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Why Broward Sheriff Allowed Failed Cop to Get $105K Pension and Defended Obama’s Leniency “Promise” Program

Posted by FactReal on January 8, 2019

TAXPAYERS FINANCING FAILED POLICIES AND FAILED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
Via Tucker Carlson (1/4/2019): Did Parkland Cop Protect Sheriff Scott Israel’s Son?
From video:

– Did Deputy Scot Peterson, who failed to stop the Parkland school shooting in 2018, covered up an alleged sexual assault involving the son of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel?
– Sheriff Israel did not fire Deputy Scot Peterson.
– Peterson was allowed to keep his $105,000 a year pension (plus health-care benefits) paid by taxpayers…for the rest of his life!
– Obama’s “Promise” Program (a school policy to report fewer arrests, suspensions) and the Parkland school shooting.

[PROMISE Program (Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support, and Education).]

Via Real Clear Investigations (RCI), Fla.: The Sheriff, the Sheriff’s Son, and the ‘Coward of Broward’ (1/3/2019):

Parents of children gunned down in the Parkland school shooting in Florida last year have never understood two actions taken by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel: his refusal to fire a campus-based deputy who failed to enter the school during the rampage that took 17 lives, and his continued defense of controversial Obama-era school policies that allowed the  accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz, to avoid arrest and a police record and thereby purchase the murder weapon.

Some now think they have found the answer in a single incident that occurred in 2014. A police report shows that’s when Israel’s then-17-year-old son, Brett, was accused of participating in a sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas  High School.

The case was investigated by Scot Peterson — the armed deputy who took cover while children and staff were shot last February. Using the Obama-era guidelines, Peterson’s recommendation helped his boss’s son receive just a three-day suspension.[…]

While Israel publicly criticized Peterson for inaction during the shooting, he didn’t fire his deputy, instead letting him resign and  receive a public pension of almost $105,000 a year (not including health-care benefits). The 55-year-old Peterson will collect  monthly payments of more than $8,700 for the rest of his life.[…]

Parkland parents and their lawyers believe one reason for Sheriff Israel’s continued defense of a controversial no-arrest pact he signed with Broward County Public Schools to divert offenders from jail to counseling is that his son benefited from the  lenient policy.

The 2013 agreement, known generally as the PROMISE program, was designed to reduce school-based arrests for minor  offenses and stop the so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” disproportionately affecting minorities.

[…]

In 2013, Israel jointly developed the no-arrest PROMISE program with Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie as part of a crusade first launched in 2011 by the Obama administration to end disproportionate arrests and suspensions of minority students. It required school districts to report data on discipline disparities by race and close racial gaps in suspensions and arrests. The national policy, known as the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, was announced in July 2011 by then-Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Runcie’s former boss and longtime mentor. Three months later, on Duncan’s recommendation, Runcie was hired by the Broward school board. Records show Runcie met with Obama officials in the White House as he put the policy into practice at the largest school district in the country.

As Runcie pioneered the most lenient discipline policies in the nation, the [Obama] administration pumped millions of dollars in education grants into his district. More than 50 other large school districts adopted similar programs as the administration opened race-bias investigations and threatened funding cuts for those who failed to comply with the lower disciplinary standards.[…]

The Florida state safety commission’s draft report also revealed that the Broward district has been systematically underreporting crimes committed on campus since revising its  discipline policies, helping it appear that the PROMISE program and its required “restorative justice” counseling  sessions were  working to reduce the number of students who reoffend and control overall crime on campus.

Officials at Stoneman Douglas, for example, failed to report  dozens of instances of violence, bullying, theft, robbery and trespassing in the  2016-2017 school year, making the school look much safer than it was prior to the shooting.[…]

The sheriff even mirrored the no-arrest policy at the county jail.

In a related  program, Israel agreed to back off arrests of students who commit various crimes outside of schools, offering them civil citations and the same “restorative justice” counseling in lieu of incarceration, even for repeat offenders. Restorative justice is a controversial alternative punishment in which delinquents gather in “healing circles” with counselors – and sometimes even the victims of their crime – and  discuss their feelings and the “root causes” of their anger and actions.

Within two years of adopting the discipline reforms, Broward’s juvenile recidivism rate surged higher than the Florida state average.  The negative trends continued through 2017, the most recent juvenile  crime data show.

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Migrants Sent $138 Billion to their Home Countries in 2016

Posted by FactReal on December 12, 2018

THAT’S $138 BILLION LOST TO THE U.S. ECONOMY
* Immigrants sent $138,165,000,000 in remittances (funds/assets) from the United States to other countries in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center.
* Out of those $138 billion, $54 billion were sent to Latin America by immigrants in the U.S. in the form of remittances. (See table below)

Note: Remittances are funds/assets sent by migrants to their home countries via formal channels such as banks. Estimates do not include the transfer of other assets, such as gifts, or informal monetary transfers.

Check their interactive map/table here.

FROM U.S. TO THE WORLD
Worldwide, Mexico ranked first in remittances ($28.1 billion) received by migrants living in the United States, followed by China ($15.4 billion), India ($10.7 billion) and the Philippines ($10.5 billion).

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FROM U.S. TO LATIN AMERICA
Among Latin American and Caribbean countries, Mexico has long received the highest amount of remittances.

$54 billion in remittances were sent to Latin America by immigrants in the U.S.
In 2016, immigrants living in the United States sent $28.1 billion in remittances to Mexico, followed by Guatemala ($6.8 billion), El Salvador ($4.2 billion), Dominican Republic ($4 billion), and Honduras (3.4 billion).

Country $ Amount
Mexico $28,126,000,000
Guatemala $6,756,000,000
El Salvador $4,194,000,000
Dom. Republic $4,088,000,000
Honduras $3,369,000,000
Colombia $1,537,000,000
Haiti $1,433,000,000
Ecuador $1,125,000,000
Peru $960,000,000
Nicaragua $646,000,000
Brazil $602,000,000
Panama $402,000,000
Costa Rica $368,000,000
Bolivia $148,000,000
Argentina $106,000,000
Venezuela $99,000,000
Belize $85,000,000
Chile $20,000,000
Uruguay $18,000,000
Paraguay $16,000,000
Cuba $ ??
TOTAL $54,098,000,000

Pew Research Center also indicated:

Most of the remittance dollars flowing to Latin America come from the U.S., which is home to two-thirds of all migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean. (For migrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, this share is far higher – more than 80% of migrants from each of these countries live in the U.S., according to 2017 United Nations estimates.)

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Great Job Numbers under Trump

Posted by FactReal on November 5, 2018

Investor’s Business Daily reported last Friday, Nov. 2, 2018:

October’s jobs numbers were real humdingers. Not only did companies hire 250,000 workers, but unemployment remained at 3.7%, a 50-year low, for the second month running. Some 711,000 people rejoined the workforce during the month. The total number of Americans employed, now at 156.562 million, also set another record. And no major industry cut jobs last month. None.

Today, as we noted recently, there are some 7.1 million job openings, but just over 6 million unemployed. There are in fact more jobs now than there are job-seeking workers to fill them. That’s something that’s never happened before. […]

If you’re a factory worker, these are the best times in years. Indeed, since Trump entered office, 19,000 new factory jobs have been added every month. In the previous four years, the average was 8,000 a month. […]

In October, the unemployment rate for Hispanic-Americans stood at just 4.4%. Go ahead and look back at the records. It’s never been that low before.

Read full article:
https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/deplorables-boom-jobs/

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Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint (link)

Posted by FactReal on March 16, 2017

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President Trump’s White House released today his budget proposal for 2018.

Scroll down for winners and losers.

The budget is called “America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.”

Here is the link to the budget (PDF): #https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/budget/fy2018/2018_blueprint.pdf
WINNERS
– Defense Department: INCREASE: $52.3 billion, 10%
– Veterans Affairs: INCREASE: $4.4 billion, 5.9%
– Homeland Security: INCREASE: $2.8 billion, 6.8%
LOSERS
– Health and Human Services: DECREASE: $15.1 billion, 17.9%
– State Department: DECREASE: $10.9 billion, 28.7%
– Education: DECREASE: $9.2 billion, 13.5%
– Housing and Urban Development: DECREASE: $6.2 billion, 13.2%
– Agriculture: DECREASE: $4.7 billion, 20.7%
– Environmental Protection Agency: DECREASE: $2.6 billion, 31%
– Labor: DECREASE: $2.5 billion, 20.7%
– Transportation: DECREASE: $2.4 billion, 12.7%
– Energy: DECREASE: $1.7 billion, 5.6%
– Commerce: DECREASE: $1.5 billion, 15.7%
– Interior: DECREASE: $1.5 billion, 11.7%
– Justice: DECREASE: $1.1 billion, 3.8%
– Treasury: DECREASE: $519 million, 4.1%

SOURCE
Winners and losers in Trump’s budget blueprint
#http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2017/03/16/white-house-budget-blueprint-march-16-2017/

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Hollywood Welfare Paid by Taxpayers

Posted by FactReal on February 25, 2013

George Clooney’s film, Argo, received $6.21 million in tax credits
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Via Forbes:

Even as the Hollywood glitterati ruminate about social responsibility and the need for the wealthy “one percent” to pay their “fair share,” Hollywood millionaires and moguls are bagging an estimated $1.51 billion in tax revenues annually through something called “film tax credits.”

Consider a few of this year’s Oscar nominated films. According to a new report by the Government Accountability Institute, Quentin Tarantino’s controversial spaghetti Western, Django Unchained, featuring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio has applied to receive an estimated $8.4 million in film tax credits from the State of Louisiana. Actor-director Ben Affleck and producer George Clooney’s film, Argo, received $6.21 million in tax credits from the California Film Commission. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, featuring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones, hauled in $3.5 million in tax-free film credits. Silver Linings Playbook bagged a cool $5.6 million.

Indeed, 40 states now have some form of subsidy or incentive that allow filmmakers to defray income and/or sales taxes incurred during filming. Thirteen states even offer so-called “transferrable film tax credits” that allow filmmakers to convert unused credits into cash—at taxpayer expense, of course.

[…]

[T]ax and policy analysts who have studied film tax credit programs say industry claims of job creation are vastly overstated. Worse, say critics, they drain vital state resources from things like education and healthcare.

[…]

What’s more, the Tax Foundation says “that states lose money by offering tax credits for film production” and that “movie production incentives are costly and fail to live up to their promises” because “they create mostly temporary positions with limited options for upward mobility.”

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OBAMA 2011: Wanted Sequester Cuts. OBAMA 2013: Against Them (Video)

Posted by FactReal on February 19, 2013

OBA-MANIPULATION
2011 Obama defends automatic spending cuts (Nov. 21, 2011):
“Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No.” “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending.”

2013 Obama predicts Armageddon if sequester cuts go through (Feb. 19, 2013):
“So these cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy. They will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls. This is not an abstraction — people will lose their jobs.”

(H/t: TheRightScoop.com)
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