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  1. It looks like the White House Press Corps is once again going to trigger their Damage Control - Biden Statement mode (DC-BS)... CNN: Fact check: Biden falsely claims US has 'fastest-growing economy in the world' Of course the really interesting part for me is when the previous president made a questionable remark of this kind social media, even this one lit up with the mantra "Trump Lies!", which all the more notable given the many times Biden has displayed his own "verbal gaffs", "heart felt and passionate" and just outright false statements which Democrats, many in the media and leftist pundits usually find themselves trying to defend. The US economy grew by 5.7% in 2021, but more than 50 other countries had faster growth that year, figures published by the International Monetary Fund show; many of them are small or developing countries, but some of them are large or wealthy. In addition, the US economy shrank in the first quarter of 2022, while various other countries experienced growth. And while economic experts expect the US economy to resume growing over the rest of this year, a significant number of other countries are expected to grow faster. Asked for comment on Friday, a White House official did not attempt to specifically defend Biden's claim that the US has the fastest-growing economy in the world. Instead, the official pointed out that the 5.7% growth in the United States' real gross domestic product in 2021 was the fastest for the country since 1984. ** {**And who was the president in 1984? }
  2. On September 8, 2021 president Biden had this to say when he delivered his remarks on labor unions with Secretary of Labor Marty Wallsh... "We never thought about it the people who keep this country up and running before. I really mean this sincerely, it's not a political - it's a reality and I think people went 'whoa', and instead of which is a good thing banging pots and pans when people came back from rescuing other folks, I think they began to realize - you know, this is part of the deal. To use my dad's expression, and I mean this sincerely - and some of a few of you knew my dad - he said everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and that's what the labor union is all about, dignity, provides dignity for people who deserve to be treated differently. I want to than Jocelyn and I want to thank president Shuler. madam president, I know you didn't expect to be in this role, this moment but as I told you before, I believe the future of American labor has in very good hands, I really mean it thank you. I want to welcome everyone to the White House, I really mean that. This is your house, it's not hyperbole it's a fact, this is your house I wouldn't be here without you that again is not hyperbole. In my White House, you'll always be welcome, always be welcome. Labor will always be welcome. You know you've heard me say many times, I intend to be the most pro-union president - leading the most pro-union administration in American history"... https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/09/08/remarks-by-president-biden-in-honor-of-labor-unions/ In April of this year president Biden delivered a "Pro-Labor Message At Union Conference: ‘Amazon, Here We Come’", the "most pro-union president in American history" was celebrating along with the North American Building Trades Union a moment when organized labor declared victory with stores voting to go union. Well, the "most pro-union president in American history", just directed Congress to end the Rail Road -vs- Union contest to avoid a strike that would have been catastrophic to the American economy... and they did ~ NBC: Senate votes to avert rail strike, sends the legislation to Biden for his signature The Senate passed legislation Thursday to avoid an economically catastrophic rail strike one day after the House approved the measure. It now goes to President Joe Biden, who said he "will sign the bill into law." He had pleaded with Congress to act swiftly, warning of major harm to supply chains that could disrupt supplies of clean drinking water and gasoline in an already fragile economy. “Working together, we have spared this country a Christmas catastrophe in our grocery stores, in our workplaces, and in our communities,” Biden said in a statement after the Senate vote. “I know that many in Congress shared my reluctance to override the union ratification procedures. But in this case, the consequences of a shutdown were just too great for working families all across the country.” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/senate-reaches-deal-vote-avert-rail-strike Granted president Biden found himself in the unenviable position of being between "the rock and the hard place"... A self pledged "most pro-union president in American history", having to hamstring railroad unions holding out for more paid sick leave to avoid economic hardship during the holidays... but it is what it is, the self proclaimed "most pro-union president and administration in American history" busting union efforts for more paid sick days to avoid... well let's be honest, to avoid more negative public opinion with the president's handling of matters that directly effect the pocket books of the American households. NBC: The 'pro-union' president risks the support of a key constituency to avert a rail strike Biden faces a backlash from a core of rail workers and allied groups, as some of them see his push for a measure to avoid a strike as a betrayal in the bill he pushed to avert a rail strike. “If Joe Biden wants to be the most pro-labor president, or wants to deem himself a labor supporter, he’s got to stand with labor through thick and thin, when it’s complicated and when it’s not,” said Tony Cardwell, president of the BMWED, one of the four unions that voted against the deal with the rail companies (eight others voted for the contract). “We’re asking for something that most Americans have.” nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/-union-president-risks-support-key-constituency-avert-rail-strike
  3. Seems to me president Biden's new immigration policies are "working as expected" if not totally "working as intended"... U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Yuma, Arizona sector Yuma Sector BP Agents Arrest Group of Iranians Release Date: February 3, 2021 YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a group of 11 Iranian citizens who illegally crossed the border into the United States Monday evening. At approximately 6 p.m., BP agents encountered the group near San Luis, Arizona, on a bridge near County 21st Street and the Salinity Canal. Agents determined the group had illegally crossed the international border into the U.S. The group was arrested and taken to Yuma Station for processing. The five females and six males are were all from Iran, a Special Interest Country. Yuma Sector agents regularly encounter people from all over the world, including Special Interest Countries. Agents adjudicate each arrest in accordance with law and policy in order to secure our nation’s borders. For the last two fiscal years, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents have led the nation in apprehending illegal crossers from Iran. Yuma Sector agents apprehended eight Iranian nationals in FY2020, compared to just 14 from all other border patrol sectors combined. So far in FY2021, Yuma Sector agents have apprehend 14 nationals from Iran. The primary mission of the Border Patrol is to prevent nefarious people and devices from entering the United States. Iran is a designated Special Interest Country and the agents of Yuma Sector work diligently to protect our borders for the safety of our nation. Border security is national security. cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/yuma-sector-bp-agents-arrest-group-iranians
  4. Statement from White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the Shooting in Charlottesville, Virginia "The President and First Lady are mourning with the University of Virginia community after yet another deadly shooting in America has taken the lives of three young people. Our deepest condolences are with the countless families, friends, and neighbors grieving for those killed as well as those injured in this senseless shooting. ... Too many families across America are bearing the awful burden of gun violence. Earlier this year, President Biden signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly three decades, in addition to taking other historic actions. But we must do more. We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of war off America’s streets. House Democrats acted, and the Senate should follow. ... https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/11/14/statement-from-white-house-press-secretary-karine-jean-pierre-on-the-shooting-in-charlottesville-virginia/ WSLS-TV - Roanoke, Virginia: All three victims in deadly UVA shooting now identified WSLS-TV - Suspect caught in fatal shooting of 3 U.Va. football players The suspect, 22-year-old Chris Jones, is now in custody in connection with a shooting on UVA grounds that left 3 dead and 2 injured, according to the Henrico County Police Division. Authorities say he was taken into custody without incident in the 5700 block of Edgelawn Street in Henrico County. Jones was taken into custody without incident in suburban Richmond, police said. The arrest warrants for Jones charged him with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, {university Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr} said. https://www.wsls.com/news/2022/11/14/3-dead-in-university-of-virginia-shooting-suspect-sought/ Mass shooting at the University of Virginia... At least 5 people were shot, three fatally... The shooter is apprehended and faces three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony... President Biden uses the tragic shooting at UVA - using a handgun - to call for a ban on assault weapons...
  5. While Biden and his supporters are doing there victory laps for the targeted drone strike against al-Zawahiri, the Taliban leader responsible for orchestrating many deadly attacks on American and allied military personnel as well as civilians and the training and arming of terrorists, let's revisit Joe Biden's condemnation of then President Donald Trump's targeted drone strike against Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani who himself was also responsible for orchestrating many deadly attacks on American and allied military personnel as well as civilians and the training and arming of terrorists... So Biden condemns Trump for imposing a travel ban on people from Asia as the global Coronavirus pandemic is spreading across the world and Biden and the Democrats call Trump a xenophobe and racist - then Biden imposes his own travel ban on people from Africa as the Omicron variant is spreading across the globe and we're just supposed to ignore the hypocrisy? When president Trump sends a drone strike into Iraq, a foreign country to kill Soleimani a known terrorist and attack organizer, Joe Biden condemns that action as "having absolutely no benefit", saying Trump's strike on Soleimani could "start a war"... Of course Biden made these comments back in 2019 right before he became president and ordered a retaliatory attack on Iranian-backed Iraqi militia fighters in Syria, in in a response to a militia rocket attack on American troops in Iraqi Kurdistan earlier that month.... Then Biden orders an drone strike in Afghanistan to kill al-Zawahiri, a known terrorist and attack organizer and Biden and his supporters are trying to do a victory dance for the same kind of military action Biden and his supporters attempted to condemn Trump for just a few years previously... ABC: Drone strike on al-Qaeda leader renews hostility between US, Taliban https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/drone-strike-al-qaeda-leader-renews-hostility-us/story
  6. NY Times: Biden Has ‘Only Bad Options’ for Bringing Down Oil Prices When President Biden meets Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, he will be following in the footsteps of presidents like Jimmy Carter, who flew to Tehran in 1977 to exchange toasts with the shah of Iran on New Year’s Eve. Like the prince, the shah was an unelected monarch with a tarnished human rights record. But Mr. Carter was obliged to celebrate with him for a cause that was of great concern to people back home: cheaper gasoline and secure oil supplies. >>> During the 2020 campaign, Mr. Biden pledged to turn Saudi Arabia into a “pariah” for the assassination of a prominent dissident, Jamal Khashoggi. But officials said last week that he planned to visit the kingdom this summer. It was just the latest sign that oil has again regained its centrality in geopolitics. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/05/business/biden-oil-saudi-arabia.html By now I think just about everyone has noticed a bit of a bump not just in their vehicle fuel prices but in their home energy bills as well, if not stand by it's probably coming and annalists are warning that food, gas and energy prices are likely to go even higher at least through the Summer months...
  7. On September 8, 1950 at the start of the Korean War, Congress passed the Defense Production Act, it was part of a broad civil defense and war mobilization legislation effort to aid the nation in the event of war or national emergency effecting the national security of the United States. The DPA establishes a large defense mobilization infrastructure and bureaucracy override to aid in the strictly regulated production and distribution of natural resources going to manufacturing industries and prioritizes them for industrial wartime/disaster production of equipment and supplies need for national defense. The Act contains three major sections. The first authorizes the president to require businesses to accept and prioritize contracts for materials deemed necessary for national defense, regardless of a loss incurred on business. The law also allows the president to designate materials to be prohibited from hoarding or price gouging. The second section authorizes the president to establish mechanisms (such as regulations, orders or agencies) to allocate materials, services and facilities to promote national defense. The third section authorizes the president to control the civilian economy so that scarce and critical materials necessary to the national defense effort are available for defense needs. The Defense Production Act has been reauthorized by American presidents over 50 times since it's inception in 1950. Since taking office In January, 2021, President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act on his second day in office to increase production of supplies related to the pandemic, such as protective equipment. On March 2, President Biden invoked the DPA again to supply equipment to Merck facilities needed to safely manufacture Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Then In September 2021, President Biden invoked the Defense Production Act again to supplement the supply of fire-hose, which is needed because of the unusually high occurrence of dangerous wild-fires and most recently on May 18, 2022, President Biden invoked the Act in response to the 2022 United States infant formula shortage, requiring manufacturers to prioritize fulfilling orders of formula ingredients to key suppliers before fulfilling other orders. USA Today: (June 6, 2022) Biden is using the Defense Production Act to make more solar panels, other clean-energy technology President Joe Biden is using the Defense Production Act to spur the production of solar panels and other clean energy technologies. Unless the U.S. expands manufacturing, the nation will have to rely on imports for the climate-change fighting technology, the administration said in announcing the decision Monday. That would leave the U.S. vulnerable to supply chain problems and unable to benefit from jobs connected to the growing industry. “For too long the nation’s clean energy supply chain has been over-reliant on foreign sources and adversarial nations," Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement. The administration also announced it won't impose tariffs for two years on panels from Southeast Asia while the Commerce Department reviews whether the imports violate trade rules. An "acute shortage" of panels is causing solar projects across the county to be postponed or canceled, the administration said in declaring that emergency conditions require any new tariffs be paused while the U.S. increases its domestic supply. Jean Su, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Energy Justice program, said she hopes the use of the Defense Production Act "is a turning point for the president, who must use all his executive powers to confront the climate emergency head on." The Defense Production Act is a wartime authority that allows the president to direct industry to produce critical equipment. Biden used it last month to address the shortage of baby formula. In addition to boosting the production of solar panels, the Energy Department can now use the act to accelerate the manufacturing of heat pumps, electric grid components, insulation, and fuel cells. usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/06/06/biden-defense-production-act-solar-panels
  8. AP news: Biden says decision on gas tax holiday may come this week President Joe Biden said Monday that he’s considering a federal holiday on the gasoline tax, possibly saving U.S. consumers as much as 18.4 cents a gallon. “Yes, I’m considering it,” Biden told reporters after taking a walk along the beach near his vacation home in Delaware. “I hope to have a decision based on the data — I’m looking for by the end of the week.” https://apnews.com/article/biden-holidays-government-and-politics The Biden administration has released oil from the U.S. strategic reserve - and it didn't bring down gas prices, Biden approved increased ethanol blending for the summer - and it didn't bring down gas prices, Biden sent a letter to oil refiners urging them to increase their refining capacity - and it didn't bring down gas prices, Biden has accused oil companies of "price gouging" and that didn't bring down gas prices, A Biden spokesperson declared "We are at a time of war" against the oil industry - and that didn't bring down gas prices... I wish Biden better luck securing consumers an 18¢ federal tax break as national average gasoline cost has been on a steady rise and is about $2.00 over what it cost a couple of years ago and diesel is even higher... 18¢ is better than nothing which is what the Biden administration was able to provide consumers so far, but it's still not even close to the sharp rise in cost we've all seen in just the past few months.
  9. Early in his administration former president Trump expanded the exploration and drilling for oil and gas production on federal grounds. During that time the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved the sale of 1,400 leases out of 3,000 applications, primarily in New Mexico and Wyoming during the latter months of Trump’s presidency... Early in the next administration president Joe Biden took measures to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, halt the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline and indefinitely revoke exploration and drilling for oil and gas on federal lands which forced companies to lay off thousands of workers and negatively impacted several towns, cities and states where preparations for exploration and drilling had already begun. The Biden administration cited the "social cost of carbon" in his Executive actions. Later a federal court pronounced Biden's multiple attempts to cancel oil and gas lease permits on federal owned public lands improper, stating Biden had "exceeded his presidential authority", but by then the damage had already been done and America's previously established "energy independence" had disappeared and the economic impact of Biden's revocation of the leases on federal lands, remains. Today it was announced Biden will be increasing rates for royalties companies pay the government for extracting oil and gas from federal lands, but it will allow current contracts and new contracts for exploration and drilling on federal lands to proceed in keeping with the federal court's rulings. Causing some groups to express their ire at Biden's broken pledge to end new oil and gas leasing on federal grounds and reduce greenhouse emissions responsible for climate change. "WASHINGTON— The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it will resume oil and gas leasing on public lands, violating President Biden’s campaign promise to end new oil and gas leasing and locking in new extraction that thwarts his pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
  10. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened an investigation into the allegations of war crimes and crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine after receiving nearly 40 referrals from other countries, but so far no official determination has been reached or announced by that body... For weeks Biden and his administration have seemed cautious about referring to Putin as a "war criminal" despite reports of Russia military strikes against civilian schools, hospitals, ngo businesses as well as residential buildings, kidnappings and holding civilians "hostage" in some areas, but all of that came to an end on March the 16th. When initially asked by an unidentified reporter if Biden thought Putin was a war criminal he answered "no" and turned away. He came back however and asked the reporter to repeat her question, this time responding "{I think} he is a war criminal" before he once again turned and departed. It may be that an International Court will eventually charge Russian president Putin with war crimes, but as yet he has not been charged, has not been tried and certainly has not been convicted... this isn't in any way an attempt to defend Putin or Russia, but rather a recognition of the difference between fact and opinion, true justice -vs- the prejudicial corruption of true justice. Of course this caused the White House had to do some quick damage control with Jan Paski later explaining to the press corps at a press briefing: "{president} Biden was "speaking from the heart" when he made the remarks, adding that there is a "legal process" for determining war crimes". How different a change in political administrations in the White House appears to be... President Biden can make a personal comment "from the heart", without any legal or official precedence and it appears to have been written off by government officials and the media as just one of those things and no big deal. However when Biden's predecessor made a comment of a similar nature, speaking rhetorically, unofficially or even jokingly when he was in office, social media, many news media outlets and even some Washington politicians appear to explode with indignation as to the comment, For weeks slamming the former president for his comments, even when they had to alter and edit a video or present those comments completely out of context to make their point. Still the most notable one for me is former president Trump's comments when he said there were some "very fine people on both sides of the Charlottesville protest" and the TDS afflicted from Washington, on social media and even mainstream media misrepresented those comments falsely claiming the president was referring to the neo-nazis as very fine people. We still see vestiges of that even today as that completely false narrative is repeated by those who's overriding hatred of Trump - trumps, (pardon the pun) any considerations of honesty and fact based commentary.
  11. There have been some muddle headed rumors out there about the federal government wanting to implant chips in people to track them, then there are those who have claimed the government can track people by using the tiny metallic strip in our currency then there's the one about the government using cell phones to track people in America... Wait a minute, that last one not only appears to be true but according to the Biden administration their intent. At a daily White House briefing, Biden's Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters: “We need to take steps to ensure that we know where individuals are and we can track and we can check in with them. The alternatives to detention programs… has three unique forms of technology to monitor participants enrolled in the program,” Psaki said. “Telephonic, which is one of them, uses a participant’s voice to create a biometric voice print during the enrollment process. And when the participant has a check-in call, their voice is compared to the voice print." When asked at that same press briefing if everyone in will be getting free government supplied cell phones and monthly cell phone plans, or just people that walk into the country illegally?" Psaki replied "Well, Peter, as when we talked about this the other day, what I noted to you is that we have a range of means of tracking individuals who irregularly migrate to the country in order to ensure that they are meeting their notice to appear obligations and that they are appearing in court when they should appear in court, phones is one of them." So here we are, American taxpayers paying for thousands, more likely hundreds of thousands or even millions of cell phones for people "irregularly" (according to Psaki) entering the United States at a time when many are finding it difficult to fill up their car's gas tanks and buy groceries... Is it just me or does anyone else have a problem with this? It is thought that with the spring weather and the lifting of the Title 42 border restrictions an estimated the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol will be encountering an estimated 18,000 individuals a day along the Southern border. The number I've heard is that the U.S. can expect more than 3 million encounters along the Southern border by years end. Three million people coming across just at the Southern border and each one getting a government provided, tax payer funded cell phone with a monthly cell phone plan, along with all of the standard; medical care if needed, transportation, housing, food, etc. and that's going to be a pretty hefty chunk of money... our money that the government could be using to reduce soaring gas and energy prices, grocery prices. Money that could be used to provide better health care for people in the country legally or improve the quality of life for so many by updating and upgrading our nation's infrastructure... (Remember Biden's promise to "Build Back Better"?) In President Biden’s newly released presidential budget proposal, Biden calls for a 5.4% increase for DHS to deal with legal and illegal migration issues. According to a preliminary reading of the proposed budget a good portion of that funding seems to be going to personnel and training to allow more people (not just immigration judges) to "process asylum claims more *efficiently" (*insert "easily" or "quickly" here) according to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. So... More people than ever are expected to transit the Southern US border than previous years and last year saw one of the largest influx of 'migrants' and asylum seekers*. In order to better deal with the estimated increase of legal and illegal border crossers DHS and the Biden administration proposes to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to more "efficiently" process those individuals. After being processes individuals not immediately deported will no doubt once again be flown or bussed at taxpayer expense, all over the United States (in the dark of night) and dropped off without notice or notification to local governments. Oh, and for good measure these individuals will also be given a new government provided - taxpayer funded - cell phone, not to mention the monthly calling plan. {*In 2021 CBP encountered more than 2 million unauthorized migrants coming across the Mexican border in the calendar year. Those were just the number of people who were apprehended or turned themselves in – that doesn't count the illegal border crossers who were not stopped or detected.} And that's not even addressing the very real possibility that some of those who are given cell phones - that the government has already admitted will be used to "track them" - might decide to sell them to someone on the street, trade them for something like a pack of cigarettes or just toss those government provided - taxpayer funded cell phones in the nearest dumpster... I mean after all what's the government going to do - deport them?
  12. Since before Vladimir Putin's forces invaded Ukraine president Biden has insisted U.S. troops would not take part in the military conflict in that nation. Just another of the president's verbal gaffs or an accidental disclosure of military secrets president Biden told U.S. Troops in Poland: "You’re going to see when you’re there – some of you have been there – you’re going to see women, young people, standing in the middle, in front of a damn tank, saying, ‘I’m not leaving.'" whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2022/03/25/remarks-by-president-biden-during-visit-with-service-members-of-the-82nd-airborne-division/ Whatever the reason, the White House press corps is once again in 'damage control' mode attempting to explain away president Biden's public words... Press corps from the U.S. and internationally have reached out to the Pentagon and the White House for clarification on Biden's Ukraine remarks to American troops in Poland and are being told by White House press officials: “The President has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position”. Of course it seems to me the president was also pretty clear the American troops he was speaking with would see for themselves what's going on in Ukraine 'when they get there'. Something to think about though is now that the president's made that statement - gaff, disclosure, whatever - Russia now has a perfect opportunity to claim that despite the Biden administration's insistence they will not be sending American troops to the Ukraine, it now appears the U.S. does have plans to put U.S. boots on the ground... Biden even said so. A perfect excuse for Russia to escalate military operations in the region or even threaten a preemptive nuclear strike against the U.S. or our allies (let's just hope it'll only be a threat) because the American president disclosed our troops will be entering Ukraine.
  13. CNBC: POLITICS - President Joe Biden to propose new 20% minimum billionaire tax Everyone should already know individuals and households we define as "rich", 1%ers, or wealthy, are already taxed at a much higher rate than any other income level. Those making in excess of $500,000 individually or 600,000 jointly being charged with a 37% income tax rate as clearly shown in the 2021 tax table above. But according to policy enacted by Congress, there are different definitions of "income" that have different tax rates applied to them. Like I've said on multiple occasions previously, I never believed the problem is with the tax rates but instead with all of the "loopholes" those who proposed and enacted tax policy - specifically Congress, has in the past intentionally included or unintentionally allowed in their tax legislation. I've also previous posted my belief that "income is income" whether it be direct income from the rich's capital gains, property value or unrealized income, a blue collar worker's paycheck, or the social assistance income to the lower tax tier population... all income should be taxed without exception. Biden's proposed 20 percent minimum billionaire tax is specifically targets the top tear earners and households worth more than $100 million and that's not new thinking, but from what I understand so far is Biden's proposed "billionaire tax" makes no differentiation between realized and unrealized income, one of the loopholes the very rich have been using to get out of paying their "fair share" for decades. Also as everyone should know by now, it is Congress not the president who proposes and adopts tax policy so as to the topic of tax loopholes which Congress either intentionally or unintentionally provide for in their their tax policy legislation, I guess we'll have to wait to see what - if anything we wind up with and how that will impact taxpayers making less than $100 million. I've been said on multiple occasion that my problems with those in office are primarily with their polices and proposals, not with them politically or personally and I still maintain that. So yeah, what little I currently know about president Biden's proposed "billionaire tax" proposal sounds good to me, but I will wait to see how things change and what Congress does with it before I offer my full approval.
  14. New York Times: Biden Urges Americans to Blame Rising Prices on Putin. Many Do, for Now WASHINGTON — The price of gasoline has risen every day since Russia invaded Ukraine. Record-high inflation in the United States is causing sticker shock. And now, President Biden is blaming the pinch on Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president. “There will be costs at home as we impose crippling sanctions in response to Putin’s unprovoked war,” Mr. Biden said in a statement on Thursday. With the midterm elections eight months away, the urgent political question for Mr. Biden is whether the American people are prepared to go along with blaming the Russians, and not him, for rising costs. Experts have said that prices have risen over the past year primarily because strong demand, stoked in part by government relief spending, outstripped pandemic-disrupted supply. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is just beginning to compound the problem. Even the left leaning New York Times admits, Inflation and Rising Prices has been a hallmark of the Biden presidency since even before Russia invaded Ukraine, Russia's military incursion into a neighboring sovereign nation has only "compounded the problem"... but it has existed almost since Joe Biden's first days in office when he immediately took steps to limit domestic oil and gas production. What causes price inflation? Well certainly an increase in demand, but couple that with a reduction of availability and prices will tend to go higher. From very early on America had a supply crisis due to the pandemic, restrictive government regulation, worker shortages and transportation issues - like fuel costs... This was also the time when Biden's Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg thought it would be a good idea to take a three month hiatus for "paternity leave"... instead of making an effort to try to address the supply crisis, transportation problems, dock worker shortage, and rising fuel costs. Yeah, I'll blame Putin and Russia for exacerbating the existing problem of inflation, but sorry uncle Joe... I'm not blaming Putin or Russia for causing those problems. That's all you, a host of state and federal restrictive pandemic regulations and inaccurate and incomplete information from those same government sources regarding the pandemic itself.
  15. CNN: Biden moves ahead with sanctions on company behind Nord Stream pipeline Washington -- President Joe Biden said Wednesday he was moving ahead with sanctions on the company in charge of building Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline after blocking such measures last year using a national security waiver. That's right, after revoking the lease permits which would allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be constructed and waiving restrictions that stopped the Nord Stream pipeline from Russia to Germany, president Biden has (pardon the pun) 'flipped his flop' at least so far as the Russian pipeline is concerned... The Keystone XL pipeline is still shut down as Biden (unsuccessfully) begs OPEC and other oil producing nations to increase their output to try to alleviate the fuel shortage and rising prices here in the United States. Notice the president hasn't begged U.S. producers to increase their production which would produce more domestic jobs and strengthen local economies, or taken any steps to regain the 'energy independence' our nation had during the previous presidential administration. How embarrassing, sad and pathetic...
  16. Associated Press: Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job. At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. The court’s orders Thursday during a spike in coronavirus cases was a mixed bag for the administration’s efforts to boost the vaccination rate among Americans. The court's conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the vaccine-or-test rule on U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people would have been affected.
  17. Just a few things I thought wrong with Biden's speech in Atlanta... Dr. King wanted EQUAL treatment and consideration for people of all races... Biden etal' have been asking for, and trying to get special and definitely not equal treatment and consideration for people of color. In regards to George Wallace: It’s worth noting that the only person in modern American politics to have repeatedly praised Wallace and other segregationists is Joe Biden. It was Biden who bragged that in 1973 Wallace considered him “one of the outstanding young politicians of America.” It was Biden who wrote in 1975 that the “Democratic Party could stand a liberal George Wallace.” It was Biden who in 1981 told a black witness in the Senate that “sometimes even George Wallace is right.” It was Biden who, while campaigning for the presidency in Alabama in 1987, claimed that he’d been the recipient of an award from Wallace in 1973 (it probably wasn’t true; but what a thing to brag about!), and then boasted that Delaware was “on the South’s side in the Civil War.” John Lewis: was a Democrat statesman and civil rights activist who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020... Theophilus Eugene "Bull" Connor was a Democrat politician who served as Commissioner of Public Safety for the city of Birmingham, Alabama, for more than two decades, he strongly opposed the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s I did mention Bull Connor was also a Democrat didn't I? Last but not least... Abraham Lincoln was a Republican - Jefferson Davis was a Democrat ... Biden: “Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?”
  18. NPR: October 31, 2021 Biden says he worries that cutting oil production too fast will hurt working people After three days of meeting with world leaders in Rome, where he attended the G-20 summit, Biden said he is worried that surging energy costs are hurting working class families. "On the surface it seems like an irony," Biden said of simultaneously calling on major oil producers to pump more as he heads to the COP26 climate change summit. "But the truth of the matter is ... everyone knows that idea that we're going to be able to move to renewable energy overnight ... it's just not rational," he said. Biden said the idea that Russia, Saudi Arabia and other producers are holding back to boost prices "is not right." With gas prices averaging $3.40 a gallon in the US, according to AAA, Biden said families are feeling it. "It has profound impact on working class families just to get back and forth to work," Biden said. He talked about the issue with other major oil-consuming countries at the G-20, but told reporters he was reluctant to reveal any of their plans to spur producers to pump more. npr.org/2021/10/31/biden-says-he-worries-that-cutting-oil-production-too-fast-will-hurt-working-people Biden says "it's not right" oil producing nations like Saudi Arabia and Russia aren't boosting production so we can buy oil from them?!?! What happened to our "energy independence" the press was talking about the last few years... what changed? Oh yeah ~ Now president Biden is expressing concern about high gasoline and high heating oil and gas prices and the effect those prices are having on the poor and working people. Where was all of Biden's concern about the poor and working class people when president Biden revoked the Keystone XL pipeline permit which coincidently put thousands of Americans out of work and ended the possible employment of thousands more? Where was Biden's concern about American workers and his overwhelming concern for the environment when he waived sanctions on the Russian NS2 AG and Matthias Warnig pipeline in Europe?
  19. CNBC: OCT 6 2021 Americans are paying the most for gas in seven years The national average for a gallon of gas is at the highest since 2014. In some places Americans are paying more than $5 per gallon of gas. Gas prices are more than $1 higher than this time last year amid a jump in oil prices. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/06/americans-are-paying-the-most-for-gas-in-seven-years.html FOX: October 6, 2021 US considering releasing emergency oil reserves to lower gas prices, Granholm says US gas prices surged to $3.21 per gallon this week, marking the highest cost in seven years. The Biden administration is mulling a release of emergency oil reserves as one of several options to ease a global energy crisis that has resulted in surging prices for consumers, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Wednesday. https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/us-emergency-oil-reserves-lower-gas-prices-granholm
  20. Don

    Kids In Cages

    As the video correctly states for years Democrats, progressives and the left wing media attempted to hammer former president Trump and his administration for keeping "Kids in Cages", all the while neglecting or avoiding mention that those cages were initially constructed and first used by former president Obama and his administration... Of course back in 2014 when Democrat Barack Obama was in office most of the media, including the Los Angeles Times attempted to portray the Kids in Cages as merely: additional "resources to increase our capacity to detain individuals and adults with children" to handle an unprecedented surge in foreign nationals coming across the Southern border. Then when Republican Donald Trump was president and the unprecedented surge of foreign nationals coming across the Southern border wound up being an exponentially greater problem, those additional resources constructed and used during the Obama years suddenly became Kids in Cages. Fodder for the liberal press and anti-Trumpers for months. Now with another Democrat, Joe Biden in the White House we're back to more benign terms like 'temporary detention facilities', even though the physical structures and ultimate use for these structures have remained the same from 2014 to present day. Facts are facts, even though the facilities were constructed and first used by Obama and his administration Obama and his people were largely given a pass on the condemnation because of the then overwhelming influx of foreign nationals along the Southern border... it was a distasteful but necessary thing to do for the protection of not only our nation and citizens, but the undocumented detainees as well. However when the Trump administration faced an even greater strain of foreign nationals swarming across the Southern border, the use of those already constructed detention facilities became Kids in Cages and the condemnation aimed at former president Trump, Republicans advocates opposing illegal immigration was profound and oft repeated through media outlets. Now when even more foreign nationals are being placed in those same cages... detention centers his predecessor used the negative press and response from the left toward president Biden and his administration is nothing like it was when former president Trump used those facilities and dissenting voices like the drama queen performance AOC and others displayed when Trump was in office has been and remains - noticeably absent.
  21. Hours after taking office president Joe Biden issued an Executive Order to shut down the construction of the Keystone pipeline that would have brought Canadian petroleum to Pennsylvania and the Gulf Coast. It would seem upon completion of the Keystone XL line the effects of something like the Colonial pipeline hack would have been mitigated since there would have been another pipeline feeding refineries in Texas and and Louisiana... Wednesday it was announced the president Biden administration would waive sanctions against Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany which some fear will strengthen Russia’s grip on the European energy market and weaken U.S. partner Ukraine, which also hosts a gas-transit network and is trying to compete against Russian dominance. NBC: Biden under fire from Congress for waiving sanctions on Russian gas pipeline company Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, denounced the decision in a scathing statement. "I am opposed to the decision by the Biden administration to waive sanctions on NS2 AG and Matthias Warnig. I urge the administration to rip off the Band-Aid, lift these waivers and move forward with the congressionally mandated sanctions," Menendez said. "The administration has said that the pipeline is a bad idea and that it is a Russian malign influence project. I share that sentiment, but fail to see how today's decision will advance U.S. efforts to counter Russian aggression in Europe," he said. Menendez asked, "What does the administration now expect from Germany after having made this significant concession to exercise the waiver?" He said the decision "has created uncertainty in many corners of Europe and I expect to hear very soon from the administration on its plans moving forward." Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., expressed "disappointment." "Completion of this pipeline poses a threat to U.S. security interests and the stability of our partners in the region. The administration should uphold its commitment to Congress. Every option available to prevent its completion should be utilized," Shaheen said in a statement. nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/biden-comes-under-fire-congress-after-waiving-sanctions-russian-gas “The Biden Administration has been clear that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a Russian geopolitical project that threatens European energy security and that of Ukraine and eastern flank NATO Allies and partners,” the spokesperson said. “We continue to examine entities involved in potentially sanctionable activity and have made it clear that companies risk sanctions if they are involved in Nord Stream 2.” Sanctions against firms building or financing the pipeline, which would deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany, has bipartisan support in Congress. But the Biden administration is keen to maintain a good relationship with the German government, which has supported the project.
  22. CNBC: (MAY 12 2021) Social Security’s cost-of-living adjustment could be higher next year. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the money will go further Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for 2022 could be higher based on rising consumer prices Next year’s Social Security cost-of-living adjustment could be 4.7%, according to a preliminary estimate. The possible boost is based on calculations from Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Just how much any increase will benefit retirees will depend a lot on inflation. cnbc.com/2021/05/12/social-securitys-cost-of-living-adjustment-could-be-bigger-next-year.html foxbusiness.com/money/social-security-cost-of-living-adjustment-inflation-surge
  23. What would happen if any politician were to say; "We are going to make it a priority to give financial relief to white owned businesses, or businesses owned by men so they will have equal access to resources."? Congratulations president elect Biden, you haven't even been sworn in yet and you've already made Covid Relief legislation a racially charged, sexist issue.
  24. Market Watch: The numbers: The U.S. created just 266,000 new jobs in April on a seasonally adjusted basis even as the economy gained strength, suggesting companies might be struggling to fill open jobs even with millions of people still unemployed. The increase in new jobs fell well short of Wall Street’s forecast. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal had estimated 1 million new jobs. “The April jobs report was a huge disappointment,” said senior chief economist Gus Faucher of PNC Financial Services. marketwatch.com/u-s-gains-disappointing-266-000-jobs-in-april For some reason people aren't returning to work... Theories abound as to why, even without everything being open there are an estimated 1.5 qualifies workers for available open jobs, yet jobs remain unfilled. Some talking heads claim it is a remnant fear of Covid that's keeping people at home unwilling to return to work and some claim people out of work are being paid, and paid well - more than they earned at their jobs, so why would they want to return to work unless they just had to? Responding to the abysmal labor market report president Biden at a press conference announced he has a plan. Spend more taxpayer money and provide workers refusing to return to their jobs even less reason to return to work. NBC: Biden seizes on disappointing job numbers to make the case for his $4 trillion in spending plans President Joe Biden argued that Friday's disappointing employment numbers are evidence Congress should pass his $4 trillion infrastructure and jobs package to jumpstart the economy — and are not a byproduct of his policies as Republicans contended. Republicans pointed to the lackluster growth as evidence that the president's policies are discouraging people from working. Biden wants Congress to pass a $2.3 trillion spending bill that would fund everything from new bridges and electric vehicle charging stations to helping families pay for elder care. He’s also asking Congress to fund a second $2 trillion package that would provide free pre-K education, extend a child tax credit and help defray child care costs. But some economists say employers, particularly in the restaurant and entertainment industry, have been struggling to find workers because Biden's relief package which included extended pandemic benefits for the unemployed, is deterring some workers from returning to their old job or seeking out a new position. Bank of America estimates that for those who were earning less than $32,000 a year before the pandemic, unemployment pays more than their former job. And, the bank estimates, that could keep 1 million people out of the workforce. After the jobs report, the Chamber of Commerce called for an end to the extra $300 in federal unemployment benefits, saying it's keeping people from returning to work. nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-seizes-disappointing-job-numbers-make-case-for-4-trillion-in-more-gov-spending U.S. Chamber of Commerce: U.S. Chamber Calls for Ending $300 Weekly Supplemental Unemployment Benefits to Address Labor Shortages Friday, May 7, 2021 - 9:45am “The disappointing jobs report makes it clear that paying people not to work is dampening what should be a stronger jobs market. We need a comprehensive approach to dealing with our workforce issues and the very real threat unfilled positions poses to our economic recovery from the pandemic. One step policymakers should take now is ending the $300 weekly supplemental unemployment benefit. Based on the Chamber’s analysis, the $300 benefit results in approximately one in four recipients taking home more in unemployment than they earned working.” uschamber.com/press-release/us-chamber-calls-ending-300-weekly-supplemental-unemployment-benefits-address-labor In September of 2020 Fortune reported: More than 97,966 businesses have permanently shut down during the pandemic, according to Yelp.com's Local Economic Impact Report. Presently the number of small businesses shuttered for good because of the pandemic and mandated shutdowns exceeds 100,000 nationally. That's more than 100,000 auto shops, dry cleaners, beauty salons, barber shops, daycare centers for the young and old, community watering holes and mom and pop restaurants. Businesses no longer contributing to local economies with goods, services and jobs and will not recover despite the money the federal government throws at their proposed "infrastructure" project.
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