Christmas Creche Controversy: St. Francis of Assisi

An Australian Reverend and theologian who teaches at a prestigious school also – blogs. His latest is a rant against “American” Christians (American Christians are a particular preferred target in this and other of his blogs) who take offense when crèches and other symbols of Christ’s birth are prohibited from displays because they are considered religious and hurtful. In his rant he likens these Christians as deplorable idiots for not understanding that these symbols are meaningless, and goes on to explain just how ignorant American Christians are.

OUCH!

It would appear this scholar, teacher, theologian does not know that as a ‘teacher’, or shepherd, it is not his job to kick his sheep, it is his job to protect them, nurture them and grow them.

I was reminded of Psalm 23, of a shepherd who is tasked with tending to the needs of his sheep, whether they need food, water, or lay caste, they are in constant need of a prod and a gentle hand. It is considered one of the most brutal undertakings a man can be called to in this world requiring a 24/7 workday.  The shepherd protects his sheep from predators, from poisonous weeds, from harsh weather, loving them without judgment as he is their guide, and their only hope for survival.

This Reverend would seem to have forgotten his role as ‘teacher’, and instead of tending his sheep, he chastises them, slays them with his tongue, and ridicules their ‘ignorance’ given he is so much better informed. He has placed himself on a pedestal of worthiness belittling all the lowly for their stupidity, despite the fact that their hearts are in the right place.

And in so doing, this shepherd displays a high degree of Arrogance and Pride.

It is the job of the shepherd to protect the sheep from wolves. It is not his job to turn the sheep into shepherds… But he would seem to be confused. It would also seem he doesn’t much like his sheep given they haven’t the theological acumen that he purports to have. But then, given his actions, his ‘acumen’ would appear to be rather short-sighted… and built more on a core of self kingship.

Perhaps this Reverend would be better suited in a different role, because as a shepherd he seems to feel that preserving the wolves, allowing the sheep to be slaughtered, and kicking them to get them to stand when caste, is a Godly way.

There is a second lesson this Reverend seems to be missing, that of the ‘tongue’. Given his stance as ‘teacher’ he is called to a higher standing than the sheep, and in unleashing his rather bitter plethora of anger, he reveals that he no longer wants to adhere to the guides of his Biblical calling.  And for some odd reason, he targets only American Christians.

He references the ‘ignorance’ of American Christians numerous times throughout his blog, high-lighting such references as to the barn, making claims that during Jesus birth he was most likely tended by a host of women nursemaids all the while bemoaning the depiction of a twig and moss structure as stupid and unrealistic. He is belligerent at the use of ‘donkeys’, claiming there is no such reference and donkeys didn’t exist. But St. Francis would seem to disagree, because he commissioned an ‘ass’, the wild donkey, as a part of the first crèche!

This Reverend takes deep offense to American Christians creating false depictions, and then creates one of his own… while apparently not having researched the history of the crèche, and making assumptions that are not revealed in the Bible.

All the while he has sort of lost the sight, the cause, the value, and the heart of Christians in his bitter quest to denigrate. Why?

He claims that keeping ‘historically inaccurate and culturally anachronistic religious displays in shopping malls isn’t a victory for the gospel at all.’ He further demands that good Christians should burn their nativity scene because it furthers false doctrine.

Saint Francis of Assisi would seem to disagree because it is he who is credited with the creation of the first crèche display whose function was to divert emphasis from gifts and restore Christ as the center. His crèche utilized human participants, live animals, including an ass, and was produced inside a cave. These ‘scenes’ became quite popular and the Catholic church is then credited with elaborating the nativity scene, dressing up the magi in elegant robes thus mimicking the robes of Catholic Priests, as well as adding elaborate marble baubles and various other animals.

These crèches then spread to Germany, Austria, Poland, and England as the popularity expanded.

Creches were not born of American Christians, despite Mike Frost’s prideful denunciation of American Christians.  German immigrants ultimately brought the original pantomime creche performances to the US in the 15th century. Southern Italy is credited with designing such elaborate crèches today that they bring tourists from around the world to view the creativity and enjoyment they bring to children and adults.

Artisans work with delicate diligence to produce absolutely beautiful exhibits throughout Italy, the Vatican and the Czech Republic. While the US creates less expensive models, which Mr. Frost finds quite offensive, the purpose is still the purpose – to remind the sheep and the wolves that this is the day Christ was born.

So, Mr. Frost, Mr. Scrooge, I imagine Saint Francis of Assisi is a might bit better shepherd and source of Christian reverence for Christ. And the fact that the crèche is symbolic in trying to remind us sheep that Christmas isn’t about Santa and reindeer, and snowmen, it is about the birth of Christ is a good thing born of heart.

Bah-Humbug.

Where ANTIFA Goes, Hate and Destruction Follows

Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and other Liberals laugh and shrug at the idiocy of right thinking conservatives regarding the Antifa protests scheduled for tomorrow. Absurd! They claim. Silly hyper- ventilating idiots, they infer. They cite the ever ridiculous ‘snopes’ as proof positive; 2 liberals who sit on the couch and eat potatoes.   All the while acknowledging that the protests are organized by a ’political action group, Refuse Fascism, whose goal is unseating Trump and Pence’. Huh?

Their Facebook page is riddled with hate and anger and screaming for the treasonous Trump to be removed.   Gee, how sweet. I wasn’t aware that threats against the US President were sweet tolerance… kind and loving words.

The fact that they choose to hide their identities behind black clothing, black masks, and black beenies is more reminiscent of Klansmen, than school kids out for a lark.   The fact that in previous events they have amassed with weapons, started fires, destroyed property and engaged in physical violence- well that’s of no consequence, because it happened before – and won’t happen ‘this time’?  Right Time Magazine!

Oh right – THAT ANTIFA.

They openly declare “they’re willing to physically attack anyone who employs violence against them or who condones racism — as long as force is used in the name of eradicating hatred.”  

Of course the ‘condoning racism’ meme would in their minds mean anyone who isn’t ‘them’.  And thus they will use force indiscriminately against everyone who isn’t them, because their hatred is good hatred, and everyone else’s is – bad.

A majority portion of members include; undocumented illegals, uneducated and low income youth who are bitter, angry, and deserving of all that capital that capitalists hoard, (As In – Gimme), and Black Lives Matter.

In Berkeley, they smashed windows and started fires to protest Milo, a gay white man, from speaking on campus.   Ditto for Ann Coulter, a white woman. It would seem that racism/sexism was their motive given these instances involved a gay and a woman.  And therefore it reveals the true agenda is political – not social.

Antifa isn’t just in the US, their roots are derived from Germany where they are originally credited to “Antifaschistische Aktion”, a Communist party formed in the 1930’s.   Ultimately, Antifa was absorbed into the Stalinist regime, the most prolific murderer of all history.   Not exactly a regime of peace and loving kindness.  Their tactics then are the same as now, violence. So basically it was the communists fighting the fascists. And today, Antifa would have us believe that everyone that is NOT Antifa – is a Fascist, aka, Trump and all the Deplorables.

So, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, New York Times, and the liberals of short term memory regarding even Charlottesville, would have us believe that the protests scheduled for tomorrow are simply nice sweet kind anti-fascists who have freedom of speech to hate, incite violence and destroy property.

If I was a business owner, if I was a car owner, I would NOT feel especially safe and secure… For where they go – hate and destruction follows.

Hillary’s Uranium One Deal – 101

Heather Digby Parton, a blogger for Salon, has taken it upon herself to post a meme in which she ‘soundly’ exonerates Hillary Clinton’s role in the Uranium One Scandal.   She incorrectly states that the entire deal had nothing to do with governments because it was and is a ‘private company, ruled by private board members and that ‘other committee members within the US government’ could have intervened, but didn’t, including:   “the secretaries of the Treasury, homeland security, energy and defense; the White House budget director; the attorney general; and the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.”

By default, is Digby actually opening a Pandora’s Box in implicating accomplices?

Those other people would include; Timothy Geithner; worked under Bill Clinton, involved in numerous questionable decisions during the subprime mortgage crisis and a member of Bilderberg Group and Council on Foreign Relations. Janet Napolitano; whose resume is a plethora of critcisms and empty apologies after making incorrect statements, targeted statements, right wing attack statements, etc…   Peter Orszag; also a Bilderberger, also served under Billy, and Austan Goolsbee who was instrumental in Obama’s Senatorial run in 2004…

Hillary became Secretary of State in 2009. Uranium One’s deals were subject to anti-trust regulations and required approval and clearance by the US Committee on Foreign Investments. The State Department was a voting member of the Committee, the others included Geithner, Napolitano, Steven Chu, Robert Gates who had according to Times Magazine, “formed a formidable partnership with Hillary Clinton”, – and Eric Holder… need I say more.

This is the Committee that approved the Uranium One deal.

Back-tracking:  In 2005, Billy and Frank Giustra traveled to Kazakhstan after which Giustra’s company, UrAsia Energy, bought rich uranium interests there. In 2007, Uranium One acquired controlling interest in UrAsia Energy from Frank Giustra. Substantial contributions to the Clinton Foundation followed ultimately leading to the creation of the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative in which he contributed $100 million and pledged 50% of all future earnings from ‘mining’.

As of 2013, the Russian company ARMZ had complete control of Uranium One, and shortly thereafter, that interest was extinguished and transferred to Rosatom, which is Russia’s state owned uranium monopoly. At this point, Hillary had resigned to establish her run for Presidency, and John Kerry was the acting Secretary of State.

It was during this time that revenue from the Clinton Foundation and the Giustra Initiative would rocket in the moola in the realm of $340 million annually with a piddling 6% actual charitable payout. It was later revealed that the returns had been falsely prepared and were required to be restated. No charges were filed for these discrepancies.

It is estimated that Hillary’s failed presidential run cost between $1.2 and $1.7 billion, more than any Democrat in history.

In addition to mining, Giustra has quite a background making billions in a variety of industries including entertainment, via Thunderbird Films, Lionsgate Reunion Pictures and UK based Soda Pictures.

In addition, he established the Radcliffe Foundation which also contributed to the Clinton Initiative – $30 million. Radcliffe also supports the International Crisis Group, where Giustra sits on the executive committee. ICG was funded/founded by George Soros.   The ICG provides ‘advice’ to the United Nations, European Union and the World Bank.

Giustra is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Foundation.

So. It would appear that Mz. Heather Digby Partom has NOT done much homework in her Salon appointment as defender of Hillary, and may have opened an even greater swamp of insects to swat…

Weinstein – Sexual Predators

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It’s interesting that these women who have stepped out of the closet after 30+ years are labeled heroes for finally exposing Weinstein’s sexual predatory actions. It is equally interesting who is claiming to have ‘no knowledge’ of any of his purported indiscretions. Hollywood is a community, like Peyton Place, where everyone knows everything about everybody. The fact that this ‘community’ aided and abetted, enabled and supported the illegal activity of Weinstein is rather significant.

It is reported that his contract had a clause regarding sexual harassment, apparently numerous women were paid off over the course of decades. The Hollywood couch has long been a part of the package. And it didn’t extend to just attractive women, but men and boys as well.   This is – their community.

Not only did these ten women aid Weinstein’s perversity, but his company and Directors as well – Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg…

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Do Not Touch The HOS Flag

This is parallel to what is happening in the US – and nails it on the HEAD!

Croatia, the War, and the Future

The trend in current, recent events in Croatia to do with HOS (Croatian Defence Forces) flag and symbols that it carried and carries, particularly the salutation “For Home Ready” (Za Dom Spremni) call for a somewhat amplified set of observations, which point in the direction of brazen attempts to insult and degrade the very spirit and the very sacrifice Croatia and its defenders in war made to win independence for Croatia in 1990’s; to win independence from communist Yugoslavia. When one of the flags under which a country was liberated from a bloody and cruel aggression is being treated with utter disrespect one knows that the time has arrived for action. And as far as Croatia is concerned this action can be nothing short of lustration and decommunisation! It is, without a doubt, from the former communist echelons, from the echelons that did not want an independent Croatia, that the…

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Memorial Day Heroes; Veterans

It is interesting to look up the definition of “Hero”.   Classical definitions include ‘someone of extraordinary courage and strength’, or ‘a defender or protector’. It was used to hail knights and soldiers for the valiant courage in times of war. And then it changed.

Soldiers became sullied with the advent of the 1960’s. They were vilified and attacked. We need a hero, but with the classic military soldier now seen as a villain, there was no replacement. And within that void, more and more cartoon, fantasy heroes came to be created by Hollywood, Superman, Spiderman, Batman, etc… These ‘characters’ became our heroes as we desperately sought a demigod.

We put our faith in a comic book.

And our true heroes, our veterans who sacrificed everything, were shunned.

My father was a part of the Nevada Nuclear tests during the 1950’s in which officers were ordered to stand at attention as the bombs were detonated, washing them in massive amounts of radiation. Enlisted soldiers were told to take cover in the trenches.

Years later, all these officers found that their systems had been irreversibly damaged with various forms of cancer. They all died. My dad included. My father was career. He held to the loyalty of the military and honorably upheld the moral and ethical belief that he had participated in something that was beyond ‘self’.   He sacrificed his very life for the benefit of all Americans signing on for all the associated risks – which included WWII. He believed that it was his duty, and the ramifications were a part of the calling.

While his politics changed during retirement, his loyalty never budged a smidgeon.

I believe with all my heart that we have a duty, a responsibility, an ethic, and a heartfelt requirement, to take care of every single military veteran in every way we possibly can. But it seems that the true understanding of their sacrifice has somehow been obliterated. We honor super heroes that are a fantasy and demonize flesh and blood war heroes.

When my Green Beret brother returned from his third tour of duty in Vietnam he was pelted with tomatoes as he disembarked the plane. The attitude of the 1960’s and 1970’s, our very own generation, lives on today. Now, Hollywood provides us our heroes and too easily we get caught in their web.

I share the belief of peace. I share the belief of tolerance… albeit within logic. But I believe our media has helped to portray our soldiers, our military, for their failures, instead of their honor and accomplishments.

As with the woman at the well, ‘who can throw the first stone’?   Are we not all guilty of heinous grievous hurts?   So how can we absolve ourselves and not absolve others? Truly, there exist degrees.  Meaning the concept of equal responsibility in hurts and guilts just isn’t reality. Sometimes it is quite lopsided.

In that light, whether you agree with the various wars that our veterans have fought is not important, what is important is recognizing that their heart, their conscience, and their ideal, was directed at a much larger picture; protecting you and you and you. And in that, they were willing to die for – you…!  Not on a movie screen, but on a battlefield, desperate, in agony, leaving behind their family, and their life.

This fundamental ethic applies not just to our military acceptance, but to our lives in every aspect that we pursue each and every day.   My brother, who was pelted by his compatriots, is now spending his retirement years helping Christian women who are being wrongfully divorced and/or demonized by their soon to be – ex-husbands.

He continues unabated to do what is right, what is noble, what will bring help to those in desperate need.

My brother deals with the hypocrisy of hearts daily.  But his house is built on rock, and the grass that holds the water of life is rooted in deep rich soil.  Without that rich soil, the shoots and blades of grass haven’t the ability to absorb the nutrients and water, and instead the essence of life pools on the surface never penetrating, never being.  The grass wilts, and dies no matter how much water is continually added.

Talking the good talk is worthy only if one walks the good walk too. God knows this, and thus asked of those judging the woman at the well, who among you are without sin?

This Memorial Day, I honor the talk and walk of my father who gave his life, and my brother who offered his life, and all those I have known throughout my life as an Army brat. Lastly, I would add, the son of my friend Brian who recently sacrificed his life as he fought for ours in the war against ISIS.  He gave everything he had – for us and should be hailed a hero.

TO THE REAL LIFE HERO’S – EACH ONE! WE LOVE YOU!

Thank You So Much For Giving Everything – For the sins of us…

Trump Tax Plan – Hoopdela

Trump has released his outline for tax reform and the mainstream are going google nuts! They are absolutely convinced that this is a wealthy tax reform that will plunge revenues into the twalette!! The highest tax bracket of 40% will be reduced to 35% and this will decimate the Federal government pockets. OMGosh.

Really?

Because according to the IRS, in 2015 (latest year available), the average tax rate for the 1%ers was just barely over 27% although they still picked up about 38% of all income taxes. The top 50% of taxpayers had an average tax rate just under 15%. And the bottom 50% paid a meager 3.3% in taxes on average and only represented 2.78% share of all taxes collected.  Well how do ya like that!  This aligns rather well with Trump’s plan, unless you are an overpaid tax preparer, an IRS employee, or a Pundit.

One decrier of the plan is Bill Maher, a comedian with a degree in English and History. I suppose that qualifies him to evaluate and analyze finance? Another critic, Ryan Struyk of ABC quoted the ‘bipartisan’ Committee For Responsible Federal Budget.  

It’s current President, Maya MacGuiness, whose background bio includes such media notables as Washington Post, New York Times, The Atlantic, Financial Times and LA Times – all bellwether diehard Liberal organizations, is predictable. In addition, she held a post at the Brookings Institute, another Liberal organization. Hard to classify as ‘nonpartisan’.

The Board is weighted heavily with democrats, including Leon Panetta, Charles Schultz, Robert Strauss, etc… And formerly associated with the New America Foundation, a Soros supported organization. They took a special interest in Obama and McCain in 2008… lauding their budget campaigns. In other words, it is hardly the most reliable in terms of ‘nonpartisanship’.

For the lower 50% tax filers, the greatest advantage is increasing the standard deduction which effectively makes the first $24000 of revenue nontaxable taking a hefty stresser off the table. Critics of the plan continue the same rhetoric as always without ever understanding the main punch – lower tax rates mean more income will flow back into the US instead of ending up in the Caymans, Bahamas, Cyprus and all the other tax havens that wealthy taxpayers enjoy – including Hollywood elitists.

Another ‘nonpartisan’ organization offering their opinion is the Urban Brookings Tax Policy Center whose current President Mark Mazur was an Obama appointee as Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy. The previous president, Leonard Burman, worked in the Bill Clinton White House.  Funding comes from Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Gates Foundation…Sigh…Gee REALLY?  All quite Liberal.

I think a part of the failure of the analyses is that it comes from people making tons of money, they don’t understand the mentality of someone making just enough to pay the bills, and can’t predict that reaction. In contrast, failing to take into account the offshore money is very short-sighted. Failing to look at the sources of tax revenue historically, is also short-sighted.

Failing to check your SOURCES – is also pretty critical.

According to the Liberal MSM, The New York Times, The Cayman Islands hold $1.9 trillion in US dollars on deposit. The Swiss hold $3 trillion in Swiss francs. IBC’s and trusts account for trillions. In fact, it has been estimated that between a third and a half of all the wealth of the world’s high net worth individuals is sitting in offshore accounts. Why?

Taxes.  And its not coming back unless there is an incentive.  Pretty basic economics.

The other half of Trump’s tax plan affects businesses by cutting the rate from a top tier of 39.6% to just 15%. Ultimately this will encourage spending, additional hiring, and raises. It won’t happen overnight. But this effect could be the biggest equalizer encouragement. The effect of lowering tax rates has been proven over and over again as an economic stimulus.

In this instance it has the added bonus of encouraging large corporations who have offshored their headquarters to tax haven countries, to relocate back to the US.  Despite all the analyses, this one equalizer has not been utilized in making predictions.  Why?  Because it hasn’t happened.  Corporations keep moving away – they don’t come back unless they have that diehard gravity – incentive!

Again, this will take time to implement in terms of feeding the economy, but the measures could sharpen the revenue stream significantly.

While some Republicans eagerly proffer negative reviews claiming the tax reform will not ‘blow holes in the deficit’, they seem to miss the point that – THAT is NOT the Point. It is as though the search for a negative no matter how forlorn, far-fetched, ambiguous, destructive, or just plain ridiculous, is the only agenda.

It’s an ego war.  ‘Well I didn’t think of it, so therefore it probably won’t work…’

Even more telling:   How can these in-depth, analysis Committees and policy groups and pundits release their ‘in-depth analysis and criticism’ one day after the outline is made public?   Because in the real world, such analyses typically take months, if not years, in government circles. They require complete knowledge of the entire plan, not just an outline, as Trump provided. They require multiple experts plugging in numbers, ratifying data, creating algorithms, and then fixing all the inevitable mistakes they have made, resubmitting left out data, and creating new templates.

But then it wouldn’t make for good Entertainment and media mania…

Macron – The Power of Charm

The Grooming of a President for France has been in the making for a number of years. With Hollande’s approval consistently tanking, the shadows knew they needed to find someone younger, charismatic, a Socialist, someone whose greed and lust for power could easily be bought. And they found Emmanuel Macron.

He attended one of France’s most elite schools where he was trained in Civil Service, graduating in 2004. His biography states that in 2007, he served as deputy rapporteur for the Commission to improve French growth headed by Jacques Attali, Macron was 29. But the Commission wasn’t formed until 2008.  Obviously he is a bit ‘math challenged’.  The  Commission report was heavily criticized for its proposal to ‘relaunch immigration’ and ‘open borders’… Attali was ridiculed and called a ‘globalist’.

Sound like anyone we know?

Macron left the Commission, which was shelved September 2010, to work for Rothschilds & Cie Banque where he became an overnight millionaire while working the Nestle acquisition of Pfizer’s nutritional outlet, which closed in 2012.   Nestle is a client of Rothschilds.  Macron had no experience in acquisitions and mergers whatsoever…

What does one do when one makes millions overnight?  Apparently one quits.  

He then left Rothschilds to work for Hollande as deputy secretary general of Elysee, and eventually Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Data in 2014 where he served 18 months before running for Presidency. I’d call that a pretty fast paced runup with little to no political experience or business savvy.

Sounding phishy? Because it is.

All of these positions seem a bit odd for a very junior man with no experience in any of these respective employment quarters.   And so, it would appear that Rothschilds saw in Macron what they saw in Obama before he too suddenly became a ‘millionaire’.

Leaving a company, Rothschilds, where he was making millions, to suddenly becoming a deputy government official making less than $70,000 per year and rising to a Ministerial position in less than 2 years, is more than a bit odd.

Ministers in France are typically appointed after a tedious reign of past accomplishments and decades of public service.   Macron was appointed at the ripe age of 36 with barely a smidge of experience. But it gets a bit more murky:

In researching the list of past Ministers, he isn’t even recognized as having that appointment at all… When clicking on the link for Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Data, the page forwards to Minister of Finance. The List of former Finance Ministers does not include Macron’s name at all. Nor is there seemingly such a position as Minister of economy Industry and Digital Data….

In essence, the man has gone from a shadow of nothingness, to millionaire status at the hands of Rothschilds, to a position that doesn’t exist in the French Government, to running for President. Murkier still:

Not wishing to frame himself as a Socialist, given the current climate of politics in France and the disillusionment with Socialist Hollande, Macron created a new Party – En Marche.

En Marche is considered a Liberal Progressive Socialist Party closely aligned with Clinton politics. While Macron claims the party is ‘centrist’, his General Secretary is Richard Ferrand, a member of the Socialist Party. En Marche was partially funded by BNP Paribas, a French banking giant with connections to Rothschilds. Which would kinda, maybe indicate that En Marche is just another Rothschilds loop.

FYI :  Clinton’s and Rothschilds very buddy-buddy.

Enter Macron’s biggest competitor in the presidential race – Francois Fillon, a conservative. January 25th a member of the current Parliament under Hollande leaks to Le Canard Enchaine, that they have launched an investigation into possible misappropriation of funds in Fillon’s hiring and paying his wife as his aid.

Fillon’s lead tanks, and Macron moves closer in his competition with Le Pen despite the fact that he is nobody with no experience and a questionable title as Minister that doesn’t really exist, who made millions as a newbie with no experience working for Rothschilds on an $11 billion deal.

The story was immediately picked up and headlined by DW.com, which is now a Soros platform, Washington Post (which routinely runs articles for the Rothschilds) Bloomberg and Reuters.

It is only a matter of time before Marin Le Pen, who is currently leading in the election polls, finds herself embroiled in her own funneled scandal so as to pave the way for Emmanuel Macron, a Rothschilds/Soros agenda.

This my friends, is how a President is made.

De Blasio’s Blubbering Bumbles

Mayor De Blasio seems to be confident that he doesn’t need Trump, won’t abide by the rules, and will circumvent the law in order to maintain a healthy, wealthy and wise New York City bereft of Government subsidies…

The audited financial statements for fy 2015 say – Not So Much! Below is just a small fraction of the discrepancies:

  1. The audit found that DOE’s controls and management over its computer hardware were not sufficient to ensure that it could properly account for the computers it had purchased. DOE did not maintain a centralized inventory of computer hardware purchased from Apple and Lenovo. Further, DOE did not reconcile the individual DOE sites’ inventory records with its Asset Management System (AMS), the database used by DOE to record computer hardware delivered to DOE. Consequently, auditors could not rely on information in AMS, and the system could not properly identify where all of the computers paid for by DOE were located.
  2. An audit examined whether NYCHA had adequate controls in place to accurately monitor and track vacant apartments in its public housing developments the audit found that NYCHA had inadequate controls over the monitoring and tracking of its vacant apartments. NYCHA did not ensure that vacant apartments were repopulated with new tenants in a timely manner.
  3. The audit disclosed weaknesses in DHS’ oversight and controls over its emergency contracts. DHS did not have formal monitoring procedures, nor did it have sufficient evidence that oversight and monitoring activities for the contracts that were the subject of the audit took place. In addition, DHS personnel did not adequately review or check invoices and supporting documentation for accuracy prior to payment. Finally, emergency contract managers did not perform satisfaction assessments of shelter clients as required by the City’s PPB Rules Chapter 4, §4-01(e).
  4. The audit found that DCAS does not adequately account for and manage its inventory of City office space. The agency does not have a reliable computer system or an effective tracking tool to assist in processing moves and renovations, or with maintaining an inventory of all City office space.
  5. The audit determined that HRO failed to implement proper controls to ensure the appropriate, prompt and efficient delivery of services to applicants for benefits under the BIB Single Family Program. Specifically, HRO failed to effectively monitor the work of the multiple consultant companies hired to carry out the program. As a result, by December 31, 2013, seven months after the program began accepting applications and over a year after the storm devastated homes along the coast of New York City, only 960 of the roughly 20,000 program applicants had met with HRO to discuss the options available to them through the BIB program and zero applicants had actually received any program benefits.
  6. The audit found significant deficiencies in NYCHA’s internal procedures that resulted from management’s failure to institute adequate controls over inventory operations. Consequently, there is limited assurance that the inventory at the satellite warehouses and the development storerooms is adequately protected against misappropriation or theft.
  7. In the case of the City, liabilities and deferred inflows of resources exceed assets and deferred outflows of resources by $181.8 billion at the close of the most recent fiscal year,

Net Pension Liability for the City is $52 billion as of FY June 2015.

IN FY 2013, Federal aid to fund the NYC budget amounted to roughly $46 billion representing about 28% of their revenue.

Pensions and debt service amounted to over 21% of the annual budget…

30.3% of working families are 200% below the poverty rate, 22.2% of children in the city are in poverty, and 35% of single parent families live in poverty.

Is De Blasio’s Blubbering against Trump based on his own successes? Obviously not, yet he threatens to extend the deficit hole of New York City by forfeiting 28% of the City’s revenue base so he can personally fund abortions, pensions, Medicaid, and HUD housing deficiencies…

Stupid Is As Stupid Does…