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October 15, 2020

Confirm Amy Coney Barrett 🧑‍⚖️

Judge Amy Coney Barrett spent the last three days answering questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee. We liked what we heard, and here’s why.

Judge Barrett’s judicial philosophy is as good as it gets. She made clear many times that she will interpret the Constitution as written, not how she wishes it was written. In her own words: “Judges can’t just wake up one day and say ‘I have an agenda’ [and] walk in like a royal queen and impose their will on the world.” She also repeatedly expressed her “belief in the rule of law.”

On the other hand, the hearings proved that Democrats want Supreme Court justices to advance a specific agenda. They made clear that the ideal justice will support every liberal policy goal — on health care, the Second Amendment, you name it. But that’s not the job of unelected justices on the Supreme Court. That’s the job of elected lawmakers in Congress.

Based on the evidence, Judge Barrett deserves to become Justice Barrett. The Senate Judiciary Committee should approve her nomination quickly — and the Senate itself should confirm her before the month is out.

→ Read more: Judge Barrett says she wouldn’t rule like a “royal queen” (New York Post)

→ Read more: Who’s afraid of Amy Coney Barrett (Wall Street Journal)


The California Exodus 

Why are so many families and companies leaving the Golden State? The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many to pack their bags and head for greener pastures. One big reason is surely the state’s far-left policies, which are making it less and less affordable to live there.

California’s high-tax, high-regulation, high-cost approach is failing the state’s residents. The proof: California has the highest poverty rate among the states (over 17%) and some of the fastest-rising income inequality in the country. A study from before the pandemic showed that one in three families struggled to pay their bills. 

Thousands of businesses have left in recent years, and early signs show that big cities like San Francisco have lost huge numbers of residents this year already.

Where are Californians going? In a lot of cases, they’re leaving that blue state for red states where taxes are lower, the cost of living is better, and opportunity is rising. They’re voting with their feet — and that vote is in favor of places with conservative policies.

→ Read more: Kamala Harris’ America (City Journal)

→ Read more: San Francisco tax revenue plunge points to resident exodus (Fox News)