Victor Davis Hanson warns of elites using COVID crisis to enact unpopular globalist policies


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is holding a global event called the “New Economy Forum,” Laura Ingraham reported on Tuesday, as she warned of an attempt at a worldwide “reset” by elites to install what they see as a more equitable economic system internationally amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“As we meet, governments around the world or mobilizing trillions of dollars to address the economic effects of the pandemic. It’s an unprecedented opportunity not only to repair the damage, but also to address problems that existed before the pandemic hit,” Bloomberg said at the forum.

To that extent, Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson remarked that the forum and the policies discussed therein remind him of how former Obama White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once said “never let a crisis go to waste.”

Hanson said on “The Ingraham Angle,” that at the time, Emanuel was harshly criticized for the remarks, and that many of the top Democratic proposals at the time like ‘Cash for Clunkers’ and socialized medicine were highly unpopular.

“[T]hey had to push it on people under the guise of a crisis. Everyone thought, ‘That’s a deplorable thing to say’,” he said.

“Twelve years later, everyone from Justin Trudeau in Canada to Gavin Newsom in California, to Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg, they are proud of it. They are saying ‘we are going to use this crisis and pushed on your throat something that has no popular support’.”

Hanson said that part of the reason Joe Biden “stayed in his basement” was because his platform includes some of the ideas disseminated at Bloomberg’s forum and at the World Economic Forum.

“He didn’t campaign on these issues,” Hanson said. “That’s why Kamala Harris crashed in the primaries,” he said, adding that even Bloomberg was able to muster a primary win in American Samoa before he eventually ended his bid for the White House.

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“[Voters this election] were saying we don’t want open borders driving down American wages, we don’t care about the WTO and the W.H.O. And the UN, and we are going to honor the Constitution first, and we don’t think giving these endless concessions to China is going to make them democratic and a world partner — We are not going to deindustrialize the middle west, there’s no reason to do that. We want to save this trillion-dollar energy sector. It’s given us all this freedom in the Middle East. It’s given us jobs. And you know, you don’t have to reset anything.”

Hanson said the globalists suffered a setback when President Trump “recalibrated” the Republican Party and retooled the labor market in the working-class citizen’s favor.

This is a guy, Michael Bloomberg, who said ‘you drop a seed and it’s really easy to farm’. You put him on a tractor, he would crash into the wall,” Hanson said.

“He doesn’t know anything about the practical lives of millions of Americans. It’s pathetic. It really is.”



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Victor Davis Hanson argues Biden is being ‘held hostage’ by his own party


Presidential nominee Joe Biden is being held hostage by the Democrats as a political strategy, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson told “The Ingraham Angle.”

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Hanson said it seems  Biden is unable to speak freely on his own terms and that “screen image we see” during Zoom meetings is akin to “The Wizard of Oz.”

“It’s a false illusion. There’s somebody manipulating it,” he said.

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Hanson said the Biden campaign had to make a “calculated decision” that running a virtual campaign is a safer option than “letting him be out and be a regular candidate.”

Biden also has to walk a fine line when it comes to condemning police violence so he does not compromise his base, Hanson said.

Biden campaigns on the idea that America’s troubles, including protest violence, the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession will all “magically disappear” upon his election, Hanson said.

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“He may be right about that because I think a lot of the agents of that chaos and anarchy are subordinate,” Hanson said.



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Melbourne public housing tenant says Pauline Hanson stubby cooler sent during lockdown was ‘salt in the wound’


A Melbourne public housing tenant says it’s disappointing to learn One Nation stubby holders were sent to his locked-down estate just after Pauline Hanson labelled residents “drug addicts” on TV.

It’s been revealed Ms Hanson attempted to send the merchandise to residents of some of the towers after her appearance on breakfast television, in which she labelled them “drug addicts” and “alcoholics”.

At the height of the controversial hard lockdown of nine public housing towers in Melbourne, Senator Hanson made the comments on Channel Nine’s Today Show — which then cancelled her regular guest appearances.

Soon after, Ms Hanson posted residents of some of the towers a One Nation branded stubby holder, with the line “I’ve got the guts to say what you’re thinking” printed on the outside, along with a handwritten note saying, “No hard feelings”.

The 114 parcels were addressed “to the householder”, but never made it to the residents in the towers.

Tower resident Girmay Mengesha said it was a “disappointing” move by the Senator — but he was uncomfortable that an external party may have taken the decision to block the delivery.

It is understood the One Nation stubby cooler was sent to 114 residents in Melbourne’s locked down towers.(One Nation)

“I don’t believe anyone would have read that stubby holder, or used that stubby holder. Personally I would have thrown it in the bin,” he said.

“It feels like salt in the wound, because it’s not an apology,” Mr Mengesha said.

“It was disappointing. It’s not what I expect from our politicians, especially during a crisis.”

The ABC contacted Senator Hanson’s office for comment, but was referred to a tweet where Ms Hanson labelled it “a storm in a stubby cooler”.

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Complaint lodged with AFP over Pauline Hanson stubby holders

The Age newspaper has today printed parts of an email from Australia Post lawyer Nick Macdonald to City of Melbourne CEO Justin Hanney, sent on Saturday, July 11.

In it, Mr Macdonald raises concerns the parcels are “being withheld from the addressees”.

“We understand that the Parcels were properly delivered by Australia Post on Thursday morning, in accordance with the arrangements in place under lock down restrictions.

“Specifically, the Parcels were delivered to the Command Post Foyer at the building, after Australia Post staff received a clear assurance that the Parcels would then be promptly distributed by Command Post staff to the addressees.

“Please confirm by 4pm today that the Parcels have been distributed to the Addressees.

“If we do not receive confirmation, we will consider what further steps are necessary to deal with this situation — including whether it is appropriate to notify the Police or other relevant authorities.”

In a statement today, Australia Post said it delivered the parcels to the site control centre, which was being run by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the City of Melbourne, and raised the issue when they weren’t delivered.

“Upon subsequently being made aware that the items did not reach their ultimate destination, we raised it with the City of Melbourne and engaged with the sender in good faith to resolve the matter,” the statement said.

Mr Hanney said in a statement that the council consulted with Australia Post and lodged a complaint with the Australian Federal Police to investigate whether the generically addressed, identical parcels breached the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

Mr Hanney said that once the City of Melbourne stopped being responsible for deliveries to the estate it requested Australia Post collect the parcels, and withdrew its complaint to the AFP.

The ABC understands that on advice from community leaders a decision was made not to hand out the stubby holders in the towers.

It is understood the gift was viewed as culturally insensitive and would have inflamed an already volatile situation.

The ABC has been told that providing medical supplies, appropriate food and goods to support the residents during the lockdown was given priority.



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Pauline Hanson looms as key vote if government tries changing super guarantee


Senator Hanson said “our whole superannuation has been an absolute mess” but that she had not made a decision about the superannuation guarantee, as she had yet to speak to unions and other interest groups.

She said she was concerned workers needed cash in their pockets during the coronavirus recession.

“It’s really the lowest income workers doing it tough … [and] have the cost of living rising,” she said.

The now-independent senator Rex Patrick said his position was the legislation to raise the super guarantee should not be changed because other things could be done to stimulate the economy.

“If the government wanted to delay they would have the burden of convincing me that is the proper course of action,” Senator Patrick said.

The discussion of a potential legislation change has attracted a sharp response from the superannuation sector and Labor.

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued a scathing rebuke to the claim a 0.5 per cent annual increase in super contributions could cause stagnant wages for five years, saying it was a “bullsh*t argument” and the Liberal party “hate the very idea of union super funds”.

“This is just a fear campaign, again designed to deprive working families of their retirement income,” he said.

Superannuation giants are also warning investments in Australia’s economic recovery will be curtailed if the super guarantee increase does not go ahead as planned.

The trustee for $45 billion fund Hostplus, Tim Lyons, said there was no doubt freezing the rise would curtail the sector’s spending.

“Less cash means less investment full stop. That’s the bottom line,” Mr Lyons said. “It’s them looking to exploit the crisis while people are looking the other way.”

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has previously called for more retirement money to be invested in major infrastructure projects to help boost jobs and help the country recover from the crisis.

IFM chief executive David Neal said it was self-evident that lower contributions would have a knock-on effect to the fund. “That will mean less investment firepower for super funds to put into the economy in the years ahead,” he said.

But Senator Hume is not convinced the sector would stop investing, saying major super-backed fund IFM Investors had not had any issues spending billions on infrastructure projects.

“It [the 9.5 per cent rate] certainly hasn’t hindered their participation in the past … I have no doubt they’ll continue to in the future,” Senator Hume said.

She further criticised some parts of the sector for being opposed to change, describing the superannuation system as “inefficient” with costs that are too high, inappropriately applied insurances and too many underperforming funds.

“The industry itself should have buy-in to making it the most efficient system we can possibly have,” she said.

IFM Investors chairman Greg Combet is among those who has warned without policy stability the superannuation sector will find it harder to help with Australia’s economic recovery.Credit:Rhett Wyman

The chair of lobby group Industry Super Australia, Greg Combet, said increased contributions to super would stimulate the economy. Mr Combet, who is also chairman of IFM, has repeatedly called for policy stability to ensure super funds could invest for the long-term.

“[More super] puts liquidity in the financial system, a lot of it finds its way into the ASX to help support the capitalisation of Australian companies,” he said.

“It aids in debt finance, it aids in commercial property development, it aids economic activity in infrastructure development. I would’ve thought that’s a good thing.”

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“It’s definitely the case increasing contributions will assist the economy as well as being in members’ interests.”

However, $48 billion fund Rest Super chief executive Vicki Doyle said a super guarantee freeze would not limit the fund’s ability to invest in projects but would further the gender pay gap in super that had already been exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.

Before the pandemic, male members at the fund had balances 26 per cent higher than women’s. This has grown to 34 per cent.

“The super guarantee increase could be the only way for our members, particularly women, to make up those super balances because they’re not going to get it in wage growth,” she said.

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Many of Rest’s members are in the retail sector, one of the industries most affected by pandemic-related employment losses, and the fund has paid out the third most – more than $2.8 billion – in early release withdrawals.

The federal government extended the emergency scheme to remain open until the end of the year and Ms Doyle said any further extension would have a greater impact on the sector’s ability to invest in economic recovery than the super guarantee freeze.

“Clearly we needed it for this extraordinary circumstances, but if that became embedded in policy mix for the next year or forever more, we would have to have a much shorter term investment horizon,” she said.

“That would impact our ability to invest in things like infrastructure, property, agriculture and all those investments.”

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Byelection fake news, more Pauline Hanson bile


Conservative lawyers rally for Heydon, when conspiracies and phony news abound in Eden-Monaro. Additionally other recommendations and murmurs from the Crikey bunker.

Attorneys for Heydon Findings of sexual harassment in opposition to former Significant Court docket judge Dyson Heydon have unleashed a significantly-desired wave by the lawful profession. But a couple of archly conservative attorneys are digging their heels in.

Battling the woke mob is a brave nameless barrister, who wrote in very last week’s Spectator that the allegations towards Heydon are “low-stage sexual harassment,” and that “we are not dealing with an alleged crime”. (ACT police are investigating Heydon).

Our brave correspondent then indicates bias could possibly have sullied the Significant Court’s impartial investigation since Heydon was on lousy conditions with current chief justice Susan Kiefel.





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Victoria’s COVID spike gives Qld more reason to keep borders closed: Hanson


Victoria’s COVID spike gives Qld more reason to keep borders closed: Hanson

Victoria’s recent COVID-19 spike is playing into Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s hands in the lead up to the state’s October election, according to One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.

Victoria has recently experienced a spike in coronavirus cases with the state recording over 100 current active cases of the virus, forcing the premier to hold off on planned easing of lockdown restrictions.

“What’s happening in Victoria is of course giving Annastacia Palaszczuk more reason to keep the borders closed,” Ms Hanson told Sky News.

Given Queensland’s border closure is costing upwards of $140 million a week as long as they remain closed, the government is destroying industry and jobs according to Ms Hanson.

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