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Not so fast. There is one thing Obama does better than Trump

Like him or not, everyone should be impressed with Donald  Trump’s success as President of the United States and how much he has helped America and its citizens.  Thinking about the  amount of  Trumps success and his lack of experience as a politician, the first thing that comes to mind is ,  “what was Obama doing, besides creating problems, while he was in the  White House”.  He reminds me a lot like that guy that sleeps on the couch. He  doesn’t work and is in the way. Lies about what his plans are or what he was doing that day.  Up in your personal business and causes problems in your relationship/household.  Does not know when to go away.  Acts like he is your friend while he steals from you.  In the end you are going to be out of some cash.

It looks as if every duty a president has to do, Trump does better than the rest.  This is not entirely true.  I did find one thing Trump will never be able to do as well as Obama.  Obama was better at giving tax payer money to other countries.

Most Americans are not aware of how much money our country gives to other countries as Foreign Aid.  Some think it’s 25 % of the yearly budget.  I would say it’s more around 1%.  I base that on the data that is available.  I wouldn’t bet my life on it but I think I’m pretty close.  I thought I would take a look at how much Foreign Aid Obama gave his first year budget and compare it to Trump’s first year budget. Since the budget is already made by the preceding president we will be using Obama’s 2010 and Trump’s 2018 to compare. The data will come from USAID.

USAID has been responsible for reporting U.S. foreign aid as defined under Section 634 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended. In the summer of 2003, USAID built a data repository to track all foreign assistance activities funded by the U.S. Government and fulfill two international aid reporting requirements of the U.S. Government: (1) Publication of the annual U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants (informally known as the Greenbook) for Congress and (2) the U.S. Government’s Annual Assistance Report (USAAR) to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This data repository evolved into the USAID Foreign Aid Explorer (FAE), a resource for information on all U.S. foreign assistance funding and implementation, from over 70 U.S. Government departments, agencies, sub-agencies, and offices. In addition to fulfilling the two U.S. Government reporting requirements, the FAE helps USAID respond to stakeholder and public inquiries regarding U.S. foreign aid, the Foreign Aid Explorer website and ForeignAssistance.gov.

Here is a list of the reporting Agencies.  This will give us the total all Foreign aid the USA provided  for each year.

In the upper half of the image below we have Obama’s 2010 budget.  It’s 48 billion dollars given to 224 countries.   Around 30% went to military aid and the remainder went to economic aid.  Below that Trump’s 2018 budget.  It’s 28 billion dollars given to 193 countries.  Around 2% went to military aid and the remainder went to economic aid.  Obama nearly doubled Trump.  For those that are not aware.  The smaller the numbers here, the better.  This is where we want to save money, not give it away.  We can only hope Trump does not get better than Obama, when it comes to giving taxpayer money to other countries.

Below are Obama’s remaining yearly foreign aid  budgets.  2016 is incomplete because eleven of the 22 departments did not submit their reports.

While we are here, let’s take a look at how much Obama and Trump gave Russia in their first year budgets. Obama at around 506 million and Trump at around 154 million.

 

Below is Obama’s remaining yearly foreign aid given to Russia.

Tell me again, Who colluded with the Russians?  I’m not surprised that this information does not get any exposure.  with the left it’s anything but reality.

In the images you will see “obligations”.  The actual disbursements might be a little higher or lower.  They are close enough so it really doesn’t make a difference which one I used.  You will also see the word “activity”.  This is exactly what the aid was used for. Below is a screenshot of Obama’s 2010 foreign aid total.  You will notice where it says “activity” are the 10  largest aid recipients.  At the end of this article I have provided a link to where you download all foreign aid activity from 1946 to the most recent year..  Or if you want click on the second link I provided to view online.

Something I find interesting is that USAID(website where I got this information) was audited.  They seem to lost 450 million dollars.  USAID reports to congress.   Why has congress not made a big deal out of this?

There you have it.  The only thing Obama does/did better than Trump. Waste American taxpayer money.

To download data sets click HERE

To view all this information provided and more online click HERE

I hope you this information is useful.

Respectfully,

Deplorable Patriot

 

 

 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Axe, Please

This article, originally posted in August, 2011, has taken on new significance in the shadow of the fiscal cliff.  It has been accessed over 1,500 times in the past 3 months and has had 307 Hits since last midnight.  To save our beloved readers the hassle of searching for it, I’m reposting it !  ~LTG
Doug Parris at The Reagan Wing has posted a  list of Government programs and entities for the Taxpayers’ chopping block.   What do you think? ~LTG

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Axe, Please.

  • National Endowment for the Arts (Can’t sell your art privately?)
  • National Wild Horse and Burro Program (Huh?)
  • Dept. of Education
  • Dept of Energy
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dept. of Transportation
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • FEMA (a corrupt organization if there ever was one–leave it to charities)
  • FDIC (a sham program with only a fraction of funds needed to save banks)
  • Freddy Mac &
  • Fannie Mae (helped cause present economic conditions)
  • Administration on Aging (AoA)
  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)
  • Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
  • Children’s Bureau (CB)
  • Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)
  • Head Start Bureau (HSB)
  • Healthy Marriage Initiative (HMI)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)
  • Office of Community Services Block Grant (OCS)
  • Office of Family Assistance (OFA)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
  • President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Indian Health Service (IHS)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
  • Office of Minority Health (OMH)
  • Program Support Center (PSC)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin.(SAMHSA)
  • Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT)
  • Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI)
  • Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB)
  • Employment Standards Administration (ESA)
  • The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)
  • Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP)
  • Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
  • Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
  • Women’s Bureau (WB)
  • Job Corps
  • Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
  • Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Internet Access and Training Program
  • Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
  • Bureau of Human Resources
  • Bureau of Information Resource Management
  • Bureau of Intelligence and Research
  • Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Bureau of International Organization Affairs
  • Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
  • Bureau of Legislative Affairs
  • Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
  • Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
  • Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
  • Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
  • Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
  • Bureau of Public Affairs
  • Bureau of Resource Management
  • Bureau of South Asian Affairs
  • Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation
  • Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

  • National Foreign Affairs Training Center (former Foreign Service Institute)
  • Office of International Information Programs
  • Office of the Legal Adviser
  • Office of Management Policy
  • Office of Protocol
  • Office of the Science and Technology Adviser
  • Office of War Crimes Issues
  • Car Allowance Rebate System (Cash for Clunkers)
  • Cash for Appliances Program
  • Bureau of the Public Debt
  • Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI)
  • FHA
  • HUD
  • INDEPENDENT AGENCIES Of the U.S. GOVERNMENT;
  • National health and insurance system
  • African Development Foundation
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
  • Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
  • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
  • U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC)
  • US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR)
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
  • Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA)
  • Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States (ExIm)
  • Farm Credit Administration (FCA)
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission (FMSHRC)
  • Federal Reserve System
  • Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States (FCSC)
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  • Inter-American Foundation (IAF)
  • International Trade Commission (ITC)
  • Learn and Serve America (LSA)
  • National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC)
  • National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
  • National Ice Center (NIC)
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) (NRPC)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Transportation Research Center (NTRC)
  • Office of Government Ethics (OGE)(LOT OF GOOD THEY DO)
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)
  • Selective Service System (SSS)
  • Senior Corps
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  • United States Trade and Development Agency (TDA)

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS;

  • Financial crisis inquiry commission
  • Administrative Committee of the Federal Register
  • American Battle Monuments Commission
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board)
  • Arctic Research Commission
  • Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Interagency Coordinating Committee
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
  • Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
  • Chief Acquisition Officers Council
  • Chief Financial Officers Council
  • Chief Human Capital Officers Council
  • Chief Information Officers Council
  • Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

We’re taking food out of the mouths of children to subsidize worthless, indolent and illegal bureaucracies

  • Commission of Fine Arts
  • Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)
  • Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States
  • Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled
  • Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
  • Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States
  • Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Delaware River Basin Commission
  • Denali Commission
  • Endangered Species Committee
  • Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
  • Federal Advisory Committees
  • Federal Executive Boards
  • Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
  • Federal Financing Bank
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee
  • Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (GOTTA LOVE THAT ONE!)
  • Federal Interagency Committee on Education
  • Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer
  • Federal Library and Information Center Committee
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
  • Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission
  • Indian Arts and Crafts Board
  • Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group
  • Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
  • J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
  • James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
  • Japan-United States Friendship Commission
  • Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries
  • Joint Fire Science Program
  • Marine Mammal Commission
  • Migratory Bird Conservation Commission
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Mississippi River Commission
  • Morris K. Udall Foundation: Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy
  • National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare
  • National Indian Gaming Commission
  • National Park Foundation
  • Northwest Power Planning Council
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board
  • Presidio Trust
  • Regulatory Information Service Center
  • Social Security Advisory Board
  • Susquehanna River Basin Commission
  • Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Veterans Day National Committee
  • Vietnam Educational Foundation
  • White House Commission on Presidential Scholars – “Presidential Scholars Program”
  • White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance

Swarms of officers sent hither to harass our people, and eat out their substance. (No wonder we’re broke.)

Now what Presidential Candidate would do that??

a non-politician.

What’s at stake?

Prosperity or Poverty.

only that.

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Barack and Michelle Have a History of Poor Money Management

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The above video clip from last month shows the president hasn’t progressed from the magical thinking of financial reality he first practiced with MichelleIn August, 2011, Fellowship of the Minds published this “Magic Beans” financial strategy practiced by the newlywed Obamas. 

Would you believe the “smartest man in the room” and his lovely and talented helpmeet, Michelle, have a poor track record in budgeting family finances?  Their behavior as the “First Couple” confirms these people are clueless on the value of money and where it comes from.  Indeed, Michelle referred to the first substantial income they had as a couple as “magic beans”, (the royalties from “Dreams of My Father”).  Prior to that, it sounds like they would have qualified for a Dr. Phil-style intervention for profligate spending.

~LTG

President Obama’s troubling mantra: In debt, we trust

By Richard Henry Lee

Friday, May 1st 2009, 4:36 PM

It is no surprise that President Obama supports unprecedented spending and borrowing in the federal budget since he has never suffered any consequences from the excessive spending and borrowing in his private life.

And I’m not just talking about the First Lady’s $540 sneakers.

A close examination of their finances shows that the Obamas were living off lines of credit along with other income for several years until 2005, when Obama’s book royalties came through and Michelle received her 260% pay raise at the University of Chicago. This was also the year Obama started serving in the U.S. Senate.

During the presidential primary campaign, Michelle Obama complained how tough it was to make ends meet. During a stop in Ohio, she said, “I know we’re spending – I added it up for the first time – we spend between the two kids, on extracurriculars outside the classroom, we’re spending about $10,000 a year on piano and dance and sports supplements and so on and so forth.”

Let’s examine how tough things were for this couple using various public records.

In April 1999, they purchased a Chicago condo and obtained a mortgage for $159,250. In May 1999, they took out a line of credit for $20,750. Then, in 2002, they refinanced the condo with a $210,000 mortgage, which means they took out about $50,000 in equity. Finally, in 2004, they took out another line of credit for $100,000 on top of the mortgage.

Tax returns for 2004 reveal $14,395 in mortgage deductions. If we assume an effective interest rate of 6%, then they owed about $240,000 on a home they purchased for about $159,250.

This means they spent perhaps $80,000 beyond their income from 1999 to 2004.

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Wild Bill Takes on the Neutered DC Republicans

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~LTG
 

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Quote of the Decade with Nomination for Best 2012 Campaign Poster

THEN – 2006

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America ’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.  It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills.  It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America ’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally.  Leadership means that, the buck stops here.  Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.  America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.  Americans deserve better.”

~  Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006! 

NOW-2011

 
h/t Rev Bob Liichow
~LTG

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Floyd Brown Lays it on the line about Mitch McConnell's Betrayal

Floyd Brown UNLEASHED

July 20, 2011 by Doug Parris

GOP BETRAYAL UNMASKED

When I met Floyd Brown in 1989 he was considered a political prodigy. Before the age of 30 he had successfully managed a presidential campaign in four states. Within a year his advertising talent was being given credit for winning a Republican Presidency. Within three years he published SLICK WILLY, simply as a warning America should have heeded. He went on to exploits with  frequent radio and TV appearances, founding Citizens United which struck down unconstitutional restraints on free speech with their Supreme Court case, before founding ExposeObama.com.  He developed personal contact with virtually everyone in the conservative movement. I was proud to have worked with him.
Despite Floyd’s unflinching conservatism, he was always extraordinarily careful about his political moves, finding myriad ways to avoid unnecessary conflicts within the GOP.
So when his language becomes as harsh as follows, below, you know there is an emergency.

It was the last straw. Continue reading

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A Man (GOP) with a Set Maybe.

Stop the presses. I think we have a Repub with a Spine. . ~Steve~

 

Freshman Republican Ron Johnson, sent to Washington by the voters of Wisconsin, has issued a threat to Senate Democrats:

Do the job you were sent here to do and present a budget or I’ll use arcane Senate rules to shut the place down.

National Review reviews Johnson’s threat:

America is going bankrupt, and the Senate refuses to pass a budget,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, this has become business as usual in Washington.” If fact, it’s been almost 800 days since the Senate has done so under Democratic leadership.

As a freshman senator, Johnson said he was sent to Washington to reject “business as usual,” and that is exactly what he intends to do. “America is simply too precious to subject out financial future to Washington’s ‘business as usual,’” he said. “So unless we receive some assurance from the Democrat leadership that we will actually start addressing our budget out in the open, in the bright light of day — I will begin to object. I will begin to withhold my consent.”

For The rest of the story Pls go HERE


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California Businesses Are Calling the Moving Vans

193 businesses in California decided o Disinvest and/or Relocate last year  and  79 more followed suit  in California so far this year.  This represents thousands of  lost jobs, high unemployment costs and huge revenue loss to the state.   
There’s a FIFTEEN BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICIT  Yet, the teachers, through their unions, are demanding more money  and job security from Sacramento?  Where do they think money comes from?   Yeesh!
If you want to track the disaster that is the California business climate, Joe Vranich’s blog ,The Business Relocation Coach is a great place to start.  He lists the companies  that are moving, where they’re moving to, and how many jobs they will be creating in their new, business-friendly locations.    This guy really knows his onions!
~LTG

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Paul Ryan Explains Budget Proposals to PBS News

In case you missed it, on 4/5/2011 PBS News, Judy Woodruff interviewed Paul Ryan about the Republican Budget Proposals.  She went into it in adversarial mode.  In my opinion, he did a fantastic job in explaining the common sense the Republicans have in mind.  
I especially like the Medicare plan.  It makes sense, is more cost effect and will  deliver better medical care.   We had exactly what he’s describing when my husband was a federal employee.  We were offered our choice of about 20 different providers so we got exactly what our family needed.  Our share of the premium was a payroll deduction and we dealt directly with the private insurance company.  Congress did not have say-so in our coverage, which is just as it should be!
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~LTG

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Bill Whittle: Eat the Rich

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Is America really broke? Michael Moore (and others) tells us that there are oceans of cash being hoarded by the wealthy. But Iowahawk (iowahawk.typepad.com) did a little addition, and armed with these statistics Bill and the ‘Hawk blow a hole in the “hoarding” lie big enough to fit a documentary filmmaker through.
~LTG

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