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10-Sep-2011, 11:03 AM #31
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And we'd be on our way to becoming a 'third world" country"!
Poochers, with respect, that's just kind of silly.

Are you suggesting that by limiting the scope of the federal gov't, we'll be living in cardboard boxes?
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10-Sep-2011, 11:32 AM #32
U.S. Obtains Data From 10 Swiss Banks In Tax-Dodging Probe
First Posted: 9/10/11 10:36 AM ET Updated: 9/10/11 10:36 AM ET
(Reporting by Katie Reid; Editing by Toby Chopra)
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The Justice Department served a target letter in July on Credit Suisse, Switzerland's second-largest bank, notifying it that it was the focus of a criminal investigation. American authorities also are probing HSBC and smaller Swiss private banks and cantonal banks, including Basler Kantonalbank, Wegelin and Julius Baer .

The Justice Department is trying to determine the total volume of unreported accounts held at Swiss banks. Officials suspect the accounts hold assets in the tens of billions of dollars and possibly more.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_956693.html
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10-Sep-2011, 12:07 PM #33
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What are they supposed to do about it? They don't have the drive to do anything about it. Government agencies have no drive to get them off of there. I'm not saying no on cares; just saying it's not a priority.
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How many billions could we save in Social Security fraud if that became a priority?
You would think the republicans would be all over this. Guess they're like the one's you know - just no drive.

I doubt there is much fraud with SS other than those hiding a death. Now SSI, Medicare and Medicaid I suspect many fraudulent claims - we see it every day in the news someone or group getting caught.

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A good point. I would say though that we would get more for the same amount of money by letting private industry handle the same services.
May be, may be not. I would fear fraudulent claims / cost / billings would offset any savings. Just MHO.

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It' like paying $10.00 for a hamburger. It darn well better be a good hamburger, for what I'm paying. We do get stuff for our taxes. But we could get more by spending that money in the private sector.
I've never paid $10 for a hamburger nor ever entered a Starbucks nor bought their product. But I think the $10 burger and Starbucks would be typical cost results turning some things over to the private sector.

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The thing is... what I pay now is not enough. I could send in more; still not enough. It's never enough. Until we pare down the scope of the government and instill in people the discipline to take care of some matters on their own, we are going to collapse under the weight of the federal government.
You're paying less in federal taxes today than under GWB, but I agree, you're not paying enough.

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Interesting to see people stress: Regulate banks, Wall Street, Fat Cats, etc. But in a thread about how much abject waste, corruption, and outright theft there are of our tax dollars in the particular entitlement programs, it does not seem to bring the same level of ire.
...................and what do you base that observation on?? What's the basis of this thread?? Not to mention who and what ripped us off and brought us to the economic brink - Banks, Wall St., Fat Cats, dumb arsed Iraq war, etc. They did more damage than all the frauders combined - why not get the lions share of public ire?
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12-Sep-2011, 02:20 PM #34
Maryland co. to pay $150M in health fraud probe
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DAVID PORTER | September 12, 2011 02:49 PM EST | AP

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NEWARK, N.J. — A Maryland-based health care company accused of defrauding Medicaid and other federal programs will pay $150 million in a settlement announced Monday.

Maxim Healthcare Systems is a health care staffing agency based in Columbia, Md., with offices in more than 40 states. Under the agreement with federal prosecutors announced Monday, Maxim will pay a criminal penalty of $20 million and civil penalties totaling approximately $130 million to Medicaid programs and the Veterans Affairs program.

About $70 million will go to the federal government and $60 million will go to 42 states where false claims were made. Tony West, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's civil division, said it was the largest civil settlement in a home health care fraud case.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-w...ud-settlement/
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12-Sep-2011, 04:09 PM #35
The Iraq War was not the cause of our economic problems and you can view the CBO numbers here . The Iraq war cost $709 billion .

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/...ke_us_not.html
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12-Sep-2011, 06:20 PM #36
OK, I'll say it this once more and I'm not saying it again. Comments, requests, questions, complaints etc. with regard to content or nature of a thread are to be addressed thru the proper channels, certainly not in the open forum(s).

Read the second sticky at the top of CT, in fact read the whole set of rules

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12-Sep-2011, 06:52 PM #37
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The Iraq War was not the cause of our economic problems and you can view the CBO numbers here . The Iraq war cost $709 billion .

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/...ke_us_not.html
I would like to add further to this;
The main expense of the military is paying for technology etc....staff is also being paid whether war or peace
Then there is practice during peace time with weapons...planes etc
The different between war and peace is one is for real..the other is simulated
It adds very little to the cost for it being the real thing
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13-Sep-2011, 09:38 PM #38
I think this fits here.


Feinstein: 'Wiped out' by scandal
By JOHN BRESNAHAN & JONATHAN ALLEN | 9/12/11 6:50 PM EDT

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Durkee was arrested by the FBI on Sept. 2 on allegations of fraud surrounding the diversion of more than $670,000 from the reelection committee for a California state assemblyman, and a growing list of California Democrats, including Feinstein and Reps. Susan Davis and Loretta Sanchez, now appear to victims as well.
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Durkee reportedly used the money she is accused of diverted from Solorio to cover business and personal expenses, including payments for her mother’s nursing home.

Durkee has been released on a $200,000 bond on Friday under strict conditions that she not leave the region or involve herself in the affairs of her company, Durkee & Associates, or its clients.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/63299.html
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15-Sep-2011, 04:17 PM #39
12,000 tax cheats come clean under IRS program
So far $500 million has been paid back!
STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | September 15, 2011 04:36 PM EST | AP

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The voluntary disclosure program, which ran from February to last week, is part of a larger effort by the IRS to crack down on tax dodgers who hide assets in overseas accounts. The agency stepped up its efforts in 2009, when Swiss banking giant UBS AG agreed to pay a $780 million fine and turn over details on thousands of accounts suspected of holding undeclared assets from American customers.

Since then, the IRS has opened new enforcement offices overseas, beefed up staffing and expanded cooperation with foreign governments. A similar disclosure program in 2009 has so far netted $2.2 billion in back taxes, penalties and fines, from people with accounts in 140 countries, Shulman said.
Go get the crooks!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-w...rs-tax-cheats/
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20-Sep-2011, 03:13 PM #40
A $16 muffin? Justice Dept. audit finds ‘wasteful’ and extravagant spending
Every department should be doing an audit.
By Jerry Markon, Tuesday, September 20, 12:20 PM

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At a Justice Department conference, auditors said Monday in a report that doesn’t come close to topping the Pentagon’s legendary $400 hammer and $600 toilet seat but does, the auditors said, expose “wasteful or extravagant spending.’’

Cynthia Schnedar, the Justice Department’s acting inspector general, said in the report that some conferences featured “costly meals, refreshments and themed breaks” and that Justice failed to “minimize” costs as required by federal and internal guidelines.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politi...hiK_story.html
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21-Sep-2011, 04:31 PM #41
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A $16 muffin? Justice Dept. audit finds ‘wasteful’ and extravagant spending
Every department should be doing an audit.
By Jerry Markon, Tuesday, September 20, 12:20 PM



http://www.washingtonpost.com/politi...hiK_story.html
Crazy isnt it.
Just goes to show if it is someone else money it is treated differently
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22-Sep-2011, 12:01 AM #42
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Crazy isnt it.
Just goes to show if it is someone else money it is treated differently
Yep, just like a 400 dollar hammer for the military, eh? And where did that come from?
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23-Sep-2011, 02:52 PM #43
Dead federal retirees are paid $120 million annually, report says
Poor or lack of supervision.
By Ed O’Keefe, Published: September 22

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In the past five years, the Office of Personnel Management has made more than $601 million in benefits payments to deceased federal annuitants, according to the agency’s inspector general. Total annual payouts range between $100 million and $150 million.

Inspector General Patrick E. McFarland, who previously reported on the improper payments in 2005 and 2008, urged OPM to more closely track such mistakes.
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The payments are on the rise because OPM is doing a poor job of tracking potential cheats, McFarland said. In one case, a deceased annuitant’s son continued receiving federal benefits until 2008 — 37 years after his father’s death. OPM learned about the improper payments — which exceeded $515,000 — only after the son died. The agency never recovered the money.
Another crooked citizen.

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24-Sep-2011, 11:37 AM #44
Hilton Worldwide says '$16 muffins' included fresh fruit and drinks
By Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Producer
CNN's Jim Barnett contributed to this report.
updated 7:30 PM EST, Fri September 23, 2011

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Hilton Worldwide says muffins were part of $16 breakfast
Inspector General say it itemized the costs at conference
But it does not know whether food tab factored in "free" meeting space

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Stung by an audit report this week that highlighted "$16 muffins" at a conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, the hotel chain is fighting back, insisting the pricey pastries were not that expensive.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/23/us/muf...nce/index.html
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26-Sep-2011, 02:25 PM #45
1st GOP trial opens in Pa. corruption scandal
PETER JACKSON | September 26, 2011 01:31 PM EST | AP

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Driven by a hunger to expand their power base, top Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives illegally used millions of dollars in taxpayers' money, employees and equipment to compile massive databases of information about state voters to boost the potency of GOP campaigns, the lead prosecutor said Monday as the corruption trial of three former officials opened.

The trial "is about powerful people taking the public's money and using it to expand and enhance their campaigns," Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina told the Dauphin County jury of six men and six women in his opening statement.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-w...ption-scandal/
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