What Newt’s Reading | July 17, 2020

What Newt’s Reading

The Lincoln Project’s leaders are aligned with Democratic values on trade, immigration, and the Internet. At the same time, they overlook values on taxes, climate change, and religious liberty. So, let’s call them what they truly are: Democrats. – Newt

Never Trumpers Are Democrats in Republican Clothing
By Henry Olsen
Washington Post

The Lincoln Project has established itself as the political arm of the “Never Trump” Republicans. It’s also comprised of Democrats in Republican clothing. The project’s newest television ad, for example, names 15 Republican senators whom voters should oppose, including 13 up for re-election, because they back President Trump on matters such as impeachment. And yet, nearly all Republicans approve of the president’s job performance and opposed impeachment. Moreover, these senators have passed legislation supporting core Republican beliefs and confirmed hundreds of conservative judges. “Apparently voting for Republican ideas and backing a Republican president no longer qualifies one as a good Republican in the Lincoln Project’s eyes.” The project’s leaders clearly align more with Democratic values on a range of issues.

It is beyond naive for AOC to blame the increase in NYC violence on the NYPD and economic hardship. She is part of the growing list of NYC’s failed leaders who are too self-absorbed to provide for their citizens’ safety and security. – Newt

AOC’s Dishonest, Callous Answer to NYC’s Surging Street Violence
By The Editorial Board
New York Post

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) reaction to the surge of violence in New York City is “dishonest, callous, and naive.” At a recent town hall, Ocasio-Cortez seemed to justify the spike in crime, saying people are struggling to pay rent and don’t have money to feed their children so they “either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.” But petit larcenies like shoplifting are down this year. Murders, meanwhile, are up 23 percent, and the number of shooting victims is up 70.4 percent. These killings are related to gangs, drugs, and guns, not the motivations that Ocasio-Cortez described. The congresswoman also argued that giving more money to the police doesn’t help, while this surge in violent crime is happening as the City Council pushes to take $1 billion out of the NYPD’s budget. “To AOC, when crime is down, the NYPD is overly harsh. When crime is up, it’s the department’s fault.” She seems to think more social workers and more money for schools will erase crime when New York City spends “more for education and welfare than almost anywhere in the nation.”

Unbelievably tragic: An Indianapolis mother was shot dead after allegedly saying “All Lives Matter.” – Newt

Jessica Whitaker, Mother of One, Shot Dead After Saying ‘All Lives Matter’
By Allum Bokhari

Jessica Whitaker, a 24-year-old mother of one, was with friends in Indianapolis in the early hours of July 5, after an Independence Day celebration. A confrontation occurred between Whitaker’s group and a group of Black Lives Matter supporters. According to Whitaker’s fiancee, Jose Ramirez, the groups had a brief argument during which one of the Black Lives Matter supporters said, “Black lives matter.” Someone in Whitaker’s group, possibly Whitaker herself, supposedly responded, “All lives matter.” Whitaker’s father said the Black Lives Matter group “brandished guns during the confrontation, prompting Ramirez to do the same.” The situation eventually de-escalated, and both groups left. But Ramirez said the Black Lives Matter supporters “later ambushed their group under a nearby bridge, shooting Whitaker dead.” Her killers are still at large.

The White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, along with Apple, Ad Council, and IBM, are rolling out a campaign to help Americans find job training, including virtual learning, as more Americans face unemployment during the pandemic. – Newt

White House Partners With Apple, IBM to Encourage Americans to Think Outside 4-Year Degrees
By Evie Fordham
Fox Business

The White House is joining forces with Apple, Ad Council, IBM, and other businesses for a campaign to help Americans find job training, including through virtual learning, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign is the result of work by the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which presidential adviser Ivanka Trump co-chairs. “The website FindSomethingNew.com and its related ad campaign encourage Americans to think outside of four-year universities for improving their career opportunities.”

An investigation by Fox35 in Orlando reports significant errors in COVID testing by Florida labs. – Newt

Florida Department of Health Says Some Labs Have Not Reported Negative COVID-19 Results
By Robert Guaderrama
Fox35 Orlando

Fox35 noticed errors in Florida’s report on positivity rates for the coronavirus. In response, the Florida Department of Health said that some labs have not been reporting negative test result data to the state. “Countless labs have reported a 100 percent positivity rate, which means every single person tested was positive. Other labs had very high positivity rates.” In many cases, these figures are simply not true. For example, the report showed that Orlando Health had a 98 percent positivity rate. In reality, the hospital’s positivity rate was only 9.4 percent. To cite another example, the report showed that Orlando Veterans Medical Center had a positivity rate of 76 percent, but the center’s actual rate was six percent.