US: Republican-In-Name-Only (RINOs) have sold out their constituents once again as they prepare to pass the enormously bloated $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page omnibus budget that they have not even read. It is loaded with hand-outs by big spenders – Republicans and Democrats alike. Politics as usual while the nation staggers under the increasing load. -GEG
The US House approved the $1.3 trillion budget to fund the government through the 2018 fiscal year, allowing all federal services to continue. 145 Republicans (and 111 Democrats) voted in favor of this bill that is a betrayal of the taxpayer and violates promises that so-called conservative Republicans made. The 2,232 page bill is being rammed through Congress, with only 36 hours to read it, under the threat of a government shut-down after midnightFriday night.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sold the bill on an $80 billion increase in defense investment. The bill was a BIG gift to Democrats: it limits how many Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents can be hired, it continues funding for sanctuary cities, it fully funds Planned Parenthood, it could allow the number of foreign guest workers with H-2B visas to nearly double to 120,000 seasonal employees, it restricts guns and, finally, lacks border wall funding, which is Trump’s key issue.
It is almost as if Republicans want to give the upcoming mid-term elections to the Democrats who always support more spending.
The bill allocates more than $500 million included for the Gateway Program for a rail line between Newark, New Jersey, and New York City. The initial funding is the camel’s nose under the tent for bankrolling the entire $30 billion project on the back of the federal taxpayer.
Wednesday’s spending bill will include an additional $4 billion to combat the opioid epidemic.
The Senate and the White House have until Saturday at 12:01 am to pass the bill, or a government shut down will be implemented.
A report concluded that the police overlooked crimes committed by an “Asian” grooming gang for fear of being called racist. Members of the Greater Manchester Police were told to focus on apprehending offenders of “other ethnicities”.
Hedge funds, globally, are in a financial tail spin, and many have already blocked investors from withdrawing their money. True to form, the Federal Reserve is preparing to infuse these firms with super low-cost loans that will help to bail them out – at taxpayer expense, of course.
The Oregon-based youth advocacy group, Our Children’s Trust, filed the lawsuit in 2015 seeking an injunction ordering the government to implement a plan to phase out fossil fuel emissions and draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide emission.
Florida state lawmakers have proposed a gun control ban on assault weapons, which are defined as “semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once, either in fixed or detachable magazine, or any other ammunition feeding device.”
The governor of Puerto Rico fired the island’s emergency manager, Carlos Acevedo, hours after a warehouse filled with supplies believed to be from when Hurricane Maria struck the island in September 2017.
Flynn’s attorney, Powell, says the prosecutor committed subornation of perjury, which is the crime of persuading a person to lie under oath. She says the Mueller investigation team prosecuted Flynn to support obstruction charges against President Trump.
In order to join West Virginia, the consent of Virginia’s Legislature and of a majority of the qualified voters is needed. West Virginia promised that if Virginia joins them, their firearms rights shall be protected to the fullest extent possible under their Federal and State Constitution.
5G may be a killer technology as the same frequencies and antenna-delivery systems have already been adopted by the military for use as weapons of war and crowd control. There is a race is to get the technology fully implemented before the the push back becomes too large to ignore.
Based on 20 years of observation and data, scientists are predicting that the sun will be nearly seven percent cooler and dimmer by 2050 causing a ‘mini ice age’. [The real deniers in the climate-change controversy are those who deny that global warming is a politically motivated myth.]
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50% of Canadians are living within $200 per month of not being able to pay their bills. That means any unexpected bills or loss of income of $200 per month could wipe them out financially. 31% of Canadian polled said they already don’t make enough to meet their debt obligations. Citizens of most other countries are in the same situation.
Republican senate leadership has blocked an attempt by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to defund Planned Parenthood. Senator Paul was attempting to add an amendment to the appropriations bill funding the departments of Labor and Health