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Concerns grow over new immigration enforcement chief appointee

by Jim Kouri on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

This is article 106 of 117 in the topic Obama Appointments

Two top GOP lawmakers sent a letter on Wednesday to President Barack Obama stating that they have serious reservations regarding the appointment of John Sandweg as the acting director of the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) directorate, according to law enforcement sources in Washington, D.C.

According to the letter signed by House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R- Texas, and Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., who chairs the committee’s Oversight Subcommittee, John Sandweg is a former criminal defense attorney from Arizona who defended convicted murderers, sexual predators and pedophiles. They also pointed out that Sandweg “fought to free convicts who were locked up for violent offenses.”

McCaul and Duncan stated in their biting letter to Obama that Sandweg’s record makes him unsuited to head the nation’s law enforcement agency that must be prepared to enforce laws that are unpopular with the current White House and many members of both houses of the U.S. Congress.

Sandweg’s predecessor, John Morton, was very unpopular with his own agents at ICE and agents with other Homeland Security Department agencies such as the U.S. Border Patrol. In fact, ICE agents through their union gave Morton a unanimous vote of “no confidence.”

“We now have an Attorney General [Eric Holder] who as an attorney defended Guantanamo Bay terrorists and now we have an immigration enforcement chief who defended the worst criminals one can imagine. What’s next? An FBI director who once defended Mafia members?” asked former New York police officer, Iris Aquino.

While the 38-year-old John Sandweg, worked defending criminals in Arizona he also helped Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano raise campaign money for her reelection campaign when she was the governor of Arizona.

Several law enforcement officers question Sandweg’s credentials as a law enforcement executive saying he’s part of the Obama administration’s politicization of yet another federal agency.

The McCaul-Duncan letter states:

“A litany of concerning allegations has been raised against Mr. Sandweg. Perhaps the most concerning is the clear political partisanship displayed throughout his career.

“Despite extensive political experience, Mr. Sandweg’s qualifications are critically thin in one area: experience in law enforcement.

“Such a critical agency to our homeland security demands a leader with proven experience, significant managerial acumen, and tested judgment. We fear your choice may possess none.

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Even the Washington Post has a devastating discussion of the IRS targeting conservative nonprofits

by John Lott on Saturday, May 11th, 2013

This is article 229 of 307 in the topic Taxation/IRS

Well, with Obama’s Benghazi coverup being compared to Watergate (only with deaths), Obama apparently felt that he had to out do Nixon on abusing the IRS.  Here are some of the points gleaned from a piece by the Washington Post.

IRS officials claimed that there was no political bias behind the targeting of these conservative groups, but they failed to produce any examples of similar targeting of groups with non-conservative-sounding names. . . . Lerner wouldn’t say whether anyone is being disciplined, then appeared to say there was no disciplinary action, then went back to saying she wouldn’t comment. . . . Lerner said she disclosed the information because someone asked her about it Friday morning — indicating that she had no plans to release the information publicly, despite the confirmed wrongdoing. . . . When asked how they found out about the wrongdoing, Lerner said the investigation stemmed from media reports about conservative groups claiming that they were targeted, not from any internal review. . . .

UPDATE: Unfortunately, other recent concerns about IRS abuses of power have been arising.

The American Civil Liberties Union released documents in April showing that investigators in the IRS criminal tax division believed the agency could access emails and text messages without a warrant. Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee, demanded answers from acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller on how many emails were accessed and why. . . .

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House Panel Subpoenas All White House Correspondence Regarding Solyndra

by Doug Powers on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

This is article 79 of 246 in the topic Congressional Investigations

The Republicans don’t trust the White House’s review of the Energy Department’s “green” loan program to get to the bottom of the Solyndra debacle? Hard to believe.

USA Today:

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee investigating the collapse of Solyndra voted today to authorize the panel to subpoena the White House to produce internal correspondence on its dealings with the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer.

The committee issued a broad call for all internal documents–including correspondence, memorandums and drafts–and authorizes the panel’s chairman to issue to subpoenas to White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Bruce Reed, Vice President Biden’s chief of staff.

“This is not a fishing expedition,” said Cliff Stearns, the chairman of the Energy’s oversight subcommittee. “We want answers and so do the American taxpayers. It’s unfortunate that it has come to this, but we do not have faith in the White House overtures” to produce relevant documents.

The White House has handed over 85,000 documents on the Department of Energy loan guarantee program since the committee launched its investigation.

Days before the collapse, an investment banking firm that had already made a million dollars analyzing options for Solyndra advised the White House to bail the company out, presumably so they could continue making money analyzing options for Solyndra. But the full bailout option was rejected. By then it was too late because they’d already auctioned off the whistling robots.

Then there’s this: Solyndra’s former CEO received nearly a half million dollars in severance. What was your cut?

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10 percent of Medicare payments are fraudulent

by John Lott on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

This is article 6 of 8 in the topic Entitlement Programs

The estimate of fraud leaves out certain obvious instances of fraud from the nearly 10 percent claim.

Nearly 10 percent of all Medicare payments are fraudulent or otherwise improper, and the government isn’t doing enough to stop them.

That’s the conclusion of a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday. The report, issued at the request of a House subcommittee investigating Medicare and Medicaid fraud, estimates that the federal government is losing $48 billion on the improper payments – a significant amount for a program that “is fiscally unsustainable in the long term” unless action is taken.

The report, prepared for a House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee hearing, said “CMS needs a plan with clear measures and benchmarks for reducing Medicare’s risk for improper payments, inefficient payment methods and issues in program management and patient care and safety.”

CMS estimates that $48 billion of estimated Medicare outlays of $509 billion in fiscal 2010 went to improper payments, including fraudulent ones. “However, this improper payment estimate did not include all of the program’s risk since it did not include improper payments in its Part D prescription drug benefit, for which the agency has not yet estimated a total amount,” said Kathleen King, director of GAO’s health care team. . . .

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Investigating Obamacare Waiver-mania

by Michelle Malkin on Monday, January 24th, 2011

This is article 57 of 699 in the topic Healthcare

The House GOP is stepping up to the plate. Newcomers on the congressional oversight subcommittee on health will probe the who, what, when, where, and why of the Obama administration’s HHS Obamacare waiver program.

The Hill reports:

“If there are exemptions,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told The Hill, “what was the process by which those exemptions were sought and given?”

“I think those are fair questions to ask,” he said, “and I expect we will.”

Gowdy, a freshman and former prosecutor, got the chairmanship on Tuesday. The health subcommittee has jurisdiction over federal health policy and food and drug safety, in addition to the District of Columbia and federal records.

Gowdy said he met with Oversight Committee staff Wednesday and immediately began planning future hearings.

On a second front, the Energy and Commerce Committee is leaning on HHS to “provide a list of every individual, organization, business, state or other entity that requested a waiver, obtained a waiver, or has been denied a waiver for any part of the reform law.”

Let the era of real transparency begin.

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CNSNews refreshes your memories of the SEIU Obamacare waiver beneficiaries.

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