The national debt has been stuck on $16,699,396,000,000.00 — for 70 straight days. Nevertheless, the Treasury has sold at least $53.267 billion in debt, while somehow remaining $25 million under the debt ceiling.
But the president has decided to circumvent Congress yet again…
With a stroke of his pen,
Dictator President Barack Obama paved the way for more aid to the Palestinian Authority on Friday, waiving congressional restrictions on funding to the organization — again.
Citing the United States’ “national security interests,” the president signed an executive order providing $148 million to the Palestinian Authority. That is in addition to the $500 million Obama authorized just four months ago, also in apparent violation of congressional authority. At that time, Secretary of State John Kerry said he would like to see an additional $200 million go to the Palestinian group, according to The Washington Times.
“Some lawmakers oppose the aid, both because of sequestration budget cuts and the Palestinian Authority’s ties to the terrorist organization Hamas,” the Times reported.
A group of U.S. citizens filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal district court on Nov. 25, 2012, seeking an end to Palestinian Authority aid. The action challenges congressional restrictions on providing direct aid to the group.
Section 3 of the Palestinian Accountability Act provides in part, “No funds available to any United States Government department or agency to carry out the provisions of chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 for any fiscal year may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.”
An administration official referred to the $148 million in aid as, “the most immediate and efficient means of helping the PA maintain and build the foundations of a viable, peaceful Palestinian state.”
Think of that $148 million as Obama’s personal Ramadan gift to the Palestinian Authority.
Obama has been handing out Ramadan gifts aplenty this week including the release of 5 Taliban and 2 Algerians from Gitmo.
Oh don’t forget Obama is Funding $1 Billion in Infrastructure Projects…in Hamas-run Gaza. With your tax dollars.
Congress is incompetent or corrupt or both.