Planned Parenthood’s Racism Is Showing. It’s Time We Stopped Enabling Them

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Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, likes to bill itself as concerned with racial equality, despite its origins in racist eugenics. But the recent firing of their Pennsylvania Chapter Executive Director over racial discrimination suggests that racism is alive and well within Planned Parenthood.

On a closer look, it becomes clear that despite the image Planned Parenthood strives to project, racism, ethical issues, and downright illegal activities have been endemic in the organization since its founding. More and more disturbing evidence shows how Planned Parenthood has for years covered up the illegal sale of baby parts, facilitated medical fraud, and neglected to report abuse of minors — sometimes multiple instances of abuse which led to underage girls receiving abortion services.

And Planned Parenthood’s recent debacle with racism in the Pennsylvania Chapter is only one in a series of controversies relating to discrimination. In another recent controversy, Lauren McQuade, the head of Planned Parenthood Great Plains — a Planned Parenthood affiliate group — parted ways with the company after she “created a culture of fear and intimidation,” and limited “upward mobility for Black staff”.

But the bottom line is that this racist, unethical, and illegal behavior is easily hushed up by throwing money at the problem. While Planned Parenthood certainly does whatever it can to extort taxpayer funding, much of their $1.5 billion budget comes from corporate donors. It’s unconscionable that companies who claim to work for the public good would pour so much money into an organization which promotes the murder of babies, covers up sex abuse, and has such close ties with racism. If corporations want to keep their reputation untarnished, if they want us to continue giving them our 2ndVote dollars, they must withdraw their funding from Planned Parenthood and give it to organizations which value every life, no matter the stage or skin color.

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Oracle moving from California to Texas, joins Tesla, Hewlett Packard

Tech companies are leaving the once Golden State in droves for Texas. Meanwhile Goldman Sachs will likely be bailing on New York for Florida in the coming months as well. Dreadful and radical governance has serious consequences. Like turning once prosperous states into economic wastelands.

Oracle moving from California to Texas, joins Tesla, Hewlett Packard

By Fox News, December 11, 2020

The smart money may be sticking together and sticking it to California.

Oracle is joining Tesla and Hewlett Packard in relocating to Texas, detailing the move in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday.

“Oracle is implementing a more flexible employee work location policy and has changed its Corporate Headquarters from redwood City, California to Austin, Texas. We believe these moves best position Oracle for growth and provide our personnel with more flexibility about where and how they work. Depending on their role, this means that many of our employees can choose their office location as well as continue to work from home part time or all of the time. In addition, we will continue to support major hubs for Oracle around the world, including those in the United States such as redwood City, Austin, Santa Monica, Seattle, Denver, Orlando and Burlington, among others, and we expect to add other locations over time. By implementing a more modern approach to work, we expect to further improve our employees’ quality of life and quality of output” the SEC filing noted.

While the move signals working remotely is here to stay, it also signals more corporations could be becoming disillusioned with California.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is the second-largest individual shareholder in Tesla behind CEO Elon Musk and sits on the electric-vehicle makers board. Last summer, Tesla chose Austin for its new factory, after considering other cities including Tusla, Oklahoma.

Earlier this week Musk blasted California for driving a corporate exodus, likening the state to a sports team that is used to winning and has grown complacent.

California, like a winning sports team that “has been winning for a long time,” has taken innovators for granted, Musk said, adding, “Yo

u have a forest of redwoods and the little trees can’t grow.”

Musk made the comments in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Tuesday. In the interview, Musk revealed that he personally had moved to Texas after growing frustrated with the Golden State.

Earlier this month, Hewlett Packard also announced it was moving its headquarters to Houston.

“HPE has made the decision to relocate its headquarters from San Jose, California, to Houston, Texas. HPE’s largest U.S. employment hub, Houston is an attractive market to recruit and retain future diverse talent, and is where the company is currently constructing a state-of-the-art new campus. The Bay Area will continue to be a strategic hub for HPE innovation, and the company will consolidate a number of sites in the Bay Area to its San Jose campus. No layoffs are associated with this move.”

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AOC’s $58 ‘Tax the Rich’ Sweatshirt Perfectly Demonstrates How Her Ideas Hurt the Poor

It is unlikely that those paid to make AOC’s sweatshirt could afford to buy the end product —even if they’re earning what she calls a “living wage.”


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did what she does best this week and created another social media firestorm.

It all started when a Twitter account called Tax March, which apparently advocates for higher taxes, posted a link to the congresswoman’s online merchandise store and complimented a sweatshirt she sells.

The sweatshirt pictured is a plain, black, cotton item emblazoned with the words “tax the rich.”. But the style itself is not what made headlines, rather it was the price tag: a whopping $58.

The usual (and deserved) criticisms poured in quickly.

Never one to back down from a fight, the congresswoman responded to the criticism on her own Twitter account stating that the merchandise was “made in the US with dignified, union jobs paying living wages.”

She went on to say that “Republicans are freaking out because we don’t use slave-wage labor for merch that funds our grassroots organizing” and that people could obtain the sweatshirt for free if they chose to volunteer for her.

We’ll leave the fact that the congresswoman included the term “slave-wage labor” in a post that simultaneously called for others to work for her for free alone, as we have bigger fish to fry here. (But, come on.)

So to summarize, Ocasio-Cortez is selling sweatshirts that say “tax the rich” at a price most poor or working class people could not reasonably afford. She’s making money off of her merchandise that attacks the creation of wealth. And her excuse for all of this hypocrisy is that it costs more to buy from whole-sellers who pay a “living wage” and use American labor. There’s a lot to unpack here.

While Ocasio-Cortez clearly thinks her choice to employ operations that pay a “living wage” (presumably at least $15 an hour) is virtuous, it actually perfectly portrays how her economic ideas hurt people—especially the poor.

As the cost for labor increases, so do the prices of goods and services.

As much as Ocasio-Cortez likes to think she’s sticking it to the rich by buying from companies that pay their employees more than their fair market value, in reality she’s just passing those increased labor costs on to her supporters.

When companies are forced to pay too much for labor, either due to governmental rules or regulations, they merely bake those costs into the price of their product.

When that product is something as frivolous as a luxury sweatshirt peddling trite socialist slogans, we can laugh about it. But Ocasio-Cortez wants to use big government to force these costly business conditions on every industry—meaning the cost of essential goods like food, automobiles, and essential clothing items would all increase. That doesn’t uplift struggling people—it spells disaster for the poor.

Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk might counter that their mandates would increase peoples’ take-home pay, so they could afford higher prices and still obtain a higher quality of life. However, it’s also important to remember that when the price of goods and services increase, real wages fall.

Real income is not nominal wages, it is an individual’s actual purchasing power in the market. Even if someone is paid $15 an hour, they will likely see their purchasing power decrease as the price of goods and services increase as a result of companies having to pay workers too much. As one example, it is unlikely that those paid to make AOC’s sweatshirt could afford to buy the end product in this scenario—even if they’re earning what she calls a “living wage.” Ultimately, people care about what their paychecks can buy, not the number itself.

Furthermore, Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the term “Made in America” may have just been intended to troll Trump-supporting Republicans, but the congresswoman accidentally proved why free trade creates prosperity. When the US or any country tries to force domestic production of certain goods that can be made more efficiently in other countries, it results in inefficiency and higher prices.

That’s how you end up hawking a nearly $60 sweater when the same thing could be available for half or one-quarter of the price.

Personally, I like to buy from and support American companies when I can. But the reality is that our regulatory framework, cost of labor, and business taxes make many American-made products far more expensive. When I can afford to, I’m happy to buy local, but I’m beyond grateful I have the option to buy globalized products when it comes to high-end items like my iPhone, which would be quite expensive if it was a “Made in America” product.

If these kinds of products were only made in America, and if Ocasio-Cortez got her way and made it impossible to hire anyone for less than $15 an hour, no one but the very wealthy would be able to afford this technology.

If politicians want to elevate American companies and products, they should work to deregulate our economy, slash corporate taxes, and create an economy where businesses can create cost-effective products. Until that happens, we should all thank our lucky stars we have the ability to order cheaper products from other places.

And we shouldn’t devalue the work being done by others to produce these goods in other parts of the world. Nowadays, it’s become popular to virtue-signal against “sweatshops” in other countries. But as is so often the case with those more focused on virtue-signals than price-signals, these ideas would also hurt the poor. Developing countries need to be able to compete in a global marketplace. And while these jobs may not meet our standards in an industrialized country, they are a life raft to those struggling to obtain basic necessities in third-world countries.

Plain and simple, when put into practice, the policies that undergird Ocasio-Cortez’s worldview hurt people. In contrast, free markets (when allowed to operate organically) lead to an abundance of affordable products and all people having greater access to goods and services. And free trade is an essential component of free markets.

“It is the maxim of every prudent master of a family, never to attempt to make at home what it will cost him more to make than to buy,” wrote Adam Smith. “What is prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.”

We can forgive everyday people for making the kinds of Econ 101 errors that plague this agenda. But as an educated congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has no excuse. We can laugh about her expensive sweaters, yet there’s nothing funny about the fact that the policies she pushes would make life less affordable for all Americans.

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Hannah Cox

Hannah Cox is a libertarian-conservative writer, commentator, and activist. She’s a Newsmax Insider and a Contributor to The Washington Examiner.

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Goldman Sachs Eyes Florida Exit as Financial Exodus from New York Continues

In August, with his state looking at a $13 billion budget hole and residents fleeing in droves, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a plea for New Yorkers to return to the Big Apple.

“They are in their Hamptons homes, or Hudson Valley or Connecticut,” Cuomo said at a press conference. “I talk to them literally every day. I say, ‘When are you coming back? I’ll buy you a drink. I’ll cook.”

Cuomo’s generous offer to buy cocktails and cook doesn’t appear to be solving New York’s economic woes.

On Sunday, news broke that the multinational financial services company Goldman Sachs, one of the largest companies in the US, is considering a plan to move its headquarters to the South.

“Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is weighing plans for a new Florida hub to house one of its key divisions, in another potential blow to New York’s stature as the de facto home of the U.S. financial industry,” Bloomberg reported. “Executives have been scouting office locations in South Florida, speaking with local officials and exploring tax advantages as they consider creating a base there for its asset management arm, according to people with knowledge of the matter.”

According to The Street, the Fort Lauderdale area and Palm Beach County are the most likely destinations, though Goldman is also considering Dallas as a possible alternative.

The news comes on the heels of several other investment firms—Elliott Management, Blackstone, and Citadel—that have boosted their presence in Florida. The Sunshine State is attracting companies because of its low costs, warm weather, and friendly tax climate. (Florida has no income tax).

Goldman’s announcement could not come at a worse time for New York City, which currently “has the most office space available since the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attack,” according to Bloomberg.

Goldman Sachs has an estimated market value of $71 billion and employs more than 38,000 people worldwide. So, its departure would further erode New York City’s standing as the financial capital of the world even as the state struggles with the broader challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic damage wrought by lockdowns.

Some may point to the coronavirus as the culprit for Goldman Sachs’s pending exodus. A November CNBC report showed that some 300,000 New Yorkers have bailed on the Big Apple since the lockdowns began, despite the largest decline in rental rates in almost a decade.

While it’s certainly true that New York City, which has had one of the strictest lockdowns in America, has seen some of its most attractive draws neutralized by COVID-19—its top notch dining, entertainment, fashion, and networking—a closer look shows the exodus predates the pandemic.

As Hannah Cox pointed out last month on FEE.org, about a million people said goodbye to New York City and the tri-state area over the last decade. Similarly, other financial companies, such as AllianceBernstein Holding LP fled New York long before lockdowns and social distancing arrived.

The reality is the coronavirus exacerbated New York’s economic plight, but it’s not the source of it. The city’s fundamental problem is an open hostility to markets and freedom.

From policies such as universal pre-K and mandated paid sick leave to the city’s $15 minimum wage, rent-controlled housing, and oppressive tax climate, New York’s political class has shown a disdain for capitalism, private property, and business concerns, and a troubling affinity for central planning.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Listen to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who told New York Magazine this in 2017.

“What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be.

I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too.

Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development….

Look, if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed. And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents. That’s a world I’d love to see…”

Did you catch that? The mayor of the world’s financial capital believes the primary obstacle to prosperity is private property. He thinks city officials should get to determine where buildings go and “who gets to live in [them].”

As one observer noted at the time, de Blasio is not the first political leader to thirst for such power.

“Other leaders have had such power, in the Soviet Union and China and Venezuela, and those systems did not produce progress. Or even toilet paper,” David Boaz wryly observed in USA Today.

Unfortunately, neither Cuomo nor de Blasio seem aware of this history. Prior to and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the pair have embraced the heavy hand of big government instead of free markets. New York’s oppressive climate has yielded a batch of bad fruit—surging violence (shootings were up 112 percent in November), injustice, economic depression, joblessness, and general despair.

Considering the current troubling state of New York and de Blasio’s open hostility to private property, one has to wonder what any financial services company or investment bank is still doing business in the Big Apple.

Fortunately, the American system of federalism means neither individuals nor businesses have to put up with it. New Yorkers feeling trapped can easily move to South Carolina or Utah, where they can actually have a social life and make a living. And financial companies can hit the road for Fort Lauderdale, Nashville, Dallas, Las Vegas or wherever their fancy takes them.

Should individuals or companies feel guilty over leaving? Quite the contrary.

As legal scholar Ilya Somin observed, “voting with your feet” is one of the best ways to help a struggling community and historically has been a key tool for upward mobility in America.

“Those who have been fortunate enough to achieve a measure of success thanks to mobility should not feel guilty about it,” Somin wrote in the Washington Post. “We can help society best by being productive citizens and–where possible–working to ensure that the foot voting opportunities that benefited us become more available to others.”

As someone who has personally benefited from this mobility—I bounced around a lot in my 20s—I wholeheartedly endorse this message. It’s one of the underappreciated glories of the American system. But one need not have experienced the benefits of mobility to understand what Somin is getting at: individuals and companies alike should make sure their talents and resources are best utilized.

Sadly, New York increasingly is no longer that place, for many.

A departure from Goldman Sachs would signal that New York City’s days as the financial capital of the world are over.  In some ways, the only surprise is that it took so long.

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Top 20% Gets 6x More Benefits from Student Debt Cancellation than Bottom 20%, New Study Finds

Student debt forgiveness would overwhelmingly benefit the most well off in America, new economic research shows.


From Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, some of the most prominent progressive politicians in the country are pushing hard for widespread student debt cancelation. So, it’s fascinating to see a new study show that forcing taxpayers to pay down the roughly $1.5 trillion in government-held student debt is not a “progressive” policy by any stretch.

Note that just one in three American adults over age 25 actually has a bachelor’s degree. This population, naturally, holds almost all student debt. Yet college graduates typically make 85 percent more than those with only a high school diploma and earn roughly $1 million more over a lifetime.

So any government policy that forces taxpayers to pay off loans held by a relatively well-off slice of society is actually regressive, meaning it disproportionately helps the wealthy. You don’t have to take my word for it—this is the finding of a new University of Chicago study.

Economists Sylvain Catherine and Constantine Yannelis crunched the numbers to conclude that full student debt cancellation would be a “highly regressive policy” and award $192 billion to the top 20 percent of income earners, yet just $29 billion to the bottom 20 percent.

The study also examines other proposals to have taxpayers pay off $10,000 or $50,000 in debt per person, rather than all debt. It finds similarly regressive outcomes for these proposals as well.

“Outstanding student debt is inversely correlated with economic hardship,” study co-author Sylvain Catherine writes. “So it is difficult to design a forgiveness policy that does not accentuate inequality.”

This finding is not an outlier.

In fact, other research from left-leaning institutions like the Urban Institute has reached the same conclusion. So, we’re left with the simple fact that one of the Democratic Party’s top agenda items is a taxpayer-financed handout to the wealthy. And, of course, student debt cancellation ignores the real reason college is so expensive in the first place.

But we nonetheless face an important question: Why are supposedly progressive politicians, elected as champions of the working class, using their power to push for handouts for the wealthy?

One possible answer is that sweeping big-government policies involve the centralization of so much power that they will inevitably be corrupted by favoritism and clientelism.

“There is no such thing as a just and fair method of exercising the tremendous power that interventionism puts into the hands of the legislature and the executive,” Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises once wrote. “In many fields of the administration of interventionist measures, favoritism simply cannot be avoided.”

And as far as favoritism is concerned, guess who votes overwhelmingly for progressive Democratic politicians? That’s right: Young people and the well-educated.

So, while it’s disheartening to see top Democrats seek to exploit the federal taxpayer to their wealthy constituents’ benefit, it’s not exactly surprising. The only way to prevent these kinds of abuses is to limit the power of government itself.

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Brad Polumbo

Brad Polumbo (@Brad_Polumbo) is a libertarian-conservative journalist and Opinion Editor at the Foundation for Economic Education.

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IRS Sent $1,200 Stimulus Checks to Random European Citizens, New Reporting Shows

Reckless disregard for efficiency is inherent to all government spending.


Congress is debating another round of COVID-19 stimulus legislation right now. But as the details continue to be hashed out, new evidence keeps mounting that shows just how wasteful and inefficient the first stimulus bill was.

The $2 trillion+ CARES Act, passed in March, sent $1,200 “stimulus” checks to many Americans in hopes of providing relief and stimulating consumer spending. The feds used outdated pre-pandemic tax information to determine eligibility and who to send checks to. This meant that not only were the relief checks not meaningfully targeted to those actually experiencing financial duress amid the COVID-19 lockdowns, but billions in checks were sent to dead people.

Now we’re learning that the Internal Revenue Service also sent checks to an untold number of random European citizens, not Americans, who aren’t even US residents.

“The IRS now acknowledges that its own error caused some citizens of other countries to mistakenly receive $1,200 coronavirus relief payments — and that the mistake is likely to happen again if more stimulus money goes out,” NPR reports.

For example, Stockholm resident and Swedish citizen Susanne Wigforss received a check from the IRS.

“This is so wrong,” Wigforss told NPR, “because I saw that a number of people were being evicted every month in Chicago, for instance, and I thought one of those families would have needed this stimulus check. Why should a Swedish citizen living abroad receive $1,200?”

“There’s no way I’m going to cash this money — it doesn’t belong to me,” she added. “But how much money is bleeding out from the Treasury Department because of these [misdirected] stimulus checks, I wonder?”

“I didn’t ask for the money. I didn’t expect any money,” Australian citizen Van Shockley said. “But as soon as I got it, I stuck it in the bank. You ain’t getting it back!”

The most maddening part of this whole episode of incompetence is that the IRS has acknowledged this problem yet has not taken any serious steps to correct it retroactively or for future stimulus efforts.

“Since Congress passed its coronavirus relief package in a hurry in March, the US government has put no mechanisms in place to prevent these mistakes from happening again,” NPR reports. “As a result, if a new relief plan with more stimulus payments passes in the final weeks of the Trump administration or during the Biden administration, some of that money is likely to mistakenly end up in mailboxes overseas again.”

The government has no idea how many checks were sent out incorrectly. This is perhaps the most incredible part of the entire stimulus debate.

All of the major programs and initiatives in the CARES Act were consumed by rampant fraud or waste. For example, the stimulus bill’s expansion of unemployment benefits lost $26 billion to fraud—more than the entire unemployment system paid out in 2019. The Paycheck Protection Program was similarly consumed by fraud, and it ended up costing taxpayers a whopping $224,000 per job preserved.

Yet with the debate over a second stimulus bill, lawmakers are pushing to dump more money—the only debate is how much—into the same exact programs without fixing them or addressing the fraud and waste.

Taxpayers are right to find this infuriating. But, unfortunately, they ought not be surprised. Reckless disregard for efficiency and fraud is inherent to government spending, because elected officials are spending other peoples’ money on other people.

“You can spend your own money on yourself,” Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman explained. “When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money.”

“[But] if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get,” Friedman surmised. “And that’s government.”

So, unless something major changes, we should expect serious fraud, dysfunction, and abuse to plague future stimulus bills as well. And yes, that may very well mean more taxpayer dollars ending up in the mailboxes of random European citizens.

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Brad Polumbo

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Radical ’Heroes Act’ Is a Leftist Wish-List

By FRC’s Ruth Moreno

On November 12, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a joint press conference calling for the passage of the Heroes Act. The Senate, House, and White House have been dealing with this far-left bill for months, but Schumer claims that the results from the 2020 election prove the necessity of passing the Heroes Act as a “starting point” on a new round of coronavirus relief legislation. Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” FRC President Tony Perkins spoke with House minority whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) to discuss the Heroes Act and the Democrats’ latest attempt to push it through Congress.

Though formally titled the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act,” the $2-$3 trillion Heroes Act is much more than a relief package. It bails out mismanaged Democrat-led cities and states on the taxpayer’s dime, making Americans pay for the incompetence and overreach of Democratic leadership.

Worse, the Heroes Act applies “nondiscrimination” provisions which redefine the term “sex” to include “sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.” In service of the Left’s radical social agenda, this redefinition undermines both pro-life values and broader pro-family values. It also precludes the exemption of religious organizations and private schools from qualifying for the relief the bill provides.

This, as Whip Scalise pointed out, comes in the midst of a time when many public schools are refusing to even teach students in the classroom.

“If somebody is going to take your money but not educate your child safely in person when other school systems are willing to, then parents ought to be able to go to those places that will safely educate their child while taking the money,” Scalise said.

As he observed, the Heroes Act would also release “untold thousands” of criminals from prison. The number of criminals that would be released is truly unknown, because the bill does not explain exactly to whom it would apply.

Also woven into the Heroes Act is the full text of the Safe Banking Act, which grants the marijuana industry direct access to banking services. Under the Controlled Substances Act, this is currently prohibited.

One must wonder, as Tony asked Whip Scalise, what any of this has to do with the coronavirus.

“There are bills that would get huge bipartisan votes that would just renew paycheck protection program loans for small businesses,” Scalise said, adding that “There are millions of families that don’t want to be unemployed and their businesses are about to go under. You could save those jobs. That’s where our focus ought to be.”

Instead, Democrats are pushing partisan legislation under the guise that it’s what the American people want. Despite what Sen. Schumer and Speaker Pelosi may say, the still-disputed 2020 elections were not a “mandate” for the passage of the Heroes Act.

According to exit polls reported by the New York Times, 35 percent of American voters said their top political priority was the economy. Twenty percent of voters said it was racial inequality, followed by the coronavirus pandemic at 17 percent.

Seventeen percent is not a mandate. Americans want coronavirus legislation and relief, but it should not come at the expense of other important issues. And though the presidential race and certain Senate races are still lacking a clear winner, Republicans’ 10-seat gain in the House of Representatives proves that Americans are certainly not onboard with the Democrat’s radical agenda being pushed by Pelosi. Democrats spent enormous sums of money trying to flip House seats blue, but in states like Florida and Texas, the electorate came out in defense of common sense and traditional American values. Adding to this, Republicans will most likely hold on to the Senate, and even picked up gains in state legislatures around the country. When races are examined around the country, at all levels, the voters actually delivered a mandate for a conservative agenda — not the Heroes Act!

The 1,800-page long Heroes Act stands against just about every traditional American value imaginable. In addition to legislating bailouts, freed criminals, marijuana banking, and a complete redefinition of the family, the Heroes Act also includes Planned Parenthood loans, taxpayer-funded abortion, cash for illegal immigrants, and even election-altering provisions (the Heroes Act guts voter ID laws and other state measures which protect the integrity of elections). The bill also includes anti-free speech “hate crimes” provisions.

Indeed, after the 2020 elections, Sen. Schumer and Speaker Pelosi should know better than to force upon Americans something as radical as the Heroes Act.

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CUBABRIEF: Millions of Taxpayers Around the World have Bailed Out The Castro Dictatorship. None of them are Americans.

Reuters reported on October 30th that “wealthy nations grouped together in the Paris Club of creditors have waived Cuba’s annual payment for restructured debt but plan to impose a penalty.” The article then makes the claim that “this year marks the first time Cuba has missed the entire payment due by Oct. 31 since the restructuring agreement was signed in 2015, though it fell short of full payment last year as well.” Although accurate, it leaves out the prior decades that the Castro regime played the role of a dead beat whether or not economic conditions were good or ill for Havana.

The 2015 restructuring and forgiveness of debt with the Castro dictatorship, a byproduct of the detente with President Barack Obama, is providing a lifeline to the Castro regime. This is a regime that Wall Street Journal columnist Mary O’Grady observed in 2014 that “since 1959, Castro Inc. has racked up unpaid foreign debt and other claims totaling nearly $75 billion—including $35 billion owed to the Paris Club. Cuba is one of the world’s most notorious deadbeats, and the Cuban economy is moribund.”

In 2002 the former Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba, Frank Calzon, offered an assessment of U.S. economic sanctions, “say what you will about the U.S. embargo, but one of its best-kept secrets is that it has saved U.S. taxpayers millions. Because of the embargo, American banks aren’t among the consortium of creditors (among them Spanish, French, Canadian banks) known as ”The Paris Club.” A consortium that has been waiting for years to be paid what’s owed.”

Mr. Calzon gave a conservative assessment when he claimed that U.S. taxpayers had saved millions in bailouts. In reality, the embargo has probably saved American taxpayers hundreds of millions over the years. Consider that the above mentioned Paris Club in 2015 forgave $8.5 billion of $11.1 billion debt that the Castro regime owed. And Havana, even before COVID-19, was failing to meet its remaining obligations on its debts.

These patterns stretch back over the entire history of the Castro regime, and the leadership, despite claims in the press has not changed, and this is due to ideology. Scott B. MacDonald writing in Global Americans on November 2nd observed that “despite the revolution coming to power in 1959, Cuba has remained considerably dependent on external props to maintain a generally inefficient command economy, dominated by large state-owned companies backed by the Communist Party’s inner court and the military.” The rest of the article is worth a read, but MacDonald errs when he asserts Cuba “is headed by Miguel Díaz-Canal, the first non-Castro family member to preside over the country.” This is wrong on two counts.

Although General Raul Castro handed over the office of the presidency to his hand picked successor Miguel Díaz-Canel on April 19, 2018. Havana used this to give the false impression that there was a transition in Cuba. The reality is that General Castro remains head of the Cuban Communist Party and in control of the military, and in the Cuban Constitution that makes him the maximum authority.

General Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Callejas, Raul’s former son-in-law, runs the Cuban economy. Raul Castro’s son, Colonel Alexandro Castro, who negotiated the normalization of relations with the Obama Administration, is an intelligence officer with close ties to the secret police. Both are key posts for running the country, and are directly tied to the Castro family and General Castro.

Osvaldo Dorticos, was another president not named Castro in Cuba following the consolidation of communism under the Castro brothers in 1959. Diaz-Canel, like Osvaldo Dorticos who was president of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, over the past two and a half years has done the bidding of the Castros.The succession was not to make Miguel Díaz-Canel the new dictator but to maintain the Castro dynasty in power. Raul Castro and the Castro family continue to preside over the country.

This is also why patterns of repression continue to remain similar. The Christian Post reported on November 2nd that in the city of Santiago de Cuba regime officials “demolished a church that has long been a target of the communist regime and arrested a pastor who streamed the demolition live on social media, a human rights group has reported.”

Millions of taxpayers around the world have bailed out the Castro dictatorship, and have subsidized repression. None of them are Americans, thanks to the U.S. Embargo on the Castro regime.

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U.S. Loses $19 Billion in Afghanistan Reconstruction Funds to Fraud, Waste, Abuse

A staggering $19 billion spent by the U.S. government to reconstruct Afghanistan has been lost to fraud, waste, and abuse in the last decade and that only includes a portion of the money allocated by Congress for the cause. In 90% of the cases examined in a new federal audit, the money was blown “carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.” This month the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) published a troubling report that analyzes less than half of the U.S. budget for the initiative, $63 billion in projects. As of December 2019, Congress has appropriated $134 billion for Afghanistan reconstruction, which began roughly a year after the U.S. invaded the Islamic nation to destroy Al-Qaeda and eradicate the Taliban.

Afghanistan reconstruction has been a huge and well-chronicled debacle that continues fleecing American taxpayers nearly two decades after its inception. Judicial Watch has reported on the various boondoggles over the years, most of them documented in tremendous detail by the SIGAR. Highlights include the mysterious disappearance of nearly half a billion dollars in oil destined for the Afghan National Army, a $335 million Afghan power plant that is seldom used and an $18.5 million renovation for a prison that remains unfinished and unused years after the U.S.-funded work began. Over the summer, the U.S. government got slammed in an audit for spending tens of millions of dollars on useless and ineffective drug addiction programs in Afghanistan as part of the reconstruction effort. In a scathing report, the SIGAR blasts the U.S. for not knowing the impact of its investment and failing to conduct site visits to project locations or maintain required files or records.

The latest probe is especially impactful because it takes a comprehensive look at projects over a lengthier period. The 19-page report is littered with a multitude of examples of waste that should outrage every taxpaying American. For instance, books provided for an education program have never been used because they are in poor condition and an empty sports stadium that is unlikely to ever be used because it was not designed correctly to host soccer games and does not have a functioning irrigation system. Investigators also found poor workmanship and a lack of maintenance, including falling ceiling tiles, broken drainage grates, and unlevelled playing surfaces with incomplete water systems protruding from the empty soccer field. A $5.2 million Kang Border Patrol headquarters compound has never been utilized and is not being maintained despite being allocated maintenance funds. The outrageous list of examples goes on and on throughout the lengthy document.

A section on fraud includes cases of crimes involving federal procurement and contract fraud as well as theft, corruption, bribery of government employees and public officials. The SIGAR identifies 30 instances of procurement and contract fraud with a total value of more than $296 million. Examples include a translator with U.S. Special Forces who started a trucking and logistics company that paid $140,000 in bribes and gratuities to U.S. service members to assist him in obtaining work. In another instance a contractor committed millions of dollars in fraud involving food service deals affecting the U.S. Central Command. Investigators also exposed a ring in which individuals were for years fraudulently selling U.S. Embassy Kabul meal cards. This resulted in the U.S. government losing between $50,000 and $80,000 monthly for a total of $3 million. Investigators also found that in the last two years alone, more than $3 billion was lost to fraud or corruption.

“Endemic corruption, widespread insecurity, and a lack of accountability over on-budget assistance continue to make any investments made in Afghanistan vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse and may threaten the peace process as well as the perceived legitimacy and effectiveness of the Afghan government,” the new SIGAR report states. On a positive note, the inspector general’s work has resulted in about $3.2 billion in savings for the U.S. taxpayer. “Based on our audit recommendations, we identified approximately half of this savings, or $1.6 billion, as funds that agencies, such as the DOD or the Department of State (State), could put to better use for other programs or efforts,” according to the watchdog.

EDITORS NOTE: This Judicial Watch column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

94 Best Small Business Ideas for 2020

Starting up a business can be very intimidating, especially if you’re not financially stable and able to create, stabilize, and maintain the kind of company you vision yourself being a leader of. At Finimpact, we tackle problems like this every day, and we answer numerous questions from people that are starting up small and mid-sized businesses, too. Some developing professionals come to us not knowing what they really want to do with their business ideas, and that’s okay.

Because many of our customers are indecisive or unsure of where they want to take their business, we’ve decided to take the initiative to create a list of potential businesses to consider for the upcoming year (2020). But before we get into that, we’d like to ask you a few questions to jump-start your thought processes.

Questions to ask yourself before starting a small or mid-sized business:

  • What does your career path look like right now?
  • Are you happy?
  • Do you yearn for a change?
  • What kind of change?
  • Are you a part of something you’re proud of, or would you like to put your personality and skills into a business that could be all your own one day?
  • Are you scared?
  • Are you more comfortable hesitating than moving forward with your personal career goals?
  • Have you ever thought of becoming a business leader?
  • Would you ever want to run your own show?
  • Would you be okay going out of your comfort zone to create and establish something that could be great?

What did the answers to all of these questions look like?

What our main goal here is to get you thinking about your future. Once you have some of these questions answered, you’ll be able to move forward and read our list of business ideas for 2020. Then, it’s your job to narrow in on your new career field and move towards a job change that’s right for you.

Below you’ll find a list of business ideas for 2020 and especially those that you can launch during the Covis-19 period but do not for a second think that we’ve listed them all. Who knows your next venture might come to you after you’ve digested our ideas. Remember, oftentimes, collaboration sparks innovation. Your next startup is right around the corner.

Startups and companies are not always attainable because of financial restraints and lack of monetary resources. Keep in mind, we do know financing a business is super difficult. If you find yourself stuck, slowly progressing, or still need more information, check out our FREE guide here. Before moving onto your next startup, please don’t be afraid to get a loan right away if you’re absolutely certain of what you want your business to be. Claim your turf before someone else does.

COVID-19 Business Ideas

For Covid-19 business ideas, target a business that you could start with little or no capital and let it be one that can be done online so as to curb the lockdown restrictions.

Online Consultancy 

If you are transitioning from formal employment and you have any skills that could be passed on to other people, an online consultancy firm is the cheapest business that you could set up. You could use platforms that you already have; like Facebook or Twitter or open a Youtube page before you get money to set up our own website.

You could offer counseling sessions, cooking classes, music lessons. The possibilities are endless.

Delivery services 

During this season, most people are afraid of leaving their homes to go shopping. As such you could offer grocery shopping and delivering services. To get more customers, you could focus on pharmaceuticals and alcoholic drinks. For this business, you could use your social media accounts to market your services or you could develop an app where people can get your services

Graphic Designer 

Graphic design is very competitive in today’s world; however, everyone that is a graphic designer has their own twist to the show that they run. If you do plan to take this idea into account, use marketing as your kill tactic. Get your name out there and make it as flashy as you can.

The best thing about this business is that you can offer this service from the comfort of your home and you require almost no capital to launch it.

Online Game 

With half the world indoors, most people are finding solace in online games. Believe it or not, a lot of the big game creators are not big until they’re discovered – and discovery usually only happens when you create a successful game and get tons of downloads after you release it. Start working on your gaming ideas, and if you have one that seems to be successful, develop it, release it, and see where it takes you. The big companies could be signing soon enough.

Podcasting 

Podcasting does have a rough starting point, and you will have a hard time finding funding in the beginning, to keep it going. Nobody really ever notices that until they’re already in it. But if you develop a good following over a short amount of time, you’ll be in the clear; then, you’ll be able to sell advertising, and your revenue will build from there.

Online Tutoring 

This business is turning to be a goldmine with children at home, you could offer online classes. Technically, you don’t have to be the most qualified person in the world to tutor people on a subject. In fact, all you need is to know the basics of one particular area, and you can sign up to become a tutor for that subject and that age group. It’s pretty easy money!

Life Coaching 

We know what you’re thinking, why would someone want to be a life coach and why would someone need a life coach? You can’t technically coach life. Well, you’re wrong if you think that. There are so many opportunities and areas of life that are confusing to people, that having a coach by their side isn’t such a bad idea. During this pandemic, you could turn into your full time hustle

Nutritionist Consultant 

Nutrition is a lot more popular today than it ever has been, to tell you the truth. People worry and fear that they’re putting the wrong foods and beverages into their bodies, especially now with the imminent threat of a fasting killing disease and they need someone to correct their choices for them (especially if they aren’t as healthy as they wish they could be). Nutritionist consultants are the pros at work – they know everything when it comes to the right foods to eat and the right fluids to drink. If you’re passionate about it, why not give this business a go?

Social Media Influencer 

Anyone with a large follower base can become a social media influencer – with so many people watching your every move, you’re bound to find someone (or a group of someone’s) to listen to what you have to say. And, nine times out of ten, your listeners will follow in your footsteps, so try your best to set a good example.

Virtual Assistant 

Virtual assistants are needed in a lot more businesses than you’d think. And the best part about working as one is that you can work remotely from home and you can make your own hours on any given week.

Internet Marketing Specialist 

Can you navigate the web quickly and efficiently? If so, you may be a specialist in the marketing industry internet-wise, or at least you’re a specialist in the making. Look into the details of internet marketing and see if the bill fits you – if so, there are tons of agencies looking for people like you to hire right now, and you can totally be a freelance specialist running your own show.

Car Associated Business Ideas

Rideshare Driver

This is where companies like Uber and Lyft come in. You may not be as successful if you try to start your own rideshare driving service, but you can definitely get a group of people together and ‘lead’ them in the ridesharing business. Then again, you can do anything you set your mind to.

Snowplow Services

If you currently live in New England, or another area of the world that frequently sees snow, you might want to consider cashing in on the awful weather patterns. Snowplow services are a great way to take the lead during the winter months. Sure, many independent freelance drivers will hit the road and get paid house by house; but what if you created a service geared towards snowplowing? You could make a good living during those months off a high hourly wage.

Used Car Leasing

New car leasing has been a thing for quite some time now, but has anyone thought about starting a used car leasing business? The rates would be much more affordable, and people wouldn’t be as worried about constantly getting a new car every 3 to 5 years.

Creative Business Ideas

eBay Selling

eBay selling can be a super easy and convenient way to sell your crafts, handmade jewelry, and other small trinkets. If you know how to create fun little pieces that people would enjoy looking at, head over to eBay, make an account, and start making money!

Floral Shop

Florists don’t seem to be going out of style just yet, especially considering they’re in high demand for weddings, special events, and funeral services. We do have one bit of advice you should take, though: If you’re looking to open a florist shop, put it in a high demand area, not in a part of town that’s tucked away where no one can see. Make it known that you’re open for business.

Furniture Making

Most woodworking careers start in the garage or basement, but that’s not a bad thing. At first, you’ll be working approximately 10 hours a week, likely on the weekends, but if you know what you’re doing and you’re crafting handmade, quality furniture, this gig may become a fulltime job in no time.

Graphic Designer

Graphic design is very competitive in today’s day; however, everyone that is a graphic designer has their own twist to the show that they run. If you do plan to take this idea into account, use marketing as your kill tactic. Get your name out there and make it as flashy as you can.

Online Game

Believe it or not, a lot of the big game creators are not big until they’re discovered – and discover usually only happens when you create a successful game and get tons of downloads after you release it. Start working on your gaming ideas, and if you have one that seems to be successful, develop it, release it, and see where it takes you. The big companies could be signing soon enough.

Podcasting

Podcasting does have a rough starting point, and you will have a hard time finding funding in the beginning, to keep it going. Nobody really ever notices that until they’re already in it. But if you develop a good following over a short amount of time, you’ll be in the clear; then, you’ll be able to sell advertising, and your revenue will build from there.

Scrapbooking

This type of business is based solely on creativity. Because it’s technically a hobby, you can find different routes to bring in revenue – either by selling supplies or by teaching prospective scrapbookers how to do a good job with their projects.

Handmade Business

It used to be that handmade items could only be found at flea markets and novelty shops. Now these handmade titans are choosing to become online craft renders. If you’re good with your hands and have a knack for handmade items, this just may be the best route to take.

Line Holder Business

Believe it or not, people in long lines, usually do not have a problem paying a few bucks to have someone stand in line for them. The best way to do this is to get a few T-shirts, a reliable crew and special events or release calendar. Go to places where you know long lines exist. Once you get close to the user’s destination, give them a simple text message and have them return to their spot. Low overhead with great potential

Dog & Kid Business Ideas

Daycare Service

If you want to see your business almost 100% successful, start up a daycare service – people are having kids left and right, and they want to continue to work, so where else are the children supposed to go during the day? A daycare! You do need to constantly keep up with mandatory safety and licensing terms and conditions, so be aware that there will be a lot of legalities on the line here.

Dog Walking Service

Dogs need to be walked, every single day. And when dog owners aren’t around or home all the time to do the job, they need to hire a dog walker. It sounds easy, but honestly, once you get your name out there, you’d be surprised at how many clients will reach out to you in need of your services.

Pet Grooming

Location is key with this business – just like it was with the floral shop. You need to be seen in order to be successful. However, the type of pet grooming service you offer can definitely vary. We suggest leaning towards a storefront one, or an at-home visit one. Either or will do the trick.

Pet Sitting

If you enjoy being around animals, this is the business start-up you’re looking for! You get to spend time with the pets, feed them, walk them if necessary, and play with them. It’s honestly a fun gig, and you don’t have to deal with the public (besides the pets’ owners, of course).

Fashion Business Ideas

Alterations/Seamstress

This may start out as a part-time thing, but the gig may become fulltime in no time. Start by telling your friends and family about your business startup and ask them to spread the word. And, a word of advice? Always provide estimates on how long the alteration will take and factor in the supplies you’ll need to use so that you don’t cut yourself short on cash.

Clothing Boutique

If you’ve never done it before, this can be a challenging idea to move forward with. Remember, foot traffic is key – if you don’t have a lot of people entering your store, you’re not going to have a steady income. Also, if things in the boutique aren’t necessarily selling, markdown your prices to get rid of them and make room for newer, better items

Jewelry/Clock/Watch Repair

It may not be the biggest business on the market, but places like this need to be more easily accessible. Tons of shops that repair jewelry, clocks, and watches are shipping these goods around the world after they’ve been fixed – mainly because shops like this don’t exist anymore. It wouldn’t kill the world to place a few more of these here and there.

Trend Analyst

Have an eye for fashion? Do you feel analytical and enjoy pattern spotting? Becoming a trend analyst can be a great way to help industries spot their next move while giving you enjoyable patterns to spot and puzzle to solve.

Food & Beverage Business Ideas

Bakery

Starting up a bakery can be a bit challenging – but that’s why you need to go out and gather your customers by approaching other businesses, restaurants, stores, and caterers. Try and pick up customers that will need you to make baked goods on a regular or semi-regular basis.

Coffee Bar/Tea Salon

Places that serve coffee and tea, like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, have a huge client base that they serve daily. However, a lot of people would rather go to a ‘mom and pop shop,’ per say, than a chain breakfast joint. The main reason behind this is due to the fact that the coffee and tea offered in independent shops are tastier and of higher quality.

Food Delivery Service

Uber Eats and Diner Dash are taking off and they were only released recently. You can start your own food delivery service, too, and develop an application to go along with it if you find it fitting. Your food delivery service can cover fast food delivery, restaurant delivery, or grocery delivery – sometimes services offer all of the above!

Ice Cream Shop

Don’t go too crazy with your ice cream mashups and recipes in the beginning – start simple and work your way up. Make sure to put the place in an easy-to-spot area so that you get a great customer base right from the start. Once revenue is consistent, you can make the necessary adjustments to grow your business.

Meal Preparation Service

If you’re on a strict time schedule due to work, or you’re not so capable of cooking meals every night of the week, a meal preparation service is a right company to lean on to get great meals to eat. This area of business is growing, and if you want in on the action, you might want to jump in before it’s too late and there are too many around.

Sandwich Shop

Sandwich shops can be found almost anywhere, but you can create a shop that focuses on delicious concoctions! A unique sandwich shop startup will provide you success, trust us on this. Try your best to secure a location that’s near a busy office; the more people around your shop, the hungrier people will be at lunchtime.

Smoothies

You don’t need a huge place to rent for a smoothie shop – you just need amazing smoothie recipes to draw people in. Think about it this way: A small shop with a great product will have people coming back, but a large shop with no diversity in the smoothies will keep people away.

Weight Loss Center

People can go online to research weight loss recipes and exercises, but that doesn’t always mean that the people who do that are going to be completely committed. Studies can’t prove it, but for some reason, men and women stick to weight loss programs more so when they have to physically go in person to talk to someone and sign up for a program. Try it out.

Free Time Business Ideas

Apartment Building Owner

You don’t have to quit your job to be a part of this business – in fact, almost % of apartment building owners still have fulltime jobs. It’s just a little extra income to help with your bills and leisure life. Start looking into real estate with a trusted agent today.

Non-Profit

If you’re looking to run a non-profit, you have to keep one thing in mind: Your business will run off donations from wealthier companies. You can’t ask people to pay for your services, or else your classification will not be valid.

Future Help Business Ideas

Career Counseling

Not everyone sticks with the same career for the rest of their lives, and when they do switch over to something else, they highly consider getting someone to help them figure out what it is they want to do. A counselor and professional in the career department can help with this. So, if you know your careers inside and out, and you can help guide someone in the right direction for their future, try counseling.

Financial Aid Consultant

College costs students an arm and a leg – quite literally. But if a financial aid consultant is available, students will have the opportunity to squeeze their dues down to hardly anything. Consultants will help with paperwork, scholarships, and grant programs, all at the same time. If you become a financial aid consultant, a ton of young men and women will thank you forever.

Home Tutoring

Technically, you don’t have to be the most qualified person in the world to tutor people on a subject. In fact, all you need is to know the basics of one particular area, and you can sign up to become a tutor for that subject and that age group. It’s pretty easy money!

Life Coaching

We know what you’re thinking, why would someone want to be a life coach and why would someone need a life coach? You can’t technically coach life. Well, you’re wrong if you think that. There are so many opportunities and areas of life that are confusing to people, that having a coach by their side isn’t such a bad idea. Plus, it’s a part-time job; you can still have a fulltime job along with it.

Motivational Speaker

If you choose to go to the motivational speaking field, you can choose practically anything to motivate people. You can range from work motivation to sports motivation, and writing motivation to family motivation. That’s just four options out of hundreds and hundreds. Pick a topic and focus on it.

Nutritionist Consultant

Nutrition is a lot more popular today than it ever has been, to tell you the truth. People worry and fear that they’re putting the wrong foods and beverages into their bodies, and they need someone to correct their choices for them (especially if they aren’t as healthy as they wish they could be). Nutritionist consultants are the pros at work – they know everything when it comes to the right foods to eat and the right fluids to drink. If you’re passionate about it, why not give this business a go?

Social Media Influencer

Anyone with a large follower basis can become a social media influencer – with so many people watching your every move, you’re bound to find someone (or a group of someone’s) to listen to what you have to say. And, nine times out of ten, your listeners will follow in your footsteps, so try your best to set a good example.

Speaking/Presentation Coaching

A lot of people crack under pressure when they have to do a public speech or presentation in front of a large group of people. That’s what coaches are for! If you genuinely enjoy public speaking, you’re probably a natural at it. That means that training others using your mechanisms is probably a good idea – we think you should look into it.

Temporary Employment Agency

If someone’s looking for a little bit of extra work, or if they have no job and need something for the time being until they find a job in their career field, they’ll likely come to an agency like this one. And, not many agencies like this exist anymore, so opening one may house great future benefits.

Test Prep Coach

The SATS and similar tests are a pain in the butt to train for. Really, you need to train for them, because most of the questions on the exam are not general questions that you would know the answer to in an instant. Test prep coaches help you out with this, and if you’re looking to be this kind of coach, we guarantee students will be thanking you (just like they thank the financial aid consultants).

Home Improvement Business Ideas

Demolition/Construction Contractor

The world of construction continues to grow, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be stopping any time soon. This means, that the world of demolition won’t be coming to a stop any time soon, either. Where there’s construction, there needs to be knock-downs. Maybe not always, but a lot of the time, this is true.

House Cleaning

Some people are lazy (that might be you, that might be us). Or, some people may own a home that’s way too big for one person to clean. That’s where house cleaning businesses come in. Most of the time, they start as a one-man or one-woman operation, but in due time, they have the potential to grow far and wide.

Interior Decorating

Interior decorating and interior design is growing, and fast. People want luxe and sophistication in their homes, but pairing colors and fabrics with the right furniture and wall paintings don’t necessarily come easy to homeowners. That’s where interior decorators come in, and boy, they are good and their job.

Landscaping

Once again, yards are hard to maintain, and people with too big of a yard just don’t want to put up with the hassle. Trimming the edges and placing the rocks and stones so that they show off the house is a difficult task to get down pact. But that’s where landscapers come in.

Yard Sales

Are you looking to make a quick buck? Start purging your household and put up signs around the neighborhood and on the internet stating that you’re about to have a yard sale. It’s easy for some quick cash and you can get rid of stuff, even if it is at a low cost (it’s better than nothing!).

Passionate Business Ideas

Dance Instructor

We have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and a ton of other freedoms in the U.S. – but wouldn’t it be cool if we had freedom of dance? Well, technically we do, but without a dance instructor to show us the ropes, how are we to know how creative we can get? Dance instructors influence people to be passionate about the way their bodies move, and we’d say that’s a good thing.

Massage Therapist

If you enjoy making people feel good – and you enjoy working out kinks in peoples’ muscles – maybe massage therapy is the right niche for you. It does a number on your hands and wrists, but that’s when you ask one of your trusted workers to help you out with massage of your own; have faith – a business like this is definitely going to grow.

Photography

Do you enjoy taking photographs of nature, people, or historical features? If you do, please don’t only see it as one thing: A hobby. You can make a career out of it, especially if you’re talented. Startup your business, reach out to companies, people who are doing photoshoots, and wedding venues to see if you have a place in their endeavors.

Office Business Ideas

Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping is a lot more important than one would think. You see, there’s the business owner or manager that runs the show, then there are the employees who help keep everything running smoothly with product production, etc. But who keeps track of the finances, pays the bills, and sends out the invoices? The bookkeeper. Without him or her, the business could quite literally fall to the ground due to missed payments.

Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants are needed in a lot more businesses than you’d think. And the best part about working as one is that you can work remotely from home and you can make your own hours on any given week.

Human Resources Service

Big businesses are the only ones that have an HR department. That means that the small businesses that are out there will not hire one person specifically to come in and be their HR department – unless it’s only for a couple of days per week. You can make a good living off of this business idea, especially if you’re willing to network well and approach small businesses to tell them about what you offer as a single agent.

Notary

Having a fee different licenses under your belt never hurts. Notaries typically receive a small service fee for notarizing documents that range from private car sales to legal contracts. Having this skill can land you some part-time gigs.

Quality Assurance

Are you a perfectionist? Whether in person or remotely, quality assurance agents are growing in demand, especially for remote purposes. With so many online projects starting and ending, having a reliable and attentive QA can be dire to project success. This can range from checking website links, task management, and other duties.

Organizational Business Ideas

Catering Service

People don’t want to set up food platters and dishes for their weddings, anniversary parties, and birthday parties. They’d rather pay someone else to get the job done for them, and that’s where a great catering service comes in handy. As long as you have a dedicated staff behind you, nearly nothing can go wrong.

Events’ Coordinator/Party Planner

Technically speaking, this type of business is only needed in events such as weddings, concerts, balls, etc. But without a man or woman working this job, the entire event would likely crash and burn, and that’s not a fun party to attend now, is it?

Fundraising Firm

Men and women that are trying to raise money for a particular cause can’t always get the job done the right way. Sure, they can reach out to friends and family members to ask for fundraising donations, but if they haven’t hit their target after spreading the news through word of mouth, they’re going to need a little nudge in the right direction – and that’s where fundraising firms can do their job.

Personal Shopping Service

These services and stylists alike are starting to gain a more favorable and reputable reputation. In fact, many wealthy men and women don’t do their own shopping anymore, they leave it to the pros. And, with online sites such as Stitch Fix, who wouldn’t want to open up their own personal shopping service to one-up competitors?

Professional Organizer

Believe it or not, it is a job and it will become growingly popular in 2020. Personal organizers will go into your home and office and make sure everything is neat and put away in the proper, appropriate place. If you need labels on things, they’ll do that, too. If you’re a very organized person, you might want to check into starting a business like this.

Storage Service

Realistically speaking, if you run a storage service, all you have to do is deal with the customers paying and paying on time. They put the things they own into their storage areas and you just make sure the units are secure so that no one breaks in. It’s a pretty simple business.

Promotions & Marketing Business Ideas

Advertising Agency

It’s not easy to get this kind of business up and running on your own, so we recommend partnering up with someone (or at least hiring workers to help lessen the workload on your back). In the beginning, it may be slow, but the more people you have on board, the more mouths you have to send out to talk to people and get sales.

Content Marketing 

Content is a sure and proven way to market your business – without content, how would you tell people about who you are and what you’re doing? If you’re good at writing and focusing in on details, content marketing may be something you should put your interests into in 2020.

Internet Marketing Specialist 

Can you navigate the web quickly and efficiently? If so, you may be a specialist in the marketing industry internet-wise, or at least you’re a specialist in the making. Look into the details of internet marketing and see if the bill fits you – if so, there are tons of agencies looking for people like you to hire right now, and you can totally be a freelance specialist running your own show.

Local Marketing Service

Marketing companies aren’t located in everyone’s backyard; that means it’s not the easiest thing in the world to find a good marketing team or freelancer to help your industry grow. If you want to, we suggest opening a single man marketing service in a busy area. That way, you can branch out to businesses and tell them that you’re local and ready to visit onsite whenever need be. That will make you more credible in their eyes.

Sales Trainer

Not everyone is natural at explaining, making, and closing sales. It’s a tricky task and it takes a lot of time and effort to perfect it. But that’s what sales trainers are made to do – help you understand how to go about making a sale with a potential client. If you’re a sales guru, teach others what you already know and better the sales community for it.

Real Estate Business Ideas

Commercial Real Estate Broker

Commercial sales may be harder than residential sales, or they may be easier, it depends on the person. Whatever the case may be, 2020 is seeing a rise in commercial real estate sales. Take your classes, ask questions at your local real estate office, and see if it’s something you’d be interested in pursuing for the next couple of years.

Shipping & Delivery Business Ideas

Dropship Business

You do the creating, someone else does the shipping. Once it leaves your office, building, or location, it’s not your responsibility any longer. This works well for items of all sizes, so you can be a maker of fine furniture, or you can create small trinkets – the options are endless.

Hauling/Moving Service

This type of company will likely never go out of business – so it’s a good idea to get involved whenever the opportunity arises. Think about it, not everyone has the money to purchase a large van just to move furniture from one home to the next, for example. Instead, they’ll rent a hauling or moving service and have them take care of it, without having to worry, as homeowners, that something will go horribly wrong.

Sports Business Ideas

Bicycle Rentals

People are becoming more active by the day, and bicycle rentals are helping the situation out even more than we thought they would. Think about it, when was the last time you saw bike rack rental on the side of the road? They’re everywhere! Especially in popular cities around the world. Hopping on this bandwagon wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Outdoor Adventures

This goes hand-in-hand with the concept of people are becoming more and more active by the day; they want more things to do outdoors. You can set up your own snowboarding/skiing lodge if you live in the cold mountains. You can set up your own canoeing or fishing lake if you live somewhere with nice weather. The limits are endless; think outside of the box.

Personal Trainer

You can be a part of a team or you can manage your own team business in 2020 – the choice is ultimately yours. People want their bodies to look good, and not just for the summer months anymore. That’s why they hire a trained professional to get them into shape, and you could be that person to them in the near future.

Sports Equipment Sales/Service

Dicks isn’t the only place that men and women can go to for sports equipment. There are plenty of shops owned by a one-man team, and they carry state of the art equipment, too. You could be next in line to start your sports equipment business, just make sure the space you rent has enough room to fit all the supplies you’re looking to house.

Sports Coaching/Training

Sports coaches don’t only exist in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. You can personally hire one to work with you, your son, or your daughter. Training programs are offered, too. If you think you can work with an individual one-on-one to train them in a specific sport, look into getting certified and start your journey ASAP.

Yoga Classes

A lot of ladies are taking classes, going through training, and getting certified in yoga to help everyone else. Yoga is great for the body, it’s great for reducing stress, and it’s great for stretching out muscles. If you want to be in the sports field but you also want to help improve peoples’ health, this is the right business choice for 2020.

Technological Business Ideas

App Creator 

It’s a little bit more complicated than it sounds, but the outcomes are totally worth it. How many apps are out there that are successful? Millions. Among the top that are favored are Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, of course. But that doesn’t mean that the game apps, the social media apps, the dating apps, the organizational apps, etc. aren’t as popular. Create one and see how far it takes you.

Drone Business

Who would’ve thought that drones could have their own business? Well, not drones, but people that build, fix, and operate them. Drones are becoming increasingly popular, and soon enough, they’ll be used to deliver products, amongst other things. This is why positioning yourself in a drone specific business would be a great idea – get ahead of the trend before it starts up.

IT Consulting 

Not many people know as much about IT as you’d think. This means IT consultants are highly valuable in today’s day and age. And many current businesses lack knowledge of IT and the IT department. Starting your own consultant business to help walk professionals through this process would be a clever thing to do.

Personal Computer Training

Not all companies will need to hire a trainee such as this. However, there are still a lot of people in the world that are not computer savvy, which means that if you start up a computer training program, you may get a lot more business than you aspired to have. Just branch out and get your name out there – customers in need are bound to reach out.

Smartphone Repair

Smartphones break day in and day out, especially the screens. This is a business that you won’t regret signing up to be a part of. Just don’t overcharge your customers, because you will lose prospective clients if you choose to do this.

Social Media Specialist 

If you know how to work every angle of the social media world, signing up to be a social media specialist probably wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Try it out and see if you can make a real business out of it – what do you have to lose?

Website Developer 

Website developers are always freelancers that show up on-site when requested. If this sounds like something you could comfortably do, and you have the skills that someone creating a website has, you’re aiming for the right career field here.

Vice Business Ideas

Bartending Service

If you’re passionate about bartending, but you’re sick of dealing with drunks all the time, it’s time to pass your teachings and lessons on to other prospective candidates. Take a few classes, get the certifications, and start spreading the word. People will show up to your classes in the blink of an eye if you have a good reputation with your bartending resume.

Craft Beer Pub

The first step is to make your own beer. The second step is to rent out a place and start selling that beer. We’ll be honest, it is a little bit more challenging than it sounds, but the business all around is super fun, and you can get creative with your brewing recipes.

Winery

Growing grapes may be a tough job, but if you do grow them the right way, you’ll have delicious wine and wine recipes that you can pass down to generations to come. Owning a winery is not only fun, but it’s a beautiful experience. You won’t put this in the regret pile.

Web/Internet Business Ideas

These Web/ Internet-based business ideas are good business ideas that you could start during the pandemic since they have the potential to reach a large clientele base at a very low cost.

E-commerce Businesses 

E-commerce businesses can be a tricky division to throw yourself in, especially in the beginning. However, it is still an option! Make sure you can continue to produce consistent revenue to keep your business running and be certain that you can keep repeat customers; if you can do that, e-commerce may be worth considering.

eBook Publishing 

eBook’s are gaining popularity, more so than regular reading books are right now. And, a lot of written eBooks are only available electronically, as their name suggests, meaning you can’t find them in stores as a physical copy. The world is transitioning technologically; why not go with the flow and start-up an eBook publishing company if you’re good at what you do?

Fashion Blog 

If you eat, sleep, and breathe fashion, you’re probably a great candidate to start your own fashion blog. Don’t worry, after a short period of time, if you’re that good, you’ll be able to sponsor and start up your own advertisements to begin bringing in revenue.

Freelance Writer 

If you want to start up a business where you can work from the comfort of your own home, freelance writing is probably the perfect way to go. You can pick and choose the topics you research and write about and you can make your own schedule. One week you can work like crazy, and the next you can take some time off – as long as you’re making the money you need to live.

Grants Proposal Writer 

Not many people are interested in performing this job, so if you are willing to work in this sort of business, just know right away that you can most likely charge your clients more money to get jobs done. It is tedious and does get boring at times, so take that into consideration before diving headfirst in.

Product Reviewer 

Buy the products, wait for them to come in the mail, use them, then review them. The process is simple, and you get paid for it. It’s an easy side gig, but we wouldn’t recommend making it a full-time job.

Resume Writing 

When you’re talking about yourself, and talking yourself up, it’s extremely hard to do a great job. That’s why people often hire others to write their resumes for them. If you can take a person’s past job history, personality traits, and basic information and whirl it into something spectacular that employers will enjoy looking at, this is a field you should highly consider being a part of.

SEO Specialist 

Search engine optimization – it’s an up and coming thing (that is, if it’s not already here full force). To be successful on the internet, businesses need to have SEO optimized content on their sites, and who better to get the job done than an SEO specialist?

Programmer 

Whether its web development or app creation, programming is in an area of its own. There is a multitude of programming languages that range from HTML & Java to RubyOnRails & Python. These remote positions allow you to set up a digital storefront to advertise your programming abilities, so you can freelance program part-time. Sometimes, you’ll come across projects that will challenge your passion and knowledge of your expertise. Up for a challenge?

Website Tester 

There are a lot of companies that would rather have your opinion over their marketers, why? Mainly because they are targeting people like you and need opinion in order to make your experiences better. Being a Website User Experience Tester usually requires a microphone, pc, and a high-speed connection. Do you have a loud opinion and don’t mind sharing it while you navigate a site?

Call Center (remote) 

Remote positions are popping up daily and there are no shortages for the need of call center specialist. Multi-lingual people will have a higher chance of landing these roles. Some positions will send phone equipment and require you have reliable high-speed internet.

Summary

Make sure you take some time to go over all the business ideas that are presented in this article so that you know for certain what career path you want to take into your future. Bottom line is, we have your back, even when the business startups are hard to get through.

COLUMN BY

Brandon Mitchell

Brandon Mitchell is an online entrepreneur that helps other homepreneurs increase their earning potentials through business education. He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration & Biochemistry.

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VIDEO: President Trump Presided Over the Largest Manufacturing Boom in a First Term Since the 1970s

But many of America’s unions are supporting Joe Biden, who would gift American manufacturing to China and Mexico. The choice could not be clearer on November 3rd. Vote for President Trump.

The American worker is being betrayed by criminal Union leadership who have endorsed Biden.

Revealed: President Trump Presided Over the Largest Manufacturing Boom in a First Term Since the 1970s

By Breitbart, October 24, 2020

The following is an excerpt from 50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Trump, the new book by Breitbart News Entertainment Editor Jerome Hudson.

50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Trump is due out October 27 and available for purchase here. The excerpt is from pages 254-258.

President Donald Trump constantly committed to reviving American industry during his 2016 presidential campaign, promising that he’d bring back jobs that the country lost due to unfair trade deals. His loud appeals to blue-collar laborers went a long way toward putting him in the White House, even though they garnered ceaseless skepticism from the establishment media, mainstream economists, and his predecessor.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said weeks after Trump’s election that the president would never bring back lost manufacturing jobs. Krugman declared that “nothing policy can do will bring back those lost jobs. The service sector is the future of work; but nobody wants to hear it.” At a PBS town hall in June 2016, former President Barack Obama poured cold water on Trump’s promise to restore a manufacturing jobs sector that’d been slowly picked apart for decades. Obama contended that decades of America’s diminished dominance in manufacturing was proof of a larger global trend. “Well, how exactly are you going to do that?” Obama asked rhetorically. “What exactly are you going to do? There’s no answer to it. He just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, what, how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.” It was Barack Obama who oversaw a stagnant and declining manufacturing sector during his eight years in office. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Obama’s economy produced less than 100,000 manufacturing jobs across the nation during his last two years in office. In contrast to Obama, manufacturing jobs started soaring shortly after Trump assumed office in January 2017.

Since the Trump Administration’s red-tape–cutting policies and the tax cut and reform law passed in December 2017, manufacturers added 467,000 jobs, more than six times the 73,000 manufacturing jobs added in Obama’s last two years.

Looking at Trump’s first two years, the revised BLS data shows that more than two manufacturing jobs were added for every one job added in government at the federal, state, and local level. In contrast, under Obama, almost five government jobs were added for every one manufacturing job.

Since President Trump took office in January 2017, employment in manufacturing has increased 3.7 percent. Over the same period during the last two years under President Obama, manufacturing payrolls grew by only 0.6 percent.

Justin Haskins, the editorial director and a research fellow at the Heartland Institute, noted in an op-ed in The Hill in January 2020 that Democratic lawmakers fundamentally misunderstand job creation. Instead, Haskins argues that what’s necessary for the economy to flourish is to allow business owners to operate with minimal government interference.

“What Obama and others in the Democratic Party didn’t understand—and judging by the rhetoric coming from the current batch of presidential candidates, still don’t understand—is that you don’t need a magic wand to grow the economy,” Haskins wrote. “All that is required are policies that give individuals and businesses more power to operate freely and that limit efforts by inept, greedy government bureaucrats in Washington to meddle and manipulate markets they don’t fully understand.”

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New Stanford Study Suggests Biden’s Agenda Will Have 4 Devastating Economic Consequences

Sympathetic media outlets have repeatedly asserted that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s tax agenda would only hurt the wealthy. But a new study shows that Biden’s tax and regulatory agenda could seriously hurt the economy overall.

Four economists from Stanford University’s Hoover Institution analyzed Biden’s proposals to increase taxes, reinstate and expand a host of regulations, and create new subsidies for healthcare and renewable energy. The study concludes that these interventions would distort labor incentives, decrease productivity, and kill jobs.

As a result, the experts project that the policy agenda would, by 2030, lead to 4.9 million fewer jobs and the economy shrinking by $2.6 trillion. So, too, the study projects that consumption would be $1.5 trillion lower in 2030 and families would see a $6,500 drop in median household income compared to a neutral scenario.

“The risk from Joe Biden’s policies isn’t that they will send the economy reeling right away,” the Wall Street Journal editorial board concluded in its analysis of the study. “The problem is that they will have a long-term corrosive impact by raising the cost of capital, reducing the incentive to work and invest, and reducing productivity across the economy. Americans will pay the price in a lower standard of living than they otherwise would—and that they deserve.”

It’s crucial to understand not just what Biden’s government-heavy agenda would do to the economy, but why.

Tax hikes hurt the economy because they reduce incentives to work and produce.

“Taxing profits is tantamount to taxing success,” famed free-market economist Ludwig Von Mises once wrote. “Progressive taxation of income and profits means that precisely those parts of the income which people would have saved and invested are taxed away.”

Biden has promised to raise the corporate tax to 28 percent. Higher corporate taxes means less money available for investment, expansion, and new hiring—“taxing success,” as Mises wisely dubbed it. This means fewer jobs and lower wages for workers, as well as fewer offerings (especially of innovative new products) and lower quality for consumers.

This is why, while corporate tax hikes might sound like something that would just hurt “Big Business,” in reality, the costs would be passed on to consumers and workers. According to the Tax Foundation, “studies appear to show that labor bears between 50 percent and 100 percent of the burden of the corporate income tax, with 70 percent or higher the most likely outcome.”

Considering this, it should come as little surprise to see economists projecting negative economic consequences as a result of Biden’s hefty tax hikes.

As far as heavy-handed regulations are concerned, they create a drag on the economy by imposing additional costs and stifling innovation. The more red tape and hoops companies and entrepreneurs have to jump through and comply with, the less likely they are to discover new ideas and make breakthroughs. So, too, the more regulated an industry, the harder it is for start-ups to take on the big established companies that can better weather the costs of regulation.

Reducing competition means reduced innovation and more complacency.

Yet the real takeaway from this Stanford study is not about any one candidate, policy, or party. It’s another reminder that free markets and economic liberty drive prosperity—but heavy-handed government interventions hurt more than they help.

COLUMN BY

Brad Polumbo

Brad Polumbo is a libertarian-conservative journalist and the Eugene S. Thorpe Writing Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education.

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WATCH: Bernie Sanders calls out Joe Biden for repeatedly trying to cut Social Security, Medicare and Veteran’s programs

The Democrats have been sending out emails to their constituents saying that President Trump wants to cut Social Security.

However, Socialist Bernie Sanders sets the record straight on who really wants to cut Social Security, plus Medicare and veterans benefits.

WATCH:

https://twitter.com/TeamTrump/status/1320060510147121154

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Why I’m Leaving California

My family and my company are leaving California.

It’s heartbreaking.

My parents moved to California four decades ago. I grew up here. For 33 of the 36 years I’ve spent on this planet, I’ve lived here.

I was born at St. Joseph’s in Burbank; I attended elementary school at Edison Elementary; I went to college at UCLA. I co-founded a major media company here, with 75 employees in Los Angeles. I met my wife here; all three of my kids are native Californians.


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This is the most beautiful state in the country. The climate is incredible. The scenery is amazing. The people are generally warm, and there’s an enormous amount to do.

And we’re leaving.

We’re leaving because all the benefits of California have steadily eroded—and then suddenly collapsed. Meanwhile, all the costs of California have steadily increased—and then suddenly skyrocketed.

It can be difficult to spot the incremental encroachment of a terrible disease, but once the final ravages set in, it becomes obvious that the illness is fatal. So, too, with California, where bad governance has turned a would-be paradise into a burgeoning dystopia.

When my family moved to North Hollywood, I was 11. We lived in a safe, clean suburb. Yes, Los Angeles had serious crime and homelessness problems, but those were problems relegated to pockets of the city—problems that, with good governance, we thought could eventually be healed. Instead, the government allowed those problems to metastasize.

As of 2011, Los Angeles County counted less than 40,000 homeless; as of 2020, that number had skyrocketed to 66,000. Suburban areas have become the sites of homeless encampments. Nearly every city underpass hosts a tent city; the city, in its kindness, has put out port-a-potties to reduce the possibility of COVID-19 spread.

Police are forbidden in most cases from either moving transients or even moving their garbage. Nearly every public space in Los Angeles has become a repository for open waste, needles, and trash. The most beautiful areas of Los Angeles, from Santa Monica beach to my suburb, have become wrecks.

My children have personally witnessed drug use, public urination, and public nudity. Looters were allowed free reign in the middle of the city during the Black Lives Matter riots; Rodeo Drive was closed at 1 p.m., and citizens were curfewed at 6 p.m.

To combat these trends, local and state governments have gamed the statistics, reclassifying offenses and letting prisoners go free. Meanwhile, the police have become targets for public ire. In July, the city of Los Angeles slashed police funding, cutting the force to its lowest levels in over a decade.

At the same time, taxes have risen. California’s top marginal income tax rate is now 13.3%; legislators want to raise it to 16.8%. California is also home to a 7.25% sales tax, a 50-cent gas tax, and a bevy of other taxes that drain the wallet and burden business.

California has the worst regulatory climate in America, according to CEO Magazine’s survey of 650 CEOs. The public-sector unions essentially make public policy, running up the debt while providing fewer and fewer actual services.

California’s public education system is a massive failure, and even its once-great colleges are now burdened by the stupidities of political correctness, including an unwillingness to use standardized testing.

And still, the state Legislature is dominated by Democrats. California is not on a trajectory toward recovery; it is on a trajectory toward oblivion. Taxpayers are moving out—now including my family and my company. In 2019, before the pandemic and the widespread rioting and looting, outmigration jumped 38%, rising for the seventh straight year. That number will increase again this year.

I want my kids to grow up safe. I want them to grow up in a community with a future, with more freedom and safety than I grew up with. California makes that impossible. So, goodbye, Golden State. Thanks for the memories.

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