The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Pro America Report. Great to be together as always. We have have a lot to talk about in a few moments.
We’ll talk with Sam Sorbo. Sam Sorbo has a big it’s a week long on Monday through Friday, 1 hour a day effort. She calls it an empowerment challenge for parents and for the families to take this challenge and decide how they could make the move from the school system that’s pretty broken to something like homeschooling or others. And Sam Sorbo is the best ambassador for this because I remember her telling the story and I’ll ask her about this.
Her children, I think she had two sons at the time, or two children at the time, and they were in the public schools, she and her husband, they were living in Los Angeles area. They’re very successful. Her husband is a famous actor. She’s a pretty famous actor and a very articulate communicator doing a radio show, I think, and all kinds of stuff. She had her kids in the public school and she finally had enough pull them out. This is maybe eight years ago.
And so she was ahead of the curve that many people are sort of in the middle of right now, in the bell curve of getting your kids out of school. So we’ll talk with Sam Sorbo. She’s super and very interesting about her upcoming challenge.
And we also will get a chance to visit with Bridget VanMeans, our friend at Thrive Nation. Thrive. St. Louis is her organization. Thrive Nation is the community, she calls it. Pro life community, trying to do well for women that are in need and to help beat back abortion. And so Bridget, will talk with her.
But first, what you need to know the problem right now is, and this is what you need to know is there is hope, there’s things we can do. But you’re looking around at the adults in power who are not doing things. They’re not actually addressing the things that could be done. So when you’re sitting at home and we as a nation, we’re doers, right, we like to do things. We like to figure it out.
You go back and read the early founding, in the early years of the nation, you’d get people that would come over, de Tocqueville and others, they’d write about the fact that these Americans, they have this sort of vision of doing things. Whether you call it the Protestant work ethic, whether you call it the American dream, up by your bootstraps, Horatio Alger stories, whatever you call it, we’re doers generally, we like to decide. We see a problem, we see a problem and we go about figuring out how to do something about it. And we’re not afraid to succeed or fail. Sometimes you fail. I often tell people fail fast is a model that I sometimes use in terms of let’s see how something works. Let’s try it and see how it works. Quickly, fail fast.
But so we’re doers we’re looking up at our politicians, the people in power in particular right now, this president, and he’s not doing anything even though he says he sees the problem.
So the recent news is that inflation is way up again, higher than they thought it was going to be over I think 9% is it 9.1%? I can’t even stand to look at it because it makes me crazy. But they thought it might be 8.7%, but then they had to adjust it to all the details. I think it’s 9.1 is the new inflation, and this is a record high.
This is the highest high it’s been in forever. It’s terrible news for the economy. I keep telling people it’s not the inflation that’s as bad. When you think about like gas prices are up 59%, food is up 10% from 2021. These are the numbers off of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The cost of your home, especially rent, is up 5.6%.
These are huge numbers, right?
So the June number they thought was going to be 8.6%, it turns out it was 9.1%. But here’s the problem. It’s not just that things cost more. It’s that you cannot get a job. Your job can’t pay you more fast enough to keep up. There’s not a lot of jobs, not a lot of positions where you can pay people, increase their salary or increase their rate of pay fast enough to keep up with that. So what you get is this twin hit. You don’t only feel frustrated because gas is so high. Fill up the tank cost you. Instead of costing $50, it costs $75. It makes you crazy.
But your paycheck isn’t going up either. So over time, the frustration with the fact that your job can’t keep up, it causes your job, your employment, to be less satisfactory, less effective, less supportive of your family. You get the point. And it ripples out quickly into things like, let’s say that you’re paying tuition for your kids. As what I feel for a private school for mine. Now, that’s my choice. But the private school has already set their tuition rate, but they couldn’t factor in massive inflation. So now let’s say you’re running a private school. Let’s pretend that the budget of the private school for a year is $500,000. You’ve charged tuition to all these hundreds of students to cover that, except now it costs you 10% more to do. Everything gets more expensive. Everything gets strained, everything gets tense, everything is problematic. But back to my point.
What you need to know is what we’re seeing is such an inability to do something. Joe Biden just talks. What could he do about inflation? The number one thing he could do is lower the cost of energy. He could do that not just release some million barrels of oil from the strategic reserve that immediately gets used, in this case by the Chinese or by Chinese government, but instead do things like drill, do things like waive permits, do things like move along, expedite nuclear power, whatever it takes, you could change. And just talking about it doesn’t do anything anymore. Nobody believes it. Nobody believes it because nothing has happened. I’m against inflation, but nothing’s happened. And so we need doers not talkers. We need somebody who will lead, not just talk.
Here’s another example, the border tomorrow, I think I’m scheduled to talk to at least one. Chris? Yeah. Chris Chmielenski from Numbers USA is tomorrow. We talked yesterday to Todd Bensman and when you talk about the border, do something about it. Do something to secure the border. Because the border we’re bringing in 200,000 is it 300,000, 400,000? I don’t know if anybody can know, but some guess is that, per month people coming in and they’re utilizing resources and they’re taking jobs and they’re driving down the labor market, that happens. That’s just pure economics. If you have ten people looking for a job, you’re going to have an X amount value. If you have 20 people looking for the same number of jobs, you can charge less. The employees can be paid less because the employer can get away with it.
We’ve got to have some doers not talkers and somebody that says, oh well, it’s hard to do. There’s a filibuster in the Senate. It’s nonsense in the sense that there’s lots of steps the President could make whether you like it or not, whether you want to debate whether he should have this much power, he’s got it now. He’s got it now. The way the system is now, he can do a lot for energy costs, for example. He could do a lot to lower the cost of travel, gasoline, oil. He could do a lot to secure the border. He could do a lot on a number of fronts.
He’s just not doing it.
He’s busy forming abortion rights Task force in the Department of Justice to brag about how they’re going to look for opportunities to support people who want abortions. Well, that’s a policy preference, but that’s not where the people are.
Again, the reality of this crisis that we’re heading into, and it’s going to get worse and worse, people are getting more and more frustrated because there’s only a few things you can do. One of them is lower energy costs. That’s the biggest one.
The President’s over in the Middle East and he’s begging for them to release some of their oil. They don’t have any oil. Saudis don’t have any more oil to put out. They say, who knows?
So we have things we can do as a nation. We have that. And just because the President has said, well, sometimes you’re going to have to suffer for what we want to do, doesn’t mean it’s true. It does not mean it’s true. It means he’s trying to tell us that.
It’s like when he looked at the camera the other day and he said, 94% of the Democrats say they’ll vote for me if I run. Well, that’s not the question that someone asked him. They said over half of the Democrats don’t want him to run. So they’re answering the wrong questions.
They’re answering all the questions with the wrong answers.
Instead of solving the problem, instead of doing something, we need something done. That’s what you need to know. We got to take a break.
We’ll come back with Sam Sorbo and also, we’ll make sure to give you an update later on about the upcoming Sam Sorbo’s conference. Sorry, I’m looking at the notes. She’ll talk about that. And also Bridget VanMeans. Be right back.
Ed Martin here in the Pro America Report. Back in a moment.