The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop

http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/16/war-poverty-colossal-flop/

 

Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.

One third of the U.S. population received aid from at least one welfare program at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient in 2013.

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A President Whose Assurances Have Come Back to Haunt Him

Even the New York Times is now calling Obama a liar:

The comment that has caused Mr. Obama the most grief in recent days was his judgment about groups like ISIS. In an interview last winter with David Remnick of The New Yorker, Mr. Obama sought to make the point that not every terrorist group is a threat like Al Qaeda, requiring extraordinary American action.

“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Mr. Obama told Mr. Remnick. He drew a distinction between Al Qaeda and “jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”

Asked about that by Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” last weekend, Mr. Obama denied that he necessarily meant ISIS. “Keep in mind I wasn’t specifically referring to ISIL,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the group.

But the transcript of the New Yorker interview showed that Mr. Obama made his JV team comment directly after being asked about terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Africa, which would include ISIS. After Mr. Obama’s initial answer, Mr. Remnick pointed out that “that JV team just took over Fallujah,” a city in western Iraq seized by ISIS. Mr. Obama replied that terrorism in many places around the world was not necessarily “a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into.”

Journalistic organizations like PolitiFact, Factcheck.org and The Washington Post’s Fact Checker all rejected the contention that Mr. Obama was not referring to ISIS when he made his comment about JV teams.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/us/politics/a-president-whose-assurances-have-come-back-to-haunt-him.html

How a suburban homemaker humbled Illinois and Big Labor

Five years ago, Pam Harris was an unpretentious Illinois homemaker with no background in political activism when the SEIU knocked on her front door in an attempt to get her to join the union.

She participates in a state-funded home caregiver program for the mentally disabled that Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, had recently declared eligible for collective bargaining.

She said no, but the state and SEIU refused to take that for an answer. Both assumed that she could be prodded into joining.

Harris saw the effort as an intrusion and fought it every step of the way. First, she organized the union’s defeat in a 2009 mail-in election. Then she challenged the declaration all the way to the Supreme Court.

“This is really cool,” Harris told me Monday. “I don’t have to worry — and other families don’t have to worry — their homes will become union workplaces.”

Her victory, obtained with help from the National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation, means that not only can she not be forced to join a union, but neither can other Illinois home caregivers. Most are individuals caring for disabled family members.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/how-a-suburban-homemaker-humbled-illinois-and-big-labor/article/2550345

How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich: Bill earned $104.9 million for speeches

Bill Clinton has been paid $104.9 million for 542 speeches around the world between January 2001, when he left the White House, and January 2013, when Hillary stepped down as secretary of state, according to a Washington Post review of the family’s federal financial disclosures.

Although slightly more than half of his appearances were in the United States, the majority of his speaking income, $56.3 million, came from foreign speeches, many of them in China, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom, the Post review found.

Since leaving the State Department, Hillary Clinton has followed her husband and a roster of recent presidents and secretaries of state in this profitable line of work, addressing dozens of industry groups, banks and other organizations for pay. Records of her earnings are not publicly available, but executives familiar with the engagements said her standard fee is $200,000 and up, and that she has been in higher demand than her husband.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-the-clintons-went-from-dead-broke-to-rich-bill-earned-1049-million-for-speeches/2014/06/26/8fa0b372-fd3a-11e3-8176-f2c941cf35f1_story.html

18,709 VA Employees Make $180,000 or More

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has 59,297 employees – 17.3 percent out of 342,089 workers total — that make $100,000 or more in yearly salary, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Among those employees, 18,709 of them earn a salary of $180,000 or more.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/18709-va-employees-make-180000-or-more

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/data-analysis-documentation/fedscope/

The VA has come under fire recently for deaths that have happened because of long waiting lists and insufficient care.

“Referencing data obtained by a Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the report shows that the VA spent over $200 million in wrongful death payments to 1,000 families of deceased veterans between 2001-2011,” the report states. “For some veterans who died waiting for care, the VA did not disclose anything, and instead tried to bury the information.”

http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=52cc9295-45f6-49a6-922b-43fa8eb7278a

 

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