Obama and his fellow Democrats continue with there whining “Talking Points” that those mean old Republicans want to starve grandma and punish the children with there draconian budget reductions. Even in the face of dozens of reports citing massive waste and fraud the Democrats continue to tell the American people that these miniscule cuts proposed will do unrepairable damage. Neither party is talking about real downsizing of the federal beast but the Obama crowd is fighting just about every cut proposed. In fact many Democrats actually propose to grow the federal government even bigger. Maybe if all these federal agencies budgets where cut by 30% or more they might actually pay attention how,why and where its spent.
Feds Made $125 Billion in ‘Improper Payments’ in 2010–Enough To Fund State Department 11 Times Over
Friday, April 22, 2011
By Matt Cover
Cash, money, dollars
New $20 currency notes roll off the presses at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington. (AP File Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
(CNSNews.com) – At a time of growing concern about government spending, the federal government made $125 billion in “improper payments” in fiscal 2010, more than eleven times the total 2010 spending by the U.S State Department.
The $125 billion in improper payments was also more than 7 times the total spending by the Justice Department or by NASA, which runs the U.S. space program, which is preparing to launch its last-ever shuttle flights.
Federal agencies reported improper payments estimated at $125.4 billion in fiscal year 2010, an increase of $16.2 billion from the $109.2 billion estimate in fiscal 2009, the Government Accountability Office said. Ninety-four percent of those payments came from social spending programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, GAO said in its April 15 report.
According to the U.S. Treasury, total State Department spending was $11.017 billion in fiscal 2010–or less than 1/11th the amount the government made in improper spending. The Justice Department spent $16.6 billion during the year, and NASA spent $17.2 billion.
The GAO defines improper payments as “overpayments, underpayments, and payments that were not adequately documented,” as well as fraud. It also noted that improper payments are not necessarily fraudulent, only that they represent instances where the government did not follow its own internal rules for spending taxpayers’ money.
The $125 billion in improper payments came from 70 different programs across 20 federal agencies. “This estimate represents about 5.5 percent of the $2.3 trillion of reported outlays for the related programs in fiscal year 2010,” GAO said.
Ten programs accounted for 94 percent of all improper payments in 2010, led by Medicare, which reported $34.3 billion in improper payments – mainly because of medically unnecessary services and insufficient documentation.
Viewed a different way, the estimated $34.3 billion in improper payments attributed to Medicare in fiscal 2010 nearly equals the $38.5 billion in budget cuts made by Republicans in 2011, the largest spending cut in history.
Other programs making the “top ten” list are as follows:
2. Medicaid (Health and Human Services)
Primary causes: Insufficient or no documentation provided for conducting medical reviews and cases that were either ineligible or their eligibility status could not be determined
3. Unemployment Insurance (Labor Dept.)
Primary causes: Eligibility errors, errors in handling separation issues, and claimants who have returned to work and continue to claim benefits
4. Earned Income Tax Credit (Treasury Dept.)
Primary causes: High turnover of eligible claimants, confusion among eligible claimants, complexity of the law, structure of the program, unscrupulous return preparers, and fraud
5. Medicare Advantage (Health and Human Services)
Primary causes: Insufficient supporting documentation, and errors in the transfer of data and payment calculations
6. Supplemental Security Income (Social Security Administration)
Primary causes: Incorrect computations, misapplication of an income or resource exclusion, and inadequate verification of accounts and wages
7. Old Age Survivors’ and Disability Insurance (Social Security Administration)
Primary causes: Computation errors; nonverification of earnings, income, or work status; and incorrect processing of applications or payments
8. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (Agriculture Dept.)
Primary causes: Incomplete or inaccurate reporting of income by participants and incorrect eligibility determination by caseworkers
9. National School Lunch (Agriculture Dept.)
Primary causes: Verification and authentication errors, including inadequate documentation and fraud or misrepresentation by participants
10. Pell Grants (Education Dept.)
Primary causes: Verification errors
Kay Daly, the report’s author, told CNSNews.com that there is no breakout to explain what portions of the $125 billion total came from fraud or overpayments, etc. But she did say that improper payments were typically due to overpayments and payments made to people who were ineligible for government assistance.
GAO explained that government agencies offer many different reasons for why they incorrectly sent 5.5 percent of their combined budgets out the door erroneously, including poor documentation, program changes, and even simple math errors.
“Agencies cited a number of causes for the estimated $125.4 billion in reported improper payments, including insufficient documentation, incorrect computations, changes in program requirements, and in some cases fraud.”
GAO also noted that the year-to-year change in improper payments was primarily due to an increase in improper payment estimates in the top four programs — Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance, and the Earned Income Tax Credit
GAO said those four programs reported higher improper payments because they were spending more money – and the more money the government spends, the more spending errors it makes.
“Agencies reported that the increases in the estimates for these programs were primarily attributable to an increase in program outlays,” GAO said
Now matter how much they try nobody rationale believes the Obama’s administration’s statement’s on border security. Our borders are more open then ever and Obama is doing everthing in his power to keep it that way. The Obama administration has stopped building the fence, they have also restricted the movements of Border Patrol agents. The promised deployment of National Guard troops was delayed along with eventually providing less troops then promised and after that the troops are being sent home early. There is a full scale war going on in Mexico and Americans are dying on both sides of the border and Obama just doesn’t seem to care. Mexican narco-terrorist have killed more Americans this year then Al-Qaeda, Obama’s failure to protect our borders is a dereliction of duty. Obama is choosing politics over the safety of the American people all to garnber votes from the Latino block. And now with 18 months until the next election Obama is back on the campaign trail so we can expect nothing to get done. Obama is too much of a coward to make any major effort now to secure America’s border just so he doesn’t anger his leftist base. It’s a shame more Americans will probably die due to Obama’s lack of a spine.
Pentagon contradicts Napolitano’s border assessment
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s recent description of a U.S.-Mexico border that’s “as secure as it has ever been” appears to be in direct opposition to a Pentagon assessment.
For months the nation’s Homeland Security Secretary has repeatedly insisted that everything is safe and secure on the southwest border, even as violence escalates and overwhelmed federal agents are increasingly attacked by heavily armed drug smugglers. Just last month Napolitano declared that violence along the Mexican border is merely a mistaken “perception” because the area is safe and “open for business.” Furthermore, President Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary assured that “some of America’s safest communities are in the Southwest border region.”
During another speech, Napolitano accused critics of the Obama administration of exaggerating the problems on the U.S.-Mexican border.
“Our nation’s sovereignty is being violated and Americans killed by illegal aliens and all we get are photo opportunities with Obama administration officials and scoldings from the Mexican government officials including President Calderon,” said police officer Iris Veguilla, herself a Latino.
According to officials at Judicial Watch, a public-interest group that investigates public corruption and fraud, U.S. Defense Department officials believe the border is actually a gateway for Mexican criminal organizations that have infiltrated the entire country and joined forces with terrorist groups. A top Pentagon official contradicts Napolitano’s fairytale assessment, pointing out that Mexican criminal organizations extend well beyond the southwest border to cities across the country, including big ones like Atlanta, Chicago and Detroit.
Addressing a U.S. Senate hearing this week, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter-narcotics and Global Threats William Wechsler warned lawmakers that all their constituencies are confronted by the threat of Mexican drug cartels.
Even more alarming is that once in the United States, the Mexican criminal groups are becoming more dangerous by forming networks with each other and insurgent or terrorist groups. In some regions the “threat networking” not only engages in drug trafficking but kidnapping, armed robbery, extortion, home invasions and other serious crimes.
The threat is so great that the assistant Defense secretary offered federal legislators military assistance in the name of protecting national security.
“Many of the global and regional terrorists who threaten interests of the United States finance their activities with proceeds from narcotics trafficking,” Wechsler reminded, adding that “extremist and international criminal networks frequently exploit local geographical, political or social conditions to establish safe havens from which they can operate with impunity.”
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), a staunch supporter of tough immigration enforcement, once again called on Napolitano to resign last week. Tancredo has led many congressional efforts to protect the borders against illegal immigration.
An incident that involved a gunfight in December between Border Patrol agents near Nogales, Ariz., and armed drug smugglers has been a sore point with Tancredo. One member of the U.S. Border Patrol, Brian Terry, was killed by automatic gunfire during a shoot-out that highlighted the fact that U.S. law enforcement officers are out-manned and out-gunned by Mexican criminals.
The Obama administration also claimed it increased the number of Border Patrol agents from about 10,000 in 2004 to more than 20,700 now. However, an examination of records reveals that the increase in border agents occurred during the Bush administration when the number of agents reached upwards of 18,000 in 2008.
Even as the national debt hits record levels Obama and his fellow Democrats continue to act like there’s no problem. There is so much waste, fraud and redundancy in the federal budget it’s mind-numbing that these idiots can’t find a few dollars to cut. Obama and his fellow Democrats are so tied to liberal big government special interested they are incapable of addressing the problem. Entire agencies should be axed, the Dept of Education is a prime example. Every City,County and State has dept’s of education why in hell do we need another layer of meddling burreaucrats? Another waste of taxpayer money is H.U.D, this program is so riddled with fraud it’s unfixable. HUD housing units are nothing but tax shelters for slum lords, and guess who most of these slum lords are, fat cat supporters of the Democrats.
The media is giving little attention to this Standard and Poors downgrade but this is a big deal, it’s basically saying where close to becoming deadbeats unable to pay our bills. If major corrections are not taken soon we will start too see major effects on our economy. The Obama administration has proposed almost nothing rationale and has failed to even support the findings of his own debt commission. And to be honest I don’t have much faith in the GOP either. Until we clamp down on lobbyist and special interest I see little hope that meaningfull reform will be enacted. Another needed change is term limits, the current system allows long serving Senate and Congressmen to build powerfull kingdom’s where they have major impact on what is spent and who gets to spend it. These guys have been in Washington so long they lose touch with how the average American struggles to get by. There are hundreds of billions of dollars that could be slashed with little or no effect on the average taxpayer.
Even though the White House has publicly downplayed the credit warning issued Monday from a leading agency, Obama administration officials were privately trying in recent weeks to convince Standard & Poor’s not to lower its outlook for U.S. debt from “stable” to “negative,” Fox News has confirmed.
But after a series of meetings between the Treasury Department and S&P, the ratings agency ignored the pressure and told administration officials late Friday that the U.S. government was at risk of losing its sterling credit rating, a senior administration official told Fox News.
The Washington Post first reported on the private meetings in which Treasury officials argued to S&P analysts that a ratings change was unnecessary because the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt was under control and the administration had a feasible plan in the offing. Treasury officials also contended to S&P analysts that they were overlooking the ability of U.S. lawmakers to reach a compromise to tame deficits.
But the argument failed. The agency based its assessment on the sentiment that a budget agreement addressing the country’s long-term deficit and debt problem might not be reached until after the 2012 election.
The White House has been on the defensive ever since. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, in an interview with Fox Business Network Tuesday morning, said there is no risk the country will lose its AAA credit rating.
White House chief spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that the political atmosphere for consensus is better than S&P predicts.
“We think that the political process will outperform S&P expectations,” Carey said, adding that both parties agree on a long-term deficit-reduction target of about $4 trillion — is looking to achieve that in 12 years, while Republicans are shooting for a little bit more than that in 10 years — and that they can find common ground on how to reach it.
Republicans, though, do not appear to share that optimism, absent an agreement that ties big spending cuts to a looming vote on whether to raise the country’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. The White House does not want the debt-ceiling vote contingent on a spending agreement, but Republicans are pushing to link the two.
A List That Explains Most Everything
When your friends cannot explain why they voted for Democrats, give them this list. They can then pick their reasons from this “TOP 12.”
1. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.
2. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.
3. I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.
4. I voted Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.
5. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.
6. I voted Democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.
7. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.
8. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.
9. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.
10. I voted Democrat because I think that it’s better to pay billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle or gopher.
11. I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised “Hope and change.”
12. I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my ass, it’s unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of view.
If you have been listening to any of the jackals in the Democratic party howling againsts proposed cuts you would think that disaster is looming and the Republic will fall. The truth is tens of billions could be saved by just cutting the thousands of assine programs that the government dreams up. The government funds so many silly and unneccessary programs you have to wonder if democracy is doomed. There are programs like the one at NIST that actually has a board of official tea tasters, or how about the 2 billions dollars payed out every year not to farm. Or how about $500.000 to paint a giant salmon on an Alaskan Air 737, what about the $25 billion spent annually to maintain empty federal buildings. Audits showed $34 billion worth of Department of Homeland Security contracts contained significant waste, fraud, and abuse. Another WTF program will spend $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job.
Click the link below to read about even crazier ways the federal government wastes your hard earned tax dollars
$20 million USAID grant goes to produce Pakistani Sesame Street
By Steven Nelson – The Daily Caller
As American politicians debate the possible de-funding of American public broadcasting, the U.S. government is spending big bucks to bolster entertainment in foreign countries.
USAID has dedicated $20 million to remake “Sesame Street” for Pakistani children. The four-year series will feature 78 episodes in Urdu and 56 in other local languages. The show, called “SimSim Humara,” will be set in a bustling village.
According to a report in The Guardian, the show aims to have “strong female characters and carry an implicit message of tolerance but will feature no pro-American propaganda or overt challenge to hardline religious sentiment.”
The Guardian reports that civilian foreign aid to Pakistan is at $1.5 billion a year, having been tripled by the Obama administration.
Larry Dolan, USAID’s Director of Education for Pakistan, told The Guardian, “Teaching kids early on makes them much more successful when they get to school. And this programme will have the capacity to encourage tolerance, which is so key to what we’re trying to do here.”
Dolan continued, “In terms of bang for the buck, reaching 95 million people is pretty important. This is much more than a TV programme, far more ambitious than a Sesame Street series.”
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You really have to wonder if Barrack Hussein Obama is just dumb or incompetent. In his latest campaign speech he actually believes that federal government entitlement programs work. This should be no shocker coming from a guy who has never held a real private sector job or been responsible for keeping a business running. The federal government is incapable of doing anything right, nd when far-left loons get involved it’s even worse. There is not a single major program or department in the entire federal government that can claim to be well run and a benefit to the average taxpayer. The sheer size of the federal government makes it incapable of serving the taxpayer in any way. The federal government no longer serves the public, the old saying you can’t fight the government rings more true everyday. The Obama administration has done nothing but feed this beast and is trying to expand it every chance it gets.
Around the world the economies that are growing have the lowest government worker to citizen ratio. This massive bureaucracy does nothing but get in the way of innovators and entrepreneur’s. For bureaucrats to justify there existence they dream up all sorts of regulatory morass that stifles business and kills economic growth. When capitalism is free to operate it always leads to prosperity and opportunity, the best survive and the weak fail. When government
chooses to support certain sectors of an economy with subsidies or regulations in effect all they are doing is taking money that probable would have been spent elsewhere. The recent bailouts of GM, Chrysler and Wall Street are perfect examples, tens of billions was wasted on companies that where making bad business decisions. Parents don’t reward children for bad behavior, why should taxpayers be forced to reward bad business behavior? The reckless spending by our government has driven our nation bankrupt and unless we make some drastic cuts and curb this nanny state mentality we all will screwed.
Obama: ‘We Would Not Be a Great Country’ Without Gov’t Entitlements
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
By Fred Lucas
Washington (CNSNews.com) – In his major fiscal address today, which called for tax increases, military budget cuts, and entitlement reforms, President Barack Obama said government entitlements make America great.
“‘There but for the grace of God go I,’ we say to ourselves, and so we contribute to programs like Medicare and Social Security, which guarantee us health care and a measure of basic income after a lifetime of hard work; unemployment insurance, which protects us against unexpected job loss; and Medicaid, which provides care for millions of seniors in nursing homes, poor children, and those with disabilities,” Obama said. “We are a better country because of these commitments. I’ll go further – we would not be a great country without those commitments.”
In his speech at George Washington University, which was broadcast nationwide, Obama announced a four-step plan to cut $4 trillion over 12 years, and harshly criticized a plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) released last week that calls for $6 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years and entitlement reform.
Attending the speech were Vice President Joe Biden, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew and the co-chairs of Obama’s bipartisan debt commission, former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson.
Obama called for bipartisan cooperation to solve the nation’s exploding debt and deficit problem, but used uncompromising rhetoric about raising taxes on high-income earners
“In December, I agreed to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans because it was the only way I could prevent a tax hike on middle-class Americans,” Obama told a crowd of about 200 at the university. “But we cannot afford $1-trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society. And I refuse to renew them again.”
Obama referred to getting rid of the Bush tax cuts and eliminating certain tax deductions as a plan to “reduce spending in the tax code.”
“Most wealthy Americans would agree with me,” Obama said. “They want to give back to the country that’s done so much for them.”
The Ryan plan, The Path to Prosperity, would keep the current tax rates from the Bush era tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 in place. However, Obama accused Ryan of supporting tax breaks for the wealthy.
“Worst of all, this is a vision that says even though America can’t afford to invest in education or clean energy, even though we can’t afford to care for seniors and poor children, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy,” Obama said. “The fact is, their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America.”
Obama – who some Democrats have criticized for compromising with Republicans in December on extending the Bush tax rates for another two years and for cutting another deal with Republicans last week to avoid a government shutdown – warned members of his party that budget cuts and entitlement reforms are necessary for a “progressive vision.”
“Indeed, to those in my own party, I say that if we truly believe in a progressive vision of our society, we have the obligation to prove that we can afford our commitments,” said Obama. “If we believe that government can make a difference in people’s lives, we have the obligation to prove that it works – by making government smarter, leaner and more effective.”
Beyond ditching the Bush tax rates in 2013, Obama also wants to eliminate certain tax deductions for high-income earners: households earning $250,000 or more and single filers earning $200,000 or more.
“The tax code is also loaded up with spending on things like itemized deductions,” Obama said. “While I agree with the goals of many of these deductions, like homeownership or charitable giving, we cannot ignore the fact that they provide millionaires an average tax break of $75,000 while doing nothing for the typical middle-class family that doesn’t itemize.”
“My budget calls for limiting itemized deductions for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, a reform that would reduce the deficit by $320 billion over 10 years,” Obama said. “But to reduce the deficit, I believe we should go further. That’s why I’m calling on Congress to reform our individual tax code so that it is fair and simple, so that the amount of taxes you pay isn’t determined by what kind of accountant you can afford.”
Tax increases were only one item in Obama’s four-step plan.
The president first said he would keep annual domestic spending low, but did not provide details, only saying he would not cut “investments,” i.e, federal spending, in medical research and clean energy.
Another step involves reducing military spending.
“We need to not only eliminate waste and improve efficiency and effectiveness, but conduct a fundamental review of America’s missions, capabilities, and our role in a changing world,” Obama said. “I intend to work with Secretary Gates and the Joint Chiefs on this review, and I will make specific decisions about spending after it’s complete.”
The other step is to continue to reduce health care spending, which includes addressing entitlement spending.
We will work with governors of both parties to demand more efficiency and accountability from Medicaid,” Obama said. “…We will slow the growth of Medicare costs by strengthening an independent commission of doctors, nurses, medical experts and consumers who will look at all the evidence and recommend the best ways to reduce unnecessary spending while protecting access to the services seniors need.”
He further attacked the Ryan plan for its proposed reforms of Medicare and Medicaid.
“But let me be absolutely clear,” said Obama. “I will preserve these health care programs as a promise we make to each other in this society. I will not allow Medicare to become a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry.”