Report: Biden plans tax-funded legal services program for “Remain in Mexico” immigrants

Source: Fox News

“The Biden administration will look to make it easier for immigrants to seek legal services across the southern border with the launch of the Legal Access at the Border (LAB) program. The program will launch in seven border cities, including San Diego, Calexico, Nogales, El Paso, Eagle Pass, Laredo, and Brownsville — all cities in which the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) was once enforced. MPP (also known as the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy) appears to have provided the motivation to create the program in the first place: Many legal aid organizations have remained wary of providing assistance due to the program, which some believe presents a humanitarian issue. U.S. authorities [abducted] more than 1.7 million immigrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border during the 2021 fiscal year, which ended in September — the most since the passage of President Ronald Reagan’s sweeping immigration reform bill in 1986.” (01/23/22)

Dissecting the Supreme Court’s Split Decision on Vaccine Mandates

Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Fisher

“Note that the switch by Justices Roberts and Kavanaugh from blocking a vaccine mandate in the one case to allowing a vaccine mandate in the other case created the mess and confusion about the power of the Federal government to mandate that Americans be jabbed with a vaccine or lose their jobs. This reinforces the ‘enigma of Justice Roberts’ and perhaps the alliance in that ‘enigma’ of Justice Kavanaugh.” (01/21/22)

Out-of-control Congress and Fed need binding rules

Source: Fox News
by Vance Ginn & Alexander William Salter

“‘May you live in interesting times,’ goes the old Chinese curse. When it comes to economics, ‘interesting’ usually means the sky is falling. Inflation reached seven percent at the end of 2021, a rate not seen in forty years. The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet more than doubled to $8.8 trillion since early 2020. And Uncle Sam’s fiscal house is in shambles. The 2021 budget deficit was almost $2.8 trillion, putting the national debt at $28.5 trillion — nearly 130 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. To call this imprudent would be a massive understatement. We need fiscal and monetary rules now. Money mischief and fiscal follies are intimately related. This isn’t because deficit spending causes inflation — things aren’t that simple. Instead, profligate spending and careless money-printing reinforce each other. When politicians and bureaucrats have too much leeway, they pursue short-run benefits at the expense of long-run viability.” (01/22/22)

Italy: Presidential balloting to begin Monday as Berlusconi drops out

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Italian parliamentarians will begin casting their votes for a new president on Monday after the scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi abandoned his dream of becoming the next head of state. More than 1,000 lawmakers and regional delegates will participate in the complex secret ballot, described as being akin to the appointment of a new pope, that could go through several rounds before a successor to Sergio Mattarella, who is due to step down on 3 February, is elected. The winner of the seven-year mandate requires a two-thirds majority within the first three rounds of voting; from the fourth, an absolute majority is sufficient. Only on three occasions in the history of the election has a new president emerged in the first round.” (01/23/22)

NATO Bears Some Responsibility For The Ukraine Crisis

Source: The American Conservative
by Ivan Eland

“Great power spheres of influence, despite naive and self-serving internationalist rhetoric to the contrary, are far from outmoded. They are still widely recognized by international affairs experts as the harsh reality in anarchic international circumstances, and provide the best chance for peace among rival great powers, given such a harsh environment. After the Soviet Union and its competing Warsaw Pact alliance collapsed at the end of the Cold War, instead of the triumphalist expansion to Russia’s insecure western borders, NATO should have either dissolved or admitted most European countries, including Russia. This would have eschewed its Article V military purpose and made NATO only a diplomatic problem-solving forum for Europe.” (01/21/22)

Groups Warn US Lawmakers Against Fueling “New Cold War” With China

Source: Common Dreams

“Ahead of congressional negotiations on a key technology bill, 32 global justice groups on Friday demanded revisions to the pending legislation that will encourage the United States and China to ‘resolve bilateral and global challenges through dialogue and cooperation, rather than conflict and one-upmanship.’ The organizations’ letter to lawmakers focuses on the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which passed the Senate with bipartisan support last June and would pour billions of dollars into American manufacturing and technology research to boost competition with China. The Chinese government has openly criticized and lobbied against the USICA because, as Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin put it last year, the bill ‘distorts the facts’ and ‘smears China’s development path and domestic and foreign policies.'” (01/23/22)

Trump and Tiberius, Uncle Joe and Little Boots, supply chains and debt

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“As a historian pointed out, the Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus (nicknamed Caligula which translates as ‘little boots’ — named for the footwear of the legionnaires) was actually loved by the Roman people. They did not care that he was sleeping with his sisters, hosting giant orgies, murdering innocent people, or feasting on peacocks, they loved Caligula because he shared the surplus of Roman wealth with the people and not just the aristocracy, he contributed vast amounts of money to the Roman racecourses and coliseum, to building lavish bathhouses and other institutions, including brothels, pleasure houses, and casinos which the pre-Christian Roman population had absolutely no qualms about. The still-relatively-efficient Roman bureaucracy and military established by Augustus and managed fairly well by Tiberius kept things going in Rome and the provinces. Except for things like the insane pontoon bridge.” (01/21/22)

NH: Legislators introduce secession bill

Source: Conway Daily Sun

“New Hampshire could be its own sovereign nation under a Constitutional Amendment proposed by state Rep. Mike Sylvia (R-Belmont) and now making its way through the halls of Concord, and if successful, to the ballot box. Sylvia offered the measure Thursday for the state to peacefully secede from the United States. To get it past the House Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs would be the first step for CACR 32. … The analysis of the Constitutional Amendment reads that the concurrent resolution ‘declares the state’s independence from the United States and moves New Hampshire forward as a sovereign nation.'” (01/21/22)