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More Than 20 Per Cent of Post-Lockdown Americans Are “Not Too Happy” For First Time Ever

Results likely linked to pandemic response, not pandemic itself.

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The long-running General Social Survey has found that more than 20 per cent of post-lockdown Americans describe themselves as “not too happy” for the first time since the survey began in 1972.

Respondents to the survey were asked, “Taken all together, how would you say things are these days—would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?”

“The percentage of Americans saying “not too happy” has been consistently below 20% since the question was first posed in 1972,” writes Noah Carl. “But in the latest survey, something rather concerning happened: there was a dramatic rise in the percentage saying “not too happy” – from less than 15% in 2018 to more than 22% in 2021.”

In addition, in 2018, the percentage of Americans who described themselves as “very happy” stood at 30 per cent. Four years later, post-lockdown, it’s below 20 per cent.

“Changes of this magnitude in social surveys are extremely rare, especially when it comes to questions like the one about happiness,” points out Carl, suggesting that the dramatic drop in happiness could have been caused by lockdown measures.

He points to a 2021 Gallup survey which found that 12 per cent of Americans said they were “very dissatisfied” with their quality of life, up from just 4 per cent the year before.

Carl explains how loss of life due to COVID isn’t likely to explain the increase in depression.

“Well, we know that the fall in life expectancy in the U.S. in 2020 was ‘only’ about 1.8 years, and part of that fall was due to the massive increase in homicide. Now, 1.8 years sounds big, and it is a large year-on-year change. But it only takes the country back 18 years in terms of rising life expectancy.”

“In other words, U.S. life expectancy was lower in 2001, 2000, 1999 and every year before that. Yet, as we can see in the chart above, happiness was substantially higher back then. In fact, it was substantially higher in the 1970s – when life expectancy was up to six years lower than in 2020.”

“This suggests that the response to the pandemic – including lockdowns, mandates and the spreading of fear by the media – is a more plausible explanation for the drop in happiness than the pandemic itself,” he concludes.

As we previously highlighted, COVID-19 lockdowns were found to have been a major contributing factor to a doubling in attempted suicides of those aged between 5-25 in Australia.

A study released last month by the renowned Johns Hopkins University concluded that global lockdowns have had a much more detrimental impact on society than they have produced any benefit, with researchers urging that they “are ill-founded and should be rejected as a pandemic policy instrument.”

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Rand Paul Says Gun Control Bill Was Kept ‘Secret’ And Senators Not Allowed Time To Read It

“There doesn’t appear to be a willingness or time provided to read, understand, debate or amend this bill.”

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As the Senate passed a gun control bill this week with fifteen Republicans siding with Democrats, Senator Rand Paul noted that no one had time to even read the legislation because it was “assembled in secret.”

“Unfortunately, this legislation was assembled as many are — in secret, absent well-placed leaks to journalists,” Paul tweeted, adding “There doesn’t appear to be a willingness or time provided to read, understand, debate or amend this bill.”

The Senator further vowed to try to introduce amendments to the bill to “correct the constitutional deficiencies.”

The Senate voted 64-34 Tuesday night to advance the bill. 

How can any elected official sincerely decide on legislation without reading it or debating it?

In a further interview Paul noted “They didn’t even give us the actual bill to vote on it. They gave us a blank piece of paper and said, ‘Vote on this and trust us as to what the legislation will be when it comes forward and trust that there’ll be an actual amendment process.'”

Paul further stated that he takes issue with the so called ‘red flag laws’, whereby law enforcement are sanctioned to remove firearms from a person who they believe may be a danger to themselves or others.

There are no federal level red flag laws in the current legislation moving into the House, but it does propose $750 million in kickback grants to states that implement their own.

“These are called ex-parte hearings where a judge hears an accusation. In some states, the accusation is actually from an anonymous source. So under no condition would I think that your second amendment rights should be taken away with an accusation by an anonymous person,” Paul urged.

The Senator added, “I could be persuaded to vote for some aspects of this bill, but you’d have to have an amendment process to try to cure the constitutional deficiencies.”

He continued, “I don’t think you can take guns away without letting someone have a lawyer and without letting someone actually be accused of a crime in court in public. You have to be notified of what you’re being accused of. You can’t just have your gun rights taken away without even having a lawyer present.”

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    Videos: White House Has Given No Updates On Baby Formula Crisis For Over A Month

    Embarrassing and shameful

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    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has repeatedly told reporters for over a month that she has no updates or knowledge on the ongoing baby formula shortage crisis.

    Jake Schneider of RNC Research posted the following thread of videos that shows Jean-Pierre struggling to provide any information on what is going on at all.

    In addition, other Biden officials when asked about the supply chain shortage have admitted they have no clue what is going on. The infant formula shortage has been ongoing since last year and was known to be a serious issue as far back as February, but was dismissed as not being a ‘top level crisis’.

    Biden himself says he didn’t know anything about it until APRIL.

    Shelves are still empty and formula is having to be flown in from the UK and Europe.

    Embarrassing and shameful.

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    Video: Biden Snaps At Reporter Who Asked About Coming Recession

    Has to be ushered away by his daughter

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    Correction: An earlier version of this report suggested Biden referred to his granddaughter as his deceased son. While he has done that previously, a clean up of the audio confirms this time he said “my son Beau’s oldest daughter”.

    Joe Biden, who is on the beach in Delaware for some reason, snapped at a reporter who asked him about recent assertions by a host of economists that the U.S. is heading for a recession, and had to be ushered away by members of his family.

    During the exchange, the reporter asked specifically about a report in the Wall Street Journal on a survey that found economists believe there is a 44 percent chance of the country entering a recession.

    Biden snapped at the reporter, “The majority of them aren’t saying that. Come on, don’t make things up, okay? Now you sound like a Republican politician.”

    Then he bizarrely stated “I’m joking. That was a joke, but all kidding aside, I don’t think it is.”

    Following the testy exchange, Biden’s daughter and granddaughter eventually pulled him away and told reporters they couldn’t ask anymore questions.

    Biden put his arm around his granddaughter android “This is my son Beau’s oldest daughter. She’s trying to tell me DAD, Grandpa, Pop, keep going, you promised me we’d walk.”

    His granddaughter also told reporters that Biden had been doing puzzles.

    The incident came a day after Biden face planted off his bike right in front of the world’s press.

    The man is clearly in severe mental decline.

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