A Second Stimulus Conservatives Could Get Behind
I’ve been thinking about this for awhile. I believe there’s a way to do this, for both parties to meet in the middle to get this country back on track economically. Probably with less than 2000 pages of bill too, not to brag or anything. The Democrats have been making some noise for quite some time about a “Second Stimulus”, which of course has no | Read More »
Inspector General situation updates.
Pride of place probably goes to this interview of SIGTARP (and Obama ’08 supporter) Neil Barofsky by Jake Tapper (via Hot Air). Barofsky engaged in a strong pushback to the White House / Treasury Department’s attempt to contradict his release of numbers indicating that the administration was planning to spend 23.7 trillion dollars to repair our financial system; the best quote from that was probably | Read More »
Former IG Walpin suing to get good name back.
You may remember Gerald Walpin. He was fired from his position as AmeriCorps Inspector General a few months ago for either: pushing an investigation against one of the President’s cronies; no particular reason; or diminished mental capacity. These three possible answers are, respectively: an assumption based on an acquaintance with objective (if cynical) reality; what the White House went with before Senator Grassley reminded them | Read More »
Things are looking worse for Obama in the matter of Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General fired by Barack Obama after Walpin began digging into AmeriCorps. According to Byron York, who has done yeoman’s duty on this story, AmeriCorps feared bad press by Walpin’s investigation. The program, being one of both Barack and Michelle Obama’s favorite programs, couldn’t afford to be tainted. Walpin was fired. Now | Read More »
‘Act of political courage.’
Actually, when you look at this passage about the Gerald Walpin situation something else should be highlighted. It’s the little things that are revealing about this administration: In one exchange, according to the GOP aide, the White House lawyers explained that inspector general Walpin was not working well with the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, and the administration | Read More »
Did the White House interefere with more Inspectors General?
Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. – Ian Fleming, Goldfinger Being an inquisitive sort, Dan Riehl went looking for other instances where the White House may have been interfering with the Inspectors General, and lo! – he found some. Two more, both of which are involved executive branch officials allegedly interfering with investigations and one of which involved a sudden | Read More »
Let us recap the Gerald Walpin situation.
We can begin with this video, which goes over the basic points: Short version: Walpin was investigating Obama crony’s involvement in an AmeriCorps-related scandal involving misappropriation of funding. Case was settled, to the mild detriment of crony*. Walpin disagreed with settlement. Complaint made against him. So far, this is all he-said, he-said.
Obama’s Own ‘Firing’ Gate
Remember the hue and cry that went up when President Bush fired some U.S. attorneys in 2006? Oh, the left was beside itself about how eeeevil it was that Bush was to fire so many U.S. Attorneys… even though he had the authority to do so. Charges that the firings were made for “political reasons” were thrown about and Congressional Democrats clamored for new laws | Read More »