Busy week ….here and there
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.”
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.
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.”
Why would the entitlement minded want to achieve or succeed?
- New DATA Act Would Make Following the Money Easier (pogoblog.typepad.com)
- As Sunshine Week Begins, House Subcommittee Looks to Improve Open Government (pogoblog.typepad.com)
- Dana Milbank: Obama promised open government but fails to deliver (sacbee.com)
- More DOJ Rules to Cripple FOIA (pogoblog.typepad.com)
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