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The Sunlight Foundation has uncovered misreporting on millions of taxpayer dollars.

The research, conducted by open government advocacy group the Sunlight Foundation, shows that more than two dozen government agencies had misreported the money they spent that year to USASpending.Gov—or had not reported it at all. [snip]

Among the worst offenders the Sunlight Foundation identified was the department of Health and Human Services, tasked with protecting the health of Americans. According to the data, the agency underreported $40 million it had spent on HIV emergency relief project grants and nearly $1 billion it spent enforcing child support payments. Sunlight says it also overreported $6 million it spent on alternative medicine research.

And  perhaps most egregiously, it failed to report $463 billion it spent  providing medicare supplementary medical insurance, despite having  reported spending on that program far more consistently in prior years,  according to the data.

More than two dozen agencies misreported or didn’t report their expenditures at all. Most transparent government ever!

Meanwhile at the DIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, fashion advice was given to those who want to succeed.

“Makeup makes you more attractive.” “Don’t be a plain Jane.” “A sweater with a skirt is better than a sweater with slacks.” “No flats.” “Paint your nails.” “Don’t be afraid of color.” And, “brunettes have more leeway with vibrant colors than blondes or redheads.”

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2013/02/01/fashion-advice-at-the-dia-makeup-makes-you-more-attractive

Yep, a week after women were cleared for combat duty.

Making excuses for climate models that have been proven to be totally wrong. The UN has its own policy agenda, to which it religiously adheres, making life much harder for everyone on the planet. It is their way of redistributing wealth to third world countries by accusing the more prosperous west of wreaking havoc on the planet.

Temperatures have not risen nearly as much as almost all of the climate models predicted. Their predictions have largely failed, four times in a row… what that means is that it’s time for them to re-evaluate. It is evidence that CO2 is not nearly as strong a climate driver as the IPCC has been assuming.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/01/28/U-N-Report-Says-Global-Warming-Predictions-Overstated-The-Problem

The poor are still with us, no matter how ‘equitable’ the left wants to make us. As a matter of fact there are more poor now then when BO took office.

As Thomas Sowell and many others like to point out, our “poor” enjoy luxuries the Sun King could only dream of: cell phones (or three), cars (or two), PlayStations, and big screen TVs.

You might have noticed that today’s “poor” aren’t exactly the humble, wholesome, good-hearted types Charles Dickens championed, either.

(Back when “living” conditions in Victorian London were unspeakably appalling, Jack the Ripper was practically doing those women a favor…)

Instead, today’s poor are often petulant, entitled, irresponsible, and ungrateful, caught up in a culture of crime and cheap thrills.

Jesus ordered us to love the poor because He understood how hard it was to do, even 2000 years ago.

But in 2012, I’d take that further: our “poor” have become the “rich” Jesus warned us about. [snip]

In today’s (North) America, there is little financial incentive to better oneself anyway, thanks to “entitlements” that are (involuntarily) paid for by harder-working, more responsible citizens.

Behold: according to the graph above, a “a one-parent family of three making $14,500 a year (minimum wage) has more disposable income than a family making $60,000 a year.”

Part of the reason America is so divided is that even when we use simple, commonplace words, those words have very different meanings, depending upon who is using them.

When rich people talk about “taxes,” they’re adding up all the money they’ve honestly earned and are now forced to pay to the state.

But when “poor” people talk about “taxes,” they’re making a list of all the new crap they’re going to buy when they get their refund check.

According to one source, “30 percent of tax units” — that is, households and individuals — “actually made money off the income tax system for the 2009 tax year.”

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/09/20/the-poor-get-poorer-3-character-traits-that-undermine-prosperity/?singlepage=true

If you think the poor aren’t privileged to a great degree than look at the chart below showing total economic benefits for the ‘poor’.Money-Earned

Why would the entitlement minded want to achieve or succeed?

open thread….

 

 

 

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26 Comments

  1. “Instead, today’s poor are often petulant, entitled, irresponsible, and ungrateful, caught up in a culture of crime and cheap thrills.”
    Oh dear, that’s depressing- you’ve just described my neighborhood.

    • Mine too!!

  2. The last week has been a very busy one for me. Grants are due by Feb 8th.

  3. “CBO: Spending cuts and tax increases slowing growth”

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cbo-spending-cuts-tax-increases-203800344.html

    • Looks like smaller, leaner gov is on the way.

  4. Beyonce faux pas….

    “Beyonce Knowles posted a handwritten note to Instagram thanking the members of her former band, Destiny’s Child and exclaiming:

    “What a proud day for African American women!”

    The same message from Beyonce was posted on a Beyonce website.

    While the Super Bowl is always a huge event throughout the world, it is unclear as to why Ms. Knowles believed her performance marked a big step forward for female members of her race.

    Particularly since Beyonce was hardly the first African American female musician to have a starring role at the Super Bowl.”

    http://cnsnews.com/blog/dan-joseph/beyonce-declares-super-bowl-performance-proud-day-african-american-women

    Just in case that doesn’t satisfy the trolls

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/02/04/beyonce-hugs-jay-z-thanks-ladies-after-super-bowl/1890011/

    • Anon

      I gotta say . . .I was flat out embarrassed by her performance.

      • You are not alone. We sent the kids out of the room. Grinding and grunting in lingerie. Beyonce is a mother. How would she feel if her daughter paraded around like that?

      • Oh yes, it was not exactly stellar…. the mics for the other two members of Destiny’s Child were turned down so low…one of them cut out altogether.
        More of a Las vegas act than a primetime slot at the Superbowl.

  5. “Ground Zero” mosque imam is in big time trouble…..yep, he’s all in it for religious peace and Allah /

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ground-zero-mosque-scam-article-1.1255755

  6. “Due to the massive scope of the fraud, which involved over 25,000 fraudulent credit cards, loss calculations are ongoing and final confirmed losses may grow substantially,” Simpson said.

    The proceeds, authorities said, were used for luxury automobiles, electronics, spa treatments, high-end clothing and millions of dollars in gold. Authorities said the fraudsters also stockpiled large sums of case and approximately $70,000 in cash was found in one defendant’s oven.

    Though the scheme targeted credit card companies, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, said customers everywhere could feel the impact.

    “Through their greed and their arrogance, the individuals arrested today and their conspirators allegedly harmed not only the credit card issuers, but everyone who deals with increased interest rates and fees because of the money sucked out of the system by criminals acting in fraud rings like this one,” Fishman said.

    The defendants, including the alleged ringleaders, Babar Qureshi and Muhammad Shafiq, are due to make their initial court appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in a Newark federal court.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/massive-200m-credit-card-fraud-153836262–abc-news-topstories.html

    The banks and their partners also committed massive fraud, none of them are in jail or being prosecuted.

  7. Another breakthrough and win for the little guy too…

    “Back in October, the startup tech firm Silent Circle ruffled governments’ feathers with a “surveillance-proof” smartphone app to allow people to make secure phone calls and send texts easily. Now, the company is pushing things even further—with a groundbreaking encrypted data transfer app that will enable people to send files securely from a smartphone or tablet at the touch of a button. (For now, it’s just being released for iPhones and iPads, though Android versions should come soon.) That means photographs, videos, spreadsheets, you name it—sent scrambled from one person to another in a matter of second”

    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/02/silent_circle_s_latest_app_democratizes_encryption_governments_won_t_be.single.html

  8. I have no confidence in them either….or anyone else BO has appointed…..

    “The ICE union members agreed in 2010 that they have “no confidence” in the ability of the people Obama has appointed to run the agency.”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/immigration-law-enforcement-union-boss-obama-doesnt-care-if-we-die/article/2520663

  9. The picture of incompetence.

    “Hillary Clinton unveils glamorous new website days after leaving State Department as 2016 speculation mounts”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2274232/New-Hillary-Clinton-website-goes-live-days-leaving-Secretary-State-raising-new-questions-2016-presidential-run.html#ixzz2K8H7BuzK

  10. Panetta wants a paycut for the troops. This cannot happen.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/06/panetta-to-recommend-troops-have-their-pay-cut/

    • Cut Federal employees pay by the 2% BO gave them in an executive order…cut BO’s pay (he doesn’t work)

    • My son has said that as a cost saving measure, breakfast is no longer being served at his forward operating base in Afghanistan. Go figure. . .

    • I will despise that piece of excrement for the rest of my life….

  11. Oops. Maxine, not Marine.

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