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The Comatose GOP….

by T.M. Ballantyne on Saturday, September 28th, 2013

This is article 80 of 94 in the topic Republican Party

The following was posted in response to an excellent article at yesterday’s Freedom Outpost website. It is entitled “67 Million Missing from ObamaCare Slush Fund.” (http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/09/67-million-missing-obamacare-slush-fund/)

While this is just business as usual for our flagrantly illegitimate and abusive “administration,” our outrage here should be with the Republicans whom we continue to elect to “represent” us. They do not. Is there any reason why we should have to email or call them to ASK them to do something about this? If we had a mid-level manager in a company we owned, who was involved with the budget, and he didn’t become irate over something like this, he would be summarily dismissed. This is true of dozens of issues – Benghazi, the IRS Tea Party Prosecution Scandal, Voter Fraud in the last election, the “Justice” Department’s openly-announced refusal to enforce DOMA (or to investigate Black-on-White voter intimidation or crime), Fast and Furious, Treyvon Martin (with civil unrest actually being fomented by OUR government over this patent fraud), the “Arab Spring” (unrest being fomented by OUR State Department with the help of Google – all to put the Muslim Brotherhood in power), the NDAA, Homeland “Security” buying billions of rounds of high caliber ordinance, FEMA Camps all over the nation, the militarizing of our police, the institution of Martial Law (Boston), the illegal NSA gathering of personal information on every U.S. Citizen, the intimidation and prosecution of whistle blowers, the failure to protect our borders or prosecute illegal aliens, the absolute and abusive invasion of privacy and charade of Airport “security,” and the patent absurdity of disarming our soldiers on our own military bases, while refusing to prosecute (much less punish) those who slaughter our soldiers (in the name of Allah) as a result, even refusing to call it an act of terror…I could go on and on, and all of this is just off the top of my head!

WHAT ARE ANY OF OUR REPUBLICAN “REPRESENTATIVES” DOING ABOUT ANY OF THIS? You know the answer, don’t you? And they shouldn’t need to be told or begged to do any of it. Once more, this would be grounds for dismissal if an employee at any level didn’t address such obvious outrages on his or her watch!

Time for a Third Party. The People and their (our) Constitution are no longer being represented. Notice that the GOP is now attacking Ted Cruz, one of only three GOP Senators worth their salt (Lee and Paul being the other two). The GOP would be laughable if they weren’t specifically there to enrich themselves at the People’s expense. That being the case (and it is a matter of public record for the members of BOTH parties), it is absolutely time to change horses!

The time for compromising the Rule of Law, while simultaneously tolerating the abuse of it – by those sworn to uphold it – is past. The GOP is dead! Only the clinically insane would continue to vote for these people while expecting them to do something different from what they have ALWAYS done!

Has John Boehner represented us after WE gave him a clear majority in the House? To this day he is cutting deals with our illegal “president” over ObamaCare, in direct opposition to our clearly-expressed will!

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Barack Obama’s “Social Innovation” slush fund

by Michelle Malkin on Friday, June 14th, 2013

This is article 482 of 527 in the topic Government Spending

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Barack Obama’s “Social Innovation” slush fund
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2013

We all know now what the vengeful Obama IRS has been doing to conservative nonprofits the past four years: strangling them in the crib. But do you know how much pampering and largesse far-left welfare-state charities have received while limited-government groups suffered? You don’t know the half of it.

Before President Obama took office, I warned that Democrats planned to steer untold amounts of taxpayer dollars to his shady community-organizing pals. The Dems’ 2008 party platform proposed the creation of a “Social Investment Fund Network” to subsidize “social entrepreneurs and leading nonprofit organizations (that) are assisting schools, lifting families out of poverty, filling health care gaps and inspiring others to lead change in their own communities.”

Investigative journalist James O’Keefe’s pioneering work helped bring down the fraudsters of ACORN. But a thousand other ACORN-style knockoffs have metastasized in the shadows. Not long after Obama took office, big-government Democrats and Republicans handed him the $6 billion mandatory “volunteerism” package known as the “SERVE America Act.” The boondoggle fueled legions of new government “volunteers,” including a Clean Energy Corps, an Education Corps, a Healthy Futures Corps, a Veterans Service Corps and an expanded National Civilian Community Corps for disaster relief and energy conservation.

In addition to creating thousands of make-work jobs and boosting bloated national service bureaucracies, the legislation also carved out a left-wing slush fund known as the Social Innovation Fund. In its four-year existence, SIF has doled out $140 million to 20 handpicked grant-making organizations, which in turn have chosen 197 “promising nonprofits” for government support.

Obama promised “accountability” measures to ensure the money is spent wisely. But who has been assessing the effectiveness of the spending? As I reported at the outset, it’s interest-conflicted foxes in the social entrepreneurship community guarding the government-grant henhouse.

Among the lucky winners of these crony SIF monies: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), which received $4.2 million and had employed Patrick Corvington, former head of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and social welfare outfit New Profit Inc., which received $5 million and had employed former SIF Executive Director Paul Carttar. New Profit’s conflicts are gobsmacking. Nonprofit Quarterly noted that SIF “owes its existence at least in part to New Profit, which in 2007 put together a coalition of nonprofit groups called America Forward to advocate for, among other things, the creation of a federal fund.”

The inspector general overseeing SIF, AmeriCorps and other SERVE Act programs agreed with critics that the Social Innovation Fund grant application process lacked transparency, lacked a policy on handling staff conflicts of interest and failed to fully document grant award decisions. Another IG audit released just last week revealed that a prominent SIF grantee, the progressive Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, “fail(ed) to remove two of its employees, who were known by CEO management to have criminal histories that made them ineligible, from working on the SIF grant.”

As Paul Light, a public policy professor at New York University who served on a review panel for the fund, told National Public Radio: “It’s not clear yet what taxpayers have gotten for the money.” The phony-baloney statistics that SIF bureaucrats tout to show how many have been “served” simply demonstrate the Nanny State “entrepreneurs’” real agenda: maximizing the number of government dependents and rewarding social welfare operatives.

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Amnesty? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no

by Michelle Malkin on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

This is article 351 of 468 in the topic Immigration
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Here we go again. Today, amid ongoing scandal eruptions in D.C., the Mother of all Scams and Shams — another mass illegal alien amnesty masquerading as border security — will come before the Senate for a vote.

The open-borders lobby and their willing tools — looking at you, Rubio — are counting on you to be distracted, apathetic, and unorganized.

This country cannot afford to let them win.

Via Numbers USA: Call 888-978-3094, which will connect you to the Capitol Switchboard, and tell them to vote “NO on the motion to proceed on S.744.”

Direct vote numbers here.

Need a little extra motivation? Here’s lying liar Rubio finally telling the full truth on Univision: It’s legalization first.

Well, DUH.

And here’s lying liar Kelly Ayotte, who campaigned against amnesty, now throwing law-abiders under the bus and announcing her support to put “11 million…in the shadows” first.

Here’s a fantastic dissection of that annoying, ubiquitous, and utterly dishonest Rubio amnesty ad that you keep hearing everywhere you go.

And here’s a reminder of who benefits: Read about the amnesty bill slush fund for radical open-borders groups.

And here’s a link to the letter I signed with conservatives united against amnesty. It reads in part:

We write to express our serious concerns regarding the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, S. 744. We oppose this bill and urge you to vote against it when it comes to the Senate floor. No matter how well-intentioned, the Schumer-Rubio bill suffers from fundamental design flaws that make it unsalvageable. Many of us support various parts of the legislation, but the overall package is so unsatisfactory that the Senate would do better to start over from scratch.

We have a variety of concerns; some of us share only one, others share all. Among these concerns are that the bill:

* Is bloated and unwieldy along the lines of Obamacare or Dodd-Frank;
* Cedes excessive control over immigration law to an administration that has repeatedly proven itself to be untrustworthy, even duplicitous;
* Legalizes millions of illegal immigrants before securing the borders, thus ensuring future illegal immigration;
* Rewards law breakers and punishes law enforcement, undermining the rule of law;
* Hurts American job-seekers, especially those with less education;
* Threatens to bankrupt our already strained entitlement system;
* Expands government by creating new bureaucracies, authorizing new spending, and calling for endless regulations;
* Contains dangerous loopholes that threaten national security;
* Is shot through with earmarks for politically connected interest groups;
* Overwhelms our immigration bureaucracy, guaranteeing widespread fraud.

Reforming our immigration system is an important priority. But S.744 is such a defective measure that it would do more harm than good.

Welcoming and rewarding those who commit to the rule of law and assimilation from the get-go? Yes.

Amnesty? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

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Obamacare “Navigators”: Another Sebelius Snitch Brigade?

by Michelle Malkin on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

This is article 438 of 699 in the topic Healthcare

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Obamacare “Navigators”: Another Sebelius Snitch Brigade?
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2013

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius controls a $54 million slush fund to hire thousands of “navigators,” “in-person assisters” and counselors who will propagandize and enroll Obamacare recipients in government-run health insurance exchanges. This nanny-state navigator corps is the Mother of all Community Organizing Boondoggles. It’s also yet another Obama threat to Americans’ privacy.

A reminder about Secretary Sebelius’ sordid snooping history is in order here. In August 2009, HHS and the White House Office of Health Reform called on their ground troops to report on fellow citizens who dared to criticize their federal health care takeover. Team Obama issued an all-points bulletin on the taxpayer-funded White House website soliciting informant emails. Remember?

“If you get an email or see something on the Web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov,” the Obamacare overlords urged. The feds even singled out conservative Internet powerhouse Matt Drudge because he had featured a video compilation of Obama and other Democrats — in their own words — exposing the “public option” as a Trojan Horse for government-run health care and the elimination of private industry.

Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn protested at the time that “these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program.” The flagging operation was shut down, but a plethora of federal disclosure exemptions protect the Obama administration from revealing what was collected, who was targeted and what was done with the database information.

White House lapdogs dismissed the concerns of conservatives as paranoid delusions. Now, fast-forward three years. In light of the draconian IRS witch hunt against tea party groups and the Justice Department’s plundering of journalists’ phone records and email accounts, every tax-subsidized Obama “outreach” initiative warrants heightened scrutiny.

Obamacare navigators will have access to highly personal data from potential “customers” to assess their “needs.” That means income levels, birthdates, addresses, eligibility for government assistance, Social Security numbers and sensitive medical information. They’ll be targeting both individuals and small businesses. Anyone they can lay their grubby hands on. Who’s getting the navigator grants and training? “Community groups” in 33 states that naturally include socialized medicine-supporting unions and Saul Alinsky-steeped activist outfits.

On Capitol Hill last week, a top Obamacare official told GOP lawmakers that navigators will not be required to undergo background checks. Criminal records are not automatically disqualifying — and that includes identity theft. The federal rule-makers will require online training of a measly 20 hours. Health care regulations watchdog Betsy McCaughey adds that navigators “don’t have to know math or insurance, but rules announced April 5 specify you have to match the race, ethnicity and language preferences of the neighborhood that will be targeted.”

The Obamacare navigator corps smacks of ACORN redux, stocked with demographically tailored Democratic Party recruitment operatives, not objective, informed insurance experts.

Sebelius and her enforcers promise strict neutrality and clean conduct. The bureaucrats say there will be severe consequences for violating citizens’ privacy or breaking any other laws. Pffft. The Office of Special Counsel determined that Secretary Sebelius herself violated the federal Hatch Act prohibition on exploiting her HHS leadership position for partisan activity last fall.

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Recipient of $341 million Obamacare CO-OP loan runs insurance company with New York’s worst record of complaints

by Doug Powers on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

This is article 397 of 699 in the topic Healthcare

nullAbout a year ago Michelle wrote a column about the $4 billion slush fund for Obamacare CO-OPs. She mentioned that one of the recipients of a CO-OP loan was a company called Freelancers Union, which was started by Sara Horowitz, a woman Obama has known since his Illinois days back when TOTUS was just a gleam in his eye.

Freelancers Union, which received a $341 million tax free loan from the Obama administration, is a non-profit that owns the for-profit Freelancers Insurance, the latter of which has a dubious distinction:

The New York-based Freelancers Insurance Company has been rated the “worst” insurer for two straight years by state regulators, and data compiled by a national insurance association show an extremely high rate of consumer complaints.

I’ll say this much for the Obama administration… they don’t let little things like past performance of a company or any parent organization cloud the decision-making process when it comes to doling out taxpayer money to pals — much of which will no doubt never be repaid.

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Jesse Jackson’s son to be imprisoned for corruption

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, February 16th, 2013

This is article 281 of 469 in the topic Government Corruption

In what’s being touted by Republicans as an example of liberal-left and Democratic Party hypocrisy, the son of civil-rights leader Jesse Jackson, Jesse, Jr., is facing federal jail time for turning his campaign war chest into a private slush fund for him and his wife, according to the Department of Justice on Friday.

Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., and his spouse Sandra, agreed to enter guilty pleas to felony chargesstemming from Jackson’s use of more than three-quarters of a million dollars in campaign funds for non-campaign items including celebrity memorabilia, a $50,000 wristwatch, and furs for Mrs. Jackson.

“Here we have a perfect example of hypocrisy in Washington: a liberal-left congressman who is on record complaining about businessmen who live lavish lifestyles and who ‘don’t pay their fair share.’ It turns out that Mr. Fair Share is using campaign funds — donated by voters who put their trust in him — to put on the ‘Ritz,'” said Michael Baker, a conservative political strategist and attorney.

According to the Justice Department, prosecutors charged both Jackson and his wife with conspiracy and with filing false federal income tax returns in the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Prosecutors said that both individuals knowingly understated their personal income.

Jackson and his wife face a maximum penalty of eleven years in prison. The former congressman may also be ordered by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and plus forfeiture of the items purchased with campaign funds, according to Gerald Spence, a federal investigator.

Jesse Jackson, Jr., was a Democrat who entered the U.S. Congress in 1995 but resigned in disgrace last November. Sandra Jackson, also a Democrat, served as an alderman in their hometown of Chicago. She was forced to resign last in January due the DOJ investigation.

Due to his position on the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Jackson secured over $800 million in federal funding for health care, education, transit, housing, community centers and other projects in Chicago. He also strongly supported recent legislation for health care (Obamacare) and financial regulations, according to his campaign staff.

The memorabilia bought with illegal funds included an Eddie Van Halen guitar, a Michael Jackson brimmed hat, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X memorabilia, Bruce Lee memorabilia and Jimi Hendrix memorabilia.

According the court documents, Jackson and his wife carried out the scheme by using credit cards issued to Jackson’s re-election campaigns to pay personal credit card bills for $582,772.58 in purchases by Jackson. Jackson provided his wife and a long-time campaign treasurer $112,150.39, solely for having the two carry out transactions that personally benefited Jackson.

In recent months, Jackson was reportedly treated twice at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for bipolar disorder.

His father, Jesse Jackson, Sr., has not commented on his son’s plea agreement or the allegations made regarding the misuse of campaign funds.

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Obama squandered big bucks on green jobs programs: Inspector General

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, October 28th, 2012

This is article 29 of 36 in the topic Government Programs

The Obama administration released a disturbing report on Friday that revealed hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars poured into a program that failed to achieve its goals and was discriminatory against women, whereby 84 percent of the beneficiaries were men.

The report regarding an internal investigation conducted by the Inspector General of the Department of Labor increases suspicion of the ineffectiveness of the Obama administration’s Green Jobs Training Program, according to members of the House of Representative.

“As is customary in the nation’s capital, bad news is always released on Friday so it gets a minimal amount of news media and public attention,” said political strategist Jerry Norstrom.

According to the report, specifically requested by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), the IG confirmed suspicions that the Labor Department has further “squandered taxpayer money since the program was flagged by the IG last year.”

“The green jobs training program belongs in the long list of the [Obama] administration’s bad investments including the bankruptcies of Solyndra, Beacon Power, Abound, and just this month, A123,” said Chairman Issa.

“Not only was the program poorly thought-out, mismanaged and dysfunctional, but it served as a slush fund to reward friends of the Obama Administration. Millions of dollars went to groups like the National Council of La Raza, the Blue Green Alliance and the US Steelworkers union,” Issa stated.

The BlueGreen Alliance unites 14 of the nation’s largest labor unions and environmental organizations, according to its web site.

The House Oversight Committee has held three hearings and sent multiple inquiries about the $500 million stimulus-funded “green” program and the program’s abysmal results, according to Rep. Issa.

The IG’s investigation revealed that the DOL trained more criminals than veterans: 9 percent of the people who received training (about 10,000 individuals) had criminal records, while 7 percent were veterans. Out of a target of 81,254, grantees collectively reported only 30,857 participants (38 percent) entered employment.

For many people who received training, it was not beneficial: Of the 81,354 participants who completed training, 42,322 (52 percent) already had jobs. According to the IG, “Grantees were authorized to train incumbent workers who needed training to secure full-time employment, advance their careers, or retain their current jobs. However, for the 81 incumbent workers we identified in our sample, we found no evidence that they needed green job training for any of these purposes.”

The program didn’t broadly increase employment: Three and a half years since the stimulus was signed, this $500 million program has only placed 11,613 individuals (16 percent of the goal) into jobs that have been retained for more than 6 months. Only 38 percent, or 30,857, were placed into employment at all.

The training was often between one and five days long: According to the report: “Of the 81,354 participants who completed training through the Green Jobs program, 47 percent (38,366 participants) received 5 days or less of training, of which 21 percent (17,374 participants) received only 1 day of training.”

Furthermore, “Of the total 30,857 reported as entered employment, 4,874 were for participants who received only 1 day of training. This included 3,213, or 66 percent of incumbent workers who were reported as entered employment after only 1 day of training.”

Obama’s DOL disproportionately trained men: 84 percent of trainees were male, according to the report.

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The Poisonous Presidency

by Alan Caruba on Sunday, October 14th, 2012

This is article 753 of 1014 in the topic Obama

When the leaders of the United States, the President, his Vice President, his Secretary of State and others deliberately lie to its citizens, knowing full well that the facts about the tragic killing of an American ambassador and three of his staff are widely known, the nation has reached a point where it is paramount that he be removed from office.

The forthcoming election is the instrument and current indicators are that President Obama will be defeated. It is to be hoped that power in the Senate will be returned to the Republican Party and retainedl in the House of Representatives. This is the only way steps can be taken to avoid the financial collapse that faces the nation and achieve the repeal of Obamacare that Mitt Romney has promised if elected.

What worries me most, however, is the utter disdain for the truth that has marked the presidency of Barack Obama. It has been nearly four years of sustained lies about the steps that were taken to respond to the financial crisis facing the nation when he took office. The so-called “stimulus” wasted billions, becoming little more than a slush fund for Democratic fund-raisers, unions, and other connected parties to the administration.

Instead the administration literally seized control of General Motors and Chrysler, then in the normal process of bankruptcy, claiming to save the jobs of auto workers. What they did was shunt aside the legitimate creditors and investors in GM. They arbitrarily discontinued its often long relationship with several hundred auto dealerships, adding their employees to the unemployment lines. They then insisted that GM invest millions in the creation of an electric car that cost $47,000 to purchase and ended up purchasing them for government use with taxpayer’s money.

Obamacare, more than 2,700 pages in length and incorporating more than twenty new taxes, was passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress with little evidence that any of those who voted for it had even read it. Arguing initially that he was not a tax, when challenged in the Supreme Court, the administration then said it was a tax. For some inexplicable reason, the Court permitted it to stand despite its clear over-ride of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause that forbids the government from requiring a citizen to purchase anything.

Under Obama, the foreign policy of the nation has now seriously weakened its position in the world and combined with cuts to defense spending, put its ability to protect the homeland and project power abroad at risk. The administration failed to negotiate an agreement with Iraq that would permit U.S. troops to remain in place, as they do at the invitation of many nations around the world, leaving Iraq vulnerable to al Qaeda. Setting a date for withdrawal from Afghanistan only emboldened the Taliban.

The so-called Arab Spring has mutated, not into the establishment of democratic institutions in nations like Egypt or Libya, but an opportunity for the Muslim Brotherhood to at least ascend to positions of power in opposition to America’s interests in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

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THE REAL MEDI-SCARE: WHAT OBAMA AND THE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS DID TO MEDICARE!

by Stephen Levine on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

This is article 338 of 699 in the topic Healthcare

For decades the democrats have engaged in “Medi-Scare” tactics telling senior citizens that the evil republicans are going to cut Medicare and put them out on the street.

But one look at what Obamacare does and the average senior citizen should be scared enough to vote the evil democrats out of office. To fund Obamacare without appearing to go over budget dollars, the democrats appear to be reducing Medicare benefits by $500 BILLION dollars, mostly from the Medicare Advantage program.

The Obama administration got slapped by the Government Accountability Office for using an $8.3 billion slush fund to temporarily cushion the blow from cuts that ObamaCare requires to a program called Medicare Advantage. Millions of seniors could be at risk of losing ‘the coverage they have now’ if these spending cuts take place.” <Source: Forbes>

The Affordable Care Act will save approximately $500 billion over the next ten years through reduction in extra subsidies paid to Medicare Advantage plans, reductions in the rate of growth in provider payments, and efforts to make the Medicare program more efficient and to reduce waste, fraud and abuse. These reductions will lead to corresponding savings for beneficiaries through lower copayments and premiums. <Source: Healthcare.gov>

Hear Barack Obama in his own words …

Obama In November 2009: Right, One-Third Of ObamaCare Funding Comes From Cuts To Medicare

ABC REPORTER JAKE TAPPER: “One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it — one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare.”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “Right.”

But that’s not even the scariest part …

Your healthcare will be regulated by an appointed panel of 15 people who are not subject to Senate confirmation or any form of Congressional oversight. They are not subject to lawsuits or judicial review. And these 15 people, known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board are going to regulate healthcare by telling physicians, facilities and device-makers exactly what the government will reimburse and what is not covered. Fifteen people will determine which seniors live or die – unless they are independently wealthy or able to seek medical attention outside of the system, perhaps outside of the country. Or, in Sarah Palin’s words: a death panel.

Can it be more scary than this?

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Medicine will be practiced by economics, Medicare will pay for the most common treatments which show results. For those that deviate slightly from the norm, reimbursement will be tricky. Those who might receive treatment modalities deemed “experimental” by the panel will see their procedures and drugs become non-reimbursable.

Bottom line …

Obamacare, which guts Medicare as we know it, is a clear and present danger to every senior citizen. Panels, not physicians will determine what treatment you will receive – and according to Obamacare, there will be an emphasis on “end-of-life” counseling for those beyond economical treatment means.

The democrats are busy trying to tell you that Obamacare enhances Medicare – and they are lying through their teeth. The are showing commercials of a republican, reportedly Paul Ryan, throwing granny over the cliff. But truth-be-told, the last thing they want any voter discovering is what is actually in the 2000+ page bill that no legislator read nor understood before voting.

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Spending Money Like It’s Water

by J.J. Jackson on Saturday, June 9th, 2012

This is article 375 of 527 in the topic Government Spending

When most people think of the United States Department of Labor, they think of those people trying to make President Obama look good by manipulating employment data to show less than 8% unemployment before Election Day. But what few people know is that the USDoL also has a fairly large slush fund to delve into and toss pennies from heaven upon people they deem as worthy.

In the last couple weeks, here is what the US Department of Labor has doled out:

4/10/2012: USDOL announces $375,000 to North Carolina for 200 “temporary” jobs to continue cleanup efforts following Hurricane Irene. FYI, Irene hit NC last August. We’re not cleaned up from that yet? It’s been almost a year. Sounds like these “temporary” jobs are becoming a little more permanent.

5/7/2012: USDOL announces $65.5 million to Puerto Rico and Washington DC to “implement and/or continue re-employment and eligibility assessments for Unemployment Insurance beneficiaries”. Wait a minute here! “Implement and/or continue?” “Implement?” Are you telling me that before now we possibly had no way of knowing whether someone was eligible for benefits? Holy crap! I ask again, “implement?”

5/7/2012: USDOL announces $448,197 for 713 workers laid off by Electrolux for “provide re-employment services” because why? Are these workers so unskilled or unmotivated that without the government helping them they cannot find another job? Well, with the way the economy is after liberals got a hold of it …

5/15/2012: USDOL announces $7,842,250 for 1,200 workers laid off when the Hovensa oil refinery on St. Croix closed. The funds will be used to give the workers skills “for employment in demand-driven occupations with portable and transferrable credential”. In other words, we are paying to train workers who have no marketable skills and are suffering because they never developed a marketable skill. So much for self-reliance.

5/16/2012: USDOL announces $947,841 for 125 workers without jobs after the closure of Clearwater Paper Corp.’s sawmill in Lewiston, Idaho. Again, the money will go to “re-employment” services to help people who apparently have no skills or who don’t know how to find jobs. Of course, this would be easier if we weren’t some 10 million jobs behind the curve since Obama ascended to the Presdiency.

5/16/2012: USDOL announces that even though the Space Shuttle program has been canceled, ostensively to save money, it would provide $7.2 million for 3,200 workers in Florida laid off by the program’s cancelation. In other words, we are going to keep giving these people money even though they are no longer provides a good or service that is in demand.

5/23/2012: USDOL announces that it is giving $20,518,598 to 18 nonprofits for “employment-related services for formerly incarcerated adults who are returning to high-poverty, high-crime communities”. Excuse me? I am having trouble finding the clause in the Constitution that says the federal government will give money to former criminals after they are released to help them find jobs. Anyone else want to give it a shot?

5/29/2012: USDOL announces $26 million for this, which sounds like the sort of gobbledygook which comes right from the Dilbert Mission Statement Generator: “The Obama administration today announced a $26 million multi-agency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to foster innovation-fueled job creation through public-private partnerships.

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