Diary of disturbing disinformation and dangerous delusions
We say: CNN is doing its darnedest to help President Biden and Democrats ahead of the November midterms, arguing that based on an average household consuming 90 gallons a month, the recent drop in gas prices equates to a $100 monthly tax cut from the government. Yet did CNN mention at the same time that the spike in prices, from $2.42 when Biden took office to $5.03 in June, was like a $235-a-month ($2,820-a-year) tax hike, based on that 90-gallon figure — far more than offsetting the $100 “cut”? Of course not.
“Without evidence, the mayor [Eric Adams] has blamed the bail reform law for letting repeat offenders out of jail.”
— The New York Times, Saturday
We say: Uh, it’s the Times that’s making that claim “without evidence.” If the paper actually took an interest in the city (instead of focusing on, say, where Mayor Adams eats dinner), it might’ve noticed the endless stream of recidivists being freed soon after arrest, thanks to bail reform. Indeed, Adams has held pressers flagging NYPD data to back up his claim. And The Post, too, has cited countless examples — like the sex fiend whose unprovoked sucker punch knocked out an innocent bystander. Or the guy arrested 41 times left free to pummel a subway worker. Indeed, we flagged 10 career criminals who alone racked up 500 arrests since “bail reform,” with most still out on the streets. So much for “without evidence.”
Spot the difference:
“[The president] does not have that power [to cancel student debt].”
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi, July 28, 2021
“Now clearly, it seems he has the authority to [cancel student debt].”
— Pelosi, Tuesday
We say: Give Speaker Pelosi credit for flexibility. One day the president lacks the power to cancel debt, the next day he doesn’t. What changed? Nothing, except President Biden’s decision this week to buy votes from progressives and college kids by . . . forgiving their debt. If only the rest of us could change the rules whenever we wanted.
“I didn’t shut down anything . . . I don’t think [the lockdowns] irreparably damaged anyone.”
— Dr. Anthony Fauci, Tuesday
We say: If this guy says it’s raining, you can almost bet there’s not a cloud in the sky. How can he now honestly claim he “didn’t shut down anything,” after personally bragging in 2020 about how he told President Donald Trump to “shut the country down”? How can he claim lockdowns didn’t “irreparably” hurt anyone, when the United States suffered greater excess deaths per capita under lockdowns than nations, like Sweden, that resisted them and when US kids lost months, if not years, of learning?
Reporter: Mr. President, is [student-loan forgiveness] unfair to people who paid their student loans or chose not to take out loans?
President Biden: Is it fair to people who in fact do not own a multibillion-dollar business if they see one of these guys getting all the tax breaks? Is that fair? What do you think?
We say: Ignore Biden’s butchered language, along with his testiness. The president Wednesday actually tried to compare his student-loan forgiveness (i.e., government handouts of up to $20,000 to college students to pay off loans at the expense of other Americans) to tax cuts (i.e., when the government agrees to swipe less of people’s hard-earned cash). It’s a clear sign of the perverted way Democrats think.
— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board