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Friday, March 17, 2017

GOP asks Tillerson to probe US funding of Soros groups abroad

GOP senators are asking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate claims that taxpayer money is backing leftist billionaire George Soros and his political meddling and similar behavior overseas.

A request was sent Tuesday for a probe into how our taxes are being used by agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which backs leftist political groups in foreign countries.

According to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) foreign officials and leaders have come to him with "reports of U.S. activity in their respective countries." 

Lee is one of the co-signers of the request and said: "This includes reports of diplomats playing political favorites, USAID funds supporting extreme and sometime violent political activists, and the US Government working to marginalize the moderates and conservatives in leadership roles." He went on to say that "This sort of political favoritism from our missions around the world is unacceptable."

Other co-signers of the letter to Tillerson were Senators James Inhofe (R-Ok.); Thom Tillis (R-N.C.); David Perdue (R-Ga.); Ted Cruz (R-Tx); and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and it followed a letter from GOP lawmakers in February asking about whether out tax money was being used in recent years to fund Soros' projects in Macedonia.

USAID funding to Soros' Open Society Foundations in Macedonia (FOSM) ignited concerns that the U.S. Embassy was taking sides in the country's political battles. 

The Open Society Foundations' stated goal is "to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens." That's simply a joke. The group actually appears to be a front for Soros' leftist political maneuverings.

USAID gave about $5 million to FOSM for "The Civil Society Project" which alleges that it "aims to empower Macedonian citizens to hold government accountable." 

The USAID website links to www.soros.org.mk. It says the project trained hundreds of Macedonians "in youth activism and the use of new media instruments."

The State Department said that USAID has also funded a new Civic Engagement Project that partners with four organizations, including FOSM at a cost of about $9.5 million.

A citizen's group called "Stop Operation Soros" (SOS) published a white paper alleging U.S. taxpayer money funded violent riots in the streets, and a Macedonian version of Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals"  handbook crafted by the far leftist Alinsky to create chaos and anarchy. 

Alinsky was a hero of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The senators also noted that the situation in Macedonia isn't the only volatile one in the region. The nearby country of Albania is also affected.

"Respected leaders from Albania have made similar claims of U.S. diplomats and Soros-backed organizations pushing for certain political outcomes in their country," the letter said, and cited a FOSM-backed push for Albanian judicial reform. Opponents to this move say the reform is aimed to give the socialist government full control over the country's judiciary.

To be perfectly clear: socialism isn't just a bad economic ideology in practice; it's an immoral one. Taking from others what isn't yours is wrong. 

Interestingly, it was recently revealed that Bernie Sanders, an admitted socialist, paid on a little over 13 percent in taxes to the U.S. government. But Sanders wants you and me to pay up to 60 percent.

That isn't cute and fuzzy Bernie Sanders being cute and fuzzy, that's simply immoral.