HDR 183: Government Oversight, The Debt and…Russia?
ALOHA, ALL!! I had the pleasure of participating in another great conference call Wednesday. This time, it was Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) hosting the call, with Darrell Issa (CA) and Blake Farenthold (TX) participating. My first thought: with all that’s going on in Congress right now, it’s amazing that these individuals even have the time to talk with us!!! The focus of the call was to talk about the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) and the various issues they are dealing with, most notably, the “Fast and Furious” debacle. The goal of the OGR is to exercise effective oversight over the federal government and to work proactively to investigate and expose waste, fraud, and abuse. But they’re not just dealing with “Fast and Furious,” also the “Permitorium” on drilling in the Gulf, the NLRB’s overreach with respect to Boeing’s move to South Carolina, the thousands of wasted acres of federal government land sitting idle, and the Postal Reform Act. Of course, I was furiously taking notes throughout the call and also Tweeting at the same time (see a few of my Tweets above – ain’t multi-tasking grand?) Here are some additional highlights from the call:
- Issa (“Chief Watchdog” and Chair of the OGR) said the investigation of “Fast and Furious” is just the tip of the iceberg. The OGR is investigating all bad government policy. Issa informed us that many in the administration think the mistakes made in “Fast and Furious” were minor and that several ATF agents involved have actually been promoted. Mexican officials have been difficult to work with, refusing to show American authorities the guns they say are coming from the U.S. Important distinction: “Fast and Furious” (started under 0bama) is NOT the same thing as “Project Gunrunner” (started under Bush.) If you want to see how heated things are getting in this investigation, here’s a good article: Operation Fast and Furious Probe
- Issa explained the Postal Reform Act, calling for $16 billion in cuts that will result in $8 billion in savings with no increase in postal rates.
- Farenthold is a freshman member of Congress and new to the OGR. He read the mission statement, including the two overarching concepts: 1) Americans have the right to know their money is well spent and 2) Americans have the right to know their money is spent efficiently and effectively. BTW – He described himself as a “recovering attorney” and former radio talk show host. LOVE it!!
- Farenthold told all of us bloggers “thanks for your service as the citizen media.” This guy GETS it!!
I wish EVERY American had the opportunity to participate in calls like these. I’m always filled with a renewed sense of optimism and REAL hope for the future after speaking with these dedicated Servants of the People. They take their jobs seriously and know they work for us….a refreshing concept when the lamestream media seem to only focus on the egotistical DC politicians who lie, cheat and say whatever they think will get them re-elected.
Good question: Why Is The Cost Of Illegal Immigration Ignored in Debt Debate? “American taxpayers spend $113 billion annually subsidizing illegal immigration and padding the pockets of businesses addicted to cheap labor. Taxpayers at the state and local levels bear the brunt, providing $84 billion in services annually while the federal government spends $29 billion. The latter figure is – incidentally — almost exactly equal to the interest payment on the total federal debt this past April.”
Wow…looked what happened while we’ve been focused on the debt! Russia Downs U.S. Missile “The taking down of this American ICBM was in “direct retaliation” for the United States unprovoked actions in slapping International travel restrictions on over 60 high ranking Russian officials the Obama regime said was justified for their alleged involvement in the killing of a prisoner in 2009.” HUH? When I read this article I felt like I was in a time warp. WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON??? True story? Not! But I do wonder what the other hand is doing…..
Alinsky is alive and well! Grover Norquist was Newt Gingrich’s Butt-Buddy For some reason, the left has decided to make Grover Norquist the focus of Alinsky’s thirteenth rule: 13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.” And “Hence, Grover Norquist gets a bomb threat. If he’s really Gingrich’s butt buddy, does that make the bomb threat a hate crime?”
Boehner plan gets good marks. CBO Issues Good Prognosis on Boehner’s Revamped Plan “According to the CBO, Boehner’s cuts will now exceed the amount by which his plan would initially raise the debt ceiling. The analysis concludes that the proposal will cut and cap spending by $917 billion over ten years — slightly more than the $900 billion first debt increase.” Of course, the plan is now being “tweaked”in order to gain passage in the House. Looks like a Balanced Budge Amendment may be added: Support Shifts As Boehner Adds Balanced Budget Amendment
BREAKING! Economy Grew At Weak 1.3% Rate in Second Quarter “Friday’s second-quarter figures fell short of expectations and are well below the level of growth needed to bring down the nation’s high unemployment rate.” Can you say “One-Term President”?
ICYMI: Sheila Jackson Lee – Racist and Moron “Sheila Jackson-Lee might be the dumbest person in congress. She might even be the dumbest person outside congress. If there were ever a global championship for idiots, the country could send her there. And leave her there; because unlike Lassie, she wouldn’t be able find her way back on her own.” LOL!!!!!
Another ICYMI: Walter Reed AMC Closing After 102 Years “The hospital was named to honor Maj. Walter Reed, an Army physician who treated troops and American Indians on the frontier. Among his medical achievements was life-saving research that proved that yellow fever was spread by mosquito. He died in 1902 at age 51 of complications related to appendicitis with a friend and colleague, Lt. Col. William C. Borden, treating him.” I hope you get a chance to read the article – lots of history. Hubby worked there for about 14 years and we both spent a great deal of time there.
How About an Aloha Friday Video?? LOL! Who says Republicans can’t rap????
Final Thought: “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” Frédéric Bastiat
To All You Great HDR Readers: I need a break! I’m taking off a couple of weeks to go visit my family in the GREAT Buckeye State. Look for the next HDR the week of August 15. In the meantime, question with boldness, hold on to the truth and speak without fear. (Of course, if there is earth-shattering news you’ll likely see an HDR News Alert.)
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON -REMEMBER IN 2012!!