Treasurer Folwell’s State Health Plan Saves Taxpayers $35 Million

State Health Plan Saves $35 Million through Medicare Advantage Enrollment
Treasurer Dale Folwell

“State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, announced today that the State Health Plan (SHP) will generate $35 million in savings as a result of the increase in members enrolled in the UnitedHealthcare (UHC) Medicare Advantage plans. Treasurer Folwell released the numbers during his monthly “Ask Me Anything” conference call, part of his initiative to promote transparency.

“In an effort to improve member satisfaction and generate additional savings, the State Health Plan automatically enrolled its Medicare-eligible members in a premium-free Medicare Advantage Base Plan during open enrollment in October 2017.

“Approximately 86 percent of Medicare-eligible members remained enrolled in a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage Base Plan for the 2018 benefit year.

“‘The move to UHC’s Medicare Advantage products are a win-win for members and taxpayers,’ said Folwell. ‘Members love the simplicity and value offered by the UHC plans. They have one plan and one card for both medical and drug coverage as well as access to great programs like SilverSneakers, while providing substantial savings for taxpayers.’

“During open enrollment, members were given the opportunity to opt out if they preferred another health plan option. This effort aligns with a 2015 report from the North Carolina General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division, which suggested that the plan require Medicare-eligible members to enroll in Medicare Advantage plans in order to reduce costs.

“The $35 million in savings follows the renegotiation of the contract between the SHP and UHC to provide Medicare-eligible retirees with Medicare Advantage health insurance plans in 2018. The rate for the basic plan decreased to $120 a month for 2018, down from $120.65 a month in 2017, despite increasing health care costs.

“In 2017 approximately 125,000 of 166,000 Medicare-eligible members (75 percent) were enrolled in one of the two fully insured Medicare Advantage plans offered by UHC.  The other 41,000 Medicare-eligible members were enrolled in a different plan option, where the plan is responsible for claims costs after Medicare has paid its share.

“The State Health Plan, a division of the N.C. Department of State Treasurer, is the largest purchaser of health care in North Carolina. The plan provides coverage to nearly 730,000 teachers, state employees, retirees, current and former lawmakers, state university and community college personnel, and their dependents.​”

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Rep. Meadows Introduces Two Bills to Secure America’s Schools

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced two bills to provide resources for enhancing school security and keeping students safe.

The first, the Protect America’s Schools Act, would provide $1.5 billion in supplemental appropriations to the Community Oriented Policing Services’ School Resource Officer program. The second, the Veterans Securing Schools Act, would allow Veterans hired by a state or local agency to serve as School Resource Officers. This bill gives state and local law enforcement agencies greater flexibility in hiring Veterans to protect school campuses.

These two bills are the direct results of input from sheriffs and law enforcement officers across Western North Carolina.

Rep. Meadows released the following statement:

“Our country is in the midst of a defining moment where we have an opportunity to come together and develop common sense solutions to safeguard our children in school. While gun control is not the answer, the best and most effective path forward, I believe, is one that safeguards our schools from becoming “soft targets,” or areas with little to stand in the way of someone with bad intentions. The two bills I’m introducing today—one to commit $1.5 billion to the school resource officer program, and one to allow state and local employed veterans to serve as school security officers—will go a long way in helping provide schools both adequate resources and trained personnel to protect our kids.

In particular, I want to thank our local law enforcement officials in my district—their input and expertise have been invaluable as we look to find solutions on how to keep our children safe in school. No matter where you stand on the issue of gun safety, one principle remains true: when the people closest to the issues at home are directly involved in the conversation, it produces good results. I thank them for their willingness to engage.”

Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald, who recently attended a school safety roundtable at the White House hosted by President Trump, gave the following statement regarding the process in developing this legislation:

“As the discussion about our need to properly secure our schools continues, once again we see the benefit an advocate for our district like Congressman Mark Meadows brings to the table. I supported Congressman Meadows’ original Protect America’s Schools Act in 2013, as he tried to assist local law enforcement in delivering a safer school environment for our children, and I have seen his unwavering support for securing our communities ever since. As counties like ours look at the myriad of options to improve school safety, this initial funding for School Resource Officers is a great step to ensure that our local governments have access to the funding they need should they determine that increased officer presence is one facet of the strategy they want to adopt. I appreciate Congressman Meadows for once again taking the lead in this area and join him in supporting this critical effort.”

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Environmental group may have to register as foreign agents

Washington Examiner – U.S. environmental activists who are working to halt the production and use of fossil fuels could be required to register as foreign agents if Congress gets serious about enforcing an existing law.

There was some potential movement in that direction last October when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced legislation that would put some teeth into the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The law, which was first passed in 1938, calls for individuals and organizations to provide full disclosure when they are working to advance the public policy interests of a foreign government.

As the Washington Examiner has reported, Grassley’s proposed legislation would close off an exemption that has allowed lobbyists for foreign interests to avoid registration while providing the U.S. attorney general with additional authority to conduct investigations.

While the media remains largely focused on ongoing investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, the connection between Vladimir Putin’s government and U.S. environmental groups deserves more scrutiny.

Klein Ltd., a Bermuda-based shell corporation run by executives with strong ties to longtime Putin friend Leonid Reiman and Russian energy investment groups including Firebird New Russia Fund and Vimpelcom Ltd., reportedly funneled $23 million to the Sea Change Foundation, according to a detailed 2014 U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee report.

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More on the Russia Connection:  Natalie Grant was an expert in Soviet propaganda (see here). Way back in 1998, she wrote “Gorbachev and Global Enviro-Communism”— which is about the Marxist roots of the Global Warming issue, which in-turn spawned the renewable energy craze. – John Droz, Jr., physicist and citizen advocate

Remember: the word “sustainability” is code for extracting the rights from unwitting citizens.

Rep. Mark Meadows Scores 100 Percent on FRC Action’s New Scorecard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council (FRC) Action recently released its annual scorecard for the First Session of the 115th Congress. U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) is among a new record of 245 Members of Congress who scored a perfect 100 percent for votes cast last year. He was recently presented with FRC Action’s “True Blue” award for displaying unwavering commitment and consistent support of faith, family, and freedom.

Votes in the U.S. House and Senate included:

  • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion
  • Disapproval of Obama’s HHS Title X Rule
  • Obamacare Repeal and Replace
  • Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
  • DOD Transgender Funding (Blocking Funding for Sex-Reassignment Surgeries)
  • D.C. Budget Autonomy
  • D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment
  • Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
  • Independent Payment Advisory Board Repeal
  • Confirmation of Amy Barrett to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins made the following comment:

“We thank Rep. Meadows for consistently voting to defend and advance faith, family and freedom. As a ‘True Blue Member’ he voted 100 percent on FRC Action’s Scorecard including votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, deliver long-needed tax cuts that are already providing much needed relief to working families, stand for religious liberty, overturn President Obama’s transgender military policy, end the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood, and protect pain capable babies.

“Rep. Meadows deserves praise for his unwavering commitment to stand for life, family, marriage, and religious liberty. North Carolinians should be encouraged to know that they have a Member of Congress such as Rep. Meadows who has come alongside other members and our president to begin the work of rebuilding our nation, and protecting the very values that made America great,” concluded Perkins.

Click here to download a copy of the Vote Scorecard.

Congressman Mark Meadows Weekly Update, 3/5

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The Laffer Curve: It’s Time to Stop Laughing

FEE – At a 1974 dinner meeting that included Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, Arthur Laffer presented his case against President Ford’s tax increase by famously sketching a graph on a napkin to prove his point. This graph came to be known as the “Laffer Curve.”

The Laffer Curve shows the direct correlation between tax rates and tax revenue. The graph suggests that there is a certain tax rate the government should impose. To better understand the graph, you have to understand where placing the tax rate at either end of the X-axis would mean. If the government imposed a tax rate of 0 percent, the government would not collect any revenue. If the government imposed a tax rate of 100 percent, individuals would no longer work and businesses would no longer produce goods as there would be no incentive to do so. While there are varying schools of thought from economists on where the tax rate should be placed, economic principles show that lowering the tax rate gives more of an incentive to produce and can grow the economy.

We are finally seeing the Laffer Curve applied in real policy, as well as the predicted results. The new tax plan has significantly lowered taxes and helped stimulate growth for the economy.

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3 Economic Fallacies That Just Won’t Die

FEE – In any academic discipline, one can find two types of experts: those who are incapable of explaining complex ideas in a simple manner; and those capable of making the difficult look easy. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the death Henry Hazlitt, one of the few economists who belongs to the second group.

Born in Philadelphia in 1894, Hazlitt developed his career as a journalist in the most influential newspapers and magazines of the country, starting at The Wall Street Journal as a typographer in 1914. During the 1920s, he wrote for several printed media outlets, including The New York Evening Post and The Nation, of which he was appointed literary director.

Hazlitt pointed out that short-sighted economic policies aimed at satisfying the claims of particular groups end up reducing the welfare of the majority.

In 1934, Hazlitt became the chief editorial writer of The New York Times, where he gained a reputation for writing about economics and finance from a free-market perspective. His outspoken opposition to the Bretton Woods Agreement had him fired after 12 successful years at the most important newspaper of the Big Apple. Yet he continued to be dedicated to his passion for writing until his death in 1993.

Despite his lack of formal academic training, Hazlitt showed a deep interest in the field of economics, which led him to write several books on the topic. In 1946, he published one of the best introductory texts on economics ever written: Economics in One Lesson.

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Clifton Ingram gathering signatures LIB
Chuck Edwards (incumbent) REP
Norm Bossert DEM
Terry Van Duyn (incumbent) DEM
Mark Crawford REP
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Susan Fisher (incumbent) DEM
Kris Lindstam REP
John Ager (incumbent) DEM
Nathan West REP
Amy Evans REP
Brian Turner (incumbent) DEM
Marilyn Brown REP
Todd Williams (incumbent) DEM
Ben Scales DEM
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Glenda Weinert REP
Amanda Edwards DEM
Nancy Nelson DEM
Dereck Lindsey DEM
Patrick Fitzsimmons DEM
Robert Pressley (incumbent) REP
Taylor Breeden DEM
Donna Ensley dem
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Steve Cogburn (incumbent) DEM
Shad Higgins REP
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Quentin Miller DEM
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Hungarian Leader: Only Christianity Can Save Europe

The New American – Hungarian Leader: Only Christianity Can Save Europe

As Europe struggles with the engineered arrival of millions of Middle Eastern and African Muslims, and with many millions more preparing to join the influx, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (shown) said a return to Christianity was Europe’s “last hope” if it is going to avoid destruction at the hands of globalists. The fiery leader, who has warned of a “treasonous conspiracy” of “internationalist fanatics” running the European Union super-state, said the greatest danger to Western civilization was now the radical politicians in Brussels, Paris, and Berlin orchestrating the mass migration and the de-Christianization of the West. Soon, the forces of Islam will be swamping Hungary not just from the South, but from West, too, as Western Europe becomes increasingly Islamic and less Christian. In response, Orbán is working to forge an alliance of nations devoted to liberty, Christianity, and the nation-state that can resist the globalist onslaught. He also vowed to take on the United Nations.

Speaking during his annual “State of the Nation” address February 18, Orbán did not mince words. The prime minister gave a rousing defense of marriage, national sovereignty, self-government, political independence, and freedom. He also slammed the globalist establishment and its leading frontmen such as George Soros. On national unity, Orbán said that Hungarians all across the political spectrum were united on “the most important issues — such as independence, defense of the borders and migration.” Blasting the globalist extremists who mock patriotism and national identity, Orbán said Hungarian patriots deserve recognition for defending their homeland and their people. “Or, in an updated form, borrowed from the Americans: Hungary First,” he said, an obvious reference to U.S. President Donald Trump and his publicly articulated “America First” agenda to take on globalism.

After alluding to a national party that believes Islam and mass Islamic immigration into Europe are the future, Orbán fired back and suggested it did not have to end up that way. “All I can say, politely but firmly, is that Hungary deserves better than this,” warned Orbán, who has increasingly become a target of the globalist establishment and its dishonest smear campaigns. “But for a moment let’s take them seriously and make it clear that we are people who think that the last hope for Europe is Christianity. Today when European people talk about Christianity — and this distinction is important — they are primarily thinking of its culture and their way of life. This is why, according to opinion polls and analyses, 78 percent of people in Hungary want us to preserve our Christian culture and our Christian traditions.” Poland recently recognized Jesus Christ as its only King.

However, outside Hungary and a few other nations, Orbán acknowledged that the picture may not be so rosy. Noting that commentators are talking about “dark clouds gathering over Europe” due to mass immigration, Orbán said the danger was clear just from looking at the numbers. “According to estimates, in European countries to the west of us the percentage of immigrants will grow at an ever faster pace,” he said, mentioning France and the Netherlands in particular. In Germany, Orbán continued, the percentage of German-born citizens is in rapid decline, as Islamic immigrants occupy the cities first. “For instance, in Bavaria now more money is being spent on asylum, immigration and integration than on the combined state budget for the economy, the environment and health care,” the Hungarian leader said, adding that the number of Muslim children in European schools was soaring as the population of native Europeans declines precipitously.

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New South African President to Follow Zimbabwean Redistribution Model

The New American – Although they are a small minority in the Republic of South Africa, white farmers own most of the land. Under an openly racist redistributionist policy announced by South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa (shown), land will be taken away from whites and given to black South Africans — all without any compensation.

In an address to the parliament meeting in Cape Town a few days ago, Ramaphosa said, “The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate redistribution of land to black South Africans.”

He claimed that this will heal divisions and injustices of the past, arguing that the original European colonists took land away from indigenous black tribes 400 years ago.

Confiscation is another word for theft, all done under the cover of law — what 19th-century French philosopher Frédéric Bastiat aptly called “legal plunder.” Besides its dubious morality, this policy has predictable economic consequences.

All South Africans have to do is look next door to neighboring Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia. Rhodesia was another black-majority nation with a white minority that ran the government and owned most of the land, until pushed into opening the polls to the black majority. That is when Robert Mugabe, a self-proclaimed Marxist-Leninist, took over the country after winning the 1980 general election. Almost immediately, Mugabe began a land-redistribution program.

Land was taken from white farmers by the Mugabe regime, forcing the farmers off the land. At the time, Zimbabwe was a net exporter of food, especially to neighboring African nations. But as the professional farmers were driven off the land, and many chose to leave the country, food production plummeted. Now, the country relies on food assistance from the United Nations.

Under Mugabe’s socialist economy, Zimbabwe became a laughingstock, with a hyperinflation that destroyed the monetary system and led to a deep economic depression, now decades old. Finally, Mugabe was ousted in a coup d’etat in 2017.

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Buncombe Republicans running for N.C. House and Senate.

House District 114 – Kris Lindstam

House District 115 – Nathan West

House District 115 – Amy Evans

House District 116 – Marilyn A. Brown

Senate District 49 – Mark Crawford

Click here and then click on Big Blue Box on the left side under “See who’s filed today!” to see ALL candidates running for office in Buncombe County.

If, the left is really so concerned about the CHILDREN

Food for thought – If, the left is really so concerned about the CHILDREN why are they always screaming that a women has a right to murder her child? The NUMBER ONE method of killing is ABORTION.  Do they not understand life starts at conception?

Based on available state-level data, approximately 893,000 abortions took place in the United States in 2016 – down from approximately 914,000 abortions in 2015 –

A total of 664,435 abortions were reported to CDC for 2013 –

Most gun-related deaths – about two-thirds – in America are suicides. Associated Press analysis of FBI data shows there were about 11,000 gun-related homicides in 2016, up from 9,600 in 2015. –

Domestic Enemies of Freedom

On February 22, 2018, in Dr. Dan Updates, by FreedomForum

Are you willing to spend 10 minutes each day fighting for our constitutional rights and freedoms?

In 1776, our founders declared independence from England and the totalitarian authority of its monarchy.  In victory, the thirteen colonies created a separate nation very different in concept from the European model.  Our Constitution prohibited the granting of titles of nobility and created a central government of limited power, vesting authority instead in the states and their citizens.  The Constitution further empowered individual sovereignty by protecting one’s private property rights, the totality of which included one’s land, home, and possessions, as well as the work of one’s hands, the ideas of one’s mind, and one’s life.

Our Constitution is so critical to our individual freedom that elected officials, military officers, and many others routinely take the following oath:

“I, (state your name), having been appointed a (rank) in the United States (branch of service), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the office upon which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

America had and still has many foreign enemies whose identities are well-known.  Nevertheless, for the first 120 years of history, this country prospered and grew to be a powerful and wealthy nation.

In the early 20th Century, domestic enemies launched an attack on the Constitution and our basic freedoms that continues today.  The goal of these enemies,  the arrogant uber-wealthy elitists, is to establish worldwide socialist governance in which the rights and liberty of the individual are severely restricted or abolished forever.  These elitists scored impressive victories in 1913 with the 16th Amendment (Income Tax), 17th Amendment (direct election of Senators), and the Federal Reserve, all approved by treachery and deceit.  The FDR administration instituted multiple socialist legislative programs, most of which are unconstitutional but were upheld by a Supreme Court blackmailed into subservience.

Since then, these enemies have gained control of newspapers and the media, shattered the structure of the American family, destroyed Judeo-Christian morality, wreaked havoc on our economy with big government regulation and enslaving social programs, perpetrated the hoax of global warming, attacked the gun ownership and the 2nd Amendment, and brainwashed two generations of children to believe their socialist global utopian lies.

Why did we not recognized what was happening?  At first, this socialist agenda was hidden behind the “Cloak of Benevolence” . . . it’s for the children, it’s for the poor, it’s for the sick, it’s for the best.  Today, as we see the changes taking place, it is brazenly out in the open.  The ends justify the means, and America’s course was set on a downward spiral toward totalitarian control of the individual.

The Trump victory put them on notice that there are vast numbers of Americans who don’t live on the east or west coasts and who still believe in the true American Dream.

We cannot, however, sit back and expect them to fold up their tents and surrender their anti-American goals. Now, more than ever, we must speak out with greater force and conviction.

My guest on Freedom Forum Radio is George Brenner from Scottsdale, Arizona, promoting what should be an important tool in our arsenal to take back our nation.

It’s all about a website:

Domestic Enemies of Freedom

Frustrated?  Angry?  Furious?  So am I.

As you read this, our once-great nation is slipping further into the abyss of Fascist Democratic-Socialism, Oligarchy, and Tyranny.  The arrogant elitists, international bankers, and domestic traitors that make up the “Deep State Shadow Government” are winning their hundred-year war against free market capitalism, property rights, and individual freedom.

Like you, I have tried the two-party political route, supporting and voting for candidates who promised to uphold the Constitution.

Like you, I have held my nose and voted for the lesser of two evils when both candidates were dishonest, untrustworthy, and worthless.

Like you, I have wasted my vote by casting it for candidates of minor political parties with the right message who had absolutely no chance of winning election.

Like you, I joined groups of concerned citizens and Tea Party groups in an attempt to influence the electoral process and elected public officials.

If we want to have any chance of preserving true freedom for our children and grandchildren, we must take this battle to the next level NOW.

It is time to publically call out and confront anyone, anywhere, in any position of power or influence, high or low, federal, state, or local whose plan and agenda is to steal our property, our natural law rights, and our freedom.

We still do have the First Amendment Right of Free Speech to petition the government for a redress of grievances.  Just remember – they consider burning the American Flag and riding a bike naked through downtown Seattle an act of “free speech”.

That is what “Domestic Enemies of Freedom” is about.

Go to Domestic Enemies of Freedom, register, subscribe, and read the articles.  The website then provides you with direct links and contact information so you can write a response and deliver feedback to people, politicians, schools, companies, or the media when their actions are contrary to the principles and laws on which our nation was founded.  These are the DOMESTIC ENEMIES who intend to destroy our nation.

With one single mouse click, you can let them know that their actions are unacceptable, that you are mad as Hell and that you will not take it anymore.

Dr. Dan’s guest on Freedom Forum Radio this weekend is George Brenner from Scottsdale, Arizona, promoting what should be an important tool in our arsenal to take back our nation, Domestic Enemies of Freedom.

Part one of this two-part interview begins Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, on WJRB 95.1 FM and streamed live over the Internet. Part two airs Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11.  All programs are available by podcast following air time here.



Since taking office, President Trump has confronted the North Korean dictator unlike any President in decades. And just recently, the governments of North and South Korea have had direct talks for the first time in 9 years. Despite this development, the Trump administration will continue to maintain pressure on the rogue regime. President Trump recently met with North Korean defectors, and Vice President Pence announced in Japan that the United States “will soon unveil the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever.” This is a President who will remain ever vigilant about this threat until he fulfills his ultimate goal of a completely denuclearized North Korea.


President Trump’s dedication to angel families – those who have lost loved ones to violent criminal illegal immigrants – is stronger than ever, as the illegal immigration debate takes center stage. This week, President Trump hosted a White House conference on the scourge of violence perpetrated by MS-13 nationwide and signed a Presidential Memorandum that establishes the National Vetting Center. The center will identify individuals seeking to enter the US who represent a threat to our national security, border security, homeland security, or public safety. President Trump will take every step possible to protect all American families from such heinous violence in the future.


At the State of the Union address last week, President Trump asked Democrats to join him in standing up for America. What did they do? They just sat there…and sat there….and sat there. That’s why we highlighted the Democrats’ disgraceful acts of disrespect in our latest campaign ad. And while they sat in protest of helping all Americans, a whopping 75% of the country supported the President’s State of the Union address, including his call for unity. The President is undeterred as usual, and won’t let anything stand in the way of our success as a country…including sitting Democrats! Watch the ad by clicking here.


Have you looked at your paycheck lately? It’s February, which means that hard-working Americans will now be able to see their tax cut pay raise for the first time. The President traveled to Cincinnati this week to deliver the great news about our booming economy and the growing impact of his historic tax cuts. This presidential visit occurred as more and more American companies are reporting new bonuses, wage increases, and billions of dollars of investments in our economy, as a direct result of the President’s tax cuts. And no, we’re still not still not tired of winning yet!

BDS Madness: As South Africa runs out of water, REFUSES Israel’s offer of water aid – Day Zero is rapidly approaching in Cape Town, South Africa. When Day Zero arrives, Cape Town will become the world’s first major city to run out of water. The people of Cape Town should blame South Africa’s corrupt government. The government of South Africa has chosen to appease the anti-Semitic BDS movement, and its growing Muslim population, by refusing to accept any help from Israel. Despite Israel being the world leader (by far) in water recycling, water preservation, water desalination, and drip irrigation, South Africa’s government has stubbornly refused to work with Israel. Pro-jihad President Jacob Zuma, who has ties to Hamas, would rather watch his citizens die of thirst before accepting help from Israel.

Israel, a country that is over 60 percent desert, is now the world’s preeminent water power. Israel has proudly shared its water expertise and technology with 150 countries, including many Muslim-majority countries in Africa. Israel’s water expertise has also been invaluable to Asia, particularly in countries such as India, China, and Vietnam. In late 2015, dozens of ecologists from 10 Latin American countries came to Israel to learn about Israel’s mastery of desalination and drip irrigation. In the United States, Israel’s cooperation with California, Nevada, Colorado, and many other states, has produced incredible results. Even the “Palestinian” Authority has benefited when working with Israel on water conservation. Israel has also provided water technology and training to Egypt and Jordan.

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Is the World Becoming Less Free?

FEE – Erosion of the rule of law and various civil liberties are causing the world to be a less free, less prosperous place.

The Cato Institute has, in cooperation with the Canadian Fraser Institute and the German “Friedrich-Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit,” assembled a comprehensive 396-page report on human freedom in the world. Overall, governments worldwide have reduced the level of freedom in recent years.

The Link between Individual Liberty and Prosperity

Freedom of movement, expression, and information, as well as the rule of law, have seen the largest decreases since 2008.

Since 2008, the global Human Freedom Index (HFI) has gone down to 6.93/10 from 7.05/10. According to Ian Vasquez and Tanja Porčnik, who drafted the report, important factors for the score were performances in the categories regarding individual and civil liberties, as well as economic liberty. When it comes to the latter, the researchers point out that the individual liberty is very much linked to economic prosperity: the freest countries show a higher GDP per capita ratio compared to those with very low levels of individual freedom. Hong Kong, which ranks second in Cato’s Human Freedom Index, is a noticeable exception on this point.

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Rep. Meadows: “Release the Memo”

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) spoke on the House floor on Thursday night, urging the House Intelligence Committee to release the classified four-page memo revealing alleged surveillance abuses in the U.S. government:

Speech transcript:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As many of you know, we have had a Russian narrative that’s been going on because of an infamous dossier. And while there’s been much reported on it, I can tell you that the Intel Committee has been fast at work, and Chairman Nunes has been doing outstanding work, to get to the truth for the American people.

Today, I had the opportunity to go into a confidential setting to make sure that we can understand better what actually took place. And I’m here to tell all of America tonight that I am shocked to read exactly what has taken place. I would think it would never happen in a country that loves freedom and democracy like this country. It is time we become transparent in all of this and I am calling on our leadership to make this available so that all Americans can judge for themselves.”




I viewed the classified report from House Intel relating to the FBI, FISA abuses, the infamous Russian dossier, and so-called “Russian collusion.” What I saw is absolutely shocking. This report needs to be released–now. Americans deserve the truth.

House OKs Warrantless Surveillance; Paul to Filibuster

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is preparing to filibuster a surveillance bill already passed by the House of Representatives — a bill that reauthorizes long-term federal surveillance of U.S. citizens under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

In a press release, Paul said he would block the bill in order to keep a promise to protect the Fourth Amendment.

“Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a flawed bill that will continue the warrantless surveillance of innocent Americans. No American should have their right to privacy taken away. I will keep doing everything in my power, including filibuster, to oppose this legislation and to speak out and stand up for forcing the government to get a warrant based on probable cause, as required by the Constitution,” said Dr. Paul.

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