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« Reply #320 on: January 27, 2016, 04:18:03 pm »

 I am not from the US and only know what is in the MSM re US politics, but I have found this linked to the above and thought maybe some of our ÜS members might be interested.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/27/trump-campaign-manager-other-candidates-thinking-about-skipping-fox-debate/
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« Reply #321 on: January 27, 2016, 06:34:58 pm »

Very interesting.... many thanks for posting GB  thankyou
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« Reply #322 on: March 18, 2016, 03:57:13 pm »

http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/breaking-obama-just-gave-massive-pay-raise/

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The Congressional Research Service reports that for requests for both 2016 and 2017 fiscal years, Obama’s proposed federal budget would expand funding through the Former Presidents Act. In 2017 alone, Obama wants nearly an 18% hike in expenditures… $588,000. That means $3.865,000 in appropriations will be available to spend on former Presidents!

The 2016 proposed budget includes an additional $25,000 increase.


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The Former Presidents Act, enacted in 1958, provides living former presidents with a pension, office staff and support, funds for travel, Secret Service protection, and mailing privileges. It also provides benefits for presidential spouses. Currently, former presidents are awarded a pension equal to the salary of cabinet secretaries, which totaled $203,700 for the 2015 calendar year and was boosted by $2,000 for the current calendar year.

Critics of the act argue that it financially supports former presidents who are not struggling. Many of them, alternatively, have gone on to profit from writing books about their time in the White House or delivering paid speaking engagements.

Former President Bill Clinton, for example, earned $132 million for delivering paid speeches between February 2001 and March 2015, according to an analysis from CNN. Clinton received $924,000 in taxpayer dollars last year by way of the Former Presidents Act.

Republicans in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would cap annual pensions for former presidents at $200,000. Additionally, the bills would cut each pension by a dollar for every dollar the former president earns over $400,000 in the private sector in a given year. The measure was approved by the House in January with bipartisan support.

“It’s pretty simple. You want a retirement and pension, it’s there. But if you’re going to go out and make enormous sums of money, then you don’t need taxpayer subsidies,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), who introduced the bill in the House, told ABC News in an interview.

This, from the man who blocked pay increases until his final year in office but now wants an 18% increase?  Keep in mind, no increases in social security payments from this same executive branch.  And, not one of them is on Obamacare.  Shameless.  Utterly shameless.
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« Reply #323 on: March 23, 2016, 05:37:54 pm »

From the US State Department:

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/europe-travel-alert.html

What this travel alert means on a fiscal level, for those who may not know this, is that if you have already purchased an airline ticket or paid for any lodging, etc., you are officially now allowed an unquestionable refund of full purchase value until June 20, 2016.

I find this very very unfortunate and my heart still goes out to the many I care for in Europe.   flower
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« Reply #324 on: March 23, 2016, 06:21:28 pm »

I'll try to travel to as many countries as possible before they are destroyed or the borders are closed. it's all so sad.
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« Reply #325 on: March 24, 2016, 01:06:30 pm »

No words . . . .  blink

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3507001/Maybe-advice-Barack-Obama-ignores-calls-come-home-wake-Brussels-attack-President-Michelle-attend-glitzy-state-dinner-Buenos-Aires.html


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« Reply #326 on: March 24, 2016, 02:12:56 pm »

^And we're surprised?  It's another wake up call also to see the US MSM fiercely defending this or at least couching their language as well. Gotta hang on to that latino vote for the Democrats!  Dang, he's an embarrassment.

Last night I had a very interesting conversation with an ex-military man who served in Desert Storm and Somalia (Spec Ops) and he and his fellow service men and women's disdain for Obama was a vent-a-thon. 
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« Reply #327 on: March 24, 2016, 03:20:06 pm »


The man is a disgrace; I think January 2017 can't come soon enough; he should fly back.

From the US State Department:

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/europe-travel-alert.html

What this travel alert means on a fiscal level, for those who may not know this, is that if you have already purchased an airline ticket or paid for any lodging, etc., you are officially now allowed an unquestionable refund of full purchase value until June 20, 2016.

I find this very very unfortunate and my heart still goes out to the many I care for in Europe.   flower

I'll try to travel to as many countries as possible before they are destroyed or the borders are closed. it's all so sad.

I think borders are going to close and nations are going to gear up to go to war against ISIS en masse. I don't think the EU as an open borders structure will last for very long. It was a great idea, but ruined by the usual lowlife elements who are using it to operate as terrorists.
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« Reply #328 on: March 24, 2016, 04:57:59 pm »

Unbelieveable . . .   dontknow

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/24/obama-takes-two-air-force-one-planes-argentina/

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« Reply #329 on: March 24, 2016, 05:09:16 pm »

^Add this to the bill and thanks US taxpayer.  I'm still ticked that he's pushing for more monies for retiring presidents as well.  It's an appalling abuse of power.

How nobody saw this guy as a freeloader from the get-go amazes me.  Especially after he moved his mother into the White House.  At our expense, mind you, with Secret Service protection and the whole nine yards.
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« Reply #330 on: March 24, 2016, 05:54:14 pm »

I saw what he was in 2008.   looky

I could not believe he was elected.  Twice.

And now, it seems, this final year (nine-and-a-half-months left) is going to be one big Freebie Grab.  Paw, Maw, Grannie and the Two Young'uns are going to get what they can while the gettin' is good, I reckon.   
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« Reply #331 on: March 24, 2016, 06:49:50 pm »

^You're right, I shouldn't have said 'nobody'.  He was a well-known slacker as a junior senator from Chicago and I certainly never voted for him.  That was pretty much his entire resume. 

He'll be a rare ex-Prez to stay in DC, too, although I get it that his kids are still in school but if we think that after the new election that'll be the last we see of this guy, we're kidding ourselves. 

He's going to go on a whine-a-thon that may even shock the ultra-progressives.  He has been one huge expensive experiment.  But, then, so is the United States itself.

Sigh.   eating cookies
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« Reply #332 on: March 24, 2016, 07:49:05 pm »

IMO, the main reason he was elected was because of his race. Because it made some people feel good to say they were voting for the first black president. I don't know why people thought his race was important, or even relevant. But I guess I must be racist since I am stating an inconvenient truth eating cookies
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« Reply #333 on: March 24, 2016, 08:18:35 pm »

^The thing I noticed was that, almost immediately, the tone changed after Obama was elected.  We all know that if you made any criticism of him the response was immediate, "Racist!".  And the observation or questioning of any of his actions would be lost in the noise of you're either with Obama or you're a bigot.  There was and still is very little in-between.

That noise just kept getting louder and louder and drowned out any reasonable, open conversation about policies and politics.

What I see now with this current election is a huge backlash against that and the pendulum swinging maybe a little bit too far in the other direction.  I could be wrong but I do know that people are very weary of being branded one thing or another just because they have an opinion on something.  We are in a minority rules situation in the US which goes against our democratic system.

My "that's enough" moment was when The Dukes of Hazzard was taken off the air because of the General Lee, their car in the tv show.  A TV show, mind you, from decades ago.  All because of Dylann Roof, the shooter in S. Carolina liked the Confederate Flag which is depicted on the automobile in the show. He also liked Golds Gym, btw, and burning the US flag.  A nutjob.

Anyway, they got their way because some people were oh-so-suddenly offended and a TV show got axed that not that many people were watching anymore.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dukes-hazzard-star-rips-tv-806339

So, since Obama's election, I feel as if we, as a country, have lost our collective minds and become even more divisive since the Civil War itself.
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« Reply #334 on: March 28, 2016, 05:29:35 pm »

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4819938712001/fbi-to-interview-clinton-top-aides-in-email-probe/?intcmp=hpbt1#sp=show-clips

Yeah, it's Fox but CNN is reluctant to put up this information.  All other outlets have the same basic info, though.  Short video.

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FBI to interview Clinton, top aides in email probe
Mar. 28, 2016 - 2:04 - Rich Edson reports from Washington, D.C.
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« Reply #335 on: March 28, 2016, 09:19:41 pm »

i'll try to put it nicely ... whoever helps her now to make it go away will be the one running the country if she wins. and if she drops out of the race - it will be trump vs sanders and that will be interesting.
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« Reply #336 on: March 29, 2016, 12:28:09 am »

The only thing invisible, other than Hillary's integrity, are the puppet strings attached to her by many many many people who will force initiatives that serve only to prosper their own interests.  There is simply no other way to look at the Clinton Dynasty.

She also is being investigated for having her staff (who now have been given immunity for testimony) send emails/documents from the secure server to her unsecured server.  This is blatantly illegal with the laws we have now, if proven with enough testimony.

The real problem is that by having this secret server (and make no mistake, this was not intended to be anything but a secret system of emailing), all communication made on that server is designed to be invisible to FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests. That’s a big issue.

What this translates to is if HRC is implicated in any wrongdoing down the road contained in these exchanges, no information about that can be located because it is not available through the FOIA.  That, to me, is terrifying to consider.  The corruption quotient goes up celestially.

Anyway, 147 FBI specialists is a lot of manpower and I don't think anybody who wants a long future in politics would want to help this woman at this point by going up against the DOJ.  Time will tell.

The bigger issue, maybe, is securing Obama's legacy because I'll bet there's stuff on those emails he'd rather not be seen, let alone by the FBI.  So, if she wins the election and manages to hold this at bay, the millisecond he's safely out of the White House she'll be running back and forth to the Justice Department for the first months, if not years, of her presidency.
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« Reply #337 on: March 29, 2016, 12:35:03 am »

I think Hillary should realize her problems won't end if she's elected; she's someone who will face scrutiny and information will leak out. She would be a prime target for full blown impeachment and Congress is loaded with enemies of the Clintons. So no peace or security there.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4819938712001/fbi-to-interview-clinton-top-aides-in-email-probe/?intcmp=hpbt1#sp=show-clips

Yeah, it's Fox but CNN is reluctant to put up this information.  All other outlets have the same basic info, though.  Short video.

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FBI to interview Clinton, top aides in email probe
Mar. 28, 2016 - 2:04 - Rich Edson reports from Washington, D.C.

I wonder how long Hillary can sustain her campaign; with this coming up, she's likely in a position of having to fight on two fronts. One, she has to fend of an investigation into her illegal actions as Secretary of State, while right now, she's battling for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency.
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« Reply #338 on: March 29, 2016, 05:44:23 am »

clearly her opponents want her distracted from the race.
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« Reply #339 on: March 29, 2016, 02:19:05 pm »

Hillary's distractions are of her own doing.     pinocchio
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