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Scribes, Pharisees, Hypocrites (bipartisan)! House Ways ‘n Means re: Obama, Jobs and TANF

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Ok, that’s it! I’ve had enough– and by now,You should’ve too!

House Ways & Means — In my inbox today:

I’ve been getting press releases from the part of the US Government that Appropriates Money to some of the programs that helped drive (women like me) BACK on welfare, and keeps our lives at risk, while promising others that these policies would help reduce welfare.  By now, I know how some of the people running these programs actually live — which is off welfare diversions to nonprofits (grants-grabbing) that usually are selling something for-profit and nationally distributed, is franchised, and that no one needs.  You wouldn’t believe the level of business available in those, too.

Before and After: Jobs Down, Poverty and Government Dependence Up During the Obama Administration
Economic Data Is a Stark Reminder of Obama Administration’s Failed Policies
 Before Obama*  After Obama**  Change
Jobs (Payroll Employment)  136.8 million  133.5 million (9/2012)  – 3.3 million
Not in Labor Force  79.5 million  88.7 million (9/2012)  + 9.2 million 
People in Poverty  39.8 million  46.2 million (CY 2011)  + 6.4 million
Welfare Recipients (TANF)  4.0 million  4.5 million (12/2011)  + 0.5 million
Disability Recipients (SSI/SSDI)  12.1 million (12/08)  14.0 million (8/2012)  + 1.9 million
Food Stamp Recipients (SNAP)  28.2 million  46.7 million (7/2012)  + 18.5 million
Sources: Department of Labor payroll and household surveys; Census Bureau poverty data; HHS TANF data; Social Security Administration SSI/SSDI 2008 and 2012 data; and Department of Agriculture data.  *CY 2008 average, unless otherwise noted.  **Most recent available data.

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What’s in it for those keeping us in the programs, or in the courts, or in jail, or in God knows where, or on the edge of our seats — is all too often someone’s executive directorship, and deductible travel expenses, retirement plan (i.e., royalties off that curricula) and/or some real estate.  The people it’s least good for are those it’s allegedly helping the most.

To add injury to insult, as I mentioned last (few) posts — what’s in it for some of them is extra credit with God — or their chosen gurus:  Church plants, personal growth transformation, and more.  These are not the “big players” they are who the big players like to use, because they know who’s a sucker for a captive audience, sometimes a Ph.D. in Sociology, or professional status (and a pension plan) at a think tank — like Brookings, The Urban Institute, Heritage Foundation, Annie E. Casey, etc. (those aren’t all think tanks obviously, but I’m sure you catch my drift).  Today, I’m also going to bring up “ALEC.”

But — I know what’s behind the complaint about more people on Food Stamps, Welfare etc.  — there are profits to be made off the poor, and particularly since the privatization of welfare.

But no one seems to be afraid of THAT kind of welfare-queen (or king)…. the kind who drank the Kool-Aid, bought into the Franchise, and think it’s JUST FINE to run these programs year after year!

Scribes (always writing things up), Pharisees (“Defending our Father’s House” Faith-Based Initiatives, etc.), and Hypocrites (both of the above, plus some….) . . .

Jesus (the same guy quoted as saying “the poor you always have with you,” which seems to be true, no matter how many promises to eradicate or win the war on poverty)  said it here, and like this (OK, allegedly said it like this.).  In fact in Matthew 23, it looks like he started out just teaching, and then (on reflection) launched into cursing (“Woe unto you!”) those categories.  I kind of feel like that sometimes, when I hear this manner of talk:

9And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.10Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

15Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

It’s said three times in a row, for effect. Then he calls them “blind guides” and says it three MORE times!  7 X “Woe unto you,” I believe settles the matter.  3X (scribes, pharisees, hypocrites) 1 x “Blind Guides” (in the center) + 3 more (scribes, pharisees, hypocrites).  I think it sends a wake-up message…..

 

And while Jesus was talking in terms of the temple, prophets, religious law, I have NO problem correlating the terms to what some of our politicians are doing and saying.  They basically imply they can guide us to the land of milk and honey, the manna, the better country we all want –if only we’ll do it their way.  And yes, they ARE devouring widow’s houses (my mother was a widow — and like many people whose family law cases — through TANF Purpose IV to “promote two-parent families”, etc. — not only OUR houses, but our ELDERs’ houses were devoured.  Our kids’ futures, those inheritances were, where there were any at all.  And if there was no family wealth — what about taking people’s precious TIME while threatening to (or actually) literally taking their kids?

Anecdotal: A woman’s parents in Connecticut mortgaged their home to help their daughter when she was extorted $10,000 a month — that’s in ONE month — for supervised visitation to see her son, who was being molested, several authorities said.  This was brought up during the judicial confirmation hearings of a certain GAL (politically favorable & diverse for having helped legitimize same-sex marriage in CT/Maureen McCabe).  Eli Newberger, M.D. testified in protest — I have it over at http://thefamilycourtmoneymachine.blogspot.com (I believe as even a separate page, plus a post)

Look at Recorders’ Deeds & Tax Assessors:  (hover link for more text)

 

So, while not being Jesus, or God, I’m not about to go “woe unto you!” I can definitely say “Whoa, Baby!” and call it like I see it.  Hypocrisy.  And yes, I am angry.  I had better things to do with the last decade!

When (v. 15, Bible quote there) he mentioned that these groups “compass sea and land to make one proselyte” — look, did I, or did I not, point out the clearinghouses, the technical assistance and training centers, and the conferences, etc.    These are forming proselytes to the HHS grants-stream in order to market social-science-engineering to the public!

Unless you don’t think that groups like NARME or Smartmarriage.com are actually forming proselytes? Or, AZFFC (Fathers & Families Coalition of America) not registered right as a nonprofit, that we can see/at least not when it says it did, 1994), who sucks up to HHS leadership to distribute grants — and I’ve watched some of them ALSO not file, and blogged it here — is one of the good guys?

So, Yes, you heard me — that’s hypocrisy.  This is what the same crowd does NOT want you to talk, in addition to how these welfare grants are being used:

 

MOREOVER, NOT ONLY IS WELFARE MISREPORTED, LOST TRACK OF AND THE “JOBS” CARROT DANGLED OUT IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC, BUT WHAT’S BEHIND THAT CURTAIN, HEY?  WHY ISN’T THERE MORE TALK ABOUT THE REPORTS THAT SHOW CUMULATIVE WEALTH OF GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES ACROSS THE LAND?

Not even this outfit (which examined all 50 states’ comprehensive annual financial reports, i.e., net worth statements) looked at ALL the government entities.  They only looked at state level stuff — and came to the conclusion how much in debt we each are.

The same woman who started the nonprofit reporting this married into some serious wealth (Chicago area). I looked up the street address of the nonprofit, the recorders’ and tax assessors, and realized that it’s located on a mansion/estate basically — and that a few transfers back, this was obtained (by recall, don’t quote me; check yourself!) from a “Rothchild” (that’s the spelling).  That her wildly successful entrepreneurial spouse was running nonprofit hospital and association in the Chicago area, etc.

Then I had to ask — why was this particular couple so very, very concerned about the debt we all have — and how could some CPAs and an accountant who knows enough to look up a CAFR — choose only to look up the STATE CAFRs and then present that, emphasizing national debt?

So, my next project (“the Lord willing…”) is to take them on, yes me (not that I have the training — but I know where else to look for assets, at least!) Which I learned, among a very few other places, somehow, from . . . . . (see signature line)….

“Dear John”[said “john” had found a CAFR and wanted someone else to look at its numbers for him, I guess numbers being too confusing for the novice in CAFR-watching…This was part of the response..]

. . . In every venue across the country for decades government attorneys have been cutting deals behind closed doors to take money from the population in any fashion or through whatever scheme they can think up.

Babies have diapers changed for them, adults maintain or change the world. So now that you know where to look, look at your local government(s) Annual Financial Report the CAFR and learn. Then maybe you can maintain or change  the landscape of your own back-yard..

What affects the appearance of your own back yard?

ANSWER: The CityCountySchool DistrictEnterprisePensionlocal government investment pool; and Court System CAFRs.

I will note that individually and collectively for your local government there is an inflow of money and standing investment capital involved each day that is more than Midas ever dreamed about.

AGAIN, look and learn.

In the event you are not an adult yet where easy entertainment is the objective, then I would suggest the TV Guide or a YouTube that over 12-million individuals have watched to date  – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC1tikkotVU (=Teletubbies)

Sincerely and with your best results in mind,
Walter Burien – CAFR1.com

And like I’ve pointed out, from the time I saw this — who owns the global infrastructure?  Well, these are the top ten — and they are the ones wanting politicians to make sure you’re busy working to help support this:

Bentley Systems has compiled the Bentley Infrastructure 500 to help global constituents appreciate and explore the magnitude of investment in infrastructure and the potential to continually increase the return on that investment. The infrastructure value represented is over US$14 trillion, which is close to the U.S. annual GDP and to the combined annual GDPs of China, Japan, and Germany. Bentley itself is committed to enhancing ROIs through leveraging information modeling in integrated projects to create more intelligent infrastructure on behalf of owner organizations.

Data Results for 2011

Top 10 Owners in the Bentley Infrastructure 500

Rank Organization Headquarters Country Infrastructure Value*
(millions USD)
1 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT United States 308,800
2 STATE GRID CORPORATION OF CHINA China 209,727
3 EXXON MOBIL CORP United States 199,548
4 OPEN JOINT STOCK COMPANY GAZPROM Russia 180,019
5 PETROLEO BRASILEIRO S.A. – PETROBRAS Brazil 167,777
6 ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE SA – EDF France 143,241
7 NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION Japan 119,098
8 KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS Netherlands 117,060
9 ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC Netherlands 116,851
10 WAL MART STORES INC United States 107,878

and I’m still working up the stomach to report on Gazpro, the Browder/Hermitage & the Magnitsky case, and how the United States wanted a law passed to protect people and corporations who, essentially, weren’t even US Corps — but lets similar types of activities occur on our soil on a regular basis.  It’s coming, I have a draft.

(NEW YORKER COMMENTING ON WHETHER TO PASS THE MAGNITSKY LAW)  The irony is, some of these practices, if not perhaps so overt, is going on in the USA — but Hermitage Capital is not a USA firm.  Bill Browder, campaigning for his ethical (and beaten to death in a Russian cell in 2009 for reporting criminal tax fraud) attorney Sergei Magnitsky, was a successful capitalist from a very communist family line.  There were also (if I’m remembering it right) three Browder brothers, all three math geniuses.

Browder addressing a crowd in Stanford (2009) (hover cursor).   What happened to him reminds me strangely of what happened to Catherine Austin Fitts (Hamilton Securities) doing the exact same type of thing here, or trying to — contracting to save HUD by selling off its defaulted mortgages (collection).

This story, literally, crosses paths with Gazprom (see above list — it’s #4).  Likewise, Browder crossed paths with Romney and Bain earlier on.  I’m reading this, realizing parallels over hear, and again seeing — did THIS man make his wealth by simply working, or investing?   His start-up investment capital with was another international banking family, Safra (fascinating also).  Here’s a piece of the Stanford address, and realize that these types of things literally do go on.

In 1996, Browder set up Hermitage with $25 million from the late Edmond Safra, a renowned banker.

How many people can get a hold of $25 million startup capital?  Anyone know where, while I’m here, BAIN got its startup capital?   And yet, as awful as this story is — was Browder an American citizen at this point (it says, “US-born), Hermitage an American firm (no) or even the innocent Magnitsky?

Browder moved to Moscow and focused on undervalued Russian companies overlooked by mainstream securities researchers. By the end of its first year, the Hermitage Fund soared to $100 million. Eighteen months after launching, it was worth $1 billion. By the late 1990s, a coterie of two-dozen Russian oligarchs controlled many of the oil and gas companies that Hermitage had invested in. They embarked on an unprecedented “orgy of stealing,” said Browder, citing practices such as asset stripping, share dilution, and embezzlement.

So we see how profits are made (wise investing) and lost (criminal activity, assets-stripping, share dilution & embezzlement.   Think none of this pertains to the USA?  ???    (how about the value of the $dollar?)

He embarked on his own campaign of digging up corporate abuses and publicizing them through the press. The goal was to create pressure for reforms that would unlock shareholder value. Browder’s biggest coup was at the national gas company Gazprom, where he generated a governance scandal that led to the firing of the company chief and contributed to a stock price surge.

Things began unraveling in November 2005, when Browder was denied re-entry at the Moscow airport. What followed was a twisted tale of corporate raiding, Russian style. In June 2007, police raided Hermitage’s office, taking away files and records. Criminals used the documents to steal ownership of three companies from Hermitage and to arrange sham court judgments against them. The judgments were used to create losses that were the basis for getting $230 million in fraudulent tax refunds from the Russian treasury, Browder alleges in legal filings and a publicity campaign

Wow — that’s brazen.  Now, are sham court judgments a new thing over here?  Or at least sham court orders, an don what scale?  I don’t know.  Why doesn’t someone ask Joseph Zernik (Los Angeles area, database specialist) or Richard Fine?  We’ve also seen abuse of social security numbers (en masse) in Medicaid, I personally have seen plenty of what sure resembles tax fraud trough simply tax-dodging.  We’ve heard of dual-docketing (altering the docketing record), $59 BILLION missing from HUD, and trillions missing from the pentagon.  We’ve seen a lot.  And yet, who’s campaigning to pass laws against this with teeth?  We’ve also seen people deaths surrounding simply divorce, custody, and child support orders  — and we, in the USA (world’s largest per-capita jailor)have prisons with a reputation for rape, sexual assault, etc.  In which our legislators like to invest….

Check this out — from rosier days (according to Bill Browder) from a Carnegie Endowment cite:  “Gazprom and Itera:  A Case Study in Russian Corporate Misgovernance” from “Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  

OK . . . . . .   WHY am I posting it here?

Because this is how some people think and operate, while wanting US (certain of the American public) to think, operate, and vote JOBS, cogitate on welfare lazy bums, or how bad Obama is — and not even think in terms of: investments, shares, assets (or embezzlement), i.e. in terms of “how things work.”

I want us to compare this with struggling for a fair piece of the federal pie — when the federal (and collective) government is busy first, buying up, and second, selling off, American real estate and assets, and investing it (through their pooled funds) all over the world, thus helping (see above Bentley again!) helping RUN this world!

What, is it going to hurt anyone to read a few extra paragraphs?  OK, then go back go Facebook… text your friends, check out a youtube, or just check out mentally.

FYI, profits, it would seem, flow to people who do NOT check out mentally and away from those who do.  Like magnetic fillings.  There seems to be a bit of skill and science to it (plus of course risk management).  

Gazprom and Itera:  A Case Study in Russian Corporate Misgovernance” from “Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

“I’m going to tell you a war story-my war story,” opened Browder. ” It’s one that involves Gazprom, Itera, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. But I’m not a diplomat so this won’t be diplomatic,” he cautioned. As an investor, he says he looks to find companies whose stock is cheap, and Gazprom is “by far the cheapest oil and gas company in the world,” if one divides the value of the company by its total reserves.

So, how did he even know to think in those terms?  And how’d he find out what the value of the company and its reserves were, anyhow?    Well, for one he’s pretty smart and there are some math geniuses among his brothers, I heard.   It had to do with who his grandparents and parents were. (see below).  They pushed their three sons to the hard sciences; and his Dad (Felix Browder) was math genius, apparently….  

Along with those smarts, his company is not American — it’s in the Channel Islands…  (“He started Hermitage Capital Management in 1996 in partnership with the late Edmond Safra. Under Mr. Browder’s leadership, the Hermitage Fund has produced total shareholder returns of 2,549%, compared to 1,417% for the CSFB ROS Index. Among other awards, it has been ranked the World’s Best Performing Emerging Markets Fund over a five-year period by Nelsons from 1996 to 2001.”   (Another interview talks about central banks, government intervention)

Bill Browder is in some ways a product of his parents, although his grandfather Earl died when he was only nine.   Read this from Forbes.com (date:  2/13/2006): Note — this is a quote within a quote.  See backgrounds.  The framing quote is from the “Carnegie Endowment” site…

Earl Browder was the biggest Communist in America. His grandson William is the biggest capitalist in Russia.

Earl Browder rebelled against America’s free-market system and headed the U.S. Communist party. Grandson William Browder rebelled against Russia’s corrupt business practices and heads a Moscow hedge fund. 

William Browder shares with his grandfather, who died in 1973, a controversial faith in Russia’s leader. In Earl’s case it was Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, who anointed him the U.S Communist chief in 1932. William, 41, is sympathetic to Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite criticism that Putin is undermining democracy and shackling business. The younger Browder scoffs at that view, arguing that Putin is merely suppressing the nation’s oligarchs so true capitalism can take flower. 

. . .Earl and his wife, a Russian intellectual, didn’t push their offspring to become Marxist agitators. Instead, they instilled in their children and grandchildren the belief that the highest calling was the hard sciences, not politics. Their three sons became mathematicians. William, whose father, Felix, is a professor of mathematics at Rutgers University and whose brother is a physics professor at the University of Hawaii, veered into Wall Street. “My rebellion,” he says, “was that I was going to be a capitalist businessman.” 
William studied free-market avatar Milton Friedman’s writings at the University of Chicago, where he earned an economics degree, got his M.B.A. at Stanford and worked for Boston Consulting and Salomon Brothers. But he remained intrigued by his family’s background. Just after the Berlin Wall fell, he began investing in the mysterious, often corrupt, but oh-so-cheap companies behind the Iron Curtain. In his journeys there he hardly ever invoked his grandfather’s name and at the outset spoke little Russian. Now he can get by on an everyday basis, though business talks require a translator. 

Browder started this investing during a business assignment in Poland, where state-owned factories and businesses could be had for a pittance. He exchanged $4,000 in traveler’s checks for 38 million Polish zlotys and bought in. Within a year the $4,000 stake had turned into $40,000. “There’s a certain chemical that gets released in your stomach when you make ten times your money,” he says, accurately, except for the anatomic location. “And it’s addictive.

He was thinking in different terms than many, because of the family he grew up in, and the family heritage.  The family did the sons a definite favor by steering them into the “hard sciences.”   Nowadays, the entire federal government, it seems, is steering the masses into programs run by educationists and psychologists, while picking off some of the brains to write this up, and others to work in pharmaceuticals, medical, and the military.  It would seem, anyhow.  It’s also probably significant that the family was all boys…

OK, back to The discussion of “Gazprom” . . . Carnegie — etc.

Because the market discounts virtually the entire value of Gazprom with the assumption that 99% of its assets are stolen, Gazprom’s reserves trade at 10 cents for energy equivalent to one barrel of oil. (Exxon Mobil’s reserves, by way of comparison, trade at $13.80 per barrel.) Eighteen months ago, deciding he needed a better understanding of the factors underpinning Gazprom’s undervaluation, Browder dug around a bit using public information and found that the stealing was “so brazen” that Former CEOs Rem Vyakhirev and Viktor Chernomyrdin and others transferred assets openly to members of their family. “The arrogance was so extreme that there was no cover-up whatsoever,” Browder remarked. “But that was helpful to us, because it enabled us to paint a very accurate picture of what had been stolen.”

Perhaps there’s still time to do some of this regarding the HHS matters I mention, and other sectors of the US Economy.  Hurry, before it’s figured out who knows where to look!  I talk about  CAFRs, but according to (walter burien) they’re starting to figure out other ways to label certain things; advance liabilities and such.  Just want to drop that term into your memory bank…

In October 2000, Browder’s investigation pinpointed seven dubious transactions that stripped enormous value away from Gazprom. These seven companies – Purgaz, Rospan, Tarkosaleneftegaz, Sibneftegaz, Achimneftegaz, Vostokgaz, and Severneftegazprom – were worth $5,805 million to Gazprom, but were sold away for a total of $325 million between 1997 and 2001, a lost value of 5,480 million dollars. In losing these assets, Gazprom lost just under 10% of its total reserves, a quantity comparable in size to Exxon-Mobil’s entire reserves worldwide.

Interesting, right?  Look up to the Bentley chart.  Right now, they say Exxon is #3, and Gazprom, #4.

So, Browder discovered that though the markets perceived that 99% of Gazprom’s assets had been stolen, in reality only 10% had been. Browder said he was impatient “for perception to catch up with reality,” since the good news was likely to increase Gazprom’s share value and decided to speed along the process. His findings were published and shared with other Gazprom shareholders, with members of the Gazprom board, as well as with journalists from five publications [Business Week, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post], each of whom went on to run stories between October 2000 and February 2001 exposing large scale graft by the company’s managers and their relatives.

Smart, huh?   Of course, Browder was already someone that those publications might be listening to. Success catches attention of others!

Mobilized by the ensuing public outrage, Gazprom investors in December 2000 called for an independent audit to examine the evidence of asset stripping and to assess the murky relationship between Gazprom and Itera, a Florida-registered gas trading company. The investors further proposed that an outside firm, Deloitte and Touche, be given the task, rather than Gazprom’s internal auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

HUH. You mean a Florida-based gas-trading firm had some shady connections with Gazprom?

Also Deloitte and Touche — they’re something else too, involved in California CCMS scandal (huge database project for the courts, overblown.  Wade Horn, after helping put some gas to the National Fatherhood Initiative and marriage movement (as I recall) then jumped ship to Deloitte and Touche Consulting (double check exact firm name) where he is now.  Cute…

Incensed, Gazprom management rejected the call for an independent audit and consented only to a confidential PwC audit. That audit was presented to the company’s board alone in June 2001, though the report was subsequently leaked. Using excerpts from that report, Browder gave five examples to illustrate the patent misconduct by Gazprom executives for the benefit of Itera, whose assets ultimately must have accrued to the executives themselves, as well as the absurdity of PwC’s economic evaluations.

A BLISTERING REVIEW

At any point in time, looking at this HHS “BS” — I also keep in mind the Narco-Dollars For Dummies series, and how, so long as Sam and Dave are both unloading boatloads of white substances — Sam sells Sugar, works hard, stewards, hustles, pays taxes, and makes a minor profit — while Dave does Drugs, and being as (obviously) he’s not about to be paying taxes on illegal drug traffic, then how is it possible for one to compete with the other?

And which one owns Congress, the President, etc, and to what extent should we keep up the “let’s pretend” that they don’t?

How I also Knew This:

I lived with some tough abuse (others have seen worse, my particular one specialized in the psychological, with the assault & battery which (don’t get me wrong) were many, and shocking; they hurt, and this was done in front of our kids – thrown in just to assert power.  There is  a panorama of ways for someone of a certain intent to control others, sabotage their work, isolate and interrogate when it looks like their isolation is about to be broken, allow them a bit of hope (making social connections) then suddenly snap them by force; set up repeat public humiliations — and ALL of this done not before, but AFTER economic control had been asserted.  It is said, one doesn’t get out without intervention — and I didn’t.  

Many women get out when they determine that they love their kids more than their already beaten-down selves.  {{And THAT”S when, if it happens, we are also going to get back some sense into this country.}}   That mother thing kicks in good when he’s done with you and, bored, moving on to the children, or getting ready to. The OTHER thing which helped me, in particular make the final break (besides access to someone with the clout to make it happen) — was when I got away from the constant fear/threat of abuse (any time day or night, except while I was actually at my job, while there was a job that is, and almost anywhere inbetween here and there).  I literally had two weeks (almost) away from the day in day out grind, and was treated like a human being again.  i realized I still had something to offer.  . . .

Then I returned home (no where else to go!) and saw the retaliation.  It was unnecessary, cruel, and intentionally demeaning, and it sealed my exit.

It is my intention, in part, in these blogs to show (whoever will listen) just WHAT you are dealing with when some congressperson opens his or her mouth — and particularly about welfare, the other side of the aisle, taxes, debts, — and most particular, about JOBS.  The people perpetrating this stuff do not all work honest jobs, their friends are not all honest or honorable, nor are their policies.  NOR is their intent!)   

I am to this day dealing with aspects of my own situation, and to tell the truth, I have not yet found a way to deal with a crook in control of my access to egress.  With my access to earn an honest living.  Many people don’t.   And some of these people, for one reason or another, NEED someone (or a population) to stay helpless, confused (or if not, confined) and function as a warm body for some other form of profit, short-term (now) or long-term.  

That took a while to get out — but I’m saying, that perhaps among the valuable assets around, are people who have  learned this lesson in the small scenario, and so can recognize it when the evidence shows up, in the national scope.

The real danger — I feel — is the company of the sleepwalking and still-above-water middle class not wanting to lose social status — and who, having literally invested their future in pensions (etc.) cannot conceive that their own government is actually creating poverty, trafficking in kids (and drugs, etc.) and literally has no conscience. Somehow, they wish to believe that (if Republican) it’s the Democrats or (if Democrats) it’s the Republican.  Say the same thing for men (if it’s women) or women (if it’s men).  Or atheists (if it’s people of faith), or the fundies — or Catholics (if they’re agnostic & atheists).  This can go on, basically ad infinitum.

Oh yes, and the other scapegoating is, the poor (if it’s the landed and asset-owners) or the well to do (regardless of whether this is from good employment, hard work etc. — or inherited wealth) (if the people are poor).

I think in all of these, it’s simply wise to look at the economics — which means we have to change, and put some time into it. And ALWAYS call a liar when you see a liar, never show all your cards. (I don’t!)

At this point,there is no big Mommy or big Daddy at the front of the classroom to settle differences.  We, the people, have to figure it out and teach each other, instead of sitting still so long to be taught AT.

(OK, back to the scheduled topic …)

From this series, a commentary:

The Real Deal: Drugs as Currency

Wednesday, 27 February 2002, 11:13 am
Column: Catherine Austin Fitts

Narco-Dollars For Dummies (Part 10)

How The Money Works In The Illicit Drug Trade

Part 10 in a 13 Part Series
By Catherine Austin Fitts
First published in the Narco News Bulletin

Many of the members of our global leadership were trained in wartime narcotics trafficking in Asia during WWII. George H. W. Bush and his generation watched our ally Chang Kai Shek finance his army and covert operations with opium. I am told that the Flying Tigers were the model that taught Air America how to fly dope.

If you trace back the history of the family and family networks of America’s leaders and numerous other leaders around the world, what you will find is that narcotics and arms trafficking are a multigenerational theme that has criss-crossed through Asia, North America, Europe, Latin America and Eurasia and back through the City of London and Wall Street to the great pools of financial capital. Many a great American and British fortune got going in the Chinese opium trade.

One of the benefits of learning how narco dollars work is that it will help you sort through the money laundering and insider trading news on the War on Terrorism. Terrorism and narcotics trafficking often get linked through narcotics as currency. Terrorists need guns. Narco dollars need private protection and covert operations.

EARLIER PARTS TO THIS SERIAL.Part 1 – Narco Dollars For Dummies ..

Part 2 – Sam & Dave Do White Substances
Part 3 – The Ultimate New Business Cold Call
Part 4 – On Your Map
Part 5 – Getting Out of Narco Dollars HQ

AUTHOR NOTE: Catherine Austin Fitts, author of Scoop’s “The Real Deal” column, is a former managing director and member of the board of directors of Dillon Read & Co, Inc, a former Assistant Secretary of Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner in the first Bush Administration, and the former President of The Hamilton Securities Group, Inc. She is the President of Solari, Inc, an investment advisory firm. Solari provides risk management services to investors through Sanders Research Associates in London.

Anti©opyright Solari 2002


House Ways & Means — In my inbox today:

THE JOBS SEARCH

Obama’s Lost Decades – At the Current Pace, “Jobs Gap Will Not Close Until After 2025”  (etc.)  I got this chart complaining about the increase in TANF, Food Stamps, People in Poverty, and Jobs –as if this was primarily Obama.

I have a right to speak on this one — because I’ve been run through these programs simply by choosing to leave a violent relationship.   This blog, essentially, was started to warn people (particularly mothers) about the trap that accepting child support, in any form, actually represents at this point — even if it was not obtained because of taking what should’ve been some TEMPORARY welfare help.

Read this — because the same House Ways & Means, the same Republicans, complaining about this chart below, have cronies and participants who are profiting from it, trust me.  Obama didn’t sign welfare privatization — Clinton did.  And he did when forced into it by a Republican-controlled congress’s “Contract with America” and their extreme antagonism towards “welfare queens” and amid feminist backlash, racism, and an entire boiling anger at the recent no-fault divorce laws, which was resulting in many of us (such as myself) actually being able to exit extremely violent relationships.

It took me many years later to learn who was making money how, but not nearly that long to realize that something was up with this family law system.  Because I was taught by the various rhetoric to talk about domestic violence (instead of look up corporate tax returns) and wasn’t then so politically or economically savvy — I didn’t see the connection between welfare reform, and the redistribution of PUBLIC funds to PRIVATE interests around this field.

And when I call hypocrites on this one, I can prove it.   You tell me why the US Government is the largest owner of global infrastructure in the world (Bentley 500, look it up) as are several of the major US states — and yet our leadership wants to tell us the way out of poverty is, work for our companies, competing this time not nationally, but globally, for a wage — while we own stock in them, and judges and lawyers helping further ensnare ordinary (and often honest) people in courts til their houses are foreclosed — become profiteers in the organizations doing business with the courts, landlords, and sometimes even embezzle as well?

When was the last time a Congressperson had to manage a budget down to the penny while in litigation and with his or her life at risk, and her kids’ safety and future at stake?

Did either Obama OR Romney get to this place of contending in presidential election by working normal jobs?  Whether it’s Bain, or powerful allies from Chicago, help with Harvard — they didn’t take this path….

Before and After: Jobs Down, Poverty and Government Dependence Up During the Obama Administration
Economic Data Is a Stark Reminder of Obama Administration’s Failed Policies
 Before Obama*  After Obama**  Change
Jobs (Payroll Employment)  136.8 million  133.5 million (9/2012)  – 3.3 million
Not in Labor Force  79.5 million  88.7 million (9/2012)  + 9.2 million 
People in Poverty  39.8 million  46.2 million (CY 2011)  + 6.4 million
Welfare Recipients (TANF)  4.0 million  4.5 million (12/2011)  + 0.5 million
Disability Recipients (SSI/SSDI)  12.1 million (12/08)  14.0 million (8/2012)  + 1.9 million
Food Stamp Recipients (SNAP)  28.2 million  46.7 million (7/2012)  + 18.5 million
Sources: Department of Labor payroll and household surveys; Census Bureau poverty data; HHS TANF data; Social Security Administration SSI/SSDI 2008 and 2012 data; and Department of Agriculture data.  *CY 2008 average, unless otherwise noted.  **Most recent available data.

Playing “Good Cop, Bad Cop” with welfare, won’t work any more.  The word is getting out!

What those numbers don’t tell you, individual bloggers have been, and will continue to.  We also Tweet, facebook, use social media, converse, blogtalk radio, write, and talk.  And there are more of us than there are of Congress, even though we do not have access to the wealth that Congressman often do, and that they, as Congressmen, appropriate as their apparent “handlers” (foundations, campaign funders, etc.) tell them to.*

Block grants to the state simply enables diversion of money which would otherwise feed children — in whatever household they’re residing — into programs which the HHS doesn’t track, but when it even DOES track, it doesn’t do much about the serious fraud and waste involved.

Then, when someone else (such as Richard Fine, or others) points out not only waste, but also fraud in the matter of child support which was collected — yet (by the millions) sat earning interest in government offices — to the tune of about $14 million for just ONE County (Los Angeles) — and points out other illegal (by state constitution) behavior by the County and its Judges — they disbar him, steal his earned attorneys’ fees, and lead him away from the courtroom, handcuffed, without proper charges, and later falsify the arrest record (2009ff).  He rots there in solitary confinement for fully 18 months until a judge releases the man, having failed to break his spirit.

Over at HHS/OAS/OIG — it’s more than well known that there’s about as much fraud in HHS as in HUD (which has become quite a reputation as a criminal element of government) — and this is about the best they can do — write up reports, on selected, occasional areas audited, wring their wrists, and rather than (when it comes to Child Support) work to get the money distributed, but work to get the Federal’s portion back.  Anne Stevenson has blogged this over at Huffington Post, and we are publicizing it — the federalization of the state governments.  $2 federal to $1 state (OCSE), and the size of the black hole is NOT KNOWN, which we know they don’t know.

HHS/OIG — there is so much pooled wealth being distributed nationwide, it takes an office of over 1700 employees to protect from fraud!  And although HHS administers over 300 programs (including — see chart above) — they are focused it seems primarily on Medicaid and Medicare Fraud.  Since 1996, the block grants to the states, and the statewide centralization of child support distribution into “SDU” (Statewide Distribution Units) not only support a whole other apparatus — and databases), but it too has acknowledged fraud that the OIG hardly has time to look at.  

And when they do– they don’t have teeth.  Let’s take a very, very quick look!

Mission

Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) mission is to protect the integrity of Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) programs as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries.

Who We Are

Since its 1976 establishment, OIG has been at the forefront of the Nation’s efforts to fight waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid and more than 300 other HHS programs.

HHS OIG is the largest inspector general’s office in the Federal Government, with more than 1,700 employees dedicated to combating fraud, waste and abuse and to improving the efficiency of HHS programs. A majority of OIG’s resources goes toward the oversight of Medicare and Medicaid — programs that represent a significant part of the  Federal budget and that affect this country’s most vulnerable citizens

Office of Audit Services (OAS)

The Office of Audit Services (OAS) conducts independent audits of HHS programs and/or HHS grantees and contractors. These audits examine the performance of HHS programs and/or grantees in carrying out their responsibilities and provide independent assessments of HHS programs and operations. . . .

OAS is the largest civilian audit agency in the Federal Government. OAS conducts its work in accordance with Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States; the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996; applicable Office of Management and Budget circulars; and other legal, regulatory, and administrative requirements. OAS also:

  • provides assistance in criminal, civil, and administrative investigations conducted by OIG’s Office of Investigations and the Department of Justice;
  • oversees non-Federal audit activity, including conducting quality control reviews of audits of State and local governments, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations; and
  • oversees HHS’s annual financial statement audits conducted under the Chief Financial Officers Act and HHS’s annual Federal Information Security Management Act audits.

Stopping Fraud with this much collective, pooled temptation around —  is a huge task.  Now think:  every one of this is an expense, an employee (plus benefits), materials, contractors, reports, professionals — it’s a major apparatus.  Now — where is the money for their salaries coming from?  (I am beginning to get this answer, but how many even think about it — we are so accustomed to HUGE federal government and seeing this government as something to do business with, or to get our piece of the pie from.  Where did that pie come from to start with?

When the Republicans or Democrats talk about jobs — I seen plenty of jobs in the government sector, including these — trying to stop fraudsters; which is always someone else — not the government itself, somehow….

Click on “reports” to get to:

(HHS/OIG) OFFICE OF AUDIT SERVICES from there, select:

This is not just “a” review, but a “roll-up review”….

Now LOOK!

They audited 21 states (23 times) and of these 17 states were screwups.  The states were hanging onto to — collectively — $50 MILLION of undistributed — but collected — child support.  In the language of the Audit, the Fed shows zero concern about getting it to those children, or getting it back to the parents who paid it (probably through wage garnishments) in expectation it should actually reach their offspring.   Rather, the Fed is concerned more about getting its investment back.

This means someone else is profiting from the OCSE, other than the states, and, year after year after year, how much — only God knows, collectively.  It’s a Bermuda triangle.  Now whose kids are these, and whose money is it we’ve given for our leaders to steward, manage and distribute?  with that level of mis-appropriation, I believe they should get less, and we should retain more.  Now — is that change going to happen with a shame-faced government apparatus saying “oh, we’re sorry — here — you can have your cash back, and we’ll dismantle the programs that are engaging in systemic fraud, while invading your privacy and messing with your stability!!….” {{hardly — right?}}

And that, I believe, is why there’s so much press release on this or that, lest the farm and corporation workers and other busy bees have the time, the technology, and the attitude to demand better accounting, and the ability to go get it!  I’m not talking ‘Occupy” either…..I‘m talking about, get the information, get it publicized, and start asking the right questions.  

I will personally assert that some of this money is by now coming from nonabusive parents (including mothers) who are paying the fathers.  I have some ideas for how regular citizens (who are willing to pay attention) can start doing something about this — because it’s fairly obvious the Feds don’t care — they want their share back.  The states don’t care — they want to keep their “abandoned” property progam income.

Incidentally, I had to type that paragraph above twice (i.e., words once typed suddenly disappeared.  This is called hacking — someone wants to let me know they’re onto this, possibly….It wouldn’t be the first time, I am not the only (activist/advocate-minded) mother who has noted the phenomenon.

Here’s the 2011 summary and link to the fuller report.  Either way, it’s not going to help those kids that didn’t get theirs.

I’ll tell you something else — some of this “undistributable” is probably going to intentionally misdirected or mis-typed street addresses or persons.  If they do this consistently with the TAGGS database, how about when it comes to delivering child support?  Anyone reading this had court pleadings inexplicably re-routed to the wrong address, causing you to miss an important hearing, or similar situations?

Here’s the excerpt:

Executive Summary

In our 23 previous audits of undistributable child support collections, we found that 21 States did not recognize and/or report undistributable child support collections as program income in accordance with Federal requirements. Specifically, 17 States did not recognize and report undistributable child support collections totaling $32.8 million ($21.3 million Federal share) as abandoned, and 14 States did not report $16.6 million ($11 million Federal share) as program income after the States recognized the funds as undistributable child support collections. An undistributable child support collection occurs when the State agency receives a child support payment but cannot identify or locate the custodial parent or return the funds to the noncustodial parent. States must offset program costs by recognizing and reporting undistributable child support collections as program income at the time the funds are considered abandoned under State law.

These deficiencies occurred because States did not have adequate controls to ensure that undistributable child support collections were recognized and reported as program income in accordance with Federal requirements. Some States avoided or circumvented abandoned property laws by not classifying undistributable child support collections as abandoned or not requiring that abandoned property be transferred to the State’s abandoned property account. In addition, certain States were not aware of the Office of Child Support Enforcement’s reporting requirements.

(How come?  Why not?)

We recommended that ACF either (1) develop a uniform Federal policy for reporting undistributable child support as program income that does not rely on States’ definitions of abandoned property or (2)(a) provide increased oversight of States to ensure the appropriate reporting of outstanding undistributable child support collections that qualify as abandoned property and (b) issue guidance that collections determined to be undistributable should be reclassified and reported as program income when the State, in accordance with State laws and regulations, defines these funds as abandoned. ACF stated that it was addressing the issue of undistributable child support collections in response to our work and would provide policy guidance and reiterate its reporting requirements.

Complete Report

Download the complete report

As we can see, the feds didn’t exhibit any concern about the states literally losing track of parents, and/or children while maintaining open child support cases, earning interest in special funds within the state’s possession.  They suggest increased monitoring of the states  (I’m not holding my breath) which, should it actually occur, would be even more centralized — and who’s going to pay for it?

What’s wrong with that picture?  PLENTY!  think about it before election day (bring up welfare reform) and be aware that welfare reform reauthorization, most components, is now postponed til March 2013.

Another sample audit (a really old one) shows other areas of gaps and loops in accounting.  How family counseling and psychotherapy (which is always being pushed, right, including through the courts) — sometimes ends up in billing for services not rendered.  The key is for the wrong people to get ahold of people’s social security numbers and utilize them.

THAT’s probably why they want more people in the system, despite who much is said about wanting people OFF the welfare roles!

  • Federal/State Joint Audit Initiatives
    • Audit covers 1998-2002 Illinois, found two “alternate payees” (not named in the report) who billed for services not provided, including psychotherapy counseling to at-risk children.  One was a for-profit and the other a not-for-profit, sharing the same CEO.  over $7.5 million was billed for services never received.  The OIG, on its part, recommends that the fed get reimbursed its share of approximately $3.7 million of this.  Hover cursor for description (or click through, although it’s a lot of text to find!)  They were billing for more than 24 hour days, and alternate payees were targeting counseling for families as well:
    • The routine identified 146 practitioners with at least 1 day greater than 12 hours. There were 16 practitioners identified in the routine with overPage 4 – Ms. Jackie Garner10 days greater than 24 hours, the most being 371 days. Of the 146 practitioners, 32 are currently the subject of an ongoing investigation or review. Six of the 114 remaining had over 10 days greater than 24 hours. Of these, one practitioner had 328 days exceeding 24 hours.

Or, paying to “alternate payees” who didn’t qualify, again, I don’t see off-hand, for how long this situation was going on in Illinois:

“Alternate Payee Arrangements. Under certain conditions, IDPA permits individual physicians to designate an alternate payee for payment of claims for services provided by the physician. We found that the majority of the Medicaid payments made on behalf of Physician A were paid to two alternate payees, referred to as Payee A and Payee B in this report. Payee A was a not-for- profit corporation that was organized to provide community based social services to at-risk children and their families.These services were to include counseling, educational enrichment, youth leadership, youth employment training, GED program, computer literacy, and youth recreational programs. Payee B was a related for-profit entity that contracted with counselors to provide counseling services to Payee A’s clients. Both corporations share the same Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

As I keep pointing out, for most “NONprofits,” there’s usually an associated FORprofit.  Looks like the Physician should’ve known better, but I don’t see any actions reprimanding or docking the physician for allowing medicaid frauds…. The underlined area shows that this type of stealing is done under the claim of concern for poor and at-risk families.

During the course of the Partnership, it was determined that neither Payee A nor Payee B met the conditions of the 89 Illinois Administrative Code to qualify as an alternate payee for physicians. As a result, their alternate payee agreements were canceled by IDPA on August 30, 2001.

SUMMARY:  Despite is 1700 employees, we cannot rely on the OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL to get this work done, and therefore the black hole of nonaccountability will continue until something forces a change.  I suggest that as part of this, more regular people start reading “Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports” and turn off something else, if necessary, to do so!  These show the collective wealth of the United States of America, each state, and (if looked up and looked at) government entitities WITHIN each state.  That means, at least a few people in every single county of every single state, wake up, start reading, start understanding, start reporting, and start teaching someone else.  Then we, collectively, start talking back to mainstream media AND our elected representatives, and force them to admit — they knew about these reports all along, and could’ve been talking about them, but chose not to — because more income from the people = more wealth for others who help keep them in office!

WHEN IT COMES TO WELFARE — READ THIS FIRST!

ANNE STEVENSON — HUFFINGTON POST BLOG.

(yes, I know yesterday I talked about “M.S.IA.” and Arianna’s preoccupation with this, Spiritual Psychology in California Marriage and Family Therapists — but still, there’s a Huffpost blog outlining some of the basics, and in lay terms anyone can understand!)

(by the way, the author is only responsible for what she’s said, and not the commentary, or for anything about how I frame it, etc.).

You should read this!  And some of the 32 comments (about 4 of them are mine, outlining the same issue — TANF diversions!).  While many of us individual parents (and parents are quoted in this article) may have slight differences of approach, one thing we DO know is that the federal government’s radical restructuring of welfare into Block Grants to the States (which TANF, and its various re-authorizations, are) is expanding the welfare roles — deliberately, I say — and diverting money from the ethical.

We do not have the financial clout to set up resource centers (at this point) to out-propagate such things as I blogged last post — the “national responsible fatherhood clearinghouse” which is essentially a propaganda center funded by progressive reauthorizations of “Business as Usual” regardless of which political party was in power.  In my opinion (don’t blame others for it….) Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all endorsed this. Probably their electoral races would’ve been a moot point if they didn’t openly propagate for this kind of slush fund as “business s usual.”

The people running these programs are living off them, or multiples of them — taking nonprofit exemptions, peddling curricula and propaganda no one needs under the fourth purpose of welfare (encourage the formation of two-parent families), and failing to stay incorporated, whether faith-based or not faith-based!  I have documented this, and it’s not up for debate when the IRS says, or a Secretary of State says, “forfeit” or “suspended” or “revoked” to a group which got federal grants.

*ALEC Board of Directors

(note:  civil servants, elected members of the US Congress)

  • Chairman, Indiana, Rep. Dave Frizell.
  • Also from:  Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, South Carolina, Texas, New York, (Iowa again), Utah, Rhode Island, Indiana (again), Colorado, Mississippi, Louisiana (again), Virginia, Texas (again), Arkansas, Tennessee, Kansas, Nevada, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee (again), Wisconsin and Kansas (again).
  • (I notice California’s not on there…. or Oregon, Washington, Florida, Illinois, etc.)

*ALEC Private Enterprise Board

(notice heavy presence of pharmaceuticals:  Bayer, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, PhRMA.

(Til today — I never heard of PhRMA — but its About Us is clear enough — develop more medicines.  Its member organizations include the above-mentioned pharmaceutical companies, plus Merck, Bristol-Myers, Sanofi-Pasteur, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, etc.).  PhRMA  is an association — not a manufacturer.  I guess we could say it’s a political lobbying force?

It also has a foundation to raise money for more research.  Again, PhRMA gets to collaborate with a chunk of US legislators at conferences how many individual citizens even know about, or attend — though their kids may be on some of these medications, or in foster care being drugged, and though there have been, over the years, a number of mass-shootings and other events in which anti-psychotics have been involved, although there’s issues with such things as Bush’s TMAPP algorithm for how to get more people on drugs?  And although a number of PhRMA members have had lawsuits for dishonest and fraudulent promotion of their drugs, paid multi-million$$ settlements, and continue to contract with our government, so far as I can tell?

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical industry research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures. PhRMA members alone invested an estimated $49.5 billion in 2011 in discovering and developing new medicines.

America’s biopharmaceutical research sector is the global leader in medical innovation, with more than 300 new medicines approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the last decade. Roughly 2,900 compounds are currently being studied in the United States — more than all other regions.

Our History

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the industry group was founded as the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association in 1958. The name changed to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in 1994 to underscore the extraordinary commitment of member companies to research.

Over a quarter century, the biopharmaceutical industry has evolved, with five major trends characterizing the changes: increased complexity of the research and development process; continued investment in R&D; increased use of medicines in health care; increased value for today’s patients; and continued importance of intellectual property protections including patents and data protection for innovative medicines.

ALEC Scholars (note:  Stephen Moore, formerly of Heritage Foundation (closely associated with the marriage/fatherhood push), Cato Institute, etc.) Here are the first two out of five — all men.  Our nation is half women, FYI:

ALEC’s Board of Scholars Program honors those whose distinguished work and dedication to market-based policy innovations have been, and continue to be, invaluable to ALEC and its membership. This convergence of ALEC with the great policy thinkers will further ALEC’s mission of expanding free markets, limited government, and individual liberty. The following are members of the ALEC Board of Scholars:

Dr. Arthur B. LafferDr. Arthur B. Laffer

Arthur B. Laffer is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research and consulting firm. As a result of Dr. Laffer’s economic insight and influence in starting a worldwide tax cutting movement during the 1980s, many publications have named him The Father of Supply Side Economics. He is a founding member of the Congressional Policy Advisory Board, which assisted in forming legislation for the 105th, 106th and 107th Congress. Dr. Laffer served as a member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board for both of his two terms. In March 1999, he was noted by Time Magazine as one of “the Century’s Greatest Minds” for his invention of the Laffer curve, which has been called one of “a few of the advances that powered this extraordinary century.” He has received many awards for his economic research including two Graham and Dodd Awards from the Financial Analyst Federation. He graduated from Yale with a Bachelor’s degree in economics in 1963 and received both his MBA and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

I don’t know about “the Laffer Curve.”  I know about the repeating cycles of domestic violence, after which family courts, and the role of welfare reform in prolonging these.  I also know that our public schools aren’t teaching our kids economics, math, reading, and a whole lot more they would do well to know.

Stephen MooreStephen Moore

Stephen Moore joined The Wall Street Journal as a member of the editorial board and senior economics writer on May 31, 2005. He splits his time between Washington D.C. and New York, focusing on economic issues including budget, tax and monetary policy. Moore has been a frequent contributor to WSJ over the years, and is previously known as the founder and former president of the Club for Growth, which raises money for political candidates who favor free-market economic policies. He left that position in 2004.  Just prior to coming to WSJ, Stephen was president of a new organization, the Free Enterprise Fund. Over the years, Moore has served as a senior economist on the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, as a budget expert for the Heritage Foundation, and as a senior economics fellow at the Cato Institute, where he published dozens of studies on federal and state tax and budget policy. He was a consultant to the National Economic Commission in l987 and research director for President Reagan’s Commission on Privatization.

As such, I’m going to presume he is aware what’s going on since the 1996, and why it’s been going on.

Who is “ALEC?” — it’s a nonprofit association:  American Legislative Exchange Council.

ORGANIZATION NAME

STATE

YEAR

TOTAL ASSETS

FORM

PAGES

EIN

American Legislative Exchange Council DC 2010 $4,047,129 990 28 52-0140979
American Legislative Exchange Council DC 2009 $3,306,976 990 28 52-0140979
American Legislative Exchange Council DC 2008 $3,391,001 990 28 52-0140979
American Legislative Exchange Council DC 2007 $3,168,106 990 43 52-0140979
American Legislative Exchange Council DC 2006 $2,918,259 990 34 52-0140979
American Legislative Exchange Council DC 2005 $1,693,257 990 30 52-0140979
American Legislative Exchange Council DC 2004 $1,285,162 990 33 52-0140979
American Legislative Exchange Council DC 2003 $1,537,032 990 30 52-0140979
American Legislative Exchange Council DC 2002 $1,725,243 990 29 52-0140979

Keeping in mind the extent of influence of ALEC (and I only profiled the Pharma Enterprise task force members, not the energy ones, or even the Chair’s company) — this is what their 990 says they do –and this is part of who is setting what my look like STATE-LEVEL legislation, but in fact isn’t.  It’s Governmental/Corporate-drafted legislation to better manage us down at the farm.  If you’re not connected at this level, you are not invited to the planning meetings.

These people own businesses, or run them, invest in stocks, but securities (that’s for others’ debts, got it) and are global in scope and sometimes ownership.   They are very, very, very interested in keeping enough pharmaceuticals around (I haven’t this post brought up the “narco-dollars” issue also but don’t forget it, see C.A. Fitts, right?) for profit, and population control.  That this will never lead to eugenics or forcible sterilization is simply idiotic.  It has before!  Drugged people are easier to control.  Drugged-up people who then go chaotic (and shoot) also justify more lockdown on an area.  So, can we get real on some of this?  How warm does the water have to be, leapfrogs???

This is from the top tax return, under (page 2 of the 990s), “Program Service Accomplishments” (there will be some typos due to OCR & cut & paste function here):

<>Task Forces – ALEC’s Task Forces provide a forum for legislators and the private sector to discuss issues, develop policies, and draft model legislation. The Task Forces include the following: Civil Justice; Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development; Education; Energy, Environment and Agriculture; Health and Human Services; International Relations; Public Safety and Elections; Tax and Fiscal Policy: and Telecommunications and Information Technology.

<>Conferences – ALEC holds national conferences, providing workshops on current issues with leading experts, public figures and elected officials. The conferences draft and adopt model legislation and policy. The three national conferences held during 2010 were the Spring Task Force Summit, Annual Meeting and States and National Policy Summit.

<>Membership manages the programs for the recruitment and ALEC State Legislator members. This includes liaison with the ALEC State Chairs and Private Sector State Chairs. In addition, Membership provides assistance to ALEC State Chairs in raising state scholarship funds, tracking the expenditures of these funds, and ensuring that members of ALEC’s leadership are operating in accordance with ALEC’s policies and procedures.

Scribes, pharisees and hypocrites — for real! A hypocrite is someone saying one thing, while intentionally and deceitfully doing the opposite.

Anne Stevenson

Policy Advisor, Consultant

Top 5 HHS Programs Endangering Women and Children

(32) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 12:15 PM

The so-called “War on Women” is raging, and billions of your tax dollars are being misused to fuel it via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The solution is to remove the middle class from the welfare roles and do away with gender-based funding incentives.

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 and the Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) program it created transformed welfare policy by drastically reducing and shifting federal assistance away from the homes of mothers and children and into the homes of violent offenders. In an article entitled “How Federal Welfare Funding Drives Judicial Discretion in Child-Custody Determinations and Domestic Relations Matters” fathers and rights activists Lary Holland and Jason Bottomsly explain that this policy has backfired because the incentives are structured so that the state will only benefit if children are removed from loving homes:

“In essence, the federal guidelines wanted the states to function as collection agencies, recovering financial support from parents who had willfully abandoned their parental responsibilities to their children. The result, however, was different from the intent and has caused the state welfare programs to adjust their environment to have a greater need, which has caused the program to collect from willing parents that would ordinarily provide a loving environment for their children absent a court order limiting a parent’s involvement. Despite the original intent of the IV-D welfare program, it now provides an incentive for the states to use their family courts to produce forcibly absent parents in order to increase the states’ IV-D welfare caseload.”

These HHS policies created a new breed of dangerous Welfare Kings through HHS Office of Child Support Enforcement when it began subsidizing the homes and legal battles of the unfit, unwilling, and violent fathers. At the beginning of a custody case, only the offender is sick, but if one violent offender gets custody, the whole family needs treatment. Consequently, it is also not uncommon for dozens of family court mental health and legal professionals onto the case to sustain his deadly custody rights through HHS programs.


{{end of quote from Huffpost blog}}


HHS Gets Waivers Right – on Child Welfare, not TANF

October 4, 2012 – Washington, DC – On Thursday, October 4, Michigan announced that the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has approved their application to operate a child welfare demonstration project to test ways to better prevent child maltreatment. Michigan is one of nine states approved to op… More

  • Camp Urges Further Action to Prevent Waivers of Welfare Work Requirements

    September 13, 2012 – Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement after the Committee approved, by a vote of 18 to 14, H.J.Res. 118, “Providing for congressional disapproval of the Administration’s July 12, 2012 waiver of welfare work requirements.” “Today’s vote in the… More

  • House Republicans Introduce Bill to Block Obama Administration’s Controversial Welfare Waiver Scheme

    September 11, 2012 – Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) today introduced H.J.Res. 118, a resolution disapproving of President Obama’s effort to roll back the work requirements cri… More

    Listen to this  all you want.  Just remember what I wrote near the top!

Written by Let's Get Honest

October 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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