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A Better Economic Stimulus Deal

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Soon, $1,400 dollar “stimulus” checks may arrive to millions of Americans. This comes after a previous $600 check and a $1,200 one prior to that. In the past several months, many Americans will have received over $3,200 in direct payments from Uncle Sam. One thing that these various checks have in common is that many financially struggling American’s waited tensely for news of their arrival. With each iteration, people tune in to Washington’s political theater. Google searches for the terms “stimulus check… Stimulus deal…when will stimulus checks arrive…” spike. Democrats and Republicans, Presidents, House Members, and Senators all take their turns grandstanding as the wheels of our democracy slowly turn.

It is all a show designed to get American citizens to buy into a few false premises: 1). That “the nice and caring government is going to send us some money to help us.” 2). Our chosen politician or political party is fighting to get us the money we need. 3). The government has money to give away. Let’s examine these ideas a little more closely. The problem with these premises is that the government produces nothing, the government does not earn money. The government can only confiscate money from productive citizens via taxation and the threat of violence.They then re-distribute this money as they see fit. Further, while the possibility does exist some politicians may care about some of their constituents, in most cases, politicians and bureaucrats don’t even know you. How could they possibly care about you?

Another motive behind sending a majority of the US population 3 direct payments in less than a year is to grease the wheels for the goal of getting the populace hooked on a Universal Basic Income. Several leading politicians have promoted the idea with great charisma and convincing over the past few years. A story in the Washington Post recently revealed a Democrat plan to send $250.00 a month per child payments to millions of American families.

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Like the stereo-typical drug dealer, our politicians just want us to “have a little taste” of these payments knowing that many will come back wanting more. As of this writing, they provide these direct stimulus payments to individuals with no strings attached. That won’t last. Just as you have to behave in certain government approved ways to get tax breaks (have children, get solar panels, drive an electric car, etc) so will you eventually have to behave in specific government approved ways to be eligible for future direct stimulus checks or a Universal Basic Income. What machinations will our ruling class devise in order for us to receive these future handouts? What behaviors will get us a reward from our all knowing leaders? Proof of a COVID-19 Vaccination? Proof of an “acceptable” internet browsing history? Direct payments from the Federal Government are the crack cocaine of the ruling elite, and politicians and bureaucrats will clamor at the opportunity to be our dealers.

Proponents of direct payments to individuals from the federal government never stop to ask, how did so many Americans survive for over 200 years without these checks from the government? How did Americans survive through World Wars, a Great Depression, several recessions, and a 2008 financial crisis without this “help” from politicians? How did Americans build the greatest economic and military empire in the history of the world without these stimulus checks? The answer lies not in stimulus checks and the dependence they can create or in help from the government. The answer is in freedom, rugged individualism, and less government interference and regulation in people’s lives. When people are free to dream and innovate and to take risk and fail or succeed, they learn valuable lessons that not only strengthen the individual, they strengthen all of society and our entire economy.

Each time there is talk amongst the political class of a stimulus deal, we watch as politicians haggle over how much money will go out and who it will go to. Will we get a check too or do we make too much money? Will there be “direct payments” in this stimulus deal or will it just go to small businesses and the unemployed? If the President of the United States really wanted to get money into the Pockets of hardworking Americans, there is a great way to stimulate the economy without having to deal with Congress at all. Just as both President Trump and President Biden issued an executive order temporarily suspending the repayment of student loans, they could do the same thing with taxes. They could “deal” some freedom back to the American people.

The President could issue executive orders to the Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service suspending the collection of payroll taxes, income taxes, capital gains taxes, and the federal gasoline tax. The current federal tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents per gallon. Suspending the collection of these taxes for 90 days would immediately allow people to hold on to more of their hard earned money and it would save weeks if not months of political theater and grandstanding.

Unfortunately, such an approach is unlikely to happen for several reasons. First, suspension of having to pay income taxes would let a dirty little secret out of the bag. The “rich” pay more in taxes than everyone else. According to a 2018 Bloomberg story, “the top 1 percent paid a greater share of individual income taxes than the bottom 90 percent combined.” Former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was correct when he infamously said that 47 percent of the American people pay no taxes. Second, whether it is a Democrat or a Republican, many politicians rely on fanning the flames of class envy as a method of pushing whatever their agenda is. Further, the government doesn’t want to awaken a significant change in the general populace. The political class knows that way too many people think they are “getting money from the government” when they get a tax return or a stimulus check. The truth that it was never the government’s money to give away in the first place is lost on most.

The majority of people don’t stop to think about the 18 cents per gallon that goes to the federal government every time they fill up the tank. We don’t inspect how much they take out of our paycheck each payday. If politicians in Washington gave us 90 days of a taste of getting to keep our own money, they know we would miss it once they eventually resumed collecting it. They also know that we might ask what the money is being spent on. These are questions that our rulers don’t want asked. Far safer it is for them to put on a show and send us a check.

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Nancy Pelosi: The Personification of Evil

Nancy Pelosi should be lead away from Congress in handcuffs and ankle chains

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Last year, Newt Gringich condemned Nancy Pelosi as the “most dangerous Speaker of the House we’ve had… She doesn’t mind abusing power. She doesn’t mind running over people.” Indeed! She praises Biden, downplays inflation, ignores the plight of her own constituency, deals in insider trading, and continually flouts the law and the U.S. Constitution. Has there ever been a Speaker more venal, more vicious, and more vindictive than Nancy Pelosi?

From her private hair salon visits – when everybody else was locked down – to her gourmet ice cream, to her embrace of riots that didn’t put her in danger, to her attempted civilization-destroying HR-1 bill, to her continual public persona of feigned sincerity, there is plenty to dislike. It seems as if the near octogenarian is evil personified, and getting worse each day.

Beyond Credibility

Ms. Pelosi is so out of touch with what everyday Americans experience that she is almost an anachronism. Her unbounded hatred of Donald Trump exceeded that of the typical leftist. From ripping up his whirlwind 2020 State of the Union speech, to all of the little acts that she’s undertaken, her phoniness is amply on display.

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On numerous occasions, while he was president, she said “I’m praying for President Trump.” Can anyone, let alone God, accept that as the truth? She pushed the impeachment button twice, and would do it a third time and fourth time, if the ‘opportunity’ were to arise.

The first impeachment was based on shoddy information and shallow rationale. Even far leftists should have been up in arms. Don’t they know that they’ve opened the wrong door and that this will happen to them, some day soon?

The Loneliest Number

Based on one unidentified whistleblower, Pelosi initiated impeachment proceedings against President Trump, primarily as a result of a phone call he had with the Ukrainian prime minister.

Next, as The Washington Post has begrudgingly pointed out, Donald Trump had no impact on the Capitol riot that took place on January 6th. The riot had been pre-planned by members of Antifa, as well as some right-wingers. It didn’t matter what President Trump said on the Mall, these people had already planned to rush the Capitol and occupy it for however long they could.

To impeach Donald Trump a second time, after he was already out of office (which makes the quest absurd), Nancy Pelosi and the looney Left needed a valid rationale. The FBI report didn’t support them, nor did the timeline of events.

No One is Safe

Today, anyone who plans a rally or protest in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere, whose members are infiltrated by others, could be subject to the same erroneous charges. Thus by impeaching Donald Trump a second time, Pelosi was all but saying to the American public, your right to assembly, which can be upset by intruders, who plant a false flag (a familiar tactic of the Left), makes you liable. This is a flat out attack on the First Amendment.

Infiltrating the rallies, assemblies, and peaceful protests of the opposing party is straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, a handbook on how to undermine and destroy America. Alinsky dedicated his book to the devil, and one can only hope that he became a permanent resident, for eternity, doing heavy labor, 24/7, in the hottest section of Hell.

A Cozy Cell?

When Pelosi’s time on Earth is over, and editors write her obituary, perhaps some will have enough objectivity to say that among all the Speakers of the House since the nation was founded, she did not serve with distinction.

She manipulated her office and the American public, on a continual basis, for her own personal power, for the wealth she could generate, and to diminish our freedoms as Americans. If this isn’t said about her, then whoever writes the obituary will be engaging in fantasy.

Nancy Pelosi should be lead away from Congress in handcuffs and ankle chains. She is a criminal and her crimes against America are vast and deep. The things she has done in the name of ‘democracy’ are so bogus that democracy itself cries out.

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The Issues that Will Matter Most in the November Election

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November is looming on the horizon. There are predictions of major gains by Republicans. But there are wild cards that no one can predict their impact—The war in Ukraine, the Hunter Biden investigation and potential litigation, new COVID variants and the resulting mask “wars,” “transgender” issues, ensuring a “fair election,” along with the Durham investigation that can impact both Hillary Clinton and others. The mainstream media and Democrats want these stories to fade into the rearview mirror, but Republicans will work to keep them front and center when they work to their advantage.

But what issues will drive the electorate to the polls this November? Here are ten issue that will be vying for attention in this critical election year.

Inflation: Inflation is advancing at an unprecedented rate acting as a tax on every American as the value of their dollars are less and less. With Democrats in power, money is being printed and our deficit is growing at an every-increasing rate. Democrats threw $2 trillion into an overheating economy on top of the $3 trillion bipartisan COVID-relief bill. They then passed another trillion-plus-dollar infrastructure bill. Inflation is reducing the value of each dollar, destroying the buying power of the very people they claim to support—the poor and middle class.

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Law and Order: Crime is a growing problem in America. From the threats of defunding police to lenient district attorneys unwilling to hold criminals accountable, citizens are more and more concerned about their own family’s safety. Progressive leaders have initiated criminal-justice reforms with the intent of rectifying the imbalance of black Americans who are arrested, convicted and incarcerated. But that does not deal with the reality of crime in our cities. White Americans make up 76% of the population with black Americans representing only 13%. Yet, in 2020, at least 9,941 black Americans were murdered compared to just 7,043 whites The No. 1 cause of preventable death for young black men is homicide, usually committed by another young black man. From brazen snatch and grab mobs to attacks on the streets, law and order will be a strong issue in the Fall.

Border Security: Biden’s immigration policies have created the worst immigration crisis in American history. In Biden’s first year as president, a record 1.65 million Illegal migrants were intercepted crossing into the United States, doubling the encounters in 2020. As with President Trump, over 50% were expelled under Title 42. Those apprehended, instead of being expelled, were held temporarily and then released or bused to cities across the country. President Biden’s plans to let Title 42 expire could limit expulsions and result in as many as 18,000 apprehensions a day allowed to stay by Customs and Border Protection. Candidates calling to stem the tide of illegals, to finish the Southern border wall, and to reinstitute Title 42 and the “Remain in Mexico” policy will echo strong in November with many frustrated Americans.

Energy Independence: Under Biden, America as gone from energy independence to energy dependence relying on oil from less than friendly countries using less environmentally sound drilling practices. Alternative energy sources are currently unable and may never be able to sustain our economy. By ending construction of Keystone pipeline and curtailing drilling on government land Biden has put our future at peril and added to our inflationary spiral.

Self-reliance over Government Dependence: America was formed to protect individual citizens from government overreach and oppression. From the beginning, the focus was on ensuring the pursuit happiness, not hiring politicians to take from one’s neighbor to pay for what one should earn themselves. Fewer people are working; they are looking to Washington for their next government handout. The Foundation for Government Accountability calculated that the enhanced unemployment payments and monthly child tax credits have added to existing benefits for lower-income Americans. That translates to about $3,700 per month for a two-child family, or $44,300 per year in payments. Why work? Such largesse contributes to our labor shortage. Campaigning on less government and letting working citizens keep more of what they earn instead of subsidizing those who don’t work is a winning issue.

School Choice vs Government Controlled Education: Teacher unions are investing heavily to keep public schools in control of education in America. Unions would like to extend that control to pre-schools. Popular charter schools are under attack. Parents are increasingly concerned that Critical Race Theory and sexual preferences/sexual practices curriculum will be forced on their elementary school children. Many minority parents want to get their children out of under-performing public schools. School choice would give parents the dollars to make their own choice of what school to send their children.

Racial Equality: Shouts of “Black Lives Matter,” “Critical Race Theory,” “White Privilege,” and “Black Reparations,” are beginning to be shown for what they are—another form of racism. America is built on the God-based value that all lives matter. We will always need to work to further that ideal, but policies that attempt to put one race over another must never win the day. There are racists from all races. It’s time responsible citizens stand for equal rights for all.

Fair Taxes: With allowances and child credits, more and more Americans seem willing to make their hard-working neighbors pay for their free ride. To say that the wealthy do not pay their fair share is not supported by the facts. The top 1% paid about $615 billion in federal income taxes in 2018, which accounted for about 40% of all federal income taxes paid. The bottom half of the income distribution paid about 3% of federal income taxes that year. Recent results now indicate that 57% of Americans pay no federal income tax. It’s time to stop making the IRS a welfare agency; all should pay some tax.

Clean Environment: There is evidence that economic freedom is the answer to the environmental goals of cleaner air, water, and a sustainable planet. In a C3 Solutions report called “Free Economies are Clean Economies,” it can be shown that “mostly free” economies, according to The Heritage Foundation’s Index, scored twice as high on Yale’s Environmental Performance Index than “mostly unfree” economies. We don’t need more government regulations and controls; we need the freedom to unleash American innovation.

Limiting Abortion: It has been estimated that over 62 million children have lost their chance to live at the hand of abortionists since the passage of Roe v. Wade. Speculation is growing about whether the high court will hear an abortion case in this term that could result in the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. If that occurs before November, such a ruling would clearly make abortion a key election issue. States are already acting to limit abortions; in those states, this issue will be elevated.

Issues aside, there is another reality that cannot be dismissed in November. The party out of power normally makes significant gains in the mid-term elections. For example, with the Obama administration, Republicans picked up 63 seats in the House and 6 seats in the Senate in his first mid-term election. Joe Biden is no Obama. Similar results would produce a change in power in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Conservative Republicans can hardly wait to make that a reality.

Terry Paulson is PhD psychologist, author, and professional speaker on Earned Optimism, Making Change Work, Claiming Your American Dream, and Becoming a Conservative Values Voter. Contact him at [email protected]

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