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Libertarian: Biden’s Bogus Anti-Inflation Drive
Team Biden’s “call for antitrust action against business” to fight rising prices is “rich coming from officials who are largely at fault for inflation as well as for the industrial concentration they criticize,” explains Reason’s J.D. Tuccille. Tuccille. If collusion was taking place, the federal government was part of the scheme.” The true inflation driver is the new trillions of dollars in federal debt that was created to provide COVID relief. What about “avoiding another fiscal helicopter drop” of cash made from thin air?
Foreign Desk: Beijing Attacks Supply Chains
“Beijing has developed a reputation for blocking imports from countries it wants to punish,” Elisabeth Braw notes at The Wall Street Journal. Its latest attack on Lithuania, which “recently allowed Taiwan to open an office in Vilnius,” is a step beyond that. The Wall Street Journal notes that Beijing holds up any parts that are from Lithuania. The Chinese attack on global supply chain’s goods has caused revenues to drop, but if the German automotive industry can’t protect itself against capricious revenge, China-heavy operations will simply be too risky. That will cause revenues to drop, but if even the German automotive industry can’t protect itself against capricious revenge, China-heavy operations will simply be too risky.”
From the right: Does the emergency ever end?
Libby Emmons at The Post Millennial cites Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s question on President Biden’s vaccine mandate: “So when does the emergency end?” Emmons points out: “The emergency temporary standard claimed by Biden and OSHA was not enacted at the outset of the emergency, or even a year into that emergency, or even as soon as Biden stepped into the White House and began issuing executive orders overturning every Trump order he could think of. The emergency was claimed nine months after that, by which time the emergency wasn’t the pandemic, but the refusal of many Americans to take the vaccine.” Indeed, the emergency now “is not the pandemic, but executive power.”
Conservative: Supreme Court Jesters
A “comment from Justice Sonia Sotomayor raised eyebrows across the country,” snarks Grace Curley at The Boston Herald about last week’s high-court hearing on the Biden employer vaccine mandate. “We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, many on ventilators,” Sotomayor declared. As Curley notes, that’s “patently untrue,” and people “were stunned