Now What?

Between the Hamas manipulation of hostage releases and world pressure to continue the cease fire, Israel is under surreal pressure. Hamas, with its trickle release of individuals they illegally took prisoner, and the pressure from leaders, (like our President), on Israel’s retaliatory action to protect itself, they are being limited in their actions.
Let me say one more time.
There is no moral equivalency. Hamas caused this. Hamas promised to do it again. Israel has the right to take them out before they get the chance to do so.

Senate Majority Leader Schumer, as the highest ranking Jewish leader in the nation, finally addressed this yesterday on the Senate floor. He delivered an emotional speech condemning the rise in antisemitism and what he called a “double standard” for Jews: 
“I have noticed a significant disparity between how Jewish people regard the rise of antisemitism and how many of my non-Jewish friends regard it. To us, the Jewish people, the rise of antisemitism is a crisis — a five-alarm fire that must be extinguished. Can you blame us for feeling vulnerable only 80 years after Hitler wiped out half of the Jewish population across the world while many countries turned their back? Can you appreciate the deep fear we have about what Hamas might do if left to their own devices? Because the long arc of Jewish history teaches us a lesson that is hard to forget: ultimately, that we are alone.”
He wondered where all those who Jewish citizens marched with were now that they are needed.
Good question. 

A just released Marist poll asked people which side they sympathized with more; 61 percent said Israel and 30 percent the Palestinians – which seems about right.
Then there was this YouGov poll which I found interesting and you might too:



Some Interesting Tidbits:

Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali,  a major Democratic donor who is under a House investigation for buying Hunter Biden’s artwork, is also the great aunt of the first American hostage released by Hamas during the cease-fire deal.

How about this?
Nearly 4,000 car dealerships signed an open letter to President Biden urging him to delay the timeline for proposed emissions standards that would force two-thirds of new vehicles sold by 2032 be electric. 
The opposition, which includes 3,882 individual dealers from all 50 states that collectively call themselves EV Voice of the Customer, sounded an alarm that auto manufacturers have also been ringing:
Consumers aren’t ready to go electric. “Already, electric vehicles are stacking up on our lots, which is our best indicator of customer demand in the marketplace,” the groups stated in the letter on Tuesday. “Mr. President, no government agency, no think tank, and no polling firm knows more about the automobile customer than us.”
Then you knew this was coming — how do we recover the lost revenue from gas tax because of EV’s?
The owners of electric vehicles face expensive speed bumps as an increasing number of states tack on costly registration fees to recoup lost gas tax revenue. Critics say the annual expense unfairly punishes climate-conscious drivers who want to save on fuel.
Proponents say a tax is vital to fund roads and bridges because of hybrids and EV’s.
With internal combustion engines going farther on every gallon of gas, all-electric vehicles have worsened an issue in the making for years. State fuel taxes made up 38.4% of states’ transportation budgets last year, down from 41.1% in 2018, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.
States projected they are going to lose up to $87 billion by 2050 as fuel efficiency improves and more drivers go green.
At least 32 states require an annual fee on top of regular registration costs for EVs, and 19 of them also have plug-in hybrid fees, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures.
You know all those savings they keep telling you about? Get ready to pay more.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is out there again.
First, he is back to saying he is going to replace Obamacare – with a better policy and lower costs.
Remember how he railed against the Affordable Care Act and promised a “better and lower cost plan?”
Well, its back:
“I don’t want to terminate Obamacare, I want to REPLACE IT with MUCH BETTER HEALTHCARE. Obamacare Sucks!!!” he wrote on his Truth Social.

Then there was this story out of former Speaker McCarthy’s office reported in The Washington Post:
During a phone call with McCarthy, following his removal as House speaker:
“Trump lambasted McCarthy for not expunging his two impeachments and endorsing him in the 2024 presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the conversation.
‘F— you,’ McCarthy claimed to have then told Trump, when he rehashed the call later to other people in two separate conversations, according to the people.
A spokesperson for McCarthy, while not denying the quote, said that he did not swear at the former president and that they have a good relationship. A spokesperson for Trump declined to comment.”

Finally, this report is out today and concerns the “closed border” the administration tells us we have:
Immigrants now make up 15% of the U.S. population, the highest share in history, breaking records established more than a century ago, according to a report. The Center for Immigration Studies, citing Census Bureau statistics, says 49.5 million immigrants — both legal and illegal — are residing in the country.
The number is rapidly rising, with a net of 4.5 million immigrants settling since January 2021, when President Biden took office. That is equivalent to the entire population of Oregon or Oklahoma in just 34 months.

Just Tidbits In The News We Should Know.

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