The Check is in the Mail: More COVID-19 Stimulus and Masks in the Great Outdoors

Stimulus will put money in our pockets.
Expect the fourth quarter to be a bumpy one economically.

The new stimulus bill that passed Congress today puts a good bit of money in my pocket from actual cash to tax benefits. That’s money I can use to continue to improve our new home, build out our garden, and buy supplies, but that doesn’t mean I think the stimulus was a good idea. 

Simply put, the government needs to stop spending money it doesn’t have. We’ve been spending trillions of dollars that have to be borrowed, or created electronically by the Federal Reserve. With the national debt expected to reach $33 Trillion by the end of this year, that house of cards is going to come crashing down at some point. In the meantime, our fiat money will buy less and less. That kind of inflation is an insidious, invisible tax that nibbles away at the money in our wallets and accounts.

I’ve talked about inflation before, so I’m not going to beat a dead horse, but follow my advice and stock up on anything you might need or want before prices go higher. I also expect some desirable items to be in short supply as people use their stimulus checks and their tax returns to go on a spending spree. 

Don’t be like the government. Get as debt free as possible.

Wearing Masks Outside Makes me Laugh

We went hiking the other day, climbed several hundred feet up to a mountain peak known for good views. There were four other people on the peak enjoying the view: a young woman off on the far end by herself, and a family of three with what looked like a 12-year-old boy.

The family was wearing masks. We’re on a stony mountain peak with the wind blowing and the sun shining, and they were probably 30 to 50 feet away from everyone else. Still, they were wearing masks. 

Then, as we were loading up the car and eating our picnic lunch, a family of five drives up. They pop out of their car, run over to the edge of the parking lot to get the most scenic view, and start taking group selfies. All of them were wearing their masks. After a round of photos, they take their masks off for a photo and then replace them. They were a good 50 feet from the nearest person and the parking lot was sparsely populated with mostly empty vehicles.

How brainwashed must these folks be to wear masks in a wilderness area? Or is this “virtue signaling?”

What is even funnier is how seeing all the rest of us without masks must freak them out. Many of the small businesses out here have taken down their mandatory mask signs. It’s not unusual to go inside and none of the staff and very few of the shoppers are wearing them. 

I also think it is funny the President Biden wears two masks even though he has already been vaccinated. Gee, if we all wear two masks, can we stop after 50 days instead of 100? 

Two Gun Guys Discuss Prepping

I enjoyed the following video from the Warrior Poet Society, where John Lovell interviews James Yeager. James’ perspective on prepping, especially food and calories, is worth hearing.

More Stupid Laws from Liberals

In a totally unrelated video, the Ice Age Farmer goes into great detail on how NGOs and governments are trying to make eating meat more expensive and how they want to register small, backyard farm animals in what he calls a “mad rush of totalitarianism.” This is particularly interesting to me as a soon-to-be chicken grower.