- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Step aside now. Bill Nye, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg and Ban Ki Moon are all in the same place on Thursday, and they are in full activist mode. Yes, the “Science Guy,” a former vice president and New York City mayor, plus the secretary-general of the United Nations will gather Thursday at a historic hotel six blocks from the White House for much anxious ado about global warming. Welcome to the two-day Climate Action 2016 Summit. The mission: “The national governments that have signed on to the Paris Agreement will need the support of international organizations, the private sector and civil society, and Climate Action 2016 will provide the forum for demonstrating actions currently underway.”

Organizers predict “high level engagement with global luminaries.” Mr. Bloomberg, in fact, has a new title, which is “U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.” Mr. Gore plans to deliver a speech titled “A Convenient Truth” while Mr. Nye will appear onstage with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy for a forum titled “Can the U.S. deliver?”

There is a huge cast of on hand, including Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Ed Markey; former presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley, Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture; Shaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget; Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group and District Mayor Muriel Bowser.

They are a conscientious bunch.

“Significant efforts have been made to ensure that Climate Action 2016 is a sustainable event,” the group advises. “The stage set is constructed from Forest Stewardship Council certified domestic oak, and most signage is printed on recycled cardboard core substrates. Table centerpieces are potted herbs that will be donated to D.C. public school gardens following the event. Local vendors and food are utilized whenever possible.”

ALAS, MR. CRUZ


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“The Cruz campaign attempt to coalesce the #NeverTrump movement around their candidate #NeverHappened. In hindsight, the attempt to position him as the establishment alternative may not have been the wisest move,” says Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

The independent and outspoken Sen. Ted Cruz shifted focus, his campaign became “the establishment’s last hope to deny Donald Trump the party’s nomination,” Mr. Murray continues. “In retrospect, Cruz’s pivot to being the face of the establishment was a mistake. Cruz ceded the outsider mantle to Trump at the very same time the Republican base’s desire for an outsider grew.”

YES, WOMEN ARE FOR TRUMP

An emotionally charged media narrative insists that American women hate Donald Trump. That is not so, says conservative columnist Kristin Tate.

Hillary Clinton shouldn’t take for granted that she’ll automatically receive the woman vote,” says Ms. Tate. “Clinton is a weak candidate: she is unlikable, has the FBI on her trail, and reeks of entrenchment. Trump can take the woman vote if he focuses on the issues that women care about most: prosperity, jobs, immigration, and security. This idea that women only care about abortion is absurd and insulting.”

Ms. Tate is author of “Government Gone Wild: How D.C. Politicians Are Taking You for a Ride — and What You Can Do About It,” from Center Street Books, which also publishes Dana Loesch, Bret Baier, Michael Savage, and Jim DeMint, among others.

SHALOM, MR. TRUMP

There is a din of protest against the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, and it’s coming from all directions, and both sides of the aisle. One group, however, appears to be in Mr. Trump’s corner.

“The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulates Donald Trump on being the presumptive Presidential nominee of the Republican Party. Throughout the course of this long campaign among Republicans there has been unity in the belief that Hillary Clinton is the worst possible choice for a commander in chief,” says David Flaum, chairman of the group, who is leery of Mrs. Clinton’s policies and vows that his organization will be active in the presidential race, along with critical House and Senate races.

“It is critical that majorities be preserved. To do this we must remember our core principles: peace through strength, unwavering support for Israel and robust American leadership at home and abroad,” Mr. Flaum adds.

THE COST OF COMPLYING

“Regulations cost more than the federal income tax,” says an extensive new study from the nonprofit Competitive Enterprise Institute which reveals that the costs of complying with stifling new federal regulations hit $1.88 trillion — higher than the individual and corporate income tax burden of $1.82 trillion. “It’s a huge hidden tax that amounts to about $15,000 per U.S. household each year,” the study noted.

The causes are specific. In 2015, 114 laws were enacted by Congress and another 3,410 rules were issued by 60 federal agencies.

“The federal government has become very savvy in hiding costs by expanding their reach beyond taxes into regulations,” says lead author Wayne Crews. “Unfortunately, regulatory costs get little attention in policy debates, because unlike taxes, they are difficult to quantify because they are un-budgeted and often indirect. But the impacts of burdensome regulations are very real and increase costs for consumers and businesses, limiting productivity and a thriving free market.”

POLL DU JOUR

54 percent of voters overall say they are likely to vote for Hillary Clinton; 12 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 94 percent of Democrats agree.

51 percent of that group say their vote expresses opposition to Donald Trump; 48 percent it is for the “chosen candidate.”

41 percent of voters overall say they are likely to vote for Donald Trump; 84 percent of Republicans, 40 percent of independents and 5 percent of Democrats agree.

57 percent of that group say their vote expresses opposition to Hillary Clinton; 43 percent it is for the “chosen candidate.”

5 percent overall will vote for another candidate, or neither candidate”; 3 percent of Republicans, 7 percent of independents and 1 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A CNN/ORC poll of 890 registered U.S. voters conducted April 28- May 1.

Hoots, hollers, inquiries to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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