Ukraine, COVID, and Monkeypox: Biden Asks Congress for Another $47 Billion to Address ‘Critical Needs for the American People’

The White House asked Congress for another $47 billion Friday to address what it considers “immediate needs,” including the spread of monkeypox at home and abroad, the never-ending fight against COVID, and the defense of Ukraine.

President Joe Biden’s request to Congress is aimed at keeping the government open beyond the September 30 expiration of the 2022 fiscal year, according to administration officials, Politico reported. The requested $47 billion includes $6.5 billion to address the recent flooding in Kentucky and wildfires in California, but that’s just a little over half of the $11.7 billion Biden wants to send to Ukraine.

“This Administration will continue to work with members of both parties in Congress to meet these critical needs for the American people, and we look forward to reaching a bipartisan funding agreement that advances national priorities in the coming fiscal year,” Shalanda Young, the director of the Office of Management and Budget wrote Friday.

While the administration carved out some funding to address natural disasters at home, there was no mention of Biden wanting Congress to send money to address the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, that has now dragged on for five days. Instead, the president set his short-term priorities on throwing more money toward combatting the already slowing spread of viruses and aiding the war defense of a foreign nation. (Read more from “Ukraine, COVID, and Monkeypox: Biden Asks Congress for Another $47 Billion to Address ‘Critical Needs for the American People’” HERE)

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Expect the IRS to Turn the Dogs Loose

On July 27, Senators Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) and Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) announced a deal that will likely bring the Democrats’ tax-and-spending bill to the president’s desk. Manchin was one of the sole remaining Democrat holdouts, claiming that he could not support tax increases at a time of high inflation.

But he caved. So on August 7, the Senate passed H.R. 5376, misnamed the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.” The bill carries $437 billion in tax increases, greatly trimmed down from the $739 billion initially proposed.

I say the bill is misnamed because there is nothing in it that will reduce inflation. One of its key elements is to increase corporate taxes by $313 billion through a new 15 percent corporate-minimum tax. But this will only hinder investment and productivity, the very things needed to quell inflation. As I point out here, high corporate taxes cannot and will not reduce inflation.

Another key element of the bill is the provision to fund the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The bill would appropriate $80 billion in new revenue (over its usual annual appropriation of about $12 billion) to the IRS over the next ten years. Here’s how some of the new money is to be used:

$3.181 billion for taxpayer services, including pre-filing assistance and education, return filing and account services, and taxpayer-advocate services;

$4.751 billion for business-systems modernization, including updating computer systems generally and the development of call-back technology; and

$25.326 billion for operations support, including general expenses to support taxpayer services and enforcement, general administrative expenses for such things as rent, printing, postage, vehicles, etc.

The centerpiece of IRS spending would be for tax-law enforcement. The bill promises $45.638 billion for this purpose, to include enhanced audits and collection, legal and litigation support, criminal investigations, digital asset monitoring and compliance, and the general enforcement of tax laws and other financial crimes.

And while the administration has repeatedly assured us that the targets of this increased enforcement action will be only high-income earners, I have shown clearly that the targets will likely be self-employed persons, along with those who claim the benefits of the laundry-list of refundable tax credits — lower-income taxpayers.

But even if the IRS targets only high-income taxpayers, spending the lion’s share of the $80 billion on enforcement is simply bad policy.

Compare the enforcement appropriation with that of taxpayer assistance and education. Enforcement is a winner by a margin of more than 14-1. And yet, only 2 percent of total federal revenue comes through enforcement. That means 98 percent of every dollar paid to the government is paid “voluntarily,” that is, without the need of IRS intervention.

To the extent that people fail to comply with the law, the vast majority of what is deemed non-compliance is not really non-compliance at all. People do not wake up one morning and say, “How can I tick off the IRS today? I know. I’ll stop paying my taxes!” Nobody wants to get sideways with the IRS, and an overwhelming majority of citizens screw themselves into the ground to stay on top of their tax obligations.

Rather, failure to comply is generally attributable to either (1) a misunderstanding of what the law requires, or (2) the inability to comply due to some unforeseen circumstances. Examples include (but certainly aren’t limited to) catastrophic illness or injury, a failed business or marriage, addiction, or natural disaster. Over the past two years, I’ve seen countless issues directly related to the Covid pandemic.

Policy-makers at every level fail to grasp the magnitude of tax-law complexity. The tax code was changed more than 5,900 times since 2001, and that doesn’t count the many changes that occurred in 2020 and 2021. The 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act constituted the most sweeping change to the tax code since the Tax Reform Act of 1988. As proof that policy-makers simply ignore this issue, consider that the 1998 Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act required the IRS to submit an annual report to Congress on the sources of tax complexity and how it might be reduced. The IRS has issued just two such reports, and none after 2002. I take this to mean they just don’t care about the burdens the Byzantine tax code places on taxpayers.

Honest taxpayers — individuals and businesses alike — are drowning in the flood of so-called tax reform to the point where they cannot quickly and easily ascertain their legal responsibilities.

If Congress is not going to stop changing the law several times every year, the IRS has to recognize that people need help complying. The 14-1 enforcement ratio must be turned on its head. That is, the IRS should be spending vastly more resources to help people comply on the front end, rather than grinding them into powder on the back end when they don’t. (For more from the author of “Expect the IRS to Turn the Dogs Loose” please click HERE)

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Of Course It Was! The Washington Post Deletes Tweet After Suggesting FBI Raid Was Politically Motivated

The Washington Post announced Wednesday they deleted a tweet containing a story that suggested, in its initial headline, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) raid on Mar-a-Lago was politically motivated.

The story’s original headline read “Garland vowed to depoliticize Justice. Then the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago,” according to the Post’s since-deleted tweet. The piece described the FBI’s raid as “highly unusual” and dove into the U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and Department of Justice’s (DOJ) alleged political motivations regarding the search.

The Post later edited the story’s headline to: “FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago lands Merrick Garland in a political firestorm.” The outlet deleted the tweet containing the original headline.

“Clarification: A previous tweet of this story had a headline that has changed after publishing. We’ve deleted the tweet,” The Post said.

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Four Fairbanks Children Dead After Teenager Opens Fire on Siblings: Authorities

Alaska authorities are investigating the deaths of four children, one of whom is believed to have killed the others and himself, according to state troopers.

Alaska State Troopers were alerted to a report of a shooting north of Fairbanks, Alaska, at 4:17 p.m. on Tuesday, where the troopers found four children dead from apparent gunshot wounds in a building, according to troopers. The troopers believe a 15-year-old boy among the victims used a gun to shoot three of his siblings, ages 5, 8, and 17, before turning the gun on himself, according to NBC News.

The gun recovered by authorities was a “family gun but beyond that, it’s all still part of the ongoing investigation,” said Tim DeSpain, a spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers.

The parents of the victims were not home when the incident occurred, and three other siblings in the home, all under the age of 7, were not injured, according to troopers. (Read more from “Four Fairbanks Children Dead After Teenager Opens Fire on Siblings: Authorities” HERE)

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Man Survives 18 Hours Adrift at Sea by Clinging to Half-Deflated Soccer Ball

A 30-year-old North Macedonian man is alive today, thanks to a small soccer ball that children 80 miles away had lost ten days earlier.

Some time earlier this month, a man known only as “Ivan” was vacationing with friends near Kassandra, Greece. They were enjoying time on the beach when a strong current swept three people, including Ivan, far out to sea. Ivan’s friends alerted authorities, who immediately sprang into action, but despite a thorough search, no one could find him.

Meanwhile, Ivan found himself lost at sea with little hope of rescue when a small half-deflated kids soccer ball drifted right into his path. He grabbed hold of the ball and clung to it for dear life. Eighteen hours later, a helicopter from the Greek Air Force finally spotted him.

Ivan was taken to the hospital, where his father and even the local mayor were able to visit with him.

“I had constant information on the course of the rescue and am very happy about the smooth ending of the young man’s adventure,” Anastasia Chalkia, the mayor of Kassandra, wrote in a translated Facebook post. “The young man found a ball that saved his life as he helped him when he got tired.” (Read more from “Man Survives 18 Hours Adrift at Sea by Clinging to Half-Deflated Soccer Ball” HERE)

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Dunleavy and the Globalist Threat to Alaska

Are high prices at the pump getting you down? Well, pick that chin up off the ground! This is just another sign benevolent winds are blowing, and our globalist masters are doubling-down on their tried-and-true mantra pledging allegiance to promotion of the so-called, “Greater-Good.”

Who doesn’t want greater good, right? It sounds so darn nice to say. After all, it’s what convinced millions of us to close our businesses, mask our children, take experimental shots, and let our loved ones die alone in their hospital beds.

No doubt you’re probably wondering who these “Greater-Good” folks are, if you are part of the GreaterGood, how you too can become part of the “Greater-Good”, or simply how to just economically survive so much of the “Good” the Globalists are promoting in the world.

According to a 2016 Tweet and video posted by the World Economic Forum, the organization predicted a specific, yet random time in the not-too-distant future (2030) in which, “You’ll own nothing. And you’ll be happy.” The WEF is the same Globalist organization who has been calling for a “Great Global Reset” and thought COVID-19 was an excellent “opportunity” to fundamentally reshape the world under the singular oversight of its brainwashed converts.

To make the transition easier on us, the wise unelected overlords at the WEF are promoting this “Great Reset” through world-wide implementation of a complex series of systems-based initiatives all the hipsters are calling ESG. ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance, and is a nuanced matrix of market controls, policies, business practices and investment strategies which are designed to eradicate “morally deficient” ideas like Consumer Choice, Economic Value, Property Ownership, and Freedom.

ESG is incorporated in and utilizes weaponized government regulations to coercively influence and shift market decision making from the individual consumer and investor to more enlightened, governmentally-driven interests motivated by woke Marxist concepts like Environmental Justice, Sustainability, Stakeholder Interest, Inclusiveness and Social Equity (i.e. The Greater-Good). Basically, the answer to all your questions about the Greater-Good, and our present economic, social, and political situation is ironically contained within the question. Free enterprise, the middle class, and the economy must perish. You are not meant to survive this… at least not in your current understanding of the word “survive” as applied to maintenance of the familiar status quo. Another WEF “prediction” appearing in a 2016 WEF publication is that America will lose its dominant global position. For the Great Reset to occur all systems must be destroyed, we all must lose everything, America must fall, and everyone must worship a new world-wide economic, social and cultural system remade in the image of Klaus Schwab’s dystopian transhumanist vison for the future. Klaus Schwab has made it clear he has proselytes currently placed in and leading many of the world’s greatest nations at executive, cabinet, and industry level positions, and the matter isn’t if a new world order will emerge, but rather when the final lever can be pulled, and the balance of power can transfer to those running the WEF.

Schwab’s global influence was clear in Joe Biden’s 2021 Executive order leveraging his presidential “scale and procurement power to lead by example in tackling the climate crisis,” where he lays out America’s role in touting the WEF Globalist Green-agenda, and a series of controls designed to swiftly kill the hydrocarbon energy sector and American energy independence, to destroy small business, and to effectively seize control of national industrial production through coercive environmental regulation and taxes.

Biden’s re-entry of the U.S. as a member to the World Health Organization, and resolution to amend existing agreements aimed at divesting America of its sovereignty, is another indicator of Schwab’s cancerous influence. In Biden’s 13-page document he outlines how the U.S. will cede it’s global hegemony, and the sovereignty of it’s States; giving oversight, regulation, and mandate power to the capricious and often corrupt leadership of the World Health Organization, many of whom are also members of the WEF.

If you think we are safe from the Globalist Agenda here in Alaska, think again. In order for the globalists to achieve their nefarious objectives they must control Alaska’s strategic, geographic location on the planet and our massive resource wealth that impacts world markets and access to energy.

Like the fictional Marvel Comic International Crime Syndicate, Hydra, the WEF influence and reach is pervasive and insidious, impacting nearly every nation, state, and economic system around the globe. In the case of Alaska, WEF power and influence is clearly identifiable in Governor Mike Dunleavy’s 2022 appointment of WEF billionaire member and Alaska Permanent Fund Manager, David Rubenstein’s daughter, Gabrielle Rubenstein, to the Permanent Fund Board of Trustees. WEF talking-points are also unmistakably present in the Governor’s Alaska Energy Independence Act, and House Bill 301, in which Dunleavy calls for rapid transition of the State’s primary energy grid to 80% dependence on “renewable” energy sources within the next 20 years.

Is it any wonder that a mere few months following Dunleavy’s Green-New-Deal for Alaska, it was announced that the state’s only modern clean burning coal power plant would be shut down in 2024, after years of development, an estimated $475 million dollars of investment and capitalization, and only a short period of operation?

At the least Dunleavy is carrying water for the illegitimate Biden regime, and at worst he is a closet Globalist Elite who is about to have his grand coming-out party. Either way a second Dunleavy term is a bad deal for Alaskans that will ultimately lead to higher energy costs, lower business investment, and a smaller middle class – less prosperity, liberty, and freedom. If you are tired of sacrificing your financial security, stability, and
hope for a brighter future all so a small group of woke activists and global elitists can save you from your selfish desire to own stuff, fire Mike Dunleavy!

If you want a better chance at lower energy rates, less government intrusion into your business and family, more power for the people and less for the government union bosses, then vote for someone who knows that Alaskans don’t need to be protected from themselves.

Vote for someone who understands the challenges and rewards of starting and owning a small business.

Vote for someone who believes our children don’t need to be re-educated with critical race theory and LGBTQ morally bankrupt double speak.

Vote for someone who loves our heritage and can’t be bought by Global Billionaire Oligarchs and Marxist Ideologues.

Vote for someone who will not waver when all the pressure of the Communist Left and Establishment GOP are pressing in.

My name is Christopher Kurka and I am running to be Alaska’s next Governor. Together with my running mate Paul Hueper, we are committed to making Alaska the best place on earth without the oversight of the global elites whose “benevolent” control is hastening an end to the last great place on earth.

To those RINO’s and Establishment sellouts that criticize our ticket saying we are too extreme, too dogmatic, and too uncompromising, we have just one message: we remain resolute in our defense of liberty, the citizen’s right to self-determination and material prosperity, and warn those in D.C. and their Global masters “Don’t Tread on Alaskans.”

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The Crybaby Leftist Mind

Modern progressives assume moral and intellectual authority.

Consequently, their supposedly superior ends naturally justify almost any means necessary to achieve them.

Among the elite, the Democrats’ “blue wall” states were once considered a testament to the wisdom of the Electoral College. When that wall crumbled in 2016 to Donald Trump, the Electoral College suddenly was blasted as a relic of our anti-democratic Founders.

The nine-person Supreme Court was once beloved. On issues like abortion, school prayer, same-sex marriage, pornography, and Miranda rights, the left cheered the court as it made the law and ignored legislatures and presidents. . .

Suddenly a narrow constructionist majority has returned matters of abortion to the states. And the once-beloved court is being slandered by leftist insurrectionists as illegitimate. (Read more from “The Crybaby Leftist Mind” HERE)

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Over a Third of GOP Voters to Back Candidate Who Embraces Trump’s Stolen-Election Claims, Says Poll

More than a third of Republicans say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who says the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, a new poll shows.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found that 35% of Republicans say they are more likely to support a candidate who embraces the stolen election claims, compared to 17% who said they would be less likely.

The remaining 44% of Republicans in the nationwide survey of adults said it makes “no difference.”

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Conversely, 81% of Democrats said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who embraces the stolen election claim, while 2% said they would be more likely to back one. Forty-four percent of independents said they would be less likely to support a stolen-election candidate, while 11% said they would be more likely to back one.

Mr. Trump’s stolen election claims and efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election have taken center stage on Capitol Hill, where the Democratic-led Jan. 6 committee is holding hearings examining the events that led to last year’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. (Read more from “Over a Third of GOP Voters to Back Candidate Who Embraces Trump’s Stolen-Election Claims, Says Poll” HERE)

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School Club Asked Students How They Know They’re Straight

A student leadership and diversity club in a Phoenix-area school district asked students a series of questions on their sexuality, including how they knew they were straight.

The question was part of a program used by the Unitown Club in the Scottsdale Unified School District to discuss sexual orientation with students, according to emails released by the Arizona Daily Independent. The club’s description contains no reference to sexual education.

The curriculum, which was created by the organization Anytown Learning, lists 16 discussion questions on sexual orientation, including what students think caused their heterosexuality, how they decided they were heterosexual, why heterosexual relationships are unstable, and whether they had considered that heterosexuality was a phase they would grow out of.

The sexual orientation exercise also asks students: “Considering the menace of overpopulation, how could the human race survive if everyone were heterosexual?” (Read more from “School Club Asked Students How They Know They’re Straight” HERE)

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Hunter Biden Paid Full-Time Salary to Stripper Who Had His Child

Hunter Biden paid a full-time salary to the exotic dancer with whom he fathered a child in 2018, according to deleted payroll files recovered from a copy of his abandoned laptop.

Lunden Roberts earned $1,500 for 40 hours of work from Biden’s company, Owasco PC, on Nov. 16, 2018, according to a recovered payroll file obtained exclusively by Washington Examiner. Two other recovered files show Owasco spent an additional $521.37 to provide health, dental, and vision insurance coverage for Roberts for the same month.

The payroll records were part of a trove of 168,000 deleted files the Washington Examiner recovered from a copy of Biden’s abandoned laptop. Konstantinos “Gus” Dimitrelos, a cyber forensics expert commissioned by the Washington Examiner to examine the hard drive, retrieved the deleted files from unallocated space on the drive using a technique called data carving.

Roberts sued Biden in Arkansas for child support in 2019. She disclosed in court filings that his company paid her from May 2018 through November 2018, but the specific amounts were not publicly disclosed. Roberts added in the filing that “she never received a tax payment for these payments.” (Read more from “Hunter Biden Paid Full-Time Salary to Stripper Who Had His Child” HERE)

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