Like many of the virus’s hardest hit victims, the United States went into the COVID-19 pandemic wracked by preexisting conditions. A fraying public health infrastructure, inadequate medical supplies, an employer-based health insurance system perversely unsuited to the moment—these and other afflictions are surely contributing to the death toll. But in addressing the causes and consequences of this pandemic—and its cruelly uneven impact—the elephant in the room is extreme income inequality.
How big is this elephant? A staggering $50 trillion. That is how much the upward redistribution of income has cost American workers over the past several decades.
This is not some back-of-the-napkin approximation. According to a groundbreaking new working paper by Carter C. Price and Kathryn Edwards of the RAND Corporation, had the more equitable income distributions of the three decades following World War II (1945 through 1974) merely held steady, the aggregate annual income of Americans earning below the 90th percentile would have been $2.5 trillion higher in the year 2018 alone. That is an amount equal to nearly 12 percent of GDP—enough to more than double median income—enough to pay every single working American in the bottom nine deciles an additional $1,144 a month. Every month. Every single year.
Price and Edwards calculate that the cumulative tab for our four-decade-long experiment in radical inequality had grown to over $47 trillion from 1975 through 2018. At a recent pace of about $2.5 trillion a year, that number we estimate crossed the $50 trillion mark by early 2020. That’s $50 trillion that would have gone into the paychecks of working Americans had inequality held constant—$50 trillion that would have built a far larger and more prosperous economy—$50 trillion that would have enabled the vast majority of Americans to enter this pandemic far more healthy, resilient, and financially secure.
Webmaster addition: I keep telling you; it's all about the Benjamins!
As previously reported, Texas Governor Greg Abbott in November called for an investigation into “widespread problems” with Harris County elections during the midterms.
One Harris County race in particular raised eyebrows.
Corrupt Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo ‘won’ her reelection by nearly 16,000 votes against a popular Republican opponent.
Hidalgo’s top three staffers are under indictment and law enforcement booed her during a commissioners court meeting in October.
Republicans spent millions to unseat Lina Hidalgo but she still somehow won her reelection.
“I’m calling for an investigation into the widespread problems with the Harris County elections last Tuesday.” Abbott said in November.
“The allegations of election improprieties in our state’s largest county may result from anything ranging from malfeasance to blatant criminal conduct.” he added.
Republican voters in Harris County were disenfranchised on Election Day after they showed up to vote at 8 pm but were turned away from the polling station.
After being told they could vote until 8 pm, the voters were told the voting time cut off was actually 7 pm.
It turns out the paper ballot shortage on Election Day in Harris County was far worse than initially estimated so Greg Abbott said “it may necessitate new elections.”
Hunter Biden is asking the Federal Government and the Delaware AG to go after individuals who shared personal information from his laptop.
Hunter Biden is going after John Paul Mac Isaac, Rudy Giuliani, his attorney Robert Costello, Stephen K. Bannon, Garrett Ziegler, Jack Maxey and Yaacov Apelbaum.
Hunter Biden lost custody of his computers after he abandoned them at a computer repair shop owned by John Paul Mac Isaac in Delaware in April, 2019.
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee bashed the Biden administration Wednesday for the growing southwest border crisis, saying the massive increase in illegal migration and drug trafficking is the result of intentional policies put in place by the White House.
I absolutely agree and contend that Biden’s open border policy is a direct threat to the national security of our nation, making the U.S. vulnerable to our enemies and putting the lives of U.S. citizens and migrants at risk.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, began the hearing by addressing the overwhelming numbers of migrants from all over the world that are being trafficked by cartels and associated human smuggling organizations into the United States since Biden took office, as Iv’e previously reported. These migrants pay thousands, and many times tens of thousands of dollars, to make the dangerous and harrowing journey to the U.S. border.
The trek is laden with tragedy. Children are at the mercy of those trafficking them resulting in physical, sexual and mental abuse. Women and men are raped. Many illegal migrants are sold into slavery to pay back the cartels for their journey. Even those that make it into the country without being victimized by the traffickers are many times forced into slavery once they arrive or live in the shadows.
The Biden administration raged Tuesday against record-breaking profits for U.S. oil companies like Exxon, even though its own policies have helped cause prices to rise, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Democrats and their lapdog media allies want the American people to believe that Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is fiscally irresponsible. Why? Well, he wants the federal government to adopt a little bit of fiscal responsibility and cut some spending before raising the debt ceiling.
A top House Republican says the top lawyer for the National Archives “wasn’t allowed” to weigh in on the discovery of classified documents in President Joe Biden’s possession — despite publicly commenting repeatedly on former President Donald Trump’s similar circumstance.
The National Archives has stayed largely quiet when it comes to Biden's classified document saga — a stark contrast to how it handled Trump's scandal. It set up an entire section on its website, “Press Statements in Response to Media Queries About Presidential Records,” in early 2022 dedicated to its numerous press releases on the Trump Mar-a-Lago documents saga. However, in the weeks after Biden's scandal burst into public view (and months after the National Archives first learned about it), the agency has yet to issue a single press release on it.
Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, conducted a transcribed interview with National Archives general counsel Gary Stern on Tuesday, and he revealed Stern says he had been blocked from putting out public press releases on the Biden classified documents saga, with Comer suggesting only the Justice Department or the White House could have blocked the National Archives.
Way back in 2017, I wrote about tech companies working together to create 360- degree police surveillance vehicles complete with facial recognition. This has now become a reality.
As the above video shows, the Wausau Police Department is already using Ford’s 360-degree police surveillance vehicles to quietly surveil everyone.
According to Yahoo News the New York City Police Department (NYPD), which employees more people than the FBI, has announced it is turning all their police vehicles into 360-degree surveillance vehicles.
The department is in the process of redesigning its fleet of patrol vehicles, which will now have 360-degree cameras installed in them for constant monitoring of the streets, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said Wednesday.
To put the public’s mind at ease of having 11,000 spying police vehicles monitor everyone, the NYPD has decided to put QR codes on their new patrol cars.
The Mossad's strike on an alleged Iranian defense facility was carried out purely to advance Israel's own interests and had nothing to do with Ukraine, senior intelligence officials told the New York Times on Sunday.
Neocon David Frum and Ukrainian war lobbyists on Saturday tried to market Israel's strikes to their libtard followers on Twitter as a "world coalition" acting together to stick it to Putin and the Ayatollah and avenge the "genocide" in Ukraine as well as the Holocaust.
Just days ago on January 27th, the Daily Mail published this story reporting the World Health Organization had published a list of medicines for European nations to stockpile 'in case of a radiation or nuclear emergency,' with the EU warning 'Russia is now at war with the West.'
Coming soon after the Bulletin for Atomic Scientists had moved their 'doomsday clock' closer to 'midnight,' indicating a forthcoming global nuclear Armageddon, than at any time before in history, they warned that was largely due to what's happening now in Ukraine. Warning within their statement that we're 'living at a time of unprecedented danger,' we're also getting more signs the globalists are preparing for nuclear war by readying to 'move underground' as seen in the first video at the bottom of this story.
With Steve Quayle one of the first to put two and two together to get four, linking to that 1st video below as well as this new story over at the Daily Mail reporting 27 tons of Deli Meat had just been recalled from US stores, allegedly due to fears it had been contaminated with listeria, what do you wanna bet those meats and all of that other food being 'recalled' has been 'repurposed' into the underground bunkers of the warmongering globalists prepping for nuclear war?
Coming at a time when food prices for the rest of us are spiking again and warned that they'll only get worse as Susan Duclos had reported in this January 31st ANP story, let's take a brief look at this statement from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists about 'doomsday' approaching before we continue.
Russia said on Wednesday it wanted to preserve its last remaining nuclear treaty with the United States despite what it called a destructive U.S. approach to arms control.
The United States on Tuesday accused Russia of violating the New START treaty by refusing to allow inspections on its territory.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters it was necessary to preserve at least some "hints" of continued dialogue with Washington, "no matter how sad the situation is at the present time".
"We consider the continuation of this treaty very important," he said, describing it as the only one that remained "at least hypothetically viable".
"Otherwise, we see that the United States has actually destroyed the legal framework" for arms control, he said.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned not to get “hung up” on peace negotiations with the Palestinians at a time of escalating tensions in the region.
Netanyahu said the Palestinians had maintained an “effective veto on Israel’s expansion of the 'circle of peace',” in a CNN interview aired on Wednesday.
“I went around them (the Palestinians). I went directly to the Arab states and forged with a new concept of peace… I forged four historic peace agreements, the Abraham Accords, which is twice the number of peace agreements that all my predecessors in 70 years got combined," he said.
A group of Hispanic Democrats in the state of Connecticut introduced a bill to ban the woke term “Latinx” from state communications.
In the days and months following the attacks of 9/11, the government laid the blame for orchestrating the attacks on Osama bin Ladin. Then, after bin Ladin was murdered in his home in Pakistan in 2011, the government decided that the true mastermind of 9/11 was Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.
By the time of bin Ladin’s death, Mohammed had already been tortured by CIA agents for two years in Pakistan and charged with conspiracy to commit mass murder, to be tried before an American military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Throughout the entire existence of the U.S. military detention camp at Gitmo, no one has been tried for causing or carrying out the crimes of 9/11. The government only tried one person for crimes related to 9/11. That was Zacharias Moussaoui who pleaded guilty in federal court in Virginia to being the 20th hijacker and then was tried in a penalty phase trial where the issue was life in prison or death. The government spent millions in its death penalty case, which it lost. A civilian jury sentenced Moussaoui, who never harmed a hair on the head of anyone, to life in prison.
Mohammed, meanwhile, and four other alleged conspirators, have been awaiting trial since their arrivals at Gitmo in 2006. Since then, numerous government military and civilian prosecutors, as well as numerous military judges, have rotated into and out of the case.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that the best way to deal with Iran is with sanctions and a “credible military threat.”
“If you have rogue regimes that are (intending to get) nuclear weapons, you can sign 100 agreements with them, it doesn’t help,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu played a major role in convincing the Trump administration to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA. The agreement made Iran’s nuclear program subject to the most stringent inspections in the world and capped its uranium enrichment at 3.67%, vastly below the 90% needed for weapons-grade.
One of Biden’s promises during his presidential campaign was to immediately move to end all support for the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. In February 2021, Biden stood at a podium at the State Department and proclaimed that the war in Yemen must end. Biden underlined the humanitarian crisis as the key reason the United States withdrew support. An investigation (PDF) by the Government Accountability Office found that the United States is training the Saudi-led coalition, and the US has troops on the ground in Yemen. Biden confirmed that the United States has troops in Yemen in a letter to Congress in June last year. Biden lied to the American people when he claimed that the United States was withdrawing US support for the war in Yemen in 2021.
On the contrary, the United States is making billions of dollars from the war in Yemen as 200k have been killed from direct violence. Between 2015 and 2021, the United States sent 54.2 billion dollars in weapons and services to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to data acquired from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. In addition, the Department of Defense provided 644 million dollars for military training to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, almost entirely through the Foreign Military Sales program. The DoD uses acquisition and cross-servicing agreements to bill nations for logistical support and items ranging from flying hours, fuel, and bombs. Saudi Arabia paid the United States 157 million dollars in flying hours, and the UAE paid 104 million for flying hours since the GCC-led invention in Yemen’s civil war in 2015. The United States billed Saudi Arabia and the UAE for 319 million dollars in acquisitions and cross-servicing agreements for logistical support.
The American weapons maker General Atomics is offering to sell Ukraine two of its MQ-9 Reaper drone for only one dollar, a move that will put pressure on the Biden administration to approve the deal, which would mark another major escalation of military aid.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Ukraine would still have to pay $10 million to prepare and ship the drones and $8 million each year to maintain them. The offer would also include a ground control center for the drones. The ground control center and maintenance support mean American contractors would likely be sent to Ukraine under the deal.
The US has supplied Ukraine with much smaller drones, but nothing as sophisticated as the Reaper, which can be armed with powerful missiles. The Reaper could also fly up to 24 hours, giving it a huge range, and is often used in US drone strikes in the Middle East and in Africa.
Webmaster addition: What a bargain! I'll take two of those! :)
The United States is expected to send a new weapon to Ukraine, the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), doubling Kyiv's current strike range.
Below are some details about the weapon:
* Ukraine's longest-range weapon currently is the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS). Its rockets can travel 48 miles (77 kilometers) while the GLSDB's range is 94 miles (151 km). Greater range would allow the Ukrainian military to attack Russian forces from a greater distance or potentially penetrate more deeply into Russian-held territory.
* The rocket-powered GLSDB combines the GBU-39 small-diameter bomb, typically dropped from planes, with the M26 rocket motor, both of which are common in U.S. military inventories.
* GLSDB is made jointly by Sweden's SAAB AB and Boeing Co and had its first flight test in 2015.
The US has shipped the first batch of Bradley infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine as part of the $2.85 billion military aid package announced earlier this year.
More than 60 Bradleys left South Carolina last week to provide Kyiv’s forces with additional firepower.
According to US Transport Command head Jacqueline Van Ovost, the ongoing invasion of Ukraine has proven the complexity of power projection and the importance of logistics.
“Our support to Ukraine would not be possible without the strong relationships we have with our allies and partners that provided the access, basing, and overflight to facilitate the delivery of aid,” she stated.