Naw, government would never intentionally falsify data and then refuse to investigate and prosecute the people who did it, right?
Census appears to have looked into only a handful of instances of falsification by Buckmon, although more than a dozen instances were reported, according to internal documents.
In one document from the probe, Program Coordinator Joal Crosby was ask in 2010, “Why was the suspected … possible data falsification on all (underscored) other survey work for which data falsification was suspected not investigated by the region?”
CPS, the survey in question, is otherwise known as the employment report.
And that report had an "unexplained" drop in the unemployment rate right before the election.
Incidentally, this isn't the first such incident of intentional falsification of data. In fact its just the last in a long line of them. If you remember I chronicled IndyMac's backdating of deposits which was done with the knowledge of the OTS, their government regulator. That would be bad enough but what's worse is that the guy who did it was fingered for doing the same thing during the S&L crisis!
That's right -- in the 1980s a government employee permitted fraudulent accounting to go on, it was part of the mess that blew up in everyone's face, and instead of being prosecuted or even fired he not only kept his job he did it again.
And now we discover that it appears that Census intentionally cooked the employment report to benefit The President, who was standing for election.
WHERE ARE THE DAMNED HANDCUFFS?
Some argue that what I have proposed—higher capital requirements and better incentives that reduce the probability of failure combined with a resolution regime that makes the prospect of failure fully credible—are insufficient. Perhaps, this is correct. After all, collectively these enhancements to our current regime may not solve another important problem evident within some large financial institutions—the apparent lack of respect for law, regulation and the public trust. There is evidence of deep-seated cultural and ethical failures at many large financial institutions.
Lack of respect for law eh?
What do you call someone who has a lack of respect for the law? You call him a criminal, right?
What do you call an organization that lacks respect for the law? A continuing criminal enterprise, and there's a specific law for that problem too -- RICO.
Now, Mr. Regulator (and yes, the NY Fed is the primary regulator), would you care to explain why given both your pronouncement of the problem and your possession of the solution that remedy has not been used?
Crickets, I tell you..... crickets.
C'mon guys, cut the crap on the left and right.
Everyone knew that ultimately Obamacare would be required for everyone and nobody's plan would be grandfathered.
Simple -- one of the "standards" for a health plan to be acceptable under Obamacare and thus grandfathered was that it must include universal pregnancy coverage.
Yes, I said universal.
That is, it had to include pregnancy coverage for men.
As soon as you can find me a man with a uterus and ovaries I will concede that the claim was possibly something other than a full-on and intentional scam.
After banning two Obot "supporters" (which may have been one actual person playing sock puppet games) posting from SSA.GOV ip addresses on my previous SSA article I am going to simply present numbers to support my assertion that fraud in this program is outrageous and rampant.
From 2008's last fiscal monthly Treasury Statement:
$107 billion in 2008, all-in.
$143 billion in 2013, all-in, or a 33.6% increase.
This despite a strong push by Obama's administration for more enforcement among OSHA "violations" (remember, it's "more regulation, more of the time") and the working-age population (those who would qualify for SSDI) increasing by 5.04% during the same period.
So if we assume zero fraud in 2008 (ha!) then only a 5% increase would be expected assuming technology and enforcement efforts have no impact on reducing the rate of people injured and/or otherwise totally disabled and unable to earn anything doing any job during that time period.
Both of those assumptions are of course fanciful; technology improvement and enforcement step-ups (which Obama's administration has trumpeted as both necessary and having positive impact) would be expected to reduce this rate, not increase it.
By the way, if you think this nonsense is new, you're wrong. In 2003 we spent $72 billion on disability payments; again during that five year period working-age people grew 5.7% but "disability" checks went up 49%.
This problem is not only not new it is rampant; on a population-adjusted basis from 2003 you would expect that we'd spend $80 billion on disability, again assuming zero fraud in 2003, as the working-age population has expanded 11% -- and again, this assumes no improvements in injury and disability rates from technology and enforcement.
Instead we are spending fully twice what we were in 2003.
This "program" is a gigantic ripoff -- you cannot argue with math, and those from the SSA or elsewhere who want to argue that 2 + 2 does not equal 4 will find that I am more than willing to add them instantly to the ban list here, including at the IP level, as well.
By the way, "SSDI" does not cover medical care. If you're "disabled" under SSDI there is a 2 year waiting period but at that point you are entitled to Medicare, even if you are not 65. That is a separate and distinct payment stream that is not included in the above figures.
The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.
By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans. The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot.
Remember, they said they didn't do that and only collected data under "valid" FISA court warrants.
They cheated by tapping links outside the US. And since Google and Yahoo, along with others, are firms with international data centers but mirror data all over the place (for both performance and redundancy reasons) voila -- they got it all.
These people need to be shut down -- completely.
Not so much because they spy on other nations and people in other countries but because they repeatedly lie about their operations to the US Congress and the American people, and their "craft" extends to Americans in America and data owned by Americans -- and that, without a valid warrant, is flatly illegal.
Never mind the immediate (and possibly terminal) harm done to American vendors of such services in the International marketplace.
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