Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) took aim at President Joe Biden and declared that offering a 'blank check' to Ukraine without an objective was unacceptable.
DeSantis made the comment during an interview with Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” and it indicates that DeSantis is interested in getting involved with national politics with 2024 right around the corner.
DeSantis is seen by many as a strong contender for the Republican presidential nomination and while he hasn't said anything yet, it seems highly likely that he will run for President in 2024.
For now, DeSantis has seen fit to call out President Biden for his directionless and harmful handling of the war between Russia and Ukraine.
During the interview, DeSantis explained that "These things can escalate and I don’t think it’s in our interest to be getting into a proxy war with China getting involved over things like the borderlands, or over Crimea. So I think it would behoove them to identify what is the strategic objective that they’re trying to achieve. But just saying it’s an open-ended, blank check, that is not acceptable."
The one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine is on Friday and over the past year, the Biden administration has sent nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars to Kyiv to fend off Russia.
Unfortunately, the billions of taxpayer dollars sent overseas have seemingly done nothing to bring the war to an end as the conflict has ground into a brutal stalemate.
Despite all this, President Biden has been content to declare that the United States stands alongside Ukraine no matter what, and no matter how many billions of dollars it costs.
The nation is in tremendous debt and Americans are getting crushed by inflation.
The Biden administration has failed to demonstrate why crippling ourselves financially is worth it, especially considering Russia poses little threat to the United States.
Later in the interview, DeSantis commented that "They’ve [Russia] shown themselves to be a third-rate military power, I think they’ve suffered tremendous, tremendous losses. I’ve got to think the people of Russia are probably disapproving of what’s going on. I don’t think they can speak up about it, for obvious reasons."
As long as the war drags on, American dollars will continue to flow overseas and Americans will just have to trust that money is used well.
All of this is happening as China appears to be getting more involved in the war as well. President Biden is digging us into debt while also bringing us toward a confrontation with two nuclear-capable countries.
Perhaps Ron DeSantis is the man who can step in and steer the nation away from a pointless war and fix our nation's devastated finances.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) appears to be suffering from a mental health crisis after the 89-year-old seemed to forget that she had announced she would be retiring after her term concludes in 2024.
Feinstein told a group of reports at the Capitol on Tuesday that she had not made a decision on if she would retire or not. This was just hours after she had confirmed she would be retiring after three decades in the U.S. Senate.
Feinstein was so out of it that a staffer had to step in and remind her that she had indeed announced that she would be retiring.
The 89-year-old Senator told reporters "If I haven't made that decision, I haven't released anything.” When reminded by her staffer, Feinstein then said, "I didn’t know they put it out."
Either there is a massive communication gap between Feinstein and her team, or Feinstein's mental faculties are slipping drastically.
Senator Feinstein has been the poster child for term limits in Congress. She has been in the Senate since 1992 and her career in politics stretches back over the past half-century.
Over the past half-century, Senator Feinstein has become one of the wealthiest members of Congress.
Her net worth is valued at $58.5 million with a massive $13 million increase last year. Feinstein's husband, investment banker Richard Blum, was one of the wealthiest spouses of a Congressional member before his passing in February 2022.
Her retirement is long overdue and the value she brought to the American people in her political career is dubious at best. Even with her impending retirement, her finances have never looked better.
What has looked healthier is her mental capabilities and physical health. The nearly nonagenarian has reportedly been unable to track complex conversations and has even repeatedly introduced herself in the middle of discussions.
An anonymous lawmaker told the San Francisco Chronicle that "I have worked with her for a long time and long enough to know what she was like just a few years ago: always in command, always in charge, on top of the details, basically couldn’t resist a conversation where she was driving some bill or some idea. All of that is gone. She was an intellectual and political force not that long ago, and that’s why my encounter with her was so jarring. Because there was just no trace of that.”
Journalist Rebecca Traister recently did a profile of Feinstein and had a similar experience to the anonymous lawmaker who talked to the SF Chronicle.
Traister said, "It felt to me to be deeply disconnected from the very urgent and chilling realities that we are very much in the midst of."
There is no doubt that Feinstein's health is failing her and she should have retired long ago. Feinstein's situation is a great reminder that the topic of Congressional term limits needs to be revisited.
The Biden administration has issued a travel advisory on Russia calling all American citizens to leave immediately to avoid "unpredictable consequences."
The State Department issued the advisory on Monday and set it at the highest level of "Do Not Travel." Why the State Department has waited this long to upgrade the travel advisory is a mystery but it could have to do with Joe Biden's impending visit to Poland.
The advisory reads, "U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Russia should depart immediately. Exercise increased caution due to the risk of wrongful detentions.”
Could President Biden be planning something big and announce it during his trip to Poland? While it seems unlikely we are getting involved directly in the war, perhaps Biden is planning some kind of escalation that will endanger any Americans in Russia.
Russia hasn't been safe for Americans to travel to for some time. The detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was arrested before the war in Ukraine began, highlighted just how problematic travel to Russia is for Americans.
Griner was arrested for a relatively minor drug offense which landed her an insane nine-year prison sentence. Griner received so little leniency because of her citizenship and the value she represented to the Kremlin.
Russia managed to trade Griner back in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, a figure so notorious he earned the nickname "Merchant of Death."
Needless to say, the trade was massively lopsided and regular Americans may not be so lucky if they find themselves in the custody of a hostile nation.
Americans with any diplomatic value should not be in Russia as they could give the Kremlin leverage in any future negotiations as the war in Ukraine drags on and the U.S. continues to supply billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine.
President Biden will be visiting Poland next week to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda. It is expected there will be a discussion about how the U.S. and Poland will work to aid Ukraine as the war drags on past the one-year mark.
John Kirby, the spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, stated that "The President will make it very clear that the United States will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes."
The United States sent nearly $50 billion to Ukraine in 2022 at a time when the United States is feeling the effects of record inflation and skyrocketing debt.
Many are questioning just how sustainable it is to support Ukraine in what is fast becoming a proxy war between the United States and Russia.
Worse, some believe that U.S. intervention has prolonged a conflict that could have ended quickly without Ukraine's defeat. All speculation aside, it is imperative that Americans not put themselves at the mercy of a hostile foreign power.
Ex-CIA insider and financial advisor Jim Rickards warned that President Joe Biden "signed the death warrant" of the U.S. dollar as well as the death of American privacy.
Rickards, who is a leading voice in global finance and author of the bestselling book "Currency Wars," is trying to draw attention to Executive Order 14067. That order signed by President Biden on March 9th of 2022 threatens to bring about legal government surveillance of every American.
Rickards didn't mince words saying "This is a pretty sinister move by the president, to tell you the truth. And I bet 99 percent of Americans have no idea about it. What’s worse, it could spell disaster for the wealth of millions of Americans – at a time when inflation is already destroying their purchasing power."
President Biden has been a disaster for American wealth and it should terrify all of us to know that one of the leading figures in finance thinks that things are going to get even worse.
Rickards believes that EO 14067 is paving the road to a trackable version of the dollar that will allow the government to fully surveil every American.
Rickards said, "This is happening right now. Executive Order 14067 already gives President Biden unprecedented power over the future of the U.S. dollar. And sadly most Americans will be completely caught off guard by it.”
He went on to warn Americans, "Look, between inflation, supply chain issues and unstable markets, American savings accounts are getting crushed right now. And Biden is getting pressure from all sides to do something about it. I believe it’s only a matter of time before he pulls the trigger on this ‘spyware’ dollar. Americans need to prepare now, before it’s too late."
Democrats have made it clear that they are willing to crush Americans' freedoms if it means being able to squeeze more tax dollars out of us.
What is worse is very little is being said about what the Biden administration is doing.
It seems the White House wants EO 14067 to remain off the radar and out of the news cycle.
President Biden is becoming increasingly unpopular and is desperate for something to bolster his presidency. Introducing a trackable digital currency with the goal of shelving physical currency would go a long way toward cementing his legacy.
For Joe Biden and the Democrats, more control and surveillance is a feature not a bug of their schemes.
It wasn't long ago that Democrats attempted to force financial institutions to report the account balances of any account over $600 to the Internal Revenue Service. While that plan failed that was due to exposure and outrage from Americans.
EO 14067 hasn't garnered nearly half the attention that the insidious IRS account balance scheme did and that is cause for alarm. House Republicans who are investigating the Biden administration would do well to look into this issue and ensure our financial privacy is protected.
Fox News host Mark Levin warned Americans that the country is facing "dangerous" and "grave" times because of a highly politicized FBI and Department of Justice.
Recent events have made it clear that the FBI and the DOJ are out of control and have been hijacked to push a political agenda. From the raiding of former President Donald Trump's home, to purging conservative employees and whistleblowers, our Justice apparatus is out of control and a danger to the nation.
Now Republicans are launching a series of investigations and Levin is concerned that such investigations will spark a strong reaction from our corrupted Justice Department. Americans should expect heavy stonewalling from the FBI and the DOJ.
Levin said on Sunday, "What do we do as a country if they stonewall the House of Representatives, a majority of whom are Republicans? What do we do as a country if the National Archives, also part of the executive branch, is also stonewalling these Republicans? In other words, what do we do if the separation of powers is being violated by the executive branch?"
Levin continued his statement by saying, "The Republican House has to preserve the separation of powers and has to preserve our governmental system. There's supposed to be a balance and negotiation. You sort of work things out one branch with another. But if another branch is corrupt in the sense that they are using the law against their political opponents, and they're corrupt in the sense that they basically dare you to do anything about it because they're not going to enforce it. On the executive side, you have to act. Or the House of Representatives in Congress, more broadly, will seek to be the power that they need to be in this triumphant government."
Right now the executive branch is completely under the control of leftist Democrats and they aren't afraid to abuse their power.
Democrats in the executive branch also have the help of a friendly mainstream media that will demonize Republican investigations while covering up the blatant abuses of power committed by the FBI and the DOJ.
Levin finished off by saying, "We have a situation now with Joe Biden's executive branch is undermining the representative government and unleashing criminal law enforcement against people with whom they disagree. It's one thing to investigate. It's one thing to collect information. It's quite another to enforce. And so I want to suggest that the Republicans take a very close look at this."
Republicans will have the whole system against them in trying to hold out-of-control Democrats accountable. Luckily, the Republican Party is bringing its best and its brightest to this fight.
House Republicans will be putting together a special judiciary committee that will be tackling the "weaponization of the federal government."
Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), a strong ally of former President Donald Trump, will be overseeing that committee and has made it clear he intends to drain the swamp and attack the corruption at its core.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has also lent his support to the committee's mission saying, "We will hold the swamp accountable, from the withdrawal of Afghanistan, to the origins of Covid and to the weaponization of the F.B.I."
Republicans also want to look at things like the relationship between the federal government and Big Tech. Most notably, Republicans want to get to the bottom of the government's relationship with Twitter following the release of the infamous Twitter Files.
The next two years will be critical as bringing the executive branch to heel before the 2024 presidential election is imperative to ensure the Justice Department isn't working to sway the election one way or another.
Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) crushed rumors that he was considering running for Indiana's Senate seat on Tuesday.
The announcement from Daniels is great news for Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) who now has a much easier path toward winning the seat currently held by Senator Mike Braun (R-IN). Braun is leaving the Senate to run for Daniel's current spot as Indiana's governor.
Daniels and Braun will not be trading places meaning that Banks has an open shot at Braun's seat thanks to a strong conservative reputation and endorsements from high-profile Republicans.
Banks has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump who announced on Truth Social that "Jim Banks is respected by all, will never let you down, and has my Complete & Total Endorsement!"
Daniels served as Indiana's governor for two terms between 2005 to 2013 and his career stretches all the way back to the 1980s when he served as White House director of political and intergovernmental affairs in former President Ronald Reagan's administration.
Daniels also served in the office of management and budget in former President George W. Bush's administration.
Daniels was by many metrics a veteran who would have had a strong shot at winning Braun's Senate seat but according to him, he wasn't cut out for the Senate.
Daniels stated that "After what I hope was adequate reflection, I’ve decided not to become a candidate for the U.S. Senate. With full credit and respect for the institution and those serving in it, I conclude that it’s just not the job for me, not the town for me, and not the life I want to live at this point."
So with Daniels and his impressive resume out of the way, Jim Banks is the heir-apparent to Senator Braun and will bring a fighting spirit to the Senate should he win.
Banks is the clear frontrunner for the Senate seat thanks to endorsements from figures like Donald Trump and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
During an interview with Fox News announcing his candidacy, Banks said, "I’m 100% pro-life, pro-family, pro-military, pro-veteran, focused on the issues that the voters care most about today, which is holding the Biden administration accountable and restoring America, fighting for our conservative values, putting America first, and that’s what I want to do in the Senate."
The Senate will be a better place for Banks as he is a strong conservative with the talent and will to fight against Democrats. He isn't in a position to do that in the House as he isn't holding any significant leadership positions.
Banks is a veteran who served in Afghanistan during Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel and as such is no stranger to conflict.
A lot can change in the next year but for now, Banks is the favorite, and barring a disaster he will be Indiana's next Senator in 2024.