Monday, March 02, 2009
For all his lofty grandstanding about private-sector greed (a.k.a. “free enterprise”), Obama hasn’t proposed any salary rollbacks in the executive or legislative Federal government branches, much less big layoffs to reduce the size and cost of government. Instead Obama’s proposals will swell the ranks of the Federal government to unprecedented levels, all paid for with your tax dollars.
So much for the federal government tightening its belt while there are massive salary cutbacks and layoffs in the private sector, or, should I say, out here in the real world.Some would refer it to “fly-over country”!
Despite all this, the biggest expansion of government programs and spending in history, Obama had the audacity to say, “There is, of course, another responsibility we have to our children. And that is the responsibility to ensure that we do not pass on to them a debt they cannot pay. … We cannot simply spend as we please and defer the consequences.”He must think we are all brain dead! What about the 1.3 trillion in spending and counting that he and Congress has spent in the last 30 days?
I believe if Obama and his “back henchmen” would look at the use of government purchase cards they could find a way to save some tax payers money.
The number of “credit cards” predictably, has expanded at a rapid rate. Spurred by legislative and regulatory reforms designed to increase the use of purchase cards for small acquisitions, the volume of government purchase card transactions grew from $527 million in 1993 to $18.7 billion in 2007. While the use of purchase cards has been credited with reducing administrative costs, audits of agency purchase card programs have found varying degrees of waste, fraud and abuse.
A 2008 Government Accountability Office audit at NASA found employee charges for seemingly personal items, including custom-engraved iPods and a Christmas tree. One former employee pleaded guilty to embezzlement in 2007 after spending more than $157,000 on jewelry, electronics and an air conditioner for her home. At least 160 cases of card abuse were referred to NASA investigators during fiscal 2007 and 2008, with 25 of those resulting in disciplinary action.
Credit card misuse is not unique to NASA. The most common risk factor is that Agencies fail to implement adequate safeguards against card misuse, even as their purchase programs grew. And employees have been able to seek improper purchases through the system.
Each FEDERAL GOVERNMENT agency is responsible for establishing its own purchase card program. Within guidelines from the Office of Management and Budget, an agency establishes internal rules and regulations for purchase card use and management, decides which of its employees are to receive cards, and handles billing and payment. Sounds to me like the fox guarding the hen house!
In another weekend breaking news story that illustrates the deception in the Presidents eloquent style of describing things. President Obama announced that he had finally chosen a replacement for the vacant post of Secretary of Health and Human Services. Kathleen Sebelius, the second female governor of Kansas, the Democrat respondent to the 2008 State of the Union address, and chair-emerita of the Democratic Governors Association. She ,like Obama is a supporter late term partial birth abortion. Sebelius has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood and they have conducted fundraising activity on her behalf. Sebelius vetoed anti-abortion legislation in Kansas in 2003, 2005, 2006, and again in 2008.
The Rassmussen Report had this to say in 2008 about Sebelius: ” her veto April 21 of a bill, passed two to one by both houses of the Kansas Legislature, which would strengthen the state’s ban on late-term abortions by authorizing private lawsuits against providers. That followed by a year her veto of a bill requiring explicit medical reasons for a late abortion, which was preceded by vetoing other abortion legislation in 2006, 2005 and 2003.
Those positions are necessary for Democratic politicians to pass their party’s pro-choice litmus test, but Sebelius’ connection with abortion is more intimate. She is allied with the aggressive Kansas branch of Planned Parenthood in a bitter struggle with anti-abortion activist District Attorney Phill Kline. There is substantial evidence she has been involved in laundering abortion industry money for distribution to Kansas Democrats. Kansas is the fiercest state battleground for abortion wars, making Kathleen Sebelius the national pro-choice poster girl”.
Sebelius, also did not support an April 2005 amendment to the Kansas Constitution that made same-sex marriage in the state unconstitutional. Sebelius said she supported the existing state law outlawing same-sex marriage, viewed it as sufficient, and therefore opposed the constitutional amendment. The amendment passed with 70 percent voter approval.
If the above is not enough to disqualify her for a Cabinet position. Gov.Sebelius gave an award to the notorious Doctor George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas at the governor’s mansion in September of 2005.
Dr. Tiller is the abortion doctor whom Bill O’Rielly featured on his Television program Monday Nov.06,2006 as this quote illustrates.
“The Factor” has been investigating Dr. George Tiller of Kansas. For $5000, “Tiller the Baby Killer,” as some call him, will perform a late-term abortion for just about any reason.
In Kansas, the law says that abortions are legal after 22 weeks when a baby in the womb becomes viable, only if there is “irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”
Now that’s a pretty high bar. But there is the mental health exception. And that is where Dr. Tiller lives.
“The Factor” has learned that in Kansas, a mental health exception can be just about anything. However, we needed to prove that. So we tried to get Tiller’s records. We could not. He cited patient confidentiality. And month after month, we were frustrated.
But now, “The Factor” has evidence that indicates Tiller killed late-term fetuses by citing “temporary depression” on the part of the mother. That was the reason Tiller performed scores, perhaps thousands of late-term abortions”
What possibly could motivate a governor to give an award to this monster? And is this woman the best Obama can find to head our National Health Care agency, just because she agrees with him on abortion issues? When will President Obama stop telling Americans and the world that he will not stand for torture and yet allow the killing, brutally of a partial born baby by crushing it’s skull!
Where are you Dr. Koop when we need you, and I did not even like him!