Really? FBI goes after documents protected by attorney-client privilege — NOT espionage documents

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FBI seizes privileged Trump records during raid; DOJ opposes request for independent review: sources

Fox News lays out the central things that went awry during the Democrat raid on Donald Trump’s home.

The FBI seized boxes containing records covered by attorney-client privilege and potentially executive privilege during its raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News, adding that the Justice Department opposed Trump lawyers’ request for the appointment of an independent, special master to review the records.

Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Saturday that the former president’s team was informed that boxes labeled A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, A-33, and a set of documents—all seen on the final page of the FBI’s property receipt —contained information covered by attorney-client privilege.

The FBI seized classified records from Trump’s Palm Beach home during its unprecedented Monday morning raid, including some marked as top secret. But the former president is disputing the classification, saying the records have been declassified.

The warrant and property receipt from the FBI’s Monday search were formally unsealed Friday afternoon.

Attorney-client privilege refers to a legal privilege that keeps communications between an attorney and their client confidential. 

Sources told Fox News that some records could be covered by executive privilege, which gives the president of the United States and other officials within the executive branch the authority to withhold certain sensitive forms of advice and consultation between the president and senior advisers.

It is unclear, at this point, if the records include communications between the former president and his private attorneys, White House counsel during the Trump administration, or a combination.

Sources told Fox News that, due to attorney-client privilege, Trump’s team asked the Justice Department for their position on whether they would support a third party, independent special master to review those records, but sources told Fox News that the DOJ notified Trump’s team that they would oppose that request. 

The Justice Department and the FBI declined to comment.

(Read of the comments from the Trump spokesperson and see the warrant at Fox News)

This Biden regime should be labelled “the gang that couldn’t shoot straight”

Once they were handed the government, this group of nincompoops have not gotten anything right. They did not have to go strong left on transgender policy. They did not have to push this on our military (along with pushing an un-needed vaccine on our military and healthcare personnel). They did not have to start up the failed Iran deal. They did not have to continue stocking Afghanistan with weapons and then abandon it at the loss of American and coalition. They did not have to do everything they have to cripple our energy (and economy). They did not have to attack their political rivals by way of the partisan FBI.

But they have.

 

We know who commands the American Gestapo, but who remains in the Vichy Republicans?

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The American Gestapo

After a judge orders the DOJ to respond to the Trump raid, A.G. Garland claims to seek to open the warrant and Rep. Gabbard calls this an abuse of power

The Christian Broadcasting Network reports how a judge has ordered the Department of “Justice” to respond on the Trump raid while Tulsi Gabbard accuses of Biden of a blatant abuse of power.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland admitted in a hastily called press conference on Thursday afternoon that he had personally signed off on the search warrant issued against former President Trump, authorizing the unprecedented FBI raid.

Garland also revealed that the Department of Justice is seeking to unseal the mysterious warrant, citing “substantial public interest in this matter.”

The move comes right after the same federal judge who signed the warrant ordered the DOJ to respond to a watchdog group’s motion to unseal the warrant.

Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart told the DOJ to respond by next Monday, but all the details still might not be made public. “The response may be filed ex parte and under seal as necessary to avoid disclosing matters already under seal. In that event, the Government shall file a redacted Response in the public record,” Reinhart wrote.

On Aug. 9, Judicial Watch filed its motion asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to unseal as soon as possible the search warrant materials used by the FBI to raid Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida earlier this week. 

“The Biden administration’s raid on President Trump’s home is an outrageous, reckless, and unprecedented abuse of power. And the American people have an urgent right to know how it happened and who is responsible,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

The Albany Times Union and The New York Times have joined Judicial Watch in filing for the unsealing of the warrant by filing an amicus letter and motion respectively. 

Due to multiple organizations filing to unseal the warrant, Judge Reinhart ordered, “To avoid the need for individualized orders on any future motion(s) to unseal, it is ORDERED that the Government shall file an omnibus response to all motions to unseal on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 15, 2022.”

According to numerous media outlets, the warrant reportedly relates to an alleged dispute over the Presidential Records Act

As CBN News reported, the probe is reportedly part of a federal investigation into whether Trump took classified records from the White House after he left office. Trump had previously cooperated with federal officials, allowing them access to his Mar-a-Lago home to reclaim documents.

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Meanwhile, former congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said the FBI’s raid on Trump’s home shows an “escalating, very dangerous trend of abuse of power” by the Biden administration.

“This is something that every American should be extremely concerned about because this raid is just the latest serious escalation of this disturbing trend that we’ve seen of blatant abuse of power by those in power, to not only protect their friends but to target their political opponents or frankly anyone who dares to dissent or challenge or disagree or even question what this administration is doing,” Gabbard told Fox News.

(Read more at CBN)

While this statement from Gabbard may be meant merely to distinguish her from the Democrats that push through the rest of the Build Back Broker plan by Biden, I agree with her rhetoric

But, while I agree with her rhetoric, more than rhetoric is needed. Action first. Rhetoric can come when things are not as critical and people might need to be informed on a topic. However, the only people without an opinion now are those who remain willfully blind.

In what alternate universe does the Democrat-bolstered IRS need to enforce its judgements with deadly force?

Once a voluntary tax to a life-and-death matter, the Biden Inflation Reduction bill makes the IRS too powerful

As reported by Breitbart and archived at Archive Today, a job advertisement for the Internal Revenue Service includes a “Major Duty” where the applicant should expect to “Carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”

A job listing for the position of IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent stresses that applicants must “carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force” in order to carry out their duties.

The job listing says:

As a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes. Special Agents are duly sworn law enforcement officers who are trained to “follow the money.” No matter what the source, all income earned, both legal and illegal, has the potential of becoming involved in crimes which fall within the investigative jurisdiction of the IRS Criminal Investigation. Because of the expertise required to conduct these complex financial investigations, IRS Special Agents are considered the premier financial investigators for the Federal government.

It goes on to describe Special Agent “major duties,” which include “[carrying] a firearm and [being] willing to use deadly force, if necessary.” Applicants for the Special Agent position must also “be willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

By the way, this requires a hat tip to Bunkerville.

Despite Democrats’ dive into the realm of the National Socialists, no justification exists for arming the pencil pushers that cannot answer the phones or issue tax returns

If they cannot handle manning a phone bank to respond to questions about tax forms and if they cannot issue tax returns on time, then they really don’t deserve guns or deadly force. This weaponizing should not last beyond the first few minutes of Republican domination of the House and Senate.

Vichy Republicans defined

These top GOP senators still haven’t condemned Democrats’ banana republic FBI raid on Donald Trump

The Federalist tells us in a 9 August 2022 article how certain Republican politicians have not condemned the raid on Trump’s home.

More than 24 hours after the FBI’s “unannounced raid” on former President Donald Trump’s home, some in Senate GOP leadership including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have refused to condemn the rogue agency’s actions against their party leader.

While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy rushed to condemn the Department of Justice’s “intolerable state of weaponized politicization” the night of the raid and even announced plans to “conduct immediate oversight of this department,” neither McConnell, Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair Roy Blunt, nor Senate Republican Whip John Thune had publicly mentioned a word to their constituents, the press, or their colleagues by Tuesday afternoon about taking action against the politicized bureaucratic agencies that have increasingly targeted Americans.

Instead of addressing the two-tiered justice system in the U.S., something nearly 80 percent of Americans say is a legitimate problem facing the nation, as a united party that stands behind its former presidential leader, McConnell and his Senate peers have remained deliberately mum on the FBI’s ambush at Mar-a-Lago.

Their offices did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s questions about whether they plan to condemn the raid.

(Read more at The Federalist)

Dan Crenshaw, my representative, has remained silent on this overreach

Dan would not stand up for us when the Democrats cheated. I cannot find any comment from him on 2000 Mules or any statement in support of True the Vote; therefore, I can only assume he depends on Democrat votes to be elected.

 

This Biden-commented story will now disappear; HOWEVER, …

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Biden jumped into the middle of what he thought would be the persecution of Muslims in redneck America

Reuters applauded Joe Biden’s sidling up to the Muslim community by way of pushing for an investigation of four murders of Muslim men.

Police in New Mexico on Sunday asked for the public’s help in locating a “vehicle of interest” in their probe of four fatal shootings of Muslim men whose slayings in Albuquerque over the past nine months are believed by investigators to be related.

Mayor Tim Keller said state authorities were working to provide an “extra police presence at mosques during times of prayer” as the investigation proceeds in New Mexico’s largest city, home to as many as 5,000 Muslims out of some 565,000 total residents.

The latest victim, police said, was gunned down on Friday night, in a killing that local Islamic leaders said occurred shortly after he had attended funeral services for two others slain during the past couple of weeks.

All three of those men, as well as the very first victim who was shot dead in November, were Muslim men of Pakistani or Afghan descent who resided in Albuquerque.

Police have given few details of the latest murder but described the first three killings as ambush shootings. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has characterized them as “targeted killings of Muslim residents.”

U.S. President Joe Biden posted a message on Twitter on Sunday expressing solidarity with the Muslim community, adding, “These hateful attack have no place in America.”

(Read more tripe at Reuters)

Of course Dementia Joe channeled Obama

Dementia Joe has done his best to continue the failed portions of the Obama years. Why not return to this?

The first problem is that the murderer wasn’t who Joe Biden suspected

A 51-year-old Sunni Muslim has been arrested in connection with the murders

The United Kingdom’s Metro reports that Muhammad Syed, an Afghan Sunni Muslim, has been arrested.

A ‘primary suspect’ has been charged in two of four killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Muhammed Syed on Tuesday night was charged with murder for two of the killings. He was also identified by police as the main primary suspect in the other two cases.

When police arrived to search Syed’s house in Albuquerque, he drove away in a Volkswagen Jetta that they believe was used in one of the ‘ambush-style’ shootings.

Police followed Syed from the home before eventually arresting him in Santa Rosa – about 118 miles west of Albuquerque.

Syed was charged with the July 26 murder of Aftab Hussein and the August 1 murder of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain.

‘The gun used in both of those shootings was discovered during the overnight search of his home,’ stated police.

Police Chief Harold Medina said they are still working to charge Syed for the deaths of Naeem Hussain on August 5 and Mohammed Zaher Ahmadi on November 7, 2021.

He did not know whether the deaths would be classified as hate crimes, serial killings, or both.

(Read more at Metro)

Any speculation on how long it will take Biden and the Democrats to act like this never happened?

Will you be able to measure the shortness of time?

However, we cannot let them sweep the Trump raid under the rug

Despite the tendency of the main-stream-dupe Democrats to swing their cameras away from the real story of the Trump raid, we cannot let it go.

Standing for Trump’s rights not to be raided and even eliminating the FBI are not a matter of opposing “defund the police.” The police that I support are local and must answer locally for their actions. Accountability remains a central part of any structure that I want to use to invest power.

The FBI, on the other hand, does not answer to a local control (or any control outside of the Democrat National Committee). That presented quite a conflict of interest (or at least should have) when the House, Senate, and presidency were held by the other party. And, now that the American gestapo has installed their own brand of demented leader, it compounds the problem.

Therefore, we cannot afford to let this go, since, as we were reminded by The Federalist‘s Margot Cleveland:

If we have the attorney general come out, we have the FBI director come out and say, “We had evidence. We had evidence that he had classified documents. We went to court. We did this the right way. We got a warrant” — why should we believe them? They already proved to us that they were willing to lie and that a judge was willing to rubber-stamp something in the past to get Trump.

 

Lists for Democrats (and practical Democrats)

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Lists pertaining to the Inflation Reduction Act, the Trump Raid, and related tweets

A list of complaints against the Inflation Reduction Act

Things in the Inflation Reduction Act that don’t reduce inflation, but do raise my hackles:

A list of raids the FBI should make before it gets disbanded

Since the FBI has shown itself to be a group of Democrat hacks over the past few years, it should invest in the following raids before we disband it:

Finally, consider these points

 

Things to dislike about the Manchin-Schumer bill (and I don’t care about the cheerleading on passing it in the Senate)

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Coal industry leaders blast Manchin for supporting a bill that threatens to kill their industry

The Daily Wire takes up the mantle of the coal miners of West Virginia when the state’s senator refused to do so.

Coal industry leaders blasted Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) for his agreement with Democratic leadership on a climate and tax-focused reconciliation bill that they say would “severely threaten” the industry.

In a statement Wednesday, America’s State Coal Associations, a group of eight state trade organizations in the coal industry, blistered Manchin for endorsing the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act.” The group said that Manchin’s support for the package, which has been lauded by the Biden administration and praised by climate activists like Biden’s climate czar John Kerry, leads the coal industry to question the “motivation and sincerity” of Manchin’s interest in protecting fossil fuels.

“The more you read and digest the provisions found in over 700+ pages of legislative digest, the more it becomes abundantly clear this legislation will serve to severely threaten American coal and the $261 Billion of annual revenues that it produces for the nation’s overall economy and attendant 381,000 American jobs,” the coal associations wrote.

“This legislation is so egregious, it leaves those of us that call Senator Manchin a friend, shocked and disheartened. Senator Manchin has seemingly fought against numerous climate measures advanced over the past year by the national democratic establishment insisting that America’s Coal assets be protected and allowed to continue to operate as carbon reduction strategies are developed and proven to be effective within reasonable cost and performance parameters. The current Schumer-Manchin draft agreement on climate and energy frankly leaves us questioning the motivation and sincerity of Manchin’s previous stance and his repeated chant: we must ‘Innovate not eliminate.’”

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

Truthfully, I am surprised at the weak response to Biden from my own industry

Outside of a few industry organs, there have been limited responses to Biden’s strangling of the energy sector.

That surprises me.

We have key weaknesses in the Inflation Reduction Act (aka the Manchin-Schumer bill)

The Washington Examiner points out the key weaknesses of the Manchin-Schumer bill (formerly the Biden Green New Deal).

The proposed legislative compromise between Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Chuck Schumer (NY) would either boost the share of electric vehicles on the road or undermine such efforts completely — depending on whom you ask.

The bill, which would expand a $7,500 tax credit for U.S. consumers who purchase electric vehicles, is aimed at incentivizing U.S. companies to build out the supply chains for critical mineral components used to make the cars — a longtime goal of President Joe Biden. But many industry officials and lawmakers have expressed concern that those supply chain buildups could take years, undercutting the bill’s prospects to reduce emissions.

For EVs to qualify for the tax credit, a certain percentage of their batteries and key minerals must be sourced from the United States or a nation that is party to a U.S. free trade agreement beginning next year.

That means “[to] the extent the policy is effective, it will slant the market in the direction of American products,” George Mason economist and Bloomberg columnist Tyler Cowen wrote.

But that’s an ambitious undertaking considering that most critical resources needed in EV manufacturing — lithium, nickel, cobalt, and graphite — are mined and processed in China, Russia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Indonesia, none of which are party to U.S. free trade agreements.

In the short term, this might drive up the cost of production, cutting against the Biden administration’s climate goals and the president’s pledge to end all sales of gas-powered vehicles in the U.S. by the year 2035.

“This is the one issue that may stop this proposal from going forward,” Joseph McCabe, president and CEO of AutoForecast Solutions, said in an interview. “The current language sets aggressive time-based sourcing targets, which are considered very difficult to hit. Basically, it is designed to push out the reliance on countries like China but will most likely add significant costs and stress on the supply chain.”

“And as costs go up, they are usually passed on to the consumer,” he added. “We at AFS are expecting that the language in the bill as it currently stands will need to be adjusted in order to move forward.”

Robbie Diamond, CEO of the nonprofit group Securing America’s Future Energy, said in an interview that building out these supply chains can’t happen overnight.

“Broadly speaking,” he said, the measure “is an important step for the United States. We can’t stop one dependence on oil for transportation and go to a new dependence on batteries.”

“That said,” Diamond added, “they could make the provisions a little bit more workable.” One such change he suggested would be to broaden the definition of “free trade countries” in this instance to include military alliances. This would allow for it to be brought to NATO, he said, “and to two key non-NATO allies: Japan, Argentina, and others that have certain components of the supply chain as we continue to build it.”

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

Many more weaknesses exist

This bill puts more IRS agents in the field than the Pentagon has employees. Despite the Democrat’s promise that they will not increase your taxes, who do you think those IRS agents will investigate (the common guy or the rich Democrat donor)?

An op-ed by Steve Forbes says The Inflation Reduction Act would double IRS agents and audits — but the superrich aren’t the real targets

The New York Post plays host to a Steve Forbes op-ed letter that points out the vast number of IRS agents and their prey.

The Manchin-Schumer “Inflation Reduction Act,” which could clear the Senate this weekend, is supposed to raise tens of billions of dollars by adding $80 billion to the IRS budget and hiring as many as 80,000 more auditors and agents.

The plan is estimated to double the number of Americans audited each year. To quote the Church Lady from “Saturday Night Live”: “Well, isn’t that special?”

Most of the money raised from these audits won’t come from the superrich or multibillion-dollar corporations — both well-stocked with accountants and tax attorneys to fight IRS allegations.

Small-business owners and upper-middle-income workers will likely be the targets. The woman who runs an accounting firm or a restaurant won’t have the resources to fight the government in tax court.

This proposal comes just a year after the IRS’s latest scandal, with agents illegally leaking millionaires’ and billionaires’ private tax-return data to the media.

Conservatives should be especially worried. Will the Biden administration weaponize these tens of thousands of new agents against them as it’s done at the Justice Department and the FBI?

No one should forget this is precisely what happened in the Obama-era Lois Lerner affair. The agency cherry-picked for extra scrutiny the tax returns of conservative organizations and donors who happened to oppose President Barack Obama’s policies.

(Read more at the New York Post)

Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act would allow the IRS to hire up to 87,000 new employees and raise taxes

The Daily Wire goes where no main-stream media resource has gone: reporting on the IRS agents hired under the Biden bill.

President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act would allow the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to hire up to 87,000 new employees while increasing taxes for most Americans, according to multiple reports.

The Inflation Reduction Act, negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), would give the IRS nearly $80 billion. In previous versions of this bill, the Biden administration estimated that the new funding would allow the agency to hire up to 87,000 additional employees, according to Bloomberg Law.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) recently told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the “massive influx” of agents “are not there to go after the billionaires or the giant corporations they are there to go after you. They’re going after small businesses. They are there to descend upon middle-class workers and audit the hell out of you.”

For its part, the IRS denied such a characterization and said it would target high-net-worth Americans and corporations who are “noncompliant taxpayers.”

“Large corporate and high-net-worth taxpayers often engage teams of sophisticated representatives pursuing unsettled or sometimes questionable interpretations of tax law,” Charles Rettig, the IRS commissioner, said before Congress this week, reported The New York Times. “The integrity and fairness of our tax administrative system relies upon the ability of our agency to maintain a strong, visible, robust enforcement presence directed to these and other similarly situated noncompliant taxpayers.”

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

If they have not told you about the IRS agents, what else have they not reported on?

What else has the press ignored to make Biden and his Democrats more palatable?

Schumer-Manchin plan would increase medicine costs while killing innovation

The Washington Examiner points out how the Inflation Reduction bill will increase the costs of medicine while killing innovation.

Among the many wrongheaded features of the Manchin-Schumer tax-and-spendathon bill being pushed in Congress right now, the one on prescription drug pricing is a deadly vampire of a proposal that, for 16 years, has refused to stay deceased.

After numerous rejections of the idea by previous Congresses, this bill again revives a proposal to direct Medicare officials to “negotiate” at least some drug prices with pharmaceutical companies rather than let existing market forces set the prices. The absurd theory behind government “negotiation” is that government’s weight will wring out undue profiteering by the drug companies and thus keep prices lower for seniors while saving money for the government as well.

This theory is nonsense on so many levels that it’s hard to know where to begin in countering it.

Let’s start with facts: The Medicare Part D prescription drug program has already, ever since the program was begun in 2006, kept the cost of medicines (and of premiums for insurance coverage) significantly below projections and often kept price hikes below the inflation rate in the rest of the economy. In fact, even as prices rose astronomically throughout the rest of the economy in the last quarter of 2021, the net price of medicines actually fell 0.7% — and projections for average Part D premiums are for a 1.8% drop in 2023. In a time of systemic inflation, these price drops are almost miraculous — proof that the current system works just fine.

Moreover, the current market system encourages the rise of generic drugs, the savings from which more than offset the costs of newly developed prescription medicines that vastly improve health or save lives, making the costs quite arguably worth it.

Not only has the current system kept drug costs and pharmaceutical inflation rates well below inflation both in the overall economy and in the rest of the healthcare sector, but it also has been less expensive for taxpayers than anyone expected. In the first 10 years of the program (which is as far as projections went), the total government outlays were only 65% of what had been forecast, meaning $194 billion less taken from taxpayers.

The same misguided notions that led to the assumption that a market-led system would be more expensive than it turned out to be also guide Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) phony numbers now. The “savings” he expects from direct government price setting surely would not materialize, while he assuredly understates the costs to both government and overall drug prices by the new subsidies and restrictions his bill would provide.

Just on a financial level, then, the system both for patients and for taxpayers isn’t broke, so there’s no need to “fix” it. Alas, from two other angles, the Manchin-Schumer proposal surely would not merely fail to help an already working program but actually make things worse, perhaps disastrously so.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

This continues the trend started with Obamacare

However, even with the tendency of bureaucrats and lawmakers to over-regulate, I also have trust in the big pharma companies to seek ways to build their business by mandate. Therefore, look for mandated jabs (which I, for one, will refuse).

Democrats violate rules to dare GOP to vote against insulin cap

Breitbart reports on the move by Senate Democrats to make it hard for Republicans to not vote for the Inflation Reduction bill.

Democrats have inserted a provision in the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” that would cap the price of insulin for consumers at $35 per month, though doing so would violate the rules of the reconciliation process to pass the overall bill.

The goal is to punish Republicans for voting against the overall bill — though a separate bill on insulin prices was already making its way through the Senate.

Notably, in his first week in office, President Joe Biden canceled President Donald Trump’s executive order capping the prices for insulin and epinephrine. He then spent months attacking Congress for not lowering prescription drug prices. (Ironically, drug prices have fallen anyway, even in the midst of overall high inflation.)

The “Inflation Reduction Act” would not actually reduce inflation, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called the bill a “fraud”; even Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) admitted inflation was not affected.

However, Democrats claim — and the CBO agrees — that the bill will reduce deficits slightly, including by raising some taxes.

CNN’s Manu Raju, quoting Sen. John Thune (R-SD), said that Republicans plan to raise a point of order to object to the insulin provision in the bill, noting that the Senate parliamentarian has already said that it violates the rules of the Senate:


(Read how this was pushed through at Breitbart)

If it takes insulin tricks and switching the ways things are done, this will come back to bite

If this bill requires the use of insulin (remembering that Biden increased the price of it upon entering the oval office) and tricks that classified this as a non-financial bill (despite raising our taxes), then Democrats will rue this day.

Biden nears Inflation Reduction Act win. What if inflation is still bad afterward?

The Washington Examiner digs into the problem of calling this an Inflation Reduction Act when the law does nothing to reduce inflation.

Regardless of the marketing, the IRA, brokered by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), may have no or minimal price repercussions, according to American Enterprise Institute senior tax policy fellow Kyle Pomerleau.

“Inflation, right now, is a big issue,” he told the Washington Examiner. “Voters are concerned about it. Passing a package that says it’s going to reduce inflation, they view that as a positive.”

“Now, policywise, I think that most of the groups that have analyzed the economics of this and find that it will have no impact on inflation are correct,” Pomerleau said. “I think at best, this is a modest impact on prices.”

For Pomerleau, Democrats’ overriding theory of the case that decreasing the federal deficit will address inflation is based on the scoring of the bill before concessions were made to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

Before Schumer and Manchin struck a deal this week with Sinema, securing the 50th and final vote required to clear the legislation through the Senate using the reconciliation process and Vice President Kamala Harris, the Congressional Budget Office found the original proposal could bring down the deficit by $305 billion over the next decade, including in 2023 and 2024. But the independent federal agency also found it could have little or no counterinflationary effect during the same time period.

“I am skeptical of their theory that reducing the deficit will reduce inflation,” Pomerleau said. “But if, in fact, they are not reducing inflation much, that weakens their case.”

For Darrell West, the Brookings Institution’s governance studies vice president, the bill is designed to mitigate elevated prices related to climate and healthcare and perceived problems with longer time horizons. The current bill, which has to be approved by the Senate parliamentarian, pitches spending $64 billion on Affordable Care Act healthcare premium subsidies and $369 billion on energy and climate investments. Sinema asked Schumer and Manchin to nix their carried interest loophole provision in favor of a 1% stock buyback excise tax and $5 billion for drought resiliency.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

Does it seem that the mono-party has put in an advertisement for the Republican half

The only thing that will make it not seem like we are getting played by a mono-party that shifts control between its liberal and conservative wings will be this: Action on the conservative side to remedy the problems created by the Democrats.

Specifically, if the Republicans do not remove bureaucratic incumbrances to our energy industries (oil, gas, coal, and other) and remove preferences to insanity (requiring us to kowtow to transgender and other liberal agenda), then they have lost me.

Senate Democrats push through a health and climate bill after overnight “vote-a-rama”

The Epoch Times chronicles the passage of the vote-a-rama that included naps, votes, and speeches.

The Senate approved the Democrats’ sweeping health care and climate bill on Aug. 7 in a 51–50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote.

The estimated $740 billion package next goes to the House for consideration.

“It’s been a long, tough and winding road, but at last, at last we have arrived,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. “The Senate is making history. I am confident the Inflation Reduction Act will endure as one of the defining legislative measures of the 21st century.”

Senators engaged in a round-the-clock marathon of voting that began on Aug. 6 and stretched into the afternoon of Aug. 7. Democrats voted against some three dozen Republican amendments to the legislation.

The bill ran into trouble midday over objections to a 15 percent corporate minimum tax that was disliked by private equity firms and other industries, forcing last-minute changes.

“It will close tax loopholes and it will reduce and reduce the deficit,” Schumer said. “It will help every citizen in this country and make America a much better place.”

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a U.S. advocacy group, stated that the measure will increase taxes on thousands of mid-sized small businesses across the United States.

“Any business that has [private equity] in its capital structure is now considered a subsidiary of that firm and thus subject to 15 percent book tax,” John Kartch, a spokesman for ATR, wrote on Twitter.

“As written, the provision now appears restructured to define any company with private equity in its capital structure to be considered a subsidiary of that private equity firm for purposes of the tax,” the group said in a statement. “This means that these companies would now be swept up in the new 15 percent tax on book income. This provision would greatly expand the reach of the book minimum tax to apply to small and midsize companies that require capital investment to grow their business.”

Concerns over objections to the corporate minimum tax on private equity firms and other industries threatened to slow the progress.

Republicans said the measure would undermine an economy that policymakers are struggling to keep from plummeting into recession. They said the bill’s business taxes would hurt job creation and force prices skyward, making it harder for people to cope with the nation’s worst inflation since the 1980s.

“Democrats have already robbed American families once through inflation, and now their solution is to rob American families a second time,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the floor.

Spending and tax increases in the legislation would eliminate jobs while having an insignificant impact on inflation and climate change, the Kentucky Republican said.

(Read more at The Epoch Times)

Someone wake up Orwell to tell him he has been resurrected

Someone nudge George Orwell. The Affordable Care Act made my insurance much more expensive. The COVID-19 vaccine was not a vaccine. The Disinformation Governance Board has gone into overdrive despite the Biden regime’s announcement of dissolving that board. Biden would have us believe that men are not necessarily men nor are women necessarily women. And now the Inflation Reduction Act will likely increase inflation.

The latest version of Senate Democrats’ bill raises taxes on small businesses

Breitbart reports on how Democrats have decided to take another stab at the heart of America.

The latest iteration of the Senate Democrats’ reconciliation bill, known as the “Inflation Reduction Act,” would raise taxes on thousands of small and mid-sized businesses across the country, according to Americans for Tax Reform (ATR).

Senate Democrats changed the language of their new minimum corporate book tax, which would now hit small and midsized businesses well below the $1 billion profit threshold the tax intended to hit.

The new tax would impose a 15 percent minimum tax on the book income of “applicable corporations.” However, the latest change to the book tax would impact any business with private equity in its capital structure.

As John Kartch, vice president of ATR’s communications, said, “Any business that has [private equity] in its capital structure is now considered a subsidiary of that firm and thus subject to 15% book tax.”

As ATR explained:

As written, the provision now appears restructured to define any company with private equity in its capital structure to be considered a subsidiary of that private equity firm for purposes of the tax. This means that these companies would now be swept up in the new 15 percent tax on book income.

This provision would greatly expand the reach of the book minimum tax to apply to small and midsize companies that require capital investment to grow their business.

More than 18,000 businesses held by investment funds and partnerships that employ close to 11.7 million people would be targeted by the new tax increase, according to ATR’s Kartch.

(Read more at Breitbart)

 

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Ted Cruz Asks DOJ Official Point Blank Why Protesters Outside SCOTUS Homes Not Prosecuted__

Fox News reports on the tug of war that occurred on the floor of the Senate between Senator Ted Cruz and Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen (speaking for the Department of Justice).

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz grilled a top Justice Department official Wednesday over the lack of arrests made by law enforcement while protesters were demonstrating outside the homes of Supreme Court justices earlier this year. 

“Congress has addressed this issue. It passed 18 USC 1507 making it a crime to protest at the home of a Supreme Court Justice while a case is pending,” Cruz told Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite, Jr. during a Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. “Night after night after night, these protesters committed federal crimes on national television. Why has the Justice Department refused to enforce 18 USC 1507?”

Polite responded to Cruz by pointing out that one person has been charged with a crime by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland after demonstrating outside the home of a Supreme Court justice.

“So, one person?” Cruz responded.

“To date, there has been one prosecution,” Polite responded before Cruz jumped in again.

“What about the hundreds of others?” Cruz asked. “All of whom have violated the law. On the face of it, it’s not complicated. The law is very clear. Why does the Department of Justice pick and choose which laws to enforce, which criminal laws to enforce? Why does it seem to exactly follow the pattern of the partisan preferences of the Biden White House?”

Polite responded, “Politics shouldn’t play and does not play any role in our prosecutorial decisions. What I will also add is that our attorney general has increased the U.S. Marshal service resources … to protect our Supreme Court justices.”

Cruz then asked again why more people were not arrested for violating federal law and why the department is “refusing” to enforce the law.

“Respectfully senator, I disagree that we’ve chosen not to enforce it,” Polite said.

Polite added that he “cannot comment” on the “current status” of potential cases when pressed again by Cruz on the hundreds of protesters who picketed outside the homes of justices.  

Polite later said that he does not believe the one prosecution in Maryland he referenced was based on the criminal code that Cruz referenced.

(Read more at Fox News)

So, in effect, no prosecutions for breaking 18 USC 1507

However, in regard to the 6 January 2021 “riot,” a Black Trump supporter who got in a scuffle with police was sentenced to 63 months in prison and a White militia member was sentenced to 87 months for having admitted taking a gun to the capitol (although it was never unholstered).

Let me remind you that there were at least 25 murders of citizens (unless you include the 34 killed just in CHAZ). Protesters of all stripes (including rapists) got bailed out by Kamala Harris and Joe Biden staffers. Additionally, there were many more grim statistics.

 

Biden goes on the attack

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Biden, the “senior statesman” and “great uniter” acted as a divider in Israel

As I first heard in a radio broadcast Todd Starnes and the following Daily Caller article — Biden, the “senior statesman” and “great uniter” acted as a divider in Israel.

As President Joe Biden left for his trip, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, “Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will accompany President Biden to Israel, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia July 13-16 to consult with Israeli, Palestinian, Gulf and regional partners on a range of priorities, including deepening U.S. ties across the region, regional security, support for a two-state solution.”

Before he meets with Palestinian Authority (PA) strongman Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, Biden should be aware that Abbas has already rejected the notion of “normalization” of relations between the PA, Israel and the Arab States, nixing the principle of accepting the State of Israel, i.e., nixing a solution ending in two states.

President Biden is stuck in a past that never had much chance of success, but now has less. How can you tell? The Arabs are telling you that the PA is a corrupt and malign influence in the region, their priorities are something else, and the greatest threat to their future is Iran. Oh, and by the way, the Gulf States are demanding something entirely else from Washington.

Start with the last one.

Abd Al-Khaleq Abdallah, a researcher with the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, and considered close to UAE President Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, wrote a letter that was published by CNN Arabic last week (courtesy of MEMRI):

“The Gulf states … have their own geopolitical interests and considerations … including their aspiration to deepen and expand their ties with other world powers. If the U.S. does not respect this … the Gulf states will not be able to establish a strategic partnership with it … President Biden must realize that the Arab Gulf has changed,” it said.

“Other world powers” can be a threat — meaning Russia and China — or it could mean Israel. That is not a position that places Palestinians and their aims at the center of diplomacy.

In fact, the Arab states no longer provide aid — or the sort of practical help that Bahrain and UAE used to provide in terms of jobs and financial support. PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh recently revealed that only Algeria among the Arab States continues to send money to the PA treasury. In addition, journalist Khalid Abu Toameh reported that “Arab financial aid to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has dropped by 90% in the past few years, according to the agency’s spokesperson Adnan Adnan Abu Hasna.”

Since the West Bank economy is notoriously corrupt and unresponsive, it is now largely dependent on the EU, individual European countries and the U.S. for money. And the U.S. has responded. Despite the bipartisan Taylor Force Act, which prohibits American funds from going to the PA while the Palestinians pay “salaries” to terrorists, the 2021 State Department budget included $360 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars for West Bank and Gaza activities, channeled through international organizations as a work-around.

As President Joe Biden left for his trip, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, “Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will accompany President Biden to Israel, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia July 13-16 to consult with Israeli, Palestinian, Gulf and regional partners on a range of priorities, including deepening U.S. ties across the region, regional security, support for a two-state solution.”

Before he meets with Palestinian Authority (PA) strongman Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, Biden should be aware that Abbas has already rejected the notion of “normalization” of relations between the PA, Israel and the Arab States, nixing the principle of accepting the State of Israel, i.e., nixing a solution ending in two states. 

President Biden is stuck in a past that never had much chance of success, but now has less. How can you tell? The Arabs are telling you that the PA is a corrupt and malign influence in the region, their priorities are something else, and the greatest threat to their future is Iran. Oh, and by the way, the Gulf States are demanding something entirely else from Washington.

Start with the last one.

Abd Al-Khaleq Abdallah, a researcher with the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, and considered close to UAE President Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, wrote a letter that was published by CNN Arabic last week (courtesy of MEMRI):

“The Gulf states … have their own geopolitical interests and considerations … including their aspiration to deepen and expand their ties with other world powers. If the U.S. does not respect this … the Gulf states will not be able to establish a strategic partnership with it … President Biden must realize that the Arab Gulf has changed,” it said.

“Other world powers” can be a threat — meaning Russia and China — or it could mean Israel. That is not a position that places Palestinians and their aims at the center of diplomacy.

In fact, the Arab states no longer provide aid — or the sort of practical help that Bahrain and UAE used to provide in terms of jobs and financial support. PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh recently revealed that only Algeria among the Arab States continues to send money to the PA treasury. In addition, journalist Khalid Abu Toameh reported that “Arab financial aid to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has dropped by 90% in the past few years, according to the agency’s spokesperson Adnan Adnan Abu Hasna.”

Since the West Bank economy is notoriously corrupt and unresponsive, it is now largely dependent on the EU, individual European countries and the U.S. for money. And the U.S. has responded. Despite the bipartisan Taylor Force Act, which prohibits American funds from going to the PA while the Palestinians pay “salaries” to terrorists, the 2021 State Department budget included $360 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars for West Bank and Gaza activities, channeled through international organizations as a work-around.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Additionally, I heard these points at Todd Starnes and Fox News

During Biden’s most recent visit to Israel, he:

Biden threatens to cut off food assistance to schools who will not enact transgender policies

The Washington Free Beacon reports that Biden has mandated that schools adhere to his transgender policy or lose their funding for the “at risk” school meals.

More than half of state attorneys general rejected an “unlawful” Biden administration memorandum, which prevented students from receiving federal funding for public school lunches if their district didn’t comply with LGBT mandates.

In a letter to the president, 26 Republican attorneys general demanded the Biden administration withdraw its Department of Agriculture’s Title IX interpretation, which will take billions of dollars in National School Lunch Program funding away from schools that don’t let biological males use the girls’ bathroom or compete in girls’ sports. The department’s interpretation violated the Administrative Procedures Act, since it was issued as a memorandum rather than a proposed rule for the public to comment on, the attorneys general wrote.

The Biden administration has a history of going around the public when issuing policies, Matt Bowman, a senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Washington Free Beacon. Before the Supreme Court blocked it in January, a mandate without public comment from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration required that workers at businesses with 100 or more employees get vaccinated or submit a negative COVID test weekly.

With the exception of New Hampshire attorney general John Formella, every Republican attorney general joined the coalition, which is led by Tennessee attorney general Herbert Slatery.

(Read more at the Washington Free Beacon)

Next time Democrats say they must have a law “for the children,” remember this

Remember how Democrats had no concern for the welfare of children (would rather have them go hungry rather than let us freely choose whether our children are subjected to transgender policy).

Biden goes on the attack with gaslighting on his Inflation Reduction bill that increases inflation

The Washington Examiner explains why the Inflation Reduction Act doesn’t reduce inflation.

The Inflation Reduction Act does a lot of things. It raises taxes on almost everyone, including those who make less than $10,000 a year. It gives billions to the wealthy to help them buy electric cars. It raises taxes on those producing energy on public lands. And it gives tens of billions to health insurance companies.

What it doesn’t do, however, is reduce inflation. In fact, according to the University of Pennsylvania, it raises inflation through 2024. “The Act would very slightly increase inflation until 2024 and decrease inflation thereafter,” the Penn Wharton Budget Model staff write. “These point estimates are statistically indistinguishable from zero, thereby indicating low confidence that the legislation will have any impact on inflation.”

So why did Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) call his 725-page legislation “The Inflation Reduction Act” if it doesn’t reduce inflation?

It appears he is trying to cover up the fact that he caved to pressure from far-left activists to pass President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.

“Build Back Better is dead,” Manchin insisted to reporters this week. “Instead we have the opportunity to make our country stronger by bringing Americans together. I will do everything I can to usher in a new era of compromise and commonsense that will make America more energy secure, financially sound and a more united country for this generation and the next.”

Don’t expect that “new era of compromise” to start anytime soon. Democrats still plan to pass the Inflation Reduction Act through the Senate’s reconciliation process with only Democratic votes. No Republicans have signed on to the bill’s massive tax hikes and none are expected too.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

I have also heard that Manchin signed on to get a natural gas pipeline for his state

Politico suggested that Senator Manchin made his deal with the devil to get a natural gas pipeline approved for his state.

What happened: Before Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) lent his crucial vote to his party’s climate, tax and healthcare package, he got a commitment from Democratic leaders to pass energy permitting legislation. And Manchin on Monday released details of that side agreement that make clear he’s secured the construction of a major home-state natural gas pipeline in the process.

Here’s a one-page summary of the energy permitting provisions obtained by POLITICO.

Notably, the document says the legislation will “require the relevant agencies to take all necessary actions to permit the construction and operation of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.” Manchin, also the chair of the Energy Committee, has called for the completion of the natural gas pipeline, which would send natural gas through his home state of West Virginia to the East Coast, for years.

(Read more at Politico)

To put it another way: the Inflation Reduction Act will increase inflation over two years

The Daily Wire points out that the act could increase inflation over the next two years.

The Democrat-supported “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” could lead to a slight increase in inflation over the next two years if it’s passed and signed into law, according to a Penn Wharton study released Friday.

Penn Wharton analyzed the massive spending package that reached a shocking agreement between Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday. The study came to a dismal conclusion for Democrats, and even found that the bill could do the exact opposite of what its name suggests through 2024.

“The Act would very slightly increase inflation until 2024 and decrease inflation thereafter. These point estimates are statistically indistinguishable from zero, thereby indicating low confidence that the legislation will have any impact on inflation,” the Penn Wharton Budget Model found.

According to the study, inflation could rise by 0.05% over the next two years before a marginal drop of 0.25% “by the late 2020s,” rendering the spending package basically ineffective at accomplishing its purpose.

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

Biden’s spokesgirl denies the truth from the left-leaning Senate Finance Committee

The U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee provides six pages of tables to prove the distributional effects of an amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 5376, the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022”.

(Go to the Senate site to see the other five pages of tax increases)

Just about every level of income will see tax increases

Even if a person escapes tax increases, they will not escape the inflation that this bill’s spending will instigate.

Biden uses banks to go on an all-out attack on fossil fuels

The Daily Caller explains how the Biden regime has armed financial regulators to throttle fossil fuels.

Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Research launched a digital platform on Thursday that will help financial regulators mitigate the risks of climate change; however, experts say that this action furthers the Biden administration’s ability to push through its climate agenda.

The pilot program will provide data, as well as computing and software tools, to aid federal regulators and policymakers to better see links between climate change and its impact on the financial system, according to a Thursday press release. Data from the platform will be used by regulators and policymakers to connect finances to climate change and streamline their legal process, which could lead the government to crack down on fossil fuel investments, according to experts.

“These trends have no impacts relevant to business finance,” David Kreutzer, senior economist at the Institute for Energy Research, a non-profit organization that researches government regulation of energy, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is another part of the administration’s all-out government attack on conventional energy production, which can only add to our already high prices.”

Tools on the platform will help officials examine the economic risks of wildfire, deteriorating crop conditions, precipitation and other issues that the Treasury Department attributes to climate change. However, experts argue the Treasury Department lacks the scientific acumen to adequately assess these risks and question whether climate trends should be considered in financial regulations.

“They have no expertise on climate science and that’s deeply problematic,” David Burton, senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, told the DCNF.

The Financial Stability Oversight 

The Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Research launched a digital platform on Thursday that will help financial regulators mitigate the risks of climate change; however, experts say that this action furthers the Biden administration’s ability to push through its climate agenda.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

As mentioned previously, it takes a lot of money for an independent oil operator to drill

You will find mucho deniro involved in any oil drilling operation.

Denying funding for oil operations is just one more way Biden destroys our oil industry (and gun manufacturers, for that matter) without being directly involved.

 

Comparing a gaslighting to the light

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Joe’s gaslighting

Joe gaslights to try to vilify his political enemies for his own actions

In this teleprompter event, Joe reads with as much passion as a sad sack can muster as he tries to paint his enemies with his crimes.

The light inadvertently shines through in this previous speech by Biden

In the following speech, Biden shows his preference for lawbreakers over peacekeepers. He shows his distain for those who follow the rules and kinship to those who gather in the streets to burn businesses.

George’s gaslighting

George Soros gaslights in the more common liberal way — he lies with almost every breath

In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, George Soros gaslights the nation with enough gas to get Europe through an Ice Age winter.

Americans desperately need a more thoughtful discussion about our response to crime. People have had enough of the demagoguery and divisive partisan attacks that dominate the debate and obscure the issues.

Like most of us, I’m concerned about crime. One of government’s most important roles is to ensure public safety. I have been involved in efforts to reform the criminal-justice system for the more than 30 years I have been a philanthropist.

Yet our system is rife with injustices that make us all less safe. The idea that we need to choose between justice and safety is false. They reinforce each other: If people trust the justice system, it will work. And if the system works, public safety will improve.

We need to acknowledge that black people in the U.S. are five times as likely to be sent to jail as white people. That is an injustice that undermines our democracy.

We spend $81 billion every year keeping around two million people in prisons and jails. We need to invest more in preventing crime with strategies that work—deploying mental-health professionals in crisis situations, investing in youth job programs, and creating opportunities for education behind bars. This reduces the likelihood that those prisoners will commit new crimes after release.

In recent years, reform-minded prosecutors and other law-enforcement officials around the country have been coalescing around an agenda that promises to be more effective and just. This agenda includes prioritizing the resources of the criminal-justice system to protect people against violent crime. It urges that we treat drug addiction as a disease, not a crime. And it seeks to end the criminalization of poverty and mental illness.

This agenda, aiming at both safety and justice, is based on both common sense and evidence. It’s popular. It’s effective. The goal is not defunding the police but restoring trust between the police and the policed, a partnership that fosters the solving of crimes.

Some politicians and pundits have tried to blame recent spikes in crime on the policies of reform-minded prosecutors. The research I’ve seen says otherwise. The most rigorous academic study, analyzing data across 35 jurisdictions, shows no connection between the election of reform-minded prosecutors and local crime rates. In fact, violent crime in recent years has generally been increasing more quickly in jurisdictions without reform-minded prosecutors. Murder rates have been rising fastest in some Republican states led by tough-on-crime politicians.

Serious scholars researching causes behind the recent increase in crime have pointed to other factors: a disturbing rise in mental illness among young people due to the isolation imposed by Covid lockdowns, a pullback in policing in the wake of public criminal-justice reform protests, and increases in gun trafficking. Many of the same people who call for more-punitive criminal-justice policies also support looser gun laws.

This is why I have supported the election (and more recently the re-election) of prosecutors who support reform. I have done it transparently, and I have no intention of stopping. The funds I provide enable sensible reform-minded candidates to receive a hearing from the public. Judging by the results, the public likes what it’s hearing.

This is the light on the Soros gaslight (in the Wall Street Journal opinion piece)

Specifically, George Soros uses the following methods of lying in this lighter-than-air opinion piece:

  1. He spends the first two paragraphs trying to convince Americans that there is common ground between him and other Americans even though he likely has armed security and surveillance equipment in layers around him.
  2. In the second paragraph, he claims a concern for the levels of crime in our communities. However, in every community that he has gotten a prosecutor installed, a soft-on-crime policy has popped up and has raised the incidence of violent crime.
  3. Starting the third paragraph, he makes the central claim of critical theory: “there are injustices.” That is true; however, his blanket statements (like “black people in the U.S. are five times as likely to be sent to jail as white people”) only acts as a straw man to distract us from the individual instances of injustice enacted by his prosecutors (for example, there was a June case where a Soros prosecutor freed a violent offender who was later charged with killing a homeless woman in New York).
  4. In the fifth paragraph, he points out the cost of keeping people in jail and the need to invest in crime prevention strategies that work. Oddly, it almost seems that George is willfully blind. If he looked at government figures on the top five programs that reduce recidivism, he would find church participation in those programs [for example, the Baptists at Baylor participate in the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP)]. Therefore, why not go with something that works rather than break the system down and re-create it?
  5. George’s “reform-minded prosecutors and other law-enforcement officials” have released hundreds of violent criminals in the Houston area alone (resulting in 179 murders by violent criminals out on bond since 2020).
  6. If George has real “research I’ve seen,” he needs to produce it and make it available for all of us to review.
  7. George claims “Murder rates have been rising fastest in some Republican states led by tough-on-crime politicians.” However, the BBC says that New York and Chicago lead the nation in rising murder rates. The New York Times did point the finger at the sometimes-red state of Louisiana, but did not mention that the bulk of the murders of Louisiana occurred in blueberries of New Orleans and Baton Rouge (both with Soros affiliations). That must have been a clerical error, I am sure.
  8. George says “Serious scholars,” but does not cite his sources. At least give us a name and the title of the article where the scholarly work was published. Let us see what you base your argument on. However, you cannot. This is all bovine excrement.
  9. Finally, after all of the lies, George tells the truth. He has based all of his public support for his progressive prosecutors on the preceding lies. That we can trust. However, if the public includes the voters in California, George is telling another lie when he says “the public likes what it’s hearing.”

Going back to the source of all gaslighting

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44 NIV)

 

Biden immigration issues in the headlines as midterms loom

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Biden reverses course and commits to closing certain gaps in border wall

The Daily Wire points to the sudden reversal in border policy which seems to be driven by concern over illegals and not the plight of Americans.

Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration will fill gaps in certain areas of former President Donald Trump’s border wall on the U.S. southern border as the illegal immigration crisis hits Washington, D.C., following a decision by Republican governors to transport thousands of illegal aliens to the nation’s capital.

The Associated Press noted that Biden “pledged during his campaign to cease all future wall construction,” but that his administration has now agreed to some additional barriers.

Controversial Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas authorized the project that will close four massive gaps in the border wall near Yuma, Arizona, which has been decimated by Biden’s border crisis.

The report suggested that part of the reason that Biden might have made closing those specific gaps a “priority” is because vulnerable Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) is up for re-election and the current political winds could make it very difficult for him to hold onto his seat.

The development comes after Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott effectively told Washington, D.C., Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser to pound sand Thursday afternoon after she complained that the border state was flooding her city with illegal aliens.

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

So, when it comes to the group most known for their short chants, Biden chooses a multi-step solution to a problem (for once)

When dealing with a group of socialists who seem to relate to the public through attacks of the public, Biden has chosen to protect the illegal aliens by closing the gaps in the wall. This won’t necessarily deter the illegals from entering, but will direct them away from the steep cliffs and deep rivers that they have crossed.

Still, for Americans, he does nothing. 

An injured migrant was rescued in the Arizona border mountains after he was abandoned by smugglers

Breitbart explains how an injured illegal alien was rescued in the Arizona border mountains after being abandoned by smugglers.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a migrant with a leg injury. Human smugglers abandoned the migrant after his injury.

Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent John R. Modlin tweeted an image of a migrant with a severe leg injury being rescued by Border Patrol agents. The agents found the migrant after human smugglers left him to die following his leg injury.

The agents provided medical aid to the migrant and loaded him into a basked for transportation to a local hospital.

“Migrants face many dangers while crossing the border illegally. This includes being abandoned by the smuggler if they suffer an injury,” Chief Modlin warned.

Last month, agents carried out a similar rescue following a report of a migrant with a leg injury. Agents from the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station in southeast Arizona provided assistance to the Mexican national and transported the person to an awaiting helicopter crew, Breitbart Texas reported.

(Read more at Breitbart)

We hear of the 53 who died in a hot semi trailer, but we don’t hear of over 14,000 who were rescued

Joe Biden has time to tell us that the border agents who rode horses while stopping illegal aliens “will pay,” but he doesn’t acknowledge the over 14,000 illegals rescued by border agents.

Does he have selective attention?

Seventy-three illegal aliens found in homes operated in affluent areas of Washington, D.C.

The Daily Wire lays out how 73 illegal aliens were found in a stash house operated in an affluent Washington, D.C. neighborhood.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents found 73 illegal immigrants in homes believed to be operated by human smugglers in an affluent area of Washington D.C.

Sixty adults and 13 children were found living across six residential homes in D.C.’s northwest area, where the median home price is $750,000, NBC News reported. The news outlet reviewed internal documents from ICE, which didn’t list the addresses of the homes where the people were kept or how many were housed in a single home.

Illegal immigrants are regularly brought into the U.S. by human smugglers, who often charge thousands of dollars and are tied to drug cartels. These smugglers keep the immigrants hidden in places known as “stash houses,” NBC reported, usually in poor conditions without beds, running water, or air conditioning. The outlet noted that these homes aren’t usually so far from the U.S.-Mexico border.

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

Maybe they thought the distance from the border would shield them

Or maybe they thought that the stash house was close to where Biden was taking them, anyway.

Jean-Pierre felt differently when it was Trump building walls at the border

Townhall comments on how the opinion of current White House Press Secretary Jean-Pierre changed her opinion on the building of the wall.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended the Biden administration’s decision to fill in some gaps in the border wall system in the Yuma Sector amid the historic crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, but she said it was racist to build a border wall when Donald Trump was president.

Going as far back as 2016 and as recently as 2019, Jean-Pierre repeatedly decried Trump’s plan to build a wall along the southern border.




(continued)

(Read the entire article at Townhall)

Odd how her opinion of building a wall seems to turn on a dime

It is exceptionally odd how her opinion of building a wall has turned on a dime, considering how Biden has done everything to shrink a dime into nothingness. What, pray-tell, can you buy for a dime? Can you get the old penny candy for a dime?

Being a sanctuary city isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

The Washington Examiner looks into Mayor Bowser’s request to have the National Guard pulled into Washington, D.C. to manage the illegal aliens bussed their due to Biden’s flooding the border.

Liberal sanctuary cities aren’t feeling so tolerant and accepting anymore as the influx of migrants being bused from Texas and Arizona are bringing the border crisis to their doors.

Washington D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has requested the district’s National Guard to help handle the crisis. Just 4,000 migrants have caused a “humanitarian crisis” and pushed the city to its “tipping point.” It took just 2,800 migrants for New York City Mayor Eric Adams to complain that the city’s resources were being strained. While border towns in Texas and Arizona are watching millions of migrants cross the border, big liberal cities are being brought to their knees by just a few thousand.

But isn’t this exactly what these cities and their Democratic mayors have asked for? Adams lashed out at the “callousness” of Texas and Arizona for sending migrants to the Big Apple, but Adams has proudly supported New York’s sanctuary status. He seems very upset that migrants are willingly boarding buses to go to his sanctuary city. Are they no longer welcome there?

(Read about Mayor Adams’ response at the Washington Examiner)

When liberalism costs nothing, liberalism is easy

Today it seems liberalism amounts to nothing but words. However, at the beginning of our nation, the liberal thought of supporting free speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion for all could have dire consequences. Some hung for it. Many others took bullets for it.

Too bad today’s liberals cannot see we seem to have come full circle.

Migrant arrivals in DC amp up pressure on Biden over border enforcement

The Washington Examiner points out how the illegal alien invasion of the nation’s capitol has brought more pressure on Biden to enforce the border.

A steady flow of migrants arriving by bus in Washington, D.C., is dialing up pressure on the Biden administration over its handling of southern border enforcement and the effect it is having on the nation.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has called for the National Guard as it became clear that volunteer-led efforts to assist the migrants would be insufficient. More than 4,000 immigrants have arrived in Washington on more than 200 buses since April, and Bowser predicted the pace would quicken before calling for federal help.

“Tragically, many families arrive in Washington, DC with nowhere to go, or they remain in limbo seeking onward destinations across the United States,” Bowser wrote in her request. “With pledges from Texas and Arizona to continue these abhorrent operations indefinitely, the situation is dire, and we consider this a humanitarian crisis — one that could overwhelm our social support network without immediate and sustained federal intervention.”

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) have been sending busloads of immigrants who volunteered for the journey into the nation’s capital for four months, seeking to familiarize Washington’s politicians and journalists with the impact of illegal migration and protesting the end of Title 42.

The number of Border Patrol encounters with illegal border crossers rose from 646,822 in fiscal year 2020 to 1,956,519 in 2021 and to 2,002,604 so far in 2022. The Biden administration has allowed at least 1.25 million to remain in the country.

Despite the rising numbers, the White House initially dismissed the busing program as a political ploy that would not take hold.

“I think it’s pretty clear this is a publicity stunt. [Abbott’s] own office admits that a migrant would need to voluntarily be transported and that he can’t compel them to,” then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on April 7. “Because again, enforcement of our country’s immigration laws lies with the federal government, not a state. … The governor of Texas or any state does not have the legal authority to compel anyone to get on a bus.”

But thousands of volunteers have done just that in the weeks since, with most arriving at Union Station, in view of the Capitol dome. Psaki’s replacement, Karine Jean-Pierre, said Thursday that Ducey and Abbott are “using” the migrants as a “political tool.” A reporter pressed the issue, asking whether the White House would prefer for migrants to stay in small towns in Texas and Arizona rather than come to big cities.

“That is not what I said,” she responded. “They said that they’re sending migrants to big cities on purpose, using them as a political point. I’m saying that what Republicans are doing is wrong and there is a process in place, and we should follow the process.”

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

Hopefully, conservatives will not ease up on the pressure

Now that some liberals have started to see the light, I hope that our conservative leaders will not declare a premature victory and ease up on the pressure.

Biden says the quiet part by admitting that handing out ID’s incentivizes illegal aliens to break our laws

Townhall discusses how the Biden admission that handing identification cards to illegal aliens will incentivize illegal aliens to break our law.

Republicans are sounding the alarm over President Joe Biden’s confirmed plans to give illegal migrants identification cards. 

The plan, which is being developed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), would allow illegals to have government issued ID’s in an effort to modernize paperwork. 

“Currently, noncitizens receive paper documents from the federal government about their immigration status. Paper documents pose a security risk, are easily lost, and degrade rapidly in real-world use, creating inefficiencies for the government and noncitizens. Moving to a secure card will save the agency millions, free up resources, and ensure information is quickly accessible to DHS officials while reducing the agency’s FOIA backlog,” a spokesperson told the Epoch Times. 

The cards will have a photograph, biographic identifiers and “cutting-edge security features to the mutual benefit of the government and noncitizens,” according to ICE.

However, several Republicans are voicing their concerns over the possibility, including the security and cost implications of the plan. 

letter from 16 Republicans addressed to the acting ICE Director details how they believe this is yet just another attempt to further allow illegal immigration into the U.S. 

(Read more at Townhall for details on the letter)

This admission needs to be preserved for an ad or ten million

This admission stands as an admission for all Democrats, since they all seem to be in on this. Therefore, this admission needs to go into the advertisements that bring down each and every Democrat currently in office.

An illegal alien drives 85 illegals to the Texas border to pay his own smuggling fee

Breitbart lays out the insane situation where an illegal alien smuggled 85 illegals to the Texas border in order to pay his own smuggling fee.

An illegal alien from Mexico pleaded guilty to trying to drive a tractor-trailer carrying 85 migrants through a Border Patrol checkpoint in Texas. The individuals inside suffered from suffocatingly high temperatures. The smuggling attempt came weeks before 53 migrants died in another trailer.

Recently, Jose Luis Vega Arzate, 31, went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo in Laredo where he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens. Vega Arzate is from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and was in the country illegally at the time of his arrest. The man told authorities that he was driving as a way to pay off his own smuggling fees.

The case began on May 10, when Vega Arzate drove a tractor-trailer with 85 migrants hidden inside to a Border Patrol checkpoint just north of Laredo, court documents revealed.

During their initial inspection agents noticed that Vega Arzate spoke in broken English, was sweating, and appeared nervous. The agents told him to move to a secondary area where they would scan the vehicle with an X-ray device, however, Vega Arzate had trouble shifting the truck’s gears to comply.

Authorities used a police dog who signaled to the trailer. Agents apprehended 85 migrants and provided first aid.

(Read more at Breitbart)

If this driver is being charged in the deaths of the 53 who died near San Antonio in a sweltering trailer, why wasn’t he held in jail the way Kyle Rittenhouse was held?

When Kyle Rittenhouse defended himself against a known pedophile who started beating him with a steel-wheeled skateboard and a felon with a handgun, he was kept in jail for 87 days before his lawyers finally were able to arrange bail (and, naturally, he was released once acquitted).

So why, please tell me, has a non-citizen offender become a super-citizen who gets released although charged in the deaths of 53? Why does a boy who was cleaning graffiti from schools, protecting a business from rioters, and protecting himself from attack get jailed and charged?

 

Joe’s folly

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Joe Biden says he wants to build wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico

According to a 20 July 2022 article in Reuters, Joe Biden wants to build a system of wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico and other offshore locations.

 The Biden administration on Wednesday said it had identified 700,000 acres for possible offshore wind energy development in the Gulf of Mexico, seeking to expand a growing clean energy industry to a major U.S. oil and gas hub.

It also said President Joe Biden would direct his Interior Department to move ahead with offshore wind development in areas of the Atlantic coast where former President Donald Trump banned oil and gas development.

“Today we open up yet another coast and frontier in expanding offshore wind,” a senior administration official told reporters.

The announcement was part of a slate of new measures to address climate change that Biden unveiled during a trip to a Massachusetts facility making offshore wind components.

The expansion of the nascent U.S. offshore wind industry is a cornerstone of Biden’s plan to fight global warming and decarbonize the electricity sector by 2035.

Biden’s Interior Department will seek public input on two areas in the Gulf. One is off the coast of Galveston, Texas, and the other near Lake Charles, Louisiana. If projects are ultimately developed there, they could power more than 3 million homes, the administration said.

The two areas will undergo further review to determine the locations most suitable for leasing.

In 2020, a government lab found that the Gulf’s shallow waters and proximity to oil and gas infrastructure would support offshore wind development. Several Louisiana companies involved in offshore drilling were tapped to help build the nation’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island.

(Read more at Reuters)

As just a technical writer in the computing, aerospace, and oil/gas industries — I have these questions

How exactly will Joe address the following:

  • Anchoring these windmills – How will the windmills be anchored with consideration to the seafloor, sea life, shipping lanes, and fishing interests?
  • Preventing an easy blockade of America – Will Joe create an easy means for either nature or our enemies to blockade us by felling these windmills to block our shipping lanes?
  • Allowing the working man to eke out a living – How will these windmills change the ways that commercial fishers ply their ware? Will shrimpers be able to deploy their nets in the waters they have fished for generations? Will coatings on the windmills introduce carcinogens into the water?
  • Avoiding decimating existing life – How will the windmills be designed to keep from acting as “bird blenders” (since many bird species migrate through the Gulf)? How will they be designed to avoid killing aquatic life (since AC power tends to follow the skin effect and travel along the outside of the conductor)?
  • Considering the conductive nature of water – How will the windmills be designed to transmit the power from the source to the cities? High voltage transmission usually creates an electrical field around it. How will designers mitigate these fields? Can those fields be mitigated through shielding and insulation? Will that shielding and insulation withstand sea water?
  • Considering our current grid – Where does Dementia Joe plan to connect this power? Will he connect it to the aging U.S. grid or the already overburdened Texas grid?
  • Considering Murphy’s Law – Considering the adage “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong” might prepare you for the eventual. Therefore, what measures will Joe take to ensure that this system shuts down quickly in the event of a disaster?
  • Considering the Gulf weather – How will Joe make certain these windmills survive the first hurricane? How will Joe address the freezes that have stretched down into the Gulf? When either of these weather events occur, what will Joe do with the damaged blades that cause great environmental hazards?