Dems Party in Puerto Rico amid Shutdown :: By Bill Wilson

It’s been called a Congressional Junket. There are rules about how much complementary money can be accepted from the lobbyists who sponsor a junket. But they are usually very lavish trips with some ostensible stated purpose, in which the Congressmen spend nominal time discussing and the vast majority of the time playing.

This is the case for some 39 Democratic members of Congress, their staffs and their families who are the guests in Puerto Rico of 109 lobbyists from R.J. Reynolds (the tobacco company), Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, the National Education Association, and others, according to the Washington Examiner. The optics at this time appear hypocritical.

Fox News reports that the Democratic Party junket “comes amid the ongoing partial government shutdown that has left around 800,000 federal workers with no pay since it began Dec. 22, making it the longest government closure in US history.” Meantime, Democratic Party leadership is hammering President Donald Trump about the impact of the shutdown on those not receiving paychecks, and the ultimate impact long-term on the economy.

When junkets like these, and there are probably more going on attended by members of both parties, cost aplenty with chartered jets and high-end hotel rooms and meals, it’s difficult for Americans to accept the sincerity of the party line—if only all of it were reported by the media.

Meantime, the “party line” is trying to keep quiet on who exactly is attending this junket.

A Twitter link by freelance writer David McAlpine, however, shows a picture of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in a bathing suit talking to a bikini–clad woman on the beach in Puerto Rico. McAlpine also posted a 2013 Daily Mail headline by reporter James Nye stating, “Senator Bob Menendez only ‘likes the youngest and newest girls’ says Dominican prostitute who ‘attended alleged sex parties with him’.”

While Menendez has been the target of many corruption and ethical stories and investigations, his behavior is also associated with what happens during junkets by members of both parties.

It’s likely, but no sure bet, that no taxpayer money is being spent on this, but taxpayers do pay the salaries of these elected representatives and their staffs attending. Taxpayers also must endure the votes cast in favor of big tobacco (while Democrats rail against the entire industry), big pharma (what’s the real deal with socialist medicine?), and high tech companies that use their networks to influence voters toward extreme “progressive” (socialist/communist) ideologies—not to mention the National Education Association’s leftist agenda with America’s children.

So a peek behind the scenes of the “life threatening” government shutdown reveals much. It’s similar to what Ezekiel saw in Ezekiel 8:9 when the Lord told him to dig into the wall of the sanctuary, “and behold the wicked abominations they do there.”

It’s just not right.

Have a blessed and powerful day,

The Daily Jot Staff

Trump – 2019: Disruption Ahead :: By Bill Wilson

All indicators point to 2019 being a year of political, social and economic disruption in America and President Trump.

The coup of the Republic that began with the 2008 elections will continue to become more hostile in 2019, dividing Americans and causing uncertainty in the country. The game plan of the coup-makers is evident: they will attempt to disrupt government and society with brash accusations, labeling, propaganda posing as news, calls for impeachment, and ongoing “investigations” where every little detail will be broadcast as if it were the last nail in the political coffin. The landscape for Christians and Jews in America will become more perilous as freedom of religion and of speech will face ongoing challenges.

Take, for instance, a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released “exclusively to The Hill” that indicated some 60% of US voters surveyed say that President Trump should be either impeached and removed from office or formally censured. The poll has many flaws, yet it was promoted by the coup-makers as larger than life. First, only 39% of the respondents said Trump should be impeached or removed from office. Those saying Trump should be censured were “between 14 and 22 percentage” as reported by The Hill. Adding the two results together brings the number to “nearly 60%.” These are the same pollsters who predicted Hillary Clinton to win the presidency. They skew their sampling toward left-leaning voters.

Elizabeth Drew, “a political journalist who for many years covered Washington for The New Yorker,” wrote a column for The New York Times in which she cited more criminal investigations of Trump colleagues and increasing pressure by the public, making impeachment of Trump “inescapable.” Of course, she didn’t mention that the criminal charges against Trump’s associates had nothing to do with the Russians influencing the 2016 election, or that polls show far less than a plurality that the public believes Trump should be impeached.

See how these stories get twisted? NBC News produced the headline, “Democrats quest to topple Trump gets real in January; here’s why.”

The Hill carried an article by former moderate New York Republican Congressman John Le Boutillier predicting 30 items of political disruption in 2019, the first being Trump’s presidency will not survive.

The stories will keep coming until either the American public rejects or gives in to the coup mantra. In the meantime, every social and political concept of what is good and right will come under constant attack. You will need to be discerning, wise and courageous to withstand this onslaught.

Ephesians 6 tells us we fight against the principalities of the rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. Verse 11 exhorts:

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

It says to stand with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and prayer, speaking boldly as you ought to speak. May we do so.

Have a blessed and powerful day,