Dark and unaccountable.
March 20, 2017
Mr. Moyar is author of “Aid for Elites: Building Partner Nations and Ending Poverty through Human Capital” (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
The Trump administration’s new budget outline calls for a 28% cut in funding for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Defenders of USAID insist that foreign aid is vital to advancing U.S. interests. They’re right—but there’s also plenty of waste.
On its website, USAID explains that the “Purple My School” program, a joint venture with the United Nations, “encourages peers, teachers and parents to become allies of LGBTI students” in eight Asian countries. “Through teachers’ facilitation, students discuss issues surrounding homophobia, how to create safe spaces for LGBTI students, and are encouraged to wear, draw, or make something purple.” (The acronym stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex.)
To promote transgender rights in Central America, USAID has “helped Guatemala’s Election Tribunal update election manuals and provide trainings to electoral officials on how to be sensitive to people whose appearances are not congruent with the birth name on their personal identification card.”
Let’s see, $4.1 Billion each year for refugee resettlement- don’t we have real needs in this country for rebuilding our inner cities, educational retraining programs that train our citizens for the jobs that will be returning, highways, bridges, dams, airports, securing the border, modernizing our depleted and outdated military, taking better care of our veterans, paying our military members more, providing for our homeless, etc ?. What about putting a little away to start paying down on our national debt ? The list of our needs here at home is endless and we are bringing in more people to add to our cost burden. That is crazy ! Nancy
Refugees Will Cost Taxpayers an Estimated $4.1 Billion in FY 2017
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Dec. 29, 2016 7:10 p.m. ET
I want to end this dramatic year writing of a man whose great and constructive work I discovered in 2016. He is the photojournalist Chris Arnade. I follow him on Twitter, where he issues great tweet-storms containing pictures and commentary about America. (His work has also appeared in the Guardian and the Atlantic.) He has spent the past year traveling through much of the country taking pictures of regular people in challenging circumstances and writing of their lives. He is politically progressive and a week before the election angered his side, and some media folk, by foretelling the victory of Donald Trump. The people he met were voting for him. Many saw the America they’d grown up in slipping away. They wanted a country that was great again. They experienced elite disdain for Trump as evidence he might be the one to turn it around.
Mr. Arnade received a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins in 1993 and worked 20 years as a bond trader at Salomon Brothers, through its end as Citigroup. He left Wall Street in 2012 and started taking long treks through New York City, 10 miles and 20. “I was a numbers guy,” he said, a professional who lived on data. Now he wanted to seethings. “Eventually I started taking pictures and talking to people about their lives,” he said by phone from his home in upstate New York, where he lives now with his family. “Looking back, for me it was an evolution of trying to . . . stop being that arrogant Ph.D. kid who knew it all.” What he saw was “injustice.” He wanted to see “if what I found in the Bronx was true in other parts of the U.S.”
And so his 2016 trek. By this weekend he will have traveled 58,000 miles throughout America in his 2006 Honda Odyssey. He went to small towns and cities through the northeast and down South, through the Midwest and the Rust Belt, through forgotten places with boarded up town centers. He met retired welders and drug addicts and valorous families getting by with nothing. He saw modest and embittered people who’d seen the places they grew up in disappear. He met Minnie McDonald and her granddaughter, Madison Walton, visiting the graves of Minnie’s daughters in Montezuma, Ga. He met five little kids in Selma, Ala. “Do you like Selma?” he asked. All were quiet. The littlest said, “Noooo.” Why? “Too many shootings, too many deaths,” said another. Penny Springfield, a middle-aged white woman, met Mr. Arnade in the empty church where she’d buried her son Johny, who died from an overdose.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Notable & Quotable: Trumped-Up Outrage
‘Tears were another favored response to the tragedy.’
Rev. Peterson- Black Lives Matter Is ‘Evil, They’re Wicked … Worse Than The KKK’By Michael W. Chapman | September 21, 2016 |Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson (BOND)Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, an author, columnist, talk radio host, and founder of the pro-family group BOND, said the “race hustlers” in America include Jesse Jackson, the NAACP, and President Barack Obama, and added that the group Black Lives Matter is “evil” and “wicked” and “worse than the KKK.”“If Black Lives Matter was a white organization and doing exactly what they’re doing now, America would not accept them, they would not,” said Rev. Peterson in a Sept. 17 interview with Ginni Thomas, a contributor to The Daily Caller. (Thomas is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.) “But because they are black and white people are afraid, and then they have the support of the president, they’re allowed to bring on destruction in this country.”“Those people are evil, they’re wicked, they’re an agitating group, they’re worse than the KKK,” said Rev. Peterson, who grew up on a plantation in Tuskegee, Alabama during the Jim Crow era. (Peterson’s ancestors had been slaves on the same plantation in the 19th century.)During the interview, Ginni Thomas asked, “Who are the race hustlers? Who’s in the business of keeping blacks angry?”Rev. Peterson said, “The race hustlers are people like Jesse Jackson, the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, Louis Farrakhan — the so-called civil rights leaders — many of the black preachers, Barack Obama. They’re all into keeping black Americans angry and demoralized for power and wealth for themselves. And you have to demoralize a person or a people in order to control them.”
Diana West, author of “Death of the Grownup” and “American Betrayal” was the guest speaker at ICON’s event on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Political Correctness was the subject of her talk – What It Is, Where It Comes From and Why It Matters. Diana referred to her research for her book, “American Betrayal” which documented how Communists infiltrated our government during the Roosevelt administration of the 1940’s. Her further research has turned up evidence that the Marxists were actually actively working in this country as early as 1905. During the 1930’s a group of Marxist professors from the Frankfurt School in Germany came to America and established themselves first at Columbia University and then methodically started to spread their Cultural Marxism ideology within our university system. By using “Political Correctness”, they were able to silence those who opposed the stealth attack on our traditional core values which was designed to weaken our society from within.Through a news article about Diana’s talk, a coalition of Far Left groups organized a protest of Diana West and made charges of “hate speech” . When the Far Left feels threatened by the facts, they call it “hate speech”. The protest ended quietly but photos of some of their protest signs are at the end of the photos from the lecture. There is also a photo of our friend, Lee Green, holding up her sign as a counter protest to support free speech.A video of Diana’s talk will be posted on our website – www.iconlectureseries.com in the next week so you will be able to listen to Diana’s West’s fascinating presentation. You will not hear this subject matter being discussed anywhere else in the media !This was our last event of 2016 but 2017 is going to be an exciting year with our first speaker being Mike Adams, PHD, speaking on March 7, 2017, on “How U.S. Campuses Incubate and Enforce Cultural Marxism by using safe spaces and speech codes.ICON’S lectures for the rest of 2017 are April 25 – “Slow Death: Assessing America’s War on Terrorism”. May 23 – “Impact of Mass Migration into the U.S.” Sept 12 – “The Real Story on Climate Change” and October 17 “The Growing National Threat from Iran”Season tickets for 2017 are now available online at www.iconlectureseries.com along with a description of our five speakers that are already booked for 2017 !Hope you enjoy the following photos that were taken at the event. Nancy