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The Blunderbuss
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Hot Shot ...
Is it just me, or has the Biden administration graduated from grossly incompetent to dangerously overreaching?
On Monday, President Joe Biden was giving a speech on the debt ceiling. When a reporter asked a foreign policy question, the president refused to answer it, saying he didn’t want to “confuse” the American people.
Also on Monday, Attorney General Merrick Garland released a memo directing the Department of Justice and the FBI to “launch a series of additional efforts in the coming days designed to address the rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel.” 
Although the Biden Administration insists otherwise, Garland’s letter sure seems like an attempt to use the FBI to silence and threaten parents who speak critically of school policies such as child masks and critical race theory.
And, of course, there hasn’t really been a rise in crime against school board officials in the country. That’s baloney. The memo is simply to placate President Biden’s pals at the National School Boards Association who sent the president a letter of their own complaining about angry parents.
Garland’s threats to weaponize the FBI against parents is a stunning abuse of power. But it’s no more egregious than the Biden administration’s plan for the IRS to demand banks hand over data on all transactions over $600 from both business and personal accounts. That gross invasion of privacy is firmly back by a now-supportive Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who on Tuesday called the collection of such information “routine.”
These actions indicate a White House contemptuous of average American citizens. Taken together, they also suggest a worrisome desire to control a growing segment of American society and a growing list toward a more totalitarian government.
They also leave one wondering if folks in his administration prefer Uncle Joe Stalin to Uncle Sam.
— Robin Beres, editor
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