The Second 100 Days (Trump Briefs: May 20-29/Day 121-127) Week 18

By Michael Hernandez

 

Saturday, May 20 (Day 121):

Ventura County GOP charter celebrates Armed Forces Day and National Police Officer Week

Californians for Making America Great Again Inc. Ventura County hosted a rally at the corner of Moorpark and Hillcrest (Janss Marketplace street corners) to celebrate Armed Forces Day and to honor Military Appreciation Month and National Police Officer Week.

“We had a broad range of people of all ages,” said Lea Williams, the president of the Ventura County GOP charter.   “I am looking forward to doing more things in our county and meeting like minded conservatives.”

Armed Forces Day always on the third Saturday in May concludes Armed Forces Week which honors all five military branches: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.  Both Armed Forces Day and Armed Forces Week fall during Military Appreciation Month which includes Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Victory in Europe.  Victory in Europe Day is on May 8 and is the date that the Nazis formerly surrendered to the Allies of World War II.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day is May 12. The celebrations come before Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day remembers the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

For more information please contact Californians For Make America Great Again Inc. Ventura County President Lea Williams at her Facebook account or email her at: [email protected].

Photo Credit: Michael Hernandez

Photo Credit: Michael Hernandez

Vice President honors Armed Forces; gives commencement address

“If you see a member of the Armed Forces on Armed Forces Day … reach out and say, ‘Thank you for your service,’ ” Vice President Mike Pence said at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, in Ohio.  “I couldn’t be more proud to work for a president who is so dedicated to the armed services. President Trump is overseas renewing the United States’ role as a leader among allies. … Serving with him every day, I know Trump will be the best friend the Armed Services will ever have in the White House.”

The Vice President urged graduating students at Grove City College, a Christian College of 2,500 students in Pennsylvania (50 miles north of Pittsburgh), to become leaders and cited Trump’s “leadership and perseverance” as an example.  “If you aspire to lead, you’ll need courage, because leadership brings both honor and opposition.”

“Anyone who dreams big will encounter those who think small. Anyone who dares to step forward will find those who’d rather they stay put. And anyone who thinks they can will always hear from those who are sure they can’t,” Pence said in his commencement speech.

The Vice President cited Trump as “an example of leadership and perseverance” to applause from the crowd, citing the president’s efforts on the economy, education, security and — to more applause — for standing “without apology for the sanctity of life and all the God-given liberties in the Constitution of the United States.”

Pence told graduates to inspire those around them, since people follow those they respect, but they should “aspire to be men and women of character” and aspire to service rather than selfish ambition.  After his address, Pence, who was also awarded an honorary degree, stood on the platform and shook hands as each graduate passed after being handed their diplomas. Officials said the graduating class of 606 was the largest in the school’s history.

 

Sunday, May 21 (Day 122):

A Tale of Two Presidents: Barack Obama vs. Donald Trump

“President Trump used the word “terror” in some way — terror, terrorism, terrorists — whopping 31 times in his speech in Riyadh. In Cairo, President Obama used the word an even more whopping ZERO times,” writes Breitbart London Editor Raheem Kassam.

“Obama described 9/11 as an “enormous trauma” rather than a terrorist atrocity, opting to deploy the word “extremism” 11 times in his speech, which President Trump also used nine times.”

According to Kassam:   “The way the two presidents concluded their speeches (Obama in Cairo, Egypt and Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) is proof enough of how differently the two men approach the issues of Islam, Islamism, terrorism, and the U.S. relationship with the Middle East.

“While Ivanka and Melanie strut around Riyadh in designer clothes, and the current president refuses to bow before the Saudis, Obama took every opportunity to remain prostrate before the Muslim world, in action, as well as in his words.”

To read more of Raheem Kassam article on:  “From Cairo to Riyadh, Trump urged Action on Terror Where Obama Offered Islami Apologism see link:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/05/21/kassam-from-cairo-to-riyadh-trump-urged-action-on-terror-where-obama-offered-islamic-apologism/

 

President Trump announces jobs; after signing Saudi defense contract

President Trump signed a joint vision statement, private sector and defense cooperation agreements with Saudi Arabia worth $110 billion effective immediately and worth an additional $350 billion over 10 years according to a White House official.

Ivanka Trump receives pledges for $100 million for women entrepreneurs

Two Arab countries have pledged to donate $100 million towards a fund designed for women entrepreneurs proposed by the president’s eldest daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump.  Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will contribute $100 million towards the World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund, which Ivanka proposed, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

ABC News reported that World Bank president Jim Yong Kim announced the countries’ pledge at a Sunday event on women’s economic empowerment with Ivanka.  At the event, Ivanka praised Saudi Arabia for making “progress” as a nation towards empowering women, but she added that “there’s still a lot of work to be done.  Saudi Arabia’s progress, especially in recent years, is very encouraging but there’s still a lot of work to be done and freedoms and opportunities to continue to fight for,” Ivanka said. “The stories of Saudi women, such as yourselves, catalyzing change, inspire me to believe in the possibility of global women’s empowerment.”

The Islamic nation prohibits women from driving and requires that women get permission from a man to travel in public. It also imposes strict segregation of the sexes and requires that women cover themselves in public.

The first daughter, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, proposed the idea for the $1 billion fund to the World Bank, USA Today reported. The proposed fund would be controlled entirely by the World Bank, which means Ivanka would not be involved in the fund’s management or solicit funds for the initiative, but she would remain an advocate for the project, Bloomberg Politics reported.

100 Notre Dame students walk out of Mike Pence Commencement Address

The WeStaNDFor Notre Dame student group organized a walkout of 100 students during Mike Pence’s commencement address claiming “they opposed Pence’s positions on gay rights, his opposition to the Syrian refugee program, and the administration’s crack down on sanctuary cities.”

Bryan Ricketts, the former president of Notre Dame’s student body said he was “upset and hurt” by the school’s decision to invite Pence, who was formally the state’s governor.

  • The Vice President discussed the importance of religious freedom, while praising

Donald Trump’s recent executive order protecting  religious liberties  and freedom

  • of speech at the Catholic university.

California Democrats fight each other at convention; unite against Trump

California’s Democrats fought viciously on who would be state party chair with Los Angeles County Eric Bauman—the Democrats establishment candidate— winning the post by 60 votes over Kimberly Ellis who had the backing of liberals who supported Bernie Sanders in last year’s presidential race. 

The California Democratic Party convention started Friday with activists booing and heckling Democratic National Chair Tom Perez after marching from the state Capitol to the Sacramento Convention Center to promote a universal health care program.

Outgoing California Democratic Party Chair John Burton (served eight years) waved his middle finger in the air and lead the convention attendees in chanting obscenities at President Donald Trump while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi laughed.

California Democratic Convention Screen Shot

Monday, May 22 (Day 123):

President Trump visits Israel; tours Jerusalem; meets Israeli Prime Minister, Israeli President; and Palestinian President

President Donald Trump visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites in Christianity, Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, the Israel Museum and holds meetings with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.  Trump was greeted at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv.

The trip marks the first time a U.S. president visited Israel during a  first presidential trip abroad and visits Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day, a national holiday that marks Israel’s reunification of Jerusalem after the 1967 Six Day War and the establishment of Israeli sovereignty over the eastern sections of the city, which include the Old City, Western Wall and Temple Mount. 

“Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for this powerful expression of your friendship to Israel,” said Netanyahu.  Trump responded by saying “On my first trip overseas as president, I have come to this sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the State of Israel.  We love Israel, we respect Israel, and I bring the warmest greetings from your friend and ally, all of the people of the United States of America.”

“For 69 years, We’ve manned the front-lines of civilization,” said Netanyahu.  “In doing so we’ve protected all faiths, Muslims, Christians, everyone.  Israel’s hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors, including the Palestinians.

“I want you to know how much we appreciate the change in American policy on Iran,” Netanyahu said at the Prime Minister’s Residence. “I want you to know how much we appreciate your bold decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria.   I wanted to tell you also how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East.”

 Trump reflected Netanyahu’s words back at him, saying a “new level of partnership is possible” between Israel, the U.S. and the Arab world.  “There are many things that can happen now that could never have happened before,” Trump said. “We must seize them together. We must take advantage of the situation.”  Trump repeated his belief that together with Israel and Muslim partners such as King Salman of Saudi Arabia, the “menace of extremism that has spread in too many parts of the Muslim world” can be eradicated.

President Trump hailed the “unbreakable spirit” of the Jewish people during a visit to the Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial. “Words can never describe the bottomless depths of that evil or the scope of the anguish and destruction,” Trump said, calling the Holocaust the “most savage crime against God and his children. It was history’s darkest hour.”

Trump said he was “deeply moved” by his visit to the Western Wall (which predates Islamic culture by 1,100 years) earlier in the day—the first U.S. president to do so.  “This is a land filled with beauty, wonder and the spirit of God. I’ve been amazed by the … generosity of your incredible people, because it’s all about the people.  I was deeply moved by my visit today to the Western Wall, words fail to capture the experience. It will leave an impression on me forever.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Gingrich:  “Reporters treat President with contempt”

“It’s ironic that if you’re the king of Saudi Arabia, the prime minister of Israel, the president of Egypt — you treat Donald Trump with enormous respect as the leader of the most powerful nation in the world,” Gingrich said. “And yet the reporters treat him with contempt. The reporters are pygmies. They’re little midgets. They spent their lifetimes as voyeurs watching other people do real things.”

“It strikes me that the president ought to establish a new rule and say, ‘Look, if you’re determined to be a midget, that’s fine. You’re not going to be at a press conference with me or my staff,’” he continued. “And I think they need to have a much tougher attitude towards the media and say, ‘I’m the president of the United States. You’re not. And if you’re not worthy of my talking to you, I’m not going to talk to you.’ And you’d see the media begin to fall in line. Because the gap between how world leaders treat Donald Trump and how the American media treats him is inexcusably big.”

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Facebook CEO:  Immigration enforcement ‘hurts public safety”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s says President Trump’s push to improve enforcement of immigration laws “hurts public safety.” In a statement following a House Judiciary Committee hearing on a number of bills that would increase enforcement of immigration laws and border security, Zuckerberg’s said enforcement measures should be scaled back.

 California Democrat Townhall Focus:  How to remove President Trump

Berkeley’s King Middle School was the venue for Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) town hall meeting focused on how President Donald Trump can be removed from office.  The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Lee’s name and the hashtag #Resist decorated the wall inside; while vendors sold anti-Trump buttons outside.

President Richard Nixon’s former White House Counsel John Dean was a special guest.  Lee  demanded  “an independent,  bipartisan commission  to  investigate” what she called a “constitutional crisis.” 

California single-payer “socialized” health care system costs $400 billion

A new California  legislative analysis released has found that a single-payer “socialized” health care system would cost the state of California $400 billion per year — three times the current annual budget of the state. The analysis, released by the State Senate Appropriations Committee, considers legislation proposed by its chair, State Sen. Richard Lara (D-Bell Gardens), known as SB 562, the “Healthy California Act.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that the analysis found: “A total cost of $400 billion per year to cover all healthcare and administrative costs. “Of that, $200 billion of existing federal, state and local funds could be repurposed to go toward the single-payer system. “The additional $200 billion would need to be raised from new taxes.”

An analysis by the State Senate Health Committee last month found that California currently spends $367 billion on health care expenditures annually, of which 71 percent is already paid for by  the  federal, state and local governments.

California Democrats have long hoped for single-payer health care, in which the government pays for everyone’s health care expenditures.

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown proposed a record-breaking $124 billion state budget, and warned of possible future deficits.  Gov. Brown, however, has opposed single-payer health care in the state because of its cost.

Democrat bill repeals teachers ability to carry concealed firearms

Democrat Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) bill, AB 424, repeals school administrators’ from granting permission for teachers (with concealed carry permits) to carry firearms on campus for defense of themselves and their students.

Currently five California school districts have approved armed teachers. They include Kern High School District, Kingsburg Joint Union High School District, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Anderson Union High School District, and Palo Cedro’s North Cow Creek School District.  Across 25 states that currently allow concealed carry on K-12 campuses, the only incident that can be cited is that of an accidental discharge in Utah in 2014.

The Crime Prevention Research Center’s John Lott used an op-ed in the Orange County Register to explain: “Prior to the early 1990s, there were no state laws specifically restricting concealed carry on K-12 property. In 2015, when California became the first state in at least 40 years to pass a law restricting concealed carry on school grounds, no one could point to a single incident in California. That hasn’t changed in the last two years.”

 

Tuesday, May 23 (Day 124):

President Trump condemns “evil losers” bombing Manchester pop concert

Speaking at a joint press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, U.S. President Donald Trump condemned the “evil losers” who carried out last night’s bombing of a pop concert of Ariana Grande in Manchester in which at least 22 people were killed and more than 70 injured.  ISIS has claimed responsibility.

“I extend my deepest condolences to those terribly injured in this terrorist attack, and to the many killed, and the families, so many families, of the victims,” Trump said. “We stand in absolute solidarity with the people in the United Kingdom. So many young innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life.

“I won’t call them monsters, because they would like that term,” he continued. “They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers, because that’s what they are, they’re losers. and we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers. Just remember that.

“This is what I’ve spent these last few days talking about during my trip overseas,” Trump said, referring to combatting terrorism. “Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed. We cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people.

“The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever,” Trump added. “This wicked ideology must be obliterated, and I mean completely obliterated, and innocent life must be protected. All civilized nations must join together to protect human life and the sacred right of our citizens to live in safety and in peace.”

(Editor’s Note:   The 22-year-old Manchester bomber has been identified as Salman Abedi. Libyan officials have arrested the suicide bomber’s father, Ramadan Abedi, and two brothers and uncovered what investigators called a plot for a new attack.  U.S. defense officials said that Salman Abedi spent three weeks in Libya prior to the Manchester bombing, return to England just days before the Ariana Grande concert.  Ramadan Abedi, the father, was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1990s—a group that had links to Al Qaeda.)

President Trump releases fiscal year 2018 budget

The Trump Administration released it’s fiscal year 2018 budget entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness” on Tuesday which prioritizes money for defense, border security, law enforcement, veterans and school choice.

One document entitled “A New Foundation for a Balanced Budget” stated that this budget “will reverse the damaging trends from previous administrations and restore the American Dream.” It asserts that under this budget, by 2027 “publicly held debt will be reduced to less than 60 percent of GDP, the lowest level since 2010, when the economic policies of the last Administration took effect.” The document emphasizes that there are no cuts to core Social Security benefits and no cuts to Medicare.

Another document entitled “A New Foundation for American Jobs” laid out a vision for regulatory, welfare, and tax reform. The summary states that fiscal year 2018 budget projections include the Congressional Review Act resolutions that roll back certain Obama Administration regulations. This, the summary states, will generate “annual cost savings of approximately $600 million to $1.2 billion per year.”

The budget reforms the federal SNAP program for an estimated combined savings of $193 billion over 10 years. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) reforms are estimated to save $21 billion over ten years. The OMB document states that total welfare reforms in the budget proposal will save $274 billion over 10 years.

A third document “A New Foundation for a Secure Nation” laid out an increase in defense spending and spending on border security immigration enforcement. Defense spending would be increased by $54 billion or 10 percent more than the 2017 CR President Barack Obama signed into law and the 2018 budget cap. Border security and immigration enforcement is allocated $2.6 billion for “new infrastructure and technology investments in 2018 to give CBP frontline law enforcement officers the tools and technologies they need to deter, deny, identify, track and resolve illegal activity along the border.”

The President’s budget assumes passage of the House-passed American Health Care Act AHCA as well as tax reform, though a tax reform plan is still being formulated.  The budget would dramatically shift spending to the Pentagon from domestic programs.  In 2018, it would shift $54 billion from non-defense discretionary spending to defense by enacting major cuts to the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies.  The budget eliminates or phases out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

By 2027, the Pentagon would continue to benefit from increased annual spending, while non-defense discretionary spending would be $260 billion less than what would be spent without Trump’s budget. A sizable portion of the cuts to domestic spending would be made to Medicaid. The budget assumes full passage of the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal and replace ObamaCare, which cuts $839 billion from Medicaid and pulls funding from Planned Parenthood. 

In addition, the budget would make another $610 billion in cuts to Medicaid over 10 years by transitioning the program from a traditional entitlement to either a block grant program or a per-capita program that puts a ceiling on federal Medicaid funding to states. It would also allow states to impose work requirements for certain Medicaid beneficiaries to reduce costs. A budget document explaining the cuts to Medicaid and other healthcare programs was posted on the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) website. 

Overall, the Trump budget would reduce the deficit from 3.2 percent of gross domestic product in 2017 to 2.2 percent in 2018. Besides the cuts to Medicaid, the budget finds $274 billion in savings over 10 years from spending cuts to anti-poverty programs. These would include $193 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), $21 billion from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and $40 billion from cuts to the earned income tax credit and child tax credit. 

The budget plan proposes a $25 billion expenditure for paid family leave, an issue first daughter Ivanka Trump has championed.

The White House will release its “taxpayer-first budget” on Tuesday, which includes $1.7 trillion in cuts for entitlement spending and a 30 percent reduction in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget.

The Trump budget proposal will balance over the next 10 years by cutting both mandatory and discretionary funding for agencies such as the EPA and State Department. The budget proposal assumes that the economy will grow at three percent compared to the 1.6 percent growth that America experienced in 2016. White House staffers explained that the proposal is a “post-policy” budget, meaning that the budget assumes that Trump signed the health care overhaul known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and tax reform into law.

The budget proposal will make substantial cuts into four entitlement programs, SNAP (food stamps), CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), and SSDI (Disability Insurance). The Trump budget assumes that the AHCA becomes law, which would roll back Medicaid expansion. White House staffers told Axios that the budget would cut entitlement costs through an “emphasis on work requirements for able-bodied people.”

Michael Tanner, a welfare expert at the Cato Institute, admitted that despite the United States spending roughly $700 billion a year on entitlement programs, the country does not experience significant reductions in poverty. Tanner said, “We’re not seeing the type of gains we should be seeing for all that spending, and that would suggest its time to reform the system.”

President Donald Trump’s budget would also cut the EPA’s budget by a third and slash the agency’s operational budget by 35 percent. The budget would reduce environmental grant programs by 35 to 40 percent. The proposed budget for the EPA would limit the EPA’s budget to $5.7 billion from roughly $8 billion. Trump’s budget cuts for the EPA coincide with the EPA’s $12 million buyout and early retirement plan to reduce the agency’s workforce under the Trump administration.

President Trump’s 2018 budget would completely eliminate 66 federal programs for a savings of $26.7 billion.  Some programs would still receive funding as part of a phasing-out plan:  Agriculture Department ($855 million); Commerce Department ($633 million); Education Department ($4.976 billion); Energy Department ($398 million); Health and Human Services ($4.834 billion); Homeland Security ($235 million); Housing and Urban Development ($4.123 billion); Interior Department ($122 million); Justice Department ($210 million); Labor Department ($527 million); State Department and USAID ($5.846 billion); Transportation Department ($499 million); Treasury Department ($43 million); Environmental Protection Agency ($493 million); National Aeronautics and Space Administration ($269 million); Other Independent Agencies ($2.683 billion).

For specific 66 programs cut see link to The Hill:

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/334768-here-are-the-66-programs-eliminated-in-trumps-budget

Wednesday, May 24 (Day 125):

President Trump meets Pope Francis in Vatican meeting

Pope Francis

President Trump met with the Pope Francis in a private study at the Vatican for 30 minutes.  The president was joined by his wife Melania (a Roman Catholic), his daughter Ivanka, her husband and senior adviser Jared Kushner (Jewish believers) and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The president and the pontiff discussed terrorism and the radicalization of young people. The Vatican’s secretary of state raised the issue of climate change in the meeting and encouraged Trump to remain in the Paris agreement.

Pope Francis and Trump exchanged gifts during the meeting. Trump gave the pontiff a first-edition set of books written by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., a piece of granite from King’s memorial in Washington and a bronze sculpture that “represents hope for a peaceful tomorrow,” according to the White House.

The pope’s gifts to Trump also represented peace: the pontiff offered Trump a medal that depicts an olive branch, among other gifts and three bound papal documents:  “The Joy of the Gospel,” “The Joy of Love,” and “On Care of Our Common Home.”  

President Trump tweeted Wednesday that meeting Pope Francis was “the honor of a lifetime.  I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.”

Visa overstays double during President Obama’s last year

A new report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states that visa overstays more than doubled in the last fiscal year, surpassing 600,000 total. The report reveals a major portion of illegal aliens living in the U.S. are people who have stayed in the U.S. past their formal departure dates.

During the most recent year, Fiscal Year 2016 which ended on September 30, 2016, 628,799 overstayed their visas and became illegal aliens. This compares to the Fiscal Year 2015 total of 304,000.

“To protect the American people from those who seek to do us harm, and to ensure the integrity of the immigration system, ICE has recently increased overstay enforcement operations,” DHS officials stated in the report. “Each year, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations special agents systematically review approximately one million records of individuals who violate the terms of their visas or the visa waiver program, prioritizing leads that pose national security or public safety threats.”

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaking on visa overstays: “about 40 percent of people who come to visit our country on a visa overstay their visa, and we have no idea where they are.”  According to the junior senator from Kentuck, “On 9/11, at least two of the hijackers were here on visa. They were traveling back and forth to the Middle East, and we really had no idea where they were or what they were doing, and they were overstaying their visa. So, there are problems I think in the immigration system that need to be fixed for our safety.”

The largest cohort of people staying past their scheduled departure dates are students. Of the 1.45 million scheduled to complete their program and depart the country, 2.5 percent stayed behind. This represents more than 37,000 students who became illegal aliens by not leaving as planned. Of these, Chinese students made up the largest number of overstays at 7,500.  Canadians had a visa overstay rate of 1.44 percent, representing 119,418 in-country overstays. Mexico accounted for 46,658 visa overstays (1.72 percent).

California to give billions to public pension system

Governor Jerry Brown is going to “loan” $6 billion from a previously unknown slush fund to keep CalPERS doors open.  That is after he GIVES then $500 million, so they can keep sending out checks.

“When pension promises are made by the state to its employees, both the state and employees incur costs (“Normal Costs”) in the form of contributions to CalPERS with the hope that the sum of contributions and investment earnings will be sufficient to fund the promised pension payments. If investments earn at the rate CalPERS used when setting the Normal Cost, everything works out. But if investments earn at a lower rate, deficits (“Unfunded Liabilities”) arise.

In contrast to joint sharing of Normal Cost, employees don’t share in the cost of Unfunded Liabilities. 100% of that cost falls on citizens, whose services get crowded out and taxes get raised to pay off the liabilities. In 2015 CalPERS had a .61% return on investment and CalSTRS was 1.4%–the public made up the difference.  Cities are going bankrupt, cutting services. 

In Simi Valley (east Ventura County) the cost of CalPERS is going up 19% this year—with no new sources of revenues. 

Health insurance premiums doubled under Obamacare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report that shows that individual health insurance premiums doubled under Obamacare or nearly $3,000 more for health insurance per year—a 105 percent increaser in health insurance premiums.   HHS was using data compiled by the Obama administration.  Three states:  Alaska, Alabama and Oklahoma saw premiums triple   from 2013-17. En

 

Thursday, May 25 (Day 126):

Italy taking in thousands of sub-Saharan African migrants; crime rate drastically increases among illegal immigrants

Italy was the recipient of 4,400 migrants on Thursday and Friday of last week as they were picked up just miles from the Libyan shoreline by Coast Guard vessels, the Spanish navy and various non-government organizations (NGOs).   Italy has taken in more than 45,785 migrants since the first of the year, an increase of 35 percent compared to the same period in 2016.  While many Africans do not intend to stay in Italy, the tighter border controls will end up keeping them in Italy—many going to Milan (Italy’s business capital).

A study by the Confcommercio group completed last November on the statistical connection between crime and immigration found that in a given area, if the number of immigrants increases by 1 percent, the crime rate in the same area goes up by 0.4 percent.  The study revealed that for the first time, the crime rate in the north of Italy, which has the highest concentration of immigrants and asylum seekers, was surpassing that of the south.

The crime rate among legal immigrants is nearly exactly double that of Italian citizens, with 8.5 criminal convictions per 1,000 as opposed to 4.3 convicted criminals per 1,000 among citizens. Among illegal immigrants, however, the crime rate soars to more than 50 percent (148 criminals out of every 247 persons).

Frontex, a European border control group, reported in Spring that human traffickers have exploited the NGOs “to efficiently transport African migrants from Libya to Italy…by lowering smugglers’ costs and improving their business model.”

Last week Italian media outlets revealed that one of Italy’s largest migrant welcome centers was run by the Calabria-based branch of the Italian mafia. A raid of 500 police agents resulted in the arrests of 68 persons who are being accused of “mafia association, extortion, carrying illegal weapons, fraud, embezzlement…and theft…” with the clan making “millions through its involvement in the running of the reception center.”

Barack Obama:  “We can’t hide behind a wall”

“In this world we live, we can’t isolate ourselves.  We can’t hide behind a wall,” said Barack Obama at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in Germany.   Obama was pushing for globalism as he praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the biennial congress of the German Protestant Church.

The former U.S. president told Merkel—who is often credited with having caused the migrant crisis, which unleashed a flood of millions of migrants to Europe—that she is “on the right side of history.”

Obama said that Merkel has done “outstanding work” and called her “my closest international partner.”  She is set to fly to Brussels for a meeting with NATO countries including President Trump.

 

Congressional Budget Office reports House health plan will save billions

The House passed health plan is free to be reviewed by the U.S. Senate with a 50 plus vote.  The bill needed to save two billion dollars to advance to a simple majority.  The Congressional Budget Office ruled that it would save 119 billon dollars.

 

Friday, May 26 (Day 127):

GOP House Republicans facing physical threats from angry constituents

A growing number of House Republicans are facing physical threats from angry constituents in their districts as evidenced by:

  • FBI arrest of man threatening Rep. Martha McSally’s life (R-Ariz);
  • A woman angry at the GOP healthcare bill pursued Rep. David Kustoff (R-Tenn) in her car;
  • Three death threats against Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va) for his support of a GOP healthcare package;
  • Dave Brat (R-Va) booed for saying people’s rights are God-given;
  • Pushback to Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) for sharing about his special-needs 11-year-old daughter who died;
  • A threatening sign at the home of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.);
  • Threats to staff and vandalism to the Gainesville office of Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.).

Ventura County State Reps urged to reject California state sanctuary status

Jaqui Irwin

Ventura County patriots are being urged to call the offices of four local state reps to reject SB54—the California State Sanctuary bill—and comply with federal law:

Republican Dante Acosta–District 38 (916) 319-2038; Democrat Monique Limon—District 37 (916) 319-2037; Democrat Matthew Dababneh—District 45 (916) 319-2045; and Democrat Jaqui Irwin—District __(916) 319-2044; (805) 482-1904 (Camarillo) and (805) 483-4488 (Oxnard).

While Irwin says she agrees with most of the goals of SB 54, she has voiced concerns about the possibility of serious criminals being released back into the community.  “Ventura County is home to many immigrants who are our neighbors, co-workers and friends. They are an integral part of our community and I support them,” she said in a statement provided to the Acorn this week.

“Local law enforcement does not and must not carry out federal immigration laws because I believe the public is not being protected if members of our community fear deportation when contacting the police,” she said.

Source: http://www.toacorn.com/news/2017-05-04/Community/Local_reps_weigh_in_on_sanctuary_state_bill.html

 

President Trump condemns terrorist attack on Coptic Egyptian Christians

“This merciless slaughter of Christians in Egypt tears at our hearts and grieves our souls,” said President Trump in reaction to the bus shooting in Egypt that killed at least 28 people, including many children, by masked militants riding in three SUVs and dressed in military uniforms.  “The bloodletting of Christians must end, and all who aid their killers must be punished,” Trump said.

The bus carrying mostly children (only three children survived) was traveling to the remote monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor in Maghagha, a Minya governorate, about 140 miles south of Cairo.   Egyptian President Abel-Fattah el-Sissi called for a meeting with top aides in response to the attack. 

In April, twin suicide bombings struck two churches north of Cairo on Palm Sunday and in December, a suicide bombing targeted a Cairo church.  These attacks left at least 75 dead by the Islamic State group.

In April, Pope Francis visited Egypt and paid tribute to the victims of the December bombing at St. Peter’s church.   Following his visit, IS wowed to escalate attacks against Christians.  Egypt’s Copts account for about 10 percent of the population—about 9.3 million people.

G7 leaders shift from global warming to terrorism

President Trump met with G7 world leaders in Taormina, Sicily and the priority shifted from “climate change” to terrorism in response to recent terrorism attacks.  Still one local media headline “Trump talks terrorism while Europe shouts ‘Climate!”

G7 leaders find themselves needing to focus on President Trump’s speech against Islamist terrorism before 55 world leaders from Arab and other Muslim-majority nations in Riyadh earlier this week.  Trump said “the one goal that transcends every other consideration…that goal is to meet history’s great test is to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism.

“Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith.  Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.”

President Trump to hold rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on June 1st

President Trump’s rally will take place on Wednesday, June 1st in Cedar Rapids, Iowa following his first trip abroad.  He returns to the United States on Sunday.

(Editor’s Note:  Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.)

 

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected].


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