Federal Government dished out over $100 BILLION in improper payments every year for the past 5 years
This officially makes President Obama the worst executive to ever serve the office.
from ABC News:
Tax credits for families that don’t qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. Federal agencies reported making $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them.
Congressional investigators say the figure could be even higher.
"The amounts here are absolutely staggering," said Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. "It’s over $100 billion each of the last five years. That’s a staggering half a trillion dollars in improper payments."
Mica chairs the House Oversight government operations subcommittee, which held a hearing on improper payments Wednesday.
Each year, federal agencies are required to estimate the amount of improper payments they issue. They include overpayments, underpayments, payments to the wrong recipient and payments that were made without proper documentation.
Some improper payments are the result of fraud, while others are unintentional, caused by clerical errors or mistakes in awarding benefits without proper verification.
In 2013, federal agencies made $97 billion in overpayments, according to agency estimates. Underpayments totaled $9 billion. That adds up to $106 billion in improper payments, or 3.5 percent of all the payments made by the federal government.
The worst year on record was 2010 in which the Obama administration presided over $121 Billion in improper payments. And I can just hear the Democrats out there: “See, Obama has improved the situation!” That’s like only losing $900 the next time after you’ve lost $1,000 at the casino.
By almost every measure? Seriously, what is he talking about?
I literally can’t think of one issue that is better now.
- Health care is more expensive for most people
- There are more people are on welfare than ever before
- There are more people are on disability than ever before
- It’s been the slowest economic recovery in history
- Median income is down
- The Federal Reserve is printing money with no end in sight
- The workforce is at it’s lowest point in decades
- Gas prices are up
- Food prices are up
- The world is in turmoil
- We have less personal freedom than ever before
- The Obama administration is blatantly ignoring the Constitution
- Spending is out of control
- The US debt has more than doubled under Obama
- There has been scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal
- The US government is violating the 4th amendment by spying on its own citizens
Obviously this is in no way an exhaustive list. This was just off the top of my head. The fact that Obama has been a disaster on virtually every level should be common knowledge even to those on the left who adore him.
The Obama administration does not like dissension from within Democrat ranks, and they have a message for Congressman Henry Cuellar: get back in line.
Here’s video of Rep. Cuellar on Fox this morning:
Rep. Cuellar isn’t the only one speaking out about Obama’s refusal to visit the border amid the current humanitarian crisis. However, he is the first I’ve seen who is making it clear he won’t be bullied into shutting up.
Openly carrying a firearm is legal in the state of Washington, but a group of police officers in Vancouver disregarded the law and illegally disarmed, detained, and arrested gun rights activist Mack Worley. This video will make your blood boil.
here’s the video:
I’m sure there will be some of you in the comments section who will argue that Mack went out looking for a confrontation, and that’s why he has his camera on. That’s really irrelevant. Mack set out to prove that the law isn’t being followed, and his video proves exactly that.
Mack was charged with trespassing while carrying a firearm, even though he was on a public sidewalk at the time of his arrest and was trying to leave the area.
Obama has so many more important things to do rather than attend to the border crisis. You know…like meet horse head people and play pool.
from Washington Times:
As part of a broader effort to connect with average Americans, President Obama on Tuesday night drank beer and played pool at a brewpub in downtown Denver.
Mr. Obama was joined at the Wynkoop Brewing Co. by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat and one of the brewery’s co-founders.
After ordering beers, the governor challenged Mr. Obama to a game of pool — and lost badly.
Despite a slow start, the president, playing solids, won handily and told reporters to note that Mr. Hickenlooper still had five balls left on the table.
“Did you record that?” Mr. Obama asked the press.
“I take a little longer to warm up,” Mr. Hickenlooper explained.
Mr. Obama heads to Texas Wednesday for fundraising events. He plans to meet with Lone Star State Gov. Rick Perry in Dallas to discuss the immigration crisis gripping America.
The president has insisted he will not visit the border for a first-hand look at the flood of illegal immigrants flooding across the southern border.
That’s right, Obama. Just drink your problems away. America can wait.
I have mixed feelings about this. My gut reaction is to say that this fits the mould the spineless, ineffective John Boehner we all know and loath.
However, to be honest, I can understand where Boehner is coming from on this one. With the Senate being run by the tyrant Harry Reid, an impeachment from the House wouldn’t go anywhere.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) disagrees with Republicans calling for the impeachment of President Obama.
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Republicans calling for the impeachment of Obama, writing in an op-ed that the influx of young illegal immigrants over the southern border “is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ‘no mas.’ “
"I disagree," Boehner said when asked by reporters Wednesday morning. When a reporter pointed out that some House Republicans also are calling for impeachment, Boehner said again: "I disagree."
Boehner’s comments came after Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News that the speaker’s planned lawsuit against Obama over his use of executive power is a weak maneuver. “You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight,” she said. “There’s no place for lawyers on the front lines.”
This is one of those cases where I completely understand both sides. While Obama certainly deserves impeachment, impeachment from the House wouldn’t actually do anything without the Senate also following through. With the Senate under Democrat control, there’s no chance impeachment will be anything more than a political mud slinging.
John Boehner’s lawsuit, on the other hand, could actually force Obama to stop ignoring the law. It’s a weak play, to be sure, but it’s the only one on the table right now that makes any sense.
The real immediate goal is November. Rending control of the Senate away from Harry Reid would put Republicans on equal footing with Obama and truly be able to hold him accountable. At that juncture, impeachment might be a much more viable option.
Every time we hear that the number of those on disability is at a record high, we hear people use the excuse that we have an aging population (even that’s only part of the problem). I wonder how those people will justify this: There are more people on welfare as a percentage of the population than ever before.
From CNS News:
According to the 2014 version of a report that the Department of Health and Human Services is required by law to issue annually, the percentage of Americans on welfare in 2011 was the highest yet calculated. The data for 2011 is the most recent in the report.
HHS has calculated the percentage of all persons in the United States who live in families that receive “welfare” going back to fiscal 1993. It has not calculated a percentage for years prior to that.
As defined in the report (“Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors”), a welfare recipient is any person living in a family where someone received benefits from any of just three programs—Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (formerly Aid to Families With Dependent Children), Supplemental Security Income, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or food stamps).
By this measure, according to the report, 23.1 percent of Americans were recipients of welfare in 2011. Since 1993, the earliest year covered by the report, that is the highest percentage of Americans reported to be receiving welfare.
A startling 38 percent of all children 5 and under in the United States were welfare recipients in 2011, according to the report.
Nearly a quarter of the country receives welfare. This is unsustainable (not to mention immoral).
Many progressives, no doubt, will view this as a success, but those who are truly compassionate have no choice but to view this as an utter failure. Success is when workers no longer need (or want) welfare, but rather, take initiative become self-sufficient. As a nation, we need to have policies that encourage this, not discourage it.
Ted Crus really wants to make sure President Obama knows how to make it to the border during his oh-so-busy trip to Texas for Democrat fundraisers.
A little bit of harmless political gamesmanship can be a very entertaining thing to watch. Ted Cruz is a master at it.
Whistleblower testifies to Congress that he was punished after alerting White House to VA wrongdoing
Four VA whistleblowers testified before Congress that they faced retaliation after exposing wrongdoing at the agency. This is a big story both because it shows how systemic the corruption is at the Department of Veterans Affairs and, in one case, directly implicates the White House.
from FNC (emphasis mine):
The whistleblowers who testified said that retaliation for reporting misconduct was widespread at the VA.
Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta, said he was placed on involuntary leave after reporting that officials were “wasting millions of dollars” on a direct mail marketing campaign to promote ObamaCare. Davis also reported the possible purging and deleting of at least 10,000 veterans’ health records at the Atlanta center, and said more records and documents could be deleted or manipulated to mask a major backlog and mismanagement.
Davis also charged that after he filed a complaint directly to White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors, it was leaked to his manager and he was subsequently subjected to “harassment.”
Another witness, Dr. Christian Head, works in the Legal and Quality Assurance department of the Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System. Head said at one point, he was charged with investigating allegations of time card fraud. After reporting his findings, he said he was humiliated in front of hundreds of employees and labeled a “rat.”
“Retaliation culture is a cancer to the VA,” he said.
Meanwhile, a doctor at the Phoenix veterans hospital said she was harassed and humiliated after complaining about problems at the hospital, where dozens of veterans died while on waiting lists for appointments.
Dr. Katherine Mitchell said the hospital’s emergency room was severely understaffed and could not keep up with “the dangerous flood of patients” there. Mitchell, a former co-director of the Phoenix VA hospital’s ER, said in testimony prepared for the House committee that strokes, heart attacks, internal head bleeding and other serious medical problems were missed by staffers “overwhelmed by the glut of patients.” Her complaints about staffing problems were ignored, Mitchell said, and she was transferred, suspended and reprimanded.
Davis alerted the White House directly (presumably because he trusted them), but that turned out to be a big mistake. The White House wasn’t interested in hearing about wrongdoing. They wanted VA workers to work on Obamacare materials rather than do their jobs.
Here’s video of Davis’s testimony:
Davis’s testimony is damning. The only way that his superiors at the VA could have known to punish him is that the White House ratted him out.
These four whistleblowers are just the tip of the iceberg.
from Denver Post:
A federal investigative agency is examining 67 claims of retaliation by Veterans Affairs Department supervisors against employees who filed whistleblower complaints, including 25 complaints filed since June 1, amid a growing health care scandal involving long patient waits and falsified records at VA hospitals.
The independent Office of Special Counsel said that 30 of the complaints about retaliation have passed the initial review stage and were being investigated further for corrective action and possible discipline against VA supervisors and other executives. The complaints were filed in 28 states at 45 separate facilities, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner told the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
The VA scandal isn’t just about chronic inefficiency. It’s about criminal corruption, and it is clear from this testimony that the corruption goes all the way up to the White House.
This is exactly why I admire Glenn Beck. Anybody who has followed him for a long time knows that he’s not afraid to take up a position that’s unpopular with his own party if it’s the right thing to do. Today, he is reaching out to patriotic and generous Americans to give aid to the illegal immigrant minors who are caught in the terrible crossfire of our current border crisis.
Wait a minute! Is Glenn Beck siding with Obama on illegal immigration? No. Absolutely not, but he’s also not going to sit back while a humanitarian crisis grows in his home state of Texas.
Glenn Beck to explains in this video. It’s a bit long, but it’s worth the entire watch.
Here’s the video:
from the Blaze:
Glenn Beck on Tuesday announced that he will be bringing tractor-trailers full of food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to McAllen, Texas on July 19 as a way to help care for some of the roughly 60,000 underage refugees who have crossed into America illegally in 2014.
Beck said he will be joined by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and a number of pastors and rabbis.
“Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said of the children. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”
The immigration crisis is one totally exacerbated by President Obama’s corruption, both in his refusal to enforce immigration law and his inexplicable recognition of tyrants in Central America. We must continue to fight the lawlessness.
However, Beck is right. The humanitarian crisis is immediate and involves little children, many of whom have travelled thousands of miles without their parents to escape situations beyond what we can imagine.
Sending food, medical aid, or other donations to the border doesn’t mean that we give up on our principles. It doesn’t mean we simply stand by while the law gets ignored. We can do those things, and we have a responsibility to stand up to the lawlessness that caused this crisis. But we can also help out in a crisis that is getting worse by the day, and we can have compassion for the thousands of young lives who hang in the balance.
Harry Reid told reporters today that he’s very upset that “5 white men” decided that Hobby Lobby shouldn’t be forced to pay for abortifacients. I’m not surprised Harry’s got his knickers in a wad over the Supreme Court’s decision, but either he’s forgetting that Justice Clarence Thomas was in the majority on the decision or he’s forgetting that Justice Clarence Thomas is black.
here’s the video:
Just to make sure, let’s double check that Justice Clarence isn’t a white man…
Ohhhh….I get it. Harry Reid thinks that all black people are liberal Democrats. What a racist!