HANNITY – Fox News host gives his take on President Biden’s declining mental acuity.
HUGH HEWITT – Biden and his disastrous national security choices.
WEAPONIZED GOVERNMENT – The Biden DOJ continues its war on Christian Americans.
GUTFELD – In the mind of Google Gemini, White people simply don’t exist.
MIKE POMPEO – America owes its troops compensation for unfair COVID vaccine mandates.
RAYMOND ARROYO – Biden’s condition is ‘greatly diminished.’
GREEN WITH ENVY – Biden cuts off clean energy exports while Kenyans cook with dung.
ON THE MONEY – Biden’s financial aid fiasco sets roadblocks for parents and students.
HUNTER AND DONALD – Hunter Biden goes full Trump in court, but who cares?
CARTOON OF THE DAY –
America is facing
where household debt and government debt are on unsustainable trajectories at the same time. The symptoms are evident, most prominently in the form of a stubborn disconnect between the state of the economy and the sentiments of the public. Despite some seemingly positive economic indicators of GDP and job growth, many Americans are gripped by anxiety, feeling as though their financial security is on shaky ground.
Clearly, the almost 18% increase in prices since President Joe Biden took office – caused by Democratic overspending in Washington
But there is more. Fear about a swift and sharp financial downturn – in spite of some currently good economic statistics – is another symptom of the dueling financial pandemics. And this fever is fired by worry that both the federal government and their own households are borrowing too much money.
So the root of this fiscal malaise lies in the impact of both personal spending and government accountability. The New York Fed recently announced that total household debt reached a new all-time high of $17.5 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2023. With goods and services costing more across the board, household debt has soared to unprecedented levels.
Credit card balances alone have
This provisional prosperity is akin to building castles on sand – unsustainable and fraught with risk. It is the bane – and pain – of Bidenomics.
Living beyond your means through piling up excessive indebtedness builds a personal wall of worry. It forces you to begin making unthinkable choices about what you can afford week to week, and whether you will ever be able to save and plan for the future.
More and more, Americans are living on borrowed time and money – and so is their government.
On February 14, Director of the Congressional Budget Office Dr. Phil Swagel testified before the House Budget Committee and reviewed the latest Budget and Economic Outlook. The report clearly highlights our unsustainable fiscal path, particularly when it comes to federal debt and deficits.
The 2024 budget deficit is projected at $1.6 trillion and thereafter steadily mounts, reaching a whopping $2.6 trillion by 2034. Just the cost of paying the interest on the debt will exceed defense and Medicare spending this year. CBO notes that our annual deficits will produce the highest levels of debt relative to the size of the economy ever recorded in American history.
Americans are looking for several ways to assuage this fiscal debacle.
First, they want the truth. Leaders need to listen and acknowledge these long-term problems that could quickly lead to an economic death spiral if left unaddressed. We need to level with the people we serve.
Second, they want a plan. We need to put forward ideas and solutions to get our balance sheet back on track.
Finally, they want political courage. Entrenched dysfunction has blocked any reasonable path to tackle these challenges – it has been more than two decades since Congress has passed all 12 individual appropriations bills on time. That needs to change.
Biden’s FY2025 budget in March will do none of the above. By every indication, we can expect more of the same – catastrophic levels of taxes, spending and borrowing. In a moment that calls for being bold, it stands to set a new low for fiscal cowardice.
In stark contrast, House Republicans on the Budget Committee stepped up last year and advanced our 10-year, balanced budget framework. It is a pro-growth blueprint designed to address these fiscal pandemics and we plan to advance a similar plan in the coming weeks.
Our framework will focus on advancing policies that reduce Washington’s debt burden by ending the Biden spending spree, right-sizing the bloated bureaucracy, and reining in runaway automatic spending once and for all. We will root out waste and fraud in entitlement programs, so benefits reach the most vulnerable and needy.
To help families, we will lock in the pro-growth Trump tax cuts to unlock opportunities for all. Our plan will put patients in charge of healthcare, restore American energy dominance and restore the dignity of work.
As James Madison once warned, “A public debt is a public curse.” It’s time for both the individual and the federal government to break free from the curse of overspending and live within their means. By implementing smart policies, telling the truth about our fiscal challenges, and demonstrating political courage, we can restore our fiscal health and build a more secure financial future for all Americans.
to end permitting for the construction of more liquified natural gas export facilities is clearly aimed at shoring up his support among the left as he heads into a difficult re-election campaign.
The move makes Europe more vulnerable to
. But it also hurts developing nations such as Kenya.
Kenya, a vibrant East African nation stands at an economic crossroads – with questions on energy being the most urgent.
Kenya’s burgeoning population of 55 million people mirrors the combined populations of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The country’s landmass, at 224,960 square miles, is slightly smaller than Texas but larger than California, highlighting the vastness of the region that energy solutions are required to meet.
Access to energy is a big challenge in Kenya.
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the
is characterized by its reliance on renewable resources, mostly geothermal and hydropower, and to a lesser extent, wind and solar energy. But that’s just electricity.
Some 70% of Kenya’s energy is from burning biomass; which is a fancy term for charcoal, firewood, cow dung and crop residue. In the rural areas, it’s as high as 90% – and it’s dirty and harmful to health.
A quick comparison between Kenya and the U.S. illuminates the challenge.
On a per capita basis in 2021, America
than did Kenya while consuming 44 times more energy. Try to apply that to your own life – using almost 98% less energy in your daily routine: 98% less heating or air conditioning, 98% less personal transportation, 98% less internet use, and 98% less industrial output.
The need for more energy in Kenya cannot be overstated. Access to reliable and affordable energy is a cornerstone of economic development, facilitating industries, improving education and health care services, and ultimately, enhancing the quality of life – even lifespans – the average American lifespan in 2020 was 77.3 years, vs. 61.7 in Kenya.
However, the current energy infrastructure in Kenya struggles to provide consistent power, with frequent outages impacting both urban and rural areas. Kenya generates 3300 MW of electricity with about 80% of the power consumed from clean energy sources. And that number is still rising.
About 45% of Kenya’s power is from geothermal, 40% from hydro, 15% from fossil fuels and 5% from solar and wind. Kenya has the
, contributing 310 MW of electricity to the national grid on a windy day.
But the government’s chase for solar and wind has seen electricity prices soar, with power more expensive than the average for the U.S. or China.
Grid reliability is a concern too, with many regions experiencing several hours of power outages daily, which significantly hampers productivity and economic growth.
In stark contrast to Kenya,
one of the highest rates of electricity consumption per capita in the world. This high level of energy consumption supports a wide array of economic activities – and a standard of living that is among the highest globally.
Kenya is one of the African countries with a bigger percentage of people connected to the national electric grid. Even with 83% of Kenya’s population having access to electricity, the nation’s electricity consumption is very low.
Jusper’s family has six members and at the end of the month they use 12-16 kWh (kilowatt hours) for lighting, charging phones, powering a couple of laptops, a TV and a radio. Most families use 4 to 5 kWh a month in Jusper’s village. A typical American refrigerator uses 42 kWh per month and an average American household uses about 899 kWh over the same period.
raises critical questions about its applicability for developing countries like Kenya. The transition to renewable energy sources requires significant investment in technology, infrastructure and capacity building.
While developed countries may have the resources to invest in these areas, developing nations often find themselves at a disadvantage, lacking the capital, technology and infrastructure to make a seamless transition. Moreover, they need affordable,
– not a few token green energy projects, designed more to assuage Western environmental consciousnesses than to address urgent requirements.
Kenyans have faced tough economic times since the IMF pressured money-hungry President Ruto to scrub off fuel subsidies, something that the former government was against. The IMF’s four reasons as to why the Kenyan government should end fuel subsidies ignore the fact that every other industry is run by the energy industry and therefore, higher energy prices means tougher economic times.
The IMF knows that fuel subsidies promote the use of fossil fuels. High fuel prices means that poor people who use kerosene lamps for lighting will now be forced to stay in darkness. Forests will be cleared more because propane prices are also high and burning firewood is the best way to keep energy expenses low.
For Kenya, the
consigns its population to continued energy poverty while limiting economic advancement.
is a farmer, an agricultural engineer, a climate change skeptic, and a Fossil Fuels for Africa advocate.
Spring is often filled with great anticipation for high school seniors — from receiving acceptance letters to
But for the more than 17 million students who rely on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), their aspirations have been met with uncertainty.
The Department of Education’s launch of the new FAFSA has put
With a delayed release date, software issues and a financial blunder, the department announced it wouldn’t process completed FAFSA applications and send them to schools until mid-March. High school seniors may have to wait anywhere from April to June to receive financial aid packages.
it’s difficult for students to make their final decision about their college of choice by May 1 (which has typically been National Decision Day). This particularly impacts lower-income and first-generation students. FAFSA information enables higher education institutions to compile accurate student financial aid packages.
As a college president who is navigating through this issue, I understand the anxiety many students and their families are experiencing. For parents of high school seniors, here are five things I would encourage you to do concerning FAFSA.
Like students, higher education institutions are eager to receive FAFSA information. Due to the delay, schools can’t formulate financial aid awards, manage their enrollment and tuition models, and plan for various student needs. Overall, it shortens preparation time for schools and students for the 2024-25 academic year.
To give students more time, many institutions have pushed back their commitment deadlines to June or suspended them indefinitely. Colleges require students to pay a deposit to secure their place. And for colleges that don’t change their due dates, it means students applying to several colleges may lose money.
Encourage your student to reach out to their desired college(s) or visit their website to find out if there is a grace period before they make a deposit.
The cost to enroll is often the deciding factor for students. Higher education institutions understand that if they send financial aid packages without FAFSA data, it could result in serious inaccuracies — putting a higher financial burden on your student.
While your student waits, there are tools (like a Net Price Calculator) that can give them an estimate of how much aid they may receive. Encourage your student to use this tool on each university’s website, as costs vary depending on the college.
Keep in mind that the calculations are performed based on data from the prior award year. Each student has a unique situation, and the results will not be official calculations.
Federal aid as a result of completing the FAFSA is not the only source of aid that can offset a student’s college expenses. Schools also provide scholarships and grants. There is a range of funds available including merit-based, field-of-study and athletic scholarships.
Financial resources are also available outside the institution. Students can find scholarship applications online from nonprofit organizations, businesses and state financial aid opportunities and grants.
Start by having your student reach out to their college’s financial aid office. Ask them what scholarships and grants are available. These may be accessible on the college’s website. Then have your student research any additional scholarships and grants online.
Some highly selective colleges require students to fill out the College Board’s CSS Profile. Have your student look into this website to see if their college of choice is on the list so they can fill out the financial aid form.
Return on investment (ROI) is a critical component of a student’s decision on what college to attend. Students calculate how much the degree will cost and compare it to what they are projected to earn. While finances are important, there are other factors students should consider when it comes to their ROI.
Think about the quality of education your student will receive. Ask your student to evaluate the degree they will be pursuing based on the courses, hands-on experience offered, the caliber of faculty, alumni stories and placement rate upon graduation.
Another factor to consider is the culture of the university. I serve at a private faith-based university. One of the main reasons students attend our university is because of our Christian mission. After all, earning a degree is about helping your student become the best version of themselves.
Colleges understand the difficulties your student is encountering, and they are prepared to help you navigate them. Your student must stay up to date on communication from their college of choice — whether it’s frequenting their website, checking their emails or following their social media.
At our university, we have a web page dedicated to providing information on the FAFSA situation. The page includes general FAFSA information, financial aid resources, scholarships available and contact information for financial aid officers. These details are also published on our social media and communicated via email.
Remind your student that colleges are experiencing the same uncertainty. Have them ask questions and gather information. But try to extend grace to everyone they encounter.
Higher education institutions understand how taxing this situation is for students. We are committed to supporting their academic journey by providing grace periods and finding alternative financial aid options. Every student should have the same opportunity to attend the college of their choice without the fear of finances.
The next time your student feels anxious, remind them that we are all in this together. Like much of the uncertainty we have experienced in the past few years, encourage them to keep moving toward their goals and learn to be flexible.
Happy Thursday, everybody. Yeah. Oh! Control yourselves. Control yourselves. Save the energy for after the show. Yeah. Can goo goo goo goo, can Google be trusted when their credibility is busted? Yes. Google’s apologizing after their
t created historically inaccurate pictures and refusing to show White people. For those unfamiliar with the software, you describe what you want to see and AI generates the images. Then you hide the best ones from your wife.
The glitch came to light when social media users asked Gemini to create various photos. For example, here’s what popped up when Gemini was asked by Daily Wire writer Frank Fleming to create an image of a pope. Has there ever been a Black pope? I mean, aside from Obama. But you can see one looks like a member of “The Squad” and the other Jay-Z’s dad. I wonder, I wonder if you asked to see the Popemobile, would it come with spinning rims?
ANNOUNCER: A bigot would say!
See, I would never say that Tyrus. So why does Gemini think that’s what a pope looks like? And why didn’t anybody at Google notice this was happening? Aren’t they supposed to test this stuff before it goes out? It’s not like they’re selling vaccines.
Fleming tried everything he could think of to get Gemini to depict a White person. That’s fun. Medieval knights? Nope. At least they didn’t show Gladys Knight. How about…
TYRUS: I swear to…
How about a Viking? Well, maybe a Minnesota Viking. Oh, then they might finally win a
. Those losers. What if you try to steer the AI towards simply White things? Like someone eating a mayonnaise sandwich on White bread? No, no White people. I guess White people don’t eat. How about a person who’s bad at dancing? That’s got to work, right? That’s the cultural cornerstone of whiteness. Well, wrong again. An accurate image would resemble this.
Like Jesse’s hair plugs, that never gets old. But apparently, in the mind of Google Gemini, White people simply don’t exist, making it no different than the faculty lounges at Harvard. So it seems the AI software removed Caucasians faster than a fire alarm at a Dave Matthews concert. Other humans started joining in on the fun, like David Burge, who asked Gemini to show him an image of a 1930s Indianapolis 500 winner.
Yeah, incredibly, she won despite having her left blinker on the whole way. Makes you wonder, though. What if you asked for a recent
? Would they show you this or this? Blackface. Jon Levine asked Gemini for an image of a German soldier from 1943. But could a black man or an Asian woman been Nazis in World War II? Only if Hitler wanted to win more gold medals in track and math.
TYRUS: You want to die?
Haha. And here’s what it spit out when asked to show soldiers from the Revolutionary War. Sure, that’s exactly how it went down, the red coats versus United Colors of Benetton. Stephen Miller specifically asked Gemini to create a picture of a White male and it outright refused, explaining: While I’m able to generate images, I’m currently not able to fulfill requests that include discriminatory or biased content, it’s important to me that I promote diversity, inclusion in all that I do, and I believe that creating an image based solely on someone’s race or ethnicity is not aligned with those values.
Well, how do you say blow me in binary code? But what’s accurate about this response is that even though it’s AI, it sounds every bit as human as the people who programed it. Half parrot, half robot regurgitating woke platitudes like a mindless disciple.
So after this story blew up, Google was forced to address all their programed bigotry: “We’re working to improve these kinds of depictions immediately. Gemini’s AI image generation does generate a wide range of people. And that’s generally a good thing because people around the world use it. But it’s missing the mark here.”
Yeah, as if black Nazis just missed the mark. That’s like requesting Malcolm X and getting Carrot Top. So why did this happen? It’s because of something computer scientists call GIGO. Garbage in, garbage out. Sounds like someone describing “The View’s” eating habits. Always works. But like most lefties, a computer system can’t actually think for itself. It can only work with the data it’s given, and an AI program is no less biased than the woke sheep who program it. It’s what you get from the brainwashed who literally whitewashed people from history
, but in their view it enhances it.
Now the AI itself is not racist, it’s just doing what its programmers have told it to do. And right now, the bias is filtered through the lens of identity politics and oppression. It makes me wonder if it’s too late to switch back to Ask Jeeves. You may be an old White guy, but his results were real and not woke. R.I.P..
And so it took a few decades, but liberals have finally given us solid visual proof of their unconscious biases, and it aligns with their conscious stupidity. And it’s retroactive. History needs to be rewritten to keep those evil White men out. Which means, however, that if non-Whites are responsible for the good, then also the bad. Hence Asian and Black Nazis. So while everybody’s worried about AI taking over the world, maybe we should be worried about the knuckleheads creating it. Now, will our new tech overlords learn anything from this embarrassing mistake?
Nope. Because their only mistake from their perspective is that whitey caught it. Google’s motto used to be: Don’t be evil. Now it’s: What are you going to do about it?