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Trump Impeachment-the “Nuts” and the Bolts!-Part IV

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OOPS!  Hunter Biden is stepping down as a member of a Chinese government backed securities company, board of directors.  Even worse, Hunter Biden’s attorney stated:

“To date, Hunter has not received any compensation for being on BHR’s board of directors. He has not received any return on his investment; there have been no distributions to BHR shareholders since Hunter obtained his equity interest. Moreover, Hunter played no role in directing or making BHR’s investments. Hunter intends to resign from the BHR board of directors on or by October 31, 2019,”

This statement is priceless.  “…since Hunter obtained his equity interest…”!  How much?    What is it worth?  Is he going sell is shares and donate the proceeds to the American Taxpayers!  How about the statement: “…Hunter played no role in directing or making BHR’s investments.”  So, Hunter received free equity, shares of stock, but did not have to do anything in return!  Unless the value of his father’s political clout was payment enough!  Just substitute the name “Hunter” with “Don Jr.” and guess how the PLMSM would howl!   This follows Hunter’s resignation from the Ukraine company Burisma board of directors earlier this year!  Did he get free equity in Burisma?  If so; how much; what is it worth; is he going to sell these shares and donate the proceeds to the American Taxpayers?

But wait, there is more!  The attorney went on to say:

“Hunter Biden would not partake in any foreign business dealings “under a Biden administration.”  

So, it wasn’t wrong but I won’t do it again if Dad is elected.  What if dear old dad is not elected but another democrat is?  Other than China and the Ukraine, where else has Hunter been raking in cash on behalf of dear old dad”

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Round 2 Coming

DOJ Inspector General and Barr Investigation Results:  On the immediate horizon is the release of DOJ Inspector General report regarding FISA abuse and other related spying activities by the Obama Administration’s intelligence services against the Trump campaign and the Trump Administration.  Shortly thereafter, US Attorney John Durham and the Barr DOJ will start releasing their findings into an expanded investigations on the alleged spying by the Obama administration intelligence services, foreign agencies, and State Department, on the Trump campaign. The latter has been expanded into looking at continued spying activities up to and including the beginning of the Mueller investigations.  

So, what started as allegations of “collusion” with the Russians by the Trump campaign, morphed into alleged impeachable offenses by President Trump offering aid in exchange for investigations into foreign meddling into our 2016 elections and other corruption in Ukraine by US officials, including VP Joe Biden and his family.  Now, it has been learned that the Trump phone call with the Ukraine PM did not include “quid pro quo”, or included any wrong doing by Trump outside of his Constitutionally mandated duties.  Now, the Hunter Biden forays into international influence peddling is literally blowing up in the faces of the PLMSM, Pelosi, Schiff, the Biden family, and the DNC.  

If the Inspector General and the Barr report prove damning to the Obama Administration and its intelligence services, the PLMSM will have great difficulty keeping the focus on alleged Trump miscues.  That does not mean they will not try!  It will get uglier before it gets better.

Imagine a female, Black, transsexual, DACA recipient, CIA officer with a Spanish surname, who alleges sexual assault by Trump, Kavanaugh, and AG Barr, at their high school prom, together, coming forward, flanked by Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, Maxine Waters, and Senator Feinstein!  OMG!  CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC and some on Fox are going to go apoplectic!  Mitt Romney will probably faint on the Senate floor.  This won’t end until Trump defeats whoever the Democrat nominee is and the Republicans take back the House and gain seats in the Senate in 2020…

Watch out for increased violence as the 2020 election approaches.  Be careful and stay vigilant…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/13/donald-trump-taunts-hunter-biden-as-he-leaves-board-of-chinese-investment-firm/

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/13/adam-schiff-there-doesnt-need-to-be-a-quid-pro-quo-to-impeach-trump/

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/10/13/hunter-biden-leaves-china-board-as-trump-attacks-hit-home/

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2019/10/12/trump-on-obamas-silence-during-biden-ukraine-saga-i-think-hes-hiding/

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/sondland-trump-ukraine-quid-pro-quo/2019/10/13/id/936856/

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/adamschiff-inquiry-witnesses-testimony/2019/10/13/id/936887/

 

The Metamorphosis of the GOP Under President Trump

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The election of President Lincoln in 1860 birthed the newly formed Republican Party as a legitimate force in American politics.  The party was formed in 1854 to oppose the continued expansion of slavery into newly explored and settled western territories acquired though the Louisiana Purchase.  At the core of its principles was the new Republican Party’s opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Act that was staunchly supported by the Democrats led by Stephan A. Douglas.  The act allowed further expansion of slavery into these new territories.

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Lincoln’s election as the head of a fledgling party was historical and game changing for the Republican Party and the Nation.  The election of Donald J. Trump in 2016 may well rival Lincoln’s historical election, hopefully without a second Civil War, hopefully.

Lincoln faced a nation deeply divided by the institution of slavery and the threat of Southern Democrat let States to leave the union.  Trump also is facing a deeply divided nation based on the scope, nature and future of our founded Constitutional Republic.  While the divide is less defined by geography, it is no less hate filled, pitting family members and others against one another.  Both Presidents faced a real threat of the destruction of our Constitutional Republic.

In the 1900’s, the Republican Party edged its way towards progressive globalism and away from the focus on the American people, their inalienable rights, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.  It adopted the internationalist, interventionalist goals of the Neo-Conservatives, (actually created by Bill Krystal’s father who was a Democrat!), which moved the Republican Party into the globalist realm.     Ironically, the 2nd Republican Platform Plank in 1860 clearly restated our founding principles based on American, not global or international principles, and that the individual, all men (and women), the governed, are the apex of our government’s power and we were granted this power by our Creator!

“2.  That the maintenance of the principles promulgated in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Federal Constitution, “That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” is essential to the preservation of our Republican institutions; and that the Federal Constitution, the rights of the states, and the Union of the states, must and shall be preserved.” 

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If you follow Donald Trump’s rallies and speeches, these principles and God given rights are reinforced constantly.  Abraham Lincoln, and the infant Republican Party, embraced these same principles and rights in the face of Democrat Party opposition and their seditious activities.  The same is true today!  In 1860, the Democrats were trying to overturn the US Constitution, the inalienable rights of slaves, and their actions led to the Civil War.  In 2019, the Democrats are trying to overturn the US Constitution, and the inalienable rights of free peoples by destroying the electoral processes contained in the Constitution, and enslaving the American Peoples by adopting centralized, big government socialism.  Ironically, the 6th Plank of the Republican Platform of 1860 called out the “Swamp” and its inherent corruption:

“6. That the people justly view with alarm the reckless extravagance which pervades every department of the Federal Government; that a return to rigid economy and accountability is indispensable to arrest the systematic plunder of the public treasury by favored partisans; while the recent startling developments of frauds and corruptions at the federal metropolis, show that an entire change of Administration is imperatively demanded. “

The New Trump Republican Party that is forming eschews globalism, internationalism, interventionalism, and refocuses on the governed predominance over the government and the governed inalienable rights given to them by God, our creator.  In short, Trump branded this re-planking of the Party as “America First”, implying, “Americans’ Sovereignty First”. 

But, the good old boys Republican Party is not going quietly and is joined by the radical left Democrat Party and their lap dog media.  RINOs like Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and countless others sit on the sidelines ready to pounce on any opportunity they can to attack Trump and his supporters.  The Democrat Party is continuing its seditious activities that they started under the Obama Administration to use our national security agencies and law enforcement agencies to spy on and attack the Trump candidacy, then his Presidency.  Both of these groups espouse anti-American ideals and seek to regain power by destroying our Constitution’s check and balances and the sovereignty of the governed.  

As President Trump continues to succeed in rebuilding our economy, our national defense, our border sovereignty, and returning our rights as granted by our Creator to “We the People”, his hegemony over the Republican Party grows stronger every day.  Even RINO hold-overs in Congress are being marginalized more and more and the Real Republicans, the people, ignore their anti-Trump rhetoric.  Trump has returned the Republican Party back to its members and pushed out the so-called power brokers who support the US Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, and international organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations.  Trump only has one simple principle, “Is a policy good for Americans, if so, adopt it.”  

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The Tea Parties started the movement to take back America, Trump is memorializing it!  This is why the Left and the RINOs tried to kill the Tea Party Movement.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Artificial Intelligence-Why You Should Be Scared!

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You are constantly being bombarded with the term “Artificial Intelligence” or its acronym, “AI”.  Most of the time, the term is couched as a modern marvel of human achievement.  A way to have machines replace humans in mundane jobs that humans do not want to perform or jobs that are dangerous for humans to perform.  Really?  When you hear the term “Robotics”, you should also understand that the “robot” has a “brain” that is based on AI.  But, you may not have thought through some of the other applications of AI or really how AI is being developed.

Starting with the latter, “how AI is developed”, it is critical to stop and think what creates AI?  You are right, another human being. 

  • All human beings have a unique level of intelligence, some greater, some less;
  • a unique level of critical thinking;
  • a unique level of logical thinking;
  • AND A UNIQUE SET OF INNATE BIASES BASED ON THAT INDIVIDUAL’S EXPERIENCES AND LEARNINGS. 
  • Then add in the Bias of the organization who employees these individuals.  

These human beings have political, religious, and environmental views that may or may not be the same as yours or those you know and agree with.  These human beings may believe that Republicans are bad and Democrats are bad; that Socialism is good and Capitalism is bad; that Climate Change is an eminent threat and deniers are dangerous.  I could go on but the point is that AI is inherently flawed as it is being created by a human being with all of our flaws.  That may be OK if the one creating it agrees with everything you do but odds are that is not the case.

Then add in the company they work for.  This company has the biases and beliefs of its management.  The management will ensure that the AI programmer adheres to the biases the company wants instilled into its AI.  This is true for Google, Facebook, Twitter, and all other such companies.  

Let’s look at real life examples of how AI is impacting your life now.

So, if you buy a cute little round vacuum cleaner that scurries around your house unattended and vacuums your carpets and floors, you never give a second thought as to whether the AI used in this cute little machine is good or bad, or has an agenda. (other than scaring the crap out of your cat or dog)  When your new car issues a verbal or tone warning that you are too close to an object or starts to apply your brakes if you are getting within dangerous limits of an object, you probably think that is a good use of AI.  Have you considered that this advanced AI automobile warning system is the first step to convincing you that self-driving cars are a good idea?  Did anyone ask you whether you thought self-driving cars were a good or bad idea?  Probably not.

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Let’s take this to the next step that probably impacts your life, specifically your wallet, everyday to some degree.  Most of us have savings or have an income or retirement plan based on the stock and financial markets.  Did you know that stock, commodity, currency and other financial traders rely on AI to:

SCAN NEWS FEEDS AND DETERMINE THAT IF A NEWS ITEM, SUCH AS ON CHINA/US TRADE,  MAY NEGATIVELY IMPACT A STOCK OR INDEX, THE AI BASED TRADING COMPUTER WILL ISSUE A SELL ORDER AND CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL IT “FEELS” THE THREAT HAS BEEN LIFTED OR OTHER NEWS NEGATES THE NEGATIVE NEWS.  THE MARKET DOWNWARD MOVEMENT IS YET ANOTHER NEGATIVE NEWS ITEM AND MAY ACCENTUATE THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL.  

Of course the trading companies are spared the risk that you now face as their computer will issue a hedge order to protect the trading companies’ positions.  You probably cannot do this as you work for a living!  Haven’t you wondered why at 9:00 AM you heard the stock market was up 100 points but when you turned on the nightly news the market closed down 350 Points!  Just scan the news and you will find a news event that triggered the selloff.  

Starting to get nervous about AI yet?  You should be!

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You may have heard lately that GOOGLE, yes that “free” search engine you use to find unbiased news or information on a specific person or topic, is engaged with Communist China in developing China’s AI.  This is not for manufacturing cute, round, self-propelled vacuums.  No, this is for MILITARY use.  Why would a military use AI?

To have an AI computer determine the threat level of another country’s actions so that same computer could pre-emptively strike that country with conventional or nuclear weapons!  Look ma, no hands!

Since this is a communist country, they want to turn AI on its citizens in order to control them.  All social media posts, facial recognition systems, and all financial transactions are fed into their AI system in order to monitor, then “re-train” those exhibiting aberrant behavior! 

You probably don’t think this is possible in a “free” society such as that of the US?  Think again!  I don’t wear a tin-hat but I can assure you that your phone calls, emails, texts, social media accounts and financial transactions are being recorded and monitored.  If the NSA’s AI systems detect behavior by you that it deems “dangerous” to the State, Federal authorities will be alerted with or without a valid warrant.  

A case in point is the recent “Russian Collusion” investigation that was started with a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant on specific individuals based on a completely false document (Steele Dossier) that was bought and paid for by a political party and that party’s candidate!  The only difference between China and our government is that our government at least had to fabricate a document on which to base the warrant application, the Chinese would not go to this trouble!  But, the outcome is the same. 

When you hear pundits talk about “Algorithms”, understand this to mean merely an AI computer program created by a biased human being working for a biased company to insure a desired outcome.  Rather than a human being sitting there watching you type in “I hate X”, the computer was told to watch you type and if the computer’s AI system doesn’t like what you type, the computer will warn you to stop or it may shut down your account!  What is next, issuing an arrest warrant?  Don’t laugh!

Why Politicians Like AI!

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For one thing, politicians can blame the computer!  Then they can blame the company who created the AI program/algorithm who in turn will say it was the fault of the algorithm.  Then the company and the politicians can go out and have a drink and decide how big of a campaign contribution this is worth to make the controversy go away!

The there is the other side.  Companies like to replace workers with AI/robots because AI/robots don’t take bathroom breaks, lunch breaks, time off for illness or childbirth, nor do they need benefits, vacations, or do they run to a union rep to file a complaint.  AI is financed by the taxpayers who have to support all those replaced by AI.  AI/robots reduce the operating costs for companies thus they can spend more on bribing politicians, I mean contribute to political campaigns,  to look the other way or not ask embarrassing questions about the workers who were just laid off due to AI/robot automation!  

So, the company’s profits go up; the politician gets greased; the employee loses his or her job; then the taxpayer has to support the laid off worker who is now on unemployment or welfare!  Isn’t that just a wonderful system!

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Probably the easiest job in the US to be replaced by AI/robots would be Congress.  First of all, they have for centuries used their own kind of “artificial” intelligence; acted like robots with their hand out to anyone willing to pay them off; and are easily replaced!  Most of all, no one would notice the difference!  

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So, don’t be naïve when you hear about AI.  It is not artificial nor intelligent.  It is absolutely real and malevolent and its intelligence is based on political religious and other biases found in the creator and their company’s management.  

When you hear the words, AI, robots, or algorithms, listen carefully and get informed.  We are now living at the speed of supercomputers.  We could lose the battle before even knowing we were in a battle!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

2020-Lefty Democrat Party, Talk About the Wrong Stuff For America!

Dem 2020 Presidential Candidates-And These Are NOT the Nuttiest!

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Welcome to the New Democrat Party.  I have been writing for years that my old Democrat Party has been hijacked by the radical, globalist, anarchist Left, hell bent on destroying the greatness of the US as we are the last bastion of hope for freedom throughout the world.  Our European ancestors have already succumbed to Leftist ideology of open borders, government control of their economies, and an ever increasing erosion of personal freedom and personal property autonomy.

The current slate of Democrat Presidential candidates espouse (compilation of current promises):

  • Reversing the 2017 Tax and Regulatory cuts and even increasing taxes way beyond Pre-2017 levels
  • Abortion on demand including post birth abortion
  • Expanding the Supreme Court and adding more liberal justices
  • Eliminate the Electoral College and elect the President based on popular vote
  • The passing of the Green New Deal (GND) (highlights below)
    • Bans affordable energy via fossil fuel production and use
    • Eliminates Nuclear Energy even though it as green as anything they propose
    • Eliminate 99% of all combustion engine automobiles and replace them with “electric” cars
    • Gut and Rebuild every building in the US and make them “green” compliant
    • Eliminate air travel and replace it with rail transportation
    • Government Guarantee of a Job for Everyone!
    • Free Education for life for all Americans, and any other nationality who wishes to walk into America
    • Government will provide healthy food to every “person” in the US
    • Government provided safe, affordable, adequate housing for everyone (like the homeless in California?)  K. Harris wants to give money for housing to persons of color and recreate the 2008 Great Recession
    • Guaranteed income for everyone including those who are unable or unwilling to work
    • Ban meat to get rid of the farting cows
  • Open Borders; decriminalization of illegal border entry
  • Government run healthcare via “Medicare” for all
  • The weakening of our military
  • Wide expansion of gun-control
  • Federal legalization of Marijuana and other illicit drugs
  • Granting more control over the US by International organizations such as the UN and the WTO
  • Kill all of Trump’s Trade deals and allow the outsourcing of our industries and jobs
  • Slavery Reparations
  • Pardoning 50% of all federal prisoners
  • Forgive all student loan debt
  • More money for teachers and public schools
  • Eliminate charter school subsidies.
  • Forced Busing to achieve desegregation of our schools

None of the candidates have any clue how to pay for these programs and most of the programs have only marginal public support.  So what?  If they win, keep the House and take back the Senate, the Left will erase the gains made by the US under Trump and FastTrack these leftist anti-American programs.  ELECTIONS DO MATTER AND THIS ONE MORE THAN MOST.

The Left “A” Squad

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If the 2020 Democrat Presidential Candidates don’t scare you to death, just consider how whacky the “Big Four Squad” of Democrats are and these women have already been elected to Congress in the 2018 Mid-Terms!  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley make up the squad and their disdain for everything American doesn’t exclude the Democrat Party.  This group actively promotes anti-Semitism, utter disdain for anyone white, promotes overt hatred for Israel, totally dismisses our history and our heritage as deeply flawed and worthless, and believes our Constitution is worthless.  In short, they represent the anarchist left-wing of the now Democrat Party.  Is this too harsh of a characterization of the Squad?  Consider the definition of an anarchist:  “a person who rebels against any authority, established order, or ruling power.”  

This group is driving the far left-wing platform of the 2020 Democrat candidates to the point Joe Biden can’t keep up!  This group is trying to overtake and pass the leftist takeover of Europe in terms of left-wing globalist policy and national identity destruction. The Squad exhibits no love for America, its values, history, or its

European Model:

I have written about the fact that Europe capitulated to this Leftist movement when they formed the European Union (EU) and wiped out national borders throughout Europe and concentrated power in the EU’s Parliament, European Council, and other such bodies.  Local national autonomy has been replaced by a super-body of like-minded globalist bureaucrats in Brussels. 

The population of the EU is 500,000,000 people with a combined GDP of $18.75 Trillion, second only to the US and $6 Trillion higher than China.  I suggest that Europe is as big a danger to the US as China or Russia but in a different way.  Europe and the US used to be considered “the West”.  Europe has basically abandoned their Western values and national boundaries and supplanted their sovereignty with semi-open borders and erased capitalism with socialism in terms of centralized control over sovereign nations and their economies.   Basically, with Germany as the strongest nation in the EU, Germany was able to consoldiate Europe without firing a shot!  I am sure Hitler is looking up from hell shaking his head!

Their risk to the US is their propensity to seek peace at all cost; an unwillingness to defend itself; and a willingness to abandon free speech and other freedoms for the “common good”.  If Europe is attacked from within or without, the US has to defend them.  At that point in time it may or may not be in our national interest but we will not have a choice, as long as their is a Pro-America President in the White House.  If we have a Leftist President, he or she will preside over what will basically be a surrender to the invading forces.  After all, it is the “Wests” fault that they were empire building slave traders who have ruined our earthly utopia! 

World War III will be much different than the last world conflagration as nuclear weapons will be in the mix and our enemies ability to micro-target civilian populations will be a deciding factor.  With heavy populations of Islamist within each of the European nations, Europe will have to fight both an external and internal enemy!

Post 2020 Democrat Presidential Victory-The American Epilogue

You can take to the bank the fact that one of the left-leaning Democrat Presidential candidates will win the Democrat primary, and the winner will most likely be female.  This will ensure that the winner is an ultra-left-wing progressive that will probably make Bernie Sanders look normal.  Further, add in the possible expansion of the Squad with more radicals who hate America,  The result is not a pretty picture!

Impact of a Left Takeover of the Government: 

  • Increasing Corporate and personal tax rates for all Americans, yes the Middle-Class will get creamed as they are needed to fund the left-wing follies, and reinstituting business/job killing regulations will reverse all of our economic gains since 2017. 
  • Effectively killing the fossil fuel industry and reverting to green energy dominance will stifle any further economic growth. 
  • Medicare-for-all will destroy the healthcare sector and destroy the well-being of American citizens. 
  • Opening the borders will bankrupt States, Counties, Cities and School Districts as they will have to shoulder the bulk of the burden to support millions of new residents who are deficient in the English language and who have little or no education.  This, at a time, when robotics are being developed to eliminate low skilled jobs.  The mass influx of poorly educated residents will strangle STEM programs that are needed to maintain our international competitiveness as educational resources will have to focus on remedial education. 
  • The open borders will eliminate any possible control over the influx of illicit drugs and human trafficking.  Our Opioid crisis will explode again accompanied by other drugs of equal or greater lethality.  
  • The bankrupting of the cities will usher in an unprecedented level of homelessness that will make our ghettoes on par with the worst third world countries. 
  • The open borders will also reintroduce heretofore erradicated diseases and infect our populations with new strains of mutated illnesses. 
  • With government takeover of healthcare, our drug industry will have fewer resources to combat these new viral and bacterial enemies. 
  • Hospitals and clinics will close do to a lack of reimbursement from the government healthcare system as we witness under Obamacare.  But, under Obamacare, 170,000,000 Americans kept their employer provide healthcare.  Imagine if all of those Americans are suddenly dumped on to the government run system…

And that does not even touch the degradation of our military and our lack of reediness to combat foreign threats.  Am I exaggerating?  Not really.  Prior to Trump being elected, 70,000 manufacturing plants closed over the past 20 years.  Job participation rates fell as more and more US citizens left the workplace.  Our dependence on foreign oil tied our hands when dealing in the Middle East and kept us captive to our own need for energy.  

So, don’t laugh too much at the nutty rhetoric and programs that are hitting the airwaves from the Candidates or currently elected Democrats like from the Squad.  These people are 100% backed by the majority of the Main Stream Media who will spin bankruptcy into economic security and the killing of born alive babies into healthcare.  Oh, I forgot, they already do!

Better think hard about your vote in 2020…  A wrong vote and the die will be cast that cannot be reversed…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institutions_of_the_European_Union

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(nominal)

https://thefederalist.com/2019/02/07/ten-most-insane-requirements-green-new-deal

With Iran Sabre Rattling, 7 RINOs Block Trump’s Arm Sales to Our Middle East Allies

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These are the Seven Anti-Trump Middle-East Policy Senators who Voted to Kill Trump’s Arms deal with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates:

  • Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins
  • South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham
  • Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee
  • Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran
  • Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski
  • Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul
  • Indiana Republican Sen. Todd Young

This deal would give US companies $8 Billion in sales while standing-up these Middle-Eastern countries with the arms they need to allow the US to step back from direct conflicts in the region.  Most of these same Senators agree with the President’s Middle-East policy of having our allies in the region police their own region with logistics and intelligence support.  But, when it came down to providing those nations with the arms to actually put that policy into practice, they abandoned the President.  Why?

Here are a couple of the “reasons”:

  • Graham blamed Saudi alleged involvement in the death of the Muslim Brotherhood mouthpiece Jamal Khashoggi as one of the reasons he dissented.
  • Libertarian Rand Paul stated on the Senate floor in a speech;  “Do I want someone representing me to who is selling arms to people who hate our country?  Do I want to have people representing me who continue to flood the Middle East with Arms?”

Collins, Murkowski, Moran, Lee and Young have always been Luke-warm supporters of the President on a number of issues.  They veiled their opposition to the arms deal as a protest against the President as he had invoked emergency powers, that the Congress had given to the Presidency, to bypass a 30 day review process, read tongue wagging contest in Congress, in order to expedite he deal. 

They had also protested Saudi involvement in Yemen which is a proxy war being waged by Iran!  Iran is the very Shia State Sponsor of Terror in the region that this arms deal is trying to stop!  The President had spelled this policy out his  Middle-East Proxy policy in 2017.  This arms deal with Saudi Arabia is only a small part of the $110 Billion arms deal that Trump signed with Saudi Arabia in May of this year.  This was no surprise.

So, do we as a nation want to continue to engage in wars that last 20 years with no resolution?  Do we as a nation want to send our young women and men into harms way where we have only a moderate degree of national interest?  Do we as a nation want to spend Trillions of dollars on wars in the Middle-East that only serves to feed terror leaders new recruits as they see our flag as a symbol of hatred towards Muslims?

Ask yourself, have any of these Senators, or members of the House of Representatives, actually put forth a viable policy for the Middle-East?  Have any of them actually defined any real objection to Trump’s Middle East Policy?  The answer is NO!

Write these clowns and tell them to get behind a foreign policy that saves the lives of our young women and men; saves our nation trillions of dollars; and stops breeding hatred towards the US for interfering directly in the Middle-East.  You have to wonder why we keep paying for Congress for absolutely no benefit.

Thank God Trump will Veto their attempts to block this sale and thwart his Middle-East Policy.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

https://dailycaller.com/2019/06/20/7-republicans-block-trump-saudi-arabia-arms-sale/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/senate-votes-to-block-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-despite-trump-veto-threat/

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/449511-senate-votes-to-block-trumps-saudi-arms-sale

Trump Showdown with RINO Senators, AGAIN!

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Republicans in Congress have been a COMPLETE failure when it comes to securing our Southern Border.  They cannot blame the Democrats for the Republican’s failure to secure our border.  From 2017-2018, Republicans held the House, Senate and the White House.  Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell promised President Trump over, and over, and over again!  But failed to deliver the President’s proposed immigration reforms and failed to substantially fund the President’s border wall requests.  Why, THE CONGRESSIONAL RINOS ARE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE, AND THEIR BIG BUSINESS CONSTITUENTS.

Now, these same worthless, so-called pro-national security morons are railing against the President’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexico if that country does not step up, enforce its own immigration laws, and prevent thousands of illegal immigrants and bogus asylum seekers from flooding our Southern border.  These are the same morons that have failed the American People time and time again by not passing needed immigration reforms.  When the President declared a NATIONAL EMERGENCY at the Southern Border a month or so ago, THESE SAME MORONS FORCED THE PRESIDENT TO USE A VETO TO KEEP HIS DECLARATION IN FORCE!   

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Just to be MORONICALLY CONSISTANT, these same RINO Senators are opposing the President’s emergency declaration to allow the US to expedite arms shipments to Jordon, the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the face of eminent threats from Iran against our Middle East bases and our allies in the region.  

So, “our” RINO Senators and some House members are not only allowing the US to be INVADED by illegal aliens, from all over the world, at our Southern Border, they are also aiding and abetting Iran, who constantly chant “Death to America and Death to Israel”, by not allowing the President to complete arms sales to our regional allies, who oppose Iran, as he has proposed for the past two years. 

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These phony Senators, including Lindsay Graham, have no problem not doing their job time and time again in the Senate, but want to thwart our abilities to defend ourselves via our regional allies.  

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The President published his Middle East foreign policy months ago and it is based on having our Middle East Allies stand up and defend the Region themselves.  This policy called for arming our key allies, Egypt, the UAE, Jordon, Saudi Arabia and others.  The President believes that our spending $7+ Trillion dollars prosecuting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq not only drained our treasure, but needlessly cost the lives of thousands of our brave men and women in our military.  But equally as detrimental to the US, the President believes that these wars confirmed to Islamist that the US was hell bent on keeping our boot on the throat of the Muslim nations and their citizens.  These wars gave radical Islamist and Iranian Shia militants propaganda “bullets” to whip up hatred of the US and our ally Israel!  Now, the Left, their Media, and “our” RINOS in Congress are standing against rolling back decades of planting our Flag on Middle East soil and fueling anti-US sentiment!

2020 At Stake!

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The “Republican Party” better damn well wake up now!  Former House Speaker Paul Ryan held onto his speakership in 2018, convinced 40 Republicans to “retire” (read go to work for lobbyist for big bucks), and gave the House of Representatives back to Nancy Pelosi to make sure Trump could not advance his agenda legislatively!  Now, the Anti-Trump assault is being led by RINO Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and McCain’s acolyte Lindsay Graham!  

These Anti-Trump assaults by RINOs only serve to add fuel to the impeachment efforts led by the left and their media.  They think they will retain their own power and maybe knock President Trump out of office.  Trump is holding the RINOs accountable and have been forcing this lightweights to actually work!

McConnell and Graham are up for reelection in 2020 and need to hear from you now!  The “Republican Party” is now Trump’s Party and these reprobates will not take it back from Trump.  But, their efforts could give the Senate to the Dems and allow Pelosi to keep control of the House.  Don’t sit on your hands, STAND UP!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tips

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/06/05/saudi-arms-sale-bipartisan-senators-including-graham-rebuke-trump/1350645001/

Healthcare Coverage in the US-FACTS, Not FICTION

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The left-wing Democrats and its media are pushing “Medicare For All”.  Their media continues to ask a meaningless question, “Is Healthcare a Priority for You” in order to help push the left-wing agenda.  Of course healthcare will rank high on everyone’s list of priorities as next to eating we all care about quality healthcare.  At some point maybe this media will asked follow-up questions as to WHY healthcare is a priority.  More on this later.

Obamacare and Healthcare Fallacies

Obamacare:  Assuming the US population in 2019 is 329,000,000, only 8,500,000 or 2.5% of the entire US population relies on OBAMACARE for its healthcare insurance.  To hear the media rant, you would think that the entire US population was on Obamacare and Obamacare was poor coverage due to President Trump’s ineptitude.

The Real US Health Insurance Numbers:

I am using data from an analysis of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) by the Kaiser Family Foundation, not a right-wing organization.  Their data lists the following coverage totals by coverage types:  (for definitions of healthcare coverage, details are provided at the bottom of this article.

  • Employer Provided Healthcare:  156,199,000,  49%
  • Non-Group Covered:  20,525,000, 7%
  • Medicaid:  65,152,400, 21%
  • Medicare:  42,802,800, 14%
  • Other Public Coverage (VA & Military):  4,588,200, 1%
  • Uninsured, 27,753,700, 9%
  • Obamacare included in one of the categories above is 8,500,000 or 2.5% of the total.

Medicare for All or Medicare for No One?

It is important to note that out of the 65,152,400 senior citizens, over 20,000,000 million of us old folks purchase Medicare Advantage type of supplemental insurance.  The basic Medicare Part A pretty much sucks.  Without the supplemental coverage, we would face high deductibles, co-pays, and limited coverages, much the same as Obamacare. 

That said, SENIORS ON MEDICARE MUST WAKE UP AND UNDERSTAND THAT MEDICARE FOR ALL MEANS AN END TO MEDICARE AS YOU KNOW IT AND CERTAINLY AN END TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND MEDICARE PART D DRUG COVERAGE! 

So, all of those premiums you have paid in out of your paycheck are, POOF, gone!  You will be in the big ugly pot along with everyone else. 

Plus, since Seniors are the largest consumers of healthcare, just how long do you think it will take the left to start cutting back on senior care!  Euthanasia anyone?  If babies don’t matter to the left, 

Employer Provided Healthcare & Military Tri-Care and VA Care

Also on the chopping block with “Medicare for All”, are the very good, in the vast majority of cases, Employer provided healthcare for employees.  The employers would be happy to offload this large personnel cost to the taxpayers.  But, the left will be ready, willing and able to raise corporate taxes in order to pay for these shifts in coverage.  Once again, the US will have the highest corporate taxes in the industrialized world. 

The worst part is that the employees will give up a benefit that will be reduced to low-level care.  Most of the employer and union paid healthcare plans were deemed “Cadillac” plans under Obamacare!  Guess what, get ready for “scooter” coverage.   Wait until this is presented to the Unions.  They will scream and demand a cut-out for their members as they did with Obamacare.  The Left will exempt them as they will exempt Congress and the vast DC swamp!  Public Federal, State and local employees who thought they would retire with healthcare coverage will be merged into the pot as well.

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Next on the chopping block is Tri-Care and most likely VA care that we had promised to be available to our soldiers and veterans.  The VA would survive for a while but its costs have grown exponentially and will become more of a drag on overall healthcare costs.

You can’t add 3 Trillion dollars in spending without significant cuts and significant tax increases.  Also, for those in the lower-income levels who think they will be exempt from tax increases, think again.  There are not enough rich people and corporations to support a 6 Trillion dollar annual budget!  The lower middle and middle class will have to bear the brunt of the tax load just due to their sheer numbers. 

With today’s population, EVERY man, woman and child in the US would have to pay an additional $6,029 in Federal taxes just to cover “Medicare for All”.

How About A Real Healthcare Discussion

It is time for we peons to have a real discussion regarding healthcare.  Those of us on Medicare today, with a supplemental plan, are fairly happy with our healthcare insurance and the care we receive.  But, that will be gone.  It is time to be honest with each other as we know our politicians, on both sides of the swamp, will never be honest with us.  Why?  POLITICIANS, THEIR STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES WILL NEVER BE ON OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM!

A Few Key Question that need to be addressed:

  1. Which Health Insurance Group are you?
    1. Employer supplied health insurance
    2. Medicaid Insurance
    3. Medicare Insurance
    4. Medicare w/Supplemental
    5. TriCare
    6. VA
    7. Non-Group Plan
    8. Obamacare
    9. Uninsured/Self Insured
  2. Are you satisfied with your coverage overall?
  3. Are you satisfied with your Deductible?
  4. Are you satisfied with your Co-Pay?
  5. Are you satisfied with your healthcare provider network?
  6. Have you had a need for major, catastrophic healthcare coverage?
    1. Were you satisfied with your insurance coverage?
    2. Were you satisfied with the amount you had to pay?
    3. Were you satisfied with your choice of healthcare providers?

There are other questions that should be included but you can see that just asking if Healthcare is a priority is really dumb!  IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE EXTENT OF A PROBLEM YOU CAN NEVER SOLVE THE PROBLEM! 

Remember, Politicians grab power by Federalizing functions!  They are not interested in solving your problems.  Just interested in solving their problem, “How do we grab more power and control over the citizens!”  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Insurance Coverage Definitions:

Medicaid: Includes those covered by Medicaid, Medical Assistance, Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) or any kind of government-assistance plan for those with low incomes or a disability, as well as those who have both Medicaid and another type of coverage, such as dual eligible who are also covered by Medicare.

Medicare: Includes those covered by Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and those who have Medicare and another type of non-Medicaid coverage where Medicare appears to be the primary payer. Excludes seniors who also report employer-sponsored coverage and full-time work, and those covered by Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligible).

Employer: Includes those covered through a current or former employer or union, either as policyholder or as dependent

Other Public: Includes those covered under the military or Veterans Administration

Non-Group: Includes those covered by a policy purchased directly from an insurance company, either as policyholder or as dependent

Uninsured: Includes those without health insurance and those who have coverage under the Indian Health Service only.

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Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population

Total Number of Medicare Beneficiaries

Population Of USA 2019

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/obamacare-enrollment-drops-for-2019-122018.html

 

 

Is Treason Against the US or a Lack of Conscience Scarier?

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Nellie Ohr testified last October that,

“I would probably have been less comfortable doing opposition research that would have gone against Hillary Clinton.”  “Because I favored Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate.”  

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Remember, Nellie Ohr’s husband was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General (#4 at the DOJ) at the time she worked for Fusion GPS and created “operation research” against Donald Trump and his 2016 Presidential campaign.  She and her DOJ hubby met with the Russian Dossier creator Christopher Steele (former UK MI6 operative) on July 30,2016, 3 months and a few days prior to the 2016 Election.  Nellie worked directly for Glenn Simpson, the head of Fusion GPS.  Her “research”, along with the Russian Dossier was passed to her DOJ husband who in turn gave it to the FBI.  It is assumed that the same information was passed to the Clinton campaign and per Lisa Page’s text to Peter Strzok on August 2, 2016, to Obama.  Her text read, “POTUS wants to know everything we are doing”.  

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The Russian Dossier has now been identified as the primary source of “evidence” to a FISA court to justify the wiretapping of the Trump Campaign through taps on Carter Page.  This lie, became the linchpin of the entire Russian Hoax against President Trump before and after his election. 

Before the election, this effort was a seditious effort to obstruct and interfere with a presidential election and after, Treason to conspire with a foreign government (Russia and perhaps Ukraine)  to overthrow the US Government by removing a duly elected president.

Other Conspirators

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Intelligence Services Complicity:  The head of the Obama CIA, John Brennan legitimized the dossier by including it in a security briefing to President Obama which ultimately ended up being briefed to Donald Trump.  It is unclear the role James Clapper played in the dossier conspiracy but his support for Brennan suggests at least conspiratorial support to defame Trump. 

DOH/FBI Complicity:  Then the DOJ, presumably under the nose of eyes of Loretta Lynch, Obama’s Attorney General, and the FBI under James Comey, kicked things into a higher gear.  The DOJ/FBI had been performing a covert counter-intelligence investigation of Trump and his campaign.  The dossier and its submission as evidence to the FISA court and the granting of wiretapping of Carter Page and the Trump Campaign allowed the leaders of the Trump insurrection to generate leaks to key media lackeys and to cast aspersion against the legitimacy of the fledging Trump Presidency.

OK, let’s get real. 

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Since the CIA, DIA, NSA,  the National Security Advisor, the DOJ, and the FBI were involved in the conspiracy, with all of the covert tools to monitor every single move, phone call, text message, and email that Trump and his team would make or even think of making, did not know that the Trump team had NOT conspired to collude with the Russians, I’ll sell you the London Bridge!  This was a straightforward case of falsifying evidence against a candidate and then the President of the United States in order to overthrow a Constitutionally elected President of the United States with the help of foreign powers.

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Did Anyone involved Ask If These Seditious and Treasonous Acts Were Legal, Much Less Moral?

It is more likely that this conspiracy to defame Trump, elect Clinton, then impeach Trump, was know all the way to President Obama.  It is also 99.9% probable that Carter Page was only one of many of the Trump campaign supporter.  Remember that Obama’s UN Ambassador requested over 200 Trump people to be unmasked on surveillance recordings, texts or emails.  Why would a UN Ambassador need to do this?  Since the DOJ and the FBI had most of its top Washington DC management, all the way to the director levels, involved with the dossier and the counter-intelligence investigation of Trump, the Obama AG, Loretta Lynch had to be in the loop.  

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Did anyone in the Obama Administration or the Clinton Campaign even stop to think that these activities against a Presidential Candidate was ethical? Moral? much less LEGAL?  

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The scariest part of this horrible, despicable dark plot to subvert our nation is that there was no moral compass to guide any of these involved from presumably the President himself (Obama), his administration, members of the Democrat Congressional Caucus, the intelligence and Justice departments and willing accomplices in the media.  The next question is that since we cannot rely on our leaders, who swore an allegiance to the US Constitution to uphold their oath, how can we stop this from happening again? 

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One thing for sure, we better figure this out and prevent it from happening again! 

 

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RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/28/nellie-ohr-favored-hillary-clinton/

Illegal Immigration & National Debt Killing the American Dream

 

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Why discuss Illegal Immigration and the National Debt together?  The two topics are an excellent juxtaposition of emotion driven bad policies that lead to a lowering of overall freedom, the lowering of the standard of living for those the government is supposed to serve, and the eventual takeover of government by the government and its elites.  Make no mistake, illegal immigration and the national debt are both primary tools in the socialist toolbox. 

You can’t “Fundamentally Transform” this Nation without Destroying its Social and Economic Foundations First!

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Costs of Illegal Immigration

Trying to determine the actual costs of illegal immigration is as difficult as trying to determine how many illegal aliens (IA) are in the United States at any one time. The  conservative Federation for American Immigration Reform pegs the IA population at 12.5 million while other alternative sources put the number much higher, 20-30 million.  Wikipedia estimates that the IA population could be as high as 20 Million.  12.5M seems to be conservative and is quoted by the left and right.  But, if the population is 20 million, then the overall net costs could be higher.

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But, in the past two years, we have seen a dramatic shift in the make-up of illegal immigration at our Southern border and this shift is adding even higher costs to the processing and care of the new illegal immigration population.  Historically, most of the illegal immigrants came from Mexico into the US.  Some sought to stay here permanently while others came on a seasonal basis for seasonal work.  Today, the majority of illegal immigrants are seeking asylum and are coming out of Central America and consist of family units or unaccompanied minors.  

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This shift puts a tremendous new burden on our Customs and Border Patrol, Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies.  Care of minors and family units requires extensive healthcare services as well as investigative services to ensure that the adults with the children are actually the parents or guardians of the children.  Today, there are over 2,000 IA who have been detained at the border are now quarantined as they have infectious diseases such as mumps, chicken pox, and other diseases that have been pretty much eradicated in the US.  IA net costs estimates do not include any costs for treating US citizens who have been infected due to contacts with IA and their children.

Net Immigration Costs-12.5M IA

That said, lets assume that the 2018 costs of illegal immigrants entering and living in the US is still indicative of today’s 2019 costs.  At a high level, there are a number of cost components that are provided by the Federal Government then by State and Local Governments.  (The percentage shown next to the cost is the % of the Federal Government Spending ($4.1TT) less Social Security and Medicare ($1.63T) or $2.47T total spending)

  • Federal Costs of Illegal Aliens: $45.8B (1.85%)
    • Federal Education-$1.6B
    • Federal Medical Costs-$17.1B
    • Federal Justice Expenditures-$13.1B
    • Federal Welfare Programs-$5.8B
      • Meals in Schools-$1.003B
      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance-$1.96B
      • Women, Infants and Children Care-$1.098B
      • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-$1.785B
    • Federal Tax Receipts (all taxes) From Illegal Aliens-$22.1B
    • Net Federal Costs from Illegal Aliens: $30.4B (1.23%)
  • State and Local Costs of Illegal Immigrants:  $88B
    • State Educational Expenditures;  $44.4B
    • State Medical Expenditures:  $12.1B
    • State Justice Expenditures: $10.8B
    • State Welfare Expenditures: $2.9B
    • State Taxes Collected (All taxes) from Illegal Aliens: $3.5B
    • Net State and Local Costs from Illegal Aliens:  $85B
  • Net Federal, State and Local Impact of Illegal Aliens:  $115.4B (4.7%) (Note 1)

Hidden Costs of Illegal Immigration

There are many other costs that are not quantified such as those associated with having to provide an extensive Multi-Lingual components to our overall education system due to IA children.  Increased medical costs to citizens as a result of formerly eradicated diseases being reintroduced into our general population.  With over 12M IAs willing to work for low wages, what is the cost to our economy and to our workers for IAs artificially depressing our wages?    Well, assuming IA keeps lower incomes depressed by $3.00/hour, and there are 12M illegal aliens in the workplace, this would decrease overall wages and our GDP by $74,880,000,000.  Yes, that is BILLIONS.  Adding this to the net cost of supporting IA you are almost to $200B Per Year! No wonder the left want to artificially set the minimum wage to $15.00/hr!

The other cost is that of law enforcement.  Open border supporters state falsely that ‘immigrants” commit less crime that do US Citizens.  This is false narrative as they add legal immigrants with the illegal immigrant numbers; do not include crimes such as document fraud, fraudulently applying for government benefits, drug offenses and offenses committed in sanctuary cities that are ignored altogether.  

The bottom line is that illegal immigrants are 3 times more likely to commit a crime than a US Citizens and lawfully present aliens.  

Negative Impact of Illegal Immigration

One key takeaway is that IAs do NOT contribute to the US economy and are actually a negative in terms of cash flow in the amount of $115,400,000,000 per year!  That is equal to about $375 per year for every citizen, men, women and children in the US! 

President Trump submitted a Budget for the Veterans Affairs Department for 2019 in the amount of $198,000,000,000.  The IA net costs if eliminated would pay for over half of the VA costs! 

In spite of what you hear to the contrary, IAs receive the following services from the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT today.  This does NOT include the services that they receive from State and Local governments that are over and above these Federal services:

  • They receive $943,200,000 for Primary and Secondary Education Support;
  • They receive $541,694,040 for LEP-Limited English Proficiency Title III support;
  • They receive $206,140,000 for Migrant Schooling Title IC support.
  • They receive $$8,200,000,000 in Uncompensated Hospital Expenditure costs;
  • They receive $1,242,990,372 for Medicaid Births (children are automatically US citizens)
  • Their healthcare contributes $3,458,475,000 to Medicaid Fraud.
  •  They receive $4,234,129,200 in Medicaid for US Born Kids of Illegal aliens. (children are automatically US citizens)
  • They add $1,240,000,000 to our Federal Incarceration costs.
  • They add $3,218,000,000 to our Enforcement and Removal Costs.
  • They add $5,968,729,360 to our Customs and Border Protection costs (much could be eliminated with a wall.)
  • They add $1,126,840,000 to Other ICE operations.
  • They add $210,000,000 to our State Criminal Alien Assistance Program.
  • They add $168,120,000 to our Executive Office for Immigration Review.
  • They add $1,200,000,000 to our Alien Minor program.
  • They add $16,920,000 to our Byrne Grant Program (note 1)
  • They add $1,003,000,000 to our Meals in Schools.
  • They add $1,963,416,000 to our Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (SNAP)
  • They add $1,097,829,360 to the Women Infants and Children program.
  • They add $1,785,000,000 to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Illegal immigration is expensive and a drag on our economy in terms of costs and just as important, it is a drag on the wages of our low-end wage earners who struggle to make ends meet ($75B/yr).  Illegal immigrants do not pay their way and are a drag on our economy in terms of depressing wages, lowering our GDP, adding to our national debt, and endangering our citizens with higher per capital violent crime rates than that of US citizens.

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Our National Debt Crisis

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Most American taxpayers complain about taxes in all forms while glossing over the US National Debt and its potential impact on their lives.  Today, we, you and me, are on the hook for over $22 Trillion in debt and each man, woman and child in the US owes over $67,000 of this debt!  The annual interest for 2019 on the debt is $363 Billion which is almost 8% of the total Federal Budget for 2019!  With $363 Billion, you could fund about 50% of the military; or, you could fund 62% of Medicare; or, you could fund 39% of Social Security; or, you could fund the Entire Discretionary Spending for the 2020 Presidential budget for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, and Labor!  So, interest expense isn’t cheap!  

Separate Out Social Security and Medicare From the US Government Budget!

The Federal Budget is so convoluted that it is incomprehensible to the average person, even those with an accounting degree.  In order to “simplify” the Federal Budget, we should separate those programs that are supported by taxpayer contributions into their own “accounts” as you would in business.  The two largest, Social Security and Medicare should be separated and any program, such as Social Security Disability, should be moved out of Social Security and into a safety net group of benefits that would include Medicaid, SS Disability, CHIP, ACA and other marketplace subsidies, and all forms of welfare including SNAP (food stamps).  SOCIAL SECURITY, BY LAW CANNOT EVER ADD TO THE NATIONAL DEBT, PERIOD!  MEDICARE CAN.

By separating these two programs out of the Central Federal Budget citizens will be able to see and monitor of these two large programs, including any shortfall in funding they may experience.  IF YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE A PROBLEM, YOU CAN FIX IT! 

Another benefit would be to see and understand that the Social Security Fund holds 50% of the US Intergovernmental debt totaling over $3 Trillion dollarsThe Medicare Fund holds over 3% or $184,800,000,000 of US Intergovernmental securities.  In other words, your funds are LOANING money, at a ridiculously low rate to the Federal Government in order for it to operate!  The reader should understand that by law the Social Security and Medicare trustees can only invest in low yielding US treasury securities.  They are not allowed to invest in the US economy in lets say the S&P 500 that yields orders of magnitude times that of the US securities.   For example.  In 1928 you invested $100 each in the S&P 500, 3 Month T-Bills, and 10 Year Treasury Bonds.  In 2018, They would be worth:  (Note 3)

      • S&P 500:  $382,850 (minus my $100 investment)
      • 3 Month T-Bill:  $2,063 (minus my $100 investment)
      • 10 Year Treasury Bond: $7,308 (minus my $100 investment)

It is easy to see that by restricting the Social Security and Medicare trust funds to the 10 Year Treasury Bonds we are getting screwed big time in terms of return on investments.  I was born in 1945 and if we look at these same funds today, they would have a present value of:

  • S&P 500:  $382,624 (minus my $100 investment)
  • 3 Month T-Bill:  $1,944 (minus my $100 investment)
  • 10 Year Treasury Bond: $7,129 (minus my $100 investment)

Politicians are Lying to You!

Your politicians, especially on the Progressive-Left but also many conservatives, tell you that it is too risky to invest in our economy!  The amounts shown above include the past 90 years and also include the Great Depression, many recessions including the 2008 Great Recession!  Even including those catastrophic financial meltdowns, the S&P 500 went from our $100 investment to $382,850!  Rather than projecting that Social Security and Medicare funds would be depleted by 2030, those funds would be secure into the next century if even 50% of the money had been invested in the S&P 500!  Heaven forbid if we actually saw an increase in the Social Security benefits! 

The other benefit would be that the Social Security and Medicare funds could FUND OR RETIRE THE ENTIRE US DEBT! 

Back to the Budget and the National Debt

OK, let’s remove Social Security and Medicare out of the President’s FY 2020 Budget and see where we are.  (We are using the President’s budget as it is the latest indicator we have for revenue and spending.  BUT, with a Democrat House, the spending numbers for social programs are going to be lobbied for increases.)

      • 2020 Expenditures-$4.746T
        • 2020 Social Security ($1.102T)
        • 2020 Medicare ($.679T)
      • Net 2020 Budget Expenditures ($2.965T)
      • 2020 Revenue-$3.645T
        • 2020 Social Security Revenue: ($.949T)
        • 2020 Medicare Revenue:  ($.289T)
      • Net 2020 Budget Revenue: ($2.407T)
      • 2020 Deficit Less SS and Medicare ($.558T)
      • 2020 Deficit With SS and Medicare ($1.101T) Note 4

Remember, both Social Security and Medicare are still projected to be solvent per current funding through 2030.  Social Security by law CANNOT add to the National Debt.

So, what is left in the budget?

  • Discretionary Spending
    • Defense Spending:  $726B
    • Non-Defense Spending:  $700B
  • Total Discretionary Spending:  $1.426T
  • Mandatory Programs (Less SS & Medicare)
    • Medicaid, ACA & other Subsidies:  $418B
    • Basic Health Exch. Subsidies:  $50B
    • Other Mandatory Programs:  $587B
    • Infrastructure Allowance:  $5B
    • Interest:  $479B
  • Total Mandatory (Less SS & Medicare): $1.539T
  • Total Spending:  $2.965T
  • Total Receipts (Less SS & Medicare):  ($2.407T)
  • Total Deficit:  ($558T)

Discretionary Spending:

It is easy to understand that the first bucket is Defense Spending.  President Trump’s budget calls for $726 Billion to be spent on the military FY 2020.  But what is the Non-Defense spending that is $700 Billion?   Well, this is the cost to run the government and includes treasury, education, VA, etc..  It is basically the entire non-military executive branch operating costs. 

The President’s budget includes cuts to every executive department while taking money out of the Corps of Engineers and the DHS for additional wall funding.  Congress fought President Trump in the last two fiscal years against his CUTTING the cost of government via cutting non-defense discretionary spending.  There are tons of fat in the executive bureaucracy, and even whole departments that could be eliminated, but until we get a fiscally conservative Congress the President will have to do the best he can.

Mandatory Spending Programs (Not Including Social Security & Medicare):

This grouping adds $1.539 Trillion in spending to the budget.  The description, “Mandatory” is a bit misleading as the definition is spending that Congress legislates outside of the annual appropriations process, usually less than once a year In short, these programs are mainly on auto-pilot with automatic increase triggers of 6-8% Per year!  So when you hear that the President is “cutting” some of this spending, he is actually asking for a REDUCTION IN THE PERCENT INCREASE IN SPENDING.  THE ACTUAL DOLLARS ARE INCREASED! 

Below is a chart of all Mandatory Spending including Social Security and Medicare to help you visualize what is included from 2015.  Most of the non revenue generating healthcare amount shown, $985.7 billion, is for Medicaid.  Food and agriculture is included in this protected group as this department administers Food Stamps (SNAP).  Also included is the cost for the VA, Federal Unemployment, transportation and federal employee benefits.

Deficit Reduction:

2% Plan:  So, how can we eliminate the $558 Billion dollar Discretionary & Mandatory Spending Deficits Spending and start paying down the deficit?  President has included in the 2020 budget is “two-penny” plan where all spending would be cut by 2% except for the military, Social Security and Medicare.  The goal is to eliminate deficit spending within 5-7 years through budget cuts and economic growth.  Once deficit spending turns positive, then the deficit will start to shrink.  

Welfare Reform:  All Welfare programs, Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP etc.,  need to be streamlined and simplified under a single agency to eliminate duplication and abuse.  Many estimates point to $200B in waste and fraud alone in these programs.

Stop Illegal Immigration:  Build the wall, eliminate chain immigration, Visa Lotteries, open amnesty laws, make E-Verify mandatory and with stiff penalties, deport Visa overstays, and make it illegal for illegal aliens to receive any welfare assistance.  By eliminating the costs of illegal immigration discussed at the top of this article, we can save an additional $200B and provide decent wage increases for entry-level positions and add to our GDP.

Eliminate Department Overlap:  Eliminate Wasteful or Duplicate Federal Department Functions:  The department of Energy, Education, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Interior, Agriculture and others can be streamlined and in some cases folded into another agency.  Most function as grant administrators rather than perform an actual function or add to the overall output of our economy.  Energy, Agriculture and Interior have a lot of synergy and could be combined;  Labor and Education are synergistic by their very nature.  

There are many more cost saving measures that can be undertaken but it will take a fiscally conservative Congress to work with the President to accomplish them.  The current crop of socialist that are overtaking the Democrat Party are not going to sit by and watch this happen quietly!

Add US Economy Investments to Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds:  

Open both funds so the administrators can start investing some of the revenue and surplus into market securities such as the S&P 500.  Gradually allow a percentage of market securities to be included to perhaps a cap of 50%.  This would allow for the 10 year treasury bonds to provide somewhat a buffer in the event of a prolonged market downturn.  But, even during the Depression, the 10 year bonds did not do any better than market securities.  

This move would allow Social Security and Medicare to become self-funding in perpetuity.  Medicare does need some streamlining and cost cutting but the current administration is already addressing much of this and their moves will lower healthcare costs overall to the US consumer.  Just think, instead of your “$100 investment” in 10 Year Treasuries being worth $7,308 over the past 90 years, you could have added $191,275 to your $100 investment! (50% investments in the S&P 500).  Politicians will screw this one up big time!

Conclusions:

The crisis at the border is not only a current immigration, asylum, humanitarian, health and crime issue, it is a long-term economic and social crisis.  The costs and the wage depression impacts are unsustainable to say the least.  The very core social fabric is at risk as well as our historical norms and mores.  Eventually the costs and wage depression associated with illegal immigration will swell to $500,000,000,000 if current levels of illegal entry are not checked substantially.

The national debt is real and it is important.  It is also too much for the current Congress to deal with.  Without a fiscally conservative, gutsy group of men and women in Congress they will keep kicking the ball down the field and ignoring the debt.  You should know that without doing much of anything, the annual federal spending will rise at 6-8% per year as the Congress has basically put the budget process on auto-pilot!  The President’s “2-Cent” plan does not have a chance in this 116th Congress as the House Democrats will block it and the Mitch McConnell wimpy RINOs don’t have the stomach for a fight that is truly for the soul of this country.

2020 is right around the corner.  All this can be solved by your vote for fiscally conservative politicians…

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Note 1:  Federal Spending used much of the State and local spending for these programs originate with the Federal Government.

Note 2: The Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grant Program or the Byrne Formula Grant Program is a federal grant provided to states from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) division. This grant aims to help law enforcement agencies enforce and strengthen local and state laws designed for serious offenders or violent criminals. 

Note 3: Link to Investment Table Comparisons:  http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/New_Home_Page/datafile/histretSP.html

Note 4:  Some SS and Medicare revenue and expenditures include non core outlays for disability and other welfare expenditures.

Hat Tips

https://cis.org/

https://www.fairus.org/issue/publications-resources/fiscal-burden-illegal-immigration-united-states-taxpayers

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-outbreaks/more-than-2000-migrants-quarantined-in-u-s-detention-centers-due-to-disease-outbreaks-idUSKBN1QR0EW

http://fairus.org/issue/illegal-immigration/scaap-data-suggest-illegal-aliens-commit-crime-much-higher-rate-citizens

http://www.usdebtclock.org/#

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_spending_in_the_United_States

https://www.thebalance.com/who-owns-the-u-s-national-debt-3306124

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/New_Home_Page/datafile/histretSP.html

https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/042415/what-average-annual-return-sp-500.asp

 

Trump Border Wall National Emergency Declaration-The Facts!

Congress Doth Protest To Much!

Confused by all of the so-called legal analysts on TV, including the sour grapes Judge Napolitano on Fox, (Napolitano apparently is holding a grudge as Trump picked Kavanagh over him) regarding the possible Emergency Declaration by President Trump to fund and build-out the wall on the Southern Border?  Then you get to listen to all of the Congress men and women, who know virtually nothing about federal law and the US Constitution (scary thought), say that Trump would be setting bad precedent, and the funding and build-out of the border wall is solely within the power of Congress or that this action by the President would be met with lawsuits and is a “fool’s errand”.

Is The Southern Border Illegal Immigration a Crisis?”

To hear the Democrats, Left-Wing-Media, RINOs and others, the Southern Border is just fine and while the murdering of a US residents by an illegal alien is “tragic”, it does not add to the designation of the border situation being  a CRISIS.  Recently, I posted an article “Why a Border Wall is ABSOLUTELY Necessary”, Link: https://wp.me/pY51c-1f5.  Some of the justifications that I cited included date published by DHS for 2017-2018:

Drug Smuggling:  Methamphetamines:  38% Increase; Heroin (Opioids):  22% Increase; Fentanyl:  73% Increase

Drug Smuggling Seizures by Border Patrol: 282,000 Lbs. Cocaine; 248,000 Lbs. Methamphetamines; 6,500 Lbs. Heroin (opioids); 2,400 Lbs. Fentanyl; 7,000,000 Lbs. Narcotics Seized In Total In 2018

Terrorists, Gangs, and Criminals Arrested: 3,755 Known Terrorists; 6,000 Gang Members; 17,000 Adults with Existing Criminal Records; Criminal Organizations Make $2.5 Billion in Profit Each Year from Migrant Smuggling!

Rise in Vulnerable Populations Overwhelming Resources: 60,000 Unaccompanied Children-Increase of 25%; 161,000 Family “Units”-Increase pf 59%; 2,000% Increase in Asylum Claims even though 72% do not qualify for Asylum! Over 2,000 Persons Per Day (730,000/yr annualized) are Captured at the Border.  These cannot be deported because of “Catch and Release”.

Depth of Humanitarian Crisis at Southern Border: 50 Migrants/Day Referred to Medical Providers; 4,300/Yr People in Distress Rescued by CBP; 31% of Women Sexually Assaulted on Journey; 17% of Men Sexually Assaulted on Journey; 70% of Migrants Traveling are Victims of Violence.

If all of the so-called experts do not think that we have a genuine Crisis at the Southern Border, then consider some of the Emergency Declarations that are STILL ACTIVE that have been declared by Presidents since Jimmy Carter and none, to my knowledge were ever challenged seriously by Congress or challenged in court by so-called aggrieved parties.  (For a total list of active declarations, scroll down to bottom of this article)

Presidential Authority to Declare a National Emergency Via the National Emergencies Act of 1974

Congress, yes those petulant morons that appear on TV every minute decrying Trump’s illegal and unconstitutional actions, GRANTED BROAD POWERS to the President Under the National Emergencies Act of 1976.  According to Elizabeth Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, the President has broad powers as she stated:  “So if he can really just sign his name to a piece of paper, whether it is a real emergency or not, that creates a state of emergency that gives him access to these special powers that are contained in more than 100 different provisions of law that Congress has passed over the years.”  Further she stated, “Congress chose not to put any substantial or really any barriers on the president’s ability to declare a national emergency.”

So, Congress has an “Aw Shi#” moment.  Their original law granting the President far-reaching emergency powers included the provision that the House could pass a resolution by simple majority and the Senate could affirm the resolution by simple majority and the President COULD NOT VETO THE RESOLUTION DECLARING HIS EMERGENCY DECLARATION AS VOIDTo bad for Congress, the pesty Supreme Court ruled in 1984 that the President had CONSTITUTIONAL powers to veto any Congressional Legislation, including this act, and that Congress could only THWART THE VETO BY A 2/3rds VOTE OF BOTH HOUSES!    So, if President Trump declares that the Southern Border is an emergency and poses a threat to American Sovereignty, and/or, it is creating a humanitarian crisis, and/or it is endangering Americans by flooding drugs into our communities, and/or, it is promoting human trafficking, the House and Senate would have to have enough votes to overturn a Trump Veto if they attempt to invalidate his declaration!

Jonathon Turley quoted the Congressional Research Center when it wrote in 2007, “Under the powers delegated by such statutes, the president may seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens.”

Further, Congress has passed laws that allow the President to tap the military to design and contract for the wall and that any Such projects may be undertaken only within the total amount of funds that have been appropriated for military construction, including funds appropriated for family housing, that have not been obligated.” Will the Democrats sue?  Absolutely!

Those that claim Trump should not issue the declaration as it would set a bad precedent are too late.  Congress has already lost this battle by “self-emasculation” via their own legislation.  Obama has already used non-existent executive powers to rewrite immigration law and granting status to DACA recipients.  Any good Left-Wing Progressive cares less about precedent!  

Who has “Standing” in Court to Sue Trump Over the Declaration

In terms of the declaration itself, since Congress passed the law, it would have some level of standing (the right to sue as an aggrieved  party) and attempt to invalidate the President’s declaration.  But, CONGRESS BUILT INTO THE LAW THE METHOD WHEREBY THE CONGRESS COULD CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT VIA RESOLUTIONS THAT ARE SUBJECT TO A VETO!  The Democrats in Congress could file a suit to invalidate the declaration, but it would probably not be upheld by the Supreme Court as Congress gave up their standing within their own legislation!

Eminent Domain:  Some argue the landowners along the border who have not sold or granted access easements to the Federal Government where the wall would be built, would have standing to sue the Trump Administration citing the National Emergency Declaration as being harmful to the value of their real and personal property. BUT!  The procurement of these lands is subject to negotiation or legal proceedings via Eminent Domain.  The latter action and procedures are subject to their own statutes and remedies and do not necessarily provide standing against the National Emergency declaration.  The Federal Government would either have to negotiate access rights or an outright land purchase from such landowners or use Eminent Domain to procure the land.  While the landowners may sue citing the declaration, there is a slim chance the Supreme Court would deem their standing valid.  

Timing of the Legal Actions and Impact on Building the Wall

Once Trump issues the emergency declaration, the lawsuits will start. 

  • A Democrat Friendly Federal District Court would probably issue a cease and desist order against the declaration that would be immediately challenged by the Trump Administration. 
  • If the challenge does not cause the Federal Court to reverse the injunction, the Administration would appeal the lower court decision. 
  • The first action would have probably been filled within notorious the 9th District. 
  • The 9th District Court of Appeals would probably uphold the lower court’s injunction. 
  • The Administration would have to then appeal to the Supreme Court. 
  • The Administration could appeal the original decision directly to the Supreme Court, by passing the appellate court, but they tend not to short-circuit the appeal process through the lower courts.  

This process could take anywhere from 3 months to two years!  But, the Army Corps of Engineers could begin the design of the project; the property procurement could commence; and contacts could be developed.  It is doubtful that the Administration would drop everything and wait on the lawsuits!  

Trump, and his supporters, don’t have much to lose.  The Democrats are not going to fund the wall at this point and may not up through the 2020 elections. 

At least declaring an emergency could get the ball rolling and Trump has enough discretion to begin the process.  Right now it is a game of chicken and we will see who blinks first. 

Trump is looking for existing funding within the impacted agencies to make payroll.  If he does this, he can pretty much wait out the Democrats!  He already appears to be the only adult in the negotiations as Chuck and Nancy have only sat on their hands.  Time will tell.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

31 Active Emergency Declarations Since jimmy Carter:

1. Blocking Iranian Government Property (Nov. 14, 1979)
2. Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Nov. 14, 1994)
3. Prohibiting Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process (January 23, 1995)
4. Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources (March 15, 1995)
5. Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers (October 21, 1995)
6. Regulations of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels with Respect to Cuba (March 1, 1996)
7. Blocking Sudanese Government Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Sudan (November 3, 1997)
8. Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans (June 26, 2001)
9. Continuation of Export Control Regulations (August 17, 2001)
10. Declaration of National Emergency by Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks (September 14, 2001)
11. Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism (September 23, 2001)
12. Blocking Property of Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe (March 6, 2003)
13. Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Property in Which Iraq has an Interest (May 22, 2003)
14. Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Export of Certain Goods to Syria (May 11, 2004)
15. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus (June 16, 2006)
16. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (October 27, 2006)
17. Blocking Property of Persons Undermining the Sovereignty of Lebanon or Its Democratic Processes and Institutions (August 1, 2007)
18. Continuing Certain Restrictions with Respect to North Korea and North Korean Nationals (June 26, 2008)
19. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia (April 12, 2010)
20. Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions Related to Libya (February 25, 2011)
21. Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations (July 25, 2011)
22. Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen (May 16, 2012)
23. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (March 6, 2014)
24. Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to South Sudan (April 3, 2014)
25. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic (May 12, 2014)
26. Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela (March 9, 2015)
27. Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities (April 1, 2015)
28. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi (November 23, 2015)
29. Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption (December 20, 2017)
30. Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election (September 12, 2018)
31. Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua (November 27, 2018)

Hat Tips

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/chuck-grassley-trump-border-wall-shutdown/2019/01/11/id/897858/

https://codes.findlaw.com/us/title-10-armed-forces/10-usc-sect-2808.html

https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/emergency-powers

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/09/683501440/congress-aims-to-control-presidents-emergency-powers

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/98-505.pdf

https://jonathanturley.org/2019/01/10/yes-trump-has-the-authority-to-declare-a-national-emergency-on-the-southern-border/