It seems that the democrats for years have been working to change what our Constitution says. What our laws say and what can be enforced. And now, we have a new wrinkle in the works. President Obama doing things that are illegal.
This latest thing was the firing of Inspector General of AmeriCorps, Gerald Walpin. This happened after the AmeriCorps Inspector General accused a prominent Obama supporter of misusing AmeriCorps grant money. Now, he is out of a job. And what Obama did here is Illegal!
The details come from Rush Limbaugh’s site which he got from the Associated Press:
The inspector general for AmeriCorps, who has been fired is Gerald Walpin, and he was investigating Kevin Johnson’s St. Hope Academy. “[Walpin] found that Johnson, a former all-star point guard for the Phoenix Suns, had used AmeriCorps grants to pay volunteers to engage in school-board political activities, run personal errands for Johnson and even wash his car.” This is from the Associated Press. “In April, the U.S. attorney for the region declined to file any criminal charges in the matter and also criticized Walpin’s investigation of it. But at the same time, kevin Johnson and the Hope Academy agreed to pay back about half of the $850,000 it had received from AmeriCorps,” and Byron York, at the WashingtonExaminer.com, sums it up very simply and very understandably. “The bottom line is that the AmeriCorps IG accused a prominent Obama supporter of misusing AmeriCorps grant money.
“After an investigation, the prominent Obama supporter had to pay back more than $400,00 of that grant money. And Obama fired the AmeriCorps IG. It’s political cronyism. Kevin Johnson obviously is a big supporter of Barack Obama. I have attended the St. Hope Academy. I’ve been one of their fundraisers back in the days when Kevin was playing for the Phoenix Suns. They were in town to play the Kings. —- I bought a Ronnie Lott New York Jets jersey at the auction at the St. Hope Academy. Kevin’s doing great work with this thing. He always has. But this inspector general digs all this up, the US attorney says, Nah, I’m not going to file charges.”
They fire the inspector general, the inspector general says there’s been a misuse of the $850,000 of AmeriCorps grant money and Kevin Johnson gives half of it back and they still fire the IG! This is big! This is political cronyism, power and so forth. This is exactly the way you would expect somebody like Obama to behave. It’s just more corruption, and it’s sanctioning of it, and it’s protection of donors and so forth and so on. Look at Republican presidents. Alberto Gonzales fired a couple US attorneys. Bill Clinton fired 93 and nobody said a word about it. Alberto Gonzales fired five or eight and they still want Karl Rove up to testify about it, the Democrats do, trying to make big hay out of it. I am telling you, firing an IG, because they’re not political, it is a much bigger deal than replacing United States attorneys.
There was a key bit of information that was left out about Obama firing the AmeriCorps inspector general. This was done in a dispute over malfeasance at the St. Hope Academy in Sacramento, California. We have to remember the inspector general found abuse of the $850,000 dollars in the grant money, and the St. Hope Foundation gave back $400,000 of it. Almost half of it and then the Inspector General was fired for doing what he was there to do. And Obama, Circumventing the 30-day waiting period that was written into the laws that Congress passed last year to protect and safeguard the independence of Inspector Generals from the heavy hand of the executive branch that it’s supposed to oversee. Obama did this overnight. The law that was passed does not permit this. Obama has broken this law and the government run media hardly even reports on it. If Obama had been a Republican or a Conservative president, the press would have been all over this. In the Washington Examiner’s article on this they also said:
“It is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General,” the president wrote. “That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General.”
The 30 day requirement is important because last year Congress passed the Inspectors General Reform Act, which was designed to strengthen protections for IGs, who have the responsibility of investigating allegations of waste, fraud and abuse within federal agencies, against interference by political appointees or the White House. Part of the Act was a requirement that the president give Congress 30 days’ notice before dismissing an IG. One of the co-sponsors of the Act was then-Sen. Barack Obama.
The Act also requires the president to outline the cause for his decision to remove an IG. Beyond saying that he did not have the “fullest confidence” in Walpin, Obama gave no reason for his action.
There are two big questions about the president’s actions. One, why did he decide to fire Walpin? And two, did he abide by the law that he himself co-sponsored?
According to Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, a strong advocate of inspectors general, Walpin received a call from the White House Counsel’s office on Wednesday evening. Walpin was told that he had one hour to either resign or be fired. Senate sources say Walpin asked why he was being fired and, according to one source, “The answer that was given was that it’s just time to move on. The president would like to have someone else in that position.” Walpin declined to resign.
Grassley fired off a letter to the president on Thursday saying that, “I was troubled to learn that [Wednesday] night your staff reportedly issued an ultimatum to the AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin that he had one hour to resign or be terminated,” Grassley wrote. “As you know, Inspectors General were created by Congress as a means to combat waste, fraud, and abuse and to be independent watchdogs ensuring that federal agencies were held accountable for their actions. Inspectors General were designed to have a dual role reporting to both the President and Congress so that they would be free from undue political pressure. This independence is the hallmark of all Inspectors General and is essential so they may operate independently, without political pressure or interference from agencies attempting to keep their failings from public scrutiny.”
Grassley’s version of events suggests that the White House first tried to muscle Walpin out of his job without having to go through the 30-day process. It was only when Walpin refused to resign that the White House then notified Congress of the president’s intention to fire Walpin.
The bigger question is why the president is doing this and why he is attempting to do it so quickly. Senate sources now believe Obama is firing Walpin over Walpin’s investigation of Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star and a prominent supporter of the president.
Last year, Walpin began an investigation of how Johnson’s group spent the money. According to the Associated Press, “[Walpin] found that Johnson, a former all-star point guard for the Phoenix Suns, had used AmeriCorps grants to pay volunteers to engage in school-board political activities, run personal errands for Johnson and even wash his car.” Walpin asked federal prosecutors to investigate. In April, the U.S. attorney in Sacramento, a Bush holdover, declined to file any criminal charges in the matter and also criticized Walpin’s investigation.
That might suggest that St. HOPE was OK, and it was Walpin who was in the wrong. But at the same time prosecutors decided not to file any charges against St. HOPE, the U.S. attorney’s office also entered into a settlement with St. HOPE in which the group also agreed to pay back about half of the $850,000 it had received from AmeriCorps.
In his letter to the president, Grassley defended Walpin’s performance. “There have been no negative findings against Mr. Walpin by the Integrity Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), and he has identified millions of dollars in AmeriCorps funds either wasted outright or spent in violation of established guidelines,” Grassley wrote. “In other words, it appears he has been doing his job. “
The bottom line is that the AmeriCorps IG accused a prominent Obama supporter of misusing AmeriCorps grant money. After an investigation, the prominent Obama supporter had to pay back more than $400,000 of that grant money. And Obama fired the AmeriCorps IG.
It is like I have said from the beginning. Obama is someone that we really have to keep our eyes on because he cares nothing for the law if it impedes him from doing anything that he wants do to…..and this law does. Mr. Obama has said that he is firing this man Walpin, because of the misuse of the grant money, but it is most likely because Walpin had the cahones to investigate a friend of Obama’s. That is my belief and I stick to it. Obama does not care for our laws, and only wants to change them so they do not hinder his actions in any way. And mark my words my friends, this is only the beginning. He will do more.
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