About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Progressive Democrats Lead Biden To Transform America

 "A house divided against itself cannot stand." -  Abraham Lincoln


"We are five days away from fundamentally transforming America." - BO, five days before the 2008 presidential election - a corollary to the above Lincoln quote, in that the natural consequence of a divided country is its fundamental transformation into something else.

"We the People of the United States" - the first seven words of the Constitution that signifies for whom the Constitution was written.  Alexander Hamilton called the Constitution the fundamental law in the Federalist Papers.  In fact it is so fundamental that the Constitution requires all persons holding an office of trust under the United States to take an oath to support it - not divide the People or try to fundamentally transform the country. 

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Even the least discerning among us are starting to realize that "We the People of the United States" are being torn apart more & more every day by Progressive Democrats led by Bernie Sanders, AOC & her Squad, & BO.  Biden is merely following their lead.

Biden assumed the presidency on January 20 to find, in Mike Huckabee's words, "the most secure southwest border in history, a strong recovering economy, energy independence, a vaccine for Covid-19, a return to manufacturing, an uptick in wages for the working class, a stronger NATO & military, & protection for unborn babies."

After just a few hours in office it appeared that Biden was determined to reverse many of the above positions of strength & accomplishment.  But after a few days it couldn't have been more obvious that Biden intended to reverse every single one of the positions he found as he purposely divided the nation by changing (transforming) it completely from a prosperous free enterprise economy to a government dependent one where the weak outnumber the strong - which they already did.  

In the first few hours after the January 20 inauguration, in an opening bid to reverse America's energy independence, Biden canceled the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline putting thousands of people out of work, while later working out an agreement with Germany that allows the Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to be completed in a boon to Moscow.  

Very shortly thereafter Biden incentivized tens of thousands of the poorest, lowest skilled, least educated people from Central America, all originally wearing Biden T-shirts (with virtually none of them even knowing who he was), to come to our southwest border to pursue admission to the U.S. to take advantage of the 126 welfare programs identified by the Cato Institute - & to vote Democrat out of appreciation for being allowed entry into the country.  

Just look @ the blue line & the below statistics (click on image to enlarge) from the U.S. Custom & Border Protection (USCBP) for the past four fiscal years to see the dramatic uptick that started immediately upon Biden's inauguration.  The past two recorded months have each shown over 200,000 illegal immigrants being encountered with August representing the highest August in 21 years.  Over 1.2 million illegal immigrants have been caught attempting to cross the border since Biden took office.  Of course there is no word as to how many evaded capture & are now illegally in the country carrying Covid or are terrorists.


The border problem was graphically displayed by the photos below of up to fifteen thousand migrants being housed under unsanitary conditions below the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas.  A few thousand were flown back to Haiti but the majority were flown under the cover of darkness to small airports across the country & left to blend in - source NY Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.  Texas authorities had been concerned that these people were spreading COVID or had terrorists mixed in with the masses.  The area under the bridge is currently vacant for now.




Now the migrants, who are in need of skills & education, seen under the bridge above, have been encouraged by the Biden/Harris administration to come to America but the spontaneous Cuban anti communist government protesters of last summer who escaped the tyrannical government & braved the 90 mile ocean trip to America were told by Biden to return to Cuba & almost certain death.  These Cubans were people in the spiritual faith to great courage to liberty & abundance stages of a free country's development - just the opposite of the resource draining poor people welcomed by Biden - a sure anti American sign against freedom & liberty.

But despite all the information presented above Biden looks @ the soaring number of border crossings in Texas as merely "seasonal."  We can believe this with the same confidence that we have in Kamala Harris being the person in charge of protecting our southwest border.  Absolutely none.

No matter how tired you may have become of our military presence in Afghanistan (the majority of people had forgotten we were even there so they never gave it a thought), a fair minded person must admit the withdrawal on August 31 was awful.  But it does go right along with Biden's socialist purposeful plan to destroy the independence & free market capitalist system America was built upon.

Once the Taliban came back to power in control of the country on August 15, the entire American evacuation procedure was exactly backwards from what any failing sophomore Cadet @ West Point would have planned - before he was thrown out of the Academy.

Our evacuation occurred during the summer fighting season; we closed down Bagram Air Base with our troops stealthily leaving the base in the middle of the night without telling the new Afghan commander; we held only the Kabul airport while relying on the Taliban, our enemy, for security around the airport that resulted in thirteen servicemen & women being killed in a terrorist bombing; & worst of all we evacuated civilians last. 

On August 15 the Taliban released thousands of terrorist inmates from the Bagram prison including Abdul Rehman who masterminded the attack on August 26 that killed ten U.S. Marines, two Army soldiers, & one Navy corpsman; wounded twenty other U.S. service members; & killed over 100 Afghan civilians.  Source - California Congressman Ken Calvert.

Below is a photo of Biden looking @ his wristwatch during the return of the remains to the Dover Air Force Base of the aforementioned 13 military personnel needlessly killed.  Since it is documented that Biden looked @ his watch in between virtually every one of the caskets that passed before him, you have to ask yourself - "how much less interest could this Commander in Chief have shown?"

The answer to that question can be found in Biden's response to the 13 murders - he authorized a U.S. drone strike that mistakenly killed ten civilians including many children without a word of explanation.




The American retreat from Afghanistan was so shocking to the significant portion of the Afghan population that had never lived under Taliban rule that just the thought of the Taliban's reputation & return caused many to hide or flee - like the people who held onto the exteriors of airplanes, such as landing gears, as the planes started to take off only to fall to their deaths once the planes reached a speed of hundreds of miles per hour.   See photo below of young Zaki Anwari & another unidentified Afghan, who were so desperate that they saw no hope under Taliban rule, that during their escape, after holding on to the exterior of a plane during take off, they fell to their deaths from a plane that reached altitude.  One other Afghan was crushed in the right wing retracting landing gear of another plane.



Biden was so anxious to leave Afghanistan that the military left approximately $80 B worth of equipment that armed the Taliban & gave them an air force.  See graphic below.  I know of many people who think the 16,035 pairs of night vision goggles was the most harmful to America of all the equipment on the list.  We used to "own the night," thanks to this equipment before we gave it away.

What has been determined by Forbes is that those costs do, however, involve 75,898 vehicles, 208 aircraft, and at least 600,000 infantry weapons.  





At least some of this equipment could have been given to the National Resistance Front (NRF) - it has been verified by Oryx, a blog that uses photos & videos (as reported in the WSJ), that 38 airplanes, 13 helicopters, & seven unmanned aerial vehicles that the Taliban captured are in working order. 

The NRF held up in Panjshir province, under the leadership of Ahmad Massoud - whose father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, had been regarded as America's best friend in Afghanistan.  The elder Mr. Massoud was assassinated on September 10, 2001 - many, like me, think this was part of the plan highlighted by the Muslim fascist terrorists flying airplanes into buildings in America less than 24 hours later.

But add up all the above incidents in Afghanistan, that are clearly a result of the policies & practices of the Biden/Harris administration, & they pale in comparison to the atrocities that have been inflicted or will be inflicted upon the women & girls remaining in the country under the Taliban's rule.  In addition to what Americans would consider civil rights loses, Afghan women, under the Taliban, suffer forced obedience & are subject to honor killings if they are victims of rape.  The Taliban has banned girls from schools beyond the sixth grade.  Yet not a word on this from Biden or the Democrats - supposed & self proclaimed champions of women, except when it really counts.

It should be remembered that the Afghanistan conflict was a 20 year NATO mission with the United States being the country our allies came to help after the September 11, 2001 Muslim fascist terrorist attacks.  Biden largely ignored our allies as he focused on an arbitrary evacuation deadline he set up to make himself look good, as the president who ended America's longest war, on the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 - this never materialized because Biden was overshadowed by much stronger people on the anniversary of those terrorist attacks.  The allies wanted to extend the August 31 withdrawal deadline to give them more time to airlift their citizens & Afghan allies out of Kabul.  

But ignoring the allies was hurtful to Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the U.K. Parliament, who had served as an Army officer in Afghanistan.  Tugendhat called Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan shameful & said the experience should prompt Britain to rethink the terms of its relationship with the U.S. in future security operations.  In short, in Tugendhat's view the U.S. betrayed its allies, that it will need again one day, in order to rapidly proceed with a plan thought to politically help the American president - Biden.

Relationships with our allies also hit lows when Australia cancelled a multibillion dollar submarine deal with France in order to procure similar equipment with the U.S. & the U.K.   France recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. & Australia calling the matter a "stab in the back."  Was Biden this oblivious & insensitive to the relationships he was affecting?  My answer is: yes & he doesn't care because it all falls in line with making America weaker.

The Medicare & Social Security Trustees annual reports, released on August 31, project exhaustion of the Medicare hospital trust fund by 2026 & the two Social Security trust funds by 2034.  This means that the Medicare Hospital Insurance trust fund will be able to pay only 91% of the hospital & related expenses it is responsible for under the Medicare program & Social Security beneficiaries could be cut 22%.  And yet Democrats want to expand Social Security & Biden wants to expand Medicare to include dental, hearing, & vision benefits in addition to lowering the age of eligibility to 60 from 65.  These are two great examples of the financial irresponsibility that socialism represents - & why it is destined to fail.

Biden's Build Back Better plan consists of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill (that is 80% not infrastructure) & a 2,465 page, $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill 
that includes up to $4,000 per month federal government paid family & medical leave, free universal pre-K for 3 & 4 year olds, two years of free community college for all students regardless of family income, child care assistance for children up to age 5, fully refundable child tax credits - meaning you get cash whether or not you pay income tax - of $3,600 per month for each child under 6 & $3,000 per month for each child 6 to 18 which have been sent out since July 15, & expanded Medicare as described in the paragraph above.  These benefits become part of permanent universal new middle class entitlements, as opposed to being part of a temporary social safety net only for people in need, that are not linked to any work requirement such as other permanent middle class entitlement programs like Social Security & Medicare.

In addition, Build Back Better includes ample funding to get the Green New Deal started before it overwhelms everything.

In short, every Biden program & policy is detrimental to the well being of the American citizenry.

This post illustrates how the agenda the Progressive Democrats are planning (with Biden coming along for the ride & holding on for dear life @ that) is not in America's interest.  Progressive Democrats are not about economic growth & prosperity.  They are about tax hikes & government dependent spending on welfare programs that secure votes for the Democrat Party thereby turning America socialist & then communist.

Biden blames border agents on horses & finds no fault with illegal aliens, takes people who have broken our laws & releases them into the country with no systematic Covid-19 checking or quarantines while mandating masks & vaccinations for the citizenry, & spits in the face of U.S. Afghan vets & gives $85 billion in military equipment to the Taliban.  Democrats defund the police but Biden gives billions of dollars to the Iranians, & has no problem killing a baby a day before birth & yet doesn't want to test shampoo on bunny fur.  This list of contradictions was presented by Tennessee Congressman Mark Green to Governor Huckabee - Green called the contradictions "exactly backwards" regarding America's General Welfare.

And "exactly backwards" is what Biden has when he says that the cost of the Progressive Democrat's agenda that he is following is "zero." 


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A Pre-2022-Midterm-Election Analysis

 "We will get a gage on how this will play out in the 2022 midterms in the very near future.  First, California Governor Gavin Newsome is involved in a recall election on September 14, a two step process on the ballot - if more than 50% of the ballots support Newsome he is safe & the recall process is over (Newsome is polling about 50% support after posting a terrible record by freedom loving Americans the past 18 months.)  If Newsome does not receive 50% support in the first question he will be replaced by whichever candidate receives @ least a plurality from the 46 list of people on the ballot.

"There are also governors' races in New Jersey & Virginia in November but between these three events we may get a good idea of where the country is heading.  All three contests are in blue states but the margins could be telling if close even in defeat." - From the August 10 RTE post.

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Well the Newsome recall election wasn't close.  If anything, Newsome increased his political standing in that his margin of victory in the recall was greater than when he won the governorship in 2018 with a 62% to 38% victory over John Cox.

Mr. Cox, like Larry Elder in the just completed recall race, was exactly what California needed to turn the once Golden state around.  As many readers know I have followed Mr. Cox since he campaigned in South Carolina for the FairTax over a dozen years ago.  He is a fine man & deserves more than a 38% share of any electorate in the United States.  Something is wrong in America, or changing, when a candidate like Cox cannot command more than 38% of the vote - even in California.

As for Larry Elder, my respect for him only increased during this recall process - he dared greatly for America & the people of California let us all down.

This time 64% of the electorate supported Newsome (to not be recalled) & Larry Elder received 47% of the votes to recall Newsome meaning that Elder received 17% of the total vote.  Since there were 46 candidates to replace Newsome, Larry Elder would certainly do better than 17% in a head to head match with Newsome but with a number under 40% clearly in sight, Elder said "it is hard to see how the outcome would be any different" in a one on one rematch in 2022.  

Also since the last successful recall in 2003 California has turned even more blue.  There are now 5% more registered Democrats than in 2003, 50% more registered Independents who predominantly vote Democrat, & 33% fewer Republicans.

Also very discouraging is that the 2021 recall election produced about 5.3 million votes supporting recall, a number less than the 6.0 million votes Trump received in California in 2020.  What happened to those 700,000 unaccounted for people?  Don't they know that Elder, as governor, would have had a more immediate direct impact on their wellbeing than Trump would have had as president?

Based on exit polls 68% of white college graduates supported Newsome - a greater percentage than Asians (62%) & Latinos (58%).  Only Blacks, @ 81% support, were higher in their support for Newsome than white college graduates.  White voters without a college degree favored the recall 57% to 43%.

Newsome's fate was @ best 50-50 last summer when the recall effort obtained the number of signatures required for a recall election to go forward.  But this quickly turned in Newsome's favor when he masterfully turned the issues away from his poor performance as governor & manipulated the electorate to believe that Larry Elder was a figurehead, or nominal leader, of the California Republican party taking orders directly from Trump.

And it worked so well in California that Democrats plan to try it again in Virginia with an offshoot of the tactic in New Jersey.  

Trump has already endorsed Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin against Terry McAuliffe, a former Democrat governor, who as such, has already won a statewide election.  It doesn't look good in Virginia this November.

In New Jersey, Jack Ciattarelli has the opposite problem - he has been branded a RINO & can reliably expect only non-supporters of Trump to vote for him. 

And of course linking Republican candidates one way or the other to Trump will become the universal game plan for Democrats in all the 2022 midterm congressional races.  And to our detriment Trump will play along by drawing negative attention by fighting back against any perceived slight, however insignificant, he may think was made. 

Republicans are counting on the historical fact that the President's party loses congressional seats in midterm elections.  Since 1900 only three presidents have seen their party gain House seats in their first midterm election - TR in 1902, FDR in 1934, & GW Bush in 2002.  And of course James Monroe, our best president, not only gained House seats for his party in both of his presidential terms but also did not lose a Senate seat during his entire administration which is something that no other president ever achieved.

Now the flip side of this historical coin that favors Republicans (think about it - this favoritism is only the result of them losing the last presidential election thereby giving Biden a chance to govern) is the negative aspect that Republicans are defending 20 Class III Senate seats in 2022, & Democrats are defending 14.

But worse yet, Trump is purposely further dividing the Republican party by calling on his Senate allies to depose Mitch McConnell of his Senate leadership position.  Readers know I am no fan of Mitch's overall record - his last Liberty Score was 28%, just above the highest Democrat - but if Trump could have put his massive ego aside & really campaigned for Perdue & Loeffler in the two Georgia senate elections on January 5 as if he knew the entire Biden agenda hung in the balance, which it obviously did, I can't think of a better person to gum up Biden's program than having Mitch in opposition as Senate majority leader.

Without the loss of both Georgia senate seats we would have none of the problems we have today from Biden.  Not always affectionately called "old turkey neck" - Mitch has proven he would have bottled up all of this Marxist propaganda Biden is trying to peddle @ Sanders/AOC's direction.

If Trump was anywhere near as influential as he imagines Republicans would not have lost both the House & Senate over his one term in office.  Now Trump is further dividing the Republican electorate only because he wants to pay back those who slighted him like Congressman Chip Roy of Texas, with a Liberty Score of 100%, who voted against overturning the presidential election in January.

So to sum up: there are three factors currently in play regarding the 2022 midterm elections - historical trends that favor Republicans, more Republican incumbent Senate seats up for reelection that favors Democrats, & Trump's inherent divisiveness that has favored Democrats ever since 2016.

We need a fourth factor to increase the odds of this mixed bag & to counter Biden's socialist appeal of his gigantic spending plans that much of the general populace will find hard to resist: namely, a Newt Gingrich type Contract with America that will address the 14 questions I raised before the first 2020 presidential debate one year ago this week, such as: 1) What is the significance of the national debt? 2) What is the maximum amount of a person's income anyone should ever have to pay to the federal government in income taxes? & 3) Shouldn't we be taking steps now to head off the upcoming 21% reduction in Social Security benefits & if so what are these steps?  If not, why not?

If Republicans can supply answers so that people understand the importance of these three questions, & the other eleven I posted with them, we are well on our way to returning our country to the excellence of her founding.  If you cavalierly dismiss the questions with the attitude that no one can implement answers to them then we are indeed in for more trouble because the answers are the only way back to our prosperity & way of life so many in this readership see slipping away.

To continue to proceed in America without real questions being answered is like a structural engineer designing & building a bridge on quicksand instead of bedrock.  The project is heading for trouble.

If you can even just begin to see the destructive nature of what Biden & the Democrats are trying to do in transforming America please do all you can to stop it.

But so far we can't find anyone who will even mention these points so the 2022 midterms are a potluck process that could very well get us in deeper with an even more empowered Biden/Harris administration.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Constitution Quiz

 click on Scene at The Signing of the Constitution of the United States to enlarge

One of the common findings of institutions like Hillsdale College & the American Council of Trustees & Alumni (ACTA) is the woeful understanding the American citizenry has of the U.S. Constitution - this applies to recent college graduates, the general public, & our elected representatives.

There has been an "alarming loss of our historical literacy.  Fewer than half of American college students could place the Civil War within the correct half century.  More than a third of the general public cannot name any rights protected by the First Amendment.  Nearly three-quarters of Americans can't name the three branches of government.  Only 12% of high school students are scored "proficient" in American history."  Source - Peter W. Wood - 1620 A Critical Response to the 1619 Project - pages 64 & 65.

ACTA's work revealed that less than one-third of the colleges & universities in the U.S., annually ranked as the country's best schools, require students pursuing a degree in history to take even a single course in American history.  What are such students paying for?  Wonder if they could name the two figures in the center of the above photo or the man standing on the platform on the right side?

We have gone beyond taking the Constitution for granted - we never even think of it anymore including not realizing that this week is the anniversary of the unanimous signing of the Constitution by our Founders @ the Constitutional Convention.

Even if you are not part of ACTA's surveys who think Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court, or are unable to identify the Bill of Rights accurately, or believe the Constitution must be reauthorized every four years you will find the following two quizzes a very good refresher.

Please let me know how you do.  The answers follow the questions on each website.



Thursday, August 26, 2021

Yair Lapid - The Last Train To Lodz

Thanks to my dear friend whose family has been charter members of RTE for sending this dynamic speech by Yair Lapid, the Alternate Prime Minister of Israel (Prime Minister-Designate) who will come into office on August 27, 2023 - if the government survives.

The cite of the speech is the Berlin train station where 1,251 Jews boarded the first Holocaust train to Nazi concentration, forced labor, & extermination camps.

 click on photo from Fotoeins Fotografie to enlarge

During the speech Prime Minister-Designate Lapid questioned how Germans in Berlin in 1933 could lower their heads & without raising a finger hope the evil they knew Hitler embodied would somehow pass on its own.  

But Yair Lapid doesn't stop there; he asks how could 1,251 Jews board a train heading east to the Lodz, Poland ghetto - all destined for their deaths, without one of them "attacking the guards in black uniforms," all knowing that hard labor, overcrowding, & starvation were their future.  And he answers the question saying, under his leadership, "we will never board that train again."

As I listened to the above speech I saw the parallels of the evils then in Germany & today in America as evil is transforming America, right before our eyes, as Americans lower their heads & hope our current evil too will pass.  I liken the Germans with lowered heads described above in 1933 to the silent majority in America today.

Either we want to defund/disband the police & let criminals run wild & teach critical race theory to our children in our schools that America is rotten to its core or we don't.  

Now I know people who are so disengaged, really oblivious, that they do not understand what I just wrote & that is unacceptably irresponsible regardless of how busy they are trying to make a living or raise a family.  Many of these oblivious people never have thought of not having a police force because they always have had one when it was needed or have never heard of critical race theory that is dividing Americans including their own children from themselves.  Unless the silent majority speaks up very soon to swat down these doctrines one can only conclude that what is happening in America, in both these regards & others, is what the majority, who are engaged, want.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Republican Support For Infrastructure Bill Sets The Stage For Socialist Sanders' Spending Spree

Well, it didn't take long to find a miserable example of Republican infighting that will make it harder than it should be for the GOP to retake either Chamber of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections.  See The January 6 Commission Vote Shows Republican Infighting Makes It Hard For GOP To Win The 2022 Midterms.

The case in point is that 17 Senate Republicans fell for the Biden bait & voted with all Democrats for cloture of the $1 trillion, 2,702 page, infrastructure bill that Democrats regard as a bipartisan down payment for Socialist Bernie Sanders' $3.5 trillion budget outline that Democrats plan on passing via reconciliation that requires a simple Senate majority in accordance with Senate rules concerning budget matters.  The Sanders' outline is billed by Democrats as "human infrastructure" that includes spending on housing, education, healthcare, & climate change.

The shame of it starts with only a quarter of the additional spending going toward what most people think of as infrastructure - highways, bridges, airports, & tunnels.  The other three quarters goes to Democrat spending priorities like the Green New Deal - for example, $21.5 billion for creation of the office of clean energy demonstrations, $2.4 billion for advanced nuclear reactor projects, $3.5 billion for carbon capture, $8 billion for clean hydrogen, & $5 billion for investment into energy related projects.  And loosely regarding infrastructure there is $66 billion in new subsidies for Amtrak.  Is any of this how you want your tax dollars spent?

The second shame is that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) disagrees with the Democrat & Republican supporters of the bill's central premise that the infrastructure bill will pay for itself through marked increases in efficiency that will lead to economic growth.   Rather than finding that the bill will be "fully paid for'' the CBO found that the infrastructure bill would widen the budget deficit by $256 billion over ten years.  See The Significance Of The National Debt.

Here is the list that identifies the aforementioned seventeen Senate Republicans:

Blunt (MO), Burr (NC), Capito (WV), Cassidy (LA), Collins (ME), Cramer (ND), Crapo (ID), Graham (SC), Grassley (IA), Hoeven (ND), McConnell (KY), Murkowski (AK), Portman (OH), Risch (ID), Romney (UT), Tillis (NC), & Young (IN).  Rounds (SD) did not vote.

Now the above list includes the usual "support the Democrats every chance they get Republicans" - Cassidy, Collins, Murkowski, Portman, & Romney.  But Lindsey Graham brags about being a friend of Trump's & yet he supported the infrastructure bill in the cloture vote without one dollar being dedicated for the southwest border wall completion begging the question - just what do the Republicans get out of the bill?

But worse yet - Saturday, Schumer held another interim vote & not 17 Republicans but 18 Republicans voted for what had increased to a $1.2 trillion bill.

The 18 Republicans are as follows:

Blunt (MO), Capito (WV), Cassidy (LA), Collins (ME), Cornyn (TX), Cramer (ND), Crapo (ID), Fischer (NE), Grassley (IA), Hoeven (ND), McConnell (KY), Murkowski (AK), Portman (OH), Risch (ID), Romney (UT), Rounds (SD), Tillis (NC),& Young (IN).

Democrat Warnock from Georgia & these five Republicans did not vote - Barrasso (WY), Burr (NC), Graham (SC), Rubio (FL), & Scott (SC).

Then on Tuesday afternoon the final infrastructure bill passed the Senate with 19 Republicans in support.  Lindsey Graham was back in along with newcomers Sullivan (AK) & Wicker (MS).  Dropping out were Cornyn (TX) & Young (IN).  Rounds (SD) did not vote.

The final Senate Republican tally was 30 in opposition, 19 in support, & one not voting.  A pitiful display of unity handing Biden a victory after Trump, the supposed leader of the Republican Party, had pressured them not to support the bill.

Biden has an approval rating in the 30s regarding both the border chaos & crime which gives Republicans an opportunity to be aggressive.  Record numbers of migrants, as they are now called, with a significant number carrying the Wuhan coronavirus being transported to every state in the nation & all 38% of the Republican caucus can do is vote for an infrastructure bill that sets the table for one socialsit project after another to be passed into law while they watch.  Very uninspiring but a good example of why the socialist creep has gone as far as it has in America.

But the real game changer is waiting in the wings to follow immediately.

The aforementioned Sanders' $3.5 trillion budget outline centers around giveaways that make people dependent on government including 1) expanding Medicare to the uninsured & widening coverage for seniors into dental needs as well as hearing aids & eyeglasses, 2) making community college tuition free, 3) providing universal pre-K child care to every 3 & 4 year old,  4) guaranteeing paid family & medical leave, 5) making sure there are enough doctors, nurses, & dentists in underserved areas, 6) providing nursing facility care in people's own homes instead of nursing facilities, 7) making investments in affordable housing to address homelessness, 8) providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people such as Dreamers & essential workers who remained employed during the pandemic (that is still going on), & 9) shifting America's energy system away from fossil fuels to combat climate change including creating a Civilian Climate Corps to protect our natural resources & fight climate change. 

Many in the readership have told me the implementation of the Biden/Harris agenda is going too fast - but I think it is slower than I expected.  I thought that by now the above infrastructure bill & items in Sanders' outline would have been passed & we would be well on our way to 52 states, 15 Supreme Court Justices, & that there would be no filibuster to protect the minority which we certainly are in.  But thank heavens, just like with ObamaCare in 2009 &  2010, there are still a few congressional districts & states in the country that balk before going further down the road to serfdom that we are travelling.

Surprisingly, the House is a different story for the infrastructure bill.  First Republican support is less assured than in the Senate & even more importantly Democrats have not signed on either.  Pelosi has repeatedly said that the larger Sanders budget outline, known to Pelosi as an antipoverty & climate package, must be approved by the Senate before the House will take up the infrastructure bill.  Pelosi is once again taking her marching orders from AOC in that the Squad has said that ten House Democrats will not support the infrastructure bill unless it is preceded by an approval of the Sanders budget outline becoming law which is expected this fall.

But there is more dissatisfaction than that within the Democrat ranks.  Just like I personally think that Democrat things are moving slowly, activist liberal actress Suran Sarandon thinks things are moving too slowly & she blamed AOC by demonstrating in front of AOC's NYC office recently.  Sarandon is considering a primary challenge to AOC who in turn is considering a primary challenge to Schumer.

Conservatives do themselves a disservice by thinking all that needs to happen is for the majority of Americans to wake up & realize what is going on with this giant statist plan.  We cannot discount that a large portion of the American citizenry will be attracted to all the government giveaways as people always have been for thousands of years in their own particular societies but in this day of Critical Race Theory, Black Lives Matter, & #MeToo there will be even more than the usual number of people who think things are rigged against them & see themselves as oppressed victims who will gladly sign on to the Biden/Harris/Sanders/AOC socialist way of life.

We will get a gage on how this will play out in the 2022 midterms in the very near future.  First, California Governor Gavin Newsome is involved in a recall election on September 14, a two step process on the ballot - if more than 50% of the ballots support Newsome he is safe & the recall process is over (Newsome is polling about 50% support after posting a terrible record by freedom loving Americans the past 18 months.)  If Newsome does not receive 50% support in the first question he will be replaced by whichever candidate receives @ least a plurality from the 46 list of people on the ballot.

The good news is that libertarian Larry Elder, who would move California toward the sensible right, emerged as a front runner after entering the race but now slightly trails Democrat Kevin Paffrath, a 29 year old YouTube personality.  One of the dangers of recalling Newsome to me has always been that Newsome may not have been progressive enough for residents of the once Golden State & someone to his communist left may win.

There are also governors' races in New Jersey & Virginia in November but between these three events we may get a good idea of where the country is heading.  All three contests are in blue states but the margins could be telling if close even in defeat.

The bottom line is that America is on the ropes.  What you see going on in our country is exactly what the Biden Democrats want - they just have to be careful not to rock the boat too much in going about getting it thereby tipping their hand.

As the great University of Chicago Professor Frank Knight wrote in his timeless book Risk, Uncertainty, & Profit - "The best we can hope is that a few people will learn the lesson & carry it forward to another historic juncture, when the 'other man,' who is, after all, likewise in humanity, the lover of truth & right, & of mutuality, & real co-operation, may get another chance." 

People in this readership are the few who have learned the lesson Professor Knight was talking about.  Do everything you can to make sure that young men & women of liberty get that other chance.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Kitchen Fire Safety Message Update

Except for the video the fire safety message below is essentially the same as the one from March 2011 that recently appeared in the daily ten most viewed posts on RTE.  The reason I am repeating this post is because the owner of the video in the original post took the video down - I'll never know why because it was so good.  I found another video & present it & the substance of the original post below.

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Click on this link of a video of a very practical fire safety message that could very well save your house &/or your life in the event of an oil fire in your kitchen.

The above graphic displays the fire triangle - when heat (flame or spark), fuel (oil), & oxygen (air) are present in the right proportions the chemical exothermic reaction that is fire will be produced.  Remove any one of the fire triangle elements & the fire will go out.

The video from the original 2011 post showed that in the event of a kitchen oil fire you should first turn off the heat on the stove & then simply wet a large towel & place it over the flame in the pot or pan to allow the combustion reaction to consume the oxygen in the contained utensil so the fire will be smothered & go out.  You can also place another pan over the fire so the reaction consumes the oxygen as demonstrated in the above video.

Pouring water on the flaming pot or pan will throw the fire into the rest of the kitchen as dramatically shown on the above video.  Water has a higher density than oil & will therefore sink to the bottom of the pot or pan where it will instantly expand to over 1,600 times its original volume (the ratio of the specific volume of water vapor to that of liquid water under these conditions is greater than 1,600).   

Do not throw sugar or flour on an oil fire - one cup of either creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite.

It is also a good idea to have a fire extinguisher handy in your kitchen & to be familiar with how to use it - but a simple wetted large towel or another pot strategically placed can save many a day & house.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Solution To Social Security's Funding Problem

"Now there are more 18 year olds who believe they have a better chance of seeing a UFO than a Social Security check." - John Kasich speaking @ a Republican presidential primary debate in 2016.  The reference to UFOs & Social Security goes back @ least 40 years based on my own recollection of discussions regarding Social Security checks & UFOs.

Social Security currently makes up almost 25% of federal spending.  It cannot continue indefinitely as the number of workers decreases, the number of beneficiaries increases, & benefits increase based on a wage indexing formula that grows faster than the cost of living.  

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Now the 18 year olders of decades ago who were not afraid of UFOs will learn in the real world, from the graphic above, that they were 20% correct in that they will receive only about 80% of their expected Social Security benefits when the Old Age & Survivors Insurance Trust Fund (OASI - solid blue line on above graphic) runs out of money.  Long time readers of this blog know that the Trust Fund is an accounting gimmick that draws on money from the general treasury until the Trust Fund balance reaches zero thereby signaling that the Trust Fund is exhausted & the reductions in benefits commence.

Check the bold print of page 2 of the document entitled "Your Social Security Statement" (available to everyone online with reminder to review your "Social Security Statement" online three months before your birthday & mailed to people over 60 who do not have an online account) that clearly tells people that "by 2035, the payroll taxes collected will be enough to pay only about 80% of scheduled benefits."

Because of Covid-19's  impact on the American economy the Congregational Budget Office (CBO) has updated this calculation, prior to the Social Security trustees' update, & determined that the Trust Fund will be depleted five years earlier, in 2030, with the reduction in benefits starting in 2031.  The OASI curve in the above graphic started to slope downward about 2010 - the year that 10,000 baby boomers per day started to retire.

I have never met one person @ any of my FairTax seminars or radio programs I have been on, including the radio hosts, who were aware of the Trust Fund's pending exhaustion & the program's subsequent reduction in benefits. 

Please remember that the Trust Fund was created because the large number of baby boomer payroll tax payments created a surplus which was promptly borrowed & spent by Congress - i.e., it's gone.  Today there are only IOUs remaining in the Trust Fund & money is drawn from the general treasury to meet Social Security benefit payments.  There are no real assets in the Trust Fund - only an accounting for returning the borrowed funds from the general treasury. 

This post is written to answer what I had hoped would be the third question asked to Biden & Trump during the 2020 presidential debates - "Shouldn't we be taking steps now to head off this 20% reduction in Social Security benefits & if so what are these steps?  If not, why not?"

Over the years there have been proposals made to sure up the Social Security program such as increasing the age to receive full Social Security benefits (which would also decrease the benefit for those filing @ age 62), increasing the amount of income taxes paid on Social Security benefits, raising the cap on payroll taxes, & allowing participation in private accounts.  Although this post presents the far & away best solution to the Social Security funding problem I also endorse letting young workers put, say 15%, of their payroll taxes up to age 50, into private stock market accounts - but that has politically blown the roof off any discussions of this issue in the past.

The Social Security Act was signed into law by FDR on August 14, 1935 with the understanding that Social Security benefits were not intended to be a total pension but rather "some measure of protection to the average citizen & to his family." 

This understanding is carried through even to today when on page 1 of the aforementioned "Your Social Security Statement" it says "Social Security benefits are not intended to be your only source of income when you retire.  On average, Social Security will replace about 40 percent of your annual pre-retirement reported earnings.  You will need other savings, investments, pensions, or retirement accounts to live comfortably when you retire."

But over the years Social Security expanded both the number of people in the program & the amount of money they received thereby making more & more people dependent on this government program.

The initial Social Security benefit is based on a formula that counts the highest 35 years of earnings, indexed to the growth in average real wages, over the lifetime of a person's earnings.  The formula fills in zeroes for years not worked when considering the 35 year period.

The highest 35 years of someone's earnings are all indexed, up to age 60 for that person, to real average growth in wages, an adjustment that brings nominal wages close to current wage levels meaning that Social Security benefits track productivity increases closely.  It is the real wage growth component of the formula, not the benefit starting age, or the ratio of beneficiaries to workers, or the amount of payroll taxes, that is @ the heart of the Social Security problem.  It is the wage indexing adjustment that brings the calculated benefits much higher, actually greater in inflation adjusted terms, than what people earned in those 35 years of work.  In short, benefits keep getting larger for each cohort of retiring workers, which has put the program on the path to unsustainability for the country.

As a check of this point, compare your Social Security benefit with that of your parents & you'll find that yours is much greater - for similar inflation adjusted incomes while working.  Accordingly, yours is much smaller than siblings several years younger than you.  It is this increase that is unsustainable as the workforce decreases.

John Cogan, of the Hoover Institution, has calculated that thanks to the benefit formula based on the average real wage index, the benefits paid to a teenager @ the turn of the twenty-first century are scheduled to be 60% higher, in real terms, than the typical worker who retired in 2001.

Just changing the benefit formula to follow inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) instead of the average real wage index will bring the Social Security system into long term solvency in a new system.  

The phase into the new CPI system would not affect anyone age 55 or older.  Anyone aged 54 or younger would retain their wage index work years in the benefit formula but would switch to the CPI basis immediately – so everyone would retain the portion of the existing system methodology up until the change in benefit basis from wage to CPI.  In essence, those aged 54 & younger would follow a sliding scale with people in their 50s today receiving higher real Social Security benefits when they retire than those just entering the workforce when they reach retirement age..

The above proposed system is based on a sound financial footing for everyone, especially younger workers, unlike the current system where the benefit formula is based on average real wage indexing – where the choices for a solution to the funding shortfall in the near future are to raise payroll taxes around 50% on younger workers (& all others), borrow hundreds of billions of dollars, or abruptly slash benefits 20% on current benefit recipients as the Social Security website indicates is a certainty under current law & described hereinabove. 

Adjusting Social Security benefits for inflation alone & ending the average real wage index increases would address the challenge.   This step limits the growth on projected benefits to preclude painful future cuts as described above. The wage index to CPI adjustment would make Social Security a smaller part of Americans' retirement package a few decades from now & would also erase at least two-thirds of the currently projected shortfall thereby eliminating the obvious predictable suffering & distress that will be realized by unsuspecting Social Security recipients in the not too distant future.  

I first learned of the above solution to the Social Security funding problem from Susan Lee in November, 2004.  Amity Shlaes confirmed its validity in November, 2007.  I am honored to cite the references of these two women who I deeply admire.

Just imagine how much farther ahead we would be if we would have started implementing the above solution 17 years ago.

For that matter just think how much farther ahead we would be if the media would have pressed Trump & Biden about the above solution during the 2020 presidential debates instead of questioning them about the mindless dribble that was asked.

But then again, can you imagine either Trump or Biden really addressing this issue?

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Special note for people born in 1960 regarding a big hit to Social Security benefits because of Covid:  Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute has calculated that Social Security benefits will be about 15% lower for people born in 1960 because of quirks in the current Social Security benefit formula, the formula described above, that indexes individuals' earnings to the growth of the national average real wages up to the year people turn 60, after which the formula follows the CPI.  Mr. Biggs calculated that because of Covid the national average wage in 2020 was 15% lower than projected for 2020 in the 2019 Social Security Trustees Report meaning that a worker, born in 1960, who earned $50,000 per year while working would permanently receive about $3,900 per year less than previously expected in Social Security benefits.

Since an individual's Social Security benefit is dependent on the value of the average real national wage in the year the individual reaches 60 years of age it follows that a 15% reduction in the average national wage in the year a person reaches 60 will carry back to all of the other years' earnings as they are indexed to this lower wage figure thereby resulting in a permanent reduction in benefits for the rest of such a person's life.

The 2020 Social Security benefit formula replaces 90% of the first $960 in average monthly earnings, 32% of monthly earnings between $960 & $5,785, & 15% of monthly earnings above $5,785.  The 2012 Social Security benefit formula called for commensurate inflection points @ $767 (instead of $960), $4,624 (instead of $5,785), plus 15% of amounts over $4,624 (instead of $5,785) meaning that the average real wage index increased 25% over this relatively short eight year time span while the CPI increased 13%.

Look @ a longer time frame to see the full impact of compounding that magnifies the difference of the two indices - the average real wage index increased 336% between 1979 & 2019 while the CPI increased 276% during this same 40 year period thereby showing the difference in growth of the two measures & verifying the improved sustainability of the Social Security program by adopting the CPI instead of the average real wage index in determining initial benefits.

In both the above numerical examples the average real wage earnings growth is greater than the CPI inflation growth so in essence the government is guaranteeing, by using the average real wage index to determine Social Security benefits, a real positive return on everyone's financial participation in the Social Security program - a guarantee no other investor has in the marketplace.

If Social Security benefits were based on CPI adjusted earnings instead of earnings indexed to the average real wage over the years this Covid related reduction would not have occurred to the people born in 1960.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

July 4th History Quiz

 

For those in the readership who took the Independence Day quiz two years ago & wanted a chance to atone, I found the subject quiz that offers another chance @ about the same level of difficulty.  So I hope you brushed up in the meantime.

Like the quiz two July 4ths ago this one will also provide an explanation of the correct answer after every question so this is not just a quiz but an excellent refresher.  It is also a lot of fun & can serve as a topic of discussion during Independence Day celebrations in your backyard. 

I do however recommend keeping track of the number of right & wrong answers yourself because the website totalizer @ the end of the quiz has given wrong overall scores on some computers - mostly low scores.

Please feel free to take the quiz with any child or grandchild.  I'm interested to see how each of you do.

  Bonus - who are these people?  

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The January 6 Commission Vote Shows Republican Infighting Makes It Hard For GOP To Win The 2022 Midterms

"We are going to pursue this one way or the other."  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer - Democrat, Maryland - speaking about Pelosi's intention to form a commission, with or without Republican participation, to investigate the January 6 assault on the Capitol after Trump called thousands of his supporters to Washington, on that day, specifically to stop Vice President Pence's constitutional function, as President of the Senate, to ratify Biden's Electoral College victory.

Trump tweet of December 19, 2020 - "Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!" 








Midterm elections have historically been referendums on the sitting president's performance of his first two years in office of a term & these elections have not gone well for the sitting president.  Since World War II the sitting president's party has lost an average of 26 House seats & an average of 4 Senate seats in the midterms thereby setting up a real opportunity for Republicans, in the 2022 midterms, to stop Biden's assault on the country.


Republicans are also favored in the 2022 midterms because of the redrawing of district boundaries from the decennial process resulting from the 2020 census. 

Of course Republicans are doing everything they can leading up to the 2022 midterms to not take advantage of the above historical midterm election statistics & trends that would normally give them a big edge to regain control of Congress thereby providing a check on Biden.  But many Republicans remain divided, continuing to foolishly fight the last war about the 2020 presidential election that has been over since @ least January 20, 2021 when Biden took the oath of office for the presidency & moved into the White House that Trump had vacated - a puzzling move by Trump if he thought he had won.

The latest point of Republican division centers on Pelosi's plan to politically milk the January 6 assault on the Capitol for all its worth by forming a commision to study the event as described above by her right hand man Steny Hoyer.  Many Republicans want to stick with @ least an outward show of allegiance for Trump & the rest can't stand him.  I mean both Republican elected representatives & voters.

The above graphic of the House vote on May 19 regarding the commision shows that 35 Republicans voted with Pelosi to form the commision that will keep the matter alive all through 2021 & issue a report @ the end of the year just in time for 2022, an election year.  All the while Trump will stir the pot shooting out missiles defending himself & blackballing anyone who sides against him thereby losing focus on Biden's destructive plans for America.  What a missed opportunity - a distraction that plays right into the Democrats hands.

Now these 35 House Republicans are getting blasted all over conservative media but you have to believe they voted in what they thought was their best interest meaning they represented the opinion of the majority of people in their districts (i.e., people who would not vote for Trump or his supporters again).  To not believe this is to not understand the survival instincts of politicians.

This post is not about reliving the 2020 presidential election.  Or about Trump's claims & actions since the early morning hours of November 4 when I heard him say "Frankly, we did win," without following up by ever presenting one scintilla of evidence in dozens of court cases.  Or about whether you believe or deny that Trump called his supporters to Washington on January 6, in a last gasp attempt, specifically to stop Vice President Pence from fulfilling his constitutional function, as President of the Senate, to ratify Biden's Electoral College victory.

This post is intended to show the division in the Republican party that is centered around Trump - a larger than life figure who continues to make everything all about himself instead of the country's future, but nevertheless one that is killing any chance for Republicans to take back Congress in 2022 from the most openly anti-American administration in the country's history.  Failure of Republicans to take back @ least one chamber of Congress in the 2022 midterms means that the Biden administration keeps rolling over America.

The point is that every day that Republicans talk about Trump & whether or not the 2020 presidential election was stolen is a lost opportunity to decry Biden's anti-American agenda where Biden is obsessed with undoing any policy that Trump put in place.  

Trump talks powerfully but since 2016, under his leadership, Republicans lost the House in 2018 & the Senate & Presidency in 2020 & more pathetically the two Georgia Senate seats on January 5 when the stakes were precisely known - namely, retaining Republican control of the Senate if only one of the two Georgia Republican candidates had won.  None of the Biden anti-American assault could have happened if Trump would have campaigned for Loeffler & Perdue instead of whining about his presidential loss during campaign stops in Georgia supposedly on their behalf.  And Republicans are continuing & perpetuating this mistake, as if they can't learn, & Trump does not help by threatening any incumbent or challenger who does not show loyalty to him.

Trump's two highest profile lawyers, Rudy & Sid, are feeling the price of their loyalty to Trump in that the court cases they presented, in many instances were so weak, including ones in front of Trump appointed judges, that courts are now considering whether or not some of the legal challenges were frivolous or improper & if Rudy & Sid should be reprimanded, suspended, or disbarred. Sid stated in her motion to dismiss the argument against her - “Reasonable people understand that the ‘language of the political arena, like the language used in labor disputes … is often vituperative, abusive and inexact.  It is likewise a ‘well recognized principle that political statements are inherently prone to exaggeration and hyperbole."'  Why didn't Sid tell this to the American public last winter when she was a regular nightly guest on Lou Dobbs FBN TV program?

An April 17-20 NBC poll of 1,000 adults found that Trump's approval among all adults is 32% favorable & 55% unfavorable.  Sean Hannity famously bragged shortly after the 2020 presidential election that 93% of Trump voters in 2020 would vote for Trump again meaning that 5.2 million less people would vote for him in 2024 then did in 2020.  The lesson that needs to be relearned is that Trump brings out more anti-Trumpers than supporters thereby proving once again that we are outnumbered.

Below is the list of the 35 House Republicans who voted in favor of forming the January 6 commision.  Note, Cheney, Katko, Upton, Rice, Kinzinger, Valadao, Herrera Beutler, Newhouse, Gonzalez, & Meijer are the ten on the list below who voted to impeach Trump last winter.  Daniel Webster of Florida was the lone Republican not to vote regarding the January 6 commission matter.












Many of the 175 House Republicans who voted not to form the January 6 commision hope to draw on Trump's popularity with the base that came to his rallies, without having to confront Trump's continued unproven claims about a stolen election.  These people do not know Trump very well because he will never admit that he lost to the stumbling Biden, or anyone else, thereby creating a never ending confrontation that the vast majority of the electorate grows more tired of everyday.

On May 29 the Senate blocked the House approved January 6 commision from going forward as a bipartisan independent effort by voting 54 in favor to 35 against - thanks to the filibuster rule the measure failed because it took 60 votes in favor for the bill to advance.

Six Republican senators joined 48 Democrat senators to form the group of 54 - Cassidy of Louisiana, Collins of Maine, Murkowski of Alaska, Portman of Ohio, Romney of Utah, & Sasse of Nebraska.  But as always the devil is in the details.  There were 11 senators (nine Republicans) who did not vote thereby indicating a bigger divide in Republicans than is immediately obvious by just looking @ the number of yeas & nays.

Democrat Senators Murray of Washington & Sinema of Arizona said they would have voted yes if present as did Republican Toomey of Pennsylvania thereby bringing the vote to 57 in favor of the commission - very close to the 60 votes needed for passage.  Coupling this with eight other Republican senators not voting is a powerful demonstration of dissenters in the Republican ranks against Trump.

The 35 GOP defections in the House, coupled with 30% of Republicans in the Senate not being supportive of Trump in the commision vote, showcases a significant break with Republican leadership in Congress & Trump, both of whom had urged members to vote against the legislation.  

The list of all 11 senators not voting, from the Senate website:





So much is up in the air with Biden being so weak & Republicans still reeling from Trump's divisive personality.  But what we do know with 100% certainty is that, with or without the commission, the Democrats will present the worst case possible of the January 6 events & their presentation could very well be dispositive to enough voters that Republicans lose the 2022 midterm & 2024 presidential elections.

It will be a neat trick if Republicans can regroup in the next 17 months in time to win the midterms while minimizing or eliminating Trump's influence on the party yet following his policies on border control, low taxes, deregulation, record low unemployment in almost every category, good paying jobs, judges who decide cases based on the Constitution & the rule of law, support of our ally Israel, & not being pushed around by China, Russia, or Iran.  

The problem is that Republicans can't win with Trump & can't win without him - i.e., can't win - as it stands now, so they need to develop a clear concise inspirational message to unwind this conundrum.  

The 2024 presidential election does not have to be Biden v. Trump, Harris v. Trump, or anyone else against Trump.  Republicans need to find another candidate who can return America to excellence - please let me know your own suggestions.

But the job gets easier for Republicans the more they focus on Biden's anti-American plans, policies, & ideas purposely designed to transform America (i.e., destroy the American way of life) - incentivizing tens of thousands of people from Central America, all wearing Biden T-shirts, to come to our southwest border to pursue admission to the U.S. to take advantage of the 126 welfare programs identified by the Cato Institute; supporting the establishment of sanctuary cities & states that protect illegal immigrants from law enforcement; defunding the police; abolishing the police; abolishing ICE; & pushing for the passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) that would re-empower unions by nullifying the states' "right to work laws" in all 27 states that have such laws.

If the above Biden policy preferences aren't anti-America enough for you add - encouraging the continuation of federal supplements to state unemployment benefits (i.e., unnecessary stimulus non-work programs that adversely affect peoples' desire to work & ultimately their ability to work @ all) while there is a continuing labor shortage evidenced by the 9.3 million record number of job openings - see latest Labor Department JOLTS report dated April 30 where employers were able to fill only 1 in every 14 new positions in April - that is hurting the economy & small businesses; 
stopping the construction of the border wall where sections could easily be completed with a minimal of effort & contractors are being paid whether they finish their work or not; reversing Trump's corporate income tax cuts - such reversal, when coupled with Biden's planned increase in the capital gains tax rate, will give the U.S. the highest overall federal tax burden on corporate income in the 37 nation OECD @ 59.3%; signing a presidential memorandum that reversed restrictions on abortion access, both foreign & domestic, thereby allowing American tax dollars to be used for abortion businesses & promoters overseas; & outlining a comprehensive immigration plan (amnesty) that will put 11 million immigrants in the U.S., who don't have legal status, on a faster path to citizenship than those standing in line legally today.  

And then there's - halting the deportation of illegal aliens including felons with final orders of removal in direct vioaltion of Biden's oath to enforce the immigration laws of the U.S.; flying or busing migrants, a significant percentage of whom have not been tested for Covid-19, to states all over the country thereby making "every state a border state;" requiring that biological boys (i.e., transgender females) who self identify as girls be allowed to compete on girls' sports teams whether they had sex reassignment surgery or not, thereby ending the competitive sports dreams of many young women; jawboning the Fed to keep interest rates @ zero, meaning savers like seniors are paying for much of any growth in the economy; & a tremendous lurching to the socialist left steeped in Green New Deal incentives & policies aimed @ making America weak by encouraging  government dependence instead of the liberty that produces wealth & value. 

Add in Biden's $6 trillion spend, tax, & borrow proposals that are intended to make Democrats look good to voters between now & the 2022 midterms. This type of deception is the basis of the Death Of Democracy throughout history where the citizenry falsely believes they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury without a care in the world as to who is producing the wealth & value that keeps this utopia going.  Biden is counting on his Santa Claus spending increases paying off in the 2022 midterms without the majority of voters ever wondering where the money came from thereby creating an opportunity for Republicans to teach a lesson in basic economics - if anyone wants to learn it. 

And in one early action intended to turn America on its head, Trump's executive order that banned critical race theory-based training programs in the federal government was rescinded by Biden within hours of his taking office.  I don't know one person who favors this anti-American action that is intended to make life worse for everyone in a lower middle class household up to the ultra rich - namely, all of us.  The states have taken to fighting this in their own way with six of them, so far, restricting the teaching of CRT in public schools. 

The above list provides all the ammunition Republicans need to return to office in 2022, without mentioning Trump, unless the American people want Biden's socialist policies that include up to $4,000 per month federal government paid family & medical leave, free universal preschool, & two years of free community college.  These Biden benefits become part of permanent universal new middle class entitlements, as opposed to being part of a temporary social safety net only for people in need, that are not linked to any work requirement such as other permanent middle class entitlement programs like Social Security & Medicare.

America was not founded on a social safety net but rather on liberty & creating wealth & value.  All of our prosperity since our founding in 1776 comes from these principles.

When was the last time you heard a Democrat talk about liberty or creating wealth & value?  I can't remember it ever.

Biden's real agenda was revealed in way less than his first 100 days in office.  Although I can't recall him personally ever saying so during the campaign, Biden was always portrayed as a moderate, especially when compared to AOC, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, & most pointedly Kamala Harris - despite his 47 years in Washington when he was anything but moderate.  In fact, @ this point in his life Biden is quite malleable & his first 100 days in office looks like AOC or Bernie won the presidential election.

Republicans make a bad mistake clinging to Trump's fallacious claims about the 2020 presidential election being stolen while seemingly forgetting, or @ least never mentioning, that his calling for protests on January 6, peaceful or otherwise, to stop Pence from certifying the Electoral College vote was an egregious affront to the Constitution by a sitting president that should not be tolerated by any supporter of the American Republic. 

Countering the above list of Democrat, Biden administration, anti-American points with the above list of Trump principled points provides a much better focus for winning the 2022 midterms.  If Democrats prevail in the 2022 midterms we will fall further, with no resistance, down the Democrat socialistic slide of government dependence, mediocrity, & misery.  

If Republicans can make a clear, concise, & educational presentation exposing the damage, harm, & worthlessness of the above Democrat points while offering viable alternatives to them, in race after midterm race, we will have a good indication from the margins, how soon America will succumb.