Bureaucratic cronyism: Look at their actions and who benefits.
Lobby-supported politicians are not necessarily supportive of their constituents.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans have a lot to say about their new president.
Donald Trump’s proposed budget is “draconian, careless and counterproductive.” The health care plan is a bailout that won’t pass. And his administration’s suggestion that former President Barack Obama used London’s spy agency for surveillance is simply “inexplicable.”
With friends like these, who needs Democrats?
Less than two months in, Republicans have emerged as one of the biggest obstacles to Trump’s young administration, imperiling his early efforts to pass his agenda and make good on some of his biggest campaign promises.
Trump’s embrace of a House GOP plan to overhaul the country’s health system faces deep opposition from across the party, as does his push to get U.S. taxpayers to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Republicans largely rejected his thin, 53-page first budget, joking that there’s a “fat chance for skinny budget” on Capitol Hill. And his tax reform and infrastructure plans have yet to gain any real traction in Congress.
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Most Republicans in Congress have talked a good game for years about the budget, deficit, size of the Federal government, etc., but now that they have a real opportunity to make the necessary changes, many obstruct and oppose President Trump every step of the way for doing just that. —Avalon Memories
“Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can’t survive free expression.”
“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’ The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty. If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.” — Noah Webster
Paraphrasing Lincoln — You initiated a policy to tolerate the Marxist-Alinsky radicals and let them rant; not only has it not ceased but was constantly augmented by decades of infiltration and indoctrination. Now you have two Americas. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half statist and half free; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
For Instance take debt reduction:
At the end of FY 2017 the gross US federal government debt is estimated to be $20.1 trillion, according to the FY18 Federal Budget. Of this gross amount, debt “Held by the Public: Other” is estimated by US Government Debt at $12.3 trillion, debt “Held by the Public: Federal Reserve System” (i.e. monetized debt) is estimated by usgovernmentspending.com at $2.46 trillion and debt “Held by Federal Government Accounts” is estimated at $5.39 trillion
Federal Debt per person is about $60,821.
See Also — U.S. Census population clock.
Here’s a run-down of the agencies, what they do and the minimum amount of taxpayer support they receive:
1. The African Development Foundation, which funds African agriculture, infrastructure and community development projects with grants. = $50 million
2. The Appalachian Regional Commission, which funds projects meant to bolster businesses, education, culture and economic development in Appalachia. = $95 million
3. The Chemical Safety Board, which investigates accidents in the chemical industry and makes safety recommendations. = $12 million
4. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which houses several public service organizations, including AmeriCorps. = $1.1 billion
5. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds public television and radio stations including PBS and NPR. = $446 million
6. The Delta Regional Authority, which funds businesses and infrastructure in the Mississippi River Delta region. = $3.3 billion
7. The Denali Commission, which supports utilities and infrastructure in Alaska = $22.5 million
8. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funds U.S. museums and libraries with grants. = $230 million
9. The Inter-American Foundation, which provides financial aid to Latin America and the Caribbean. = $665 million
10. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which provides U.S. goods and services for foreign development projects. = $14.8 million
11. The Legal Services Corporation, which provides civil legal aid for low-income Americans. = $375 million
12. The National Endowment for the Arts, which funds American artists and projects through grants. = $147.9 million
13. The National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds American scholarship through grants. = $115.6 million
14. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, which funds community development project throughout the U.S. = $1.3 billion
15. The Northern Border Regional Commission, which supports economic development in poor areas near the Canadian border. = $2.5 billion
16. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which helps provide private U.S. capital to foreign development projects. =$83.5 million
17. The United States Institute of Peace, which aims to promote world peace through conflict resolution, training programs and scholarship. = $43 million
18. The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates efforts to fight homelessness among nearly 20 federal agencies. = $5.5 billion
19. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a prominent think tank studying international affairs and foreign policy. = $65 million plus free rent
Total = ~$140 billion in annual taxpayer supported revenue
If a ‘billion‘ seems hard to comprehend, think about how this reflects political fiscal responsibility.
Here is the gross federal debt by year for the last decade:
|Federal Debt in trillions|