But we need to cut food stamps by $39 BILLION DOLLARS because our spending is ‘out of control’ according to Republicans.
‘A U.S. contractor in Iraq overbilled the Pentagon by at least $4.4 million for spare parts and equipment, including $900 for an electronic control switch valued at $7.05, according to a new audit’.
“The audit found weak oversight in multiple areas that left the government vulnerable to improper overcharges,” Bowen wrote in the forward to his 30th quarterly report, released today’.
‘Among the “egregious examples of overbilling” by Anham were $4,500 for a circuit breaker valued at $183.30,
‘$3,000 for a $94.47 circuit breaker and’
‘$80 for a small segment of drain pipe valued at $1.41’.
@ : http://wastefraudandabuse.org/pentagon-waste-fraud-and-abuse/
Yeah. Providing food assistance for the poor is why out Country is in debt.
The seven-year exercise in waste was not an anomaly’.
‘It was the norm for the U.S. Defense Department’s effort in recent years to upgrade the way it keeps track of money, supplies and people’.
‘Burdened with thousands of old, error-filled record-keeping systems – estimates range from 2,100 to more than 5,000 of them – the Pentagon is unable to account for itself, and thus for roughly half of all congressionally approved annual federal spending’.
‘The U.S. Air Force had great expectations for the Expeditionary Combat Support System when it launched the project in 2005’.
‘This accountants’ silver bullet, the Air Force predicted a year later, “will fundamentally revolutionize the way the Air Force provides logistics support.”
‘The new computer-based logistics technology would replace 420 obsolete, inefficient and largely incompatible “legacy” systems with a single, unified means of tracking the hardware of warfare’.
‘And it would be done for a mere $1.5 billion, combining three off-the-shelf products from Oracle Corp and modifying them only enough so that they could work together’.
‘Seven years and $1.03 billion taxpayer dollars later, the Air Force announced in November 2012 that it was killing the project’.
‘ECSS had yielded “negligible” value and was “no longer a viable option,” the Air Force said’.
‘It would have taken an estimated $1.1 billion more to turn it into a system that could perform about one-quarter of its originally planned tasks, and couldn’t be fielded until 2020’.
From : http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/12/24/High-Cost-Pentagon-s-Poor-Bookkeeping
“In 2009, 54% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats said humans have evolved over time, a difference of 10 percentage points. Today, 43% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats say humans have evolved, a 24-point gap.”
(Reuters) – ‘One-third of Americans reject the idea of evolution and Republicans have grown more skeptical about it, according to a poll released on Monday’.
‘Sixty percent of Americans say that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” the telephone survey by the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project showed (Click here for the full survey)’.
‘But 33 percent reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time,” Pew said in a statement’.
‘Although this percentage remained steady since 2009, the last time Pew asked the question, there was a growing partisan gap on whether humans evolved’.
“The gap is coming from the Republicans, where fewer are now saying that humans have evolved over time,” said Cary Funk, a Pew senior researcher who conducted the analysis’.
From : http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/30/us-usa-poll-evolution-idUSBRE9BT0LC20131230
‘Former general and Tea Party activist Paul Vallely is calling for the citizens of the U.S. to arrest President Obama. According to Right Wing Watch, Vallely said’:
“I would say if we can make citizens’ arrest, I challenge our government that if we have people that are conducting treason against the United States and the best interests of our country, violating the Constitution, violating our laws, just as they are doing with these excessive executive orders that are coming out of the White House where you have a President and his team that doesn’t care about the Constitution.”
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/12/31/vallely-tea-party-obama-arrest/
When crap like this is touted as what we ‘Liberals’ need to start doing, it’s why we Liberals will fail and might as well hand over the Country to Corporations and the wealthy.
From this op-ed by a Noah Smith (No relation) :
“I want to move back toward a society where the hard work of an unskilled laborer is considered worthwhile in social interactions, regardless of how many dollars it brings home”.
“It’s tempting to blame conservatives, libertarians, and the business community for the erosion of equality of respect”.
“But I think American liberals have also made the mistake of focusing too much on income and wealth as the measures of success”.
@ : http://noahpinionblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/redistribute-wealth-no-redistribute.html
“House GOP votes to cut $39 billion from food stamp program’
@ : http://inplainsight.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/19/20581119-house-gop-votes-to-cut-39-billion-from-food-stamp-program?lite
“House Republicans Vote to Keep Bush Tax Cuts for the Richest 2%”
@ : http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/320-80/12739-house-republicans-vote-to-keep-bush-tax-cuts-for-the-richest-2
“House Republicans want to let unemployment benefits lapse”
@ : http://www.salon.com/2013/12/04/house_republicans_want_to_let_unemployment_benefits_lapse/
“Ryan budget would hurt poor and elderly, experts say”
@ : http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/08/16/162572/ryan-budget-would-hurt-poor-and.html
“Republicans Want Deeper Cuts For Domestic Programs To Finance More Defense Spending”
@ : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/10/2276141/republicans-sequester-defense/#
Yeah….it’s the Democrats fault. Don’t blame the Conservatives or Libertarians.
One last note your respect.
Fight the war that will save America.
Income equality and opportunity!
‘The Catholic conservative who insists he cares about the poor says Pope Francis doesn’t understand capitalism’.
“What I love about the pope is he is triggering the exact kind of dialogue we ought to be having,” Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “People need to get involved in their communities to make a difference, to fix problems soul to soul.”
Ah Yes. The Republican ‘real’ capitalism.
“The guy is from Argentina, they haven’t had real capitalism in Argentina,” Ryan said (referring to the pope as “the guy” is a nice folksy touch.) “They have crony capitalism in Argentina. They don’t have a true free enterprise system.”
@ : http://www.salon.com/2013/12/27/paul_ryan_lectures_the_pope/
‘Catholic bishops criticize Ryan budget for hurting the poor’
@ : http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/economy-a-budget/222031-catholic-bishops-criticize-ryan-budget-for-hurting-the-poor
‘Paul Ryan’s Budget Extreme Version Of Ronald Reagan Economics’
@ : http://guardianlv.com/2012/08/paul-ryans-budget-extreme-version-of-ronald-reagan-economics/
‘Trickle-Down Economics and Broken Promises’
‘How Inequality Is Holding Back Our Economy’
” Trickle-down economics is severely flawed; for decades, its associated economic policies have generated high levels of inequality, justifying that inequality with faulty logic, and most likely, dampened levels of economic growth. In contrast, middle-out policies, which combat inequality and strengthen the middle class through a progressive economic agenda, have the promise to bring about a new era of shared prosperity in our nation”.
@ : http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/report/2013/12/04/80381/trickle-down-economics-and-broken-promises/
This is the Country they want the rest of us to live in :
“Republicans and their teabagger comrades are wont to claim they are the real Americans, and those residing in the former Confederacy like to claim they live in the real America”.
‘The top 10 states with the lowest mortality rates are in the Northeast and Western United States’
‘Of the 25 states that are above the national average, 19 are blue and just six are red’.
teabagger REAL Americans
‘Americans living in the Southern states have the lowest wages,
See also :
‘Southern Republicans Drag the Rest of the Nation Down by Doing the Kochs’ Bidding’
“One of the reasons America has become a third-world nation is three decades of Republican trickle-down economics, the monopolization, privatization and deregulation of industry, and decimation of labor protection has sent 50 million Americans into wretched poverty while all the wealth has risen to the top 1% of income earners instead of investing in America”.
@ : http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/19/southern-republicans-drag-rest-nation-kochs-bidding.html
‘Republicans Vote Against Their Own Survival as the Top 14 Child Poverty States Are Red’
“The top fourteen states with the highest percentage of children living in dire poverty are deeply-held red states and far exceed the humiliating national child poverty rate of nearly 24%”.
@ : http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/04/republicans-vote-survival-top-14-child-poverty-states-red.html
‘Southern States Are Pushing Themselves Deeper Into Poverty By Voting Republican’
“It is bad enough that the richest nation on Earth comes in at number 2 in the world with over 23% of its children living in extreme poverty, but the numbers are worse in the bottom five states that, not coincidently, are controlled by Republicans on a path to increase poverty and keep their poorest and youngest residents hungry, homeless, and in ill-health”.
@ : http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/02/southern-states-pushing-deeper-poverty-voting-republican.html