“The U.S. was once the greatest nation on Earth. That was because we had a Constitution that the government followed.
“Now, the Constitution is occasionally given lip service by the government but, for the most part, is completely ignored. Witness all the undeclared ‘wars’ since the end of WWII.
“We have become the world’s biggest bully!
“What in the Constitution gives the U.S. government the right to tell any other country who their leaders should be or how they should run their country? The short answer is NOTHING!
“The trillions of dollars we spend imposing our will on others would be far better spent fixing our country’s decaying infrastructure.”
If you could rein-in government spending on U.S. interventionism, how would you spend the money in consideration of U.S. interests?
Your Rundown for Friday Jan. 10, 2020
For What It’s Worth
“Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people,” President Hassan Rouhani tweeted Saturday.
The admission comes after the Iranian government vehemently denied downing the civilian jet… and the rest of the world asked for proof from the plane’s black box.
Rouhani continued: “Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake.”
But while Iran’s government scrambles for a scapegoat in-country, they’re pointing the finger at the U.S., too.
“Iranian officials blamed heightened tensions with the U.S., with Rouhani saying the military was expecting attacks from the U.S. amid ‘the atmosphere of threats and intimidation by the aggressive American regime,’” NPR reports.
“Iran’s foreign minister tweeted that it was a ‘sad day’ but that U.S. ‘adventurism’ had caused the disaster.”
In the aftermath of the air disaster — that killed civilians from Iran, Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and the U.K. — Iranian citizens took to the streets in protest Saturday with people shouting: “Death to the dictator!” (That would be the Ayatollah.)
A gutsy move… particularly after reports that police fired live ammunition into the crowds — something the government denies. For whatever that’s worth.
Market Rundown for Monday, Jan. 13, 2020
S&P 500 futures are up 10 points to 3,275.
Oil is pat at $59.03 for a barrel of WTI.
Gold’s down $6.10 per ounce to $1,554.
Bitcoin’s down 1% to $8,100.07.
We’ll talk tomorrow. Have good day.
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