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President Trump shuts down Pelosi

January 17, 2019

Judicial Waych

1/17/2019

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President Trump has now shut down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s costly attempt to use a military aircraft for a “public relations event.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: We Progressives Are Going to ‘Run Train’

January 17, 2019

Joel B. Pollak

1/16/2019

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) used a vulgar sexual term in an interview with the Washington Post published Wednesday, threatening conservatives that Democrats would “run train on the progressive agenda.”

The term “run train” refers to a gang rape. According to UrbanDictionary.com, the “top definition” for the term “run train” is “to ‘gangbang’ a girl with several friends.”

Other definitions follow:

2. To call your friends to preform various unforgivable acts of a sexual nature on one female in rapid succession.

3. When a bunch of guys have sex with the same girl one after another with no breakfor the girl

4. to have sexual intercourse with a girl, with the help of one’s friends.

5. Where men all have sex with one women. Either at the same time or one after another.

Two other non-sexual definitions refer to attacking people in video games.

The context of Ocasio-Cortez’s remark was an answer to a question about a fake nude photo, purporting to be of the congresswoman, that appeared on Reddit and was subsequently covered by other outlets, including Vice’s Motherboard, the Daily Caller, and other outlets. Ocasio-Cortez claimed, without evidence, that “Republicans” and “conservative outlets” had circulated the image.

The relevant section of the interview is as follows:

The Post: How did you feel when that hit yesterday?

Ocasio-Cortez: I was surprised and I was annoyed because it was a new tack. They’ve been for a very long time focusing on taking quotes out of context or manipulating them or making it seem as though I said things that I didn’t say. This was different in that it was an outright fraudulent thing. You can tell that they’re getting into hysterics because now you’re getting into my actual body, which is definitely crossing a level, definitely crossing a line.

I also think it’s encouraging because this is my sixth day in Congress and they’re out of all their artillery. The nude is supposed to be like the bazooka. You know, like, “We’re going to take her down.” Dude, you’re all out of bullets, you’re all out of bombs, you’re all out of all this stuff. What have you got left? I’m six days into the term, and you already used all your ammo. So enjoy being exhausted for the next two years while we run train on the progressive agenda.

Ocasio-Cortez has not yet commented on the interview.

U.S. Doles Out Millions During Shutdown—Vulnerable Costa Rican Youth, AIDS in Mozambique

January 17, 2019

Judicial Watch

1/15/2019

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The U.S. government may be shut down but it’s still doling out large sums of taxpayer dollars to foreign causes that American citizens may not consider a priority. In the last few days alone, Uncle Sam dedicated millions of dollars in grants to projects that include helping socially vulnerable youth in crime-ridden Costa Rican communities, tackling an AIDS epidemic in Mozambique, improving health in Nigeria and surveilling “important diseases in Senegal.” There are plenty more with details posted this month on the government’s grant website which says that, during a lapse in federal appropriations, the system will “remain in an operational status.”

Just yesterday hundreds of thousands of dollars were allocated to the Costa Rican youth project and the Mozambique AIDS program. The U.S. feels obligated to help Costa Rican youths tempted to quit school and join a crime gang, according to the grant announcement. “In vulnerable communities, poverty and lack of opportunities are factors that make young people quit school and start working or join a crime gang,” it reads. “Efforts from local governments have been concentrated in getting these demographic opportunities to finish high school and get a job. This is key to reduce crime and youth involvement in the narcotraffic chain.” The document offers a history of the Central American nation’s sustained increase in violent crime, mainly associated with drug trafficking. This includes a surge in homicides and the use of illicit drugs. To save the vulnerable youth, American taxpayers will spend $150,000 on an experimental, one-year program. “National and international data show that many Costa Rican communities are in significant need of assistance as they continue to experience a myriad of serious drug problems,” the grant announcement says.

The government also announced yesterday that it is dedicating $274,676 to counter a growing epidemic of HIV and AIDS in Mozambique, where around 13% of the population is infected with the sexually transmitted disease. The magnitude of the AIDS epidemic and the African country’s “health infrastructure” limitations call for the U.S. to step in, according to the grant document. The money will support a national HIV response plan that may reduce new infections and care for those already infected. Nearly 2 million Mozambicans have HIV, according to government figures included in the announcement, which also reveals that women are infected at a higher rate (15%) than men (10%). “Key factors driving the epidemic include multiple sexual partners, high levels of mobility and migration, cross-generational sex, transactional sex, low perception of risk, gender inequality and sexual violence, limited condom use, and limited treatment coverage,” it reads.

A whopping $5 million is going to programs that strengthen public health in Nigeria, the U.S. government confirmed this month. The money will fund epidemiological studies and laboratory-based projects and surveillance of “important diseases” in the African nation nearly 6,000 miles across the Atlantic. This includes but is not limited to acute febrile illness, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, zoonotic and vector borne diseases as well as environmental health issues, biosafety and security and other public health threats. “Research projects should outline clear plans to incorporate the results of research activities into operational disease detection, prevention, and response or control programs in Nigeria and ensure the strengthening of local workforce capacity and dissemination of findings across the region, with partners, and globally,” the U.S. grant document says. “Other areas for research include activities to antimicrobial resistance and hospital acquired infections, respiratory infections and influenza, enteric illnesses, and other public health threats.

The Senegal health project will receive $1 million, according to a grant announcement posted this month, for a similar program involving diseases in the African nation. These public health research projects may include but are not limited to activities to address acute febrile illness, antimicrobial resistance and hospital acquired infections, respiratory infections and influenza, enteric illnesses, and other public health threats,” the document reads. As in Nigeria, the U.S.-funded project will also focus on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, zoonotic and vector borne diseases; environmental health issues effecting infectious diseases (such as water and air); vaccine-preventable diseases; biosafety and security; public health threats of local importance, and implementation research to evaluate the impact of public health programs and interventions and their cost effectiveness. These are just a few of many examples illustrating how government is handing out cash for questionable causes during the so-called shutdown.

 

Furloughed Fed Employees Are Now on Paid Vacation

January 17, 2019

Thomas Gallatin

1/17/2019

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President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday ensuring that the roughly 380,000 furloughed federal workers currently not receiving pay will be paid once the partial government shutdown ends. By taking this action, Trump eased the impact of the shutdown on federal employees while at the same time encouraging continued stability for labor-market statistics. As The Wall Street Journal explains, “Had that not occurred, the loss of more than 300,000 employees from the government’s payroll would have most likely overwhelmed any private-sector job creation. That in turn would have caused total nonfarm payrolls to decrease for the first time since October 2010, snapping a streak of 99 straight months of job growth. The streak is the longest on record dating to 1939.”

Even with Trump’s action guaranteeing that there is light at the end of the shutdown tunnel, hundreds of thousands of federal workers — many of them essential and still on the job — are feeling the immediate financial hit from missed paychecks. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats are content to play political games by refusing to even meet with Trump and Republicans in negotiation efforts and by requesting that Trump postpone the annual State of the Union Address over bogus security concerns. In truth, Pelosi doesn’t want Trump to have that much unfiltered access to the American people, where he can make a strong compelling case for the need for a border wall and can expose the Democrats for being opposed to enforcing the nation’s sovereign right to secure our borders. She’d rather continue the pain and theater of her shutdown so she can better represent people who aren’t even citizens of the nation.

Importantly, though, despite the partial government shutdown, the vast majority of Americans are getting along just fine. In fact, if it wasn’t for the media constantly covering it, would many Americans even know there was a shutdown?

 

Watch–Mo Brooks: Democrats ‘Aiding and Abetting’ 2K Illegal Alien Killings Every Year

January 17, 2019

John Binder

1/15/2019

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) says Democrats have “aided and abetted” the deaths of about 2,000 Americans every year at the hands of illegal aliens due to their support for open borders and mass illegal immigration.

In a speech on the House floor on Tuesday, Brooks highlighted just a few of the stories of American citizens who have been killed by illegal aliens:

Louise Sollowin was a beloved mother, wife, and grandmother. Louise spent 50 years helping her sister fire up the oven at Omaha, Nebraska’s Orsi’s Italian Bakery, where she worked well into her 80s. [Emphasis added]

In 2013, after 93 years of life, Louise was brutally raped and beaten to death by an illegal alien. To make matters even more horrific, Louise’s daughter found her bleeding, battered and dying mother with a naked illegal alien passed out on top of her. [Emphasis added]

In 2010 in Houston, Texas, 14-year-old Shatavia Anderson, was shot in the chest and killed by two illegal aliens. Shatavia loved her family and loved talking on the phone. She proclaimed that one day she was “gonna be somebody.” Shatavia was robbed of that dream by illegal aliens. [Emphasis added]

In July 2018 in my home town of Huntsville, Alabama, two drug cartel related illegal aliens took Oralia Mendoza and her 13-year-old granddaughter, Mariah Lopez, from their home in the dark of night. Oralia was stabbed to death while her teenage granddaughter, Mariah, was forced to watch. Later, and in order to eliminate a witness, the illegal alien drug cartel members then beheaded Mariah and abandoned her body in the woods. Mariah’s decaying body was not found for weeks. Mariah was a special needs student at Challenger Middle School. Her teachers described her as a “sweet little girl” who “had a lot of friends.” [Emphasis added]

In 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama, then 19-year-old Tad Mattle was driving home with his girlfriend from a church social. While stopped at a red light, an illegal alien who was fleeing the scene of yet another crime, and whose blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit, rear-ended Tad Mattle’s car. This illegal alien had three prior DUIs. Tad Mattle’s car exploded on impact, tragically killing Tad Mattle and his girlfriend. [Emphasis added]

Brooks noted that last year, alone, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency arrested nearly 2,000 convicted and suspected illegal alien killers, leaving behind countless American and legal immigrant victims.

“Each of these horrific deaths have one thing in common,” Brooks said. “None of these lives would have been stolen from us but for illegal aliens aided and abetted by Democrats who protect, promote, and prefer the lives of illegal aliens to the lives of American citizens.”

“As for those who support amnesty and open borders: How many American lives and dreams must be snuffed out by illegal aliens before Washington has the guts and integrity to secure our porous southern border,” Brooks asked.

“How many dead Americans does it take before you will start saving lives rather than aiding and abetting those illegal aliens who take them,” he continued.

Since Christmas, there have been two high profile murders of Americans allegedly killed by illegal aliens.

Days before New Year’s Eve, 22-year-old Pierce Corcoran of Knoxville, Tennessee was killed in a car crash allegedly caused by 44-year-old illegal alien Franco Cambrany Francisco-Eduardo. Likewise, the day after Christmas, 33-year-old Newman, California police officer Ronil Singh was allegedly gunned down during a traffic stop and killed by 32-year-old illegal alien Gustavo Perez Arriaga.

 

According to the deranged Left, talking about wanting to kill your unborn baby isn’t “Hate Speech” … it’s LOVE

January 17, 2019

1/15/2019

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As health conscious consumers, avid readers of Natural News are always looking for new ways to improve our lifestyle, extend our longevity, and eliminate toxins from our daily intake. It’s all part of the bigger picture, where we don’t want to get the wool pulled over our eyes, or our rights as Americans taken away, or our lives shortened by some corporate melee. It’s all about awareness, education, diligence, self-sufficiency, and thriving in the face of adversity, but the Left doesn’t see it that way, so we’re all forced to get smart fast and snuff out their hatred of our success every day.

One way to accomplish this is to recognize the hypocrisy of what they define as “hate speech,” so as not to become frustrated, confused, or worse yet, a pawn in their game for control. Yes, politics and political “correctness” all spills over into health – including the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms.

For example, the Left-wing tech giants love to censor everyone for “hate speech” when anyone criticizes any illegal immigrants that are diseased and violent (and not that all of them are, but certainly many), but when Leftists murder babies and praise abortion, somehow that’s called “love” instead of hate. And what’s the Leftist answer to illegal immigration? Let in all the adults so they can vote for Socialist-Communism (Democrats) in 2020, but make sure they abort all their unborn babies and learn to call it “love.”

“Hate Speech” is cognitive dissonance with a Communist agenda that UNDERMINES democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of press, and human rights

The goal of the leading Democrats (Clinton, Pelosi, Schumer, etc.) is to reduce the population while crippling the living, working clones by taxing them into poverty and obedience. The only way to get everyone to vote for this tyranny is to promise that everything will soon be free, including healthcare, food, college, and even income, as long as you keep voting for Socialism. Of course, the promises of today will never come “tomorrow,” but the zombies don’t know that. They can’t even remember what they had for breakfast.

The common “bond” and formula for this brainwashing includes perpetuating extreme, violent hatred (through mass media messages) for anyone who doesn’t agree that Socialism rules, including aborting all pregnancies and censoring all conservative voices, while supporting gender fluidity, open borders, no police, no prisons, total gun confiscation, and forced medication.

According to the Left, it’s proper to beat up an old lady in the street who wears a MAGA hat, but it’s wrong to say that there’s a biological difference between a male and a female. According to the Left, it’s normal and proper to form a violent mob and scream at Republican politicians at restaurants until they have to leave for fear of their lives, but it’s wrong to love a baby that’s still in the womb, call it human, and look forward to its birth and life.

According to the Left, it’s normal and proper for a perverted, rapist, male pedophile to put on a wig and a little makeup and use the women’s restroom at any store (or even at a school), but it’s wrong for independent media to publish reports on that same person committing crimes or being a danger to society.

According to the Left, it’s perfectly normal to drug up children and have them parade around as drag queens on a talk show runway or on stage at a strip club, but it’s wrong and immoral to criticize Planned Parenthood for murdering more black babies every week than the KKK killed in its entire history.

According to the Left, it’s basic curriculum to teach children that babies in the mother’s womb are worthless, have no thought, no senses, and no value. Preschoolers are literally being taught right now to “Shout Your Abortion” – the new way that all humans should crudely brag about murdering unborn human life. Anyone who disagrees with this sick and demented “education” prerogative is branded as “anti-science!”

You see, it’s all one huge mind control program intended to create hatred, dissonance, emotional trauma, and distract all Americans from appreciating and defending their inherent rights.

Why are leftists so obsessed about saving MIGRANT children who cross the border, but have ZERO compassion toward American children damaged by vaccines?

The current narrative runs like this: Let every single illegal immigrant come into America because not even one of them has any diseases, any violent tendencies, and can only help our country prosper. Anyone who feels any different, according to the Left, should be stoned to death in the street and their extermination celebrated as an event that supports “the greater good.”

Mainstream media currently has Democrats so brainwashed that they want our POTUS murdered along with anyone who wears MAGA paraphernalia or who argues (this includes simply disagreeing) with them about their political dogma.

These same Democratic-Socialist-Communists believe 100 percent in all biggest lies purported by the Leftist Marxists and Globalists: that the humans are causing the world to boil and dry up, that all vaccines are 100 percent safe and 100 percent effective, that all prescription medications work and save you from sickness, and that all conventional food is good for you.

These drugged up, dumbed down Democrat zombies have ZERO compassion for anyone who is injured (or suffering from autism) by toxic vaccines, dying of cancer from GMOs, or who is missing arms or legs from fighting in the endless, purposeless wars in the Middle East.

Leftists want more war, more “hate speech” regulation, more nanny-state policing, more “free stuff” from their government, more gun control, more taxes, and more addictive, debilitating drugs for their pain and anguish.

According to the Left, hate speech only applies to people who disagree with their beliefs. The Left, in other words, can kill unborn babies and brag about it, terrorize Trump supporters, and speak openly about murdering our President, but the Right should be censored and bankrupted for peacefully objecting to this tyranny.

Never before has the media controlled more minds and ruined more lives than right here, right now. Don’t fall for the fallacy of hate speech. Decode it. Be able to identify the hypocrisy so it won’t get the better of you and turn you into “one of them.” Tune into Trump.news for updates on the deranged, insane Left as the world keeps spinning, hopefully.

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Morality, Populism, and Cultural Decay

January 15, 2019

Robin Smith

1/14/2019

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Is the proverbial American Dream now only a tale of days past? Are Americans positioned to live as victims of both cultural decay and policy controlled by governing elites, or can we hope for a generation that will excel and lead? On that subject, Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently stirred strong debate with a populist monologue about American culture that proves the vast differences of what people hear with their mixed interpretations.

One writer viewed Carlson’s commentary as announcing the death of the American Dream, while others heard him frame Americans as victims. Some argued that conservatives should reject Carlson’s “victimhood populism” because societal maladies cannot be cured by public policy, but, instead, lie in the hands of the individual. Yet another writer lauded the virtues of intervening institutions, such as the church and civic organizations, as well as the extended family as important in addressing our nation’s problems.

Whether you subscribe to one of these opinions or another of your own, there are a few things that Carlson’s absolutely right about and that should serve as the fence posts of this debate:

  • The family unit has fallen victim to public policies that incentivize individuals to avoid nuptials.
  • Economies are systems that to varying degrees are structured through policies, laws, oversight, and regulations to permit generation of work, products, services, wealth, ownership, and the access to capital.
  • We do live in a day that personal responsibility, for a growing population, has been replaced by entitlement, dependency, and/or apathy.
  • Americans thrive when the family unit is intact; when the economy permits individuals to work, produce, own, accumulate, and spend wealth without excessive taxation, regulation, or reckless policy that threatens their earning capacity and ability to live in a self-reliant fashion; when the approach to work, play, study, and life in general is rooted in the discipline of personal responsibility and self-respect, which fosters mutual respect and hope.

It’s not that any one writer, essayist, columnist, or opinion commentator is absolutely right or absolutely wrong. It’s just that society seems to want to find a single culprit for the struggles of millions of people. Yet many times when an issue is critiqued, we discover that one simple problem is not the cause. Instead, as it seems is the case of much of our modern culture in America, many factors converged and have been multiplied by time until now we’re surrounded by the woes Tucker mentioned. That points to some common pathologies found in both urban and rural America.

These conditions that have deviated from a healthy, highly functioning society include rampant out-of-wedlock births, despite data showing children raised in an intact family not only perform better in school but their future opportunities tend to follow the best trajectory. In both rural and urban America, the unemployment rate of able-bodied men remains too high, which doesn’t bode well for those attempting to have and maintain an intact family — not when financial problems rank as the second most common contributing factor to divorce and are often cited when the desperation of suicidal ideation is reported. In both the rural and urban communities, drug abuse is ruinous in the lives of individuals, destroying families, consuming already stretched resources, and ending one’s ability to remain gainfully employed. It’s even ending life itself for tens of thousands every year.

The question remains unanswered. Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Does the decay of culture result in the change in policy and politics? Does policy and politics cause the decay in the culture? Or does there exist a feedback loop where cultural decay and policy failures fuel each other and grow with weakening restraint?

At America’s Founding, the care of the great minds who constructed our government had already faced similar issues of crumbling institutions, an overreaching government, and pursuit of an ideal for a life that was better. John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” His audience were readers from the First Bridge of the Third Division of the Massachusetts Militia. In other words, the second president of the United States was not penning some devotional or speaking to a crowd anticipating a religious sermon. Instead, Adams revealed the inextricable link between individual behavior and one’s ability to follow the direction of a moral compass and the number and scope of the laws needed to govern a society.

Adams’s premise was that for a limited government of a constitutional republic to function with restraint, its citizens must have the capacity to follow a moral code and a religious framework of decency. Conversely, as Adams warned in 1798, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.”

The late Andrew Breitbart echoed Adams when he said that politics is downstream of culture. For those who misinterpret and pervert Liberty to mean license in their behavior and pursuits, the legal frameworks must be expanded, and jurisdictions enlarged. Humanity responds to conditioning. Thus, policies both effective and flawed impact behavior and culture.

Tucker Carlson has reminded us that our markets, institutions, communities, and governments function best when both the working and governing classes are directed by a moral compass — and when the latter is employing policies that empower not government but individuals for self-reliance.

 

“Green New Deal” pushed by Democrats would cost 3,600 times the price of a border wall

January 15, 2019

1/14/2019

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The up-and-coming Democratic Party has many ambitious plans for the country. First, they want a “Green New Deal” which would force the economy to run on 100 percent renewable energy. This multi-trillion-dollar plan would provide taxpayer-funded incentives for wind and solar, while shuttering American coal, oil, and steel independence.

The Democrat leaders of the House and Senate have voiced their concerns about the President’s proposed border wall, calling it outrageously expensive at a price tag of $5.7 billion. However, when it comes to spending money, these same Democrat leaders are all for a $2 trillion plan to dictate American energy production… and that’s just the initial cost (see the ten-year cost, below).

Democrats’ spending proposals are 3,600 times more expensive than Trump’s border wall

When comparing the spending proposals, the Democrats want to control energy in the U.S. and spend far more than what the President wants to spend on improving national security. This cost comparison is for year one only. When PJ Media calculated the cost of the “Green New Deal” over the course of ten years, the price tag was a stunning $18.26 trillion. Over the course of ten years, this wealth redistribution plan could fund Trump’s border wall 3,600 times over. Democrats believe that the cost savings of switching to green energy would offset the initial sticker shock. Examples of this could not be found, because many of the renewable energy incentives passed under former President Obama failed to translate to real world savings. To compare, Trump’s border wall will address real-life problems, including drug trafficking, human trafficking, and the cost burdens that illegal aliens add to welfare, Medicaid, and other systems that American citizens pay into. By addressing these problems, a border wall would pay for itself very quickly and save lives, something that cannot be measured in dollars.

Green New Deal just the beginning of bombastic spending proposals by Democrats

The “Green New Deal” proposed by democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), is just the beginning of bombastic spending proposals by Democrats. One of the provisions of the Green New Deal is for the U.S. to replace its current power grid with a smart power grid. According to the Electric Power Research Institute, this proposal would tax America upwards of $476 billion, making the $5.7 border wall seem like pocket change. Also, in order to reduce carbon emissions and supposedly stabilize global temperatures, the Green New Deal calls for steel, cement, ethylene, and ammonia manufacturers to completely reform, a cost exceeding $11 trillion over a 30-year time frame according to a 2018 study from McKinsey and Company. This maneuver would also negatively impact each industry, weakening production yields, exports, and American sovereignty in each field.

According to newly-elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Green New Deal would immediately require a 70 percent top tax rate for wealthy Americans, even though this would hardly cover the costs of such a monstrous system. The Green New Deal includes a federal jobs guarantee program, a $543 billion system that has already been proposed by Senator Cory Booker. Within ten years, this program would ensure that most federal workers receive a minimum wage of $15/hr and would cost taxpayers approximately $2.475 trillion.

Also included in upcoming Democrat promises is a universal basic income or UBI. This new welfare system would guarantee every American $10,000 per year, a total cost of $3 trillion every year. On top of that, Americans are promised a universal single-payer healthcare system, which all but ends the health insurance marketplace, while guaranteeing Big Pharma’s rule over America. According to a University of Massachusetts-Amherst study, the proposed plan would cost $13.8 trillion over the first ten years. According to the Mercatus Center, the cost could be as high as $33 trillion over ten years. The plan would save many Americans when it comes to paying deductibles and monthly premiums but healthy and young Americans would be fined by paying into the system. The expensive state of health insurance today would be swapped out for an expensive government system that could ultimately be just as tragic as the one in Venezuela.

Because Democrat spending proposals are not grounded in any sort of economic reality, the political party needs to be shuttered completely and denounced as a threat to American financial solvency. If the Democratic Party and their allies in the media and Big Tech cannot be brought to financial reality, then they must be considered a domestic threat to the U.S.

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We Could Build 2 Border Walls By Just By Eliminating ‘Improper Payments’ — Audit Shows

January 15, 2019

Investors Business Daily

1/11/2019

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Waste: Critics of building a border wall claim that it would be ineffective at deterring illegal immigration. That’s not true. But Congress could easily finance the wall by cutting federal programs that are ineffective.

“Wasteful” and “ineffective” are the adjectives now routinely attached to any discussion of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

But a wall would be effective. Even President Obama’s head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, admitted as much. When asked in an interview with Public Radio International if the “physical barrier” built south of Yuma, Ariz., had been effective, her answer was “yes.”

In fact, illegal crossings dropped by 95% in Yuma after that barrier went up. Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke says “crime has significantly decreased in the Yuma area.”

Likewise, illegal crossings into San Diego, El Paso, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz., plunged once physical barriers were in place.

$141 Billion In ‘Improper Payments’

What’s more, the government could easily pay for the border wall simply by eliminating real government waste and by axing ineffective programs

This week, for example, the Government Accountability Office reported that in 2017 alone, the federal government made $141 billion in “improper payments.”

Do the math.

Trump’s $5.7 billion would fund 234 miles of border. Eliminating just half of the government’s “improper payments” would provide enough money to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, with $21 billion left over.

The GAO has also found “tens of billions of dollars” in savings simply by reducing overlapping and duplicative federal programs. For example, the federal government spends almost $3 billion on 163 separate STEM education programs across 13 agencies. “Nearly all of these programs overlapped with at least one other program,” the GAO found.

Citizens Against Government Waste has identified 636 examples of wasteful government spending that, if eliminated, would save $430 billion in the first year alone.

More Government Waste

Just selling the 10,000 buildings owned by the federal government that are either vacant or partially empty would raise almost $3 billion.

Trump’s 2019 budget proposed saving $48 billion by eliminating or cutting back programs that it deemed ineffective or inefficient.

One could argue that entire agencies are ineffective. The Department of Education, for example, spends more than $60 billion a year, yet reading and math scores are no better than before that department came into being in 1980.

There’s also the fact that taxpayers fail to pay roughly $400 billion owed in federal taxes each year. And there’s the massive amounts spent on corporate welfare, which, depending on how one defines it, can add up to $100 billion a year.

The question we should be asking isn’t whether the border wall would be effective, but which of the myriad ineffective federal programs we should eliminate to pay for it.

 

NYT Inadvertently Exposes FBI’s Anti-Trump Bias

January 15, 2019

Thomas Gallatin

1/14/2019

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The New York Times has inadvertently exposed the reality that former FBI leaders opposed Donald Trump from the moment he won the Republican nomination. The Times’s intention with its “bombshell” report was to offer more “evidence” supporting Robert Mueller’s investigation, but instead it showed just how biased and vindictive previous FBI leadership was against Trump. As The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway observes, “Admitting there is no actual evidence for their probe into whether Trump ‘worked for the Russians,’ FBI officials instead cited their foreign policy differences with him, his lawful firing of bungling FBI Director James Comey, and alarm that he accurately revealed to the American public that he was told he wasn’t under investigation by the FBI, when they preferred to hide that fact.”

What the Times story makes even clearer was the degree of anti-Trump bias of FBI leaders at the time, which motivated them to essentially conspire with Hillary Clinton’s campaign by leveraging the bogus Christopher Steele dossier as evidence to justify surveilling members of Trump’s campaign under the guise of investigating allegations of Russian election meddling. Through timely leaks to the press, FBI officials helped foment the Trump-Russia collusion narrative all the while denying that the president was implicated — as former FBI Director James Comey did when he lied to Trump’s face, saying the president was not an FBI target. Then, the day after Trump fired Comey, an incensed FBI leadership secretly launched a retaliatory investigation against the president that was used to fuel demand for creating the Mueller probe.

“This is yet more evidence that FBI leaders actually had no real evidence against the Trump team,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) declared. “Instead, they were simply trying to undermine a president they didn’t like and avenge Comey’s firing. By relying on the Steele dossier — a fraudulent document funded by Democrats and based on Russia sources — FBI leaders were either complicit or too oblivious to notice they were being used in a disinformation operation by the Democratic Party and Russian operatives.”

Trump expressed his disgust at the Times report, stating that it showed “the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze!”

The Democrat charge that Trump is Vladimir Putin’s “best buddy” is made with absolutely no supporting evidence — and in the face of actions by the president that demonstrate just the opposite. Trump is no more beholden to Putin than the Democrat Party is beholden to Trump.

Yet Democrats and their cohorts in the Leftmedia keep parroting the Russian collusion conspiracy sans any evidence in their ongoing efforts to delegitimize his election, while attempting to convince the American public that Democrats are justified in their outsized resistance to his presidency.

 

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