Inflation in 2022. Are the following articles Biden’s way of conceding to America that he caused it?

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The first admission that should start us to think

Biden concedes his COVID stimulus checks fueled spike in inflation

The New York Post pointed out how Dementia Joe admitted that the COVID-relief checks spurred inflation. (Emphasis is mine via bolding.)

BidenBucksPresident Biden on Wednesday conceded that inflation is at a three-decade high because “people have more money now” as a result of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus legislation, recognizing a central point made by people who are arguing against a nearly $2 trillion sequel.

Biden unexpectedly endorsed the stance of his critics who have said the US dollar is losing its buying power as a result of the government printing money to cover COVID-19 aid.

The president said stimulus funds that he signed into law are in part to blame for demand exceeding the supply of goods, causing a backlog at major US ports and the highest rate of annual inflation since 1990.

“The irony is people have more money now because of the first major piece of legislation I passed. You all got checks for $1,400. You got checks for a whole range of things,” Biden said during a speech in Baltimore.

“If you’re a mom and you have kids under the age of 7, you get $300 a month and if it’s over 7 to 17, you’re getting $360 a month,” he said, misstating the second amount, which is $250 per month.

“It changes people’s lives. But what happens if there’s nothing to buy and you got more money to compete for getting [goods]? It creates a real problem,” Biden said.

“On the one hand, we’re facing new disruptions to our supplies. At the same time, we’re also experiencing higher demand for goods because wages are up as well as people have money in the bank. And because of the strength of our economic recovery, American families have been able to buy more products.”

But the president said he believes inflation will subside, arguing that many people temporarily are sitting at home ordering goods online rather than blowing their money at restaurants and bars.

“[People] are not going out to dinner and lunch and going to local bars because of COVID. So what are they doing? They’re staying home and ordering online and they’re buying product,” Biden said.

“Well, with more people with money buying product and less product to buy, what happens? The supply chain’s the reason, the answer is you guys, I’ll get to that in a minute. But what happens? Prices go up.”

(Read more at the New York Post)

Notice that we had to endure a lot of Biden’s “explaining” before we got to the truth

If you had been listening to Biden as he explained the introduction of inflation, you would have endured 15 minutes of his talking to hear 2 seconds of him admitting that he caused the inflation.

So we follow it with more giveaways celebrated at this signing party

Biden celebrates rare win with US infrastructure bill signing

France24 reported in a 15 November 2021 article how Joe Biden celebrated the passage of the “infrastructure” bill.

BidenBucksBattered by critics and dire opinion polls, President Joe Biden signed into law the biggest US infrastructure revamp in more than half a century at a rare bipartisan celebration in the White House on Monday.

The $1.2 trillion package will fix bridges and roads, change out unhealthy lead water pipes, build an electric vehicle charging network, and expand broadband internet. It is the most significant government investment of the kind since the creation of the national highways network in the 1950s.

“We’ve heard countless speeches… but today we’re finally getting this done,” Biden told hundreds of invitees on the White House South Lawn.

“So my message to the American people is this: America is moving again and your life is going to change for the better.”

Most of the crowd were Democrats but there was also a visible handful of Republicans. Notable among the Democrats were senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, two moderates who have warred with more leftwing members of the party, slowing down Biden’s agenda.

The bill is “proof that Democrats and Republicans can come together to deliver results,” Biden said. “Let’s believe in one another and let’s believe in America.”

Infrastructure spending is popular, but the goal eluded Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump for four years, turning his administration’s frequent promises of an imminent “infrastructure week” into a running joke.

Even now, Biden had to fight for months to get his squabbling Democratic Party to vote, risking a humiliating failure.

Democrats only narrowly control a bitterly divided Congress, but in a scarce moment of cooperation they were ultimately joined by a significant number of Republicans in the Senate and a symbolic handful in the House.

(Read more at France24)

From this incredibly propagandistic article, we get some glimmers of truth

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“I didn’t run because of polls:” Biden brushes off dire situations of Americans

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Joe Antoinette: “Let them eat cake”

Joe Biden gives rare live TV interview to local Cincinnati station, expressing indifference toward the plight of Americans

The Daily Mail points to the hypocrisy of the Biden regime as they callously brush off the rise of gas prices and food.

President Joe Biden participated in a rare live television interview on Monday evening to Cincinnati station Local 12, as his White House contends with surging prices and plummeting approval numbers. 

He sat down with the local station just two days after his approval rating hit a new low of 38 percent in the latest USA Today/Suffolk University Poll. Nearly half of those surveyed said Biden failed to meet their expectations for him.

But he shrugged off voters’ displeasure when interviewer Kyle Inskeep asked Biden if those numbers meant needing to shift his focus.

‘Well look, the poll I saw just before I walked in on another station was my polling number is down, but it’s 48 percent to 52 percent,’ the president said.

‘But look, the point is I didn’t run because of the polls.’ 

He added that Americans were feeling more uncertain right now because of the ongoing pandemic and rising prices at the pump.

‘A lot of people are worried,’ Biden said. ‘Think about this. Look what 750,000 people have died because of COVID. The psychological scars that has put on so many people. Schools have not been opened because of COVID.’

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He said ‘we’re in a situation when there’s a lot, a lot of anxiety.’

‘Gas prices are up, exceedingly high,’ Biden continued. ‘That’s why I have the attorney general taking a look at whether or not these gas companies are gouging people.’

He also claimed his poll numbers were comparable to his predecessors during their time in the White House.

During the seven-minute chat, Biden also talked about the passage of his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal. 

The president was admittedly late for the interview, which Biden chuckled about when Inskeep excused him as a ‘very busy man.’

‘I’m sorry to keep you waiting, I really am,’ Biden said while folding a black mask and setting it down.

(Read more at the Daily Mail)

Joe’s handlers have part of this right: much of our issues are based on the economy and his vaccine mandate

We are mad about the economy and the vaccine mandate. However, it is much more than that. And it doesn’t center on Dementia Joe’s low approval rating. I could care less about what other people think of a president; however,

I do care about how much the president cares about America. And with this resident of the Oval Office, the care ain’t there.

The main thing over the past eight-plus months of his tenure have been his non-stop harping on COVID (ending with this nonsensical mandate). I say that, if he is going to live by the COVID sword all this time, let him die on the COVID sword.

Still, Joe pushes ahead with his vaccine mandate by making his DOJ run interference for OSHA

Biden’s DOJ asks court to lift order blocking vaccine rules

The Hill details how Joe Biden’s DOJ has started pushing to have the order blocking vaccine rules lifted.

The Biden administration in a filing late Monday said it has the legal authority to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or tests for larger companies, and that the GOP-led states and businesses challenging the law have not shown their claims will outweigh the harms of stopping the rule.

In a filing to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which temporarily blocked the mandate with a nationwide stay last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said the rule is firmly grounded in law and necessary to keep people safe.

Stopping the mandate from taking effect “would likely cost dozens or even hundreds of lives per day,” the DOJ wrote. “Petitioners’ asserted injuries, by contrast, are speculative and remote and do not outweigh the interest in protecting employees from a dangerous virus while this case proceeds.”

DOJ was responding to the court’s ruling on Saturday, when a panel of three judges issued a stay of the rule, citing “grave statutory and constitutional issues.” All three judges on the panel were appointed by Republican presidents.  

The rule was issued last week by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under its emergency authority. The rule would force companies with at least 100 employees to require unvaccinated employees to wear masks indoors starting Dec. 5 and then undergo weekly testing if they remain unvaccinated by Jan. 4.

Federal law gives OSHA the authority to issue an emergency temporary standard if it determines workers are exposed to a “grave danger” that necessitates a rule. However, the states and private companies argue that COVID-19 is not a “grave danger” specific to the workplace, saying the rule is an unlawful overreach of federal power.  

The DOJ also argues there is no need to address the challenges immediately, because there is a congressionally mandated process for judicial review of OSHA standards. Since the challenges were filed in separate courts, there is going to be a lottery on Nov. 16 to determine which court will hear the lawsuit.

(Read more at The Hill)

The Biden regime has proven itself the most dismissive regime of Supreme Court rulings

The Supreme Court told Biden that his eviction moratorium was unconstitutional. What did Biden do? He had his CDC issue an extension of that unconstitutional act.

Now, the Biden regime has had its hands slapped by the Fifth Circuit Court. What does Biden do? He pushes ahead by both arguing in court against it and getting his DOJ to do his dirty work. Additionally, he has instructed companies to ignore the Fifth Circuit Court.

Biden truly is a dictator.

Biden does not care about your legal rights

The tyrannical treatment of 6 January prisoners is a threat to our democracy

The Epoch Times outlines the ways that the despotic denials of freedom for those imprisoned for protesting on 6 January have acted against the freedoms of all Americans.

Republican Rep. Gohmert Discusses Issues Related To Jan. 6th Assault On CapitolSince the founding of this great nation, a God-blessed America has offered the hope of liberty to the world. In more recent years, we have come to realize that should our experiment in self-governance fail, there would be no other nation on Earth that could fill the void left in its wake as the defender of such freedom.

Never before had any nation been founded to safeguard the rights of the individual, which changed the course of human history from brute force dictating propriety to recognition that every individual has value. Our Declaration of Independence enshrined the truth that individual rights come from the hand of our Creator, acknowledging them to be established by the Almighty and therefore not defined by the brute force realm of human power.

It took a Civil War and civil rights movement for America to grow into the profound commitments of its Declaration of Independence and Constitution. The Declaration has stood the test of time to ensure liberty for all in our nation and as the beacon of hope for the rest of the world. Our nation has continued to move to right the wrongs of fallible human beings and build upon the past.

We were getting exceedingly close.

Under Biden’s rule, for the first time in our history, normalizing the denial of civil rights and civil liberties based on ideology, not wrongdoing, is presented as a noble cause. Equal justice under the law for the Biden Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken a giant leap backward in embracing the medieval notion of might makes right in glorifying the denial of civil rights for political opponents. It is shameful and dangerous.

For months, elected officials representing the citizens of this country have been seeking truthful, non-politicized answers from the government about the events that unfolded on Jan. 6. We have been continually stonewalled, belittled, ignored, and even demonized by the DOJ, leadership at the Capitol Police, and the Bureau of Prisons. They each ignore requests and questions, refusing to allow oversight of their actions that gives every appearance of a cover-up of wrongdoing.

Think of the legal doctrine of spoliation. In court, if one party holds evidence and destroys it or refuses to produce it, the judge may instruct the jury to infer that the evidence is completely against the party hiding it. This is exactly what they are doing.

Should ideology and abuse of power continue to drive this administration’s actions, the Rule of Law will cease to exist. The only safeguard against these obvious improprieties is transparency. Until recent times, our country protected our individual freedoms by dragging every ugly wart out into the light of day to examine the actions of our government. We gave deference to individual rights. By its actions, the Biden administration is shredding the foundations of our legal system and the rights of the people’s representatives to protect them from government abuse.

(Read more about the treatment of the prisoners at The Epoch Times)

From the attacks on the Project Veritas reporters to the Obama-era wiretapping of reporters to , today’s Democrats have a penchant for suppressing

Whether they are suppressing the press (as with Obama’s treatment of the press or Biden’s attacks on his advisaries), recent Democrats have worked to suppress their political enemies in the press. Likewise, they have used similar tactics against their civilian and political enemies (as with the 6 January protesters and any true conservative).

Biden attacks the press again

FBI Raids James O’Keefe’s house over Ashley Biden diary

Breitbart reports on the attacks on the First Amendment that took the form of FBI raids on Project Veritas members.

James-OKeefeThe FBI raided James O’Keefe’s home in New York on Saturday, apparently looking for clues in the alleged theft of a diary belonging to Ashley Biden, the daughter of President Joe Biden.

The New York Times reported on the raid, in a piece co-written by several Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, including one, Michael S. Schmidt, who boasts that he won the award for coverage of President Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia, though that story has since completely fallen apart.

Several pages purporting to be from the diary were published during the election, but were largely ignored, amid doubts about their authenticity.

The Times noted:

Federal authorities on Saturday searched the home of James O’Keefe, the founder of the conservative group Project Veritas, according to witnesses and people briefed on the matter, a day after Mr. O’Keefe acknowledged that the group was under investigation by the Justice Department in connection with a diary reported to have been stolen from Ashley Biden, President Biden’s daughter.

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Mr. O’Keefe did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday. But in a video statement on Friday, he said that his group had recently received a grand jury subpoena and acknowledged that Project Veritas had been involved in discussions with sources last year about the diary.

O’Keefe said that his Project Veritas decided not to run stories about the diary, and had returned it to law enforcement:

George Washington University Jonathan Turley wrote that the O’Keefe raid was odd, as a stolen diary did not seem to implicate any kind federal crime, and suggested the possibility that Biden’s Department of Justice might have been targeting a journalist seen as a political opponent.

(Read about the weaponization of the FBI at Breitbart)

Odd thing about these attacks on Project Veritas reporters and its founder is that Joe Biden promised not to attack the press again

The Associated Press once reported on Joe Biden’s promise not to attack the press as he had during years previous.

President Joe Biden says he won’t allow the Department of Justice to seize journalists’ phone records and emails, calling the practice “wrong” in a significant departure from his predecessors.

“Absolutely, positively, it’s wrong. It’s simply, simply wrong,” he told a reporter Friday at the White House.

His comments come as CNN reported Thursday that the Trump administration Justice Department secretly obtained the 2017 phone records of one of their correspondents, the latest revelation of an apparent leak investigation aimed at identifying a journalist’s sources that was launched during the last administration.

(Read more blatant lies at the Associated Press)

The problem with Biden’s promise in February not to attack the press was that he broke that promise in June and at least twice again with his FBI raids on Project Veritas during the past few weeks.

When even the Washington Post calls out Democrats, those Democrats have progressed far into dictatorship

As put in a 6 June 2021 Washington Post op-ed covering Biden’s second infraction against the press, the Biden regime is “simply, simply wrong” in the way it treats what it sees as an adversary press. With Biden’s now throwing the FBI onto the investigative reporters of Project Veritas, the Biden regime has gone from suppressive to dictatorial.

During the final days of the Trump administration, the attorney general used extraordinary measures to obtain subpoenas to secretly seize records of reporters at three leading U.S. news organizations. After this was reported last month, President Biden rightly decried this attack on the First Amendment, calling it “simply, simply wrong” and assuring Americans that it would not happen in his administration.

Unfortunately, new revelations suggest that the Biden Justice Department not only allowed these disturbing intrusions to continue — it intensified the government‘s attack on First Amendment rights before finally backing down in the face of reporting about its conduct.

After Biden took office, the department continued to pursue subpoenas for reporters’ email logs issued to Google, which operates the New York Times’ email systems, and it obtained a gag order compelling a Times attorney to keep silent about the fact that federal authorities were seeking to seize his colleagues’ records. Later, when the Justice Department broadened the number of those permitted to know about the effort, it barred Times executives from discussing the legal battle with the Times newsroom, including the paper’s top editor.

This escalation, on Biden’s watch, represents an unprecedented assault on American news organizations and their efforts to inform the public about government wrongdoing.

Last month, The Post learned of secret subpoenas authorized by President Donald Trump’s outgoing attorney general to obtain email information and home, cell and office telephone records of three Post reporters over a 3½-month span in 2017. We immediately requested an explanation and answers to several questions from the Justice Department as well as a meeting with the attorney general.

To date, no answers have been provided and the meeting has yet to take place. This delay is troubling. When asked about how the president’s assurances can be squared with his Justice Department’s behavior, White House press secretary Jen Psaki could offer no explanation. She subsequently released a statement disavowing White House knowledge of the actions that appear to have continued for several months during Biden’s presidency.

Throughout U.S. history, there have been inevitable differences between news organizations seeking to shed light on government activity and government officials seeking to preserve secrecy. As a society, we have become accustomed to these tensions. For the most part, they have been constructive and good for the health of our democracy. However, the egregious acts by the outgoing Trump Justice Department, and the apparent doubling down on them during the Biden administration, should alarm all Americans, regardless of political persuasion.

The First Amendment is not a special privilege of the press but, rather, a fundamental right protecting all Americans. It empowers citizens to hold their elected officials to account by ensuring that wrongdoing, even at the highest levels, will be brought to light. Much of this reporting would be impossible without courageous government employees who, after learning about serious misdeeds, improper programs conducted under the cloak of secrecy, or other actions contrary to America’s fundamental principles and national interests, take the risk of speaking to reporters in confidence to bring such conduct to the attention of their fellow citizens.

(Read more a the Washington Post)

Biden does not care about Americans abroad

Dozens of Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan

The Daily Mail calls out the Biden regime on the Americans still stranded in Afghanistan.

Dozens of family members of American soldiers remain trapped in Afghanistan and at the mercy of the Taliban more than two months after the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from the country.

Those stranded include children, siblings and parents of US service members, as well as more than 100 extended family members. 

The Pentagon does not have a ‘good accounting’ of how many family members of DOD civilians remain trapped in Afghanistan since the last US flight left Kabul airport at the end of August, NBC News reported 

‘The federal government has turned their backs on them. If we abandon the family members of our service men and women in Afghanistan, they will certainly be slaughtered by the Taliban,’ Texas Rep. Michael McCaul said.

Congress members have been pressuring the Pentagon to help those stranded since the withdrawal fiasco, which included the deaths of 13 troops in a terror attack at Kabul airport.

In September, McCaul sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking them to assist in the escape efforts.

‘Over the past month, I have been contacted by hundreds of Texans who are desperately trying to get friends and family members safe out of the country,’ he wrote. ‘That includes the family members of several Texans who currently serve in the military.’

Pentagon officials have claimed that many of services members whose family remain trapped were Afghan born.

In an effort to launch a rescue mission, the Pentagon has created a database of those who can’t get out of the Taliban-controlled country.

Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl, in a memo Thursday, asked any military personnel and defense department civilians with immediate family members stuck in Afghanistan to contact the government and have their loved ones added to the database.

‘Any US military personnel or DoD civilian employees with immediate family members still in Afghanistan who desire assistance departing should contact the OUSD(P) Afghan Referrals mailbox,’ he wrote.

(Read more at the Daily Mail)

 

Problems Democrats should have been able to avoid by studying history


By just studying the failure of Obama’s PROMISE program that released violent youth into American schools, Biden should reject this problem

Biden’s equity agenda will make schools less safe

The Washington Examiner comments on the ways Biden’s equity agenda will will create problems in our nations schools.

To comply with President Joe Biden’s racial equity executive order, the Departments of Justice and Education will likely reinstate, and possibly strengthen, Obama administration rules for public schools that judge student punishments by quantity rather than context. Mere numerical race disparities become de facto discrimination.

This puts teachers in a tenuous position. While American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten pushes a social justice agenda embracing critical race theory, she must also have the backs of members who will be judged by metrics portraying them as vicious racists. A union’s first obligation is protecting members who pay their dues. Weingarten risks becoming, as the woke folk say, “literally Hitler.”

Even though teaching is among the most woke vocations, applying statistics to race-neutral discipline policies will make monsters out of one of the White House’s most loyal and fervent constituencies. It will also spoil educational opportunities for innocent children this president says he deeply cares about.

The root problem is reliance on a disparate-impact approach to analyze student discipline. It essentially sets up racial quotas on how many members of a particular minority can receive appropriate punishment at a given school. This creates a death spiral for quality of life among large minority student bodies. When students are less likely to receive punishment for their misbehavior, students around them are affected.

Under this proposal, discipline means disparity, and disparity means discrimination. That’s what teachers and administrators want to avoid.

In the White House announcement of its intent to resurrect disciplinary quotas, it cited a report on such alleged disparities from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. It failed to note this report was rebutted by Commissioner Gail L. Heriot. In her first dissent to a report in her 14 years of service on the commission, Heriot wrote that her colleagues “seriously misunderstood the empirical research that purportedly forms the basis for its conclusions.”

The commission’s report alleged students of color “do not commit more disciplinary offenses than their white peers.” But Heriot noted her colleagues “provide[d] no evidence to support this sweeping assertion and there is abundant evidence to the contrary” and that this “is a slap in the face to teachers.”

Heriot concluded:

“I can only surmise that the Commissioners who voted in favor of the Finding have misread the studies that purport to find that discrimination may account for some portion of the differences in the rate of discipline imposed on African American students. Somehow they have conflated that with a finding that all of the differences in rates of school discipline are caused by discrimination or by some factor other than differing behaviors. To my knowledge, no researcher makes such a claim.”

Factors in increased disciplinary problems affecting minority schools include disproportionately higher reports of gangs, guns, drugs, and fights.

It’s wise to incorporate Heriot’s warning when crafting new rules. Or, perhaps, this idea should be abandoned altogether as it will likely lead to chaos in the classrooms and destroy the reputations of well-meaning educators.

(Read more other options at the Washington Examiner)

Do you remember how Parkland shooter (Nikolas Cruz) was on Obama’s PROMISE program? Biden wants to return to this

As we are reminded by looking back at a 7 May 2018 Miami Herald article, the Parkland shooter (who killed 17 and wounded 17) was in Obama’s PROMISE program.

After denying for months that Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz had any connection to a program created to soften school punishment and reduce student arrests — and characterizing assertions to the contrary as “fake news” — the Broward County school district is now acknowledging that Cruz was in fact referred to its PROMISE program.

On Sunday, district spokeswoman Tracy Clark told Miami Herald news partner WLRN that Cruz was referred to the program in 2013 after he vandalized a bathroom at Westglades Middle School, located just down the road from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz killed 17 students and wounded 17 more at the high school on Feb. 14.

Clark admitted the referral after two sources with knowledge of Cruz’s discipline records told WLRN that he was referred to the so-called PROMISE Program for a three-day stint for committing vandalism at his school. Clark said it was unclear whether Cruz actually attended the PROMISE program. She said he appeared at Pine Ridge Education Center in Fort Lauderdale — an alternative school facility where PROMISE is housed — for an intake interview the day after the vandalism incident, but it didn’t appear that Cruz completed the recommended three-day assignment.

“We continue to review records and systems to determine if the disciplinary placement was modified by school administration or the individualized education plan committee,” Clark said in a statement. “Rather than speculate about the possible reasons for his not returning, we feel it’s important to wait until we have the facts associated with his specific circumstances.”

Clark said Superintendent Robert Runcie has correctly stated Cruz wasn’t in PROMISE when he was in high school at Stoneman Douglas. In a March 23 editorial, for instance, Runcie pushed back on “fake news” that Cruz was “assigned to PROMISE while in high school.”

(Read more liberal finger-pointing at the Miami Herald)

Then again, why should we expect Dementia Joe to remember something from 4 years ago? When he was younger and less likely to stumble over the words on his cue cards, he was not the sharpest tack in the box. Now, he needs help finding directions between Marine One and the White House.

Biden downplays inflation concerns as Congressional Commies pushes for more spending

The Washington Examiner points to the current push by “giants” like AOC, Pressley, Tlaib, and Omar to increase spending despite growing inflation.

Price inflation could undermine President Joe Biden’s sweeping infrastructure agenda, but the White House will not admit it.

Consumer prices last month were 5.4% higher than July 2020, reaching the same elevated level as June and the largest spike since 2008. But while the White House focused on how increases were less than expected, the data have left centrist Democrats skittish about their party’s spending priorities and Republicans gleeful about next year’s midterm elections.

Millions of voters are feeling economically squeezed, especially with food and gas, according to former Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp.

“If Biden and his Democrat allies continue their government spending binge this fall, I predict they will be blamed for an overheated economy in November of 2022,” the ex-Tea Party Caucus chairman told the Washington Examiner.

Biden conceded Wednesday during an economic speech that middle-class families were “feeling the pinch.” But he painted a rosier picture of the problem before contending his infrastructure frameworks would provide struggling families with more “breathing room.”

“If your primary concern right now is the cost of living, you should support this plan, not oppose it,” he said from the White House.

Biden promised he would “keep a careful eye on inflation,” trusting the Federal Reserve Bank to take action if required. He also said his administration was looking at global supply chain kinks and cracking down on monopoly-like practices to improve competitiveness and lower costs. His chief economic adviser Brian Deese, for example, had asked the Federal Trade Commission to monitor the energy sector and stop price gouging at gas pumps nationwide.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin stepped on his party’s success in kick-starting the budget process this week by repeating his opposition to their $3.5 trillion Democrats-only social welfare and climate reconciliation bill — the counterpart legislation to the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bricks-and-mortar infrastructure measure he helped negotiate.

“Given the current state of the economic recovery, it is simply irresponsible to continue spending at levels more suited to respond to a Great Depression or Great Recession — not an economy that is on the verge of overheating,” he wrote in a statement.

Manchin secured a third term in 2018 by 3 percentage points, representing a state former President Donald Trump seized last year by almost 40 percentage points. His reservations are being amplified by Republicans hoping to tip the balance of power in Congress, as Democrats have a slim three-seat majority in the House and Vice President Kamala Harris has the tiebreaking vote in the evenly divided Senate.

Liberal Democrats pounced on Manchin’s comments Wednesday, including Justice Democrats spokesman Waleed Shahid. Justice Democrats is a political action committee critical to the rise of the so-called “Squad.”

“Overheating? West Virginia’s poverty rate is 16%” Shahid tweeted.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

Mind you, it would take looking back to when Nixon was spending on both the Viet Nam War and War on Poverty fronts

The last time that things were worse than this (considering that it went from manageable to full-blown, record-setting inflation in less than 6 months) was during the Nixon administration.

Mind you, Nixon was closing out a war in Viet Nam that had been going on for too long (since the 1950’s). Additionally, since Nixon was a Republican by voice, but a Democrat by action — he was so involved in maintaining the Great Society programs of Johnson and establishing his own liberal legacy (by establishing OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH, and EPA) that he had to remove America from the gold standard. Starting with Johnson’s 6% inflation and gradually ramping up through the one and a half terms of Nixon, inflation was at 15%.

Problem is that we don’t figure inflation the same way as we did then. Additionally, the press doesn’t report on anything that looks bad on Biden or his socialists.

Now, the comics

Gavin Newsom bags Smoky in the middle of “Only you can prevent forest fires”

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The Big Apple

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Bohica Biden

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Consolidating property – from the people

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Consolidating property – to big Biden bank donors

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Consolidating property – from deplorables

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Cheating, abusive Democrat current promises to police

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Ferris Biden’s term off

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Cuomo’s resignation under another cloud than what was reported

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Bidenflation: 7 stories you need to read on Biden and inflation (ending with the 18 RINO turncoats)


  1. Most voters hold Biden administration responsible for higher inflation

The Washington Examiner reports that most voters hold Biden responsible for the ever-increasing inflation.

BidenInflationA new poll found that 59% of registered voters place the blame for the increased inflation at the Biden administration’s feet.

The Politico/Morning Consult survey released on Wednesday found that among all voters, 39% held the administration “very” responsible for the higher costs, and 20% said President Joe Biden was “somewhat” responsible. Only 28% of those polled said that the administration’s policies were not too responsible or not responsible at all for the inflation.

Among Republicans, a resounding 82% pointed to Biden’s economic policies as an inflationary culprit, including 65% who said the policies were very responsible. Forty-one percent of Democrats said the administration’s actions were very or somewhat responsible for the surging prices.

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor announced that consumer prices increased 5.4% for the year ending June, the highest rate of inflation since 2008. The numbers blew past forecast expectations of 4.9%.

Economists have pegged several factors as contributing to the rise in costs. One element is a surge in demand precipitated by people receiving vaccinations and the economy continuing to reopen, with consumers with pent-up demand eager to venture out and spend their money. The Biden administration’s fiscal policies have also infused the economy with federal spending, another reason why some economists say inflation is up.

Another huge factor contributing to inflationary pressure is the supply-chain bottlenecks that have plagued the country, as well as the rest of the world, since the start of the pandemic. As demand increases, there have been backlogs of goods, which is creating scarcity and driving up prices. For example, a lack of computer chips for cars has resulted in fewer new cars and has sent used car prices skyrocketing, and the furniture industry is struggling with long waits and back-orders for merchandise.

Among the nearly 2,000 registered voters surveyed, 53% also blamed America’s return to pre-pandemic behaviors as to why inflation is at a 13-year high, with 69% of Democrats and 39% of Republicans saying the same.

(Read about the ways the Federal Reserve could make inflation worse at the Washington Examiner)

On the other hand, 41% of these Americans are so blinded by Trump Derangement Syndrome that they cannot think straight

Thankfully, it is not all Democrats. At least a few have enough common sense to admit they are getting buyer’s remorse from having voted for Dementia Joe. And just as thankfully, not too many of them are RINOs (but, as Liz and Adam show us, there are some).

  1. Signs of the times: Bidenflation

The Epoch Times digs into a few points of concern regarding inflation.

US-ENVIRONMENT-DROUGHT-CLIMATEIf you’ve ever had a conversation that addresses how going to the theater, ordering dinner, or carrying out another regular activity used to be less expensive, you’ve discussed the concept of inflation. Over time, prices tend to shift upward, though the pace of their upward trajectory is not always consistent. On occasion, economic circumstances can also cause a reversal in prices, and you may watch costs drop quickly.

The rate of inflation is frequently used as an indicator that signals how the economy is faring. With that in mind, what rate is considered acceptable? And what types of rates signal economic trouble? The following is an overview of different inflation levels, along with what each may mean for the present and future times.

Creeping Inflation

When inflation rates hover around 3 percent or under, they are often referred to as “creeping inflation.” This type of inflation is usually considered to be mild. While consumers expect prices to rise, they are not afraid of the slow change and they continue to spend. In fact, they may purchase items early to avoid paying more later. By and large, “American families should be able to manage inflation rates of 3 percent or less without significant reductions in their living standards,” Dr. Krieg Tidemann, an assistant professor of economics at Niagara University, told The Epoch Times. In best-case scenarios, worker wages grow faster than the increase in prices of goods and services, which benefits employees and their households.

Walking Inflation

If prices increase between 3 percent and 10 percent year after year, it is often said an economy is experiencing “walking inflation.” This can be disruptive, as families may be worried about the rise in their grocery store bills and other costs of living. They might try to buy more items soon so they don’t have to pay steep prices later. The trend may cause supplies to become scarce and further drive prices up. In addition, employers may not be able to raise salaries for their employees at a rate that keeps up with inflation. For instance, if you earn $50,000 a year, and inflation is 10 percent, you need to receive $55,000 to cover the increase in prices. If you don’t receive a raise, you may have to reduce your spending or find a way to earn additional income to make ends meet.

How worrisome is inflation between 5 percent and 10 percent? “It depends on whether the causes are seen as temporary and, very importantly, on the credibility of the Fed and the government to not let it get out of control, as expectations about inflation are a key driver for inflation,” Viktoriya Zotova, an assistant professor at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, told The Epoch Times. If there are several short-lived shortages in supply chains in a few sectors, there may not be many reasons to be concerned. If, however, uncertainty over the Fed and the government is high, it could cause consumers to feel anxious and spend heavily, leading to more supply shortages and another hike in prices.

(Read about galloping inflation and hyperinflation at The Epoch Times)

If the 18 RINO Senators and 50 Democrats get their way on the multi-trillion “anything-is-infrastructure” bill

If Joe gets his Marxist wish list spending bill, I think we will go from walking inflation to hyperinflation. However, that does not seem to matter to 50 Democrats and 18 RINOs.

  1. Even at liberal rags, they see that inflation is the new battle line

The New York Times points out the obvious pain we all have started to feel under Joe Biden.

Republicans have made Americans’ concerns over rising prices their primary line of attack on President Biden’s economic agenda, seeking to derail trillions of dollars in spending programs and tax cuts by warning that they will produce rocketing 1970s-style inflation.

They have seized on the increasing costs of gasoline, used cars and other goods and services to accuse the president of stoking “Bidenflation,” first with the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill he signed in March and now with a proposed $3.5 trillion economic bill that Democrats have begun to draft in the Senate.

There are unusually large amounts of uncertainty over the path of inflation in the coming months, given the vagaries around restarting a pandemic-stricken economy. Yet even many economists who worry high prices will linger longer than analysts initially expected say there is little reason to believe the problem will worsen if Mr. Biden succeeds in his attempts to bolster child care, education, paid leave, low-emission energy and more.

“There’s been a lot of fear-mongering concerning inflation,” Joseph E. Stiglitz, a liberal economist at Columbia University, said on Tuesday during a conference call to support Mr. Biden’s economic plans. But the president’s spending proposals, he said, “are almost entirely paid for.”

(If you know the code words, read more at the New York Times)

Liberal economist Stiglitz has a different definition of “almost entirely paid for”

By the standards of borrowing from this program and stealing from that, Frankenstein is almost entirely breathing.

Yes, I know Frankenstein is fiction. So is most of this bill at this point.

  1. Top Wall Street executives say inflation could be worse than predicted

The Epoch Times reports on the opinion of several wall street executives who think that Joe Biden’s inflation could get much worse.

Two of Wall Street’s top CEOs have differing views on inflation, but both diverge from the Federal Reserve’s predictions that price increases are transitory and will fade once supply shocks and other pressures ease.

Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, is convinced that inflation isn’t temporary, as he believes deglobalization will lead to “systematically more inflation” in the future.

“It is my view that inflation is going to be more systematical,” Fink told CNBC on July 14. “I believe it is a fundamental, foundational change in how we navigate economic policy.”

The focus that shifted from globalization to national security during the Trump administration will continue, according to Fink.

“Post-World War II, our economic policy was based on consumerism,” he said, adding that this policy enabled Americans to buy cheaper goods.

“In the last five years, we’ve navigated away from that foundational belief, and now we are saying jobs are more important than consumerism,” Fink said.

He noted that Washington is now focusing more on national security matters, as well as bringing back manufacturing.

The Fed’s inflation projection in June rose sharply to 3.4 percent for this year, up from the 2.4 percent projected earlier. But Fed officials expect inflation to return to 2.1 percent next year and remain close to its long-term inflation target of 2 percent, indicating that inflationary pressures will be transitory.

In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” in April, Fed Chair Jerome Powell argued that it’s hard to see inflation in a country “when wages can move overseas.”

“The globalization of the economy and technology have enabled manufacturing to take place all around the world. It’s very hard for people in wealthy countries to raise prices or to raise wages,” he said, suggesting that this trend will continue.

Most economists are still in the transitory camp and say inflationary pressures will fade away next year.

During congressional hearings last week, Powell faced an intense grilling on rising prices and was questioned about the central bank’s ability to manage inflation.

Powell reiterated that current easy monetary policy is appropriate as the economy’s progress toward the Fed’s goals is “still a ways off.”

Consumer prices continued to rise at the fastest pace since 2008. Inflation rose 5.4 percent from a year ago, as supply bottlenecks and ongoing recovery in sectors hit hardest by the pandemic continued to lift prices.

JPMorgan Chase executives are bullish on the U.S. economy, but they believe the strong rebound will continue to fuel inflation.

“I don’t think it’s all temporary,” JPMorgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon said on July 13 during an earnings call with analysts. “But that doesn’t matter if we have very strong growth.”

(Read more at The Epoch Times)

Why do we need Wall Street input when we have our own eyes?

I think that this comes form a failure of our education system that relies too heavily on rote memorization and too little on analytical thinking. Otherwise, I would not have had to have argued during March about the rising prices of eggs, chicken, gasoline, and other staples of modern existence. People were believing the nightly news rather than their own Walmart and Kroger receipts.

Now, with more people feeling the pinch and talking about it, the news spreads without the “news” networks (and our trust in their biased reporting continues to slide).

  1. IMF economist: Biden policies to turn America into a Latin American style economy

One America News Network reports on the words of an IMF economist who believes that Biden’s policies will turn America into a Latin-America-style economy.

A rising number of economist have warned Joe Biden’s policies could turn the U.S. into a Latin American type of economy. On Monday, Former International Monetary Fund Deputy Director Desmond Lachman said Biden’s inflation, money printing and high government spending posed a problem for the U.S. economy.

Lachman said Biden’s policies could push the U.S. budget deficit up to 15 percent per year. He warned this was not a sustainable level of deficit spending, which may bankrupt the U.S.

(Read more at One America News Network)

Will Americans start hunting cats, dogs, and other animals?

Will America follow in the steps of the jewel of South America? At one time, Venezuela was a rich and cosmopolitan country. Now, after years of Marxism, their population combs through dumps and hunts dogs and cats for food.

  1. As inflation and government debt surge, Washington is ignoring our most critical economic crisis

The Hill points out a problem with the scant reporting on inflation and the surge in government debt.

Economic crises of all sorts loom on the horizon, ranging from high and rising federal debt, to high and rising inflation, to unsustainably high and rising housing costs. But the most important crisis we currently face is one you never hear about: historically low labor productivity growth.

Raising productivity growth is crucial. If we don’t do this, inflationary pressures will rise even more, we will struggle to manage all the federal debt we have already accumulated and the living standards of future generations will be much lower than they should be.  

Despite this grim potential economic future, there is nary a word from Washington, D.C., policymakers about this challenge. Not from the White House, not from the Federal Reserve and not from Congress. Economic policies can make a big difference for productivity growth. But recent record spending, including Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, did not incentivize higher productivity, and the future taxes required to pay for the debt used to finance this relief may well depress productivity growth even further.

Productivity growth fell significantly and abruptly in 2007, and it has never recovered. Since 2007, productivity has grown just 1.4 percent per year. But between 1948 and 2006, worker productivity grew at nearly 2.6 percent per year. This 1.2 percent annual difference is a very big deal, because at 2.6 percent, productivity, output and incomes will double every 27 years through the magic of exponential growth. But at 1.4 percent productivity growth, it now takes almost 50 years to double productivity, output and income.  

The long-run consequences of today’s productivity growth are staggering. But this crisis isn’t just about living standards decades from now. This growth shortfall already has impacted our economy enormously. If productivity had grown at its historical level since 2007, my calculations show GDP would be nearly $5 trillion higher than it is today.

Calculations also indicate that accumulating these continuing output losses due to deficient productivity growth since 2007 means we have given up more than one year’s worth of GDP, which is currently valued at more than $22 trillion. 

Those resources could have been used to eliminate our entire, privately-held national debt or increase our capital stock, including housing capital, by one-third, or dramatically improve the federal government’s unfunded liability position.

Productivity grows through several factors that enhance the ability of workers to produce, including business investment and innovation, technological breakthroughs and rising worker skills. But there is no evidence that productivity growth is rebounding. Business investment remains depressed, the population is aging and our schools continue to underperform.

(Read more at The Hill)

So maybe the pinch at the grocery store has caused the common people to worry

Hopefully, they will not get too busy with their second jobs to be able to vote these bums out on their ears in 2022.

  1. Meet the 18 Republicans who sold out on radical Democrat “infrastructure” plan without reading the bill

Breitbart reports on the 18 RINOs who sold out America in favor of sending money to Democrat districts.

Eighteen Senate Republicans sold out to Senate Democrats, with 17 of them voting Wednesday night to advance a $1.2 trillion Democrat “infrastructure” bill and another signaling he would.

The Senate voted to invoke cloture, or advance, H.R. 3684, the legislative vehicle for the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. The vote featured Republican and Democrat support for the bill. The Senate voted 67-32 to invoke cloture on the bill, with seventeen Republicans in favor of invoking cloture on the bill.

All of them voted for this procedural vote without reading the bill—because it would have been impossible for them to read a bill that does not yet exist. The bill has still not been written despite months of negotiations.

The Senate Republicans who voted for the Democrat $1.2 trillion bill include:

  1. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  2. Richard Burr (R-NC)
  3. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
  4. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
  5. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  6. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  7. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  8. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  9. Rob Portman (R-OH)
  10. Jim Risch (R-ID)
  11. Mitt Romney (R-UT)
  12. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
  13. Todd Young (R-IN)
  14. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
  15. John Hoeven (R-ND)
  16. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
  17. Susan Collins (R-ME)

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) was absent but signaled that he would have voted yes to advance the legislation.

(Read more at Breitbart)

This needs to stop

This needs to stop now.

 

After yesterday’s upbeat post, here are some points to bring us back to reality in Joe Biden’s America


Porkulous? Earmark-ageddon?

McConnell: ‘Great chance’ of deal with Biden on infrastructure

Breitbart reports on a little admission by Mitch McConnell which might dog us and our children for years.

GreatChanceSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” that there was a “great chance” of getting a deal with President Joe Biden and the Democrats on infrastructure.

McConnell was commenting on the meeting he attended earlier with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the president and Vice President Kamala Harris in the Oval Office.

Baier said, “Tell us about that meetings. How do you describe it? What did you take from it?”

McConnell said, “Well, no staff in there, just the six of us, the vice president was there. We had a very cordial meeting for about an hour and a half and discussed an issue upon which there is a great chance we could get a bipartisan outcome, and that’s infrastructure. I did make clear to the president that we’re not willing to go back and raise taxes.”

He continued, “I think the take away from the meeting, Bret, is that I think both sides would like to get an outcome.”

McConnell said, “I think they want a deal this time. I think they want a deal with us because I don’t think they think they can pass this second effort through a reconciliation package. In other words, I don’t think they can get their own ducks in a row, and so they are coming to us, and that’s generally how you reach bipartisan agreements plus, the subject matter is pretty popular on both sides of the aisle.”

(Read as much as you can stand at Breitbart)

Uncle Joe has already been on a spending spree. We don’t need Uncle Mitch and his globalist friends encouraging him.

As detailed below, we already have the beginning parts of inflation. We don’t need the hyperinflation that comes with the spending that Joe and Mitch seem to want to push through.

Joe sure isn’t focused on making life better for citizens

White House: Joe Biden focused on making life better for migrants, not visiting the border

Breitbart comments on an admission by Jen Psaki on what Joe has done on the border.

PsakiWhite House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that President Joe Biden was focused on making life better for unattended migrant minors on the border, not traveling to the southern border to address the crisis.

“Our focus remains on solutions,” she said at the White House daily press briefing.

She dismissed calls for President Biden to visit the southern border to address the crisis, arguing it would not help the children found unattended on the border.

“If going to the border changed that or helped that, that would be one thing, but our focus is on implementing pieces so we can make their lives better,” she said.

Psaki was asked to react to the shocking video of five migrant girls, ages one to five, found abandoned by smugglers on a rancher’s land.

“That was a heartbreaking situation and we’re thankful for the work of CBP to ensure those minors’ safety,” she said.

Paski also argued the administration would continue advising migrants not to come to the United States.

“This is another example of why we continue to be very clear that individuals should not make the treacherous journey north and put their lives in the hands of smugglers or others for unsafe circumstances,” she said.

(Read more at Breitbart)

In retrospect, do you remember the price of gasoline in 2020?

CirclebackDo you remember gas prices that were not nearing double of last year’s price? Do you remember getting gasoline without having to join a Jimmy-Carter-esque line? Have you heard that this is not going away when the Colonial mess gets fixed?

This has happened during the first 100 days.

This follows:

  • The shutdown of the Keystone XL pipeline,
  • Suspension of gas leases in the Gulf and on government lands,
  • Suspension of oil/gas driller access to properties when the access crosses government properties,
  • Suspension of maintenance of shipping lanes on rivers,
  • Elimination of fossil fuel subsidies,
  • A tightening of methane regulations, and
  • other limitations on the oil/gas industry.

So do you think that Biden will change his mind on any of this? Do you think he will do anything in time to make a difference?

For that matter, have you seen the price of chicken, carrots, or celery?

Making chicken soup from scratch has suddenly gotten a lot more expensive. And if you say, “Well, then I will just go with canned” — you’re not getting away from inflation (since manufacturers are packing less concentrate into each can). Likewise, making a hamburger or a ham sandwich or buying a car or a dish washer has almost gotten more expensive.

And anyone looking at plywood or studs had better be related to the Rockefellers.

Of course, all of this cannot be dumped on Biden. This comes from years of printing money and bailing out the banks — the “quantitative easing” where the Fed printed money and bought stock willy-nilly throughout the Obama and Trump years.

However, to be proposing 10 trillion in the first 100 days of Biden’s administration has to be a new low in the digging of this pit. I have seen Brazil. I have seen Venezuela. We don’t want to go there.

A comparison of American and Russian army recruitment ads shows that we are so screwed

A tear-jerking lesbian-pride ad versus an ad that appeals to strength and challenge

Townhall comments on two advertisements directed at those who would join the military.

Move overCIA. The Army’s new recruitment video takes wokeness to the next level, featuring lesbian moms, a same-sex wedding, equality marches, and more. 

CallingDescribed by leftist outlets as a “tear-jerking queer story,” the new animated video is part of a series, “The Calling,” which showcases why five soldiers joined the Army. 

One video in the campaign features corporal Emma Malonelord, who operates the Patriot missile defense system.

“It begins in California, with a little girl raised by two moms,” Malonelord says. “Although I had a fairly typical childhood, took ballet, played violin, I also marched for equality.

“I like to think I’ve been defending freedom from an early age,” she continues.

After the pride parade, she talks about a tragic accident that left one of her mothers paralyzed, though she did make a recovery to eventually walk down the aisle to marry her other mother. 

As college graduation approached, Malonelord says she began “feeling like I’ve been handed so much in life, a sorority girl stereotype…but what had I really achieved on my own?”

“I needed my own adventures, my own challenge, and after meeting with an army recruiter, I found it,” she adds. “A way to prove my inner strength and maybe shatter some stereotypes along the way.”

Needless to say, the video was not confidence inspiring among conservative critics, especially when compared to the type of recruitment videos our adversaries are airing. 


(Read more at Townhall)

The worst part is that, in Biden’s America, women cannot even be women.

With Joe Biden’s transgender executive order, it seems that he does not see any difference between women and men (at least for the present). That is, as of his executive order on transgenderism, Title IX has been totally eviscerated. With the stroke of a pen, the guy who imagined himself a champion of women by asking Horizontal Harris to be his Vice President has erased the dreams of many.

But then, there are comics

Ridin’ with Biden

Ridin'withBiden

Out of gas, just like the good old days.

MC_Outta_Gas

Biden plagiarizes Jimmy Carter

JimmyCarterPlagarized

Big Mouth Tlaib gag gift

BigMouthTlaib

Hamas cheerleaders

HamasCheerleaders

Hamas dove hunting

HamasDoveHunting

Hamas human shields

HamasHumanShields

 

Surprises from Joe Biden


Biden lies by shifting illegal alien children from facilities to oilfield “man camps”

The pictures of empty processing centers were a lie

El Paso Matters informs us that the Biden administration has taken over oilfield “man camps” to house illegal alien minors.

Maria Baeza Valeriano opened her front door to the view of a closed-down hotel and an oil workers’ camp, where migrant boys played soccer behind a shaded chain-link fence.

“I feel so bad for them, for being all alone,” said Baeza Valeriano, who, in her 80s, is a mother of five, grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of eight. “It’s a lot, that the parents let their children go. I wouldn’t let go of my children for anything.”

Faced with thousands of children arriving at the Southwest border without a parent or guardian, the Biden administration has rushed to find places to house them. The Department of Health and Human Services this week had more than 21,000 children in its care — a record.

The number of children arriving alone at the border has outstripped the ability of HHS’ state-licensed shelters to house them, and the agency has resorted to pricier, less regulated temporary sites in Texas and elsewhere to pull the kids out of Border Patrol custody, where advocates say conditions are overcrowded and far from ideal.

The Biden administration has popped up more than 16,000 temporary beds in “influx” and “emergency intake” shelters in the four weeks through April 14: at military installations, including at Fort Bliss and Lackland in San Antonio; at convention centers in Dallas, San Antonio and San Diego; at a warehouse in Houston, and at the so-called man camp in the town of Pecos, population 10,641.

“There has never been a time when so many facilities and beds were added for unaccompanied children in such a short period of time,” said Mark Greenberg, a senior fellow with the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute and former administrator in HHS’ Administration for Children and Families.

“But this has been driven by the urgency of the situation and the severity of overcrowding at Customs and Border Protection,” he said.

On a recent Friday, dozens of boys could be seen tossing an American football with caregivers, playing soccer or shooting hoops between the mobile home-style dormitories, sectioned into rooms. A mural painted on one wall inside the complex said “welcome” in English, Spanish, indigenous Quechua and Haitian Creole.

If all 2,000 beds in Target Lodge are occupied, a fifth of the people living in the town ― isolated from everything and everyone outside the camp’s fences ― will be migrant children ages 13 to 17.

A boom in children, ’emergency shelters’

U.S. Border Patrol apprehended more than 5,600 unaccompanied children in January. The number grew to more than 9,200 in February, then swelled again to more than 18,600 children in March ― a record for apprehensions of unaccompanied children in a single month.

(Read more at El Paso Matters)

Even Democrat Henry Cuellar is calling out Biden’s lie on the migrant facility

Fox News reports that Democrat Henry Cuellar informs us that Biden just moved the illegal alien children.

CuellarTexas Democrat who has been critical of Biden administration policies at the U.S.-Mexico border lashed out this week, accusing the administration of posting misleading photos from a migrant processing facility.

Echoing a report by Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo exposing the facility during a helicopter tour alongside Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar accused the Department of Homeland Security of trying to create the impression the Donna, Texas, site was emptying out, when in fact the migrant youths who had been located there were simply moved to a nearby location.

“All they’re doing is, they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying, ‘Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody),’” Cuellar said, according to Border Report.

The youths were relocated to nearby tents operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, the congressman told the outlet.

“But they’re right next door,” Cuellar added about the migrants. “They’re just next door in HHS.”

Following an inquiry from Border Report, DHS officials confirmed the youths were in HHS custody but would not disclose the location, the outlet reported.

The images released by the Biden administration on Tuesday showed a nearly empty Donna facility, with just a few beds and a few youths – in contrast to March images that showed a large number of migrant youths packed into the same location.

(Read more at Fox News)

Lies created by Biden’s deceptive shuffling of kids is almost as bad as the lie of the silent liberal press

Need I say more? Biden did nothing but move the rooms of kids packed ten times beyond capacity just a little ways away. He is still holding them well beyond the 72-hour limit.

If this had been Trump, the silent press would be screaming and calling these concentration camps.

Instead, Joe Biden gets the most positive coverage of any president covered by the press in the last 30 years.

What really puts the icing on the cake is that Biden is housing kids in oilfield camps that he emptied of workers

Just before Biden’s administration, these camps were full of workers that spent their time getting oil out of the ground. Now, due to Biden’s policy, they are out of work and the price of gasoline and everything else that depends on oil is through the roof.

Additionally, putting common people out of work is just the beginning for the Biden administration.

With Biden printing money to house and feed illegals, money seems to be worth less

Remember last year, when gasoline was $1.54/gallon? Now, it’s $2.59 or more at some stations. Eggs have gone from 85 cents per dozen to $1.23 per dozen for the cheapest eggs. Although some sources want to blame the pandemic or stockpiling behaviors of some individuals for the spike in food prices, I cannot buy those explanations. What I do believe is that the government has spent too much time printing money and too little effort putting value behind the dollar through their policies (you know, policies that would allow us to work and build value in the dollar with our products).

So now we get faced with the fact that the government does not count fuel or food prices in its inflation index. Too bad for the common folk. Joe Biden with his connections to Ukraine and China is too well insulated to care about that.

Biden wants to re-import the deported illegal alien felons and give them amnesty and reparations

Breitbart reports that the Biden administration wants to import the felons who were deported and give them amnesty and reparations.

GUATEMALA-US-MIGRATION-DEPORTATIONPresident Joe Biden’s administration is weighing a plan to provide amnesty, as well as reparations, to more than 1,000 illegal aliens who were deported under former President Trump.

The Biden administration is currently negotiating a settlement by which attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are representing deported illegal alien parents and their children who remain in the United States.

The parents were prosecuted for crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and subsequently deported as the children they arrived with were put in Health and Human Services (HHS) custody. The policy under Trump was known as “Zero Tolerance,” though the federal government has been separating adults from children at the border since before 2001.

As part of the settlement, the ACLU is looking to secure amnesty to bring deported illegal alien parents back to the U.S. to be with their children who were left in Health and Human Services (HHS) custody, along with compensation and taxpayer-funded social services.

NBC News reports:

“The ACLU is in settlement negotiations with the Biden administration to provide full relief to the thousands of separated families, not just reunification in the U.S. but permanent status, compensation and social services,” Gelernt told NBC News. [Emphasis added]

(continued)

Advocates for the families are seeking to have them reunited inside the U.S., provided with compensation and social services, and granted permanent legal status to remain in the U.S. [Emphasis added]

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson told NBC News that the administration is

…actively working to develop a system for processing and reunifying over a thousand families and to set up a system to provide mental health support and stability to thousands more families who are here in the United States and still trying to heal from the trauma caused by their separation.

“We are committed to working with the private sector and with the NGOs, attorneys, and advocates who have done tremendous work in support of these families,” the DHS spokesperson said.

(Read about the additional surprises Joe wants at Breitbart)

So, as a legal citizen of America, you are being forced to sell your house to pay your debts? Joe Biden wants to raise the real estate tax.

Farms, other small businesses, and stakeholders in high-cost havens like California and New York, look out. The Biden administration wants to raise real estate taxes on transactions over $500,000.

As a follow-up to his $2.3 trillion infrastructure package, President Joe Biden has rolled out a $1.8 trillion plan to address other priorities including education and child care.

To pay for the plan, the White House has proposed increasing taxes on wealthy Americans, describing its tax reform package as one that “rewards work — not wealth.”

“The President’s tax agenda will not only reverse the biggest 2017 tax law giveaways, but reform the tax code so that the wealthy have to play by the same rules as everyone else,” the White House said in a fact sheet describing the American Families Plan. “Importantly, these reforms will also rein in the ways that the tax code widens racial disparities in income and wealth.”

The focus on wealthier Americans means that most households will not be directly affected by the proposed changes.

“Some have speculated that this will hit middle-class home sellers who sell a home in an expensive market and have more than $1 million of capital gains from real estate, but this is very rare,” said Taylor Marr, senior economist at real-estate brokerage Redfin RDFN, 6.18%. “Even in markets where home prices are over $1 million, most of that is still serviced by debt, not all equity.”

Nevertheless, some of the proposed changes to the tax code could have an impact on real estate.

(Read more at MarketWatch to find out about the effects of this policy)

It does not take a genius or even a Finance degree to see this will screw with banks

This policy will hurt banks, small businesses that are on the move, farms, and the economy.

Socialism abroad fails and socialism in Joe Biden’s America fails


Socialism abroad fails

Hyperinflation pushes Venezuela to print a million-Bolivar bill

Bloomberg doesn’t condemn, but does detail the fall of the socialist Venezuelan government into hyperinflation due to having implemented programs it cannot afford.

1MillionBolivarVenezuela said it will introduce new large-denomination bolivar notes as hyperinflation renders most bills worthless, forcing citizens to turn to the U.S. dollar for everyday transactions.

The country’s central bank posted a statement on its website Friday saying it would begin circulating the new 200,000, 500,000 and 1,000,000 bills to “fulfill the current economy’s requirements” without providing further details. The 1,000,000 note — the largest in the nation’s history — is worth only $0.53 cents.

(Read more at Bloomberg to know the left-liberal side)

Small wonder oilfield consultants in Venezuela demand to be paid in Bitcoin

From what I have heard, oilfield workers have been demanding to be paid in Bitcoin and Venezuela may be using it to get around sanctions. Small wonder when the Venezuelan cash has become worthless due to the mismanagement of the socialist regime.

Socialism fails in Joe Biden’s America

Nasdaq ends sharply lower after Powell comments (on the Pelosi Payback)

Reuters barely explains the drop in stock prices, but it becomes evident if you dig into what Powell said.

Wall Street ended sharply lower on Thursday, leaving the Nasdaq down nearly 10% from its February record high, after remarks from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell disappointed investors worried about rising longer-term U.S. bond yields.

A decline of 10% from its February record high would confirm the Nasdaq is in a correction.

The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield spiked to 1.533% after Powell’s comments, which did not point to changes in the Fed’s asset purchases to tackle the recent jump in yields. It still held below last week’s one-year high of 1.614%.

Some investors had expected the Fed might step up purchases of long-term bonds, helping push down long-term interest rates.

“The market has been worried about the rise in long-term interest rates and the Fed chairman in his commentary didn’t really push back towards this increase in rates and the market took it as a signal that yields could rise further, which is what has happened,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in Florida.

(Read more at Reuters)

Will this be America’s future under a Harris/Biden regime?

Will the Democrats continue to subvert the economic interests of America for their radical socialist agenda?

News Surrounding Venezuela


Soldiers lob tear gas at protesters

Soldiers unleash tear gas amid tension on Venezuela’s border

The Associated Press tells us through a 23 February 2019 article how Venezuelan soldiers shot tear gas at the border

A U.S.-backed campaign to force President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance Saturday from Venezuelan security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil, leaving two people dead and some 300 injured.

Throughout the turbulent day, as police and protesters squared off on two bridges connecting Venezuela to Colombia, opposition leader Juan Guaido made repeated calls for the military to join him in the fight against Maduro’s “dictatorship.” Colombian authorities said more than 60 soldiers answered his call, deserting their posts in often-gripping fashion, though most were lower in rank and didn’t appear to dent the higher command’s continued loyalty to Maduro’s socialist government.

In one dramatic high point, a group of activists led by exiled lawmakers managed to escort three flatbed trucks of aid past the halfway point into Venezuela when they were repelled by security forces. In a flash the cargo caught fire, with some eyewitnesses claiming the National Guardsmen doused a tarp covering the boxes with gas before setting it on fire. As a black cloud rose above, the activists — protecting their faces from the fumes with vinegar-soaked cloths — unloaded the boxes by hand in a human chain stretching back to the Colombian side of the bridge.

“They burned the aid and fired on their own people,” said 39-year-old David Hernandez, who was hit in the forehead with a tear gas canister that left a bloody wound and growing welt. “That’s the definition of dictatorship.”

(Read more at the Associated Press)

When the socialist leader of Venezuela will not allow starving citizens to get to food and medicine, that shows him to be a dictator.

Aid shipments cross border as soldiers abandon posts

Venezuelan troops abandon posts amid violent clashes with protesters at Colombian border

Fox News reports in a 23 February 2019 article how Venezuelan troops have abandoned their posts in the middle of clashes with protesters.

At least five Venezuelan troops have abandoned their posts at the country’s border with Colombia as confrontations with protesters over incoming humanitarian aid grow more violent by the day.

The soldiers abandoned their watch on Saturday near the Simon Bolivar International Bridge at the Venezuela-Colombian border and reportedly requested assistance from Colombian immigration officials. In nearby Urena, the Venezuelan National Guard fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters attempting to cross the border in order to work, BBC reports. Protesters were seen throwing rocks at troops and attacking buses.

At the country’s other border in Brazil, four people have been killed as of Friday, and an additional 18 have been injured by colectivos — armed gang members who support President Nicolas Maduro, according to Alfredo Romero, the director and president of the Venezuelan human rights association Foro Penal.

Rising tensions have erupted amid opposition leader and self-declared President Juan Guaido’s decision to lead a caravan with thousands of volunteers to the Colombian border to collect at least 200 tons of humanitarian aid, primarily food and medicine. On Saturday, Guaido announced that the first shipment of aid had crossed the border from Brazil, calling it a “great achievement.” That statement, however, has been refuted by news that two trucks carrying aid from Brazil are stuck at the Venezuelan border.

(Read more at Fox News)

It is heartening to hear that at least some of the soldiers had compassion on the starving citizens and abandoned their posts. While it is understandable (since Maduro’s military holds the families of the soldiers), it is sad that some soldiers would fire on civilians trying to reach food and medicine.

Venezuela humanitarian aid met with tear gas and gunfire on borders

Venezuela humanitarian aid met with tear gas and gunfire on borders

Reuters reports in a 23 February 2019 article how Maduro deals with protestors.

Troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro turned back foreign aid convoys from Venezuela’s border using tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday, killing two protestors and putting his socialist government on a collision course with Washington.

Trucks laden with U.S. food and medicine for Venezuela returned to warehouses in Colombia after opposition supporters failed to break through lines of troops, who fired rubber rounds to disperse them, injuring dozens of people.

Angered by the Colombian government’s support for opposition leader Juan Guaido, Maduro said he was breaking diplomatic relations with Bogota and gave its diplomatic staff 24 hours to leave the country.

Guaido, who most Western nations recognize as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, had given a personal send-off to Saturday’s convoy carrying aid from the Colombian city of Cucuta.

The opposition had hoped Venezuelan soldiers would baulk at turning back supplies desperately needed in the country, where a growing number of its 30 million people suffer from malnutrition and treatable diseases.

(Read more at Reuters)

Two killed and 12 injured in clash at border with Brazil

Two people killed in Venezuelan town near Brazil in clashes over aid

Reuters reports in a 23 February 2019 news release how Maduro deals with those who try to get aid.

Two people were killed on Saturday in the Venezuelan town of Santa Elena de Uairen in clashes with security forces over the opposition’s plan to bring in aid from nearby Brazil, a doctor at the hospital where they were taken said.

We must all pray for the families of those who were shot.

Maduro meets with US envoy

Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy

AP News reports from a 15 February 2019 interview how Maduro has been meeting with a US envoy.

A month into Venezuela’s high-stakes political crisis, President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an Associated Press interview that his government has held secret talks with the Trump administration. He also predicted he would survive an unprecedented global campaign to force his resignation.

While harshly criticizing President Donald Trump’s confrontational stance toward his socialist government, Maduro said Thursday that he holds out hope of meeting the U.S. president soon to resolve a crisis triggered by America’s recognition of his opponent, Juan Guaido, as Venezuela’s rightful leader.

Maduro said that during two meetings in New York, his foreign minister invited the Washington-based special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, to visit “privately, publicly or secretly.”

“If he wants to meet, just tell me when, where and how and I’ll be there,” Maduro said without providing more details. He said both New York meetings lasted several hours.

U.S. officials have not denied Maduro’s claim of talks.

A senior administration official in Washington who was not authorized to speak publicly said U.S. officials were willing to meet with “former Venezuela officials, including Maduro himself, to discuss their exit plans.”

(Read more at >AP News)

Since we are to pray for our leaders, we should pray for the work of this envoy and the Venezuelan diplomats. Hopefully, Maduro will allow a regime change in what was once the most prosperous country of South America.

Russia's Gazprombank freezes PDVSA accounts

Russia’s Gazprombank freezes accounts of Venezuela’s PDVSA

We read in a 17 February 2019 Reueters article that Russian bank Gazprombank froze Venezuela’s PDVSA.

Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday.

While many foreign firms have been cutting their exposure to PDVSA since the sanctions were imposed, the fact that a lender closely aligned with the Russian state is following suit is significant because the Kremlin has been among Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest supporters.

“PDVSA’s accounts are currently frozen. As you’ll understand, operations cannot be carried out,” the source said. Gazprombank did not reply to a Reuters request for a comment.

PDVSA brandished the story as “fake news” on its Twitter account in capital red letters, but did not reply to a request for comment.

(Read more at Reueters)

Like the saying goes, “There is no free lunch.” Someone will pay in the end.

It is just too bad that Venezuela’s banks have been emptied, its riches made near worthless, and its peoples starved all while Maduro gets fatter.

Colombia leader urges China to back Maduro foes

Colombia leader urges China to back Maduro foes

Seeking a more stable neighbor, Columbia has urged China to support the foes of Maduro — as reported in a 14 February 2019 Associated Press article

The president of Colombia says China’s role in Latin America would be stronger if the Asian country recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president instead of backing President Nicolas Maduro.

Speaking during a visit to Washington, Ivan Duque said Thursday: “I really would advise China to make that decision.”

China is one of 16 countries that have publicly supported Maduro during the recent resurgence of Venezuela’s political crisis. The United States, Canada, most Latin American nations and many European countries are siding with Guaido.

The Colombian leader is also urging the international community to cooperate so humanitarian aid can be taken into Venezuela on Feb. 23 as Guaido is planning. Venezuelans have been suffering with severe shortages of food and medicine amid their country’s economic collapse.

Duque says that “February 23 has to be the day in which everybody mobilizes and tells the dictatorship: ‘That’s it. Allow the humanitarian aid.’”

(Read more at the Associated Press)

Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russian bank

Venezuela shifts oil ventures’ accounts to Russian bank

Reuters reports in a 9 February 2019 article how Venezuela has shifted their monies to a Russian bank.

Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is telling customers of its joint ventures to deposit oil sales proceeds in an account recently opened at Russia’s Gazprombank AO, according to sources and an internal document seen by Reuters on Saturday.

PDVSA’s move comes after the United States imposed tough, new financial sanctions on Jan. 28 aimed at blocking Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s access to the country’s oil revenue.

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido said recently that a fund would be established to accept proceeds from sales of Venezuelan oil.

The United States and dozens of other countries have recognized Guaido as the nation’s legitimate head of state. Maduro has denounced Guaido as a U.S. puppet seeking to foment a coup.

(Read more at Reuters)

Oil workers flee Venezuela's crisis for a better life

Oil workers flee Venezuela’s crisis for a better life

According to one Associated Press article dated 8 February 2019, Venezuelan oil workers have been fleeing the regime as they seek a better life.

Nieves Ribullen, a Venezuelan oil worker sick of struggling to get by as his country falls apart, is betting it all on Iraq’s far-away Kurdish region to give his family a better life.

Over the years he’s watched dozens of co-workers abandon poverty wages and dangerous working conditions at the rundown complex of refineries in Punto Fijo on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast for jobs in far-flung places like Kuwait, Angola and Chile.

Now it’s his turn. Leaving his wife and three children behind, he’ll soon ship out to Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region, where he expects to earn more than $3,500 a month — a fortune compared to the less than $20 he brings home monthly in increasingly unstable Venezuela.

“I only earn enough to buy a kilo (2 pounds) of meat and one chicken each month,” Ribullen said. “We’re in chaos.”

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has rallied support from distraught Venezuelans and roughly 40 countries that now recognize him as Venezuela’s rightful president.

But the accelerating exodus of oil workers means that Venezuela’s crude production — already at a seven-decade low — is unlikely to rebound anytime soon, even if recently-imposed U.S. sanctions are lifted and a business-friendly government replaces the increasingly wobbly President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela was once one of the world’s top five oil exporters, pumping 3.5 million barrels a day in 1998 when President Hugo Chavez was elected and launched Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution. Today, the state-run oil company PDVSA produces less than a third of that. Critics blame corruption and years of mismanagement by the socialist government.

Even worse, production is about to sink even further due to fresh sanctions by the Trump administration targeting PDVSA that have essentially cut off Venezuela from its Houston-based cash-cow, Citgo, with the aim of depriving Maduro of more than $11 billion in exports this year.

Despite the short-term pain they will bring Venezuela, Guaido said the sanctions are a critical part of stopping Maduro from consolidating power in what he calls a “dictatorship.”

(Read more at the Associated Press)

As for myself, I work for a oil-industry company. If the government of my country had changed to the extent that it threatened my family’s life and my life, I would take the action taken by these workers.

‘I Am Just Another Soldier’: Maduro Trains to Fight U.S. Troops

A 7 February 2019 Breitbart article shows how a coward Venezuelan who lost the election now pretends to be a common man and a protector.

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro once again posted videos of himself Wednesday appearing to train with his armed forces to prepare for an allegedly incoming U.S. invasion, this time participating in what appear to be cardiovascular exercises and training with the national air force.

Maduro has managed to retain control of much of the military since the nation’s legislature, the National Assembly, deposed him and replaced him with current President Juan Guaidó, as mandated by the Venezuelan constitution. The Air Force, however, has been among the least loyal. Last week, one of the highest ranking soldiers to defect to Guaidó, Air Force General Francisco Esteban Yánez Rodríguez posted a video on social media claiming “90 percent of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces are not with the dictator” and urging more to defect.

Maduro’s visit to air force training appears to be an attempt to dispel the perception of abandonment that Yánez’s video created.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Yeah. Maduro is “just another soldier.” Only thing is that his family is not starving, he is twice as fat as any soldier, and he has about 200 Russian mercenaries around him. But otherwise …

How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold

According to a 10 February 2019 Reuters article, Maduro has found another way to extract money out of a bankrupt society where people eat pets.

Venezuela’s most successful financial operations in recent years have not taken place on Wall Street, but in primitive gold-mining camps in the nation’s southern reaches.

With the country’s economy in meltdown, an estimated 300,000 fortune hunters have descended on this mineral-rich jungle area to earn a living pulling gold-flecked earth from makeshift mines.

Their picks and shovels are helping to prop up the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Since 2016, his administration has purchased 17 tonnes of the metal worth around $650 million from so-called artisan miners, according to the most recent data from the nation’s central bank.

Paid with the country’s near-worthless bank notes, these amateurs in turn supply the government with hard currency to purchase badly needed imports of food and hygiene products. This gold trade is a blip on international markets. Still, the United States is using sanctions and intimidation in an effort to stop Maduro from using his nation’s gold to stay afloat.

The Trump administration is pressuring the United Kingdom not to release $1.2 billion in gold reserves Venezuela has stored in the Bank of England. U.S. officials recently castigated an Abu Dhabi-based investment firm for its Venezuela gold purchases, and have warned other potential foreign buyers to back off.

The existence of Maduro’s gold program is well-known. How it functions is not.

To get a glimpse inside, Reuters tracked Venezuela’s gold from steamy jungle mines, through the central bank in the capital of Caracas to gold refineries and food exporters abroad, speaking with more than 30 people with knowledge of the trade. They included miners, intermediaries, merchants, academic researchers, diplomats and government officials. Almost all requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, or because they feared retribution from Venezuelan or U.S. authorities.

(Read more at Reuters)

If you look at how the rich in Venezuela have taken the near-worthless notes and turned them into gold, think about the poor Venezuelans under the boot of socialism. Think about how they have been starving. Think about how their money has been made worthless. Think about how they have been bartering for what they need for years.

US emergency aid for Venezuela arrives at Colombian border

US emergency aid for Venezuela arrives at Colombian border

An Associated Press article dated 8 February 2019 tells us that US aid for the citizens of Venezuela arrived at the Columbian border.

Trucks carrying U.S. humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela arrived Thursday at the Colombian border, where opposition leaders vowed to bring them into their troubled nation despite objections from embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

Two semi-trailers loaded with boxed emergency food and medicine rolled into the Colombian border city of Cucuta, which is just across the river from Venezuela.

“The United States is prepositioning relief items — including food, nutritional supplements, hygiene kits and medical supplies — in Colombia so they are available to reach those most in need in Venezuela, as soon as possible,” said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.

The focus of Venezuela’s political fight now hinges on whether Maduro will allow the aid to enter the country, a move anticipated in coming days.

Maduro denies a humanitarian crisis exists and says Venezuela is not a country of beggars. The Venezuelan military has barricaded a bridge between the two nations with a tanker and two cargo trailers in an apparent attempt to block the aid.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who requested the international assistance, said it is necessary in a country racked by shortages of food and medicines.

Guaido, who has the backing of some 40 countries, including the United States, is seeking to oust Maduro following a 2018 election that many have denounced as a sham. Long-time allies Russia and China and several other countries continue to support Maduro.

About a dozen human rights activists stood at the gated entrance to the Tienditas International Bridge on Colombia’s side, demanding Maduro allow the emergency aid to cross into Venezuela. They waved flags while Colombian police trucks carrying armed officers and other authorities drove by throughout the day.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

So America gives to the Venezuelan people and Maduro has his troops set the trucks on fire. The only vehicles that survive are those that stay out of Venezuela.

Could women in white sway soldiers who block aid?

Could women in white sway Venezuelan soldiers blocking aid

In a 8 February 2019 Associated Press article, we are told how the women in white might sway the soldiers.

The soldiers blocking humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela look unlikely to give any ground, but Maria Acevedo thinks she knows how to make them let the shipments through.

Acevedo, 26, wants to join together with fellow Venezuelan women and escort the food and medicine across the border from Colombia.

Her bet is that a group of hungry and suffering mothers, sisters and daughters can convince the soldiers to break with President Nicolas Maduro and let the US aid shipments pass.

Maduro, who is locked in a power struggle with opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, refuses to let the aid through. He calls it a “show” and says Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis has been manufactured by Washington to justify a “coup.”

What happens to the sea of shiny white plastic bags filled with vital supplies — and to Venezuela itself — now hinges on the military, which has so far stood by Maduro.

But Acevedo, who has three children, thinks she and her fellow Venezuelan women can change that.

She should know — she comes from a family of soldiers.

“I come from a military family, too. And my family is against this, against the army blocking humanitarian aid.

“But my family can’t do anything. Only the top brass,” Acevedo told AFP in Cucuta, on the Colombian side of the border.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

The answer is, “No.”

Internet censors hit the Venezuelan opposition

Venezuelan opposition targeted by internet censors

The Associated Press reports in a 3 February 2019 article that Maduro’s opposition has experienced targeting by Internet censors.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s calls for Venezuelans to abandon Nicolas Maduro’s government are booming across the world outside, but the self-declared interim president is having a harder time delivering his message at home.

Watchdog groups in Venezuela and abroad say Guaido’s efforts to reach citizens via the internet have been hindered by the dominant provider — state-run CANTV — in a country where critical newspapers and broadcast media already have been muzzled.

Since Jan. 23, when Guaido proclaimed himself interim president and when protests against Maduro’s rule broke out, CANTV has blocked access to social media sites at least four times, according to the monitoring groups.

Those disruptions have coincided with politically significant events, including a rally attended by thousands of people last week and a Jan. 27 night speech that Guaido livestreamed on Periscope to call for a new round of protests and urge members of the military to defect.

CANTV accounts for about 70 percent of Venezuela’s fixed internet connections and 50 percent of mobile, and Netblocks, a non-government group based in Europe that monitors internet censorship, found that the government provider blocked Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube during 12 of the 13 minutes that Guaido’s speech lasted, so the stream could only be seen without interruptions by people using privately run internet providers.

The organization runs tests from its headquarters with software that captures evidence of connection failures. It also has designed a scanner app that volunteers in affected countries can use to run tests from their own phones or computers.

(Read more at the Associated Press)

You can always count on Facebook, Google, Twitter, and tech companies to be on the side of tyranny.

Chavez-era ex-officials turn backs on Venezuela’s Maduro

A 2 February 2019 France24 article points out how the old guard Socialists in Venezuela have started to abandon Maduro.

They embraced the socialist revolution of late leader Hugo Chavez along with millions of other Venezuelans, but four former officials have now been left disillusioned by Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

These officials from the Chavez era consider Maduro “illegitimate,” but they are torn between supporting self-proclaimed president-elect Juan Guaido and looking for another way out of the political crisis.

Maduro, with the backing of the powerful military, is desperately trying to hold onto power in the face of opposition leader Guaido’s audacious challenge, supported by the United States.

Twenty years after Chavez came to power, the country is in the grip of economic and political crises, and the four “Chavistas” have turned their back on his hand-picked successor.

(Read more at France24)

Mutiny Breaks Out At Venezuela’s Central Bank

According to a 2 February 2019 blog post at Zero Hedge, Venezuela’s central bank has started to revolt.

While the world obsesses how much longer Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro can remain in power before he loses the support of the local military or the US deploys yet another “humanitarian mission” to depose him, forcing the embattled dictator to place several tons of the country’s dwindling gold on a cargo plane to a non-extradition destination as he takes one final trip abroad, the ongoing “soft coup” is also playing out within the halls of the central bank, where in addition to a lot of currency printing in recent years, Bloomberg reports that staffers are waging a small mutiny and refusing to sign-off on key bank transactions.

(Read more at Zero Hedge)

Russian mercenaries reportedly in Venezuela to protect Maduro

Russian mercenaries reportedly in Venezuela to protect Maduro

The Guardian reports in a 25 January 2019 article that Maduro does not trust Venezuelan troops enough to use them in his protection detail.

Russian private security contractors have travelled to Venezuela to provide security to the embattled president Nicolás Maduro, the Reuters news agency has reported.

Citing three sources, the news agency said that the mercenaries are linked to the Wagner group, which has carried out missions in Ukraine and Syria and is now reportedly active in countries in Africa, too.

If it is confirmed that contractors from the group traveled to Venezuela, this would be their first known deployment in the western hemisphere.

“The order came down on Monday to form a group to go to Venezuela. They are there to protect those at the highest levels of the government,” Yevgeny Shabaev, a Cossack leader with ties to military contractors, told the Guardian by telephone.

Shabaev, one of the sources cited by Reuters, is a campaigner for the rights of veterans, a group that overlaps heavily with those who join mercenary groups in Russia. He said he had been told about the trip by the relatives of the military contractors. A government spokesman did not immediately respond for comment about the report, although he had earlier told Reuters that the Kremlin had “no such information”.

(Read more at the Guardian)

Let’s see, Russian mercenaries protect Venezuelan President Maduro and Senators Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders are adamant about keeping American troops out of Venezuela. If there are Russian mercenary companies there, does anyone suppose that they have no connection to the Russian military?

Are the American socialists opposing any intervention in Venezuela because they don’t want to have both the Russian socialists and Venezuelan socialists bested?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Venezuelans stalking open seas as economy collapses

Britian’s Telegraph reports in a 30 December 2019 article that Venezuelans have started acting as pirates.

With rich Caribbean fishing grounds on their doorstep, the villagers of Cedros in Trinidad are never short of fishermen’s tales to tell.

The latest stories to do the rounds though, are not about record-breaking hauls of kingfish. Today the fishermen themselves have become the catch.

“I was out picking up my nets late one afternoon when a boatload of armed men came at me at full speed,” said Brian Austin, 54. “From about 200 metres away they started firing shots around my boat – it was terrifying. Luckily, I have a high-powered engine, so I managed to speed off, but they took my nets and all the fish in them.”

(Read more at the Telegraph)

Venezuela & Russia are setting up a nuclear bomber base on idyllic Caribbean island

According to a 26 December 2018 article in The Sun, there is a cooperation between Venezuelan and Russian forces on a certain Caribbean island.

Venezuela’s socialist president Nicolas Maduro did not object to the proposals, according to Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

The deployment will represent the one of the largest postings of the Russian military in the region since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Under Venezuelan law, military bases cannot be established by foreign nations in the country, but a temporary deployment of warplanes is possible.

Maduro and his left-wing administration has an acrimonious relationship with Washington.

(Read more at The Sun)

Oil output goes AWOL in Venezuela as soldiers run PDVSA

Reuters reports in a 26 December 2018 article that tells us how the Venezuelan military has taken over the oil industry of the country.

Last July 6, Major General Manuel Quevedo joined his wife, a Catholic priest and a gathering of oil workers in prayer in a conference room at the headquarters of Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA.

The career military officer, who for the past year has been boss at the troubled state-owned oil company, was at no ordinary mass. The gathering, rather, was a ceremony at which he and other senior oil ministry officials asked God to boost oil output.

“This place of peace and spirituality,” read a release by the Oil Ministry that was later scrubbed from its web site, “was the site of prayer by workers for the recovery of production of the industry.”

President Nicolas Maduro turned heads in November 2017 when he named a National Guard general with no oil experience to lead PDVSA [PDVSA.UL]. Quevedo’s actions since have raised even more doubts that he and the other military brass now running the company have a viable plan to rescue it from crushing debt, an exodus of workers and withering production now at its lowest in almost seven decades.

(Read more at Reuters)

Russian/Venezuelan cooperation in the Caribbean

A 14 December 2018 post at Tsarizm claims that Russia is in the process of setting up a military post on a Venezuelan island.

Russia has decided to develop a long-term military presence in the Caribbean in conjunction with the socialist nation of Venezuela, on one of its islands in the Caribbean Sea. The move seems to be a response to the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The recent flights of Russian Tu-160 long-range nuclear bombers are part of this effort.

“According to military envoys, Russian authorities have made a decision (and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro did not object) to deploy strategic aircraft to one of Venezuela’s islands in the Caribbean Sea, which has a naval base and a military airfield. Ten years ago, Russian experts and Armed Forces commanders had already visited the island of La Orchila, located 200 kilometers northeast of Caracas. Venezuelan laws prohibit the setup of military bases in the country, but a temporary deployment of warplanes is possible,” reported Russian state news agency TASS.

(Read more at Tsarizm)

German Media Suggests Venezuela Might Become Russia’s ‘New Cuba in US Backyard’

A 15 December 2018 post at Sputnik News points out that Venezuela has lined up to become Russia’s “new Cuba.”

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine has alleged that the disturbance in US government circles, which was incited by the visit of Russian Tu-160s to Venezuela, is caused by the fact that while the US grip on the region weakens, especially on Venezuela itself, Russia is continuing to cement its positions in the Latin American country. The newspaper even suggested that Venezuela might become a “new Cuba in the US backyard” for Russia.

(Read more at Sputnik News)

Fleeing Venezuela, migrants flood Colombia amid region’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades

USA Today reports in a 19 November 2018 article how Venezuelans flooded the Columbian border rather than starve.

Lis Torrealba, a teenage mother from Venezuela, is perched on the edge of a milling street in downtown Medellin, Colombia, the same way she came to the country: alone, with her one-year-old daughter swaddled in the crook of her arm.

Once a student, Torrealba fled across the Venezuelan border three months ago with no prospects of a visa, a job or a future in Colombia.

“The money in our country, I couldn’t even buy candy if I wanted to,” she said. “I can’t buy anything, if there’s something you need. You would need a stack of money to even pay for a tomato. You would need a big stack of money.”

Now, Torrealba is among more than 1 million Venezuelans who crossed into Colombia fleeing widespread food and medicine shortages, rampant hyperinflation and violence by the regime of President Nicolás Maduro.

United Nations refugee officials said last week that the number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants who have fled their South American homeland has topped 3 million people. More than 1 million are in Colombia and almost 500,000 are in Peru, while the rest are in Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Venezuela is home to about 32 million people.

(Read more at USA Today)

Venezuelan firefighters jailed for mocking Maduro

Reuters reports in a 26 September 2018 article how Venezuelan firefighters have been jailed for mocking Maduro.

Two Venezuelan firefighters were detained by military officers this week as suspects behind the making of a viral video that mocked unpopular President Nicolas Maduro by likening him to a donkey touring a fire station, two rights groups said on Friday.

Government critics, who say former bus driver and union leader Maduro is to blame for oil-rich Venezuela’s brutal five-year recession, have long nicknamed him “Maburro,” a play on the Spanish word for donkey, “burro.”

The video showed a man using a rope to lead a donkey through a fire station in the Andean state of Merida. A narrator feigns guiding the president on an official visit in a style that seemed to make fun of fawning coverage on state television.

“Good evening comrades, as you can see we are receiving the visit of President Maduro. He is doing an inspection,” the man filming says in the video, as the donkey slowly walks through a dimly lit, spartan fire station.

As the donkey chews on a verdant patch overlooking a valley, the narrator says, “He is checking whether the grass is in a good state or not.”

(Read more at Reuters)