Economy & Business, States

Red States Prepare for Blue Migration Wave

California’s wealthiest residents sought to purchase luxury homes in other states during the COVID-19 pandemic, if not leave the state entirely.

A report from realty company Coldwell Banker suggests many of their California-based home sellers saw their wealthy clients selling and heading for more tax friendly climates that may have fewer COVID-19 restrictions.

The annual review, released in late February, examined the buying and migration patterns of the country’s wealthiest people, with homes selling for as much as $75 million.

Real estate agents in California echoed those elsewhere in the U.S. that buyers are looking for more space and amenities such as pools and home offices. The difference, they said, is their clients are buying elsewhere.

“The exodus is unlike anything I’ve seen in my 28 years selling San Francisco real estate, with many younger people leaving for financial reasons, and affluent residents just feeling that it was time for a new life outside of the city,” said Joel Goodrich of Coldwell Banker Realty in San Francisco.

Goodrich said residents who stayed in the state left for Napa, Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. The wealthy that left the state went to Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Florida and Arizona. Read more…

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Economy & Business, Health & Environment

Pharma Execs Mocked ‘Pillbillies’ Amid Opioid Epidemic

Executives at one of America’s leading drug distributors shared emails mocking “pillbillies” during the height of the nation’s opioid epidemic.

The emails, dating from 2011 and 2012, were shared during the trial of three of the country’s biggest drug distributors in Charleston, West Virginia. AmerisourceBergen, McKesson, and Health Inc are currently defending themselves against a lawsuit brought by the city of Huntington and Cabell County, which has claimed that they are responsible for fuelling the opioid epidemic.

Farrell put the emails forth on Thursday, when Chris Zimmerman, the executive for AmerisourceBergen, took the stand for the second day. In one email, Zimmerman shared a parody version of “The Beverly Hillbillies,” entitled “The Beverly Pillbillies,” the lyrics of which make fun of a “poor mountaineer” addicted to opioids who drives down to Florida to get his fix. Another song, “Oxycontinville,” parodied the famous Jimmy Buffett song “Margaritaville,” had a similar lyrical theme, but the trip instead ended in Kentucky.

In a third email, one member of Zimmerman’s team responded to the new regulations brought by Kentucky against the distribution of opioids. “One of the hillbilly’s [sic] must have learned how to read :-),” the team member wrote, with no sense of irony regarding her own typographical error. Zimmerman apologized in court for the content of the emails, including the term “pillbillies,” but he claimed that that term was meant to refer to the opioid dealers, not the users themselves. He added that he shouldn’t have sent the offending email, but the corporate culture of AmerisourceBergen was of the “highest caliber.” Read more…

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Economy & Business

A Dying Dollar? Consumer Prices Speed Upward

Inflation in April accelerated at its fastest pace in more than 12 years as the U.S. economic recovery kicked into gear and energy prices jumped higher, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.

The Consumer Price Index, which measures a basket of goods as well as energy and housing costs, rose 4.2% from a year earlier. A Dow Jones survey had expected a 3.6% increase. The month-to-month gain was 0.8%, against the expected 0.2%.

Excluding volatile food and energy prices, the core CPI increased 3% from the same period in 2020 and 0.9% on a monthly basis. The respective estimates were 2.3% and 0.3%.

The increase in the annual headline CPI rate was the fastest since September 2008, while the monthly gain in core inflation was the largest since 1981.

Energy prices overall jumped 25% from a year earlier, including a 49.6% increase for gasoline and 37.3% for fuel oil. That came even though most energy categories saw a decline in April. Read more…

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Economy & Business, Politics

After Gas Panic, Biden Becomes Carter 2.0

That Maya Angelou quote comes to mind:

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

We had 47 years of that first-time experience with Senator and Vice President Joe Biden. We knew he had failed up throughout his political career and made more bad policy decisions than Pelosi’s had Botox injections. Yet Biden still managed to be installed as President because, “mean tweets!”, or something.

Candidate Biden tried to do a song and dance about ending energy production in the United States, but no one wanted to believe that he actually would. After President Biden’s Day One executive order killing the Keystone XL Pipeline, then others that put a moratorium on fracking and domestic gas production, I think it’s apparent that he meant what he said the first time.

It is now around Day 130 of the Biden administration, and we have had the privilege horror of seeing the result of his bad policy decisions in real-time. Gas prices have increased. Quite a lot, in fact.

After the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack this weekend, we are now seeing a full-on fuel shortage, to a degree we have not seen since… oh, 1978?

The end result of this is increased prices that you pay at the pump. IF you can even get to a pump. Read more…

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Economy & Business, States

San Fran Drains Police Funding for Reparations

The mayor of San Francisco announced that $3.75 million will be redirected from the city’s police budget and sheriff’s office to organizations supporting black small businesses.

Mayor London Breed issued a statement about the city’s Dream Keeper Initiative that will fund 17 “nonprofits that serve the black community.” The Initiative announced last year will reinvest $120 million from law enforcement budgets into the San Francisco’s black community.

“Across this country, and in our city, we’ve seen how the black community’s economic growth and prosperity has historically been disrupted and marginalized,” Breed said in the statement. “We have invested our resources in a way that lifts up and supports African American small business owners, entrepreneurs, and the entire community.” Read more…

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Culture, Economy & Business

Disney Plans to Target Children With LGBT Propaganda

Disney, the former go-to company celebrating the wonder and innocence of childhood, is now peddling toys and clothing for kids awash in rainbow colors as well as pro-homosexual and pro-transgender messaging.

“The countdown to Pride Month is on with a colorful array of Pride products available now!” announced Disney on Twitter. “Plus, The Walt Disney Company is giving funds as part of our ongoing commitment to organizations around the world that support LGBTQ+ communities.”

Among the organizations promoting homosexual and gender dysphoria that Disney is financing are GLSEN and the ‘It Gets Better Project,’ which affirm youth that consider themselves to be homosexual or to have a gender identity that is different from biological reality.

Disney promises that its commitment to promoting homosexuality and transgenderism will extend beyond PRIDE month to the entire year.

“Stay tuned; more Pride products will roll out globally at various locations and retailers in June and all year long as we continue to celebrate the community,” he added. “Whether it’s at home on your own or out and about with your friends and family, I hope you have a safe and joyous Pride Month 2021!” Read more…

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Economy & Business, Politics

White Businesses Snubbed for Biden Relief

Restaurants and venues owned by white men will be last in line for federal relief under President Joe Biden’s “Restaurants Revitalization Fund” (RRF), prioritizing funds for women and minority groups first.

As part of Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is opening the application process by which owners of restaurant, bars, and other venues can apply for federal relief to help make up for the loss of revenue as a result of economic lockdowns spurred by the Chinese coronavirus crisis.

The plan allows business owners to apply for relief of up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Business owners do not have to repay the funds so long as the money is spent by March 2023.

The relief, though, is being prioritized based on race, gender, and whether or not business owners are considered “socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.” White men, for example, who are not Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, are not eligible for “priority period” processing and funding.

Under the guidelines of the RRF, the SBA is giving priority processing and funding to “small business owned by women, veterans, or socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.”

To be eligible, the business must be “at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are women, veterans, or socially and economically disadvantaged and if the management and daily business operations of the applicant are controlled by one or more women, veterans, or socially and economically disadvantaged individual.” Read more…

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Economy & Business, Immigration, International, Politics, States

Florida Permanently Bans Vaccine Passports

Against the tide of crocodile tears a disingenuous “concern” from Democrats and carpetbaggers, Florida took another stride this week as on of the last bastions of traditional civil liberties left in the United States. encouraged by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Legislature has passed legislation to permanently ban vaccine passports, either enforced by the federal government, or by corporations and special interests. The story isn’t over, however.

On Wednesday The Florida House approved a measure that would limit local emergency orders and make Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order barring COVID-19 vaccine “passports” permanent.

The House voted 76-40 to approve Senate Bill 2006. According to Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee Chairman Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach, this bill prepares Florida for future public-health emergencies while striking a “delicate balance between protecting people and protecting people’s civil liberties.”

“We have vaccines, through some miracle of science, that work. We also must recognize that COVID-19 vaccines don’t have the same proven history as the same vaccines we require our schoolchildren to get,” Leek said. “We must recognize that vaccine hesitancy is real and understandable. Don’t get me wrong. For all of you in this room, for all of you who are listening out there, get vaccinated. Please get vaccinated. Let’s return to normal. But recognize that it is fair for a certain segment of our community to be hesitant about getting the vaccine.”

Democrats in Florida have given very vocal opposition to the bill, arguing that it would delay Florida’s ability to return to normal. They argue that COVID-19 passports should be used to exclude those who are unvaccinated from society, through measures such as barring them from schools and businesses.

“I don’t know many people who are going to get on a cruise if they don’t have the security of knowing that the other people on that cruise with them, in that close environment with them, have also been vaccinated,” Rep. Omari Hardy, D-West Palm Beach, said.

Rep. Michael Grieco, D-Miami Beach expressed similar concerns to Hardy, saying “The irony is that this bill would grant rights to the people who have not been vaccinated, but it doesn’t protect me.”

This is of course an abjectly false statement. The proposed legislation protects the rights of all Americans, vaccinated or not.

Included in the bill is a prohibition on any kind of business, school, or government entity from requiring customers to show documentation that they have received a COVID-19 vaccination and/or are recovered from the disease. Read more…

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Economy & Business, Immigration, Politics, Violence

Biden’s BLM-Inspired Plan to Destroy Suburbia

As part of his plan for “racial equity,” President-imposed Joe Biden is planning to bring Section 8 housing into suburbs – bringing swaths of Black Lives Matter (BLM) thugs into formerly safe communities to wage violent revolution.

Biden is aiming to amend zoning laws that allow only single-family homes in communities. They are arguing this is segregation and want these communities to be enriched with diversity with federal grants funded through his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan.

Previously, similar policies were proposed during the Obama administration. They faced opposition from conservatives as well as neighborhood groups, many of which filed lawsuits to stop the plans that would destroy property values and make communities less safe.

“The random intrusion of high-rises, McMansions, visually disruptive architecture allowed by Minneapolis 2040 would all but destroy the unique character of our neighborhoods,” said Minneapolis for Everyone, a group that formed to oppose changes in zoning laws.

Social justice groups are dedicated to painting any property owner as a racist who doesn’t want the refuse of inner cities transplanted into their neighborhoods.

“What’s confusing to people is why segregation is so persistent in this country,” said Tracy Hadden Loh, a metro planning with the leftist Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. “Racial segregation is like a hydra. You cut off one head and two pop up.”

Cowardly Republicans, ordered to surrender to Democrats by their globalist funders, are already getting ready to capitulate on this issue and put Republican voters in grave danger to avoid being called racist.

“Some zoning practices, such as prohibitions on multifamily housing and minimum lot sizes, can have legitimate purposes for many communities,” said Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), one of the biggest opponents of Trump’s America First agenda in the Senate. Read more…

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Economy & Business, Immigration, International, Politics

Biden, Bush, Kochs, Unite for Open Borders

Former president George W. Bush has announced he will be working with the influential Koch Network to work with the Biden White House on measures to push mass immigration.

“We’ve got a coalition of like-minded people working this issue,” Bush said to Trump-hating radio host Hugh Hewitt last week.

The George W. Bush Center will be pushing mass immigration as a way to cement Bush’s legacy as a “compassionate conservative” and attempt to erase former President Trump’s imprint on Republican politics.

“Many of them are involved on Capitol Hill. So the Bush Center is spearheading a reform movement. It’s quiet except for this book [of paintings], which makes it not quiet. … We’re talking to people about, you know, what needs to be done. I mean, the Koch Brothers, for example, I know that’s a word [Koch] that scares a lot of people on the left, but they’re very much in favor of a rational immigration policy. And they’re putting money behind it, and they’re pushing hard,” Bush said.

“Now there hasn’t been interparty outreach, yet. But maybe it’s not quite ripe. My view is if the President is sincere about this, he ought to sit down with, you know, some rational Republicans. But … he’s got to finish his initial agenda, however. He’s got a lot on his plate right now. But eventually, I think there’s a deal to be done,” he added.

Big League Politics reported on how the Bush Center worked during the Trump administration to undermine his America First agenda on immigration:

“President Donald Trump has apparently had a change of heart regarding open immigration following a massive corporate lobbying push to import more foreign workers into the US that would boost multinational profits at the expense of US workers. Read more…

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