(John Bowden) Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Tuesday night released documents appearing to show the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) diverted nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The documents, first reported by MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow, detail the agency’s funding redirections for fiscal year 2018 and show that millions of dollars were diverted to ICE from several agencies.
As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following artworkhere, being shared by the page, “Being Libertarian,” and originally posted it to my own wall, along with commentary…
“Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig): I think the success of GoFundMe campaigns for medical expenses shows that we could probably do it on a national level, creating a collective fund for everyone using something called ‘taxes,’ and we can use it to pay for a thing I’ve invented called ‘universal health care.’ It’s called GoFundMe, not GoFundMeOrElse”
My Commentary: GoFundMe is voluntary and consensual. Taxation Is Theft. Grow a soul, oppressor. Your coercion is showing.
In a damning commentary on the rush to invade Iraq, Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry found “diplomatic options had not” at the time “been exhausted. Military action was therefore not a last resort” — as then Prime Minister Tony Blair led the people of the U.K. to believe.
While the Chilcot Report proffers scathing insight into the circumstances surrounding the U.K.’s part in one of the most contentious invasions of a sovereign state in modern times, findings dually skewer then U.S. President George W. Bush’s reckless rush to force military action.
“Military action might have been necessary later,” the BBCsummarized several key points found by the Inquiry, “but in March 2003: There was no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein; The strategy of containment could have been adapted and continued for some time; The majority of the Security Council supported continuing UN inspections and monitoring.