How much more information does it take for the citizens of this country to get the message that the country is in deep trouble, based primarily on the entitlements paid out.
Ah yes, the “plan” is coming together. Conservatives, please don’t hold your breath. Liberals, please do.
I have no idea who wrote this, his name was omitted on the forward. But it does appear the author did some research. Enjoy, you’re paying for it.
Why does the White House need a private-sector “tech surge” to repair its wretched Obamacare website failures? Weren’t all of the president’s myriad IT czars and their underlings supposed to ensure that taxpayers got the most effective, innovative, cutting-edge and secure technology for their money?
Now is the perfect time for an update on Obama’s top government titans of information technology. As usual, “screw up, move up” is standard bureaucratic operating procedure.
Let’s start with the “federal chief information officer.” In 2009, Obama named then 34-year-old “whiz kid” Vivek Kundra to the post overseeing $80 billion in government IT spending. At 21, Kundra was convicted of misdemeanor theft. He stole a handful of men’s shirts from a J.C. Penney’s department store and ran from police in a failed attempt to evade arrest. Whitewashing the petty thief’s crimes, Obama instead effused about his technology czar’s “depth of experience in the technology arena.”
Just as he was preparing to take the federal job, an FBI search warrant was issued at Kundra’s workplace. He was serving as the chief technology officer of the District of Columbia. Two of Kundra’s underlings, Yusuf Acar and Sushil Bansal, were charged in an alleged scheme of bribery, kickbacks, ghost employees and forged timesheets. Kundra went on leave for five days and was then reinstated after the feds informed him that he was neither a subject nor a target of the investigation.
As I noted in my 2009 book, “Culture of Corruption,” city and federal watchdogs had identified a systemic lack of controls in Kundra’s office. Veteran D.C. newspaper columnist Jonetta Rose Barras reported that Acar “was consistently promoted by his boss, Vivek Kundra, receiving with each move increasing authority over sensitive information and operating with little supervision.” Yet, Team Obama emphasized that Kundra had no idea what was going on in his workplace, which employed about 300 workers.
Talk about lack of marketing acumen!!
The phone number to the Obama Care Hotline is: 800-382-5968.
The letters spell out 800 FUCK YOU!!
Before sending this, I checked it out. If you have any doubts, try it yourself.
Obama wants Marines to wear ‘girly’ hats
A change to the Marine Corps’ uniform hats could take the hard-nosed Leathernecks from the Halls of Montezuma to the shops of Christopher Street.
Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps with a new hat that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush.
“We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats!” one senior Marine source fumed to The Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.”
The thin new hats have a feminine line that some officials think would make them look just as good on female marines as on males – in keeping with the Obama directive.
They have been dubbed the “Dan Daly” hat, after a sergeant from Long Island who won the Medal of Honor in World War I.
But some Marines love the old hat, which has been in use since 1922 and think the new hat is a glorified “porter’s cap.”
Dear Mr. Young,
I don’t think the government shutdown did anything except give the people who didn’t have to report to their “job” a three week paid vacation. How dumb to give them back pay for the period when they could sit on their asses at home. Probably the only difference in their sorry lives is that they didn’t have to set the alarm clock. Rest assured that that dumb move on the part of the Congress pisses me off enormously. I guess there’s no limit to how stupid 535 people can be when they’re spending other peoples’ money.
On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM, Rep. Don Young, Congressman for All Alaska <congressman.don.young> wrote:
Congressman for All Alaska
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October 23, 2013 Dear Mr. Izold,
As you have likely heard by now, the shutdown of the federal government has come to an end. I am pleased that this unfortunate incident is behind us, and I look forward to crafting a long term solution in the near future. Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns on this topic with me.
As you know, without a resolution from Congress, funding for the federal government expired on September 30, 2013. Because the Senate did not pass a single appropriations bill and the House had passed only four of the required twelve, a continuing resolution was necessary to keep the government operating. Unfortunately, Congress did not pass a continuing resolution, and ultimately the federal government experienced a partial shutdown for 16 days.
On the evening of October 16, 2013, I supported passage of H.R. 2775, the Continuing Appropriations Act when it passed the House by a vote of 285 to144. This legislation ended the government shutdown by funding the government at the current operating level of $986 billion through January 15, 2014 and lifting the debt ceiling through February 7, 2014. Further, this legislation strengthened income verification requirements in the Affordable Care Act, which will cut down on fraud and waste in Obamacare. Lastly, H.R. 2775 includes language that would provide back pay for furloughed federal employees.The Senate passed this legislation by a vote of 81 to 18. Following House passage, President Obama signed this bill into law thereby reopening the government.
As you may know, the debt ceiling is a restriction set by Congress on the amount the federal government can legally borrow. In 1917, Congress established the first debt limit by passing the Second Liberty Bond Act, which in turn financed the United States’ entry into the First World War. Since March 1962, the debt cap has been raised nearly 80 times; in the last 10 years, the limit has been increased 18 times. In order to avoid defaulting on loans issued by foreign nations and other holders of U.S. debt such as pension funds, Congress has been forced to choose between reducing spending and raising the allowable debt limit. Unfortunately, the federal government has elected to raise the debt ceiling multiple times in the past couple of years.
As of May 19, 2013, the debt limit was set at $16.699 trillion and extraordinary measures were employed to ensure that the U.S. Treasury did not default. H.R. 2775 enables the Department of Treasury to continue borrowing until February 7, 2014, thereby ensuring the full faith and credit of the U.S. is maintained.
H.R. 2775 also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure that health-insurance exchanges are verifying the eligibility of those who apply for premium tax credits and cost-sharing assistance under the Affordable Care Act. Ideally, I would have preferred to see the law repealed so that no American is forced to purchase government approved healthcare or face a penalty, but this goal was not achievable in the context of this debate.
Current projections predict that the Affordable Care Act would add $1.2 trillion to our debt and create $569 billion of new taxes on American families. I have opposed the Affordable Care Act since the day it was introduced and have voted to repeal, defund, or dismantle it over 40 times.
Going forward, Congress must return to regular order by passing a House and Senate negotiated budget and then individual appropriations bills. H.R. 2775 sets up a budget negotiation process, and I remain hopeful that this will result in a bipartisan solution that Congress can institute.
During my time serving in Congress, I have experienced 18 shutdowns. On some occasions, Democrats have been in charge, and in others Republicans have been in charge. In this case, there is plenty of blame to go around-on both sides of the aisle-for causing this shutdown. However, one thing is for certain; shutdowns are costly and damaging and I will continue to encourage all Members of Congress to come together and work towards solving our nearly $17 trillion national debt problem in a responsible manner. Thank you for sharing me with your thoughts during this tenuous time and I will them in mind as this debate continues.
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