Archive for the ‘Hypocrisy’ Category
This is not $17.6 billion in competition with the $20 billion or so already under discussion in Congress. This is $17.6 billion on top of the Congressional number.
Looking back at the past year of stories about the VA, a rational person would conclude that a) it is an agency in need of radical reform, b) it needs a thorough housecleaning, and c) the last thing it needs is more money. The fact is that the VA budget has grown at a much greater rate than civilian medical care expenses and the number of veterans requiring VA services declines each and every year. Keep in mind that the military that fought in Iraq and Afghanistan was smaller than the Cold War military. Does the VA need that incredible amount of money?
According to reports, the VA hospital in Albuquerque has eight cardiologists who between them see as many patients per week as a single private sector cardiologist would see in two days. The VA doctors get paid the same amount regardless of how many patients they see, so why should they work harder? Liberals may hate profits and the supposed greed it inspires, but profits would get those doctors working harder and could have saved the lives of sick veterans.
In the past few years, the VA has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on furniture instead of hiring more doctors because seeing more patients and delivering better patient care did not bring in more money. If anything, government agencies can best gain budget increases by having problems since politicians seem to think that problems can be solved by throwing more money at them. In reality, problems are solved by allowing markets to work and by getting the incentives right.
There is no rational way the VA could use the extra money requested by the administration. But there doesn’t have to be. In Washington, failure rather than success guarantees that you will not only thrive but prosper.
It might surprise some readers to hear that in Wenham, Massachusetts, a little north of Salem, is a theologically conservative Christian institution of higher learning: Gordon College. You might think having a conservative college like this in true blue Massachusetts would make it a perpetual vortex of the culture wars, but Gordon is conservative in an old-style New England way, concentrating on making their community one of virtue in following Christ and essentially staying out of everyone else’s business; in particular, staying out of politics. The Gordon administration and their alumni, spread out over the area, are known for being mild-mannered and compassionate; basically just good people, as this editorial in the Salem Evening News points out (while insisting that Gordon is getting what it deserves.)
So what happened? Gordon President D. Michael Lindsay sent a letter to President Obama asking to be exempted from the executive order banning discrimination against gays and lesbians. Salem mayor Kim Driscoll got wind of it and immediately severed ties with the college, ending Gordon’s contract to manage Old Town Hall, where productions of “Cry Innocent” (about the Salem Witch Trials) are regularly performed. The President of Salem State University decided to pile on, local columnists compared Gordon to everything from witch hunters (of course) to the Klan, from slave owners to the Taliban. Inevitably, the bureaucrats got involved, with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges offering that Gordon’s accreditation needed to be “reviewed.”
Which all goes to show that it is possible to remain ignorant of the nature of witch hunts even in a region that is constantly revisiting and rehashing the Salem Witch Trials. Witch hunts happen when someone, doing what they have always been doing, is picked out by the mob as a victim to its own self-righteousness. In this case, Gordon College is merely asking to go on as it has these many years, when the North Shore community had no problem with it. It is only because His Highness Obama in Washington has decided that Gordon must change its ways that this has become an issue at all. The local media, politicians, academics and bureaucrats have all united against the school, using the old Puritan punishment of shunning (the Salem News invites Gordon to “…rejoin its counterparts as an important leader on the North Shore”—i.e. get with the program or get the hell out.)
Salem State University’s President notes that Gordon has “received scant support, at least publicly.” Of course. The witch never does.
It wasn’t Obama’s lack of a bully pulpit, or its declining effectiveness, that doomed his presidency. It was the delta between what Americans were promised and what he could deliver. On the campaign trail, he was an incandescent celebrity and read beautiful, focus-grouped text from the teleprompter. They were sold on Obama as a peerless intellect possessed of vast technocratic competence, unlimited compassion coupled with fiscal probity, and transcendent moral purity. Voters saw an online dating profile, not a real vision of the man.
Instead, Americans are greeted with a catalog of policy disasters, foreign and domestic, that grows longer, more sordid, and more tragic by the day. They see a man with a partisan whine in his voice, a disinterest in leadership, and a “no one was more angry when we learned about it in the news like everyone else” White House culture of excuses. Americans expected different.
I need not repeat the gushing media portrayals of Obama from that time. He was the man who could fill the streets with tens of thousands of his followers. His adoring fans of both sexes fainted at his presence. Republicans joined the celebrity tidal wave of adoration and obeisance to the man with the Perfectly Creased Trousers. He would redefine not only Washington’s political culture, but America’s as well. He was the Lightworker, a sort of God, in the words of Newsweek’s Evan Thomas.
It was the oversold Obama brand itself that made the bully pulpit less effective. It was the knowledge that he was magnificent at campaigning, and terrible at leadership. It was his unpalatable polices, his constant blame-shifting, and his “me, me, me” affect that made the magnificent tools at the disposal of the White House unable to sell his failed administration.
Democrats want to introduce new bill to create ‘transparency’ on how immigrants obtain temporary visas
Reps. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Jim Himes (D-CT) announced in a conference call that they plan to introduce legislation that will require the federal government to release data for temporary work visas given to foreigners and immigrants.
“Millions of foreign citizens are temporarily authorized to work in the United States through a patchwork of non-immigrant visas found in every industry,” Frankel said. “There’s different recording requirements for each visa category and a lot of the data is not public. Without this info, many of these workers are hidden and vulnerable. What is happening is that most employers are honest and treat their workers with dignity, there are unfortunately dishonest unscrupulous folks who actually are trafficking these workers and or abuse them.”
Frankel told the story of a Ukrainian woman who was issued a temporary visa to work as a waitress in Virginia, but her handlers confiscated her visa and sent her to a strip club in Detroit.
“We [still] want to provide temporary work visas for foreign citizens,” Frankel said. “This is going to save lives and even the playing field for honest employers. By having a uniform system of data collection making that public, it will enable government agencies to do background checks and also human rights organizations.”
Former Democratic strategist James Carville sounded a little exasperated Thursday when he admitted President Obama “doesn’t really care” what the American people think about his presidency.
Carville noted that the president’s low numbers have been “stable” at about “43.6 [percent approval] — which is not very good, but not collapsing.”
O’Reilly — seeking to cut through the “technical garbage” — asked Carville whether the public’s perception of a failed presidency was accurate or “fair.”
Carville tried to dodge a value judgment. “You know what, whether it’s fair or not, that’s public opinion,” Carville said. “And I further think that — honestly — I don’t really think he much cares what we think. And I don’t think he much cares about his poll numbers.”
“I think he thinks he’s done and is doing a good job and history will record him, that’s he’s going about his business,” he concluded. “He doesn’t really care.”
More Texas congressmen are expressing outrage over Planned Parenthood’s alleged abortion quotas, calling on Planned Parenthood to address the allegations and reiterating support for nationwide defunding.
Earlier this week, a former Planned Parenthood manager came to the Daily Caller with a budget statement she said proves that her clinic had annual abortion quotas it needed to meet in order to make its budget. The budget, from fiscal year 2010, said that the now-closed clinic in Bryan, Texas needed to perform at least 1,135 abortions in order to generate the necessary $355,581 in revenue.“It is utterly appalling that Planned Parenthood would have annual abortion quotas just to meet their financial goals,” said Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert. “With the vast amount of money Planned Parenthood receives from U.S. taxpayers, it is critical that we determine whether or not any staff members were told that their salaries were contingent on their pushing a certain number of young women to abort their babies. The idea of salaries being contingent on the number of babies destroyed is unmitigatingly evil.”
A Texas-based organization that has been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts by the Obama administration to house illegal immigrant children not only lobbied the federal government, but also failed to properly disclose the activity.
After The Daily Caller inquired about its lobbying disclosures, BCFS, a San Antonio-based nonprofit, now says it may correct its tax forms to properly disclose its lobbying expenditures.
The Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has tapped BCFS, formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services, to provide security and other services to unaccompanied children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and Ft. Sill army base near Lawton, Okla.
BCFS has become the largest provider of such services for the child immigrants, who are part of a massive influx of mostly Central Americans that has put the Obama administration on its heels.
HHS has given BCFS $280 million in federal contracts for its services so far this year. Nearly all of that — $270 million — has been given for services for unaccompanied children. HHS has given BCFS $458 million in total, according to the Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System.
According to the Senate lobbying database, BCFS is the only organization that provides residential services directly for unaccompanied children that has spent money on lobbying.
Since 2006, BCFS has spent $210,000, according to a database maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Resolved, That Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:
Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors.
In his conduct while President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has willfully corrupted and manipulated the executive branch to increase its power and destroy the balance of powers between the three branches of government that is established by the Constitution of the United States.
The means used to implement this course of conduct or scheme included one or more of the following acts:
Climate models relied upon by scientists and governments may be greatly overstating the warming that has occurred since the late 1950s, argues a paper analyzing the discrepancies between modeled and observed temperatures.
The paper, which was published in the journal Environmetrics, found that observed temperatures differed greatly from modeled temperatures in the tropical lower troposphere and mid-troposphere.
“Over the 55-years from 1958 to 2012, climate models not only significantly over-predict observed warming in the tropical troposphere, but they represent it in a fundamentally different way than is observed,” says Ross McKitrick, economist with the University of Guelph in Canada and co-author of the study.
According to McKitrick, all climate models predict that rising carbon dioxide levels will cause rapid warming in the troposphere over the tropics. But that’s not what has happened, as neither satellites nor weather balloons have detected much warming in the tropical troposphere — meaning something is likely wrong with the models.
According to reporting from The Hill, The White House fears exactly that should the president take executive action to grant amnesty to thousands of illegals.
Senior White House advisers are taking very seriously the possibility that Republicans in Congress will try to impeach President Obama, especially if he takes executive action to slow deportations.
Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to Obama, said Friday that the White House is taking the prospect of impeachment in the GOP-controlled House more seriously than many others in Washington, who see it as unlikely.
Obama’s senior advisor, Dan Pfeiffer, as quoted by The Hill: “I saw a poll today that had a huge portion of the Republican Party base saying they supported impeaching the president. A lot of people in this town laugh that off. I would not discount that possibility.”