Do people have any idea what is going to happen to the global economy?

David Buckner is one of the smartest people we know when it comes to the economy and what's coming, so with everything happening in the world today it's no surprise Glenn wanted to meet with him during his New York visit. Are Americans prepared for what's coming...and coming soon?

Let’s start with Davos.

David: Isn’t that a lovely place?

Glenn: I don’t know. I’ve never been there.

David: Nor have I.

Glen: But all of the bigwig jets—

David: Yeah, 1,700 jets, these are people, private jets flying in to talk about global warming.

Glenn: Right, and they’re talking about the world economy.

David: And they’re mostly billionaires talking about the inequality in the market.

Glenn: Correct. So they’re there, and one of these guys, there was a story up on TheBlaze last week, and I actually agreed with everything that he said somewhat, you know, but the fact that he was flying in on his corporate jet and, you know, eating like a $300 hamburger kind of took the taint off, but he was saying that Americans and the rest of the world need to understand you’re going to have to do with a lot less soon. And I saw that, and I thought okay, again, he’s on the corporate jet eating the $400 hamburger, but he’s right. People don’t have any idea that what is coming is going to be dramatically different.

David: He’s right for reasons that you and I may not see the world looking at. We think we need to because we need to be self-reliant, financially prudent, stay within our means. Pay as you go. If you can’t pay, don’t go. That maybe our philosophical view.

His view on doing less, what we need to do more with less is this, first of all, what does America provide? He knows that we don’t produce a lot. Most manufacturing is done in Malaysia and other places. Services, most services have gone to India because India has got English-speaking, well educated, no infrastructure. They don’t produce stuff, but they have services. Where do you find all of the lower cost locations in the world? You can go there, so he knows that. So, we don’t offer production. Two, we’re not offering the dollar much anymore, because if you think about the dollar, that’s for the exchange of oil.

Well, guess what, China signs an agreement with Russia, no longer going to exchange with the dollar, using the dollar. Seventeen days later, Australia signs with China. Australia? No, they’re not part of that fraternity. Australia signs. Seventeen other countries have now signed. They’re not going to exchange using the dollar as the basis for exchange. So what happens when there’s a lot of excess dollars and people have been hoarding because they need it for oil, then no longer need it?

And as oil prices go down, how many of them actually need it even if they do use dollars? So, what happens? Dollars go on the market. So, he knows first of all, the dollar is not relevant or as relevant as it was. We don’t produce as much. We’re not that critical. We outsource everything. We buy things from others. We’ve become an outsourced economy where we transfer any wealth that comes in from rich to poor if we can, the innovators and creators to those that don’t have jobs. Rather than giving them a job, we give them the money, and the third thing that they look at is they say okay, you are invested in America as military weapons producers.

But guess what, what does he know? The next war is not going to be military. It’s going to be cyber. It’s going to be banking. It’s going to be financial. So, all the things that we add value to the world, production, innovation, no longer. We punish innovators, right? The dollar, not really needed anymore, especially if you bypass it, and I’m not talking about creating a new currency. I’m just talking about they just decide to exchange between themselves.

Glenn: Right.

David: And what do we finally have? The reality of it is our big picture of we’re going to make something, we’re going to produce something, we have the dollar, we’re going to have military…we don’t care about your military anymore. We can change one dot, one one or one zero. We can cyber attack, which you’ve shown it all over the place, and America is pretty much less relevant. The only thing we have left over is consumption. We consume. So, we walk in, we’re the fattest person. We walk in, we go, “We want to eat. Prepare food.” “Do you have money?” “No, but we’ll borrow from you.” “Really, you’re just going to run up your tab?” “Yeah, but we consume the most. You need us to stay in business.” So, if others walk through the door and say I can actually pay for it, they’re not going to come to us. You don’t want to be the fattest person.

Glenn: How long?

David: Again, each of these dominoes require a couple of things that the poppy seeds can mitigate, and they only mitigate. They don’t take away. Trust me, if a bank has no money and no ability to make its money, even though you slow down the run on the bank, the bank still has no money. That’s where we are. So even though we can slow this down, as interest rates go up, that’s going to reveal more of what we have. As we won’t produce, we’re not going to manufacture.

Glenn: They’re talking about negative interest rates now in the United States.

David: They are, but that’s more like when you think about deflation and things like that, you’re talking about at a point in time where they want people to take things. But let me be clear, regulation will probably protect us from negative interest rates for a season. Dodd-Frank and many of these others are so restrictive that nobody can get loans. Any money that’s going in right now that you want to borrow, it’s not being loaned here.

It’s actually hurting the poor, because if you are able to allow a natural bank to increase interest rates so people can deposit and lenders could borrow, now the poor who hold cash put their money in there, and they’re getting half a percent. You get to negative, all the elderly, all the pensioners, all the cash holders, all the poor who hold cash…

Glenn: Would you agree this is the biggest theft in the history of the world, what’s going on right now around the world?

David: It is probably the largest on scale illusion. I’ll put it that way, and I want to be careful here because banking is an illusion. Investment relies upon illusion, but I don’t believe that it relies on trust. I call this an illusion. There’s a difference between trust and an illusion. President Reagan used to say trust but verify, okay? Same kinds of things, trust is based upon you and I could actually put it out there, show that we’ve got it, we’re good to go, okay?

Glenn: Correct.

David: Illusion is you don’t need to see it.

Glenn: Don’t ask.

David: You don’t need to see it.

Glenn: Right.

David: And as long as you believe it, you’ll never need to see it. That to me is the most terrifying part of it.

Glenn: So, let me switch gears. Pat and I were talking over the weekend, and I said I think it’s time we take our family to Europe and see Europe, because I don’t know if it’s 1933 or 1939, but the world is going to change, and it might be 1950 before we could get back there. If I would have said in 1933, you know what, let’s go see Germany, no, let’s wait. Come back in 1950, it’s not the same place. With the way things are shaping up with ISIS, with the Fascists all across Europe, with the Communists now coming to play, am I wrong to think that maybe it’s time to go see things that you might not see again?

David: I think you’re right, full stop, period, okay? But I will tell you this, there’s a fundamental problem that Europe has that it can’t fix, which is why you go. Europe has this egalitarian approach to everybody’s got to be equal. There is no fiscal responsibility from the top. Even the Central Bank doesn’t have the control, so when one child steps out of line or one child is not perfectly aligned with the others, and you just saw it in Greece. You’re seeing a far move in Greece.

All of a sudden, the other countries are saying wait, you do that, you destroy the whole family picture. You can’t tell me what to do. That creates huge stress within the family of the euro zone, so that point you’re going to start seeing the drachma is going to come back. I start seeing that the euro as a currency, the system as an organized everybody will be equal—

Glenn: You also have Dugin in Russia who is pushing…I mean, that’s why Le Pen is being pushed and financed by Russia. PEGIDA is on this, and it is nationalism. It is you’re Germans, you’re Italians, you’re Frenchmen, and stand up for that, which again, Fascism, the Holocaust came from those.

David: If you can isolate and make them smaller.

Glenn: It tears everything apart.

David: It does. The fabric tears. You have no tapestry, and not that the tapestry is elegant, but when you divide, it’s why NATO was formed, not that it’s good, bad, or indifferent, but why it was formed to say look, you mess with my brother, I will be there to help the best I can.

Glenn: What’s going to happen to Europe, David?

David: Europe has got a severe challenge in the future, because the storm is going to be there, and they can’t fix it because they can’t agree. So, while the United States can isolate, we can stop, and we can look externally, which we haven’t done. We can look externally and protect ourselves. They can’t.

So, I candidly believe that Greece has its moment coming where the drachma, you’re going to see a pushback. Italy then is going to have to say how do we get bailed out from all the debt we’ve given them? France, Spain, all the others that our debt-ridden are going to have to say how do we do it? And one way they’re going to try to do it, and this is what might be interesting in the United States, is they woo our businesses for safe havens like Switzerland once did, and they bring us there. Whether companies really want to do that or not, that may be their only way, and we may be foolish enough to be pushing our people that way by saying we’re going to tax our way into prosperity. It can’t work.

Big picture is they’re going to have to break apart. There’s going to be some isolationism, and they’re going to see arduous battles in that community to try to figure out can the overall EC group keep it together or are you going to have those people breaking it apart? And that’s where all these isms, where the isms come in. It gets really scary because you can have an ism in a community. It’s hard to have a guaranteed ism across a large organization.

That’s the balancing of isms, but you get one little ism here, you’ve got Greece doing what they’re doing, you have Italy that may go this way, you have France this way, all of a sudden these little isms, and you have fiefdoms and kingdoms that start battle. Then it gets really scary.

Glenn: China?

David: China is a fascinating place. I love the people in China genuinely. The problem is my time when I meet with them and I talk about markets and I talk about business and I try to explain how markets work, many of them while embracing conceptually have been so raised in an environment where planned and state-owned enterprises control everything. You drive in from Pudong Airport in Shanghai, there’s tall buildings that are empty. The plan is elegant. I mean, you see the roads mapped out, but they’re empty. There’s no efficiency there. You ask people, and they go, “Well, they’ll fill them some time.” And so there’s a false economy because you can’t really see supply and demand. It makes it unpredictable.

Glenn: How clear is it? I saw some pictures. This morning we were looking at how bad the environment is over in China, and we couldn’t believe some of the pictures we saw.

David: You would be stunned.

Glenn: I was stunned.

David: I go to Beijing in January and February. I was there last year on the worst…you’re supposed to have so many particulates per, and it was thousands above it. People walk around, you know, everybody’s got the masks, and they even have these that they buy with little kitty things. It’s a fashion accessory. You walk out, and you smell, it feels like you are at the back of a jet engine. It’s pretty strong.

So many of my colleagues that are really dear friends genuinely that I’ve met there, they’re the people, you know, have lung problems and challenges. It is so…Beijing specifically, where I’ve been, that’s the place that is the worst that I’ve observed. Shanghai can be, but it’s got, you know, but it is so sad because the pollution just settles in. It’s winter. It gets cold, but the laws and things that they’ve got for environment are not in keeping, and with that it’s not just the laws, even if they worked. State-owned enterprises, you know, it would be less productive if they have to regulate as much.

It’s really significant. It’s the only place I’ve ever been where I woke up in the morning and go, “Wow, that’s a lot of fog. Where’s the river?” No, it’s fog. Really? You can’t see. It’s the only place I’ve been where it is outside looking out, you don’t see it.

Glenn: Yet these are the ones that the people in the United States say lead us.

David: They may lead us in the ability to replicate and produce, but they don’t lead us in environment.

Glenn: Oh no, talk to Al Gore.

David: I understand. I’m telling you, they don’t lead us.

Glenn: I know.

David: In fact, I’m telling you they don’t. We both know this.

Glenn: Well, I saw the pictures.

David: I breathe it. Anytime in the winter, anybody will tell you as lovely as that wonderful city is and the people, the pollution that just socks in and stays there, and there’s not much they can do. When they had the Olympics there, they had a moratorium on cars and people coming in, you know, the number of cars that could come in. Even now they have if you have a car, you only have certain days you can drive, and even with that regulation, the pollution just is outrageous. It’s a sad situation to see because they’re good people that are experiencing disease.

Glenn: I talked to Peter Thiel, a pretty wise guy, and he said I think we make it to the next election, but whoever becomes president the next time, he said you can only have this poppy field for so long. He said you can only hold onto this illusion before it just completely falls apart. You agree with that?

David: I agree that politics plays into the illusion or the trust. The trust is we can verify or the illusion is don’t worry about it. I believe that an election, after up to the election, everything gets clouded for me. It bothers me because I’m a practical person. Just tell me what’s true. I don’t care if you’re an ism on the right or an ism on the left, tell me what’s true. Tell me the truth. And leading up to the election, we get too many photo, you know, ops. We don’t get truth. No one talks about investing, government investing, with truth. Governments don’t invest. They transfer. They can’t invest. They don’t create anything. It’s inherently inaccurate to say that, and yet during the elections, we’re going to invest in the people, we’re going to invest in schools.

So, we’ll get up to that election, we’ll get past the election, if there’s an exuberance for a candidate, somebody that may come from behind and says this is great, and people like him, charismatic, you know, central enough to satisfy some, far enough to one way or the other—

Glenn: Like Elizabeth Warren.

David: Yeah…wow, I thought you were talking about Greece for a moment there. You took my breath away on that one. But if you get somebody that people go, “This is great…,” I mean, I have to go back to where I was a child. Ronald Reagan, like him or hate him, people go, “This is great!” The Hollywood, Californians liked him.

Glenn: I don’t think anybody who has announced or skating around, I don’t see anybody that everybody—

David: There’s no romance in it right now, and the problem is you’ve got a lot of people that go well, it’s the Hillary thing, you know? I don’t think there would be great romance even for those that are embracing her right now. I don’t think there’s romance. It’s a known quantity. Even when they talk about Jeb Bush, well, it’s a known quantity. I mean, they’re talking about known quantities. Why can’t America be innovative? Why can’t we go out and say somebody who has ideals, who, by the way, when in office will be my president?

I’ve told my son 100 times, he goes to school, I say you need to understand Barack Obama is my president. I want you to know that. We are Americans. I want you to recognize that. I would say the same thing with George W. Bush, he’s my president. And then we talk candidly about real issues and where things align and don’t align because I want my children to understand there’s a necessity to be loyal to my country, but the flipside of that is if we don’t get that, there’s no romance.

There was some romance because of firsts, but if there’s no sense of real, practical, verifiable, you know, principles with integrity and tell me the truth…I just want to know the truth. Don’t tell me what I want to hear, and guess what, I’m going to pay my way, and yet, you’re going to give me a chance to innovate, and I can succeed. If you don’t have anybody say that, we get into that next election, that perfect storm, the fear I have is a perfect storm happens to us, and we don’t take control of where that perfect storm goes, and that’s the worry I have. That’s where he’s right.

It could hit that moment, we get past that election and then go okay, no hope, no confidence, let the weather happen, and it just hits us. We have interest. We have dollars that don’t matter. We don’t produce anything. All of a sudden, the rest of the economy and the world says, “What do you guys do anymore? You used to be America. Now you’re and also-ran, you know?” Yeah, the big eaters, and that to me is the most unnerving part of where we’re going to go.

It's time for our April 29, 2019 edition of our Candidate Power Rankings. We get to add two new candidates, write about a bunch of people that have little to no chance of winning, and thank the heavens we are one day closer to the end of all of this.

In case you're new here, read our explainer about how all of this works:

The 2020 Democratic primary power rankings are an attempt to make sense out of the chaos of the largest field of candidates in global history.

Each candidate gets a unique score in at least thirty categories, measuring data like polling, prediction markets, fundraising, fundamentals, media coverage, and more. The result is a candidate score between 0-100. These numbers will change from week to week as the race changes.

The power rankings are less a prediction on who will win the nomination, and more a snapshot of the state of the race at any given time. However, early on, the model gives more weight to fundamentals and potentials, and later will begin to prioritize polling and realities on the ground.

These power rankings include only announced candidates. So, when you say "WAIT!! WHERE'S XXXXX????" Read the earlier sentence again.

If you're like me, when you read power rankings about sports, you've already skipped ahead to the list. So, here we go.

See previous editions here.

20. Wayne Messam: 13.4 (Last week: 18th / 13.4)

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A former staffer of Wayne Messam is accusing his wife of hoarding the campaign's money.

First, how does this guy have "former" staffers? He's been running for approximately twelve minutes.

Second, he finished dead last in the field in fundraising with $44,000 for the quarter. Perhaps hoarding whatever money the campaign has is not the worst idea.

His best shot at the nomination continues to be something out of the series "Designated Survivor."

Other headlines:

19. Marianne Williamson: 17.1 (Last week: 17th / 17.1)

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Marianne Williamson would like you to pay for the sins of someone else's great, great, great grandparents. Lucky you!

Williamson is on the reparations train like most of the field, trying to separate herself from the pack by sheer monetary force.

How much of your cash does she want to spend? "Anything less than $100 billion is an insult." This is what I told the guy who showed up to buy my 1989 Ford Tempo. It didn't work then either.

Other headlines:

18. John Delaney: 19.7 (Last week: 15th / 20.3)

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Good news: John Delaney brought in $12.1 million in the first quarter, enough for fifth in the entire Democratic field!

Bad news: 97% of the money came from his own bank account.

Other headlines:

17. Eric Swalwell: 20.2 (Last week: 16th / 20.2)

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The Eric Swalwell formula:

  • Identify news cycle
  • Identify typical left-wing reaction
  • Add steroids

Democrats said there was obstruction in the Mueller report. Swalwell said there “certainly" was collusion.

Democrats said surveillance of the Trump campaign was no big deal. Swalwell said there was no need to apologize even if it was.

Democrats said William Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report. Swalwell said he must resign.

Democrats say they want gun restrictions. Swalwell wants them all melted down and the liquid metal to be poured on the heads of NRA members. (Probably.)

16. Seth Moulton: 20.6 (NEW)

Who is Seth Moulton?

No, I'm asking.

Moulton falls into the category of congressman looking to raise his profile and make his future fundraising easier— not someone who is actually competing for the presidency.

He tried to block Nancy Pelosi as speaker, so whatever help he could get from the establishment is as dry as Pelosi's eyes when the Botox holds them open for too long.

Moulton is a veteran, and his military service alone is enough to tell you that he's done more with his life than I'll ever do with mine. But it's hard to see the road to the White House for a complete unknown in a large field of knowns.

Don't take my word for it, instead read this depressing story that he's actually telling people on purpose:

"I said, you know, part of my job is take tough questions," Moulton told the gathered business and political leaders. "You can ask even really difficult questions. And there was still silence. And then finally, someone in the way back of the room raised her hand, and she said, 'Who are you?' "

Yeah. Who are you?

15. Tim Ryan: 21.6 (Last week: 14th / 20.7)

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When you're talking to less than sixteen people in Iowa one week after your launch, you don't have too much to be excited about.

Ryan did get an interview on CNN, where he also talked to less than sixteen people.

He discussed his passion for the Dave Matthews Band, solidifying a key constituency in the year 1995.

Other headlines:

14. Tulsi Gabbard: 25.2 (Last week: 14th / 25.9)

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Tulsi Gabbard torched Kamala Harris in fundraising!!!!! (Among Indian-American donors.)

No word on who won the coveted handi-capable gender-neutral sodium-sensitive sub-demographic.

She received a mostly false rating for her attack on the Trump administration regarding its new policy on pork inspections, a topic not exactly leading the news cycle. Being from Hawaii, the state which leads the nation in Spam consumption, she was probably surprised when this didn't go mega viral.

Other headlines:

13. Andrew Yang: 27.2 (Last week: 12th / 27.1)

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Yang has a few go-to lines when he's on the campaign trail, such as: "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Another is apparently the Jeb-esque "Chant my name! Chant my name!"

Yang continues to be one of the more interesting candidates in this race, essentially running a remix of the "One Tough Nerd" formula that worked for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

I highly recommend listening to his interview with Ben Shapiro, where Yang earns respect as the only Democratic presidential candidate in modern history to actually show up to a challenging and in-depth interview with a knowledgeable conservative.

But hidden in the Shapiro interview is the nasty little secret of the Yang campaign. His policy prescriptions, while still very liberal, come off as far too sane for him to compete in this Stalin look-alike contest.

Other headlines:

12. Jay Inslee: 30.4 (Last week: 11th / 30.4)

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If you read the Inslee candidate profile, I said he was running a one-issue climate campaign. This week, he called for a climate change-only debate, and blamed Donald Trump for flooding in Iowa.

He also may sign the nation's first "human composting" legalization bill. He can start by composting his presidential campaign.

Other headlines:

11. John Hickenlooper: 32.2 (Last week: 10th / 32.0)

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John Hickenlooper was sick of being asked if he would put a woman on the ticket, in the 0.032% chance he actually won the nomination.

So he wondered why the female candidates weren't being asked if they would name a male VP if they won?

Seems like a logical question, but only someone who is high on tailpipe fumes would think it was okay to ask in a Democratic primary. Hickenlooper would be better served by just transitioning to a female and demanding other candidates are asked why they don't have a transgendered VP.

Other headlines:

10. Julian Castro: 35.7 (Last week: 9th / 36.2)

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Lowering expectations is a useful strategy when your wife asks you to put together an Ikea end table, or when you've successfully convinced Charlize Theron to come home with you. But is it a successful campaign strategy?

Julian Castro is about to find out. He thinks the fact that everyone thinks he's crashing and burning on the campaign trail so far is an "advantage." Perhaps he can take the rest of the field by surprise on Super Tuesday when they finally realize he's actually running.

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9. Kirsten Gillibrand: 38.1 (Last week: 8th / 37.8)

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Gillibrand wants you to know that the reason her campaign has been such a miserable failure so far, is because she called for a certain senator to step down. The problem might also be that another certain senator isn't a good presidential candidate.

She also spent the week arm wrestling, and dancing at a gay bar called Blazing Saddle. In this time of division, one thing we can all agree on: Blazing Saddle is a really solid name for a gay bar.

Other headlines:

8. Amy Klobuchar: 45.1 (Last week: 7th / 45.5)

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Klobuchar is attempting a run in the moderate wing of the Democratic primary, which would be a better idea if such a wing existed.

She hasn't committed to impeaching Donald Trump and has actually voted to confirm over half of his judicial nominees. My guess is this will not be ignored by her primary opponents.

She also wants to resolve an ongoing TPS issue, which I assume means going by Peter Gibbons' desk every morning and making sure he got the memo about the new cover sheets.

Other headlines:

7. Elizabeth Warren: 45.3 (Last week: 6th / 46.0)

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Elizabeth Warren is bad at everything she does while she's campaigning. I don't really even watch Game of Thrones, and the idea that Warren would write a story about how the show proves we need more powerful women makes me cringe.

Of course, more powerful people of all the 39,343 genders are welcome, but it's such a transparent attempt at jumping on the back of a pop-culture event to pander to female voters, it's sickening.

We can only hope that when she's watching Game of Thrones, she's gonna grab her a beer.

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6. Cory Booker: 54.9 (Last week: 5th / 55.5)

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Booker is tied with Kamala Harris for the most missed Senate votes of the campaign so far. He gets criticized for this, but I think he should miss even more votes.

Booker is also pushing a national day off on Election Day—because the approximately six months of early voting allowed in every state just isn't enough.

Of course, making it easier to vote doesn't mean people are going to vote for Booker. So he's throwing trillions of dollars in bribes (my word, not his) to seal the deal.

Bookermania is in full effect, with 40 whole people showing up to his appearance in Nevada. Local press noted that the people were of "varying ages," an important distinction to most other crowds, which are entirely comprised of people with the same birthday.

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5. Robert Francis O’Rourke: 60.2 (Last week: 4th /62.6)

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Kirsten Gillibrand gave less than 2% of her income to charity. The good news is that she gave about seven times as much as Beto O'Rourke. Robert Francis, or Bob Frank, also happens to be one of the wealthiest candidates in the race. His late seventies father-in-law has been estimated to be worth as much as $20 billion, though the number is more likely to be a paltry $500 million.

He's made millions from a family company investing in fossil fuels and pharmaceutical stocks, underpaid his taxes for multiple years, and is suing the government to lower property taxes on a family-owned shopping center.

He's also all but disappeared. It's a long race, and you don't win a nomination in April of the year before election day. If he's being frugal and figuring out what he believes, it might be a good move.

But it's notable that all the "pretty boy" hype that Bob Frank owned going into this race has been handed over to Mayor Pete. Perhaps Beto is spending his time working on curbing the sweating, the hand gestures, and the issues with jumping on counters like a feline.

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4. Pete Buttigieg: 62.9 (Last week: 3rd / 62.9)

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When we first put candidates in tiers earlier this year, we broke everyone into five categories from "Front Runners" to "Eh, no." In the middle is a category called "Maybe, if everything goes right," and that's where we put Pete Buttigieg.

Well, everything has gone right so far. But Mayor Pete will be interested to learn that the other 19 candidates in this race are not going to hand him this nomination. Eventually, they will start saying negative things about him (they've started the opposition research process already), and it will be interesting to see how Petey deals with the pressure. We've already seen how it has affected Beto in a similar situation.

The media has spoken endlessly about the sexual orientation of Buttigieg, but not every Democratic activist is impressed. Barney Frank thinks the main reason he's getting this amount of attention is because he is gay. And for some, being a gay man just means you're a man, which isn't good enough.

When you base your vote on a candidate's genitals, things can get confusing.

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3. Kamala Harris: 68.6 (Last week: 1st / 69.1)

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There are a couple of ways to view the Harris candidacy so far.

#1 - Harris launched with much fanfare and an adoring media. She has since lost her momentum. Mayor Pete and former Mayor Bernie have the hype, and Kamala is fading.

#2 - Harris is playing the long game. She showed she can make an impact with her launch, but realizes that a media "win" ten months before an important primary means nothing. She's working behind the scenes and cleaning up with donations, prominent supporters, and loads of celebrities to execute an Obama style onslaught.

I tend to be in category 2, but I admit that's somewhat speculative. Harris seems to be well positioned to make a serious run, locking up more than double the amount of big Clinton and Obama fundraisers than any other candidate.

One interesting policy development for Harris that may hurt her in the primary is her lack of utter disgust for the nation of Israel. There's basically one acceptable position in a Democratic primary when it comes to Israel, which is that it's a racist and terrorist state, existing only to torture innocent Palestinians.

Certainly no one is going to mistake Harris for Donald Trump, but a paragraph like this is poison to the modern Democratic primary voter:

"Her support for Israel is central to who she is," Harris' campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. "She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza."

Just portraying the rocket attacks as "attacks" is controversial these days for Democrats, and claiming they are responses to attacks indicates you think the Jeeeewwwwwwwws aren't the ones responsible for the start of every hostility. Heresy!

Someone get Kamala a copy of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' before she blows her chance to run the free world.

2. Bernie Sanders: 69.2 (Last week: 2nd / 68.3)

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If Bernie Sanders hates millionaires as much as he claims, he must hate the mirror. As a millionaire, it might surprise some that he donated only 1% to charity. But it shouldn't.

It's entirely consistent with Sandersism to avoid giving to private charity. Why would you? Sanders believes the government does everything better than the private sector. He should be giving his money to the government.

Of course, he doesn't. He takes the tax breaks from the evil Trump tax plan he derides. He spends his money on fabulous vacation homes. He believes in socialism for thee, not for me.

Yes, this is enough to convince the Cardi B's of the world, all but guaranteeing a lock on the rapper-and-former-stripper-that-drugged-and-stole-from-her-prostitution-clients demographic. But can that lack of consistency hold up in front of general election voters?

If Bernie reads this and would like a path to credibility, clear out your bank account and send it here:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Funds Management Branch
P.O. Box 1328
Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328


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1. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.: 78.8 (NEW)

Joe has run for president 113 times during his illustrious career, successfully capturing the presidency in approximately zero of his campaigns.

However, when the eternally woke Barack Obama had a chance to elevate a person of color, woman, or anything from the rainbow colored QUILTBAG, he instead chose the oldest, straightest, whitest guy he could find, and our man Robinette was the beneficiary.

Biden has been through a lot, much of it of his own making. Forget about his plagiarism and propensity to get a nostril full of each passing females' hair, his dealings while vice president in both Ukraine and China are a major general election vulnerability— not to mention a legal vulnerability for his children. But hey, win the presidency and you can pardon everyone, right?

His supposed appeal to rust belt voters makes him, on paper, a great candidate to take on Trump. The Clinton loss hinged on about 40,000 voters changing their mind from Hillary to Donald in a few states—the exact areas where victory could possibly be secured by someone named "Middle Class Joe" (as he alone calls himself.)

No one loves Joe Biden more than Joe Biden, and there's a relatively convincing case for his candidacy. But we must remember this unquestionable truth: Joe Biden is not good at running for president.

He's a gaffe machine that churns out mistake after mistake, hoping only to have his flubs excused by his unending charisma. But, will that work without the use of his legendary groping abilities? Only time, and a few dozen unnamed women, will tell.

Also, yes. Robinette is really his middle name.

If only Karl Marx were alive today to see his wackiest ideas being completely paraded around. He would be so proud. I can see him now: Sprawled out on his hammock from REI, fiddling around for the last vegan potato chip in the bag as he binge-watches Academy Awards on his 70-inch smart TV. In between glances at his iPhone X (he's got a massive Twitter following), he sips Pepsi. In his Patagonia t-shirt and NIKE tennis shoes, he writes a line or two about "oppression" and "the have-nots" as part of his job for Google.

His house is loaded with fresh products from all the woke companies. In the fridge, he's got Starbucks, he loves their soy milk. He's got Ben & Jerry's in the freezer. He tells everyone that, if he shaved, he'd use Gillette, on account of the way they stand up for the Have-Nots. But, really, Marx uses Dollar Shave Club because it's cheaper, a higher quality. Secretly, he loves Chic-Fil-A. He buys all his comic books off Amazon. The truth is, he never thought people would actually try to make the whole "communism" thing work.

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Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism. They use their status as corporations to spread a socialist message and encourage people to do their part in social justice. The idea of companies in America using socialism at all is as confusing and ridiculous as a donkey in a prom dress: How did this happen? Is it a joke? Why is nobody bursting out in laughter? How far is this actually going to go? Does someone actually believe that they can take a donkey to prom?

Companies have adopted a form of socialism that is sometimes called woke capitalism.

On the micro level, Netflix has made some socialist moves: The "like/dislike" voting system was replaced after a Netflix-sponsored stand-up special by Amy Schumer received as tidal wave of thumb-downs. This summer, Netflix will take it a step further in the name of squashing dissent by disabling user comments and reviews. And of course most of us share a Netflix account with any number of people. Beyond that, they're as capitalist as the next mega-company.

Except for one area: propaganda. Netflix has started making movie-length advertisements for socialism. They call them "documentaries," but we know better than that. The most recent example is "Knock Down the House," which comes out tomorrow. The 86-minute-long commercial for socialism follows four "progressive Democrat" women who ran in the 2018 midterms, including our favorite socialist AOC.

Here's a snippet from the movie so good that you'll have to fight the urge to wave your USSR flag around the room:

This is what the mainstream media wants you to believe. They want you to be moved. They want the soundtrack to inspire you to go out and do something.

Just look at how the mainstream media treated the recent high-gloss "documentary" about Ilhan Omar, "Time for Ilhan." It received overwhelmingly bad ratings on IMDb and other user-review platforms, but got a whopping 93% on the media aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

This is exactly what the media wants you to think of when you hear the word socialism. Change. Empowerment. Strength. Diversity. They spend so much energy trying to make socialism cool. They gloss right over the unbelievable death toll. BlazeTV's own Matt Kibbe made a great video on this exact topic.

Any notion of socialism in America is a luxury, made possible by capitalism. The woke companies aren't actually doing anything for socialism. If they're lucky, they might get a boost in sales, which is the only thing they want anyway.

We want to show you the truth. We want to tell you the stories you won't hear anywhere else, not on Netflix, not at some movie festival. We're going to tell you what mainstream media doesn't want you to know.

Look at how much history we've lost over the years. They changed it slowly. But they had to. Because textbooks were out. So people were watching textbooks. It was printed. You would bring the book home. Mom and dad might go through it and check it out. So you had to slowly do things.

Well, they're not anymore. There are no textbooks anymore. Now, you just change them overnight. And we are losing new history. History is being changed in realtime.

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You have to write down what actually is happening and keep a journal. Don't necessarily tell everybody. Just keep a journal for what is happening right now. At some point, our kids won't have any idea of the truth. They will not have any idea of what this country was, how it really happened. Who were the good guys. Who were the bad guys. Who did what.

As Michelle Obama said. Barack knows. We have to change our history. Well, that's exactly what's happening. But it's happening at a very rapid pace.

We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased.

I first said this fifteen years ago, people need clay plots. We have to preserve our history as people preserved histories in ancient days, with the dead see scrolls, by putting them in caves in a clay pot. We have to preserve our history. It is being systematically erased. And I don't mean just the history of the founding of our country. I mean the history that's happening right now.

And the history that's happening right now, you're a problem if you're a conservative or a Christian. You are now a problem on the left, if you disagree and fall out of line at all. This is becoming a fascistic party. And you know what a fascist is. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. If you believe it's my way or the highway, if you believe that people don't have a right to their opinion or don't have a right to their own life — you could do be a fascist.

Christianity might seem pretty well-protected in the U.S., but that's not the case in many parts of the globe.

On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers made the news for killing 290 innocent Christians in Sri Lanka and injuring another 500. On Tuesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre. Of course, the Western world mourned this tragic loss of life on a holy day of worship, but we forget that this isn't an isolated incident. Indeed, Christians are discriminated at extreme levels worldwide, and it needs to be brought to light. And whenever we do highlight brutal persecutions such as the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we need to call them what they are — targeted attacks against Christians. Sadly, many of our politicians are deathly afraid to do so.

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A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that Christians are harassed in 144 countries — the most of any other faith — slightly outnumbering Muslims for the top of the list. Additionally, Open Doors, a non-profit organization that works to serve persecuted Christians worldwide, found in their 2019 World Watch List that over 245 million Christians are seriously discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Sadly, this translates into 4,136 Christians killed and 2,625 either arrested, sentenced, imprisoned, or detained without trial over the year-long study period. And when it comes to churches, those in Sri Lanka were merely added to a long list of 1,266 Christian buildings attacked for their religion.

These breathtaking stats receive very little coverage in the Western world. And there seems to be a profound hesitation from politicians in discussing the issue of persecution against Christians. In the case of the Sri Lanka bombings, there's even a reluctance to use the word "Christian."

After the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue and New Zealand Mosque shootings, Democrats rightfully acknowledged the disturbing trend of targeted attacks against Jews and Muslims. But some of these same politicians refer to the Sri Lanka bombings with careless ambiguity.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face?

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, for instance, certainly did — calling the incursions "attacks on Easter worshippers." Understandably, the term confused and frustrated many Christians. Although, supporters of these politicians argued the term was appropriate since a recent Associated Press report used it, and it was later picked up by a variety of media outlets, including Fox News. However, as more Democrats like 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Dan Kildee continued to use the phrase "Easter worshippers," it became clear that these politicians were going out of their way to avoid calling a spade a spade.

So why is it so hard for our leaders to acknowledge the persecutions Christians face? For starters, Christianity in democratic countries like the U.S. is seen differently than in devastated countries like Somalia. According to Pew Research, over 70% of Americans are Christian, with 66% of those Christians being white and 35% baby boomers. So while diverse Christians from all over the world are persecuted for their faith—in the U.S., Christians are a dominant religion full of old white people. This places Christians at the bottom of progressives' absurd intersectional totem poll, therefore leaving little sympathy for their cause. However, the differing experiences of Christians worldwide doesn't take away from the fact that they are unified in their beliefs.

By refusing to name the faith of the Sri Lankan martyrs, politicians are sending a message that they have very little, if no, concern about the growing amount of persecution against Christians worldwide.

Martyrs don't deserve to be known as "Easter worshippers." They should be known by the Christian faith they gave their lives for. Decent politicians need to call the tragedy in Sri Lanka what it is — a vicious attack on the Christian faith.

Patrick Hauf (@PatrickHauf) is a writer for Young Voices and Vice President of Lone Conservative. His work can be found in the Washington Examiner, Townhall, FEE, and more.