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Hello, My Friends!

Welcome to my blog. I have been posting on FB for some time. Some of my posts were very long….too long for FB, so I started this blog in order to share my research, my opinions and some insight from others concerning the political, economic, and governmental health of our country.
I am no one in particular, I am not famous, I’m not important, just an American that has experienced many things in life….however I have worked for wages, worked for a salary, and owned a business. I have seen life from the bottom, from the middle, and from the top. One thing I have done that few others have, is pay attention and do research. I have researched many things. I spent 13 years researching only scripture….no…not the Bible, but all scripture. I studied the founding and the constitution, developed new economic theories, and for years looked into the corruption in government. I have no special talent or ability…..just common sense, logic and a very skeptical mind set…..I question everything.
I don’t know if this will lead anywhere, but at least for the next few months I will be posting my research on our corrupt political process. Be sure to follow me on Facebook: here

The Subversion of America

Is a force trying to take out the president?

 

For those of you that have read my work, you know how I hate to be considered a conspiracy nut. I report what I know to be true, and do plenty of research to back up my claims. But as I have said before, at times conclusions must be drawn, as no citizen has access to all the information needed to actually prove corruption.

Recently I had the opportunity to watch a YouTube program that featured a guest named Lee Stranahan.  Mr. Stranahan has quite a resume as a researcher and reporter. He worked for Breitbart News as an investigative reporter on three separate occasions. He’s worked for The Huffington Post and The Daily Kos. Currently a radio talk show host for the Russian funded radio network, Sputnik News. You can watch this program here:

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This program’s content seemed to meld perfectly with other research I have done in the past…..namely the Clinton Foundation’s connections to the CIA. If you have read my work on the Clinton Foundation, you would know I reluctantly reported sketchy connections between The CF, a company called Teneo, and the CIA. I won’t re-hash those connections, but you can read about them here: https://kengeorge.org/2016/11/05/into-the-weeds/. Why I say this, is because the more I got into researching one person, the deeper I got into what seems to be a major story. The program with Mr. Stranahan was exposing something he noticed during the Charlottesville protest clash. Apparently the rally by the white supremacists  was preceded by a “torch march”. Mr. Stranahan noticed that this was the exact same type of event that occurred during a protest march in the Ukraine, just before the coup that brought the government down. Now, to explain the entire reason for the Ukrainian coups would take a lot of time. But let me simplify it, because its important to understand that coup, to understand what went on in Charlottesville. Ukraine was making moves to become part of the EU. It was about to sign an agreement that would provide billions in aid, if certain reforms were agreed to. President Yanukovych was just about to sign the agreement when he changed his mind and instead agreed to a loan from Russia. When he refused to sign with the EU, protests began. They were orchestrated by The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UIA) which is the strong arm of the Svoboda political party. At the same time the protesters were performing these torch marches, they were chanting the phrase “blood and soil” while carrying the red and black flags of the UIA. The UIA is an extreme nationalist organization that has been likened to the NAZI Party. You can read more about the Ukrainian revolution here: Ukrainian revolution. This revolution was in February of 2014…..note that.

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Evan McMullin

 

A name popped up during this study that you might be familiar with: Evan McMullin. If you don’t remember, he was a candidate for president during the 2016 presidential primaries. But he was also a former clandestine operations agent for the CIA from 1999 to 2010. He then went to work at Goldman Sachs as an “investment banker” at the same time that Dina Powell and Gary Cohn were there. He then became an advisor to the US House of Representatives. He did that from 2013 to 2015. Do you know what number is in between 2013 and 2015? McMullin was at Charlottesville on the day of the crash. BTW, Powell and Cohn are now at the White House working for Trump……Hmmmm, part of the Deep State?

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So what does the Ukrainian revolution have to do with Charlottesville?  I don’t know, exactly….but doesn’t it seem odd that the white supremacists were carrying torches, and….chanting “blood and soil” and…. carrying red and black flags? Yes, that’s true…the white supremacists were emulating the Ukrainian protestors from the UIA. Maybe its just a coincidence. After all the Svoboda party in Ukraine are Nazi sympathizers and supported by George Soros. Shouldn’t white supremacists be like NAZIs? But what if its not a coincidence?

John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the two republican establishment hawks, went to Ukraine and met with leaders of the Svoboda Party and UIA. Evan McMullin spoke to their group. But this is a small part of the story. Another coincidence……this one can barely be believed. The one man that actually was literally in the right place at the right time recording the crash, the car, and its escape, in Charlottesville became an instant media darling at CNN. The day he made the video of the crash, it had barely been uploaded on social media, when CNN found him and interviewed him immediately after the crash. But that’s not the coincidence. His name was Brennan Gilmore. He was the Chief operations officer in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2012, for the CIA. He was there during a bloody war pitting Christians against Muslims. We were on the Muslim’s side….we lost and Gilmore had to leave the CAR. He also worked for the failed democrat candidate for governor of Virginia, in 2016, Tom Pereillo. Not highly unusual that a CIA operative works for a campaign….no!…not at all! But the campaign did receive $375,000 from George Soros. That’s kind of strange. But it sure seems odd that a CIA agent finds himself in Charlottesville on the day that a violent clash occurs between white nationalists and ANTIFA, and just happens to be in the one spot where he can film it all, and immediately get on CNN, and another CIA agent is there to speak.

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Jason Kessler

The final piece to the puzzle was where I started the research. The man that organized this rally. His name is Jason Kessler…..it has been reported that he is a white supremacist and a right wing extremist. But what’s really odd, is I spent two whole days trying to find out about him. Just like a dozen other people that were trying, very little is known about him before April of 2016.  I was able to find some interesting information prior to that date that speaks volumes. The first thing was tweets he made in 2015. Can you imagine a white supremacist being for gun control?

 

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Then I found that he curiously supported Obama….now that seems really odd for a white supremacist.

 

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And he had no use for republicans in 2012:
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When questioned about this, he claimed he was “redpilled” by the media during the Baltimore riots. But its curious that with all his rants on Twitter…almost 5000 tweets….not one tweet or Facebook post about Baltimore except this one.JK-Red-Pilled

He is either the worst white supremacist of all time or he’s never been one. You’ll have to be the judge.

Now add all these coincidences to one other piece of information. As I said above, in January of this year (2017) John McCain and Lindsey Graham, our two favorite corrupt hawks, traveled to Ukraine to meet with the Svoboda Party officials (the Nazis) to encourage them to fight Russia. They then came back and promoted giving offensive weapons to Ukraine so they could attack Russian positions.

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Interesting photo of McCain and Graham meeting with Obama and Rice, discussing Syria strategy. Doesn’t it seem like there should be a general in that meeting? Just sayin’

 

I only mention this to ask this question. How many operatives do you think we have over there right now? We wonder why Russia is our enemy. We complain when they meddle in our business, when we openly want to attack them and take over a country literally on their doorstep. But this isn’t about Russia…this is about the deep state and the US government, actually conducting an action to heighten tensions between the races, by causing a violent protest to turn ugly. That’s right….I said it! As Mark Levin often states.  Factions in the US government actively working to subvert a legally elected president. THIS IS TREASON! But no one has to worry, those doing it, completely control law enforcement and the courts. It would appear, the entire episode, was orchestrated by the CIA, with the help of CNN, George Soros, The Mayor, Michael Signer, and ANTIFA. Whether the white nationalists knew they were being used is unknown….but to think our own government is doing these things is disgusting. We, as Americans, have a pretty noble opinion of America and the things we’ve accomplished as a nation. Are we being naïve? Do our adversaries see us for who we are? We stick our nose in everybody’s business, even when its not even close to being in our interest.  Today, September 20th, 2017. President Trump said at the UN the exact opposite of this behavior. This is why the CIA and the deep state is working so hard to thwart Trump, delay Trump, and in general, discredit him, and get him out of office as soon as possible.  If you thought 2016 was tough…wait until 2020.

Lamentations of a Conservative

Why there will be a revolution

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After watching and listening to fellow conservatives over the past several weeks, I felt compelled to analyze what I’ve been hearing.

We all wanted change! Some of us didn’t like Trump, but we wanted and hoped he would do what was right. He has. Many of the NeverTrumpers came around, but a few hang in there, looking for every opportunity to find defects in the man and in his policies. But these folks are a minority in the populist movement that has swept across America.

There is no longer any doubt that the populist sentiment and America first attitude of the vast majority of Americans is not shared by our congressional leaders, dozens of governors, or the republican party itself. One must ask the question why? If they “represent” the people, then why do they work against what the people want? So many interpret what they see as ideology, principles, or some sort of RINOism. Could they actually believe that what they are doing is serving a constituency that they need to get re-elected? How can that be possible? Trump won by defeating 16 other republicans…..none of whom were touting a populist message.  Could it be that they believe the right thing is to keep going down the path we’re on? What average citizen does that benefit other than the ones taking from the system? Do they know that? Or are they possibly so entrenched in the status quo, that they can’t grasp what change looks like? That is very doubtful….these guys just aren’t that stupid. So what is the reason?

I have looked long and hard at that question. Have spent countless hours researching, and analyzed countless data. There is only one possible answer to that question. CORRUPTION!  We, in America, have always taken great pride in our system of government….our constitution, our system of checks and balances, our respect for law, and our democratic republic.  But while we were sleeping, that system has been destroyed. Our governments have become as corrupt as any third world dictatorship. We. the people, are being lied to and fleeced of our wealth and freedom, given just enough of both to keep believing in the usefulness of those very governments.

I say these things with a broken heart. Few have fought as hard as I have, to shape government in the form that I understand from years of reading  history,  being active in politics, and supporting those people who said they would do the right thing. I now realize that all of it was for nothing. The level of corruption is so virulent, that it is beyond repair. There is no over-riding mechanism that can reverse the decay. No honest people who will step up and challenge those in power. Trump was and is our last hope. But after 6 months, it seems doubtful that even he can get past the obstacle of congress and the corrupt corporate world they represent.

For me, this culminated in the Obamacare debates, plans, and bills presented by congress.  It would have been the easiest thing to do…simply repeal the ACA, and work on something else over the next few years. Why didn’t it get done? Let me give you some facts:

The healthcare industry donated $72 million to the RNC alone, in 2016.  The profits in the healthcare industry in 2013….before the ACA was fully implemented….were 8 billion dollars. In 2015, those same profits, just two years later, were 15 billion dollars. Over that same period, stock prices, in general, for the healthcare industry were up 59%.  In a study of the top 7 hospitals in America, revenue was up 15% from 2014 to 2015 and unpaid care was down 35% over the same period….all of it due to Medicaid expansion.
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Now….couple those facts, to the actions of the GOP congress’ actions.  Are they telling us the truth? Is it really a difference in policy ideas? Is it just the way congress works? Is it like McConnell says…..”it just takes time” ? You’d have to be an idiot to believe any of that.  But set aside the money for a minute. Rather

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McConnell says: “It takes time…”

than believing they do it for campaign donations, could there be another, more onerous agenda at hand? I think so.  You see, Trump is a threat to the plan, that they have colluded with corporate America to put in place. The ACA was meant to change the way Insurance is paid for. The ultimate goal was to take the burden of insurance off of corporations and place it squarely at the feet of the people. Whether its buying it as an individual by force of law, or to have government pay all the bills, is irrelevant….the goal is to remove it as a benefit provided by corporate America. Everything congress is and will do is to benefit large, multi-national corporations. But why? Why serve a few wealthy CEOs at the expense of millions of Americans? The bigger picture is globalism. In order to secure a safe and secure world market, the playing field in America has to be equivalent to that in Denmark, India, or Bangladesh.  And that includes relieving the corporate world of healthcare costs. There can no longer be any doubt, that globalism is the enemy of the American people, and our congress has been colluding with that enemy for over 25 years. It is the plan and will continue to be the plan for as far as the eye can see. Sadly, recent events, demonstrate there is no relief coming.

Now, let me change gears for a minute, and talk about what happened in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend of August 12th. Well…..it finaly happened. The right has done the unthinkable…..it acted violently, and with hate. At least this is what all of us are being told.  Yesterday, I gave an opinion on social media that I thought was accurate and astute. That opinion acknowledged the vile act, but pointed to its inevitability in light of years of the left pushing racism down our throats, making political correctness an accepted religion, and accepting the notion that blacks and Hispanics have been so discriminated against, that all white people owe them something to make up for the hate in our hearts. Now they have something to point to, that proves beyond all doubt, that white people are hateful racists and want all people of color gone or dead.  The debaters attacking me, had such sorrowful attitudes. Their guilt was palpable. This man’s hate was in all of us, and we need to change our hearts.  I can say with all honesty, that the inevitability of this one man’s actions was not so much as inevitable as it was predictable.  Soros and his minions have spent  billions to foment a radical leftist crew that push and push and push. Up to the point of this dasterdly deed, there have been surprisingly few reprisals from the right.  A punch here or a fight there, but no loss of life, or egregious acts of violence.  Have you ever seen what happens when you dump a lump of sodium in water? Its a quite violent reation.  Its the same when you place white racists in close proximity with black racists. The reaction becomes quite violent. Why these groups were allowed to intermingle is odd.  I smell a rat. Soros funded leftist anarchists were there in force. They have been seeking this confrontation for some time. Up to that moment, the right had resisted the urge to fight back…..but this group of white people was not the run of the mill conservative group. They would fight back.

So, you ask, what does this have to do with corruption and globalism? Alot!  You see, it is a wonderful thing when the interests of the useful idiots coincide with the interests of the globalists. The globalists in the corporate world have adapted from a strategy of fighting big government to create a freer global economy, to working with big government to achieve the same ends. They have found that when a $72 million dollar investment can return $7 billion in profits, that’s a good investment. (its 1% by the way) But its not just the healthcare industry……its pretty much every corporate interest in the world. They all invest millions and billions to boost profits and stock prices, by greasing the skids of lawmakers, as we drive to globalism.  It works like this: Despite 25 years of this push toward globalism, America still has a remnant of a working middle class. This is where the money must come from. The middle class must give up there money to buy their products and services and it must continue to fund government. This can only last as long as the middle class exists. Once the middle has been drained of its wealth and its jobs, the strategy will change. Corporate America, for years have been positioning itself for when that time comes. A society like many countries deal with everyday. One where poor people still buy, but the price must be low. No problem. There is always a place where labor is cheap and regulations are non-existant. We will always be a market for cheap stuff,  but using profits to pay the high price of American labor, simply to maintain a middle class, just doesn’t work for corporate America. The formula is working and our leaders are active players in the plan.

 

But I digress. Trump is a threat to the globalist agenda. Make no mistake who is pulling the strings. We’d like to believe that George Soros and Ted Cruz are polar opposites. But are they? Maybe for different reasons, but they both believe strongly, that globalism is good for the world, and for America.  There is no place for Trump…or us….in the political arena. The right and the left both want globalism in some form.  To be clear…trade is not globalism.  Trade happens when two parties exchange goods or services, to the BENEFIT of both parties. When $700 billion in wealth leaves America each year, that’s not trade…that’s globalism!  Globalism is wealth redistribution from our middle class to foreign nations and to government.

The actions in Charlottesville are just more attempts to end the Trump threat. The evidence, although anecdotal, are my friends on social media, feigning white guilt, and lamenting the actions of one nut job and a group of radicals, questioning our very heart, as we try to hang on. There will be more of this until we finally end the corruption in government and stop the corporations from pushing us into globalism.

Finally, I would love to advise that we resist the temptation to violence….but I can’t.  There will come a time when one incident like this leads to mass death providing a spark for a revolt. Someone or some group will retalliate, and it will  begin. Unless congress comes to its senses and exposes the corruption we are headed for revolution.

The Deep State Part 2

How it all Works

 

madteaparty_700Before I begin explaining how the deep state operates, I want to say something about making any conclusions. Calling what is going on in our government a “deep state” sounds very ominous. I have read countless stories blaming a “deep state” for everything from the floundering economy to the campaign against Trump. It is that, but it’s much more. The deep state has been with us for decades and is not a simple faction or organization of people that collectively know they are the deep state. It isn’t a sinister plot to destroy America, rather it is a collection of people and institutions doing what they believe needs to be done. The problem that arises is that there are no rules and consequently there is no oversight or accountability. This causes mass corruption. To say corruption is rampant would be a gross understatement of fact. In order to run a deep state, outside the laws of our country, or any country requires tons of cash….and boy, I’m talking a lot of cash. As I found out, in my 10 part series, “INTO THE WEEDS”, the cash that traveled through the Clinton Foundation was historic. I approached that series strictly from the point of view of corruption, but it became more than that.  The money from the corporate world, that found its way into the Clinton’s pockets, was also used to shape world events. Its still going on, and it can all be referred to as the status quo…..that so many in government and the corporate world want…..no!….. need, to have continue. The election of Trump was totally unexpected by the deep state. They never thought the American people would become wise to all they were doing to further their mission. I think we can credit technology and the internet age of communication as the vehicle that made it possible. Slowly but surely, Americans, at least, are becoming aware and educated into how government works, and why it’s not working for Americans.

Let’s begin, shall we?

In part 1 of this story, I outlined a bigger picture of the deep state as a fight between nationalism and globalism. I believe there has to be a reason for the deep state to exist. If you want a simple answer: the purpose of the deep state is to keep commerce working. And not just working, but flourishing. Although that answer is fundamental, it is way more complex than that. Up to 911, all situations in the world, no matter how complex, would respond to one of two stimuli: Money or force. The deep state controls both. What happened after 911 was the new problem of religion entering the equation. After 17 years, neither force nor money can dissuade radical Islam from its mission. But that’s another story for another day.

Also in part 1, I very briefly laid out a few names connected directly to the deep state. Of course, I hope you know, there are many, many players, all with various roles, which contribute to its maintaining its grip on governance. In case you haven’t noticed….notice now….that so many of the high officials in our government, are recycled from administration to administration. Eric Holder, deputy AG under Clinton, and AG under Obama. James Comey, Deputy AG under Bush Jr., and FBI director under Obama, George Bush Sr. VP under Reagan, then president. Loretta Lynch, lead US attorney in the New York District under Clinton, then AG under Obama. Louis Freeh, Appointed US District Court judge by Bush Sr. then FBI director under Clinton. Robert Mueller, assistant AG under Bush Sr. then FBI director under Bush Jr., now special council under Trump. On and on it goes. We are expected to believe these men and women are the most qualified people to serve. But what is more plausible, is their allegiance to the deep state. What allows the deep state to continue unabated, is its secrecy. I alluded to this in part 1. As long as the players are kept out of jail, allowed to keep their ill gotten gains, and not punished in any way, that secrecy remains in tact and the control is maintained. This is why the likes of James Comey, Eric Holder, John Ashcroft, Hillary Clinton and several presidents must be included. There is one exception to the rule of unequivocal secrecy. If secrecy is violated, or threatened to be violated……there is only one consequence. That consequence is death. And they all know it.

There’s an old saying that all investigators use to get to the truth. “Follow the money”. I did that. I can find where the money comes from, how it circulates. I can even tell you, who are getting a lot of it. But what I cannot find is how it is being used and where it winds up. I can make guesses, but that’s just what they are….guesses based on visible activities.

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Gilbert Chagoury and close friend Bill Clinton

 

For example: In my piece on Gilbert Chagoury, a Nigerian businessman, I learned that he worked closely with Marc Rich, selling Nigerian oil, then skimmed money from the sale, laundered it through Russian or Swiss banks, then donated heavily to the Clinton Foundation, who then allowed America to look the other way in all his illegal activities. This example is absolutely not unusual. This is going on in Columbia, Iran, Angola, South Africa, Venezuela, Haiti, North Korea and dozens of other countries all over the world. The question to ask is why does America participate?

Like I said above the simple answer is “to keep commerce moving, and the money flowing into the right pockets”.  A more difficult answer to explain, is that many American players believe it is in our “interest” to do so. In some cases, this might even have credence. But in the bigger picture, this has done more harm to American prominence than any other single deed. It’s almost impossible to chronicle these events, without understanding why so many nations hate us. Our meddling in the affairs of other countries can have very large consequences. War, revolution, civil unrest, and especially terrorism are just some of those consequences.

I have had dozens of debates on isolationism. Before I began this research, I sensed that isolationism might be a better course than the course we’re on. Now I understand why I sensed that. There are those that believe sincerely that intervening in world affairs is our responsibility. In a fashion, after you understand the deep state, and understand why we intervene, you will soon gather that we are a direct cause of conflict in many countries, which causes the necessity for intervention. But let me also say, we are not the only cause. I am not an America basher. Corrupt leaders, poverty, ignorance, hunger, and other local problems also lead to poor outcomes. There are 193 countries in the world. We certainly don’t cause all the problems in all of them……just the ones that have the resources we want, in the furtherance of globalism and world commerce.

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Marc Rich

 

The best way to explain how the deep state works is to look at one individual, you, most likely, never heard of…..Marc Rich. Marc Rich epitomizes the work of the deep state. Mr. Rich died in 2013, he was 78. In 1999 Mr. Rich was on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. He was an unconvicted fugitive, living in Zug, Switzerland. He ran a business named Glencore, which still exists. Glencore and Marc Rich were well known commodity traders. They bought oil, wheat, aluminum, coal, gold, and silver from anyone that would sell it, and then resell those commodities to anyone that would buy them. But why was it unusual…its done everyday? Right? This gets us to why Marc Rich was wanted.

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In order for a foreign policy to work, sometimes America has to impose economic sanctions on countries that break economic trading rules, oppress their people, or misbehave in other ways. The only way economic sanctions can pay dividends and dissuade bad acts, is if all other countries honor those sanctions by enforcing them in their own countries. What Marc Rich did was defy those sanctions, He would buy oil from Iran, Cocoa from Columbia, coal from North Korea….all while they were under UN sanctions. He would sell those commodities on the spot market. When the US shut off Russian imports of our wheat due to sanctions imposed because of Russian intervention in Afghanistan, Marc Rich sold them wheat from Venezuela. As you might expect, someone can make a boatload of money doing this. But how can you get away with it? You see, while our “public” foreign policy is one thing, our deep state foreign policy is quite another. Let’s take Columbia for example. If Columbia’s president (Uribe) is ignoring drug lords that sell and ship cocaine, then sanctions on their shipments of their commodities might help to change those activities. BUT! What if there’s a commercial interest that need’s the president’s help to “keep commerce moving and the money flowing into the right pockets” ? It would seem in Columbia, they also had oil. The oil industry was a national industry….in other words owned and operated by the government. If your oil and other exports were under sanction, what should you do? Stop working with the drug lords, or find another  way to sell your commodities?  You call your friend Bill Clinton. He introduces you to

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Bill Clinton, Frank Guistra, dedicating their work in Haiti

Frank Guistra from Canada who agrees to take over your oil industry….for a price, of course. Then that oil can be sold to Glencore, through several shell companies, and then sold on the spot market, and the money flows back through some Bermudans’ bank, with cuts coming off for all the players. Since the oil is not producing the revenues it once produced, the unions start whining about being paid. The president of Columbia can certainly help with this….and does. The CIA and DEA work to protect the entire operation. What does it look like to the people of Columbia and the world? The drug lords have control of the president. The president is corrupt, he is stealing from the people for the drug lords….and himself. The people are living in poverty while he gets rich. That may be true, but really the people that are making all the money are part of the deep state apparatus. The oil still flows, the other commodities get sold, and the sanctions are rendered feckless. What has to be understood, is the goals of our nation, based on our American values, are just for show. On the other hand, the goals of the deep state based on globalism, prevail. Frank Guistra donated $25 million to the Clinton Foundation and

 

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Denise Rich (Marc’s wife) donated over $100 million. You might ask why would the CIA and DEA go along with this? The people on the ground, I can only assume, have little idea what the big picture is…..they see the same show we see. Their job is to stop the drugs…..they are doing their jobs trying to help a perceived crooked president. And Marc Rich is helping them by furnishing valuable intelligence. The natural reaction of the people is to blame the US for supporting their crooked president. So whose fault is it? We do have a government that is more than capable of doing what’s right…..in this case, stopping the drug lords. But it isn’t easy, when the globalist deep state, actively works against those interests, to “keep commerce moving and the money flowing into the right pockets”.

Now for an even better example of how the deep state works. Russia! Lately, we have heard an awful lot about Russia. Our war with Russia goes back a long way. Communism has never been our thing and all of us have been indoctrinated to hate communists and Russians by extension. We have fought them in everyway possible…and literally, using the deep state, destroyed their economy, and brought the oligarchs to power, ending the cold war. Good thing, right?  Maybe not. Many of us have surely had the thought that if we were allied with Russia, our fight against terrorism and rogue nations in general, would be vastly enhanced. So why do Russians hate us? We continue to meddle in their affairs, in almost everyway possible. Why? To “keep commerce moving and the money flowing into the right pockets”.

In Reagan’s second term, our publicized foreign policy with Russia was one of achievable cooperation….Glasnost! (Openness) When Gorbachev came to power, he changed the climate of the cold war. We, as a nation, could have changed the world, if we would have embraced that opportunity. But sadly, the deep state had other ideas. They viewed the new policy as an opportunity to destroy Russia, and remove a competitor on the world stage, once and for all. The CIA was very busy devising ways to take Russia down. As trading rules were voluntarily relaxed by Gorbachev, they pounced. Marc Rich, who had close ties with Russian industry, and with the intelligence community, began to buy up billions and billions of Russian Rubbles. This destabilized the currency and caused very high inflation, approaching 300% in that year. It drove prices up by hundreds of percent. The government was unable to stop the inflation. With the Soviet Union in deep financial trouble, Gorbachev resigned, replaced by the popular Boris Yeltsin, the “reformer”. Yeltsin decide to, overnight, change Russia from a communist country to a capitalist, free market economy. He began the process of privatizing all Russian industry and communication businesses, to encourage foreign investment. He promptly gave every citizen a 10,000 ruble voucher, to buy shares in the companies they chose. But with all good intentions, someone will always take advantage. Several rich “investors” (soon to be called oligarchs) bought up millions of those vouchers and quickly took control of the Russian economy. Now what? How would these now private companies join the world market, but yet take advantage of their new found ventures? The CIA was all too willing to help. Enter Marc Rich. Not only could Rich help the CIA with intelligence, he could assist in destroying the Russian economy. Rich became the pivot point for moving Russian Commodities. In one instance he was offered Russian aluminum for pennies on the dollar, for which he paid cash…lots of cash, which the new oligarch pocketed and stiffed the workers. Rich then sold the aluminum on the spot market for far less than market prices, which in turn collapsed the price of aluminum across the world by 30%. This scenario played out in many Russian industries, ultimately, collapsing their economy. Many of these events benefited American companies by reducing commodity prices. The chaos caused in Russia was unprecedented. The deep state had done exactly what it set out to do. Marc Rich and his remaining Glencore, continue to be  a source of intrigue and a tool of the CIA to intervene in foreign affairs. A good thing? You’ll have to be the judge. It does further global interests, it assists a lot of multi-national corporations, and it “keeps commerce moving and the money flowing into the right pockets”.

So hopefully, you begin to see how powerful the deep state can be, and how secrecy is so important. Also why people are recycled in and out of the deep state. But not everybody in the world is blind to what is being done. Those that understand, do what they can to oppose America wherever they can. Are they justified? That’s a hard question to answer. The actions of the deep state, surely don’t match up with our American values, and really aren’t helping average Americans. Seemingly, the deep state is also crushing millions of lives in the rest of the world due to their many interventions. But what can be done?

As I stated above, Trump’s election was a shock to the deep state. He’s not a player. He hasn’t quite grasped the enormity of the deep state. The deep state needs cooperation and secrecy from the executive branch. Trump doesn’t appear to be  providing that cooperation, so they must find a way to stop his interference in the status quo. So far, he hasn’t done enough to upset the apple cart. Just this week Trump has turned his attention to foreign policy…the purview of the deep state. Will he be able to change course without facing opposition? We shall see!
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The Deep State, Part 1

What is it, and is it a bad thing?

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I recently gave a talk about the Deep State. It is real! Although many of us have wondered about the strange policies coming from Washington for a very long time, we have mostly shrugged it off as politics. But what I found was a concerted effort by a few in government and business to run America the way “they” think it should be run. From the economy to foreign policy, things are done that absolutely defy the will of the people, break laws, and supplant the constitution. But who are “they” that perpetrate this arbitrary rule over America? We often hear the terms elite, establishment,  bureaucracy or swamp, to describe an unnamed, unknown force in Washington that does these things, never really knowing what or who those people are by name. But there are faces and names behind those vague descriptions of the entities that make up a Deep State within our government and society.

When those of us that understand the Deep State speak of it, we look at it as a bad, and maybe even an evil thing. But is it? Can laws sometime get in the way of doing things that need to be done? Are principles too hard to uphold, when other countries use those principles against us? Do ends justify means? Of course these are rhetorical and hard questions, but I would submit, they are questions asked and answered everyday in Washington and New York.

To understand the deep state, you first must understand the difference between Nationalism and Globalism. First, nationalism is an easy concept, but let me briefly explain it. From the early Greeks, humans figured out that the best way to live with each other is to stake out an area, create rules, create commerce, and live by a certain moral framework found in anyone of several religions. The Greeks called it a “city-state”. More modern times call it a “nation-state”. But the parameters and idea is the same. For 26 centuries the nation-state, has been the way civilization has evolved. Each citizen or inhabitant of the nation-state, held some identity with that state, a certain loyalty. Patriotism if you will. All members of the nation state had commonality in language, customs, rules, and terrain. They became protective of all those things. Nation-states chose leaders or leaders chose themselves, to protect the people, the property, the land and everything within its borders. However, as is human nature, some nation states wanted what another nation state had….a resource, their wealth, or a location. Sometimes this led to war. For most of those 26 centuries, war has been the flaw in Nationalism. The more nationalistic the world became the more and bigger wars that occurred.

Sometime after WWII, (1954) some rich and powerful people came together to see if they could solve this dilemma created by nationalism. WWII had devastated the planet. 70 million people were killed. Millions and millions more were hurt….millions displaced and homeless. More property was destroyed than existed. Fortunes were lost, resources were squandered, and starvation was everywhere. It was thought by these men that nationalism was at the root of the problem. As countries became more populated, they became more industrialized. They needed more of everything to sustain their populations and their economies.  These folks concluded that to stop the cycle of war, the nation-state or national interests must be replaced with global interests. At the time it was referred to as Atlanticism, and promoted as a “better understanding” of US-European relationships. This group of people was called the Bilderberg Group, as its first meeting, in 1954, was held in the Bilderberg Hotel, in the Netherlands. It continues to exist today, with the continuous participation of the CIA, since the beginning, and prominent corporate leaders such as Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Bill Gates of Microsoft, and plenty of other political and government elites such as Hillary Clinton, Tim Geithner, Henry Kissinger, Condolisa Rice, and Colin Powell. The hallmark of these members,  is the extreme secrecy of the gatherings. The shear mention of the Bilderberg Group has always been synonomous with conspiracy, but I am convinced that this large group of elites believes they are saving the world, with an ends justifies the means strategy.

National governments would  be replaced with global governance, commerce could exist world-wide, and resources could be shared by all, war could be a thing of the past….at least war on the scale of WWI and WWII. Thus, these few powerful people, fathered globalism.  It started harmlessly enough. Right after WWII, the United Nations was created. Finally an organization that could be the model for global governance. A body made up of all the nation-states of the world, that could come together to govern the planet.  But it was soon discovered that few countries were willing to give up their sovereignty…..their nation-state status, or their ability to control their own state.  Nationalism wasn’t going away anytime soon. So a new course was set. a long term solution to eventually arrive at the needed solution. Three things would have to be subverted within nations to achieve the required goals!

First, the institutional family had to be changed. Family structure is the fundamental building block of a society. It is structured in such a way that the father has the responsibility of providing for the rest of the family. To do this he needs to work. He needs a job, something to do that exchanges his labor for the things he needs. The mother’s traditional role was to have and nurture children. To populate the society. Needing a job, required resources, industry, a growing economy. A growing population required more of everything, and eventually, more jobs. The globalists believed these two fundamental functions of the family, is what leads to nationalism and war. If the population could be controlled, the need for jobs would be lessened. If the need for jobs was lessened, the demand for resources would decline, and expansionist desire would diminish.

Next, there must be a concerted effort to end or diminish the influence religion has over the culture. They recognize that a belief in God, only strengthens the values that build families. Religion is where we learn what our common values are. But religion and faith in God do something else……it teaches us to be self-reliant, and trust only in God. Not only that, but because religious beliefs can be so strong, opposing religions themselves, can be a source for war.  The globalists believe that faith must be in the state. The values that family and religion heap upon the citizens of a nation-state must be replaced with reliance and dependence on the state.

Finally, if control over the most powerful nation-states can be achieved by eliminating national governance and them with global governance, then the mission will be complete. So first, degrade and destroy the family, next discredit, marginalize, and destroy religion. Finally, create a dependence on the state, while subverting that state to conform with a global agenda.

So far, the strategy of the globalists is working, at least in the developed world. Europe’s population is declining and the birth rate of its citizens is far below where it needs to be to maintain the culture. In America, the birth rate is barely sustaining the population. And even in China, the population is controlled by force of law. Religion in the developed world is under assault. Although in Europe many claim to be Christian, it no longer acts like it. In my visit to Europe in 2005, I went on a tour of the famous churches in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Even on Sunday, the churches were empty.  The young have been led away from faith by the education system and the culture of tolerance and multi-culturalism. In America, Christianity has been attacked on many fronts. Universities, consumerism, abortion activism, and the government. Faith and religion has been systematically removed from the public square.  All over the world Islam is killing and attacking all other faiths and making it impossible for any of them to flourish. But Islam is not replacing those religions with merely another faith, but with an extreme ideology of conformance  or death.  You have to ask yourself are these things all simply happening at the same time, just circumstance? The natural order of things? Or are they being orchestrated by a globalist agenda. The more the people suffer, the more likely they are to turn to the state for solutions. But those solutions are no where to be found. The leaders, even ours, before Trump, are turning to global solutions. Nation-states  already turn to the United Nations security council before they take any action. They seek UN resolutions to bring other nation-states into compliance with global standards.  So if this is being orchestrated….who is behind it?

The Deep State is bigger than just a few politicians and bureacrats. It is fostered mainly by powerful, wealthy, multi-national corporations and financial institutions. Companies like Dow, Coke-Cola, Morgan Stanley, Chase, Goldman Sachs, Boeing, GE, Exxon, and many others. These businesses have huge investments in countries all over the world. They would not risk billions of dollars, without having some control over world affairs. These powerful special interests are the ones that provide the money that controls the politicians in the Deep State.

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In my exhaustive study of the Clinton Foundation, I found links to several foundations that seem to be clearing houses for these funds. The Radcliffe Foundation in Canada, The Hellenic Initiative, The McCain Institute, The Cowen Group, Open Society, and The Rockefeller Foundation are but a few of these clouded funding sources. At first I thought it was a simple pay for play scheme created by greedy and corrupt individuals. But its more than that. Oh sure, there may be a lot of corruption, but much of what is being done is to shape the world and advance a global agenda. I found strong ties between these foundations and the intelligence community. The money passes from the corporations, to the foundations, to consulting companies, then to the CIA and private, covert paramilitary groups. What the money is used for, encompasses a wide variety of activity, all organized by the Deep State. Things like assassinations, currency manipulation, union bashing, coups, funding of terrorists, and overthrows of governments. All to maintain peace and keep commerce flowing, so investments are not put at risk. Like I said at the beginning…..the natural reaction is to think this is a bad thing and evil. It certainly is unlawful, but yet, is it needed?

Up to this point in the story, its all conjecture based on my research, but I do have examples that will help to put meat on the bones. As I go through these examples and profiles, try to remember the names, as they will come up in other places.

3342788AW015_AshcroftJohn Ashcroft. I’m not going to relay his entire life, but just the activities that lead up to his involvement in the deep state. You can read about Mr. Ashcroft here:

I suppose what Ashcroft does for a living is legal, but I just can’t recall where in the constitution the federal government was given the power to create private armies, then use those armies to perform military tasks for that government. And all while the American people have no idea what or why they are doing what they are doing. We are just paying for it.

Mr. Ashcroft is in the mercenary business. He employs thousands of ex-military, ex-law enforcement, and general tough guys to operate clandestine operations in foreign lands. In turn Mr. Ashcroft’s business, Constellis lands huge contracts from our government to do things that few actually know what they are. Here are just two headlines pulled from financial publications:

“Triple Canopy Wins $47.8M Federal Protective Services Contract”

“Constellis Awarded $975 Million Department of Defense (DoD) Counter Narcotics and Global Threats (CN & GT) Contract”

Since you probably never heard of Constellis, you should know they were formerly known as Alchemi. Never heard of Alchemi? It was formerly known as Xe Services. What? Never heard of them either? Well then, what about Black Water? Yes, Constellis started out as Black Water. Black Water had developed such a bad reputation in Iraq that I suppose it had to change its name. Remember these private mercenaries aren’t necessarily bound my military rules. But Constellis is much larger now. Even with all the scandals created by these “contractors” they are growing. Over the last 5 years, Constellis has been busy buying up all companies that deal in private security, computer hacking, intelligence, and war fair. Triple Canopy, Olive Group, Edinburgh International, Strategic Social, Apollo Group, and the most recent, the Centerra Group have all been added to Constellis’ stable. As long as there’s money, our deep state government can project its plans anywhere in the world by using these private companies, without getting permission from congress or the president. Secrecy is their main selling point.

So how does John Ashcroft, a CEO of a private company connect to such a conspiratorial entity as the Deep State? In 2000, Mr. Ashcroft became Attorney General under GW Bush. Right after his appointment and confirmation, 911 happened. Shortly after that we got the Patriot Act, which legalized all forms of warrantless surveillance. Something we are learning much more about….17 years later.

But let’s move on, shall we?

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Jim Comey. We all know who Jim Comey is. The now former FBI director, Comey has been part of the deep state for a long time. He has been one of those players that has been used to cover up crimes and make criminal acts go away. The deep state not only needs guys like Ashcroft to carry out missions, but it needs guys like Comey to keep it all secret.

Comey started his journey through the deep state prosecuting the Whitewater Investigation against Bill and Hillary Clinton. If I recall, no indictments or prosecutions ever occurred in that scandal. I say that with tongue in cheek, because no indictments or prosecutions ever take place with anyone connected to the deep state. It cannot be exposed, so punishing anyone using our constitution or statutes would risk exposure.  Comey became a Federal Prosecutor of the Southern New York District under GW Bush. Then, quickly became Deputy Attorney General a year later. He was placed in charge of the investigation into the controversial pardon of Marc Rich, ordered by Bill Clinton on his last day in office.  The pardon was instigated by then Deputy Attorney General, Eric Holder. Oddly enough, nothing untold came of these investigations. Imagine that! You can read more about this in my post “Into The Weeds 10” here. Marc Rich is an important link in understanding how the deep state functions. I will speak more about him in part 2 of this story.

Comey was soon moved to FBI Director under Obama, providing further evidence of his importance to the deep state, and the need for someone to cover up its activities. As FBI Director he had all sorts of responsibilities to bring to justice wrong doers in the government…..investigations were conducted over and over, with no one ever being indicted or convicted of anything that would send them to jail. Why? As I said before, to keep the deep state from being exposed. This has been Comey’s role for a long time.

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George H. W. Bush.  Many Americans couldn’t tell you what George Bush did before he was our 41st president. Well, he was the head of the CIA, ambassador to the United Nations and ambassador to China, a congressman, and Vice President to Ronald Reagan. No man has been more connected to government or to the deep state. He was actually the man that popularized the term “New World Order”. He has been absolutely active in the use of and maintaining of the deep state, or what might be called the status quo. These people believe sincerely that this status quo must be maintained. Their goal to shape and create a global system has been front and center to US policies for a very long time. When Reagan won the republican nomination in 1979, his opponent was George Bush. Bush was the choice of the deep state and was next in line to become president……but like in 2016…the people spoke and elected Reagan. A deal was struck with Reagan and GHW Bush became the VP. Its one reason we should be leary of Mike Pence. A similar deal was struck with Trump to make Pence the VP. If you recall, Reagan was shot in an assassination attempt. Trump’s election was once again, the people speaking. Hillary Clinton was next in line to become president…the deep state choice.

Bush was the president that instigated, negotiated and crafted, NAFTA. Although it was signed into law by Bill Clinton, all the work to create it was done under George Bush sr. He worked very hard to advance globalist trade policy. He became very good friends with Bill Clinton, and they worked together using the Clinton Foundation Global Initiative as a platform. Billions of dollars moved through that initiative to conduct all sorts of global policy initiatives. I have outlined many of the Clinton Foundations activities in past posts. The entire series “Into the Weeds” starts here.

ciaThe intelligence Community.  I could spend hours and days writing about all the past and present deep state players in the intelligence community. Men like James Clapper, John Brennan, Mike Morrell, Mike Rogers, Mike Pompeo, and Michael Hayden, are just a few of the names we see in the news…the heads of security force agencies like the CIA, NSA, National Intelligence and Homeland Security. But there are actually 16 of these agencies in our government, many of which Americans never knew existed. One other thing to note is that the heads of many of these agencies are “lifers”. That is to say, they are long term employees, that work in the bureaucracy. Of the 16 heads, Trump has only appointed three to replace. These people, and the people that work for them, are the “SWAMP”. this is the core of the deep state, and the people working very, very hard to maintain a status quo, and to avoid being exposed.

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Each one of these heads has hundreds if not thousands of people working hard to keep America safe. But what does that really mean? They gather intelligence of all kinds: Phone calls, e-mails, financial transactions, purchases, sales, books, articles, tips, people movements, and even the movements of girlfriends, wives and children. They use electronic information, satellites, and lots of human intelligence to do this gathering. Most of it is useful to actually mount a defense against our enemies and terrorists around the globe, but some of it is used to “shape” events to maintain the status quo, prevent world war, to maintain commerce that helps the corporate structure of the world, and to continue to work toward a globally governed world….in other words….to keep the money flowing. The money I’m talking about is in the trillions, and some of it finds its way into the pockets of corrupt and dishonest people like the Clintons, Putin, Soros, Podesta, the DNC, the RNC, Lobbying firms,  lots and lots of consultants, and even criminal enterprises. All of this corruption done in the cause of keeping America safe and maintaining the status quo. It is important to understand how easy it is to have unchecked power, which can abused. As if it isn’t bad enough to work towards a goal counter to American’s own interests, this power can be used to destroy people, ruin industries, and if used politically, destroy opponents, and keep the “wrong people” out of office. Trump is one of those people and a real threat to the entire enterprise.

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It is certainly deeper and more audacious than just these 16 heads of agencies. Take one Intelligence Agency, the NSA: Here is an outline of the know divisions within the NSA:

  • The Technology and Systems Directorate
  • The Operations Directorate
  • The Information Systems Security Directorate
  • The Plans, Policy and Programs Directorate
  • The Support Services Directorate
  • Directorate only known from unit F6
  • Directorate only known from unit G112
  • Information Assurance Directorate (IAD)
  • Directorate only known from unit J2
  • Installation and Logistics
  • Human Resources
  • Security and Counterintelligence
  • Research Directorate
  • Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID), Customer Relations
  • Analysis and Production Center South Asia, S2B: China and Korea,
  • S2C: International Security
  • S2E: Middle East/Asia
  • S2F: International Crime
  • S2G: Counter-proliferation
  • S2H: Russia, S2I: Counter-terrorism
  • S2J: Weapons and Space
  • S2T: Current Threats
  • Data Acquisition
  • Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services (CES)
  • Tailored Access Operations (TAO)
  • Global Access Operations (GAO)
  • Collections Strategies and Requirements Center
  • Special Source Operations (SSO)
  • Technical Directorate (TD)
  • Directorate for Education and Training
  • Directorate for Corporate Leadership
  • Foreign Affairs Directorate
  • Acquisitions and Procurement Directorate
  • Information Sharing Services (ISS)

    Each of these sub-divisions of the NSA, is also headed by its own under secretary or chief, all with many, many employees. But more important is all the folks that have access to intelligence. The collection of information is massive. The 16 heads above and eight members of congress, known as the gang of eight, are the only people who have access to what’s known as the “raw data”. That is, the actual conversations, e-mails, or other communications collected. That is until weeks before Obama left office. He signed an executive order giving access to this raw data to hundreds and hundreds of employees in all these subdivisions of the intelligence community. Previously, in order for raw data to be seen by anybody, a warrant had to be obtained.

Just one quick example. Let’s say there’s a very wealthy businessman in Nigeria. This man is providing valuable information to Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, on the movement of weapons by Hezbollah. This man tells Mossad he is having a problem with the terrorists of Boko Haram threatening his string of Nigerian hotels. Mossad informs the CIA. The CIA  asks John Ashcroft at Constellis to send over a contingency of “contractors” to Nigeria to assassinate a leader of Boko Haram, in or around Lagos, Nigeria. They are also to send a message that the hotels in question are off limits to Boko Haram. They can do this by killing a bunch, or by paying a lot. Either way they keep the hotels open and safe, and keep the information flowing. All, off the budget, and paid for with some slush fund from a foundation, corporate coffers, or seized assets. This is not a fictional example…..it actually happened!

 

Recently, we saw the evidence of this deep state using their power politically. This is an absolute abuse of this power. What has occurred in reports of surveillance of the president, unmasking of names, and leaking of classified information has one and only one purpose….to discredit and stop Trump as soon as possible. Its a hard road to ho for the deep state,  because no one can get indicted, convicted, or go to jail, without threatening the power structure itself. Although few, they do have limits to their power

But the big target is oil. Operations are going on everyday in foreign lands, conducted by our intelligence agencies in conjunction with private companies like Constellis, to keep the oil flowing and available, so prices remain stable. If a sovereign government like Iran decides to shut or slow the flow, the intelligence community will find a way to turn it back on all the way. If it requires an entire government to be toppled, or just a leader to be changed, they have the resources to do it.

The Parties. Yes, even our political parties are involved in the deep state. They groom and prepare the next person in line to enter the deep state apparatus. They know in advance, who will be the next choice for senator, president, Attorney General,  any ambassadorship, or any key position that needs to be filled. We call them the establishment. Its not all the politicians,  but it is a significant amount of people. You can look to senators and representatives that have been serving for decades. Most of them know all about this deep state, and work hand in hand to aid in their goals of achieving globalism, under the guise of keeping America safe.

Not long ago, in another blog post I made, I uncovered a powerful woman involved in the parties that connected a few dots. Her name is Julianna Glover. She was an important RNC operative, who owned her own lobbying firm. She was a significant fund raiser for the RNC, and had lots of private parties, hosting many donors to the party. After active involvement in the NeverTrump movement she sold her lobbying firm, left the RNC and went to work for Teneo…..the consulting firm to the Clinton Foundation……all….while being a “senior advisor” to John Ashcroft at The Ashcroft Group, a lobbying firm of Constellis. This from the Ashcroft Group website:

“strategic consulting, security and internal investigative services, and crisis counseling, for countries, corporations and industry and political associations.”

The hierarchies of the parties are a key part of the deep state. They must ensure that the right people get elected. They run the campaigns, choose the candidates, control the money, and even select the winners. They control the polls, the messages, and to a great extent, they control the media. Without the parties, Americans would choose the “wrong” people to maintain the status quo. This happened with Trump….he was the wrong guy.

In the second part of this blog post, I will detail a special person who was part of the deep state just a few years ago. His story will illustrate for you how the deep state shaped world events, by illegal means to “hurt our enemy” while “keeping America safe”. I hope you’ll stay tuned..
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconcilliation

A budget resolution process

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In my continuing effort to provide a site with simple, understandable information, here’s what I know about reconciliation. The reconciliation process is a congressional budgetary process, by which spending and taxing issues can be addressed. This process, requires a budget resolution to be part of it. The purpose of “reconciliation” is to provide instructions to committees that provide appropriations for various aspects of a budget. Their work, then, becomes part of the budget resolution.

The most commonly known fact about reconciliation is that it is a process by which any bill proceeding through congress this way, cannot be filibustered in the senate. This means any bill brought to the floors of the House or senate require only a simple majority for passage. However, not just anything can be passed through this budgetary process. Any item contained in a budgetary reconciliation bill, must affect, in some way, spending, taxing, or debt limits. This is not to say that extraneous items are totally off-limits. Technically, anything can be passed through reconciliation…..if there is no objection!  In today’s political climate, this is highly unlikely. If an item is included that is extraneous, and it is objected to, it is deemed  “not germane” and must be removed. This can only occur in the senate. It takes 60 votes to over ride an objection.

Reconciliation also has other rules that make it a unique process. It can be used a maximum of 3 times in a fiscal year. Once each for spending, taxing, or debt ceilings. If taxing and spending are dealt with in one bill, that is considered using it two times.  I wonder why we never hear about that third qualification? Since the republican control both chambers of congress, it would seem reconciliation could be used to pass a bill that prevents a debt ceiling increase. Its comical, that when they were in the minority, they railed against a debt ceiling increase, but now, magically, it’s needed! Imagine that!

So to the point of this discussion……let me put it in the context of the failed AHCA and the coming changes to Obamacare (ACA). A vast majority of republican voters, and supported by the efforts of the Freedom Caucus in the house, wanted a “full repeal” of the ACA. The ACA is a very complex and comprehensive law. It covers thousands of topics, many having nothing to do with taxes or spending. A full repeal could never go through reconciliation. Just to be clear, the so-called 2015 repeal passed by both houses and vetoed by President Obama, was not a full repeal.  Even the AHCA that was pulled from the House floor, recently, may not even gotten through the senate intact. It is to be seen that any compromise the republicans agree on, may still find difficulty getting through the senate.

If you would like to read more about reconciliation, here is an understandable site:
http://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-budget/introduction-to-budget-reconciliation


Just a short follow up to answer my final two questions that precipitated these explanations. Those final two questions asked:

4. Do you know the difference between majority rule and super majority rule?
5. As it applies to intelligence gathering do you know what the ‘gang of 8’ is?

Most of my friends said they knew what this meant……but so we all are sure.
In the context of the current political climate: Each state elects its representatives. A state has a number of House representatives equal to approximately, 1 for every 700,000 residents. That number changes, based on the total population of the United States. The number of House members is fixed at 435. So a simple majority in the House is 216, or 50% +1. In the Senate, each state elects two senators. A simple majority in the Senate is 50 +1. Since there are exactly 100 senators, there can be a tie. Ties are broken by the Vice President, providing the 50 +1 required to form a simple majority.

A super majority is often used in the context of a filibuster, but also finds itself in several parts of the constitution. A super-majority is a number of votes required in congress to pass certain types of legislation or confirmations. There are three types of super-majorities: 3/5, 2/3, or 3/4. The House has no super-majority requirements. All legislation is passed by simple majority. The senate must have 3/5, or 60 votes, to stop a filibuster (a cloture vote), for example. 2/3, or 66 votes are required to confirm appointees or ratify a treaty. And finally, 3/4 of the state legislatures are required to vote in the affirmative to pass any amendments to the constitution.

The last question was in the context of intelligence gathering. There are 16 intelligence gathering and analyzing agencies. Each has a head, and to date, only two of those heads have been appointed by president Trump. The rest are career personnel. These agencies collect what’s referred to as “raw data” as well as “metadata” for virtually all communication in the entire world.  There is very limited access to this raw data. Technically, there is only one person from each agency that can view any raw data. If that person analyzes that data to be important for national security reasons, and others must have access to it, a warrant from the FISA court must be obtained. A similar procedure exists in law enforcement, but a criminal court is used for the warranting process.

In addition to the 16 people mentioned above, eight members of congress can review raw data upon request. But even they, are not allowed to see the exposed names of American citizens in intelligence data collections. Those eight members of congress are:

Speaker, Paul Ryan
House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer
House Intelligence Committee chairman, David Nunez
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member, Adam Schiff
House Intelligence Committee chairman, Richard Burr
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member, Mark Warner

These men are referred to as the “gang of eight”. The people in these positions change, but the positions allowed to see communication intelligence do not.

 

Regular Order

How is spending supposed to happen in congress

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A meeting of the House Appropriations Committee at a “mark-up” session

 

This blog is a follow-up to the previous one on the filibuster. It is in response to a question I asked on a recent FB post. “Do you understand what regular order is, in the congress?”  As I stated then, much misinformation was being spread, seemingly because of a lack of understanding as to how the legislative process works.  This is my attempt to educate as many as I can about that process.  My last blog post discussed the senate filibuster, in the context of passing the AHCA (American Health Care Act) This post will discuss what I know about “regular order”. It certainly is not comprehensive, but made to be as concise as possible in the context of passing a Health Care reform bill.

THE BUDGETING PROCESS

Every year congress must pass a budget. This is a resolution not a law. A budget resolution sets the annual limits to spending. There are some portions of spending that, simply by law, cannot be set. This is called “mandatory” spending or like many like to call them entitlements. These are things like Medicare, Medicaid, Interest on the debt, and yes, Social Security. I’m not judging whether or not these things are entitlements, just that they represent mandatory spending that can’t be budgeted. These 4 categories represent almost half of all spending…..they cannot be cut without changing the underlying laws that created them.

The second kind of spending is called “discretionary” spending. These are the things congress can set yearly spending levels for. The biggest of these is defense and represents about 1/4 of spending. So these 5 categories now represent 3/4 of all spending, leaving only 1/4 of the budget that must carry any cuts to all spending. In the budget resolution, it is taken into account what mandatory spending must be made, then the numbers of all other spending will be debated and set, then enacted into law through a budget resolution.

Let me just say something about spending limits and just how they arrive at the amounts. At one time in the US, budgets were set by actual laws that looked at revenue as a limiting factor to spending. That changed in the 70s when “baseline budgeting” was invented. Baseline budgeting is a system of budgeting that looks only at the previous years spending to set the following years amount. Typically, whatever was spent the previous year will be increased by 1-8%. The previous year’s spending becomes the “baseline”, and it is assumed that the amount needed for the next year will be more. Rarely do they cut the previous years budgeting number, but merely the rise from the baseline. So don’t be fooled, when they say they are “cutting” the budget of a program, they are merely cutting the amount of increase, not the underlying baseline.

Once the budget resolution is set, this is when Regular order is supposed to begin. This budget resolution “authorizes” the money to be spent. Next is the necessity to “appropriate” the budgeted amount into various spending programs. For example, if the budget resolution authorizes ten billion dollars to be spent by the Department of Education, just how that money can be spent has to be done in the appropriation process. In the government there are 12 such appropriation categories.

    1. Agriculture,
    2. Commerce, Justice, and Science,
    3. Defense,
    4. Energy and Water,
    5. Financial Services,
    6. Homeland Security,
    7. Interior and Environment,
    8. Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education,
    9. Legislative,
    10. Military and Veterans,
    11. State and Foreign Operations,
    12. Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

      During regular order, each category of discretionary spending is sent to a committee that will debate and decide how the money should be spent, in accordance with the budget resolution. In this committee, priorities are discussed and just how the money will be spent is decided. Once they have completed what’s called the “mark-up”, the appropriation is sent to the floor of the House where amendments can be offered then the bill is voted on. By the way, the House is the only body that can originate spending. Of course the senate has its own process, but the actual origination of any spending must start in the House. Once each body has an appropriation bill approved, both bills wind up in a final conference committee. This is a committee chosen by the speaker of the House and minority leader and the leaders of the senate. It typically contains about 24 members chosen from all 535 congressmen, some republicans and some democrats. The conference committee then attempts to merge the two appropriations bills into one final bill. They also can make changes. When they are finished…they send that one bill to both chambers for further amendments then a final vote is taken. This then becomes the spending for the next year. This long and tedious process is supposed to be done 12 times in 1 year. It rarely happens! Even in a good year of regular order, only 3 or 4 new appropriations are completed.  When an appropriation bill is not completed, before the deadline….which is October 1st, no spending can take place in that area not appropriated for. When this happens, typically a continuing resolution is agreed to. A continuing resolution (CR) is simply a document to continue the spending from the previous year, with an appropriate increase from the baseline, if that money was authorized in the budget resolution. When CRs are implemented, spending can never decrease and changes to programs cannot be made. Everything remains the same.

      bush obama
      Presidents Obama and Bush, the men who presided over the creation of more debt than all other presidents combined

      I would be remiss if I didn’t mention here something few people know. It is the reason why the national debt under Obama grew at its fastest rate in the history of our country. In fact during the 8 years of president Obama, more debt was added by the congress than all debt acquired in our history. That means that from 1787, our beginning, to 2000, the beginning of the Bush administration, the debt….. that is every dollar the US government had borrowed since 1787 had risen to 4 trillion dollars. That’s 213 years of borrowing. During the Bush term congress more that doubled this to over 9 trillion. And…….are you ready?, under the Obama term, congress doubled it again to over 19 trillion.  The reason for this explosion in debt was due to the continued use of CRs and not regular order. In 2009 congress passed the largest stimulus spending in our history….$887 billion. This money had to be placed in the budget resolution for that year. Well guess what? No appropriations were made after that year.

      harry reid
      Harry Reid

      For 4 straight years Harry Reid refused to pass a new budget resolution, so congress was continually forced to pass CRs to keep the government funded. These CRs contained the stimulus spending amounts, adding a trillion dollars of debt each year.

      Ok, enough bashing. What does this have to do with the AHCA. In my next post, I’ll be talking about reconciliation. But for now, know that  regular order is the process of creating a budget, authorizing money to be spent, then appropriating that money to be spent in various ways. It is a complicated, tedious, and lengthy process. But it is the most important function congress has…..and it hasn’t been used for decades the way it is supposed to be. Paul Ryan promised his members and the people, that congress would return to regular order. He is trying. Understanding regular order is highly important to understanding the AHCA repeal and replace legislation. It will become more clear when I discuss reconciliation……stay tuned.

      Paul Ryan
      Paul Ryan

The Filibuster

Relevant information for making a decision

senateI recently wrote on FB, about the vast amount of misinformation spanning the internet, especially by well-intentioned conservatives that voice their opinions without having the needed information to formulate the proper understanding of an issue. Trust me when I say this is a natural reaction to highly charged and important stuff, but when opinions are formulated based on misinformation and a lack of understanding, it can hurt the things we hope to accomplish.

I have always been about educating my friends to the best of my ability. I make every effort to read and understand things and then report back as to what I learned, hoping to build a valuable knowledge base amongst conservatives…..and if a liberal has a desire to learn…all the much better.

As you might have guessed by now, this is mostly about the recent debate about the proposed healthcare reform bill, backed by Trump and blocked in the House by the Freedom Caucus and some moderate members of the Tuesday Group. Over the past two weeks there has been much said and debated about the AHCA (American Health Care Act). I wrote hundreds of comments and made dozens of posts explaining the reasons why we should have gotten behind it as republicans. This is when I was bombarded with the misinformation I spoke about yesterday on my FB page. So I asked 5 questions that highlighted that misinformation. So here, I wanted to provide what I know about these issues and simply help others to understand. Here’s what I posted on FB:

“If there’s anything I have discovered over the last two weeks is that there is more mis-information out there than there are facts….this cannot be disputed. When I say misinformation, I mean the repeating, posting, and commenting on subjects that the commenter has little or no knowledge of the subject. It has been said that “opinions are like assholes, everybody has one!” But uneducated opinions can be dangerous.

What I would like to do is illustrate this idea with a series of questions. If you would just answer yes or no, without explaining, I would appreciate it. I will deal with the subject later….right now I just want to know how many of my FB friends will be honest in what they think they know I’ll start with just 5 questions….just write
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Then place a Y or N next to the number. I will compile the responses, and then ask for some details. Here are the 5 questions:

1. Do you understand how a filibuster works, where it came from, and how it can be ended on a single vote and how it can be eliminated as a senate rule? (nuclear option)
2. Do you understand what regular order is, in the congress?
3. Do you understand reconciliation beyond the 51 vote provision?
4. Do you know the difference between majority rule and super majority rule?
5. As it applies to intelligence gathering do you know what the ‘gang of 8’ is?

My purpose is not to denigrate or embarrass just to educate…as is my role. If you feel you want to Google these things before you answer, that’s fine….you will be educated. I will explain these things next, at least what I know.”

I received a sufficient response to respond. Most troubling, however, was a response implying that Google is somehow a false source of information. It can be. But that said, Google is the greatest tool for learning mankind has ever created. Used properly, which is the key, one can learn anything they desire to learn, the information of thousands of teachers is at your finger tips.

Rand Paul
Rand Paul

 

So here’s what I know:
1. The FILIBUSTER
The filibuster was a tool that sort of creeped into the senate in the 19th century. It actually started as extending a debate in order to block further action on an issue. So to that end, a senator would talk and talk and talk, frustrating his colleagues until they went home, leaving the issue unsettled. At some point, someone decided there had to be a way to stop the debate. They came up with “cloture”. Cloture is a way to stop a debate. When cloture is called for, a vote is taken. At the beginning 2/3 (66) senators needed to vote yes to stop the debate. In 1975 two big changes were made to the rule (known as rule 22). They agreed to eliminate the need to speak continuously and they lowered the threshold to stop the filibuster to 3/5 (60). This is where it stood until 2013.  If One senator decides he doesn’t want an issue to be voted on, he simply declares a filibuster, and no vote can be taken, effectively stopping the issue from getting through congress. Which brings me to 2013 and one piece of misinformation. It is said that Harry Reid, the then leader of the senate, used the nuclear option to end the filibuster. Not completely accurate. The make-up of the senate in 2013 was 53-45-2. A clear democrat majority, but far from the 60 needed to stop a filibuster. Reid threatened to use the “nuclear option” (I’ll get to what that is in a minute). The issue was federal judges. At the time there were hundreds of Obama appointees, waiting for confirmation from the senate. The republicans were blocking all of them with a filibuster.

harry reid
Harry Reid

When Reid threatened to end the filibuster, the gang of 16 was created to stop Reid, yet get those federal judges confirmed. Since there were 8 democrats and 8 republicans in the gang of 16, if they agreed, they could stop a filibuster and get the judges confirmed. If the 8 republicans voted with the democrats they could stop the filibuster. If the 8 democrats voted with the republicans they could defeat any nominee from being confirmed. So an agreement was struck. The filibuster would be changed. All appointments made by a president, except to the Supreme Court, would no longer be able to be filibustered. A simple majority was to be used. So over 300 federal judges were confirmed that were appointed by Obama. But the filibuster was saved and still available for regular legislation and the selection of Supreme Court justices.  The nuclear option was avoided.

 

So what is the nuclear option? In the constitution under Article 3, it gives the senate the power to “make its own rules”. The filibuster rule, 22, is one of those rules. But can the senate make any rule it wants? This is a debatable point, but I contend that they can’t. Any rule certainly would have to comply with the constitution itself. For example, could the senate make a rule that said only men could be on committees? Obviously this would be contrary to the 1st and 14th amendments, and would be unconstitutional. So the so-called nuclear option, or as it is also called the constitutional option, is the declaring of the filibuster, by the president of the senate, to be unconstitutional. If this is done, a vote is held on the motion, and a simple majority is needed to uphold the motion. This effectively ends the filibuster…..but permanently. You see, if a senate rule is changed, it effectively sets a precedent in constitutional jurist prudence.  The rule could never be brought back. Congress would revert back to where it started, with simple majority rule. I have to say that this would be a huge step. The minority would no longer be protected by the senate. A majority could now easily roll over all opposition to its objections. The filibuster is the only tool, other than the constitution that protects the minority interests in the country. The vote, would be the only tool left to protect minority interests. But I would be remiss if I didn’t include the 17th amendment in this discussion. You see the constitution originally gave state legislatures the power to choose senators. This gave states a lot of control over their senators. States able to elect local people to their state house, could expect a US Senator that would protect their interests. If they didn’t, the state legislature could replace them. Today, senators are elected directly by the people, per the 17th amendment, leaving no recourse for change, other that the ballot box. This change can certainly be debatable, but senators are now more accountable to party rather than the people of their state. This change in the way senators are selected, made the filibuster a much more important tool and created the adversarial situation we have today. It leaves open the argument of did the founders intend a simple majority to enact legislation or a super majority of 60 votes? I’ll get into that in question 4.

So what does all this have to do with the AHCA and misinformation? If I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times…….”REPEAL OBAMACARE!” Over and over FB posts and comments asking for repeal…simply repeal it. Even House members and senators going on TV and claiming they promised a full repeal…..repeal first! they said.  Well….the AHCA was not immune from a filibuster in the senate, which a full repeal would have brought, as sure as Obama vetoed the 2015 bill that called for a partial repeal. There was only one way around the filibuster if a full repeal bill was sent to the senate…..ending the filibuster for ever.

judge Gorsuch
Judge Gorsuch

 

I get that there are those that think this would be a good idea, and even I am on the fence……but the filibuster has helped block nutty liberals and progressive majorities for a long time. Republicans were able to block a lot of Obama legislation during his tenure. For sure, they were doing it when it was convenient for their special interests, but that’s corruption and that’s a whole other discussion. Personally, I think ending the filibuster would be a mistake, because just imagine a democrat majority in congress and a democrat president like Obama again. Any legislation could be enacted as long as it passed constitutional muster, which, in case you haven’t noticed, the courts have been packed with leftist, activist judges. This is why the republicans are prepared to end the filibuster to get Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court. In the scenario I just portrayed, the Supreme Court would be the only tool left to stop leftists policies from being enacted. His confirmation would maintain the court’s conservative slant, at least for a while. The next three justices to leave the bench are all liberal leaning activist types. Again these vacancies will be occurring easily within the next few years. As long as republicans have control of the senate, and the filibuster is gone, the court will shift right for a generation. Even if the democrats regained control within the next few years, there would be no change. So today…it makes sense to eliminate it. But in the future it could be a terrible choice. At minimum, if the filibuster  is ended, we can rest assured that the court will not change in the foreseeable future.

To sum up……The AHCA would have been filibustered in the senate, if it was a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act. So the AHCA was created to get the bill through the senate and avoid a filibuster.