For years Santa and I posted our annual Worst CEOs list. Then the pandemic hit and … aw, who am I kidding … it had nothing to do with Covid. My days as a business columnist ended years ago; even Santa had to admit that he was getting bored AF with the sordid old ritual.

So the fat man and I finally agreed to move on … to a new and better sordid ritual! We decided to broaden the scope and publish our first annual Santa’s Naughty List for 2022. These notable figures and institutions are all getting big black lumps of coal under the tree this Christmas, counting down from …

No. 12: The Media

Trump was right about the media being the enemy of the people. If you’re noticing a continuous degradation of your constitutional rights you can trace it all back to the media abandoning their constitutional duty to question and keep check on the powers that be in DC, not behave like PR for the democratic party.

No. 11: Granholm, Mayorkas, Garland & Buttigieg

When it comes to every single crisis, from energy and the border to rampant crime and supply chain bottlenecks, these feckless four of Biden’s cabinet somehow manage to be conspicuously MIA. According to them they have nothing to do with energy prices, the border is secure, the streets are safe and critical shortages are your imagination. Nothing to see here. Move along.

No. 10: Sam Bankman-Fried

Well, duh.

No. 9: Chuck Schumer

“You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” That was Senate majority leader Schumer threatening violence against the Supreme Court. Yikes.

Chief Justice Roberts issued the following statement, in part: “threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”

No. 8: The Educational System

From K through college kids are being indoctrinated into pronoun and gender identity wokeness.

Not to mention keeping kids out of school and making them vax and wear masks for no apparent reason.

Very naughty.

No. 7: Donald Trump

For continuing to whine incessantly about the 2020 election, ensuring that the Democrats were successful in making the midterm elections a referendum on him instead of Biden and his party’s disastrous economic, domestic and foreign policies.

Time to call it a day and unite the party behind Ron DeSantis.

No. 6: The January 6th Committee

For bringing back McCarthyism by making false and unfounded accusations of insurrection and treason against Trump, the J6 protestors and the “white supremacy” boogeymen. Especially big and black lumps of coal for Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and Adam “Pencil-neck” Schiff (couldn’t resist).

No. 5: Joe Biden

Afghanistan withdrawal. Greenlighting Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Remarkably flawed energy policy and soaring gas prices. Supply chain crisis. Border crisis. Worst inflation since the 80s. Imminent recession. Lawlessness in the streets. Did I miss anything?

I know this probably qualifies as elder abuse but the clearly demented President who ran as a moderate turned out to be an empty vessel for Bernie Sanders, AOC and a far-left democratic party that is rapidly turning America into a socialist nation.

No. 4: Jack Dorsey

Just when you thought Twitter couldn’t get any worse, Dorsey turned the company into a social media arm of the FBI and the democratic party, censoring and deplatforming Trump, the Babylon Bee and countless other conservative and common sense voices on the pandemic.

Dishonorable mention goes to Susan Wojcicki of YouTube.

No. 3: BLM, George Gascon and all the other progressive prosecutors

For turning America’s cities into massive crime scenes in the false name of inequity and social justice reform, aka all the criminals go free.

No. 2: Vladimir Putin

For invading Ukraine, destroying a sovereign nation and murdering countless civilians so his vanity could feel better about its legacy.

No. 1: Anthony Fauci

We may never know if Fauci’s funding of gain of function research in an ill-equipped lab in Wuhan China was responsible for releasing a deadly contagion that killed countless millions around the world, but the facts sure are damning.

In any case, as the top advisor to Trump and Biden on all things Covid Fauci was clearly behind the unnecessary draconian lockdowns and mandates that disrupted the lives and destroyed the livelihoods of countless American adults, children and businesses.

Fauci’s “15 days to slow the spread” reign of terror finally ended 2 1/2 years later, proving that a greedy, power-hungry bureaucrat can be the most dangerous person on planet Earth.

Until next year, a very Merry Christmas to y’all!

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