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Coronavirus Gave America A Soft Tyranny HOA — Opinion

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Homeowner’s Associations (HOAs) are petty tyrannies – but at least they’re voluntary ones.

You freely sign up to be told what kinds of shrubs or flowers you’ll be allowed to plant in “your” front yard; what type of vehicle you’ll be permitted to park in “your” driveway – and the exact shade of paint that’s acceptable to use on your mailbox.

You must beg permission – and get approval – for everything – and you can be hit with punishing fines if you don’t, ahead of time – even if the shrub is the “right” variety and the paint the exact same shade as your neighbor’s.

But as hellish as HOAs can be, no one put a gun to anyone’s head. You’re free to join the community. Or not. And even if you do join it, you’re always free to leave it for greener (and freer) pastures any time you like.

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Not so much the Corona HOA – which is becoming the entire USA. And which is already far more onerous than any HOA extant. No HOA decrees how close you’re allowed to stand next to a neighbor – or whether you’re allowed to have the neighbors over for a backyard get-together.

No HOA has the power to decree that the way you make your living isn’t “essential” – while at the same time demanding you pay what it claims you “owe” for such things as the property taxes on your home.

Else risk being forcibly ejected from it.

But this is the “new normal” in the Corona’d States of America.

HOAs are almost funny in comparison. They are characterized by low-rent busybodyism on the Mrs. Kravitz model. The reference is to a nosey neighbor character on the classic ‘60s TV sitcom, Bewitched. Mrs. Kravitz was always looking through the curtains to find something to gossip about.

Something to complain about.

HOAs attract this type of person, who is attracted particularly to enforceable busybodyism. Such people crave authority – and the power to assert it.

It’s a form of light touch authoritarianism.

HOAs are as close to an American Soviet – the word refers to a council of petty bureaucrats with not-so-petty powers in the old Soviet Union – as one could find in the United States.

Until Corona.

Which is surpassing the insufferability – and tyranny – of the old Soviet Union.

Somehow – it is a mystery how, exactly – Americans find themselves herded into an involuntary HOA they never signed any paperwork to join and which they aren’t free to leave. Martial law has not been declared and so the Constitution is still at least nominally the law of the land.

And yet, practically every right enumerated has been eviscerated – without even a nod to elections, due process or consent. Just do as you’re told – Because Corona. Because we said so. And that’s all you need to know.

People are no longer free to leave their homes without permission.

They have been ordered not to work – and to shutter their businesses – but they must pay taxes.

People are no longer free to associate – even on what is still quaintly styled private property – and even though no one is being forced to associate. Force is, however, being threatened – and applied – to people who dare to freely associate, including even to get together to pray while inside their cars.

Or play outside with their children in a park.

They’re not even allowed to complain about it without risking repercussions. This includes posts on social media deemed in violation of “community guidelines” – which guidelines are amorphous and arbitrary; one never knows exactly what offended – just that offense has been taken – and the offending account taken down.

Far worse, they are being threatened with punishment by the government for daring to peaceably assemble for the redress of grievances, as in California.

This arbitrariness being the 190 proof essence of tyranny. Far more threatening to the well-being of Americans than a virus which – per the CDC’s own admission – doesn’t even produce symptoms in 85 percent of the “cases” and only produces death in about 1 percent of all cases.

Because Corona has become the equivalent of a chalkboard eraser – of the rights of the American people. The most basic freedoms – even the right to protest the insufferable – are being wiped off the slate as fast as the “essential” apparatchiks can wave their hand

Orwell could not have imagined a world this dark.

People in the old Soviet Union – at the height of the Stalinist era – weren’t told they couldn’t leave their homes. Weren’t told they couldn’t work. Weren’t required to practice authoritarian kabuki in the form of “anti-social distancing,” as Americans are being pressured to.

As crazy – and brutal – as the old Soviet Union was, it didn’t get as pathological as it is getting in America – where people are also being forced to dress up like Michael Jackson – masks and gloves – to enter a Costco.

It makes one almost wish for the busybodyism of Mrs.Kravitz – which was far less onerous than the inescapable edicts of these insufferable snitches and government minders.

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New Book Details How Biden Team Keeps POTUS from Unscripted Events

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The nation has known for a long time that Joe Biden’s public speaking isn’t his most endearing quality, and the pressures of the office of the President, (along with a predictable bit of aging), has certainly escalated this PR situation.

Biden is a gaffe machine, full of mismatched anecdotes and old-timey gibberish that often overshadows the gist of what he’s trying to say.  As such, his team has seemingly worked hard to keep the President out of situations in which he’s allowed to freestyle answers, and Biden himself has often left press conferences after telling reporters that he’d be “in trouble” if he stuck around for any more questions.

Now, a new book seems to indicate just what lengths his team is willing go in order to keep the narrative untainted by mishaps.

Top White House aides set up a “wall” to shield President Biden from unscripted events and long interviews amid fears of the president’s testiness and habit of mangling statements, according to a new book.

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“Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cited a number of incidents from the gaffe-prone president in the early days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN reporter for which he later apologized.

“That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says.

The policy seemed to be fairly codified.

In turn, a number of Biden aides told the reporters that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to prevent such incidents by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.”

“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote.

This unwillingness to allow the President to speak directly has wreaked havoc on Biden’s image as a leader, and his waning approval numbers are evidence of this.

The nation has known for a long time that Joe Biden’s public speaking isn’t his most endearing quality, and the pressures of the office of the President, (along with a predictable bit of aging), has certainly escalated this PR situation. Biden is a gaffe machine, full of mismatched anecdotes and old-timey gibberish that often overshadows the gist of what he’s trying to say.  As such, his team has seemingly worked hard to keep the President out of situations in which he’s allowed to freestyle answers, and Biden himself has often left press conferences after telling reporters that he’d be “in trouble” if he stuck around for any more questions. Now, a new book seems to indicate just what lengths his team is willing go in order to keep the narrative untainted by mishaps. Top White House aides set up a “wall” to shield President Biden from unscripted events and long interviews amid fears of the president’s testiness and habit of mangling statements, according to a new book. “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa cited a number of incidents from the gaffe-prone president in the early days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN reporter for which he later apologized. “That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says. The policy seemed to be fairly codified. In turn, a number of Biden aides told the reporters that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to prevent such incidents by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.” “They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote. This unwillingness to allow the President to speak directly has wreaked havoc on…

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‘Tax The Rich’ Dress Maker is IRS Deadbeat in Multiple States

It truly doesn’t get any more on-brand than this, does it?

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For the past week, Americans have been using a number of anecdotes to describe New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Tax The Rich” dress, worn to the lavish, $35,000 per ticket Met Gala.

AOC had jumped the shark.  It was an example of the pot calling the kettle black, or, more accurately, the pot calling for more taxes on the kettle.  It was somehow both ironic and on-brand for the precocious progressive who once attempted to play up her modest NYC upbringing in a photoshoot in which she wore a $3,500 suit.

Now, to add yet another layer of pure insanity to this already-chock-full stunt, the maker of the dress is apparently a deadbeat in the eyes of the IRS.

Designer Aurora James called her “Tax the Rich” dress for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “powerful message” — but it’s not one she has taken to heart.

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The 37-year-old fashionista who made waves at the Met Gala with Democratic-Socialist AOC last week is a notorious tax deadbeat with unpaid debts dogging her in multiple states, records show.

Most of luxe-living James’ arrears center on Cultural Brokerage Agency, an LLC she formed in 2011 to serve as the parent company of her fashion brand, which today is known as Brother Vellies. It’s a favorite of people like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Meghan Markle.

The company racked up three open tax warrants in New York state for failing to withhold income taxes from employees’ paychecks totaling $14,798, the state Department of Taxation and Finance told The Post. The debts — which were incurred before the pandemic — stem from 2018 and 2019. The company has been hit with 15 warrants in total since 2015.

And that’s not all.

The company got into a deeper hole with the feds. Between April 2018 and April 2019, the Internal Revenue Service placed six federal liens on Cultural Brokerage Agency totaling $103,220. The liens specifically cite the company’s failure to remit employee payroll taxes.

And while hypocrisy is nothing new for the Democratic Party, this is the sort of fashion faux-pas that goes way beyond clashing patterns or wearing white after Labor Day.

For the past week, Americans have been using a number of anecdotes to describe New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Tax The Rich” dress, worn to the lavish, $35,000 per ticket Met Gala. AOC had jumped the shark.  It was an example of the pot calling the kettle black, or, more accurately, the pot calling for more taxes on the kettle.  It was somehow both ironic and on-brand for the precocious progressive who once attempted to play up her modest NYC upbringing in a photoshoot in which she wore a $3,500 suit. Now, to add yet another layer of pure insanity to this already-chock-full stunt, the maker of the dress is apparently a deadbeat in the eyes of the IRS. Designer Aurora James called her “Tax the Rich” dress for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “powerful message” — but it’s not one she has taken to heart. The 37-year-old fashionista who made waves at the Met Gala with Democratic-Socialist AOC last week is a notorious tax deadbeat with unpaid debts dogging her in multiple states, records show. Most of luxe-living James’ arrears center on Cultural Brokerage Agency, an LLC she formed in 2011 to serve as the parent company of her fashion brand, which today is known as Brother Vellies. It’s a favorite of people like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Meghan Markle. The company racked up three open tax warrants in New York state for failing to withhold income taxes from employees’ paychecks totaling $14,798, the state Department of Taxation and Finance told The Post. The debts — which were incurred before the pandemic — stem from 2018 and 2019. The company has been hit with 15 warrants in total since 2015. And that’s not all. The company got into a deeper hole with the feds. Between April 2018 and April 2019, the Internal Revenue Service placed six federal liens…

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