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Fact Check: Biden Claims Under His Leadership America Is ‘Leading the World in Economic Growth’

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President Joe Biden embellishes the truth — some would say he lies — regularly, and he was at it again on Monday when he claimed the U.S. is leading the world economically coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He recounted during a White House event, in which he renominated Jerome Powell as chair for the Federal Reserve, that the U.S. has come a long way since unemployment peaked at 14.8 percent in April 2020 to its current 4.6 percent.

Of course what he failed to mention is much of that ground was made up while former President Donald Trump was still in office.

The unemployment rate hit 6.3 percent in January, the month he left.

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“We’ve gone from an economy that was shut down to an economy that is leading the world in economic growth,” Biden said.

“And it’s a testament to the economic policies we fought so hard to pass and to put in place, especially the American Rescue Plan,” he added.

Well, the president’s pronouncement is not quite accurate. Actually, it’s false.

China’s Gross Domestic Product will have grown at an estimated 8 percent during 2021, while the United States will be just shy of 6 percent.

More recent numbers show the gap widening.

CNBC reported China’s economy grew at 4.9 percent in the third quarter, while the U.S. hit a paltry 2 percent, the slowest increase since the end of the 2020 recession.

“Overall, this is a big disappointment given that the consensus expectation at the start of the quarter in July was for a 7 percent gain and even, our own bearish 3.5 percent forecast proved to be too optimistic,” wrote Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.

“We expect something of a rebound in the final quarter of this year — if only because motor vehicles won’t be such a drag and any negative impact from Delta should be reversed.”

Fortune reported in January that China’s growth rate during the pandemic means that it will overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy as early as 2026.

Meanwhile, economists with the U.K.-based Centre for Economics and Business Research estimate Beijing will surpass America in 2028.

“The skillful management of the pandemic and the hits to long-term growth in the West mean that China’s relative economic performance has improved,” the CEBR report said. “We now think that the Chinese economy in dollar terms will overtake the U.S. economy in 2028, a full 5 years earlier than we thought last year.”

Why has the American economy slowed so much under Biden’s leadership?

Here are a few reasons.

First, there is the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which passed in March with no Republican support.

It incentivized people not to go back to work by extending enhanced unemployment benefits until September and adding a monthly $300 per month, per child tax “credit” — read direct payment — to parents’ bank accounts.

Then, of course, there is Biden’s so-called energy plan.

On day one, he issued executive orders canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and halting oil exploration on federal lands.

The United States is producing nearly 2 million barrels of oil a day less under Biden than it was at its peak under former President Donald Trump, during whose administration the nation became a net energy exporter for the first time in nearly 70 years.

Predictably, with less supply and rising demand, gas prices have risen by an average of a $1.30 per gallon nationwide.

The price of gas impacts everything we buy, so unsurprisingly inflation has hit a 30-year-high of 6.2 percent.

One of the best things the American economy still has going for it is that it is still under the 2017 Trump Tax Cuts and Jobs Act regime, but Biden wants to end that, too.

China stands to be one of the major beneficiaries if Biden and the Democrats manage to pass Build Back Better, with its significant tax increases.

In the name of paying for at least some of the slew of new entitlement programs contained in the legislation, Democrats have proposed raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 26.5 percent.

When combined with state corporate taxes, the U.S. would have an average combined rate of 30.9 percent, the third-highest among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.

Under Biden’s plan, the combined corporate tax rate would go from slightly above China’s 25 percent to well above it.

In a Fox News opinion piece in May, former Vice President Mike Pence labeled the Democrats’ plan “China first.”

He noted that the Trump tax cuts were a resounding success.

“Within months, our economy took off like a rocket,” he recounted. “America gained more than 7 million new jobs, unemployment plummeted to the lowest rate in 50 years and more than 10 million people were lifted off of welfare — the largest reduction in poverty in modern history.”

“Cutting taxes on American employers was a central part of our efforts to bring jobs and factories back home to the United States — and it worked,” Pence explained.

“After losing 60,000 factories under the previous two administrations, America gained 12,000 new factories, because employers were no longer driven away by an exorbitant tax burden.”

He predicted if the Democrats’ bill passed, “job growth will trickle to a standstill,” with factories once again shuttering and heading overseas.

“Worse yet, China stands to become one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Biden tax hikes,” Pence argued.

President Biden, America is not currently leading the world economically, and your policies are a good part of the reason why.

Keep the tax cuts in place; remove the restrictions you’ve placed on energy development, and the U.S. can once again return to the top spot.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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State Trooper Came Mere Inches from Losing His Life, Dashcam Caught the Whole Thing

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Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine.

For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman.

Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them.

According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire.

The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire.

What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release.

“One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said.

But that was not all.

“Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.”

The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.”

The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital.

The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes.

“Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary to keep people safe on the road and to help those stranded, but we need motorists’ help so we can all go home at night,” Idaho State Police Sgt. Brandalyn Crapo said.

“Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles and workers isn’t just a courtesy, it’s the law. Drivers need to be alert to emergency lights and vehicles and always alert to what’s happening around them. That keeps all of us safe.”

Idaho law requires drivers to slow down, change lanes or both when passing police and other emergency vehicles that are stopped on the roadway.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine. For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman. Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them. Idaho State Trooper injured while helping man on the freeway. Notice how quickly the trooper jumped in front of the man. pic.twitter.com/2TuCTIYGdE — Yoshi The Patriot (@rinohuntah) December 3, 2021 According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire. The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire. What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release. “One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said. But that was not all. “Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.” The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.” The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital. The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes. “Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary…

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Store Apologizes After Employee Sign with Instructions on How to Deal with Africans Goes Public

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An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store.

An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au.

In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor.

“Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read.

The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense.

“We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.”

The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store.

“It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said.

A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation.

“Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any main point been reported, this is unfair, unfair news,” he tweeted.

ABC reported that a spokesperson for wholesaler Metcash, which operates the IGAs, said the company had the offending sign removed.

“This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any IGA store across the country,” a spokesman said.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local communities across Australia, we will ensure ALL IGA employees continue to create a shopping environment where all are welcome and equal,” the spokesman said.

The store now has a new note.

“We would like to apologies [sic] to anyone that got offended by the note we had … it was not our intention to offend,” the note says.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store. An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au. In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor. “Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read. ‘Completely unacceptable’: IGA supermarket under fire for sign racially profiling African customers https://t.co/83nMJg7SgU — Natalie Spencer (@natscloset) December 2, 2021 The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense. “We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.” The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store. “It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said. A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation. “Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any…

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