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The Festivus Report

December 30, 2021

With only a few days left in 2021, we’re seeing all the best- and worst-of-the-year lists come out. Here’s one I’m especially interested in, and one that I’m sure was very difficult to decide in a year when Democrats held both the White House and Congress: Sen. Rand Paul’s annual “Festivus Report” listing the worst examples of wasteful, pointless government spending.

https://www.westernjournal.com/teaching-pigeons-gamble-torturing-ferrets-fattening-eels-worst-government-waste-2021/

This year’s list totals over $52 billion worth of your tax money wasted (or borrowed, thrown away and put on our grandkids’ credit cards.) Some of the individual items include:

* $250 million for “enhanced border security” in Middle East and North African nations while our own border was left wide open…

* $465,339 to Reed College in Oregon to teach pigeons how to use slot machines (as if Vegas doesn’t have enough pigeons in its casinos already)…

* A $337,500 FDA grant to a Canadian company called NovaEel “to fatten and raise juvenile eels to keep costs down for those wishing to eat the fish.” Because for so many Americans, eel is a daily staple. Or maybe it’s because NovaEel is trying to turn male eels into females by giving them estrogen, so they got on to the trans bandwagon...

* Various grants for such worthy endeavors as feeding kids junk food and telling people in Vietnam not to burn their trash...

* And of course, up to $4.29 billion in fraudulent or duplicate Small Business Administration loans during the pandemic, when the government was throwing money everywhere without much regard for where it landed.

Once the holidays are over, many of us will immediately have to start preparing for our 2021 income tax filings. As you’re sweating over all those forms, trying to justify every penny you earned or spent to the government, think about this story. And remember it the next time some politician says that one group or another isn’t paying their “fair share” of what it takes to run the government.

How about if I stop paying taxes, and you stop giving money to people to create transgender eels, and we call that fair and square?

That Drug called "Stimulus"

December 30, 2021

You’d have to go all the way back to the Reagan years to find a time in recent history when federal money to states didn’t grow every year. But 2009 marked a turning point when, thanks to the stimulus bill following the housing loan implosion, federal money became the state and local governments’ largest source of income. It’s no wonder liberals loved that stimulus bill. It finally turned the 50 states into the 50 welfare states. It gave the federal government unprecedented power over state and local policy decisions, and they’ve been trying to maintain and expand that situation ever since. That’s how we get monstrosities like an “infrastructure” bill that spends only a fraction of the money on actual infrastructure.

As a governor for 10 years, I saw that giving handouts isn’t the best solution to poverty, and taking handouts isn’t the best source of state funds. The fact is that nothing is as costly as “free” federal money. Just as too much sugar rots your teeth, all that federal sugar not only creates dependence, it warps priorities. Soon, local officials start making decisions based not on what’s best for their communities but on what will keep the DC dollars flowing. For instance, if parents despise Critical Race Theory, but the feds want it and they’re handing out education dollars, guess what gets taught to your kids?

State officials who reject free federal money take a lot of heat. But would you call someone stupid for saying no to a free sample from a drug dealer?

You might say I’m exaggerating. But I was not only a governor, I also served as chairman of the National Governors’ Association. I had a bird’s eye view of all the other states’ relations with Washington, too. I soon discovered that so-called “free federal money” comes with more strings than a Beethoven symphony. Just like the drug dealer and the sucker, any state that signed on to a big new program like Obamacare based on a promise of federal money to pay for it was likely to end up holding the bag when the feds cut off the freebies after a lot of people became dependent on it.

The Obamacare bait and switch was nothing new. This same game has been played over and over, with Medicare, unemployment, education, infrastructure funds, you name it. It happens under Republican Presidents as well as Democrats. States give up local control in exchange for federal money, then are forced to accept policies that might not be in their best interests to keep the money flowing.

Proponents of this type of central planning-by-bribery will argue furiously that America isn’t a melting pot, but they act as if it’s homogenized. They ask, “Why do those people in flyover country vote against their own best interests?” without considering that maybe they don’t believe big government, massive debt and loss of their freedoms and cultures are in their own best interests. America has many cultures, all very different. Hawaii isn’t Maine, and Vermont isn’t Wyoming. People aren’t moving from California to Texas just for the barbecue. Many Americans don’t want Washington running up more debt in their names, to try to bribe 50 states into becoming a homogenized Utopia directed by benevolent DC dictators. That dream would be a nightmare in reality. Stop trying to entice local communities to build more government offices named after pork-barreling senators when what they really need is more high schools named after James Madison.

As we head into the new year, many Republicans have been commenting on the prospect of having a free and fair –- and TRUSTED –- congressional election in 2022 after the mess in 2020. I’ll paraphrase some of this:

Listen up, Democrats! Now that we know about all the ways the vote is vulnerable to manipulation and essentially un-auditable, we’ll have our eyes on you this time! By golly, we’ll make sure there’s a chain of custody for every ballot box and refuse to let you keep our poll watchers away. We’ll have cameras on all the election workers feeding ballots into machines, and we won’t let you shut down the vote counts and kick observers out of the room. Not this time! We’re on to you, and if you think you’re gonna get away with anything this time, you’ve got another thing coming! You might have done it once, but you wouldn’t dare try it again under the kind of scrutiny you’re gonna have. We’ll be watching every move, so THIS election will be secure!

We will indeed be watching as closely as possible, but challenges remain. Marc Elias and his army of attorneys got laws changed in battleground states so that safeguards against mail-in ballot fraud, such as signature matching and ID, are much looser than they used to be. He’ll fight any attempt to change back. And nothing has changed regarding our ability to audit electronic voting systems, so unless we disconnect ourselves from these, we will not know if our vote count is true.

Still, it WILL be harder to cheat this time. So the Democrats need new strategies to keep Congress from turning red in the expected bloodbath of 2022. And, thanks to Elias, they’ve got some.

One of them ties in to the events of January 6, as currently being “investigated” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Special Committee.” The Capitol Hill security breach plays into Democrats’ hands so well, I still say that if it hadn’t happened, they would’ve had to create it, with a little help from the FBI, and you may make of that what you will. Revolver News has done some excellent reporting on this; recall an earlier installment we brought you. For when you have time –- this is extremely detailed –- here is another chapter of their investigation into what they call the “Fedsurrection” of January 6.

https://www.revolver.news/2021/12/damning-new-details-massive-web-unindicted-operators-january-6/

We don’t typically wander down the conspiracy-theory path, but as they say at Revolver, “FBI Director Chris Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland have an awful lot of explaining to do.” They need to tell us why the individuals who seem to have been most instrumental in whipping up and directing the crowd that day (and even the day before) have not been pursued by the FBI. Pelosi’s rejection of Trump’s offer of thousands of National Guard troops for security that day is suspect as well. I’ll have much more to say about this later, but for now the story is how Elias and the DNC are planning to use January 6 to affect the composition of Congress after the 2022 election. Because they are.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2021/12/27/prominent-dem-lawyer-predicts-lawsuits-to-remove-gop-members-from-house-seats-next-year-n1544715

Elias himself tweeted about this on December 20: “My prediction for 2022: Before the midterm election, we will have a serious discussion about whether individual Republican House Members are disqualified by Section 3 of the 14th Amendment from serving in Congress. We may even see litigation.”

I'd say that with DNC superlawyer Elias in charge, we most definitely will see litigation. That’s a promise.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment reads: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, SHALL HAVE ENGAGED IN INSURRECTION OR REBELLION AGAINST THE SAME, OR GIVEN AID OR COMFORT TO THE ENEMIES THEREOF [emphasis mine]. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”

In a follow-up, he said, “I am making it clear that members of Congress who engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States are not eligible to serve in Congress.”

Elias would like to disqualify Republicans who supported Trump from even being on the ballot in 2022. He has one problem, which Matt Margolis at PJ Media pointed out: Text messages released by the January 6 committee show that there was no insurrection, and no one at all has even been charged with insurrection. But Elias will no doubt allege that anyone who has even expressed less-than-full confidence in Biden's win –- let alone (horrors!) the thought that Trump might actually have won –- is part of the rebellion. Those presumably would include Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, the two members of Congress chosen by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to be on Pelosi’s Jan. 6 committee but refused by her. They, along with Troy Nehls of Texas, even voted against certifying the results of the 2020 election. Insurrectionists!

Why, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Louie Gohmert of Texas even offered aid and comfort to insurrectionists, by visiting them in prison and (gasp!) praying with them. Yes, the so-called reasoning could get that nuts. And Lauren Boebert of Colorado has already been criticized for innocent actions on January 6. Elias is bound to target her.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/fact-check-claim-about-rep-boebert-and-jan-6-insurrection-is-partly-false/ar-AAPrr70

In what is a real head-scratcher for me, even a couple of Trump-appointed judges have made it clear they think the Capitol Hill breach was worse than the riots in Portland in which buildings were torched. They’ve ruled that attorneys for the Jan. 6 defendants can’t compare their treatment under the law with that of the left-leaning Portland defendants, who were treated much more leniently.

https://www.newsmax.com/us/federal-judges-january-6-portland-trump/2021/12/29/id/1050302/?ns_mail_uid=f9499f75-6002-4e3d-a92a-60873ae4921d&ns_mail_job=DM287855_12292021&s=acs&dkt_nbr=010104h4o4dp

Believe it or not, DC District Court Judge Trevor McFadden found a reason to say the Capitol Hill breach posed a greater risk to safety. “The Portland defendants primarily attacked at night,” he wrote. “In contrast, the January 6 rioters attacked the Capitol in broad daylight...their actions endangered hundreds of federal officials in the Capitol complex...”

His colleague, Judge Carl Nichols, did the same: “The Portland rioters’ conduct, while obviously serious, did not target a proceeding prescribed by the Constitution and established to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. Nor did the Portland rioters, unlike those who assailed America’s Capitol in 2021, make it past the buildings’ outer defenses.”

Well, that wouldn’t have happened if the Guard had been there as Trump wanted and if certain key figures hadn’t moved barricades and directed the crowd. In charge of security: Pelosi.

These mystifying rulings will no doubt help Elias with his out-there argument that this really was an insurrection. Expect him to pull out all the stops. Once again: Our lawyers have to be better than their lawyers.

Prayer Tree - December 30

December 30, 2021

"I learned I have 2 tumor of cancer on my right lung. I need prayer that I can be healed fr those tumors. Starting chemo therapy On Jan.5 - Jane Moore"

"My 2 children an 1 granddaughter all have lynchsydrom a cancer gene an will have a colonostomy in February pray no cancer is found"

"My husband has suffered from several post covid ailments and fortunately, many of them have resolved except for extreme fatigue and daily bad headaches. These are truly debilitating for him, he's been unable to return to work and spends most days in bed. I miss my husband before Covid and my heart breaks for him to be in pain all the time. He is worn out mentally, physically, and spiritually. His name is Robert and I ask for prayers for his health to be restored please. Thank you."

"I have a friend Arlene. Her sister Joanna in Worchester,Massachusetts is currently in ICU with covid intubated. Please pray."

"Frances Langley - Has a neurological problem that has not been diagnosed after numerous doctor visits. She is unable to do anything for herself. Requires assistance 24/7. Needs a miracle healing."

"Brother John Stewart of Lavaca Arkansas, hospitalized (now) 37 days. COVID. Thank you and God Bless!"

"Please pray for my daughter Katie who suffers with Scleroderma, no cure, pray for a cure and her pain that is 24/7 and thank you. Kay W."

"Pray for Lu . Struggling with brain injury. Upcoming shoulder surgery"

"Pray for my son, David, who is at a crossroads in his life. Help him to listen to God's guidance, and less to his own path and misguided direction. Help him to help his family in ways that money cannot buy. Help him to get back onto the right path that God has planned for him and his family. Help him to see that what he already has is far better than what he thinks he wants."

"Our friend Ralph has been in the hospital since 11/13/21 with Covid. He is dying. A prayer vigil was held at bedside tonite. Please pray for his life and health. God bless."

IN MEMORIAM

"Please pray for my father-in-law who passed away on Dec. 17, 2021. He is out of pain now."

"Pam and family in loss of father."

Prayer Tree- December 29

December 29, 2021

HEALTH & HEALING

"Please pray for my son, 20, who suffers from sever depression and anxiety. He is stuck and can’t move on. He is a wonderful, empathetic gentle man who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. I am so proud he is my son. Thank you and praise Jesus."

"I’m in the hospital fighting Covid-19. I’m exhausted and just want to go home. Please pray for progress and healing."

"Please pray for my grandson, Jeffrey. He is entering Rehab This weekend for drug addiction."

"Prayers please for Paula from Lynchburg, VA. She's been fighting cancer since 2017. I only just found out after I started following her blog. She is a wonderful person. Thank you so much."

"My son in a rehab program, and feels alone."

"Please pray for two good friends and fellow church members, Gary and Pat Ouverson of Crossville, TN. They are both in the hospital with COVID."

"Marlene is waiting for a double-lung transplant. Please pray for a viable donor."

"My entire family is down with Covid. Symptoms are light, thank the Lord, but they remain. Pray for my marriage. Thank you."

"Sofie Sanossian -- COVID symptoms, Robin Luedekke and sister Lois -- hospitalized with COVID, Shane Wagner -- Colon cancer spread throughout organs, 57 yrs, 3 children"

"Please pray for my nephew's wife - Amber. She shattered her ankle and had surgery a few months ago. Last week she was back in the hospital for 2 more surgeries. One left her with a cut on her leg 6" long and the 2nd surgery for help with the pain was cancelled by the doctor at the last minute as he had another emergency to take care of. Amber is in intense pain and very depressed."

"My grandson, Trey, is schizophrenic and his meds are no longer effective. He is suffering from the voices in his head and the delusions and paranoia. He can't sleep and is terrified of everything. Seeking help at an ER right now. Thank you."

"I just can't shake depression. I know God Has this. Thank you!"

"For my 3 year old nephew-Liam. Who is having surgery for choclear Implants. Safe surgery and that he will be able to hear. He was born completely deaf."

"Thank you for the prayers. I am out of pain for the first time since early December. Praise the Lord."

"Our son, Steve was admitted to the hospital with Covid pneumonia a few weeks ago. Although Covid has run its course, Steve has developed complications as a result of the pneumonia. He was put into a coma and while in the delirium of the medication, he removed the ventilator, then later the catheter. That was not the end of it. The next night he got out of bed (somehow) and went into the bathroom, where he collapsed and was found unresponsive and not breathing. They revived him and had to reinsert the ventilator.

His vitals are not very good - reckon he is giving our Father a challenge, but our Lord can handle it. We just need to keep praying His Grace reaches Steve. Due to the meds he is being given, I doubt Steve knows any of these events have occurred.

Please join our prayer warriors on Steve’s behalf. His wife Shannon snd son Wrigley need prayers as well. Steve is in Mercy Hospital in Rogers. Arkansas. Thank you, cousin. Roy and Paula S., Bentonville, AR"

"I’m asking for prayers for me. My old age is starting to act up. I’m going to have a couple of surgeries, cataract removal, and I’m expecting more back injections. My golden age is beginning to tarnish…a joke! Thank you."

"Please pray for Pam. very sick from the flu. Also for diabetes and high blood pressure."

"For Childhood cancer survivor Grace. At 26 the cancer is back and the chemo is tough. Her right leg is worthless due to spinal damage."

"Please pray for our son Stephen. He suffers from extreme anxiety which causes him to eat to soothe. He is quite obese as a result."

"Prayers for my cousin Patty who lost her husband on Christmas Day to lung cancer."

"Please pray for the Ansel and Anderson Family in Richmond, Texas. They have hit a rough spot in the road with a son. He is ill and hospitalized for at least another month.

Praise God and prayers for them all..... Kim"

"Please pray for Debbie and Stephen Holmes. Debbie was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer but is positive and in the best hands medically with care at Houston's M.D. Anderson Medical Center. Both are outstanding people and true Americans. Love and prayers to them both and their families. Kim"

"A former marine, survivor of brain cancer, now has an inoperable tumor on his brain stem. Cancer treatments and surgery have cause so many issues throughout his body. He suffers so much pain. He is a child of God, I pray for his comfort and that he will be able to enjoy the time he has left here. May he be filled with Gods peace. We really desire a miracle, but trust our Loving Father to have His way in him which is higher than our own."

"My dad, David, he has been in the hospital since 9/14. It started as pneumonia and picked up Covid in between. He was vented 9/16. He moved to rehab on 10/19 after amazing the doctors (they thought he might be brain dead) and has been in rehab since. All odds have been against him but he is survived through prayer from so many. He still has a long road of recovery. But today is being moved from rehab medical to rehab therapy. Please continue to pray for continued healing."

"Theresa Walker: healing from unknown virus that has been making her sick since the week before Christmas."

"My son who struggles with deep depression."

"Please pray for my grandson, on drugs and living on the street, homeless over three years."

"My good friend Wanda was just diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for her healing. Thank you."

"For my daughter (only 18) - debilitating pain in head, jaw, shoulder, and leg."

"Relief from nerve damage in back for Joan."

"My husband is in hospital recieving treatment for his heart. He has a pacemaker but one of his valves doesn't work properly so has issues with weakened heart. Pray for surgeons,wisdom and healing, please. Blessings for your love of our Father"

IN MEMORIAM

"My niece Susan Brown died from Corona Virus and her funeral was yesterday, Sunday. She had other health conditions for years which weakened her. I loved her dearly."

“Math Is Hard!”

December 29, 2021

In the left's attacks on Sen. Joe Manchin for refusing to support the Biden “Bring Back Bankruptcy” bill that 74% of his constituents oppose, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that he was blocking progress that most Americans want, even though she represents as many people as he does, or maybe more.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2021/12/20/aoc-doesnt-even-know-how-many-people-she-represents-n2600827

For the record: A recent NPR/Marist poll found that only 41% of voters support that bill. Memo to AOC: 41% is less than "most."

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/10/1062895561/democrats-struggles-to-sell-bidens-agenda-mirror-past-messaging-woes

Also, Manchin represents the entire state of West Virginia, population nearly 1.8 million. In his last election, he received over 290,500 votes. AOC’s district has a population of just under 700,000, and in 2020, she got about 153,000 votes.

Ironically, she might have a better argument against Bernie Sanders. He seems to think that Manchin is betraying democracy by not voting the way Bernie wants him to. Bernie represents Vermont, population 643,503. So if we really did apportion Senate power among the states by population, the way socialists like Bernie want us to, he’d be sitting at the kids’ table.