This problem is 10,000 times bigger than the border wall
January 17, 2019
Dorado, Puerto RicoWe are in the midst of the longest government shutdown in history.
Don’t get me wrong, I like having the government shut down. As I’ve said before, I believe it is my moral duty to pay as little taxes as possible.
The government does some really stupid things with your tax dollars. I’d rather not pay for a $2 billion Obamacare website that doesn’t work, or to defend Congressmen against sexual assault allegations.
So, by starving the beast, I at least ensure they’re not squandering my money.
But I think it’s ridiculous that this government posturing is financially crippling the 800,000 government workers (and millions of contractors) who are now out of work – or being forced to work without pay.
To be fair, last night the president signed a law guaranteeing they would be paid for past work – a month into this fiasco. It’s a step in the right direction, as there’s a word for forcing people to work without pay – slavery.
That’s why I offered to pay the rent of any government workershurt by the shutdown. I am using my tax savings to bail out some of these government workers the feds left high and dry.
But at its core, this whole shutdown comes down to a disagreement over $5 billion. That is how much money Trump wants to build the border wall between the US and Mexico. And Congress refuses to fund it.
Granted, that’s a lot of money to you and me. And it should be a lot of money to the government, too.
But the government is almost $22 TRILLION in debt and adding another trillion every single year.
We are talking about a fight over an expenditure that amounts to .02% of the total national debt.
Social Security is $50 TRILLION underfunded by the government’s own estimates. Tens of millions of Americans are relying on Social Security for retirement.
How is that going to be funded? That’s a problem 10,000 times bigger than this fight over funding a border wall.
But does Congress shut down the government to solve that? Do they refuse to budge until the Americans that have spent their lives paying into a broken pension system are made whole?
But they’ll put millions of people out of work in the blink of an eye over a comparably tiny sum.
And then the politicians have the nerve to get on a high horse and fake moral superiority while it plays out.
I hate that the government spends money so callously and recklessly. And I really don’t care much whether the wall gets built or not… Taking advantage of Puerto Rico’s tax laws, I won’t be paying for it either way.
If the government had any respect for the taxpayers, they would pinch every single penny. That’s obviously not the case.
They clearly don’t care about their employees, either. Otherwise, they wouldn’t let $5 billion stand in the way of millions of paychecks that these people depend on to pay their rent.
And don’t fool yourself. This shutdown isn’t about money. It is an ideological fight with both sides digging their heels in.
The politicians dragging the shutdown on are showing their true colors. This dysfunction is a tiny preview of what will happen when the real problems come home to roost.
So here’s the truth: they are building a wall. And every singlemember of Congress is helping. But it’s not the wall you think…
Behind that wall, the government is hiding the real crisis.
Forget the $5 whatever billion dollars the government wants for the border wall.
Instead, you should focus on the national debt – which is a problem 4,400 times bigger than the wall.
And the collapse of Social Security is a problem 10,000 times bigger than the funding needed for the wall.
So don’t be fooled by this dummy crisis the government is conjuring. That’s what they want.
Just remember, if you rely on the government for anything, they’ll happily throw you under the bus to further their own agenda.
The real power is with the individual. You have the tools and resources to solve these issues for yourself.
For example, you could consider a retirement structure like a Solo 401(k) or self-directed SEP IRA that allows you a greater breadth of investment options– everything from real estate to crypto to private equity.
Meanwhile, the guy living in Puerto Rico and not paying any taxes is happy to pitch in to help his fellow man.
AG nominee William Barr pledges to preserve independence of DOJ amid Mueller probe
January 16, 2019Image Source: Screenshot
The confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s attorney general nomination are underway, and on Tuesday William Barr assured the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would preserve the Justice Department’s independence if he is appointed to serve as the nation’s chief lawyer.
Barr, who will obtain oversight of the special counsel’s Russia collusion probe if confirmed, testified that he would not follow the president’s orders if he were asked to shut down the special counsel or fire its top prosecutor “without good cause.”
Senate interrogation “I will not be bullied into doing anything that I think is wrong — by anybody, whether it be editorial boards or Congress or the president,” Barr told the committee. “I’m going to do what I think is right.”
Barr previously served as U.S. attorney general during the George H.W. Bush administration. However, the practical experience he gained during these years wasn’t enough to assure Democrats that he is the best man for the job.
For the president’s liberal critics, Barr raised questions about his impartiality when he dared to criticize the special counsel’s investigation in an unsolicited June memo to the Justice Department. The former attorney general was concerned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller “fatally misconceived” the theory that Trump could have obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017.
Barr contended that presidents cannot be held criminally culpable for exercising their constitutional authority. He also took exception with the overwhelmingly Democratic makeup of the special counsel team, arguing that Mueller’s prosecution team should have been more politically “balanced.”
Barr told the judiciary committee that he has sent similar memos in the past, including a letter which cautioned the Justice Department against prosecuting Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez in a corruption trial. However, this failed to console Senate Democrats, who maintain an active interest in portraying the special counsel as exceptionally vulnerable to the whims of a vengeful and unruly president.
Refusing to take the baitTuesday’s hearing quickly turned to concerns regarding the special counsel. “So, the current regulations on the books right now prevent the attorney general from firing, without cause, the special counsel,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) reminded Barr. “They require misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict. Will you follow that standard?” he asked.
“Of course,” responded Barr. Next, Coons asked the nominee how he would respond if he were asked to “rescind or change” the special counsel’s orders.
Barr answered, “I think those special counsel regulations should stay in place for the duration of this investigation, and we can do a postmortem then. But I have no reason to think they’re not working.”
Next, Coons provided Barr with a history lesson, explaining how Attorney General Elliot Richardson refused to follow President Richard Nixon’s orders to fire the special counsel charged with investigating the Watergate scandal — an analogy frequently cited by Democrats seeking to provoke fears that Trump would do the same. Barr answered that he would “not carry out that instruction.”
Manufactured crisisSen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is now the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has called Democratic efforts to protect the special counsel a “manufactured problem.” Although Trump has repeatedly referred to Mueller’s probe as a “witch hunt” and a “hoax,” he has just as often pledged to keep the special counsel intact.
“I’ve been reading about it from you people. You say, ‘Oh, I’m going to dismiss him.’ No, I’m not dismissing anybody,” he said in August 2017. He echoed that promise in December 2017, just after Mueller succeeded in surreptitiously obtaining thousands of emails from the Trump transition team.
In August 2018, he reassured reporters once again that he had no intention to interfere with the Russia investigation. “I’ll stay out,” he said.
Yet, Democrats continue to sow disorder by creating the illusion that the only consideration keeping Trump from dumping the special counsel is Democrat Party supervision. Since the summer of 2017, Congress has tried on multiple occasions to pass legislation that will protect the special counsel from being unduly terminated.
While the Senate continued to negotiate over the latest version of that bill, the first day of the Barr confirmation hearing followed the same predictable script. Fortunately, the seasoned Washington prosecutor refused to take the bait.
Report: George Soros is funding Clinton-linked group set to challenge Trump border wall
January 13, 2019 by Ben Marquis
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Failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and leftist billionaire George Soros have long shared the same progressive vision for the United States — but now, evidence has emerged linking the two in the left’s fight against President Donald Trump.
A new report alleges that Demand Justice, a leftist advocacy group founded by Clinton campaign alumni that is now soliciting donors to #Resist President Donald Trump’s proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, is funded in part by Soros and his Open Society Foundations.
Clinton campaign alumni fight the wallDemand Justice first rose to prominence in 2017, when its members vehemently opposed then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was later confirmed. The group has now shifted its focus to the southern border to oppose what they call the president’s “racist, unnecessary wall,” and have launched a fundraising push to support the inevitable legal challenges that the proposed border barrier will face.
Clinton’s Onward Together group is involved in that fundraising push as well — which isn’t all that surprising, given the number of Clinton’s associates from the 2016 campaign who are now operating Demand Justice.
The formation of Demand Justice was first suggested by Clinton campaign manager John Podesta and was founded by Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon. Its digital team is led by the campaign’s digital organizer, Gabrielle McCaffrey, and the group also boasts as a top member Paige Herwig, who previously served as an aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and counselor to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Herwig was also heavily involved in managing the Justice Department’s public relations disaster that was the infamous Phoenix airport tarmac meeting in 2016 between Lynch and former President Bill Clinton while Hillary Clinton remained under investigation, a meeting that occurred just days before it was announced that Mrs. Clinton would not face charges over her private email server scandal.
Soros’ Open Society FoundationsThough the Demand Justice organization is structured in such a way as to avoid having to disclose donor information, it was revealed by the Associated Press that the group had been “fiscally sponsored” by a “tax-exempt social welfare organization” known as the Sixteen Thirty Fund.
A subsequent report by The Daily Caller discovered that the Sixteen Thirty Fund was itself a recipient of at least $2.2 million from Soros’ Open Society Policy Center.
Indeed, the Sixteen Thirty Fund organization describes itself as a “fiscal sponsorship vehicle for donors to direct capital toward social welfare projects that include advocacy, lobbying, and some political and electoral activities.” In other words, they serve as a conduit for wealthy progressives like Soros to provide funding to progressive activist groups.
Fiscal support of leftist advocacyAnd there is yet another link drawing Clinton and Soros together through the Demand Justice group: Demand Justice is a featured part of the progressive advocacy umbrella group known as Democracy Alliance, a sort of catch-all for leftist causes that brings leftist donors into contact with leftist advocacy groups.
Demand Justice’s founder Fallon was recently a featured speaker at a Democracy Alliance conference, where he participated in a panel discussion moderated by a member of Soros’ Open Society Foundations, Sara Knight.
It has become clear that many prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, are financially supported by George Soros, whose only goal is to take Trump down.
This should have us all very concerned.
Irish Hospitals Having “Difficulty” Doing Abortions Because Staffers Won’t Kill Babies INTERNATIONAL MICAIAH BILGER JAN 11, 2019 | 7:19PM DUBLIN, IRELAND
Maternity hospitals in Ireland are experiencing “difficulty” providing abortions because so many staff object to killing unborn babies, an Irish medical leader said this week.
Abortions became legal on Jan. 1 in Ireland, ending decades of laws protecting unborn babies’ lives. The law, which was rammed through parliament in December, allows abortions for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide variety of circumstances. It also forces taxpayers to pay for abortions and forces Catholic hospitals to provide them.
The new law strictly limits conscience protections for medical professionals, and hundreds of doctors and nurses fear being forced to help abort unborn babies or lose their jobs.
Many have been objecting anyway, according to a new report from The London Times.
Cliona Murphy, chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Ireland, told The Times that some hospitals have been struggling to find enough staff to help with abortions.
Here’s more from the report:
She said some doctors were “frustrated” with operational issues, including a shortage of staff. “You need a certain core number of people willing to do those procedures, and also nursing staff willing to assist. In some hospitals, that has been difficult because not everybody is happy,” she said.
Coombe Hospital has previously said it would not be able to provide abortion services by January, and had appealed to the government to delay their introduction until February or March.
The Times understands there had been problems with smaller hospitals with a significant proportion of staff objecting to abortion. The HSE has declined to say how many of the ten hospitals not yet providing abortion services are unable to do so because of conscientious objections.
It is unclear how many unborn babies have been aborted in Ireland so far this year.
Fewer than 5 percent of doctors in Ireland have told the government that they are willing to abort unborn babies, meaning 95 percent of doctors are not willing. While abortion activists blame a fear of pro-life protests for the lack of abortionists, the more likely reason is that most doctors do not think killing a human being should be part of the medical profession.
Earlier this week, health officials said all 19 maternity hospitals in Ireland are providing abortion services in some capacity, as is required by law, The Irish Times reported.
Leading medical groups in Ireland also have raised major concerns about women’s safety.
“We did have a very short interval. There were reasons for that, where people did want the service up and running, but for practitioners they would feel that that was very short to bring in such a large change,” Murphy said this week.
Other leading medical organizations have been more blunt, calling the push to begin abortions Jan. 1 unsafe and politically motivated.
“The National Association of GPs believes that the rushed manner in which termination of pregnancy services are being introduced is unacceptable and unsafe,” it said in a statement last month. “The women of Ireland will not forgive the health system, if an unsafe service is brought in, for the sake of political expediency.”
Other leading medical professionals also have said the premature start date could put women’s lives at risk. Many hospitals have said they are not ready to begin abortions. They point to a lack of ultrasound machines, clinical guidelines and trained staff as reasons why the government should have delayed legalizing abortion.
Doctors also criticized government guidelines that allow girls ages 15 and under to abort their unborn babies without their parents’ knowledge or consent. One doctor accused the minister for health of taking “leave of his senses” by allowing this
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