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Courts=Govt=Business,Part III: Stunning 2011 Admissions from the USA GAO to The President and Congress: USA Can’t Really Audit Itself, and DNK where it stands financially.

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Parts A, B & C below illustrate the situation

A is short.  B is almost funny.  C is the kicker.

Eye-opening Information lies in these Details.

(Hang in there!)

~ ~ A. In their Honor~ ~

Today is Veteran’s Day — honoring men and women who give their lives for freedom and to protect this country, and its ideals, particularly the ideal of freedom and representative government.   They gave (shed their own blood — and others’) — and we can’t give TIME?  And a little heart?Why not honor their sacrifices by making a commitment to better understand the workings, the operational system, of this government? This will be my 501st post of doing so, personally (not including on other blogs).  I saw something seriously wrong– I wanted to find out why, “how can this be?” and tell, the truth.

Is it really possible to evaluate what, really, governs the USA?  

I believe it is.  Freedom has a definition — and debt- whether resulting slavery or long-term indentured servitude, isn’t it.  Nor is ignorance bliss. Deliberate ignorance is more than stupid — it’s dangerous to others.

I would NEVER have undertaken these blogs if I still believed, saw, or experienced our country as free or safe for the innocent, ethical, and those with a work ethic and skills.   But I have come to understand that when entire communities basically don’t understand their own government financial operations (local, regional, and in relationship to federal), this signifies the same communities really do not have a good concept WHO is it, and WHAT, really, does it DO? And, they cannot protect others, or themselves.  It could be, they are unawares building their own future monuments to more debt — which eventually leads to more death, not to life, and not to freedom.

So, this blog is not all patriotic altruism.  It’s self-defense for where I live.

Today’s Google logo.  So? Search things out.  Sit a bit & think about what you Find:



Thinker, small version, bronze, Cantor Foundation

(Rodin was born 11/12/1840.   The Thinker statue was “born” in 1902)….

How interesting:   “The Thinker” was part of a larger Rodin commission, “The Gates of Hell.”   As described from Rodin-web.org:

Although the Purgatorio and Paradiso parts of the Commedia should also be taken into account, most of Rodin’s creation is dedicated to the Inferno. Dante, who is suffering from loss of faith, must descend to the nine circles of sin and punishment and there meet the Devil, before he can climb the Mountain of Purgatory and reach the Heavens of Paradise, where he – guided by his beloved Beatrice – appears before God.

During his cathartic journey through the Inferno, Dante is led by the poet Virgil.

Already in the first year of working on ‘The Gates of Hell’, Rodin modeled the central figure of this great composition: ‘The Thinker‘. As an independent work it became perhaps the best-known sculpture of all time.

Seated on the tympanon of ‘The Gates of Hell’, ‘The Thinker’ watches the whole scene of the Inferno, brooding in contemplation. His athletic body is twisted in tension from his head down to his curled toes, suggesting a tough intellectual struggle. While the right muscular arm supports the pensive head, the left hand is open, as if ready grasp the reality of his vision and to act.”

Maybe not too bad a symbol of the times. A tough intellectual struggle, after loss of faith, but one hand ready to act.


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Industry, California — A Microcosm of the Issue?

Below identifying one of the smallest cities of California (couched in the middle of Los Angeles County, and incorporated, it turns out, for tax reasons, just north of a large section of unincorporated (into a city, that is) land, I’ll explain why the interest.

Here’s a 2007 Almanac of the cities of Los Angeles County.  It took me about 5 minutes to locate this city, which is a pink sliver (oddly shaped) just northeast of Long Beach, along the LA County/Orange County line, cradled by highway “60” (white on green badge) and just north of an expanse of unincorporated land (shown white, here, gray on the other map).

Per WIKIPEDIA:

Industry (also known as City of Industry) is an industrial suburb of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. Home to over 2,500 businesses and 80,000 jobs,[5] but only 219 residents at the 2010 census—down from 777 residents as of the 2000 United States census—the city is almost entirely industrial. It was incorporated on June 18, 1957 to prevent surrounding cities from annexing industrial land for tax revenue.

The city of Industry had the highest support for Proposition 8 in all of Los Angeles county. The amendment, which banned same sex marriage in California, was supported by a whopping 83% of Industry voters. 17% were opposed. [10]

The few residences in the city either existed before incorporation, are on properties adjacent to either Industry Hills Golf Club, Industry Hills Recreation Center or in a small neighborhood adjacent to City Hall. In addition, there are residents at the El Encanto Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by the City.[12]

The City of Industry has no business taxes and is primarily funded through retail sales tax from shopping centers located within the city limits, and property tax on parcels within the City. The city has the highest property tax rate in Los Angeles County, at 1.92%.[13] In addition, there is a revenue-generating hillside hotel resort, known as the Pacific Palms Resort (formerly the Industry Hills Sheraton), which is almost completely surrounded by the city of La Puente but actually located in the City of Industry.

The City of Industry is a popular investment area for Chinese businessmen and the city has also emerged as a high-tech import/export center for computer parts, with business links to the Asian marketplace. {{it also, per Wiki, has some famous strip clubs}}.

Interesting!! Parts of it also are a “FOREIGN TRADE ZONE, which offers duty perks; no duty is paid on foreign items til they cross into the United States, at which time, they are lower. “The City of Industry’s Foreign Trade Zone offers a unique opportunity for companies seeking innovative solutions to the many challenges associated with conducting international trade. A Foreign Trade Zone is an area physically located within the United States, but deemed to be outside the U.S. Customs territory.”

Hopefully some of this registered — whoever started and runs this city did so to favor industry, attract foreign industry through a duty-free zone, and originally incorporated it to keep the neighboring cities from grabbing its unincorporated industrial acreage to increase their own revenues.  I wonder who was running the industries at those times.

It is a very few miles from one of the largest ports in the world, the port of Los Angeles.  It is also in a county known for its corruption already (from multiple sources) and being a port, is also a possible conduit of drug trafficking and human trafficking, at least per “Narco Dollars” articles citing the four largest money-laundering states (NY, FL, CA, TX).  This County also appears to be in good part where the entire family court system started.   Yet here’s this infinitesimal “City of Industry” within it.

(City of Los Angeles Controller, “Fiscal Reports” page)  (both CITY & COUNTY CAFRs are now over at “Cold Hard Facts” on the “by-State” CAFR menu//sidebar).

As of 8/21/2012, Mayor Villaigrosa of Los Angeles sent round a memo on “FY2012-13 BUDGET DIRECTIVES AND EXTRAORDINARY SPENDING CONTROLS.   (found simply looking for the CAFR; there are several links on the page; this was one).    That is, all dept. heads except: Airports, Harbor, Water&Power, LACERS (probably the county employee retirement service), and Fire & Police Pensions) demanding their plans to increase revenues and cut services.  There’s a fiscal emergency on!!  “What are you doing to increase revenues and reduce services?”  Suggestions/goals include: things such as reducing by about 8,000 households (see p. 5), under “SANITATION” those who qualified for reduced Solid Waste Disposal (i.e., can you spell “Sewer”?).  (if the image doesn’t show, see link):

This, despite the fact that (I’m browsing the City’s YE2011 CAFR — the City of Los Angeles, not the entire County of Los Angeles…) which states that their assets exceeded liabilities by $20.4 BILLION, of which $13.3 was capital assets (“net of debt”), $5.6 BILLION (restricted on use) leaving only $3.3 BILLION available for business as usual activities.

Pay attention, then!

In 2009 (I see) a book was written, and may be available at libraries “City of Industry:  Genealogies of Power in Southern California”  I found it @ “Project Muse” which requires affiliation with some subscribing institution… Significance:  The person who incorporated City of Industry (in 1957) was on a REGIONAL PLANNING COMMITTEE.

title

Victor Valle

Publication Year: 2009

City of Industry is a stunning expose on the construction of corporate capitalist spaces. Investigating Industry’s archives, including sealed FBI reports, Valle uncovered a series of scandals from the city’s founder James M. Stafford to present day corporate heir Edward Roski Jr., the nation’s biggest industrial developer. While exposing the corruption and corporate greed spawned from the growth of new technology and engineering, Valle reveals the plight of the property-owning servants, especially Latino working-class communities, who have fallen victim to the effects of this tale of corporate greed.

Published by: Rutgers University Press

Chapter 4: Graduation Day

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pp. 67-80

Jim Stafford’s fi rst year on the planning commission involved organizing the formation of newly incorporated Lakewood, dealing with the accelerating pace of homebuilding in the San Gabriel Valley, and, most importantly, executing Herbert Legg’s idea of reserving portions of the adjoining La Puente…

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Chapter 5: “We Don’t Like the Dirty Deal”

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Jane Stafford did not know that her husband had served on Los Angeles County’s regional planning commission until she saw it on a TV newscast that aired in 1967. As she recalled, George Putnam, the fl ashy KTLA Channel 5 reporter known for his rightwing populism, would “all but call him a ‘crook’…

ANYHOW:

“Industry, California” shows neatly how:

#1, once in office, any government (for example, city council) can start voting into place yet more government structures (for purposes of raising money) and,

#2, even if the rest of us know it’s kept “all in the family,” it’s danged hard to do anything about it!

So, how then could people who don’t act like that (which takes intent to expand, strategy to defraud, and sustained, long-term actions towards that goal) get justice from their own government when there is no balance of power between those who need the justice, and those administering it.

Looking up Mr. Dermerjian {{See bottom of last post and how Carl Hermann (Harvard.edu), who’d heard about CAFRs, I believe, from Walter Burien, although the former had been teaching economics, government and history for several years… the existence, and significance, of CAFRs really has been under-reported}} trying to get a response from some California civil servants on “How can we have a major budget deficit when the CAFRs show the exact opposite?”… Mr. Dermerjian being under the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, who would be prosecuting fraud — if there were any intrinsic fraud in hiding one’s assets from the public while cutting services and raising taxes based on “we’re broke.”  Apparently, there wasn’t. . . ..

So, I found a fascinating article on a Los Angeles city called “Industry” which (allegedly) while 50,000 people work their as daytime commuters, apparently only has 219 residents (88 of which voted) but which owns thousands of acres outside the city, has a $288 million ANNUAL budget, and in 2009 (through mail-in ballots only) voted to approve borrowing $500 million for infrastructure improvements. It was discovered that many so-called residents actually lived in churches, invisible (not found) houses, and a factory.

Naturally, this is affecting the neighborhoods, and someone oughter do something about it. So, here’s Mr. Dave Dermerjian giving approximately the same answer he gave to Mr. Herman above (you really should read the article and decide whether to laugh or cry), from the “Whittier Daily News.”

I also see from the diagram that in 2006, the City Council and another authority (an Authority should show up on a CAFR or have its own) created a third entity, a “Joint Powers Authority” (JPA) which morphed into an “Industry Property Housing and Management Authority” owns the property 4 out of the 5 City Council either live in, or rent.

To me, that all sounds like sticking it to the taxpayers or whoever is going to have to pay off that debt, including possibly tenants. Hope the tenants are not as invisible as some of the voters’ homes…. That’s a lot of authorities for what was acc. to the US 2010 census (per article) “the third smallest city in the state.” Seems to me, the real question is who decided to incorporate “Industry” as a city politic at all?

This is PRECISELY why ALL of just (that are at all able to) should develop the habit of seeking out, and at least browsing ALL the CAFRs operational in our state, AND all those operational in the US Government, beyond the obvious. Sorry, but you give some people an acre, and they will take the planet — and boot you off it if you can’t pay rent!

(please View-Zoom-Out to read the fine print).

(example: The City of Industry….)

Investigations into Industry come up Empty

By Ben Baeder, SGVN twitter.com/reporterben Posted: 09/17/2012 07:47:24 PM PDT Updated: 09/18/2012 08:48:29 AM PDT

Since its incorporation in 1957, many have questioned whether Industry really has as many residents as the city claims.

The city’s voter rolls in recent years have included residents who claim to live in churches {{incl. “Hillside Baptist on Azusa Street}}, houses that can’t be found and a factory.

But though small, the city boasts a $248million annual budget and thousands of acres of land holdings in surrounding cities, making some residents of those neighboring communities question who exactly lives and makes decisions in Industry.

The District Attorney’s office as recently as 2009 conducted a review of voters in the city based on complaints of voting registration filings that didn’t add up and allegations that some city officials lived outside the city.

“I can’t say that we absolutely were sure that all the city officials really lived where they said they lived, but I know we didn’t seek criminal charges,”

But no charges were filed.

“I can’t say that we absolutely were sure that all the city officials really lived where they said they lived, but I know we didn’t seek criminal charges,” said Dave Demerjian, the head of the D.A.’s Public Integrity Division.

“There were a lot of strange things.”

And, despite Industry critics who have suggested otherwise, investigators also did not find that city officials voted on matters that enriched them or family members living in their homes – such as approving their seemingly discounted rental agreements.

If they’re not voting on the deals themselves, there’s nothing we can do,” Demerjian said. “We can’t prosecute them for making bad business decisions.”

Those handful of residents who are registered to vote in Industry don’t exercise their power on a regular basis. The city rarely holds City Council elections, though they are scheduled to be held in June every other year. Instead, councilmembers are appointed when seats open up and challengers almost never emerge. The last City Council election took place in 1998 when Dave Winn won 78-10. And, before then, the city held only one election between 1962 and 1994.

For example, Councilman John P. Ferrero, who has served on the council since the early 1970s, was originally appointed to the city council, according to news accounts from the time. The next City Council election is scheduled for June 2013.

Industry also operates a water company that serves hundreds of residents in unincorporated North Whittier.

The city’s trash contractor, Valley Vista Services, handles garbage pickup in several nearby cities and communities. It’s owned by the Perez family, which is headed by three brothers, including Dave Perez, who was mayor of Industry for 11 years until he recently resigned. The family spends thousands of dollars donating to the campaigns of San Gabriel Valley area elected officials, according to campaign-finance records.

The city leases much of its public land to Majestic Realty Co., often at low rates that call for no up-front money.

The company is controlled by Los Angeles billionaire developer Ed Roski.

Roski and his companies donated $48,900 to political campaigns in California during the first six months of 2012. And in the 2010 calendar year, Majestic donated a total of $635,600 to political campaigns.

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{{SO, PERHAPS THIS HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH WHY HE’S A BILLIONAIRE, AND/OR HOW HE GOT TO BE ONE?}}

Industry critics, including environmentalists and opponents of a proposed NFL stadium there, have accused the city of cronyism among its leadership and say most of Industry’s residents have familial or financial ties to the city.

Many of those residents live in houses owned by the city or by Industry officials – often at rental prices far below the market rate.

And, along with living in city homes, some elected city officials also make their income from the city. And many have interwoven financial relationships and long roots in the city. . . .



That last is an example of VERY good investigative reporting, thank you Mr. Baeder. It really makes me believe that whoever decided to incorporate “Industry” as a city had some long-term vision, ending up approximately here. I note that in 1947, CAFRs began to be required for states, as the reporting tool of choice, after which it was gradually trickled down to smaller localities; the year 1977 was mentioned. This was engineered by a PRIVATE association of Government Finance Officers (GFOA).

That last is an example of VERY good investigative reporting, thank you Mr. Baeder.  It really makes me believe that whoever decided to incorporate “Industry” as a city had some long-term vision, ending up approximately here.  I note that in 1947, CAFRs began to be required for states, as the reporting tool of choice, after which it was gradually trickled down to smaller localities; the year 1977 was mentioned.  This was engineered by a PRIVATE association of Government Finance Officers (GFOA).

City of Industry still has to produce a “CAFR” — it may be one of the shorter ones around.  Here it is.  I notice they have FOUR blended component units, and ONE discrete one.  I suggest just reading it! It has $545 million extra assets YE 2011.  Not bad for about 12 square miles and only a few real residents!

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City of Industry Financial Statement June 2011

https://www.cityofindustry.org/scripts/dl.php?f=../uploads/files/…

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View
Jun 30, 2011 – Schedule of Long-Term Debt – City of industry only 97 – 103  We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the governmental 

The city, as a city, obviously has its own employees and is showing as a section under “CALPERS” one of the larger investment platforms around in the world….They are small, and so their account is pooled with others, but the employer (the city) has to contribute an estimated 31.7% for 2012-2013.  As a city ? they have a contract with CALPERS.  Keep them $$ coming….

NOW FOR THE FUN PART…

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United States Government Accountability Office’s statements about the Executive Branch of the United States Government (including 35 federal entities)

 I want us to see what an auditor’s report has to say on the highest unit of government in the USA, as of 2011, I guess:

US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE AUDITOR’S REPORT (p.211ff)
United States Government Accountability Office Washington, DC 20548
The President (i.e., President Obama…, i.e., of the United States of America)
The President of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, is required to annually submit financial statements for the U.S. government to the President and the Congress.  GAO is required to audit these statements.1 **

…….An audit of financial statements and a corporation (or government) is one thing; the financial statements themselves, another.  Just for the record, this is the AUDIT.

Footnote 1 is kinda cute.  A government act of 1994 required that by 1997, the government report on the EXECUTIVE branch of government (financial stuff).  It opted to report on the LEGISLATIVE (who obviously passed that act!) and JUDICIAL as well.  It goes like this:

FN 1. The Government Management Reform Act of 1994 has required such reporting, covering the executive branch of government, beginning with financial statements prepared for fiscal year 1997. 31 U.S.C. 331(e). The federal government has elected to include certain financial information on the legislative and judicial branches in the consolidated financial statements as well.

Anyone ever go through the U.S.C. and know what it is, by “Title” as well as, say (for the religious among us) they can list the 66 books of the Bible by memory, as children are sometimes taught to do, or to quote bible verses by memory?

Maybe it might not be a bad idea.

I didn’t know this by memory, for sure, but Title 31 is about money and finance.  The Department of the Treasury (of the USA, naturally) is supposed to tell us WHASSUP with receipts, expenditures, and fund balances.  Or, it’s supposed to at least tell the Congress — EVERY YEAR!  It goes like this, and makes you think; this is Title 31, section 331, REPORTS:

Please read — notice it’s emphasizing the government’s ability to pay for its operations and liabilities, and how much ASSETS does it hold to liquidate for such liabilities (if necessary), and what is the position of the assets and liabilities.

In short, when this is submitted to the Congress, we (the public, who are providing “receipts” towards all this!) whould be able to know where the USA stands in these matters!

31 USC 331 – Sec. 331. Reports

US Code – Title 31: Money and Finance

 (a) The Secretary of the Treasury shall submit to Congress each year an annual report.

Note:  Section (b) is far below, in also in red font, if I got it right..

The report shall include – (1) a statement of the public receipts and public expenditures for the prior fiscal year;

that’s just ONE year, not cumulative, got it?

(2) estimates of public receipts and public expenditures for the current and next fiscal years;

Forward looking plans, like, let’s call this a BUDGET PROJECTION.

(3) plans for improving and increasing public receipts to provide Congress with information on ways to raise amounts necessary to meet public expenditures;

It doesn’t say “and 75% to 80% above and beyond what’s needed to meet public expenditures, but notice  the emphasis on enabling Congress to INCREASE PUBLIC RECEIPTS.  (Not REDUCE PUBLIC LIABILITIES).

(4) a statement of all contracts for supplies or services made by the Secretary during the prior fiscal year;

This means the SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY (I hope the significance sinks in.  Because we are borrowing money on interest from a private banking system called the Federal Reserve.)

(5) a statement of appropriations expended to pay for miscellaneous claims not otherwise provided for;

(6) a statement on all payments made from the fund under section 3126 of this title for the prior fiscal year; and

(7) estimates of amounts for payment under section 1322(b) of this title. * *

* * *SECTION 1322(b) & (to understand it better) 1321, Viewed:

“(Curiosity killed the cat)” paragraphs..

Most people haven’t heard of CAFRs, or their audits.  Yet the USA GAO Audit here (light-blue background above) is saying (in a footnote) that “an estimate of amounts for payment” UNDER section 1322(b) of USC Title 31 (MONEY, essentially) must be made).

Section 1322(b) is, apparently, a fund/funds where payouts are or might come from, after having sat in a series of trusts under Section 1321.

As it turns out, there are 91 Numbered Trusts under 1321, the last of which is:  Violent Crime Reduction Trust Fund.  And I posted the list below.   Again, we have very little idea, really, what USA, Inc. is doing.  

The large insets of pink-background text (below) are commentary on just one of those 91 trusts, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (formerly “governmental hospital for the criminally insane).  Among the details, it turns out that ARRA (2009 federal stimulus, a.k.a.  “Recovery” funding) had a specific set-aside, per Janet Napolitano, to convert St. E’s into a headquarters for “Department of Homeland Security.”

Why they would want to do this AFTER “9/11” and the damage to the Pentagon, beats me….

31 USC 1322 – Sec. 1322. Payments of unclaimed trust fund amounts and refund of amounts erroneously deposited

“Curiosity killed the cat” — here’s “section 1322” and surrounding sections, which is a Subchapter on Trust Funds and Refunds:  Guess what — it has to do with money do “Persons whose whereabouts are unknown”

Subchapter II – Trust Funds and Refunds

31 USC 1321 – Sec. 1321. Trust funds

(a) The following are classified as trust funds:

(1) Philippine special fund (customs duties). (2) Philippine special fund (internal revenue). (3) Unclaimed condemnation awards, Department of the Treasury. (4) Naval reservation, Olangapo civil fund. (5) Armed Forces Retirement Home Trust Fund. (6) Return to deported aliens of passage money collected from steamship companies. (7) Vocational rehabilitation, special fund.

(8) Library of Congress gift fund. (9) Library of Congress trust fund, investment account. (10) Library of Congress trust fund, income from investment account. (11) Library of Congress trust fund, permanent loan. (12) Relief and rehabilitation, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. (13) Cooperative work, Forest Service. (14) Wages and effects of American seamen, Department of Commerce. (15) Pension money, Saint Elizabeths Hospital. (16) Personal funds of patients, Saint Elizabeths Hospital.

OK — I have to stop for that one.  Ezra Pound was incarcerated there twelve years after WWII after being arrested for treason in Italy.  Anything in the pink-background boxes below is on that topic, plust some….

This NYT article claims he got special treatment, highlight he was anti-Semite and fascist, but notes a LOT about this institution created in 1855.  I recognized it because Pound commissioned ($10/week) Eustace Mullins to study the Federal Reserve, from the Library of Congress, and write it up, which Mullins did. . . ..  For example:

A 1982 NYT Article tells us more about Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital(for the criminally insane)

All the doctors who examined Pound found him sane, according to Government documents that two scholars, acting independently, obtained last year under the Freedom of Information Act.But the documents indicate that the superintendent of the hospital, Dr. Winfred Overholser Sr., chose to treat Pound as insane to protect him from criminal prosecution. Pound Got Special Treatment

The poet was confined at St. Elizabeths from 1946 to 1958 in a large, single room looking out on the Capitol, with his manuscripts and books brought to him from the Library of Congress. He had women visitors, special food and gave lectures in the hospital auditorium. Dr. Overholser died in 1964; Pound died in exile in Italy in 1972, at the age of 87 years.

One of the two researchers, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, a psychiatrist on the St. Elizabeths staff, wrote last year in Psychology Today magazine, ”The Pound case is one of the earliest and most flagrant examples of the ongoing abuse of psychiatry in the American criminal justice system.”** The other, Prof. Stanley Kutler of the University of Wisconsin, has written a book, ”Political Justice in the Cold War Period,” scheduled for publication later this year.

Less celebrated but constant controversy has filled the 127-year history of the former Government Hospital for the Insane, renamed St. Elizabeths in 1916.

Chronically underfinanced and understaffed, St. Elizabeths has been studied, surveyed and investigated since it was founded by Congress in 1855 through the lobbying of Dorothea Dix, the 19th century reformer of penal and mental institutions. 2,000 Resident Patients

Although the patient population has fallen by nearly half since the 1950’s, there are still about 2,000 in-patients and some 3,000 outpatients. The latter live in the city and return to the facility for treatment and medication by a staff of 125 psychiatrists and 100 psychologists.With nurses, recreation and other counselors and maintenance workers, the hospital staff totals 3,800. It has a budget of $125 million this year. Its well-kept, 320-acre grounds sprawl along both sides of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in southeast Washington, a heavily black area remote from tourist byways.

Local newspapers have reported that patients at the hospital, particularly those who are disturbed or senile, have been raped and beaten by other patients, with some deaths resulting. In some of these cases, no criminal charges have ensued. Accreditation Denied in 1975

The institution was denied accreditation in 1975 by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, a status it did not regain until 1979.

The latest Reagan Administration proposal is to shift the hospital’s operation to a private corporation, ending Federal support altogether by 1993.

Dr. Harold Thomas, the hospital’s chief spokesman, had scheduled a news conference for 2 P.M. today, but it was abruptly canceled. ”The higher-ups just decided that we would not have a news conference,” said Tella Keter, an aide to Dr. Thomas, ”Somebody above us decided they wanted us to have an official stance of ‘no comment,’ and that’s what we have.” A written statement was promised for Wednesday.

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*[This Dr Torrey got a 1999 book out of it, and is talking about the collaboration of the psychologists & psychiatrists to keep a sane man, and Hitler/Mussolini supporter, safe.  In other words, not mistreatment of the inmates, but collusion to coverup treason]

April 18, 1958 (“History.com” on this day in history)
Federal Court Decides to Release Pound
Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho, and grew up in a suburb near Philadelphia, where his father worked at the U.S. Mint. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he met William Carlos Williams and had a romance with Hilda Doolittle, later known as the poet H.D. He earned a master’s degree in languages from the University of Pennsylvania in 1906.

He took a job teaching at Wabash College in Indiana but lost it after six months, having been accused of hosting a woman in his room overnight. In 1908, Pound moved to London, where he taught and published reviews. While working as secretary to William Butler Yeats, he met the daughter of one of Yeats’ friends, Dorothy Shakespear, who he married in 1914. The couple later had a child.

During this time, he wrote important works of literary criticism, spelling out the rules for new forms of poetry. He championed young writers such as William Carlos Williams, H.D., T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, and Marianne Moore. He also began writing his own poems, including his 116 Cantos, which combined his memories, feelings, impressions, and fragments of literature… In 1920, Pound and his family moved to Paris, where he fell in love with violinist Olga Rudge, with whom he also had child. In 1925, he and his wife moved to Rapallo, Italy. Pound spent the summers with Rudge in Venice until World War II broke out; Rudge then joined Pound and his wife in Rapallo.

Pound strongly supported Benito Mussolini, believing that art flourishes under strong leaders. He worked actively against the Allies until the end of the war, when he was arrested by U.S. forces and held for weeks in an open cage in a prison camp near Pisa. The experience broke his mental health,** although he produced one of his most beautiful works, the Pisan Cantos, there. When he was returned to the U.S., he was ruled unfit to stand trial and held at St. Elizabeth’s for 13 years. While in prison, his Pisan Cantos (1948) won an award from the Library of Congress. Poets and authors rallied around him and finally gained his release in 1958. He returned to Italy, where he lived until his death in 1972


(from a 1948 literary visitor)…He had been saying that he had gone to London to learn from Yeats how to write poetry, Yeats knowing more about it than anyone else …He was writing three books, he said, when he was taken, and he has just remembered recently what the third one was. (The worst thing in the cage, of which he spoke to me now for the first time, was having no work to do: he was used to thinking from two to four at night, then writing it out when he got up in the morning; and instead there was the sun on him and he trying to read Mencius in it—the FOUR BOOKS which as D. had told me and now he does, he grabbed up as the partigiani took him off.)…[[and yes, he was anti-semite; this piece says he got it from “suburban Philadelphia,” repented at the end, and had been unaware of the death-camps (?)]]


Just a bit more on this St. E’z / Ezra Pound topic

  • April 25, 2009 from “Dept of Homeland Security Watch” quotes Secretary Janet Napolitano having said “We will be headquartered in what is currently St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, which is going to be totally renovated and really converted into a lovely campus with money that was contained in the stimulus bill Congress just passed (i.e. ARRA)…”
  • Eustace Mullins book says Pound was kept six months (not a few weeks) in that (Allies) camp in Pisa before being brought home and committed.  The poet spent MOST of his life outside the United States, tried to keep it out of the war.
  • Almost none of the literary reviews mentioned Eustace Mullins’ “The SECRETS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE.” which very well may have been one of the most important pieces to have come out of those years…  and important to understand.

ANYHOW, interesting concept, the TRUST that represents this hospital then.


So, WHAT OTHER TRUSTS ARE HELD BY OUR GOVERNMENT, PER U.S.C. TITLE 31, SECTION 1321? Continuing the list (up to #91 we go…)

(17) National Park Service, donations. (18) Purchase of lands, national parks, donations. (19) Extension of winter-feed facilities of game animals of Yellowstone National Park, donations. (20) Indian moneys, proceeds of labor, agencies, schools, and so forth. (21) Funds of Federal prisoners. (22) Commissary funds, Federal prisons. (23) Pay of the Navy, deposit funds. (24) Pay of Marine Corps, deposit funds. (25) Pay of the Army, deposit fund. (26) Preservation birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. (27) Funds contributed for flood control, Mississippi River, its outlets and tributaries. {{SO, explain HOW HURRICANE KATRINA OVER CAME THESE, PLEASE?}} (28) Funds contributed for flood control, Sacramento River, California. (29) Effects of deceased employees, Department of the Treasury. (30) Money and effects of deceased patients, Public Health Service. (31) Effects of deceased employees, Department of Commerce. (32) Topographic survey of the United States, contributions. (33) National Institutes of Health, gift fund. (34) National Institutes of Health, conditional gift fund. (35) Patients’ deposits, United States Marine Hospital, Carville, Louisiana. (36) Estates of deceased personnel, Department of the Army. (37) Effects of deceased employees, Department of the Interior. (38) Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields memorial fund. (39) Petersburg National Military Park fund. (40) Gorgas memorial laboratory quotas. (41) Contributions to International Boundary Commission, United States and Mexico. (42) Salvage proceeds, American vessels. (43) Wages due American seamen. (44) Federal Industrial Institution for Women, contributions for chapel. (45) General post fund, National Homes, Department of Veterans Affairs. (46) Repatriation of American seamen. (47) Expenses, public survey work, general. (48) Expenses, public survey work, Alaska. (49) Funds contributed for improvement of roads, bridges, and trails, Alaska. (50) Protective works and measures, Lake of the Woods and Rainy River, Minnesota. (51) Washington redemption fund. (52) Permit fund, District of Columbia. (53) Unclaimed condemnation awards, National Capital Park and Planning Commission, District of Columbia. (54) Unclaimed condemnation awards, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Commission, District of Columbia. (55) Miscellaneous trust fund deposits, District of Columbia. (56) Surplus fund, District of Columbia. (57) Relief and rehabilitation, District of Columbia Workmen’s Compensation Act. (58) Inmates’ fund, workhouse and reformatory, District of Columbia. [(59) Repealed.

Pub. L. 101-510, div. A, title XV, Sec. 1533(c)(1)(A)(ii), Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1735.] (60) Chamber Music Auditorium, Library of Congress. (61) Bequest of Gertrude Hubbard. (62) Puerto Rico special fund (Internal Revenue). (63) Miscellaneous trust funds, Department of State. (64) Funds contributed for improvement of (name of river or harbor). (65) Funds advanced for improvement of (name of river or harbor). (66) Funds contributed for Indian projects. (67) Miscellaneous trust funds of Indian tribes. (68) Ship’s stores profits, Navy. (69) Completing Surveys within Railroad Land Grants. (70) Memorial to Women of World War, contributions. (71) Funds contributed for Memorial to John Ericsson. (72) American National Red Cross Building, contributions. (73) Estate of decedents, Department of State, Trust Fund. (74) Funds due Incompetent Beneficiaries, Department of Veterans Affairs. (75) To promote the Education of the Blind (principal). (76) Paving Government Road across Fort Sill Military Reservation, Okla. (77) Bequest of William F. Edgar, Museum and Library, office of Surgeon General of the Army. (78) Funds Contributed for Flood Control (name of river, harbor, or project). (79) Matured obligations of the District of Columbia. (80) To promote the education of the blind (interest). [(81) Repealed.


Pub. L. 101-510, div. A, title XV, Sec. 1533(c)(1)(A)(ii), Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1735.] (82) Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Education Account, Department of Veterans Affairs. (83) United States Government life insurance fund, Department of Veterans Affairs. (84) Estates of deceased soldiers, United States Army. (85) Teachers Retirement Fund Deductions, District of Columbia. (86) Teachers Retirement Fund, Government Reserves, District of Columbia. (87) Expenses of Smithsonian Institution Trust Fund (principal). (88) Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund. (89) Canal Zone Retirement and Disability Fund. (90) Foreign Service Retirement and Disability Fund. (91) Violent Crime Reduction Trust Fund.

(b)(1) Amounts (except amounts received by the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) that are analogous to the funds named in subsection (a) of this section and are received by the United States Government as trustee shall be deposited in an appropriate trust fund account in the Treasury.

Except as provided in paragraph (2), amounts accruing to these funds are appropriated to be disbursed in compliance with the terms of the trust. (2) Expenditures from the following trust funds may be made only under annual appropriations and only if the appropriations are specifically authorized by law: (A) Armed Forces Retirement Home Trust Fund. (B) Fisher House Trust Fund, Department of the Army. (C) Fisher House Trust Fund, Department of the Air Force. (D) Fisher House Trust Fund, Department of the Navy

31 USC 1322 – Sec. 1322. Payments of unclaimed trust fund amounts and refund of amounts erroneously deposited

(a) On September 30 of each year, the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer to the Treasury trust fund receipt account “Unclaimed Moneys of Individuals Whose Whereabouts are Unknown” that part of the balance of a trust fund account named in section 1321(a)(1)-(82) of this title or an analogous trust fund established under section 1321(b) of this title that has been in the fund for more than one year and represents money belonging to individuals whose whereabouts are unknown.

Subsequent claims to the transferred funds shall be paid from the account “Unclaimed Moneys of Individuals Whose Whereabouts are Unknown”. (b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, necessary amounts are appropriated to the Secretary of the Treasury to make payments from – (1) the Treasury trust fund receipt account “Unclaimed Moneys of Individuals Whose Whereabouts are Unknown”; and (2) the United States Government account “Refund of Moneys Erroneously Received and Covered” and other collections erroneously deposited that are not properly chargeable to another appropriation.

31 USC 1323 – Sec. 1323. Trust funds for certain fees, donations, quasi-public amounts, and unearned amounts

31 USC 1324 – Sec. 1324. Refund of internal revenue collections =

(a) Necessary amounts are appropriated to the Secretary of the Treasury for refunding internal revenue collections as provided by law, including payment of – (1) claims for prior fiscal years; and (2) accounts arising under – (A) “Allowance or drawback (Internal Revenue)”; (B) “Redemption of stamps (Internal Revenue)”; (C) “Refunding legacy taxes, Act of March 30, 1928”; (D) “Repayment of taxes on distilled spirits destroyed by casualty”; and (E) “Refunds and payments of processing and related taxes”.

(b) Disbursements may be made from the appropriation made by this section only for – (1) refunds to the limit of liability of an individual tax account;*** and (2) refunds due from credit provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 1 et seq.) enacted before January 1, 1978, or enacted by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, or from section 35 of such Code

**If you actually get down to more of the discussion below, the US GAO Audit shows several billion$ of over-collection of taxes…

= END OF “CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT” SECTION.

Continuing from above, we just finished, under the outline of Title 31 (“Money”), section 331(a)(7), what kind of reports the Secretary of the Treasury must make to Congress every year,  I looked up WTF is Section 1322(b).   Section 1322(b) apparently holds funds to be paid from among the trusts of 1321, which include the 90 listed above.

Reviewing:

31 USC 331 – Sec. 331. Reports

US Code – Title 31: Money and Finance
 (a) The Secretary of the Treasury shall submit to Congress each year an annual report. . .

(6) a statement on all payments made from the fund under section 3126 of this title for the prior fiscal year; and

(7) estimates of amounts for payment under section 1322(b) of this title. * *

. . .

(b)

(1) On the first day of each regular session of Congress, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report for the prior fiscal year on

(A) the total and individual amounts of contingent liabilities and unfunded liabilities of the United States Government;

(B) as far as practicable, trust fund liabilities, liabilities of Government corporations, indirect liabilities not included as a part of the public debt, and liabilities of insurance and annuity programs (including their actuarial status);

Wait a minute.  Public Debt AND other Liabilities?  Something isn’t being talked about very well in the mainstream media, it would seem!  Moreover, the Government owns trust funds and corporations.  Interesting.

(C) collateral pledged and assets available (or to be realized) as security for the liabilities (separately noting Government obligations) and other assets specifically available to liquidate the liabilities of the Government; and

(D) the total amount in each category under clauses (A)-(C) of this paragraph for each agency.

NOTE:  The USGAO report cites 35 federal agencies….

I wonder where a person would get any CAFRs on the USA before 1997….

ON AUDITS:

The other day, I posted (ColdHardFacts) on a group in Baltimore calling for more frequent Audits. (“Audit Baltimore” is allegedly a nonprofit, though I can’t find it.

Evidence so far as I can see that Baltimore is at least as slush-fund-prone as Washington (D.C.) and can’t even produce a bona fide CAFR since 2009.  Coincidentally it was also around 2007 when complaints around the Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth & Families’ handling of a single HHS grant for only $900,000K, came into question, producing two audits in 2009 & 2010 which reveal, to me, what looks like the usual bunch of crooks.  Smaller scale, but simply not into accountability, and proud of it, too…).

I think, personally, that’s only the least indication of “what time of day it is” around.  yet we continue to give our own government the benefit of the doubt, for lack of better alternatives….

Anyhow, here it goes — “from the horse’s mouth.”  Itemized by me to break up the prose…

This is

(1) our report on the accompanying U.S. government’s:

  • accrual-based consolidated financial statements {CAFRs, I believe}} for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2011 and 2010;
  • the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 Statements of Social Insurance; and
  • the 2011 Statement of Changes in Social Insurance Amounts; and

(2) our associated reports on internal control over financial reporting and on compliance with selected provisions of laws and regulations.

As used in this report, accrual-based financial statements refer to all of the consolidated financial statements and notes, except for those related to the Statements of Social Insurance and the Statement of Changes in Social Insurance Amounts. 2**{{Sorry, but I’m going to expose us to this footnote 2, below}}
Management of the federal government is responsible for

(1) preparing annual consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);

(2) establishing, maintaining, and evaluating internal control to provide reasonable assurance that the control objectives of the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA)3 are met; and

(3) complying with laws and regulations.

Also, the 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act agencies {{Huh?  OK, one more thing to look up!}} are responsible for implementing and maintaining financial management systems that substantially comply with the requirements of the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 (FFMIA).4

Appendix I discusses the objective, scope, and methodology of our work.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

It’s interesting that another act on improving federal financial management was passed in 1996…  The “footnote 2″** detail talks about the difference (and  NOT correlatedness) of the items under the bullets below “(1)” at the top of this box.  It goes like this:

The accrual-based consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2011 and 2010 consist of the (1) Statements of Net Cost, (2) Statements of Operations and Changes in Net Position, (3) Reconciliations of Net Operating Cost and Unified Budget Deficit, (4) Statements of Changes in Cash Balance from Unified Budget and Other Activities, and (5) Balance Sheets, including the related notes to these financial statements. Most revenues are recorded on a modified cash basis.

The 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 Statements of Social Insurance, including the related notes, are also included in the consolidated financial statements.

In addition, in fiscal year 2011, the federal government adopted Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards No. 37, “Social Insurance: Additional Requirements for Management’s Discussion and Analysis {{COMMONLY CALLED “MD&A”}} and Basic Financial Statements,” which calls for a new basic financial statement, the Statement of Changes in Social Insurance Amounts, that is included, along with the related notes, in the consolidated financial statements.

The Statement of Changes in Social Insurance Amounts presents the components of the changes of the open group measure (total present value of future expenditures in excess of future revenue), presented in the 2011 and 2010 Statements of Social Insurance. Both the Statements of Social Insurance and the Statement of Changes in Social Insurance Amounts do not interrelate with the accrual-based consolidated financial statements.

Whatever, and OK.  Some new statements were required with the adoption of a FFA Standard #37, and what caught my attention was “PReSenT value of FuTuRe Expenditures over FuTuRe Revenue.  This sounds an awful lot like the “Advance liabilities” thing that Walter Burien was warning us about.  Keeping in mind that one person formerly over FHA (just one small segment) claims that HUD is losing trillions, as is the Pentagon, and it’s in general being operated like a criminal element.

So say, apparently this law firm who filed the $43 trillion claim for damages, specifically antagonistic to the Obama Administration (I’ve not posted a link yet).   That’s the backdrop of this exact requirements of What the H%ll is going on!


Have been having some issues saving the most current version of the wordpress blogs here.  the segment showing their most Stunning Admissions isn’t in this version.  It has been a long time on this post, and I will seek to recover them from prior saved versions and post, at earliest convenience..  They are really the “punch” behind the message here….

You also could read these yourself simply by clicking on the link; the statement is really not that long.

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