Naughty and Nice: 2022
December is list-making time. Christmas lists for the kids, to-do lists for adults, resolutions for the coming year, and “naughty and nice” lists for Santa—and for FGA! As we prepare for 2023, there were more than a few that rose to the top of the “naughty” and “nice” lists in 2022.
Of course, some of the multi-billionaires on the naughty list can afford to buy their own presents, and the ESG warriors wouldn’t know what to do with a lump of coal even if they did find it in their stocking.
So, we’re making a list, and we’re checking it twice. And in 2023, FGA reforms are coming to town!
FGA’s 2022 Naughty List:
- The Public Health Emergency: In the nearly three years since the COVID-19 emergency declaration, the “emergency” has morphed into an all-encompassing excuse for the Left to spend more taxpayer dollars and expand government programs. President Joe Biden said on national TV in September that “the pandemic is over”—it’s time to act like it. Expect to hear a lot more about this in the weeks ahead. Learn more here.
- Bidenflation: The rising cost of living took a major bite out of family budgets in 2022. That cost is measured in fewer Christmas presents under the tree, no matter how good the kids have been. Not only was inflation a top priority for Americans, 62 percent of likely voters weren’t fooled on the cause of it: “government spending is directly tied to increased inflation.” Learn more about Bidenflation here.
- REDACTED: When FGA filed a Freedom of Information Act request over the Biden administration’s “Promoting Access to Voting” executive order, the U.S. Department of Justice reacted with redacted, redacted, and more redacted. More on that here.
- “Woke” Ideology: From the classroom to the boardroom, “woke” is threatening a hostile takeover of our country’s priorities. The Left is trying to supersize welfare, monopolize private investment (see next entry on ESG), and “cancel” anyone who disagrees. Let’s prioritize work, not woke!
- ESG: The Left’s war on fossil fuels—and workers in the American energy industry—has made its way to the financial sector…and your 401(k). ESG (environmental, social, governance) is investing for political purposes, rather than the best returns. Learn more about how FGA is making progress in the states against this “woke” investing of taxpayer money here.
- Mark Zuckerberg and “Zuckerbucks”: In the 2020 election, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, spent more than $400 million to influence elections across the country, disproportionately to help left-leaning counties. FGA fought back, but a new program from 2022 threatens to sidestep the states that banned private election funding.
- Ranked-Choice Voting: 2022 saw a higher prominence for ranked-choice voting, including an Alaska election that awarded the election to a Democrat with only 40 percent of the vote. Ranked-choice voting disenfranchises voters, suppresses turnout, and delays the election counting process. It’s on the “naughty” list here, but thanks to the secretive methods employed, could ranked-choice voting suspiciously find its way onto the “nice” list on the third and fourth rounds? Probably not, because its ballot was thrown out.
Dishonorable mention: George Soros district attorneys don’t prosecute violent crime—will they prosecute election crimes? And program integrity in Medicaid.
FGA’s 2022 Nice List
- Ron DeSantis: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis makes the top of this list with his own list of reforms: Protecting Florida elections; a housing boom caused by cutting red tape; backing the blue, pushing regulatory reform, taking a stand against ESG, and much more.
- Kim Reynolds: Even facing challenging headwinds, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds made serious headway on reforms including school choice, election integrity, the duration of the unemployment benefit, and childcare ratios.
- Entrepreneurship: New ideas and new businesses can come from anywhere, as long as the government doesn’t stand in the way. Read more about three ways states can encourage entrepreneurship here.
- North Carolina and Wyoming: The latest states to block Medicaid expansion—Washington’s empty promise that has smashed through enrollment projections and state budgets. Read more here.
- West Virginia, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, and Others: As ESG (see “naughty list” entry) has snuck its way into the investment world, states are fighting back with real financial accountability—more than $5 billion and counting. West Virginia was the first in the nation to cut off state contracts for Wall Street firms that boycott the fossil fuel industry. Led by Arizona and Texas, 19 state attorneys general are openly challenging asset management giants like BlackRock for their reliance on ESG over shareholder value. Missouri actively removed its entire $500 million investment in state retirement funds from BlackRock for its “woke political agenda.” Learn where your state stands—and what it can do—here.
- The New House Majority: With a new majority comes new opportunities for transparency and accountability, so we’re looking forward to two years of oversight hearings and agency investigations…and subpoenas in a few stockings this Christmas!
Honorable mention: Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. James Comer, Rep. Ted Budd, Sen. Mike Braun, Rep. Bob Good, and Rep. Ralph Norman