This is a story of a government initiative that was supposed to revolutionize an antiquated paper-based system in 8 years and for the bargain price of $500 million dollars. What could go wrong?
Everything, apparently. And I do mean everything. Work that has to be redone. Scrapping technology solutions because they were out of date before being put into production. Poor planning. Mismanagement. The list is endless.
The Washington Post has the entire, sordid story but basically the project has already taken ten years, has already spent a billion (with a “B”) dollars, and has resulted in just one out of 95 documents being available online.
A decade of work. A billion dollars. One document, 94 to go.
Heaving under mountains of paperwork, the government has spent more than $1 billion trying to replace its antiquated approach to managing immigration with a system of digitized records, online applications and a full suite of nearly 100 electronic forms.
A decade in, all that officials have to show for the effort is a single form that’s now available for online applications and a single type of fee that immigrants pay electronically. The 94 other forms can be filed only with paper.
This project, run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was originally supposed to cost a half-billion dollars and be finished in 2013. Instead, it’s now projected to reach up to $3.1 billion and be done nearly four years from now, putting in jeopardy efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration policies, handle immigrants already seeking citizenship and detect national security threats, according to documents and interviews with former and current federal officials.
Did you see that? Only another $3.1 billion and four more years to fix everything and get another 94 documents online!
Anyone taking book on whether it takes longer and costs much, much more? Because I want some of that action. I’d bet my life savings that the project won’e be completed by 2020 in less than $6B. Seriously.
It’s worth mentioning that the one process that has been digitized isn’t for new immigrants; it’s to replace or renew a Green Card. It doesn’t keep known terrorists out of the country. It doesn’t identify known criminals attempting to live among our citizens. It was low hanging fruit and has low impact to our safety. A billion dollars so someone can renew a green card.
And the media wonders why so many see Donald Trump is seen as a viable alternative to career politicians and a bat toting neurosurgeon.
My new favorite Democrat is Tulsi Gabbard. She was deployed twice to Iraq with the National Guard and is a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee. And she is vocally critical of Obama’s foreign policy.
Here she is talking with with Bill Maher, with whom I rarely agree. This is an exception:
On CNN this morning she calls the US effort to oust Assad “Illegal” and accuses the CIA of backing terrorists:
Now if the Dems would start putting up candidates like this for president instead of treasonous lying criminals, they’d start getting my vote. But that won’t happen.
Let the circuses continue. I hope I keep getting some bread.
Things I Trust More than Hillary Clinton…
- Mexican tap water
- A rattlesnake with a “pet me” sign
- OJ Simpson showing me his knife collection
- An elevator ride with Ray Rice
- Taking pills offered by Bill Cosby
- Michael Jackson’s Doctor
- A Palestinian in Isreal with a backpack on a motorcycle
- Gas station Sushi
- A Jimmy Carter economic plan
- Brian Williams news reports
- Loch Ness monster sightings
- Playing Russian Roulette with a semi-auto pistol
- Emails from Nigerian princes
- The Heimlich Maneuver from Barney Frank
- A prostate exam from Captain Hook
- Prayers for peace from Al Sharpton
- Rosie O showing restraint at an all-you-can-eat buffet
- Prostitutes in Thailand
- Joe Biden with his arm around me.
- The government when it says a tax will be temporary
- North Korean media
- John Kerry’s war record.
- Obama’s Birth Certificate
- Kool Aid at a Jim Jones party
- Paris Hilton proofreading a college thesis
- Nancy Pelosi’s grip on reality
See an expanded list of 109 things I trust more than Hillary Clinton at ThingsITrustMoreThanHillary.com.
After billions have been spent, Obamacare continues to disappoint … unless you are trying to get a free ride on the back of honest American taxpayers, in which case you’ll love this!
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has verified that Obamacare exchanges continue to accept counterfeit documents. The GAO created 10 fake profiles for submital to the California and Kentucky exchanges, complete with “counterfeit follow-up documentation, such as fictitious Social Security cards with impossible Social Security numbers, for all 10 undercover applications.”
The sites failed to verify basic information such as household income, Social Security number, or even*gasp* citizenship. Instead, fraudulent documentation was accepted and the fake people covered under American taxpayer largesse.
“For each of the 10 undercover applications where we obtained qualified health-plan coverage, the respective marketplace directed that our applicants submit supplementary documentation… we provided …
“For all 10 of these undercover applications, we maintained subsidized coverage beyond the period during which applicants may file supporting documentation to resolve inconsistencies.”
Every one of the 10 faux people were granted Obamacare premium tax credit and cost-sharing reduction subsidies, totaling $2,300 in tax credits per month.
Now multiply that by how many illegal aliens in this country?
As the Americans for Tax Reform notes, this is not the first time that Obamacare Exchanges have failed similar audits. Click through to see the list of four other government tests that the system has failed … all in 2015!
Revisionist history via Hollywood isn’t going to win this one. Despite heavy support from Sony Classic Pictures, this fairy tale of Dan Rather and Mary Mapes’ career-ending support of a bogus news story to push their liberal agenda is not going to influence another generation of young voters.
Unenthusiastic reviews led up to a weak limited release weekend with a “pathetic” per-theater average of just $11,000, bringing in only $66,000.
Younger-skewing publications like Paste echoed many of the mixed reactions in pointing out that the film “feels phony, but doesn’t offer up any entertainment value in the place of the honesty it’s lacking.”
Dorothy Rabinowitz observes in WSJ:
Despite its glamorization, this saga of a news investigation built on fabrications presented as important truth isn’t likely to persuade anyone with any knowledge of this history.
Hollywood continues to ignore the lessons of the past: patriotic, uplifting themes sell while liberal brain washing fails.
A new study explains the well-known 11-year solar cycle by examining the interaction of cycles between 2 layers of the sun: one close to the surface and one deep within its convection zone.
The modeling technique is called “principal component analysis” and the researchers claim that it yields a 97% accuracy rate in solar predictions. If true, the prediction is far more frightening than the pseudoscience predictions of the Global Warming alarmists:
During Cycle 26, which covers the decade from 2030-2040, the two waves will become exactly out of synch and this will cause a significant reduction in solar activity.
“In cycle 26, the two waves exactly mirror each other – peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the Sun. Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will nearly cancel each other. We predict that this will lead to the properties of a ‘Maunder minimum’,” said Zharkova. “Effectively, when the waves are approximately in phase, they can show strong interaction, or resonance, and we have strong solar activity. When they are out of phase, we have solar minimums. When there is full phase separation, we have the conditions last seen during the Maunder minimum, 370 years ago.”
According to EnvironmentalHistory.org, a little 1 degree difference caused some pretty significant changes:
During the height of the Little Ice Age , it was in general about one degree Celsius colder than at present. The Baltic Sea froze over, as did most of the rivers in Europe. Winters were bitterly cold and prolonged, reducing the growing season by several weeks. These conditions led to widespread crop failure, famine, and in some regions population decline.
The prices of grain increased and wine became difficult to produce in many areas and commercial vineyards vanished in England. Fishing in northern Europe was also badly affected as cod migrated south to find warmer water. Storminess and flooding increased and in mountainous regions the treeline and snowline dropped. In addition glaciers advanced in the Alps and Northern Europe, overrunning towns and farms in the process.
Iceland was one of the hardest hit areas. Sea ice, which today is far to the north, came down around Iceland. In some years, it was difficult to bring a ship ashore anywhere along the coast. Grain became impossible to grow and even hay crops failed. Volcanic eruptions made life even harder. Iceland lost half of its population during the Little Ice Age.
Tax records in Scandinavia show many farms were destroyed by advancing ice of glaciers and by melt water streams. Travellers in Scotland reported permanent snow cover over the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland at an altitude of about 1200 metres. In the Alps, the glaciers advanced and bulldozed over towns. Ice-dammed lakes burst periodically, destroying hundreds of buildings and killing many people. As late as 1930 the French Government commissioned a report to investigate the threat of the glaciers. They could not have foreseen that human induced global warming was to deal more effective with this problem than any committee ever could.
Of course, most of humanity made it through just fine. In fact, quite a lot of innovations were made and empires expanded.
Still, it may be best to look for real estate with an eye toward future value. For instance, I doubt that anyone wants to live in Canada during an ice age, “little” of not:
And on a totally unrelated note, the world’s youngest glacier is in the lower 48, forming in the shadow created by the crater of Mount St. Helens.
Ted Kavadas has 10 scary charts posted at Seeking Alpha, and they are scary indeed. The first one surprised me, showing housing starts are not rising to healthy levels as I was led to believe by the MSM, but is rather hovering at the level of historical lows.
This one, on the other hand, is no surprise as it is a topic to which I pay closer attention — the seemingly never-ending “jobless recovery”:
I recommend glancing at all 10, but brace yourself first.