Archive for June 20, 2009

More on IG Walpin’s Firing

As has been widely reported, Mr. Walpin was the lead federal investigator into financial abuses committed by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson – a major Obama backer caught misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money.

As a result of Mr. Walpin’s investigation, the corporation that runs AmeriCorps agreed that Mr. Johnson should be barred from receiving any federal grant money in the future, while Justice Department officials began investigating criminal charges against him. Unsurprisingly, though, Mr. Johnson began receiving preferential treatment from the Obamas and their corrupt cronies almost as soon as the new president took office.

Despite Mr. Johnson’s acknowledged misconduct, a new AmeriCorps leader and a new acting U.S. attorney began pushing for a settlement that would lift his suspension and free him from having to repay the money he stole from the taxpayers.

Their rationale? The city of Sacramento would be unable to receive federal bureaucratic bailout dollars unless Mr. Johnson’s suspension was lifted – a fact Mr. Johnson deliberately deceived Sacramento voters about during his campaign.

Mr. Walpin opposed any such “deal.” In fact, when it became clear Mr. Johnson’s suspension would be lifted, he wrote to Congress explaining the horrible precedent that would be set by stripping inspectors general of their primary enforcement tool.

In response to Mr. Walpin’s insistence that the law be followed, Mr. Obama set an even worse precedent. He fired Mr. Walpin.

Read the rest in The Washington Times.

If a man is fired for doing his job safeguarding the taxpayer money, how many other people have been or are going to be fired for doing their jobs? IRS agents investigating government official tax evasion? CBO officials for tallying up how much ObamaCare is going to cost? Justice department officials investigating ACORN?

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Ooooooh! Cash for Clunkers!

Well, all of you unemployed people whose houses are getting repossessed, take heart! Your government has tacked the “cash for clunkers” bill onto a military spending bill and just as soon as it is signed, you will get a voucher for up to $4,500 to buy a new fuel-efficient vehicle should your present vehicle get less than 18 mpg.

You may ask, “So how am I going to get financing for a new vehicle when my credit is shot and I don’t have a job to make the payments anyway?”

That’s your problem.

That’s what I despise “love” about our government. Always making these stupid gestures to make themselves look good without thinking them through.

People that can afford a new vehicle but are upside down on their Hummer payments might appreciate it.

I said much the same as this gentleman in an earlier post, but I don’t mind repeating it:

This raises questions about how effective the program will really be at taking the most polluting, inefficient vehicles out of the U.S. fleet, according to Business Insider’s Jay Yarrow:

We find it to be a stretch to believe that anyone driving around in a car that’s worth less than $4,500 can suddenly–in the middle of Great Recession–afford a new car. There’s a reason they’re driving around in a clunker, and no $4,500 discount is really going to do much to change that.

Clunkers, Defined: You can only trade in drivable vehicles made in the last 25 years that have been continuously insured by the same owner for at least one year leading up to the trade in (so no junkyard finds or used cars bought to “flip”). Qualifying “clunkers” will have a fuel economy rating of no more than 18 MPG (combined city and highway ratings, which you can find on fueleconomy.gov).

How Much Cash?: New cars qualify only if they have a sticker price of $45,000 or less. So no Tesla Roadsters ($109,000), but a Toyota Prius ($22,000) could qualify, depending on your trade-in. And once the $1 billion appropriated for the program runs out (good for an estimated 250,000 vouchers), it’s over unless Congress extends the program.

Passenger Cars: New passenger cars will qualify under the program only if they have a fuel economy of at least 22 MPG. If the new model gets four more miles to the gallon than the old car, you qualify for the $3,500 credit. With a 10 MPG improvement or more, you can qualify for a $4,500 credit.

Trucks and SUVs: For light trucks, SUVs and minivans, the new vehicle has to get at least 18 MPG and can offer as little as a 2 MPG improvement over the old one to qualify for $3,500. With a minimum 5 MPG improvement, you can qualify for $4,500.

If you are unemployed or underemployed, you’re just SOL.

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