Both parties of the DC Swamp are once again using their usual techniques to push through another crappy bill continuing us on the road to Venezuela. Like the Affordable Care Act, Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (PATRIOT) Act, Employee Free Choice Act, and so many others, the politicians chose a benign name for the bill that does the opposite of what it says. This time, it’s the “Fiscal Responsibilility Act,” which doesn’t put in any real spending cuts or make any attempt to balance the annual budget, much less attempt to pay down the $32 trillion dollar debt. At best, it slows the growth rate of spending. In other words, in Washington speak, if I spend $1 trillion year one, $2 trillion year two, then $2.5 trillion year three, that’s a “cut” since a 100% increase has dropped to a 25% increase. Of course, with the massive spending hikes during Covid, the growth rate hurdles are fairly easy to clear (as it was for Obama the year after Bush’s TARP bailout spending).
Here’s another technique from the DC Swamp handbook — it pushes the debt ceiling debate back to January 2025; i.e. right after the presidential election when politicians can maximize how much they piss us off before voters can do anything about it (think Obama and the tax increases in Obamacare that didn’t start until January of his 2nd term). I’m sure the final bill will throw in some added pork not mentioned in Biden & McCarthy’s sales pitches, which will be buried in a 3000-page bill.
It’s all too tiring and predictable. If we had even a tiny shred of an honest news media, they would point out these deception techniques. But we only have state-directed propaganda units that tell one and only one version of the story — the END OF THE WORLD as we know it if the latest draining of our freedom and fiscal solvency isn’t passed.
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t expect RINOs Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell to fold once again on the annual debt ceiling debate? Like clockwork, the media is retreading the usual fear-mongering stories of debt payment defaults and financial catastrope if we don’t raise the federal debt ceiling yet again. Deep State tool, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, is dutifully reading her Chicken Little cue cards. Joe Biden is predictably not compromising an inch on federal spending increases because he knows from 50+ years of DC Swamp life that the media will have his back and blame any negative economic effects on Republicans.
The ironic part of this argument is that we are told with straight faces that the only way to avoid default of an already $32 trillion national debt is to increase spending & debt even more. 🙄 The numbers on debt, tax revenue, and spending are so staggering they’re tough of picture in practical terms. To put it in perspective, cut off some zeroes and imagine a family budget. Assume you have an annual salary of $45,000, but you’re spending $70,000. You have limited ability to raise your salary, while your spending is mostly automatic required payments. That’s of course bad, but now imagine you have $320,000 of unsecured credit card debt that is growing by the day since you can only afford to make the minimum monthly interest payments. See any problems? Ok, now consider these numbers include interest on debt Trump mostly refinanced at rates less than 2%, which will eventually expire and need to be replaced by debt with much, much higher rates? You don’t have to be a math wiz to see we’re on an unsustainable path that will lead to a Mount Everest of debt needing to be solved in one of two ways — actual default, or far more likely, further devaluing of the U.S. dollar that will make inflation of the past few years seem like a drop in the bucket. So, what is the Biden/Yellen solution? Well, obviously take on more credit cards!
The other funny-not-funny thing in this whole mess is that none of the “experts” can seem to figure out why the crush-the-economy Fed interest rate increases aren’t cutting inflation as expected, while massive government spending continues to shift the Demand Curve of prices. Maybe they can bring in an Encomics 101 student who just completed Week 1 of their course to explain the concept. Or possibly a 2nd grader who just learned basic addition and subtraction. 👍
Random Pre-Election Thoughts from a Dangerous Extremist Threat to Democracy
Is there anyone in the mainstream media capable of an original thought? Not only do they stick to the same Ruling Class-approved narratives, they use the exact same words. I think the newly-invented term “election denier” has been used more in the past few weeks than in the previous history of mankind. It’s exclusively used by leftist/Establishment types who want to stop all discussion and intimidate the population into whatever gaslighting BS they spew out. “Denier” is being added to everything the liberals want to silence dissent on: climate change denier, science denier, election denier, January 6th insurrection denier….how long before we start hearing Pelosi right-wing attack denier? The denier description is purely to lump anyone who makes common sense observations in with the same nuts as Holocaust deniers. It’s hateful and divisive, and it needs to be answered EVERY time the words are spoken in the way Kari Lake did. BTW, I dare you to try to find the video of her perfect response in a Google search. It’s been filtered out the same way they did with Fauci Covid flip-flops. I found it on the first link in DuckDuckGo.
Speaking of election deniers, why is Biden suddenly focusing all his pre-midterm energy on such attacks? It’s simple–the prominent people who question the 2020 election shenanigans are the exact kind of people that will work to stomp out the Democratic cheating techniques used in this and every future election. Cheating in elections is one of the pillars of Democratic power, and it’s slipping away. Consider all the other pillars that are collapsing:
Mainstream Media. Virtually no one believes their BS propaganda anymore. In fact, their attacks on a candidate often drive up that person’s popularity, as it is with Kari Lake, who is opening up double-digit leads despite 100% negative coverage.
Big Tech Censorship. People are increasingly using alternative social media and search engines. Twitter, Parler, MeWe, and Truth Social are now owned by conservative/libertarians. Facebook is plummeting in users & influence while their fact checks have become the butt of jokes.
Education. Parents are actively working to fix leftist curriculum, moving their kids to private schools, or homeschooling. Colleges are massively losing donations & enrollments as Americans switch to cheap online learning and tech schools, which teach more practical skills rather than what pronouns to use and the joys of communism.
Entertainment. Joe Rogan, Gina Carano, Kanye West, Kelsey Grammar, Elon Musk, Aaron Rodgers, Rob Schneider, Adam Corolla, and so many others are starting to break from the mindless Leftist groupthink among prominent celebrities. And few Americans put any stock in their leftist parroting anyway.
So if the Left can’t cheat, they’re screwed. We all know they will try to do a repeat of 2020, but it’s simply not going to work this time. The polls show a massive red wave, more election controls are in place, and there are way too many eyes on everything. Note: Biden’s “voter intimidation” = conservatives passively observing vote counting, filming dropboxes, volunteering as poll works, or simply asking for ID. In other words, ANYTHING that will prevent the Dems from cheating is a “threat to democracy.”
We are witnessing the most divisive president in the history of America, and it’s not even close. Trump was divisive to be sure, but he saved his attacks for Ruling Class/Establishment types and their prominent enablers. Biden, on the other hand, regularly attacks half the population with the most slanderous, hate-filled rhetoric we’ve ever seen. And really, what else can he do than try to turn Americans against each other? Is there anything in his record that can even remotely be spun as a success?
Examining the Biden presidency, one thing that is not getting enough attention is the national debt and annual deficits, which are pushing America to the brink of financial collapse. It’s bad enough that we have record deficits due to insane Covid spending & Biden’s laughably-named Inflation Reduction Act, but consider that already-unsustainable deficits had the advantage of record tax revenues, a by-product of all-time highs in the stock market, corporate profits, and personal income coming out of the Trump presidency. What about next year? The taxes collected from all those stock gains will turn to deductions from huge stock losses. Plummeting corporate & personal incomes means less income tax. As for spending, we know that government never cuts spending once it jacks it up, but consider that most of the spending will not even be controllable. Social security just had one of the biggest cost-of-living adjustment in history. Interest on the national debt is going up with every CPI report & Fed rate hike. Health care expenses are going up like everything else in the inflationary environment. So I’m sorry to say, get ready for deficits like you’ve never seen in 2023…globalists’ Modern Monetary Theory in action.
Speaking of taxes, Dems’ Inflation Reduction Act will double the number of IRS agents to roughly 165,000. We currently have less than 20,000 border patrol agents, in case you were wondering where Biden’s priorities lie.
Sorry to mention Kari Lake again, but she is perfectly executing the most important technique every conservative/libertarian should be using in their campaigns–preparation. As I mentioned, the media uses the exact same talking points across the board. Be ready with a response to every single one, complete with examples and sources. They will no doubt lie, misdirect, name-call, and toss out overgeneralized statements like “experts all agree,” but this kind of BS crumbles when you can whip out reports with quotes & sources. Trump rightfully fought against nonstop unfair media attacks, but too often he resorted to name-calling and personal attacks rather than logic & persuasion, which is why I really don’t think he’s the best person to lead the conservative moment. Ron DeSantis, Kari Lake, Blake Masters, and others are the wave of the future. And yes I know, these candidates aren’t all perfect, but there will never be a perfect candidate, so we must go with ones who have principles and who can change hearts & minds.