Obama’s Stimulus Package? We Are Still Paying For Obama’s Cronyism: Chrysler Plants in Mexico, Bankrupt ‘Green Energy’

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America’s Great Recession officially ended a few months after Barack Obama was inaugurated President in 2009. With a Democrat majority in both houses of Congress, he had no problems getting approval for nearly $800 billion to “stimulate” the economy. More than four years later Americans are still waiting to see their economy stimulated. President Obama took the most pride in his “saving” of the auto industry and his investments in “green” technology. Let’s see how his entry into venture capitalism has worked out for those of us who footed the bill.

Saving the Auto Industry

Remember how President Obama, during the 2012 election campaign, bragged that he saved General Motors and Chrysler and said that Mitt Romney would have let them go bankrupt? THEY DID GO BANKRUPT! What Obama did was unilaterally break our nations bankruptcy laws and he personally decided who the winners and losers would be. The winners, of course were his crony union supporters. And, the big losers were the American taxpayers to the tune of several billion dollars. Since America came to the rescue of General Motors, General Motors has rewarded America by investing and sending jobs to China. And, Chrysler, after being saved by Obama with your money, was bought up cheap by Italian car maker Fiat. So Chrysler is no longer an “American” car maker. My good friend at the Spellchek blog did a post recently highlighting how this now foreign company is rewarding America for its largess. Here is a quote he used of Chrysler’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne:

All of this would not be possible without the extraordinary spirit of collaboration we have found in both the federal and state governments…

Does that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Not so fast. Mr. Marchione’s gratitude was directed at the federal and state governments of Mexico; not the US. Why Mexico? Because that is where Chrysler is going to invest their money:

AUBURN HILLS, MI- Chrysler Group LLC is investing about $1.25 billion in two facilities in Mexico.

Chrysler CEO and chairman Sergio Marchionne confirmed the amount Thursday at the dedication of Chrysler’s new Van Assembly Plant in Saltillo.

About $1.1 billion of the total investment was to construct the new plant, which started producing the Ram ProMaster van in July. The additional $164 million will add a new production line to assemble Tigershark engines at the Saltillo North Engine Plant.

Read more:http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2013/10/chrysler_confirms_12_billion_i.htm

I don’t hear President Obama bragging about that. Which reminds me, how many times during Obama’s campaign did he brag about saving Detroit? Hows that working out for you, Mr. President?

Obama’s Green Technology Investments

I will not bore you with the long laundry list of Obama’s green energy and green technology flops. One would be hard pressed to find one that was successful. But, I do want to share with you the latest Obama investment to go south. I’ve only seen this reported in one place, the Inform The Pundits blog. This time it is a company by the name of ECOtality, which received DOE grants of $115 million to, among other things, produce electric car battery chargers and distribute them around the country. The company has gone bankrupt and has been liquidated. The CEO at the time the rants were made was another Obama crony, Johnathon Read. Mr. Read suddenly resigned last year and has disappeared. He is under investigation by the SEC for insider trading. Here is some of what AZ Leader at Inform The Pundits reported:

President Obama has a dream to transform the U.S. economy into a 21st century green energy bonanza. Barack Obama perceives himself as saving the Earth from the ravages of a looming global warming catastrophe.

He’s directed well over $100 billion to the cause. ECOtality got at least $135 million of it.

ECOtality was enlisted to help fulfill a 2008 presidential campaign promise to put a million plug-in hybrid electric cars on the road by 2015.

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Jonathon Read, on the other hand, is a political opportunist; a scoundrel.

Read converted a tiny industrial cleaning fluids company into President Obama’s flagship of the electric car charger industry.

He did it through campaign donations to Democratic candidates, lobbying in Washington DC, and schmoozing politicians.

Read wanted to cash in on government green energy contracts. He snagged $143 million in government investments and put millions of those dollars into his own pocket.

Read absconded with $5 million or so for himself.

So, how much was recovered from the liquidation process?

ECOtality was sold in three chunks:

Asset Price Buyer
Blink Network $3.335 million CarCharging Group
eTec Labs $750 thousand Intertek
Minit-Changer $250 thousand Access Control Group
Total =  $4.335 million

$4.335 million was salvaged on court filed estimated debt between $100 and $500 million!!!

All DOE taxpayer money given to ECOtality were grants that don’t have to paid back!!

And, for the 8000 or so owners of Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs that bought these battery chargers, it appears they will be SOL.

To your humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in, the only thing to be stimulated by Obama’s stimulus spending are the bank accounts of his crony friends.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post: Asylum Watch

Note:  Image added by Matt

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New Deal Failed, Made Depression Worse

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When people fail to learn the lessons of history, they are doomed to repeat it.  For some proof, here is what happened with FDR’s New Deal…

Fast forward to 2009, when President Barak Obama promises recovery when the Stimulus Porkulus was passed.  It was promised that unemployment would not rise above seven percent, when it soared well above that.  Then, we were promised three “summers of recovery,” and each and every one was a disappointment.  If fact, the MSM was told to stop using the term, “unexpected” when discussing monthly economic reports.

Now, in reality, the phrase about those repeating history is no longer applicable.  In the age of Alinsky, the doomed repition does occur.  However, it is carefully and persistentyly blamed on someone elsed.  Whether it’s Global Warming Global Cooling Climate change The Big Lie, George W.  Bush, the Tea Party, or even the GOP  must be blamed for the discomfort felt by others when that pesky reality strikes.  So, when Obama tried to duplicate the New Deal, it was doomed to fail-not because of some nefarious plot, but do to reality.   However, in the age of Alinsky, if reality doesn’t fit the narrative, it has to go, and anyone who points that out must be attacked.

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Worst Case Scenario of Sequester is Far Better Than the Porkulus

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Ah the infamous sequester-those automatic spending cuts that kick in if the Republicans don’t compromise give in to every single demand or whim Obama makes.  Estimates from the screaming left claim that 750,000 jobs will be lost due to the sequester (which Obama protected, under threat of veto).  However, those same leftists don’t seem to be all that concerned with all the people that are losing their jobs due to ObamaCare, but I digress.  However, even if the 750,000jobs lost figure is correct, it’s still a drop in the bucket compared to all the job losses after the stimulus Porkulus passed.  That spending débâcle, that cost more than Bush’s entire Iraq war, caused over 5,000,000 jobs to go away.  Gateway Pundit (who has yet to link this site), has more…

Well, it sounds bad until you compare it to the Obama stimulus.
In the three years after the $787 billion dollar Obama stimulus the Labor Force Participation Rate dropped from 65.7% in January 2009 to 63.6% in September 2012.
labor participation rate

Where are the screaming liberals here?  Oh, that’s right, how many of those got “paid off” with Porkulus money?

Linked by Theo Spark.  Thanks!

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Workers at Stimulus-Funded LG Chem Battery Plant Has Shipped no Batteries, Employees Play Cards

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When planning is centralized, the stupidity is concentrated in one place; namely the center.  The Porkulus funded many “green energy” projects.  Many of them, like the infamous Solyndra, have gone out of business.  Others, like LG Chem, haven’t closed shop, but they haven’t delivered any “product” either.  Breitbart has more…

An investigative report by WOOD TV in Holland, Michigan revealed on Thursday that workers at the LG Chem plant haven’t shipped a single battery yet because there’s no demand. People just aren’t buying Chevy Volts. Because they have no work to do at the plant, many of them are playing cards on the job:

Workers at LG Chem, a $300 million lithium-ion battery plant heavily funded by taxpayers, tell Target 8 that they have so little work to do that they spend hours playing cards and board games, reading magazines or watching movies. 

They say it’s been going on for months. 

“There would be up to 40 of us that would just sit in there during the day,” said former LG Chem employee Nicole Merryman, who said she quit in May. 

“We were given assignments to go outside and clean; if we weren’t cleaning outside, we were cleaning inside. If there was nothing for us to do, we would study in the cafeteria, or we would sit and play cards, sit and read magazines,” said Merryman. “It’s really sad that all these people are sitting there and doing nothing, and it’s basically on taxpayer money.” 

Two current employees told Target 8 that the game-playing continues because, as much as they want to work, they still have nothing to do. 

“There’s a whole bunch of people, a whole bunch,” filling their time with card games and board games,” one of those current employees said. 

“There’s no work, no work at all. Zero work,” another current employee said. “It is what it is. What do you do when there’s no work?” 

According to the original post at Breitbart, President Obama visited this plant two years ago, touting their “green” investments.  However, with not a single battery being shipped, it’s an obvious failure, and a complete waste of taxpayer debt.

This reminds me of stories from the USSR and Red China.  The centralized planners there would build entire cities.  And the cities would rot, abandoned in place, because no one ever lived there.  It was waste on a massive scale, as it is in any centrally planned enterprise.

But it will be just fine once government controls all health care, right?

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Bill Clinton Claims That Americans are Impatient?

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According to former POTUS Bill Clinton, we are inpatient.  Because, apparently, enduring four years of failure, and insisting that a POTUS make things better, and not worse, is a bad thing?  ABC NEWS has more…

Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that President Barack Obama is facing a tough re-election race because “impatient” Americans haven’t fully recognized an economy on the mend.

Campaigning for Obama in Green Bay, Wis., Clinton urged voters to stay the course as more signs of a recovery sink in. Clinton said voters should judge Obama on the past three years, in which private sector job growth has made up for lost ground.

“This shouldn’t be a race,” Clinton said. “The only reason it is, is because Americans are impatient on things not made before yesterday and they don’t understand why the economy is not totally hunky-dory again.”

Well, considering that Obama promised to “fix” all of that by the end of his first term, might we expect people to have some “buyers remorse?”  Also when Obama’s policies seem to have made it worse, and not better, are we inpatient for demanding actual results?

Here’s a more interesting comment…

“Gov. Romney acts like from the minute the president took his hand off the Bible he was responsible for every lost job,” Clinton said.

Now, remember the original Recovery website?  Remember when they were listing “jobs saved or created” that exceeded the number of employees of the organizations reporting them?  Remember the jobs that were created in zip codes and Congressional districts that don’t exist?  It seems to me that the Obama camp was taking credit for several million jobs “created” by the porkulus.  But now, all of a sudden, Obama isn’t responsible for jobs?

Folks, this is just another example of the blame game that the Democrats always play.  However, they have dialed it up to unprecedented levels. And now, it seems that they are saying that it’s OUR fault-apparently for not being smart enough to recognize Obama’s awesomeness.  But them again, that is the left.  We sheeple are way too dumb to recognize how how truly brilliant our regressive masters are.  So, men like Bill Clinton need to remind us of our lowly status, and how he and his regressives friends will fix things eventually.  Our only obligation is obedience.

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Obama Funded Abound Solar Announces Layoffs, Investigation Pending

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If you recall, the porkulous was supposed to fund zillions of new jobs.  Unicorns would cross the sky whilst farting rainbows.  The oceans would recede, and we’d all hold hands, and sing kumbaya.   Well, the money was spent and, um, let’s just say the results were a tad bit lackluster.  As for the latest to hit the news Abound Solar, here is more from Michelle Malkin…

Doug Powers and I continue to chronicle the world of failed, federally-funded eco-boondoggles for you — including Colorado’s own Solyndra,Abound Solar. Two weeks ago, the bankrupt firm went to auction. Now, its shady finances are investigation by local authorities — and Congress may be enlisted as well:

The bankrupt Longmont-based company that received $68 million in stimulus money is under investigation by the Weld County district attorney’s office.

7NEWS has confirmed Abound Solar is under investigation.

Abound made solar panels which it sold across the country, Europe and India.The Department of Energy approved nearly $370 million in federal stimulus money for Abound. The company received $68 million before payments were stopped in 2011.

Sources tell 7NEWS that the company’s finances are under scrutiny.

7NEWS obtained internal documents from 2012 that show orders for tens of thousands of replacement solar panels. The orders cite different reasons for the replacements including, “low performance,” “under performance” and “catastrophic failures.”

The orders are for replacements requested after the Department of Energy stopped stimulus money payments to Abound.

“These are solar panels we are now seeing reports that said they worked as long as you didn’t put them in the sun,” said Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. “Now the question is did the (Department of Energy) — did they know something that the rest of should have known? Did Abound not tell the DOE something? These are questions that need to be answered.”

Gardner represents northern Colorado in Congress. He confirmed with 7NEWS that he will be sending a letter to the Department of Energy seeking records and information about what it knew while providing money to Abound. Gardner sits on the Energy and Commerce committee which oversees the Department of Energy loan program that provided money to Abound.

Now, just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, there appears to be a connection to Obama, of the contributor persuasion…

The financial mess was reported by ABC News, but the Obama administration has so far escaped real scrutiny of his crony venture socialism.

How were Fitch’s warnings ignored? Thanks to the intrepid investigative work of Colorado’s Todd Shepherd at CompleteColorado.com, Amy Oliver at the Independence Institute and Michael Sandoval at thePeople’s Press Collective blog, the crass political science driving this latest Department of Energy loan scandal has been exposed. The loan deal appears to be textbook “pay-for-play” between Team Obama and one of Colorado’s wealthiest progressive activist scions, Pat Stryker. She’s the billionaire heiress whose family founded a medical device and software company. Her investment firm, Bohemian Companies, dumped nearly $500 million into Democratic coffers between 2008 and 2012. Bohemian also invested considerably in Abound.

That is not something that is going to be reported in the news, especially before the election.  Big time contributor invests heavily in a company that magically get’s government money?  How convenient.

Oh, and by the way, I wonder of Bohemian Companies has a similar business model to Bain Capital?

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O’Keefe Catches Union Bosses Supporting Digging Holes, and Filling them Back in-At Taxpayer Expense

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Remember the BS “projects” that the porkulus funded?  Like, Turtle Tunnels, fish sperm storage, and curb cuts where there were no sidewalks?  Well, James O’Keefe, the man who helped bust ACORN, has exposed some union shenanigans.  O’Keefe formed a fake company, who’s specialty is to dig holes, and fill them back in.  He also went to local union bosses for help.  The results are hilarious.  Here is the video…

OK, here is the part of the story that will be completely ignored.

THE FULL, UNEDITED FOOTAGE IS HERE!  

If this get’s covered at all, the union bosses will say, “out of context.”  Of course, with the unedited footage, that can’t be said, but that won’t stop anyone from pretending it doesn’t exist.

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Shovel Ready? $11,000,000 Spent-two People Helped!

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For government work, that’s a bargain, apparently.  We said that when the porkulus passed, that there would be tremendous waste and corruption.  So, when the following came to light, I was not surprised.  Michelle Malkin has more on the shenanigans in Detroit.  

Part of an $11 million grant intended to provide business attire to 400 low-income job-seekers instead helped only two people, an audit of the city’s Department of Human Services has found.

The audit, conducted by the city’s auditor general for the period from July 2009 to September 2011, found the department failed to control the operations and finances of a boutique that was to provide the clothes.

The department did not safeguard grant funds or create an inventory for the clothing, the audit found.
[…]
“The DHS was only able to provide the auditors with two referral forms signed by two clients documenting that they received clothing from the boutique,” the audit said. “Eligible Detroiters are not being served with available clothing being stocked in the boutique.”

The department did not give a reason for not reaching the goal of providing 400 people with clothes.

Detroit’s Department of Human Services must be a training ground forDepartment of Energy clean energy loan officers.

As rdbrewer pointed out at Ace of Spades, assuming the entire $11 million was earmarked for the job seeker “service center,” even if they met their goal of helping clothe 400 people in business attire, that would have still worked out to $27,500 per person. Where did they plan on taking these people to shop? Oscar de la Renta?

Yes, there you have it.  $11,000,000 spent to buy clothes for two people!  We probably shouldn’t go looking too hard for where all the money went, though it wouldn’t surprise me if some local Democratic party officials have nice new swimming pools and cars.

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When you hear about Obama's "Jobs Bill," Think Porkulus

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Well, we have the “Jobs Bill” Porkulus version whatever, filled with all new shovel ready or  infrastructure nonexistent jobs.  It was well know that that the administration went out of their way to avoid the words, “stimulus, shovel ready,” and the like.  Obviously, they are following the tried and true regressive tradition of repackaging old failed policies with shiny new wrappers.

I think we ought to take off the shiny wrapper, revealing the failure underneath, shall we?  And what better way to do that than to look at the original Porkulus?  Here are some excerpts from CH posts on that steaming pile of failure called the Porkulus.

Irony That the Media Misses

Remember when folks on the right were telling everyone that the messiah was using the porkulus to pay back his supporters?  Remember that no one listened?  Well, the pork has returned to the stimulus.  This from the USA Today:

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President Obama in last year’s presidential election.

That aid — about $17 billion — is the first piece of the administration’s massive stimulus package that can be tracked locally. Much of it has followed a well-worn path to places that regularly collect a bigger share of federal grants and contracts, guided by formulas that have been in place for decades and leave little room for manipulation.

Yes, yes, of course, the porkulus money goes to the places that supported the messiah, but at the same time, it was supposed to go there anyway?

But wait!  There’s more!

“There’s no politics at work when it comes to spending for the recovery,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says.

Counties that supported Obama last year have reaped twice as much money per person from the administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus package as those that voted for his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, a USA TODAY analysis of government disclosure and accounting records shows. That money includes aid to repair military bases, improve public housing and help students pay for college.

The reports show the 872 counties that supported Obama received about $69 per person, on average. The 2,234 that supported McCain received about $34.

Now for the real zinger…

Unemployment in June remained approximately 20 percent higher in states won by President Obama in last fall’s election than in states won by Republican candidate John McCain, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday.

Meanwhile national opinion polls are continuing to show Obama’s approval ratings are dropping.

According to the table below, the unemployment rate in June for states voting for Obama averaged 9.34 percent, compared to 7.91 percent in states that voted for the Republican candidate, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

How ya likin that change?

 

So, the money does go to places that supported the messiah, and the result?  That’s pretty obvious.  Now, the libs will say that “they money hasn’t gotten out yet!”  My response would be that the messiah himself said that the porkulus was for projects that were “shovel ready.”  Well, what happened to the shovels?  What happened to the hundreds of thousands of jobs that were promised?  After all, the thing JUST HAD TO BE PASSED FREAKIN IMMEDIATELY to keep unemployment below 9%!   The libs have put themselves into a bind  to explain away the failure, because to explain away the fail, they have to point out that the messiah lied.  It’s fun!

Porkulus Fraud: More Funds Going to Places That Do Not

Exist

So, we know that the Porkulus would most definitely prevent unemployment from going over 8%.  We also know at this point that the Porkulus funds, as predicted, went to overwhelmingly Democratic districts (we said all along that it was going to go towards paying back supporters).  We also found out that the numbers of “jobs saved or created” were bogus, and that some places were counting pay raises for existing employees as jobs created.  One place even claimed to have created more jobs than their total number of employees!

Then, an even more serious flaw was found.  Billions of dollars in Porkulus money went to Congressional districts that do not exist.  The government downplayed it, the MSM glossed it over, and all was well…right?  Well, not so much.  One of the websites that helped point out some of the previous corruption with the Porkulus is now reporting that funding went to zip codes that do not exist.  Here are some excerpts from their article.

First it was phantom Congressional districts. Now it’s phantom zip codes.

Last month, we reported on federal stimulus money credited with creating jobs in nonexistent New Mexico Congressional districts. Further examination of the most recent report on the recipients and uses of New Mexico’s share of the $787 billion stimulus shows jobs created and money going to zip codes that do not exist.

New Mexico Watchdog broke what became a national news story, and fodder for Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert. The website launched by the Obama Administration to track the destinations of billions of dollars of stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act showed billions going to nonexistent Congressional districts. The website, recovery.gov, reported $26.5 million going to ten New Mexico Congressional districts that do not exist. Those millions were credited with creating 61.5 jobs. Spadework by our Watchdog counterparts in other states showed a total of $6.4 billion reported as being allocated to 440 nonexistent, or “phantom,” Congressional districts.

So, 26.5 million is credited with creating 61.5 jobs?  Simple math tells us that government spent $430,894.30 per job.  Now, I don’t know wages and cost of living in Oz, Wonderland, or Shangri-La, but it is apparently quite expensive to hire folks there.  Or, are some Democratic operatives or groups sitting on a boatload of government money?  Who knows?  Maybe the yellow brick road needed repaving?

The agency charged with tracking the stimulus funds, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, attempted to eliminate this embarrassment by lumping all the billions reported going to nonexistent Congressional districts into a new category called the “unassigned” Congressional district.

Translation: “Erm, we don’t know where it is, or who got it.  Actually, we do, but we’re not going to tell you.  We’ll just change the category so it doesn’t look so bad.”

Closer examination of the latest recovery.gov report for New Mexico shows hundreds of thousands of dollars sent to and credited with creating jobs in zip codes that do not exist in New Mexico or anywhere else. Moreover, funds reported as being spent in New Mexico were given zip codes corresponding to areas in Washington and Oregon.

The recovery.gov site reports that $373,874 was spent in zip code 97052. Unfortunately, this expenditure created zip jobs. But $36,218 was credited with creating 5 jobs in zip code 87258. A cool hundred grand went into zip code 86705, but didn’t result in even one person finding work.

None of these zip codes exist in New Mexico, or anywhere else, for that matter.

The recovery.gov report also credits New Mexico with $131,139, though the zip codes receiving these funds (but creating no jobs) are in fact located in DuPont, Washington, Richland, Washington, and Gales Creek, Oregon.

These errors were found by checking the zip codes reported at recovery.gov against the United States Postal Service’s on-line zip code locator. Coming on top of our discovery of millions of dollars reportedly going to ten phantom New Mexico Congressional Districts, this latest discovery confirms that the data released by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, at least for New Mexico, contains serious errors. All told, we have found over $27 million dollars that has been reported as going to either nonexistent Congressional districts or nonexistent zip codes.

So, again the government has wasted billions, and they can’t even say where it went, not will they even state that they are concerned!

The next quarterly report tracking stimulus funds, and reporting jobs created or saved by expenditure of those funds, is scheduled to be posted by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board on January 30, 2010. The reports are docketed for quarterly releases. The discovery of errors, raising questions about the integrity and accuracy of the data, have occurred with the release of every report.

Update West Virginia Watchdog’s Steve Allen Adams reports $28 million in stimulus funds going to what he has discovered are nonexistent zip codes.

When Pigs Fly!

You have to admit that you just need something to hope for in these times. As reported by Susan Ferrechio in the Washington Examiner:

The $787 billion stimulus bill was passed in February and was promised as a job saver and economy booster. Here is where some of the money went:
– $300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.
– $30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
– $11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway.
– $430,000 to repair a bridge in Iowa County, Wis., that carries 10 or fewer cars per day.
– $800,000 for the John Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pa., serving about 20 passengers per day, to build a backup runway.
– $219,000 for Syracuse University to study the sex lives of freshmen women.
– $2.3 million for the U.S. Forest Service to rear large numbers of arthropods, including the Asian longhorned beetle, the nun moth and the woolly adelgid.
– $3.4 million for a 13-foot tunnel for turtles and other wildlife attempting to cross U.S. 27 in Lake Jackson, Fla.
– $1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Okla.
– $9.38 million to renovate a century-old train depot in Lancaster County, Pa., that has not been used for three decades.
– $2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased.
– $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minn.
– $173,834 to weatherize eight pickup trucks in Madison County, Ill.
– $20,000 for a fish sperm freezer at the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota.
– $380,000 to spay and neuter pets in Wichita, Kan.
– $300 apiece for thousands of signs at road construction sites across the country announcing that the projects are funded by stimulus money.
– $1.5 million for a fence to block would-be jumpers from leaping off the All-American Bridge in Akron, Ohio.
– $1 million to study the health effects of environmentally friendly public housing on 300 people in Chicago.
– $356,000 for Indiana University to study childhood comprehension of foreign accents compared with native speech.
– $983,952 for street beautification in Ann Arbor, Mich., including decorative lighting, trees, benches and bike paths.
– $148,438 for Washington State University to analyze the use of marijuana in conjunction with medications like morphine.
– $462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri
– $3.1 million to transform a canal barge into a floating museum that will travel the Erie Canal in New York state.
– $1.3 million on government arts jobs in Maine, including $30,000 for basket makers, $20,000 for storytelling and $12,500 for a music festival.
– $71,000 for a hybrid car to be used by student drivers in Colchester, Vt., as well as a plug-in hybrid for town workers decked out with a sign touting the vehicle’s energy efficiency.
– $1 million for Portland, Ore., to replace 100 aging bike lockers and build a garage that would house 250 bicycles.

With all this pork it’s clear why we see flying pigs!

CBO Indicates Porkulus Outspent Iraq War

According to the Congressional Budget Office, all eight years of the Iraq war created a very big bill.  However, it was dwarfed by the Porkulus.  You know, that almost-trillion dollar bailout for liberal allies, with some make work programs sprinkled in, like turtle tunnels.  For the wrap-up of Porkulus vs. Iraq war, check this out from FOX.

As President Obama prepares to tie a bow on U.S. combat operations in Iraq, Congressional Budget Office numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year war was less than the stimulus bill passed by the Democratic-led Congress in 2009.

According to CBO numbers in its Budget and Economic Outlook published this month, the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations.

The projected cost of the stimulus, which passed in February 2009, and is expected to have a shelf life of two years, was $862 billion.

The U.S. deficit for fiscal year 2010 is expected to be $1.3 trillion, according to CBO. That compares to a 2007 deficit of $160.7 billion and a 2008 deficit of $458.6 billion, according to data provided by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

 

Remember all of the Democratic complaints about the war spending?

Remember all of the Democratic complaints about Bush’s spending?

Back to the present…

So then, are we ready for another spin in the Keynesian tilt-a-whirl?  It spins around really fast, but when it’s done, you might be a bit dizzy, but nothing really changes-except the fact that your share of the national debt has increased.  Nothing will be improved, and money will evaporate into nowhere by the billions.   The regressives will say that jobs were “saved or created,” but just like the last time around, there will be no change in unemployment, and if there are jobs created, they will last only as long as the government funding.  Unlike a real business that grows and expands, government grows and devours, leaving us all worse off.  It happened in the New Deal, it happened in the original Porkulus, and it will happen again.  Regressive plans leave out one important ingredient-reality.  Unfortunately for us all, the regressives ignore reality as a matter of course, so we can always expect these kind of programs, renamed and repacked, to be repeatedly peddled, no matter how many times they fail.

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Redefining Success

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That was the President attempting to defend his bailout plan that is humorously named the “Recover Act”.  Our legislative branch somehow passed this debacle because economists were advising that we must.  President Bush claimed that he had to abandon his free market principles and pass a large stimulus package because the economists were saying he had to.

In less than two minutes of speaking, President Obama showed his true colors (clear isn’t a color).  This was a flat out admission that he has no long term economic plan.  It’s embarrassing that he continues to call this the “Recovery Act” while admitting that with its phasing out the economy is starting to drift again.  It wasn’t a recovery; it was a weak patch on a leaking dam.  In an attempt to legitimize his actions, he was forced to admit that it was only temporary.

Still, what is most frightening is that the President deemed this a success.  This is where his true colors shine brightest.  If spending a trillion dollars in order to keep us at 9% unemployment for less than 2 years is a success then I’d hate to see him get on a winning streak.  I guess Rush was right when he wanted to see this guy fail.  Now we have the President fighting to raise our debt ceiling and asking for higher taxes on top of it.  Friends, taking money from the people in order to keep the people working is not capitalism, it’s socialism – and we’re being sucked in.

The President will no doubt make his big push for another stimulus package when we get closer to 10%, which should be right around campaign time (did that ever stop?).  He will attempt to use our money as a way of filling his personal war chest.  I’m confident that the American people won’t buy it.  To quote President Bush’s old saying, “You fooled me, we can’t get fooled again”.  I’d just like to point out that I wasn’t fooled in the first place.  It’s time for us to reap what we sowed.  Times are ahead will be tough, when will we be brave enough to face them?

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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CBO Indicates Porkulus Outspent Iraq War

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This should go under the category; “just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for Obama.”

According to the Congressional Budget Office, all eight years of the Iraq war created a very big bill.  However, it was dwarfed by the Porkulus.  You know, that almost-trillion dollar bailout for liberal allies, with some make work programs sprinkled in, like turtle tunnels.  For the wrap-up of Porkulus vs. Iraq war, check this out from FOX.

As President Obama prepares to tie a bow on U.S. combat operations in Iraq, Congressional Budget Office numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year war was less than the stimulus bill passed by the Democratic-led Congress in 2009.

According to CBO numbers in its Budget and Economic Outlook published this month, the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations.

The projected cost of the stimulus, which passed in February 2009, and is expected to have a shelf life of two years, was $862 billion.

The U.S. deficit for fiscal year 2010 is expected to be $1.3 trillion, according to CBO. That compares to a 2007 deficit of $160.7 billion and a 2008 deficit of $458.6 billion, according to data provided by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Remember all of the Democratic complaints about the war spending?

Remember all of the Democratic complaints about Bush’s spending?

Look at the chart.  In this case, a chart is worth a thousand words.  In Iraq, we won, though I doubt Obama will ever use that terminology.  It would be a damnation of his previous positions.  But what of the Porkulus?  We’ve chronicled here that the money went to Democratic districts, to Democratic allied organizations, to places that do not exist,  and that the “jobs saved or created” were often falsified.  We were promised unemployment below 8%, and it’s been over 9% for most of Obama’s presidency.

So there we are.  The Democrats complained about Bush’s spending, and it was way too high,  But note what happened after Obama took office.  They took Bush’s worst year, and they tripled it!  They spent more with one piece of legislation, than all eight years of the war, and the Summer of Recovery© is making all of us prosperous…right?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Related Post: Republican Redefined

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Blog Focus: Intent vs. Incompetence

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As many readers know, I often get hung up on the idea that the Administration is either intentionally destroying the country, or they are hopelessly naïve and incompetent.  I have the basic belief that most, if not all behavior is goal directed.  We all do things that are pointed at achieving something.   However, the screw-ups of the current administration have caused me to question that belief.  As the errors and gaffes of this administration multiply, it becomes more and more difficult to determine exactly what the administration is doing.

However, I am apparently not the only person asking that question.  The Reaganite Republican and Michael from Jumping in Pools have debated the issue.  Here are excerpts from both sides.

First up: Reaganite Republican…

Obama “Incompetence”-

All Part of the Plan

Turns-out he road to Hell is paved with propaganda…

speciously portrayed as good intentions

Taking advantage of Americans’ propensity to back an underdog who at least seems to be giving it the ole college try, Obama still stumbles from failure-to-gaff-to-failure as he continues to play the idealistic, well-intending rookie manager. Didn’t everybody root for Frank Robinson when he took the helm of the ’75 Indians… fending-off mean ole racists like Gaylord Perry in the process?

Meanwhile -and by design- a grinning Obama steamrolls our society flat so he and other “progressives” can replace all he was raised to despise. The C’mon, let’s all root for Barry spiel relentlessly pounded into our skulls by the MSM has propped-up at least some support… but it’s surprising even 40%could still tolerate such apparent incompetence… most thinking people have seen quite enough.

Whether or not Obama actually has the ability to do a better job of managing our economy, internal social conflicts, immigration issues, diplomacy, and defense rather than exacerbating   problems -as he is now- is surely open to debate. While the results are for the most part dreadful, is he just making some typical rookie mistakes, able to adjust and pivot? Or is he in wayover his head? Does this most inexperienced executive even have the necessary skills to get it together?

Kindly go to Reaganite Republican to read the rest of his side of the argument.

Next up: Michael from Jumping in Pools

President Obama is Simply Incompetent


To say that the President hasn’t erred in his time in office would be to throw away sense. His rebuffs of our Israeli allies, the mishandling of several economic factors, especially deficit spending, promises broken, and his misunderstanding of foreign policy cannot be denied. But a larger question arises out of all of this: is our 44th President making mistakes to further a liberal agenda (which, of course, means that they are not mistakes at all), or is he simply incompetent and inexperienced? I believe the truth to be the latter.

To me, it seems clear that while the President constantly makes mistakes, there seems to be no method to his madness. Instead, his mishandling of the simplest things paints the picture of a man over his head who just doesn’t know how to get things done. Simply, President Obama does not know what he is trying to do. His whims seem to change quickly and markedly. It seems that he is trying to do what he thinks is right, but he is too inconsistent and naïve to accomplish anything.

Evidence of his fumblings and waffling abounds, in plain sight for anyone to see. For example, exclaiming as a candidate that he would treat Israel as a top ally and friend, then snubbing Netanyahu several times and publicly lambasting the nation over West Bank settlements. His promise to close Guantanamo Bay within a year was (thankfully) broken. His pledge for comprehensive immigration reform has been mostly disregarded. His declaration that “no amount of American lives” could solve the war, then claiming the victory is thanks to him. His support for a public option in health care, then his stance against it, then his want for it, then his compromise against it…these tell me that this President is simply ignorant of realities on the ground and around him.

Kindly visit Jumping in Pools to read the rest of Michael’s argument.


I think both arguments are very good, and make excellent points.  However, I now think the actual truth is really a synthesis of both.

We know that Obama is a “progressive.”  He has openly stated that he intends on a “fundamental transformation” of the United States.  We also know that as a “progressive,” he is a proponent of statist policies.  So, when we see every initiative from his administration being about increasing government control, it should not come as a surprise.

His appointees are also an indication of his thinking.  While Obama at least pretends to be more of a centrist, Cass Sunstein, Mark Lloyd, Kevin Jennings, John Holdren, Van Jones, and a host of others, all hold extremely radical views.  If Obama did not support those views, he would not have appointed them.  This is, basically, Obama playing rope a dope with the public. When you look at what the left hand is doing, the right hand is about to clobber you.

I do believe that he has an agenda.  It’s disjointed, lurching here and there and being delayed and compromised by the political process (and all of the arm twisting and influence peddling required).  He has ObamaCare. He got (un)financial reform.  He got the Porkulus.   He’s still trying to find a way to get Cap and Trade and Card Check, but he’s stalled, at least for now.  For all of its perils, that agenda is moving forward.

There is also a strong case for stating that Obama is incompetent.  I do think that there are several reasons for that.  One is that Obama is a community organizer.  According to Alinsky, there is no truth, other than what is portrayed in the current effort.  So, if Obama is contradicting himself on a regular basis, it is because the situation is different, so the narrative is different.  For a community organizer, winning is the only goal, and process takes on whatever needs to be done to achieve that.  So, while Obama has an agenda, the course and narrative to arrive at each point will vary widely, and change whenever it’s needed.  This meadering will cause the appearance of incompetence.  To a great extent, it is, without an overall narrative, incompetence, as there is not a coherent message.

Another deals with the word I often, use; naiveté.  Obama, as I’ve said, is a statist.  Much of his ideology is derived from Marxism.  That system is completely based in unreality.  If fails everywhere it’s been tried, So, when the Porkulus doesn’t create jobs, and ObamaCare does exactly what we said it would, and people run away from their agenda, it is incompetence.  They may have actually thought that these things would have worked.  So, when these things fail, as usual, they propose more and more of the same.

The wildcard in this all is Cloward-Piven.  As we all know, laws and regulations will be passed in order to cause a crisis.  Once the crisis hits, more government will be the solution.  The real question is, when does the incompetence end and the Cloward-Piven begin?  We never will know.  It’s easy to say that almost anything he does is Cloward-Piven, as nothing he proposes will ever work.  It simply can’t.  They all will, in the end, cause more crises, prompting our leftist friends to propose more failed solutions.  The pattern, unless disrupted, will be never ending.

So, I’d like to thank both Reaganite Republican and Micheal.  You both made me think, and that is always a good thing.

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Biden Earns Title of Captain Obvious

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In a shocking turn of events…well, not all that shocking, Vice President Joe Biden gaffed, yet again.  For a politician, and especially a Democrat, stating an obvious truth is a gaffe.

Vice President Joe Biden gave a stark assessment of the economy today, telling an audience of supporters, “there’s no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession.”

Appearing at a fundraiser with Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) in Milwaukee, the vice president remarked that by the time he and President Obama took office in 2008, the gross domestic product had shrunk and hundreds of thousands of jobs had been lost.

“We inherited a godawful mess,” he said, adding there was “no way to regenerate $3 trillion that was lost. Not misplaced, lost.”

Claims for jobless benefits fell by the largest number in two months last week, but were still high enough to signal weak job growth. Meanwhile, the Senate on Thursday failed to pass an extension of unemployment benefits.

Biden said today the economy is improving and noted that in the past four quarters, there has been 4 percent growth in the economy. Over the last five months, more than 500,000 private sector jobs were created.

“We know that’s not enough,” the vice president said.

Last week the White House put out a Recovery and Reinvestment Act update claiming that between 2.2 million and 2.8 million jobs were either saved or created because of the stimulus as of March 2010. In signing the Recovery Act into law on Feb 17, 2009, Mr. Obama said the measure “will create or save 3-and-a-half million jobs over the next two years.”

As you can see, after the gaffe (telling the truth) he had to try to explain it away with some old fashioned Democratic techniques; blaming others, and lying.  Of course, he had to make the allusion to Bush, “we inerited an awful mess.”  He failed to mention that the POTUS, through his policies, took a fire, and threw gasoline on it.  He also fails to mention that the Porkulus has not seemed to create many jobs at all.  Given that the government has “misplaced” billions of the Porkulus, and that there was a great deal of fraud in terms of “jobs saved or created,” you really can’t say that the Porkulus did much at all (remember places saying that the Porkulus “saved” more jobs than they had employees?).  Now, it did line the pockets of Obama supporters quite nicely, but then again, we were telling you that from the beginning.

Of course, the government could allow the private sector to create more jobs, but that isn’t in the cards until 2012.  Cut taxes and reduce the size of government, and the economy will take off again.  However, that doesn’t allow the government to control everything.  You can probably  guess the position of the current administration regarding government control.

Well, at any rate, Biden earned the title of Captain Obvious, if only for a few seconds before he returned to his talking points.

H/T: Hot Air

Image H/T: Root Zero

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Obama Tries to be Populist, Steals Republican Messages, Provides Cover to Self

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So, there are a few things going on that show the Democratic reaction to the Massachusetts Miracle.  I think they warrant a review prior to the State of the Union Address tomorrow evening.

My operational model for looking at the Obama administration has been to refer to the Clinton administration.  From this, we can note the similarities between the two, and what the Obama team, consisting of several former Clinton staffers, has learned from the Clinton years.  So, this is my current thinking.

While the Democrats and the left are trying hard to spin it, they know they are in trouble in November.  They can say, “We weren’t being progressive enough.”  But everyone can read the plummeting poll numbers of both Obama and the Health Care plan.  The wreckage lies in a field of broken promises, back-room bribes, and locked doors.  The Democrats have expended all of their political capital in trying to ram this though, and Obama will now try to appear to move to the center.

Clinton did not see that he was going to lose the Congress in 1994.  He was surprised.  Obama will not make the same mistake, or at least he thinks.  Clinton moved to the center after the congressional losses.  Obama will try before hand.   He will speak some of the Republican’s language; spending cuts, jobs, and the like.  This will be a smoke screen.  His political philosophy and plans are intact.  He’s concerned with survival right now.

So, Obama has proposed a spending freeze.  The left is hating it, the right is laughing about it, and the moderates are being well, moderate. Why say it?  It gives Obama some cover.  It steals some of the Tea Party rhetoric; it tries to cover up the fact that he’s ignored issues important to the people for a full year, and it tried to recapture the massive initiative loss that he suffered when Scott Brown won. He will fail on all marks.  He will alienate his own base.  After a year of Porkulus, Cap and Trade, and Health Care reform, he’s already alienated the Independents, and some verbal trickery won’t change that.  The Republicans and the Tea Party folks already distrust him, and nothing will change that.

To foreword this plan, he has asked the Congress to form a bi-partisan Deficit Reduction Task Force.  The Senate, predictably, has declined the offer.  So, Obama has his rhetorical change, and since he probably knew that it was going to be shot down, the reality of it will never happen.  The Obama team probably sees this as a win, because they can do the talk, without ever having to do the walk.  Then, he can say that he tried, but the Senate and the Republicans stopped him.  This is a joke.  Obama is from the power politics of Chicago.  He’s a natural born arm twister and manipulator.  He has been giving instructions all year.  I doubt that very much has happened without his direction or approval.

So, he stated an idea without any intention of following through on it.

I think an interesting side effect of this might be that Obama is throwing the Congress under the bus.  He’s alienating the liberal base with these new ideas.  The Congress is already under fire from the hard left  for not passing Cap and Trade and ObamaCare.  Obama failed at Copenhagen.  Card Check never got off the ground.  Just imagine yourself as a Democratic Representative or Senator.  Everything you tried, other than the Porkulus, has failed, and the base is angry.  The Tea Party folks showed up at your town hall meetings.  There were stunning losses in New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts.  And now, the POTUS is proposing things that you can’t support, or you lose what little support you might have left with the base.  They are literally caught in between a rock and a hard place.

And Obama?  He’s trying to save his own skin.  Screw everyone else.

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Porkulus Fraud: More Funds Going to Places That Do Not Exist

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The very first post at this blog was about the “Porkulus.”  I haven’t discussed it in a while, so perhaps it’s time to revisit the whole fiasco.

So, we know that the Porkulus would most definitely prevent unemployment from going over 8%.  We also know at this point that the Porkulus funds, as predicted, went to overwhelmingly Democratic districts (we said all along that it was going to go towards paying back supporters).  We also found out that the numbers of “jobs saved or created” were bogus, and that some places were counting pay raises for existing employees as jobs created.  One place even claimed to have created more jobs than their total number of employees!

Then, an even more serious flaw was found.  Billions of dollars in Porkulus money went to Congressional districts that do not exist.  The government downplayed it, the MSM glossed it over, and all was well…right?  Well, not so much.  One of the websites that helped point out some of the previous corruption with the Porkulus is now reporting that funding went to zip codes that do not exist.  Here are some excerpts from their article.

First it was phantom Congressional districts. Now it’s phantom zip codes.

Last month, we reported on federal stimulus money credited with creating jobs in nonexistent New Mexico Congressional districts. Further examination of the most recent report on the recipients and uses of New Mexico’s share of the $787 billion stimulus shows jobs created and money going to zip codes that do not exist.

New Mexico Watchdog broke what became a national news story, and fodder for Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert. The website launched by the Obama Administration to track the destinations of billions of dollars of stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act showed billions going to nonexistent Congressional districts. The website, recovery.gov, reported $26.5 million going to ten New Mexico Congressional districts that do not exist. Those millions were credited with creating 61.5 jobs. Spadework by our Watchdog counterparts in other states showed a total of $6.4 billion reported as being allocated to 440 nonexistent, or “phantom,” Congressional districts.

So, 26.5 million is credited with creating 61.5 jobs?  Simple math tells us that government spent $430,894.30 per job.  Now, I don’t know wages and cost of living in Oz, Wonderland, or Shangri-La, but it is apparently quite expensive to hire folks there.  Or, are some Democratic operatives or groups sitting on a boatload of government money?  Who knows?  Maybe the yellow brick road needed repaving?

The agency charged with tracking the stimulus funds, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, attempted to eliminate this embarrassment by lumping all the billions reported going to nonexistent Congressional districts into a new category called the “unassigned” Congressional district.

Translation: “Erm, we don’t know where it is, or who got it.  Actually, we do, but we’re not going to tell you.  We’ll just change the category so it doesn’t look so bad.”

Closer examination of the latest recovery.gov report for New Mexico shows hundreds of thousands of dollars sent to and credited with creating jobs in zip codes that do not exist in New Mexico or anywhere else. Moreover, funds reported as being spent in New Mexico were given zip codes corresponding to areas in Washington and Oregon.

The recovery.gov site reports that $373,874 was spent in zip code 97052. Unfortunately, this expenditure created zip jobs. But $36,218 was credited with creating 5 jobs in zip code 87258. A cool hundred grand went into zip code 86705, but didn’t result in even one person finding work.

None of these zip codes exist in New Mexico, or anywhere else, for that matter.

The recovery.gov report also credits New Mexico with $131,139, though the zip codes receiving these funds (but creating no jobs) are in fact located in DuPont, Washington, Richland, Washington, and Gales Creek, Oregon.

These errors were found by checking the zip codes reported at recovery.gov against the United States Postal Service’s on-line zip code locator. Coming on top of our discovery of millions of dollars reportedly going to ten phantom New Mexico Congressional Districts, this latest discovery confirms that the data released by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, at least for New Mexico, contains serious errors. All told, we have found over $27 million dollars that has been reported as going to either nonexistent Congressional districts or nonexistent zip codes.

So, again the government has wasted billions, and they can’t even say where it went, not will they even state that they are concerned!

The next quarterly report tracking stimulus funds, and reporting jobs created or saved by expenditure of those funds, is scheduled to be posted by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board on January 30, 2010. The reports are docketed for quarterly releases. The discovery of errors, raising questions about the integrity and accuracy of the data, have occurred with the release of every report.

Update West Virginia Watchdog’s Steve Allen Adams reports $28 million in stimulus funds going to what he has discovered are nonexistent zip codes.

So, what we are seeing is massive fraud.  Our government is telling us that they are “transparent,” but what we are seeing is something opaque.  We can see enough to know that we are being ripped off, but the who, what, where, and how of it is pretty obscured.  Given the short track record of this administration, we might ask for an accounting of this money.  But then again, I wouldn’t hold my breath either!

My final thought is this; what would the reaction be if a Republican Administration had done the same thing?  Would the MSM be talking about it nightly until heads rolled, or would they be doing what they are now, which is absolutely nothing?

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When Pigs Fly!

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If you would have asked me when New Jersey was going to elect a conservative I would have told you “when pigs fly”. No this is not a reference to Chris Christie’s size though Corzine alluded to Christie’s girth. Now I find that as I watch the election returns some flying pigs are giving me hope. Virginia has already had a triple header with 3 conservative republicans elected and now it appears that New Jersey will surely have one also. I am sure to have to go to bed before the NY23rd race ends. I think I will go to bed with flying swine.

You have to admit that you just need something to hope for in these times. As reported by Susan Ferrechio in the Washington Examiner:

The $787 billion stimulus bill was passed in February and was promised as a job saver and economy booster. Here is where some of the money went:
– $300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.
– $30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
– $11 million for Microsoft to build a bridge connecting its two headquarter campuses in Redmond, Wash., which are separated by a highway.
– $430,000 to repair a bridge in Iowa County, Wis., that carries 10 or fewer cars per day.
– $800,000 for the John Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pa., serving about 20 passengers per day, to build a backup runway.
– $219,000 for Syracuse University to study the sex lives of freshmen women.
– $2.3 million for the U.S. Forest Service to rear large numbers of arthropods, including the Asian longhorned beetle, the nun moth and the woolly adelgid.
– $3.4 million for a 13-foot tunnel for turtles and other wildlife attempting to cross U.S. 27 in Lake Jackson, Fla.
– $1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Okla.
– $9.38 million to renovate a century-old train depot in Lancaster County, Pa., that has not been used for three decades.
– $2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased.
– $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minn.
– $173,834 to weatherize eight pickup trucks in Madison County, Ill.
– $20,000 for a fish sperm freezer at the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota.
– $380,000 to spay and neuter pets in Wichita, Kan.
– $300 apiece for thousands of signs at road construction sites across the country announcing that the projects are funded by stimulus money.
– $1.5 million for a fence to block would-be jumpers from leaping off the All-American Bridge in Akron, Ohio.
– $1 million to study the health effects of environmentally friendly public housing on 300 people in Chicago.
– $356,000 for Indiana University to study childhood comprehension of foreign accents compared with native speech.
– $983,952 for street beautification in Ann Arbor, Mich., including decorative lighting, trees, benches and bike paths.
– $148,438 for Washington State University to analyze the use of marijuana in conjunction with medications like morphine.
– $462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri
– $3.1 million to transform a canal barge into a floating museum that will travel the Erie Canal in New York state.
– $1.3 million on government arts jobs in Maine, including $30,000 for basket makers, $20,000 for storytelling and $12,500 for a music festival.
– $71,000 for a hybrid car to be used by student drivers in Colchester, Vt., as well as a plug-in hybrid for town workers decked out with a sign touting the vehicle’s energy efficiency.
– $1 million for Portland, Ore., to replace 100 aging bike lockers and build a garage that would house 250 bicycles.

With all this pork it’s clear why we see flying pigs!

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The Pretender and the Real Deal

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So, like most every other  Conservative Blogger on Earth, I watched the ObamaCare is OMG SUPER MEGA KOOL SPEECH tonight.  Let’s review some highlights…

  • He lies about saving the economy.  On one hand, the left claims that Porkulus hasn’t had time to take effect yet, now, even though the bleeding hasn’t stopped, they are now saying that the Porkulus has saved the economy?   Which is it folks?
  • “The time for games is over…”  Does that mean that you’ll stop playing them?
  • Lies about “scare tactics.”  For the left, “scare tactics” consists of quoting the POTUS and members of congress, reading and quoting HR 3200, quoting Ezekiel Emanuel, and so on.
  • “nothing in this plan requires you to change your insurance…”  Except the fact that your plan will make it impossible for private insurance companies to compete.  Which, of course, will make it too expensive for employers or  employees to afford it.  Of course, the public option will always be there!
  • Tries to spin the young not getting insurance and companies not offering it as being “unfair.”  This of course, is thinly veiled Marxism.   By suggesting that we all pay for that in the end, he turns us against each other, and against liberty.  Are we free to choose or not?
  • Do you think that you can use the commerce clause to force people to buy something that they do not want?
  • Lies about the “Death Panels.”  Of course he can say they don’t exist…they aren’t called death panels!  If it isn’t about withholding care, why does Ezekiel Emanuel work for you?  He recommends that!
  • He lies about single payer.  Do we have to pay all the videos of you, Barney Frank, and the others sir?  You know, the ones where you all claim that the plan is to eliminate private insurance?
  • Lies about competition.  Why not open up the market to all companies?  You propose keeping the status quo, with the only addition being your public option.  You say that is Alabama, 90% of people are with one company, why not allow all insurance companies to compete.  There’s over 1500!  Why do you only want your public option as the competition?
  • You try to be slick and define capitalism as evil when you don’t openly say it.  Do we need to start talking about the horror stories about government run health care in Canada and Great Britain?  Insurance can be de-emphasized with HSA’s, but you don’t mention that!
  • When you say that you want to make insurance companies “accountable,” but you really mean to raise costs so no one can afford them.
  • You mention “overhead” like profits and corporate pay as a problem, yet you fail to mention “overhead” like $1oo,ooo,ooo,ooo in waste and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid.  Did I mention that the monetary figure is a YEARLY figure?  The government has had 40 years to reign that in, but they haven’t been able!
  • You lie about it not being tax funded.  The CBO says this is a loser.  How are those shortfalls going to be covered?  After all, the cost projections for Medicare and Medicaid have been spot on…right?
  • You throw a bone to the right, albeit reluctantly, with Tort reform.  However, since the trial lawyers give the Democrats enough money to AIR CONDITION HELL, I have a hard time believing your sincerity.
  • You lie about tax cuts being spending.  They are not.  I know your economic vision is reality optional, but the Bush tax cuts increased government income.
  • He invokes the ghost of Kennedy, transparent and revolting.
  • You mention medicare, but fail to mention the cost over-runs and fraud.

Well, those are the lowlights.  My assessment that this is nothing new.  The Tort Reform is a sham.  He’ll try to use it to get the Republicans to go along with the plan.  Once the plan is passed, they’ll either eliminate it or cause it to fail so they can spend the next 15-20 years saying that Tort reform failed, and should therefore never be re-visited.

Well, we went over the speech.  I had to waste an hour of my time on this, and I need some inspiration.  Here’s some Reagan.

Government intervention fails at every level, just as we argue now.  Government growth is a threat to freedom, just as we argue now.  The left was attempting to move to socialism, just as we argue now.  Reagan knew then, we know now.  Will the people respond?

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Irony That the Media Misses

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Remember when folks on the right were telling everyone that the messiah was using the porkulus to pay back his supporters?  Remember that no one listened?  Well, the pork has returned to the stimulus.  This from the USA Today:

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President Obama in last year’s presidential election.

That aid — about $17 billion — is the first piece of the administration’s massive stimulus package that can be tracked locally. Much of it has followed a well-worn path to places that regularly collect a bigger share of federal grants and contracts, guided by formulas that have been in place for decades and leave little room for manipulation.

Yes, yes, of course, the porkulus money goes to the places that supported the messiah, but at the same time, it was supposed to go there anyway?

But wait!  There’s more!

“There’s no politics at work when it comes to spending for the recovery,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says.

Counties that supported Obama last year have reaped twice as much money per person from the administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus package as those that voted for his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, a USA TODAY analysis of government disclosure and accounting records shows. That money includes aid to repair military bases, improve public housing and help students pay for college.

The reports show the 872 counties that supported Obama received about $69 per person, on average. The 2,234 that supported McCain received about $34.

The funny thing is that this article point out details of this, but in the next paragraph, tries to explain it away.

So, the porkulus monies go to places that supported the messiah.  Not a big surprise, the USA Today article stated that these areas tend to get 50% more funding anyway, so even factoring for that, the nearly doubling on the per-person amount demonstrates an increase in that percentage.

Now for the real zinger…

Unemployment in June remained approximately 20 percent higher in states won by President Obama in last fall’s election than in states won by Republican candidate John McCain, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday.

Meanwhile national opinion polls are continuing to show Obama’s approval ratings are dropping.

According to the table below, the unemployment rate in June for states voting for Obama averaged 9.34 percent, compared to 7.91 percent in states that voted for the Republican candidate, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

How ya likin that change?

So, the money does go to places that supported the messiah, and the result?  That’s pretty obvious.  Now, the libs will say that “they money hasn’t gotten out yet!”  My response would be that the messiah himself said that the porkulus was for projects that were “shovel ready.”  Well, what happened to the shovels?  What happened to the hundreds of thousands of jobs that were promised?  After all, the thing JUST HAD TO BE PASSED FREAKIN IMMEDIATELY to keep unemployment below 9%!   The libs have put themselves into a bind  to explain away the failure, because to explain away the fail, they have to point out that the messiah lied.  It’s fun!

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