The inspector general President Obama fired last month filed a lawsuit Friday to get his job back, claiming the firing was politically motivated and broke a 2008 law governing how watchdogs can be dismissed. Gerald Walpin, inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service, was removed June 10. In a letter telling Congress of his decision, Mr. Obama said he no longer had confidence in Mr. Walpin, but did not elaborate.
A western Pennsylvania man has been cleared of criminal charges after bringing his handgun to a campaign rally for President Barack Obama. John Noble, of Industry, wore the 9 mm on a holster and carried a Bible to the August rally to protest Obama’s remark that Americans who felt left out by the system clung to guns and religion. The rally was in Beaver, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh.
Local Tea Party patriots held an anti-Obama Care protest at Senator Claire “ACORN” McCaskill’s district offices on Delmar Boulevard today. The protest was organized by Americans for Prosperity and the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition. McCaskill’s office manager locked the doors, pull down the blinds, called the cops and forced the protesters across the street.
The Obama administration’s $50 billion program to curb foreclosures isn’t working, and the White House knows it. Administration officials blame the mortgage servicers charged with carrying out the mortgage modifications and refinancing under the federal program. Many of their Democratic allies on Capitol Hill back them up, but others are criticizing the White House for fumbling the execution.
Phil Collins, 61, [No, not the singer/drummer….ed] quit his job, planned his own funeral and blew £18,000 from a pension pay-out after being told he had inoperable gallbladder and liver cancer. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of buying a Triumph motorbike, bought wife Isabel a car and made financial arrangements to ensure she was secure after his death. But when the six month deadline passed he went back to hospital – where further checks revealed the growth on his liver was in fact an abscess.
Vice President Joe Biden told people attending an AARP town hall meeting that unless the Democrat-supported health care plan becomes law the nation will go bankrupt and that the only way to avoid that fate is for the government to spend more money. “And folks look, AARP knows and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know, that the status quo is simply not acceptable,” Biden said at the event on Thursday in Alexandria, Va. “It’s totally unacceptable. And it’s completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially.”
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Friday afternoons and evenings — as we’ve mentioned here previously — are usually a dumping ground for political news its originators do not want noticed much. Especially entering warm summer weekends. The flip side of that adage is that there’s rarely much competition for the news at those times. Tah-dah! Not by accident today President Barack Obama (despite the shattering death of his beloved teleprompter earlier this week) staged an unscheduled media availability to insert himself into the news. Not much competition, so he got lots of coverage. And since he walked out afterward without taking any questions, there was no chance of anything else detracting from the message he wanted to insert: Healthcare now!
Community activists who provide support and training services for organized labor have neglected to file their annual report with the Louisiana secretary of state and are now listed as being “not in good standing,” according to public records.
A non-profit affiliate organization of the Association of Community Activists for Reform Now (ACORN) that shares the same address with almost 300 other allied groups in New Orleans was suppose to file its annual report shortly after its anniversary in late May of this year, Jacques Berry, a press secretary for Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne said in an interview.
Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd has been going around talking up KennedyDoddCare by claiming “62 percent of all personal bankruptcies were caused by medical problems.” (SNIP) But when medical bankruptcies are more accurately defined as those attributable solely to medical-related costs beyond a household’s control, the rate plummets to just 29 percent. Even then, U.S. Justice Department statistics show that in personal bankruptcies blamed at least in part on unpaid physician and hospital bills, medical costs comprised no more than 13 percent of all unsecured debts.
You have to be kidding me. Obama’s top economic advisor Larry “Sleepy” Summers says that searches for “economic depression” on Google have slowed down so that means things are starting to turn around.
Of all the statistics pouring into the White House every day, top economic adviser Larry Summers highlighted one Friday to make his case that the economic free-fall has ended. The number of people searching for the term “economic depression” on Google is down to normal levels, Summers said.
Could it be that President Barack Obama’s Midas touch is starting to dull a bit, even among members of his own party? Conservative House Democrats are balking at the cost and direction of Obama’s top priority, an overhaul of the nation’s health care system. A key Senate Democrat, Max Baucus of Montana, complains that Obama’s opposition to paying for it with a tax on health benefits “is not helping us.” Another Democrat, Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma, tells his local newspaper that Obama is too liberal and is “very unpopular” in his district.
One southern Wisconsin homeowner is probably not in love with the Oscar Mayer wiener. The famed hot dog’s Wienermobile crashed Friday into the deck and garage of a home in Mount Pleasant, about 35 miles south of Milwaukee. Police said the driver was trying to turn the Wienermobile around in the driveway and thought she was moving in reverse. But she instead went forward and hit the home.
The White House is asking Congress to give the executive branch more power to limit Medicare’s rising costs. A White House letter to top lawmakers on Friday said the move would be “a critical step forward” in controlling health care costs and providing better care. The proposal would allow an independent advisory board to recommend changes in Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors, hospitals and other providers.
Quote of the day.
Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’ The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.
-Genius Joe Biden, speaking to a gathering of AARP folks.