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Welcome, Welcome, welcome. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Great to be together. As always, hope you had a. Excuse me, hope you had a great weekend, it is. It was great weekend for me and my family. A ton happening as the summer turns into the fall and schools kick in, sports are kicking in. Football is on. I I I really only care about college football and even that not so much. But. And I don’t know, just good times, good times and. In a few moments we have some really wonderful guests.
Our friend Doctor Duke Pesta is back. He is a great educator, actually. He’s a great educator. I was gonna say he writes and speaks on education and theory and all. But he’s a great Teacher he himself is a professor, but also he helps many people at different levels, home schoolers and others. He’s very, very cool guy. Very impressive in many ways.
And Tom McCluskey, we’ll get an update from Tom McCluskey, in particular on pro-life voters, pro-life issues and an issue that’s close to home to many of our listeners. How Catholic Vote fits together. Tom McCluskey is a well known pro-life leader who also now helps head up Catholic Vote. Very good guy. Tom McCluskey, and at the end of the program in the last segment, we will talk about coach Tommy Tuberville, coach Tommy Tuberville, the former coach of Auburn, very successful football coach. It’s football season and he is showing us the fighting spirit. It’s very cool. He’s now a senator from Alabama and we’ll talk with him. Hey, first, do me a favor. Go to proamericareport.com proamericareport.com, sign up for the daily e-mail. There the daily WYNK. What you need to know. It’ll come in your inbox at 8:00 AM East Coast, 5:00 AM Pacific. I don’t sell your e-mail address. I don’t Give it away. I don’t send you anything you don’t want it. Except you want this every day, Monday through Friday. The WYNK. What you need to know so that you get a couple of key links, couple key stories and understand first thing in the morning what you need to know for the day.
Hey, right now we’re gonna cover the WYNK and I want. To cover for you. You know, there are, the famous line. There are statistics. There are the the is. It is I. Never get it right, is it? Is it Mark Twain that has the quote or is it? Am I always quoting Mark Twain with this famous line about statistics? But it’s some it is Twain. It is Twain. Facts are stubborn but statistics. Are more pliable. Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. That’s the one of his famous lines. The other one that people mostly know is lies, damn lies and statistics. Both of those Mark Twain, really funny Guy.
But but the one I wanted to say is facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. And what I mean by that is watch the manipulation of the numbers. That are coming out in things like. On the border. They changed the way they count, so it looks like the number coming across the border is less. It’s only because they’re only showing you one part of a count, not what used to be the whole count. More importantly, there are numbers that come out keep coming out that seem to say that things aren’t so bad on the economy. We added some jobs. Last a month, the unemployment only went. Up a little bit. Inflation has slowed. That’s one of the things they say inflation has slowed. Well, that just means it was run Away. And now it’s come down to sprinting. Instead of running away, it’s sprinting. It’s still going up. Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee had a pretty great post on X, formerly called Twitter, and she she posted this hot dogs are up, 3.3% rolls, rolls to put your hot dog in, are up. 5.8% pie is up 8%. How much are Biden’s disastrous economic policies Costing you this Labor Day weekend? That’s what I’m saying.
I gotta tell you. The price of everything is up.
Everything from the fresh tomatoes to uh, you know, at the farmers market they were up. I I’ve always tell you, bacon is way up. Milk is way up. Eggs are up, gas is up, everything is up. And when someone says well, it’s not going up as fast as it was before that. That’s small consolation. That is small consolation.
Here’s another thing that’s up. The cost of borrowing money. So that if. You want to get a home. The cost of borrowing money? It’s gone about double. You’re not gonna get into a mortgage for probably less than 7.58%, where a year or two ago you would have got in for half that. And so people aren’t going to do it. And if they are, they’re going to be stretched thinner.
Cost of cars are up. Cost of used cars are up. There’s not. There’s not anything that’s not gone up in cost. And that’s this economy.
And you say to yourself why? I’m not sure I even know all the reasons why, but I do know one thing. I do know that the federal government has spent and is spending more on stupid stuff than they ever have before. They’re taking our tax dollars to subsidize all this. The climate hoax, the climate models, the economic models of the climate are hoax. Forget about whether you think the climate is getting warmer or colder. I don’t even care to know. I don’t know if I trust science, but I do know the economic models that they’ve told us to rely on. Those are a hoax.
And so the Inflation Reduction Act, which Joe Biden says was so important, was trillions of dollars transferred from we to people to special interests and to giveaways. And a lot of the giveaways, the so-called green energy, are at the cost of what is our best energy. Meaning, right now it’s fossil fuel right now. Hopefully, pretty soon it’ll be nuclear and other stuff.
But I have to tell you if if the the if, the public, if the political class thinks the public are fooled by what’s going on, by the statistics, that pliable statistics that they’re throwing out at us that hey, Oh yeah, I know we’re doing better. We’re doing better. Facts are stubborn and the American people are stubborn and. We feel it.
And here’s the biggest worry I have. The biggest worry I have about this is not that our economy is actually fundamentally off. I think it is fundamentally off because of the policies that we have going now. But I do think that it’s not forever. It’s not stuck that way. It can be brought back. It can be brought back with aggressive sort of pro energy, you know, kind of get out of Americans way, you know, protect property rights, especially against the Chinese, slap tariffs on the people that are cheating. Right now. There’s a great debate going on even today.
Trump’s economic policies of 3 1/2 years ago are leading the world because Trump slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe, who were cheating by subsidizing their industries. And he slapped tariffs on, he said. You’re. Not going to. Get into the American markets and undercut the American jobs and the American companies and the American aluminum steel. I’m gonna slap tariffs on you, and they’re gonna be permanent. Unless I I guess they go to permanent status unless they’re negotiated and the Americans and Europe can’t get to a negotiation, even though Biden wants to suspend them. So they’re actually saying things like we have to come. Europe is saying we have to come up with some. We have to give a little more than we want because Trump’s tariffs were so strong against us. I mean, it’s winning, but we we our fundamentals will be back in order.
Here’s the thing. I worry most about. A lot of Americans are getting. Disheartened, a lot of Americans are feeling less good about the economy. They’re feeling worse about it. It’s one thing to struggle with inflation. It’s another thing to struggle with, with hope, with, you know, fading hope. That things can get better, that there is an A coming upside that there is hope for the future.
And you know I hate that we think to ourselves what we need is the next presidential election to give us hope. I hate that. I don’t want our hope and our heroes to come only from presidential politics. I want them to come from entrepreneurs. I want them to come from the Shark Tank. I want them to come from kids dreaming. There was an article in my hometown paper, Saint Louis Post Dispatch, about a young woman, 18 years old, who opened up an ice cream parlor. I think in Festus, in Jefferson County, for sure, which is a county South. Of Saint Louis. It’s the next county South of Saint Louis County, Jefferson County, and a great county. Great people, great people. Oh, man, it’s great people. And she started. She’s 18. She started this business. She always wanted to open up a. They call it some sort of ice cream shop where you’re you’re kind of. It’s that, like, cold Stone Creamery type where you’re slabbing. It and then. You, you flop it over and then you make it in ice cream cones. I don’t know. But anyway, it’s very successful and she wanted to do this when she was 17. So her parents signed all the paperwork, and when she turns 18, she’s taking over the business and she’s working her heart out, running an ice cream shop. That that’s America. And that’s the optimism. Right.
So we when you see. The narrative machine push. Negativity and division and lack of opportunity on us it it worries me. Because the fundamentals in America are still so great.
And when I see. The abuse of our our crown jewel in this country, the crown jewel of of the world, the crown Jewel of America to the world. When they look at us, is our Constitution, our rule of law and an even handed system of justice. That you know. I know I understand when someone says. Oh yeah, rich people get away with murder. I understand. That’s always true, but in general. In America, our system is is, is. Equal for everybody. Everybody’s a part of it, More and more. Not perfect. But ask around the world when it comes to deals and business and things working.
What you need to know is our economy inflation. The facts are hard. The pliable statistics of the Biden administration are fake and so. We gotta keep hope we got. To come up with the the Systems to do better, we gotta. Keep fighting through it ’cause it’s America.
We gotta take. A break right now. We’ll be right Back. It’s Ed Martin here on The Pro America Report back in a moment.