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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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America No More…

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After watching with over a hundred others the newly released movie, Civil War, I left the theater stunned, and I was not alone. Was it a good movie? Just a deeply unsettling one! Could it really happen? You don’t even want to imagine it! But with Biden’s assault on America continuing and Trump reemerging as the favored GOP candidate, the American division is growing. More and more citizens are getting angrier as their standard of living is in jeopardy and illegals are getting benefits citizens can only dream of.

Spoiling the movie’s plot is never appropriate, but when Western forces from Texas, Florida, and even California take on the elected President, the country is left in a civil war. We watch as desensitized media professionals cover the death of hundreds of American citizens. To the film’s media, the war is just a once-in-a-lifetime story that deserves to be captured one picture at a time. After all, it’s the media’s job. They are just feeding citizens what they want—blood, gore, winners, and victims. What would happen if America descends into such chaos? This movie provides one disturbing view, one that, God help us, must never happen.

One thing is clear, when a country loses trust in its leader’s ability to preserve their cherished freedoms and ensure equal treatment under the law, even insurrection seems somehow possible. That is a nightmare no American should have to entertain, but more and more Americans seem to be losing hope in the future of our country. They don’t trust elections. Many don’t even like the Presidential choices presented to them.

The Founding Fathers valued freedom enough to unleash a revolution against the greatest power at the time. Enough citizens joined them in securing what most at the time believed impossible, independence. Yes, insurrection hatched our beloved America. Belief in equal rights and freedom are powerful forces that have always driven patriotic Americans to action.


Even with our differences, most Americans believe in property rights, voting rights, law enforcement to keep us safe, freedom of speech, and personal responsibility. Unfortunately, more and more Americans feel these values are in question, and they are not sure America can be saved!

Many Americans no longer even believe that elections will produce a lawful winner. They don’t trust the voting machines. They want paper ballots that can be counted. They don’t believe multiple days are needed. Hasn’t one day of voting always been enough? They want required IDs and signed mail-in ballots. They fear ballot harvesting is just another name for ‘manufacturing” all the votes you need to ensure a fraudulent victory. Are American fair elections no more!

Many no longer believe that the enforcement of law is fair and sure. While former President Donald Trump has been charged with multiple “crimes,” President Joe Biden’s similar actions aren’t even charged. Hunter Biden’s influence peddling with money set aside for the “Big Guy” are not even covered in the mainstream media. The Dept. of Justice is quick to charge Trump, but with the Bidens, we hear nothing but crickets. People who commit crimes are being let go instead of being held accountable. Is American law and order no more!

Under President Trump, our border was finally more under control. Under Biden, his open border has been continually flooding our country with illegals from around the world. They come expecting benefits at the expense of taxpaying citizens. Illegals overwhelm services in our urban areas. Legal immigrants had to wait years to enter and are fuming at this invasion of illegals rushing to the front of the line and expecting to be accepted, supported, and allowed to become citizens. Is America’s secure border no more!

We thought in America, your home was your castle. If you work to buy the home of your dreams, you were sure that your property rights were secure in a community that you loved. But today, squatters are taking over vacant homes and fending off owners who want them to leave their property. Illegals are being told to come to America, find an empty home, and move in. In the name of equity, governments are rezoning the suburbs and requiring the building of low-income housing where it is not wanted. Are America’s property rights no more!

Do you believe America is lost? Do you believe nothing can reverse this march to chaos? Do you believe that it is time to buy your own guns to protect your family when the government won’t? Is a civil war coming? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are in danger of losing the optimistic attitude that has characterized Americans for two centuries. This is our country. This is not the time for surrender. It’s time to fight to preserve America the best way you can—vote for candidates who promise to preserve the rights you value most.

Your vote does matter. There are no perfect candidates, but the party positions make a difference in this critical election. If you want law and order, secure borders, fair elections, property rights, and a return to personal responsibility, there is only one party to support. Vote for every GOP candidate you are given the opportunity to support, or it may very well be America no more!

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After Iran launched an extensive drone and missile attack against Israel, Iran’s president vowed to completely destroy Israel if it proceeds with a military response. In plain language, Israel is not allowed to react as any other country would after being attacked. That seems to be the opinion of many world leaders, including Joe Biden.

That’s like saying that the US had no right to retaliate after Japan’s attack on December 7th. This absurd policy applies only to Israel. If Iran launched missiles against the US, imagine what we would do in response. (Of course, with a wimp in the White House, there is a good chance that we would do nothing.)

On the evening of 13 April 2024, Iran launched hundreds of deadly missiles against various sites in Israel. Iran’s attack was presumably in retaliation for an Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus. Israel’s justification for its attack is that the Iranian consulate has been the center for Iran’s terrorist activities throughout the Middle East. The consulate “did not have diplomatic immunity,” according to attorney Alan Dershowitz, “because it was not being used for diplomatic purposes; it was being used to plan military attacks against Israel.”

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With assistance from the US, the UK, neighboring Jordan and other nations, Israel successfully intercepted nearly all the missiles and drones. Despite the lack of damage, Iran’s intent clearly was to inflict serious harm. Iran underestimated Israel’s ability to defend itself. Now Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi has vowed to completely destroy Israel if it proceeds with even the “tiniest invasion” of Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country would be the one to decide whether and how to respond to the Iranian attack, brushing off calls for restraint. “The state of Israel will do whatever is necessary to defend itself,” Netanyahu said. “Everything is on the table right now,” said a source in the Israeli government. Israel possesses an impressive range of high-tech weaponry, including nuclear weapons and F35 fighter planes that can overwhelm Iran’s outmoded air force.

“Iran declared war on Israel by sending more than 300 bombs in Israel’s direction, aimed at civilian as well as military targets in Jerusalem and other locations,” said Alan Dershowitz. “As a matter of law and morality, Israel is entitled to respond to this act of war by overwhelming, even disproportionate, force against Iranian military targets.”

Biden has not supported Dershowitz’s argument. Instead, he has “sent a clear message to the mullahs that there would be no consequences for their rogue actions,” said Lisa Daftari, a leading Iranian-American expert. “What we are seeing is a manifestation of weak policies and the ayatollah’s correct read on American foreign policy.” Biden’s policy, said Yaakov Katz, a leading Israeli security expert, “does not work and the world’s strategy of diplomacy and sanctions is not effective. The world needs to shift gears and change the way it has tried to confront Iran.”

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe agreed that the Biden administration’s tepid policy has emboldened Iran. “Joe Biden’s reaction to that hit in Damascus sent a message to Iran and to the rest of the world that the US was not with Israel, that the US was reluctant to support Israel on this. And I think that emboldened Iran. And as one of the former intelligence officials in Iran said to me, with friends like Joe Biden, Israel doesn’t need more enemies.”

Biden has warned Israel not to take action, said Alan Dershowitz. “Biden wants Israel simply to proclaim victory and not respond appropriately. This will only encourage Iran to take further military action against Israel either directly or through its numerous proxies,” Dershowitz warns. “If the [Iranian] regime felt endangered, it could attack Israel with its nuclear weapons, as it has threatened to do. That is an important reason why Iran’s potential nuclear arsenal should be destroyed before it can be deployed.”

“This is the time to act,” Dershowitz concludes. “Iran has provided Israel and the United States with a complete legal and moral justification for destroying its nuclear weapons program and for beginning the process toward regime change. If we do not act now, it may be too late.”

Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator and author of two No. 1 Amazon Best Sellers, AMERICA ON ITS KNEES: The Cost of Replacing Trump with Biden, and THE WAR ON WHITES: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport.

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