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On Recessions and Moving Goalposts

Let’s be real: America’s economy is in the tank. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist (or economist) to figure that one out. Heck, you just have to set foot in a grocery store! But, dire as our situation is, it’s still not a recession… At least, not according to the “experts.” Never mind that our economy has experienced two straight quarters of negative economic growth. (Until about last week, this was the literal definition of a recession.) The thing is, recessions aren’t so good for politicians. Especially not in a big election year. So, rather than addressing the root causes of our horrible economy, our politicians are doing what they do best: changing the terms. That said, it’s no surprise that Biden’s Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is now claiming we’re not in a recession: she says we’re just in a “period of transition in which growth is slowing.”

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Indoctrination Lessons from the Kremlin

Propaganda is everywhere. We’re subject to it under the guise of “public service announcements” to get vaccinated, wear our masks, and stay inside. We see it in movies, on TV, and all over our social media feeds. But the most effective propaganda is the kind that goes unnoticed. The Russian government understands this. It’s why they’re putting on a full-fledged campaign to “infect” their youth with pro-Russian patriotism. And unsurprisingly, their vehicle of choice is public schools. “We need to know how to infect [children] with our ideology… Our ideological work is aimed at changing consciousness.” That’s the latest from Sergei Norokov, a high-ranking bureaucrat at the Kremlin, the power center of Russia’s government. Through nationwide efforts to smoosh pro-Western sentiments and increase support for the war against Ukraine, Russian public school students have been exposed to all manner of propaganda. One student interviewed for the New York Times shared

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What’s a “Liberal World Order” Anyway?

This week, a White House official named Brian Deese appeared on CNN. As a top economic advisor to Joe Biden, Deese found himself—perhaps unexpectedly—in the hot seat over America’s astronomical cost of living. (I mean… how bad do things have to be for CNN to critically question a Democrat?!) “What do you say to those families who say ‘look, we can’t afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months, if not years?’” the host asked. Deese responded, “Look, this is about the future of the liberal world order and we must stand firm…” He then continued to give the most pathetic defense of the current economic situation I’ve heard in a hot minute. While I could wax poetic (as I often do) about the decades of corruption and disastrous policy that brought us to where we are today, I want to focus on the whole “liberal world order” part of

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What’s a Medal of Freedom Without… Freedom?

This week, Joe Biden handed out 17 Presidential Medal of Freedom awards to a variety of public figures, from social-justice-warrior-and-soccer player Megan Rapinoe to Senator John McCain. Not-so-shockingly, their accomplishments had little to do with… well… freedom. In fact, since its creation in 1963, this medal has only gone to handful of people who’ve done anything to advance freedom in their life. Much of that list is made of Civil Rights movement leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and several of their peers who died for the cause. Those worthy recipients, sadly, are far outnumbered by a long list of eye-roll-worthy establishment figures who’ve done nothing but further entrench our country in bureaucracy, war, and debt. Colin Powell, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and notorious segregationist Strom Thurmond all rank on the list of political recipients… even Joe Biden himself inexplicably received the award from his boss, Barack

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Insult, Injury, and $40 Billion for Ukraine

In case you haven’t heard, America is sending $40 billion in foreign aid to none other than Ukraine. If you’re thinking, “wait, didn’t we just send them $13 billion earlier this year?” you would be correct… In case you haven’t noticed, our government kind of has a thing for spending money on other people’s wars. Over the last week, this aid package has been hailed as a bi-partisan triumph. And as with most bi-partisan bills from our government, this one does absolutely nothing to help the average family in America. Not that the average family is having a rough go or anything… It’s just that, compared to last year, monthly expenses are up over $400 on average per household. And every gallon of gas costs about a dollar more. And the FDA’s bureaucracy has caused a crisis-level formula shortage, leaving thousands of mothers unable to feed their babies. I could

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Economic Pessimism Hits a 50-Year Low… Are We Surprised?

Every year since 1972, the Wall Street Journal and the University of Chicago have teamed up on a nationwide poll, attempting to find out how Americans feel about the economy. On Monday, their findings for 2022 were released… And unsurprisingly, they weren’t great. In fact, they were pretty terrible: 83% of Americans polled said that the economy is “poor” or “not so good.” As it turns out, we’re more pessimistic now than at any other point in the past 50 years! And now for the real question: are you surprised at all to hear this? Yeah, me neither… We don’t need a newspaper and a university to tell us that our economy is shot. The simple truth is that everyday life is getting painfully expensive. To add insult to injury, our current rulers would like for us to believe that things are actually better than ever: or, at least, better

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