AFA-IN: The Invisible Tax is Here

The Invisible Tax is Here

         Inflation is sometimes called the invisible tax because it is not directly imposed upon taxpayers by the government.  It is more a result of governmental monetary policies or reckless spending creating more dollars chasing fewer goods, which causes prices to rise.   The loss of purchasing power is seen in increases in the costs of goods and services that we all pay. 

         In April, US inflation shot up 4.2%, mostly due to consumer price increases in gasoline and food.  This was the largest monthly increase since 1992.   Many experts are predicting this to get even worse as the summer rolls along.  You may have noticed this for your Memorial Day cookout.  Ground beef prices are up 7% just since February, and hot dogs are up 11%.  Gasoline prices are at their highest level in seven years, at more than $3 a gallon in many Indiana counties.  If your car didn’t make it to grandma’s house for the cookout, used car and truck prices have jumped 10%.
         Joe Biden claimed that he would not raise taxes on those making under $400,000 when he ran for President.  That promise won’t mean much to voters if the prices of everything they need to buy keeps climbing month after month.

For the Fifteenth Time

         Last week, Governor Eric Holcomb issued his 15th monthly statewide public health Emergency Order which extends to June 30th.   The Governor noted a few reasons for doing this, but the one becoming the most obvious is to continue to receive pandemic emergency funds.  There’s federal money that comes with exercising these governmental powers.

         The Governor and the legislature, (and to a lesser extent, the Attorney General), are in a legal battle over how sweeping the governor’s powers should be in these circumstances.  Governor Holcomb has filed a lawsuit to block a modest bill passed by the legislature to give a committee of legislators a seat at the table for a possible review of certain orders.  Attorney General Todd Rokita wants no part of disputing that new legislation. He has questioned some of the Governor’s actions in challenging that law. 

         On another matter, nineteen state legislators recently sent a letter asking the Governor to intervene in Indiana University’s Covid vaccine mandate for students.  Attorney General Rokita has questioned the legality of this based upon a new law on Covid vaccine passports passed by the legislature.  (The school might be able to require the vaccine, but they cannot ask students to prove that they are vaccinated.)  On Sunday Governor Holcomb was asked about this. He said that he would not intervene in the state university’s policy.  
         I find it curious that the governor has issued dozens of limitations on private businesses over the past year through a slew of executive orders. Yet, he won’t get involved in a state-run institution that might infringe upon the religious or conscience rights of several students who are concerned about a vaccine that is approved on an emergency use status. Students have always been among the lower risk groups, and the emergency is fading, but the Governor will let the vaccine mandate stand for this coming fall. 

These People Supposedly Care About Children?

         A new report published by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, states that preventing children from having access to pornography might be an infringement of their human rights. 

         UNICEF also claims that asking for age verification to access pornography online may deny children access to what it calls “vital sexuality education.”

         Linda Thompson, Director with the National Center on Sexual Exploitationdisagreed.  “UNICEF’s report ignores the vast body of research demonstrating the harms of pornography to children. By ignoring the real harms pornography can have, UNICEF is playing roulette with children’s health and safety. . . Mainstream pornography contains horrific sexual abuse, rape, incest, racism – all of which children should not consume.”

         UNICEF’s release of this report comes soon after the U.S. Agency for International Development announced the renewal of its longstanding partnership with UNICEF, committing an additional $300 million in US tax dollars for program funding. American tax dollars are UNICEF’s largest funding source with 2020 funding reaching almost $994 million.  UNICEF was founded after World War 2 to help displaced children after the war.

         More than 400 child safety experts from 26 countries have condemned UNICEF’s report.   

A Glimpse at Home School Numbers

         Home education of K12 students has seen a big increase during the Covid pandemic.  Specifically, parents teaching their children at home rather than sending them to a public or private school has doubled in the past year from 5% to 11%.   
         I have heard from many parents who are looking at home or private education because they have now seen what their children were being taught through remote learning during Covid, and they didn’t agree with it.

        No one knows if this increase will hold as public schools return to normal this fall.  Here is an interesting study showing who is choosing to home school and why.

The Biden Solution – Just Hide Your Faith 

         This is simply astonishing.  Think about this reaction. 

         There have been several stories about a wave of anti-Semitism sweeping through America that was exposed during the military conflict between the terrorist group Hamas and the country of Israel.  As the debate heated up last week, Aaron Kayak, the Jewish Engagement Director for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, tweeted:  “It pains me to say this, but if you fear for your life or physical safety take off your kippah and hide your Star of David.”

In Their Own Words:

       “Real love isn’t an unlimited endorsement of just any behavior a person chooses to engage in. Many of those behaviors are inherently and inevitably harmful, and to endorse, approve, and encourage them is not loving; it is cold and uncaring. If we care about another person, we won’t approve behavior that is damaging and destructive to that person’s life.” – Josh McDowell


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