The Tumult of Liberty

2024 January 17
by justrand

In a letter to James Madison dated January 30, 1787, Thomas Jefferson included the Latin phrase: “Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem

Translation: “I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.”

I’m with Jefferson!

This letter is the one in which Jefferson argues that there are three basic forms of societal existence (1- no government, 2 – popular involvement, 3 – aristocracies/dictatorships).  He finds the middle form, where We the People have a say, to be the most “turbulent”…but still the most preferable.

At the end of this letter, Jefferson pens one his most famous quotes: “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

The forces of dictatorship (with or without “Happy Faces”) are gaining force and influence around the world, but especially here in America.  They offer “peaceful slavery” and the “quiet of servitude”, and way too many are willing to bend the knee in exchange for a little “peace and quiet”.  Here in America our politicians often promise that the reduction or restriction in freedom is “temporary”…so just shut and obey for a while.  It is NEVER temporary.

I have numerous friends and family who don’t want to talk about or even think about the ramifications of the upcoming election.  While they may not accept the drivel being dished out by the Left/Media/Democrat cabal, they have been conditioned not to challenge it…lest they be labeled one or more disgusting things.   And whether they will admit it or not, they KNOW that when the Democrats are in control, the media makes everything SEEM peaceful and well managed.  It is a fantasy, of course, and they prefer it to the tumult of reality, that someone like Trump brings.

It is painful, and even hurtful to open people’s eyes, when they are embracing the fantasy.  But the reality of four more years of the madness of King Joseph, will much more painful and hurtful.

You’ll lose friends and even family, but you have to at least try and open their eyes…or we are truly doomed.

Biden Authorizes Largest Fed Pay Raise in 40+ Years

2023 December 27
by bc3b

Between the flood of illegals, funding the proxy war and our bloated, overpaid bureaucracy, where will the money come from?

President Biden on Thursday issued an executive order implementing his plan to provide civilian federal workers with an average 5.2% pay raise next month.

As first proposed in his fiscal 2024 budget plan last March, the increase amounts to a 4.7% across-the-board boost to basic pay, alongside an average 0.5% increase in locality pay. As authorized in the fiscal 2024 National Defense Authorization Act, which Biden is expected to sign this week, military service personnel also will see an average 5.2% pay raise next year.

An average 5.2% pay increase marks the largest authorized for federal workers since the Carter administration adopted a 9.1% average raise in 1980, as well as a 0.6% increase over last year’s raise, which itself marked a 20-year high.

On top of the historic pay increase, tens of thousands of federal employees will see a slightly larger increase than expected, thanks to a slew of recent changes in the locality pay system. Last year, the President’s Pay Agent, a body made up of Office of Personnel Management Director Kiran Ahuja, Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young and Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su, approved the creation of four new locality pay areas. And the body finally adopted plans to update the map of locality pay areas using new OMB data, adding dozens of counties to existing locality pay areas.

Hat tip: Government Executive

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2023 December 25
by bc3b

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Illegal Immigrant Cost Us More in the Long Run

2023 December 19
by bc3b

You have likely read stories of unrest among blacks in major cities that have become magnets for illegal immigrants. They are upset to the degree of threatening to vote Republican. They see illegals receiving funds and benefits not available to US citizens, migrant camps being constructed in their neighborhoods and Black politicians siding with the Democratic National Committee rather than the people who elected them.

The scales are being removed from their eyes. They are discovering the Democrats seldom, if ever, follow through on promises and that the main purpose of today’s NAACP is to shepherd blacks into the voting booths to vote Democratic.

The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that immigrant cost US taxpayers $451-billion annually, and the costs keep coming as long as they remain here.

This report is based on newly released data from the 2022 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Analysis of this data shows both immigrants and the U.S.-born make extensive use of means-tested anti-poverty programs, with immigrant households significantly more likely to receive benefits. This is primarily because the American welfare system is designed in large part to help low-income families with children, which describes a large share of immigrants. The ability of immigrants, including illegal immigrants, to receive welfare benefits on behalf of U.S.-born citizen children is a key reason why restrictions on welfare use for new legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants, are relatively ineffective.

Among the findings:

  • The 2022 SIPP indicates that 54 percent of households headed by immigrants — naturalized citizens, legal residents, and illegal immigrants — used one or more major welfare program. This compares to 39 percent for U.S.-born households.
  • The rate is 59 percent for non-citizen households (e.g. green card holders and illegal immigrants).
  • Compared to households headed by the U.S.-born, immigrant-headed households have especially high use of food programs (36 percent vs. 25 percent for the U.S.-born), Medicaid (37 percent vs. 25 percent for the U.S.-born), and the Earned Income Tax Credit (16 percent vs. 12 percent for the U.S.-born).
  • Our best estimate is that 59 percent of households headed by illegal immigrants, also called the undocumented, use at least one major program. We have no evidence this is due to fraud. Among legal immigrants we estimate the rate is 52 percent.
  • Illegal immigrants can receive welfare on behalf of U.S.-born children, and illegal immigrant children can receive school lunch/breakfast and WIC directly. A number of states provide Medicaid to some illegal adults and children, and a few provide SNAP. Several million illegal immigrants also have work authorization (e.g. DACA, TPS, and some asylum applicants) allowing receipt of the EITC.
  • No one program explains the higher overall use of welfare by immigrants. For example, excluding the extensively used but less budgetary costly school lunch/breakfast program, along with the WIC nutrition program, still shows 46 percent of all immigrant households and 33 percent of U.S.-born households use at least one of the remaining programs.
  • The presence of extended family or unrelated individuals does not explain immigrants’ higher welfare use, as the vast majority of immigrant households are nuclear families. Further, of immigrant households comprised of only a nuclear family, 49 percent use the welfare system compared to 35 percent of nuclear family U.S.-born households.
  • The high welfare use of immigrant households is not explained by an unwillingness to work. In fact, 83 percent of all immigrant households and 94 percent of illegal-headed households have at least one worker, compared to 73 percent of U.S.-born households.
  • Immigrants’ higher welfare use relative to the U.S.-born is partly, but only partly, explained by the larger share with modest education levels, their resulting lower incomes, and the greater percentage of immigrant households with children.
  • Immigrant households without children, as well as those with high incomes and those headed by immigrants with at least a bachelor’s degree, tend to be more likely to use welfare than their U.S.-born counterparts.
  • Most new legal immigrants are barred from most programs, as are illegal immigrants, but this has a modest impact primarily because: 1) Immigrants can receive benefits on behalf of U.S.-born children; 2) the bar does not apply to all programs, nor does it apply to non-citizen children in some cases; 3) most legal immigrants have lived here long enough to qualify for welfare; 4) some states provide welfare to otherwise ineligible immigrants on their own; 5) by naturalizing, immigrants gain full welfare eligibility.

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Americans are waking up to the fact that importing millions of uneducated, untalented immigrants is nothing more than another Democratic scam. It’s primarily a ruse designed to turn the voters of this country into a one-party super majority. Will it awaken current Democratic voters and get them to think before they cast their votes.

Hat tip: Center for Immigration Studies

Nikki Haley – a World War Waiting to Happen

2023 December 8
by bc3b

Who could possibly be a worst president that Joe Biden? Can you say Nikki Haley?

Nikki wants to US to serve as policeman to the world. Anywhere violence flares up, Nikki wants the US involved, supplying weapons and possibly soldiers. She is anti-First Amendment. One of her first acts, in the unlikely event she could become president, would be to sign a presidential order forcing Americans to register to use social media (no more screen names). And Nikki wants to cut Social Security … and use the money to build weapons for wars around the world. So much for America First.

Nikki refuses to admit Ukraine is lost. A generation of Ukraine men have been killed. Yesterday, interviewing Ramaswamy, FNC’s mental midget Brian Kilmeade claimed Ukraine has the best military in the world. Because so many young Ukrainians have been killed, the average age of a Ukrainian soldier is 43. There are reports of 60 year old men and even pregnant women on the front lines. And, Kilmeade followed  up with the familiar refrain “no Americans are being killed.”

Nikki is the choice of the establishment. Many Fox hosts – like Kilmeade -have become passionate Nikki Haley cheerleaders. Don’t expect CNN, MSNBC or the Alphabet Networks to say anything negative about Nikki, she’s their pick of Republicans.

Fortunately, Nikki has virtually no chance. If, for some reason, Trump can’t run, his supporters will likely move to DeSantis or Ramaswamy.

At least Biden sleeps 20 hours a day. If Sleepy Joe’s poll numbers don’t improve, the super delegates will likely take care of him in Chicago.

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The 12th day of a Haley presidency.

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2023 November 25
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TLS: Iowa @ Nebraska, Texas – San Antonio @Tulane, Missouri @ Arkansas, Air Force @ Boise State, Indiana @ Purdue, Middle Tennessee State @ Sam Houston, , Ohio State @ Michigan, Pittsburgh @ Duke, UConn @ UMass, Kentucky @ Louisville, Florida Atlantic @ Rice, Tulsa @ East Carolina, Georgia State @ Old Dominion, UAB @ North Texas, Wake Forest @ Syracuse, San Jose State @UNLV, Arkansas State @ Marshall, Maryland @ Rutgers, Northwestern @ Illinois, Georgia Southern @ App. State, Virginia Tech @ Virginia, Wisconsin @ Minnesota, Jacksonville State @ New Mexico State, Florida State @ Florida, South Alabama @ Texas State, West Virginia @ Baylor, Charlotte @ South Florida, Clemson @ South Carolina, Kansas @ Cincinnati, North Carolina @ North Carolina State, Fresno State @ San Diego State, Colorado State @ Hawaii

Austin: Iowa @ Nebraska, Texas – San Antonio @Tulane, Missouri @ Arkansas, Air Force @ Boise State, Indiana @ Purdue, Middle Tennessee State @ Sam Houston, Ohio State @ Michigan, Pittsburgh @ Duke, UConn @ UMass, Kentucky @ Louisville, Florida Atlantic @ Rice, Tulsa @ East Carolina, Georgia State @ Old Dominion,  UAB @ North Texas, Wake Forest @ Syracuse, San Jose State @UNLV, Arkansas State @ Marshall, Maryland @ Rutgers, Northwestern @ Illinois, Georgia Southern @ App. State, Virginia Tech @ Virginia, Wisconsin @ Minnesota, Jacksonville State @ New Mexico State, Florida State @ Florida, South Alabama @ Texas State, West Virginia @ Baylor, Charlotte @ South Florida, Clemson @ South Carolina, Kansas @ Cincinnati, North Carolina @ North Carolina State, Fresno State @ San Diego State, Colorado State @ Hawaii

JimNorCal: Iowa @ Nebraska, Texas – San Antonio @Tulane, Missouri @ Arkansas, Air Force @ Boise State, Indiana @ Purdue, Middle Tennessee State @ Sam Houston, Ohio State @ Michigan, Pittsburgh @ Duke, UConn @ UMass, Kentucky @ Louisville, Florida Atlantic @ Rice, Tulsa @ East Carolina, Georgia State @ Old Dominion, UAB @ North Texas, Wake Forest @ Syracuse, San Jose State @UNLV, Arkansas State @ Marshall, Maryland @ Rutgers, Northwestern @ Illinois, Georgia Southern @ App. State, Virginia Tech @ Virginia, Wisconsin @ Minnesota, Jacksonville State @ New Mexico State, Florida State @ Florida, South Alabama @ Texas State, West Virginia @ Baylor, Charlotte @ South Florida, Clemson @ South Carolina, Kansas @ Cincinnati, North Carolina @ North Carolina State, Fresno State @ San Diego State, Colorado State @ Hawaii

Fight On: Iowa @ Nebraska, Texas – San Antonio @Tulane, Missouri @ Arkansas, Air Force @ Boise State, Indiana @ Purdue, Middle Tennessee State @ Sam Houston, Ohio State @ Michigan, Pittsburgh @ Duke, UConn @ UMass, Kentucky @ Louisville, Florida Atlantic @ Rice, Tulsa @ East Carolina, Georgia State @ Old Dominion, ,UAB @ North Texas, Wake Forest @ Syracuse, San Jose State @UNLV, Arkansas State @ Marshall, Maryland @ Rutgers, Northwestern @ Illinois, Georgia Southern @ App. State, Virginia Tech @ Virginia, Wisconsin @ Minnesota, Jacksonville State @ New Mexico State, Florida State @ Florida, South Alabama @ Texas State, West Virginia @ Baylor, Charlotte @ South Florida, Clemson @ South Carolina, Kansas @ Cincinnati, North Carolina @ North Carolina State, Fresno State @ San Diego State, Colorado State @ Hawaii

Bc3b: Iowa @ Nebraska, Texas – San Antonio @Tulane, Missouri @ Arkansas, Air Force @ Boise State, Indiana @ Purdue, Middle Tennessee State @ Sam Houston, Ohio State @ Michigan, Pittsburgh @ Duke, UConn @ UMass, Kentucky @ Louisville, Florida Atlantic @ Rice, Tulsa @ East Carolina, Georgia State @ Old Dominion, UAB @ North Texas, Wake Forest @ Syracuse, San Jose State @UNLV, Arkansas State @ Marshall, Maryland @ Rutgers, Northwestern @ Illinois, Georgia Southern @ App. State, Virginia Tech @ Virginia, Wisconsin @ Minnesota, Jacksonville State @ New Mexico State, Florida State @ Florida, South Alabama @ Texas State, West Virginia @ Baylor, Charlotte @ South Florida, Clemson @ South Carolina, Kansas @ Cincinnati, North Carolina @ North Carolina State, Fresno State @ San Diego State, Colorado State @ Hawaii