Monday Top Headline Summary

Media Editors: With friends like these… “Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar ripped former President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama in an interview published Friday, belittling his ‘pretty face’ and saying his agenda of hope and change was an illusion,” the New York Post reports. “She cited the ‘caging of kids’ at the Mexican border and the ‘droning of countries around the world’ on scumbag/liar-nObama’s watch — and argued that he wasn’t much different from President Trump.” Fox News adds, “The broadside delivered at scumbag/liar-nObama is highly unusual for any Democrat, especially one who has been in the House for two months and has already ticked off party elders with her outspokenness.”

According to The Washington Post, “President Trump on Monday will propose major spending cuts across a range of domestic government programs while seeking a large increase for the Pentagon, a budget plan that’s already encountering withering opposition from Democrats who control the House, as well as some Republicans. … Even with deep spending cuts, the president’s plan would not balance the budget until the mid-2030s.” Reuters says Trump also “will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional $8.6 billion to help pay for the wall he promised to build on the southern border with Mexico to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking.”

“A federal judge in California who ordered the Trump administration to reunite more than 2,800 migrant families separated at the southwest border says potentially thousands more could be affected by his ruling. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of San Diego said in a preliminary ruling issued late Friday that parents who were separated from their children on or after July 1, 2017, should be included as part of a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. … Sabraw said he will hold a hearing later this month to decide whether the government will have to identify and reunite the additional families.” (NPR)

“Ethiopian Airlines temporarily grounded its fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes Monday, a day after one of them crashed shortly after takeoff, carving a gash in the earth and killing all 157 people on board. Thirty-five countries had someone among the dead, including the United States. There were at least eight Americans on the aircraft. There was no immediate indication why the plane went down in clear weather while on a flight to Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya, but the crash was strikingly similar to that of a Lion Air jet that went down in the sea off Indonesian last year, killing 189. Both accidents involved Max 8s.” (CBS News)

“Generation Z has a more positive view of the word ‘socialism’ than previous generations, and — along with millennials — are more likely to embrace socialistic policies and principles than past generations, according to a new Harris Poll,” Axios reports. Among these two generations, 73.2% believe in taxpayer-funded universal health care; 67.1% believe in taxpayer-funded college; and 49.6% would rather live in a socialist country.

Speaking of socialism… “Furious Venezuelans lined up to buy water and fuel on Sunday as the country endured a fourth day of a nationwide blackout that has left already-scarce food rotting in shops, homes suffering for lack of water and cell phones without reception. Authorities have managed to provide only patchy access to power since the outage began on Thursday in what President Nicolas Maduro called an act of U.S.-backed sabotage, but critics insist it is the result of incompetence and corruption.” (Reuters)

“‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts following his Chicago attack allegations. … The indictment — eight counts from what he told the officer who responded to the report of the attack and eight for what he later told a detective — comes a little more than two weeks after prosecutors announced one felony count of the same charge.” (Fox News)

“A lawyer representing Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann said … that Sandmann plans to sue CNN for at least $250 million. … ‘CNN was probably more vicious in its direct attacks on Nicholas than The Washington Post. And CNN goes into millions of individuals’ homes. It’s broadcast into their homes,‘ [attorney L. Lin] Wood told [Mark] Levin. … ‘You have a situation where CNN couldn’t resist the idea that here’s a guy, a young boy, with a “Make America Great Again” cap on. So they go after him.’“ (The Hill)

“The [Trump] administration is drawing up demands that Germany, Japan and eventually any other country hosting U.S. troops pay the full price — plus 50 percent or more for the privilege. That may see some nations asked to cough up five to six times as much as they do now. If the plan gets traction it could prove to be a paradigm shift for U.S. foreign policy and its relationships around the world. It risks fanning debates in some countries about whether they even want U.S. troops and creating a vacuum that might give the advantage to the likes of China and Russia.” (Bloomberg)

“The Trump administration signaled Friday it intends to implement a ban on transgender people serving in the military after a federal court struck down the last injunction against the policy the previous day. … Former Defense Secretary James Mattis laid out a policy in March 2018 that would allow transgender people to serve if they do so ‘in their biological sex.’” (The Hill)

Policy: The Heritage Foundation’s Michaela Dodge says, “The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee demonstrated a scary lack of understanding of nuclear weapons policy Wednesday during a hearing seeking outside perspectives on the U.S. nuclear posture. Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., jumped at the opportunity to attack the U.S. fleet of intercontinental ballistic missiles, known as ICBMs, calling them unnecessary for deterrence and easily identifiable targets. Smith misunderstands the value that ICBMs bring to U.S. national security and that of our allies, which is scary given the importance of the role he plays.”

Policy: Three doctors in Congress — Reps. Scott DesJarlais, Paul Gosar, and Andy Harris — diagnose the problems with Medicare for All (The Daily Signal)

~The Patriot Post


Former DNC Chair: Dem Party Made Huge ‘Mistake’ by Barring Fox News

by Henry Rodgers

{} ~ Former Democratic National Committee chairman Ed Rendell said the Democratic party made a big “mistake”… by barring Fox News hosts from moderating 2020 debates. “I think it was a mistake for the DNC to do what it did,” Rendell, said Thursday night on Fox News. “I know they were taken off a little bit by the New Yorker article, but as you said: If I was DNC chair, I would, and I think Tom Perez is doing a good job — but if I was DNC chair, Laura, I would say give me Brett Bair, Chris Wallace, and Juan Williams and you can have that Fox debate anywhere, anytime, any number of times. I’d be confident that it’d be fair.”After the news broke, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace accused some Democrats of having “Fox derangement syndrome.” “Recent reporting in the New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration and Fox News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates,” Tom Perez said in a statement. “Therefore, Fox News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.” Perez is the current chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Fox’s Senior Vice President Bill Sammon released a statement on behalf of the network Wednesday, saying he hopes the DNC will reconsider. “We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate.”…


Special Prosecutor John Huber Meets with Attorney General Bill Barr

by Cristina Laila

{} ~ John Huber, the special prosecutor tapped by former AG Jeff Sessions to investigate FISA abuses by scumbag/liar-nObama’s DOJ/FBI, met with newly-confirmed Attorney General Bill Barr this week… Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee say John Huber still has not interviewed key witnesses and they want answers. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Doug Collins (R-GA) sent a letter to special prosecutor John Huber on January 8th demanding answers by a January 21st deadline. “Your investigation has been ongoing for over nine months. During the course of our extensive investigation we have interviewed more than a dozen current and former DOJ and FBI personnel, and were surprised to hear none of these potentially informative witnesses testified to speaking with you,” the GOP lawmakers wrote. The Republican Congressmen then blasted Huber for being a no-show at the December hearing where scumbag/liar-Clinton Foundation whistleblowers Lawrence Doyle of DM Income Advisors and John Moynihan of JFM Associates testified. “Further, last month, then-chairman Mark Meadows invited you to testify as a witness at the Subcommittee on Government Operations’ hearing ‘Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the scumbag/liar-Clinton Foundation.’ We were disappointed to learn from the department that you were not enthusiastic about testifying when declining the invitation.” The GOP Congressmen gave Huber a deadline of January 21st to respond to the following demands…


Pentagon Mulling $1 Billion in Leftover Military Pay And Pension Accounts for Border Wall

by Randy DeSoto

{} ~ The Pentagon is reportedly planning to tap $1 billion in leftover funds from military pay and pension allotments to help finance border wall construction… according to a top Senate Democrat. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency last month to obtain additional funding building additional barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico. Besides the $1.375 billion Congress voted to authorize for barrier funding in February, the White House plans to redirect $3.6 billion from a military construction fund, $2.5 billion from a Department of Defense drug interdiction program and $600 million from the Treasury Department from a drug forfeiture fund. The national emergency is specifically being used to tap the $3.6 billion from the military construction fund. Senate Minority Whip scumbag-Dick Durbin of Illinois told the Associated Press that the DOD plans to repurpose $1 billion from excess military recruitment bonuses and pensions toward wall funding. He explained that Army recruitment is down, and voluntary early retirement numbers were also lower than anticipated, which resulted in the surplus funds being available. According to the AP, the Pentagon is trying to minimize the money being taken away from other military construction projects, which lawmakers want to see spent in their home states and districts…


Fleeing jihadi brides say last remnants of ISIS ‘caliphate’ are a ‘catastrophic’

by Ross Ibbetson

{} ~ brides fleeing the last remnants of the ISIS ‘caliphate’ say they have left behind a ‘catastrophic’ hell, as the evacuation of civilians will be halted today ahead of a final battle… One woman described how the town of Baghouz in eastern Syria was subjected to constant bombings and fires, saying: ‘you would wake up and everything was destroyed.’ More than 7,000 – mostly women and children, as well as some suspected ISIS fighters – have been packed out of the town in the last two days. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say they will resume their ferocious siege on the last few hundred jihadists today after helping people to surrender. ‘The last days were horrible,’ said Sana, a 47-year-old Finnish woman among the thousands who fled the bastion on Tuesday. ‘Bombing, shooting, burning all the tents… you would wake up and everything was destroyed.’ The operation to smash the last remnant of the ‘caliphate’ that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed in 2014 resumed Friday after a long humanitarian pause. Veiled from head to toe, Sana mixed milk powder with water to feed her children…


How We Could See Bibles Back in the Classroom

by In 1963, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Abington School District could no longer have Bible reading in their school… as it was deemed by the court to be a violation of the First Amendment. Since that time, Bible readings in public school as well as prayer have been consistently removed from the curriculum across the country. Many argue this ruling, along with a few others within a three-year time frame, was the first step away from God and towards a more hedonistic culture, which has had many negative consequences. Thankfully, it seems the tide might be turning back towards welcoming the Word of God in public schools. There are currently seven states that offer Bible classes as an option in their public schools, and six more are expected to follow. This movement encouraged by believers who want to see the Bible back in schools is gaining ground. Believers who support the push say their goal is to “Teach the book that has shaped our civilization like no other.” Randy Forbes, a former Congressman of Virginia, rightly points out that — more than a spiritual guide — the Bible is one of the foundational pieces of literature for our civilization. “Who in the world would want to ban or censor one of the top five most impactful books in all of history?” he said. Forbes, who is a leader in the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, is helping lead the charge for such classes. He is effectively spearheading the fight along with other lawmakers and activists to restore this important piece of our culture to prominence…


Save Social Security or Expand It?

Brian Mark Weber: In 2018, young voters who helped bring the U.S. House back into the hands of Democrats thought their dreams had come true. Just tax the rich, they thought, and they’d coast along through their adult years. But Democrats know that someone has to pay. They just don’t want anyone else to know.

Take Social Security, for instance. Now that Nancy Pulosi is once again speaker of the House, her party is working on a plan to make all those young people pay more to keep Social Security solvent. Rep. John Larson (D-CT) wants to expand benefits through his Social Security 2100 Act.

Yet, as the editors at The Wall Street Journal remind us, “The political pitch is that this would make Social Security more financially secure, but it would do the opposite. Social Security financing is increasingly stretched as fewer workers are available to support each baby boomer retiree. Social Security’s trustees reported in 2018 that filling the looming financing gap would require an ‘immediate and permanent’ payroll tax increase to 15.18%, a 17% benefit cut, or some mix of both.”

Someone should alert these up-and-coming American socialists that they’re actually going to have to pay for all that “free” stuff. And they’ll pay big when they finally enter the workforce. Some of them will have to fork over a third or even half of their income to foot a bill that’s becoming an ever-more massive portion of federal outlays.

The editorial board at USA Today writes that in the next fiscal year, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid will “account for nearly 62 percent of all expenditures, far exceeding national defense (15.7 percent) and interest on the national debt (9.7 percent.) In fact, the federal government might best be described as a nuclear-armed, if woefully underfunded, health care and retirement provider. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that in just 10 years, half of all federal spending (except for debt service) will be benefits to senior citizens.”

And that’s one of the main issues with the Social Security 2100 Act. The plan may very well keep Social Security funded, but there won’t be a penny left for all those other utopian projects Democrats dream of implementing. How many Millennials would support this act if they knew it would require putting aside fantasies of free tuition or the Green New Deal?

Of course, all of this assumes that the money collected for Social Security is put aside for our seniors. How many times have we heard about a Social Security “lock box” or trust fund that the government raids whenever it needs funding for its pet projects? And let’s not forget about the national debt, which has just surpassed $22 trillion.

Democrats and Republicans alike don’t seem to care about anything other than pandering to their interest groups. In this case, it’s seniors. But at least Democrats reward their supporters — unlike the GOP, which talks a good game about reform but doesn’t tend to follow through when it has the opportunity.

During the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency, Republicans controlled all branches of the federal government. They could have done what they’ve promised but failed to do for decades: rein in federal spending and privatize entitlements in order to keep the government leaner and more efficient.

That’s a tall task for a party that couldn’t even muster enough support in its own ranks to repeal and replace scumbag/liar-nObamaCare. It doesn’t help that President Trump himself has promised to not touch entitlements. For now, the Social Security 2100 Act isn’t likely to go very far with Republicans holding the Senate. But Democrats are moving forward to expand government programs that Republicans didn’t have the courage to tackle.

Unfortunately, this latest scheme is nothing more than a shell game designed to help Democrats attract more senior votes in the next election. Sure, it may put a few more bucks into grandma’s purse during her golden years. But everyone contributing to the system now will pay the ultimate price when this fiscal house of cards collapses. 

~The Patriot Post


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