Fraud, Waste and Abuse


The White House has been defending, and defending, and claiming, and defending that the President’s current Magical Misery Bus tour, like the last Magical Misery Bus tour, is not about campaigning for re-election. Nope, this is all about the President’s Jobs plan, which seems to no longer exist. That’s right folks, according to the White House, the President is justified to use your tax-payer dollars for this “tour” and not pay for it himself out of his campaign coffers.

So, when you see him holding babies, it’s not campaigning, it’s reconnecting with the youth that he has saddled with tremendous debt. Or when you see him glad-handing the crowds, he’s not campaigning, he’s making himself available to citizenry of the nation. His presence in presidential battleground states is merely coincidental. His partisan rhetoric challenging his political opponents and his juxtaposition of his policies against the GOP presidential primary field is not remotely related the campaign and his re-election efforts. Nothing to see here folks, this is business as usual.

Of course, someone forgot to send the Vice President the memo saying eway reaay otnay niay ampaigncay odemay (for those pig latin impaired, that’s we are not in campaign mode).

 Are we campaigning? Yes! We are campaigning to change this environment.Joe Biden

 Let’s face it folks, this is the epitome of dishonesty. Of course he’s campaigning. It’s blatantly obvious he’s campaigning . But what does this say about him? More importantly, what does it say about his attitude towards you and the nation? This tour and the comments of the President vis a vis this tour clearly demonstrate that he thinks:

1) You are an idiot too stupid to recognize an obvious lie when you see it;

 2) You are so gullible that you’ll believe any excuse that denies reality;

 3) Your taxpayer money is his money, whether you like it or not, and he can do whatever he wants with it;

 It is but another example of how this Administration is guilty of Fraud, Waste and Abuse. From “betting” tax dollars on failing business ventures, to lying to Congress over criminal misconduct, to exercising judicial prejudice in not prosecuting clear voter intimidation. This Administration has been fundamentally and categorically dishonest with the American people. This is but another case in point.

Obama’s bus tour costing taxpayers thousands

If Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Herman Cain or any of the other presidential challengers were to embark on a three-day bus trip like the one now underway by President Obama, it would cost their campaigns tens of thousands of dollars. Perhaps more.

They would have to pay a variety of expenses, including:

  • air travel to their first destination
  • leasing of one or more buses appropriate to the journey
  • rental for halls or meeting rooms for their candidates’ appearances
  • the cost of lodging and meals for their candidate and staff

But not the Obama campaign. The White House declared that Mr. Obama’s three-day trip through North Carolina and Virginia are official events and not campaign appearances, even though the two states are known to be political objectives of his re-election bid.

So Mr. Obama’s expenses are borne by taxpayers, including:

  • the pro-rated costs of his flights aboard Marine One and Air Force One that brought him to his first stop yesterday in Asheville, NC
  • the two buses used by him and his staff, owned and operated by the United States Secret Service
  • costs associated with setting up speech sites including microphones, speakers, amplifiers, teleprompters and TV lights
  • lodging and meals for the president and his political staff

It’s an advantage enjoyed by every incumbent president seeking re-election — and a disadvantage endured by his challengers. And though the White House has said the trip is not political, Mr. Obama has repeatedly used his speeches to take Republicans to task for opposing the provisions of his jobs bill.



12 thoughts on “Fraud, Waste and Abuse

  1. OR perhaps he is taking an argument to the people in the hope they’ll move their impotent congress critters to take action?

    Now I DON’T think it is the sign of a strong President that such a direct appeal to the people is necessary. The man ought to know how to get Congress to do at least some of what he wants it to do. The tour does not speak well of his leadership ability but it is only partly a campaign tour.

    1. Bullshit and you know it. He’s campaigning and he’s doing it on your and my dime. Come on R, pull your head out and get some fresh air.

      This quintessentially sums up the differences between the GOP and the Dems…

      (Floor Action)Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first responders.

      “It’s very clear that private sector jobs have been doing just fine, it’s the public sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about,” Reid said on the Senate floor….

      Reid reiterated his emphasis on creating government jobs by saying Democrats are looking to “put hundreds of thousands of people back to work teaching children, have more police patrolling our streets, fire fighters fighting our fires, doing the rescue work that they do so well… that’s our priority.” He said Republicans are calling the bill a “failure” because they are “using a different benchmark for success than we are.”

      1. I’ll comment on this here and at my place where you posted the same link. Wouldn’t you agree government has more influence over creating government jobs than private sector? I don’t see what is so profound about this.

        Despite GOP claims to the contrary, you can lower taxes and deregulate until the cows come home and it won’t force private businesses to hire. The new modus operandi is to make the most money with the least/cheapest people. I’m not sure what government can do to change that. 😦

      2. And as I said there, the exact opposite of increasing regulation and raising taxes will force business to not hire.

        How do government jobs help the national economy?

  2. So Rutherford I’ll ask you here and not at your place.
    Do you think there is a vast amount of government jobs to be filled? Seriously unless you nationalize the shit out of chunks of the economy I just don’t see it.
    So what are we talking? Cops,jakes teachers and mail men?

    1. I don’t think anyone is saying gov jobs are a panacea to the problem. When you’ve got no jobs, creating some jobs, even in the public sector, is of value.

      I think it’s been determined Obama’s American Jobs Act (now defeated) might have brought down unemployment by 1% tops. So obviously not THE solution. But every little bit helps.

      1. At what cost? The President’s plan is not about jobs in the first place, it is about paying off the unions one more time. Show me what jobs will be created in the plan…

      2. Alfie, I agree.

        G, if I’m not mistaken there was money in the Jobs Act for infrastructure which hires road workers etc. The trick is getting the money to where it is supposedly destined. I think what went wrong with the first stim package was it was too small and the money didn’t get applied where it belonged.

      3. Yeah, there’s money there for “infrastructure”. If I remember correctly, it’s about $50 billion. To your comment about getting the money there, I’d say au contraire, or as the pResident so aptly put it, “Shovel-ready was not as … uh .. shovel-ready as we expected.

        So tell us R, if nearly a trillion dollars wasn’t good enough, how is $50 billion over two years gonna solve this?

        It’s not and you know it. It’s intended to pay off unions. Period.

      4. I actually have no idea what you’re talking about regarding paying off unions.

        I will say this … virtually everyone from any end of the political spectrum says the American Jobs Act would do little to help anything. I am willing to play your skeptical game to this extent … the proposal was political in nature to prove to Americans that the GOP won’t even vote for stuff they like, just so they can rob Obama of a win.

        Sadly, everyone is playing politics and no one is solving problems.

  3. Well it might have been good if Obama and Co. could’ve taken a lesson from the healthcare thing and done things in bite size morsels. For example the tax breaks for private sector hiring seemed sound to me.
    I think we need to face that neither Obama or the next guy are going to have a good time. Government and capitalism have peaked to a level that is defeating us. Think about it. FDR pushed through TVA. We can’t even agree on letting the private sector establishing wind turbines offshore of MA and RI.

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