Treasury Prevents Default for Now as America Reaches Debt Limit

Treasury Dept. resorts to 'extraordinary measures' after US hits the debt limit

Treasury Prevents Default for Now as America Reaches Debt Limit

BY DAVID KELLY

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/treasury-prevents-default-for-now-as-america-reaches-debt-limit/;

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The United States reached its debt limit of $31.4 trillion dollars on Thursday, leading the Treasury Department to begin using “extraordinary measures” to ensure the federal government will not default on its obligations. According to conventional wisdom, both Congress and President Biden now need to agree upon raising or suspending the statutory debt limit before June to keep the government solvent. Of course, a third option, slashing federal spending to lower the debt burden, is not on most lawmakers’ agendas.

Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen in a letter to Congress said, “beginning on Thursday, January 19, 2023, the outstanding debt of the United States is projected to reach the statutory limit.  Once the limit is reached, Treasury will need to start taking certain extraordinary measures to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations.”

Those extraordinary measures the Treasury will implement this month are, “(1) redeeming existing, and suspending new, investments of the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF) and the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund (Postal Fund), and (2) suspending reinvestment of the Government Securities Investment Fund (G Fund) of the Federal Employees Retirement System Thrift Savings Plan.”  

Yellen was forced to implement these measures as Biden and Congress are far from any agreement on the debt ceiling.  “I respectfully urge Congress to act promptly to protect the full faith and credit of the United States.” she wrote in the letter.  

The White House is currently refusing to negotiate with the newly empowered fiscally conservative Republicans on raising the debt ceiling as Biden thinks they will eventually back off their demands, as investors, business groups, and moderate conservatives warn of the impending default and its political consequences. 

Responding to a question on if the nation could avoid default, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a press briefing, “It is essential for Congress to recognize that dealing with the debt ceiling is their constitutional responsibility. This is an easy one. This is something that should be happening without conditions. And so, we’re just not going to negotiate about that.” 

The Washington Examiner reported that House Speaker McCarthy (R-Calif.) said: “his plan is to negotiate a balanced budget with the Democrats to start paying down the $31 trillion debt.” Adding, “We are six months away, approximately, and what I would like to do is I would like to sit down with all the leaders and especially the president who had started having discussions. I don’t see why you would continue the past behavior. […] Who wants to put the nation through some type of threat at the last minute with the debt ceiling? Nobody wants to do that.” 

The debt limit is the total amount of money that our government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, military salaries, interest on the national debt, tax refunds, and other payments. Congress has voted to increase the debt limit more than a dozen times in the last 25 years. The United States has been in default four times since the nation’s founding. 

What makes matters worse is “the dramatic rise in interest rates over the past few months — the Fed funds rate target is currently between 4.25% and 4.50% — the national debt will be growing at a rate that makes it even harder to ignore,” reported a MoneyWise article

According to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s debt clock, the $31.4 trillion gross national debt equals $94,170 of debt for every person in the country. Currently, more than $965 million is spent every day just in interest on the national debt. The Foundation estimates that the amount of interest will triple over the next decade, making it the fastest-growing item in the federal budget. 

Congress needs to reduce spending and our national debt before the June deadline. And the way to do that is to get back to the Constitution, which means ending all federal programs that fall outside the scope of the Constitution’s enumerated powers. The political theater now in play is a dangerous game that potentially will have a lasting negative economic impact on us all. As Reuters reported, “From both an economic and a financial perspective, a failure to raise the debt ceiling would be an unmitigated disaster,” said David Kelly, chief global strategist for JPMorgan Chase & Co funds. 

Kelly continued, “While a failure to increase the debt ceiling is the most immediate fiscal threat to the economy and markets in 2023, the damage could also be done either by continuing to neglect deficits altogether or by inflicting very sharp fiscal tightening on an economy which is now thoroughly hooked on the drugs of monetary and fiscal stimulus.” 

Yellen Tells Congress the U.S. Will Exceed Its Debt Limit on Thursday

Treasury Secretary Yellen Tells Congress the U.S. Will Exceed Its Debt Limit on Thursday

BY RICK MORAN

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2023/01/14/treasury-secretary-yellen-tells-congress-the-u-s-will-exceed-its-debt-limit-on-thursday-n1661716;

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Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen sent a letter to Congress warning that the United States will exceed its statutory debt limit this Thursday and that the Treasury Department must begin employing “extraordinary measures” at that time to stave off default.

“Failure to meet the government’s obligations would cause irreparable harm to the U.S. economy, the livelihoods of all Americans, and global financial stability,” Ms. Yellen wrote.

Meanwhile, Republicans are insisting that any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by a reduction in spending. Joe Biden and the Democrats are saying no negotiations will be entertained. The impasse sets up potentially the most consequential and bruising fight between the executive and legislative branches in decades.

For our VIPs: Is the Debt Ceiling Fight a Hill Republicans Should Die On?

“The American people are the ones that are demanding the cut in spending,” Rep. Jason Smith, a Missouri Republican and the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, said Friday on Fox News. “We have to have fiscal reforms moving forward. We cannot just give an unlimited credit card.”

The new rules adopted by the House last Monday eliminate an easy path to raising the debt limit. The new Congress dropped the so-called Gephardt rule that in the past has allowed Congress to automatically increase the debt limit without a vote.

The White House is banking on an ad-hoc, bipartisan group of lawmakers to bypass the House leadership and pass a new debt limit.

The New York Times:

That group includes the entire Democratic caucus in the House and Senate, plus a handful of Republicans needed to pass bills in both chambers. Such a coalition could employ a rare tactic in the House, called a discharge petition, to force a floor vote on raising the limit. But the move would take weeks or even months to produce a bill that Mr. Biden could sign into law, which could threaten default if lawmakers misjudge the date when Treasury can no longer pay the nation’s bills.

The uncertainty surrounding that date is what’s going to make the next few months a free-for-all. With Democrats insisting there will be no negotiations and Republicans insisting there won’t be an increase in the debt limit without them, which side is going to blink first?

Republicans are carefully preparing the battlefield. They’ve developed a plan to tell the Treasury Department what to do if no deal on the debt limit is reached before whatever deadline is given by the Treasury Department.

Washington Post:

In the preliminary stages of being drafted, the GOP proposal would call on the Biden administration to make only the most critical federal payments if the Treasury Department comes up against the statutory limit on what it can legally borrow. For instance, the plan is almost certain to call on the department to keep making interest payments on the debt, according to four people familiar with the internal deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations. House Republicans’ payment prioritization plan may also stipulate that the Treasury Department should continue making payments on Social Security, Medicare and veterans benefits, as well as funding the military, two of the people said.

What about Medicaid or air traffic control?

Such a move would be unprecedented and hugely controversial, and even releasing the plan could turn into a major political liability for the GOP. A hypothetical proposal that protects Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits and the military would still leave out huge swaths of critical federal expenditures on things such as Medicaid, food safety inspections, border control and air traffic control, to name just a handful of thousands of programs. Democrats are also likely to accuse Republicans of prioritizing payments to U.S. bondholders — which include Chinese banks — over American citizens.

“Any plan to pay bondholders but not fund school lunches or the FAA or food safety or XYZ is just target practice for us,” a senior Democratic aide told The Post.

This is a recipe for disaster, which is why Republicans aren’t really serious about this. Lawmakers and the White House will eventually sit down, if for no other reason than to calm financial markets that, if history is any guide, are going to go crazy the closer we get to a “drop-dead” default date. As far as a debt prioritization plan, the Democratic Senate will never agree to it, so in the end, it’s just an exercise in PR.

Yellen said in her letter that the date when all “extraordinary measures” are exhausted will probably be in early June. That’s not a lot of time for Congress to remake the federal budget and cut hundreds of billions of dollars in future spending.

How FEMA Put ‘Equity’ Ahead of Disaster Management; “Find opportunities for equity in the big chunks of federal money.”

BY DANIEL GREENFIELD

SEE: https://www.frontpagemag.com/how-fema-put-equity-ahead-of-disaster-management/;

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“It is our lowest income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions,” Kamala Harris told the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum during the recovery effort for the victims of Hurricane Ian.

“We have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity.”

That is what FEMA is already doing.

FEMA uses something called the National Risk Index to calculate the risk to any area. The NRI can then be used to determine which communities should get how much funding to cope with natural disasters. Armed with an NRI evaluation, cities, counties and towns can apply for Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants. Billions in these grants have been handed out. The trouble with the NRI is that it’s less science and more sociology. And very leftist sociology at that.

The Index is made up of three components, the actual natural hazard, “community resilience” and “social vulnerability”. The last is really affirmative action for natural disasters. As FEMA puts it, social vulnerability calculates the “susceptibility of social groups to the adverse impacts of natural hazards”.Or as the old joke has it, “Earth destroyed: minorities hardest hit.”

Except with FEMA, it’s not a joke, it’s policy.

“Black and African American communities often suffer disproportionate impacts from disasters,” FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell claimed.

FEMA’s social vulnerability data set lists the percentage of immigrant, Asian, Hispanic and black populations as representing a higher “vulnerability” to a natural disaster. A town that is 40% black, 33% Hispanic, and 12% Asian is calculated by FEMA as being more at risk than a town that is made up of 23% Italian-Americans, 44% Irish, 9% Jews, and 18% Swedish-Americans.

Grants to prepare the town and the area for a hurricane are likely to be awarded accordingly.

Two towns with the same risk level, but different racial numbers will put the minority town ahead of the non-minority one when it comes to aiding to prepare for a disaster.

That racial discrimination is built into FEMA’s algorithms. When FEMA personnel tell federal and state legislators that they’re just following the numbers, they are actually using numbers that were specifically racially biased to provide affirmative action disaster planning and reward the Democrat electorate with special preferences. Some of which flow to the politically connected.

The racial bias at FEMA is part of the overall ‘equity’ push by the Biden administration. Every component of the federal government, from the military to NASA to FEMA was obligated to offer a political loyalty oath in the form of an equity plan. And to conduct political equity indoctrination sessions within their organizations and bring in leftist groups to lecture them on their politics.

FEMA’s Building Alliances for Equitable Resilience begins with a rejection of equality in favor of equity. The introduction by Chauncia Willis, a former wellness and diversity coach, urges disaster officials to reach out to “LGBTQ+ advocacy groups, Black Lives Matter chapters”.

Black Lives Matter is better known for causing national disasters than remedying them.

Willis claims that minority groups may feel the impacts of natural disasters most “severely” because of “immigration status”, “race”, and dictated that equity should be “a goal throughout all parts of your work”.

Jo Linda Johnson, the director of FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights, argued that the “whole community must be honest and acknowledge that the historical denial of equity and lack of opportunity to participate in economic, social, and civic life is intertwined with current concerns.”

Instead of actually working on disaster relief, FEMA was being transformed into a welfare system oriented toward denouncing America and white people as racist.

The FEMA brochure urges, “Find opportunities for equity in the big chunks of federal money.”

These days, FEMA talks about equity more than disaster relief. The set of priorities could be clearly distinguished when FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell commented on the confirmation of her deputy, Erik Hooks by stating that he would help “infuse equity across our agency, advance our nation’s emergency management and readiness and address the growing threat of climate change.” Equity comes in ahead of emergency management.

FEMA’s three missions are now identity politics, responding to emergencies, and global warming advocacy. Only one of those is actually the non-partisan task it’s supposed to be performing.

And it’s not as if FEMA has been shy about putting identity politics at the center of its agenda.

In his statement to the Committee on Homeland Security last year, Hooks revealed that FEMA’s new strategic plan under Biden was to “(1) instill equity as a foundation of emergency management; (2) lead whole of the community in climate resilience, and (3) promote and sustain a ready FEMA and prepared nation.”

Equity came first, global warming second, and disaster response third.

Hooks spoke at length about “instilling equity as a foundation of emergency management”, identity politics quotas at FEMA, “ensuring our employees increasingly reflect the diversity of the nation”, and global warming. He spent less than a minute on actual disaster response.

Under Biden, FEMA leaders talk in activist leftist terms about bringing social change. “At FEMA, we strive to place equity at the center of our efforts and do our part in addressing and correcting these historical injustices,” Criswell declared.

“At FEMA, and across the Biden-Harris Administration, we know even more work must be done if we are to live up to the promise of Juneteenth and ensure everyone in this country lives a life of dignity,” Hooks sonorously chanted.

None of this is the job of FEMA, but under the Left, every agency and organization under its control spends most of its time denouncing America and promising more equity.

Meanwhile, FEMA remains fundamentally broken.

Every round of natural disasters brings more congressional hearings, media outrage, and FEMA officials explaining why they messed up this time. When the FEMA failures happen under a Republican president, they’re front and center, but when they happen under a Democrat, like Obama, they’re quickly hushed up. Either way, though FEMA has never worked and the rebooted identity politics organization is even less likely to help the people it’s supposed to.

The prominence of identity politics at FEMA will only further undermine trust in it and the statistical tampering that turns risk evaluations into affirmative action will raise questions about a variety of statistical models including those that are utilized for insurance purposes.

The American people deserved an unbiased disaster management agency untainted by racialist and political agendas. FEMA was functionally broken before, it’s now also tainted by racism and partisan agendas. Those need to be rooted out beginning with anything involving “equity”.

When disaster strikes, hurricane, earthquake and other survivors need to believe that they’re not being discriminated against before or after the disaster. The only way to do that is to get “equity” and the “social vulnerability” index out of FEMA before they end up costing lives.

U.S. National Debt Tops $31 Trillion

U.S. National Debt Tops $31 Trillion

BY DAVID KELLY

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/u-s-national-debt-tops-31-trillion/;

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President Biden’s poor fiscal management of government spending was exposed this week with the release of the Treasury Department’s data pegging the gross national debt of the United States at over $31 trillion for the first time ever in our nation’s history.

In May, Biden claimed his administration was reducing the national debt by $1.5 trillion this fiscal year. At the time, he characterized his administration as “spending hawks,” touting sizable reductions in the federal deficit this fiscal year as a key departure from the “rampant spending” by his Republican predecessor.

Instead, the debt grew rapidly under Biden’s leadership, and sat at $31.123 trillion as of Oct. 3. The new record comes just nine months after the last milestone of $30 trillion, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), and only five years after reaching $20 trillion. All of this has been brought forth by unprecedented government borrowing and spending with no regard for the shaky ground of our nation’s fiscal situation.

“This is a new record no one should be proud of,” Maya MacGuineas, president of the CRFB, said in a statement. “In the past 18 months, we’ve witnessed inflation rise to a 40-year high, interest rates climbing in part to combat this inflation, and several budget-busting pieces of legislation and executive actions.”

“Just in 2022, Congress and the President have approved a combined $1.9 trillion in new borrowing, and President Biden has approved $4.9 trillion in new deficits since taking office. We are addicted to debt,” MacGuineas said.

Breitbart reported, “The United States has borrowed more in the last decade than at any other time. When former President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the public debt stood at $10.6 trillion. It was $19.9 trillion when former President Trump took office in 2017 and grew to almost $28 trillion when Biden took office four years later, according to the Treasury Department.”

The ramifications of the rising federal debt include greater interest costs for the government, making it harder to spend on basic needs such as national security and infrastructure. Greater spending on interest payments also raises the debt and additional borrowing costs, contributing to a debt spiral.

“As of August 2022, it costs $677.6 billion to maintain the debt, which is 12.66% of the total federal spending,” reported the Treasury Department. “Interest expenses during [the last ten years] have remained fairly stable due to low-interest rates and investors’ judgement that the U.S. Government has a very low risk of default. However, recent increases in interest rates and inflation are now resulting in an increase in interest expense.”

CRFB president MacGuineas added to the urgency of reducing the nation’s debt: “Even more troubling than where the debt stands now is where it’s going. Our nation faces significant fiscal challenges in the near term. Medicare is only six years from insolvency, and Social Security insolvency is only 12 years away. Yet policymakers have put forth no plan to put either program on strong fiscal footing.”

The current statutory debt ceiling is around $31.4 trillion, which is an artificial cap that Congress placed on the U.S. government’s ability to borrow. A potential lame-duck Congress voting in December could very well kick the can down the road to further fiscal duress with a continuing resolution (CR). Lawmakers could use that CR for more time to pass Fiscal Year 2023 funding bills (including annual defense appropriations legislation), or they could finally stop the overspending and right the ship with firm legislation that reduces spending. 

“It is time to remind policymakers that whether to grow the national debt further is within their control. At the very least, they should commit to no further borrowing in 2022 — it cannot be too much to ask that they practice paying for their priorities by abstaining from any new borrowing for just three months. The $31 trillion in debt is a staggering number that should keep them up at night,” stated MacGuineas

As the nation’s debt accumulates, will Biden and Congress take it on and treat it as a true threat to our nation’s security and sovereignty, as they do with their woke policies such as the supposed climate crisis and social justice?

They should, as our bankrupt nation can’t hang on much longer without a drastic reversal of our government’s current spending paradigm.

Biden regime pushing ‘digital dollar’ so government can seize assets at will, control population

BY J.D. HEYES

SEE: https://www.naturalnews.com/2022-09-23-biden-regime-pushing-digital-dollar-seize-assets-at-will.html;

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(Natural News) It’s a safe bet to believe that anytime Democrats propose something, the real purpose behind it is to gain more control over Americans because, at its heart, the Democratic Party is really Marxist and counterrevolutionary.

That’s why the Biden regime’s push for a “digital dollar” should be opposed by all Americans, regardless of their political beliefs.

When Barack Obama and majority Democrats were pushing for universal health care that was completely controlled by the government, tens of millions of Americans opposed the idea because they did not want an inefficient, bloated, and authoritarian federal system in control of their healthcare decisions. That seems odd now, given their complaints about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision earlier this summer to overturn Roe v. Wade — not to outlaw abortion, but to return the issue to the states where it should have stayed.

The push for “Obamacare” by the authoritarian left was simple: They knew that every American, at various points in our lives, will need health care. Gaining control of the entire industry would mean that the government would control it completely, giving bureaucrats life-and-death power over all of us. No one should want that.

In any event, enough Americans opposed “Obamacare” so all we ended up with was an expensive new welfare program for our citizens: Subsidized insurance for a smaller group of Americans that is still controlled by federal bureaucrats. But Obamacare was simply the first bite of the apple: Democrats continue to plot ways to destroy private healthcare by pushing various regulatory schemes to impose more rules over providers and insurers alike.

Now, the regime wants control over our money, which is another vital tool in the authoritarian playbook.

A ‘white paper’ published on the White House website calls for the creation of a “digital dollar” that, of course, will be controlled by the government, much like the government currently has the sole role and responsibility to develop and print our currency (real dollars). But the difference here is that if all money was digital, the government could (and would) monitor our bank accounts; monitor all of our transactions; impose barriers to purchases of certain ‘unfavored’ items; and even block access to our money or limit how much of it we could spend — all for the ‘greater good,’ of course.

“A United States central bank digital currency (CBDC) would be a digital form of the U.S. dollar. While the U.S. has not yet decided whether it will pursue a CBDC, the U.S. has been closely examining the implications of, and options for, issuing a CBDC,” the White House policy paper notes before touting the digital dollar’s “benefits.”

“If the U.S. pursued a CBDC, there could be many possible benefits, such as facilitating efficient and low-cost transactions, fostering greater access to the financial system, boosting economic growth, and supporting the continued centrality of the U.S. within the international financial system. However, a U.S. CBDC could also introduce a variety of risks, as it might affect everything ranging from the stability of the financial system to the protection of sensitive data,” the paper added.

“At last year’s Summit for Democracy, President Biden spoke about the importance of using technology ‘to advance democracies to lift people up, not to hold them down.’ If the U.S. launches its own CBDC, it should advance this democratic vision,” the authors wrote.

Again, Democrats always mean the opposite of what they say. They speak of “democracy” while working daily to undermine it with gun control, packing the Supreme Court, ending the filibuster, and finding ways to alter our electoral processes so that their candidates will always come out on top.

A digital dollar is just part of the never-ending scheme to rob Americans of our independence and liberty. Giving Uncle Sam more control over our lives is just dumb.

Sources include:

WhiteHouse.gov

NaturalNews.com

Globalism, central bank money printing are the real root causes behind inflation and shortages

BY ETHAN HUFF

SEE: https://www.naturalnews.com/2022-06-06-globalism-central-banking-root-causes-inflation-shortages.html;

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(Natural News) In an op-ed piece for The Epoch Times, economist Patricia Adams made the case that almost every problem society currently faces is a result of globalist policies that date back decades.

Much of it centers around the fictitious notion of “climate change” – or as it used to be called, “global warming.” This is what triggered major moves away from cheap and abundant fossil fuel use, which has helped civilization as we currently know it to thrive.

Insistent that carbon dioxide (CO2), a “greening” molecule, is somehow bad for the atmosphere, the globalists have been on a crusade to eliminate it with things like electric-powered cars and soybean-based “meat.” The result is our current economic crisis.

“If not for the specter of climate change – for decades one of the globalists’ central preoccupations – the world’s energy situation would be radically different,” Adams writes.

“Canada’s tar sands wouldn’t have been demonized and the country would have built the Keystone XL Pipeline and other pipelines to transport ever greater quantities of energy across the continent and beyond.”

There also would have been liquefied natural gas facilities built along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Asia, the Americas, and Europe, generating a boon of “plentiful natural gas” to keep the world running cheaply and efficiently for the benefit of the most amount of people.

“‘Net Zero’ policies wouldn’t be crippling the financing of new fossil fuel facilities,” Adams adds. “Carbon taxes wouldn’t be making energy ever more expensive.”

Is it already too late for America?

Central banking is, of course, also a culprit and key player in the inflationary crisis. Its policy of endless money printing, which has been occurring under both Republicans and Democrats for many decades, is ballooning the money supply while cheapening the value of the dollar over time.

That cheapening has really picked up speed in recent months as the “everything bubble” economy expands to the point of a full-on explosion and implosion that has yet to arrive – but that is coming very soon, you can be sure.

Adams does not talk about this at all in her piece, but rather points to the overarching scourge of globalism, which governs the Federal Reserve and the money supply, as the main problem behind inflation and shortages.

“Despite the globalists’ climate change policies, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – now at 400 parts per million – has reached record levels,” Adams explains.

“This has been a boon for the planet because CO2 – also known as nature’s fertilizer – has produced a bounty of bumper crops. Australia reports record wheat, barley, and canola crops and near-record sorghum crop. India, the world’s second-largest producer of wheat, expects record exports this year. Brazil expects record corn. Russia, with another record crop, will be the world’s largest wheat exporter.”

Had things just been left alone, free of the clutches of the globalists, there would be more than enough food for everyone at affordable prices. The free market would have done its job with the help of reasonable regulations and protections for We the People.

Unfortunately, globalism has been winning the fight against humanity, and the world so far has only gotten a small taste of the apocalyptic consequences that are soon to come once the “economic hurricane,” to quote JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, hits the United States.

“How do We the People know that America hasn’t been sold to a foreign cartel by our traitorous politicians?” asked someone at the Times. “How do we know that America isn’t a satellite state of a super-government?”

Others pointed out that the country has probably already crossed the Rubicon and is

soon to collapse, no matter what is done now to try to stop that inevitable outcome.

If the contents of this story piqued your interest on these subjects, you will find more stories like it at SupplyChainWarning.com.

Sources for this article include:

TheEpochTimes.com

NaturalNews.com

Food inflation has now reached 12.6% PER MONTH, corporate media blames Putin, not money printing

Image: Food inflation has now reached 12.6% PER MONTH, corporate media blames Putin, not money printing

BY ETHAN HUFF

SEE: https://www.naturalnews.com/2022-04-10-food-inflation-soars-corporate-media-blames-putin.html;

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(Natural News) Since its inception in 1990, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index has never been higher than it was in February, compliments of endless money printing and many decades of corrupt monetary policy.

The corporate-controlled media, however, is blaming Vladimir Putin as it always does whenever the financial terrorists find themselves in another bind.

Food inflation is soaring around the world by about 12.6 percent monthly, at this point, and the only thing the talking heads in the media are allowed to say is that it’s Russia’s fault for invading Ukraine.

Never mind the fact that inflation has been on a steady upward trajectory for many years or the fact that governments’ Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) plandemic tyranny destroyed the supply chain. No, just make Putin the punching bag, as usual.

According to the latest reports, prices for food commodities like grains and vegetable oils reached their highest levels ever in February. And ABC News claims that this is because of “Russia’s war in Ukraine,” and not because of central banks like the Federal Reserve that have been printing fiat currency like crazy over the past several years.

“The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said its Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in international prices for a basket of commodities, averaged 159.3 points last month, up 12.6% from February,” ABC further reported.

Will the world ever wake up to the reality of financial terrorism and how it destroys economies?

A 17.1 percent rise in grain prices is also being blamed on the war in Ukraine, which has become something of a catch-net for every bad thing that happens these days.

“This is really remarkable,” said Josef Schmidhuber, deputy director of FAO’s market and trade division, about the current inflationary climate. “Clearly, these very high prices for food require urgent action.”

The worst-hit commodity is vegetable oils, which rose 23.2 percent over the past month. Ukraine is the world’s leading exporter of sunflower oil while Russia holds the second spot, so it is easy for the overlords to blame the conflict between these countries as the culprit.

“There is, of course, a massive supply disruption, and that massive supply disruption from the Black Sea region has fueled prices for vegetable oil,” Schmidhuber further told reporters in Geneva.

Schmidhuber says he cannot calculate specifically the exact degree to which the war is causing these financial problems, and that “logistical factors” are also playing a role, as are poor weather conditions in some countries.

“Essentially, there are no exports through the Black Sea, and exports through the Baltics is practically also coming to an end,” he explained.

A big red flag that points to financial terrorism as Enemy No. 1 in all this is the fact that the globalists have been trying to crush decentralized cryptocurrency ever since Putin invaded Ukraine, claiming that he might try to “evade” banking sanctions if the crypto-sphere is not quickly swept into the clutches of the existing financial paradigm.

In other words, the globalist central bankers do not want people migrating away from their fiat currency Ponzi schemes and into crypto, so they are using Putin as their scapegoat to claim that crypto needs to be destroyed in order to keep everyone “safe” against the war, or something.

“For me, the most depressing thing is not bankers and politicians,” wrote someone at Natural News about the situation. “I expect them to be evil, just like I expect cockroaches to be cockroaches.”

“No, the most depressing thing is the stupidity of average people, who only think what their cell phones tell them to think. Just as the peasants supported vax mandates because ‘Covid,’ the peasants now support tyranny because ‘Ukraine.'”

More related news coverage can be found at Collapse.news.

Sources for this article include:

abcnews.go.com

NaturalNews.com

PETRODOLLAR PUKES: Cracks emerge in U.S. dollar dominance as Saudis consider accepting Chinese currency for oil sales to Beijing

Image: PETRODOLLAR PUKES: Cracks emerge in U.S. dollar dominance as Saudis consider accepting Chinese currency for oil sales to Beijing

BY J.D. HEYES

SEE: https://www.naturalnews.com/2022-03-17-cracks-emerge-us-dollar-dominance-saudis-consider-accepting-chinese-currency-for-oil.html;

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(Natural News) Since the end of World War II, the British pound was replaced as the world’s reserve currency with the U.S. dollar, which put Americans at a distinct advantage by making our money the strongest and safest in the world.

But in recent years, there have been emerging threats to King Dollar’s dominance, thanks in large part to insane ‘America last’ domestic and foreign policies adopted and perpetuated by left-wing Democratic regimes.

There was a temporary lull in the push to demolish American economic primacy during the four years of Donald Trump’s administration, but his MAGA platform so upset the global power structure all stops were removed to prevent him from winning reelection.

Now, after installing the mindless Joe Biden, the deep state powers that be who are propping him up have reimplemented their policies aimed at destroying America because our country is the only one standing between liberty and economic enslavement by a select global elite.

The latest sign that their plan is working: Saudi Arabia, long an ally of the U.S. and perpetrator of the American “petrodollar,” has announced it will consider accepting the Chinese yuan as payment for oil sold to Beijing.

Zero Hedge explains:

One of the core staples of the past 40 years, and an anchor propping up the dollar’s reserve status, was a global financial system based on the petrodollar – this was a world in which oil producers would sell their product to the US (and the rest of the world) for dollars, which they would then recycle the proceeds in dollar-denominated assets and while investing in dollar-denominated markets, explicitly prop up the USD as the world reserve currency, and in the process backstop the standing of the US as the world’s undisputed financial superpower.

Those days are coming to an end.

And it appears as though the catalyst for the USD’s reserve currency demise is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “Saudi Arabia is in active talks with Beijing to price its some of its oil sales to China in yuan, people familiar with the matter said, a move that would dent the U.S. dollar’s dominance of the global petroleum market and mark another shift by the world’s top crude exporter toward Asia.”

Talks with China regarding pricing Saudi oil in yuan contracts have taken place in an on-again, off-again fashion for about six years, but they dramatically increased this year as the Kingdom grew increasingly frustrated with U.S. security commitments to help defend the Saudis going back decades, according to the sources.

These China-Saudi talks, again, are being influenced directly by the policies of the current Biden regime, the WSJ noted.

“The Saudis are angry over the U.S.’s lack of support for their intervention in the Yemen civil war, and over the Biden administration’s attempt to strike a deal with Iran over its nuclear program,” the paper said, adding: “Saudi officials have said they were shocked by the precipitous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last year.”

“China buys more than 25% of the oil that Saudi Arabia exports. If priced in yuan, those sales would boost the standing of China’s currency,” the report continued.

None of this is by accident. The people who operate the deep state are not dumb; they know what they’re doing. They know certain policies embolden and empower our country — like those Trump adopted — and they know which policies will push our allies into other economic spheres of influence and thus weaken our country (which they believe we deserve, for some insane reason).

So this move to alienate the Saudis and hasten the rise of China’s currency at risk to the USD is purposeful. And it comes as other elements of the plan are being put in place thanks to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, per Zero Hedge:

Russia starving the western world of much-needed resources, sending commodity prices ever higher, while its silent partner China quietly picks up the pieces and takes advantage of Russia’s isolation to approach all those other “non-western” former petrodollar clients to offer them a new product, the yuan, which Beijing is now actively and aggressively pushing to dethrone the dollar as a global reserve currency.

This crash is inevitable, by the way; electing Trump to another four-year term won’t do anything but delay it — that is if our country’s economy has not collapsed already by 2024.

Sources include:

ZeroHedge.com

WSJ.com

US National Debt Tops $30 Trillion

US National Debt Tops $30 Trillion

SEE: https://www.newsmax.com/finance/streettalk/us-national-debt-30-trillion-congress-biden-administration/2022/02/02/id/1055098/;

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U.S. public debt topped $30 trillion for the first time, reaching $30.01 trillion on Jan. 31, Treasury Department data released on Tuesday indicated, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Throughout the pandemic, the U.S. government spent $7 trillion on COVID-19 relief to avert a recession.

The $30 trillion debt milestone comes at a time when many of the COVID-19 relief programs have expired. Lawmakers now find themselves “at a time of transition for U.S. fiscal and monetary policy,” WSJ says.

Investors are also awaiting signals from the Federal Reserve as to when it will begin raising short-term interest rates, now near zero, to tamp down inflation, now running at 7%.

'Jaw-Dropping Number'

Commenting on the $30 trillion groundbreaking figure, Maya MacGuineas, president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, tells WSJ: “This is a jaw-dropping number that is a real cause for concern. It is the result of both borrowings for really important crises—most notably the COVID pandemic—but also trillions and trillions of borrowing for no reason other than politicians [who] have stopped being willing to pay the bills.”

Michael Peterson, chief executive of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, another nonpartisan group, adds, “The milestone of $30 trillion in debt should be a giant red flag for all of us about America’s future economic health, generational equity, and role in the world.”

During both the Trump and the Biden administrations, Congress authorized trillions in relief to assist small businesses, unemployed workers, parents, and renters, primarily through the expanded child tax credit, enhanced unemployment benefits, and the Paycheck Protection Program.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told the World Economic Forum in January: “In response to the downturn in the economy induced by the pandemic, we felt, and I strongly believe, that it was appropriate to engage in spending that wasn’t financed by tax increases.”

Yellen added that due to the current low-interest-rate environment, Treasury believes the U.S. debt is “very manageable.”

US Deficit Now 12.4% of GDP

According to the Congressional Budget Office, before the pandemic, in the fiscal year ended September 2019, the U.S. deficit was 4.7% of gross domestic product (GDP). In the fiscal year ended September 2021, the federal budget deficit of $2.8 trillion had grown to 12.4% of U.S. GDP.

It is this concern over the U.S. deficit that has kept Congress from passing President Biden’s $2 trillion Build Back Better infrastructure bill including provisions for education, health care, and climate change, according to WSJ.

 

ECONOMIC TERRORISM: U.S. Treasury says store shelves will remain empty until everyone gets vaccinated for covid

BY ETHAN HUFF

SEE: https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-10-20-terrorism-treasury-shelves-empty-until-everyone-vaccinated.html;

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(Natural News) Wally Adeyemo, Joe Biden’s pick for the second-highest office in the Treasury Department, is threatening Americans with prolonged shortages and empty store shelves until every last person is “fully vaccinated” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

In order to “save lives,” Adeyemo has indicated that he is willing to end all 330 million of them in this country if the remaining injection holdouts continue to refuse to roll up their sleeves.

Proving that the shipping container “crisis” is completely manufactured for political purposes, the Biden regime is basically threatening to starve out America until there is 100 percent compliance with “Operation Warp Speed.”

Even though the fully vaccinated have become the walking plague spreading disease everywhere they go, Adeyemo blamed the unvaccinated for the continued deterioration of the supply chain, which is damaging the entire global economy.

During an appearance on ABC News, Adeyemo blamed the ongoing shortages of consumer goods on the unvaccinated, even though it is Biden and his comrades who are refusing to allow commerce as normal without unquestioning obedience to the regime’s plandemic dictates.

The situation has become so obviously and laughably ridiculous that the phrase “Empty Shelves Joe” is now trending, pointing to the true culprit in all this – or at least the face of the true culprit, as Biden is just another puppet.

Viral photos show shipping containers waiting at ports to unload, if only Biden would let them

There is also prolific evidence across the web in the form of photo imagery showing that plenty of goods are just waiting to unload at the ports where they are docked, but cannot because the Biden regime will not allow it unless everyone is vaccinated.

The vaccine mandates, in other words, are the reason that all Americans are having to suffer with dwindling supplies and skyrocketing prices on just about everything.

“The reality is that the only way we’re going to get to a place where we work through this transition is if everyone in America and everyone around the world gets vaccinated,” Adeyemo nonchalantly admitted in an interview.

Calling this “an economy that’s in transition,” Adeyemo went on to acknowledge that prices are getting “high” because of the regime’s fascist policies, but that Biden should still be praised because of the “stimulus payments” it once distributed.

As for the other supply chain disruptions that are occurring internationally, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the specificity of which items are missing and which are still arriving points to foul play and a deliberate attempt at punishing America for not being fully vaccinated.

Necessities like toilet paper, for instance, are once again being limited to certain quantities just like last year, which is no coincidence. This is a deliberate attempt at making the lives of Americans as miserable as possible in order to try to coerce compliance with the agenda.

Amazingly, the latest data shows that nearly everyone who is getting sick now is fully vaccinated. But this fact has not changed any of the regime’s mandatory vaccination policies, which are still being pushed full-steam ahead.

Adeyemo went on to admit this, indicating that if only Americans would agree to roll up their sleeves, then the White House would “provide the resources the American people need to make it to the other side.”

In other words, instead of the this government working for We the People, things have switched to where We the People have become the slaves of the Biden regime – that is, if people continue to obey this illegitimate occupying force.

The latest news about the Biden regime’s plandemic fascism can be found at Fascism.news.

Sources for this article include:

RT.com

NaturalNews.com

REPS. Tlaib, AOC Want Treasury to Deny Tax-Exempt Status to Groups Aiding Israel’s ‘Illegal Settlement Enterprise’

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2021/08/05/tlaib-aoc-want-treasury-to-deny-tax-exempt-status-to-groups-aiding-israels-illegal-settlement-enterprise-n1467251;

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Ever-vigilant for the integrity of our government, Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Anti-Semitic Dog Whistles) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Socialist Swag), and five of their henchmen have written to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, demanding that the Treasury Department stop granting tax-exempt status to American charities that work in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Because they’re aiding and abetting Israel’s “illegal settlement enterprise,” you see. True to form, however, the Squad duo has clearly not done its homework and betrays ignorance of the basic facts of the case.

The group, which also included the forgotten Muslim member of the House, Rep. André Carson of Indiana, and the forgotten member of the Squad, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, declared its “extreme concern that US charities are funding and providing direct support to Israeli organizations that are working to expand and perpetuate Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise in violation of international law, including supporting the dispossession and forced displacement of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods.”

The letter added: “We are concerned that these policies violate US obligations under international law, as well as federal tax law.” It claimed that the tax-exempt status of the groups concerned (which include Central Fund of Israel (CFI) and American Friends of Beit El) was essentially a “subsidy” from the U.S. government that was being used to pay for “serious breaches of international law and violations of internationally recognized human rights related to the expansion of the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise.” These groups were, said the Leftist legislators, “fueling the dispossession and displacement of Palestinians.”

Nor was its call limited to those two groups. The letter demands that Yellen provide a list of U.S. charities that are “operating directly or indirectly in any occupied territory.”

As is characteristic of the Left, this appeal is long on propagandistic plays on the emotions and short on facts. The falsehoods and distortions begin with the letter’s reference to “Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.” The underlying assumption here is that Israel is illegally building homes for Israelis on land that doesn’t belong to Israel, but is “occupied.” Hordes of Leftists in America and elsewhere take this for granted as axiomatically true, but it isn’t. As The Palestinian Delusion explains, Israel did indeed take control of the “occupied” territory in question after the Six-Day War of 1967, during which the Muslim Arab states neighboring Israel launched an unprovoked attack upon it; Israel followed the practice of winners of defensive wars throughout world history in taking territory from the defeated aggressors to ensure there would be no repetition of the aggression.

Nor was the “occupied” territory previously part of a state of Palestine. There was no Palestinian state, then or ever. From 1948 to 1967, the West Bank was occupied by Jordan and Gaza by Egypt, yet nary a word was heard in those days about “occupation,” despite the fact that neither Jordan nor Egypt had any claim on the occupied territory. In fact, there is only one nation in the world that has any legal claim to that territory, and that nation is none other than Israel. The last nation before Israel to own the territory involved was the Ottoman Empire. As that empire was dissolving, it ceded these lands to the League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations, which granted them to Britain for the express purpose of encouraging Jewish settlement for a Jewish national home. That national home is Israel; consequently, the land that Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, and the rest claim is “occupied” and now covered with “illegal settlements,” belongs—by the international law about which they make so much—to Israel, and Israel alone.

The claim that the groups Tlaib and AOC are targeting are “fueling the dispossession and displacement of Palestinians” is likewise false and misleading. The letter to Yellen is no doubt referring to the roiling controversy over the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem, where there are ongoing eviction proceedings against a group of Muslim Arab residents. Are they being illegally thrown out of their homes by rapacious apartheid-minded Israelis? No. Here is a summary of the legal issues involved, and the status of the disputed properties. It shows that the land in question has been owned by Jews since 1875, when it was lawfully purchased, and that two Israeli organizations registered ownership of this land in 1973. The Muslim Arabs living there do not own the land and have consistently refused to pay rent. Tlaib and AOC are demanding that the United States come to the aid of illegal squatters, which is consistent with their war on landlords in this country, but isn’t just in either one.

The letter to Yellen is yet another example of the Left’s utter indifference to truth. If reality doesn’t fit their agenda, so much the worse for reality. And Tlaib and AOC can count on the fact that no one in the establishment media is going to challenge them. After all, today’s “journalists” believe all the same nonsense. So what do our winsome Israel-hating congresswomen have to lose?

Biden Ended Use of Defense Funds for Border Wall. Here’s Where The Money’s Going Instead.

Biden Halts Use of Defense Funds for Border Wall. Here’s Where the Money Is Going Instead

BY LUIS MIGUEL

SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/biden-halts-use-of-defense-funds-for-border-wall-heres-where-the-money-is-going-instead/;

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The fate of America’s border wall is uncertain as the Biden administration pursues a markedly different course on immigration than that of former president Donald Trump.

Biden is reportedly giving back more than $2 billion that had been redirected from Defense Department projects in order to fund the border wall long sought by President Trump. Furthermore, the Biden White House is asking Congress to cancel other remaining border wall funds.

On the campaign trail, Biden vowed not to build “another foot” of the wall along the southern U.S. border. One of the president’s first actions in the Oval Office was to pause the wall’s construction. He also called for a plan for use of the wall funds to be submitted within 60 days, a deadline that lapsed in March.

“Building a massive wall that spans the entire southern border and costs American taxpayers billions of dollars is not a serious policy solution or responsible use of Federal funds,” read a release from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The Department of Defense (DoD) has already started ending border wall construction projects that used diverted funds. The Biden administration has said they are halting expansion of the wall wherever legally possible.

The monies that had been allocated for the wall will now go to 66 different defense projects, including for military housing, on-base schools, and training facilities.

Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reviewing land that was acquired by eminent domain over the past year for the border wall. If DHS deems tracts of land not to be needed, it “will work to return the land to its prior owners.”

Yet the administration is required to use an estimated $1.9 billion in funds on border barriers because they were directed to do so by Congress. For this reason, the White House is “reiterating its call for Congress to cancel funds it previously appropriated for border barrier projects so that these resources can instead be used for modern, effective border management measures to improve safety and security.”

The Biden DHS seeks to use those funds to prioritize “urgent life, safety, and environmental issues resulting from the previous Administration’s wall construction,” as well as for clean-up of DoD-funded construction sites.

Earlier this year, the Biden administration said it would resume construction of a flood wall in the Rio Grande Valley area of south Texas and address soil erosion on the U.S. border along San Diego, California.

Under President Trump, the federal government built 52 miles of new slatted structures where no barrier had previously existed and added hundreds of miles of replacement fencing. 

Supporters of the wall argue that using defense funds for the wall is not “diverting” at all because a border barrier that repels foreign invasion is a core national defense activity.

In the absence of presidential initiative on border security, some Republicans are seeking to stop illegal immigration at the state level.

Texas Governor Greg Abbot, a Republican, has announced that he will build a wall along the southern border.

“Long term, only Congress and the president can fix our broken border,” Abbott said in Del Rio. “But in the meantime, Texas is going to do everything possible, including beginning to make arrests, to keep our community safe, to keep the cartels and smugglers out, and to keep your community safe.”

Earlier this month, Abbot moved to close more than 50 shelters in Texas that house approximately 4,000 migrant children, arguing that the federal government cannot legally force the state to continue issuing licenses in reaction to a federal problem. The Biden administration has threatened to sue unless that order is rescinded.

Even Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency whose purpose it is to enforce federal immigration law, has taken a softer approach under Biden. The agency has terminated a Trump-era office that focused on victims of crimes linked to illegal immigration.

Notably, Texas Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Biden’s pick to lead ICE, opposed ICE raids to deport illegal aliens during the Trump administration.

“I do not support #ICERaids that threaten to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of whom do not represent a threat to the U.S.,” Gonzalez tweeted in July of 2019. “The focus should always be on clear & immediate safety threats. Not others who are not threats.”

Blinken to ask Congress for $75,000,000 to help Palestinians in Gaza

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/05/blinken-to-ask-congress-for-75000000-to-help-palestinians-in-gaza;

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That’s $75,000,000 of American taxpayer money to repair damage that was caused by Hamas in its jihad war against Israel. The White House announced a couple of days ago that Blinken was leaving for the Middle East to “rebuild ties” with the Palestinians; that is exactly what he is doing, lavishly. Meanwhile, Hamas is gloating, knowing full well that the next time it launches rockets at Israel and Israel defends itself, the Palestinians will suffer as nothing more than tools to utilize in its war against the state of Israel. Then America will come to the rescue.

Hamas has faced no consequences; instead, it has been rewarded for its rocket attacks against Israeli citizens, and for the fine job it has done in purveying propaganda.

“Blinken Announces New US Disaster Relief for Gaza,” by Nike Ching, VOA News, May 25, 2021:

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he will ask Congress for $75 million in assistance for Palestinians in Gaza following the recent cease-fire that brought an end to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Blinken made the announcement after talks in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday.

“We know that the last round of violence is symptomatic of a larger set of issues that we have to address if we’re going to prevent its recurrence and that’s what we talked about today,” Blinken said. “We welcome the cease-fire that continues to hold but that’s not enough, we have to build on the cease-fire and try to move things in a genuinely positive direction.”

Blinken also reiterated Tuesday that the Biden administration’s belief that a two-state solution “is the only way to truly assure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state. And, of course, to give the Palestinians the state that they’re entitled to.”

The top U.S. diplomat said the U.S. would reopen its consulate in Jerusalem after the Trump administration closed it in 2019, provide $5.5 million in immediate disaster assistance and more than $32 million for a United Nations emergency humanitarian relief campaign.

Blinken said the consulate’s reopening is “an important way for our country to engage with and provide support to the Palestinian people.”

Of the U.S.-designated terror group that controls Gaza, Blinken said “We will work to ensure that Hamas doesn’t benefit from these reconstruction efforts.”

Earlier in the day, the secretary of state underscored Israel’s right to defend itself as he visited Jerusalem on Tuesday as part of an effort to build on a cease-fire.

Speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Blinken said both Israel and the Palestinians experienced “profound” losses during the fighting, and that there is a lot of work ahead to restore hope, respect and trust.

“Casualties are often reduced to numbers, but behind every number is an individual human being — a daughter, a son, a father, a mother, a grandparent, a best friend,” said Blinken. “And as the Talmud teaches, to lose a life is to lose the whole world, whether that life is Palestinian or Israeli.”…

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SEE ALSO: 

Secretary of State Blinken Meets with Supporter of Third Intifada

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/05/secretary-of-state-blinken-meets-with-supporter-of-third-intifada

Biden vows to ‘provide rapid humanitarian assistance for the Gaza reconstruction efforts’ with US taxpayer money

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/05/biden-vows-to-provide-rapid-humanitarian-assistance-for-the-gaza-reconstruction-efforts-with-us-taxpayer-money;

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This will free up more cash for Hamas to use to replenish its rocket supply and enable it to resume its jihad more quickly.

“Biden hails ceasefire, vows to rebuild Gaza and restock Israel’s Iron Dome,” by Steven Nelson, New York Post, May 20, 2021 (thanks to the Geller Report):

President Biden on Thursday endorsed an Egypt-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas — while vowing the US would help rebuild Gaza and restock Israel’s missile defense system.

Biden condemned the militant group Hamas and said he spoke six times during the two-week conflict with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — two times more than was publicly known.

“We remain committed to work with the United Nations and other international stakeholders to provide rapid humanitarian assistance and to marshal international support for the people of Gaza and the Gaza reconstruction efforts,” Biden said in a speech from the White House.

“We will do this in full partnership with the Palestinian Authority — not Hamas, the Authority — in a manner that does not permit Hamas to simply restock its military arsenal.”

Hamas, an Islamic fundamentalist offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, has governed Gaza since winning a 2007 Palestinian civil war against the less-radical leadership of the Palestinian Authority.

Biden also said the US would help replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which shot down many rockets fired from Gaza.

“I extend my sincere gratitude to President el-Sisi and the senior Egyptian officials who plays such a critical role in this diplomacy,” Biden said.

“These hostilities have resulted in a tragic test of so many civilians, including children, and I send my sincere condolences to all the families, Israeli and Palestinian, who have lost loved ones and my hope for a full recovery for the wounded.”…

Fund the Police and Build the Wall: House Democrats Pass $1.9 Billion Capitol Security Bill

Fund the Police and Build the Wall: House Democrats Pass $1.9 Billion Capitol Security Bill

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SEE: https://thenewamerican.com/fund-the-police-and-build-the-wall-house-democrats-pass-1-9-billion-capitol-security-bill/;

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While many Democrats running America’s cities have been defunding their police departments, the Beltway Democrats are trying to militarize the Capitol. Nearly all House Democrats — the same people who supported the “Defund the Police” movement and opposed Trump’s border wall and called it a waste of money — want more police, more fencing, and other enhanced security measures to protect them. On Thursday, they passed a $1.9 billion spending bill to upgrade Capitol security in the wake of the January 6 Capitol protests.

A tight 213-212 vote came after an 11-hour scramble on the floor, with the far-left Representatives known as “the Squad” nearly tanking the legislation. All Republicans present voted against it, and three Democrats crossed party lines to oppose the security bill, namely, Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Cori Bush of Missouri. Fellow “Squad” members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan voted “present,” as did Jamaal Bowman of New York. 

Though “the Squad” members are vehemently anti-Trump, they have opposed expanding “domestic terror laws” in the wake of the January riot. However, their stated concern was less for the well-being of Donald Trump’s supporters, but for the “black, brown, indigenous, people of color and leftist groups” Tlaib claimed would be targeted by any such laws.

Unexpected Republican allies Bush, Omar, and Pressley said in a joint statement that “We cannot support this increased funding while many of our communities continue to face police brutality while marching in the streets, and while questions about the disparate response between insurrectionists and those protesting in defense of Black lives go unanswered.” They also complained the bill “does far too little to address the unspeakable trauma of the countless officers, staff, and support workers who were on-site that day.”

The bill would, indeed, dramatically expand security around the Capitol. $730 million would be used to pay “reimbursement” to the Capitol Police, the D.C. police, the National Guard, and other federal agencies that responded on the day of the riot and that were present in the city afterward, until May 23. $520.9 million would pay for the National Guard deployment, $66.8 million would go to the District of Columbia, and $43.9 million to the U.S. Capitol Police. Nearly $40 million is directed for the prosecution of the rioters already arrested. 

The bill directs more than $950 million to harden the Capitol and install new security measures for members of Congress, a sharp increase from $585.8 million allocated in 2020. The lion’s share of the funds — $529.7 million — would be used to upgrade the architecture of the Capitol building, including $250 million to ramp up physical security of the Capitol complex infrastructure, and potentially install retractable security fencing to replace the steel boundary in place around the Capitol since January. 

Among other provisions, $200 million would be used to set up a “quick reaction force” to back up Capitol Police in any future emergencies, and $21.5 million to the House sergeant-at-arms to ramp up protection details for members. So just like that, responsible people carrying guns are welcomed by anti-gun Democrats.

The bill also includes $500,800 for new trauma counselors and support for the Office of Employee Assistance.

Democrat legislators thoughtfully provided $155 million for miscellaneous issues “related to COVID-19,” such as enhanced cleaning, personal protective equipment, telework equipment, and overtime pay for the members of the Congress; and hotel rooms for officers and staff unable to return home due to positive cases of the coronavirus.

While the bill squeaked through the House, it faces an even more uncertain fate in the Senate, where the Democrats hold a single-vote majority and will need to win over 10 Republicans to ensure its passage.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) raised concerns during talks and more recently issued a statement, saying that even though he is “committed to moving a bill in the Senate to address these important needs … we must make sure we are making smart investments in our security based on lessons learned. It is important to me that the Capitol, a potent symbol of our democracy, remains open and accessible to the public and does not feel like a militarized zone.”

Republican opposition centered around the bill’s cost, but also around its potential to permanently militarize the Capitol. Allocating $200 million for a quick reaction force “raises serious concerns about the role of our military on American soil,” Representative Kelly Granger (R-Texas) said during debate on the bill. House and Senate Armed Services Committee ranking members Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said in a statement Wednesday, “We cannot and should not militarize the security of the Capitol Complex.”

Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Appropriations Committee, said Congress should study the spending methodically rather than “rush to judgment and throw a lot of money at something.”

“I think we are pushing the pause button here,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday, suggesting that no money be spent until Congressional hearings into the riot are concluded.

 

Biden Spends Billions Convincing Christians & Conservatives on COVID Shots

Rumble — In this episode of Behind the Deep State, host Alex Newman explores the Biden administration's $3 billion scheme to convince white conservatives and evangelical Christians to take the controversial and experimental COVID19 shots. Perhaps most alarming is the targeting of "faith-based" groups and leaders for the propaganda campaign, which defies the U.S. Constitution and represents an outrageous intrusion into the church by the federal government. Also on the list is partnering with NASCAR and other companies. This is dangerous and illegal.

 

UNRWA again teaching jihad terror and Jew-hatred as Biden’s handlers resume taxpayer funding with no conditions

BY ROBERT SPENCER

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/04/unrwa-again-teaching-jihad-terror-and-jew-hatred-as-bidens-handlers-resume-taxpayer-funding-with-no-conditions;

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Already the most anti-Israel administration since the founding of the modern state of Israel, and Biden’s handlers are just getting started in their betrayal of our only reliable ally in the Middle East, a nation that stands on the front lines of the global jihad.

“UNRWA Caught Teaching Terrorism, Jew-Hatred as Biden Admin Resumes Taxpayer Funding,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, April 16, 2021 (thanks to Henry):

The United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency is promoting violence against Israel and using educational materials that call for the Jewish state’s destruction, according to video evidence and copies of lesson plans being taught to children before and during the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is in charge of providing education to scores of Palestinian children, has done little to root out anti-Semitism and the glorification of terrorism from its official lesson plans, although it has repeatedly pledged to do so.

The Biden administration moved almost immediately to restart U.S. funding for UNRWA despite underlying concerns about the agency’s radical educational materials—fears that have been raised by U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in recent years. After aid was resumed earlier this month, UNRWA promised the Biden administration it will root out violence and anti-Semitism, though officials could not explain precisely how the agency would do this after decades of using anti-Israel materials.

A State Department spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon that UNRWA uses the Palestinian Authority’s curriculum and works “to address the problematic content and provides instructions for its staff to educate students about why the content is problematic.” UNRWA, the official said, “must respect neutrality, exclude anti-Semitism, and oppose violence.”

“The United States is completely committed to working with UNRWA to ensure that any inappropriate material is identified and removed,” the spokesman said. ”Our resumption of assistance will allow us to serve as a partner to UNRWA to uphold the highest level of neutrality and commitment to tolerance in its educational materials.”

The State Department spokesman did not address UNRWA’s decades-long failure to better police its content despite the organization’s repeated promises to do so.

Undercover videos taken at several UNRWA facilities during the past year show children participating in militant displays and calling for Israel’s destruction. Teachers have also been documented over Zoom, which replaced in-classroom learning in the wake of the pandemic, using lesson plans that deem Israel illegitimate and brand Jews as “foreign settlers” who must be violently removed from the region.

The latest evidence, unearthed by the Center for Near East Policy Research, an Israeli watchdog group that has investigated UNRWA for years, was presented late last month to a bipartisan group of congressional staffers just before the Biden administration moved forward with a controversial plan to send $150 million in U.S. aid to UNRWA. Funding to the organization had been frozen since 2018 after the Trump administration determined UNRWA’s anti-Semitic and anti-Israel agenda was too toxic to support….

The latest UNRWA curriculums are “based on Jihad, martyrdom and the ‘right of return by force of arms,’” said David Bedein, the Center for Near East Policy Research’s director. The U.S. government, he said, must demand the aid agency “cease paramilitary training in all UNRWA schools” and “insist that UNRWA dismiss employees affiliated with Hamas”—calls that have been ignored for years as UNRWA continues to take U.S. and European funding….

The Biden administration’s decision to resume UNRWA funding without any strings attached drew a scathing and rare public rebuke from the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., and Jewish groups typically aligned with the Democratic White House.

“Israel is strongly opposed to the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity happening in UNRWA’s facilities,” said Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States. “In conversations with the U.S. State Department, I have expressed my disappointment and objection to the decision to renew UNRWA’s funding without first ensuring that certain reforms, including stopping the incitement and removing anti-Semitic content from its educational curriculum, are carried out.”…

UN applauds Biden administration gift of $250,000,000 in ‘aid’ to Palestinians

BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/04/un-applauds-biden-administration-gift-of-250000000-in-aid-to-palestinians;

republished below in full unedited for informational, educational & research purposes:

Joe Biden has become the most renowned useful idiot, and now his administration gets a gold star from the United Nations.

Australia and even Canada announced in February that they would investigate UNRWA funding because of Palestinian schoolbooks inciting jihad violence:

In January, the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se), an Israeli watchdog that analyzes Palestinian textbooks, found that the new textbooks produced by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) were “rife with problematic content that contradicts stated UN values.”

Back in August, “Palestinians” said that UNRWA was planning to rename its schools after jihad terrorists, but UNRWA issued a denial. Given the reputation of the UNRWA and the fact Biden is rewarding the Palestinians while they remain on a one-state mission (i.e., the total annihilation of Israel), Americans should be in an uproar over how their tax money is being spent. Add that to Biden’s disastrous immigration policy.

For more reference:

Hamas sleeper cell and Islamic Jihad discovered working together inside UNRWA June 25, 2019

UNRWA inciting jihad violence against Israel in its Jerusalem schools January 31, 2019

UNRWA schoolbooks in Gaza stress jihad, martyrdom, denial of Israel, and return of “refugees” by force of arms October 30, 2014

UNRWA gives Hamas rockets found in Gaza school back to Hamas July 20, 2014

Why there are civilian casualties in Gaza: Islamic jihadists place rockets in Gaza UNRWA school July 17, 2014

“U.N. Applauds Biden Admin for $250 Million Aid Gift to Palestinians,” by Simon Kent, Breitbart, April 8, 2021:

The Biden administration was applauded Thursday by the U.N. agency for so-called Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, after it offered $250 million in funding while sidestepping a 2018 law that prevents U.S. taxpayer dollars from supporting the Palestinian Authority.

“UNRWA could not be more pleased that once again we will partner with the United States to provide critical assistance to some of the most vulnerable refugees across the Middle East,” the agency’s commissioner general, Philippe Lazzarini, said in a statement seen by AFP.

“The U.S. contribution comes at a critical moment, as we continue to adjust to the challenges the Covid-19 pandemic presents.”

As Breitbart News reported, the State Department’s announcement of the funding flow confirmed weeks of speculation about a “quiet” effort to restart finance for the Palestinians — even as the American public struggles during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. plans included $75m in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10m for peacebuilding programs through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAid), and $150m in humanitarian assistance for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

The direct Palestinian aid – with no concessions asked for or offered in return – is in direct contrast to the position taken by former U.S. President Donald Trump.

In 2018 he signed the Taylor Force Act into law, which prevents the U.S. from providing economic support and other funding to the Palestinian Authority while it continues to offer stipends for the families of deceased terrorists, or to pay terrorists in Israeli prisons — a policy referred to by critics as “pay-for-slay.”

The Palestinian leadership, having refused to end the payments, as a consequence lost U.S. funding.

Trump also cut funding to the UNRWA because of concerns that it has supported terror. The Taylor Force Act allows for a limited set of humanitarian exemptions, such as funding for vaccination programs.

The Biden decision to earmark millions in Palestinian support drew particular anger from Israel, which argues the agency serves to perpetuate the idea of a Palestinian refugee problem in a way that undermines the Jewish state.

Palestinians never concealed their contempt for Trump or his support of Israel….

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