BLM Goes Hollywood By Daniel Greenfield AND I saw more people smiling in 15 minutes than I saw in an entire year and True National Debt for the US Exceeds $123 Trillion, or Nearly $800,000 per Taxpayer: Report BY MARK TAPSCOTT and The Portion of Bechukotai
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True National Debt Exceeds $123 Trillion, or Nearly $800,000 per Taxpayer: Report BY MARK TAPSCOTT
America's national debt now exceeds $123 trillion, according to a new report, or more than four times the official figure of $28 trillion, as calculated by the U.S. Treasury Department at the end of March.
Federal spending related to the CCP virus pandemic and economic lockdown added nearly $10 trillion to the total in 2020, according to the latest edition of the "Financial State of the Union 2021" report, compiled and published annually by Chicago-based nonprofit Truth in Accounting (TIA).
But spending amid the pandemic represents only a small portion of the total difference between the official government figure and TIA's calculation.
"Our measure of the government's financial condition includes reported federal assets and liabilities, as well as promised, but not funded, Social Security and Medicare benefits," the report stated.
"Elected and non-elected officials have made repeated financial decisions that have left the federal government with a debt burden of $123.11 trillion, including unfunded Social Security and Medicare promises."
The TIA report includes in its total debt calculation $55.12 trillion in unfunded Medicare benefits and $41.20 trillion in unfunded Social Security benefits.
Treasury officials don't include unfunded benefits because they claim recipients have no right to future payments, only to those under current entitlement laws.
The total debt, according to the report, "equates to a $796,000 burden for every federal taxpayer. Because the federal government would need such a vast amount of money from taxpayers to cover this debt, it received an 'F' grade for its financial condition."
Unlike many state governments, the federal government doesn't maintain a cash reserve to deal with spending necessitated by unexpected crises such as a virus pandemic.
"The coronavirus pandemic and related stimulus packages have caused some of the deterioration because the government had to borrow money to weather the pandemic. If the federal government was properly prepared for a crisis with a true rainy-day fund, it would not have had to borrow money," TIA stated.
Defense and veterans' benefits accounted for the largest share of federal spending in 2020 at 23 percent, followed by health and human services with 19 percent, Social Security with 16 percent, interest on the debt at 5 percent, and 2 percent on education. Fully a third (35 percent) of the spending went to what TIA described as "Other."
Spokesmen for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), respectively the chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee, didn't respond to The Epoch Times request for comment.
Similarly, a spokesman for House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), didn't respond.
Mondays are typically "travel days" for senators returning from their states and representatives from the districts.
A spokesman for Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), the budget panel's ranking minority member, referred to a March 31 statement in which Smith criticized news spending proposals from President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats.
"Washington Democrats are embracing an historically disturbing appetite for spending. They just passed a nearly $2 Trillion bailout bill. President Biden is now proposing they turn right back around and cut a check for another $2 trillion to spend on a massive grab bag of policies all tied together with talking points," Smith wrote.
"All the while, the President reportedly has yet another $2 trillion spending proposal in his back pocket awaiting its own news cycle."
Campaign strategists and nonprofit activists interviewed by The Epoch Times about the TIA report expressed agreement that debt requires serious attention to get it under control.
Jim Manley, former communications director to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said "at some point, both parties are going to have to have a serious negotiation regarding the need to get our fiscal house in better order, and that includes both taxes and spending, but I don't see that happening anytime soon because our politics are just too toxic."
But, Manley said, "in the meantime interest rates are low and the economy is digging itself out of the hole the pandemic caused, but there is no reason for Democrats to be at all concerned about the Republicans' new-found focus on cutting spending after everything the last administration did."
He was referring, he said, to 2017 tax reform legislation enacted by Republican majorities in the House and Senate and signed into law by President Donald Trump.
Another Democratic campaign strategist, Kevin B. Chavous, told The Epoch Times: "This has been an issue that both parties have simply failed to address. It will not be fixed, though, by doing the same things."
Chavous said he expects "the infrastructure bill will create jobs and grow the economy by investing in modern technology and cleaner energy sources. Things like a nationalized electric grid and expanded broadband access will make Americans more productive and more competitive in the years to come. It is an expense we have to make sooner than later."
Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) President David Williams pointed to the need to cut federal spending. "A debt of $123 trillion should be a wake-up call for the country. The bill is coming due very soon, which could have dire consequences for taxpayers and the country."
Williams said Biden and congressional leaders "are seemingly oblivious to the stark fiscal crisis happening right under their noses. Worse yet, if they are aware of the deep financial issues, they are clearly not doing anything to fix the problem. Instead of finding ways to spend more money, Congress and the president need to find ways to cut spending."
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz noted that President Thomas Jefferson said the nation's representatives shouldn't accumulate debts that can't be paid in their own time, and while this has been problematic for years, it has never been this significant.
Schatz said he believes "members of Congress have an obligation to attempt to bring spending under control and ensure that present and future taxpayers are not forced to fund any federal program that is duplicative, wasteful, and inefficient."
When The Epoch Times asked TIA President Sheila Weinberg if it's reasonable to depend upon future economic growth to solve the debt problem, she said no, and noted that the Treasury Department agrees.
"The authors of the Financial Report of the U.S. Government have deemed that under current law and policy, a massive implied increase in the ratio of reported debt to GDP—e.g. future debt will be growing faster than GDP—is simply unsustainable," she said.
"In other words, under current law and policy, we can't grow our way out of this, especially considering Medicare grows faster than inflation."
I saw more people smiling in 15 minutes than I saw in an entire year
With masks now off, I feel gratitude....big enough to contain the misery and the terror and the boredom and the loneliness of this past year
APR 19, 2021, 12:47 AM
When I walked out the door today, I did something I haven't done in over a year.
I took off my mask.
I wasn't alone. Israelis are now allowed to be outside without a mask.
It felt strange. Almost…. scandalous.
But I am both COVID recovered and COVID vaccinated, and I, like millions of other Israelis, am waking up from a very long, grey nightmare into a technicolor world that is brighter and sweeter than I could ever have imagined it.
I went to the Shuk and for the first time in too long, I could smell cardamom and clementines and ripe strawberries and Starfruit. I could smell fresh bread and cinnamon and garlic and mint and zatar. I felt the sun bake down on my skin and as I walked through the offerings and around the people, I felt a little baffled, a little dazzled… like stepping out into the sun after being lost in a maze beneath the earth for a very long time.
And I also felt defiant – to HELL with you COVID. I'm still here.
I saw more people smiling in 15 minutes than I saw in an entire year.
There is a lot wrong with the way things work around here in Israel – we have more than our share of problems. Some are emphatically not our fault… and some are. We are a work in progress.
But today, as we take off our masks and see each other's faces, as we feel the sun and smell the earth's sumptuous offerings, I feel gratitude welling in me — swelling me — my heart has doubled — no, TRIPLED!! — in size and it's growing still… big enough to contain the misery and the terror and the boredom and the loneliness of this past year…. and big enough to contain each little piece of hope that found a way to take root. And gratitude is the greatest feeling and that's what fills me up right now – I imagine this is on that continuum of what our parents and grandparents felt when the allies won the war, and everyone took to the streets in one long sigh of relief.
I know Covid didn't disappear. I know we are still mourning our dead and many of us are living with symptoms of this terrible disease long after we've "recovered."
And yes, I'm still carrying my mask, and probably always will – and I will wear it in crowded places and indoor spaces and whenever asked (or if I have a particularly nasty zit on my chin).
But we have turned a corner and eased into a new normal – and right now THIS MINUTE our numbers are beautifully reassuring, and we feel safe enough to lower our masks – if not our guard completely – and smile at each other in public.
So: Thank you to our health care workers. Our supply chain workers. Our garbage and utility workers. Our scientists, our teachers, our defense officials, our police, our protestors, our artists and our dreamers… and thank you – yes – to our Prime Minister and our government for getting us to this moment in time.
The future stretches out now – unwritten, still… uncertain, absolutely …. but it sure feels a lot brighter from where I'm standing.
The Portion of Bechukotai
The entrance into the Land of Israel is preceded by specific instructions. The people of Israel are commanded to observe the laws of the Torah in order to survive in the land. The laws of nature in Israel are directly intertwined with the level of observance of the commandments. "If you follow my commandments…" (Leviticus 26;3), then "I will give rain in its appropriate time" (26;4).
The rain that falls is conditioned upon the observance of the commandments. In the event that the people of Israel do not observe the commandments they will suffer the Almighty's punishments. G-d's wrath will stop the rain and bring terrible plagues upon the people.
Despite the fact that the expression "charon af" (wrath) is not found in these verses, it is alluded to in the unique letters found in the verse "even I will do this" (Leviticus 26;17) which begins with the word "af".
In addition, the entire section of the curses is full of these specially curved letters "pei".
A few years ago, CAA announced that it had signed on to represent Patrisse Cullors. The powerful Hollywood talent agency is considered the biggest firm of its kind and doesn't usually represent activists. But the Black Lives Matter co-founder isn't a typical activist either.
By the time that Cullors was being represented by the talent agency, the self-proclaimed "trained Marxist" was going from award dinners to studio events. Most speaking fees aren't made public, but last year, Cullors, along with the other two co-founders of the racist BLM hate group, charged the University of Florida $10,000 each to address students online. When she isn't charging thousands to video chat, Cullors curated ComplexCon, a BLM global art show, and worked on an ad campaign for Adidas with Pharell Williams, claims to be a "dancer, choreographer, designer, stylist, producer, and director."
Cullors got to consult for Good Trouble, a lefty Disney TV series, about two girls, one white and one Latino, who move to Los Angeles and fight racial injustice. Another way of saying that is, she gave a show run by a white lady who used to act on The Bold and the Beautiful street cred.
"You only have to spend about five minutes with Patrisse to be blown away by her as an activist, artist, intellectual and force of life energy, love, joy and humanity," Good Trouble showrunner Joanna Johnson raved. "She has such a wealth of knowledge and life experience. I'm always looking for that in writers because truth is not only stranger but more nuanced and rich than fiction can ever be."
Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Just ask the Black Lives Matter founder who went from a year in which the hate group's race rioters burned buildings and terrorized communities to buying a $1.4 million home in the mostly white Topanga Canyon through a corporate entity.
Like every proper trained Marxist should. As an amateur Marxist, Cullors had to settle for the San Fernando Valley, but as a fully trained Marxist she got "vaulted ceilings clad in knotty pine" and "whitewashed hearth fireplaces."
Whiteness and whitewashing isn't all bad. Especially when white studios are paying for it.
The Topanga Canyon home has "soaring ceilings", "skylights", and is ideal for "quietly contemplating cross-canyon vistas framed by mature trees" or the next town your hate group is going to burn. There's even an art studio and politically incorrect "maids quarters".
The house is down the road from one of the homes involved in the Manson murders which seems only appropriate since Manson wanted to start a race war.
And Black Lives Matter is carrying on Manson's work.
This was reportedly Cullors' fourth home purchase after buying a ranch on three acres in Atlanta with a private airplane hangar and shopping around for a luxury home in the Bahamas.
Last year, Cullors signed a deal with Warner Brothers to "develop scripted dramas and comedies, docuseries and animated programming for children, young adults and families".
Cullors also has her own anti-police organization, Dignity and Power Now, run by Lamia Al-Sadek, the former county director of Islamic Relief Worldwide, and two white people, near USC. And she also has her own consulting firm with her lover, Janaya And Patrisse Consulting.
It's unclear if either of these were the entities that Cullors used to buy her $1.4 million home, or if she has other organizations in her portfolio that have yet to be exposed and revealed.
While Cullors went with CAA, Alicia Garza, the second BLM co-founder, went with ICM, and her book, Purpose Of Power, came out last year. Garza is also due to appear in the HBO adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' racist rant, Between the World and Me.
ICM's previous coup was boasting about the role of "client Josh Hartnett" in the HBO "documentary" Exterminate All the Brutes which "shifts perspectives by highlighting America's founding as inherently genocidal". It's no wonder that the entire roster of BLM's founders have found a comfortable home in an entertainment industry that hates America as much as they do.
Opal Tometi, the third BLM co-founder, got on board with WME, the rival CAA Hollywood talent agency, which Hollywood Reporter noted had signed stars like,"Elton John, Eva Longoria, Shakira, Tessa Thompson, Sarah Cooper, and Opal Tometi."
You can read about all this in Opal's official press releases, in between telling a newspaper, "I do this because we deserve to live."
And deserve to live very well too.
WME used Opal Tometi to launch its Social Justice Now Film Festival through Film Life Foundation, a non-profit founded by Opal and Marvel star, Michael B. Jordan. Sponsored by Sony, Amazon, Heineken, J.P. Morgan, and other great outposts of social justice, the festival's message is "translate art into change" and features movies like, Who Will Survive America.
It's hard surviving America while being sponsored by a Japanese electronics firm, a Dutch beer conglomerate, and a banking firm whose predecessors had used slaves as collateral.
Opal also has her own production company, Blue Opal Productions.
Unlike Cullors and Garza, both of whom came out of Los Angeles, Opal came from Arizona, but Hollywood is the common denominator of the founders of Black Lives Matter.
The founders of BLM have gone to work acting, writing, consulting, and promoting for Hollywood because their racist hate movement was always an entertainment industry production. BLM's race riots destroyed communities and small businesses, but its brands and buzzwords were a corporate marketing campaign backed by industry talent. Like Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast, it was a production, even if the physical destruction of the riots was all too real.
Why shouldn't Cullors get a house in the area where Quentin Tarantino filmed a scene in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and where movie stars house their pets at the Topanga Pet Resort?
It's all made in Hollywood anyway.
Truth is stranger than fiction. But Hollywood also specializes in turning fiction into truth. Why not set the country on fire, elect some Democrats, and get some new content in the pipeline?
Hollywood had been stagnating. Every piece of IP or intellectual property had been locked down by giants like Disney, and the staggering cost of Silicon Valley streamers like Netflix and Amazon Prime sinking billions into developing original content to keep subscription viewers on their plantation had made it impossible for much of the old industry to compete on its own turf.
Now there are books to adapt into movies, TV series to launch, and countless entertainment industry products to sell to guilty liberal suburban moms who joyfully grapple with the depths of their own racism by binge watching black pain. And there are the BLM co-founders to help Hollywood get all the political cred that it needs to make a killing out of racism on a budget.
Forget Hearst's "You furnish the pictures. I'll furnish the war." The war is easy to furnish. It's the pictures that are expensive.
The damage from the BLM race riots surpassed $2 billion. That sounds like a lot of money, and individually it wiped out countless businesses, crushed neighborhoods and communities, and took more lives and dreams than will ever be accounted for, but that's nothing compared to the $17 billion that Netflix blew on programming in just one year. And the best part is that $2 billion was entirely paid for by ordinary Americans, insurance companies, and non-industry types.
Think of the Kenosha riots as the Atlanta burning scene in Gone With the Wind. But no Hollywood studio had to sacrifice its own sets to produce all that footage. Race rioters were happy to burn down American cities as publicity for Hollywood social justice projects.
Some consulting and acting gigs for the marketable founders of the racist hate group is a small price to pay for Warner Brothers to use HBO Max to compete with Netflix. It's been a long time since Warner Brothers meant the conservative Warner brothers, Jewish immigrants and Republicans who appeared before HUAC, and declared, "We are willing to establish such a fund to ship to Russia the people who don't like our American system of government."
Warner Brothers and HBO Max, like CNN, are cultural death rays of the AT&T death star. Or, as a CNN reporter described the riots, "fiery, but mostly peaceful" death rays.
If only there were a fund to ship AT&T, Netflix, and Disney to Russia.
After BLM fades, there will be new productions, spectacles, and extravaganzas to excite, humiliate, and distract the attention of Americans from the havoc being wreaked on their country as a handful of entangled companies fight for supreme dominance in the oligarchy.
And BLM's co-founders have found a good exit strategy with production companies, organizations, and homes in an industry that knows the value of a good show.
Somewhere, Captain David Dorn's widow is mourning her husband. And the other victims of BLM are immersed in their own private griefs for lost children, spouses, and parents.
But in Hollywood, the mansions only get bigger and the party never ends.