32 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-25-22

  1. ““FBI Had No Legally Valid Cause” For Mar-a-Lago Raid and Warrant “Had No Legal Basis,” Argue Top Lawyers

    David Rivkin and Lee Casey in WSJ: “if the Justice Department’s sole complaint is that Mr. Trump had in his possession presidential records he took with him from the White House, he should be in the clear, even if some of those records are classified.””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/08/the-fbi-had-no-legally-valid-cause-for-mar-a-lago-raid-and-warrant-had-no-legal-basis-argue-top-lawyers/

    “Couple of reminders of things I’ve already written, and should have written.

    First, I acknowledged that I don’t claim any expertise in the law regarding classification and records, so I’d have to rely on others until I could come up to speed. What I didn’t write but should have, is that I’m not going to rely (and neither should you) on the mostly politically-driven lawyers who populate CNN and MSNBC, #TheResistance Twitter Lawyers, and what’s written in NYT, WaPo, or mainstream corporate media as to the law.

    Second, I didn’t understand why Trump’s lawyers took so long to file a motion regarding the search warrant, and why the motion didn’t expressly challenge the warrant itself, not just the scope of the records seized. It was just a gut instinct, I not only claim no expertise in the law regarding classification and records, I also don’t practice criminal defense law. But something seemed wrong from the start.

    Someone whose legal analysis I would credit is David Rivkin. I’ve seen him and his team in action, and they are really good. He’s been involved in the notorious Wisconsin John Doe cases representing the conservative victims of the prosecutorial misconduct.

    Rivkin and his law partner Lee Casey, had an Op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on August 22, 2022, that confirms my gut instinct that the search warrant was rotten from the get-go, The Trump Warrant Had No Legal Basis. Here’s an excerpt, but read the whole thing at the link:

    Was the Federal Bureau of Investigation justified in searching Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago? The judge who issued the warrant for Mar-a-Lago has signaled that he is likely to release a redacted version of the affidavit supporting it. But the warrant itself suggests the answer is likely no—the FBI had no legally valid cause for the raid.

    The warrant authorized the FBI to seize “all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§793, 2071, or 1519” (emphasis added). These three criminal statutes all address the possession and handling of materials that contain national-security information, public records or material relevant to an investigation or other matters properly before a federal agency or the courts.

    The materials to be seized included “any government and/or Presidential Records created between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021”—i.e., during Mr. Trump’s term of office. Virtually all the materials at Mar-a-Lago are likely to fall within this category. Federal law gives Mr. Trump a right of access to them. His possession of them is entirely consistent with that right, and therefore lawful, regardless of the statutes the FBI cites in its warrant.

    Those statutes are general in their text and application. But Mr. Trump’s documents are covered by a specific statute, the Presidential Records Act of 1978. It has long been the Supreme Court position, as stated in Morton v. Mancari (1974), that “where there is no clear intention otherwise, a specific statute will not be controlled or nullified by a general one, regardless of the priority of enactment.” The former president’s rights under the PRA trump any application of the laws the FBI warrant cites.

    Got that? According to Rivkin and Casey, the entire premise for obtainin the warrant was legally faulty. Read the rest for more of the reasoning:

    Nothing in the PRA suggests that the former president’s physical custody of his records can be considered unlawful under the statutes on which the Mar-a-Lago warrant is based. Yet the statute’s text makes clear that Congress considered how certain criminal-law provisions would interact with the PRA: It provides that the archivist is not to make materials available to the former president’s designated representative “if that individual has been convicted of a crime relating to the review, retention, removal, or destruction of records of the Archives.”

    Nothing is said about the former president himself, but applying these general criminal statutes to him based on his mere possession of records would vitiate the entire carefully balanced PRA statutory scheme. Thus if the Justice Department’s sole complaint is that Mr. Trump had in his possession presidential records he took with him from the White House, he should be in the clear, even if some of those records are classified.”

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  2. I call BS.

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  3. Paid off your college debt?

    Well now you get to pay for someone else’s gender studies degree from Harvard too.

    Enjoy peasants.

    Add this to the cost of having no mean tweets….

    “Biden ‘Canceling’ Student Debt Could Cost $2,000 Per Taxpayer

    “There were just under 158 million taxpayers in 2019 according to the IRS, meaning that the average cost of debt cancellation is $2,085.59 per taxpayer.””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/08/biden-canceling-student-debt-could-cost-2000-per-taxpayer/

    “Biden isn’t “canceling” student debt. He’s making everyone else pay for it. The National Taxpayers Union Foundation reported:

    Public reporting indicates President Biden may soon announce executive action canceling federal student loan debt for a large set of borrowers. Though parameters of the student debt cancellation have yet to be announced, the Biden administration may cancel $10,000 of debt per borrower for borrowers making $125,000 in income per year or less.

    Based on projections from the Penn Wharton Budget Model for the total cost of such cancellation, we estimate President Biden’s plan would cost the average taxpayer over $2,000.

    The Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) released a policy report on Tuesday that estimated the total cost of $10,000 in debt cancellation for borrowers making less than $125,000 per year would be $329.1 billion over 10 years. There were just under 158 million taxpayers in 2019 according to the IRS, meaning that the average cost of debt cancellation is $2,085.59 per taxpayer.

    This is not a perfect proxy for cost, however, given the U.S. tax code is progressive and tax burdens are not evenly distributed across households. Accounting for the share of taxes paid by low- and middle-income households, we estimate that:

    The average cost of student debt cancelation per taxpayer making between $1 and $50,000 is $158.27;
    The average cost per taxpayer making between $50,000 and $75,000 is $866.87;
    The average cost per taxpayer making between $75,000 and $100,000 is $1,477.78;
    The average cost per taxpayer making between $100,000 and $200,000 is $3,158.35; and
    The average cost per taxpayer making between $200,000 and $500,000 is $9,947.92.

    Some may dispute that taxpayers bear the cost of canceling student debt. But the $329 billion cost of student debt cancellation would be $329 billion previously borrowed from the federal government and not returning to the Treasury. Policymakers will need to make up for that gap in the future with government spending cuts, tax increases, more borrowing, or some combination thereof.”

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  4. Pepperidge Farms remembers, even if Nancy is now pretending she doesn’t….

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  5. NT RINO’s are a Dems best friend.

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  6. Good.

    Now let’s add all the troops let go from all other branches of service to this suit as well. There are tens of thousands of victims to Biden’s illegal act.

    “Federal Judge Slams Defense Dept. and Marine Corps, Grants Class-Action Status in Vaccine Mandate Case

    Order delays court-martial for Japan-based Marine.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/08/federal-judge-slams-defense-dept-and-marine-corps-grants-class-action-status-in-vaccine-mandate-case/

    “How It Started: The Department of Defense dutifully enacted Biden’s vaccine mandate and had what eventually morphed into “zero tolerance” policies for service members requesting religious exemptions or who had already had COVID19.

    How It’s Going:

    U.S District Court Judge Steven Merryday issued a blistering rebuke of the Department of Defense and Marine Corps for refusing to grant religious accommodation requests to service members.

    Merryday did so when issuing a 48-page ruling Thursday in which he granted class-action status for all active and reserve U.S. Marine Corps service men and women in a lawsuit filed against the Secretary of Defense over the department’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

    He also issued a classwide preliminary injunction against the Department of Defense and the U.S. Marine Corps, prohibiting them “from enforcing against a member of the class any order, requirement, or rule to accept COVID-19 vaccination; from separating or discharging from the Marine Corps a member of the class who declines COVID-19 vaccination; and from retaliating against a member of the class for the member’s asserting statutory rights under RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act].”

    The class includes everyone “on active duty or in the ready reserve who serve under the command of the Marine Corps; who were affirmed by a chaplain as harboring a sincere religious objection; who timely submitted an initial request for a religious accommodation; who were denied the initial request; who timely appealed the denial of the initial request; and who were denied or will be denied after appeal.”

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    “The judge noted that 3,733 Marines had requested religious accommodations from receiving the COVID-19 shot ordered by the Secretary of Defense Austin in August 2021.

    Yet the Marine Corps has granted only 11 accommodations which included only those who are due for retirement and prompt separation.

    Then the court posed the question: “Is it more likely than not — in nearly all 3,733 cases —that no reasonable accommodation was available?”

    “Because the record reveals the substantial likelihood of a systemic failure by the Marine Corps to discharge the obligations established by RFRA, a class-wide preliminary injunction is warranted to preserve the status quo, to permit the full development of the record without prejudice to the plaintiffs, and to permit both a trial and a detailed, fact-based resolution of the controlling issues of fact and law,” Merryday wrote.

    “When Congress acts to preserve liberty, especially a liberty historically and constitutionally fundamental to the United States, the courts — the intended preserve of liberty — must not evade or equivocate, must not, so to speak, sacrifice the fundamental right of thousands of privates to Free Exercise in order to gratify the preference of a few generals,” the court continued.”

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  7. Well I’m shocked to hear this…. 🙄

    And this….

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  8. It’s almost like it’s intentional….

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  9. You would think this type of garbage would have been stopped after Covid hit 2 and half years ago. But you’d be wrong.

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  10. It’s fine though to Democrats, as long as the right people are targeted.

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  11. Enjoy!

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  12. https://www.theepochtimes.com/unusual-toxic-components-found-in-covid-vaccines-without-exception-german-scientists_4673873.html

    “A group of independent German scientists found toxic components—mostly metallic—in all the COVID vaccine samples they analyzed, “without exception” using modern medical and physical measuring techniques.

    The Working Group for COVID Vaccine Analysis says that some of the toxic elements found inside the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna vaccine vials were not listed in the ingredient lists from the manufacturers.

    The following metallic elements were found in the vaccines:

    Alkali metals: caesium (Cs), potassium (K)
    Alkaline earth metals: calcium (Ca), barium (Ba)
    transition metals: cobalt (Co), iron (Fe), chromium (Cr), titanium (Ti)
    Rare earth metals: cerium (Ce), gadolinium (Gd)
    Mining group/metal: aluminum (Al)
    Carbon group: silicon (Si) (partly support material/slide)
    Oxygen group: sulphur (S)
    These substances, furthermore, “are visible under the dark-field microscope as distinctive and complex structures of different sizes, can only partially be explained as a result of crystallization or decomposition processes, [and] cannot be explained as contamination from the manufacturing process,” the researchers found.

    “Using a small sample of live blood analyses from both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, we have determined that artificial intelligence (AI) can distinguish with 100% reliability between the blood of the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This indicates that the COVID-19 vaccines can effect long-term changes in the composition of the blood of the person vaccinated without that person being aware of these changes,” the study states.

    The findings of acute and chronic physiological changes to the blood of those inoculated with the vaccines, consistently discerned via AI software, “also echoes the findings of many other researchers and support the contentions of contamination and/or adulteration,” Lindsay said.

    “We have established that the COVID-19 vaccines consistently contain, in addition to contaminants, substances the purpose of which we are unable to determine,” their study says.”

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  13. I’m back….well I was back on Tuesday afternoon. Great time with my girl.

    I see the FBI raid is still in the news and so is the Republican attempt to discredit with constantly shifting stories. In the beginning, people claimed there was nothing there to justify a raid. Then, they said yeah there was stuff but it was returned on two occasions and it wasn’t important anyway. Then, they admitted some were classified but Trump had the right to declassify it. But then Trump asked for a special master to see if the FBI should be allowed to see certain documents thereby admitting they were still classified or at least worthy of being classified. By admitting they might be top secret and need a third party to oversee it, is Trump admitting to a felony?. Of course, Trump had packed in a hurry so made a few mistakes but when the librarians asked for stuff back, he still kept stuff. You can’t take work home with you when you no longer work. I can’t keep my school issued laptop when I retire and I can’t bring report cards home even when I’m still working. The absolute silliness of changing stories is amusing.

    Historical irony is always fun – Trump and his supporters claim the president has more power (i.e declassify on the spot) than the 18th century monarch that Americans rebelled against. And more irony; it’s Trump who made taking classified documents home a felony due to “Hilary’s emails”

    Then of course there’s the squirrel distraction otherwise known as whataboutism. But what about Hunter’s laptop……and that has what to do with boxes of documents in Mar-a-lago?. From what I understand, there’s just pics with Hunter doing blow with hookers – criminal acts but hardly FBI material. Local cops could look into it, but if they are anything like my local cops they won’t bother.

    And yes the FBI deserves to be defunded and severely needs to be reformed,etc. The left said that decades ago but the FBI continues to be allowed to run amok over people’s freedom. Apparently it’s only an issue when the FBI enforces the law on the political and economic elite of the country though. (I’m assuming Trump is part of the elite but if he releases his taxes, we can be more accurate) And whether or not theFBI needs restructuring has very little to do with Trump taking stuff that he shouldn’t — I don’t think there is any dispute left that Trump took documents home that he shouldn’t have. The Republicans claim now is the grounds for the warrant and the powers of the presidency. Both lousy excuses with serious precedent implications. He took stuff home and the libraians caught him It’s that simple.

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  14. The weeping and ghashing of teeth over student loan forgiveness is also amusing. Many of those critical of the move, were fine with tax cuts to the wealthy and even tax forgiveness for corporations but let an ordinary working stiff get a break and they get hysterical. Some conservative commentators and politicians are little quiet as many had PPP loans forgiven and apparently Ben Shapario had his student loans forgiven.

    The argument that I paid so others should pay is weird. I pay for my groceries so the poor should pay at the food bank? We should be glad other working people are getting new opportunities and we are treating people better than corporations.

    Romney does have a point on inflation; withdrawing money from an economy can help limit inflation hence high interest rates, increased taxes on the rich etc should slow down American inflation. However, loan forgiveness for those under $125,000 will inject money into the economy unless it’s used to pay other debts a person may have. Since most families have debt , the inflation effect may not be that high. Similarly, when the federal gov’t raised taxes on corporations and the wealthy but used the money to cut the deficit and pay back the debt instead of new spending, it limits inflation not increases.

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  15. Apparently Carlson and other right wing pundits have finally realized what I said months ago; the midterms will be tight. McConnell in a candid moment admitted the obvious you can’t gerrymander a state and quality counts in open contests. For that reason, the Senate will remain Democratic while the House will be close. Nominating Oz was the equivalent of a freebie. Republicans can mock Fetterman’s stroke, but he can use a wheelchair and coast to the Senate. Another bad nominee is Walker in Georgia – perfectly winneable until the primary gave the party Walker. Vance will probably win Ohio but the party is spending way too much money there that could be used elsewhere. Holding the line in Ohio will probably cause Johnson in Wisconsin to lose. If the Democrats win two more Senate seats, they no longer have to bribe Mannchin or Sinnema.

    The House is so badly gerrymandered that Democrats have to be +3 to +5 in the polls to win. In the last presidential election, Biden won by 4% and the Democrats lost seats in the House. However, I do wonder at the limits of gerrymandering – you can only pack and crack so many times before it’s no longer effective. It may be the Republicans have reached the limit of their advantage. If the current polling is correct, the Republicans should pick-up a few seats but maybe not enough. However, polls with likely voters favor Republincas and the registered voter polls favor Demcorats. Hence, its all about motivating the RV into LV and I think the Democrats will do it.

    It’s interesting to note that conservaive pundits don’t mention why the change in electoral fortunes — Roe vs Wade, and legislative success (loan forgiveness will add to this). Its the former which is the main motivator and its not because woman want to have an abortion; they simply don’t want the gov’t interfering in their health care. The Republicans made this part of political discourse in their opposition to the ACA and now the idea/phrase is being used against them. In both Roe vs Wade and legislation, the American people generally side with the Democratic party; it’s just a matter of motivating them to the polls and Roe vs Wade decision appears to be the factor.

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  17. The legal insurrection article you posted should be used by Democrats everywhere…..it basicallys shows the economic elite and top 10 percent will pay a far larger portion of the loan forgivenenss than ordinary working people. Are the Republicans upset because their donors have to pay for poor people’s education?

    Fetterman was accused of something 13 years ago….scraping the bottom of the barrel – desperation time. Don’t mayors only vote when the council vote is tied? So having to vote only once means the city council was quite functional under his leadership.

    I’m still wondering what the religious objection to the Covid 19 vaccine is. It’s quite specific as they couldn’t have been in the armed forces without taking other vaccines. If you can take the measles, HPV, etc shots without a religious objection you have no religious objection to the Covid shot.

    I agree with Charlie Kirk – tax free endowment funds are unethical perhaps the state should tax them and then use the money to forgive student loans. While we’re at it; the NCAA is unethical and the income raised by student athletes should be used to lower tuition. Corruption abounds in the tertiary education sector – take the money anywhere you find it and give it to the students.

    I’m sure my blood contained samples of metallic elements long before I got the vaccine – it’s the effect of urban living in the modern world. Of course, AI can locate metallic elements in our blood but they can’t determine the origin nor the fact that the vaccine only slightly increase the metallic elements in my already polluted blood stream. Hence, why I’m moving to a cottage when I retire – time to detoxify myself.

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  18. DJ – David French is right loan forgiveness if done right is beneficial. However, with the income limitations Biden appears to have countered French’s objection. My worry is the timing – the case for loan forgiveness beside its ethical correctness is it would inject money in the economy but as Romeny points out this is the wrong time for it. Biden should have done it in Jan 2020 waiting until the mid-terms in a period of high inflation may create economic problems next year. If the money is not spent rather saved or put down on other debts, I don’t see a problem though.

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  19. Sure, because it’s not like you idiots experience brown out now because you don’t have enough power available, right?

    Oh wait, you do, and this will make it exponentially worse.

    But I’m sure the enviro-nuts will let you build more plants before then, right?

    Again no…..

    Maybe nuclear plants? Yean, again, no….

    “California Expected To Ban Sale Of New Gas Cars”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/california-expected-to-ban-sale-of-new-gas-cars

    “California is set to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035 in an unprecedented plan expected to be passed by state regulators in a vote Thursday.

    The ban, which would be one of the first of its kind in the world, was proposed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in April to achieve Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s goal of reducing emissions by eliminating the sale of new gas cars by 2035.

    “The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the big, bold steps necessary to stem the tide of carbon pollution,” Newsom said in a statement to The New York Times.

    California’s plan to eliminate the sale of gas-powered vehicles by the middle of the next decade also carries with it benchmarks to hit along the way. Under the plan, California will require 35% of new vehicles sold to produce zero emissions by 2026, jumping to 68% of new cars by 2030 before finally hitting 100% of new cars in 2035. Used cars would not be affected by the plan.

    The state’s move will likely affect the rest of the country since it sits as the largest automaker in the U.S. “This is monumental,” CARB member Daniel Sperling said, according to CNN. “This is the most important thing that CARB has done in the last 30 years. It’s important not just for California, but it’s important for the country and the world.””

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    Enjoy Cali., it’s what you keep voting for.

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  20. Here’s an update related to the military vaccine story.

    The intent is to lessen the numbers in the US military, even as recruiting numbers continue to tank.

    The pain is the point.

    “DoD not in compliance with stopping COVID testing of unvaccinated”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/08/25/dod-not-in-compliance-with-stopping-covid-testing-of-unvaccinated-n492143

    “Last week we looked at the story of how the Biden administration quietly put an end to mandatory COVID testing for federal workers based on their vaccination status. The change was intended to bring the government into compliance with new, relaxed guidelines issued by the CDC. The changes were supposed to be in place by Monday, with compliance reports being sent to the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (an awkward name at best). But apparently not everyone got the memo or, if they did, they didn’t bother reading it. As of now, there is one massive portion of the government that is still requiring special testing for some unvaccinated employees. That would be the Department of Defense with its 750,000 civilian personnel along with more than two million members of the armed services and the National Guard. Why haven’t they come into compliance yet? They’re saying that they’re “still reviewing the guidelines.” (Government Executive)

    The Biden administration last week instructed agencies to stop their testing programs aimed at employees not vaccinated against COVID-19, though some are still not in compliance.

    Agencies were told to implement the new, no-testing-based-on-vaccination-status policy by Monday at the latest, but some employees were still required to take a test on Wednesday because they have not gotten their shots. The issue was apparent at the Defense Department, which said it was still sorting out how to implement the White House’s guidance. The update came from President Biden’s Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, which made the changes to align the federal government with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    “The Department of Defense is currently reviewing the CDC guidelines and how they will apply to the department,” said Maj. Charlie Dietz, a Pentagon spokesperson. “DoD is unique among federal agencies, both for its specific blend of workforce, comprised of uniformed military, civilian employees, and contractor personnel, as well as the operational requirements of that workforce.”

    The statement from the Defense Department spokesman is rather shocking. He’s saying that the DoD will “craft its own policy” that best “meets the needs” of its workforce. But the orders that came out last week seemed very clear and they were not optional. The directive said, “agencies must stop implementing any COVID-19 serial screening testing programs and any point-in-time screening testing requirements that differentiate among individuals based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.” It further said that the changes must be made “as soon as possible and no later than Aug. 22.””

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  21. Enjoy!

    “BEA confirms: Stagflation’s here, and buying power eroded faster than estimated”

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2022/08/25/bea-confirms-stagflations-here-and-buying-power-eroded-faster-than-estimated-n492204

    “The good news from today’s interim estimate of second-quarter GDP from the Bureau of Economic Analysis is … well, there isn’t any good news. The less-bad news? The Q2 contraction reported in the advance estimate a month ago came down from an annualized rate of -0.9% to -0.6%. And the only reason it contracted less than the advance estimate showed was because the weird trade imbalance that shielded the more-likely -2.3% contraction was weirder than first reported:

    Real GDP decreased less in the second quarter than in the first quarter, decreasing 0.6 percent after decreasing 1.6 percent. The smaller decrease reflected an upturn in exports and a smaller decrease in federal government spending that were partly offset by a larger decline in private inventory investment, a slowdown in consumer spending, and downturns in nonresidential fixed investment and residential fixed investment. Imports decelerated.

    Remember what I pointed out last month?

    The good news — and there’s not a lot of it — is that the unusually large trade imbalance in Q1 that drove the negative overall result has been corrected. The bad news is that Q2 also has a weird imbalance in trade, this time favoring exports (+18.0%, with imports only up 3.1%). That may have artificially created a more positive component to GDP, meaning that Q2 may actually have been worse than it appears. The WSJ pegs the difference as 1.43 points to GDP, which means that a balanced trade quarter (and we usually run negative) would have made this a -2.3% GDP report.

    The new estimate has exports up 17.6% rather than 18%, but imports only went up 2.8% rather than 3.1%. The net imbalance still adds massively to GDP, as the WSJ pointed out last month. Without that hugely and strangely positive trade imbalance, the likely GDP rating for Q2 would still likely have been around -2.2%.

    The other metrics underlying the results didn’t change significantly from the advance estimate. Real consumption looks slightly better at a 1.5% increase, but domestic investment is still off by almost an identical -13.2%. Gross domestic purchases came in at -1.9%, slightly better than the advance estimate of -2.2%, but final sales to domestic purchasers did move positive to 1.3% rather than -0.2% in the advance estimate.

    So much for the good news. Here’s the bad news — buying power eroded slightly more in Q2 than the advance estimate reported. Personal savings also dropped more, and even nominal income fell off the advance estimate:

    Current-dollar personal income increased $353.1 billion in the second quarter, a downward revision of $0.7 billion from the previous estimate. The increase primarily reflected increases in compensation (led by private wages and salaries), proprietors’ income (both nonfarm and farm), personal income receipts on assets, and rental income of persons (table 8).

    Disposable personal income increased $287.0 billion, or 6.5 percent, in the second quarter, a downward revision of $4.4 billion from the previous estimate. Real disposable personal income decreased 0.6 percent, a downward revision of 0.1 percentage point.

    Personal saving was $945.0 billion in the second quarter, a downward revision of $23.4 billion from the previous estimate. The personal saving rate—personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income—was 5.1 percent in the second quarter, a downward revision of 0.1 percentage point.

    “Real” measures indicate inflation adjustment. “Current-dollar” means no inflation adjustment. This shows that not only did the economy contract significantly in Q2, buying power also eroded at the same time. This confirms that real disposable personal income has declined for five straight quarters, a measure that compounds because it is comparative. The 0.6% decline in Q2 results from a comparison to Q1, which declined 7.8% from 2021Q4, which declined -4.5% from 2021Q3, etc. A -0.6% decline in Q2 is not an improvement off a benchmark level in relation to Q1, in other words — it’s how much worse real disposable personal income got over the past quarter from the Q1 level.

    That may or may not be a technical recession, but it’s at the very least stagflation. ”

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    It’s a recession, or was until they changed the definition. They obviously fudged some numbers here too.

    Obama taught Joe well.

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  22. HRW: ‘Whataboutism’ is only acceptable when it’s your side doing it, right? In fact, it’s actually necessary to help ensure that there is equal protection under the law. Otherwise, as now, we have a two-tier justic system – how can the citizens have confidence in that?

    Re. the FBI raid, it’s the Dems who have a constantly-shifting narrative, because they know that they blew it, big time. The warrant had no legal basis. The American people will not easily forget nor forgive this heinous and illegal act against President Trump. It also doesn’t help them that this FBI unit was the same one that ran the discredited Trump-Russia investigation (and they wanted to recover docs of their misdeeds Mar-a-Lago before it all goes public). Ask yourself: Who is trying to hide things (such as the affidavit), and who is seeking to bring things to light?

    It’s no secret that the Dems stole a presidential election through massive fraud and were co-conspirators in the COVID pandemic. Why would it actually surprise anyone that they would not abide by the law? They are on a crime spree, and their only true hope after this latest blunder is an insurrection and complete chaos.

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  23. “‘Whataboutism’ is only acceptable when it’s your side doing it, right? In fact, it’s actually necessary to help ensure that there is equal protection under the law. Otherwise, as now, we have a two-tier justic system – how can the citizens have confidence in that?”

    Tychicus gets to the heart of it right there.

    Number 1, lefties are being hypocritical. They do it all the time, as noted. This exposes them. They hate that.

    Number 2 reason lefties dislike it, it points out our obvious 2 tiered “justice” system. Again, lefties love it because it always benefits them, because it takes a level of corruption they aren’t at all uncomfortable with. Ends, means, all that.

    Number 3 it exposes the fact that with lefties in charge, there is no equal protection if you think differently from their herd mentality. This shows their bias, and they hate that too.

    This exposes them, and they can’t bare the thought.

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  24. what aboutism is a terrible argument no matter who uses it. It doesn’t do anything to eliminate the accusations brought against you or your client. The local highway speed limit is 100 km/h but everyone does 120 km/h. When you are pulled over; what aboutism is not a defense you still broke the law.

    In this particular case, the equivilancy doesn’t even exist; Hunter Biden, an adult not involved in the US gov’t has pics of coke and hookers on his laptop (a job for the local police) meanwhile an ex-president took classified materials with him after he lost the job and did not return the documents after two requests (a job for the FBI). There can’t even be bias here since its different police forces and jurisdictions.

    Not sure what the Demcorats have to do with the narrative; they’re standing on the sidelines laughing at the shifting Republincan stories. The warrants have been public for a month with no challenge from his lawyers. The librarians at the archives were meticulous as librarians usually are and the FBI is just helping them recover stolen goods.

    The FBI unit is the same as the previous unit because it’s the DC unit; a matter of jurisdiction. The actual unit does not feature all the same personnel as before as people come and go in their careers.

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  25. AJ – not sure who the leftists are you refer to; I don’t see any leftist anywhere near the FBI investigation. But let’s imagine there are leftists – where’s the what aboutism? I don’t see it

    There is a two tiered justice system in America – one for rich people and one for the poor. One for black people and one for cops. Not sure how this benefits leftists – Leonard Peltier for example is still in prison. The corruption of course is real but that is built into the system and results in longer jail sentences for African American youth vs middle class white people.

    The leftist in charge??? Where??? The American corporations are in charge of both parties. The gov’t is run by and for the rich people no matter the party.

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  26. The left side of the internet is having fun today. Each time somebody or some group criticizes student loan forgiveness, they look them up at the PPP or student loan database which is apparently public. Prager U condemned the move as encouraging irresponsibility, moments later someone posted the 720 000$ PPP loan which was forgiven. Btw, this is not what aboutism rather simply pointing out hypocrisy. And exposes the fact the most people against Biden’s annoucement don’t even act on their own statements. Student loan forgiveness has pro and cons that bear discussing but the hypocricsy of Ben Shapiro codemning loan forgiveness but havenet 20 000$ forgiven needs to be pointed out in terms of their credibility.

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