Thursday, August 31, 2023

Spike Protein Concerns? Detox Guide by the World Council For Health

By Tim Gamble 

The World Council For Health (WCH) has compiled "information on how to clear viral and vaccine-induced spike proteins from the body. The lists of herbal and other medicines and supplements have been compiled in a collaboration between international doctors, scientists, and holistic medical practitioners." The WCH has put together a handy leaflet, which can be downloaded as a .pdf by clicking this link (hosted on the WCH website). 

1st Page of WCH Spike Protein Leaflet

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

American Civil Defense Association

By Tim Gamble 

In the course of my research on Civil Defense, I became aware of a private non-profit organization, the American Civil Defense Association (TACDA). It has been around since 1962, and was founded by "several doctors and professors from the University of Florida, including a Nobel Prize winner (Eugene Wigner) that recognized our country’s continued need for civil defense and the importance of personal emergency and disaster preparedness," according to its website.

The American Civil Defense Association describes its mission this way:
"The mission of The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA) is to provide education, products and resources that empower American Citizens with a comprehensive understanding of reasonable preparedness strategies and techniques; promoting a self-reliant, pro-active approach to protecting themselves, their families and their communities in the event of nuclear, biological, chemical or other manmade and natural disasters." --TACDA Mission Statement
Among other things, the American Civil Defense Association provides training through its TACDA Academy, publishes the Journal of Civil Defense, and sells a variety of survival kits, dosimeters, Potassium Iodate (KIO3) anti radiation tablets, and other emergency supplies. 

Their website,, also contains a wide variety of information and links to resources on Civil Defense related topics. TACDA is definitely worth checking out. 

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Sunday, August 27, 2023

Civil Defense in Russia

By Tim Gamble 

Russia, both as the old Soviet Union and as the current Russian Federation, places great emphasis on national civil defense. In fact, the need for an active, organized civil defense program is enshrined in a number of federal laws passed since the collapse of the old Soviet Union in 1991.  Planning and oversight of all civil defense activities is conducted by the Ministry of Emergencies of Russia since 1994. The Ministry of Emergencies has created various regional, inter-regional and federal crisis management centers which coordinate the day-to-day work of civil defense. 

A 1961 Time Magazine article described the Soviet Union's civil defense program this way:

"In contrast to the U.S.'s desultory interest in civil defense, the Soviet Union is well advanced on a thoroughgoing program to protect its people against nuclear attack. The Soviet government has built shelters by the thousands and organized elaborate training programs, reported the Rand Corp.'s Leon Gouré, leading U.S. authority on Soviet civil defense, at a civil defense conference last week at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The Soviet civil defense effort is expanding steadily on a compulsory basis. "Once the Soviet government makes a decision of this sort," said Gouré, "it does not have to ask for public support or popular approval." Under directives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, all units right down to collective farms and apartment houses are required to organize so-called volunteer self-defense groups consisting of 48 trained fire fighters, shelter attendants and first-aid workers for every 500 residents. A claimed 22 million Soviet citizens—10% of the whole population-serve in these formations. Since 1955, these units have carried through three compulsory training courses for all citizens. This winter, says Gouré, the Soviet Union is giving every urban citizen between the ages of 16 and 55 an 18-hour course in how to protect himself against nuclear attack and how to behave in shelters. "Soviet shelter facilities," says Gouré, "are the most extensive anywhere." They range from concrete installations in every factory to the root cellar under every peasant hut."

Civil defense lessons in Russia began in the 1930s, and was mandatory for all citizens, from babies to the elderly. Elementary school kids were taught how to make homemade protective masks, as well as first aid and how to "hide" from the shock wave of nuclear blasts and radioactive fallout. Public lectures and training were arranged on a regular basis. Citizens were required to know how to quickly put on a gas mask (they were timed, with a required efficiency of under 12 seconds). Special attention was paid to psychological training, and people were taught to stay calm and act according to instructions during an emergency.

Actual photo from a 1937 Russian civil defense lesson.

Current Russian civil defense includes emergency warning systems, bomb shelter programs, evacuation plans for large cities, disguising various facilities, and first aid and medical training. In 2016, Russia held a national nuclear war drill across the country involving approximately 40 million Russian citizens, at least 200,000 emergency service personnel, and 50,000 pieces of equipment (article in The Sun). 

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Cresson H. Kearny's Nuclear War Survival Skills is available on Amazon. This is the highly-recommended classic nuclear war survival guide commissioned by the US government. The paperback of the 1987 edition is available on Amazon for just $10.39 at the moment. There are newer, and more expensive, editions available at that same link. Folks, in my opinion it doesn't matter what edition you get, as the physics of nuclear war haven't changed, and the information originally  presented by Kearny is not "out of date." Choose whichever edition you are comfortable with.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Civil Defense: The US Government's Last Real Act of Civil Defense

By Tim Gamble 

I have kvetched throughout these civil defense articles about the lack of a coherent and well-publicized civil defense program in the United States over the last several decades. After the US Civil Defense program was buried in FEMA in 1979, Civil Defense has largely been ignored by the federal government. The last real act of Civil Defense by the US government was the publication in 1979 of the Civil Defense manual Nuclear War Survival Skills by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with added material by Cresson H. Kearny (including adding the section on Nuclear Winter in the 1987 edition). The book was published in the public domain. 

The 1987 edition of Cresson H. Kearny's Nuclear War Survival Skills is available for free download at It is also a good idea to have a physical copy of this book instead of relying solely on a digital copy. The paperback of the 1987 edition is available on Amazon for just $10.39 at the moment. An updated edition, keeping the original text but adding some new information, was released in 2022, and is available on Amazon for about $24 currently. Folks, it doesn't matter what edition you get, as the physics of nuclear war haven't changed, and the information presented by Kearny in 1987 is not "out of date."

To give you a sense of the scope of the book, here is the Table of Contents:

Nuclear War Survival Skills
Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Edward Teller

About the Author by Dr. Eugene P. Wigner


Chapter 1 The Dangers from Nuclear Weapons: Myths & Facts

Chapter 2 Psychological Preparations

Chapter 3 Warnings and Communications

Chapter 4 Evacuation

Chapter 5 Shelter, the Greatest Need

Chapter 6 Ventilation and Cooling of Shelters

Chapter 7 Protection Against Fires and Carbon Monoxide

Chapter 8 Water

Chapter 9 Food

Chapter 10 Fallout Radiation Meters
Chapter 11 Light

Chapter 12 Shelter Sanitation and Preventive Medicine

Chapter 13 Surviving Without Doctors

Chapter 14 Expedient Shelter Furnishings

Chapter 15 Improvised Clothing and Protective Items

Chapter 16 Minimum Pre-Crisis Preparations

Chapter 17 Permanent Family Fallout Shelters for Dual Use

Chapter 18 Trans-Pacific Fallout

A.  Instructions for Six Expedient Fallout Shelters

A.1 Door-Covered Trench Shelter

A.2 Pole-Covered Trench Shelter

A.3 Small-Pole Shelter

A.4 Aboveground, Door-Covered Shelter

A.5 Aboveground, Ridgepole Shelter

A.6 Above ground, Crib-Walled Shelter

B. How to Make and Use a Homemade Shelter-Ventilating Pump, the KAP

C. A Homemade Fallout Meter, The K.F.M. - How To Make & Use It

D. Expedient Blast Shelters

E. How to Make and Use a Homemade Plywood Double Action Piston Pump and Filter

F. Means for Providing Improved Natural Ventilation and Daylight to a Shelter with an Emergency Exit

Selected References

Selected Index

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023

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Civil Defense in the United States (Propaganda and Misinformation)

By Tim Gamble 

Civil Defense isn't just about surviving nuclear bombs or defending against invasions from foreign armies. It is also about defending against manipulation of public opinion, interference in elections, and undue influence over government officials, business leaders, and others in positions of power and authority. 

During WW2 and immediately after, the enemy of concern was Fascism. During the Cold War with the old Soviet Union, the enemy was Communism. Today, I would suggest our real enemies are the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), as well as the Power Elites of Western Civilization (see my 2022 article Technocracy, The Power Elite, and the Transformation of Human Civilization). This means our enemies today are both foreign and domestic. 

We are living in an information age, and information warfare is being waged against We the People. Control of information, control of "the narrative", and even control of the language are the goals of our enemies. Their tools include political correctness, wokeness, "hate speech" laws and policies, cancel culture, misinformation, disinformation, fake news, false flag events, and outright propaganda, as well as mass manipulation of the population through Learned Helplessness (see Resistance article R-22) and various means of induced mass psychosis. 

The answer to this manipulation by misinformation and propaganda begins with awareness of it, and developing the skills to identify and resist it. The government of Sweden acknowledged this in their Prepare For War booklet, which contains a section on identifying false information and hostile propaganda. 

Sadly, the United States government has adopted an unhelpful stance on propaganda and false information, which basically is "shut up and blindly follow the government and our approved experts." Remember, we are never to question government-approved science, as Dr. Fauci and a host of other government leaders have repeatedly told us over the last few years. 

But the good news is the US government did, a long time ago, consider it important for We the People to be able to identify and resist false information and hostile propaganda. Here are a couple of Civil Defense films from that era. Watch them and apply the appropriate lessons to your life today. 

(Yes, these films themselves are examples of propaganda. But as they point out, not all propaganda is automatically bad or hostile. As Pastor Joe Fox often says, "Chew the meat, and spit out the bones.")

PROPAGANDA - They Showed This To High School Kids In 1948!

Don't Be a Sucker! - Post-WW2 Anti-Fascist Educational Film

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Cresson H. Kearny's Nuclear War Survival Skills is available on Amazon. This is the highly-recommended classic nuclear war survival guide commissioned by the US government. The paperback of the 1987 edition is available on Amazon for just $10.39 at the moment. There are newer, and more expensive, editions available at that same link. Folks, in my opinion it doesn't matter what edition you get, as the physics of nuclear war haven't changed, and the information originally  presented by Kearny is not "out of date." Choose whichever edition you are comfortable with.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Civil Defense in the United States

By Tim Gamble 

Even during the height of the Cold War, the US politicians were uneasy with the concept of Civil Defense. This can be seen in the history of the US Civil Defense program, which was changed numerous times:
  • 1941: Created during WWII as the Office of Civilian Defense
  • 1950: Replaced by the Federal Civil Defense Administration
  • 1958: Replaced by the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization
  • 1961: Transferred to the Department of Defense's Office of Civil Defense
  • 1964: Reorganized as the Office of Civil Defense, Department of the Army
  • 1972: Replaced by the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency
  • 1979: Abolished by executive order of Jimmy Carter
  • 1979: FEMA created, which now handles what little is left of Civil Defense matters in the US
Unlike Sweden (see previous article), there are no modern Civil Defense booklets in the US, just some general emergency preparedness information put out by FEMA. And we have lacked any national level civil defense strategy for at least 30 years. For more on this lack of strategy, see Lucie, Quinton. “How FEMA Could Lose America’s Next Great War.” Homeland Security Affairs 15, Article 1 (May 2019)

FEMA does provide some general preparedness information, geared mostly towards short-term disasters. And they do maintain the Emergency Broadcast System. But mostly the government just ignores Civil Defense, leaving it up to individuals and communities to prepare, or not, for themselves. 

However, we do have many surprisingly informative Civil Defense videos produced in the 1950s and 1960s which we can examine, some of which I will look at below. 

First, let me answer one objection some folks may try to make with looking at older information, claiming the information is out-of-date merely because it is old. The physics of nuclear war have not changed since the Atomic Age began in 1945. The basic information contained in the following videos is still applicable today. Sure, the clothes and haircuts of the actors may be dated, but most of the information presented is still useful. 

Also, please remember that Civil Defense is not just about nuclear war preparedness. As we saw with Sweden's Prepare For War booklet, Civil Defense is about preparedness for a wide range of possibilities. 

Having said that, if you do want a new source of nuclear war preparedness, I suggest David Kobler's (aka SouthernPrepper1) book published earlier this year, entitled Nuclear War Survival: A One Hour Crash Course - Learn the basics fast, just in case. It is a short book that is exactly what it says it is - a crash course covering the basics for nuclear war survival.  Cresson H. Kearny's Nuclear War Survival Skills, originally published in 1979, is THE classic guide and worth having. I own both of these books. 

Here are a couple of the videos I mentioned, along with my commentary. I'll look at some other Civil Defense videos in the next article, and still more can be found on YouTube and around the Internet with minimal searching. 

1963 Civil Defense film - "Shelter on a Quiet Street"   

Tim's Comments: If your location is hit with a direct nuclear strike, no homemade bomb shelter is going to protect you. That is one reason why you shouldn't be living in or very near a likely target - the mega-cities, major military bases, communications hubs, etc. Living away from those areas, you will be safe from the destruction and heat of a direct hit, but still have to worry about the radioactive fallout. That is where a bomb shelter can make all the difference. Another video you may want to watch is Fallout: When And How To Protect Yourself (1959)

1950s Civil Defense film - Fallout Shelter Supplies

Tim's Comments: Most areas today don't have fully stocked public nuclear bomb shelters anymore. At best, they may have certain buildings which have been designated as public shelters in case of natural disasters, such as hurricanes or winter storms. Many of these could be used as bomb shelters, and some were designated as such early in the Cold War, but supplies at these locations tend to be sparce and not well-maintained. 

Local communities could identify, designate, upgrade and stock potential public bomb shelters for themselves. No need for permission or oversight from the Federal or even State governments. Individual churches, civic organizations, and other groups could do the same for their people. No need for even Local government permission or oversight. Families could build their own bomb shelters, of course. Perhaps even big enough, and with enough supplies, to take in a few close friends or neighbors.

Necessities: Shelter with Proper Ventilation (Filters), Space to Sleep, Food, Water, Medicine and First Aid, Sanitation Facilities and Supplies.   

Worth Having (space allowing): Other supplies to increase comfort, improve health, or raise morale. Chairs. Cots and blankets (stacked bunks can save space). Soap and hygiene supplies. Fire extinguishers. Toys, puzzles, games for children. Bibles and other books. Playing cards. Supplies for folks with special needs (infants, the elderly, disabled folks, etc.).  A land-line phone. Emergency radios. Flashlights. Extra batteries. Generator and extra fuel. Tools. Cleaning materials. Pencil, pens, and paper. 

A Final Note: It is funny that the video shows people smoking in the bomb shelter. The video is definitely dated in this point. Smoking inside a bomb shelter is not a good idea for a variety of reasons, and should NOT be allowed. Perhaps shelter supplies should include nicotine gum for smokers who are forced to not smoke while occupying the shelter. 

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Cresson H. Kearny's Nuclear War Survival Skills is available on Amazon. This is the highly-recommended classic nuclear war survival guide commissioned by the US government. The paperback of the 1987 edition is available on Amazon for just $10.39 at the moment. There are newer, and more expensive, editions available at that same link. Folks, in my opinion it doesn't matter what edition you get, as the physics of nuclear war haven't changed, and the information originally  presented by Kearny is not "out of date." Choose whichever edition you are comfortable with.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Civil Defense: Sweden's Example / Prepare for War

By Tim Gamble 

America and most other Western nations don't really do much in the way of civil defense anymore, since it is a politically unpopular topic. In the United States, our Cold War civil defense programs were folded into FEMA in 1979, and in 2002 FEMA became part of the Department of Homeland Security. Civil defense is now merely considered a part of overall emergency management (if it is considered at all)

Sweden, however, has gone against the Western trend of downplaying civil defense. According to the Swedish government "For many years, the preparations made in Sweden for the threat of war and war have been very limited. Instead, public authorities and municipalities have focused on building up the level of preparedness for peacetime emergencies such as flooding and IT attacks. However, as the world around us has changed, the Government has decided to strengthen Sweden’s total defence. That is why planning for Sweden’s civil defence has been resumed. It will take time to develop all parts of it again. At the same time, the level of preparedness for peacetime emergencies is an important basis of our resilience in the event of war."

I think it is worth examining what advice the Swedish government is now giving its people.
In 2018, Sweden distributed a "Be Prepared for War" booklet to all 4.8 million Swedish households, urging all Swedes to be prepared for war or other major crisis in the near future. The 20-page booklet, entitled Om krisen eller kriget kommer (English: If Crisis or War Comes), explains how people can secure basic needs such as food, water, heat, and communications, explains what various warning signals mean, when and where to seek bomb shelters, and how to contribute to Sweden’s “total defense," among other topics. You can download a copy of the English version by clicking here (opens as a .pdf).

Included in the booklet are links to several emergency preparedness instructional videos put out by the Swedish government, cover the topics of food, water, communications, and warmth. You can find the videos at the bottom of this article. They are in Swedish, but have English subtitles. 

The booklet consists of three main parts: a) Emergency Preparedness, emphasizing household preparations, b) Total Defense, explaining military and civil defense, including the duty of Swedish citizen's to contribute to the nations defense, and c) Warning Systems, explaining what various warning signals means, and when/where to find bomb shelters and other safe spaces. 

What would you do if your everyday life was turned upside down?  The intro section includes this question, and gives the answer: "In just a short time, your everyday life can become problematic: 
  • The heating stops working. 
  • It becomes difficult to prepare and store food. 
  • The shops may run out of food and other goods. 
  • There is no water coming from the taps or the toilet. 
  • It is not possible to fill up your car. 
  • Payment cards and cash machines do not work. 
  • Mobile networks and the internet do not work. 
  • Public transport and other means of transport are at a standstill. 
  • It becomes difficult to obtain medicines and medical equipment."
Of course, this is only just a short list of the many difficulties that may arise during a war or other major crisis, but the point they are trying to make is that people need to start thinking through the possible ramifications of a societal breakdown for whatever reason. A point that the booklet makes: Think about how you and people around you will be able to cope with a situation in which society’s normal services are not working as they usually do.

Most folks just aren't ready for the conveniences of modern life to disappear. 

Another good bit of advice that the booklet makes is: Think about what risks may affect you and your local area. Do you live in an area that is sensitive to landslides or flooding? Is there some sort of hazardous industry or something else in your area that may be good to know about?

I would add that you should think about your area from the viewpoint of an enemy. Are there import military or political targets near you? Chemical plants or industrial parks that could be sabotaged? Power plants? Transportation hubs? Communication centers? Food processing centers? All these make potential targets for direct military strikes, physical sabotage, or even cyberattacks. 

Be on the lookout for false information. The booklet also expresses concern over false information being spread, either through unfounded rumors or as part of intentional misinformation campaigns. It gives this advice: "The best protection against false information and hostile propaganda is to critically appraise the source:
  • Is this factual information or opinion? 
  • What is the aim of this information? 
  • Who has put this out? 
  • Is the source trustworthy? 
  • Is this information available somewhere else?
  • Is this information new or old and why is it out there at this precise moment?"
A big concern about misinformation is that it's "aim may be to reduce our resilience and willingness to defend ourselves." At one point in the booklet, it states: "If Sweden is attacked by another country, we will never give up. All information to the effect that resistance is to cease is false."

In the event of a terror attack. The booklet gives directions for what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Remember, in this context we are not just talking about Muslim terrorism. Terrorist-style attacks could be used by any number of State enemies, including China, Iran, North Korea or Russia. With the extremely porous nature of the US border currently, it is easy for foreign governments to sneak operatives into the US to undertake such attacks to damage critical infrastructure and cause civil unrest.

Terror attacks may be targeted against individual people or groups, against the general public or against vital societal functions such as the electricity supply or the transport system. Even though there are many different ways to carry out a terrorist attack, there are some pieces of advice that may be applicable in most situations:
  • Move to a safe place and avoid large groups of people.
  • Call the police on 112 and inform them if you see something important. (Note: in the US and Canada, call 911, other countries use your designated emergency number.)
  • Warn those who are in danger and help those who are in need of assistance.
  • Put your mobile on silent and do not call anyone who may be in the danger area. The sound of their phone ringing may reveal the location of someone who is hiding.
  • Do not call anyone with your mobile unless you have to. If the network is overloaded, it may be difficult for vital calls to get through. 
  • Comply with requests from the police, the fire and rescue service and the authorities.
  • Do not share unconfirmed information online or in any other way.
I would add this reminder: Unless you are qualified and able to provide assistance, stay away from the area so that you do not get in the way of first responders or put yourself in danger. Do not rush to the scene to gawk, to shoot a video, or to "check" on family and friends. Let the trained emergency personnel do their job. Stay safe and don't become part of the problem yourself. 

Home Preparedness Tips.  The booklet also gives various tips on home preparedness, mainly regarding food, water, warmth, and communications. "Your prerequisites and needs vary, for example, depending on whether you live in the countryside or in a built-up area, in a ho use or in an apartment. Here are some general home preparedness tips.  Use that which is appropriate for you and those close to you. It is a good idea to share certain things and borrow from one another."  It is interesting to see that they suggest cooperation (community) as a survival tactic. Specific recommendations can be found in the booklet if you download a copy, or in the two illustrations below.

The booklet also gives a website, Dinsä, where folks can get more detailed information.  The website isn't in English, but several videos on the website have English subtitles. I'll include these videos below. 

Emergency Preparedness - Food

Emergency Preparedness - Communications


 Emergency Preparedness - Water

Emergency Preparedness - Warmth

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Civil Defense (part 1 of a series)

By Tim Gamble 

Considering the current state of the world, now is a good time to review the topic of civil defense. Civil defense being the protection of civilians during a time of war, the military and civilian resistance to invading forces, and preparations for rebuilding after the war. (there are better and longer definitions, but I think this one works  for our purposes.) Also, many aspects of Civil Defense against foreign aggression could be applied to domestic enemies such as a tyrannical government. 

War could mean a full-scale invasion of the country, an invasion of certain parts of the country, military and economic blockades, biological attacks, coordinated physical attacks on critical unfractured (the electrical grid, trains, food processing centers, etc.), cyberattacks on critical infrastructure (the financial system, the medical system, etc.), limited nuclear attacks on a small number of strategic sites, or a full-scale nuclear attack on dozens or even hundreds of targets. 

Whatever the details of the crisis, disruption to civilian life could be overwhelming and long-lasting. America, and most Western countries, are not prepared. The thoughts of a nuclear war, or even an actual invasion of our country, is too frightening or too overwhelming for some folks to even consider. They hide behind the phycological crutches of "it could never actually happen here" or, particularly in the case of nuclear war, "it would be unsurvivable anyway" and if it does happen "we would be better off dead.

But I believe it can happen. And I, for one, would rather live and help others live, than to simply turn over and die. To that end, for the next several articles, I am going to take a deep dive into the topic of Civil Defense. I hope you will join me. 

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Monday, August 7, 2023

Ooopps... My Mistake!

Sorry, folks. I made a mistake. I meant to publish that last article on my Resistance website, My apologies for the carelessness. I'll leave it up on this website, too, for those who may be interested in it. Anyway, if you are interested in politics, current affairs, and resisting the Elites, please check out Thank you! --Tim Gamble

Fixing the Biden Economy

Tim's Comment's: I often wonder if America's problems can be fixed. I wonder that maybe too much damage has already been done, and our country is beyond repair. Or maybe I'm too negative. I don't know. But there may be ways to restore America, if we have the will. This article by Andrew Puzder proposes one such way to begin to restore America. Enjoy. 

Credit Line: "Reprinted by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College." 

This article is from the March 2023 issue of Imprimis. Get your FREE print subscription to Imprimis now! (click link to go to the Imprimis subscription webpage).

The Biden Economy and How It Could Be Fixed

Andrew F. Puzder

The following is adapted from a talk delivered on February 22, 2023, at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar in Indian Wells, California.

Just about everybody on Wall Street knows, despite what you read in the financial press, that the Biden administration’s economic policies are driving our economy into a recessionary ditch. In a recent Wall Street Journal survey of 23 large financial institutions that do business directly with the Federal Reserve, 16 predicted a recession in 2023 and two predicted a recession in 2024, while only five predicted that we would avoid a recession—although even those five predicted we’d have only one-half percent economic growth, well below the 2.1 percent average over the past 20 years and dangerously close to what has traditionally been considered a recession.

A recession is defined, traditionally, as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. At least it was defined that way before the financial press redefined it prior to the 2022 midterms, ensuring that despite two consecutive quarters of negative growth, President Biden’s policies couldn’t be labeled recessionary. But regardless of the definition, this negative growth meant declining standards of living, fewer job opportunities, lower wages, and increased poverty for the American people. Overall, we have become a far less vibrant and far less prosperous society on the verge of a serious recession.

The hard economic times we are experiencing are especially striking as they come on the heels of the Trump boom, which opened our eyes again to American economic potential when we have low taxes, reduced regulation, and a bountiful supply of domestic energy. Everybody, particularly minority and low-wage earners, reaped the benefits in the Trump years of abundant job opportunities, increasing wages, historic highs in family income, and historic lows in rates of poverty and unemployment.

Consider some of the metrics. In 2019, the last year before the pandemic, median family income grew to nearly $73,000. It went up $4,600 in that year alone, a 6.4 percent increase over 2018—the largest annual increase going back to 1967. That amounted to 45 percent more growth in one year than the $3,200 increase that the Obama administration achieved in eight years. And contrary to what would become an election year talking point, the economic benefits were widespread. Every racial group experienced a record high median family income level: for white Americans it rose 5.7 percent; for black Americans, 7.9 percent; for Hispanic Americans, 7.1 percent; and for Asian Americans, 10.6 percent.

As incomes grew in 2019, the poverty rate plummeted 1.3 percentage points to a 60-year low of 10.5 percent—the lowest poverty rate since the government started reporting the statistic in 1959. This lifted 4.1 million people out of poverty. For comparison purposes, during the eight years of the Obama administration, the number of people living in poverty increased by 787,000. And again, the decrease in the poverty rate under Trump disproportionately benefited minorities: the poverty rate decreased eight-tenths of a percentage point for whites, two percentage points for blacks, 1.8 for Hispanics, and 2.8 for Asians.

The year 2019 should be remembered as the year of the worker. And that wasn’t due to mandated wage increases, racial reparations, climate regulations, tax increases, or any other redistributionist policy. Working class Americans saw their circumstances materially improve in 2019 because of policies that encouraged economic freedom.

Turning the clock ahead, since March 2021, two months after Biden took office and began reversing Trump’s economic policies, the Consumer Price Index—the average in prices paid by consumers for goods and services, by which inflation is commonly measured—has surged. And it continues to surge. When representatives of the Biden administration say that inflation is coming down, they are playing word games. From month to month, inflation may be going up at a somewhat slower rate—that is, the rate at which inflation is increasing might be down from previous highs. But the increases are cumulative so the dollar impact of each monthly increase adds to the prior months’ increases. And even though the rate of increases is moderating, it still remains well above levels seen prior to the Biden presidency. The Federal Reserve aims to keep inflation around two percent—which is roughly where it was during the Trump administration. It is now at 6.4 percent, having at one point since 2021 hit nine percent.

Granted, the Federal Reserve has to take some of the blame. It failed to react in a timely manner when inflation started to set in. Remember when everyone insisted that the inflation we were experiencing was “transitory”? It turned out to be anything but. For that reason, since last year, the Federal Reserve has been increasing interest rates at the fastest pace since the 1980s. It intends to continue raising rates because inflation has proven so persistent and widespread. And the longer these interest rate hikes continue, the more inevitable it becomes that we will suffer a deep recession.

This situation has not come about on its own. It was engineered. When the pandemic ended, all we needed to do to create dynamic economic growth again was to leave in place the policies we had before the pandemic. But of course we didn’t.

Coming out of the pandemic, we knew two things. First, we knew people had accumulated a lot of money. The savings rate had surged in an unprecedented way during the pandemic, and when the pandemic was over this resulted in an increased demand for goods. This surge in the savings rate wasn’t a mystery: the federal government handed out $5 trillion during the pandemic, and people had very little opportunity to spend it since they weren’t traveling, eating out, going shopping, etc. So in 2021, Americans had a lot of cash.

The second thing we knew coming out of the pandemic was that fewer people were working. If you tried to get anything done around your house back then, you will remember that. First you couldn’t get anybody to do the work. Then if you found someone, you couldn’t get the goods or materials you needed because they weren’t being produced. People were not working and businesses were unable to anticipate future demand. The result was a low supply of goods.

Excess demand and low supply: this was the situation when Biden took office in 2021. And as any student of elementary economics knows, when demand exceeds supply you get inflation. Isn’t it pretty obvious what should be done in that situation? You should adopt policies that juice supply and avoid adopting policies that juice demand. Instead, the Biden administration proceeded to do the exact opposite.

Although the pandemic recession was the shortest recession on record, the economic chaos it created was incredible. And as Milton Friedman said in 1964, the deeper the recession, the greater the recovery. Coming into office in January 2021, the Biden administration was witnessing the beginnings of a dynamic recovery, and perhaps they thought it would continue no matter what they did—that Americans would flock back to work, spend money, travel, go back to restaurants, and so on. So the administration and the Democrats in Congress saw it as a prime opportunity to enact legislation to remake America.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. A New York Times Magazine headline following Biden’s inauguration read: “The Biden Team Wants to Transform the Economy. Really.” During the campaign, Biden himself said of his plans: “I truly think that if we do this right, we have an incredible opportunity to not just dig out of this crisis, but to fundamentally transform the country.” That’s how the Democrats saw the pandemic—as an opportunity for radical change. So, a little more than a month into the Biden presidency, on a totally partisan basis, the Democrats in Congress passed and Biden signed a $1.9 trillion spending bill they called “The American Rescue Plan.”

Talk about a misnomer! This so-called rescue plan handed out more cash to American consumers, further increasing demand, and discouraging work, further decreasing supply. That this was economic suicide wasn’t only obvious to conservative free-market types like myself. Larry Summers, who served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton and as head of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama—a former president of Harvard and a well-respected liberal economist—called this the least responsible economic policy in 40 years. All you needed to understand this was a simple familiarity with the laws of supply and demand vis-à-vis inflation.

The negative impact on American workers has been tremendous. The chart above traces wages (or income) versus inflation as reflected in the Consumer Price Index. The dotted line is wage growth and the solid line is inflation. The big surge where the dotted line jumps way up reflects the federal spending during the pandemic. To the left of that jump, we see that during the Trump administration, wages were up about three percent and inflation about two percent. To the right on the chart, we see what happened after Biden took office. Within a couple of months, inflation shoots way up above wages—indeed, the month inflation crossed over wages was March 2021, the very month Congress passed The American Rescue Plan.

But there’s even more bad news. Since so many people are not working and wages have been declining for those who are working due to inflation, savings have now declined to historic lows—in fact, to the lowest level we’ve seen going back to 1959. People are running out of cash, and as a result they are using credit cards. Credit card debt when Biden took office was at $748 billion and it stayed there until May 2021—again, until shortly after the passage of The American Rescue Plan—at which point it began to shoot way up to what is now $986 billion, the highest level of credit card debt in our history. And this is happening at a time when the Federal Reserve is compelled to continue raising interest rates to try to battle inflation.

To sum up, with wage growth unable to keep up with inflation, savings melting like an ice cube in the summer sun, and credit card debt rising to historic highs, we’re facing higher interest rates, declining job opportunities, and increasing economic pain for American families.

So is there anything the Biden administration could do?

To repeat, inflation is the result of demand exceeding supply. The Federal Reserve, with its hikes in interest rates, is trying to drive down demand. But if it has to drive demand all the way down to where supply is right now, it’s going to cause incredible misery for the American people. So from an economic standpoint, if the Biden administration wanted to lessen the misery and hasten recovery, it would do whatever it could to increase supply. And there are two areas where it could have a significant positive impact on the supply side: the cost of energy and the cost of labor.

Energy and labor impact virtually everything in our economy. Thousands of products have a petroleum component, and even those that don’t have to be delivered, which requires oil and gas. And you can’t build, manufacture, deliver, or install anything without labor—labor affects the price of everything. So if your goal were to fight inflation, you would implement policies to drive down energy and labor costs.

This is elementary. It’s simple. The problem is ideological. Here’s Biden responding to a young person during the 2020 campaign: “Kiddo,” he said, “I want you to just take a look. Okay? You don’t have to agree, but I want you to look in my eyes. I guarantee, I guarantee we’re going to end fossil fuel.” And this wasn’t one of Biden’s all-too-common gaffes. At a rally in February 2020, his prepared remarks contained the same pledge. And he has advanced this goal as president by, among other things, killing oil pipeline projects, failing to grant oil leases, failing to approve drilling permits, and limiting the ability of energy companies to obtain financing. He has done everything in his power to reduce America’s domestic energy production, cripple our energy sector, and increase our dependence on expensive foreign oil.

The cost of labor has also continued to surge. The increase in wages that Biden crows about is normally a good thing. But it makes no economic sense to ignore the impact of inflation on the value of wages. It is simply a fact that workers are better off if inflation is up two percent and their wages are up three percent than if inflation is up six percent and their wages are up five percent. They are making more money in the second case, but the money is worth less. That’s the situation we have now, and it’s disastrous for workers.

Why are labor costs surging? Very simply—we have all seen the “help wanted” signs outside businesses all over America—it’s because employers can’t find workers. Two years after the pandemic ended, there are still 2.8 million workers missing from the labor force. Why? A recent study headed by University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan, “Paying Americans Not to Work,” found that in 24 states, unemployment benefits and Obamacare subsidies for a family of four with no one working are equal to or above national median household income. In three of those states, a family of four with no one working can receive over $100,000 per year in cash and benefits. In 14 states, that number is at least $80,000, which is more than the average salary for a construction worker or an electrician. In other words, two years after the pandemic, we’re still paying people not to work at a time when businesses and our economy desperately need workers.

In the Trump economy, increased wages resulted from businesses competing with other businesses for workers. Today, increased wages are the result of businesses competing with government benefits. If increasing people’s dependence on government is your goal, this is a great approach. It is a dreadful approach if your goal is bringing inflation to heel and sparking a dynamic economic recovery.

The bottom line is this: to address inflation and avoid a deep recession, Biden should, first, tell American bankers, asset managers, bureaucrats, and environmentalists to get out of the way of the energy industry because America needs oil now. Second, he should work with Congress to reduce or eliminate the work-discouraging programs that are keeping able-bodied Americans out of the workforce. We should not cut programs for those who need assistance, but we should reduce benefits for those who are able to work but are choosing not to work. With abundant energy and a vibrant workforce, we could make significant headway against inflation and quickly improve the lives of the American people.

This isn’t rocket science. But let’s be realistic. The problem isn’t that the policymakers in the Biden administration don’t understand the basic principles of economics. The problem is that they have different goals than most Americans. When Biden spoke during the campaign about transforming America, he meant it. The goal animating current policy is not the goal of creating widespread prosperity by means of a dynamic and productive economy. The goal animating current policy is the transformation of America’s economy and our way of life in accordance with a Leftist political agenda, using so-called emergencies like climate change as a rationale. The Biden administration is not going to take the simple measures needed to increase American energy production and get people back in the workforce, because that’s not in line with their goals.

Americans need to open their eyes to the fact that our elected leaders across the political spectrum understand clearly what policies will lead to prosperity and freedom for the American people, but that only some of those leaders consider prosperity and freedom the goal. We need more of them.

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