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Foreign Service officers revolt against lousy Obama appointees

Posted by: Phineas on February 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas In the Catholic Church, the sin was called “simony,” the buying and selling of sacred offices, such as bishoprics. The practice was one of the abuses that lead to the Reformation. Now Foreign Service officers are rising against a secular simony, the Obama administration’s appointment of unqualified ambassadors who also happen to […]

 

California: Jerry Brown’s high-speed payoff? #HSR

Posted by: Phineas on January 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Oh, no. This doesn’t look bad at all. First the Tutor-Perini (1) construction company, whom we’ve met before, wins a huge contract to build California’s high-speed rail, even though their record is… not the best. Then, after two defeats in state courts that put the whole project in jeopardy, Brown demands the […]

 

On birthday parties, income inequality, and big government

Posted by: Phineas on January 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas So, in all the excitement of the NFL’s “championship weekend” the featured the 49ers thrilling come-from-ahead loss in Seattle (1), I forgot it was Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday. You can bet she didn’t forget, though, enjoying a lavish party attended by 500 celebrities and political stars. An intimate soirée, in other words. […]

 

CA High-Speed Rail Fail: $600 million spent, not a mile of track laid

Posted by: Phineas on November 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm » 16 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Because The Future! Or something: The latest accounting by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to state lawmakers indicates that the agency has spent almost $600 million on engineering and environmental consultants — all without turning a shovelful of dirt on construction. In the twice-a-year report (PDF) sent to legislative leaders on Friday, the […]

 

#Obamacare: When is a federal health program not a federal health program?

Posted by: Phineas on November 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas When our Beneficent Sun King and his minion Sebelius say so: The Affordable Care Act is the biggest new health care program in decades, but the Obama administration has ruled that neither the federal insurance exchange nor the federal subsidies paid to insurance companies on behalf of low-income people are “federal health […]

 

#Obamacare web site contract a “crony contract?”

Posted by: Phineas on October 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas File this under “Things that make you say ‘Hmmm…’” First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the […]

 

Scandalabra: another #IRS official takes the Fifth

Posted by: Phineas on June 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas But it’s not over targeting conservative groups: this one seems to be centered around good old-fashioned graft. Almost refreshing, really: A Virginia company inappropriately secured contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars from the Internal Revenue Service based on false statements and personal ties to an IRS official, the top Republican investigator in […]

 

Kickbacks and carve-outs: this is how the immigration bill will pass the Senate

Posted by: Phineas on June 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Remember the deals bribes various senators were offered for favorable consideration to buy their vote for Obamacare? There were Mary Landrieu’s “Louisiana Purchase,” Ben Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback,” Chris Dodd’s “U-Con,” Bill Nelson’s “Gator-Aid” for Florida, and others. In each case, a senator sold their vote in favor of an unpopular, badly written bill few had read in return for a legislative 30 pieces of silver. […]

 

Shocking? Insider trading on #Obamacare, facilitated by the White House?

Posted by: Phineas on May 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas I use the question mark because, at this point, after stomping on freedom of speech in the IRS scandal and the utter cynicism behind the Benghazi cover-up, I’m not so sure I’d really be shocked by plain-old cronyism. In fact, a little workaday graft might be refreshing. Time to call the SEC? Wall […]

 

Corker: Watt heading Federal Housing Finance Agency = “fox guarding the hen house”

Posted by: ST on May 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm » 3 Comments

As you’ve probably already heard, in the latest example of this administration’s naked cronyism (THIS WEEK), President Obama has nominated my Congressman in Name Only – Mel Watt – to oversee the Federal Housing Finance Agency.   The nomination has already sparked controversy, and for good reasons: President Barack Obama nominated Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., as […]