• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Do Dems Run Hurricanes TOO?

Never Let A Devastating Natural Disaster Go To Waste

BY: DAVID HARSANYI at the Federalist:

SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

NOAA Shuts Down Don Lemon Tying Hurricane Ian to Climate Change

Hurricanes have always been with us, and they always will be. No amount of scaremongering can change that reality.

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DAVID HARSANYI

Be prepared for Democrats to exploit the devastation of Hurricane Ian to peddle de-modernization. And because there is no conclusive way for anyone to prove that global warming isn’t triggering every natural disaster — and because nature offers a continuous flow of these terrifying events and always will — the exploitation will never stop.

The effort began in earnest after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, a Category 3 hurricane that devastated an unprepared New Orleans. Just watch Al Gore, with his grade-school “science” charts, cartoonish satellite images (water, the color of fire!), and didactic tone, emotionally manipulating audiences with images of destruction and suffering. The problem was that “An Inconvenient Truth” suggested — among numerous other dire predictions that would never come to pass — that climate change had not only caused Katrina, despite negligible warming, but that it portended the dawn of an age of shocking and intense hurricanes.

After 2005, Florida didn’t get hit with another hurricane until 2016 and Louisiana didn’t see a major one until 2020 (also the fault of climate change.) It is debatable that storms that do make landfall do so with more intensity or that Category 3-plus hurricanes are increasing. Overall, the frequency of hurricanes has slightly declined since 1900. From 1851-1860, 19 hurricanes made landfall in the United States. From 2011-2020, 19 hurricanes made landfall in the United States. The average per decade between 1860-2011 is about 18. In the decade of 1941-1950, 10 major hurricanes hit the United States.

“Hurricane Ian gets nasty quickly, turbocharged by warm water,” explains the Associated Press, which has been true since the first hurricane formed. More “climate havoc,” says The New York Times, as Ian threatens to hit the same exact places that storms have always hit. Today’s media simply can’t report on any flood or tornado or hurricane or brain-eating amoeba without making it about their favorite policy hobby horse. It just feels like things are worse, you know?

“What effect does climate change have on this phenomenon?” CNN’s Don Lemon asks Jamie Rhome, the acting director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center about Hurricane Ian. “Because it seems these storms are intensifying.”

“I don’t think you can link climate change to any one event. On the whole, on the cumulative, climate change may be making storms worse. But to link it to any one event, I would caution against it,” answers Rhome.

“Ok, listen, I grew up there. And these storms are intensifying,” responds Lemon.

He grew up there.

Joy Behar, cohost of “The View,” noted Wednesday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is “not in the pews of the church of the Global Warming Leftists.” “This is what he thinks about climate change. And now, his state is getting hit with one of the worst hurricanes that we will ever see!” This a quite common attack, but it’s a non sequitur. Even if we accepted every alarmist forecast about anthropogenic global warming, and embraced the Democrats’ net-zero plan and banned gas-powered engines and fossil fuels by 2050 or 2030 or even 2024, the temperature wouldn’t be any different today. Forget India and China, not a single major economy that signed onto the Paris Accord has met its goals.

Of course, the underlying claim is also untrue. Since Behar’s birth in 1942, Florida has seen 48 hurricanes make landfall. Three of them have been Category 5 (so worse), nine of them have been Category 4 (including Ian), and 11 of them Category 3. Granted, Behar was not around for 1900’s Great Galveston hurricane, which hit eight years before Model Ts began emitting carbon into the air; it likely killed somewhere around 10,000 people in Texas. The 1926 Great Miami hurricane killed 372, causing an estimated, inflation-adjusted $164 billion in damage. Only around 150,000 people lived in all of Dade County back in those days. The Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 was tied with 2019’s Hurricane Dorian for strongest maximum sustained landfall winds (185 mph). Those were pretty bad storms, as were many others.

Critics will, no doubt, point out the rising cost of insurance payments due to hurricanes and other natural disasters. This is largely due to the concentration of people and wealth in coastal regions, a consequence of both rising population and wealth, and federal insurance programs that incentivize people to take on this risk. Critics will also point out that hurricanes are far less deadly now than they have been in the past because we’ve instituted warning systems and improved infrastructure and preparedness. And that’s right. Acclimatizing to the realities of climate is far cheaper and more effective than any state-compelled dismantling of modernity. No amount of scaremongering can change that reality.

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist. Harsanyi is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of five books—the most recent, Eurotrash: Why America Must Reject the Failed Ideas of a Dying Continent.

Times ARE Tough! Thanks To Today’s White House!

SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN 2022 ELECTIONECONOMY

MISTER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?

Times are tough, although the elites that run our country probably haven’t noticed. But for most of us, the rising costs of gasoline, electricity, manufactured goods and groceries, along with a decline in the value of our savings and the prospect of paying for trillions in new federal deficits, are alarming.

How worried are Americans? This worried: Rasmussen finds that 57% of Americans are expecting a depression:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of American Adults believe it’s likely that, over the next few years, the United States will enter a 1930s-like Depression, including 21% who think a depression is Very Likely. Thirty-two percent (32%) don’t think a depression is likely, and another 12% are not sure.

You might think that those who believe a depression is likely are alarmist, and, as an inveterate optimist, that would normally be my view. But with the most incompetent, out of control, and downright anti-American administration in history holding the reins, anything could happen. Especially if our government continues to pursue a grotesque vision of wind and solar energy powering our economy. That will never happen, but a serious effort to make it happen could indeed result in a 1930s-style depression, or worse.

Still, to look on the bright side, it is hard to imagine the Democratic Party faring well in November if more than half of Americans think the Democrats’ policies have led us to the brink of a depression.

TRUMP UNDERSTOOD THAT THE WEST IS UNDER SIEGE!

September 28, 2022

Donald Trump and the Future of Western Civilization

By Steve McCann at American Thinker:

The panoply of heads of state leaders at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II highlighted the dire reality that there are at present no resolute statesmanlike leaders capable of reversing the accelerating decline throughout the whole of the Western world, thereby averting the very real possibility of a global conflict with an allied Communist China and Russia. 

The West, in particular the United States, is currently populated with patronizing, oblivious, and callous leaders more concerned about themselves and globalism than the people and the future of their respective countries.  Nor do they acknowledge that Western Civilization, because of its roots in Christianity, has increased freedom, wealth, health, comfort and life expectancy to unprecedented levels throughout the world.

When virtually all Western nations pursue the same ruinous policies, and their ruling classes have the same self-absorbed characteristics, decline and collapse from self-immolation is inevitable. 

In the debauched current state of Western Civilization, the sole path of reversing this decline and collapse is for a tenacious and intrepid egalitarian leader from one of the major Western nations to assume the mantle of leadership.  The only experienced and successful current or past leader with these attributes in the West today is Donald Trump, who temporarily stanched and exposed the factors behind the downfall during his four years as president.  With the specter of China/Russia hegemony and the accelerating deterioration of the West looming over the United States and Europe, Trump must seriously consider running for president again in 2024.

Early in his presidency, in a landmark speech delivered in Poland on July 6, 2017, President Trump  delivered a Churchillian-style message about Western Civilization and its accomplishments — and more importantly its future.  That day, in a speech largely ignored by the entirety of the American and much of the European media, President Trump declared that he was resolved to stop the decline of Western Civilization.  He stated.

Today, the West is also confronted by the powers that seek to test our will, undermine our confidence, and challenge our interests….  Americans, Poles, and the nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty.  We must work together to confront forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the South or the East, that threaten over time to undermine those values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are.  If left unchecked, these forces will undermine our courage, sap our spirit and weaken our will to defend ourselves and our societies.  [Emphasis added]

Trump understood that the West is under siege not only from radical Islam and the Communist Chinese but also from within the United States and many countries of Europe.  Such groups, oftentimes allied with the ruling classes, seek to destroy traditional culture and moral values, as they believe the State is more important than the family, the individual, or the nation.  Trump also instinctively recognized that after decades of indoctrination and the re-writing of history, far too many in the United States had lost confidence in American and thus Western civilization. 

Richard Koch and Chris Smith in their book, Suicide of the West, wrote:

One hundred years ago, most Westerners felt tremendous pride and confidence in their civilization.  They knew what it stood for, and they believed in it.  Today that sense is gone.  That is largely because the six principal ideas which underpinned Western confidence — those of Christianity, optimism, science, economic growth, [classical] liberalism and individualism — have suffered a century of sustained attack.  These ideas no longer inspire or unite the West as they once did…

There are three ongoing phenomena, either individually or collectively, that will precipitate the collapse of Western Civilization if not aggressively addressed.  First, the degeneration and moral collapse of societies and subsequent acceptance of autocratic police states.  Second, the willful destruction of economies and standards of living brought about by the inane determination to eliminate fossil fuels and nuclear energy.  Third, the inevitable threat of Chinese global hegemony and their potential alliance with Russia. 

Throughout all Western societies, Christianity is being replaced with secularism and fealty to the state.  Child abuse, pedophilia and degeneracy are being normalized as the natural family structure, the fundamental building block of society, is under siege.  Greed, apathy, narcissism, censorship and repression are rapidly becoming the hallmarks of Western Civilization.  Cultural icons are being abandoned and destroyed as history is falsely re-written. 

Other than Donald Trump, no Western leader in the past 20 years has addressed or even acknowledged these civilization-ending developments that are devastating and dramatically weakening the nations of the West.  He did so in yet another powerful speech on July 4, 2020    as well as with his pro-family, anti-censorship, and religious freedom policies.

In an ongoing effort to transform the entirety of the Western world into a monolithic socialist oligarchy, the Western ruling elites, or globalists, have been promoting a “green agenda.”  They are well aware that these policies will ultimately create massive economic decline and irreversible vulnerability.  Yet, these “elites” claim to believe that a theoretically healthy relationship with the Earth requires making energy, the lifeblood of modern society, scarce regardless of economic or security implications.

Donald Trump has been the only Western leader to vociferously point out the duplicity of the globalists and that total reliance on unreliable renewables would greatly weaken economies, wipe out jobs, put money in the hands of authoritarian governments out to destroy the West and have no detectable influence on the world’s temperature or climate. 

Meanwhile, Trump massively grew the American economy by expanding fossil fuel production, lowering the cost of energy and making the United States energy independent and able to supply other nations in the West.  Unlike the timorous and imperious elites in Europe and America, Trump understood that having access to reliable, affordable energy isn’t just important for the economy, it’s a matter of national and regional security.

The avoidable invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the subsequent irresponsible determination to force regime change in Moscow by Western leaders has opened the door for an alliance between Russia and Communist China.  If this alliance is allowed to come to full fruition, China will effectively subjugate Russia and its massive reserves of natural resources and fossil fuels. 

While the West is willfully destroying their economies, a China/Russia axis would dominate and effectively control virtually all economic activity throughout the world.  This coalition would have a massive manufacturing base, nearly unlimited energy sources, as well as an overwhelming military and nuclear arsenal to enforce their hegemony.  Thus, potentially relegating the United States and the nations of Europe to subservience and ending Western Civilization’s global dominance. 

Donald Trump was the first and still only Western leader to stand up to and definitively state that Communist China is the foremost threat to world peace and to change America’s defense strategy to include both Russia and China as the West’s major adversaries.

With the unprecedented success of the Abraham Accords among many other accomplishments, Donald Trump has become the most consequential and successful foreign affairs president since Ronald Regan, as he has shown he can negotiate once-thought-impossible peace agreements and avoid or resolve military conflicts.  As such, he is uniquely qualified to shepherd the United States and the Western World through the perilous Chinese/Russia morass created by the current feckless Western leadership.

I had previously taken the position that Donald Trump’s overwhelmingly successful legacy was set in stone and as he and his family have sacrificed and paid a massive personal and financial price on behalf of the American people, so he should rest on his laurels and not run in 2024.  However, the accelerating downward spiral of the United States and the rest of the Western world combined with the specter of Chinese/Russia hegemony necessitates that he should seriously consider running.

Manchin Fails Again!

SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 BY SCOTT JOHNSON at Power Line:

GOODBYE, MANCHIN TUESDAY

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin sold his vote to pass the Ignorance Is Strength a/k/a Inflation Reduction Act to Chuck Schumer in exchange for Senate Majority Leader’s promise to include permitting reform on oil and gas projects in the must-pass continuing resolution to fund the government. I called it Manchin’s Wimpy deal. Schumer got his hamburger on the promise that he would pay Manchin in the currency of “permitting reform” next Tuesday.

Right on cue yesterday we learned that Manchin Tuesday isn’t going to come. Manchin looks like a chump. In the words of the Rolling Stones song, “Ain’t life unkind?”

This is the story reported by the Hill: “Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Tuesday asked Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to remove permitting reform language from a stopgap government funding bill, bowing to the reality that there was too much opposition to the measure.” I kinda think Chuck told Joe he was pulling it, but it’s big of Chuck to give Joe the appearance of some kind of agency.

Politico calls on three reporters to work up “Why Manchin backed off on his top priority.” I think we come closer to the naked truth in RedState’s “Joe Manchin’s Humiliation Is Complete After Deal Falls Through.”

Will GOP Leadership COME OUT OF THEIR FOG?

September 27, 2022

If Republicans Want to Win, Commit

By J. Robert Smith at American Thinker

This past Friday, Kevin McCarthy and other GOP U.S. House leaders unveiled the long-awaited “Republican Commitment to America.”  It didn’t disappoint.  The plan was fittingly announced in Washington, Pennsylvania, not Washington, D.C.  It addresses the mounting concerns of America’s hard-pressed majority: the working- and middle-classes. 

That’s most of us — whatever race, color, or creed.  We’re daily struggling under the spreading policy and governance failures of our shady, witless president, Joe Biden, and congressional Democrats.  Let’s not leave out Joe’s handlers and department and agency chiefs for ample rations of blame. 

The Commitment was modeled after Newt Gingrich’s uber-successful 1994 “Contract with America.”  The Contract was instrumental in securing the U.S. House for the GOP for the first time since 1956.  Republicans were swept in with 56 seats.  The GOP took the Senate, too, gaining an impressive eight seats.  The takeover was termed the “Republican Revolution.”  

House Republicans today need only gain five seats to win the majority.  But why stop at five?  With Biden and Democrats ruining the country, Republicans need to do everything possible to run the table.  Why in heavens name leave anything for the Democrats?       

But wait, say you.  You’re holding your nose just saying McCarthy’s name.  If he has anything to do with the Commitment, it’s got to be a nothingburger.  After all, McCarthy is a “RINO,” a “puke,” a “sellout,” and whatever else can be thrown at him, including heaping handfuls of elephant dung. 

The midterm contests are larger than McCarthy or Mitch McConnell, the truly odious Senate leader.  The challenges we’re confronting are greater than the personalities.  Before you say, “Yeah, I’ve heard that before,” understand the Commitment is a tool for GOP House candidates, who, as a group, contain the biggest number of America First hopefuls ever assembled. 

Donald Trump — who put the “First” in America — has endorsed 150 House incumbents, challengers, and open-seat contenders.  Add 19 U.S. Senate incumbents and open race candidates.  The former — and, perhaps, future — president is too savvy to hold his nose and then walk away.  McCarthy, Trump calculates, is a man he can work with if enough America First candidates are elected and comprise the GOP House caucus.  A robust contingent of Trump-supported House Republicans would exert all sorts of pressure on McCarthy to play ball or risk losing the speakership.  

McConnell, on the other hand, is a backstabber whom Trump is trying to end-run.   

Florida senator Rick Scott — who deserves a huge shoutout for his 12-point “Rescue America” plan – would make an outstanding Senate Majority Leader.  Scott was a successful businessman and Florida governor whose beginnings were humble.  McConnell knows to worry about Scott.  Scott would work closely with a future president Trump or DeSantis.  Mitch only cares about playing the D.C. insider’s game, with plenty of benefits accruing to himself and Elaine Chao, his backstabbing wife.          

Cynical Mitch prefers a Republican Senate minority if that helps him retain top-dog status.  Trying to stay top-dog, McConnell has publicly disparaged Republican Senate candidates and pulled $9.6 million in super PAC money from Blake Masters’ Arizona fight with two-faced Mark Kelly.  In his elegantly passive-aggressive way, Mitch is signaling that America’s future matters a whole helluva lot less than his future.  All the more reason to send a few bucks to Masters and other Trump- and Scott-backed Senate candidates.              

Critical is a word that’s overused, but does anyone doubt the importance of this year’s elections?  A Republican Congress can provide all types of roadblocks to the Biden administration.  The key is to stymie Biden’s handlers to buy time through the momentous 2024 elections.  The hope is that Trump or DeSantis wins while the GOP retains congressional majorities. 

Until then, not just Congress but red states must play an increasing role in pushing back against aggressive federal overreach – not just from Biden and Democrats, but from the leviathan federal bureaucracy, which acts as a guardian and promoter of the state.  Big and bigger government, as a rule, is a friend of bureaucrats, whose concern for paychecks, bennies, and job security outweighs the nation’s welfare. 

The federal bureaucracy needs to be roped in (and whittled down).  Trump, if president again, needs a Republican Congress to push his ambitious “Schedule F” federal workforce initiative. 

As Government Executive ruefully reports:

The former [Trump administration] officials and current [Trump] confidantes are, through a network of Trump-loyal think tanks and public policy organizations, creating lists of names to supplant existing civil servants.

The endgame of a Schedule F strategy?  Says Government Executive:

They [Trump loyalists] have identified 50,000 current employees that could be dismissed under the new authority they seek to create, Axios reported and Government Executive confirmed, though they hope to only actually fire a fraction of that total and hope the resulting “chilling effect” will cause the rest to fall in line. 

That aim dovetails with the Commitment’s stated goal of holding Washington accountable and under Rescue America’s Point 6, the subheading that reads: “Many government agencies should be either moved out of Washington or shuttered entirely.”  Rick Scott doesn’t fool around.    

Nearing a crossroads is cliché, but it works, because if we’re taken down the road that statists — whatever the stripe — and wealthy exploiters want to take us, a cliff awaits — a cliff over which is a far drop to the bottom. 

A Republican Congress — for two agonizing years — will face the daunting task of bottling up the Biden administration and battling rogue federal departments and agencies.  The FBI’s outrageous actions are notable but not isolated.  The absurd SWAT team takedown of Pennsylvania pro-life activist Mark Houck is thuggish injustice.  It was done to intimidate.  Democrats are priming the IRS with 87,000 new agents who will carry sidearms and be ready to shoot to kill.           

Biden’s handlers, who are executive-order crazy, won’t always bother issuing them.  They’ll simply issue directives in defiance of law.  Think back to the brazenly unlawful rent moratorium.  The COVID pandemic (that dark, dark winter) that was used as pretext to relieve renters of their obligations while sticking landlords with the costs.  It was unashamed fiat.  It took SCOTUS to end the overreach.  A Republican Congress will need to work overtime checking the Biden administration’s abuses of law.           

It’s now down to mere weeks before the 2022 midterm elections finish.  GOP congressional candidates must make compelling cases to voters that not only are Biden and Democrats wholly responsible for the wreck and ruin we’re experiencing, but that Republicans have answers — solutions consistent with American principles and values… solutions that are practical and proven.  Dipping toes in the water won’t win anything.  Now is the time to jump in with both feet and swim like hell.  The House and Senate GOP plans are feet-in approaches.  Early voting is underway in some states as this is written. 

Counting on wins being automatic — voters rejecting Biden through Democrat candidates, hence, no need for GOP candidates to do much more than smile and chat up their resumés — is courting folly. While voters are primed to throw out the bums, they’re bound to ask: “What do Republicans have to offer in the way of ideas and leadership?”  Furnishing voters with smart answers to that question will lock in their support. 

The Republican Commitment to America and Rescue America supply those answers.  But neither plan can speak for itself.  Republican candidates need to fully commit with confidence, taking solutions to voters who sorely desire a way out of America’s growing mess. 

J. Robert Smith can be found regularly at Gab @JRobertSmith.  He also blogs at Flyover.     

Note From Waldeland:

Washington’s grande bouffe

Massive debts don’t stop Congress from piling up more and more

https://wng.org/articles/washingtons-grande-bouffe-1663725494

Washington’s grande bouffe | WORLDWhen all is lost, there is a type of man who will decide to go out in style. Take The Bucket List (2007), a film about two elderly gentlemen with nothing in common except a terminal diagnosis, who demur to go gentle into that good night, and set out instead to tick off their bucket list in the short time that remains.. Or consider a man in trouble of his own making who, rather than opting for …wng.org

[…] The related vignettes come to mind as I consider with a certain terrified wonder the profligacy and almost gleeful abandon with which our federal government is throwing around dollars to the tune of a trillion here and a trillion there. Pretty soon that’s big money, as the joke goes. You will agree that it’s a phenomenon we have never quite seen before in America. I want to pen a letter to D.C. along the following lines:

“Dear Washington, you have overspent our money and refused to live within your budget. There is not a social program you have not lusted after. If that were not bad enough, when you saw your own state of financial untenableness, rather than cutting back, you have decided to print more money to pay for the resulting deficits. Thus you have created more dollars chasing after fewer goods, resulting in higher prices, with no end in sight. Please explain. Yours truly, J.Q. Citizen.”

The new and very curious thing is the lack of federal hand-wringing. At least they used to wring their hands. At least they made the pretense of self-flagellation and newfound earnestness, and ran on promises to rein it in. All of that is gone now. Now they’re like drunken sailors, too inebriated to be bothered anymore with sound fiscal policy. The attitude seems to be, We have thrown so much money away! Let’s throw some more!

Is there a flash point reached in the psyche where the government figured, like Ugo, Philippe, Marcello, and Michel in La Grande Bouffe: “What the heck, we’re all going to die anyway, may as well go out with a bang.” Have they darkly reasoned, like King Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:19), that at least it won’t catch up with them in their day?

Unless the truth is even worse. What I mean is, suppose this suicidal dance is not stupidity but deliberate? Preposterous, you say? Well, if a set of policies, day after day, all tend to destruction, the thinking man should at least consider the possibility that it is not accidental but on purpose, as a means to achieving some political purpose, Cloward-Piven style.

As for me, I take comfort in that God will have the last word after all the trumpets, seals, and bowls are spent.

Ignorant Biden MAKING TROUBLE!

56 GOP Members Beg Their Colleagues To Do Anything To Stop Biden’s Destructive Agenda

BY: SHAWN FLEETWOOD at the Federalist:

SEPTEMBER 27, 2022

Chip Roy
Fifty-six congressional Republicans are urging their colleagues in the House and Senate to vote against a wasteful, stopgap spending measure that would fund the federal government — and a number of Democrats’ wasteful wish-list items — through the middle of December.

In a letter sent to his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives, Texas Rep. Chip Roy explained how Congress’s current spending habits are “fueling rampant inflation and funding the Biden administration’s radical agenda,” which includes “empowering authoritarian bureaucrats at agencies like the IRS and FBI, implementing open-border policies that are threatening [American] communities, imposing COVID-19 mandates that shut down schools,” and “forcing [U.S.] military servicemembers out of their jobs, and advancing self-destructive energy policies.”

“As the September 30th federal funding deadline approaches, Republicans must do what is necessary to ensure that not one additional penny will go toward this administration’s radical, inflationary agenda,” the letter said. “Any legislation that sets the stage for a ‘lame duck’ fight on government funding gives Democrats one final opportunity to pass that agenda.”

To date, the letter has been signed by 42 House Republicans. Utah Sen. Mike Lee has also sent a similarly worded letter to his GOP colleagues in the Senate, which has garnered 14 signers total.

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With funding for the federal government set to run out by the end of the week, Congress is scrambling to pass some form of a Continuing Resolution, or “CR,” to avert a partial government shutdown. Previous estimates have shown that the vast majority of the federal government remains fully operational during a shutdown, with only about 17 percent of total federal operations ceasing during such an event.

Released late Monday night by Senate Democrat leadership, the proposed spending package would keep the government funded through Dec. 16 and, per usual, includes numerous garbage spending items.

The legislation “includes roughly $12 billion for Ukraine assistance,” NPR reported on Tuesday, which would bring the U.S. spending total for the country Russia invaded earlier this year to a whopping $65 billion.

The measure also includes “$1 billion to boost funding for a low income home heating program,” as well as legislation drafted by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that would overhaul “how the government approves permits for energy production.”

Manchin had previously negotiated with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to have the bill attached to the CR in exchange for supporting the deceptively named “Inflation Reduction Act.”

“Why aren’t all Republicans on [this] letter,” Roy said during a recent interview, citing his efforts to fiscally stymie Biden’s agenda. “If you’re not going to be willing to pick a fight on the border, or pick a fight on vaccine mandates, or pick a fight on the energy destruction of this country … can you at least just not give Democrats the pen again?”

The Senate is currently scheduled to hold a procedural vote on the proposed CR on Tuesday evening, according to NPR.

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Shawn Fleetwood is a Staff Writer for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood