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President Biden’s poll numbers continue to roll downhill faster than a marble on Mount Everest. Latest numbers:

Despite a blizzard of anti-Trump propaganda blaming him for every COVID death, Rasmussen reports that Americans now believe Biden has done a worse job of handling COVID than Trump did by a 49-39% margin.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/washington-secrets/most-say-biden-failing-covid-fight-trump-better-49-39

But the poll that’s giving Democrats more nightmares than Freddy Kruger is the new Wall Street Journal poll. This poll is more extensive and has a far larger polling sample than previous polls, and the results look even worse for the Democrats.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/12/07/latest-poll-numbers-spell-doom-for-democrats-and-bust-some-narratives-along-the-way-n488004

Biden’s approval rating is 41%, with disapproval at 57%. Among Independent voters, it’s a staggering 30%-66%. When asked to name the most important issue to them, voters chose immigration, the economy and inflation as the top three, and Republicans have huge leads over Democrats in which party can handle all three better. And on the 2022 Congressional generic ballot, Republicans are preferred by 44-41%. That sounds close, but generic ballot polls usually undercount Republicans, so that even a tie can mean a red wave is coming.

And if Democrats think hammering away on abortion rights is going to turn things around: only 1% of respondents chose that as their #1 issue.

This is where I have to mention that the election is still nearly a year away, things can change, don’t get complacent, keep working and volunteering and donating to take back and save America. And if I had to give any sage advice to a Democrat, it might be these two words: “Switch parties.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/new-mexico-lawmaker-democrat-affiliation

Prayer Tree - December 12

December 12, 2021

We are stronger together.  Submit your prayer request for HEALTH & HEALING or IN MEMORIAM by visiting my website here.

Our hope is that our newsletter readers and social media followers will consider these prayer requests each day.

HEALTH AND HEALING

"My sister Roxanne who’s cancer has reoccurred. She is a wonderful Christian lady who loves the Lord and is such a wonderful testimony to all those around her!"

"Pray for Joyce’s healing after serious surgery."

"My husband Bryan needs healing prayers sent to him. He has covid and his oxygen levels are very low. He is in a ICU 4. Please pray that he stays calm and gets better."

"Please pray for my daughter, Rebekah. She has developed pre-eclampsia after she delivered her baby daughter."

"My husband has Lewy Body Dementia and I want to keep him at home as long as possible. I am his sole caregiver - please pray for God’s strength, guidance, and comfort for me. I also need some respite time for myself. Many thanks"

"Please pray for healing and strength from a prostate procedure that has left me weak as a man and also pray that my fiancée's CR-1 visa will be approved in record short time and that our wedding plans materialize as planned and that God's will always be done in our lives."

"Those that live with bi polar, pray that the manage their condition and live a full and happy life free of depression and mania."

"Please pray for Henry and family as he in pediatric icu thank you."

"Daughter not allowing her father and I to see our grandchildren after her 17 year son showed up at our door asking to stay because he did not want to be exposed to Covid after his father came home from a business trip with a positive diagnosis in April. She no longer communicates with us and no longer calls us mom and dad."

"Two grandsons who are not believers .One does not believe there is a God ...............I suffer from neuropathy and would be so thankful for your prayers ..Thank You ."

"Please pray for me. My name is Emmy Purainer. I have stage 4 cancer and am fearful for my life. But I do trust in God in whom everything is possible, our living and merciful God who hears our prayers."

"My friend who is having knee surgery Dec 6. It is third surgery on the knee and my friend is concerned that it might be worse than better after third surgery. Pray for perfection surgery and perfect results."

"My sister, Linda has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer of the GE Junction. She will be starting chemo. Prayers for a miracle and Prolong Life."

"MaryLou - brain bleed, Bob - prostate cancer, Tina - mantle cell lymphoma, Sue - Covid"

"My husband, retired US Navy, for his health."

IN MEMORIAM

Biden's inflation economy

December 12, 2021

This morning, the Labor Department released new figures showing the consumer price index rose 6.8% in November from one year ago. That’s the highest inflation rise in 39 years. The previous high was 7.1% in June 1982, when Reagan was still trying to wrestle Carter-era stagflation under control.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/consumer-price-index-november-2021

Still, those reported secret meetings between the Biden White House and the lapdog media appear to be bearing rotten fruit, as the phrase “Biden Boom” briefly trended on Twitter yesterday.

https://redstate.com/streiff/2021/12/09/the-biden-white-house-propaganda-sessions-with-colluding-media-seem-to-be-working-as-biden-boom-trends-on-social-media-n489028

Believe it or not, “boom” is not the sound of this Administration imploding. The media are actually trying to convince us that the economy is booming thanks to this Administration’s brilliant leadership. It’s a jaw dropping insult to the intelligence of the American people.

To be fair, gas prices are actually a few cents lighter, which isn’t the only gaslighting going on, although Biden is having a little trouble saying so.

https://www.westernjournal.com/watch-biden-extreme-brain-malfunction-live-tv-trying-explain-gas-prices/

But getting gas prices to under $3 a gallon when they were under $2 a gallon when you took over less than 11 months ago is not something to brag about. Neither is anything else in this economy.

Go to that first link at Redstate.com to see the charts that aren’t carefully edited and cherry picked. You’ll notice that the alleged “historically fast Biden jobs creation” is nothing but businesses reopening after being forced to close due to COVID panic, and the level of employment is still nowhere near what it was before that artificially-induced crash.

The propaganda campaign doesn’t seem to be working on small business owners.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/washington-secrets/main-street-businesses-reject-biden-wont-reelect-61-39

A new Zogby poll found that among companies with $10 million or less in annual revenues, executives think things are worse under Biden rather than better by a 56-44% margin. Include their workers, and it’s the same result by 53-47%. Among those owners and executives, Biden’s reelection is opposed by 61-39%. Among executives of businesses that make over $10 million a year, Biden’s reelection is opposed by 54-46%. I have a feeling that if you filtered out Big Tech and pharmaceutical companies, that last number would look even worse.

Fortunately, the media have so destroyed their own credibility in recent years that I seriously doubt they have the brainwashing power to convince the 70% of Americans who think the economy is on the wrong track (November Fannie Mae National Housing Survey) that everything is rosy thanks to Joe, as they spend their kids’ college fund on a tank of gas and a week’s worth of groceries.

“Squad” members Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez are pushing for a form of upper class welfare known as “student loan forgiveness.” This is where people who either paid for their college degrees or didn’t get one and went to work get to pay taxes to cover the debts run up by people who got degrees they couldn’t afford. Or maybe they can afford to pay their debts, but really don’t want to. Cases in point: Tlaib and AOC.

https://redstate.com/brandon_morse/2021/12/07/rashida-tlaib-made-the-case-on-the-house-floor-on-why-you-should-pay-her-student-loan-debt-no-really-n487698

Tlaib declared in Congress that she still owes over $70,000 on her nearly $200,000 in student loan debt, while AOC still has $17,000 in student loan debt.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/aoc-who-makes-175k-a-year-says-taxpayers-should-have-to-pay-off-her-17k-in-student-loan-debt/ar-AARz6PL

They think the taxpayers should have to pay this for them. For some reason, the taxpayers are already paying them $175,000 a year for their invaluable services as socialist Congress members, so maybe they should pay them back themselves.

If it's too much to expect them to spend their own money for a change, I have another suggestion: they should go to the universities that gave them their “educations” and demand refunds. That’s an idea that I think we could all get behind.

Thursday, after nine hours of deliberations, the jury in actor Jussie Smollett’s trial returned a verdict of guilty on five out of six counts of concocting a hoax hate crime and lying to the police about it.

https://www.westernjournal.com/breaking-jussie-smollett-verdict-revealed/

The big question remaining, of course, was “Why not all six?” Smollett was acquitted on one count of felony disorderly conduct related to making a false police report, which the prosecutor couldn’t explain, but he said it wasn’t significant to the state’s case. But Smollett’s lawyer seized on that one acquittal as proof that Smollett will win on appeal. Yes, apparently, he intends to go into a higher court and try to sell this load of bad clams a second time. If his defense is as good as it was the first time around, perhaps the appeal can result in a guilty verdict on all six charges, with perjury in the first trial thrown in for good measure.

https://redstate.com/nick-arama/2021/12/09/prosecutor-trouble-for-jussie-smollett-because-of-lying-to-jury-n489265

Reaction to the trial has been interesting. Some of the big liberal celebrities and news media figures who rushed to support Smollett at first, since his lies played into their cherished false narrative of Trump supporters being violent, homophobic racists, are being awfully quiet now. His former staunch supporter, CNN’s Don Lemon, threw Jussie under the bus and branded him a liar who’s made it harder for real victims of hate crimes. Perhaps he's smarting from Smollett’s testimony that revealed he was using his contacts, Chris Cuomo-style, to let Smollett know what the cops were thinking about his claims.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10295231/Don-Lemon-throws-old-pal-Jussie-Smollett-wolves-branding-LIAR.html

Not surprisingly, the most unhinged reaction came from the Black Lives Matter group, which doubled down on its support of Smollett, claimed that we can never believe cops, and demanded the abolition of police, even as crime and murder rates are skyrocketing in cities that have defunded police departments, and where many of the victims are black.

https://thelibertydaily.com/blm-doubles-down-on-smollett-support-and-calls-to-abolish-police-as-12-major-cities-hit-all-time-high-crime-numbers/

Personally, I would find it a lot easier to believe that some cops went out for donuts at 2 a.m. on a sub-freezing Chicago night than that Jussie went out for Subway sandwiches at that time and just happened to bump into two racist Trump supporters who (A.) recognized him because they watch “Empire” and (B.) just happened to be carrying bleach and a noose. I guess they were on their way to the all-night rope laundromat.

The reason it was so easy for liberals to believe such a transparently ridiculous story is that the media have been retailing hoaxes and lies about Trump and his supporters for so long that believing the worst has become a reflex for them. Victoria Taft notes that this case now joins a list of hundreds of fake hate crimes in the past few years (from a site we’ve cited before, fakehatecrimes.org), and reminds us of a few that got plenty of hysterical media coverage, only to fizzle out when they were exposed as hoaxes:

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2021/12/09/jussie-smolletts-race-hoax-joins-a-long-list-of-other-fake-hate-crimes-here-are-8-out-of-hundreds-of-them-n1540264

I’ll give the final word to Stephen Kruiser of PJ Media, who says he’s so fed up with these race-baiting liars, he just wants them gone and for Smollett to “spend the rest of his pathetic life in prison.”

https://pjmedia.com/columns/stephen-kruiser/2021/12/10/the-morning-briefing-jussie-smollett-should-spend-the-rest-of-his-pathetic-life-in-prison-n1540466

He also revives an argument that, if you’re old enough to remember, was made when “hate crime” laws were first proposed, but it’s since become so un-PC that few dare make it: that the very concept of “hate crimes” is inherently racist, and that punishment should be based on the crime, not the victim’s race. For instance, the argument is that adding extra punishment to an assault charge because of the victim’s race implies that some races are more valuable than others, and the charge should just be assault on another human being, with the punishment neither greater nor less because of the races of the victim or perpetrator.

You can agree or disagree with the premise, but there’s no denying that creating a new category of “hate crimes” has given rise to a wave of people who seek to divide Americans and advance themselves by faking hate crimes. Kruiser’s article includes a good point: if we’re going to increase the punishment for a crime because it’s branded a “hate crime,” and that's more serious than a regular crime, shouldn’t we also double the punishment for filing false police reports to fake a hate crime?

Harry Truman was a Democratic President who famously said of his presidential desk, “The buck stops here.” Meaning that it was a President’s job to step up and not try to shift blame or responsibility to someone else.

Oh, how things have changed! For our current Administration, the buck always gets passed to the same person. Every time Biden messes up, he passes the buck to Donald Trump (no wonder he’s a billionaire!) Biden can’t even take responsibility for his own words without trying to point his finger at Trump.

Friday, in light of the conviction of actor Jussie Smollett for concocting a hoax racial attack and trying to blame it on Trump supporters, Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked if he would retract his initial comments supporting Smollett. She replied, “I think there are lessons learned perhaps for everybody who commented at the time, including former President Trump.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-white-house-responds-jussie-smollett-conviction-pointing-fingers-trump/

However, this was one time when Trump was actually cautious with his words. He said of the alleged attack, “I can tell you that it’s horrible. It doesn’t get worse,” but he didn’t leap to conclusions, buy into Smollett’s defamatory narrative, and imply that Trump supporters were violent racists and homophobes, the way Biden, VP Harris and so many other prominent Democrats did.

https://twitter.com/bariweiss/status/1469129111327051777

Biden is proving that unlike Truman, he is quick to leap to conclusions and accuse others before he knows the facts, but he never accepts responsibility for things that he actually did himself. Whatever it is, it’s always Trump’s fault. With Biden, the buck never arrives. And even if it did, thanks to inflation, one of Truman’s 1950 bucks would only be worth nine cents.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/surging-inflation-eroding-wage-gains-americans#&_intcmp=hp1bt5,hp1bt

This is sad

December 12, 2021

The online subscription learning service Masterclass is offering a new video in which Hillary Clinton “face(s) one of my most public defeats head-on” by reading the speech she’d planned to make if she’d won the 2016 election (which, I happily remind you, she did not.)

https://www.westernjournal.com/money-grubbing-hillary-clinton-will-read-2016-victory-speech-pay-first/

I’m not certain what this is supposed to be a Masterclass in. If Masterclass hired Hillary Clinton to teach people how to be a good loser, then their subscribers deserve a refund. They claim she’s teaching “resilience,” but that has to be a sick joke. The New York Post’s Miranda Divine suggested that it must be a Masterclass in “self-pity and delusion.”

https://www.foxnews.com/media/hillary-clinton-2016-victory-speech

Watching Hillary get choked up as she reads a victory speech for a race she lost five years ago is frankly sad. It reminds me of Dickens’ Miss Havisham from “Great Expectations,” still wearing the decaying wedding dress she put on years before, only to be left at the altar.

You know, Hillary, if you actually have something to say, you could be saying it from some other position. News flash: I also didn’t get elected President in 2016, yet I somehow manage to get up each day and continue communicating to the public through this newsletter, my podcast, my TV show and other venues. You lose, you deal with it, and life goes on. If you have such a sense of entitlement about deserving the Presidency that losing it cripples your life, then you’re the type of person who should never be President.

If Masterclass wants to have Hillary Clinton teach something useful that she actually knows, they should let her do a course on influence peddling.

https://dailycaller.com/2021/12/04/clinton-foundation-hillary-clinton-bill-clinton-decrease-donations-corruption/

According to a study by the nonpartisan Project On Government Oversight (POGO), her family charitable organization The Clinton Foundation took in nearly $250 million in donations in 2009, after she became Secretary of State. Donations remained high up through her run for President. Then donations dropped precipitously to less than $29 million in 2020. Did Hillary’s loss so demoralize donors that they lost their charitable impulses?

A counsel for POGO said, “Many people thought people were supporting the former President, but it really looks like they were cozying up to who they thought was going to be the future President — a situation that can’t be repeated.”

While I agree it can’t be repeated, I have to take exception to one part of that. Did anyone ever seriously believe all those big donors thought they were just supporting the former President?