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Defiant and Angry, Rick Scott Sues Obama Administration Over LIP Funding
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Mystery surrounds Wal-Mart’s bizarre cover story of closing five stores for six months due to “plumbing problems”
April 16, 2015 1:05 pm EDT
By Mike Adams | Natural News
Wal-Mart has suddenly announced it is shuttering five stores from Florida to California for a six-month period due to what the company claims are “plumbing problems.” Nobody except the ultra-gullible really believes the Wal-Mart cover story, however.
“The retail chain announced Monday that five stores are shutting down – one in Brandon, two in Texas, one in Oklahoma and one in California – due to clogging and drainage problems,” reports News Channel 8 in Florida.
The sudden closures were only announced five hours before they took place, thrusting thousands of employees out of work with little or no notice.
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The United States marks 42 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states at any time for any reason throughout pregnancy on January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.Since that time, there have been approximately 57,762,169 abortions that have destroyed the lives of unborn children.
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Like a Frog in the Kettle; We Are Losing Economic Leadership
by KEVIN D. FREEMAN on APRIL 17, 2015
Today, The New York Times reported that U.S. Economic Primacy seems to be Ebbing with China and others rising rapidly. This is their conclusion after surveying world leaders at the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Here are excerpts:
At Global Economic Gathering, U.S. Primacy Is Seen as EbbingBy JONATHAN WEISMAN –APRIL 17, 2015
WASHINGTON — As world leaders converge here for their semiannual trek to the capital of what is still the world’s most powerful economy, concern is rising in many quarters that the United States is retreating from global economic leadership just when it is needed most . . .
“It’s almost handing over legitimacy to the rising powers,” Arvind Subramanian, the chief economic adviser to the government of India, said of the United States in an interview on Friday. “People can’t be too public about these things, but I would argue this is the single most important issue of these spring meetings.” . . .
Experts say that is giving rise to a more chaotic global shift, especially toward China…
In Washington, that concern crosses party lines.
“This is really about a crossroads for America and its leadership for the world,” said Representative Dave G. Reichert, Republican of Washington. “We set the tone, we set the path for the global economy by being leaders. And if we don’t, other countries step in.”
The costs could be real. Failure to bolster the I.M.F. and other institutions weakens the West’s hand in confrontations like the one with Russia over Ukraine, which has begged for multilateral economic assistance. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, pointed to conflicts like the one in Syria, suggesting that fears the I.M.F. and World Bank will be unable to help rebuild the shattered country only opens the door to confrontational actors like Iran….
For years, China had threatened to establish institutions to rival those dominated by the West, like the I.M.F., World Bank and Asian Development Bank — or even to establish its currency, the renminbi, as a reserve currency to rival the dollar.
[Read the entire article at The New York Times….]
While this article makes several important observations, it virtually ignores one of the true causes behind the rapid decline of American economic power. The article almost gives the impression that China and her allies have been reluctantly forced to fill a vacuum caused by our failure. The reality is far more sinister as we have documented. The strategy to replace America was birthed in both Soviet KGB and Chinese PLA doctrine dating back decades. We have documented at length how Russia as early as 1998 and China in 1999plotted to replace America as global economic leader. We have also shared how this was part of the Soviet plan (to use external economic weapons to undermine America) well before that as reported by Jan Sejna in his 1985 book, We Will Bury You. This is economic warfare, pure and simple. And we seem to be losing.
The reality of this warfare has sadly been missed by American policymakers and leadership. The changes have seemed too subtle to be recognized. Only now has the heat been turned up high enough to cause serious damage. Unfortunately, like the frog in the kettle most have missed the gradual warming.
In the past few days, however, it has started to feel as if we are being cooked. We shared what Larry Summers wrote in an Op-Ed for The Washington Post. And Zero Hedge has been connecting the dots.
Here are some examples from yesterday:
China Takes Aim At Dollar Reserve Status: Promotes Yuan In Investment BankZero Hedge — April 16, 2015
…Perhaps even more interesting — and more alarming for Washington — is that the move by China to expand the yuan’s influence via a fund that is now backed by nearly every major country on the planet save the US and Japan, comes just as petrodollar mercantilism, which has been perhaps the driving force behind dollar dominance for decades, crumbles in the face of slumping oil prices. As we’ve reported on several occasions, 2014 marked the first year in nearly two decades that oil producers’ petrodollar exports (i.e. the recycling of oil proceeds into USD assets) turned negative. In other words, falling oil prices mean producing nations are now removing liquidity from the system rather than adding it, a process Goldman estimates will sum to nearly $900 billion by 2018.
The combination of these two forces could serve to cause a dramatic shakeup in a world that heretofore functioned on a unilateral system, both politically and economically.
Zero Hedge also points out how even the fall in oil prices is a threat to the dollars. Since oil is priced and sold in American dollars, lower global prices reduces the demand for our currency and leaves oil exporters with fewer excess reserves to invest in Treasury bonds.
The Collapse Of The Petrodollar: Oil Exporters Are Dumping US Assets At A Record PaceZero Hedge — April 16, 2015
Back in November we chronicled the (quiet) death of the Petrodollar, the system that has buttressed USD hegemony for decades by ensuring that oil producers recycled their dollar proceeds into still more USD assets creating a very convenient (if your printing press mints dollars) self-fulfilling prophecy that has effectively underwritten the dollar’s reserve status in the post WWII era. Here’s what we said last year:
Two years ago, in hushed tones at first, then ever louder, the financial world began discussing that which shall never be discussed in polite company – the end of the system that according to many has framed and facilitated the US Dollar’s reserve currency status: the Petrodollar, or the world in which oil export countries would recycle the dollars they received in exchange for their oil exports, by purchasing more USD-denominated assets, boosting the financial strength of the reserve currency, leading to even higher asset prices and even more USD-denominated purchases, and so forth, in a virtuous (especially if one held US-denominated assets and printed US currency) loop…
As we said back in February, “…few actually grasped the implications of what plunging oil really means in a world in which this most financialized of commodities plays a massive role in both the global economy and capital markets, not to mention in geopolitics, with implications far, far greater than the amateurish ‘yes, but gas is now cheaper’ retort.” In the end, the real question may be this: what happens socially and politically in EM oil-producing states when, after years of depressed prices, the coffers finally run dry?
When you put it all in context, we are witnessing a dramatic shift in the economic world. It seems to have happened all of a sudden. The reality, however, is that the heat has been rising for quite some time. Will we notice before it is too late?
In Game Plan; How to Protect Yourself from The Coming Cyber-Economic Attack, we outlined an eight-step plan to restore American greatness. But we must act quickly.
Signs That The Elite Are Feverishly Preparing For Something BIG
By Michael Snyder, on April 15th, 2015
What in the world are the elite up to? In recent days, we have learned that the New York Fed is moving a lot of operations to Chicago because of concerns about what a “natural disaster” could do, the federal government is buying 62 million rounds of ammunition commonly used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for “training” purposes, and NORAD is moving back into Cheyenne Mountain because it is “EMP-hardened”. In addition, government authorities have scheduled a whole host of unusual “training exercises” all over the nation. So are the elite doing all of this in order to prepare for something really BIG, or should we just chalk up all of this strange activity to rampant government paranoia?
First, let’s talk about what the New York Fed has been doing. What kind of natural disaster would be bad enough to completely shut down the operations of the New York Federal Reserve Bank? It would have to be something very unusual, and apparently the New York Fed is very concerned that such an event could happen. According to Reuters, the New York Fed has been transferring personnel to Chicago and building up its satellite office there just in case a “natural disaster” makes it impossible for normal operations to continue in New York…
The New York branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve, wary that a natural disaster or other eventuality could shut down its market operations as it approaches an interest rate hike, has added staff and bulked up its satellite office in Chicago.
Some market technicians have transferred from New York and others were hired at the office housed in the Chicago Fed, according to several people familiar with the build-out that began about two years ago, after Hurricane Sandy struck Manhattan.
Officials believe the Chicago staffers can now handle all of the market operations that are done daily out of the New York Fed, which is the U.S. central bank’s main conduit to Wall Street.
This seems very odd.
In all of U.S. history, there has never been a natural disaster in New York City that would have been bad enough to totally shut down the operations of the New York Fed for an extended period of time.
So why are they so concerned?
Well, I can think of one event that could cause such a disruption…
An east coast tsunami.
This is something that I wrote about in this article. But other than that, it is hard to imagine a natural disaster which could shut down the New York Fed for an extended period of time.
Another very odd thing that we learned about this week is an absolutely massive purchase by the government of ammunition that is commonly used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. The following comes from an article by Paul Joseph Watson…
The Department of Homeland Security is set to purchase over 62 million rounds of ammo typically used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, just weeks after the ATF was forced to back down on a ban on M855 bullets.
A posting on FedBizOpps.gov this week reveals that the DHS is looking to contract with a company to provide 12.6 million rounds of .223 Remington ammunition per year for a period of five years – totaling 62.5 million bullets.
The solicitation explains that the purchase is intended, “to achieve price savings over the current .223 Rem duty ammunition.” The bullets will be used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents nationwide for “training” purposes.
Why in the world would U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents nationwide need such a massive amount of ammunition for “training” purposes?
That seems very odd.
Something else that seems very strange is the fact that NORAD is moving back into Cheyenne mountain after all these years…
It shut down nearly ten years ago as the threat from Russia seemed to subside, but this week the Pentagon announced that Cheyenne Mountain will once again be home to the most advanced tracking and communications equipment in the United States military.
The shift to the Cheyenne Mountain base in Colorado is designed to safeguard the command’s sensitive sensors and servers from a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, military officers said.
The Pentagon last week announced a $700 million contract with Raytheon Corporation to oversee the work for North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command.
Admiral William Gortney, head of NORAD and Northern Command, said that ‘because of the very nature of the way that Cheyenne Mountain’s built, it’s EMP-hardened.’
So the U.S. military is concerned about an EMP attack all of a sudden?
Have they been reading The Economic Collapse Blog?
Spending 700 million dollars to move back inside a mountain just because it is “EMP-hardened” is a pretty big deal.
Do they know something that we don’t?
On top of everything else, we have been seeing lots of strange “training exercises” being scheduled all over the nation recently.
For example, the following is from a news story about one being held in Iowa…
This week you may notice extra emergency vehicles and public safety officers running around in tactical gear, Hazmat suits, and bomb suits. It’s a part of a statewide drill Des Moines is hosting Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare emergency personnel for dealing with weapons of mass destruction.
Brian O’Keefe with the Des Moines Fire Department said emergency officials in Iowa need to be prepared for anything.
“You know we’re number one seed producer with corn and soy, chicken embryo development, middle of the country heartland. So I’m sure all states access it. But we’re a target like any other large community,” said O’Keefe.
And here is an excerpt form a news story about an exercise known as “Northern Exposure” that is being held in Michigan…
The National Guard event is called Northern Exposure, which is taking place across Michigan during the month of June, he said. According to the Michigan National Guard website, Northern Exposure is “a major exercise in Michigan where the military provides defense support to civilian authorities.”
In addition, the U.S. military will be conducting some “unusual” training activity out in Arizona and California…
If you see some unusual helicopters overhead in the next couple of days, there’s nothing to worry about.
The I Marine Expeditionary Force G-7 will be conducting a Realistic Military Training this week, using the Prescott Municipal Airfield as a helicopter refueling point in order to facilitate a Long Range Raid at Camp Navajo, Arizona.
This Certification Exercise (CERTEX) is directed to be conducted from April 8-21, 2015 at various training locations throughout California and Arizona. The training at Prescott will take place on April 15, 16.
All of this is in addition to the exercise that people have really been buzzing about. It is called “Jade Helm”, and in this particular “unconventional warfare exercise”, the states of Texas and Utah will be designated as “hostile territory”…
“Jade Helm is a challenging eight-week joint military and Interagency (IA) Unconventional Warfare (UW) exercise conducted throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado,” according to an unclassified military document announcing the training drill, which runs from July 15 through September 15.
Multiple branches of the US military, including Green Berets, Navy Seals, and the 82nd Airborne Division, will participate in the 8-week long exercise, which may result in “increased aircraft in the area at night.”
Troops will be tasked with honing advanced skills in “large areas of undeveloped land with low population densities,” and will work alongside “civilians to gain their trust and an understanding of the issues.”
The exercise, in which some participants will be “wearing civilian clothes and driving civilian vehicles,” lists Texas and Utah as “hostile” territory.
Should we be alarmed by these exercises?
Some people sure think so.
Another thing that has people scratching their heads are the weird closures of Wal-Mart stores all over the nation for supposed “plumbing problems”…
Not just one, but five Walmart stores across the U.S. are closing their doors due to plumbing problems that, in some cases, will take four to six months to repair.
Those closing include locations in Livingston and Midland, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and near Los Angeles.
For the Brandon Walmart, I talked to Hillsborough County and Walmart to get answers about why these plumbing repairs will take so long and whether the issues are connected, but local customers are already skeptical.
“Why is it just plumbing problems? It’s gonna take them six months to fix up the store?” asked customer John Mambrl.
Yes, is it really going to take them six months to fix the toilets?
Either someone at Wal-Mart is extremely incompetent, or there is something fishy going on here.
In the end, perhaps there is nothing to any of this.
Perhaps all of these examples are just unrelated coincidences.
But then again, perhaps not.
Defiant and Angry, Rick Scott Sues Obama Administration Over LIP Funding
By: ALLISON NIELSEN | Posted: April 16, 2015 12:22 PM
Rick Scott and Barack ObamaHide
Florida's red-hot battle over Medicaid expansion turned into a sizzle Thursday when Gov. Rick Scott announced the state would be suing President Obama’s federal health-care agency for stopping Low Income Pool (LIP) health-care funds in order to force the Legislature to expand Medicaid in the Sunshine State.
“It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal health-care dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare,” said Scott Thursday. “Not only does President Obama’s end to LIP funding in Florida violate the law by crossing the line into a coercion tactic for Obamacare, it also threatens poor families’ access to the safety-net health care services they need."
Scott called the administration’s move “outrageous.”
“President Obama has decided that the state must take on a larger Medicaid program, forcing our taxpayers to pay even more to government, before they get their own federal tax dollars back,” he said. “This is ... specifically what the Supreme Court warned against.”
The estimated cost would be $1.6 billion, with or without Medicaid expansion.
The Obama and Scott administrations have been involved in a back-and-forth over the LIP funds in recent weeks. LIP funds help hospitals statewide serve low-income patients and the issue has become one of the most divisive of this year’s legislative session.
Disagreements over the funds have resulted in vastly different state budgets in the House and Senate, which have essentially brought both chambers to a standstill.
Scott’s original budget proposal released in January assumed the funds would be available -- but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in February that around $1.3 billion in Florida’s LIP funding would not be renewed after June 30.
The Scott administration and the Florida House are staunchly against using federal dollars to expand what they believe is a flawed system. The House’s proposed $76.1 billion budget doesn’t include the federal government’s match for LIP dollars.
House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said he was strongly against moving Obamacare forward through what he sees is a flawed Medicaid program.
“Florida stands ready today to create a new model for LIP, but we will not be bullied into expanding a broken Medicaid program.” he said.
The Senate plan, SPB 7044, would create a health-insurance exchange where people with an income of up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level can go to choose from among a number of private insurance plans. The estimated 800,000 eligible are people who do not qualify for Medicaid right now.
Some of the state’s top lawmakers at the national level contend it’s important to keep the funds to support medical providers who take care of low-income patients.
Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida members of Congress Gus Bilirakis, Curt Clawson, Rich Nugent, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Ted Yoho penned a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services saying it was critical to continue LIP funding.
"Uncompensated care will still exist in Florida with or without the expansion of Medicaid, and thus it is important to continue the LIP so that the federal government and Florida continue to support providers who serve this ongoing uninsured population," they wrote.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services says Florida has known for a long while that the funds were set to expire.
“The LIP is authorized as part of a broader optional, time limited demonstration program, and that authority has long been scheduled to expire June 30," said HHS Press Secretary Ben Wakana. "Florida is requesting an additional optional extension, which raises a different question: whether it promotes the objectives of the Medicaid statute to use demonstration authority when the state has statutory options that would better serve the low-income population."
Gov. Scott still vowed to press on in the battle to secure the funds.
“We will not pass this cost on to our citizens in Florida and we will continue to fight for the federal LIP dollars our citizens already pay for with their federal taxes,” he said.
Reach Tampa-based reporter Allison Nielsen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter: @AllisonNielsen.
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