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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) is warning the United States may soon face severe consequences as a result of its astronomical national debt.

Massie explained to the John Solomon Reports podcast that as the U.S. national debt nears $30 trillion with the current $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, the government’s interest rate will rise and creditors may soon stop lending it money.

“I was that guy on March 27 that CNN called ‘the most hated man in Washington, D.C.,’ because I have the gall to stand up and say if you’re going to spend $2 trillion, you need to show up and vote on it. And I had everybody’s ire that day, but – and I predicted that this would get out of hand, this would become a regular occurrence, and we’d be spending a trillion or $2 trillion at a clip. You’re right, we’re at 28 trillion. I’ve got a debt clock here in my office. And this is the bill that could put us up to $30 trillion, which was a prediction that I made back this summer,” Massie said.

“So this bill is gonna push us to $30 trillion. I mean, that’s insane. To think about that – seven trillion spending, seven trillion in debt in one year, and typically those numbers are one trillion of deficit and one trillion of spending.”

Massie continued, “I mean, let’s say we’ve got $28 trillion in debt, and we’ve got a 28 trillion-dollar GDP. Here’s another – if your interest rate goes to four percent, well, four percent of 28 trillion, that’s how much of your GDP is being wasted. And when – and what I tell people is, not just four percent of all labor, but four percent of the robots’ labor in this country is wasted, right? Four percent of the 3-D printers, an effort is wasted on the interest on the debt.”

The congressman detailed the consequences of such a high national debt.

“I feel like we’re kind of almost headed where Puerto Rico got to. You know, Puerto Rico – the only thing that stopped them from spending more money was when their creditors quit lending it to them. And that’s, you know, typically, if you’re in debt or about to go bankrupt, you don’t come to that realization until people quit loaning you money,” Massie said.

“The first thing they do is they raise your interest rates because your risk – the risk of getting paid back goes up. And so the interest rates are going to go up, and I think we’ll still keep spending money. There’ll be nothing to regulate it here, people just borrow money to pay for the interest. But at some point, you become such a risk that you’re, you know, the people who are financing you refuse to loan you any more money.”

Massie added that in the eight years he has been in Congress, “I haven’t seen the fiscal restraint that’s necessary to stop us from hitting that final bumper, which is when your creditors say, ‘That’s it, we’re not serving you anymore.'”

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He continued by explaining how congressional budget bills worked in the beginning of his tenure.

“When I first got here, there was something called Simpson-Bowles, if you remember that. It was a deal, where they said, ‘Okay, we’re going to increase your taxes by, you know, that’ll be like, one-fourth of it, and three-fourths will be cuts. So we’ll cut some spending, and it will increase the taxes.’ And honestly, that seems very reasonable compared to what happens now,” Massie said.

“Now, when John Boehner and Paul Ryan were in power, we produced Republican budgets. Oh, they balanced, John. But, you had to look at a 10-year window, right? So the budgets were 10 years, and if you looked at the first two years, they spent more money, not less. And it was in the third year where they started to cut spending. Now, why is the third year significant? Because every congressman is, you know, can win reelection before the third year rolls around. And then you do another budget with a 10-year horizon that spends more money than it saves in the first two years.”

Massie discussed a strategy to balance the budget and end the annual multi-trillion dollar deficits.

“So what needs to happen? You know, hopefully, we get back into the majority. But that’s a necessary but not sufficient condition for balancing the budget. And once we get in the majority, we’ve got to have the fiscal restraint. I’ll be honest with you – and you know, to his credit, or in his defense, Trump never promised to balance the budget or cut spending. He didn’t. And so, there was – he had to, he came in with no constraints, and, you know, if the President is going to spend the money well, I guess, you know, a lot of the Republicans in Congress will vote for – to spend the money,” Massie said.

“But we’re going to need a leader, whether that’s a Speaker of the House, or Senate Majority Leader, or a president, Republican president – of course, we’d have to wait four years for that – who gets everybody sobered up, and says we’re gonna have to cut spending, or at least go back to the ridiculous spending we had, which was trillion-dollar deficits per year. Six and seven trillion dollar deficits? It’s the doubling rate of our debt, is one thing that bothers me.”

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Sen. Blackburn asks Biden admin why U.S. spending $284K per migrant family to keep them in hotels

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“The cost to taxpayers for housing 1,200 migrant families for six months is about $71,000 per person,” the Tennessee senator says.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn has done the math.

The Tennessee Republican’s interest was piqued after the Biden administration announced its intention to spend nearly $87 million to house 1,200 foreigners who illegally cross the border in hotel rooms in the U.S.

“As the current contract stands, the cost to taxpayers for housing 1,200 migrant families for six months is about $71,000 per person,” Blackburn wrote in a letter Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting Director Tae Johnson. “For a family of four, that amounts to a shocking $284,000 – enough to buy a small house.”

Earlier this month, the administration awarded ICE an $86.9 million contract through Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors, which will provide hotel rooms near the border for temporary shelter. But Blackburn also questions how the group spends its money.

She said Endeavors in 2018 collected more than $38 million in contributions and grants but noted that “IRS filings show that nearly $22 million or almost half of those contributions went to salaries.”

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“This raises questions if half of the $86.9 million in ICE contract proceeds will likewise be allocated toward employee and executive compensation instead of migrant services or housing,” Blackburn wrote in her letter.

She also expressed concerns that Endeavors’ CEO Jon Allman has not provided “specific details about the contract.”

“It is unclear whether this nonprofit has ever previously managed a contract of this magnitude, housed a migrant population of this size or served vulnerable children without putting them at further risk,” Blackburn wrote. “DHS and ICE must provide commitments to assure Congress and the American public that Endeavors is up for the task of securely and efficiently housing illegal immigrants without resulting in waste or abuse of taxpayer dollars, or worse, harming vulnerable migrant children.”

Blackburn asked for answers by April 15.

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Trump website 45Office.com has been launched

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“The Office of Donald J. Trump is committed to preserving the magnificent legacy of the Trump Administration, while at the same time advancing the America First agenda,” a statement on the website homepage reads.

The website of the office of former President Donald Trump has launched online and includes forms for people to submit correspondence, greeting requests, media inquiries and scheduling requests for Trump and former first lady Melania Trump.

“The Office of Donald J. Trump is committed to preserving the magnificent legacy of the Trump Administration, while at the same time advancing the America First agenda,” a statement on the website homepage reads. “Through civic engagement and public activism, the Office of Donald J. Trump will strive to inform, educate, and inspire Americans from all walks of life as we seek to build a truly great American Future. Through this office, President Trump will remain a tireless champion for the hardworking men and women of our great country – and for their right to live in safety, dignity, prosperity, and peace.”

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The website includes biographies of Trump and his wife. The beginning of the former president’s biography says that he “launched the most extraordinary political movement in history, dethroning political dynasties, defeating the Washington Establishment, and becoming the first true outsider elected as President of the United States.”

Trump announces his and Melania’s official website is up: https://t.co/760WlWlhV4 pic.twitter.com/VhxRssMH3C— Kristina Wong 🇺🇸 (@kristina_wong) March 29, 2021

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New Cuomo accuser alleges she was forcibly kissed, claims to have evidence

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The woman alleges governor kissed her in “a highly sexual manner.”

Aninth woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, alleging that the Democrat grabbed her face and kissed her without her consent.

But this allegation is different: The woman, Sherry Vill, a 55-year-old married mother of three, has photographic evidence.

Vill says the incident occurred while the governor was “touring her flood-damaged home in 2017 – saying he did so in a ‘highly sexual manner,’ ” The New York Post reported.

In a press conference Monday, Vill was accompanied by her lawyer, Gloria Allred, who displayed a photo of the kiss.

Vill, whose home was damaged by the flood, recounted the incident, saying she invited Cuomo in.

“That’s when the governor looked at me, approached me, took my hand and pulled me to him,” Vill said. “He leaned down over me and kissed my cheek. I was holding my small dog in my arms in my arms and I thought he was going to pet my dog. But instead he went to squeeze between the dog … and kiss me on the other cheek in what I felt was a highly sexual manner.”

Cuomo sought to explain himself, she said. “He said, ‘That’s what Italians do, kiss both cheeks,’ “Vill said. “I felt shocked, and didn’t understand what had just happened. But I knew I felt embarrassed and weird about the kissing. I am Italian, and in my family, family members kiss. Strangers do not kiss.”

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On his way out, Cuomo “”stopped, he turned to me and said, ‘You are beautiful,’ ” Vill said.

Earlier this month, Anna Ruch, a former Biden 2020 campaign worker, told The New York Times that the governor made unwanted sexual advances toward her after they met at a wedding in New York City in 2019.

She also accused Cuomo, 63, of kissing her without her permission, even as she tried to pull away. Ruch said the encounter left her “confused and shocked and embarrassed.”

Another accuser, Charlotte Bennett, a former Cuomo aide, alleges that the governor inquired about her sex life and asked her whether she would be amenable to a relationship with an older man.

And another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, said Cuomo “made inappropriate comments about her appearance, kissed her without her consent at the end of a meeting and once suggested they play strip poker while aboard his state-owned jet,” the Associated Press reported.

Five more women have made similar allegations. The eighth woman to accuse Cuomo said the governor groped her last year at the Executive Mansion after she had called there to do some work. She said she was alone with the governor in the mansion when he “closed the door and allegedly reached under her blouse and began to fondle her,” a source told the Albany Times Union.

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