Principles of America’s Founders must be restored…
Understanding our political heritage is a vital part of building a stronger America for the next generation. The principles of America’s Founders must be restored to their proper role in the public and political discourse, influencing public policy and reforming government to reflect constitutional limits.
Recently, law professor Jonathan Turley took to the pages of The Washington Post to warn about the growth of the administrative state. “The growing dominance of the federal government over the states has obscured more fundamental changes within the federal government itself,” Turley wrote. “Our carefully constructed system of checks and balances is being negated by the rise of a fourth branch, an administrative state of sprawling departments and agencies that govern with increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency.”
Predictably, some career bureaucrats did not like Turley’s message and registered their protests with letters to the Post. “If Mr. Turley were to check the beginning of regulations published in the Federal Register, he would see that these civil servants also have phone numbers where they can be reached,” one wrote. “Agencies like mine go to great pains to be open about our efforts and are subject to vigorous scrutiny by Congress and the courts,” added another. “They end up knowing just about everything but our shirt size. How much more transparent can we get?”
The complaints miss the point. Certainly many bureaucrats are nice people, and certainly they can be reached by phone, fax, or e-mail. The problem is not the people in the government; it is that those people do not have the constitutional authority to be making public policy.
As Heritage’s Joe Postell puts it, there are four major constitutional problems today:
The administrative state combines the powers of government in the hands of the same officials in violation of the separation of powers principle.
It is based on unconstitutional delegations of legislative power from Congress to bureaucrats and administrators.
It violates the principle of republican government, which requires that power—especially legislative power—be derived from the consent of the governed, expressed directly or indirectly through elections.
The administrative process it follows to adjudicate disputes is fundamentally opposed to the protections offered by the rule of law in the traditional judicial process.
The Founders gave us a system carefully crafted to divide power, but we have allowed bureaucrats to expand their reach. “Do we want to be governed by the rule of law as hammered out in open legislative debate, carried on by our elected representatives, directly accountable to us? Or do we wish to be governed by the expanding rule of regulation, the rule of administrators who are most certainly not accountable to us?” asks Heritage’s Bob Moffit. “The rule of regulation is the rule of regulators. But today, the rule of regulators is arbitrary and unaccountable government.”
For additional in-depth reading on the importance of understanding America’s political government, please click here.
Meanwhile, back at the White House, it is a tough time for President Obama. As well it should be! He has earned every rating he has received.
The magic is over. Gone are the swooning crowds and fainting admirers of yesteryear, the almost hypnotic adoration of the “Stepford media,” the childlike hope of millions that “the One” would transform this nation – for which they inexplicably harbor so much bitterness – into a perfect utopia of “equality” and “social justice” (code words for big-time wealth redistribution).
Today, polls show that even once-enthusiastic Obama supporters are dismayed at having been knowingly and repeatedly lied to. Not only can’t they keep their health insurance “if they like it,” they can’t keep their doctor, can’t keep their hospital, can’t even – in some cases – keep their medicine!
Likewise it turns out, as prominent Democrats now belatedly admit, government “death panels” (by whatever name) were always understood by Obamacare’s creators as an absolutely essential component of a socialized scheme dependent on centralized rationing.
In sum, Team Obama stands exposed as having relied on massive lies, bribery, and fraud to engineer the intentional destruction of the greatest health-care delivery system in world history.
It was not a day or so ago that some expert (name unknown) was comparing Obama’s early speeches mostly commentating on the notion that (tear jerker) 30 million Americans did not have health insurance coverage. Interestingly, after ripping through a political party – Republican Party – for the unparalleled “they won’t work with us…” or “it’s impossible crossing the aisle to meet with the other person.”
What this particular expert was making reference too was the fact that in the year 2020 when all of Obama’s pandering was to be completed, the fact remains that there will be close to 40 million Americans that are without health insurance coverage.
Late at night – on New Year’s Eve – the Supreme Court dealt a blow to ObamaCare. Or so the Obama Administration felt; not that the ruling was in anyway unlawful, the Supreme Court of the United States finally allowed for — and we mean this — religious liberty not to be screwed over in our Nation.
I can still remember last winter chatting with a “smarter than anything whip” in his junior year during his undergraduate degree coursework at some manner less Ivy League university. First off if someone doesn’t even understand that mandatory abortion pill Mandate does not affect a person’s religious liberties, well than, trust me it is no good trying to move ahead from that point.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily stopped enforcement of the ObamaCare abortion-pill Mandate, protecting a Christian employer against a grave violation of its religious freedom.
Despite this ruling, the Obama Administration is vowing to fight on. It’s not backing down from its commitment to force even Christian Americans to provide abortion pills. Understanding of course that not all people are even aware of what religious freedom means. I our sphere of influence we admittedly have far more acquaintances, friends, relatives, and work associates that received some sort of religious acculturation from birth to at least their mid-twenties, or until the decision to go to local services was completely their choice.
We understand that not everyone is spiritually bound, or for that matter experience a Christian spirituality. What we are alluding to is in the notion that people can lose their connection to a religious life. However not everyone has a) a religious life, or b) is losing their connection to their’s. It is important to note that it is not the people that matter here in a very small regard, but the Nation’s laws, the Founding, and standard operating procedures that may not be sold out for ObamaCare or any other whimsical idea.
But we’re not backing down either.
We’ve won seven injunctions against the abortion-pill Mandate, and soon we’ll be filing a crucial amicus brief at the Supreme Court.
Now is exactly the right time to join us. Join our brief. Join our committee to protect life and liberty from ObamaCare.
Sign the ACLJ Amicus Brief Against the Abortion-Pill Mandate.
Speaking only on my behalf here, there are some things that the Founders of our Nation would have tolerated, or maybe just pretended too. Then again there are some Framers and Founders alike who would not even allow their names be mentioned in the same breath, or printed on the same line.
Now I will say it…I firmly believe that those individuals of the founding era would not let their integrity, morals, or ethical standards ever fall to go around as Madam Pelosi does while literally shooting her mouth off about a relationship between a citizen and whether or not they were Un-American for even discussing a matter. One of the larger problems we have in our Nation right now is that the left has everyone for some politically correct excuse trying out just about everything.
When originally a society looks upon homosexuality as a guarded or taboo subject and then through years of abusing just about everyone and subsequently lowering the bar of acceptable standards and then people begin to live with and for the hedonistic behaviors done that is what is referred to as a shift in societal norms.
However with all of my support behind the following narrative, wonderfully written by Hans A. von Spakovsky, whilst being published in the National Review Online it is our hope that the “Time has Come Today.”
A federal judge in Texas has issued a searing indictment of the Obama administration’s immigration policy. He accuses the government of “completing the criminal mission” of human traffickers “who are violating the border security of the United States” and assisting a “criminal conspiracy in achieving its illegal goals.” The judge calls the administration’s behavior “dangerous and unconscionable” and says, “DHS should cease telling the citizens of the United States that it is enforcing our border security laws because it is clearly not. Even worse, it is helping those who violate these laws.”
On December 13, federal district court Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, issued his order in U.S. v. Nava-Martinez. It described in shocking detail the malfeasance of the government. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez, an admitted human trafficker and resident alien, pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle a ten-year-old El Salvadoran girl into the U.S. This was Nava-Martinez’s second felony offense; she was convicted of food-stamp fraud in 2011. She was caught at the Brownsville & Matamoros Bridge checkpoint in Texas, after being hired by “persons unknown” to smuggle the girl into the U.S. The girl’s mother, Patricia Elizabeth Salmeron Santos, is an illegal alien living in Virginia. She had solicited the unknown smugglers to get her daughter from El Salvador to the U.S. for the price of $8,500.
As Judge Hanen pointed out, the human-trafficking conspiracy instigated by Salmeron Santos was interrupted when Nava-Martinez was arrested, but the “goal of the conspiracy was successfully completed thanks to the actions of the United States.” Hanen expressed grave concern over the “apparent policy of [DHS] of completing the criminal mission of individuals who are violating the border security of the United States.”
After the child was taken into custody, DHS agents learned that the mother had “instigated this illegal conduct.” Yet DHS delivered the child to the mother and took no enforcement action: “It did not arrest her. It did not prosecute her. It did not even initiate deportation proceedings for her.” As the judge said, “instead of enforcing the laws of the United States, the Government took direct steps to help the individuals who violated it,” conduct for which any “private citizen would, and should, be prosecute.”
What especially angered the judge was that this was the fourth case of this nature that he “had in as many weeks.” In each case, the parents were in this country illegally, had initiated, and funded the illegal activity. And in each instance, DHS completed the crime by delivering the child to the parents and refusing to take any action against them.
Could it be any worse? Oh I empathized with the judge and other officials in this case beyond what I would knowingly place in writing. The latest unconscious act that we all see happening is in the matter of DHS employees instructing the wayward immigrants on asylum and a direct result of it – the refugee.
The illegal immigrant has no conscience with regard to the laws of my Nation. Our own President and Congress and given them assistance in the form of cash, food, meals, hotel expenses, even transportation expenses. Let’s not forget that they are being lectured on what asylum is and how to get around under that umbrella.
As far as we are concerned we know who we will nominate for the year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, while we wish Judge Andrew S. Hanen and his family a wonderful holiday season.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Several times we here at The Contemplative Thinker have brought data to support our claim when liberals are stalled during the debate or let us just bring it real now – when it gets too hot in the kitchen rather than leave, reassess, and make qualified recommendations – the liberal stays in and changes the subject.
Nowhere was this more pronounced by facts than during President Obama’s two campaigns for his current office. Realistically now, where are the subjects such as The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the watchful eye of the Justice department’s spying on the personal particulars of reporters.
Again just think of this menagerie of bulls waltzing through a China Shop. We still have a record of offensive demography conducted by this current administration. How about Fast & Furious – or did anyone face trial or discipline when one of the weapons sold through this contemptible and dreadfully run operation was found at the same site of a tragic murder of Brian Terry an on duty Border Patrol agent. Or how about the continual and rather disgraceful display of “My own self-government” that lists President Obama as the number one asset to skirting Congress (Author’s title and emphasis).
Then again with whatever known agencies (NSA, FBI, and CIA) operating data albeit with cameras, credit cards, licenses, or anything rendered public – has anyone seen even a photo of the processing plants in Utah? Who worries, they have their own Court — FISA — that is accountable only to them.
So you do not particularly care for how a law is, albeit written or for what it stands for. Laws written by President Thomas Jefferson during the founding era. Ah the heck with it…let us change it, right Mr. and Mrs. Senator’s.
Disgusting! We have been writing about this rubbish for too long and the emphasis is changed or some liberal minded Representative from Maryland goes public and says, “…that’s a non-issue.”
Therefore we believe it is accountability time. The leaders of this administration have planned, organized, and befuddled everyone with their dishonesty. I wonder about the military…are they fed-up with being shot at, being dictated to by Afghan leaders.
The principles of this Administration are intending to treat all of us with the millennial mind-set. They have been for over five years and it is working. They may call it a “scandal” but I am still uneasy about giving anything to the IRS. How do you feel about knowing that US Attorney General Eric Holder, who has a Contempt charge against him, is gainfully employed by our government?
And here it is, the reason I sat to write was originally Obamacare yet he is betting we will continue to let that issue slide, and now even amidst a squirrelly deal with limiting Iran’s nuclear capabilities a brand new hat has been donned, Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Lord, please help us all!
There should not be any dissenters given this little fact. Has the U.S. government ever created a business entity that experienced success? It is a quagmire indeed when one thinks about the United States inclusive of “The American Dream” and the grandiose amounts of money given away each year in funding nations that do not deserve it. It is very much like yesterdays squib about how illegal immigrants are really abusing the kind system that we offer.
All we are doing here is making an educated statement about how government entities should stay the heck out of private business’. When one takes a mild look at what the U.S. government has done to effectuate business it is a sorry and indeed expensive process to stare at.
We are not big enterprisers’ when it comes to the Social Security Administration. As long as I’ve been alive they have been regulating, stealing, and sure as anything they have created just another hog. Does anyone know what the Federal Aviation Administration does? Regulate? Whew! My father should be rolling in his urn about now – he spent over 30 years with the FAA, although what do they do in regards to the National Transportation Safety Board? These are the gang that goes out and cleans up the human parts, luggage, and try to set a course of how it happened.
Sadly however no agency is not without its bad apples. You come up upon just an arm…it is intact, very little blood albeit sporting a Rolex watch and rings loaded with diamonds. Do you think for a split second that the first person on scene is not going to be the new owners of that property?
Seriously if one were to look at government owned utilities there would be shock. All one needs to do now if look at the various phone companies. Anytime you have a chief executive on 60 Minutes who could not begin to tell you what the small excise taxes are for on your bill, there needs to be a change…another way, the guy is stealing.
Just a couple of severe concerns to pass along to you; When Henry Ford got done with the assembly line and Model T’s, just like his very rich mate Thomas Edison I don’t think this crew sat around talking of money or how to make it.
Nah, I err on the caution that a person with that kind of brain is already working on ways of getting out of the combustive engine business knowing full well that there would be future problems.
In the short of it most politicians are either lawyers, or poly-sci geeks that want to be so assuring that they learn the language of the jargon they speak – which really amounts to nothing, except for the “oh you have hurt yourself, let me get you a band aid.
Governments and their workers should stay the heck away from business. Leave insurance coverage to those who have spent 30 or so years in it. Because if you do not…you’ll soon be the pathological liar.
Is this the most “UNAWARE” organization, administration, or collective entity that you have ever seen trying to make anything unscrupulous, scrupulous? We simply cannot hold back any more; what we are about to divulge easily proves that the Obama administration is without question beyond being unaware.
Okay so most people want to know about what I mean with unaware. Being unaware is a condition of not being conscious or uninformed of the situations with which one is definitely involved in. Being unaware exasperates when that person and those under his charter are not knowledgeable or fully aware of all of the information needed to make an accurate assessment.
Finally for definitions sake, for a person to be unaware is “not realizing that something is happening.” Or even worse, pretending to be unacquainted with what is happening – especially when it is under your direction or care.
Bringing up excuses from an already antiquated President Bush’s administration will only go long enough before the reality sets in and shows the true colors of individuals. And it is within those parameters we ask you whether or not this person, Barack Obama, should remain as the POTUS and whether or not many of his cronies should be maintained on the job.
Allow us to show just how ridiculous this “unawareness” has become.
How is it that a person in charge of local and international spy agencies be unaware that those agencies are maintaining data on:
Foreign leaders and Heads-of-State as well as trade partners and enemies of commerce have been victims. An entire nation of people such as the citizens of the United States. Every ally and close war partner your nation has ever had such as the United Kingdom, almost all of central Europe – Germany, France, Spain, and selective information concerning the Baltic countries; China, Russia, nations comprising the Middle East, South America and Central America and of course, not wanting to admit it but have too – Canada.
Being quoted as saying that one is unaware of domestic or international spying, especially when one is Commander-in-Chief is simply nothing shy of unconscionable. Most say it is dereliction of duty; which is an impeachable offense, but what does that charge do to the ridiculous notion of political correctness?
Like it or not this unaware person who was ushered in as President just happens to be African American. Now before getting all riled up at me – let us all be AWARE and look to evaluate what he has done to the other blacks that have political aspirations? This alone brings me to my next point. Is the unawareness by this man and his underlings a planned strategy or just plain arrogance?
This is the very question that we have had since his shady election inclusive of ACORN and big unions. Take a moment and just look at what this person has been or claimed he has been unaware of happening.
Now for Obama’s arrogance and pathological fabricating: This Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, Nat’l healthcare insurance) is just plain getting embarrassing not to mention humiliating. I would love to ask Barack Obama, “Hey Barack, have I ever done anything to embarrass you or yours?
My only discourse at this current time would be, “Man you are stinking up the world! As POTUS you must realize that what you do establishes a reaction toward us. Tone it down.”
Leadership – interesting word and throughout the history of humankind – leadership has been the undoing of anything and everything conceivable to human minds. Good or bad, excellent and worthy of praise wherever there is one or more people going about living and working socially together there will always be that one or more people who want to take the lead.
Far be it from me but in the absence of any real leadership and by that I definitely mean the ability to guide, direct, or influence people properly without the “leaders’” wanton lust getting directly involved. Furthermore when addressing leadership I believe we can also include guidance and direction set by the examples that this nation’s leadership is theoretically one that looks to control other people regardless of the truth, justice, or American way.
Therefore we have no difficulty with naming names, events, or otherwise that has occurred on whoever’s watch. How members of the Democratic Party could be doing almost everything recklessly and without remorse in order to get Hillary Rodham Clinton elected as the next president for us is just unconscionable. This person is so far into the bowels or entrails of the worst things that could ever happen to the U.S.A. are wrong.
Anyway just a thought before diving in toward our planned last installment(s) of just how our elected officials are stealing from us on an hourly basis. Simply calling in the markers that the IRS has “I did not do it…” mismanagement of taxpayer funds alone we have addressed nearly $200 -$300 billion.
And I intentionally left the schemes of “clean energy” out of the mix for a couple of reasons. One, we believe that internal combustion engines and the use of fossil fuels are extremely limited at this time. Two, we believe in the concept of clean energy; albeit, not some product that one very limited individual is going – very unprepared – and then squander an additional one half billion dollars.
On the heels of “Tax Day,” 24 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees have been charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in government benefits, including food stamps, welfare and housing vouchers.
The story comes out of Tennessee, where federal prosecutors announced this month that the scheme fleeced U.S. taxpayers out of at least a quarter of a million dollars in government benefits. The corrupt IRS employees did it by making false statements to fraudulently obtain the benefits, which also included unemployment insurance.
No! I know it is not me! What in the devil’s name are our “leadership” involved with knowing that billions of dollars in fraudulent kick backs for electric cars, fraudulent and unscrupulous housing schemes, with (criminal) inmates filing for income on what? Illegal aliens incarcerated and being paid top dollar for what – nothing!
Heck, why do not we all just move over there where the grass is greener and the money never stops flowing; but wait on a minute – how are we, the American public, supposed to say anything about these improprieties? That is of course if one is telling the truth, describing the perpetrator – get my drift here – if we are supposed to be this huge global conglomeration then all of the fictitious stereotypes can’t really exist in reality.
We did have some reflection time after our staff meeting today and we read Ann Coulter’s notion of: We’re in a fight to the death over the country! Are you people awake? Have you heard of this great new thing called Obamacare? We have to win elections! We can worry about “the soul of the party” when we have big, veto-proof majorities in the Senate and House.
Coulter directs her ire at Republicans who support amnesty, such as Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
“IRS Is an Agency in Crisis”
As if the Internal Revenue Service wasn’t in a boatload of trouble already, a congressional committee charged with rooting out corruption in government is investigating the tax agency for blowing tens of millions of dollars on employee conferences.
The probe comes on the heels of the scandal for the ages, in which the IRS targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Organizations with conservative-sounding phrases such as patriot and Tea Party in their titles were singled out by the agency, according to a Treasury Inspector General report that ignited outrage among both Democrats and Republicans alike. Though illegal, this witch hunt against conservatives was rampant at the highest levels of the agency, according to the Treasury watchdog.
This week’s IRS scandal du jour involves $50 million that the beleaguered agency spent on hundreds of conferences for its employees between 2010 and 2012. Media reports began to leak over the weekend attributing the outrageous figure to a Treasury IG report due out this week. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the congressional watchdog that holds government accountable to taxpayers, immediately jumped on it and will hold a hearing on the matter this week.
The conference spending includes $4 million for a 2010 gathering in southern California in which IRS employees stayed in lavish presidential suites that cost American taxpayers $1,500 to $3,500 per night. Attendees also got free alcohol and tickets to see the area’s professional baseball team. To inspire IRS staff, more than a dozen speakers were paid $135,000 in fees, including one who got a whopping $17,000 to talk about “leadership through art.”
Additionally, multiple videos were produced for the conference. One of the videos, posted on the House Government Reform Committee’s website, features IRS employees learning a popular dance called the “cupid shuffle” as they prepared for the California management conference. It’s quite entertaining though enraging that our tax dollars have been wasted on such a venture.
“The IRS is an agency in crisis,” said Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, a Republican congressman from California. “The American people expect that their tax-dollars will be used responsibly and not for financing lavish hotel suites and entertainment for government employees. The Oversight Committee will examine these egregious abuses of the public trust and an IRS culture that shuns accountability.”
Over the years the IRS has been in hot water over a series of transgressions. One of the things the agency is well known for is giving incarcerated criminals who prepare fraudulent returns tens of millions of dollars in refunds they are not entitled to. The figure increases annually and at last count the IRS doled out north of $35 million to criminals, according to a federal audit.
A few years ago the IRS came under fire for allowing 1 million foreigners—many in the U.S. illegally— to improperly claim close to $9 billion in tax credits even though they did not provide valid Social Security numbers on their return. Not long after that, the tax agency got in trouble for handing out $33 million in bogus electric car credits.
The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which was obtained by The Washington Post in advance of its release, criticizes the IRS for lax oversight of foreigners who use an alternative form of identification instead of a Social Security number. Many of the foreigners who use the code, known as an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, are illegal immigrants, according to government officials and immigration experts.
In a statement, IRS inspector general J. Russell George, who wrote the report released on Tuesday, called it ‘disturbing’ that more than $11 billion in improper payments were being handed out each year.
However as all like minded people there is an attribution [blame] that we all must take in the effort to achieve the ends of what we asked for, and though it wasn’t done to our satisfaction, we ALL must remember that unlike the old days, we had skilled politicians, practicing doctors, scholars, academics, and experts who took charge and gave it what they could.
It is never easy or welcome to try to reach “yes” with a man and his majority party publically stating, “I will not negotiate…” Therefore, I believe it is an encouragement to stand up and say, “Here is a man that has on his plate the most coveted piece of legislation that can be remembered in American history.”
The man also the POTUS, holds the keys to a law that was enacted illegally. This particular law bears his name on it, which is more like a child or offspring than most of us are incapable of knowing. And as if it or not we face the reality that ObamaCare is the legacy and hallmark of his presidency. He is holding on to this law regardless of what it will cost the country, quite openly he snares at you and I like we are out of the human race. Furthermore, this person has used bribery, collusion, corruptible tactics, and the “Cornhusker Touchdown” (around a $300 million “apportionment” for Nebraska).
Finally concluding my statement it is incumbent upon us…period! We cannot go blaming the G.O.P. for ineptitude because they were not inept. Furthermore, AND there exists the need to discuss this part – in 2012 we picked up a lot of seats in the House and a few in the Senate, surely not enough to hand us clear majorities. Although we are willing to negotiate and come upon a resolution, let us be aware that it is the left side that insists that they will not negotiate.
In short gang we asked for less spending. Let us not go on a witch hunt and take down these Members for doing what we asked them to do. Let us assist them in every way we know how. So let us start by watching our mouths and edifying words that are only appropriate for this cause.
Illustrating that the nation’s perpetual budget crisis has done little to slow down the government’s manic spending spree, the Department of Justice (DOJ) blew north of $58 million on conferences last year.
The figure does not even factor in all of the bloated agency’s extracurricular conferences because it excludes those that cost less than $20,000. One could argue that $58 million is a drop in the bucket for an agency with an annual budget of $28 billion, but these are hard times and the government is supposed to be cutting back on spending, especially for unnecessary things like conferences.
Why bother when it is not your money? Besides, DOJ brass is likely patting itself on the back for slashing conference spending by tens of millions compared to the previous two years. The agency actually reduced its conference budget by $33 million in the last two years and that includes a $7 million cut in conference spending from last year. How big of them!
These alarming figures were recently made public by the DOJ’s inspector general (Michael Horowitz), who presented a congressional committee with the many ways the agency wastes tax dollars. The DOJ watchdog put it quite diplomatically when he told the panel that the agency needs to do a better job scrutinizing conference spending as it attempts to reduce waste and inefficiency in a tight budget climate.
“We believe that the current budgetary environment demands that the Department search for adequate alternatives to conferences, such as video conferencing, and that it strongly consider restricting its conference spending even further,” Horowitz told lawmakers from the House Committee on Judiciary and Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
His probe also uncovered other areas in which the DOJ is wasting public money and identified more than “$250 million in taxpayer funds that could be put to better use” by the agency. Among them is the inefficient way the DOJ runs federal prisons, duplicative programs that could be combined to save money and an out-of-control division that’s awarded approximately $15 billion in grants and $27 billion in contracts in the last few years.
This is crazy stuff for an agency that was firmly ordered to buckle down on frivolous spending as the country suffers through a never-ending financial crisis. “Avoiding wasteful and ineffective spending is a fundamental responsibility of federal agencies in any budgetary environment,” the DOJ watchdog reminds. “But when times are tight, as they are today, the government must redouble its efforts to make the most of every taxpayer dollar.” Hint, hint Mr. President.
The staff here at The Contemplative Thinker openly hat-tips and sends our thanks to Mr. Tom Fitton at Judicial Watch. It is through that organizations “Corruption Chronicles” that I am able to procure much of the information.