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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR DECEMBER 1, 2023 AT 7:31 PM

Paul Plante says:

As the late Lloyd Joseph Kellam, a native of Cape Charles, VA, who was the son of the late Lloyd Branson Joseph Kellam and the late Florence Manley Kellam, and who passed away on October 2, 2023, is doing elsewhere in here with respect to life in Cape Charles in years gone by, so too am I talking in here not only about the present, but what life was like here in America when I was young (I’m past the 3/4 century mark) as compared to now, and what comes to mind before I come back to America today under Joe Biden, who I believe has an administration even more corrupt than that of US Grant (March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1877), I would like to go back to 1958, and an incident I remember well, that being the VICUNA COAT SCANDAL that forced Sherman Adams to resign under fire as President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s chief White House aide, and the reason that SCANDAL, which today in Joe Biden’s America wouldn’t be a scandal, but bidness as usual, came to mind was a State Of The Union article titled “Biden Admin Caught Red-Handed Skipping Taxpayer Safeguard To Push Through Green Energy Project” by Jordan Andrews on 1 December 2023, where we have what I, an older America, consider corruption in the Biden adminstration, to wit:

The Biden administration granted a waiver to an energy firm developing an offshore wind project off the coast of Massachusetts, exempting them from paying development fees intended to protect taxpayers.

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And let us call that out for what it is, people, dictatorial gall (bold and impudent behavior, as in "Joe Biden had the gall to strip the taxpayers of America of the protection of law!”) on the part of this lawless autocrat Joseph Robinette Biden, Junior, whose administration makes that of US Grant look clean by comparison, which takes us back to the article, to wit:

The decision has raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest, as the former Deputy Interior Secretary had previously provided legal services to the energy firm.

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And that is a qualification to serve in this CORRUPT Biden regime – having an actual conflict of interest and being compromised, as a result, which takes us back to the story of Biden Regime CORRUPTION, to wit:

“At the same time the Department of the Interior was looking at forcing greater and more expensive bonding requirements on holders of long-standing oil and gas leases, they were relaxing these requirements on the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind energy producer, one that just coincidentally happened to be a client of their incoming #2,” PPT Director Michael Chamberlain said.

“If you want to talk about bad optics, I don’t see how they could be any worse than right here,” he added.

“For an administration touting itself as the most ethical in history, this represents yet another incident in which Secretary Haaland’s Interior appears to have a tough time living up to that standard.”

The waiver was approved despite the Trump administration’s prior rejection of the request.

The project, Vineyard Wind 1, has been fast-tracked, receiving federal approval and support from the Biden administration.

“Vineyard Wind 1 represents a historic milestone for advancing our nation’s clean energy production.”

“This project and others across the country will create robust and sustainable economies that lift up communities and support good-paying jobs, while also ensuring future generations have a livable planet,” Haaland said in 2021.

“The Interior Department is committed to responsibly accelerating our nation’s transition to a clean energy future, and doing so in coordination with our partners, stakeholders, Tribes and ocean users to avoid and reduce potential impacts as much as we can,” she added.

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Going back in time for context here, the Grant administration was routinely labeled one of the most corrupt in U.S. history, that being before being supplanted by the Biden administration, but despite the scandals that arose during his tenure, unlike Joe Biden today, Grant was never personally involved with any of them, and his honesty and personal integrity were never questioned, while today, Joe Biden’s honesty and personal integrity are most certainly questioned, and I would say that Joe Biden possesses neither.

Going back to US Grant, his inability to clean up his own administration was a blight on his presidential record, whereas today, as we see from this article above, Joe Biden makes no effort whatsoever to clean up his administration, because he doesn’t care to do so, after years in the US Senate where “palm greasing” has been raised to an art form.

Which brings us to 1958 and the VICUNA COAT SCANDAL from the UPI Archives for October 28, 1986, by Arnold Sawislak, UPI Senior Editor, as follows:

WASHINGTON — The Republicans regained the White House in 1952 with a general at the helm, and determined to fashion an image based on morality, honesty, thriftiness, and character.

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In our times, the DEMOCRATS regained (stole?) the White House in 2021 with a caitiff draft dodger at the helm, and they determined to fashion an image based on a lack morality, zero honesty, profligacy instead of thriftiness, and a lack of character from the chief executive on down.

Going back to that story, we have more as follows:

Sherman Adams filled the bill — and more.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was, of course, a war hero — the kind that inspires statues, but GOP campaigners also made much of the fact that he was unsullied by the ‘you-scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch-yours’ political morality that embarrassed the Truman administration so often immediately after World War II.

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Today, Joe Biden has brought us back in time to the corrupt administration of Harry S. Truman, which takes us back to the story, to wit:

Eisenhower brought Adams, the former governor of New Hampshire, to Washington, and the austere, almost grim Yankee symbolized a new no-nonsense atmosphere in the White House — where not long before, Truman’s cronies, including military aide Gen. Harry Vaughn, had dealt in influence-peddling and cheerfully trafficked in gifts of mink coats and food freezers.

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Being a DEMOCRAT, of course, Joe Biden not surprisingly is copying what went on during the Truman years, especially the influence-peddling, which again takes us back to the story, to wit:

As White House chief of staff, Adams ran the show with the kind of military precision that a five-star general who commanded a gigantic war effort would expect from his chief aide.

He also was the very picture of the frugal public servant, eating ham and cheese sandwiches at his desk, rather than accepting pricey meals in what came to be known as the Washington ‘power lunch’ restaurants.

Adams appeared so powerful in setting the White House agenda and deflecting favor-seekers and other pests from the Oval Office that Democrats and some Republicans wondered aloud who really was in charge down there at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

He could have given Donald Regan lessons in unsympathetic listening and cold dismissal.

That ended with the arrival in Washington in 1958 of Bernard Goldfine, a New England businessman intent on getting some under-the-counter assistance with problems he was having with the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities & Exchange Commission.

To lubricate the process, Goldfine sent some of the people he thought could help him some nice presents, such as coats made of vicuna (most Americans never had heard of the valuable fabric woven from the fur of the rare South American beast) and oriental rugs.

Congress, which by that time had been recaptured by the Democrats, investigated the Goldfine affair with zest, and with the Washington press in full cry (one reporter was discovered trying to wiretap the Boston magnate’s hotel suite), it was soon disclosed that Sherman Adams, of all people, had accepted gifts from his old friend Bernie.

Adams indignantly denied wrongdoing, contending he had once given Goldfine a gold watch and the goodies he got from the Boston magnate were no more than reciprocal tokens of esteem.

A lot of people believed him, including the president, who told a news conference that gifts ‘are not necesarily a bribe’ and that he trusted and would keep Adams ‘because I need him.’

But under pressure from frightened GOP candidates in the 1958 elections, Ike finally let Adams resign with a letter glowing with high praise for his devotion to duty.

So Eisenhower said goodbye to Sherman Adams, his administration said goodbye to its aura of moral superiority and Washington marked up another victim of the axiom that ‘power corrupts.’

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And BIG SURPRISE, here we are today, with Washington and Joe Biden proving all over again that “power corrupts,” and in Joe Biden’s case, absolute power corrupts absolutely!

But stay tuned, more is yet to come!

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR DECEMBER 2, 2023 AT 10:17 PM

Paul Plante says:

Recapping here, we have been comparing the corruption of the Biden administration today with the corruption of the Grant administration (1869-1877), and making note of the fact that whereas in his time, which is long ago in American history now, when values were quite different than what they are today, the inability of US Grant to clean up his own administration was a blight on his presidential record, in our times today, the fact that Joe Biden makes no effort whatsoever to clean up his administration, because he doesn’t care to do so, after years in the US Senate where “palm greasing” has been raised to an art form, serves as no blight whatsoever on his presidential record, because people are so much more tolerant of corruption today than they were back in Grant’s time, or even 1958, when the VICUNA COAT SCANDAL forced Sherman Adams to have to resign as Eisenhauer’s chief of staff while tainting the Eisenhauer administration with the stench of corruption, and so, Joe gets to slide and the corruption and rot in his administration proceeds undiminished.

Think I’m kidding?

Not a joke, people, as we see by going to an article in the Brit publication The Daily Mail titled “Karine Jean-Pierre and top Biden spokesman inappropriately used their roles to influence elections with attacks on ‘MAGA’ Republicans, government watchdog rules” by Emily Goodin, Senior U.S. Political Reporter, on 2 December 2023, where we have this grossly insulting behavior from “BINDER” (KJP), Joe Biden’s PROPAGANDA MINISTER who wouldn’t know the truth if it reared up and bit her on her ass, and her lackey and Biden sycophant Andrew Bates, to wit:

White House spokespeople Karine Jean-Pierre and Andrew Bates violated the Hatch Act when they had been warned against using the word ‘MAGA’ to describe certain Republicans, a government watchdog agency said on Friday.

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Note the words “HAD BEEN WARNED,” which warning meant absolutely nothing to either of them because they know that under Joe Biden, the law is toothless, and thus, for willfully violating it in the name of DIVISIVE BIDEN PARTISAN POLITICS, they will suffer no consequences whatsoever, which takes us back to that insulting and unlawful behavior that is so characteristic of the corrupt Biden administration, to wit:

The independent Office of Special Counsel said the two took actions ‘contrary’ to official guidance on the law when they slammed ‘MAGA’ Republicans’ budget plan this year.

In their letter, first reported by NBC News, the office notes the violations came days after Jean-Pierre was warned she had violated the law intended to prevent federal employees from using their offices to influence elections.

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And “BINDER” simply blew off that warning because she knows it means nothing when she has the protection of the corrupt Joe Biden, which protection allows her to violate the law, OUR LAW that is supposed to protect us from unscrupulous political actors feeding off the taxpayers as is Karine Jean-Pierre, with impunity, which again takes us back to the story, to wit:

This summer, the Office of Special Counsel notified government officials that ‘MAGA’ and similar terms were effectively off-limits for use as they were seen as campaign-related slogans.

The ruling came after OCS’s June finding that Jean-Pierre was in violation of the Hatch Act when she repeatedly referred to ‘MAGA Republicans’ in the run-up to the 2022 midterm election.

No action was taken against Jean-Pierre.

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Yes, people, NO ACTION was taken against “BINDER,” despite it being clear as day that she violated the law, which serves as proof of my assertion that this Biden administration is corrupt by intent, because Joe Biden believes that HE is the law, as if he were a reincarnation of Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, an absolute monarch who was not subject to any constitutional limitations, leading him to declare “l’etat, c’est moi” (“I am the state”).

Like Joe Biden today in our time, Louis ruled by divine right, receiving his authority directly from God, which is the same place Joe believes he gets his, and as the concept of divine right allowed Louis to quash emerging rebellions while establishing legitimacy, so too does the concept of divine right in our times today gives Joe Biden the right to quash what he believes are emerging rebellions (TRUE DEMOCRACY) against his rule, which takes us back to the story of KJP violating the law, to wit:

‘We take the law seriously and uphold the Hatch Act,’ a White House official told DailyMail.com.

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C’mon, man, that’s horsecrap and this white house “official” peddling that BULL**** to the Brits is nothing more than a lying, dog-faced pony soldier, as is KJP and Joe Biden, which again takes us back to the Brits for more, to wit:

Jean-Pierre, Bates and other officials repeatedly cite the Hatch Act in press briefings when declining to answer reporters’ questions about President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign or about Trump’s candidacy.

But Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, and Bates, who is deputy White House press secretary, have used the word ‘MAGA’ repeatedly when talking about ‘extreme MAGA Republicans’ and their agenda.

The complaint against the duo was filed by a conservative watchdog group called Protect the Public’s Trust, which is run by former Trump administration official Michael Chamberlain.

‘Apparently, nobody takes the Hatch Act very seriously, at least nobody that matters.’

‘Ms. Jean-Pierre cites it frequently to avoid tough questions, but when she and her deputy received the initial warning from OSC, they doubled down,’ Chamberlain told NBC News.

‘They probably guessed there would be no consequences, and the OSC appears to have proven them correct.’

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And my goodness, people, let’s get real here, as we’re all adults in here, not mindless children who don’t know better – of course the OSC proved them correct that KJP and Bates KNEW they wouldn’t be held to account by Joe Biden, and thus, there would be no consequences, because the law is a ******* JOKE, which again takes us back for more, to wit:

Jean-Pierre, in particular, is a frequent invoker of the Hatch Act.

In December 2023, she used it to avoid answering questions about whether Biden would return campaign donations from disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried

‘I am covered by the Hatch Act, which I’m happy to say over and over again, because we believe in the rule of law here,’ Jean-Pierre said in response.

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WHAT A JOKE, Karine, THAT ANY OF YOU IN THIS CORRUPT, INEPT, INCOMPETENT, BUMBLING, BUNGLING ADMINISTRATION BELIEVE IN RULE OF LAW!

All you believe in is RULE OF JOE, which again takes us back for more, to wit:

In April, she cited the Hatch Act when she declined to comment on Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announcing that he is challenging President Biden for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination.

And, in January, she cited the Hatch Act when refusing to answer if Biden would serve a full four-year second term.

‘So, let me just say this – I’m not going to comment on the 2024 — he is a candidate,’ Jean-Pierre said, adding she wanted to be careful.

‘And we do follow the Hatch Act, so I want to be really, really mindful here.’

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And that takes us to a Forbes article titled “White House Attacks On ‘MAGA’ Policies Violated Federal Law, Government Watchdog Says” by William Skipworth, Forbes Staff, on 2 December 2023, for this discussion on the Hatch Act, to wit:

The Hatch Act was passed in 1939 and meant to prevent candidates, particularly incumbent candidates, from using employees with federal salaries, as well as federal resources to further their own political ambitions.

In addition to limiting what federal employees can do, it also prevents elected officials from using government buildings for campaign events, it forbids anyone from bribing citizens for their vote and it outlaws federal funds from being used for campaign activities.

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Yes, people, the Hatch Act was passed in 1939 to PROTECT us from corrupt hack, greedy, grasping, professional politicians like Joe Biden, and in January of 2021, the Hatch Act was simply discarded by the Biden administration to protect corruption, instead of we, the American people, and such is life in America today in this time of Joe Biden, more corrupt than US Grant and the worst president this country has ever had the misfortune to be saddled with, and that is a fact!

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR DECEMBER 3, 2023 AT 7:19 PM

Paul Plante says:

So, yes, people – LIES and FAILURES!

And a HUGE national deficit that is BLEEDING our economy to pay the interest, some $2 BILLION per day that might as well have been consigned to a garbage incinerator because interest on the MASSIVE DEBT OUT-OF-CONTROL Joe Biden has wracked up to pay for his INSANE GREEN DREAM is UNPRODUCTIVE MONEY that buys WE, THE PEOPLE nothing at all, which is FISCAL IRRESPONIBILITY on the part of AUTOCRAT Joe Biden.

That is all we have to show so far from this sorry administration as to its so-called “accomplishments,” which takes us back to Biden lickspitttle Deb Haaland above here referring to Joe Biden’s WINDMILL FARMS, to wit:

“This project and others across the country will create robust and sustainable economies that lift up communities and support good-paying jobs, while also ensuring future generations have a livable planet,” Haaland said in 2021.

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Yes, people, that was in 2021, and it was nothing more than empty political BULL**** rhetoric then, just as it is today, and for proof of that assertion, let us simply go to a Bloomberg article titled “A $30 Billion Meltdown in Clean Energy Puts Biden’s Climate Goals at Risk” by David R Baker, Saijel Kishan and Jennifer A Dlouhy on 30 November 2023, where we have this analysis of the MASSIVE FISCAL FIASCO unleashed upon us by the Biden regime to our nation’s detriment as a result of Joe’s INSANE GREEN DREAM, to wit:

(Bloomberg Businessweek) — No one expected the transition from fossil fuels to be easy.

But a year after President Joe Biden’s landmark climate law promised billions of dollars for America’s switch to clean energy, some of the nation’s most ambitious renewable power projects have been shelved, electric car sales are missing targets and investors are fleeing the sector in droves.

The result is a $30 billion collapse in US clean energy stocks in the last six months — a market many investors expected to flourish in the aftermath of the law’s passage.

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Which conclusively proves two things beyond a shadow of a doubt, to wit: in Joe Biden’s version of America, there are indeed suckers being born every minute all over America and in Joe Biden’s America, fools are very easily parted from their money by Joe Biden’s empty promises to them of easy money to come if only they would get in on the ground floor, which takes us back to Bloomberg, to wit:

Few industries have been unscathed by soaring interest rates, but perhaps none has been harder hit than renewable energy.

For a sector that builds big, expensive facilities such as solar plants and wind farms, high rates cut profit margins enough to sink projects and bankrupt companies.

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And who is ultimately responsible for those high interest rates killing these projects?

And what am I saying, people?

That’s a no-brainer!

Of course it is Joe Biden and BIDEN-FLATION as a result of BIDE-O-NOMICS, Joe’s ill-thought-out and frankly stupid MARXIST economic programs, which takes us back to Bloomberg for more of this BIDEN FISCAL FIASCO, to wit:

The giddy enthusiasm that followed the Inflation Reduction Act’s passage evaporated, wiping out a quarter of the market value of US companies in the S&P Global Clean Energy Index in the six months ended Nov. 27.

It’s a meltdown that underscores the obstacles standing in the way of Biden’s ambitious climate goals.

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And these BLIND PROFLIGATE FOOLS spending our tax dollars indiscriminately like drunken sailors in a whore-house town never saw any of this coming, because they are stupid and fiscally irresponsible with our tax dollars, which is a clear sign as to how inept and incompetent they are with our tax dollars, which again takes us back to Bloomberg, to wit:

Along with sky-high financing costs, clean energy companies face the problems of winning over potential neighbors for their projects, securing government permits and plugging into a creaky power grid unable to handle all the renewable power that’s planned.

The warnings are clear: America’s road to achieving a zero-carbon electricity grid by 2035 is getting rockier by the day.

“We’re in the moment of realization now where some of the euphoria has worn off and we’re starting to realize it’s still not going to be easy,” says Eric Scheriff, senior managing director at Capstone, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm.

The specter of bankruptcies now haunts the sector.

Electric bus maker Proterra Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection earlier this year, with solar financing firm Sunlight Financial Holdings Inc. following soon after.

Deals are falling apart: Private equity-backed Ares Acquisition Corp. abandoned its planned merger with nuclear power technology company X-Energy Reactor Co. in October.

And projects have been canceled: Utility owner Avangrid Inc. shelved wind projects in Connecticut and Massachusetts this year, while NuScale Power Corp. abruptly terminated its plans for the first small modular reactor in the US — a technology seen as key to the sector’s potential revival.

For anyone who remembers the last cleantech bust more than a decade ago, it’s easy to fear a repeat.

“In the final analysis, green investing has to be based on economic realities,” says Jerome Dodson, the now-retired founder of Parnassus Investments, one of the world’s largest sustainable investment firms, with $42 billion in assets.

He sold his stake in the business in 2021 — at the “top of the market,” as he puts it — and predicts that wind and solar stocks could fall an additional 15% to 20% in the next six to eight months.

It was only two years ago that Wall Street investors and bankers headed to Scotland for a global climate meeting, waxing lyrical about net-zero emissions goals and the profits to be made from the shift to cleaner energy.

That’s a stark contrast to the current mood as the world convenes again for climate talks at the COP28 summit this week in Dubai.

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And with that in the record to digest, let us take a pause for station identification and twenty-two hours of very interesting and informative infomercials telling you pretty much everything there is to know about what the Biden regime wants you to know about, and then we will be back with more.

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR DECEMBER 4, 2023 AT 9:15 PM

Paul Plante says:

So, once again recapping here, people, this thread, as it turns out, is a combination of “we told you so,” in reference to the Cape Charles Mirror’s coverage over the last several years of this ON-GOING FIASCO known as the Joe Biden administration with all its LIES, FALSEHOODS, MISINFORMATION and DISINFORMATION, as well as DEJA VU all over again with respect to Joe’s FISCAL MISMANAGEMENT and just plain DAMN BAD JUDGMENT and STUPIDITY coupled with EXTREME ARROGANCE and CORRUPTION when it comes to “investing” taxpayer dollars, OUR DOLLARS, in his INSANE GREEN DREAM, which takes us back in time to when Joe was Hussein Obama’s assistant president and a YouTube video titled “Biden on Fisker – Money Will Return to Taxpayers in Billions” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g_6TYULxMg which was one of Joe’s famous FISCAL FIASCOS that ended up hosing WE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, who are here merely for Joe and his political cronies to feed off of, in which video we have Joe himself in his own words feeding us a raft of PURE BULL**** about how his investment of taxpayer dollars in Fisker was going to return a profit of BILLION$ to us taxpayers while creating scads of high-paying jobs, which claims Joe is again making today, even as his INSANE GREEN DREAM is once again failing before our eyes due to STUPIDITY on the part of Joe and all the fools ignorant enough to invest in Joe’s pipe dream, to wit:

“This is seed money which will return back to the American consumer in BILLION$ and BILLION$ and BILLION$ of dollars in good new jobs.”

“The president (Hussein Obama) and I (goofball Biden) have never doubted that we could write a new chapter in the automotive history of this country.”

“Because we knew for real we not only had the best workers, we had the best innovators, the best designers and that’s what this is about today.”

“It’s about … it’s about what we’re about, this administration, rewriting a new chapter for our economy.”

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Now, since that is a videotape of Joe himself saying those words, there is no way that Joe can claim misinformation or disinformation on either my part, or by the Cape Charles Mirror, and that in turn takes us back in time to an investigative article by the Investigative Research Center titled “Hunter Biden Listed as Fisker Creditor, Raising Questions About Green Energy Boondoggle” by IRC Staff on June 2, 2020, where we have some necessary background history concerning Joe Biden’s fiscal irresponsibility with OUR tax dollars, to wit:

In 2009, the Obama-Biden administration agreed to pump $500 million of taxpayer stimulus cash into a foreign automotive company, Fisker, to make cars in the vice president’s home state of Delaware.

When their green-energy boondoggle went belly up, zero cars had been manufactured in the United States — despite the hefty cost footed by America.

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That was then, and now that Joe is back in power again, the same thing is happening now, all over again, which takes us back to that story, as follows:

The intricacies of the deal are tangled.

Bankruptcy documents related to the Fisker failure curiously listed Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, as a creditor to the automaker.

Fisker was later purchased at auction by Wanxiang, a Chinese conglomerate, after being “enticed” by Fisker creditors.

Wanxiang also has ties to Hunter Biden: The foreign company had invested $1.25 billion into a different company that was a client of Seneca Advisors, Hunter’s consulting firm.

Fisker was awarded $528 million in federal loans to build luxurious looking, environmentally friendly automobiles in America — despite having never sold a car.

The grant was given by the Department of Energy and celebrated by Secretary Steven Chu who declared that thousands of jobs would be created.

It has been written that Fisker’s overall marketing strategy “call[ed] out to an untapped market: moneyed Hollywood vegans, of which there plenty.”

Fiscal watchdogs were alarmed by the Obama-Biden administration’s expenditure.

One warned at the time: “This is not for average Americans.”

“This is for people to put something in their driveway that is a conversation piece.”

“It’s status symbol thing.”

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And think on those words, people, as we consider the “INSANE GREEN DREAM” PIE-IN-THE-SKY blather of Joe Biden today with respect to what his “CHIPS ACT” and his misnamed “INFLATION REDUCTION ACT” are supposed to accomplish today, and notice the name Hunter Biden as a player in that Fisker story, which is about recklessness with taxpayer dollars by Joe Biden, plain and simple, and now he is back in power to do it all over again, which takes us back to Fisker and Hunter and Joe, to wit:

The Fisker strategy also relied on large-scale government investment, which was made easier by having strong political connections.

Fisker was backed by former Vice President Al Gore and venture capitalist John Doerr, a “big-ticket” Obama donor and now a major contributor to Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign.

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And how about that, now will you, people – look where Joe is getting his money from!

Getting back to that story, it goes on as follows, and provides us with a template and game plan for what Joe intends to do with our taxpayer dollars today, to wit:

In February 2009, Doerr had been appointed by the Obama-Biden administration to sit on an economic recovery board.

His firm, Kleiner Perkins, managed a $100 million tech fund.

CNET reported of his appointment: “Not-so-coincidentally, Doerr has lobbied for laws at the state level – and, more recently, as part of the ‘stimulus’ proposal – that would benefit his portfolio by moving toward smart grid, solar, and other technology.”

Fisker had private clout, and soon would secure taxpayer cash.

A Biden staffer told the Wall Street Journal that he made “no direct appeals” to the agency prior to the loan’s approval.

That claim from December 2009 seems suspect based on the paper’s chronicling of events.

Delaware’s Chief of Economic Development dubbed Biden a “secret weapon” in securing federal support.

Before ruling on the loan, Department of Energy leadership was “peppered” by elected officials in the state and had “repeated discussions with Vice President Biden and his staff.”

When Secretary Chu ran into Biden at an event, he reportedly told him, “I know, I know – Fisker.”

The loan was approved five days after that conversation.

Fisker chose a shuttered factory in Delaware located 3,000 miles away from the company’s headquarters.

High Gear Media notes other disadvantages besides geography: “(It) needed expensive retooling, was far too large for the task at hand, and was ostensibly more expensive to retrofit than some other ‘old GM’ properties, such as Doraville.”

However, the selected destination had some political advantages: It was just a few miles from Biden’s house and “across the tracks from Biden Park.”

The vice president was so excited that he “inadvertently divulged” Fisker’s product plan during a speech to union members.

A press release heralded a “new chapter” for the American auto industry which he believed would help our country “reclaim its top position in the global market.”

Given that the taxpayers were funding this venture backed by his political allies, Biden sought to assure the nation that his investment was wise: “This is seed money that will return back to the American consumer in billions and billions and billions of dollars in good, new jobs.”

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And let’s leave off there for a moment as we pause for station identification so you can get to the fridge for some necessary munchies, and when we return, it will be to hear the following from the authors of that investigative report, so stay tuned:

“But not everything went according to Biden’s ‘roadmap.’”

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And of course it didn’t, because Joe’s roadmap led straight to a large cliff above a huge swamp, and here we are, right there all over again, with far more taxpayer dollars in jeopardy.

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR DECEMBER 5, 2023 AT 9:52 PM

Paul Plante says:

In a post above here, I wrote that I can remember a time in America when we never heard this endless, disgusting and frankly sickening BIDEN BOBANCE (ostentatious or boastful behavior, boasting; a boast; vain display, worldly vanity) we are being constantly barraged with today from any American president before Joe Biden came down the pike, to our detriment and that of our REPUBLIC, as well, and when I refer to BOBANCE, I can think of no better example than the YouTube video titled “Biden on Fisker – Money Will Return to Taxpayers in Billions” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g_6TYULxMg where we had Joe himself in his own words feeding us a raft of PURE BULL**** about how his investment of taxpayer dollars in Fisker was going to return a profit of BILLION$ to us taxpayers while creating scads of high-paying jobs, which claims Joe is again making today, even as his INSANE GREEN DREAM is once again failing before our eyes due to STUPIDITY on the part of Joe and all the fools ignorant enough to invest in Joe’s pipe dream.

As I watch that video and listen to Joe going on and on about how Joe and Hussein Obama never doubted that they could write a new chapter in the automotive history of this country, and how it was about … it’s about what Joe and Hussein were about, their administration, rewriting a new chapter for our economy, I can’t help but think what a great salesman Joe would be on late-night Infomercials peddling SHAM-WOWS, or THIGH MASTERS, or some such as is the subject of late-night infomercials.

And I also believe that to understand the present, it is necessary to have some knowledge of what has come before, and there, that video of Joe in his own words is worth a thousand words of mine in here, where in our time today, as we shall soon see, Joe still believes that HORSE**** he was peddling to the people of America back then about he was going to write a new chapter in the automotive history of this country, which he certainly is doing today, to the detriment of the automotive industry, because Joe totally ***** up anything and everything he puts his hands on, and how Joe was “rewriting a new chapter for our economy,” which thoughts take us to an article in The Hill titled “As demand for EVs plummets, Biden’s green fantasy is pummeling US auto dealers” by Mandy Gunasekara, the former chief of staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on 4 December 2023, where we see in real time exactly what Joe is really doing to our nation and our economy with his “writing of a new chapter for our economy” with his BIDE-O-NOMICS, to wit:

From inflation to gas-stove bans, it’s clear President Biden and his top officials are living in an alternate reality.

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And yes, people, he and they most certainly are – and its called LA-LA- LAND, which takes us back to Joe writing a new chapter in the automotive history of this country, to wit:

Perhaps no issue proves this point more than their unrealistic mandate for electric-vehicles, a multibillion-dollar effort to force Americans into cars they simply don’t want and can’t afford.

In a recent speech President Biden bragged that billions of taxpayer dollars were being spent to convert auto-manufacturing factories to produce electric vehicles and “build a network of 500,000 electric-vehicle charging stations all across America.”

These actions, he claimed, will help “working families” and “create good-paying union jobs.”

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And as you watch that video, you readily see that Joe is spinning the same CRAP today as he was spouting back then, which again takes us back to the story, to wit:

But facts are stubborn things, and now more than 3,000 auto dealers are finally speaking up.

Although not widely covered, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Volkswagen, and others have collectively laid off thousands of workers this year, due in large part to cratering demand for electric vehicles.

Ford admitted this summer that its electric vehicle business will lose $4.5 billion this year.

So much for “creating” jobs.

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So much, indeed, and that takes us back to the story of FAILURE all over again due to a lack of sound judgment on the part of Joe Biden, to wit:

Low market demand for electric vehicles should not be surprising.

Technical experts have been sounding the alarm for years that actual adoption rates and fleet turnover — the rate at which old cars are replaced with newer cars — is significantly lower than the green agenda’s inflated political projections would have it.

The EPA’s 2018 Mid-term Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Years 2022-2025 found that assumptions surrounding electric vehicle adoption, in particular, were grossly overstated and “didn’t comport with reality.”

In 2016, electric vehicle sales accounted for just 2.44 percent.

Realistic projections from our nation’s top auto engineers were less than rosy.

As candidly laid out in the official notice, “customers are not buying electrified vehicles at a rate sufficient for compliance.”

Biden has tried to manipulate this reality in many ways.

Team Biden and Capitol Hill Democrats have shifted billions of taxpayer dollars toward a charging infrastructure that has failed to materialize, while also seeking to buy off the auto-manufactures.

Ford, for example, has received a $9.2 billion loan to build more batteries.

For context, a Wall Street Journal analysis revealed that this is “$3.3 billion larger than what the company borrowed during the Detroit meltdown of 2008-09.”

Ford is not alone; GM and LG have received $2.5 billion for similar commitments.

Perhaps this is why their layoffs and production cuts have gotten so little attention.

While the manufactures roll in the billions of taxpayer dollars aimed at sweetening the otherwise unrealistic transition, American auto-dealers, and by extension their customers, are left holding the proverbial bag.

Most Americans cannot afford or simply don’t want EVs.

Given the inflationary effects of Bidenomics, not even generous taxpayer subsidies can make the idea of buying a $56,000 electric car (on average) palatable for most consumers.

Despite these inconvenient facts, Team Biden is full steam ahead.

The EPA’s latest regulatory mandate would require 50 percent of new car sales to be totally electric by 2030.

Not only is this unrealistic, but any serious attempt to achieve it will waste money while severely damaging both the economy and the planet.

Auto-dealers with electric vehicles stacking up on their lots are pleading with the administration to at least pause the madness.

It’s past time Biden started to listen.

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But the sad reality, people, is that Joe Biden is so wrapped up in his perfection that he is totally incapable of listening, which was the case back when Joe was pumping Fisker, which takes us back to the investigative article by the Investigative Research Center titled “Hunter Biden Listed as Fisker Creditor, Raising Questions About Green Energy Boondoggle” by IRC Staff on June 2, 2020, where we had some necessary background history concerning Joe Biden’s fiscal irresponsibility with OUR tax dollars, to wit:

When Biden predicted a “new chapter,” he wasn’t banking on his story taking a climactic turn at Chapter 11 — via a bankruptcy filing.

Two years after getting loan approval, Biden’s pet project was speeding towards disaster.

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And when we return from a pause from station identification and a slew of commercials on the best EV’s out there for you to buy, we will pick that story up again, so stay tuned!

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR DECEMBER 7, 2023 AT 11:43 AM

Paul Plante says:

SPIN, CRASH, BURN!

So goes BIDE-O-NOMICS, people, and who on earth should be surprised by that.

Consider the State Of The Union article titled “Biden Shifting Away From ‘Bidenomics’ Talk as Public Remains Skeptical on Economy” by Joseph Ellis on 3 December 2023, to wit:

The term “Bidenomics” has become less prominent in President Biden’s speeches, with his re-election campaign using it in subtler ways.

Mainstream media outlets have noticed this shift, with prominent Democrats and allies warning that the branding could backfire.

Polls show that a majority of U.S. voters do not like “Bidenomics.”

“Whatever stories Americans are told about the strength of the economy under President Joe Biden, they are not going to be persuaded to look past the issue of their own living standards,” wrote economist James Galbraith.

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Or the Washington Examiner story “Not even Democrats are buying Bidenomics” by Zachary Faria on 5 December 2023, to wit:

President Joe Biden boldly tried to sell people on his economic plan as the core of his reelection campaign even though people hate the state of the economy under Biden.

As you might have expected, that has backfired to the point that Democrats, including Biden, are sprinting away from the term.

House Democrats have abandoned the term in favor of “People Over Politics,” a clear sign that “Bidenomics” isn’t selling well to voters.

That is not a surprise, given that Biden’s approval rating on the economy is sitting at 32% with 67% disapproving.

Among independents, Biden’s approval on the economy is at 25%.

The White House’s attempt to gaslight people into thinking they are doing better financially than they are and then tying it to a wildly unpopular president, surprisingly, is not very popular.

In fact, it is so unpopular that Biden himself hasn’t mentioned Bidenomics over the last four weeks after using the term 101 times in June.

Biden no doubt bought into his own hype in the summer, but branding a failing economy with his name as people continued to struggle to keep up with inflation turned out to be a misstep that even he wants people to forget.

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Or the Washington Examiner story titled “‘Bidenomics’ goes bust: House Democrats have ditched Joe’s signature slogan” by Jack Birle on 5 December 2023, to wit:

House Democrats are not fans of “Bidenomics,” the term used to describe President Joe Biden’s economic policy, despite a major push by the White House this year.

Both behind the scenes and in public, congressional Democrats are looking to drop the term in favor of a different way of pitching the president’s economic agenda, according to Axios.

The campaign fundraising wings for House Democrats, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the House Majority PAC, have largely avoided using the term in their messaging.

The DCCC has not used “Bidenomics” in its public releases, while the House Majority PAC has only used it once in the past several months.

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And then there is the Fox News story titled “Democrats drop ‘Bidenomics’ as some voters complain it’s ‘tone-deaf’: Report” by Jeffrey Clark on 5 December 2023, where we have as follows, to wit:

Democratic Party leaders are refusing to use the term “Bidenomics” in speeches and online as the 2024 presidential election closes in, according to an Axios article from Sunday.

“House Democrats have rejected the White House’s months-long campaign to sell the term ‘Bidenomics,'” the outlet reported, with many in House Democratic leadership stopping use of the term months ago.

“Bidenomics,” a term that President Biden has repeatedly used to tout his economic achievements during his presidency, has become unpopular within a Democratic Party struggling to convince voters that life is better under Biden.

Axios reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC “are also avoiding” using the term Bidenomics “on social media and press releases, as polling indicates the tagline is ineffective.”

Voters, not just Democratic Party leadership, also feel negatively about Bidenomics, with Democratic sources telling Axios that the term was “seen as tone-deaf to voters still struggling economically and also invoked a president with lackluster polling numbers.”

A Fox News poll from mid-November found 78% of voters rate the economy negatively, and the majority feel the worst isn’t over.

Inflation was the top concern with the majority of those surveyed, and only 29% of voters approved of Biden’s handling of the issue, while 69% said they disapproved.

A number of historians and liberal columnists have advised Biden to stop using “Bidenomics,” with liberal presidential historian Douglas Brinkley telling NBC News the messaging “fell flat” with the public.

“It’s a little bit like Gerald Ford’s ‘Whip Inflation Now’ buttons.”

“Nobody wants to be waving banners that say, ‘I love Bidenomics,’” Brinkley said.

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And hey, people, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS – GAZILLIONS of HIGH-PAYING jobs in America thanks to Joe Biden and BIDE-O-NOMICS, as we clearly see in this CNBC story titled “Job openings slide to 8.7 million in October, well below estimate, to lowest level since March 2021” by Jeff Cox on December 5, 2023, to wit:

Job openings tumbled in October to their lowest in 2½ years, a sign the historically tight labor market could be loosening.

Employment openings totaled a seasonally adjusted 8.73 million for the month, a decline of 617,000, or 6.6%, the Labor Department reported Tuesday.

The number was well below the 9.4 million estimate from Dow Jones and the lowest since March 2021.

The quits rate had peaked around 3% of total employment in late 2021 into early 2022, during what briefly was known as the Great Resignation as workers left their old jobs in search of positions that paid more and offered better working conditions; it since has declined to 2.3%.

Declines in job openings were widespread by industry.

The biggest sector decline was education and health services (-238,000), followed by financial activities (-217,000), leisure and hospitality (-136,000), and retail (-102,000).

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Or the Reuters story titled “US private payrolls miss expectations in November” on December 6, 2023, to wit:

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – U.S. private payrolls increased less than expected in November as the labor market gradually cools.

Private payrolls rose by 103,000 jobs last month, the ADP National Employment Report showed on Wednesday.

Data for October was revised lower to show 106,000 jobs added instead of 113,000 as previously reported.

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And to put some icing on the cake, we had a Reuters story titled “US manufacturing mired in weakness, economy heading for slowdown” by Lucia Mutikani on December 1, 2023, where we had this news about what a “success story” BIDE-O-NOMICS really is, to wit:

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – U.S. manufacturing remained subdued in November, with factory employment declining further as hiring slowed and layoffs increased, more evidence that the economy was losing momentum after robust growth last quarter.

Economic activity is cooling as higher interest rates crimp demand.

The ISM said that its manufacturing PMI was unchanged at 46.7 last month.

It was the 13th consecutive month that the PMI stayed below 50, which indicates contraction in manufacturing.

That is the longest such stretch since the period from August 2000 to January 2002.

A rebound anytime soon is unlikely as manufacturers in the ISM survey mostly described inventories as bloated.

The 14 industries reporting contraction included paper products, electrical equipment, appliances and components, computer and electronic products, machinery and miscellaneous manufacturing.

Comments from manufacturers were mostly downbeat and cited the need to reduce inventory levels.

Makers of computer and electronic products said the “economy appears to be slowing dramatically.”

Miscellaneous manufacturing firms said “customer orders have pushed into the first quarter of 2024, resulting in inflated end-of-year inventory.”

Producers of food, beverage and tobacco reported that “our executives have requested that we bring down inventory levels considerably, and it has started causing customer shortages.”

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And why, people, are interest rates higher?

BECAUSE OF BIDE-O-NOMICS AND JOE BIDEN’S INSANE GREEN DREAM IS WHY!

And that takes us back to the investigative article by the Investigative Research Center titled “Hunter Biden Listed as Fisker Creditor, Raising Questions About Green Energy Boondoggle” by IRC Staff on June 2, 2020, where we had more of Joe Biden’s “fiscal acumen” on display, to wit:

So much for Biden’s pledge that the taxpayer seed money would give America “billions and billions and billions of dollars in good, new jobs.”

By November 2013 Fisker had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The move was described by The Verge to be “all but inevitable since its Karma electric sports car failed both in tests and on the market.”

Biden’s gambit had gone bust, with taxpayers losing $139,000,000 of the $192,000,000 granted.

Creditors owed money by Fisker quickly lined up.

Documents show they include notable names such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore, BMW, Andre Agassi, and Robert “Hunter” Biden – the vice president’s son.

In 2014 Fisker was sold to a Chinese conglomerate, Wanxiang, after the automaker’s creditors “enticed” the corporation to make an offer that “sparked competition.”

The auction “drove up Fisker’s price by about $90 million, compared to the offers that started off the bidding.”

Hunter Biden, who was listed as a Fisker creditor, has connections to Wanxiang.

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And when we return from a pause from station identification and a slew of Biden campaign political commercials telling us just how good off we are today thanks to BIDE-O-NOMICS, we will pick that Fisker story up again, so stay tuned!

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Re: Just musings, is all

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR DECEMBER 8, 2023 AT 11:35 AM

Paul Plante says:

And here we come to an existential question of exactly what is the purpose of the elderly like myself in modern society, or rephrased, what duty do the elderly like myself have to modern society, especially when modern society relegates the elderly like myself to the trashbin of society, expecting and in some cases demanding that we crawl off to someplace where the elderly crawl off to, to die, like Florida, leaving our property for the young folks to take over, since they are more deserving of it than we are.

And that brings me to the subject of “institutional memory,” which is a role I try to play in here, courtesy of the Cape Charles Mirror, and “institutional memory” as I use the term means information held in one’s personal recollections and experiences that provides an understanding of the history and culture of an organization, especially the stories that explain the reasons behind certain decisions or procedures.

And that raises the question of is HISTORY relevant to the present, or like was said by some dimwit pedagogue politically connected to a previous presidential administration that they didn’t need to know history, because they were writing the history everybody else would need to know, and thus we had war in Iraq which hasn’t ended and is still going on to this day.

And here I am thinking specifically of the Hatch Act, which was passed in 1939, a real long time ago, now, and was meant to prevent incumbent candidates like Joe Biden from using employees with federal salaries, which as we shall see includes presidential CABINET members, like Janet “TOODLES” Yellen, as well as federal resources, to further their own political ambitions, and specifically, it forbids anyone from bribing citizens for their vote, like with using federal funds to bribe young people for their votes by canceling their student loans for them, which takes us to a CNBC article titled “Biden administration to forgive $4.8 billion in student loan debt for 80,300 borrowers” by Annie Nova on 7 December 2023, as follows:

The Biden administration has now cancelled nearly $132 billion in student debt for more than 3.6 million Americans.

Forgiveness may set Biden apart in election

The actions are likely to help President Joe Biden as he runs for reelection, said higher education expert Mark Kantrowitz.

“Biden has forgiven more student loan debt than any previous president,” Kantrowitz said.

“It distinguishes him from other candidates.”

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Yes, people, indeed it does distinguish Joe Biden, a career politician who has been feeding off the taxpayers all his adult life like a boll weevil in a cotton patch or a rat in a farmer’s corncrib while using GOVERNMENT RESOURCES, our tax dollars, to further his political ambitions and to enrichen himself and his family at our expense, because as Hussein Obama would say, "it’s the right thing to do,” and that thought takes us back to the investigative article by the Investigative Research Center titled “Hunter Biden Listed as Fisker Creditor, Raising Questions About Green Energy Boondoggle” by IRC Staff on June 2, 2020, where we have American history as it happened, to our detriment, and son Hunter’s benefit, thanks to Joe Biden, to wit:

By 2012, ABC News reported Fisker “continues to signal it could ditch plans to build its next generation hybrid electric vehicle in the United States, despite the nearly $200 million in Obama administration loan money it has already received.”

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Like the money Joe Biden is using today to bribe young voters by forgiving their student debt to further his political ambitions, that nearly $200 million in “Obama administration loan money” given to Fisker was OUR tax dollars, and let us not forget that fact as we go back to that article, to wit:

As “hardball negotiating tactics” ensued The Philadelphia Inquirer ran with this headline: “Biden-backed Fisker Delaware auto plant, 2500 jobs, in doubt.”

In March 2013, Fisker announced that it would lay off most of its workforce.

The Los Angeles Times said that the company had been “stymied by unsuccessful efforts to craft a deal with Chinese investors” and the layoffs “likely signaled the death” of the company.

During a hearing in the U.S. Capitol that spring, Congressman Mark Meadows asked a Fisker representative: “How many of these vehicles were ever produced in the United States?”

As the automaker executive was speaking, Meadows interrupted him to seek clarity: “So, zero?”

The Fisker agent confirmed that zero was “correct” – despite having received nearly $200 million in taxpayer funding.

So much for Biden’s pledge that the taxpayer seed money would give America “billions and billions and billions of dollars in good, new jobs.”

By November 2013 Fisker had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The move was described by The Verge to be “all but inevitable since its Karma electric sports car failed both in tests and on the market.”

Biden’s gambit had gone bust, with taxpayers losing $139,000,000 of the $192,000,000 granted.

Creditors owed money by Fisker quickly lined up.

Documents show they include notable names such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore, BMW, Andre Agassi, and Robert “Hunter” Biden – the vice president’s son.

In 2014 Fisker was sold to a Chinese conglomerate, Wanxiang, after the automaker’s creditors “enticed” the corporation to make an offer that “sparked competition.”

The auction “drove up Fisker’s price by about $90 million, compared to the offers that started off the bidding.”

Hunter Biden, who was listed as a Fisker creditor, has connections to Wanxiang.

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And here we come to the important part of this timeline which continues right on up to our times today, as the Hunter Biden saga continues, to wit:

After Senator Obama selected his father as a running mate Hunter set up a consulting firm called Seneca Global Advisors.

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Make note of that, anyone out there trying to connect the dots in the Joe Biden/Hunter Biden enrichment scheme using Joe’s political positions to make money for CLAN BIDEN.

Going back to the story, it continues, as follows:

One of Seneca’s clients was GreatPoint Energy.

In an article focusing on Hunter’s “web of interests”, The Financial Times reported that GreatPoint Energy received a $1.25 billion investment from Wanxiang.

They note, “it was the largest venture capital investment into the US that year.”

“It is unclear if Hunter Biden was directly involved in securing this investment.”

The Nation wrote that when Biden investments have “turned sour, Chinese investors have been ready to help.”

The magazine also observed that Joe’s political friends tend to do well at the “expense of the middle class.”

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What a great line, and people, that remains true to this day, as Joe Biden’s campaign team tries to tell us how much good Joe is doing for the “middle class” today, which takes us back for more, to wit:

GigaOM assessed that Hunter’s appearance in bankruptcy documents means that he was likely an “early investor or just a potential customer that is owed deposit money.”

If being owed cash for Fisker’s failure to deliver a pre-ordered car is the simple explanation, it’s curious that an “assistant at his Washington law firm said he was “declining to comment” when asked by the News Journal in 2013 about his role.

So, did the progeny of Vice President Biden have a financial interest in the acquisition of Fisker by Wanxiang?

The Biden campaign refused to answer our inquiry.

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And with that, here I will take a break, but stay tuned, because with Joe Biden, that is de rigueur (“a fashion or custom that is commonplace within a context”), because that is what government money is for – to enrich those who have control of it, since there is absolutely nothing we can do to stop it.

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Re: Just musings, is all

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR DECEMBER 9, 2023 AT 10:18 PM

Paul Plante says:

So, since the subject has been raised, thanks to the Cape Charles Mirror, is there a down-side to being an elderly American today in this present version of society, with a working memory, or “institutional memory?”

And that answer from my perspective of three-quarters of a century here in the now crumbling facade known as the “united (they are not) states of America” is yes, there is, because I can not only see, but document just how far down we have come as a nation and as a people in that time, so that today what passes for “government” at the national level is nothing more than a sick joke being played on us who can remember when it was different, and far better, which, of course, is a subjective opinion that many today would dispute, but so be it, that is their privilege, and it changes absolutely nothing I am writing about in here, courtesy of the Cape Charles Mirror, and here, I am referring specifically to using federal funds to blatantly BRIBE voters, which is exactly what Joseph Robinette “FISKER JOE” Biden, Junior, an incumbent candidate for the office of chief executive of America, whose economic program for America is reminiscent of Mao Tse Tung’s GREAT LEAP FORWARD in Communist China, begun in 1958 and abandoned in 1961, or the “Potemkin Villages” of Prince Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin, intended to impress the Russian empress Catherine the Great, is doing with his infrastructure law, the Chips and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act.

And there, with my reference to Chairman Mao and Potemkin, is where I find myself these days, living in a past that is now long gone and largely unremembered, which leaves me possessed of a cultural context that no longer exists along with a vocabulary of words that no longer have meaning, so that communication itself has become nigh on impossible.

Earlier today, in fact, I was in conversation with a couple of people of fifty years of age who are far from ignorant, and when I threw out the names of Potemkin and Mao, they had no idea as to what I was talking about, not because they are stupid, they are far from it, but because it was stuff they never were taught about, and when they asked me how I know about this stuff, my answer was that there was a time in America when we as young citizens were supposed to be aware of these things, so that they would not happen here.

And talking about STUPIDITY at very high levels in American government today, take for instance a State Of The Union article titled “Top DOJ Official Admits To Jim Jordan That She’s Clueless: ‘I Don’t Know What We Say’” by Jordan Andrews on 8 December 2023, where we have the stupidity in high government officials deemed acceptable in this day and age of the MEDIOCRITY known as “FISKER JOE” Biden, to wit:

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan expressed astonishment at Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke’s lack of familiarity with a significant free-speech case before the U.S. Supreme Court, suggesting it reflects the Justice Department’s political motives.

The case, Missouri v. Biden, involves allegations of government censorship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Um, congressman, I’m not familiar with this litigation, but happy to bring your question back,” Clarke said to Republican Rep. Dan Bishop regarding Missouri vs. Biden.

Bishop then sought further confirmation that Clarke was indeed “not aware” of the case.

“Unfortunately, I’m not, Congressman,” she said.

Bishop questioned how it was even possible.

“If – if – if you could share more of the facts, that could be helpful, Congressman,” Clarke said shakly.

“Otherwise, you’re just — you just don’t know.”

“Is that correct?” Bishop asked.

“That’s correct.”

“Unfortunately, this does not appear to be a case that I’m familiar with,” the assistant attorney general said.

“I don’t know what we say,” Rep. Jordan later said.

“I would think every member and anyone watching is just astounded.”

Clarke’s admission of ignorance, when questioned by Rep. Dan Bishop, raises questions regarding her competence and truthfulness.

The situation has left many with uncertainty surrounding her credibility.

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And given she works for Joe Biden, she doesn’t have any credibility, because Joe himself doesn’t have any, so he does not demand it of his underlings, but so much for that, because what I want to do is to go back to the so-called Hatch Act, which today is a joke, and BRIBING the citizenry with federal funds to get elected, which takes us to a New York Post story titled “Biden heads to California for big Hollywood money haul, days after Department of Justice file charges against Hunter Biden” by Reuters on 8 December 2023, where we have “FISKER JOE” using federal funds to buy votes with, as follows:

President Joe Biden kicks off a three-day, star-studded fundraising trip in California on Friday that a top campaign official boasted will rake in a record amount of cash for the Democratic president’s 2024 re-election effort.

The California swing is part of a blitz of at least nine fundraisers Biden will hold before the end of the month.

The fundraisers in California and an earlier round in Boston are expected to raise at least $15 million, according to a source familiar with the events.

Biden will briefly stop in Las Vegas on Friday to announce $8.2 billion in funding for 10 new passenger rail projects, a senior administration official said.

The projects, funded by the $1 trillion infrastructure law, include $3 billion for the nation’s first high-speed rail line, which will run through California, according to a senior administration official.

Biden will also announce a $3 billion investment to help create another high-speed rail corridor between Las Vegas and South Carolina, along with money for projects in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington D.C, the official said.

Biden has spent the last year crisscrossing the country announcing new funding tethered to his signature pieces of legislation, the infrastructure law, the Chips and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act.

It is part of a bid to boost his poll ratings and convince voters he is the right person to lead the U.S. economy, but recent public opinion polls show the effort has had little success.

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As an older American who remembers when things were quite different, I personally find myself quite disgusted with this conduct by Biden, given this money comes from out of our pockets, not his, and more on failed high-speed train projects later, but right now, the subject is the Hatch Act and government corruption, which takes us to Wikipedia for essential background, to wit:

The Hatch Act of 1939, An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities, is a United States federal law.

The law was named for Senator Carl Hatch of New Mexico.

Background

Widespread allegations that local Democratic Party politicians used employees of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the congressional elections of 1938 provided the immediate impetus for the passage of the Hatch Act.

Criticism centered on swing states such as Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

In Pennsylvania, Republicans and dissident Democrats publicized evidence that Democratic politicians were consulted on the appointment of WPA administrators and case workers and that they used WPA jobs to gain unfair political advantage.

In 1938, a series of newspaper articles exposed WPA patronage, and political contributions in return for employment, prompting an investigation by the Senate Campaign Expenditures Committee, headed by Sen. Morris Sheppard, a Texas Democrat.

Despite that investigation’s inconclusive findings, many in both parties determined to take action against the growing power of the WPA and its chief administrator, Harry Hopkins, an intimate of President Franklin Roosevelt.

The Act was sponsored by Senator Carl Hatch, a Democrat from New Mexico.

At the time, Roosevelt was struggling to purge the Democratic party of its more conservative members, who were increasingly aligned with the administration’s Republican opponents.

The president considered vetoing the legislation or allowing it to become law without his signature, but instead signed it on the last day he could do so.

Provisions

The 1939 Act forbids the intimidation or bribery of voters and restricts political campaign activities by federal employees.

It prohibits using any public funds designated for relief or public works for electoral purposes.

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Except as we are clearly seeing above here, the supposed law, which is gutless, DOES NOT prohibit “FISKER JOE” Biden from using public funds designated for public works for electoral purposes, because the law DOES NOT apply to Joe, who is exempt from its provisions, and thus, is free as a bird to spend our tax dollars as he pleases in order to buy himself the next presidential election.

It reminds me, quite frankly, of Marcus Didius Severus Julianus (born 133—died June 2, 193), a wealthy Roman senator who became emperor (March 28–June 1, 193) by being the highest bidder in an auction for the support of the Praetorian Guard.

A member of one of the most prominent families of Mediolanum (now Milan), Didius Severus Julianus had a long and distinguished public career.

After commanding the legion at Mogontiacum (now Mainz), about 167, he governed northeastern Gaul, Dalmatia, the lower Rhine, Bithynia, and Africa.

He was consul in 175.

During the political disturbances of Commodus’ reign he was banished to Mediolanum.

Commodus was murdered on the eve of Jan. 1, 193, however, and his successor, Pertinax, was assassinated by the imperial guard late in March.

Backed by a group of senators who had Milanese connections, Julianus competed with the late emperor’s father-in-law, Titus Flavius Sulpicianus, in offering the guards a substantial donative (accession bounty).

Julianus won the bidding and was escorted by the guards to the Senate, where he encountered angry demonstrators denouncing the auction and calling for the intervention of the army.

Shortly thereafter the Danube legions invaded Italy, killed Julianus, and proclaimed their principal commander, Lucius Septimius Severus, emperor.

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STUPID Joe Biden, to me, is playing with fire here, being so blatant and open about using federal funds to bribe voters and to buy votes.

Will he get burned, and our nation with him?

Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, let’s stop back at an article in The Hill titled “As demand for EVs plummets, Biden’s green fantasy is pummeling US auto dealers” by Mandy Gunasekara, the former chief of staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on 4 December 2023, for more relevant BIDEN BULL****, to wit:

The promised build-out of charging stations has been equally disastrous.

At Biden’s request, Congress set aside $7.5 billion in 2021 to build tens of thousands of electric vehicle chargers across the country.

A recent analysis found that, despite the influx of funding, the program has yet to install a single charger.

A $7.5 billion taxpayer “investment” with no return two years in is a tough economic pill to swallow.

Team Biden and Capitol Hill Democrats have shifted billions of taxpayer dollars toward a charging infrastructure that has failed to materialize, while also seeking to buy off the auto-manufactures.

Ford, for example, has received a $9.2 billion loan to build more batteries.

Ford is not alone; GM and LG have received $2.5 billion for similar commitments.

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FISKER all over again, people, except with a HUGE price tag this time?

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR DECEMBER 10, 2023 AT 10:22 PM

Paul R Plante, NYSPE says:

With respect to my comment above here about the now crumbling facade known as the “united (they are not) states of America” and how far down we have come as a nation and as a people in my lifetime, so that today what passes for “government” at the national level is nothing more than a sick joke being played on those us with working memories who can remember when it was different, and far better, I can do no better to document what I am referring to by pointing to that State Of The Union article above here titled “Top DOJ Official Admits To Jim Jordan That She’s Clueless: ‘I Don’t Know What We Say’” by Jordan Andrews on 8 December 2023, where we have the stupidity in high government officials deemed acceptable in this day and age of the MEDIOCRITY known as “FISKER JOE” Biden in the person of Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, who to become a lawyer supposedly first went to four years of college, and then three years of law school, and emerged from all of that supposed “education” as a ******* idiot totally unaware of current events in America, and one must wonder if she had her Binky (a trademarked brand name for pacifiers manufactured by the Binky Baby Products) in her mouth when she was testifying as to how stupid she is before a panel of the House of Representatives recently.

It was in the second grade of elementary school back in the last century of the last millennium that it was impressed on me that as an American citizen (yes, people, in America, at least back then, children were considered young citizens and were taught they had duties to society, just as adults do, if society is not to break down, as it has since, despite that) I had a duty to know current events in the world around me, because American society had no need for a stupid and ignorant population as had been the case in Nazi Germany with the bovine-like GOOD GERMANS who allowed Hitler to have his way in that country until beaten by the Allies in the just-concluded WWII (does anyone today remember WWII), and so I was stunned, but not at all surprised, to see just how ignorant this Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke really is, and what a statement about American government today that really is.

But enough about that idiot, because my subject today is high-speed rail and Joe Biden’s announcement in Las Vegas on Friday to announce $8.2 billion in funding for 10 new passenger rail projects funded by the $1 trillion infrastructure law, which includes $3 billion for the nation’s first high-speed rail line, which will run through California, according to a senior administration official, with “FISKER JOE” Biden also announcing a $3 billion investment to help create another high-speed rail corridor between Las Vegas and South Carolina, along with money for projects in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington D.C, the official said.

Now, pause here, people, to consider what are in actuality paltry (small or meager) amounts of money for what Joe is proposing, and that brings me back in time in New York state history, where we have been before on this subject of high-speed light rail, and an article in the Buffalo News titled “Lundine Unveils High-Speed Train Plan” on November 10, 1993 where we were informed that the plan, backed by Gov. Mario Cuomo, a notorious braggert and DEMOCRAT and his lackey, assistant governor Stanley Lundine, would see nearly $1 billion pumped into rail line improvements throughout the Empire Rail Corridor, which high-speed rail, as much a pipe-dream then as is Joe’s plan today, never came to fruition, as we shall see, just as Joe’s plan, like his EV charging stations which don’t exist, will never come to fruition, and that takes us back in time to an Albany, New York Times Union article titled “Cuomo proposes study of high-speed rail options” by Eric Anderson, updated December 26, 2019, where we had as follows, to wit:

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to bring together a blue-ribbon panel to “reexamine and rethink strategies to bring high-speed rail to New York,” according to the latest preview of his upcoming State of the State address.

Thursday’s announcement said the governor would “task a panel of engineers to reexamine past high-speed rail plans, question and rethink every assumption and method, and recommend a new plan for how to build faster, greener, more reliable high-speed rail in New York.”

“High speed rail is transforming economies around the world,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“We’ve been told that bringing this technology to our state is too expensive, too difficult and would take too long — that’s not an acceptable attitude for New York.”

Passenger rail advocates welcomed the governor’s announcement.

“We certainly encourage the governor’s plans to increase high speed rail and allow more passengers to use rail to travel from one part of the state to the other,” said Gary Prophet, president of the Empire State Passengers Association.

The current “Empire Corridor” rail line connecting New York City, Albany and Buffalo has been criticized as sorely in need of infrastructure upgrades.

The Executive Chamber’s release notes that those lines average 51 miles per hour, “meaning it is often the slowest method available for New Yorkers.”

An effort to bring high-speed rail to the corridor, launched in 2009, has faced delays.

A final version of the environmental impact statement, which was to have been completed last April, now isn’t expected until next May.

Numerous high-speed rail proposals have run aground due primarily to cost and the presumptive years they would take to construct.

CSX, which owns the tracks west of Schenectady and operates dozens of freight trains daily, has balked at mixing passenger trains traveling more than 70 mph with freight trains that move at much lower speeds.

Amtrak has leased the tracks between Poughkeepsie and Schenectady from CSX, which uses other tracks on the west side of the Hudson River for its freight service.

That allows Amtrak trains to travel as fast as 110 mph on some sections of the leased tracks.

Cuomo’s proposed expert panel “will review these past studies, and strategies that countries all over the world have used to build thousands of miles of high-speed rail, to ask every question and find the best way to build high-speed rail in New York.”

Amtrak’s new generation of Acela high-speed trains is being built at a factory in Hornell, but those trains, traveling between Boston and Washington, will make just one New York stop, at Penn Station.

Using them upstate would require construction of overhead catenary lines to provide electric power.

Despite Cuomo’s passion for large infrastructure projects — which have included the construction of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and major improvements at LaGuardia Airport — a study of high-speed rail seems far more likely to find favor than an actual construction plan in the next legislative session, when the governor and lawmakers will confront an estimated $6 billion budget gap primarily resulting from state health care spending.

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That, of course, was Young Andy Cuomo’s proposal, Young Andy being the son of Mario, but Young Andy was forced out of office, because he couldn’t keep his groping hands and grasping fingers off the women around him, and so we never heard any more about any of that from him, which takes us to a City Magazine article from January 7, 2020, titled “New York’s high-speed rail fail” by David Andreatt, where we have some economic reality staring us in the face, except of course, the goofy “FISKER JOE” Biden, who is totally clueless here, being disconnected from the reality the rest of us reside in, to wit:

Just 70 percent of Empire Corridor trains are on time, according to Amtrak’s own report card.

That’s mostly because the trains run on tracks owned by the freight carrier CSX Corp., which prioritizes its own traffic over that of Amtrak.

So, naturally, a faster ride would be welcome.

But how many of those Empire Corridor travelers really need faster service?

Are they willing to pay for it?

Would the benefits outweigh the cost?

What is the cost?

That depends how fast we want the “high-speed” rail service to go.

The last study of the matter was a 2014 joint state and federal report that found increasing the average speed to 77 mph, while topping out at 125 mph, would cost $15 billion.

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Consider that sum, people, keeping in mind that we are talking before BIDENFLATION thanks to BIDE-O-NOMICS jacked up the prices of everything – $15 BILLION for what in essence is a short distance compared to what Joe is proposing – $3 billion investment to help create another high-speed rail corridor between Las Vegas and South Carolina, which is roughly 2,166.9 miles, while the so-called Empire Corridor contains 463 miles of track from Niagara Falls to New York City.

Going back to reality, we have more, as follows:

Getting from Niagara Falls to New York City would take 6 hours on an express train and 8 hours, 40 minutes on a regional train.

Two slower “high-speed” alternatives that would average speeds of 61 and 63 mph, respectively, and reach top speeds of 90 and 110 mph, respectively, were projected to cost $5.6 and $6.3 billion.

The report rejected as too expensive the fastest high-speed rail options — those bullet trains that zip around Europe at 190 mph and the magnetic levitation, or “maglev,” trains in China and Japan that top out at 225 mph.

The report put their price tag at nearly $45 billion.

In 2009, a national infrastructure planning group identified Rochester and New York City as among the best city pairs for a high-speed rail route.

But the route was 50th out of 50 on the list. Buffalo and New York was 43rd.

The best pairing was, unsurprisingly, New York City and Washington.

Also near the top was Los Angeles and San Francisco, where work on a 438-mile high-speed rail line linking those cities by trains traveling 164 mph was modified last year after the completion date of 2020 was extended to 2033 and the estimated cost of $33 billion swelled to $77 billion.

The project is now reportedly confined to a truncated stretch of track in the Central Valley.

Before New York sinks billions of dollars it doesn’t have into a route of similar length, Cuomo’s panel of experts must consider whether there’s a market to support it.

Amtrak would not divulge the number of intercity passengers on the Empire Corridor.

A spokesperson would only say that 132,434 people either boarded or disembarked a train in Rochester last year.

That translates to 363 passengers entering or leaving the station each day.

Apparently not enough to support a coffee shop or a deli or a convenience store at about $300 a month.

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And let’s stop here to let this all sink in as we face yet another BIDEN FISCAL BOONDOGGLE of massive proportions!

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR DECEMBER 11, 2023 AT 7:38 PM

Paul R Plante, NYSPE says:

So, people, and we see this at all levels of government, including down here on the East Shore of Virginia, you’re a “public official” with scads of taxpayer funds to dispense (spend on enriching your political cronies, greasing palms and stuffing pockets to buy votes with), and you want the taxpayers to think you are really doing something for them, while in fact, you are doing something for your family (i.e. the Bidens) and friends and political cronies, which you don’t want the people to know about, even though they do, what is it that you do to mislead them and impress them?

And that answer stares us right in the face above here in the Albany, New York Times Union article titled “Cuomo proposes study of high-speed rail options” by Eric Anderson, updated December 26, 2019, where we had as follows, to wit:

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to bring together a blue-ribbon panel to “reexamine and rethink strategies to bring high-speed rail to New York,” according to the latest preview of his upcoming State of the State address.

Thursday’s announcement said the governor would “task a panel of engineers to reexamine past high-speed rail plans, question and rethink every assumption and method, and recommend a new plan for how to build faster, greener, more reliable high-speed rail in New York.”

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That’s right, people, you call in a bunch of “experts,” like say, the Berkely Group in Northampton County, and you call them by the impressive-sounding title of “planning consultants,” because nobody really knows what a planning consultant is, and being afraid to demonstrate their ignorance, they won’t ask or even utter a peep about it, or to make it sound even more impressive, you do like DEMOCRAT Young Andy Cuomo did in New York and you call them a “BLUE RIBBON PANEL,” and it is MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

And later that day, people will have moved on to something new, and will have completely forgotten about it, so you and they, the beneficiaries of the politician’s largesse with our tax dollars are home free and rolling in taxpayer dough, with nobody the wiser, or if they are, there is nothing they can do about it, like Young Andy did in New York before he got turfed out of office for failing to keep his hands to himself and off the women’s bodies around him, as if he were a Sultan and they his harem!

In New York, Young Andy Cuomo told us that he would “task a panel of engineers to reexamine past high-speed rail plans, question and rethink every assumption and method, and recommend a new plan for how to build faster, greener, more reliable high-speed rail in New York,” and people, that is the last we ever heard about it, which brings us forward in time to today and this money “FISKER JOE” Biden is doling out to build these high-speed rail lines which like his nationwide charging stations, will never get built and that money will disappear without a trace because there is absolutely no oversight whatsoever as to how the money from Joe’s infrastructure law, the Chips and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act is being spent, and who it is being doled out to, which brings us to a Daily Mail article titled “Want to beat the stock market? Just copy Congress! Politicians’ trades perform twice as well as market average and Nancy Pelosi’s portfolio has grown by 50 PERCENT in 2023” by Lewis Pennock on 10 December 2023, where we have as follows, as we try to follow the money here, as Joe Biden uses our tax dollars to create winners and losers, to wit:

* A tool which mimics the trading activity of Congress members has gained 21 percent in the past year, performing twice as well as the stock market average

* A separate tracker which follows trades by Nancy Pelosi reveals her investments have increased by 50 percent in the past 12 months

* In some instances, members of congress have bought into companies just days before their prices have boomed, earning them tens of thousands of dollars

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But that is not insider trading, people, because they are politicians, just as Joe Biden using our tax dollars to buy votes is not in violation of any laws whatsoever.

And that brings us to a Washington Examiner story titled “Biden bungles major spending announcement for green plan” by Cami Mondeaux on 9 December 2023, where we have as follows:

President Joe Biden traveled to Las Vegas on Friday to unveil his administration’s latest investment in high-speed railways and train corridors, but the announcement was largely overshadowed by the president tripping over his words to articulate the exact cost.

During his speech, Biden hit out against his predecessor, former President Donald Trump for not doing enough while in office to address the country’s infrastructure needs.

The president especially criticized Trump for the former president’s plans for an “Infrastructure Week,” which meant to feature a series of infrastructure projects to rebuild the country’s highways and bridges — plans that were not completed.

“On my watch, instead of Infrastructure Week America’s having an Infrastructure Decade,” Biden said, touting his own infrastructure investments — but stumbling over the specifics.

“Over a billion three hundred million trillion three hundred million dollars!”

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Yes, people, Joe Biden really did say that and the Australians who are following every word the LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD utters, while sounding like an idiot as he did in Las Vegas, are having a field day with it, as we see in this Sky News Australia clip with Rita’s Reality Check, to wit:

Joe Biden stumbles over train line cost in ‘worrying’ new gaffe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2tDYVUlMBg

Going back to the Washington Examiner article, it continues as follows, to wit:

The speech comes as Biden was announcing his latest $8.2 billion project that would bolster railway construction and invest in building what would be the country’s first true high-speed rail line.

The project would focus on creating a high-speed system between California and Nevada as well as a rail line that would connect California’s Central Valley to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The project would also fund upgrades to frequently used rail corridors in Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.

The projects will be funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a key part of Biden’s agenda that he signed into law in November 2021.

The investment is a foreshadowing of what Biden will focus much of his reelection campaign on next year, with his infrastructure investments likely becoming a focal point.

If Biden’s speech on Friday is any indication, it’s also likely the president will use his infrastructure accomplishments to criticize Trump on the trail next year, especially if the two face off in a rematch for the Oval Office.

“Trump just talks the talk.”

“We walk the walk,” Biden said, criticizing the former president for claiming the United States is becoming a “failed nation.”

“Frankly he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.”

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When in fact it is “FISKER JOE” Biden who doesn’t know what he is talking about, which takes us back to the City Magazine article from January 7, 2020, titled “New York’s high-speed rail fail” by David Andreatt, where we have some economic reality to consider, with respect to the $8.2 billion Joe is proposing to spend, to wit:

Also near the top was Los Angeles and San Francisco, where work on a 438-mile high-speed rail line linking those cities by trains traveling 164 mph was modified last year after the completion date of 2020 was extended to 2033 and the estimated cost of $33 billion swelled to $77 billion.

The project is now reportedly confined to a truncated stretch of track in the Central Valley.

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So ask yourselves, people, what Joe is going to get for the paltry sum of $8.2 billion, when the cost of a 438-mile high-speed rail line in DEMOCRAT-controlled California which won’t be completed until 2033, if ever, has swelled from $33 billion to $77 billion, that before BIDENFLATION thanks to Joe’s BIDE-O-NOMICS, and then ask yourself this question: WHERE IS THAT $8.2 BILLION IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS REALLY GOING?

Whose pocket is Joe going to stuff?

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