Thursday, May 12, 2016

May, 2016, Part 6, Political Class Insanity: HIllary's History of Lies, More Obama Economic Underperformance, 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. In fact, last month we set a record, needing ten full posts to cover it all.

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 recurring theme that keeps surfacing this week is Obama's mishandling of the economy. Tens of millions of Americans still receiving government food assistance every month, stagnant wages and household growth, low economic growth, millions of part time workers who cannot find full time work, skyrocketing debt, real unemployment still around 10%, etc. Pathetic economic policies and strategies.

And today we start off the political class insanity with more proof that the Obama administration is going to go down as one of the worst economic administrations ever. Consider some recent analyses from the Commerce Department:
  • Obama will be the first President EVER to not see a single annual national economic growth level exceed 3%.
  • Continuing this trend, the Commerce announced last week that the economy grew only .5% in the first quarter of 2016, down from the meager 1.4% growth in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • The Reagan administration, for comparison, annually averaged 3.5% during its term in office.
  • Obama’s overall annual growth average will likely end up somewhere between 1.5 and 1.6%.
  • If the previous point holds true, it will make his Presidency the fourth worst ever from an economic growth perspective.
And this anemic economic performance was achieved despite spending well over $800 billion on a failed economic stimulus program, enjoyed an extended period of rock bottom energy prices, and benefited from the Federal Reserve pumping trillions of paper dollars into the economy. An insane failure of epic proportions.

2) For a very long time, our veterans have not been receiving the medical care and treatment that the Federal government has promised them despite Obama’s insistence that he was dedicated to maintaining high standards of medical treatment for them. Long waiting lists, falsified records, etc. have been uncovered by investigators to prove that the Veterans Administration (VA) has been a failure in doing its job, so much so that its top executive was fired a while ago for the scandal.

However, despite the firing and Obama’s claim he was working the problem, things have apparently not gotten much better:
  • After investigating ten VA veterans benefits offices around the country, VA investigators found that the VA was systematically destroying documents via shredding relating to veterans’ claims with some of the destruction affecting veterans benefits.
  • The surprise visits to the offices by the Office of the Inspector General found that of 155 claims related documents that were scheduled to be shredded, 69 of them (almost 40%) were found to have been incorrectly placed in the shred bins at those ten offices.
  • Two of those 69 documents would have definitely affected veterans benefits directly, 9 had the potential to impact benefits, and the remaining would likely not have affected benefit payouts for veterans but should not have been waiting to be shredded anyway.
  • The Inspector General report was harsh in criticizing the screwups: "The potential effect should not be minimized. Considering that there are 56 [VA regional offices], and if weekly shredding is conducted, it is highly likely that claims-related documents at other VAROs are being improperly scheduled for destruction that could result in loss of claims and evidence, incorrect decisions and delays in claims processing."
  • In addition: "VBA's policy is outdated, lacks standardized procedures for records management staff and increases the likelihood for VARO staff to destroy claims-related documents without supervisory-level review."
  • The VA accepted the Inspector General’s recommendations for change but, of course, insisted there were no systemic problems.
Thus, even after all of the attention and all of the promises to fix the broken Veterans Administration over the past two years, the administration, Congress, and the VA itself are all still inept.

3) It has been my personal opinion that Obama has never been a great believer or respectful of our armed forces. His inability or inattention to fix the broken VA discussed above is just one example of why I feel this way. Which means I was not surprised when he committed the following insult relative to our brave military people.

The Obama administration recently announced that a new Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer will be named the USS Carl M. Levin. Who is Mr Levin? Is he a valiant war hero or Medal Of Honor winner? Did his bravery save the lives of fellow soldiers or civilians? Did he do something extraordinary to help our military forces? Was a brilliant General or Admiral?

No to all of the above. Mr. Levin has been a 31 year veteran of the U.S. Senate, a Democrat from the state of Michigan. The closest thing he came to serving in the armed forces was to be a one time chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee for eight years. 

Some additional insulting facts about this Obama move:
  • Levin never served in the military.
  • The Navy has traditionally named these types of vessels after deceased Medal of Honor recipients and other combat heroes, as well as admirals and generals who played significant roles in naval warfare.
  • Of the 318 Medal Of Honor recipients, 100 have had a ship named after them while 218 are still awaiting that same honor.
  • This naming does not conform to the Navy’s own guidelines that were submitted to Congress in 2012, “Policies and Practices of the U.S. Navy for Naming the Vessels of the Navy.”
  • This will be the only one of 71 Arleigh Burke ships that do not meet the Navy’s guidelines.
But as always with the Obama administration, rules, laws, regulations, and customs do not apply to its actions and insults. It is whatever is politically expedient and convenient, everything else be damned including the memories and actions of our brave fighting men and women. Insane and pathetic to name a ship after a non-descript politician when there were so many other more noble names to opt for.

4) One last piece of insanity for today. We have often shown the many lies of Obama and his administration, far too many to review here. But for those of you thinking about voting for Hillary Clinton, keep in mind the old line from a Who song: “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

The link below will take you on a video history of Hillary Clinton’s many lies and deceptions over the years. If you think that Obama was bad from an integrity perspective, I think this video montage will show you that Hillary is not going to be any more trustworthy or in integrity than Obama:

That will do it for today’s insanity: the history of Hillary’s lies, naming a Navy ship after a has-been politician, more screw ups at theVA, and more anemic economic growth, courtesy of the Obama administration. Every day they seem to come with new and unique ways to mess up and tomorrow should be no different.

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