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December 22, 2020

The Morning Report - 12/22/20 [J.J. Sefton]


Good morning, kids. Tuesday and we'll take a break this morning from the relatively hot, new insanity of societal death by stolen election to the average, ordinary run of the mill insanity of societal death by out of control national debt. I'm sure you'll be just thrilled to know that your Republican Party reached across the aisle and joined forces with the Democrats to pass a Chinese Coronavirus relief bill to help Americans get through this temporary emergency. Too bad the actual disease, bad as it is for some, is in fact no deadlier than many other respiratory viruses, the actual money being allocated to deserving citizens is a pittance and the temporary emergency that was only supposed to last two weeks is now in its 40th.

5,593 pages. And 6 hours for every member of Congress (at least the handful left in that den of iniquity who still have a shred of integrity) to read the bill before voting on it. But of course, anyone who opposes it is a cruel, evil, heartless bastard. And most likely a racist, white supremacist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, transphobic, phobophobic, Bible-thumping, deplorable bitter-clinger. I mean how could any decent person object to...

- $169,739,000 to Vietnam, including $19 million to remediate dioxins (page 1476). - Unspecified funds to "continue support for not-for-profit institutions of higher education in Kabul, Afghanistan that are accessible to both women and men in a coeducational environment" (page 1477). - $198,323,000 to Bangladesh, including $23.5 million to support Burmese refugees and - $23.3 million for "democracy programs" (page 1485). - $130,265,000 to Nepal for "development and democracy programs" (page 1485). Pakistan: $15 million for "democracy programs" and $10 million for "gender programs" (page 1486). - Sri Lanka: Up to $15 million "for the refurbishing of a high endurance cutter," which is a type of patrol boat (page 1489). - $505,925,000 to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama to "address key factors that contribute to the migration of unaccompanied, undocumented minors to the United States" (pages 1490-1491). - $461,375,000 to Colombia for programs related to counternarcotics and human rights (pages 1494-1496). - $74.8 million to the "Caribbean Basin Security Initiative" (page 1497). - $33 million "for democracy programs for Venezuela" (page 1497). - Unspecified amount to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Curacao, and Trinidad and Tobago "for assistance for communities in countries supporting or otherwise impacted by refugees from Venezuela" (page 1499). - $132,025,000 "for assistance for Georgia" (page 1499). - $453 million "for assistance for Ukraine" (page 1500).

And that's just what's being palletized and shipped overseas. Forget stealing an election. The fact that the average, decent taxpaying American citizen has not grabbed pitchforks, rope, tar and feathers and not burned Washington DC to the ground decades ago over the repeated fiscal insanity of no budgets, continuing resolutions, and multi-thousand page bills that have all kinds of mad power grabs buried in the fine print or even on page one such as the twin Romney-us and Ream-us of Obamacare and Dodd-Fagg, is nothing short of a miracle.

In the immortal words of Sonny Wortzik via Al Pacino, "we're dying out here." Bit by bit, our nation, our society, our way of life and the freedom to live that life as we see fit and as G-d gave us the ability to live it to its fullest are being stripped away from us. I don't know what's worse; the evil and corruption that is part and parcel of the Democrat Party, the media and the apparatchiks in government and the private sector that are bringing about our demise, or those allegedly on our side who for whatever reason have abrogated their oaths and lack the morals, ethics and character to defend us from this madness.

We're well on the way towards the endgame of "fundamental transformation." A warning, though, to those who have the upper hand. Fundamental transformation is a two-way street. Tens of millions of decent, G-d fearing Americans, who abhor violence at some point are not going to stay that way. Something's going to give. But if we continue to allow this to happen, we'll have no one but ourselves to blame when the inevitable collapse happens.

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