President Reagan: What July Fourth Means to Me

On this day celebrating our Independence, no owns for sure if the current President aid something about our founding.  Worse, we do not know if he cursed it.

President Reagan had a way with words.  This speech from July 4, 1981 should be read to your children and grandchildren.  I know I will.

“The legend says that at that point a man rose and spoke. He is described as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice falling, he said, “They may turn every tree into a gallows, every hole into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever.”

He fell back exhausted. The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed that document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.”  Would you sign it today?

God Bless America.

What July Fourth Means to Me

By President Ronald Reagan, 7/4/1981 

Editor’s note: When he was president, Ronald Reagan wrote the following piece for Independence Day in 1981. Aide Michael Deaver later wrote: “This 4th of July message is the President’s own words and written initially in his own hand.” Contrary to media fiction, many of Reagan’s speeches, commentaries, and other papers were written by Ronald Reagan alone in his own hand.


For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July.

I remember it as a day almost as long anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by the appearance in store windows of all kinds of fireworks and colorful posters advertising them with vivid pictures.

No later than the third of July – sometimes earlier – Dad would bring home what he felt he could afford to see go up in smoke and flame. We’d count and recount the number of firecrackers, display pieces and other things and go to bed determined to be up with the sun so as to offer the first, thunderous notice of the Fourth of July.

I’m afraid we didn’t give too much thought to the meaning of the day. And, yes, there were tragic accidents to mar it, resulting from careless handling of the fireworks. I’m sure we’re better off today with fireworks largely handled by professionals. Yet there was a thrill never to be forgotten in seeing a tin can blown 30 feet in the air by a giant “cracker” – giant meaning it was about 4 inches long.

But enough of nostalgia. Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of days and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth.

There is a legend about the day of our nation’s birth in the little hall in Philadelphia, a day on which debate had raged for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard-pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey. Even so, to sign the Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words “treason, the gallows, the headsman’s axe,” and the issue remained in doubt.

The legend says that at that point a man rose and spoke. He is described as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice falling, he said, “They may turn every tree into a gallows, every hole into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever.”

He fell back exhausted. The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed that document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.

Well, that is the legend.

But we do know for certain that 56 men, a little band so unique we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Some gave their lives in the war that followed, most gave their fortunes, and all preserved their sacred honor.

What manner of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.

John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart.

Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. And so it was with Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Rutledge, Morris, Livingston and Middleton.

Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt.

But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. Five million farms, quiet villages, cities that never sleep, 3 million square miles of forest, field, mountain and desert, 227 million people with a pedigree that includes the bloodlines of all the world.

In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation.

It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.

Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.

Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.

We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.

Happy Fourth of July,

Ronald Reagan

President of the United States

F— the Fourth’: Democrats hurl their America-hate in our faces

In Contra Costa County a County School Board member is celebrating the 4th of July by holding a party.  At the party she will dig a hole a bury the Constitution and flag in it.  That is true hatred.  She could not hold a public office in China or Russia without permission of the government.  She would not have the freedom to

“”I am not feeling particularly patriotic,” Avila Farias explained. “I am especially not interested in celebrating a holiday centered around freedom from oppressive government when that freedom is not a reality for so many people in this country. 

“Lastly, last Friday women’s reproductive rights were taken away!” she added. “We are not in a place of progress or celebration when human rights are being taken away.”

Imagine what she wants your child to learn in school—has she registered as an agent of Russia or China?  Why not?

F— the Fourth’: Democrats hurl their America-hate in our faces

By Monica Showalter, American Thinker,  7/2/22 

“Don’t you dare question our patriotism,” Democrats used to huff.  This, despite a massive body of evidence that loyalty to the U.S. and its Constitution is not their thing.

Well, they’ve dropped that act for now and are putting out tweets like this:

It’s as if the holiday has no meaning for them.  Hating on the Fourth is now the hip and “in” thing for cutting-edge Democrats.  And someone out there among the Pima County Democrats organization, a spokesperson for the party with enough clout to have control over the Twitter account, put that crap out, with the Democrats’ name on it.

Seriously, I saw that tweet as it came across on Twitter and could not believe my eyes that it was put out by the Pima County Democrats of Arizona.

Yes, it eventually was deleted, but not before it got “shared” thousands of times by leftists and others, until word got back to someone in that organization that it wasn’t going over well.

It’s beyond fringe.  It’s the absolute antithesis of what this country stands for.

Over in West Virginia, the July 4 theme is very different:

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — United States flags and West Virginia state flags will be lowered across the Mountain State effective immediately to honor the life and legacy of Medal of Honor recipient and World War II Veteran Hershel “Woody” Williams, who died Wednesday, June 29 at the age of 98.

Such patriots.  But don’t you dare question their patriotism. 

Normal places honor their patriots.  These Democrats have other ideas.  There’s some kind of bottom that’s fallen out in their culture that just the idea of sending this garbage could get serious consideration as well as an actual tweet to promote the event and its idea.

The “F— the Fourth” idea is fringe as it gets, with its natural nihilism, but it’s been floating around for around 20 years.  I remember getting an email from a fringe leftist group in Culver City, California calling for a “F— the Fourth” party when I was an editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily, and I recall dismissing the topic as so fringe it wouldn’t be worth writing about.

Now it’s gone mainstream, courtesy of the Democrats, who still view themselves as mainstream.  In the Twitter post above, writer Arthur Schwarz notes that the group that called for that “F— the Fourth” celebration is affiliated with Arizona’s supposed moderate Democrat senator, Mark Kelly.

The astonishing thing is that a tweet this hateful of America and its founding is still pretty disgusting to the general public, which includes what pollsters call “likely voters.”  It may be mainstream to the Democrat elites, but it’s utterly fringe to everyone else.

For Democrats, though, that’s the idea.  They hate the flag, they hate the Founders, they hate the very idea of America as an autonomous state.  Most of all, they hate the people, the patriotic Americans who wave the flag on the Fourth and enjoy the holiday.  They can’t stand that.

This is weird stuff, even from their own point of view.  At midterms, Democrats up until now have tried to put themselves on their best behavior, to show the flag, to prove that they, too, are patriots, sometimes with comic effect, but at least they put on the act.

Now they’re showing their true face: they hate America.  Joe Biden honors Megan Rapinoe, who took knee after knee to the American flag at soccer games, with a Presidential Medal of Freedom yesterday.  A left-wing activist uses July 4 as a pretext to raise funds for another flag-dishonorer, the now-detained Britney Griner.  And Democrats themselves advertise a “F— the Fourth” party.

They’re going to pay for this America-hate at midterms, and they don’t even care anymore.

All they want to do is throw it in our faces.
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/07/f_the_fourth_democrats_hurl_their_americahate_in_our_faces.html#ixzz7XzVNfAIQ

Governor Newsom Signs Legislation Cutting Harmful Plastic Pollution to Protect Communities, Oceans and Animals

SB 54 is a bill that uses government to control the products you can use at a restaurant.  It is based on “saving the Planet” by restricting the use of plastic utensils at a burger joint or taco stand.  No, this is not a joke—but the Democrats that promoted this seriously believe they have saved the planet.  In the 2022-23 budget there is almost $54 billion of your tax money to save the Planet, and kill products and free choice.  No proof this will stop hurricanes, tornado’s or a hot summer night.

While their votes were not needed to pass this joke of a bill, seven GOP’ers voted for it anyway.

Senator Brian Jones

Assemblywoman Suzette Valadares (who also voted to put abortion in the State Constitution)

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow

Assemblyman Steven Choi

Assemblywoman Megan Dahle  (her husband Senator Brian Dahle voted against this in the Senate)

Assemblywoman Laurie Davies

Assemblyman Jim Patterson

Governor Newsom Signs Legislation Cutting Harmful Plastic Pollution to Protect Communities, Oceans and Animals

Governor Gavin Newsom, press release, 6/30/22  

New California law requires all packaging to be recyclable or compostable, significantly cutting plastics use Legislation strengthens state’s recycling system and shifts burden of plastic waste from Californians to the plastics and packaging industry SACRAMENTO – On the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court kneecapped the federal government’s ability to reduce pollution and tackle climate change, California took nation-leading steps to cut plastic pollution and hold the plastics industry accountable for their waste.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 54, requiring all packaging in the state to be recyclable or compostable by 2032, cutting plastic packaging by 25 percent in 10 years and requiring 65 percent of all single-use plastic packaging to be recycled in the same timeframe. Additionally, the legislation shifts the plastic pollution burden from consumers to the plastics industry by raising $5 billion from industry members over 10 years to assist efforts to cut plastic pollution and support disadvantaged communities hurt most by the damaging effects of plastic waste.

“Our kids deserve a future free of plastic waste and all its dangerous impacts, everything from clogging our oceans to killing animals – contaminating the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. No more. California won’t tolerate plastic waste that’s filling our waterways and making it harder to breathe. We’re holding polluters responsible and cutting plastics at the source,” said Governor Newsom. SB 54 is the most significant overhaul of California’s plastics and packaging recycling policy in history, goes further than any other state on cutting plastics production at the source and continues to build a circular economy that is necessary to combat climate change.

A global study in 2018 found that only nine percent of plastics actually get recycled – leaving 91 percent to litter land and oceans. Legislation signed today requires all plastic packaging in California to be recycled at the following levels: • At least 30 percent on and after January 1, 2028. • At least 40 percent on and after January 1, 2030. • At least 65 percent on and after January 1, 2032.

The legislation is a result of negotiations between lawmakers and stakeholders in response to a pending initiative on the November ballot, which has since been removed as a result of today’s action. “In this time of extreme polarization in our nation, California was able to show that we can pass strong environmental legislation with bipartisan support that brought together the environmental and business communities,” said Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), author of the legislation. “I’m so grateful to the ballot measure proponents who helped to force this issue, the many advocates who worked so hard through the negotiations, and the Governor, legislators, and staff who recognized the need for action.

With this new law, California continues its tradition of global environmental leadership – tackling a major problem in a way that will grow markets in sustainable innovations, create incentives for investment, and set the stage for partnership with other states and countries on these issues.” “As someone who grew up and represents the San Fernando Valley, I see firsthand how disadvantaged and low-income communities bear the brunt of plastic pollution. With the amendments that were proposed by my Assembly Natural Resources Committee, we now have one of the strongest plastics reduction laws in the nation.

I feel proud to have jointly authored SB 54,” said Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-San Fernando Valley). “This is an extraordinary day for California, solidifying our role as a leader in environmental policy and the fight against plastic pollution. SB 54 will fundamentally decrease our dependence on single-use plastics, and the ripple effects of California implementing such bold changes cannot be overstated. So goes California, so goes the nation,” said Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-San Fernando Valley). Today’s action builds on the California Climate Commitment, the biggest climate investment in history – a $53.9 billion plan to combat extreme weather and accelerate the transition to clean energy

California Budget Adds Another Stimulus Payment, Plus $200 Million More For Baby-Killing Abortion Services

The Governor who refuses to obey the law and allow the death penalty, ordered by courts to be implemented, has no problem killing babies—yet calls himself a Failthful Catholic.  He is as phony as his arrogant personality.

““And in the wake of Friday’s stunning Supreme Court decision, the state is reaffirming its commitment to defending reproductive rights, providing more than $200 million in additional funding for reproductive health care services,” Newsom added. 

The funding will likely go to help fund part of the coalition of West Coast states, vowing a create a haven for those seeking abortion from states where the procedure is banned. 

Following the U.S. Supreme Courts ruling overturning Roe V Wade on Friday, a coalition of west coast states has issued a statement vowing to protect the access to safe and legal abortions. 

Not only does he want to kill California babies—but wants to create a new tourism—baby killing.  He is willing to spend your money to bring girls and woman into this State for the specific purpose of baby killing.  He wants California to be the new version of the Killing Fields.

California Budget Adds Another Stimulus Payment, Plus $200 Million More For Baby-Killing Abortion Services

By Michael Robison, Gateway Pundit, 6/29/22  

Residents of California are poised to receive stimulus payments up to $1,050 in a move by the state legislature to offset tensions as the cost of living spikes in correlation to the nation’s record inflation.

On Sunday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s lawmakers have agreed to changes to the 2022-2023 state budget, including stimulus payments to help residents deal with rising inflation and gas prices.

“California’s budget addresses the state’s most pressing needs, and prioritizes getting dollars back into the pockets of millions of Californians who are grappling with global inflation and rising prices of everything from gas to groceries,” Newsom said on Sunday. “The centerpiece of the agreement, a $17 billion inflation relief package, will offer tax refunds to millions of working Californians. Twenty-three million Californians will benefit from direct payments of up to $1,050.”

The proposed stimulus will be distributed to the state’s residents, according to the published plan.

Californians who make less than $75,000 a year, or couples who make less than $150,000 per year, will get $350 per taxpayer. They will qualify for an additional $350 of stimulus money if a household has at least one dependent. Based on these criteria, married couples with at least one child would receive a maximum benefit of $1,050 in stimulus payments.

Single people who make less than $125,000 a year, or couples who make less than $250,000 per year, would receive $250 per taxpayer. If the household has at least one dependent, it will receive an additional $250, raising the total stimulus payment to $750.

Residents who make less than $250,000 per year, or couples who make less than $500,000, would only receive $200 per taxpayer, with an additional $200 if the household has any dependents. The highest earners in the state would then receive a maximum benefit of $600 through the stimulus payments.

The Stimulus payments are expected to be issued to residents by the end of 2022.

The stimulus payments are not the only thing being amended in the new budget. The state is pledging another $200 million to help fund abortions after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe V Wade ruling. 

“And in the wake of Friday’s stunning Supreme Court decision, the state is reaffirming its commitment to defending reproductive rights, providing more than $200 million in additional funding for reproductive health care services,” Newsom added. 

The funding will likely go to help fund part of the coalition of West Coast states, vowing a create a haven for those seeking abortion from states where the procedure is banned. 

Following the U.S. Supreme Courts ruling overturning Roe V Wade on Friday, a coalition of west coast states has issued a statement vowing to protect the access to safe and legal abortions. 

In a statement released by California Governor Gavin Newsom, the states of California, Oregon, and Washington have come together to guarantee access to abortions for women in the U.S.

The statement reads, “In the face of U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Roe vs. Wade, California, Oregon and Washington will continue to be a safe haven for all people seeking abortions and other reproductive health care services in these states.”

LA City Council Approves $25 Per Hour Wage Hike for Certain Healthcare Workers

The Los Angeles City Council has made it official.  L.A. is no longer a free city where business owners and employees set wages.  Instead, the City will tell the private hospitals what they must pay employees.  Nothing stops the City from doing the same to fast food places, gas stations or the local supermarket.  L.A. is now a Soviet Sate, with government in control of private businesses.

“Los Angeles City Council this week approved an ordinance raising the minimum wage for certain workers at healthcare facilities to $25 per hour.

The ordinance, called the “Minimum Wage for Employees Working at Healthcare Facilities” initiative, came before City Council following a petition drive. It raises the workers’ minimum wage while also adjusting it annually to account for cost of living increases. Before the initiative goes into effect, it has to be signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti. 

The ordinance bans employers from subsidizing the wage increase by laying off workers or reducing benefits and/or hours. It applies only to privately owned facilities, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and residential care centers. Covered under the ordinance are clinicians, nursing assistants, aides, technicians, maintenance workers, janitors, clerks and administrative workers.

Why do we have inflation?  This action will increase the cost of health care in private hospitals—forcing more people to non profit or government hospitals—meaning taxes will go up.  That is the real goal of this action—to end private hospitals.

LA City Council Approves $25 Per Hour Wage Hike for Certain Healthcare Workers

By Sam Catanzaro, Palisades News,  7/1/22   

Los Angeles City Council this week approved an ordinance raising the minimum wage for certain workers at healthcare facilities to $25 per hour.

The ordinance, called the “Minimum Wage for Employees Working at Healthcare Facilities” initiative, came before City Council following a petition drive. It raises the workers’ minimum wage while also adjusting it annually to account for cost of living increases. Before the initiative goes into effect, it has to be signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti. 

The ordinance bans employers from subsidizing the wage increase by laying off workers or reducing benefits and/or hours. It applies only to privately owned facilities, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and residential care centers. Covered under the ordinance are clinicians, nursing assistants, aides, technicians, maintenance workers, janitors, clerks and administrative workers.

When the ordinance originally came up for a vote last week, it passed 10-2 with Councilmember Joe Buscaino and Paul Krekorian voting in opposition. When it returned to City Council this week it passed 10-0 with Buscaino and Krekorian not voting. 

Employees at Los Angeles healthcare facilities in Los Angeles until now have been included under the City’s general minimum wage of $15, which is set to increase to $16.04 on Friday. 

Councilmember Paul Koretz, who represents Century City and Westwood, was among the supporters of the ordinance, saying last week he was worried about the health care industry, in general, being unable to keep up with demand for workers. 

“Especially during the pandemic when people were burned out from incredibly long hours,” Koretz said. “They were burned out from people in their care dying. … Obviously all of you that are in the health care field love helping people. You wouldn’t do it otherwise because the financial remuneration isn’t enough. Especially at this level — people who risk their lives when they could be working at Target, or working at McDonald’s … without the risk, without the hard work, without the burnout.”

The ordinance, however, is not without detractors. A group called the No on the Los Angeles Unequal Pay Measure coalition denounced the law for creating inequitable pay provisions in the health care industry.

“The vast majority of healthcare workers in the city will be excluded by this discriminatory measure, as the wage standard only applies to workers at private hospitals and dialysis clinics, but completely excludes workers who do the exact same job at our city’s public hospitals, community clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, nursing homes, urgent care centers and many other facilities,” the group said. “The measure excludes workers at 90% of healthcare facilities in the city. In addition to being inequitable and unfair, the ordinance will jeopardize access to care at local health care providers — especially community clinics and those providers that care for underserved populations. The City Council should have put this measure to the November ballot to give the voters of Los Angeles the choice to vote on this inequitable policy.” 

According to its website, the coalition is funded by the California Association of Hospitals and Health Care Systems.

 Students Fear Going to College in Red States After Roe It’s Scary’

Do you go to college for an education or an abortion?   This article claims a good abortion is better than a quality class in history.

“When she heard the news, she started to cry. “I’m not a big crier,” she said. “But this type of thing, rightfully, makes me very depressed.”

Committed to attending Oberlin in the fall, Rosenfeld started talking to friends about what she would do if she needed an abortion and couldn’t access care at college. One of her friends who lives 300 miles away in Chicago offered to pick her up and drive her out of the state if she ever needed the procedure.  

“If I got pregnant—no question about it—at this point in my life, I would take Plan B [or] get an abortion,” she said. 

Obviously this girl is not ready for college.  If killing a baby was a prerequisite to picking a college, she needs to grow up.  How can she do her class work while worrying how to kill a baby?

 Students Fear Going to College in Red States After Roe It’s Scary’

“Location has never before been more important to me,” said Ashley Huynh, 17, a rising high school senior in Montgomery County, Maryland.

By Neda Toloui-Semnani, Vice News,  7/1/22  

When Sasha Rosenfeld walked onto the bucolic campus of Oberlin College in April, she immediately felt a strong connection to the place. It was her final college tour, and the 17-year-old high school senior from New Jersey felt its tradition of activism and service was a perfect fit.

Even its location in northern Ohio, a purple state, was an appealing place to get involved in politics.

I really loved the community, the activism, the Judaism on campus, the social and academic life really felt right,” Rosenfeld said. “By the time I got home, something in me just knew that it was the right fit for me.”

But that was before the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, ending the nearly 50-year-old constitutional right to an abortion nationwide. The same day, a federal court judge lifted an injunction that had blocked a 2019 Ohio law that bans abortions after six weeks, or when fetal cardiac activity is detected. The ACLU filed suit to block the ban, but it seems likely that in the wake of Roe, Ohio will severely restrict abortion or ban it altogether.

When she heard the news, she started to cry. “I’m not a big crier,” she said. “But this type of thing, rightfully, makes me very depressed.”

Committed to attending Oberlin in the fall, Rosenfeld started talking to friends about what she would do if she needed an abortion and couldn’t access care at college. One of her friends who lives 300 miles away in Chicago offered to pick her up and drive her out of the state if she ever needed the procedure.  

“If I got pregnant—no question about it—at this point in my life, I would take Plan B [or] get an abortion,” she said. 

In a statement, Oberlin said it would “continue to cover a full range of reproductive healthcare services, and student health continues to support students seeking the full range of healthcare services not available on our campus” without offering specifics. A spokesman declined to comment further.

After the overturning of Roe, millions of college students found themselves attending institutions where they would no longer have access to certain types of reproductive healthcare. Now, students who had committed to attending colleges or universities in majority conservative states are rethinking their decisions. Meanwhile, rising high school seniors say they now have something new to consider when compiling their lists of prospective schools: the access and right to an abortion.

Twenty-six states are set to ban or severely limit abortion protections and services. Half of them—Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming—have “trigger” laws that will ban abortion in the days and weeks following the overturn of Roe v. Wade. 

Allie Schachtel, an independent college admissions counselor based in Florida, said she’s seen a growing number of clients start to make the geography of abortion rights a primary criteria. “I’ve had parents and students say we aren’t looking at any schools in Texas or any schools in Tennessee and Ohio,” she said. 

Cora Jackson, 18, accepted a spot at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee—a prestigious school that offered her a full-tuition scholarship. Jackson currently lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and said she was looking forward to getting out of her liberal bubble and studying in a conservative state. 

But now, she’s watching Tennessee closely and is considering transferring out of the elite institution if the state further restricts access to reproductive care. On Tuesday, a federal court granted Tennessee the right to impose a six-week abortion ban, similar to Ohio’s. Most abortions are expected to be outlawed in the state by mid-August. 

Jackson said the end of Roe “definitely altered how excited I am to go… I am no longer excited. I am more scared than I am excited, and more dreading leaving this sort of safe haven.” 

Vanderbilt announced the creation of a task force that will “focus on the impact of a statewide abortion ban and plan to address impacts to clinical care.”

Returning college students are also worried about the end of abortion, and women of color specifically told VICE News the Supreme Court’s decision made them feel even more uneasy about attending colleges where abortion is banned. 

Love Lundy, 20, a rising junior at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, a historically Black all-women’s institution, said that hearing about the Supreme Court ruling “felt like a slap.” 

I literally rolled over and looked at my phone. It was like, ‘Oh, OK, so this is how we’re going to get treated today,” she said.

The fall of Roe “is a big scary thing,” said Lundy. “I would never send any of my loved ones [to a clinic] anywhere in Georgia, or even Alabama.”    

Immediately, following the news, Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell  released a statement that acknowledged the unique challenges Black women face. “Our struggles are long and hard and, very often, must be fought over and over,” she wrote.

“I’m sorry, but nobody was asking for your emotions,” Lundy said about Campbell’s statement. “This is kind of one of those situations, like when people die in school shootings, when thoughts and prayers are hardly relevant.” 

And as current college students in red states grapple with what to do, high school juniors are just starting their college selection process and beginning to consider the new abortion access geography as part of their decision.

Chantal Mann was on a college tour with other students in Indiana when she heard the news.

“I looked at everyone around me and I’m like, ‘How am I going to tell all of these people this?’” Mann said. The 16-year-old rising senior from Florida held her phone out and let her friends read for themselves. 

Almost immediately, she started crossing prospective colleges off her list, including Oklahoma City University, Baldwin Wallace in Ohio, Texas State University, and the University of Arizona. Originally, she had 24 schools on her list; now, it’s down to 15.

Mann wants to study theater, and she said she doesn’t want to go to a state where they have restricted reproductive rights—or where there’s a risk that rights could be slashed in the near future. 

“There were some schools in Pennsylvania, like Carnegie Mellon, I would have been so excited to go to. But I don’t want to take that risk at all.”

“There were some schools in Pennsylvania, like Carnegie Mellon, I would have been so excited to go to. But I don’t want to take that risk at all and end up being there for four years. Then halfway through they’re like, ‘Oh, never mind, you guys, we don’t want to have abortions here,’” Mann said.

The Supreme Court decision “made my job of getting a lot of the schools off of the list really easy. But it also felt kind of discouraging,” she said. 

As a Vietnamese-American, Ashley Huynh, 17, a rising high school senior in Montgomery County, Maryland, said she focused her search on colleges and universities with diverse student bodies. But, she said, the Supreme Court’s ruling has also helped her narrow the list. 

“The overturn of Roe definitely solidified my decision to go to a college in a state where it will still continue to protect women’s rights,” she said. “Location has never before been more important to me.” 

“The overturn of Roe definitely solidified my decision to go to a college in a state where it will still continue to protect women’s rights.”

She pointed to the increased threat of sexual violence on college campuses as part of her justification. 

“I’m in the age range where women tend to get sexually assaulted and to know that I might not be guaranteed a choice to have an abortion is really scary,” she told VICE News. “I’m scared for myself, but honestly I’m more scared for the women who live in more conservative states where abortion is probably going to be completely banned.” According to RAINN, a national anti-sexual violence organization, nearly 34 percent of all undergraduate students report experiencing sexual violence, including rape or assault on campus. Twenty-six percent of these students identified as women. 

Schachtel, the college counselor, expects that more students will change their college lists, as more states start rolling out restrictions and bans. 

“A lot of the top schools in Texas and Tennessee are nervous that they’re going to lose applications,” she said. “I don’t know if it will hit this application cycle, but I think the schools will see a difference in applications. Everyone is waiting to see what will happen now.” 

But, Schachtel noted that some students with limited finances may not be able to afford to go to school in a state where abortion rights and reproductive services are protected.

Many schools are already so competitive,” she said. “Unfortunately, some students are still just going to have to go to colleges that might not have access to resources, like counseling or health services.”  

Rosenfeld recognized her own privilege—if it came down to it she knows she would have the support needed to get reproductive care out of state. For now, she remains committed to attending school in Ohio. 

“I am interested in activism. I want to commit my life to enacting change in my communities, and Oberlin and Ohio seem like a perfect place to do that,” she said. “What we need are people on the ground with us.”

Gavin Newsom Just Dumped a Gallon of Kerosene on the Inflation Fire

Are the Democrats, led by demented Joe Biden, the Giggler in Chief Kamala Harris, the pretty boy King Gavin, suicidal?  Policy after policy has failed and harmed Americans.  The Biden family continues to get millions from the slave/terrorist nation of China.  And proof that Joe Biden has been receiving this corrupt money and indeed making it happen is now in the public domain.

“California Gov. Gavin Newsom seems ignorant of this principle. Study after study shows that the some $6 trillion in stimulus spending hurriedly passed during the COVID-19 pandemic contributed significantly to the 40-year, record high inflation we’re suffering today.

What’s the governor of our country’s most populous state doing to fight inflation? Why, send out more inflationary stimulus checks! I wish this were a Babylon Bee or Onion satire article, but it appears Newsom is serious.

Working with Democrats running the Legislature, Newsom reportedly said they planned to spend $18.1 billion in this new inflationary scheme that includes $11.5 billion in inflation “relief” funds.

In ten years the California budget has gone from $150 billion a year to over $300 billion a year.  That is a lot of vote buying and corruption.

Gavin Newsom Just Dumped a Gallon of Kerosene on the Inflation Fire

Carrie Sheffield, Daily Signal,   6/30/22 

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom seems ignorant of this principle. Study after study shows that the some $6 trillion in stimulus spending hurriedly passed during the COVID-19 pandemic contributed significantly to the 40-year, record high inflation we’re suffering today.

What’s the governor of our country’s most populous state doing to fight inflation? Why, send out more inflationary stimulus checks! I wish this were a Babylon Bee or Onion satire article, but it appears Newsom is serious.

Working with Democrats running the Legislature, Newsom reportedly said they planned to spend $18.1 billion in this new inflationary scheme that includes $11.5 billion in inflation “relief” funds.

“Millions of Californians will be receiving up to $1,050 as part of a NEW middle class tax rebate,” Newsom tweeted. “That’s more money in your pocket to help you fill your gas tank and put food on the table.”

In reality, this flash-in-the-pan gimmick will make inflation worse. Right now, we have a supply problem. We don’t have a demand problem. Putting more inflationary cash into consumers’ pockets will only drive demand higher.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s attempts to tame inflation toward his 2% goal—from the much higher 8.6%—would only work with improved supply chains. But if supply chains don’t get fixed, higher interest rates will lead to more, painful unemployment, Bloomberg reported.

Newsom and his pals instead should be attacking the supply problem through lowering corporate taxes, removing the onerous and burdensome “clean energy” mandates on his state that are driving energy costs—the biggest inflationary pressure—through the roof. California’s 51 cents a gallon gas tax is scheduled to increase this Friday to 54 cents.

The Wall Street Journal calls Newsom’s payola “street money,” or “cash that politicians dole out in return for political support to get out the vote. California Democrats have decided to take the practice statewide and call it ‘inflation relief.’”

The Journal reports the Golden State has a $100 billion budget thanks to the 2021 COVID-19 bill and strong capital gains revenue. Under the plan, residents making up to $75,000 would receive $350 apiece and $350 per dependent, with a maximum of $1,050 per family. Individuals making up to $125,000 would get $250.

Newsom wants to give $200 to residents earning up to $250,000 ($500,000 for couples). While certainly a half million bucks goes a lot less far in California, it’s definitely not slumming it. Yet again, we have a case of the left refusing to use the public purse in a way that targets the neediest. And these results, as typical liberal policies do, will backfire.

Newsom is reportedly floating a presidential bid, and stunts like this show how he’s far from deserving of the Oval Office.

Biden:  I will Help You Kill Your Baby WITHOUT Telling Your Parents

Joe Biden wants your baby dead.  What other excuse could there be for using your Federal tax dollars and employees to promote baby killing—he calls it abortion—and at the same time keeping this from the parents.  For a man that raised Hunter Biden, the drug addled, prostitute using, corrupt supporter of terrorist nations and takes millions from those who want our country gone—why should Joe be able to keep the information of a 14 year old in Oklahoma secret from her parents?

“The memo came from Health and Human Services, and the White House passed it along on official letterhead. “Know Your Rights: Reproductive Health Care,” read the title of the document that represents the latest effort by the Biden administration to make good on the president’s post-Roe promise to “do all in my power to protect a woman’s right” to an abortion.

The memo in question points the public to AbortionFinder.org, an online tool that provides pregnant women information on where they can terminate their pregnancy. The website also directs minors “15 or younger,” RealClearPolitics was first to report, to resources for bypassing

Joe Biden has no respect for the Supreme Court, the taxpayers or life.  He is a liar when he claims to be a Faithful Catholic and he has broken his office of oath.  Worse, he has no respect for life.  His only excuse for the could be that he is so mentally ill and incoherent he does not know what he is doing.  This is elder abuse b his wife.

White House Promotes ‘AbortionFinder’ Tool Helping Minors Skirt Parental Notification

By Philip Wegmann , Real Clear Politics,   7/1/22 

The memo came from Health and Human Services, and the White House passed it along on official letterhead. “Know Your Rights: Reproductive Health Care,” read the title of the document that represents the latest effort by the Biden administration to make good on the president’s post-Roe promise to “do all in my power to protect a woman’s right” to an abortion.

The memo in question points the public to AbortionFinder.org, an online tool that provides pregnant women information on where they can terminate their pregnancy. The website also directs minors “15 or younger,” RealClearPolitics was first to report, to resources for bypassing parental notification laws.

“Some states require people under 18 to involve a parent or guardian when getting an abortion,” a pop-up window announces to minors seeking an abortion. “If you need to avoid involving a parent or guardian, contact the If/When/How Judicial Bypass (JB) Helpline for information about getting a judicial bypass.”

That hotline and the accompanying online Abortion Finder are products of Power to Decide, a pro-abortion nonprofit funded, in part, by federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services. And for now, the White House is leaning on allied outside organizations like these to preserve access to abortion.

The regulatory landscape has already shifted with almost half of the states preparing to significantly limit or outlaw abortion altogether. Some Democrats, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have called on the president to build abortion clinics in federal parks and on military bases. Others want Biden to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court, adding pro-abortion judges for the express purpose of reversing the opinion. He has rejected both those ideas. Otherwise, the president is all ears.

Biden called on Congress to codify Roe, either during this Congress or the next, if Democrats expand their majorities. And the president supports changing the Senate filibuster to ease passage.

Meanwhile, according to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, options are limited. “There is no magic bullet,” Becerra told reporters at a Tuesday press conference, “but if there is something we can do, we will find it and we will do it.” As of now, that includes giving minors the resources needed to find an abortion provider and, if necessary, to secure an abortion without notifying their parents.

Power to Decide has focused on reducing teen pregnancy since its founding in 1996, and the abortion advocacy organization lists Google, the Ford Foundation, and the Bayer Corporation among its many major funders. It has also received significant financial support from the federal government since 2001. Previously called the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Power to Decide has received nearly $16 million in grants from the HHS, a figure that includes $897,585 awarded in the first year of the Biden administration.

According to public lobbying disclosures, the federally funded group also lobbied Congress in support of a number of key White House priorities. “We also worked to advance policies that would reduce barriers to abortion care,” the organization wrote in its 990 tax-exempt documents, “including the elimination of the Hyde Amendment from the president’s budget and the House-Passed FY2022 appropriations bill and the passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act.”

Power to Decide declined to comment when contacted by RealClearPolitics. The White House, meanwhile, referred RCP to HHS when asked about its efforts to shore up abortion access and, in some cases, to provide resources to minors looking to skirt parental notification laws. That agency, however, did not return repeated RCP requests for comment.

Congressional Republicans are already furious. “Here’s Joe Biden turning to a Google and Big Pharma-funded outfit to help teenagers – 15 and younger – get abortions. Priorities,” tweeted Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley. Michigan Rep. Lisa McClain blasted the Biden administration, telling Fox News that the move was “unbelievable.”

Abortion advocates such as the ACLU have long argued that parental notification laws jeopardize the health of teenagers and that “the risks of delayed and denied health care far outweigh the costs of permitting teens to consent on their own to abortion services.”

Abortion opponents respond that parental notification laws are necessary safeguards to protect minors who, in some cases, may be victims of sexual assault.

“The White House instructing young girls on how to go around their parents to get abortions is radical and dangerous. Parental involvement policies are wildly popular – they protect children from exploitation by the profit-driven abortion industry and abusers and traffickers who use abortion to cover up their crimes,” said Mallory Carroll, a spokeswoman for Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

Abortion opponents such as Carroll warn that the White House is overplaying its hand. “Pro-abortion Democrats have failed to learn the political and moral lesson from the Virginia elections last year that you don’t come between parents and their children,” she told RCP in a statement. “They should expect similar results.”

California workers found better paying jobs, but experts warn recession puts them at risk

We are entering a recession.  So, King Gavin is closing down 10% of our energy supply, Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant—with no replacement.  At the same time he is killing well paying jobs in the energy field.  Also, he is killing our agriculture industry by limiting pesticide use and availability of water.  He wants you to pay French Laundry prices when you go to Denny’s’.

Plus, wage increases are lower than the inflation rate, so workers continue to fall behind.  To make matters worse for the middle class, the State continues to raises taxes, tolls, fees and implement regulations that add to the cost of goods and services.  It is as if they want folks to flee the State—when you add the crime wave, support of law breakers from other countries.

California workers found better paying jobs, but experts warn recession puts them at risk

BY LIL KALISH, CalMatters, 6/30/22   

IN SUMMARY

Experts say the “great reshuffling” of jobs during the pandemic is changing California’s economy and workforce. Here are some takeaways.

As California emerges from the pandemic, the state’s workers are slowly recovering after hundreds of thousands of them left their jobs last year. 

Fed up and burnt out, workers quit or changed jobs in droves in search of better pay, benefits or workplace conditions, part of what many are calling the “great reshuffling” across the state and country.

A panel of experts Wednesday said the reshuffling of jobs has produced “mixed signals” in California’s economic recovery. They said many workers had switched jobs but stayed within the same sectors, often gaining higher wages, yet job openings and resignations remain at historically high levels. 

CalMatters Reporter Grace Gedye moderated a discussion hosted by the Milken Institute and CalMatters about California’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

Irena Asmundson, a researcher at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy;  Natalie Palugyai, Secretary of the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency; Sarah Bohn, vice president and chair in policy research at the Public Policy Institute of California; and Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retailers Association, described the impact the “great reshuffling” is having on workers, employers and the state. 

And they discussed how California could maintain its reputation for a growing, productive workforce and stave off a potential recession.

Here are three takeaways: 

Workers who changed jobs often won better pay

As the economy recovers, the “great resignation” is more like a “great reshuffling,” with workers changing jobs within the same industry, said Bohn. With demand for workers on the rise, wages have increased an average of about $4 per hour, she said, but with inflation it doesn’t feel like a raise and for some it may feel more like a pay cut. 

The pandemic fundamentally shifted the way retailers do business, added Michelin. Retailers adjusted to COVID spikes by adopting curbside pickup, deliveries and managing supply chain woes, she said. 

They also boosted worker pay, she added, alluding to some warehouse and distribution center jobs that pay $23 an hour. She said businesses also invested in worker training and education. 

The panelists said that most of the workers who changed jobs were not highly educated and held lower-paying positions in construction, warehouses, and retail.

A looming recession puts workers’ wins at risk

With a potential recession on the horizon, the panelists said California’s growth may be at risk.

Bohn said that while that state has been in “a unique period of budget surplus,” employers’ efforts to draw in workers with better pay, flexibility and increased training could be at risk.  

Asmundson warned of structural faults in the economy. She used, as an example, disparities in taxes people pay for homes because of California’s Proposition 13, which capped property tax increases.

Some panelists warned that many workers can’t afford housing because their take-home pay doesn’t cover it. Add to that inflation and federal efforts to raise interest rates.

“Recessions happen when there’s an imbalance in the economy,” Asmundson said. “Recessions happen when people pull back at the same time and when people start to be laid off.”

A long road ahead for permanent change

The experts were uncertain wage and benefits gains in the reshuffling are here to stay without some broader worker protections in place, especially for low-income earners.

Palugyai said it’s hard to quantify the impact of the great reshuffling as an overall net good or bad.

“A lot of this reshuffling is causing marginal changes for workers,” she said. “A dollar or two here and there — it’s not getting what these workers need long term to grow.” 

The last two years have been a wake-up call to employers to improve workplace conditions and training opportunities, she said, and to listen to workers as thousands across the country attempt to unionize.  

Asmundson said that one of the biggest lessons learned in the pandemic was the importance of equity in housing, work and beyond. She pointed to the state’s falling population rates and the concentration of homeownership among older, white, retired Californians. 

“There’s already this jobs and housing imbalance,” she says, “so we have to fix that issue by all working together.”

July 1: California price hikes include gas tax increase, Golden Gate Bridge toll, and BART tickets. Here’s what you’ll pay.

Congrats.  California which has the highest cost of living, the highest gas prices in the nation has a Democrat controlled legislature that feels your pain.  On July 1, in the midst of a recession, they raised the gas tax, raised tolls on bridges and implemented regulations that makes goods and services more expensive.  Even better, they decided that the homeless was no longer a problem—so they now include law breakers, illegal aliens to receive food stamps and free health care.

The schools are a failure—and enrollment has had a massive decline.  So, instead of reforming the government schools, they just gave the monopoly unions more money to spend on themselves.

To make sure we go into a deep depression, King Gavin is killing off both the oil industry and the agriculture industry.  Like Biden, he prefers to buy from China than American businesses.  What other excuse could he have for NOT mining lithium in the Salton Sea and instead buying it from China—so that the batteries and their cost in EV’s are controlled by a slave/terrorist nation?

July 1: California price hikes include gas tax increase, Golden Gate Bridge toll, and BART tickets. Here’s what you’ll pay.

By ELIYAHU KAMISHER, Bay Area News Group 7/1/22 

Traveling around the Bay Area is getting more expensive on Friday with a shower of new price hikes covering California’s gas tax, the Golden Gate Bridge, and BART.

For many drivers and public transit users, getting hit with new fee hikes could not come at a worse time. Gas prices remain well above $6 and inflation is driving up the cost of supermarket runs. But July 1 brings the start of the fiscal year for most government agencies and with it comes a series of price increases.

Here is how much you will pay:

• Gas tax: The state-wide gas excise tax is increasing by 5.6% or roughly 3 cents per gallon. Drivers will now pay an estimated 53.9 cents per gallon up from 51.1 cents. A fill-up on a 14-gallon vehicle will cost about 40 cents more in state taxes. California’s gas tax is the second highest in the country only behind Pennsylvania.

• Golden Gate Bridge: Crossing the 85-year-old bridge is shooting up 35 cents to $9.40 for drivers without a FasTrak account and a standard vehicle. Commuters with a FasTrak account will see tolls increase by 35 cents to $8.40. Pay-As-You-Go accounts, which are linked to license plates, will see tolls increase by $0.20 from $8.60 to $8.80. Carpool tolls are rising 35 cents from $6.05 to $6.40. (Tolls on all other Bay Area toll bridges are not rising.)

• BART: Fares across the rail system are increasing by 3.4%. For short trips, a ticket price will climb by less than 10 cents while longer trips like Antioch to downtown San Francisco will rise by around 30 cents.

Why are prices increasing now?

• All of these price hikes are annual or semi-annual and were planned before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine spiked gas prices and COVID-19 upended global supply chains. But Californian’s gas tax increase has been particularly controversial as Gov. Gavin Newsom called to delay the inflation-linked gas hike and Democratic leadership in the Legislature squashed his plan, saying gas tax revenue is needed for transportation funding and meeting the state’s climate change goals.

• Instead of suspending gas taxes, as proposed by California Republicans, Newsom and Democratic lawmakers compromised on a $9.5 billion package of cashback payments. But those payments, which will range from $350 to $1,050 for most residents, are likely delayed until late October.