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Sen. Marsha Blackburn says the infrastructure bill is the ‘gateway to socialism’

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) blasted President Biden’s infrastructure bill Sunday calling it “the gateway to socialism.” Blackburn railed against their exorbitant spending on Fox News.

The Tennessee Senator voted no on the Sinema-Porter Amendment and on the underlying bill Sunday night. “This is, number one, the gateway to socialism,” Blackburn said. “This is their down payment on the Green New Deal.”

Next, the Senate will be voting on the budget bill out of the Finance Committee. The $3.5 trillion budget will not need a super majority to pass. As long as senators vote down party lines, it is likely to pass. As the Senate’s recess approaches, many are tempted to speed up the process.

“When you look at the fact that does not even count the money that they would come up short in the years on this, you are talking about this is something too expensive to afford,” Blackburn continued. “And there is no reason to say, ‘August is here, we have got to pass this bill.’ We need to be more thoughtful and do a bill that is going to tend to roads and rivers and runways and railways and broadband, and do it with the money that we have.”

Otherwise, the national debt will last decades longer, according to Blackburn.

“Don’t go spending the money that our children and grandchildren are going to have to pay back, mortgaging their future, taking away their freedom,” Blackburn said. “So I am standing up for hard-working Tennesseans who have told me loud and clear they’re all for infrastructure. I am all for infrastructure. I am not for this bill. I am not for the amount of debt this is going to pour onto our nation’s books. And I am not for mortgaging the kids’ future.”

Senators voted to end the debate Sunday night. Yet its final vote will happen Monday or Tuesday.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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