They lie – they overplayed COVID dangers, and now they’re underplaying COVID inflation

Early in the pandemic, Dr. Fauci said, “there’s no reason to be walking around wearing a mask.” He said masks might cause more harm than good.

In the kind of pirouette for which he’s now famous, Fauci later told us all to wear masks indoors and out. Fauci himself starting wearing two at a time. (Why not three?) His baffled boss, Joe Biden, wears them for Zoom calls – even though he’s been fully vaccinated.

As it turned out, Fauci lied about his reason for initially telling us not to wear masks. The real reason was that he wanted to save them for doctors such as himself.

Fine, Fauci didn’t want to spark mask hoarding similar to the toilet paper hoarding we saw early on. (By the way, how’s that closet full of toilet paper working out for you hoarders?) In short, they lied to us to protect us.

But lying is not the way to manage grownups. Fauci should have explained that masks are probably effective to some degree, but that for a few weeks we needed to save them for front-line health workers who were in daily contact with the virus.

Then there were the apocalyptic COVID predictions. Real scientists knew all along that COVID was very selective in its victims. It seldom struck people under 60 and rarely killed them. For young people, COVID remains less dangerous than the flu.

But we weren’t told that. Instead, as in the case of the masks, they lied in order to manipulate behavior. The behavior they wanted was isolation and lockdowns, and so they deliberately scared people.

Lying often produces collateral damage, apart from a loss of credibility. The COVID fears stoked by the establishment have been ammo for teachers’ unions, for example. On the pretense of safety, teachers refuse to work unless they get more money and less work (at which point their fear of dying apparently vanishes).

Less work and more money brings us to the topic of inflation. Democrats have pumped unprecedented taxpayer trillions into the COVID economy, largely in the form of free money for people who vote for them.

The most notorious example is the COVID unemployment benefits. Unlike traditional unemployment benefits (and contrary to what Biden believes, or says he believes) you don’t even need to seek work. Bank of America says that a person making less than $32,000 a year is better off quitting and collecting COVID benefits.

The result is that job openings are at record levels, even as hiring is sluggish. People are simply refusing to go back to work.

Biden offers a “solution.” He says businesses should offer higher wages to wean these lazy people off the unemployment teat to which they’re addicted.

He contends, Canute-like, that these higher wages – coupled with his proposed massive increase in the corporate tax rate – will not be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices.

But they already are being passed along. Anyone who buys gas, groceries, lumber or real estate knows that prices are going through the roof. After being kept in check for a generation, inflation is roaring back.

Inflation is difficult to manage. If you’re an investor, you don’t want to be in cash because the value of that cash decreases daily. You don’t want to be in the capital markets because the treatment for runaway inflation is profit-killing high interest rates. Real estate is good, for a while, but I have a hunch that the easy gains in real estate have already been made.

Gold? Maybe, but cryptocurrency might be a game changer.

Meanwhile, they tell us not to believe our lying eyes. They say inflation won’t happen, even as it does.

But of course that’s what they have to say. Once we know inflation is back, the psychology of inflation takes hold and it spirals. People become willing to pay inflated prices today because they fear more-inflated prices tomorrow. Inflation begets more inflation.

So, to their benefit and our detriment, they lie to us about COVID inflation just as they lied about COVID masks and lied about COVID dangers to young people.

That works for only so long. The stock market this week finally recognized that printing trillions of dollars to give to people for not working causes them not to work. Investors and economists know that the wealth of the country has not increased by trillions of dollars. What has increased is an endless supply of printed money chasing a shortage of goods and services produced by a dwindled workforce.

When we had real inflation last time, in the 1980’s, it took years of painfully high interest rates and a prolonged recession to get us back to price stability. It will be even worse this time because the money over-supply and the work disincentives are much greater.

The hard left that owns the Democratic Party doesn’t recognize this. They still figure there’s such a thing as a free lunch. Or maybe they just figure that a lunch paid for later is the same as a free one.

Or maybe they do know it, and they like it for the same reason they like rioting, racial strife and pandemics – because it’s bad for America.

So, hold on to your hat. As for what to do with your money, I don’t know.

One tin soldier will ride away

This song was for an movie that became a leftist icon. How ironic that the lyrics now speak to the right.

Because the left’s politics of hate, envy and greed — all done dishonestly in the name of heaven — will end badly. On judgment day, our nation of liberty will be gone. Just one tin soldier will ride away. Listen HERE.

Listen children to a story
That was written long ago
Bout a kingdom on a mountain
And the valley folk below.
On the mountain was a treasure
Buried deep beneath the stone.
And the valley people swore
They’d have it for their very own.

So go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won’t be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgment day.
But on the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away.

So the people from the valley
Sent a message up the hill,
Asking for the buried treasure
Tons of gold for which they’d kill.
Came an answer from the kingdom
“With our brothers we will share
All the secrets of the mountain
All the riches buried there.”

Now the valley cried with anger
“Mount your horses, draw your swords.”
And they killed the mountain people
So they won their just rewards.
Now they stood beside the treasure
On the mountain, dark and red.
Turned the stone and looked beneath it
“Peace on earth” was all it said.

So go ahead and hate your neighbor
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of heaven
You can justify it in the end.
There won’t be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgment day.
But on the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away.

At United Airlines, racial and sexual discrimination are their copilots

United Airlines has apparently conquered such mundane issues as late flights, canceled flights, uncomfortable flights, rude counterworkers, lost baggage, multi-hour delays in answering their phones, that plane urchin who keeps kicking the back of your seat and the ample passengers who’ve sandwiched you into the middle seat and the moron in front of you who’s thrown his seat back into your knees at about Mach 2.

Not to mention United’s pesky problem of occasionally terrifying the passengers moments before slicing, dicing, incinerating and vaporizing them.

And so United has announced they’re joining the woke wars. They boast that they will reserve 50% of their new pilot slots for People of Color and women. The wokerati applaud.

This presents a question. Why doesn’t United already have at least 50% POC and women pilots? Instead, United’s pilot corps are about 13% POC and 6% women.

There are two potential answers to this question, and only two. Both lead to the conclusion that United is sexist and racist.

One answer is that United actively discriminated against POCs and women over the years. Plaintiff’s lawyers, are you listening?  Department of Justice, are you listening? 

The second possible explanation is more persuasive. There just aren’t many POC and women pilots out there to be hired. Indeed, less than 7% of all licensed pilots – not just pilots who fly for a living – are women and less than 4% are black, for a total between them of about 10% of the entire population of licensed pilots. Those numbers roughly correspond to the pilot ranks at United.

OK, that explanation gets United out of the discrimination frying pan for having so few POC and women pilots. But it gets them into the discrimination fire for their announcement that they’ll reserve 50% of new pilot slots for POCs and women.

Let’s assume that the skill of POC and women pilots is about the same as white male pilots. Given that POCs and women comprise roughly 10% of the potential hires, while white men comprise 90%, United will have to delve about nine-times deeper into the ranks of POCs and women.

That means that a white male pilot of average skill will have very little chance of being hired, while a POC or woman pilot with the same average skill will be a nearly-certain hire.

For that matter, a pilot in only the 10th percentile of skill – a pilot who relatively speaking can only be characterized as a bad one – will stand a good chance of being hired if, and only if, he or she is POC or female (and an even better chance if she’s both, since that would check two quota boxes).

This constitutes sexual and racial discrimination explicitly prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. United is back to civil rights discrimination that was outlawed half a century ago – and proud of it. The “friendly skies” are now officially more friendly or less friendly depending on one’s sex and race.

What’s next, will POCs and women passengers get priority in boarding the plane? That sounds ridiculous, but it’s less ridiculous than POCs and women getting priority in hiring.

What about United’s passengers who’ve effectively been told that United’s priority is not to hire the best pilots available to fly these 50-ton machines going 600 mph at six miles above the ground, but to fill woke quotas?

The most common cause of airplane crashes is pilot error. Maybe it’s racist or sexist these days to say this, but I will anyway: Bad pilots make more errors than good ones. I want to fly an airline that hires the best pilots available. Period.

Note: Glenn Beaton is a former aerospace engineer for Boeing. 

Do those yard signs signal virtue or stupidity?

On a recent walk, I came across a neighborhood littered with the yard sign in this photo. It seems the provocative platitudes we’ve seen on bumper stickers for a century have now taken root in our yards.

And for the same reason: To tell the world that the sign-planter holds wonderful beliefs that he’s willing to impose upon and attribute to the rest of his family. It’s surely not because the sign-planter thinks he’s persuading anyone of the rightness of his position, as if the neighbors reading the sign will say to themselves, “Gee, ‘Democracy dies in darkness’ is a great point. I’d never thought of it that way.”

OK, people preen. And leftists impose their beliefs on others. It’s what they do. But this one is stupid.

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Caitlyn Jenner has balls

Caitlyn Jenner was born as a boy named Bruce and grew into a heck of a man. After his college football career was cut short by a knee injury, the young man switched to the decathlon. Competitors must excel in 10 very different sports including jumping, sprinting, pole vaulting, shot putting, discus throwing and distance running.

Bruce was a dedicated and gifted athlete. He won the Gold Medal in the Olympic Decathlon in 1976 at a time when the Soviet block routinely cheated with drugs.  He not only won, but set a world record in doing so.  

In the game of life, Bruce was just getting warmed up. He’s been married thrice and fathered six children. He became successful as a writer, auto racer, businessman and television star. He married a Kardashian and, unrelatedly, was on the cover of Wheaties. There was a lot to admire about Bruce.

But the thing I admire most about the man is that he looked deep within himself and found a herself. Bruce became Caitlyn.

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Please don’t pepper-spray the vagrants

Ross Camp

I’m as frustrated as you about vagrants and the local government lefties who enable them. These filthy feral humans camp on the sidewalks, poop in the gutters, accost respectable citizens and beg for handouts.

And the vagrants are even worse.

Several questions must be asked. First, no one seriously contends that people can’t get a job in this wealthy society bespeckled with help-wanted signs. So why exactly are vagrants on the streets?

There are two answers. First, it’s because we encourage them. We give them free stuff ranging from free food to free money to free sympathy to free drugs. We declare them to be victims, which in today’s culture is a more heroic status than hero. In the old days, we told them to get off the streets else they’d earn a night in the drunk tank, while now we reward, romanticize and glorify them.

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Fellow Coloradans, let’s boycott the boycotters

Don't take me out to the ballgame,
Don't take me out to the crowd.
Don't buy me some peanuts 'cuz I'm not broke, 
And I don't care if I never get woke.

Joe Biden lied. And then he lied about lying. And then his press secretary lied about him lying about lying.  

They pitched nothing but spitters. They figured the umpire wouldn’t call them on it – the media is mostly in the bag for the Democrats – and they gambled that nobody else would notice.

But we did notice. If this were baseball, they’d all be banned for life.

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Modern education is crap — or Lincoln, math and the CDC are racist

The Center for Disease Control announced in February that schools could safely reopen, and that it was “critical” that they do so. They said the risk of COVID transmission in schools was minimal — even if teachers were not vaccinated — and the damage to children by remaining closed was maximal.

Experience in the schools that have opened bears that out. There have not been cases of widespread transmission of COVID in reopened schools. That’s undoubtedly because children are nearly immune to COVID. And their teachers retire long before they reach the COVID-vulnerable post-65 age group.

That CDC announcement that teachers, vaccinated or not, should return to work was two months ago, though it didn’t get much media attention because teachers are overwhelmingly Democrats and so are the media. Since then, many teachers still refuse to return to work even though many have been vaccinated in the meantime.

So much for “follow the science.”

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Modern art is crap – is Jackson Pollock better than The Aspen Beat?

Which of these large paintings is better? One is by renowned artist Jackson Pollock, and one is by yours truly, The Aspen Beat.

I’m not known as an artist – heck, I’m not even known as a writer – but I can still apply paint to canvas, to myself and to everything else in the vicinity. That’s where my similarities with Pollock end.

Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming, got expelled from two high schools, liked Mexican murals, was an alcoholic, and died drunk when he rolled his convertible. The car interior wound up looking like one of his paintings.  

On an artistic level, Pollock is less admirable. His technique was to put the canvas on the floor and drip paint onto it. He called it his “drip technique.”

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Modern music is crap – is WAP as good as Dylan?

Wet A** P*ssy is “the defining song of 2020” according to so-called critics/journalists who make a living fawning over this crap. WAP debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 100. For weeks it squatted atop the charts like a sweaty naked fat woman on a toilet.  

In “the raunchiest set the Grammy’s have ever seen” that annual television info-award-mercial featured a live performance of WAP. Incompetently acclaimed and shamelessly promoted by those same so-called critics/journalists, the spectacle held all the artistry of a Mexican border town donkey show.

It’s no coincidence that television ratings for the Grammy’s were down 53% this year. I agree with the fawning fools on one thing, however: This is indeed the defining song of 2020.

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