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Hyperventilation Over the Trade Deficit
Michael Swartz  
Trump seeks $8.6B from Congress for 
border wall in fiscal 2020 budget
by John Siciliano
{} ~ President Trump will ask Congress on Monday for an additional $8.6 billion to fund his proposed wall on the U.S. southern border with Mexico... Officials familiar with the fiscal 2020 budget proposal, to be rolled out Monday morning, say the additional money is six percent more than what the president has gotten by invoking emergency powers, and six times more than what he has received from Congress over the last two fiscal years. The additional $8.6 billion the president is requesting from Congress would be used to build or replace barriers along 722 miles of the border, not its entire length. The request is based on a two-year-old plan from Customs and Border Protection officials that will ultimately cost $18 billion to implement. Administration officials say that, to date, just 111 miles of barrier have been constructed, or are in some phase of being built. On Saturday, it was reported Trump also wants $750 billion in defense spending and cuts to non-defense discretionary spending by 5 percent that will keep the budget under strict statutory spending caps. Trump will likely not get exactly what he's looking for in his budget proposal...
FOIA Discovery Reveals AG Jeff Sessions 
Initiation Letter To U.S. Attorney John Huber
by sundance
{} ~ We discovered last year that Jeff Sessions had authorized U.S. Attorney John Huber to work with the Inspector General’s office... but we did not know exact dates and scope of the original Huber investigation. Thanks to a FOIA request, some details now fill in. A left-leaning watchdog group, American Oversight, filed a FOIA request in 2017 looking for any communication that might show former AG Jeff Sessions giving instructions to DOJ officials to target scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton for investigations. Ironically, and perhaps serendipitously, the American Oversight FOIA request was submitted on November 22nd, 2017, the exact date Sessions’ chief-of-staff Matt Whitaker was sending a letter to Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber. Had they waited a day, what AO  were looking for would have surfaced. However, with the Sessions-Huber communication falling outside the FOIA request window, the DOJ response was delayed until yesterday. The Sessions letter was an attachment to a email sent by Whitaker to Huber at 5:21pm on November 22nd, 2017. The AG letter to Huber requests Huber to review issues raised by the House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and return with advice...
Jim Jordan Discusses Pulosi and 
scumbag-Schiff’s Manipulation of Michael Cohen
by sundance
{} ~ Two backstory aspects frame this discussion. First, Nancy Pulosi specifically set up the House committee rules to... (1) drop any committee notification for the minority; (2) drop any need for committee participation by the minority. What this first point highlights is the scale of pre-planning from 2018 (last year), for this impeachment scheme. Second, the planning of Cohen as the first step in an impeachment process was entirely predictable. On a positive note, Jim Jordan appears to know the scheme.
"Is It Really Human Beings Doing This?"
by Raymond Ibrahim
{} ~ On Sunday, January 27, Islamic militants bombed a Roman Catholic cathedral during Mass. At least 20 people were killed and 111 wounded... Two explosives were detonated about a minute apart in the vicinity of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo at around 8:45 a.m. According to one report, "The initial explosion scattered the wooden pews inside the main hall and blasted window glass panels, and the second bomb hurled human remains and debris across a town square fronting the cathedral." Photos on social media showed  human bodies and remains strewn on the street just outside the building. The officiating priest, Fr. Ricky Bacolcol, "was still in shock and could not speak about what happened," to quote a colleague. After the first bomb detonated, army troops and police posted outside the cathedral rushed in, then a second bomb went off. Fifteen of the slain were civilians; five military men; 90 of the wounded were civilians. The cathedral, located in a Muslim-majority area, was heavily guarded: it had been hit before. In 2010, grenades had been hurled at it twice, damaging the building; and in 1997, Bishop Benjamin de Jesus had been gunned down just outside the cathedral. The Islamic State claimed the attack, and adding that the massacre had been carried out by "two knights of martyrdom" against a "crusader temple." An Islamic terror plot to bomb a packed Christian church on the evening of January 6, when Coptic Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas, was foiled by police. According to one report, Four explosive devices were planted around the Church of the Virgin Mary and St Mercurius in ... Nasr City. Three were removed safely but the fourth, concealed in a bag, exploded when police bomb disposal technicians attempted to deactivate it. Police Major Mostafa Ebeid was killed in the blast, which wounded two other officers and a bystander. The explosion was the latest in a series of incidents apparently targeting Egypt's Coptic Christian population, occurring the day before Orthodox Christmas eve...
How Legalized Abortion Renders Us Impotent 
in the Fight Against Radical Islam
by Cassandra Chambers

{} ~ Each faith has its own rules for right behavior to which non-members are not bound. My Jewish friends don’t care if I eat a pork chop. Whether or not non-Catholics eat a steak on Ash Wednesday...
 or don’t go to church means nothing to me. It’s one of the glories of our country that we respect these differences.  Tolerance and mutual respect help us live together in peace, but they constitute the seed of relativism with which every faith in our open society has to contend.  How do we understand what values are particular to our faith group and which should be universal? A chaste college freshman encountering free-love dorm life may think, “Although it is wrong for me to engage in promiscuous premarital sex, it’s not against the moral code of my classmates and is therefore not wrong for them.” This perspective leads directly to rationalizing abortion on the same ground. To adopt the “personally-opposed to abortion but won’t oppose a woman’s choice” position, by the nature of abortion, requires accepting simultaneous conflicting fundamental truths, and in turn requires that no essential truth exists. If someone close to you has an abortion, it can’t be murder because your loved one is not a murderer. Morally, how do you square the near-universal revulsion at a mother killing her newborn baby with the large segment of society that will fight for her right to end the baby’s life a week or two earlier? By continuing to allow legal abortion, we tacitly proclaim that abortion is not wrong.  If deliberately terminating an innocent baby is not wrong, then what is wrong?  The answer is “nothing.”  If nothing is wrong, then morality is just a construct, and no religion has any basis for claiming validity. This nothingness is why we can’t rationally discuss important issues anymore. The idea of a higher truth encourages debate. No matter how firmly we hold our convictions, if we believe that there is an ideal truth which we desire to comprehend, it is possible to rationally argue, with the hope of persuading and/or learning from people with whom we disagree...
Hyperventilation Over the Trade Deficit
Michael Swartz:  Earlier this week, the Commerce Department  released figures on American trade, and as usual our nation was seemingly on the short side of the ledger. Among those nations and entities we had the highest negative balance with were China ($419.2 billion), the European Union ($169.3 billion), and Mexico ($81.5 billion). Also noted in the annual summary: Exports to China were down year-over-year, presumably due to tariffs set in place last year.

Predictably, the Beltway media and Democrats (but we repeat ourselves) howled in protest and blamed Donald Trump. “U.S. trade gap with China reaches all-time high under Trump,” thundered Politico’s Doug Palmer. His piece was a representative sample of the coverage, which as an added bonus liberally quoted House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who predictably blamed Trump’s trade policies. The report “shows that the president has flunked the test he set for himself,” charged Hoyer. “It is time for President Trump to acknowledge that his scattershot approach to trade policy is failing and explain how he intends to change course and reverse these record deficits.”

Yet it’s worth mentioning, as The Washington Times pointed out, Trump faces some serious headwinds. China’s shaky, export-dependent economy had its worst performance in almost three decades last year; meanwhile, GDP growth in the EU was less than 1% and Japan flirted with recession. Combine that with a strong dollar that’s making imports cheaper and exports pricier, and the growing trade deficit becomes more predictable.

Bear in mind: That latter factor is ironically a headwind of Trump’s own making, as our economy has seen improved growth and employment since he took office, bolstering the dollar against other world currencies backed by nations with more sluggish conditions.

So do these deficits really matter when the economy is chugging along? “Capital investment matters more to job creation than trade flows do,” opined The Wall StreetJournal. The editors helpfully add that “a larger trade deficit is a benign byproduct of a healthier American economy.” Indeed, that’s true to the extent that we have consumers prosperous enough to afford the vast array of goods on the world market that aren’t necessarily created here. Moreover, the one area where we run a healthy trade surplus is in the service sector, which reflects well on the skill of our labor.

In addition, as Heritage Foundation trade economist Tori Whiting states, the trade deficit number leaves out an important piece of the economic puzzle: “Investment in America by foreign companies is everywhere. Japan’s Toyota, South Korea’s Samsung, the United Kingdom’s HSBC, and the Netherlands’ Philips all create thousands of jobs for Americans.” One can argue the benefits of foreign ownership of various icons considered “American,” such as Jeep (now part of the Italian company Fiat) and Budweiser (now owned by a Belgian conglomerate), but thousands of loyal Americans make their living creating and selling foreign-owned products thanks to our growing share of the global marketplace.

We’ll grant that President Trump won office in part because of his vow to create better trade deals, and the deficit situation on the surface looks like evidence that his approach isn’t working. But the Beltway echo chamber isn’t interested in the prime reason for the increasing trade gap. That’s because those politicos can’t bring themselves to admit the Trump economy is doing well. In fact, Democrats are invested in just the opposite, as Mark Alexander observed back in December. As if on cue, the media has whipsawed from talking about the “Trump boom” last summer to the looming “Trump recession” these days.

Yet Trump still has cards to play, as does Congress. The president is slated to meet again with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this spring at Mar-a-Lago, with the expectation of signing a new trade deal. For its part, Congress has yet to approve the deal the Trump administration reached with Canada and Mexico to replace NAFTA. Quick action on these fronts could allow us to “change course and reverse these record deficits” and, more importantly, do so without harming our economy.  

~The Patriot Post

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CONFUSION:   Pelosi Says Constitution Spells Out ‘Two Co-Equal Branches’ Of Government

No Nancy. No.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi must be taking night classes at the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez School of Government.

Pelosi, the 79-year-old third-highest ranking official in the U.S. government, was speaking to the Center for American Progress today when she mistakenly said there are “two co-equal branches” of government, before correcting herself to say there are three.


“First of all, let me just say, we take an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi said.

“Democrats take that oath seriously, and we are committed to honoring our oath of office. I’m not sure that our Republican colleagues share that commitment, and I’m not sure that the president of the United States does, too,” she claimed.

“So, in light of the fact that the beauty of the Constitution is a system of checks and balances— two co-equal branches— three co-equal branches of government,” she corrected with a laugh.

“A check and balance on each other,” she continued. “Con— Constitution spells out the pri— pa, uh, the duties of Congress and one of them is oversight of the president of the United States, another one of them is to impeach the president of the United States,” Pelosi said.

In November, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rallied supporters on Facebook to pitch in and help Democrats take back “all three chambers of Congress.”

“…the Progressive movement works and it wins in all districts…If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress– three chambers of government…,” she said during the virtual appearance.

She clarified that she meant the “presidency, the Senate and the House.”

According to the Constitution, the three branches of government are the legislative, executive and judicial.

Below: Nancy Pelosi is continuing to promote the false narrative that President Trump is involved in a cover-up and therefore may be guilty of an impeachable offense. Millie Weaver joins Alex to break down the propaganda being used to overturn the democratic election of 2016 


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