Another Obama nominee said caught lying between her teeth (this time, to Congress)…

January 30, 2010

Obama nominee may have lied to Congress, but she may slip through on Monday before Scott Brown is seated

 Online Opinion Editor

01/30/10 1:07 PM EST

(Opinion)  Patricia Smith, President Obama’s nominee for Solicitor of Labor, appears to have lied to Congress, according to e-mails released from during her tenure as Commissioner of the New York State Labor Department. As Daniel Halper explains over at The Weekly Standard, Smith has lied about her involvement with the Wage and Hour Watch program — five times telling senators that she had no intention to expand the program to the entire state (leaving it localized in New York City), but later emails and other documents revealed that she did indeed plan to expand the program throughout the entire state of New York.

Senate Labor ranking member Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., has asked that Smith’s nomination be withdrawn.

Halper’s post reproduces two memos on Smith that Republicans are circulating on Capitol Hill.  The Wage Watch program was an effort to deputize unions to detect illegal employment practices — for example, by confronting and interviewing employees as they leave work, or even while they are on the job.

Beyond the issue of the expansion of Wage Watch, Smith also appears to have misled Congress as regards the involvement of outside labor groups in developing the program. She had been asked about this during her confirmation hearing by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.:

Senator Burr. But you reached out to individuals and groups to help craft the specifics of—-

Ms. Smith. Actually, no, Senator, we did not. This was an internally crafted group. It was only after we sat down and crafted it ourselves that we reached out to groups to see if they would be interested.

But the e-mails obtained through New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) suggest otherwise. Outside groups were being consulted as early as April 2008, and played a key role in developing the program. Smith herself was copied on e-mails discussing the program with these groups as early as November 2008. The program was announced publicly in January 2009, and Enzi’s memo contends that the businesses affected weren’t even allowed a meeting with Smith until March.

Smith’s actions with respect to this program seem to show she has a heavy bias toward labor and against business — no big surprise, perhaps, considering who is appointing her. But why she would mislead or even directly lie to Congress about any of this is a bit odd. Even when given the opportunity to revise her testimony in written questions, Smith stuck to a story that does not seem consistent with the paper-trail.

On Monday, Smith will get a cloture vote in the Senate. With Scott Brown waiting at least another week to be seated in the Senate, there is a chance her nomination will slide right through.

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Obama uses State of Union address to promote homosexuals in military…

January 28, 2010

Hey, what else did you expect from the guy whose White House Christmas tree featured a photo of a transvestite…whose latest Commerce Dept. appointee is a he-she (er…ah…pardon me…a transgendered person)…and whose “safe schools” czar runs an organization that taught school children how to “fist” each other and perform oral sex on each other during homosexual sex?

With the panoply of very serious problems now faced by our nation, this is what our great mandingo man-god deems to be so important it had to be included in the State of the Union address.  Just goes to show you where his mind, morals and priorities are.

Do note in the below article that the entire Democrat Congress stood up and gave Obama a standing ovation when he made his pronouncement on ending the ban on gays in the military during his State of the Union speech. 

Yes, it’s time to throw the whole bunch out before the White House is so stained by their presence that we can’t get rid of it.

Yes, we can!  Yes, we can!  Yes, we can!  In November, 2010!

— Spencer

Obama: Repeal ban on gays in military

Democratic allies, GOP foes both respond with criticism
The Associated Press
updated 7:59 p.m. PT, Wed., Jan. 27, 2010

WASHINGTON – Reaching out to a skeptical gay community, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Congress to repeal the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, but neither made a commitment to suspend the practice in the interim nor issued a deadline.

Obama’s reference to the so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” practice took only 32 words of his State of the Union address, but drew criticism from Democratic allies and Republican opponents alike. It also underscored the challenge Obama faces, not just with Congress but also with the Pentagon, where some top officials have been strident in their support for the Clinton-era policy.

“This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are,” Obama said in prepared remarks.

The statement drew a standing ovation from Congress and from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but it fell short for gay activists.

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Obama mentions self 132 times in single speech; mentions taxpayers twice…

January 27, 2010

“It’s not about me,” says Obama.  Hmmm….


Another broken Obama promise: “I will finally end the abuse of no-bid contracts once and for all”

January 26, 2010

By Michelle Malkin  •  January 25, 2010 12:26 PM

No corruption-scented no-bid contracts…except for Barack Obama’s own cronies, that is.  James Rosen at FNC has the scoop:

The Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.

Despite President Obama’s long history of criticizing the Bush administration for “sweetheart deals” with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.

The contract, awarded on Jan. 4 to Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington-based firm owned by economist and Democratic donor Vincent V. Checchi, will pay the firm $24,673,427 to provide “rule of law stabilization services” in war-torn Afghanistan.

A synopsis of the contract published on the USAID Web site says Checchi & Company will “train the next generation of legal professionals” throughout the Afghan provinces and thereby “develop the capacity of Afghanistan’s justice system to be accessible, reliable, and fair.”

The legality of the arrangement as a “sole source,” or no-bid, contract was made possible by virtue of a waiver signed by the USAID administrator. “They cancelled the open bid on this when they came to power earlier this year,” a source familiar with the federal contracting process told Fox News.

“That’s kind of weird,” said another source, who has worked on “rule of law” issues in both Afghanistan and Iraq, about the no-bid contract to Checchi & Company. “There’s lots of companies and non-governmental organizations that do this sort of work.”

Contacted by Fox News, Checchi confirmed that his company had indeed received the nearly $25 million contract but declined to say why it had been awarded on a no-bid basis, referring a reporter to USAID.

Asked if he or his firm had been aware that the contract was awarded without competitive bids, Checchi replied: “After it was awarded to us, sure. Before, we had no idea.”

Checchi has donated to Team Obama, MoveOn, the DNC, and ActBlue, among other left-wing entities.

Flashback March 2009:

Obama promises to limit no-bid contracts
Says $40 billion could be saved every year

WASHINGTON – President Obama ordered an overhaul yesterday of the way the US government awards defense and other contracts, saying that more competition is needed to drive down costs and declaring that “the days of giving government contractors a blank check are over.”

Obama joined Senator John McCain, his Republican presidential campaign rival, and other congressional figures to promise taxpayers savings of as much as $40 billion a year, in part by limiting no-bid contracts.

Even in good economic times, contracting reform would be overdue in Washington, Obama said, but with the recession, “It’s time for this waste and inefficiency to end. It’s time for a government that only invests in what works.”

The president announced an executive memorandum that directs his budget director, Peter Orszag, to work with Cabinet and agency officials to come up by July 1 with a way to review existing contracts for waste or fraud.

By the end of September, Orszag is to come up with new rules designed to make it more difficult for contractors to cheat taxpayers by strengthening oversight and ending unnecessary no-bid contracts and “cost-plus” contracts that allow price tags to escalate. The new rules would also make some half-trillion dollars in federal contracts each year more accessible to independent contractors.


Obama uses teleprompter to address 6th grade class…

January 25, 2010

Home sales plunge another 17% in spite of Obama “stimulus” and tax credits…

January 25, 2010

On Monday January 25, 2010, 12:32 pm EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously occupied homes took the largest monthly drop in more than 40 years last month, sinking more dramatically than expected after lawmakers gave buyers additional time to use a tax credit.

The report reflects a sharp drop in demand after buyers stopped scrambling to qualify for a tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time homeowners. It had been due to expire on Nov. 30. But Congress extended the deadline until April 30 and expanded it with a new $6,500 credit for existing homeowners who move.

“It’s ‘exit stage left’ for first-time homebuyers,” wrote Guy LeBas, an analyst with Janney Montgomery Scott.

December’s sales fell 16.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.45 million, from an unchanged pace of 6.54 million in November, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. Sales had been expected to fall by about 10 percent, according to economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters.

The report “places a large question mark over whether the recovery can be sustained when the extended tax credit expires,” wrote Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics.

From: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/December-home-sales-down-apf-2729493334.html?x=0&.v=6


The Day Obama-Care Died (Sung to the tune of American Pie)

January 22, 2010