Daily Archives: July 11, 2011

You Commoners Just Don’t Understand

You common folk out there, don’t worry your pretty little heads about it all. Obama’s “Professional Politicians” know better than you do any day.

Is there no end to this man’s arrogance?

But, he is right, people are worrying about their jobs and families, especially with him monkeying around with the economy as he is and desiring only to drive us ever deeper in debt, just to mention one area of concern with him in charge.

Obama: ‘Professional Politicians’ Understand Debt Crisis Better Than ‘The Public’

OMG 2012

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Pete the Banker: Is Washington Irrelevant?

First there was Bernanke saying he didn’t check to see how new banking regulations would affect the economy because I can’t pretend that anybody really has. You know, it’s just too complicated.”

 Now Geithner “The recovery is not going fast enough”.  “”We don’t have the ability because of the housing inventory and problems in the financial sector to engineer artificially a stronger recovery,” Geithner said.  While he pointed out many economists forecast a renewed recovery in the back half of 2011 and into 2012, he braced the American people of more struggles to come.”
 
Geithner citing a litany of reasons is silent about the uncertainty created by the Administration’s equivocal taxation policy, regulations/rules imposed by Washington DC or intransigence of Obama on in his approach to the pending debt ceiling. Is Washington, DC irrelevant????
 

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Cronies Get BIG PAY INCREASES For Work on CRC

After Vancouver businessman, David Madore, hired his own forensic accountant (see previous post here and interview here) to make sure somebody was keeping tabs on the Columbia River Crossing tab, it appears the CRC may begin  internally auditing its own books. Fox meet hen house.

One of the few elected officials asking questions about the project is Oregon State Representative and Certified Public Accountant, Katie Eyre Brewer. She told me on the program today


that this should be an external audit, but because it’s a federal program, she’s unaware of any controlling authority to do it. (Find the Taftcast of this interview here).

After you read the story about the CRC burning through $60,000.00 of taxpayer dollars per day –or at least $130,000,000.00 on the project so far– it seems that somebody had better find the controlling authority–and fast.

In one of the nuggets found in the Zero’s article we find this odd habit of people giving themselves raises:

A longtime aide to Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., [Tom] Markgraf developed a specialty in transit. In 2005, he hung his own shingle as a political consultant. He’d been doing some consulting work on the side and had charged $100 an hour. When the CRC came calling, Markgraf upped his rate to $165 an hour. 

And this:

ODOT paid Brandman $195,000 a year, a 25 percent raise from his Metro compensation. Brandman was suddenly making significantly more money than Doug Ficco, the WSDOT leader on the project, who by all accounts carried the load on the technical work.

And this:

Hopf and two co-workers got nearly $83,000 for the equivalent of eight weeks of work. He traveled from Stuttgart to Portland three times in three months last fall and winter, at more than $7,000 a pop, on the CRC’s dime.

And this:

The CRC has at various times covered travel and lodging expenses for as many as five out-of-town consultants. David Parisi, a Bay Area traffic consultant, got a particularly sweet deal. He rented an apartment on Northwest 13th Street in the heart of Portland’s swanky Pearl District and persuaded the CRC to cover $800 a month in rent. The CRC says the estimated $19,200 it paid over two years toward Parisi’s rent was cheaper than a hotel.
On top of covering most of his rent, the CRC paid Parisi’s firm more than $1.4 million.

And of course we told you what Madore’s accountant uncovered the $36,000.00 per month rent for the CRC. But what in the heck are taxpayers doing reimbursing employees for parking?

The CRC also covers parking for the approximately 70 employees: $42,000 a year for 53 monthly passes. It also reimburses street parking for others workers. 

Didn’t they get in a building that has free parking? Is there no free parking in Vancouver?

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Pete the Banker: Santelli Rant: ‘If Not [Cuts] Now, Then When?"

Rick Santelli, emphatically suggests the United States has a spending problem and needs to change its spending habits.  And now is the time to face that problem.  As he suggests, “If not now, when?”

But then we need a “serious” President as suggested by Charles Krauthammer,   

“Obama has run disastrous annual deficits of around $1.5 trillion while insisting for months on a “clean” debt-ceiling increase, i.e., with no budget cuts at all. Yet suddenly he now rises to champion major long-term debt reduction, scorning any suggestions of a short-term debt-limit deal as can-kicking.”   This is Obama’s typical “clever strategy” — “Do nothing (see above); invite the Republicans to propose real debt reduction first; and when they do — voting for the Ryan budget and its now infamous and courageous Medicare reform — demagogue them to death.”
And when is the Democrat Senate going to act on a budget?  Any time in the next decade?
Historically, the argument invariably focuses on taxes and deficits. Yet even with higher taxes and higher inflation levels attempting to mitigate the impact of deficits, the real problem is never really addressed in Washington DC; the federal government’s addiction to ever increasing spending levels. 

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President Peter Pan

 Peter Pan

He’s living in a fairy tale where you never have to grow up. He showed it in today’s presser about a “balanced” approach to the debt ceiling decision.

The President is in “my way or the highway” mode. It’s a disgrace that this ‘smartest President ever’ has no ideas–none, nada, bupkis–to be fiscally responsible. His aim, of course, is to consolidate the huge increases he’s made in the size and scope of government and then spend more. 

He’s has called for a TRILLION DOLLARS IN NEW TAXES in this deal. 

Here’s what we need to do: We need to get on the horn RIGHT NOW to our elected officials in Washington, DC. I don’t care if they’re almost all Democrats, they still need to hear from you.


 

Here’s the number 202-224-3121. Ask for your Rep or Senator

Oregon Senators:

  • Jeff “The Accidental Senator” Merkley
  • Ron “I live in Manhattan, Oregon” Wyden

Oregon Congressional Reps

  • Earl “Bow Tie” Blumenauer
  • Kurt “It’s Not Adultery if I’m Divorced” Shrader
  • David “Where’s My Tiger Suit” Wu
  • Peter DeFazio
  • Greg “He’s Our Only Friend” Walden

Washington Senators

  • Patty “The Dumbest Woman in America” Murray*
  • Maria “Can’t Do Well” Cantwell

Congressional Rep

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler

*Ann Coulter

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You Commoners Just Don’t Understand

You common folk out there, don’t worry your pretty little heads about it all. Obama’s “Professional Politicians” know better than you do any day.

Is there no end to this man’s arrogance?

But, he is right, people are worrying about their jobs and families, especially with him monkeying around with the economy as he is and desiring only to drive us ever deeper in debt, just to mention one area of concern with him in charge.

Obama: ‘Professional Politicians’ Understand Debt Crisis Better Than ‘The Public’

OMG 2012

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com