Consider Europe’s energy nightmare, Biden’s contractor crackdown and other commentary

Libertarian: Consider Europe’s Energy Nightmare

For a glimpse of the impact of the Green New Deal, look to Europe: its “energy experiment” could claim “several hundred thousand deaths” this winter, warns Kristin Tate on The Hill, as efforts to replace “the traditional energy from green sources have been disastrous”. A similar shift in the United States to “unreliable and expensive green energy sources” or a ban on fracking threatens “comparable results.” Indeed, only the Democrats’ failure to completely ban fracking has kept our economy “afloat,” but energy shortages are already “harming” average Americans. ‘The deadly winter coming to Europe should serve as a wake-up call’: ‘Four more years of Joe Biden or Kamala Harris’ could bring us the same cold and death that Europe faces ‘in a not too distant future”.

Conservative: Crackdown on Biden Entrepreneurs

In “a gift to unions,” thunders Steven Malanga of the City Journal, Biden’s labor department aims to “refine the definition of an independent contractor similar to California’s controversial AB5 law.” It “would disrupt employment policies and practices across a wide range of businesses nationwide, just as it happened in the Golden State, where freelancers lost their jobs because companies couldn’t cannot afford to employ them full time. Last month, Cali’s “70,000 owner-operator truckers” “closed the Port of Oakland in protest.” The Teamsters Union hopes to “gain thousands of new members if the state’s independent truckers are forced into full-time work,” but “many carriers would rather leave the state or leave the business” because they “enjoy their actual status “.

A look at Elex: Democrats haven’t changed the game yet

“There’s good reason to doubt that Joe Biden’s recent string of good news will do much for midterm Democrats,” National Review’s Jim Geraghty said. Yes, the GOP is fielding “seriously below-average Senate and gubernatorial candidates.” But “a few rounds of good news” won’t “change the fundamental policy environment” of “runaway inflation, persistently high food prices, and gasoline prices…still high by historical standards. So, “over 71% of Americans” think “the country is on the wrong track,” a sign that “the ruling party just isn’t going to have a good year.” Despite “Team Biden . . . doing a dance hit” on “allegedly zero inflation” and “lower gas prices”, “economic life has not transformed over the past month”.

Health watch: Arizona extends the “right to try”

By expanding existing state law “to include personalized medicine,” Gov. Doug Ducey’s Arizona just took a big step forward in “allowing terminally ill patients access to promising treatments that don’t have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration,” notes Reason’s JD Tuccille. . Cutting-edge medicine aims to “treat conditions as they arise in individual patients and not in populations”, which “the old regulatory system is not really designed to address”. An Arizona family had to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to move to Italy to successfully treat their toddler for a rare and deadly degenerative disease that doomed his older sister. Critics call for “limiting the FDA and other regulatory agencies, if allowed to play a role, to informational certification” that “patients and physicians could follow or ignore.”

From right: Dems’ ‘dangerous’ IRS move

Beware of “nearly 87,000 new IRS agents, with 14 times more resources devoted to ‘enforcing'” the Inflation Reduction Act, says Quin Hillyer of the Washington Examiner. Yes, the media “plays down concerns about armed officers.” But “79 of the IRS’ 459 long-gun cadre special agents ‘did not meet standard qualification requirements'” and an “IG report said the IRS’s firearms training “IRS was so lax that officers fired their guns more often by accident than on purpose.” Don’t forget the “armed IRS raids on business owners” who “turned their businesses upside down” even though “no violations were found.” With “about double the total number of IRS agents.” . . abusive incidents in general will surely increase. So “the new law is worse than unacceptable – it is downright dangerous”.