Every American needs to put down whatever they’re doing, put aside their political and religious biases, open up their brains, and listen carefully to how the youngest member of the US House of Representatives is demonstrating the absolute truth about money in our government. If this nation cannot agree with what we’re being shown, there is no hope.
Here are a few of today’s interesting factoids that are worth noting:
Trump signed an order to hire 15,000 new border agents two years ago. Customs and Border Protection paid $60.7 million to the consulting firm Accenture Federal Services to “recruit, vet and hire” 7,500 such officers over five years. The company has hired 33 such officers to date. (Los Angeles Times)
Roger Stone, President Trump’s longtime adviser, and sporter of a Richard Nixon back tattoo was arrested Friday by the FBI and indicted in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. That makes him the 34th person charged in the Mueller probe. (FiveThirtyEight)
Thanks to the recently-ended, record-long government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service will need 12 to 18 months to recover. At least, that’s what the National Taxpayer Advocate, a government watchdog group, reported to lawmakers, (an anonymous House aide told The Washington Post. The IRS is apparently buried in millions of unanswered taxpayer letters, is weeks behind on training workers, and needs to hire thousands of new workers for tax season. (The Washington Post)
RISING DRUG COSTS: Californians have been notified that the cost of generic glaucoma drugs will rise by 64% and one asthma med will increase 50% on May 1. How can such increases be justified and explained?
FACTOID: As the new Congress feverishly works to undo Obamacare a recent study strongly suggest that the majority of Americans know little about the law. That is even more true of those who oppose it. The post-information era at its best.
UNINFORMED VOTER: According to Pew Research 54% of Americans know nothing, “about the alt-right white nationalist movement that gained prominence during Trump’s campaign for the presidency.” And 30% of the people who had heard about it weren’t sure what it was about.
WHAT’S THE PRICE: What does it cost to be nominated to a cabinet leader position in the Trump administration. Well, six of his current nominees contributed about $2 million each to help get Donald elected. Looks like power still goes to those who can buy it.
$100,000: That’s the expected cost to NYC each time Trump goes home for a visit. Since he plans to go home every weekend it becomes major dollars. Plus, each visit means a significant gridlock as his motor brigade travels to and from airports. Maybe this is why he only carried 10% of the city’s vote.
SCARY THINGS: Don’t know who keeps count of such things or what it means but, Donald Trump Halloween masks are selling slightly better than Hillary Clinton masks. Maybe Hillary just isn’t as frightening as Trump.
ANTI-SEMITIC: “The Anti-Defamation League identified 2.6 million tweets containing anti-Semitic language, 19,253 of which were sent to journalists. More than two-thirds of the tweets directed at journalists came from 1,600 Twitter accounts.”
FACTOID: According to the IRS the average American pays 13.6 cents out of each dollar in federal income taxes, with those just below the 1 percent paying 18.4 percent and the top 1 percent paying 27 percent. In perspective the average American earns $54,000 a year. A person in the top 1% earns at least $4 million annually. While their tax bill is double the average American’s their income is 74 times greater.
BILLIONS MORE: The US currently spends $21 billion screening people coming into the country. Under Trump’s Muslim screening program those cost could reach as high as $100 billion. Experts say such a ban is totally unworkable.