Snip from IG report, Dept. of Interior, on federal land grants.
Budget hawks target forced entitlements like Medicare for cuts, and budget gluttons just want to print more money despite record debt levels for the US government. However, both sides of the congressional aisle, and also the executive branch headed by the president, have something in common—they lapse when it comes to tracking taxpayer dollars conferred on savvy profiteers.
The Dept. of Interior IG report is posted online. Most Americans won’t bother to read it. Nor will media.
A new report from the Inspector General for the Dept. of the Interior is another in a long line of lapses. This particular executive branch lapse belongs to former president Barack Obama. I’m not surprised. He made it clear in his books graft and corruption were to be expected and that was fine by him as long as some of the money trickled down to the little people.
Americans are now being told the federal government in only two fiscal years doled out $815 million for land grants. Those grants presumably cover conservation projects or rights-of-way.
Once the money was handed over—likely, in a number of cases to political cronies—the government simply stopped tracking it. Continue reading
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President Donald Trump has reformed screening policies for cargo trucks entering the United States from Mexico. Prior to Trump, procedures were relaxed, just as they were relaxed when it came to permitting thousands of people to openly defy US law to cross the border illegally.
While not every person who crosses illegally is involved in crime, it stands to reason that many who come to the US without obeying federal law do have criminal intent.
Who benefits from the millions of dollars involved in cross border smuggling of people and drugs? Continue reading
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Snip from @ThorHalvorssen on Twitter
Testimony by Thor Halvorssen before the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary is being ignored completely by most media on both right and left. Halvorssen heads up the Human Rights Foundation (NY). Halvorssen is most definitely not a rightwinger. Nor is he a Trump activist.
Dig a little beyond Halvorssen’s testimony on Fusion GPS and Derwick Associates, and guess whose name pops up? Continue reading
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Tagged corruption, Derwick Associates, Fusion GPS, Preet Bharara, Russia conspiracy, Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate testimony, Thor Halvorssen, Venezuela
Imran Awan is at the heart of a scandal involving the House IT sector. He was arrested Monday and is facing federal charges. (Snip: Fox Business)
You’d think media would jump all over a story that sounds like a spy novel.
A family of workers is contracted by members of Congress to take care of IT needs. Said family receives millions of US tax dollars over a period of several years. Ultimately, family members get a second look and it turns out things are very sketchy, including alleged breaches of data, laundered money, and the fact members of this family work for congressional members who serve on the House Intel Committee. The family patriarch was busted by the FBI on Monday as he tried to leave the United States. Continue reading
Photo: Kay B. Day
Many of us who are no longer young and impressionable remember a time when federal overreach was not popular. The current federal behemoth is a result of Congress and presidents vesting more and more power in Washington while degrading power of the states.
You can’t find much on Sunset provisions on the Web, but what is there suggests it’s time to revisit the concept. Can the idea of sunset provisions be reintroduced now as Congress grapples with the PPACA/Obamacare tax bill? Continue reading