweeted.

Greg Price, the communications director of the State Freedom Caucus Network, said the timing was interesting given intelligence information leaked earlier this month, alleging that China interfered in Canada’s recent election.

“It’s even funnier when you realize that we just learned members of Biden’s family got millions of dollars from a Chinese energy company and how the biggest political story in Canada right now is how China interfered in their last two elections to elect Trudeau’s party,” Price wrote.

Source: Washington Examiner

March 21, 2023

Biden’s Federal Agents Infiltrate US Colleges

1984: NFL owners pass the infamous anti-celebrating rule.

The Biden administration will soon send undercover agents to U.S. colleges and universities, the Department of Education recently announced.

The Education Department said that the Enforcement Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) “will use secret shoppers as an additional tool to monitor postsecondary institutions’ compliance with the laws and regulations governing their participation in the federal student aid programs.”

Agents will pose as students to identify any “misrepresentations regarding the transferability of credits, job placement rates, completion and withdrawal rates, graduates’ future earning potential, career services, the cost of attendance, the amount of federal student aid, and accreditation status,” the department said.

Additionally, the “secret shoppers” will look for “any other practices that may violate the laws and regulations governing an institution’s participation in the federal student aid programs.”

The FSA agents will share their findings with the Office of Inspector General, as well as other state and federal law enforcement partners.

The announcement is meant to put schools “on notice,” said Kristen Donoghue, FSA’s chief enforcement officer.

“Schools that engage in fraud or misconduct are on notice that we may be listening, and they should clean up accordingly,” Donoghue said. “But schools that treat current and prospective students fairly and act lawfully have nothing to fear from secret shopping.”

FSA Chief Operating Officer Richard Cordray said the agency’s “focus—as always—is to ensure that students, borrowers, families, and taxpayers are not being preyed upon to make a quick buck.”

But some say the Biden administration’s use of “secret shoppers” is too partisan.

“Given the current administration’s animus toward for-profit institutions, we are concerned this self-proclaimed ‘tool’ will be used as a weapon to inflict further damage upon private career schools and limit student choice,” said Nicholas Kent, CECU’s chief policy officer.

Sources: Department of Education | Daily Caller

March 14, 2023

The Truth About Joe Biden’s Brain Aneurysms

1794: Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin machine, revolutionizing the cotton industry in the southern U.S. states.

President Joe Biden’s mental and physical fitness is often a topic of debate, with many people wondering if he is fit to serve as commander-in-chief.

Biden, 80, has endured several serious health problems, including two brain aneurysms that required surgery. Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s physician at the time, detailed the aneurysms in a medical assessment published in December 2019.

“The most noteworthy health incident that Vice President Biden has experienced was his intracranial hemorrhage from a cerebral aneurysm in 1988. His aneurysm was repaired surgically,” wrote O’Connor, the director of executive medicine at George Washington University.

“During this workup, his team discovered a second aneurysm, which had not bled. This was also treated. He has never had any recurrences of any aneurysms. A 2014 CT angiogram showed no recurrence of disease.”

Per the Cleveland Clinic, an intracranial hemorrhage refers to any bleeding between the brain tissue and skull, or within the brain tissue itself. This condition is commonly referred to as a “brain bleed.”

The terms “stroke” and “aneurysm” are sometimes used interchangeably, according to Healthline, but the conditions do have some important distinctions.

Biden’s most recent health issues

Just last month, Biden had a cancerous lesion removed from his chest, according to White House Physician Kevin C. O’Connor.

According to a letter released on March 3, the physician found the lesion during the president’s health assessment on Feb. 16. A biopsy later revealed that the lesion was basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer.

Biden underwent a procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to remove the cancerous tissue. It was “successfully removed,” and no further treatment was needed.

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Source: Snopes

March 9, 2023

Biden’s Budget Proposal To Include Massive Tax Hikes

1933: U.S. Congress is called into special session by President Franklin D Roosevelt, beginning its “100 days.”

President Joe Biden is set to send his budget proposal to Congress on Thursday, and it will include some significant tax hikes.

“I want to make it clear: I’m going to raise some taxes,” Biden said last week. But Americans who make less than $400,000 a year “will not pay an additional single penny in any tax.”

Biden’s proposal will include raising the Medicare tax rate on earned and unearned income above $400,000 from 3.8% to 5%.

“My budget will make sure the money goes directly into the Medicare trust fund, protecting taxpayers’ investment and the future of the program,” Biden wrote in an op-ed published Tuesday in the New York Times.

Last month, Biden unveiled a proposal for a new tax on that would require individuals and families worth more than $100 million to pay a 20% tax on income and the unrealized gains of liquid assets i.e. stocks.

However, Republicans say Biden’s budget is doomed to fail in the GOP-majority House.

“You know the president’s budget is replete with what they would do if they could — thank goodness the House is Republican — massive tax increases, more spending,” said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY).

McConnell told reporters “the American people can thank the Republican House” that the White House’s proposed tax increases “will not see the light of day.”

Sources: The Hill, USA Today

March 5, 2023

Biden Had Cancerous Lesion Removed Last Month: White House

President Joe Biden had a cancerous lesion removed from his chest last month, according to White House Physician Kevin C. O’Connor.

According to a letter released on Friday, the physician found the lesion during the president’s health assessment on Feb. 16. A biopsy later revealed that the lesion was basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer.

Biden underwent a procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to remove the cancerous tissue. It was “successfully removed,” and no further treatment was needed.

O’Connor noted that Biden has “healed nicely” but will continue to undergo routine skin checks.

Biden, 80, had “several localized non-melanoma skin cancers” removed before becoming president, the physician said in his Feb. 16 summary. O’Connor deemed Biden as “healthy, vigorous” and “fit” to serve as commander-in-chief.

First lady Jill Biden has also undergone similar procedures. She had two cancerous lesions removed in January, from her right eye and chest.

She told the Associated Press last week that she’s now “extra careful” about applying sunscreen, especially while at the beach.

The Bidens are advocates for cancer research. Their adult son Beau Biden died from brain cancer in 2015.

Source: AP

March 3, 2023

‘He is Giving the Middle Finger to Middle-Class Americans’: Biden To Use His First Veto

1887: Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller.

President Joe Biden is expected to use his first veto to strike down a bill that passed through both chambers of Congress this week.

The legislation (H.J.Res.30) would rescind a Department of Labor rule relating to “Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights.” The rule enables retirement fund managers to consider “environmental, social and governance” (ESG) factors into account when choosing investments, according to Axios.

Two Senate Democrats, Sens. Jon Tester (MT) and Joe Manchin (W. VA), crossed party lines to join Republicans in passing the bill through the chamber.

On Tuesday, the bill passed through the House with support from Republicans and one Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden (ME).

“Republicans are committed to protecting the retirement savings of American families,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) said Wednesday. “And Joe Biden is trying to veto our efforts – he is giving the middle finger to middle-class Americans who are concerned about the returns on their retirement funds.”

GOP lawmakers say ESG factors are an example of “woke” business tactics.

“We have these woke and weaponized bureaucrats at the Department of Labor and they came out with regulations to invest retirement money in far-left liberal causes,” Barrasso said.

“We have to stop Joe Biden from strangling Americans’ retirement money. People deserve better and more freedom than this command and control we are seeing from this administration,” he added.

The Biden administration has said it “strongly opposes” the measure, and that the president would veto it if it came across his desk.

The White House said if the rule were overturned, “the federal government would be interfering with the market.”

Source: Axios

February 24, 2023

Pete Buttigieg Snaps at Reporter Asking About Ohio Train Derailment [Video]

1868: The U.S. House of Representatives votes 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg snapped at a reporter who asked him about the toxic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

“What do you have to say to the folks in Ohio — East Palestine — who are suffering right now?” asked Jennie Taer, a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“Well, I’d refer you to about a dozen interviews I’ve given today, and if you’d like to arrange a conversation you should reach out to our press office,” said Buttigieg. “I’m not gonna have that conversation with you just walking down the street.”

The reporter persisted, asking: “You don’t have a message for them?”

“I do, and I shared it with the press many times today. I’d refer you to those comments,” Buttigieg reiterated.

Taer then asked Buttigeg if he would share the message directly. He declined, again directing the reporter to his earlier comments. “Right now, I’m taking some personal time, and I’m walking down the street,” he said.

The reporter asked Buttigieg when he would travel to East Palestine. “I’ll share that when I’m ready,” he said.

At that point, Buttigieg pulled out his phone and asked Taer if he could take a photo of her.

Taer shared a 46-second video of her tense interaction with Buttigieg on Twitter, writing: “I asked Secretary Buttigieg about the crisis in East Palestine and I guess he didn’t like that so he took a pic of me. I’m just doing my job, sir.”

The video of the odd interaction amassed nearly 2.8 million views, sparking public criticism from several members of the media.

Joe Concha, a columnist for The Hill, tweeted: “This is how elitists who are made uncomfortable act out. Amazing how few members of the press are commenting on this.”

Fox News host Harris Faulkner tweeted: “Why did the Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg need a picture of a member of our FREE press? Is he trying to be funny… or is something else at play here? Targeting? Journalists are allowed to speak with public officials who are in public.”

Former CNN producer Steve Krakauer tweeted: “This is totally weird, and shows the current administration’s disdain for journalists. Imagine if Elaine Chao did this during the Trump administration… Let’s see if the corporate press colleagues speak out on behalf of a reporter doing her job.”

Source: The Blaze

February 19, 2023

White House Denies Disaster Relief to Ohio After Toxic Chemical Spill

1945: U.S. 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 U.S. Marines.

The Biden administration has denied requests from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) to provide emergency disaster relief after a 50-car train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in East Palestine on Feb. 3.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told state officials that Ohio is “not eligible” for assistance.

“The DeWine Administration has been in daily contact with FEMA to discuss the need for federal support, however FEMA continues to tell Governor DeWine that Ohio is not eligible for assistance at this time,” DeWine’s office told Fox News Digital in a statement. “Governor DeWine will continue working with FEMA to determine what assistance can be provided.”

A FEMA spokesperson told the outlet that the agency is in “constant contact with the emergency operations center in East Palestine” but did not comment on the request for federal assistance.

On Friday, the White House explained why it denied DeWine’s request. A Biden administration official said that FEMA usually provides relief to communities impacted by natural disasters such as hurricanes.

“The Biden Administration is mobilizing a robust, multi-agency effort to support the people of East Palestine, Ohio. Since February 3, the Environmental Protection Agency has had personnel on the ground,” the official told Fox News Digital. “FEMA is coordinating with the emergency operations center working closely with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.”

“But what East Palestine needs is much more expansive than what FEMA can provide,” the official said. “FEMA is on the frontlines when there is a hurricane or tornado. This situation is different.”

However, according to FEMA’s website: “Disasters can come in many forms. FEMA responds to all declared domestic disasters and emergencies, whether natural or man-made.”

For instance, FEMA provided aid after the Tennessee explosion on Dec. 25, 2020, in which a lone bomber detonated an improvised explosive device in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning.

On Feb. 3, a Norfolk Southern Railroad train hauling vinyl chloride derailed in East Palestine, a small town near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.

The company chose to release the gas from the derailed cars — releasing hazardous chemicals and potentially deadly fumes into the air — to avoid an explosion. Residents were ordered to evacuate, but told it was safe to return on Feb. 9.

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state government have assured residents that the air and water are safe. But some experts disagree.

“This really looks like a nuclear winter,” local hazardous materials specialist Sil Caggiano told the outlet. “Pretty much, yeah, we nuked this town with chemicals.”

Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI) blasted the Biden administration, calling Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg “arrogant” and saying the administration only “care about themselves.”

“They’re so arrogant. They think that they’re special. They’re above the law, they’re above reproach, they’re above accountability. They clearly don’t care about us. They think they can get away with anything. We have to demand more,” Gabbard said.

“They have shown us already that they do not care about us. They don’t respect us so much that they think we’re stupid and continue to lie to us and make up stories to cover their own backside. They could have taken action to prevent this,” she added.

Source: Fox News

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