Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, Health Care, Democrat Corruption, Progressivism, Taxes, Capitalism, Law | Tags: $125 Billion, Improper Payments, A New Record
It’s a new record for improper payments dished out by federal agencies — an all time high of $125 billion in questionable payments after years of declines.
There were tax credits for families that didn’t qualify for tax credits, unemployment benefits for people who were employed, Medicare payments for treatments that might not have been necessary. This is up by $19 billion over the previous year. The overpayments were spread across 22 federal agencies, though Medicare and Medicaid fraud and the Earned Income Tax Credit together accounted for more than $93 billion in improper payments.
I heard on the radio that we apparently have some of the world’s oldest people receiving Social Security benefits. Since they are apparently older than the oldest woman who was celebrated in the media at 117, it’s fairly safe to assume that they are illegal immigrants receiving benefits by stealing someone’s identity.
Filed under: China, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Environment, Regulation, Taxes | Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Out of Control Bureaucrats, Useless and Costly
Sometimes you just don’t know whether to just laugh at the Obama administration, or pity them. The Environmental Protection Agency has it eyes on pollution from backyard barbecues. The agency has announced that it will fund a University of California project to limit emissions resulting in grease drippings with a special tray to catch them, and a “catalytic” filtration system.
Damn fools aren’t content with banning our efficient and inexpensive incandescent lightbulbs, and messing up the lighting fixture market, ruining our shower heads, ditto toilets, washing machines, most appliances, and trying desperately to get control of everything in our houses — now they are going to take on our backyards. The kids’ wading pool is next.
The grant is only for $15,000, so we’ll see what they can do to all barbecues with that much.
The school is proposing two fixes to reduce emissions from barbecues. First, they want to cut back on grease flare-ups. The idea: “A slotted and corrugated tray is inserted immediately prior to meat flipping, and removed immediately after. This short contact time prevents the tray from over-heating and volatilizing the collected grease. This collected grease will then drip off into a collection tray and can be used at the pit master’s discretion.”
But, total capture isn’t “practical,” so a filter and fan are proposed for installation. “The secondary air filtration system is composed of a single pipe duct system which contains a specialized metal filter, a metal fan blade, a drive shaft, and an accompanying power system with either a motorized or manual method. This system can be powered by either an exterior electric motor with a chain-driven drive shaft, directly spinning the fan blade, or a hand-powered crank,” said the project write-up.
When they get down to particulate matter that might possibly be inhaled by barbecue pit masters, it’s time to shut the agency down. Or even better, lets loan the whole bunch to China, permanently. They need help.
We expect to limit the overall air pollution PM [particulate matter] emissions from barbecuing and to alleviate some of the acute health hazards that a barbecue pit master can experience from inhalation. The particulate matter present during cooking with and without the grease diverter and PM2.5 filters will be tested and compared to that of current data using a conventional propane barbecue using a fumehood chamber with detectors at CE-CERT. Personal exposure of PM2.5 will also be monitored throughout the experimentation period to determine the degree of acute exposure of particulates to the cook.
Filed under: Art, Capitalism, Economy, Foreign Policy, Freedom, History, National Security, Politics, Regulation, Taxes, The United States, Unemployment | Tags: Investors Business Daily, Michael Ramirez, Political Cartoons
Especially in the hands of Michael Ramirez, political cartoonist extraordinaire, at Investors. Follow his work, he always has something important to say.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Freedom, History, Law, Politics, Progressivism, Regulation, Taxes, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: Gone Full Tyrant, No Inclination to Negotiate, Progressive Ideology
Goodness, we must have really irritated President Obama with that recent wave election. One might have hoped that it would lead to more cooperation, but he has proved that he has no ability, nor inclination, to negotiate. It’s plainly his way or the highway. He ‘s gone full tyrant.
- The FCC Approves ‘Net Neutrality’ Plan to Control Internet Access the plan puts the Internet in the same regulatory department as Ma Bell and bans business practices that are “unjust or unreasonable.” There is no need for regulation.
- Obama: “Consequences’ for ICE Officials Who Don’t Follow Executive Amnesty.” ” Not only are we going to have to win this legal fight…but ultimately we’re still going to pass a law through Congress.The bottom line is I’m using all the legal power invested in me in order to solve this problem, If somebody’s working for ICE and they don’t follow the policy, there’s going to be consequences to it.”
- Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle “As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation targeting the top-selling rifle in the country. the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.”
- Obama: Illegal Immigration Will Be Solved When There’s A ‘President Rodriguez.’ “Now let me get to the broader question you asked, which is what would I ask for the next president of the United States. One of the things I’ve learned in this position is that as the only office in which you are the president of all the people, not just some in terms of short-term politics, you have to be thinking about what’s good for the country.”
- Obama Dares GOP: Go Ahead, Have a Vote on Whether What I’m Doing Is Legal…I Will Veto “So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the right thing to do.”
We have never before had a president who says essentially— the hell with the Constitution, I’m going to do exactly what I want. We’ve had advice handed down from our first president, and many subsequent presidents, but never one before that behaved like a petulant spoiled child.
What we need to understand is that for the present crop of progressives, the issue is never the issue. Our immigration system is not broken. It is not enforced. Obama wants poor, poorly educated peasants from Mexico and Central America because by giving them work permits and welfare benefits, food stamps, driver’s licenses and other goodies, they will be Democrat Party voters, and make America permanently Progressive and permanently socialist.
Regulating the internet as a public utility to protect users establishes government control over the web, who uses it, and what kind of speech will be allowed.
Threatening public officials if they don’t obey Obama’s illegal executive orders while they are questioned by Congress and the courts is reprehensible.
John Hinderaker, one of the attorneys at Powerline offers “A Modest Proposal For Amendments to the Constitution.” “Barack Obama’s scofflaw administration has revealed some ambiguities or omissions in our Constitution–loopholes, if you will–that should be closed via constitutional amendment, to eliminate the possibility that future administrations may also act lawlessly. I have in mind three amendments that should accomplish that purpose.”
Do read the whole thing, which explains the very brief amendments, and why we need each one. Just a matter of clarifying the wording so even ideologues can understand.
ADDENDUM: Forgive me. I have been stupid. John Hinderaker’s column at Powerline was a gentle reminder that Barack Obama was directly ignoring the Constitution he had sworn “to the best of his ability to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Mr. Hinderaker was simply offering the exact words of the Constitution as “amendments” that should fix the situations. It was a brilliant idea, and I fell for the joke, hook, line and sinker, without bothering to check his words against the exact wording of the Constitution, for I don’t have it all by heart. I am blushing with shame.
Filed under: Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Engineering, Politics, Taxes | Tags: Google, Tesla, The MacCult
I guess if you making cars for millionaires, you can buy a lot of robots with which to make them — but this process is pretty cool. The times they are a changing. Henry Ford would be astonished to see how his ideas have developed.
Elon Musk’s Tesla is currently the No. 1 electric car maker — with vehicles ranging from $70,000 to $100,000 — and Google is working on George Jetson-like driverless cars. But neither is close to cornering the market on mass-affordable electric cars.
Elon Musk is the biggest parasite in the world. Tesla does not exist without tax payer money. The driverless car is a solution in search of a problem and it is far from being practical.
An interesting post from The Z Blog, on Apple, Google,Tesla and trends.
And here’s Bjorn Lomberg explaining why there are NO benefits whatsoever to electric cars.
It is time to stop our green worship of the electric car. It costs us a fortune, cuts little CO2 and surprisingly kills almost twice the number of people compared with regular gasoline cars.
Electric cars’ global-warming benefits are small. It is advertised as a zero-emissions car, but in reality it only shifts emissions to electricity production, with most coming from fossil fuels. As green venture capitalist Vinod Khosla likes to point out, “Electric cars are coal-powered cars.”
Filed under: Afghanistan, Cuba, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Education, Energy, Foreign Policy, Freedom, Global Warming, Health Care, Immigration, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Law, Media Bias, Military, National Security, Regulation, Russia, Taxes, Terrorism, The Constitution, The United States, Unemployment | Tags: Barack Obama, Choosing Sides, Fundamentally Transorm?
Most of us are apt to divide the world up into the good guys and the bad guys. Opposites. Simplistic thinking, of course. No nuance. (when did that word slip into the daily vocabulary?) Winners and losers. Short and tall, rich and poor, hard-working and lazy, handsome and ugly, cruel and kind, smart and stupid. It helps us to understand those things we encounter in the world, we can modify our judgment later.
World War II was clear — Allies and Axis, and the Cold War — Communists and the Free World. Things began to get confused with the War in Vietnam. Protesters couldn’t decide who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. Jane Fonda has never been forgiven for her stupidity, but she was not alone among the far left. It was a confusing time, and when the Draft was ended, surprisingly so were the protests.
Questions today on the internet ask “Is Obama a Christian?” and “Is Obama a Muslim?” But those are the wrong questions. Obama has given every indication of signing up with the bad guys, the Axis, the Communists, and those who oppose our country. His dislike for the Israeli prime minister is obvious; his distaste for the United Kingdom is clear; his support for a deal with Iran; his support for the Muslim Brotherhood; for the deposed president of Egypt; inability to reach a status of forces agreement with Iraq; Benghazi; refusal to help the dissidents in Iran, and in Syria; and the silly outreach to Cuba; and the support for most anti-American governments in South America.
There is a pattern. A pattern which is behind Rudy Giuliani’s asking if the president loves America. One would think that the media would be somewhat aware of the direction of the entire Obama administration, instead of dissolving in wrath when someone actually notices. (Or is that why the media boiled over —they’re beginning to notice?)
I think he is just doing exactly what he said he would do: attempt to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Everybody was so excited with the idea of the first black president, the mellow baritone voice, the moving phraseology “Yes We Can!,” “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!,” that they didn’t really pay any attention to what he actually said that he wanted to do. I don’t think he is trying to destroy the country, he just wants to “fix” it.
We are paying the price for our inattention. And it’s up to us to find out exactly what he meant by “fundamentally transform.” It matters. It matters a lot.