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Government fraud? Say it isn't so:

The Department of Defense awarded nearly $30 million in stimulus contracts to six companies while they were under federal criminal investigation on suspicion of defrauding the government.

According to Air Force documents, the companies claimed to be small, minority-owned businesses, which allowed them to gain special preference in bidding for government contracts. But investigators found that they were all part of a larger minority-owned enterprise in Southern California, making them ineligible for the contracts.

The Air Force and the Army awarded the companies 112 stimulus projects at U.S. military bases, federal contracting records show [2] (27MB Microsoft Excel File). It wasn't until Sept. 23


Bob G.
Mon, 10/26/2009 - 10:35am

I was kind of thinking along those same lines.
(who knew?)

tim zank
Mon, 10/26/2009 - 11:51am

Now fellahs, relax. Teh One is gonna clean up all that waste & fraud. Heck he's got Nancy Pelosi to help too, why worry?

Bob G.
Mon, 10/26/2009 - 12:24pm

Geez, Tim...that's RIGHT.
Obamamessiah to the rescue!
Just don't put Pelosi NEXT to Reid...she doesn't "like" him all that much...lol!

tim zank
Mon, 10/26/2009 - 12:35pm

Bobby, she's just been a bit "tense" lately cuz she's been sooooo busy drainin' that swamp, doncha know. That one woman corruption fightin' business is tiresome work. Her accomplishments are darn near as prolific as Teh One's.

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 1:06pm

Why can't Republicans criticize policy without vilifying individuals? Democrats never called Obama the "messiah," but Republicans routinely do it, apparently thinking you're parodying us.
I heard no complaints about the bailout program when it was started - by George W. Bush. And no, I'm not going to call President Bush names. I simply disagreed with his policies.
Now it's time for you teabaggers to complain about Obama raising your taxes, except - wait! He hasn't done that!
No matter. He is a secret Muslim, born in Kenya and sent here to impose communism on us.
Sorry, I forgot.

tim zank
Mon, 10/26/2009 - 5:20pm

Don't even go there littlejohn, for eight years I had to listen DAILY to Democrats calling the President "Hitler" (olbermann-mathews-maddow) "fascist" (olbermann) "Chimpy" (bushorchimp.com) "war criminal" (too numerous to cite) "terrorist in chief" (olby again & thousands more including code pink) "loser" (the senate majority leader Harry Reid) "idiot" (again reid & numerous)....I could go on for pages....Do you remember any of that?????

It's how the game is played and has been since the birth of this republic. Every President has been given derogatory nick-names since Washington. Don't cry about "respect for the office" only when your guy is in, it's a tad disingenuous.

What I don't think:

I don't think he's a closet Muslim who was born in Kenya and sent here to impose communism on us.

What I do think:

I think Obama acts as though he is a messiah.
I think his followers act as though he is a messiah.
I think the press acts as though he is the messiah.
I think every Prez has been called names, grow up.
I think he is an empty suit.
I think he has no executive experience.
I think he was elected solely because he was NOT GWB.
I think he appealed to voters because he promised everyone without a job (40% of voters) even more free "stuff".
I think he waaaay overpomised and it's biting him back.
I think he is jamming trillions of dollars on taxpayers backs.
I think he can't add 2+2.
I think his honest belief is that the state should take care of the sheeple from cradle to grave.
I think he is a socialist at heart.

I think a lot more but I think you get the gist of it.

As for raising taxes, I don't know what kind of math you subscribe to, but why don't you tell me how we're going to pay for the stimulus 1, stimulus 2, bailouts, healthcare, repealing current tax cuts in place, cap & trade and the list goes on.

The answer is, either you print more paper money, or you raise revenue from the tax base. There simply are no other sources of money, are there?

Of course we could stop spending so much, but neither party will do that. We could cut out fraud and waste but neither party will do that either. (never have since day one)

And if you look back, you can find me (and a lot of others) complained loud and often about the Bush bailout. It was a terrible thing to do. What "Teh One" is doing now is 10 times as bad unfortunately.

As for Nancy "I'll drain the swamp" Pelosi, any Democrat that stands by her is either blind, an idiot, or as dishonest as she is.

You don't need to tell me what I think, I'll let ya know, trust me.

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 6:34pm

I trust you, Tim. You let us know where you stand.
I certainly won't try to tell you what you think (sorry about that). But you just said Obama "thinks" he's the messiah.
You also said he can't add 2+2. I assume that's shorthand for he's stupid. He edited the Harvard Law Review. As you know, only the stupidest students get that job.
McCain wasn't GWB either. He didn't win. But I guess I get your point.
As for name-calling, you're right. It always happens. But "the other side does it too" hardly excuses the nastiness one hears from the hard-core Obama-haters. But again, I assume that wasn't you screaming "He's an Arab!" and "I want my country back!" and "Here's my birth certificate; where's his?" I've been around 55 years, and I've honestly never seen anything quite like it.
For whatever it's worth, I'm disappointed in Obama. I'm no blind follower. If he had kept his most basic promises, we'd be out of Iraq by now, and Don't Ask Don't Tell would be history. I know all politicians are weasels, but I really expected a little better from this guy.
BTW, do you actually watch Olbermann, Maddow, etc.? I'm guessing you're watching excerpts on Fox News. I admit I only hear from Hannity and Limbaugh when their more outrageous stuff is replayed on MSNBC. I realize I'm getting a skewed view of them, but I can only watch one channel at a time.
You sound like an angry man, Tim. First the all caps, then the multiple question marks, indicating, I assume, incredulity, as in, "Can you believe this idiot????"
Have some tea. That always helps me.