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“Education Reform” bill is a Coup attempt

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This is no joke. The attempt to nationalize elections and remove voter ID requirements, election redistricting, and many other safeguards on our democracy is not an effort to make things more fair. It is a direct, blatant attempt to take over our government and replace America as we have known it!

Wikipedia: A coup d’état (kuːdeɪˈtɑː; French for “blow of state”) or coup is the removal and seizure of a government and its powers. Typically, it is an illegal, unconstitutional seizure of power by a political faction, the military, or a dictator.

Audacity seems to be the primary skillset of the current Democrat Party. They have decided to go all-in with their boldest and most outrageous proposals. The “election reform” bill is the latest example. It would be more accurately called the “election takeover” bill. One of its major provisions is the removal of power from the states. That is what sustains us as “The United States.”

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We are not the collective individuals of America, we are the “United States.” Ours is not a democracy where everyone votes as a person. We are a democratic Republic where everyone votes as citizens of their cities, states and our nation. The powers not given to the federal government in our Constitution are reserved to the states and their citizens. We intentionally limit the powers of Washington DC because that is the main threat to states’ rights.

The Ultimate Price

In the Revolutionary War we saw what a strong central government would do to retain power over citizens. They would confiscate and outlaw private firearms, tax people increasingly for anything the leaders wanted, isolate and oppress various groups of people based on faith, political affiliation, race, gender, age, etc. They would take people’s property at will, lodge soldiers in private homes, confiscate crops and livestock, and even murder dissenters publicly to keep the population in fear.

Nobody had a voice unless they were held in political favor. There was no appeal to wrongful conviction. Accused was the same as guilty and the death penalty was immediate and common. That is stage two of a federal takeover.

If you trust government more than yourself then it might seem safe and sensible to give them more and more power. But we have long since passed the tipping point where they have more power than we do. Remember the famous line, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”? Well, all the leftist politicians are missing at present is the ability to take elections out of your hands.

They are already spending us into bankruptcy. It’s virtually impossible to pay off a multi-trillion dollar debt. The interest alone is beyond our capacity to keep up. They control the media and have legions of enablers and apologists on the air daily explaining how their audacious takeovers of your rights are actually “good for you.” They have taken control of our schools and inserted concepts into the curricula that will assure future generations won’t seek to become free again. Once Capitalism is demonized and simple descriptive language is made into a crime, then it’s easy to take control.

Independent Ownership is a threat to government control 

Small businesses are the heartbeat of America because they are run by and owned by individuals. They are a bastion of freedom. And freedom is a threat to the government. When people cannot run their own business, own weapons to defend themselves from threats, teach their children what they believe is true, vote for representatives that they believe will truly act on their behalf, and be allowed to gather in churches with others where their beliefs can be strengthened, then independence is no longer ours.

We once made a Declaration of our Independence and pledged our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor in order to achieve it. Our founders went through hell for many years in order to shake off the oppressive burden of a strong central government. Our relatives died at the hands of that government. And now our representatives have decided that their welfare is more important than ours.

Take away the ability to resist and you win the war

They are trying to make it impossible for us to organize, defend and resist them. They’ve used Covid as a cover to help destroy small businesses, outlaw church gatherings, cause families to fear each other, and condition everyone to fear the flu more than the loss of freedom. They have put forward their audacious plans to limit, register and then confiscate guns, to require mind pollution through sinister schemes like Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, and woke political correctness in daily speech. They’ve passed immense and cancerous legislation under the guise of “Covid Relief” and “Infrastructure” renewal. In this legislation they have hidden as much as 80% of the spending because it was not related to the bills and it paid off the various supporters by funding their pet projects.

They have also infected our legislation by putting in place new rules and policies as earmarks or amendments to the bills that we never would have accepted in open discussion and voting.

Now they have put leftist leaders into the major positions of our government at the highest levels. These people then appoint thousands of regulators and other officials who infect every agency from coast to coast. The regulations they put in place are done TO us, not with us nor even with our direct approval.

We are becoming a nation, not of laws, but a nation of regulations.

Citizens pass laws, Bureaucrats pass regulations.

Once the infection is complete we will no longer have representation. If we have no voice then all they need for complete control (dictatorship) is to take over our election process so they can always guarantee the outcome.

America is gasping for air, the air of freedom. This election “reform” is the choke hold that will suffocate our independence. Oppose it with all your might. Speak up while you still have a voice. And, don’t ever vote for a leftist again until long after we have had a decade or two to purge the damage done so far by this crowd!

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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Education

Make Universities Accountable for Predatory Student Loan Abuse

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The Biden administration is still talking about delivering on the President’s promise to relieve student loan debt for many Americans. There is continuing discussion on how much debt should be forgiven, how to pay for it, and whether it is fair to all those who have diligently and painfully worked to already pay off their own student loans. After all, if you’re going to eliminate student debt to buy votes, why just limit it to student debt?

Unfortunately for Biden, according to numerous sources including National Review, the executive branch has no generalized power to forgive any amount of student debt. Even Nancy Pelosi confirmed simply that “the president can’t do it. That’s not even a discussion.” The Department of Education came to the same verdict, determining that the executive branch “does not have the statutory authority to cancel, compromise, discharge, or forgive, on a blanket or mass basis, principal balances of student loans, and/or to materially modify the repayment amounts or terms thereof.”

Of course, even if he had the authority, forgiving student debt doesn’t make the debt go away. Reality has a way of breaking into such “freeloading” dreams. It’s pay me now, or somebody else pay me later. But why should some future taxpayer pay off anyone else’s student debt?

Whatever happened to wise warnings of “student beware.” When you get an education and agree to pay the tuition, you ought to realize that you must at some point pay for that education. You signed on the bottom line. Face your real-world responsibilities. Hopefully, you picked a degree major that will ensure a career capable of paying off your loans. Students clearly have some responsibility, but what about the universities that took advantage of the money coming from those loans?

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After all, there is ample evidence that student tuitions exploded far faster than inflation when government funds became readily available for student loans. Complaints of excessive tuition increases by students trapped in their programs tended to be met with a less than caring response—pound sand!

Since 2008, the tuition cost or a four-year college degree has increased nearly 25%. In that same period, student debt has doubled, increasing by 107%. 2015 study found that a dollar of subsidized student loans results in a published tuition increase of 58 cents at a typical university, An NBER paper suggests that changes to federal student loans are more than sufficient to explain tuition increases at private nonprofit colleges. And a 2014 study found that for-profit colleges eligible for federal student aid charged tuition 78% higher than that of similar but aid-ineligible institutions.

In short, there is no doubt that tuition was rising faster than the inflation level. Evidence has been clear for decades. In 1987, Secretary of Education William J. Bennett argued that “increases in financial aid in recent years have enabled colleges and universities to raise their tuition, confident that Federal loan subsidies would help cushion the increase.”

Bennett pointed out in 1987 that federal student aid had risen 57 percent since 1980, while inflation had been 26 percent. A 2020 analysis by the Congressional Budget Office brought the numbers up to date: “Between 1995 and 2017, the balance of outstanding federal student loan debt increased more than sevenfold, from $187 billion to $1.4 trillion (in 2017 dollars).” What is the lesson? The more federal aid to students is available colleges raise tuition more. Salaries rise and bureaucracies expand. There are more courses, more dorms, dining halls, lavish recreational centers, and more money for endowments.

Far too many students find that once they begin their education, their schools raise the tuition at such a high rate that their debt explodes. The university builds their endowment, and the “trapped” student is compelled to finish what they started at a cost they did not expect to have to pay. In such a situation, should not the university be responsible for any increased cost above the increase in cost of living during the same time? It’s time for universities to take responsibility for their share of student debt.

The universities that benefited from these loans should have a part in footing the bill. That means universities that raked in millions to inflate endowments should be holding the bag for those who can’t afford to pay their loans. With universities holding hundreds of billions of dollars in tax-free endowments, any government program to relieve student debt should be completely dependent on taxing those university endowments.

It’s time to counter the Democrats’ vote-buying scheme by making lasting changes to the student loan process. That means putting universities on the hook for their predatory behavior. That will go much further than a temporary payoff that does nothing to solve what is causing the problem.

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Joe Biden, Man of the People

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden has served with distinction during his 48 years in Washington

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As Joe Biden’s administration continues to crumble and his grasp on realty seems ever more distant, it’s a revelation to know that some people think he’s doing a fine job as leader of the U.S. and, by extension, the free world.

Consider my sister. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and is a counselor with offices in New York and New Haven. She can discuss at length literature, sociology, human relations, movies, and so on. As is typical with those on the Left, her political blind spots are beyond glaring.

Sagacious and Sparkling

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden has served with distinction during his 48 years in Washington. He never took money for pay-to-play schemes from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania, or Ukraine and certainly did not take bribes over at the last two decades. According to my sister, the thoroughly corrupt Biden family has never profited by even one dime – not Hunter, not James – as a result of Joe’s position as vice president and, before that as a senator.

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Keep in mind, many of the alleged 81,000,000 or so ‘voters’ for Biden are like my sister. Inextricably ensconced in the liberal media bubble, they are steadfast in ‘what they know.’ They could easily visit alternative news sites for greater perspective, but they never do, thus creating a self-imposed information iron curtain.

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden never cheated in college, and didn’t plagiarize. He didn’t support the 1994 crime bill which essentially made black males walking targets. In her world, Joe Biden never uttered a racial comment that was less than desirable, and certainly never said things such as:

“I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” (May, 2020); “Poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids,” (August, 2019); “We’ve got to recognize that the kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger,” (June, 2019); “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.” (August, 2012); Obama is “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean,” (February, 2007); and so many other such statements.

Not in Partnership With Obama

In my sister’s world Joe Biden had no part in Obama’s countless scandals or Obama’s self-professed ignorance of them. The Obama/Biden administration claimed to have no knowledge of the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal; Black Panther voter intimidation; Veterans Administration scandals; NSA spying on German, French, and Japanese heads of state; and NSA spying on reporters and U.S. citizens.

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden was innocent and unaware of the IRS ploy to destroy tens of thousands of emails sought by the House Oversight Committee; the 21.5 million social security numbers hacked from OPM; and the EPA and other agencies paying poor performers not to work, for years, as their cases winded through respective federal bureaucracies.

In my sister’s world, however, anything that Donald Trump did, even somewhat on par with that of Joe Biden, is a crime, punishable by life in prison, if not death.  Meanwhile, she is completely oblivious to Trump’s accomplishment, like, say, the lowest unemployment in 35 years, the lowest minority unemployment in history, the lowest minority youth unemployment in history, the lowest female unemployment in 75 years, an across-the-broad increase in wages, tax cuts for middle class, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and other trade deals.

Also the Abraham Accords, other Middle East peace agreements, increased military strength, no wars, the U.S Space Force, a restored VA, reduced danger of conflict with North Korea, China tariffs, 400 miles of new and restored border wall, a secure border, decreased illegal immigration, no domestic terror attacks, prison reform, the ‘Right To Try’, lowering the cost of insulin, low gas prices, energy independence, growing the U.S. economy, and bringing back manufacturing, to cite a tiny fraction of his accomplishments.

The Hair Sniffer-in-Chief

Biden’s major missteps in the Middle East and de facto approval of FBI and DOJ corruption sails right over her head. She has no clue about how Biden enabled China to wreak havoc on U.S. power and influence worldwide. In my sister’s world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are as pure as the driven snow. They are ideologically correct, or close enough, and that’s all that really counts.

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden does not invade the space of girls or women, does not go around sniffing their hair, and does not touch them inappropriately, and he did not take showers with his 5-year old daughter. He is merely a sweet, old ‘Uncle Joe’ kind of guy.

Tara Reade doesn’t exist in my sister’s world and Joe Biden never tried to rape her. Reade is a liar and a glory seeker. While Biden himself said, “believe the woman,” my sister, every time, succumbs to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Atlantic Monthly view of realty. After all, they retain only trusted reporters who dig for the facts, and objectively present them. The Times amazingly found “no pattern of abuse” related to Biden and the women he has abused.

Likewise, to my sister, Rachel Maddow and all the rest of the MSNBC staff, and Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper, and the entire CNN staff are dedicated professionals who seek the truth no matter where the chips fall.

Lucid and Focused

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden is lucid and coherent. His exceedingly few, highly scripted press conferences are the model of competence and credibility. To my sister, Biden makes sense every time he speaks. He is no presidential puppet controlled by handlers. He is his own man.

Indeed, Biden knew that he was the man America wanted. Biden didn’t campaign heavily because he didn’t want to spread Covid-19 to his hundreds of followers. Also, because he had the election locked up, why bother to challenge President Trump, who consistently drew crowds of 30,000 or more?

In my sister’s world, Biden would never cause inflation or supply chain shortages. His weakness did not encourage Putin to invade Ukraine. Biden would never prompt a major crisis on our southern border. He wouldn’t think of tearing down the wall and allowing all manner of immigrants to flood into our land, sinking us financially, medically, economically, morally, and spiritually.

And, well, Joe’s just a good guy, a true American, and you need to realize that.

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