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Ted Cruz Introduces Bill To Scrap ‘Natural Gas Tax’ Wedged Inside Biden’s Climate Legislation

By The Daily Caller

Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is introducing a Senate bill that would repeal a “natural gas tax” proposal enabled by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), President Joe Biden’s signature climate bill.

The “Natural Gas Tax Repeal Act” would scrap IRA provisions that deputize the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to impose fines on energy companies that emit methane in amounts above government-dictated limits, according to its text. The rule will likely have a significant impact on producers of natural gas, the form of energy most commonly associated with methane emissions.

“Joe Biden and Biden officials have proven time and time again that they care more about their radical climate agenda than the needs of the American people,” Cruz said in a statement shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation. “They have driven up inflation and jeopardized American jobs and energy security, all of which would be made significantly worse by the methane emissions fee in the Inflation Reduction Act. This fee will particularly harm Texas by undermining producers in the Permian Basin and across the state.”

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Cruz’s bill is supported by the Independent Petroleum Producers of America, the American Exploration and Production Council, the U.S. Oil and Gas Association and the American Petroleum Institute, among other organizations. House Republicans passed a similar bill in March to repeal the IRA’s natural gas tax.

The EPA’s proposal would require companies to pay a penalty of $900 for each ton of methane emitted above limits set by the government starting in 2024, with the penalty for every ton above the government’s benchmarks jumping to $1,200 in 2025 and increasing again to $1,500 in 2026 and after, according to the EPA. The agency describes the proposal as a means to reduce methane emissions, energy producers have criticized it for further complicating the regulatory environment and potentially increasing costs for consumers.

The EPA proposal also dovetails with a December 2023 EPA proposal to impose methane detection requirements, which independent oil and gas producers oppose because the additional compliance costs figure to disadvantage them relative to the major firms.

“President Biden’s tax on natural gas production does nothing but make it harder to produce American-made energy while driving up costs. Congress must take action to repeal this looming regulatory disaster,” Texas Rep. August Pfluger, who authored the House equivalent of Cruz’s bill, said in a statement shared with the DCNF. “The House has already passed my legislation to repeal the tax, and I am proud to work alongside Senator Cruz to get it to the President’s desk. Energy security is national security.”

The EPA and the White House did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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NICK POPE

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Big Abortion Defeated, Border Patrol Atrophying, and Hunter Biden’s ‘Perjury’: 5 Stories You Missed

By Family Research Council

With patriotic Americans preparing to commemorate the brave soldiers who sacrificed themselves in our nation’s battles — and the rest of America preparing to take a day off work — it became easier to miss news stories. But even if you gleaned the headlines like prospectors panning for gold, some stories went underreported in the last full week of May: Big Abortion suffered a setback at the ballot box; Border Patrol suffered (yet another) setback under Joe Biden; Hunter Biden suffered a setback from (allegedly) perjuring himself before Congress; the legacy media suffered a setback with viewers; and all Americans suffered rampant setbacks from inflation.

  1. Big Abortion’s Big Defeat

Nonpartisan state elections that take place in the middle of the year receive little media coverage — but the media made an exception this month, when a Georgia Supreme Court race briefly became a national bellwether for abortion. Then, as soon as the results came in, the media shrouded the results in studied silence.

Democrat and former five-term U.S. Congressman John Barrow decided he could win a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court by launching into an extended abortion monologue against Justice Andrew Pinson, who was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp (R) in 2022. Although three other high court justices ran unopposed, Barrow explained he specifically targeted Pinson because, as state solicitor general, Pinson defended Georgia’s heartbeat law — a pro-life protection shielding unborn babies from abortion once doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat, usually around six weeks.

During an interview with The Hill, Barrow summarized his candidacy with a triple-redundant mission statement: “I’m running for the Supreme Court of Georgia because I believe that women today have the same rights under the state constitution that they used to have under Roe vs. Wade, before it was overturned with the help of my opponent, and that’s why I’m running[,] and that’s why I’m running against him.”

No one had any doubt about the thrust of the campaign. Planned Parenthood and abortion lobbying groups endorsed him. “A state Supreme Court race in Georgia puts abortion on the ballot,” proclaimed MSNBC.

Barrow remained so committed to centering his entire campaign on abortion that, when the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission told him he was violating judicial ethics by announcing how he would vote on cases that had yet to come before him, Barrow sued to keep talking about abortion. (A judge dismissed the case.)

How did Barrow’s single-issue campaign come out? He lost by a 10-point spread: 55% Pinson vs. 45% Barrow.

The Southeast campaign director of the abortion lobby group Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America), Alicia Stallworth, pronounced the group “deeply disappointed” at the results. Christian conservatives celebrated. “The Democratic strategy of placing abortion at the center of the 2024 campaign utterly failed” last Tuesday in Georgia, said Ralph Reed, Faith & Freedom Coalition chairman and founder. Barrow’s loss “calls into question the entire Democratic strategy of eking out a victory by scaring suburban voters with abortion.”

The word sadly trickled out in local media. “Incumbent Georgia Justice Andrew Pinson defeats challenge from John Barrow focused on abortion rights,” stated Atlanta’s public broadcasting station WABE. “Justice Pinson wins court race that became referendum on abortion rights in Georgia,” reported Georgia Reporter, a publication of States Newsroom (a left-wing organization posing as a news organization, as we described earlier this month).

Curiously, that’s when the previously top-watched race fell off the national radar. The story made the national media thanks to Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner, who called Barrow’s defeat “perhaps the biggest electoral win for the pro-life cause since the fall of Roe v. Wade.”

It bears repeating: The narrative of the undefeatable abortion monologue had failed. Pro-life candidates should campaign accordingly.

  1. U.S. Border Patrol Has Lost One-Quarter of Its Agents during the Biden Administration

It’s no secret that illegal immigration — a simmering, slow-motion crisis that has been percolating for decades — has reached its worst extent thanks to the malign neglect of the Biden administration. Fewer stories have featured the morale-sapping impact his policies have on those who signed up to keep America’s borders secure.

One out of every four Border Patrol agents has left the agency since Joe Biden took office, a new review of the statistics has found. That’s an attrition rate far higher than his predecessors.

The Border Patrol employed 19,357 agents in fiscal year 2022.

During the Trump and Obama administrations, the agency lost an average of 996 agents a year — or 3,486 agents during a comparable 42-month period.

But since October 2020, the Border Patrol has lost a grand total of 4,281 agents: 3,665 in fiscal years 2020-2023, and 616 in the six months after the end of FY 2023 last October. That averages out to 1,222 agents annually in the Biden years.

Much of that atrophying came from experienced agents deciding they have had enough of Biden’s policies. Early retirements more than doubled during this period, from 257 a year (2014-2020) to 529 during this administration.

Biden lied that two Border Patrol agents in Del Rio, Texas, “whipped” illegal immigrants from Haiti who attempted to run past the agents into U.S. territory. “Those people will pay,” Biden vowed, before an investigation had formally taken place. As I explained at the time, “In reality, Border Patrol agents don’t carry whips, none of the photos showed their reins touching anybody, and agents would swing their reins to prevent people from getting hurt by their trampling horses.” The story proved as comprehensively false as any story can. The administration quietly dropped the case — but used the false story to prevent agents from patrolling the border on horseback. Competent agents decided they did not want to become the next one singled out for national humiliation by the president of the United States on the grounds of a baseless allegation.

Clearing out a federal agency of competent, dedicated civil servants accomplishes a dark, double policy goal for Biden: It removes agents who might pose administrative obstacles to his lax border policies and makes room to replace them with “diverse” new hires committed to his open borders agenda.

  1. Hunter Biden Committed Perjury?

It’s hardly news that the legacy media suppresses stories about Hunter Biden. Not only did major news outlets refuse to cover his laptop (after receiving a briefing from the intelligence community that such a story would be leaked by a foreign power), but they publicized a statement organized by Democratic officials from former intelligence agents insisting the whole thing smacked of perfidious Russian disinformation.

Well, they’re at it again.

The House Ways and Means Committee announced last Tuesday the release of more than 100 pages of obtained evidence from IRS whistleblowers that Hunter Biden may have committed perjury before Congress on February 28. Hunter Biden famously flouted his defiance of a congressional subpoena by storming out of a hearing and demanding a public interrogation, before retreating to the safety of a closed-door deposition.

The evidence shows that he lied under oath three times, House Republicans say. They say Hunter lied about a text he sent telling a Chinese official he and his father would use all their power against the company unless they received payment for services rendered. “I sent the text to the wrong Zhao,” said Hunter, claiming he texted a man who had nothing to do with the Chinese energy company and probably had no idea what the texts were about. The committee released WhatsApp records showing Biden contacted only one Zhao, named Raymond Zhao, whom he stayed in touch with for months. Zhao facilitated the release of $5 million from China to the Biden family.

They also say Hunter Biden fibbed when he claimed a shell company he set up with friend Devon Archer, Rosemont Seneca Bohai, was never “under my control nor affiliated with me.” The committee released a document signed by the president’s son stating, “I, Robert Hunter Biden, hereby certify that I am the duly elected, qualified and acting Secretary of Rosemont Seneca Bohai, LLC.”

Biden also denied trying to help any foreign business associates obtain a U.S. visa. “I’d never pick up the phone and call anybody for a visa,” he said under oath. The committee released an email from Devon Archer stating, “Hunter is checking with Miguel Aleman to see if he can provide cover to Kola on the visa.” The individual in question, “Kola,” is Nikolay Zlochevsky, CEO of Burisma.

“Lying during sworn testimony is a felony offense that the Department of Justice has prosecuted numerous individuals for in recent years, and the American people expect the same accountability for the son of the president of the United States,” said Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), chairman of the powerful committee.

Curiously, this blockbuster revelation has made few headlines, as the media instead repeat the most salacious details of Donald Trump’s trials which, arguably, are not criminal. This jaundiced coverage may explain why …

  1. Americans Keep Fleeing the Legacy Media

After years of repeating the “Russia collusion” narrative and covering up “fiery but mostly peaceful” protests, the legacy media continue to lose readers and trust. Two former titans of the legacy media announced last week they have taken on water.

The most influential newspaper in the nation’s capital, The Washington Post, has officially lost half of its subscribers since 2020. The subscriber plunge cost the newspaper $77 million in revenue in just the last year. “To speak candidly: We are in a hole, and we have been for some time,” Post publisher Will Lewis told employees during a meeting last Wednesday.

But the Post has plans to turn around the slide by rolling out tiered membership plans, as well as (in the words of the Post), “launching a product focused on the relationship between the climate and the economy.” It’s not clear how that will help, since voters ranked “dealing with climate change” 18th out of 20 issues presented to them as the most important crises facing America in a Pew Research Center survey earlier this year. (“Strengthening the economy” came in number one.) “I hope in the future you see this day as a significant day in the history of our company,” Lewis told employees.

Good luck with that.

Readers are not just giving up on newspapers: They’re also turning off left-wing news outlets. During the week of May 13-19, CNN averaged the lowest viewership among its most coveted audience in 33 years. CNN averaged only 83,000 members of the “targeted demographic,” which consists of people between the ages of 25 and 54. That’s its lowest share since 1991. CNN won a total viewership of 494,000 — less than half of rival MSNBC and less than one-quarter of Fox News Channel’s two million total viewers. That comes after CNN lost $100 million in revenue in 2022.

The driving force of much legacy media also took a step backwards. The left-wing group Media Matters for America (MMFA) — founded by Hillary Clinton ally David Brock and funded by George Soros — created miniature media feeding frenzies by wrenching soundbites of conservative commentators out of context. The legacy media often did no original research before breathlessly repeating their press releases.

The turning point came last November, when Elon Musk took MMFA to court for defamation after the group claimed major advertisers’ slogans appeared next to Nazi and white supremacist symbols and slogans on the social media platform X. But it appears MMFA “researchers” simply created accounts that followed only the most offensive accounts and major corporations, until its feed artificed results that would never occur organically.

Facing the music, Media Matters announced mass layoffs last Thursday. “We’re confronting a legal assault on multiple fronts and given how rapidly the media landscape is shifting, we need to be extremely intentional about how we allocate resources in order to stay effective,” said MMFA President Angelo Carusone.

Apparently, there is a price to pay for churning out bad journalism.

  1. Inflation Is Canceling Many Summer Vacations

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, but too many Americans cannot afford a family holiday this year thanks to Bidenomics.

A new survey released by Fox News last week found that 55% of Americans will not be taking a summer vacation this year — and 73% of those respondents say high prices and the poor economy make it impossible. A total of 72% of travelers say prices affected their decisions about taking a vacation. One told the Associated Press that the crime-riddled city of Philadelphia “was not our original destination, but we chose here because it was cheaper.”

At the same time, families are having a harder time having a staycation in their own homes, because home ownership has crept increasingly out of reach due to rampant Bidenflation. The figures tell the full story: The average person needs to earn 80% more today than in 2020 to buy a home — $47,000 more than in 2020 — yet average wages increased during that time only 23% in nominal terms. “In 2020, a household earning $59,000 annually could comfortably afford the monthly mortgage on a typical U.S. home,” explained Zillow. “Now, the roughly $106,500 needed to comfortably afford the mortgage payment on a typical home is well above what a typical U.S. household earns each year, estimated at about $81,000.”

Inflation does not just impact vacation plans: 86% of small businesses say “inflation has hurt their businesses in the past year,” according to a survey produced by Alignable. More than three out of four small business owners also cited “tax policies” (79%) and “regulations” (76%) as “major hurdles” to their success. “In particular, many said taxes are just too high,” reported Alignable, “especially since interest rates and inflation have reduced their cash on hand.”

The fact is, you aren’t being told about inflation, but you don’t need to be. You’re living it.

AUTHOR

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is senior reporter and editor at The Washington Stand.

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No-Bid Contracts Inflate Cost to Massachusetts Taxpayers of Feeding Illegal Aliens

By The Daily Signal

Most hardworking Americans can’t afford to spend $21 to $31 on dinner every day. If they did, they’d likely expect to get steak or lobster for their money.

Yet that’s exactly how much the state of Massachusetts is spending to feed homeless migrants, according to WBZ-TV CBS Boston. The state isn’t even getting its money’s worth: The meals include spaghetti and hot dogs or rice with a single chicken drumstick.

The $21 meals come from the Fairfield Inn Boston Dedham, where the state is paying $180 a day to house homeless families and migrants—even though advertisements show hotel rooms start at $129.

Lunch costs $16, but a family interviewed by CBS Boston said it contains “nothing edible,” such as soup with “just bones” in it.

Taxpayers will spend a total of $7.3 million to feed families at the Fairfield Inn.

It’s part of 17 state contracts worth $116 million that Massachusetts signed to provide free housing to migrants in hotels and motels through June, according to records obtained by CBS Boston. Nine of those, including the Fairfield Inn, are for hotels owned by Giri Hotel Management, which will make $46 million from taxpayers.

When the state hired its own catering companies for migrants instead of relying on hotels, it still overspent. Massachusetts signed a $10 million contract with Spinelli Ravioli Manufacturing Co. through a no-bid process that did not ask other vendors to provide cheaper food.

The state told CBS Boston that the ravioli contract, which ended in March, was justified by the “unprecedented increased demand” for food.

In addition to the hotel expenses, Massachusetts spends about $75 million every month on 7,500 migrant families living in state-run emergency shelters.

Gov. Maura Healey, a Democrat, signed a supplemental budget in March that spends $840 million over the next two years for the migrant crisis.

That still wasn’t enough. The federal government agreed in April to help Massachusetts by using Medicaid funds, which Axios Boston says could cost $647.5 million over the next four years.

State Sen. Peter Durant, a Republican, told CBS Boston of the hotel contracts, “This is something that we have been asking the administration for information on, for the better part of a year and have been stonewalled on the information.”

Something is amiss when taxpayers are spending more to feed those in emergency housing than to feed their own children.

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Originally published at RealClearInvestigations.com

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Adam Andrzejewski

Adam Andrzejewski is the CEO and founder of OpenTheBooks.com, a government watchdog organization working to capture and disclose spending at every level online.

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Americans’ Inflation Worries Deepen as Biden Claims Economic Victory

By Family Research Council

With the November presidential election 24 weeks away, an index measuring consumer sentiment on the economy dropped to a six-month low after its largest decline since 2021. The plummeting confidence comes as President Joe Biden recently shrugged off the concerns while falsely claiming for the second time in less than a week that inflation was at 9% when he took office.

On Sunday, The Washington Post reported that the index of consumer sentiment, which measures the economic perceptions of Americans, dropped sharply amid nagging inflation and rising gas prices. In April, inflation remained well above the Federal Reserve’s target of 2%, hitting 3.4%. While the number is well below the high of 9.1% that was reached in June of 2022, inflation has remained above 3% every month since last summer.

Economic concerns have consistently ranked as the top issue for American voters ever since ever since 2021, when inflation began rising steadily due to a massive uptick in government spending enacted by the Biden administration. A Gallup survey released at the end of March revealed that inflation was the top most worrisome issue for Americans, followed closely by immigration.

The price of consumer goods also continues to rise. Last week, the latest Consumer Price Index summary was released, revealing that the price of all goods rose 0.3% in April, having risen 3.4% over the last 12 months. Overall energy prices rose 2.6% in the last 12 months, while food prices saw an increase of 2.2% in the last year.

Meanwhile, gas prices have also remained consistently high. With a current average price of $3.61 per gallon, gas has shot up 50 cents since the start of the year. Under the Biden administration, the average price of gas has fluctuated wildly, reaching a peak of over $5 a gallon at the start of 2022. The current average price per gallon remains over 60 cents higher than it was when President Donald Trump left office in January 2021.

Popular companies such as McDonald’s, Home Depot, Under Armour, and Starbucks have recently reported underwhelming earnings due to increasingly modest consumer spending with few signs that the economic outlook will improve any time soon. In addition, Walmart, Target, and discount grocer Aldi have recently begun slashing prices of goods in hopes of attracting more business.

“We continue to feel the impact of a more cautious consumer,” said Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan last month. “Many customers are being more exacting about where and how they choose to spend their money, particularly with stimulus savings mostly spent.”

Notably, some Biden administration officials are beginning to acknowledge the financial struggles and low consumer confidence of ordinary Americans after the president appeared to dismiss them earlier this month, claiming that “[w]e’ve already turned [the economy] around.”

“Families are still struggling with prices that are too high,” admitted Jared Bernstein, chair of Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers. “We’ve made a lot of progress in the right direction, and we are going to keep fighting to lower costs for families and make billionaires and corporations pay their fair share.”

A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign remarked that the 45th president would “uplift all Americans” by reducing taxes and increasing wages. “The American people cannot afford four more years of Bidenomics.”

In comments to The Washington Stand, Oliver McPherson-Smith, director of the Center for Energy & Environment at the America First Policy Institute (AFPI), contended that consumers have little reason to be confident in America’s economic outlook under Biden.

“It’s no surprise that consumers across the country are feeling pessimistic about the economy,” he observed. “Bidenomics means overregulation and prolific spending — both of which drive up consumer prices. Under Bidenomics, household energy costs are on average 22% higher than under President Trump’s America First policies. Gas prices are up on average 39.7%.”

McPherson-Smith continued, “The May measurement of the University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment is a searing indictment of the Biden administration’s economic mismanagement. Even during the uncertainty of the early pandemic months, at no point during the Trump administration were American consumers this pessimistic about the economy.”

Michael Faulkender, Chief Economist at AFPI, further expanded on the repercussions that rising inflation has incurred on American pocketbooks.

“The Bidens will keep blaming everyone but themselves for the inflation devastating Americans’ budgets,” he told TWS. “As published recently in Bloomberg, if one looks at inflation-adjusted disposable income — how far paychecks go in purchasing power terms — it rose 12% under Trump and is at 3% under Biden. Once you incorporate the effect of interest rate increases on anyone borrowing money to buy a car, home, or place a purchase on their credit card, Americans are worse off. Those effects are even greater for the most vulnerable in our society.”

“No amount of deflection, demagoguery, or gaslighting will alter the economic harm the American people have suffered under the far-left policies of the Biden administration,” Faulkender concluded.

AUTHOR

Dan Hart

Dan Hart is senior editor at The Washington Stand.

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Like Fast Food? Here’s Price Increases from End of 2019 to Now for McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A

By Dr. Rich Swier

A reader sent us some amazing data on the price increases of fast foods at various restaurants over time.

Many American families enjoy fast food restaurants. Perhaps the three biggest are McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A.

SCRIBEMOON did a comparison of the costs of various meals at each of these fast food restaurants from the end of 2010 to today.

Here’s what SCRIBEMOON found:

McDonald’s Price Increases

Menu Item                     End of 2019 Price    Mid-2024 Price   % Increase

Medium French Fries      $1.79                           $4.19                          134.1%

McChicken                         $1.29                           $3.89                          201.6%

10 McNuggets                    $4.49                           $7.49                         68.8%

Cheeseburger                    $1.00                           $3.15                          215%


Taco Bell Price Increases

Menu Item                     End of 2019 Price     Mid-2024 Price    % Increase

Beefy 5-Layer Burrito       $1.69                           $3.69                          118.3%

Nachos Bellgrande            $3.29                           $5.89                          79%

Spicy Potato Soft Taco      $1.00                           $1.19                         19%

Cheesy Bean Burrito         $1.00                          $1.19                          19%

Crunchwrap Supreme       $3.49                          $5.29                          51.6%


Chick-fil-A Price Increases

Menu Item                     End of 2019 Price     Mid-2024 Price    % Increase

Deluxe Chicken                 $3.65                           $6.55                         79.5%
Sandwich

8 Chick-fil-A                       $3.05                           $5.99                          96.4%
Nuggets

4 Chick-n-Strips                $4.39                           $7.85                          78.8%

Medium Waffle Fries       $1.65                           $2.99                          81.2%

Large Milkshake               $3.15                           $5.19                          64.76%

Check out the prices in your favorite fast food restaurant and leave a comment on what you found.

©2024. Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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A Bold Plan to End Inflation in America!

By Cherie Zaslawsky

Wayne Allyn Root’s advice to President Trump


Trump supporter and savvy political analyst Wayne Allyn Root sees Javier Milei as a role model for Trump in his second term, since Milei turned around inflation in Argentina in just a few months.

How? By drastically cutting the primary cause of inflation: government spending!

Wayne’s plan for Trump:

Cut 15% of all government agencies except the military, on day one. Rinse and repeat in 6 months.

Say “You’re fired!” to 15% of government employees and bureaucrats on day one. Rinse and repeat in 6 months.

Eliminate two of the worst failures in our bloated federal bureaucracy: the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. (To which I’d add quite a few others…)

Say “You’re fired!” to the 86,000 new IRS agents, saving us $86 billion and lots of headaches for We the People.

And instead of welfare for illegal aliens, deportations.

Make us energy independent again by canceling all green energy hogwash regulations and championing “fossil fuels”—the cheap, reliable energy that made us so prosperous to begin with!

Read Wayne’s article and the learn rest of his great ideas here.


Recommended by Cherie Z’s Truth Be Told!


©2024. Cherie Zaslawsky. All rights reserved.

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POLL: 47% of Voters Believe the American Republic Has Fallen

By The Geller Report

More concerning is the 53% who think it’s all going swimmingly.

As one commenter succinctly put it: “Anyone who isn’t asleep can see America has fallen. We are living in clown world where everything evil is considered good and everything good is considered evil. Nice job, hippies. You created monsters who are sucking up to the enemy (Islam), allow millions of third world invaders in, who do nothing but suck off the welfare tit and rape and murder, and a bunch of lazy, “college-educated” idiots who want to do away with law and morals.”

POLL: 47% of Voters Believe the American Republic Has Fallen

RIP USA?

By: José Alberto Niño, Big League Politics, May 17, 2024

A recent Rasmussen poll found that 39% of likely United States voters believe that American leaders have done a good job of keeping the republic. However, 47% of voters believe the republic that the Founding Fathers established has already collapsed.

An additional 14% are unsure.

Many voters believe that the current American government has deviated from the country’s founding principles. Namely, the principle that governments get their authority “from the consent of the governed.” Just 26% of voters believe the federal government currently has the consent of the governed, whereas 57% believe it does not. An additional 17% are unsure.

63% of Republican voters, 43% of Democrat voters, and 65% of independent voters indicated that the federal government currently doesn’t have the consent of the governed.

44% of Democrat voters believe the government does have the consent of the government, but only 19% of Republican voters and independent voters agree.

50% of Democrats believe America’s leadership class has done a good job of keeping the republic, while only 34% of Republican voters and 32% of independent voters share the same view. 54% Republican voters and 56% of independent voters believe that the republic the Founders created has already died, in addition to 35% of Democrat voters.

Of the voters who believe that the republic has already collapsed, 62% indicated that the federal government currently does not have the consent of the governed.

58% of white voters, 44% of black voters, 63% of Hispanic voters and 58% of other non-white minorities believe the federal government currently does not have the consent of the governed. 41% of white voters, 35% of black voters, 34% of Hispanics voters and 32% of other non-white minorities believe the American ruling class has done a good job of keeping the republic.

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Forget ‘Never Trumpers’ — More Voters Now Say They’ll Never Vote For Biden

By The Daily Caller

President Joe Biden has a new problem cropping up in polling data: more Americans now dismiss even the possibility of voting for him.

Among likely voters living in six key swing states, 51% say there’s “not really any chance” they’d vote for Biden, compared to just 46% saying the same thing about former President Donald Trump, according to a May poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College. The trend of more voters vowing never to vote for Biden than Trump extends beyond just one poll, with three polls stretching between November 2023 and April all finding more never-Biden voters than never-Trump voters, The Washington Post reported.

The American voter’s refusal to even consider voting for Biden is a reversal of the situation during the 2020 election. when voters consistently reported that they would never vote for Trump at higher rates than they did for Biden, according to the Post.

Both candidates have seen considerable protest votes despite running in virtually uncontested primaries.

Options other than Biden have gotten significant support in a number of Democratic primaries, including in the swing states of Nevada, Michigan and North Carolina. Similarly, Nikki Haley continues to attract double-digit support in Republican presidential primaries despite having dropped out of the race months ago, CNN reported.

With the election only four months out, polling paints a dire picture for the president’s reelection prospects.

Biden had an approval rating of just 38.7% as of May 17, making him less popular at this point in his presidency than every president since Harry Truman, according to FiveThirtyEight’s running average of polls. Trump has also repeatedly polled ahead of Biden in the key battleground states that are likely to decide the election.

The New York Times poll surveyed 4,097 registered voters across Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points for likely voters.

The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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FLORIDA: Just Vote ‘NO’ on Amendment 3 — Significant Costs to Voters

By Royal A. Brown III

Excellent article that addresses increase costs associated with legalizing recreational pot including vehicle accidents, automobile insurance, electricity and health insurance in those states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska as well as Canada.

Doesn’t address other costs like higher crime rates due to black markets (dealers & buyers who don’t want to pay taxes); interstate crime as pot grown in Florida is transported to other states where it is illegal; increased emergency room visits and hospitalizations especially of young people including minors.

This will be a disaster for FL and we need to Vote NO and encourage others to do the same.


Florida: Just vote ‘no’ on Amendment 3

Your Turn

John Michael Pierobon

Guest columnist

Amendment 3, a referendum to enshrine recreational marijuana in the Florida constitution, is on the ballot this November. The ballot language does not mention the significant cost to the voter.

Legalizing recreational marijuana will dramatically increase the cost of electricity, automobile insurance, and health insurance.

A 2022 study published by the Society for the Study of Addiction concluded that in the United States, there appears to be a 20% average increase in cannabis use frequency attributable to recreational legalization. Marijuana consumption also increased in all age groups when Canada legalized marijuana. This is especially true among the youth because they think that because it is legal there is no harm. Making it legal does not make it right; it normalizes dangerous behavior.

The scientific evidence is overwhelming; fatal car crashes increase significantly when recreational marijuana is legalized.

A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that the percentage of drivers in Washington involved in fatal crashes who tested positive for marijuana more than doubled after that state made marijuana legal for recreational use.

Another study published in 2019 in the journal ‘Accident Analysis & Prevention’ concluded that fatal crash rates increased in Colorado and Washington after the opening of commercial recreational marijuana dispensaries. The study states that in ‘the five years after legalization, fatal crash rates increased more in Colorado and Washington than would be expected’.

In Colorado, between 2013, when that state legalized recreational marijuana, and 2019, traffic deaths where drivers tested positive for marijuana increased by 140% as per a Colorado state police report.

Chances of being in a fatal car accident went up significantly in states that legalized recreational marijuana. A recent study published in the journal ‘Social Science & Medicine’ revealed substantial increases in crash fatalities of 22% in Oregon and 20% in Alaska when they legalized it.

More traffic fatalities leads to higher automobile insurance premiums.

A study published in ‘JAMA Network Open’ found that emergency room visits increased 475% when Canada legalized marijuana. The study suggests ‘cannabis-involved traffic injuries have increased over time and that the commercialization of cannabis markets may result in further increases.’

In states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, children, especially those under 10 years old, are at increased risk of accidental poisoning from edibles and other products made from marijuana. The average number of emergency room visits due to cannabis use in this age group more than tripled, from 20.9 per 10,000 visits in 2019 to 65.6 per 10,000 visits in 2022.

More emergency room visits means higher health insurance premiums and much longer waits at emergency rooms.

Voting to legalize marijuana will also raise the cost of electricity for everyone in Florida.

The demand for electricity will increase dramatically because growing marijuana consumes staggering amounts of energy. According to a 2020 study published in the journal ‘Nature Sustainability’ indoor cannabis cultivation in the United States alone accounted for approximately 1% of total electricity consumption in the country.

Even in the Sunshine State, marijuana has to be grown indoors because it requires at least 18 hours per day of high-intensity lighting such as high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps to be commercially viable.

‘Growing an Ounce of Pot Indoors Can Emit as Much Carbon as Burning a Full Tank of Gas’ is the title of an article in Smithsonian Magazine. Colorado State University researchers write that Colorado marijuana industry’s greenhouse gas emissions (2.6 megatons of carbon dioxide) exceed those of the state’s coal mining industry (1.8 megatons of carbon dioxide). Growing marijuana has a carbon footprint that easily exceeds most polluting industries.

Protect our young children, our safety, our health, our environment, and especially our pocketbooks. Vote no on Amendment 3.

John Michael Pierobon is the vice chair of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Broward County, and the chair of the Tobacco Free Environments subcommittee of the Tobacco Free Workgroup of the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade, and an active member of Tobacco Free Volusia.

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Are you better off today than you were 5 years ago?

By Karen Schoen

You are if you’re a criminal illegal alien. 

If you are like most Americans the answer to that is no. But then you have to ask yourself what are you going to do about it? Because doing nothing will get us nothing and right now we have a legislature in the states and DC hell bent on destroying our country.

After watching the way Congress works I no longer believe we have a Democrat party and a Republican party. I believe we have a group of globalists who want to depopulate the planet in order to control it and are using man-made climate change, disease, abortion, crime, drugs, gender confusion, lgbtq and anything that they can think of that will stop the people from reproducing. They are even teaching our children that a fetus is not a baby and therefore abortion is a kind and wonderful thing that gives women a choice. A choice of what killing a baby or not killing a baby.

The problem that we have is that we have allowed these globalists to take over and control and manipulate our language we have allowed them to give us new definitions for words that we commonly use. Abortion is baby killing and if we would say that instead of the nice sounding word of abortion maybe our children would understand that there’s no difference between killing a child of one week, 10 weeks 30 weeks or after the child is born.  You are still killing a baby.

So who are these people and what do they really want?  They are as I call them the globalist.  The 1% of elite that strive for money power and control and right now I believe their focus is on power. Like I said before I do not believe that we have a Democrat or Republican party. I believe we have globalists who want to give America’s sovereignty to the United Nations so that they can have a one world government controlled of course by them.  Also people will be able to move freely across the globe and settle wherever they want without paying attention to the country they chose to live in. Who’s laws will be followed? Traditions? Values? Multiculturalism = NO Country. No borders, No Country.

That is totally evident by what we saw going on in the college campus and in our Congress as the American flag was desecrated and the Palestinian flag was raised.  How many of our legislators raised the Palestinian flag in congress? Too many I might add. Why are they doing that? Basically because I believe it’s the in thing to do. It’s the fashion statement of the month. Let’s support Palestine against Israel. And as this administration continually throws Israel under the bus, I strongly believe that what president Trump said was absolutely true; any Jew that votes for the Democrat party hates their religion and hates Israel and probably hates America as well.

The slow creep of infiltration has begun. MN today has a new flag. They proudly display the 8 pointed star of Islam.  The Muslims are only 1% of the population but the Globalist Democrats hate America and are doing their best to eliminate it.  Remember what the Muslim Brotherhood said when Obama was in office. It is their goal to fly the Muslim flag over the White House.. 1 down 49 to go. How could the people of MN let this happen?

The Democrats have become the Marxist party and while 50% of the Republicans are the controlled opposition. The one thing we know is that he does love America and we hope that he is the one who will lead us out of this mess that has been created by the America haters. Of course everyone forgets that Marxism is communism and communism has killed probably a couple of hundred million people since it’s inception more recently 100 million of course that is never taught in school. So we now have two parties that have merged into one against we the people who are the nationalists. They will do and say anything to maintain power.

I received an email of a list of Biden accomplishments. I guess it was preparation for the debates.   I want to share my thoughts so you can answer them if you see them as well. They sound great so the left will be fooled.  You must correct them when you can. The major question is: What have these accomplishments done for the American people except raise the debt, raise inflation, raise gas prices and food prices.

Inflation Reduction Act — More spending for more green crap that no one wants. Will do nothing to help inflation I bet it will raise inflation.

American Rescue Plan — Another stimulus causing more spending and higher inflation

Pact Act — Good hopefully will help vets.

Safer Communities Act — Another way to restrict gun owners does not address any crime problem. Criminals don’t follow the law.

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson — Can’t define a woman . Another Affirmative Action Graduate

Sweden and Finland to join NATO — How nice but what if they don’t pay.

Chips and Science — Like many pieces of draft legislation, CHIPS is rather incoherent, and lacking in detail.

Executive Orders protecting Reproductive rights – Yeah the right to kill babies

9.5 Million jobs– Biden forget to include pandemic, part time jobs mostly for illegals.

Support Ukraine – no support for America instead we are giving money without oversight to oligarchs supporting human trafficking. Zelinskyy signed a deal with BlackRock to rebuild Ukraine and  make a fortune.

I don’t see how OBiden helped America. Do you?

OBiden is feeling the pain. One by one the cases against Trump are collapsing.  The Globalists were sure that one of the charges would stick but I don’t think so.

After the Cohen testimony Alvin Bragg’s indictment proved to be a Soviet show trial with no actual crime. We all know this is a stacked jury but I pray at least one juror is fair.

Fani Willis’ charges against Trump for challenging the 2020 election in Georgia collapsed due to Willis’ multiple scandals and GA election committee is finding fraud. .

Jack Smith’s Mar-a-Lago document trial fell apart due to prosecutorial misconduct and evidence tampering which led the judge to postpone the case indefinitely.

Looking good for Trump and MAGA.  Not looking good for our kids. I just read this article and I am most concerned.

We are educating a group of people who will be mentally unfit to care for themselves and mane rational decisions. I have asked John Droz, a physicist to help sort this out and Ileana Johnson to tell us what we will look forward to if OBiden gets a second term.

If you have not paid attention to your health, you had better before you lose the ability. The W.H.O. the Globalist UN World Health Organization is setting this policy and the RINOS in the House  made it possible by giving our borrowed tax dollars to the WHO. . The WHO decided they should control world health under any emergency they declare like climate change. I do not want our legislators to give away our national sovereignty or money to a group of power hungry control freaks in the UN. Tell your legislators. Communicate with congress, join the Sovereignty Coalition.

Globalists want Money, Control and Power. They can only get Power if we give it to them. Don’t give them yours. Challenge them with the truth. Doing Nothing is Affirmation. The Regime will not go quietly, Prepare.  Share with your 5.  So join me on the radio with guest  and you will learn about some of the riots of America.

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DEL. WREN WILLIAMS: Biden Blunders Put Virginia In Play For Trump

By The Daily Caller

While driving through my rural district in Southwest Virginia, I am met with sign after sign indicating support for President Donald Trump. Even as I make my way to Richmond, suburban neighborhoods are flooded with Trump signs.

You might have heard the old adage that signs do not win elections — and they don’t. But they do serve as an indicator of where Americans stand.

In the past two weeks, Virginians have watched as college campuses across the Commonwealth are held hostage by violent demonstrators and radical activists. Protestors continue to throw rocks at police officers and storm into university buildings, forcing a swift response from law enforcement and then complaining about being held accountable for their actions.

Today, many parents and students fear their graduations may be canceled like Columbia’s because protestors are threatening to disrupt the ceremonies. These protesters are not only damaging these institutions, they are also damaging Biden’s reelection chances.

Despite voters affiliating these protestors with liberal Democrats, many of the protestors themselves refuse to vote for Biden because of his refusal to take a firm position on the conflict in Gaza.

Many pundits laughed at the idea that Trump could win a “blue state” like Virginia, but in reality Virginia is a purple state and should never be written off.

Up until last year, Republicans maintained control of the Virginia House of Delegates. Despite losing control in 2023, we took seats that Democrats should have won in a landslide – like Republican Delegate Kim Taylor, who held onto her Biden+11 district by 53 votes.

On the Senate side, Republicans actually picked up a seat, dealing Democrats a near-fatal blow and knocking them down to a one-seat majority.

With the right messaging, Virginia is competitive and could give Donald Trump an additional 13 electoral votes in November.

Keep in mind that today’s national landscape is not the same as it was during our statewide elections in 2023 or even in 2020.

Illegal immigration, riots on college campuses, and worsening economic conditions are putting states like Virginia and Minnesota in play for Republicans.

In March, I spoke at Donald Trump’s rally in our capital city, Richmond. In a blue city surrounded by blue suburbs, thousands of Virginians showed up to listen and support President Trump.

These numbers and rallies are reminiscent of 2016, when Americans were engaged and ready to fight back against the establishment — the same year Trump came within five points of winning Virginia.

In 2021, Virginia rejected President Biden’s agenda by electing Republicans across the Commonwealth, including Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Key issues like parental rights and economic freedom drove Virginia voters to the polls, with many of them casting votes for GOP candidates.

These issues are still on their minds. Today, with violent protests devouring college campuses, chaos continuing to wreak havoc on our southern border, and inflation strangling hardworking Virginia families, Trump’s chances of flipping our Commonwealth red continue to grow.

AUTHOR

WREN WILLIAMS

Wren Williams serves in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the state’s 47th district. He previously served as Trump’s legal counsel in the 2020 Wisconsin recount, and is currently a Permanent Organization Committee Member for the Republican National Convention.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of the Daily Caller.

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Wow, it’s genius from Team Trump to make an ad in the courthouse. 💥

Watch until the end. 😎pic.twitter.com/MMRWd21A3c

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OVER 100K ATTEND NEW JERSEY TRUMP RALLY : ‘I Support Israel’s Right to Win Its War on Terror!’

By The Geller Report

‘”[Biden]Total Moron, I Support Israel’s Right to Win Its War on Terror, Biggest Betrayal in the History of the USA to its Ally.” — President Donald J. Trump, New Jersey rally 2024.


Wow — unprecedented crowd. President Trump’s latest rally in NJ was the biggest in the state’s history, a blue state, no less.

Remember in November when they steal the election again.

Trump blasts Biden as ‘total moron’ before crowd of 100K at NJ rally: ‘Whole world is laughing at him’

By: Diana Glebova and Steve Janosk, NY Post, May 11, 2024 ET

WILDWOOD, NJ — Donald Trump recited all his greatest hits at a massive Saturday evening rally in Wildwood, NJ — but managed to avoid violating his court-imposed gag order by focusing on President Biden, whom he called a “total moron” and blamed for his web of legal troubles.

Trump — wearing his typical blue suit, blood-red tie and “Make America Great Again” cap — railed about inflation, offshore windmills, electric cars, the press and Chris Christie.

But unsurprisingly, it was Biden who drew his most intense vitriol.

“You could take the 10 worst presidents in the history of our country, and add them up .. and they haven’t done the damage to our country that this total moron has done,” Trump, 77, said to a cheering crowd of tens of thousands.

“He’s a fool, he’s not a smart man. He never was,” Trump said.

“He was considered stupid. I talk about him differently now because now, the gloves are off. He’s a bad guy … he’s the worst president ever, of any country. The whole world is laughing at him, he’s a fool.”

The former president also alluded to his own plethora of indictments, which allege he committed a variety of crimes before, during and after the 2016 and 2020 elections.

He blamed Biden, 81, for his legal troubles, saying, “You don’t do that to your opponents.

“It’s done in third-world countries, it’s done in banana republics, it’s not done in the United States of America.”

The crowd — which Wildwood officials estimated was between 80,000 and 100,000, a record for a Garden State political rally — cheered wildly throughout the long, but controlled speech.

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FULL SPEECH: President Trump Delivers Remarks at Rally in Wildwood, New Jersey — 5/11/24

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‘They’re Ghosts’: Blue State’s Beaches Experience Surge In Illegal Immigration

By The Daily Caller

Illegal migrants are increasingly turning toward California’s beaches as a pathway to enter the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

While illegal migrant crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border have surged under the Biden administration, the number of successful and failed attempts to enter via boat in California has also jumped from 308 in fiscal year 2020 to 736 in fiscal year 2023, according to the WSJ, which cited Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Most of the migrants come through the San Diego area, but many have made their way north to Santa Barbara County.

“The big concern for us is we have absolutely no idea who these people are,” San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond told the WSJ. “We have no idea what they are doing. They’re ghosts.”

Federal agents have already mounted over 220,000 arrests in the San Diego area since Oct. 1, as well as nearly 8,000 for illegal entry into the U.S. by sea since 2020, according to the WSJ.

Rafael Fernandez de Castro, director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, told the outlet that most of the migrants smuggled into the U.S. by boat are likely Mexicans who had previously been deported or have a criminal history.

“They risk that, if they are seen by police, they will be immediately thrown out or even serve some time in jail,” Fernandez de Castro told the WSJ.

Desmond argued that the blue state is “laying out the red carpet and welcome mat for illegal immigrants to cross the border,” citing a 2017 law that limits when local officers can cooperate with federal immigration partners, the outlet reported.

A spokesperson for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom countered that localities may still work with federal authorities relating to serious criminals, and told the WSJ that Congress should pass border security legislation and asylum reform.

Some of the boat smuggling attempts have been captured on video and posted to social media, showing migrants fleeing to awaiting vehicles, according to the outlet.

“It’s becoming more obvious that they don’t care if they are seen,” Britt Mayer, an independent journalist who covers the issue in the San Diego area, told the WSJ.

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MARY LOU MASTERS

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Biden regime goes all-out to save Hamas, halts arm shipment to Israel

By Jihad Watch

The switch of sides and betrayal of an ally is complete. What country in its right mind would ever want to ally with the United States?

U.S. pauses Israel arms shipment over Rafah assault fears as Biden pushes for a cease-fire deal

by Courtney Kube, Carol E. Lee, Andrea Mitchell, Raf Sanchez, Abigail Williams and Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, May 8, 2024:

The United States halted a large shipment of offensive weapons to Israel last week in a sign of its growing concern over a possible military offensive on Rafah, senior administration officials told NBC News.

The decision comes as President Joe Biden pushes for Israel and Hamas to compromise and reach a cease-fire deal that would head off a large-scale assault on the city in southern Gaza, where more than a million Palestinians are sheltering in dire conditions.

The Israeli military said it had reopened a key border crossing Wednesday following pressure from Washington, and a day after its ground forces seized control of the Gaza side of another crossing — a move that fueled fears for aid supplies coming into the enclave, but which U.S. officials said was a limited operation and not the full-scale assault Biden has warned against.

The Israeli military appeared to play down the dispute, with a spokesman saying Wednesday that the two allies resolve any disagreements “behind closed doors.”

But an Israeli official told NBC News there is deep frustration in the Israeli government over the decision. The official added that tensions had already been running high after Israel felt the U.S. allowed it to be blindsided by Hamas’ announcement earlier this week that it was accepting a version of a cease-fire proposal.

The White House halted the shipment of weaponry last week because of concern that it would be used in Rafah, a senior administration official said Tuesday night. The shipment included 1,800 2,000-pound bombs and 1,700 500-pound bombs, the official said.

The Biden administration had been “especially focused” on ending Israel’s use of 2,000-pound bombs in its offensive in Gaza, the official said, given the impact they have on dense urban areas.

Israel already has a large arsenal, making the halt unlikely to stop an offensive….

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ROBERT SPENCER

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Who funds Hamas?

By Center For Security Policy

It’s all out in the open now. The House voted 366-58 on Saturday to send $9.1 billion to Gaza, and that means $9.1 billion to Hamas. This isn’t the first time that the Biden regime has made clear which side it’s on, and it likely won’t be the last. But this time, Old Joe and his henchmen are getting some pushback.

The $9.1 billion is earmarked, of course, as “humanitarian assistance,” but that ruse is fooling fewer and fewer people. Just The News reported Friday that the bill is “under scrutiny” in the first place because the amount that Gaza will be getting is “significantly more than the annual gross domestic product of the Gaza Strip,” and no safeguards are in place to ensure that the money will not fall into the wrong hands: “critics say the U.S. is essentially funding Hamas through the bill.”

Officially, this massive cash outlay is for “Migration and Refugee Assistance” and “International Disaster Assistance.” It is so massive, in fact, that it is “more than four times the amount of the annual GDP in the Gaza Strip, which was about $2 billion last year, according to the United Nations.” The Gaza Strip is about to be awash in American money, and that means that even if Hamas has already burned through the $10 billion that Old Joe Biden and his henchmen sent to Hamas’ money men in Tehran last month, more billions are on their way.

The Biden regime doesn’t want you to worry about this. The bill “calls for the Secretary of State to establish oversight measures to ensure that the aid is not diverted by Hamas,” but really, what can he possibly do short of establishing an American military presence in Gaza? Hamas controls Gaza. There is no force in Gaza that is strong enough to stand up to Hamas. So provisos written into legislation drafted and passed in faraway Washington, D.C. is one thing, but the reality on the ground in Gaza is something else altogether, and the Biden regime must know that.

Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, stated it plainly: “Biden and this administration knows that almost all of it,” that is, the aid, “is stolen by Hamas.” That leads to an inescapable conclusion: “We are funding Hamas. Do you realize the nightmare of this? We are funding Hamas with this 9 billion. What is wrong with this administration?”

Well, that last question would take longer to answer than there is space on the Internet, but Klein is right: the Biden regime is funding Hamas, which means that American taxpayers are getting soaked to provide for the upkeep of jihad terrorists. Klein also pointed out that by waiving sanctions on Iran and ensuring that billions flow into the mullahs’ coffers, the Biden regime was “funding the biggest funder of terrorism of Islamic terrorism in the world.”

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Originally published by PJ Media

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Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of nineteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community.

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Campus Craziness: U.S. Taxpayers fund Palestinians who ‘use it to indoctrinate students’

By Canary Mission

FEATURED VIDEO

WATCH the truth! Embattled president of Columbia University Minouche Shafik tried to gaslight the world in a statement she released about the “most difficult” last two weeks at Columbia. We’re not having it! SHE is the one facilitating flagrant antisemitism and violence at the university.

WATCH the truth! Embattled president of @Columbia Minouche Shafik tried to gaslight the world in a statement she released about the “most difficult” last two weeks at Columbia. We’re not having it! SHE is the one facilitating flagrant antisemitism and violence at the university. pic.twitter.com/rrFVezyBgf

— Canary Mission (@canarymission) May 7, 2024

FEATURED POST

THIS IS INSANE! US taxpayers give money to Palestinians & they use it to indoctrinate students.

Since 1993, the U.S. has given the Palestinian Authority (PA) more than 7.6 billion dollars in “aid.” In turn, the PA is giving millions in “donations” to U.S. universities—since 2018 alone, over 12 million dollars including to Harvard University, Brown University & Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Between 2017 & 2019, the PA gave Harvard $1.575 million. (No surprise that in 2020, Harvard planned to hire PLO exec Saeb Erekat to “mentor students.”)

In 2020, the PA gave Brown $673,000 for a professorship in “Palestinian Studies.”

Since 2019, Indiana University of Pennsylvania received $7.9 million to pay tuition and fees for Palestinian students.

THIS IS INSANE! US taxpayers give money to Palestinians & they use it to indoctrinate students.
Since 1993, the U.S. has given the Palestinian Authority (PA) more than 7.6 billion dollars in “aid.” In turn, the PA is giving millions in “donations” to U.S. universities–since 2018… pic.twitter.com/VzeGHaa3mR

— Canary Mission (@canarymission) May 7, 2024

FEATURED PROFILE

Samer Alatout, arrested University of Wisconsin-Madison professor, “just asked the police to leave the students alone,” according to Al Jazeera “journalist” Sana Saeed. No, here’s why.

WATCH

Samer Alatout, arrested @UWMadison prof, “just asked the police to leave the students alone,” accd to @ajplus “journalist” @SanaSaeed. No, here’s why. WATCH pic.twitter.com/W5L89ahHS8

— Canary Mission (@canarymission) May 2, 2024

Overview

Samer Alatout has expressed support for Hamas terrorists and spread anti-Semitism during an Israeli war against Hamas in late 2023. Alatout has also promoted hatred of Israel and America on social media, as well as engaged in anti-Israel activism as a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Alatout wrote his late 2023 statements following a series of Hamas terror atrocities and war crimes against Israeli civilians, including mass murder, torture, rape, beheadings and kidnappings, which were executed on October 7, 2023. The Hamas terror attacks left over 1,200 Israelis dead, hundreds kidnapped and thousands wounded. Israel retaliated with a war called “Swords of Iron.”

Alatout was affiliated with the anti-Israel organization Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) in 2014.

As of November 2023, Alatout was listed as an associate professor of Community and Environmental Sociology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM).

Alatout received a Ph.D. from Cornell University (Cornell) in Science and Technology Studies.

As of December 2023, Alatout’s LinkedIn said he was located in Madison, Wisconsin.

Support for Hamas Terrorists

On October 13, 2023, Alatout tweeted: “…Hamas fighters r precisely the kids & grandkids of those who were displaced from Palestine in 1948. They r the Palestinians if one comes to think of it. In refugee camps, they live legacies of that war and hold tight to the right of return (enshrined in international law).”

Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S., Canada, European Union, Israel and other countries. Founded in 1987, it has killed thousands of Israeli civilians through mass shootings and suicide bombings. Hamas has also kidnapped children, families and the elderly and held them hostage in Gaza. It has desecrated [slide 2] dead bodies and launched numerous rocket attacks against Israeli civilians.

The “right of return” is a Palestinian demand discredited as a means to eliminate Israel. International law mandates no absolute right of return and UN Resolution 194, which defined principles for “refugees wishing to return to their homes,” was unanimously rejected by Arab nations following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Anti-Semitism

On November 15, 2023, Alatout tweeted: “#Israeli use of #Goebbels’s (the Nazi propaganda guy) approach of ‘lie, lie, and keep lying until people believe you,’ will not work in 2023.”

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) highlights as one possible contemporary example of anti-Semitism: “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.” The U.S. State Department adopted the IHRA’s working definition of anti-Semitism in 2016. Over 40 countries have adopted the definition as well.

On November 17, 2023, Alatout tweeted: “Deniers of the ongoing #Genocide_of_Palestinians should be ashamed. They are made of the same moral depravity of which Holocaust deniers are made of.”

Hatred of Israel and America

On November 25, 2023, Alatout tweeted: “Educational Note (2) a reminder of days past: Is Zionism a form of racism and racial discrimination?… Remember when the UN General Assembly issued its Resolution 3379 in 1975? It said: ‘The General Assembly….Determines that zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.’ / Seeing the way #Israel commits a #genocidal war against Palestinians and the way so many #Zionists… seem to affirm their obvious repugnance towards all non-whites (within Israel or outside, against non-Jews as well as against Jews of color) leads me to wonder about the wisdom of revoking that resolution in 1991!!!…”

Zionism is the belief that Jews have the right to self-determination in their own national home, and the right to develop their national culture.

In 1975, an anti-Israel resolution that branded Zionism as a form of racism was proposed to the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN). Although the resolution passed in 1975, it was repealed in 1991, by a much larger majority.

One way that anti-Israel activists spread anti-Semitism is to claim [00:06:46] that Israeli Jews, particularly Ashkenazi Jews, do not descend from the ancient Israelites. This claim alleges that Israeli Jews are white Europeans who lack a connection to the Land of Israel.

On November 23, 2023, Alatout tweeted: “Let’s give thanks on this day by joining and advocating for #indigenous_peoples rights in all #settler_colonial states around the world. Let’s join and advocate for the #LandBack movement in the #US, #Canada, #Australia, #NewZealand, and #Palestine. That’s how we begin to #de_colonise.”

On October 28, 2023, Alatout tweeted in defense of an anti-Israel protest, calling it a response against Israel’s “genocidal war ongoing since 1948.” Israel was founded in 1948.

On October 13, 2023, a week after Hamas terrorists attacked Israel, Alatout tweeted: “…It is not about Hamas, not about Gaza, and not about the recent attack by Hamas. Israel has been targeting Palestinians within Israel, in Gaza, in the West Bank, and in the Diaspora. The demand: Die silently, without a whimper.”

On July 17, 2014, Alatout tweeted: “It’s shameful. Liberal for women, GLBT issues, immigration, taxing and poverty, but silent on Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestine.”

Alatout wrote his tweet during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge (OPE) against Hamas.

Israel commenced OPE in July 2014 to stop rocket fire targeting Israeli civilians and to destroy Hamas attack tunnels.

On July 3, 2014, Alatout claimed in a tweet that “Israel apartheid” was “abhorrent.”

Anti-Israel Activism (BDS)

Alatout signed an August 21, 2014 petition in defense of fired professor Steven Salaita. The petition was titled: “A Call to People of Conscience Not to Speak at the University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Until Chancellor Wise Honor [sic.] the Contract to Hire Professor Steven Salaita.”

In 2014, The University of Illinois withdrew an offer of employment to Salaita after becoming aware of his anti-Semitic tweets. One tweet, posted shortly after Hamas kidnapped three teenage Israeli high school students, read: “You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not: I wish all the f**king West Bank settlers would go missing.” In 2017, Salaita posted to Facebook: “People ask if I would go back in time and change anything. I would not…I will die unapologetic.” In February 2019, Salaita stated that he had become a school bus driver in the Washington, D.C., area.

On August 11, 2014, during OPE, Alatout signed the “Open Letter on Gaza and BDS from the Middle East Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.”

The letter described “indiscriminate and disproportionate violence that has been waged… by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) against the civilian population of Gaza” which it characterized as “the largest ‘open air prison’ in the world.”

The letter went on to endorse the BDS movement and to conclude that “the violence has taken an unprecedented and savage turn, having reached genocidal proportions.”

Alatout also signed his name to a list of endorsers of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).

On April 17, 2014, Alatout was a featured speaker at an event hosted by the UWM chapter of SJP titled “Academic Freedom and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).”

On January 28, 2014, Alatout signed a petition titled “BOYCOTT ISRAELI CINEMA AND TV STUDIES CONFERENCE AT TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY.”

The petition called for the “boycott Israeli institutions in protest of the US-supported Israeli occupation of Palestine, settlement expansion, the Israeli Wall, and other violations of international law” and provided a link to the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). The mention of the “Israeli Wall” was a reference to Israel’s security barrier.

Israel’s security barrier, 97 percent of which is a low chain-link barrier, was built as a deterrent to Palestinian terror attacks. The concrete portions of the fence were built in response to Palestinian sniper attacks.

In January 2014, Alatout signed a petition in support of an American Studies Association (ASA) resolution singling out Israel for academic boycott.

The petition accused Israel of “settler-colonialism, occupation, and apartheid” and likened BDS to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

On December 26, 2013, Alatout signed the “Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conference at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.”

Signatories of the campaign charged that “while all Israeli universities are deeply complicit in the occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is particularly noteworthy.”

The petition went on to “call on the international community to honor the 2004 Call of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) to boycott academic and cultural institutions involved in Israel’s system of occupation, colonialism and apartheid.”

SJP

SJP is a student organization engaged in anti-Israel activity on North American college and university campuses.

The first chapter of SJP was founded in 2001 at the University of California at Berkeley by Professor Hatem Bazian. Bazian has spread classic anti-Semitism, reportedly promoted religious anti-Semitism and defended the Hamas terror group. In 2004, Bazian called for “intifada” in America.

SJP organizes anti-Israel campaigns, including running annual Israel Apartheid Weeks, often in collaboration with Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and Muslim Students Association (MSA) campus chapters.

SJP has been a major force in pushing the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement on campuses. Chapters have initiated dozens of BDS resolutions in student governments, which have been proposed on or around Jewish holidays, a time when many Jewish students are off-campus.

SJP activists have reportedly physically assaulted, intimidated and harassed Jewish students, disrupted pro-Israel campus events and demonized pro-Israel campus organizations.

Chapters have often endorsed and campaigned for numerous terrorists and whitewashed terrorism.

BDS

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement was founded by Omar Barghouti in 2005 to challenge “international support for Israeli apartheid and settler-colonialism.” BDS is an allegedly “Palestinian-led movement,” although leading BDS activists have admitted [00:01:01] this is not true.

One of the demands of BDS includes [point 3] what is generally known as the “right of return,” a demand discredited as a way to eliminate Israel. Barghouti said the “right of return” is a means to “end Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.”

Barghouti has said that BDS “aims to turn Israel into a pariah state, as South Africa once was.”

In his activism, Barghouti has also said [00:05:55] regarding Israel: “Definitely, most definitely, we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine. No…rational Palestinian, not a sellout Palestinian, will ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.”

The movement has been linked to numerous terrorist organizations and received a public endorsement from Hamas in 2017.

BDS initiatives include calling on institutions and individuals to divest from Israeli-affiliated companies, promoting academic and cultural boycotts of Israel, and organizing anti-Israel rallies, protests and campaigns.

The movement’s most notable achievement has been the infiltration of university campuses through lobbying for “BDS resolutions.” In these cases, student governments and student groups, backed by their own anti-Israel members and affiliates, have proposed resolutions on some form of boycott of, or divestment from, Israel and Israeli-affiliated entities.

Boycott resolutions, although non-binding, have been passed by student governments on numerous North American campuses.

BDS activity is often aggressive and disruptive. It has been noted that universities that pass BDS resolutions see a marked increase in anti-Semitic incidents on campus. On one campus, when the student government debated a BDS resolution, reports emerged of violent threats against those opposing it.

Social Media and Weblinks

Twitter:https://twitter.com/sameralatout

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/samer-a-44167810/

ResearchGate:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Samer-Alatout

Academia:https://wisc.academia.edu/SamerAlatout

University Website:https://dces.wisc.edu/directory/4514/

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Infamous Quotes

“#Israeli use of #Goebbels’s (the Nazi propaganda guy) approach of ‘lie, lie, and keep lying until people believe you,’ will not work in 2023.”

Samer Alatout, Twitter, Nov 15 2023

“…Hamas fighters r precisely the kids & grandkids of those who were displaced from Palestine in 1948. They r the Palestinians if one comes to think of it. In refugee camps, they live legacies of that war and hold tight to the right of return (enshrined in international law).”

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Biden Gives 100K Illegals Obamacare

By The Geller Report

Obamacare destroyed the greatest healthcare system in the world. Ask yourself, how is your healthcare plan since Obama socialized medicine.

Now Obama 3.0 (Biden) is going for the kill.

The Democrats are breaking our backs.

Biden to Let 100,000 Migrants Enroll in Obamacare

By: Newsmax, 03 May 2024:

Roughly 100,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children are expected to enroll in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance next year under a new directive the Biden administration released Friday.

The move took longer than promised to finalize and fell short of Democratic President Joe Biden’s initial proposal to allow those migrants to sign up for Medicaid, the health insurance program that provides nearly free coverage for the nation’s poorest people.

But it will allow thousands of migrants to access lucrative tax breaks when they sign up for coverage after the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace enrollment opens Nov. 1, just days ahead of the presidential election.

While it may help Biden boost his appeal at a crucial time among Latinos, a crucial voting bloc that Biden needs to turn out to win the election, the move is certain to prompt more criticism among conservatives about the president’s border and migrant policies.

The action opens up the marketplace to any participant in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, many of whom are Latino.

Xavier Becerra, the nation’s top health official, said Thursday that many of those migrants have delayed getting care because they have not had coverage.

“They incur higher costs and debts when they do finally receive care,” Becerra told reporters on a call. “Making Dreamers eligible to enroll in coverage will improve their health and well-being and strengthen the health and well-being of our nation and our economy.”

The administration’s action changes the definition of “lawfully present” so DACA participants can legally enroll in the marketplace exchange.

Then-President Barack Obama launched the DACA initiative to shield from deportation immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents as children and to allow them to work legally in the country. However, the immigrants, also known as “Dreamers,” were still ineligible for government-subsidized health insurance programs because they did not meet the definition of having a “lawful presence” in the U.S.

The administration decided not to expand eligibility for Medicaid for those migrants after receiving more than 20,000 comments on the proposal, senior officials said Thursday. Those officials declined to explain why the rule, which was first proposed last April, took so long to finalize. The delay meant the migrants were unable to enroll in the marketplace for coverage this year.

More than 800,000 of the migrants will be eligible to enroll in marketplace coverage but the administration predicts only 100,000 will actually sign up because some may get coverage through their workplace or other ways. Some may also be unable to afford coverage through the marketplace.

Other classes of immigrants, including asylum seekers and people with temporary protected status, are already eligible to purchase insurance through the marketplaces of the ACA, Obama’s 2010 health care law, often called “Obamacare.”

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Pamela Geller

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Job Growth Falls Way Short Of Expectations As Unemployment Ticks Up

By The Daily Caller

The U.S. added 175,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in April as the unemployment rate ticked up to 3.9%, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released Friday.

Economists anticipated that the country would add 243,000 jobs in April compared to the 303,000 jobs that were added in initial estimates for March, and that the unemployment rate would remain unchanged at 3.8%, according to Reuters. The job gains accompany recent slow economic growth, with gross domestic product totaling just 1.6% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2024.

Inflation has continued to wreak havoc on businesses looking to hire, measuring 3.5% year-over-year in March, up from 3.2% in February, far from the Federal Reserve’s 2% target. Low economic growth and persistently elevated inflation have led many market watchers to speculate on whether the U.S. economy is entering or is already in a period of stagflation.

Layoffs, layoffs, everywhere, but not a claim to file?
At this point, there’s no good explanation left for what’s going on w/ UI claims, either initial or continuing; not only is nothing matching up anymore, but the rock-solid steadiness of these levels makes even less sense: pic.twitter.com/6OVVVPskSs

— E.J. Antoni, Ph.D. (@RealEJAntoni) May 2, 2024

Factors like a low unemployment rate in jobs data have led many to resist claims that the U.S. is at risk of stagflation, including Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, who told reporters on Wednesday that he doesn’t see “the stag or the flation.” The Fed announced on Wednesday that it would not change its federal funds rate from its current range of 5.25% and 5.50%, the highest rate in 23 years, which was placed at such a level to tame inflation and the economy as a whole.

U.S. business productivity growth also slowed in the first quarter to 0.3%, while growth in manufacturing productivity increased just 0.2%, casting doubt on future economic growth levels that partly rely on increases in productivity. Growth has also been fueled by increases in government spending, which has led the national debt to balloon to over $34.6 trillion as of April 30, according to the Treasury Department.

Previous jobs numbers have been subject to substantial revisions after their initial announcements, with the federal government overestimating the number of jobs in the U.S. economy by a cumulative 1,255,000 for an average of 105,000 per month in 2023.

AUTHOR

WILL KESSLER

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Reveals Plan To Oust Speaker Mike Johnson

By The Daily Caller

Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced on Wednesday that she will call for a vote to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson next week.

Greene initially filed a motion to vacate in late March over disagreements with Johnson’s latest appropriations plan. The Georgia Republican detailed her plan to advance her efforts to remove Johnson during a press conference following the House’s passage of Ukraine aid.

“I think every member of Congress needs to take that vote and let the chips fall where they may. And so next week, I am going to be calling this motion to vacate,” Green said. “We are not going to have a House majority if we keep Mike Johnson.” 

Johnson released a statement following Greene’s announcement, arguing that “this motion is wrong for the Republican Conference, wrong for the institution, and wrong for the country.”

Politico reported Wednesday that Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Whatley had attempted to dissuade Greene from going through with the vote.

“He said, one, this is not helpful, and two, we want to expand and grow the majority in the House,” said a person familiar with Whatley’s message to Greene, per Politico. “He was clear that any disruption to the conference on these efforts — including filing this [motion to vacate], does not help the case for party unity.”

House Democratic leadership announced on Tuesday they’d help save Johnson if Greene moved forward with her motion to vacate after he helped advance the national security supplemental.

“At this moment, upon completion of our national security work, the time has come to turn the page on this chapter of Pro-Putin Republican obstruction,” the Democrats said. “We will vote to table Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Motion to Vacate the Chair. If she invokes the motion, it will not succeed.”

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MARY LOU MASTERS

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Army, Marines Barreling Toward One Of The Deadliest And Costliest Years For Aviation Accidents

By The Daily Caller

Incidents of the costliest and most deadly aviation accidents among Army and Marine Corps surged in the past year, data reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation shows, as the Pentagon maintains it is making progress toward minimizing the most serious mishaps.

Both the Army, including Guard and Reserve units, and Marine Corps have experienced historically high rates of so-called “Class A mishaps” and are at risk of enduring the most expensive and fatal aviation year in recent history, the data shows. The military defines Class A mishaps as aviation accidents resulting in loss of airframe, loss of life or at least $2.5 million in damages.

The spike in accidents comes as the force has shrunk overall, putting increased strain on pilots and aircraft maintainers, while the average number of years of experience across the aviation community has also fallen, according to experts and media reports.

Army Accidents Skyrocket

The Army has already seen 11 Class A mishaps resulting in 9 fatalities through the second quarter of fiscal year 2024, which began in October, exceeding the total class A mishap number for all of fiscal year 2023, according to data reported in the April issue of FlightFax, an Army newsletter for aviators. That year, there were 10 Class A mishaps killing 14 aircrew.

Moreover, fiscal year 2023 had a Class A mishap rate of 1.08, significantly higher than the five-year average of 0.85, according to FlightFax. However, that number pales in comparison to the current fiscal year mishap rate of 2.95 per 100,000 flight hours.

“You have the worst record over the past 18 months,” Democratic California Rep. John Garamendi told Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James Mingus at a Tuesday hearing in reference to the rash of flight accidents. “What are you doing about it?”

Two fatal Army National Guard AH-64 Apache crashes in February drove leaders to block all helicopter units from flying, a process known as a stand-down, according to a press release. Aviators could resume flight operations once they had completed required training, spokesperson Maj. Jennifer Staton explained to the DCNF.

Then, in March, a UH-72 Lakota helicopter crashed, killing two National Guard soldiers and a U.S. Border Patrol agent, and wounding another soldier.

As of Tuesday, 90% of the units had returned to flight, Gen. Mingus said Tuesday.

More than 12 Army aviators died in helicopter crashes in the first six months of fiscal year 2023, prompting a service-wide aviation stand down that was eventually lifted. But accidents kept happening, and the service ended the fiscal year with 14 dead soldiers in 10 Class A mishaps, more than double the average fatality numbers and the highest since the U.S. withdrew from Iraq in 2011, Defense News reported, citing data from the Army Combat Readiness Center.

A year later, the service is looking at a year with the most frequent Class A mishaps in recent history and quickly approaching the deadliest, according to FlightFax and an Army Combat Readiness Center annual report.

Most of the most serious accidents in 2023 happened with AH-64 Apache helicopters, according to the 2023 review.

Army budget documents show an increased allotment of funds for flying hours between fiscal year 2020 and fiscal year 2023, but the Army Combat Readiness Center’s annual assessment shows total flight hours dropped in 2020. Class A through Class C mishap rates also increased during that period.

The Army requested funds for flight hours in 2024 that are the same as 2021 levels, the documents show. The Army only requested funds to allow crews 8.7 hours of flight time for fiscal year 2025, the lowest in the previous five years.

The lower number probably stems from an overall limited budget forcing the Army to make difficult trade-offs, retired Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the DCNF.

“In order to execute flying hours, a lot of things have to come together: aircraft have to be available in sufficient quantities and readiness, crews and pilots have to be trained and available, and sufficient numbers of maintenance personnel must be present. Especially in the case of the National Guard, bringing all those factors together has proven to be hard,” Spoehr said.

Most of the mishaps in fiscal year 2023, just as in previous years, are attributable to “human error,” Army spokesperson Jason Waggoner told the DCNF.

“Human error is typically reduced when pilots and crews are able to fly more hours and get more repetitions in. Increasing the number of hours flown by crews is not as simple as just budgeting more money for operations,” Spoehr said.

“Spatial disorientation,” a condition when a pilot misjudges the distance between the aircraft and the ground or other objects, is the primary human error responsible for aviator fatalities, according to the March issue of FlightFax. Shortfalls in existing spatial disorientation prevention measures sparked an ongoing review of training.

When the Army investigated the cause of increasing aviation accidents during the 2023 stand-down, officials found that pilots and aviation warrant officers were significantly less experienced than they were during the period of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Defense News. Mishaps tend to occur when a lower-ranking non-commissioned officer is in charge, compounded with changes to the training environment that rendered even regular training flights more risky.

Spatial disorientation got worse in 2023, with the major accidents in that year and early 2024 all taking place in the more challenging environments, such as flying at night using night-vision devices, flying in formation and over snow or water, Defense News reported. Pilots are getting fewer hours of practice time as well, the Army found. Units are unable to use up all the flight hours Congress has budgeted for due to other limitations, including not having enough crew members.

“Regular Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve aviation formations are suitably manned according to Army manning guidance to meet mission requirements for maintenance and support of Army aircraft,” Waggoner told the DCNF.

In April, the Army rolled out an aviation “stand-up” across the force, Gen. Mingus said Tuesday. The extra training was intended to boost crew member training and awareness without grounding them and further cutting into opportunities to get into the air.

A Bad Year For The Marine Corps

Flight incidents among Marine Corps aviators also appeared to take place at an alarming frequency in recent months.

In fiscal year 2024, Class A mishaps have already struck far above average, Naval Safety Command statistics show. As of April 9, the Marine Corps sustained a sharp increase in Class A mishaps for the first and second quarters of 2024 with a rate of 4.31 per 100,000 flight hours, compared to a 10-year average of 2.24.

Data provided to the DCNF from Naval Safety Command showed the V-22 was involved in 3 Class A mishaps, more than any other manned air platform. However, incidents involving the H-53 Super Stallion helicopter incurred the most fatalities during the same time period — five Marines died in February when a CH-53E went missing in California and was later discovered; the data was still inconclusive as to what went wrong to produce the accident.

In August 2023, three Marines died and 20 more were injured when an Osprey crashed during a multinational training exercise in Australia. Another pilot died after his FA/18 Hornet crashed amid a training flight near Air Station Miramar, California, that month.

The Marine Corps’ Ospreys have returned to flight again through a tiered approach, with modified procedures intended to prevent the same kind of accidents leading to Marine deaths, Capt. Alyssa Myers, a Marine Corps spokesperson, told the DCNF. After finishing emergency procedures training, pilots and crew members are conducting warm-up flights to regain familiarity with the craft, Myers explained. Then squadrons will work with their experienced instructor pilots and crew and conduct flights with copilots before delving into more mission-specific skills training.

Service leaders grounded MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft — a blend between a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft — across multiple services in December after one of the Air Force’s units crashed. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps each operate versions of the Osprey.

“Due to the size of the fleet and number of units, the Marine Corps implemented a tiered approach to deliberately return capability to squadrons,” Myers said. “This process ensures the Marine Corps is able to deploy fully capable units in support of all assigned global mission requirements, while simultaneously ensuring non-deploying units can regain currency and conduct the necessary training to overcome training delays incurred by the 90-day grounding.”

Stopping flights is not an option, however.

“​The MV-22’s unique capabilities, such as its long-range operational reach and air refueling capabilities, render it an indispensable asset for crisis response and force-projection and sustainment missions,” Myers said.

The Marine Corps was also hundreds of pilots short at the end of 2022, manning a force of less than half of what it needed to operate its F-35s and other aircraft, former Commandant Gen. David Berger told Congress in April 2023.

“The Marine Corps utilizes highly reliable maintainers and aircrew, conducts exhaustive maintenance, extensively trains pilots, and at every step puts in place safeguards and precautions to ensure a high degree of aviation safety. Marine Corps aviation support units are sized and manned at levels equivalent to historical levels with regard to the number of aircraft in each squadron,” Myers told the DCNF.

The Pentagon Says It’s Trying To Turn Things Around

The cycle of deterioration underlying aviation accidents has been ongoing for years.

A 2020 commission organized by Congress found that experience levels among aviators and maintainers had fallen. Pilots were spending too much time on outdated simulators instead of getting in the air, and they were forced to focus on administrative duties amid a relentless speed of operations.

“Junior pilots and maintainers are starting their careers a lap behind, and then never catching up, all while their units buckle under the initial stress of getting them up to speed,” the report stated. Then, the cycle repeats.

The final report contained 25 recommendations on ways to improve flight safety, including giving pilots more flight hours, finding ways to reduce strain on maintenance personnel and creating a Joint Safety Council to synchronize mitigating efforts across the services.

Efforts to implement most of the recommendations are ongoing, a Pentagon spokesperson told the DCNF. A Joint Safety Council first met in August 2022 and ” is already paying dividends in how the Department tracks and collaborates on joint mishaps,” the spokesperson added.

For example, after the Air Force Osprey crash in Japan that killed eight aviators in November 2023 and contributed to the decision to ground all V-22s, the council met to gain perspective, coordinate communication efforts and discuss what the services should do in the short term, the spokesperson told the DCNF.

Mingus, the Army vice chief, said the service plans to increase flight hours from 202,000 to 225,000 in the 2025 budget.

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MICAELA BURROW

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