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The Republicans in the House of Representatives in our Congress have decided on $61 billion dollars worth of cuts which target the poor, the elderly, the families with unemployed members who have lost their homes, the communities of America, the destitute, the most vulnerable, the disabled, and the least capable of fighting their war against them. (my note) Here is a partial list from Christian Science Monitor) –

Among those programs facing steep cuts: environmental protection, renewable energy, transportation including high-speed rail, housing, community health centers, border security, the Peace Corps, and Pell Grants for low-income college students.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting CPB and AmeriCorps would be eliminated. Also, the EPA would be prohibited from regulating greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Actual cuts total $61 billion. The $100 billion cited by Rogers comes out of Obama’s FY 2011 budget, which was never enacted.

via Republicans take a $100 billion whack at Obama budget – CSMonitor.com.

My Note –

Things not on the list of their budget cuts – $3.5 million dollars a day to the Egyptian military, plus phenomenal moneys in foreign aid still consummately underwriting other brutal dictatorships, foreign aid and foreign military aid money to Israel and other countries in the Mid-East, including economies whose overall financial health is better than ours. Neither did they cut any number of programs, perks, pensions, health care, $6,000 chairs for their offices, number of staff members for themselves, furnishings or per diems, airplane trips, trips to places which could be questionable in value that they and their staff members are making or are planning to make this year, travel expenses to those places with the finest of everything once they get there and a whole lot of other goodies they are using at our expense.

The Republicans have declared war on the impoverished in America, upon the common people and the vast citizenry whose education they would remove, whose access to opportunities they would destroy and whose very livelihoods have already been undermined by the past thirty years of the Republicans in positions of power across the US and federal government. Why don’t we just send them over to our enemies to “help” them out for awhile and undermine their citizens’ capacity to have a future or a today that is worthwhile. At least it could accomplish an effective goal that is in our national interests.

– cricketdiane


US Budget can be found here –


The Budget

Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011 contains the Budget Message of the President, information on the President’s priorities, budget overviews organized by agency, and summary tables.

To download “Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011” as a single PDF click here (192 pages, 7.4 MB)



File Format

The Budget Message of the President 303 K PDF
Rescuing the Economy 461 K PDF
Reviving Job Creation and Laying a New Foundation for Economic Growth 166 K PDF
Restoring Responsibility 134 K PDF
Department of Agriculture 239 K PDF
Department of Commerce 191 K PDF
Department of Defense 248 K PDF
National Intelligence Program 76 K PDF
Department of Education 191 K PDF
Department of Energy 259 K PDF
Department of Health and Human Services 236 K PDF
Department of Homeland Security 163 K PDF
Department of Housing and Urban Development 196 K PDF
Department of the Interior 153 K PDF
Department of Justice 345 K PDF
Department of Labor 219 K PDF
Department of State and Other International Programs 260 K PDF
Department of Transportation 189 K PDF
Department of the Treasury 209 K PDF
Department of Veterans Affairs 242 K PDF
Corps of Engineers – Civil Works 148 K PDF
Environmental Protection Agency 191 K PDF
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 170 K PDF
National Science Foundation 185 K PDF
Small Business Administration 204 K PDF
Social Security Administration 188 K PDF
Corporation for National Community Service 139 K PDF
Summary Tables


from the above document of the total US budget there is this note on page 13 (pp. 17 of the pdf)

Treasury’s Mortgage
Backed Securities (MBS) purchase
program, along with $1.1 trillion
in MBS purchases by the Federal

My Note –

Exactly who was helped when they did that?

Hmmm…….. I don’t know anyone in America who owned those except for banks and hedge funds – (and foreign investors, foreign investment houses and other international players.) –

Let’s see, did the Republicans who first pushed the $700 billion plus dollar bailout on us consider how this trillion dollars has affected the value of our overall currency or the demands on the national budget being made by it? Did cuts to these programs which are supporting banking, finance industries, investment firms’ gambling debts and hedge funds’ gambling losses even get considered by the Republicans? No. They didn’t and neither did they consider cutting a multitude of programs that are underwriting industries when they are quite capable of sustaining themselves. They take their profits out of our country after making them here, even if they are owned by American investors and business people and even after our national resources have supported them in every way possible with grandiose portions from our budgets in every Republican administration before President Obama and from every state budget across the nation.

What is wrong with their thinking that would take every opportunity to strike the backs of the poor in America once more and then again and then again and then today, again? Why would they do that? How could they believe that their budget cuts as they are demanding as they stand right now would in any way support America, our future, the American dream for America’s citizens and families or encourage business growth across the nation as they claim to support?

– cricketdiane

This page from cnbc has an overview of the multiple programs to fund the banks and financial investment firms, among other big players that caused the financial meltdown – the total is something over $1.5 trillion dollars when I counted it up in late 2008.


On top of –

Fannie and Freddie bailouts

AIG bailout with “our free money” so they could pay 100 cents on the dollar to Goldman Sachs and others top players

And –

And –

And –

And –

THAT’s not all of it.


(from page 92 of the budget – pp. 96 of the pdf)

“Provides a Better Return to Taxpayers from Mineral Development. The public received about $10 billion in 2009 from fees, royalties, and other Federal payments related to oil, gas, coal, and other mineral development.”

My Note –

If the total profits and “shareholder value” being sent out the door, bonuses for executive members and similar discretionary uses of profitable returns from our resources are included in what all of these oil, gas, coal, gold, zinc, marble, gypsum, kaolin, salt, copper, and thousands of other mineral and chemical resources being harvested by corporations – then $10 billion a year in revenues from it is a disgrace. I didn’t see the Republicans so interested in putting a dent in our budget deficit take any targets at that one to increase fair revenues from them, either.

And, it is a national disgrace.

Not only are these non-replenishing resources which once gone are gone, but they are also a national treasury of our resources that we are being cheated out of any real revenues in comparison to those who are harvesting them for their profits at our expense. The remaining changes to our landscape, our nation’s overall mineral, oil and other natural resources are permanently depleted, and the resulting damages to our nation from their operations last forever – long after those companies have depleted the resources and gone somewhere else.

– cricketdiane


I just thought this was interesting – (from pp.103, pp. 107 of pdf)

Mandatory Outlays:
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Existing law ……………………………………………………………………………………. 93,783 126,787 82,385
Legislative proposal ………………………………………………………………………… — 31,000 17,912
Trade Adjustment Assistance
Existing law ……………………………………………………………………………………. 416 810 1,497
Legislative proposal ………………………………………………………………………… — — 145

Federal Employees’ Compensation Act 2
Existing law ……………………………………………………………………………………. 1,246 184 180
Legislative proposal ………………………………………………………………………… — — -10


And this part from page 107 (pp. 111 on the pdf)

Aligns Resources with Global Engagement

The 2011 Budget supports
President Obama’s vision of global engagement
that is based on mutual respect, the pursuit of
sustainable partnerships in areas of mutual interest,
and a commitment to listening to and
working with local stakeholders, with an emphasis
on women and youth.

The Budget supports activities
designed to expand economic opportunity
including job creation and employment-focused
education efforts; foster scientific and technological
innovation; and strengthen people-to-people
connections through exchange programs.

(in other countries)

My Note –

It sure would be nice if they were using our money to do that for us, instead of cutting every program to help Americans while sponsoring businesses all around the world . . .

But no.

And, the Republicans have been doing it that way for the last thirty years already which is partly why we got in the mess in the first place. And, now they’d just do it some more using our money to do it while declaring war on every American citizen across the United States who are not surviving this economic crisis successfully. It fails to support our small businesses, startups, innovations within the United States, the creation of jobs for American citizens, the economic rebuilding of our communities or the restoration of our national economic interests. In the meantime, it robs resources that could be used elsewhere and time and again, those resources to the American domestic economy and opportunities are cut to be sent somewhere else in the world for no good value.

From the money paid to support dictators, to supporting industries around the world while our country has few jobs available, after having lost over 7 million jobs in a two year period, and after having the entire years of the Bush administration which increased costs to Americans while decimating the real dollars they were bringing home from their paychecks and decimating the values of the money they had in pensions, homes, businesses, and other investments – it has all been a Republican stand to have for themselves while using the poor to do it.

Now, what do we get but another afront as every program the Republicans want to gut of funding was intended to help the overall American economy and the healthy opportunities available to all Americans and communities.

They don’t care if our air is clean, if our drinking water is drinkable, if our children survive the horrors of the extreme weather that has been created by failing to change anything that was being done in the ways it was being done, or whether any of the 330 million Americans have jobs, or money or shelter or food or democracy, for that matter. It has got to stop.

– cricketdiane


But, let me go on through a bit more of the budget, because I know damn good and well that the Republican Party never bothered to cut anything that served their interests, especially corporate and foreign interests.


The entire Corporation for Public Broadcasting could be run for an entire year on what I know some of these legislative staffs use to go one place one time for something that serves a corporate lobbying interest. I’ll have to get some figures to compare the two.

Total, Discretionary budget authority (including supplementals) ………………… 48,895    55,172    56,770

(that is $56 billion dollars, and $770 million) – page 108 / pp. 112 pdf of the US Budget

Note that this is only one agency with money flowing out to foreign nations, the Defense Department has the reconstruction funds for Iraq and Afghanistan among other things, the Commerce Department and USAID has such a vast array of services and funding for other nations and foreign nationals and foreign businesses that it makes the United States Treasury of taxpayer money look like their personal bank account for billions, upon billions of dollars – and it has been that way for at least every year for the last thirty years.

– my note


This is part of the same budget for the State Department which has over $16 Billion dollars in loan guarantees – probably some of which are made to Mubarak and other dictators to have underwritten much of what they have done illicitly – (just a thought, I’d have to check through IMF and Inter-bank sources, other government documents and international finance development grants sources, but much of these are posted on the GAO somewhere.)

Total, Guaranteed loan commitments ……………………………………………………. 15,291    15,726    16,819

Almost $17 Billion in guarantees on loans to foreign interests. – (State Department budget – pp. 108 / 112)


Small Business Administration (to serve for the entire nation – all fifty states and 330 million people)

Total, Net Discretionary budget authority ……………………………………………………… 615    822    993

pg 137 / 141 in pdf

(that is millions – not billions like they send from our national funds to Egypt alone, as well as to billions to Israel and billions to each of a number of other nations every year – through a variety of different programs being funded from our pockets.)


Commerce Department – (page 51 / 57 in pdf )

International Trade Administration ……………………………………………………. 420   446    534
Bureau of Industry and Security ……………………………………………………… 84    100    113

Manufacturing Extension Partnership (non-add) through NIST ……………………………. 110 125 130

Subtotal, Economic Development Administration ………………………………. 258 293 286

(it looks like they’ve managed to develop the administration arm of developing something economic – or we wouldn’t have any economic problems, or wait – maybe those are more loan programs that are given money which they are supposed to loan and then they make profits off the loans being made with our money – was intended to help small and startup businesses in the community for entrepreneurs who would not have access to conventional credit sources, however – they require collateral and high credit ratings in that same framework as any bank would and very rarely provide access to those unemployed, with foreclosed homes, homeless, out of work awhile, displaced workers, laid off workers, families and individuals without access to other forms of credit, people with low credit scores, people with anything less than a sterling set of everything – which is the antithesis of their funding intent.)

Department of Defense – (doesn’t include building and business development programs for Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) page 56 /60 pdf

To address the costs of
increasing military and intelligence operations in
Afghanistan and Pakistan and drawing down in
Iraq and leaving Iraq’s security forces with the
minimum essential capabilities to operate after
U.S. forces depart, the Administration is requesting
$33.0 billion in 2010 supplemental funding on
top of the $129.6 billion already provided, and a
total of $159.3 billion for its 2011 overseas contingency
operations (OCO) activities.

So, let me see –

$33 billion


$129.6 Billion (with a “B”)


$159.3 Billion


just for this part –

$162.6 Billion plus $159.3 Billion

and that is –

$321.9 Billion dollars

plus $3.5 million a day to Egypt for its military

plus more than that each day in millions to Israel (so they can all whoop hell out of each other)

plus several hundred billion involved with rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan and no telling what else

plus building businesses everywhere but here –

$1000000000000000000000 of billions to every other nation on the earth except us whose money it is





– cricketdiane


And the Republican Party wants to make sure every citizen in America is denied any opportunity to get up on their feet and have a life for themselves and their children in this nation? Are they out of their damn minds?

I hate them sometimes.

This was from something written by me a couple years ago in March of 2009 –

“The Republican Party was never intended to be like this and was not created nor sustained to apply policies to the detriment of our entire population while they prospered at everyone’s expense.”

“They are the ones who threw hundreds of billions of our dollars into the hands of their friends at AIG, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Countrywide, Barclays, UBS and Wall Street investment ‘banks’ (along with covering the loses for their Wall Street friends using our money to do it.)”


Defense Department – (It looks like this is over $718 BILLION Dollars plus all the other money through USAID, State Dept, etc.)

Total, Outlays ……………………………………………………………………………………. 636,537    688,041    718,795

And money being funneled out of our nation’s resources to other countries through the Commerce Department and other agencies.

(that was found on page 58 / 62 of the pdf)


So, for the price of one tank – what could we buy . . .

And this is very interesting from the cnbc site about the Wall Street crisis also –

  • Small Treasury Panel Picking Winners And Losers 04 Nov 2008
      A committee of five little-known government officials, aided by a small staff of 40, is deciding which of the thousands of banks, savings and loans, insurers and other financial institutions qualify for capital injections under the government’s bailout plan.

Plus $30 Billion dollars that was put into banking institutions that were smaller community banks which were supposed to lend that money into the communities of America – but apparently there has been $43 billion dollars less lending to small businesses in the last year than at previous times despite the massive influx of taxpayers money intended to do that very thing.

– cricketdiane


U.S. Foreign Assistance Reform

Vision Statement

Ensure the strategic and effective use of foreign assistance resources to respond to global needs, make the world safer, and help people better their own lives by supporting programs that:

  • Advance human rights and freedoms;
  • Promote sustainable economic growth and reduce widespread poverty;
  • Promote and support democratic, well-governed states;
  • Increase access to quality education, combat disease, and improve public health;
  • Respond to urgent humanitarian needs;
  • Prevent and respond to conflict; and
  • Address transnational threats.

Mission Statement

The Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance:

  • Provides leadership, coordination and strategic direction within the U.S. Government and with external stakeholders to enhance foreign assistance effectiveness and integrates foreign assistance planning and resource management across State and USAID;
  • Leads strategic, operational, and performance planning of U.S. foreign assistance with a focus on aligning resources with policy priorities;
  • Develops and defends foreign assistance budget requests and allocates State and USAID foreign assistance funding to meet urgent needs and new opportunities and to ensure long-term sustainable investments; and
  • Promotes good stewardship of foreign assistance funds by strengthening oversight, accountability, and transparency.



Considering all that –



The National Intelligence Program (NIP)
funds intelligence activities in several Federal
departments and the Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA). NIP’s budget is classified, so the
2011 Budget does not publicly disclose funding
requests for intelligence activities.

on top of the Defense Department, Homeland Security and vast funding through every state for

the same things plus, the counter-terrorism departments in nearly every agency of any kind . . .

and enough support for tens of thousands of contractors in the CIA styled security industry.

Too much is wrong with this picture.


More about USAID –



(SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY) A pilot program with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with USAID has received grant proposals to support developing country researchers. USAID expects to award new grants by the end of the year, leveraging $30 of NSF funds for every dollar that USAID invests. This pilot will be scaled by next year to build developing country research capacity while supporting projects critical to development objectives.

(IMPLEMENTATION AND PROCUREMENT REFORM) In November 2010, five USAID teams participated developed the first ever working plans to carry out local capacity development (LCD) as part of USAID FORWARD. The five pilot teams are based at USAID Missions in Peru, Philippines, Kenya, South Africa and Egypt. During a two-week training, these five teams heard from diverse areas of the Agency on the various aspects of local capacity development. They sought to define LCD within their local context and created specific action plans to apply their learning and attain Agency objectives. (This training is an effort to meet Objective Two under Implementation and Procurement Reform that aims to strengthen local civil society and private sector capacity to improve aid effectiveness and sustainability.)


Complete list of missions which USAID uses to funnel money – includes Egypt in fact, long before Mubarak was gone – obviously it was never intended to promote democracy in the region – (which now everyone knows) –


USAID Mission Directory

This is a complete list of contact information for all USAID Overseas Missions. For USAID Mission web sites, please see the USAID Mission Web Site list.

6180 Kabul Place
Dulles VA 20189-6180
Tel: 873-762-311955

Tel: 873-762-311955

Africa, East
Unit 64102
APO AE 09831-4102
Tel: 254-2-86-2400
Fax: 254-2-86-0870

Africa, Southern
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2170
Tel: 267-324-449
Fax: 267-324-404

Africa, West
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2010
Tel: 233-21- 228440, 225087, 225326, 770285, 770292
Fax: 233-21-770101

American Embassy/Tirana
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2010
Tel: 355-4-247-285
Fax: 355-4-266-394

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2550
Tel: 244-2-399-518
Fax: 244-2-399-521

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7020
Tel: 3741-569-656
Fax: 3741-543-871

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7050
Tel: 994-12-980335
Fax: 994-12-906670

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-6120
Tel: 880-2-885-5500
Fax: 880-2-882-3648

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7010
Tel: 375-172-101283
Fax: 375-17-211-3032

Office of USAID Representative to the EU
PSC 82 Box 212
APO AE 09710
Tel: 322-508-2625
Fax: 322-513-1477

Department of State
Washington, DC 20520-2120
Tel: 229-30-0500
Fax: 229-30-1260

American Embassy/USAID
Unit #3914
APO AA 34032
Tel: 591-2-278-6399
Fax: 591-2-278-6654

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7130
Tel: 387-33-702-300
Fax: 387-33-611-973

American Embassy/Brasilia
Unit 3500 USAID
APO AA 34030
Tel: 55-61-3312-7248
Fax: 55-61-3312-7648

(Office/Name), USAID
c/o American Embassy/Sofia
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-5740
Tel: 359-2-951-5381
Fax: 359-2-951-5670

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2100
Tel: 257-225-591
Fax: 257-222-986

American Embassy/USAID
Box P
APO AP 96546
Tel: 855-23-216-436 x356
Fax: 855-23-427-638

Central African Republic
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-8900

Central America (ROCAP)
American Embassy/Guatemala
Unit #3324
APO AA 34024
Tel: 502-332-0202
Fax: 502-331-1151

American Embassy
USAID 5101
APO AA 34038
Tel: 571-423-6880
Fax: 571-423-6859

American Embassy/Zagreb
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-5080
Tel: 385-1-604-0909
Fax: 385-1-604-0920

U.S. Embassy
P.O. Box 24536
1385 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: +357-22-393939
Fax: +357-22-393923

Dominican Republic
USAID/Santo Domingo
Unit #5541
APO AA 34041-5541
Tel: 809-221-1100
Fax: 809-221-0444

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2150

Unit 5330
APO AA 34039-3420
Tel: 593-2-223-2100
Fax: 593-2-222-3701

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7700
Tel: 202-522-7000
Fax: 202-516-4659

El Salvador
USAID/San Salvador
Unit #3110
APO AA 34023
Tel: 503-298-1666
Fax: 503-298-0885

USAID/Addis Ababa
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2030
Tel: 251-1-510-088
Fax: 251-1-510-043

PSC 116
APO AE 09777
Tel: 33-1-4524-7434
Fax: 33-1-4524-7489

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7060
Tel: 995-32-938-950
Fax: 995-32-001013

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2020
Tel: 233-21-228440
Fax: 233-21-231937

Unit #3323
APO AA 34024
Tel: 502-2422-4000
Fax: 502-2422-4586

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2110
Tel: 224-41-21-63
Fax: 224-41-19-85

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2080
Tel: 245-20-1809
Fax: 245-20-1808

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-3170
Tel: 592-22-57315
Fax: 592-22-57316

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-3400
Tel: 509-22-3805
Fax: 509-223-9603

Unit #2927
APO AA 34022
Tel: 504-236-9320
Fax: 504-236-7776

American Embassy/Budapest
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-5720
Tel: 361-475-4604
Fax: 36-1-475-44278

USAID/New Delhi
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-9000
Tel: 91-11-419-8000
Fax: 91-11-419-8612

USAID Mission
American Embassy Jakarta
Unit 8135 USAID
FPO AP 96520-8135
Tel: 62-21-34359000
Fax: 62-21-380-6694

APO AE 09316
Tel/Fax: 202-216-6276

U.S. Mission Rome
PSC #59, Box 31
APO AE 09624-0001
Tel: 39-06-4674-0001
Fax: 39-06-4674-2306

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-3210
Tel: 876-702-6445
Fax: 876-702-6385

American Embassy Tokyo
Unit 45004, Box 265
APO AP 96337-5004
Tel: 81-3-3224-5015
Fax: 81-3-3224-5880

Unit #70206
APO AE 09892-0206
Tel: 962-6-590-6000
Fax: 962-6-592-0143

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7030
Tel: 7-3272-507612
Fax: 7-3272-507636

Unit #64102
APO AE 09831-4102
Tel: 254-2-86-2400
Fax: 254-2-86-0949

Department of State/USAID
9520 Pristina Place
Washington, D.C. 20521-9520
Tel: 381-(0)38-243-673
Fax: 381-(0)38-249-493

Kyrgyz Republic
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7040
Tel: 996-312-55-1241
Fax: 996-517-777-203

American Embassy/Riga
Box R (Riga) PSC 78
APO AE 09723
Tel: 371-7325494
Fax: 371-7830067

6070 Beirut Place
Washington DC 20521-6070
Tel: 961-4-542 600
Fax: 961-4-544 254

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-8800
Tel: 231-226-370
Fax: 231-226-148

American Embassy/Vilnius
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-4510
Tel: 3702-221-666
Fax: 3702-222-954

Skopje for USAID
Washington, DC 20521-7120
Tel: 389-2-380-446
Fax: 389-2-380-449

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2040
Tel: 261-20-22-53920
Fax: 261-20-22-53886 or 261-20-22-53887

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2280
Tel: 265-772-455
Fax: 265-783-181

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2050
Tel: 223-22-23-602
Fax: 223-22-23-933

USAID/Mexico D.F.
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-8700
Tel: 52-55-50802000
Fax: 52-55-50802142

American Embassy/Moldova
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-7080
Tel: 373-2-237-460
Fax: 373-2-237277

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521
Tel: 976-11-312-390
Fax: 976-11-310-440

USAID/Serbia & Montenegro
Department of State
5570 Podgorica Place
Washington, D.C. 20521-5570
Tel: 381-81-241-050
Fax: 381-81-241-251

American Embassy/USAID
PSC 74, Box 022
APO AE 09718-5000
Tel: 212-3-763-2001
Fax: 212-3-763-2012

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2330
Tel: 258-1-352-000
Fax: 258-1-352-100

Department of State
Washington, DC 20523-2540
Tel: 264-61-273700
Fax: 264-61-227006

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-6190
Tel: 977-1–4272424
Fax: 977-1-4272357

American Embassy/USAID/Managua
Unit #2712, Box 9
APO AA 34021
Tel: 505-2-670502
Fax: 505-2-783828

Department of State/USAID
8320 Abuja Place
Washington, D.C. 20521-8320
Tel: 234-9-413-8374
Fax: 234-9-234-2930

Unit 62206 – USAID
APO AE 09812-22096
Tel: 92-51-208-00000
Fax: 92-51-227-6427

USAID/Panama City
Unit #0949
APO AA 34002
Tel: 507-208-1000
Fax: 507-208-1035

Unit #
APO AE 34036
Tel: 595-21-213-727
Fax: 595-21-213-732

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-3230
Tel: 511-618-1200
Fax: 511-618-1350

FPO AP 96515
Tel: 632-522-9800
Fax: 632-552-9899

Regional Development Mission/Asia
American Embassy Bangkok
Unit 8135 USAID
APO AP 96546

American Embassy/Bucharest
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-5260
Tel: 40-21-316-1222
Fax: 40-21-316-1202

American Embassy/USAID/Moscow
PSC 77
APO AE 09721
Tel: 7-095-728-5284
Fax: 7-095-960-2141

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2210
Tel: 250-570-940
Fax: 250-573-950

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2130
Tel: 221-869-6100
Fax: 221-869-6101

USAID/Serbia & Montenegro
Department of State
5070 Belgrade Place
Washington, D.C. 20521-5070
Tel: 381-11-361-9344
Fax: 381-11-361-8267

American Embassy/Bratislava
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-5840
Tel: 421-7-5443-0667
Fax: 421-7-5443-4711

Somalia Field Ofc.
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-8900
Tel: 254-2-751-613
Fax: 254-2-749-701

South Africa, Republic of
Department of State
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Tel: 27-12-323-8869
Fax: 27-12-323-6443

Sri Lanka
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-6100
Tel: 94-1-472855
Fax: 94-1-472850

2200 Khartoum Place
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Tel: 249-11-482240
Fax: 249-11-473091

USAID/U.S. Mission to the UN-Geneva
Department of State
5120 Geneva Place
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Tel: 41-22-749-4402

Department of State
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Tel: 7-3772-21-0356
Fax: 7-3772-21-01-71

USAID/Dar es Salaam
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2140
Tel: 255-22-2117537
Fax: 255-22-2116559

Timor-Leste USAID/Timor-Leste
Department of State
8250 Dili Place
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Tel: 670-332-2211
Fax: 670-332-2216

Department of State
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Tel: 9-93-12-456130
Fax: 9-93-12-454762

Department of State
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Tel: 256-41-387-387
Fax: 256-41-387-292

Department of State
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Tel: 380-4-446-25678
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Department of State
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Tel: 998-71-120-6309
Fax: 998-71-133-7656

West Bank/Gaza
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Tel: 972-3-511-4848
Fax: 972-3-511-4888

Tel: 967-1-303-155 ext. 2197

Department of State
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Tel: 260-1-254-303
Fax: 260-1-254-532

Department of State
Washington, DC 20521-2180
Tel: 263-4-252-400
Fax: 263-4-252-478


And, just for perspective – (from 2009)


Autopsy: Bay City man froze inside his home

Published: Monday, January 26, 2009, 8:28 AM     Updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 10:12 AM

A pathologist said a 93-year-old Bay City man froze to death inside his home – his body found days after city workers said they limited electricity flowing to the house.

Marvin E. Schur suffered “a slow, painful death” inside his home at 1600 S. Chilson St. on Bay City’s southwest side, said Dr. Kanu Virani, who performed an autopsy on the body.

Virani said the temperature inside Schur’s home was less than 32 degrees when neighbors George A. Pauwels Jr. and his wife, Shannon, found Schur’s body Jan. 17.

George Pauwels Jr. said Schur owed almost $1,100 in electricity bills to the city of Bay City, though Pauwels said he noticed money clipped to those bills on Schur’s kitchen table the day he found Schur’s body.

Bay City Manager Robert V. Belleman said a worker with Bay City Electric Light & Power placed a “limiter” device outside Schur’s home, between Schur’s electricity meter and electrical service, on Jan. 13.


The story, which appeared in Monday’s edition of The Times and on www.mlive.com, generated comments from around the country after being picked up by CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and International Herald Tribune in France.

Phil Newton, electric department director, said there are about 60 to 70 limiters in use across the city, about three times as many as a year ago. He blames the bad economy, which has left residents struggling to pay their bills. He said the city issues about 50 shut-off notices each week.

William Walworth remembers the late Marvin E. Schur as their “Uncle Mutts,” a U.S. Army medic wounded in World War II who earned the Purple Heart.

(for the last sentence telling about Mr. Schur being a WWII hero – killed not by a bullet in some foreign land but rather killed by the local township where he lived over a $1,000 utility bill – see this link below. Has photo of him)



  • FEBRUARY 12, 2011

House GOP Leaders Release Plan for Deeper Cuts

The nutrition program for women, infants and children would be cut by $747 million, for example, and Head Start would be reduced by nearly $1.1 billion.

cuts of $88 million for the Food Safety and Inspection Service, which inspects meat and poultry,

The proposals released Friday evening build on the House leaders’ initial plan, which called, among other things, for abolishing more than 100 programs, (including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and guts the funding for heating assistance programs to the elderly, disabled and poorest of our nation at a time when utilities have received rate increases and huge swaths of the US has had sub-zero temperatures this year. Even in Dallas, Texas the wind chill was MINUS Eleven Degrees Celsius and Oklahoma was -27 yesterday, my note). There is a level of cruelty in this that is intolerable coming from a bunch of very wealthy decision-makers in Washington making what they are making from our money paid from our pockets and from every paycheck, every profit, every sale and every other damn thing we might need to do. (also my note).


My Note –

The Wall Street Journal article noticeably does not mention the Republican’s gutting the funding for the heating program that has been underfunded for over twenty years and then was barely funded considering the massive need during this economic crisis with its higher prices and higher heating costs and higher utility bills and higher gasoline costs and higher natural gas costs – then they decided in the Republican Party that those people in America who can’t afford heat just need to die and get out of their way, I suppose – because they are doing everything they can to decimate the funding for the program as it does note in this article –


So, let’s turn off the heat at the Legislature buildings for a few days the next time it gets under 15 degrees and then see how they feel about forcing others to suffer that experience because it is infinitely obvious that the Republicans making these choices have never experienced the hunger, the homelessness, the joblessness, the poverty, the horrendous cold, the tragic horrors and the exclusion that they are forcing upon others in our nation. In a country of wealth and prosperity, these rich Republican decision-makers choose to give our money to their wealthy friends freely without accountability, but to the poor – not only is it true that it takes five crates of paperwork to request any of that help, then the funds have been cut so that it is basically not available despite hordes of other Republicans working to “administrate” the programs at every level of the government (both nationally and in every state.)

(My Note above – this list below from the CSMonitor article) –

Among those programs facing steep cuts:

environmental protection,

renewable energy,

transportation (including high-speed rail),


community health centers,

border security,

the Peace Corps, and

Pell Grants for low-income college students.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and

AmeriCorps would be eliminated.

Also, the EPA would be prohibited from regulating greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.

Republican ‘Pledge to America’ – (apparently demands cuts to border security in complete defiance of their running platform to get elected and destroying educational opportunities to remove America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace, my note in parens)

“The CR contains over $100 billion in cuts compared to the President’s request – fully meeting the spending reduction goal outlined in the Republican ‘Pledge to America’ while providing common sense exceptions for our troops and veterans,” says Rep. Hal Rogers (R) of Kentucky, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “These cuts go far and wide, and will affect every community in the nation.”



It blocks the spending of about $2 billion in unused economic stimulus money . . .

Republicans take aim at some of their favorite targets in the measure, reducing financing to the Environmental Protection Agency by $3 billion — an almost 30 percent cut from current levels.

The measure would also block the agency from implementing new emissions regulations, and it would cut more than $100 million in spending on climate change programs.

said Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Democrat of Hawaii and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “Such an approach would knock the legs out from under our nascent economic recovery, kill jobs and do virtually nothing to address the long-term fiscal crisis facing our country.”

The new cuts will total about $60 billion, and the plan appeared to be winning support from the conservative rank and file.

Housing, energy and transportation spending is also trimmed substantially. Dozens of programs, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, are eliminated.



So, the conservatives are fuming to have all the power and abuse it to the fullest – well, I’d like to remind the Republicans of what their promise was to the American people –

to make jobs available

to stimulate the economy

to restore the economy

to increase revenues to the Federal and State governments

to support the families and people of America

to support the American Dream for America’s people

to support a more educated citizenry to compete in the global marketplace and increase America’s competitive capabilities for today and for the future of our nation

to support the individual efforts of the American people to provide better lives for themselves and their families

to support the communities of America

to encourage and support economic growth throughout America’s states and communities

to ensure freedom, liberty, justice and democratic ideals

to ensure our Constitutional guarantees and support our Constitutional ideals

to ensure that our citizens that are less fortunate are brought into the mainstream and that their needs are met

to be kind, generous, merciful and great in this prosperous nation with its open markets and economic opportunities available to all

(and I roughly paraphrased that last one – but you promised.)


By what your Republican party members are doing to cut the domestic budget as suggested you are literally breaking every single one of those promises you made to the American people, to our churches, to our conservatives in our population, to my parents and their friends, to our children across America, to our young people in their college and high school years, to every entrepreneur in America and every small business owner and every community, every state, every municipality and every city.

Those are the things each platform of Republican policy has promised and each campaign and every campaigner – and then you get to Washington and start slinging an axe at every poor, disadvantage, elderly, sick, disabled, homeless, unemployed, small business owner, small business startup, every community, every destitute family, every neighborhood and every single American who would be educated and prospering had it not been for the wealthiest serving only their own needs at the expense of everyone else.

When the banks needed money to cover gambling – you did it.

When the insurance giant AIG screwed up and said they would insure credit derivatives when they didn’t have the money to back it up and charged premiums without owning even a tenth of the money to pay out if they had to do so – you jumped in and handed them, not your money – our money.

When the bankers wanted to borrow money for ZERO interest from the back door of our Treasury – you jumped with bells on to get it done for them while they were allowed to charge 33% interest to customers on their credit cards and play all sorts of shady games to trick people into not being able to make their payments on time, like changing the date for payment arbitrarily without notice.

When the Wall Street buddies of the Republican administration got into trouble for leveraging $77 dollars against every one or $180 for every one with at least half or better of each dollar they were pretending to have not even valid assets of value – you jumped – oh yes, you jumped to get every last dime of that covered for them using our money and then had the Treasury using our money buy all the toxic worthless paper from them for about whatever they thought it would be worth if it had been worth what they said in the first place – which everybody knew was a lie all along.

And, speaking directly, you – Republicans, conservatives and Republican conservatives are not keeping your promises by making these cuts and in-fighting with the time and efforts available to our Congress and Senate and Administration in the White House. You are, as usual doing things to suit your own petty desires and your wealthy friends while breaking every single promise you’ve ever made to the American people, including me.

You’ve been doing that for thirty years and you are doing it again. Its nothing but foolish at this point in time. People know now what they didn’t know when you had Nixon stand up there with Billy Graham to get Americans to vote for him.

We know the Republican Party and the conservatives of CPAC and the Tea Party which they hijacked are vicious, conniving, oppressive, wealthy tyrants, far removed from the real world where America lives and damned determined to perpetrate unwarranted evil and impoverishment on the lives of the American people at every opportunity.

– cricketdiane


(from a 2009 news article found on the Wall Street Journal – )

Members of Congress are getting a raise, and making travel plans . . .

HOT SPRINGS, Va. — Republican members of the House of Representatives took a break earlier this month from bashing the Democrats’ $800 billion stimulus bill and journeyed here to the Homestead Resort, an 18th-century mountain spa, where the diversions include golf, skiing, skeet shooting and falconry.

Republican lawmakers paid for their travel and lodging, mostly with campaign funds. Staffers’ bills and the rest of the tab was picked up by the Congressional Institute, which is funded by 54 “patrons,” including General Electric Co. and the National Association of Home Builders. About 45 lobbyists attended a dinner on opening night.

But as they fume over inflated salaries and lavish travel by executives whose companies are on the federal dole, members of Congress are getting a raise, and making travel plans.

Last month, when 600,000 Americans lost their jobs, the House and Senate allowed themselves a $4,700 cost-of-living raise, bringing their annual salaries to $174,000.



Not to be outdone –

The purported purpose of the Congressional trip was to attend the Caribbean Multi-Cultural Business Conference. The event took place November 6-9, 2008 on the sunny Caribbean island of St. Maarten at the Sonesta Maho Bay Resort & Casino, after Congress had approved the $700 billion bailout package in October.

The “lead sponsor” was Citigroup which contributed $100,000. Citigroup was certainly aware that it would be a major recipient of bailout funds. It was also aware that its fortunes had become increasingly reliant on Congressional actions. Citigroup should have also been aware that corporate sponsorship of such an event was banned by House Rules adopted on March 1, 2007, in response to the Abramoff scandal and the infamous golf trip to Scotland.

Taxpayers are now Citigroup’s largest shareholder after infusions of $45 billion.



“Because the U.S. gives Israel $7 million/day – more than to any other nation – we feel it is essential that we be fully informed on this region.” (2010 blog entry which includes a list of all Congressional members that have taken “educational” junkets to Israel sponsored by one specific organization, includes the amount of money that the trip represents plus the number of trips made to the right of the amount.


So, $3.5 million a day goes to support the Egyptian military plus countless other moneys and resources and foreign aid plus $7 million dollars a day goes to Israel which is probably only part of it as well. And, no telling how much to every other country around them is being funneled our money every day and I bet somewhere there is a list of every staff member with their salary amount, the full amount of perks and per diems and travel expenses along with salaries and other goodies the legislators get – and somewhere, I bet there is a list of every junket, trip, “educational” exercise in vacationing to everywhere in the world they have gone at our expense.

And, at the prices they are paying for 5-Star hotels, resorts and spas for them to enjoy when they do go to these places, the entire budgets for some of the programs they are cutting could be covered. But, no. Why should a family have heat for the entire winter when that same $600 can pay for a room for one night for one staff member of a Congressional member for one junket? Oh wait, nowhere in America do they give a family as much as $600 for heat for the entire winter to help them. What am I thinking? It usually isn’t even half that much – in fact, in most states it isn’t even a third of that amount despite the fact that the actual costs of heating for the winter almost anywhere in America is over $600 for the entire winter of 3 – 4 months because of increases allowed to utility companies, natural gas and heating oil companies, plus excessive rate increases during peak demand periods. It is just ridiculously removed from the world of decision-makers where these families make $8.00 an hour for their hard-work and the glass of mineral water at one of these resorts for one Congress member to drink one time costs $8,00 and sometimes, more.

– cricketdiane


Just looking at this, it occurred to me that there are how many members in the House and Senate plus how many staff members? And many trips every Congressional session are taken by most of them such as this, noted about Speaker Pelosi’s on-board goodies –

According to previous documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, the former Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over one two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. For example, purchases for one Pelosi-led congressional delegation traveling from Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008, included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Baileys Irish Cream, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniel’s whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.

Judicial Watch also previously uncovered internal Department of Defense (DOD) email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the speaker’s last minute cancellations and changes. For example, in response to a series of requests for military aircraft, one DOD official wrote, “Any chance of politely querying [Pelosi’s team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend?…[T]here’s no need to block every weekend ‘just in case’…” The email also notes that Pelosi’s office had, “a history of canceling many of their past requests.”



From the August 2009 recess – Mr. Boehner was right in the middle of it doing the same thing –


For instance, there will be no flak jackets required for Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) when he leads a large congressional delegation on an around-the-world trip to Ireland, Switzerland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, and Canada. And the trip looks to be more spouse-friendly: All of the seven House members on the Boehner-led trip — Dan Boren (D-OK), Jo Bonner (R-AL), Dave Camp (R-MI), Tom Latham (R-LA), and Greg Walden (R-OR) — say they are bringing their spouses (at “no cost to the DoD,” the CODEL itinerary states).

What is the purpose of the Boehner-led CODEL? “To discuss issues of mutual interest with government and private sector officials on issues related to global and regional economic performance and energy security,” the confirmed itinerary says. Boehner’s office didn’t respond to a query. (Perhaps that’s because the CODEL schedule indicates his delegation already departed for Europe July 31 and is expected back by way of Asia and Canada August 13.)

My Note –

I think my level of disgust was exceeded somewhere near the top of this post when looking at the proposed budget and the proposed cuts from people wearing designer clothing in offices funded with our money drinking at our expenses, dining on our dollars and sending our money out to every single nation, every single enemy of democracy and every single business interest that already has made massive profits from US pockets using US resources then taken their money out of the country to avoid having any of it taxed ( why should they support the infrastructure they’ve used and overused to the point it is substandard for anything) –

And, they’ve paid to get the same rich Republican cronies to serve their interests back up into positions of decision-making again in Washington running the same old song to beat the American people into the dirt while robbing our pockets every single day everywhere across America in order to enrich themselves and fund their good time.

When the recent reports by Homeland Security were made about the most dangerous time being “now” for domestic terrorists or “homegrown” terrorists, what they didn’t tell the Congress was that the aspects which were created in Egypt and other Arab countries by oppression, police brutality, forcing mass numbers of the population to endure poverty, rising prices, lack of affordable decent housing, food insecurity, exclusion of huge parts of the population from the opportunities of business or employment – all contributed as much to growing extremist and terrorist elements in the society as did the police brutality and injustices forced upon the population arbitrarily every day.

That could be changed in America, rather than letting it fester and get worse.

Surely that could be done. But, Homeland Security is identifying that the conditions are worsening, rather than getting better for most people and the conditions (including arbitrarily meted out injustices, a two-tier justice system based upon financial means, police brutality, forced impoverishment, hunger, exclusion from positive economic activities for survival and opportunities) are rampant across the US which will grow terrorists and domestic terrorism and extremist violence, rather than positive innovations and rebuilding the American social fabric and economy.

The answer was not the domestic budget cuts demanded by the Republicans that will fix this or make it better.

Those things insure that it will be made worse – and that done while they indulge in a grandiose lifestyle of kings and tyrants. That isn’t going to work very well.

– cricketdiane