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Today's newsletter includes:
- Looks as if the word has gone out from the DNC to its unpaid mouthpieces in the media
- California: Legislating reality away
- Biden is BUYING VOTES with Your FUTURE
- And much more.
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2. Looks as if the word has gone out from the DNC to its unpaid mouthpieces in the media
This week’s buzz phrase is “death of democracy!” As in, if Republicans are elected to majorities in Congress, it will be the “death of democracy!”
Only in the brainwashed Bizarro World of the left could putting power into the hands of the people's chosen elected representatives spell the “death of democracy.” When I hear them say “democracy,” I think of the famous quote from “The Princess Bride”: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
3. Kruiser's latest
Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media has some thoughts on Mitt Romney hinting about how he might not run for reelection to the Senate. I have a feeling many of you will agree.
Also, because we all need some good news, scroll down and watch the video of the 86-year-old Ukrainian refugee being reunited with her pet dog that she was forced to leave behind.
4. California: Legislating reality away
You’ve got to hand it to leftist California legislators: they are endlessly creative when it comes to thinking up schemes to try to legislate reality away. Here’s the latest, and it’s a doozy:
In a proposal that would affect 2600 companies and about one-fifth of the state’s workforce, they want to help people cope with leftist-caused inflation by reducing the standard work week from 40 to 32 hours and from five to four days for companies with over 500 employees. That way, anyone who works more than 32 hours would be paid time-and-a-half for overtime. Those working over 12 hours a day or over eight hours on a seventh day would get double pay. In effect, it would force employers to raise wages by an average of 25 percent. It also bars employers from lowering wages to compensate for the government-mandated raise.
There’s also a move by House Democrats to pass a similar national bill. The chair of the Progressive Caucus, far-left Rep. Pramila Jayapal, declared, “It is past time that we put people and communities over corporations and their profits — finally prioritizing the health, well-being, and basic human dignity of the working class rather than their employers' bottom line. The 32-hour work week would go a long way toward finally righting that balance.”
However, the California Chamber of Commerce calls the bill a “job killer.” California companies are already struggling to survive the inflation, supply chain crisis, outrageous gas prices, COVID restrictions and high taxes “progressives” have wrought, and they can’t afford a 25% hike in labor costs. They’ll have to lay off workers, go out of business or join the ongoing stampede to other states. Minimum wage workers who depend on working extra hours to make ends meet won’t be allowed to work more than 32 hours a week. It’s a perfect example of why President Reagan said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”
But I will give the “progressives” this: the workers they claim to be “helping” will be able to spend a lot more time with their families once they’re unemployed. However, if they really want to help both employers and employees, I suggest that “progressive” legislators cut their own work week to zero hours.
5. RIP Gilbert Godfried
By Pat Reeder
As a longtime comedy writer and lifelong comedy fan, I am very sad to report that Gilbert Gottfried died Tuesday at 67 after a long illness known as Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II. His family issued a statement reading, “In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children” and urging people “to please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor.”
There’s a saying in show business that a comic says funny things, but a real comedian says things funny. Some people have a voice and delivery that make people laugh, no matter what they say. Gilbert Gottfried came out of an era of very distinctive comics (Sam Kinison, Robin Williams, Andy Kaufman, etc.) and was perhaps the most unmistakable comic voice of all. Conan O’Brien recalled the first time he saw him: the audience applauded, and Gilbert said, “Thank you!” Then he kept repeating “Thank you!” for five minutes with different inflections, and it just got funnier and funnier.
In later years, he would do entire sets of nothing but old dirty jokes that everyone knew, but you’d still laugh your head off at the way he said them.
Social media was quickly flooded with tributes from fellow comics and former co-stars hailing Gilbert as both a brilliant "comedian's comedian" and one of the nicest, sweetest guys in the industry. His sweetness and living cartoon character image enabled him to get away with doing raunchy material for adult audiences while also delighting children by voicing many cartoon characters, including the Aflac duck and Iago the parrot in Disney’s “Aladdin.” At least, up until he lost the Aflac gig for being too politically incorrect.
Gilbert was fearless in doing jokes others found distasteful, like being the first to do jokes about 9/11 (giving rise to the concept of “Too soon,” a question he often asked his own audiences after a joke.) Friends said that if he could, he would already be tweeting jokes about his own death.
As for my usual trivia nobody else shares: Gilbert began performing standup at 15 and got his first big break when he was cast on “Saturday Night Live.” But it was the terrible 6th season, when the OG cast left and producer Jean Doumanian took over from Lorne Michaels. Gilbert seldom got on screen, and when he did, he had no lines. In one sketch, he played a dead body in a coffin. (Doumanian was so lacking in comedy instincts that her staff had to talk her into hiring Eddie Murphy over her objections.) Gilbert left after 12 episodes.
Gilbert recently defended his friend Chris Rock’s right to tell a joke without being assaulted, just as he always fought against cancel culture. In an article for Vulture in 2016, he wrote that Twitter outrage mobs make “me feel sentimental about old-time angry mobs. In a mob, you actually had to throw on your jacket, go outside, use your hands. Now you can join a mob sitting on your couch in your underwear. I feel like people who get outraged like that are patting themselves on the back. ‘You see, I was offended.’”
And in an eerie coincidence, one of Gilbert’s recent tweets was in honor of the loss of two of his good friends. It was a selfie of him with Bob Saget and Louie Anderson. RIP to all three. Thanks for all the laughs, guys.
6. Biden is BUYING VOTES with Your FUTURE
President Biden announced that he will extend the moratorium on paying student loans again--this time until August. That means if you have a student loan, you don’t have to make any payments until August. Payments have already been suspended for the past 2 years due to Covid, but this has to be one of the most brazen political payoffs ever attempted and it’s one that insults the intelligence of the American voters, even the ones who went out and borrowed $150,000 for an education that will land them a job that pays $40,000 a year.
Here's the head-scratcher: Biden and all his team tell us every day what a great job he’s done with the economy. We are told our economy is in great shape and has recovered swimmingly well. But it sure doesn’t feel that way to families buying gasoline or groceries, much less trying to buy a car or clothing. But if the economy is doing as great as Joe Biden says, then there is no need to extend the moratorium. Somebody is selling us a Whopper by either saying the economy is going great when it isn’t or by telling us that the economy is so bad we have to let people off the hook for the loans they took out.
But Democrats actually want to do more than suspend the payments—they want all student loans to be wiped out. That would cost you the taxpayer $1.7 TRILLION dollars, but heck, it might buy off some very gullible people who would vote for Democrats for giving them free money. I say that if you’re going to wipe out student loans, why stop there? Why not wipe out home loans, car loans, home improvement loans, and credit card debt. And for those of us who paid off our debts? Clearly we are the suckers who would now get to pay off the debts of the people who didn’t pay theirs.
This isn’t about “caring” or being “compassionate.” If the government wants to allow people to restructure the terms or interest rate, that’s just fine. But to arbitrarily erase a loan for people who aren’t paying what THEY agreed to is just plain nuts.
I feel for young people who took out huge loans for an overpriced education instead of carefully determining if the cost of that education was worth it. Maybe it would have been smarter to go to a community college. And will this apply only to college? That wouldn’t be fair for the people who paid to be trained as plumbers, electricians, welders, brick masons, or finish carpenters. Frankly we need a lot more skilled labor who can fix and build things than we need people who sit around Starbucks thinking deep thoughts and drinking 5 dollar coffee.
If you take out a loan—any kind of loan--it’s YOUR responsibility to pay it back. If you later encounter a catastrophic health issue or you serve in the military, then maybe there would be a way to help you out. But just to wipe out the debt of someone who as my mother used to say had a “Champagne appetite and a Coca-Cola pocketbook” and bought something they couldn’t afford to pay for whether it was a new truck, a big house, designer clothes, or an Ivy League education is hardly the way to teach responsibility.
And if the government decides to pay off the debts for those who failed to make payments, then will it send a check to us suckers who paid for our education as we went and worked our rear-ends off to do it?
If you honestly think erasing all the student loans in the country is a great idea, you probably are going to vote for Democrats anyway. But I’m sure you won’t mind if people who owe YOU money for something won’t be expected to actually pay you for it. Nah—if you run a business and your customers owe you, just wipe it out. Forgive their debts and obligations. And then come back and tell me how great it is to be a liberal Democrat!
New Podcast Episode
This week on The People’s Podcast, Governor Huckabee interviews Yale University’s aging expert Dr. Becca Levy about her new book Breaking the Age Code, in which she debunks the most common myths about aging and offers advice on how to age successfully and be liberated from the negativity around getting older.
Russia-Ukraine War Update
Here’s the Fox News link to today’s continually-updated news on Russia and Ukraine:
The biggest stories: Russia said that if Sweden or Finland join NATO, it will strengthen its defenses in the Baltic region, including nuclear options.
And the Russian missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, was evacuated after sustaining serious damage. Russia claims a fire broke out and caused an ammo explosion, but Ukrainian officials say they hit it with two Neptune missiles. This ship had been described as so powerful and with such advanced anti-missile systems that it was virtually unstoppable; yet it’s possible two missiles not only hit it, they damaged it so badly, the crew had to abandon ship. It’s now being towed back to port. It sounds as if, like much like the rest of Russia’s military, its reputation might have been more inflated than the price of gasoline.
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04/16/2022 06:02 PM
I had to take out a student loan to cover what scholarships, grants and work/study did not cover. The interest rate was 1%. I paid off my loan within a year, easily done with a low interest rate. Plus I have a real job; I'm an R.N.
04/15/2022 09:19 AM
Biden Putin Xi have taken human dignity to that of rabid animals senseless murder hate and lockdowns the three of these lowest life people need to be removed and destroyed along with the predators that are next in line
04/15/2022 08:56 AM
To NYC, its mayor is not capable to run a city the office has tools to fix the problems the city has today. This Mayor does not know which tools to use or how to operate them. To call out the BLM organization to step up to reach out to black people to stop killing each other is absurd its purpose only encourages more crime and hate the last thing NYC needs. Adams has no answers no idea to stop the crime in NYC the police in NYC are still recovering from the back stabbing of the Dems. of the last 10 years, I doubt Adams was a very good police man while on the force he just does not impress me at all. Just another Dem. looking to enrich himself at the tax payers expense NYC enjoy and expect your crime to continue you got what you voted for.
04/15/2022 08:24 AM
Mike you are right about today’s traveling by air or car,car rentals and restaurants are very expensive the availability of seats on planes snd Reliability of car rentals the cancellation of flights and the cost of gasoline has made vaccination for this summer almost unaffordable the unstable airline workforce is in play caused by the Asian virus still is affecting airline travel believe me I just experienced a 10 day get away to the southwest part of the country although beautiful it is very expensive and somewhat unpredictable
04/14/2022 08:00 PM
The time for the change in the Oval Office is on its count down with both the president and vp as valuable as two small rocks in the Rocky Mountains range I think the reasons the Dems are not panicking about the mid terms is a change in the Oval Office occupations I am not sure how but Obama is slithering around the White House and he may have the locks changed before the mid terms. We have Biden reaching out for a friend and no one is there Harris is not capable of making friends or keeping friends no one will work with either one these arrogant and careless people that was the agenda and I think the deep state wants to slow down horror that is affecting the country. A new look a make over in the WH may help the Dems in Nov the us population has many that will fall for the illusion the Dems want to help Americans or the country they the public doesn’t realize the Dems are cut from the same roll of cloth
04/14/2022 06:02 PM
Re: cancelling college loan debt: Just as the black population wants reparations for their years of slavery, I think we should also ask for reparations for the college debt we incurred. For the 7 years my husband was in school, he worked 3 jobs - a janitor, bundling newspapers for our town's daily paper, and maintaining a large computer in their department. I taught piano lessons for $1 a half hour. We were still paying off his debt when our children began their college years. It sounds fair to me!
Floyd A Unger
04/14/2022 03:38 PM
04/14/2022 03:36 PM
It's getting to the point with this administration and the "progressives", I don't even know what to say. Retired and pretty old my taxes still continue to rise though?
04/14/2022 03:12 PM
With people like Romney and the other Rinos, traitors exist for a few moments until the usefulness is eradicated no lecture needed these are scumbags to begin with and is best to have them become non essential as soon as possible it is amazing how many of these creeps get elected to the GOP side of government. The head of the FBI how does he get to that position how does he fool the Presidents that appoints them It goes to show that good people join the military and do great things like lawyers and politicians and carnies they fool people to to do foolish things. Trust is no longer a given people must look at these people and make them earn trust I would give more trust to a carnie then a politician but then I haven't been to a carnival in a while. Next time one visits a carnival listen to the carnie getting you to play their game you will know what I mean.
04/14/2022 03:06 PM
First let me say I appreciate the information provided by your newsletters - I cannot stomach news from the main stream media... So Thank you to Governor Huckabee and the entire team.
In your April 14, 2022 newsletter, you have an article titled "California: Legislating reality away". It seems to me that reducing the work week hours in California could have at least 2 possible outcomes. First the one suggested in your article - the workers work 8 hours per week less for the same pay, hence the 25% hike in payroll costs. But a second possible outcome that I see, seems more plausible. If an employee works 1 day less or 8 hours less in a work week, then they most likely will receive 20% less pay (8/40 = 20%). Plus 32 hours of work in a week approaches the low end of what is considered full time employment and therefore the employees may also risk losing full-time employment benefits...which would be a double blow to those employees. If that happens, I believe that there will be an exodus from California that will rival illegal immigrants coming across our southern border. It's just a thought...