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Why govern within your means nationally when there are children to terrorize over a few bucks?

New Tacos at Burger King– Just $0.99!!!

^^Parents will feast on this economic option to help keep kids from the State’s clutches. In its eternal mission to emulate the federal government by creating and solving novel problems at great public expense, Pennsylvania school district Wyoming Valley West is using delinquent lunch money balances to justify seizing children from their parents.

About 1,000 parents got a written reprimand recently that included the passage: You can be sent to dependency court for neglecting your child’s right to food. The result may be your child being taken from your home and placed in foster care.”

Apparently, the school was preparing the children for a lifetime of welfare dependency by feeding them for free when their parents sent them to government-mandated (also under threat of legal penalty) day camp without lunch money. The district is now out a cool $22,000–and planning to collect.

Amidst national backlash, school attorney Charles Coslett (above), who railed against the “nanny-state mentality” in the Philadelphia Enquirer, mused, “Hopefully, [this] gets their attention and it certainly did, didn’t it?”

School district officials say they plan to pursue other legal avenues to get the lunch money, such as filing a district court complaint or placing liens on properties.

La Colombe coffee CEO Todd Carmichael was unable to add to the “Philanthropic Endeavors” section on his Wikipedia page: the district rejected his check for the balance.

Upon speaking with the school board president Joseph Mazur, La Colombe’s “consultant” Aren Platt was also snubbed.

Mazur said that he believed most of the families who owed money could afford the debt, and that it was their responsibility to pay. “His counter was, ‘These are affluent families who just want to get something for free,’” said Platt. “This wasn’t ever about repayment of a debt. It was about shaming people.”

It was also quite the departure from the cushy offerings of Warwick, RI’s school district, which provided non-paying students a sunflower butter and jelly sandwich, a carton of milk, the vegetable of the day and a piece of fruit until their parents settled the balance.

That district’s $77,000 loss was ultimately covered by local citizens Cait Clement and Angelica Penta’s fundraising efforts, with a bump from yogurt manufacturer Chobani.

Enquirer:

Federal law mandates school districts offer children food even when they have unpaid bills for school lunches.

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Sonny Perdue’s Department of Agriculture is reportedly slow-walking politically unpalatable results of climate change studies by discouraging its Agricultural Research Service from promoting the papers. Politico reports USDA casually “sought to prevent dissemination of the findings” by University of Washington of a two-year effort–in collaboration with USDA’s own scientists, as well as those of Japan, China and Australia–that allegedly suggests increased atmospheric carbon dioxide decreases the nutritional content of rice.

This included pulling a planned ARS release of the headline, and warning UW to similarly sit on the results.

Apparently, there are relatively few climate-related articles publicized by ARS to begin with. But Politico notes the only two that warranted a press release under Trump played more to the interests of Big Meat than Average American Who Should Stop Eating Meat for Health Reasons Alone, But Also the Planet.

Of these two, [o]ne found that beef production makes a relatively small contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and another that removing animal products from the diet for environmental reasons would likely cause widespread nutritional problems.

In other agri-news, Vox reported Arkansas is trying to join Mississippi and Missouri in outlawing plant-based imitation meats from being labeled “veggie burger.”

Arkansas, which is being sued by the dream team of Tofurkey/ACLU, also endeavors to ban “soy milk” labels, ostensibly because ignorant consumers might be suddenly hoodwinked into thinking the product–available since 1916, according to soyinfocenter–is actually cow’s milk.


The legislator who introduced the [Arkansas] bill, David Hillman, said that his aim was to “protect the agricultural producers in this state”.

Of the Mississippi bill earlier this year, Vox noted: “This bill will protect our cattle farmers from having to compete with products not harvested from an animal,” said Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation president Mike McCormick in January when the bill passed in the Mississippi state House.

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Trump tweeted Monday evening that oily Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin colluded with Congressional “leadership” to shit out another deficit-expanding, government-growing list of liabilities for the younger generation (discretionary spending measure), just in time to avoid denying Congress their six-week recess that starts Friday.

Democratic leaders Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) gushed in a statement that the anticipated signing of their fiscal negligence will “invest in middle class priorities and well being of the American people.”

Reason notes the budget could add as much as $2 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a nonpartisan groups that favors balanced budgets.

Pending Trump’s signature, Congress will have “raised the roof” to suspend the debt ceiling until mid-2021. Despite the added trillions, The Hill is casting the monstrosity as “the $320 billion deal,” presumably because that will be this year’s hike in discretionary spending (which pales in comparison to the entitlement spending that consumes most federal confiscation).

Some buzz-worthy provisions of the latest “fuck you” to everyone under age 50 reportedly include over $20,000,000,000 for the VA Mission Act (the Feds’ latest bumbling attempt to provide veterans health care through non-VA alternatives, pushed by Pelosi herself as an extra non-Defense priority); more vague initiatives for the nation to spend its way out of the opioid epidemic; and $2,500,000,000 for the 2020 census (to more accurately round citizens up for confiscation when the creditors come knocking).

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) last month got just 22 votes of the 60 required for cloture to hold a vote on his plan to balance the budget by cutting just 2% of spending. It reportedly would have protected Social Security (currently projected to slash benefits in 2035 due to insolvency, per CRFB), all while keeping the evil Trump tax cuts intact. Presidential aspirants Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) were among nine who didn’t show up for the cloture vote.

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/parents-told-could-lose-kids-173048837.html

https://www.inquirer.com/news/school-lunch-debt-foster-care-pennsylvania-todd-carmichael-la-colombe-20190723.html

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/23/agriculture-department-climate-change-1376413

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/7/22/20706073/arkansas-tofurky-veggie-burger-ban-aclu

http://www.soyinfocenter.com/HSS/soymilk1.php

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/7/3/20680731/mississippi-veggie-burgers-illegal-meatless-meat

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/454206-trump-backs-two-year-budget-deal?userid=115887

https://reason.com/2019/07/22/possible-budget-deal-will-add-2-trillion-to-the-national-debt/

http://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/pelosi-extra-veterans-health-care-funds-needed-in-debt-deal

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/republicans-join-democrats-to-kill-rand-pauls-fiscally-responsible-pennies-plan-because-no-one-cares-about-the-debt-crisis

https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=116&session=1&vote=00130#position

http://www.crfb.org/papers/analysis-2019-social-security-trustees-report

https://thehill.com/homenews/morning-report/454245-the-hills-morning-report

Shutdown Updates

Above: Senate Minority “Leader” Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi deliver a bombast response to Trump’s “Prime Time Border Wall” speech January 8, a political theater duel utterly distinct from the annual “State of the Union” and choreographed response (both traditionally scripted later in the month). 

The Trump Shutdown continues and according to NBC reporter Kelly O’Donnell, even newly crowned repeat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not anticipate the stalemate becoming so stale.

Pelosi’s “I thought you would have caved by now” subtext in denying Trump a national platform for the constitutionally-mandated State of the Union show likely masked fury at the president’s pulling the plug on her multi-representative jaunt to (per Trump) Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan last week. A spokesperson advised NBC News of the trip’s ambitious aims:
“to express appreciation & thanks to our men & women in uniform for their service & dedication, & to obtain critical national security & intelligence briefings from those on the front lines.”

Alas,
The itinerary included a required stop in Brussels to allow the pilot to rest, the statement said, adding that the delegation planned to meet NATO commanders, U.S. military leaders and key allies […] The trip did not include a stop in Egypt.

We’re supposed to have copilots and planes that basically fly themselves to avoid these costly layovers, but after again collecting record income tax last year, the Filthy Feds still ran a deficit. And Pelosi’s posse was scheduled to fly…military aircraft.

Trump normally allows liberal use of the costly planes.

Pelosi last week requested Trump deliver State of the Union in writing so certain security workers wouldn’t have to work without pay that night, as they (and the rest of DHS who haven’t quit yet) have been doing for four and a half weeks. After turning the Speaker’s trip around right after they boarded the bus, Trump proceeded to fundraise off the squelched speech.

And, after stopping the bus, the president or someone in the administration is now accused of chucking Nancy under it. After suggesting she mix with the heathen masses and catch a commercial plane to Afghanistan, it was apparently broadcast to that particular war zone (we are still avenging a terrorist attack from 18 years ago by violently rebuilding the Middle East) that the Speaker’s delegation was, in fact, planning to travel to Afghanistan on a commercial plane. Pelosi cast the move as “inexperience[d]” on the part of the accused, and fingered the now-woke “bad actors” in Afghanistan obliging her to again cancel the trip.

As a country, we know how to throw a classy shutdown. Or at least a classically inept rendition. The Independent noted one of the myriad, bumbling, unaccountable Federal agencies that is still burning bread in times of “we haven’t borrowed a budget yet”
mistakenly paid about 30 employees at the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

The culprit Interior Business Centre [sic], an IT division of Department of Interior, blamed a “clerical error.”

The leaders of the chemical safety board quickly sent out an urgent email asking employees not to spend the money. 
“PLEASE DO NOT ACCESS THE FUNDS,” the email read. […]
Three years ago, the Interior Business Centre became a source of ire for federal employees after it failed to pay 40,000 of them on time.

The logical conclusion is the pay error rate is much higher when the IBC (which, to their credit, siphons taxpayer dough to 240,000 employees) is actually up and running.

Although the nation is mostly worried about overpaid bureaucrats and private sector drones with cushy contracts (see below), PBS pointed out a few thousand food stores cannot accept SNAP (food stamp) government benefits starting February 1 because they missed the deadline to renew their license for processing the payments.

Normally we’d shit on the Federal prerogative to coerce communities into expensive programs, then literally regulate them to extinction, but…

https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/oh-cuyahoga/westlake-man-indicted-for-food-stamp-fraud-and-running-unregulated-slaughterhouse-from-home

But oh, no, the parks. Remaining rangers deplored that their skeleton crews would be unable to keep control over the past holiday weekend, because
“visitors are not enjoying the parks they way they should be[.]” (John Lauretig, former National Park Service ranger and executive director of Friends of Joshua Tree) [our emphasis]

More importantly, The Hill bemoaned this missed opportunity. Holiday weekends typically are big revenue generators. Lauretig estimated that a three-day weekend at Joshua Tree could generate close to $100,000.

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(Putting land under federal control GENERATES money out of thin air. It’s also JOB CREATION for rangers…if the children running Washington can shit out a budget on time.)

Fortunately, Interior gave its blessing for subagency National Park Service to bring back some staff using the revenue fees. Some essential Parks employees have been ranging without pay until now.

The Democrats have not forgotten about government contractors, drafting some ideas for the 3.7ish million who are not only missing paychecks now, but (unlike Federal employees) won’t get that cheddar in backpay when (if?) the behemoth resumes its meddling. Add in a dash of class warfare, of course:

Lawmakers say they want to help low-wage workers who are shut out of work while doing so in a way that doesn’t pad the pockets of higher-wage contractors who can more easily withstand the financial strain of a shutdown.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduced a bill that would provide back pay for any “retail, food, custodial, or security services” contractors put on leave due to a shutdown. But so far Democratic leaders have not included it in their legislation aimed at fully reopening the government.

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/08/pelosi-schumer-trump-response-immigration-1088722

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/pelosi-jabs-trump-maybe-he-thinks-it-s-ok-not-n959841

https://nypost.com/2018/07/18/whats-behind-the-governments-record-income-tax-collection/h

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/426032-pelosi-accuses-trump-of-outing-trip-to-afghanistan?userid=115887

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/us-government-shutdown-furloughed-federal-workers-paid-by-mistake-trump-a8724511.html

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-many-stores-cant-accept-food-stamps-during-the-shutdown

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/426102-national-parks-cautiously-brace-for-long-weekend-amid-shutdown

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/425015-dems-struggling-to-help-low-wage-contractors-harmed-by-shutdown

FEMA Withdraws Aid Withdrawal Amid Backlash, Raises Stakes with Seedy Power Provider and Drops the Ball on Puerto Rican Food Delivery; Congress Shits on Taxpayers Again; Your Location and Face Broadcast to More Federal Agencies

FEMA threatened to cut Puerto Rico off their particular division of the federal teat at the end of January, congratulating themselves for distributing over 30 million gallons of potable water and nearly 60 million meals since the island was largely destroyed by last autumn’s Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico Updates

The agency estimated after pumping $500 million of “public assistance,” and $3.2 million of unemployment aid into the island, just 1% of its inhabitants still require emergency food.

Remaining supplies were transferred to the island’s own disaster agency, Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (PREMA)–not to be confused with the floundering state-run power supplier, PREPA.

Some far-flung areas of the island were slated to continue suffering. NPR cited Mayor Carmen Maldonado of Morovis, who was not contacted by PREMA regarding the 10,000 citizens of her municipality still dependent on soon-to-evaporate FEMA rations.

Days after that story broke, the Feds sought to save face:

As the New York Times reports, FEMA now claims that it never intended to end the aid and that it has no plans to at this time. Instead, the Jan. 31 cutoff date was “mistakenly publicized by the agency[.]”

If it really was a mistake, they might have just sacked an employee for pressing the wrong button and promptly reassigned him to continue soaking the taxpayers with his “public service.”

Rather, the hapless agency apparently folds on deadlines at the first hint of (justified) taxpayer discontent. And believe anything disreputable contractors say:

Those millions of FEMA meals may not have included 30 million promised by Tiffany Brown (below) of Tribute Contracting LLC in Atlanta in her October 3 bid. (At $5.10 per meal, Tribute was the lowest bidder.)

Brown bagged (pun alert) one of the biggest contracts for brown bag meals to send to the island (only they didn’t include the required heating pouches, which would have made them fancier than traditional brown bag lunches): $156 million for 30 million meals. At the mid-October deadline for the first 18.5 million, Brown’s one-woman operation had delivered…none. 

Apparently, she farmed the job out to a subcontractor: an eleven-person caterer down the road (who curiously managed anonymity across multiple media outlets). They did have the heating pouches, however:

PHOTO: A photo in Tribute Contracting, LLCs contract with a catering company show examples of self heating meals that include a meal in one pouch with a food heater, water pouch, cutlery, and seasonings.

The caterers weren’t too interested in working either, it appears. Tribute was fired.

“My biggest mistake was not asking for more help.”–Tiffany Brown

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) of the House Oversight Committee noted this is Brown’s sixth terminated Federal contract. Four were failures to deliver food to the Federal Prison System. The fifth fuck-up came in 2016 for the Government Printing Office, who issued a decision in 2016 that “no agency in the executive branch” would enter contracts with Tribute until 2019. But FEMA said […]that exclusion only applied to GPO.

The GPO angle is interesting: the feckless Feds only banned Tribute from contracts over $35,000, and only until January 2019. And all Tribune did to GPO was fail to put the Marine Corps logo on both sides of some tote bags. Wait. New York Times:

An investigation by [GPO]’s inspector general found that Tribute “altered and submitted a false shipping document and subcontracted the predominant production function on two contracts without proper authorization,” according to a 2015 report submitted to Congress.

Which doesn’t explain why GPO returned to Tribute for the tote bags a year later.

FEMA never gave Brown any money. She is now suing the government for $70 million in debt accrued for the 50,000 meals she managed to almost deliver.

Brown told FEMA officials in an email exchange on Oct. 19 that, because of issues with suppliers, all 30 million meals would instead be delivered by November 7 – two weeks after the deadline.

She told ABC News on Friday that the original schedule in the contract was flexible and that she had been communicating with FEMA officials about the changes.

You can check out her website, but we took some screenshots just in case she stumbles upon some shame and takes it down:

Brown, who reportedly lost family in FEMA’s other notable success story, Hurricane Katrina, spoke with ABC on Friday:

“I think there’s a lacking of seeing the human aspect of everyone, the human aspect of the citizens of Puerto Rico and how they feel, the human aspect of the business owners trying to support them just trying to help out maybe that doesn’t have the larger infrastructure but out of the kindness of their own heart they want to be able to help they’re not seeing the human aspect they’re only seeing a lowest possible bid or trying to meet a budget and not about the people.”

She also fingered “a lack of infrastructure, particularly payment infrastructure on FEMA’s part.”

It appears the 50,000 meals (which actually made it to Jacksonville, FL for shipment before FEMA pulled the plug) actually came from Brown’s other partner, the non-profit Breedlove. Not to drag them into this, but their website is here.

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As we noted above, Cobra Acquisitions may be picking up the slack. Nasdaq reported the subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based energy giant Mammoth (which is reportedly flirting with serious self-enrichment if the new Puerto Rico power grid is built to run on fossil fuels)…more than doubled its contract to rebuild the Puerto Rican power grid on January 28, from the $200 million already invested in quarter four of 2017 to a cool $445 million.

PREPA requested FEMA clear the contract as “reasonable” and “in compliance with emergency procurement provisions of Puerto Rico;” the federal agency obliged in late December.

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Everyone knows the only solution to government incompetence is to pour more confiscated taxpayer cash onto the fire. So last week, as the seventeen-day stopgap fizzled out and the Feds ran out of borrowing power for the second time this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) huddled to further destroy the livelihood of their subjects employers.

Wading through the details, the disgustingly unaffordable package funds the Federal government for at least another month.

It blows through the 2011 Budget Control Act‘s limit on domestic spending by $57,000,000,000$117 billion more than Trump requested.

Military spending will swell to $700 billion this year, a monstrous 13% increase from 2016, if our numbers are correct.

In Defense of Defense

It bumps up to $716 billion  for 2019.

$90 billion for hurricane and wildfire relief was shoved in there, which sounds generous if you don’t factor in that the victims of these disasters now have more debt to pay off when McConnell and Schumer are long dead.

Some choice goodies that were slipped in, according to New York Times, include: tax credits to prop up renewable energy (it’ll be cheaper and safer for everyone, just wait); extension of a tax break for racehorse owners; exemption from a new college investment income excise tax for the non-tution-charging Berea College (conveniently located in McConnell’s state of Kentucky); funding for abstinence-only sex ed (can’t trust condoms, guys); repeal of $1.35 billion for an Obamacare public health program; repeal of Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, which ostensibly controls Medicare spending; faster implementation of shrinking the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole;” and extension of temporary subsidies to rural hospitals and underserved areas’ health provider tuition loans.

And also billions for the VA, billions for NIH, billions for community health centers, billions for “infrastructure”…all of which Vox suggests will yield major fiscal stimulus.

The deal did not address protections for DACA recipients, the catalyst for last month’s Federal shutdown (and a vote McConnell had promised Schumer to end the impasse). Like the rest of the country, these people appear to be utterly disregarded by McConnell’s rabid lust for accumulating debt. Schumer forgot his earlier advocacy as well:

“After months of legislative logjams, this budget deal is a genuine breakthrough,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “After months of fiscal brinksmanship, this budget deal is the first real sprout of bipartisanship.”

He proclaimed the deal has consigned “the pointless and arbitrary sequester caps to the ash heaps of history.”

A speed bump emerged when Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) forced a procedural delay because the leadership would not allow any amendments to the fiscal depravity. While railing against idiotic government grants (including $700,000 studying whether Neil Armstrong inserted an extra “a” in his famous moon landing line, and coming up empty), Paul pointed out Republicans famously struck the Budget Control Act merely to slow down the rate of spending growth, and decried each and every deficit from the Obama administration.

The 2018 deficit, with this added $300 billion, is projected at $955 billion. Trillion-dollar deficits have become typical since George W. Bush in 2008. TheBalance.com shows how much we’ve added to our over $20,600,000,000,000 in national debt in each of recent years (which is slightly divorced from deficit).

“The reason I’m here tonight is to put people on the spot,” Paul said. “I want people to feel uncomfortable. I want them to have to answer people at home who said, ‘How come you were against President Obama’s deficits, and then how come you’re for Republican deficits?'”

Paul’s fellow Republicans were pissed, as several are up for re-election this year and all reportedly wanted to start the weekend early. The most bone-headed reaction to Paul’s pragmatism came from our favorite crony cow, Lindsey Graham:

“It appears ‘General’ @RandPaul is at it again. He just called for the immediate withdrawal of all forces from Afghanistan as a way to give the US military a pay raise,” Graham tweeted. “Fortunately, only ‘General’ Paul — and the Taliban – think that’s a good idea.”

[America has been in Afghanistan, killing and being killed, without declaring war, for over 16 years.]

CNBC noted:

The vast majority of the Republican lawmakers who are opposing the budget agreement, including Paul, voted for the GOP tax law. The massive tax cuts are estimated to add more than $1 trillion to budget deficits over 10 years, even after economic growth is taken into account, according to the CBO.

The bill eventually passed early Friday morning, 71-28, and technically shuttered the government for several hours before the House could ram it through and get it to Trump to sign. It’s unclear if anyone read all of the nearly 700 pages.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave a House-record eight-hour speech advocating for DACA protections, largely reading testimony from Dreamers (DACA recipients) threatened with deportation next month, as the program was not extended by the crooked Schumer-McConnell generational theft. Pelosi voted against the bill, but it passed the House 240-186.

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As we boosted the defense budget with fake money we don’t have, it emerged as the Pentagon undergoes its first-ever audit that its own Defense Logistics Agency (annual budget: $40 billion) lost track of $800 million in construction projects.

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The outside firm Ernst & Young who discovered the glaring errors (and warned more will be uncovered) are just one of the third party consultants who comprise $367 million of the nearly $1 billion audit. Politico reports the rest is to go back and fix broken accounting systems that are crucial to better financial management.

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Customs and Border Protection continues to safeguard your liberties…by expanding locations at which it scans your face. To better patrol the U.S.-Mexican border, the McAllen, TX checkpoint will now catalog the face of every driver and passenger. About time:

The agency will use the results of the South Texas effort to set the stage for a wider rollout along the southern and northern borders, where the technology someday could be used to identify fugitives or wanted terror suspects. Customs and Border Protection already operates facial recognition exit programs at nearly a dozen international airports, including Houston’s, aimed at making sure travelers are who they say they are.

Traveler acceptance is really high, and we can thank the Apples and the Googles for that,” said Colleen Manaher, CBP executive director of planning, program analysis and evaluation, in an interview at the Border Security Expo in San Antonio, where she revealed the Anzalduas project. “It’s a game-changer.”

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 10, 19 and 22–Genes, Tattoos and Faces

[our emphasis]

Colleen Manaher

Manaher (above) called the prospect of getting her grubby fingers on identification of just 50 percent of faces crossing the Port Anzalduas bridge “a home run.”

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And in the wonderful state of Kansas,

Kansas: Helpful Public Servants and Meddlesome Neighbors

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! December 12: Kansas Lawsuit Settled

 

the two-party duopoly cracked down on attempts by the country’s debt-laden youth to gain representation.

After six teenage boys filed to run in this year’s gubernatorial election, the state House committee swiftly passed a bill from Rep. Blake Carpenter (R) requiring candidates to be “qualified electors”–that is, at least 18 years old, and able to vote.

The bill, which would not take effect until after the election, was reportedly co-drafted by Libertarian candidate Ethan Randleas (who happens to be 18). It is lauded as TRIGGER WARNINGcommon sense” by 17-year-old Tyler Ruzich (Republican candidate) and slammed as “reactionary” and “disenfranchis[ing]” by Jack Bergeson, 17 (Democratic candidate).

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It’s turning into a rocky year even for Kansans who are eighteen or older: renewing a drivers license may require residents to obtain new social security cards if their middle initial, not their full middle name is currently displayed; new state-issued birth certificates if all they have is a hospital document; and a marriage license, if they’ve ever changed their name. This will transform one’s license into a Federal Real ID.

Secure driver’s licenses and identification documents are a vital component of a holistic national security strategy.

–DHS website, our emphasis

The Federal Real ID Act was passed over 12 years ago on recommendation from the 9/11 Commission, but, like Common Core, has faced massive public opposition. It mandatory compliance has therefore been extended for various states (yellow, below).

On October 10, residents of non-compliant states will no longer be granted access to airports or military bases with their state-issued drivers license.

The veil is sliding off DHS’s threat to states refusing to funneling all your passport, birth certificate, marriage license and other ID info into a single police state card with a literal TRIGGER WARNING gold star  (they’re calling it a yellow star, for obvious reasons) that can pool all surveillance of your life at the filthy fingertips of the Federal agent manning the bar code reader:

It has been 12 years since the REAL ID Act was passed and half of all the states have already met the REAL ID minimum standards. It is time that the remaining jurisdictions turn their commitments to secure identification into action.

[our emphasis]

Fortunately, according to Charlotte Observer in 2016:

By 2010, more than 25 state legislatures had passed laws criticizing or refusing to comply with the law.

Kansas is currently “in compliance” until 2020. The Feds are signaling that for other, less obedient states that later this year,

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/29/581511023/fema-to-end-food-and-water-aid-for-puerto-rico

https://www.theroot.com/fema-cutting-off-food-and-water-aid-to-puerto-rico-1822558738

https://www.theroot.com/tiffany-brown-head-of-the-one-woman-company-which-deli-1822897056

http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/cobras-puerto-rico-contract-increased-to-approximately-445-million-update-on-puerto-rico-activities-20180129-01030

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fema-contractor-scapegoat-controversy-canceled-contract/story?id=52915221

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/372748-senate-leaders-agree-to-two-year-budget-deal?userid=115887

https://www.wsj.com/articles/house-democrats-split-on-budget-deal-1518115903

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/08/politics/budget-vote-congress-shutdown/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/08/politics/rand-paul-analysis/index.html

http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/07/news/economy/rising-deficits/index.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/08/shutdown-news-rand-paul-holds-up-senate-budget-vote.html

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/05/pentagon-logistics-agency-review-funds-322860

https://www.mystatesman.com/news/facial-recognition-scanners-tested-soon-texas-mexico-border/K5zgnDYPlrvASb1k5c2vIP/

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article198664404.html

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2018/feb/11/new-drivers-license-requirements-causing-headaches/

https://www.dhs.gov/real-id

March 1-3: Breaking: Sessions Spoke to Sergey

Washington Post originally reported on March 1 that polarizing new Attorney General Jeff Sessions communicated with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Trump campaign last year, and proceeded to lie about it during his confirmation hearing. Oops.

During his confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked what he would do if he learned a member of Trump’s campaign had communicated with the Russian government over the course of the 2016 campaign. He responded: “I’m not aware of any of those activities. … I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”

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Sessions (R-AL) was one of the only sitting members of Congress to endorse Trump prior to his victory.

He believes “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and plans (planned?) to use the country’s top law enforcement post to accelerate civil asset forfeiture and the War on Drugs.

“It’s unthinkable that we would make it harder for the government to take money from a drug dealer.”

–Jeff Sessions

Just the day before the Russian revelation, Sessions announced his Justice Department would decrease investigation of police departments around the country, according to Marie Claire:

“Rather than dictating to local police how to do their jobs, or spending scarce federal resources to sue them in court, we should use our money, research, and expertise to help them figure out what is happening and determine the best ways to fight crime.”

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Lindsey Graham, who advocates massive deficit spending to bomb other countries without declaration of war, tried to stay relevant by casually denouncing the powerful deputy of his former 2016 presidential rival. The Hill:

“There may be nothing there,” Graham said in a CNN town hall event. “But if there is something there, that the FBI believes is criminal in nature, then for sure you need a special prosecutor.”

“If there were contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, they may be legitimate; they may be OK. I want to know what happened between the Trump campaign, the Clinton campaign and the Russians.”

The Democrats, led by demented House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, are forcefully calling for Sessions to end his session in Washington.

“Jeff Sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearing before the Senate. Under penalty of perjury, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee, ‘I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.’ We now know that statement is false.”

–Pelosi (D-CA)

“The information reported last night makes it clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that Attorney General Sessions cannot possibly lead an investigation into Russian interference in our elections or come anywhere near it. […] Because the Department of Justice should be above reproach, for the good of the country, Attorney General Sessions should resign.”

–Schumer (D-NY)

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Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) waded into the fray:

I’ve been on the Senate Armed Services Committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the Russian ambassador. Ever. That’s because ambassadors call members of Foreign Relations Committee. Attorney General Sessions should resign.”

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It didn’t take too long for multiple media outlets to seize on the hypocrisy of McCaskill, who is up for re-election in 2018. Good Morning America:

[I]n light of tweets that surfaced today showing McCaskill had, in fact, met with the ambassador in a group setting, the senator clarified that she has never had a one-on-one meeting with Kislyak, as Sessions did.

She responded on Twitter about her old tweets, arguing that “4 years ago went to meeting of many Senators about international adoptions. Russian Amb also attended,” and, “Again, As senior member of Armed Serv, never received call or request from Russian Amb for meeting. Never met one on one w/him.”

Sessions, also according to Good Morning America, commented Wednesday night:

“I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”

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According to New York Times, Sessions recused himself from an investigation into the contact on March 2, displaying all the integrity of Tom Brady allowing an impartial NFL investigator to go through the Gillette Stadium equipment room video tapes from the 2014 AFC championship game.

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Meanwhile on March 3, renowned Hillary campaign strategist Robby Mook gave a guarded response to MSNBC as to whether his disgraced and defeated “champion” had any Russian contacts during her campaign.

As we have covered extensively, Hillary campaign chair John Podesta and his brother Tony served as unregistered de facto lobbyists for Putin’s Kremlin until three months before the Clinton campaign’s stunning defeat by Trump.

Panama Papers

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/321930-sessions-spoke-with-russian-ambassador-during-trumps-campaign

https://reason.com/blog/2016/11/21/trumps-pick-for-attorney-general-is-a-dr

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/democrats-call-sessions-resignation-amid-reports-contact-russians-055106241–abc-news-topstories.html

http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/news/a25692/jeff-sessions-rolls-back-lawsuits-police/

http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/politico-influence/2016/09/art-museums-win-protection-for-borrowed-art-216348

Fix this Up

The hits just keep coming for HGTV demolition and redecoration duo, Chip and Joanna Gaines (below).

Photo: Getty Images

The Waco, TX-based stars of the hit reality show Fixer Upper were first accused last week of hating gay people, when Buzzfeed revealed the Gaines’ “nondenominational, evangelical, mission-based megachurch,” Antioch Community Church, led by Jimmy Seibert, strongly adheres to “marriage only between one man and one woman” ideals.

ACC (not to be confused with the collegiate athletic Atlantic Coast Conference, whose football championship games have been pulled from the state of North Carolina over a “bathroom bill”) has some pretty strong views on marriage being only between man and wife.

Football–Balls (or Breasts?) to the Wall

Seibert reportedly gave an anti-same-sex-marriage sermon last year:

[I]n June 2015, on the Sunday after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Seibert scrapped what was going to be the program at Antioch that day in order to reaffirm where the church stands, whatever the law of the land may be.

After talking about Genesis, and saying that marriage is between “one man and one wife,” Seibert emphasizes the fixedness of this idea. “This is a clear biblical admonition. So if someone were to say, ‘Marriage is defined in a different way,’ let me just say: They are wrong,” he says from the pulpit to applause from the congregation. “God defined marriage, not you and I. God defined masculine and feminine, male and female, not you and I.”

Seibert then goes on to discuss sin. “Truth No. 1: Homosexuality is a sin. The lie: Homosexuality is not a sin.” He urges compassion for the sinners, though, because “the statistics say that 90% of people who are in a full-blown homosexual lifestyle were abused in some way. Physically, sexually, mentally.” He also says that gay pornography deserves some of the blame. “We have people and young people that never had any intention of a same-sex attraction et cetera, who have seen sexuality up front in pornography and now are trapped in the addiction of it.”

[our emphasis]

We closed our girl-on-girl video and rushed over to Vox, where media experts explain complicated news stories for us ignorant rubes.

The Vox intellectuals had this to say:

[W]hether Seibert’s beliefs are also held by the Gaineses isn’t as clear. There’s an obvious connection between Seibert and the Gaineses in that they attend his church. But how much they agree with his views is uncertain. What we do know is that there hasn’t been a gay couple featured on any of Fixer Upper’s 40-plus episodes to date (the couples featured also tend to be white); that fact was the apparent impetus for Aurthur’s article. And when asked for comment for the BuzzFeed article, the Gaineses declined to respond (after the story was published, HGTV made a statement that its shows do not discriminate against LGBTQ people).

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Whoa! One “culture war” at a time, Vox! This is about bias against not-traditional marriage people, not not-white people!

The Gaineses have (involuntarily) become a right-wing poster couple in a political culture war

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Kate Aurthur, who was sufficiently well-read to crank out the Buzzfeed story but apparently has yet to notice she consistently misspells her surname by adding an extra “u,” apparently got some foul criticism for her remarks. Twitter:

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At this point we got bored. Vox did embarrass themselves a little with the following argument:

But the common thread running through all of [the articles attacking Buzzfeed for suggesting the Gaineses hate the gay people] is that the authors believe BuzzFeed is a leftist publication and that Christianity is under attack. There’s a bit of […] generalizing the BuzzFeed piece with the declaration that “liberals hate the Christian faith.”

That’s not exactly fair.

[You know we’re all adults when we starting arguing things are “not fair.”]

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[T]here are also a multitude of liberals who identify as Christian — a 2016 Pew Research poll found that 44 percent of Catholics identify as Democrats, versus 37 percent who identify as Republicans.

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Vox assumes that “Democrat” is equivalent to “liberal.” They further assume “Republican” is equivalent to “anti-gay marriage.”

Also, Catholics may not be the best representative group of Christian/anti-gay marriage people (basically the same group, remember!). Not only do Catholics stand against abortion in doctrine while many of their members like Nancy Pelosi fight tooth and nail to expand its access; but Protestant Christians, the umbrella group of ACC’s evangelical, non-denominational faith, are at least three times as numerous as Catholics in America, according to PUN ALERT Pew Research Center.

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Also noteworthy: Buzzfeed appeared to mock Joanna’s Christianity and basing her life decisions on convos with big man upstairs in their original post:

[The Gaineses], as they detail in The Magnolia Story, devout Christians — Joanna has spoken of and written about her conversations with God. (God told her both to close her store to spend time with her children, and then to reopen it a few years later.)

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Gina Mei over at Cosmopolitan, a publication known for its decency and discretion, also reportedly received some hate mail for her one-paragraph blurb on the Gaines and their refusal to immediately respond to requests for comment:

And while fans shouldn’t necessarily jump to conclusions about what this might mean, for many people who watch the show, their silence speaks volumes.

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Class act that he is, Chip Gaines used the Twitter on Saturday to calm the waters and then (in the eyes of the Christian-pounding left wing media) perhaps stir the soup once again with a “follow up tweet.”

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THE NEXT MORNING:

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This might all have blown over with significantly less damage than the Great Galveston Hurricane. But then Daron Farmer decided to cash in on the Gaineses’ fame[s] and fortune.

Chip and Joanna apparently operate Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas.

The adjacent alley was open for free parking by Magnolia Market customers. Until the former property was sold to Daron Farmer.

Yahoo!:

Daron Farmer, managing member of Head Properties… wanted to charge visitors to Chip and Joanna’s store $10 to park on his property, according to the Waco Tribune.

Chip Gaines found the obvious solution and erected a metal gate to block off the ally in defense of his and Joanna’s customers. Farmer is suing!

Farmer alleges [the gate] partially restricts access to his land, thereby illegally obstructing his private property. The couple’s lawyer claims Chip and Joanna erected the gate to protect their business, so that Magnolia Market customers don’t mistakenly think they’re charging a parking fee.

Mr. Farmer demands “between $200,000 and $1 million in damages” !!!

Stay tuned for updates. If Chip and Joanna prevail, there may well be recourse to employ the phrase “buy the farm.”

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HGTV told Huffington Post last Thursday:

“We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows. HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”

Buzzfeed sniffed that they received comments from neither HGTV nor the Gaineses themselves.

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Thanks to our sources:

https://www.yahoo.com/style/chip-joanna-gaines-just-got-171056604.html

https://www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/chip-and-joanna-gaines-church-same-sex-marriage?utm_term=.oe2KvLV68D#.hnmA9PrmEV

http://www.vox.com/culture/2016/12/6/13838268/chip-joanna-gaines-buzzfeed-gay-fixer-upper

America’s Changing Religious Landscape

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a8381774/chip-joanna-gaines-fixer-upper-pastor-jimmy-seibert/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hgtv-chip-joanna-gaines-anti-gay-church_us_58405c72e4b09e21702d3745?d9EUyR

Clinton Emails, Trump and Russia

Bill Clinton sent only two emails in his entire presidency. Al Gore had barely finished inventing the internet, which would not have been possible without the Federal Government, as Barack Obama reminded us in his 2012 “you didn’t build that” speech:

This also reinforced the unshakable truth that only the Federal Government is capable of building roads.

Not to be outdone, Nancy Pelosi recently told a crowd of supporters the Federal Government invented the “smartphone” as well:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the federal government "invented" the iPhone on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (CSPAN)

“In this smartphone, almost everything came from federal investments in research. […] They say Steve Jobs did a good idea [sic] designing it and putting it together. Federal research invented it.” –House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 6/9/16

Too bad the Feds misplaced the 4-digit passcode they used to lock the iPhone they themselves invented:

Uncle Sam’s Unsatisfying Anal

But former Secretary of State (and former cuckolded First Lady) Hillary Clinton sent thousands of emails. With multiple unsecured devices for “convenience,” Mrs. Clinton heretofore was able to delete her State Department business “personal” emails, successfully flouting federal records and FOIA laws alike.

Until the man Bernie Sanders sold his withered soul to defeat (over the angry admissions of his own supporters at the DNC the other day) dared Russia, on national television, to share anything they had from hacking Hillary.

[Speaking of FBI Director James Comey (see above link), the 6′ 8″ Federal monster revealed at his July 5 presser clearing Hillary, our likely next steward of 5,000 nuclear missile codes, of any wrongdoing despite “carelessness” and “criminal negligence,” that “hostile actors” repeatedly penetrated the super-secure email server locked in her basement through which all sensitive State Department data (only some of which was, indeed, marked “classified” at the time, contrary to every statement Hillary has concocted) was routed.]

GOP nominee Donald Trump told a Miami fundraiser (and anyone else who cared to listen, because Mr. Trump doesn’t employ white noise machines at his fundraisers…though that would be conveniently White Supremacist of him to his political adversaries) that if the Russians (who hacked the DNC emails that finally sunk Debbie Wasserman Schultz earlier this week by our good friend WikiLeaks) had the Hillary emails, they should hit “publish.”

Blast From the Past

 

The Hill reports on both sides of the very public (unlike Hillary’s State Department dealings, which under law were supposed to be) disagreement:

“If they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do.

They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted. You’d see some beauties, so we’ll see.

Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by the press.”–Donald Trump

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The Clinton campaign slammed Trump’s remarks, calling them “a bridge too far.”

[Sarah Palin’s “bridge to nowhere?” She can see Russia from her backyard…]

“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent,” Clinton senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement.  

(Clinton speaks through surrogate statements. She does not dare give unscripted press conferences like The Donald.)

Sullivan on Wednesday said the candidate has been briefed by intelligence officials on the DNC hack and was “alarmed” to hear of Russia’s likely involvement.

“She has been told, as now the world has been told, that the weight of opinion on this, the growing consensus from the experts and intelligence officials, is that Russia was in fact behind the DNC leak.

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“She, like I think any Republican, Democrat or Independent who cares about America’s national security is alarmed by the prospect or proposition that Russia is interfering with the American election. She does not view this as a political issue. She views this as a national security issue and she believes it is obviously something new to see them interfering in an American election.”

The Secretary, who apparently could not address the controversy with her own statement, did not address whether her own secrecy and extra-legal emailing–deleted? or just waiting for Trump to tell the Russians to publish?–was at all to blame for this pickle.

Thanks to our sources:

[all coloring and underlining ours]

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/9/nancy-pelosi-federal-government-not-steve-jobs-inv/

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/289420-trump-i-hope-russia-is-able-to-get-clintons-emails

http://freebeacon.com/issues/fbi-hostile-actors-likely-hacked-clinton-email-secrets/

I PROMESA You We’ll Default on National Debt

This post’s headline and other reference to the “50 real states” were modified to be less inflammatory.

House Passes HR 5278 Thursday to Bail Out Puerto Rico, In the Interest of Serving Constituents of Mainland States Already Worrying About Over $19,000,000,000,000 in Federal Government Tabs

The Hill reported that GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan (above, pussy) united with Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (above, demented) to ram through a multi-billion dollar compromise with large bipartisan support to “rescue” Puerto Rico, a haven for old, retired people and booming reservoir for Zika virus.

It is unclear how much the compromise, which passed with a 297-127 vote, will cost the taxpayers of the fifty mainland states who, unlike Puerto Ricans, live with sub-par mainland weather and pay Federal income taxes.

(The latter detail is a perennial political flashpoint, as about half of mainland U.S. citizens pay no income taxes at all, and Puerto Rico contributes about $3.6 billion in Federal taxes, more than does the state of Vermont, even though Puerto Rico pays no Federal income tax explicitly, according to Puerto Rico Report. This is because the monstrous Federal Government of the United States has its fingers in every pie across the world.)

It is also unclear if this compromise will satisfy President Obama’s demand, as we reported earlier, for $1.9 billion to fight Zika-carrying mosquitoes.

The measure has a 24% voter approval rating on the non-partisan popvox.com, with 53 Americans reportedly disapproving and 17 approving:

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The actual U.S. House members, however, were able to pass the bill with a majority in both the GOP and Democratic parties. Bill the taxpayers.

Paul Ryan campaigned against calling the bailout a “bailout,” emphasizing the 3.5 million American citizens on the island need help from the Federal Government, funded by the dumb rubes on the mainland who actually pay federal income taxes.

“The Puerto Rican people are our fellow Americans. They pay our taxes. [sic] They fight in our wars,” he said. “We cannot allow this to happen.”

The Hill reports the Senate is less enthusiastic about passing the bill for President Obama to sign. This is probably because the GOP majority in the House is much safer this November than the slim majority in the Senate, under assault in several “toss-up” states like Nevada and Florida. Paul Ryan does face a primary challenge from Trump supporter Paul Nehlen in Wisconsin’s first district August 9th.

“The Senate should act expeditiously to review and vote on this measure, so the President can sign the bill into law ahead of the critical July 1st debt payment deadline,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest after its passage. “We urge leaders in both parties to build on today’s bipartisan momentum and help Puerto Rico move toward lasting economic prosperity.”

According to The Hill, Puerto Rico face a $2 billion default on its debt payments on July 1st. The total debt obligation is reportedly $70 billion. This is because 26% of Puerto Rican “workers” are in the public sector (Wikipedia), and Puerto Ricans (45% of whom live below the Federal poverty level) are leaving for the mainland in droves, “leaving the island with a shrinking pile of revenues.”

Government wants their money. To give to the other government that ran out of money to confiscate.

The White House threw its weight behind the bill, dubbed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability (PROMESA) Act, just before Thursday’s vote, saying the president “strongly supports” its passage.

“The Administration urges the Congress to build on the bipartisan effort behind PROMESA and pass this legislation quickly before this crisis grows materially worse,” the White House said in a statement of administration policy.

Ryan has insisted that no extra federal dollars will be going to Puerto Rico, and we can definitely trust him. That is why he had to pass a bill to get funding.

The Hill notes Democrats compromised with the GOP, who hold the House majority, on economy-boosting measures such as ignoring the federal minimum wage in some cases and restricting Medicaid benefits and the Earned Income Tax Credit to Puerto Ricans:

The bill does include some of those provisions to the chagrin of Democrats, including one that allows the island to avoid paying the federal minimum wage to some workers. Democrats tried to pass an amendment on the floor stripping that provision, but failed.

Democrats also said they were disappointed the bill did not expand Medicaid benefits and the Earned Income Tax Credit to the island.

As a reminder, the Federal Government is over $19 trillion dollars in debt.

 

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/282895-house-votes-to-rescue-puerto-rico

The Federal Income Taxes Puerto Ricans Pay

Pelosi Pivots

Nancy Pelosi Re-Positions on Immigration Raids

According to The Hill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has changed her tune on a deportation raid conducted by the Obama administration in January.

At the time, Pelosi had harsh words for the quiet roundup and expulsion of 121 undocumented immigrants from Central America:

“The mothers and children — and it’s overwhelmingly who we’re talking about here — they are the subjects of these proceedings. They are desperately trying to escape violence in their home countries…[the Obama administration] must ensure that no person is wrongfully deported to face certain persecution or mortal danger. And that’s what’s happening there.”

But now Pelosi, who happens to be up for a primary election in three weeks, offered the following statement to The Hill last Friday:

There were no raids in January...You know, people throw the term around, but in January fewer than, I think, 100 people were identified as those who should go back over the border. So they make it sound like they’re massive raids … but that’s discreet enforcement.”

(our emphasis)

Reuters apparently reported last week that DHS is coming again, this time for larger numbers of Central American refugees in the U.S. illegally.

Democrats in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are concerned about these raids. “The last time, the consequences in communities like mine were pretty severe,” remarked Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)“Now [they say] we’re going to amplify those raids, that we’re going to be more selective. They weren’t selective the last time, and I don’t see that happening this time either.”

Pelosi’s Senate counterpart, Harry Reid (D-NV) is not running for re-election in 2016. He had these words for the Obama deportations:

“I hope the administration reconsiders these raids. Instead of separating children from their parents, the administration should continue to address the violence and instability in the region that is forcing these families to leave.”

Pelosi has represented various California districts in Congress for 29 years. She was the first female Speaker of the House and her net worth was approximately $58 million in 2009, according to Center for Responsive Politics.

Thanks to our source: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/280103-in-shift-pelosi-defends-discreet-obama-immigration-enforcement