Archive for the ‘Government Abuse’ Category

Gov’t @ Work: Making $500k? Living in HUD housing? … No problem!

August 24, 2015

From the you can’t make this stuff up file …

A recent HUD IG report identified “families earning more than the maximum income for government-subsidized housing as an egregious abuse of the system. “

Some examples in the Washington Post:

  • A New York City family making $497,911 a year pays $1,574 a month to live in public housing in a three-bedroom apartment subsidized by taxpayers.
  • A tenant with assets worth $1.6 million — including stocks, real estate and retirement accounts — pays $300 for a one-bedroom apartment in public housing in Oxford, Neb.

These are extreme cases, but they’re not alone: about 2.5% of the 1.1 million families in the country who live in public housing have incomes over the HUD maximums.

 

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So, why is this happening and what is HUD doing about it?

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How many Americans are older than 112 years old?

March 11, 2015

Before you answer, let me feed you  a couple of hints.

According to a government report:

In September 2013, a New York resident, believed to be the world’s oldest living man, died at age 112.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, as of October 2013, only 35 known living individuals worldwide had reached age 112.

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You’re thinking a pretty low number, right?

Well, let me rephrase the question: How many Americans does the Social Security Administration think are over 112?

The answer may surprise you …

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Ordering a pizza in 2015 …

August 16, 2013

If you’ve been shrugging off the  government spying and control stuff, watch this short video-simulation.

It’s getting personal …

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Thanks to ST for feeding the lead …

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Rx: How to start fixing the IRS …

May 20, 2013

OK, here’s my diagnosis – the Dx — and my short-term prescription – the Rx.

First, the Dx …

Of course, the Tea Party and other conservative groups were targeted for political purposes.

Any claim of “efficiency procedures” or “inadvertent error” are simply ridiculous.

Of course,  folks high up the food chain were involved … setting the broad mission (with Mob-like deniability) — “punish your enemies” –- and condoning the actions by failing to stop them them when they became well known.

So, what to do?

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Here is how I’d get started righting the ship … the Rx:

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Nums: Scandals important, but O’s rating is up … say, what?

May 19, 2013

The term “Teflon president” is being re-calibrated.

Here’s a head-scratcher:

Despite the Benghazi, IRS and AP scandals, CNN reports that Obama’s job approval ratings have bumped up.

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That’s despite the parallel findings that respondents think the 3 scandals are important, that they are indeed scandals, and that they think that the GOP-led Congress is handling the matter correctly.

Here are some details …

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IRS: An “efficiency initiative” that resulted in horrible “customer service” … say, what?

May 18, 2013

I was in the car on Friday morning and tuned the radio to the Congressional testimony of the Treasury IG and Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller.

In a word: frightening.

First, the IG seems like a straight arrow.  HIs answers were direct, structured and fact-based.

He dished the bad news, but wouldn’t take the GOP bait to condemn beyond his specific findings.

Then, there was this clown.

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Let’s put this situation in perspective and then drill down …

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ABC: IRS Official in Charge Targeting Now Runs ObamaCare Division

May 16, 2013

Definitely from the ‘you can’t make this stuff up” file …

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ABC News is reporting …

The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.

Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012.

But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed.

House Speaker John Boehner expressed “serious concerns” that the IRS is empowered as the law’s chief enforcer.

“Obamacare empowers the agency that just violated the public’s trust by secretly targeting conservative groups,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind.,
added.

“Even by Washington’s standards, that’s unacceptable.”

Sen. John Cornyn even introduced a bill, the “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013,” which would prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury, or any delegate, including the IRS, from enforcing the Affordable Care Act.

“Now more than ever, we need to prevent the IRS from having any role in Americans’ health care,” Cornyn, R-Texas, stated.

“I do not support Obamacare, and after the events of last week, I cannot support giving the IRS any more responsibility or taxpayer dollars to implement a broken law.”

Seriously, you just can’t make this stuff up …

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