Monday’s report by the CBO painted a picture of the U.S. economy careening toward a financial cliff. Analysts pegged Obamacare, other entitlement programs, new federal spending and recent tax cuts as contributors to the nation’s debt crisis.
“Beyond the 10-year period, if current laws remained in place, the pressures that had contributed to rising deficits during the baseline period would accelerate and push debt up even more sharply. Three decades from now, for instance, debt held by the public is projected to equal 155 percent of GDP, a higher percentage than any previously recorded in the United States,” the analysts concluded, the Washington Times reported Tuesday.
Obama, who has seen the U.S. debt balloon more than $8 trillion during his tenure, was aided by lawmakers last year who passed a budget resolution to balance the debt by 2024 and then opted not to pursue entitlement reform. The CBO said Congress added 750 billion to the debt over the next 10 years while vowing to save $5.8 trillion.
Federal spending will send U.S. debt soaring in the decades ahead (Graph: The Heritage Foundation)
CNS News broke down federal spending under Obama on Tuesday and concluded it was equal to $70,612.91 in net federal borrowing for each of the 117,480,000 households the Census Bureau said were in the U.S. as of September 2015.
“In the 15 years from the beginning of Bush’s first term to the end of Obama’s seventh year in office, the federal debt increased $13,213,630,160,947.51,” the website reported.
Analysts at CBO added that rising interest rates over the next decade will be a financial back-breaker.
“Because of rising interest rates and growing federal debt held by the public, the government’s interest payments on that debt are projected to rise sharply over the next 10 years – more than tripling in nominal terms and more than doubling as a percentage of GDP, from 1.4 percent to 3.0 percent. … As interest rates rise, the government’s cost of financing its debt will climb – especially if that debt continues to mount, as it does in CBO’s projections.”
“This has always been the biggest problem with debt and deficits – not what’s likely to happen this year or next, but the risks it holds further down the road,” responded Reason magazine on Monday. “While it’s in some ways understandable that politicians have focused less attention on debt and deficits recently, it’s also worrisome, for it shows how poor our political system is at managing predictable but long-term problems like this.”
All U.S. tax revenue is expected to be spent on health care, Social Security, and net interest on the debt by 2033 (Graph: The Heritage Foundation)
(THE HILL) The journalist who forced the State Department to release thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails is opposing the government’s efforts to delay the final release by one month, warning the extension would cause “irrevocable harm.”
On Monday, lawyers for Vice News reporter Jason Leopold filed a motion seeking to block the department from extending the amount of time that it has to release emails from the former secretary of State’s personal server.
The Obama administration “has failed to show good cause for the requested extension, that it is necessary or that the interests of justice will be served by granting it,” Leopold’s lawyers wrote in the 13-page filing.
(FOX NEWS) The Republican National Committee announced late Thursday that the venerable conservative magazine National Review had been dropped as a debate sponsor after it published an issue devoted to why voters should reject Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
RNC spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed to Buzzfeed News that the magazine had been dropped as a sponsor of the Feb. 25 debate in Houston, saying “a debate moderator can’t have a predisposition.”
“We expected this was coming,” National Review publisher Jack Fowler wrote in a blog post early Friday, calling the RNC move a “small price to pay for speaking the truth about The Donald.”
Dutch traveler Andreas Sjostrom waves his hand with implanted chip over an airport security scanner. (Credit: YouTube screen shot via the Daily Mail)
A Dutch traveler named Andreas Sjostrom rocked international headlines with a video of himself checking into an airport lounge and boarding his flight without presenting any paperwork or documents, but rather sliding his hand – which contained an implanted identification chip – over a scanner.
Apparently, the chip worked and Sjostrom, who is a vice president of digital for technology consulting at a company called Sogeti, was able to pass through the security point without fanfare.
“A few weeks ago, I had an NFC chip implanted into my hand, just beneath the skin,” he said, in his YouTube video of his travels through Stockholm Arlanda airport.”
Embedded on the chip was Sjostrom’s Scandinavian Airlines EuroBonus member identification number, which gives airline officials all the pertinent personal information they need to process him through security.
“I use[d] the chip to pass through … security, at the lounge, and finally through the gate to the aircraft,” he said, the Daily Mail reported.
And now other travelers can do the same.
The Daily Mail reported the near-field communication chip, or NFC, is available to implant at homes around the world, via kits from a development company called Dangerous Things.
The kits include microchips, surgical gloves and syringes, we well as sets of detailed instructions on how to implant.
Sjostrom said the process was painless and simple, the Daily Mail reported.
“It gave me a new sensation, sort of a pre-notion of what it will be like in the future when we don’t have to reach out with physical objects to accomplish things,” he said.
Massimo Pascotta, who works in the field of technology development, said the chip is a real boon to travelers.
“The point is you don’t need anything to be identified or recognized to go through a touch point,” Pascotta said, the Daily Mail reported. “Whether it’s security or a lounge, it’s a breakthrough … [and you don’t] need to care about carrying a boarding pass or device with you.”
A fear of provoking xenophobia caused German police and politicians to keep secret the enormous crime problem among North African migrants in the country, the German newspaper Die Welt reports.
But Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and a WND columnist, said there are many dangers from hiding the truth from the German people.
“They are betraying their own people to a future of bloodshed and committing national suicide,” Geller said. “They will go down in history with Hitler as the destroyers of Germany.”
North African migrants have committed particularly high levels of crime for years in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, according to the report. The region includes the city of Cologne, which suffered a barrage of sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve.
Integral to the problem is the fact that most of the migrants are Muslim.
Die Welt did not report how long North African migrant crime has been a major problem, but the paper said regional authorities treated it as a “long-guarded state secret” until very recently.
Members of various political parties agreed that knowledge of the crimes would tilt public perception against the refugees. Also, they did not want to give ammunition to the AFD, a right-wing party that opposes immigration.
“They are afraid of being called racists and think the German people need to be reeducated to be more welcoming of ‘the other,’” she asserted.
Geller explained what she means by “the other.”
“The leftist government and media establishment constantly scold and admonish citizens of Western countries that they need to be more welcoming of non-Westerners.,” she said. “Leftist analysts claim that Europeans and Americans who oppose the migrant influx are motivated by fear and hatred of people of a different race – ‘the other’ – when in reality we’re motivated by a desire to preserve free, safe and stable societies.”
However, the veil of silence began to lift last week, when the Interior Committee of North Rhine-Westphalia’s parliament debated the migrant attacks in Cologne for the first time, according to Die Welt.
Ralf Jager, the region’s interior minister, admitted it was almost exclusively migrants who carried out the Cologne assaults, while the police chief said “North African-Arab men” ripped the clothing from women’s bodies and “penetrated” them.
Andrew McCarthy wrote at National Review that the attacks in Cologne are “what happens” when “the West’s fantasy Islam collides with the reality of an imported critical mass of unassimilated – and defiantly unassimilable – Muslims”:
“That was just Ground Zero of the New Year’s Eve rape jihad in Germany. As National Review’s Ian Tuttle notes in an alarming column about the predictable – and, if I may say, predicted – surge of sexual assault in a Europe overrun by ‘migrants,’ the jihad included similar episodes, albeit on a smaller scale, in Stuttgart, Hamburg, and even astride the Brandenburg gate in Berlin.”
He noted the secrecy regarding the violence that was maintained.
“First there was no news; then, a few disturbing hints of gropings and robberies by gangs of ‘Middle Eastern or North African’ men. Now, we know it was a mass atrocity – the only remaining question being: How massive?” he said.
“Upward of a thousand men, overwhelmingly Muslim, executed a coordinated series of attacks on an obvious target of opportunity: street celebrations in the major cities of a reviled Western state, where they were certain to find throngs of young women and a police presence grossly inadequate to provide security – certainly not against a critical mass of Islamic supremacists.”
He said it is this “rape jihad” by Muslim migrants that is “the fact most desperately suppressed by German officials.”
Geller summed up her thoughts on Europe: “It is committing civilizational suicide.”
The U.S. government, meanwhile, has paid out millions of dollars to victims or families of victims.
Now there’s a whole new allegation, described by one observer as a “game-changer,” facing makers of the handful of vaccines that are used against a precursor to cervical cancer.
It’s from Dr. Sin Hang Lee, director of the Milford Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory of Milford, Connecticut, who alleges in an open-letter complaint to the head of the World Health Organization that top physicians engaged in “gross misconduct, malfeasance” and potentially “criminal behavior” to “mislead the global public regarding the safety of HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix.”
His letter to Dr. Margaret Chan, chief of the WHO, expresses “grave concerns” regarding statements by members of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, the WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and others in a 2014 public hearing on HPV vaccine safety in Tokyo.
“I have come into possession of documentation which leads me to believe multiple individuals and organizations deliberately set out to mislead Japanese authorities regarding the safety of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix.”
He asks for her to “act quickly and decisively” on the issue.
What he reportedly uncovered, according to an analysis from the Weston A. Price Foundation, which is critical of the vaccines, was that certain chemicals in the vaccines “have been demonstrated to trigger the release of cytokines or proteins called tumor necrosis factors (TNF) in the body.”
“TNF cytokines can cause cell death,” the foundation said. “The release of TNF can also result in a wide range of reactions such as tumor regressions, septic shock (serious whole-body inflammatory response that can result in dangerously low blood pressure and death), and cachexia (a wasting syndrome where the body loses weight, becomes fatigued, and muscles atrophy).”
The details were gleaned from emails exchanged among several officials, Lee said.
“The chain of emails shows what appears to be a trail of attempts to conceal the truth, cover up the dangers, and generally mislead the public about what is and is not known about HPV vaccines and the dangers inherent to them,” said Leslie Manookian, a spokesman for the foundation.
The foundation explained Lee’s letter details “communications between health officials from the U.S., Canada, Japan and the WHO, which demonstrate that these officials knew that HPV vaccines cause an inflammatory reaction greater than other vaccines, yet reassured the public in official hearings and statements that the vaccines were safe.”
Lee said the emails show officials worried about statements that HPV vaccine “does not include an increase in inflammatory factors … because such claim contradicted the data presented by another expert at their previous meeting which in fact confirmed that cytokines following vaccines increased particularly at injection site.”
“Official statements deliberately mislead the public about what is known of the dangers of the contaminants discovered in the HPV vaccines as well as the bodily responses to these ingredients. Official statements appear to be a deliberate attempt to confuse the public into believing the safety concerns have been addressed in the peer-reviewed, published scientific literature when this is not the case,” he said.
“The open letter, alleging what amounts to crimes against humanity if they are proven true, is a wake-up call to officials around the world. An immediate investigation must commence, and all HPV vaccines must be withdrawn from the market immediately,” said Sally Fallon Morell, WAPF president.
“It is my opinion that … those whose names [that] appeared in the emails attached to this complaint and all who blindly dismiss the potential toxicity of the newly created HPV L1 gene DNA/AAHS compound in order to continue to promote HPV vaccinations should be held accountable for their actions. There is no excuse for intentionally ignoring the scientific evidence. There is no excuse for misleading global vaccination policy makers at the expense of public interest,” Lee wrote.
“Immediately, independent and thorough investigations into their actions with appropriate disciplinary action is the only option available that might restore the public’s confidence in worldwide health authorities,” he finished.
WHO officials did not respond to a WND request for comment.
The report about Japan’s backlash against HPV came from Judicial Watch, the Washington-based corruption watchdog that has been monitoring the effects of the drug’s use in the U.S. for years.
Not only does the Obama administration continue recommending Gardasil, it spends large sums of taxpayer dollars promoting it and works hard to keep details involving its dangers secret, Judicial Watch has charged.
Multiple reports uncovered and cited by Judicial Watch discuss the dangers – including death – that the drug presents to children who are given the injections, which cost $600 per patient.
Other side effects have included seizures, blindness, paralysis, speech problems, pancreatitis and short-term memory loss.
“Incredibly, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fast-tracked Gardasil’s approval and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends it for girls starting at age 9,” Judicial Watch said.
The organization, which started investigating in 2007, has had to sue for the records in the face of Obama administration stonewalling.
WND reported a Judicial Watch investigation found the government paid almost $6 million to victims of the shot, which covered only about one-fourth of the claims.
WND also reported the federal government has recommended the HPV vaccination for girls and boys as young as 11.
The organization explained it became interested in Gardasil when the drug was offered as a treatment for certain strains of cervical cancer caused by HPV. Judicial Watch said it discovered an “atrocity” from the “profitable vaccine manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck.”
“The reality is that droves of government records uncovered by Judicial Watch show that Gardasil has been linked to thousands of adverse reactions and debilitating side effects that the government wants to keep secret,” the new report said. “They include seizures, blindness, paralysis, speech problems, pancreatitis, short-term memory loss and dozens of deaths.”
“You would think the book industry would take not and learn a lesson from past experience – that there continues to be great demand for this great book and consumers don’t care about what the politically correct critics have to say,” Farah said. “David Barton’s book has now proven itself twice as a best-seller with one remarkable recall based on political correctness in between. It’s an amazing story. On the day the paperback edition of ‘Jefferson Lies’ was released, it hit as high as No. 4 among all books at Amazon.”
It’s even leading to an unusual problem – retailers are running out of copies of the book and are unable to keep up with demand.
“There seems to be a great reluctance to stock this book among retailers, including Amazon,” said Farah. “Every single outlet carrying it is backordered – except for the WND Superstore where there are plenty and it is available autographed. In fact, the WND Superstore has both editions available for a special discount price and offers autographs by David Barton. But even on backordered status at Amazon, it reached the very top of the charts on day one.”
And leading conservatives are speaking out to praise the book. Glenn Beck was especially passionate in his praise for the book, exclaiming to Barton, “I can’t tell you how happy I am that you’ve published this and put this out.” Beck also denounced what he called the “liberal bastards” whom he blamed for having it pulled in the first place and called those who withdrew the book “cowards.”
“This has taken their arguments and dismantled all of their arguments,” Beck enthused.
The new edition of ”The Jefferson Lies” contains all new material rebutting the claims made by critics and defending America’s iconic Founding Father.
“It’s even stronger than it was before,” Beck said. “The reason why they wanted it pulled in the first place is not because the facts aren’t right. It’s because this gentleman that he is talking about in this book is revolutionary. If you don’t take this guy down [Thomas Jefferson], you can’t destroy America.”
Beck argues the book is invaluable intellectual ammunition against what he believes are the left’s misrepresentations of history and destroys “everything that the left has said about Thomas Jefferson that is an out-and-out distortion and lie, backed up with the facts.”
Indeed, Barton says it’s now clear there was a silver lining to the campaign of intimidation that led to the first edition being withdrawn.
“The campaign against the book actually has resulted in getting additional information out about Jefferson that was not included in the first edition,” Barton told WND. “If anything, it has solidified Jefferson’s position rather than having weakened it. And for that, we’re very grateful. With this second book about Jefferson and by directly responding to the critics, we’re actually getting information out about Jefferson we didn’t have in the first book which validates our position. The ammunition is much more effective so people can defend the Founding Fathers in a positive way.”
The book is also a No. 1 best-seller in the categories of “Church & State” and “Religion, Politics & State” at Amazon.com. Barton says the new edition is doing so well precisely because American Christians are eager to understand these concepts and defend America’s founding ideals.
“I think intuitively it goes to the fact that Americans have a love for liberty,” Barton said. “They have a love for faith, for limited government, for individual rights. And they very much feel like that by holding those beliefs they are seen as ‘strange’ in today’s culture. They feel both invigorated and re-inspired when they discover what they believe is what made America great over the last 200 years and was the basis on which America was founded. It gives them strength, support and validation for what they already believe and what they are being vilified for today.”
Barton hopes the new edition of the book will have a significant impact on the contemporary political debate.
He told WND: “I’m hoping that the impact of this new edition is that Americans will get reacquainted with our founding principles in such a way that they will be able to more vigorously defend those principles, have a greater basis for doing so and be able to turn the tide in the debates and discussions we’re having right now. We know from polling that conservatives outnumber liberals in all but three states. You would never know that. And we know conservatives are less likely to speak than liberals or moderates because conservatives don’t want to speak until they have a mastery of the facts. Others will tell you what their opinions are as if they are facts.”
Now, thanks to ”The Jefferson Lies,” Barton believes Christian conservatives will have the facts they need to push back against a hostile secularist agenda.
“My hope is that this book will give this great number of Americans who are now silent a basis to begin pushing back against academia, against the media, against the politicians and against all the parts of the culture that are trying to exclude them and their beliefs from the public square.”
The city of Palo Alto, California, wants a court to dismiss a lawsuit opposing its demand that the family owners of a mobile home park pay some $8 million for permission to close it down.
Lawyers for the park owners say they are just asking for the “courthouse doors [to] remain open for people, like the Jissers, to make their case when the government wrongfully takes their property.”
As WND reported, the Pacific Legal Foundation filed the case on behalf of the owners of the Buena Vista mobile home park. The owners want to close their business, but with a local median housing price of $2.46 million, the city demands that the tenants be compensated so they can find another place to live.
“No one should be forced to carry on a business that they want to close,” said PLF Attorney Larry Salzman in a statement. “The city is treating the Jissers as an ATM to solve a problem they didn’t cause – the lack of affordable housing in Palo Alto. That’s not just wrong, it’s unconstitutional.”
Salzman, in a blog post, explained the family’s patriarch, Tim Jisser, is retiring and so the family wants out of the business.
“The city says the money is needed so that the tenants can get expensive alternative housing in the area; in effect, the city is holding the Jissers uniquely responsible for solving the city’s severe housing affordability problem. That’s not just wrong, it’s unconstitutional.”
He said that instead of answering the Jissers’ complaint, the city “has done what governments typically do: it’s trying to avoid judgment by asking the court to toss out the case.”
“The city’s motion to dismiss doesn’t deny that the city is commanding a payment of $8 million, or that it won’t grant the Jissers a permit unless they pay it,” he said. ‘It just says the case shouldn’t be heard by a judge yet; or that it’s too late to hear it; or that it should be heard by a state judge instead of a federal judge. In short, the city has said anything and everything it can say in an attempted retreat from actually defending what it is in fact doing to the Jissers.”
When the case was filed, it alleged violations of the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment limitations on taking private property for public use. It also alleges violation of a California law prohibiting conditions on the closure of mobile home parks that “exceed the reasonable costs of relocation” of a park’s tenants, the claim said.
The family moved to the U.S. from Israel in the 1970s and purchased the site in 1986.
Their son, Joe, who manages the site, said in a statement released by PLF: “My parents came here as immigrants with nothing and built a successful business. They were pursuing the American dream. But now the city is trampling on the promise of freedom that drew them to this land.”
He said his family “has worked hard for 30 years to provide safe and affordable housing here.”
“Now we’re told by the city that providing that service is not enough, that we have to pay a staggering amount of money just to close our business,” he said. “It’s not fair for the city to force us to pay our tenants millions of dollars as the price of my parents’ retirement.”
“We are confident that the city followed both state law and the process that is set out in our own municipal ordinance related to the closing of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park,” she said. “There is no merit to these claims.”
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