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Eric Garcetti Replaces Police with Therapists in New ‘Justice Budget’ for L.A.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a new program Monday to use therapy rather than policing to respond to some nonviolent emergencies, outlining the idea in his “State of the City” speech.

Unveiling what he called a “Justice Budget,” fueled by cash from President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion “COVID relief” bill, Garcetti proposed new spending on a variety of “progressive” programs, including on public safety.

Garcetti said that he opposed efforts to “abolish the police,” but he said that the “burden” of some police work should be handled by other programs: “We have lived for far too long in an America that outsourced the work of public safety only to a few, instead of embracing it as the work of us all. While much of that work is heroic, too often it is tragic as well.”

One new program was one that Garcetti dubbed “Therapeutic Unarmed Response for Neighborhoods,” or TURN:

It’s a time to recognize wrongs and to set them right.

By giving up some power and admitting some errors, we can foster genuine safety from street to school to park to home.

When situations don’t need guns, let’s not send guns.

So this justice budget funds a new approach we’re calling TURN: Therapeutic Unarmed Response for Neighborhoods.

That includes a nation-leading partnership with L.A. County starting next month to send clinicians instead of cops to respond to non-violent mental health emergencies through 911, 24- 7. The goal: real results for Angelenos suffering from mental health challenges that too often go untreated.

Garcetti also proposed more spending on community mediators to deal with gang violence — again, rather than police:

The Gang Reduction and Youth Development program, or GRYD, is made up of contracted community intervention workers, often who have lived experience of gang life but who have turned their wounds into the power to heal.

They mentor young people.

They heal trauma.

They stop violence before it starts.

Year after year, I have deepened our city’s investments in violence intervention and prevention.

Over the last year especially, I heard the voices of advocates saying that we need more peacemakers on our streets … that we need to empower them … and that we need to pay them more.

So we’re going to ramp up their numbers, expand their footprint, increase their pay, and treat them like the professionals they are.

GRYD’s budget will increase by a third, to $33 million … an expansion that adds a corps of 80 new peace ambassadors planting seeds of reconciliation, calm, and unity.

Garcetti did not announce any new spending on the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), whose budget he slashed by $150 million last year — in the midst of Black Lives Matter riots — to redistribute the money to “communities of color.”

Los Angeles County — a separate governing entity — is cutting its gang and narcotics units by half under new, George Soros-backed Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, who is pursuing a drastic agenda of criminal justice reform.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Joe Biden Planning $1 Trillion More Spending for Child Care, Universal Pre-School, and Free Community Colleges

President Joe Biden and his administration have already outlined their next big spending bill, The American Families Plan. A basic outline of the second bill was revealed by the Washington Post on Tuesday citing “two people aware of internal discussions.”

The bill will likely include $225 billion for child-care, $200 billion for universal preschool, and hundreds of billions for tuition-free community colleges, according to the Post.

Other priorities include $225 billion for paid family and medical leave and an expansion of food stamp programs.

The White House said in a statement the reported details of the second spending package were still subject to change.

The package would also include an extension of the expanded child tax credit that was included in Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package.

The tax credit this year offers families $3,600 per young child under five and $3,000 per child ages 6-17. The White House would like to see that credit expanded through 2025.

To pay for the plan, Biden would increase taxes on the wealthy and investors, and boost tax enforcement at the IRS.

Biden’s combined spending proposals tied together with the $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package would end with a whopping $5.4 trillion dollars in spending in the first year of his presidency.

The president would have to ask Congress to move all of his spending packages forward using reconciliation, with complete unity among Democrats in the Senate. Republicans remain opposed to Biden’s proposed tax hikes as well as the massive cost of his planned spending.

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Woke Corporations Should Expect Backlash

Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) wrote an op-ed Monday warning “woke corporate America” of the backlash coming for them after the “virtue signaling” they tried in Georgia.

Scott said he hopes the woke corporations had “fun” while they were “virtue signaling,” calling out the woke corporations for trying to “one-up each other.” The senator said they did this because the corporations believe they “are more sophisticated and morally superior to the hard-working people of this country.”

“You must have loved the accolades from your elitist, left-wing peers when you took the MLB All-Star Game from Georgia,” he said. “What a fun day for you on Twitter.”

“Congratulations,” he jokingly wrote. Scott added, by moving the game from Georgia, they, in turn, “destroyed working people’s jobs and hurt people who haven’t worked since COVID-19 took a member of their family or destroyed their small business.”

He teased the corporations by betting the CEOs receive texts from their “elitist friends” who probably praised them for supporting “mostly peaceful” protests, which destroyed small businesses when they were looted and set on fire. The riots hurt innocent people, Scott said.

Scott added, “You think that makes you morally superior to the people in what you call ‘flyover country,’” claiming the woke corporations are lying to Americans. He said, “You are lying to Americans, lying to each other, and lying to yourselves.”

The Floridian said the corporations should know, “everything [the corporations] have said about the election reforms in Georgia being racist is a lie.” Scott explained that Georgia’s voter integrity laws meant to do the opposite of what corporations are saying. The “Georgia law actually expands early voting and does nothing to suppress or curtail the voting rights of anyone.” He added, “the Georgia law requires an ID to vote.” The senator pointed out that you also need to have an ID to use Delta Airlines and to pick up tickets from Will Call at a Major League Baseball (MLB) game.

Scott suggested corporations have not “twisted the truth,” they just “have rejected the truth.” He later added, the worst part is the corporations “do not care what is true.” Scott said to the woke corporations, “You give the woke mob concession after concession, hoping to buy time to rake in more cash under your watch. You feed the rabble leftist mob that is shouting that America is racist, hoping they won’t come for you.”

“Amazingly, the woke, liberal corporate news media is just as dishonest as you,” the senator explained, adding they help support the woke lies from corporations. Scott claimed, President Joe Biden “demonstrates how to lie in public and get away with it.”

Scott said, “Let me give you woke corporate leaders a heads-up,” warning of a “massive backlash coming” when Republicans are back in power, saying, “You will rue the day when it hits you.” The corporations in this country are “morally inferior to the working men and women of this great country, who are not racist people, and who, unlike you, care about truth.”

He explained the midterm elections will be the time for Republicans to take back both the Senate and the House of Representatives from the Democrat majority. After that, he said, “it will be a day of reckoning” for the woke corporations in America. Scott again brought up the latest attempt to boycott Georgia. He claimed it would help Republicans push to “make corporate welfare a thing of the past.”

“There will be no amount of donations you can make that will save” the corporations, including any “number of well-connected lobbyists” that will be able to help them get around what is coming for them. Scott said, “power does corrupt,” and the “American taxpayers will soon stop tolerating your lies, your attempts to denigrate them, and your attempts to control the way they think, act, talk.”

Americans, who have not already, will start to stand up to the corporations. The Republican jokingly wrote, “cancel as many people as you can right now” and “make as much money off of slave labor in Communist China” for now.

The Floridian ended his op-ed by stating, “the backlash is coming.”

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Bush ‘Laughably Out of Touch’ with Pro-Mass Migration Tour

Former President George W. Bush’s media tour promoting mass immigration to the United States is “laughably out of touch” with GOP voters and Americans at large, Republican insiders tell Breitbart News.

While promoting his new book Out of Many, One, featuring portraits of immigrants, Bush said Republicans must be “more respectful” to immigrants and issued an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for amnesty for illegal aliens and increased legal immigration levels.

Bush said he considers not passing an amnesty for illegal aliens to be one of his biggest failures as president. During his eight years in office, Bush oversaw the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, the bailout of the nation’s biggest banks, and the Great Recession.

Former President Donald Trump won the 2016 election by vowing to reduce overall immigration levels and winning huge swaths of Hispanic voters in the 2020 election on a similar platform. Republican insiders tell Breitbart News that Bush’s Republican Party of “pro-corporate globalism” that sought to provide business with a never-ending flow of cheaper foreign labor is, thankfully, over.

“Any Republican still taking their cues from George W. Bush or the neocons is laughably out of touch,” a Senate GOP aide said. “Calling for mass amnesty while lockdowns have forced millions of Americans out of work is unhinged. This kind of ‘compassionate conservatism’ and pro-corporate globalism decimated the working class … people have had enough.”

Bush’s legacy on immigration and outsourcing of American jobs have become policy initiatives that elected Republicans have tried to shed. In 2006 and 2007, Bush attempted to pass his “Any Willing Worker” agenda through Congress, which gave amnesty to millions so as to provide a flooded labor market to the business lobby. The initiative failed and his approval rating tanked soon after.

In 2004 and 2006, Bush defended and advocated for the outsourcing of American jobs by multinational corporations. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Bush waived labor protections for American workers, which allowed an estimated 30,000 illegal aliens to enter the region to take coveted blue-collar jobs.

The post-Katrina Bush policy was so generous to illegal aliens that it brought thousands to work for companies who were contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Such a legacy has made Bush an irrelevant political figure, Republican insiders told Breitbart News. One Senate GOP aide responded, “Who?” when asked about the former president.

“I’m not sure whether there are any ‘George W. Bush Republicans’ left, but the lack of bipartisanship in Washington is not something that would be fixed by Republicans unilaterally surrendering to Democrats or abandoning the rule of law,” the aide said.

“[Bush] is not relevant to today’s discussion on immigration,” a House GOP aide said. “Republicans are well aware that his presidency was a national disaster on this issue as he failed to act when needed. Bush immigration policy has no impact today other than a reference on what not to do”

Bush’s legacy, other Capitol Hill staffers said, is wildly unpopular and out of step with not only Republican voters but swing voters and the majority of Americans. The latest Rasmussen Reports survey, for example, shows nearly seven-in-ten Americans support banning employers from hiring illegal aliens, while 65 percent say businesses should recruit Americans rather than importing foreign workers to take U.S. jobs.

Most significantly, more than 70 percent of Americans — including 84 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of swing voters — said they want legal immigration levels reduced. Currently, about 1.2 million legal immigrants secure green cards every year in addition to 1.5 million foreign nationals who obtain work visas.

“If you’re a Republican and you run on a Bush-like GOP platform today, you’re odds of winning a primary are between slim-to-none,” a senior GOP aide said. “You can’t win. The voters aren’t there.”

In the 2020 election, the base of donors for Trump and Republicans encompassed working and middle-class Americans from various walks of life, including police officers, small business owners, homemakers, truckers, electricians, and construction workers.

Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) has since warned GOP leadership that the party must embrace the support of the nation’s working-class with immigration reduction policies, a divorce from Wall Street and multinational corporate interests, and initiatives that take on Big Tech’s monopoly power in the market.

One such memo by Banks this month serves as a repudiation of the Bush legacy on immigration, which has resurfaced since President Joe Biden entered office in late January.

“The Biden immigration agenda sacrifices the interests of the American People in order to serve the interests of foreign citizens, criminal cartels, and ultra-wealthy multinational corporations,” Banks wrote in the memo.

The general disdain for the Bush legacy is not confined to GOP circles.

Pro-American worker groups who remember the days of the “Any Willing Worker” initiative view Bush’s latest statements as more of the same globalist vision that voters have increasingly rejected.

“This is a bunch of repackaged nonsense that has no home in today’s Republican Party,” RJ Hauman, with the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said. ” … Bush has plenty of other failures and regrets that the American people are still paying for today. He should address those instead.”

Other groups want Bush to keep at his artistic endeavors.

“Idea for George W Bush’s next book: Portraits of workers at AT&T in Dallas who were laid off and forced to train their H-1B replacements,” the White Collar Workers of America wrote in a post online.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at Follow him on Twitter here

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250 D.C. National Guard Activated in Advance of Derek Chauvin Verdict

The District of Columbia National Guard is activating 250 members to support local law enforcement “in response to potential First Amendment demonstrations,” the agency announced Monday in a press release.

The request was made by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, which has already been responding to a week of protests in the nation’s capital, in response to other recent police-involved incidents.

The D.C. Guardsmen were requested to assist police with street closures and multiple intersections in order to provide safety in and around pedestrian areas, the release said.

The activation comes the same day that closing arguments were made in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chavin, and ahead of potential protests against the verdict.

“We are prepared to help provide a safe environment for our fellow citizens to exercise their First Amendment right,” said Brig. Gen. Aaron R. Dean II, The Adjutant General of the D.C. National Guard.

“This is our home, and we are dedicated to the safety and security of our fellow citizens of the District and their right to safely and peacefully protest,” he added.

The activation is approved as needed through May 9.

Democrat activists and lawmakers have suggested that if Chauvin is not found guilty of the murder of George Floyd, then people should take to the streets.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) recently joined protesters in Minnesota, and said regarding the Chauvin trial: “We’re looking for a guilty verdict.”

She added: “And we’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd, if nothing does not happen, then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice.”

House Democrats impeached former President Donald Trump a second time after they claimed his use of the world “fight” incited his supporters to storm the Capitol building. Trump was acquitted by the Senate.


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‘Maxine Waters Believes There’s Value in Violence’ — Censure Could Result in Loss of Financial Services Chairmanship

Monday on FNC’s “Fox News Primetime,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) argued Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) remarks warranted a censure vote because he said his California colleague see “value in violence.”

McCarthy said should enough congressional Democrats be wooed in favor of censure, Waters could lose her post as the House Financial Services Committee chairwoman.

“I believe it rises to that level because Maxine Waters believes there’s value in violence,” he said. “This isn’t the first time she’s done something like this. Remember what she said for in the past administration, for people to get in their faces, to challenge everyone. And now, what she has said has even put doubt into a jury. You had a judge announce that it was wrong.”

“I think this takes action, especially when she has a pattern of this behavior,” McCarthy continued. “To have censure simply takes the majority of the House. But what could happen if this was to pass because of the Democrats’ rules, she would lose her chairmanship of the Financial Services. So maybe then she would learn once, and for all, there is no value in violence.”

McCarthy said he believed there were some Democrats that would like to vote for the censure resolution, but it depended on pressure from within the caucus.

“I know there’s probably 10 to 15 who would love to vote that way,” McCarthy added. “It will all come down to the pressure of what Democrats will put on them to just try to vote to table it. Not even to have the discussion. And if they hold together, then they’re going to own what not only Maxine Waters has been saying, but what Tlaib and the others about removing police officers and others. This has gone on too far and for too long. It’s time to say what is right and what is wrong, and everybody knows her action was wrong then and her action was wrong before when she called for violence.”

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Income Grants, ‘DACA Fees,’ ‘Slavery Reparations,’ ‘Alternatives to Policing’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told the city Monday evening in his annual “State of the City” address that L.A. was more “just” and “forward-looking” after a year of pandemic, riots, and economic shock.

“Through our pain and our trauma, we showed who we are, and defined what we believe,” Garcetti said.

Speaking from the iconic Griffith Observatory, the mayor struck a more optimistic tone than he had in 2020, when he told the city: “This is the worst it’s ever been.”

He had tweeted earlier that the state of the city was “strong, & bruised––bursting w/ joyous possibility, while cracking with sorrow.”

A year after Garcetti put city workers on furlough due to anticipated budget shortfalls, and cut several city departments — including a $150 million cut to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) — Garcetti boasted that he would unveil the “biggest city budget I’ve ever presented,” and the “most progressive.”

The new spending has been made possible by President Joe Biden’s recent $1.9 trillion “COVID relief” bill, which included ample spending for other programs and for bailouts of Democrat-run cities and states.

Garcetti called his new budget the “Justice Budget,” saying that the top priority of city government, after fighting the coronavirus pandemic, is to create a more just city and to “make up for the wrongs of the past.”

The mayor promised to allow local businesses to return to work “so that you can reopen, hire up, and spread the wealth.” He also proposed to spend $25 million to write $5,000 checks to 5,000 businesses in the city.

Garcetti also said L.A. had to face its past, when “maps of our city were drawn to protect the wealth of white people, and destroy the wealth of black people and other people of color.” He said that the pandemic had provided an opportunity to address homelessness, which disproportionately affected minorities.

Garcetti also promised to spend nearly $1 billion on ending the homeless crisis in the city, which — despite the city’s purchases of buildings during the pandemic — has seen tent cities spring up across the city. He called on the federal government to “declare a national right to housing.”

The mayor also announced a new terminal at LAX, “Terminal 9,” and plans to build a “people-mover” between terminals.

Moreover, he said, “justice” would mean investing not only in physical infrastructure, but in what he called “our community infrastructure.”

He also announced cleaning jobs for young people and homeless people: “This city may be a mess right now, but we’re going to clean it up.”

The city would also pay the “DACA fees” for illegal aliens who arrived as minors and were granted a reprieve under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program.

Oddly, Garcetti also described poverty as an “addiction”: “We must end America’s addiction to poverty,” he said. He announced a new pilot program for a universal basic income grant, which would spend $24 million, providing $1,000 per month to 2,000 households in the city.

The mayor also proposed a city “freer from fear.” He said that police officers have been “burdened with responsibilities they never asked for,” and that the burden needed to be shared.

On public safety, Garcetti said he would oppose efforts to “defund the police.” But he did not propose to “re-fund” the police, either.

Rather than reversing last year’s budget cuts, Garcetti proposed “investing in the alternatives to policing” that he said would prevent crime.

As an example, Garcetti announced a new program to send unarmed crisis response teams to answer some emergency calls, called the Therapeutic Unarmed Response to Neighborhoods (TURN). He also announced $33 million for specially-trained teams to encourage reconciliation as a means to stop gang violence. But he said nothing about any plans to use the city’s new infusion of cash to restore funding for the LAPD.

Garcetti also announced funding for a “climate emergency mobilization office” and other environmental initiatives. He promised that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power would provide power that is 80% renewable and 97% carbon-free by 2030. To do that, he promised to build a wind farm in New Mexico and to import solar power from the Navajo Nation, among other sources.

He also promised “public acknowledgment of institutional racism,” and proposed to build a memorial to the victims of the 1871 lynching of 18 Chinese residents, as an effort to fight anti-Asian hate crimes.

Moreover, Garcetti also promised to create a commission to study the possibility of creating a “slavery reparations program for black Angelenos.”

Slavery had a very limited, and illicit, history in California, which entered the Union in 1850 as a free state.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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‘Nobody in the World Is Afraid of Joe Biden — And That’s Dangerous for Us Here at Home’

Monday, during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Primetime,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized President Joe Biden’s approach to foreign policy on both the Russia and China fronts.

Graham argued no one was “afraid” of Biden, which made the country “dangerous.”

“Well, the problem is that Putin’s looking at Biden through a bigger lens,” he said. “We’re withdrawing from Afghanistan against sound military advice. We’re trying to get back into the Iranian nuclear agreement, and the Iranians are threatening to enrich at 60%. You need 90% to get a bomb. The Chinese are pushing us around out in Asia. The border is completely out of control.”

“So, what Putin’s looking at is, in his mind, a weak adversary,” Graham continued. “What did Putin say when Biden called him a killer? The next time we talk, I want it to be on live TV. Meet me there, because I don’t think you can stand up to me. So, this overall weakness is probably going to be a death sentence for this man because nobody in Russia is afraid of Joe Biden. Nobody in the world is afraid of Joe Biden. And that’s dangerous for us here at home.”

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Tlaib’s, Waters’ Remarks ‘Shameful’ for Non-White Communities that ‘Rely on’ Police

On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Evening Edit,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said that the “reckless and disgusting” comments by Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) are “shameful” for “communities of color and other places who rely on us to do an effective job.”

Craig said, “What I say is, in our majority African American community here in Detroit, the majority support the men and women who serve every single day, they support us. And I think I can honestly say that for a lot of the communities of color and other places who rely on us to do an effective job. Now, I’m not supporting bad policing, not at all. We should hold bad police officers accountable. But when you have people in seats of influencing, you notice, Liz, I didn’t say seats of leadership. Because I cannot attach leadership to individuals like Waters or Tlaib, that’s not leadership. Leadership is coming up with reasonable solutions, not knee-jerk reactions. And let’s face it, Liz, we know this is really all about self-serving. This is self-serving, and they are catering to a fringe group, and it’s shameful. It’s shameful for the people who live in these cities, who rely on policing every single day.”

Craig further stated in reference to Waters, “[L]ike I said about Rashida Tlaib, I’d be the first person to call for her resignation and throw her a going-away party, she needs to be censured.”

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Looking at 2024 Run ‘Very Seriously, Beyond Seriously’

Monday on FNC’s “Hannity,” former President Donald Trump discussed his future plans, including another bid for the White House in 2024.

Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity he was looking at the 2024 bid “beyond seriously” during a sitdown interview at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, FL.

“First of all, it’s a long time,” he said. “The odds, the odds. What are the odds? Look, I’ve got tremendous numbers. Nobody has ever gotten the numbers I’ve got. No sitting president has come even close. There is more popularity now than there was the day before the election because they see how bad things are at the border. They see what is going on. They see their guns are going to be gone — their Second Amendment. Their taxes are going up. Regulations are going through the roof. Jobs are going to go up.”

“It’s going to take a little while to show,” Trump added. “But if they add all these regulations back, the jobs are going to be gone. Your energy independence is going to be gone. But I say this — I am looking at it very seriously, beyond seriously. From a legal standpoint, I don’t want to really talk about it yet.”

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