From: Hank Ashmore
The Deplorable Infidel
“UNCLE” JOE BIDEN
“When Barack Obama and the Democrats on the hill forced the $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) into law, they insisted that waste, fraud, and abuse would not be tolerated. They put “Sheriff” Joe Biden on the case in March, 2009, with Obama warning stimulus recipients that “around the White House, we call him the sheriff – because if you’re misusing taxpayer money, you will have to answer to him. The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S. economy in generations – ARRA was riddled with a massive labor scheme that harmed workers and cheated unsuspecting American taxpayers. At the time, government regulators watched as money slipped out the door and into the hands of companies that rob state and federal treasuries of billions of dollars each year on ARRA projects and other construction jobs across the country.
A review of public records in 28 states uncovered widespread cheating by construction companies that listed workers as contractors instead of employees in order to beat competitors and cut costs. The federal government, while cracking down on the practice in private industry, let it happen in ARRA projects in the rush to pump money into the economy at the time of crisis. Exactly how much tax revenue was forfeited on ARRA projects isn’t clear. Obama and the Democrats insisted that the $800 billion in the ARRA would promote hiring and increase tax revenues, but in many cases it did neither.
Of all 1,278 investigations that the Labor Department wage and hour officials opened for ARRA projects from 2010 to 2013, investigators found wage and hour violations 62 percent of the time. Not eight blocks away, their counterparts at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development distributed ARRA money to thousands of companies to build housing for the poor. Only a few of those projects had federal labor inspectors checking behind the local officials HUD trained to spot wage violations.
“Sheriff” Joe rebuked the naysayers who decried the behemoth ARRA program’s waste, fraud and abuse. “You know what? They’re wrong,” he crowed. But Biden was radio silent about nearly 4,000 ARRA recipients who received $24 billion in Recovery Act funds – while owing more than $750 million in unpaid corporate, payroll and other taxes.
He had nothing to say about the $6 billion in ARRA energy credits for homeowners that went to nearly a third of credit-claimers who had no record of homeownership, including minors and prisoners.
And the $530 million dumped into the profligate Detroit public schools for laptops and other computer equipment that have had, if any, measurable academic benefits.
And the whopping $6.7 million cost per job under the $50 billion ARRA-funded green energy loan program – which funded politically connected but now bankrupt solar firms: Solyndra ($535 million), Abound Solar ($400 million), Beacon Power ($43 million), A123 ($250 million), and Ener 1 ($119 million).
And the $1 million in ARRA cash that went to Big Bird and Sesame Street “to promote healthy eating,” which created a theoretical “1.47 jobs (about $726,000 per job created).
And the hundreds of millions in ARRA money steered to General Services Administration junkets in Las Vegas and Hawaii, ghost congressional districts, infrastructure to nowhere and ubiquitous ARRA road signs stamped with shovel-ready logo.
The ARRA is typical of Washington spending. They pass into law these massive spending bills, that are intended to buy votes, and there is no tracking mechanism in place to account for where the money goes and if it is being spent as intended. (Take the Great Society for instance. It was intended to abolish poverty in America. There was 14% poverty when the bill was signed in 1965 and there is 14% today. The Great Society is just one gigantic welfare give-away ($1 trillion a year).
After reading the above, it is obvious that “Sheriff” Joe did not eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As a matter of fact, this career politician has never done anything since he has been in Washington. He was the most incompetent Vice President in history. He was given the job to monitor the ARRA and failed miserably. His main objective in Congress is to criticize the Republicans, including President Trump, on any legislation they purpose. Now he wants to be President. He has no policies other than raise taxes. Since he announced he is running for President, he has done nothing but go around apologizing for being white. Is this the type of President this country needs at this time in history? I don’t think so. Like the rest of the Democratic candidates, he would destroy President Trump’s accomplishments and move us more toward socialism, with Obama instructing him how to do it.
Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was named to Ukraine’s largest gas provider following a Ukraine visit by Biden. He later threatened to withhold $1 Billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine if they didn’t fire a prosecutor looking into Hunter Biden’s company.
Hunter Biden, who arrived in China aboard Air Force Two alongside then Vice President Joe Biden, was at the time in control of Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC., a private equity firm that would go on to strike a deal with the state-owned Bank of China to create a $1 Billion joint investment fund. A second meeting that same year between Hunter Biden and other top Chinese officials would occur in Taiwan, just two weeks after Joe Biden opened up strategic talks with China in Washington.
Some hard questions should be answered by Joe Biden as he prepares, potentially, to run for president in 2020: Was it appropriate for your son and his firm to cash in on Ukraine while you served as point man for Ukraine policy? What work was performed for the money Hunter Biden’s firm received? Did you know about the Burisma probe? And when it was publicly announced that your son worked for Burisma, should you have recused yourself from leveraging a U.S. policy to pressure the prosecutor who very publicly pursued Burisma?
The Deplorable Infidel (source: Stimulus bill enabled billions in waste, exploitation of employees, Ed Morrissey)
WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL
The FBI report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting contained approximately 1700 pages. The FBI report on the Las Vegas shooting contained 3 pages. We don’t know any more today than we did when it happened. What are they hiding?
A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY
“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”