November 7, 2009
This is pure politics folks. For all of their posturing and whining about the uninsured this bill is not scheduled to kick in until 2013.
Then, after the next Presidential election, all the bad stuff starts to happen.
If this "crisis" was half as bad as the Democrats say it is, why in the hell would you wait 4 years for it to kick in?
The American people are not stupid, in a little less than a year these people will be removed from power. I just hope we can make it that far.
Hopefully we can undo all the damage that is being done.
November 6, 2009
The only conclusion one can reach is Cory Mason favors fraud.
Amazingly when Racine residents hired an airplane to fly a banner telling citizens about Mason's record of voting for tax increases the paper and the Racine Left Post went nuts demanding to know who paid for those banners. Mason's refusal to fight fraud has warranted exactly zero words from the local leftist media.
I asked Dustin from the Racine Left Post why he has not covered this, he has not responded. I also spoke with a reporter at the Journal Times, I have no idea where that will go.
November 6, 2009
RACINE COUNTY OFFICIALS DEMAND STATE REPRESENTATIVE
EXPLAIN VOTE AGAINST FRAUD INVESTIGATION FUNDS
Racine-Six Racine County elected officials today demanded that State Representative Cory Mason (D-Racine) explain why he voted against additional state funds to help Racine County investigate welfare fraud. Expressing serious concern about Mason’s actions were three County Board Supervisors--Chairman Peter Hansen, Vice Chairman Bob Miller, and Health & Human Development Committee Chair Mike Miklasevich--as well as County Executive Bill McReynolds, District Attorney Mike Nieskes and Sheriff Bob Carlson.
On November 3rd, the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, of which Representative Mason is a member, considered legislation to address problems in Wisconsin Shares, the state’s child care assistance program. Representative Mason voted against an amendment to the bill that would have appropriated $500,000 in each of two years, to be distributed to counties to help them investigate welfare program fraud.
During committee deliberations on the amendment, Representative Mason went out of his way to criticize Racine County government, saying:
I have real concerns about allocating additional monies to Racine County when they clearly have some problems with their human services on enforcement, whether it’s on the Shares program or even being out of compliance with the Child Long-Term Care waivers. Clearly, there is [sic] some real problems with the way that Racine County implements these programs and without more oversight and more assurances that it won’t just be more of the same and we’ll get better fraud investigations from Journal Sentinel reporters than we will from Racine County, I’m not inclined to release this money today.
After Representative Mason’s diatribe against Racine County government, the amendment was defeated by a vote of 10-5. Voting for the funding in committee were Senator John Lehman and Representative Robin Vos, Racine County’s other Joint Committee on Finance members.
On Thursday, Representative Mason repeated his opposition to fraud prevention funding for counties on the Assembly floor, where a similar amendment also failed to be adopted, 49-44. In explaining his vote, he said:
These amendments coming from the Racine County Board are hard, very hard to take in good faith, because Racine County, under the leadership of Bill McReynolds, has really failed to take full responsibility for the child care fraud that’s been going on in Racine.
County Board Chairman Peter Hansen reacted to Representative Mason’s statements by saying: “We expect our state legislators to advocate for Racine County, not to criticize it in front of people from around the state. But Representative Mason has made serious charges, and the County Board is not ignoring them. On the contrary, the board is inviting him to appear before it to explain in detail what problems he perceives. We look forward to a frank discussion of these matters and his views on them.”
“Racine County is committed to weeding out child care fraud, but we need help in Madison,” affirmed Vice Chairman Bob Miller. “Senator Lehman and Representative Vos understand that county taxpayers shouldn’t have to cover the costs of investigating fraud in a state welfare program. Representative Mason’s votes are disappointing, and his attacks on county government are inexplicable.”
Sheriff Bob Carlson pointed out that, only two weeks ago, he stood with the County Executive, the DA, RCHSD Director Debbie Jossart, Wisconsin Department of Children & Families (DCF) Secretary Reggie Bicha, and local law enforcement officials to announce a child care fraud task force. Noting that Racine County HSD will hire at least one retired officer to do “front end” investigations, he stated that, to build prosecutable cases, the Sheriff’s Department and the Racine and Mount Pleasant police departments will contribute investigators’ time. Carlson added: “We’d hoped there might be some extra funding from Madison, but we’ll do the job with or without more money. It’s just very disappointing that a Racine County state legislator has stopped that funding.”
To that, District Attorney Mike Nieskes added: “I’ve said that my office will prosecute any public assistance fraud case that can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and I mean that. I’d have told Representative Mason the same thing, but he’s never spoken to me on this issue—nor, to my knowledge, has he spoken to HSD or the Sheriff’s Department on the efforts that have been and are being undertaken.”
County Executive Bill McReynolds observed: “If this story weren’t such bad news for county taxpayers, it would be funny. We had to tighten our belts on fraud investigations because the state reduced our funding. Despite that, we put together an anti-fraud task force, with no additional funds.”
McReynolds continued: “But Representative Mason isn’t satisfied. He seems to think that he knows better than our County Board, our Sheriff, our DA, and our HSD director. Maybe he’s entitled to his opinion. But he’s not entitled to stick it to Racine County taxpayers by blocking state money to help cover the county’s costs of investigating fraud in a state program.”
Mr. President, You Owe an Apology – and an Explanation
By Bill Wilson
Yesterday, in an unspeakable act of domestic terrorism, a Fort Hood psychiatrist with a long history of erratic and anti-American behavior systematically murdered 13 American soldiers.
As a stunned nation hung its head in sorrow, it was told that the President of the United States would emerge from the White House to make a statement.
And, indeed, he did make an obligatory statement of regret – but only after spending three full minutes in front of the camera clowning with his fellow cabinet members and those who had shown up earlier for his hastily convened Indian Summit. The President even went so far as to do a fun-filled "shout-out" to one Summit attendee.
Then, and only then – at the conclusion of his self-serving stand-up routine – did Barack Obama get around to deploring the massacre and extending sympathy to the bereaved families and a grieving nation.
Mr. Obama's behavior was entirely inappropriate, and deplorable. He showed that he is eerily detached from events that do not directly involve his own personal ambitions and chillingly disinterested in the feelings of those he is supposed to represent.
One year ago, good and decent Americans entrusted this President with their health and welfare, their very lives and limbs. And he has now demonstrated that they cannot even trust him to share and convey their innermost feelings in their times of deepest need.
Barack Obama owes the American people an apology – and an explanation.
How many of those are government workers?
(Highlight the whole post to reveal the secret message)
Hey, if Obama can make up number of jobs created or "saved" why can't I make up the unemployment number?
The difference, zer0, is that most Congressional Medal of Honor winners are not around to hear your "shout out" - whatever the hell that is - just like the 12 soldiers at Ft. Hood, who were already dead, while you were making inane comments at the podium yesterday before finally getting around to mentioning the most serious terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.
November 5, 2009
But I was hammered by inspiration today and threw off one of my patented 1,000,000-word posts (okay, slightly less than that) about Andrew Jackson, Sarah Palin, and Barack Obama.
If you're interested, or insomniac, you might enjoy reading it.
Now that the Obama administration is in charge these same left wingers want to pretend that a pay raise to people working off the government dime already is a "job saved". (a brand new made-up category)
The country wants real new jobs, not imaginary ones.
Keep it up though, only 363 days until the mid-term election.
November 4, 2009
Representativ Vos put out a release on this:
Joint Finance Committee Defeats Bipartisan Amendment to Provide Additional Resources to Fight Child Care Fraud
Mason Says Racine County Shouldn’t Get More Money
Madison…A bipartisan bill that takes initial steps to reform the fraudulent Wisconsin Shares child care program passed the Joint Finance committee today. Rep. Vos (R-Caledonia) says after months of deliberation on the problem, these first steps are laudable. However, he expressed frustration that Racine representative Cory Mason would vote against an amendment to appropriate $1 million to help counties root out more fraud.
“It’s outrageous to think that Rep. Mason would vote against sending additional resources to Racine County ,” declared Vos “when the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have so clearly shown that Racine County has a major problem with childcare fraud.”
Vos said it was clear after meeting with Milwaukee and Racine Counties that trying to reform Wisconsin Shares without providing adequate monetary resources for fraud detection would be difficult, if not impossible.
According to Vos, the Department of Children and Families has started off on the right track by convening a fraud detection taskforce, hiring 5 state employees to oversee fraud detection, and allocating some extra resources that will be distributed to counties. But he believes it’s also important to make sure there are enough local resources so people on the front lines are empowered to root out fraud.
“The Department of Children and Families has clearly seen that extra resources are needed, Racine County says extra resources are needed, and Sen. Lehman and I recognized that need by voting for this amendment today,” said Vos. “That’s why it’s so disappointing that Rep. Mason would vote against his own county”
During the Joint Finance Debate, Rep. Mason said he had real concerns with allocating more money to Racine County when they clearly had problems with enforcement and that he wasn’t inclined to give them more money until we get better fraud investigation from Racine County than Journal Sentinel reporters. Vos says the pressure on the County is a direct result of cuts made at the state level.
Assembly Bill 462 is expected to be taken up by both houses on Thursday. Rep. Vos says he will try again to convince the members of the Assembly to provide adequate resources to counties as well as to support amendments that focus on cracking down on recipients of child care subsidies, not just providers – the major focus of the current bill.
November 3, 2009
As you all know the game was hyped as a massive meeting of rivals with the winner coming out in the driver’s seat with a leg up on the division championship.
Emotions were inflamed as proven by the nearly 50 people that were arrested during the game (an all-time high) and the colorful signs they brought and waved.
And of course this game featured the return of a beloved former Packer. A player that always gave his all, started every game when he was with the team and whose name is all over the Packer’s record books.
He performed well as he usually does; it is always a pleasure to see a real professional. It is a real shame that Ted Thompson could never recognize his worth and keep him in Green Bay.
We miss you Ryan Longwell.
3, number of jobs actually saved or created.
269, number of jobs the White House claimed were saved or created.
The Denver Post has the details on the fuzzy math of Obama
Several folks have made similar comments today, including the county executive on Twitter. Here’s the distinction. The budget hearing last night was the official public hearing by the County Board on the 2010 budget. We cover those because that’s the main forum for airing public comments on the budget. The CRG rally was an event hosted by one group.
That said, I think there is an argument to be made that the rally was worth some sort of coverage. It did draw a large crowd, as you mentioned.
Thanks for writing.
So Fred, I had some fun today. I received a mailing with "PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA" on the return address. I opened it and found a solicitation package for donations to the DNC. Include in the package was a POSTAGE PAID return envelope for my donation to be sent in. Next to the postage paid printing was a message to save the DNC money by attaching a stamp. YES...you know what I did....I put all the materials back in the postage paid envelope and sent it back to them at THEIR EXPENSE. Just think. If they sent those out to 20,000,000 people like me and we all sent them back, we would take over 9 million dollars out of their treasury and send it to the postal service....NOW THAT'S HELPING RETAIN JOBS....
Good job Bryan.
That's our President folks, plenty of time to campaign and fundraise, no time to make a decision that would protect our troops.
If the left wins, the right will blame the left for cheating.
The reality, one year ago Obama's message of hope and change appealed to the middle. However, the middle did not understand that hope and change meant a massive expansion of government power and debt added onto the backs of our country's youth.
I expect the middle to say no thanks, we have buyers remorse.
November 2, 2009
Wishy washy. Kate
a dissappointed little nutshell ALa
I'm an idiot. Owen
I'll wear medical exam gloves. Mary
We the zombies. Steve
much more than a baby daddy Jib
What's your favorite candy? Drew
Bite me. E.
the tips are real. Kevin.
Can you hear us now? Peter
I would get sacked a lot. misterpterodactyl
I’ve spent the last few minutes playing Cindy
Give me servitude or give me death. Mary
TRQ (Twitter Random Quotes)
Avoid the pirates. Nick
Queen of Tarts Candid Carrie
tattoo room for your name! 1Mysterygirl
snuggle with a manatee. Sarandipity
I sense a wee ChrisfromRacine
getting worked up Shoebox
three ways in the 60's Theteditorial
any cure for this? Peter
have a shot for me Bizymare
the pie was good Samdham
Jim Doyle, the gerbil, and Krazy Glue Tom
hot mess Kant
What the Hell Do I Know. TAB
hard drive issues. The Chad
life has gotten more frightening & we have less to be thankful for Caughill
No one wants to see that Binversie
paint the town faded-pink. Scoff
I would only use one square Fred
Honey I Shrunk The Economy. Fred
hardly ever, well...once in awhile Pete
Go buy your own candy. Phelony Scrooge
saved or created 1,000,000 jobs. Wigdy
the best equipment in the game. Egg (gotcha)
Social outcast. Keith Conrad
Dealers say program has made cheap, used vehicles harder to find
By Mike Urban
In her search for a cheap, used minivan for her and her husband, Krissy Dieroff has visited seven dealerships across Berks and Schuylkill counties in the last week, but to no avail."There's not much to pick from, and the ones we do find are overpriced," said Dieroff of Auburn, Schuylkill County, while browsing the lot of a city dealership on Monday.
Dieroff blames the shortage of inexpensive used cars on the federal cash-for-clunkers program, in which almost 700,000 used vehicles were traded in for newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles, and then scrapped.
Those clunkers were the cars Dieroff and her husband, Jason Boyer, would have been shopping for, they said."
I saw the cars they were putting in the junkyard, and they were better than what we're driving now," Boyer said.
November 1, 2009
Can you imagine the outrage if someone on Fox News said they wish Obama would be murdered?
This is liberalism on display folks.
American is dumb, you need us to think for you. Your guy who went to Harvard idiot, our guy who went to Harvard genius.
I saw two idiots in the video.