© Miri WTPOTUS October 20, 2012
Here are two related stories. Both involve the waste of U.S. taxpayer money. One story involves assisted waste; the other involves simple incompetence on the part of government.
First up is yet another case of the Obama administration ignoring laws that Barack Obama does not like:
The Obama administration is waiving a law that requires it to deny visas and entry to non-citizens who are “likely at any time to become” a government dependent – and is ignoring requests for information regarding this move, Sen. Jeff Sessions said today.
Sen. Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a statement after USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack missed the deadline to reply to oversight requests for data on expenditures for non-citizens on food stamps and information regarding the administration’s waiver of federal immigration law:
“Included in the oversight letter was a request for information about USDA’s contact with the Departments of State and Homeland Security regarding immigration law. Both DHS and DOS have effectively nullified the federal law that prohibits admission into the U.S. for those likely to become welfare reliant, further enabling USDA to surge non-citizen registration.”
“Such activities cannot be justified to the American people, which probably explains why the Administration has been unwilling to provide answers,” Sen. Sessions said.
According to section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which defines “Classes of aliens ineligible for visas or admission”:
“Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.”
Sen. Sessions and three other senators had previously sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and State Department Secretary Hillary Clinton – which was also ignored - asking why the federal immigration law was not being followed.
Not only does Obama believe that he can “waive” laws that he’s sworn to uphold, he also apparently believes that he has no obligation to be transparent or responsive to the representatives of the people of the USA.
Thanks to Obama, our country has a $16 trillion debt; and Obama goes out of his way to admit immigrants who might become dependent upon welfare and food stamps! But these immigrants, should they become citizens, are likely to vote for his party well into the future, so … the more the merrier! Dependent people become dependable votes for the party that hands out the bucks.
That story comes on the heels of the news that Obama’s administration has held at least 30 meetings with Mexican officials in order to facilitate getting illegal aliens on food stamps here in the USA!
Our second featured story happens to involve food stamps, too, but not for immigrants or illegal aliens. Nope! For dead people:
The 2012 Waste Book, released earlier this week, documents $4.5 billion in waste in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.
Among his findings, [Senator Tom] Coburn said that, “The USDA Inspector General found roughly 2,000 dead people are still receiving food stamps in New York and Massachusetts combined.”
“Additionally, its investigation revealed 7,236 people in these states are receiving duplicate benefits, while 286 are on state lists that should exclude them from receiving food stamps,” the report said, amounting to $1.4 million in unnecessary payments each month, or $147.03 for each recipient, dead or alive.
But the waste in SNAP does not end there, as Coburn found that individuals who smoke marijuana can receive added benefits.
“In three states,” Coburn writes, “some individuals received more food stamp benefits simply because they smoke marijuana.”
Under the section “More money for the marijuana munchies,” the Oklahoma Senator detailed how some states previously offered a deduction for pot smokers.
Welfare now amounts to $1.03 trillion, which happens to just about match the yearly budget deficit under Obama–a deficit which has quadrupled on his watch. (He’s watched it go up and up!)
Here’s a sobering statistic: A recent survey shows that 4 in 10 US citizens have $500 or less in liquid assets (savings). Under this president, unemployment has risen and remains stubbornly high, tens of millions are out of jobs, many millions more have seen the value of their homes and investments plummet, and those who do have jobs find their salaries stagnant and their dollars buying less and less.
While Obama runs around, appearing on “comedy” programs or inventing lame, snarky, adolescent, unseemly names to call his opponent (because that’s all he has going for him with his base–his juvenile demeanor), our country is going to hell in the proverbial hand basket.
“IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID!!!!!”
We need a new president–an adult who knows how to effectively lead, how to root out waste in government, how to get rid of dead wood, how to work with people instead of against them, how to find common ground instead of dictating, how to stimulate the economy instead of deliberately depressing it, how to accept the limitations of his role as head of one of the three co-equal branches of our government. Someone who respects the law and the Constitution. Someone who will honor his oath of office. Someone who will put the safety and security of We the People of the United States of America first and foremost. Someone who will preserve, protect, and defend the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
We need a new president.