A Government Shutdown but Aid to Egypt Must Go On!

The national television media has made it pretty clear where they stand on the government shutdown.  By reviewing the stories they choose to cover and the stories they repress one can get a feel for the atmosphere inside the executive boardrooms.  We are told that the shutdown penalizes the Center for Disease Control, which has lost critical funding and then we meet an attractive, tearful young cancer patient who may die as a result.  What we are not told is that the ongoing, corrupt relationship with big American corporations and the national news media continues. One can understand this best by reviewing our ongoing, uninterrupted foreign aid to Egypt, which as we all now know, does not go to Egypt at all but rather, to corporate America.

In 2011, breathless television correspondents stood among the thousands in Tahrir Square in Cairo reporting that the Arab Spring had finally come to Egypt.  Freedom was in the air.  At last there would be democracy here.  After all, we had driven our own country into its second worst depression in history and killed thousands of people to bring “freedom” to Iraq.  (Hopefully, the freedom in Egypt would be a tad better, since the freedom in Iraq resulted in the massacre of Christians and the end to a 2,000 year old Christian community which traced its heritage to the apostle Thomas.)

One thing the experts all agreed upon.  The billions of dollars in foreign aid to Egypt, which had been ongoing since 1979, must surely continue now.  The terrible dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, which had begun in 1961 was finally coming to an end.  With real democracy in the wind, this was not the time to withdraw.

Wait a minute.  If Mubarak was a terrible dictator and freedom was only then coming to Egypt why had we been giving him billions and billions of dollars to stay in power?

Well, he made peace with Israel and the aid was his pay off.   And we’ve got to stay on the right side of history!

Huh?  Okay.  That seems contradictory.  I may have some more questions about that one, continue.

So with the freedom to vote the Egyptians elected Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood as their new president.

Once again, the experts all agreed.  The billions of dollars in foreign aid to Egypt must surely continue.  This was democracy.  It was why our sons died in the war in Iraq.  American journalism nodded and yawned.

But soon under Morsi the people of Egypt began to burn churches and kill the worshipers of the ancient Coptic Christian community.  Christians were tortured in a Cairo mosque.  These Christians traced their heritage back to the apostle Mark.

In 2013, tens of thousands of Egyptians descended on Tahrir Square once again, this time to protest their own duly elected president.  The breathless American television correspondents were back excitedly reporting on yet another rebirth of freedom.  Isn’t it thrilling?  And the military people now serving as caretakers of the government were promising new elections.  This time they won’t let Morsi participate.  He was bad for Christians.  Bad for gays.

And yet again, the one thing the experts all agreed upon.  The billions of dollars in foreign aid to Egypt must surely continue.  Egypt had ousted Mohammed Morsi and had promised new elections.

This ridiculous narrative had finally reached the limits of credulity.  Last week the Obama administration said it might suspend the remaining aide, which is a pittance of the total.

What’s going on?

The answer is that most of the money passes to Egypt and then back to American where corporations who get the money use some of it to make contributions to senators and congressmen though their respective lobbies and through related companies who advertise on national television.  The money doesn’t really go to Egypt.  It goes to your neighbor.  It is the old game of redistribution of wealth.

Who gains?

American companies who manufacture tanks and other weapons that Egypt has not used in our lifetime.  Some goes to “security” consultants in our country but even much of the humanitarian and economic aid comes back to us.  For example, one program brings Egyptian teachers and hospital administrators to the USA where they are housed, fed, trained and work on American soil.  The universities, hospitals and institutions which get the money and free labor, lobby the congress and White House to keep this valuable “aid to Egypt” going.

The Egyptians masses could rape an American television correspondent, in public, in Tahrir Square and American foreign aid to Egypt would still continue.  And they did.  And it does.

So now we are facing a government shutdown.  They will surely stop this nonsense right?

Wrong?

The Obama administration, like Bush before him, determines that foreign aid is “security related” and thus exempted from the shutdown.  So close the parks, let the cancer victims die, but please, oh please, do not touch our “foreign aid to Egypt.”

Postscript:  Three days after this blog post, the Obama administration announced it is considering ending some parts of aid to Egypt and would have an announcement in the coming days.  Here is a link to the story.  Administration considers partial stop of some Egyptian aid.  Is this an extraordinary coincidence?  Or is this “the little blog who could?”  Anyway, one could apply the same logic to aid to Pakistan or any number of places.  The point is we are only being shown the stories that support the direction that the benefiting corporations want us to go.  “Screw the truth, screw journalism, and screw the people.  All power to the corporate hogs who eat at the public trough.”  American corruption has become as endemic as the Soviet Union at its height or India at its worst.

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14 Responses to A Government Shutdown but Aid to Egypt Must Go On!

  1. tex2 says:

    You DON’T think that foreign aid is security related? Or is your liberal “heart” bleeding so much you can’t see reality?

  2. donjusko says:

    Balance the budget. Don’t spend money we don’t have.

  3. moebears says:

    Please, tex2, tell us how foreign aid is security related. How does propping up dictators, for example, make us more secure? How does arming so-called rebels, many of whom are affiliated with terrorist groups, make us more secure? How does aiding and abetting the muslim brotherhood into power, make us more secure? Please, oh, please, do tell.

  4. Surfisher says:

    Reality check:

    Does anyone with a functioning brain think that Obama’s goal from day one has been anything but the destruction of our Free Republic, by eliminating the US Constitution as the ONLY TRUE AND INDISPENSABLE framework on which our Nation MUST be based?!

    Barrack Hussein has done much damage to the Constitution already — his NAADA signature (which he lied that he’ll NEVER sign) into law allowing any US Citizen to be whisked away, without due process or representation, to some secret Military Base on MERE suspicion (not actual proof) of being a “terrorist”!

    Barrack Hussein also wanted armed drones to fly all over America (but Rand Paul’s heroic stand finally elicited a response from the White House — not Barrack Hussein directly– that such drones wont kill Americans on American soil)!

    Barrack Hussein has started more “treason trials” on whistle blowers than all other presidents combined in US history!

    Barrack Hussein has finalized the NSA Spying on All Americans at the Utah Center — that is up and running already, AND collecting all possible DATA on ALL Americans!

    Barrack Hussein and wife Michelle Obama have publicly stated that they have attended US Flag burnings, because: “We feel that the US Constitution was written in Colonial Times and no longer applies to today’s world, being an archaic document …therefore, we do not think the US Flag represents what America should be today”! Meaning they want the US Constitution abolished!

    These are just a few of the horrendous examples Obama has perpetrated against the American people — but they are very narrow, few will suffer from them today.
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    Here is THE BIG ONE — Obama’s Coup d’état of our Republic!

    “Obamacare” affects EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN, our Entire Nation — and as SUCH is nothing else, but the ultimate illegal weapon that ENDS the US Constitution, and thereby our Nation as Free People!

    The US Constitution PROHIBITS the mandate of anyone (whether private or public entities) from FORCING their goods or services on the Free American People upon the threat of penalty! (Example: If Verizon tells you: “You must subscribe to our service, or be penalized”. If Verizon tries to force that upon you, any Court of Law would find them guilty of EXTORTION, and give them jail time)!

    Thus, why would Obama’s “Obamacare” be treated differently, and not as the illegal EXTORTION that it is?!
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    What can you do to save our Nation — simple, get your reps to Save America by STARTING an IMPEACHMENT PROCESS of Obama NOW!

  5. Surfisher says:

    With Obama’s DISAPPROVAL rating climbing through the roof — now is the perfect storm to go after all of Barrack Hussein’s perfidies full throttle!

    Let’s get this anti-American Usurper of our White House impeached, and hopefully send to jail for a long, long time.

    This will be a good start:

    Contact Texas congressman Steve Stockman and urge him to start an immediate investigation of Barrack Hussein’s failure to provide naught but a forged Birth Certificate online!

    Texas congressman Steve Stockman:

    326 Cannon House Office Building
    Independence Avenue
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: 202-225-1555
    Fax: 202-226-0396
    Hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

    420 Green Avenue
    Orange, TX 77630
    Phone: 409-883-8075
    Fax: 409-886-9918
    Hours: M-F 8-4:00pm

    web page:

    http://stockman.house.gov/contact
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    Make this short video VIRAL!

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    Doug, will you do your part and contact Steve Stockman…?

  6. Michael says:

    If shutdown goes on longer, maybe furloughed people get a real job in order to save their lifes.

    What will happen if they want to get a job and they can’t find any? Well, maybe some of that people will create their own businesses.

    And what will happen when they realize that they cannot start any business because of all the extant regulations? Aha, irony strikes back!

    It has been said that furloughed employees will be paid their back salary once the shutdown is over. But, why pay the work nobody did? Is that reasonable? It may be legal, but it is wrong.

    The shutdown experience proves one thing: people have to be more wary and careful in the future, and give executive and legislative power only to sane, learned people. Sadly most of the members of the 113th Congress and the Federal Government are anything but that.

  7. Foreign aid is security related, because our tax dollars are used to pay for Egyptian armed guards who stand outside tex2′s bedroom while he sleeps at night.

  8. Surfisher says:

    You’d appreciate this 17 minute video by Ron Paul.

    Concisely describes our current state as a nation, and what will inescapably follow.

    Make it viral — America needs to wake up, to comprehend the EVIL that is the Obama Administration. And Obama’s probable endgame to declare Martial Law, and thus suspend elections and finally achieve his goal since childhood to become King (look up video 3 at minute 5:45 — he writes on his school steps “King Obama” as a child)!

    The below is a MUST SEE — “Who exactly is Barrack Hussein Obama?”

    part one:

    part two:

    part three:

  9. Surfisher says:

    MSM DC reporters more liberal than Communist Berkley’s scum — WOW, what’s new?!

    Marxist MSM trying to brainwash the American people — you bet your life (and that ain’t metaphorical)!

    http://conservativevideos.com/2013/10/ultimate-proof-liberal-media-bias-5-minutes/

  10. Surfisher says:

    The easiest solution TO STOP OBAMACARE FROM DESTROYING US, is to impeach Obama on his failure to provide a valid birth certificate, which he STILL refuses to do!

    Call your Reps AND ALSO FAX them the below (since phone calls never get you to your actual Representative) — FAX this:
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    “We demand that an investigation be started in Congress BY YOU, dear Congressman, as to Obama’s failure to SHOW HIS ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE AS OF YET — no copies, please, since no US Citizen could get anywhere with a Copy, but MUST show the ORIGINAL (what makes Barrack Hussein Obama ABOVE the Law NOT TO DO what WE ALL American Citizens must do)!
    Why won’t Obama show his ORIGINAL Birth Certificate — “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about!” (that is his mantra on the NSA spying on US)! So, what is Barrack Hussein Obama hiding from Congress and We the People — as per this video:

    Dear Congressman, if you are unwilling to start such an investigation, be assured we won’t be willing to cast our votes for you come election time!”
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    Fax this Patriot in my home state (and also your Reps):

    Texas congressman Steve Stockman:

    Fax: 202-226-0396

  11. Surfisher says:

    Doug — hope you are alright (since you have not posted anything in a long time)!
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    How pathetic has our Nation become:

    1) We have a President that STILL refuses to show his ORIGINAL Birth Certificate (which we all must do to get a job). What valid credentials did Barrack Hussein Obama show to get his job, as president…NONE! What is he hiding — being born in Kenya, thus belonging behind bars as an impostor, and not in the White House?

    2) Hillery Clinton running for President 2016 — when she should be in jail for life in a Federal prison for allowing the deaths of Americans in Benghazi?

    3) The GOP Elite betraying the original Republican Principles in order to stay in power, regardless the damage they cause to our Nation?
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    What has become of our Free Republic? Have, We The People, become so complacent to allow Criminals to evade not only Justice, but to run our Nation…are we slowly but surely becoming a Banana Republic where “Justice For All” means punishing the people only, but not the rulers since they are above The Law?

    Your thoughts on these infamies would be appreciated.

    Read more at http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2013/11/election-2013-post-mortem/#0m7pBZ3pYKScGE5G.99

  12. Surfisher says:

    Obamacare dissected:

    No-one can dictate that the American people MUST buy something against their will — That’s Unconstitutional, and subject to charges of treason by the Government Official (in this case the President) for trying to enforce it!
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    As a pessimist I’ll state the following (which may seem optimistic for the eventual repealing of ACA, better described as ‘ObamaCaresLess’ in it’s true meaning as: Dictatorial Health Enforcement by the Obama Gov on all American Citizens — to those that expect that patriotic Republicans will win in 2014, and not the Neocons supported by the GOP Establishment):

    1) The Young Healthy Bodies of 7,000,000 (7 Million) Americans that need to be thrown as sacrificial lambs to make this infamy work in the first year won’t even approach a fraction of that NEED — Barrack Hussein and Patsies tried going to Universities to get healthy young students to enroll, only to get mostly BOOED and laughed out of college auditoriums (he guessed wrong that college students have been dumb-ed up enough to accept his idiotic plan)!

    I’ll state that Hussein Obama will be lucky to get 1/10th of the needed young, healthy bodies — 700,000 at most! He may think the people are dumb, but the healthy young people are nowdays most aware of where this nation is heading — Dictatorship — and I’ll wager that the final number that fall for Obama’s trap are 70,000…a JOKE of a Number exposing the rejection of his dictatorial desires, that’s 1/100th of his Majesty’s Clairvoyance, which will make Obama an even bigger JOKE!

    Regardless how few young healthy bodies register — anything under 3 million will throw this socialist scheme into unsustainable turmoil. Barrack Hussein will then have to attack others to make it work. The less healthy sacrificial lambs subscribe, the more the “Health Care” Dictator will have to squeeze the rest!

    This will cause major problems for the Democrooks, come election time. Especially since by November 2014, expect the cancellations to individuals to become well over 17,000,000 Americans to have their insurances canceled because of Obamacare (to make a comparison, 17 million people is like the WHOLE Nation of Holland — men, women and children — getting Nixed)!
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    2) Come 2014, all employers will be subject to compliance with this infamy (or pay penalties)!!!

    The end result will be that even more Americans will lose their current plans — as many as another 35,000,000 (to make a comparison, 35 million people is like the WHOLE Nation of Canada — men, women and children — getting Nixed)!

    This will keep on coming month after month in 2014 — how many employers will decide to pay the penalty and not provide their employees with health insurance (in order to stay alive in business, and if their employees leave because of that, won’t most of them go out of business)?!

    And how many employers will risk increasing their employees premiums astronomically, in order to comply with Obama’s Dictates (hoping their employees won’t quit, thus put them out of business, because the workers’ final paycheck is so small that they can’t make ends meet)!

    The near destruction of ALL Self-employed and Small Business seems to be the end result of Obamacare. And I’ll state that that was HIS GOAL — the destruction of what America is all about: Private Proprietorship and Small Business — the BACK BONE OF AMERICA’S INDUSTRY!!!
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    The above shows CLEARLY that what Obama is doing is Unconstitutional — and since he swore to defend the US Constitution when taking Office, that makes him Perjurer of the oath he took!

    By breaking the Oath to Preserve and Defend the US Constitution, Barrack Hussein Obama is GUILTY of TREASON — as such he should not only be Impeached, but send to Jail for Life!

    Read more at http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2013/11/obama-meets-with-senate-dems-over-obamacare-fears/#iVCXUICEEdpWz4JA.99

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