1/3 (1.84 Million) of Americans Turned Down Job Offers During the Pandemic to Stay on Biden’s Enhanced Unemployment

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“Let me just try to give you sort of the intuitive one here on the stimulus funds. If you have a two-person economy – let’s imagine we have two farms, and that’s the whole world, just two farms. If one of those farmers gets unemployment benefits, who do you think pays for him? Am I going way over your heads today?” – Arthur Laffer

Newsmax.com reports that

An estimated 1.84 million Americans turned down work to stay on the Biden administration’s jobless bonus payroll, according to Morning Consult’s latest poll.

About one-third of unemployment benefit recipients have turned down job offers during the pandemic, including 45% of those who cited the unemployment benefits as a major factor in turning down the job and 13% who said unemployment benefits were the direct reason they turned down the job.

President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, signed into law in March, delivered a $300 weekly bonus for Americans who remained unemployed, on top of regular unemployment benefits. Republicans argued that meant many jobless Americans would be paid more not to work than to reenter the labor force.

The 1.84 million estimate comes from 13% of those directly turning down work due to unemployment benefits, among the roughly 14.1 million collecting in mid-June when the poll was taken.

“Looking ahead, 1.84 million also provides a reasonable upper bound estimate of the number of jobs likely to be filled through the end of the year as a result of the expiration of federal unemployment benefits over the summer,” Morning Consult chief economist John Leer wrote.

Also, Republicans have a case in their criticism of the extended benefits, according to the Washington Examiner.

The national average of statewide unemployment payers was $387, so the average jobless American collecting the $300 bonus was netting $687 a week, which would equate to $17.17 hourly wage to remain out of work. That is more than double the current federal minimum wage and even higher than progressive Democrats’ plan to impose a $15 minimum wage nationwide.

The governors of 26 states nationwide have opted out of the Biden bonus early, shortening the duration from 12 weeks to five and excluding gig workers and independent contractors, according to Morning Consult.

The ending of the Biden bonus is a motivator for the unemployed to get back to work sooner, though, according to the poll.

Not only do 35% of all unemployment recipients feel a lot of pressure to find work, those who know their bonus is expiring soon are more likely to be feeling the pressure to find work. The difference is 20 percentage points as 45% whose benefits expired with a month feel pressure to find work, while just 25% over three months into the future said they feel pressure to get back to work, the poll found.

Morning Consult surveyed 5,000 U.S. adults June 22-25, including 463 receiving unemployment benefits at the time of the poll. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

From my “castle” on  a hill here in Northwest Mississippi, I can tell you that , despite Biden’s claims to the contrary, the giving away of Taypayers’ money to those who continued for months to refuse to go back to work, did indeed make a difference in America’s economy…and their actions affected those of us who remained at work for the last 20 months and those whom we worked for.

I live in a town just across the state line from Memphis, Tennessee, my hometown.

There is a state highway, basically a four-lane road, connecting four such towns, complete with grocery stores, banks, movie theaters, restaurants, fast food places, gas stations, and retail stores such as Walmart, Best Buy, and Hobby Lobby, often enclosed in outdoor shopping malls.

For months upon end, inhabitants of Northwest Mississippi seeking to eat and/or shop have found themselves basically pushed out of the way by Memphians who came down to take advantage of our lower tax rate (7%) and to spend the “free” money that Uncle Joe gave them.

For example, recently, on my day off I ordered some Popeye’s Fried Chicken using their app for an early dinner for my wife and I so that she would not have to cook when she got home from work.

I ordered it around 3:30 p.m. I drove over there and, after waiting in the car line for 30 minutes, I finally asked about my order in the speaker, only to be told that they were out of food and would be shutting down for the day.

It was only 4:00 p.m!!!

Needless to say , I got the money put back on my credit card.

Mississippi ended the Enhanced Unemployment around 1 month ago. Tennessee ended it Saturday, July 3rd.

Coming home from work last night, the lines at the fast food restaurants seemed shorter., so maybe people are realizing that they need to go find a job.

I hope so.

Those who have worked so hard all these months in understaffed businesses need help.

And, we would like to be able to actually get something to eat at a fast food restaurant, too.

I’m just sayin’.

Until He Comes,

KJ

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Pelosi and Dems Call for a National Face Mask Mandate…Can You Say “Control”?

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“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

TheHill.com reports that

Democratic governors and lawmakers on Sunday pushed for a better-coordinated federal response to the coronavirus pandemic as cases spike in several states, particularly in the southern and eastern U.S.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week” that a national mask mandate was “long overdue,” and “it’s time for this administration to take this seriously.”

“[M]y understanding is that the Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] has recommended the use of masks but not required it because they don’t want to offend the president,” she added, calling on President Trump to “be an example” by wearing a mask and calling on his supporters to do the same.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) made similar comments on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“We know that’s the solution from a health standpoint and a way to reopen the economy,” he said.

Inslee went on to say Trump had needlessly politicized both the issue of masks and the pandemic in general, citing his endorsement of protests against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) earlier in the year calling for an end to restrictions on public gatherings and businesses.

“The moment Donald Trump tweeted he wanted to liberate Michigan from the health messages of Governor Whitmer, all of the people wearing MAGA hats decided they didn’t want to help out as much,” Inslee added.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), whose state was hardest hit by the virus but has since started to recover, said the Trump administration was “in denial” about the ongoing pandemic.

“If you listen to what the [Health and Human Services] secretary said, if you listen to what the president says, what they said at the White House briefing, they’re saying what they said three months ago. They’re basically in denial about the problem. They don’t want to tell the American people the truth,” Cuomo said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

New York has gradually lifted restrictions throughout the state, region by region, including allowing many businesses in New York City, once a hotspot in the state, to reopen. However, with cases spiking in states like Florida, California, Oklahoma and Texas, Cuomo and the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut are requiring a 14-day quarantine for travelers from hard-hit states.

Vice President Pence defended the White House’s response and lack of a federal mandate on masks, telling CBS News’ John Dickerson “We’ve made it clear that we want to defer to governors. We want to defer to local officials, and people should listen to them.”

Pence also defended the federal approach as reflecting the realities of outbreaks in individual states. With a more standardized federal approach, Pence said, “we’d never have never had the success that we had in the greater New York City area, we’d have never had the success in Michigan or New Orleans because, from early on, we worked closely in partnership with governors to make sure that they had what they needed when they needed it, tailored to the unique circumstances in their states.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, meanwhile, denied that Trump has undermined public health messaging.

“I am the president’s health secretary and I am telling people just what President Trump has said from day one of the guidelines,” Azar told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“I am the president’s health secretary and I am telling people just what President Trump has said from day one of the guidelines,” Azar said.

The HHS secretary went on to dispute that premature reopenings in some states had caused spikes.

“We’ve got many communities in states that are just as reopened as these southern states but aren’t experiencing this,” he said. “We’ve got to get to the bottom of why we’re seeing these cases surge in this area, but at its core, we all own as individuals, our individual behavior to make sure that we are practicing appropriate social distancing and wearing facial covering when we’re not able to, and practicing good personal hygiene and especially protecting our most vulnerable citizens.”

After reading the above article, I asked myself, “Self, how does Nancy Pelosi know that the CDC did not require that the entire country wear masks because “they didn’t want to offend the president”?

And, of course, the answer was she didn’t, she was lying her alcoholic as…err…rear off.

As any American who has paid attention during the pandemic knows, every state was hit differently in terms of the number of people who tested positive and the number of people who actually became sick from COVD-19.

That is because every state is different. Each state has its own unique geography, weather, and location and denseness of population.

Montana is not the same as New Jersey.

Mississippi is not the same as New York…although the Liberals are trying to make it that way.

But, I digress.

I will let you in on a little secret: I am an essential worker.

I have worked my shift this entire time, working the first month without a mask, until my employer made it mandatory.

Except for the usual seasonal allergies triggering my asthma, I have been fine.

Why are the Democrats pushing so hard to mandate that an entire nation of free individuals be required to wear masks, as if we were under the rule of the ones responsible for this pandemic, Communist China?

Make no mistake, I believe that the pandemic was/is real.

However, I also believe, just like the riots, that the Far Left Democrats have a political purpose behind their response to COVID-19.

Gentle readers, do you all remember the story about the frog in a pot of water on the stove?

If you slowly adjust the temperature of the water until it reaches the boiling point, the frog will stay in that pot of water until it is boiled alive.

The Far Left Democrats are “testing the waters” to see if they can control a free nation of people like Lenin, Stalin, and Mao controlled the Soviet Union and Communist China.

That is why President Trump left it up to the states in the first place. And, why he is now trying to open America back up for business again.

Our American Freedom was paid for through the sacrifices made by courageous men and women.

It was won and it has been maintained at much too dear a cost to lose it by Americans cowering and freely giving it up “to purchase a little temporary safety”.

Until He Comes,

KJ

Increasing Evidence Coronavirus Started as a “Mistake” in a Wuhan Virology Lab…Pompeo Tells Chinese Gov’t to “Come Clean”

 

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…You know, we have not taught communism properly in the schools in this country for at least 30 years, since the 1980s. And we have to consider that Xi Jinping and the ChiCom Politburo came up with a way to share the effects of this virus with everybody else in the world to make sure they were not the only ones damaged by it.

…In other words, these are communists. They treat their own citizens horribly. They don’t care. If something like this is gonna wreck them, then they’re gonna make sure they’re not the only ones that suffer, either reputational damage — they don’t want it thought that these viruses emanate, originate in China. They don’t want that. And they don’t want any economic damage. So it’s a fascinating theory.  – Rush Limbaugh, 4/15/20

FoxNews.com reports that

EXCLUSIVE: There is increasing confidence that COVID-19 likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China’s effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States, multiple sources who have been briefed on the details of early actions by China’s government and seen relevant materials tell Fox News.

This may be the “costliest government coverup of all time,” one of the sources said.

The sources believe the initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human, and that “patient zero” worked at the laboratory, then went into the population in Wuhan.

The “increasing confidence” comes from classified and open-source documents and evidence, the sources said. Fox  News has requested to see the evidence directly.

Asked by Fox News’ John Roberts about the reporting, President Trump remarked at Wednesday’s coronavirus press briefing, “More and more we’re hearing the story…we are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation.”

Documents detail early efforts by doctors at the lab and early efforts at containment. The Wuhan wet market initially identified as a possible point of origin never sold bats, and the sources tell Fox News that blaming the wet market was an effort by China to deflect blame from the laboratory, along with the country’s propaganda efforts targeting the U.S. and Italy.

U.S. Embassy officials warned in January 2018 about inadequate safety at the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab and passed on information about scientists conducting risky research on coronavirus from bats, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Responding to the report, Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday afternoon: “It should be no surprise to you that we have taken a keen interest in that and we’ve had a lot of intelligence take a hard look at that. I would just say at this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural, but we don’t know for certain.”

“Even today, I see them withholding information and I think we need to do more to continue to press them to share,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday, referring to China. Esper added that he wouldn’t speak to “intelligence reporting,” but that “most people believe it began naturally — it was organic, if you will. I think in due course, once we get through the pandemic we’re in right now, there’ll be time to look back and really ascertain what happened and make sure we have a better understanding so we can prevent this in the future.”

Speaking to “The Story” Wednesday evening, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo remarked: “What we do know is we know that this virus originated in Wuhan, China. We know there is the Wuhan Institute of Virology just a handful of miles away from where the wet market was. There is still lots to learn. You should know that the United States government is working diligently to figure it out.”

Concerning the State Department cables warning about the Wuhan laboratory, Pompeo said the installation “contained highly contagious materials — we knew that, we knew that they were working on this program, many countries have programs like this. In countries that are open and transparent, they have the ability to control them and keep them safe, and they allow outside observers in to make sure all the processes and procedures are right. I only wish that that had happened in this place.”

Americans were originally helping train the Chinese in a program called PREVENT well before the Chinese started working on this virus. The French government helped the Chinese set up the Wuhan lab.

China “100 percent” suppressed data and changed data, the sources tell Fox News. Samples were destroyed,  contaminated areas scrubbed, some early reports erased, and academic articles stifled. 

The above article from Fox News goes on to say that, according to sources, the WHO was complicit in China’s cover-up from the beginning.

Gee, DiNozzo…ya think?

In an article from February 20th posted on qz.com by Jan Li, its Chinese Tech Reporter, she states that

The institute first rejected speculation that the first patient to be infected  with the virus was a graduate student who studied at the lab, saying on Sunday (Feb. 16) the student is in good health. Yesterday (Feb. 19), it issued a strong worded statement (link in Chinese), saying the rumors about it have “hurt the feelings of its frontline researchers hugely”  and “severely interfered” with its task to study viruses. “We have nothing to hide,” the letter read.Nonetheless, internet users don’t appear to be convinced by the assurances from the lab. “What is the truth? The collapse of trustworthiness of media and government is not only sad for the two parties, but also for us citizens,” said a user on Weibo commenting on the rumors. “Some might think the so-called rumors are just a prophecy ahead of our times,” said another.

Some “rumors” from the early days of the epidemic after all turned out not to be far from reality. Li Wenliang, a doctor, had told others about a cluster of cases of viral pneumonia before the outbreak had been made public, but was summoned by Wuhan police for “spreading rumors.” He later became infected himself, and his death turned him into a vivid symbol of the costs of the government’s opacity—prompting an outpouring of anger and grief, and rare public demands for freedom of speech and transparency from the government.

The Chinese people themselves knew that their Communist Government Officials were lying about the origin of the Coronavirus.

Unfortunately, the Chinese Communists are famous for making people “disappear”.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the Chinese Government to “come clean” as to the true origins of the Coronavirus Pandemic which has been so costly to our country.

I know that Secretary Pompeo already knows that they have no intention of doing so.

They lie to their own citizens. In fact, they have been lying to the world for years.

And, that includes America, as noted by the way they played President Trump’s predecessor like Charlie Daniels plays a fiddle.

But, I digress…

Just as we may never know the true origins of the Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak, we also will never have an accurate count as to how many Chinese citizens died because of it.

Evidently, the tyrants in the Chinese Government believe that telling the truth will weaken their power regarding their political stature in the World.

News Flash, Xi and company, the Coronavirus and your lying about its origins and its danger to the world, already has.

And, it is time that you bear full responsibility for it.

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

 

Ebola and the Obama Administration: A Deadly Incompetency

AFBrancoObamaEbola1092014First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low. We’ve been taking the necessary precautions, including working with countries in West Africa to increase screening at airports so that someone with the virus doesn’t get on a plane for the United States. In the unlikely event that someone with Ebola does reach our shores, we’ve taken new measures so that we’re prepared here at home. We’re working to help flight crews identify people who are sick, and more labs across our country now have the capacity to quickly test for the virus. We’re working with hospitals to make sure that they are prepared, and to ensure that our doctors, our nurses and our medical staff are trained, are ready, and are able to deal with a possible case safely. – President Barack Hussein Obama, “Remarks by the President on the Ebola Outbreak,  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, 9/16/2014

…The dangers of a serious outbreak are extraordinarily low in the U.S.. But we are taking this very seriously at the highest levels of government.

…We are monitoring, supervising, overseeing in a much more aggressive way exactly what has taken place in Dallas initially and making sure that the lessons learned are then transmitted to hospitals and clinics all across the country. – President Barack Hussein Obama 10/15/2014

In January of 2,000, the NIC published a report titled, “The Global Infectious Disease Threat and Its Implications for the United States”.

The report stated that

Sub-Saharan Africa will remain the region most affected by the global infectious disease phenomenon–accounting for nearly half of infectious disease-caused deaths worldwide. Deaths from HIV/AIDS, malaria, cholera, and several lesser known diseases exceed those in all other regions. Sixty-five percent of all deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa are caused by infectious diseases. Rudimentary health care delivery and response systems, the unavailability or misuse of drugs, the lack of funds, and the multiplicity of conflicts are exacerbating the crisis. According to the AFMIC typology, with the exception of southern Africa, most of Sub-Saharan Africa falls in the lowest category. Investment in health care in the region is minimal, less than 40 percent of the people in countries such as Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DROC) have access to basic medical care, and even in relatively well off South Africa, only 50 to 70 percent have such access, with black populations at the low end of the spectrum.

So, our government has known that Sub-Sahara Africa has been a disease incubator for all these years…and, yet, now President Barack Hussein Obama has decided that their plight is an emergency, sending 3,000 of our Brightest and Best into the midst of that diseased land, risking the possibility that they will be come infected and bring their infection back home with them.

Given this fact, my question is:

Why have we not stopped travel to and from our Sovereign Nation, as regards these diseased countries?

Rush Limbaugh said the following about the situation on his program yesterday.

The motivation for the people in charge here is politics, politics, politics. First, second, third.  Because it always, always, always is.  The substance of whatever they’re dealing with is way down on the list.  The politics, the ramifications.  The opportunity that politics presents. 

“Never let a crisis go to waste,” as Rahm Emanuel said.  Here it is.  I still maintain that it would have been much easier to just ban flights from Africa than whatBush had to deal with during Katrina.  Yet these same people, they’re praising themselves for being so smart, doing the right thing, having so much compassion and care and love for their fellow man and so forth.

They just couldn’t wait to hammer Bush and browbeat everybody else that they wanted to accuse of totally botching Katrina, and they were throwing charges of racism around. Bush didn’t care because there were black people in New Orleans, and he especially didn’t care because  more black people leaving New Orleans and going to Houston would be better for the Republicans because that would mean fewer blacks voting in Louisiana. 

That’s the way they were thinking.  That’s what they were charging.  Those were the accusations they were leveling at Bush.  All the while the Bush administration was leading a nationwide mobilizing effort to get supplies, repairs, assistance into New Orleans.  They’d told them to get out of the city.  Meanwhile, School Bus Nagin is over there blameless.  That governor, Kathleen Blanco? She was blameless. 

Those two were the culprits in this for not being prepared.  Want to talk about not prepared?  How about all the school buses.  I don’t want to focus on Katrina.  But my focus is the same people leveling all these baseless, centrist, mean-spirited, extreme political charges at Bush and his regime with administration Katrina. How hard would it have been to ban airplanes from landing in this country from Africa? 

That’s all they had to do, folks! 

That is the first failure in their precious protocol was not closing our airports to people from Ebola countries, and we know why.  “That would have been really mean, because we couldn’t turn our backs on Liberia, especially because of slavery! Yes, because we had slavery! Liberia was set up so people who had been slaves could escape the horrors of this country and set up in their own paradise in Liberia, and we can never turn our backs on them.” 

That’s why we didn’t shut down flights from Ebola countries in Africa.  So far we have at least two more people who are at risk of dying because we refused to take that single precaution, and we refused to take that single precaution all because it wouldn’t look nice and it wouldn’t seem fair.  You see, it’s just not fair that they have Ebola in Africa and we don’t.  That’s not fair. 

No, I’m not saying that they define fairness as us then getting Ebola.  No, no, no. Don’t misunderstand.  I’m saying their preoccupation with diversity, equality and fairness and all this other stuff, leads them to not taking correct protective measures for the United States of America.  Pure and simple.  Whatever happened to that old argument? What if a Republican had come out and said: “If stopping flights from west Africa might just save one child…”? 

Remember the Democrats used to say that? Remember there was a presidential debate in ’96, Bob Dole and Clinton?  It was Dole, right? He was the nominee. Right.  Dole actually mounted a very substantive charge at Clinton based on his catting around, his immorality, lying under oath and all that sort of stuff.  Clinton’s reply was to smile and to say (impression): “No attack, especially on me, ever fed a hungry child.” 

The audience and media started crying. “Oh my God, he’s so good!” Well, what if somebody had stood up and said, “If stopping flights from Africa might save just one child…”? I don’t know. The Centers for Disease Control? If you didn’t know, if you just landed here from Mars you might want to call them the Centers for Disease Redistribution.  Because that’s what’s happening: CDR. 

Could our Administration be that callous and manipulative? Probably, but I hope not. However, even if they are “only” incompetent, that is still scary enough.

Whatever the reason for this incompetency, this is quickly turning out to be reminiscent of the closing chase scenes of the Benny Hill Show…without the comedy.

May God protect us all.

Until He Comes,

KJ