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The Biggest Swamp of All
Arnold Ahlert  
Dem Candidates Call For More 
Than $200 Trillion in Spending
by Charles Fain Lehman and David Rutz } ~ Democratic candidates for the 2020 nomination have promised more than $210 trillion in new spending across the field... analysis by the Washington Free Beacon shows. Of the 26 declared candidates—including Rep. scumbag-Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) who dropped out earlier this month—most have put enormous new government programs front and center in their campaigns. Totaling up these proposals gives taxpaying voters a sense of the budget priorities of the average Democratic candidate. That overall figure is an undercount, as it is based only on proposals for which the Free Beacon could identify actual spending estimates. The true figure is much larger. For example, Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders's (I., Vt.) Medicare for All proposal is included, while Sen. lowlife-Kamala Harris's (D., Calif.) is not, because no cost assessment for the latter could be identified. Candidates will continue to roll out proposals in the months ahead, although the field is likely to winnow in that time as well. Of the $210 trillion, the plurality—$94 trillion—is the estimated cost of a Green New Deal, which a number of candidates have backed in some form or another. The remaining $116 trillion—roughly six times the United States's annual Gross Domestic Product—is spread across a variety of policy proposals, from Andrew Yang's Universal Basic Income to Marianne Williamson's call for $200 to $500 billion in reparations for slavery...  
Winners And Losers In The Democratic Debate
by Joe Cunningham } ~ In a contest between commie-Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth dinky-Warren, Tim Ryan, John Delaney, Amy Klobuchar, socialist-Beto O’Rourke, Marianne Williamson, Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, and John Hickenlooper... there was a lot of talking, a lot of responding, and a lot of… actual debating. These ten candidates met on the stage for the first of two nights of debating, and with CNN as host, it was quite the show. The expected match-up of the night was commie-Bernie Sanders versus dinky-Elizabeth Warren, but it turned into a free-for-all as Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, and Don Lemon did their best to put candidates on the record not just on their own statements, but in response to the statements of other candidates. CNN’s panel did a good job of getting the candidates to confront their differences with each other, making it good television and a good policy debate. But, with all the debating and the arguing and the questioning, there were some candidates who set themselves apart. Both in good ways and in bad. As a reminder, this is not a “Winners And Losers” analysis based on The Winners: commie-Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth dinky-Warren, Marianne Williamson. The Losers: John Delaney, socialist-Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg...   
Lou Dobbs Interviews Former 
Acting AG Matt Whitaker
by sundance } ~ Former Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker appears with Lou Dobbs to discuss ongoing issues in/around the DOJ and FBI... Matt Whitaker notes the corrupt members of the FBI/DOJ who have left the institution; but stops short of criticizing current FBI Director Chris Wray. Whitaker expresses strong support and respect for John Ratcliffe’s nomination to ODNI. Whitaker positions himself as an advocate for transparency, but is careful not to be critical of those in the DOJ and FBI who are working diligently against releasing documents that would actually bring about transparency. The implied message is that declassification of material will ultimately force transparency….but he doesn’t say it.
ISIS Warns of Terror Strikes 
in San Francisco, New York, London
by Adam Kredo } ~ The ISIS terrorist organization is threatening to launch new attacks in San Francisco, New York, and London... according to new warning messages posted on the group's social media channels. The messages, carried across the internet via the Telegram networking website, feature the three cities and call for adherents of the terror group's radical ideology to "kill them all," according to copies of the warnings obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, a group that monitors jihadi networks. "The pro-Islamic State (ISIS) Ash-Shaff Media Foundation shared five posters on Telegram which threaten and encourage terror attacks in the West," according to information compiled by MEMRI. "The posters are captioned in poor English and feature background images of San Francisco, New York City, and London. The Ash-Shaff media group is believed to be based in Indonesia and/or operated by Indonesians." "Go and answer the call," one of the posters states. "Don't spare none [sic]. Kill them all. It is now time to rise. Slit their throats. Watch them die."Another poster featuring a man in a suicide bomb vest standing in what appears to be downtown Manhattan urges ISIS followers to "slaughter them all."...  
Judge dismisses DNC hacking lawsuit against 
Trump team, says claims 'entirely 
divorced from the facts'
By Gregg Re } ~ A federal judge in frank terms Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against key members of the Trump campaign... and WikiLeaks over hacked DNC documents, saying they "did not participate in any wrongdoing in obtaining the materials in the first place" and therefore bore no legal liability for disseminating the information. The ruling came as Democrats increasingly have sought to tie the Trump team to illegal activity in Russia, in spite of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's findings that the campaign in fact refused multiple offers by Russians to involve them in hacking and disinformation efforts. The DNC asserted in court filings that the Trump team's meetings "with persons connected to the Russian government during the time that the Russian GRU agents were stealing the DNC's information" were "circumstantial evidence" that they were conspiring with the Russians to "steal and disseminate the DNC's materials." The suit did not allege that the stolen materials were false or defamatory but rather sought to hold the Trump team and other defendants liable for the theft of the DNC's information under various Virginia and federal statutes, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Wiretap Act, Stored Communications Act, Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and laws protecting trade secrets. However, Judge John Koeltl, a scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton appointee sitting in the Southern District of New York, wrote in his 81-page opinion Tuesday that the DNC's argument was "entirely divorced" from the facts. The DNC first filed its suit in April 2018, and the defendants responded that the First Amendment legally protected the dissemination of stolen materials...
The Biggest Swamp of All
Arnold Ahlert:  “But I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it again.” —Donald Trump, shortly after signing the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, March 23, 2018

“House Republicans should support the TWO YEAR BUDGET AGREEMENT which greatly helps our Military and our Vets. I am totally with you!” —Donald Trump, voicing his support for the two-year, $2.7 trillion budget deal passed by the House last Thursday

Perhaps nothing better exemplifies the yawning chasm between rank pandering and virtually nonexistent statesmanship than the Ruling Class’s relentless determination to spend the nation into bankruptcy. Why would they raise spending caps by $320 billion over two years while offsetting less than one-quarter of them, and raise the baseline for future discretionary spending by nearly $2 trillion over the next 10 years? “It helps everybody, including the majority — not having to deal with that at election time,” said Rep. John Carter (R-TX).

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) agrees wholeheartedly. “Both sides don’t want to risk a government shutdown, let alone a default,” he added. “Nobody wants a high-drama event like that leading into the elections.”

Not nobody, Mr. Cole. There are plenty of Americans appalled by the cowardice, the transparent scheming, and the complete abdication of fiscal responsibility this deal represents. To their credit, 132 of the 197 House Republicans voted against the measure. But they were more than offset by the 65 Republicans and the 219 out of 235 Democrats more than willing to mortgage the nation’s future to protect themselves.

What about default? The fraudulence of that canard has been revealed so many times one would imagine it no longer resonates. But in a nation where millions of Americans can’t even add or subtract simple whole numbers without a calculator, explaining that the current interest payment of $479 billion consumes approximately 10% of the FY2020 budget — meaning government revenues would have to decline by more than 90% to precipitate genuine default — remains a Herculean task.

That is not to say $479 billion is chump change. That kind of money could be used to fund many other things were it not for the reality that the $22 trillion of national debt — representing nearly 105% of gross domestic product — requires servicing. And because Congress remains grossly irresponsible, by 2025 interest on the debt will eclipse defense spending. Moreover, the Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid payments that currently consume 72% of tax revenue would, without adjustment, consume 100% of the budget within 20 years.

That means everything else — defense, education, welfare, infrastructure, foreign aid, tax expenditures, and national security — will either be funded by additional deficits or massive tax increases.

After that? “One day there will be a default, but it’ll be a different kind of default. It’ll be one one completely out of our control when the economy crumbles. There’ll be no health care, there’ll be no pensions, there’ll be no minimum wage, there’ll be no property rights,” warns  radio host Mark Levin.

Despite that reality, there are those still willing to defend Ruling Class elites who remains wholly insulated from the consequences of their own recklessness. “The point here is that old-fashioned federal spending works to increase demand and boost growth, asserts columnist David Dayen. "None of the negative side effects we constantly hear about — public spending ‘crowding out’ private investment, or deficits leading to runaway inflation — have materialized since the Great Recession. We had a persistent demand shortfall, and when government finally decided to fill it, the economy accelerated. This may be a spending theory more associated with liberals, but it’s certainly assisted the last two conservatives in the White House.”

Which “conservatives” would those be? As president, Barack scumbag/liar-nObama was the nation’s most profligate spender, but that was only because he managed to eclipse the deficit spending record rung up by George W. Bush. Trump? Despite all promises to the contrary, he amassed his first $1 trillion of additional debt his first 18 months in office.

Moreover, what Dayen and his fellow travelers don’t tell you is that deficit spending is the wholly irresponsible “kick the can down the road” approach to budgeting. Today’s politicians don’t care if the nation blows up after they’ve left office. They only care about getting reelected now, and if it take a little “vote buying” to do it — be it “free” health care, or “free"college, or even "free” money such as a Universal Basic Income — the sky’s the limit.

Yet the public is far from blameless. In a nation where the top 20% of Americans pay 95% of the income taxes, and 44% of Americans pay no income taxes at all, there are plenty of us more than willing to be bought. It’s what happens when the only deficit larger than our fiscal one is our moral one, and words like “stigma,” “last resort,” and “personal responsibility” have been wholly supplanted by “rights,” “entitlements,” and “social justice.”

Seriously tackling the national debt required both sides of the equation to be addressed. Politically, America desperately needs term limits, a five-year moratorium (at least) on the politician-to-lobbyist pipeline, and a series of laws that would bar elected officials from using family members to enrich themselves. Without such fixes, the nation will never again experience anything resembling the statesmanship necessary to make the hard and unpopular choices necessary to avoid fiscal armageddon.

The people? A far heavier lift. Rampant innumeracy, the virtual elimination of civics instruction, the cultivation of victimhood, and our “anything goes” moral climate — coupled with the aforementioned reality that millions of Americans remain largely exempt from contributing to the upkeep of their own nation — exponentially compounds the problem. Everybody’s in favor of fiscal responsibility … until “their” program or entitlement is affected. And only in a nation with a wholly corrupted education system and media could anyone seriously believe there is “free” anything, or a “right” to that which requires the labor and/or expertise of someone else, such as a surgeon, to realize it.

Moreover, the American dollar is a fiat currency, meaning its value is attached to nothing other than pure faith, on the part of Americans themselves, and those we expect to lend us the money to finance our unconscionable profligacy. They do so because the dollar is the world’s reserve currency, a reality China and Russia — and Facebook — would like to upend.

“We must impose firm caps on future debt, accelerate the repayment of the trillions we now owe in order to reaffirm our principles of responsible and limited government, and remove the burdens we are placing on future generations.” —GOP Platform, July 2016

Three years and another $2.6 trillion of debt later, nothing has been reaffirmed other than the rampant hypocrisy of our Ruling Class and its continuing accommodation by a somnambulant electorate — all of whom will undoubtedly profess to be “surprised” when the slowest unfolding meltdown in the history of the world finally occurs.

Who cleans The Swamp when everyone is swimming in it?  

~The Patriot Post  

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