Senators John McCain and Ben Sasse Announce Intent to Vote Against Robert Lighthizer Trade Rep Confirmation…

The economic lobbyist community known as The Big Club is represented most visibly by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Tom Donohue.

Via the Wall Street community, CoC President Donohue pours tens of millions of multinational corporate contributions into DC lobbying efforts to retain control over politicians and legislation that relates to U.S. trade and economic matters.   [FYI Donohue’s Chamber of Commerce lobbying group were the primary architects of the now dispatched TPP trade deal; they actually wrote the U.S. part of the construct.]

Tom Donohue funds a large number of politicians in DC in an effort to control the outcomes of legislation and policies that could become adverse to his multinational interests.  Two of those primary beneficiaries are John McCain and Ben Sasse.

As a consequence it doesn’t come as a surprise to see McCain and Sasse announce their intention to block the confirmation of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer:

REUTERS – Republican U.S. Senators John McCain and Ben Sasse said on Wednesday they would vote against President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, because of his opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“Unfortunately, your confirmation process has failed to reassure us that you understand the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA) positive economic benefits to our respective States and the nation as a whole,” McCain and Sasse said in a letter to Lighthizer. (read more)

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Trump strongly support Lighthizer for U.S. Trade Rep.   The institutional control agents within K-Street, aka the economic lobbying group, do not.

The bottom line arguments center around retention of global multinational economic interests that are antithetical to President Trump’s ‘America-First’ economic and trade platform.   K-Street wants to retain three decades of Wall Street control over trade to position the multinational interests as a priority.  President Trump wants to break K-Streets lobbying grip and work trade policies that benefit Main Street, not Wall Street.

The issue(s) behind the argument is/are complex, and the political lobbying expenditures only compound the matter.  In essence over the past three decades large portions of U.S. agriculture have been sold to multinational corporations.  With control over production principles, those multinational corporations manipulate the market value of U.S. agricultural outputs to retain the highest profit margin.

It is not a free market system, it’s a controlled market system; and the control is not domestic ownership, it’s multinational corporations.  Part of the way they control the pricing of U.S. agriculture outputs is through export control; the traditional supply and demand commodity equation is non-existent.

This is not a free market.  When multinational corporations control commodity pricing, it is not a free market.  The paradigm that everyone needs to remember is that a free market doesn’t exist because the owners (control agents) of the market are not independent – they are massive institutional multinational corporations.  Through heavy handed contracts pushed on farmers they control the product from field to processing and beyond.

The export of domestic food production is a big part of the reason why U.S. food prices have skyrocketed in the past decade.  The corporations factor in an ability for the U.S. to afford higher prices than alternative destination nations; they know you have the ability to pay more, so they export more and recipient nations pay less.

Again, it’s a complex dynamic but this also ties into the same groups lobbying for increased consumer welfare payments on SNAP and EBT (food stamp) legislation.  Yes, multinational corporations -who control agriculture- lobby congress to fund more subsidy payments for food.  This allows them to export more, tighten the domestic supply, drive up U.S. pricing and increase their profit.  It’s a deeply tentacled controlled process toward increasing the bottom line profit margin of the Wall Street entities.

They have more to export (they make more money), and they drive up the domestic pricing (they make more money), and they pay the lobbyists for welfare legislation to subsidize U.S. food pricing (they make more money).   That’s the basic scheme, and when you know the financial con you can spot their motives.

Unfortunately, when you know the con it can explode your blood pressure to fully grasp how much we are getting ripped off.  Especially when you read their insufferable reasoning to keep the current system in place.

So knowing that, here’s the letter of opposition from McCain and Sasse who are being paid by these lobbying entities to retain this controlled market system:

Dear Mr. Lighthizer,

We write to explain our intent to oppose your nomination to be United States Trade Representative (USTR). Unfortunately, your confirmation process has failed to reassure us that you understand the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA) positive economic benefits to our respective States and the nation as a whole. We fear that you do not have an appreciation for the millions of jobs created by this free trade deal, and that you would not champion agriculture during your time as USTR. Furthermore, we worry that you would not negotiate trade deals that would protect the American consumer and expand economic growth. These concerns, along with the need for Congress to grant you a waiver to serve in the Trump Administration in a must-pass omnibus spending bill is troubling.

Beyond your vocal advocacy for protectionist shifts in our trade policies, the Administration’s ongoing, incoherent, and inconsistent trade message has compounded our concern. This is especially troubling because confirming a USTR grants the Administration additional legal authority to negotiate trade deals that Congress must consider under “fast track” procedures. Given these circumstances, granting the Trump Administration additional legal powers through your confirmation without understanding how you or the Administration intend to use those powers would be irresponsible.

A constant theme throughout your confirmation process has been your failure to grasp the importance of protecting agriculture in trade negotiations. Your meeting with one of us (Senator Sasse) did nothing to disabuse of us this notion. America needs a USTR who will effectively defend agriculture during trade negotiations and fight to expand agricultural export markets, not let America’s farmers and ranchers become collateral damage in a trade war.

You also have made your skepticism of NAFTA well known, which we find to be alarming. America deserves a USTR who will renegotiate NAFTA in order to build on its successes, not as a pretext for unraveling it. Mexico and Canada are two of our largest export markets and the free movement of goods is essential to the growth of our national economy. For example, Mexico is Arizona’s number one trading partner, accounting for 40 percent of the State’s exports to foreign markets. This is due to the free trade policies in NAFTA that create fewer trade barriers with Canada and Mexico, which makes it easier for Americans to make a living and provide for their families. Further, according to the Nebraska Farm Bureau, a withdrawal from NAFTA could cost Nebraska farmers and ranchers more than $2.6 billion per year in agricultural exports. Increasing trade barriers with Canada and Mexico, and risking a trade war, only hurts American families and small businesses.

The Trump Administration’s incoherent and inconsistent trade posture to date makes it impossible for us to overlook our concerns with your nomination. On April 29, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that required the Secretary of Commerce and the USTR, in consultation with several federal agencies, to “conduct comprehensive performance reviews” of all of the United States’ free trade agreements and “renegotiate or terminate” policies that the Administration believes are harmful to the United States. This executive order was signed only days after the release of troubling reports of the Trump Administration’s preparations to withdraw from NAFTA. Reports that the Administration is even considering withdrawal from NAFTA is contrary to previous statements from key Administration officials – including Dr. Peter Navarro,[1] Secretary Wilbur Ross, [2] and Secretary Steve Mnuchin,[3] – that NAFTA would only be up for re-negotiation, not withdrawal. These disjointed positions are causing great uncertainty over the Administration’s trade objectives.

Moreover, this incoherent and protectionist message on trade has caused serious uncertainty for export markets, and has harmed our valuable relationships with Canada and Mexico. The Administration’s actions may also encourage our trading partners to move their markets elsewhere, especially if they believe that future negotiations will hurt their interests. For example, Mexican officials have cited the possible re-negotiation of NAFTA as a major reason why they are currently pursuing actions to import less corn from the U.S. and more from other nations, including Argentina and Brazil.

Other countries may follow Mexico’s suit. For example, China continues to advance the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a regional multilateral trade agreement in the Pacific that includes our current FTA partners, South Korea and Australia, as well as Japan, a potential FTA partner. According to the Congressional Research Service, should the RCEP move forward in its current form, the “United States would face higher tariffs in RCEP markets”[4] and thus many of our trading partners could run to RCEP markets under trade rules set by China.

Confirming your nomination would allow the Trump Administration to negotiate “fast track” trade agreements, a power that Congress granted the executive branch in the 2015 reauthorization of TPA. For us to consider the complete implications of confirming you, the Administration would need to provide Congress with clear trade objectives with respect to: 1) the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as a timeline for upcoming negotiations; 2) other free trade agreements (FTA); and 3) future FTAs, including which countries the Administration intends to pursue trade negotiations and timelines on those intended negotiations.

We hope the future actions and the Administration’s future actions will prove us wrong. The economic well-being of consumers, small businesses, farmers, and ranchers across our country depend upon it.

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse

U.S. Senator John McCain

(source link)

Now you can see why this same group of usurping senators are refusing to accept the NAFTA letter of intent from Secretary Ross.  We have to fight these jackasses head on.  The first step in fighting them is to understand the rigged system they control and why they are controlling it…. that is currently important battle-space.

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359 Responses to Senators John McCain and Ben Sasse Announce Intent to Vote Against Robert Lighthizer Trade Rep Confirmation…

  1. Karmakakazy says:

    Interesting fact about Sasse: even though he claims to be a “turnaround guy,” and even though he repeats this “turnaround guy” claim repeatedly and in fact built his entire campaign around that claim, here is an interesting fact: he has never worked in business or business consulting since a 1-year stint that ended at age 23. Claiming he is a turnaround guy is like a paralegal who worked for a law firm 20 years ago claiming to be a “lawyer guy.” It’s simply categorically false. Sasse was a perputual grad student who spent 8 years in grad school and graduated when he was 32. He then spent another few years as a professor before becoming a university administrator. In other words, he has spent nearly all of his adult life in universities. Sasse has claimed that he was “working full time” during those years as a “turnaround guy” but that is laughably false. He has claimed that he was flying around the country consulting businesses and that he has worked on “26 turnarounds in 21 years” which is again laughably false. Here are the facts: Sasse has not spent a single day in business consulting since he quit his jr associate job at the age of 23. He recently claimed on the Kristol interview show that he has served as “interim president of x, y, and z” over the years, which is a bit like me saying that my Canadian girlfriend’s name is “Put Name Here.” It’s a lie, but it’s also a very bad lie – Sasse can’t even come up with a name for his fictitious business exploits so the best he can do is “x y and z.” He has claimed that he worked for McKinsey but he worked as a former Washington DC insider selling access to his DC contacts on an hourly rate, not as a turnaround consultant. Now it’s easy to understand why Sasse would want to spin his one year gig as a jr consultant into a successful career as a business consultant and a general Mr. Fix It with a long career as a general Mr. Fix It guy but in fact the truth is he has not worked in business or business consulting since he was 23. He needs to be called on his obvious lies and humiliated, ideally in the most public way possible. Simply asking him a simple question in a public forum such as “can you name one business client you have had in the last twenty years” would do the trick.

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  2. wodiej says:

    You’re a blessing Sundance. I had wondered why grocery prices had been so high the last several years. You’ve explained it well. And I certainly have grown an immense understanding of how big business is ripping off their fellow Americans. You have aptly explained how our politicians go into Congress with a humble beginning and come out millionaires. They are not public servants-they pimped themselves out to big business.

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    • Bendix says:

      Yes, yes, YES! I tried to figure that one out myself, but it was tough going because it was one of those things everybody could see going on, but nobody talked about in the media.
      Except, of course, to claim how the number of people receiving food stamps rose, like that was a good thing.
      It made no sense at all, food going up as fuel prices fell, and food isn’t included in cost of living data, because it is supposedly volatile, if that’s the right word.
      The first mention I heard of the very high price of groceries, in the MSM, was a bs story just before the election, I mean days, about how bad low food prices would be for the food producers. As if a slight dip in ultra-high prices was the same as low.
      There’s a related issue of how this global companies buy the good food brands, alter them into inedible junk, and keep you from being able to purchase anything better.

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      • Ken says:

        Remember when that rich economic buffoon Pelosi said that welfare payments helps grow the economy. What does that stretched faced moron care about how much food has gone up. Still they keep reelecting cretins like her McCain and Sasse.

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        • A.D. Everard says:

          I’d like to see her on @!%^ welfare payments…

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        • Aguila2011 says:

          There still needs to be major reforms as in Term Limits and Age Limits. I recently saw some stats reminding readers that Diane Feinstein is 87 years old, Nancy Pelosi is 77, and we all know many of our “esteemed” politicians are in their geriatric years. They belong out on the ranch or in a retirement home, not in government. What is it with these people? Give us, the people a damn break, for goodness sakes!!!

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    • wodiej: It’s been more than several years that food prices have been rising, try several decades.
      Anyone who has grown up on a farm in this country, processed and ate freshly killed animals, gathered fresh eggs,( cooked a REAL stewing hen, ate fresh rabbit), freshly grown fruits and vegetables and even grew their own wheat, corn, millet, and hay, cut it, harrowed it and even took it to the mill to grind into flour knows exactly why people in this country today are NOT healthy without ‘preventive medical care’, why children are given vitamins from infancy onward, and more especially why prices have been escalating for decades; it’s no coincidence and it sure as Hell is not because Florida had a frost!
      I didn’t even mention the dairy end of it. There was a time when it was the norm for the majority of families in rural areas to even have their own milking cow and yes we even drank raw milk, raised babies on it, (when Momma couldn’t nurse the baby). In the case of the farmers who sold milk, the damn Federal Gov’t established the great society “Land Bank” and dictated what the farmers could or could not grow, long before NAFTA and if the dairy farmer complied, well the damn Federal Gov’t paid for the construction of a big pond that the farmer could stock with fish (it’s true!). IF the farmer didn’t take this generous offer; the monthly milk check was reduced; as a penalty.
      Free Market? Government control of our farmers, families, and food production is NOT in line with our Constitutional Republic, Capitalism or Free Markets.
      Wonder what happened to our family farm? Our dairy farms? Our self-sustaining farms? Our vegetable farms? Our pig farms? Our horse farms? And on and on and on………
      Well Look directly to our damn Federal Government. (And I emphasis “Damn” b/c they have been irredeemable deplorables for decades; not just today.).
      Sundance is right, my blood boils every-time I relive what happened to our family, our neighbors and large swaths of self-sustaining happy communities throughout the USA, decades ago.
      Want to see it for yourself?.Just take a drive in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Connecticut, the Mid-West, actually most of the 5(7) states and look at the barren, wasteland which was once beautiful countryside.

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      • Carolina Girl says:

        Seriously. The federal government has controlled farming for MANY decades. My grandfather died in 1963, and he hated the way the government paid farmers to NOT farm. Zillions of regulations, of course, are rammed down farmers’ throats. Meanwhile, many farmers are paid huge amounts of money for various “programs.” Whatever you can dream up about the government’s actions, rest assured that what they’re really doing is far worse. Everything is designed to help the corporate farms.

        It’s extremely frightening that so much farmland is now owned by huge factory farming corporations. They also pay other farmers to raise chickens and cows stacked on top of each other and fed basically crap. When I occasionally see actual livestock in a pasture, I say a word of thanks to the Lord. The whole farming system is a complete disaster.

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        • Absolutely Carolina Girl; if the average American really knew how deep the corruption was and is today in the agricultural sector; there would be riots in DC. If they really knew what a real piece of meat or poultry or fresh veggie or fruit or berry tastes like; they would refuse to purchase the crap that is offered in stores today, even roadside markets.
          It really infuriates me and I do truly believe that is the root cause of many health issues today.

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          • M.A. says:

            I feel so blessed that:
            1) I live on six acres right in the middle farm country.
            2) I have an engineer husband who is a very talented agrarian.
            3) We have fresh vegetables and fruits growing right now–harvesting some greens already
            4) We have backyard chickens and fresh eggs all the time
            5) We have an acre pond stocked with fish.

            “They” have been planning and working towards the day that “they” control everything and so that “we” are dependent on “them.”

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  3. Skinner says:

    I absolutely loathe John McCain.

    Liked by 23 people

    • georgiafl says:

      In McCain’s case POW means Piece of Work. He’s not a pro-American in his heart or by his votes.

      Liked by 12 people

    • crepelady says:

      Skinner, my feelings exactly. I live in AZ and for the life of me can not figure out how this traitor keeps getting reelected. Fixed voting??? Let’s not forget his boot polisher Jeffy Flake. Cut from the same cloth. Maybe all the illegals are voting for them because no one I know can stand either.

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      • navysquid says:

        I live here in AZ as well…Did NOT vote for McCain or Flake!!! These two are useful idiots!

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        • MD says:

          Yea, but your neighbors must have.

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        • ConservativeInAz says:

          I’m in AZ too. It’s really frustrating. I went to a luncheon where Fake was the speaker. Tanning booth evident and the gleam off his teeth should tell you all you need to know about him.

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        • ConservativeInAz says:

          I’m in AZ too. It’s really frustrating. I went to a luncheon where Fake was the speaker. Tanning booth evident and the gleam off his teeth should tell you all you need to know about him.

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        • Ken says:

          I live in NC and we also have two of the biggest RINO useful idiots as Senators. Too see Burr and the horse faced clown from Virginia Warner drone on the Senate Non-Intelligence Committee is enough to make one laugh.

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      • jonvil says:

        I’m clueless:(
        When someone comes up with a reason as to why so many ‘Americans’ voted for Hillary we will both know why they voted for McCain.

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      • So&so says:

        I read somewhere that the newly elected county recorder who beat Helen Purcell, wants to do away with voting places and make everyone vote by mail, to save money. Seems like it would be much easier to cheat.

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    • nontroll says:

      Succinct: (especially of something written or spoken) briefly and clearly expressed.

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    • He’s butt hurt that the President fired his friend Comey. This is a cheap way to get back at him. I believe both McCain and Sasse are hard core NeverTrumpers. We just need to replace these guys. In that regard I think Sasse is going to get primaried and McCain will lose if he runs again. He’s just too far out there for us deplorables..

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  4. georgiafl says:

    Jobs ‘created by’ NAFTA?

    Those would be jobs in Mexico and Canada – NOT – US JOBS!

    McCain and Sasse are paid tools of their foreign lobbyists.

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  5. Liberty says:

    Sasse looks like the love child of Trudeau and Macron.

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  6. daughnworks247 says:

    Don’t forget, Ben Sasse was reprimanded by his own state Republican leadership in a vote of 400 to 8. Sasse does NOT serve the people of Nebraska.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/05/15/nebraska-gop-convention-humiliates-ben-sasse/

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    • V.Lombardi says:

      I forgot that.

      Let’s not have a trade representative. That’s better than having one approved by these 2 bought senators.

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  7. DeplorableHoosierFriend? says:

    I can’t wait to see POTUSDJT smoke these grifters out for all the citizenry to see.

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  8. TwoLaine says:

    Johnny Songbird is well past his Expiration Date. Sasse is a wannabe Commie infesting his state with disease. Pretty soon he will finally reregister as a Commie, just like Bernie. He’s gonna’ run in 2020. His motto, “Feelin’ Sasse?!”

    Dems put Nebraska voter registration forms in refugee welcome baskets
    & MORE
    https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/?s=Nebraska

    How did you manage this story without mentioning “refugees” and the role they play in the takeover of agriculture? And the use of UNFAIR Double Taxation Death Taxes that President TRUMP has promised to do away with, to drive Americans into debt, and out of their family farms? The same Americans and their families who are denigrated all the time as an excuse for ILLEGALS to invade our country because “they do the jobs Americans don’t want to do”, ALLEGEDLY. Yet they built America, fought for America, and have fed American families for years with their sunup to sundown physical labor on their farms.

    The “refugee” programs import 3rd worlders with many diseases to work in these now multinational ag firms. WE subsidize their VOLAGS, their “vetting”, their trip to America, their housing, their food, their healthcare, their childcare, their schooling (100-200-300 languages, who cares, What difference, at this point, does it make?), and much, much more. Soon they want a space to pray 5-10 times a day, higher wages, interest free loans, and Shariah Law.

    They’ve already taken over Minnesota, where Amazon is building huge new warehouses and wants even more “refugees” to man them. Remember, they want to take over all of Wal-marts business, including food. Wal-mart employees, and Wal-mart as a whole, are HEAVILY subsidized by the taxpayer. Also remember that not long ago Amazon shut down a lot of warehouses all over middle America, presumably manned by American citizens, in favor of moving to big cities. Now we know why. They can offload those employees, they don’t have to take them with them, and “refugee” labor is MUCH cheaper because THE STUPID AMERICANS subsidize it.

    I believe that EBT/SNAP, as is, should be eliminated entirely. We need to go back to the days of having warehouses with the food that is allowed. You go pick it up, weekly, monthly, whatever. It is ALL from America. It is good for the body, “supplemental” and “short term”, which is ALL It was ever meant to be.

    MAYBE, IF some of these people had to show up for real food rations weekly, they would realize that a job wasn’t so bad, and that being Venezuela is not so good. It certainly would eliminate a lot or criminal activity.

    #DrainTheSwampRats

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    • TwoLaine says:

      ANNNNNNNNNNNNDDDDDDDDDD, ICYMI, this was reported the SAME DAY He was fired, but got BURIED by the firing. I don’t remember this being mentioned, even once, in the wonky Travel Pause hearing that same day.

      Comey: FBI looking at 2,000 cases of US links to foreign terrorists, 300 are REFUGEES
      by Ann Corcoran
      9 May 2017

      Just when you thought you had had it with FBI Director Comey he admits something that you would never expect a politically-correct Washington insider to reveal.

      Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Wednesday, Director Comey said in response to questioning by Senator Thom Tillis of NC about those being watched by the FBI who are in contact with foreign terrorists (from a transcript published by the WaPo):

      “Then we have another big group of people that we’re looking at who we see some contact with foreign terrorists. So you take that 2,000 plus cases, about 300 of them are people who came to the United States as refugees.”

      As far as I know no reporter has mentioned this stunning news. Mark Krikorian, Director of the Center for Immigration Studies caught it though and published the revelation at National Review Online here yesterday. Krikorian reminds us that Comey had testified to Congress on more than one occasion where he admitted that there is no way to thoroughly screen refugees from failed states like Syria and Somalia.

      Read more:
      https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/comey-fbi-looking-at-2000-cases-of-us-links-to-foreign-terrorists-300-are-refugees/

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    • Bendix says:

      Much of that SNAP money goes to immigrants, even legal ones, I’m convinced.
      People think the increase is due to Americans being taken care of by our government, due to the effects of the economic meltdown caused by government, the so-called “safety net”.
      Not so. I see new arrivals, constantly, living better than the longtime Americans, spending freely (especially in the Walmart) and taking advantage of every giveaway going.
      This is perplexing, as I know other legal immigrants who are not allowed to accept one dime in government aid, for five years.
      For a country concerned with “climate”, we sure import a lot of people to keep the gas-guzzler auto industry afloat.
      BTW, someone should do a study of how much of our tax money goes to pay for food that gets shipped to people living in foreign countries, such as the Dominican Republic.
      Do you want to pay for that? I don’t.

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      • TwoLaine says:

        It really is all of the above. The problem is there are way too many who expect it. As stated, it should be short term and supplemental. Not a way of life. Too many able-bodied people expect it. Even millionaires have been found to be on the dole.

        There is a lot of criminality in the program too. People cashing in at local convenience stores for pennies on the dollar, for dope and alcohol. A lot of that $$$ is sent out of the country, and funds terrorism. It is a cottage industry.

        And no, we are a country in debt. We shouldn’t be buying food for other countries, and especially not at the same time that we are also paying for and housing many of their “immigrants”. Their countries is smart enough to know how to grow food on their own. GIT-R-DONE!

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    • TwoLaine says:

      RIGHT ON TIME! Remember, “refugees” don’t cost you a dime! ;(

      Minnesota Dept of Health needs $5 million to fight infectious diseases in immigrant population
      by Ann Corcoran
      11 May 2017

      “Minnesota is currently in the middle of the largest outbreak of measles in over twenty years. As of Tuesday, 50 cases of measles have been diagnosed in the state since the first case was reported on April 11, 45 of which have been diagnosed in Somali Minnesotans.”

      Read more:
      https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/minnesota-dept-of-health-needs-5-million-to-fight-infectious-diseases-in-immigrant-population/

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    • Patriot1783 says:

      Good for her! This clip shows exactly what kind of man McCain is at his core.

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    • mossback says:

      One extreme way to solve this I surmise, is to nationalize all the multinationals holdings in the US……….then sell back to only American citizens for penny’s on the dollar……or give back the farms and ranches to the families that were forced off them. If the multinationals come back in threatening buyouts again, place a sales tax of 100% on anything they try to buy. MHO.

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      • TwoLaine says:

        !.) Require them to hire Americans citizens only, IF They want to start a kingdom of their own, they can take it elsewhere, and fully fund it themselves for life. I hear Richard Branson has an island somewhere.

        We are a sovereign nation, or at least we used to be.

        2.) Require them to sell their product here. That way they can’t drive up the prices by exporting it all, and making us import ours from places like Mexico. Otherwise, hit them with an export tax.

        Two more YUGE human importers are Tesla and Chobani. DON’T buy their products. IF you follow their stocks it will make you sick. They are profiting greatly from this human trafficking.

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    • Carolina Girl says:

      Uncle Sam has many ways to take away family farms. Estate taxes. EPA gone wild. Payments to do nothing or plant what the government tells you to plant. Low interest loans pushed down throats by every trick in the book; then foreclosure when the Fed raises interest rates. Family farmers cannot affford to buy politicians, but big corporations that own massive farms can buy whomever they want to buy.

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  9. Christy Lyke says:

    Yet another way the entrenched have forgotten who they work for

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  10. US says:

    Time for me to donate to the Trump-Pence 2020 re-election campaign again. Pour éncourager les autres.

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  11. KBR says:

    Simple common sense:

    A nation that expects its people to survive and thrive produces its own food. Period.

    Dependency upon a foreign nation for food is dependency upon a potential enemy and the risk of poisonings or starvation.

    Even primitive tribes knew that.

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  12. anthdohmy says:

    So foreign countries and companies can openly interfere with or otherwise attempt to affect the United States legislative process?

    Are they allowed to purchase advertising or social media campaigns to try to affect public opinion as well or are the companies and individuals who work with them also accused of some sort of Treason?

    What oversight committee decides what country it is okay to collude with an what country it is not, if the answer to the above is yes? Is there a checklist? NO RUSSIA, yes France? Like that?

    Are the legislators and staff allowed to openly collude with the foreign entities to construct, or otherwise manipulate legislation, or do they have to go hide in a SCIF or meet on a park bench while feeding pigeons?

    Is there an established protocol for colluding with foreign companies or nations?

    Are FISA warrants ever issued out of concern for foreign interference in government operations, bribery of legislators or staff?

    Is Chuck Shumer able to openly say “I’m gonna try to get those sanctions lifted for ya”? or “I’m gonna see if we can sell you those weapons” without the NSA, CIA and perhaps FBI listening in and unmasking the conversations for widespread dissemination?

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  13. TakeBackOurRepublic says:

    These multinational corporations are the ones who employ refugees thereby displacing American workers. This is why the CoC fights to maintain open borders and supports the refugee resettlement industry. Besides changing the demographic makeup of our cities where there is ag manufacturing (especially in meat packing), they are directly responsible for increasing the unemployment of American citizens by replacing them with captive non-citizens at greatly reduced wages and benefits. Bottom line….it’s all about the money.

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  14. gary says:

    It would be pretty funny if Trump Team used Sundance’s Pictures of McCain with ISIS against McCain.

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    • gary says:

      Actually, maybe a senate hearing on McCain’s connection to ISIS and Muslim Terrorism based on those pictures. Have McCain explain the photo’s and what he said and did, and did he offer to supply them with weapons or intel or money? Just like the phony “russian-trump connection”, have a “McCain-Terrorist connection” scandal.

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      • crepelady says:

        I second that emotion….bigly.

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      • nontroll says:

        Agreed – fight fire with fire and “the best defense is a good offense”. Cold anger and patience. PDJT is rounding out his team. It was two weeks after the Deputy AG was installed that Comey got turfed. Ya gotta put out the biggest fires first. The President has nothing but disdain for McStain. You can bet yer bottom dollar he’s got him in his sights. Sessions and his staff are probably dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t”s as we speak.

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      • They also need to look at the off the radar McCain Foundation. Major donations from middleastern countries. His connections to sex trafficking!

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  15. fleporeblog says:

    My blood pressure has just hit the roof! Cold anger can’t clearly describe how I feel right NOW. It would make my year if our Lion decides after reading this BS to say to his attorney to bring out the EO allowing him to terminate NAFTA in 180 days. I told my brother last night that the 2018 elections can’t get here fast enough. My biggest reason is that we can win even more Republican seats with Trump backed candidates in the states that the Democrats are up for reelection where our President won (10 Total). If we can get that number up to 55+ (I actually believe that 60 is very doable) these POS like McCain and Sasse will be neutralized because they won’t have the power that they currently have.

    WE will win this battle against Tom Donohue, CoC, Big Club and the Uniparty. Our Lion through our Wilburine and Lighthizer will renegotiate all trade agreements on behalf of Everday Americans. America First never sounded so good!

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    • nontroll says:

      I have a feeling Lighthizer will be confirmed without McStain and Asse. I loved the guy that said we should just name Lighthizer a czar, leave the post open and dump NAFTA if he’s not confirmed. This is my post above to “Gary”.

      Agreed – fight fire with fire and “the best defense is a good offense”. Cold anger and patience. PDJT is rounding out his team. It was two weeks after the Deputy AG was installed that Comey got turfed. Ya gotta put out the biggest fires first. The President has nothing but disdain for McStain. You can bet yer bottom dollar he’s got him in his sights. Sessions and his staff are probably dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t”s as we speak.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        nontroll I am with you 100%! Enough is enough!

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        • nontroll says:

          The thing all of us have to remember is this: WE ALL HAVE a personal wish list for PDJT to fix. BUT, he does too! AND he’s gotta get them in the right order for maximum impact.

          Even when I get really p!ssed now, I take a deep breath and say “He’s got this!” Honestly, he hasn’t disappointed me yet. I am blown away by President Trump.

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    • Thanks nontroll for the up vote!

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      • nontroll says:

        I liked your comment so much I quoted you – I just couldn’t remember where I read it or I would have credited you, lol. Sorry about that.

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  16. Travis McGee says:

    When’s the next recess?

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  17. copperchief says:

    McShame and Sassy willing to do the dirty; Kstreet pimps ask their D.C. streetwalkers to obstruct the President Trump #MAGA agenda once more and both say they are willing to do some tricks. Stay tuned for more seditious behavior from the Capitol.

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    • mossback says:

      It would be nice if K street was declared physically detrimental to the health of the USA and bulldozed into a nice relaxing park. Move them out of DC so it is harder to see our reps…….solve any issues? Probably not….but the message would be there.

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  18. itsy_bitsy says:

    If McCain is against anything, then I know I’m for it!

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  19. daughnworks247 says:

    Let’s talk about food production for the USA and the World.
    I’ve been sitting on this idea since before Trump decided to run for office. I sent it to him on June 17th, but it’s doing nothing but collecting dust in silence. Warning, once the idea starts rolling around in your head, you cannot get it out.
    Grab of cup of coffee, this is a big idea – and you might want a map of the southeastern USA for reference.
    Here we go:

    Instead of or an in addition to a border wall, I propose a mile wide, deep canal for shipping and commerce. Canal to run north of San Diego, using Camp Pendleton as a beachhead in California, flowing south of Tucson, north of El Paso, extending east to Odessa, TX area, then south to San Padre – perhaps with an offshoot to pick up refined oil from the Houston area to be shipped west for export, the Dakota pipeline, or oil from the Permian basin.

    The Canal would use a system of Locks, to rise to a level of 2300 feet, similar to the Erie Canal (which rises to 560 feet). Interesting note: Progress on the Erie Canal was slow, taking a year for 4 men and a mule to dig one mile —- until immigrants from Scotland and Ireland were brought into the USA to work on the Canal.

    Along the way, about every 7-10 miles, we need places for a ship to turn around or be repaired. At these points, I propose large salt water conversion facilities, similar to those being used in Israel to supply almost 60% of their fresh-water needs, to pool into large fresh water reservoirs, from which, irrigation tentacles can extend as much as 100 miles. This creates a global “bread-basket” controlled by America, roughly the size of the state of Texas, which would never be subject to drought.

    Shipping expenses for goods (import or export) would become cheaper for all Americans because instead of cargo docking at Laguna, cargo can remain on board until it arrives in AZ, NM, or Texas, joining new rail spurs to distribute throughout the country. This would also remove congestion and extra transportation costs shipping though the Alameda Corridor. These new ports could be built to handle larger cargo ships, currently unavailable at seaports in the USA.

    Large reservoirs the size of lakes and irrigation of large sections of the southwestern USA means new cities and increased property value, more property taxes, creating NEW wealth for the USA as opposed to redistributing wealth. Remember, cities like Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, boomed because of the Erie Canal. The creation of water boards, supervised locally, statewide and nationally, could provide the bond issue/repayment vehicle for the building of the Canal. It would be the biggest muni-bond goldmine Goldman Sachs has ever seen – ensuring Wall Street support.

    While an actual border wall provides security for the USA, a Canal would be ultimate security for the larger USA. No one can dig under a mile of water (unless it’s another Chunnel). Swiftly moving water within the locks make swimming across deadly. Chokepoints every 7-10 miles means less border security, higher concentration, and an opportunity for the intel agencies to drag out all their new tech and surveillance toys.

    Objections from the EPA. I’ve checked every single county along the southern border the Canal would go through. The endangered species found within these counties are all found in additional counties within their respective states. Thus, no elimination of endangered species. Please refer also to the “God Committee” formed by Howard Baker in 1978, during the Tellico Dam objections. We have no problem for endangered species with the Canal.

    Objections from Democrats (just because) can also be eliminated with almost unlimited fresh water supplies for southern California. The Canal and it’s salt-water conversion facilities would remove fresh water requirements for southern California, possibly ensuring support from the San Francisco voting block. Additionally, movement of water within the locks creates hydro-electric power to supply these cities.

    Objections from Indian Nations are moot. The Canal does not have to pass through Indian land. It would, however, make Indian land far more valuable, thus possibly ensuring their support.

    Furthermore, the Canal is a “green idea” that makes sense and reduces costs. For example, current shipping routes through the Panama Canal (or the new one proposed in Nicaragua by the Chinese) force ships to travel through some of the world’s most beautiful natural Marine Parks AND cause an extra 7-10 days in shipping times to the USA. If an oil spill did happen within the Canal, the locks could be closed and the spill contained.

    Yes, water flows downhill. A high elevation of water must supply the source to feed the locks. The Panama Canal uses a lake which suffers at times because of lack of rainfall. I ran the idea past a few friends who are Corps of Engineers guys and their eyes glistened with excitement. Their idea is to leapfrog salt water, at the 7-10 mile points, to a high elevation, using natural water tension. Anyone who has siphoned gas out of a tank understands the idea – it’s just a lot bigger.

    With Republican Governors in Texas, AZ and NM, we probably have no problem. California resists everything, of course, yet the overwhelming benefit of fresh water, and power, to southern California could supercede resistance. Plus, salt-water conversion has been tried over and over again by the hard left in California but never properly funded and the technology was incomplete. Well, now we have the technology AND the Silicon Valley types could be enlisted to perfect the technology. Think about it. We could create a whole new industrial revolution. A similar Canal from New Delhi to Mumbai could service millions. They could save the world. Water is the key to civilization.

    Finally, this is a very American idea. The Canal would be the biggest project in the history of the world and put the Ganges River Project to shame. The job creation and wealth creation would be monumental and quickly outstrip ANY taxpayer dollars spent. In fact, the Dem’s are licking their chops for a trillion dollar infrastructure project but this is one which pays America back. As a staunch Repub, I’ve never been one for do-nothing public works projects. The Canal however, is in a different league. The Canal would truly Make America Great Again. It’s perfect for Trump.

    I have enormous respect for the braintrust at CTH and love you all. Please, poke holes in this idea. My son came up with the idea over Thanksgiving 2014 and we’ve ruminated over the objections ever since. We find, within every 24 hour news cycle, The Canal would solve a major problem facing the USA.

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    • daughnworks247 says:

      Edit first paragraph – map of the southwestern USA for reference, not southeastern.

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    • Maquis says:

      I’ve been contemplating, no, furiously wondering why it isn’t already in work, a massive canal system run from the Great Lakes down the middle of the country and through the very areas you wish to see blossom under water’s blessed gift of life.

      Should we get over our idiotic refusal to jump back into Nuclear Energy in a big, and Revolutionary, way, we could move water, make it potable, and create an expansion of creativity and prosperity that, as you note, hasn’t been seen on this level, anywhere.

      Even the Suez neglects to make the Egyptian desert bloom with desalinated water.

      Flowing North or South, I am absolutely on board with this idea.

      But I still want a damned Wall!

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      • daughnworks247 says:

        When I talk to the Corps of Engineers guys, the wall is easy and not that expensive.
        I’ve never seen them so excited though when I put the idea of a Canal in front of them.

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        • nontroll says:

          I love your idea and you have answered some of the questions facing this challenge. However, the money required to finance this is truly astronomical. If you could somehow break it down into bite-sized chunks it COULD be feasible, BUT we’re not talking about a ten year project here – you’re looking at a multi-generational build.

          All of that being said, if you don’t dream it you’ll never do it.

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          • daughnworks247 says:

            For resources and vetting, I ran it by a couple of guys at the Corps of Engineers who control the levee system for the MS River. Since the Canal is about 1400-1500 miles and the MS River is about the same, I thought they would be the closest things to experts on such a project.
            I cannot tell you how excited they were. Remember, this was back in the winter of 2014, depth of Obama doldrums, when we all were silent and thought America was nothing but a memory.
            According to their tried and true estimating software, it takes $1.69 to move a cubic yard of dirt. Then, the rest of the Canal becomes a math problem.
            The Corps also has experience building large, lake-size reservoirs, and pointed to Sardis Lake (98K acres), Arkabutla, and Enid Lake, as examples. That’s about the size reservoir the Corps guys think we would need to extend 100 miles for irrigation and human consumption, only needing one fresh-water lake about every 40 miles.
            The Corps guys replied, “No way to estimate” until we provide “scope of work”. In other words, does the cost of the Canal include the salt-water conversion facilities, or are they owned locally, built to spec, with municipal bonds? Or, does scope of work include all the border/custom facilities? Hydro-electric power facilities? A plug-in to supply southern California with unlimited fresh-water? Does cost include rail spurs and new “super” ports the size of those in Charleston or New Orleans?
            In other words, do you want a price for a 3 bedroom house, or a price for the whole neighborhood?
            Lots of questions but it’s easily done – just a qualifying and an engineering problem.
            Estimate to finish state of Texas was 3-4 years from start date. Remember, they can start at both ends AND dig in the middle too. From a coastline, each 7-10 mile section can be brought on-line as it is completed, fueling excitement for the completion.
            My bet is that Texas would beat California but all the activity in Texas would motivate California.

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            • daughnworks247 says:

              Bottom line. Let’s say it’s a trillion dollars. It’s not but let’s say it is.
              We spent almost a trillion on Obama’s stimulus and have nothing to show for it. The Dem’s are chomping at the bit for a trillion dollar “infrastructure” project as we speak.
              Most public works projects are a pure expense, a “debit”, if you will. This is a project which creates wealth and would pay us back for hundreds of years.
              Think Panama Canal X 60.

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            • daughnworks247 says:

              Remember, this is like building the Erie Canal in modern times. The cost of the Erie Canal did not include building all of Chicago, Detroit, and Cincinnati. These cities grew over time.

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              • mossback says:

                There is one sticking issue with your idea. It takes away someones land and most likely their home as well. Ranch lands that have been generations in someones family. Texas tried something of that nature……a Trans national hiway project that ran pretty much up the center east side of Texas and on north to Canada……a truckers roadway from Mexico to Canada. There was so much opposition that Perry nearly lost his last election as Gov. because to the furor. The project was canceled before it started. I personally would not want the US to be cut into with a canal………but I live in Texas and we have our ports already…….I doubt you’d get much support here……….Some ideas like yours are grand but short of military action to stop the protests that would erupt ….much like what happened last winter in the Dakotas, or elections that would over turn incumbents and cancel this project, you are asking for trouble….Folks are funny about some things, their property for instance. Try to take that away from them and they will die. Die fighting you.

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            • nontroll says:

              This is a very interesting discussion, but it shouldn’t take place here – it should be in the daily open thread. I’m surprised we haven’t already been “sanctioned” by ad rem! lol

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    • Maquis says:

      I do really want to see an American Nuclear Renaissance. From Thorium to ultra safe “could never melt down” uranium technology, we could be creating power systems that make any industry possible. Reactors, and fuels, so safe we could afford to risk launching them into Space for our Moon and Mars Colonies, as well as massive Spacecraft that might not yet take us to the stars, but could surely allow generations of explorers to make Epic Journeys throughout our Solar System.

      While likely overly heavy for our spacecraft, General Fusion (generalfusion.com) is on a path to clean fusion energy that does not require the equivalent of a Star’s central core to be contained by mere magnetism. Their machine looks like something out of Orson Welles “Thing to Come.” Great movie, and great ideas.

      We also need a reliable energy source for our Spaceports and Space Elevators, I see these as combined projects, every Spaceport being the orbiting mass keeping the cord taut. Also, every Spaceport being in the business of constructing Spacecraft in Space itself. They could be refueling stations also. They would make remarkable observatories, being tens of thousands of miles high in order to maintain a geosynchronous orbit, rather necessary when bound to Earth by a cord.

      I see Sea Based Space Cannons floating in the equatorial oceans, launching canisters of fuel and, um, stuff I am not prepared to yet discuss outside a board room or a laboratory. We could have robot spacecraft collecting thusly launched materials and guiding them to their destinations.

      We could put the brakes on deliberately dumbed down American Education and return to recognizing the innate intelligence of children and harnessing that to acheive great levels of highly educated Citizens, and that’s just High Schoolà Most jobs that now require a Bachelor’s Degree, just because, would find a High School Diploma to be more qualifying than today’s BA’s.

      Going to college for the sake of having a “shot at life,” yet merely falling prey to Marxist charlatans that teach young adults to reject the Faith of their Fathers and the Teaching of their Mothers, only to adopt the most puerile of social obsessions and Worldviews, hating Life itself, would become as barbaric a thought as we now see the Roman Gladiator Spectacles.

      The hopelessness that Academia teaches our young is pretty much ALL that they have to “offer” our progeny. Current Administrators, Curricula developers, professors, most all are traitors to our Children, our Country, and Humanity itself. The sorry state of the World at present is as much their doing as any evil schemes of Washington or the World ar large.

      Young Adults need a true Classical Education, if they decide to ignore the siren song of an economy they are already trained for in High School, and to continue their studies, they should not be subject to “Fake Views.” They need to debate, to not fear hearing dissenting views, to engage in first defending, then convicting, the self-same subjects, in every chosen subject and field of inquiry. Inquiry will not be optional. Thinking will be required, and all responses and assertions must withstand the critical examination of all participants in a course.

      Science and Technology should be the great aspirations, with philosophy a necessary precursor to possessing the power to create or destroy as easily as is possible when one attains such powers. Before they seek Knowledge, they will be taught Wisdom.

      Nevertheless, Science, that which will bless Life, that which will explain Life, that which will spread Life so far we may not know how our early genuine Space Pioneers are faring, until we gain knowledge sufficient to bring the stars into our grasp without requiring multiple Generations living out their lives on one ship in one Grand Voyage.

      Physics, the very large, the very small, the very fabric of it all, shall become a great calling. To understand and master gravity, to tease out the secrets of the fabric of space-time, and how to manipulate them both, these are the secrets that will ensure the survival of Humanity, the thriving of Humanity, the elevation of Humanity.

      Yes, we must destroy the corruption of Washington DC.. If need be, we may find it necessary to “nationalize” farming, re-patriate it, return it to its rightful heirs; take it out of the hands of multi-national corporations.

      I’m already of the mind that such a course of action is an absolute necessity. No nation should have the means to feed it’s own self lie in the hands of such nefarious alien profiteers. How does the Country defend the rights of aliens to purchase our farms and the food system right up to our tables, when everywhere you turn their are food drives and charities galore to feed thise that cannot afford to eat, or feed their children?

      John McCain, the lowest of the low, just dug himself another hundred kilometers closer to Hell with that letter.
      If Songbird is smiling then children are dying.
      Worldwide.

      Maquis

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    • G. Combs says:

      ADD powered by NUCLEAR!
      Why California and other ocean bordering states do not have combined nuclear power and desalinization plants is beyond me.

      See
      Thorium – World Nuclear Association

      Many on the left support Thorium. Is safe, green thorium power finally ready for prime time?

      more: (wwwDOT)physicsforums.com/threads/india-and-thorium-reactors-progress.358038/

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    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Grew up near part of the abandoned Miami=Erie canal. Cincinnati to Toledo.
      3 feeder lakes were built, all hand dug. The three feeder lakes were Indian
      Lake, Lake Loramie, and Grand Lake Saint Marys. They were between 1500
      to 14,000 plus acres. For years Grand Lake Saint Marys was the largest
      entirely man made (dug by hand) lake in the world. Most of the canal is
      abaondoned, but there’s foot trails that go up to 40 plus miles alongside lock
      ruins along it’s path. Canals are fascinating. T;hey are the cheapest way
      to ship goods that was ever devised.

      If they don’t go for the grand scheme ( huge ships) consider canals that
      were built on the traditional plan, only done as a modern day, waterborn
      version of inner city trolley cars, with overhead electrical power. Silent,
      non polluting, slow enough speeds to not erode the banks (why there was
      a limit on speed along original canals.).

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  20. Maquis says:

    I find their letter to be incoherent and, troubling.

    Jeepers, where’d these fools learn to write?

    In any case, I only want to read their epitaphs, not my Nation’s.

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    • MIKE says:

      I found the letter to be arrogant and condescending, as well. Especially considering the authors’ backgrounds. But detailing the resumes of 535 swampettes is too arduous a task for me, here.
      The upshot, imo; they have just exposed themselves a wee bit more. I like to think our president is keeping impeccable notes on a huge cork board, like a keen investigator does in a complicated criminal case. Because that is exactly what we got here.

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      • nontroll says:

        Trump has had McStain’s name on his cork board BEFORE he announced to run.

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      • G. Combs says:

        “I like to think our president is keeping impeccable notes on a huge cork board, like a keen investigator does in a complicated criminal case. Because that is exactly what we got here.”

        AHHHHhhhh, now I know what Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is up to….

        You didn’t really think President Trump simply toss the guy away now did you? (Remember Flynn still has his clearances.)

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        • MIKE says:

          No, i guess not, G. But one of my problems is that I’m not sure what color hat Lt. Gen. Flynn is wearing these days. I’m hoping it is white.

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        • nontroll says:

          Welcome to the club! I’m thinking Flynn has gone deep cover and is swimming in the swamp and taking copious notes. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to see him rise like the Phoenix!

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    • todayistheday99 says:

      I wonder who actually authored the letter. My guess is their K-Street pimps.

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      • tampa2 says:

        Agree, todayistheday99. Was going to post this same thought at the end of the thread. Neither McCain, Sasse nor their staffs have the economic (Sasse) nor intellectual (McCain) acumen to advance such a distorted diatribe. I might add, though, that the “incompetent and inconsistent” verbiage reeks of McCain and Sasse. Probably their own contributions, with glee, and self-efficacy.

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  21. dreadnok89 says:

    Does this guy know hes a clown yet? Why are we held hostage by a pissant senator from garbage arizona?

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  22. Rick says:

    On the surface it seems as though ole Johnny McCain has thrown Ms. Lindsey out with the bathwater. His new squeeze seems to be Ben Sasse. An effeminate who “fiddles with John’s nuts a lot”.

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  23. Bendix says:

    Some of the politicians are still under the delusion that NAFTA has done good things for their constituents. They can look out a car window and see the reality for themselves, but it doesn’t click.
    McCain, I believe, is one of those who has to know better. How do they justify themselves, to themselves?

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  24. not2worryluv says:

    Never Ever Trust a #NeverTrumper!

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  25. CharterOakie says:

    McCain is so patently ignorant of economics that he should be ashamed to put his name to any such letter in the first place.

    The only useful thing I can think of that McCain has done in a long, long time is to pick Sarah Palin in 2008. For that I give him credit. For that only.

    Clearly he has decided to be a capo in the resistance to Trump.

    Acknowledging that hindsight is 20-20, nevertheless she may regret having given her endorsement to Sasse when he ran for the US Senate. Don’t recall a good alternative at the time, so I won’t hold it against her. Her patriotism and dedication to us “deplorables” are beyond question.

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  26. mikeyboo says:

    I remember a time when I liked John McCain. For the past several years all I have to do is note McCain’s position so I can oppose it. He has never gotten over the fact that he is not going to be President. Now that we have a REAL President, McCain will spit in the punch bowl at every opportunity.

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    • Ken says:

      Not only is the old codger McCrash who was several rungs from the bottom of his graduating class at Annapolis spitting in the punchbowl. He’s hocking up slimy yellow bellied RINO loogies.

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    • indiana08 says:

      He was just as nasty during the Bush years. I didn’t pay attention to the ends and outs of the 2000 republican primary but McCain was very bitter about Bush winning. McCain did everything he could to back stab Pres. Bush those 8 years. The only reason I voted for McCain is because I didn’t want Obama to win and I liked Gov. Palin. Now, 8 years later, I think that McCain would have been so damaging to our side of the isle (and good conservatives) that we were *gag* maybe better off with Obama because now we have the completely awesome Pres. Donald J. Trump 🙂

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  27. There’s a reason Laura Ingraham isn’t doing her show today….

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  28. Educated Citizen says:

    McCain knows that with Comey gone, everything he did in jump starting the Russian story is going to be exposed and looking to get into a bargaining position against the President. Take note, Lindsey is not joining him on this one.

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  29. keith says:

    So the work around is have no USTR personnel that require a senate approval. Make Lighthizer the ranking person but with a no confirmation needed position. He doesn’t have to be acting USTR but just acts as the USTR.

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  30. Bull Durham says:

    Lighthizer just got Senate approval. He’s in. McCain crashes and burns again.

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  31. R-C says:

    “Democrat Stalwart John “Songbird” McCain of Arizona Fails to Derail Trump Trade Representative”.

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  32. jmclever says:

    I would like McCain and Sasse to spell out real economic benefits to American citizens. Since they say Lighthizer doesn’t understand them!

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  33. indiana08 says:

    I severely dislike both Songbird and his mistress Sassy Pants. Both are corrupt as can be. McCain is sweating that Pres. Trump will find out all the evil McCain has been doing behind the American people’s back.

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  34. Sean Supsky says:

    So, for an update to this story, we have a tweet from McConnell

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  35. Kristi Ann says:

    John McCain is a Extreme Left-Wing Liberal RINO republican who sides with the Extreme Left-Wing Liberal democRATS!!

    May our ONE True GOD the FATHER who art in Heaven Above Bless All my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus ( Yeshua ) and Your Families and Friends!!

    ( John 14:6 KJV ) “Jesus Saith unto him, I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man ( or anyone ) cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”!!

    Love Always and Shalom ( Peace ) Everyone, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  36. CountryclassVulgarian says:

    Johnnie Mc Traitor and the neverTrumpers NeverTrumper. I’m just too shocked to post any further response at this time. I need a few days to get over this.

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  37. Aguila2011 says:

    Sundance, you are exactly right about the export of product. The product flows out while imported products flow in from cheaper locales but that is not be biggest problem I have. It might not be so bad if you paid a higher price at home, if you also got the best products/produce locally. However, these clowns also send the very best out of the country, leaving the least desirable for Americans and importing the “scientifically” manipulated/aged produce into America that might look like ideal fruits and vegetables but lack the flavor, texture, and satisfaction of the real thing.

    Why the FDA, the USDA, Academia etc. don’t put the clamps on the food industry and their outrageous actions is astounding. But we know why, it is as usual, all about the money. Always about the money. Who gives a damn about Americans. They would sell their mothers if they could get a good price.

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  38. Aguila2011 says:

    McCain, why don’t you just retire, go fishing, or just die, you piece of human excrement! Sick and tired of your stupid antics. You are past your expired date and are a prime example of why Term Limits are needed. 80 years old! Diane Feinstein 83 years old. All you disgusting self-serving a-holes, go home.

    The 2017 Senate is the oldest in U.S. History. Ref: https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=799015

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