After what seemed like a betrayal to his supporters, President Donald J. Trump signed the Covid-19 relief Bill late on Sunday night, confusing some people. Upon a deeper dive people started talking about a ‘backdoor” line item Veto that Trump has invoked called the “The Impoundment Control Act of 1974” and also neglected was a memo that Trump sent to far left radical Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, that should trigger some discussion on where Trump can find money for relief of Americans, that is otherwise going into slush funds for the Government.
Some on the left have figured it out:
First, consider this line of discussion:
And consider this, according to Defense News:
“When the global war on terror began less than a month after Sept. 11, 2001, Congress created the overseas contingency operations account as a one-time supplemental appropriation to the budget for the Department of Defense. But like many other emergency or temporary federal expenditures, the OCO was greatly expanded and used for unrelated purposes.
As the United States marked 19 years of conflict in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2020, the DoD is still receiving a significant portion of its funding through the OCO. It is long past time to unwind this account, which has transitioned into a slush fund designed to inflate spending at the DoD far above the baseline budget and for purposes unrelated to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and military operations in other countries, like Syria.
The fiscal abuse became particularly acute following the passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011, when members of Congress started to use the OCO to bypass the spending restraints applied to the Pentagon.
The DoD has received approximately $2 trillion from the OCO since 2001. Were it considered to be a federal agency, the $70.7 billion provided for the OCO in fiscal 2020 would make it the fourth largest, dwarfing spending at all other agencies except the DoD as well as the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
OCO spending has long outpaced the military’s presence in combat zones. In FY08, the U.S. was actively fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and deployed an average of 187,000 troops in these countries. OCO spending topped $187 million in that year, equating to $1,000 per service member.”
THE LEFT AGREES- END WAR ON TERROR SPENDING
Because it is “racist”, so we should end the “War on Terror”.
From the Memo, Trump designates “Overseas Contingency Operations/ Global War on Terrorism funding, (including the rescission of funds).
According to the government definition, “rescission – The cancellation of budget authority previously provided by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act of 1974 specifies that the president may propose to Congress that funds be rescinded.”
MEMO IN FULL:
Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate
BUDGET & SPENDING
Issued on: December 27, 2020
Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
In accordance with section 6(b) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133; the “Act”), I hereby designate for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism all funding (including the rescission of funds) so designated by the Congress in the Act pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as outlined in the enclosed list of accounts.
The details of this action are set forth in the enclosed memorandum from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE
February 15, 2019
Dear Madam Speaker:
In accordance with section 5 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.J. Res. 31; the “Act”), I hereby designate for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism all funding (including the rescission of funds) so designated by the Congress in the Act pursuant to section 25l(b) (2) (A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as outlined in the enclosed list of accounts. The details of this action are set forth in the enclosed
memorandum from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
So what is different?
What is different is that Trump has ended Obama’s endless wars, and gutted the CIA.
The Intercept reported, “CNN reported that the Pentagon was “planning to withdraw most support for CIA counter-terror missions by the beginning of next year.” The New York Times suggested that the purpose was to “make it difficult” for the CIA to conduct its covert war in Afghanistan as Trump reduces the number of U.S. troops there. ABC News described the decision as “unprecedented.”
I covered that story here:
And people are angry about it everywhere:
And everyone should understand the impact:
And in 45 days if Trump is the President, we may finally understand this COVID-Relief Bill and who was doing what. Until then, we have to trust that Trump has ended endless wars and that money needs to go somewhere other than in the pockets of DC insiders. We have the money to heal the country. We just need to get it out of the hands of the government.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Cultural Marxism, grassroots activism, music, IndyCar racing and political campaigns. @Saorsa1776