The Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (See below for latest blog posts.)

Supporting family values in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park

Welcome to the website of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA). We are a grassroots organization of citizens of Prince William County and the independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, Virginia, dedicated to supporting and promoting the values inherent in the concept of family. Learn more about us.

Where they stand

  • The principal goal of the Family Alliance is to help Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park voters learn more about candidates seeking to represent them in public office. Our focus is especially directed at the County and City school boards, the Board of County Supervisors and Manassas and Manassas Park City Councils. We also concentrate on State legislative candidates with the aim of informing the voting public on where candidates stand regarding key issues affecting the family. Here are some of the projects we are currently undertaking:
    • We’re soliciting the positions of candidates seeking statewide and legislative public offices in both the General and Primary elections in the 2020 election cycle and publicizing the results.
    • We maintain an active website (www.familyallianceonline.org) to draw attention to school issues, elections and the need for Christian leadership on issues affecting the family.
    • We seek to build a network of church contacts throughout Prince William and the two cities (Manassas and Manassas Park) with the aim of promoting the institution of the family and an educated electorate.

Some of our Achievements

  • Led the successful campaign for the Marriage Amendment in 2006, carrying Prince William County and Manassas by a larger margin than statewide.
  • Led the successful fight against off-track betting in Manassas Park in 2004.
  • Distributed Voter Guides to Prince William County churches area.
  • Successfully promoted internet filtering in public libraries and abstinence-based family life education.
  • Cited by The Federalist in Virginia Plans For All Public Schools To Allow Boys In Girls’ Bathrooms (thefederalist.com).

The 2020 Election

  • Nominating Conventions and Primary Elections: Prepared Voter Guides for the Republican Party’s nominating conventions and the June 23 Primary Races.
  • General Election: Prepared Voter Guides that focused upon the incumbent’s voting records.

Affect Public Policy – Help Us Protect our Community

Support our efforts! Visit our “Get Involved” section to join the PWMFA or to make an “online” contribution.

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WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE OUR GOVERNMENT WORK? — INFLATION

Here is the first in a series of posts that address practical problems. What can we do to make our government work? When it comes to government, don’t most of us feel helpless?

Woe is me! I am just one small lonely voice. The problem is so big and complicated. What can I do?

We solve big problems by breaking them apart into smaller, more manageable problems. If a problem is still too big for us, we join forces with other, like-minded people. Otherwise, the only excuse we have is that we have other problems that are more important we must solve first.

So, here is a simple example. There is lots of news about inflation.

Most of the news is relatively useless. Why? Most of the big media outlets are more interested in propagandizing us than informing us. When a huge company owns a news media outlet, that outlet becomes more valuable as a propaganda device for furthering the company’s political agenda (think Crony Capitalism) than it is as a profit making news outlet that its listeners have a good reason to trust.

What is inflation? Check out Inflation Definition: Formula & How to Calculate (investopedia.com).

Is inflation a horribly complex subject? No, and we have to understand the value of money. Because have to have money to buy the things we need for ourselves and our families we have to know how to use money wisely.

The first thing to realize is that the US dollar is fiat money (see Fiat Money Definition (investopedia.com). That is, our money is no longer backed by gold or silver. So, why is the US dollar worth anything? Taxes! Our government insists we pay our taxes with US dollars, and we pay lots of taxes. The need to pay our taxes creates a demand for those little green pieces of paper that they otherwise they would not have. And NO! That does not mean that a 100 percent tax rate would be a good thing.

How does the US dollar maintain its value? Historically, the Federal Reserve has tried to limit the money supply so that the growth of the money supply does not exceed the growth of the supply of the goods and services we buy with our money.

Congress, however, can just spend money that our government collects in taxes. That effectively increases the money supply, and the Federal Reserve cannot stop Congress. Only Congress can stop Congress, and Congress struggles to control its spending.

Why does Congress struggle with spending? Because legislators gain influence and power by spending our money, legislators suffer a strong temptation to spend freely. Spending is the big way congressmen bring home the bacon (Bring Home The Bacon | Definition of Bring Home The Bacon by Merriam-Webster) for their districts and states. Hence, we almost always have some inflation. Apparently, ambitious people think gaining power and influence has a higher priority than balancing the budget.

Is inflation a problem now? Consider these numbers from CPI Inflation Calculator (bls.gov) (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov))

Because the Biden Administration is trying to spend lots of money, we have already seen significant diminution in the value of a dollar.

If we project these last four months out for an entire year, that is an inflation rate of 7.05 percent.

How does that compare to the prior administration? Well, here is the calculation for the Trump administration.

The yearly average computes to an inflation rate of 1.92 percent.

What about the Obama administration?

The yearly average computes to an inflation rate of 1.88 percent.

Obviously, the spending surge has to stop. What can we do? We can help Congress control its urge to spend by insisting upon a balanced budget. Send your member in Congress and your senators a note. Tell them that you hold them responsible for establishing sensible budget priorities and balancing the budget. Tell them that you hold them responsible for maintaining the stable value of our currency.

You can contact your member of Congress and your senators at the links below.

What is the alternative? Imagine what happens if our money becomes worthless.

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POLITICAL HUMOR

Political satire has a long tradition. Here we have a simple observation. We hear much about the differences between the Left and the Right. However, the difference between a Communist (the extreme Left) and a NAZI (the extreme Right) is zero. That suggests that modelling the political spectrum using the terms Left and Right is really kind of ignorant.
(from World War II political cartoons – Wikipedia)

What is some of the political satire from this last week?

Generalized Fun

Wuhan Lab Leak

Biden At The G7 Summit

Immigration

Race

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BOOK REVIEW: THE TYRANNY OF BIG TECH BY SENATOR JOSH HAWLEY — Part 1

I am in the middle of reading the subject book, The Tyranny of Big Tech by Senator Josh Hawley. Since I think the book is something we all need to read, I decided to write a review. However, instead of just offering my own opinion, here is a list of alternative opinions. In part 2 of this two part series, I will offer my own observations

In New Book, Josh Hawley Takes On The Tyranny Of Big Tech (thefederalist.com)

Joe Allen provides a sympathetic review and a good description of the book.

The Tyranny of Big Tech unfolds in three parts. In the first, Hawley sketches a brief history of Gilded Age monopolies. In the second, he details the 21st century’s techno-capitalist takeover. I never thought I’d read a Republican author who’s grasped the work of tech-futurist Jaron Lanier, but Hawley’s full of surprises. The final section lays out the senator’s ambitious plan for antitrust legislation.

In New Book, Josh Hawley Takes On The Tyranny Of Big Tech (thefederalist.com)

If you want a good description of all three parts before you buy the book, read Allen’s review.

Antitrust: Hawley and Klobuchar on the big tech battles to come | Books | The Guardian

Lloyd Green‘s review is so partisan he really doesn’t tell his readers what Hawley’s book is about. Instead, we learn why he likes Senator Amy Klobuchar and thinks Hawley is a hypocrite.

On 6 January, Hawley gave a clench-fisted salute to pro-Trump militants and voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election. On the page, he doubles down.

Two weeks after the Capitol attack, Klobuchar told the presidential inauguration: “This is the day our democracy picks itself up, brushes off the dust and does what America always does.” She remains angry with Hawley and “Flyin’” Ted Cruz for the insurrection and its aftermath.

Antitrust: Hawley and Klobuchar on the big tech battles to come | Books | The Guardian

Are you are gullible enough to believe that the Capitol attack was an armed insurrection? Do you think that Liberals/Progressives are right to think that violent Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots are tolerable and the less violent January 6th rioters need to be kept in solitary confinement? Then you will like Green’s review. Allen’s review doesn’t provide much evidence he read either Hawley or Klobuchar’s books, but it is full of idiotic condemnation.

Josh Hawley’s ‘Big Tech’ Book Overthrows the Tyranny of Reality | WIRED

GILAD EDELMAN‘s review is hardly favorable, but he actually does review the content of Hawley’s book and Hawley’s policy proposals. Edelman focuses much of his review on what Hawley wrote about President Theodore Roosevelt’s battles with the robber barons of his day,

And so Hawley spends a large portion of the book recounting these historical roots. The hero of his narrative is Theodore Roosevelt, whom Hawley views as the champion of a small-r republican tradition dating back to the nation’s founding. “He believed that liberty depended on the independence of the common man and on his capacity to share in self-government,” Hawley writes. “He believed concentrations of wealth and power threatened the people’s control and thus their freedom.” Roosevelt established those bona fides by bringing a successful antitrust case against financier J. P. Morgan in 1904. But his republican vision met its tragic demise in the election of 1912, when Roosevelt lost to Democrat Woodrow Wilson, whom Hawley calls “the nation’s first prominent corporate liberal.” Where Roosevelt championed the common man, Wilson favored government by corporate aristocratic elites. Once in office, he put an end to the anti-monopoly movement, settling instead for friendly cooperation with big business. “This was the Wilsonian settlement, the triumph of corporate liberalism that would dominate America’s politics and political economy for a century and reach its apotheosis with Big Tech,” Hawley writes.

Josh Hawley’s ‘Big Tech’ Book Overthrows the Tyranny of Reality | WIRED

Edelman argues against Hawley’s interpretation of history. Edelman’s historical interpretation favors Democrats as the party of the common man and the true advocates of the anti-monopoly movement. If you want to understand some of the arguments against Hawley’s interpretation of history, Edelman’s article is a good place to start. It doesn’t hurt to look at both sides of an argument. However, you will have to have a good education in history to figure out whether Edelman or Hawley are right? As a practical matter the thing to keep in mind is that Edelman agrees Big Tech has gotten to big. His issue is who we trust to fix the problem.

Book review of The Tyranny of Big Tech by Josh Hawley – The Washington Post

Susan Benkelman’s review is unambiguously partisan, which is what one expects from The Washington Post.

Think about this bald-faced lie.

Hawley nonetheless devotes several pages to the claim, presumably because it so conveniently supports his premise that the companies are trying to suppress conservative voices. “Big Tech was more than a group of monopolies; it was a movement, just as the corporatists of the Gilded Age had represented a movement to change American life,” he writes.

The claim that the platforms are censoring conservative voices, though, is an unfounded one, researchers from New York University concluded in a study released in February.

And decisions by the companies about what user posts to allow and what to take down are complex. In content moderation, some calls, like disallowing posts involving violence or pornography, are easy. Others, like where to draw the line on misinformation, are harder. Another piece of this puzzle is whether the government should be dictating when and how private companies enforce their terms of service. Does it even want to?

Book review of The Tyranny of Big Tech by Josh Hawley – The Washington Post

The disdain that Liberal publications have for Conservatives requires them to censor Conservatives and then lie about it, but we all know that Big Tech is partisan. Apparently, Liberal/Progressives maintain the lie for legal reasons.

You want an example of The Washington Post’s objectivity? Read The media can be glad for the Biden White House’s return to normalcy. But let’s not be lulled. – The Washington Post.

That silly column begins by telling us how much better the Biden administration was supposed to be. We would supposedly see more truth and transparency. Meanwhile, our objective news media is not covering stories like this one, Secret Recordings Reveal Officials Discussing ‘Filthy’ Conditions of 4,632 Immigrant Kids Held in Texas Tent Camp – Reason.com, stories that might embarrass the Biden administration.

Think about the lies papers like The Washington Post told about the Trump administration.

So, what’s next?

Well, first I have to finish reading Hawley’s book.

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