Pork Still Lives In The Swamp

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On January 17, 2018, Rep. Rooney stated, “you can’t do jack s— for your constituents” without earmarks. Perhaps Rep. Rooney’s successor will find a way to do his or her job without resorting to the most wasteful and corrupt practice in congressional history.

$11,000,000 for the aquatic plant control program, an increase of 22.2 percent from the $9 million earmarked in FY 2017, and the largest amount ever earmarked for this program.

Since 1994, there have been 24 earmarks worth a total of $58.1 million for aquatic plant control projects, including three by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and one each by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

Watchdog exposes $14.7B of pork-barrel spending, including ‘brown tree snake eradication’ project

FNC: The federal government is spending millions to save Pacific Coast salmon. And it’s doling out more than $600,000 to kill brown tree snakes in Guam.

A watchdog group, Citizens Against Government Waste, on Wednesday released its annual Congressional Pig Book of what it considers the most egregious examples of pork-barrel spending in Congress, drawn this time from fiscal year 2018 appropriations bills.

According to the group, earmarks in 2018 totaled $14.7 billion, an increase of 116.2 percent from $6.8 billion in 2017.

Among the most blatant examples of pork flagged by the group:

— $65 million for “Pacific coastal salmon recovery.” According to its website, the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund “was established by Congress in 2000 to reverse the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead, supporting conservation efforts in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.”

— $11 million for an “aquatic plant control program.” The group said that since 1994, there have been 24 earmarks worth $58.1 million for aquatic plant control projects.

— $663,000 for a “brown tree snake eradication program.” According to Citizens Against Government Waste, the snakes are “native to northern Australia, Indonesia and many islands in Melanesia, and have caused damage to the ecosystem of Guam, where they were likely introduced by the U.S. military following World War II.”

— $10 million for “high-energy cost grants” within the Rural Utilities Service.

– $2.8 million for the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs grant program, which funds arts and cultural institutions in Washington, D.C.

A number of Republican lawmakers attended Wednesday’s press conference on the list, including Sens. Jeff Flake, Ted Cruz and Joni Ernst, of Arizona, Texas and Iowa, respectively.

To be considered for listing in the group’s annual book, an earmark must meet at least one criterion, including whether it was requested by only one chamber of Congress; if it was not specifically authorized; if it was not competitively awarded; if it was not requested by the president; if it greatly exceeds the president’s budget request or the previous year’s funding; if it was not the subject of congressional hearings; or if it serves only a local or special interest.

 

You Don’t Get To Rewrite the Constitution Because You Dislike Donald Trump

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David Harsanyi

 

If your contention is that President Donald Trump has the propensity to sound like a bully and an authoritarian, I’m with you. If you’re arguing that Trump’s rhetoric is sometimes coarse and unpresidential, I can’t disagree. I’m often turned off by the aesthetic and tonal quality of his presidency. And, yes, Trump has an unhealthy tendency to push theories that exaggerate and embellish small truths to galvanize his fans for political gain. Those are all legitimate political concerns.

Yet the ubiquitous claim that Trump acts in a way that uniquely undermines the rule of law is, to this point, simply untrue.

At National Review, Victor Davis Hanson has it right when he argues that “elites” often seem more concerned about the “mellifluous” tone of leaders rather than their abuse of power. “Obama defies the Constitution but sounds ‘presidential,'” he writes. “Trump follows it but sounds like a loudmouth from Queens.”

But while former President Obama’s agreeable tone had plenty to do with his lack of media scrutiny, many largely justified, and even cheered, his abuses because they furthered progressive causes. Not only did liberals often ignore the rule of law when it was ideologically convenient for them; they now want the new president to play by a set of rules that doesn’t even exist.

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6 Reasons to Still Hate Obamacare

 

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Remember ObamaCare? The fight is far from over on the future of the Obama-era health insurance overhaul. Republicans are making a last-ditch effort this year to turn the program and the money over to the state. This isn’t full Obamacare repeal, but it would make a world of sense. States would be free to experiment and find ways to reduce costs and provide better services.

Democrats are adopting a new political spin, which is that everything is fine with ObamaCare. They claim that the only reason premium and deductible costs keep exploding is because President Donald Trump repealed the individual mandate tax — which was nothing more than an unfair penalty on low-income families who couldn’t afford the high cost of the health law’s mandates. But if Trump is to blame, why were the costs skyrocketing two years before Trump even entered the Oval Office?

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The dossier on Trump and the supposed collusion with Russia

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a friend wrote: “re the dossier on Trump and the supposed collusion with Russia , it was all made up as part of a much bigger plan to ensure a one-party one-branch government in perpetuity as part of the fundamental transformation of America. Where did we get Barack Obama to begin with? He came out of nowhere, seemingly. But everyone comes from somewhere. We just didn’t know where.

I deeply suspect that the rotten core of the Obama cabal, in which I’d include Jarrett and others, like Soros, simply determined that they were going to stay in control for the foreseeable future by any means necessary. Rather like Bolsheviks. They lie, cheat, steal, spy, and conceal, because that is what the left does. It needs no other reason. We are seeing it now with the Stalin-Beria style Mueller investigation in which the criminal is identified first and then the crime is found.

What the far left found, with Obama’s dictatorial tendencies, especially after losing the House, that the way to stay in control was to fundamentally change how government worked.

They would rely on extensive use of executive power, exploit their control of the bureaucracy to rule by fiat, control the military and the intelligence apparatus and use it to benefit the Party, and appoint progressive post-Constitutionalist judges en masse.

What Obama and his minions and masters realized very quickly was that they were going to have to get around Congress and the Judiciary, AND that the only way to guarantee continuity of power was to ensure that Republicans never again won the Presidency.

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This is been bugging me for sometime and I cannot seem to find the answer. Then Rush asked the same question. When obama gave the $150 billion to Iran, where did he get the money? If Congress didn’t authorize it, where did he get the money? I don’t know of any ATM that has that much in it. So where did he get the money?

 

Sleeping with the enemy

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It’s outrageous that the Democrats are attempting to enlist the assistance of Khalid Sheik Mohammed to attempt to block the confirmation of Gina Haspel, a 30-year career CIA agent, as Director of the CIA. It’s even more outrageous that the Senate Intelligence Committee would consider a submission by the mastermind of the 9/11 outrage that resulted in the death of 3,000+ Americans.

Mohammed has asked a military judge at the Guantanamo Bay military prison yesterday to forward an attachment containing “six specific paragraphs of information” that supposedly details Haspel’s wrongdoing for inclusion in the Senate Committee’s considerations. One can only guess who encouraged Mohammed to write these paragraphs and try to send them to Washington.

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Allowing Khalid Sheik Mohammed to submit his thoughts about Haspel to the Senate Intelligence Committee is akin to allowing Heinrich Himmler to pick the judge at the Nuremberg Trials.

Informed readers will recall that Khalid Sheik Mohammed is the mastermind behind the attacks against the United States that took place on September 11, 2001 and resulted in more American deaths than the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. It also caused substantially more economic damage and its results are felt to this day, as anyone wishing to board an aircraft anywhere in the free world will attest.

Mohammed was captured in 2003 and was detained at several CIA-sponsored ‘black-ops’ sites in Afghanistan and Poland before being incarcerated at Guantanamo. There’s no dispute that he was subjected to so-called ‘enhanced interrogation’ that included, among other things, sleep deprivation, rectal hydration (also known as enemas) and 183 instances of waterboarding.

Eventually Mohammed cracked and spilled the beans, detailing how the plan was conceived and executed.

It’s mind boggling that the Democrats would stoop to this level of collusion with one of America’s most intransigent and evil enemies in their fruitless efforts to stop the success of President Trump.

Four of the Democrats on the Committee have asked Daniel Coats, the current Director of National Intelligence to declassify how, when and to what extent Haspel was involved in the interrogation of Mohammed. These are Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Two of these senators, Heinrich and Wyden could rightly be excused for being ignorant of the circumstances surrounding Mohammed’s interrogation and incarceration, as neither served in the Senate at the time these events transpired.

However, both Senators Feinstein and Wyden* are more than just a tad disingenuous, as both were in the Senate on 9/11. And let us not forget that Flight 93, which was brought down by its passengers and crashed in a Pennsylvania field, was intended to hit either the White House or the Capitol, which could easily have resulted in the death of both senators. In point of fact, Sen. Feinstein, as well as then House Ma

Adding Another 25 Cents to the Price of Gas at the Pump

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Sigh….would that revenue be applied to pay off U.S. debt? Nah…

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who called raising gas taxes a ‘horrible idea,’ says Trump is considering a hike

  • Raising the federal gas tax is one of several options President Donald Trump is considering to pay for infrastructure spending, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.
  • The president proposed an increase of 25 cents per gallon last week, according to several sources.
  • Ross, who once called raising the federal fuel levy a “horrible idea,” on Thursday said it’s logical to charge drivers for road improvements.

Enter the U.S Chamber of Commerce:

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