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The IRS Wants to Look in Your Wallet

Rob Meyne

  • Oct. 15, 2021
  • 1-min read

The IRS is ready to peer into your purse or wallet. Well, at least your bank account.

Bien’s $3.5 trillion dollar bill includes more than spending. It is a blueprint for the economic restructuring and a wholesale shift in our priorities. It sets the stage for a move away from an entrepreneurial, capitalist, free society to one dedicated to reallocating wealth, distributing assets based on sex and skin color, and ensuring equality of result rather than opportunity.

The Biden Administration announced this change in federal policy in its first few days. They said their goal is equity (equal results) in federal programs rather than equal opportunity. The former is socialist dogma; the latter is the basis of a free constitutional republic.

It is hard to think of a change in policy that could be more important.

Washington is also determined to spy on your personal, private financial matters. The legislation contains a provision that will give the IRS access to your bank accounts if they involve an annual aggregate amount of $600 or more. (Many Americans spend more than that each year oncoffee.) The IRS would not need to get a warrant, court order, or show probable cause. If they want to look at the credit union accounts for your son Trip, Aunt Doris, and your dad’s best friend’s gardener, they can.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says she doesn’t consider this an invasion of privacy. Apparently, she doesn’t know the definition of the term. For more detail, see here.

The same administration that wants you to believe they are only interested in going after rich people wants to see the finances of essentially every person in America. Do you contribute money to the church or Salvation Army? Team Biden will know. Do you smoke, drink a lot, or have weed delivered to your front door? They will know. Do you have an account with a porn site, buy things from Frederick’s of Hollywood (if they still exist), or collect posters of Hillary Duff? They will know.

Yellen says they need this information because too many billionaires aren’t paying enough in taxes. It is hard to decide what is worse: the fact that they lie or that they think we are too stupid to know it.

Considering a National Divorce

J Robert Smith

  • Oct. 15, 2021
  • 2-min read

This past week at American Thinker, both William Sullivan (another longtime regular contributor) and I addressed the idea of a national divorce; meaning, red and blue America separating. Sullivan’s article can be found here. Mine is here.

The differences between left and right in America are stark and, regrettably, growing starker. Some conservatives have floated the idea that a national divorce might be achieved civilly, if not amicably. In my American Thinker analysis, I argued that a civil separation isn’t likely to occur because of the nature and worldview of the American left. The American left isn’t led by the equivalent of Swedish social democrats who merely want to expand the welfare state and who are agreeable to living and let live … and who may gladly part company amicably if that was best for all concerned.

I argue that the left has no intention of dissolving the U.S. peaceful and fairly. That runs contrary to their explicit aims. Here’s the nub of the matter from my piece:

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Covid vs. Constitutional Government

Rob Meyne

Covid Policy is at odds with conservative, Constitutional principles

  • Oct. 14, 2021
  • 2-min read

There are some common-sense principles that should be used to make governmental decisions on major issues of our day. These come quickly to mind as we look at our response to Covid. Time-honored truths have been ignored, and we will be paying the price for years.

Decisions to lockdown the economy, trample on constitutional rights, and issue a series of mandates are possibly the worst in our national history. The pandemic has had an indelible impact on America, and the wounds were mostly unnecessary, unhelpful, and self-inflicted.

First, government should follow strategies that have proven benefits. If we did that, we would have had no mask mandates. There is scant evidence they help. When pushed for proof that masks work, even the Director of the CDC was unable to offer any.
Likewise, lockdowns would not have passed muster. Yet we had a national lockdown, that was essentially global as well. Some restrictions remain from the pause that was billed as “two weeks to stop the spread.”

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Leftists are the Science Deniers

By Rob Meyne

Leftists are Science Deniers

  • Oct. 13, 2021
  • 2-min read

There is an extensive list of falsehoods the left/politically correct crowd needs you to believe to support their agenda. It is frankly impressive how boldly they insist you believe a variety of falsehoods about America. This requires brazen disregard for the facts.

This kind of chutzpah far exceeds anything even rabid Trump supporters possess in maintaining the 2020 election was problematic. If Trump is promoting the “Big Lie,” the left is promoting a patchwork quilt of them. They lie easily and often, on topics such as whether the rich pay taxes to how many people were left behind in Afghanistan and how many illegals are flooding the country.

Biden wants young black kids to think they are in daily danger of being slaughtered by police officers who want to kill them solely because of their race.

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Facebook/Fakebook’s Misleading “Whistleblower” Narrative

By Rob Meyne

Fakebook Wants Regulation

  • Oct. 8, 2021
  • 4-min read

If all you do is read the headlines or watch the tv while napping, you miss the most important elements of many stories. This week saw a well-coordinated effort to present a misleading narrative on Facebook/Fakebook. The long-term strategy is to further justify, or even require, censorship by social media. It featured a Facebook executive in a media campaign planned and directed by Bill Burton, the former Obama message maven, and his agency, as outlined here.

Sunday, Sixty Minutes aired a story about a supposed “whistleblower” who discussed internal research by Facebook that revealed damaging information about its business. It raised issues that have received little or no attention from management. Facebook, unsurprisingly, prioritizes profits and power, and has failed to address a number of problematic effects it has on users, notably young people.

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Leftists Are Trying to Redefine Racism

Fighting Racism Sets Us All Free

Many on the left want to atone for past racism by expanding today’s racism

Rob Meyne

  • Sept. 30, 2021
  • 2-min read

Part One

If you believe people should be treated the same regardless of race, you are not racist. Period. Racists treat people differently because of race. You may treat some better, others worse, but disparate treatment of others based on race is racism. It is that simple.
A familiar guideline is the Golden Rule, a nugget of wisdom that appears in many cultures. It is probably best known today as a biblical reference. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

If the above seems obvious, you are a reasonable person.

None of that suggests we are incapable of improving. No one acts impeccably. We make mistakes and often don’t live up to our own standards. But the suggestion that all white people are racist, that we can’t be “saved,” and our nation has to be fundamentally rebuilt is dangerous tripe.

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Democrats Are Officially America’s Socialist Party

Rob Meyne

  • Sept. 21, 2021
  • 3-min read

I am repeatedly astounded by the hatred that is spouted by the left on a regular basis. Leftists, anti-Trumpers, and the media (but I repeat myself) are the best examples extant of political “projection,” the tendency to accuse others of that which you are doing.

There is hypocrisy all around. True enough. That said, one party is in charge of the federal government. It shows no actual interest in bipartisanship. Its main tenets are based on lies or exaggerations. And the bile and corruption from people in charge is more damaging than from those who are on the sidelines. A bad decision by the quarterback on the field does more damage than anything done by the back-up sitting on the bench.

I wish we had better choices. I am not in love with the Republican Party, either. But politics is about dealing with the world as it is. The greatest so
urce of vitriol and hate currently is the left. And it isn’t even close.

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Fascism at the Tip of a Needle

J Robert Smith

  • Sept. 11, 2021
  • 2-min read

When Joe Biden and liars generally say, “This isn’t about (fill in the blank),” it’s invariably about the very thing they claim it isn’t about. Case in point, Biden’s assertion that his dictum mandating vaccinations for federal workers, federal contractors, and private enterprises with a hundred or more employees “is not about freedom and personal choice.”

We need to thank our marionette president for flagging the truth with his disclaimer. Forcing vaccinations on an estimated 80 million citizens through executive fiat is very much about robbing them of their ability to decide what’s best for their health. Doing so by compelling larger businesses to make employees vaccinate (or lose their jobs) is, well, the stuff of creeping fascism, which Ronald Reagan famously warned would come in the guise of liberalism if it came to the U.S.

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On 9/11, Vote No
Confidence In Joe Biden

J Robert Smith

  • Sept. 10, 2021
  • 1-min read

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 falls tomorrow. Joe Biden’s abject surrender in Afghanistan led to the deaths of U.S. soldiers and a lot of innocents. Biden needs to be held strictly accountable for his abominable leadership (if you care to call it that).

Here are excerpts from my latest at American Thinker:

On Thursday, August 26, Joe Biden made a contribution to the terror war… against us. On that infamous day, a suicide bomber attacked the Kabul airport, killing 13 U.S. soldiers and at least 170 Afghanis. How many of the dead Afghanis were American citizens is unreported. The deaths didn’t have to happen. Joe Biden made them happen.

Subsequent to the terror attack, in a televised address, Biden brazenly declared what an “extraordinary success” his cut-and-run was from Afghanistan. Only in the morally upside-down world of progressives and jaded D.C. players can ignominy, disaster, and deaths of innocents be the stuff of a victory lap.

(You can read the full article here.)

The men and women (among them first responders) who died on 9/11 and America’s fighting men and women who’ve since surrendered their lives to defeat the Islamic terrorist menace deserve far better from a president. These braves souls didn’t die in vain. They and we the living deserve far, far better from a commander-in-chief than the cut-and-run that Biden gave us in Afghanistan. God bless America.

Calling America a Cult Is Useful for Leftists and Anti-Trumpers

Flyover

  • Sept. 6, 2021
  • 2-min read

The nature of politics is that people don’t always have to answer for their actions and mistakes. Same goes for life in general. That’s probably a good thing. Count me among those who wouldn’t look forward to such an exercise, at least not in a terrestrial environment. I expect to be held accountable in the next life, but if I can skate for a while, in this one, cool.

Yet, it is frustrating that few significant political actors are held accountable for their roles in putting people in office who then damage the country. It is easy to vote for someone who ends up being a disaster and avoid accountability simply by staying out of relevant discussions. If you are a Jets fan you probably didn’t start a lot of discussions about football last year.

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