Border Watch: Biden Is Deterioration ‘Root causes’
“Critics with regional expertise say the policies of the Biden administration. . . have severely worsened “poverty, crime and political instability in Mexico and the Southern Triangle – his administration’s so-called “root causes” of immigration, reports James Varney of RealClearInvestigations. How? “The torrent of people traveling through the region delivered billions of dollars into the coffers of smuggling rings and drug cartels.” Reports also suggest that “more than two-thirds of those who made the journey had been victimized by criminals and almost a third of the women had been sexually assaulted”. That’s why an expert considers the increase in trafficking to be something close to an international crime and puts “a lot of blood on the hands” of the team Biden “for deliberately opening the southern border”.
Iconoclast: the “pro-democracy” swamp of the Democrats
The message from the Democrats – that only one party in this election is committed to democracy (theirs), and therefore there is only one real choice – “doesn’t make sense”, even if you reject their agenda and their record on issues like inflation, crime and immigration, Josh Barro fumes on Very Serious. This message “is tantamount to telling voters that they have already lost their democracy”, and if you insist to voters, they “have no choice but you, you better make yourself an acceptable choice – otherwise, they might challenge you and choose you claimed was unthinkable. Yet “the Democrats didn’t govern” that way. So: “You can see [Dems’] actions that they’re not really serious about the arguments they’re making now, and I for one am tired of dishonest talk.
Libertarian: The GOP Should Rule Like Adults
If the Republicans win the House and the Senate, they will face “enormous challenges”: recession, inflation, debt and deficits “as far as the eye can see” – and much more, warns Véronique de Rugy at Reason. How can they approach them? First, make inflation a “top priority”: Congress and the White House “must cut government spending,” Republicans avoiding “bloated, family-friendly programs” like child tax credits and paid time off – which studies show “makes life stronger for families.” They must also resist the urge to “pressure [Federal Reserve] President Jerome Powell to stop raising interest rates. Oh, and “govern like grown-ups” — and don’t seek “revenge” by launching investigations against Democratic enemies. “Investigating the Dems is not at the top of most voters’ minds this election season.”
From right: Government agencies have failed Paul Pelosi
President Biden’s description of the assault on President Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, “ignores the myriad ways in which government agencies with a responsibility to prevent, deter, or quickly respond to crimes like this have failed in their duties”, indignant Jim of National Review. Geraghty. The intruder who “attacked Paul Pelosi has overstayed his visa and resided illegally in the United States for many years.” Pelosi might have been spared the assault ‘if there had been better immigration enforcement’, if her attacker had ‘been deported to Canada years ago’, if the city and the state had better “responded to people with serious mental health issues” and whether the United States Capitol police had “monitored lifeguards.” Government agencies have clearly “failed in their responsibility to protect the public”.
A look at elex: Blake Masters’ final sprint
“With less than a week until Election Day,” notes Selena Zito of the Washington Examiner, “Blake Masters, a 36-year-old venture capitalist turned candidate,” has gone from a long shot at best to the sidelines of mistake” against the incumbent. Democratic Senator Mark Kelly in Arizona. Why? “Democrats’ failure to recognize earlier how angry voters are with the economy, crime and the border.” Plus, his age: “I’m a whole generation behind and I really know what it’s like to raise a family in today’s conditions,” notes Masters. Zito adds that Masters has now joined “dynamo” gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake “on the stump,” and that helps his numbers. The race is therefore being closely watched: “If he overturns this seat, Masters will almost certainly enter a Republican majority in the upper house.”
– Compiled by the Editorial Board of The Post