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When Members Of Congress Ignore The Public

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When Members Of Congress Ignore The Public

"The general population doesn't know what's happening, and it doesn't even know that it doesn't know. One result is a kind of alienation from institutions. People feel that nothing works for them." -Noam Chomsky

In 2017, academic economists found $21 Trillion dollars of "undocumented adjustments", mostly by Defense, for 1997-2015. The mind-numbing magnitude of that sum is easier to comprehend if one says "Twenty-one thousand billion". This has been ignored by major news media, although it was discussed on RT by Lee Camp . Given the enormity of the sum and the fact of it's being kept away from public attention, I sent letters by U.S Postal Certified Mail to both of my U.S. Senators, Republican Ron Johnson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin, requesting their attention to the issue. The letters were received at their Washington, D.C. offices on December 12, 2018, as confirmed by signatures. The text of the letters is shown below with pertinent links written out rather than hyperlinked, as was necessary for a written item sent by mail. The letter is self-explanatory.

It is infuriating that legislators ignore citizen concern over such issues. Ordinary correspondence to legislators always is followed by acknowledgment of receipt. The very fact that U.S. Senators from both parties snub this issue speaks volumes about the concealed nature of the issue itself as well as the indifference of these elected representatives. It also indicates rot at top levels of Defense, HUD, the Office of the Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, the Congressional Budget Office, and most certainly the Federal Reserve. Very little of this monstrous federal government works for the people any more.

Dear Senator Baldwin (separately to Johnson):

In 2017, Mark Skidmore, a Michigan State University professor of economics specializing in public finance, was alerted by Catherine Austin Fitts, a former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), that the Army received an undocumented $6.5 Trillion for the single year of 2015. The sum was so staggering the professor thought it must be a misprint, but it was not. This is unconstitutional, as Article 1, Section 9 of the US Constitution stipulates that appropriations are to be made by Congress and that accounts are to be made public.

Skidmore then assembled a team and spent the summer of 2017 researching websites of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). They discovered $21Trillion ($21,000,000,000,000) of undisclosed spending by the Departments of Defense (DOD) and HUD for the years 1998-2015 (i.e., just those two departments and for only that 17-year period). That enormous sum is greater than the entire federal U.S budget for 2015 of $3.8 Trillion and represents $65,000 for every U.S. citizen. Half of the sum ($11.5 Trillion) went to the U.S. Army alone. Here is a July, 2018 article on the issue out of Forbes, authored by Professor Skidmore and Professor Laurence Kotlikoff, and economist at Boston University.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kotlikoff/2018/07/21/is-our-government-intentionally-hiding-21-trillion-in-spending/#674dd2b54a73

Skidmore tried unsuccessfully to speak with upper level personnel at OIG, the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office to get explanations. Following his attempts, websites from which his team obtained the information were taken down. The Government, aware it was being scrutinized, was attempting to hide the information. But the documents had already been downloaded by Fitts and Skidmore and can be viewed at this site:

https://missingmoney.solari.com/dod-and-hud-missing-money-supporting-documentation/

This issue is not being covered in news outlets. Back in 2012, then Representative Alan Grayson questioned Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman about $9 Trillion in off balance sheet transactions the Federal Reserve had entered into. A major function of the OIG is to track and provide accountability of governmental financial transactions. The 5-minute exchange, here videotaped, reveals that the Inspector General had no idea where that $9Trillion had gone, nor could she (or would she) identify anyone who could.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QK4bblyfsc

What is described is high crime by any standard. We ask that you, our U.S. Senator, find answers as to where these many trillions of undocumented dollars came from and how they were used.

Sincerely, (signatures)

 

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It would be nice if others were inclined to contact their own members of Congress regarding this issue.

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But what's the point? Those now in office support this fraud and abuse of power, for a variety of reasons, none of which you or most people reading this would agree. Talking to them, writing them letters, signing petitions are all pointless. They're not listening. They will never listen. They need to be replaced. The $21 trillion should be a major campaign issue, along with climate change, identifying and vilifying all those complicit with the plundering of our nation for profit and putting at risk the future of the human race to serve the greed of the ruling elite. All paper trails in this treachery lead back to the kleptocracy supporting those currently in Congress.

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Government of the people, by the people and for the peoplepure fascist BS.

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Thank you for keeping this important topic alive. It is important to hold our so called representatives accountable on this - though many of them are now out of office if this happened years ago.

hmmm... $3 trillion to 9 trillion, up to 21 trillion in 2017. I wonder how much more it'd be in 2019...

I looked at the breakdown of percentages, of who got how much...how much HUD got compared to the defense dept - miniscule in comparison, but still concerning, since HUD controls fed-assisted housing for low income urban people. So if the monies did not go to that, who pocketed it then? It sure as hell didn't benefit the people it was supposed to help!

As for the DOD "lost" monies... we are fond of blowing places up and "rebuilding" them only never really rebuilding before blowing them up again... and awarding contracts to corrupt fossil-fuel industry connections corporations like...Haliburton, maybe? Among others.

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When Members Of Congress Ignore The Public

They get re-elected and re-elected and re-elected.

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21 $trillion$ ? We probably have an advanced military moonbase AND a thriving Mars colony, not to mention some vast underground cities capable of sustaining life long after life on earths surface has become totally unsustainable.

ps Remember the term "Black budget." ? Also bear in mind that historically life on earth has been nearly wiped out, as is known, at least 6 times, and including human populations. This is the only time in human history that preparation for such events is feasible on a fairly grand scale. It would be naïve to imagine that such preparations have not been underway for a considerable amount of time.

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Instead of making this and the insane military budget the central issues, Bernie Sanders tries to lock our attention on the greed of the 400 oligarchs at the top of the food chain. What is so sick about all this is that even if as president he was to succeed in clawing back 90% of that oligarch money, the chances of having it directed toward the worthy projects he espouses is less than the chances of it disappearing like a snowball tossed in a pond. As a graduate of the University of Chicago - an incubator of neoliberalism - you would think Sanders must know that nothing will ever get done until the war economy is retired and MIC is permantely reined in. If he does indeed know this, then questioning his role as Judas goat to isolate further Tulsi Gabbard is fair game.

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WOW, John Lawrence!

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