Thursday, July 12, 2018

July, 2018, Part 4, Political Class Insanity: Wasting Millions In Afghanistan and Shredding Constitutional Rights In Washington

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) We have previously talked about the U.S. effort in Afghanistan and how quite likely there has never been any other situation in the history of the Federal government where so much taxpayer wealth was spent for so little in return. But a recent article by Brian Doherty in the August, 2018 edition of Reason magazine brings us up to date on how very bad our tax dollars were misspent in the country:

  • Special Inspector General for Afghanistan (SIGAR), John Sopko, recently announced that the U.S. taxpayer has spent an amazing $126 BILLION just for reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, i.e. exclusive of military costs, since 2002.
  • If you adjust this 17 year effort for inflation, then we have spent more in this one country than what was spent for the entire Marshall plan after World War II.
  • And while the Marshall Plan is generally hailed as a huge success for rebuilding Europe after the war, the same cannot be said for Afghanistan reconstruction.
  • For example, $43 million was spent for a single single automobile propane gas filling station somewhere in the hinterland of Afghanistan.
  • The Pentagon could never explain why such a single station cost so much in Afghanistan but only $500,000 for an identical station in Pakistan.
  • And not only were the costs outlandish, there was no propane gas infrastructure to bring propane gas to the station so it was basically useless….for $43 million.
  • The Pentagon also spent $500,000 to construct a typical Afghan village that was to be used to train Afghan police and military personnel “to conduct simulated police search and clearance exercises.”
  • Unfortunately, poor construction and lack of oversight resulted in shoddy construction and the facility “began to disintegrate.
  • Despite this disaster, the contractor still got paid in full.
  • The American taxpayer spent $60 million for what was supposed to be a brand new Marriott hotel in the downtown area of the country’s capital, Kabul.
  • But when Senator Rand Paul toured the site he found out how badly this project went: “I walked the halls of this deserted, unfinished shell of a dream,” which had “barren rooms, empty elevator shafts, and no electric power” which “ left the entire site uninhabited and uninhabitable.”
  • But it is not just the $60 million that got wasted since the the tall building skeleton is close to the American embassy which makes it an ideal point to launch attacks against the embassy which means that more money has to be spent every day just to secure this disaster from the Taliban and other terrorists.
  • According to findings of those auditing the entire effort in the country, “Every day that we distribute money, people squander or steal it, and no one is ever held accountable."
  • SIGAR recently found that an effort to bring electricity to the countryside wasted another $60 million since “mismanagement of the contract has resulted in the U.S. government spending almost $60 million on a power-transmission project that is not operational because land acquisition and right of way issues have not been resolved and because there is no contract provision to permanently connect the system to a power source,” i.e. we built a power transmission project that does not connect to any power source that would supply the transmission facility.
  • In addition to probably never becoming operational, SIGAR found that three of the 18 power towers were shoddily built and could fall down onto villages along the path of the wires, endangering local villagers.
  • U.S. taxpayers paid to build two schools in the country that were constructed so poorly that SUGAR concluded that one of the buildings “may be beyond repair or rehabilitation” and is “located in an area of high seismic activity: SIGAR believes it is likely to collapse in the event of an earthquake…”
  • The U.S. government has spent about $8 billion to get rid of opium poppy crops in the country which has resulted in the confiscation of almost half a million tons of opium.
  • While that half a million tons sounds impressive, it represents about 5% of the total opium going out of the country in just a single year.
  • The Pentagon spent $28 million on camouflage uniforms for Afghanistan that were designed for a woodland environment even though only 2% of Afghanistan could be considered woodland.
  • Also, in addition to ordering and paying for camouflage uniforms that are basically useless in the country, the Pentagon “used a proprietary pattern that involved extra fees and had not been shown to be any more effective than standard patterns.”
  • Despite spending all of this money on reconstruction, and untold billions of dollars on direct military in country costs, the security of the country is still a disaster with the United Nations reporting that there are on average 65 “security incidents” per day in the country, i.e. despite our best efforts, the country is no more secure, safe, or built up than it was back in 2002 when this whole disaster of an operation was undertaken.
How much is $126 billion? It would be enough to give every American a check for just under $400, or a family of four a check for about $1,600. It could pay for about about a quarter of a million teachers or police officers at $50,000 a year for ten years. How many shelters for the homeless or drug addiction treatments could it have done for needy and suffering Americans? A lot. Instead, the Federal Government, two Presidential administrations, and the Pentagon wasted it away for nothing in return half a world away. Insanity.

2) We have often reported on how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS to harass, impede, and prevent non-profit organizations that were at odds with Obama’s policies to exercise their First Amendment rights. This is not a disputed fact any more, Lois Lerner and others in the IRS actively blocked Conservative, Tea Party, and Republican groups from attaining tax exempt status to exercise their free speech rights.

But now we find out that it was not just Obama’s Democratic administration that were at fault and violating millions of Americans’ Constitutional rights. According to government records obtained by Judicial Watch:

  • A former staff member of REPUBLICAN Senator John McCain urged the IRS to target conservative and Tea Party groups for “financially ruinous audits.
  • These IRS conversations occurred on April 20, 2013 and included McCain staff member, Henry Kerner, and high ranking IRS employees including the infamous Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS exempt organization group.
  • During the conversation, Kerner asked Lerner to “audit so many [organizations] that it is financially ruinous.”
  • Despite this now documented and real conversation and meeting, Lerner is on record in front of Congress claiming that her blocking of groups tax exempt status were “absolutely incorrect, insensitive, and inappropriate.”
  • But since Obama and his henchman wanted this to happen, Lerner faced no consequences for her illegal and unethical practices of denying Americans their First Amendment rights.
  • But it gets worse from a timing perspective since shortly after this meeting, the Treasury inspector general released their report that found, “Early in Calendar Year 2010, the IRS began using inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax-exempt status.”
  • This criteria included delaying the approval of the applications to the IRS until after the 2012 elections which means that many voices that would have likely opposed Obama’s reelection were blocked by Lerner and her IRS cronies. 
And thanks to Judicial Watch we now know it was not just the Democrat in the White House that wanted to squelch Americans’ First Amendment rights but also at least on Republican in the Senate that wanted the same infringement also. Which proves our long standing point: why there may be two major political parties in Washington, there is really only one political class, a class of arrogant, law breaking and self serving people that want their way even if it means shredding the Constitution and the rights laid out in it.

That will do it for today’s insanity: still wasting billions in Afghanistan and wasting First Amendment rights in Washington. More insanity to follow.


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Saturday, July 7, 2018

July, 2018, Part 3, Political CLass Insanity: Hypocrisy and Feces In California and Fraud In Maine

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) The state of California probably has the most intrusive, overbearing, and over regulating set of politicians and state government in the country. They interject themselves into just about every aspect of citizens’ lives from what kind of car they can drive, how much water they can use, to Lord knows what else. It is truly not a free state, given the over regulation that occurs and how much control politicians have over everyone’s lives.

Unfortunately, this control is almost always counterproductive since no politician is smart enough to control all factors in life and their actions often result in very bad unexpected consequences. Consider what is going on in San Francisco, one of the most regulated cities in one of the most regulated states, according to a recent article from the Freedom Outpost website:

  • The homeless situation in San Francisco, a city close to some of the richest people in the world in nearby Silicon Valley, actually has a website and smartphone app that allows local residents to call the city to complain about human feces lying about on the streets of the city.
  • And this website and app are not used only occasionally since over 20,000 complaints were registered via them for human feces complaints in a single WEEK.
  • Besides the obvious smell and health hazards of such a dire situation, the city has lost what might the first of many convention and tourist opportunities as a result.
  • According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a major medical convention has decided to take its convention business elsewhere along with the 15,000 visitors and $40 million the convention normally brought to San Francisco: “It’s the first time that we have had an out-and-out cancellation over the issue, and this is a group that has been coming here every three or four years since the 1980s,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of S.F. Travel, the city’s convention bureau.
  • According to follow up surveys from past conventions the group held in San Francisco, “The doctors group told the San Francisco delegation that while they loved the city, post convention surveys showed their members were afraid to walk amid the open drug use, threatening behavior and mental illness that are common on the streets.”
In the richest country in the world in the richest state in the country, the local political class has managed to change a major American city into a third world sanitation crisis. And keep in mind that this disgrace and homelessness situation is going on in the middle of very good economic times with low unemployment, rising wages, and high job creation. Imagine how bad things might become when the economy hits the inevitable next recession.

2) We have often talked about how riddled with fraud and crime most, if not all, Federal programs are. Today let’s discuss the latest rip off of taxpayer money occurring in the state of Maine and another Freedom Outpost article:

  • The former owner of a Muslim halal market was recently convicted and sentenced to three years in jail, along with his brother, for defrauding the Federal government.
  • They illegally traded $1.4 million in Federal food benefits for cash which resulted in “one of the largest, if not the largest, fraud cases involving [Federal food] benefits in Maine.”
  • His official crimes included money laundering, defrauding the U.S. government, and theft of government funds.
  • Besides jail the brothers were also fined over $2.3 million.
  • The two brothers were immigrants from Iraq and tried to justify their theft as helping the local immigrant community.
The good news is that these crooks got caught. The bad news is that there are probably scores more of the same type of criminals and frauds that the government is just too inept to catch, likely wasting billions and billions of taxpayer dollars every year. And rather than fix this wasteful spending, many politicians in Washington just want to simply have honest taxpayers pay more in taxes to cover up their incompetence when they spend our wealth.

3) Not only are most American politicians inept and liars, they are also usually major hypocrites. California (again California?!) has been a state with politicians that seem more focused on taking care of illegal immigrants than taking care of the citizens that vote them into office. Led by Governor Jerry Brown, the California politicians have passed laws and created so-called “sanctuary cities” that defy current immigration Federal law to give shelter and wealth to illegal immigrants.

Never mind that San Francisco, as we saw above, is devolving into a third world hell hole. Never mind that over 40% of LA citizens make so little money that they qualify for Medicaid. Never mind that California schools generally stink, homelessness is a major and growing problem across the whole state, and many of its cities, counties, and the state government are likely to go bankrupt because of far too much debt. One would think that Brown and his cohorts would be focused on these citizen problems rather than fighting for illegal immigrants’ well being.

But according to research from the Freedom Outpost website, Brown is really nothing more than another political hypocritical hack:

  • Back in 1975, the Vietnam situation was deteriorating and President Reagan wanted to relocate thousands of once loyal South Vietnamese citizens to the U.S.
  • But Brown told Reagan to go pound sand, that he did not want his state to take in any immigrants from war ravaged Vietnam and likely save the lives of people that had been loyal to the U.S.
  • Brown went so far as to threaten to block immigrant flights from Vietnam that were coming into a California Air Force base.
  • Brown was quoted in Newsweek as saying, “We can’t be looking 5,000 miles away and at the same time neglecting people who live here.”
  • Julia Vadala Taft, who led the interagency task force for Vietnamese refugee resettlement, remembered Brown’s opposition in her book about the fall of South Vietnam: "The new governor of California, Jerry Brown, was very concerned about refugees settling in his state. Brown even attempted to prevent planes carrying refugees from landing at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento. . . . The secretary of health and welfare, Mario Obledo, felt that this addition of a large minority group would be unwelcome in California. And he said that they already had a large population of Hispanics, Filipinos, blacks, and other minorities.”
  • Brown is also quoted as saying: "There is something a little strange about saying, 'Let's bring in 500,000 more people' when we can't take care of the 1 million [Californians] out of work."
  • But when Obama tried to bring in a load of immigrants from Arab countries. Brown said he would “work closely” with Obama "so that he can both uphold America's traditional role as a place of asylum, but also ensure that anyone seeking refuge in America is fully vetted."
So if you are a Muslim or Hispanic, Brown welcomes you. If you are Vietnamese, you are creating problems for current Americans. Could it be that Hispanics and Muslims are more likely to become Democratic voters while Vietnamese, staunch anti-Communists, were more likely to vote Republican? This is the textbook definition of hypocrisy. And why most Americans do not trust anything that any politician says because we know it is all about that politicians' personal interests, not the greater interests of the citizenry.

That will do it for today’s political class insanity: Hypocrisy and human feces abound in California and defrauding the Federal taxpayer is alive and well in Maine….and probably elsewhere. More insanity to follow.


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July, 2018, Part 2, Political Class Insanity: Bill Clinton Buries the FBI Deeper and More Obama/Iran Shenanigans

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) We recently did a post on how far down the corruption rabbit hole the FBI and Justice Department have fallen as a result of the Obama administration:

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-disgrace-and-dishonor-of-fbi.html

And now, courtesy of recent Bill Clinton remarks, we have more proof that they may have been even more corrupt than we thought possible:

  • Prior to the 2016 Presidential election, Bill Clinton had what was supposed to be a secret meeting with then Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac of a Phoenix airport.
  • Most people probably rightly believed that the meeting was to force Lynch to go easy on Hillary Clinton’s use of an unauthorized and unsecured computer server in her home that broke both Federal law and government guidelines and edicts on computer security.
  • Obviously, if Hillary Clinton violated Federal law and was put under investigation and possible arrest by the Justice Department, her chances of becoming President would be nil.
  • So why did Bill Clinton risk this obvious conflict of interest visit with Lynch? 
  • Apparently he thought it was no big deal meeting with her, according to testimony he gave recently to government investigators since he says the FBI already knew about the illegal and unsecured computer server and had no problem with it: “WELL WHAT I DIDN’T WANT TO DO IS TO LOOK LIKE I WAS HAVING SOME BIG HUDDLE-UP SESSION WITH HER YOU KNOW….[b]ecause it was a paranoid time, but...I knew what I believed to be the truth of that whole thing. It was after, all my server and the FBI knew it was there and the Secret Service approved it coming in and she just used what was mine." 
  • In other words, what is the big deal about the meeting, everyone knew about the computer, no need to beg with Lynch to overlook the violations and law breaking.
This testimony, if true, is mind boggling on how corrupt the FBI, the Justice Department, and Hillary Clinton were and still are:

  • If the FBI already knew that Hillary had an illegal and unsecured server, then was the entire FBI investigation into her use of such computer a total sham since they knew up front it existed and Comey’s public comments back in July, 2016 were just a cover up to a pre-ordained result?
  • If the FBI knew the computer server existed prior to even starting their supposed investigation, did they already know she was using it illegally for work related government emails?
  • Does that mean Hillary lied to the FBI when they asked her during their “official” investigation if she was using the server for secret government documents knowing that it was a big charade since the FBI already knew the answer to the question?
If Bill Clinton is right, and the FBI knew long before they started their Hillary investigation that she had an unsecured, illegal server, then the corruption of the FBI and Justice Department goes even deeper than already known, another blotch on Obama’s legacy.

2) Obama thought that the nuclear arms deal he cut with Iran would be one of his crowning achievements. But let’s face it, he had no crowning achievements and the Iranian deal is no different. Almost immediately after the deal was inked, it became apparent that Obama and John Kerry were horrible negotiators and gave the Iranians everything they wanted and got nothing in return.

The Freedom Outpost website recently ran a summary of how badly Obama and Kerry performed relative to the Iranians:

  • In a recent interview with an Iranian newspaper, Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour, chairman of Iran’s parliamentary nuclear committee, claimed that the Obama administration gave 2,500 Iranian officials and family members U.S citizenship as part of the nuclear deal, a little piece of news that Obama never shared with the rest of the country.
  • You know, the country that continually claims “Death To America,” Obama allowed 2,500 of those types of people to not only get into the country but granted them citizenship.
  • But this is just the latest affront to Americans and the poor negotiating talent of Obama and Kerry: remember when Obama secretly sent a plane to Iran containing an astounding $400 million in foreign currency cash to get the return of four American hostages, an action that violated official government policy to not negotiate with terrorist countries.
  • But Obama then doubled down by subsequently secretly sending TWO planes with another $1.3 billion.
  • We now know via two American politicians who found out at an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting that Obama secretly cut secret side deals with the Iranians relative to easing inspections on Iran’s nuclear operations, a little detail that Obama never shared with Congress.
  • Last month it came to light that Obama’s administration secretly tried to illegally use U.S. banks to launder $5.7 billion for Iran and then lied to Congress about it.
What a disgrace and a failure of negotiating. Iran got everything and Obama and Kerry secretly basically gave it do them just to build what turns out to be a false Obama legacy. And then lied about it to Americans and Congress. Insanity.

A great piece of advice I received long ago in the business world was that you should never be so in love with a deal that you cannot walk away from. Obviously, Obama and Kerry never heard this advice and as a result the world got stuck with a terrible deal that never stopped Iran from running wild in e Middle East with their intrusive terrorism efforts and proxies and never really slowed down their missile and nuclear arms efforts.


That will do it for today’s political class insanity: an Obama Presidency that lied so many times relative to the Iran nuclear deal and Bill Clinton testifying that the FBI and Secret Service knew about Hillary’s illegal server before they stated to “investigate” whether or not she had and used an illegal computer server, proving again how corrupt the FBI became during the Obama years. More insanity to follow.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

July, 2018, Part 1, Political Class Insanity: Obama Still Screwing Taxpayers and Idiotic Analogies For Trump's Travel Ban

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) We have previously discussed the disgraceful reality of the Obama Presidential Library:
  • While the George W. Bush library had the obscene price tag of about half a billion dollars, for which it was rightly and soundly criticized for, the Obama Presidential library is likely to cost around three times that much, or $1.5 billion.
  • This for a Presidency that was a failure totally across the board with no redeeming, financial, economic, historical, foreign relations, or any other type of lasting positive impact.
  • Alex Griswold of the Washington Free Beacon newspaper said the Obama Presidential library a “giant toenail.
  • A group of University of Chicago professors also gave a bad review: "This is a socially regressive plan . . . We also note that the Obama Center has abandoned its original plans to be a presidential library. It will be a private entity with no official connection to the National Archives." 
  • Ron Grossman of the Chicago Tribune said: "To me, it evokes a soft-boiled egg in a teacup."
  • To add to this disaster, it now appears that the library to be built in Chicago will not have any of Obama’s original documents, just copies of them. In other words, it will not be a library, more like a media center or museum to Obama himself.
The good news out of all of this is that no taxpayer, Federal, state, or local, was to pay for this center. Well, not directly. You see, the local and state politicians in Illinois and Chicago have agreed to spend almost a quarter billion dollars of taxpayer money to make road and other infrastructure improvements to the area to accommodate this Obama media center. Yes, a quarter billion dollars, almost half of what Bush spent on his whole library and people were outraged at that expense figure.

And given that the state and city pension funds are vastly underfunded, given that Chicago schools are a massive failure, and given the violence in Chicago from drug cartel gangs, one would think that this quarter of a billion dollars would be better spent on these pressing, humanitarian issues. Let Obama reduce his $1.5 billion monstrosity by a quarter billion dollars and fund those local costs himself. Yeah, not going to happen.

And this figure does not include the amount of parkland that will be confiscated to build the center, parkland that neighborhood residents strongly objected to losing within their urban environment. Thus, a lawsuit has been brought to prevent the parkland, officially called Jackson Park, one of the oldest parks in the city, to be stolen and given to the Obama project. 

Current laws on the books should prevent this confiscation and the eradication of the parkland. But we are talking about Chicago and Illinois politicians here, politicians more so than anywhere else in the country view existing laws as suggestions, not requirements. It should be interesting to see if the rule of law wins out or the rule of political favoritism wins out.

And it does not look like Obama has any sensitivity to the needs and wants of the local who are not only losing their parks but also may lose their homes, according to recent reporting by the American Liberty website: “Last month, the former president gave a talk in which he heard the concerns of local Chicago residents who feared the project would drive poor renters out of the neighborhood. Obama’s callow reply suggested that there would be more economic activity in the area, that the people there would “have more money,” so higher rents would not be a problem.

Obviously, Obama—like all liberals—has an inability to think on the individual level. It isn’t the current residents of the area who would have more money- it’s the people who replace them after the gentrification of the area.”

As usual, want to bet that the political desires outweigh the humanity needs at the end?

2) Before we move on to the next set of political class insanity, let’s review some background information:
  • ISIS “soldier” Sayfullo Salpov murdered eight Americans in NYC late last year when he drove a truck down a bike path.
  • During his trial he ridiculed the U.S. and our way of life: “The judgments that are made here are not important for me. They are not Allah’s judgments. The Islamic State [ISIS], in order to impose sharia on Earth, is leading a war.”
  • Obama authorized U.S. bombing raids on seven countries in six years, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya, all Muslim countries.
  • In 2016 alone, Obama allowed over 20,000 bombs to be dropped on these Muslim countries, killing lord knows how many Muslim adults and kids in their home countries.
  • The Bureau Of Investigative Journalism estimates that Obama launched almost 400 drone strikes in five years across Pakistan, Yemen,and Somalia, again, all Muslim countries.
  • This total number of Obama strikes is eight times as many that Bush approved.
  • Jane Stein,Green Party candidate for President in 2016, agreed that the Obama administration had attack seven different Muslim countries: "They don’t have a solution to the expanding wars except more wars. We are already bombing seven countries and now we do appear to be engaging in this war crime in Yemen where we have been partnering with the Saudis in this war crime for the past year. They do not want to talk about that."
  • Fact checking organization, Politifact, found that Bush bombed four countries while Obama bombed seven, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Syria, all Muslim countries.
The bottom line to all of the above facts is that Bush bombed Muslim countries and Obama bombed a lot more Muslim countries. Which brings us to a second set of facts:
  • According to the New York Times, Trump finally got his travel ban approved by the Supreme Court so that the Federal government can TEMPORARILY restrict entrance to this country from seven nations that Trump has felt would expose Americans to terrorism and violence.
  • Those countries include Syria, Iran, Yemen, North Korea, Venezuela, Libya, and Somalia.
  • As you can see this list includes many of the same countries that Obama bombed incessantly over his term, PERMANENTLY killing a lot of Muslim adults and kids: Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya.
  • These four Muslim countries plus Iran include about 143 million Muslims which represent only about 8% of Muslims wordwide and only 10% of the nations that are predominantly Muslim.
  • In other words, Trump’s travel ban is not against all Muslims and all Muslim countries, it is not even against a significant minority of Muslims and Muslim nations. 
Okay, we go through all of this to get to two of the latest idiotic statements from two Washington politicians. Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas feels that Trump’s travel ban is “the closest that we’ve come” to the Chinese Exclusion Act: “[A]s I looked at it, as it was being developed, and even as the decision was announced today, I couldn’t help but think that this is the closest that we’ve come to the Chinese Exclusion Act, which kept Chinese from coming to this country for about 60 years, until, in the early 1940s, the Congress had to pass a law to overturn that. This, in a sense, is Donald Trump’s Chinese Exclusion Act.”

No Congressman, this is not even close. The Chinese travel ban excluded ALL Chinese, Trump’s travel ban temporarily inconveniences some people who are coming from very dangerous places. Iran’s government has publicly called for the destruction of the United States, why would we want to take the chance of letting Iranian elements into this country until that threat is neutralized? Libya and Syria are overrun with Islamic extremist terrorists who have also publicly stated their goal of overthrowing the U.S. and killing as many Americans as possible. And again, we are talking about a small minority of countries and a small minority of Muslims, get over this stupid and inane comparison.

But the idiocy does not stop with this member of Congress. Congressman Keith Ellison took this a step further and compared the travel ban to slavery, belittling the whole concept and the suffering of African Americans in the process relative to slavery: “Let me tell you this, Our country has gone through some ugly days. I mean, the Supreme Court in 1850 said it was okay to own a black person. That’s the Dred Scott decision . That decision hit the dustbin of history, so did Plessy v. Ferguson, so did Korematsu. I’m telling you, discrimination and racism will never win in the end. So we’re just — we’re fired up and pushing forward.”

He continues on to show his ignorance: “It is not within the president’s authority to discrimination on the basis of religion.” The travel ban has nothing to do with religion. Yes, the ban affects a number of countries that have a Muslim majority. But the ban excludes people of other religions from those countries from TEMPORARILY coming here. Plus, no one can come close to claiming that North Korea is a Muslim nation as is Venezuela. 

To claim that this travel ban, recently approved by the Supreme Court is comparable to the Chinese Exclusion Act or American slavery does a disservice to history and the competence of those making the comparisons. This is nothing more than political posturing and empty rhetoric, completely ignorant of facts. 

And by the way, both of these Democrats ignore the reality that Obama PERMANENTLY killed untold numbers of Muslims in the countries that Trump wants to TEMPORARILY slap travel bans on, killing or maiming no one in the process. That is the height of hypocrisy.

That will do it for today’s insanity: taxpayers still getting screwed by politicians and politicians making silly, stupid analogies ignorant of the reality and truth of which they distort. More insanity to come.


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