Tag Archive: Taxpayer Money


Letting The Cat Out Of The Bag On The Role Of Public Employee Unions

 

 

Illustration by Michael Ramirez

 

” Noam Scheiber makes a good case for the importance of the Wisconsin governor’s race at the New Republic. But the most interesting thing comes in what Scheiber, perhaps inadvertently, admits. Referring to the limitations on public employee union bargaining imposed by Governor Scott Walker and the Republican legislature, Scheiber writes, “He’s effectively defunded a key Democratic constituency.” “

 

 

 

 

” Let’s unpack that. Where do public employee unions get their money? Directly from dues paid by public employees, who in turn get that money from taxpayers. Where does that money go? Politically, almost entirely to the Democratic Party, as Scheiber admits. Public employee unions, whatever else they do, are (in almost all cases) a mechanism for mandatory taxpayer financing of one political party. Scheiber’s complaint is that Wisconsin Republicans have cut the amount of such public financing.

  What’s the argument for that? I understand that those who want the Democratic Party to win every election may think that’s good public policy. But what’s the politically neutral argument for public financing of one political party and not the other? “

 

 

Michael Barone explains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Family Sets All-Time Record For Travel Expenses

 

 

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” Judicial Watch reported that the Obamas have set a new record for vacations on the backs of Americans taxpayers. Remember, this included an extended stay in Hawaii for one Michele Obama, who wished to celebrate her 50th b-day at Oprah’s home there.

  The conservative action group had to file a lawsuit to obtain the records from the US Air Force, marking a new low for US politics. The Obamas spent over $7.4 million during 2013, merely for flight expenses

Via JW:

  Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in August 2013, after being repeatedly beat back by the White House. The group reported:

* The outbound flight to Honolulu for the Obamas’ 2012-13 Christmas vacation cost taxpayers $2, 214, 393.60. The return flight to Washington cost $1,871,961.60. Flight expenditures alone came to $4,086,355.20.

* The outbound flight to California in August, 2013 for Obama to dine with Katzenberg and appear on the “The Tonight Show” cost taxpayers $1,209,926.40. The return flight to Washington cost $935,980.80. Flight expenditures alone came to $2,145,907.20.

* The outbound flight to Martha’s Vineyard for the Obama family’s August vacation cost taxpayers $890,323.20. The return flight to Washington cost $273,945.60. Flight expenditures alone came to $1,164,268.80.

* The grand total of $7,396,531.20, Judicial Watch pointed out, only accounted for flight expenses for the three trips.

“The fact is, the Obamas are abusing the public trust and the taxpayers with unnecessary luxurious vacations and travel,” Judicial Watch said. “These staggering costs show why these documents were covered-up and we had to sue in federal court to get them. Another transparency fail for the Obama gang, but thanks to our federal lawsuit it is another accountability win for the American taxpayer.”

 

Thanks to Rand Paul Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Retired NY Firefighters, Cops Arrested In Pension Fraud Probe

 

 

 

 

” A second wave of retired New York firefighters and police was arrested on Tuesday on disability fraud charges tied to a September 11 pension fraud, said a source involved in the investigation.

  A massive ongoing investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office had, in January, led to disability fraud charges against 106 suspects80 of them retired New York cops and firefighters – with some accused of falsely claiming to have been traumatized by the September 11, 2001 attacks on the city.

  On Tuesday, authorities rounded up 28 suspects, including 16 more retired police officers, four former firefighters, and a retired New York City Department of Corrections employee, the source told Reuters.

  Vance said the total amount stolen from taxpayers could reach $400 million.”

 

Everywhere we look these days we cannot help but be assaulted with stories of public employees abusing the public trust . The problem worsens daily and will continue to do so as long as authority is in the ascendency . Power corrupts , the more power the more corrupt both in quantity and quality .

      We can’t escape human nature and even the most rudimentary understanding of the human animal confirms to the citizenry that the more powerful any individual or organization of individuals becomes the more likely that entity is to become corrupted and the more impact that corruption will have on our day to day lives .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biden’s ‘good friend,’ donor receives $20M federal loan to open foreign luxury car dealership in Ukraine

  ” In late July, John Hynansky — a longtime friend of Vice President Joe Biden , and a major donor
to Biden’s campaigns as well as President Barack Obama’s — was awarded a $20 million taxpayer loan to build a foreign-car dealership in Ukraine. “

Does anyone notice a pattern here ? It pays handsomely to be a friend of Obama .

New disclosures show that one of President Obama’s bundlers is the wife of an executive at an energy company that received a more-than- $1.2 Billion Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee for a solar power plant.

Arvia Few is a bundler for the Obama re-election campaign who has promised to raise between $50,000 and $100,000. She began bundling for Obama in the first quarter of
2012.

Her husband , Jason Few , is an executive at a company that has benefited handsomely from the Obama administration’s clean energy spending, records show. ”

HT/Gateway Pundit