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IT COSTS TOO MUCH!

You know, Tubularsock finds all the debates over “How Are We Going To Pay For It” such an odd concept.

“Money” is just a concept, an idea out there in the space. IT IS MADE UP!

At one time “they” attempted to tag money to some physical reality like GOLD.

And GOLD too is just a physical concept due to agreement …… really, in truth it is worthless. UNLESS you agree it has value and then BY AGREEMENT it has value.

Now Tubularsock has always valued potato chips, no really. Potato Chips have value.

And as a means of value there is a problem with potato chips because in Tubularsock’s case, once Tubularsock has eaten the potato chips, well you can see why others chose GOLD.

OH my, Tubularsock digresses.

Well when people speak about Medicare For All or The Green New Deal or even Welfare for the poor the chorus is “WE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY”.

“HOW CAN WE GET THE MONEY?” “WHO’S GOING TO PAY FOR THAT?”

Well it is just a matter of priorities, we just have to change the agreement.

For example, back in 2013 TIME MAGAZINE did a study of cost-per-flight-hour data for U.S. military aircraft.

Now it is 2019 so you can be positive that the cost reflection is way, way, way, way higher now. In fact, you can count on it.

But somehow we can afford these costs. Now why is that? And then, if we shifted these costs to helping the poor and healthcare and the environment then how could it cost any more than we are spending right now.

You see the money is already being spent and we have it to spend so let’s not spend it on what we are already spending it on and rather on what we really need!

So check this out:

To fly Air Force One (The President’s “ride”) it costs $161,591.00 a FLIGHT-HOUR! That is not the cost of the on the ground costs this cost is the cost while it is in the air!

The President’s Huey Helicopter (This is the President “chopped-ride”) cost $13,634.00 a FLIGHT-HOUR!

Would you like to add up OrangeTweets hours on these two aircraft to just deliver his orange-fat body to Mar-a-Lago for golf! And this is for 2017 IN Flight Cost.

The cost of on ground expenses for the Secret Service and Coast Guard protection and staff costs are not reflected in these costs.

Well, 6 million 6 hundred thousand dollars for IN FLIGHT COST only and this is JUST FOR Mar-a-Lago trips!

 


Melania & OrangeTweet with the Secretary Of The Deplorables, Tubularsock deplaning THE Mar-A-Lago Express …………. FOUR!

 

Now the difficulty of exacting these figures is a challenge because many sources use different base lines depending on what agenda they are trying to push. And “in flight hour cost” are always rising so good luck on keeping up.

And this is not just an OrangeTweet issue. Obummer spent $96.9 million on travel during his 8 years of his Presidency but presently OrangeTweet is running about a half of million A MONTH more and that is JUST THE COST OF AIRFARE!

However, picky, picky, picky. The point is not that the President wastes money traveling BUT that money could be spent far better for citizens needs.

 

But why stop there?

The Global Hawk Drone cost $49,089.00 (2013 rate) a flight hour …… remember that is just while it is in the air. EVERY HOUR IN THE AIR.

Oh and it can surpass 30 hours in a single flight. Which means that for that one flight the cost is $1 million, 472 thousand, 670 dollars.

But there must be a cost to build this thing, right?

Yep!

The “fly away cost” from the factory of a Global Hawk Drone was in $10,000,000.00 in 1994 BUT by 2013 the price became $69,900,000.00 each and then went to $131,400,000.00 each! (that is MILLION )

This price hike is known as a COST OVERRUN to some but to others, Tubularsock included, it is massive CORPORATE WELFARE and it happens all the time.

Seems no one notices except when some homeless man cheats with his food stamps!
And then we have a Congressional Investigation on this cheating of the system.

And we do this all with righteous indignation!

But corporate welfare to Northrop Grumman is just business as usual.

The Global Hawk Drone is the type that Iran just shot down after it crossed into their air space. Oh well, $131 million. WE CAN AFFORD ANOTHER ONE, right? It’s just the cost of doing business!

But the beat goes on:

Remember the per flight hour is the time the plane is in the air and has nothing to do with the cost of maintenance or the incredible price tag and COST OVERRUNS of each of these and many others of the thousands of planes that the USAF fly EVERYDAY!

And as Tubularsock is writing this, OrangeFuck is planning his Military Bull Shit Offensive for the 4th of July and the outrageous costs that will be wasted and then to hear, WE CAN’T AFFORD FREE EDUCATION FOR ALL —– HORSE SHIT!

No, it is priorities NOT money that is the issue.

But here is the critical part, this is not a Democrap vs. Republican’t issue!

THIS IS A TRANSITIONAL ISSUE!

What kind of world do you want to live in?
And YOU decide!

When you step outside of your door every morning, YOU choose what you meet.
Don’t think so ………….. try it and pay attention!

Don’t fear ………. Tubularsock will turn back to cynicism tomorrow, promise!

 

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TRUMP & SANTA 2018

HALT, the bull shit train!

Every year for decades now NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has followed Santa Claus on Christmas Eve as he zips around the world dropping down chimneys delivering presents to GOOD little girls and boys.

Sure he does.

NORAD’s aerospace control includes ensuring air sovereignty and air defense of the airspace of Canada and the United States and is on duty 24/7 three hundred and sixty five days a year EXCEPT September 11, 2001. But hey, who’s counting?

Children are encouraged to call NORAD for information of the location of Santa Claus at any given moment to be told if he’s on track.

And some years some children’s calls are diverted so they also can speak to the President or the First Lady as a political PR stunt.

Michelle Obama answered children’s calls for several years while being First Lady.

And so it goes ………. Melania performed her PR duty just like Michelle and all was well in Christmas land.

And then President Orange-Scrooge took some calls this year as well.

But first he had to close down the government …… HO, HO, HO!

You know, President Orange-Scrooge doesn’t seem to do ANYTHING correctly. Do you know what Tubularsock means?

No?

 

Well let Tubularsock give you this example:

President Orange-Scrooge took a call from a 7 year old child and during the course of the conversation the question of Believing In Santa Claus came up. The child’s response was “yes sir” indicating a belief in the jolly old Claus, when President Orange-Scrooge proceeded with “. . . at 7, it’s marginal, right?”

Now the child didn’t know what marginal meant or what the reference meant so all was good in Christmas land.

But REALLY, a guy who lies ALL THE TIME chooses at that moment to start to “tell the truth” about the existence of Santa Claus …….. REALLY?

Yet there is a much larger point Tubularsock wants you to consider.

And that is the Santa Claus LIE. That should give you pause.

Your parents LIE to you that Santa Claus is REAL!

You can call up your government on a special phone line and be told Santa Claus is REAL!

And think on this ………. THE GOVERNMENT tracks Santa just like they track YOU and that is REAL.

And the President and First Lady tells you Santa Claus is REAL!

AND YOU BELIEVE …………..

So when the times comes when you are told by your parents, your government, and your President and First Lady that Santa Claus is “AN ENEMMY COMBATANT” or an ISIS infiltrator or terrorist sympathizer will you believe THAT as well?

Sure you will!

That is how we got into the Vietnam War, and Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen!
And the citizen’s believed ……….. and that same Santa Lie continues today.

So it would do us all good if President Orange-Scrooge received a huge chunk of “clean-coal” in his Christmas stocking this year.

Maybe he will, if Santa Mueller has anything to say about it!

But unfortunately, OrangeTweet isn’t the only Santa liar out there!

 

REMEMBER SYRIA?

The question of the hour …… WHEN IS INTERVENTION in someone else’s country not a war?

 

Somehow Tubularsock recalls Fat-Tweet-Trump on the campaign trail in October of 2016 saying, “What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria, you’re going to end up in World War III over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton.”

Well, Tubularsock figures that FTT did listen to Hillary Clinton and this last week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that the United States with several thousand troops on the ground in Syria will keep those troops there until the government of President Bashar al-Assad is overthrown.

 

So now, WE ARE BACK TO REGIME CHANGE again.
Though in truth we never really left the idea … and like Obummer before him, Orange Tweet just lied.

Which makes him in with Obummer and the Witch Clinton. However Trump’s stay in Syria will be the most “Bigly” stay “Ever”! No one’s stay in Syria has EVER been as BIGLY!

Just goes to show you how weak and slimy Fat-Tweet-Trump happens to be. All the signs of a small dick. Thank you Stormy.

But Tubularsock would say that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson statement is what really takes the cake as when he spouted, “President Bashar al-Assad regime is corrupt, and its methods of governance and economic development have increasingly excluded certain ethnic and religious groups.”

And Saudi Arabia? Israel? Ukraine? Sounds pretty close to all of them but we’re not sending troops into those “allies” countries, now are we …… yet.

It appears that Tillerson is getting confused between the actions of the Assad Administration and the actions of the Trump Administration and their social and economic policies toward their respective citizens.

Oh well, who counts?

So let’s get real and down right personal. Has a Syrian EVER caused YOU any harm in your entire life?

Well?

You see, that is why 9/11 shouldn’t be taken so seriously by Americans. Our country 9/11’s Syria EVERYDAY and that seems to be accepted by the American public. So let’s get over those damn 3000 dead and move on.

The U.S. 9/11’ed Iraq, Libya, and even Yemen and we want to push on to Iran!

And you recall the American’s silly question after 9/11, right?

“Why did they attack us?”
And the Bush Administration said it was BECAUSE OF OUR FREEDOM?

Yeah …… our freedom to blow them up at will. Our freedom to “influence” their elections. Our freedom to take their resources.

If this question and answer seems ridiculous to you then you are on the correct track.

If this is still your question, then ask yourself which country in the world has been at war 222 out of 239 Years of its existence? Our country has been at war 93% of our time calculated as of March 19, 2017. (http://freakonometrics.hypotheses.org/50473)

AND MANY OF THESE WARS THE U.S. WERE THE AGGRESSOR!

MAYBE MOST IF THE OVERALL VIEW IS TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.

 

And our goal is to destabilize the country or regions in order to control. The United States has no interest in the people but with their resources and geographic positioning.

That is why we’ll bomb a village, town, or city to “save” it! OH, but ONLY in the name of humanity!

So in truth 9/11 was just “blowback” we deserved.
But American’s were made to believe that “THEY” did it to us!
THE DECEIVED ARE DIRECTED MORE EASILY!

 

AN ISIS 4th OF JULY

Raise your hand if you support terrorism.

Well, did you raise your hand?

Well if you are an American citizen you do. Because your elected representatives do and because they “on paper” represent you. So the ayes have it!

Now this 4th of July you’ll hear a lot of Human Shit from the Horses Asses that go off to Congress to REPRESENT YOU.

So if you do support terrorism then you can praise that they are doing their job and all is good in hypocriteville.

But if that Congressman, Congresswoman or President goes on and on and on and blah, blah, blahs about 9/11 and the terrorism that we must fight and fear then all that is,  well ……. it is just silly blather and posturing BULL SHIT!

WHY?

Because WE SUPPORT TERROR.

Congress is refusing to pass a bill agreeing to stop funding terrorists. And that is all you need to know. That is the BOTTOM LINE! That means that WE DO SUPPORT TERRORISTS, period. End of argument!

Senator Rand Paul has introduced a bill in the Senate called The “Stop Arming Terrorists Act”. He has NO co-sponsors.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduced a bill in the House called The “Stop Arming Terrorists Act”. She has only 14 co-sponsors.

The fact is the U.S. DOES SUPPORT terrorists all over the world and to act like we don’t is just a LIE. And if you didn’t understand or believe it before, your very own Congress has just spelled it out to you in black and white. (Or should that be red, white, and blue?) DO YOU FUCKING GET IT YET, AMERICA? Once again you are being played, chumps!

The fact that we supply ISIS and al Qaeda directly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey is not news to anyone. We have been doing it all along. We even helped to create both groups because of our short term goals and our long term failures. And it really isn’t even hidden IF YOU LOOK. The information isn’t even secret but alas, one does have to look.

Ok! Stop and think about this. Bush, Obama and Trump sold and agreed to sell in the future billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia. Yet Saudi Arabia supported the terrorists that hit us on 9/11! And funded the operations according to U.S. investigations.

Bush, Obama and Trump have and will sell millions of dollars of arms to Turkey even though they support terrorists. And have for years.

Qatar, during Trump’s Middle Eastern trip was praised for being a loyal and faithful ally of the United States, but a week later Trump joined the Gulf States in condemning Qatar as a hotbed of terrorist support, and a week later allowed a $12 billion agreement to sell Qatar as many as 36 F-15 jets.

All of these countries are involved with ISIS and al Qaida support yet WE SUPPORT THEM with military supplies!

We know that THEY SUPPORT ISIS AN AL QAEDA – – – – so what gives?

What gives is that the United States supports terrorism! And this support is part of U.S. foreign policy and has been for years.

There is a plan BUT YOU, the citizen, have been deceived.

The problem is that most Americans only get their information from the maimed-stream-media and THAT “NEWS” is just fantasy-land! And has ALWAYS been. American’s have over their life times been led to believe that our news outlets provide “real” news. With “real” facts but with just a tiny bit of effort you can see how false that idea really happens to be. But rather than looking into it most people spend their time defending the falsehood of the “free press”. It is managed-press which is just propaganda.

Hell, don’t take Tubularsock’s word for it ………… LOOK! Then get back to Tubularsock on the subject.

TRUMPTASTIC

It is true that Tubularsock is sitting on his underground deck which is a stones throw from his top floor corner office in Tubularsock’s underground bunker overlook Washington D.C. from Oakland CA. (see Bunker Tour)

Tubularsock does much of his writing from this vantage-point and today is no exception.

So let’s wonder why it has TAKEN THREE YEARS to start to replace Flint, Michigan’s corroded water pipes.

Just in case you have forgotten, three years ago it was discovered that the city’s government, in order TO SAVE MONEY, switched water suppliers from Detroit to the Flint River.

But those same city government officials failed to treat the water with an anti-corrosive agent and by not doing so they proceeded to corrode the lead pipes and thereby poisoning the residents.

Which led to campaign slogans for the next election like, “Vote For Me You’ll Be Dead In A Week”! Ok, maybe not.

So for three years Flint has been drinking and cooking with bottled water. And then last summer scientists (none that lived in Flint) declared that the water was good enough for bathing and hand washing BUT NOT for consumption.

And then this March, Flint residents were expected to start paying the FULL COST for their water even if they can’t drink it! And to top that, 8000 residents are being held responsible FOR NOT PAYING FOR TOXIC WATER by having “tax-liens-for-unpaid-water-bills!

Now think about this. The State of Michigan has agreed (by court order) to put up $97 million to replace any lead or galvanized steel pipes for at least 18,000 homes. And to entitle citizens to have their water tested four times a year as well as access to free bottled water and filters.

It has taken three years and a court battle just to START to rectify this problem.

CAN YOU SAY INFRASTRUCTURE? Not if Orange Tweet doesn’t create jobs that save lives rather than kill people. Donnie has lost his way already just as Shrub and Obummer did before him. Rebuilding America is just economically impossible if over 60% of our borrowed money go to blow people up. INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT WILL NOT HAPPEN!

BUT in the fiscal year of 2016 the U.S. Government spent $654.5 million on Hellfire Missiles alone. Which have all blown up so ………

And Every hour in 2016, taxpayers in United States paid $116,063 for Predator and Reaper Drones.

AND FOR WHAT? All the wars we have started are still going on so when Orange Tweet calls somebody a looser he may want to look at the State of the Nation he is supposed to be leading.

The ONLY comfort one can draw from all of this is Donnie is as stupid as the country he Tweets from. A guy that can’t even tweet correctly as “covfefe” now has proven.

Man! The fucker can’t even tweet correctly any more. Has anybody checked for lead pipes in the White House lately?

Just what is it about this constant “forever war” syndrome that we find ourselves in as a country?

Are YOU really that afraid of OTHER?

And just what is it that we don’t understand about people in another country risking their lives to protect their country from aggression?

Wouldn’t YOU protect our country from aggression from a foreign country if they were attacking us?

So just who is this fabled AGGRESSOR?

Well, that’s simple ………… THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. None other!

Now recently we have gone through two Presidential election cycles where the WAR ISSUE was a major factor. And in both cases the winners were Obummer and Orange Tweet both of whom indicated that they wanted to alter the country’s direction away from “foreign wars”.

Oh sure, the American public bought it …….. they always do.

Historically you’ll find that the American public has ALWAYS been against going to war. In fact, in most cases you’ll find that it is true of most populations world wide.

So why is there so much war?


In the first three months of 2017 U.S.-led bombing reached 10,918 bombs and missiles dropped on Syria alone. A country that never, ever posed a threat to the United States.

After 16 years we are still fighting in Afghanistan. A country that never, ever posed a threat to the United States.

We have totally destroyed Iraq but are still fighting there. Another country that never, ever posed a threat to the United States.

Have you noticed a trend here?

Let’s, for the fun of it, jump back to Vietnam for a second. The number of people we killed in Vietnam and the numbers of American that were stupid enough to go to “protect American interests” and die in a complete an utter failure is just shameful.
The arch enemy that was Vietnam “won” that war and remained “communist” and THEN in 2016:  “HANOI — The Obama administration announced Monday that the United States would fully lift a longstanding U.S. embargo on lethal arms sales to Vietnam . . .” (Washington Post 5/23/16)

So all it took was an arms deal to be friends? Think on this. All those people dead and now we are selling arms to Vietnam that will kill more people?

OMG ——The Russians! We have to protect ourselves from those aggressive Russians so we threaten them with economic sanctions, nuclear first strike, we place missiles in Europe pointed at them, we build up American military forces at their boarders AND WE CALL THEM AGGRESSIVE?

Yet, the U.S. makes exceptions to sanctions against Russia by lifting bans on Russia’s sales to us of Russia’s RD-180 rocket engines. “It is worth mentioning that Russia’s RD-180 rocket engines, possessing unparalleled performance US firms have yet to match, will be used to launch payloads into Earth orbit for the US Department of Defense.” (Activist Post 1/7/16)

And, “The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday eased economic sanctions on Russia, allowing some cyber-security transactions with the Russian Federal Security Service . . .” (USATODAY Feb. 2, 2017)

So the U.S. can agree to trade contracts and cooperation with Russia, BUT WE CAN’T AGREE ON PEACE WITH EACH OTHER?

And what do we agree with the Russians on?

Rockets??? So, where is all this “fear” we are supposed to believe in that Russia is so dangerous?

Cyber-security transactions??? After all that fear of Russians hacking the last election?

 

 

And just check out American oil interests in partnership with Russian firms!

But hell, that’s not all!

Look into JUST the Trump Family contractual agreements with CHINA alone. It will make even your eyes become slanted!

Finally, Tubularsock will save your reading time and just bottom line this for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DRAPE IT IN RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!

Well it is crystal clear that Orange Tweet has sold out to the neocon war machine. And because of that we sure can’t work with the Russians!

Nope! It’s the old fucking Clinton-Bush-Obomber-Zionist-Wahhabi Conspiracy all over again.

This could all be settled if we BOMB ISRAEL FIRST and then SAUDI ARABIA! But can’t do that because that would clear things up and where would we sell our fucking bombs?

No, business is just too good.

Oh, by the way Mr. and Mrs. Merica, send your children to their death to protect OUR NATIONAL INTEREST. Fucking morons ……. drape it in red white and blue!