Entries by Neland Nobel

Let Them Dig Their Hole

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When your opponent is digging themselves a hole, it is wise to let them continue. This is not a substitute for having a good offense. One cannot rely on the tendency of self-destruction alone.  So Republicans should continue to hone their message, improve their ground game, and fight for election integrity.  Getting cocky at this […]

The Prickly Pear Primary Voting Recommendations

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Choosing a candidate in a primary election is often not an easy task. Some candidates have track records, while others are new to the game. Some have expressed strong opinions, others are quiet and their views are not widely known. Republican primaries are also difficult because most of the candidates are Conservative just as most Democrats […]

The Anything-to-Get-Trump Syndrome Has Consequences

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It is not surprising that heated Democrat rhetoric is due for some scrutiny. It is revealing that shortly after the shooting, one of the first acts of President Biden was to pull Democrat ads from the media, largely because they were highly inflammatory. Why was that felt necessary? Because the public relations look bad given the provocative nature of those ads. Conservatives feel that since Democrats have violated every legal and ethical tradition, and keep talking about “any means necessary”, that violence logically follows from that assumption.

Republican Platform 2024

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It seems that few people really read political platforms. The last one that guided both strategy and policy was the Newt Gingrich-initiated Contract With America in 1994. Well, the GOP just released their new platform and it makes 20 common sense, simple, and clear statements of intention. CNN responded by ridiculing the simplicity, saying it […]

Weekend Read: Investments Soar In The First Half

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It looks like major components of the “everything bubble” were back in action during the first half of 2024.  Ample liquidity and strong investor sentiment triumphed again over caution about narrowing participation and over-valuation. Earnings look to come in pretty decent and the economy, while showing some soft patches, continued to grow. The bellwether S&P […]

The Dam is Breaking

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In the immediate aftermath of the catastrophic debate appearance, the Biden forces have rallied. They sent their man forward to events tanned and prompted electronically, but these appearances have not quelled the worries of Democrats both in the party and in the press. Now that his advancing mental deficiencies have been noticed, it seems even skeptics are now looking for them in his appearances. He has not disappointed. That is one of the problem – once the dementia genie is out of the bottle, even the slightest misstep will be attributed to the condition. Even during White House press events, the once carefully crafted and duplicitous statements of Biden’s energy and stamina are seen for what they are by all watching – lies and deliberate deceptions.

Schweikert Unpacks the Republican Response to the Economic Report of the President

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U.S. Representative David Schweikert (AZ-01) delivered a speech on the House Floor this week that expanded on the newly-released Republican Response to the 2024 Economic Report of the President. The report found alarming, but not surprising statistics that display the potentially devastating effects on the U.S. economy. Aspects of the President’s budget that our Joint […]

It Was More Than A Bad Night

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It seemed just yesterday that Progressives were having a fit over the possibility of having “a convicted felon in the White House”. Now comes word that Hunter Biden is sitting in on key White House meetings.  So, we do have a felon in the Oval Office. We can only imagine the wisdom he is departing.  […]

Aftershocks From the Debate

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Whenever there is an earthquake, there usually are a series of aftershocks. Sometimes they do more damage than the initial tremor. The question now is what will the aftershocks be after Biden’s catastrophic debate performance?
Here are a few that come to mind:
This will surely divide the Democrat party between those who are invested in Biden and those who now see him as a weak candidate. It will divide his media accomplices along the same lines. The “secret” that Democrats and the media have been hiding is now out. Heretofore, they accused Republicans and others of “lying” and doctoring videos. The public is not stupid and many people who are not policy wonks viewed the debate and saw with their own eyes the striking cognitive decline of the President.

Trump Kept Cool While Biden Drooled

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Reactions to the debate are coming in from varied sources but we think the feeling of many is summarized by the headline on the now left-leaning Drudge Report.   Source: YouTube screenshot of Drudgereport.com   Financial markets and betting markets also reacted by sharply dropping the odds that Biden would either be the candidate or […]

WEEKEND READ: Born on the Fourth of July

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The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Thomas Jefferson and the committee tasked with drafting the Declaration of Independence worked on it the previous 17 days. The Continental Congress had appointed the Committee of Five—comprising Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston on June 11, 1776. Jefferson completed […]

Legal Retribution: The Plan to Address Progressive Overreach

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Retribution is a subject being discussed among Conservatives right now.  There is a feeling, perhaps premature, that Donald Trump will likely win in the coming election and that Republicans will generally control at least one house of Congress.  There is also a growing consensus that a strong counterattack to Democrat lawfare is the only way to get them to stop. What is meant by retribution in this context?  Retribution is punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for wrong or criminal acts. Note the definition says criminal acts, not political views. This means rigorously holding accountable those who broke the law and who are not being prosecuted by the current DOJ and Administration. True, some alteration of the statute of limitations might be necessary because the DOJ has deliberately run out the clock on selective cases. It means being relentless in exposing, prosecuting, and firing those who have abused their office or failed under their watch to enforce the law as written.

Mugging Lady Liberty And Dividing America. Who’s At Fault?

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Over the past few years, there has been extensive commentary about “polarization.” This has come to mean the dividing up of America into more and more extreme views on political, social, and cultural matters. The divide seems to be getting wider and wider. Not only does this make political compromise much harder, but it is […]

Seizing Assets and Sunsetting Deals: Long-Term Implications

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While it has not gotten much press, the whiz kids in the Biden Administration seem to have quietly blown up the international monetary system, the petrodollar, and the privileges attached thereto. Over time, it means less energy security, a weaker dollar (which will cause the cost of all imports to go up), and higher U.S. interest rates than would otherwise be the case. This will cost all of us dearly in the years to come.

Those Pesky Jobs Numbers

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“The Biden Administration has basically turned the US labor market into a Temp Agency for foreign workers. American workers are not getting jobs… They’re losing them.” E.J. Antoni, Ph.D, Heritage Foundation On Friday, June 7, the much-awaited jobs numbers were released and as usual, they can roil the markets for a few days.  Also, select […]

European Elections and Cultural Marxism

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Over the weekend more than 400 million people in the EU were voting on parliamentary elections. Americans usually could care less about European politics. The results so far are being called an “earthquake.” The media, both European and US, lump all European conservatives as “far-right.” Most headlines are about the gains made by the “far-right.” Today, what is “far-right” might include thinking a nation should have borders, a man can’t have babies, that COVID-19 vaccines don’t work, and that Hamas is not something you have with Naan bread.

MAGA: The Revolt Against the Elites

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The tension between America’s governing elites and the people has likely never been wider, although the quotes above suggest it did not begin with MAGA. However, the rift was not as huge as today, largely because our elites have drifted far to the extreme left and government power is now centered in an unelected bureaucracy which they dominate. At one time, not that long ago, Progressives and Liberals prided themselves on associating themselves with the common man: industrial workers, farmers, miners, ranchers, and construction workers.  This was before they decided they were all deplorables defiling the environment.

Fauci’s Agency Raked In $690 Million From Big Pharma In The Wake Of Pandemic Lockdowns

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Federal agencies under Dr. Anthony Fauci’s leadership received hundreds of millions in pharmaceutical royalties over the coronavirus pandemic. According to an investigation by the nonprofit government watchdog Open the Books, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies paid more than $710 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which […]

Will All Real Republicans Please Speak Up?

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It is a fair question to ask how we got to a condition in this country where one party is using law enforcement, the courts, and intelligence agencies to attack, and in some cases imprison, its political opponents. The term now used to describe this  is “lawfare.”  It means the use of law and the court system to both attack and destroy your political opposition. What cannot be realized at the ballot box can now be achieved through the manipulation of the law. Little thought seems to have gone into the long-term implications for the respect for law as an institution and what damage this does to the democratic process. Or more pessimistically, what they are doing is fully understood and the aim is to create a one-party state.

Are We Back To The Everything Bubble?

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The term everything bubble was coined when seemingly all investments started to rise in unison, apparently in response to massive liquidity injected into the economy by both the Federal Reserve (monetary policy) and massive Federal deficit spending (fiscal policy). Many also believed that the force pushing all asset prices up at the same time was the era of zero interest rates. While the inflation of asset prices has continued, it seemed to take some time before the price level of everyday purchases started to rise sharply. Some have suggested this had to do with macro factors such as globalization and demographics. Whatever it was, there was a surprising delay but in the past few years, consumer price inflation has hit with full force.

Joe “Boss Tweed” Biden

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Boss Tweed cut a swath of corruption across American politics in the 19th Century so egregious it sparked a major reform movement. Still synonymous with political corruption is the term “Tammany Hall,” the epicenter of late 19th-century New York City politics. Tweed built a political machine that made him very wealthy and entrenched the power […]

Are Terrorists Crossing The Open Border?

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Davos in the Desert is Hosting a Program Called The Iranian Threat on America’s Southern Border in Chandler on May 19 Dave Wanetick and Davos In The Desert are bringing another important program to the Phoenix Area. With the organized and well-funded effort to disrupt the university campus, are such groups using Biden’s Open Border […]

America’s Summer Of Discontent

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This summer will likely be a crucible from which election results will emerge this fall.  By available polling data, it appears Americans are unhappy with the direction of the country and unhappy with the enfeebled, protected, coddled, and coached President Joe Biden.  The most recent polls show some shifts favorable to Donald Trump. The real […]

Weekend Read: Is Marriage A White Privilege ? Part II

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In part I, we discussed that a traditional family of mother and father produces the best results overall for children. And since children are our future, better results for them translate into a better future for the country. It also means less income disparity and a better life for minority children. To be clear, we […]

WEEKEND READ: Is it White Privilege to be Married? (Part 1)

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We hear a lot today about “white privilege”, “white fragility“, “systemic racism”, and “white supremacy”. Some have gone so far as to claim math is racist.Not long ago the Smithsonian Institution made some claims about certain human traits that anyone can choose to have, but was presumed to be white and therefore bad. Some of those traits included the use of logic, being on time, politeness, and marriage. Not bad traits at all, we think.To ascribe characteristics to people on the basis solely of white skin color is truly racist because there can be vast differences among Caucasians. We should judge others by their behavior. So, we have the irony of those complaining about racism being the biggest racists of all.

Mild Correction In Stocks Amidst Growing Background Problems In Bidenonmics

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We have suggested since late December that equities would start having some difficulty as we were seeing disturbing signs in the credit markets, commercial real estate, and housing markets. The stock market, however, did not seem as worried as we were and went on to have a stellar quarter.  Corporate earnings remain decent and liquidity […]

The FED’s Dilemmas

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The Federal Reserve is an unelected board of bureaucratic experts that holds great sway over the US economy, the world economy, and the standard of living of the people of the United States. Because of the arcane nature of its work, its responsibilities are not something we would want under the sway of political operatives.  […]

The Perfidious Nature of Lawfare – Democrats “Saving Democracy”

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On April 17th, we attended the symposium put on by Dave Wanetick and “Davos In The Desert” in Ahwatukee.  It was mostly a somber evening with a few flickers of hope. The subject was “lawfare”, a relatively new term to connote the use and abuse of the legal system to damage a political opponent or […]

Thinking About Abortion and Arizona Elections

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There seems to be no issue that stirs up people as the issue of abortion. It likely is because the thinking and narrative around the subject have been so distorted over the past 40 years or so. It would appear that the issue will be critical in multiple elections this cycle, including the state of […]

Why The Public Does Not Love Bidenonmics

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The Biden Administration is frustrated. After dumping fiscal stimulus that exceeds both the New Deal and the Great Society into the economy, he gets strikingly little political payback for such lavish handouts. The economy has been growing at a decent rate, unemployment appears rather low, and the stock market has been doing much better than […]

John Eastman and Jeffrey Clark Cases Defy the Rule of Law

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We don’t live in a free country anymore. Perhaps you hadn’t noticed. It’s easy to miss the vapor of totalitarianism seeping into America when most of our lives are dominated by 21st century bread and circuses, propaganda silos, and self-made virtual worlds, layered on top of centuries of American prosperity and stability made possible by the […]

The Relevance Of Gold Price History

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Having spent 45 years in financial services, we recognize how difficult it is to estimate what markets will do. Yet, the human brain wants to have “some idea” of the potential of a given investment over time.  After all, don’t we all want to own something that will be going up with significant potential and […]

Ignoring Social Security Will Not Fix Its Problems

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Democrats have long touted Social Security and Medicare as the crown jewels of both the New Deal and The Great Society.  While both parties have voted for these programs, their design and implementation have, for better or worse, largely been a project of the Democrat Left in this country. If they can take the credit […]

Davos in the Desert Event on Election Lawfare Coming to Ahwatukee

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Mark your calendar for April 17th for an important discussion of lawfare. Davos in the Desert and David Wanetick have an amazing event on April 17. It is called “Lawfare: The Woke’s War Against Lawyers Representing Republicans” and the venue will be in Ahwatukee, AZ. The two featured speakers will be John Eastman and Rachel […]

The Important Work Of Peter Schweizer

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Blood Money: Why The Powerful Turn A Blind Eye While China Kills Americans Author: Peter Schweizer, published by Harper Collins. Reading Peter Schweizer’s new book is a disturbing revelation.  It is a very important book, perhaps the most important book for a Conservative American to read right now.  However, it is not a pleasant book […]

Media Research Center Finds Google Engaged In Election Interference

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New research from the Media Research Center has found that tech giant Google is decidedly biased in its reporting and has engaged in election interference for years. Election interference can occur directly or in this case indirectly, by denying or twisting information for voters thereby making it difficult to make an informed choice. This has […]

What If A Market Roared And Nobody Heard It?

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We all know about new highs in the Dow Jones Industrials, the NASDAQ, and the S&P 500. The market has been driven higher by a mere handful of very large tech companies. Some of the indices are already up 8% or so, just in the first two months of the year.  The equally weighted S&P […]

Nice Guy Garvey Could Win in California

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Those of us old enough, remember when California, especially southern California, was a hotbed of Conservativism. Those days are long gone and even thinking of a Republican Senator from what was once “the Golden State” seems about as likely a pack rat learning to play the fiddle. However, the candidacy of Steve Garvey in California […]

America First Legal Sues Maricopa County

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America First Legal, a law firm closely associated with the first Trump Administration, is suing Maricopa County for election malfeasance. American First is headed by Stephen Miller, former Senior Advisor to President Trump.  Also serving on the board is Gene Hamilton, former Counselor General in the Department of Justice, Reed D. Rubinstein a former Deputy […]

Goldwater Institute Creates New Series of Educational Videos

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The Arizona-based Goldwater Institute has developed a new series of educational videos called Foundations of Freedom. It seems many people absorb information today more readily on videos than reading. Whatever the method used, we think what the Goldwater Institute has done here is quite good and urge you to view their videos. Here is one […]

Inflation Can Be Difficult To Kill Off

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It is difficult to find exact historical settings for the inflation set loose by the Biden Administration.  However, the similarity with previous periods could be a guide. Among the conditions plaguing us today are: very turbulent domestic politics, large deficits caused by an expansion of the welfare state and 20 years of losing warfare, supply […]

The Four Corners of Environmental Opinion

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After the experience of Covid lockdowns, the manipulation of Federal Agencies and online platforms, the invasion of privacy, the suppression of free speech and assembly, and then the wild spending and debt burden undertaken to address problems caused by the government itself many Americans are left wondering if we could see a repeat of such […]

When Stalin Came To Casa Grande – Part 2

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Editor’s Note: When Stalin Came to Casa Grande – Part 1 was published in The Prickly Pear previously. We suggest reading both essay’s in sequence and together. As enlightening as the history of this New Deal, failed socialist experiment is for Americans, it is a revealing historic marker for the importance of free market capitalism, […]

When Stalin Came to Casa Grande (Part 1)

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Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal created the largest agricultural collective in the US as an experiment to test socialist theories about both farming and human nature. Collectives have a long history in the US and elsewhere, and they all failed.  In the Soviet model, this failure was admitted, and thus the collectivization required force, terror, and starvation to “convince” people to operate properly in the collective environment.  But even with massive brutal force and the full weight of the state, in the end, they could not make the idea work.  Most food production came from a small amount of privately owned plots that represented about 3% of the land under cultivation.

Election Fraud Happens – In Addition to Widespread Election Rigging

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In a recent discussion we had with friends, the integrity of our election process was the topic. Some believe that fraud did not take place and that our elections are honest and fair.  This increasingly is a minority view. Some believe that fraud is rare, but they will admit that the government and large corporations […]

Systemic Racism Is Bogus

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Starting with Obama and Trayvon Martin, and continuing through the George Floyd Riots and the summer of Black Lives Matter, it has become an article of faith among Democrats in particular, that the US suffers from what they call “systemic racism.” The concept is often asserted, but rarely with evidence or documentation. Ironically, much of […]

The Stock Market Continues to Party On

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The stock market continued to move higher in January (about 3.5%), generally ignoring increased geopolitical risk in the Middle East and traditional signs of recession.  Excitement about large amounts of cash on the sidelines, supposed easing financial conditions, expectations of imminent FED rate cuts, a “soft landing”, and all things AI pushed several key indices […]

Is Free Enterprise At Home More Important Than Free Trade Abroad?

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Recently The Prickly Pear ran an article by Oren Cass called  Free Trade’s Origin Myth.  Then we ran a rejoinder entitled On Comparative Advantage and International Capital Mobility by Donald Boudreaux, a staunch defender of free trade. As someone quite supportive of free markets, and free trade, we found reading both a bit disturbing. Furthermore, it […]

Stealing Russia’s Assets to Pay for the War in Ukraine

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Gold is the sole international banking asset that is not someone else’s liability.  It is not a promise to pay from the US and it can’t be printed out of thin air.  And you can hold it in your own vaults, outside of the weaponized international banking system.  The world operated on a gold standard for centuries, so it is not unproven as are cryptocurrencies. It can’t get hacked or have accounts frozen.  If you have it in possession, the holder controls the asset.

Only You Can Prevent Forest Fallacies

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Like most of the mainstream newspapers, the Wall Street Journal regularly runs stories about global warming.  On January 10, 2024, they ran a piece, “Last Year’s Global Temperatures Set a Record.” We will ignore for the moment the questionable utility of “global temperature”, and that they have hit record highs, Rather, we wish to focus […]

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