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While you weren’t looking last week – President Trump ended release of civilian drone deaths, while his budget deficit rose 77%, record high debt continues rising!

  • Editor’s note: Why is this country killing civilians in a non-declared war zone and why is Trump not going to allow the statistics on drone strikes and deaths, anathema in this democracy? This “Imperial President” provides no public transparency? This is sad!

“Donald Trump Ends U.S. Policy of Revealing Drone Strikes and Civilian Deaths in Places Where It’s Not at War”

“The Republican leader signed his own executive order to nullify the practice mandated in 2016 by former President Barack Obama, who greatly expanded the U.S. military’s drone warfare across Africa and the Middle East, as well as other parts of Asia. Trump’s predecessor argued the move would provide more transparency to a shadowy campaign often criticized for operating within legal gray zones as part of the larger war on terror launched in the wake of 9/11.

“Trump offered no reasoning for his decision, but has called on the Pentagon to cut down on the information it released to the media,” by Tom O’Connor, Newsweek. Read more

“How Trump has made both the trade and budget deficits worse”

“Trump. He took office vowing to eliminate the entire national debt in eight years, but it has only gotten worse, thanks to the skyrocketing budget deficit. In turn—and this is the unanticipated or unintended effect on something else—it has made the trade deficit worse as well. The Census Bureau said Wednesday [March 6, 2019] that the trade deficit for goods soared to an all-time high in 2018: a whopping $891 billion,” by Paul Brandus, Market Watch. Read more

“Federal budget deficit leaps 77 percent so far for fiscal 2019”

  • Editor’s note: Trump’s economy is slowing ahead of 2020 as national debt mounts! Recall in 2016 he originally said he would eliminate the debt? He also promised to eliminate the budget deficits. This President does not have the mind or will to trim his budget!
  • The U.S. budget gap climbed to $310.3 billion from October to January, up from $175.7 the previous year
  • Spending on Social Security, defense and interest payments was higher
  • Tax revenues were lower following the new tax cuts, with corporate payments down 23 percent.

Deficits are heading to $1 trillion

“The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that this year’s deficit will hit $897 billion, up 15.1 percent from the $779 billion deficit recorded last year. In the CBO’s projections for the next decade, it forecasts that the deficit will once again top $1 trillion annually beginning in 2022 and will never fall below $1 trillion over the rest of the forecast period,” by The Associated Press via CBS News. Read more

“As Debt Rises [surpassed $22 trillion], Interest Costs Could Top $1 Trillion”

“The fastest growing item in the budget over the next decade will be interest on the debt, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), by Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Read more

“The U.S. national debt has topped $22 trillion for the first time in history, according to daily figures released by the Treasury Department on Tuesday [Feb. 12].

“The debt has ballooned by more than $2 trillion in the two years since President Trump took office in January 2017, when the debt stood at $19.9 trillion. It surpassed $21 trillion for the first time in history in March 2018. Under the Obama administration, the national debt grew from $10.6 trillion to $19.9 trillion, an increase that drew sharps criticism from Republicans,” by Kathryn Watson, CBS News.

Posted by Steve on March 10, 2019 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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