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Another Obamacare Scandal

Posted by Snoogoo 6 years, 7 months ago to Government
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I really love my state but I really hate this. All I can hear is the sucking sound. I just cannot stand the smug looters who live above the law of the land.
SOURCE URL: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/02/19/ex-bureaucrat-who-hired-jonathan-gruber-stonewalls-minnesota-investigation-of-his-work/


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  • Posted by sumitch 6 years, 7 months ago
    Nothing new here, move along. If you're in congress and get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, you just resign, draw your retirement which is the same as your pay and live happily ever after not even to be bothered by those pesky voters. If you work for the transparent Obama administration you don't even have to resign. You just refuse to cooperate, lie, don't show up, still draw your pay and worst case get transferred to another cushy job and wait until retirement and live happily ever after.

    This is the government we have let become a pack of thieves either right in front of our face or when we find out about what they have done in the back room (if we ever do find out). All they have to do is promise a bunch of freebies paid for by people that have worked all their lives and give it to the people that drop out of school in the eighth grand then whine because they can't make a living wage and go on strike if they don't get paid $30/000 a year for flipping burgers.

    Does anyone know the direction to the Gulch?
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    • Posted by Boborobdos 6 years, 7 months ago
      OK, the Obama administration my support their folks in a way you don't like.

      And then there was the Bush administration that freed Scooter Libby after he was convicted in a court of law.

      Seems to me both sides have their issues.
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  • Posted by NealS 6 years, 7 months ago
    Apparently someone missed David Axelrod's recent interview. He stated how proud he was of this administration, that they had had no scandals in the six years of their term so far. His statement actually took my breath away, now I'm dependent on an inhaler.

    Today I thanked myself for going and fighting when my country asked me to. A friend on Medicare is spending a small fortune out of his pocket for his inhalers. Mine only cost me a copay of $8 for 30 days supply thru the VA. He did not serve in the military. I'm feeling almost as entitled as our representatives in the government that have similar plans.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 6 years, 7 months ago
    Since you wrote the magic name, "Gruber" it did take the suspense out why the things you describe happened. I don't want to denigrate the whole state, but you folks did elect Jesse Ventura as governor. Wait a minute...!! The rest of us did elect Barack Obama -- Twice! We certainly have no right to point fingers at Minnesota.
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    • Posted by 6 years, 7 months ago
      OK let's be fair.. "The Body" was put into office when I was still in middle school.. too young to vote so I'm not taking the blame on that one lol! But seriously, MN is just a smaller example of what is going on nationwide. The voters seem to have taken one too many blows to the head on the fake wrestling circuit just like Jesse. We have our share of loons, and I'm not talking about the birds. The corruption has grown to Tammany Hall levels nationwide again. Going Galt seems to be the only option left at this point.
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      • Posted by Herb7734 6 years, 7 months ago
        Perhaps so. It was pretty easy for me to fall off the grid. Or, so I thought. Being retired and most everything I own paid for, I thought that I was pretty much anonymous. No such thing. The GOV. knows everything about me, from my bottom line to my daily movements. (Not those kind, although I wouldn't be surprised.) I'm not sure if you could "go Galt" now. You'd almost need to hide under a rock.
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        • Posted by Robbie53024 6 years, 7 months ago
          In the US, if you have a car, it must be registered with a government entity, if you use a cell phone, your location is being monitored by the signal provider, which can be requested by the gov't, in most localities, if you want to exercise your 2nd amendment rights, you need to inform the gov't in one way or another. In order to go Galt in the US, you would truly need to reject modernity.
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          • Posted by Herb7734 6 years, 7 months ago
            I would like the Gov. to come after me for what I write, or whatever. I can see it now: "Feds Harass 80 Year Old Disabled Man." By the time I was through there wouldn't be a dry eye in most of America. Oooh, the pain! That's why they pick on guys who have the most to lose and try to destroy them. Now that BHO has armed most of the federal agencies, the only thing left is to promote enough civil unrest to call out the National Guard and declare Martial Law.
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    • Posted by $ jdg 6 years, 7 months ago
      About all I've heard of Jesse Ventura's policies was his welfare reform, which seemed like an improvement. I'd rather have had him as gov than Schwarzenegger.
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      • Posted by Herb7734 6 years, 7 months ago
        Probably true. It's that the guy is such a buffoon, but maybe a buffoon is better than a clown, which is better than a snake, which is better than a weasel. You can assign the description to the proper person.
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  • Posted by $ richrobinson 6 years, 7 months ago
    I can understand someone making a mistake and I respect those who step up and admit it. I don't like stuff like this. If you make money off the tax payer it should be understood that you may have to answer tough questions at some point. Just tell what happened.
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  • Posted by Timelord 6 years, 7 months ago
    I'll ignore the obvious, the criminals who are now refusing to cooperate, because others said enough. (What's their incentive to cooperate, anyway?)

    What stuck out to me was, "approved $329,000 of invoices he submitted, all of which failed to provide the level of billing detail called for in his contract."

    Former MN employee April T-M failed in her fiduciary duty by paying invoices that were incomplete. Both she and Gruber can be sued and Gruber can be ordered by the court to provide acceptable invoices or return the money. What he can't be sued for is being wrong, and I guarantee that his contract states that clearly even though it wouldn't matter if it didn't.

    This kind of thing is rampant in state and federal government. Vendors get paid regardless of whether or not they've met their contractual obligations.

    I'll have to sheepishly admit that I'm a state employee. One of the departments that my app development group supports is responsible for paying the telecommunications invoices for the entire state, well over $1,000,000 per month.

    The manager of that department had us write code to see if we were being billed correctly. The answer was NO and he pursued them like a pit bull to recover the money going back about three years - millions of dollars in total. After the initial recovery he contracted with a company that specializes in that, and they work commission only so they have a huge incentive to find errors and recover incorrect payments.

    The wireless vendors are also obligated to provide us, electronically, with detailed billing data so we could reconcile the invoices with our usage. They change the format and content of the data they sent so often that the two guys who maintained our software were flat out keeping up with data import issues.

    Sometimes their changes would leave out info they were required to send and we took a hard line and stopped paying them until they complied. It was amusing to watch them drag their feet until their unpaid receivable was over a million, then suddenly they were in a rush to fix it.

    Frontier took over the AT&T business a few months ago. It was a nightmare for almost everyone. They haven't even come close to meeting our data requirements and haven't received a single dollar yet.

    It's refreshing to find a government agency that won't pay an invoice until the contract terms are met. If they all did that we'd still have a big, fat mess but at least it would be a slightly smaller one.
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  • Posted by BradA 6 years, 7 months ago
    I can't really see the problem. Gruber's models produced projections with about the same accuracy that all of those global warming models have accomplished. The fact that your projections diverge radically from reality only becomes a problem if anyone is actually paying attention.
    Darn it. I forgot to turn on my sarcasm font.
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