Louisiana Insurance Commissioner using Gestapo Tactics

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Jim Donelon

The Louisiana Department of Insurance appears to have so much money at its disposal that it has taken to buying radio advertisements to combat insurance fraud. With Governor Bobby Jindal putting a freeze on hiring recently, one wonders where the state got the money to buy advertising. That in and of itself is one of those things that just makes you say “You are kidding…?” But it gets worse!

The radio advertisements that they are running are using old Gestapo tactics straight from pre-World War II Nazi Germany. The ads discuss various forms of insurance fraud such as turning in fake receipts to keep from paying your deductible which certainly is not right, however what gets me is then the ads say IF YOU SUSPECT SOMEONE THAT YOU KNOW OF INSURANCE FRAUD PLEASE TURN THEM IN TO THE GESTAPO, er I mean, THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, or something such.

Do you get the point? THEY are using state money to try to get people to turn in other people if they SUSPECT them of committing insurance fraud. What next, children if you SUSPECT your parents of committing a crime turn them in, it is your civic duty.

This is a typical example of too much government and government waste.

Government Assistance

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I saw on the news today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture counts more than 47 million people in its food stamp program — nearly one out of every seven Americans. In this particular news story they talked about the problem of people using government assistance to buy ipads and other luxury goods. It is much worse than that.

I know someone that manages a retail store that specializes in products for women. She told me that she has numerous employees that will only work a certain number of hours per week, because they do not want it to interfere with their government handouts. Girls who have the option to work more hours will not because then they would not be able to get financial assistance from our government. Apparently, to be on some government programs you are required to work a certain amount of hours…the problem lies in that a lot of people will do only the minimum required by the program, as opposed to working more and taking care of themselves. This is a huge problem

This store manager also told me of girls in college also refusing to work more hours because if they make too much then they will not get food stamps. Think about this, these people want to be taken care of by the government as opposed to taking care of themselves.

Many years ago our government put native Americans onto reservations supposedly with the intent of taking care of them, and that did not work out so well for them.

The quote “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, but teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” is not exactly appropriate in the context of this article, because our government is creating a class of people that will not fish even if they know how to, because they also know that if they sit around and do nothing the government will come along and feed them.

So, in the early part of 2013 one of every seven Americans is receiving food stamps. If we the people do not change our philosophy on this, soon, how many more will be on food stamps by 2014? Then 2016? We must stop taking care of people that are unwilling to work and to start that, we must vote out politicians that believe in more and bigger government. Liberalism and Socialism will kill our country.

Crab the Cash on the Way Out the Door

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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate:

“Mr. President, at 12:15 p.m. this afternoon, my office received a copy of the omnibus appropriations bill. It is 1,924 pages long and contains the funding for all 12 of the annual appropriations bills for a grand total of over $1.1 Trillion. It is important to note that the 1,924 pages is only the legislative language and does not include the thousands of pages of report language which contain the details of the billions of dollars in earmarks and, I’m sure, countless policy riders.

“While we continue to uncover which earmarks the appropriators decided to fund – thanks to a new online database – we at least know what earmarks were requested by Members and how much those projects would cost the American people if they were all funded. Taxpayers against Earmarks, www.washingtonwatch.com and Taxpayers for Common Sense joined forces to create this database. According to the data they compiled – for fiscal year 2011 Members requested over 39,000 earmarks totaling over $130 billion. Absolutely disgraceful. I encourage every American to go to the website www.endingspending.com study it, and make yourselves aware of how your elected officials seek to spend your money.

“In the short time I’ve had to review this massive piece of legislation – I’ve identified approximately 6,488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion. Here is a small sample:

$277,000 for potato pest management in Wisconsin
$246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota
$522,000 for cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey
$500,000 for oyster safety in Florida
$349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina
$413,000 for peanut research in Alabama
$247,000 for virus free wine grapes in Washington
$208,000 beaver management in North Carolina
$94,000 for blackbird management in Louisiana
$165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont
$235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada
$100,000 for the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage Visitor’s Center in New York
$300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii
$400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas

“Additionally, the bill earmarks $727,000 to compensate ranchers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan whenever endangered wolves eat their cattle. As my colleagues know, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Gray Wolf program is under intense scrutiny for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars every year to ‘recover’ endangered wolves that are now overpopulating the West and Midwest. My State of Arizona has a similar wolf program but ranchers in my state aren’t getting $727,000 in this bill.

“Mr. President, I will have much more to say about this bill later this week. I assure my colleagues – we will spend a great deal of time talking about this bill and the outrageous number of earmarks it contains. But for now let me just say this: it is December 14th – we are 22 days away from the beginning of a new Congress and nearly three full months into fiscal year 2011 – and yet we have not debated a single spending bill or considered any amendments to cut costs or get our debt under control. Furthermore, the majority decided that they just didn’t feel like doing a budget this year. How is that responsible leadership?

“This is the ninth omnibus appropriations bill we have considered in this body since 2000. That is shameful and we should be embarrassed by the fact that we care so little about doing the people’s business that we continuously put off fulfilling our constitutional responsibilities until the very last minute.

“One thing is abundantly clear to me – that the majority has not learned the lessons of last month’s election. The American people could not have been more clear. They are tired of wasteful spending. They are tired of big government. They are tired of sweetheart deals for special interests. They are tired of business as usual in Washington. And they are tired of massive bills – just like this one – put together behind closed doors, and rammed through the Congress at the last moment so that no one has the opportunity to read them and no one really knows what kind of waste is in them.

Because Every Meeting Room in D.C. was Booked…

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Members of a key panel created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (you may remember it as the ‘Stimulus’ bill) will take a meeting on Nov. 22 to consider ways to prevent “fraud, waste, and abuse of Recovery Act funds.”
The group is called the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel, a sub-committee of the larger Recovery Accountability and Transparency board (sometimes known as the RAT board).

The stimulus bill set up the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel, or RIAP, to make recommendations to identify and prevent waste of the bill’s $814 billion in stimulus spending…specifically, the panel will discuss various techniques to detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, as well as larger issues of transparency and public awareness.

Portions of the meeting will be open to the public, while other parts will be closed.

“The purpose of the November 22, 2010 meeting is to allow the RIAP to have an open dialogue, with input from the public, on issues relating to fraud, waste, and abuse of Recovery Act funds,” says a notice in the Federal Register.

This meeting on fiduciary misappropriations has been booked at the super-luxe Ritz Carlton Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.

Now, I’ve not been to the Arizona Ritz-Carlton, but it sure does sound splendid!

It is “in the midst of the picturesque Camelback Corridor, the city’s premier shopping, dining and financial district,” according the hotel’s website.

– Every guestroom and suite will offer views of the expansive desert terrain including lush desert vegetation, rugged rock formations, and ancient petroglyphs.

– They can enjoy Afternoon Tea in the “uniquely warm and inviting” Lobby Lounge, or hungry waste-and-abuse hunters can dine in three restaurants from gourmet to “casual elegance, in a relaxed atmosphere and uniquely inviting ambiance of the European-inspired bistro 24.” which includes al fresco dining to enjoy the desert vistas and sunny, year-round weather.

– There is a 17,000- square –foot spa and fitness center… special features an array of treatments and special services from wellness counseling to beauty and anti-aging therapies.

– The Jack Nicklaus Signature twenty-seven hole Golf Courses will challenge their skills amidst the scenic desert terrain. The $60 million facility includes an elaborate Clubhouse complex, complete with swimming pools, dining, and fitness center.

So…let’s take a look at the situation thus far;

– Gov’t panel meeting to discuss government business…
– The government business being discussed is improper use of tax dollars…
– The Federal gov’t booked this meeting at THE RITZ-FREAKING-CARLTON HOTEL!!

At least the meeting is in Arizona. Yes, in the ultimate show of standing by their word to boycott Arizona, the Federal government booked this act of the most Ultimate Dog & Pony show in a state they advocated boycotting.

If you would like to stop by the Ritz and see your tax dollars at work, according to the Federal Register notice, members of the public who want to attend are instructed to send their comments to panel@ratb.gov and write “November 22, 2010 RIAP public comment” in the subject line.