Biden’s First Veto Mandates Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing Of Our Retirement Savings

Biden vetoed a bill that would have stopped your retirement savings being used to fund political woke activism. We are being forced to fund our own destruction.

By what right does the government command our retirement money to fund their lunacy?

Biden issues first veto of his presidency over influence from ‘MAGA Republicans’

By Anders Hagstrom | Fox News

President Joe Biden vetoed a bill for the first time in his presidency on Monday, arguing that the legislation was overly influenced by “MAGA Republicans.”

The Republican-led legislation prevented Biden’s administration from taking environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into account when making investment decisions. GOP lawmakers argue ESG is a measure of a corporation’s loyalty to “woke” cultural movements and should not be taken into account.

“I just vetoed my first bill. This bill would risk your retirement savings by making it illegal to consider risk factors MAGA House Republicans don’t like. Your plan manager should be able to protect your hard-earned savings — whether Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene likes it or not,” Biden announced in a Monday tweet.

The bill specifically ended enforcement of a new Labor Department rule that urged private retirement plan fiduciaries to consider ESG in their investment decisions.

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VIDEO: ‘It’s Not Over’ — Tucker Carlson Blasts DOJ For Further Setting Its Sights On Trump Voters

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Tuesday that the Department of Justice was not just after former President Donald Trump, but also those who voted for him.

“In Manhattan tomorrow, what will certainly be an overwhelmingly liberal grand jury will meet and unless something unexpected happens, Democrats will have taken the unprecedented step of using a corrupt justice system to take out the front-runner in the Republican presidential field in a presidential race. And if that happens, America will never be the same,” Carlson, a co-founder of the Daily Caller and Daily Caller News Foundation, said in his show’s opening monologue.

“A thousand people have already been arrested and most of them did what Jacob Chansley did. They walked through what we used to call the People’s House, some of them are still in prison tonight,” Carlson said.  “So you assume that ugly story was over, at least the law enforcement component of that, but no, it’s not over, it’s just getting started. The Biden administration has identified 1,000 additional Trump voters for non-crimes that they claim took place on Jan. 6, mostly walking, as Jacob Chansley did. In recent months, according to a story in The Washington Post, U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves, a willing tool of the Biden administration, has written to court officials alerting them that an additional 700 to 1200 people may be charged in relation to Jan. 6.”

Graves sent the letter to Chief Judge Beryl Howell Oct. 28, according to Bloomberg News, a caseload that reportedly caused both logistical and security issues for the federal court in the District of Columbia.

Trump predicted he would be arrested this coming Tuesday in a Saturday morning post on Truth Social. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg planned a meeting with law enforcement to coordinate the arrest, according to Fox News.


“You’ve got to hope that for the sake of the country, the Biden White House, which will be running against Trump, will put the country above partisanship and stop this. Merrick Garland at DoJ will issue every public statement saying that this is wrong, which it is, and therefore preserve for our grandchildren our justice system,” Carlson said. “As of tonight, it doesn’t seem to be happening. In fact, as of tonight, it’s not just Trump, who is the target of this. It’s Trump’s voters.”

Carlson also re-aired video of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building that he’d previously aired March 6, which showed Capitol Police officers escorting one protestor, Jacob Chansley, also known as the “QAnon shaman,” through the halls of the building.

Carlson noted that one federal prosecutor said on “60 Minutes” that they wanted to use “shock and awe” to prevent trouble during President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

“Isn’t that how you treat ISIS? These are Americans you’re talking about, pal,” Carlson said. “That man, in a free country, would have no power whatsoever over citizens, instead he is launching a new war on terror against people who vote differently from him.”

“This is bigger than Donald Trump and it has been for a long time and now it has escalated,” Carlson added, before calling out Republican senators who criticized him over airing the Jan. 6 footage.




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Why Are There No EV Charging Stations at Interstate Rest Stops? Blame the Feds!

Joe Biden’s $5 billion funding plan for electric vehicles failed to allow rest stops to offer charging stations, an Atlanta news station discovered.

When Georgia resident Anita Jefferson pulls her Tesla out of her garage each morning, she knows it’s fully charged and ready to go. But she told a local reporter her confidence disappears when she hits the interstate. Charging stations seem few and far between, even at places where you’d expect them to be, like rest stops.

“The one place you would want to travel and stop would be a state rest stop,” Jefferson told an Atlanta news station. “I want to get an answer as to why they’re not there.”

Jefferson got her answer from WXIA-TV Atlanta’s Verify team: There are no charging stations at rest stops because they are prohibited under a federal law—one that stretches all the way back to the Eisenhower administration.

In 1956, Ike signed into law a bill—the Federal-Aid Highway Act—that paved the way (pun intended) for the interstate highway system, which included rest areas at convenient locations.

While there were numerous problems with the legislation, a relatively minor one was that it created strict limits on what could be sold at these rest stops. Today, federal law limits commercial sales to only a few items (including lottery tickets), the Verify team found. When President Joe Biden rolled out a $5 billion funding plan for states to create EV charging stations, he neglected to carve out a commercial exemption for EVs.

“You would be paying for that energy,” Natalie Dale of the Georgia Department of Transportation told WXIA-TV Atlanta. “That would count as commercialized use of the right-of-way and therefore not allowed under current federal regulations.”

If you think this sounds like an inauspicious roll out to the massive federal EV program, you’re not wrong.

Allowing drivers to charge their EVs at convenient, familiar locations that already exist along interstate highways is a no-brainer—yet this simple idea eluded lawmakers in Washington, DC.

Unfortunately, it illustrates a much larger problem with the top-down blueprint central planners are using to create their EV charging station network.

“We have approved plans for all 50 States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia to help ensure that Americans in every part of the country…can be positioned to unlock the savings and benefits of electric vehicles,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a 2022 statement.

While it’s good the DOT isn’t trying to single-handedly map out the locations of thousands of EV charging stations across the country, there’s little reason to believe that state bureaucrats will be much more efficient. A review of state plans reveals a labyrinth of rules, regulations, and stakeholders dictating everything from the maximum distance of EV stations from highways and interstates to the types of charging equipment stations can use to the types of power capabilities charging stations must have.

The primary reason drivers enjoy the great convenience of gasoline stations across the country—there are some 145,000 of them today—is that they rely on market forces, not central planning. Each year hundreds of new filling stations are created, not because a bureaucrat identified the right location but because an entrepreneur saw an opportunity for profit.

Bureaucracy will never be able to match the efficiency of markets, which use millions of signals to reach decisions, and are constantly being corrected by market changes, all in the pursuit of serving customers and making a profit.

This, the economist Ludwig von Mises pointed out, is precisely the opposite of what bureaucrats do.

“A bureaucrat differs from a nonbureaucrat precisely because he is working in a field in which it is impossible to appraise the result of a man’s effort in terms of money,” Mises wrote in his seminal work Bureaucracy.

Just how burdensome these regulations will prove remains to be seen.

While some states will develop EV charging plans more amenable to market forces than others, all of them are likely to suffer to some extent because the push toward EVs itself has been top-down, driven by politicians trying to push consumers off of gas-powered vehicles.

What’s clear is that the bureaucratic structure of DOT’s charging station blueprint does not bode well for consumers. Charging technology and transportation are constantly evolving, and politicians and bureaucrats simply can’t respond to these changes as efficiently as markets.

So while there is much talk today that EV charging stations will soon outnumber gas stations, there’s reason to be skeptical of this claim—even with the government’s $5 billion spending spree.

There’s little reason to believe that state planners will create a framework with the proper incentive structure to meet the market’s needs. Bureaucrats and politicians lack both the knowledge and proper incentives to create a functional EV market.

If you doubt this, just ask Anita Jefferson, who can’t even charge her Tesla at rest stops—because of a federal law passed in 1956.


Jon Miltimore

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How Government Lost 15 Million Acres of Public Land in the United States

Non-market allocations of resources are doomed to result in catastrophic waste and mismanagement, evidenced by a recent New York Times story exploring how ‘millions of acres of public lands aren’t really open to the public.’

Leave it to the United States Government to lose track of almost three states worth of public land. Only an institution with so little incentive and ability to allocate resources for the betterment of human wellbeing could instantiate such a catastrophic waste of potential.

The following is a story of an engineer named Eric Siegfried, a Montana man who caught public officials in almost unimaginable levels of incompetence and waste. It is also a cautionary tale about the way extreme misallocations of resources are the predictable outcome of America’s current form of land use governance, which systematically severs control over certain resources from anyone equipped to use them rationally and effectively.

Multiple articles in the New York Times have recently reported on the findings of a group of private hunters and wilderness enthusiasts who have brought attention to millions of acres that nobody previously knew existed. Times article published in February reported that, “Across America, 15 million acres of state and federal land is surrounded by private land, with no legal entry by road or trail. If this so-called landlocked land was one contiguous piece, it would form the largest national park in the country, nearly the size of Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut combined.” And, “Most of these inaccessible public lands are in the West, and, until recently, their existence was largely unknown.”

The land was only discovered, according to another recent Times article, because of a smartphone app called OnX. “OnX was born when Eric Siegfried, a mechanical engineer and part-time hunting guide in Montana, decided to make a Google Maps for the wilderness,” the Times reports.

Unlike Google maps, OnX is optimized for use in forests and other wild areas, displaying property lines, wind patterns, fire histories, and other data useful to outdoorsmen but not to ordinary civilians.

Times contributor Ben Ryder Howe writes, “Property data is often inaccurate and outdated, and early in the development of OnX Mr. Siegfried found himself asking, ‘Why is there no nationwide picture of land ownership, of public and private property boundaries, of who owns what?’” And so, according to Howe, “By collating state and county data and putting it on a microchip, Mr. Siegfried turned the project in the scrapbooking room into a company that just received more than $87 million from investors and that understands the American landscape arguably better than the government does.”

Howe points out that, “In answering the question of who owns what, OnX helped bring to light how much public land — often highly coveted — is not reachable by the public.”

Land is highly coveted because it is a form of capital which, if allocated properly, can vastly enrich its owners and other participants in the market.

There are countless ways that individuals, or society generally, could utilize 15 million acres of land. People could live on it, thus increasing housing affordability and expanding the range of available options of where to live. People could convert its raw materials into transportable resources such as lumber or oil, thus improving commodity abundance and lowering the threshold at which the poor could afford to have their needs met. People could employ unique characteristics of its ecosystems to conduct scientific research. Or the land could be preserved in its current state, if its environmental, recreational, and/or aesthetic properties are deemed more valuable. Manifold possible uses exist, many of which can probably only be imagined by the innovators of the future.

It is impossible to know a priori which combination of potential uses are the best allocation of such an enormous supply of capital. But one thing is clear: When so much wealth and potential are on the line, the difference between efficient and inefficient resource allocation is the difference between countless livelihoods saved or destroyed. When housing prices, or food prices, or gas prices, are increased or decreased by the availability or unavailability of a few million acres worth of resources, it can make or break the health and safety of anyone whose current standards of living are near the margin of viability. And even for those well enough above the margin to be unconcerned about basic necessities, changes in the cost of living can still make or break their access to important commodities and opportunities such as a higher education, the ability to start a small business, or any other ambition they might have that requires significant investment.

So how could such a massive amount of potential wealth have been unaccounted for and untapped for so long, and what should happen to it now that it has been discovered?

It is commonly understood, even by avowed socialists as well as arguably Karl Marx himself, that socialist economies are generally less conducive to economic growth than market economies, hence the latter often being dubbed “capitalist.” One primary reason for this is that markets result in a mechanism of resource allocation that maximizes efficiency like no socialist, communist, or fascist economy has ever been capable of. And that mechanism is known as the price system.

The price system is merely the logical consequence of resources being controlled by individuals rather than collectives, and exchanged voluntarily rather than by force. These are the characteristics of a market economy, and they result in consumers and producers having extremely precise knowledge, communicated via prices, of exactly how useful each resource is for a wide range of potential uses, given the nature and scarcity of the resource relative to alternatives. And this precise knowledge allows budgeting, financing, shopping for the best among many available products, and so on to be subject to highly accurate calculations.

This crucial difference between market and non-market economies was first clearly articulated by the economist Ludwig von Mises in his 1920 essay, “Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth.” In it, Mises offered the following example:

“Picture the building of a new railroad. Should it be built at all, and if so, which out of a number of conceivable roads should be built? In a competitive and monetary economy, this question would be answered by monetary calculation. The new road will render less expensive the transport of some goods, and it may be possible to calculate whether this reduction of expense transcends that involved in the building and upkeep of the next line. That can only be calculated in money. It is not possible to attain the desired end merely by counterbalancing the various physical expenses and physical savings. Where one cannot express hours of labor, iron, coal, all kinds of building material, machines and other things necessary for the construction and upkeep of the railroad in a common unit it is not possible to make calculations at all.”

This point was expanded on by Mises’s disciple, the Nobel Prize winning economist Friedrich Hayek, who gives another instructive example in his seminal 1945 essay “The Use of Knowledge in Society”:

“Assume that somewhere in the world a new opportunity for the use of some raw material, say, tin, has arisen, or that one of the sources of supply of tin has been eliminated. … All that the users of tin need to know is that some of the tin they used to consume is now more profitably employed elsewhere and that, in consequence, they must economize tin. There is no need for the great majority of them even to know where the more urgent need has arisen, or in favor of what other needs they ought to husband the supply. If only some of them know directly of the new demand, and switch resources over to it, and if the people who are aware of the new gap thus created in turn fill it from still other sources, the effect will rapidly spread throughout the whole economic system and influence not only all the uses of tin but also those of its substitutes and the substitutes of these substitutes, the supply of all the things made of tin, and their substitutes, and so on; and all this without the great majority of those instrumental in bringing about these substitutions knowing anything at all about the original cause of these changes.”

Now think of the price system, or lack of one, in the context of Siegfried’s discovery.

When land is privately owned, the price system facilitates numerical comparisons between different possible uses of each plot of land (or useful subdivision thereof), such as people living on it, or excavating it for minerals, or growing crops on it, or conserving its current state—or countless other possibilities.

There is no way of knowing with certainty which is the best use of each plot of land, given the virtually infinite variables such as what alternative resources could be used for each of the possible uses of the land, how scarce and applicable to alternate uses each of those resources are, and so on. And of course, even the price system can’t account for all the variables, given that every event in the world comes with externalities, millions of uncertainties and butterfly effects that constantly shape our perception of the future into reality. But the price system accounts for more of the variables, and does so with more accuracy, than any other system because prices reflect each individual’s specific preferences and needs down to the cent whereas all other systems reflect either randomness or the preferences of some authoritarian subset of the population that has managed to dictate resource allocations according to their preferences while excluding the preferences of others.

(It is worth noting that the assumptions people make about the relative significance of one set of externalities over another tend to be totally unjustified. For example, there is a common assumption that the negative environmental externalities of industrial development such as logging or oil drilling outweigh the positive economic externalities. But it can just as easily be the case that when commodity prices are reduced by such supply increases, the resulting poverty alleviation and wealth creation generates positive externalities, such as more education and technological and scientific research, that outweigh the negative externalities.)

Private land is more likely than land governed any other way to be used for its optimal purpose, because its owner is free to sell it to the highest bidder, and the bidder with the most valuable idea of how to use it will typically be willing to pay the most for it. By contrast, “public” land is doomed to be allocated comparatively suboptimally. Because no individual is free to sell it to the highest bidder, it is instead trapped in its current use by whatever regulatory mire is preventing individuals from optimizing it.

Only in such a mire could the 15 million acres discovered by Eric Siegfried have been so tragically wasted. Individual property owners would almost certainly be too aware of their major assets to lose track of 15 million acres of real estate, because they themselves would be the ones to reap the rewards or punishments of the quality of their capital allocation choices.

Those acres, being “public” and thus illegal for individuals to settle, develop, or cultivate, were of so little use to anyone that nobody even bothered to do the basic research or exploration required to learn of their existence before it was discovered by accident. And all while there are millions of people without basic necessities, such as a peaceful place to sleep or grow food.

This arbitrary and incompetent allocation of 15 million acres should come as no surprise given the economics of public versus private ownership that have been well understood in the context of socialism and capitalism for more than a century. To solve the problem of rampant resource misallocation, the resources should be privatized so that individuals can start freely investing and innovating to make the most out of that which may otherwise be worthless enough to have abandoned completely.


Saul Zimet

Saul Zimet is a Website and Data Coordinator for at the Cato Institute and a graduate student in economics at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York.

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Janet Yellen Says More Bank Bailouts Could Be On The Horizon

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in remarks Tuesday that regulators may insure all deposits at more banks following the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank depositor bailouts.

Yellen said the bailouts were essential to safeguard the U.S. banking system in prepared remarks at the American Bankers Association Tuesday, referencing the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve’s actions in guaranteeing the deposits of SVB’s customers.

“Similar actions could be warranted if smaller institutions suffer deposit runs that pose the risk of contagion,” she said.

Previously, Yellen had said similar actions would only take place for banks whose failure could pose a threat to the banking system.

“A bank only gets that treatment if a majority of the FDIC board, a super majority of the Fed board and I, in consultation with the president, determine that the failure to protect uninsured depositors would create systemic risk and significant economic and financial consequences,” Yellen said.

“Treasury is committed to ensuring the ongoing health and competitiveness of our vibrant community and regional banking institutions,” Yellen said, according to CNBC.

U.S. officials are examining possible methods to increase Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) coverage to more deposits as a way to stave off a possible financial crisis, according to Bloomberg.

Staff in the Treasury Department are evaluating if federal regulators possess sufficient emergency authority to temporarily insure all deposits over the $250,000 limit existing on most accounts, following the steps taken to cover SVB and Signature Bank depositors, according to Bloomberg.

As of now, authorities do not believe this move is essential, but they are working on a strategy in case circumstances devolve, according to Bloomberg.

“Since our administration and the regulators took decisive action last weekend, we have seen deposits stabilize at regional banks throughout the country and, in some cases, outflows have modestly reversed,” White House spokesman Michael Kikukawa said, not acknowledging if this step is being investigated, according to Bloomberg.





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How Hi-Tech Israeli Elite Protestors Moved Funds out of Israel — to SVB

Among the organizers of the ongoing street protests in Israel against the recently elected right-wing government, thinly veiled as protests aganst judicial reform, were two individuals who stoked up the theme encouraging high-tech investors to remove their money from Israel.

Organized under the banner of a Marxist-sounding title, the ‘High Tech Workers Resistance’ have been lobbying to move hi-tech initiators and their money out of Israel in the cause of fighting for Israeli democracy.

Can anything be more Jewishly woke than that?

According to the Tablet magazine, one of the protest leaders, Gadi Moses (no relation to the biblical hero), happens to be the Israeli director of the Silicon Valley Bank.

I think you can see where this is heading.

Moses was one of the noisiest in encouraging Israeli entrepreneurs to remove their money from Israel and deposit it in foreign banks such as his SVB vaults.

Bankrupting the Jewish state and encouraging Israel’s innovators to move their money out of the country was, for Moses, his way of safeguarding democracy in Israel.

A case of Moses leading the Jewish people out of their Land and into the wilderness.

He was eagerly followed by Tom Livne, the founder of an AI transcription app company, Verbit, who told the crowd to follow his example by exiting $100 million from Israel and investing it in SVB.

One of the influential groupies was Eynat Guez, the CEO and co-founder of Papaya Capital, valued at more than a billion dollars, who told a protest rally that she was adopting a strange form of patriotism by taking her money out of Israel. And after the SVB crash she tweeted her thanks to traditional Israeli banks, Discount, HaPoalim, and Leumi, for bailing out losers with bridging loans.

So Israeli banks are bailing out hi-tech elites as they bored a massive hole in the hull of the Israeli ship of state but then found themselves adrift in stormy waters when their SVB luxury liner turned out to be their Titanic.

In the meantime, Israel’s Bank Leumi, that began life as the Anglo-Palestine Bank, rescued several Israeli hi-tech companies and investors by using their expertise in moving an estimated $1Billion out of the sinking SVB.

It’s strange how these people claim patriotism as they commit the largest acts of treason Israel has ever witnessed.

There is a biblical reference that came to mind when I pondered the malicious acts of these traitors. It comes from Genesis 12;

“I will bless those that bless you, and I will curse those that curse you.”

Moses, Livne, and Guez are typical of those who deserve to be cursed for the enormous damage they have done to the reputation of Israel by attempting to bankrupt Israel rather than ordering their political idols to do the right thing and get back to the Knesset and make their case in the people’s chamber.

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Rediscovering the Equal Protection Clause, The Hard Way

Sorry, Social Justice Warriors, there’s still an Equal Protection Clause, plus lots of federal anti-discrimination laws.  They trump all your Woke nonsense demanding special rights for privileged groups, and rightly so.   Ignore equal protection of the law at your peril – you will get sued, and you will lose.

Comcast settled a discrimination lawsuit over its small business grant program limited to companies 51 percent owned by someone who is “Black, indigenous, a person of color, or female.”

Pfizer altered a fellowship program after it got sued for “blatant racial discrimination” against white and Asian American applicants.

Boston got sued after imposing a fee on restaurants in an Italian neighborhood seeking to offer outdoor dining, but no fee anywhere else.  The lawsuit referred to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s comment that she is used to dealing with problems that are “expensive, disruptive, and white.”

Federal authorities are investigating a Massachusetts high school for civil rights violations after holding a ‘no whites need apply’ audition for a school play entitled ‘Our Stories as People of Color’.  The play was intended as a safe space and support vehicle for minority students.  Sorry, no dice, not allowed, not when the government of all the people is involved.

Another federal civil rights investigation is underway at USC’s medical school over its visiting clerkships offered exclusively to minorities.  Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race.

You can expect more of these legal challenges ahead.  There is a move on the political Right to get rid of all racial preferences, including debt relief for black farmers, financial stipends for minority entrepreneurs, federal subsidies for minority and women-owned restaurants, and school admissions affirmative action policies designed to reduce the number of white and Asian students.  One effort, called the Equal Protection Project, is scrutinizing exclusionary events for non-white educators in Rhode Island.   The Project objects to the Woke notion that the remedy for past discrimination is more discrimination.

That’s a clear thought that sticks like a hatchet in the brain.  I hope the legal warriors wielding it look at some other cases that cry out for equal protection litigation.  White students are barred from applying for a research fellowship and other exclusionary scholarships at the University of North Carolina.  A white student at the University of South Florida was denied access to group therapy mental health services because he is white.

Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia has a discriminatory college prep program offering counseling and other special assistance to students who are not Asian or white.  An elementary school in Olympia started a student club that won’t allow white kids to join.  A public school in Charlottesville hosted a black-only catered dinner event for parents.  San Francisco is giving $1,200 a month in guaranteed income to transgender residents.   “Black young adults” and “Black and Pacific Islander mothers” are guaranteed lesser amounts. How is that constitutional?

It’s not.  The drafters of the 14th Amendment and Martin Luther King had a dream, and it wasn’t special rights for privileged groups.  It was racial integration and equality under the law.  The thinking in civil rights circles no longer finds that adequate.  Too bad.  Until you succeed in getting the 14th Amendment off the books, you’re stuck with racial equality under the law and the simple justice it affords to every individual fortunate enough to live under its jurisdiction.

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U.S. Senator James Lankford: Biden’s Policies Are Taking Us in the Wrong Direction

Seventy-two percent of Americans say we’re headed in the wrong direction under President Biden’s leadership. I am one of them, and it’s pretty likely you are too.

In Oklahoma, and much of the nation, everyday life is harder and less safe under President Biden’s economy and policies. Groceries, rent, and crime rates are up, but retirement savings are down. More people are forced to live paycheck to paycheck. These are the areas we should focus on solving.

We finally convinced the Biden administration to restart construction on the southwest border wall and to start dealing with the open border asylum policy he created. I spent hours over the past few days meeting with immigration officials and asylum officers to lay out practical ways to stop illegal immigration. The administration has the tools to stop illegal immigration; they have just chosen not to do it.

When the California-based Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) collapsed, the administration panicked. We need calm leadership that will confront bad management at one of our nation’s largest banks but not cause bank problems in well capitalized banks like what we have in Oklahoma. It’s clear now that this administration is willing to put a new fee (read: tax) on every bank, and by default every person with a bank account, to cover the losses of big California and New York banks who are more concerned with their ESG score than their liquidity and good management.

After passing the forced government price controls in the partisan so-called “Inflation Reduction Act,” at least four drug manufacturers have pulled new drugs, many being cancer treatments, from development in the last six months because they can’t make them work under President Biden’s new overreaching law. So, the new drug-pricing scheme from the president has already started reducing the number of new cancer treatments available to Oklahomans. More government control often means fewer options for Americans, and it’s already proving true on the new drug pricing policy.

In the same “Inflation Reduction Act” and in President Biden’s latest State of the Union address, he told everyone that we were going to “buy American.” But the new Japanese, German, and Canadian green energy projects will all be called “American” projects for the special tax treatments and purchasing under the Inflation Reduction Act. I bet you never thought about Japan, Germany, and Canada when the president stated that he would “buy American.”

There are solutions to bring down the price of drugs by increasing competition, not government controls. I’ve proposed solutions to address our debt and deficit and waste in federal spending. I continue to push the Department of Homeland Security to enforce the border and address the loopholes in our immigration laws. We have a stable banking system in Oklahoma, but we need national leadership that does not undermine our economic health.

I hear my neighbors in Oklahoma who also see the problems and want solutions. I will keep pushing to help make life better for every American, so we can get our nation headed back in the right direction and people can stop worrying about the future of the greatest nation that has ever existed on God’s earth.


Senator James Lankford

James Lankford has served as a U.S. Senator for Oklahoma since 2014.

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Afghanistan, WWIII and the Treacherous Controlled Oppositions

“You bring me the man and I’ll show you the crime.” –  Lavrentiy Beria, Chairman of the KGB in Soviet Russia.

My definition of WWIII will give you the history of Stalinist Communist Russia of the 20th century. Regrettably, this war has escaped the American mind. It was Stalin who designed and waged the war against Western civilization. The war had a variety of different shapes, forms and locations with one agenda to confront the global capitalist economic system and implement a Police State of Soviet Socialism. Yuri Andropov, the KGB Chairman 1967-1982 advanced Stalin’s war by designing a direct infiltration of America over simultaneous penetration of the American security forces and the media. The next Stalin’s disciple Vladimir Putin due to the sophistication of the new technology enhanced Stalin’s design with enormous hacking ability…

And the war against Western civilization is going on. Years ago, I introduced you to my definition of the war–WWIII: Recruitments and Drugs, Infiltration and Assassinations. The war has been waged by the Soviet/Russian government against Western civilization and has never ended since then. But Americans don’t know that and people are still voting for the Democrat Party, a Party that is interested only in control and power. People still don’t understand that the Democrat Party is their enemy #1, I hope to prove that. Remember, what you see in Chinese behavior today had started by Russia in the 20th century…

It also happened in Russia, when I was a member of the Russian Legal community. I have learned the term Controlled Opposition from the KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov. Perhaps, the term is familiar to the American lawyers. You can learn it in detail from my columns, in short, it is literary Controlled Opposition, controlled by the opposite, adversary force. When we unexpectedly surrendered Afghanistan to the Taliban, I knew why that happened and wrote several columns explaining that America has become   a Controlled Opposition. Yes, Biden’s White House is under control of Stalin’s devoted disciple Vladimir Putin and his KGB’s Mafia/Army.

Putin’s Operation: Afghanistan

If you read my columns about Afghanistan, you will learn the history of Afghanistan and the Biden family, as a Mafia/Clan colluded with Putin’s Intel, at least since 2013-2014. Another two prerequisites to be aware of are: Andropov’s design to follow the mechanism involving all family members. That design had become a legacy of the Dem Party started with Clinton’s Mafia. The Second prerequisite: The KGB’s Mafia/Army is serving both Russia’s and China’s Intel as Stalin had created them the para-military entity tied to each other for actions under the Communist Party’s agenda. Remember their modus operandi: lies, deceit, fabrication, and fraud. Look at Biden’s America and you will find all four there. In addition to that, they are monitoring my computer to use the information about Russia.

Reading my above mentioned columns about Afghanistan and the Putin KGB’s Mafia/Army, you will agree with me: There is an indisputable connection between the Biden family Mafia/Clan and the KGB’s Mafia/Army. The Hunter’s deal with the wife of Moscow’s Mayor had guaranteed the KGB in the White House since. “Biden’s cognitive decline is a national security risk.” Sen. Rand Paul. I agree. Don’t you feel Biden’s inability to run the country? Do you remember his answer about “minor insurgence” in Ukraine? The name of demented Biden had been used by his staff in participation with the KGB to run America, which means Vladimir Putin. If you know Communist expansionist policy and dirty tricks of the KGB’s Mafia/Army you will recognize it instantly analyzing the statistical numbers presented by the Washington Free Beacon, March 8, 2023:

“Nearly $7.2 billion worth of aircraft, guns, vehicles, ammunition, and the specialized equipment” was abandoned in Afghanistan when the Biden administration carried out its rushed evacuation, according to a report published in late February by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the federal watchdog group that monitors U.S. expenditures in the country.

“At least 78 aircraft worth $923.3 million, 9,524 air-to-ground munitions valued at $6.54 million, over 40,000 vehicles, more than 300,000 weapons, and nearly all night vision, surveillance, communications, and biometric equipment provided to the [Afghan defense forces] were left behind,” according to information disclosed in SIGAR. House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R. Texas) says the Biden administration has stonewalled his committee’s attempts to obtain documents that could provide a window into the administration’s mishandling of the operation. Taliban Has $7.2 Billion Worth of U.S. Military Equipment Abandoned in Afghanistan, Report Says, by Adam Kredo, March 8, 2023, the Washington Free Beacon.

What do you think, who designed the Operation Afghanistan and refused to provide a window into the administration’s mishandling of the operation? What American President, in his right mind, would surrender the Kandahar fort to China? The logic of the statistic tells you the motivation and the Kremlin’s address —arrogant and aggressive ideological expansion over Control Opposition on American land—follow the money. As I have reported before, the same ideological expansion by the KGB-Doer over Taliban’s gangs took place in 1970s. It is still alive and well. Perhaps, the events on the Southern Border show the visible collusion of the Biden administration with the Russian Intel, where Alas! America has no operational control. Biden policy of open borders and the Russian Cartels are working hand and glove to demolish the America constitutional republic. Yet, to grasp it, you have to know the Russian KGB’s Mafia/Army and its WWIII against Western civilization…

A Catastrophic Incompetence of Our Government and More

It is not a coincidence that after the Moscow connection, Hunter Biden and his Father Joe Biden had been moving to Ukraine: President Barack Obama has appointed Joe Biden as a point man for Ukraine. It is not a coincidence that all three Democrats had been silent when Putin swallowed Crimea. Ukraine is the continuation of the same Putin’s policy—expansion of Soviet Socialism, which I called Soviet Fascism. It is more dangerous than territorial dispute, it is a prolog to WWIII. Putin is not alone, the Chinese Intel of the CCP is helping him in many different levels of the infiltration in America—TikTok and many other kinds of dirty tricks. We are at war with a strategic ideological alliance—Russia’s/China’s Intel Apparatus.

I have been writing about Kremlin and Soviet Socialism, which I called Soviet Fascism, for the last forty years. My main goal is to educate the American people, who still trust to the Democrat Party. That is one of the reasons, I made the KGB’s Mafia/Army the major topic of my writings. Yes, the catastrophic incompetence of the Biden Government is the other reason. Some Democrats still don’t know that their leadership lied, deceived, and defrauded them. The decent Democrats and some Republicans still don’t know that their leadership had been colluded with the Russian Intel. That collusion helped the KGB’s Mafia/Army turned the Dems to Socialist Party. The decent people still don’t know that Russia is a Terrorist State and the enemy of Humanity.

But, this is more. To prevent decent people from learning the truth, the KGB’s Mafia/Army has infiltrated the American security services and the Media by Andropov’s designs. My entire writing had been sabotaged by the FBI, submitting my name to the FISA Court and the Court made me a Foreign Agent and banned my writing in 2002. That is why very important pieces of information have escaped you. You don’t know that the terrorist gangs of Pablo Escobar, Bin Laden, ISIS, and many others had been created by the Russian Intel and used as the Controlled forces against the West. Had you read my columns you would also know the Clinton Mafia and its collusion with the Russian Intel to destroy America from within.

The Biden administration is also a Controlled Opposition. It consisted of the group of the Communists to destroy the American successful capitalism and implement Soviet Socialism. Mayor Pete’s Father was a lecturer of Marxism-Leninism with ties to the KGB in Russia. He prepared his son to “fix” the American Transportation accordingly. A sabotage in Ohio, Soviet Style is directly connected to Mayor Pete-a part of the Criminal Cabal. The current banking failure is also a real threat. I am afraid Biden’s team is preparing a nationalization of the American Banks a-la Soviet banks. and

Had you read my columns you would know the Clinton Mafia and its collusion with the Russian Intel, I was reporting for decades. There is a possibility that Trump will be indicted. I want to tell you who and how it is orchestrated. All America’s problems started with Clinton’s Mafia and conversion of the Dem Party to Socialist Party, mostly in New York City. The current lawyer of M. Cohen is Larry Davis, a member of Clinton’s Mafia. Now we are expecting a Soviet Style performance of Show Trial familiar to you for all seven years of the Witch Hunts against Trump. The Clinton Mafia and Soros sponsored prosecutor Alvin Bragg coordinated by Vladimir Putin through the Democrat’s machine, will perform another lawless recital of the Soviet Style Show Trial in America. It is a coup! Maybe now you can grasp the desperate need to know Russia and its Intel Apparatus…

The Pentagon representative John Kirby executes theatrical performances, deceiving and defrauding you by helping the demented Biden to keep you defenseless. We are not ready for a war, our army has been demoralized psychologically by the Biden leadership. We have spent $113 Billion in Ukraine and don’t have enough ammunition and sophisticated weaponry due to Biden’s erroneous foreign policy. A demented man has allowed his staff to run America, to cover up the Dem collusion with Russian Intel for decades. Putin knows all our secrets, by colluding with Biden since 2013-2014. Our national security is in a catastrophic state, while our enemies Russia and China are prepared for a total war. Putin will never surrender Crimea and Chairman Xi will try to occupy Tavian due to the American demented President Joe Biden.

We are at WW III and dealing with TREASON. Republicans can lose 2024 without learning about Soviet Socialism, which I called Soviet Fascism. The Dem leadership implements it in America by demolishing us from within. If you remember Socialist modus operandi, you will find all elements of it used by Biden’s team. Moreover, watch them, they now used the Russian policy of “Disinformation” lying, defrauding, and misleading you. They have a lot of help from the media: Progressive Insurance Company is one of them promoting Progressive Dems by violating the American Law. TikTok is a propaganda tool for the Chinese Communists. Watch Communists on American land!

To end of this column, I’d like to give you the recent story at the American Philharmonic: On March 19, 2023, I listened to the Philharmonic Romeo & Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev for the first time and I cried nonstop. I was 10-12 years old in Russia when I heard about this Prokofiev music. Brought up in the family of a musician, I adored Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev had offended me by writing another music to Shakespeare’s play. Living under Soviet Socialism and serving as a defense attorney for twenty-five years, I’ve learned things that America doesn’t know. The Communist Party targeted all artists plus composers to be loyal to the Party and praise its leader Stalin. Prokofiev and Shostakovich refused to do that. The entire Socialist punitive machine had been directed against them in everyday surveillance, censorship, and an anxious awaiting of a knock on the door by the KGB in the middle of night.

That was the life of Sergei Prokofiev in Russia. In Philharmonic March 19, 2023, the conductor gave us a short description of the music and its constant changing of multi-movements. But neither he nor the audience knew the conditions Prokofiev had created his masterpiece. I think it is my duty to write this story: Prokofiev had purposely taken the title Romeo & Juliet: to escape censorship and to use the human tragedy of the 16th century to show the ideological tragedy of the 20th century. He had sent a warning to Humanity! Mankind will hear that warning listening to his Romeo & Juliet.

That is also the reason I’ve become a writer describing the ideology of Stalinist Soviet Socialism and its criminal agency called the KGB. All my writings are dedicated to giving America and the world the information about that criminal agency, I called the KGB’s Mafia/Army. The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes, accusing him of personal responsibility for the abductions of children from Ukraine. Vladimir Putin is the leader of KGB’s Mafia/Army—a Doer of the crime committed in Ukraine. Read my columns for free:

To be continuer at and

©Simona Pipko. All rights reserved.


Multiple Biden Calamities Make 9/11 Commission Report ‘Required Reading’

That multiple Biden policies and decisions have undermined national security and public safety has not been a surprise to anyone capable of being objective.

Consider Biden’s disastrous immigration policies that include eliminating border security and gutting the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States.

As a consequence of these policies unprecedented numbers of illegal aliens from countries around the world, were emboldened and encouraged to flock to the United States thus overwhelming the Border Patrol and also overwhelming the entire immigration system across our entire nation.  Among the millions of aliens who entered the United States were criminals and terrorists.

Our open borders have also enabled huge quantities of deadly illegal drugs to flow freely across our nation resulting in the deaths of record numbers of Americans.

Contrary to the bald-faced lies of Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) that our borders are secure, on March 15, 2023 The House Homeland Security Committee held a field hearing in McAllen, Texas, on the crisis on the border.

Incredibly no Democrat attended that hearing even though the Democrats did provide a witness for that hearing.  Joe Biden actually referred to that hearing as a “political stunt!”

C-SPAN posted a video of that hearing:

House Homeland Security Committee Field Hearing on Border Security, Part 1

Here is a brief video clip from that C-SPAN video of a statement by U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul L. Ortiz about the issue of border security:

User Clip: Chief Ortiz Admits No Operational Control over Border

Furthermore aliens do not only enter the United Stated by crossing our southern border and once in the United Staes an abject lack of interior enforcement means that aliens who violate our immigration laws have absolutely nothing to fear.

As I noted in a recent article:

Crisis On The Southern Border: Only The Tip of Biden’s Immigration Iceberg

Now let’s turn our attention to how Biden withdrew our military forces from Afghanistan, literally overnight, while leaving behind billions of dollars of U.S. military hardware and weaponry, capped off by the subsequent release of thousands of terrorists.

I articulate my concerns about the confluence of these two disastrous Biden calamities in two articles published in August 2022:

Biden’s Catastrophic Policies: Immigration and Afghanistan

Biden’s Afghanistan Catastrophe Increases Terror Threat in US

It now seems that because of Biden’s disastrous policies the terrorists are “coming home to roost.”

On March 16, 2023 Stars and Stripes Magazine published a worrisome article, ISIS in Afghanistan capable of foreign attacks in 6 months, CENTCOM commander says, that began with this except:

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State network in Afghanistan will be able to attack American or Western interests outside the country in less than six months “with little to no warning,” the top commander for U.S. forces in the Middle East said Thursday.

Army Gen. Michael Kurilla, who leads U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Islamic State’s Khorasan Province, commonly referred to as ISIS-K, is rapidly developing the ability to conduct “external operations” in Europe and Asia.

The terrorist group will not be able to strike the U.S. homeland in the near future, however.

“I think it is a higher probability overseas than it is in the homeland,” Kurilla said, acknowledging hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens living abroad could be in range of an attack.

The general’s assessment comes more than a year after U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2021 and adopted an “over-the-horizon” counterterrorism approach that collects intelligence and carries out strikes without a permanent military presence in the country.

Even before the stupefyingly flawed manner in which our troops were withdrawn from Afghanistan by the Biden Administration, the “All Clear” concerning the threat of terror attacks had not sounded.  Indeed, since the terror attacks of 9/11 there had been numerous terror plots devised by foreign terrorists in the United States that resulted in loss of life while others failed for a number of reasons.

Furthermore while General Kurilla stated that he did not think that an attack on U.S. soil is imminent, given the huge numbers of aliens who have entered the United States including more than one million “Got-Aways” – aliens who evaded the Border Patrol.  (On January 22, 2023 Fox News reported: Border agents confirm 1.2 million ‘gotaway’ migrants under Biden administration.)

Our nation’s borders and immigration laws constitute America’s first line of defense and last line of defense.  A review of a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S. Code § 1182 (Inadmissible Aliens) enumerates the categories of aliens who may not be admitted into the United State and makes it clear that immigration law enforcement has nothing to do with race, religion or ethnicity but is focused on protection public safety, national security and the jobs and wages of American workers.

Nevertheless, since even before being sworn into office, Joe Biden made it clear that as President he would not secure our borders or enforce our immigration laws, thereby encouraging unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and the influx of record quantities of illegal deadly drugs such as fentanyl, meth and other drugs to flow freely into the United States leading to the deaths of more than 100,000 people to drug poisoning annually.

My December 7, 2020 commentary, Biden’s DHS: Department of Homeland Surrender, was predicated on the announcement that Alejandro Mayorkas would be the incoming Biden Administration’s pick for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Mayorkas’ performance at the DHS during the the Obama administration evidenced repeated examples of malfeasance.

The bi-partisan 9/11 Commission was created in the wake of the deadly terror attacks of September 11, 2001 to “connect the dots” and identify the multiple vulnerabilities the terrorists exploited to enter the United States and launch the deadliest terror attacks ever carried out on U.S. soil.

Therefore The 9/11 Commission Report and the official companion report, 9/11 and  Terrorist Travel should be “mandatory reading” for the President, the Vice President and every cabinet officer and their high-ranking deputies.  Those reports should also be mandatory ready for every member of the House and Senate and their senior staffers.  Finally those reports should be on the mandatory reading list for every governor, mayor and police chief.

The findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission should have served as the guidebook for actions of every administration since the 9/11 Commission made their findings and recommendations known.

This is not unlike the ways that other such investigative commissions were created to prevent future disasters.  For example, commissions were created to discover how and why two space shuttles were lost in tragic accidents.  As a result of the findings of those commissions changes were made to the shuttles and operating procedures were modified..

When airliners crash the FAA and the NTSB investigate the cause(s) of every crash to see if changed nee to be made in the way airplanes are constructed, maintained and flown.

The point is to learn from what goes wrong.  My dad taught me that in life things that go wrong should be viewed not simply as mistakes, but as lessons that teach us how to do things better and safer.  However, for my dad, it was unforgivable and inexcusable to refuse to learn from mistakes.

The point to this exercise was not just to answer a multitude of questions, but to devise strategies to close the gaping holes in various system to prevent future such attacks.

Instead, particularly where immigration-related issues were concerned, each administration, with the exception of the Trump administration, utterly ignored the 9/11 Commission and, indeed, frequently implemented policies that were diametrically opposed to those findings and recommendations.

This brings us to the Biden administration, particularly where the administration’s immigration policies are concerned.  It would seem that the Biden administration has made the willful decision to devise and promulgate policies, with impunity,  that are in direct opposition to the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

Individuals who hold positions of authority make decisions that cause injury and/or death are held accountable.  Think of how police officers are investigated and, when appropriate, prosecuted.  Think about the ramifications that doctors and health care professionals face when they are found guilty of medical malpractice.

Drivers who drive under the influence and/or drive recklessly also face severe consequences, especially when their actions kill or injure others.

Should not politicians who govern recklessly or demonstrate blatant malfeasance governing “under the influence” of campaign contributions or morally bankrupt political ideologies to garner political power that undermine national security, public safety and cost innocent victims their very lives be similarly held accountable?

In the weeks and months after the terror tracks of 9/11 there was no shortage of politicians who flocked to podiums festooned with a forest of microphones, eager to stare into the television cameras, thump the podium and demanded, “Why did no one connect the dots?”

The 9/11 Commission and the reports it produced certainly connected the dots.  Many congressional hearings were also convened to “connect the dots”- in point of fact I was called to testify before quite a few of those very hearings.

Now politicians who blatantly ignore the 9/11 Commission and its findings must be held accountable before the next terror attack.

©Michael Cutler. All rights reserved.


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Five-in-Six Americans Favor Constitutional Amendment on Term Limits for Members of Congress

COLLEGE PARK, Md. /PRNewswire/ — An in-depth study conducted by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland finds that five-in-six Americans favor a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on Members of Congress.

While there has not been a vote on term limits in Congress since 1995, the issue was given new life during this year’s speakership negotiations when Speaker McCarthy guaranteed a vote on congressional term limits.

The public consultation survey of 2700 registered voters was conducted by the Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. Passing a constitutional amendment to establish term limits in Congress was favored by 83% of registered voters nationally, with little difference between partisans: 86% of Republicans, 80% of Democrats and 84% of independents.

Bipartisan support for this proposal has remained steady since PPC’s first public consultation survey on term limits in 2017, which found 80% in support.

To ensure that respondents understood the issue, they were first given a short briefing on the proposal and asked to evaluate arguments for and against. The content was reviewed by Congressional proponents and opponents of the legislation to ensure that the briefing was accurate and balanced and that the arguments presented were the strongest ones being made.

Respondents who favored the constitutional amendment were given the opportunity to specify the number of terms they prefer. Bipartisan majorities said four terms for House Members (60%, Republicans 64%, Democrats 54%) and two terms for Senators (63%, Republicans 69%, Democrats 56%). Another 17% said House Members should be limited to five or six terms, and another 16% said Senators should be limited to three or four terms.

“Bipartisan majorities of Americans continue to favor proposals to limit the terms of Members of Congress,” commented Steven Kull, director of PPC. “The overwhelming support for congressional term limits is also mirrored in the support for ballot measures to term limit state legislators in 16 states.”

The most popular argument in favor of term limits stated that incumbents have too much security in their seats, which reduces their need to be responsive to their constitutions (87% convincing, Republicans 90%, Democrats 84%). The con argument that did the best contended that term limits reduce the amount of experience in Congress, and cited research showing that they don’t increase responsiveness (50% convincing, Republicans 45%, Democrats 58%).

The sample was large enough to enable analysis of attitudes in very Republican and very Democratic districts based on Cook PVI ratings. In all cases, very large majorities in very red (86%) and very blue districts (78%) favored a constitutional amendment to establish term limits.

The survey was fielded Feb 1-14, 2023 online with a probability-based national sample of 2700 registered voters provided by Nielsen Scarborough from its larger sample, which is recruited by telephone and mail from a random sample of households. There is a margin of error of +/- 1.9%.

What are Public Consultation Surveys?

Public consultations seek to improve democratic governance by consulting citizens on key public policy issues. Conducted online with representative samples, citizens are taken through a policymaking simulation that puts them in the shoes of a policymaker. They are presented a briefing, evaluate pro and con arguments and then are asked to make their policy recommendations. Policymaking simulations are reviewed for accuracy and balance by experts on different sides of the issue.

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Mortality Rates for U.S. Children and Teens are Rising for the First Time in 50 years

President Joe Biden is so concerned about the future of American children that he inserted a mandate for affordable child care into a major bill authorising subsidies for vital semiconductor manufacturers.

“Lack of childcare is a significant barrier to labor force participation,” tweeted economist Joseph Stiglitz. Policies like these have the potential to increase the pool of available workers, a win for our economy.” The proposal has been applauded as a way of pushing women into a tight labour market. As an economist for the RAND Corporation tweeted: “Need workers? You need child care.”

Although this may be a vote-winner, the larger issue of whether children survive to be cared for is also an issue.

A heart-stopping editorial in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association, states that mortality rates for children and adolescents rose for the first time in more than 50 years between 2019 and 2021. It has hardly been reported.

The reason? It’s not an increase in childhood diseases, or deaths through Covid-19. “COVID-19 mortality rates at ages 1 to 19 years nearly doubled in 2021 but explained only 20.5% of that year’s increase in all-cause mortality,” the authors write.

The deaths were caused by social and personal dysfunction: car accidents, overdoses, shooting, and suicides.

“Although the pandemic did not initiate these trends, it may have poured fuel on the fire. Injury mortality at ages 10 to 19 years rose by 22.6% between 2019 and 2020. Much of this surge involved homicides, which increased by 39.1%, and deaths from drug overdoses, which increased by 113.5%. Transport-related deaths at ages 10 to 19 years, which had decreased for decades due to improved vehicle safety measures and greater use of occupant restraints, increased by 15.6% in 2020. Among children aged 1 to 9, injuries explained two-thirds (63.7%) of the increase in all-cause mortality in 2021, including a 45.9% increase in deaths involving fires or burns.”

Great progress has been made medically, but these advances have been entirely offset by accidents in chaotic environments:

“[They] mark a tragic reversal to years of progress in lowering pediatric mortality rates through advances in injury prevention (eg, safer automobiles, occupant restraints, bicycle helmets, smoke detectors) and the prevention and treatment of lethal pediatric diseases (eg, prematurity, neoplasms, congenital disorders). These advances have reduced pediatric deaths, but the recent increase in all-cause mortality means that these gains are now being entirely offset by injuries, primarily those involving violence, self-harm, and drug misuse.”

“I have not seen this in my career,” said lead author Steven Woolf, MD, director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University. “For decades, the overall death rate among US children has fallen steadily, thanks to breakthroughs in prevention and treatment of diseases like premature births, pediatric cancer and birth defects. We now see a dramatic reversal of this trajectory, meaning that our children are now less likely to reach adulthood. This is a red flashing light. We need to understand the causes and address them immediately to protect our children.”

There is also a clear racial component to these dismal figures. In 2021, Black youths aged 10-19 were 20 times more likely to die by homicide than white and Asian American/Pacific Islander youths and six times more likely than Hispanic youths.

Child care is universally applauded. But the kind of child care that American children need desperately is not the kind President Biden is currently promoting.

They need care which keeps them off the streets, keeps them from doing drugs, keeps them from shooting each other. Barack Obama said it best in his famous fatherhood speech:

How many times in the last year has this city lost a child at the hands of another child? How many times have our hearts stopped in the middle of the night with the sound of a gunshot or a siren? How many teenagers have we seen hanging around on street corners when they should be sitting in a classroom? How many are sitting in prison when they should be working, or at least looking for a job? How many in this generation are we willing to lose to poverty or violence or addiction? How many?

We need more police, he acknowledged. We need gun control, more funding for school, better pay for teachers, more after-school programs. But that will not be enough:

But we also need families to raise our children. We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child — it’s the courage to raise one. We need to help all the mothers out there who are raising these kids by themselves … So many of these women are doing a heroic job, but they need support. They need another parent. Their children need another parent. That’s what keeps their foundation strong. It’s what keeps the foundation of our country strong.

Traditional families with a married mother and father are best equipped to ensure that kids don’t fall prey to drugs and gangs. They are the best child care – and the best health care. As Dr Woolf says:

“Modern medicine has fought the battle against pediatric diseases, but the threats to our children are now manmade. Without action, bullets, drugs and automobiles will continue to claim the lives of our most cherished population.”

The dismaying news about the rise in mortality was hardly reported, but it should have been on the front page of the New York Times. As the JAMA article says: “This increase in all-cause pediatric mortality has ominous implications. A nation that begins losing its most cherished population—its children—faces a crisis like no other.”


Michael Cook

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Trump Unveils Plan To ‘Dismantle The Deep State’

Former President Donald Trump unveiled his new plan Tuesday to “dismantle the deep state” by firing “rogue” bureaucrats and career politicians, according to a new policy agenda video.

Trump released a list of ten items that indicate how he plans to “clean out the deep state,” starting with re-instating an executive order that would give the president the authority to fire bureaucrats, according to the video posted on Rumble. The former president’s plan would dismantle the “Washington Swamp,” target corruption and ensure that federal bureaucrats and politicians are held accountable.

“The departments and agencies that have been weaponized will be completely overhauled so that faceless bureaucrats will never again be able to target and persecute conservatives, Christians, or the left’s political enemies, which they’re doing now at a level that nobody can believe even possible,” Trump said in the video.

Trump will ensure corruption is wiped out of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts and will create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission that will “declassify and publish all documents on Deep State spying, censorship and corruption,” according to the video.

The former president promises to crack down on government actors working with the media to conjure up “false narratives,” that may result in criminal charges. Trump will ensure that Inspector General Offices act independently of the departments of which they govern.

“I will ask Congress to establish an independent auditing system to continually monitor our intelligence agencies to ensure they are not spying on our citizens or running disinformation campaigns against the American people, or that they are not spying on someone’s campaign like they spied on my campaign,” said Trump.

Trump would continue to move departments of the bureaucracy outside of Washington, like when his administration moved the Bureau of Land Management to Colorado, and noted that nearly 100,000 positions would be susceptible to a move, according to the video.

The former president will bar federal bureaucrats from seeking positions in companies that they deal with and regulate, such as “Big Pharma,” according to the video. Trump also promised to push term limits on congressmembers to combat career politicians.

“I will shatter the Deep State, and restore government that is controlled by the People,” Trump said.




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They’re coming for Trump. We’re next!

“Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.” — Lavrentiy Beria, head of Joseph Stalin’s Комитет государственной безопасности (KGB).

Since January 6th, 2021 the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal government agencies have been on a quest to purge those who are part of the MAGA movement. Hundreds of citizens have been arrested and many imprisoned. These actions have open the flood gates to what is rapidly becoming a political purge before the 2024 presidential election.

Now, Manhattan’s Soros-backed and woke-addled District Attorney (DA) Alvin Bragg is trying to shackle former President Donald J. Trump with a trumped-up indictment, no pun intended, built on flimsy legal theory instead of the law.

But the foul plot may have been foiled by 11th-hour testimony from former federal prosecutor Robert Costello who exposed disbarred attorney Michael Cohen as a liar and serial perjurer.

Cohen is Alvin Bragg’s star prosecution witness.

The DA is trying to prosecute for alleged crimes that do not exist. The highly anticipated arrest or indictment did not happen.

Witness Robert Costello’s Testimony to Trump Grand Jury Should Sink the Case

By Nick Arama | 11:00 PM on March 20, 2023

As we reported on Sunday, the Trump indictment that has been reported wasn’t quite a done deal yet, as there was one more witness they had to hear from on Monday – Robert Costello. Costello is the former legal adviser for Michael Cohen. Cohen is one of the two key witnesses in the case, along with Stormy Daniels. Both have serious credibility issues.

Costello’s testimony further decimated any case that the Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg may have thought he ever had.

Costello said that Michael Cohen has “far from solid evidence.” Costello said he used to be Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, so he would know. Costello said he “never would have touched a guy” like Cohen (as a witness) because he was a convicted perjurer. Not to mention all the other lies that he told them that are in the emails that were being discussed, Costello said.

Costello ripped Cohen as a liar.

“There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Michael Cohen has great difficulty telling the truth,” Costello said. “He is, after all a convicted perjurer, and our track record with Mr. Cohen convinced us that he was a serial liar.”

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WATCH: “If the Democratic Party is Allowed to Crush Donald Trump, We’re Done!”- Tucker Carlson GOES OFF on Democrats Over Potential Trump Indictment and Issues a Dire Warning for America.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis weighed in on the political circus Monday saying:

“I have no interest in getting involved in some type of manufactured circus by some Soros DA. Ok? He’s trying to do a political spectacle. He’s trying to virtue signal for his base.” 

As President Donald J. Trump has said many times, “They’re not after me, they are after you.”

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China Is Preparing To Challenge The U.S. Over Taiwan

The following essay is an excerpt from Colonel Grant Newsham’s new book, When China Attacks: A Warning to America, due out from Regnery on March 28.

The combination of political warfare, gray-zone actions, and the potential for kinetic warfare come together most clearly around Taiwan, which offers the most immediate prospect of China going on a major kinetic offensive.

Taiwan remains the key objective for the Chinese communists, and Xi Jinping‘s declaration at the 20th Chinese Communist Party Congress in October 2022 that China would use all possible means (i.e., force) to seize Taiwan got loud applause from the audience. It’s presented as unfinished business from the Chinese Civil War. But even more, Taiwan is key to Chinese communist domination of Asia, the Pacific, and ultimately the United States.

Taiwan is where China is getting ready for a war of the sort the Americans will recognize.

It conducted a dress rehearsal in August 2022. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) established “live-fire exclusion zones” around Taiwan following Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s visit. The Chinese fired missiles bracketing both Taiwan and southern Japanese islands and conducted a range of naval and air maneuvers towards Taiwan.

Was this an act of war?

The U.S. administration apparently doesn’t think so, and the Chinese communists are glad to let it think that. To the Chinese, however, it is war. Or at least a test run.

One American observer described it as follows:

This is not an infantile reaction to the denial of Beijing’s narrative about Taiwan. This is what the Chinese call a “demonstration project” to test how Taiwan and its allies and friends respond to these aerial (and naval) incursions (and missile launches). It gives the PLA the opportunity to measure and evaluate the aggregate Taiwan-U.S. defense umbrella performance from satellite overhead to sub-surface activity under the sea. It’s a tabletop (and field training) exercise in real-time, 3D, to access certain capabilities of the Taiwan-U.S. defense umbrella.

At the same time, Beijing intimidates Taiwan (as well as the Americans, the Japanese, and everyone else) and tests the response. If that response is weak or frightened, it advances China’s thinking and makes it more likely Xi Jinping will issue the “go” order.

Even before the August 2022 Chinese test blockade of Taiwan, the PLA air force’s aerial incursions were a regular feature in the airspace around Taiwan.

A U.S. Marine pilot described to me how one particular incident ties in with an eventual war:

This appears to be an armed electronic warfare reconnaissance team sniffing out Taiwanese aerial defense radars, locations, and arrays. Simultaneously conditioning the Taiwanese and the world to larger and larger intrusions, until one day that lead intrusion package initiates hostilities and takes out a meaningful wedge of [Taiwan’s] anti-access aerial denial systems in an entire sector. [This would create] a breech for the main assault package to enter and attack the remaining radar sites and missiles from the rear. This is not good, nor is it the action of a respectful neighbor.

The PLA has been preparing for an attack on Taiwan for the last 50 years. Since 2016, when Taiwan elected President Tsai Ing-wen (who, unlike her predecessor, was unwilling to kowtow to Beijing), Chinese military pressure on Taiwan has steadily increased. PLA aircraft and ships routinely encroach on Taiwan’s territory and airspace, and the PLA has laid the infrastructure for an assault on Taiwan—should Taipei not concede peacefully.

As mentioned, Beijing is also looking at America’s political condition and strength—domestic and global. This directly affects America’s ability to respond effectively to a Chinese kinetic move against Taiwan. So, disruptions caused by activists burning down American cities, and half the country, and much of America’s elite class (including Republican Never Trumpers) being afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome, weigh in favor of going kinetic.

The United States’ economic and financial conditions also weigh into Beijing’s calculations. American supply chain dependency is in China’s favor. This works both ways, but less so if China is sanctions-proof, as it has been trying to make itself. U.S. manufacturing, especially the defense industrial base, has diminished to the point that it cannot produce weapons or build ships and aircraft fast enough (much less repair them) to fight a serious war against a serious opponent that is willing to roll the dice.

America’s heavy indebtedness, high inflation, and out-of-control entitlement (social) spending choking out defense spending are all favorable signs for Chinese planners.

Originally published by Newsweek


Grant Newsham

Senior Fellow.

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