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Is Joe Biden's admin destroying America?   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

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Nov-10

BIDEN ECONOMY: Average Americans’ Retirement Accounts Are Down 25% This Year Alone

By Joe Hoft
Published October 17, 2022 at 9:16am

The Biden economy is crushing Americans’ savings and retirement accounts.  
 
Trump economist Stephen Moore with E. J. Antoni write at the New York Post that Americans’ savings are being destroyed by the Biden economy.
 
Not surprisingly, since President Biden took office, monthly savings have collapsed, falling 83%. (We could never understand how Biden could say with a straight face that Americans are saving more. His “transformation” of the US economy has had just the opposite effect.) Many millions of Americans who are living paycheck to paycheck just don’t have the money after paying the inflated bills to save much.
 
But to add insult to injury, even what has been already saved and invested by older Americans over past years and even over several decades has been erased from these accounts.
 
Thanks to the thief of inflation.
 
When Joe Biden took over he was handed an excellent and growing economy.  But he blew it.
 
President Trump put in place the greatest economy in US history.
 
But Biden destroyed the Trump economy by killing the energy sector and spending like money grew on trees.
 
On January 20, 2021, the DOW closed at 31,188.  Now the DOW is under 30,000.  This is a 1,500 point drop for the DOW since Biden stepped into office. 
 
The DOW is currently down more than 6,500 points this year alone (the DOW was at 36,338 on December 31, 2021).
 
The worst year prior to this was 2008 when the DOW was down 4,488 points.  This is currently the worst year in US stock market history and Americans are seeing it in their 401ks.
 
This is the truth behind the Biden economy.

BIDEN ECONOMY: Average Americans' Retirement Accounts Are Down 25% This Year Alone (thegatewaypundit.com)

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Nov-10

He will eventually be worse than 2008.

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Nov-16

Biden’s Border Crisis Is Much Worse Than You Think

I & I Editorial Board
October 28, 2022

In a clumsy effort to hide the latest and altogether shocking data on illegal border crossings, the Department of Homeland Security released its latest report in the dead of night last Friday. Not that it mattered, since the mainstream press wouldn’t have covered it no matter what. But in this case, the numbers are shocking. The reality is even more shocking.
 
DHS’s Customs and Border Protection agency finally, after basically being forced into it, reported that it had “encountered” almost 2.8 million illegal border crossers in the past fiscal year (which ended Sept. 30). That’s up from 1.9 million last fiscal year And it’s more than four times the number in President Trump’s last year in office.
 
The CPB also reports capturing 98 people on terrorist watch lists at the border this year (up from 3 in Trump’s last year) and nearly 30,000 with criminal records. Border Patrol agents also had to go on more than 22,000 search and rescue efforts, up from 6,000 in 2020.
 
 
Notice a trend here?
 
Many, if not most of those “encountered” will end up safely in the U.S. after the CBP releases them.
 
A Daily Signal reporter spent three days at the border recently, and came away “surprised by how much of a well-oiled machine illegal immigration has become.”
 
She reports that migrants cross the border and wait patiently for Border Patrol agents to pick them up. “Agents take the migrants to a processing center where some basic information is taken down. Then they are put on a bus or an airplane to a city somewhere else in America.” One pair of illegals she said they hoped to go to Chicago while waiting for the CPB van to pick them up.
 
This is all bad.
 
But the number that you never hear about is the one that should scare you the most. That’s the number of “got aways.” These are the illegals who purposely evade border patrol agents, most likely because they know that, if they were caught, they’re criminals, gang members, or would-be terrorists who know they won’t get released in the wild.
 
How many got-aways are there? The CBP can only estimate, but they say that they are aware of more than 600,000 over the last fiscal year, and figure the number tops 1 million since Joe Biden took office.
 
And with the CPB constantly overwhelmed by the number of people walking across Biden’s open southern border, the number who evade capture is likely far higher than the CBP’s estimate.
 
Put the two numbers together, and the total number of illegals who have bypassed U.S. immigration, avoided the hassle of applying and getting a visa, slipped past any investigation into their past or why they want entrance, and are now safely ensconced in the U.S., is twice the size of most mid-sized cities in the U.S.   
 
Who will pay for this flagrant dereliction of duty? You will. In taxes to provide government benefits to this massive influx of people here illegally. In crime rates as gang members and criminals flood the nation. In premature deaths as cartels take advantage of the chaos to ship drugs across the border. And, more likely than not, in a future terrorist attack thanks to the ease with which they can now slip into the U.S.
 
Protecting the nation from foreign threats and guarding its borders is one of the few jobs the federal government is constitutionally obligated to perform.
 
The fact that Biden is either too inept, too mentally incapacitated, or too ideologically driven to care should be reason enough to have him and his top lieutenants removed from office.

Biden’s Border Crisis Is Much Worse Than You Think – Issues & Insights (issuesinsights.com)

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Nov-16

I am waiting for the shock and awe fall out when they realize they’ve lost the Hispanic vote.

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Nov-16

They've already lost the majority of Hispanics in the US legally.

What they don't understand is that many of the Hispanics coming from Central America are well aware of the socialist hell hole of a country they left to come to the US... and are now watching the US become a socialist hell hole too. Do you think they want to vote for socialism after just leaving a socialist ran country? Illegally voting or not... I doubt they would vote for socialism again. Those are the ones the Democrats hope will vote Democrat. Those are the ones they will be shocked to find vote Republican.

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Nov-16

That is how we got 5 million more votes this year.  That will continue to rise.

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Nov-17

DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion)... you must embrace it to get research grants... sounds like a quid pro quo if you ask me... Do what we say, or you get no grant monies!!!

Department of Energy to Require DEI Plans from Research-Grant Applicants

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm speaks during a meeting at the State Department in Washington, D.C., February 7, 2022. (Andrew Harnik/Reuters)

By ISAAC SCHORR
October 28, 2022 11:06 AM

Beginning in fiscal year 2023, the Department of Energy will require applicants for research funding to explain how their research projects will incorporate the tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
 
According to the Department of Energy website, applicants will be required to attach a “Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research (PIER) Plan” to their funding application in which they will “describe the activities and strategies” they’ll rely on “to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in their research projects.” The quality of a would-be grantee’s proposed PIER plan will factor into the “merit review process” and “be used to inform funding decisions.”
 
PIER plans will be expected to address “the research environment, the composition of the research team, the responsibilities among the research participants, and the distribution of leadership activities of the research personnel.”
 
Evaluators will determine whether a proposal’s PIER plan is an “integral component” of the project, as well as the extent to which it will lead to the participation of “individuals historically underrepresented in the research community,” and “contribute to the goal of creating and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, encouraging, and professional training and research environment.”
 
Applicants may include the costs of their PIER plans in their requested budget. In general, the quality of a proposal’s PIER plan will hold the least weight in the merit review process, but that may not be the case for all solicitations.
 
No proposal that does not include a PIER plan will be considered by the Department of Energy.
 
The department’s new requirement is part of a wider Biden administration focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
 
Vice President Kamala Harris, who championed equity during the 2020 presidential campaign, argued last month that Democrats “need to fight for equity,” — which she has defined as meaning “that we all end up at the same place” — rather than just “equality.”
 
“If we want people to be in an equal place sometimes, we have to take into account those disparities and, and do that work,” said Harris.
 
On his first day in office, President Biden signed Executive Order 13985, which “directed the Federal Government to advance an ambitious whole-of-government equity agenda that matches the scale of the challenges we face.”
 
In order to comply with the order, federal departments have developed “equity agency plans.” According to the White House, “delivering equity through grantmaking” is one of the “innovative new strategies” being implemented as part of those plans.
 
The new Department of Energy requirement raises questions about whether arbitrary determinations about the quality of PIER plans might lead the department to prioritize less valuable projects. It also could lead to discrimination against researchers who don’t share the Biden administration’s ideological preference for equity over equality. The Department of Energy has not responded to a request for comment on those concerns.
 
Roger Clegg, a member of the board of directors at the Center for Equal Opportunity, where he previously served as president and general counsel, told National Review that the initiative would also inexorably result in a “push toward racial preferences in the selection of individuals.” Were it to come to that, such an eventuality could lead to legal issues for the administration.
 
Peter Kirsanow, an attorney and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has noted that public institutions like the Department of Energy would need to survive strict scrutiny under the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause, and would not enjoy the same allowance given to public educational institutions who claim diversity as a pedagogical mission.
 
Representative Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas) expressed his disapproval for the PIER plan mandate in a statement to National Revi
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Nov-17

Amber Waves Of Pain: Thanksgiving Dinners Will Be 20% More Expensive This Year

By Ben Zeisloft
Nov 17, 2022

The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner has risen 20% since last year, according to an analysis from the American Farm Bureau Association.
 
Costs for holiday staples such as turkey, sweet potatoes, and stuffing have surged since the same time last year when the lobbying group reported that the cost of the meal had increased 14% since 2020.
 
“General inflation slashing the purchasing power of consumers is a significant factor contributing to the increase in average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner,” Farm Bureau Chief Economist Roger Cryan remarked in a press release. “Other contributing factors to the increased cost for the meal include supply chain disruptions and the war in Ukraine. The higher retail turkey cost at the grocery store can also be attributed to a slightly smaller flock this year, increased feed costs and lighter processing weights.”
 
The price of a 16-pound turkey has risen from $23.99 last year to $28.96, marking a 21% increase as an outbreak of the avian flu impacts poultry flocks across the country. The costs for cubed stuffing mix, one dozen dinner rolls, and a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix have surged 69%, 22%, and 18%, respectively.
 
A family serving 10 people during the upcoming holiday can expect to spend an average of $64.05. Last year, households spent $53.31 to feed the same number of people. Americans in the western portion of the country can expect to pay $71.37, while those in southern states can expect to spend a more modest $58.42.
 
Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall remarked in the press release that state and local chapters of the organization would conduct charity efforts to support families that cannot afford Thanksgiving meals. “We should not take our food supply for granted,” he remarked. “As many of us gather with family and friends for a special meal, it’s a time for giving thanks and doing our part to help those who can’t afford a big holiday feast.”
 
Inflation has plagued American consumers and businesses over the past two years. Price levels rose 7.7% between October 2021 and October 2022, according to a report released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicating that inflation has begun to slow amid contractionary policy from the Federal Reserve. The month-to-month increase of 0.4% was below analysts’ forecasts, while the 0.3% increase in core inflation, which factors out the more volatile food and energy categories, was likewise lower than expected.
 
Nevertheless, overall food prices rose 0.6% while energy prices rose 1.8%. Shelter costs rose 0.8%, marking their fastest increase since the start of the year.
 
President Joe Biden claimed that the lower headline inflation number showed “a much-needed break” in rising price levels. “Today’s report shows that we are making progress on bringing inflation down, without giving up all of the progress we have made on economic growth and job creation,” he said in a statement from the White House. “My economic plan is showing results, and the American people can see that we are facing global economic challenges from a position of strength.”
 
After the Farm Bureau noted last year that the cost of a Fourth of July cookout had fallen $0.16 since the previous summer, the administration came under criticism for taking a victory lap in response to the negligible savings. This summer, however, the Farm Bureau found that the cost of an average Independence Day cookout rose $10.18 from the previous year.

Amber Waves Of Pain: Thanksgiving Dinners Will Be 20% More Expensive This Year | The Daily Wire

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Nov-17

What happened to hiring the best people for the jobs?

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Nov-17

That sounds reasonable. $1.81 is cheap for turkey. I was happy to find one for $2+ a pound.

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