- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden has tried very hard in recent weeks to MAGA-fy his campaign by playing off President Trump’s enormously successful “Make America Great Again” motto — universally recognized by the acronym “MAGA,” now emblazoned on a million red baseball caps, this according to a recent advisory from Mr. Trump’s campaign.

Mr. Biden seeks to follow suit. He has already tried out the phrase “Make America Moral Again,” which translated into the not-so-handy “MAMA.” Now he is auditioning “Make America Normal Again,” which is “MANA,” also not so handy.

So what’s next? Should Mr. Biden go the impeachment route as a campaign theme? Maybe not. David Marcus, New York correspondent for The Federalist, has a warning for Mr. Biden, should he push the impeachment of Mr. Trump — a difficult process which could actually do harm.

“Biden is running a campaign based on normalcy. He is counting on the idea that the American people are fatigued by the swirling scandals and often-brutish behavior of President Trump. He’s not offering Green New Deals, he’s not telling voters that America was never all that great, he’s not apologizing for his past. He is offering to get things back to normal. Having to run in the face of an impeachment proceeding against Trump does not serve that message,” writes Mr. Marcus.

“Impeachment takes more away from his message than it adds,” the analyst notes.



FOX NEWS AND THE DEMOCRATS

It was inevitable. There is comprehensive poll gauging public reaction to Fox News town halls for Democratic presidential candidates — even though the Democratic National Committee has barred Fox News from covering its upcoming presidential debates.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that 61% of all voters says it’s appropriate for the network to host a town hall for a Democratic hopeful; so far, Sens. Bernard Sanders and Amy Klobuchar plus Pete Buttigieg have all stepped on the Fox News stage and earned some very respectable ratings.

The poll revealed some uncommon agreement about the issue: 59% of Republican voters, 58% of independent voters and 64% of Democratic voters agree that the network’s decision to invite the Democrats was A-OK. Just 15% overall said the Fox News town halls are inappropriate; that includes 18% of the Republicans, 12% of independents and 17% of the Democrats.

And about those ratings. They are more than respectable; they are valuable. The Fox News town hall with Mr. Buttigieg on Sunday drew 1.1 million viewers. When CNN hosted Mr. Buttigieg for a town hall on March 10, the program drew 545,000 viewers.

TAX-FREE

Foreign-born workers send $150 billion a year outside the United States, says a new study published by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a nonpartisan public interest group. Such remittances are generally not subjected to international money transfer taxes, or sales and excise taxes.

“Illegal aliens alone remit more than $28 billion annually. This $150 billion represents a direct loss to our economy, siphoning off valuable capital and reducing government revenues,” the nonprofit said in their study, which is based on an analysis of current U.S. Census and World Bank data.

In contrast, Americans residing abroad only sent home $6.5 billion in 2017.

Many nations rely heavily on these U.S. remittances, which make up 10% or more of the total GDP in 35 countries, the research said. Mexico is the biggest beneficiary of U.S. remittance transfers, receiving over $30 billion in 2017.

Dan Stein, president of the group, says the study’s findings “expose one of the least-discussed aspects of U.S. immigration policy.”

“The nation’s generous and lax immigration policies have led billions of dollars to flow out of our economy untaxed, which is a disservice to Americans,” Mr. Stein says. “At a time when our country urgently needs tax revenue to improve physical and societal infrastructure programs, it’s imperative to address this drain on our resources immediately.”

A BOOK FOR DON JR.

On the radar: Center Street Books advises that it will publish a book by Donald Trump Jr.

“I look forward to expressing my observations and opinions about this significant time in American history, the great achievements of my father’s administration, the great people across this country who support him, and those who oppose him,” Mr. Trump says.

Center Street Books is the conservative imprint of Hachette Book Group and counts Michael Savage, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Newt Gingrich and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise among its authors.

“We are very excited to be publishing Donald Trump Jr., a powerful and engaging voice for Trump’s America and Americans. Not afraid to tell it like he sees it, Donald has millions of followers who respond to his message, and he promises to be a one-of-a-kind author,” says publisher Rolf Zettersten.

TIME SPENT WITH THE USS NEW YORK

Programming of note on Fox News: Morning staple “Fox & Friends” will broadcast live from the deck of the USS New York on Thursday, which is docked on the Hudson River.

This 684-foot-long vessel — a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock — incorporates 6.8 tons of steel that was recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. That steel is now in the bow of the ship, which was delivered to the U.S. Navy a decade ago.

Co-hosts Brian Kilmeade, Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy are on hand to honor Fleet Week in New York City; guests including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, a Medal of Honor recipient; retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold, commanding officer of the USS Cole; and the aforementioned Donald Trump Jr. The three-hour program gets under way at 6 a.m. EDT.

POLL DU JOUR

11% of U.S. voters say abortion should be “illegal in all circumstances”; 20% of Republicans, 7% of independents and 6% of Democrats agree.

31% of U.S. voters say abortion should be illegal in most circumstances “except in cases of rape, incest or if mother’s life is at risk”; 45% of Republicans, 31% of independents and 19% of Democrats agree.

25% overall say abortion should be legal in most circumstances “except for when the fetus is viable outside of the womb”; 16% of Republicans, 27% of independents and 32% of Democrats agree.

22% overall say abortion should be “legal in all circumstances”; 9% of Republicans, 20% of independents and 34% of Democrats agree.

11% overall have no opinion; 9% of Republicans, 15% of independents and 8% of Democrats agree.

Source: A Politico/Morning Consult poll of 1,995 registered U.S. voters conducted May 17-19.

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