Georgia Official Announces Investigations Into Potential Election Law Violations

H/T Western Journal.

I am sure if they look in the right places they will find voter fraud.

Georgia’s top elections official on Monday announced investigations into potential violations of election law even as he continued to defend the integrity of the state’s election against what he said are baseless attacks.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said during a news conference at the state Capitol that his office continues to investigate any credible claims of illegal voting and violations of state election law. His office currently has more than 250 open cases from this year, he said.

He singled out groups that he said are working to register people in other states to vote in a high-profile runoff election for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats.

His office’s 23 investigators also continue to look into allegations of problems with absentee ballots, as well as claims of people who voted twice, people who cast a ballot in a dead person’s name and non-residents who voted in Georgia, he said.

But Raffensperger also punched back — as he has repeatedly in the weeks since the Nov. 3 general election — at allegations of widespread election fraud that are circulating online.

President Donald Trump, who is currently losing to Democrat Joe Biden in Georgia, is among those criticizing the state’s handling of the election.

“There are those who are exploiting the emotions of many Trump supporters with fantastic claims, half-truths, misinformation and, frankly, they’re misleading the president as well, apparently,” Raffensperger said.

The secretary of state’s office is looking into a sworn statement from a Republican official in Gwinnett County, in Atlanta’s northeastern suburbs, that says there were more absentee ballots than absentee ballot envelopes, Raffensperger said.

“This is the kind of specific charge that our office can investigate and ascertain the truth,” he said.

Raffensperger said his investigators are also looking into specific allegations of improper actions by four groups.

America Votes has sent absentee ballot applications to people at addresses where they haven’t lived in more than 25 years, while Vote Forward tried to register a dead Alabama woman to vote in Georgia and the New Georgia Project sent voter registration applications to New York City, he said.

A spokesperson for America Votes said in an email to The Associated Press that the group is working to make sure every voice is heard.

“America Votes has mailed registered voters in Georgia applications to safely and securely vote by mail in the January runoffs. These mailings were sent to the list of registered voters maintained by the Secretary of State,” Sahil Mehrotra wrote.

Vote Forward and the New Georgia Project didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment Monday.

Raffensperger also said a group called Operation New Voter Registration Georgia is telling college students they can change their registration to vote in Georgia for the runoff and then change it back to another state after the election.

That group doesn’t seem to have an online presence, and an email sent to an address on a flier circulating on Twitter bounced back, saying the account doesn’t exist.

County election workers around the state are currently working on a recount of the presidential race that was requested by the Trump campaign, and Raffensperger said he expects them to finish by the Wednesday night deadline.

Under state law, the losing candidate can request a recount when the margin is less than 0.5 percent. Certified results showed Trump losing to Biden by 12,670 votes, or 0.25 percent.

The recount, which is being done using scanners that read and tabulate votes, is the third time the votes in the presidential race are being counted in Georgia.

After the initial count following Election Day, Raffensperger selected the presidential race for an audit required by state law. Because of the tight margin, he said, the audit required the roughly 5 million votes in that contest to be recounted by hand.

Ga. Secretary of State Investigating Warnock-Led Voter Registration Group

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

How much of a role did this suspected fraud play in the presidential election?

Dems have praised Sec. of State Raffensperger integrity.

A voter registration group that was led by Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock until earlier this year is under investigation for allegedly sending ballot applications to non-residents, the Georgia secretary of state announced on Monday.

The New Georgia Project, where Warnock served as CEO until February, is one of four voter sign-up groups being probed for improper registration activities, Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger said in a press conference.

The announcement comes as Democrats have praised Raffensperger, a Republican, for pushing back against President Donald Trump’s allegations of election fraud in Georgia during the presidential election. Meanwhile, Warnock, who is engaged in a heated race that could determine party control of the Senate, dismissed past investigations of voter fraud against the group as “alarmist.”

While Raffensperger said he has not seen indications of systemic fraud, he said there is evidence of “third-party groups working to register people in other states to vote here in Georgia.”

Raffensperger said the New Georgia Project “sent voter registration applications to New York City,” in a potential violation of state law.

“Voting in Georgia when you are not a resident of Georgia is a felony,” said Raffensperger. “These third-party groups have a responsibility to not encourage illegal voting. If they do so, they will be held responsible.”

Warnock was listed as CEO of the New Georgia Project from 2017 until Feb. 21, 2020, according to the group’s corporate filings. He has been identified as the New Georgia Project’s chairman and spokesman in media reports and has said he organized voter mobilization drives for the group, including a push to register 80,000 new minority voters in 2014. His campaign did not respond to a request for comment about the ongoing investigation.

Walter Jones, a spokesman for the Georgia secretary of state’s office, said he was not aware of Warnock’s connection to the New Georgia Project and declined to provide additional details on the allegations, citing the ongoing investigation.

The New Georgia Project is a “nonpartisan effort to register and civically engage Georgians,” according to its website. The group, which was founded by failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, has registered “nearly 400,000 people from underrepresented communities to vote in Georgia,” its website claims.

Warnock, a pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, is headed into a runoff election against incumbent senator Kelly Loeffler (R., Ga.) on Jan. 5. The race is one of two in Georgia that will determine party control of the Senate next year.

The New Georgia Project was the subject of a prior voter fraud probe by the secretary of state’s office in 2014, when contractors working for the group were accused of forging voter registration applications. The case was referred to law enforcement in 2017, but charges were never brought.

Supporters of the New Georgia Project criticized the 2014 investigation as an attempt at voter suppression. “Using the word voter fraud is alarmist, and it was totally unnecessary,” said Warnock in 2017, arguing that the lack of charges against the group showed that it has “excellent internal controls and that we have followed the law.”

Raffensperger said on Monday that three other voter registration groups are also under investigation by his office. One of the organizations, America Votes, allegedly sent “absentee ballot applications to people at addresses where they have not lived since 1994,” said Raffensperger.

A group called Vote Forward is accused of registering a dead Alabama voter in Georgia, and another, Operation New Voter Registration Georgia, is accused of encouraging college students to temporarily change their residency for the purpose of voting in the state.

 

History of 9mm Luger, The Most Prolific Centerfire Pistol Round ~VIDEO

H/T AmmoLand.



Logan digs deep into the development of the 9mm Luger cartridge. Is this the most produced pistol round in history?

 

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The 9mm Luger cartridge is, arguably, the most popular and adaptable cartridge to come out of the 20th century. To take it a step further, it might be the most popular handgun cartridge of all time. Up until very recently, the 9mm cartridge could be found literally everywhere for less than a quarter apiece. Now, they’ve become harder to find than an honest person in Washington.

To help ease the ammo hardship, one lucky AmmoLand subscriber is going to win 5,000 rounds of Blazer Brass 9mm 115-grain FMJ ammo. We’ll tell you how you can win in a minute, but first, what do you really know about the history of the round? In 1902, Austrian arms designer Georg Luger created the new cartridge for DWM to compliment the semi-automatic pistol that they were making that also just so happened to bear his name.

Georg Luger

Nothing ever happens in a vacuum, and all new creations come to be by standing on the shoulders of things that came before them. Georg Luger was no exception to this. He came up with the 9x19mm cartridge by altering his previous 7.65x21mm cartridge that was introduced in 1898.

That cartridge owed its development to an even earlier design: the 7.65x25mm Borchardt, which was developed by Hugo Borchardt for use in his C-93 semi-automatic pistol. Like every proud parent of an ugly child, Hugo thought his gun was great. Unfortunately, anyone not related to him felt otherwise. Sales languished and the guns sat as surplus for about 20 years.

Borchardt’s pistol and cartridge were reworked by Luger to create the first version of the pistol that would bear his name in the 7.65x21mm cartridge, but the Germans were anxious to adopt a larger caliber sidearm.

Luger set to work designing a new cartridge and redesigning his pistol to match it. He removed the bottleneck shape from the cartridge and created a tapered, rimless design. The result was the 9x19mm Parabellum. Or, the 9x19mm Luger, 9mm Luger, 9mm Parabellum, 9mm NATO, or, what most of us simply call the 9mm.

The cartridge was submitted for testing to the British Small Arms Committee in 1902 and to the US for tests at Springfield Armory in Massachusetts in 1903. The following year, an additional 50 pistols and 25,000 rounds of 9mm ammo were sent to Springfield for more serious testing.

Hugo Borchardt

The German Navy adopted the new cartridge in 1904 and the German Army followed suit four years later in 1908. That date provided the name most often associated with the adopted pistol: the Luger P08. Unlike the Germans, the US would, ultimately, choose the .45 ACP cartridge in March 1911 and ignited a caliber war that still rages today.

The idea of developing a variety of different bullet types and grain weights was not something that waited until the cartridge’s popular adoption. Instead, it happened fairly quickly.

For example, in the years before World War I, DWM manufactured truncated hollow point bullets for use by colonial troops in Africa.

During World War I, Germany’s earliest 9mm loads used 124-grain FMJ bullets with truncated noses. By 1915, they had switched to 115-grain FMJ bullets with round noses.

Before getting too far into the 20th century, we have to address the 19th-century elephant in the room: the Hague Convention of 1899. This “meeting of the minds” resulted in a treaty with three major declarations, the final one stating that signatory nations agreed to a “Prohibition of the Use of Bullets which can Easily Expand or Change their Form inside the Human Body such as Bullets with a Hard Covering which does not Completely Cover the Core, or containing Indentations.”

In plain terms, this was meant to prohibit the use of soft-point bullets, which had a partial metal jacket and an exposed soft tip, as well as rounds with incisions in the tip to aid in expansion. The latter is, of course, a distant cousin to the modern hollow point round. This prohibition would limit signatory states to ball ammo.

The 9x19mm cartridge evolved from the 7.65x21mm cartridge.

Countries that participated in the Convention agreed to these declarations and signed on the dotted line … with one big exception: the United States signed part, but not all, of the document. Most notably, we did not sign the portion that limited the type of ammo that could be used.

So, no, the US was not bound to use ball ammo by the Hague Convention, simply because we didn’t sign that part of it. Even if we had, it wouldn’t have mattered much anyway. Germany signed the declaration that forbid use of projectiles whose sole purpose was to spread asphyxiating poison gas, but they made quick use of such weapons (followed quickly by plenty of other countries) in World War I.

Alright, moving on!

9mm Mauser P08 Luger
Despite the first models entering service during the First World War, the P08 was made for several years afterward like this 1936 Mauser-made S/42 Luger. IMG Jim Grant

After World War I, the caliber’s popularity picked up some steam with the widespread development of the machine pistol (or, submachine gun), most of which were chambered in 9mm. Both semi-automatic pistols and submachine guns chambered for 9mm Parabellum were introduced in Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland all before World War II.

During World War II, Germany attempted to conserve lead by introducing rounds with iron cores encased in lead. They were identified by a black jacket to begin with, but by 1944 had become the standard, so the colored jacket was discontinued.

At the same time, the Germans also developed a 150-grain FMJ bullet with subsonic properties for use with silenced weapons.

Beretta 92x 9mm Jim Grant
The 92 series of Beretta pistols became the M9 under military use and even morphed into tactical versions like this from Langdon Tactical.IMG Jim Grant

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known simply as NATO, was formed in 1949. In 1955, they adopted the 9x19mm cartridge as its official sidearm cartridge. This made sense as many of the member nations were already fielding sidearms chambered for the round.

In the coming decades, the 9mm would steadily increase its foothold in the global ammo market. The United States military adopted the Beretta M9 semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9mm in 1985, ending the .45 ACP’s reign after 74 years.

At the same time, law enforcement firearms underwent a dramatic shift away from revolvers in .38 Special or .357 Magnum to semi-automatic pistols. While there has been some adoption of .40 caliber for these purposes, the 9mm has undeniably risen to the top.

A very similar trend was seen in the civilian handgun market. The prevalence of military, law enforcement, and civilian preference for the cartridge has cemented its place in ammo history. By 2013, the 9mm Luger accounted for 21.4% of the entire world cartridge market.

Seven years later, in 2020, the 9mm is more popular than ever before, but recent developments have certainly made it harder to find on physical shelves and in digital shopping carts.

That’s why we’re coming full circle to the beginning of this history lesson. Now that you know all about the 9mm Luger’s history and development, it means you’ll appreciate it all the more if you’re the lucky AmmoLand subscriber who is chosen to win 5,000 rounds of Blazer Brass 9mm 115-grain FMJ ammo.

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FedEx Driver Pulls His Own Gun, Kills Robber After Being Shot In Stomach

H/T The Daily Caller.

The FedEx driver had presents of mind to return fire and take out the bad guy.

A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania FedEx driver pulled out his own weapon and fatally wounded an armed robber who had just shot him in the stomach.

The 32-year-old driver had just finished making a delivery to a Northeast Philadelphia home Tuesday evening around 7 P.M. when an armed man approached and robbed him. At some point during the encounter, the gunman shot the driver in the abdomen, CBS Philly reported.

The driver then reportedly pulled out his own weapon and fired, then drove himself to a nearby parking lot.

“He was able to tell police that he was making a delivery on the 600 block of Unruh and right when he got done making that delivery he was approached by at least one male and he was robbed at point of gun,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told CBS Philly.

 
 

“Initially, we did not know whether the perpetrator was struck by gunfire,” said Small, until police found the 27-year-old gunman in a residential driveway with chest, back and torso gunshot wounds.

The robber was transported to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police reportedly found a vehicle with blood, a shell casing, and several stolen items inside, CBS Philly reported. A second suspect was found with the vehicle. 

 

Police are currently determining whether the driver’s actions constituted an act of self-defense.

WATCH: (from CBS Philly)

 

Customer Who Stopped For Takeout In Philadelphia Takes Out Robber With Single Shot, Police Say

H/T The Daily Caller.

A good guy with a gun saves the day at the Wingstop.

 

A man who stopped for takeout late Sunday night in Philadelphia thwarted a robbery, police said.

Police told the Daily Caller they received an emergency call for a robbery-shooting inside Wingstop in the 2100 block Cottman Avenue around 10:15 p.m., where an unidentified 53-year-old male was robbing the store at gunpoint.

“[He] walked in, went behind the counter, announced a robbery and asked for all the money,” Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Scott Small told WPVI.

 

However, before employees could hand over the cash, an unidentified 27-year-old entered the store, according to police. The man was unaware that he walked into a robbery and was reportedly talking on his cell phone, according to WPVI. 

“That’s when the robber pointed a gun at that customer and demanded his cell phone,” Small told WPVI.

The customer then pulled out his legally owned firearm and shot the suspect, hitting him in the neck. The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics around 10:30 p.m., according to police.

 

The customer has complied with the investigation, which is still ongoing, and is not expected to face any charges, according to WPVI.

“The customer, who was also a victim because he had the gun pointed at him, remained on the scene, did cooperate with police,” Small said, according to KYW-TV. “We do have his weapon. We know that just one shot was fired from that customer.”

 

 

The Man Who Invented the First Gas Mask

H/T Smithsonian Magazine.

I did not know this about gas mask.

John Haldane came up with a rudimentary gas mask to protect Allied troops during WWI

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John Scott Haldane at his laboratory in Oxford. (Boston Medical Library/Wikimedia Commons)

 

Unprepared for German forces to use chlorine gas as a weapon, many Allied soldiers suffocated, unprotected, during the Battle of Ypres in 1915.

But they gained protection thanks to the efforts of scientists who worked on the home front. One of these scientists was John Scott Haldane, whose spectacular moustache (see above) would likely have prevented him from getting a good seal when wearing a gas mask.

Haldane, born on this day in 1860 in Edinburgh, Scotland, got his medical degree in 1884. But he wasn’t a practicing doctor: instead he was a medical researcher, writes the Science Museum in London. He taught at several universities and developed medical remedies for common industrial ailments. Haldane’s particular project was mining. Smithsonian has written about Haldane before, because he was the man who devised the idea of using canaries and other small animals in coal mines to detect odorless, deadly gases. He had also done previous work on how to protect miners from gas using respirators, according to Jerry Chester for the BBC.

But Haldane’s other big contribution didn’t just endanger birds: It endangered him and his family. Thirty years into his career, in 1915, Haldane was sent to Ypres after the battle, the BBC writes.

His job was to ID the kind of gas that was being used. Haldane and his team were able to identify the gas used at Ypres as chlorine by examining discolored metal buttons on soldiers’ uniforms.

After he returned to his home in Oxford, England, he started experimenting to find out what would keep the gas out. On himself. And his family.

The scientist’s lab was in his home, and he employed his daughter Naomi, then a teenager, as a research assistant, historian Steve Sturdy told the BBC. Haldane and his fellow researchers would expose themselves to gas and test its effects.

“Naomi was stationed outside the door, which had a window in it, with instructions that if any of them were incapacitated she should get them out as quickly as possible and perform artificial respiration on them,” Sturdy says.       

Before Haldane and his team made innovations in keeping soldiers safe from gas, the suggested remedy on the front lines was holding a urine-soaked handkerchief or urine-soaked socks to the face, Chester writes.

Then Haldane’s first effort was a “makeshift” respirator, Sturdy told the BBC, called the “Black Veil” respirator. “Basically it was pads of cotton waste that were wrapped in gauze and soaked in a solution, sodium thiosulphate, which neutralized the effects of low concentrations of chlorine gas.

But it was far from a solution. One stretcher bearer quoted in Chester’s article described being among the first to use the veil respirator:

But, I found using it in the gas cloud that after a couple of minutes one couldn’t breathe and so it was pushed up over the forehead and we swallowed the gas.

It was not a practical proposition at all.

As the frequency and concentration of gas attacks grew, the technology needed to change. Haldane helped to work on the box respirator, the direct ancestor of the modern gas mask.

Edward Harrison finally designed the small box respirator that was the direct ancestor of modern respirators. (Wikimedia Commons)

The box respirator was ultimately designed by another scientist, Edward Harrison, who died prematurely because of exposure to gas during testing.

“They were fighting a war in the laboratory at Oxford, and I think to understand what they were doing and the risks that they faced I think you need to understand the urgency of the situation that they saw themselves in,” Sturdy said.

Disabled Man Fends Off Home Invader After Police Fail To Respond

H/T Bearing Arms.

The big question is why didn’t the deputies respond to the 911 calls?

As gun owners, we’re well aware of the adage that “when seconds count, police are only minutes away.” Bill Norkunas, a 70-year old resident of Broward County, Florida, can tell you firsthand just how accurate that statement is, because he was forced to fend off a home intruder for more than fifteen minutes earlier this month while sheriff’s deputies waited at the end of his street.

Norkunas, who had polio as a child and has suffered lifelong disabilities ever since, had just gotten out of the shower on the evening of November 7th when he saw a shadowy form outside of his bathroom window. He turned on an outside light hoping to scare the stranger away, but instead the man was drawn like a moth to a flame to the front door of Norkunas’ home.

 

Norkunas grabbed his gun and his phone and called 911 while he warned the stranger that he would shoot if necessary. Despite repeated calls by neighbors and Norkunas himself, however, sheriffs deputies got no closer than 500 yards to Norkunas, and now the Broward County Sheriff’s Office isn’t answering any questions about why deputies didn’t respond, issuing a statement to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper filled with boilerplate language about an ongoing investigation and promises that the office is constantly reviewing and assessing “its responses to emergency calls in order to provide the highest level of service to the public.”

Neighbors would not call the response “the highest level.” Instead of stopping the would-be-intruder at Norkunas’ door, witnesses said, the deputies stayed down the street and around a corner, some 500 yards away while Norkunas and his neighbors flooded the 911 emergency communications system begging for help for almost 15 minutes.

“If he opens the door can I shoot him?” Norkunas asks the 911 dispatcher about two minutes into his phone call for help.

By the third minute, Norkunas is telling the dispatcher that the stranger is trying to kick the door in, according to recording of the call. While still on the phone with the dispatcher, Norkunas can be heard warning the stranger that he better leave or he is going to get shot. Until this point in his life, Norkunas had never pointed a gun at anyone before.

“Get the cops here quick,” he barks into the phone at minute four.

Three minutes later, Norkunas’ voice is weary: “Sheriff, hurry up please.”

Three more minutes pass. “Where the hell are the cruisers? … They are still not here. Jesus Christ. There’s still no cruisers. Come to my house, please please.”

He tells the dispatcher his glass door is smashed in and he doesn’t know what to do. The dispatcher tells him the deputies are canvassing the area to “make sure no one else gets hurt.”

Even after Norkunas’ glass door was shattered deputies failed to respond. In fact, the suspect, 23-year old Timothy Johnson, eventually wandered away from Norkunas’ home and began trying to break into several other homes, all while Norkunas’ neighbor Julio Fuentes watched and followed from a distance while on the phone with dispatchers.

“Oh God, oh God, Oh God he’s walking to my f— house. Holy f—. Please help me. … Please hurry the f– up,” cried out another neighbor, who spent several minutes on the phone with a dispatcher initially trying to get help for Norkunas and then for herself as Johnson headed toward her house.

With each minute that passes, the more incensed the woman becomes.

The dispatcher tries to assure her help is on the way.

With Fuentes still following the man, the man then goes to another neighbor’s house. The woman tells this to the dispatcher. “Oh my God this guy is f— terrorizing everybody’s house and you guys are nowhere to be found.”

She lays into the dispatcher: “He could have gotten away and he could have hurt someone. My neighbor is disabled. My neighbor walks with a cane and you guys take your time. You guys take your f— time.

The dispatcher replies: “They were not taking their time.”

Evenually Johnson wandered close enough to where deputies had gathered several hundred yards away and was taken into custody, but the incident has left Norkunas and his neighbors shaken. Norkunas says that almost every neighbor he’s spoken to says they now want a gun of their own in case something like this happens again.

The response, or lack thereof, on the part of Broward County deputies brings to mind the similar response to the shootings at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, when deputies waited outside the school rather than rush into the building to confront the shooter.

The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that law enforcement have no obligation to protect you as an individual, so Norkunas and his neighbors have no legal recourse against the sheriff’s department for refusing to respond to the multiple 911 calls. Norkunas says the sheriff’s office offered him $500 from the county’s victim services fund, which he refused.

Johnson, meanwhile, has already been released from custody on $14,100 bail. I hope for his sake that he stays far away from Norkunas’ neighborhood, because I have a feeling that the residents aren’t going to be waiting for police to respond the next time someone tries breaking into their homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEO Who Defended AR-15 Sales Ban Now Leaving DICK’s

H/T Breitbart.

Dicks Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack is abandoning a sinking ship.

Ed Stack, the CEO who defended banning AR-15 and “high capacity” magazine sales at Dick’s Sporting Goods, is stepping down from his position.

Breitbart News reported DICK’s banned the sales of “assault-style rifles” and “high capacity” magazines two weeks after the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting.

On April 17, 2018, Breitbart News reported Dick’s was destroying their unsold “assault rifles,” rather than sending them back to their respective manufacturers. Dick’s also chose to destroy their unsold “high capacity” magazines.

On December 3, 2018, Rush Limbaugh referenced the Parkland High School shooting and noted the establishment responded to the incident by trying to make it look like “all of America hates guns” and “Americans want guns gone.” He suggested Dick’s bought the media’s claims hook, line, and sinker, saying, “Dick’s tries to capitalize. They go public announcing they are stopping selling guns, ammo, pictures of guns, whatever it is.”

He added, “Now the bottom’s falling out and they’re warning investors.”

But CEO Stack stood his ground, and in March 2019 made clear he was alright with $150 million loss over the gun control stance.

Bloomberg.com quoted Stack saying, “The system does not work. It’s important that when you know there’s something that’s not working, and it’s to the detriment of the public, you have to stand up.”

Dick’s stock has since returned to pre-2018 levels, and with the New York Post reporting Stack credits a pandemic-driven fitness boom with helping the business’s recovery.

WIVT 34 reports Stack is stepping down from Dick’s. He will be succeeded on February 1, 2021, by Lauren Hobert, currently the president of Dick’s.

What Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary will mean for American taxpayers: Grover Norquist

H/T Fox News.

Bend over and grab your ankles because Yellen and Biden are going to screw you be repealing the Trump Tax Cuts.

We are going to get the third term of Obama record job loss and businesses folding.

There is a video of Yellen but there is now way to embed it. 

Liberal Janet Yellen will gladly carry out Joe Biden’s tax hike plans.

President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday that he will nominate Janet Yellen, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, to be his Secretary of the Treasury.

What does that mean to American taxpayers?

To start, it means your personal income taxes will increase, your 401k will drop in value as the Biden administration and Yellen increase the corporate tax on the corporate stocks in your 401k, and your cost of gasoline and energy will increase.

Most telling, Yellen has previously stated her opposition to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, also known as the “Trump tax cuts” which reduced the corporate income tax and personal income tax.

She wrote in a co-bylined op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018 that there was no need for a tax cut because, “the economy was already at or close to full employment and did not need a boost.”

Americans who found jobs after the enactment of the tax cuts would disagree. After the tax cuts were signed into law in December 2017, the unemployment rate dropped from 4.1% down to 3.5% just before the pandemic hit. African American unemployment dropped from 6.7% to 5.8% and Hispanic unemployment dropped from 5.0% to 4.4%.

5,122,000 jobs were created from December 2017 to February 2020. The labor force participation rate rose from 62.7% to 63.4%.

 

Median household income increased by $4,440 or 6.8% in 2019 — the largest one-year wage growth in history.

All that will run backwards by repealing the tax cut that gave us the growth and jobs.

Biden and Vice Presdient-elect Kamala Harris said repeatedly during the 2020 presidential campaign that they will “eliminate” the Trump tax cuts on “day one.” Such a repeal would impose a $2,000 annual tax hike on a median-income family of four and a $1,300 tax hike on a median income single parent with one child.

Repeal of the tax cuts also means the individual mandate tax will come back into force, hitting five million households with a $695 – $2,085 tax. 75% of these households make less than $50,000 per year.

The liberal Yellen will gladly carry out Biden’s tax hike plans. Biden wants to double the top capital gains rate to 40%, the highest since Jimmy Carter in 1977. He wants everyone — “every single solitary person” — to pay capital gains taxes at ordinary income tax rates.

Biden also wants to impose yet another middle-income tax hike by eliminating the step-up as the basis for capital gains. When you try to leave an asset to your spouse or children, he will force an immediate capital gains realization upon transfer of the asset.

Trump permanently lowered the U.S. corporate income tax to 21% which finally made America competitive with other nations on tax policy. Yellen will be tasked with helping Biden raise the corporate tax rate to 28%, even higher than Communist China’s 25%.

The Treasury also oversees the IRS, so look for Biden and Yellen to increase the IRS enforcement budget so more agents can audit your small business.

Choosing Yellen tells us that Biden will keep his promise/threat to impose a tax on energy. Yellen is a longtime supporter of placing a tax on energy.

She has endorsed an energy/carbon tax of $40 a ton which translates into a 40-cent increase in the cost of a gallon of gasoline when you fill your tank. This energy/carbon tax will also increase the cost of your home heating oil, natural gas, and the cost of all products shipped to stores or your home by truck, plane, or rail.

Once in law, the Yellen carbon tax automatically ratchets up each year. A tax increase every year, on autopilot, without a vote from congress. A new gusher of your tax dollars pouring into Washington DC, a politician’s dream.

Even former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to endorse such a tax when she ran for president in 2016 because her studies showed a carbon tax would devastate low and middle-income households. And picking Yellen also signals that it is full speed ahead on increasing spending.

Rather than enact the $500 million COVID-focused legislation from the Republican senate, Yellen and Biden support the $3 trillion spending spree to subsidize states and big cities that bankrupted themselves due to decades of overspending and mismanagement plus gold-plated pension for unionized government workers.

Promising to nominate Yellen to lead the Treasury Department, an advocate of higher income taxes and new taxes on energy/gas demonstrates that Biden will follow through on his threat to raise taxes at least $4 trillion and did not mean a word of his promise to never raise a penny of any tax on taxes on anyone who earns less than $400,000. Let’s be honest, most people filling up their tanks with gas make somewhat less than $400,000.