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The Authoritarian Left Flip Flops “Your Papers Please!”

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Under Germany’s Nazi totalitarian regime, a tight grip of control was exercised over the entire population through the “German National Registration System.” This rigid and fearsome system was used by the police state to exercise control over individuals and, in the ultimate terror, sent millions to their death. The German police state has become familiar to us all in its depictions in TV shows and movies over the years with the SS Officer stopping citizens in the street and barking the order “Your papers please!”

Such dramatic scenes are a nightmarish reminder to all of what happens when unchecked government power goes to the extreme. In 2010, when the left went into a hysteric meltdown over Arizona’s SB70 Bill, many Civil Libertarians like me found some areas of agreement with their arguments. The Arizona Law required resident aliens to always carry their registration papers with them and made it a crime for them to not have possession of their papers when requested by a law enforcement officer. Many critics on the left referred to the law as the “Your Papers Please Law” and they rightfully drew comparisons to the German police state. Sort of. The Arizona law did not apply to American citizens, but that is a minor point. And like with everything else they do not like, the left tried to make the argument about race. That too missed the larger point. The larger point, and the one that I agree with, is that we do not want to live in a society that requires people who are walking down the street to have to produce any type of registration paper. I shared a fear that Arizona’s law could open the door to an encroaching police state that would eventually impact all citizens.

The ability to move about freely, to “assemble” with little to no interference from any agent of the government is a cornerstone of a free republic and it is essential to capitalism. Mobility fosters collaboration, creativity, and spurs economic activity that is essential to a flourishing, productive, and healthy society. Some of the same people and organizations who purported to understand this back in 2010 are now clamoring for Vaccine Passports and “proof of vaccination.”

As one example, a CNN headline today informs us of the “Vaccinated Americans Allowed to Taste Freedom,” this story is a far cry in tone from CNN’s 2010 story titled “Immigration law polarizes Arizonans.” In the former story (2021), a Dr. Leana Wen lets us know that “people who are fully vaccinated should be able to travel — should be encouraged to travel, and that’s one of those incentives that we can give as a way for restoring freedoms, that you now are able to travel and go visit your loved ones and go to museums and cultural institutions once you’re fully vaccinated.” In the latter story (from 2010) we are asked to join in the lament of one Jessica Meija who shares: “Even if you’re legal, you’re in fear that maybe your driver’s license isn’t going to be enough or if you’re walking down the street and the police stop you…. It’s a constant fear we’re living in and even legal citizens are afraid to go out.”

In 2010, the left, CNN, and people like Jessica Meija were advocating for freedom of assembly and mobility. Requiring proof of papers was seen as a government overreach. In 2021, CNN and Dr. Leana Wen are going to “give” us “incentives as a way of restoring freedoms.” What all actors in both stories are missing is that only our creator gives us our freedoms, not CNN, not the CDC, and not Dr. Leana Wen. Our nation is founded on the principles articulated in the Declaration of Independence that we are “endowed” with our rights and our freedoms. They cannot be unjustly taken from us, and when they are, we have every right to stand up and fight those efforts. But I digress.

There is a growing theme emerging in the media and from certain government mouthpieces, if you have proof of a vaccine, you can be “free again.” This push for what amounts to “Immunity Passports” is unethical and dangerous. We know the dark history of Nazi Germany’s “Your papers please” culture, but right here in the United States in 19th Century New Orleans, presumed immunity to Yellow Fever was used to justify White Supremacy. This past year has shown us the socio-economic divides exacerbated by COVID-19 as celebrities and the rich and the famous skipped in line and had quick and easy access to tests and vaccines ahead of those less fortunate. The same disparity would exist in the granting of Immunity Passports. Individuals and organizations with greater wealth and resources will have access to these passports quicker than everyone else and this will only widen the gap between the elite and everyone else.

What would an America that required proof of Immunity look like? Are there scenarios that would require law enforcement to “stop and frisk” people to check for their proof of immunity? This too is a practice the left once opposed and now they seem ready to advocate for it. Wouldn’t minority populations and the undocumented immigrants the left so frequently champions be disproportionately targeted in a world of Immunity Passports?

Once you stop and think about the modern authoritarian left and all of their contradictions you start to realize that many of the positions they take are not based on sound ideological principles. Rather, the modern authoritarian leftist takes their positions based on whatever is most convenient for them at the time in the pursuit of gaining and getting more of one thing, power. While the left flip flops between advocating for civil liberties and calling for their end; at least Arizona remains consistent in their police state efforts. They have recently been sending health department personnel to knock on people’s doors to make sure they have been vaccinated. “Your papers please!”

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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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