US Government Scientist Reveals New COVID Monitoring Device That Gets Implanted Under Skin

H/T Western Journal.

I do not care what this chip could do I would not take one.

Technology and medicine could produce an implant that allows a person’s health to be tracked.

Retired Army Col. Matt Hepburn, who worked for years with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, talked about the project in an interview that aired Sunday on the CBS show “60 Minutes.”

Hepburn — who still works for the Army as a physician and as “joint product lead,” according to his LinkedIn page — showed off the implant to Bill Whitaker of CBS, who noted how the device could be used.

“Consider a ship like the USS Theodore Roosevelt — hobbled last year when 1,271 crew members tested positive for the coronavirus. What if everyone on board had their health monitored with this subdermal implant, now in late-stage testing?” Whitaker said. “It’s not some dreaded government microchip to track your every move, but a tissue-like gel engineered to continuously test your blood.”

“It’s a sensor,” Hepburn said, displaying one of the creations.

“That tiny green thing in there, you put it underneath your skin and what that tells you is that there are chemical reactions going on inside the body and that signal means you are going to have symptoms tomorrow,” he said.

Hepburn likened the sensor to the “check engine” light on a car.

“Sailors would get the signal, then self-administer a blood draw and test themselves on site,” he said.

Results would be almost instant, he said.

“We can have that information in three to five minutes,” Hepburn said.

“As you truncate that time, as you diagnose and treat, what you do is you stop the infection in its tracks.”

The news outlet Defense One outlined how an implanted sensor developed by the company Profusa, which is funded by DARPA, would work.

“The sensor has two parts. One is a 3mm string of hydrogel, a material whose network of polymer chains is used in some contact lenses and other implants. Inserted under the skin with a syringe, the string includes a specially engineered molecule that sends a fluorescent signal outside of the body when the body begins to fight an infection,” the report said.

“The other part is an electronic component attached to the skin. It sends light through the skin, detects the fluorescent signal and generates another signal that the wearer can send to a doctor, website, etc. It’s like a blood lab on the skin that can pick up the body’s response to illness before the presence of other symptoms, like coughing.”

Last year, many social media users spread claims that Microsoft founder Bill Gates proposed implanting microchips in everyone to stop the coronavirus. Reuters later ruled that claim was false.

Trump Was Right Everyone Can Get COVID Vaccine in April

H/T Western Journal.

Donald Trump is winning even though he is no longer in office.

How ever the drive- by media will try to credit Joe Pee Pads Biden.

It’s been over a year since COVID-19 first took the United States — and the world — by storm. And now, confirming former President Donald Trump’s prediction from last September, it appears the long-touted coronavirus vaccine is available to every American who wants it.

At the time, the liberal media labeled his prediction impossible.

“Trump says, without evidence, every American will get coronavirus vaccine by April,” The Washington Post reported on Sept. 18.

“Trump says every American can get a coronavirus vaccine by April, but health experts say that’s not likely,” CNN said the same day, reiterating The Post’s criticism of the former president.

The New York Times also joined in on bashing Trump’s prediction on Sept. 20, with a headline stating, “Top U.S. Health Officials Tiptoe Around Trump’s Vaccine Timeline.”

Now it is April and we have enough hindsight to effectively determine whether the former president’s ambitious plan was, in fact, as overreaching as the liberal media claimed.

Once again, Trump was right and the mainstream media was wrong.

Of course, at the time, the prediction seemed ambitious — impossible, even. But how much of the liberal media’s criticism was legitimate skepticism and how much was simply partisan?

It seemed that the former president could do nothing right in their eyes, but pandemic recovery should, by no means, fall subject to such partisanship.

Trump spearheaded the vaccine distribution program while he was still president and worked to paint a picture of optimism for Americans during a dark segment of history.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense, highlighted the Trump administration’s strategy to “deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the American people as quickly and reliably as possible” through a plan known as “Operation Warp Speed” last September.

The progress that his administration catalyzed proves highly successful months later.

Health officials began administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public in December, according to The Wall Street Journal, nine months after massive shutdowns ensued.

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden’s administration announced that “any adult in any state will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination by April 19,” according to The Washington Times.

So, yes, Trump’s prediction has been verified months later. What does this say about the liberal media’s relentless criticism of every aspect of his efforts, including his plans for vaccine distribution and pandemic recovery?

Though some experts agreed with Trump at the time, the media was quick to write off his assertions that the vaccine would be accessible to every American within a few months.

Ironically, the Biden administration appears to be rolling out a vaccine timeline similar to the one set in place by Trump. Perhaps this reiterates the former president’s belief that a widespread vaccine would soon become a reality.

It seems that Trump deserves some credit for his predictions although, by evidence of the left’s past, receiving that credit is highly unlikely.

Multiple New Governors Take Cue from DeSantis, Take Vocal Stand Against Vaccine Passport

H/T Western Journal.

I hope Governor Eric Holcomb(R-IN)takes note of these states actions and follows suit.

The governors of Missouri and Kansas took a stand against the proposed COVID-19 “vaccine passports,” following the lead of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.

“I do NOT support a vaccine passport and have no intention of implementing one in the State of Missouri,” Republican Gov. Mike Parson tweeted Monday.

 

Parson clarified in a news conference last week that while he won’t require the so-called passports in Missouri, private companies are allowed to adopt them, according to WDAF-TV.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly told reporters that she is concentrating on getting her constituents vaccinated.

“I have no interest in vaccine passports,” the Democratic governor said on Monday. “We will not be issuing those under my authority.”

Vaccine “passports” have been proposed for those wanting to travel, attend concerts and patronize reopened businesses, among other things.

“The passports are expected to be free and available through applications for smartphones, which could display a scannable code similar to an airline boarding pass,” The Washington Post reported.

DeSantis signed an executive order last week, which bans Floridians from having to show their coronavirus immunity status.

“Today I issued an executive order prohibiting the use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports,” the governor tweeted.

“The Legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon.”

 

In the order, DeSantis argued that “requiring so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports for taking part in everyday life — such as attending a sporting event, patronizing a restaurant, or going to a movie theater — would create two classes of citizens.”

The Missouri Senate also passed an amendment to Senate Bill 46 that would ban so-called vaccination passports in the Show-Me State, WDAF reported.

“No entity in this state shall require documentation of an individual having received a vaccination against any disease in order for the individual to access transportation systems or services,” the amendment reads.

New York is currently the only state requiring so-called vaccine passports for some of its venues, according to The Associated Press.

A senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 response team has said that the Biden administration will only provide guidance for how to develop these “passports,” the New York Post reported.

“The government is not viewing its role as the place to create a passport nor a place to hold the data of citizens. We view this as something that the private sector is doing, and we’ll do what’s important to us,” adviser Andy Slavitt said during a news briefing.

‘Irresponsible, Absolutely Malarkey’: Publix, Democratic State Official Blast ’60 Minutes’ Over Hit Piece on DeSantis

H/T Town Hall.

Just color me shocked that CBS would run a hit piece on a Republican politician. Snark

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis fully disabused the narrative that he engaged in a pay-to-play scheme with Publix over the state’s vaccine rollout, but CBS’s “60 Minutes” deceptively edited out his remarks. Now, the state’s largest grocery store chain and a Democratic state official are coming to his defense. 

 

“The irresponsible suggestion that there was a connection between campaign contributions made to Governor DeSantis and our willingness to join other pharmacies in support of the state’s vaccine distribution efforts is absolutely false and offensive,” Publix said in a statement responding to the “60 Minutes” segment. “We are proud of our pharmacy associates for administering more than 1.5 million doses of vaccine to date and for joining other retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to do our part to help our communities emerge from the pandemic.”

Similarly, former Democratic state Rep. Jared Moskowitz who is currently the director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management blasted “60 Minutes” over the segment. 

“@60Minutes I said this before and I’ll say it again. @Publix was recommended by [FL Division of Emergency Management] and [Florida Dept. Health] as the other pharmacies were not ready to start,” Moskowitz tweeted. “Period! Full Stop! No one from the Governor[‘]s office suggested Publix. It’s just absolute malarkey.”

Liberal reporter Sharyn Alfonsi had confronted DeSantis at a press conference pushing the narrative that he engaged in a pay to play scheme. 

 

“Publix, as you know, donated $100,000 to your campaign, and then you rewarded them with the exclusive rights to distribute the vaccination in Palm Beach …. How is that not pay-to-play?” she asked.

But “60 Minutes” edited out nearly his entire response explaining the process. 

 

Rand Paul Goes Off on Dr. Fauci, Ridicules Idea of Double-Masking

H/T Western Journal.

Everything coming out of Fauci’s mouth is a lie and has zero scientific facts.

If Fauci was to tell me it was dark outside I would go look out a window just to make sure.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky this week shredded Dr. Anthony Fauci with regard to masks, vaccinations and government hypocrisy in relation to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The pair seem to have a budding feud after Paul called out Fauci last week for his mask sensationalism. Paul, whose immune system vanquished the virus nearly a year ago, has made Fauci his target as the pandemic lingers on.

After mocking Fauci for wearing two masks in a Senate hearing, he utterly crushed the health adviser to President Joe Biden on Tuesday.

Speaking to Fox News host Neil Cavuto, Paul — who is himself a doctor — ripped the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases by labeling him as a “bureaucrat” who is enjoying the spotlight amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think the burden should be on government. If the government’s going to tell you you can’t go anywhere unless you’re wearing a mask, they should tell you why. And they should present the evidence,” he said.

Noting that millions of people have been vaccinated, in addition to those who now have immunity to COVID after they’ve beaten the virus, Paul wasted no time going after Fauci.

“See, that’s not science. That’s sort of emotionalism and fear-mongering. And so Dr. Fauci needs to put up or shut up. He needs to show us the scientific evidence that it’s a problem after you have been vaccinated or after you have already gotten the disease naturally,” he said.

“So far, there’s no evidence that there’s widespread disease happening from people who have already had the disease or have already been vaccinated.”

Paul hit Fauci last week for wearing two masks, likening his act to engaging in “theatre.” Tuesday, the senator wasn’t ready to relent with regard to Fauci’s apparent “masks forever” mantra.

“We do what we’re forced to do to live in Dr. Fauci’s world,” Paul said with regard to Fauci’s influence in the ear of coronavirus politics.

Fauci has endorsed the idea of wearing masks, even for those who are seemingly immune to the virus. The doctor has been seen earring two masks, despite the fact that he himself has been immunized.

Paul noted that “someone has to contend with him and show him that his edicts are not based on science,” and he’s apparently more than happy to be that “someone.”

“For example, how many people watching this program have walked into a restaurant, put their mask on for ten feet and seen 400 people look up at you who are all not wearing their mask, all in an enclosure, breathing?” Paul asked.

“Do you think those ten steps of wearing your mask meant anything?” he continued.

“That’s non-science. That basically is someone expressing some sort of form of civility, but has nothing to do with science. You’re on the airplane, you wear a mask, you’re sitting this far from people. And then they say when you get off, we’re going to get off six feet apart now,” he added with regard to nonsensical mandatory air travel mandates.

“I have been sitting next to some guy three inches from me the whole time. But now we’re going to use science,” Paul said. “And he has to go six feet in front of me to get off the plane. None of this is based in science.”

“It’s all emotionalism. And we’re going to be here forever if we keep listening to these people,” Paul said. “The simple fact is if you’ve been vaccinated, and you’re two weeks out from your second one, throw your mask away and do what you want, because Dr. Fauci is overkill on all of this.”

But Paul eviscerated Fauci for his never-ending opinions on the coronavirus and common mitigation efforts which are at odds with the Bill of Rights.

“So far all he’s telling me is his opinion. Really their opinion is — look, they had another one of these vaccine doctors on television, he was like, ‘Oh, it’s about civility.’ Well, civility is not science,” Paul said. “For goodness sakes, show us some evidence to back up these mandates.”

Fauci has now enjoyed a year in the national spotlight while advising on policy and enjoying media popularity. But where former President Donald Trump apparently had to play nice and indulge the camera-happy doctor in an election year, Paul is unrestrained in calling out the absurdity with his ever-changing goalposts.

Fauci, who can’t let go of the pandemic, has seemingly met his match in Paul.

Detroit Mayor Changes Tune on J&J Vaccine After Getting Blasted for Being ‘Ignorant’ and ‘Irresponsible’

H/T Western Journal.

The Mayor of Detroit can not help being ignorant and irresponsible he is a DemocRat.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (D) took a different tone towards the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Friday after receiving backlash for declining a shipment of 6,200 doses of J&J’s vaccine.

 

In a press conference on Thursday, Duggan argued the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are better and he wants residents to have “the best.”

“Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best. And I am going to do everything I can to make sure the residents of the city of Detroit get the best,” he said.

Duggan noted that Detroit received enough doses of Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines to inoculate all eligible residents so far who wanted one.

Dr. Leana Wen, ex-Planned Parenthood president, blasted Duggan for his approach. 

“Johnson & Johnson has many distinct advantages, too, including being one shot and so, people who don’t like needles, people who don’t want the inconvenience of coming back for a second shot, people who want to be fully vaccinated sooner, there is a real advantage for them,” she said. “And so, it’s really inexplicable and I think irresponsible for Mayor Duggan and for others who are making that kind of decision to turn down a safe and highly effective vaccine.”

CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner called Duggan’s initial remark about the J&J vaccine “ignorant” and “very unproductive.”

“That was a sadly ignorant comment by the Detroit mayor,” Reiner said.

“The only number that people need to know about the J&J vaccine is 100. It’s 100 percent effective in that clinical trial in preventing hospitalization and death,” he continued. “To have the mayor really throw shade on this vaccine is really very unproductive at best.”

Other public health experts touted the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

In an article published Friday in The Conversation, an academic journal, authors including Tinglong Dai, an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business and an expert in medical supply chain issues, said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be a “game changer” since it does not need to be frozen and requires only one dose.  […]

The single-shot vaccine has an efficacy level of 66% compared with an efficacy level of 90% for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, Dai said. 

But the clinical trials for the two-dose vaccines took place before the arrival of variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

“It’s like comparing apples and oranges,” Dai said.  

Johnson & Johnson clinical trial data show the vaccine is effective in fighting the variants that emerged in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil. In terms of preventing severe disease, hospitalizations and deaths, results of the Johnson & Johnson clinical trials were comparable with those of Pfizer and Moderna.  (The Detroit News)

After the criticism, including a discussion with the White House, Duggan said he had “full confidence” in J&J’s vaccine and that the city is “making plans now for Johnson & Johnson to be a key part of our expansion of vaccine centers and are looking forward to receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the next allocation.”

 

Southern Governor Breaks with Fellow Republicans to Extend Mask Mandate

H/T Western Journal.

This is a betrayal of the people of Alabama a real gutless move.

Breaking with other Southern GOP governors, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extended her state’s mask mandate for another month on Thursday but said the order will end for good in April.

Ivey said she will keep the mask requirement that was set to expire Friday in place until April 9.

“We need to get past Easter and hopefully allow more Alabamians to get their first shot before we take a step some other states have taken to remove the mask order altogether and lift other restrictions. Folks, we are not there yet, but goodness knows we’re getting closer,” Ivey said at a news conference.

Ivey has faced political pressure to lift the mask order as some other Republican-led states have done.

Texas and neighboring Mississippi are easing restrictions as vaccination numbers rise and COVID-19 cases decline.

The governor called masks “one of our greatest tools” in preventing the virus’ spread but emphasized that she will not extend the mask mandate further, saying it will become a matter of personal choice when the order ends.

“Even when we lift the mask order, I will continue to wear my mask while I’m around others and strongly urge my fellow citizens to use common sense and do the same,” Ivey said

Alabama’s seven-day average of daily cases has dropped from 3,000 in early January to below 1,000 and hospitalizations are at their lowest point since summer.

So far about 13 percent of Alabama’s 4.9 million people have received one dose of a vaccine, according to state numbers.

State health official Scott Harris said vaccine supplies are increasing and if the state can get a total of 1.75 million shots delivered by early April, that would be a “terrific place to be.”

Harris said about 500,000 people in the state have tested positive for the virus.

“We are striving to reach this herd immunity point at some point,” Harris said.

The Alabama Senate approved a resolution on Wednesday evening urging Ivey to end the mask mandate.

Republican Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth also asked Ivey to end the mask requirement, which he has opposed all along, saying individuals can make decisions for themselves “without a Big Brother-style government mandate looming over us.”

The governor did lift some restrictions on how many people can sit at a restaurant table, but tables are still required to be 6 feet apart or have a partition.

The order also allowed senior citizens to resume some activities and hospitals to increase the number of visitors patients can have from one to two.

Exclusive — Sources: Alabama to Join Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Others in Eliminating Mask Mandates this Week

H/T Breitbart.

Governor Eric Holcomb(RINO-IN)please take note.

Alabama will become one of the next states to eliminate a government-imposed mandate that requires people wear masks in public, sources close to the matter told Breitbart News.

A source familiar with state deliberations confirmed that as soon as Friday but definitely in the coming days. Alabama will join several other states nationwide in removing its mandate requiring masks in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

GOP Gov. Kay Ivey’s office has not yet confirmed what sources familiar with the state’s planning and deliberations are, but a spokeswoman for Ivey told Breitbart News she was never a fan of mandates to begin with—a sign of the coming move.

“All along, Governor Ivey has made clear that she prefers personal responsibility to government mandates. We are optimistic that our state is heading in the right direction, and we still have some work to be done. Governor Ivey will provide an update to the people of Alabama soon,” an Ivey spokeswoman said.

The governor’s spokeswoman would not deny that she intends to lift the mask mandate on Friday, when the order is set to expire–but would not confirm the news either.

While this statement does not confirm outright what Ivey has planned—again, sources familiar with the deliberations confirmed to Breitbart News that she is planning to scrap the mask mandate—this development is significant as it comes on the heels of several other states ditching their own mask mandates.

Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth also released a statement on Wednesday urging Ivey to ditch the mask mandate once and for all:

 

Ivey could always back down ahead of the forthcoming announcement, and if she does it will be seen as cowering to democrats like President Joe Biden in Washington without following scientific advice and the leadership of other GOP-led states. Alabama Democrats are pressuring Ivey to cave to Biden and keep the mandate:

 

This week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves—both Republicans—announced they are lifting their states’ mask mandates. They join 14 other states—Florida, South Dakota, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee—in not having mask mandates.

These red states’ decisions to ditch previously implemented mask mandates are a rebuke of Democrat President Joe Biden’s push to try to get Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office. Biden is not even through half of his first 100 days and already losing the confidence of a growing number of U.S. states rejecting his advice and guidance.

In response to the announcements from Texas and Mississippi, Biden lashed out at the White House on Wednesday falsely calling the people in those states subhuman.

“The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it,” Biden said about Abbott’s and Reeves’s moves.

One of the sources familiar with Alabama’s forthcoming decision told Breitbart News that Biden attacking the people of Texas and Mississippi is playing a huge role in Alabama’s move to nuke the mask mandate. In other words, this person said, Biden’s attacks on American citizens are backfiring as more and more responsible government leaders across the country reject his authority and are moving away from his recommendations as he shows disdain for Americans from states that did not vote for him for president.

“Joe Biden has fewer functioning brain cells than a Neanderthal and continues to listen to clowns like Fauci, who’s been wrong at every turn, but he’s got the nerve to criticize states who abandon mandates that aren’t supported by science? Screw him,” one source familiar with the forthcoming order changes in Alabama told Breitbart News.

10 Crazy Examples of Unrelated Waste and Partisan Kick-Backs in New ‘COVID’ Bill

H/T Foundation For Economic Education.

This is some of the pork and kickbacks in the new Covid-19 relief bill..

If this does pass I do not see one Republican voting for it.

The only real solution to this corruption is to shrink the government itself—and leave fewer of our resources for unscrupulous politicians to pilfer away. 
 

President Biden has proposed $1.9 trillion in additional COVID-19 spending. He’s asking Congress to authorize another round of checks, more expanded unemployment benefits, a $15 minimum wage, and much, much more. Over the weekend, House Democrats finally released the text of the 600-page bill meant to make Biden’s broad COVID proposals a legislative reality. 

Critics and economists have already attacked the proposal on the merits of its main provisions and staggering overall cost, arguing it would break the budgetincentivize unemployment, and fail to stimulate the economy. However, there’s a much simpler objection to this legislative bonanza: it’s full of unrelated pork and political priorities.

Here are 10 crazy examples of waste and partisan kick-backs that have nothing to do with COVID-19 but are in the new bill.

“The $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package being pushed by President Biden puts more than $1 billion toward ‘socially disadvantaged’ farmers and related groups — including an equity commission, agricultural training and other assistance to advance racial justice in farming,” Fox News reports.

The legislation allocates $50 million for “environmental justice” grants via the Environmental Protection Agency. The Republican Study Commission decried these grants as a “thinly-veiled kickback” because much of this money will end up going to left-wing political groups. 

In an expenditure with zero apparent connection to COVID-19, the new bill allocates $112 million for the “Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) expansion” program. The money would largely go to a specific “underground rail project in Silicon Valley for which planning has been going on for several years but hasn’t yet broken ground,” Fox Business reports.

Slipped into the seemingly endless bill text is a $10 million appropriation to “ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages during and after the public health emergency.”

Museums and libraries are, for the most part, closed across the country. Yet under this bill, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (did you even know that was a thing?) would be allocated $200 million in taxpayer money.

One might expect the US Congress’s COVID-19 legislation to focus on, well, the US. But the new legislation allocates a whopping $750 million for the Centers for Disease Control to spend on global health problems and vaccination efforts in other countries.

The bill also allocates $750 million—on top of existing and prior funding—for “housing assistance and supportive services programs for Native Americans.” 

House Democrats have long sought to expand Obamacare subsidies and eliminate caps that prohibit them from going to high-income individuals. Unable to find the votes to do so via the normal legislative process, they’ve simply slipped this partisan priority into their “COVID” relief legislation. 

 
 

The behemoth legislation doles out $129 billion for K-12 schools, ostensibly earmarked for helping them reopen. But it’s actually just a handout for teachers’ unions and public schools. They get the money regardless of whether they reopen or not, and much of it is allocated for spending in 2022 through 2028, long after the pandemic.

There are too many in the bill to count, but one glaring example of the corruption and cronyism peppered throughout this bill comes courtesy of the $1.5 million it allocates for the Seaway International Bridge. The bridge “connects New York to Canada and is a priority for New York Sen. Chuck Schumer,” the Wall Street Journal notes

One would like to think that this bill and its untold billions in waste, corruption, and pork are an unusually egregious example of Congressional dereliction. Unfortunately, this kind of dysfunction is par for the course.

Corruption is a feature, not a bug, of big government spending programs. Why? Well, any time you concentrate massive spending power in the hands of a relatively small number of people with little oversight from the public, corruption is almost certain to ensue.

“There is no such thing as a just and fair method of exercising the tremendous power that interventionism puts into the hands of the legislature and the executive,” Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises once wrote. “In many fields of the administration of interventionist measures, favoritism simply cannot be avoided.” 

Think about it like this. Is there any politician in the world you would trust to dole out $1.9 trillion of your money honestly? 

As Mises argued, one check on this behavior is public scrutiny. “Corruption is an evil inherent in every government not controlled by a watchful public opinion,” he wrote. 

Mises was indeed right that sunlight can often keep the worst abuses of the political class at bay. But in cases like this COVID legislation, politicians are able to get away with it by burying the corrupt spending in a 600-page bill that few beyond congressional aides and journalists will ever actually read. 

The average voter does not have the time to read this legislation even if they had the inclination. If it took them one minute to read each page, that’s 600 minutes, or 10 hours of their time they would have to sacrifice to really give Congress’s latest big spending legislation full scrutiny. And Congress passes bills this length—or even longer—all the time!

So, unfortunately, given the sheer volume of expenditure and legislation our massive federal government is engaged in, rigorous public oversight is all but impossible. And as long as politicians are left to dole out trillions behind closed doors, corruption will inevitably ensue. 

The only real solution to this corruption is to shrink the government itself—and leave fewer of our resources for unscrupulous politicians to squander. 

 
 
 

Biden Suggests Americans Will Have to Wear Masks Into 2022

H/T Western Journal.

Joe Pee Pads Biden swore that he would shut the virus down if he was elected.

“And I’ve been calling on governors — Republican and Democrat — and mayors — Republican and Democrat — and local officials to institute mask mandates within their jurisdictions.” The candidate who said he would “shut down the virus” if elected is now the president who talks about wearing masks into 2022.

Amid trashing the efforts of his predecessor to lay the foundation for a mass vaccination program against COVID-19, President Joe Biden on Thursday indicated that his efforts to require mask-wearing will not be going away soon.

“Wearing this mask through the next year here can save lives — a significant number of lives,” Biden said Thursday during a visit to the National Institutes of Health.

During his visit, Biden called wearing a mask “a patriotic responsibility.”

“We’re in the middle of a war with this virus. It’s a patriotic responsibility — not only if you care about your family, if you care about your fellow Americans,” he said.

He indicated he wants more mask mandates imposed.

“That’s why I asked what the full extent of my authority as president of the United States could be. I signed an executive order that required masking on all federal property, on modes of travel like planes, trains and buses across interstate commerce,” Biden said.

“And I’ve been calling on governors — Republican and Democrat — and mayors — Republican and Democrat — and local officials to institute mask mandates within their jurisdictions.”

Biden’s indication that the end of wearing masks could be a year away did not sit well with many.

 

 

During his remarks, Biden suggested any issues with vaccinations should be laid at the door of former President Donald Trump, not him.

“It’s no secret that the vaccination program was in much worse shape than my team and I anticipated,” he said.

“[M]y predecessor — I’ll be very blunt about it — did not do his job in getting ready for the massive challenge of vaccinating hundreds of millions of Americans.

“He didn’t order enough vaccines. He didn’t mobilize enough people to administer the shots.

“He didn’t set up federal vaccine centers where eligible people could go and get their shots,” Biden added.

“When I became president three weeks ago, America had no plan to vaccinate most of the country. It was a big mess,” he said.

“It’s going to take time to fix, to be blunt with you.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s COVID-19 adviser, has contradicted the idea that the Biden administration was left without a vaccine distribution plan.

“We’re certainly not starting from scratch, because there is activity going on in the distribution,” Fauci said last month.