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Good Policy Matters: U.S. Wage Growth Is Soaring — Fastest At The Low End

Good policies result in good outcomes. And bad policies lead directly to bad outcomes.

So, Obamacare and attendant taxes and penalties as policies were a disaster, and the results of it were terrible for healthcare costs and a wreck for the economy, which saw the slowest recovery after a recession ever in history and general malaise over the American public. And is normally the case with progressive policies, those hurt the most were the ones supposedly meant to be helped.

On the other side, tax cuts and deregulation are good policies and, ipso facto, they are being great for the economy, businesses, the unemployment rate and wages. Yes, wages. An area where Democrats and progressives lecture us unceasingly about how the rich are the only ones benefiting from Trump tax cuts and the little guy is getting crushed while the middle class is shrinking. This is a talking point in every Democratic debate.

Except that was true during the Obama years. And they know this. A close observer will note that when any data is actually used in this discussion, it often encompasses the Bush (recession) and Obama years and stops there. Because bad policies. But in every conceivable metric, things are better in the Trump years because of good policy. It’s not about nice guys or mean guys, or black guys or white guys or presidential guys or non-presidential guys. It’s about policy. And we are in the grand slam realm with the economy.

You frequently hear that black and Hispanic unemployment are at all-time record lows, along with the unemployment rate. That’s true and due to good policy. But more rarely do you hear about the wages — except when Democrats push the $15-per-hour minimum wage, pretending everything is stagnant because they simply cannot run on the truth.

So here is another nail in the coffin of bad policy. Wages across the board are growing much faster than the cost of living, but growing the fastest at the low end. According to Nick Bunker, an Economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab who focuses on the U.S. labor market, writing in September (the numbers have all improved even faster since then, and even these numbers have since been adjusted upward):

Before assuming that the total job growth number in August is skewed because of Census hiring, remember that these are real jobs taken by real workers. Even if you remove government hiring, which accounts for around 34,000 jobs, this is still a number that is high enough to keep up with population growth. This month’s report reflects a slowing labor market but not necessarily one heading straight for a recession.

What’s interesting is that Bunker’s bio shows him to be a man of the progressive left. He was previously a Senior Policy Analyst at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a leftwing economics think tank. Prior to that, he was a Research Assistant at the Center for American Progress, a progressive activist think tank founded by Clinton confidant John Podesta.

But here’s his money paragraph:

In fact, wage growth continues to be strongest for workers in lower-wage industries. Labor force participation grew in the month, signaling a labor market still drawing workers off the sidelines. Job seekers are still benefiting from this job market, but let’s not count on this lasting forever.

So his look at the numbers shows that Trump’s policies are working incredibly well for low-wage workers — the very people that critics of tax reform and deregulation said would be hurt the most. His progressive heart’s spin is that it can’t last. But there’s a pretty good chance he’s been saying that all along. New York Times columnist and economist Paul Krugman has been talking about tanking markets and a recession or depression since the day Trump took office, literally, and still is. Progressives.

At least Bunker is honest enough to publish an accurate study of the numbers. And notice that he includes continued growth in the labor participation rate, which means people who may have given up back during the Obama years have jumped in and found work, and more continue to do so every month. This pool is part of the reason wages have not been rising faster. A lot of people had given up during the Obama years.

This is also shown in the Atlanta Fed’s Wage Growth Tracker. The first chart below shows that the median wage growth for the lowest quartile of wage-earners had been growing slower throughout the 2000s, until just the last few years, and then it began growing faster.


The faster median wage growth for lower-wage workers is also seen in what is called the relative median wage level of these workers. The chart below shows the median wage level for people in the lowest wage quartile (25 percent) relative to the median for all workers in the Wage Growth Tracker dataset. The chart again shows that for “workers in lower-wage jobs, their relative median wage over the 2000s has deteriorated, and that erosion has reversed course only in the last few years,” according to the Atlanta Fed.


So this shows that the lowest wage earners are moving ahead faster than the rest of the pack since roughly when Trump took office. Much faster. That is crippling to the Democrats’ argument that only rich people are getting ahead and working Americans are falling behind.

To wit, another wages metric is the “real wage,” which Bernie Sanders deplored during the last presidential debate as a lousy 1.1 percent. Sanders used sleight of hand of real wages on purpose to make Democratic voters think he was saying wages, and of course he could count on the media playing along or just being ignorant.

The real wage increase is the increase in wages minus the increase in costs of living. The goal here is to keep it in positive territory. Since 1980, it has averaged 0.3 percent. So it is actually right now nearly four times higher than the long-term average. Sanders was deceiving, but the reality is that that number shows just how successful good policies are.

Finally, in the 16 years prior to Trump’s presidency, inflation-adjusted incomes rose by about $1,500. In the eight years that George W. Bush was president, median income barely moved, up just $401 due largely to the wipeout by the deep recession of 2008. Taking out the first six months of Obama’s presidency as the recession effects lingered, incomes under Obama over 7½ years moved up only $1,043.

But in Trump’s less than three years in office, inflation-adjusted incomes galloped forward more than $5,000, according to the Census Bureau Current Population Survey data. In fact, median household income has now reached $65,976 – up more than 8 percent in 2019 dollars under the Trump presidency. And “median” captures the picture accurately because using “average” can be skewed at the extremes.

We play politics on the presentation. If you’re a Democrat, it’s about skin color and gender first, for everyone it is about likability, appearances, and other superficialities. That is about all the media covers in any depth. But it’s really more about creating policies to ensure that all Americans can pursue the dream of liberty in prosperity.

In that category, Trump has been the best president in a long time because his policies have delivered. There is no debating the results. They are astonishingly good for Americans.


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TOP 10: President Trump’s biggest accomplishments of 2019!

Americans saw plenty of Washington at its worst this year, with one party in Congress obsessed with a partisan impeachment stunt and obstructing progress at every turn. But despite getting no help from the far left, America today is soaring to new heights.

It’s tough to pick only 10 accomplishments from such an extraordinary year, but here are just a few of the biggest things President Donald J. Trump has gotten done for the American people in 2019:

  1. The Trump Boom is going strong. The unemployment rate recently hit its lowest mark in 50 years. All told, since President Trump’s election, our economy has added more than 7 million jobs—over half a million in manufacturing alone.
  2. The stock market keeps breaking records: The Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit record closes again on Friday.
  3. The working class is thriving, as are previously forgotten communities. Wages are now rising the fastest for low-income workers, and poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanic Americans have reached all-time lows.
  4. Accountable government is back. Since taking office, President Trump has rolled back nearly 8 regulations for every new one, saving American taxpayers more than $50 billion in the process—with bigger savings still to come.
  5. Better trade deals are putting America back in the driver’s seat. Congress approved President Trump’s USMCA this month—a huge win for U.S. workers, farmers, and manufacturers that will create 176,000 new jobs.
  6. Trade with China in particular is about to get a whole lot fairer. As part of a historic “phase 1” deal, Beijing has agreed to structural reforms in its trade practices and to make substantial purchases of American agricultural products.
  7. Securing the border is paying off and making our country safer. President Trump struck new agreements with Mexico and Central American countries this year to help stop the flood of illegal immigration. Thanks to this swift action, border apprehensions fell by more than 70 percent from May to November.
  8. On health care, President Trump is fighting to give our patients the best system on Earth. While Democrats try to take away choice, the President’s focus on affordability led to the largest year-over-year drop in drug prices ever recorded.
  9. American interests are taking center stage abroad. In just one example: After years of not paying their fair share, NATO Allies will have increased defense spending by $130 billion by the end of next year.
  10. Our great military took out the world’s top terrorist in October. (Meet Conan, the hero dog who helped them do it!) Our troops are now getting the support they deserve. President Trump recently signed the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2020 fiscal year, which includes the biggest pay raise for our military in a decade.

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California’s Latest Act of Idiocy: Killing Freelance Work

If there’s one thing the California government is good for these days, it’s failing to address crises that glaringly exist while creating new crises that shouldn’t exist—and then shifting the blame when everything goes wrong.

A new California law set to go into effect in the new year is the latest example of misguided legislation hurting the very people it was aimed to “protect” in the Golden State.

The law, Assembly Bill 5, puts severe restrictions on who is qualified to be an independent contractor or freelancer. The law puts heavy restrictions on how much work freelancers can do before being considered full-time workers.

The legislation was passed to reduce the negative impact of the “gig economy,” where workers do various jobs on their own time but don’t get the benefits or long-term employment guarantees of a traditional, full-time job.

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The problem is, it appears that instead of aiming to hire more full-time workers, companies are simply getting rid of freelancers and independent contractors in favor of a smaller number of full-time employees.

Of course, the freelancer law has major implications for ride-sharing services like Uber—which is battling the law and working with other companies to amend it with a ballot initiative—but it’s having a huge impact on freelance writers in particular.

Vox Media, which supported the new law, announced that it would be doing away with most of its California contractors who provide content for its sports websites on SB Nation.

“In the early weeks and months of 2020, we will end our contracts with most contractors at California brands,” SB Nation Executive Director John Ness wrote in a postaccording to Fox Business.

“This shift is part of a business and staffing strategy that we have been exploring over the past two years, but one that is also necessary in light of California’s new independent contractor law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.”

There’s no question as to where the problem lies: The new law limits freelance contributions to 35-a-year to a single company, which in many cases is a tiny number for freelancers.

Billy Binion, writing for Reason, pointed out what this means for writers:

“The 35-piece per publication limit comes out to less than one piece per week. Anyone who writes a weekly column, for instance, is likely out of a job if their publisher cannot hire them as an employee.”

Businesses and publishers in general now have an incentive to stay away from California workers and writers.

“If I’m a publisher from out of state,” said David Swanson, a San Diego writer who is the outgoing president of the Society of American Travel Writers, according to the Los Angeles Times, “and I have a choice of hiring a writer from California to do a job, or somebody from Colorado or Texas or Canada or India—and I’d have no chance of being sued—who do you think I’m going to hire? AB 5 simply makes it unattractive to hire writers from California.”

The gig economy might not be the best arrangement for everyone, but needlessly killing thousands of jobs is the last thing California lawmakers should be doing. The impact on businesses will likely be bad, but for those now out of a job in the new year, it will be far worse.

For many, the flexibility of independent contract work is highly appealing and in some cases necessary.

As Laura Baxter wrote for The Federalist, the law could fall particularly hard on parents, students, and the disabled. For others, freelancing is an important supplement to income that will now be lost.

And for those who pursue the dream of writing for a living, freelance work is often the only opportunity to do so. With this law, many California writers are now being forced to choose between ending that dream or leaving the state.

California, the richest state in the union, is seemingly perfecting the art of encouraging mass homelessness and putting people out of work. (And right behind it is New York, which may soon be adopting a similar law.)

Instead of blaming their problems on President Donald Trump, maybe California leaders ought to reexamine the broken ideology that has caused their state—which has every advantage of wealth, climate, and geography—to become a national laughingstock whose residents can’t get out fast enough.



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Whitewashing Traitors While Destroying Patriots

“There are some in black robes sitting on federal benches all across this country.  They’re Democrats, Republicans, liberals and even conservatives that pervert the Constitution.” –  Paul Brown

“As long as judges tinker with the Constitution to “do what the people want” instead of what the document actually commands, politicians who pick and confirm new federal judges will naturally want only those who agree with them politically.” –  Antonin Scalia

“Take all the robes of all the good judges who have ever lived on the face of the earth, and they would not be large enough to cover the iniquity of one corrupt judge.” –  Henry Ward Beecher

My personal opinion is that Judge Emmet Sullivan is a disgrace to the bench regarding General Flynn’s case.  Why? Because he is denying all Brady evidence requested by defense counsel, Sidney Powell, just as he denied requests for a mistrial in the case of Senator Stevens, a conviction he later dismissed. Sullivan has tossed General Flynn’s claim that he was a victim of FBI misconduct and accused his attorneys of plagiarism, writing that they had used parts of a 2012 brief from the non-profit New York Council of Defense Lawyers without citing the verbatim borrowing.  Sidney Powell a plagiarist…he must have her confused with Joe Biden!!!

The Judge has set January 28th, 2020 for General Michael Flynn’s sentencing for a process crime based on a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador on December 29, 2016, seven weeks after the presidential election.

Sullivan relied heavily on the Mueller report and finds:

the case was adequately predicated and authorized by Rod Rosenstein; the original guilty plea to Judge Contreras was appropriately informed; the government followed all appropriate notifications for Brady material; the evidence of Flynn’s guilt is accurately demonstrable to the guilty plea Mr. Flynn accepted; and there was no prosecutorial misconduct.

Sullivan trusts Mueller (read that Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s lead prosecutor) and Rod Rosenstein?  Weissman, the attorney who screwed up the entire Enron case and should have been disbarred?  Rosenstein, the temporary Attorney General under Jeff Sessions, the man who offered to wear a wire while speaking with President Trump?  The Department of Justice (DOJ) who has denied requested Brady materials over and over again?  And like so many other cases prosecuted by the DOJ, threats against the family to secure a plea of guilt. These Deep State impresarios are trustworthy? They are in fact licensed to lie!  Sullivan is obviously part and parcel of the same corrupt cadre of individuals we’ve seen in the Obama DOJ.

Has the judge not been listening to the phony impeachment hearings and reading the Inspector General’s report on the lies of the DOJ to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts?  Has he not read any of Attorney Sidney Powell’s briefs?  How about her book, Licensed to Lie, which extolled Sullivan’s actions overturning prosecutions?

Who appointed this judge?  Two Republican Presidents and one Democrat.  Sullivan was appointed to the bench of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals as an Associate Judge in 1992 by President George H. W. Bush and to the federal bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.

Licensed to Lie

Judge Sullivan presided over the 2008 trial of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, who was convicted of seven felony ethics violations. During the trial, the judge refused requests by the defense for a mistrial to be declared, after information was revealed that the prosecution had withheld exculpatory Brady material.  Eight days after the guilty verdict, Stevens narrowly lost his reelection bid, and without his vote against Obamacare, it passed.  Did the judge withhold the truth in Stevens case until he lost the election?

As more evidence of prosecutorial misconduct became known in early 2009, Judge Sullivan held four prosecutors in civil contempt of court, including Andrew Weissmann.  On April 1, 2009, following a Justice Department probe that found additional evidence of prosecutorial misconduct, the DOJ recommended that Stevens’ conviction be dismissed. Few people know that Robert Mueller oversaw the witch hunt against Senator Stevens.

Sidney Powell’s true legal thriller, Licensed to Lie, debunks everything the media and the government told us about the DOJ’s destruction and prosecution of the revered accounting firm Arthur Andersen, Merrill Lynch wealth management executives who did one business transaction with Enron, the purposeful destruction of Alaska Senator Ted Steven’s reputation, and even more.  DOJ attorneys continue to lie to Federal judges, and those judges continue to accept their blatant lies.

Those of us who have watched this corrupt circus and have researched this case know more about it than Sullivan does.  For nearly three years, the Flynn family has suffered the irrefutable FBI set up of this decorated military hero.  General Flynn was the former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Senior Military Intelligence Officer in the Department of Defense who never lied to anyone, including the FBI and VP Mike Pence.

And here we are again with the very same people in charge of destroying an innocent man’s life, a man who served his country with honor for 33 years, and in front of the same judge who is refusing to see the same criminal activity by the same Director of the FBI who served as Special Prosecutor in the phony Russian Collusion claim with sixteen Democratic Party operatives as investigators, including Andrew Weissmann who was held in civil contempt of court in a very similar case.

Senator Steven’s (R-AK) tainted prosecution was a clear case of DOJ meddling in a Senate election. General Flynn’s tainted prosecution is a clear case of the DOJ meddling in an effort to overturn a presidential election and influence the upcoming presidential election.

FBI Director Comey

It was FBI Director James Comey who sent two FBI agents to interview Flynn in order to trip him up over his phone call with the Russian Ambassador.  This is where the tin-pot dictator behavior of former FBI Director James Comey is fully displayed.  Diana West’s book, The Red Thread exposes Comey’s adoration of communist loving Reinhard Niebuhr, and his duplicitous actions against Donald Trump.

Sidney Powell filed a brief citing evidence that FBI Director Comey said “screw it” to longstanding FBI protocols that would have prevented the agents from interviewing the new National Security Advisor, General Flynn.

Agents Strzok and Pienka had the transcript of the General’s phone call to Russian Ambassador Kislyak, and their original 302 interview reports stated Michael Flynn did not lie about discussing Obama’s sanctions with the ambassador.

While answering questions in an interview he thought was inconsequential, Flynn did not have a strong recollection of his conversations with the ambassador.  In his defense, he did not believe he was sitting there to tell the FBI how the Trump Administration would be dealing with Russia going forward. The conversation was supposed to be about the election.  And of course, he didn’t think the FBI would compare transcripts of his conversations to his answers. That would be unlawful.

It was disclosed that General Flynn had told Trump’s transition team, i.e. VP Pence, that he never discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador, which he really did not. The illegally unmasked transcripts, however, indicated that the subject had come up at one point, which was appropriate and legally proper. New administrations in transition can discuss their changed viewpoints from previous White House occupants, which is what General Flynn was hired to do as the new National Security Advisor.  Nevertheless, it was not discussed in detail…only mentioned.

Incredibly, the FBI amended its 302s (interview summaries) to suggest he lied.  Joel Pollak’s article in Breitbart states that the General’s lawyers allege that the DOJ’s Lisa Page actually changed the 302 reports. As his attorney, Sidney Powell points out, “The agents moved a sentence to make it seem to be an answer to a question it was not.” The words “FLYNN stated he did not” were added to the document.  A 25-year FBI agent, James Gagliano says that Comey’s FBI altered 302 summaries has done irreparable damage will take a generation to recover.

Powell demanded “the original or first draft of the FBI 302 of the interview of Mr. Flynn on January 24, 2017,” as well as “any records or documents that show everyone who made changes to that 302.”

She was correct when she said, “The government has continued to defy its
constitutional, ethical and legal obligations to this Court and to the defense
, and to hide evidence that it knows exonerates Mr. Flynn. As is the essence of the problem here, instead of protecting its citizens, the “government” is protecting its own criminal conduct and operatives.”

Facing certain financial destruction and a criminal proceeding that would have harmed his family, Flynn copped to a minor crime, lying to the FBI, to avoid a crucible.  I only wish Sidney Powell had been his defense from the beginning of this blatant attack on one of America’s finest.

Silence from AG Barr

Much of the Brady material requested by Flynn’s attorneys has not been declassified by Barr despite it being exculpatory evidence for General Flynn.  This denied exculpatory evidence could prove both his innocence and the FBI’s collusion to eliminate President Trump’s choice for National Security Advisor.  Read here and here.

It would only be fair to the General and to the public to see all the relative FBI evidence against Michael Flynn.  Even Senator Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to General Mattis, in August of 2017, regarding the declassification of specific documents related to public interest and fairness to General Flynn.

AG Barr has the authority and has been given the power to declassify the important documents from the DOJ and FBI regarding their motives to “investigate” General Flynn.  The prosecution of Michael Flynn is under Barr’s authority, and President Trump “delegated authority” to the Attorney General to determine IF anything should be declassified.  The President authorized Bill Barr to declassify any/all material that may be needed in the honest search for truth and justice.  And Bill Barr has done absolutely nothing.

Barr has actually gone to court to argue he is under no obligation to provide the declassified material to anyone, for anything and the DOJ has confirmed that the President is not requiring declassification of anything.  What is so damning is that none of the materials are in any way related to national security.  This is a sham and a protection factor for the DOJ Deep State. AG Barr is protecting the DOJ, not the life of an innocent man.

Prosecution Suppresses Evidence

In the ongoing case, United States v. Michael T. Flynn, the DOJ’s prosecution team did not turn over exculpatory evidence (Brady material) to General Flynn’s defense attorney.  Withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense is prosecutorial misconduct and the Flynn case is not the first time the DOJ has denied a defendant their constitutional rights.

The prosecution has willingly and knowingly suppressed key evidence that would prove the General’s innocence.  He is entitled to due process and to the disclosure of all evidence that would help his case, but the DOJ has not been forthcoming with those documents.

The General’s Constitutional rights were violated by FBI Director James Comey, Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and the Justice Department, including former Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah A. Curtis, who until September 27, 2019, was the lead DOJ attorney prosecuting General Flynn’s case.

Attorney Sidney Powell has stated that when FBI Director Comey met with President Trump, Comey did not inform President Trump that the FBI had already cleared General Flynn of any crime.


General Michael Flynn has served this nation and his president with honor.  He has lost everything at the very hands of the government he served for over 33 years.  He needs our help.  Please donate to the Michael Flynn Legal Defense Fund.

President Trump made clear to reporters at Mar-a-Lago how he felt about the prosecution of former aides. It is time for President Trump to act and to pardon General Flynn and his other supporters who have lost everything for supporting an outsider to make America great again.

The stench of corruption emanates from Obama’s DOJ and those within who aspired to destroy the will of America’s people.  Those who are guilty of treasonous crimes walk free, while the innocents suffer.

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3 Reasons Millennials Should Ditch Karl Marx for Ayn Rand

The fact of the matter is that Karl Marx doesn’t align with what’s important to us Millennials. It’s time to look to a new philosopher, like Ayn Rand.

Dear avocado-toast-eating brethren,

We need to drop Karl Marx like we dropped cable TV.

We’re a generation that’s sick of wars (and threats of wars), mass shootings, and media sensationalism. As the ambassadors of the sharing economy and investors in cryptocurrency, we hold innovation and entrepreneurship in high esteem.

Karl Marx is not who we think he is. His philosophy doesn’t align with our values at all. We need to look to somebody more in touch with what’s important to us — someone like Ayn Rand.

Here are 3 reasons we should kick ol’ Karl to the curb and pick up Ayn Rand instead.

We hate the constant stream of wars the US gets involved in. Whether it’s Iraq or Afghanistan, or the threat of the Islamic State or North Korea, we’re just tired of it all. Why can’t everyone get along? Why do we have to topple regime after regime and flex our muscles on Twitter? Don’t even get us started on the mass shootings. It’s 2017, for crying out loud! This violence needs to stop.

If only Karl Marx felt the same way. But unfortunately, he says that the only way to bring about the ideal political state is through violent revolution:

“In depicting the most general phases of the development of the proletariat, we traced the more or less veiled civil war, raging within existing society, up to the point where that war breaks out into open revolution, and where the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie lays the foundation for the sway of the proletariat.”

The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx

Oh, brother… Please: No. More. Wars.

Ayn Rand, on the other hand, is not a proponent of violence. She says violence should only be a means of self-defense. If someone invades your country, you can retaliate. If someone punches you in the face, you can retaliate. If someone tries to steal your stuff, you can retaliate. But there’s no reason you should employ violence other than if you or your stuff are attacked.

“A civilized society is one in which physical force is banned from human relationships—in which the government, acting as a policeman, may use force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use.”

The Virtue of Selfishness, Ayn Rand

Karl Marx appeals to your emotional indignation.

I groan every time a Boomer rants about “entitled Millennials these days.” We are not entitled. We are not lazy. And when they try to guilt us into going to church more or playing video games less or buying a house or getting married “while we’re still young?” Puh-lease. Emotional appeals are the worst.

And don’t even get us started on media sensationalism. We’ve had enough of the red, shouting faces, the blatant lying and fear-mongering, the “Wars on Christmas.” The media is constantly trying to pit us against each other.

It turns out that Karl Marx uses the same “Us vs. Them” hysteria as CNN and Fox News. He appeals to pathos and emotional outrage to – like we discussed above – try to get us to start a war.

“Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.”

The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx

We’re not having any of that though, are we? We’re done being manipulated by outrage and hysteria. It’s time to change the channel to something a little calmer, more grounded, and personally empowering.

Ayn Rand, fortunately, has the peaceful empowerment we’re so desperately missing. While Karl Marx wants you to blame others (the bourgeoisie) for your plights, Ayn Rand wants you to introspect and perhaps reassess your values. Rather than encouraging you to camouflage yourself into a “union of workers,” she wants to empower you as an individual to create a meaningful life for yourself. Mass hysteria, be gone!

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.”

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

Karl Marx wants mankind to rest on its laurels.

Welp, we’ve got pretty good iPhones, Space X can salvage and relaunch rockets, and thanks to services like HelloFresh and Blue Apron, we no longer have to go to the grocery store. Time to pack up! Call it a day! Everyone, go home! There’s no more need for innovation.

At least, according to Karl Marx.

If Marx had his way, all incentives to improve and create cooler things would be stripped out of our lives along with our private property. Following the logical progression of his communal philosophy, when we’re all slaving away for “the greater good,” and the highest achieving members of society are having the fruits of their labors redistributed to the lowest achievers (insert flashback to the freeloaders of group projects at school), that’s what will happen. Innovation would cease to occur under Marxism.

“The claim that men should be retained in jobs that have become unnecessary, doing work that is wasteful or superfluous, to spare them the difficulties of retraining for new jobs—thus contributing, as in the case of railroads, to the virtual destruction of an entire industry—this is the doctrine of the divine right of stagnation.”

The Virtue of Selfishness, Ayn Rand

But with Ayn Rand’s philosophy, our stuff will always remain ours. We don’t have to share our Nintendo Switch with our little sister (who drops her phone 10 times a day) unless we want to. We can rest easy knowing that if we take a big risk (and invest in cryptocurrencies while our parents mutter “Ponzi scheme” under their breath), we have the opportunity for a big reward. And best of all, with Ayn Rand’s philosophy reaffirming our desire to be great and create great things, maybe someday we will have JARVIS, jetpacks, and flying hammocks.

The fact of the matter is that Karl Marx doesn’t align with what’s important to us Millennials. If it were up to him, we’d be starting more violent wars, we’d be widening the gap of distrust between one another, and we’d strip ourselves of all incentives to make the world cooler than it already is. So it’s time we adopt a new philosopher. Let’s look up to people like Ayn Rand.


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Pelosi’s Impeachment Gamble Is Unconstitutional

One of the Constitution’s clearest provisions is also one of its least-used: the process for removing the president for serious misconduct. Some politicians and lawyers, however, are trying to complicate this straightforward constitutional process, inventing things that simply aren’t there.

The Constitution’s impeachment process has two steps: Article 1, Section 2 gives the House of Representatives the “sole power of impeachment” and Section 3 gives the Senate the “sole power to try all impeachments.”

The House did its part on Dec. 18, adopting two articles of impeachment. All that’s left is for the House to appoint a few members to act as the prosecutors and, as the Senate’s trial rules put it, notify the Senate that these impeachment “managers” are “directed to carry articles of impeachment to the Senate.”

If this sounds a little familiar, it’s not really different from the indictment and trial you might have watched on any episode of “Law & Order.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., however, appears to be making up a process of her own. She says she won’t appoint impeachment managers or send the articles to the Senate until the Senate agrees to conduct its trial the way she dictates.

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In other words, Pelosi is holding the impeachment for ransom, keeping the count[r]y in impeachment limbo.

The House has impeached, but the Senate cannot conduct a trial unless it agrees to Pelosi’s demands or is able to change its impeachment trial rules (which requires a two-thirds vote) so it can at least start a trial on its own.

In response, Harvard law professor Noah Feldman, who argued strongly for impeachment as one of House Democrats’ hearing witnesses, wrote an article objecting to Pelosi’s gambit. President Donald Trump, Feldman insists, is not actually impeached until the House sends formal notice to the  Senate.

Feldman is wrong. He claims that, in the past, “‘impeachment’ occurred—and occurs—when the articles of impeachment are presented to the Senate for trial.” But asserting this is all he does. He offers nothing to suggest that America’s Founders designed impeachment this way. His claim actually contradicts the language of the Constitution. While the House has the “sole” power of impeachment, Feldman says that impeachment cannot occur without the Senate.

Feldman tries to blur the lines by saying that “impeachment is a process,” but that’s not really true either. Just like there is a process that results in an indictment, there is a process for producing an impeachment, a process that occurs entirely within the House of Representatives.

But an impeachment itself, like an indictment, is a thing. The Constitution, after all, gives the Senate the power to “try all impeachments.” The Senate’s impeachment trial rules refer to “managers of an impeachment” and their first trial responsibility as “exhibit[ing] articles of impeachment.” In other words, the articles of impeachment adopted by the House are the impeachment.

The House itself agrees. Its website includes a list of “individuals impeached by the House of Representatives.” The first name on the list is Sen. William Blount of Tennessee. The Senate literally refused to recognize the impeachment as valid, choosing instead to expel him. The House still says he was impeached.

The list also includes U.S. District Judge Mark Delahay, who is listed as being impeached even though the House appointed no impeachment managers and the Senate conducted no trial at all.

Feldman’s claim is like saying that, though a grand jury has voted to indict, a criminal defendant is not really indicted until that action is presented to the trial jury.

To his credit, Feldman is correct that an indefinite delay in appointing managers and sending notice that they are ready to participate in the impeachment trial “would pose a serious problem.”

The House impeachment process, and the impeachment itself, were purely partisan. Now that the impeachment is finished, however, trying to manipulate how the Senate conducts its trial would only taint this whole drama even more and further distort the Constitution’s impeachment framework.

Since Feldman is such a strong Trump critic, he likely came up with this novel theory to push the process ahead toward, he hopes, Senate conviction and Trump’s removal from office. His ends, however, do not justify his means.

The House has done its part by impeaching Trump. The House must appoint managers and notify the Senate not because doing so is necessary to complete the impeachment, but because it’s the House’s clear obligation under the Constitution.

Originally published by Fox News


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A Surprise Christmas Gift

Over forty-five years ago when my white wife and I met, interracial dating was taboo. We endured verbal and physical assaults from blacks and whites. A deranged white man approached our table in a restaurant, smashed a bottle over my head and ran out of the restaurant. He was prosecuted.

Mary and I did not intend to offend anyone. We were soulmates.

Raised by her father and step mother, Mary’s parents reluctantly accepted me as their new son-in-law. They quickly became awesome in-laws.

Unfortunately, Mary’s birth mother whom I will call Ruth refused to meet me. Even after we had been married for 39 years Ruth wanted nothing to do with me.

On our annual Christmas trip from Florida back home to Maryland to visit family, Mary wanted to visit her 90 something year old grandmother, Easter Pansy who is Ruth’s mom.

I assumed Mary’s grandma was an old-school racist highly offended by interracial marriage. I thought it best to drop Mary off at her grandma’s house. My assumption about her grandma was so wrong.

Mary said Easter Pansy was extremely disappointed, asking, “Where is your husband?” Easter Pansy dashed out her front door, trying to catch me before I drove away. She instructed Mary, “You tell that young man that he is always welcomed in my home. And tell him that I love him.”

A few Christmases later, Mary received an amazing letter from Ruth, her birth mother, expressing how sorry she was and how much she wanted to meet her son-in-law. Mary called Ruth and setup a Christmas Eve visit.

I must admit that a negative thought did cross my mind. Is this a trap to get me inside her home for thugs to beat the crap out of me? Then, I thought, “That’s ridiculous.”

Ruth appeared super excited, greeting us with hugs. She had dinner prepared. The gathering included Mary’s half sister, brother and their spouses. Ruth’s grandson and his wife were there also.

Ruth asked me to say grace before we ate. Feeling a bit shy, I said I would prefer that our hostess say the prayer.

As Ruth prayed, she wept thanking God for bringing her family together. Feeling her genuineness, I spontaneously reached out and grabbed her hand. With my other hand, I grabbed Mary’s hand. It was an awesome heartfelt moment orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.

Over the coarse of the evening, we all laughed a lot, got to know each other, viewed family pictures and took a bunch of pictures. I learned that Mary’s half brother and his wife are conservatives who have been reading my articles and following my Christian conservative political activist work for years on the internet. Ruth is a born again Christian.

It was a wonderful evening. Mary and I left feeling extremely blessed and grateful. God gave us a surprise Christmas gift of new family.

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California’s War on Gig Work Falls Hardest on Women

California’s Assembly Bill 5 has already had an adverse impact on the state’s freelance writers, approximately two-thirds of whom are women.

This year, California’s progressives decided to wage war on the nightmare of being your own boss. A new state law aimed at limiting the gig economy has already cost hundreds of people their jobs—and had a seriously harmful impact on women’s earnings and long-term happiness.

Assembly Bill 5 curbs the ability of companies like Uber and Lyft to classify their workers as independent contractors. The law, which codifies the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision into law, means companies in the $1 trillion gig economy would have to hire freelancers as employees and give them benefits, including healthcare coverage. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on September 18. It takes effect on January 1.

The companies say that kind of change threatens their business model and could mean bankruptcy. It also means their newly designated employees can be unionized, a boon for organized labor. Teamsters organizers have already begun laying the groundwork.

But the law contains a provision that limits freelance writers to submitting 35 articles per outlet each year. (The bill’s author admits the number is “arbitrary.”)

Media outlets that rely on independent content producers are scrambling to comply with the law before it takes effect in a few days—and one of them, Vox, announced it will engage in a round of mass firings.

The bill’s author, Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, said her goal is to “preserve good jobs,” but only those that pay “a livable, sustainable wage job.” Vox apparently did not fall into that category.

The hundreds of workers Vox laid off have the opportunity to apply for the new, full-time jobs the company just announced—20 of them.

Freelancers who love what they do can keep writing, explained John Ness, executive director of the Vox-owned website SB Nation, but they “need to understand they will not be paid for future contributions.”

Thanks to government intervention, hundreds or thousands of authors will lose their most viable source of income.

Freelance authors blame the law, not their employers, for turning their lives upside down. CNBC reports:

A writer named Rebecca Lawson, who covered the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks from San Diego, wrote a post on Monday titled, “California’s terrible AB5 came for me today, and I’m devastated.” Lawson, who was editor-in-chief of the blog Mavs Moneyball, said she would be forced to step down as of March 31.

“SB Nation has chosen to do the easiest thing they can to comply with California law — not work with California-based independent contractors, or any contractors elsewhere writing for California-based teams,” Lawson wrote. “I don’t blame them at all.”

The Hollywood Reporter shares the story of Arianna Jeret:

[Jeret], who contributes to relationship websites and The Good Men Project, says freelance writing has helped support her two children and handle their different school schedules. Her current gigs — covering mental health, lifestyle and entertainment — allow her to work from home, from the office and even from her children’s various appointments. “There were just all of these benefits for my ability to still be an active parent in my kids’ lives and also support us financially that I just couldn’t find anywhere in a steady job with anybody,” she says.

Similarly, author Kassy Dillon tweeted:

Not all those opposed to the new law are women, by any stretch of the imagination. Aaron Pruner, whose clients include The Washington Post, said, “Working with a baby at home is easier to do when I have my own schedule to work from, as opposed to a 9 to 5.”

But women bear the brunt of the government-imposed limit. Two-thirds of U.S. freelancers across industries are female, according to PayPal’s “U.S. Freelancer Insights Report.”

Curiously, the bill carved out vast exemptions. The San Francisco Chronicle revealed that lawmakers exempted a series of higher-paying professions including

doctors, psychologists, dentists, podiatrists, insurance agents, stock brokers, lawyers, accountants, engineers, veterinarians, direct sellers, real estate agents, hairstylists and barbers, aestheticians, commercial fishermen, marketing professionals, travel agents, graphic designers, grant writers, fine artists, enrolled agents, payment processing agents, repossession agents and human resources administrators.

But the politicians made no provision for freelance writers, despite months of heavy lobbying.

Freelance work empowers women to choose how they spend their time. Female workers have repeatedly told pollsters from across the globe—as far as Australia and Denmark—that their top workplace desire is the flexibility to create greater work-life balance. Some 40 percent of women say they would take a lower salary in exchange for more control over their schedule.

Freelancing lets women choose the hours they work and gives them control over their schedule. They may opt out of working altogether when someone gets ill, only to work night-and-day at other times, based on their needs and wishes. But the right to unionize Uber drivers has denied them that goal.

Employment is about more than a paycheck. Surveys show unemployment has a longer, more harmful impact on members of both sexes than any other adverse life effect, including divorce and widowhood. “For unemployment, there is a negative shock both in the short and long-run,” reports Our World in Data.

Unemployment also affects the human person in ways too profound to be measured by an earnings statement, poll, or survey. “Unemployment almost always wounds its victim’s dignity and threatens the equilibrium of his life,” says the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “Besides the harm done to him personally, it entails many risks for his family.” Pope Francis has been outspoken about the dangers of idleness. “There is no peace without employment,” he said on the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

There is no peace for California’s freelance writers, approximately two-thirds of whom are women. This is yet another example of how economic interventionism destroys jobs, harms women, and leaves hundreds of families unable to support themselves and saddled with long-term psychological burdens.

This article is reprinted with permission from the Acton Institute.

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Democrats Drowning in Their Own Twisted Rhetoric

“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.” – Ayn Rand

The Democratic Party, and the Deep State, have decided to go all in on impeaching President Donald J. Trump. I get it. They lost the 2016 election, which they should have won, and just can’t seem to get over it. They won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College.

What is most interesting is that the Democrats are drowning in their own twisted rhetoric.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised that she would work with President Trump. That, for the most part, was a lie. What Speaker Pelosi found, after the 2018 midterm election, is that the party had taken a sharp turn toward Communism (i.e. Democratic Socialism). The Democratic Party also found that their Progressive Caucus held sway over its public policy platform.

Since the 2018 midterm election the Democrats in the House, Senate and their political action committees have made it their mission to:

  1. Impeach President Trump.
  2. Eliminate the Electoral College.
  3. Reinstate the Iran Nuclear Deal.
  4. Rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.
  5. Give the United Nations power over every American citizen (much like the EU has power over its member country’s citizens).
  6. Cut military spending.
  7. Keep America in endless wars in the Middle East.
  8. Support anti-Semitism.
  9. End support of the state of Israel.
  10. Forgive all student loan debt.
  11. Give everyone free public housing.
  12. Guarantee everyone a federal job.
  13. Implement the Green New Deal.
  14. Raise the minimum wage.
  15. Pack the Supreme Court.
  16. Give social benefits to illegal aliens.
  17. Give expanded “civil rights” to homosexuals.
  18. Provide medicare for all.
  19. Raise taxes on the rich.
  20. Raise taxes on the working class.
  21. Abort a child after birth.
  22. Weaken the 2nd Amendment.
  23. Silence any and all opposition.
  24. De-funding ICE.
  25. Open our Southern border.
  26. Resist everything the Trump administration does.

I have been warning about each of these issues for over a decade. I have seen them become the political platform of the neo-Marist Democratic Party.

As Ayn Rand warned:

“The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow.”

Hilary Clinton lost in 2016 because Americans were looking for a new way forward. They saw that new way in the Republican candidate for president and voted for Donald J. Trump.

The Democrats and Democratic Party have since 2016 embraced numerous extreme uncontested absurdities.

It they ever gain enough power they will implement them and work tirelessly to codify them into law.

This is why 2020 and beyond are critical to maintaining our Constitutional Republican form of government. This is why me must continue to severely limit the powers of Washington, D.C.

This is why America must do what the people in the United Kingdom did, reject socialism in all of its forms.

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New York City Experienced Worst Decline in Restaurant Jobs since 9/11 After $15 Minimum Wage Win

The Big Apple’s fast-food industry, The New York Times recently reported, has long served as a laboratory for progressive politicians and the nation’s labor machine.

But new economic research suggests their latest experiment is not going as planned.

Data show that following the labor movement’s “Fight for $15” victory, which imposed steep annual increases in mandatory wages for workers, New York City experienced its sharpest decline in restaurant jobs in nearly 20 years.

Restaurants tend to operate on famously low profit margins, typically 2 to 6 percent. So a 40 percent mandatory wage increase over a two-year period is not trivial.

In response to the minimum wage hikes, New York City restaurants did what businesses tend to do when labor costs rise: they increased prices and reduced labor staff and hours.

For example, Lalito’s, a popular restaurant on Bayard Street, recently raised its menu prices 10-15 percent, Eater New York reports.

A New York City Hospitality Alliance survey also showed that three out of four full-service restaurants said they planned to reduce employee hours. Nearly half of those surveyed said they planned to eliminate some job positions in 2019.

In response, New York City council members are trying to shield restaurant employees from “unfair” firings. Labor lawyer Michael J. Lotito, whose firm represents the restaurant industry, told The Times that a “just cause” firing provision for fast food employers “would be a first in the country.”

Regardless of whether or not the firings are “fair,” the data are clear: restaurant workers are losing jobs.

Recently published data from the American Enterprise Institute, a right-leaning Washington, DC, think tank, show that full-service restaurant employment declined for the first time in a decade in 2018. That year also saw the sharpest month-to-month annual decline since the attacks of 9/11.

“December 2018 restaurant jobs were down by almost 3,000 (and by 1.64%) from the previous December,” wrote economist Mark Perry, “and the 2.5% annual decline in March 2018 was the worst annual decline since the sharp collapse in restaurant jobs following 9/11 in 2001.”

Perry says this “restaurant recession” is likely the result of the series of mandatory wage hikes that brought the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

New York’s experience is noteworthy since numerous states have passed or are in the process of passing a $15 pay floor. Illinois and New Jersey recently passed laws mandating a $15 minimum wage—they will be phased in over several years, similar to New York’s law—joining California, Massachusetts, and of course New York. The Maryland House of Delegates advanced a $15 pay floor by voice vote Wednesday. The District of Columbia and some cities, including Seattle and Minneapolis, have also passed $15 minimum wage laws.

Considering the latest results of New York’s $15 minimum wage experiment, lawmakers and activists should consider Mary Shelley’s great moral lesson: beware the monsters we create ourselves.


Marijuana vaping nearly triples among 12th graders in 2 years

Marijuana vaping nearly triples in two years among 12th graders

Past-month marijuana vaping among high school seniors nearly tripled (from 5 percent to 14 percent) between 2017 and 2019, the new Monitoring the Future reveals. It nearly doubled in just one year (from 7.5 percent to 14 percent), the largest one-year jump of any drug in the history of the survey.

Seniors’ past-year marijuana vaping more than doubled in two years (from 9.5 percent in 2017 to 20.8 percent in 2019), and their lifetime marijuana vaping nearly doubled (from 11.9 percent to 23.7 percent).

This year – for the first time – the survey monitored near daily marijuana vaping (more than 20 days a month). Some 3.5 percent of 12th graders vape marijuana that often.

Marijuana vaping doubled in two years among 10th and 8th grade students as well:

Among 10th grade students

  • Past-month use rose from 4.3 percent in 2017 to 12.6 percent in 2019
  • Past-year use: 8.1 percent to 19.4 percent
  • Lifetime use: 9.8 percent to 21.8 percent

Among 8th grade students

  • Past-month use rose from 1.6 percent in 2017 to 3.9 percent in 2019
  • Past-year use: 3 percent to 7 percent
  • Lifetime use ; 4 percent to 9 percent

Such dramatic increases in such a short amount of time are worrisome on two counts. Little is known about the impact on the body of vaping anything, including high THC levels or nicotine, into the lungs. The upsurge in severe lung injuries and deaths identified only last August makes the point (see next story). Also, because adolescence is a time of intense brain development, young people are particularly vulnerable to becoming addicted to any drug if they begin using while they are still teenagers.

Nicotine vaping among adolescents presents the same hazard and threatens to undo the significant gains in reducing cigarette smoking among youth. The 2019 survey finds that 35 percent of 12th graders vaped nicotine in the past year, as did 31 percent of 10th graders and 17 percent of 8th graders.

Read NIDA’s release of the 2019 Monitoring the Future here.
Read JAMA research letter here.

Vaping-related lung injury cases from all 50 states continue to be reported to CDC, although they may be slowing down. Thus far, 52 deaths in 26 states have been linked to these injuries. More deaths are being investigated.

All 2,409 patients report a history of vaping. THC is present in most samples FDA has tested, and most patients report a history of THC use.

While Vitamin E acetate is a chemical of interest, patients have used some 152 different THC brands, including Dank Vapes in the Northeast and South, TKO and Smart Carts in the West, and Rove in the Midwest.

There may be more than one cause of the illness.

Read the December 12 CDC Update here.

This week’s podcast: Mahmoud ElSohly – Is marijuana the same as Epidiolex?

Mahmoud A. ElSohly, PhD, is a pharmacologist known for his work on marijuana. He is professor of pharmaceutics in the school of pharmacy at the University of Mississippi where he directs the Marijuana Project which grows pharmaceutical-grade marijuana for research. He is an expert in the processing, testing, and detection of drugs of abuse.

Key Points

  • Epidiolex is a very well-defined pharmaceutical preparation of CBD
  • Difference between it and other CBD is like night and day.
  • Difference between Epidiolex and CBD on the Internet and in stores
  • What is the OTC process?
  • What is biphasic activity?
  • What is low bioavailability?
  • Is there an entourage effect?

Listen to Dr. ElSohly’s podcast here.

Up next week? Marilyn Huestis – How marijuana affects kids

Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? It’s contentious, but doctors, feds say yes

USA Today writes that doctors, federal officials, parents, and young adult marijuana users who have experienced psychosis while using the drug agree that marijuana does indeed cause psychosis, including schizophrenia.

Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, the US Department of Health and Human Services top mental health official and head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, says hospitalizations for serious mental-health disorders among 18- to 25-year-olds more than doubled between 2012 and 2018. Colorado and Washington State were the first two states to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2012.

She also cites a July study that shows a 77 percent increase in suicide deaths from 2010 to 2015 among Colorado 10- to 19-year-olds with marijuana in their systems.

“Among people who use marijuana, 10 percent to 20 percent will develop a marijuana use disorder and be at risk for these other kinds of mental and physical adverse events,” Dr. McCance-Katz adds.

Sally Schindel tells the story of her son, who was diagnosed with severe cannabis use disorder, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder with auditory hallucinations, paranoia and anxiety. He committed suicide, leaving his mother a note explaining why: “I want to die. My soul is already dead. Marijuana killed my soul + ruined my brain.”

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Election Irregularities Persist in Palm Beach County 20 Years After Bush-Gore Standoff

You would think that after being one of the centers of the election storm in 2000 when the hotly contested Florida recount determined whether George Bush or Al Gore would be president of the United States, Palm Beach County would have gotten its act together.

But as is evident from a recent report from the Public Interest Legal Foundation, which shows problems such as the dead rising from their graves to vote, Palm Beach County still is not properly supervising the election process or maintaining accurate voter registration rolls.

This latest revelation comes on top of the decision last January by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to remove Susan Bucher, the county’s election supervisor, for incompetence and neglect of duty in the 2018 election. The news also follows the recent arrest and removal of the information technology manager of the elections office for shoving a police officer who was investigating child pornography.

The report from the Public Interest Legal Foundation, titled “Calm Before the Storm,” is based on a three-month review of Palm Beach County’s records, practices, and procedures. Unfortunately, that review found numerous problems, ranging from clerical errors in voter records to evidence of double voting and ballots cast by the deceased.

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The report found 68 voters who were not registered at their home addresses as required by law, but at businesses and even government addresses.

At least 10 used the address of the Boca Raton police station in their registration. Others used addresses of fire stations, city halls, and UPS stores. Using improper addresses on registration forms is another loophole that fraudsters use to erode the safety of elections.

The report found 225 individuals who double-voted across state lines in the 2016 and/or 2018 elections. In other words, 225 voters illegally cast ballots in Palm Beach County and elsewhere in the same election, which is almost half of Bush’s margin of victory in 2000 of 537 votes in the county. More than 400 persons also registered more than once in Palm Beach County.

The names of more than 2,200 deceased voters were still on the rolls, 139 of whom somehow cast ballots after they were dead, a remarkable achievement that obviously is not limited to Chicago. So while dead men may tell no tales, they do cast votes in Palm Beach County.

Perhaps most alarming, the Public Interest Legal Foundation found noncitizens illegally registered to vote, in some cases despite the fact that the county knew these persons were not citizens. Almost 70 noncitizens were still registered to vote after they contacted election officials and asked to be removed from the voter rolls.

The report found that county election officials registered some aliens to vote even when they checked the “No” box regarding U.S. citizenship on the application form, showing a fundamental problem in administrative procedures.

The report illustrates some specific examples, including a Venezuelan who twice admitted on the form to not being a citizen, yet was registered to vote anyway. He voted in the 2012, 2014, and 2016 elections.

Similarly, a Guatemalan citizen was registered to vote in 2015 despite admitting on her registration form that she was not a citizen. She voted in the 2016 presidential preference primary, likely in the Democratic contest, since she identified herself as a Democrat.

Palm Beach County’s failure to prioritize removal of the deceased from voter rolls constitutes a huge flaw in the system and a threat to the integrity of elections.

Absentee ballot fraud also has been such a problem in Florida that in 1998 the state’s Department of Law Enforcement issued a report on the numerous cases that had been prosecuted. In 2012, the “Final Report of the Miami-Dade Grand Jury” found serious problems with the absentee ballot process. Things have not improved much since then.

Unfortunately, Palm Beach County isn’t an isolated problem.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation just filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit for failing to properly maintain its voter registration rolls.

The organization found thousands of deceased voters who remained registered, multiple registrations by the same individuals, and some registered voters who obviously are trying to compete with Methuselah to be the longest living humans in history. That includes the oldest, active registered voter who, according to city records, was born in 1823, before Michigan was admitted to the union.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation also just obtained a decision from a federal judge in Pennsylvania ordering the state to turn over the records of tens of thousands of noncitizens who have registered to vote in the state over the past 20 years. Pennsylvania has been fighting to keep these records secret, to avoid having to disclose the extent of this problem to the public.

The Election Fraud Database maintained by The Heritage Foundation highlights a sampling of cases that demonstrate the flaws in the security of elections across the country. The total number of proven cases stands at 1,241.

Heritage’s database does not yet include other important examples, such as the almost 300 noncitizens who Ohio’s secretary of state recently found were registered illegally to vote in the state, 77 of whom voted in the 2018 election.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation’s report on Palm Beach County calls attention to disturbing vulnerabilities in the election process. State and local officials must do more to prevent these problems.

The citizens of Palm Beach County and other places such as Detroit need to know that local election officials are doing everything they can to ensure that their votes are protected from administrative errors and fraud that could dilute or steal their votes and affect the outcome of future elections.

Democracy deserves no less.

Editor’s note: Hans von Spakovsky is on the board of the Public Interest Legal Foundation.


Hans von Spakovsky is an authority on a wide range of issues—including civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration, the rule of law and government reform—as a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and manager of the think tank’s Election Law Reform Initiative. Read his research. Twitter: .

Kaitlynn Samalis-Aldrich is a research assistant in the Meese Center for Judicial and Legal Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

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