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    Young protesters don’t even know what they are protesting

    Spot on!

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...6b480e85&ei=37

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    The Battle Between Good and Evil

    Would you have imagined this 15 years ago?

    The next Sept 11 is certainly being plotted from the inside the U.S.

    https://www.bing.com/videos/rivervie...A18C&FORM=VIRE

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    Biden invokes wartime powers to funnel taxpayer dollars into crackdown on home appliances

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bid...gas-appliances

    "Today’s Defense Production Act funds for heat pump manufacturing show that President Biden is treating climate change as the crisis it is," added John Podesta, the White House clean energy czar. "These awards will grow domestic manufacturing, create good-paying jobs, and boost American competitiveness in industries of the future."

    And Ali Zaidi, who serves as Biden's national climate advisor, said the president was "using his wartime emergency powers under the Defense Production Act to turbocharge U.S. manufacturing of clean technologies and strengthen our energy security.

    "This is absolutely shameful corporate welfare. But we're to believe that, because it's for the sake of climate change, all is well. I think that's ridiculous," Ben Lieberman, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told Fox News Digital in an interview.

    "Of all the Biden administration's claimed climate emergency declarations, this may be the craziest of them all," Lieberman continued. "There is no shortage of heat pumps — it's just that not every homeowner wants them. Consumers ought to decide for themselves. The government has no role in tilting the balance in favor of one energy source over another. That's clearly what's happening here."

    Because of the stringent AFUE requirements, the regulations would largely take non-condensing gas furnaces — which are generally less efficient, but cheaper — off the market. But consumers who replace their non-condensing furnace with a condensing furnace after the rule is implemented face hefty installation costs.

    In addition to consumer furnaces, over the last several months, the DOE has unveiled new standards for a wide variety of other appliances including gas stoves, clothes washers, refrigerators and air conditioners. According to the DOE, its past and planned appliance regulations will save Americans $570 billion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons over the next 30 years.

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    60% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, many have little if any savings, many are in a massive debt predicament, how will they manage this costly transition.

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    Biden’s Electric Vehicle Future Faces Roadblocks

    With all the encouragement toward electric cars around us, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and ignore all the red flags of EVs. While emission-free transportation is fantastic, here are things that aren’t ideal about EVs.

    Battery Degradation

    EV batteries cost significantly more than a standard car battery and more than most of us have in our emergency savings. If your EV battery degrades and needs replacing during the lifetime of your EV, you will be looking at a repair bill of $4,000-$20,000. That’s not just a standard car maintenance fee; you could get a new car for that price.

    Limited Charging Infrastructure

    Infrastructure in the U.S. is not great. We are not ready for the EV revolution. There were limited charging stations, and the available stations have faulty chargers that rendered them useless.

    Charging Time

    Charging an electric car can take 30 minutes to eight hours. With an electric car, you can expect to add considerable time to your road trips and shopping sprees because even fast public chargers take 30 minutes to two hours.

    Range Anxiety

    Automakers are improving at increasing capacity, and we’ve seen an increase from an average of 75-115 miles per charge to 300-450 miles per charge. And that’s a vast improvement, but the worry is still there, according to recent studies.

    Upfront Cost

    While there are some promises of long-term savings, the upfront purchase price for electric cars is much higher than a gas-powered car. You can expect to pay an average of $60,000 for a new EV, which is $12,000 higher than a typical new car.

    The IRS announced that starting in 2024, consumers can use the federal tax credit as a downpayment. This will be a significant improvement for consumers. However, the price tag will still be higher than average, and now, dealerships are worried about the government taking too long to transfer money to the dealerships.

    Home Charging Requirements

    With the public charging infrastructure being less than ideal, the easy solution is for us all to get home chargers. But did you know that the average home charger costs anywhere from $500-$1,300 to install? You can add this expense to your EV bill unless you’re an electrician.

    Maintenance Costs

    EVs break down less because they have fewer moving parts than gas-powered cars. However, when things break down, you can expect a hefty bill. Car parts for EVs can be more expensive, and then you also must factor in special tech training needed for EV maintenance, as well as specialized tools and equipment that many auto shops aren’t yet equipped with.

    Cold Weather Challenges

    Winter is coming, and if you’re an EV owner, you can expect a 40% decrease in your EV range. This is because lithium-ion batteries don’t fare well in cold weather. If you live somewhere in frigid temperatures, an EV may not be the best choice unless you are okay with dealing with limited range.

    Hot Weather Challenges

    Cold weather is the only issue; hot weather is, too. EVs don’t like extreme heat; for a Texan like me, that’s a big issue. If you’re a fellow southern resident, you may want to rethink an EV purchase because you can expect a 20% decrease in range if the heat is over 95 degrees. And in Texas, that’s every day of the year.

    Environmental Concerns

    The production of EV batteries is more harmful to the environment than a gas-powered car. Yes, EVs have zero tailpipe emissions, but you can’t ignore the greenhouse emissions emitted during their production. They are not as innocent as they seem at first glance.

    Cost of Public Charging Stations

    Think you will save more if you go electric? Well, that’s not necessarily true. If you have time to use a level 1 charger and eat up 2-4 hours of your time, then you may save money, but if you want to use a level 2 or 3 charger to speed up your charging time at a public charging station, then you can expect to spend at least as much as you would spend on filling up your gas tank.

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    New York State education system under attack

    Last Monday, the New York Times reported that an advisory group for New York’s Education Department, under pressure to fix slumping graduation rates at its public schools, would propose not improving the education of the students but making the Regents Examinations, which the state has required since 1876 for a high-school diploma, optional. Other options such as “capstone projects,” presentations, or “performance-based assessments” would also enable graduation.

    New York Gives Up on High-School Education

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ne...6fc1425d&ei=28

    The recommendation — which has a fair chance of becoming policy — is an insult to the intelligence of citizens, a betrayal of New York parents and students, and a depressing if implicit concession by the state that it is losing hope of educating a new generation of public-school children to the standards of their predecessors. It is framed in the Times as New York falling in line with the rest of the country, where high-school exit exams once prevailed but are now limited to New York, Massachusetts, and Florida.

    But it is an understatement to say that the proposed alternatives to the Regents Exam are less challenging and more malleable for teachers and administrators to game than a test in multiple-choice and essay-writing format measuring core knowledge across a broad spectrum of topics.

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    Migrant crisis costs significantly impacting America’s deficit

    Biden’s open border and reckless spending policies are adversely impacting America’s financial, health, and security well-being.

    A new Washington Post report warned the Biden administration that its 2024 re-election bid may be facing more challenges as new polling shows even Democratic Party voters are sounding like "immigration hawks in the GOP." Published on Tuesday, the article said the Democratic Party needs to take note of the shift the party is taking on immigration, now that cities in blue states – like New York City – are being stretched thin by the migrant crisis.

    The Post wrote. "Seventy-five percent of New York Democrats said the recent influx of migrants to the state was at least a ‘somewhat serious’ problem," with 47 percent declaring it’s a "very serious" problem.

    The report mentioned two recent Fox News polls revealing "a majority of Democrats" were "very concerned" about securing the border, and "three-quarters of Democrats" see the current situation at the border as an "emergency." "That’s double the 37 percent saying the same in early 2019," The Post noted.

    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced a deficit of $1.7 trillion for fiscal 2023. However, $300 billion in student debt cancellations makes the actual deficit $2 trillion. Last year’s budget deficit, adjusted for the same student debt factors, was less than $1 trillion, showing an alarming rise in a single year. Remarkably, this doubling occurred without a recession or war to explain the fiscal surge. The government had to pay $184 billion more in interest on the debt compared to last year due to the rate hikes.

    A large part of this increase is due to inflationary spending by the federal government. The U.S. national debt is now as big as the country’s annual economic output, known as GDP. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates to more than 5% to combat inflation, decreasing it to about 4% from near double digits. his 4% inflation rate is still double the Federal Reserve’s target, indicating more work is needed to stabilize the economy.

    Biden’s policies and the bipartisan tendency to borrow have aggravated the existing deficit problems. If the government doesn’t heed, the everyday American will bear the brunt through reduced purchasing power, higher interest rates, and financial insecurity. This rapid increase in the federal deficit has far-reaching implications, not just for the government but for every American’s financial stability and future.

    New York City

    New York City Mayor Eric Adams warned New Yorkers on Thursday the migrant crisis would cause 'painful' budget cuts and claimed cuts across all departments were necessary after the city spent $1.45 billion in fiscal 2023 on the migrant crisis.

    On Monday it was announced that Adams, a former cop, won't be ripping money away from the NYPD, the FDNY or the Sanitation Department because further budget cuts for those agencies 'could impact public safety, health and cleanliness,' says Jacques Jiha - Adams' budget director who wrote-up the new plan.
    The Democrat will look to the housing and service budget for migrants to scavenge up the $2.1 billion by cutting the predicted spending on those areas by 20% in the 2024 and 2025 fiscal year.


    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ny...28e44e88f6d07f

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    Enough Mr. Biden, go home, you’re destroying this country!

    President Joe Biden urged national unity and "decency" in a phone call with NBC television during coverage of Thursday's Thanksgiving Day parade. "Today is about coming together," Biden said. "We can have different political views but ... we should focus on dealing with our problems. ... And stop the rancor."

    Just days after honoring scum bag Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, or 'Tortuguita,' an Indigenous, queer, and non-binary Antifa member whose diary consisted of cop-hating entries.

    Stop the rancor? You cause rancor and divisiveness.

    Waters reveals who the White House honored on Transgenderism Day of remembrance.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/new...500cf1c8&ei=59

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    The American Dream is dead.

    The American dream—the proposition that anyone who works hard can get ahead, regardless of their background—has slipped out of reach in the minds of many Americans. Only 36% of voters in a new Wall Street Journal/NORC survey said the American dream still holds true, substantially fewer than the 53% who said so in 2012 and 48% in 2016 in similar surveys of adults by another pollster.

    Even refugees are saying the same and declaring an interest to go back home. The same asylum seekers costing America billions of dollars in resources every year and where several states plan to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars in additional taxpayer funds to assist the growing number of migrants arriving from the southern U.S. border.

    Taxpayer dollars should be used to care for citizens, not non-citizens. Taxpayer funds should prioritize the needs of citizens. We have people who need housing; we have people who need to be fed. Everyone has issues, yet we are spending millions and millions of dollars on people who are here illegally.

    The flow of migrants into cities is a direct response to weak border and immigration policies and state-level leadership that has repeatedly rolled out the welcome mat for non-citizens.

    But in America today, borders and state sovereignty no longer seem important to the ruling class. They instruct us that limiting human beings’ free movement and determination is morally wrong. America is large and prosperous, they intone: come one, come all.

    And this is precisely the failed policy many of our politicians and presidents have intentionally adopted for decades. Today, the results of this ruinous way of thinking are flooding in quickly and destructively.

    America can no longer shoulder illegal entry costs.

    60% of Americans report living paycheck-to-paycheck. Many doing well report fragile economic situation where missing a few paychecks could “put them on the street.” Americans report spending 50% of their income on housing, unlike decades ago where the norm was more like 25%.

    Homes have become less affordable. Where in 1960 approximately 68% of Americans could afford a home, now only around 43%.
    Millions of renters are currently at risk of eviction.

    Millions of homeowners have delinquent mortgages.

    3% of renters and 5% of homeowners are in serious danger of losing their homes.

    In 1960, the median home cost $11,900, while the median income was $5,600, indicating a price-to-income ratio of 2.1. By contrast, in 2023 the median home cost is $390,000 with an estimated median income of $76,330, a price-to-income ratio of 5.1.

    Another challenge with respect to housing involves those who have no housing at all: On any given night, more than 500,000 people have no home, including 35,000 youth. In the 1960s, experts predicted the end of homelessness by the 1970s, but now 17 out of every 10,000 people are now homeless, many without proper resources for mental health or substance abuse issues.

    And Biden says the economy is on solid ground.

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    What boomers and millennials say they need in salary to be happy

    When reading this report keep in mind this is a piece from Moneywise an investment platform, and that there isn’t much out there that can be trusted anymore. Keep in mind also that the average median household income in the U.S. is $74,580 according to the 2022 U.S. Census Bureau.

    Also keep in mind:

    60% of Americans voice living paycheck-to-paycheck thanks to Bidenomics and inflation.

    61% of Americans fear running out of money more than death.

    Millions of Americans are in massive debt in the face of rising interest rates.

    Whereas 65% of Americans were able to afford buying a house 50 years ago, that percentage has decreased to 43%.

    Retirees keep in mind that $4,000 in monthly income is considered required to live comfortably today in most states.

    Oh, those unfortunate boomers, millennials, and Gen Z’s! Take pity!


    Boomers say they need $124,000 a year to feel happy, while millennials require a staggering $526,000 salary — what's behind this huge gap?

    Nearly 6 in 10 Americans (59%) believe money can buy happiness, according to a recent survey published by financial technology company Empower. That figure skyrockets to 72% among Millennials.

    What does happiness look like? It includes being able to pay bills on time (67% of respondents), living debt-free (65%), affording everyday luxury items without worry (54%), spending on experiences with loved ones (53%) and owning a home (45%)

    But what’s drastically different among Americans is the price they put on happiness. Baby boomers, for example, say they would require an annual salary of just $124,000 to feel happy. Millennials, on the other hand, say they’d need a whopping $526,000 a year to spark joy in their lives.

    Gen X ($130,000) and Gen Z’s ($128,000) yearly price on happiness isn’t far off from baby boomers — so why do millennials feel they need so much more money?

    One major factor could be the economic crises they’ve faced during their lifetimes, suggests Empower. The Great Recession of 2008 came at a time when many millennials were starting their careers, followed by market volatility amid the COVID-19 pandemic along with high inflation that continues to persist.

    Both millennial and Gen Z survey respondents say they stress most about high housing costs (67%, 46%), rising rent prices (62%, 38%), growing debt (57%, 48%), job layoffs (53%, 26%) and student loan payments (48%, 20%) — the last of which resumed this fall.

    Millennials are also at a stage in their lives where their parents would have been homeowners, but are currently contending with high mortgage rates and home prices.

    Some could be managing other costs as well, such as child care, which has become increasingly expensive and inaccessible, especially with the end of pandemic-era programs.

    Meanwhile, many baby boomers have seen their wealth grow over the years, thanks to rising equity in their homes, and some are now settling into retirement with their kids out of the nest. They likely don’t have as many pressing financial commitments aside from putting together a tidy cash cushion to spend their golden years in comfort.


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    Or is it all more propaganda, disinformation, or plain old BS!

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    No Biden, no Trump, we can only hope!

    Tucker Carlson predicts that the 2024 presidential election won’t be between Biden and Trump, citing Biden’s declining poll numbers and Trump’s legal issues.

    “Take the opponent out of the race, and they’re still losing,” said Carlson. So, I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen. This is not going to be a race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump,” predicted the independent analyst.

    He highlights concerns about border policies and accuses the leadership of being dark and destructive.

    “The people who are responsible for it are the most dishonest, the most ruthless, and the most anti-human group I’ve ever dealt with, and I spent 35 years living in Washington,” lamented Carlson. I don’t even recognize these people. And what they’re doing—it’s so dark,” he cautioned. They’re doing things that can’t even, on an academic level, conceivably help the United States or the population that lives here.”

    “Just to restate,” said Carlson, “Donald Trump, who was hated as a blood enemy by over 40 percent of the population and who’s been attacked in ways no political figure’s ever been attacked in the West, is beating the incumbent president. That in and of itself is a sign of revulsion and deep dissatisfaction with what we’re doing.”

    “I mean, that right there will destroy the country,” he continued “and they did that on purpose. So, these are really, really dark people,” emphasized Carlson, “The darkest.”

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    Retirees: How dare they live that long

    Read today that even under relatively generous assumptions, the typical elderly American has not fully "paid for" their benefits. Going forward, the gap between what Americans are scheduled to put into the system versus draw out will only widen, a consequence of rising healthcare costs and new health services (in the case of Medicare), as well as rising real wages (in the case of Social Security).

    That may be great for these lucky individuals. But it's also the fundamental challenge that clouds our long-term fiscal outlook. Medicare and Social Security alone have already accounted for the majority of domestic spending growth in recent decades, according to one of the co-authors of the Urban Institute report.

    It doesn't take a genius to figure out the kinds of solutions needed. The answer is some combination of raising taxes, reducing benefits, and/or increasing the number of working-age people who pay into the system (i.e., immigration). But politicians have effectively ruled out all these options.


    No one seems to take into account all the contributors in the system who never lived long enough to collect Social Security and Medicare, retired, and didn’t live long enough to collect near what they and their employer contributed into the systems, or all the funds spent today on immigration, proxy wars, student loans, etc. It’s them damn old people who outlived their so-called paid ‘entitlements' and are hurting the country financially. Certainly not Bidenomics, inflation, high interest rates, etc.

    Retirees: FYI

    According to the most recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty threshold for an individual $14,891. For a family of two it is approximately $20,000.

    According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, while the average American household spends 33.8% of its income on housing, American households earning less than $30,000 spend 41.2%. When it comes to food, the average American household spends 12.4% of its income, while households earning less than $15,000 spend 16.7% and those earning between $15,000 and $30,000 spend 14.1%.

    The average Social Security check is $1,706.98 per month. As of 2022, the median household income in the U.S. was $74,580, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Assuming a middle-class retiree earned this salary and retired at age 65 — specifically 65 and 11 months — their Social Security benefit would be $1,867 per month.

    If they waited to retire until the age of 66 and six months, their benefit would increase to $1,985 per month. Waiting even longer until age 70 would allow them to receive a monthly benefit of $2,696.

    While the number of people who consider themselves middle class is shrinking, it is still the group most Americans feel they fit into. Since 2012, roughly half — 52% — of Americans have identified as middle class, according to a 2022 Gallup poll. This includes 38% who consider themselves strictly middle class and 14% who classify as upper-middle class.

    If you’re planning to live solely on your Social Security income, this probably isn’t the best idea. Retirees need approximately 70-80% of their pre-retirement income to uphold their standard of living, and this benefit only replaces around 40% of that, according to the Social Security Administration.

    Most — 87% — people ages 60 and up have at least some retirement savings, according to the Federal Reserve. However, only 52% believe their retirement savings strategy is on track.

    As for living expenses, the average rent in the U.S. is $1,702, according to Rent Café. It’s also worth noting that the average apartment size is just 897 square feet.

    Medicare Part B premiums will cost at least $174.70 per month in 2024 but could be more depending on your income. This will accompany a $240 annual deductible, along with an average of 20% of general costs for Medicare-covered services.

    When it comes to groceries, men aged 71 and up can expect to spend around $79.50 per week on a moderate-cost food at home plan, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Women can plan for a slightly lower bill of $71.70 per week.

    When you add the anticipated cost of rent, healthcare, and groceries together, the average Social Security check of a middle-class retiree doesn’t cut it. This of course doesn’t include any other expenses, such as entertainment, clothing, transportation, and travel.

    Simply put, your monthly Social Security check will provide you with money that can help pay the bills. However, you’ll need supplemental forms of income to enjoy the comfortable and relaxing retirement you deserve.

    Good luck you greedy bastards, I walk among you.

    Government creates the issues, the public complains, government blames the public! Yes, we are too stupid to see the economy is flourishing under Biden and according to his his left-wing propagandists.

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    Biden: Remaking American

    It is not dishonest enough that the White House, the left-wing media, and far left progressives have striven to deceive us that all is well with Biden’s domestic and foreign policies, that Bidenomics is working, the border is secure, he is lowering the national debt, that inflation and crime are abating, they are now trying to sell that Biden is keeping us out of World War III. That if Trump were in office the U.S. would be embroiled in World War III.

    Two proxy wars, 77 attacks on American military bases, China threatening Taiwan, the nut-job in North Korea, and the mainstream media is saying Trump would make matters worse.

    Have they no shame? Don’t they see the American public is not buying it? Biden is now admitting prices are still too high and more needs to be done; is admitting there is a migration crisis where cities across America are grappling with the large influx of migrants, stretching local resources to breaking point; and finally Joe is saying there is the need to resume building the wall.

    Biden’s approval ratings reflect the public’s dissatisfaction with his handling of immigration. According to a recent Gallup poll, while his overall approval sits at 42%, his rating on immigration is much lower, at 31%. Go home, Joe!

    Biden has remade America, and the great majority of Americans are saying: ‘No thank you!”

    Laura Ingraham: Biden has remade America

    https://www.foxnews.com/video/6341937082112

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    No good government, no good society exists with this kind of fighting.

    “I pray that we do not have another Trump-Biden election”

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...1ff9fde3&ei=41

    Bridgewater Associates founder and legendary investor Ray Dalio sounded the alarm on the perilous state of American politics, admitting he’s dreading a rerun of the fractious 2020 Trump-Biden election which scarred the country.

    That deeply divisive contest for the White House, which resulted in a Biden win, eventually led to an insurrection on January 6, 2021, where Trump engaged in a “multi-part conspiracy” to overturn the lawful election results and failed to act to stop Republican supporters from attacking the Capitol.

    “I pray that we do not have another Trump-Biden election because that will produce a lot of problems," Dalio said. "What we need is a very strong middle," Dalio urged, advocating for a return to a more centrist approach that could bridge the divide between ideological extremes.

    "We have irreconcilable differences by sides that will not accept losing," Dalio declared, pointing to the festering extremism that threatened to tear the fabric of the nation apart in 2021, while also framing the polarization issue as a far-left versus a far-right in America, with a shrinking middle, or moderate, political center.

    Regardless of who wins, Dalio concluded, "We’re also going to need reforms" to ensure the system is working for most people.



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    Anyone but Biden or Trump.

    No labels candidate? Why not, could America be in a more precarious position?

    Biden: "Those phony statistics don't mean anything to me!"

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    EV’s: The voice of the consumer

    General Motors is reassessing its investment plans in electric vehicles as sales collapse and shareholders fear that the initial headlong dive into EVs was a major mistake. It is yet more evidence that Americans simply aren't interested in EVs despite the enthusiastic boosterism of left-wing government officials who don't have to worry about sales figures.

    Some automakers are seeing the writing on the wall. Last month, Toyota chairman and former CEO Akio Toyoda said "people are finally seeing reality" as EV sales grind to a halt.

    In a public letter to President Biden, 3,882 car dealers spread across the country are asking that his administration slow down its proposed regulations mandating the production and distribution of electric vehicles. The letter comes after the Biden Administration in April proposed a set of stringent climate regulations that could require two-thirds of all new U.S. passenger cars to be all-electric as soon as 2032.

    The dealers, in their letter, noted that there is currently a wide variety of good EV options on the market. Despite this, "electric vehicle demand today is not keeping up with the large influx of BEVs arriving at our dealerships prompted by the current regulations. BEVs are stacking up on our lots."

    "Today’s current technology is not adequate to support the needs of the majority of our consumers," the letter reads. Customers, according to the letter, remain concerned about price, and range, especially issues with range loss due to factors including temperature changes. Many customers, according to the coalition of dealers, have neither garages nor access to public charging stations, making a transition to electric difficult, at the very least.

    EVs significantly less reliable than gas-engine cars, Consumer Reports finds

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news...82f604f6&ei=53

    "As more EVs hit the marketplace and automakers build each model in greater numbers, we are seeing that some of them have problems with the EV drive system motors, EV charging systems, and EV batteries (which are different from the low-power 12-volt batteries that power accessories)," the report reads.

    "This story is really one of growing pains," said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at CR, according to the Associated Press. "It’s a story of just working out the bugs and the kinks of new technology."

    But the report indicating EVs are less reliable could cause more consumers to hold off on making the switch from gas-powered vehicles amid an EV push from the Biden administration and manufacturers, adding to existing concerns including a lack of charging infrastructure for EVs and the higher cost of the vehicles.

    President Biden set a goal of ensuring 50% of car purchases are electric by 2030 and is facing pushback from critics who say the initiative is being forced.

    "Last year, there was a lot of hope and hype about EVs," the letter continued. "Early adopters formed an initial line and were ready to buy these vehicles as soon as we had them to sell. But that enthusiasm has stalled. Today, the supply of unsold BEVs is surging, as they are not selling nearly as fast as they are arriving at our dealerships -- even with deep price cuts, manufacturer incentives, and generous government incentives."

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    Biden’s contemptible immigration policy

    While the great majority of Americans see with their own eyes the failure of Biden’s immigration policy, the unstainable cost in resources and adverse impacts to Americans best interest, our doddering, cognitive deficient, embarrassing leader continues to spiel he is not interested what the media writes or others think. If someone disagrees that Bidenomics is not working, that the country is headed in the wrong direction, well, they are plain ‘stupid’.

    The following is an excellent report on the border crisis failure, the financial burden to Americans, and the associated environmental impacts.

    The massive burden of Biden’s undocumented immigrants
    The Hill


    The Biden administration has bypassed the immigrant and nonimmigrant visa provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), choosing instead to catch and release most of the illegal crossers the Border Patrol apprehended.

    When the number of illegal crossings got too high, it offered lawful pathways as an alternative, expecting the availability of lawful pathways to reduce illegal crossings. It didn’t work. Illegal crossings dropped from 183,921 in April 2023 to 99,538 in June, but they rose back to 181,059 in August and were at 218,763 in September.

    The administration’s admission policies are increasing our immigrant population, and we do need more immigrants. It isn’t enough, however, just to increase the immigrant population — the additional immigrants have to be able to meet America’s needs.

    The visa system does this by issuing employment-based and family-based visas, and it includes safeguards to ensure that visas aren’t given to migrants who will become a financial burden to state or local governments.

    This administration isn’t basing its admissions on America’s needs, and it isn’t ensuring that the migrants it admits will be able to take care of their financial needs without relying on government assistance.

    This administration isn’t basing its admissions on America’s needs, and it isn’t ensuring that the migrants it admits will be able to take care of their financial needs without relying on government assistance.

    Many of the administration’s migrants were released into the country for an asylum hearing, but the administration has overwhelmed the asylum system by admitting too many people. The immigration court has a backlog of 2,930,934 cases, and the administration is not making any progress on reducing it.

    According to the Congressional Research Service, even if the size of the immigration court were to be increased from approximately 600 judges to 1,349 judges, it would still take 10 years to clear the backlog.


    Continued… https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...e8c9ac51&ei=12

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