April 13th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #84

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773 Responses to April 13th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #84

  1. Martin says:

    President Trump just retweeted this:

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    • bofh says:

      With any luck, Eric Holder is losing a little sleep over this tonight. We should never forget or forgive the outrages perpetrated by the previous administration.

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  2. big bad mike says:

    Newsflash! And this message is to Alex Jones and Lame Cherry. Your disgusting hypocrisy and anti- TRUMP pandering will not work. As a member of the real economy, the main Street economy, read my lips Alex Cherry. It, the economy is very hot, Manufacturing is killing it, we are winning so much we can’t stand it! Now go to your room and don’t come out till 2025.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      I hadn’t been over to lame cherry on a long time. Always seemed a little off to me and didn’t like the languag, tone and emotionalism. Now, completely lost touch with reality!

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  3. Trumppin says:

    This made me giggle tonight 🙂

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  4. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-13/wisconsin-slapped-7mm-fine-falsifying-food-stamp-claims

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) has agreed to pay the United States $6,991,905 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act in its administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Department of Justice announced today. Until 2008, SNAP was known as the Food Stamp Program.

    “This settlement reflects the Justice Department’s commitment to ensuring that taxpayer funds are spent appropriately so that the public can have confidence in the integrity of programs like SNAP,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

    Although the federal government funds SNAP benefits, it relies on the states to determine whether applicants are eligible for benefits, to administer those benefits, and to perform quality control to ensure that eligibility decisions are accurate. USDA requires that the states’ quality control processes ensure that benefits are correctly awarded, are free from bias, and accurately report states’ error rates in making eligibility decisions. The USDA reimburses states for a portion of their administrative expenses in administering SNAP, including expenses for providing quality control. The USDA also pays performance bonuses to states that report the lowest and the most improved error rates each year, and can impose monetary sanctions on states with high error rates that do not show improvement.
    And, per the above, while the federal government may rely on the States to “perform quality control,” unfortunately such measures tend to directly conflict with goals to extract every penny worth of federal subsidies possible….which results in this:

    As part of the settlement, WDHS admitted that, beginning in 2008, it utilized the services of Julie Osnes Consulting, a quality control consultant, to review the error cases identified by WDHS quality control workers. WDHS further admitted that based on instructions from Julie Osnes Consulting it implemented several improper and biased quality control practices, including:

    -Finding a basis for dropping error cases from the review by discouraging beneficiaries from cooperating with information requests and pursuing unnecessary information;
    -Selectively applying requirements and policies to overturn and reduce errors;
    -Asking beneficiaries leading questions to obtain desired answers to eliminate error potential;
    -Arbitrating any and all differences with USDA;
    -Subjecting error cases to additional scrutiny and quality control casework with the goal of overturning an error or dropping a case; and
    -Omitting verifying information in documents made available to USDA. These practices improperly decreased WDHS’s reported error rate, and as a result, WDHS earned performance bonuses for 2009, 2010, and 2011 to which it was not e

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