Econ Expert on the GOP’s Debt Ceiling Hand: ‘We’re Holding Four Aces’

When members of Congress started boarding their flights home Thursday, not one of them knew how long they’d be gone. The possibility of a shorter-than-usual Memorial Day recess looms large as negotiators desperately try to hammer out a deal on the debt ceiling before June 1. “Every hour matters,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told ABC. “That’s why the White House has to become very serious about this.” To the average observer, it sounds ominous. But as Americans prep for the long weekend, plenty are wondering, how does any of this affect me?

Former congressman Dave Brat, who has a Ph.D. in economics, gets that question a lot. But first, he told “Washington Watch” guest host Jody Hice, it’s important to understand one thing: “It’s impossible to default.” You’ll never hear that in the mainstream media, he explained, but “we have way more money [available]. A default means you default on the U.S. Treasury Bond. If we ever defaulted on the U.S. Treasury, we’d all be fishing under a bridge with Frodo,” the dean of Liberty University’s School of Business joked. “It would be the end of Western civilization. So that’s not even in play.”

All of this hysteria, Brat says, stems from the “word games” the Left and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen are playing. “What she’s talking about is paying all the bills for all Democratic spending. That may not happen, and that’s not a big deal. You just prioritize your spending in order. But we have plenty of money to pay off any interest on the debt in treasuries. And so, the American treasury holder doesn’t need to be worried about that.”

That doesn’t mean this isn’t a critical moment for our country, Brat explained. Right now, the Democratic-run Senate doesn’t have a budget plan. House Republicans do. “So all the leverage is on the Republican side right now.” And what does the GOP want? To cut spending. President Joe Biden and his party have, so far, flatly refused. But we’re on the verge of having $50 trillion dollars in debt to “hand off to the kids in 10 years,” Brat warns. With an interest rate of 5%, taxpayers are looking at $2.5 trillion a year just in interest payments. “That’s three times the U.S. military budget right now,” he emphasized, and none of it pays down the actual debt.

In other words, “there are $2 trillion deficits for the next 10 years around the necks of the kids. Everybody knows this, but the mainstream press will not cover any of [it],” Brat shook his head. To deal with that, “our friends [in the House] Freedom Caucus, who are being called every nasty word there is — ‘MAGA Republicans,’ ‘Republican extremists’ — they want to trim $4 trillion off of the $50 trillion in debt.” We’re not talking about a radical amount, he insisted. America would still be $46 trillion in debt in a decade. So it should be “an easy case to make to the American people” that we need to start trimming back.

As Hice pointed out, “We’re talking numbers that are astronomical that no one can even imagine [them].” And that’s part of the problem, Brat agreed. Another problem is that most people are too comfortable borrowing themselves. “The American consumer right now is $17 trillion in debt. Consumers have $1 trillion in credit card debt, $1.5 trillion in college loan debt. We’re in debt up to our eyeballs. And we’ve got a recession coming up, another financial crisis caused by the Federal Reserve for their mismanagement.”

By keeping the interest rate at 0% for a decade, the Fed has done the country a major disservice. [They’re] in a tough bind,” he explained, “[because] they basically want inflation, so they can pay the debt back with cheaper dollars. And so that’s where we stand.”

But this idea that we’re going to default on the total spending package, on $50 trillion, is baloney. “There’s no way,” Brat insisted. Even so, both sides need to come together on the debt ceiling, and Republicans “have the moral high ground for a change.” All they have to do is “tell the American people the basic facts, and you win.”

Changing America’s spending habits is “a hard, hard fight,” Brat agreed. “So you better fight now while we’ve got the leverage.” Remember, he went on, “Our team passed a bill. The Senate has not. Everything is on our side. Biden said. ‘I’m not going to negotiate. I don’t care’ and thumbed his nose at the whole thing. … But we need to hold strong. It’s time to take care of the American people and the kids. The liberals say they care about the kids. Fifty trillion dollars in debt means otherwise. They do not care about the kids.”

At least GOP leaders seem to understand the stakes, Hice said. “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a time where the Republicans [have appeared so] unified. … Literally in the hands of Republicans right now is the tool to roll back out-of-control spending.” But will Republicans hold together?

“Yeah,” Brat replied. “If they do not, they will cease to be a party,” he warned. “We’re holding four aces.”


Suzanne Bowdey

Suzanne Bowdey serves as editorial director and senior writer at The Washington Stand.

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INSIDE LOOK: Photos From Inside ROW NYC Hotel Housing Up to 5,000 Illegal Immigrants in NYC

One only has to look to history to see the fatal course America has taken under the Democrats, the party of the modern day Barbarians and Vandals.

Like Rome, our downfall is a very much a result of catastrophic failures:

  • In Rome, invasions by Barbarian tribes. In America, invasion at the border.
  • In Rome, Economic troubles and overreliance on slave labor. In America, economic trouble and the over reliance on Chinese slave labor.
  • In Rome, the rise of the Eastern Empire, In America, the rise of China.
  • In Rome, overexpansion and military overspending, In America, endless foreign wars, foreign spending and the debt.
  • In Rome, government corruption and political instability. In America, government corruption and political instability.
  • In Rome, Christianity and the loss of traditional values. In America, godlessness and the loss of traditional values

INSIDE LOOK: Photos from the inside of the ROW NYC, a hotel housing up to 5,000 illegal immigrants in NYC.




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Radical Jayapal Threatens ‘Huge Backlash…in the Streets’ if Biden Negotiates Budget Cuts

During ongoing talks to raise the debt ceiling, radical Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) told CNN on Tuesday that any cuts to wasteful spending, including obsolete pandemic funding, would bring a backlash in the streets.

Although the White House claimed Biden would not negotiate with Republicans on reducing wasteful spending, the administration engaged with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on spending cuts, an idea that enraged the far left.

“I think there would be a huge backlash from our entire House democratic caucus, certainly the progressives — but also in the streets,” Jayapal  warned.

She tried to couch her statement by pinning Biden to the previously passed reckless spending that fueled systemic inflation.

“It’s important we don’t take steps back from the very strong agenda that president himself shepherd and led over the past two years,” she said.

Pramila Jayapal

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In January 2019, Jayapal stated that President Trump’s “ultimate goal is … to make America pure in the sense of not having immigrants, not having folks of color here and shutting down every form of legal immigration.…”  Trump’s policies, she said, were “deeply offensive” to the “soul” and “psyche” of “people of color” who “are seeking asylum [and] who can no longer can get in, even though it’s legal to seek asylum, and not just at a legal port of entry.”

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Bolting Blue Cities: Major Firms Vow To LEAVE Chicago Amid WOKE Policies, High Crime, Higher Taxes

Chicago’s new woke mayor is signed in and vows to tax the rich and big business to pay for progressive agenda – as major firms vow to PULL OUT of city (Daily Mail)

  • Mayor Brandon Johnson beat out more moderate Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas this month to earn the spot
  • On a podcast, the CEO of the country’s foremost financial derivatives exchange voiced distaste over taxes planned by the 47-year-old former union organizer
  • Speaking roughly 24 hours before a ceremony that will see Johnson succeed his similarly aligned predecessor, Terry Duffy said CME Inc. is set to leave the city

Companies are already vowing to leave Chicago over additional taxes promised by its new mayor – a progressive newcomer tasked with addressing the city’s dwindling image under predecessor Lori Lightfoot.

Sworn in early Monday, Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson beat out more moderate Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas earlier this month to earn the hallowed spot – something business leaders like CME Group Inc are already peeved about.

CME CEO Duffy Says Firm Is Prepared to Leave Chicago ‘If We Had To’

‘Ill-conceived policy’ could see the exchange’s leases voided.

CME Group Inc. is prepared to leave Chicago if the city and state take steps that are perceived as “ill-conceived,” Chief Executive Officer Terry Duffy said in an interview.

Duffy’s remarks, made in an episode of the Odd Lots podcast, come as Mayor Brandon Johnson is being sworn into office after proposing additional taxes, including one on financial transactions, to help boost the city’s revenue. That plan was fiercely opposed by Chicago’s exchanges and investment firms. A higher levy would also require state approval to pass.

“Mr. Johnson has no legal authority to impose a transaction tax on my business,” said Duffy, adding that fighting crime should be a bigger focus for the new mayor. He also shouldn’t “get too bogged down on how he’s going to short-term think he’s go……

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No, You Can’t Invoke the 14th Amendment to Raise the Debt Ceiling

Earlier this month, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned the U.S. could run out of money to pay its bills by June 1 if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling. This has led to a game of chicken between the White House and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

President Biden has demanded Congress pass legislation that raises the debt ceiling without any changes to the way the federal government spends money. House Republicans passed a budget bill that would raise the debt ceiling but would also return government spending to 2022 levels. In addition, citing the fact that Social Security is on pace to be insolvent by 2035, the Republican spending plan proposes modifications to Social Security that would increase its chances of long-term sustainability. The White House has opposed all of it.

Instead of compromising with the majority of Republicans in the House, some on the Left have come up with a theory that would allow them to act unilaterally. In fact, Senate Democrats held a press conference encouraging President Biden to “invoke the 14th Amendment” so they can raise the debt ceiling without the involvement of the Congress.

As a matter of habit, the U.S. spends more money than we bring in. As a result, we’re forced to borrow money each month to pay the bills, which means that next month’s bill is always higher than last month’s bill. The U.S. debt is now over $31 trillion dollars, which represents more than $94,000 per citizen. It was only $12 trillion in 2010.

Because of our habitual overspending, Congress routinely considers legislation to raise the debt ceiling. In fact, Congress has raised the debt limit 13 times since 2000. Despite our familiarity with debt limit debates, no one has ever proposed “invoking the 14th Amendment” as a way of raising the debt limit before. The reason no one has ever proposed it before is because it’s nonsense.

The 14th Amendment does many things, but the relevant section for this discussion is Section 4, which says:

“The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations, and claims shall be held illegal and void.”

The 14th Amendment was passed right after the Civil War in 1868 and sought to put the issues of the Civil War in the past in several ways. It clarified that all people, regardless of their skin color, would enjoy equal protection under the law. In addition, to avoid any attempts to revive the struggle, it prohibited civil and military officers who had supported the Confederacy from holding any state or federal office again. Most relevant to this discussion, it also said the debts of the Union “shall not be questioned” but the Union was not going to pay the debts of the Confederacy.

Now, you have most Democrats in the U.S. Senate claiming that this language — which was unambiguously a promise to pay Union debt but not Confederate debt — somehow gives President Biden the power to ignore Congress when it comes to debt ceiling legislation in 2023.

While this interpretation is absurd on its face, it’s worth remembering the Supreme Court was recently convinced the word “sex” actually means “gender identity,” and by extension the word “woman” actually means “anyone who wants to be a woman.” Once you’ve accepted the progressive claim that language can mean anything you want it to mean, the only limits to the Constitution are the limits to your creativity.

To be fair, even if there was an attempt to “invoke the 14th Amendment” to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, legal challenges would follow and the Supreme Court would likely halt the effort as the unconstitutional abuse of power it would be.

The good news is, there are points of agreement in this debate. Both the president and Congress agree a default on U.S. debt would be terrible. But whatever the problem is, consolidating political power into the hands of one man and destroying the checks and balances our system is built upon is not the solution.

If Democrats doubt this, they would do well to remember that once upon a time, they didn’t love the president, and that guy is trying to be president again. If they don’t want to live in a world where a crazy old guy is doing whatever he wants from the White House, they shouldn’t try to create a world in which a crazy old guy is allowed to do whatever he wants in the White House.


Joseph Backholm

Joseph Backholm is Senior Fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement at Family Research Council.

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VIDEO: Watch as Biden Uses Buses To Transport Illegal Aliens Into America

We have been writing about Biden’s not only opening the border but now we have video of buses being used in the dead of night to transport illegals into our nation by DHS.

WATCH: Biden’s Border Invasion.

Historian and Opinion Editor for the Daily Caller Michele Gama Sosa in an article titled The GOP Is Clueless To The Dems’ Sinister Immigration Agenda — And It Has Nothing To Do With Elections wrote,

The GOP has been very good at diagnosing the problems we will face from the illegal migrant invasion following the end of Title 42. Americans will pay more taxes while seeing cartel activity, gang violence, and other crime skyrocket. Housing and healthcare will become scarcer and more expensive, and the labor market will worsen as a larger labor supply suppresses American wages.

Republicans have mostly attacked the Democrats’ plan to create a “permanent majority” or accused them of enabling crime. Ultimately, this short-sighted approach focuses on the short-term electoral game. As usual, the Democrats and their handlers hide their true intentions, and the GOP is none the wiser.

The final Democrat goal is to turn America into a communist state in which Washington and its mega-corporate partners control every aspect of life. But Americans increasingly realize they are better off controlling their own affairs. So what is Uncle Sam to do?

Enter a pair of 60s radicals from Columbia University. Professors Richard Cloward and Frances Piven taught at the Ivy League university during Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty and Great Society. In 1966, they argued that Johnson’s welfare program was not going far enough because most welfare was the purview of state and local authorities. In order to get everyone on the federal teat, a crisis had to be created to give the feds the excuse to step in. Their proposal was to have massive numbers of poor people overwhelm local and state governments that they would beg Uncle Sam for help.

This general idea is the long-term strategy behind mass immigration.

If the Democrats cannot get Americans to accept a neo-communist, technocratic, oligarchic state run by billionaires and their political marionettes, they will import those who will. And the masses of impoverished foreigners, who are already accustomed to socialism and heavy-handed government, are the perfect trojan horse.

AOC may be dumb, but the people behind her aren’t. They want to overwhelm their own cities – and then everywhere else. They know that if NYC and Chicago can’t handle migrants, then the rural counties these cities are shipping migrants to definitely won’t – let alone the 750 million people who want to come here. The only entity left to pick up the tab is the federal government (in practice, this means you), which will use demographic chaos, poverty, and declining standards of living as a pretext to “save” the day. Coincidentally, Eric Adams has called for just that.

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These illegals are now being bussed across America and filling up our cities, causing a crisis which Biden and his administration will then declare a national emergency and take over the care of these illegals all at our expense. This will not only increase the national debt but will cause services for legal citizens to decline and even be denied. We are already seeing how this is impacting America’s veterans.

The invasion will continue so long as Biden is in office. The Republicans have yet to effectively stop it. The question is why?

The key question in the 2024 GOP presidential primary is: Which candidate can and will stop and reverse this?

©2023. Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.


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The Ongoing Californication of America

History is replete with political/cultural movements. For example The Renaissance during the 15th and 16th Centuries. Now, fast forward to today and we are eyewitnesses to a massive out-migration from California due, in large measure to the Marxism that has infected California’s politics since the 1960s. Recall, however, in earlier times, California’s politics were guided by the Conservatism of the Hispanics who held land grants from the Spanish Conquistadores, and were guided by the Conservatism of the high-born Mexicans who followed in the footprints of the Conquistadores.

Unfortunately for California’s Middle Class of today, the turmoil of the 1960s began a slow but steady seismic shift from Conservatism downward into sanctuary-welfare-state Marxism. When Ronald Reagan left for Washington in November 1980, the last vestige of Conservatism left with him.

Consequently, California’s once-comfortable Middle Class can no longer afford high taxes on their homes, auto gas, electricity, natural gas, and groceries. The Golden State is left with the rich in Silicon Valley and Hollywood and the poor in the agricultural water-starved Inland Empire between the Coastal Ranges and the Arizona and Nevada deserts. Consequently, between 2007 and 2016, California lost over one million residents to Texas, Nevada, Arizona and other lower-tax states.

Inexplicably, some of the fleeing Californians bring their socialist politics into other states, such as Colorado, and that begins the Californication thereof, sending property and other tax rates to unaffordable levels, prompting another wave of out-migration to states like Florida and Texas.

But there may be a much larger movement at work of which Californication is merely a symptom. Looking down from Mount Olympus, we may be seeing a massive effort to marginalize the values of people born in the 20th Century and maximize the values of people born in the 21st Century.

Recall, the 20th Century contained The Greatest Generation that fought and won WWII and the Silent Generation that continued the values of the Greatest Generation were all born in the 20th Century. The Boomer Generation, that rejected those values during the Vietnam War, was born in the 21st Century. And there is a culture gap.

Ask a 20th Century person about Bluetooth and the more educated would tell you that Harald Bluetooth was a Scandinavian king who ruled between 920 and 987 B.C. A 21st Century person would more likely tell you that Bluetooth is a short-wave system for wireless headphones.

Carried to its ultimate terrible conclusion, the Californication Movement will divide the United States into Liberal Blue States and Conservative Red States. Unfortunately, Californication has a not-so-secret weapon: the one-person-one-vote concept which, combined with increasing urbanization, will eventually lead to a U.S. House of Representatives with a vast majority coming from the most-liberal U.S. cities and states. Recall, only the House has to power to tax, As Chief Justice John Marshall said, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

Granted the non-urban areas will produce the food. But the big cities, with all the tax money, can hire armed mercenaries to confiscate the food. As Chairman Mao Zedong said, “Political power flows out of the barrel of a gun.” Readers would be well-advised to find all this very scary.

NB: Currently, California faces a $31.5 billion dollar budget deficit.

Suggested reading: McCulloch vs. Maryland, 1819. Quotations from Chairman Mao (Vest Pocket Edition), 1969.

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Weaponized IRS Removes Entire Team Investigating Hunter Biden

The more the Democrat party is exposed for their criminal, treasonous actions, the more brazen and emboldened they get. How long does America sit by and watch while the greatest nation on earth is set ablaze?

IRS removes investigative team from Hunter Biden probe in move whistleblower calls ‘clearly retaliatory’

By Steven Nelson, NY Post, May 15, 2023:

WASHINGTON — The IRS on Monday removed the “entire investigative team” from its long-running tax fraud probe of first son Hunter Biden in alleged retaliation against the whistleblower who recently contacted Congress to allege a cover-up in the case, The Post has learned.

The purge allegedly was done on the orders of the Justice Department, the whistleblower’s attorneys informed congressional leaders in a letter.

“Today the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Supervisory Special Agent we represent was informed that he and his entire investigative team are being removed from the ongoing and sensitive investigation of the high-profile, controversial subject about which our client sought to make whistleblower disclosures to Congress. He was informed the change was at the request of the Department of Justice,” Mark Lytle and Tristan Leavitt wrote.

The whistleblower, who supervised the Hunter Biden probe since early 2020, hasn’t publicly identified the first son as the subject of the case that he says is being brushed under the rug, but congressional sources confirmed it.

“On April 27, 2023, IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel appeared before the House Committee on Ways and Means. He testified: ‘I can say without any hesitation there will be no retaliation for anyone making an allegation or a call to a whistleblower hotline.’ However, this move is clearly retaliatory and may also constitute obstruction of a congressional inquiry,” the lawyers went on.

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Biden Ends Title 42 – Ramping Up The Immigration Delivery System

The goal is obvious.

After several reprieves the Biden Administration finally ended Title 42 on My 11, 2023.

Just about a year ago as the end of Title 42 appeared imminent I wrote an article worth revisiting:  Title 42 and Chaos on the Border

In that article, among other issues I provided information that appeared in a Judicial Watch report about how NGO (Non Government Organizations) were reaping huge government contracts to provide services of unknown millions of illegal aliens, calling into question the notion of referring to NGOs as “Nonprofits.”

The actions and policies of the Biden administration that pertain to immigration are utterly impossible to comprehend.

Our immigration laws, contrary to the lies of the globalists and Radical Leftists, have nothing to do with race, religion, ethnicity or bigotry and xenophobia but about protecting public health, national security, public safety and the jobs and wages of American and lawful alien workers.

A review of  8 U.S. Code § 1182 (Inadmissible aliens).will make the purpose, importance and reasonableness of our nation’s immigration laws crystal clear.

The enforcement and administration of our nation’s immigration laws profoundly impacts nearly every challenge and threat America and Americans face in this especially dangerous era beginning with national security and public safety.

My recent article addressed my concerns about how the Biden administration’s immigration policies are great exacerbating the threats America faces from foreign terrorist organizations, particularly since the disastrous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.  I urge you to read my article: Multiple Biden Calamities Make 9/11 Commission Report ‘Required Reading’

The primary shared mission of the military services of the united States is to keep America’s enemies as far from our shores as possible.  Up close and in persons, that vital mission falls to the Coastguard, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The 9/11 Commission, to which I provided testimony, was convened in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 to identify the vulnerabilities that the 19 hijacker/terrorist exploited in order to enter the united States to carry out their deadly attacks to make certain that those vulnerabilities were addressed to prevent future such attacks.

The 9/11 Commission looked back to the decade leading up to the 9/11 terror attacks to try to leave no stone unturned.

The Commission determined that in each case multiple failures of the immigration system enabled international terrorist to easily enter the united States on multiple occasions utilizing a number of ploys and were subsequently able to “hide in plain sight” by acquiring false or altered identity documents such s driver’s licenses and committing immigration fraud as they went about their deadly preparations.

The Executive Summary of the Final 9/11 Commission Report included this excerpt:

Permeable Borders and Immigration Controls

There were opportunities for intelligence and law enforcement to exploit al Qaeda’s travel vulnerabilities. Considered collectively, the 9/11 hijackers

• included known al Qaeda operatives who could have been watchlisted;

• presented passports manipulated in a fraudulent manner;

• presented passports with suspicious indicators of extremism;

• made detectable false statements on visa applications;

• made false statements to border officials to gain entry into the United States; and

• violated immigration laws while in the United States.

Neither the State Department’s consular officers nor the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s inspectors and agents were ever considered full partners in a national counterterrorism effort. Protecting borders was not a national security issue before 9/11.

The attorneys and federal agents who were assigned to the 9/11 Commission staff produced an official report, 9/11 and  Terrorist Travel – Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

This report focused specifically on the ability of the terrorists to travel around the world, enter the United States and ultimately embed themselves in the United States as they went about their deadly preparations and carry out an attack.  The preface of this report begins with the following paragraph:

It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.

Page 61 contained this passage:

Exploring the Link between Human Smugglers and Terrorists 

In July 2001, the CIA warned of a possible link between human smugglers and terrorist groups, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Egyptian Islamic Jihad.149   Indeed, there is evidence to suggest that since 1999 human smugglers have facilitated the travel of terrorists associated with more than a dozen extremist groups.150  With their global reach and connections to fraudulent document vendors and corrupt government officials, human smugglers clearly have the “credentials” necessary to aid terrorist travel. 

This paragraph is found on page 98 under the title “Immigration Benefits:”

Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.

Alejandro Mayorkas is the chief architect of the Biden Administration’s immigration policies and played a similarly major role when he served the Obama administration including the creation of DACA (Deferred Action, Childhood Arrivals).

In an earlier article, Providing Former Taliban Associates with Visas and Asylum: The Biden administration continues its assault on U.S. national security I stated:

Putting Mayorkas in charge of DHS is the equivalent of putting an arsonist in charge of the fire department!

Therefore it could be said that the termination of title 42 by the Biden administration is the metaphorical equivalent of pouring an accelerant onto a raging fire!

Aliens whose identities cannot be determined or verified are being released into the United States with no regard as their actual backgrounds or potential links to criminal or terrorist organizations.

Many of these aliens have not even been given any paperwork by DHS and those aliens who have hearing dates will not be required to show up in immigration court form many years.  At present, such aliens in New York City are getting hearing dates that are more than ten years from now.

As the human tsunami of aliens growing by the day, it is likely that it won’t be long before hearing dates will stretch even further into the future.

Now I as you to consider the quote I provided previously from the 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel:

In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.

Terrorists will have a decade or longer to hide in plain sight as they prepare deadly terror attacks.

In this deadly game of “Hide and Seek” those who seek our demise won’t have to make much of an effort to hide because without meaningful interior enforcement, exacerbated by insane “sanctuary” policies of Radical Leftist mayors and governors there are no resources to enforce our immigration laws.  (Not that Biden or Mayorkas would actually enforce our immigration laws.).

Furthermore, I have yet to hear leaders in the Republican Party call for ramping up interior enforcement- all they want to focus on is the Borer Patrol, whose mission ends when alien move from the borders of the United States to the interior of the United States.

Additionally, while the media focuses on the Southern Border, in reality, liens and contraband flow into the United States along our northern border, and along our nation’s 95,000 miles of coastline.  Aliens, including criminals and terrorists also enter through America’s international airports.  This was, in fact, one of the major findings of the 9/11 Commission.

This was the point to my article: Crisis On The Southern Border: Only The Tip of Biden’s Immigration Iceberg

Here is something for you to contemplate.  Law enforcement officers who are involved in a shooting, doctors who are accused of making serious or deadly mistakes, motorists who are involved in serious accidents, airline pilots who are involved in a crash or serious mishaps all face thorough investigations and the potential for serious- perhaps life-altering consequences.  They may lose their jobs, and or their licenses, they may be sued and they may even face criminal prosecutions and lengthy jail sentences.

Politicians, however are almost never held accountable for their decisions even when people, frequently, many people, lose their lives as a direct result of the decisions blithely made by our political elite with impunity and utter contempt for We the People.

This is hardly consistent with President Lincoln’s aspirational view of the government of the United States as being purportedly, “Of the People, by the People and for the People.”

©2023 Michael Cutler. All rights reserved.


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Border Flood: How Did We Get to This Point?

The end of Title 42 COVID restrictions today is expected to bring a flood of illegal aliens trying to cross the southern border.  Illegal border crossings have been exceeding 10,000 a day in anticipation.  How did we get to this point?

To hear the Biden administration tell it, the border is secure and a new rule will make people crossing illegally at other than approved entry points ineligible for asylum.  This nod to border enforcement is just for show and completely meaningless, as I will demonstrate in a minute.

But to answer the question how we got to this point, the answer is the Biden administration’s open borders policies and unconstitutional refusal to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.  In previous commentaries, I’ve documented more than three dozen policy changes the Biden administration has made to open the border.  Today, I add a dozen more:

  • Joe Biden said he would veto the House Republican border security bill that would end catch-and-release and build the wall so, right off the bat, you know he isn’t serious about securing the border
  • a federal judge ruled Joe Biden’s ‘catch and release’ policy is unlawful and rebuked Biden for policies that have reduced the border into a “meaningless line in the sand” 
  • White House domestic policy advisor Susan Rice was aware the administration was releasing thousands of unaccompanied migrant children into the country, but deliberately failed to act despite calls to do so
  • Biden’s policy has been one of accommodation, not enforcement.  Biden’s DHS gave $332 million to left-wing nonprofits and Democrat-run cities to resettle illegal aliens
  • DHS released hundreds of illegal aliens from detention to accommodate the flood of new arrivals expected with the end of Title 42 COVID restrictions
  • the phony baloney sending of 1,500 troops to the border is not for enforcement, but to roll out the ‘welcome wagon’ and process new arrivals into the country more quickly
  • the flood of illegal aliens is now being accommodated further as the Biden administration is releasing illegal aliens into the interior without court dates or tracking
  • DHS ran out the clock on Trump’s border wall, leaving billions of dollars in construction money unspent
  • the administration undermined an enforcement action in El Paso by publicly announcing the raids, first
  • the administration restricted the use of surveillance balloons at the border
  • the annual ICE report shows significant cuts to immigration enforcement in the interior compared to the Trump years.  This is part of ICE’s ‘sanctuary country’ policy that protects illegal aliens from deportation.  Deportation numbers are way down.
  • and last, but not least, Joe Biden announced plans to expand Obamacare to accommodate DACA recipient DREAMERs. 

Now back to Joe Biden’s new asylum rules:  Excuse me, if I view Biden’s new asylum policy with a jaundiced eye, given the dozen new open borders policies I just mentioned.  First, illegal aliens have to be caught to lose their right to claim asylum, but everybody knows most illegal aliens get away and are never apprehended.  Second, the new rule is “riddled with exceptions”, 22 Republican state attorneys general have said.  One exception big enough to drive a truck through is the fact the rule does not apply to designated legal pathways for illegal aliens to enter the country.  So the rule won’t apply to illegal aliens coming through one of the more than 100 processing centers the Biden administration is building in other countries throughout the Western hemisphere.  So, many more will be flown in, asylum claims intact.  Same goes for approved border crossing points.  The rule also doesn’t apply to unaccompanied minors, claimed medical emergencies, illegal aliens scheduling an appointment through the mobile phone app, or those aliens arguing ‘other circumstances’ if they can talk fast enough.  Overall, the new policy is a shell game and the Biden administration’s orientation remains one of accommodation, not enforcement. 

Do not be deceived.

©2023 Christopher Wright. All rights reserved.

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The U.S. Marine Corps: Missing in Action

US Marine Corps Commandant General David Berger told a United States Congressional committee the other day that he had let down the “combatant commander.” The United States Marines Corps were unable to have Marines in position to assist US citizens during the ongoing fighting in Sudan and to provide assistance after a recent earthquake in Turkey.

But he’s not quite right. He also let down his nation.

The backbone of the Marine Corps’ global rapid response to crises is the three Marine Expeditionary Units/Amphibious Ready Groups (MEU/ARG) that are constantly “floating” worldwide. These are generally made up of three amphibious ships (the ARG) and a couple thousand Marines (the MEU) with all their hardware, weapons, and aircraft.

They are just as capable of saving lives as they are of taking them.

The MEU that should have been on hand to respond to Sudan and Turkey was in North Carolina. Thus, it had left the region uncovered.

In the event, the United States flew in a rescue force of Navy SEALs from Djibouti to evacuate the 75 or so Embassy personnel and dependents from Khartoum. It was a success.

As for the other thousands of American citizens in Sudan, the US government’s response to shelter in place or get yourself out was the equivalent of, “see ya … wouldn’t want to be ya.”

Blame it on the US Navy

The French and the British did better at getting in and assisting. And the Chinese did too. Indeed, Global Times crowed about the Chinese Navy‘s efforts to evacuate over 1300 Chinese from Sudan — and other nations’ citizens as well.

This was a far cry from the days when Americans overseas knew that the Marines would be coming. And the local authorities — or warlords — did as well.

Read the Commandant’s statements and it’s the US Navy to blame as it hasn’t provided (or built) enough amphibious ships to transport the Marines.

Make no mistake, the “amphib navy” is not the US Navy’s fair-haired child. Spending money on amphibious ships is only done grudgingly.

But in this case, the Navy might argue a degree of confusion about what the Marine Corps wanted. A year or two ago it seemed the Commandant and the Marines just wanted 30 new light amphibious warships.

The idea was these ships would be used to shuttle Marines and supplies to and from their island hideouts in the Western Pacific. There, they would watch for Chinese ships in the event of war.

Force Design 2030 — the Commandant’s plan to remake the Marine Corps — was the primary focus.

Gen Berger’s Judgment Called to Question

And anyway, amphibious assault wasn’t something Marines would be doing anymore. It was old-school. And probably not even possible, given today’s persistent surveillance from satellites and drones. Not to mention long-range weaponry.

One knowledgeable observer said it makes sense if you believe in:

Gen. Berger’s Strategic Vision, [which] is to get out of the business of forcible amphibious landings. “That is sooo WWII …. The PLA have missiles you know… We now have cyber…did well in defense of Wake Island…. We are NOT another US Army…America doesn’t need ANOTHER air force in addition to USAF and Naval Air ー too expensive you know. 

Now the Commandant is complaining he hasn’t got enough full-sized “amphibs” to do operations like Turkey and Sudan. No kidding.

A Retired Insider’s Perspective

One retired Marine put it thus:

Gen. Berger’s testimony for 30 of those Light Amphibious Warships at $300 million [USD] per copy — which were to flit among the islands but withdraw from the [area of operations] in the event of armed conflict — really shook confidence in his professional military judgment. [In the Department of Navy as well as Congress.]

In the waning days of his office, for him to now claim, “What I meant to say was I really really need those full-up 31 Amphib big decks….” just doesn’t resonate.  

Meanwhile, Beijing ‘Gets It’

It almost seems as if the Commandant and his advisors forgot about the things that a military service has to do in peacetime. You need to be able to do things that you would not or could not do in wartime — but are essential.

Non-combatant evacuation operations (NEO) — think Sudan — are a main one. And so are humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) — think Turkey. To do these, the MEU/ARG, and enough of them afloat, are a prerequisite. This requires amphibious ships.

The Navy hasn’t got enough of them, which means the Marines don’t either. And thus the MEU (the Marine part of the amphibious task force) was sitting in North Carolina when the nation needed it in the Mediterranean and East Africa.

It’s humiliating. Marines are supposed to be “most ready when the nation is least ready.”

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Originally published by Japan-Forward


Grant Newsham

Senior Fellow.

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Convicted MAN Who Raped Children To Be Sent to Woman’s Prison After Changing Pronouns to ‘She/Her’ During Sentencing

A man convicted of the horrific sexual abuse of a 7-year-old girl abruptly changed his pronouns to “she/her” while being sentenced to life in federal prison for the crime.

Every convicted rapists will be declaring themselves ‘women.’

America is sick to its very soul.

Convicted Pedophile Changes Pronouns To “She/Her” During Sentencing For Abuse Of 7-Year-Old Child

By Anna Slatz, Redux News, April 28, 2023:

Content Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse as reported in court testimony. Reader discretion is appreciated.

A convicted pedophile appears to have declared a transgender identity while being sentenced for the horrific sexual abuse of a young girl.

On February 23, Robert William Perry II was sentenced to life in federal prison following a conviction for the aggravated sexual abuse of a minor. The victim, a 7-year-old girl for whom Perry was responsible, was abused over the course of one year while in Perry’s care.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Perry would coerce the girl into performing sex acts in exchange for candy, toys, and the opportunity to play video games in what Perry termed as a “man cave,” a closet where he regularly played video games and watched pornography. The abuses took place from 2017 to 2018 on the Muscogee Nation reserve in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The child eventually divulged some of the details of her ordeal to a school friend, and the conversation was overheard by another student who immediately went to a teacher and reported what she had heard. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services was contacted, and the victim was interviewed by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. The girl was hesitant to speak about what had happened because Perry had told her to “keep secrets,” but she would go on to draw pictures of what had happened to her.

Perry was initially arrested and charged in 2018 and he was convicted in an Oklahoma state court in 2020, but the conviction was later dismissed because the state lacked the jurisdiction to prosecute the case. In the United States, only the federal government or tribal councils have jurisdiction to prosecute cases that occur in Indian Country that involve Native American defendants. Because Perry is Indigenous and the crime had been committed on Muscogee land, the case was turned over to the federal government.

During a hearing in May of 2022, his victim testified in federal court as to what had happened to her.

Reduxx has reviewed a transcription of the child’s testimony and is withholding identifying details out of respect for her privacy.

While in court, the girl explained that Perry had a closet where he played video games and smoked. Perry would take her into the closet when there was no one else in the home.

The child detailed that Perry would tell her to strip naked and kneel on the floor, and she would be instructed to take his genitals into her mouth. The girl, who was 11 when she gave her testimony, said Perry would force his penis into her throat and it cause her to choke, among other abuses which included Perry touching and licking her genitals. After sexually abusing the girl, Perry would give her Jolly Ranchers or Starburst. The abuses happened regularly after school.

Perry was found guilty on counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country and for abusive sexual contact of a minor in Indian Country.

Perry was sentenced in February of 2023, and, shortly after, the U.S. Department of Justice amended their press release, noting that Perry now went by “she/her” pronouns. Previous releases had described Perry as a “man.”

Court documents reveal that Perry’s change in gender identity appears to have been declared around the same time he was being sentenced to life in prison for his crimes. A sentencing outcome signed by the judge in the case requested Perry be sent to a medium security facility in the Tulsa area with explicit provisions for “gender-care treatment programs.”

Other than the sentencing document, Perry’s gender identity was never mentioned during the trial.

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Saul Alinsky’s Eight Steps to Topple a Nation Matches Perfectly Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda

A reader sent us a link to Vassar Bushmills website that listed Alinsky’s eight steps to topple a nation. We realized after seeing them that they match the policies of the current administration and the Democrat Party.

According to Discover the Networks Alinsky:

  • Identified a set of very specific rules that ordinary citizens could follow, and tactics that ordinary citizens could employ, as a means of gaining public power
  • Created a blueprint for revolution under the banner of “social change”
  • Two of his most notable modern-day disciples are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Discover the Networks reports,

In the Alinsky model, “organizing” is a euphemism for “revolution” — a wholesale revolution whose ultimate objective is the systematic acquisition of power by a purportedly oppressed segment of the population, and the radical transformation of America’s social and economic structure. The goal is to foment enough public discontent, moral confusion, and outright chaos to spark the social upheaval that Marx, Engels, and Lenin predicted — a revolution whose foot soldiers view the status quo as fatally flawed and wholly unworthy of salvation. Thus, the theory goes, the people will settle for nothing less than that status quo’s complete collapse — to be followed by the erection of an entirely new system upon its ruins. Toward that end, they will be apt to follow the lead of charismatic radical organizers who project an aura of confidence and vision, and who profess to clearly understand what types of societal “changes” are needed.

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Remember that Barrack Hussein Obama began as a “community organizer” before becoming a politician.

According to Vassar Bushmills,

Think of these [eight steps] as “fronts” in a war; Western front, Eastern front.  These are all the fronts the Enemies of the United States have set up and been fighting for at least the past 50 yearsall on your front steps and at your front door.

You simply don’t have time to sit and complain about how the elected officials you trusted have let you down.

There are hundreds of way you can send them all a message every day that you have taken these issues in hand and will be doing something about daily, and not just the next election day. [Emphasis added]

Here’s Vassar Bushmills’ list of Alinsky’s eight steps to topple a nation:

  1. Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people
  2. Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
  3. Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
  4. Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
  5. Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).
  6. Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.
  7. Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.
  8. Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Alinsky’s Political Theory Becomes Public Policy

Ayn Rand famously said, “The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow.”

Today the uncontested absurdities of Alinsky have now become in 2023 the laws, policies and politics of the land.

Here’s how these eight steps have gone from political theory to public policy:

  1. Healthcare — Government control of healthcare began with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) enacted by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. This government control of healthcare was greatly expanded during the Covid pandemic via government mandates.
  2. Poverty — The cost of living has increased under the Biden administration. Click here for a Cost of Living Calculator. Put in a city run by Democrats and one run by Republicans, e.g. San Jose, CA and Sarasota, FL, and see what you get.
  3. Debt — According to the federal debt is $31.46 trillion. In 2019 the federal deficit was $984 billion and has grown steadily ever since to the present deficit of $31.46 trillion.
  4. Gun Control — Biden, his administration, the Democrat Party and various supporters want not just gun control, like in Chicago, but a repeal of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
  5. reports welfare spending for “FY 2023 total US government spending on welfare — federal, state, and local — is “guesstimated” to be $141 billion, including $536 billion for Medicaid, and $677 billion in other welfare. Total US government estimated spending for 2023 is $9.70 trillion, including a budgeted $6.37 trillion federal, a “guesstimated” $2.19 trillion state, and a “guesstimated” $2.17 trillion local. TOTAL: $10.73 trillion in 2023.
  6. Education — The public school system has been taken over by proponents of the most radical and egregious policies including: teaching child what to think, not how to think; promoting Critical Race Theory; promoting the LGBTQIE+ agenda including grooming of underaged children for perverts pedophiles and pederasts and causing for the first time a drop in the national IQ in history. This does not include the indoctrination of our children K-20 in the tenants off Marx, Lenin and Alinsky doctrines. Parents who speak out about what is taught to their children are labeled “domestic terrorists. Finally, Minnesota just gave the state power to take kids away if parents don’t approve of gender mutilation surgery.
  7. Religion — In 1962 Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and encourage its recitation in public schools, due to violation of the First Amendment. This also led to governments banning prayer in the public square.
  8. Class Warfare — Using the Biden administration’s diversity, inclusion and equity guidelines individuals, corporations, non-profits and all levels of government must determine race and gender in all aspects of their lives, businesses, lending and hiring practices.

©2023 Vassar Bushmills. All rights reserved.


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GDP Shows Economy Slowing in First Quarter of 2023

Economic momentum is slowing, amid higher interest rates and a banking crisis, new gross domestic product report shows. The U.S. economy wobbled in the first months of 2023. But no worries, the Democrat media axis will cheer on these Biden ‘successes.’

There is very little growth in the Biden Administration’s putrid economy. The American economy grew at 1.1 percent in Q1 of 2023. By contrast, Communist China’s economy grew by 4 percent in the same period.

GDP growth shows slowing economy in the first quarter of 2023

By Fox News, April 28, 2023

Gross domestic product (GDP) increased in the first quarter of 2023, beating the odds of a recession yet again, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

Real GDP increased at an annual rate of 1.1% in the first three months of this year, after rising 2.6% in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to the BEA’s advance estimate released on Thursday.

The increase in real GDP was driven by consumer spending, exports, federal government spending, state and local government spending, and nonresidential fixed investment, the BEA reported. Growth in the first quarter was offset by a slowdown in new single-family home construction and private inventory investment, the BEA said.

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Internal Revenue Service Hiring ‘Armed Agents’ for All 50 States

“Must be willing to use force up to and including the use of deadly force.” Sick. The Democrats are at war against its own citizens.

Internal Revenue Service Hiring ‘Armed Agents’ for All 50 States

IRS plans to hire gun-carrying special agents in all 50 states

Special agents with the IRS’ Criminal Investigation division are the only IRS agents permitted by law to carry firearms as part of their duties

By Eric Revell FOX Business

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist reacts to revelations in the Hunter Biden investigation and President Biden’s tax-and-spending spree.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is looking to hire special agents who carry guns and make arrests with jobs available in all 50 states, according to a posting on the agency’s website.

The law enforcement branch of the IRS, known as the Criminal Investigation (CI) division, is hiring for the role at locations throughout the U.S. IRS special agents within the CI division are the only IRS employees who are authorized by law to carry and use firearms. IRS-CI investigates financial crimes, money laundering, tax-related identity theft and terrorist financing efforts.

Under the posting’s “major duties” section, the IRS says that special agents “[c]arry a firearm; must be prepared to protect him/herself or others from physical attacks at any time and without warning and use firearms in life-threatening situations; must be willing to use force up to and including the use of deadly force.”

Additionally, IRS-CI special agents must be “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.” The posting adds that special agents need to maintain “a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job.”

Jobseekers must meet a number of other requirements, including having U.S. citizenship and being between the age of 21 at the time of completing the training academy and 37 at the time of appointment.

Would-be special agents with the IRS’ Criminal Investigation division must be able to pass pre-employment medical and tax exams, in addition to passing a drug test and being legally allowed to possess firearms.

The IRS’ job posting for the role on USAJobs opened in mid-February and will remain open through the end of the year. The posting lists 360 vacancies in 249 locations around the country — at least one of which is in each state.

IRS special agents in the CI division can expect a salary between $52,921 and $94,228 annually.

The IRS faced criticism last year when a similar posting went live amid debate in Congress over Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act, which included $80 billion in increased funding for the IRS over a decade — much of which was intended to help the agency crack down on tax evasion.

Similar language related to the use of force and carrying firearms is listed on other federal law enforcement job postings that involve field work and potentially dangerous situations.

FOX Business’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.

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