... are going to get worse. Dig this.
For the fiscal year ending September 30th, southwest border apprehensions at average levels are on pace as the third worst year ever. The numbers would be even more dire save that the Biden administration enjoys a tailwind from comparatively favorable apprehensions numbers during the October 2020 to January 2021 stretch of the Trump administration.
Notwithstanding, the worst years are tightly clustered. If the last three months of the fiscal year came in only 80,000 above forecast, the Biden administration would hold the absolute record for the worst fiscal year at the southwest border.
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Going back to the suggestions in my Inflation Crouch post, where I pondered what might be the optimal strategies for an environment where government-spending inflation took off, we have this:
I've spent some time researching various crashes throughout history, looking for a theme in profitable investments. If there is one, I can't find it. The problem is that society becomes unstable. Markets and exchanges cease to function in an orderly manner. While you can own stock and property and wait out the mayhem, it's getting through the mayhem that is the real problem. Thus, the best course of action is one that helps you ride out the storm...
The goal would be to reduce your expenses to as small a number as you can. Here are just a couple of thoughts along those lines.
- Pay off your mortgage.
- Pay off all loans.
- Learn how to fix your cars.
- Learn how to make repairs on your house.
- Learn how to cook.
- Learn how to grow and preserve your own produce.
I'll add one more, perhaps the most important of all.
7. Get as far away as you can from unstable and morally degenerate neighborhoods.
Note: Yeah, I'm just going to go there. If you're murdering a large percentage of your babies through abortion and abandoning the women you get pregnant if they do give birth, then morally degenerate is a solid description. All of the attendant pathologies are lumped in as well - murder, theft, poor school performance, drug use and the like. That's degenerate and there's no point in hiding it with nice words.
The people who currently live in bad neighborhoods will suffer the most. We're going to import about 2 million unskilled illegals who will happily work under the table for less than minimum wage. I've seen it in the lives of the gardener and maid who used to work for my parents. The gardener can't find a landscaping job and is having to work in Las Vegas, installing windows. It doesn't take Nostradamus to foresee that those jobs will soon be taken by the illegals as well.
The illegals are going to devour Federal money, too. The deficit isn't coming down which means our inflation drivers will remain or get worse. Federal social spending won't keep up with inflation, so the living standards of the poor, read: those living in degenerate neighborhoods, are going to decline. If you think they're violent now, just wait until their real household incomes decline because of inflation.
This amplifies what I'd said before about society becoming unstable. It won't be uniformly distributed across the country, so there will be places that escape the unrest. The key is to find those before you need them.
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