January 18, 2018

AP Runs Interference for Washington Governor Inslee’s Punitive, Ever-Increasing Carbon Tax

Dedicated tax-and-spend liberals often get help from the press in describing their plans to raid constituents’ pocketbooks in vague terms, while nobly describing the alleged benefits of their plans to use the money. Washington’s Democratic Governor Jay Inslee has the Associated Press running that kind of interference for his carbon tax.

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De Blasio’s Morning Joe Howler: We’ll Restore Decrepit Subways by Taxing the Rich

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 5:15 pm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio played make-believe during his Wednesday Morning Joe appearance, and everyone else present let him do so without challenge. Hizzoner’s deepest dive into fantasyland was his contention that he can raise the money needed to repair and improve Gotham’s decrepit subway system by “taxing millionaires and billionaires,” which would only raise about 5 percent of the money needed.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011818)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Pro-life bill would eliminate vast majority of legal abortions in Poland

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Warsaw, Poland:

Jan 15, 2018 / 12:46 pm

Lawmakers in Poland proposed pro-life legislation last week that would outlaw abortions performed because of a congenital disorder or deformity in the unborn child.

Members of parliament shot down a “Save Women” bill Jan. 10 that would have liberalized abortion access, allowing abortion through the first trimester of pregnancy and opening access to emergency contraception.

Instead, the country’s lawmakers promoted the “Stop Abortion” bill that would ban abortion for pregnancies in which the baby had received a congenital disorder diagnosis or deformity.

The new proposal, if passed, could eliminate the majority of abortions legally performed in Poland. According to Deutsche Welle, around 1,100 legal abortions took place in 2016. Of these abortions, 1,042 took place because the child was deformed.

“We have come to parliament today because we don’t want hospitals turning into abattoirs,” said Kaja Godek of the Life and Family Foundation, who introduced the bill to parliament, according to The Guardian.

Abortion in Poland is legal in Poland only in cases of rape or incest, if the mother’s health is threatened, or if the baby has received a fatal diagnosis or deformity. …

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