Archive for November, 2013

EBT – SNAP

November 30, 2013

There are many reasons to explain why the country is constantly running deficits. All of which revert to reckless government spending. Spending without oversight or accountability is the norm within every agency, bureaucracy, and entity of the public service genre. Lavish retreats with thousands of taxpayer dollars spent on spoof videos, expensive wines, extravagant dinners in 5 star hotels is the proverbial drop-in-the-bucket spending.

Estimates of government waste run as high as 20% of the annual budget. Twenty percent, one fifth of the national economy, is unaccounted each year. A few hundred million here, a billion or so there…it’s not long before we’re talking real money. With current annual federal expenditures around $3.5 trillion, the waste, at a very conservative 15%, is about $5.5 billion. At 20% that figure would be around $7 billion or just shy of $200,000,000 for each man, woman and child in the United States…legal and illegal.

Frauds are perpetrated without repercussion. Sometimes it takes place by individuals within the offices funded by the taxpayer and sometimes it is by those receiving otherwise unearned remuneration from those taxpayers. When it occurs within the agencies, culpability is infrequently identified and thus no accountability is brought forth. Department heads claim ignorance of their charges’ actions and almost never held to answer for the wrongs.

As it is with congress and other governmental departments, if a person is identified as doing wrong, often they are reassigned or resign and draw their pension. If they are not eligible to receive a pension, a large departing gift deposited into the bank account of their choice becomes their mouth-shutting reward. In either case, we pay for their slothful work, then we pay for their departure and life beyond.

Welfare is one of the easiest targets for fraud. Overpaid government workers accept bribes, kickbacks and other compensation for neglecting to clearly identify who is and who is not eligible for services and stipends.

A few months ago, my wife and I went to an ATM at a bank in an upscale neighborhood just north of San Diego. There was one person using the one ATM offered at this location, so we stood somewhat back from the machine and discussed plans for the rest of the day. Avoiding any particular identification of the individual, I’ll simply say that she was not a round-eyed, white European.

Over my wife’s shoulder, I could see the woman take money out of the dispenser, put some of it into her purse, then change screens and insert the rest of the cash into the ATM, obtaining a receipt for the transaction. She then reached into her purse withdrew a different card which was inserted into the ATM. From my vantage point, twelve to fifteen feet away, I could see that the screen offered images of two cards. At first, I could not see the one on the left, but the one on the right clearly read SNAP. For those not in the know, SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a federal program. As she proceeded through her routine, she stepped slightly aside and I saw that the choice on the left of the screen said EBT. Electronic Benefits Transfer is the California assistance program for low income residents.

Now I was more attentive!

She continued to insert a card, touch an icon, enter a pass code, receive cash, deposit the cash into the machine, and then place the receipt in her purse. She then went through the process not less than three additional times. I have no idea how long she was using the ATM before we arrived or the total number of cards inserted.

One might derive a number of conclusions from what I observed all of which I believe might constitute fraud.

1. She had been saving her unused subsistence payments.

If she had unused benefits from prior months then she was not truly in need of assistance and was receiving it fraudulently.

2. She had possession of cards for multiple people.

Possession of cards belonging to others is illegal.

3. She had multiple identities under which she received payments.

Applying for assistance under multiple identities constitutes fraud.

It seems as though there is little cause for concern within the state or federal governments to investigate fraud of this type. Why? Could it possibly be that the public employees themselves are so engaged in fraud and theft that they don’t want to start rolling an uncontrollable snowball in which might turn on them at the bottom of the hill?

I’m sure it will all change for the better with immigration reform. Millions more people, now in the shadows, coming forth as responsible individuals surely will help stop those who illegally and fraudulently abuse the system.

*Just a note here: Please keep earning money and paying taxes. Many, many people depend on you. And, the government is able to spend your money far more wisely, diligently and efficiently than you. Give a little, give a lot.

NO PROTECTION AND NOT AFFORDABLE

November 24, 2013

“Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.  Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.            Barack Obama – Dover NH, Sept 12, 2008

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare is a tax.  Within the Act is included a provision that if you don’t pay the tax, you will be taxed.  To assure you are taxed, access to any and all bank accounts on which you are a signer is available to the IRS.  You will be taxed!

The IRS will debit bank accounts for fines and premium payments for Obamacare.  This can only hurt the banking business as people avoid institutional services and begin stuffing mattresses and pillows with cash until needed.

First, commandeering 1/6 of the GDP in no way protects any patient.  The fact that more people are losing their insurance than those who never had any insurance is not protection.  It brings about an uncertainty, a concern, a fear that if any physical harm or dire ailment occurs one might not be insured against such harm or ailment.  The “Patient Protection” portion of the act’s name is nothing but doublespeak.

Second, it is not affordable.  With exceptional anecdotes, insurance premiums are rising at above recently recorded rates for the average individual, family and business.  In addition to the doubling and tripling of premiums that will acutely restrict disposable income and savings, comes deductibles that can drive the average family into bankruptcy should a catastrophic event descend upon any of the household members.

Is this why so many elites are exempted from the care and protection afforded by this law, and why do so many intelligent commoners fear it?

AUTONOMY, SOVEREIGNTY, LIBERTY – GONE, GONE, GONE

November 20, 2013

The world seems headed toward a one world government, a melding of all peoples under a single rule. “World” trade, “international” currency, “trans” and similar terms masque the ultimate goal of the very rich and powerful. They, the ruling class, plan a two class system in which there are the rulers and the ruled; a society not unlike that of feudal Europe. Today, in the United States, the middle class is descending into what might be called American neo-poverty. Disintegration of the middle class is essential to the plan.

Today’s national governments, state bodies and local governing authorities are destined to become nothing more than remote outstations for the global cabal. There will be only two major divisions of humans, those who work directly for, and are paid by the government, and those who work indirectly for, and pay into, the government. A third subset of humanoid might result. For now let’s use the medieval term “serfs’, loyal government servants, but only to the extent of stipends received.

Obamacare is a giant leap toward submissive allegiance to the central government. It narrows individual selection and personal responsibility in favor of pre-chosen plans meant for universal commonness. With 16% to 20% of our economy decided and controlled by a central government with this program alone, the takeover is inevitable. For the new system to function fully, taxing businesses and the workers of the middle class to the point where government subsidies are welcome is also necessary. Obamacare delineates those taxes!

Indirect taxation and micro-regulation are keys to accomplishing higher revenue for those at the top. Fines for non-compliance with the imposed regulations also finance the oppressing regime. The taxation must be done deceitfully, behind closed doors and when only a few are paying attention. Taxes must be buried deeply in bills that are never read before passage.

Tax the energy on which we’ve come to depend and the appliances that consume it. Tax the food we eat. Establish costly mandates for farming, manufacturing and production. Impose a levy on medical devices required to diagnose health and maintain healthful longevity. Mandate a portion of home sales for health care expense offset. These new and increased taxes will little affect the very wealthy yet drive the medially well-off into substandard existence.

Once the middle class is broken and dependent, only two economic classes remain – the ultra rich and the extremely poor. With wealth comes dominance, with poverty subordination. It’s called fascism.

In order for the plan to work in entirety, the Constitution must be abolished or at minimum marginalized. That, too, is in progress. Each Executive Order bypassing congress diminishes the value of the credential on which the country was founded. Each fiat dissolves the trilateral government designed to eliminate the potential of dictatorship. Relinquishing to the United Nations jurisdiction granted to citizens of the U.S. removes another layer of national autonomy. Soon there will be no need for the instrument that led us to a position of global approbation.

The above moves, now in progress, aim to put the United States of America on a level of mediocrity not unlike other autocratically controlled countries. Our president and many of our elected leaders feel this is necessary to replace individual accomplishment with collective effort. “You didn’t build that”!

Once the mindset is formed, leading the now entitled to the next watering hole becomes simple. With the fundamental transformation of our nation as promised by our current president, our melding into a new world order is well under way. Our personal and national autonomy is almost vanquished.

THE EFFECTIVE USE OF ANTONYMS

November 13, 2013

Obama stands in front of Teleprompters, cameras and the American people proclaiming big things for the nation.  He orates what we want and what we need to hear, then he does just the opposite.  Few members of broadcast or print media cover the actions, just the words gloriously spoken.  Reconciling his words and actions is impossible.

While campaigning, Senator Barack Obama promised to bring a new level of transparency to Washington, and to preside over the “most transparent administration in U.S. history”.  He repeats the phrase frequently.  The most transparent administration in U.S. history is a prime example of the man’s use of doublespeak.  There are more “closed doors” at the White House daily than in any federal prison in a month.

“You should know that keeping the economy growing and making sure jobs are available is the first thing I think about when I wake up every morning.  It’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed each night.”  Between the IRS and excess taxation on businesses, the EPA with endless regulations requiring costly compliance, HHS and Obamacare jacking up the cost of doing business and other obstacles and hurdles he places in the way of job and economic growth, his actions mean to stifle the economy and destroy jobs.

He must also counsel his appointed goons in Obama transparency.  For instance, Lois Lerner testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  I have not done anything wrong, I have not broken any laws, I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.”  “While I would very much like to answer the committee’s questions today, I have been advised by my counsel to assert my constitutional right not to testify or answer questions related to the subject manner of this hearing,” Lerner said. 

The constitutional right to which she referred is the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which reads, in part, “No person…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself…”  Lerner, if she answered any questions, would either, (1) further perjure herself or (2) admit that she did, in fact, commit the wrongs she denied previously; she would have become a witness against herself. 

How about Hillary balking, dodging, avoiding, delaying and otherwise stalling for months before articulating the now infamous words, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Of course, who can forget Obama’s lap licking Lewinski, Nancy Pelosi?  She actually said that people on Welfare stimulate the economy.  “For every dollar a person receives in food stamps, $1.79 is put back into the economy.”  “It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance.  The biggest bang for the buck,” she said. 

That statement actually illustrates the inefficiency of government.  The administration costs and waste involved in getting a usable dollar to its intended target is just about 80%.  Statements like hers are known as unintended truths.

However, using Pelosi’s logic, wouldn’t it follow that if every American quit working and received nothing but food stamps and unemployment insurance the economy would grow by 179% or more almost instantly?  We could continue to grow the economy even more and faster by awarding COLAs and merit raises to the monthly stipend deposits of those robbing banks and liquor stores.  This kind of twisted logic seems to work for Pelosi.

Fewer people working and more people drawing down on the government coffers, yeah that’s got to be the answer to economic stability.  If we could just contract with foreign companies to build a website for Obamacare that doesn’t work, pay them ten times what the cost should be.  We could then pay them a few hundred million dollars extra to actually make the site work.  That should stimulate the American economy and make taxpayers proud.

You can bet that if our President says something publicly, it is his intent to perform in an irreconcilable manner.  It’s the effective use of antonyms.

THE LYING BASTARD

November 11, 2013

Barack Obama is a lying bastard.  Normally I might say he is a lying black bastard but some people would attack calling the statement racist due to the use of the definitively descriptive term – black.  The fact that I use the specific term bastard may be questioned though.  We simply don’t know enough about our President to rule out the fact that he was fathered by the card-carrying Communist, Frank Marshal Davis or someone else.  Obama’s political philosophy was certainly influenced by Davis.  His questionably promiscuous mother might not even have been sure.  Where that birth took place should never have been the question.

Digression aside, according to Breitbart News the following conversation took place between Eric Cantor and President Obama in February 2010, the month prior to the passage of the PPACA.  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the full name for the  devastation now known as Obamacare.

CANTOR: …Because I don’t think you can answer the question in the positive to say that people will be able to maintain their coverage, people will be able to see the doctors they want, in the kind of bill that you are proposing:

OBAMA: Since you asked me a question, let me respond.  The 8 to 9 million people you refer to that might have to change their coverage — keep in mind out of the 300 million Americans that we are talking about — would be folks who the CBO, the Congressional Budget Office, estimates would find the deal in the exchange better — would be a better deal.  So, yes, they would change coverage because they got more choice and competition.

In the past three and a half years, right through the 2012 election, he continued to state and restate over 25 times: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.  Period.  If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan.  Period.  No one will take it away.  No matter what.”

Seen recently in the SLATE  “When I say if you have your plan and you like it, or you have a doctor and you like your doctor, that you don’t have to change plans, what I’m saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform,” said the president in August 2009.  Meaning: It would be the provider, not the government, that responded to new regulations by ending the plan.

All the B.S. about plans being grandfathered was simply a divertive tactic for which this administration is so well-known.  There never was intent to have any plans continue for us, the commoners.  HHS made sure of that with the mandatory inclusion of caveats such as maternity coverage for 65 year-old men (not a lot of pre-existing plans offered that coverage), prostate cancer coverage for women (again, not covered previously by any insurer) or making it mandatory for all health insurance plans to cover men, women and children bitten by a one-eyed black goat while flying in a private plane.

He knew it all along and continued to speak untruthfully.  HE LIED!  He undoubtedly also lied about Fast and Furious and Benghazi and NSA spying on innocent and unaware American citizens and Homeland Security tapping media companies communications and journalists private phones and IRS targeting of people opposing his Marxist / Socialist agenda and…and…and.  He probably lies to Michelle about his golf handicap!