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December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! September 3: Dirtbag Mnunchin Demands Debt Limit Increase Tied to Harvey Funding; Democrats Happy to Collude

Trump’s Treasury thug Steven Mnuchin used the Sunday talk show circuit to demand any Federal relief of the destruction inflicted by Hurricane Harvey (the costliest American hurricane in history, according to Wikipedia) be held ransom in exchange for the annual can-kicking of the nation’s record $20,000,000,000,000 debt.

Related:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: August 3: Mick Mollifies Big Spenders

Mnuchin used the Mussolini-era term “state” not for the state of Texas (it appears) but for our cancerous Federal Government,  emphasizing the benevolent big wigs must have control at all times, or everyone will perish.

“The president and I believe that [raising the debt limit] should be tied to the Harvey funding, that our first priority is to make sure that the state gets money. It is critical and to do that we need to make sure we raise the debt limit.”

[our emphasis]

The $300 million-net worth Mnuchin also touched on his “comfort” with borrowing a few billion dollars in light of his boss’s two predecessors’ charging of $10 trillion apiece to the national credit card. (Read: threatened not to give Texas relief money if the nation didn’t step deeper into the debt pool.)

“[W]ithout raising the debt limit, I’m not comfortable that we would get the money that we need this month to Texas to rebuild.”

He insinuated the storm “moved up the situation” of that pesky debt limit. Any disaster can be used to bargain for an extension of your malicious fiscal practices.

That’s not all for the terrible toils of Texans in 2017. According to Texas Tribune, disaster relief funds from the Federal Government via Housing and Urban Development, will take between 7 and 32 months to disperse.

Before the government agencies can disperse the money, they must develop an action plan that HUD approves. The public must also have a chance to comment on the plan, a process that can take 30 to 60 days. Texas officials have asked that time period be reduced to seven days.

In all fairness, the layer cake of Federal job creation delaying the money is small potatoes compared to what Houston’s neighbor to the southeast, Puerto Rico, was in for after the next hurricane.

On September 7, the Senate sold out the younger generation as expected, 80-17. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, both Republicans of Texas and ostensibly fiscal conservatives, voted to continue borrowing into unsustainable oblivion until December, while kicking $15.25 billion to FEMA for Harvey relief.

Of the 17 “no” votes (all Republicans, which is interesting given their majority in both the House and the Senate…see below), notable were Rand Paul of Kentucky, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona. Marco Rubio, of oft-hurricane-battered Florida, did not vote.

The House initially wanted just $7.9 billion for the disaster, but approved the more lavish Senate bill September 8; Trump signed it the same day. When it comes to spending your money, the major parties are surprisingly cooperative.

New York Times noted Republican leaders had wanted a longer-term extension of the debt limit, but were left with little recourse when Mr. Trump sided with top Democrats in Congress, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, at a White House meeting on [September 6], blindsiding his own party.

According to Washington Examiner, [a]head of Friday morning’s vote in the House, GOP lawmakers attended a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and House Republicans were angered by his lack of information about how much money the government will spend between now and Dec. 8.

That anger translated to a still massively lopsided 316-90 vote for the measure. All 90 “nay” votes were from Republicans.

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On December 7, with the above-imposed deadline looming, Congress again dug deep into the country’s financial future, throwing together a two-week “continuing resolution” to keep the cash flowing long enough to advance what would be their only major legislative accomplishment under Trump thus far: a large tax cut that will add nearly $1,500,000,000,000 more to the national debt in the next ten years.

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/349043-mnuchin-debt-limit-should-be-tied-to-the-harvey-funding

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/10/02/hurricane-harvey-relief-funds-might-take-years-officials-tell-legislat/

https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=115&session=1&vote=00192

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/house-approves-harvey-relief-debt-ceiling-spending-bill-in-vote-that-splits-gop/article/2633813

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-signs-harvey-relief-debt-ceiling-spending-bill/article/2633868

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/07/government-shutdown-2017-house-republicans-285329

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/15/gop-tax-bill-would-raise-deficits-by-nearly-1-point-5-trillion-jct-report.html

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 28: Budget Battles

Because American raids, bombs and special operations have not hurt the world enough this year, the big-military warmongers went to bat for Pentagon budget increases beyond those Trump proposed by redistributing from domestic programs such as EPA.

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Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 20, 25, 27–Recent American Military Operations

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! Fighting Death with Destruction–April 6

U.S. accidentally kills allies

U.S. aims 10-ton bomb at 800 ISIS fighters, reportedly only hits 36

Trump had requested $603,000,000,000, which The Hill noted merely continued Obama’s level of battle bloat, with no new soldiers, no new ships and even eight fewer aircraft than Obama’s goals.

This is not to be confused with domestic aircraft slated to be used in foreign military operations, because those are billed to the DEA budget, apparently:

The Sky’s the Limit…for Debt

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, eviscerated the budget as [our emphasis]: “inadequate to the challenges we face, illegal under current law and part of an overall budget proposal that is dead on arrival in Congress.”

 Well then.

The irony of the phrase “dead on arrival” to characterize the Trump budget by a Republican reputed to have a hard-on for making things hard on the people crawling out of the smoldering wreckage we create in the name of freedom was, sadly, overlooked.

House Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) also declared the Trump proposal “basically dead on arrival.”

McCain and other “defense hawks” are reportedly determined to seize a full $640 billion from the American people this year to destroy non-American people.

The Pentagon has said this budget proposal is about fixing the readiness of the force it currently has and that Congress can expect the buildup to start in fiscal year 2019. But defense hawks say that’s an unnecessary and potentially harmful delay.

[our emphasis]

Todd Harrison, a defense budget analyst at Center for Strategic and International Studies, opined the Armed Services committee would look foolish if spending were authorized and not subsequently appropriated. 

“It undermines some of the authority of the authorizers when they authorize things that don’t ultimately get appropriated,” he said. “You can’t spend an authorization.”

Harrison also noted the 2011 Budget Control Act capped defense spending at $549 billion per year (as we will see soon, that don’t mean shit):

“You might have to reprioritize, maybe delay a few weapons systems. But Congress is always good at sweeping up money that hasn’t been spent. You know, shake couch cushions and a few dollars fall out.”

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Jumping to non-military spending momentarily, while addressing her alma mater Wellesley College on May 26, Hillary Clinton had strong words on Trump’s proposal to marginally secure the crumbling financial future of the day’s graduates by cutting a paltry $3.6 billion in Federal Government bloat over the next ten years.

Reuters:

“Look at the budget that was just proposed in Washington. It is an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the most vulnerable among us.

“It grossly underfunds public education, mental health and even efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.”

 

Above: academic people always wear special costumes so we take them seriously. Photo from Quartz, who kindly compiled Hillary’s entire speech.

“You are graduating a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason. Just log on to social media for 10 seconds, it will hit you right in the face,” she said, citing hoax online reports that her campaign was tied to a Washington pizzeria that operated a child sex ring.

[Hillary does love to assault other nations: ]

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! Fighting Death with Destruction–April 6

Interestingly, Hillary seemed to address the all-female institution’s track record of suppressing disagreeable speech, which we have previously noted:

[Clinton] urged graduates of the liberal-leaning school […] not to retreat into their own partisan echo chambers,
saying, “your learning, listening and serving should include people who don’t agree with you politically.”

April 12–Chik-fil-A Under Assault Again at Duquesne; Wellesley Defends First Amendment Disregard and Outlines Which Genders May Apply

[all our emphasis]

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Back to the defense budget. As we have previously reported, concealing waste at the Pentagon is a way of life for paper-pushers whose livelihood hinges on destroying strangers on the other side of the world:

December Disaster: Stories We Missed!

The two major parties usually collude for a compromise that adds more debt, more death and more disgrace to our nation:

In Defense of Defense

Forbes reported on July 14 that the House had overwhelmingly passed a $696,500,000,000 defense bill, which, for those keeping score, was even larger than the monstrous amount McCain & Company insisted was necessary for the military’s survival:

117 House Democrats and 227 Republicans voted for the bill.

We have been unable to find the Senate version of a defense bill on the Appropriations Committee calendar.

As the Forbes editorial points out, this is an increase of over 18% in military spending from Obama’s final year. What $20,000,000,000,000 national debt???

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/335352-defense-hawks-gird-for-budget-brawl

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/05/trump-budget-proposal-con/527667/

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics-clinton-idUSKBN18M05J

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trumps-budget-not-perfect-but-a-step-in-the-right-direction/article/2624058