No More Games – Ambassador Nikki Haley Announces U.S. Removing $255 Million Aid To Pakistan…

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivered strong remarks today during a press briefing surrounding U.S. policy toward Pakistan and Iran.

“The administration is withholding $255 million in assistance to Pakistan. There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years. They work with us at time, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan. That game is not acceptable to this administration.”

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Think BIGLY – On a geopolitical level the U.S. relationship with Pakistan is shadowed by a strong  Pakistani economic relationship with China.  China is Pakistan’s biggest investor.  China has also recently been identified as covertly propping up North Korea with smuggled oil shipments: “Very Disappointing“.

The central U.S. Pakistani relationship has always been about our fight against the terrorist networks of the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Pakistan has played both sides of that coin.  In August of 2017 President Trump warned Pakistan our relationship with them would be different if they did not stop enabling the Taliban.

The U.S. primary goal in Afghanistan is to force the Taliban to enter negotiations with the legitimate Afghanistan government and achieve a peaceful resolution toward a stable, non terrorist/non-extremist, nation.  Pakistan’s duplicitous action has become an impediment to that goal.

Knowing that ultimately a decision-point would would be reached with both Pakistan and China, President Trump began constructing the counter-leverage last year via an enhanced economic relationship with India and Prime Minister Modi.

Given the current antagonism by both Pakistan (via Afghanistan) and China (via North Korea), we can anticipate that President Trump will now enter a phase of elevated and open (ie. very public) economic engagement with India.  “Indo-Pacific

Predictable leverage in the ongoing dynamic will remain centered around economics.

In addition to the withdrawal of direct financial support for Pakistan, China will now face increased trade-policy-scrutiny, as well as lesser beneficial economic trade outcomes.

Predictably, the Most Favored Nation (MfN) trade status, a primary driver of U.S./China trade with great benefit toward Xi Jinping, is going to become increasingly leveraged as a negotiation strategy.

U.S. India ties are NOW a key and central component to the approach.

NOT COINCIDENTALLY the following surfaces as an ‘ah-ha moment’ for many:

President Trump thinks long term… and VERY strategically:

T-REX […]  Prime Minister Modi’s visit in June highlighted the many areas of cooperation that are already underway in this new area of our strategic relationship.

Our defense ties are growing. We are coordinating our counterterrorism efforts more than ever before. And earlier this month, a shipment of American crude oil arrived in India, a tangible illustration of our expanding energy cooperation. The Trump administration is determined to dramatically deepen ways for the United States and India to further this partnership.

For us today, it’s plain to see why this matters. India represents the world’s largest democracy. The driving force of our close relationship rests in the ties between our peoples – our citizens, business leaders, and our scientists.

Nearly 1.2 million American visitors traveled to India last year. More than 166,000 Indian students are studying in the United States. And nearly 4 million Indian Americans call the United States home, contributing to their communities as doctors, engineers, and innovators, and proudly serving their country in uniform.

As our economies grow closer, we find more opportunities for prosperity for our people. More than 600 American companies operate in India. U.S. foreign direct investment has jumped by 500 percent in the past two years alone. And last year, our bilateral trade hit a record of roughly $115 billion, a number we plan to increase.

Together, we have built a sturdy foundation of economic cooperation as we look for more avenues of expansion. The announcement of the first Global Entrepreneurship Summit ever to be hosted in South Asia, to take place in Hyderabad next month, is a clear example of how President Trump and Prime Minister Modi are promoting innovation, expanding job opportunities, and finding new ways to strengthen both of our economies.

When our militaries conduct joint exercises, we send a powerful message as to our commitment to protecting the global commons and defending our people. This year’s Malabar exercise was our most complex to date. The largest vessels from American, Indian, and Japanese navies demonstrated their power together in the Indian Ocean for the first time, setting a clear example of the combined strength of the three Indo-Pacific democracies. We hope to add others in coming years.

In keeping with India’s status as a Major Defense Partner – a status overwhelmingly endorsed last year by the U.S. Congress – and our mutual interest in expanding maritime cooperation, the Trump administration has offered a menu of defense options for India’s consideration, including the Guardian UAV. We value the role India can play in global security and stability and are prepared to ensure they have even greater capabilities.

And over the past decade, our counterterrorism cooperation has expanded significantly. Thousands of Indian security personnel have trained with American counterparts to enhance their capacity. The United States and India are cross-screening known and suspected terrorists, and later this year we will convene a new dialogue on terrorist designations.

In July, I signed the designation of Hizbul Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organization because the United States and India stand shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. States that use terror as an instrument of policy will only see their international reputation and standing diminish. It is the obligation, not the choice, of every civilized nation to combat the scourge of terrorism. The United States and India are leading this effort in that region.

But another more profound transformation that’s taking place, one that will have far-reaching implications for the next 100 years: The United States and India are increasingly global partners with growing strategic convergence.  (more)

~ Secretary Rex Tillerson

 

… Think BIGLY

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198 Responses to No More Games – Ambassador Nikki Haley Announces U.S. Removing $255 Million Aid To Pakistan…

  1. magatrump says:

    Finally someone thinks America first and will make Pakistan pay for its backstabbing of our military for the past 20 yrs. God bless President Trump! MAGA!

    Liked by 14 people

  2. Gil says:

    Sundance, how does this and our renewed partnership with India affect China’s one road policy? I hate the idea, even the inferred communism in the name.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. TheLastDemocrat says:

    Part of our giving them plenty of money over the years is because “we” want population control there.

    There, and in many other countries, our leading health care efforts have been around providing fertility control. Seeing all of that money, they, as most other countries where we extend this offer, have decided to have population goals, to have surveys of attitudes, to encourage “birth spacing,” and promoting birth control technologies and abortion access. All for the goals of NSSM 200, and in the big picture of playing God and thwarting God’s plans for us.

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    • Sunshine says:

      Fertility control won’t work in patriarchal Islam-land where manhood is measured according to the number of kids he produces. In other words, money going into someone’s pockets.

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      • Patsy says:

        They come in groups of 3-4 kids living onGovernment dole.

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        • Sunshine says:

          I’m in Canada and Justin brought in loads of families of 6 to 12 children per family. The government suddenly realized they no place to put them. So, they remained in hotels for one year and more at $100 each per/day just for food.
          They need houses and not apartments. Unemployable, all of them because of high number of kids – also, parents are too busy with kids to learn the language.
          A real mess.

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          • Charlotte says:

            It works like this; 4 wives allowed under Sharia. But Sharia is illegal in most western countries. So they have 1 legal wife acc to Western law and 3 de factos/single mothers/exes (who are actually Sharia wives)

            Each can have 4 or more kids–so in total the Muslime can have 16 or more kids. These “wives” live in different accommodations which the state pays for. Some may work but on the whole none do, so they get welfare/dole/unemployment. Meanwhile the Muslime stud visits each for conjugals when his fancy takes him there and spawns more kids.
            ITS A SCAM and we are SUCKERS.

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            • Realist says:

              Europe , mainly thanks to Frau Merkel, is drowning in a sea of non assimilating, non integrating MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS who breed like FLIES five or six to one MORE than the INDIGENOUS populations. Europe is DEAD it just doean’t know it yet. Islam does not come to ASSIMILATE or to INTEGRATE Islam comes to DOMINATE

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          • WSB says:

            Send them back.

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    • James W Crawford says:

      https://www.indexmundi.com/g/g.aspx?c=pk&v=31

      Pakistan’s Total Fertility Rate has fallen dramatically.

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  4. Lunatic Fringe, Phd. [undocumented] says:

    If China subsidizes Pakistan and we take out $255 million, does it stand to reason that China will either have to make that up or risk their ally falling on hard times? So we were subsidizing terrorists and fair weather friends and China all at the same time? SHEESH.

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  5. Orygun says:

    More and more his pick of Haley for UN ambassador was a brilliant idea and she has been a pleasant surprise. The tie back to India was a thought that never really occurred to me at first but it is another piece of the global puzzle. Trump makes my head spin. He has this! What a President!

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    • WSB says:

      Safely, Haley cannot ever run for President. She has been a great surprise, but Haley is for Haley. Always remember that.

      Liked by 10 people

      • webgirlpdx says:

        Due to the President, she’s actually emerging as one of the most powerful women in the world. I’m sure she is digging this.

        Liked by 12 people

      • rf121 says:

        You are not trying to pull the birther thing are you? Obozo already proved that theory wrong. Like it or not.

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        • Hiker Mike says:

          Subverting constitutional law, ( the natural born citizen requirement to LEGALLY serve as president), does not set a precedent for future presidents who are not natural born.

          What does set a precedent is defeatists such as yourself who so easily give up the rule of law based on one usurper, (Obama), who was allowed to take the office of president illegally by circumventing the constitution requirement, that of being a natural born citizen.

          The precedent would be set if this action would be allowed to be repeated in the future.

          If we are to be a country that follows the rule of law we as country can not allow this to happen again!

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          • WSB says:

            Thank you, Hiker Mike!!!!!!!!

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          • Lindenlee says:

            Think of the precedent that would be set if Lyin Ted had been elected.

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          • rf121 says:

            Dream all you want. Over 50% of this country does not have a clue what the constitution is as the libs have won the education battle. And remember, the ignorant majority voted for cankles.

            For those who support the country and our Constitution we are becoming the minority. Demographic trends don’t lie. I took the oath four times. Once when I became a citizen and three times with my service with USN. I will support it till my end but this country is not what it used to be.

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            • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

              Nope. The “ignorant majority”, the functional illiterate, did not bother to vote and never have. Those borderline ignoramuses who DID vote for 4 Hillary were by no means a majority and were barely a plurality due largely to voting irregularities in certain deep blue areas of the country.
              Back 2 the point, Governor’ Haley’s kneejerk “surrender the flag episode” was enough to preclude her from ever being a viable presidential candidate. She’s doing great for now and may some day be Senate material.

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              • rf121 says:

                Hillary won the popular vote. My point is Haley can run for office. Is she a real trumper. No. Would I vote for her in a primary . No.

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                • Blacksmith8 says:

                  I hear that popular vote stupidity at least once a week even today. I try not to laugh right in there face, because it’s mostly at work. What I ask them is if they could please tell me which states the hildabeast won.

                  Then things get interesting, sometimes really quiet, and I hear well New York, California, and and it goes downhill really fast after the big cess pools.

                  shrillery took 20 states with every fraud in the book
                  PDJT took 30 states against every fraud in the book

                  You and I know we’re a nation of precincts and counties. The snowflakes didn’t learn that in public screw-all. They think we’re one nation right up until they find out what Texas thinks of their lib/prog/dhimm behavior.

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        • Sylvia Avery says:

          I think WSB’s point was just that while Haley is doing a great job where she is, there is good reason to view her with caution and not begin making our Haley for Prez 2024 signs.

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        • WSB says:

          Obama was never eligible, if his father was really Barack Obama, Sr.

          According to our Constitution, of which the provision has never been adjudicated, a natural born citizen may require a parent who is a ciitizen or mother and father who are citizens. The dual parenting has been discussed on many forums. The Federalist papers support at least the father as being the necessary citizen, and the British Law does not apply. However, it is possible that the father must be a citizen.

          Obama, Sr. was not. In fact, Obama was recognized as a British subject by his father’s status, dual citizenship of which would defy natural American-born status.

          Barack Obama, Sr. was a British subject, as a citizen of Kenya.

          Personally, I believe Obama’s father was an Indonesian cultist, so there is that.

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          • Katie says:

            People have forgotten those early campaign days when obama had a website called “Fight the Smears” dot com. Even the description on that propaganda site referred to obama as a “native born citizen”.

            Unless someone has another copy of the Constitution, I’m pretty sure the requirement is Natural Born Citizen. The whole obama pResidency was a lie. All of it.

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            • WSB says:

              All of it.

              Thank you for reminding me, Katie. It seems that with all of the new ‘names’ commenting on CTH, SD needs to have a primer thread to teach newcomers what most of us already know from the last four years or more. LOL!

              Do not forget that both Obama and Clinton did not legally qualify for the Indiana primary. Case closed.

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              • Also, don’t forget Nancy Pelosi’s chicanery!!!!! She changed the wording on the certification sent to each state!!!

                “Mr. Vogt explains that current Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz, who was Chair of the State Democratic Party in 2008, refused to certify Barack Obama as eligible to be president of the United States. Vogt’s claim is that Schatz knew there was no long form “certificate of live birth” (COLB). Nancy Pelosi made the certification and thus by Vogt’s logic is guilty of treason.”

                https://freedomoutpost.com/obama-eligibility-doug-vogt-nancy-pelosi-will-hang-role-worst-crime-in-american-history/

                “Yes, I know…. there is a typo in there. Not my typo, it belongs to whoever prepared the official document at the DNC. Did you catch it?

                The document is signed by Chair of the DNC Convention and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, DNC Secretary Alice Travis Germond and Colorado Notary of Public Shalifa A. Williamson. It is dated August 28, 2008.

                However, this document was never delivered to a single state DNC Office for state certification, and it was therefore, never presented to any state Election Commission as certification of these candidates, although I do have a copy of this notarized document myself.

                Instead, a very similar document was delivered to fifty state DNC offices, which those offices certified to each of fifty state Election Commissions, who then date-stamped the document and stuck it in a file cabinet, and proceeded to place these “certified” candidates on the ballot.

                The “Official Certification of Nomination” that was presented by the DNC in all fifty states for the 2008 Presidential election, in which Barack Hussein Obama became the new President of the United States, was almost identical, and it too was signed by Chair of the DNC Convention and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, DNC Secretary Alice Travis Germond and Notary of Public Shalifa A. Williamson, dated August 28, 2008.

                But this version of the document was missing the following text, and I quote;

                “- and that the following candidates for President and Vice President of the United States are legally qualified to serve under the provisions of the United States Constitution.”

                The legal certification text on the DNC certified nomination document used for the DNC ticket was limited to, and I quote;

                “THIS IS TO CERTIFY that at the National Convention of the Democrat Party of the United States of America, held in Denver, Colorado on August 25 though 28, 2008, the following were duly nominated as candidates of said Party for President and Vice President of the United States respectively:”

                http://canadafreepress.com/2009/williams091209.htm

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          • my theory is that BHOs biological father is really frank marshall davis. even though there are not a lot of pics for comparison, i see no resemblance at all between BHO and BHO sr. FMD on the other hand….for me its the age spots on BOTH of their faces. FMD didn’t show any age spots in pics of him as a younger man….but his face is absolutely covered with them in a video interview he did shortly before his death in 1987 (age 82). and there are of course 1000s of pics of BHOs face…and his age spots have become noticeably more prominent as he has aged. coincidence?

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            • WSB says:

              PCS, personally I would like to see a DNA sample between Subud and Obama.

              Obama does not have features of Frank or Obama, Sr. and this would be so much easier to understand.

              Subud was in Indonesia when Stanley was there, and the Hawaii Health Department agent who conveniently died in a small plane crash was also a follower of this cult leader.

              Loretta Fuddy was the victim. She was the one who signed off on the Obama birth certificate.

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              • Blacksmith8 says:

                I am seeing this pic of subud for the first time. Wow, the resemblance is striking. It’s like seeing the resemblance between my father and myself. His enlistment photo from 1943 and mine right after high school. It’s like one of us traveled through time and changed uniforms for the picture.

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            • kroesus says:

              it does not matter what your current theory de jour is…….Bammy’s LEGALLY declared father was not a US citizen at his birth and therefore the usurper was not and can never be a natural born citizen

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          • Realist says:

            Vatel’s Law of Nations, which the Founders used as a Reference Guide when writing the Constitution, defines a Natural Born Citizen as one who is ‘born of TWO CITIZEN parents in the country they BOTH are citizens of, So Barry HUSSEIN Soetero with his FOREIGN NATIONAL “father” was never an NBC and could never be no matter where he was born.

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      • trapper says:

        I thought she was born in South Carolina, so she’s natural born American.

        Liked by 1 person

        • WSB says:

          Her parents were not citizens at the time.

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            • kroesus says:

              nope,,,she is a legal CITIZEN just not a natural born citizen……”anchor babies” are defined as those born to ILLEGAL parents in order for them to “anchor” their presence in the US by having a misdefined US citizen as a child (there are not by the 14A)…….there are three categories of citizen for the US…….naturalized citizen (legalized through law and oath emigrating from other countries), US citizens (born to a single citizen parent or two legal immigrant parents or outside the territory of the US), natural born US citizen (a special subset of citizens requiring both parents to be US citizens at birth and born ON US soil)

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      • She is clearly going to be a candidate. But I am with you. At this moment, she is not the one. But she is great in this role.

        Maybe in 2028, if she keeps up the good work, and puts aportfolio of achievement together. But even then. ?????? Leaders are not made, they are born. We’ll see. There should be some good choices by then.

        I have to be honest, I hate playing identity politics. However, there can be no doubt that she would win an election, just based on the way the people vote. In an emergency, when no-one else is available, she could be acceptable. What worries me, is that the MSM leave her alone. You’d think they would have her portrayed as Eva Braun, Aileen Wuornos, and Belle Gunness all rolled into one. But they don’t. They tend to give her a pass. She could do with cultivating some more appealing enemies, before suspicious cat becomes too suspicious.

        The next candidate for the Dems is going to be a woman, or a latino, or both. They have no policies, at all. None, nada, zip. Unless of course the destruction of the USA can be called a policy. The only thing they have is identity politics. It is their only game.

        It is funny that the self styled party of equality operates on a caste system. Which itself is inherently racist and bigoted. White, heterosexual conservative men being on the bottom rung, and black transgendered illegal gay women at the very top of the caste. Victimhood status is all the rage. This will determine 100% their choice of leader. Policies be damned, when there are diversity quotas to fill, and fake guilt to be dished out..

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  6. Covfefe-USA says:

    Oh, my, my! An ‘ah-ha’ moment, indeed! Never put the two together!! Ha!! His Excellency is indeed, quite the strategic thinker!!

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  7. Joe Collins says:

    You nailed it again, Sundance. A light bulb just popped on for the picture of Ambassador Halley’s heritage!

    Liked by 12 people

  8. PDQ says:

    Can we use the money for the wall…please…

    Liked by 13 people

  9. BobInFL says:

    Can’t help but think we are going to see a real arab spring soon. And one that will work to achieve the goals of security for infidels.

    Liked by 7 people

  10. fleporeblog says:

    At this point with Iran having to deal with the uprising of their people throughout the country and the support of our President, we are a lot closer to a ME and Northern Africa that many people thought would never happen. If the people of Iran are successful with getting rid of the Mullah’s, the terrorist that operate throughout Northern Africa and the ME will lose a major funding source. The Palestinians will be begging Israel to come to the table and negotiate a peace deal. The only area in that region that would still be an issue is Afghanistan.

    Our President, TREX, Mad Dog Mattis, Ambassador Haley etc. realize that Pakistan plays a major role in taking care of the issue in Afghanistan. This move is brilliant in so many ways. India and Pakistan absolutely hate each other. There is absolutely no love lost between India and China. I think our President is about to put all his chips in the middle of the table holding the best hand!

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  11. MM says:

    Seems as if our President had mapped out a plan long before he was elected.

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  12. USA loves Melania says:

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  13. C-Low says:

    And it gets better…..

    http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/US-to-cut-UNRWA-funding-if-Palestinians-dont-return-to-negotiations-523691

    If the Palestinians don’t return to the table the 200+ or so million annual aid will be cut off.

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    • jrapdx says:

      Yes, that’s a very constructive step toward settling the issues. In that connection here’s an interesting article addressing how to make it work. It involves Israel being victorious over the Palestinians once and for all. As long as the Palestinians have the delusion that they can drive Israel to the sea, they will continue to do nothing to help themselves. When they’re thoroughly defeated they can begin to build a country and have a chance at success. It’s a fascinating and exciting idea worth pursuing.

      https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/268898/daniel-pipes-achieving-peace-through-israeli-frontpagemagcom

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    • webgirlpdx says:

      All of the billions we give away each year in “aid” only goes to line the pockets of all the corrupt officials in this country. None of it ever gets to help anyone.

      I hope the President starts yanking all of it…..like Sundance has always told us……we need to remember that P45 works through the prism of economics.

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      • Patriot1783 says:

        He should ask for a business plan from each country with annual reports asking for results that show how and where our money was spent.

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        • webgirlpdx says:

          Absolutely!!! He just might!

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        • TheLastDemocrat says:

          “We” have, in regards to the population-control angle. But not much else.

          We support population surveys that ask women their view of the ideal number of children a family should have, the ideal timing between having children, and their opinions regarding various birth control strategies. Thus far, the goal has been to shift the thinking of these women. Movement across time on these views is seen as a deliverable.

          In the 20th century, “we” helped many a nation establish a Ministry of Demography, and then develop census counts – “you cannot manage what you cannot measure.” [NB: Deming went to Japan to help develop their census – he knew sampling; he had other ideas, and the rest is history.] Wikipedia has an entry for Pakistan Census.

          The decennial censuses, and other demography efforts, are the ultimate outcome – the main deliverable: are poor families having fewer kids per couple?

          Mohammed Hanif, NYT, Sept 2017: “KARACHI, Pakistan — I learned my first lesson about how babies are born from a magazine called Happy Home. It was published by a department of the Pakistani government called the Ministry of Population. The ministry was supposed to encourage people to have fewer babies, and it went about that in a rather coy fashion.

          “The magazine exhorted people to pace themselves; I remember it used the poetic Urdu phrase, waqfa bahut zaroori hai, ‘a break is important.’ ”

          “The middle-class pundits who tell the poor that their lives would be better if they had two kids instead of five are also making a self-serving statement. Their own family is happier not because it only has two children, but because their parents had enough money (inherited, stolen or earned) for them to be born in a private hospital, be sent to private school and hold their birthday parties in private clubs. When they advise the poor to breed less it’s because they worry that those people’s children will consume the water and breathe and pollute the air of their own precious kids.”

          –All of these ideas and strategies are from The West.

          http://www.nips.org.pk/abstracts.php?tag=UmVwcm9kdWN0aXZl

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        • H.R. says:

          Nope. Won’t work Patriot1783. It’s just paperwork.

          For a $billion bucks, I’d take a few $million and hire a bunch of highly threatened people to cook the books, create fake invoices and project reports, forge receipts, and photoshop results with a few million more spent on dog and pony show project or two. “You want paperwork Uncle Sam? Here it is.”

          Instead we need US agents in the country doling out the money after reviewing project plans and specs and others actually observing the projects from start-to-finish. Then the local thugocracy could only skim 20%-30% instead of the current 90%-98%.

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        • WSB says:

          I LOVE that!!!!!! Most of these frauds could not spell ‘business plan’.

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    • Charlotte says:

      And even better!

      Boom! US to Withhold Funding from Palestinians Until They Agree to Join Peace Negotiations (VIDEO)

      http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/boom-us-withhold-funding-palestinians-agree-join-peace-negotiations-video/

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      • dutzie60 says:

        Here it is from his very own tweeter. 🙂

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        • dutzie60 says:

          This is good also. 🙂

          And a heads up.

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    • IMO, they need to cut it until they stop teaching their children it is acceptable to kill Jews and Christians!!!!

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  14. jrapdx says:

    Seeing all the connections at the same time is daunting. Here we have Pakistan, China, India looped together. Of course it’s more complicated than that. For example, we know India and Israel have been developing increasing trade and defense ties in recent years, and India has extensive trade with other regional partners. OTOH Iran is closely linked to NK and therefore China, so the US cutting aid to Pakistan has a ripple effect that potentially hurts US foes in the ME and Asia, and helps allies. It is very much like a 3D chessboard! I’m glad we have our President and his team to keep track of all the moves going on, it is for sure “very complicated”.

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    • sje koken says:

      Pres. Trump is forming strategic alliances that just make sense. Regardless of which countries are the largest economies, the only big dogs with economic colonialist goals are still US, China, and Russia. Under Obama, Russia and China have been able to reach out and establish economic beachheads in various strategic countries while duping us into flipping a large chunk of the bill. In Syria, we never had a hope of ousting a dictator who was in Russia’s back pocket, and yet we pumped billions into a war that just solidified his rule. In Pakistan, China has been able to invest heavily without having to worry about paying off the government because the United States was already writing an annual check for $250 Billion. Iran? Iran is so far up China and Russia’s combined asses that we could send them daily planes filled with cash and they’d still want us dead. So, Trump is reallocating resources and joining forces with countries that make sense … Israel, India, Saudi Arabia, etc … and next he’ll fix the relationship we have with Mexico and extend a hand to other countries that are fiercely democratic with a strong “anti-globalization” national identity.

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      • jrapdx says:

        Reallocating our resources to the purposes where it will do us the most good makes perfect sense. That’s probably why it wasn’t done before. Looks like Trump’s plan is to gradually decrease the funds sent to the countries that aren’t on our side. It may have to be a gradual reduction to minimize shrieking from Congress, Deep State, etc. Not that they wouldn’t shriek anyway, but the President doesn’t want to have too many distractions from getting his agenda items in place. As we are well aware, it’s all “complicated business” indeed.

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      • sje koken, Russia doesn’t have any economy, they don’t make anything…they even cannot feed themselves. They are selling their oil and weapons. And new technology for weapons was provided by Obama and Hillary.

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  15. FL_GUY says:

    Watching President Trump in action is like watching a virtuoso perform an incredibly complicated musical score.

    IMO, Most world “leaders” are stupid people; e.g. Merkel, May, etc.. They are use to dealing with their own kind; stupid people. With Obama, who took the prize for stupidity to a new low, the regular stupid world leaders were miles ahead. Now these stupid world leaders, probably for the first time ever, are so far behind President Trump, they can’t even see him, much less keep up with him.

    President Trump has set the bar for world leadership very, very high. As our economy booms and prosperity returns to We the People, the media-rats will NOT be able to hide it. Soon, the people of other countries will be demanding their own version of President Trump to make their countries great again!

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    • jrapdx says:

      I believe other countries are already wishing for a leader like PDJT, that’s why he’s well-liked in most of the countries he’s visited. I bet the people of Iran will be among those wanting there own version of Trump. The incompetent and malign leaders of Pakistan, etc. will begin to look very inept to their own people by comparison. I won’t be surprised if after funds are cut off and conditions worsen the will be uprisings in some of the places the US is no longer supporting.

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    • Johnny Bravo says:

      It’s already happening, check out Iran now👍

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    • G. Combs says:

      One has to understand the ‘stupid world leaders’ at least in the Anglo -Eurosphere were PUPPETS so it did not matter how stupid they were because they were not making the decisions. Now we have the spanner in the works, President Trump.

      On top of that, I think those pulling the puppet strings are either dead or dying. And like all children of Sociopaths, their replacement are not as brilliant nor as aggressive. I also think they children HAVE their wealth, HAVE their play toys and do not have the fire in the belly that the original banksters, the Mayer Amschel and the Nathan(s) Rothschild or J.D and David Rockefeller or the Morgans had.

      Then there are the Royals like Queen Elizabeth (are her replacements really that idiotic?) and Queen Beatrix who just turned over the rule to Willem-Alexander 🙄

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    • piper567 says:

      God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform.

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    • i wonder what happens when you mix stupid with genius? Does this cause an explosion like when matter comes in contact with antimatter and everyone is annihilated?

      After those college physics classes, I am afraid to even have pasta and antipasta together on the same table.

      Well I guess there was no explosions during the Trump/Hillary debates, but then again, I think he was afraid to touch her……

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  16. Queensland Kel says:

    What really got under my skin was Osama Bin Laden being sheltered in a Pakistan military city for years, and the Obama administration accepting Pakistan’s we knew nufin story. Many Aussie and American soldiers died because of this duplicity on Pakistan’s part and Obama’s acquiescence.if we’d been able to take out Bin Laden earlier and let the military do their job, how different would that region look now.

    President Trump is a world treasure beyond measure. I don’t think I’ve yet thanked you for voting for him…and please do it again 🙂

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    • Charlotte says:

      Need more MOABs to rain on these Sharia apes.

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    • nimrodman says:

      “if we’d been able to take out Bin Laden earlier …”

      Yeah, earlier, earlier …
      Lemme think for a moment …

      Ok, I thought for a moment and I reckon Tora Bora would’a been a good time for that.
      Gnomesayin’?

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Queensland Kel,
      You’re more than welcome in our votes for our President Trump. I also have a feeling there will be even more votes from people who hadn’t done so before for our Trump for President in our 2020 election.

      I believe he has the hand of our Creator on him. This proof comes in many ways, so I will just mention a little one:
      It’s simply amazing to me our President Trump has the same poll numbers of the idiot we had as our last president after his first year. The msm and how they wrote every word to hold him up as a prize was just crazy. They ignored everything he did illegally and did their best to get others to ignore it too.

      However, with our President Trump, they never ever let a chance get away from them to write hate and lies. It’s amazing with 95% of bad publicity from the press and he still got the same dang numbers as our last one. This tells me people aren’t listening or believing like they used to, and it’s why I strongly believe he will get even more votes than the last election.

      Have a fabulous New Year!
      Ma’iingankwe

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    • unconqueredone says:

      My 2 cent conspiracy: OBL was smeared on the wall of a cave sometime in 2001 or 2002, but we needed a boogy-man to chase, a villain to rally against. How else do you mobilize a country and the world to war, and get them to voluntarily give up their rights? Obama didn’t get him, he just released the info that he was dead and claimed the credit. Not to imply Pakistan would not have sheltered him if they could have.

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    • WSB says:

      Bless you! Some people think that the entire raid was fake to create an avenue to end the story…that this had been taken care of prior to…maybe some day we will know for certain.

      PS we only have one SEAL who ever speaks out about the raid…where are the others from that raid, and from Benghazi? We are missing 30 from there and about 15 from the Bin Laden raid.

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  17. Oldschool says:

    Trying to choose the best pick by PDJT is like trying to choose your favorite child.

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  18. Founding Fathers Fan says:

    One day we’ll all wake up and muslims will have taken over.

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    • Sporty says:

      Not while we have guns.

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    • 🍺Gunny says:

      I worked for a the number one company in the world that produces Semiconductor manufacturing equipment. (They make the equipment that make the computer chips) Several thousand Indians worked for our company. They are the some of the most friendly and intelligent people whom I have ever met. I also live in a fairly upscale neighborhood in Austin, Tx and actually am the only white person on my block. (Not complaining) Mostly Indian and Chinese. What I am saying is a solid relationship with India is a no brainer. They have very firm values are extremely respectful, always friendly and in my opinion would be a solid allies.

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      • catman4cats says:

        My neighbors are from India. Best neighbors I have ever had. Wonderful people and some great food too.

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      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        Freescale, formerly known as Motorola? Brother worked there for years and loved it.

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        • 🍺Gunny says:

          Applied Materials…the monster on the Block,,,installed systems at Freescale…and virtually every FAB in the world..Spent 6 months in Singapore on expat…loved installing systems…Intel…was very strict…very, however the biggest customer..Then went into management..Asian Customer Service Manager. Was in Japan for two years..then all over.

          Was an absolutely great job..

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      • Oldschool says:

        Never see their names in the police blotter. Law abiding culture.

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        • piper567 says:

          Oldschool…very good point…
          I also, though many years ago, worked with East Indians…very focused, very hard workers, loyal and honest, willing to consider many ways to accomplish mutual goals.
          Also, like many Chinese, take an opportunity and make the best of it, rather than focusing on the negative aspects, or imagining roadblocks where none exist.

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      • Gunny, PM me at wethepeoplehandbook@gmail.com as long as you are in Austin.

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      • Rudy Bowen says:

        I definitely agree. I worked with a number of Sikhs, and they are solid people, hardworking, honest, reliable to a fault. I’d feel safer if I had a bunch for neighbors, and that’s a fact. Likewise for the Vietnamese and Koreans.
        I’m still scratching my head over Haley’s problems with the Stars and Bars, but I think it’s probably because they (Sikhs) don’t like to see divided loyalties. They grew up with sectarian violence writ large in northwest India, and she just doesn’t see it as healthy to encourage divisions, which may be what the flag meant to her. Whatever, she’s making up for it, imo.

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      • TheLastDemocrat says:

        The Communists are mostly done with the African-American community.
        They are working hard on the Hispanic-American community, and are making inroads here and there with Asian-Americans – but they have not yet progressed to American immigrants from the subcontinent – only the Muslim radicals they have recently trucked in, not the Indians, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Koreans we all live and work amongst.

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      • Charlotte says:

        As long as they are not MUSLIMES.

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      • That may be but I would FAR prefer to see American citizens holding those jobs.

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    • Rudy Bowen says:

      I don’t think so. They are on borrowed time, and it’s running out. A big part of the Iranian demonstrations right now is the simple fact that the Iranian people have seen a better way to live, and it ain’t Islam. We are the moslem’s worst nightmare, simply by existing.

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    • Realist says:

      UNCONTROLLED IMMIGRATION has seen such a large number of non integrating non assimilating.MUSLIMS move in to EUROPE where the OUT BREED the INDIGENOUS people by five or six to one. So Europe is already FINISHED they just don’t know it yet. Islam does not come to INTEGRATE or ASSIMILATE Islam comes to DOMINATE and this has been their way since Mohammad INVENTED it.

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      • I agree. The amount of denial by some(not all) family members in Germany is astounding. I had one tell me that it isn’t different than the US as there are places I don’t go either due to fear of being attacked.

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  19. georgiafl says:

    Pakistan was created and divided out of India, in order to try to give India peace and safety from Muslims, like Jordan (Arab Palestine) was created (divided from Israel in 1922) to save Jews from the rabid Muslims.

    Israel – all land west of the Jordan river is Jewish Palestine. Jordan is Arab Palestine. This has been the two state solution since 1922.

    Gaza and West Bank are currently illegally occupied by Arabs, only allowed to stay due to an armistice/cease fire agreement.

    In either case, giving up land has not brought peace, because with Muslims, peace seems to be impossible.

    Bribing Muslims to ‘be good’ (not fund or harbor terrorists) doesn’t seem to work either, so why not save the money and pay down our debt.

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    • rf121 says:

      The problem with all of this were the Western powers that came in and made up geographic boundaries to form countries. Not too good when you are dealing with many tribal, ethnic, and religious groups who do not recognize said boundaries. For example, the Durand line that formed the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan ran right through the middle of the Pashtun tribe. Do you think they recognize that border?

      So when we say to a group you are illegally occupying an area that their heritage takes them back several hundred if not thousand years then guess what. Forever war. Ideally we would have just kept them contained to the middle east and let them sort out their own affairs.

      Supporting the formation of Israel though threw a hornets nest into the mix so any good solutions are hard to find. In hind sight we would have been better off giving the Israelis half of New Mexico. It would have made a big difference for the past 70 years for them and been a boon for New Mexico.

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    • JB from SoCal says:

      Thank you, georgiafl.

      Best post of the new year! Yeah, I know, 2018’s only 2 days old, but that MAP — the map says it all. And how I wish it depicted reality here and now in 2018; but alas, apparently it makes too much common sense.

      “This has been the two state solution since 1922.”

      Your writing is as crisp and concise a summary of that troubled area as has been written over these 96 years now. Moving the US embassy from TA to the capital, Jerusalem, is a good fresh new start to finally setting things in order. By 2022 . . . ? We can hope and pray so.

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  20. The Devilbat says:

    Trump, the twenty-first century Paki-basher.

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    • Don’t forget: Obungle
      puck-EEEE-stahn

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      • Charlotte says:

        Pokkie-staaan. He allegedly visited Pokkiestaan with his Muslim lover.Sal Makbool. I always wondered about this pic: they are holding hands and a doobie on the the guys R knee so whats that bit of flesh behind Obama’s brown boot???

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        • Realist says:

          When OHOMO visited Pakistan with his lover Americans were BARRED from doing so ,so maybe now you know why his Passport Records are SEALED and closely guarded and his College FUNDING details too. Oh BTW when Barry Soetero attended an INDONESIAN STATE SCHOOL in Jakarta ONLY INDONESIAN CITIZENS were allowed to do so and Indonesia did not then and does NOT now allow DUAL NATIONALITY,

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          • Blacksmith8 says:

            I always use the term interdicted. Travel to interdicted countries by US citizens was a crime at that time. Liddle barry soetoro used his own native pock-ee-stan passport.

            And get this, he visited one of his 500 brothers in pakistan as a Senator from Illinois while it was still interdicted. What passport did he use then?

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    • I would not characterize tweeting the truth about Pakistan’s history as being a Paki-basher. The truth has no agenda. It’s just the truth.

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  21. Neural says:

    President Trump stated that the US has given Pakistan $33billion dollars over the last 15 years. That’s 2.2billion dollars per year.
    I would pose that removing $225million isn’t going to have that much of an impact. We need to turn the faucet off completely.

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  22. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
    👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
    Making America Discerning Again.

    Liked by 3 people

  23. Pam says:

    It’s about time! We should have done this years ago but we finally have a president who had the guts to do what was in America’s best interests!

    Liked by 5 people

  24. trialbytruth says:

    LOVE the Apple Sundance. Truley a Window into your thinking. Hmmm who should.I Phone first?

    Life.is tasty.

    Liked by 3 people

  25. bosscook says:

    And it’s only January 2nd. Just think of what else is coming. Awesome.

    Liked by 5 people

  26. trialbytruth says:

    One thing I would love to see is a return to US aid being distributed in bags and boxes stating a gift from the American people. No more UN middle men.

    It was classy. Made black marketers at least have to repackage. It dulled the benefit to local politicians. Finally it made it clear we were not the enemy of the people.

    I wonder why the hate America first crowd got rid of that.

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  27. TwoLaine says:

    New Year. New Deal.

    Me Likey!

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  28. treehouseron says:

    It’s a disgrace, a complete disgusting crime that it took THIS long to do this, after we found Bin Ladin in Pakistan.

    I mean I don’t know much, but I remember thinking the day after, “Why in the world do we give them money? they’re clearly playing us!”

    If I can figure that out you know everybody in power knew and yet they still went along with paying them.

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    • Realist says:

      Bath House Barry HUSSEIN Soetero OHOMO the Serial Lying, document hiding, BC forging ILLEGITIMATE President ( you can’t be NBC with a FOREIGN NATIONAL as a parent) is a MUSLIM and the LEFTURDS he INFESTED the alphabet organs of State with are STILL doing his bidding.

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  29. maiingankwe says:

    Every time I read about Prime Minister Modi and our government, I can’t help but think of the picture of him hugging our President Trump. I love that picture. Thank you for printing it along with this article.

    As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. To me, I see so much love, respect, hope and relief in this picture.

    I’m not talking lovie dovie, I’m talking about how he is loving how our President Trump is taking control and keeping his promises. Modi sees a bright future for his country with working with our President Trump side-by-side.

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  30. Charlotte says:

    You can now see, thanks to an interactive map, how muc Federal employees earn in your state:
    DO IT AND HELP DRAIN THE SWAMP!

    ‘How MUCH is that federal salary?’ Now you (and all taxpayers) can help drain the swamp.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/02/how-much-is-that-federal-salary-now-and-all-taxpayers-can-help-drain-swamp.html

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      • Charlotte says:

        KEY FINDINGS:

        1. The federal government pays its disclosed workforce $1 million per minute, $66 million per hour, and $524 million per day. In FY2016, the federal government disclosed 1.97 million employees at a cash compensation cost of $136.3 billion.

        2. Over a six-year period (FY2010-2016), the number of federal employees making $200,000 or more has increased by 165 percent; those making $150,000 or more has grown by 60 percent; and those making more than $100,000 has increased by 37 percent.

        3. On average, federal employees are given 10 federal holidays, 13 sick days, and 20 vacation days per year. If each employee used 13 sick days and took 20 vacation days in addition to the 10 federal holidays, it would cost taxpayers an estimated $22.6 billion annually.

        4. In FY2016, a total 406,960 employees made six-figure incomes – that’s roughly one in five disclosed federal employees. Furthermore, 29,852 federal employees out-earned each of the 50 state governors receiving more than $190,823.

        5. At 78 out of the 122 independent agencies and departments we studied, the average employee compensation exceeded $100,000 in FY2016.

        6. With 326 employees at a total cash compensation of $28.8 million, we found a federal agency in San Francisco – Presidio Trust – paid out three of the top four federal bonuses including the largest in the federal government in FY2016. The biggest bonus went to an HR Manager in charge of payroll for $141,525.

        7. Together, the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employ more than half of the disclosed federal workforce. As the largest civilian employer within the federal government, the USPS employed 32 percent of all disclosed federal employees, totaling 621,523 people on payroll in FY2016. The VA employed the second most employees with 372,614 or 19 percent of the disclosed federal workforce.

        8. Only one-third of the 35,000 lawyers in the federal workforce work at the Department of Justice. The entire staff of federal lawyers earned $4.8 billion in FY2016.

        9. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employed 3,498 police officers at a total cost of $172 million in FY2016. When asked about corresponding crime statistics, the VA was unable to provide any information on the number of crimes or incidents.

        10. There are an additional 2 million undisclosed employees at the Department of Defense and in the active military. Their estimated cash compensation value, combined with $1 billion in undisclosed bonuses and $125 billion in hidden pension data, amounts to roughly $221 billion in undisclosed federal cash compensation per year.

        Download a PDF copy of our report click here.

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  31. Charlotte says:

    Also I wonder if Pres Trump has cut aid to Pakistan because of what has been discovered re the Awan brothers?

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  32. Texian says:

    The loonngg game.. now everybody knows why Nikki was drafted back in November 2016..

    Donald Trump.. The ‘Vince Lombardi’ of business and politics..

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  33. Realist says:

    Having done business all over Asia for over 30 years and actually lived here for 20 plus years I can tell you that Muslims in particular and the Chinese for certain cannot be trusted to negotiate truthfully or to keep to any promises they make. Islam itself alone amongst religions not only CONDONES but actually ENCOURAGES its adherents to LIE to the KAFIRS. They even have a name for it Taqiyya for the Sunnis and KITMAN for the Shia, This is why the Treaty (HUDNA) with IRAN is not worth the paper its printed on and why any agreements with Pakistan are routinely and callously IGNORED,
    Asians are all about ‘saving face’ so to your face they will tell you what they think you want to hear to avoid arguing, which is losing face, but will then go ahead and do just what THEY want to do. Which is exactly what China is doing with North Korea and Pakistan and its EMPIRE ISLAND BUILDING and claiming hegemony over virtually all of the South China Sea.

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    • KBR says:

      “Islam itself alone amongst religions not only CONDONES but actually ENCOURAGES its adherents to LIE to the KAFIRS. They even have a name for it Taqiyya for the Sunnis and KITMAN for the Shia…”

      …”We have one Father—even God.” 42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8 ESV (Words of Christ)

      This is very clear. This is why I so strongly object to the translation of “Allah” as “God” in translations of Arabic. Islam says it is good to lie, thus their Allah is Satan.

      The father of lies and liars is Satan, not the God of Abraham. Jesus said so. How clear this is! Do we have ears to hear or not?

      Even in Jesus’ time (way before Mohammad) many claimed the God of Abraham as theirs, but who were actually worshipping the liar. Their “father” was not in Heaven. Their real father was Satan, the father of lies and liars.

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  34. dogsmaw says:

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