If you’ve been reading my newsletters for very long you know that I attack our government’s policies, and huge spending, and thousand page bills, voted on and passed that nobody reads. I keep saying they are “stupid” or that is “stupid”, or how can they not see? Folks, even a stupid person (making lots of decisions) would occasionally get something right. We miss the obvious when we try to understand from a position of good caring Americans. We are thinking, “Hey, we’re all in this mess together. How can we pull ourselves out of this and get back on track?” The erroneous assumption is that Congress and the President are on our side. WRONG! The ugly truth avails itself, if you loosen up your thinking and imagine “what if”. What if, they are really trying to deceive us, and don’t care what we want or what our opinion is? What then? What are you going to do about it? Are you going to vote him or her out of office? Or are you going to get MAD as hell and knock on doors, and be active until all these worthless bums are thrown out? Pelosi, Frank, Dodd, Reid, Boxer and a dozen more (at least) have personal agendas not good for America. They have somehow gravitated to lofty positions. Probably because they’ve been around forever, and the newer others are just into the good life, that hoards of aggressive lobbyists with fists full of cash can provide. No, they’re not stupid. Those “agendas” are thumbing their noses at our Constitution, and deliberately ignoring the will (concerns) of the people. The majority of Congress views the majority of America with scorn! They know better than we, what is best for us, and how to spend our money! They have too many things going on in their personal lives to even read bills before they vote, or to debate on behalf of those they duped into electing them. Most of them are a disgrace to their office for doing nothing and allowing the bad element to take over, trash our economy, and turn a proud robust nation into a sorry Socialist state. There is only one reason for someone to make a bill so long that no one wants to read it. About 800 pages into a thousand page bill, is the stuff everyone should read and know about! And then another 300 or 400 pages gets added the day before, and everyone’s told to “Hurry up, sign it.” What kind of sorry representation did we put in office? No one’s suspicious? No one cares? Who writes those Bills? The President didn't! Congress can't even read them!
Do you want JOBS? Hire private firms to attack fraud and abuse in government run anything and award them .50 on the $1.00. I guarantee you will uncover even more than is suspected. But if you have government employees policing government (anything) you’re a fool, and part of the problem. The government system reviews less than 5% of 1.2 billion claims a year. What are you going to catch with that effort? If we presume those (government employed) seeking fraud (in government) are competent, earnest, and cannot be “bought” then we must say, they are ridiculously understaffed. It is woefully inadequate no matter how you look at it! Example of one “discovery” (after who knows how long they “prospered”) in the South Florida region: That region billed Medicare more than 2 billion each year for injectable HIV medications (22 times as high as any other region in the country). I guess this was too outrageous and too “out of line” for even the government to ignore, so they “cracked down”, and 1.75 billion less in claims resulted in the next year. Did everybody miraculously get cured? Over 2 billion pared down to 250 million, overnight, when the government got half way serious! This is one example I found. How much is really going on? Oh yes, these crooks just moved north, to ply their “trade” in other regions, spread it out more thinly, and fly under the Medicare computer radar. The criminal theft just relocates and continues unabated. They wise up. We never do!
The following written by Chris Edwards of the CATO Institute 7/15/09
Every year, criminals and cheats pilfer over $100 Billion - that’s $40 billion more than Bernie Madoff scammed off his investors - in federal benefits to which they are not legally entitled. Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, refundable tax credits, and many other programs are targets for looting. Take Medicare. The Government Accountability Office reports that the program makes about $17 billion in improper payments each year. And that doesn’t include problems in the new $60-billion-per-year prescription-drug plan, which is a juicy target for criminals. Harvard University’s Malcolm Sparrow, a specialist in health-care fraud, recently testified to Congress that official estimates are “lacking in rigor,” are “comfortingly low and quite misleading,” and exclude many kinds of fraud and abuse. He thinks that as much as 20 percent of the federal health-care budget is consumed by fraud, which would be $85 billion a year for Medicare. Medicare makes a staggering 1.2 billion electronic payments each year, making it highly vulnerable to cheating by health-care providers and organized-crime rings. Criminals need only fill out the government forms carefully and the “claims will be paid in full and on time, without a hiccup, by a computer, and with no human involvement at all,” according to Sparrow. A perfect example is the recent case of a high-school dropout in Miami who was able to single-handedly bilk Medicare out of $105 million from her laptop by submitting 140,000 separate claims for equipment and services. Medicaid is also a huge abuse target. The GAO puts Medicaid fraud at $33 billion - 11 percent of state and federal spending on the program. Again, that is likely a substantial underestimate. A former Medicaid investigator believes that up to 40 percent of New York State’s Medicaid budget is siphoned off in fraud and improper payments, but New York probably has a worse problem than elsewhere. Using Sparrow’s 20 percent estimate instead, Medicaid rip-offs top $60 billion a year nationwide. Medicare and Medicaid are the biggest fraud targets, but this problem plagues all government subsidy programs. Official loss estimates for other programs include: $12 billion for the Earned Income Tax Credit, $5 billion for Supplemental Security Income, and $14 billion for unemployment insurance. All in all, the cost to taxpayers is well over $100 billion a year, which translates into a theft of $1,000 or more from every household in America every year.
I told you (7th & 10th issues) that Inspector General, Gerald Walpin was told he had one hour to “retire” or be fired He was called back in 45 minutes and was fired. He not only exposed Obama’s close friend (Sacramento, CA Mayor) Kevin Johnson’s misuse of funds, but he was digging into much bigger stuff involving AmeriCorp, which is closely connected to (evil and corrupt) A.C.O.R.N. Michelle Obama moved her own Chief of Staff, Jackie Norris to be Senior Advisor over CNCS (Corporation for National and Community Service) the branch of AmeriCorp that I.G. Walpin was investigating. The I.G. was getting close to Obama involvement (him and her). Then, I.G. Fred Wiederhold was pressured into “retirement” as he investigated Joe Biden’s pet project AMTRAK. Special I.G., Neil Barofsky for TARP (and 3 trillion in bailout funds) is refused access to documents by Treasury Secretary Geithner. Those would link connections to him, huge corporation bailouts, bonuses and our President, (sorry for my cynicism). But, back to AmeriCorp, Mr. and Mrs. Obama and a very telling branch (one of many, much like A.C.O.R.N.). But first, I want to talk about the recent increase in minimum wage.
How do you feel about minimum wage workers getting pay raises in hard economic times? At first glance it seems like a good thing to do. That makes it an easy sale to “do-gooders” and 90% of those employed at that “minimum” wage – compassion sells and gets votes. So it’s a kind of “feel good” noble (and popular) thing for politicians to bestow upon those “less fortunate.” But what is it really? Something for nothing! The business person ordered to increase that paycheck, without any more efficiency or productivity, or any increase in sales of product must take that money out of his or her own pocket, or personally earn less. Now, you may feel they make too much and should be forced to share and that’s that. But do you really think that is the way the real world works? That hourly wage increase of, let’s say 10%, means that if 10 employees work there, one will now get laid off. How does that person feel about the 9 people who got something for nothing? That is the “real” world. Most minimum wage earners are the youth of America (probably still living at home) and unemployed today at a rate more than double that of the rest of the nation. So in effect, the employer is ordered to lay off 10% of his or her work force (when work is scarce). It makes no sense to me, how about you? Nationally, it is estimated to be about 330,000 avoidable jobs lost! Obama likes it. He especially wants the youth of America unemployed and restless. If that sounds like a terrible thing to say, I say, you don’t know your President like some of us and you had better get to know him, and soon. He and Michelle plan to ingratiate themselves with our youth, give them government jobs, and re-educate them. Sound ridiculous? Read this Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) article of 9/4/08, and get to know “Public Allies”, and the Obamas.
Election ‘08: Democrats’ reintroduction of militant Michelle Obama in Denver was supposed to show her softer side. But it only highlighted a radical part of her resume: Public Allies.
Barack Obama was a founding member of the board of Public Allies in 1992, resigning before his wife became executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies in 1993. Obama plans to use the nonprofit group, which he features on his campaign Web site, as the model for a national service corps. He calls his Orwellian program, “Universal Voluntary Public Service.” Big Brother had nothing on the Obamas. They plan to herd American youth into government funded re-education camps where they’ll be brainwashed into thinking America is a racist, oppressive place in need of “social change.” The pitch Public Allies makes on its Web site doesn’t seem all that radical. It promises to place young adults (18-30) in paid one-year “community leadership” positions with nonprofit or government agencies. They’ll also be required to attend weekly training workshops and three retreats. In exchange, they’ll get a monthly stipend of up to $1,800, plus paid health and child care. They also get a post-service education award of $4,725 that can be used to pay off past student loans or fund future education. But its real mission is to radicalize American youth and use them to bring about “social change” through threats, pressure, tension and confrontation - the tactics used by the father of community organizing, Saul “The Red” Alinsky. “Our alumni are more than twice as likely as 18-34 year olds to . . . engage in protest activities,” Public Allies boasts in a document found with its tax filings. It has already deployed an army of 2,200 community organizers like Obama to agitate for “justice” and “equality” in his hometown of Chicago and other U.S. cities, including Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Washington. “I get to practice being an activist,” and get paid for it, gushed Cincinnati recruit Amy Vincent. Public Allies promotes “diversity and inclusion,” a program paper says. More than 70% of its recruits are “people of color.” When they’re not protesting, they’re staffing AIDS clinics, handing out condoms, bailing criminals out of jail and helping illegal aliens and the homeless obtain food stamps and other welfare. Public Allies brags that more than 80% of graduates have continued working in nonprofit or government jobs. It’s training the “next generation of nonprofit leaders” - future “social entrepreneurs.” The Obamas discourage work in the private sector. “Don’t go into corporate America,” Michelle has exhorted youth. “Work for the community. Be social workers. Shun the money culture,” Barack added. “Individual salvation depends on collective salvation.” “If you commit to serving your community,” he pledged in his Denver acceptance speech, “we will make sure you can afford a college education.” So, go through government to go to college, and then go back into government. Many of today’s youth find the pitch attractive. “I may spend the rest of my life trying to create social movement,” said Brian Coovert of the Cincinnati chapter. “There is always going to be work to do. Until we have a perfect country, I’ll have a job.” Not all the recruits appreciate the PC indoctrination. “It was too touchy-feely,” said Nelly Nieblas, 29, of the 2005 Los Angeles class. “It’s a lot of talk about race, a lot of talk about sexism, a lot of talk about homophobia, talk about - isms and phobias.” One of those -isms is “heterosexism,” which a Public Allies training seminar in Chicago describes as a negative by product of “capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy and male-dominated privilege.” The government now funds about half of Public Allies’ expenses through Clinton’s AmeriCorps. Obama wants to fully fund it and expand it into a national program that some see costing $500 billion. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the military, he said. The gall of it: The Obamas want to create a boot camp for radicals who hate the military - and stick American taxpayers with the bill!
Well, if this is not a wake up call to you, I don’t know what it takes! This is scary stuff. I will give you more information anyway. I find it incredible that all this evidence throughout the Obamas’ backgrounds was readily available for all to see (who they “hung out” with) and yet McCain didn’t expose them, and of course, the loving media never would. Thank God, a few writers still have some integrity - and wear flag pins on their lapels.
Another of Obama’s friends joined our government as the latest Czar, “Green Jobs”. Van Jones is connected to S.T.O.R.M. (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement) “A multi-racial activist collective with Marxist influences.” He told the “East Bay Express” in 2005, “I met all these young radical people of color - I mean REALLY RADICAL: Communists and Anarchists. And it was, like, ‘This is what I need to be a part of’. I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary.” Am I crazy or is this self-proclaimed Communist, Racist, Revolutionary going to be doling out jobs in America? Without bias of course, and with the blessing of Congress and the media, apparently.
The “Canada Free Press” (9-2-08) Communist Author Saul Alinsky wrote, “Rules for Radicals” many years ago, the “Bible” of the far left. His son, L. David Alinsky said of his Father’s influence at the Democratic Convention, “The D.N.C. had all the elements of the perfectly organized event,” Saul Alinsky style. The son wrote in a letter to the “Boston Globe”, “Barack Obama’s training in Chicago by the great community organizers is showing its effectiveness,” Alinsky Jr. wrote. ”It is an extremely powerful format, and the method of my late Father always works to get the message out and get the supporters on board. Obama learned his lesson well.” I remember Michelle (Feb. 18, 08) saying, “For the first time in my adult life, I’m proud of America.” And that adoring media said to critics, that’s not what she meant; she was taken out of context. You didn’t really hear what she just said emphatically. We have a President and First Lady that obviously don’t like America, and never have. They will like it better when they bring her to her knees. Where the hell is our Congress? Is there one damn leader among them? How much CRAP do you have to see? SHAME! Shame on all of you!
Obama doesn’t have a complimentary or decent thing to say about America. He is apologetic to every country in the world about his perceived sins of America – Past and Present. I still advocate my K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, stupid) method to analyze and simplify supposed complex problems or “difficult” decision making. If you believe America is bad, (like the Obamas) and has too many faults, explain why nobody is trying to leave this country (in spite of all the public bitching) and EVERYONE is trying to get in! And why, IF our medical care is so suspect, expensive, lacking and needing government controls are people comingto the U.S. (and paying) from all over the world, to be treated by our physicians or go to the Mayo or Cleveland Clinics? Stop listening to bloviating B.S., and K.I.S.S.!! It is all lies, by professional liars, insulting your intelligence. Get Mad! Get them out of office! Obama and Pelosi want you and me to have government provided health insurance. They (and all of Congress) have the BEST PRIVATE health insurance in the land! They even have a bunch of options to choose from. I saw an interview of a New York Senator last week that I thought was revealing. The Senator was asked, “If the government provided health care (proposed) is so good, would YOU opt out of your health care program to what the people will have?” He said HE was under his wife’s insurance, which was even better! She has a New York State (nearly bankrupt) government job. When the state of N.Y. goes under then maybe he’ll opt to be like us. I believe that Brooklyn Bridge is in New York. Again, it’s not about insurance folks. It’s not about global warming (they now call it “climate change”) or the environment, or energy. It’s about CONTROL! Obama and Pelosi want to control every part of our lives through government dependency. Also to redistribute (perceived white) wealth to the poor minorities (blacks and Hispanics). Obama and Pelosi (in doing so) SEIZE POWER (and more control) through future elections and support from those grateful (tens of millions) for windfall handouts. Obama said he was against reparations for slavery. He said it wasn’t enough! This is where they are taking America, right out of the A.C.O.R.N. Handbook, and Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s pulpit! It is Obama “community organizing” on a National level. Community and organizing were two rather inoffensive words in my vocabulary, until now. Now I despise them. This is MY America! This is YOUR America! What in hell are we letting them do to us?! I don’t care if Obama truly believes he is doing the right thing and he is not bad. I don’t care to rationalize or try to understand WHY he is doing what he is doing. What he is doing is DESTROYING AMERICA! It doesn’t matter if it is by accident or design. America (as we know it and want it to be) will be finished unless all the good people get outraged enough to demand to be heard! I’ve given up on those self-serving asses in Washington. There’s not one leader with a spine. No one will read these bills that are deliberately long and cumbersome to bury hidden agendas. The aggressive few, bent on taking this country over, know Congress is asleep, lazy and self-centered. Wake Up, damn it! I quote again Justice Nominee Sotomayor’s revered, Norman Thomas, “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of “Liberalism” they will adopt every fragment of the Socialism program, until one day America will be a SOCIALIST Nation without knowing how it happened.” This was in issue 6. Also, Samuel Adams said, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” D.C. is in flames! And I’ve given up on the media! It was pathetic enough that they lean left, and lost all objectivity in their love affair with this man, but to betray the whole Country, and embrace such extremism is unbelievable (unforgivable)! Obama and Pelosi couldn’t possibly do something this bizarre without your detestable assistance. WAKE UP DAMN IT! You owe the people (the majority of this country that is steaming mad at them – and YOU) for your role in helping them, and ignoring us! If you can’t see this (and Obama) is out of control, God help you. God help us!
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