Saturday Bullet Points: May 8, 2021

Tax Day is just a week away. No, that’s not news; it’s panic time! But on this last weekend, before you have to sign away your life savings to Uncle Sam, let’s enjoy a quiet Saturday starting with a good cup of coffee and “Saturday Bullet Points.” You’ve got to make sure you are caught up on all the week’s happenings. And we have them for you.

Just click on each bullet point, read the brief explanations of each event. If you want more details, click on the blue arrow at the end of the description. It will take you to a full story.

If you don’t need more details, go to the next bullet point. Have a big weekend today and tomorrow. Don’t work about May 15th! It’ll be here soon enough. And you’ll survive!

Bullet Points

  • There are quite a few former government officials that served our nation in the cabinets of several previous administrations that are NOT keen on Joe Biden — especially regarding his prowess in dealing with foreign governments. That’s pretty important for U.S. Presidents. One previous Cabinet Secretary, Robert Gates, once famously quipped about then-Senator Joe Biden: “Biden has been wrong on every foreign policy position he’s ever taken with any country.” And Gates is back in the news as he laments about what the nation faces in today’s foreign policy with Joe Biden in the White House. For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Black Lives Matter is back on the prowl on the streets of Louisville, Kentucky. This time it happened during a protest march/rally protesting the police killing a year ago of Breonna Taylor. During their protest, BLM activists decided to take their protest into a restaurant full of diners. Imagine their surprise when their actions were met with some drawn guns! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • White House communications with the American public is a critical aspect of each presidential administration. The Biden White House: not so much, at least when it comes to direct interface between the press and the President. It has become painfully obvious that his communications department does NOT like the President answering press questions. That has NEVER happened in any previous administration! Press Secretary Jen Psaki actually confirmed their continual efforts to keep Uncle Joe from answering questions! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Many Americans are wondering if Liz Cheney, Congresswoman from Wyoming and the third most powerful Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, wishes she had NOT come out so strongly against President Trump in the aftermath of the November 3, 2020 election. Her doing so looks to be ending our power in the Party and in the House. She’s been holding on for some time but appears she is accepting that Wyomans and her fellow Republicans in the House are about to push her out the door. For complete details, click on this link: 
  • President Biden has been singing his own praises for a couple of months. What about? “We’ve created more jobs in our first hundred days in office than has any other U.S. president.” Uh-oh: the Labor Department released the employment numbers Friday morning for the month of April. They were quite a bit lower than the projected numbers of new jobs for Americans. To make it worse, the reported new job numbers from March were lowered! And the unemployment rate ticked up — that was a BIG surprise. For complete details, click on this link: 
  • The press has been pretty quiet the last week or two about illegal immigration numbers at the southern border. Why? Most think the Biden Administration is trying to deflect the attention of Americans to the horrendous numbers of illegals pouring into the U.S. through our border. To prove that point, they have given pictures to the media showing several of those tents that have previously been flooded with unaccompanied minors are virtually empty. Why could that be? One Texas Democrats in Congress is accusing the Administration of playing the shell game with those kids! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • We all thought that Social Media was the perfect way to get Americans to communicate more closely with each other. All of a sudden we now realize that our “normal” communications with each other have been turned off like a water faucet. Instead of talking on the phone or running over to a friend’s house we grab the iPhone and send a text or Facebook message. We don’t talk anymore! However, we’ve now discovered that Big Brother — “Big Tech” — is taking over bigger pieces of our lives every day. And it’s only going to get worse. For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Have you noticed in your town or city how many employers are struggling to find employees? States are releasing restrictions on businesses that have been desperate to reopen after being shut down for months — many for a year! But folks won’t go back to work. Why is that? With the federal unemployment stimulus payments with state unemployment benefits, many of those unemployed are making more money staying at home than going back to work! But South Carolina has a fix for that. Their governor gave notice that they will stop those federal unemployment payments in their state in a few months. For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Facebook seems to stay under fire for the egregious handling of Americans’ personal and business social media pages. To put it mildly, Facebook has gotten too big for their britches! They with their fellow Tech giants have seized control of a massive percentage of the nation’s messaging. But one Texas Representative has discovered that Facebook has been caught running advertisements on their platform that promotes human smuggling by cartels from Mexico and Central America! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • The United Kingdom has experienced everything regarding all things COVID-19 related several months before the U.S. This past week, the U.K. published the results of an analysis on the people most affected by the resurgence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus infections in March. What is surprising is that the highest percentages correspond to those who had already received two doses of the vaccine!
    Can we expect that same thing here in a few weeks? For complete details, click on this link: 

The U.S. Owes a lot of Money. Who Do We Owe?

What do you think about the trillions of dollars already spent in the Biden Administration and the additional six-10 trillion that this President wants to spend for additional items? Do you feel the government spending is out of hand? Sure, we’re told that none of this spending is really “spending:” it’s “investing” in things that Americans “need.” Have you even peeked at some of these “needs” that are secretly tucked away in the late paragraphs in this legislation? We’ll detail much of it during Friday’s “TNN Live” Show from 9:00-11:00 AM Central time. You will be shocked to hear what is included. None of it is investments! In fact, MOST of it is pure fat designed and used to pay off many of those individuals and companies who contributed heavily during the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential elections. And, of course, very little of those contributions went to anyone bearing the brand of the “Elephant!”

Besides the obvious shock and disbelief many will hold when realizing how evil are the spending habits of this Administration and the things that President Biden intends to spend taxpayers’ dollars for, the problems that accompany such spending are sufficient to suffocate the greatest nation on Earth. And many economists are predicting the biggest hit against the U.S. economy in a century are knocking at our door just because of this deficit spending and its resulting inflation and massive, unsustainable U.S. debt.

Let’s dive into the details of our nation’s debt today — before we even add the “Biden Pork” to the total that our great, great, great, great-grandchildren are being saddled with paying. And, if Uncle Joe gets his way, there’s much more debt in the wings.

The U.S. Debt

The U.S. debt reached a new high of $28.1 trillion as of March 31, 2021. Most headlines focus on how much the United States owes China, one of the largest foreign owners. Many people don’t know that the Social Security Trust Fund, also known as your retirement money, owns most of the national debt. How does that work, and what does it mean?

The Debt Is in Two Categories

The U.S. Treasury manages the U.S. debt through its Bureau of Public Debt. The debt falls into two categories: intra-governmental holdings and debt held by the public.

Intragovernmental Debt

The Treasury owes this part of the debt to other federal agencies. In February 2021, intragovernmental holdings totaled more than $6 trillion.1 Why would the government owe money to itself? Like the Social Security Trust Fund, some agencies take in more revenue from taxes than they need. Rather than stick this cash under a giant mattress, these agencies invest in U.S. Treasuries.

This transfers the agencies’ excess revenue to the general fund, where it is spent. They redeem their Treasury notes for funds as needed. The federal government then either raises taxes or issues more debt to raise the cash.

Which agencies own the most Treasuries? Social Security, by a long shot.

The U.S. Treasury publishes this in the Monthly Treasury Statement. Here’s the breakdown from the February 2021 data:

  • Social Security trusts, including the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds: $2.90 trillion
  • Office of Personnel Management Retirement: $955.1 billion
  • Military Retirement Fund: $1.01 trillion. This has become a big issue in funding our nation’s defense and is only expected to grow.
  • Medicare, which includes the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund: $304.4 billion
  • Cash on hand to fund federal government operations: $723 billion2
Public Debt

The public holds over $21 trillion, or almost 78%, of the national debt. Foreign governments hold about a third of the public debt. At the same time, the rest is owned by U.S. banks and investors, the Federal Reserve, state and local governments, mutual funds, pensions funds, insurance companies, and savings bonds.

The Treasury breaks down who holds how much of the public debt in the monthly Treasury Bulletin. Here are highlights from the March 2021 report (September 2020 data unless indicated otherwise):

  • Foreign: $7.07 trillion (in September 2020, Japan owned $1.28 trillion, and China owned $1.06 trillion of U.S. debt, which is more than a third of foreign holdings)
  • Federal Reserve and government: $10.81 trillion (December 2020)
  • Mutual funds: $3.5 trillion
  • State and local governments, including their pension funds: $1.09 trillion
  • Private pension funds: $784 billion
  • Insurance companies: $253 billion
  • U.S. savings bonds: $147 billion (December 2020)
  • Other holders, including individuals, government-sponsored enterprises, brokers and dealers, banks, bank personal trusts and estates, corporate and non-corporate businesses, and other investors: $2.28 trillion

This debt is not only in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds but also in Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities and special state and local government series securities.

If you add the debt held by Social Security and all the retirement and pension funds, almost half of the U.S. Treasury debt is held in trust for your retirement. If the United States defaults on its debt, foreign investors would be angry, but current and future retirees would be hurt the most.

Why the Federal Reserve Owns Treasuries

As the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve is in charge of the country’s credit. It doesn’t have a financial reason to own Treasury notes. So why did it triple its holdings between 2007 and 2014?

The Fed needed to fight the 2008 financial crisis. In 2008, it ramped up open market operations by purchasing bank-owned mortgage-backed securities. In 2009, the Fed began adding U.S. Treasuries. By 2011, it owned $1.6 trillion, maxing out at $2.5 trillion in 2014. This quantitative easing (QE) stimulated the economy by keeping interest rates low and infusing liquidity into the capital markets, giving businesses continued access to low-cost borrowing for operations and expansion.

Did the Fed monetize the debt? In a way, yes. The Fed purchased Treasuries from its member banks, using credit that it created out of thin air. It had the same effect as printing money. By keeping interest rates low, the Fed helped the government avoid the high-interest-rate penalty it would incur for excessive debt.

The Fed ended quantitative easing in October 2014. As a result, interest rates on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose from a 200-year low of 1.43% in July 2012 to around 2.17% by the end of 2014.

In 2017, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) said the Fed would reduce its Treasury holdings. That put upward pressure on long-term interest rates. The FOMC meeting statement summary is a report of FOMC’s discussion regarding the nation’s economic outlook. It also includes the resulting vote on the interest rates and the monetary policies the Fed plans to follow.

On March 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced it would purchase $500 billion in U.S. Treasuries and $200 billion in mortgage-backed securities over the next several months. On March 23, 2020, the FOMC expanded QE purchases to an unlimited amount. By May 20, its balance sheet had grown to $7 trillion.

Current Foreign Ownership of U.S. Debt

In January 2021, Japan owned $1.28 trillion in U.S. Treasuries, making it the largest foreign holder. The second-largest holder is China, which owns $1.10 trillion of U.S. debt. Both Japan and China want to keep the value of the dollar higher than the value of their currencies. That helps keep their exports to the United States affordable, which helps their economies grow.

Despite China’s occasional threats to sell its holdings, both countries are happy to be America’s biggest foreign bankers. China replaced the United Kingdom as the second-largest foreign holder in 2006 when it increased its holdings to $699 billion.

The United Kingdom is the third-largest holder with $439 billion. Its holdings have increased in rank as Brexit continues to weaken its economy. Ireland is next, holding $314 billion. Luxembourg follows it with $281 billion and Brazil with $260 billion. Luxembourg has earned a reputation for being a front for sovereign wealth funds and hedge funds whose owners don’t want to reveal their positions.

The Bottom Line

Many people believe that much of U.S. debt is owed to foreign countries like China and Japan. The truth is, most of it is owed to Social Security and pension funds. This means U.S. citizens, through their retirement money, own most of the national debt.

U.S. national debt is the sum of these two federal debt categories:

  • Public debt, held by other countries, the Federal Reserve, mutual funds, and other entities and individuals
  • Intragovernmental holdings, held by Social Security, Military Retirement Fund, Medicare, and other retirement funds
Summary

While Uncle Sam has $5.9 trillion in assets, the $129 trillion owed in bills — including military and civilian retirement benefits — means the U.S. is in the hole for $123 trillion. Just the unfunded liabilities in Medicare and Social Security add up to $96 trillion. It is a stunning amount coming due over the next 75 years. The Treasury Department sticks its proverbial head in the sand and does not even list the liabilities on the federal government’s balance sheet.

But not to worry, taxpayers will not actually be paying for this. How could they?

Instead, older people who have been promised these benefits likely will not be paid in full. If we do manage to pay for these promised benefits by some magic, it is young people who would be saddled with trillions in extra taxes with nothing in return.

$200 Trillion: What’s that dollar number about? If one adds the already-existing U.S. debt to the current federal government budget amount that will go unfunded (deficit spending) AND all the spending measures currently on the table under consideration, we could owe ourselves and many other countries $200 Trillion before this decade fades into the sunset! Any way you add these numbers, even if the total is less than $200 Trillion, it is virtually impossible to paint a picture of the United States EVER paying its debts in total. In fact, the interest alone on such debt is mind-boggling:

  • One percent interest per year on just $1 Trillion is $10 Billion.
  • Multiply that annual debt payment by 200 to get our total annual debt on what we owe today and the additional projected to be added over the next nine years.
  • The annual interest on that debt at one percent is $2 Trillion each year!

By the way, the total annual gross revenue of the federal government for the last fiscal year was $3.42 Trillion.

In other words, we’re broke.

Is There a Solution?

The only realistic one that comes to mind is to increase our gross revenue and decrease our total spending. That’s a novel idea, isn’t it!?! We do that in our homes and businesses. But, for some reason, the federal government operates as if the blank checks in the Federal Treasury checkbook are still in abundance. That must mean there’s plenty of money in the Government checking account. So they keep writing checks.

Realistically, getting out of this debt picture will certainly never happen in our lifetimes, the lives of our children, their children, and then their grandchildren. Most economists pessimistically project that the nation has gone too far on its constant spending binges to pay its debts.

What are the inevitable results of all this? I don’t want to paint a bleaker picture, so leave it at this: Regardless of whether our debt can ever be paid, we need to immediately begin balancing our annual budget, if for no other reason, to start spending wisely. After all, what type of example are our national leaders setting for this and future generations of young Americans who will be forced to shoulder this burden of debt?

Our forefathers started this process of tax and spend ethically and financially sound. It wasn’t until elected officials realized that they control all the rules on taxing, collecting, and spending taxpayer dollars. They quickly realized THEY are the financial bosses over all Americans. Even though they technically work for us, we allowed them to be the signers on our bank account, so they don’t have to get our specific permission to issue checks. And issue checks they do!

The only thing I know that we can do (other than pray) is to bombard your Senators and Representatives about stopping the incessant spending sprees! NOTHING is free — someone always has to pay. And if they do NOT heed or warnings, send them packing in the next election.

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Saturday Bullet Points: April 24, 2021

Another week, another batch of big stories. That means a need for facts about the importance of those stories. That’s what we do here.

Take a look at each bullet point: read the first few sentences that describe these important events. If you need no details (or if you’ve seen them already), click on the blue arrow to go to a full story with details.

Have a great weekend!

Bullet Points

  • The news is out: Caitlyn Jenner has taken the plunge into politics — California politics. The transgender former Olympic champion (as a man) wants to represent the California people as Governor, and as a Republican! For complete details, click on this link:
  • Illegal border crossings into the U.S. through Mexico continue, and they continue to escalate in number. Most recently, 700+ Venezuelan migrants found their way into one border town, all in the last week!  Del Rio, TX seems to be the chosen spot for these illegals. Needless to say, Del Rio government officials are not very happy. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Truth News Network has kept you apprised of the status of tremendous voting irregularities in the November 2020 election process in Arizona, especially Maricopa County. The state legislature took the massive number of reports of fraud seriously and have been at war with the Maricopa County Election Board for months now. At question is a proposed forensic audit of ALL the election ballots. The audit is happening! For complete details, click on this link:
  • Have you wondered why it seems that Black Lives Matter has been given blanket “media protection” in the latest spate of riots around the country? Mainstream media outlets all ignore the fact that BLM’s involvement has been obvious. Their latest target is in Central Park in New York City. For complete details, click on this link:
  • What’s the latest “ism” to be used by the Left to demonize conservatives in the U.S.? “Critical Race Theory,” or “CRT.” What is it? It’s a “doctrine” created by Leftists elites who claim to know all there is about racism, ethnic culture, and, more importantly, what’s right and what’s wrong regarding racial unrest across the nation. Do you want more information about it? It’s out there, but NOT in Mainstream Media. For complete details, click on this link:
  • So what is Critical Race Theory? Let’s just say that it is NOT new, is a new tool to be used by those who supposedly are “experts” regarding all things racial, and is rapidly taking over the education system in the nation. You need to understand CRT and its dangers. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Did you see Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) from Minneapolis on Monday night calling for violence in the streets IF the desired verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial was not the one the jury chose? Of course, Maxine “knew” what the “right” verdict was. No realistic person can disagree with the judge in the Chauvin case who said (during the trial) Waters’ actions “could” be grounds for a Chauvin appeal, no matter what the verdict would be! Maxine has weighed in with her explanation for her actions. For complete details, click on this link:
  • It wasn’t too surprising that LeBron James’ tweet regarding the killing of a black teenager by a white policeman in Columbus, Ohio, was not censored or even blocked by the “Twitter Cancel Culture” gods. After all, he’s an NBA star, African American, and a Democrat! Obviously, Twitter has been blasted for its blatant hypocrisy. Of course, they have not responded, even though the tweet was based on false information. For complete details, click on this link:
  • The Transgender movement is flooding the nation, and it’s taking over the conversation about fairness in sports competitions. It all boils down to one question: Is it fair for biological males to compete as females in athletic competitions? Obviously, biological males have an advantage. In a meeting this past week one Texas Democrat politician announced that there are several more sexes that need to be considered in this conversation. In fact, there are six sexes! For complete details, click on this link:
  • The facts of the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill have been inflated in dramatic fashion by Democrats and the media. The tragic death of Capitol Policeman Sicknick was grossly misrepresented by all, including the police department he worked for. Congressman Ron Johnson has demanded an explanation for the reports of Sicknick’s death by the police force. For complete details, click on this link:

“TNN Live” Today

As we do every Monday through Friday, today “TNN Live” aired here, streaming from 9:00 to 11:00 AM Central time. We normally when completing each show add a link to that day’s show at the bottom of the story published that day at TruthNewsNet.org. We didn’t have a story published today. For those of you looking for the show to listen to, here’s the link: Today’s “TNN Live” Show download 

 

Have a great day and the remainder of the week!

Dan

Black Patriotism

We constantly peruse the news to find the best of information and editorial thoughts and ideas to bring to you. Race and racism are two items significantly critical for Americans to investigate for themselves and find personal comfort levels with which to process all matters that daily find their way into our conversations. To that end, we found a source and an opinion we feel all Americans need to digest. This comes from an African American professor and podcaster who knows about critical race theory, racism, and the push to weaponize color against Americans to win totalitarian control over our population.

Meet Glenn Loury

There is a fashionable standoffishness characteristic of much elite thinking about blacks’ relationship to America—as exemplified, for instance, by the New York Times’s 1619 Project. Does this posture serve the interests, rightly understood, of black Americans? I think that it does not.

Indeed, a case can be made that the correct narrative to adopt today is one of unabashed black patriotism — a forthright embrace of American nationalism by black people. In what is arguably history’s greatest republic, Black Americans’ birthright citizenship is an inheritance of immense value. My answer for black Americans to Frederick Douglass’s famous question — “Whose Fourth of July?” — is, “Ours!”

Is this a venal, immoral, and rapacious bandit-society of plundering white supremacists, founded in genocide and slavery and propelled by capitalist greed, or a good country that affords boundless opportunities to all fortunate enough to enjoy the privileges and bear the responsibilities of citizenship? Of course, there is some warrant in the historical record for both sentiments, but the weight of the evidence overwhelmingly favors the latter. The founding of the United States of America was a world-historic event by means of which Enlightenment ideals about the rights of individual persons and the legitimacy of state power were instantiated for the first time in real institutions.

African slavery flourished at the time of the Founding, true enough. And yet, within a century of the Founding, slavery was gone, and people who had been chattel became citizens of the United States of America. Not equal citizens, not at first. That took another century. But African-descended Americans became, in the fullness of time, equal citizens of this republic.

Our democracy, flawed as it most surely is, nevertheless became a beacon to billions of people throughout what came to be known as the “free world.” We fought fascism in the Pacific and Europe and thereby helped to save the world. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, we faced down the horror that was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Moreover, we have witnessed here in America, since the end of the Civil War, the greatest transformation in the status of a serfdom people (which is, in effect, what blacks became after emancipation) to be found anywhere in world history.

This narrative of human liberty begins in the incredible trauma of the Civil War, with more than 600,000 dead in a country of 30 million. Some say that the war wasn’t fought to end slavery; it was fought to preserve the union. Lincoln, they say, would have been happy to see the union preserved even if slavery had persisted. I expect that this is correct, though he surely abhorred slavery. But the fact remains that the consequence of that war was, together with the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, to make the chattel — the African slaves and their descendants — into citizens.

It shouldn’t have taken 100 years; they shouldn’t have been slaves in the first place. True enough. But slavery had been a commonplace human experience since antiquity. Emancipation — the freeing of slaves en masse, the abolition movement — was a new idea. A Western idea. The fruit of Enlightenment. An idea that was brought to fruition over a century and a half ago here, in the United States of America, liberating millions of people and creating the world we now inhabit.

This great and historic achievement surely would not have been possible without philosophical insights and moral commitments cultivated in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the West—ideas about the essential dignity of human persons and about what makes a government’s exercise of power over its people legitimate. But something new was created here in America at the end of the eighteenth century. Slavery was a holocaust out of which emerged something that actually advanced the morality and the dignity of humankind—namely, emancipation. The abolition of slavery and the incorporation of Africa-descended people into the body politic of the United States of America was an unprecedented achievement.

To those, like the influential writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, who dismisses the American dream as irrelevant to blacks or worse, I would ask, “Have you noticed what has happened here in the United States in the last century?”

The Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal came to the United States in the late 1930s, with backing from the Carnegie Corporation, to survey the condition of “the Negro” in American society. In 1944, when he published his study, An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy, the modal occupation for African-American men was farm laborer. The typical occupation of African-American women was a domestic servant. The median family income of blacks relative to whites was about 50 percent. The status of African-American education, voting rights, and citizenship, and access to the professions was abysmal. This is within my lifetime.

In the last 75 years, a vast black middle class has developed. There are black billionaires. The influence of black people on the culture of America is stunning and has global resonance. Some 40 million strong, black Americans are the richest and most powerful population of African descent on the planet. There are 200 million Nigerians, and the gross national product of Nigeria is just about $1 trillion per year. America’s GNP is over $20 trillion a year, and we 40 million African-Americans have claim to roughly 10 percent of it. We have access to ten times the income of a typical Nigerian. What is more, the very fact that the cultural barons and elites of America—who run the New York Times and the Washington Post, who give out Pulitzer Prizes and National Book Awards, who make the grants at the MacArthur Foundation and run the human resources departments of corporate America—have bought into the new woke racial sensibility hook, line, and sinker gives the lie to the pessimism that the American dream doesn’t apply to blacks. It most certainly and emphatically does apply, and it is coming to fruition daily.

The central issue, then, is a question of narrative. Are we going to look through the dark lens of the U.S. as a racist, genocidal, white supremacist, illegitimate force? Or are we going to see it for what it has become over the course of the last three centuries: the greatest force for human liberty on the planet? This conflict of narratives is worth arguing about—with Ta-Nehisi Coates; with Colin Kaepernick; with the Black Lives Matter activists; with the officials who will exercise power in the Biden administration; and with the editorial staff of the New York Times. The narrative we blacks settle upon about the American project is fundamentally important to our nation’s future.

Glenn C. Loury is a professor of economics at Brown University and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He currently hosts a podcast called “The Glenn Show.”

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What’s In the So-Called Equality Act?

The House of Representatives passed the so-called Equality Act by a vote of 224 to 206. While Democrats have marketed this legislation as a simple civil rights law designed to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, it is far from that.

The statutory language instead provides for an extreme remaking of all aspects of society, destroys the promise of equality for women, and threatens religious liberty and the privacy rights of all Americans, especially children. The proposed law also will upend state and federal protections of the unborn—yes, the Equality Act is about abortion too.

Here are the five facts about the Equality Act Americans need to know.

The Equality Act Is Deceptively Simple

The statutory language of the Equality Act seems simple enough, with the proposed law adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classes in the five major parts, called titles, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the Equality Act would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to: Title II, which addresses discrimination in public accommodations; Title III, which covers public facilities; Title IV, which regulates public education; Title VI, which requires nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs; and Title VII, which prohibits discrimination in employment.

“Sexual orientation” and “gender identity” would also be added to the Fair Housing Act, the Equality Credit Opportunity Act, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

The Devil Is in the Details

Adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classes may seem straightforward enough, but the proposed law does more—much more. These additional provisions will prove devastating on many levels.

The breadth of The Equality Act flows, in part, from the proposed law’s expansion of various definitions throughout all titles of the Civil Rights Act. The term “sex” is redefined to include “sex stereotype,” “sex characteristics,” “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity,” as well as “pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.” “Gender identity” is defined broadly to “mean[] the gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, regardless of the individual’s designated sex at birth.”

The proposed Equality Act also redefines or expands several terms within each separate title of the Civil Rights Act. For instance, “public accommodations” will now include not merely stadiums but “any other place of or establishment that provides exhibition, entertainment, recreation, exercise, amusement, public gathering, or public display,” and “any establishment that provides a good, service, or program, including a store, shopping center, online retailer or service provider, salon, bank, gas station, food bank, service or care center, shelter, travel agency, or funeral parlor, or establishment that provides health care, accounting, or legal services,” as well as “any train service, bus service, car service, taxi service, airline service, station, depot, or other place of or establishment that provides transportation service.”

Of particular significance is The Equality Act’s express statement that “an establishment “shall not be construed to be limited to a physical facility or place,” as that language has the potential to reach federal, state, and private health insurance coverage and plans.

The Equality Act then adds four significant substantive provisions to federal law. First, the proposed law provides that “pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition shall not receive less favorable treatment than other physical conditions.”

Next, The Equality Act provides that “an individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.’” Third, where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification, such as with personal caregivers in nursing homes, the act would require an employee to be considered qualified for that position, based on his or her gender identity, and not his or her sex.

Finally, the bill provides that The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 “shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under,” under The Equality Act, “or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title.’’

The Gender Identity Provisions Are Extreme

The gender identity provisions of the proposed Equality Act are extreme in multiple ways. First, the statutory definition of “gender identity” incorporates language that is both anti-science and antithetical to Judeo-Christian teachings.

By casting an individual’s sex as something merely “designated” “at birth,” The Equality Act ignores the scientific reality of “the inherent, indelible biological differences between male and female [that] go far beyond external genitalia….Each cell in our body has a sex—the same sex, male or female.” It also ignores the theological understanding of the human person as a unity of body and soul.

While Americans may shrug at The Equality Act’s Orwellian use of language, they will be made to care because the proposed law defines “gender identity” so broadly that there is no limit to whom may demand to be treated legally as the opposite sex.

“Gender identity,” according to the act, “means the gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, regardless of the individual’s designated sex at birth.” Anyone, at any time, could declare a gender identity contrary to biological reality.

This conclusion is not some conservative conspiracy theory, either. Here’s what the leftist Women’s Liberation Front says about the broad definition of gender identity: “The bill doesn’t mention individuals with clinically diagnosed gender dysphoria, or undertaking surgical or hormonal transition, thus making clear that self-declared gender identity would be sufficient to claim protected legal status.”

The broad definition of “gender identity” is but a part of the problem: The bill’s substantive provisions will devastate the privacy rights of all Americans, especially girls and women.

Under the proposed law, an employer would be required to treat a man who identifies as a woman as a woman for purposes of sensitive jobs, such as law enforcement officials involved in strip searches or supervisors of locker rooms, or handling intimate care in hospitals or long-term care facility. The law currently allows prisoners, patients, or customers to require the government, hospitals, or businesses to staff those positions with an individual of the same sex. The Equality Act would instead mandate that employers allow men who identify as women to perform such invasive tasks.

The law would also require virtually every restroom, locker room, and dressing room in America to be open to individuals of the opposite sex, in accordance instead with the individual’s claimed gender identity. As the Women’s Liberation Front explained:

This means that American women will no longer be able to expect any single-sex facilities when using or being required to stay in:

Shared hospital rooms or wards

Locker rooms and public or group showers

Multi-stall bathrooms

Jails, prisons, or juvenile detention facilities

Homeless shelters

Overnight drug rehabilitation centers

Domestic violence or rape crisis shelters

It is not just American women — it is American girls. Whether in elementary, middle, or high school, in gymnasiums or swimming facilities, young girls will no longer have a guarantee of privacy or security.

The Equality Act will also require sports competitions and scholarship programs designated for girls and women to admit males if they proclaim a female gender identity, further harming women.

The Equality Act Is Also About Abortion

Although not mentioned by name in The Equality Act, “abortion” is also part and parcel of this proposed law. To understand this reality requires a brief legal primer on the current law concerning sex and pregnancy discrimination.

As Richard Doerfinger explained in his must-read article, “The ‘Equality Act’: Threatening Life and Equality,” Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sex discrimination. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amended that provision to prohibit discrimination based on “pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions” in employment, including in the provision of health insurance. Title VII, however, expressly provided that an employer was not required “to pay for health insurance benefits for abortion, except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term . . .”

In contrast, while the Equality Act also defines sex to include “pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition,” it includes no exclusion related to abortion, as there was in Title VII. Significantly, “The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, and at least one federal appellate court have held that ‘medical conditions related to pregnancy includes abortion.’” Thus, the Equality Act’s ban on pregnancy discrimination is also a ban on discrimination related to abortion.

In the employment context of Title VII, this language had a minimal effect, given employers are expressly exempt from providing health insurance coverage for abortion. Yet the Equality Act would add a prohibition of discrimination related to abortion in public accommodations, public facilities, public education, and federal-assisted programs.

Further, the Equality Act makes clear that “pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition shall not receive less favorable treatment than other physical conditions.” Finally, recall that the Equality Act expressly provides that “the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under,” under the Equality Act, “or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title.’’

Together, these three aspects of the act would devastate the cause of life. States, local government agencies, educational institutions, and health-care organizations all receive federal funds, and under The Equality Act’s plain language could be required fund abortions. As a federal statute, the Equality Act would trump state bans on such funding, and as a later adopted statute it could put the Hyde Amendment at risk. Private, and even religious, health-care facilities could be forced to provide abortions on equal terms with other medical care.

Of course, religious organizations could seek refuge in the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, but it was the Supreme Court’s cramped interpretation of that protection that prompted bipartisan passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The Democratic-controlled Congress, however, with passage of the Equality Act, would gut the protection of religious liberty.

Absent A Massive Outcry, the Equality Act Will Pass

Absent an outcry from average Americans, that is exactly the outcome our country faces.

President Biden campaigned on making passage of the Equality Act a legislative priority in his first 100 days of office. In May 2019 the House of Representatives passed The Equality Act, in a vote of 236 to 173, with the unanimous support of Democrats and eight Republicans crossing the aisle to vote in favor of the Bill. The Republican-led Senate kept the bill from reaching the floor, but the Senate companion legislation garnered 47 sponsors, including Republican Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

The bill has again passed the House, and President Biden has promised to sign it into law, leaving the Senate as the last hurdle. With Democrats now controlling the legislative agenda in the Senate, the bill will assuredly see the floor for debate. The question then becomes whether Democrats will retain the 60-vote requirement to end filibusters of legislation, and if so, whether Biden’s party can reach 50 votes with the help of Vice President Vice Kamala Harris.

While things could go either way, given that Democrats have so far succeeded in framing the Equality Act as a civil rights law necessary to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, passage seems likely—unless average Americans demand defeat of this extremist legislation. For there to be an outcry, however, the public must realize what is at stake. But will they before it is too late?

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Saturday Bullet Points, December 19, 2020

Here we are again. Every week we do this. But this is NOT a normal week: it’s the week before Christmas. Even now, because of the helter-skelter season, it’s more important than ever that you keep up with the important issues that continue to impact your life even when you’re not looking. You don’t have to miss them. We’ve watched every day and have chronicled the biggest news stories and bring them to you this Saturday and every Saturday morning in our “Bullet Points.”

In each “Bullet Point,” we give you a description of each story in a sentence or two. If you want complete details of the story, click on the “swoosh” arrow. That links you to a full story. If you’ve already heard that story’s details or don’t want more than just the description, move on to the next “Bullet Point.” This way, you can enjoy Saturday mornings drinking that cup of Christmas cheer while browsing through our “Bullet Points” to stay caught up on the important news items of the week.

As you get set for Christmas, take full advantage of the season. “Tell” all those you love that you love them! Don’t just let those words go unspoken during this special season. Remember this: when you visit those friends and loved ones this next week, when you tell them “goodbye,” you may actually be telling them “goodbye.” Don’t waste a moment.

We’ll see you next Saturday for our final “Bullet Points” chapter of 2020.

Merry Christmas!

Dan

Bullet Points

  • Election workers in Georgia who came forward with reports of election concerns in the polling offices where they worked have been terminated. These terminations will certainly come under scrutiny during preparations for the U.S. Senate runoff election on January 5. Was it retribution for their election irregularity revelations? For complete details, click on this link:
  • Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been in continual trouble with Michigan citizens because of her egregious lockdown measures because of COVID-19. The governor used an emergency law in Michigan for permission for her actions. But, on Friday, that law has been repealed. For complete details, click on this link:
  • With a new Congress comes new committee appointments. It seemed certain that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was a sure bet for a seat on one of the most important House committees. But the controversial Democrat was passed-over when appointments were made. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Joe Biden’s transition team is upset over the “abrupt halt” in cooperation with the Pentagon. A story is circulating that because of several federal investigations currently underway of Hunter Biden that Joe Biden is implicated in the investigations. Could this be the reason for the interruptions? For complete details, click on this link:
  • Democrats led by Joe Biden continue to denigrate all of the information that daily continues to flood the nation questioning the veracity of the November 3rd election’s published results. Peter Navarro, an adviser to President Trump, stated that if the evidence proves voter wrongdoing, Americans deserve a different result. For complete details, click on this link:
  • More “stuff” keeps showing up that implicates the FBI for MORE wrongdoing in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation of Donald Trump and his campaign in 2016. In fact, new bombshell revelations show the FBI recorded telephone conversations between George Papadopoulos and FOX News. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell’s relationship with a Chinese spy served to confirm that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been, and still is, aggressively infiltrating the American government. And it’s happening NOT just in Congress. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Did you know that President Trump issued an Executive Order a couple of years ago that ordered a specific election report from the Department of National Intelligence that was due Friday? 45 days after each election, the order requires such a report to be given to the President regarding influence in the election by foreign entities. When will the DNI give that report to the President? What countries, if any, will it implicate? For complete details, click on this link:
  • African Americans are far more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than are white Americans. That means African Americans are also more likely to lose the battle against COVID-19. Still, many African Americans are saying they will NOT take the COVID-19 vaccination. Why? For complete details, click on this link:
  • Fueling many Washington citizens’ concerns that the numbers of deaths at the hands of COVID-19 reported by their state are untrue, it was discovered that not only are their numbers reported untrue, they are grossly overstated. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Christmas time always reminds college football fans the College Football Playoffs are just around the corner. But, because of COVID-19, one of the college football teams that seems to be certain has notified the NCAA that they may not play in the championship season if the state of California refuses to let the families of players attend playoff games set to be played in California! For complete details, click on this link: 
  • Campaign contributions and gifts to not-for-profit organizations are commonplace these days. But when one Social Media mogul ponies up with almost $500 million in one campaign, it is obvious it MUST be to impact election results seriously. Zuckerberg did just that! For complete details, click on this link: 

“Deep Stater Bill Barr Sells Out Trump and America” Part One

Today we introduce to you Kelleigh Nelson. Below is a bit about her. She has agreed to share some of her writings with the TruthNewsNetwork Family. Today is Part One of a two-part story that dives into corruption in just one part of our government. Part Two will come on Sunday. (Don’t forget: our “Saturday Bullet Points” will go live early Saturday) Now, meet Kelleigh Nelson.

About Kelleigh Nelson
  Kelleigh Nelson

Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Previously, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a Fortune 100 company. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Email: Proverbs133@bellsouth.net 

Part One

We have a corrupt judiciary, a corrupt Justice Department, and a corrupt FBI, and as Trump said when he was campaigning for the office of President in 2016, “The system is crooked.”  We have an AG whose inaction is the definitive action regarding the outcome of the 2020 election.

Attorney General Bill Barr has stated, “The U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.”  I could list thousands of pieces of evidence, but obviously, there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. Here is the entire response by the Trump Legal Team.

Barr has not stood for truth, for justice, for accountability, and for doing his job as AG; he told us he didn’t want to influence the election, but he’s obviously doing that now.  Barr’s job is to bring justice and prosecute evil-doers, many of whom surround him, not to worry about his influence or the election.

Where are the indictments of the Deep State Criminals?  How long must we wait?

He said he would not prosecute Hillary Clinton, James Comey, and Obama or Biden in the Russia probe. We’ve waited almost two years for the results of Durham’s investigation, and it appears none is forthcoming.  What happened to Anthony Weiner’s laptop and what happened to Hunter Biden’s laptops?  The AG is supposed to treat the American people as his client, but as the top lawman, he’s been a miserable failure.

Bill Barr was recommended to President Trump by Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing.  DiGenova stated in a recent email that he was proud of it.  Now diGenova is on the Trump Legal Team investigating all the fraud and treason committed in the 2020 election, and our AG says there is none.

Barr is an overweight bagpipe playing Deep State impresario and FBI Director Christopher Wray should have been shown the door long ago, but there’s more…

Let’s revisit Barr’s questionable background.

Barr’s Father

William Barr’s father is Donald Barr, who was the headmaster at Dalton School in Manhattan which was founded by progressive educator, Helen Parkhurst who took her cues from developmental psychologist Jean Piaget and education reformers such as John Dewey and Horace Mann.  Jeffrey Epstein became a professor at the Dalton School.  Yes, really!

In 1983 President Reagan nominated Donald Barr to be a member of the National Council on Educational Research.

Donald Barr also had a stint in the precursor to the CIA, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS)during WWII.  Prior to that, he described himself as having a Marxist upbringing in terms of his own memoirs and ruminations on education.  He had a footnote on the dialectic and stated that as a child he enjoyed being a Marxist and reading Marx and Engels.

Barr wrote a book entitled, Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty? wherein he claimed to have three very strange radical leftist mentors in his life who migrated toward establishment mainstream status basically infiltrating old right conservatism just as did William F. Buckley and Irving Kristol.  Gordon Myrick, Ralph Lynton, and Carlton Hayes were the mentors and Diana West is researching all three.

Establishment Ties

Back in 1992, the first time Bill Barr was U.S. attorney general, New York Times writer William Safire referred to him as “Coverup-General Barr” because of his role in burying evidence of then-President George H. W. Bush’s involvement in “Iraq-gate” and “Iran-Contra.”

Barr expressed his support for gun control measures as well as confiscation during the hearings in 1991 for his first time as Attorney General for President George H.W. Bush.  He is widely considered to be the author of  PL 101-647, The Crime Control Act of 1990.

As President Bush’s most notorious CIA insider from 1973 to 1977, and as the AG from 1991 to 1993, Barr wreaked havoc, flaunted the rule of law, and proved himself to be one of the CIA/Deep State’s greatest and most ruthless champions and protectors.

AG Barr owes virtually his entire career to the Bushes, so where does his allegiance truly lie?  Conservapedia gives us some important facts.

Barr donated $55,000 to establishment candidate Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential election, but after Trump became the nominee, Barr donated only $2,700. He was on the board of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, between 2009 and 2018, and he thus supported its merger with AT&T when conservatives and the Trump Administration opposed it.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, who was forced to resign from the Senate Intelligence Committee for leaking information related to the Mena/Contra operation in 1987, was an enthusiastic Barr supporter. Bush DOJ official Stuart Gerson called Barr and Bob Mueller “folks of the establishment.”

Prior to his appointment as Attorney General, Barr served as Chief Counsel for the CIA airline Southern Air Transport during Iran Contra. Robert Mueller served as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division during Barr’s tenure.

Barr and Robert Mueller are personal friends and actually worked together during Barr’s first stint under George H. W. Bush from 1991-1993. Mueller headed the FBI Criminal Division at the time of the Ruby Ridge killings and was infuriated that members of Congress and public officials dared complain about the FBI sniper shooting Vicki Weaver in the head while she held her 10-month-old baby.

In August of 1992 when the Ruby Ridge siege occurred, AG Barr was in charge. After he left office, he spearheaded legal efforts to assure total immunity for Lon Horiuchi, the sniper who killed Vicki Weaver, and any federal sniper who behaved similarly.

In late March of 2020, Bill Barr asked Congress to expand legal authorities to circumvent civil liberties because of Covid-19, which easily happened and gave governors dictatorial totalitarian powers over their citizens which we are still experiencing nine months later.

The CIA

Barr was a full-time CIA operative, recruited by Langley out of high school, starting in 1971. Barr’s youth career goal was to head the CIA. See my previous article, AG William Barr, CIA Asset, and Deep State Impresario.

In the final pages of Compromised, Terry Reed writes that in 1992, several years after working with CIA-connected Robert Johnson, he made the “miraculous find” that “Robert Johnson” was also William P. Barr. Reed’s CIA contact, William Barr, known at that time by his alias Robert Johnson, told Reed that Attorney General Edwin Meese had appointed Michael Fitzhugh to be US Attorney in Western Arkansas and that he would stonewall any investigation into the Mena, Arkansas drug-related activities. This obstruction of justice by Justice Department officials did occur.

Don’t forget Edwin Meese’s involvement in the Inslaw/Promis software theft by the federal government.

When George H.W. Bush became CIA Director in 1976, Barr joined the CIA’s “legal office” and Bush’s inner circle, and worked alongside Bush’s longtime CIA enforcers Theodore “Ted” Shackley, Felix Rodriguez, Thomas Clines, and others, several of whom were likely involved with the Bay of Pigs/John F. Kennedy assassination, and numerous Southeast Asian operations, from the Phoenix Program to Golden Triangle narco-trafficking.

The Church Committee was a U.S. Senate select committee in 1975 that investigated abuses by the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service. Barr stonewalled and destroyed the Committee investigations into CIA abuses.

A memo uncovered in the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives shows that during his time at the CIA’s Office of Legislative Council, current AG Barr drafted letters calling for the end of the moratorium on destroying records imposed on the Agency ahead of the Church Committee hearings.  We need to keep the docs showing the evil of the CIA, but Barr wants them destroyed.

And President George H. W. Bush was all for the destruction since he had headed the CIA and was likely culpable for many of the CIA’s actions.

Summary

Part Two of this story will appear Sunday morning. Additionally, Kelleigh will join just live in the next week or so on our live streaming radio broadcast: “TNN Live.” Every day Monday through Friday, “TNN Live” airs right here. It’s two hours of interactive conservative talk that includes top news of the day, brings special guests to our audience, and visits live with audience members who join our conversations toll-free at 1-866-37-TRUTH. (1-866-378-7884)

Don’t forget Part Two of Deep Stater Bill Barr Sells Out Trump and America Sunday!

NOTICE: Please Read Update Below!

At approximately 8:55 AM Central time this morning (Friday), our international streaming company experienced massive failure is their satellite uplinks. We could NOT start our show and gave notice it was a temporary pause. However, because of their issues, TNN Live will NOT air today (Friday). We’ll be back in full swing Monday morning.

Don’t forget our “Saturday Bullet Points.” You can get a weekly “refresh” of the top 10 things that happened during the week that you may have missed. Catch it Saturday morning when you get up and are having coffee.

Sorry for the TNN Live interruption. Have a great weekend!

Dan