In case you missed it, Senate Democrats staged an all-night talkfest on Monday to promote higher taxes and increased government regulation to address the scientific theory known as “climate change.” Hopefully you did miss it, because most well adjusted people have better things to do than stay up all night watching a bunch of old white people talk about solar panels and wind turbines.
At least one person was paying close attention: liberal billionaire and reluctant democracy advocate Tom Steyer, who has pledged to spend $100 million backing Democrats who support aggressive government action to reduce carbon emissions. Democratic senators want Steyer’s money, they just don’t want anyone to think their stance on “climate change” is based on anything other than a genuine concern for Gaia. (You can tell how much they really care about the issue by the fact that, since taking the Senate in 2006, Democrats haven’t brought a single climate change bill to the floor for a vote.)
The Brookings Institution released a study last month on one of the Democratic Party’s favorite pet issues: income inequality. The study examined the major U.S. cities with the highest and lowest levels of inequality:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) launched another tirade against libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch on Tuesday over their maniacal efforts to “buy America.”
It was the latest salvo in the Democratic Party’s war against the septuagenarian brothers, both of whom are strong opponents of cancer. Reid had previously attacked the Kochs as “immoral and dishonest” and “about as un-American as anyone I can imagine.”
He’s not alone. Left-wing billionaire and reluctant democracy advocate Tom Steyer has mused that David Koch, a prostate cancer survivor who has donated more than $300 million to cancer research, will go down in history as a “famously evil person.”
Lacking a coherent agenda, unwilling or unable to defend their signature legislative achievement ahead of the midterm elections in November, Democrats have settled on a new, old strategy: Koch flogging.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), who seems more unhinged than usual lately as his Democratic majority appears increasingly at risk, has led the charge. Speaking on the Senate floor last week, Reid denounced the septuagenarian cancer-research donors Charles and David Koch as “about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.” We can think of few things more quintessentially American than an elected official using his bully pulpit to accuse private citizens of betraying their country.
My must read is “White House’s Hard Line on Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Has Risks Attached,” from the Wall Street Journal.
William Beavers, a Democrat former Cook County Commissioner, was sentenced to six months in prison on Wednesday for failing to pay taxes on tens of thousands of dollars he took out his campaign fund and used for gambling and personal expenses, according to the Chicago Tribune.