Thursday, April 7, 2016

April, 2016, Part 5, Political Class Insanity: Out Of Control National Debt Management, Scamming Detroit Schools, Hillary's Transparentcy Problem and More

It is the beginning of another month which means it is time again to review the latest political class insanity from the American political class. Each month it takes us multiple posts to cover the wasteful spending, incompetent government organizations and employees, government programs that usually make a problem worse than resolving it, inane and idiotic politician comments, etc.

To review past posts on this insanity and idiocy, just click on the first few posts in each month listed to the right of this page. After reviewing just a handful of these insanity posts we think you will agree that we are currently being served by the worst set of American politicians ever to hold office in our entire history.

It looks like our politicians have been especially insane over the past month or so let’s get started with the latest insanity from today’s American politicians:

1) One of the most important topics we cover in this blog is the ticking and growing time bomb that is the national debt. This threat has accelerated under Obama, likely to double from about $10 TRILLION when he took office to about $20 TRILLION when he leaves office. In other words, his administration will run up the same amount of Federal government debt as all previous administrations COMBINED! 

Let’s look at how bad things are based on the 2017 analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO):
  • The most telling chart in the CBO analysis is titled “Spending Is The Problem,” in other words, no matter how fast the economy might grow, no matter how high tax rates are raised, etc., spending is the issue, nothing else.
  • By 2020, the national debt level held by the public will get to $23.6 TRILLION, equal to 85.6% of annual GDP, a dangerously high level.
  • As an illustrative example, any American kid born in 2016 immediately has a per capita debt burden of $42,537 on day one of their life.
  • But by age 18, that same poor soul will have seen his or her debt burden grow to $68,545 and by age 34 that debt burden will be $116,904.
  • Thus, if the political class cannot get their wasteful spending under control, someone born today will see their part of the national debt more than triple in the first 34 years of their life.
  • A major driver of the national debt crisis is that the political class has refused or does not know how to get Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security on a solid financial basis.
  • Just those three programs will cost the Federal government almost $2 TRILLION just in 2016.
  • But those programs are just one of thousands of government programs that waste billions of dollars on duplicate programs, fraud, and downright unnecessary expenditures.
  • Recent news reports reported that the Federal government spent a whopping $125 billion in 2015 in so-called “improper payments,” payouts to people and organizations that did not deserve them.
Poor budget management to say the least. If an individual or family spent like the Federal government relative to their income, they would have declared bankruptcy long ago. At this rate, the same fate awaits the whole country, and probably pretty soon.

2) As we have often said, government and political corruption and criminal activity exists at all levels of government, not just the Federal level. Consider the insanity recently brought to light in Detroit:
  • Federal authorities have filed criminal charges against more than 12 school principals in the Detroit school system as a result of they allegedly taking part in a kickback scheme.
  • The kickback scheme involved the principals falsifying fake school supply orders at the same time that the Detroit school system was hurting for money.
  • Detroit businessman Norman Shy supposedly paid $908,500 in payments to the school principals in return for receiving a series of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) contracts to provide about $2.7 million in school supplies.
  • According to court papers, the principals submitted fake orders for supplies from Shy that were never delivered.
  • Cara Flowers, assistant superintendent for Detroit’s special education department, is accused of making the most money in the kickback scheme, a whopping $324,000. 
  • The alleged kickbacks included cash payments, gift cards, and free home repairs.
In a nice piece of irony, one of the charged principals, Ronald Alexander, told a sad story on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show" about his crumbling school building, which resulted in DeGeneres giving him a $500,000 donation for the school. This donation was billed as the biggest donation she had ever made, while at the same time he was allegedly taking kickbacks in his position of principal.

Fortunately, if guilty of these infractions, these government employees got caught. Unfortunately, there are probably untold thousands of government employees and politicians running similar scams that have gone undetected and unpunished.

3) In any walk of life, the first step in resolving a problem, any problem, of life is to properly identify the root cause of a problem. Until that identification is done, you really have no good chance at resolving it. Such has been the case of Obama relative to the fact that radical Islam factions are the cause of almost every terrorist gang, organization, and attack across the globe. His refusal to even utter the words, “radical Islam," precludes his administration from ever resolving the terrorist threats caused by radical Islam.

In fact, he and his administration have carried this denial or reality to such extremes that they are now censoring other world leaders who actually admit that radical Islam is a root cause of much terrorism. French President Francois Hollande, at a press event with Obama, stated that “Islamic terrorism,” is at the “roots of terrorism.” He is certainly involved in this war on terror since 130 of his countrymen and women were murdered by an ISIS terror attack late last year. 

This whole discussion was captured on video. However, according to, when the administration issued the video to the public, the clip of Hollande and his translator frankly discussing Islamic terrorism was edited with a censored version that completely cut out the French President’s remarks. Thus, Obama does not even want other world leaders, including world leaders who have suffered as a result of Islamic terrorism, to even mutter those words.

An insult to the French leader, the French people, and any rational human being that knows what is really going on. ISIS must be laughing their sides off knowing that the President of the United States cannot even mutter the words that they are living and breathing everyday, Islamic terrorism. Denial of the root cause of a problem almost always results in the inability to resolve those root causes. Such is the case of the rise of ISIS and Obama’s denial of reality, a reality that now he does not even want others to admit to.

4) It is no secret that the Obama promise to “operate the most transparent Presidency ever” was a cruel joke and lie on the American people. In fact, as we have pointed out so many times in this blog, his administration has likely been the most opaque and vindictive of all time. And according to a major newspaper in Wisconsin, his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not much better than him.

Just before the just completed Presidential primary election in Wisconsin, the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote about Hillary’s lack of transparency: “Her horrible track record on transparency raises serious concerns for open government under a Clinton administration–so serious we believe they may disqualify her from public office...Clinton may have violated national security laws by making top secret documents vulnerable to hackers and available to people without proper security clearance. The FBI and Justice Department must be free to fully investigate and, if warranted, prosecute Clinton in this matter without any political interference from the Obama administration."

The board went on to say: “In addition, regardless of Clinton’s excuses, the only believable reason for the private server in her basement was to keep her emails out of the public eye by willfully avoiding freedom of information laws. No president, no secretary of state, no public official at any level is above the law. She chose to ignore it, and must face the consequences.” 

And finally: “Clinton has a long track record of public service but an equally long record of obfuscation, secrecy and working in the shadows to boost her power and further her ambition. We encourage voters to think long and hard about that record when choosing the next president.”

Obfuscation, secrecy, shadows, avoiding laws, horrible track record, disqualify her, etc. Looks to me like she is just continuing to do what her boss, the President, has been doing for the past seven plus years. And yet many Americans think that she should be the next President of the country. Now that is true political class insanity.

We continue to plow through the latest insanity from the American political class and we are not close to finishing up this month’s update. Today we see that a leading candidate for President is anything but transparent and honest according to a major newspaper in Wisconsin, Obama continues to try and change reality by denying that it is Islamic radicalism that is causing almost all of the terrorism in the world, as if Detroit does not have enough problems, now we see high ranking government employees, school principals, allegedly scamming the local taxpayers, and as always, politicians' management of the Federal budget continues to lead to the insolvency of the entire nation. More insanity tomorrow.

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