“The United States will provide Ukraine with a new $500 million infusion of aid to help the government in Kyiv continue paying salaries, pensions and providing services, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday. Yellen detailed the assistance following her meeting Wednesday with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Finance Minister Sergiy Marchenko, saying it was necessary to help their government continue to function…
‘The needs of Ukraine are urgent, and we plan to deploy this direct aid to Ukraine as soon as possible to be used on most urgent needs,’ Yellen said. NDTV.com
“In March, 32 states will begin cutting food stamp benefits for more than 30 million Americans, leading toward what some are referring to as a “hunger cliff.” This will mean that poor households will lose about $82 a month in SNAP [also known as food stamps] benefits, even as food prices continue to soar from inflation. (The other 18 states had already ended their emergency food assistance programs.)…The number of infants in Mississippi being treated for congenital syphilis has jumped by more than 900% over the last five years. In 2021, the state was given a federal grant of $18.4 million to hire public health care workers. It spent only $3.6 million.” Jeffrey St. Clair, Roaming Charges, Counterpunch
Written by John Stanton
If you complain about the billions of dollars going to prop up Ukraine’s corrupt and dictatorial government (pay their pensions, for example) you are branded a “Putin Apologist” by both democrats (particularly) and republicans alike. What gives?
Many Americans are critical of Biden’s scheming on Ukraine because they never got to have a vote in this multibillion dollar transfer of wealth and machinery to one of the most corrupt nation’s in the world. If ever there were a case for a national referendum in the USA, it would have been over this issue. Biden came to the podium one day about a year ago and essentially said, “The USA is sanctioning everything Russian and propping up our newest puppet, Zelensky. If you don’t like it, lump it.”
Republicans hate the thought of the hungry (children, too) and homeless in America getting any sort of handout from the US federal government, but they support handouts to a half-baked racist country called Ukraine which is happily ripping off US taxpayers with the blessing of America’s most virulent Russia haters like Anthony Blinken and Victoria Nuland, who are akin to sharks during a feeding frenzy when discussing anything Russian.
Guess what? Roughly 24 percent of US enlisted personnel are “food insecure” and encouraged by the Pentagon to apply for SNAP benefits through the United States Department of Agriculture.
“This summer , DoD released a roadmap, Strengthening Food Security in the Force, which reveals that a shocking 24 percent of active duty service members experience some level of food insecurity, and it acknowledges the connections between hunger and mission readiness, troop retention and recruitment. It should be noted that this survey was done before the recent spike in inflation, so it is likely that this estimate is low.” American Enterprise Institute
That 24 percent figure doesn’t account for the million plus US veterans who depend on those SNAP “hand outs” to get by. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities reported that,“SNAP Helps 1.2 Million Low-Income Veterans, Including Thousands in Every State.”
Oh, and hose hungry active duty enlisted personnel are the ones who are going to go and fight the Russians in Europe, if Biden and Zelensky get their way.
And get this: We learn from the Watson Institute at Brown University the costs to care for veterans of post 9-11 wars are in the trillions.
“Between 2001 and 2050, the total costs of caring for veterans of the post-9/11 wars are estimated to reach between $2.2 and $2.5 trillion. This includes the amount already paid in disability and related benefits and medical care, as well as the projected future cost of lifetime disability benefits and healthcare for those who have served in the military during these wars.”
How can we afford to give billions to Ukraine in the face of problems like these, not to mention antagonizing China in the Process?
War is coming for us all because of us all, it seems.
Lunatics in Charge of USA: Look Around!
I am wondering if “Corn Pop” Biden would have authorized an F-22 to shoot down Lawn Chair Larry. One of Biden’s rationales for ordering shoot-downs was that the 2023 balloons were in airspace reserved for commercial aircraft (I wonder too what kind of medal those F-22 pilots were awarded).
Anyway, according to Wikipedia, “ On July 2, 1982, Larry Walters made a 45-minute flight in a homemade aerostat made of an ordinary patio chair and 45 helium-filled weather balloons. The aircraft rose to an altitude of about 16,000 feet (4,900 m), drifted from the point of liftoff in San Pedro, California, and entered controlled airspace near Long Beach Airport. During the landing, the aircraft became entangled in power lines, but Walters was able to climb down safely.”
Zelensky is sure to appear at the Oscar Ceremony in March. Everyone will stand and applaud this man who is nothing but a wartime tyrant. How could he not be ruthless in this role? And his ruthlessness is on display in the manner in which he sacrifices his soldiers in battles they can’t possibly win, or in the elimination of all things Russian in Ukraine. He and his wife live the good life, sheltered and protected by his military only because he is the perfect pitchman. I can’t help but think of Jerry Lewis and his telethon each time I see Zelensky, tin cup in hand.
Don’t be surprised to see Zelensky throw out the ceremonial first pitch this coming American Major League Baseball season.
Others say that critics of Zelensky are little more than “Useful Idiots” of Putin. But to those critics Zelensky represents a waste of money, billions spent—or lost in the shadows— that could be used in the United States for SNAP, to improve rail safety, or even build a high speed rail that the US currently does not have, but China does. Better still, those billions could be used on healthcare improvements sorely needed in the USA.
Instead, we are once again aching for war. In fact, we’ve already got it by proxy. General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is fond of saying that the Russians have failed in Ukraine. Maybe so, but he has got losses in Iraq and Afghanistan on his record, nothing to be proud about. And yet Milley and all the other generals who punched tickets during those wars are not held accountable. They and the policymakers they obeyed brought no credit to their service, only a $2.5 trillion dollar VA bill.
This Ukraine war was never about that country’s independence, freedom, or the future of mankind. You can pull up all the maps you like showing NATO expansion and speeches from the West claiming that Russia wants a grand empire like the old Soviet Union. All these speeches are complete nonsense.
Putin was sucker punched by the USA/West. The American people took an uppercut from Biden who pretended to be a liberal and devote Catholic. He is neither.
US leaders don’t care about the people of Palestine, Ohio, who will ultimately be polluted to death by chemicals from a recent train derailment in an accident that may well have been mitigated if Biden had enforced regulations on brake safety, as St. Clair reported in Roaming Charges at Counterpunch.
They just don’t care.
“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.” Albert Camus
John Stanton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sooo…. nothing about Prigozhin and his dead orcs?
You are full of shit, aren’t you?
yes, full of dead orcs in my feed! need to share the burfen
This clown will live his entire life and never get laid. Sad isn’t it what being rejected does to a person.😁
V for Victory, how about L for losers! Russia has lost this War, soon we will be talking about the 2nd and 3rd year Anniversary of the Russian Special Military Operation! Those poor Russians have no idea on how to bring the Ukrainian War to an end, even after a full year! Modern day Russians are a joke, their ancestors would be totally ashamed of them, I guess they don’t make them like the use to in WW2!
What are you talking about. You sound like that Western “education” has really warped your mind.
Many said that the Russians lost when Napoleon marched on Moscow, but that war ended with the Russians entering Paris. Many said that the Russians lost when the Germans reached Moscow, but that war ended with the Russians entering Berlin. Many saw the defeat of Russia in Chechnya or Georgia, but even then Russia stood victorious. This war is not over yet… let’s wait for the curtain to come down…
Article to laugh, similar to Putin’s speech circus, a speech for those who live in dictatorship and ignorance, a country like Russia that has 5 or 6 large modernized cities and and little more, more than 500 public schools without drinking water or basic sanitation and with a salary of 1/6 in relation to Westerners such an article is to be expected from the voice of the owner
” those who live in dictatorship and ignorance,” – you mean Ukies (SBU will kill you if you question official line or read banned books), Brits (gag order country), Americunts (I wouldn’t waste words on that…), Australians (get your jab or else…). These are true demoncracies, correct. No dictatorship, of course. Only to laugh here is why SBU or NATO trolls use such a faggot names like lylo. Maybe you are all LGBT special units.
Typical russian troll, racist homophobic with a 2 neurons brain
Typical demon-crap, marxist troupe tossing wanktard, masterbating on a keyboard in a leadpaint government office surrounded by EMF spraying wifi gear and sucking in degassed lead with every breathe… Still believes the Spanish flu was a contagion… Still living a lie on state propaganda ‘edjumacation’… Why comment, when everything you type is on a CNN script already? Waste of skin…
“Putin’s speech circus”, that’s a new one. May I use it in my book “How to avoid discussing an issue by talking about something completely different”? I have a chapter you can contribute to a lot “How to criticize someone (or some country) which we don’t know and we don’t understand without feeling oneself an utter idiot”. Russia is winning and will win over a badly-run exsuperpower precisely thanks to the low-IQ people sure they’re entitled to shout their ignorance every time they lack an argument.
good adequate words!
100 with the same spiel, for 100 years they have been well-behaved sheep, for 100 years they earn 1/10 of a salary compared to the West or China, it really means having faith and believing that the sun does not rise tomorrow
“those who live in dictatorship and ignorance, a country like Russia “, to claim something like that you had to show first you know the country not only from the cheap biased “reports” on the western TV. You spread cliches and phrases like from some box with templates to copy and taste in internet. For your next trip in enemy chats: read first a little bit and try to realise what we are speaking about. And only then look for the templates.
Regarding eventual “civil war” between Prigozin and MOD, NATO toy soldiers better pray that MOD prevails, as if influential military commanders like Prigozin prevail, Kiev and an entire Ukraine would be a toast in 3 days and all NATO bases in Europe and US/UK command centers would evaporate in a flash of very intense light followed by mushroom clouds. After that, world would never again be bothered by the villains of the “West” and an entire Ukraine would become arable field and Ukrainians would exist only in history books, like Cartaghinians. So far, so good.
Wagner’s would loose, they would get no ammo
Do you believe that psyops by the Russians? Wagner PMC claimed that they are short of ammunition yet they are advancing in Bakmut. I don’t believe it at all. I think that it’s psychological warfare by the Russians to fool NATO and Ukraine.
Boorla is a war criminal who kills his own people. Unleash the war they want so desperately so they can cry out wanting death: but saint john tells us that they will suffer and death will not be allowed to release them. Give them what they ask for: eternity is a long time to contemplate their cowardice and crimes against humanity.
Hunter2bighouse and give the state dept. its much needed house cleaning lets have the public corruption issues addressed and probably end support for the ukraine in the process there is a bad history here that cannot and should not be glossed over and it is the stuff of international conferences and discovery hearings and prosecutions and the democrats have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Honesty is the path forward here in order to edify and establish solid future relations with european countries as well as with russia. I have a feeling that russia will be very helpful, even instrumental in the overall discovery process. Zelensky needs to be in that russian courtroom answering questions
Correction: money to support Ukraine is ‘printed’ and has nothing to do with money spent in the USA. This is a major advantage of civilised economies like US, EU, UK – they can easily use own currency abroad – almost as much as they want. The only way this can change is to make those places unattractive (socially, economically etc) so people wont come and wont do business there but it ain’t gonna happen…
What‘s the point of this article. Other than repeating stupid insults at people who recognise Russia‘s just cause and NATO‘s crimes? The argument made that too little is done for ppl inside the US has mostly nothing to do with Putin or three war in Ukraine. So, again, what’s the point?
USA government is Satan, pure and simple. It will have to be dismantled whether they like it or not
The Russian shitthole is going to be a thing of the past soon enough EH 🤣🤣🤣
Recon is almost done by this crazy war shaman see ya this weekend child killas!!are y’all going to make me report on my findings??hmmm??us ca and briton??GET OUT OF UKRAINE!!!!
Exactly what I said. We will unleash hell if you dont respect an American. Respect manna.
“The number of infants in Mississippi being treated for congenital syphilis has jumped by more than 900%”
Keep those Bidens away from them and problem solved.
50% of the generals in the US military are Jews.
Europe and the future belongs to countries like Poland, Croatia or Czechia. This is were the real prosperity and strength is built today. Not only this – society is stronger then ever in Poland and Czechia – in fact all Slavic countries in the EU are doing extremely well. Slavic territory covers bast land from Mediterranean sea to Baltic – fantastic place to live!
Old West is in decline, still relatively prosperous but now socially and ethnically divided will soon looks more like Brazil or Argentina…
Russia terminates NATO. the final exposure of amerikan decadence immorality and weakness. the desperate comments by the senile nazis at SF like that of 13 year old girls menstruating merely makes your defeat more delicious