The Politics Week In Review: Massive Spending Bill, Bolton Joins White House, Anti-Semitic Councilman, and more – by Josh Margulies

Seeming to ignore our $21 trillion national debt, Congress passed a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill last week.

What Democrats get from this bill:

  • Infrastructure
  • Child care
  • Opioid addiction treatment
  • Gateway railroad tunnel project between NY and NJ (okay, the money is technically being funneled through Amtrak, but make no mistake, this pet project of Chuck Schumer is being funded by this bill)
  • 2200 pages of wasteful social programs that we cannot afford

What Republicans (aka the majority party) get: 

  • Increased defense spending
  • Nothing else

What President Trump gets: 

  • 33 pathetic miles of “fencing”
  • No wall
  • No detention centers for illegals
  • No new deportation agents for illegals

Chuck Schumer gloated about this bill, saying it’s a huge victory for the Democrats–the minority party with zero power. 90 House Republicans voted against this “bipartisan” bill. Before they voted, Congress was given only a few hours to (not) read this 2,200 page behemoth.

Two positives aspects of the bill:

  1. The Taylor Force Act, cutting Palestinian funding as long they continue to sponsor terrorists and their families
  2. Security grants were increased to $60 million, most of which will likely go to yeshivas and Jewish nonprofits.

(To hear me discuss this story on my podcast, click here.)

More White House shake ups

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster was fired, and replaced by former Ambassador to the UN John Bolton. Bolton is staunchly pro-Israel and an outspoken critic of Iran and the (bogus) nuclear deal.

The media likes to describe Bolton as a “defense hawk” and dangerous “radical extremist”. In reality, Bolton understands that when Iran and North Korea say they want to destroy us, they mean it, and he wants to kill them BEFORE they kill us. Bolton isn’t radical or dangerous, he’s a reasonable guy surrounded by lunatics, who wants to protect the country.

Bolton says he plans to fire dozens of officials at the National Security Council, especially those appointed by Obama.

Also this week, John Dowd resigned as the President’s lead lawyer for the Mueller investigation, complaining that President Trump does not follow his advice.

Saudi Prince meets with Trump

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visited the White House, solidifying an already strong relationship between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. He and the President discussed strategies to deal with the Iranian threat, as well as business deals that the Prince has promised, that will benefit the United States economy.

“Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation, and they’re going to give the United States some of that wealth, hopefully, in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world,” the President told reporters.
The President and Jared Kushner have been highly supportive of MBS, helping him fight Saudi terrorists and radicals, and build up power in his country. In return, he has agreed to invest $200 billion dollars in the U.S. economy. He has also reportedly told PA leader Abbas that he must agree to talks with Israel.

Israel confirms attack on Syria

Israel confirmed that it destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007. Although it has always been widely believed Israel was responsible, they did not confirm it until now. Some speculate that Israel decided to take credit now to send a message to Iran, who has been threatening to attack Israel, and stockpiling missiles and weapons in Syria and Lebanon near the Israeli border. Last month, an Iranian drone was shot down over Israel, and Iran responded by shooting down an Israeli fighter jet, injuring two pilots.

Fewer people on food stamps

About 42 million Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program in 2017. That’s 2 million fewer than 2016, and 11 percent fewer than 2013.
This is the fourth year in a row SNAP participation fell. Before that, the number grew for 12 years.

One reason for the drop is the improving economy. Another reason is a change in food stamp policies. The Obama administration allowed states to waive work requirements, which doubled the amount of childless adults who got food stamps. Since President Trump took office, many states have reinstated the rule, requiring that people be employed or looking for work in order to qualify.

Councilman condemned for anti-semitic comments

Washington, D.C. city council member Trayon White was harshly criticized after he posted anti-semitic comments to his Facebook page. On video discussing a recent snowstorm, White blamed the wealthy Jewish Rothschild family of bankers for creating the severe weather, saying they’re responsible for climate change and “climate manipulation”, and insinuating they’ve caused severe weather as a way of increasing their wealth.

In response to heavy backlash, White issued an apology, saying “I really do apologize. I work very closely with the Jewish community and never want to offend anyone, especially with anti-semitic remarks.” He added “I did not intend to be anti-semitic.”

To date, the amount of evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia:


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  1. Im new to politics. Great article but one question. In this day in age when we seem to be close to a possible war, and numoures countries milatary are getting more powerful, what choice does the President have? Could he have vetoed it and gotten the same necessary results for the milatary?

  2. Food assistance for pregnant women and young children is “wasteful” but more money for a 2.6 trillion dollar war that has gone on for 16 years without an end in sight is no problem?

  3. Of course the $110 Billion given to the Saudi’s was just a drop in the bucket compared to our deficit. The current president said he was a negotiator. Why didn’t he and his majority party negotiate a better budget?

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