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2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« on: January 23, 2019, 04:12:56 PM »
A chart from ZeroHedge comparing the current federal government shut-down with previous ones:



https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-23/shutdown-woes-deepen-800000-federal-workers-miss-second-paycheck-irs-employees-bail

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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2019, 12:41:02 PM »
I've been monitoring warning videos posted by Americans who are on food stamps, and have been pleased to notice that many people of all walks of life are waking up to the need to begin prepping in earnest. 

Have been blessed to see some low-income communities coming together peacefully, as well as a few independent-minded intentional communities leaving the cities together.  Have also been delighted to hear food stamp recipients begin instructing other recipients on how to stock up, and on home and personal security with rough times potentially coming on.

Many prayers that this trend will continue.
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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2019, 02:52:50 PM »
This government shutdown is causing actual suffering, threat of eviction, lack of adequate food for Federally contracted workers, many thousands of them as well as hardships to Federal Workers.

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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2019, 03:58:58 PM »
That's right Barb, it's not just those on food stamps who are affected, by any means.

I keep hearing a statistic of 38 million people on food stamps, but the actual number that I'm reading as opposed to hearing quoted is over 44 million. 

This stat says nearly 5 million people will lose housing assistance, in the dead of winter:
https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/2-24-09hous-sec2.pdf

Now the housing and the food stamp population likely overlap, so shouldn't be counted twice.

800,000 federal employees have either been furloughed or are working without a paycheck per:
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/22/furloughed-federal-workers-to-miss-second-paycheck-this-week.html

Adding all that together without the probable housing overlap would mean around 45 million Americans are suddenly finding themselves in some degree of poverty this winter, not counting all those displaced from their homes perhaps permanently in recent natural disasters from hurricanes, floods and fires.  I wouldn't even know where to lay hands on those stats.

So maybe a conservative 15% of Americans are in deep trouble right now.

That's not even counting specific effects of any general economic downturn that may be on the way.

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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2019, 06:44:04 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW76_-46e4o

Mary Greeley reported two hours ago that the Republican-controlled Senate has unanimously passed a bill to reopen the government for 3 weeks and issue back-pay to all furloughed federal employees.

February 15 is the newly stated deadline for the wall funding to materialize or Trump will either

1. declare a State of Emergency placing us under martial law (already being drafted):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTz_QZ0v2to

or

2. shut down the government once again.

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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2019, 09:24:45 AM »
Clarifying what a State of Emergency means in the U.S.:

Per Wikipedia, Presidents have been declaring states of emergency under Article II of the Constitution since 1917, before Congress passed the National Emergencies Act in 1976 ensuring that specific procedures were followed.  Since then, 58 total States of Emergency have been declared, out of which 31 still remain in effect.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Emergencies_Act#cite_note-struyk19-1

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/list-31-national-emergencies-effect-years/story?id=60294693

Congress retains the right of veto by a majority of legislators.  Once declared, a State of Emergency must be renewed every year in order to remain in effect.  So those 31 States of Emergency listed above are being at least quietly re-declared annually, or they wouldn't still exist.  Most pertain to restrictions on trade with specific nations.

Congress has a history of passively permitting continuations.  The State of Emergency over the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 is technically still in progress, for example.

The National Emergencies Act exempted five categories of activities from oversight of the Executive Branch by Congress or State of Emergency expiration:

*Military contracts

*Procedures governing military officers

*Transactions in gold and silver or other property with certain foreign countries (all of Europe and parts of Asia)
https://law.justia.com/codes/us/2000/title12/chap2/subchapiv/sec95a/

*Transactions affecting federal property

*Procedures for lawsuits against the federal government

Congress permits the President to invoke 136 sweeping Emergency Powers to do such things as:

*testing nuclear and biological weapons on humans

*bypassing environmental regulations

*military construction projects

*drafting military retirees into active duty

Besides the National Emergency Act, there are three other emergency powers acts covering:

*public health emergencies
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Health_Service_Act

*disaster relief
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stafford_Disaster_Relief_and_Emergency_Assistance_Act

*export of arms
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_Export_Control_Act

We might want to examine those three additional emergency powers provisions separately, as they are extensive.

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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2019, 07:06:48 AM »
Returning to the topic of Youtubers who are on food stamps and awakening to the need to prep...

Here is one nutrition mistake that is showing up in the films:

Stocking up on low-nutrition foods.

One otherwise sensible woman with three children spent precious food-stamps to stock up on Pringles, Donettes, etc.  I won't share the link to this film, out of respect for the person and her situation.

The one thing which she stocked up on that was nutritious was canned collard greens, which I didn't know existed, and which are probably loaded with nutrients, so kudos to her for stocking that valuable $1 item.



Anyone prepping storage food needs first and foremost to tackle the most difficult aspect of nutrition: securing adequate protein.  Assuming that an adult needs 60 grams of protein per day, and a child needs 30, here are some nutrient-dense suggestions for a tight budget:

One dollar cans of chili with beans contain 19 grams of protein per serving.  That's 1/3 an adult's daily needs, and 2/3 of a child's.  Spicy seasoning included helps to prevent food fatigue.



Eating certain nutrition-dense canned foods might be unthinkable to those who are careful about chemical additives.  Nitrates are a concern with numerous high-protein canned foods, but are neutralized by small amounts of vitamin C.  Some otherwise healthy foods such as celery also contain high levels of naturally occurring nitrates, and we don't eschew those.  So I'd suggest scraping together $2 in coins (since food stamps won't buy vitamins) to get a $2 bottle of 100 vitamin C tablets before purchasing this nutrient-dense $1 canned food which has 21 grams of protein:



This $1 can of orange slices is an alternative source of vitamin C:



A $1 tin of smoked oysters has 15 grams of protein and is high in zinc:



A $1 can of tuna has 13 grams of protein:



Ditto for a $1 can of salmon, which would be rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids:



A pound of dry beans can still be purchased for $1, yielding enough to feed a family of four three separate times, or nearly a dozen portions.  However, they are energy-intensive, needing pre-soaking and a few hours to cook, as well as needing additional meat or a substitute for adequate flavoring.  A portion of cooked beans only has 9 g protein without additional meat to flavor it, so one might plan to get a $3 canned ham to throw into the pot, perhaps with three of the $1 bags of beans to feed a family for an entire week of dinners if refrigeration still exists.  A $1 soup bone from the butcher's scraps could also be included for additional flavor and nutrition. 





Cooking the above meal with a $1 two-pound bag of enriched white rice will not only add a bit more additional protein, but will fill out the nutritional profile of the meal, as well as filling hungry stomachs and extending the number of nights of dinners covered by the stew:



A $1 off-brand 12-oz box of dry pasta and cheese yields 3 portions @ 13 grams of protein apiece.  Two boxes might feed a larger family, or might allow slightly larger portions for a smaller family.



There are 8 grams of protein for every 2 tablespoons  or 1 1/3 ounces of peanut butter.  A $1 10-ounce jar of peanut butter would have about 8 portions.  If you doubled-up the portion amount and served a quarter cup of peanut butter per person, you could get 16 grams of protein per serving, and 4 portions out of each $1 jar. 



Better yet:

Get a 12-ounce can of full-cream fortified evaporated milk for $4 and roll the peanut butter in a little of it to make trail putty.  There are 3 cups of powder in the can, and trail putty uses 2.5 tablespoons per 1/2 cup nut butter.  Trail putty is rolled into a log, refrigerated, and then sliced in 1" slices or wheels, which are then cut into quarters, yielding bite-sized wedges that are packed with nutrition:


Nido dried milk is fortified with lecithin, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc sulfate, and iron.

Other suggestions for protein-dense foods (please post the grams)?  :)
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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2019, 11:35:35 AM »
Still addressing healthy nutrition possibilities for food-stamp preppers:

Non-protein foods (or foods with moderate but not high protein levels) that can still be obtained at low prices, and which would not only be packed with nutrition for a family, but would also have a much longer storage life than the junk foods mentioned at the top of the previous post:

A 12-oz. box of raisins for $2.50.  Instead of serving as-is, better to throw a handful at a time into one of the nut-butter and dried-milk trail putty rolls mentioned in the above post, turning it into not only a luscious treat that would satisfy any sweet tooth, but also a nutrient-dense superfood with many portions. 



A $1 super-sized bag of popcorn will feed a family of children a good high-fiber snack for perhaps two separate days.  Need to watch the Dollar Tree stores closely, as these are available sporadically:



Better yet, it's still possible to purchase a 4-pound store brand bag of un-popped popcorn kernels with 60 individual servings for a little over $3.



$3 can still buy 12 packages of ramen noodles, which are a decent lunch or snack at 4 or 5 grams of protein each.  However, I'd suggest ditching the nasty little GMO chemical-laden bouillon packets that come with them, and instead opt for a $1.75 jar of over 2 dozen MSG-free Herb-Ox chicken bouillon cubes to add.  One jar of bouillon cubes covers two dozen Ramen noodle packets, or 2 12-packs.  Better yet from a nutrition standpoint but not a prepping point of view, save and freeze small separate portions of homemade broth made from a $1 soup bone from the butcher, which can make a sizeable stock-pot full.  Add salt to taste (a very important nutrient to stock).





As a $1 cold-weather comfort treat, one might allow a hot chocolate mix 6-pack box, which provides a small amount of powdered milk and a large amount of psychological well-being, as well as warmth to a chilled body:



For a healthy warm-weather treat, $1 will still buy 4 small boxes of pure, unsweetened fruit juice which can be poured into $1 popsicle moulds or ice cube trays at home.  A small amount of water, or 50 cent seltzer, could also be added to stretch the juice.



A vacuum-sealed quart of whole milk, not dehydrated, can still be obtained for $1, and offers 8 or 9 grams of protein per cup.  This would actually count as a high-protein meal if more than a cup was consumed, say 12 ounces.



Other healthy snacks that would store well and cost little?
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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2019, 06:32:48 AM »
More healthy storage food ideas to stretch food stamps:



$2 will buy nearly half a pound of prunes, which are a nutritional superfood high in potassium, fiber, vitamin K, vitamin A and iron.



$1 will buy a 13.5 ounce can of boiled peanuts in brine for those who are not allergic.  Contains 6 servings at 4 grams of protein each.

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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2019, 05:09:31 PM »
The Wall Street Journal just announced that President Trump will sign a bi-partisan spending bill, but at the same time declare a national emergency in order to secure funds for his wall.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/lawmakers-set-to-vote-on-spending-package-to-keep-government-open-11550157589

That puts us one step closer to martial law...

The Quartz further explains what Trump's new powers will be, unless Congress makes a move to block him or the courts are petitioned:

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The president’s already substantial powers are given a boost in order to tackle an emergency head-on. These might include, as a 2007 Congressional Research Service report lays out, the right to:

    seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens.

The commander in chief can assert these rights without explanation.

Could the wall be a pretext for something else?

https://qz.com/1551028/what-happens-when-trump-declares-a-national-emergency/

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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2019, 05:42:19 PM »
Alaska Prepper posted this sobering updated U.S. National Debt Clock in response to the revised budget bill:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_woGaWDXJyQ
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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2019, 05:24:42 AM »
Per Mary Greely, a government watchdog group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has already filed a lawsuit to investigate the legality of the Trump administration's declaration of a national state of emergency.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_gmPpyKKbE



Meanwhile, Dahboo77 explains that Republicans in the Senate and House can block the use of emergency powers if they can get enough votes to create a "super-majority" of 2/3 of the lawmakers.

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Under the National Emergencies Act, the House and the Senate can take up what's called a Joint Resolution of Termination to end this emergency status if they believe that the President has acted irresponsibly, or if the threat has dissipated.

A Democrat from Texas is preparing to introduce such a resolution, and if it passes the House, the Senate is obligated to bring it up for a vote within 18 days.  Only a handful of Republicans would be needed to endorse the bill.

If the bill passes both houses of Congress, it then lands on the President's desk for his signature or veto, unless it was already passed with a super-majority in both Houses, which the President can't override. 

President Trump's ally Rand Paul has indicated that he does not support the use of emergency powers in this case, and would prefer to see this issue settled through normal legal procedures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm84JMAe_08

More soon.

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Re: 2019 U.S. Budget Standoff
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