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Dave Portnoy raises over $10 million for small businesses impacted by coronavirus lockdowns

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has raised $10.2 million for small businesses as of Wednesday morning.

“The Barstool Fund” was created by Portnoy after New York City officials closed indoor dining following a spike in coronavirus cases.

Portnoy, who is a regular guest on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” has been extremely outspoken about the detrimental affects lockdowns have on small businesses.

“I can’t believe in this country, what I consider the most basic right of them all, the right to earn a living, the right to earn a livelihood, is now being stolen, it is being stolen by a few politicians who believe they are smarter than me and you. They believe they have the right to tell me and you how to live our lives,” Portnoy said in a Twitter video.

“How do you expect these people to survive?” Portnoy said during an interview with Tucker Carlson. “How are restaurants going to survive? Nobody in the government seems to care. Or at least no one is acting like they care.”

“Barstool’s going to make it — but a lot of people aren’t.”

Portnoy began The Barstool Fund on Dec. 17.

Less than two weeks later, the fund raised over $10 million for small businesses across the country. Portnoy contributed $500,000 of his own money toward the effort.

He’s also pressured other influential millionaires and billionaires to support the cause and has invited SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to donate.

The first small business they supported was Borrelli’s located in Long Island.

In an emotional video posted on Twitter, Frankie Borelli Jr., thanked Portnoy after receiving a donation from the fund.

“I really want to thank you for starting this fund. You don’t know what it means to us,” Borrelli said holding back tears. “I got my staff. They’re all being paid, and I said we’ll make it through Christmas. January, February and March, I planned on closing. I didn’t say anything to my staff. This is going to help so much. You don’t know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

According to The Barstool Fund website, over 87,000 people have donated and 43 small businesses have been supported.

The Barstool Fund is continuing to accept applications from small businesses in need of help at TheBarstoolFund.com/apply.

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No help at our border, but Biden announces $5 billion going to bike paths, wider sidewalks

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In the world of Democrat delusion, they think $5 billion is necessary, at this point in time, to make bike paths and widen side walks. You cannot make this up. They have approved $40 billion in aide to Ukraine in a heartbeat under President Biden, while having rejected former President Trump’s request for a mere $5 billion to secure our border.

The news also comes as fentanyl and the drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in the U.S. There’s also an increase in human smuggling and extortion to pay to cross the border. But no; let’s make some bike paths and widen sidewalks. That is an immediate emergency.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Monday that money will be used over five years under his department’s new “Safe Streets & Roads for All” program. The $5 billion ini federals funds will be used “to slow down cars chia more speed cameras, carve out bike paths and wider sidewalks and urging commuters to public transit” reports Daily Mail.

“The aim will be to provide a direct infusion of federal cash to communities that pledge to promote safety for the multiple users of a roadway, particularly pedestrians and bicyclists.” The announcement also coincides with the six-month anniversary of President Biden’s infrastructure legislation, and the beginning of the 2022 “infrastructure week.”

The desire to fix roads is a noble one, as “road traffic injuries also are the leading cause of death among young people aged 5-29. Young adults aged 15-4 account for more than half of all road deaths” reports Daily Mail, which adds:

Still, much of the federal roadmap relies on cooperation from cities and states, and it could take months if not years to fully implement with discernible results – too late to soothe 2022 midterm voters unsettled by this and other pandemic-related ills, such as rising crime.

The latest U.S. guidance Monday invites cities and localities to sketch out safety plans in their applications for the federal grants, which are to be awarded late this year.

It cites examples of good projects as those that promise to transform a high-crash roadway, such as by adding rumble strips to slow cars or installing speed cameras, which the department says could provide more equitable enforcement than police traffic stops; flashing beacons for pedestrian crosswalks; new ‘safe routes’ via sidewalks or other protected pathways to school or public transit in underserved communities; and other ‘quick build’ roadway changes designed with community input.

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