by Hunt Lawrence and Daniel J. Flynn

{ } ~ A single word describes the many policy prescriptions offered by the various presidential candidates: nonstarter. Green New Deal? Nonstarter? Baby bonds? Nonstarter. Medicare for All? Reparations? Guaranteed income? Nonstarter, nonstarter, nonstarter… The federal government cannot afford any ambitious new spending program because what Warren Buffett calls “the hungry tapeworm of the American economy” also drains the federal government of the ability to embark on anything monumental. Healthcare spending amounted to about five percent of the federal budget in 1968. Today it accounts for almost a third of all federal spending. The money that scumbag-Cory Booker wants to spend on baby bonds and Elizabeth dinky-Warren seeks to use to make college tuition free is already spoken for. The growth of healthcare spending within the federal budget stems from the growth of healthcare spending within the entire economy. The more we spend as citizens, the more the government spends in an effort to alleviate that burden, which seems to inflate costs, which tends to increase the volume for government to defray costs. Changes within American society, including obesity, an aging population, and a greater litigiousness, surely contribute to rising medical costs. But other factors, particularly the Droste effect of burdens fueling programs fueling burdens, more greatly account for the inflationary spiral. Americans now spend greater than $10,000 per citizen annually on healthcare costs. This amounts to about $3.5 trillion annually, or about 18 percent of the gross domestic product. And as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services projects, spending on healthcare figures to increase 5.5 percent annually over the next nine years to a grand total of $5.7 trillion (19.7 percent of GDP) by 2026. Iceberg ahead? Yes, but iceberg already here. The magic number is $7,000. Americans spending $7,000 annually instead of $10,000 would free $1 trillion in the total economy for other purposes. This includes about $400 million in federal money. Shooting for $7,000 unleashes the economy, shrinks the deficit, and frees up money for spending, tax cuts, or whatever else those in power wish to do…


scumbag/commie-Brennan Says He’s ‘Absolutely’ Willing To Testify To Congress To Rebut Trump’s ‘Coup’ Claims

by Chuck Ross

{ } ~ scumbag/commie-John Brennan said Friday he is “absolutely” willing to testify to Congress to rebut President Donald Trump’s claims… that the former CIA director took part in a “coup” to undermine his presidency. scumbag/comie-Brennan said in an interview on MSNBC, where he is a contributor, that he would “welcome any type of continued investigation of what we did that period of time that we were in government.” Republicans have called for investigations into the CIA and FBI’s activities in the run-up to the investigation of the Trump campaign. The FBI formally opened its investigation of the Trump team on July 31, 2016, but some GOP lawmakers have suggested that scumbag/commie-Brennan was working behind the scenes to gather intelligence on Trump advisers before that. Trump listed scumbag/commie-Brennan along with other scumbag/liar-nObama administration officials he claims tried to “overthrow” his administration, in an interview Thursday with Fox’s Sean Hannity. “This was a coup, this was an attempted overthrow of the United States government,” said Trump. “These are sick people. These are sick, sick people,” he continued, adding: “Let’s see what happens with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey and scumbag/commie-Brennan and former National Intelligence Director scumbag-James Clapper, they were in on the act.” scumbag/commie-Brennan responded on MSNBC, saying that “I don’t think it’s surprising at all that we continue to hear these sociopathic ramblings of Mr. Trump claiming that there was this effort to try prevent him from being elected or to unseat him.” “I welcome any type of continued investigation of what we did that period of time that we were in government,” he continued. “I’ve testified in front of Congress … and absolutely I’ll do it again.”… And once again lies.


When did dirty cop-Mueller know there was no collusion?

by Byron York

{ } ~ Trump-Russia special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller was appointed May 17, 2017. Twenty-two months later, on March 22, 2019, dirty cop-Mueller sent his report to the Justice Department… Some special counsel investigations have taken longer; it is the nature of such probes to drag on and on. But why did dirty cop-Mueller need nearly two years to determine whether the Trump campaign and Russia conspired or coordinated to fix the 2016 election? He didn’t, it appears. In the wake of the release of dirty cop-Mueller’s report, there are indications that special counsel prosecutors mostly knew by the end of 2017, and certainly by a few months later, that the evidence would not establish that conspiracy or coordination — or collusion, to use the popular term — had taken place. dirty cop-Mueller clearly spent a lot of time on the other half of his report — trying to establish that Trump obstructed justice — but on the most explosive and consequential allegation of the Trump-Russia affair, the conspiracy allegation, the dirty cop-Mueller investigation was essentially over long before it officially ended.” By early December, dirty cop-Mueller had exhausted all of the evidence and the witnesses,” John Dowd, who was the president’s lawyer for the first 10 months of the investigation, said in a recent podcast interview. Dowd dealt with White House witnesses, and the president urged those White House staffers to talk to dirty cop-Mueller and provide him with documents early in the investigation. They did. The president’s team also had joint defense agreements with others who talked to dirty cop-Mueller. That allowed Trump lawyers to know what witnesses were telling prosecutors. By the end of 2017, Dowd and others thought that dirty cop-Mueller had gotten everything he could get on the question of conspiracy and coordination. “We told the special counsel’s office in various ways that they had everything,” Dowd said in a phone conversation Wednesday. “We knew what the witnesses were saying, and they knew that we knew. They knew we debriefed people.”…


The Largest Gang in NYC History Swept up Dozens of Yound People who Weren’t in Gangs

by Alice Speri

{ } ~ Lewis was living in Connecticut and was nine credits away from his MBA when the neighborhood he had spent his life trying to get away from came back to haunt him… Growing up in a mostly poor and at times violent section of the Bronx, Lewis had seen his share of illegal activity. Some of those behind the criminality — mostly low-level drug dealing — were his friends. Lewis hung out with them while also keeping focused on school. Education was his ticket to a different life, his mother always said, and no one could take that away from him. She was wrong. Three years ago this week, helicopters and armored vehicles swarmed Lewis’s old neighborhood, and SWAT teams and some 700 officers with the NYPD and a host of federal law enforcement agencies knocked down doors at the Eastchester Gardens public housing project and nearby homes. At the same time, 40 miles and a world away, police showed up at the loft apartment Lewis shared with his girlfriend in the seaside city of Bridgeport. Lewis, who had no criminal record and had never been arrested before, was taken away in handcuffs while his 6-year-old son was asleep in his bed. Police drove Lewis to the local station and then back to the Bronx, to a police precinct where he saw dozens of his childhood friends, some for the first time in years. Lewis was one of 120 people, almost all young black and Latino men, who were indicted following that pre-dawn raid as part of what prosecutors called the “largest gang takedown in New York City history.” According to Preet Bharara, then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the 120 were members of two violent, rival street gangs that had “wreaked havoc” in the neighborhood for years and were responsible for at least eight murders. “These gang members do not belong on our streets,” William Bratton, then NYPD commissioner, said at a press conference the day after the raid. “Instead they belong exactly where they are going, to federal prison, for many years, where they won’t be surrounded by their buddies, they won’t be close to their families, and they’ll no longer be free to terrorize the neighborhoods in which they grew up.” The raid made news for a couple days, with mostly sensationalized headlines and images peddling police and prosecutors’ claims about those swept up in the bust. But few reporters followed up. Now a new report, published ahead of the raid’s third anniversary and shared exclusively with The Intercept, reveals troubling details about the prosecution and raises serious questions about due process, the abuse of federal conspiracy charges, and the criminalization of social relationships in communities of color…



Rosenstein slams scumbag/liar-nObama administration for choosing ‘not to publicize full story’ of Russia hacking

by Edmund DeMarche

{} ~ Beleaguered Justice Department No. 2 Rod Rosenstein raised eyebrows Thursday night with a private speech in which he took a swipe at the scumbag/liar-nObama administration… and slammed ex-FBI boss scumbag-James Comey. Rosenstein, the U.S. deputy attorney general who supervised the dirty cop-Mueller investigation, spoke out publically for the first time since the report was released, criticizing the scumbag/liar-nObama administration’s real-time reaction to Russian hacking and its decision “not publicize the full story” to the American people. Rosenstein, who was speaking in New York at the Public Servants Dinner of the Armenian Bar Association, defended his handling of the probe and criticized former officials in the process. He also called out former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey for alerting Congress about the investigation into Russian collusion at the height of the 2016 presidential campaign. “The FBI disclosed classified evidence about the investigation to ranking legislators and their staffers,” he said. “Someone selectively leaked details to the news media. The FBI director scumbag-Comey announced at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges. Then the former FBI director alleged that the president pressured him to close the investigation, and the president denied that the conversation occurred. “So that happened,” he joked. The scumbag/liar-nObama administration has been criticized for its handling of the Russian interference. Trump has blamed scumbag/liar-nObama for not acting quickly enough to stem Russia’s influence during the campaign…



College: An Overpriced Scam

Arnold Ahlert: “You don’t have to be rich or famous to believe that your kid is doomed to fail if they don’t get a four-year degree. There are millions of parents in the country right now … who genuinely feel that if they don’t do everything they can to get their kid into a good school, they will fail the kid.” —Mike Rowe

Rowe appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to address the college-admissions scandal. Yet far better, he explained that college has become the most over-priced scam in the nation, saddling thousands of young Americans with decades of student-loan repayments. Repayments that have forced them to postpone activities like buying a house, getting married, or having children.

Postponements that are now impacting the entire U.S. economy.

“Where’s the outrage for the pressure that we’ve put on a 17-year-old to borrow $100,000?” Rowe asks. “So much of that pressure comes from their mom and dad. It’s well-intended, but it’s kinda tragic.”

Rowe further notes that parental pressure is amplified by high-school guidance counselors, politicians, lobbyists, and employers.

The results? Rowe says, “We promoted the one thing at the expense of all of the others and the one thing just happened to be the most expensive thing.”

Expensive is an understatement. As measured by the Consumer Price Index, the cost of college since 1985 has increased at nearly quadruple the rate of inflation. In a single decade from 2007 to 2017, college tuition skyrocketed 63%, school housing 51%, and textbooks 88%.

As a result, total student-loan debt — now more than $1.5 trillion and counting — is the second-highest segment of consumer debt, trailing only mortgage obligations. Moreover, default rates are now more than 10%, making them the highest segment of household debt in the nation.

In the meantime, Americans trapped by this increasingly onerous dynamic never get around to asking an essential question: Why do most employers require a college degree, even when one is not necessary to perform job-related actives?

One of the main reasons has to do with a 1971 Supreme Court decision in Griggs v. Duke Power Co.. Prior to the ruling, Duke Power restricted workers without a high-school diploma to menial jobs, unless they could pass an aptitude test. Griggs and other black American employees filed suit, claiming that the company’s requirements were discriminatory under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

SCOTUS unanimously agreed, ruling that employers could only require educational credentials that were reasonably job-related. Furthermore, any company’s educational or testing qualifications that engendered “disparate impact” were in violation of the law.

The implication? In a 2008 paper, “Griggs v. Duke Power: Implications for College Credentialing,” authors Bryan O’Keefe and Richard Vedder explained that many employers, knowing that aptitude testing and high-school diplomas had become legally hazardous, began using college degrees to screen out applicants they didn’t want to hire. “Griggs turned the college degree into a ‘credential,’” the authors explained. “The content of the education did not change, but the degree — the sheepskin — became a necessary first step for a decent job.”

Is it? As columnist (and Yale graduate) Kyle Smith asserts, “An elite-college degree isn’t an instrument or a tool; it doesn’t have to lead to anything. It’s a status symbol in itself.”

More troubling, colleges are also the places where “a single orthodoxy about the origins of man, about American history, and about how America should be governed” is now imparted to the nation’s Ruling Class, as Boston University professor emeritus Angelo Codevilla explains.

Yet the most salient aspect of this ongoing scam is revealed by columnist Mark Hemingway. “Credentialism creates the illusion of knowledge and capability where none exists,” he explains.

Rowe heartily agrees. “Seven million jobs are available now; most of them don’t require a four-year degree,” he states. “They require training. And yet we’re obsessed, not really with education, you know. What we are obsessed with is credentialing. And so people are buying diplomas. And they’re buying their degrees. It’s a diploma dilemma, honestly. It’s expensive. It is getting worse. It’s not just the kids holding the note. It is us.”

“Us” is the American taxpayer who bears the ultimate burden for any and all student-loan defaults. Thus, colleges themselves, which bear no burden whatsoever, can raise costs with impunity.

Enter Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth dinky-Warren, who promises to “fix” the problem — from exactly the wrong end of the equation. Rather than take on the entire government-backed, taxpayer-underwritten student-loan program that fuels the cost spiral, she proposes what amounts to rank vote-buying: Warren pledges to cancel almost all student-loan debt for 42 million students, which would cost taxpayers a staggering one time payment of $642 billion.

Following that shakedown, she proposes “universal free college,” paid for by her “Ultra-Millionaire Tax — a 2% annual tax on the 75,000 families with $50 million or more in wealth.”

That dinky-Warren is comfortable promoting the idea of borrowing money and not honoring one’s commitment to pay it back is bad enough. Yet the utter failure to control costs — and the nerve to use to the word “free” as it relates to those costs — is astounding. Americans might ask themselves how a Harvard professor can be as morally bankrupt and economically ignorant as Warren appears to be.

In 2016, University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds addressed the credentialing dilemma, stating, “If you want equality, the best thing to do is to ban employers from asking students where they went to school and, perhaps, even if they went to college at all.”

The quality dilemma? Require colleges to publish data on student graduation rates, the level of debt they’ve accumulated, and what they earn after graduating, so potential enrollees know exactly what they’re getting before they go into debt.

The pricing dilemma? Make colleges partially liable for all student-loan defaults, incentivizing them to offer students the marketable skills that would prevent such defaults. Despite what people like Warren believe, “skin in the game” is the best cost controller there is.

Most important, a national conversation must be engendered to disabuse Americans of the long-orchestrated fear that the only choices they have are college or eternal mediocrity. Eternal indebtedness is closer to the truth — which might even be tolerable if it were a genuine education one was receiving in return.

Far too often, it’s not. “Since the 1970s, it has been virtually impossible to flunk out of American colleges,” Codevilla explains. “And it is an open secret that ‘the best’ colleges require the least work and give out the highest grade point averages.” Why? Because “our ruling class recruits and renews itself not through meritocracy but rather by taking into itself people whose most prominent feature is their commitment to fit in.”

And what has that “commitment to fit in” precipitated? An arrogant, “credentialed” Ruling Class that has given America a $22 trillion national debt, manufactured tribalism, un-winnable wars, and defenseless borders, all while holding “deplorable” Americans in utter contempt.

If college is the “answer,” Americans are asking the wrong questions. ~The Patriot Post  


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