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MAGA: $182B budget surplus in April 2017; illegal border crossing down 76%

Whatever misgivings the Deplorables may have about President Trump’s continuation of the neo-con’s policy in Syria or his empowerment of daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, there’s no denying these Trump effects:

(1) Budget Surplus

Confounding market expectations for a deficit, the U.S. government had a $182 billion budget surplus in April 2017, according to Treasury Department data released on May 10.

Government revenue last month totaled $456 billion, up 4% from April 2016, while government expenditure stood at $273 billion, a decrease of 18% from the same month a year earlier.

That budget surplus for just the month of April 2017 is $36 billion more than the adjusted surplus of $146 billion for the entire 2016 year.

The Trump administration’s budget surplus helps accounts for a reduction in the government deficit, which was $344 billion in fiscal 2017 year-to-date deficit — down $9 billion from the $353 billion in the same period of fiscal 2016. (Reuters)

(2) Illegal border crossing

The Trump administration’s commitment to enforcing the law has changed the reality along the U.S.-Mexico border even before a foot of the border wall is built:

  • Illegal immigration across the southwestern border is down a stunning 76% since President Trump was elected.
  • The flow of children and families across the border is down even more. The number of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children nabbed at the border dropped below 1,000 — a level not seen since before the “surge” in Obama’s second term, which he aided and abetted.
  • Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol dropped to just 11,129 in April, according to numbers released on May 9, 2017, marking the lowest monthly total for any month in decades. (Washington Times)

We all know that if Hillary Rotten Clinton had been elected president, the deficits and illegal border crossings would have worsened, and U.S. taxpayers would still be paying for abortions across the world — among other ills. See:

~Eowyn

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Your tax dollars at work: $390k grant to study duck penis

Elizabeth Harrington reports for Washington Free Beacon that among the protesters at the “March for Science” on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, against the Trump administration’s budget cuts was Patricia Brennan, a visiting lecturer of biological sciences at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and a native of Columbia.

Brennan has a vested interest in taxpayers’ largesse as she is a leading researcher of a taxpayer-funded duck penis study that received $384,949 from the National Science Foundation. The grant was funded through the Obama administration’s 2009 stimulus package. The study looked at the differences in the corkscrew-shaped penises of ducks.

A recent interview with New England Public Radio revealed that Brennan is still fascinated by the genitalia of marine animals. She is now using her expertise on the penises of orca whales.

When an orca whale penis recently was delivered from Sea World to her lab, Brennan exclaimed, “Holy cow. Oh wow. Oh my goodness. It’s enormous! So this is the tip right there. It’s not super long, it’s just wide.”

New England Public Radio reported that “Although Brennan has spent 20 years studying the sex organs of marine animals, she’s never seen anything this big. It takes up an entire lab sink.”

In the face of a national debt of $20 trillion, President Trump wants to cut funding for frivolous research, among other cuts. Trump’s budget blueprint would leave the National Institutes of Health with $25.9 billion, but makes no mention of the National Science Foundation that currently gets about $7 billion annually.

Since taxpayers were informed about how much her duck penis study cost, Brennan has become a “sought-after science activist,” giving lectures on how scientists can defend their research.

Brennan said of news outlets reporting the nearly $390k grant for her duck penis study, “They were attacking everything. They were attacking the science itself, like, ‘what a waste of money.’ They were attacking me, as a person, like, I must be some kind of deviant to be looking at penises. Like, who does that?”

In a self-righteous article in Slate, Brennan justified her $390k duck penis study by its important, earth-shaking findings that:

  • Male ducks rape female ducks. (It doesn’t take a $390k study to know this. Anyone who lives near a lake, as I did, would have seen female ducks being gang-raped by males in springtime.)
  • Both the vaginas and penises of ducks have evolved in response to “sexual conflict”. As Brennan puts it, with barely suppressed outrage: “Males have counterclockwise spiraling penises, while females have clockwise spiraling vaginas and blind pockets that prevent full eversion of the male penis. Male ducks force copulations on females, and males and females are engaged in a genital arms race with surprising consequences. Male competition is a driving force behind these male traits that can be harmful to females.”

New England Public Radio calls Brennan a “basic scientist,” meaning she only observes how things work and is not “necessarily applying that knowledge to a particular problem.” In other words, there is no particular reason why she studies duck and orca whale penises. In Brennan’s words, “Just the fact that we just don’t know what we’re going to find is so exciting.”

Why, like, already beleaguered taxpayers must, like, fund her, like, “basic” pointless research on, like, marine animal penises is, like, not her concern.

~Eowyn

Poll: Most young people say gov’t should pay for health care

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The public education indoctrination system has succeeded.

From Seattle Times: Most young Americans want any health care overhaul under President Donald Trump to look a lot like the Affordable Care Act signed into law by his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But there’s one big exception: A majority of young Americans dislike “Obamacare’s” requirement that all Americans buy insurance or pay a fine.

A GenForward poll says a majority of people ages 18 to 30 think the federal government should be responsible for making sure Americans have health insurance. It suggests most young Americans won’t be content with a law offering “access” to coverage, as Trump and Republicans in Congress proposed in doomed legislation they dropped March 24. The Trump administration is talking this week of somehow reviving the legislation.

Conducted Feb. 16 through March 6, before the collapse of the GOP bill, the poll shows that 63 percent of young Americans approve of the Obama-era health care law. It did not measure reactions to the Republican proposal.

The most popular element of the law is allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26, which is favored by 75 percent of 18-30 year olds. It’s not just that they personally benefit — an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll conducted in January found that provision was equally popular among all adults. That proposal was included in the failed GOP overhaul.

But the Republican plan also contained provisions that most young Americans — the racially diverse electorate of the future — do not support, according to the poll. Two-thirds of young people agree with a smaller majority of Americans overall that the government should make sure people have health care coverage. And they understand that will cost more: Sixty-three percent want the government to increase spending to help people afford insurance.

Those feelings cut across racial lines and include most whites, who formed the base of Trump’s political support in the presidential election. “I do believe the government should offer it because we pay taxes,” said Rachel Haney, 27, of Tempe, Arizona. “I do feel like it’s a right.”

GenForward is a survey of adults age 18 to 30 by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the AP-NORC Center. The poll pays special attention to the voices of young adults of color, highlighting how race and ethnicity shape the opinions of a new generation.

Only about a quarter of young people want “Obamacare” repealed. That includes 16 percent of young adults who want it repealed and replaced as Trump has vowed and another 10 percent who want it repealed without a replacement. Just over a third of young whites want to see the law repealed, making them more likely than those of other racial and ethnic groups to say so.

“He just wants to protect us from al-Qaida, and terrorism,” said Kervin Dorsainvil, 18, a computer technician from Port Charlotte, Florida. “I feel like health care should be much higher on the list. I feel like we have the resources, the medical technology and everything in place to provide the health care to the people. So why wouldn’t we do that?”

Young people are more likely than Americans overall to say the government should make sure people have health care. A recent AP-NORC poll of U.S. adults, conducted during and after the collapse of the GOP proposal, found just 52 percent called it a federal government responsibility to make sure all Americans have coverage.

Despite their overall approval of “Obamacare,” young Americans’ views on the law aren’t all rosy. Just a third say the law is working relatively well, while another third think the health care policy has serious problems. About 2 in 10 consider the law to be fatally flawed.

The law’s requirement that all Americans buy insurance or pay a fine is opposed by 54 percent of young people and favored by just 28 percent.

On the other hand, 71 percent favor the law’s Medicaid expansion, 66 percent of young adults favor the prohibition on denying people coverage because of a person’s medical history, 65 percent favor requiring insurance plans to cover the full cost of birth control, 63 percent favor requiring most employers to pay a fine if they don’t offer insurance and 53 percent favor paying for benefit increases with higher payroll taxes for higher earners.

About a quarter of young adults say they personally have insurance through their parents, while another 1 in 10 have purchased insurance through an exchange.

Read the rest of the story here.

DCG

Trump spurs sharp jump in optimism of top U.S. CEOs

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Funny how that happens when you put a businessman in the White House instead of a community organizer.

From Seattle Times: The nation’s top chief executives like what they’re seeing and hearing from President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans, according to survey results released Tuesday by the Business Roundtable.

The economic expectations of the heads of the nation’s largest companies jumped in the first quarter by the most in more than seven years amid optimism about corporate tax cuts, reduced regulations and a boost in infrastructure spending promised by Trump and congressional leaders, the trade group found.

“As these results confirm, business confidence and optimism have increased dramatically,” said Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and this year’s chairman of the Business Roundtable.

The group, composed of the heads of the largest U.S. companies, said its quarterly CEO Economic Outlook Index shot up to 93.3 from 74.2 in the fourth quarter. It was the biggest increase since the third quarter of 2009 and the highest level in nearly three years.

The index is based on projections for sales, capital spending and hiring over the next six months, and ranges from -50 to 150, with a reading above 50 indicating the economy is expanding.

Since the survey began in 2002, the average has been 79.8. The first quarter was the first time the index has been above its historical average in nearly two years.

The increased optimism from major corporate chieftains echoed recent surveys showing small-business owners and consumers also are feeling much better about the economy since Trump’s election.

“Clearly CEOs are very positive about prospects for hiring, sales and investment,” said Joshua Bolten, president of the Business Roundtable.  “Their view of the overall economy has also brightened slightly.”

The 141 CEOs surveyed between Feb. 8 and March 1 projected that the U.S. economy would expand 2.2 percent this year. That was up from a 2 percent prediction in December but still well below the 3 to 4 percent annual growth Trump said he could produce. (Well, give him some time…he’s only been in office two months!)

The optimism might also have something to do with this:

From Gateway Pundit: “On January 20th, the day of President Trump’s Inauguration, the US Debt stood at $19,947 billion. As of March 16th, the most recent date for US debt reporting, the US Debt stands at $19,846 billion. President Trump has cut the US Debt burden by over $100 billion and 0.5% in the first two months since his inauguration!

DCG

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: Hillary Clinton pushing for VP Pence to take over the White House

Early this morning, WikiLeaks‘ founder Julian Assange sent two alarming tweets:

One, that Hillary Clinton is “quietly pushing” for VP Mike Pence to take over the Trump administration because, unlike President Trump, “Pence is predictable” and therefore “defeatable”.

Two, that two officials in the U.S. intelligence community (IC) who are close to Pence said “they are planning on a Pence takeover”.

Here are screenshot of the two tweets:

The tweets are alarming, to say the least.

A Pence takeover would mean one of four scenarios:

  1. President Trump voluntarily steps down.
  2. President Trump is impeached.
  3. President Trump is overthrown in a coup.
  4. President Trump is assassinated.

About 6 hours after Assange’s first tweet, in a tweet, CNN quotes VP Pence that Assange’s assertion about a “Pence takeover” of the White House is “absurd” and “frankly offensive”:

By this time, Assange probably realized that people may have interpreted his first tweet as implying a Trump assassination. So he sent out another tweet that Hillary Clinton and the two intelligence officials had meant impeachment:

Notwithstanding Assange’s reassurance, there have been so many death threats (see below) made against President Trump, the matter certainly is not out of the realm of possibility or probability. See:

I have seen rumors of assassination, but have refrained posting those rumors because of what they are — rumors. But of late, my “spider sense” is astir: there is something ominous in the air . . . .

It doesn’t help that tomorrow, March 15, is the infamous Ides of March when Julius Caesar was assassinated. The Left are calling on their demonic hordes to mail attack postcards to President Trump; our side has a counter Operation Postcard campaign, wherein we are sending President Trump postcards of thanks and support. Click here for President Trump’s address and a template for your postcard.

Tomorrow, March 15, is also when America’s debt ceiling, once again, is reached.

Debt ceiling refers to a legislative limit on the amount of national debt that can be issued by the US Treasury, thus limiting how much money the federal government may borrow. Tomorrow, when the debt ceiling is reached but Congress does not increase the debt limit, Treasury will need to resort to “extraordinary measures” to temporarily finance government expenditures and obligations until a resolution can be reached. If a legislative impasse continues, the Treasury will default — which has never happened. A protracted default could trigger a variety of economic problems including a financial crisis, and a decline in output that would put the country into an economic recession.

Please pray for President Trump.

Please pray for America.

And don’t forget to mail your postcard of support tomorrow!

H/t Will Shanley

~Eowyn

Trump’s uplifting effects on U.S. economy

WND, March 10, 2017, on the “miraculous” effects of President Trump on the U.S. economy:

(1) U.S. national debt actually decreased

The U.S. debt clock is actually spinning backwards since Donald Trump was inaugurated President on Jan. 20:

  • On inauguration day, U.S. national debt stood at $19.947 trillion.
  • Instead of increasing, the debt since Jan. 20 has declined 0.3% by $68 billion, for the first time in at least 10 years.
  • In contrast, the debt rose 3.1% by $320 billion in the same period under Barack Obama. Overall, the national debt nearly doubled in Obama’s 8 years, by far the largest increase in any administration in history.

(2) Job Gains

According to the first federal jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reflecting a full month of Trump’s presidency:

  • 238,000 jobs and 235,000 jobs were added to the labor force in January and February 2017, respectively:
    • Jobs in construction increased by 58,000, the most in almost a decade.
    • Jobs in manufacturing also posted strong gains with 28,000 new jobs. So far in 2017 (January and February), the U.S. has gained more manufacturing jobs (+39,000) than government jobs (+25,000), which is a healthy sign.
  • Exxon Mobil Corp. announced a $20 billion building spree that will create 45,000 jobs along the Gulf Coast.
  • The performance by the Trump economy exceeded expectations: Economists surveyed by Reuters had expected the economy to add 190,000 jobs, which is about the average job gains of 187,000 per month in the final year of Obama’s presidency.

(3) Increase in Labor Force Participation Rate

The labor force participation rate increased in February to 63% of Americans who either held a job or were actively looking for one — the highest labor participation rate in 10 months. 152,528,000 Americans were employed in February, 447,000 more than in January.

(4) Increase in Average Hourly Earnings

Average hourly earnings increased by a healthy 2.8% on an annualized basis.

All of which led John Canally, chief economic strategist at LPL Financial, to say:

“You’re getting more strength in the labor market than I would have anticipated. There’s been a burst in animal spirits since Trump was elected.”

But the Left want Trump removed, which goes to show just how anti-America they are.

Go, Trump!

~Eowyn

Feds paid $1 BILLION in Social Security benefits to individuals without a SSN

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Drain the over-bloated, incompetent swamp.

From Fox NewsThe Social Security Administration paid $1 billion in benefits to individuals who did not have a Social Security Number (SSN), according to a new audit.

The agency’s inspector general found errors in the government’s documentation for representative payees, otherwise known as individuals who receive retirement or disability payments on behalf of another person who is incapable of managing the benefits themselves.

The audit released Friday found thousands of cases where there was no SSN on file.

Over the last decade, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who “did not have an SSN, and SSA had not followed its policy to retain the paper application.”

“Furthermore, unless it takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about $182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection,” the inspector general said.

The inspector general also found the agency paid $853.1 million in benefits since 2004 to individuals who had been terminated as representative payees by the agency.

Click for more from The Washington Free Beacon.

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