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Republicans join Democrats to spend more money and bankrupt America



Republicans join Democrats to spend more money and bankrupt America

When the Budget Control Act of 2011 passed in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, then-House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan praised the bill as a “positive step forward in getting government spending under control.” In an official statement, Paul also said:

“The Budget Control Act represents a victory to those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy … The agreement, while far from perfect, underscores the extent to which the new House Majority has successfully changed Washington’s culture of spending.

“No longer can Washington endlessly spend money it does not have.”

Well, as Mary Hopkin once sang in the ‘60’s, “Those Were the Days.”

The Budget Control Act was designed to put caps on spending with a trigger for automatic across-the-board spending cuts (sequester) to be applied whenever the caps were exceeded. Still, the GOP has repeatedly passed legislation—usually when an election is approaching—to lift the caps without the consequences of the sequester, thus making it possible for Washington to do what Ryan claimed could no longer be done . . . spend money it doesn’t have.

In fact, Ryan earned a spot in the Gutless On Principles Hall of Shame for the part he personally played in getting the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 passed—a bill that “temporarily” suspended the sequester in order to raise spending limits.

The GOP has displayed a shocking, yet typical, willingness to abandon fiscal responsibility since 2011—a habit so-called deficit hawk conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus now embrace. And with the self-proclaimed King of Debt now occupying the White House, current budget negotiations confirm that this trend will continue.

Despite the recent announcement that the government will borrow nearly $1 trillion this fiscal year—an 85 percent increase over last year and the most borrowed in 6 years—Paul Ryan and his cohort in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, are on the verge of once again lifting spending caps to get a deal done with the Democrats before the current temporary spending bill expires tomorrow.

If successful, the budget will be set for the next two years. Hey, that’s another election year. Coincidence?

In 2011, Paul Ryan stated that the GOP had changed Washington’s culture of spending, and in a way, he told the truth because there’s an old saying that shows us the more things change, the more they stay the same; which means that when it comes to the federal budget, anytime the GOP tells you they have changed Washington, it means they will continue doing as they always have.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Why did Trump just reverse himself on declassifying Russian investigation documents?



Why did Trump just reverse himself on declassifying Russian investigation documents

Republicans cheered and hashtagged #DrainTheSwamp on Monday when President Trump issued an order to declassify key documents in the Russian investigation.

Trump’s FISA declassification order aims to expose bias and hypocrisy in FBI investigation the request of a number of committees in Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to prove for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russian investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

By Friday, the President was Tweeting a different story:

None of this really makes any sense. Notice he first said, “I met with the DOJ concerning the declassification…”

Shouldn’t he have met with the DOJ before issuing the order? That would make more sense.

The second part is more concerning. Apparently “key allies” called and asked him not to release. This has happened in the past with the climate accords, Iran deal, travel ban; the President’s phone blows up every time he makes a decision. Considering this all has to do with a foreign nation meddling in OUR election and the way the executive branch at the time handled the situation, I really can’t see the President backing down at the request of allies.

This leaves the last portion, getting the documents reviewed by the Inspector General and a note that he “can always declassify if it proves necessary.” Why order them to be declassified in the first place if they weren’t necessary now? What has really changed since Monday?

A move that was heralded as an attack on the deep state has now been Tweeted out of existence. It seems the swamp has struck again.

Interestingly, Sean Hannity opened with a Brett Kavanaugh question before bringing up the declassification order when he interviewed the President last night. It seemed even then that the backpedaling had begun.

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Attorney General Sessions sets guidelines for judges to dismiss deportation cases



Attorney General Sessions sets guidelines for judges to dismiss deportation cases

Most conservatives are aware of the open floodgates of illegal immigrants coming into the country. Many are not aware that there’s another open floodgate in the legal system itself through which activist judges dismiss deportation cases freely and frequently. Attorney General Jeff Sessions just made a move to change that.

The new guidelines for judges to have “specific and circumscribed” reasons for dismissing case, including an inability to prove the case or exceptional circumstance of need. In other words, judges can’t dismiss deportation cases because they simply want fewer people deported.

Sessions limits ability of judges to dismiss deportation cases a deportation case is dismissed, it does not grant legal immigration status. The Department of Homeland Security can re-file charges to attempt to spark deportation procedures, but the practice of dismissing cases has often given immigrants time to pursue different avenues of obtaining legal citizenship, according to Reuters.

A group representing immigration lawyers with cases before the Justice Department, the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, slammed Sessions’s latest decision as the latest move by the attorney general to undermine the independence of judges in the agency.

My Take

There is a fine line being drawn here. On one hand, it’s good that fewer deportation cases are dismissed. On the other hand, the judiciary must be trusted to make decisions based on the law. Are there activist judges? Yes. Are there good judges who will be affected by this since now they have to demonstrate their reasons for dismissing cases? Yes.

I’m just glad to see Sessions in the news for doing his job rather than for being attacked by his boss.

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Google’s SJWs considered ways to counter Trump’s travel ban



Googles SJWs considered ways to counter Trumps travel ban

Google is quite clear in their denials of manipulating search results to favor leftist ideologies. That concept was lost on a group of employees who brainstormed about ways to leverage search in ways that would counter President Trump’s travel bans last year.

Some of the ideas proposed included displaying links to people that took them to pro-immigration websites when they searched for certain hot-button topics. Another thought was to drive people to websites where they could contact their lawmakers and speak out against the travel bans.

Google staff discussed tweaking search results to counter travel ban: WSJ Google employees proposed ways to “leverage” search functions and take steps to counter what they considered to be “islamophobic, algorithmically biased results from search terms ‘Islam’, ‘Muslim’, ‘Iran’, etc.” and “prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results from search terms ‘Mexico’, ‘Hispanic’, ‘Latino’, etc,” the Journal added, quoting from the emails.

A Google spokesperson said the emails represented brainstorming and none of the ideas were implemented. She said the company does not manipulate search results or modify products to promote political views.

My Take

Whether it’s Google, Facebook, or any of the big internet power players, conservatives have to assume the people pulling the strings are against them. It doesn’t matter how many times they’re exposed or how many denials they put out. They have a leftist worldview and they can’t stand their users who don’t share their opinions.

Be armed with the truth and proceed with caution any time you’re using any of these sites. They need you and the revenue you represent, but they still hate you.

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