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Can Lightning Strike Twice? Liberal Millennial Democrat Sarah Smith Is About to Find Out

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 1, 2018: 

The group of Bernie Sanders’ sycophants who started Brand New Congress and hit a hole-in-one with one of its candidates isn’t likely to pull a repeat next Tuesday in Washington State.

As this author suggested here two weeks ago, the surprising upset victory of New York millennial liberal Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over long-term Democrat incumbent Joe Crowley didn’t birth the savior that the Democrat Party is desperately seeking. But Brand New Congress, founded by 20 former Bernie supporters in the summer of 2016, continues its search for just such a savior. It currently is advising and funding the campaigns of more than a dozen liberal hopefuls who have dreams of becoming that savior.

One such is Sarah Smith, running against incumbent Democrat Adam Smith in Washington State’s Ninth District. The primary is next Tuesday, and Sarah has put together a far-left agenda that exceeds even that of Ocasio-Cortez. It runs 19 pages, and includes nearly everything that a far-left Democrat could ever dream of inflicting on the United States.

Here’s a very brief summary of those damages she dreams of implementing if she routs Adam Smith on Tuesday:

  • Supporting the recently cancelled Iran Nuclear agreement;
  • Expanding the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund to at least $5 billion a year in order to “construct, preserve, rehabilitate at least 3.5 million affordable housing rental units,” because, according to Smith, “Housing is a human right”;
  • Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and tying it to inflation;
  • Expanding funding for Planned Parenthood;
  • Expanding Social Security benefits;
  • Banning “for-profit” prisons which “create an over-incentive to arrest, jail, and detain non-violent offenders in order to keep prison beds full”;
  • Legalizing marijuana;
  • Federalizing local police departments;
  • Making all public universities tuition-free;
  • Spending $5.5 billion to create a million federal jobs;
  • Spending another $4.6 trillion over the next 10 years to re-establish the Roosevelt New Deal’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) “to put more than 13 million Americans to work rebuilding our crumbling cities, roads, bridges, public transportation systems, airports, drinking water systems, and other infrastructure needs;
  • Requiring federal agencies “to achieve climate and environmental justice” because, according to Smith, “the debate is over, and the scientific jury is in: global climate change is real, it is caused mainly by emissions released from burning fossil fuels, and it poses a catastrophic threat to the long-term longevity of our planet”;
  • Banning Arctic oil drilling;
  • Banning offshore drilling;
  • Stopping “dirty pipeline projects like the Keystone XL;
  • Stopping exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil; and
  • Banning fracking.

But first on her agenda, is “Medicare for All”: “From my first day in office I will co-sponsor the current incarnation of a Medicare for All bill (H.R. 676) to ensure no American ever has to worry about healthcare again.” After all, intoned Smith, “Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.”

Missing from Smith’s platform was any mention of just how all of this would be paid for. But when her “mentor,” Ocasio-Cortez, was asked the same question by Trevor Noah on The Daily Show last Thursday night, she responded by demanding that “people pay their fair share … corporations and the ultra-wealthy.” That would include “revers[ing] the tax bill, rais[ing] our corporate tax rate to 28 percent … [and implementing] a carbon tax on top of that … if we do those … things, and also close some of those loopholes, that’s $2 trillion right there. That’s two trillion dollars in ten years.”

That’s a lot of money. But according to several organizations, it won’t be nearly enough. A new study released on Monday from George Mason University’s Mercatus Center estimates that Sanders’ “Medicare for All” program touted by both Ocasio-Cortez and Smith would cost $32.6 billion in its first 10 years, and escalate upwards from there afterwards.

This estimate mirrors the results from the liberal Urban Institute, which took a hard look at Sanders’ proposal back in 2016: the price tag for his socialized medicine for everyone was $32 trillion over the first 10 years.

Kenneth Thorpe, a health policy professor at Emory University in Atlanta, authored another study with similar conclusions:

It’s showing that if you are going to go in this direction, it’s going to cost the federal government [the taxpayers] $2.5 trillion to $3 trillion a year in terms of spending.

 

Even though people don’t pay premiums [under “Medicare for All”], the tax increases [on them] are going to be enormous. There are going to be a lot of people who’ll pay more in taxes than they save in premiums.

Taxpayers won’t have to worry. Sarah Smith will likely move from obscurity to oblivion on Tuesday simply because Adam Smith isn’t Joe Crowley: he won’t make the same mistakes. Crowley took his reelection for granted and Ocasio-Cortez seized the opportunity. Adam Smith, on the other hand, isn’t likely to make the same mistake. In a phone interview, incumbent Smith said, “Have you been to Queens, New York? Queens is not SeaTac or Seattle. I am not Joe Crowley, and Sarah Smith is not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Other than that, the comparison’s perfect.”


Sources:

McAlvany Intelligence Advisor: Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the Bright Shining Star Democrats are Looking for?

Seattle Times: Democratic challenger hopes to repeat Ocasio-Cortez’s success in Washington State

Sarah Smith’s issues

Her platform

TheBlaze.com: Think tank finds Bernie’s ‘Medicare for all’ shtick isn’t viable even if overall taxation is doubled

ABC News: Study: ‘Medicare for all’ projected to cost $32.6 trillion

Investors.com: ‘Medicare For All’ Would Cost $32.6 Trillion, And That’s Not Even The Worst Of It

Real Clear Politics: ‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: How Will You Pay For Your Agenda?

Investors.com: Thank You, Bernie Sanders, For Exposing The True Cost of Socialized Medicine

Background on politician Adam Smith

Background on Brand New Congress

History of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) under FDR

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Help for Motorists Is Coming as Crude-oil Prices Drop Sharply

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 3, 2018: 

Motorists have seen gas prices rise to nearly $3 a gallon on average, reflecting rising crude-oil prices. This is costing the average American household an additional $440 a year. But Tuesday’s sharp drop of two dollars per barrel for crude (as measured in the futures market) will, within weeks, push gas prices back down, perhaps to as low as $2.50 a gallon by the end of July.

Excessive angst over cuts in production in Libya, where the ongoing conflict there has taken 850,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude off the world markets; in Venezuela, where the economic implosion there has removed nearly a million bpd over the last year; in Iran, where U.S.-imposed sanctions are expected to take more than a million bpd off the world market starting in November; and in Canada, where a power outage at its Syncrude facility in Alberta has taken 360,000 bpd off the world market pushed the price of crude above $75 a barrel.

But the announcement that OPEC is not only increasing its production of crude owing to the scuttling of its production-cut agreement, along with Russia’s intention of adding another 100,000 bpd to the equation, pushed crude-oil prices down sharply. OPEC, in anticipation that the agreement would end in Vienna in late June, raised its production by 320,000 bpd in May with the goal of adding between 600,000 and 700,000 bpd by the end of the year. And the Canadian oil refinery is expected to be back in full production by the end of this month

The forecast from the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) reflects that increase in world supplies of crude, estimating that gas prices at the pump will drop to $2.84 a gallon, on average, by September.

Unsaid in all of this discussion is the increasing role of American oil producers, who are quietly setting new crude-oil production records on almost a weekly basis. The week of June 22, for example, U.S. crude-oil production hit 10.9 million bpd, up a breathtaking 16 percent from just a year ago, with little standing in the way of it increasing production into the future.

So astonishing is the growth in U.S. crude-oil production that when Pioneer Natural Resources Chairman Scott Sheffield was interviewed by CNNMoney on June 20, he noted that the United States is currently pumping 10.3 million bpd, according to already outdated information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (IEA). In that interview Sheffield told CNNMoney that he expects U.S. crude-oil production to surpass 11 million bpd “within the next three or four months.” It looks like that might happen in July!

He also predicted that “We’ll be at 13 [million bpd] very quickly” and could jump to 15 million bpd “within seven or eight years.”

U.S. oil production has already overtaken that coming from Saudi Arabia and Russia, and puts America firmly in the driver’s seat as the world’s largest producer of crude oil for years to come.

UPDATE:  The price of crude oil for August delivery dropped below $73 on Thursday, to $72,98.

Venezuelan Oil Company Workers Quitting, Taking Parts of the Company With Them

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 18, 2018: 

Junior Martinez, 28, has worked in Venezuela’s oil fields for eight years. His salary, denominated in bolivars, today won’t buy anything thanks to runaway inflation, and so he has quit, hoping his credentials as a chemical engineer will get him a job in Brazil: “I got 1,400,000 bolivars a week and it isn’t even enough to buy a carton of eggs or a tube of toothpaste,” he said. His wife and daughter left for Brazil three months earlier.

The same with Carlos Navas, an oil field worker who was once able to support his family well with his income: He owned a car and a house with air conditioning. He is now headed for Ecuador, or Peru: “Before, you worked and you were rich,” he stated. “Your salary bought anything you needed. Now you can’t buy anything, not even food.”

At least they aren’t taking part of the country’s oil company, PdVSA. The New York Times reported last week that Martinez and Navas might be the exceptions: “Desperate oil workers and criminals are … stripping the oil company of vital equipment, vehicles, pumps and copper wiring, carrying off whatever they can to make money.” As offices at President Maduro’s state-owned oil company are emptying out, and crews in the field are walking off their jobs without giving notice, company pickup trucks are being stolen, copper wiring is being stripped from vital parts of the company’s electronic and control mechanism, and even motors driving pump jacks in the field are being removed — all in order to sell them on the black market in exchange for food.

This is the personal side of the collapse of Venezuela, as the cancer of collectivism rots away not only the country’s economy but its culture as well.

The New American and others have chronicled the collapse of South America’s once most prosperous country:

PdVSA and Maduro’s government are in default on more than $50 billion in bonds, not having been able even to make interest payments on them since last fall.

 

ConocoPhillips has just been allowed to seize Venezuelan oil shipments bound for offshore refineries and so PdVSA has been forced to cut its production as its storage facilities are full to capacity.

 

As a result PdVSA’s production is declining at the rate of 50,000 barrels day and is estimated to fall to less than one million barrels of crude a day, down from more than three million bpd just a few years ago.

 

Part of PdVSA’s difficulties stem from the company’s inept management and a lack of sufficient cash flow to keep the facility in good repair. As Nick Cunningham noted, writing at OilPrice.com, “Analysts have predicted that Venezuela’s oil situation would deteriorate over the course of 2018, but the descent is happening much faster than most people predicted.”

 

Also in free fall is the collapse of traffic at Venezuela’s airport. Just since 2014, 15 airlines have ceased operations there. The airport facility, once the pride of the country, has fallen into disrepair: Its terminal is frequently without air conditioning, power, or even running water in the restrooms. The airport’s cleaning services company went bankrupt so there’s no one cleaning the restrooms, mopping the floors or taking out the trash.

 

Part of the problem is Maduro’s currency exchange controls that prohibit airlines from converting the bolivars they receive for airline tickets into other currencies (dollars, francs, yen, etc.). and so the bolivars just sit in Caracas’ banks, wasting away. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that airline companies are holding $3.8 billion from ticket sales, which is rapidly becoming worthless in light of the country’s inflation, estimated at 25,000 percent annually.

 

Part of the problem is airport crime. Since 2017, airport security has been provided by Maduro’s militarized police force, which routinely shakes down passengers before they’re allowed to board. They’re called the “military mafia” and deny boarding to passengers until they fork over cash or valuables.

 

And not just departing passengers, either. When well-to-do passengers arrive, word goes out to the mafia, who then stops them on the highway from the airport to Caracas, often at gunpoint, and demand payment in cash or valuables before being allowed to proceed.

 

That has had, one might say, a chilling effect on the travel business at the airport. According to the World Tourism Organization, the number of international visitors to Caracas has declined by a third while the country’s tourism revenue has been cut in half.

Those who can are leaving Venezuela. The Miami Herald estimates that in the last two years alone nearly a million citizens have left Maduro’s failed socialist experiment — some, incredibly, by “walking hundreds of miles on foot through the Andes.”

As reported by The New American last week, Gallup’s 2018 Global Law and Order Index places Venezuela at the very bottom of the 140 nations it surveyed. In other words, those forced to remain consider their country the most dangerous place in the world to live.

Polio has returned to Venezuela after a 30-year absence, while other diseases such as diphtheria, tuberculosis, measles, and malaria are running rampant through the population. This is due to the lack of medical care and medicines, thanks once again to the policies of the Marxist Maduro.

Many Venezuelans, most of whom now live in poverty, are rooting through garbage dumps to find something to eat, while others are seizing the plastic bags the trash is placed in, to sell on the black market.

With the help of criminal networks both inside and outside the unhappy country, young girls are being enticed into prostitution through promises of good pay, and then find themselves sold into sex slavery around the world. Sex trafficking, ghastly as it was in 2016 when the number enslaved was estimated to be 60,000, is now more than three times that number (200,000 estimated this year), and is expected to rise to 10 times that number (600,000 estimated) by 2020, 18 months from now.

Maduro’s cancer of collectivism is eating out the vitals of a once-prosperous country.

American Medical Association Proposes More Anti-Gun “Solutions” at Its Annual Meeting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 18, 2018:

At its annual meeting in Chicago last week, the American Medical Association (AMA) expanded on its list of proposed “common-sense solutions” to the problem of “gun violence” that it has been proposing for years. AMA’s former president, David O. Barbe, M.D., claimed that gun violence is a public health crisis:

People are dying of gun violence in our homes, churches, schools, on street corners and at public gatherings, and it’s important that lawmakers, policy leaders and advocates on all sides seek common ground to address this public health crisis. In emergency rooms across the country the carnage of gun violence has become a too routine experience. Every day physicians are treating suicide victims, victims of domestic violence, and men and women simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It doesn’t have to be this way, and we urge lawmakers to act.

Inexplicably missing from Barbe’s comments was any mention of victims of car crashes being treated in emergency rooms (more than 37,000 die every year as a result of them in the United States), poisoning (more than 47,000 a year die from overdoses), or unintentional falls (more than 33,000 deaths). Perhaps it’s because automobiles are already registered, bottles of rat poison are commonly available at Amazon and recipes for making it are available on the Internet, and ladders aren’t considered “assault weapons.

But the AMA persists in offering its anti-gun “solutions” anyway, including 1) expanding ERPOs (extreme risk protection orders) and GVROs (gun violence restraining orders) to include not only family members but household visitors and dating partners; 2) prohibiting anyone under a domestic violence restraining order, convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime or stalking from possessing a firearm; 3) those under such orders have their data entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; and 4) demanding that every school in the country be a “gun free zone” while opposing any school board’s requirements or incentives offered to teachers to carry weapons on campus.

But the biggest expansion of previously recommended incursions into precious rights is this: Delegates at the annual meeting supported banning “the sale and ownership to the public of all assault-type weapons, bump stocks and related devices, high-capacity magazines and armor-piercing bullets.” The AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) went even further, demanding the licensing of every owner of a firearm in the country, and the registration of every firearm owned in the country.

Not content with these egregious breaches of Second- and Fourth Amendment-protected rights, the AMA’s HOD supported banning the possession and use of firearms and ammunition by “unsupervised youths under the age of 21.” Finally, the HOD opposed “concealed carry reciprocity” bills pending in Congress.

Back in 1973, the AMA had a fairly reasonable position on violence committed by criminals using a firearm. It proposed strict penalties on those using the weapons and not on the innocent law-abiding owners of firearms not involved in the commission of the crime: “While the increasing number of homicides by use of handguns is a depressing reality, and there is little evidence that new Federal gun control legislation will ameliorate this situation, the American Medical Association urges the enactment of strict penalties for the use of firearms in the commission of crimes.”

By the 1980s, the AMA had reversed its position and began supporting various gun-control schemes. In 1988, for example, the AMA called for a ban on the new polymer Glock pistols because they were allegedly undetectable by metal detectors. It also called on the Consumer Products Safety Commission to regulate the manufacture and sale of firearms, which many saw as a precursor to shutting down the industry altogether.

In the 1990s, the AMA called for a seven-day waiting period for handgun purchases along with a ban on all semi-automatic rifles and hollow-point self-defense ammunition. In 1992, the AMA Journal called for a national “system of gun registration and licensing for gun owners and users.”

To top off its expanded list of “solutions” to “gun violence,” the AMA has proposed more taxpayer funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct “research” on the causes and cures for “gun violence” and “the concept of gun buyback programs” as a way to get firearms out of the hands of criminals. The National Rifle Association calls this “the most blatant example of where AMA’s politics have trumped their reason” in light of studies going back decades showing that such voluntary buyback programs have been utterly useless in reducing gun violence by criminals.

The AMA aligns itself with other anti-gun groups such as the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Police Executive Research Forum, which the NRA characterizes as also having “lengthy histories of opposing the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

In its expanded version of its previous “solutions,” the AMA is in lockstep with other anti-gun groups, proposing legislation that, if enacted, would move the Republic significantly further down the road to a police-state tyranny.

The AMA Reveals its Ultimate Goal: Disarming America

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 18, 2018:

It wasn’t that long ago that the American Medical Association had a reasonable position on violence committed by criminals using a firearm: it proposed strict penalties on those using the weapons and not on the innocent law-abiding owners of firearms not involved in the commission of the crime:

That while the increasing number of homicides by use of handguns is a depressing reality, and there is little evidence that new Federal gun control legislation will ameliorate this situation (emphasis added), the American Medical Association urges the enactment of strict penalties for the use of firearms in the commission of crimes.

By the 1980s, the AMA had reversed itself and began supporting various gun control schemes that focused on the weaponry. In 1988, for example, the AMA called for a ban on the new polymer Glock pistols because they were allegedly undetectable by metal detectors. It also called on the Consumer Products Safety Commission to regulate the manufacture and sale of firearms as a precursor to shutting down the industry altogether.

In the 1990s, the AMA called for a seven-day waiting period for handgun purchases along with a ban on all semi-automatic rifles and hollow-point self-defense ammunition. In 1992 the AMA Journal called for a national “system of gun registration and licensing for gun owners and users.”

Now, however, the AMA’s ultimate goal has been revealed. Following its annual meeting in Chicago last week, the group proposed a laundry list of incursions into the precious rights of law-abiding gun owners that, if implemented, would ultimately disarm all American gun-owners.

AMA’s immediate Past President David O. Barbe, MD, started off by claiming that gun violence is a public health crisis:

People are dying of gun violence in our homes, churches, schools, on street corners, and at public gatherings, and it’s important that lawmakers, policy leaders and advocates on all sides seek common ground to address this public health crisis.

 

In emergency rooms across the country the carnage of gun violence has become a too routine experience.

 

Every day physicians are treating suicide victims, victims of domestic violence, and men and women simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It doesn’t have to be this way, and we urge lawmakers to act.

Absent from Barbe’s “explanation” was any discussion of the number of victims being treated in emergency rooms across the country as a result of car crashes (more than 37,000 die in them every year), poisoning (more than 47,000 die every year due to overdoses), or unintentional falls (responsible for more than 33,000 deaths every year).

But that would have muddied the water. Instead the AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) offered the following “solutions” to the “gun violence” problem: 1) expanding ERPOs (extreme risk protection orders) and GVROs (gun violence restraining orders) to include not only family members but household visitors and dating partners; 2) prohibiting anyone under a domestic violence restraining order or convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime or stalking from possessing a firearm; 3) those under such orders have their data entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; and 4) demanding that every school in the country be a “gun free zone” while opposing any school board’s requirements or incentives of teachers to carry weapons on campus.

But the biggest expansion of previously recommended incursions into precious rights is this: delegates at the annual meeting supported banning “the sale and ownership to the public of all assault-type weapons, bump stocks and related devices, high-capacity magazines and armor-piercing bullets.” The AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) went even further, demanding “the licensing of every owner of a firearm in the country, and the registration of every firearm owned in the country.”

Such registration is the final step towards gun confiscation. Potential tyrants from Hitler to Mao have known the danger of an armed citizenry:

The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. – Adolph Hitler

 

All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns. That way, no guns can ever be used to command the party. – Mao Tse Tung

No doubt remains any longer about the intent of the AMA’s list of “solutions” to “gun violence.” If implemented, those “solutions” would push the republic all the way down the road to a military-style police state dictatorship.

So much for “doing no harm.”


Sources:

AMA backs common-sense measures to prevent gun injuries, deaths

NRAILA.org: Not So Breaking News: Trio of Anti-Gun Orgs Rehash Worn-Out Gun Control Policies

CDC.gov: Accidents or Unintentional Injuries

Trump Slaps Tariffs on $50 Billion of Chinese Goods

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 15, 2018: 

Following weeks of meetings with top Chinese officials that failed to produce ways to reduce the immense trade deficit suffered by the United States for years, President Donald Trump approved implementing tariffs on $50 billion of incoming Chinese goods “that contain industrially significant technologies.” These include Chinese products competing with U.S. aerospace, information and communications technology, robotics, industrial machinery, automobiles, and new materials industries.

The tariffs will be staged in, with tariffs on $34 billion of those products being collected by the Customs and Border Protection agency starting on July 6, while the remaining $16 billion will be delayed pending further review.

According to the Tax Foundation, these new tariffs, when completely implemented (and added to the tariffs already being imposed on incoming steel and aluminum), will lower the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by an insignificant six one-hundreds of a percent, and potentially decrease employment by about 45,000 jobs.

What the president is doing is keeping more of his campaign promises. Here are some of his comments from various Twitter feeds and elsewhere:

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Deep State Subversion: “A Murderer Is Less to Be Feared”

This article, written by my senior editor at The New American, Bill Jasper, is quite extraordinary. It appeared online on Monday. It also appears in the print issue of The New American to be published on May 21. 

“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within,” the great Roman statesman Cicero opined before the Senate. That warning is as applicable today as it was 2,000 years ago.

In 1965, best-selling historical novelist Taylor Caldwell published her great work on Marcus Tullius Cicero, A Pillar of Iron. A central focus of her meticulously researched study was Cicero’s political combat with, and triumph over, the treasonous conspiracy led by Roman Senator Lucius Sergius Catilina, known in English as Catiline. While Rome’s wealthiest and ablest citizens timidly evaded their duties to defend the commonweal against the impending mortal danger, Cicero, the incomparable rhetoretician, aided by Cato the Younger, dauntlessly exposed and opposed the Catiline conspiracy, which had penetrated all levels of the government. Prominent senators and aristocrats in the conspiracy included Lentulus, Cethegus, Longinus, and Paetus.

“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within,” Caldwell records Cicero declaiming before the Senate, in A Pillar of Iron. “An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.”

Cicero called out Catiline and his prominent co-conspirators for precisely what they were: traitors, subversives, infectious corrupters, a “plague” — worse even than murderers. The traitor, said Cicero, “rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.” (Emphasis added.)

A Catilinarian plague, of which Cicero warned, is now upon us! The conspiracy we face, however, is larger, more powerful, more sophisticated, more deadly, and more deeply laid than that faced by Cicero, Cato, and their fellow Romans. This conspiracy did not spring up overnight. It did not begin last year, in opposition to President Trump, although its virulent opposition to President Trump has made its existence and operations much more visibly obvious. No, the “Deep State” conspiracy of which we speak goes back many decades, long before the term “Deep State” was coined to signify the shadowy, self-perpetuating cabal that constitutes the permanent ruling class in the bowels of our government.

Taylor Caldwell was well aware of this conspiracy, which she described as “Force X” in a 1963 article by that title for American Opinion, the predecessor magazine of The New American. This was during the height of the Cold War, when Nikita Khrushchev, Mao Tse-tung, Fidel Castro, and many other communist dictators were spreading hate, death, destruction, terror, and totalitarian misery across the entire planet. However, Caldwell recognized that, as with Catiline’s conspiracy in Cicero’s time, the strength of the communist conspiracy came largely from the secret assistance it could count on from highly placed individuals in American society and in the U.S. government, particularly in the large tax-exempt foundations, the news media, the State Department, and the Central Intelligence Agency. These and other critical instruments of governance and propaganda had been gradually taken over by the organized globalists, more commonly known in that era as “one-worlders,” advocates of world government, which they commonly refer to as their “new world order.” The organization that served as the chief front for the one-world coterie, and that effected many of its designs, was (and is) the Council on Foreign Relations, which Caldwell exposed in her 1972 novel Captains and the Kings under the fictional names of the Committee for Foreign Studies and the Scardo Society.

Over the past year, we have witnessed an incredible stream of Catilinarian traitors engaging in an ever more brazen and transparent conspiracy against the rule of law and our entire moral and constitutional order. The unprecedented attacks by the globalists’ minions heading our intelligence agencies against the elected president, Donald Trump, are breathtakingly audacious. Never before has this nation seen the heads of the Department of Justice, CIA, FBI, NSA, and other apparatuses of the “Force X” surveillance state engage in such open, blatant warfare against the nation they claim to serve. After being kicked out of their Deep State perches, John Brennan, James Clapper, and dozens of their “Intelligence Community” confederates have been rewarded with lucrative posts as “expert” commentators at CNN, NBC, CBS, and other controlled media platforms, from which they are continuing their treasonous attacks.

“In heaven’s name, men,” Cato appealed to his fellow Romans, “wake up while there is still time and lend a hand to defend the Republic. It is … our liberty and lives that are at stake.” Cato’s urgent appeal rings down through the ages to our present day. We dare not fail to respond.

More Than 62 Million Americans Now Receive Social Security Benefits

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 9, 2018: 

According to the Social Security Administration, more than 62 million Americans are now receiving benefits from the program. That’s an increase of 330,318 in just the last three months. Doing the math, that means at the current rate of increase, every month 110,000 more people on average are receiving benefits than the previous month, increasing the demand for those benefits by $150 million every month. That’s based on the average check being received, according to the trustees, of $1,360 every month.

And this from a program that is using up its assets faster than they are being replenished through payroll taxes. Just how long can this last?

When Social Security became law, Section 709 was written in anticipation for times like these. When assets dwindled to less than 20 percent of the program’s total annual payouts, the trustees were to inform Congress: “If the Board of Trustees … determines at any time that the balance ratio [assets versus annual payouts] … for any calendar year may become less that 20 percent, the Board shall promptly submit to each House of the Congress a report setting forth its recommendations for statutory adjustments … to maintain the balance ratio … at not less than 20 percent.”

This is recognition from the very beginning that Social Security was unsustainable and that “statutory adjustments” would have to be made from time to time to keep the program from going bankrupt.

The letter the trustees sent to both Houses of Congress last July was very explicit: “The projected reserves expressed as a percentage of annual program cost [the balance ratio] of the DI [Disability Insurance] Trust Fund will fall below 20 percent for calendar year 2026 based on … our assumptions.”

Right behind the DI Trust Fund is the Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund, which trustees estimate will run out of money before 2035. Naturally, the trustees recommended an increase in the payroll tax or a reduction of benefits, or a combination of both.

In its summary statement on the dreadful condition of the program made public, the trustees were equally candid: “Both Social Security and Medicare face long-term financing shortfalls … due to rapid population aging caused by the large baby-boom generation entering retirement and lower birth-rate generations entering employment.”

That combination is the death knell for any Ponzi scheme, even one such as Social Security that had to be forced onto a recalcitrant populous for their own good. But the trustees were opaque when it came to telling the public just how deep in the hole the program really is. It descended into statistical obfuscation to hide the real number.

The real number had to come from a college professor who has spent most of his professional life analyzing the maze of Social Security and trying to make sense of it: Boston University Professor Laurence Kotlikoff. A research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and formerly on President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors, Kotlikoff used his conclusions about Social Security as one of his platforms when he ran as a write-in candidate for the presidency in 2016:

The system is in horrible financial shape. Its fiscal gap — the present value of its projected future benefit commitments net of both its projected future taxes and the value of his trust fund — is $26 trillion….

 

Social Security is 31 percent underfunded.

 

[That’s] another way of saying that Social Security’s 12.4 percent FICA payroll tax rate needs to rise, immediately and permanently, by almost one third to permit the system to pay all of its promised benefits over time.

Remember, now, this is a college professor running for political office! He admitted as much that “telling the vast majority of American workers they need to fork over another 4 percent of their pay for the rest of their working lives and receive absolutely nothing in return is not something our politicians have been eager to do.”

Perhaps that’s a good indicator of just how likely Congress is likely to do anything substantial about Social Security before 2026.

Trump’s Attack on Syria vs. the (Ignored) Constitution

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, April 15, 2018:  

While the U.S. attack against Syria was underway, President Donald Trump told the nation Friday night: “A short time ago, I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way. We thank them both…. Last Saturday [April 7], the Assad regime again deployed chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians, this time in the town of Douma near the Syrian capital of Damascus. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons used by that very terrible regime..”

This was a far cry from the Donald Trump before he became president. Here are just three of his tweets BP (before becoming president):

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What if “Theoretical” Becomes “Actual” in Deerfield, Illinois?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 9, 2018:  

Deerfield, Illinois is a pleasant little town about 25 miles north of Chicago, a few miles west of Lake Michigan and just off Interstate 94. Temperatures are pleasant, registering average highs of 85 in the summer and in the low 20s in the winter. Its population hasn’t changed much in the last ten years, as the town and environs have gained and lost businesses over those years. It’s currently home to Walgreens Boots, Baxter Healthcare, Consumers Digest, and Caterpillar. It used to be headquarters of the Sara Lee Corporation but that closed down in 1990 and the company sold its land to developers.

There are about 20,000 people living there, in an estimated 6,420 households (which datum will be important later on in this article). The local government consists of a mayor and a board of trustees. It considers itself a village, and is represented in the House of Representatives by Democrat Brad Schneider, whose Freedom Index is a treasonous 16 out of 100.

That should explain why the mayor, Harriet Rosenthal, and the board of trustees decided it would do its bit in fighting violent crime and mass shootings: inflict pain on its law-abiding citizens through one of the most draconian and tyrannical pieces of anti-gun legislation to come down the pike in some time. As the Chicago Tribune explained:

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Christ’s Resurrection: The Historical Record

Jesus rose from the dead. That is certainly the primary belief that propelled the spread of the Christian faith across the Roman Empire, inspiring thousands who persisted in that belief in the face of either a martyr’s death or loss of fortune or even family. Had these early Christians not believed in the resurrection of Jesus, it is almost certain that Christianity would not exist today, because it would never have existed at all.

So, why did the early disciples of Jesus Christ believe in His resurrection? Is the resurrection of Jesus historical?

When historians attempt to determine what happened in the ancient world, they must rely on what we call legal-historical proof. In the study of history and in the courtroom, we examine evidence and draw conclusions. While we can no longer cross-examine the eye witnesses who assert they saw the resurrected Christ, we can look at the character of those witnesses. Based upon the evidence that is available, we can certainly draw some reasonable conclusions.

In First Corinthians chapter 15, verses 3-7, the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth what was apparently an early creed, or statement of belief, on this very subject.

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Bull Market in Stocks Remains in Place: Dow Theory

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 23, 2018:

Thursday’s selloff on Wall Street pushed the S&P 500 Index (which tracks the price performance of the stocks of 500 of America’s largest companies) into negative territory. All four of the widely-watched indexes — the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), the S&P 500 Index (SPX), the Nasdaq Composite Index (COMP), and the Russell 2000 Index (RUT) — dropped the most on Thursday since February 8.

Dow Theory followers were more focused on the Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJT), as it came perilously close to triggering the last of three indicators needed to declare that the Bull Market in stocks is over.

Ironically, the Dow Theory, developed by Charles Dow, the founder and first editor of the Wall Street Journal and co-founder of Dow Jones and Company, was never used by him to trade stocks. But followers of his theory are legion, which could spell trouble

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Globalist Insider Peter Sutherland Leaves Interventionist Legacy

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 15, 2018: 

The death on January 7 of Peter Sutherland, 71, the “father of globalization” (a moniker applied to him by President Clinton’s secretary of commerce) leaves a hole in the broad plan by globalists to use free trade as a cover for the completion of the New World Order to be run by them. Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar declared that Sutherland was somehow strangely a tripartite loyalist: “an Irishman, a committed European, and a proud internationalist.” Varadkar said nothing about how Sutherland used his divided loyalties to build international trade agreements that led to significant abrogation of Ireland’s national sovereignty.

European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker was clearer,

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Is Rosie Going to Jail for Bribery by Tweet? Not

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 22, 2017:  

Rosie O'Donnell at the premiere of I Am Becaus...

The irresponsible, irrational, and inflammatory tweets that burst from former television personality and comedienne Rosie O’Donnell late Tuesday night brought demands that she be charged with bribery. Her initial tweet was directed at Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), offering to pay them $2 million each if they voted against the tax reform bill: “So how about this. I promise to give 2 million dollars to senator Susan Collins and 2 million to senator Jeff Flake if they vote No.” This was posted at 8:25 p.m.

When possible bribery charges were mentioned O’Donnell upped the ante,

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Economic Forecasters Miss Again as the Economy Leaves Them Behind

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 15, 2017:

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Yogi Berra

Just how do economic forecasters justify their existence, and their paychecks? George Carlin found a way: he became a comedian. He said “the weather forecast for tonight: dark.”

Yogi Berra was already financially secure, so he could get away with this:

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Tax Reform Bill Passes Senate; Now Goes to Conference to Reconcile With House Bill

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 4, 2017:

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Crude drawing of the “No RINO” buttons used by American Republicans.

With the horse-trading for votes completed, the Senate voted early Saturday morning along party lines to pass the tax-reform bill Republicans desperately need to help them during mid-term elections next year. Trump exhibited his usual hyperbole over the passage, tweeting at 5:45 a.m. Saturday morning: “Biggest Tax Bill and Tax Cuts in history just passed in the Senate. Now these great Republicans will be going for final passage [conference]. Thank you to House and Senate Republicans for your hard work and commitment.”

Liberal-left Oregon Democrat Senator Jeff Markley (Freedom Index of just 14 out of 100) saw the writing on the wall and commented just before midnight Friday that the pending vote and the resulting bill was rigged in favor of the rich and powerful:

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Are Anti-gun Democrats Just Plain Dumb, or Dumb Like Foxes?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 4, 2017:

Irving Fisher (1867–1947)

Irving Fisher (1867–1947)

Supporters of the Second Amendment typically blow off proposals offered by anti-gun politicians to solve gun violence like that in Las Vegas on Sunday as insanity: doing more and more of the same thing that hasn’t worked in the past but expecting it to work in the future. Albert Einstein was much more elegant: he said insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Some would claim that Democrats in general are lacking in mental acuity, with bumper stickers expressing the opinion that they are “stuck on stupid” or “You can’t fix stupid” and the like.

But what if they aren’t? What if they have a much longer view of history and their fight to subvert the United States and change the whole country into a gun-free zone?

A little history is appropriate:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.