Hey…What’s $1.3 Trillion Among Friends?

How many Skittles can fall from the skies compliments of the criminals in the US government and their money printing machines or theft from Americans? Take your pick –  $1.3 Trillion, or 1,300 Billions worth, if you prefer.

That’s a lot of Skittles.

On Thursday, the House went on a $1.3 trillion spending spree and passed an omnibus package that will fund the government through October. Although the agreement was reached six months late, the legislation passed easily by a margin of 256-167, with 145 Republicans and 111 Democrats voting in favor and 90 Republicans and 77 Democrats voting against. The passage of the 2,232-page bill means Congress has narrowly avoided a government shutdown (it was scheduled to occur at midnight on Friday). via antimedia.org

Let’s take a look at just a tiny portion of the Skittles falling from the skies and who gets the candy:

  • $6 billion National Science Foundation.
  • $350,000 spent asking if Japanese quail are more sexually promiscuous on cocaine
  • $961 million to destroy our chemical weapons
  • $1m for the Cultural Antiquities Task Force
  •  $6.25m for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
  •  $20m for Countering Foreign State Propaganda
  •  $12m for Countering State Disinformation and Pressure
  • $5m for Vietnam Education Foundation Grants
  •  $2.579m for Commission on Security and Co-operation in Europe
  •  $15m to USAID for promoting international higher education between universities
  •  $2.696bn for International Disaster Assistance
  • $1.371bn for Contributions to International Organizations
  •  $51m to promote International Family Planning and Reproductive Health
  •  $7m promoting International Conservation
  •  $10m for UN Environmental Programs
  • $1m for the World Meteorological Organization
  •  $218m for Promoting Democracy Development in Europe
  •  $25m for International Religious Freedom
  •  $10m for disadvantaged Egyptian Students
  •  $12m for Scholarships for Lebanon
  •  $20m for Middle East Partnership Initiative Scholarship Program
  •  $12m in military funding for Vietnam
  •  $3.5m in nutrition assistance to Laos
  •  $15m in Developmental assistance to China
  •  $10m for Women LEOs in Afghanistan
  • $30 Billion for the Department of Energy

– via antimedia.org

Trump_caricatureAnd this spending bill (which the guy with orange hair and head full of nonsense signed, bemoaning he was unhappy with some of the things in the bill, but being the dickhead he ascends to, signed it anyway) is only for the next 6 months. Gravy, baby…gravy.

Who really knows what’s in the bill in its entirety.  It’s only 2300 pages long and you have Senators bitching they didn’t have enough time to read the whole thing…in 24 hours! Such babies! We’ve got a goddamn government shut down to avoid. What the hell!

Of course, with charlatans running all phases of government, beholden to the fat cats at Raytheon, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin and all the other military industrial corporations that need funding to end thousands more innocents lives around the globe –  who have already been given $800 Billion (or has it grown to $1000 Billion?) for their life-ending toys, you would expect that’s enough Skittles for one year. Not quite. Another $144 Billion is on its way to the Pentagon for the purchase of new equipment. Such joy! How many times a year does Christmas come around these dispensers of tax payer monies to their friends, and of course for the all important studies on the sexual promiscuousness of Japanese quail and other non-essentials? About every 6 months it appears.

But it’s Skittles for everyone! Well maybe not so much for the poor, the homeless, the sick, the elderly – but they’ll just have to work out their problems on their own. Come to your senses here. Washington has lots of regime change ideas and activities brewing in their outhouse of shit in Gehenna.

How many campaign promises has the guy with orange hair broken? Like the Skittles falling from the skies, too many to count.

Getting the US out of regime change activities, better relations with Russia, bring the troops home from Syria and other places that Washington wants to lay to waste, just to name a few – well, you know, those were just campaign promises. Screw those.

With the recent appointments of Pompeo as Secretary of State, and the latest rag from Hell, John Bolton, as National Security Advisor, a position that doesn’t require Senate approval – add in Gina Haspel nominated for the CIA director, and the always fabulous Nikki Haley, who basically advocates for WWIII whenever she opens her mouth – why it’s a quartet of demons who have the ear of a nutjob who can’t focus on much of anything beyond the 3 minutes or so that it takes him eat his McDonald’s fries.

There are of course many, many, many extremely legitimate reasons to criticize John Bolton, and none of them involve being too soft on Russia. Not only is he a PNAC signatory who played a major role in manufacturing the lies that led to the Iraq invasion, but he still insists that that invasion was a great idea. He’s advocated for escalations and acts of military violence against every single government that is in any way oppositional to US hegemony including Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Russia and China, and account after account of his personal behavior toward people he’s worked with indicate that he is in all likelihood an actual, literal psychopath. – via steemit.com/politics/@caitlinjohnstone

The psychopath’s in the corridors of Washington’s insanity are nothing more than modern day scum, on par with the lunatic leaders of the past, who advocate wars with sovereign countries who haven’t lifted a finger of aggression toward the US – apparently content with sending your sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and loved ones to die for their warped and sick idea of Washington’s hegemony.

For an eye-opening view of the shit that is happening at the hands of Western-armed and supported mercenaries sent to destabilize Syria and throw the country into chaos, like Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yeman, atrocities that are seldom mentioned in the Western media and when they are, they are falsely blamed on Assad and Russia – check out the following link…or don’t.

When fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.” ~ H. L. Mencken

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Tonight’s musical offering:

Sometimes, only Bach can restore order in the soul living in the modern era

Johann Sebastian Bach(1685-1750) ~ Christmas Oratorio(Weihnachts-Oratorium), BWV 248 Part V: For the First Sunday in the New Year 43. Chorus “Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen”

Photo credit (front page): By Jericho [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/@photos/donkeyhotey.com

 

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