Benevolent King Gavin Newsom Raises Wage for Fast Food*

Loyal readers, the blog still maintains a co-headquarters here in the People’s Republic of California.  We are unsure of where Troll lays his head at night, but we know for a fact it is not near; Hope Hicks, Lolo Jones, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, or any other of his pop tarts or flavors of the month.  That being said, our benevolent King Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill giving fast food workers a raise to $20 an hour in April of next year.  You may be wondering about the asterisk (aka star) above in the title … well check out this dudelet buried in the bill he signed.

Workers at restaurants like Panera Bread won’t receive the wage increase because the new law doesn’t recognize places that operate “a bakery that produces for sale on the establishment’s premises bread,” as fast-food.

California law to increase minimum wage for fast-food workers won’t apply to everyone

“This exemption applies only where the establishment produces for sale bread as a stand-alone menu item and does not apply if the bread is available for sale solely as part of another menu item,” the law’s text said.

Hmm, kinda sounds like lobbyist picking winners and losers am I right?  Let’s hear what our benevolent king had to say about it.

Why the line was drawn at bread remains unclear.

“That’s part of the sausage-making,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a news conference when asked about the exemption, Insider reported

Gavin, to borrow a line from Troll, knows a lot about sausage as he represents an area famous for how they use them!

In all seriousness, this bill was opposed big time by lots of groups, mostly big business, but I think folks need to understand while fast food has seen a lot of consolidation, there are still a bunch owned by minorities who only own a couple shops.  If I have to pay $20 an hour, do I find a way to fire a couple of people?  You cannot really automate … yet.  How does this help people?  Landlords will just raise rent higher, prices of fast food will go up big time.  Anyone want to bet that next year in May a Big Mac, Fries, and Coke is about $22.50?  The dollar menu becomes the $5 menu?  Fast food is looked at by most as a convenience and cheap, not healthy.  Gavin is removing the cheap part.

Folks, fast food has its place. Employees working there also have their place.  To most it’s a starter job, make a little scratch during college breaks, get work experience, rise through the ranks and be a manger after 5 years.  Then you move on.  It’s a decent resume builder.  For others, it’s all they have, but that’s likely because of decisions they have made.  High school dropouts, criminal records, yeah you work their long term because you have too.  To all the people working at fast food, it is not a career.

Kinda weird they drew Panera Bread out of this law.  Really weird.  I would rather work at Panera than any fast food joint sans In-N-Out or Chick-fil-A.  I mean folks if you have children working, like a first job, they now will make more $$ at Burger King than Panera Bread.  Think about it.

Liberalism is a brain disease.  This moron Gavin thinks giving folks $20 an hour will magically fix poverty … it will not.  It just creates higher rent and other expenses for food.  It also expands a permanently unemployed class of folks.  Business will always find a way. No one is paying $25 for a burger, fries and a Coke. 

So, there you have it folks … get a career at Burger King and Have it Your Way.  Yikes.

The Chief

Credit Cards and Dave Ramsey Way

Credit cards, they are a polarizing thing.  Some will tell you never to obtain one, others will declare you need one, or you won’t be able to rent a car/house/apartment, buy a house or car, or what if some emergency comes up.  I will examine both ways in this blog. 

Personally I have 3 credit cards.  I use all 3 for different things, one is all my auto-payment bills (utilities, internet) one for work expenses (reimbursement), and another for literally emergency/pleasure use (think going out etc.)  I track all purchases when statements come in monthly.  I receive a paper bill each month… never auto pay with a credit card.  I do not open or use a card simply for earning “points” or “miles” as I think and believe both are a scam.  I cash in my “earnings” each year and do something with them, usually buying items off Amazon as that tends to be the best use.  I tried to use it for airfare, and quickly found out the price of a ticket in points was unreal compared to just booking as usual.  With my method I am able to track my expenses by category and find out exactly where I spend too much, and adjust as necessary.  I always pay the bill in full, and have never paid a fee or interest.  Don’t feel good for me as the credit card company still makes money off me, as the swipe and usage fees charged to the merchant on each swipe are not avoidable. 

I bought my house in large part due to my 820 credit score and got a lower interest rate to boot.  I was also able to lease a brand new Toyota Tacoma after my old vehicle finally kicked out again due to said credit score.  (I have since paid it in full, and owe nothing on it.)

This isn’t to say you should go get a credit card, many get by without, quite a few by choice, and you can still buy houses/cars and rent houses/cars without a credit card.  It’s just a longer, tougher, nerve wracking process.  The point of this blog isn’t to whack anyone without a card, it’s a choice, I live my way, you are free to live yours.

Now for the folks who need/needed or understand Dave Ramsey’s advice. 

Some do not need a credit card, nor should they own one.  Credit cards create a false euphoria when used, you simply swipe it, and are worry and carefree until the bill is due.  Even then they offer a convenient “minimum payment option” of a nominal amount say $40.  In addition each time you log into the website to view/pay bill you get a prompt saying sign up for paperless billing, quite literally every time, there is no way to opt out.  Mess up and click on the link, well good luck getting taken off paperless billing.  They bill it as a “green initiative….you are doing right by the environment.”  Give me a break; a paper statement of roughly 3 pages, and a mailed envelope?  That isn’t causing the ice caps to melt Al Gore.  These are corporations and while they make money each time you swipe the plastic they make even more when you opt out of a monthly paper statement.  But wait there is more…

You forgot to pay the bill this month…. just by a day darn it!  Well, you get hit with a late fee, your interest rate goes from probably 17% or so to about 38% which, oh by the way, they can do since that is the agreement you agreed to when you applied.  Of course, you didn’t read the fine print, you needed the card to earn miles or points.  Oh, they also report that missed payment to the 3 credit bureaus, watch what happens to the interest rate on your other cards, suddenly that 17% turns into about 30%  But that’s ok, you only missed one payment and you will make it up next month.

It not just fees and extra interest, it’s your entire buying pattern that changes.  Suddenly you find yourself going down each aisle at the grocery store, you only went there for 8 things, but your basket turned into a cart full, which turned a $25 total into about $175.  But you had to get 3 more bags of chips because they are on sale, and you earned “points.”  Ditto for those spices in the spice aisle that will migrate to the back of the pantry, but hey you earned a few points, and they were on sale… the cool red tag said so.  Now you are swiping so freely you lose track and forget how much you spent… hello, surprise bill.  You make the minimum payment but keep spending, you do so because, well you always get a bonus in December, so you will pay it off then.  You don’t get the bonus, or even if you do the interest compounds daily, and is on your bill monthly.  All of a sudden that 1-3% cash back doesn’t look so great on 19% interest charges now does it?

The last and most worrisome is deferred interest charges.  And yours truly almost got caught in this.  I had just bought a house, and my down payment took every dollar that was not in my retirement account.  I know cry me a river!  At my house I had no washer, dryer or fridge.  The dishwasher was quite literally on its last leg, and the oven/stove and microwave had been through a lot.  In fairness the family I bought it from had moved out 3 years prior and let their grandson live there rent free.  Everything else was fine, but I needed appliances, using my parent’s wasn’t going to cut it.  Enter Pacific Sales, conveniently located inside the local Best Buy.  They had a big sale going as it was a three day weekend, and to be fair I shopped around and for all seven appliances I needed it was the best deal by far.  The total came to about $3,500 I reckon, then after the installation and “other” parts required for said appliances we were at about $4,000.  Obviously I didn’t have the kind of coin, and right on cue they had a financing offer.  No interest for 1 year!  Just get the store branded credit card.  Even better I was told 3 months of no payments applies as well…. how great 1 year and 3 months of zero interest!  There’s a catch, I will get to it later.  2 months later, the tires needed to be replaced on my Explorer, about $1,100 worth.  Of course, they have you by the proverbial balls, since they can pull the “your car isn’t road worthy so we cannot let it leave card.”  Again, they pulled a great offer, 1 year no interest, and $200 off.  I didn’t want to do it, but hey… why not right? If you are keeping score at home, I now have 2 store cards, and about $4,800 in monies owed.  I was making minimum payments on the balances each month, $100 on the appliances, $50 in the tires… because…. Well, time value of money, right?  I was going to pay them off later, but had other things to worry about. 

Well at the bottom corner of the statement, there is/was a box, it stated deferred interest.  This box was the way the store makes money.  You see the store likely is losing on the deal offered up front, but they stand to gain a large amount from these deferred charges.  Luckily for me, in both cases I caught this before it became a problem at all.  To give you an idea, had I been a month late on the tires, the interest would have been $350, on top of the $900 I would have paid.  Had I had just paid in full that day, $1,100 would have been the damage, instead I would have paid about $1,250.  The appliances would have been far worse, deferred interest would have been about $1,500.  Again, look at the deal upfront, and the deal had I not paid in full in the “promo-time.”

Don’t believe me?  Check out these quotes from the earnings reports of Macy’s and Nordstrom

Macy’s executives disclosed on Tuesday that rising delinquencies cut credit card revenues to $120 million in the second quarter, down $84 million from the previous quarter. While Nordstrom’s credit card revenues rose 10% in the first half of this year, company executives said Tuesday that delinquencies are now above pre-pandemic levels and could “result in higher credit losses in the second half and into 2024.”

US department stores see higher credit delinquencies amid strained spending

Credit cards are big $$$ for these corporations, and a large part of the earnings numbers.  Keep in mind interest earned is basically “free money” to these groups.  They only have to mail out a statement each month.

The last item I wish to address is when you pay with plastic it truly is “buy now, pay later.”  Items purchased may or may not show up on the next bill.  Take this for example, I paid for a tank of gas Tuesday this week, in the amount of $80, I used my trusted cash back card.  Well, my statement closed Monday night, so the gas I bought will not be on Septembers bill, it will be on Octobers.  Let’s just say in September I owe my house insurance, in addition to my other utility/recurring expenses, well my October bill will be higher thea I likely budgeted.  This is another trick the credit card companies do not want you to know.

In closing I do not hate credit card companies, nor do I completely agree with Dave Ramsey that you should not have one.  I will agree with him on the fact it creates bad buying habits, and unsafe financial practices. 

Use my example, if you are not careful, those appliances, or tires quickly become very expensive.  Dave doesn’t need me shilling for him, he offers and does good things, especially for folks who find themselves not realizing the pitfalls of “2% cash back.”  If you don’t carry a card… more power to you. I don’t judge, if you messed up previously… I don’t care, just don’t do it again.

As far as renting a car goes, yes, if you have no credit card it may be tougher, may even need to check a couple of companies to rent you one, but you will find one.  As for buying a house/car, sure there will be more hoops to jump through and you may need to shop around for a bank who will “manually underwrite you” but if you qualify for the loan, you get it.  Federal law. 

Johnnie Does

PS check out the value of those “points” I think is a good site, it will show you the best/worst uses for them, and you can see firsthand how some banks…cough…Citi… cough, devalue points if you use them certain ways.

Elk Grove City Council Enters the Business of Lending to Business

You may be confused by the title of this blog, and you should be.  William pointed out in his most recent writing that most in CA love big government; specifically, being told what to do by government.  However, what if they knew the government was guaranteeing loans to business owners who are already successful?

Enter the City of Elk Grove.  The City Fathers have decided to pick losers and winners in the local economy using your tax dollars for the wager. The remainder of this blog documents this very socialist behavior in our once very Republican community.

Old Town Elk Grove’s future barbecue restaurant and bar took a large step closer to its completion thanks to the Elk Grove City Council’s recent approval of a $500,000 loan deal.

LowBrau’s Slow and Low Smokehouse, a project of restauranteur Michael Hargis’ Slow and Low, LLC, is currently slated to open at 9700 Railroad St. in the next one and a half to two months, Hargis told the Citizen on June 29.He also owns Sacramento dining establishments such a Beast + Bounty, a Michelin-rated restaurant; and the LowBrau Bierhall.

During their June 28 regular meeting, the Elk Grove City Council unanimously approved an agreement for that loan, which is a commitment from River City Bank to Slow and Low, LLC to fund the costs of final tenant improvements, opening and initial operations of the new restaurant and bar.  The vote was unanimous.

Because the loan was contingent upon a third party agreeing to provide a repayment guarantee as security, if Slow and Low, LLC defaults on its loan, the business’s owner, Michael Hargis, asked the city if it would serve as that third party.

Yes, folks, a Michelin Star restaurant is a big deal. Think Gordon Ramsey or Wolfgang Puck… It is one of those places where frog legs cost $125 a plate, and you get 1 leg …I though frogs had 2 legs, but I digress.  Low Brau I have been to before, it’s a German sausage/food themed place where you guessed it, the beer flows freely.  It is a cool place; I do not have a gripe with either restaurant.  Where I have a gripe is why are we, the taxpayers, guaranteeing a loan to a guy who runs not 1 but 2 very successful places to eat?  Can’t someone else lend him the cash?  Specifically, the Small Business Administration (SBA) or Chamber of Commerce or maybe a bank?  I thought when you wanted a business loan that you had to have a business plan, profit/loss projections, costs, and a plan to pay it back?  Maybe times have changed?

Slow and Low, LLC is responsible for the loan that must be paid in full within five years.

As a guarantee that the bank would be reimbursed if the business defaulted on its agreement to pay off the loan, the city has pledged a collateral cash deposit in funds that were already deposited by the city at that bank.

Another element of this contract includes the use of a security agreement, in which the city will place a lien on the business’s restaurant equipment, if the loan is not paid in full prior to the deadline to do so.

In a worse-case scenario, a defaulted loan would result in the city losing some or all of its pledged deposit with River City Bank.

However, the city’s potential loss of $500,000 would be less impactful, considering that the restaurant equipment and Hargis’ 7001 Garden Highway, Sacramento property is relatively equal in value, noted Darrell Doan, the city’s economic development director.

“We have that first deed of trust in Mr. Hargis’ personal property (on the Garden Highway), and we also have the lien on the restaurant equipment (for the Railroad Street restaurant project),” he said. “We could foreclose both of those interests – in theory take title to his personal property, take title to the restaurant equipment.”

Although Doan mentioned that he does not foresee the worse-case scenario occurring, he presented that possibility for the purpose of providing full disclosure.

Doan noted that if Hargis is able to pay off the loan, the city will “experience no loss.”

“During that time, (those funds) would have earned the same interest on that deposit as we would have had we not created this security arrangement,” he said.

This Doan fella seems like a real piece of work, but his actions are on point for a government official.  Let me make a bet with taxpayer money and if it goes wrong, we will seize the man’s house and the equipment in the bar.  If it goes well, I can parade around calling myself an economic growth genius and apply for a job in a bigger City.  It’s literally heads I win, tails you lose.

Just to make things clear here, I do not know this Hargis guy who owns the restaurants, nor do I know his finances, or business acumen.  But I will make an assumption, he is quite good at his craft, a Michelin Star is not given out like candy on Halloween, they are quite rare.  Keeping it is even harder.  I have never had a bad meal at Low Brau. 

But why is he privatizing the profit, while socializing the loss?

Opinion of blogger:

This deal reeks.  Sorry I’ll say it.  The idea that the City will have a lien on his house tells me he may be mortgaged to the hilt.  His agreement should be between the bank, the landlord of the building he will occupy, and himself.  Why is the City involved at all?  This smells like Darrell Doan wanted to see a BBQ joint in Elk Grove and talked this guy into starting one and guaranteed his loan. In addition, I think the bank didn’t like his business plan or profit/loss estimates moving forward so they balked at the loan. 

Also pay attention to this statement:

Hargis, who has already spent about $750,000 on this restaurant and bar project, told the Citizen that he feels confident that his barbecue business will open on Railroad Street and the loan will be paid in full.

Why is the tenant making all the improvements to the building?  Typically, the landlord does this in exchange for higher rent/increases in rent annually.  I have not seen many of these arrangements lately.  It gives me pause.  Especially since the Dust Bowl Brewery that went in directly next to this proposed site made a lot of improvements, then ripped them out and put other ones in.  (Note, the buildings are old brick train station type buildings that got a ton of updating). 

Continuing my concerns, the location is in Old Town. It’s far away from the city center and is not easy to get to.  Think of one lane in each direction street, stop lights/neighborhood homes/very scarce parking.  Simply put, not many work in the area, and most who live there work far away so locals likely will not be partaking.  The BBQ business is also very fickle, either folks like it or not, and usually the owner finds out his BBQ is not as great as he thinks it is.  I watched as “The Rib Shack” near my office bit the dust in a bout a year’s time.  The location is also very set back from the road, and visibility will be little as it will be behind the Dust Bowl Brewery and a couple of housing units being built.  I would be remiss not to add that the neighborhood directly to the east of this is known for its meth heads and crack cocaine deals.  Just ask a local, one told me any Amazon package left on the porch longer than about 30 minutes is stolen.

In closing I will say this is the new America.  It used to be you took a chance, and if you hit it, you could hit it big, or even hit it to where you made a good living working in your own business.  Now the profit is enjoyed by the owner, and the loss is shared by the citizens.  It is sad, but it’s what it has come to.  Frankly you would be foolish not to get into it if you can.  This town is playing with house money quite literally as we built a casino.  One has to wonder if it will decide to have a BBQ joint inside or nearby their casino?  The plans are to build a hotel and amphitheater.  Most in central or west Elk Grove likely have never heard of Old Town Elk Grove or really care.  Quite frankly, if you live in either area its likely quicker and easier to go downtown than to travel to East Elk Grove and deal with the aforementioned parking and logistics issues getting to the area.

We are spending 1.25 million on something that is so far from a sure thing the owner (of 2 restaurants) has to personally put up his house and kitchen equipment as collateral?  Huh?  Also, the kitchen equipment, may seem like it’s worth a lot, no one buys that stuff second hand.  It’s likely useless, and only has scrap value.  Also, they say this guy’s house is worth 500k?  How can that be possible?  They claim he lives on Garden highway, for those of you not familiar Garden Highway (essentially the levee road in most of Sacramento County) which means he has a view/close proximity to water, so his home value is bunk.  My small 1700 square foot house in aforementioned East Elk Grove in a tract home neighborhood is worth north of $650k according to Zillow.  A lot is not adding up here.  I think he does not own his house free and clear; he likely has a large note payable on it via a bank, backed by the house as collateral.  No bank is letting the City of Elk Grove foreclose on it if they are owed money.

Again, folks here we are privatizing the profit, socializing the loss.

The Chief

Why I Will Never Own a Rental In CA

It sounds great, doesn’t it?  Owning a rental?  Someone else pays your mortgage each month, you get the leftover cash.  It’s cash flow baby, how can you go wrong?  You get income each month, and if they do not pay you tack on a late fee.  They still don’t pay?  Evict their butt!  Raise the rent yearly and voila, you can buy another, and another and another.  WRONG!

Let me give you a real-world story. First, a friend of mine rented out his townhouse to a couple college kids.  He had since bought a newer, bigger house.  It worked fine for a couple years, then when move out time was happening (tenants graduating college) they proceeded to have a massive party, trashing the place to the tune of 40,000 dollars.  Yes, 40k.  Let’s just say that was equal to the amount of rent paid over the two years they rented from him but it likely was not.  I helped with repairs, but they thew a kegger, had a bunch of folks over, and flooring had to be replaced, the bathtub/shower insert was broken, the toilet bowl was missing a chunk out of it.  Yikes.  All this for a little income?  My friend sold the place at a loss, this was circa the housing bust.

If that doesn’t scare you, or you are very naïve now read, on for my personal reasons not to own one (again in CA specifically).

Rent Control Laws: They will keep getting more not less favorable to the tenet.  Try making money/keeping up with inflation and property tax hikes when you have strict limits on how much you can raise rent annually.

Property Taxes: Prop 13 is/has been under siege for the longest time, eventually prop 13 property tax protections will go away for commercial buildings, this likely will include rentals someday.  Prop 13 for those of you not familiar, limits property tax hikes to a set percentage a year, 2% I reckon.  Without prop 13, Katie bar the door.

Tenant Has all the Rights: In CA Landlord = Bad, Tenant = Good.  The laws are all on their side.  All the time.  Stove goes out?  They can withhold the rent.  AC/Heat goes out? If not fixed quickly…ditto.  And withhold means straight up not paying for the month by the way.  Trust me, I know this, as my office partner owns a rental, if it wasn’t paid for he would sell.

Eviction is HARD:  Again, like the above, the laws are all on the tenant side.  First, months upon months of payments must be missed.  Then you must file with the court, then have the Sheriff serve the tenant in person, not via email, or snail mail.  Then you will need a good lawyer, not a cheap one, because again if the “I”s are not dotted and “t”s not crossed then the process starts over.  With your tenant living for free.

“Plandemics”:  Yup, it was planned not a pandemic.  Fauci came in and made the rules, governors enacted them.  We shut down, but worse, you could not evict anyone for non-payment or any reason.  Check out that sentence again.  So, folks quit paying their rent, actually you would have been stupid to keep paying it.  Now good luck collecting that bank rent. Oh by the way, I think CA just finally allowed evictions to start to proceed, literally a year plus after the plandemic was declared over.

Utilities: See above, but the tenant likely wasn’t paying those either, but since it’s your house and you the landlord are the owner…you owe them now or face a shut off.  Again, as landlord good luck getting the state to forgive those.

Upkeep:  It’s not the tenant’s house so don’t expect much from them.  Major wet/dry rot, dead trees, water leaks, uncared for appliances will be the norm.  Don’t expect them to make you aware of the cosmetic damage either.  A client of mine had a rental with 25k of dry rot on the entire side of his rental.  The sprinkler was hitting the side of the house for probably 2 years straight causing major damage.  (Also not covered by insurance btw).

Mortgage: Whether the tenant pays rent or not, your mortgage is still due.  Just remember that.  Just like the property tax, insurance and utilities that are your responsibility.  Those entities do not give a rip that your tenant ain’t paying you.

If these have not convinced you to not buy a rental in CA, then by all means go for it.  I am sure a lot of you have wonderful stories of great tenants/experiences etc. so the obvious disclaimer, your experience may vary.  I just do not see the upside in CA or any blue state for owning a rental property.  For me there is too much risk involved.  I see way too many negatives, and I do not wish to not sleep at night due to stress or whatnot.

The Chief

Throwing Water on the “Homeless Crisis”

I was reading the latest edition of the Sacramento Bee when I stumbled across an editorial that made my blood boil.  Alvie Lindsey is her name, and her article reads like any other article you can find on the inter webs or print… we need to do something.  It talks about the Bee doing an investigation (LOL) and asking the hard questions (LOL) then being transparent with the answers given (LOL).  Since I didn’t die of laughter, I guess I’ll continue my commentary below.

First of all, Alvie, you work in a dead profession, not dying, dead, so I question your sanity.  Journalism died when you guys went all in on left wing politics and policies.  Ask yourself this, how can you possibly hold Joe Biden, Gavin Newsom, or any other elected in California/US accountable when you did nothing but pump them up while running for office?  You can’t.  Sorry, not sorry.

When I was in college 2004-2008 Gavin Newsom (yes that one) was mayor.  His reign lasted through 2011.  During that same time span, a politician named Kamala Harris (again, that one) was District Attorney, then she elevated to be Attorney General of CA. 

My point in naming these two is simple, the Bee and other publications have supported their motives for years, since 2004 to be exact.  Never have either of these two done anything to draw the ire of any news organization in CA.  In fact, you doubled, and tripled down to support them.  But on to the homeless issue to make my point.

California is very rare in that we have a massive state, home to massive corporations, also we have three very different, distinct regions.  All three, however, are very progressive, and seem to be racing each other to the bottom.

Through my time in California, I never used to witness much homelessness, even when in high school and I had to volunteer at Loaves and Fishes there were not a “ton” of homeless, more like a few hundred.  I went to college in Marin County, and the problem was substantially worse.  This was circa 2004-2008.  My time there I got introduced to San Francisco/Oakland/Bay Area this was an eye opener.  Open air drug markets (Civic Center, SF) tent cities (Oakland) and massive crime (any area with mass transit).  Things have gotten progressively worse, in all 3 phases.  Now the homeless crisis has taken over our state with Sacramento County claiming to have 10,000 homeless alone.

How did we get here?

Well, it’s a combination of things; there is no sole answer or cause.  To understand one needs to realize humanity is not perfect, but it is resourceful.  What I mean by that is while homelessness may be avoidable for some, others have chosen homelessness.  First and foremost, I would say 75-80% of most folks have zero saved up for an emergency.  Thus, when something happens (health, layoff, car/house repair) occurs they have no means to afford it.  Thus, some are pushed into homelessness due to circumstances out of their control.  I include in these folks evicted/foreclosed on, as they typically have no viable options.  Drug/alcohol abuse is also a large cause of homelessness, a friend of mine (RIP) lost his house, due to his alcohol addiction, he was foreclosed on.  Abuse leads to loss of employment that turns into loss of residence.  Others just want to live underground and avoid paying for things.

Sure, there are some who are down on their luck, lost a job, had major health scare etc., and for them I hope they are able to get into transitional housing and start work again.  I really do and I feel this blog’s staff feel the same.  California has spent millions on this type of housing, and I see zero results, the problem is actually getting worse.  Getting worse due to decisions made by left leaning elected that the news media went in the tank for.  Gavin Newsom has raised the minimum wage, built low-income housing (even sued local cities to force them to build), waived most permit and environment rules, decriminalized drugs and low-level crimes, all in the guise of “helping folks out of poverty.”  It hurt the problem.  Honestly very few of these tiny homes have been built, and when they have been, the units end up trashed, due to you guessed it drugs, alcohol, and more disturbing sex trade.  Most of these “camps” are staffed with a medic, security, and social workers… added amenities include showers, toilets, and community areas.  Yet somehow these units end up in a state of disrepair.  Who knew people who don’t have any purpose in life or have no fear of consequences will trash the place?

Here is my solution: Warning it is not constitutional and will never be allowed but understand my take. 

We round up all homeless in each county.  Yup, I said it.  You have two choices, you want to better yourself, get out of homelessness?  You go one way, board a bus and live in a tiny home compound.  You have access to social workers, but most importantly you apply for jobs, entry level, who cares, the goal here is you have a safe place to live temporarily, and getting a paycheck coming in.  This is the best, easiest and most effective way to get out of homelessness.  You have a place to live, a safe one at that, bathrooms and shower facilities, and a schedule.  There will be no, drinking, sex, or drugging at this place.  PERIOD.  The other group of folks who want to drink, drug, and have sex like crazy they get on a different bus, and go to a compound away from society.  They can live their lives out over there, away from a civilized society.

I know what folks are thinking, how can I be so cold, low hearted, and call myself a Christian?  I do, and I can.  I sleep just well at night as well by the way.  Recently I morphed into an angry white male, I took a look at the taxes I pay and I’m sick.  I’m sick because I see billions being spent on homeless liberal BS and it isn’t working.  I see/read stories of tons of trash, destroyed property, and the like, it’s my damn taxpayer money being spent on liberal BS.  And by the way the GOP supports it out here as well.  San Francisco is a wasteland; a once proud city is destroyed.  Downtown Sacramento, near where this blog is headquartered (for now) is trashed.  I was there for a Spartan Race (I’m kind of a big deal) K street and L street smelled like piss, and scat, of the human variety.  In front of our new basketball arena, which was supposed to turn the area around, they were blasting music at 6am…. yes, to ward of the homeless folks who want to camp out.

It’s time for a new idea, no more liberal BS maybe try my idea?

The Chief

Editor’s Note: In the 1980’s, it was alleged by Mitch Snyder and parroted by a willing media that there were 3 million homeless in the United States. At the time the government (U.S. Census Bureau) claimed about 300,000 homeless. Since the media (including the Sacramento Bee) are always truthful, let’s use their number of 3 million. Why is it that there were no tent cities or poop on sidewalks? In fact, sightings of homeless people were infrequent in many areas. Currently the number of homeless is allegedly 582,462. This is one sixth the number of homeless that liberals claimed existed during the Reagan Administration. Why is the problem now so much worse? Why is homelessness a crisis in areas governed almost exclusively by Democrats?

Amazon Getting Fat, Dumb, and Lazy

I guess it’s natural that once you get to the top of the heap that you lose your edge. Amazon has really lost their edge in the last year or so. They have more warehouses in more locations but their service is becoming subpar. Often utilizing their competitors, I can match or beat their price, and sometimes their deliver schedule.

Even when they have a good price on something, their delivery is terrible or nonexistent. Here’s some recent examples.

I don’t appreciate buying a $700 lens for my camera and having it sent to me in a plastic bag. Yeah, no packing material or box, just a plastic bag with a note printed on it that they are saving the environment. Sorry guys, first, I don’t give a crap about the environment and second, if I spend that kind of money, I think I deserve the respect of having something I worked hard to purchase packaged well enough to have a reasonable expectation to arrive safely.

I bought an electric razor on Amazon on February 20th. It scanned out of a warehouse in Maryland and then disappeared. OK, first why does it ship from Maryland? Does nobody this side of the Rockies shave? Second, how did they lose it? Third, where’s my refund? My wife is not a fan of facial hair and Amazon is causing me disruptions in my marital bliss with there incompetence.

Some prices of stuff that I buy regularly for my family have literally doubled in the last six months. Sometimes its cheaper in the grocery store than on Amazon but some things that we purchase aren’t carried by the local grocery stores any more. Covid wiped a lot of items from grocery store shelves that we may never see again. Thus, we are often forced to buy grocery items online.

Amazon’s delivery is also taking much longer that it used to. Many types of items that used to be next day are taking up to two weeks between ordering and delivery and as mentioned earlier, they are selling at much higher prices.

The bottom line is that Amazon is forcing me to shop elsewhere to get the price and service that they used to offer. I have a much longer mental list of things I won’t ever buy from them anymore. Amazon is moving to become my last resort to buy something instead of my “go to” retailer.

However, I have found at least one exception to the above complaints and that is a shop vac that I recently bought at Lowe’s. The shop vac needs vacuum bags when fine dust such as that from drywall is cleaned. The manufacturer has a “marketplace” on Amazon and their Amazon prices are less than buying the exact same item on the manufacturer website. I think thy would rather let Amazon take care of all the paperwork than having their own list of customers. My recollection is that the shipping was significantly less from Amazon for the same item.

In conclusion, a decline in Amazon’s service is an opportunity for other enterprising folks to exploit. I’m just surprised that Amazon is making it easy to let others be competitive.

How to Stay in Debt

A friend of mine does very well for herself, she makes $125k a year.  Keep in mind that is double the MEDIAN US income per person.  So, she makes more than double the average worker.  She informed me Sunday that her spending on her credit card is unsustainable.  One would think this is a good thing, a wake-up call of sorts.  Negative ghost rider.

Her biggest issue is she tries way too hard to fit in, for someone in their mid-20s to mid-30s this is understandable.  You are likely in an apartment, a small one and hanging out with colleagues after work, and the like.  You may also be going on dates/parties etc.  However, this behavior needs to be grown out of, it’s a sign of a maturity process.  It hasn’t stopped in fact it got worse.

I do not care what part of the country you live in, a 6-figure income should be more than enough to sustain the life of a couple/family, let alone a single person.  This is where budgeting, and expense management comes into play.  In addition, knowing needs vs wants as well.  This person has shown repeatedly they are not capable of doing this.

Interest rate on car loan?  Yeah, it’s over 30%, that’s not a good rate, that’s a good loan shark rate.  The credit card rate is likely about the same mind you.  You wreck your credit in this country you will pay at every turn.

Student loan debt?  Sure, just make a minimum payment like your other loans.  This person is checking all the boxes.

Her biggest problem?  It’s not her debts believe it or not, it’s her lifestyle.  She refuses to be an adult, instead opting to a college fueled party life.  For someone closer to 40 than 37 mind you.

As hard as this may be to fathom, it is not hard to correct this, but it’s not a diet she needs, it’s a lifestyle change.

First?  Knock off the happy hour and late-night partying.  You are an adult not a college kid anymore.  Happy hour is famous for the “I’ll have a couple drinks, well better get an app, well another drink please….aw shucks I better order food…. maybe dessert too?”  Next thing you know that cheap mixed drink turned into a bill of around $100.  Instead of this being a one-time thing, you have made it into a daily thing with your friends.

Second?  Learn to cook at home, you have cable shows, YouTube, and cookbooks.  Cooking at home costs a fraction of going out.  You can even grab a bottle of booze/liquor/wine for a fraction of going out.  Don’t believe me, look it up for yourself.

Third?  Pay your bills first.  Every paycheck.  After paying rent, pay your bills.  Your credit score will thank you later.  Do not save money, extinguish all debt as humanly possible.

Til next time

Johnny Does

California’s Employment Development Disaster Continues

I’ve worked at the agency that is the posterchild of government waste, fraud, and fiduciary abuse for almost two years now. This agency is not only irredeemably broken but it’s so far down the sewer (or rabbit hole) depending on which metaphor you wish to employ that it seems beyond reform.

Here is a partial list of systemic problems that no one seems interesting in fixing.

First and foremost, old claims never die, they simply loose their appeal. What I mean by this is that both the claimant—person that filed the claim—or any random staff person at EDD can revive a claim, no matter how old. Like your stereotypical B Movie, there is really no such thing as a dead claim. There is always room for a sequel. I have seen claims as old as ten years be brought back to life again either at the request of staff or the claimant. Claims that died due to lack of authentic documents or California wages years ago are routinely appealed and benefits rewarded. Often these claims were filed with forged documents and when denied, the fraudster simply submits more and different fraudulent documents to someone different and if persistent enough, they often are rewarded not for honesty but for perseverance.

The bureaucratic vehicle for successful fraud is often via the ALJ-Administrative Law Judge. If a claim is denied for whatever reason, it can be appealed to the Administrative Law Judge where a person can try again to become eligible for benefits. The ALJ will accept new documents not previously submitted to the agency. This in theory is OK because some folks need a second chance to get a claim properly submitted. Think of people in public school that can only eek-out a C minus if the class is graded on a curve. These folks can’t abide by the normal rules and need extra babying or babysitting to get to the correct result. This is likely why they are unemployed in the first place. Following certain societal rules is necessary for getting and maintaining a job and some folks just can’t cut it without extra help.

The problem with that ALJ system is that they never check any documents. They do not verify Social Security Numbers. They do not verify Drivers License Numbers. They do not verify U.S. Passports. They do not verify any documents submitted to them at all. Oh, and everything submitted to them is photocopies or scanned. Furthermore, they do not verify if applicant ever lived or worked in California.

Worse yet, if EDD staff flags something as fraudulent, the ALJ will often ignore their findings.

Doubly worse is that any documents submitted at an ALJ hearing are purposely kept from EDD staff in the Identity Unit. Thus, the people charged with verifying the authenticity of documents have zero input to evaluate the authenticity of new documents presented at an ALJ hearing.

In cases where the fraudulent claim uses the same documents found in the initial application process, ALJ judges have often excoriated EDD staff for not accepting the forged documents as part of their decision to approve claims for people that don’t deserve them. The ALJ judge is often busy grading the quality of art work done on Photoshop and not interested in looking too hard for the veracity of the documents.

The Identity Unit is not formally trained on what to look for when it come to fraud. There are no master or example documents that we know are correct to use to compare with stuff submitted by claimants. The only advice some are given is look up such and such a document on the Internet and compare that to what you were sent. FYI most of what you see on the Internet are forgeries, so this advice is worse that worthless.

For example, try looking up a U.S. Passport on the Internet under images. Most of what you see in this search are fakes, some better than others. If I want to evaluate a passport, I need to get mine out of my fireproof lockbox and compare it to the scanned copy that I’m looking at as part of someone’s application for benefits. Ditto for a California Driver License—except that there are multiple versions, some of which I’ve never seen before.

Different staff are given limited tools to verify certain documents, but these tools are not all equal. Counting me, there are three in my working group and each of us has a different software package for checking the same identity documents. Each software varies in the detail that can be researched.

This is the next issue with EDD and that is that a myriad of different software is used by the department. None of these programs can talk with each other and all serve different functions. As with all California’s government agencies, the backbone of the department’s automation is still the Unix systems that were brought online in the 1980’s. I would guess that about two dozen different programs are used daily by various parts of the agency.

California claims to be the technology capital of the world but has the worst and most archaic computers around.  There is talk of wanting to modernize, whatever that may be, but whatever they decide to do, you know it will be fraught with waste, fraud, abuse, and delays. Also, it will cost several times whatever the winning bid will be. Think, costs of hi speed rail over time.

So, if you’re handy with Photoshop, have lots of free time, and don’t mind shopping on the “dark web” for identity information, you too can join the California gold rush. California’s EDD, where you get money for nothin’ and your checks for free. Multiple entries do increase your chances of winning.

Folks, I’m glad I’m leaving there in seven weeks.

PS I think the ALJ (and the Department) are inclined to ignore identity documents in part because Newsom and the boys at the “bill mill” don’t want to be accused of excluding illegal immigrants from cashing in. Today’s recipients are tomorrow’s Democrat voters.

Newsom:  Don’t Charge Your Electric Car…..Please!

If you live in California you are used to hearing stupid, moronic, dumb, depressing things.  It reached a new low this past week.  The same week Governor Newsom and his merry band of idiots announced new gas powered car sales will cease in a decade, he also reminded us due to a heat wave not to plug your current electric car in.  Yeah folks, we are banning new gas powered cars, in favor of more enviro-friendly electric ones, but please do not charge it while we grapple with an energy crisis. 

Newsom’s Utopian Future

It gets even better last evening around 6pm. I got an SOS text message from the State of California telling me to essentially cease and desist all electrical usage between 4-10pm due to the grid being overloaded.  So yeah, I come home to a hot house and cannot use appliances due to conservation.  It was 86 degrees in my house when I arrived home but that’s ok. I am sure the Hollywood types did their share to conserve as well.  NOT!

You see, here in the People’s Republic of California, we have gone so green even Cheech and Chong are starting to worry!  By conservative estimates, CA can only produce enough electricity to power about 2/3s of its needs, so we “buy” the excess power from Arizona or another neighboring utility.  Who cares how that utility procures its electricity, all that matters is we don’t pollute here in CA.

We have mandated the closure of Diablo Canyon Nuclear plant…..then we reversed it!  I guess Gavin must have farted himself awake and realized retiring more power plants isn’t smart when you cannot produce enough to keep up with demand.  We have a law that all new houses must have solar panels on them, yet every summer we have threats of rolling blackouts.  We have all kinds of solar farms and windmills, but we are reliant on our neighbors for electricity?

In CA we have a saying, at least those of us with an IQ slightly north of room temperature, it’s not how you think, it’s how you feel.  That phrase is an embodiment of what is left here in this place.  We have gone so damn insane on environmental issues that we have become our own worst enemy.  We are now quite literally telling people not to charge their car (aka what you use to get to your job in CA) in favor of sitting in a hot house, because global warming.  We have closed down nuclear plants, gas fired plants, in favor of far less reliable solar and wind farms.  Word to the wise, solar doesn’t do a whole lot of good once the sun goes down, also you need a very un-environmentally friendly battery, and solar components as well.  Don’t believe us?  Do a simple Google search for disposal of lithium-ion batteries and solar panels!

It’s pretty pathetic that in the technology capital of the world, we have to rely on Arizona for our electricity.  Even more sad is when Arizona doesn’t have any excess to sell us, they turn the lights off for us.

But this is all part of the plan here in California.  The goal is to remove all gas powered everything from here.  They are starting with gas generators and lawn equipment.  Don’t believe me?  The lawn equipment goes in 2024, the generators 2028.  Do not hold your breath that the CA GOP will do anything about it, they likely have no clue this is happening.  I haven’t looked into it much but how will the landscapers cut Elk Grove Park if they need to use electric mowers?  Me thinks there will be exceptions doled out for all cities/municipalities.  The point is a carbon free CA. The issue is that no one is using their brains to think about those who will be left out.  A Tesla is not cheap. A cursory search of for used Tesla’s within 200 miles showed the cheapest 2019 Tesla at roughly 46k.  That is double what I paid for my 2019 4 door Tacoma by the way.  Some localities have started banning new gas station construction, in this blog’s town I have seen numerous gas stations either starting construction or pulling permits as if to “beat the clock” on a ban being forthcoming.  So they will make it even harder to find gas for your gas powered car.  The price doesn’t get cheaper when supply is harder to find folks.

Make no bones about it, they are discussing banning natural gas as well.  New home construction currently does not feature a fire place, not even wood burning ones.  Some cities like Berkeley have either already banned or are considering banning all natural gas inside your house/business.  Think no stove/oven/heater.  You would be using electricity, yeah as in that thing we cannot keep on right now.  Imagine going out to dinner in the wintertime, its colder than hell and your favorite steak house is using an electric cook top.  You get no sear, and the heater won’t be able to keep up because it’s electric and takes a while to get going, then it stays hot for a while to shut off.  My parent’s most recent house had an electric stove, they converted it to gas.  Now instead of being able to throttle up and down the natural gas burners in the kitchen, they must stay on all day regardless of foot traffic since it takes a while to heat up and cool down.  Even better, in the summer it may not work at all, we have these rolling blackouts we are famous for.

Can’t afford a Tesla?  You can take one of our natural gas burning busses, at least until they ban those as well, they cannot be far behind.  Try using mass transit in this town, actually don’t you’ll save the bruises on your brain.

All is well here in California, just remember since the 100-degree days last until Friday please do not plug in your electric car!  We need to conserve energy. I’m sure your manager at work will understand!

Johnnie Does

The Road to hell is Paved by Birx

Folks, its not too often that the man (or woman) behind the curtain outs themselves and takes a bow for their skullduggery; but occasionally, the villain has enough hubris to do just that. Enter one, Deborah Birx. This woman is evil incarnate and thinks herself quite the opposite. Everything wrong with the government’s response to Covid 19 was not only her fault but her idea.

Here’s a partial list of things that she did as the lead doctor on the White House Covid task force.

  • Came up with two weeks to flatten the curve which she knew was a lie
  • Limit social gatherings to ten people when she really wanted zero
  • Use federal bureaucrats to give governors cover to lockdown their states
  • She fought for unending shutdowns
  • She came up with asymptomatic spread of the virus with zero proof
  • Brix doctored—sorry about the pun—White House communications with state governors and health officials
  • Brix denounced any real science as subterfuge
  • Face masks

The only thing I can’t find for certain is whether it was her idea to keep six feet apart but after everything else I found out about her; I believe it’s likely.

Folks, most of the rest of this post is quotes of others who are quoting the doctor’s book and then comment on it. Please read the source material cited. Lastly, any emphasis within the quotation is from the quoted source and not added by me.

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator for President Trump, launched her book about her one-person attack on our form of government and our economy under the guise of saving us from the Wuhan virus. Though it has been out for a couple of months, it is only now attracting the attention it deserves. The book is called Silent Invasion and, to quote Michael Senger, “reads like a how-to guide in subverting a democratic superpower from within, as could only be told through the personal account of someone who was on the front lines doing just that.”

Former Trump COVID Honcho Birx Admits to Deceiving the White House and Just Making Stuff up to Push Her Personal Agenda

Dr. Deborah Birx, who served as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator under President Donald Trump, has admitted in a new book that she manipulated data and altered quietly altered Useless CDC guidance without authorization.

In “Silent Invasion,” she confesses she “devised” a “strategic sleight-of-hand” method of reporting she described as “subterfuge.”

“This wasn’t the only bit of subterfuge I had to engage in,” she writes.

Birx insisted, contrary to the White House and the CDC, that the asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 was significant.

She says that “eight months into the pandemic, many at both the White House and the Useless CDC still refused to see that silent spread played a prominent role in viral spread and that it started with social gatherings, especially among the younger adults.”

Birx opposed the advice of then-coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas to limit testing on the premise that asymptomatic transmission was minimal and not driving the pandemic.

She and then Useless CDC Director Robert Redfield “agreed to quietly rewrite the guidance and post it to the Useless CDC website.”

“We would not seek approval. Because we were both quite busy, it might take a week or two, but we were committed to subverting the dangerous message that limiting testing was the right thing to do,” she writes.

Birx recalls a phone call from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows: “What the hell do you think you’re doing? You rewrote and posted the Useless CDC testing stuff,” said Meadows, according to Birx’ account.

“Yes, I did, but – ” Birx replied.

“There’s no ‘buts’ here. You went over my head,” Meadows said, according to Birx.

Dr. Deborah Birx admits she deceived Trump to push COVID measures

So just to recap, here we have Deborah Birx—the woman who did more than almost any other person in the United States to promote and prolong Covid lockdowns, silencing anyone who disagreed with her, to the incessant praise of mainstream media outlets—telling us she’d been inspired by all those images of Wuhan residents falling dead and constructing a hospital in 10 days, and still didn’t realize they were fake two years after they’d been proven fake.

And that’s just Chapter 1.

Deborah Birx’s Guide to Destroying A Country From Within

Birx proudly recalls using “flatten-the-curve guidance” to manipulate the President’s administration into consenting to lockdowns that were stricter than they realized.

“On Monday and Tuesday, while sorting through the CDC data issues, we worked simultaneously to develop the flatten-the-curve guidance I hoped to present to the vice president at week’s end. Getting buy-in on the simple mitigation measures every American could take was just the first step leading to longer and more aggressive interventions. We had to make these palatable to the administration by avoiding the obvious appearance of a full Italian lockdown. At the same time, we needed the measures to be effective at slowing the spread, which meant matching as closely as possible what Italy had done—a tall order. We were playing a game of chess in which the success of each move was predicated on the one before it.”

Birx doubles down, inadvertently admitting where that arbitrary number “ten” came from for her guidance as to the size of social gatherings, while admitting her real goal was “zero”—no social contact of any kind, anywhere.

I had settled on ten knowing that even that was too many, but I figured that ten would at least be palatable for most Americans—high enough to allow for most gatherings of immediate family but not enough for large dinner parties and, critically, large weddings, birthday parties, and other mass social events.… Similarly, if I pushed for zero (which was actually what I wanted and what was required), this would have been interpreted as a “lockdown”—the perception we were all working so hard to avoid.

Birx divulges her strategy of using federal advisories to give cover to state governors to impose mandates and restrictions.

“The White House would “encourage,” but the states could “recommend” or, if needed, “mandate.” In short, we were handing governors and their public health officials a template, a state-level permission slip they could use to enact a specific response that was appropriate for the people under their jurisdiction. The fact that the guidelines would be coming from a Republican White House gave political cover to any Republican governors skeptical of federal overreach”

Then, Birx recalls with delight as her strategy led the states to shut down one by one.

“[T]he recommendations served as the basis for governors to mandate the flattening-the-curve shutdowns. The White House had handed down guidance, and the governors took that ball and ran with it…With the White House’s “this is serious” message, governors now had “permission” to mount a proportionate response and, one by one, other states followed suit. California was first, doing so on March 18. New York followed on March 20. Illinois, which had declared its own state of emergency on March 9, issued shelter-in-place orders on March 21. Louisiana did so on the twenty-second. In relatively short order by the end of March and the first week of April, there were few holdouts. The circuit-breaking, flattening-the-curve shutdown had begun.”

In what may be the most damning quote of the entire US response to Covid, in one paragraph, Birx tells us that she’d always intended “two weeks to slow the spread” as a lie and immediately wanted those two weeks extended, despite having no data to show why that was necessary.

“No sooner had we convinced the Trump administration to implement our version of a two-week shutdown than I was trying to figure out how to extend it. Fifteen Days to Slow the Spread was a start, but I knew it would be just that. I didn’t have the numbers in front of me yet to make the case for extending it longer, but I had two weeks to get them. However hard it had been to get the fifteen-day shutdown approved, getting another one would be more difficult by many orders of magnitude.”

Birx frequently emphasizes her fixation with the concept of “asymptomatic spread.” In her mind, the less sick a person is, the more “insidious” they are:

“Asymptomatic, presymptomatic, and even mildly symptomatic spread are particularly insidious because, with these, many people don’t know they are infected. They may not take precautions or may not practice good hygiene, and they don’t isolate.”

In the days before Thanksgiving 2020, she had warned Americans to “assume you’re infected” and to restrict gatherings to “your immediate household.” Then she packed her bags and headed to Fenwick Island in Delaware where she met with four generations for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, as if she were free to make normal choices and live a normal life while everyone else had to shelter in place.

Dr. Birx Praises Herself While Revealing Ignorance, Treachery, and Deceit

Where did she come up with the idea of lockdowns? By her own report, her only real experience with infectious disease came from her work on AIDS, a very different disease from a respiratory virus that everyone would eventually get but which would only be fatal or even severe for a small cohort, a fact that was known since late January. Still, her experience counted for more than science.

“In any health crisis, it is crucial to work at the personal behavior level,” she says with the presumption that avoidance at all costs was the only goal. “With HIV/AIDS, this meant convincing asymptomatic people to get tested, to seek treatment if they were HIV-positive, and to take preventative measures, including wearing condoms; or to employ other pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) if they were negative.”

She immediately hops to the analogy with Covid. “I knew the government agencies would need to do the same thing to have a similar effect on the spread of this novel coronavirus. The most obvious parallel with the HIV/AIDS example was the message of wearing masks.”

Masks = condoms. Remarkable. This “obvious parallel” remark sums the whole depth of her thinking. Behavior is all that matters. Just stay apart. Cover your mouth. Don’t gather. Don’t travel. Close the schools. Close everything. Whatever happens, don’t get it. Nothing else matters. Keep your immune system as unexposed as possible.

Here is an example. There was a controversy about how many people should be allowed to gather in one space, as in home, church, store, stadium, or community center. She addresses how she came up with the rules:

“The real problem with this fifty-versus-ten distinction, for me, was that it revealed that the CDC simply didn’t believe to the degree that I did that SARS-CoV-2 was being spread through the air silently and undetected from symptomless individuals. The numbers really did matter. As the years since have confirmed, in times of active viral community spread, as many as fifty people gathered together indoors (unmasked at this point, of course) was way too high a number. It increased the chances of someone among that number being infected exponentially. I had settled on ten knowing that even that was too many, but I figured that ten would at least be palatable for most Americans—high enough to allow for most gatherings of immediate family but not enough for large dinner parties and, critically, large weddings, birthday parties, and other mass social events.”

She puts a fine point on it: “if I pushed for zero (which was actually what I wanted and what was required), this would have been interpreted as a ‘lockdown’—the perception we were all working so hard to avoid.”

Notice her above mention of her dogma that asymptomatic spread was the whole key to understanding pandemic. In other words, on her own and without any scientific support, she presumed that Covid was both extremely fatal and had a long latency period. To her way of thinking, this is why the usual tradeoff between severity and prevalence did not matter.

She was somehow certain that the longest estimates of latency were correct: 14 days. This is the reason for the “wait two weeks” obsession. She held onto this dogma throughout, almost like the fictional movie “Contagion” had been her only guide to understanding.

Birx admits that she was a major part of the reason, due to her sneaky alternation of weekly reports to the states.

“After the heavily edited documents were returned to me, I’d reinsert what they had objected to, but place it in those different locations. I’d also reorder and restructure the bullet points so the most salient—the points the administration objected to most—no longer fell at the start of the bullet points. I shared these strategies with the three members of the data team also writing these reports. Our Saturday and Sunday report-writing routine soon became: write, submit, revise, hide, resubmit.

Fortunately, this strategic sleight-of-hand worked. That they never seemed to catch this subterfuge left me to conclude that, either they read the finished reports too quickly or they neglected to do the word search that would have revealed the language to which they objected. In slipping these changes past the gatekeepers and continuing to inform the governors of the need for the big-three mitigations—masks, sentinel testing, and limits on indoor social gatherings—I felt confident I was giving the states permission to escalate public health mitigation with the fall and winter coming.

So there you have it. Deborah Birx was the witch behind the curtain that inspired and encouraged petty bureaucrats all over the nation to kill the greatest economic boon since Ronald Reagan while flooding the cable news world with crap that people still cling to today which she knew was false before she said it. Truth was the first casualty of the Covid era. We, on the Right were correct that this whole thing was BS.

Her justification was that she knew what was best for others. What an egotistical piece of human garbage. Folks this is the classic definition of tyranny, the “Big Lie”, or whatever name you wish to use.

Her actions cost lives and harmed millions of people.

She cost lives by attacking off the shelf stuff that worked effectively against Covid. She cost lives by keeping people from needed medical care because the healthcare community was all tied up in putting people on ventilators and killing people that could have recovered if she had told the truth. She harmed millions of elderly by keeping them from being visited by the ones that love them. She harmed million of young children that lost two years of school and will be hard-pressed to have normal lives due to the lack of social skills and life skills like reading, writing, and such. These and many others were also inflicted with mental health issues due to prolonged periods of isolation and separation. All this because she lied.

Folks we all saw this and could do little because her lies were “the science” and still are in much of the country. True science was relegated to accusations of fringe nutjobs and conspiracy theorists. Again anyone bringing forth any challenge to her orthodoxy was crucified on social media by her willing accomplices. She went scorched earth on everyone that dared to defy her. She destroyed anyone professionally and personally that got on her way. She silenced all but personal dissent in the United States.

Also this week, we learned that she even made a pact with people at the National Institute of Heath, Centers for Disease Control and other agencies that if their proclamations were ignored, they would quit en masse. Not that I care if they quit but the corollary to that is they purposed to stick together and parrot the leader. No wonder Fauci and company were changing their story every week or two.

Read the attached stuff that I linked.

Birx is the reason that children in southern California schools are about to start wearing masks again. She lied her ass off about risks and invented protocols to treat Covid out of the dark recesses of her mind soul.

As you read thru the articles, look out for a curious throwaway line by Mike Pence. Pence was in charge of the government response to Covid and Birx was on the panel too. Pence was asked where Birx came from and his response was the he “just inherited her”. Let that soak in for a moment; WFT? He just inherited her? That can only mean she was a relic left over from the Obama Administration. Everyone wrongly assumed she must be a MAGA person, but she clearly was not.

I could rant on but you get the point.

Oh, so how did this mistress of science get separated from her powerful government job?

She broke her own rules and for some reason, the media decided to crucify her for it. Had they really known what she was up to, they would have left her alone.

Her “tell all” book never mentions how she was forced to resign.

It goes something like this: after telling all of us not to gather for Thanksgiving but if we do keep it under ten people, she got together with four generations of her family to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. The media went full bore after her. I’m sure they thought they were hitting Donald Trump with one last blow before Biden took office. Little did they know that they were doing the Lord’s work by taking her out.

Folks, please understand that I’m not denying that Covid exists and many people got it. Ok, hold that thought, Birx was also adamant that any story about people having comorbidities being at higher risk of dying from Covid be quashed. She knew it was true but she didn’t want that out in public. She wanted maximum panic. Ok, now where was I? Oh yeah, some people died of Covid but many could have been saved if real science was allowed to happen.

If you recall, when Sleepy Joe took office, one of his first acts was to kill any ability to get off the shelf cures and insure that the government not only denounce them but let it be known that if any doctor prescribed them, they risked loosing their medical license and could face charges for promoting non-government sanctioned cures. By the way, this is why there were more Covid deaths under Joe Biden–who also had the “vaccine”–than under Donald Trump who didn’t.

Lastly, Birx succeeded in something that all others failed to attain, she took-out Donald Trump singlehandedly. Covid was the one time Trump was boxed into a corner and needed to trust “the experts” and look what we got. So now that Birx gets that credit, we can also give her credit for all the unnecessary deaths of the Biden Administration. Let’s start with the Afghanistan Retreat and the Ukraine War. Neither would have happened under Trump.