Coddingtons Corner: Neocons as a Figment of Imagination by Philip Gerald

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Neocons as a Figment of Imagination
Criticizing their thuggery is anti-Semitism?
PHILIP GIRALDI • MARCH 21, 2017 • 2,100 WORDS

We have a president who is belligerent towards Iran, who is sending “boots on the ground” to fight ISIS, who loves Israel passionately and who is increasing already bloated defense budgets. If one were a neoconservative, what is there not to like, yet neocons in the media and ensconced comfortably in their multitude of think tanks hate Donald Trump. I suspect it comes down to three reasons. First, it is because Trump knows who was sticking the knife in his back during his campaign in 2016 and he has neither forgiven nor hired them. Nor does he pay any attention to their bleating, denying them the status that they think they deserve because of their self-promoted foreign policy brilliance.
And second, Trump persists in his desire to “do business” with Russia. The predominantly Jewish neocons always imagine the thunder of hooves of approaching Cossacks preparing to engage in pogroms whenever they hear the word Russia. And this is particularly true of Vladimir Putin’s regime, which is Holy Russia revived. When not musing over how it is always 1938 and one is in Munich, neocons are nearly as unsettled when they think it is 1905 in Odessa.

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Coddingtons Corner: From Nuisance to Threat – The High Cost of Truth by Paul Craig Roberts

[This is the first in a new section on R3publicans from Ada Coddington – our New York correspondent.  Ada scans the news for things that might be of interest to our readers here – we’ll give you a paragraph or two and you can decide what you want to dive into further.  She is very good at finding things ahead of the ‘news’ that may be of interest to all.  Enjoy/sc]

I am convinced that the US, and probably the entire Western world, that is, the American Empire, has entered an era in which respect for truth does not exist in public and private institutions. We have been watching this develop for some time. Think, for example, back to August 3, 2002, a recent time in terms of our present predicament, but a time prior to political consciousness of anyone younger today than 33 years old. In the summer of 2002, the world was being prepared by propaganda for a US invasion of Iraq. On August 3 of that year, the prestigious British publication, The Economist, summed up the consensus of ruling opinion in two sentences: “The honest choices now are to give up and give in, or to remove Mr. Hussein before he gets his [nuclear] bomb. Painful as it is, our vote is for war.”

As Lewis Lapham, myself and others asked at the time, what bomb? …

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Senator Rand Paul Reintroduces ‘Audit the Fed’ Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul reintroduced his Federal Reserve Transparency Act, widely known as the “Audit the Fed” bill, to prevent the Federal Reserve from concealing vital information on its operations from Congress. Eight cosponsors joined Senator Paul on the legislation.

Representative Thomas Massie (KY-4) has introduced companion legislation, H.R. 24, in the U.S. House.

“No institution holds more power over the future of the American economy and the value of our savings than the Federal Reserve,” said Sen. Paul, “yet Fed Chair Yellen refuses to be fully accountable to the people’s representatives.”

“The U.S. House has responded to the American people by passing Audit the Fed multiple times, and President-elect Trump has stated his support for an audit. Let’s send him the bill this Congress.”

“The American public deserves more insight into the practices of the Federal Reserve,” said Rep. Massie. “Behind closed doors, the Fed crafts monetary policy that will continue to devalue our currency, slow economic growth, and make life harder for the poor and middle class. It is time to force the Federal Reserve to operate by the same standards of transparency and accountability to the taxpayers that we should demand of all government agencies.”

On January 12, 2016, a bipartisan Senate majority voted 53-44 in support of Audit the Fed.

S. 16 would require the nonpartisan, independent Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a thorough audit of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors and reserve banks within one year of the bill’s passage and to report back to Congress within 90 days of completing the audit.

Audit the Fed would amend section 714b of Title 31 of the U.S. Code to allow the GAO to fully audit:

transactions for or with a foreign central bank, government of a foreign country, or nonprivate international financing organization;
deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy matters, including discount window operations, reserves of member banks, securities credit, interest on deposits, and open market operations;
transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee; or
a part of a discussion or communication among or between members of the Board and officers and employees of the Federal Reserve System related to clauses (1)–(3) of this subsection.
You can read S. 16, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, HERE.

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Rand Paul responds to State of the Union Message

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Published on Jan 12, 2016

Dr. Rand Paul is running for President to restore liberty, defeat the Washington machine, and unleash the American Dream for ourselves and for future generations.

Learn more and get involved via RandPaul.com

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats worker bees prepared a 2015 annual report for R3publicans.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Paul arrives in NH with good news and bad news…

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul came directly to New Hampshire from Capitol Hill on Friday with good news and bad news.

“The good news is your government is open,” the Republican presidential candidate told members of the Greater Derry-Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.

“The bad news is your government is open.”

Source: Paul arrives in NH with good news, bad news: ‘Your government is open’ | Politics – WMUR Home

Battle for Due Process Surrounding Civil Asset Forfeiture

R3publicans endorse SB 838 and Join the Battle for Due Process in Oklahoma Surrounding Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil Asset Forfeiture legislation needs to be reformed in order to protect innocent people from having their property subject to legal theft by the state without due process. R3publicans (R3s) are working to help Oklahomans learn about this issue and what they can do to help reform the current law. The senate author of the bill to reform Civil Asset Forfeiture law in OK (SB-838) is Senator Kyle Loveless. Our hope is that public support for reform will be strong enough to ensure that this bill is heard in the upcoming legislative session and ultimately passed and signed into law. Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform is an issue everyone can get behind regardless of political leaning.

Handout includes several counties and the amount confiscated and kept over recent years. It also include a Washington Post op ed on topic.This information is for sharing with friends, family, neighbors, and elected officials. Please let your representatives know your thoughts on the matter.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Handout via Senator Kyle Loveless in Oklahoma shared by Sandra Crosnoe (Handout embedded below; follow link if embed fails to work properly)

Handout on Civil Asset Forfeiture (SB 838) authored by Kyle Loveless – lots of very useful information on topic. R3publicans has endorsed this bill. ‪#‎R3s‬ Please share! ‪#‎4life‬ ‪#‎4liberty‬ ‪#‎dueprocess‬

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EX-IM Bank Reauthorization: Crony Capitalism or National Security?

In a recent WSJ article by Nick Timiraos – House Votes to Reauthorize U.S. Export-Import Bank – WSJ writes:

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The U.S. Export-Import Bank in Washington has been closed since its charter expired in July of 2015.

WASHINGTON—The House Tuesday approved the reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, with a majority of Republicans joining almost all Democrats to demonstrate a broad bipartisan coalition to revive the export-finance agency.

The measure passed 313-118.

More than half of the House’s 247 Republicans—127 in all—voted to renew the bank’s charter. Three years ago, 147 out of 242 backed it.

 

 

Leading up to this vote, I received several interesting pros and cons on the matter.  That in and of itself is not unusual, but who was on what side was most surprising.  Congressman Bridenstine, my congressman, usually for smaller, government justified his support of the matter as ‘national security’.  Hmmmm, the great catchall for more government like the unpatriotic Patriot Act?!

Here is a quote from his article (full text here) “While the Ex-Im Bank was not created for national security purposes, it has enabled development of domestic, commercial industries – from satellite communications to ships – essential to U.S. national security.  Strong support for domestic defense-related manufacturing capabilities is desperately needed at a time when the defense budget is inadequate to confront international threats.” To which I said, “[I] totally disagree with you on this one, the Ex-Im Bank needs to die a natural death and reduce the cost of government a little while reducing crony government handouts to big business a lot! Let the free market work please…”

Paul Ryan, the new Speaker of the House, surprisingly (to me anyway) went on record lambasting the reathorization as crony capitalism (full text here) saying, “”I think there are plenty other ways to expand opportunity in this country, and corporate welfare is not one of them. The biggest beneficiaries of this bank, two-thirds of their money go to 10 companies. Forty percent goes to one company.  And this bank does cost money—just ask the Congressional Budget Office when they use real scorekeeping. Remember Fannie Mae? Remember their accounting? Remember when they told us they weren’t going to cost any money—until they did? And it cost us billions.”

Several years ago Ron Paul warned us of this matter  (link via my good friend J Bradley Jansen and you can see his remarks here:  Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights » Rep. Ron Paul’s Statement on H.R. 1370 Reauthorizing the Export Import Bank (1997).  In this report, Ron Paul says, “H.R. 1370, reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, should be rejected for several reasons. The claim to constitutionality is dubious. The Bank rewards special interest groups with political favors. Reallocating money from the job-producing, productive sectors of the economy to the less efficient sectors distorts credit allocation. Reauthorization of the Bank is both bad economics and bad politics.”

There is a lot more history on reauthorizations through recent years here in Capitol Words.  Check out the right side bar and follow the path of recent reauthorizations.  When will we find enough Congressman/women to put a stop to this nonsense?

TOM PAINTER commented on the Wall Street Journal article saying, “Supporters of the bank say it keeps U.S. firms on a level playing field against foreign competitors that enjoy similar support from their governments.  Supporters need to back that up with measures that require THAT to be the case when an American company comes calling at the Ex-Im Bank.  They haven’t and they won’t because that “reason” is an excuse for the crony-capitalism they are promoting, for the corporate campaign contributions they will get  for that support.  TOO MANY Ex-Im backed loans cannot pass the smell test as necessary due to unfair foreign competition.Additionally, some loans rob some American interests as well.  Ex-Im subsidies for purchase of Boeing aircraft often go to foreign airline companies seeking to grow to compete with American airline companies, while not Boeing’s or any other aircraft sales get Ex-Im bank style sweeteners for U.S. airlines. That places Ex-Im subsidies as hurting American airlines.”

 

Recently,Congressman Thomas Massie had this to say on facebook, “What is the Ex-Im bank? In a nutshell: Congress set up a program for the US government to guarantee loans for foreign companies to buy American products. The goal is to improve the export market for American companies. Doesn’t sound too bad until you consider (1) the arrangement primarily benefits a single corporation (2) this hurts some American companies, like domestic airlines that compete with foreign airlines whose airplane purchases we’ve subsidized using Ex-Im bank (3) if the foreign companies fail, Americans will be bailing them out with the loan guarantees. In my opinion, this is not the proper role of the US government. I do not plan to vote to re-authorize Ex-Im bank. Because the Ex-Im bank is not widely supported by congressmen, there is talk that the Ex-Im bank will be reauthorized by attaching it to unrelated must-pass legislation….

 

EX-IM Bank Loan Guarantees FY2013The Export Import bank is crony capitalism and I oppose its reauthorization. Some argue that the Ex-Im bank makes money, but so did Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac until the day they didn’t. Proponents of the Ex-Im bank neglect to mention that American taxpayers are on the hook for loan guarantees if the foreign entities default.

When our government picks winners, it inevitably causes others to lose. For instance, Ex-Im subsidizes new airplane purchases for Air India. Consequently our domestic airlines lose international routes. The end result is that pilots and crew members in Kentucky lose their jobs. What sounds like a well intended program, with benefits for some, has negative consequences for my constituents. The free market is better suited for determining which companies should receive capital investment.”

And if that were not enough, here is one more article with lots of very interesting comments:
The Export-Import Bank Story the Post-Dispatch Refused to Print | Hennessy’s View  opens saying, “Huge multi-national corporations like to preach from the “small business” bible when it comes to the Export-Import bank. Unfortunately, most of the Ex-Im propaganda about how “small business” benefits crumbles under scrutiny.”  He goes on to explain that the Ex-Im definition of  “a small business has up to 1,500 employee and revenue of $21 million. So the Ex-Im idea of small is relative.”  The points made in the article continue in the comments.

 

So it looks like it will be renewed for another 7 years.  Can we as a nation last that long?  I hope so.  Time will tell.

 

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Economist Magazine Cover Causing a Stir — Strange Symbols with World Leaders

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From Real Independent News & Film:  “Have the elite warned us that November 3rd and November 5th will be particularly important dates?  The Economist has very close ties to the Rothschild banking dynasty of Europe, and it has been a well-known mouthpiece for the global elite for decades.  That is why all of the weird imagery that was used on the cover of the January 2015 issue made so many headlines when it first came out.  The elite often like to foreshadow what they intend to do in advance, and many were trying to decipher what many of the cryptic symbols might mean.  For those that have not seen it yet, here is the full cover…”

As you can see President Obama is clearly in front, with a Cheshire cat near his left leg.  A little girl who made me think of Alice in Wonderland looks up at the scene of world leaders. The symbols are scattered around and in some of the leaders hands or on their heads. The part of the picture getting attention now is the arrows near the front with 11.3 and 11.5 on them. Speculation is that these dates (if they are that closely connect to the dates when US reaches the debt ceiling (again). No biggie right?!  Here is an enlargement of that part of the cover.

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Spiderman seems to be falling and a mushroom cloud goes off in the background.  The man in the moon has two faces and a drone flies overhead – or is it something else?  Notable on the left is the Pied Piper playing his flute while everyone looks in another direction. The football looks like a globe mounted ready for the kickoff.  I am fascinated by many things each time I look – especially the turtle with emphasis marks above him front and center.

More links and info on topic:

Real Independent News & Film

YourNewsWire.com

VigilantCitizen.com

 

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Drudge Poll Results on First Presidential Debate

**DRUDGE POLL** WHO WON THE FIRST REPUBLICAN DEBATE ’16?
Let the games begin…

Vote here: http://www.drudgereport.com/now.htm

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And the results are in…
UPDATING POST WITH FINAL RESULTS:
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TRUMP 44.67% (261,352 votes)
CRUZ 14.31% (83,729 votes)
RUBIO 10.52% (61,559 votes)
CARSON 8.94% (52,307 votes)
PAUL 6.06% (35,476 votes)
KASICH 5.28% (30,894 votes)
WALKER 3.49% (20,420 votes)
HUCKABEE 3.37% (19,714 votes)
BUSH 2.07% (12,112 votes)
CHRISTIE 1.28% (7,487 votes)
Total Votes: 585,050

Results as of  ~6AM CST August 7, 2015

BUSH  2.04%  (7,301 votes)
CARSON  8.17%  (29,249 votes)
CHRISTIE  1.16%  (4,147 votes)
CRUZ  12.6%  (45,121 votes) 
HUCKABEE  2.9%  (10,369 votes)
KASICH  4.15%  (14,870 votes)
PAUL  6.84%  (24,495 votes) 
RUBIO  8.06%  (28,850 votes)
TRUMP  50.63%  (181,327 votes)
WALKER  3.45%  (12,418 votes) 
R3newa[Editor’s summary: Trump admits he buys and sells votes, Carson does brain surgery, Paul takes down Christie while reminding him we have a Bill of Rights, everyone knows Jesus and wants less government (except when they don’t) and lower taxes (except when they don’t)…/sc]
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