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The earliest mention online - and thus likely the source for this - seems to be maga1776.com. The numbers for 2010 to 2016 are official statistics - the 2016 numbers are directly from ICE, the earlier numbers are not from a reliable source (washington examiner), but I don't think that they are in doubt. Note that these numbers are specifically about ...


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The claim refers to the fact that the 500-page tax bill was given to the senators immediately before the vote. Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer moved to adjourn, to give senators the weekend to read the bill. From the Senate record (page S7700, 77 in pdf viewer): Mr. President, I move that the Senate adjourn until Monday, December 4, 2017, at 12 ...


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The IRS has a section of their website, The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments dedicated to explaining the flaws of popular incorrect arguments of why taxes don't have to be paid. Specifically, it says: The requirement to pay taxes is not voluntary. Section 1 of the Internal Revenue Code clearly imposes a tax on the taxable income of individuals, estates, ...


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The infographic is false. Shell does not receive $2 Billion in subsidies a year. They do receive tax breaks, but not for "no real reason". The $2 Billion claim in the infographic seems to be either a misrepresentation or a misreading of values found on some websites online. An approximate value of $2 Billion for Royal Dutch Shell has been ...


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The graphic is the FY2014 requested discretionary spending, which is only a small part of the total budget as explained in the article President Obama Proposes 2014 Budget. This article specifically contains and explains the exact pie chart in the OP. Contrary to the text below the pie chart, the food stamp program is not part of discretionary spending, it ...


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According to multiple recent news reports and articles, this is an accurate claim. According to the US News article: UPDATE, May 26, 2017: Randy Noller, a spokesman for the Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Irene Triplett is still alive. [...] Irene Triplett – the 86-year-old daughter of a Civil War veteran – collects $73.13 each month from ...


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No, but on the signs They did spend $250,000, but that included making and installing new signs for the airports. The original article at earthtimes.org (archived) claims: GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 28 Scotland has replaced its airport signs proclaiming the country to be "the best small country in the world" with a new slogan: "Welcome to Scotland." The ...


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First off, Republicans don't actually blame the government deficit on SNAP (food stamps.) That aside, no, the representation of U.S. government expenditures in the pie chart in question is not even remotely accurate. As DavePhD accurately pointed out in his answer, the chart only shows what is termed "discretionary spending" in the federal budget, ...


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Politifact has determined it to be false, noting that this chart shows only discretionary spending: If we look at all of federal spending, the picture changes: The "military" share, including spending on homeland security, shrinks from 57 percent to 16 percent. The "health" share zooms from 5 percent to 26 percent, once expenditures on ...


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No it is not true. The Sixteenth Amendment was adopted in 1913, so taxes not apportioned to states are constitutional. US Code 26 Subtitle A is the relevant law. The quoted text seems to allude to a number of arguments that income tax does not need to be paid. The IRS has a page refuting frivolous tax arguments, and anyone contemplating trying to claim that ...


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Yes he did. It may have been taken a bit out of context: Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just ...


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This manual appears to be an authentic manual published by the Mexican government. A translation of its contents can be found here (American source) and here (Mexican source). The pamphlet does appear to describe methods to illegally immigrate to the US and methods to avoid getting arrested once in the US, although it nominally discourages such action. ...


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While it would be impossible to prove that no communist ever said anything like this, the answer is still not at all legitimate. This appears to be a recurring myth used to discredit political opponents every so often since the 1970s. From snopes: [N]obody has ever managed to turn up the mysterious issue of Examiner-Enterprise that supposedly printed ...


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The number in your claim appears to come from a 2014 report by a "subsidy tracking group" called Good Jobs First, quoted in an article in "cheatsheet.com" about corporate welfare recipients. They said: Shell received $2.04 billion across 79 subsidies But they did not say "per year". It seems to be a total. Something crucial to keep in mind when you ...


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The Guardian article is from 2002. I owe a huge hat-tip to @Klanomath for finding the original 2002 survey where I failed, including a code book with the list of questions. The questions cover a lot of different ground on whether the respondent approves of particular forms of government. Some of them compare between the regimes on specific issues, such as ...


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Yes, this is true. The 2014 budget allocates $145.8 billion to social security and welfare and $24.2 billion to defense. In the 2013 budget this was $138 billion versus 22$ billion. Of course this is only the budget and not the real expenditures, but considering that there's one order of magnitude of difference between the two budget posts, even massive ...


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A reddit thread has attributed as a source for this graphic to this link. The numbers for Trump are sourced from individual news stories, the numbers for Obama are sourced from composite numbers released for entire years, one year reported by ICE (2016), the rest directly from the Washington Examiner stories (some or all of which are currently unavailable). ...


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Let me take a different tack on this. The statement as presented, There is no law which requires the average American worker (in the private sector) to pay a direct unapportioned tax on their labor and compensation, or services. is exactly (in a larger sense) correct, but this larger sense does not help the speaker. The 16th amendment specifically ...


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This seems to be a bit of a shortcut... The book "A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate Paranormal Activity from Spirits and Hauntings to Poltergeists" tells us: Both the Whaley House and the Winchester Mystery House are also widely reported as, rather improbably, US Department of Commerce 'certified' haunted houses. Matt Schulz, Technical ...


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As DavePhD pointed out, the executive memorandum only applied to the executive branch. The Office of Management and Budget reports historical data since 1981 for "Total Executive Branch Civilian Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Employees (excluding Postal Service)" in this file. I included the data at the bottom of this answer. For convenience, here is a plot of ...


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Yes, the fossil-fuel industry benefits from subsidies equivalent to trillions of dollars, each year. Yes, the IMF's figures are broadly consistent with other studies: in particular, the cost of environmental damage from greenhouse gases alone, is of the order of trillions of dollars per year. These are costs which production incurs, but which are not borne ...


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NO. Arrests statistics were lower in 2017 than 2016. As has been pointed out the 2017 numbers shown in the chart are for all arrests by every agency - state, local and federal - made worldwide. The previous years' numbers in the chart are only for ICE/HSI arrests. The White House released the 2017 ICE/HSI statistics in March, 2018. We can now compare ...


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The lawsuit reported on by ABC News did happen (Robert Jordan vs. the City of New London, CT). The court case can be found here. That page verifies many of the facts given in the article, including the conclusion: it was ruled constitutional to not hire someone as a police officer because they scored too highly on an intelligence test (The test used in this ...


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Lots of comments above are rather useless. Texas legally renounced the right to secede. It is now law, nothing vague about it. https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ref/abouttx/secession/15march1866.html March 15, 1866, The Texas Legislature settled the question. If you call Texas Legislative Library, you won't get an update on this. Be it ordained by the people ...


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Researching this quote has led me down the predictable spiral of conspiracy theory bloggers. They generally don't cite their sources, and when they do their sources are either just more conspiracy theorists or complete fabrications. This conspiracy theorist blogger sources the quote to the 1946 issue of Psychiatry. That issue is mirrored here, in a format ...


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The presidential alerts are part of a bigger system that also includes AMBER alerts and alerts for bad weather and "other threatening emergencies". These alerts are called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). FEMA explains how it works: Does WEA know where I am? Is it tracking me? No. Just like emergency weather alerts you see on local TV, WEAs are ...


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This Politifact.com page examines a similar claim made by Michelle Bachmann. It gives her claim their worst rating: "Pants on Fire". Bachmann claimed that the government was going to be collecting intimate details about people as a result of Obamacare, and in fact, the government is not. This claim is a misinterpretation of a "Hub" that the government is ...


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No. The 'eat your vegs' campaign as an established social norm is older, started with World War One, not during the Depression. Further, spinach is no meat substitute, whether you look for any iron or protein. Whether 'the government' provided some funds as well to this is possible, but for example the "Commonwealth Fund is a private U.S. foundation". ...


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