The 3 Greatest Economic Threats Facing America in 2022 [and Beyond]

An academic and an entrepreneur outline three of the most problematic issues of 2022.


As 2022 unfolds, there’s much concern regarding the US economy and our geopolitical standing. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United States was once again the world’s largest economy in 2021, producing an estimated $22.94 trillion or 24.4 percent of global GDP. The number is especially impressive given the population of the US. at just over 333 million people, which is a per capita GDP of roughly $68,700, among the highest in the world.

However, we are concerned with the size, growth, and state of the US economy when comparing its transition from 1960 to date. In 1960, the US produced $543 billion in GDP, or just under 40 percent of the world’s $1.367 trillion global economy. When adding Canada and Mexico, North American GDP totaled $597.42 billion or 43.7 percent of the world’s GDP. In comparison, China in 1960 produced a GDP of $59.72 billion or 4.39 percent of global GDP.

Today, North America comprises only 27.9 percent of global GDP while China, now a country of 1.445 billion people, generates a GDP worth $16.86 trillion (17.8 percent). Including India, Japan, South Korea and all of Asia, total 2021 Asian GDP was 33.7 percent of the $94 trillion global economy. Clearly, North America has been outpaced by Asia since 1960.

While the reasons US competitiveness has declined since 1960 are many, we’ll focus on three of the issues that have been the most problematic, and if not remedied, will continue to be for decades to come.

The month of December saw US consumer price inflation at 7 percent on an annualized basis and the Producer Price Index up a record 9.7 percent on the year. As 2022 begins, many experts predict food inflation will increase 5 percent for the year. US holiday sales were partially fueled by stimulus checks and the child tax care credit that will no longer exist in 2022, thus presenting a potential major decline in retail sales in Q1 2022, but not necessarily accompanied by lower prices.

In addition to food inflation, we expect a high level of wage inflation across all labor markets in 2022. There is a clear shortage of labor in the United States, as evidenced by rising wages in 2021 for jobs from truck drivers to airline employees and $180,000 bonuses for many Apple employees. Perhaps the telltale sign of higher wages to come in 2022 is that the US unemployment rate has declined to 3.9 percent with 6.3 million Americans unemployed, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and roughly 11 million job openings available. We believe the US chip shortage will improve in 2022 but remain an economic factor through early 2023, continuing to put upward price pressure on automobiles and electronic devices.

Our preliminary estimate for inflation in 2022 is 8 percent as inflation indicators like the 10-year Treasury Bond Yield, gold and oil are up in January. We believe, as did Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, that inflation is caused by government monetary policy. The Federal Reserve, through its open-market operations, must eliminate its years of quantitative easing by tightening the US money supply to bring inflation under control before it becomes an even larger and more difficult problem.

The US federal government continues to threaten to break up America’s largest companies. Should it?

Consider: On Jan. 4, 2022, the stock market value of Apple was worth more than Walmart, Disney, Netflix, Nike, ExxonMobil, Comcast, Coca-Cola, Morgan Stanley, McDonald’s, ADT, Goldman Sachs, Boeing and IBM — COMBINED. For a brief period during the trading of Apple stock on Jan. 3, 2022, Apple’s market cap or stock value surpassed $3 trillion … marking the first time in the history of global stock markets a company achieved a value at or above $3 trillion. Is the fact that only a few stocks — Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Tesla, Meta, Nvidia — seem to control the size, scope, and fate of the S&P 500 a problem? Is the index concentration of the S&P 500 itself a risk for the market? Is it a problem that the seven largest mega cap stocks account for nearly a third of the entire S&P 500 market value? Or are these companies simply among America’s finest companies in the areas of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurial leadership setting the stage for growth and change within the economy, making them companies government should laud and encourage rather than break up?

Simply stated, the top seven S&P 500 Stocks outperformed the remaining members of the S&P 500 by 33 percent in 2021 because American consumers and consumers around the world felt they had more to offer and purchased their goods, services, and stocks at record levels. Apple alone represented roughly 7 percent of the S&P 500 estimated market value of $42.5 trillion on Jan. 3, 2022. This market share was due to many factors, including the millions of devices, such as phones, watches, and iPads in use around the globe and the broad range of entertainment provided by Apple streaming services.

For the most part, we believe the “magnificent seven” are evidence of the best and brightest ideas and minds business has to offer. It would be counter to the short- and long-term best interest of the US to break these companies up. It is outdated for US antitrust laws to only regulate a company’s size, scope, and influence in the US rather than globally. As noted earlier, America no longer dominates the global economy as we once did.

Still, US companies should compete without government protections, favors or subsidies, to promote successful entrepreneurial activity, improve lives, and safeguard America’s position as an economic powerhouse.

As the US national debt has grown over the last 50 years, interest on the national debt is now among the top 10 items in the annual US federal budget.

The national debt recently eclipsed $30 trillion, which is almost $90,000 per US man, woman, and child, and roughly $239,000 per taxpayer.

Today, the US national debt is 127.55 percent of today’s roughly $23.4 trillion GDP, up from 53.33 percent in 1960 and even higher when compared to 34.5 percent in 1980. In addition, the current debt figures do not include the more than $3.25 trillion in state and local government debt.

Much of our current national debt is due to excessive government spending on unnecessary items. If the massive spending continues into 2022 and beyond, U.S. credit ratings will decline, while adding trillions of dollars to an already unsustainable budget deficit.

In 205 years, from 1776 to 1981, the total US national debt went from $0 to $998 billion. With an accumulated national debt of less than $1 trillion over the first 205 years of American history and a debilitating additional $29 trillion since 1982, perhaps there are lessons for Congress to learn related to a.) budgeting; b.) public policy; and c.) Consensus building in Congress prior to 1982 — lessons that will help restore the American competitive, free enterprise system and enhance opportunities for an ever wider range of Americans and investors from abroad.

COLUMN BY

Timothy G. Nash

Timothy G. Nash is the Director of the McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Northwood University.

Donald S. Gottwald

Donald S. Gottwald is an entrepreneur based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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$200 Million in Somali Welfare Fraud Paid for Trips to Mecca

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s favorite restaurant claimed to be feeding 6,000 kids a day.

Feeding Our Future, the Minnesota food charity sponsor whose offices have been raided by the FBI over allegations of massive fraud that some estimates have placed in the hundreds of millions of dollars, claimed that it wants to make “the world a better place for all”.

10 members of FOF’s staff boast of speaking Somali, others of Arabic and related languages often spoken by Muslim minorities, but only 3 speak Spanish and only 1 knows Chinese. The organization’s Manager of Operations, Food Program Coordinators Manager, Food Program Support Manager, and multiple administrators, all appear to be Somali.

The contact page is decorated with a photo of a woman in a hijab chowing down on a burger.

The pandemic destroyed lives, hundreds of thousands died, millions lost their businesses and jobs, but a great river of government money flowed to those who knew how to play the game.

As The Counter notes,

“In the early months of the pandemic, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) acted quickly to loosen rules governing how child nutrition programs had to operate. Gone were the strict nutrition guidelines, the group dining requirements, and the in-person inspections. Instead, the agency focused on cutting red tape as part of a broad effort to keep snacks and meals accessible to hungry families while mitigating the spread of Covid-19.”

In 2019, Feeding Our Future distributed $3.4 million in taxpayer food aid funds to the non-profits it was sponsoring, In 2020, that shot up to $42 million and then up to $197 million in 2021.

These were impressive numbers for a charity that seemed to focus on Somalis in Minnesota.

While there may be some hungry Somali Muslim kids in the Gopher State, $197 million would buy them all meals at five-star steakhouses before jetting them away from the snow to Vegas.

According to a lawyer for Aimee Bock, FOF’s founder, who isn’t Somali, but whose lawyer previously represented a Somali ISIS recruit, “all Ms. Bock did was feed children.”

When over 200 FBI agents converged on the offices of various non-profits, their search warrants claimed that the Somali aid groups received “tens of millions of dollars” but that “almost none of this money was used to feed children.” The FOF’s Minneapolis offices were near the Somali Abu Huraira mosque and not far from a multitude of Somali community organizations.

Some of the money allegedly went to Bock and her boyfriend, Empress Malcolm Watson Jr., apparently a bail bondsman tracking wanted fugitives, who had previously been arrested for domestic violence, and whose construction company received $600,000 from her non-profit.

The only client listed on its site has the first name, “Aimee”.

Bill Glahn, a reporter for American Experiment who has been investigating the case, noted that Empress Malcolm Watson, Jr. “has an impressively long list of encounters with local law enforcement. 4 felony convictions, one for theft by swindle and one for domestic assault” which is even bigger than the rap sheet of his revered father, Empress Malcolm Watson, Sr.

From there it gets quite complicated.

Abdikerm Abdelahi Eidleh, a Feeding Our Future employee, according to the FBI documents, controlled multiple target premises, opened over 20 bank accounts in the name of his various entities, and “solicited and received kickbacks” from the groups receiving child nutrition cash.

According to Feeding Our Future, the organization’s “extensive knowledge of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program” helped “child and adult care programs maximize their reimbursement”. These were the groups on whose behalf it acted as a sponsor.

Feeding Our Future was getting a 10% administrative fee off the top. But that wasn’t enough.

Safari Restaurant, which boasts “traditional Somali cuisine” like french fries and safari chicken quesadilla, where Rep. Ilhan Omar had celebrated her victory party, applied to participate in the Federal Child Nutrition program.

When the money was denied, Feeding Our Future complained that “minority-owned businesses serving almost exclusively economically disadvantaged children of color” were being denied the right to serve “culturally relevant foods” to “youth” during a “national emergency”.

Crying racism worked and at its peak Safari claimed to be feeding 6,000 children a day. That’s a lot of children. Documents note that the Somali eatery claimed to be serving a comparable number of meals to “the entire St. Paul public school district.”

Safari was just one of the many providers who claimed to be feeding thousands of children.

Glahn in American Experiment found that, “Feeding Our Future had 312 authorized sites for the program, approved for a maximum of 126,000 children.” That’s a lot of hungry Somali kids.

Oliver Twist, eat your heart out.

He also noted that, “Five of the sites are religious centers.”

The Feds staked out various Feeding Our Future meal sites and found no one at the places that were supposed to be feeding 50,000 children. According to the FBI, the money being stolen wasn’t used to feed children, it went into various shell companies and fronts operated by Somalis and was used to buy everything from a Porsche to African properties.

According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, S&S Catering led by Qamar Ahmed Hassan received $13.8 million in federal funds. The FBI warrants note that,

“Qamar Ahmed Hassan wrote approximately $27,000 in checks from S&S Catering bank accounts… to Amax Travel, a travel agency that specializes in Haji travel packages.”

Haji is the Islamic obligation for every Muslim to visit their holy city of Mecca.

Amax offers trips to the Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina, that non-Muslims are banned from entering, five-star hotels, and tours led by Imams.

One of the non-profits associated with FOF, Stigma-Free International, was incorporated by Minneapolis City Council Member Jamal Osman. The Somali politician is a political ally of Rep. Ilhan Omar and has been photographed with her. He had previously been featured in a Project Veritas undercover investigation which appeared to show his brother “rifling through piles of ballots strewn across his dashboard” and declaring, “just today we got 300 for Jamal Osman.”

The man in question had also allegedly worked on Omar’s political campaign.

The scale and scope of the alleged fraud is as vast as the network that perpetrated it. The FBI warrants list numerous people, the vast majority of them Somali Muslims, a dizzying variety of non-profits that received the money, and a wide variety of destinations for the cash. The fraud was lubricated by false accusations of racism and discrimination by FOF and its recipients.

During the initial controversy, a video in support of Feeding Our Future at the Safari restaurant featured numerous local politicians, including Senator Omar Fateh, the first Somali Muslim in the state senate, who had been backed by the Democratic Socialists of America.

A Deputy District Director for Rep. Ilhan Omar gave what was described as an “impassioned speech” declaring, “This community is tired. It’s tired of the bulls—”

But it’s Americans who have every right to be tried.

Open borders migration is not feeding our future. It’s stealing our future away.

COLUMN BY

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

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Should we pay reparations to the families of the 3.5 million men who fought in the Civil War?

Reparations: Compensation for historical crimes and wrongdoings with the aim of remedying injustices and helping specific groups of people or populations to prosper. 


We read with interest a February 2nd, 2022 USA TODAY article by Orlando Mayorquin titled, “Will California become the first state to pay Black people reparations?” Mayorquin wrote:

Supporters of a federal effort to study reparations for Black Americans are closely watching an ongoing debate in California over how to address the wrongs of history and dismantle racist structures.

California is the first state in the nation to seriously consider some form of reparations for Black Americans. The California Reparations Task Force is made up of academics, lawyers, civil rights leaders, lawmakers and other experts convened by Gov. Gavin Newsom and is tasked with studying the state’s role in perpetuating the legacy of slavery. The task force is expected to recommend proposals to the Legislature by next year.

California was admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850 and lost 500 men during to the Civil War.

Are the descendants of these 500 men being considered by the task force?

QUESTION: Why aren’t we studying paying reparations to the families of the 3.5 million men who fought in the Civil War?

The Civil War Battlefield 

World Population Review reports:

According to the American Battlefield Trust, of the 3.5 million men who fought in the war, there were 1.5 million casualties, 620,000 of which were deaths, making the Civil War the bloodiest in American history. More men’s lives were lost in the Civil War than World War I and World War II combined. The Battle of Gettysburg alone had 51,000 casualties. Additionally, there were 476,000 wounded and 400,000 captured or missing.

Of the Confederate states, Virginia and North Carolina had the highest number of military deaths, with approximately 31,000 each. Alabama had the second-highest with about 27,000 deaths. Of the Union states, New York has the highest number of military deaths of approximately 39,000, followed by Ohio and Illinois with about 31,000 each. California and Colorado had the lowest number of deaths of any state, given their location to the war’s battles. Military deaths were a combination of both combat deaths and disease deaths. In the table below are the estimated deaths for each state.

Here are the 10 states with the highest Civil War casualties:

  1. New York (39,000)
  2. Illinois (31,000)
  3. North Carolina (31,000)
  4. Ohio (31,000)
  5. Virginia (31,000)
  6. Alabama (27,000)
  7. Pennsylvania (27,000)
  8. Indiana (24,000)
  9. South Carolina (18,000)
  10. Michigan (13,000)
State Estimated Casualties 
New York 39,000
Virginia 31,000
Ohio 31,000
North Carolina 31,000
Illinois 31,000
Pennsylvania 27,000
Alabama 27,000
Indiana 24,000
South Carolina 18,000
Missouri 13,000
Michigan 13,000
Iowa 12,000
Wisconsin 11,000
Kentucky 9,000
Mississippi 8,000
Maine 8,000
Georgia 7,000
Arkansas 7,000
New Jersey 5,000
Vermont 4,000
New Hampshire 4,000
Louisiana 4,000
West Virginia 3,000
Texas 3,000
Tennessee 3,000
Minnesota 3,000
Kansas 3,000
Maryland 2,000
Rhode Island 1,000
Florida 1,000
Delaware 1,000
Colorado 500
California 500
Wyoming
Washington
Utah
South Dakota
Oregon
Oklahoma
North Dakota
New Mexico
Nevada
Nebraska
Montana
Massachusetts
Idaho
Hawaii
Connecticut
Arizona
Alaska

The Bottom Line

Men fought and died fighting the Civil War. Men of all races, creeds and colors. Don’t forget that 40,000 black soldiers, out of 178,000 who participated in the Civil War, died. Don’t their families deserve reparations too?

War isn’t a black or white issue. War is a national policy issue. In the case of the Civil War the issue was to reunite a divided nation. Yes, the issue at hand was in part slavery but in the greater part it was about an armed insurrection.

Perhaps we need to rethink this myth of reparations.

Those who fought in the Civil War set the stage for the end of slavery in America.

It is time to stop this push for reigniting another racial divide.

It has been 157 years since the end of the Civil War.

Isn’t it time to move on and begin with the most important social issue: that we judge people by the content of their characters rather than the color of their skins?

And this ends this lesson on equal justice under the law.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

Biden’s Bolshevik Agenda

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” – Winston Churchill.


Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally transform” America. Obama, after passage of the Affordable Care Act, failed to turn America into a truly Bolshevik (a.k.a. socialist) country.

Biden, however, has fundamentally transformed America into a Bolshevik style government.

How do we know this?

In an August 17th, 2020 VOX article titled “This is the future Joe Biden wants wrote:

When I asked Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign, what the former vice president’s plan for his first 100 days in office was, her response was blunt.

“Wouldn’t everybody like to know?”

Sanders was also being coy — in fact, she had just finished walking me through Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, an umbrella term that the campaign has been using for policies meant to aid the economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.

Well Symone we all now know Biden’s plan.

We are now in the second year of the Biden administration and the second year of flattening the Covid-19 curve. Covid has mutated, no pun intended, from a curve to a crisis under Biden.

The fall is coming and we don’t know if we can stop Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.

  • Food shortages are here.
  • Medical supplies shortages are here.
  • Water, electricity, gas are being shut randomly and for unknown periods of time, e.g. California.
  • The government has run out of money and we the people are being left to fend for ourselves.

QUESTIONS:

  • Have you seen any economic recovery or solution to the Covid crisis?
  • Have you seen Americans growing and prospering. Are you seeing your income go up and your taxes going down.
  • Have you seen your job secured and company expanding?
  • Have your been threatened if you don’t get jabbed you will lose your job?
  • Have you been told that to go to a restaurant you need proof that you have been vaccinated, e.g. a vaccine passport?
  • Are you fearful that globally tensions are rising and there’s a potential for war between Russian and Ukraine, China and Taiwan or between Iran and the West Bank and Israel?

What I have seen since the inauguration of Biden is ever expanding intrusions of government into my life, my family’s lives, our community, our state and our nation.

Biden’s advisers were telling New York magazine’s Gabriel Debenedetti that Biden wanted an “FDR-sized” administration. This means more centralized power in Washington, D.C., more regulation, more spending and the potential of getting into another World War.

Building Bolsheviks Agenda

As Mark J. Perry wrote:

As we’ve learned from countless examples throughout history, including now Venezuela, the main difference between capitalism and socialism is this: capitalism works.

Biden is anti-Capitalist. Biden has built, funded and expanded the powers of Bolsheviks in the government. Biden is going after the capitalists using the mantra of taxing the rich.

Bolsheviks were a radical, far-left, and revolutionary Marxist faction founded by Vladimir Lenin. Biden has surrounded himself with radical, far-left revolutionaries.

Biden is the new Lenin and his party, his administration and is cabinet are filled with radical, far-left, and revolutionary Marxist Bolsheviks bent on expanding government using the myths of: climate change, a Covid crisis, political opponents are insurrectionists and our enemies are now our friends.

If you don’t believe me then see how Biden’s Bolsheviks are treating our enemies like Iran, China, North Korea, Russia and the Palestinian Authority. Contrast that with what the previous administration did to keep or enemies at bay with sanctions, tariffs and policies that put Americans and America first.

The Bottom Line

Biden’s Bolsheviks are anti-Capitalism. Biden wants more government control over you, me, businesses, the media and the independent states of America.

Remember what Ayn Rand wrote about America’s abundance:

America’s abundance was created not by public sacrifices to “the common good,” but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America’s industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance—and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way.

Under Biden America’s abundance is waning and in jeopardy. 

While Biden’s poll numbers are in the toilet, he and his administration is still flushing our economy, national security, healthcare system down the drain.

This will not change unless Republicans take back the House and Senate on November 8th, 2022. This is the last best hope to stop Biden’s Bolsheviks in Congress and at the local, county and state levels.

Conservative Republicans can and must fundamentally undo everything that Biden’s Bolsheviks have done.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

VIDEO: Biden Admin Spent Over $2 Billion to Transport Illegal Aliens Across U.S.

Unconscionable.

Mo Brooks: Biden Admin Spent Over $2 Billion to Transport Illegal Aliens Across U.S.

By Breitbart, February 4, 2022

Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “The Evening Edit,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) reacted to the Biden administration flying illegal immigrants across the United States.

Brooks lamented that billions of dollars have been exhausted on illegal aliens rather than the American people. He added there was “no end to how much damage the Biden administration seeks to do.”

“It’s now more than 100,000 that are being transported in one shape, form or fashion, and the total cost — not just the flights but also the detention or the places where they live, the health care — exceeds over $2 billion,” Mo Brooks emphasized. “There’s no end to how much damage the Biden administration seeks to do and no end to how much money they are willing to spend — our money — in order to pack America with millions of illegal aliens.”

“[W]hen you’re asking the Biden administration for information, you have to take what the what you get with a grain of salt,” he continued. “There’s no guarantee that they’re fully reporting all of the cost of everything. But this shouldn’t be new to America. There have been plenty of studies over the years that indicate that the net cost to American taxpayers each year … net cost at the city, county, state and federal level exceeds over $120 billion. That’s a lot of money that could have been used for Americans but instead is being used to the benefit of illegal aliens.”

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Why My Pillow’s Headache Could Become Your Nightmare

Here’s this week’s Shout Out Patriots Show:

Snowflake Nazis are here. And their motto is: No Coin for You!

When two banks last month told My Pillow guy, Mike Lindell, to take his accounts elsewhere, it made national news. Of course, the media loves to gloat when bad things happen to American-loving Patriots.

For many Americans, this news shocked them. Can a bank really close an account based on the customer’s political point of view or activities?

Who could blame Moms and Pops if they rightfully started to worry, “Do I risk my bank account being closed because I posted something on Facebook?”

Well, the fear should run much deeper than that!

It’s not just a person’s bank account that could be closed due to their political views, but credit cards could be canceled, insurance companies dropped, and much more.

Remember the Soup Nazi on the Jerry Seinfeld show? He would famously disparage unruly customers by shouting, “No soup for YOU!”

Now enters the Snowflake Nazis, who have a hatefully similar slogan if you’re a conservative, “No coin for YOU!” Their goal is to bankrupt Patriots.

And they mean business.

How do I know?

Because at Christian Action Network, we’ve been the victim of these ‘Take your business and shove it’ efforts many times over!

Throughout the past several years, we’ve been booted out the door by Global Payment Systems (a credit card merchant service), QuickBooks, Discover Card, and an insurance company — all because they woke up one day and found our religious views objectionable.

Last summer, we were notified by BB&T Bank, which we’ve done business with for over 20 years, that they closed our account.

Who are these Snowflake Nazis? I hope you want to know.

We have the answers and expose them on our recent episode of Shout Out Patriots.

Here’s why you need to take a look:

When Discover Card tells Christian Action Network that it cannot receive donations from cardholders, they are also telling the customer who they can donate to…and even what they can buy, based on their religious, political, or constitutional views.

What happens when Discover Card (or any other credit card company, for that matter) doesn’t want you to buy a gun?

It’s easy to see where all this is going.

Suppose the Snowflake Nazis target YOUR house of worship because they object to your pastor’s religious views on gay marriage or abortion. Will they convince Discover Card to deny donations to your church? Will they convince the church’s bank to kick them out?

We have a lot to say about this and a lot to expose.

Take a watch or listen on this episode of Shout Out Patriots.

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The Brandon Administration’s First Year in Review

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis labeled the current powers to be in Washington, D.C. as “The Brandon Administration.”

As luck would have it we received an email from Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) titled “Who is Brandon.” Here is what Congressman Rouzer had to say:

President Biden’s First Year

On January 20th, President Biden’s first year in office came to a close.  Last January we had challenges, for sure.  But one year later, each of those challenges is now in the category of crisis.  Making it worse, there are now a number of significant new problems largely self-created by this administration.

The Inflation & Economic Crisis: Inflation has reached its highest level in 40 years and prices of consumer goods continue to skyrocket. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Democrats continued to provide massive stimulus spending under their one party rule despite the fact there was more than $1 trillion appropriated during the Trump Administration that is still unspent.  State governments have so much money they don’t know how to spend it.  Meanwhile, the Fed now has little option but to increase interest rates right at the time we are very likely on the verge of a recession.

The December jobs report was the worst of Joe Bidens presidency, and many Americans are facing empty grocery store shelves. Supply chain experts do not expect these issues to get better any time soon.  When you don’t have enough workers you can’t produce enough product to meet demand.  Nor can you get the product shipped timely. Time is money. It costs extra for product to sit idle — whether at a port or in an inland warehouse.

The Crime Crisis: Homicides and crime rates in 2021 were near record highs, with several major cities breaking annual homicide records. When you go soft on crime, you get more of it. It is that simple. The irony is liberal soft on crime policies actually increase firearm ownership as more and more law-abiding citizens purchase guns to protect themselves and their families.

The Border Security Catastrophe: The crisis at our southern border is out of control with criminal cartels flooding the U.S. with dangerous drugs, sex trafficking and who knows what else. Additionally, a recently leaked video shows how the Biden administration is immediately releasing large numbers of illegal immigrants, mostly men apprehended at our southern border, into our communities.  Another leaked video shows the administration is flying illegal immigrants in the middle of the night to locations across the country.

Make no mistake, President Biden is turning every state into a border state. Rather than enforcing our laws, he is facilitating the breaking of them.  I anticipate there will be a massive push for his impeachment in the next Congress under Republican leadership for what is truly a dereliction of duty to protect the American people.  The truth is though, such an effort will go nowhere in the Senate — regardless of which party has the majority.  It requires 2/3 vote of that chamber to remove a President from office who has been impeached by the House.

The Education Crisis: One million children started their school year dealing with sudden closures.  Congress sent billions to state governments and local school districts so they could safely reopen, not close their doors again.  Vaccine mandates and mask mandates are only dividing the country that much more.

The Energy Crisis: If you want to increase gas prices, cutting domestic production is the best way to do it. (Washington liberals like high gas prices because it makes alternative sources of fuel that much more competitive with fossil fuels.) That’s exactly what this Administration did and now we are all paying for it at the pump and for other products as well. This is part of the inflation crisis too.  Just about every product made has petroleum as part of its make, or petroleum is required to run the machines to produce the product, and to ship it.
It’s time to return to policies that provide solutions for the American people. We have enough problems without the federal government making all of them worse.

Well that about sums up the Brandon Administration’s Build Back Worse Agenda. Crisis after crisis is their nom de guerre. Biden is using the assumed label of “Build Back Better” to engage in a cultural, economic, educational and criminal war against we the American people.

Therefore, it is appropriate to call this the Brandon Administration.

Any questions?

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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TAKE ACTION: Illegal Aliens Being Housed in Maitland, Florida at the Extended Stay America Motel

“Any excuse will serve a tyrant.” – Aesop

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.” – Julius Caesar, Act 2, Scene 2.


There is an ongoing protest of the large number of illegal aliens who have been bused to the Extend Stay America Motel, located at 1760 Pembrook Dr. in Maitland, Florida.

Watch: Bus loads of illegal dumped in Florida District 11

These illegal aliens have been provided with rooms (at a cost of $84+ per night), clothing and food at taxpayers expense by U.S. Government.

Illegal aliens (and those helping them) are violating U.S. immigration laws.  They should be detained and deported back to their home countries.

As retired Senior Special Agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service wrote in his column “Biden Admin Now Running Biggest Human Trafficking Operation in History“:

Incredibly, AG Garland abjectly ignores the way immigration law enforcement could act as a force-multiplier to combat violent crimes, including where international terrorism and transnational gangs are concerned.

The Attorney General should review 8 U.S. Code § 1324 (Bringing in and harboring certain aliens), which deems the actions of any person or organization acting as the Biden administration currently is as felonies.

TAKE ACTION

Email and call Governor Ron DeSantis’ office.

Email:  ron.desantis@eog.myflorida.com  phone:  (850) 717-9337

©Royal A. Brown, III. All rights reserved.

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TAKE ACTION: Tell Lawmakers the Virginia ‘Clean’ Economy Act is a Dangerous Mistake No One Can Afford

Make your comment right now and help Virginia end the foolish VCEA.


In 2020, the Democrats in Virginia railroaded through a piece of radical climate legislation called the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA).

Its goal was to reduce the Commonwealth’s carbon emissions to zero by 2045 and would achieve its ends by bulldozing large amounts of farmland and wilderness to foist the construction of massive new solar and windfarms.

Now, a bill pending before the Virginia House of Delegates (HB 118) would lift this heavy hand of government from Virginia’s electricity generation, protect the environment, make the grid more reliable, and lower prices for everyone.

As President of CFACT, a 501(c)3, I cannot urge passage of legislation. However, I am headed over to the Virginia House of Delegates this week to testify about the terrible effects the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) is having. Ending this terrible policy is, without a doubt, in the public interest. We need your help!

Click here, scroll down to HB 118, check the box, then go to the bottom of the page and add your comment on ending the foolish VCEA today.

This is not just a Virginia issue. Everywhere in the world that government has shuttered efficient fossil fuel energy sources and forced people into wind and solar — prices have risen, the environment suffers, and reliability is destroyed.

This effort in Richmond is offering the entire country a model for how to roll back dangerous statewide Green New Deal initiatives.

Let your voice be heard. Tell legislators in Virginia that VCEA:

  • Is the most radical energy and climate legislation ever passed in the Commonwealth’s history.
  • Will cost Virginia families and businesses a whopping $2 Billion per year – which amounts to $800 annually for a family of four.
  • Will hit poorer families the hardest.
  • Will cause the harmful destruction of farmlands and forests – a whopping 770 square miles, which is 33 times the size of New York City.
  • Will destabilize the grid by relying on intermittent, unreliable solar and wind energy that has led to blackouts in Texas, California, Europe, and Australia.
  • Will do nothing to impact climate change as even EPA modeling shows if Virginia were to eliminate 100% of its carbon dioxide emissions, it would only reduce temperature by 0.0021 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.

CFACT’s friends and readers know all too well that inefficient, intermittent wind and solar are terribly destructive, expensive, and unreliable. 

Tell the Virginia House of Delegates the truth about which energy sources work and which don’t.

Add your voice to CFACT’s.

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A Bridge too far!

“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” – Khalil Gibran


Now, I am not a huge conspiracy theory kinda guy. I do not believe in coincidences. I also have an inherent distrust of government, especially this particular left wing extremist administration.

I live in a realistic world where I understand big government is not our friend. This administration actually goes way beyond that by, I believe, being a true domestic enemy and filled with treasonous, terrorist and vile snakes whose sole aim is the permanent destruction of our constitutional republic.

Anyway! Back to the subject of this blog and my earlier statement on coincidences.

What are the chances of senile old Joe heading to Pittsburgh to promote a hugely obscene $1 trillion infrastructure bill, and a bridge just so luckily collapsing that day? I think that without physical help from some evil Americans, that chance is zero.

Watch: Bridge collapses in Pittsburgh:

Biden has used the rhetoric from that bridge collapse all day. As has his evil group of lying, treasonous and definitely anti American MSM. Pittsburgh’s own commie Mayor, Ed Gainey, emphasized the importance of Biden’s visit after the bridge collapse. His left hand was out for some of that free tax payer money but now, both hands were out as he realized his trade union work force and other corrupt individuals would be made so much richer! What a great collapse that old bridge performed! And look, no deaths as yet! Just a great photo opportunity with his buddy, corrupt Joe! Plus he ran on a platform of good paying, good benefit trades union jobs!!! After all, he owed them for backing his campaign!

A lot of Americans will believe him. They will just accept that the bridge just so happened to give up the ghost and collapse conveniently just as Sniffer Joe arrives! That everyone needs a handout to support the commie controlled trade union workforce that will spend at least 200% more to fix the bridges than the true cost. After all – there are so many officials with their hands out to get some of that free federal money.

Don’t believe the hype America! This administration is full of lies and hot air. They are supported by a MSM that would not know the truth, or how to find it, if it were in front of them with huge neon flashing signs!

©Fred Brownbill. All rights reserved.

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AG Garland Ignores Vital Immigration Law Enforcement

Crippling national security and public safety.


Rampant violent crime across the United States, particularly in cities and states run by radical leftist mayors and governors is of great concern to Americans everywhere and is an outgrowth of the insanity of the defund police movement and “criminal justice reform” which has led to violent criminals being released without bail causing carnage at unprecedented levels.

Perhaps in response to this crisis, on January 21, 2022 the Department of Justice issued a press release:  Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors that provided a transcript of his remarks as they were delivered.

It is important that, as you read the transcript, to remember that the Attorney General of the United States is also the chief law enforcement officer of the United States.  Many federal law enforcement agencies operate under the aegis of the Justice Department but even those agencies that operate under the auspices of other agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, and the Treasury Department still rely on the federal prosecutors of the Justice Department they partner with to further criminal investigations and prosecutions for all crimes comprehended under federal statutes.

Violations of federal criminal laws are prosecuted by federal prosecutors who are assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s offices located across the United States.

Federal prosecutors are not, however, required to accept the prosecution of all cases that are presented to them by federal agents.  Because of limited resources and political considerations, federal prosecutors have far-ranging discretion in deciding whether or not to pursue criminal charges in the cases that are brought to them.

U.S. Attorneys are beholden to the “marching orders” issued by the Attorney General for whom they all work.

This brings us back to Attorney General Garland’s prepared remarks and a particular worrisome excerpt:

Keeping our country safe and the American people safe is a core priority of the United States Department of Justice. A critical part of keeping our country safe is protecting it from foreign and domestic terrorism.

These are dangers that Justice Department law enforcement components work against all day, every day. And as I have said, they are dangers that we work against together with our state and local partners, without whom we cannot succeed.

Another important part of keeping our country safe is working alongside all of you to protect our communities from violent crime, and particularly the scourge of gun violence.

At the Justice Department, we stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the fight against violent crime, and we will use every tool at our disposal to protect our communities.

Last year, the department launched a comprehensive anti-violent crime strategy aimed at harnessing our resources of every relevant component in the department, including our United States Attorneys’ Offices, our litigating divisions, all of our law enforcement agencies and our grantmaking offices.

Recognizing the importance of anti-violent crime strategies that are tailored to individual communities, we directed each United States Attorneys Office to work with its state and local partners to address the crime problem in those communities.

As a result, the FBI, ATF, DEA and U.S. Marshals Service partnered with state and local agencies and police departments to embed agents in homicide units, confiscate illegal firearms, disrupt violent drug trafficking and provide other support where needed.

That very last paragraph is beyond shocking.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the immigration law enforcement elements of the that federal leviathan are conspicuously absent from the Attorney General’s statement which included the threats posed by international terrorists even as he enumerated many other federal agencies.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) has always included immigration law enforcement officers.  In point of fact, the 9/11 Commission, to which I provided testimony, made it abundantly clear that the 9/11 terror attacks and other such attacks, were only possible because of multiple failures of the immigration system.

A variety of other task forces have also traditionally included immigration law enforcement personnel.

Other law enforcement efforts are largely duplicated by local and state law enforcement agencies however, the enforcement of the immigration laws including the deportation (removal) of illegal aliens is unique to the DHS.

We will consider the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission shortly, but first I want you to know that in writing my article today I am calling upon my extensive real-world experiences as an INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) special agent.

I was the first INS agent assigned to the Unified Intelligence Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in New York City.  I worked closely with the DEA, FBI, local and state police and a variety of law enforcement agencies both within the United States and even foreign governments.

That assignment lasted for about four years whereupon I was promoted to the position of Senior Special Agent and assigned to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force.  Once again, I was assigned to various other federal agencies to provide my unique authorities and expertise as an INS agent to assist in conducting investigations and subsequent prosecution of large-scale narcotics trafficking organizations.

There are a variety of crimes that pertain specifically to aliens who commit serious crimes in the United States that are uniquely pursued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Among these crimes are:

8 U.S. Code § 1326 (Reentry of aliens who were previously removed from the United States)- which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison for aliens who are deemed to be “aggravated felons.”

8 U.S. Code § 1324 (Bringing in and harboring certain aliens).

18 U.S. Code § 1546 (Fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents) which can carry up to 25 years in prison when such crime is committed in conjunction with terrorism.

18 U.S. Code § 922 (Unlawful acts concerning firearms and ammunition) the following subsection addresses possession of firearms or ammunition by illegal aliens:

(5)who, being an alien

(A)is illegally or unlawfully in the United States; or

(B)except as provided in subsection (y)(2), has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(26) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26)));

Additionally, the removal (deportation) of aliens helps to combat recidivism.  Criminal aliens who are no longer in the United States cannot carry out crimes in the United States.

Nevertheless, the Biden administration has gutted both border security and the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States.  Garland’s omission of immigration law enforcement from the efforts to help combat violent crime was clearly consistent with the policies of the Biden Administration.

Transnational gangs are running rampantly across the United States, frequently profiting by their involvement in the drug trade which has caused the deaths of tens of thousands of victims in the United States.

Gang violence causes many additional deaths- frequently within the ethnic immigration communities where these criminals, from all over the world, now operate with impunity particularly in so-called “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary States.”

The preface of the official report 9/11 and  Terrorist Travel – Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States began 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.

Border security is national security, but perhaps the most overlooked element of immigration law enforcement is the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States.

Page 54 of the above-cited report contained this excerpt under the title “3.2 Terrorist Travel Tactics by Plot.”

“…once in the United States terrorists and their supporters tried to get legal immigration status that would permit them to remain here, primarily by committing serial, or repeated, immigration fraud, by claiming political asylum, and by marrying Americans. Many of these tactics would remain largely unchanged and undetected throughout the 1990s and up to the 9/11 attack.”

Thus, abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior immigration enforcement were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activity. It would remain largely unknown, since no agency of the United States government analyzed terrorist travel patterns until after 9/11. This lack of attention meant that critical opportunities to disrupt terrorist travel and, therefore, deadly terrorist operations were missed.

I included that statement in my prepared testimony when, on March 10, 2005, I testified before a hearing conducted by the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims on the topic,  Interior Immigration Enforcement Resources.

Advice for Garland, Biden and Mayorkas: as I noted in my prepared testimony for a hearing conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 12, 2006, “A nation without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls.”

©Michael Cutler. All rights reserved.

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Biden Administration Quietly Burdened Americans with $201 Billion in Hidden Taxes Last Year, Report Finds

Biden has also imposed 131 million hours of new annual paperwork on Americans.


President Biden campaigned on moderation and a “return to normal.” Yet, on the regulatory front, the Biden administration has been far more aggressive than previous administrations—both Republican and Democratic. At least, that’s the finding of a new report from the center-right American Action Forum (AAF).

Analysts Dan Goldbeck and Dan Bosch reviewed President Biden’s first year in charge. They found that through regulatory actions and executive orders, this administration imposed more than $201 billion in regulatory costs—and 131 million hours of new annual paperwork on Americans.

That’s nearly 40 times more costs imposed than during President Trump’s first year. Yet in perhaps a more apt comparison of presidents from the same party, the report finds that Biden’s regulatory expenses are even three times greater than those incurred during Obama’s first year.

Why are Biden’s regulatory costs skyrocketing? Well, AAF notes that the massive increase under Biden was largely fueled by one uber-expensive regulation regarding greenhouse gas emission standards for automobiles. This example highlights why Americans should care about all of this. After all, aren’t regulations just imposed on businesses?

Not so fast.

While the paperwork might officially regulate General Motors, it is customers who ultimately bear much of this multi-billion-dollar burden via higher prices. In pursuing its “green” agenda via regulatory fiat, the Biden administration is imposing hidden/indirect taxes on American families.

Yet, as AAF’s data show, this isn’t a unique aspect of Joe Biden’s presidency. While it ebbs and flows under different presidents, the regulatory state continues to grow and expand. Americans should be well aware that these incursions come with direct costs for them even if their tax bill doesn’t go up on paper.

When we overlook these costs because the surface-level burden falls on businesses, we fall victim to a common fallacy and fail to properly scrutinize the actions of our government.

This error is what Henry Hazlitt dubbed “the fallacy of overlooking secondary consequences.” In Economics in One Lesson, he rightly decried “the persistent tendency of men to see only the immediate effects of a given policy, or its effects only on a special group, and to neglect to inquire what the long-run effects of that policy will be not only on that special group but on all groups.”

So, yes, it’s understandable that the latest regulations added to the Federal Register might not naturally grab the attention of most Americans. But we should all still care about the unseen burden the federal government imposes on the public with each new rule, regulation, and dictate its bureaucrats come up with.

COLUMN BY

Brad Polumbo

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

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

Florida Governor DeSantis is Right on the Costs of Illegal Immigration

Illegal immigration “consumes taxpayer money and burdens governmental services.”


We are very concerned about the influx of illegal aliens into the United State and especially to the state of Florida. The costs to Floridian is staggering and harms legal Florida residents dramatically.

In the article Cost of Illegal immigration: Record $135 billion average $8,075 for each illegal, $25,000 in New York the Federation for American Immigration Reform reported:

A continually growing population of illegal aliens, along with the federal government’s ineffective efforts to secure our borders, present significant national security and public safety threats to the United States. They also have a severely negative impact on the nation’s taxpayers at the local, state, and national levels. Illegal immigration costs Americans billions of dollars each year. Illegal aliens are net consumers of taxpayer-funded services and the limited taxes paid by some segments of the illegal alien population are, in no way, significant enough to offset the growing financial burdens imposed on U.S. taxpayers by massive numbers of uninvited guests.

[ … ]

At the federal, state, and local levels, taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens. That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member and a total of $115,894,597,664. The total cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is both staggering and crippling. In 2013, FAIR estimated the total cost to be approximately $113 billion. So, in under four years, the cost has risen nearly $3 billion. This is a disturbing and unsustainable trend. The sections below will break down and further explain these numbers at the federal, state, and local levels.

Jason Richwine wrote “DeSantis is right about the cost of illegal immigration,” outlining the staggering costs to Florida:

“DeSantis is right to be concerned. Although illegal immigration poses many challenges, the increase in state expenditures is perhaps the most immediate one.

In a recent report for the Center for Immigration Studies, I calculated that Florida spent approximately $2 billion in 2019 on major health and education programs for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who lived in the state illegally before the recent surge.

[ … ]

Of course, assessing the impact of illegal immigration is not simply an accounting exercise. An uncontrolled border has legal, political, and cultural effects that go beyond dollars and cents.

Whatever one thinks of the way the U.S. selects legal immigrants, the process does at least follow the laws passed by Congress. Illegal immigration, by contrast, flouts those laws.”

By far the largest state expenditure on the U.S.- and foreign-born children of immigrants who came illegally is public schooling, which the state must provide regardless of a student’s immigration status.

Extrapolating from Florida’s per-pupil expenditures, educating the children of illegal immigrants cost state taxpayers $1.6 billion in 2019. This figure likely understates the true cost, as it does not reflect the special language training that children of people who came illegally disproportionately require.

Jason Richwine wars:

When President Biden opted to erode security at the border, he also eroded the right of Americans to decide who can and cannot enter their country. Until democratic control over immigration policy is restored, Floridians – and, indeed, all Americans – will continue to pay the price.

COLUMN BY

Jason Richwine

Jason Richwine is a resident scholar at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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The Truth About Liberal Policies

Many thanks to Laser List member Jeff Walyus for this fantastic rhetorical approach.  I have found it enormously helpful on many occasions.


The truth about liberal policies is that they hurt people.  Let’s look at just the latest examples.

The New York Times made an astounding admission in November. Democrats run the show in Illinois, California, and New York, and have for decades, but blue states are doing worse than red states in many key respects: lack of affordable housing, disparities in education funding, rising economic inequality – all things liberals and Democrats profess to care about and for which they claim to have all the answers.  The New York Times was brutal in its assessment of blue state results:

… blue states are the problem.  Blue states are where the housing crisis is located.  Blue states are where the disparities in education funding are the most dramatic.  Blue states are the places where tens of thousands of homeless people are living on the streets.  Blue states are the places where economic inequality is increasing most quickly in this country.  This is not a problem of not doing well enough.  It is a situation where blue states are the problem.

Let’s take a closer look at one of those blue states, Washington, out on the Left Coast.  America’s schools are following in the footsteps of Seattle to indoctrinate students on racial equity. But Seattle’s efforts to teach racial equity and ethnic studies have been marked by animus, lies, and worsening results.  Academic achievement as measured by state test scores went down after instruction on “power and oppression” was emphasized over math in 2018.  Pass rates for whites and blacks both dropped.  The response of the schools?  More ethnic studies and less math.  Despite having equity programs for decades, Seattle schools had one of the worst black-white student achievement gaps in the nation, as of 2017.  Liberal policies did not make things better.  They made them worse.

Another admission comes from a liberal book author who worked on progressive causes in San Francisco.  Like other west coast cities, San Francisco adopted policies that enabled homelessness, drug dealing, and crime.  All the problems he set about to solve got worse, instead.  He pins the blame on the liberal mindset that labels people victims and makes excuses for their destructive behavior.  San Francisco is where Walgreens closed 15 stores because shoplifting there is so bad and the penalties for it have been reduced.  Do you suppose the people who walked to those stores for their prescriptions are better off now?

Liberals have pushed Child Tax Credits, food stamps, and super-sized Obamacare subsidies, but a recent report shows people can make more from these programs than from work.  These programs disincentivize work and allow people to stay home and not return to the work force.  Maybe, if you’re a Democrat politician, you like the idea of making people more dependent on government and, thus, on you.  But any normal person can see this is not a healthy development and it’s unsustainable.

Democrats want to massively increase federal spending on transportation which they view as systemically racist.  But more mass transit and fewer cars will hurt the poor.  A study found that cars provide urban households with better access to jobs and economic opportunities than other forms of transportation.  Cars reduce neighborhood poverty exposure by 3 to 4 percent.

Liberals love the teachers unions, but collective bargaining agreements for teachers produce worse outcomes for students, especially minority students.  Liberals also love rent control, but it’s well-known rent control produces housing shortages because it destroys the incentive to build new housing.

Rising homelessness.  Out-of-control shoplifting.  Worse educational outcomes.  Fewer economic opportunities.  Not only do liberal policies not work, they actually hurt people.  In their impulse to make a perfect world and end all human suffering, liberals end up making things worse.  This is why you should not support them, no matter how good they make things sound.  They might be good at dazzling rhetoric, but they’re terrible at good governance.  Which would you rather have?

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America Heading for a Systems Collapse

Radical socialism, nationalization, corruption, jailing opponents, and the destruction of constitutional norms

The question is, how can it be stopped?

America Heading for a Systems Collapse?

By: Victor Davis Hanson, January 20, 2022:

In modern times, as in ancient Rome, several nations have suffered a “systems collapse.” The term describes the sudden inability of once-prosperous populations to continue with what had ensured the good life as they knew it.

Abruptly, the population cannot buy, or even find, once plentiful necessities. They feel their streets are unsafe. Laws go unenforced or are enforced inequitably. Every day things stop working. The government turns from reliable to capricious if not hostile.

Consider contemporary Venezuela. By 2010, the once well-off oil-exporting country was mired in a self-created mess. Food became scarce, crime ubiquitous.

Radical socialism, nationalization, corruption, jailing opponents, and the destruction of constitutional norms were the culprits.

Between 2009 and 2016, a once relatively stable Greece nearly became a Third World country. So did Great Britain in its socialist days of the 1970s.

Joe Biden’s young presidency may already be leading the United States into a similar meltdown.

Hard Left “woke” ideology has all but obliterated the idea of a border. Millions of impoverished foreigners are entering the United States illegally — and during a pandemic without either COVID-19 tests or vaccinations.

The health bureaucracies have lost credibility as official communiques on masks, herd and acquired immunity, vaccinations, and comorbidities apparently change and adjust to perceived political realities.

After decades of improving race relations, America is regressing into a pre-modern tribal society.

Crime soars. Inflation roars. Meritocracy is libeled and so we are governed more by ideology and tribe.

The soaring prices of the stuff of life — fuel, food, housing, health care, transportation — are strangling the middle class.

Millions stay home, content to be paid by the state not to work. Supply shortages and empty shelves are the new norm.

Nineteenth-century-style train robberies are back. So is 1970s urban violence, replete with looting, carjackings, and random murdering of the innocent.

After the Afghanistan debacle, we have returned to the dark days following defeat in Vietnam, when U.S. deterrence abroad was likewise shattered, and global terrorism and instability were the norms abroad.

Who could have believed a year ago that America would now beg Saudi Arabia and Russia to pump more oil — as we pulled our own oil leases, and canceled pipelines and oil fields?

Our path to systems collapse is not due to an earthquake, climate change, a nuclear war, or even the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, most of our maladies are self-inflicted. They are the direct result of woke ideologies that are both cruel and antithetical to traditional American pragmatism.

Hard-Left district attorneys in our major cities refuse to charge thousands of arrested criminals — relying instead on bankrupt social justice theories.

Law enforcement has been arbitrarily defunded and libeled. Police deterrence is lost, so looters, vandals, thieves, and murderers more freely prey on the public.

“Modern monetary theory” deludes ideologues that printing trillions of dollars can enrich the public, even as the ensuing inflation is making people poorer.

“Critical race theory” absurdly dictates that current “good” racism can correct the effects of past bad racism. A once tolerant, multiracial nation is resembling the factionalism of the former Yugoslavia.

The culprit again is a callous woke ideology that posits little value for individuals, prioritizing only the so-called collective agenda.

Woke’s trademark is “equity,” or a forced equality of result. Practically, we are becoming a comic-book version of victims and victimizers, with woke opportunists playacting as our superheroes.

Strangest in 2021 was the systematic attack on our ancient institutions, as we scapegoated our ancestors for our own incompetencies.

The woke have waged a veritable war against the 233-year-old Electoral College and the right of states to set their own balloting laws in national elections, the 180-year-old filibuster, the 150-year-old nine-person Supreme Court, and the 60-year-old, 50-state union.

The U.S. military, Department of Justice, FBI, CIA, Center for Disease Control, and National Institutes of Health until recently were revered. Their top echelons were staffed by career professionals mostly immune to the politics of the day.

Not now. These bureaus and agencies are losing public confidence and support. Citizens fear rather than respect Washington grandees who have weaponized politics ahead of public service.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Attorney General Merrick Garland, former FBI heads like James Comey and Andrew McCabe, retired CIA director John Brennan, and Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, have all politicalized and vastly exceeded their professional purviews.

They sounded off in public fora as if they were elected legislators up for reelection. Some lied under oath. Others demonized critics. Most sought to become media darlings.

This governmental freefall is overseen by a tragically bewildered, petulant, and incompetent president. In his confusion, an increasingly unpopular President Joe Biden seems to believe his divisive chaos is working, belittling his political opponents as racist Confederate rebels.

As we head into the 2022 midterm elections, who will stop our descent into collective poverty, division, and self-inflicted madness?

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