‘Small Gov’t’ Politicians Stealing Homes from US Families to Give Foxconn a Factory to Make iPhones

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Politicians—who claim to be for limited government and free markets—are engaging in an insidious plot to seize homes from families and give them to the Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn. Not surprisingly, the plot is being hypocritically championed by those who claim to be for ‘small government,’ like President Donald Trump, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Paul Ryan.

The factory will be used to manufacture LCD screens for iPhones, iPads, and other electronic devices. It’s being sold to the population as a means of creating jobs, but it’s hardly going to register as a blip on the job market especially considering the billion dollar endeavor that it will take to create it.

The irony of Republicans using big government tactics to take homes from innocent families to benefit a foreign company to create a measly 3,000-13,000 jobs is glaring. To those who champion the free market, the state using imminent domain to seize property is nothing more than theft on a massive scale.

Many people, even small government republicans and libertarians, are able to look the other way when imminent domain is used for public utilities and the like, however, in this instance it is being used to benefit a company from Taiwan—to make iPhones!

What’s more, the company is going to be granted special privilege to decimate resources and pollute the environment.

As TFTP reported in April, Foxconn was given a blank check to drain 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan—at no cost to the company.

On top of the water controversy, the DNR has also granted Foxconn air permits to pump pollutants like volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides into the air.

To “create jobs” local residents are being forced out of their homes in order for the state to collect the property needed for the plant’s massive footprint. Despite public backlash, the plans to build the plant have mostly gone forward undeterred, according to Vice.

Showing how Republicans simply use this label to get elected, this corporate welfare is being spearheaded by a party who claims to be for “smaller government.”

In total, for building their $10 billion factory in Wisconsin—where they will have access to free water, a permit to pollute, and legally kick people out of their homes—the taxpayers will shell out $4.5 billion in incentives.

“This is a once-in-a-century opportunity for our state and our country, and Wisconsin is ready,” said Walker at the time of the announcement.

But if it’s “creating jobs” and taking back jobs from China, it’s a good thing, right? Well, how many jobs is it really taking back?

As stated above, this massive giveaway to Foxconn—under the ostensible nature of creating jobs—will only create between 3,000 and 13,000 jobs. Doing the simple math, the government is paying Foxconn, on the lower end, roughly $1.3 million in tax incentives—per job.

Ironically, the state is using taxpayer dollars to lure a company to create “jobs” at which people have been documented killing themselves due to horrific working conditions. The problem became so out of hand in 2010 that Foxconn had to install suicide nets around the buildings to keep their workers from jumping out of the windows.

“It’s way too much money and it never seems to stop growing,” State Rep. Dana Wachs told CNNMoney last year in regard to this project. “It just keeps on taking from Wisconsin taxpayers. There is a substantial negative reaction to this deal all over the state. I can’t go in the grocery store without people stopping me to talk about this issue.”

No one here is arguing that companies shouldn’t be able to compete inside the US, adding to the free market to create jobs and grow the economy. However, this is hardly competition and most certainly not the free market. It is the opposite.

This is government propping up a corporation at the expense of the taxpayers and the environment. It is welfare being pushed onto citizens by those who claim to be against welfare. This is corporatism to the highest degree. Sadly, it will likely be accepted by the ostensible right who will use it as a reason to claim Trump “helped the economy”—property rights, resources, and the environment be damned.

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Minnesota: Somali “Refugees” Stealing Hundreds of Millions in Welfare Swindle



 


Somali invaders in Minnesota—given “refugee status” by liberals and the US Government—are stealing hundreds of millions of dollars in welfare swindles and shipping the cash by commercial aircraft back to Somalia in suitcases to regions controlled by the Islamist al Shabaab organization, an investigation by KMSP-TV in that state has revealed.

According to the report, suitcases filled with cash have “become a common carry-on” at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), carried by Somalis flying out of the country.

US treasury law states that as long it is declared, a passenger can take $1 million in cash with them onto a commercial aircraft headed out of the country.

The report said that these “scenarios now happen almost weekly at MSP. The money is usually headed to the Middle East, Dubai and points beyond. Sources said last year alone, more than $100 million in cash left MSP in carry-on luggage.”

The report quoted Glen Kerns, is a former Seattle police detective who spent 15 years on the FBI’s joint terrorism task force. “What we were interested in is where it was going,” Kerns said. “It’s an outright crime, it’s unbelievable,” he said.

According to Kerns, the money is couriered using the “hawala” system, which follows Islamic traditions.

“Kerns discovered some of the money was being funneled to a Hawala in the region of Somalia that is controlled by the al Shabaab terrorist group,” the report continued.

“I talked to a couple of sources who had lived in that region and I said, ‘If money is going to this Hawala do you think it is going to al Shabaab?’” said Kerns. “And he said, ‘Oh definitely, that area is controlled by al Shabaab, and they control the Hawala there.’”

He said when the money arrives, whether it was intended for legitimate purposes or not, al Shabaab or other groups demand a cut.

As Kerns dug deeper, he found that some of the individuals who were sending out tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of remittance payments happened to be on government assistance in this country.

“We had sources that told us, ‘It’s welfare fraud, it’s all about the daycare,’” said Kerns.

The report went on to reveal that the nonwhites were stealing the money through a “daycare fraud” which was “on the rise in Minnesota,” and the system was being “gamed to steal millions in government subsidies meant to help low-income families with their childcare expenses.”

“It’s a great way to make some money,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was quoted as saying.

In order for the scheme to work, the daycare centers need to sign up low income families that qualify for child care assistance funding. Surveillance videos from a case prosecuted by Hennepin County show parents checking their kids into a center, only to leave with them a few minutes later. Sometimes, no children would show up.

Either way, the center would bill the state for a full day of childcare. Video from that same case shows a man handing out envelopes of what are believed to be kickback payments to parents who are in on the fraud.

When asked where the money was going, Freeman said, “I don’t know exactly where it went. But it adds up when you begin to look at how many people were involved.”

Acting Commissioner for the Department of Human Services Chuck Johnson told the reporters that his agency currently has 10 daycares currently under active investigation for fraud, and that “dozens more are considered suspicious.”

According to public records and government sources, most of these agencies “are owned by Somali immigrants.”

The report went on to quote “sources in the Somali community” as saying that it was an “open secret that starting a daycare center is a license to make money. The fraud is so widespread they said, that people buy shares of daycare businesses to get a cut of the huge public subsidies that are pouring in.”

The fraud has been ongoing for years amongst the nonwhites, with the state aggressively tracking the swindle when it was “easier to track the flow of money. The state would pay a daycare’s bill and within hours of the money showing up in the business’s bank account, funds were being wired to the United Arab Emirates. Those wire transfers stopped after a few centers were busted.”

Since then, the nonwhite invaders have switched to moving the money in cash. In 2015, investigators documented $14 million in “carry on” cash on aircraft at MSP. By 2016, it had grown to $84 million, and in 2017, reached $100 million.

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Stealing China’s thunder: the Quads’ counter project to the Silk route

The United States has formed a new Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD), which is known as the “Quads”. This is an anti-Chinese group composed since 2007 of Japan, Australia and India. Following a change in government, Australia had left the group, making Washington’s strategy a failure, returned to it in 2010.

The Trump Administration is preparing a project to steal China’s thunder. The initiative the Chinese have in mind is to create new communication routes along the model of the former Silk route.

In 2009, the Chinese Communist Party had chosen General Xi Jinping to create a system of trade communication covering the whole planet. Once Xi became president, he gradually revealed his project, whose routes will cross around 70 countries at an estimated cost of 124 billion dollars.

The Quad countries met in November 2017, at the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit. On 23 February 2018, the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Donald Trump will discuss at the White House, the framework of their project aimed at provide an alternative to the Chinese initiative.

In December, the Australian government published its 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper in which it advises involving the US to contain China.

On 15 February 2018, Admiral Kurt Tidd, Head of SouthCom, had violently denounced the contention that the new Silk Route presented a risk to US influence.

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Stealing China’s thunder: the Quads’ counter project to the Silk route

The United States has formed a new Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD), which is known as the “Quads”. This is an anti-Chinese group composed since 2007 of Japan, Australia and India. Following a change in government, Australia had left the group, making Washington’s strategy a failure, returned to it in 2010.

The Trump Administration is preparing a project to steal China’s thunder. The initiative the Chinese have in mind is to create new communication routes along the model of the former Silk route.

In 2009, the Chinese Communist Party had chosen General Xi Jinping to create a system of trade communication covering the whole planet. Once Xi became president, he gradually revealed his project, whose routes will cross around 70 countries at an estimated cost of 124 billion dollars.

The Quad countries met in November 2017, at the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit. On 23 February 2018, the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Donald Trump will discuss at the White House, the framework of their project aimed at provide an alternative to the Chinese initiative.

In December, the Australian government published its 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper in which it advises involving the US to contain China.

On 15 February 2018, Admiral Kurt Tidd, Head of SouthCom, had violently denounced the contention that the new Silk Route presented a risk to US influence.

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Multiple Sheriffs Caught Getting Rich by Depriving Inmates of Food, Stealing from Food Funds

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Alabama — Sheriffs in Alabama have found an unscrupulous means of stealing money from the taxpayers of their state by embezzling money from funds that are collected for the purpose of feeding inmates. It is not an isolated incident either.

In only three years, one Alabama sheriff stole over $110,000 in taxpayer dollars that was slated to feed inmates in the jail his department oversees. During the same period, another sheriff was caught writing checks for personal expenses from a similar taxpayer-funded program intended to feed inmates. Others were caught using the money to loan shark. None of the sheriffs has been charged and they all claim their outright theft of tax dollars is entirely legal.

These sheriffs and many more across the state of Alabama are now the subject of a lawsuit jointly filed Jan. 5 by the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.

As AL.com reports, the sheriffs contend that they are not breaking the law by taking thousands of federal, state and municipal tax dollars that they receive each year as allocations to feed inmates in their jails. The two sheriffs – and likely others across the state – say they are following the letter of a longstanding Alabama state law that they believe allows for them to keep any funds designated to feed county jail inmates that do not end up being used for that purpose.

Not only are these sheriffs taking tax dollars that are slated to feed people in their jails, but they are doing so at the expense of the inmates’ health.

According to the lawsuit, as reported by AL.com, the two centers sued 49 Alabama county sheriffs over their “refusal” for a period of several months “to produce public records showing whether, and if so by how much, they have personally profited from funds allocated for feeding people in their jails,” according to a statement they released last month.

The lawsuit contends that the sheriffs know what they are doing is illegal. It also points out the perverse incentives created by such a greedy interpretation. To fill their pockets at the end of the year, sheriffs now have an incentive to feed inmates minimal and low-quality food.

“Our position is that this practice is illegal now, but it’s clear that many sheriffs believe its legal for them to do this,” Aaron Littman, a staff attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights, told AL.com.

“Clearly this is a practice which is problematic because it creates an incentive for sheriffs to spend as little as possible on feeding folks … and obviously when a minimal amount of money is approved for something and less than that is spent, the quality suffers.”

Monroe County Sheriff Thomas Tate provided the centers with a copy of a handwritten ledger from his office which detailed the taxpayer money he collected to feed inmates in his custody.

The documents show that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received a total of $423,364.60 over that three-year period to pay for a total of 83,878 days worth of meals for inmates – a measure referred to as “inmate days” – in the county’s jails. Of that money, $110,459.77 was “declared excess and paid to Sheriff Thomas Tate,” according to the ledgers.

The amount of “excess” funds Tate received rose each year, despite the fact that the number of inmate days fell each year and the per diem amounts paid to his office – $1.80 per state inmate per day; $5 per municipal inmate per day; and $10 per federal inmate per day- did not change between 2014 and 2016. In 2014, he pocketed less than $29,000; in 2016, he personally received more than $44,000. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Monroe County was home to just 23,068 residents.

“I do it just like the law tells us to. That’s about all I have to say about that,” Tate said during a brief phone interview with AL.com Friday. “We feed all our inmates good and the excess goes to the sheriff. If you declare it excess, you take it and you pay taxes on it.”

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin was so brazen about his theft of tax dollars that he was writing checks directly from the fund. This prompted one of the people receiving the checks to speak out.

“I saw that in the corner of the checks it said Food Provision, and a couple people I knew came through the jail, and they say they got meat maybe once a month and every other day it was just beans and vegetables. I put two and two together and realized that that money could have gone toward some meat or something,” said Matt Qualls, who received these checks for mowing the Sheriff’s lawn and the lawns of his family.

But that’s not all. A corrupt sheriff in Morgan County, Ana Franklin was caught using her inmate food fund to bankroll a used car lot which has since gone bankrupt—to the tune of $150,000.

When the top cops across an entire state are enriching themselves at the expense of the ones they claim to be rehabilitating, something has gone very wrong. This is not a few bad apples. This is a widespread problem of theft with the side effect of inhumane treatment of inmates and the sheriffs have no problem admitting to it. After all, as top cops, who will hold them accountable?

Hopefully, as this lawsuit progresses and more people become aware of this practice, the taxpayers of Alabama will refuse to be extorted to fund used car lots and lawnmowers. Please share this article with your friends and family to show them haw brazen theft is deemed acceptable by those sworn to uphold the law. Only by shining light into the darkness will this ever stop.

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Radicalized policewoman arrested in Paris ‘no-go zone’ after stealing firearms

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A 20-year-old policewoman, who has been described as “radicalised” by colleagues, has been arrested in the heavily migrant-populated Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis after being accused of stealing firearms.

The 20-year-old woman was arrested late last week for allegedly stealing two Sig Sauer 9mm calibre pistols. Three other suspects have also been arrested in connection with the case including a member of the French military, Le Parisien reports.

Colleagues of the 20-year-old officer described her as having an unpleasant personality and said they suspected she might hold radical Islamic extremist sympathies.

The theft is thought to have occurred last August and the gun profile matches that of a pistol which was used to fire on a soldier who was jogging in a forest in Ozoir-la-Ferrière in November. The soldier was shot in the leg and escaped the encounter without fatal injuries.

During the raids that led to the arrest of the policewoman, one of the pistols was recovered while the other has yet to be found by authorities.

A police executive remarked on the case saying it was “incomprehensible” why the female officer would steal the pistols from the department, which are easily traced, as opposed to buying weapons on the street.

The availability of weapons on the street in France has become a worrying issue for authorities as several drug raids over the last year have revealed military-style weapons in the hands of criminals.

Last November, in the regions of Eure-et-Loir, Eure, and Yvelines, police raided drug dealers and found several anti-tank rocket launchers, automatic rifles, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

In several cases, the Islamic radicals who have attempted or carried out terror attacks are criminals and may have used those connections to acquire the same sort of weaponry.

Several attacks, including the Paris Bataclan massacre and the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015, have seen terrorists use fully automatic military-grade weapons.

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CNN Glorifies Kim Jong Un’s Sister for ‘Stealing the Show’ at Olympics

In a disgustingly gushy puff piece published Saturday on CNN.com, reporters Joe Sterling, Sheena McKenzie, and Brian Todd put Kim Yo Jong, the sister of murderous dictator Kim Jong Kim, on the gold medalist tier for her appearance at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. “If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister would be favored to win gold,” the three declared in the first sentence of the article, which headlined the website for a time.

With a smile, a handshake and a warm message in South Korea’s presidential guest book, Kim Yo Jong has struck a chord with the public just one day into the Pyeongchang Games,” they continued to tout. Kim also heads the North Korean Propaganda and Agitation Department, which is responsible for censorship, something you would think the outlet that pompously shouts “#FactsFirst” would care about. 

They kept the negative coverage and criticism to an absolute minimum as they hyped her role in her brother’s government and the “buzz” she caused in the media. “In Pyeongchang, her presence is a major storyline for reporters and the buzz on the street, with some in South Korea curious and accepting, while others are skeptical, if not downright cynical,” they wrote.

CNN did quote two South Koreans who didn’t like that Kim was in their country, but their opinions were already discredited by the journalists who chiding them as just being “downright cynical.” This dissent was immediately followed up by the reporters boasting of Kim’s diplomatic visit:

It wasn’t until this week that the world learned Kim Yo Jong would join her nation’s Olympic delegation. Just a few days later, she is the face of North Korea at Pyeongchang.

The first member of the North’s ruling dynasty to visit the South since the Korean War ended in an armistice in 1953, Kim on Saturday made headlines across the globe when she delivered an invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea. It happened during a historic meeting between North and South Korean officials at Seoul’s presidential palace.

 

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It’s unclear if it was supposed to be a way to glorify Kim or a way to smear President Trump’s daughter, but the trio wrote extensively on how Kim was seen as “North Korea’s Ivanka Trump.” “Seen by some as her brother’s answer to American first daughter Ivanka Trump, Kim, 30, is not only a powerful member of Kim Jong Un’s kitchen cabinet but also a foil to the perception of North Korea as antiquated and militaristic,” they opined.

Experts say her visit for the Winter Games is calculated to answer the expected presence of Ivanka Trump at the closing ceremonies,” the CNN reporters fawned. “‘Kim Yo Jong is the perfect counterpart to this,’ Hwang said. ‘And it also is a signal that North Korea is not this crazy, weird former Cold War state — but it too has young women that are capable and are the future leadership.’

In contrast to CNN’s dismissive handling of average South Korean dissenters, they highlighted praise from a “South Korean public servant” who told them just want they wanted to hear: “[It’s a] great lesson for my children. They learned that winning is not everything and that you can get more cheers for trying to overcome differences.”

The CNN reporters even drew attention to what Kim was wearing during a diplomatic dinner following the joint Korean hockey team’s 8-0 loss to the Swiss team: “At a dinner at a hotel in Gangneung, the sub-host city of the Olympics, Kim Yo Jong was ‘wearing a wine-colored jacket and black pants,’ South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported.”

This obnoxious glorification can after CNN spent the previous few days comparing President Trump to Kim’s dictator brother for wanting a military parade.

[H/T MRCtv’s Brittany Hughes]

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