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Thomas Paine wrote “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” John Adams told us that “Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.” This past year of media fueled hysteria and government lockdowns has shown just how wise our Founding Fathers were.

One thing we have all learned is that there is one set of rules for the rulers and another set of rules for the ruled. New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham quickly seized on the COVID-19 hysteria to lock the state down. In the early days of the virus, she lectured people to stay home, and she closed hundreds of “non-essential” businesses. Her policies caused long lines and shortages at grocery stores and put many restaurants and small companies out of business at a press conference, Grisham said “We are in really tough financial times as a state. It mirrors the incredible, personal sacrifices that happen every single day…”

In an illustration of rote hypocrisy, from the get-go, Michelle Lujan Grisham has not been willing to make the same “personal sacrifices” that she has forced everyone else to make. A week before Easter the Governor called a “non-essential business,” a jewelry store. The store opened just for her, the owner apparently “risked her life” and went into the store and filled an order of jewelry for the Governor. Another person also “risked their life” went and picked up and delivered the jewelry to the Governor. While Grisham surely is not the only person in the state with the ability to call in a favor from someone who they know who owns a business, she is the only person with the power to prevent everyone else from doing what she did.

The Governor’s pharisaical behavior did not stop there. It was recently revealed that Governor Lujan Grisham spent $6,500 of taxpayer’s money on bottles of tequila, vodka, merlot, whiskey, gin, and Wagyu beef. While residents of her state are forced to wait in line in the cold of winter to pick through empty store shelves of her own making, the Governor of New Mexico is sipping Merlot and nibbling on “Wagyu beef.” One set of rules for the rulers and another set of rules for the ruled.

To be fair, Michelle Lujan Grisham is not the only hypocritical politician to have imposed rules on the peasants that apply to everyone but the rule maker. The Mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, told residents to stay home during Thanksgiving and to meet virtually over the holiday. He even tweeted: “Pass the potatoes, not COVID. … Host virtual gatherings instead of in-person dinners” – Presumably, he sent this tweet from the airport prior to flying to Mississippi and “passing the potatoes” to his daughter.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has been photographed at a high-end restaurant after ordering everyone else to shut down and stay home. Back in September, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi got her hair styled while everyone else was forced to stay home; and more recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to be disregarding the 6-foot social distancing rule, particularly when it comes to female subordinates.

An entire article could be filled with example after example of Democratic lawmakers, (local, state, and federal) and their lockdown hypocrisies. We should not be surprised at all by this type of behavior. The Democratic left have been lecturing Americans for years about what we can and cannot do while they themselves do whatever it is they want.

Ironically, it was a Democrat who coined the term “limousine liberal” in the 1969 race for mayor of New York City. The epithet then, and now, is used to effectively illustrate the hypocritical behavior of the political left and the elite ruling class. For years, Democrat politicians like Al Gore and John Kerry have lectured us about fighting climate change while they themselves live in mansions that require massive amounts of energy to heat and cool. They fly around in private jets and are shuttled from here to there in motorcades consisting of multiple sport utility vehicles. These same types of people admonish us for wanting to own guns to protect ourselves while they live in gated communities and have armed guards. They want to force our children to attend public schools while sending their own children to elite private schools.

In the classic book Animal Farm, George Orwell, better than anyone else, showed the world the inevitability of how power corrupts. He demonstrated the far left’s hypocrisy and the failed promises of Communism’s utopia. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Is not promised utopia always the vehicle used by the authoritarian left to gain more power and take away freedoms from others while they bask in comfort?

Today, we are promised a utopia of health. A world where no one will ever get sick or die. We just need to make “personal sacrifices.” We need to listen to, live, and repeat the following slogans and health utopia will be within our reach: “mask up, we are in this together… alone together…whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy, whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend…”

In the real world in the year 2021, we are not animals on a farm. We are citizens treated like peasants. We are expected to shut up and watch from our windows and computer screens while Michelle Lujan Grisham, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom and their ilk cruise through the country they locked down, in their limousines; with their freshly styled hair, sipping fine wine and dining on Wagyu beef.

If there was ever a time that demonstrated the reasons to limit government power, that time is now. The government is made up of people, just like you and me. We are all imperfect creatures. We are fallen and we are all subject to give into our unlimited needs, wants and desires. Everyone is capable of abusing power. This is the lesson of history that our Founding Fathers knew so well. It is why they advocated for an extremely limited government. They saw it as a “necessary evil.” This past year has shown us what can happen when that evil, and the flawed humans who wield it, are left unrestrained.

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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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Tucker: Why are they so angry?

There’s no Constitutional requirement to have respect for anybody in the US government. In fact, in a free country you are encouraged to disagree. You are a citizen, you have that inherent right. But, no more.

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Tucker gives an extended list of several people who were arrested or had their homes raided, without explanation, for no crime. Highlights include:

“Why have a political debate when you can just arrest people who disagree with you? And that has happened, far below the media radar since the day Joe Biden was elected, and tonight we want to show you … a litany, a list of Americans who have been arrested, detained by federal law enforcement on the orders of the Biden administration, not because they committed recognizable crimes but because they disagreed with the political aims of the Biden administration.”

“Ooh, Trumps a fascist, remember that? Did Trump’s DOJ raid the homes of a lot of journalists who embarrassed his children? No, you don’t remember that, because it didn’t happen. But Joe Biden’s justice department has done that, and then they kept going.”

“We don’t arrest people for ignoring congressional subpoenas, especially when they cite executive privilege, a principal that has a long history in American history, so no, we’ve never done that, but we can do it now because it was ‘an insurrection’, an insurrection that wasn’t armed, wasn’t planned, it didn’t actually insurrect anything, but it was still an insurrection. Now you’re beginning to see why it’s been so important from the very first day for the media to describe what happened on January 6 not as a riot, but as an insurrection, because if it’s an insurrection, they can violate your civil rights.”

“So, a decade ago the Obama administration was caught sending automatic weapons to Mexican drug cartels and Congress wanted to know more about this. Eric Holder, then the attorney general, had a key role in this, ‘operation fast and furious’, you may remember it. So, they subpoena’d him, and he ignored the subpoena, and the media applauded, he was taking a noble position. But when Steve Bannon or Peter Navarro tried to do something like that, they went to jail. Again, we had this exact same thing happen in public ten years ago. A federal judge ruled that Holder’s privilege claim was not legitimate, and he was still never arrested, but the rules have changed. Why is that?”

“There’s no Constitutional requirement to have respect for anybody in the US government. In fact, in a free country you are encouraged to disagree. You are a citizen, you have that inherent right. But, no more. The media think you should be sent to jail if you show disrespect, and so of course, with no media to push back against unconstitutional overreach, the justice department kept going.”

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