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Archive for July 9th, 2009

Promises, Promises, Lies, Lies….

Posted by iusbvision on July 9, 2009

Notice how the White House Press Corps laughs at Gibbs answer about breaking the no new tax pledge?

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Obama spending $18 million updating a government web site. – UPDATE: The contract is crooked!

Posted by iusbvision on July 9, 2009

AIM says , “This kind of makes the government spending $100 on hammers or $200 toilet seats seem cheap by comparison.”   …. it sure does.

Via AIM:

From ABC News

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: For those concerned about stimulus spending, the General Services Administration sends word tonight that $18 million in additional funds are being spent to redesign the Recovery.gov Web site.

The new Web site promises to give taxpayers more information about where their money is going than the current version of the site.

“Recovery.gov 2.0 will use innovative and interactive technologies to help taxpayers see where their dollars are being spent,” James A. Williams, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, says in a press release announcing the contract awarded to Maryland-based Smartronix Inc. “Armed with easy access to this information, taxpayers can make government more accountable for its decisions.”

The contract calls for spending $9.5 million through January, and as much as $18 million through 2014, according to the GSA press release.

“We are pleased that another major milestone has been achieved,” Earl E. Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, says in the press release. “We thank the GSA for its assistance and look forward to working with Smartronix.”

UPDATE: The firm who got this lush $18 million contract is a big contributor to Democrats.

Washington Examiner:

Updated: Hoyer-linked firm wins $18M Recovery.gov contract

By: David Freddoso
Commentary Staff Writer
07/09/09 8:28 AM EDT

ABC reports this morning that the Maryland firm Smartronix has won what seems like an enormous $18 million contract to re-design the Recovery.gov website. Approximately $9.5 million would be spent by January in order to make “Recovery 2.0” out of the site that is supposed to track the spending of federal stimulus funds in detail.

Smartronix, a medium-sized Maryland-based firm (over 500 employees) founded in 1995, boasts a large number of government clients, mostly military. The company appears to have just one important political connection: according to FEC records, Smartronix president, Mohammed Javaid, vice president Alan Parris, and partner John Parris have together given $19,000 to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D) since 1999. There is no record of a Smartronix employee contributing to any other federal politician.

UPDATE: Smartronix got $260 million in other federal contracts

Smartronix has received more than $260 million in federal contracts since the year 2000, with the top awarding agencies being the U.S. Navy, Federal Technology Service, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Minerals Management Service, and the Office of Policy, Management and Budget (not clear which department or agency issued this contract), according to USASpending.gov.

Nearly $180 million of the contracts awarded to Smartronix during the period 2000-2009 were awarded on less-than-competitive basis, including $21 million for non-competitive awards. Another $33 million was awarded in competitive processes in which Smartronix was the sole bidder.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has more details on Smartronix government contract awards. — Update by Mark Tapscott.

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Camille Paglia on the left wing elite media attacks on Palin.

Posted by iusbvision on July 9, 2009

Must read of the day. Paglia is such an entertaining word-smith.

Camille Paglia:

Of course you’d never know that from reading hit jobs like Todd Purdum’s sepulchral piece on Palin in the current Vanity Fair. Scurrying around Alaska with his notepad, Purdum still managed to find comically little to indict her with. Anyone with a gripe is given the floor; fans are shut out. This exercise in faux objectivity is exposed at key points such as Purdum’s failure to identify the actual instigator of Palin’s extravagant clothing bills (a crazed, credit-card-abusing stylist appointed by the McCain campaign) and his prissy characterization of Palin’s performance at the vice-presidential debate as merely “adequate.” Hey, wake up — Palin cleaned Biden’s clock! By the end, Biden was sighing and itching to split.

The vicious double standard is pretty obvious. Only the tabloids, for example, ran the photos of a piss-drunk Chelsea Clinton, panties exposed, falling into her car outside London clubs a few years ago. If Chelsea had been the scion of Republican bigwigs, those tacky scenes would have been trumpeted from pillar to post in the U.S. as signals of parental failures or turmoil in clan Clinton. As a Democrat, I detest the partisan machinations that have become standard in Northeastern news management and that are detectable in editorial decisions at major metropolitan newspapers nationwide. It’s why I, like a host of others, have shifted my news gathering to the Web.

Paglia comes to the same conclusion we have a long time ago, journalism as an ethical profession and art form, is dead.

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NPR: Lobbyists acting as fund raisers for Democrats all over the health care reform bill.

Posted by iusbvision on July 9, 2009

Remember folks, Obama promised that this would end if he was elected. Now its worse than ever.

Yip, baught and paid for…….

NPR:

NPR’s Dollar Politics series looks at the business of crafting legislation, specifically the big three issues now before Congress: health care, climate change and financial regulation.

In this installment, Andrea Seabrook and Peter Overby report on how lawmakers juggle that work with their other big job — raising money to get re-elected.

Lobbyists As Fundraisers

Obama Health Care Promises

Senator Chris Dodd

The fundraiser was a $1,500-a-plate luncheon, hosted by two lobbyists, with proceeds going to support Dodd’s re-election campaign.

The lobbyists hosting the fundraising event work for U.S. Oncology, a major provider of cancer drugs and services. Their business is all wrapped up in the health care proposals.

According to Dodd’s campaign manager, there were other donors in attendance — not just those with a stake in health care policy. But this scenario is a snapshot of something that happens all the time on Capitol Hill.

A member of Congress will routinely spend part of the day legislating — and part of the day raising money. And that money often comes from the industries that will gain or lose from that legislation.

Paying To Play?

Some people call it the way the system works. Others call it bribery — but not the Supreme Court. The high court has said that campaign contributions are not bribes.

Lobbyists don’t think so either, especially because the money usually comes from political action committees — a step removed from corporations themselves.

Nicholas Meyers, who runs the lobbying operation for the American Psychiatric Association, representing 38,000 psychiatrists, says it’s simply the price of admission.

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USA Today: Majority of Stimulus Bill dollars going to Obama political allies.

Posted by iusbvision on July 9, 2009

Corruption you can believe in.

This is exactly what we predicted would happen. Go back and see if you doubt me. Government largess spending does not work to stimulate the economy because the money is spent for political reasons and not economic ones.

USA Today:

Billions in aid go to areas that backed Obama in ’08

By Brad Heath, 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.

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.

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Democrats Health Care Bill Packed With Frivolous Spending

Posted by iusbvision on July 9, 2009

..and how much of that spending will make it back to the pockets of politicians and lobbyists???

Here we go again, who needs a new stimulus bill to grow the size of government on the backs of tax payers and businesses when any old bill will do?

Boston Globe:

WASHINGTON – Sweeping healthcare legislation working its way through Congress is more than an effort to provide insurance to millions of Americans without coverage. Tucked within is a provision that could provide billions of dollars for walking paths, streetlights, jungle gyms, and even farmers’ markets.

The add-ons – characterized as part of a broad effort to improve the nation’s health “infrastructure’’ – appear in House and Senate versions of the bill.

Critics argue the provision is a thinly disguised effort to insert pork-barrel spending into a bill that has been widely portrayed to the public as dealing with expanding health coverage and cutting medical costs. A leading critic, Senator Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican, ridicules the local projects, asking: “How can Democrats justify the wasteful spending in this bill?’’

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Neal Boortz on how focus groups are used to generate misleading talking points to fool voters

Posted by iusbvision on July 9, 2009

Many talking points said by many politicians is planned and tested with focus groups.

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Neal Boortz on why small businesses are not hiring

Posted by iusbvision on July 9, 2009

Boortz has written books on tax policy and economics. When he talks you are wise to listen.

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Colin Powell reverses himself on small government and Obama

Posted by iusbvision on July 9, 2009

Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin comment:

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How pointy headed academics are ruining the arts.

Posted by iusbvision on July 9, 2009

Famed musician and author Bernard Taylor.

It’s time to put a stop to the high priests of musicology, the arts and academic world in general from trying to put a straitjacket on people’s creativity and thinking. In this video I look at the way the Emperors Clothing Syndrome has dominated the arts and humanities over the past half century, with the help of academic practitioners looking for theories to build on, trying to carve out some academic territory for themselves and becoming the high priests or priestesses of their chosen domains. In music, it ended with meaningless and very irritating noise. (The ECS is a tendency to pretend to see or believe something out of fear of being thought of out of step with others, or out of fear that you might be attacked or ridiculed if you show your true feelings). Now I make some sweeping generalizations in this video, and may be overstating my case for effect, but that does not necessarily dilute the reality of what I am saying.

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