🇺🇸 Cash to Kyiv
May 23, 2022

Good morning and happy Monday! A newborn was given the middle name Sky, which makes a lot of sense after you hear the story…

Plus, this guy really loves when any meal includes two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame-seed bun...

Also, this Flag Find will teach you how to tame inflation.

Flag Polls


ab521640-e2ad-6400-4ea0-8848d603c575.png 5/20: Biden Job Approval, Rasmussen Reports Approve 40,
Disapprove 58
R 5/20: Generic Congress Vote, Rasmussen Reports Republicans 48,
Democrats 39
D 5/19: Generic Congress Vote, NPR/PBS/Marist Republicans 42,
Democrats 47

Trending On The Left


Huffington Post: Rep. Madison Cawthorn Vows 'Dark MAGA' Revenge For His Election Loss

CNN: Clarence Thomas calls out John Roberts as SCOTUS edges closer to overturning Roe v. Wade

Vox: Doug Mastriano really believes Trump’s lies about 2020. He also might be PA's next governor

Trending On The Right


Wash Examiner: FL appeals court reinstated a GOP-friendly map, overturning ruling blocking the map

DW: Hillary Clinton Approved Handing Alfa-Bank Claims To Media Despite Doubts

Fox: NBC joins NYT, WaPo, Politico in verifying laptop dismissed as Russian disinfo in 2020

POWERED BY ADVANTAGE GOLD

One Thing Every American Can Agree On

In the land of free speech, we are bound to have our differences. However, if there's one thing most Americans can agree on, it's that inflation is out of control. In fact, it's hovering near 40-year highs, which is quite frankly insane. 

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QUICK CLICKS

Economic Worries, Baby Formula Drop, Monkeypox


US: Americans feel uneasy as economic concerns grow (CBS)

US: Baby formula arrives in Indianapolis from Germany on US military aircraft to address critical need (CNN) + Baby formula bill faces rocky terrain in Senate (The Hill)

US: Biden on Monkeypox: Outbreak should concern 'everybody,' as health experts are baffled (Fox News)

US: Covid cases are surging again—here's what to expect this summer, experts say (CNBC)

World: Biden says ‘hello’ to North Korea’s Kim amid tensions over weapons tests (NBC)

US: McCormick and Oz joust over counting of undated ballots (POLITICO)

US: Morgan Freeman, Late John McCain Among Americans Banned From Russia (Newsweek)

World: Putin has secret grandchild fathered by dancer named Zelensky: report (NY Post)

World: Why Turkey is blocking bids by Sweden and Finland to join NATO (The Economist)

Sports: Tiger Woods makes shock career-first call as leg injuries take its toll (Fox Sports)

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Cash to Kyiv

Last week, Congress approved a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, which President Joe Biden signed into law this weekend. There had been a debate among some lawmakers as to whether the move is appropriate given inflation and other economic challenges here in the US.
 

News Coverage from the LeftBiden signs $40 billion aid package to Ukraine while in Seoul (CNN)
 

News Coverage from the Right: Hawley says 'astronomical' $40B Ukraine aid bill is evidence of Biden's 'misplaced priorities' and hurts US (Fox News)


From The Flag: Meanwhile, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, with ongoing reports of crimes against civilians. Here’s more from both sides concerning this latest round of funding.

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Spending Endlessly on a Foreign War Is No Recipe for Success


  • Spending this much money in such an unruly fashion does nothing to support Americans, as it fails to make them stronger at home or advance foreign interests.
  • Beltway Republicans and Democrats are ignoring China, a more significant threat, in order to advance neoliberal interests in Ukraine.
  • Even for Republican lawmakers who agreed with this funding, questions remain, including what the long-term plan is for Ukraine.

“Bloated House $40 Billion Ukraine Aid Package Puts Americans Last” James Jay Carafano, The Heritage Foundation: “When it comes to foreign policy, our elected officials should be focused on one thing above all else—keeping America free, safe, and prosperous. … The president’s proposed supplemental appropriation for supporting Ukraine in its defense against Russia’s invasion fails to meet these criteria—and Congress has willingly gone along with the ruse. …  The package is too large, too bloated, and completely lacking in strategy. … The president’s approach to Russia has been a failure from day one. … Let’s talk about a realistic plan and a real strategy to counter America’s adversaries. … And instead of policies that make us weaker on the world stage, let’s implement policies that secure our borders, empower domestic energy production, and get our economy roaring again. It’s what a strong America at home and abroad means.”

“​​Biden and Beltway GOP ignoring China while wasting money and effort on irrelevant Ukraine” Christian Whiton, Super Macro (Substack): “While our bipartisan ruling elite clearly deny it judging by their actions, China is our foremost adversary in the world. … Washington should understand this reality and embrace it. Forget about promoting human rights in abstract, which in recent years has become more about attempting to spread neoliberalism globally. … Of course, Washington in its current political composition will do nothing of the sort. … a majority of both parties in Washington still thinks it is 1991 where we are the sole superpower, have money to burn, and haven’t racked up an appalling string of foreign failures. The Democrats are hoping increasingly elusive success in Ukraine will cause people and governments around the world to forget the humiliating loss Joe Biden achieved in Afghanistan last summer. It’s anyone’s guess why Beltway Republicans are joining them.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: What’s Next in Ukraine? Americans Deserve a Plan Sen. Marco Rubio, Real Clear Politics Op-ed

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

GOP Growing Increasingly Unwilling To Send Ukraine Funding


  • Originally only a small number of Republicans opposed sending aid to Ukraine, but that’s rapidly changing.
  • While ensuring a free Ukraine should remain the US goal, it’s also not advisable to enter into all-out war.
  • Opposition from some Republicans concerning the passing of this aid package suggests bipartisan support for Ukraine could be faltering.

“The list of anti-Ukraine Republican lawmakers is quickly growing” Paul Kane, The Washington Post: “Little by little… with each proposal, a few more Republicans would sign up: eight Republicans opposed suspending trade privileges for Russia in mid-March; 17 Republicans opposed a resolution supporting Moldova, whose leaders fear their Ukraine-bordering nation could be Putin’s next target; 19 opposed a similar resolution in support for Georgia. ​​Then, on April 27, 55 House Republicans opposed legislation to build secure telecommunications networks in Ukraine and neighboring nations. Finally, on Tuesday, 57 Republicans opposed President Biden’s request for $40 billion in weapons and humanitarian aid, with some saying the legislation had been rushed to the floor without detailed consideration. All Democrats backed the president’s request. … These Republicans sum up their world view in blunt, nationalist terms. … These views are anathema to traditional Republican hawks as well as Democrats in line with Biden, who push for a vigorous foreign policy that works to unify allies, particularly in Europe.”

“The War in Ukraine Is Getting Complicated, and America Isn’t Ready” Editorial Board, The New York Times: “The Senate passed a $40 billion emergency aid package for Ukraine on Thursday, but with a small group of isolationist Republicans loudly criticizing the spending and the war entering a new and complicated phase, continued bipartisan support is not guaranteed. … In March, this board argued that the message from the United States and its allies to Ukrainians and Russians alike must be: No matter how long it takes, Ukraine will be free. … but in the end, it is still not in America’s best interest to plunge into an all-out war with Russia, even if a negotiated peace may require Ukraine to make some hard decisions. … Is the United States, for example, trying to help bring an end to this conflict, through a settlement … Or is the United States now trying to weaken Russia permanently? … destabilizing Vladimir Putin or having him removed?”

One more opinion piece from the Left: GOP cry of ‘America first’ returns over aid to Ukraine Jamie Dupree, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Opinion

FLAG THIS

Money for US Businesses Blocked, 6 in 10 Support Sending Ukraine Funds


In juxtaposition to the $40 billion Congress approved for Ukraine, last week the Senate blocked a proposed $48 billion package that would have gone to US restaurants and small businesses (The Hill).

Meanwhile, a poll conducted last week found 60% of respondents think sending money to Ukraine is a good idea, while 20% said it was a bad idea, and 18% weren’t sure (Economist/YouGov).

Flag Poll: Do you agree with the decision to send $40 billion in funding toward Ukraine’s war effort? Click here to share your thoughts.

FLAG FINDS

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WATERCOOLER

Bonnie and Clyde, Great Listeners, Peasant Strike

On May 23, 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, Louisiana. Above is a photograph of the infamous outlaw couple.

Harvard Business Review: What Great Listeners Actually Do

Scientific AmericanWhy Don’t We Forget How to Ride a Bike?

Nautilus: Why We Procrastinate

Today I Learned about Secessio Plebis which was a form of revolt first introduced in ancient Rome. When the ruling class of Rome would become too corrupt or unjust to the commoners, the commoners would band together, evacuate the entire city and leave the elites to fend for themselves.

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